Siemens Energy, in collaboration with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Expo 2020 Dubai, has inaugurated the first industrial scale, solar-driven green hydrogen facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
Located at DEWA?s Outdoor Testing Facility of the Research and Development (R&D) Centre at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, this trailblasing Green Hydrogen Project serves as a major milestone in the advancement of the sustainable energy industry in the region.
The plant was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee. The integrated facility was developed with electrolysis, storage, and re-electrification capabilities, to maximise the benefits of the pilot project. Daylight solar power from the solar park will enable the pilot project to produce around 20.5kg/hr of hydrogen at 1.25MWe of peak power.
Utilising this pilot project, DEWA aims to demonstrate the production of green hydrogen from solar power, as well as the storage, and re-electrification of hydrogen. This is a system that allows for buffering renewable energy production, both for fast response applications, as well as for long-term storage.
HE Reem Al Hashimy, minister of state for international cooperation and director general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, ?The Green Hydrogen project is leading by example, showing how technology and collaboration can help build a cleaner, safer and healthier future for everyone.?
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, added, ?Through this pilot project, DEWA aims to demonstrate the production of green hydrogen from solar power, its storage and re-electrification. This is a system that allows 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.?
?This landmark Green Hydrogen Project highlights the importance of partnership in driving forward innovative new clean energy solutions and tackling the existential threat from global climate change. 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,? commented Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy.