The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport invited all interested parties to participate in a public debate on Clean Power for Transport, on 4 May 2013, during the Open Doors Day of the European Institutions. The debate took place on the fuel cell hydrogen bus supplied by European manufacturer Van Hool and was located at the entrance to the Berlaymont building.
On 11 February 2013, the third fuel cell bus project co-funded by the EU Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking took off in Aberdeen. A total of 9 buses will be put in operation in the coming year as part of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Project. First Minister Alex Salmond last August gave the green light for a pioneering clean energy hub in Scotland, including Europe’s largest hydrogen bus fleet, as he announced funding of up to £3.3 million for the EU-backed project. The Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise funding will enable Aberdeen City Council, supported by Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group, to start the project’s first phase with an order for 9 Van Hool hydrogen fuel cell buses.