The Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) has signed an agreement with HDF Energy to establish the country’s first green hydrogen power plant. Hydrogen Industry Leaders investigates how this will help the country expand its generation capacity.
Under a MoU, HDF Energy is hoping to build one of its power plants in Uganda, which will enable large-scale storage of intermittent renewable solar energy in the form of hydrogen, as well as electricity generation using hydrogen feedstock in a fuel cell.
If the plan comes to fruition, the first hydrogen power plant in Uganda will be beneficial to the country as currently, it depends on hydro and thermal power plants. However, it is eager to expand its generation capacity, especially in renewable energy.
It follows HDF Energy’s $181.3 million green hydrogen power plant in Namibia, Africa’s first, which is expected to begin producing electricity by 2024.
Ugandan energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu and Nicolas Lecomte, HDF’s director for southern and East Africa, signed the MoU at COP27.
“This MoU contributes to paving the way for the development of a first Renewstable power plant in Uganda,” the statement said.