Oman Hydrogen Centre OHC

Research, Technology, Education, Application and Economy

Driving Oman’s success in the future hydrogen economy

Oman Hydrogen Centre at German University of Technology (GUtech) in Halban, Sultanate of Oman
Sohar Port and Freezone, Sultanate of Oman
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

The Role of the Oman Hydrogen Centre

Shaping Oman’s role within the global energy transition

 

Enabling and bundling Oman’s Competences for a “Green Hydrogen” Economy. The Oman Hydrogen Centre is established at GUtech as an International Competence Hub for Research, Technology, Education, Industries Applications and Economy.

Vision

The global energy transition requires a shift from under-the-ground fossil energy sources to above-the-ground renewable sources such as solar and wind with green hydrogen as the energy carrier and clean industrial base material of a future economy.

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Mission

Developing competences in the field of a hydrogen-based economy in cooperation with local and international parties and align activities between industry, academic, government and society.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the Centre

One of the most prolific tools to measure actions that promote prosperity while protecting the planet are the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The activities of the Oman Hydrogen Centre are in line with the basic concept of the SDGs. This is reflected in the work with students, the research topics and the industrial projects.

The Centre’s work has a particular focus on these SDG topics.

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Competence development, technology training, academic education, research & development, open international cooperations, intercultural collaboration

Green desalination, sustainable industrial water management, protection of water resources, protection of ocean course, protection of coastal vegetation, wastewater management

Only renewable energy (wind, sun, hydro) transformation, replacing fossil energy carriers, green H2 for future energy carrier

International standards for operation & security, building & operation of green H2 infrastructure, renewable energy storage & transportation, energy transition from fossil to renewable

Zero C02 emission industry development

Activities

Segments

An important element of the Centre’s structure is the integration, cooperation and project work with national and international partners from Research, Industry, Institutions and Government. This integration will be realised on different levels of commitment and joint activities.

The activities of the Centre are grouped in four fields:

Research Focus
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Hydrogen is used both as an energy carrier and as an industrial feedstock. This results in a very broad field of work with interdependencies that must be considered in the context of an integrated system view.

From this perspective, the Oman Hydrogen Centre is focused on Oman specific topics of the hydrogen-based energy transition and is developing a roadmap for related research and development work in order to support recommendations for an implementation roadmap for Oman.

The Centre contributes with own research activities in close cooperation with academic and industrial partners.

The main R&D areas are:

  • Hydrogen usage in local industry (brownfield and greenfield)
  • Develop simulation models for an Oman hydrogen economic system involving renewable energy generation, management and storage, hydrogen production, transport and storage
  • Optimizing hydrogen generation in respect to the special local conditions – climate, water, dust and location
  • Identifying suitable local and international renewable energy transport systems
  • Examining renewable energy storage systems such as caverns, pumped hydro or CSP Tower
  • Industrial application fields of green hydrogen for ammonia, methanol, steel, gas grid injection or synfuel
  • Green hydrogen and derivate certification
  • Evaluation of environmental impact of the technologies
GUtech Hydrogen World

In the medium term, the Centre develops its own small-scale hydrogen generation plant which utilises sun energy and sea water, the “GUtech Hydrogen World”. The plant will be used for research as well as for training of students and participation of workshops. The students will get practical experience and skills in design, construct and operate hydrogen end2end systems. Some special applications of green hydrogen will be realised to demonstrate the complete value chain of the hydrogen economy for Oman. This is to guarantee that education is kept on the most advanced level of knowledge in this field.

Project Overview

Further information available on request

Analysis of current Oman grey hydrogen production capacities

Oct 2020

Currently 3600 t/d of Grey Hydrogen are produced in Oman for the production of Ammonia, Urea, Formaldehyde and for Hydrogeneration. This results in the emission of 39.000t/d CO2 which corresponds to 23% of the total CO2 Emissions of Oman (own research results)

Papers, Press Review, Corporate News

Articles, Papers, Statements

Oman sets off to become a hydrogen society

The interest shown by numerous local and international investors to invest in green hydrogen, the establishment of center-of-excellence institutions, such as the Oman Hydrogen Centre at GUtech university, as well as Oman’s geostrategic location and vast experience in the energy sector create a strong market edge for the country to overcome the associated challenges of tapping into emerging energy markets and expand its energy portfolio.

Press Review

Inauguration of the Oman Hydrogen Centre

Jan 2020

Oman Hydrogen Centre was opened at the premises of German University of Technology, Oman, under the auspices of Eng. Azza bint Sulaiman al-Isma’eeli, Minister of Technology and Communications.

1st Oman Hydrogen Symposium

Oct 2019

The 1st Oman Hydrogen Symposium was organised as part of the Oman Hydrogen Initiative — a joint project of GUtech and Hydrogen Rise AG of German and took place on October 9, 2019.

Launch of the Oman Hydrogen Initiative

Aug 2019

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and the German firm Hydrogen Rise AG have launched the ‘Oman Hydrogen Initiative’ to harness the economic potential of green hydrogen technologies in the Sultanate.

Arab News

May 2021

Oman Hydrogen Centre, which was established in 2019 by GUtech, is the first of its kind in Oman and is supporting the country in accelerating the transition to renewable energy.

Oman Daily News

May 2021

The Oman Hydrogen Centre was inaugurated last year with an aim to be a hub for skills nurturement and knowledge provider to incubate green energy development and total economic transformation.

Alyoum Newspaper

May 2021

The Oman Hydrogen Centre was inaugurated last year with an aim to be a hub for skills nurturement and knowledge provider to incubate green energy development and total economic transformation.

Corporate News

April 2021

Vorsitz Summit Redaction Committee

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Jan 2021

Presentation AHK Workshop

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Nov 2020

Presentation at 2020 MENA Summit

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Team and Partners

Team Oman Hydrogen Centre

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Modigell

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell studied physics at RWTH-Aachen University in Germany and finalized his studies with the Dr.-Ing. degree in Mechanical-Engineering. He worked for 12 years in industry of plant engineering and construction, KHD and Thyssen, focused on industrial R&D in the field of process and energy engineering, environmental engineering and metallurgy. In 1990 he got the call to overtake the chair for Mechanical Process Engineering at RWTH-Aachen University. He was actively researching on basic and applied topics, beside others in the field of hydrogen production and CCS Technologies. In 2013 he became rector of the GUtech, German University of Technology in Oman, and in 2020 he was appointed as director of the Oman Hydrogen Centre (OHC) at GUtech, the centre for clean hydrogen, hydrogen research, technology, education, application and economy.

Muhannad Al Hinai

Scientific Coworker
Head of Hydrogen Systems and Economy

muhannad.alhinai@gutech.edu.om

Muhannad Alhinai holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering (2013) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and a M.Sc. in Politics and Technology (2019) from Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Munich. His Master’s thesis as well as main research focus is on identifying the role that policy and technology play in carrying out deep energy transitions at economic, social and environmental levels. His main region of focus is the Arabian Peninsula, and more particularly Oman. He worked in the energy industry for 4 years as a management consultant as well as a maintenance engineer in oil refining as an employee of Aramco Company. He currently works as an academic researcher at Oman Hydrogen Centre at GUtech; the centre for clean hydrogen research, technology, education and application development.

Hydrogen Economy Cluster at GUtech

Close cooperation to pool GUtech’s competences for the development of a hydrogen economy between:

  • Engineering Faculty
  • Geoscience Faculty
  • Economy Faculty
  • Oman Hydrogen Centre

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Partners

The OHC develops national and international partnerships with different formats. More about the benefits, cooperation forums and opportunities for participation on request.

Government

Science

Industry

Centre Evolution 2018 to 2021

Since 2018, GUtech has pursued the goal of initiating and promoting Clean Hydrogen Technology and Hydrogen Economics as a national opportunity for Oman.

To this end, a cooperation between GUtech and Hydrogen Rise AG was entered into at the end of 2018 and the Oman Hydrogen Initiative was founded. In analyses, preliminary studies and with the participation of key Omani stakeholders, a first Oman-specific inventory of the “clean hydrogen” concepts was prepared.

With strong support of the Oman Ministry of Oil and Gas (MOG), now Ministry of Energy and Minerals (MEM) the First Oman Hydrogen Symposium was initiated and organized at GUtech in cooperation with Hydrogen Rise AG. The presentations and dialogue at the event created a broad national awareness of the relevance and economic opportunities of Clean Hydrogen for Oman and in the globally changing energy industry.

At the end of 2019, the Ministry of Higher Education approved GUtech’s application to establish a Hydrogen Competence Centre to shape the opportunities of clean hydrogen for the benefit of Oman.

Approved by the Ministry of Higher Education, on January 27th, 2020 in a ceremony at the History of Science Centre at the GUtech, the “Oman Hydrogen Centre” was launched.