Organized from May 9 to 11, the “World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition 2022” in Rotterdam is the international meeting place for hydrogen pioneers. PhD: MS
After drawing the contours of its strategy on green hydrogen, Morocco wants to move up a gear. A prospecting mission bringing together the various players in the Moroccan ecosystem, on the initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Morocco, is being held this week in Rotterdam, on the sidelines of the World Hydrogen Summit 2022. Objective: to develop new partnerships in order to seize the opportunities offered by this new sector of energy transition, which is arousing worldwide enthusiasm.
After significant achievements recorded in renewable energies, in particular solar and wind power, Morocco is active in the deployment of a new source of energy which is green hydrogen, the keystone of the green transition of energy and industrial sectors. Unveiled in 2021, the national strategy for this sector aims to create an economic and industrial sector around green molecules, in particular hydrogen, ammonia and methanol, by 2050. been marked by the development of several projects, in parallel with the national green hydrogen strategy, namely the creation of the Moroccan Cluster – GreenH2 and the Green H2A platform, which trace the value chain of green hydrogen and its applications,” explains Samir Rachidi, acting director general of Iresen (research institute for solar energy and new energies) and general secretary of GreenH2 Morocco. And to note that the roadmap of this cluster, which brings together all the players in the ecosystem, is being developed to identify the priority projects to be implemented.
This new sector, which is generating worldwide enthusiasm, presents significant opportunities, because hydrogen can be used as a raw material, a fuel, an energy carrier and a storage solution, with numerous applications in the industrial sectors. , transport, electricity and construction. With this in mind, a prospecting mission bringing together the various players in the Moroccan ecosystem, on the initiative of the Dutch Embassy in Morocco, is being held this week in Rotterdam, on the sidelines of the “World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition 2022 “. Objective: Develop new partnerships in order to seize the opportunities offered by green hydrogen, which is arousing worldwide enthusiasm. “The sector is very large and is not yet on the scale we want in terms of size at the global level, so it is not yet competitive.
The decade 2020-2030 will be that of the priming of this economy, chosen which will require a lot of subsidies and partnerships on an international scale, ”says Samir Rachidi. The market is there, Morocco can position itself as a deployment hub for this new sector of energy transition. “At the stage of what has been achieved in the automotive or aeronautical sectors, the Kingdom could establish areas dedicated to each of the links in this sector, with the key to infrastructures and appropriate regulations, as well as capital. human being trained in different fields”, observes the expert. Currently, many project leaders are interested in Morocco because of its achievements in renewable energies and the significant potential it has in this area. “The best sites for the development of this sector are in the southern provinces of the Kingdom, namely Guelmim-Oued Noun, Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra and Dakhla-Oued Eddahab, where we have very good solar and wind resources.
These natural resources make it possible to offer one kilogram of hydrogen among the cheapest in the world”, he assured. These projects could generate a capacity of between 20 and 50 gigawatts (GW) in the long term, which could allow the Kingdom to reach a critical size to go beyond the export of green molecules and capture industry locally throughout the value chain. “We have time to get organized and put in place the necessary investments to be interested in the major international groups setting up in Morocco. We can develop win-win alliances and position ourselves as an African green hydrogen hub,” he concluded.
DNES in Rotterdam, Mohamed Sellam