Company spends millions opening its first Scotland based refuelling station

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A HYDROGEN fuel specialist company will invest millions into opening up its first station based in Scotland.

Element 2, a company that refuels vehicles with hydrogen is seeking a location in Bridge of Don in Aberdeen that can support 4-6 pumps capable of dispensing up to three tonnes of hydrogen fuel per day.

Over the next 10 years the company aims to invest £1 billion to create a hydrogen refuelling network which will see 2000 H2 pumps in place over the UK.

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Photo by Element 2. Depending on planning consent, the Bridge of Don site could be operational in the first quarter of 2022.

Tim Harper and Brendan Bilton, the leaders of Element 2 have both identified Aberdeen, Dundee and Glasgow, as focal points for establishing its Scottish refuelling network.

Tim Harper, Element 2 Chief Executive Officer, said: “This is a major investment and an important first step in establishing Element 2’s credentials in Scotland as a leading hydrogen retailer.

“Aberdeen has long been established as Europe’s oil capital but the city is now picking up the baton to be a leading energy capital and to be at the forefront of energy transition as businesses gradually move towards a zero carbon future.”

Photo of Tim Harper by Element 2. Hydrogen fuel is an ideal renewable energy source for vehicles above 3.5 tons, such as heavy goods and municipal transport fleets,

The company’s plans will also see Scotland home to more than 250 pumps over the next 6 years, steadily increasing to 300 by 2030.

Element 2 is also trying to find an office base in Aberdeen where they will create jobs and train operators and maintenance engineers to service the hydrogen refuelling systems.

Specialist commercial property company, Future NRG, has been commissioned by Element 2 to find a site suitable for their station sites and to progress lease agreements and relevant planning approvals.

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Photo by Element 2. The company is engaged in talks with several local authorities, transport operators and fleet owners to formalise sustainable and cost-effective partnerships.

Market entry in Scotland will see the company’s first hydrogen refuelling station established in Bridge of Don to the north of the Granite City, located near potential customers based around Aberdeen Airport and commercial transport companies.