BMW and Dubai Consider Solar-Produced Hydrogen for Fuel

March 04, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

The March issue of The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Letter reports that Dubai, an oil-producing member state of the United Arab Emirates, is closely examining the idea of producing hydrogen as an environmentally benign, zero-emission automotive fuel in cooperation with BMW (Germany). Dubai and BMW are supporting a feasibility study at Munich's Technical University that analyzes production potential for making hydrogen from solar energy and seawater in Dubai, due to be completed later this month.

“If Dubai decides to go ahead and eventually start producing renewable hydrogen, obviously this would be a drastic change from business as usual in the international energy trade," commented Peter Hoffman, the newsletter's editor and publisher. “It could foreshadow an almost revolutionary departure from present global energy production and distribution patterns."