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Will Hydrogen fuel Morocco’s industrial projects of the future?

By Julie Chaudier

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Posted on September 6, 2021 06:29

Firefox_Screenshot_2021-09-03T09-49-06.564Z Hydrogen production from renewable energy © AA+W/Stock Adobe
Hydrogen production from renewable energy © AA+W/Stock Adobe

Morocco, already endowed with significant renewable energy resources, is betting on hydrogen – the ‘fuel of the future’ – by embarking on several industrial projects. Will it bet the farm on energy exports?

One year to the day after signing an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Germany to develop green hydrogen in Morocco, the kingdom initialed an agreement with the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) on 10 June, to study ways of involving the private sector in this new field. This is proof that it wants to continue betting on green hydrogen, despite a diplomatic spat with Germany in the spring.

In May 2021, in the wake of its MoU with Berlin, the Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (Iresen) launched GreenH2 in Benguerir. The platform brings together researchers, public authorities and industry players such as the French company Engie; Germany’s Siemens Energy; the Moroccan companies Nareva and OCP; as well as the Maghreb’s Oxygène, which has a production capacity of 1,200 cubic metres per day (m3/d), and Air Liquide.

The latter two share 80% of the very

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