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UAE?s first waste-to-hydrogen project
The United Arab Emirates? (UAE) first waste-to-hydrogen project is to be developed by Middle East clean energy solution company Bee?ah in partnership with UK-based Chinook Sciences. The project is an expansion of the two companies? waste gasification project that had been announced in 2014, leveraging similar pyrolysis and gasification technologies to produce hydrogen instead of electricity.
The waste-to-hydrogen plant will generate green hydrogen from non-recyclable plastic waste and waste wood from Bee'ah's material recovery facility. The hydrogen will be fed into an adjacent fuelling station to power Bee?ah?s future fleet of hydrogen-fuelled waste collection vehicles, effectively closing the waste loop. At maximum production capacity, the plant will be capable of fuelling 1,000 hydrogen-powered large vehicles per day. The partners claim that the cost of hydrogen from the plant will be competitive with, or even less than, the equivalent cost of diesel and gasoline.
The UAE plans to become a major hydrogen producer, and is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by 24% by 2030. Plans include investment in green hydrogen, which is produced using renewable energy, including solar power, as well as using carbon capture technologies to create blue hydrogen from natural gas.