Together with Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, Siemens Energy announced that it is joining forces with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy, Etihad Airways, German Lufthansa, Marubeni Corporation and Khalifa University on an ambitious project that will help pave the way for the development of the UAE’s green hydrogen economy.
The organizations signed an MoU with the intent to establish a photovoltaic (PV) powered electrolyzer facility, to demonstrate state-of-the-art green hydrogen production technology and present sustainable fuel use cases.
The first phase of the demonstration program will focus on the production of green hydrogen for passenger cars and buses in the Masdar City area. In parallel, a kerosene synthesis plant will be built to convert the majority of the green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel. In the second phase of the program, the production of decarbonized fuels for the maritime sector will be explored. Through the program, the organizations involved can help to significantly reduce the UAE’s carbon footprint, create domestic demand for sustainable fuels, and establish a local knowledge and industry base for their production.
“Green hydrogen has the potential to become the foundation fuel for a future clean economy, and will be a game-changer for decarbonisation strategies as we look to achieve climate goals and deliver a more sustainable future for all,” said Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, Chief Executive Officer, Masdar. “Masdar has been exploring hydrogen production and generation for more than a decade – today we believe the time is right to accelerate investment in this technology.”
Thomas Bareiß, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy: "I am pleased to witness these cooperation agreements that underline the strategic partnership between Germany and the UAE in the field of hydrogen. It offers great potential for decarbonization and economic cooperation between our countries and companies. The new agreements are not only groundbreaking with regard to goals within the framework of our hydrogen strategy, they also underline the value of the German-Emirati energy partnership, which the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is supporting. Already since 2016, sustainable, efficient and renewable energy technologies and services have been actively promoted through bilateral exchanges."
“These significant agreements highlight the importance of collaboration with a strong and diverse group of partners across industrial sectors, to drive forward and realize the potential of green hydrogen in decarbonization,” said Armin Schnettler, Executive Vice President of the New Energy Business at Siemens Energy. “The UAE’s visionary leadership is creating the solid foundations for a successful green hydrogen economy and is the base for a new ecosystem.”
“These agreements highlight the important of strong partnerships as well as the determination by the governments to invest in innovative technologies to drive sustainable growth and decarbonization,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, Managing Director Siemens Energy Middle East. “We are proud that Siemens Energy is being recognized as the partner of choice, having pioneered this space, generating green hydrogen from renewable energy using proton exchange membrane electrolysis. We look forward to developing and leveraging the many applications of green hydrogen throughout the value chain.”