Exclusive: Africa’s hydrogen future – An interview with Masdar

The 2022 UN Climate Change Conference, COP27 in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt has brought the need for investment and partnerships to see the scaling of hydrogen capacity globally well into the spotlight, however, none more so than in developing regions.

As highlighted in October (2022) by the Hydrogen Council’s Global Hydrogen Flows report, hydrogen is set to become a traded commodity, with predictions that 400 million of the 660 million tonnes of hydrogen and its derivatives needed for carbon neutrality by 2050 will be transported over long-distances, with 190 million tonnes crossing international borders.

Read more: Global trade of hydrogen could reduce supply chain investment by $6 trillion, says a Hydrogen Council report

One region that has been earmarked as major exporter of the clean energy carrier by the mid-century is Africa, which had its potential compounded by a report, released this month (November 11) by UAE-based global clean energy powerhouse, Masdar.

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