Building on its commitment to zero-waste cities and clean energy solutions, Bee'ah, the Middle East's sustainability pioneer, today announced that it will be developing the region's first waste-to-hydrogen project which includes a generation plant and a green hydrogen vehicle fuelling station in the UAE, in partnership with UK-based Chinook Sciences.
This project is an expansion of Bee'ah and Chinook Sciences' waste gasification project that had been announced in 2014, leveraging similar pyrolysis and gasification technologies to produce green hydrogen instead of electricity. This waste-to-hydrogen project addresses increasing market demand in the region for new sources of renewable energy such as green hydrogen.
With an innovative approach of having the waste-to-hydrogen plant adjacent to the fuelling station, this project removes the challenges of costly transportation of hydrogen. The fuelling station will use green hydrogen generated from the waste-to-hydrogen plant from non-recyclable plastic waste and waste wood from Bee'ah's Material Recovery Facility. The green hydrogen will be fed into the fuelling station to power Bee'ah's future fleet of hydrogen waste collection vehicles, effectively closing the waste loop.
In addition, the cost of green hydrogen from the plant is competitive with or even less than the equivalent cost of diesel and gasoline. At maximum production capacity, the plant is capable of fuelling 1,000 hydrogen-powered large vehicles per day.
During a visit by Chinook Sciences Chairman and CEO Dr. Rifat Chalabi and his delegation to the Bee'ah Head Office, the two entities held the official signing ceremony for the project, with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2022. As part of Bee'ah and Chinook Sciences' longstanding partnership, both entities will also establish more waste-to-hydrogen facilities across the region.
During the signing ceremony, HE Salim Bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of Bee'ah, said: "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. 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, which is operational in the UAE, KSA and Egypt, said: "As a waste management leader in the Middle East, we are proud to bring another first for the region. This project showcases the potential of waste-to-hydrogen solutions and we intend to establish more of such projects across the region. Bee'ah has always recognised the value of energy recovery from waste and through this new project, we will be supporting a circular economy across multiple fronts including zero-emission fuel for our vehicles, increase waste diversion rates and diversify the UAE's energy sources."