Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar and Amir Sharifi, Chief Investment Officer of Hy24 holding the framework agreement at the COP28 conference in Dubai.

News release: Masdar and Hy24 to Support International Green Hydrogen Projects

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  • Strategic Framework Agreement will position Masdar as potential investor and developer for co-investment opportunities alongside Hy24’s Clean Hydrogen Infrastructure Fund to enable large-scale green hydrogen production projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa
  • The agreement advances ambitious growth plans of UAE’s clean energy powerhouse, giving Masdar access to a pipeline of up to €2 billion in co-investment and co-development opportunities. Masdar, is targeting 1 million tons of green hydrogen production by 2030
  • The agreement will broaden Hy24’s investment base and role as a springboard for hydrogen projects at scale

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC – Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, and Hy24, the world’s largest clean hydrogen pure-play investor, signed a strategic joint development and investment framework agreement to foster large-scale green hydrogen projects during the UN’s Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai.

Masdar and Hy24 agreed a framework to explore the development and investment in projects along the Power-to-X value chain, which involves producing renewable power converted via electrolyzers into green hydrogen and, subsequently, its derivatives such as green ammonia, e-methanol, sustainable aviation fuel and liquid hydrogen. The companies will focus on projects located in key regional hubs across Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

The Hy24-managed “Clean Hydrogen Infrastructure Fund” expects that co-investment and co-development opportunities will be made available to Masdar, which could represent up to €2 billion of investments in the next five years. Green hydrogen will play a key role in enabling faster and more widespread global adoption of renewable energy, helping the planet to meet net-zero goals.

The agreement reinforces Hy24’s role as a catalyst in fostering the hydrogen economy and will leverage Masdar’s 20GW of renewable energy projects worldwide, enabling the two leaders to target exploration of larger transactions and project developments across broader geographies at scale and pace. The agreement will also open new investment opportunities for Hy24 in the Middle East and North Africa and benefit from Ardian’s long-standing partnerships established in the region under the leadership of François-Aïssa Touazi (Chairman Ardian Ltd, Abu Dhabi). Hy24 is a joint venture between Ardian, Europe’s largest private investment house, and FiveT Hydrogen, a clean hydrogen investment platform.

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said:

At COP28, we have seen the critical need for global stakeholders to unite, act and deliver. Masdar’s collaboration with Hy24, the world’s largest clean hydrogen pure-play investor, will see us leverage our shared expertise and resources. Throughout our 17-year history, Masdar has deployed a ‘first mover’ approach to the clean energy transition worldwide. Now, Masdar and Hy24 will work together to maximize green hydrogen’s huge potential to accelerate the energy transition for a cleaner, greener future.

Pierre-Etienne Franc, Co-founder and CEO of Hy24, said:

Hydrogen is unanimously recognized as one of the most promising tools for the energy transition, a view that has been reinforced at COP28. Our joint agreement aims to unlock investments for some of the largest and most strategic green hydrogen projects in the world. It also demonstrates the strong potential for both France and the UAE to develop large-scale decarbonization projects together within this industry vertical. We need to see more capital allocated by institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds to climate action. Masdar is paving the way.

Established in 2006, Masdar has developed projects in over 40 countries, helping them to achieve their clean energy objectives and advance sustainable development. It has invested, or committed to invest, in worldwide projects with a combined value of more than US$30 billion with ambitious growth plans to reach 100GW and 1 million tons of green hydrogen by 2030.

Hy24 is committed to catalyzing the growth of a global hydrogen ecosystem by investing across the entire clean hydrogen value chain. Hy24’s first fund – the Clean Hydrogen Infrastructure Fund, or “Infra Fund” – is targeted at building out the hydrogen infrastructure market. The Infra Fund has raised 2 billion euros and already made seven investments. It has brought together more than fifty leading industrial and financial investors from Europe, Asia, and North America with the aim of mobilizing up to 20 billion euros of investment within the next five years. In May 2023, Hy24 co-organized with Ardian the first hydrogen business conference in MENA, in partnership with Abu Dhabi Global Market.

IMAGE (above): Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar and Amir Sharifi, Chief Investment Officer of Hy24 holding the framework agreement at the COP28 conference in Dubai. Credit: Masdar.

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