Dubai's first green hydrogen project has come into operation two years and a half after work on the facility began.
The plant is owned and operated by the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) and is linked to its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, a 5 GW solar project combining PV and CSP that is being constructed in several phases.
The hydrogen plant was built by Siemens Energy Middle East, a unit of Germany-based Siemens Energy, and is the first solar-powered green hydrogen facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
“This is a system that allows for buffering renewable energy production, both for fast response applications, as well as for long-term storage,” said DEWA CEO, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer. “The plant has been built to accommodate future applications and test platforms for the different uses of hydrogen, including potential mobility and industrial uses.”
The company did not reveal further technical and financial details on the project. The plant is located at outdoor testing facilities in the Research and Development Center of the giant solar park. “The hydrogen produced at the facility will be stored and deployed for re-electrification, transportation and other uses,” said Al Tayer in February 2019.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is now on the verge of entering phase V, is currently also hosting a pilot storage project based on NGK’s NAS Batteries.
*The article was amended on May 24 to reflect that Siemens Energy is not a unit of German conglomerate Siemens, as we previously reported.
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