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Saudi Aramco to roll out hydrogen-powered vehicles locally

Saudi Aramco to roll out hydrogen-powered vehicles locally

/ Renewables / Friday, 07 January 2022 08:25

Saudi Aramco will start producing hydrogen vehicles locally along with the development of related technologies through the company’s Advanced Innovation Centre – LAB7.

Ahmed Al-Saadi, senior vice president of Saudi Aramco for technical services said that the use of hydrogen fuel would be instrumental in bringing down emissions in the transportation sector, especially in the category that is difficult to decarbonize such as heavy vehicles.

“Saudi Aramco is cooperating with major motor manufacturers and technology developers to support developing internal combustion engine models, technologies with lower emissions and efficient hybrid solutions,” he said.

According to Al-Saadi, the current trend to develop innovative fuels and efficient technologies for internal combustion engines contributes to reducing emissions from the automotive sector in the future. Hydrogen fuel cells are currently lighter than batteries, making them an appealing option for long-haulers.

Saudi Aramco signed in the first week of December an agreement with the French renewable energy technology giant Gaussin to establish a modern manufacturing facility for hydrogen-powered vehicles in Saudi Arabia. Aramco’s LAB7 would be working closely with Gaussin’s hydrogen-powered vehicle and remote controlled/autonomous hydrogen racing truck developments.

The Dhahran-based state-of-the-art LAB7 facility would have 24/7 dedicated workshops that can accommodate 19 projects and up to 300 innovators at any one time. LAB7 is empowering new generation of innovators -the digital and technical entrepreneurs of the 21st century.

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