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Qatar Shell pilot project produces green hydrogen from wastewater

The Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC) has reached a notable milestone in its exploration of green hydrogen production with its HyPEC project, reported Gulf Times.

HyPEC, short for Hybrid Photo-electro Chemical Production, is focused on generating green hydrogen from wastewater, which is produced using renewable energy sources like solar or wind.

This initiative is a joint effort involving QSRTC, Texas A&M University at Qatar as the local academic partner, and the National Chemical Laboratories in India as an external academic collaborator. It is financially supported by a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund.

After conducting initial tests and a proof-of-concept in university laboratories, a prototype chemical reactor was successfully installed at the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP). Following thorough safety assessments, the pilot program effectively produced green hydrogen from wastewater and sunlight.

Dr. Lina Rueda from QSRTC stated, “Despite facing significant disruptions due to the pandemic and technical challenges inherent in this novel research area, the HyPEC team’s dedication and persistence have ensured ongoing progress. The project has achieved promising breakthroughs, and we eagerly anticipate its further development.”

The HyPEC project is currently in its pilot phase, actively producing green hydrogen. This accomplishment represents a substantial advancement in the technology and aligns with Qatar National Vision 2030.

Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Professor at Texas A&M at Qatar, remarked, “The HyPEC project exemplifies successful industry-academic collaboration, emphasizing the importance of working together, fostering innovation, and promoting environmental stewardship. As Qatar continues its pursuit of a more sustainable future, we take pride in supporting QSRTC in developing renewable energy solutions and enhancing local skills and capabilities.”

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