Aug. 17, 2021

Positioning Africa as a Green Hydrogen Leader

: German Africa Business Forum Promotes Clean Energy, Natural Gas, and the Energy Transition at African Energy Week in Cape Town


Focused on fostering economic growth between Germany and Africa, the Germany Africa Business Forum will host a German Pavilion at African Energy Week in Cape Town, promoting green hydrogen, the energy transition, and natural gas monetization and development.


The Germany Africa Business Forum (GABF), a private sector organization committed to enhancing sustainable economic partnerships between Germany and Africa, will host a German Pavilion at African Energy Week (AEW) 2021 in Cape Town. Driving a strong investment narrative, the pavilion is dedicated to promoting Africa’s green hydrogen and natural gas potential to accelerate the continent’s energy transition and address growing regional energy demand.


Hosted by the GABF, the German pavilion will display the various initiatives undertaken by Germany in Africa’s energy sector, promoting further collaboration across multiple industries. With a keen focus on Africa’s green hydrogen potential, the pavilion will showcase a range of opportunities for international stakeholders, connecting African stakeholders with German partners. By promoting emerging green hydrogen markets in Namibia, Niger, South Africa and Mali, among others, - which have already garnered significant attention from German players - and emphasizing Germany’s role in sourcing competitive funding and boosting investment in the sector, the pavilion will be the driving force of Africa’s green hydrogen future.  


Already, there has been demonstrated interest by German actors in Africa’s green hydrogen market, with initiatives such as the H2Atlas-Africa project – a joint venture between the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and African partners in the sub-Saharan region including SADC and ECOWAS countries. Africa’s green hydrogen potential is rather significant. The utilization of wind and solar energy in West Africa could produce up to 165,000 terawatt hours of green hydrogen annually. With the aim of positioning Africa as a major exporter of green hydrogen, establishing a viably clean source of energy for Africa’s growing population, and accelerating infrastructure development across the continent, both the project and the pavilion will be critical for Africa’s green hydrogen future.