Green Hydrogen for Ugandan Permaculture
This is a project we are trying to get funded through Innovate UK.
Many countries with an abundance of solar energy, struggle with natural resources, and import large quantities of energy from neighboring countries, be it oil or electricity. Fully utilising solar, wind, and other intermittent energy sources is not economically viable due to storage constraints, cost, and balancing supply and demand. Many energy uses are also intermittent, non-correlating with the supply, and in need of high power. One critical example is domestic cooking that requires high power for short periods of time and is generally carried out in the evening when the sun is not at its strongest.
The solution is to use low-cost, high-efficiency electrolysers to convert excess renewable energy into hydrogen gas that can then be stored distributed and used to meet all energy needs.
Hydrogen can act as a long term useful store for renewable energy, decoupling supply from demand on an unlimited time scale. Hydrogen and its technology could even develop as an export market adding to GDP and creating manufacturing / maintenance jobs.First step: Setup micro grids running on hydrogen. Solar energy on building roofs can be fed into the network where the excess energy is converted into hydrogen. The hydrogen is passed through a green hydrogen smart grid network to the storage and then to the cooking facilities to allow for green carbon-neutral cooking.
Second step: Expand the microgrid with additional inputs and outputs as required in order to fully demonstrate the potential for hydrogen as an energy vector. On the BES Site This will become an international energy demonstration for the whole of Africa.
Third step: Expand to the surrounding area.
Advantages of Hydrogen Technology:
- Uses variable input green energy.
- High efficiency but low cost, with no precious metals.
- Can use Rain water.
- Low pressure networks for distribution to reduce safety concerns.
- Construction can be accomplished in country.
- The oxygen can be used in water treatment or to promote fish and other aquatic life in rivers and lakes. Can blend with natural gas to lower CO2.
- Modular design so easily scalable.
We are actively looking for the MATCH funding. We can apply for funding through the UK government GCRF grant but only for 70% of the costs.