Project location: Tema
Funding Program: Export Initiative Environmental Protection
Funding Authority: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV)
Funding Code: 67EXI6503A
Duration: 01.01.2023 – 31.12.2025
Green Power Brains is a project partner in „Green Hydrogen for Decentralized Energy Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa – Pilot Project in Tema, Ghana (GH2GH, funding code: 67EXI6503A).“ This collaboration enables us to extend our efforts in addressing global challenges in sustainable energy supply for developing countries.
The three-year joint project is supported by the „Export Initiative for Environmental Protection“ program of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety, and Consumer Protection (BMUV), boasting a project volume of over €1.3 million. Our primary objective is to establish an autonomous and eco-friendly energy supply at the pilot site in Tema, situated approximately 30 km east of the Ghanaian capital, Accra. This pilot project seeks to explore the potential of green hydrogen for energy storage in the development of decentralized energy systems across sub-Saharan Africa, utilizing a pilot plant. Our approach emphasizes a comprehensive analysis of the energy infrastructure throughout its lifecycle.
Building on the research conducted during the predecessor project, MoNaL, the Don Bosco campus training center now possesses a solar mini-grid with a capacity of 160 kWp, which will be harnessed to produce green hydrogen. The project will enhance the existing infrastructure at the site by incorporating the generation and storage of green hydrogen through electrolyzers, as well as power generation via fuel cells. All systems and technologies will be tailored to suit local conditions. Furthermore, the project will integrate blockchain-based control software to optimize the usage and prolong the lifespan of each component while providing training to local individuals to ensure the long-term, independent maintenance of the autonomous energy supply.
The Tema site is envisioned as a guiding light for future green hydrogen projects in sub-Saharan Africa, offering valuable insights into the necessary adaptations of equipment, infrastructure, and political frameworks.