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Fuel Cells

More specialists needed to build hydrogen economy

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd September 2022 With the global emphasis on establishing a green hydrogen economy driving an increase in demand for platinum-group metals (PGMs), more specialists and, therefore, relevant upskilling initiatives in the mining and other industries are needed to keep pace with demand. “The hydrogen economy includes... 

Fuel cell developer revitalising SEZ hub

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd September 2022 With the Vaal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) developing into a manufacturing hub in South Africa, hydrogen fuel cell developer Mitochondria Energy Company is aiming to revitalise the region by developing local hydrogen fuel cell technology to improve the value chain. Mitochondria chief technology... 

An image depicting a man, Mashudu Ramano, speaking using a microphone on stage at an event in Sebokeng
MASHUDU RAMANO The co-founder of Mitochondria

Unpacking hydrogen’s massive but urgent opportunity for Africa

23rd September 2022 Repeating history from centuries ago, coastal resource hubs in Africa could once again become vital, globally strategic ports for the biggest players in the world economy, say international law firm Allen & Overy partners Alexandra Clüver and Alessandra Pardini. They note, however, that this... 

An image depicting a smiling woman, Alexandra Cluver
ALEXANDRA CLÜVER Africa, and South Africa specifically, however, need to be undaunted by the green hydrogen challenge in order to grab one of the biggest opportunities for the region as the global green economy of the future emerges

HySA embarks on collaboration for green hydrogen, ammonia project

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd September 2022 Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA Infrastructure CoC) at North-West University (NWU) is collaborating with Japanese partners on a five-year international green hydrogen and green ammonia programme. The programme will address sustainability issues that developing... 

An image depicting colourful bullet points outlining the plan for the project
STACKING UP HySA Infrastructure CoC at NWU is scaling up CCM production with a novel design of the catalyst layer and stack design being established

Summit to showcase green hydrogen potential

By: Sabrina Jardim     23rd September 2022 This year’s Hydrogen-Africa summit – to be held at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Gauteng, on September 28 and 29 – aims to showcase South Africa’s potential as a green hydrogen producer. “We would like to show the world that South Africa is the next El Dorado when it comes to hydrogen production.... 

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TREZEGUET KAL’AIR This year’s Hydrogen-Africa summit – to be held at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Gauteng, on September 28 and 29 – aims to showcase South Africa’s potential as a green hydrogen producer

S Africa well positioned in green economy shift

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     17th September 2021 With the global drive towards the green economy, law firm Beech Veltman tells Mining Weekly that South Africa is ideally positioned to benefit from this global trend. Owing to its having access to renewable energies and platinum-group metals (PGMs), South Africa can become an exporter of... 

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WARREN BEECH South Africa’s PGM miners have been good at creating markets for PGMs, even when global demand waned

S Africa steps into its global hydrogen potential

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     17th September 2021 With moderate estimates suggesting that South Africa could secure 10% of the global export market share in the green hydrogen economy (GHE), the local industry will undoubtably experience a boom, says engineering consultancy WSP. The country will be exposed to opportunities in the green hydrogen... 

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MARTIN MKHABELA Even though there is significant potential for hydrogen in South Africa, the country is not there yet

Hydrogen at forefront of SA’s RDI horizon

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     17th September 2021 Given the commercial potential of hydride-based hydrogen solutions, research development and innovation (RDI) programme Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems tells Mining Weekly that, within the next five to seven years, it will be feasible for South Africa to realistically develop the necessary... 

Two fuel cell batteries on a white table
HIGH TECH Fuel cells can be applied wherever electricity is required

First hydrogen station commissioned in Chile

17th September 2021 Diversified major Anglo American last month announced its Chilean copper business making history by commissioning the country’s first green hydrogen station for zero carbon vehicles. This is another step towards achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 as a part of Anglo’s Sustainable Mining Plan... 

An image of a hydrogen forklift outside Anglo American’s Chilean copper business
HYDROGEN STATIONS Using a hydrogen generator module, a fuel cell is fed to provide clean energy to a forklift crane

Green hydrogen a bridge between Africa and Europe

18th September 2020 It is projected that green hydrogen could be produced at the same cost as fossil, or blue, hydrogen in the next two or three years, says German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen Technologies Division head Dr Christoph Roevekamp.  One of the world’s... 

DEVELOPMENTAL DRIVER
The development of a hydrogen economy in the Southern Africa region will expand Africa’s activity in the international energy market and facilitate its sustainable economic development
DEVELOPMENTAL DRIVER The development of a hydrogen economy in the Southern Africa region will expand Africa’s activity in the international energy market and facilitate its sustainable economic development

Company receives research grant to improve alkaline electrolyser

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2020 The Research Council of Norway has awarded dedicated hydrogen company Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Nel ASA, a grant for a research project that seeks to further improve the efficiency and cost of Nel’s next generation, pressurised alkaline electrolyser platform, the company announced... 

TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE 
Nel's electrolyser is a component of ENGIE's hydrogen solution, which will produce renewable hydrogen a mining haul truck at Anglo American's Mogalakwena mine
TRIPARTITE ALLIANCE Nel's electrolyser is a component of ENGIE's hydrogen solution, which will produce renewable hydrogen a mining haul truck at Anglo American's Mogalakwena mine

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the grid

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 There should be a clear distinction between renewable-energy projects for the grid under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) and renewable-energy projects for the production of green hydrogen, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)... 

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Renewable projects built for hydrogen production might even be a way for South Africa to subsidise the strengthening of its physical transmission grid
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS Renewable projects built for hydrogen production might even be a way for South Africa to subsidise the strengthening of its physical transmission grid

Upcycling of waste to produce ‘greener’ hydrogen

18th September 2020 Global renewable energy company SG H2 Energy, part of the Solena Group, is ramping up the “green” factor in the production of greener than green hydrogen by using the biogenic fraction of municipal solid waste as a renewable feedstock. The process uses a plasma-enhanced thermal catalytic... 

Upcycling of waste to produce ‘greener’ hydrogen

Green Hydrogen Evolution and the Economy

18th September 2020 Green hydrogen projects are expanding globally as a pillar to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Large scale green hydrogen projects, based on electrolyser technology (ranging from 100 MW to 5 GW in scale), are now planned in many regions of the world that are transitioning to renewable power. Wind... 

Green Hydrogen Evolution and the Economy

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production

18th September 2020 Electrolytic hydrogen production is a promising option when relatively small or medium flows of hydrogen are required. It is also often useful when high purity hydrogen is required for a variety of niche applications. However, recent advances have now made it possible to design, build and... 

DMITRI BESSARABOV
Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors
DMITRI BESSARABOV Water electrolysis is rapidly gaining interest in various energy and industrial sectors

Local green methanol synthesis making headway

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 The Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Infrastructure Centre of Competence (CoC), co-hosted at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and North-West University, is designing a multi-litre-scale green methanol production unit that will be fabricated next year. HySA Infrastructure is... 

PROOF OF CONCEPT
HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical
PROOF OF CONCEPT HySA successfully designed and fabricated a lab-scale green methanol synthesis demonstration unit after it reviewed the techno-economics of producing the chemical

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2020 Pressure equipment specialist Superior Pressure Solutions (Spress) has introduced hydrogen technology from German high-pressure systems supplier Maximator to the African market, offering local service and maintenance support by its technicians. Maximator is one of the world leaders in hydrogen... 

FILL HER UP FAST
The dispenser built in the Maximator hydrogen filling station design enables cars and trucks to be refuelled in the shortest possible time
FILL HER UP FAST The dispenser built in the Maximator hydrogen filling station design enables cars and trucks to be refuelled in the shortest possible time

A Uniquely South African Opportunity

15th September 2020 AP Ventures LLP is an independent venture capital firm incorporated in the UK and supported by Anglo American Platinum, the South African Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Mitsubishi Corporation, the Mirai Creation Fund and Plastic Omnium. AP Ventures’ global mandate is to invest in pioneering... 

A Uniquely South African Opportunity

Fuel cell export figures on the rise

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) tells Mining Weekly that the US Department of Energy (DoE) reported a global increase in fuel cell exports, from 650 MW in 2017 to 800 MW in 2018. The information, compiled by international strategic... 

ALL THE HYPE
Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally
ALL THE HYPE Mobile and stationary fuel cell exports are on the increase globally

Anglo has the metals to meet the world’s new demands

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 The metals and minerals that Anglo American mines enable a cleaner, more electrified world to meet the fast growing consumer-driven demands of the world’s developed and maturing economies, says Anglo American executive head of market development Benny Oeyen. Copper, nickel, iron ore and platinum... 

Fuel cells mimic solar’s cost trajectory

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 Fuel cell technology is following the same trajectory as solar. The cost of solar was high when it was initially introduced, but economies of scale eventually brought its price down to highly competitive levels. “That’s exactly what we see happening with fuel cells,” says Impala Platinum... 

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa

20th September 2019 Norwegian energy equipment and solutions company Nel Hydrogen has been pioneering the development of filling stations for vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs). Nel Hydrogen is represented by technology and solutions provider RTS Africa Engineering, a division of the RTS Africa Group,... 

PUMP UP THE ...
RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market
PUMP UP THE ... RTS Africa is introducing a hydrogen pump to the South African fuel cell market

Hydrogen has potential to become universal energy carrier

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 As a clean and sustainable energy carrier, which produces no emissions except water, hydrogen has the potential to become a universal energy carrier, in the same way that oil is now, but without the environmental impact. But conventional forms of hydrogen transportation are problematic due to the... 

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research, Development and Innovation Strategy, known as Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), has reached the third phase of its 15-year programme, which comprises three five-year phases. HySA – an initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI),... 

CREATIVE AWARENESS
Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp
CREATIVE AWARENESS Using creative artwork to illustrate the inner workings of a fuel cell at the Poelano Secondary School near Ventersdorp

Hydrogen, fuel cell technologies presenting major platinum beneficiation opportunities

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 The adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies is presenting major beneficiation opportunities for South Africa’s platinum group metals (PGMs) sector, says Hydrogen Infrastructure (HySA) director Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, who points out that PGMs are required not only as catalysts in fuel cells... 

UPWARDLY MOBILE HySA mobile hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing unit with a hydrogen refuelling nozzle
Photo by HySA
UPWARDLY MOBILE HySA mobile hydrogen generation, storage and dispensing unit with a hydrogen refuelling nozzle

Local fuel cell manufacture could accelerate South Africa’s drive for jobs

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 The cover picture of the December 16, 2011, edition of Mining Weekly showed the former South African President, Kgalema Motlanthe, admiring a platinum-catalysed Anglo American fuel cell, which was on display in Durban. The 150 kW hydrogen fuel cell was generating zero-emission electricity at the... 

New economic driver in the making

20th September 2019 The energy systems in the world are going green in a process that is fast becoming irreversible. Hydrogen has emerged as the main storage medium for green energy generated from solar, wind and other renewable sources. It is within this medium that South Africa’s natural resource and mineral... 

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Business development service provider PentaQuark Energy (PQE) technical head Nicola Kotze tells Mining Weekly that the company’s continued involvement in the successful running of Minerals Council South Africa’s installed and fully operational fuel cell is worth celebrating. “PQE is exceptionally... 

FUELING THE CLOUD
Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough
FUELING THE CLOUD Conversation around fuel cells continue in the hopes that a burst in uptake will be seen soon enough

South Africa has potential to produce competitive hydrogen

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 South Africa has the combined solar and wind potential to produce competitive hydrogen, which is emerging as an energy carrier that can meet the world’s new environmental requirements. South Africa’s combined solar and wind power provide a hydrogen production capacity factor of close to 100%... 

Targeting hydrogen production cost below $7.5/kg

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 South African company Hydrox Holdings has patented a water electrolysis method that is membrane-free. “Our aim is eventually to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources, particularly solar and wind, and to have hydrogen readily available,” said Hydrox CEO Corrie de Jager. 

Water management key to fuel cell optimisation, says Necsa

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 Management of water in polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells is one of the main goals in the optimisation of hydrogen fuel cell technology. According to a case study by International Atomic Energy Agency, the one critical factor for the performance and durability of PEM fuel cells is to... 

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