Dubai Supreme Council of Energy chairman and Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum and other officials have broken ground on the first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
The project, to be implemented in collaboration between Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens, will be built at DEWA’s outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said: “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.
“Our aim is to make Dubai a model of energy efficiency and safety.”
He said that in line with its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai will work with its partners to create long-term benefits for the UAE, the wider region and the rest of the world.
DEWA managing director and CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer said: “The Green Hydrogen project is part of our efforts to support the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to promote sustainability and innovation, and lead the transformation towards a greener economy.
“This pilot project is the first of its kind in the MENA region to produce hydrogen using clean energy. 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 hydrogen produced at the facility will be stored and deployed for re-electrification, transportation and other uses.”
Hydrogen mobility is planned to be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai by powering a number of fuel-cell vehicles with the hydrogen generated at the facility and transport Expo 2020 Dubai visitors to the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.
Expo 2020 Dubai will also display live data of the green hydrogen electrolysis.
Siemens president and CEO Joe Kaeser said: “Along with our partners DEWA and Expo 2020 Dubai, we made the commitment less than a year ago to bring green hydrogen to Dubai. With this ground-breaking ceremony, we are inching closer to making this a reality.”
Image: Work begins on MENA’s first solar-powered green hydrogen project in Dubai. Photo: Courtesy of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.