- harsh /hahrsh/
- infrastructure /IN-fruh-struhk-cher/
- renewable /ri-NOO-uh-bl/
- proximity /prok-SIM-i-tee/
- hub /huhb /
[adjective] – unpleasant, unkind, cruel, or more severe than is necessary
He was critical of his brother and spoke some harsh words to him.
[noun] – the basic systems and services, such as transportation and power supplies, that a country or organization uses in order to work effectively
More funds are required to keep the city’s infrastructure in good working order.
[adjective] – Renewable forms of energy can be produced as quickly as they are used
The village obtains all its energy from renewable sources.
[noun] – the state of being near in space or time
The best part about the house’s location is its proximity to shops.
[noun] – the central or main part of something where there is the most activity
The City of London is the financial hub of the United Kingdom.
A proposed green hydrogen project is set to be “the third revolution of Lüderitz,” says Mr. Balhoa, a member of the town council. He hopes that the project will train and employ local people, or “Buchters” as they affectionately call themselves – bringing down the town’s 55% unemployment rate. “For a town that’s really been struggling economically over the past 10 or 15, maybe longer, years, this is something that people are really very excited about,” he says. The project will be based near the town in the Tsau ||Khaeb National Park, and ultimately produce around 300,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. In simple terms, renewable energy from the sun and wind will be used to separate hydrogen molecules from desalinated water. The firm says the four years of construction are likely to create 15,000 direct jobs and 3,000 more during full operations – and that 90% of them will be filled by locals.
Mr. James Mnyupe is the Namibian government’s presidential economic advisor and hydrogen commissioner. He explains that Lüderitz’s location is ideal because of the extensive solar and wind resources and the proximity to the ocean, both as a water source and a port. “The idea is to turn Namibia into not just a green hydrogen hub, but into a synthetic fuels industry powerhouse,” he says.
- Is your country a hydrogen superpower? Please elaborate on your answer.
- What other renewable energy sources do you know about? Could you tell me about them?
- If you were to build a hydrogen power plant, where would you put it and why?
- Do you agree that the project will resolve the problem of unemployment?
- What do you think of building hydrogen power plants in each country? Please explain your answer.