Kenyan Government to pilot green hydrogen production, improving the country’s grid

KENYA – The Government of Kenya has announced, through the Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, plans to pilot green hydrogen projects.

This is part of their efforts toward the provision of clean, affordable and sustainable energy.

Juma, who spoke during the Kenya Power’s inaugural Manufacturers, Technology and Innovation Expo opening, said the move will assess the feasibility of large-scale green hydrogen production in Kenya.

“To support the adoption of hydrogen as a source of power, a national green hydrogen working group comprising stakeholders from the public and private sectors, has been set up to define a roadmap on the future of green hydrogen in Kenya, and to enact the requisite policies and regulations to support its adoption,” said Juma.

She noted Kenya was taking deliberate steps to ensure the provision of clean, affordable and sustainable energy to power the country’s growth.

“We have made very strong international commitments and taken deliberate steps to have the energy sector achieve carbon neutral status by sourcing electricity solely from clean sources by 2030 in alignment with SDG 7 which advocates for the provision of clean energy for all,” the Cabinet Secretary said.

Juma added that Kenya must take advantage of technology to improve the country’s grid and create access to low-cost power. She said Africa is experiencing energy pressure due to the ongoing Russia/Ukraine war, and there is, therefore, a need to create a path of sustainable energy security.

“Saving the oceans depends on going green, in other words, you cannot go blue without going green, Similarly, I do not think you can go green without going blue,” added the Cabinet Secretary.

While making her address during the same event, Kenya Power’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Vivienne Yeda said: “We remain keenly aware of the highly dynamic and fast paced operating environment and the imperative to keep abreast of emerging trends and innovations within the energy sector.

“Affordable energy is, therefore, not just a corporate goal for KPLC, but a universal goal that the global community aspires to achieve before, but not later than 2030. That means that the investment we all make today must take into account the access and affordability of energy today and into the long-distance future,” she added.

CEO Business Africa has an analysis on how Africa is warming up to green hydrogen as a critical driver of clean energy transition. Have a read Here.

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