Cleanergy Green Hydrogen Site Showcased to Dignitaries

Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, has proudly hosted the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen progress showcase at the plant’s site in Walvis Bay, Namibia, under the guidance of His Majesty, the King of the Belgians and H.E. Dr Nangolo Mbumba, President of the Republic of Namibia.

This milestone marked an important step in positioning Namibia as a frontrunner in the global green hydrogen economy.

The event aimed to showcase the progress of the Cleanergy Green Hydrogen site. Expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2024, the hydrogen refuelling station marked an important first step in our commitment to becoming a leader in renewable energy solutions in Namibia.

First filling of dual-fuel truck

A highlight of the site visit was the ceremonial first filling of a dual-fuel truck at the hydrogen refuelling station, officiated by His Majesty the King of the Belgians and H.E. Dr Nangolo Mbumba, President of the Republic of Namibia.

The event represented the importance of robust, sustainable partnerships between Namibian and Belgian organisations.

Executive Chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, Sven Thieme – “Today marks a historic juncture, not only for us as a joint venture but for the pioneering spirit of Namibia. With this Cleanergy Green Hydrogen Site, we are channeling over a century’s worth of innovation to ignite a revolution in renewable energy.

This initiative is more than a project; it’s a testament to our relentless drive for excellence, our commitment to sustainability and our unwavering belief in partnership.

“Harnessing the sun’s infinite energy, we are laying down the roots for a greener future, turning our bold vision into an inspiring reality.

Through the fusion of Namibian brilliance and global collaboration, we are not just promising a better tomorrow, we are delivering it. Together, we are constructing a world where caring for our planet and empowering our communities sets the foundation for all that we do.

It’s more than energy; it’s the embodiment of our collective strength, determination and hope – creating legacies that will outlive us and enrich generations to come.”

Decarbonise the maritime industry with green molecules

The site includes a hydrogen refuelling station and a production plant. The facility uses only solar energy for the on-site production of green hydrogen and will be used for hydrogen-powered trucks, port equipment, railway applications and small ships.

This strategic development not only addresses urgent infrastructure needs but also strengthens the link between green molecules and maritime activities, reinforcing the importance of the Port of Walvis Bay.

CEO of CMB.TECH, Alexander Saverys – “We are doing this because we believe decarbonisation and a shift to renewable energy are important trends in the global economy. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but industries that are difficult to reduce, such as maritime industries, ports and mining, cannot switch to electricity or batteries.

“Instead of electrons, they need molecules. We plan to produce these molecules in Walvis Bay to power locally operated trucks, port equipment, locomotives and small ships.

“In addition, the port of Walvis Bay will also be in a unique position in Africa: our project will enable them to offer low-carbon logistics supply chains to their customers. This will pave the way for attracting additional logistics flows and investors.”

Cleanergy, together with CMB.TECH, Port of Antwerp Bruges and Namport will also launch the first hydrogen-powered ship in Africa.

Given the ability of ports to act as hubs for hydrogen technology implementation and efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the Port of Walvis Bay and Namport emerge as an ideal partner to operate Africa’s first hydrogen vessel.

The port’s involvement will provide invaluable insights into the vessel’s specifications during development and refine the concept based on operational experience and feedback from users once it is commissioned.

Byline: Eric Maina