UAE pushes hydrogen as alternative fuel


ABU DHABI – The United Arad Emirates is turning to hydrogen as an alternative fuel.

Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors, which unveiled last year the hydrogen refueling station in Dubai, said they are now looking into the feasibility of establishing additional hydrogen stations network at key locations in the UAE.

For this purpose, Abbasi said they are working closely with their partners, which include Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Masdar and Air Liquide–a prominent hydrogen fuelling stations supplier– to explore the best solutions for the thrust towards hydrogen fuel use.

Experts believe the future for hydrogen as an alternative green fuel in the UAE looks very promising.

Although hydrogen-run fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are not sold in the UAE now, the Toyota Mirai–a zero-emission FCEV—is currently being tested on the UAE roads as part of a pilot program, Abbasi said.

An FCEV is a type of electric vehicle that uses an on-board fuel cell, instead of a battery, to power its electric motor.

The pilot project aims to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the UAE for a sustainable, low-carbon society, Abbasi said.

To promote better understanding of FCEVs and hydrogen-based societies the company will lease a fleet of FCEVs to key government and private institutions on a short-term basis as part of the pilot project.

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