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Establishing UAE as a hub for exporting liquid green hydrogen

The UAE plans to establish itself as a leading and reliable producer and supplier of low carbon hydrogen by 2031. (Image source: Masdar)

Masdar and Daimler Truck Holding AG have signed an MoU to explore the feasibility of liquid green hydrogen exports from Abu Dhabi to Europe by 2030

The MoU was signed in Abu Dhabi by Fawaz Al Muharrami, executive director of Clean Energy and deputy COO at Masdar and Martin Daum, chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Daimler Truck.

The UAE plans to establish itself as a leading and reliable producer and supplier of low carbon hydrogen by 2031.

Sustainable transportation

Daimler Truck said it is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and to lead sustainable transportation. The company is planning to make its entire range of trucks and buses CO2-neutral in driving operation across its global core markets (Europe, U.S., Japan) by 2039.

To decarbonise transportation, Daimler Truck is pursuing a dual-track strategy with hydrogen- and battery-powered vehicles. In a demonstration of the feasibility of using liquid hydrogen in road transportation, the company’s prototype Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Truck recently completed a trip of 1,047 kilometers across Germany with one fill of liquid hydrogen under real-life conditions. Daimler Truck is building a customer-trial fleet of Mercedes-Benz GenH2 Trucks which are expected to be deployed in mid-2024.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Masdar CEO, said, “Masdar’s ambition is to be one of the leading players in the development of green hydrogen globally and we believe that transportation is one of the most strategic markets for green hydrogen. This agreement has the potential to enable a significant reduction of CO2-emissions in road freight transport in Europe, supports the UAE’s ambition to become a leader in the low-carbon hydrogen market by 2031 and aligns with our ’smart-early-mover’ approach to deliver projects with strategic partners across the world.”

Martin Daum said, “We at Daimler Truck aim to lead sustainable transportation. In order to decarbonise commercial vehicles, it is absolutely crucial to make green energy globally available. Our initiative with Masdar marks an initial step for us to enable the supply of liquid green hydrogen in Europe.”

Read more: A look at how Masdar is producing hydrogen