Forschungszentrum Jülich

H2ATLAS-AFRICA Project formally launched

The 10th of June 2020 marked a new dawn in the partnership between Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH and her African partners in West and Southern Africa. The H2ATLAS-AFRICA project was formally commissioned this day by the parliamentary state secretary of the BMBF, Mr. Thomas Rachel. This event is an important milestone as it marks the beginning of new partnership between Africa and Germany in exploring the mutual benefits of a green hydrogen economy for both parties. The issue of sustainable access to clean energy and the race to save our changing climate are subjects of great importance for both Germany and Africa and there is no better time to address these than now.  H2ATLAS-AFRICA is focused on assessing the potential of generating hydrogen in sub-Saharan Africa from the renewable energy resources in the region. It will focus on detailed technological, environmental and socio-economic feasibility assessment taking local energy demands and socio-political context into consideration. It will also explore the possibility of exporting green hydrogen from this region to Germany.

The two-year project is being implemented by a team of interdisciplinary experts in Forschungszentrum Jülich in partnership with the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL) and the Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL). All 31 countries within these sub-Saharan African regions are in focus and are also involved in the project.  

Delivery of the certificate
©Forschungszentrum Jülich/Mr. Ralf-Uwe Limbach

Green H2ATLAS-AFRICA project between Jülich and Africans partners formally commissioned: (LTR) Dr. Solomon Agbo (project coordinator), Mr. Thomas Rachel (parliamentary state secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and elected member of the German Bundestag), Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfgang Marquardt (chairman of the board of directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich and vice-president of the Helmholtz Association)

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