Successful green hydrogen projects revealed

Tujoromajo Kasuto

Presidential Economic Advisor and Green Hydrogen Commissioner James Mnyupe today announced four successful pilot projects that will be funded to the tune of N$500 million.

The projects are across agricultural, logistics and refuelling sectors.

The Daure Project, Namport, Cleanergy and TransNamib are the four successful projects that will benefit from the N$500 million funded by the German government to build pilot green hydrogen projects.

This 500 million injected is part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan two (HPPII) economic recovery plan and will assist with job creation and knowledge transfer for SMEs, TransNamib and Namport.

Furthermore, he said they are currently going to study and determine the ratio of the funding as it will vary according to the projects and the financial stability of some of the project’s partners.

It’s partial funding and now that we know which ones to fund, we are going to engage them over the next week and find out what are their necessities as some of the pilot projects are a bit wealthier than others thus they might get a smaller portion of funding compared to the more needy ones who will get a larger portion, some might get 80 percent funding and other might only get 30 percent or so,’’ said Mnyupe.

The Daure Green Hydrogen Proposal will be located in the Erongo Region, Daures Constituency with full project size of 1.5 GW (Current Phase 508 kg Green ammonia/day ) and the current value of this project is 15,1 million EURO.

The project partners are NGHRI, University of Stuttgard, Enapter, Windwise, Enersense Nam and according to the Hydrogen Commissioner the Daure Gh2 Agriculture project will realise the production of green hydrogen, ammonia and utilisation of its derivatives.

The project plans for Sustainable production of green hydrogen based on renewable energies, establishment of green scheme program for ammonia nitrate crops.

Furthermore, ‘’storage and transport of green hydrogen, ammonia and related derivatives and integrated application technologies for utilisation of green hydrogen in agriculture, ammonia nitrate and cleaning detergents,’’ said Mnyupe

Meanwhile, the Green Hydrogen Applications in the Port Environment has a project to the value of

5.66 million EUROS and aims to build a 5 MW Electrolyser and H2 mobile refueller in the Walvis Bay Port and project partners are Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, CMB Germany GmbH and Namport, UNAM.

‘’The strategic targets of this project, to convert an existing tugboat to operate on hydrogen

dual fuel technology, to convert existing port equipment to operate on hydrogen dual fuel technology and to develop green hydrogen bunkering and refuelling infrastructure at the port,’’ the commissioner said.

Additionally, to develop safety and operation procedures for use of hydrogen at ports and to elevate the Germany-Namibia partnership, covering the whole value chain for green hydrogen and to promote the technological solutions proposed.

The other pilot project is H2-Diesel Dual Fuel Locomotives in the logistics sector, which plans to convert 50 locomotives to GH2 dual fuel with the set location of Walvis Bay to Kranzberg corridor in Namibia, through TransNamib.

The project has an estimated value of 7.63 million EURO and the Project Partners are CMB.TECH, UNAM, Hyphen Technical, TransNamib, NGHRI and Nicholas Holding.

According to the project overview, ‘’the following major components to be developed, implemented during the course of the project to achieve the project goal, one locomotive converted for the use of H2 as fuel, through repowering of the locomotive with a new rail engine that is H2-ready.’’

The last project is the H2 Refuelling Station, which has a project phase value of 25 million EURO and consists of a 5 MW photovoltaic solar system, a 5 MW electrolyser and a H2-refuelling station.

The purpose of the plant is to test technologies, to develop offtake applications within the transport sector, mining sector and port activities and to facilitate technology transfer and skills development into Namibia.

By Observer