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Morocco, Germany Sign Green Hydrogen Cooperation Agreement

By June 16, 2020 4   min read  (597 words)

June 16, 2020 |

Morocco and Germany signed an agreement last Wednesday in Berlin on the development of the green hydrogen production sector.

The agreement was signed by the Moroccan ambassador to Germany, Ms. Zohour Alaoui and the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, in the presence of the German Minister for the Economy, Peter Altmaier, the Minister of the ‘Environment, Svenja Schulze, the Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

Linking the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Environment and the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the agreement aims to develop the sector of green hydrogen production and to set up projects research and investment in the use of this material, a source of ecological energy.

The first two projects, which have already been announced in the declaration of intent, will be implemented within the framework of economic cooperation between Morocco and Germany.

This is the “Power-to-X” project for the production of green hydrogen proposed by the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (MASEN) and the establishment of a research platform on “Power- to-X ”, the transfer of knowledge and the strengthening of skills in partnership with the Institute for Research in Solar Energy and New Energies (IRESEN).

On this occasion, Ms. Zohour Alaoui stressed the importance of the agreement for Morocco which enjoys, thanks to the High Directions of HM King Mohammed VI, confidence and credibility in the field of renewable energies.

The conclusion of this agreement testifies to the excellent relations uniting the two countries on the economic, political and cultural levels, underlined the ambassador in a statement to the MAP, welcoming the fact that Morocco is the first country to sign an agreement of this kind with Germany just after the presentation of the German national strategy on hydrogen.

The agreement reflects the two countries’ firm desire to move forward in the development of renewable energies and their commitment to sustainable economic development while placing environmental preservation as a priority, noted the Morrocan diplomat.

Given this dynamic, the development of the green hydrogen sector is promising, she said.

“We are convinced that the agreement signed with Germany is solid and will lead to concrete projects,” argued Ms. Alaoui, adding that through this agreement, Morocco could set up the first production unit of the country. in Africa.

In a similar statement, the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller, said that this agreement will benefit from Morocco’s economic development dynamic, highlighting the Green Morocco Plan which placed the Kingdom at the forefront in this area at the African level.

The framework for cooperation between the two countries includes an interest in the fields of hydrogen and methanol, he said.

Morocco and Germany have been linked, since 2012, by an energy partnership which gives particular interest to the renewable energy sector as being an engine of bilateral economic cooperation.

This platform for institutional dialogue on energy has enabled fruitful exchange of good practices and experiences between the two countries.

The projects included in the declaration of intent signed on Wednesday constitute the culmination of a series of energy cooperation projects, including the Moroccan solar energy program.

Earlier, the German Minister for the Economy, Peter Altmaier, had presented the “German national strategy on hydrogen”, with a total cost of 7 billion euros, of which two billion will be allocated to cooperation with international partners. This strategy aims to improve the framework conditions for the production and use of hydrogen, to set up the necessary supply structures and to advance scientific research and innovations.

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