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Under UNIDO assignment post TF/INT/03/002/11-68 Sahara Wind Inc. has developed hydrogen production perspectives from wind and will be coordinating hydrogen applied research, based upon the results of the UNIDO-ICHET engineering report in its on-going hydrogen project development activities. Since efficient power transfers over long distances are currently only available for large-scale integrated projects worldwide, the prospect of adding a hydrogen production component in the initial building phase of the large-scale Sahara Wind Project “Morocco: Sahara Wind Phase I/Tarfaya (400-500 MW) on –Grid Wind Electricity in a Liberalized Market ”, submitted in 2005 to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility (GEF) is likely to provide an ideal alternative that could enhance significantly the prospects and phasing of this large-scale project.

As its original concept developer, Sahara Wind Inc. will highlight the production of hydrogen as an integrated, complementary component of the Sahara Wind Project that enhances prospective uses, perspectives and overall energy efficiencies of large scale renewable energy systems located in remote areas and operating in weaker grid infrastructures.

The development of sustainable energy systems through hydrogen applied research is likely to be relevant to the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE ) where the support of UNIDO together with NATO will lead to broader perspectives that link the hydrogen economy to clearly quantifiable environmental, energy access and sustainable development objectives. The link to environmental security in providing solutions to improve energy access and the creation of an economic activity in a region witnessing high fluxes of migrant population is also to be considered.

As a wind power conversion, storage, and large-scale project catalyst, the hydrogen production perspectives to be developed with the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization are likely to demonstrate the complementarities that the hydrogen economy can provide in the development of sustainable energy systems.