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Dii Desert Energy

International Hydrogen Partner

Dii Desert Energy, the MENA Hydrogen Alliance and the Zero Emission Traders Alliance

Dii Desert Energy is an independent, international, industry-led network operating from Dubai. With its footprint in MENA, it is connecting people, countries and clean energy markets globally, paving the way for “net zero emission”, secure and affordable energy from the deserts.

Dii Desert Energy aims at transforming the energy systems in desert areas of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in a holistic way, benefitting from the knowledge, expertise, and business connections from its professional staff and partners, including a top-level Advisory Board. Dii’s team consists of well respected senior figures in the international energy market, with experience in (green) energy industry management, projects, investments, regulations and public policy.

Dii GmbH was launched in 2009 as an industry initiative in Germany (formerly ‘Desertec Industrial Initiative’) for accelerating the energy transition in the MENA region and export of “net zero emission” energy. Dii believes that once the domestic needs have been sufficiently satisfied with emission free energy, MENA will become a ‘Powerhouse’ of emission-free energy, both electrons and molecules, serving the world energy markets. This is being recognized in the market under the umbrella of ‘Desertec 3.0’.

In early 2020, Dii launched the MENA Hydrogen Alliance, which brings together private and public sector actors as well as science and academia to kick-start green hydrogen economies. The Alliance provides a platform for members to meet and discuss pathways forward and formulates common studies. The alliance acts as an impartial advisor to promote pilot projects in the region, elaborates (potential) business cases and structure for large projects, proposes the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks, and educates different stakeholders on all relevant aspects of the hydrogen value chain, from ‘source to sink’, including export of virtual (renewable and carbon characteristics) and physical energy carriers.

In 2023 Dii launched a new initiative, the Net Zero Emission Traders Alliance (ZETA), based in Dubai. Its aim is to create a global platform for energy traders supporting in particular Dii’s “no emissions” mission. ZETA will, thus, help energy markets and energy traders to reduce and avoid “greenhouse” effects based on market principles. In this context, Dii Desert Energy is giving guidance to emission free energy traders, energy suppliers and the off-takers community with a footprint in MENA.

Desert Energy is connecting the regional and international industry with authorities and institutions and focuses in particular on practical conditions along the emission-free energy value chains. Dii’s platform of more than 100 companies and organizations from over 30 countries is mobilizing top executives, government decision makers, R&D institutions and academia supporting 


Dii's mission: No Emissions!

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