On 23th of May 2021, the KFUPM interdisciplinary research center for hydrogen and energy storage (IRC-HES) set its purpose to contribute in creating an economical and environmental impact through basic and applied research. Located at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, the research center aims to explore multiple promising fields in applied sciences, mainly focusing on Hydrogen, Carbon Capture & Conversion, and Energy Storage.

As part of the Center’s interests, hydrogen is one of the leading options for clean and sustainable energy, attributed to its minimal environmental side effects. The economic value of hydrogen is globally known, with high demand from energy agencies and other industrial sectors. Specifically, the IRC-HES’s Hydrogen program focuses on:

  • Production of blue and green hydrogen
  • Hydrogen separation and storage
  • Hydrogen utilization


Additionally, the IRC-HES aims to mitigate CO2 through capture and utilization of this greenhouse gas. Thus, the Carbon Capture and Conversion program has four main paths that are set to reuse waste carbon dioxide:

  • Sorbents for CO2 capture
  • Oxy-fuel combustion for cost effective CO2 capture
  • Electrochemical CO2 Conversion
  • Thermo-catalytic CO2 Conversion