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Hydrogen News

Job creation, renewable energy, climate change make headlines   

25th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses the potential for 60 000 new jobs through green hydrogen development; Merafe Resources putting focus on renewable energy; and World Parliaments being urged to use their constitutional powers to tackle climate change.   

Tri-state agreement reach for hydrogen-boosted transport network

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th March 2022 The Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria governments have reached a landmark tri-state collaboration agreement on a renewable hydrogen refuelling network for heavy transport and logistics along Australia’s eastern seaboard. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the states have agreed... 

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Opinion: Why green hydrogen is the fuel of the future

24th March 2022 In this article, ENGIE MD for thermal, hydrogen, desalination and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc unpacks why green hydrogen is the future for South Africa. Renewable energy has widely been heralded as the future for countries on the journey towards becoming net-zero emission... 

ENGIE MD for thernal, hydrogen, desalinaion and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc
ENGIE MD for thernal, hydrogen, desalinaion and battery storage for Africa Jonathan Debasc

Platinum group metals miner Implats commits R50bn to five-year capital programme 

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2022 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats affirmed at the South African Investment Conference on Thursday that it would commit close to R50-billion to its Southern African capital investment programme over the next five years. The investment capital would be targeted at... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference
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Implats CEO Nico Muller and President Cyril Ramaphosa at the investment conference

World needs to double efforts to limit warming to 1.5 ºC by 2050 – WoodMac

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 The world is facing its biggest challenge yet in its journey towards net-zero emissions and needs to double-down on plans to achieve the goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to within 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels by 2050, natural resources market research company Wood Mackenzie... 

Hydrogen development expected to create up to 60 000 new jobs – Mjwara 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2022 Green hydrogen development in South Africa has the potential to generate up to 60 000 new jobs in the next ten to 15 years, said Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) director-general Dr Phil Mjwara during a televised interview on SABC News. Mjwara expressed confidence that the R15-million... 

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Science and Innovation Department DG Dr Phil Mjwara

Japan to trial first hydrogen fuel cell train

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 Passenger rail operator JR East, formerly East Japan Railway, will begin safety testing the country’s first hydrogen-powered train at the end of the month, industry body the World Platinum Investment Council reveals. The Hybari train has been developed with Hitachi and Toyota Motor, with the... 

Parliaments must act swiftly to reduce climate change – Mapisa-Nqakula  

By: Martin Creamer     22nd March 2022 National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Monday urged heads of the world's Parliaments gathering at the 144th plenary assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to undertake all necessary efforts to deal with climate change through oversight and the constitutional powers of the... 

South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
South Africa's National Assembly speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Qld invests in Kogan hydrogen plant

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2022 The Queensland government on Tuesday announced that it would provide A$28.9-million in funding towards a renewable hydrogen demonstration plant and refuelling facilities on the Western Downs as part of its plan for economic recovery that will support the state’s ambitions to become a hydrogen... 

Pure Hydrogen investigates garbage truck potential

By: Esmarie Iannucci     21st March 2022 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen has partnered with waste collection provider JJ’s Waste to build Australia’s first hydrogen-fuelled garbage truck. Pure Hydrogen will supply JJ’s Waste with a hydrogen fuel cell side-lift RCV truck and would deliver emerald hydrogen from its waste-to-hydrogen operations... 

Anglo partnership secures 100% renewable energy supply for South Africa operations 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2022 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American has signed a memorandum of understanding with global renewable energy company EDF Renewables to work together towards developing a regional renewable energy ecosystem in South Africa. The regional renewable energy ecosystem is expected to be... 

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Anglo American management board chairperson in South Africa Nolitha Fakude.

Coffee and hydrogen the key to green steel - UNSW

By: Esmarie Iannucci     18th March 2022 The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has released three research papers showcasing that waste coffee grounds and hydrogen could be used in the fabrication of green steel. Under its Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Center, the UNSW published the three papers on its Green... 

Now’s the time for full energy freedom, says green hydrogen stalwart Andrew Forrest 

By: Martin Creamer     17th March 2022 Let’s give energy sovereignty to the world. Renewable energy is everywhere. Every country can produce it. Now is the time to capture it, and have full energy freedom, enthused Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest, while being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane... 

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Fortescue Metals Group nonexecutive chairperson Andrew Forrest (right), being interviewed by CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Nera supports WA's SMEs

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2022 National Energy Resources Australia (Nera), in partnership with the Western Australian government, has launched a new initiative called LETs Pitch WA, aimed at supporting the growth of low emissions technologies. The LETs Pitch WA program will provide small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with the... 

Equivalent of a Koeberg arising in solar projects – AmaranthCX  

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2022 The equivalent of a Koeberg power station is arising in the form of new largely mine-linked private-sector solar power photovoltaic projects across Southern Africa, according to AmaranthCX director and founder Paul Miller, whose company is working on the second edition of its electronic map of... 

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AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pure inks deal with French technology group

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th March 2022 Clean energy developer Pure Hydrogen has inked a binding collaboration and license term sheet with French technology company Plenesys to commercialise that company’s HyPlasma process as part of plans to manufacture turquoise hydrogen. The collaboration would start with a pilot plant in... 

Mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study, Eskom's battery storage make headlines  

11th March 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the need for mining to seize the many obvious lucrative opportunities that are available; Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s renewable energy study on an embedded 30MW solar plant that is close to completion; and Eskom's battery storage system.   

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer
Martin Creamer unpacks mining opportunities, RBPlats energy study & Eskom's battery storage (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

South Africa must move very rapidly towards green energy, climate webinar hears  

By: Martin Creamer     11th March 2022 The ratio between green energy and brown energy in South Africa needs to move very rapidly in favour of green energy, says Climate Adaptation Lead to the South African Presidential Climate Commission and Institute for Security Studies Africa senior research associate Dhesigen Naidoo. Naidoo was... 

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Fasken webinar on transition to green energy covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Scatec, partners to develop large-scale green ammonia facility in Egypt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th March 2022 Renewable energy producer Scatec has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the General Authority for the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone), the Sovereign Fund of Egypt (TSFE), the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), and the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), to... 

FFI and Airbus take on the skies

By: Esmarie Iannucci     9th March 2022 Green energy developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and aeronautics major Airbus have joined forces to enable the aviation industry to decarbonise through zero-emissions green hydrogen. FFI and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that would allow both companies to... 

Hydrogen technology can drive innovation, socioeconomic recovery

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2022 Dube TradePort-based hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Chem Energy SA sees an enormous opportunity to start a hydrogen economy in South Africa, particularly as the country has a national green energy programme. Hydrogen power generation can be expanded to bring innovative technology companies into... 

CHEM SA's factory in KwaZulu-Natal

Microgrid planned for Far North Qld

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 A 1 MW clean hydrogen plant will form part of renewable microgrid planned for the Diantree community, in Far North Queensland. The federal government this week announced that it had awarded Volt Advisory Group A$18.75-million over three years to develop a highly innovative renewable energy... 

Australia/Germany hydrogen initiative launches

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th March 2022 The Australia-Germany Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Incubator, known as HyGATE, has officially been opened. The federal government last year announced a A$50-million investment into the HyGATE initiative, with the German government committing an additional €50-million.  

Decarbonisation standing out as key metals/mining value driver – Wood Mackenzie  

By: Martin Creamer     4th March 2022 As pressure mounts for the world to align meaningfully with the 1.5 °C global temperature rise scenario, decarbonisation is standing out as a key driver of metals and mining value. “This has strengthened our view that the mining industry now has a clear pathway towards long-term transformative... 

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Wood Mackenzie future facing mined commodities forum covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Large-megawatt hydrogen fuel cells eyed by shipping industry in move away from fossil fuels

By: Donna Slater     4th March 2022 Decarbonising the shipping industry requires collaboration and investment in developing new fuel types and propulsion technologies, with hydrogen fuel poised to play an important role in the energy transition of this sector, reports the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC). Establishing safe... 

Decarbonisation creating greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime – Sibanye-Stillwater   

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 The decarbonising of the global economy to prevent climate change is going to create the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime. It will also leave behind the companies that do not adapt – regardless of what industry they are in. 

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Sibanye-Stillwater presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer.

Sibanye-Stillwater delivers another record performance with highest-ever dividend

By: Martin Creamer     3rd March 2022 Precious metals mining company Sibanye-Stillwater in 2021 delivered another record financial performance, with revenue of R172.2-billion and adjusted earnings before interest taxation depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R68.6-billion. Revenue was 35% higher than for 2020 and Ebitda 39%... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

ESG slowing down as energy transition highlights mining as indispensable – RMF  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd March 2022 The energy transition is highlighting mining as an indispensable industry, said Responsible Mining Foundation (RMF) CEO Hélène Piaget in opening a webinar on 'Responsible Mining Index (RMI) Report 2022', which reports a slowdown in economic, environmental, social and governance (ESG). “Yet there... 

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Responsible Mining Foundation report covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

HyEnergy viable for Province

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd March 2022 A scoping study into the HyEnergy green hydrogen project, in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia, has confirmed the technical feasibility for an integrated green energy production project, using renewable power. The scoping study is based on a two phased development, with Phase 1 consisting... 

Zimbabwe platinum miner granted licence to generate 185 MW of solar power 

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Zimbabwe platinum group metals mining company Zimplats has been granted a licence to generate 185 MW of its own solar power. Zimplats is already totally green through the use of hydropower and the solar power will enhance the position of the expanding company and provide security of electricity... 

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Implats executive sustainable development Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

Sakhumnotho Power, Keren Energy partner on 100 kW green hydrogen proof-of-concept project

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2022 Investment holding company Sakhumnotho business unit Sakhumnotho Power has partnered with energy project development company Keren Energy Investments to undertake a proof-of-concept project to produce green hydrogen at a site supplied by Namaqua Engineering, in Vredendal, in the Western Cape. The... 

Implats allays fears that Russia/Ukraine conflict may impact PGMs supply  

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2022 Given the prominence of Russia as a platinum group metals (PGMs) producer, there are fears that it may potentially have an impact on global PGMs supply, Implats CEO Nico Muller said on Tuesday, when the JSE-listed company delivered robust earnings and free cash flow generation for its half year... 

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Implats half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hexagon makes new hydrogen plan

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st March 2022 ASX-listed Hexagon Energy Materials has tapped North Western Australia as the most commercially attractive location for a planned clean hydrogen project. The company has completed a prefeasibility study (PFS) on the Pedirka project, in the Northern Territory, and concluded that proceeding with... 

Govt backs Viva's hydrogen plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st March 2022 The federal government has announced funding for Australia’s first public New Energies Service Station in Geelong, Victoria, boosting the uptake of heavy hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. Through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the federal government is providing... 

Mobility to be first use of green hydrogen in African mines

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2022 Mobility and heavy-duty vehicles are the first to use green hydrogen on mines and this is expected to be the area of first broad-scale application, including for rail, aviation and shipping fuels, a panel of specialists said during the 'Why green hydrogen for African mines' session of the Energy... 

FFI starts construction of Queensland's GEM

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th February 2022 The green developer Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has started construction of the world’s largest electrolyser facility, marking the first stage of FFI’s Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) in Gladstone Queensland. The GEM will be powered by green energy and become a major new pollution... 

Origin plans Hunter Valley hydrogen hub

By: Esmarie Iannucci     28th February 2022 Energy major Origin Energy has unveiled plans for a potential Hunter Valley hydrogen hub, signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with fellow listed Orica to conduct a feasibility study into the hub and to investigate downstream value chain opportunities. Origin said on Monday that the... 

Africa capturing green hydrogen projects

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2022 African countries captured 11% of the globally announced 163 GW of green hydrogen projects during the past year. The projects represent more than half of the current pipeline of 243 GW announced since 2015 and the rate of new hydrogen projects being announced is not expected to slow down any time... 

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