Germany taps Morocco’s sun for green hydrogen imports

Germany and Morocco have joined forces to tackle climate change and develop a new energy future. 

On Friday, the two countries signed a declaration establishing a climate and energy alliance, focusing on expanding renewable energy and green hydrogen production in Morocco.

This alliance is driven by Germany’s need for clean energy sources. 

As the nation strives to become climate-neutral by 2045, a significant portion of its future hydrogen demand will need to be imported. 

However, Germany lacks the space and ideal conditions for large-scale wind and solar power generation.

Morocco, on the other hand, presents the perfect partner. “Morocco has the best conditions for the energy transition and the production of green hydrogen,” declared German Development Minister Svenja Schulze. 

This sentiment was echoed by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, who emphasized the importance of Germany as a multifaceted partner – economic, trade, and political.

The alliance prioritizes a fair and sustainable approach. Germany is committed to ensuring Morocco benefits from this partnership. “

We want to do this fairly and in partnership so that Morocco can also drive forward its energy transition and get its fair share of the value chains of the future,” stated Minister Schulze.

The geographical proximity of the two nations presents another advantage. 

Germany envisions collaboration on electricity trading between Morocco and the European Union. 

Additionally, German technological expertise will be crucial in advancing Morocco’s hydrogen economy.

This partnership builds upon a foundation of existing cooperation. Since 2012, Germany has provided over one billion euros in subsidized loans to support Morocco’s renewable energy development. 

Germany taps Morocco’s sun for green hydrogen imports.Notably, these funds contributed to constructing the world’s largest solar thermal power plant in Ouarzazate.

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