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Sharjah's Bee'ah to set up the region's initial waste-to-hydrogen plant

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Sharjah-based company Bee'ah has announced its plan to build the region's first waste-to-hydrogen project with UK-based Chinook Sciences.

The scheme is part of a $180 million waste gasification to energy project by the two companies that will gratify the increasing demand for green hydrogen in the region.

The Bee'ah project will comprise a green hydrogen generation plant as well as a fuelling station. Oil exporting countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE plan to tap into hydrogen and produce the clean, alternative fuel for exports in the future.

"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 Bee'ah chairman Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais.

The station will use the green hydrogen produced from the waste-to-hydrogen plant, from non-recyclable plastic waste and waste wood.

The hydrogen will then in turn be fed into the fuelling station to hydrogen vehicles.

"Bee'ah has always recognized 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," said Khaled Al Huraimel, group chief executive of Bee'ah.

Formerly this month, Dubai inaugurated its first green hydrogen plant at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the site of the UAE's biggest solar facility.

The pilot project, developed by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Expo 2020, and Germany's Siemens Energy, targets to validate how to produce hydrogen from solar power, as well as how to store and re-electrify the clean fuel.

Author : Debi Dash
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