UNIDO - Hydrogen Energy Technologies PDF Print E-mail
Under UNIDO assignment post TF/INT/03/002/11-68 Sahara Wind developed hydrogen production perspectives from wind 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, a hydrogen production component has been added in the initial building phase of the “Morocco: Sahara Wind Phase I/Tarfaya (400-500 MW) on –Grid Wind Electricity in a Liberalized Market”.  As the latter was submitted in 2005 to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank’s Global Environment Facility (GEF), such contribution will enhance the prospects and phasing of this large-scale project.

As its original concept developer, Sahara Wind deployed regional hydrogen production capacities as part of an integrated component of the Sahara Wind Project. Overall energy efficiencies of renewable energy systems located in remote areas can be improved, particularly when operating in weaker grid infrastructures.

The development of sustainable energy systems through hydrogen applied research is relevant to the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE ). Matching UNIDO and NATO contributions open broader perspectives linking the hydrogen economy to clean energy and sustainable development objectives. Environmental security is manifestly addressed, when improving energy access and the creation of an economic activity in a region witnessing high fluxes of migrant population.

As a wind power conversion, storage, and large-scale project catalyst, these perspectives illustrate complementarities that a hydrogen economy provides to the development of sustainable energy systems.