Saeed Al Tayer: Green hydrogen is a promising source of energy


Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, affirmed the emirate’s leadership in clean and renewable energy and the launch of the “Green Hydrogen” project, a new step, the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa, to produce green hydrogen, which is a source of energy. Promising energy, and among the environmentally friendly sources and enables the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in the world.
He added that if the green hydrogen path succeeds in reducing the costs of producing clean energy, compared to its current price between 3 and 6.5 dollars per kilogram, it is likely that it will be able to compete with hydrogen produced by fossil fuels, with carbon emissions, and its cost does not exceed one dollar.
He believed 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 as solar photovoltaic, wind energy and batteries. We tested this 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. An hour of electrical energy to 11 cents. Today, we have managed to reach the efficiency of about 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.
Today, 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 that are looking to accelerate the pace of economic recovery in the wake of the “Corona” pandemic, by shifting from dependence on fossil fuels, to energy sources. Energy is environmentally friendly and relatively low cost. 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 launch of 320 recent pilot projects for the production of green hydrogen in a number of countries.
The latest report by the research firm Frost & Sullivan indicated that annual green hydrogen production will rise 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, which reinforces its leading role globally in leading efforts to decarbonize various vital industries.
He pointed out that the production of green hydrogen is part of the authority’s strategy, 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.


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