Expo City Dubai Welcomes ENOC Group’s Pioneering Green Hydrogen Station Inauguration

In adherence to the commitment to propel Dubai as a global exemplar in sustainability and environmentally conscious transformation, His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman of ENOC, officially launched the Group’s inaugural green hydrogen station. Situated within the innovative Service Station of the Future (SSoF) at Expo City Dubai, the inauguration took place in the presence of His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO of ENOC Group. Distinguished as the sole station in the region offering green hydrogen, along with hydrocarbon fuels such as petrol and diesel, the SSoF also features electric charging stations, embodying a comprehensive approach to sustainable energy options.

The recently inaugurated green hydrogen station, a collaborative effort between ENOC Group and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), stands as a key pillar in bolstering the National Hydrogen Strategy 2050. Additionally, this strategic initiative aligns with the UAE’s role as the host of COP28, attracting numerous global climate advocates. The station serves as a tangible commitment to sustainable practices, contributing to the country’s endeavors in fostering a green and environmentally responsible future.

The commencement of operations at the green hydrogen station symbolizes a notable stride in the collaborative efforts between ENOC Group and DEWA. This partnership focuses on harnessing green hydrogen for mobility, thereby playing a pivotal role in supporting the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative 2030. Furthermore, this initiative is integral to advancing the UAE’s hydrogen economy. With a targeted goal, the UAE envisions reaching an annual low-emission hydrogen production of 1.4 million tonnes by 2031, a figure projected to ascend to an impressive 15 million tonnes annually by the year 2050.

“HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and Chairman of ENOC expressed the collective dedication to advancing Dubai’s global standing in sustainability and eco-friendly transformation in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The collaboration between DEWA and ENOC Group is a source of satisfaction, providing green hydrogen produced at DEWA’s pilot plant in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park for use as fuel. 

This initiative underscores Dubai’s unwavering commitment to sustainability, aligning with the UAE’s broader endeavors to combat climate change. It is a significant stride towards achieving carbon neutrality, in harmony with the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 and the Dubai Net Zero Carbon Emissions Strategy 2050, aiming to derive 100% of energy production from clean sources by the year 2050.”

“His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO at ENOC, expressed pride in the unveiling of the first green hydrogen station through the ongoing collaboration with DEWA. Recognizing hydrogen as a compelling alternative to conventional energy sources, he emphasized its significance in Dubai and the broader UAE’s journey toward establishing a green economy. In his role as a leading figure in the integrated global energy sector, Al Falasi highlighted ENOC Group’s commitment to playing a crucial role in the nation’s ongoing energy transition efforts. The company remains dedicated to exploring innovative energy solutions that contribute to building a more sustainable future for generations to come.”

Green hydrogen, generated through the electrolysis of water using renewable energy sources like solar and wind, stands out for its emission-free production process with zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Beyond being environmentally friendly by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy source diversification, hydrogen also enhances the driving range of vehicles. This makes it a pivotal contributor to clean energy, recognized for its zero-emission characteristics.

Situated at the Service Station of the Future within Expo City, the hydrogen refueling station is strategically positioned to cater to the influx of global climate champions attending COP28. This location further emphasizes the commitment to sustainable practices and showcases the importance of green hydrogen in the broader context of environmentally conscious initiatives.

Presently, DEWA employs a 1.25 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer to generate green hydrogen at a rate of 20 kg per hour, harnessing daylight solar power sourced from DEWA’s Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. This innovative station is designed to fuel around 25 Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) with an impressive fuelling speed of approximately 7 minutes per vehicle. The dispensing facility, a collaborative effort by DEWA and ENOC, is versatile and can seamlessly integrate with various digital solutions for efficient fleet management purposes.

ENOC Group has forged a collaborative partnership with Al-Futtaim Motors/Toyota, the designated Strategic E-Mobility Partner for COP28. In this collaboration, Al-Futtaim Motors/Toyota is supplying ENOC Group and DEWA with four hydrogen-powered fuel cell Toyota Mirai vehicles for testing and operational use during COP28.

Expressing satisfaction with this collaboration, His Excellency Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Group CEO of ENOC, highlighted the shared commitment to hasten the UAE’s transition towards green mobility. He emphasized that through such strategic partnerships, they aim to actively support the UAE’s aspirations of achieving climate neutrality and reinforcing its position as one of the leading hydrogen producers by the year 2031.

Much like conventional refueling procedures, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can swiftly and effectively recharge at the hydrogen station. The station is equipped to provide dual fuelling options at 350 and 700 bars, offering a reliable and scalable solution to accommodate future increases in demand.

Furthermore, ENOC Group is actively engaged in collaborative efforts with local authorities to implement pertinent codes and standards ensuring the safe operation of hydrogen systems. This aligns with global benchmarks, emphasizing our commitment to adhering to international safety standards.

Since its inauguration in 2021, the Service Station of the Future (SSoF) has garnered recognition from various global and local entities for its innovative design and commitment to sustainability. The station achieved the esteemed LEED Platinum certification, a globally acknowledged building certification system awarded by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). This certification underscores SSoF’s outstanding emphasis on renewable energy, water efficiency, energy conservation, and the reduction of CO2 emissions. Notably, ENOC surpassed the certification requirements, securing an impressive 93 points, establishing it as the world’s first service station to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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