Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

Africa’s first hydrogen power plant in Namibia to produce electricity by 2024

The green hydrogen power plant in Namibia — the first in Africa — will start producing clean electricity power, 24 hours a day all-year round, by 2024.

Africa’s first hydrogen power plant in Namibia to produce electricity by 2024

French independent power producer HDF Energy believes that once it is operational, the Swakopmund green hydrogen power plant, which was built at $181mil, will increase electricity supply in the country of southern Africa. The country imports more than a quarter of its power from South Africa. Namibia, one of the world’s sunniest and least densely populated countries, wants to harness its vast potential for solar and wind energy to produce green hydrogen and position the country as a renewable energy hub in Africa.

“Yearly we can produce 142 gigawatt hours, enough for 142,000 inhabitants and that is conservative,” according to Nicolas Lecomte, HDF Energy director for Southern Africa. HDF Energy is also looking at new projects in Africa and elsewhere. Another company, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, is in talks with Namibia’s government to kickstart its planned $10bn green hydrogen project that will produce some 350,000 tonnes of green hydrogen a year before 2030 for global and regional markets.

The European Union also plans a deal with Namibia to support the country’s nascent green hydrogen sector and boost its own imports of the fuel, EU and Namibian officials said, as the bloc works to reduce its dependence on Russian energy sources. Hydrogen is categorized “green” when it is made with renewable power and is seen as key to help decarbonize industry, though the technology remains immature and relatively costly.

Source: north africa post

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