His Excellency 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 and 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 to produce green hydrogen, which is a promising source. Energy is among the environmentally friendly sources and enables the reduction of 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. .
He considered that the hope is that the production of green hydrogen, thanks to the efforts of the Research and Development Center, will take the same path that solar photovoltaic, wind energy and batteries follow. 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. of electrical energy to 11 US cents. Today, we have managed to reach the efficiency of approximately 22%. 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.
His Excellency said the world today 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 (Covid-19) pandemic by shifting from relying on Fossil fuels are environmentally friendly and relatively low-cost sources of energy. 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 for the production of green hydrogen in a number of countries, as indicated by the latest report of the research company “Frost & Sullivan” to Annual green hydrogen production will increase by 57% annually between 2019 and 2030, from 40,000 tons to 5.7 million tons.
He added, “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.” On clean energy in local markets, which enhances the country’s leading role in the world in leading efforts to decarbonize various vital industries.
He pointed out that green hydrogen production is part of DEWA’s strategy to invest in clean energy in line with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to provide 75% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050. This project supports our efforts to diversify energy sources and increase The volume of investment in it 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, which contributes to achieving relevant strategies. The relationship, as well as the Dubai Green Mobility 2030 initiative, which aims to stimulate the use of sustainable transportation, in addition to the national system for hydrogen vehicles, which 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 vehicles environmentally friendly; 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.
He said, “The strategic and qualitative partnerships that brought together the authority with private sector institutions have resulted in the construction of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Energy Complex, 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 that defines the features A brighter and more 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.”
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