Today’s Solutions: May 31, 2023

Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest — and 18th least densely populated — country on the planet, with just seven people per sq mile. Plus, about a third of the country consists of endless plains of the steppe. All of this means that there’s plenty of land to install renewable energy infrastructure on.

That’s why Kazakhstan is the destination for German energy company Svevind to install 45 GW of wind and solar power capacity to feed what will be the world’s largest green hydrogen plant. Once the wind and solar farms are installed, the massive complex will be powering electrolyzers that will produce three million tonnes of green hydrogen annually.

The colossal project is far larger than any in existence. In fact, the largest green hydrogen plant in the world today, located in Canada, marshals just 20MW of peak electrolyzing capability. By contrast, the Svevind project plans to run a massive 30GW of electrolyzers.

The green hydrogen is expected to be either exported to countries in Asia and Europe or used locally to produce ammonia that could be used as a fuel for aircraft and ships. Steel and aluminum industries could also use hydrogen domestically. The construction is slated for completion in 2026.

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