Dubai – Mubasher: Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, affirmed the emirate’s leadership in the field of clean and renewable energy.
Al Tayer said that the launch of the “green hydrogen” project is a new step, as this pilot project is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa region to produce green hydrogen, which is a promising source of energy and among the environmentally friendly sources that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions worldwide. .
He added that if the green hydrogen path succeeds in reducing the costs of producing clean energy compared to its current price, which ranges between 3 and 6.5 dollars per kilogram, it is likely to be able to compete with hydrogen produced by fossil fuels and associated with carbon emissions, whose cost does not exceed one dollar. .
Al Tayer considered that the hope is that the production of green hydrogen, thanks to the efforts of the Research and Development Center, will follow the same path that solar photovoltaic, wind energy and batteries follow.
He said: We tested this matter when we started the first projects of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex in Dubai, according to photovoltaic solar panels technology with a capacity of 13 megawatts, and it was a pilot project in which we used the first generation of photovoltaic panels equipped with thin films, with an efficiency of only 11.8%, while the cost of production reached Kilowatt-hours of electrical energy to 11 US cents.
He added, “Today, we have succeeded in reaching approximately 22% of efficiency.” After using the technology of dual-deck solar cells, self-cleaning techniques and an advanced system to track the movement of the sun, we succeeded in increasing the efficiency of energy production to more than 24% and reducing the cost of producing kilowatt-hours of electrical energy to only 1.69 cents and prices are still falling.
Al Tayer pointed out that the world is witnessing an increasing interest in investing in clean and renewable energy sources that will change the global energy landscape in the next ten years, especially for countries looking to accelerate the pace of economic recovery in the wake of the emerging Corona virus pandemic by shifting from dependence on fossil fuels to Environmentally friendly and relatively low cost energy sources.
He added that, in conjunction with this global trend, the prospects for using green hydrogen in power generation and advancing the development of many vital sectors have recently increased, which explains the recent launch of 320 pilot projects to produce green hydrogen in a number of countries, as indicated by the latest report of the research company “Frost & Sullivan.” It indicates that annual green hydrogen production will rise by 57% annually between 2019 and 2030, from 40,000 tons to 5.7 million tons.
The UAE is the first country in the Middle East and North Africa region that has made qualitative leaps in the production of hydrogen energy using clean energy as part of its strategy to build an economy based on renewable energy sources that contribute to increasing the flow of foreign investments and increasing quality partnerships, in light of the growing demand for clean energy in Local markets, which enhances the country’s leading role globally in leading efforts to decarbonize various vital industries, according to Al Tayer.
He pointed out that the production of green hydrogen is part of DEWA’s strategy to invest in clean energy, which is in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
He added that this project supports the authority’s efforts to diversify energy sources and increase the volume of investment in them by supporting innovation, research and development in the fields of energy storage, paving the way for building an economy based on clean energies, including green hydrogen, which plays an important role not only in the global energy mix but also in Mitigating the effects of global warming in a way that contributes to achieving related strategies, as well as the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative 2030
This initiative aims to stimulate the use of sustainable means of transportation, in addition to the national system for hydrogen vehicles that was recently approved by the Council of Ministers and aims to develop the hydrogen economy in the United Arab Emirates, open local markets to hydrogen vehicles and encourage an increase in the number of environmentally friendly vehicles; The system represents the cornerstone for encouraging the use and licensing of hydrogen-related vehicles, facilities and equipment, contributing to sustainable growth that balances environmental, economic and social impacts.
Al Tayer said: “The strategic and qualitative partnerships that brought together DEWA and private sector institutions have resulted in the construction of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, this world-leading edifice in the production and innovation of renewable and clean energy technologies. The “green hydrogen” project is only one of the stations of this success, which It draws the features of a brighter and sustainable future for us and our future generations, and supports the global transformation process towards a green economy, which is well-deservedly led by the UAE.”