As part of its Energy Export Initiative, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) supports the formation of German consortia for climate-friendly projects abroad. The consortium trip to Namibia was supported by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Southern Africa (AHK Southern Africa) and BC Berlin-Consult GmbH.
The German consortium HyRandis, composed of expert consulting companies Dornier Group and HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbH plus PV module manufacturer AESOLAR PV, wind and hydrogen developer Projekt GmbH, and the Namibian project initiator ALENSY, will jointly develop a project for industrial-scale production of green hydrogen for local use or export of green derivatives on a site owned by ALENSY. An area of 7,500 hectares is already available, so the first construction phase can start. This involves implementing a grid connection for a 180-MW photovoltaics project using a nearby substation. The total PV potential is 1.1 gigawatts.
At a technical conference during their visit, the consortium members presented their energy solution to Namibian experts from the fields of business, science, politics, and authorities.
The consortium trip was also used for talks with NamWater, the state water utility, to explore water supply options for the 1st phase of construction for green hydrogen production. Talks were also conducted with NamPower on existing green power transmission options and grid development plans designed to meet the rapidly increasing demand for renewable energy projects in the future.
"Currently, Namibia imports 70% of its energy needs, but it has the world's best irradiation values and excellent wind sites on the coast," says Ubbo de Witt of the Projekt group, "It's time to get things moving!"
In Swakopmund, Governor Neville André Itope welcomed the foreign guests and the Namibian entrepreneur, hoping for early implementation and job creation in the region.