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Fuel Cells

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... 

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... 

Company receives research grant to improve alkaline electrolyser
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)... 

Green hydrogen requires renewable projects separate from the 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... 

Low-temperature water electrolysis trending for hydrogen production
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... 

Local green methanol synthesis making headway
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... 

Hydrogen filling stations brought to African market
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... 

Fuel cell export  figures on the rise
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,... 

Hydrogen filling stations set for South Africa
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),... 

Hydrogen strategy reaches third phase
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... 

Hydrogen, fuel cell technologies presenting major platinum beneficiation opportunities
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... 

Service provider proud of fuel cell involvement
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... 

Fuel cells offer emission-free electricity in decarbonising world

By: Martin Creamer     20th September 2019 Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which use platinum catalysts, are the consensus fuel cells of choice for road transport because of their low operating temperatures, high efficiencies, light weight and small volume. 

Fuel cells offer emission-free electricity in decarbonising world

Invest in Africa Services - Class leading hydrogen technology innovaiton

20th September 2019 One of the key market drivers for hydrogen as fuel source is the need for deep decarbonization of our economies. The tipping point was in 2015 with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Governments, experts and industries have acknowledged the need to move towards a net zero carbon by 2050 which... 

Invest in Africa Services - Class leading hydrogen technology innovaiton

S Africa can lead platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter claims that South Africa should be leading the global drive towards a platinum-fuelled hydrogen economy. “The South African government, at provincial and national level, needs to realise the benefits of a platinum-driven hydrogen economy to become... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building 

By: Halima Frost     20th September 2019 Minerals Council South Africa continues to showcase its natural gas baseload fuel cell, almost five years after it was first commissioned in December 2014 as a means of effective green power generation. Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk tells Mining Weekly that,... 

Fuel cell continues to power Minerals Council building
Minerals Council administrative head Jeannette Hofsajer-Van Wyk discusses the fuel cell at the Minerals council building which it continues to showcase. Camera work and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Clean-energy company ENERTRAG highlights fuel cell future

17th September 2019 ENERTRAG is a German clean-energy company that specialises in electricity and hydrogen from renewable sources.  ENERTRAG has subsidiaries in South Africa, France and Poland.  The company has become a pioneer in the production of green hydrogen from renewable electricity, with an industrial-scale... 

Clean-energy company ENERTRAG highlights fuel cell future
The Hybridkraftwerk, ENERTRAG’s wind-hydrogen plant

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Countries are recognising the value and future impact that fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will provide. Now is the time for Africa to join this global movement and invest in the fuel cell future, says Washington-based global advocacy organisation Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association... 

Africa needs to invest in fuel cell technology
POWER SUPPLY South African government could legislate the use of fuel cell mini-grid systems to electrify rural communities

Manufacturer ready to commission plant

By: Donald Makhafola     21st September 2018 Fuel cell components manufacturer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) hopes to commission its platinum-containing membrane electrode assembly (MEA) manufacturing plant in the upcoming months, pending the finalisation of the balance of funding. The state-of-the-art MEA manufacturing technology plant from... 

Manufacturer ready to commission plant
Photo by Creamer Media
VINAY SOMERA Our intention is to prove the business case that South Africa can produce the best-quality components for the fuel cell using platinum-group metals

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 To increase demand in the fuel cell (FC) industry, platinum group metals producer Impala Platinum (Implats) aims to take its Impala Platinum Refinery off the State-owned power utility Eskom grid and power the refinery using FC technology, with commercial operation of its first phase aimed to... 

Platinum-group metals producer aiming to increase fuel cell demand
FAHMIDA SMITH The development of the 8 MW fuel cell is an exciting development in Implats’ move towards a carbon-neutral fuel source at its refinery

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd September 2017 As a means of promoting beneficiation, South African Chamber of Mines (CoM) administration head Jeannette Hofsajer says the platinum-based fuel cell installed at its offices is just the start in a potentially vast surge in demand for fuel cell units, which would positively impact on the platinum... 

Surge in fuel cell demand would aid platinum’s future
FACING RESISTANCE Using fuel cells to replace petrol and diesel power is facing consumer resistance
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