Included within these agreements are collaborations with German-based Aurubis, RWE, GETEC, and STEAG which will explore opportunities in low-carbon and renewable hydrogen derivatives.

This agreement will also see the execution of the “first” low-carbon ammonia demonstration cargos, produced by Fertiglobe, from the UAE to Germany in 2022.

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A joint study agreement has also been signed with Uniper and Hydrogenious to explore transportation between the UAE and Germany using Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology.

It is expected that the agreement will look to scale the technology in order to create a viable, cost-competitive method of mass transporting hydrogen across the globe.

The final agreement is with HHLA and AD Ports Group which will see the companies work with ADNOC to transform the Port of Hamburg into a hydrogen import hub creating a basis for the UAE to export its hydrogen to Europe.

The collaborations will see joint study agreements (JSAs) put in place with counterparts in Germany in order to accelerate and deepen collaboration in clean hydrogen.

The basis of these partnerships is to build ADNOC’s hydrogen capabilities and value chain in order to support the UAE’s target of supplying up to 25% of imported hydrogen in key global markets.

Germany is widely recognised as a nation leading the charge in hydrogen innovation and production and thus securing partnerships with companies in the country could be a significant development.

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Managing Director and CEO of ADNOC and UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said, “The UAE and Germany have a deep, longstanding bilateral relationship and a growing partnership in clean energy, helping to enable and accelerate the global energy transition.

“At ADNOC, we have ambitious growth plans for clean hydrogen, a critical tool in efforts to decarbonise hard-to-abate sectors, which we are actively delivering on to meet demand in Asia, and through today’s partnerships, Europe as well.

“We remain committed to working with like-minded partners across the public and private sectors to implement tangible projects that will supply the world’s energy needs, while reducing carbon emissions and the carbon intensity of the energy that supports our everyday lives.”

Policy Pillar – Hydrogen and the Gulf Tiger: How policy is the driving force behind hydrogen in the UAE

Due to the large access the Middle East has to wind and solar energy, the region is set to become a global hotspot for hydrogen production. One country that continues to push forward its hydrogen economy in the Middle East is the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In supporting the clean energy carrier’s global expansion, the UAE is rapidly scaling not only its production capacity but also its technological innovation to successfully transition to clean energy.

Key to unlocking the UAE’s hydrogen potential are political legislations that have enabled sufficient support for the nation and continue to promote wider cooperation in developing the hydrogen ecosystem.

The UAE is well recognised within the global energy market for making significant advances through the use of crude oil and carbon intensive energy sources which provided the nation a significant boost to its economy.

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