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SASSCAL launches Green Hydrogen Atlas

The first Atlas of Green Hydrogen Generation Potential in Southern Africa has been officially launched, marking a watershed moment in the renewable energy sector.

The event, held this month, showcased the extensive research and collaboration undertaken by the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL), Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH in Germany, and various national and regional teams.

Jane Olwoch, the Executive Director of SASSCAL, and Solomon Agbo, coordinator of the H2Atlas Africa at Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, unveiled the results of the Green Hydrogen Atlas Southern Africa. 

"This atlas is a game-changer for policy-makers, investors, researchers, and potential funders interested in the development of green hydrogen in Southern Africa, It presents evidence-based information that will drive informed decision-making and shape the future of renewable energy in our region," stated Olwoch. 

Namibia, in particular, stands to benefit greatly from the insights provided by the Green Hydrogen Atlas.

The country's vast water resources, abundant land availability, and exceptional solar and wind potential make it a prime candidate for green hydrogen production.

The atlas highlights several "locations of interest" in Namibia, marking it as a key player in the region's transition towards sustainable energy.

According to Sasscal, the atlas provides a comprehensive overview of the region's resources for green hydrogen production, including water resources, land availability, and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. 

"It also examines key indicators like the levelised cost of hydrogen production, social aspects, policy frameworks, export and transport potential, and political and energy regulatory frameworks."

The Green Hydrogen Atlas represents a collaborative effort involving over 13 countries, 60 scientists, 16 modellers, and a 12-member Regional Technical Committee. 

The interactive atlas serves as a science-based decision support tool for the planning and design of green hydrogen pilot plants across the region. It provides a roadmap for the implementation of green hydrogen projects, creating opportunities for sustainable economic growth and job creation.

The launch of the Green Hydrogen Atlas Southern Africa is just the beginning, as national launches are scheduled to take place in the second half of this year.

With Namibia poised to emerge as a leading player in green hydrogen production, this groundbreaking research is set to undoubtedly fuel the country's drive towards a greener, more sustainable future.

"The potential for green hydrogen in Namibia is immense, and this atlas demonstrates the favorable conditions that exist, we encourage stakeholders to explore the atlas and leverage the opportunities it presents for the development of this transformative technology," said  Agbo.

The Green Hydrogen Atlas Southern Africa is now accessible to the public, providing a wealth of information and insights that will shape the renewable energy landscape in the region.

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Last modified on Thursday, 01 June 2023 13:03

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