Introducing the Hydrogen Demonstration Hub Namibia - the perfect location for green energy harvesting and fuel conversion. Namibia is a politically stable African country situated near major shipping trade-lanes, making it an ideal spot for renewable energy. Furthermore, the country has enormous potential for cheap green electricity sourcing, making it an excellent choice for eco-friendly fuel development.
CMB.TECH recognizes the significance of local integration in sustainable project planning, and thus established ajoint venture with Ohlthaver & List, a local Namibian company. The Hydrogen Demonstration Hub project, which includes a training and education centre to provide the local Namibians with necessary knowledge and skills, was decided upon at the end of 2021.
The Hydrogen Demonstration Hub will produce hydrogen for local applications such as trucks, locomotives, and port & mining equipment. By the first quarter of 2024, the demonstration project will be up and running, featuring a 5 MW electrolyser and a 5.5 MW(p) solar park. With the implementation of this sustainable project approach, CMB.TECH is confident in its project success.
Cleanergy Solutions Namibia - a joint venture between CMB.TECH and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group - has been awarded the JCOI / PTX grant which supports the company to set up a Hydrogen pilot plant and refuelling station at the coast of Namibia. The award was announced at the Namibia National Green Hydrogen Conference which was held in the capital last week. Cleanergy Solutions Namibia also co-sponsored the conference which attracted a local as well as international audience and speakers.
A consortium led by hydrogen application development company, Hyphen Technical, comprising of CMB.TECH, TransNamib Holdings Limited, University of Namibia and Traxtion has been awarded grant funding for the development of Africa's first dual-fuel hydrogen-diesel locomotives.
The project, called HyRail Namibia, will use Namibian-produced green hydrogen supplied from Cleanergy Solutions Namibia Green Hydrogen facility near Walvis Bay to power the hydrogen dual-fuel locomotive consist.
On Tuesday, 22 February 2022, the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group and CMB.TECH launched Namibia's first green hydrogen production plant. The plant, a demonstration hub for hydrogen applications, will be built in the Erongo region. The construction will start during 2022 with the aim to be operational by the end of 2023. Depending on the results of the demonstration plant, a larger scale production plant will follow in a second phase, possibly using ammonia as transport fuel.