The Sharjah Research, Technology, and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has collaborated with the American University of Sharjah (AUS), to establish an Applied Research Ecosystem for sustainable energy solutions, with the aim of fostering new technologies for generating Green Hydrogen.
A team of researchers, comprising faculty members and post-graduate students of the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program, is conducting unique experiments and research in order to develop low-cost technologies for the generation of Green Hydrogen and synthetic fuel through direct electrolysis of seawater.
The team is also working on developing research for new and long-lasting materials for electrolyzers, that can help lower the cost of these processes, with further developments to enhance the performance of electrolysis devices. Moreover, they seek the innovation of other ways to use hydrogen and develop hands-on solutions for its transport.
A proposed solution is to convert the generated hydrogen into fuels and chemicals for easier transportation. Green Hydrogen can be converted into carrier molecules example, ammonia, methanol and formic acid. AUS scientists are researching the production and use of various hydrogen-carrying molecules in industry, power generation and transportation applications.
SRTI Park is attracting a new type of companies and entrepreneurs in this discipline to promote investment in technology sectors and establish future companies specializing in the synfuel sector and its solutions, which is attracting companies and investments related to hydrogen generation, storage, distribution, and final use technologies.
“This cooperation with AUS is targeting to transform these research and experiments into an applied reality through the integration between the academia and the private sector under the patronage of the government. Our role in the STRI Park is then to find appropriate mechanisms to apply and turn such research into investments. This is well translated by this cooperation; we promote the research and conduct direct communication and negotiations with investors and businesses.”
Green Hydrogen is relied on under the strategy to diversify energy sources and create a solid ground to be a basis for clean and renewable energy, located at the core of the UAE Next 50 Vision, which helps to achieve its goals for sustainable development and promoting its leadership in the future industries sector, including Hydrogen, being a promising future-proof sector.
“AUS is committed to developing the next generation of experts and researchers in science, engineering and design through its various research programs to find solutions to the effects of these crises. Our partnership with SRTI Park offers tremendous opportunities in this regard”, said Dr. Mahmoud Anabtawi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at AUS.
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