Mohamed Atef Kamel


Johnson Controls | Energy Audit Team Leader


Track C: Alternative and Renewable Energy

Session C1: Hydrogen

September 25, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

An optimal techno-economic planning approach for a clean hydrogen cluster at Egypt’s Gulf of Suez

Low carbon hydrogen production in Egypt is gaining greater attention as the country strives to meet its climate goals and reduce its carbon footprint. Hydrogen has been identified as a key component in transitioning towards a cleaner energy system, and Egypt has the potential to capitalize on this emerging technology.

One of the main methods for producing low carbon hydrogen is through electrolysis which is considered green hydrogen , which involves splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. This process can be powered by renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power, resulting in a clean and sustainable form of hydrogen production. Egypt’s abundance of sunlight and strong wind resources make it an ideal location for implementing such green hydrogen production technologies.

In addition to electrolysis, Egypt can also explore other low carbon hydrogen production methods such as steam methane reforming with carbon capture and storage (CCS). This process involves using natural gas to produce hydrogen while capturing and storing the resulting carbon emissions, thus reducing the overall carbon footprint of the hydrogen production process which is called blue hydrogen.
This paper provides a feasibility study between green and blue hydrogen in Egypt and which one is more economically viable.

In conclusion, low carbon hydrogen production in Egypt holds great promise for both environmental and economic benefits. By leveraging its natural resources and investing in clean hydrogen technologies, Egypt can play a significant role in the global transition towards a sustainable energy future However, the blue carbon tends out to be more feasible than the green hydrogen.

Speaker Bio

Mohamed Atef is an Energy and Sustainability international consultant working with several donors including but not limited to UNDP, UNIDO, GIZ, EBRD, AfDB and AfD. He has concluded several assignments in Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Africa and Gulf. He is the regional audit team leader at Johnson Controls, Cairo Egypt. He is a technical Energy Expert and Energy Auditor at United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO), a technical consultant to The Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Egyptian Electricity Holding Company and an Environmental, Social and Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility specialist. Mohamed is a PhD candidate at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and holds a master’s degree in renewable energy and energy efficiency from Ain Shams University with decent publications in Elsevier and MIT Applied Energy Symposium. He is a Certified Energy Auditor from AEE/ASHRAE/UNIDO. certified ASHRAE High-Performance Building Design Professional member and Energy Auditor from American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional from Association of Energy Engineers (CMVP from AEE) and a Certified Motor, Pumps & Compressed Air Systems Optimization Expert from UNIDO. He is the first Certified Industrial Energy Professional (CIEP) from AEE in Egypt. He has been working with Tarshid (KSA Super ESCO) for more than a year in developing more than 20 Energy Performance Contracts based on Guaranteed Savings Model.

He is an ESG consultant being certified from GRI.
He has left an impact in every position he held even he was named as Energy Efficiency Engineer of the Year from AEE and from his company Johnson Controls. I have the capabilities to lead this assignment with my technical expertise along with the relevant works I accomplished in different sectors. He is a potential instructor for all Association of Energy Engineers courses. He has conducted similar assignment supporting Egyptian Government in drafting National Energy Efficiency Action Plan. He is also ESCO business consultant for UNIDO drafting contracts and business models for ESCOs, Super ESCOs and Demand side management in addition to district cooling plants. He has conducted many capacity building campaigns and over 60 energy audits. He is experienced in monitoring and evaluation of projects from financial, social and environmental perspectives.