Dubai to invest in hydrogen fuel cells

April 28, 2015 0 By John Max

Dubai has formed an agreement with AFC Energy to take advantage of fuel cells

Dubai has formed an agreement with AFC Energy, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, that represents the largest single deployment of fuel cells in the city-state. These fuel cells will be part of Dubai’s ambitious infrastructure plans, which involves an increased focus on renewable energy and clean technology. Dubai intends to reduce the emissions it produces in the coming years, becoming more environmentally friendly and spurring economic growth through the adoption of renewable energy systems.

300 MW worth of fuel cells to come be installed in Dubai by 2020

AFC Energy will be responsible for delivering, installing, and maintaining hydrogen fuel cells that are to be put to use in Dubai. According to the agreement made between Dubai and AFC Energy, an estimated 300 megawatts worth of fuel cell capacity will be installed in Dubai by 2020. The deal itself has an estimated value of $1 billion, which represents one of the largest deals made in the fuel cell industry, in terms of cost.

AFC Energy is investigating sites where new hydrogen fuel cell systems can take form

Hydrogen Fuel - DubaiAFC Energy is currently examining two sites within Dubai that could serve as home to its fuel cell technology. The company will determine which of these sites is viable within the next three months and will identify other sites by the end of the year. These sites will serve as home to hydrogen fuel cell systems that will generate electric power for Dubai. The fuel cell systems will be part of Dubai’s overarching plan to reduce its consumption of fossil-fuels, such as coal and oil.

Hydrogen continues to be produced through the consumption of fossil-fuels

Hydrogen fuel cells are often praised for their ability to produce clean energy, but they also receive criticism because producing hydrogen is not typically environmentally friendly. Modern hydrogen production is powered by fossil-fuels, making the use of hydrogen fuel less environmentally friendly than it would seem. Fuel cells are also quite expensive, which has limited their adoption considerably in many parts of the world.