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Tarfaya: a spectacular wind farm in the perspective of green hydrogen

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

The Moroccan sun has become a considerable asset in the search for green energy. The Kingdom has the largest solar panel park in the world, in Ouarzazate . Its coasts also lend themselves well to wind turbines, in windy regions. About fifteen parks were created, from Tangier to Aftissat, near Boujdour, in the southern Saharan provinces. The most powerful, which is at the same time the most important in Africa, is that of Tarfaya. A few kilometers further than the old one Cap Juby by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, along the endless National Route 1, whose completion will soon be in sight, we can see spectacular wind turbines (our photo). This park of 131 masts, whose power is 300 megawatts, not only contributes to producing the electricity that the country needs, but also prepares the ground for the production of green hydrogen, considered as the clean energy of tomorrow.

The enormous energy needs of developed economies require the use of hydrogen to achieve the ambitious objectives that have been set in the fight against climate change.

The European Union, for example, has set a rreduction of its greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% by 2030 (our chart). The industrial development of the use of hydrogen must however face many challenges: price of transformation, cost of electricity, decentralization, massive development of renewables,

The hydrogen, which emits no pollution, is obtained using an electrolyser powered by electricity (our photo). It is in this context that Moroccan electricity production has advantages, first and foremost for Moroccan decarbonization, which largely remains to be done. The Kingdom is indeed located at the 16th place of the most polluting countries per inhabitant.

Secondly, Moroccan electricity, whose development capacities can be considered as infinite (our photo), will be able to come massively in support of its own European productions, which are currently object of research, including in the alpine rocks. However, there is still a long way to go from the cut to the lips!


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