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Dubai to harness hydrogen fuel cell power

Partnership with AFC Energy aims to develop 300MW of powergen capacity.

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Dubai has teamed up with AFC Energy to develop 300MW of hydrogen fuel cell capacity in the emirate.

Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence signed a fuel cell development agreement with UK-based AFC to assess potential sites to install site a plant for supplying power to major developments such as Dubai Expo 2020 and Al Maktoum International Airport.

The joint venture would operate the projects and supply power and water from the fuel cells and the partnership will also pitch for additional fuel cell contracts.

It is already talking to Dubai-based clean energy funds to finance future projects, which will also encompass the sale of the water produced as a by-product of the catalytic process.

Dubai Carbon is backed by Emirates National Oil Co (ENOC), Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Aluminium Co.

Adam Bond, chief executive of UK-based AFC, said: "At AFC, I set the ambitious target of achieving 1 GW (1,000 MW) of capacity under development by the end of 2020 and this MOU brings us excitingly closer to our target but I would like to stress that we still have a long way to go."

Ivano Iannelli, Dubai Carbon's chief executive, added: "In an economy as dynamic as Dubai's, innovative technologies such as fuel cells, have a close fit to numerous activities and realities, with a specific regional relevance."

This is the third such memorandum of understanding AFC has signed around the world since the start of March following deals in Korea and Thailand using its alkaline fuel cell technology, but the size of the Dubai contract dwarves these.

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