HDF Energy and Kinshasa province agree development clean hydrogen solar plant

A cooperation between Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) and the Kinshasa province has been established for the development and management of a clean hydrogen photovoltaic solar power plant.

The plan for this project is the first of its sort in Central Africa. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s province of Kinshasa may soon include hydrogen in its energy mix (DRC). An agreement between the province government of Kinshasa and Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) has been signed with the intention of reducing the intermittent nature of solar photovoltaic power plants by utilizing the new opportunities afforded by the development of hydrogen technologies.

The potential for solar energy in the Kinshasa province is estimated to be between 3.22 and 4.89 kWh per m2 per day (average sunshine).

Kinshasa and other DRC provinces are currently heavily reliant on hydroelectricity. The nation of Central Africa generates 98% of its electricity from hydroelectric dams on the Congo, Ruzizi, and Rutshuru rivers, which have a combined installed capacity of 2,844 MW.