Bee’ah, Chinook Sciences announce UAE’s first waste-to-hydrogen project

Chinook BeeahBee’ah, in partnership with UK-based Chinook Sciences, has 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

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.

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.”

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