Energy Transition Zone Ltd (ETZ) has unveiled plans for the new hydrogen production and vehicle re-fuelling facility at Hareness Road in Aberdeen, together with a solar farm located on the adjacent former landfill site. The planning application for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub has been submitted to Aberdeen City Council. The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub (AHH) will be a phased green hydrogen production and re-fuelling facility with the aim of assisting Aberdeen City Council’s vision of Aberdeen being at the forefront of a hydrogen economy.
The planning application for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub has been submitted by bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Limited, a joint venture between bp and Aberdeen City Council. Phase one of the development includes a hydrogen production and re-fuelling facility, as well as a solar farm, with the two being connected via a solar grid connection. The later phases of the AHH will involve an increase in hydrogen production to upscale the development to provide for a greater range of needs and uses.
Aecom have developed the design of the hydrogen facilities at the Hareness Site, creating separate areas for hydrogen vehicle refuelling, maintenance and hydrogen tanker deliver when the hydrogen equipment is not operational for maintenance. The hydrogen facility footprint, equipment and storage requirements are based on expected demand from main user groups such as buses, waste refuse vehicles and other commercial users. Further details for the AHH development are given in the Hydrogen Hub design statement.
ETZ Ltd has also today announced funding support From bp & Scottish Enterprise for Scotland’s first Energy Incubator & Scale Up Hub, a £6.5 million 3000sqm facility will support supply chain expansion and deliver a ‘cutting-edge innovation ecosystem’. ETZ Ltd has secured £1.25m from global energy firm bp and £2m support from Scotland’s national economic development agency Scottish Enterprise to begin construction of Scotland’s first Energy Incubator and Scale Up Hub (EISH). The remainder of the funds for the project will be supported through the Scottish Government’s Energy Transition Fund.
Sir Ian Wood, ETZ Ltd Chairman, said: “Innovation and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit have been the hallmark of the North East of Scotland’s energy sector for over 50 years. The Energy Incubator and Scale Up Hub will help build on that proud reputation, allowing us to expand our vital energy supply chain, and be an integral part of the Innovation Campus and Energy Transition Zone.”
Adrian Gillespie, Scottish Enterprise Chief Executive, added: “In a region renowned for its engineering talent, innovation and ingenuity, Aberdeen’s Energy Transition Zone will be a leading innovation district at the forefront of a green energy future. Scottish Enterprise has supported the Energy Transition Zone since its inception and is delighted to provide its Energy Incubator and Scale Up Hub project with £2 million funding. The hub will provide a base for green energy start-ups as well as oil and gas companies and associated supply chains who are pivoting their expertise towards the net zero transition.”
The Energy Incubator & Scale Up Hub will be the focal point of the Innovation Campus, one of five specialist campuses being developed across the Energy Transition Zone which will become the largest dedicated energy transition complex in Scotland. Located at Hareness Road in Altens Industrial Estate, the Hub will comprise 3000 sqm of flexible industrial and collaboration space that will foster manufacturing, supply chain company building, technology research and development and commercialisation, alongside targeted business support to drive entrepreneurship, innovation and growth. Subject to planning permission, work is expected to begin on the facility in Summer 2023 with opening planned for summer 2024.
Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub application: https://publicaccess.aberdeencity.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=RRG8YQBZHGE00
ETZ Energy Incubator and Scale Up Hub: https://etzltd.com/news/etz-ltd-secures-funding-support-from-bp-scottish-enterprise-for-scotlands-first-energy-incubator-scale-up-hub