Scotland’s First Minister has made a bid to drive green energy as he took to the wheel of a hydrogen powered car at a renewable energy conference in Aberdeen.
Alex Salmond was at All Energy, the UK’s largest renewable energy event, on Wednesday.
He made a raft of announcements to boost green technologies including a new centre for North Sea expertise aimed at encouraging carbon capture projects. He also announced the opening of a fund for marine energy projects.
More than 580 exhibitors, 180 of them from the city and Aberdeenshire and others from more than 20 countries, are participating in the week-long event held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Mr Salmond said: "Scotland is playing an important role in the emerging global low carbon economy, including pursuing a target to ensure renewable energy generates at least 100% of Scotland's electricity demand by 2020."
The energy minister Charles Hendry was also at the conference. He addressed delegates about the draft energy bill published on Tuesday.
He said it would boost investment in clean energy and said both the Scottish and UK Governments were working together to create new jobs in the sector.
He said: “What we're trying to do at the moment is saying lets just get the right solutions for the United Kingdom, for Scotland. This has got massive implications in terms of jobs, maintaining jobs, and creating new jobs."