GHD, Fraunhofer–Gesellschaft to help develop UAE hydrogen policy

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  • UAE's National Hydrogen Strategy will help in formulating policies for energy-mix diversification strategies and net-zero targets by 2050.
  • Crucial elements must be in place for a booming hydrogen-based economy, including proper infrastructure, technological readiness and market access.

ABU DHABI, UAE – The Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MoEI) of UAE announced that it had signed an agreement with GHD Group, in partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer–Gesellschaft, to develop its National Hydrogen Strategy.

The National Hydrogen Strategy will help in formulating policies for energy-mix diversification strategies and net-zero targets by 2050.

Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Suhail bin Mohammed Al Mazrouei 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.”

He said, “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.”

Under-Secretary of Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure Sharif Al Olama said, “As the global hydrogen economy accelerates through technological innovation, partnerships and investment commitments, hydrogen could be a decarbonization solution that provides multiple market opportunities across electricity, transportation, mobility and industrial sectors.”

He said, “The UAE recognizes that crucial elements must be in place for a booming hydrogen-based economy, including proper infrastructure, technological readiness and market access.”

GHD’s Regional Manager for the UAE Bassam Halabi said, “GHD looks forward to collaborating with the UAE government in developing its National Hydrogen Strategy in partnership with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.”

He said, “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.”

He added, “GHD’s partnership with the Germany-based Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft to develop 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. Christopher Hebling, Co-Spokesman of the Fraunhofer Hydrogen Network and Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, said, “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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