European Hydrogen Transit Buses in Scotland

HyTransit trials a fleet of six fuel cell buses in daily fleet services, together with one state-of-the-art hydrogen refuelling station in Aberdeen (Scotland) for over three years. 

The buses are exposed to real world operation with exactly the same service requirements as diesel buses, with 14 hours and 270 km per day operation. 

The hydrogen refuelling station houses an electrolyser system for on-site hydrogen generation and produces the fuel from wind energy, preferably when there is surplus electricity. The produced “green” hydrogen enables emission-free mobility without air contaminents and climate-damaging gases. 

HyTransit is part of the “Aberdeen Hydrogen Bus Project” (as well as High V.LO-City). This project deploys Europe's largest fleet of hydrogen fuel cell buses with a total of 10 vehicles. 

PLANET's role 

PLANET leads the work package that analyses the operating data gathered in the project. Main tasks of this work package are:
  • Performance analysis of the buses and of the hydrogen infrastructure (availability, efficiency,..), 
  • Life cycle assessment of hydrogen used in the fuel cell buses, 
  • Economic assessment of the vehicles and future developments, 
  • Safety issues, and 
  • Social studies to examine the satisfaction of stakeholders (operators, drivers, and passengers). 

PLANET also reaches out to other European bus projects like CHIC and High V.LO-City to ensure the sharing of lessons amongst the projects.


Flyer Hydrogen Bus Project

Key data 

The project runs from January 2013 until December 2018. HyTransit is supported by the European Union “Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU) with 7 million Euros, and has 8 partners from across the continent (Grant Agreement No 303467).