Renewable energy sourced from the sun and wind is gaining ground in the Middle East, which has vast swathes of desert land, to establish highly efficient facilities for accessing both alternatives. Electric cars are being promoted by Emirati authorities via perks like free parking, universal chargers and inclusion of EVs in public transport.
But since the complete electrification of roads in the region may still take some time, clean fuels created largely using hydrogen can fill in during the transition from fossil fuels to solar power. Having stepped on the gas to set up facilities for extracting and exporting green hydrogen as well as blue ammonia, UAE is now positioned to host an event dedicated to promoting these green options.
The gathering of energy sector leaders and innovators in Dubai is being organised by Gastech, a firm which helps out governments with adoption of cleaner options to boost mobility. The focus apart from hydrogen, will also be on resources like natural gas and innovative products that can help the world go green.
Experts will shed light on green hydrogen, which is extracted by splitting water molecules, before moving to carbon capture tech. The latter points towards a process where carbon dioxide is separated from emissions, stored and then recycled for extracting more energy.
The mega event in the post-pandemic era, is expected to attract 20,000 visitors, which will include representatives from energy firms, and policy makers from across the globe. Among those arriving in the Emirati tech oasis, 300 companies will also be present to display their capabilities for setting up a production and supply chain for hydrogen fuels.
UAE and its neighbour Saudi Arabia have started producing clean fuels to replace their oil reserves, in the energy exports portfolio. Blue ammonia shipments have been sent to Japan while European nations are in line to import green hydrogen.
As blue ammonia made by trapping emissions of fossil fuels joins hydro-fuel, the countries are also working on producing a cleaner version called green ammonia, which is created by bonding hydrogen from electrolysis with nitrogen pulled out of thin air.