Aberdeen’s second hydrogen (H2) refuelling station was officially opened on the 27th February along with the launch of a fleet of 10 H2 fuelled Toyota Mirai cars.

Aberdeen City Council’s lead member for H2, Councillor Barney Crockett was joined by Toyota GB President and Managing Director, Paul Van Der Burgh, and Hydrogenics CEO, Filip Smeets, to open the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility.

The £2.6m ($3.2m) station will serve the city’s expanding fleet of cars and vans and will be fully operational mid-March. Funded by Aberdeen City Council, ERDF, Transport Scotland and Nestrans, it was built and will be maintained and operated by Hydrogenics.

Located in Cove, ACHES has four electric recharging points and has the potential to produce 130kg of H2 per day. Enabling fast refueling, H2 is dispensed at 350 bar and 700 bar pressure.

The 10 Toyota Mirai cars will be leased for three years with five going to the National Health Service (NHS), three to the Co-wheels car club, one to Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and one to Aberdeen City Council. The project is part funded by the UK Government Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Transport Scotland.

Councillor Barney Crockett said, “We have a very clear H2 strategy for the future and ACHES adds to the expanding H2 infrastructure in Aberdeen. Maintaining our position as a leading world energy city, the region continues to lead the way and anchor renewable energy to the area.

Nestrans Director, Derick Murray, said, “Aberdeen is already home to Europe’s largest H2 fuel cell bus fleet and this is now the city’s second H2 refuelling station which really builds on the North East’s role as an energy hub.”

An international summit on the H2 transport supply chain will be hosted by Aberdeen next month. The H2 Transport Summit will bring together government, industry, local businesses and key influencers from 15th-17th of March.