What are the connections between the resource water and the production of hydrogen? To discuss this issue, a Jordanian delegation visited the Wuppertal Institute from 26 to 30 September 2022 as part of the project "German-Jordanian Water-Hydrogen Dialogue". During the five days, experts from the Wuppertal Institute, mechanical and plant engineering, municipal water and wastewater management as well as regional and national institutions gave lectures on a wide range of topics. For example, the importance of water for electrolysis was discussed and how oxygen, a by-product of electrolysis, can also be used. Innovative projects and processes were presented, giving the guests from Jordan an insight into the opportunities and challenges of decentralised hydrogen production. The role of hydrogen imports to Germany and Europe was also highlighted. In addition, excursions were made to wastewater treatment plant sites of the Emscher-Genossenschaft Lippeverband and the Wupperverband; at the waste incineration plant in Wuppertal, the participants were able to get an impression of an electrolyser. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Manfred Fischedick, President and Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute, gave an overview of the Institute's work on the third day of the workshop, with a special focus on hydrogen and research projects in the MENA region.
Through the programme developed by the Wuppertal Institute, the Jordanian delegation gained an insight into the manifold links between hydrogen and water and wastewater management. In addition to the delegation, which consisted of representatives of the Jordanian Ministry of Water, the Ministry of Energy, the state energy supplier, a water and wastewater operator and an association of entrepreneurs, also took part. In addition, representatives of the Jordanian Parliament participated in the event. Due to these different perspectives, a lively discussion on the decentralised production of hydrogen in Germany took place.
The workshop in Wuppertal precedes a workshop in Jordan, which will take place at the end of October 2022, where German participants can get an impression of the situation in Jordan and the opportunities and challenges associated with a potential hydrogen economy in the country.
The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) and the Export Initiative for Environmental Protection.