A hydrogen-power 25kW energy generator is to be trialled by at the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) site.
Start-up company, Hydrologiq, will test the generator in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Norco Energy.
The generator, which the local authority said is believed to be the first of its size deployed in the UK, uses a fuel-cell to convert hydrogen and water into an electrical current.
It is aimed at replacing traditional diesel-fuelled generators to produce clean energy with the added benefit of ‘vastly’ reduced noise and vibration output, which lends itself to use on construction sites, film sets, events, and festivals.
The trial will stress test the generator before it is deployed more widely across the UK and will use hydrogen provided by the refuelling station at ACHES with deployment support, maintenance and logistics provided by Norco Energy.
Aberdeen City Council co-leader, councillor Alex Nicoll, said, “Hosting the trial of this generator in Aberdeen further showcases the city at the forefront of innovation for the hydrogen industry across the country. The city has forged ahead to bring hydrogen vehicles into its transport mix and the introduction of new technologies shows the diverse range of uses hydrogen has as a fuel.”
Benjamin Lindley, director of Hydrologiq, added, “2022 heralds a new age for generator power. The diesel engine has been around since the 1800s, so it’s about time we embraced new technology to respond to a modern world where air quality and noise pollution are top of the agenda. Everyone at Hydrologiq is proud of our collaboration with Aberdeen City Council and Norco Energy to make this dream a reality today.”