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Bridge of Don in line for first Scottish hydrogen pumps

Pump up the volume: there are plans for 300 pumps in Scotland

Hydrogen fuel specialist, Element 2, is targeting Aberdeenshire for the first of 300 pumps it wants to install in Scotland over the next decade.

The company will invest up to £2 million in a two-acre site in Bridge of Don which will support up to six pumps capable of dispensing up to three tonnes of hydrogen fuel per day.

Element 2, based in North Yorkshire, has plans to invest £1 billion over the next 10 years in rolling out 2,000 hydrogen pumps across the UK.

Specialist commercial property company, Future NRG, has been commissioned by Element 2 to identify potential refuelling station sites and to progress lease agreements and relevant planning approvals.

Led by serial entrepreneur and former European Space Agency engineer Tim Harper, and fuel cells and hydrogen technology expert Brendan Bilton, Element 2 has identified Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow, as focal points for establishing its Scottish refuelling network.


Hydrogen fuel is an ideal renewable energy source for vehicles above 3.5 tons, such as heavy goods and municipal transport fleets, and the company is engaged in talks with several local authorities, transport operators and fleet owners to formalise sustainable and cost-effective partnerships.

Element 2 is also in the process of securing office premises in Aberdeen and will recruit and train operators and maintenance engineers to service the hydrogen refuelling systems.

Mr Harper, CEO, said: “This is a major investment and an important first step in establishing Element 2’s credentials in Scotland as a leading hydrogen retailer.

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