Middle East’s sustainability pioneer Bee’ah is set to build the region’s first waste-to-hydrogen project in the UAE.
Working with UK-based Chinook Sciences, Bee’ah’s project will include a green hydrogen generation plant and a hydrogen vehicle fuelling station, in collaboration with UK-based Chinook Sciences.
In a statement the firms said the project is an evolution of their $180 million waste gasification to energy project and “addresses the increased market demand in the region for new sources of renewable energy such as green hydrogen.”
Once completed the fueling station will use green hydrogen generated from the waste-to-hydrogen plant from non-recyclable plastic waste and waste wood. The green hydrogen will then be fed into the fuelling station to power hydrogen vehicles.
“Green hydrogen will be a vital pillar of our future energy landscape and Bee’ah has been looking into this market for some time now with Chinook in alignment with our long-term strategy to develop new, sustainable energy solutions,” said HE Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais, chairman, Bee’ah.
“As a sustainability leader, Bee’ah is keen to further support the UAE in its hydrogen economy ambitions, energy diversification and decarbonisation efforts.”
HE Khaled Al Huraimel, Group CEO of Bee’ah added that the project will showcase the potential of waste-to-hydrogen in the region: “Bee’ah has always recognised the value of energy recovery from waste and through this new project, we aim to support a circular economy across multiple fronts throughout the region.”
Chinook Sciences chairman and CEO Dr Rifat Chalabi, said the industrial, renewable fuel and environmental technology company was excited to to use its patented RODECS gasification and pyrolysis technology in the UAE.
Dr Chalabi explained that the RODECS process breaks down hydrocarbons from waste through advanced thermal treatment to release and recover green hydrogen: “When the green hydrogen is used in vehicles, it emits only water and no carbon emissions.
“Through the use of Chinook’s RODECS technology, the cost of green hydrogen from the plant shall be very competitive and has the potential to be equal to or even less than the cost of diesel and gasoline. At maximum production capacity, the plant shall be capable of fuelling 1,000 hydrogen-powered large vehicles per day.”
Green hydrogen has become increasingly prominent as a potential alternative fuel source in recent years. Read Truck & Fleet Middle East’s coverage for its potential and why Daimler and Volvo are working together to produce hydrogen fuel cells here.