Kuwait commits to innovation & sustainability in energy sector

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 17: Since the 1950s, Kuwait has undergone a remarkable transformation in the energy sector, transitioning from traditional fuels to cutting-edge renewable technologies. This journey reached a milestone with the inauguration of the Al-Shaqaya Renewable Energy Complex in 2016, underscoring Kuwait’s dedication to innovation and sustainability, reports Al-Qabas daily. The complex integrates photovoltaic, concentrated solar, and wind energy systems, aligning with the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah’s vision of deriving 15% of energy from renewables by 2030.

However, plans for nuclear energy were reevaluated post-2011, influenced by the Fukushima disaster. Global efforts to address climate change, exemplified by agreements at COP 28, highlight the imperative of transitioning to clean energy sources. Kuwait, once a regional energy leader, is now at the forefront of this transition. In the late 1970s, the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research initiated solar energy programs and explored nuclear energy possibilities, demonstrating its commitment to diversification. Looking forward, Kuwait faces the challenge of securing vast land for renewable projects, with projections indicating a need for over 500 square kilometers to achieve 50% renewable energy production by 2050.

Amid geopolitical complexities, there is increasing consensus on the necessity of a peaceful nuclear power station, following the example set by the UAE, leveraging advancements in reactor safety. Furthermore, Kuwait is venturing into hydrogen power, with plans to establish both partial and complete hydrogen stations to further reduce emissions. These initiatives, coupled with investments in waste energy and green hydrogen production, underscore Kuwait’s commitment to carbon neutrality and sustainable energy sources. As Kuwait continues to innovate, it sets the stage for a cleaner, more resilient energy future.

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