BOC, the UK’s largest supplier of industrial gases, and the team behind Aberdeen’s Hydrogen Bus Project have been nominated for a Scottish Transport Award.

The member of The Linde Group, along with Aberdeen City Council and other partner organisations involved in the project team, have made the shortlist for the Transport Team/Partnership of the Year award.

BOC’s hydrogen (H2) production and refuelling station used to fuel the project in the Scottish city is the largest of its kind in the UK and has refuelled the bus fleet more than 1,600 times.

This successful public-private partnership project provides a clear demonstration of the viability of H2 as a reliable, carbon-free zero emission fuel

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 project now boasts the largest fuel cell bus fleet in Europe, with 10 buses currently in operation, 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, has carried approximately 36,700 passengers each month, and has saved an estimated 1,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Dr Hamish Nichol, Innovation Manager for Hydrogen at the Tier Two company, highlighted, “This successful public-private partnership project provides a clear demonstration of the viability of H2 as a reliable, carbon-free zero emission fuel.”

The Scottish Transport Awards recognise the contribution by professionals in improving and enhancing Scotland’s transport networks, with the overall winner announced on 16th June 2016, in Glasgow.