Experts from across the region will gather in the capital in May to explore how to best utilize hydrogen fuel cells.
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Workshop in the MENA region will be organized by the Jordan Renewable Energy Society (JRES), chaired by HRH Prince Asem Ben Nayef.
“We want to promote the use of hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative energy source, because there has been a lack of focus on this topic in the region,” JRES Director Mohammad Taani told The Jordan Times.
“There has been a lot of talk of solar, wind and geothermal sources, but hydrogen potential has yet to be tapped in this region,” he added, noting that the workshop will aim to explore practical applications of hydrogen fuel cells.
Expected to witness the participation of some 10 countries, the workshop will be coordinated with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in cooperation with the Turkey-based International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Studies, Taani added.
The technology has been adapted to fuel cars, submarines and even aircraft, with hydrogen fuelling stations developed in California and Japan, according to experts. The cost of producing hydrogen fuel cells, however, has been an issue in its development.
In 2008, the Kingdom exempted hybrid cars among other renewable energy and energy saving devices from customs duties and sales tax in a bid to encourage energy conservation.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology would also benefit from the exemption, according to energy experts.
The society, which will host a national dialogue on renewable energy next week, has previously declared 2010 as “the year of renewable energy” in Jordan.