Aberdeen’s new exhibition and conference centre is to be heated and powered by the biggest low-emission facility of its kind in the UK. The city council has struck a deal with UK energy engineering specialist Doosan Babcock to supply the fuel-cell technology for an on-site energy centre. It will install three of its 460kW Purecell units for the new venue at Bucksburn, which is due to open in 2019. The local authority is arguing the scheme is on a par with the largest fuel-cell projects across Europe and will help cement the Granite City’s “energy capital” status. Council leader, Jenny Laing, said: “The new AECC will be a modern and fit-for-purpose facility, attracting bigger names in entertainment and major international events and conferences to the north-east. “So it is fitting that it will be leading in fuel-cell technology. It is great that such an experienced company as Doosan Babcock will be a part of our city’s future.” Fuel cells have become an increasingly popular means to provide heat and power to large commercial, industrial and civic venues without producing such harmful emissions. They work by converting oxygen and hydrogen – usually obtained from natural gas – into “clean” electricity and thermal energy, which is regarded as a more efficient process than producing each separately. Doosan Babcock chief executive, Andrew Hunt, added: “We are thrilled to be involved in such an exciting and transformative project.
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