Lüderitz is a town in southern Namibia, where the harsh desert meets the pale ocean. Unemployment is high, and the town’s infrastructure is worsening. According to Mr. Balhoa, a municipal council member, a proposed green hydrogen project will be “the third revolution of LüDeritz.”

Balhoa expects that the initiative will train and employ locals, or “Buchters,” as they are popularly known, lowering the town’s unemployment rate by 55 percent. Hydrogen molecules will be removed from desalinated water using solar and wind energy. Tsau ||Khaeb National Park will be the site of the project. The corporation estimates that 15,000 direct jobs will be produced during construction and 3,000 more jobs would be created during full operations, with 90 percent of the roles being filled by locals.

Mr. James Mnyupe is Namibia’s government’s presidential economic advisor and hydrogen commissioner. According to him, the country’s location is ideal due to its rich solar and wind resources. “The idea is to turn Namibia into not just a green hydrogen hub, but into a synthetic fuels industry powerhouse,” he says.