Energy boost for Scotland

Hydrogen bus for Aberdeen after PM’s green deal

Hydrogen bus destined for Scotland (pic: Wrightbus)

Britain’s first hydrogen-powered double-decker bus will be unveiled in Aberdeen on Wednesday, 24 hours after Boris Johnson promised a green revolution in transport and energy transmission.

The UK’s first hydrogen production and bus refuelling station was opened in Aberdeen in 2015, as part of a £19million green transport demonstration project.

The Aberdeen City Council-led project tested the economic and environmental benefits of hydrogen transport technologies and aims to drive the development of hydrogen technologies.

Jo Bamford, who acquired Northern Ireland company Wrightbus last year, will be in the city to announce progress on a £7.5m deal for 15 buses to be operated by First Aberdeen.

Mr Bamford, heir to the JCB business, has plans to bring hydrogen-powered buses to other parts of the UK. He has asked the UK government for £500 million to support his plans to build 3,000 hydrogen buses by 2024.

He also wants to tap the Scottish government’s recently-announced fund to develop hydrogen technology in the north east.

Under the ‘bonnet’: the hydrogen cells

On Monday he was in Birmingham to announce an order of 20 of its world-first zero-emission double-decker hydrogen buses.

The Aberdeen unveiling follows the Prime Minister ‘s promise of a package of green energy policies to help the UK meet its ambitious climate targets — including hydrogen fuel, carbon capture and storage, more wind farms and bringing forward the ban on the sale of new petrol cars.

To help the country “build back greener,” the PM announced that every UK home will be powered by electricity from offshore windfarms by 2030 and pledged £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines in places like Teesside and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

The plan drew criticism from opposition MPs for lacking detail. The SNP said there was no pledge on reversing the restrictions on onshore wind farm development. Ed Miliband, Labour’s spokesman on business and energy, said Mr Johnson rarely delivered on his rhetoric. “The funding announced today spread over ten years is a drop in the ocean, and pales in comparison to the investment by France and Germany in green jobs,” he said.

Trade union Unite Scotland criticised the Prime Minister’s pledge to commit 60% of the turbines to be manufactured in the UK as ‘rehashed rhetoric’.

3 Comments to Hydrogen bus for Aberdeen after PM’s green deal

  1. “Britain’s first hydrogen bus”

    Aberdeen has had a fleet of hydrogen vehicles for years now, including buses, bin lorrys, cars and vans

  2. I don’t understand the statement that the first hydrogen bus has just been released. Aberdeen has been using hydrogen buses for a few years now.

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