Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum has inaugurated the Green Hydrogen project at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
The project is the first solar-driven green hydrogen-producing facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and will be implemented in collaboration with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens Energy.
The project will demonstrate the production of green hydrogen from solar power, as well as storage and re-electrification. The system will allow for buffering renewable energy production, both for fast response applications, as well as for long-term storage. The plant has been built to accommodate future applications and test platforms for the different uses of hydrogen, including potential mobility and industrial uses.
DEWA has already explored and developed a pilot project for green mobility using hydrogen that can be executed in the near future and is building expertise to shape the clean hydrogen future of the UAE. This project will complement this development and advance the Emirate towards a sustainable green economy.
According to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, 2021 has witnessed important developments in the hydrogen sector. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently approved a system for hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles, which aims to develop the green hydrogen economy in the UAE, open local markets to hydrogen-powered vehicles, and encourage an increase in environment-friendly vehicles.
This hydrogen project will encourage the use and licensing of vehicles, facilities and equipment related to hydrogen fuel and will contribute to achieving the goal of producing 75% of Dubai’s total power capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
“According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the demand for hydrogen as a power source has grown threefold in the past few decades, and its global production is estimated at 70 million metric tonnes annually. As a result, the costs of producing hydrogen are projected to fall by 64% by 2040. DEWA’s inauguration of the Green Hydrogen project represents a momentous milestone in positioning the UAE on the global map of hydrogen markets. The project will reinforce the country’s efforts to protect the environment, combat climate change and achieve carbon neutrality,” added His Excellency Dr Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment.
Dr Christian Bruch said: “As the first industrial-scale facility to produce green hydrogen in the Middle East and North Africa, it is an important milestone of the energy transformation. We look forward to working together to decarbonize industries that are hard to abate with renewable energy alone.”