SOCAR Türkiye Develops Hydrogen Project with Sabancı University

SOCAR Türkiye is working on a project focused on hydrogen (H2)-based technologies- which is important for renewable energy- with Sabancı University, Anadolu Agency reports

The SOCAR Türkiye Research and Innovation Center launched the R&D project ‘Development of Original Anodes for H2 Production with Bipolar Membrane Electrolysers’ in cooperation with Sabancı University, which started in November last year.

According to the information, the project teams are trying to develop unique electrodes containing doped new-generation catalysts for green hydrogen production from water. Their research aims to contribute to clean energy generation technology, which is essential to achieving the EU’s 2050 zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Within the scope of the project, hydrogen is the most promising fuel to achieve the goal of minimizing carbon footprint by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Previously this month, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) organized a seminar themed ‘Green Hydrogen – Path to Decarbonization’ in order to attract international consulting companies to revise its ‘green’ strategy’, which covers issues related to low carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

This process, according to SOCAR’s Teymur Guliyev, will be completed within six months.

Pointing out to market analysis which shows Europe’s demand for hydrogen will increase, Guliyev noted that another research is underway focused on transporting hydrogen through the Trans-Adriatic gas pipeline, a process expected to be completed by 2024.

Market analysis shows that the demand for hydrogen in Europe by 2030 will be 20 million tons, only 10 million tons of which will be produced in Europe whereas the rest will be imported.

Per the SOCAR Türkiye R&D’s website, the center has become a member of H2 EUROPE, a group comprised of more than 350 European companies and 103 research centers that support the global carbon neutralization targets of the European hydrogen industry.

Coordination groups within the H2 EUROPE are working on the financial support of H2 projects, H2 market development, deploying clean H2 technologies, and establishing an integrated H2 infrastructure.

At the moment, SOCAR Türkiye R&D and Innovation Inc. has five projects entitled to be funded by the European Union.

Four of the projects – the Horizon 2020, the CARMOF, CO2 Focus, and LOUISE projects – aim to develop Carbon Capture, Storage, and Use technologies (CCSU). The fifth project – the NEFERTITI- aims to produce chemicals in high demand from concentrated solar energy.

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