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KFAS and the Embassy of Kuwait in Germany co-organize a Digital Workshop on the hydrogen revolution

  • Aiming to launch a national strategy that keeps pace with developments in the use of hydrogen  energy 
  • KFAS and the Embassy of Kuwait in Germany co-organize a Digital Workshop on the hydrogen  revolution 

 

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, in cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Germany and many German research centers, co-organized a virtual workshop entitled "The Hydrogen Revolution –Exploring Kuwait's Role". The aim of the Digital Hydrogen Workshop was supporting the efforts to launch a Kuwaiti national strategy that keeps pace with the global developments in the field of hydrogen energy use.

Representatives from the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development, the Ministry of Electricity and Water, the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority took part in the workshop.

In his speech, Dr. Khaled Al-Fadhel, KFAS Director General said that the Foundation led earlier this year a team of experts to develop the "Kuwait Hydrogen White Paper", which will be the basis for establishing a comprehensive national hydrogen road map for the country.

He also stressed the importance of the Foundation's role in supporting research, human capital development and deployment of new and innovative technologies in implementation of the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Meshaal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, may God bless and protect them.

"The Digital Hydrogen Workshop addresses an important topic under the global energy transition strategy, which importance grew even more after the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. The global energy system is currently undergoing a major shift through the transition to carbon-free energy that will use all the low emission technologies and methods and will require sound energy transition measures", noted Dr. Al-Fadhel.

He added that this will involve technologically feasible and economically affordable solutions, spearheaded by the electrification of the energy supply chain with electricity generated from renewable energy resources, with solar and wind energies emerging as the energy vectors of choice.

Although the energy sector transition and the de-carbonization of energy sources presents an opportunity for oil exporters, such as Kuwait, to respond to and cope with this energy transition by working on transformation in the energy sector and by striving to secure a position in the clean energy sector market, and to be a major player in this new industry.

On his part, Kuwaiti Ambassador to Germany H.E. Najeeb Al-Bader said in his speech that the participation of many Kuwaiti officials from different sectors in this workshop reflects the desire to strengthen the level of cooperation in a new field related to hydrogen, which is the fuel of the future, referring to Germany's superior industrial capabilities in this field.

Discussing the issue of transition to renewable energy sources, including green hydrogen as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis is an important matter that reflects the continuous pursuit to achieve economic recovery and build a brighter future in line with Kuwait Vision 2035 "New Kuwait" that is based on strategic projects aimed at contributing to reduce the state's dependence on Oil revenues, added Ambassador Al-Bader.

German Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Mr. Stefan Moebs thanked the workshop's organizers and participants, noting that the State of Kuwait has all the elements necessary to green hydrogen production, and that this workshop presented the opportunity to discuss ways of cooperation between the two countries in this field.