Net-zero village project kicks off

Minimal to no greenhouse gas emissions
The Daures Green Hydrogen Village, located in the Erongo Region, will be Africa's first 100% net-zero green community.
Jemimah Ndebele
Namibia continues to make strides in the field of green hydrogen with the development of a pilot project to create Africa’s first net-zero village in the Erongo region. The Daures Green Hydrogen Consortium launched the Daures Green Hydrogen Village (DGHV) in December and plans to officially kick off development of the pilot project this month. The move will enable the production of green hydrogen and ammonia as well as the utilisation of their derivatives. The green village, located in the Erongo Region, is hailed as Africa’s first net-zero village with minimal to no greenhouse gas emissions. "The village will realise Namibia’s first batch of green hydrogen and green ammonia, which will be used for local consumption on the project site. The green hydrogen and ammonia will be used to power the facility through fuel cells and research activities on the project," the consortium announced at the launch in December. Benefits and impact During the first of four phases, the village aims to produce 31 tonnes of green hydrogen, 109 tonnes of ammonia, 500 tonnes of tomatoes and 600 tonnes of carrots to become the country’s first batch of carbon-free agricultural produce. Additionally, 100 jobs will be created during the construction phase and over 50 full-time jobs subsequently. According to the consortium, phase four of the project will result in the production of 352 000 tonnes of green ammonia using 1GW worth of renewable energy and a 420MW electrolyser. As a result, phase four will create over 1 000 jobs. In addition, research activities will be conducted through collaboration with the University of Namibia and University of Stuttgart and will provide internship and training opportunities to students. The consortium has signed memorandums of understanding on corporate social responsibility initiatives, the offtake of up to 40 000 tonnes of green ammonia, and the provision of water in the area for subsequent phases, respectively. DGHV chief executive, Jerome Namaseb, said: "These agreements provide a key opportunity for further collaboration for the hydrogen industry with other existing industries in the project area. We are very excited to work with these firms on identifying opportunities and making a reality of them."