Nour Eddine Berkat

The study highlights the promising potential of natural hydrogen as a renewable energy source in Morocco, warranting further research and investment to support the country's energy transition. It explores the potential of natural hydrogen in the southern provinces of Morocco, specifically focusing on Tarfaya, Laâyoune, and Boujdour. Conducted by Moroccan National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, the study aims to identify hydrogen sources, assess their viability, and propose future action plans. The research is divided into two phases: identifying promising target areas and characterizing these targets through fieldwork and laboratory analysis. The methodology includes using geological, structural, hydrogeological, geochemical, and geophysical data, conducting in situ hydrogen measurements, and developing conceptual models to understand hydrogen migration. Significant hydrogen concentrations were detected at sites like Sebkha Oum Dba’ (1.77% H2) and Daoura, confirming natural hydrogen seepages. Geological models indicate that graben structures and deep faults are preferential pathways for hydrogen migration. Proposed actions include geophysical surveys, thermal flux measurements, and exploratory drilling to measure hydrogen beneath sebkha salt layers.

Co-authors: Reda EN NABBADI, Yassine Zarhloule, Alae Eddine BARKAOUI, Othman SADKI, .Júlio F.CARNEIRO, Mustapha CHAIB

Nour Eddine Berkat


Senior Geophysicist

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