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HyTransit & High V.LO City:Aberdeen, Scotland

Aberdeen Scotland is moving forward with plans for what will be Europe's largest hydrogen bus fleet (14 buses).  The city is participating in two projects: HyTransit and  High V. LO City, both supported through the EU's JTI program.  The HyTransit project was annouced by Scotland's First Minister in August 2012 and will include the rollout of 10 fuel cell buses by early 2014.  The 10 buses will be part of a "whole hydrogen" solution with wind energy supplying power for hydrogen generation.

Additionally, Scotland is a partner in the High V.LO City program which includes deployment of 14 buses in three European countries: Italy, Belgium and Scotland. The program aims to create a network of successful fuel cell bus operation sites, so called Clean Hydrogen Bus Centres of Excellence (CHBCE), linking High V.LO-City sites with similar fuel cell bus demonstrations in Europe. 4 buses will be demonstrated in Aberdeen, Scotland. The High V.LO City project kicked-off in early 2012.  Both projects involve deployment of Van Hool fuel cell buses.

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Project Details

Program HyTransit, High V.LO City
Partner Program SHFCA, ElementEnergy
Region Europe
Country Scotland
City Aberdeen
Transit Operator First & Stagecoach
Sponsor(s) EU FCH JU, Aberdeen City Council
Fleet Size 14 Buses

Demonstration Status

The High V.LO City project commenced in Jan 2012. Development of the 4 buses began in 2012 and buses are expected in early 2013.  HyTransit is expected to deploy 10 buses in early 2014.

Status Active
Bus Deployment Start Date March 2014

Bus Details

Bus Manufacturer Van Hool
Bus Model A300L
Length 12.2 m /40.0 ft
Curb Weight 14,243 kg / 31,400 lbs
Passenger Count (Seats/Total) 33

Fuel Cell System

Manufacturer Ballard
Integrator Van Hool
Architecture Fuel Cell Dominant Hybrid
Fuel Cell Model FCVelocity HD6
Rated Fuel Cell Power (kW) 150

H2 Fueling Infrastructure

A 1MWe electrolyser provided by BOC will generate hydrogen. Scottish & Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) will supply electricity from a nearby wind farm to power the electrolyser which will also operate in a grid balancing capacity.

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Station 1 Details

H2 Source

AberdeenOn-Site Electrolysis

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