In a first for Scotland, plans have been submitted for 30 homes powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
Part of a larger development of more than 500 homes, developer Cognito Oak proposes incorporating micro-CHP fuel cell technology into 30 homes, located at Cloverhill, Bridge of Don, as part of a pilot scheme which would test the performance of the fuel cells in residential use.
A supporting statement lodged with the planning application said, “Cloverhill’s Aberdeen Hydrogen First initiative will act as a pilot scheme for a technology that is focused on encouraging low carbon output.”
“Hydrogen power is not only important to tackle the ever-increasing threat of climate change, but it also provides an opportunity for Aberdeen to lead the way in diversifying its economic specialisms and transition to alternative fuel sources.”
According to the application, Invest Aberdeen and Scottish Enterprise have confirmed support of this progressive approach.
The application goes on to say, “This pioneering, independent testing, of a low carbon technology in a residential development would represent a first for Scotland, would support Aberdeen’s aspiration to continue to be considered the Energy Capital of Europe, could help identify a partial solution to fuel poverty and would fit well with Cloverhill’s contribution towards the aspirations of the Energetica Corridor.”