French hydrogen expert Hydrogène de France (HDF) is advancing with its green hydrogen project in Swakopmund city. The city is located on the Namibian coast, in the administrative region of Erongo.
The firm claimed that Namibian officials had granted it additional licenses for the project. Thus, this crucial stage in the authorization procedure indicates the project’s favorable environment. As a result, HDF Energy is getting closer to constructing the first green hydrogen power plant in Africa, one of the company’s first projects worldwide, according to Nicolas Lecomte, director of HDF Energy’s southern African operations.
When completed, the green hydrogen project in Swakopmund will supply electricity to Namibia’s grid. A power purchase agreement (PPA) between HDF Energy and the regional state-owned utility NamPower Corporation is currently being negotiated.
The green hydrogen project in Swakopmund
HDF intends to build an 85 MW solar park with the use of trackers and a green hydrogen facility. They will be built with electrolyzers, fuel cells, and battery storage. Additionally, a transmission line and a hydrogen refueling station will be built. The location should also have a demineralization facility that requires the installation of a water pipeline, as well as a RO desalination plant. The project was conceived in 2021 when Namibia launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan II to diversify the nation’s energy mix.
HDF is currently building the largest hydrogen production complex in the Caribbean – the Renewstable Barbados (RSB) project. The complex will combine a 50MW photovoltaic facility with 128MWh of long-term green hydrogen storage and batteries. The Centrale Electrique de l’Ouest Guyanais (CEOG) project, a PV park and 128MWh hydrogen-based storage station in Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni, northwest French Guiana, is replicated in the $100 million Renewstable Barbados project. HDF debuted in May 2018.