Aberdeen City Council in Scotland will sign a high-level agreement with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) next week in a bid to boost the city’s hydrogen (H2) profile.

Councillor Barney Crocket, a spokesperson of Aberdeen City Council for H2, will sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European-wide organisation next week, seeking to ensure better working relationships for H2 fuel cells between regions and industry.

It is understood that the MoU will provide an outline for improved collaboration between the different representatives and will enable the parties to work together in identifying synergies and funding schemes amongst programmes, as well as establishing working arrangements between respective instruments and frameworks to accompany the fuel cells and H2 sector.

Aberdeen will also promote its activities and support mechanisms through an outreach and dissemination policy which is aimed towards economic, industrial and other interested parties under the agreement.

“It is essential that the City Council – and Aberdeen – keeps up to date with current hydrogen and greener strategies, locally, nationally and transnationally”

Councillor Barney Crocket, a spokesperson of Aberdeen City Council for hydrogen

The Scottish city is leading the way in H2 technologies through schemes such as the Hydrogen Bus Project, with Crocket explaining that this contract will further boost Aberdeen’s role in the sector throughout Europe.

“It is essential that the City Council – and Aberdeen – keeps up to date with current H2 and greener strategies, locally, nationally and transnationally and looks forward to ensuring that Aberdeen is at the forefront on delivering within the strategies,” he reinforced.

Back in 2013, Aberdeen City Council launched the 2020 strategy framework, ‘A H2 Economy for Aberdeen City Region,’ in which it aimed to be a world class energy hub leading the way towards a low carbon economy.

Since then, the Aberdeen Bus Project currently operates 10 buses and has attracted around £21m ($30m) in investment.

Over the four years that the project has been in operation, the green fleet has travelled the equivalent distance of 10 times around the world and has carried approximately 36,700 passengers each month, saving an estimated 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.