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Namibia: Fortescue Partners with Enersense for Daures Green Hydrogen Village

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Renewable energy companies, Fortescue Future Industries and Enersense Energy Namibia, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would see the companies cooperate on accelerating the growth of Namibia’s green hydrogen market for energy security and emissions reduction.

With the MoU, Fortescue Future Industries and Enersense Energy Namibia plan to co-produce green hydrogen and green ammonia to power ‘Africa’s first net-zero village’ – the Daures Green Hydrogen Village. 

Enersense Energy Namibia will leverage Fortescue Future Industries’ global knowledge in green hydrogen development to make the Namibia project a success.

Comprising large-scale solar, wind, hydrogen and ammonia production systems and transportation networks, which will be developed through 2032, the Daures Green Hydrogen Village will provide a proof of concept for large-scale green hydrogen production, exploitation and exportation to international and regional markets in Namibia.

As per the terms of the MoU, Fortescue Future Industries and Enersense Energy Namibia will co-conduct a study on the feasibility of powering electricity production and farming activities including fertilizer production using green ammonia and green hydrogen produced from the project. The development follows the Daures Green Hydrogen Village development securing funding from the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education for the installation of an over 1 MW renewable energy generator and 500 kW electrolyser as part of the first phase of the initiative.

Jerome Namaseb, Daures Green Hydrogen Village CEO, stated that, “The Daures Green Hydrogen Village plans in phase 1 have the potential to provide over 50 ongoing sustainable jobs, 100 temporary jobs during construction and will realize production of Namibia’s first batch of green hydrogen, green ammonia and carbon free agriculture. The Village intends to be Africa’s first Net Zero community and has the potential to produce in excess of 1GW worth of renewable energy and over 350,000 tons of ammonia.”

The project is also set to supply energy for agricultural projects being conducted by the University of Namibia and University of Stuttgart.

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Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas Nhede

Nicholas is an energy sector journalist with a passion on how technology and diversification of the energy mix can be used to address energy sector challenges. Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication studies and has been covering energy-related topics including the Internet of Things, distributed energy and digitalisation since 2015.