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Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out  

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which South Africa hosts in greater abundance than any other country on earth, are playing important catalytic roles in Switzerland’s green hydrogen and green truck rollout, which is now under way. Mining Weekly can today report that proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts
Photo by Bernstein
Predicted future PGM tons heading high.

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 China is buying South African coal at a time when analysts are forecasting a buoyant average coal price of $100/t for the first half (H1) of 2021. The purchase of South African coal by China follows Chinese relations with Australia deteriorating last year and imports of coal from Australia being... 

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, from which South African coal is exported.

Shearwater developing SMR, hydrogen project in North Wales

By: Donna Slater     15th January 2021 UK-based hybrid clean energy company Shearwater Energy is developing a wind small modular reactor (SMR) and hydrogen production hybrid energy project in North Wales. The project will provide 3 GW of zero-carbon energy and is also expected to produce over three-million kilograms of green hydrogen... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise

By: Martin Creamer     14th January 2021 About 600 000 t to 700 000 t of South African coal have already moved to China since the Asian giant ceased accepting coal from Australia and more South African coal sales to China are expected “for sure”, a top trader said in an interview with Mining Weekly. China’s power plants have been... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, South Africa's world-class coal export port.

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14th January 2021 This week: Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike; And, US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years 

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Resources Watch

Total, Engie seek aid for France’s biggest green hydrogen plant

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2021 Total and Engie plan to build France’s largest green hydrogen facility to feed the oil company’s biodiesel plant in the south of the country from 2024, provided they get subsidies to make the project viable. Steelmakers and gasoline and biofuel producers currently make the hydrogen they need from... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2021 The ‘greenness’ that South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now, Mining Weekly can today report. While South Africa’s amazing platinum group metals (PGMs) continue their decades-long task of cleaning the air of the world’s cities in the autocatalytic convertors of vehicle... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting
Photo by Hyundai Truck & Bus
'Green' hydrogen and fuel cells named by Lux Research as two of top-five energy technologies.

Germany's Sunfire buys Swiss electrolyser maker IHT

By: Reuters     12th January 2021 German clean technology company Sunfire said on Tuesday it has taken over IHT, a Swiss producer of alkaline pressure electrolysers to widen its portfolio and offer more technology choices to produce carbon-free hydrogen. The European Union and Germany aim to create a "green" hydrogen industry... 

Real Energy strikes deal with US's HYZONE

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th January 2021 The hydrogen division of ASX-listed Real Energy Corporation, Pure Hydrogen Corporation, has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian division of US-based HYZONE Motors, to collaborate on the development of a network of hydrogen refueling points in Australia. The two... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2021 The innovative new platinum group metals mining and processing project that slashes 82% off electricity use and elevates platinum to a new high level of greenness, leapt out of its starting blocks in North West province on Monday. “We’ve commenced. The tanks are rolling,” Pallinghurst managing... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity
Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Deep Covid protocols, platinum demand, decarbonisation make headlines 

8th January 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks back-to-work protocols at South Deep, the building of hydrogen infrastructure in the US being a good boost for platinum demand and mining companies being pressurised to commit to a decarbonised future. 

South Deep Covid protocols, platinum demand, decarbonisation make headlines
South Deep Covid protocols, platinum demand, decarbonisation make headlines

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years  

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2021 The creation of a minimum of 500 fuelling stations to provide hydrogen to mainly trucks powered by platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells is planned by a US company in the next three to five years. “We believe that everyone will be within a couple of miles of a hydrogen fuelling station in the... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly interviews RAGHU KILAMBI, the CEO of PowerTap, a company that provides crucial hydrogen fuelling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Hydrogen forecast to account for 10% of China’s energy mix by 2050 – WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 By 2050, hydrogen is forecast to account for 10% of China’s energy mix, with demand of 60-million tons, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). In a January 6 newsletter, the council explains that platinum’s role in the hydrogen economy is crucial as it acts as a catalyst not only in... 

Canada unveils hydrogen strategy to kick-start clean fuel industry

By: Reuters     17th December 2020 Canada has unveiled its long-discussed hydrogen strategy, calling on investors to spur growth in a clean fuel sector that the government says could be worth C$50-billion, create 350,000 jobs and help the country achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said... 

Canada unveils hydrogen strategy to kick-start clean fuel industry
Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan

WA hosts German hydrogen roundtable

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th December 2020 Western Australia has hosted a roundtable with major German and Australian companies to explore hydrogen collaboration and partnership opportunities. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan hosted the roundtable, which featured representatives from major German and Australian... 

Hydrogen fuel cells, Implats, Mogalakwena make headlines  

11th December 2020 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks China converting battery electric vehicles into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, Impala platinum joining a high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund and the approval for the Mogalakwena PGMs mine solar project.   

Hydrogen fuel cells, Implats, Mogalakwena make headlines
Hydrogen fuel cells, Implats, Mogalakwena make headlines

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2020 Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year
Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2020 Battery electric vehicles such as municipal buses and trucks are being converted into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by China. “China already has a very well-established infrastructure to charge batteries and run battery electric trucks. But in the north, it’s very cold and we know battery electric... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Impala Platinum (Implats) announced on Monday that it would be joining a high-flying venture capital fund that supports technologies making use of PGMs, which are helping the world to combat climate change. Existing investors in the... 

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund
Implats CE Nico Muller

Santos finds buyer for Barossa gas

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th December 2020 Oil and gas major Santos has inked a binding long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply and purchase agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, for supply of LNG from the Barossa project. The long-term agreement covers the supply of 1.5-million tonnes a year of Santos... 

Santos finds buyer for Barossa gas

Investment in green hydrogen production to exceed $1bn by 2023 − IHS Markit 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2020 Investment in the production of hydrogen powered by renewable sources, or green hydrogen, is likely to exceed $1-billion by 2023, says research agency IHS Markit. The agency attributes an elevated investment outlook to falling costs and policy support from governments that are looking to shift... 

Marine transporter takes a look at hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     3rd December 2020 Marine transporter Global Energy Ventures has launched a scoping study to investigate supply chain economics and internal energy requirements to transport hydrogen fuel using its existing compression (C-H2) ships. “The scoping study will analyse the supply chain economics and internal use of our... 

Resources Watch 

2nd December 2020 This week: Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project; Omnia firmly in ‘fix and renew’ phase following September interim period; and, Coal mine on point of turning acid mine drainage into potable water at no cost 

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Germany scraps renewable fee on hydrogen to encourage new technology

By: Reuters     2nd December 2020 Germany's government on Wednesday lifted a charge levied on power prices to support renewable energy for producers of so-called green hydrogen, part of a bid to encourage the nascent technology for low-carbon fuels. The Berlin cabinet decided to waive the renewable energy fee under the EEG... 

Hydrogen investment by PGMs-linked fund bodes well for South Africa 

By: Martin Creamer     1st December 2020 A new investment in hydrogen, made by the sustainability-focused AP Ventures, bodes well for South Africa. AP Ventures, an independent venture capital fund that invests in early-stage companies that use platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested €5-million equity in HPNow, which has introduced a... 

Hydrogen investment by PGMs-linked fund bodes well for South Africa
Building back better with green hydrogen peroxide.

Qld invests heavily in jobs, hydrogen and mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st December 2020 The Queensland resources sector has committed to working with the state government to support economic recovery post the Covid-19 pandemic, as the government released its 2020-21 Budget. Treasurer and Minister for Investment Cameron Dick on Tuesday revealed Queensland would be the only state,... 

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen  

By: Martin Creamer     30th November 2020 The taking of clear sustainability steps can make mining the darling of the investor community once again. Mining cannot participate in anything that leaves the world a worse place and needs to be cognisant of what it takes to have a licence to operate. Mining must have a smaller carbon... 

Mining can retake investor darling status by going green – Frandsen
Pallinghurst Group Managing Partner and Co-Founder Arne Frandsen interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer on the current demand for sustainable mining. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen tops Canadian investors’ clean energy list, HSBC says

By: Bloomberg     30th November 2020 Hydrogen is the clean energy investment that appeals the most to Canadian asset managers, while companies prefer solar, according to a survey carried out for HSBC Holdings. Interestingly, among 17 options for the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions, the most favored by each group, hydrogen and... 

Victorian govt invests in renewables

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2020 The Victorian government has earmarked a A$100-million investment into renewable energy in the state, including hydrogen made from renewable energy, saying the investment could create thousands of jobs. The funding boost is part of a record A$1.6-billion investment in the Victorian Budget... 

Qld signs hydrogen deal with Japan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th November 2020 The Queensland government has announced a landmark partnership with Japan’s largest hydrogen company Iwatani Corporation, which would see planning progressed on new renewable export facility in Gladstone. Queensland-owned Stanwell Corporation will form a consortium with Iwatani, to build... 

Qld signs hydrogen deal with Japan

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM 

By: Martin Creamer     26th November 2020 The advancement of the palladium-dominant Waterberg Project to a development and construction decision is the primary business objective of Platinum Group Metals (PTM), for which construction funding and concentrate offtake arrangements are being pursued. The Toronto- and New York-listed company,... 

Palladium-dominant Waterberg project's advance is primary objective –­ PTM
Platinum Group Metals CEO Michael Jones.

Qld appoints hydrogen champions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     26th November 2020 Queensland’s Hydrogen Minister Mick de Brenni has appointed two new Hydrogen Champions to back the state as the national hub for a job-creating hydrogen industry. Member for Mundingburra Les Walker and Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke have been appointed to take over the roles in North and... 

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26th November 2020 Iridium breakthrough a boost for green hydrogen economy, PGMs mining; Chrome producers want ferrochrome solutions that exclude export tax; and, company designs, constructs ventilation and cooling systems for mines 

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Platinum council says hydrogen momentum will continue to bolster PEM demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2020 This week has seen the launch of the first-ever European Hydrogen Week from November 23 to 27, a series of events showcasing the key role hydrogen is expected to play in reaching the European Union’s (EU) “European Green Deal” objectives. The proposed European Green Deal, announced at the end... 

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project  

By: Martin Creamer     25th November 2020 The electrolyser that will generate renewable hydrogen for the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle project has been delivered to site by Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, as part of the joint partnership with ENGIE and Anglo American, announced last year. ENGIE is providing the... 

Anglo praised for blazing decarbonised mining trail with hydrogen truck project
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Senior Vice President Business Development David Bow interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF 

By: Martin Creamer     24th November 2020 The establishment of an African hydrogen economy based on renewable energy can provide important impetus in the Southern African region and offer new perspectives, especially to young people. That is the view of German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) Energy and Green Hydrogen... 

African green hydrogen can provide important economic impetus – BMBF
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek and Innovation Commissioner ‘Green Hydrogen‘ Dr Stefan Kaufmann: Small bottle, huge effect. Sufficient energy to supply a refrigerator for a day – 48 litres of hydrogen are bound in this 80 ml liquid, referred to as liquid organic hydrogen carrier or LOHC. Dr Kaufmann was in South Africa earlier this month. © BMBF/Hans-Joachim Rickel

Billionaire miner Forrest aims to be a global clean energy giant

By: Bloomberg     23rd November 2020 Billionaire Andrew Forrest broke into the ranks of the world’s top iron-ore exporters, now he’s targeting an entry into renewables in as soon as two years under an ambitious plan to produce more energy than giants like Chevron. Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will begin green fuel production in... 

Billionaire miner Forrest aims to be a global clean energy giant
Andrew Forrest
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