Having today (Jan 19) inked a deal at during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the trio hopes their commitment will support the development of Abu Dhabi as a green hydrogen hub.

With the aviation industry being a big contributor to carbon emissions, the new deal is also set to highlight the role hydrogen could have when it comes to greener, cleaner flights.

It is hoped the plant will commence the front-end engineering and design (FEED) stage later this year.

Dietmar Siersdorfer, Managing Director Middle East and UAE at Siemens Energy, said, “Green hydrogen has a vital role to play in the decarbonisation of many industries, with the aviation sector presenting an excellent opportunity.

“With deep expertise in electrolysers and plant integration we understand that collaboration is vital to success. We’re excited to have a longstanding and strong partner such as TotalEnergies bring its expertise to help accelerate this landmark project.”

Now, having joined the initiative, it is hoped that TotalEnergies will offer its withstanding expertise in sustainable aviation fuel production, offtake and supply with partner airlines.

Francois Good, Senior Vice-President, Refining and Petrochemicals Africa Middle East and Asia at TotalEnergies, added, “We are very pleased to partner with Masdar and Siemens Energy to meet the challenge of decarbonising air transport through sustainable aviation fuel from green hydrogen.

“In this project, TotalEnergies brings its expertise in renewables energy as well as SAF manufacturing and marketing advanced sustainable fuel production with the aim of acting directly on the carbon intensity of the energy products used by our customers.

“This is in-line with our strategy of building a multi-energy company with the ambition to get to net zero by 2050 together with society.”

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, concluded, “Today’s signing and the participation of TotalEnergies as a co-developer represents a significant step forward for this exciting project.

“The demonstrator plant will help to establish the commercial viability of green hydrogen as an essential decarbonised fuel of the future, and will support Abu Dhabi’s development as a green hydrogen hub.

“While the hydrogen market is still at a comparatively early stage, we firmly believe that by working together with international partners on projects such as this, we can help the hydrogen market develop its full potential and it will really take off in the years to come.”

Making hydrogen happen

This March, H2 View will explore A Climate for Action and Investment in Europe in an immersive event that features some of the leading stakeholders and influencers in hydrogen, as well as a return to in-person networking and the opportunity to meet the Women in Hydrogen driving the agenda forward.

Taking place in Munich, Germany, confirmed speakers already include the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe, Clean Hydrogen Partnership, FiveT Hydrogen, Airbus, Nel and Michelin.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your ticket, click here.