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The World Wants Green Hydrogen. Namibia Says It Can Deliver

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The World Wants Green Hydrogen. Namibia Says It Can Deliver

Dec 18, 2021 • Wall Street Journal

Southern African nation rich in wind and sun aims to develop a hydrogen industry from renewable sources to meet growing global demand

Namibia is positioning itself as a leader in the emerging market for another hot resource: green hydrogen, which is made using renewable electricity.

With bright sunshine 300 days a year and vicious winds that rip along a nearly 1,000-mile coast, renewable experts and government officials say the southwest African nation has outsize potential for renewable energy production.
Namibia is one of many countries seeking to cash in on the green energy rush. There are efforts all over the world to increase production of hydrogen, from Morocco to Australia to Chile. The U.S. Department of Energy has said that the race to make clean hydrogen is the equivalent of this generation’s “moonshot.” Over the last 12 months, there has been a 50-fold increase in announced green hydrogen projects globally, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.

Namibia received nine bids from six developers for the two sites, including South Africa’s Sasol Ltd. , Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. and Germany’s Enertrag AG, in partnership with Nicholas Holdings, an international sub-Saharan Africa focused strategic infrastructure investor and project developer, has been awarded both sites through Hyphen Hydrogen Energy (Pty) Ltd.

Hyphen, a project development company created to develop, build and operate green hydrogen production facilities in Namibia, says the $9.4 billion project is targeting 300,000 metric tons of green hydrogen production a year from 5 gigawatts of renewable generation capacity by 2030.
Tobias Bischof-Niemz is head of the new energy solutions division at Enertrag AG.

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