A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by OMNIA GROUP and WKN WINDCURRENT, a fully owned subsidiary of PNE AG, a German company, to assess the on-site production of green hydrogen and ammonia in South Africa.
Hybrid renewable energy sources will be used to power this new ammonia production. The PNE subsidiary is tasked with creating the tools required to combine ammonia manufacturing with energy generation from solar and wind sources. The goal is to create competitively priced green ammonia at a rate of up to 100,000 tonnes year, which would prevent 180,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
By replacing CO2 intensive, conventionally produced ammonia, this collaboration would help South Africa reach its decarbonization goals by reducing its reliance on imports and restricted rail logistics.
The expansion of South Africa’s green hydrogen value chain will aid in the government’s aim to create a green hydrogen economy by utilizing the country’s copious natural resources of wind and sun to produce renewable energy. To hasten the nation’s transition to improved renewable energy sources, the government has mobilized over $8.5 billion (USD) through its “Just Energy Transition Programme” alongside Germany and other nations.
This MoU was just signed, allowing the parties to begin jointly evaluating and planning the green hydrogen and green ammonia plants.
Ammonia is a crucial ingredient in the production of explosives and fertilizers.