Bee’ah planning to develop Middle East’s first waste-to-hydrogen project

Bee’ah planning to develop Middle East’s first waste-to-hydrogen project

2 Jun 2021

UAE-based Bee’ah is planning to develop the region’s first waste-to-hydrogen project in partnership with UK-based Chinook Sciences.

UAE-based Bee’ah is planning to develop the region’s first waste-to-hydrogen project in partnership with UK-based Chinook Sciences.

The waste-to-hydrogen project and hydrogen vehicle fuelling station is being developed as an offshoot of Bee’ah and Chinook Sciences’ $180m waste gasification to energy project.

The fueling station will be developed adjacent to the hydrogen production plant, with the fuelling stations to use the green hydrogen produced from non-recyclable plastic waste and waste wood.

Chinook Sciences and Bee’ah first signed an agreement to develop a waste-to-energy project in 2014. The latest project is being developed in response to the expected growth in demand for hydrogen as part of the UAE’s energy and economic diversification programmes.

Bee’ah in partnership with UAE-based Masdar is planning to inaugurate its first renewable energy investment, a waste-to-energy plant, in 2021. Expected to treat more than 300,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste each year, or 37.5 tonne per hour, the Sharjah plant will have the capacity to generate around 30 MW of energy.

In October last year, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), a leading national entity for development aid, approved a $33 million concessionary loan for the waste-to-energy facility.

The facility has been designed as part of Sharjah’s zero-waste-to-landfill target and the UAE’s objective of diverting 75 per cent of its municipal solid waste from the landfill by 2021.

In July 2020, Energy & Utilities reported that Bee’ah was planning to develop a 40MW photovoltaic (PV) solar farm at the Al-Saja'a waste landfill site in the Northern Emirate of Sharjah.

 

Dr. Rifat Chalabi, Chairman and CEO of Chinook Sciences, said: “We are very excited to use Chinook Sciences’ patented RODECS gasification and pyrolysis technology in the UAE, which 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,” added Dr. Chalabi.

 

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