Hydrogen to take centre stage at Aberdeen festival

Hydrogen to take centre stage at Aberdeen festival

Aberdeen will host a Hydrogen Festival this autumn as the Scottish city pushes forward with plans to become a “global hydrogen hub”.

Aiming to show how hydrogen technology is evolving, current projects being developed and what’s happening in this exciting market, the week-long festival will run from 30th September to 4th October.

Featuring a range of events tailored towards a business audience, Aberdeen City Council will co-host a one-day conference as part of the programme in conjunction with Pale Blue Dot Energy and ERM, with additional support from Opportunity North East, Scottish Enterprise and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre.

The complimentary one-day conference, taking place on 1st October at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen, will explore the vision and opportunity for hydrogen as well as its production and application.

Representatives from several hydrogen projects throughout the North Sea Region will introduce their projects as well as share key learnings from their emergence in this market.

The event will focus on the opportunities for development of the regional supply chain.

The wider Hydrogen Festival will include practical examples on hydrogen development, the European picture for transport, heat and power, power to gas workshops, and will showcase a hydrogen car from the Shell eco-marathon and Arcola schools challenge.

The festival will also provide the chance to view and drive hydrogen vehicles. The Energy Observer solar powered hydrogen boat will also be in Aberdeen during the week.

“Hydrogen presents an exciting opportunity to achieve the global energy transition to a low carbon economy,” said Aberdeen City Council’s environmental spokesperson, Councillor Phillip Bell.

“With its history of innovation and technology development for the oil and gas industry, the North Sea Region aims to be at the forefront of this transition creating new opportunities and generating employment.”

“We look forward to welcoming delegates to the conference and to the festival, underlining our vision to be a key player in the roll-out of hydrogen technology.”

Hydrogen hub

Aberdeen City Council revealed plans for the Scottish city to become a “global hydrogen hub” earlier in the year.

Building on successes already achieved– a rise in the number of hydrogen vehicles, successful trials of a hydrogen-powered refuse lorry and road sweeper, and the opening of the Kittybrewster hydrogen station – a raft of plans for 2019 was approved by Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee.

As part of the 2019 Delivery Plan, the feasibility of scaling up production to supply energy to homes as well as transport is being explored by council officers.

This could mean Aberdeen hosting a Scottish Gas Network (SGN) Hydrogen 100 pilot project – 300 new houses with hydrogen-powered heating.

Early 2020 will see the arrival of the new JIVE project buses and up to 10 buses from Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

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