West Africa could supply all of Europe with green energy

The Potential Atlas of Green Hydrogen by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) shows almost unbelievable possibilities for energy cooperation between Europe and Africa. According to this, up to 165,000 terawatt hours of green hydrogen can be produced annually in West Africa alone. This corresponds to more than 100 times the amount of green hydrogen that Germany will probably have to import in 2050. By comparison, the installed capacity of offshore wind power plants in Germany is currently about 8 gigawatts and is expected to grow to 40 gigawatts by 2040. The potential of West Africa is therefore huge – and inexpensive. According to the BMBF, large quantities of “African” hydrogen can be produced at a cost of less than 2.50 euros per kilo – significantly cheaper than “German” green hydrogen, which is still expected to cost 3.80 euros around 2050.

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