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HyTrEc2 is a bold project set up to advance the use of Hydrogen in Transport in the North Sea Region. The Interreg project has clearly defined aims and ambitions each of which can be expressed through a series of deliverables. Below are a selection of materials that highlight the previous, current and projected actions to make Hydrogen the fuel of the future. 


 Vehicle Trials - Improving Operational Efficiency


{Above is an Aberdeen City Council informational video which explains how to refuel a hydrogen fuel cell car.}


A large element of HyTrEc2 revolves around vehicles. The plan is to experiment by creating pilots of many different types of vehicles and with different fuelling options. Cars are the vehicles that often spring to mind first upon thinking about vehicles, but they are just a small segment of transport and its associated emissions. Hydrogen fuel cell cars have been available since the first HyTrEc. HyTrEc2 aims at increasing the use of hydrogen in all types of vehicles, most notably refuse lorries and large forklifts. A variety of methods are being employed to deliver Hydrogen vehicles: retrofitting; range extenders; simulations; dual fuel; and fuel cell vehicles.

Below is a link to a presentation by Gemeente Groningen showing a selection of their impressive and diverse fleet. It is a prime example of the steps being taken by HyTrEc2 partners to actively engage in the Hydrogen vehicle market.  

Groningen Presentation, Towards Hydrogen Economy, June 2019 

In addition, to physical test vehicles HyTrEc2 is carrying out simulated tests on vehicles which do not exist in the NSP (Large Fork Lift Trucks are not commercially available). Below is a link to the findings of RISE's simulation, which was vital in proving Hydrogen's versatility as a fuel.

Computer simulation of 5-9 tonne fork lift report 

A further presentation below depicts HyTrEc2 process of actively engaging in the large vehicle market in order to promote hydrogen use. The presentation was produced by HyTrEc2 partner Aberdeen and Civitas PORTIS. HyTrEc2 has numerous partner projects across European Union, with whom presentations are often given to advance mutual aims.

Low Carbon Fuel Options for Freight Presentation

Alongside acquiring and developing a vast array of different vehicles HyTrEc2 aims to:

  • operate a Sustainable Transport Living Lab 
  • test and analyse the Hydrogen vehicles' performance in remote regions
  • create an overview of Hydrogen transport rules and standards in the NSR

 Further documentation to present the additional deliverables is coming soon!


 Low Carbon Hydrogen Production, Storage and Distribution

HyTrEc2 aims to undertake innovative demonstrative projects in Hydrogen production, storage and distribution. Hydrogen transport emits no CO2, however the production of Hydrogen often does. Water Electrolysis production of Hydrogen has the potential to be entirely green, however at present the cost is too high to be viable. HyTrEc2 aims to produce Hydrogen with a low/zero Carbon footprint at a significantly lower price. Alongside production, HyTrEc2 seeks to involve itself in improving the storage and distribution of Hydrogen, which is particularly important given that much of the North Sea Region is made up of large rural swathes interspersed with towns and cities.

A key element of HyTrEc2's pioneering project will be to create a green Hydrogen production. It is intended that wind and solar energy shall be harnessed to power water electrolysis. HyTrEc2 partner Aberdeen City Council have been exploring the green Hydrogen production at it's ACHES station.


{Below is a tour of the station that provides some more detailed information.}



‘In late 2019 Aberdeen City Council commissioned consultant Element Energy to establish whether there was a business case for Aberdeen to become a large scale producer of cost-competitive green hydrogen and whether there would be commercial interest from the market in establishing Aberdeen as a “Hydrogen Hub”. The study, funded through HyTrEc2 with Opportunity North East and Scottish Enterprise evidences that the Hydrogen Hub will be key to unlocking a host of potential economic and environmental opportunities for the region with public sector support. As a result the Council has received significant levels of interest from the Scottish Government Energy Transition Fund to facilitate its deliver with the Council committing further funding to ensure its successful establishment.’

In March 2020 the Pronvincie Drenthe received the business case they had commissioned from Royal Haskoning DHV. The business case explored the power sources for a new hydrogen refuelling station in the region that would be able to fuel 10 new fuel cell buses.


Other tasks which are necessary to advance Hydrogen production, storage and distribution are:

  • having a detailed look at more remote area of the NSR to further understand the difficulties facing storage and distribution

This site will be updated frequently: new materials relating to production, storage and distribution will appear soon.


 Supply Chain Development and Training


Supply side issues are one of the largest obstacles to the expansion of the Hydrogen sector, HyTrEc2 aims to address this. The development of an effective supply chain in the various components of Hydrogen transport is a key element in the reduction of costs. A supply chain is needed for the production, storage and distribution of Hydrogen as well as the maintenance of vehicles. HyTrEc2 intends to establish an effective supply chain network by engaging with various companies. As training is such a key element in supply chain development, HyTrEc2 will create courses for various actors to ensure a blossoming Hydrogen sector. 

Supply chain mapping is crucial to understand the state of affairs prior to the project. This mapping highlights the strengths and weaknesses in the pre-project market in order to engage with the supply chain in the most effective way. The mapping shall be carried out at the end of the project as well, to assess the growth in the supply chain (i.e the effectiveness of the project) and to identify remaining gaps in the supply chain and training provision in order to provide possible post-project solutions.

{Above is the mapping report carried out by Pale Blue Dot, and below is a diagram which visually summarises the findings.}



One way in which the HyTrEc2 partners are enabling supply chain development is to provide information on their own journey into the hydrogen sector. Aberdeen City Council has produced an educational booklet, which outlines the different ways the City has incorporated hydrogen into transport and their plans for expansion.

This booklet was created by HyTrEc2 in tandem with the Smart Hy-Aware project. The booklet has also been distributed to local learning institutions in Scotland as an introductory case study on hydrogen deployment in the region. 

Further tasks will be carried out in order to expand and strengthen the supply chain of Hydrogen, these include:

  • engaging with potentially valuable companies who have knowledge/resources already
  • facilitating networking opportunities between those in and those interested in the supply chain
  • developing a training module targeted at technician level and above to ensure a supply of skilled labour

Materials relating to these tasks is coming soon!