Emirates news agency – Green hydrogen promising energy source to accelerate transition to green economy: CEO of DEWA

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DUBAI, June 11, 2021 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates are the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to take significant steps to produce hydrogen using clean energy in the as part of its strategy to build an economy based on renewable energy sources, which helps to increase foreign investment and intensify high-end partnerships, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA).

This follows growing demand for clean energy in local markets, which reinforces the UAE’s global leadership role in spearheading decarbonization in various vital industries, Al Tayer said in an editorial published today. ‘hui.

He said: “In a new step confirming Dubai’s leadership in clean and renewable energy, His Royal Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Supreme Energy Council of Dubai, inaugurated the Green Hydrogen project in Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai. May 19, 2021. This pilot project is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen from renewable energies.

“Green hydrogen is a promising energy source that respects the environment. It is usually produced by electrolysis of water. Green hydrogen represents one of the pillars of a sustainable future which involves accelerating the transition to carbon neutrality to support a green economy. Its goals are to develop the green mobility sector and reduce carbon emissions from large-scale industries that produce large amounts of carbon, such as trucks, trains, ships and airplanes, as well as the production of ‘electricity. This means that it can help reduce CO2 emissions around the world.

“If green hydrogen is successful in lowering the costs of producing clean energy from its current price range of US $ 36.5 per kilogram, it will likely be able to compete with hydrogen produced from fuels. fossils and associated with carbon emissions, which cost less than a dollar.

“Therefore, hopes are high for green hydrogen. Thanks to the efforts of our R&D center, we believe that the production of green hydrogen will follow the same trend as solar power, wind power and batteries. We had the same experience when we launched the first phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai, which used photovoltaic solar panels with a capacity of 13 MW. The pilot project generates electricity from thin-film solar cells with an efficiency of only 11.8%, while the cost of producing one kilowatt hour of electric power has reached 0.11 cents. Currently, we have managed to achieve an efficiency rate of 22%.

“Following the adoption of bifacial solar cell technology, self-cleaning solutions and an advanced automatic sun tracking system, we will be able to increase the efficiency of power generation to 24%. , and also reduce the cost of producing a kilowatt hour of electric power to just $ 1.69, and those costs are still going down.

“Today, the world is seeing a growing interest in investing in clean, renewable sources of energy that will change the global energy landscape over the next decade, especially for countries looking to quickly recover from energy. impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting from fossil fuels to environmentally friendly and relatively inexpensive energy sources. Along with this global trend, the prospects for the use of green hydrogen in the production of electricity and the development of many vital sectors have recently increased, which explains the recent launch of 320 pilot projects to produce green hydrogen. in many countries. The latest Frost & Sullivan report indicated that annual green hydrogen production will increase by 57% per year between 2019 and 2030, from 40,000 tonnes to 5.7 million tonnes.

“The United Arab Emirates are the first country in the Middle East and North Africa to take significant steps to produce hydrogen using clean energy. This follows the growing demand for clean energy in local markets, which reinforces the UAE’s global leadership role in decarbonization in various vital industries.

“The production of green hydrogen is part of the efforts of the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to support the Dubai 2050 clean energy strategy, to provide 75% of Dubai’s total electric capacity from energy sources. clean energy by 2050. This project strengthens our efforts to diversify energy sources and promote investment, by supporting innovation, research and development in the field of energy storage. This will pave the way for building an economy based on clean energy. This includes green hydrogen, which plays an important role in the global energy mix and in the fight against global warming.

“These efforts are aimed at implementing the relevant strategies, as well as the Dubai 2030 Green Mobility Strategy to boost the use of sustainable transport. It also supports the UAE’s Hydrogen Vehicle System, which has been endorsed by the cabinet headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This strategy aims to develop the hydrogen economy, open up local markets to hydrogen vehicles and encourage increasing the number of environmentally friendly vehicles. This is the cornerstone to encourage the use and licensing of hydrogen-powered vehicles, installations and equipment, which contributes sustainable growth that strikes a balance with the environment, the economy and society.

“The strategic and qualitative partnerships between DEWA and private sector organizations will enable the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park to become a leading global pioneer in the production and innovation of renewable and clean energy technologies. The Green Hydrogen Project is just one step in the journey of success that shapes a brighter and more sustainable future for us and our future generations, and enhances the global transformation towards a green economy that the UAE can be ironing out of. spear. ”


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