Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Siemens have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pilot the Gulf’s first solar-driven hydrogen (H2) electrolysis facility.
Located at DEWA’s outdoor testing facilities at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the facility will test and showcase an integrated MW-scale plant to produce H2 using renewable energy from solar photovoltaic at the park, store the gas and then deploy for either re-electrification, transportation or other industrial uses.
H2 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 H2 generated at the facility.
“This is truly a landmark project for Dubai and the world, and a great step forward in building a secure supply of sustainable energy for the region’s economic development,” enthused Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens. “Green H2 can be a fuel of the future. It will accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in the Middle East through sector coupling, offering new use cases, such as e-Mobility and other environmentally-friendly industries.”