African countries to tackle German hydrogen technology

As the EU member country is phasing out coal and nuclear power, its government is turning to H2.

The German government has announced its intention to transfer hydrogen production technology to African countries. This strategy is meant to work with Germany’s strategy to eliminate its dependence on coal and nuclear power.

To replace nuclear and coal, Germany will have to import around 40 to 60% of the H2 it will need.

The announcement was made by a German government official who explained the country’s intentions just before a meeting between the European Union and the African Union which took place in Brussels.

The South African government has already entered into discussions with a range of investors for green hydrogen technology projects. Germany had already been identified as the primary source for H2, according to Ebrahim Patel, South Africa’s minister for trade, industry and competition.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently announced that the South African government intends to support the development of an H2 green pipeline project that will span the next few years.

South Africa is joining a green hydrogen technology consortium with up to 26 other countries.

Countries have drawn up plans to harness green H2, meaning fuel would be produced using electricity generated from renewable sources to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. These efforts are made with the aim of meeting emission reduction targets and enabling steel and other key industries as well as everyday consumers to reduce their use of carbon-emitting fuels.

The number of countries making this effort reached 26 at the end of last year. This represented a doubling compared to the same period the previous year. Additionally, the United States, Canada, India, and Brazil are expected to join and recreate the global market.

“Green hydrogen has been recognized by the President as a big win for South Africa,” Patel added, quoted in a Reuters report on hydrogen generation technology. “We are in discussions with a number of private companies about this and also, what is very positive, is that Germany has identified South Africa as a main source of green hydrogen.”

James R. Rhodes