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The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) has announced its 14 pioneer members from organisations based across Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, France, the Netherlands, Israel, Italy and the UK
The AHP aims to lay the foundation for establishing hydrogen economies and societies in Africa and will explore how the continent can export green or natural hydrogen, the development of domestic markets, and how to attract foreign investment from energy intensive industries as priorities.
The group is the only continent-wide African umbrella association dedicated to the development of green and natural (native) hydrogen, hydrogen-based chemicals (e.g. green ammonia or green methanol), fuel cell technology and related business opportunities in Africa.
The AHP is now working with representatives from firms including, Anglo American, Bluenergy Revolution, Cheranna Energy, Gencell, HDF Energy, Hydroma, Hydrox Holdings, Hypowa, iH2 - Ivoire Hydrogène, Jacob Lawren Ltd., Mobility Africa Energy, Port of Rotterdam, RTS Africa Engineering, and Sable Chemicals.
Innocent Uwuijaren, chairman of the AHP, commented, “Developing hydrogen economies in Africa will reduce the economic burden of importing costly refined fossil fuels, generate revenue streams from exporting green hydrogen as well as from sales 1 activities of energy intensive industries while creating wealth domestically and supporting fair socio-economic development.”
The first African hydrogen economies will begin with construction of P2G renewable energy facilities for producing green hydrogen derivatives, construction of hydrogen hubs along important trans-African highways and exporting green molecules. They will also be built in ports where hydrogen stations will provide fuel for long haul heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells.
African governments will grant concessions for the right to produce green hydrogen and export it to energy-importing nations. The fees for concessions will increase the inflow of foreign currencies into African economies.