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Friday 17 July 2020

Economist : Morocco Can Become 'Key Player' in Green Hydrogen Sector

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Economist : Morocco Can Become 'Key Player' in Green Hydrogen Sector

Morocco can become a "key player" in the development of green hydrogen, thanks to its geographic location, its energy interconnections and its exceptional renewable resources, said Rim Berahab, Economist at the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS).

Morocco must seize these opportunities to invest in this innovative energy sector and position itself as a "strategic partner of Europe", Berahab underlined in an interview with MAP, noting that this would require developping skills in order to industrialize the processes, as well as "a rapprochement with international benchmarks".

The economist mentioned in this regard several actions undertaken by Morocco for the development of this energy sector such as the creation of the National Commission for Green Hydrogen, which brings together public and private stakeholders, the launch of a study for the development of the green hydrogen roadmap, as well as the development of an integrated program for the production of green ammonia, by redeploying renewable energies.

Over the past few years, Morocco has positioned itself as a key player in the renewable energy sector in Africa, she noted, adding that the emergence of other technologies, including "Power-To-X", which is an excellent alternative to fossil fuel, particularly in the transportation sector.

Endowed with significant renewable energy resources, Morocco adopted in 2009 a national energy strategy as a roadmap for the transition to a low-carbon energy system that reconciles development economic and social and environmental goals, she said.

This strategy mainly focuses on achieving stronger cooperation with the energy markets of Europe and Africa as well as the promotion, through industrial integration, of local industrial capacities to all the levels of the green technology value chain, she pointed out.

MAP 17 July 2020