Saudi Arabia is working on developing hydrogen fuel cell based vehicles.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Energy signed eight memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with a variety of organizations to implement pilot projects for hydrogen fuel cell-based cars, buses, and trains, transportation applications, and sustainable jet fuel production in selected areas and on roads throughout the Kingdom.
Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman underlined the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s interest in the energy sector and his desire to develop and use the Kingdom’s varied energy resources in a statement on the occasion.
“This process is conducted concurrently with the formulation of the hydrogen strategy, which emerges from the integrated energy strategy, which lays out the objectives, roadmap, and execution schedule,” he added.
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s backing was also mentioned by Prince Abdulaziz. “It also illustrates Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s unwavering support for all energy sectors.” I must thank the Crown Prince’s important role in empowering the energy industry by his constant follow-up and enormous support at all levels, as well as his chairmanship of the supreme energy committees.”
“In these numerous memos, I must also appreciate the collaboration and integration we observe amongst partners,” he continued.
“This synergy will help us accomplish Saudi Vision 2030’s goal of expanding the Kingdom’s energy sources and becoming a worldwide leader in all sectors of energy, just as it has been in the oil industry for over 80 years.”
Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman signed four Memorandums of Understanding:
Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh, Minister of Education and Chairman of the University Affairs Council, signed an MoU with Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University for a project on hydrogen fuel cell based cars and buses.
An agreement with the Saudi Railways Company (SAR) for a project on hydrogen fuel cell based trains, signed by Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics Services and Chairman of SAR’s Board of Directors.
Prince Dr. Turki Bin Saud Al Saud, Chairman of the Board of Directors, signed an MoU with the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA) on a sustainable jet fuel manufacturing project.
The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu signed an MoU for a project on hydrogen fuel cell based cars and buses, which was signed by Eng. Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Saadan, the Commission’s President.
In addition, Assistant Minister for Development and Excellence, Eng. Ahmed Musa Alzahrani, signed three Memorandums of Understanding:
Nadhmi Al-Nasr, CEO, signed an MoU with NEOM for a project on hydrogen fuel cell-based transportation applications.
An agreement with the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites for a project on hydrogen fuel cell-based buses, signed by Eng. Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas, the Commission’s CEO.
Ahmad Darwish, Chief Administrative Officer, signed an MoU with the Red Sea Development Company for a project on hydrogen fuel cell-based buses.
Finally, Assistant Minister for Oil and Gas Eng. Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Ibrahim signed an MoU with Raed Hassan Al-Idrissi, CEO of the Saudi Ground Services Company (SGS), for a project on hydrogen fuel cell-based transportation applications.
Hydrogen-fueled transportation projects and applications based on hydrogen fuel cell technology must be carried out in accordance with the agreed MoUs. Automobiles, buses, railways, and sea transportation are all examples.
The initiatives will take place at NEOM, the Red Sea, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Makkah, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, and airport runways around the Kingdom. In some of these places, hydrogen production and filling stations will be developed to feed these projects with hydrogen fuel.
In order to build a thorough conceptual knowledge of hydrogen fuel-based transportation applications, these projects will be performed in partnership with the Ministry of Energy, sponsors, and several worldwide firms that supply the technology for these applications.
The MoUs cover hydrogen applications in transportation, performance tests of hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles and buses, efforts to acquire commercial and technical expertise, analysis of lessons learned from hydrogen as a fuel in transportation means, future implementation scope expansion, and raising public awareness of hydrogen applications in the Kingdom.
The MoUs call for the construction of hydrogen fueling stations based on water electrolysis, the importation of hydrogen fuel cell-based automobiles and buses, and the provision of full associated operating services over the project’s implementation phase.