Finnish wave energy technology company, AW-Energy, has announced plans to produce green hydrogen in Namibia from wave energy technology, following the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Namibian company, Kaoko Green Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd last week.
The innovative project aims to harness the abundant wave resources of Namibia’s vast coastline to generate clean electricity for the production of green hydrogen.
The project involves the deployment of AW-Energy’s state-of-the-art WaveRoller technology, which efficiently converts wave energy into electricity. The generated electricity will then be utilised to power an electrolyser that produces green hydrogen through water electrolysis. This process involves splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using renewable electricity, ensuring zero carbon emissions.
“With an energetic and consistent wave resource, Namibia is very well positioned to utilise the benefits of wave energy to enable sustainable industry and jobs,” said Christopher Ridgewell, CEO of AW-Energy.
“The partnership with Kaoko is exciting. We’re enjoying working with Kaoko’s innovative team to support Namibia’s sustainability goals and it is an initiative that provides an excellent environment for deploying WaveRoller® technology into Namibia’s energy mix. We are looking forward to taking the next steps together and to demonstrate WaveRoller’s value in desalination and green hydrogen production.”
The project will be implemented in three phases, Phase 1 will include a detailed site design and cover the fabrication and deployment of a WaveRoller wave farm on the coast of Swakopmund, Namibia, to deliver renewable power to support in-land resettlement and development. Phase 2 will assess the capacity for wavefarms in several locations in Namibia. The final Phase will expand wave energy plants to deliver power to the grid and help in new ways to provide energy for desalination and green hydrogen projects.
Namibia is aiming to become a green hydrogen superpower in the coming decade by positioning itself as a leader in the emerging markets and an international exporter of green hydrogen.
The partnership by AW-Energy and Kaoko Green Energy Solutions (Pty) Ltd not only positions Namibia as a leader in renewable energy innovation, but also sets a precedent for other countries to explore wave power as a viable source for green hydrogen production.