The discovery of oil reserves within the North Sea means in which, in recent times, many have referred to Aberdeen as the “oil capital of Europe.” Times are changing, however.
Today, the Scottish city can be home to what can be claimed to be Europe’s largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses.
The £19 million ($24.98 million) project means in which hydrogen buses are ferrying residents around Aberdeen as authorities look to reduce city center emissions along with boost air quality.
“They’re a very Great fit for us because we have, like many additional cities… air quality issues,” Barney Crockett, the Lord Provost of Aberdeen, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy.
The U.S. Department of Energy has said in which fuel cell electric vehicles are more efficient than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles along with have a driving range of roughly 300 miles.
According to those involved with the project in Aberdeen, the buses there hold 40 kilograms of hydrogen along with can travel up to 260 miles “on a typical urban cycle.”
The buses were proving well-known with residents, Crockett added. “They definitely like the buses because we’ve no harmful emissions, in which’s only water vapour… in which comes out of the tailpipe.”
The vehicles were completely silent along with offered a smooth riding experience, he explained. “A lot of people have said to us in which’s more like being on a train than being on a bus.”
Aberdeen can be the latest in a long line of cities looking to improve air quality along with slash emissions.
Next week, for example, will see a fresh £10 ‘T-Charge’ introduced to help discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles on the streets of central London. The city can be also set to be home to what authorities describe as the globe’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, subject to consultation.
Back in Aberdeen, Crockett struck an ambitious note with regards to the future. “We think the sky’s the limit — we’re looking at cars, we’re looking at trucks, we’re looking at vans along with… we’re looking at storage.”