- thyssenkrupp and the international industry network Dii Desert Energy are working together to revitalize the initiative to drive the energy transition in the MENA region.
thyssenkrupp wants to enter into a strategic partnership with Dii Desert Energy GmbH, the former Desertec Industrial Initiative. The company, founded in 2009, is now an independent, international industrial network based in Dubai and Munich. Dii is doing pioneering work in the field of renewable energies in the MENA region (Middle East North Africa) and has also been active in the field of green hydrogen since 2016. In 2017 thyssenkrupp joined Dii as an associated partner and is successfully cooperating on various topics of the energy transition. This commitment is now to be strengthened by the new partner status.
The MENA region has the potential to become a pioneer in the implementation of large-scale projects for green hydrogen and ammonia. Bilateral energy partnerships – such as those between Germany and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Morocco – will accelerate this development. The key to creating an international market for “green molecules” such as hydrogen, ammonia and e-fuels is to bring together the right players from technology providers, users and consumers. Among other things, Dii will play a central role for thyssenkrupp as a market enabler for hydrogen technology.
Andreas Beckers, representative for thyssenkrupp at Dii and CEO and board member at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Egypt: “We are very pleased about this partnership with Dii, as it enables us to significantly improve our large-scale technologies for the production of green hydrogen and green ammonia to contribute to sustainable development in the region. ”
Paul van Son, President of Dii says: “We are very pleased that thyssenkrupp, as a new shareholder in Dii, now represents the traditionally strong German-European voice alongside ACWA Power from Saudi Arabia and State Grid from China.”
Cornelius Matthes, CEO, added: “thyssenkrupp has a unique profile, both as one of the largest consumers of green hydrogen for steel production and as the world’s largest manufacturer of alkaline electrolysers. This will make our industrial network work along the entire value chain from zero emissions Promote energy sources up to and including industrial demand in the region and across the continent “.
Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of ACWA Power, says: “We welcome thyssenkrupp as a co-partner and prominent supporter of Dii. In the past we had representatives of industry from Europe, especially from Germany, in the management of the well-represented Dii industrial group We are therefore very happy that this tradition is being continued. ”
About Dii Desert Energy:
Dii Desert Energy was launched in Germany in 2009 as an industrial initiative (initially under the name “Desertec Industrial Initiative”) to research the potential of renewable energies in the desert regions of North Africa and the Middle East (MENA region = Middle East North Africa) to improve market conditions and use synergies by linking the European and MENA electricity markets. At that time, the “Desertec vision” mainly focused on electricity from deserts for Europe. Today it has become a comprehensive approach (Desertec 3.0), which deals with “green electrons” and “green molecules”, initially for the own region, but finally for the world market.
thyssenkrupp is a diversified group with several business areas and a global presence. thyssenkrupp Uhde pools unique technological know-how and decades of global experience in planning, purchasing, building and servicing chemical plants. The portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value chains for sustainable chemicals. thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineersoffers world-leading technologies for highly efficient electrolysis systems. The company has already successfully installed more than 600 projects and electrochemical systems with a total output of over 10 gigawatts worldwide. With the water electrolysis technology for generating green hydrogen, thyssenkrupp offers an innovative solution for the industrial scale. This means that thyssenkrupp’s divisions cover the entire value chain for green chemicals, from hydrogen to ammonia and methanol to synthetic natural gas – an important step on the way to a climate-neutral industry.
 Disclaimer: Subject to final approval by the relevant authorities, thyssenkrupp would become a shareholder in Dii by December 2021 / January 2022.