The Scottish Government today announced a £3.3million funding for a hydrogen bus fleet in Aberdeen.
The first phase of the project will include 10 hydrogen fuel-cell buses, which will apparently produce zero local emissions.
Scottish & Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) will develop an integrated ‘whole hydrogen’ system, using wind energy to produce and store hydrogen. It will then be used as fuel for the bus fleet as well as for generating electricity at times of peak demand.
The buses, expected to run from early 2014, will produce water vapour instead of carbon monoxide and other harmful emissions and will be operated on First and Stagecoach bus routes.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director at Stagecoach Bluebird said: “Bus travel can deliver huge environmental advantages over taking the car. Powering vehicles from renewable sources such as hydrogen can make the bus an even greener and smarter option.”
Scotland also introduced a hybrid-electric bus recently, which produces around a third less emissions than conventional buses.