The governments of the UAE and Germany are launching new action plans in the energy sector as part of the ‘Declaration of Intent’ signed by both countries in 2017.
Both sides agreed to launch an extensive programme specialised in hydrogen and artificial fuel to support the ambitious plans to increase clean energy production and support the Paris Climate Change Agreement.
The two countries have agreed to launch initiatives that support the objectives of the UAE’s strategic initiative to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.
The two friendly countries will reinforce their cooperation in green hydrogen and artificial fuel. The UAE provides solar energy at competitive prices, while Germany has a potential to import renewable and carbon-neutral energy. The innovative technologies of German companies will support the UAE’s efforts to achieve economic diversification.
The aim of such meetings is to promote cooperation between the two countries in green hydrogen to achieve climate neutrality by 2030. The German government has set the country’s annual hydrogen requirement goal at 110 TWh by 2030, which is unavailable locally. Considering the excellent conditions for producing renewable energy in the UAE, it could become a major source of green hydrogen and help Germany in this regard.
The production of green hydrogen is part of DEWA’s efforts to support the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Emissions Strategy 2050 to provide 100% of the energy production capacity from clean energy sources by 2050.
DEWA has implemented a green hydrogen project in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai, and Siemens Energy at DEWA’s R&D Centre in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This is the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa to produce hydrogen using solar power.
The pilot plant was designed to facilitate future applications and test platforms of different uses for hydrogen, such as energy production, and transportation. DEWA has also invited international consultancies to submit their bids to develop a strategy for the production of green hydrogen.
The objectives are to develop the green mobility sector, and reduce carbon emissions from various industries, as well as generating electrical and thermal energy, producing water and other applications.