Hydrogène de France to Build 85MW Solar PV/BES/Hydrogen Hybrid Plant in Namibia

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  • French hydrogen IPP, Hydrogène de France (HDF), will be building Africa’s first green hydrogen power plant in Africa.
  • The project, located in in Swakopmund, Namibia, is set to be operational in 2024.
  • The US$181.25 million project will supply clean electricity power, 24 hours a day all-year round.

The company said it obtained new permits for the project from the Namibian authorities. “This important step in the authorization process confirms a favorable environment for the project. As a result, HDF Energy is moving closer to building the first green hydrogen power plant in Africa, among the first deployed by HDF Energy globally, ” said Nicolas Lecomte, HDF Energy’s director for southern Africa.

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The facility is planned to sell energy to the Namibian grid. HDF Energy is currently negotiating a power purchase agreement (PPA) with local state-owned utility NamPower Corporation.

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HDF plans to set up an 85 MW solar park relying on trackers and a green hydrogen unit based on electrolyzers, fuel cells, and battery storage. It will also construct a transmission line and a hydrogen refueling station. The site should also have a reverse osmosis (RO) desalination plant and a demineralization plant requiring the installation of a water pipeline.

“Yearly we can produce 142 gigawatt hours, enough for 142,000 inhabitants and that is conservative,” said  Lecomte.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal




    • Green Building Africa - Net Carbon Zero Buildings and Cities on

      The plant includes an intergated desalination plant. The dam sizing will be in accordance with plant needs.Please use link in article to refer your question directly with the project developers.

  1. Benjamen kornelius on

    I am Graduate Electrical Engineer in Namibia and I would like be part of team Engineering ,Procurement and Construction Team.

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