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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)
“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
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)
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
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

About the African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP)
The African Hydrogen Partnership (AHP) is the only continent-wide non-profit African umbrella
association dedicated to the development of green and natural hydrogen, hydrogen-based
chemicals, fuel cell technology and related business opportunities in Africa. It facilitates
collaboration between governments, industry, technology and financial institutions and large-end
consumers of hydrogen across regions with a focus on Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and
the Commonwealth. The Partnership campaigns and lobbies for green African hydrogen and
makes compelling political propositions for the benefit to Africa and other continents of
developing green hydrogen economies. The AHP is confident that green and natural African
hydrogen will materially assist the world to decarbonise and assist in African hydrogen becoming
a major component in the energy mix.
Organizations from anywhere in the world are welcome to join the AHP and become members.
Indeed, the involvement of international companies and associations will be of the greatest
importance in enabling Africa to capitalize on its huge hydrogen potential.
For more information about the AHP or membership, please visit www.ahp.africa or contact

About Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD)
Established in 2010, ABUAD is a private university located in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Nigeria. The
university is a result-oriented institution for producing highly skilled and socially relevant graduates
capable of applying scientific knowledge for the resolution of social and technological problems.
ABUAD is equally committed to transforming students into expert thinkers, innovative managers
and resourceful technocrats in all fields of learning. The university’s mandate is to pioneer total
excellence along the parameters of teaching, research, performance, sports, community impact and
scholarship. The university offers academic programs in six Colleges including: (i) Sciences, (ii)
Law, (iii) Engineering, (iv) Social and Management Sciences, (v) Medicine and Health Sciences,
and (vi) Pharmacy. ABUAD holds a reputation for being one of the leading academic institutions of
Nigeria and West Africa.
For more information, please visit www.abuad.edu.ng

About University of Nairobi (UoN)
The University of Nairobi (UoN) is a leading institution of higher learning within Africa. It has
secured a number one ranking in Kenya and eighth across Africa (based on Edurank 2024
rankings). It is firmly committed to delivering high-quality education that addresses the aspirations
of both the Kenyan people and the broader global community.
This commitment is realized through a focus on four fundamental pillars: teaching, research,
innovation, and community service. Extending beyond its excellence in teaching, UoN is
renowned to foster a strong vibrant research culture that is recognized for its impact and
relevance to the African region and beyond.

To cater to a diverse range of student interests and career aspirations, UoN offers a
comprehensive selection of academic programs. The clusters of disciplines offered at UON
include Agriculture, Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment and Design, Business and
Management Science, Education, Engineering, Law, Health Sciences, Science and Technology,
and Veterinary Medicine.
For more information, please visit https://www.uonbi.ac.ke

About University of Genoa (UniGe)
The University of Genoa , known also with the acronym UniGe (Italian: Università di Genova), is
a public research university. It is one of the largest universities in Italy and it is located in the city
of Genoa. The original university was founded in 1481.
UniGe is one of the most renowned comprehensive, multidisciplinary, public universities in Italy,
with peaks of excellence in several scientific, technological, and cultural domains. UniGe is
officially recognized as one of the leading universities in all matters related to the blue economy,
with more than 400 worldwide experts in the sea habitat and sustainable exploitation.
As a comprehensive university, research activities span various scientific, technological, and
cultural branches. This is done in strong synergy with important local, national and international
research institutions, world-renowned hospitals, and the results of research activities are
exploited via a sustained interaction with the Industry, leading to the establishment of startup
companies spun out from research activities and the filling of international patents.
For more information, please visit https://unige.it/

About Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met)
Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) has over 40,000 students and over 4,000
members of staff making it one of the largest universities in the UK.
Manchester Met harnesses its creativity and confidence to enrich its student’s lives, raise the impact
of its excellent education and research, and project its application to Manchester and the world.
Manchester Met anticipates emerging opportunities and challenges and acts on them; innovating to
achieve real-world results and embracing change in teaching and learning as well as through the
university’s research.
Manchester Met research is focused on five world-transforming missions (tackling inequalities,
championing creative excellence, leading sustainability, transforming health and driving economic
growth). Each is committed to advancing understanding of the pressing problems facing our planet
and global society. The five research missions drive a better understanding of the world around us,
advancing knowledge and delivering new insights working with policymakers, industry, businesses
and wider society.
For more information, please visit https://www.mmu.ac.uk/

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