Morocco and Germany have signed an agreement to develop the green hydrogen production sector. This is the project carried by Masen “Power-to-X” and a dedicated research platform.
The agreement was signed on Wednesday (June 10th) in Berlin by Morocco’s ambassador to Germany, Zohour Alaoui and the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gerd Müller.
Linking the Moroccan Ministry of Energy, Mines and the Environment to 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.
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 Research Institute for Solar Energy and New Energies (Iresen).
A hydrogen production unit in Africa
On this occasion, Zohour Alaoui emphasized the importance of the agreement for Morocco which enjoys confidence and credibility in the field of renewable energies. 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 in Africa.
In a similar statement, Gerd Müller said that 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 an engine of bilateral economic cooperation.
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.