UGANDA: French HDF wants to invest in hydrogen power plants

This is one of the Energy Day announcements at the 27e United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27). On the sidelines of this high mass on the climate, Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) signed an agreement with the Ugandan authorities. The French company wants to participate in the development of renewable energies in Uganda.

With an installed capacity of 1,291 MW according to Power Africa, Uganda wants to develop its production and transmission infrastructure, in order to meet the energy demand of its industry and its populations. Kampala relies on renewable energies, especially solar. HDF wants to contribute to this policy, but by providing a solution to the intermittency linked to the production of photovoltaic solar energy. The company headquartered in Gironde (France) wants to build its first Renewstable power plant® in Uganda over the next few years.

Hydrogen for electricity storage

This power plant works by combining a photovoltaic solar park and mass storage of energy through a hydrogen chain. According to HDF, it is a green alternative to a conventional diesel power plant, as it uses only solar energy and water to produce stable electricity, thus avoiding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the noise.

“Uganda has been talking about green hydrogen for a long time. With our energy mix, we want to exploit all the energy sources available to us. I know that this technology will provide opportunities for our people. We are open and we will work with HDF”said Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu, Uganda’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding with HDF.

In addition to Uganda, the company wants to deploy its technology in several African countries, in particular in Namibia. In this southern African country, a Renewstable power plant® is under development in the port city of Swakopmund. The plant will be powered by an 85 MWp photovoltaic solar park. The project is supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Jean Marie Takouleu

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