The new AECC is expected to open in 2019

Technology which has previously been used to power satellites and space capsules for NASA has been fitted at the site of the new £333million Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The largest hydrogen fuel cell installation in the UK has been installed at the under-construction facility at Bucksburn, which is expected to open in 2019.

The three cells will provide low-emission heat and electricity for the 150-acre site with a total electrical output of 1.4MW – a level on a par with some of the largest installations in Europe and the equivalent of power for 1,400 homes.

Its introduction follows investment by the city council into hydrogen fuel, including with a fleet of hydrogen-powered cars, vans and buses.

Council co-leader Jenny Laing said: “The arrival of the hydrogen fuel cells at the new AECC is another great step forward for the development and is part of our ongoing commitment to use green technologies at the site.

“The fuel cells are building on Aberdeen City Council’s Hydrogen Strategy and enhances the city’s reputation for energy innovation including renewable and low carbon energy.”

Derek Shewan, chief operating officer for contractor Robertson Group, added: “The energy centre provides the new facility with incredibly strong green credentials.

“The construction works are coming along nicely with the ground slabs already poured and the pre-cast wall panels complete.

“With the fuel cells now installed, the roofing and cladding are continuing apace.”