Hydrogen Showcase: GEAS 2023 to establish Africa’s Roadmap towards a globally competi

Pioneering Africa's Hydrogen Future: Unveiling Potential and Investments at GEAS 2023's Dedicated Showcase

The Green Energy Africa Summit (GEAS) 2023 will make a case that Africa can become a leading player in hydrogen by organizing a showcase dedicated to the continent’s hydrogen investments, projects and potential.

The session will welcome leading private sector executives from across the world, including Freeport Saldanha’s CEO Kaashifah Beukes, Fortescue Industries’ Regional Business Development Head Uri Epstein, and Engie’s Managing Director Thermal & Supply – Africa Jonathan Debasc. Herbert Smith Freehills’s Partner and Co-Head of Africa Nina Bowyer will be moderating the panel.

The Hydrogen Showcase will explore how regional projects are gaining traction and discuss the socioeconomic upside of large-scale hydrogen investment on the continent. It will take place as a number of low-carbon hydrogen projects are already underway or under-discussion in Egypt, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa.

While Africa currently uses very low levels of low-carbon hydrogen, several countries on the continent are developing strategies and ambitions to produce it and use it for fertilizer and energy production. In that regard, hydrogen has a significant role to play in strengthening Africa’s food security by producing ammonia, and in expanding access to clean energy across transport and industry.

It also has the potential to boost Africa’s export revenues by tapping export markets in Europe. According to the IEA, Africa has the potential to produce 5 000 megatonnes of hydrogen per year at less than USD 2 per kilogramme—equivalent to global energy supply today.

Stakeholders and investors at GEAS 2023 will be discussing the medium- and long-term role of hydrogen within Africa’s socio-economic development agenda and set a roadmap on how key markets can become exporters by 2030. A focus will be given to domestic energy security and how hydrogen can enable the decarbonization of African industries while driving energy access across the continent.

The Green Energy Africa Summit 2023 will take place at CTICC2 in Cape Town on October 10th-11th, 2023. For more information on the programme or to register today, click here.