Africa can produce 16bn tonnes of hydrogen per year

The latest in a series of Africa reports confirms that the continent’s abundant solar and wind power, and biohydrogen resource potential, can provide significant hydrogen production – possibly as much as 16bn tonnes a year.

Published in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Journal, Doctoral Researcher Mulako Mukelabai and Dr. Richard Blanchard of Loughborough University and their teams focused on the role hydrogen can play in decarbonising Africa’s predicted future greenhouse gas emissions.

Several studies have evaluated the potential of hydrogen in Africa, but this paper is the first to look at hydrogen potential at a country-level and assess communities’ water and energy access needs, transportation systems, and costs.

It studied how solar power, concentrated solar power (a method that converts the sun’s energy using various mirror configurations to drive a heat engine and produce electrical power), wind power, and biohydrogen (hydrogen that is produced biologically) could be used to power electrolysis to produce green hydrogen.

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