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Green hydrogen is fast becoming topic of global interest among environmentalists, energy experts and governments, as the world looks towards more environmental friendly forms of energy.

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Green hydrogen is fast becoming topic of global interest among environmentalists, energy experts and governments, as the world looks towards more environmental friendly forms of energy.

Green hydrogen refers to hydrogen fuel that is created using renewable energy rather than fossil fuels, producing only water as a by-product. It can be in gas or liquid form and can be converted into electricity, and is quickly emerging as a potential solution for sectors such as aviation, marine shipping and other heavy industries. Transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy represents a co-benefit in terms of reduction of greenhouse gases and reducing pollution from fossil fuels that continues to cause harm to many in the developing world.

In the midst of several plans and programmes in SADC, towards advancing green hydrogen development in Southern Africa, the Namibian Government and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) signed a Joint Communique of Intent (JCoI) on 25th of August 2021 to promote cooperation in the fields of green hydrogen and its associated derivatives, renewable electricity and associated infrastructure development.

To enhance the SADC’s adaptive and mitigation efforts on Climate change, SASSCAL is committed to enhance research and Human Capital Development programmes in order to support our region and Africa in delivering clean, safe, and reliable energy to better the lives of the people in southern Africa Development Community (SADC) countries. Currently, SASSCAL is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all green hydrogen and renewable energy projects in southern Africa and greater SADC region, including Namibia on behalf of BMBF. Through the Coordination project, SASSCAL is responsible for identifying the enabling factors and facilitating the scale-up of the pilot projects in the SADC countries, collating all data and reporting on renewable energy and green hydrogen, and increase their visibility through regular publications and stakeholder engagements and partnerships. Furthermore, services related to renewable energy and green hydrogen will be exploited and developed to respond to the needs of the region and report the project progress, strategy, and deliverables to BMBF.

Apart from the scientific exploitation of the results and dissemination, capacity development of regional human resource, it also the SASSCAL’s priority. Through this project several young scientists will be trained to strengthen the industry’s competence in renewable energy, green hydrogen, and energy efficiency in SADC countries.

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