ATLAS OF GREEN HYDROGEN GENERATION POTENTIALS IN AFRICA: H2ATLAS-AFRICA
H2ATLAS-AFRICA project is the first-phase of a Go Green Go Africa Hydrogen initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and African partners in the Sub-Saharan region to explore the potentials of green hydrogen production from the enormous renewable energy sources.
AIM OF H2ATLAS-AFRICA
The H2ATLAS-AFRICA project aims to support sustainable development in Africa through a viable hydrogen economy. It has a high potential to make Africa an exporter of green hydrogen, hence gaining more relevance in the international energy markets and contribute to the fight against climate change in both Sub-Saharan Africa and globally.
Sub-Saharan Africa in general is faced with the threat of an energy crisis primarily due to the growing population. Therefore, there is an urgent need to find sustainable and climate-smart ways of generating energy for the growing population.
The H2ATLAS-AFRICA project is focused on assessing the potential of generating hydrogen in sub-Saharan Africa (West and Southern Africa) from the renewable energy resources in the region. It will focus on detailed technological, environmental, economic and social feasibility assessment taking present and future local energy demands and climate change scenarios into consideration. It will assess the availability and suitability of land and water resources while taking into account other land and water uses.
The project will also evaluate the potential of green hydrogen utilization in these African regions as well as the possibility of its export. The key objectives therefore are:
- Analysis of available renewable energy and water resources as well as all other resources necessary for green hydrogen generation.
- Determine the green hydrogen potential within the West and Southern Africa regions based on the available assessed resources and identify the green hydrogen “hot spots”.
- Representation of the green hydrogen potentials in an interactive atlas- “H2Atlas”.
- Propose sites and concept for pilot project based on the potential atlas.