AECC to get largest UK fuel cell installation

The new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) is set to have the largest fuel cell installation in the UK.

Aberdeen City Council has signed a deal with Doosan Babcock that will see the £333 million centre supplied with low emission fuel cells, creating a dedicated on-site energy centre to provide power, heat and cooling.

It is hoped that the new centre will generate 600 new jobs during the construction period and 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations. This forms a ket part of the council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan.

Over the next 10 years, the new AECC is expected to attract major artists and events to the city, and contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63 million net GVA to the Scottish economy.

Jenny Laing, leader of Aberdeen City Council, said: “The new AECC will be a modern and fit-for-purpose facility, attracting bigger names in entertainment and more major international events and conferences to the north-east, so it is fitting that it will be leading in fuel cell technology.

“The venue will be a fantastic asset for Aberdeen as part of the City Council’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan, and it is great that such an experienced company in Doosan Babcock will be a part of our city’s future.”

Fuel cells transform chemical energy from fuel into final electrical and thermal energy through cogeneration, delivering heat and electricity output more efficiently than the separate production of electricity and heat.