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HDF Energy and Kinshasa Province Sign Agreement to Build Solar-powered Green Hydrogen Plant in Africa

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HDF Energy and Kinshasa Province Sign Agreement to Build Solar-powered Green Hydrogen Plant in Africa

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Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) has entered into a partnership with the province of Kinshasa. It concerns the construction and operation of a green hydrogen photovoltaic solar power plant. This is the first project of its kind planned in Central Africa.

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HDF Energy, the global pioneer in hydrogen power, has established a partnership with the province of Kinshasa for the development and management of a solar-powered green hydrogen plant. The project is the first of its kind in Central Africa.

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The province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will soon include green hydrogen in its energy mix. An agreement between the provincial government of Kinshasa and the French independent power producer (IPP) has been signed with the aim of reducing the intermittent nature of solar power plants in the province by utilizing the new opportunities provided by the development of green hydrogen.

HDF Energy has started the feasibility study on the establishment of the green hydrogen power plant in the south of Kinshasa. The government authorities in Kinshasa are also supporting HDF to make effective progress in the development of its first green hydrogen plant.

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Flavien Nkui Misuru, a Commissioner-General in the Government of Kinshasa, said the city province is looking forward to rapidly reinforcing the means of electricity production. The project by HDF and its technical characteristics are welcomed with great satisfaction. The government will plan to duplicate this type of green hydrogen project soon after its successful implementation.

Kinshasa and other provinces in the DRC are heavily dependent on hydroelectricity, which fails to provide sufficient energy during drought seasons. The Central African country generates 98% of its electricity from hydroelectric dams which have a combined capacity of just 2,844 MW.

Kinshasa remains prone to power cuts, while the rate of access to electricity in the province is estimated at only 44% by the National Investment Promotion Energy (ANAPI). The province is thus turning to solar energy, which has a high potential in the province with an average sunshine of 3.22-4.89 kWh per square meter per day.

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