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Aberdeen City Council And BP Sign Joint Venture Agreement To Develop City Hydrogen Hub

The title of this post, is the same as this article on Renewable Energy Magazine.

The title is a good description of the project and these are a few details.

  • Production will start in 2024.
  • The hub will produce 800 kilograms of green hydrogen per day.
  • That will be enough for 25 buses and 25 other vehicles.
  • Further investment would provide hydrogen for rail, freight and marine uses.

I don’t think this is a small project, as they are talking about potentially exporting the hydrogen.

These are a few thoughts.

Electricity Supply

In Can The UK Have A Capacity To Create Five GW Of Green Hydrogen?, I said the following.

Ryze Hydrogen are building the Herne Bay electrolyser.

  • It will consume 23 MW of solar and wind power.
  • It will produce ten tonnes of hydrogen per day.

The electrolyser will consume 552 MWh to produce ten tonnes of hydrogen, so creating one tonne of hydrogen needs 55.2 MWh of electricity.

Scaling those figures mean that to create 800 kilograms of hydrogen will need 44.16 MWh of electricity or if it is a 24/7 operation, the electrolyser will need a feed of 1.84 MW.

Currently, there are two offshore wind farms close to Aberdeen.

That would provide enough electricity to provide a starter of under 2 MW.

I can see a lot more wind farms off the coasts around Aberdeen, as on all my visits to the city it has been windy and there is a lot of empty sea.

I don’t think providing enough renewable electricity for a very large electrolyser in Aberdeen will be a problem.

Hydrogen Exports

I would expect, that the hydrogen would go to Germany, as the Germans are backing BP in their wind farm ambitions and they are building a large hydrogen import terminal at Wilhelmshaven on the North-West German coast. The distance for a ship is under 500 miles.

BP’s Future Hydrogen Plans

This is a quote from Louise Kingham CBE, BP’s UK head of country and senior vice president for Europe.

Partnering with cities and corporates as they shape their paths to net zero is a core part of BP’s strategy. BP expects to partner with 10-15 cities globally by 2030 to provide innovative, integrated, ‎and decarbonized energy solutions at scale to help them achieve their goals of net zero emissions. BP also aims to capture 10% of the low carbon hydrogen market in key geographies by 2030.

BP is investing across all the energy transition growth areas in the UK. In fact, we have committed to spend £2 in the UK for every £1 generated here out to the middle of this decade.

“Today’s announcement is evidence of that commitment in action and is supported by other ambitious plans to produce clean energy from UK offshore wind, develop carbon capture in Teesside and grow the country’s electric vehicle charging network.

BP would be in part using their expertise in providing oil and gas to the production and delivery of hydrogen to end users, be they large or small.

I can also see BP repurposing a few gas and oil production platforms into offshore hydrogen production hubs, as this could be a better financial route, rather than demolishing the platforms.


Birmingham is building a hydrogen hub at Tyseley Energy Park to fuel hydrogen buses and other vehicles.

Where is the plan for London’s hydrogen hubs?



March 12, 2022 - Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , , , , ,


  1. As ive said before Hydrogen is the wonder fuel for modern civilisation but to harness it takes a huge amount of energy input in the first place so it never going to be the most efficient way to reduce overall energy demand. However, for heating and mechanical prime movers there is nothing better available (until fusion gets realised anyhow) so if we properly serious about the climate we have to get on now and basically build out wind farms around the whole coastline of the UK to get enough green power to produce the hydrogen we are going to need. Maybe the Ukraine debacle will be the wake up call the world now needs only problem is its driving up all commodities and there is a danger that the resources we need to create a hydrogen world become limited if we can’t access what Russia has.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | March 12, 2022 | Reply

    • I do believe that the Germans have had a Damascus moment with the Ukraine genocide and atrocities, which are the worst in Europe since the Holocaust and see that British hydrogen could be their saviour.

      I don’t see any disagreements on Russia between the UK and Germany, except for a certain Tofiq Bahramov, who wasn’t Russian, but from Azerbaijan.

      I can even see a hydrogen pipeline between Aberdeen and Wilhelmshaven.

      And German financial institutions and utilities can afford to chip in very large amounts of wonga, that doesn’t have the deep-diving tendencies of the rubble.

      Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2022 | Reply

  2. Don’t get me wrong, hydrogen will be an invaluable contributor to our future energy needs, but I think there’s a need for a critical assessment of its appropriate application. If I don’t do that the investments I’ve made in hydrogen’s future are likely to come up short.
    You talk about …”Scaling those figures mean that to create 800 kilograms of hydrogen will need 44.16 MWh of electricity” Another way to think about the statement is to say that the 44.16MWh of electricity needed to create 800 kilograms of hydrogen will provide between 26.66 and 35.33MWh of energy depending on the method of production. A much better energy conversion rate than say an incandescent light bulb, but still a loss.

    Comment by fammorris | March 12, 2022 | Reply

    • Another problem is efficiency of hydrogen fuelled engines isn’t that good either although an improvement over diesel and petrol. However, air quality wise is what you are getting and ultimately that is what is most important and we will all just have to accept that the fossil fuel era was just an aberration and we will have to do less than we have in the past.

      As they say nothing is free in this world!

      Comment by Nicholas Lewis | March 12, 2022 | Reply

      • I do think there’s a good chance we’ll see a major improvement in the conversion of hydrogen into energy, now that the big boys like Caterpillar, Cummins, JCB, MTU and others are involved. I also think, that Honeywell will join in using their APU technology, which goes as low as 50 kW. If you look at hydrogen fuel cells, many seem to need a lot of cooling.

        Comment by AnonW | March 12, 2022

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