GUtech founded together with the German company Hydrogen Rise AG, the OMAN Hydrogen Initiative® to communicate and enable the economic potential of green hydrogen technologies in OMAN and to develop new economic potentials in OMAN.
The gas hydrogen, which is produced by splitting water with renewable energy from the sun or wind, is a CO2-free energy carrier and raw material for many industrial applications, for which OMAN offers excellent production conditions and for which a global and national market is increasingly opening up.
Green hydrogen can be stored in large quantities, making it one of the most promising alternative CO2 free energy sources alongside oil and natural gas for future energy and industrial applications.
“The aim of the initiative is to identify and implement hydrogen-based economic solutions and to support the development of academic, technological and economic hydrogen know-how to create new jobs and entrepreneurial activities in Oman” says Olav Carlsen (Hydrogen Rise AG), Co-initiator of the OHI.
To this end, the initiative pursues the establishment and organization of an open OMAN Hydrogen dialogue platform, the establishment of a Hydrogen Economy Competence Center at GUtech, closely networked with other academic and industrial activities in OMAN, as well as the initiation of new hydrogen application, pilot and demonstration projects.
The initiative pursues its goals in close coordination with government institutions in OMAN as well as academic and industrial partners.
The first steps of the open Hydrogen Dialogue Platform will be lectures, workshops and a Hydrogen Economy Symposium in October 2019. At the same time, the aim is to raise public awareness of the potential of hydrogen as a green energy source.
The Hydrogen Economy Competence Development will identify and develop teaching, research and development topics between GUtech experts and academic and industrial partners. A hydrogen pilot plant for research/development tasks on campus and more far-reaching demonstration and application projects are to be initiated with partners of the initiative. This includes the identification, evaluation and conception of specific hydrogen applications in Oman up to large-scale hydrogen infrastructure projects.
“We are interested in the analysis of new academic fields in the area of Hydrogen Technology and Economics,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech “and founded this initiative because hydrogen technologies play an essential role in the future of the global energy, metal, chemical and mobility industry.” “The initiative focuses on the research and communication of the potential contribution of green hydrogen to Oman`s economic diversification efforts and the new employment opportunities that come with it “says Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector.
OMAN Hydrogen Initiative: Initiators: GUtech – Prof. Modigell and Dr. Hussain Al Salmi. Hydrogen Rise AG – Dr.-Ing. Bernd Wiemann and Olav Carlsen;
GUtech: The German University of Technology is a private university associated with the RWTH Aachen (Germany) in Muscat. The early identification of technology and economic changes is part of the GUtech R&D understanding. In this field, the establishing of new competencies and disciplines with long term impact and the combination of technology & economy is a chance to attract more students and deliver a future oriented platform for job and business creation.
Hydrogen Rise AG: (Germany, Munich) Together with our partners Hydrogen Rise will invest in all key elements of the long-term green hydrogen system solutions. This includes the infrastructure for green hydrogen production, its transport, storage, distribution and export all the way to the integration of various applications in the areas. Already in the early phase, it is important to deliver know-how for the enabling of a hydrogen economy with it. Hydrogen Rise lays the foundation for the systematic development of technological and academic competencies in the partner regions.
(c) Text: Hydrogen Rise AG, Photo: Hydrogen Rise AG