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Bavarian Industry Explores Hydrogen Economy in the Sultanate of Oman Accompanied by H2 Player Proton Motor

By November 15, 2022 3   min read  (580 words)

November 15, 2022 |

Fuel Cells Works, Bavarian Industry Explores Hydrogen Economy in the Sultanate of Oman Accompanied by H2 Player Proton Motor

The current COP27 climate summit in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, will discuss the current status of the Paris Climate Agreement, in which the EU negotiates at least three green hydrogen deals with its investition of EUR 300 billion in renewable energies by 2030. To stay with figures: The Bavarian state government announced just recently that it had launched a EUR 500 million budget for Bavaria’s energy and hydrogen future.

Until yesterday, Bavaria’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs Roland Weigelt and important officials of the State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy such as Ministerial Director Dr. Ulrike Wolf had travelled to Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman at the head of a 29-member delegation from business, science and politics. As a Bavarian hydrogen key player, Proton Motor Fuel Cell was one of the selected participants and was represented on the four-day information visit by Director Governmental Affairs & Communication Manfred Limbrunner.

MASKAT/OMAN– Bavaria’s State Secretary for Economic Affairs, Roland Weigert, sees great potential in expanding bilateral economic relations with Oman. At the end of his four-day delegation trip to Muscat and Nimr, Weigert announced that cooperation would be intensified, particularly on the subject of hydrogen.

Weigert: “As a strong industrial location, we in Bavaria will always have a minus in the hydrogen balance. Despite the accelerated expansion of renewable energies. That is why we need reliable supply partners for green hydrogen. Oman is an anchor of stability in the Gulf region and would like to develop into a large producer of hydrogen from renewable sources and also supply it to Europe. We spoke to the key players in the hydrogen economy in Oman and agree that hydrogen has enormous potential along the entire value chain for both countries. Our common goal is a long-term and trusting partnership at eye level. For Bayern it is now about to bring its innovative cutting-edge technology and expertise in hydrogen to Oman. We want to actively support the successful implementation of the ambitious hydrogen plans.”

Favored by sun and wind, Oman has ideal conditions for renewable energies and the production of hydrogen. Studies see the greatest potential there worldwide. The sultanate is therefore working intensively on a green hydrogen economy.etcSolar and wind parks and plants for hydrogen production are to be built across the country on an area of ​​50,000 square kilometers. The first projects will be awarded at the beginning of 2023. “Oman is rapidly ramping up its hydrogen activities and could become a hydrogen hub due to its favorable location facing India, Asia and Africa. This is a strategic opportunity for our export-strong Bavarian companies. It was therefore exactly the right time to position Bavaria as a strong partner for Oman’s hydrogen plans. During the talks, we were able to open important doors for our top-class business and science delegation.”

State Secretary Weigert traveled to Muscat from 10 to 13 November 2022 at the head of a 29-strong delegation from business, science and politics to speak with high-ranking government officials and key players in the hydrogen economy in Oman. Weigert metetcHH Sayyid Tarik Shabib Al Said, Member of the Royal Family and Patron of the Omani-German Friendship Association, Minister of Energy HE Salim Al Aufi and Minister of Trade HE Qais Mohammed Al Yousef. Further steps were agreed to expand cooperation between Bavaria and Oman on the subject of hydrogen. In addition, the State Secretary for Economic Affairs in Nimr visited BAUER ResourcesGmbHbuilt from Schrobenhausen, the largest commercial reed bed treatment plant in the world.

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