Friday the 11th of March 2016 marked the first year of operation of the hydrogen production and refuelling station as well as the fleet of 10 hydrogen buses in Aberdeen.
On that occasion, Aberdeen has hosted the first H2 Aberdeen Hydrogen Showcase event, which took place during the Hydrogen Week. The event gathered around 100 delegates coming from both the public and private sector. Buses from the High V.LO-City project were on display on the day and the project was presented during the event.
The High V.LO-City and HyTransit projects are both part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project. The HyTransit project has delivered the hydrogen station as well as 6 fuel cell buses, while the High V.LO-City project has added another 4 buses to the fleet. Together, the Aberdeen buses form the largest fleet of hydrogen buses in Europe.
During the first year of operation, the fleet has travelled 250,000 miles, which is the equivalent of each bus traveling around the world. The 10 buses have also carried more than 440,000 passengers which represents an average of 36,700 passengers per month.
The hydrogen production and refuelling station, which is owned and operated by BOC, a member of the Linde Group, has refuelled the vehicles more than 1600 times.
The 10 hydrogen buses have effectively replaced 10 conventional fuel buses and have proven to be almost four times more fuel efficient than their diesel equivalents.
The first year of operation has been a success and the Aberdeen Bus Project has been well received by Aberdonians. Aberdeen City Council is now looking at options to introduce more fuel cell buses in the city.
Photo credits: Aberdeen City Council