Shell Qatar pilot project produces green hydrogen from wastewater

Written By Mark

Qatar Shell Research and Technology Center has achieved a historic breakthrough in green hydrogen production through its exploratory research project, HyPEC. The HyPEC project – which stands for Hybrid Photoelectrochemical Production – focuses on producing green hydrogen from wastewater; Note that the definition of green hydrogen is hydrogen that is produced using renewable energy sources such as solar or wind energy.
This project is the culmination of cooperation between Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, Texas A&M University at Qatar as a local academic partner, and the National Chemical Laboratories of India as an external academic collaborator. The project is also supported by a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund.
Following the completion of initial tests and proof of concept in the university laboratories, the center succeeded in creating a prototype chemical reactor at the Qatar Science and Technology Park. After completing the necessary safety reviews, the pilot program succeeded in producing green hydrogen from wastewater and sunlight.
On this occasion, Dr. Lina Ruwaida from Qatar Research and Technology Center said: “Despite facing major disruptions due to the pandemic and technical challenges in this new field of research, the dedication and perseverance of the HyPEC team played the greatest role in enabling us to continue progressing and making the project a promising achievement, and we look forward to Develop the project further.
The HyPEC project is now in its pilot phase, actively producing green hydrogen; This is an achievement that represents a major development in technology and supports Qatar Vision 2030.
For his part, Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar, said: “The HyPEC project tells a new success story of fruitful collaboration between industry and academia, and underscores the power of collaboration, innovation and environmental responsibility. As Qatar continues its journey towards a greener future, we are proud to support Qatar Research and Technology Center in developing renewable energy solutions and building skills and capabilities here in Qatar.”