A politician from Aberdeen is calling on the Scottish Enterprise to help with the funding to bring hydrogen buses into the city. Kevin Stewart MSP is urging the business qaungo to top up the funding that has already been given by the Aberdeen County Council. These eco-friendly buses use a hydrogen fuel cell technology that only emits a water vapour, thus improving air quality.
Mr Stewart, the Aberdeen Central representative has said that he has written to the Scottish Enterprise and asked them to consider offering some funding towards this project. He added that whilst they had received support already from the EU, having some domestic funding in place would let them have a bigger and better project and develop a system of green buses that could revolutionise public transport
The MSP went onto say that by Aberdeen having these hydrogen buses they would be the country leader in renewable green transportation and that he was disappointed by the Scottish Enterprise’s unwillingness to commit to the project that would see hydrogen buses be the driving force behind a whole new system of green transport in the city of Aberdeen.
In the letter that Mr Stewart sent to Maggie McGinley, the Aberdeen and Shire Director of Scottish Enterprise he said that he understood that AREG, Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, were developing a project in conjunction with the City Council and the first phase of this was to put up to 12 buses fuelled by hydrogen cells on routes within central Aberdeen and also create a hydrogen refuelling station within the city.
He goes on to say that the second phase in being taken forward by SSE, Scottish and Southern Energy and SGN, Scotia Gas Networks. This involves creating an infrastructure of renewable hydrogen, via the deployment of a new system that generates hydrogen and stores the energy. He winds up the letter by stating his unhappiness at the Scottish Enterprise seemingly shunning this project and urging them to come on board.