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The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens are set to build the first solar-powered hydrogen electrolysis facility in the MENA region.

It will be built at DEWA’s outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development (R&D) Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai. The move supports a green economy in the UAE.

“DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens are working together to help realise His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision to identify new energy resources and provide sustainable power as part of a balanced approach that prioritises the environment,” said chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

Al Maktoum added: “Our aim is to make Dubai a model of energy efficiency and safety.” Read more: Expo 2020 Dubai selects digital transformation partner

Innovative project

Al Maktoum continued: “In line with its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai will continue to work with its partners to create long-term benefits for the UAE, the wider region and the rest of the world. Breaking ground on this innovative project represents an important milestone in bringing to life Expo’s key subtheme of Sustainability, as well as its mission to create a meaningful legacy for generations to come.”

DEWA’s MD and CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, noted that this pilot project is the first of its kind in the MENA region to produce hydrogen using clean energy.

Al Tayer said: “It supports DEWA’s efforts in innovation, research, and development in energy storage and sustainability, which is one of the themes of Expo 2020 Dubai. The project also supports DEWA’s efforts to contribute to hosting one of the most sustainable World Expos in history in line with DEWA’s role as Expo 2020’s Official Sustainable Energy Partner.”