Dubai to have first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility

Dubai to have first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility
Published: 13 February 2018 - 12:20 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

Dubai will be home to the region’s first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DEWA’s outdoor testing facilities at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai.

This follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed during the 6th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai between DEWA, Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens.

During 6th World Government Summit

DEWA signs MoU with Expo 2020 Dubai and Siemens to kick- off region’s first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility

The facility aims at testing and showcasing an integrated MW-scale plant to produce hydrogen using renewable energy from solar photovoltaic at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, store the gas, and then deploy for either re-electrification, transportation or other industrial uses.

Hydrogen technologies will accelerate renewable energy integration and deployment in the region and pave the way for the transition to a sustainable and green economy in the UAE.

DEWA and Expo 2020 Dubai intend to use fuel-cell vehicles powered by the green hydrogen generated at the facility. Visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai will be able to visit the key facilities at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Live data of the green hydrogen electrolysis will be displayed at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“This project will not only result in the development of the region’s first solar-driven hydrogen electrolysis facility, but is an example of what can be achieved through collaboration between Expo 2020 Dubai and our partners, truly embodying the Expo theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’,” Reem Al Hashimy.

“Expo 2020 Dubai will be a celebration of creativity and innovation, providing a platform for new sustainable technologies like this to be presented to a global audience of millions, and help us move towards a cleaner, greener future.”

"The MoU supports Expo 2020 Dubai's themes to promote sustainability and innovation and DEWA’s efforts to contribute to hosting the best edition of Expo in Dubai. This is part of our partnership with Expo 2020 Dubai, as the official sustainable energy partner," said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEo and MD, DEWA.

DEWA has allocated AED 4.26 billion to support the infrastructure for electricity and water at Expo 2020 Dubai and is the official Sustainable Energy Partner.  DEWA’s electricity projects to support Expo 2020 Dubai include three 132/11 kilovolt (kV) substations with 45 kilometres (km) of high-voltage (132kV) cables.

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