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UAE inks deal with German firms to develop hydrogen strategy

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The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI), announced that it had signed an agreement with GHD Group, in partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer–Gesellschaft, to develop its National Hydrogen Strategy.
As part of the UAE’s Hydrogen Roadmap and the ongoing commitment to decarbonisation and energy transition, the National Hydrogen Strategy will help establish the UAE’s hydrogen vision and inform its policy decisions as one of its energy-mix diversification strategies and Net-Zero targets by 2050.
Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, said, “We remain focused on our goal of capturing 25 percent of the most important hydrogen market. Our ambition is to see the UAE become a world-leading authority on the role of hydrogen in the energy transition. GHD had initially collaborated with the MoEI to assess the critical elements necessary to establish a hydrogen strategy in the UAE. GHD’s scope for developing and implementing the National Hydrogen Strategy is expected to set the direction for a hydrogen economy across the UAE.”
Sharif Al Olama, Under-Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, stated, “As the global Hydrogen economy accelerates through technological innovation, partnerships, and investment commitments, Hydrogen could be a decarbonisation solution that provides multiple market opportunities across electricity, transportation and mobility, and the industrial sectors. The UAE recognises that crucial elements must be in place for a booming hydrogen-based economy, including the proper infrastructure, technological readiness, and market access.”
For his part, Bassam Halabi, GHD’s Regional Manager for the UAE, commented, “GHD looks forward to collaborating with the UAE government in developing its National Hydrogen Strategy in partnership with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. We are committed to leading and supporting our clients, partners and communities in the transition to future with affordable, reliable, secure and low-carbon energy. GHD’s partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to develop the UAE National Hydrogen Strategy presents a unique opportunity to further strengthen the bilateral relations between the UAE and Germany through contributions to the UAE’s Net Zero ambition.”
Prof. Dr. Christopher Hebling, Co-Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Hydrogen Network and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, added, “The Fraunhofer Society is pleased to make a contribution to the ambitious goals of the UAE for climate neutrality by 2050 by helping to develop a National Hydrogen Strategy.”

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