The AHP University Grouping Conducts Scientific Study on Natural Hydrogen

Port Louis (Mauritius), Ado Ekiti (Nigeria), Nairobi (Kenya), Manchester (UK), Genoa (Italy) – 24 April 2024

The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) is delighted to announce that the AHP University Grouping conducts a scientific literature review on Natural Hydrogen. The study is a collaborative effort of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD | Nigeria), University of Nairobi (UoN | Kenya), Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met | UK), University of Genoa (UniGe | Italy) and the AHP.

The research project is funded by the AHP.

Prof Bamidele Adebisi (AHP Director and AHP University Board Member) said,
“Excited to spearhead this collaborative research work alongside experts from African and European universities. Natural hydrogen is a potentially transformative force in Africa’s pursuit of energy access, through clean and affordable energy sources. In many parts of Africa, access to reliable energy remains a significant challenge, hindering economic development and perpetuating poverty. The scalability and versatility of natural hydrogen make it an ideal candidate for addressing diverse energy needs across Africa. By fostering collaboration and leveraging our collective expertise, we can pave the way for a brighter, more sustainable future, where energy access is no longer a luxury but a fundamental right for all.”

Prof Sunday Adeniran Afolalu (Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Hydrogen Research Institute, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (ABUAD) | Visiting Professor at University of Johannesburg South Africa) said,
“There is considerable excitement in the natural hydrogen community and beyond: the hypothesis that natural hydrogen can be found in nature, today is undisputed, with seeps being confirmed all over the world; Congratulations as Natural Hydrogen rules the world”

Dr Yinka Ajiboye [Associate Professor of Radiation and Health Physics at the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria (ABUAD)] remarked,
“We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the African Hydrogen Partnership to conduct pioneering research on the potential of natural hydrogen, often likened to a modern-day “gold rush.” The extraction of natural hydrogen at scale holds immense promise in substantially decreasing the worldwide cost of hydrogen, as it boasts a comparative affordability compared to hydrogen derived from renewable sources or fossil fuels.”

Dr Josephine Ojiambo (Coordinator the Green Transitions Project, Dept of Chemistry at University of Nairobi | Rotary rep to UNICEF | Former DSG Commonwealth | Former Ambassador to the UN) stated,
“Africa’s geological landscapes hold immense potential for natural hydrogen trapped underground. Driven by climate change and energy security needs, research and development efforts in hydrogen technologies are exponentially growing in academia and industry. We’re therefore thrilled to be part of the African Hydrogen Partnership project, an initiative whose collaborative effort will unlock natural hydrogen’s potential, propelling Africa’s transition to a green economy with clean and sustainable energy.”

Dr Stefano Barberis [Researcher at University of Genoa | DIME (Thermochemical Power Group)] said,
“Exploiting this huge hydrogen potential poses relevant technological challenges: in the last few years different start-ups and companies are exploring how to extract natural hydrogen from underground and who will propose the most relevant technological option would somehow win this new “Gold Rush”. As TPG-UNIGE we’re glad to support AHP to understand which are the technological challenges and barriers to untap this natural hydrogen’s potential and how to valorise at this purpose existing technologies.”

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