According to a statement that was released late on Tuesday, Uganda and French independent power producer HDF Energy HDF.PA have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the construction of a green hydrogen power plant in Uganda.
The statement that was issued jointly by HDF Energy and Uganda’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development did not provide any specifics regarding the capacity of the plant or the amount of investment that will be made.
However, if everything goes according to plan, it will be the first hydrogen power plant in Uganda. Although the country now relies on hydro and thermal power plants, it is anxious to expand its generation capacity, particularly in the area of renewable energy.
At the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) that is currently taking place in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the Ugandan energy minister Ruth Nankabirwa Ssentamu and HDF’s director for southern and East Africa, Nicolas Lecomte.
According to the release, the signing of this memorandum of understanding will “help to paving the way for the establishment of a first Renewable power plant in Uganda.”
The Renewstable is one of two versions of a hydrogen power plant created by HDF. The business refers to it as a multi-megawatt plant that generates consistent electricity around the clock. It does this by combining an intermittent renewable energy source, such as solar panels, with on-site energy storage in the form of hydrogen.
The business anticipates that its green hydrogen power station in Namibia, which will cost a total of 181.3 million dollars, would begin producing electricity by the year 2024.
When hydrogen is produced using an energy source that does not deplete the earth’s natural resources, it is referred to as “green.”
At the beginning of the year, President Museveni gave his word that he would back actor Terrence Howard’s initiative to advance hydrogen technology. In an effort to increase Uganda’s tourism and investment, President Museveni met with an Academy Award-winning actor from the United States and held discussions with him.
Amb. Abbey Walusimbi, the Senior Presidential Advisor on Diaspora Affairs, invited the Hollywood movie actor to visit the country as part of an initiative designed to entice historical diasporas to come to Uganda and engage in investment activities. The initiative was aimed at encouraging historical diasporas to come to Uganda.
A number of government officials, such as the Minister of Agriculture, Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT, Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the CEO of UTB, Lilly Ajarova, officials from NITA-U, and officials from the Uganda Communications Commission were present at the meeting (UCC).
During the course of the discussion, President Museveni extended a warm welcome to Howard and told him that he would provide any type of assistance that was necessary for him to establish a number of the projects that he had highlighted.
“I am thrilled about the project, and if you need any land, I will give it to you,” she said. It is recommended that members of the ministry show you around and help you determine the optimal location for the project. Museveni stated that his government was prepared to cooperate with the United States.
Terrence expressed his gratitude to the president on his behalf, thanking him for his “excellent leadership” and a strong Pan-African spirit, which, according to Terrence, have allowed the president to assume the lead role in uniting Africa.
“This trip to Uganda has exceeded all of my expectations. It was one of the African countries that I had always wanted to see. Terrance expressed his gratitude to his pals Hon. Frank Tumwebaze and Isaac Kigozi for their support and hospitality thus far. “I thank my friends,” he remarked.
“I want to develop a new hydrogen technology in Uganda. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to meet with you.” According to what Howard had stated at the time, the project’s primary objective would be to safeguard the independence of the nation insofar as technological development is concerned.