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Middle East Examines Solar Hydrogen for Zero-Emission Car

RHINECLIFF, New York – One of the richest oil nations in the Middle East is investigating the use of solar energy to produce hydrogen, according to a magazine. Dubai, an oil-producing member state of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf, may produce hydrogen for a zero-emission automotive fuel in cooperation with German luxury car maker BMW, reports the March issue of “The Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter.” Dubai’s luxurious landmark hotel, Burj Al Arab, hosted BMW last month as the car company started a six-month tour of ten luxury sedans that are fuelled by liquid hydrogen. The BMW sedans will go to Brussels, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles to stir interest in hydrogen fuel for cars. Dubai and BMW are supporting a feasibility study at Munich’s Technical University that analyzes production potential for making hydrogen from solar energy and seawater in Dubai, says the newsletter. The final report is due this month. University researchers are also examining solar energy and solar hydrogen production prospects in other parts of the world’s Sun Belt, says the newsletter. “If Dubai decides to go ahead and eventually start producing renewable hydrogen, obviously this would be a drastic change from business as usual in the international energy trade,” says editor Peter Hoffmann. “It could foreshadow an almost revolutionary departure from present global energy production and distribution patterns.” The newsletter has published since 1986, starting as “The Hydrogen Letter.”