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Hydrogen Bus Project

About the Project

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project is recognised worldwide with Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses operating on the streets of Aberdeen.

The Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project is a 19million project, with funding from a number of industry and public sector part.

ACHES Project

A second refuelling station, ACHES (Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage), is being built in the south of the city. This station will further help us work towards our aim of developing a hydrogen economy in the region.

ACHES (Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage) will have electric recharging points.

The project will also have training facilities, allowing us to explore the opportunities within the hydrogen supply chain. In addition, we will work alongside local businesses in creating new hydrogen related products and services.

Project Progress

Construction has begun on site with the refuelling station due to be completed mid-2016. We will engage with the local community on the key project milestones outlined below:

  • October 2015 - Civil construction works started
  • February 2016 - Power will be installed
  • July 2016 - Re-fuelling station installation & Commission
  • August 2016 - Re-fuelling Station operational

**Please note that these dates are correct as of October 2015, but maybe subject to change as the project works progress.

Kittybrewster depot

The hydrogen bus refuelling station, based at Aberdeen City Council's Kittybrewster depot, is the first fully integrated hydrogen production and bus refuelling station in Scotland. The facility has 3 electrolysers to produce the hydrogen on site, it well then be compressed to 500bar, and stored ready for dispensing at 350bar when required.

Project Progress


  • The project has reached a major milestone with its 1,00th refuel (12 November 2015).
  • The Kittybrewster hydrogen refuelling station officially opened March 2015.
  • Both First and Stagecoach hydrogen buses became fully operational in 2015,integrating the hydrogen buses into their existing fleets - Stagecoach on the X17 Aberdeen city centre to Westhill route, while First Aberdeen operates four on the X40 Kingswells to Bridge of Don park-and-ride route.

The project marks two years of hard work by the project team, which will help Aberdeen be recognised as an international Energy City.

For more information visit Hydrogen Bus Project - FAQ's

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