IPHE's Renewable Hydrogen Report identifies the Sahara Wind project as likely to facilitate the transition into a cleaner more sustainable hydrogen economy.
The hydrogen production from large renewable energy sources of the Sahara Wind Project in support of local industries was presented on December 1st 2009, during the Joint 12th International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) Implementation and Liaison (ILC) & Steering Committee (SC) in Washington, D.C., USA. Through a joint collaboration made available to Mediterranean Dialogue Countries by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, possibilities of accessing and storing renewable energies in weaker electricity grids have been established. The initial testing and deployment of renewable hydrogen applications within academic institutions of Morocco and Mauritania in partnership with industries of the region are demonstrating the importance of local renewable energy integration.
The Sahara Wind Project development and capacity building activities conducted within Morocco and Mauritania’s universities has been facilitated by member countries of the IPHE.
Support was provided at the Forum on Hydrogen Technologies for the Developing World organized by the Ministry of Education and Science and the Federal Agency of Science and Innovation of Russia held in Moscow on 21-23 April 2008, and at the International Seminar on the Hydrogen Economy for Sustainable Development co-organized by the Government of Iceland and the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs held on 27-29 September 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland.
The Sahara Wind Energy Development Project which involves a phased deployment of over 5 Giga Watts of Wind Energy to supply Euro-Mediterranean electricity markets with green energy provides a good case, where energy intensive processes such as electrolysis can be integrated to support local industries such as the mine-processing sector. Other regions of the world that dispose of large wind resources could benefit from such concepts and early technology deployments frameworks as well. This is a reason for which these perspectives are supported by the International Partnership for a Hydrogen Economy (IPHE).
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