The concept HYINGA offers a visionary, feasible framework of renewable electricity for Africa and renewable hydrogen for the world.
By combining the Inga-III (4.5 GW) and Grand Inga (39 GW) hydro-electric developments with a phased and carefully timed production of hydrogen by electrolysis, there would be tremendous economic benefits for Africa bringing power to the whole continent, at the same time supplying first-world markets with a 100% renewable source for a massive supply of hydrogen as an energy system vector.
All the technology elements for producing, compressing/liquefaction (a key technology choice) as well as distribution and use the hydrogen are known and well documented by tens of EU Commission, German, DoE (US) and NEDO (Japan) supported studies during the last two decades.
Despite apparences, the DRC is exceedingly well placed to become the global hub for renewable based hydrogen production, with comparable shipping times to the European, North American, China and Japanese potential markets for the hydrogen.
The HYINGA will not only address this in a hypothetical 2050 context, but will quantify the pathway benefits of such massive, globally traded supply of renewable based hydrogen in a transition scenario for the years 2025-2030. At this time, the Inga hydro project is assumed to be operational, and most scenarios reveal the urgent need for flexible energy storage and electric-vehicle compatible fuel.
Last but not least, the HYINGA concept with its balanced electricity & hydrogen supply model will be compared to other major trans-continental strategic initiatives including, the current Desertec and Med-EMIP; already completed studies include Medring and EQHHPP.
In such a comparison, the poly-continental approach of the Hyinga effort as well as its explicit link with transport is expected to confer it significant advantages.