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Hydrogen News

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 3 hours ago Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

Woodside plans hydrogen facility in Perth

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th October 2021 Energy major Woodside on Monday unveiled plans to establish a world-scale hydrogen and ammonia production facility in Perth. The proposed project, named H2Perth, would be built on 130 ha of vacant industrial land to be leased from the state in the Kwinana Strategic Industrial Area and Rockingham... 

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Canada’s First Nations see green hydrogen as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity 

By: Martin Creamer     25th October 2021 Hydrogen systems are not only going to be green, clean and low emission but they are also going to be local – and Canada’s First Nations see them as an indigenous reconciliation opportunity. “They’re going to be local energy systems,” Change Energy principal Rymal Smith said in response to Fasken... 

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Bimaadzwin CEO Isadore Day

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

WA's hydrogen focus switches to transport

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The Western Australian government has called on transport operators, equipment manufacturers and hydrogen producers to team up and submit an expression of interest (EoI) for its Hydrogen Fuelled Transport Program. The program will provide financial support to a project that includes the... 

Consultation open for hydrogen and renewable gases in Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd October 2021 The federal government has called for consultation on national reforms that will support the next steps in the roll-out of hydrogen, biomethane and other renewable gases to be used in Australia’s gas networks. Energy Ministers agreed in August to expedite reforms to support investment in... 

Mine operators need to take hydrogen very seriously, law firm webinar hears 

By: Martin Creamer     22nd October 2021 Mine operators need to take hydrogen and fuel cells very seriously as a pathway to decarbonisation, a webinar hosted by law firm Fasken heard this week. “There’s no pathway to zero carbon that does not include hydrogen and fuel cells,” H2GO Canada CEO Bob Oliver stated emphatically in response to... 

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From to left, clockwise, Dan Brock, Isadore Day, Al Davidson, Rymal Smith and Bob Oliver.

No zero carbon without green hydrogen, US pledging $1/kg coal-parity price 

By: Martin Creamer     21st October 2021 The world will be unable to meet its zero-carbon targets without the introduction of green hydrogen solutions, says Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha, at a time when the US has launched a programme to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80%. Nasdaq-listed Plug Power, a pure play... 

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Plug Power chief strategy officer Sanjay Shrestha

Pure Hydrogen taps the vehicle market

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st October 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen will acquire an initial 24% interest in hydrogen fuel cell vehicle company H2X Global and establishing Pure X Mobility as an entity for the development of hydrogen fuel cell-powered truck and buses for use in the Australian market. In return for the 24% interest in H2X,... 

Montem hopes to be Canada's first green hydrogen producer

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th October 2021 ASX-listed Montem Resources has unveiled plans to transition its Tent Mountain metallurgical coal project, in Alberta, to become a renewable energy complex. Montem is proposing to build an integrated wind and hydropower complex to produce green hydrogen at Tent Mountain, with the renewable... 

Montem hopes to be Canada's first green hydrogen producer

Hydrogen fuel cell has inexhaustible future, says Fortescue’s Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     15th October 2021 The hydrogen fuel cell has an inexhaustible future as a means of maintaining the planet’s high standard of living, said Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest during a global online symposium this week. “Our little planet’s cooking, the world’s impatient and there’s any amount of... 

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Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh (left) and Fortescue Metals Group chairperson Andrew Forrest (right)

Eskom aiming to secure concessional funding for R400bn just energy transition project pipeline 

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom has identified a pipeline of ‘just energy transition’ projects valued at about R400-billion that it will seek to fund using concessional finance raised from international financiers that have committed to supporting decarbonisation initiatives in developing... 

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Market recognising higher likelihood of platinum deficit than surplus in years ahead – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     14th October 2021 Right now, the market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday. Raymond expects pent-up up consumer demand for vehicles to reduce any... 

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The market is recognising the higher likelihood of platinum being in deficit rather than in surplus in the mid-term years ahead, said World Platinum Investment Council research director Trevor Raymond on Thursday.

Billionaire miner sees next fortune in rush for clean energy

By: Bloomberg     14th October 2021 It took Andrew Forrest a little over a decade to build an iron-ore empire to challenge the global majors. Now he’s set himself an equally ambitious timeline to create a global powerhouse in clean energy. The Perth-based billionaire, widely known as “Twiggy” in Australia, has been scouring the... 

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Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Netherlands comes knocking for Qld hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2021 The Queensland government have agreed to terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to potentially export hydrogen. The Port of Rotterdam has an ambition to import up to 20-million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025. 

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

CleanCo joins hydrogen forces in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2021 Queensland-based renewable energy generator CleanCo has joined Sumitomo Corporation and its partners on the development of a hydrogen industry in Gladstone. Sumitomo earlier this year inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with partners Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional... 

Electronics company expects strong growth for fuel cell cars

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2021 A report by IDTechEx forecasts that the market value of on-road fuel cell vehicles will reach $160-billion by 2042, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23.9% from 2022 to 2042. The electronics company believes that incorporating a fuel cell into an electric vehicle powertrain, generating... 

Ramaphosa lends his weight to plans for raising concessional funding for ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on his argument that South Africa needs to act with “urgency and ambition” in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but stressed that such increased ambition could not be achieved without financial support from developed economies. In his latest weekly... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Exploration key to keeping South Africa on right side of future – investors 

By: Martin Creamer     11th October 2021 Exploration is key to keeping South Africa on the right side of the future-facing metals scenario, the Joburg Indaba heard last week from potential investors. During a panel discussion on mining sector prospects covered by Mining Weekly, the heads of international investment companies commented... 

Creamer Media screenshot of panel discussion at Joburg Indaba in October 2021
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Form top left clockwise are Fiona Perrott-Humphrey, Olivia Markham, Brett Beatty, Bernard Swanepoel and Mick McMullen.

Incitec Pivot and FFI study green ammonia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Explosives, fertilizer and industrial chemicals manufacturer Incitec Pivot will partner with the green energy arm of miner Fortesuce Metals, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on a feasibility study into industrial-scale production of green ammonia at the company’s existing Gibson Island... 

FFI unveils massive hydrogen project in Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals’ green energy arm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) on Monday announced the construction of the world’s largest electrolyser, renewable industry and equipment manufacturing centre at Gladstone, Queensland. FFI’s Global Green Energy Manufacturing centre (GEM) will... 

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Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa's GDP by 2050 

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 A study of the characteristics, current commercial activity and potential benefits of transitioning various economic activities along the Limpopo to Johannesburg to Durban corridor to use green hydrogen has concluded that domestic demand is critical to accelerate the development and impact of the... 

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Ramaphosa moots possible hydrogen partnership with Namibia as he punts Boegoebaai export hub 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa stands ready to be a major exporter of green hydrogen and has described the special economic zone (SEZ) proposed for development at Boegoebaai, in the Northern Cape, as a major step towards realising the country’s potential to be a global leader in... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Fortescue buys 60% stake in Dutch-based renewable energy firm

By: Reuters     7th October 2021 Fortescue Metals Group's green energy unit said on Thursday it bought a 60% stake in Dutch-based renewable firm High yield Energy Technologies (HyET) Group in a bid to cut costs and boost green energy production. Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) is part of Fortescue Metals' plan to become the... 

Sasol takes lead role in feasibility study for Boegoebaai green hydrogen project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th October 2021 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Promotion Agency to lead the feasibility study to explore the potential of Boegoebaai as an export hub for green hydrogen and ammonia. The Boegoebaai green... 

A photo of Priscillah Mabelane, Sasol energy VP
Sasol energy VP Priscillah Mabelane

South Africa in danger of missing out on commodity boom, Joburg Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     6th October 2021 A much more enabling environment is needed to ensure that South Africa does not miss out on yet another commodity boom, the Joburg Indaba heard on Wednesday. “We know that we’ve missed at least one commodity boom,” Foskor chairperson, Industrial Development Corporation director and founding... 

Creamer Media screenshot of PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango at Joburg Indaba 2021
Joburg Indaba opening session covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Pele Green-EDF SA consortium to build 100 MW solar PV plant at Mogalakwena 

By: Schalk Burger     6th October 2021 JSE-listed platinum-group metals (PGMs) miner Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has selected the Pele Green Energy – EDF Renewables South Africa consortium as the preferred supplier to build a 100 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its Mogalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Pele Green Energy develops,... 

An image of a solar PV installation

Fortescue sets Scope 3 targets, hopes green hydrogen will help

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th October 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals this week announced a target to achieve net zero Scope 3 emissions by 2040, addressing emissions across its entire global value chain, including crude steel manufacturing which accounts for 98% of the company’s Scope 3 emissions. The company told shareholders... 

Image shows Fortsescue's iron-ore operations

Investment in mining crucial to ensure continued contribution to economy – PwC  

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2021 Investment in the mining industry is crucial to ensure its continued contribution to the South African economy, says PwC in its thirteenth edition of SA Mine 2021, a series of publications that highlights trends in the South African mining industry. In a year of doom and gloom on so many fronts,... 

Creamer Media screenshots and design of elements presented at PwC SA Mine 2021
PwC presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

World must target absolute zero emissions, Australian iron-ore mogul says

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 The world needs to focus on absolute zero emissions, rather than a net zero target, and use clean hydrogen to get there rather than relying on unproven technologies such as carbon capture and storage, Australian iron-ore titan Andrew Forrest said on Monday. Forrest, who grew Fortescue Metals... 

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Andrew Forrest believes the world needs to focus on green hydrogen, rather than carbon capture and storage technologies.

Platinum offering good relative value as investment – Northam 

By: Martin Creamer     4th October 2021 Platinum is viewed as an investment case for the moment and is offering good relative value, says Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne. Palladium appears more vulnerable than platinum to vehicle production downside risks, says World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) institutional distribution head... 

Screenshot of Paul Dunne taken during Northam presentation early 2021
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Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne

Northam board approves renewable energy projects plus hydrogen project 

By: Martin Creamer     1st October 2021 The board of platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum has given its approval for the building of three renewable energy projects at three of the company’s mines plus a hydrogen project at one of them. Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee said this week that board approval had... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Alet Coetzee, CFO of Northam Platinum, during presentation of annual results on 30 Sept 2021
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Northam Platinum CFO Alet Coetzee

UHURU urges South Africa to consider biohydrogen options 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2021 The hype around hydrogen is being driven by agendas and not facts in South Africa, says biomass-focused energy company UHURU Energy, which is urging the country to consider biohydrogen options. UHURU biohydrogen lead Philip Riekert says the company believes that hydrogen is being promoted as a... 

UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock
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UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock

Forces combine to study CCUS opportunities in the NT

By: Esmarie Iannucci     29th September 2021 The Northern Territory government has joined forces with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and a number of oil and gas companies to develop a path towards rapid emissions reduction across the energy sector in Northern Australia. The partnership will assess... 

Image shows emissions from power stations

Green Sedibelo will use 82% less electricity to take PGMs all the way to end consumer  

By: Martin Creamer     28th September 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines is well on its way to becoming the lowest of low-energy PGM energy users and the highest of high on-site beneficiators of metals that are key in the global fight against climate change. Sedibelo’s technology sensation is the remarkable... 

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Pallinghurst managing partner and cofounder Arne Frandsen speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Energy features strongly in IDC’s R24bn pipeline as Patel makes ‘go green’ call 

By: Terence Creamer     28th September 2021 The State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is aiming to convert a significant portion of a R24-billion investment pipeline into commitments following a steep fall in both approvals and disbursements during its Covid-afflicted 2020/21 financial year. The development finance... 

A photo of IDC CEO TP Nchocho
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IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Hydrogen Council calls for A$10bn net zero fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th September 2021 The Australian Hydrogen Council has urged action on the part of the federal government in order to achieve net zero emissions with the assistance of the hydrogen industry. In a white paper released this week, the Council has advocated for the development of a new hydrogen planning body and the... 

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