RONN explores commercialising hydrogen in Kenya

RONN has entered into a formal discussion to commercialise hydrogen energy use in Nairobi, Kenya.

The ongoing talks with Pauline Muthigani, President of the Nairobi group, are part of the Africa’s push to commercialise hydrogen energy use in Nairobi and Africa as a whole, in both mobile and stationary applications.

Ronn ForCEO, said the proposed alliance will cover three phases, with the first deploying the company’s class 3-6 hydrogen-electric logistics trucks through an initial pilot programme, followed by strategic purchases and deployment throughout Nairobi and potentially other African municipalities.

He added, “Deployment could potentially begin as early as the first quarter of 2024. We will work with Nairobi and Kenyan governments for land, tax and regulatory concessions.”

Muthigani said that the second phase would, “create and implement a hydrogen hub for mobile and stationary applications, leveraging our relationships with Bayo-Tech.”

She added, “Kenya will have the first electric hydrogen trucks and hydrogen hub. We are already negotiating concessions that we will need from the government, and we need to prioritise this under the hydrogen policy in Kenya.”

“I have already started work on this plan and expect a definitive Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) within two weeks as it is our utmost desire. We will push to commercialise hydrogen power, clean the environment, and manufacturing and job creation are huge for us in Kenya and the new government.”

Earlier this year, The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Kenya signed a Joint Declaration to strengthen green hydrogen cooperation, advancing projects that will develop green hydrogen as part of the Kenya Energy Roadmap 2040.

Read more:EIB signs agreement to cooperate on hydrogen infrastructure in Kenya

Kenya’s President, William Ruto, said last year (2022) the country is aiming to produce 30GW of green hydrogen production after signing a KES 500bn ($3.6bn) deal with the UK to fast-track green investments.

The UK Government will commit KES 2bn ($14.5m) to a new guaranteed company that will lower investment risk and unlock KES 12bn ($87.4m) of climate finance for Kenyan projects three years, through collaboration with CPF Financial Services and other private investors.

Read more:Kenya targets 30GW of green hydrogen after signing strategic deal with UK

Read H2 View’s exclusive interview with Hydrogen Africa Chairman Kal’air Trezeguet in the May magazine

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