Expo Dubai: hydrogen plant for public transport

Country's first clean energy plant

18 May, 17:49

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, MAY 18 - The United Arab Emirates has commissioned its first hydrogen plant to provide clean energy for public transportation during Expo Dubai, which officially starts in October this year.

    The announcement was made by Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al Mazrouei to the UAE daily The National.

    The hydrogen plant will supply the fuel to "certain buses [and] cars that will be used during Expo", Suhail Al Mazrouei told reporters during a press conference announcing the launch of World Utilities Congress in Abu Dhabi.

    "Dubai, in collaboration with Germany's Siemens Energy company, is developing a solar-powered electrolyser to produce hydrogen for fuel cells at Expo 2020 Dubai, which was delayed until this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic," The National wrote.

    The UAE, OPEC's third-largest oil producer, "is aiming to tap into the potential of hydrogen by becoming an exporter. The country formed an alliance involving three of its state-backed entities - Mubadala, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, and holding company ADQ - to produce green and blue hydrogen," it added.

    The blue energy will come from steam-methane reforming.

    Masdar, a town near the airport that has been called the "green city", is already testing hydrogen on some transport vehicles as part of a step forward in the UAE's plan to provide for 50% of its energy needs through renewable sources by 2050.

    "Globally, the hydrogen industry is expected to grow to $183 billion by 2023, from $129bn in 2017, according to Fitch Solutions. French investment bank Natixis estimates that investments in hydrogen will exceed $300bn by 2030," the UAE daily noted.(ANSAmed).

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