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Hydrogen News

Govt launches A$1.3bn MMI fund

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 The hydrogen technology, specialised batteries are expected to benefit from the government’s A$1.3-billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI). The MMI will help manufacturers to scale-up production, commercialise their products and operations, and integrate into domestic and global supply... 

Qld miners eye emission reduction technologies - survey

By: Esmarie Iannucci     7th April 2021 A survey undertaken by the Queensland Resource Council (QRC) has shown that its member companies were actively looking at new technologies, such as hydrogen to reduce emissions and grow business. “More than two-thirds of the CEOs surveyed said they were thinking about hydrogen-related... 

Value of iridium in electrolysis could top R90bn mark in years ahead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     7th April 2021 The value of iridium for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis technology alone could exceed R90-billion in the next ten to 20 years. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen... 

Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.
Value chain as outlined by Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of Competence.

Canadian underground mining likely to take hydrogen ventilation lead – HySA 

By: Martin Creamer     6th April 2021 Canadian and Australian mines are big on wanting hydrogen ventilation in underground mining operations, and Canada will likely lead in the use of hydrogen underground. This is the view of Professor Dmitri Bessarabov, the director of the Department of Science and Innovation's National Centre of... 

Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.
Hydrogen South Africa hydrogen ventilation research site in North West.

Pure forms methane/hydrogen JV

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th April 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen has inked a joint venture (JV) agreement with Synergen Met to manufacture hydrogen and carbon products. Using Synergen’s design and built methane decomposition modules, the JV would manufacture ‘turquoise’ hydrogen gas and value add carbon products from Pure Hydrogen’s... 

Pure Hydrogen looks at waste-to-hydrogen technology

By: Esmarie Iannucci     1st April 2021 ASX-listed Pure Hydrogen has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with renewable energy company Wildfire Energy for a waste to hydrogen distribution hub. Under the terms of the MoU, Pure Hydrogen would supply hydrogen to customers generated from commercial waste, using Wildfire’s... 

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked  

31st March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Anglo American Platinum’s smart power project, Implats in testing phase of its stationary hydrogen fuel cell and the two-part modernization underway at Amplats Amandelbult mine.   

Amplats, Implats projects unpacked
Amplats, Implats projects unpacked

Anglo collaborating on feasibility study for South Africa’s ‘hydrogen valley’ 

By: Martin Creamer     31st March 2021 Diversified mining and marketing company Anglo American on Wednesday announced a collaboration agreement to complete a feasibility study to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ anchored in South Africa’s platinum group metals- (PGMs-) rich Bushveld geological area. Spearheaded by South Africa’s Department... 

The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.
The Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo.

Resources Watch 

31st March 2021 This week: Master Drilling advancing mechanisation for two top-tier local clients; South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy and, Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Now is time to get going on hydrogen economy opportunity – PIC 

By: Martin Creamer     30th March 2021 South Africa has got a massive opportunity to participate in the hydrogen economy and it would be a national travesty if the country failed to do so, says Public Investment Corporation (PIC) sector specialist mining, beneficiation and energy Heidi Sternberg. Mining Weekly can report that the PIC,... 

From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.
Photo by Creamer Media
From top left, clockwise, are Prakashim Moodliar, Neal Froneman, Sifiso Sibiya, Kevin Eggers and Heidi Sternberg.

SAIIA, UK PACT launch just transition project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th March 2021 Think tank the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is launching a new project to support South Africa’s just transition to a low-carbon, inclusive and climate-resilient future. Funded by the UK’s Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions programme in South Africa (South... 

South African-developed fuel cell passing tests at Implats refinery 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 A South African-developed stationary hydrogen fuel cell is doing well as it is put through a testing phase at the Impala Platinum (Implats) refinery, group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya has revealed. The stationary hydrogen fuel cell at Implats’ precious metals and base metals... 

Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya
Impala Platinum group executive: refining and marketing Sifiso Sibiya

First hydrogen and movement by third quarter – Anglo American Platinum 

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2021 Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar has outlined what the company refers to as its smart power project, which is the development of the hydrogen fuel cell and battery-powered module, retrofitted on to a large haul truck, for deployment at the... 

Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.
Anglo American Platinum executive head: project and environment Prakashim Moodliar.

Two-part modernisation of Amandelbult platinum mine under way  

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2021 Two-part modernisation is under way at the Amandelbult underground platinum group metals (PGMs) mine of Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one where conventional mine design remains intact but is renedered safer and more efficient, and the other involving mechanisation and the deployment of... 

Amplats CEO Natascha Viljoen
Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines   

26th March 2021 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer notes: It is imperative that government, business and labour launch a global campaign to highlight the huge importance of South Africa’s platinum group metals in the fight against climate change. It was right and proper of Mineral Resources Minister Gwede... 

PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines
PGMs, investments, economic growth make headlines

Africa hosts considerable potential for green hydrogen

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th March 2021 While there may be many challenges, Africa has the potential to leapfrog in terms of decarbonisation and to capitalise on opportunities presented by green hydrogen, African Hydrogen Partnership secretary general Vincent Oldenbroek has said. Speaking on the second day of a two-day green hydrogen... 

Mining billionaire takes on Musk in hydrogen versus EVs debate

By: Bloomberg     25th March 2021 Iron-ore billionaire Andrew Forrest is taking on Tesla CEO Elon Musk in his quest to promote green hydrogen as a game changer in the clean-energy transition. Forrest, the founder of Fortescue Metals Group, doubled down this week on his criticism of Musk’s view that hydrogen cars are... 

Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest
Australian mining billionaire Andrew Forrest

Substituting rhodium with palladium next, says Sibanye-Stillwater  

By: Martin Creamer     25th March 2021 Substituting rhodium with palladium is the next platinum group metals (PGMs) substitution investment that PGM mining and marketing company Sibanye-Stillwater intends making. Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman revealed this during a panel discussion at this week’s PGMs Industry Day virtual event covered by... 

From left Bernard Swanepoel, RBPlat CFO Hanre Rossouw, Impala Platinum CEO Nico Muller, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman and Anglo American Platinum CEO Natascha Viljoen.
PGMs Industry Day panel discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa playing key role in hydrogen economy – Minister  

By: Martin Creamer     24th March 2021 South Africa is playing an important role in the ‘hydrogen economy’ as the country targets clean and reliable alternative energy sources, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. In his opening keynote address to the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day chaired by... 

Gwede Mantashe and Bernard Swanepoel
Platinum Group Metals Industry Day covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Northam pays most tax as growth strategy heads for 8 500 jobs boost 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd March 2021 “We’ve made the single-largest tax payment in the history of the company,” Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne said during last week’s presentation of 74%-higher headline half-year earnings.   The JSE-listed platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company’s half-year contribution to the fiscus topped... 

Northam Platinum has provided R80-million in 341 interest-free home loans to date in its drive to fund home ownership.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Pure Hydrogen raises cash for hydrogen ambitions

By: Esmarie Iannucci     22nd March 2021 Hydrogen energy company Pure Hydrogen Corporation will raise A$9.4-million through a share placement to progress its hydrogen initiatives. The company on Monday said that it would issue more than 32.4-million shares at a price of 29c each to sophisticated and institutional investors. 

Northam Platinum building 10 MW solar power plant at Zondereinde smelter  

By: Martin Creamer     19th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Northam Platinum said on Friday that it was designing and building a 10 MW solar energy plant for the company’s smelter at its Zondereinde mine, in Limpopo province. Located on the northern end of the western limb of the Bushveld Complex, near the town... 

Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne.
Northam Platinum CEO Paul Dunne’s half-year presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Exxaro eyeing 84 MW solar power for coal mine, hydrogen fuel cells 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 South Africa is at crossroads of energy liberalisation with 2.5 GW of embedded mining demand, including 84 MW demand at Exxaro Resources’ Grootegeluk coal mine alone and the intended use of hydrogen fuel cell powered trucking, Exxaro Resources said on Thursday. “Energy is the largest single... 

Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall
Exxaro Resources’ newly appointed MD Energy Roland Tatnall

Nombasa Tsengwa appointed CEO-designate of Exxaro Resources 

By: Martin Creamer     18th March 2021 Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate of diversified mining and energy company Exxaro Resources, effective from 31May 2023, when current CEO Mxolisi Mgojo reaches the retirement age of 63. The appointment of Dr Tsengwa, who is Exxaro’s current MD Minerals, forms part of what the... 

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Nombasa Tsengwa has been appointment CEO-designate.

BP plans UK's largest blue hydrogen production facility

By: Reuters     18th March 2021 Oil and gas major BP said on Thursday it was developing plans for the UK's largest blue hydrogen production facility, expanding its investments in carbon reduction technologies to tackle global warming. Governments and energy companies are placing large bets on clean hydrogen and carbon capture... 

Green hydrogen could help South Africa increase its energy exports 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th March 2021 South Africa has traditionally been a net importer of energy, but a relatively new clean technology could be pivotal in helping South Africa become an exporter and dramatically cut the country’s carbon emissions, says Rand Merchant Bank (RMB). RMB CEO James Formby says that although green... 

Automakers using know-how to accelerate the uptake of platinum-based fuel cell systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th March 2021 While it is widely accepted that for hydrogen to fulfil its potential in enabling the clean energy transition, collaboration is essential and a recent report by the Hydrogen Council talks of the need to accelerate product and solution development, while acknowledging that this will require new... 

Sumitomo commits to Qld hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     17th March 2021 Japanese multinational Sumitomo Corporation has formalised a partnership with Gladstone Ports Corporation, Gladstone Regional Council, CQUniversity Australia and Australian Gas Industry Group to develop Australia’s first hydrogen ecosystem in Central Queensland. The proposed Hydrogen Park... 

Fortescue looks at Brazilian hydrogen

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th March 2021 The energy arm of iron-ore major Fortescue, Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) and a subsidiary of Prumo Logistica S.A, Porto do Açu Operações S.A. (Port of Açu), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to assess the opportunity to develop hydrogen-based green industrial projects in Rio de... 

Fortescue looks at Brazilian hydrogen

Fortescue sets new carbon target, expects hydrogen business to grow

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 Iron-ore major Fortescue Metals has unveiled plans to be carbon neutral by 2030, ten years earlier than its previous target of 2040, while noting that its ‘green energy’ business could outpace its iron-ore play. Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest on Monday said that Fortescue Future... 

Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest
Fortescue chairperson Andrew Forrest

QEM surges on hydrogen strategy

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th March 2021 The share price of junior explorer QEM increased by some 10c a share on Monday after the company announced intensions to pursue a green hydrogen strategy. QEM on Monday told shareholders that it has started studies into green hydrogen opportunities at its flagship Julia Creek vanadium and oil... 

Vic hydrogen pilot gets under way

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th March 2021 Operations have started at both of the Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain (HESC) pilot projects in Victoria, marking a world first demonstration of an international hydrogen energy supply chain. The HESC pilot is developing a complete hydrogen supply chain, creating hydrogen gas via the gasification... 

Green hydrogen to be phased in to decarbonise steel production – Fitch Solutions

By: Donna Slater     11th March 2021 In the second part of its special coverage on the impact of hydrogen on the mining and metals sector, Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research (Fitch Solutions) reports that it believes green hydrogen will be adopted in the metals sector, in particular in the steel sector, in the longer... 

Qld establishes hydrogen taskforce

By: Esmarie Iannucci     11th March 2021 The Queensland government has established a seven-member specialist hydrogen team to unleash hydrogen potential in the state. In an address to Parliament, Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni announced that Professor Peta Ashworth would lead an expert taskforce to fast... 

AP Ventures invests in Norwegian hydrogen development company

By: Donna Slater     10th March 2021 Norway-based hydrogen development company Hystar, which has developed a novel polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis technology, has raised over NKr50-million in capital. A subsidiary of independent research institutions Sintef, Hystar’s electrolyser produces green hydrogen using less... 

South Africa should regulate bus, truck emissions – Royal Bafokeng Platinum   

By: Martin Creamer     10th March 2021 What a wonderful housing job Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) has done in building 1 400 impressive family homes for its employees, with another 100 outstanding for occupation. When RBPlat CEO Steve Phiri listed the black-controlled and black-led platinum group metals (PGM) mining company on the... 

Royal Bafokeng Platinum provides every employee with an opportunity to own a dignified home.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum CEO Steve Phiri speaks to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Royal Bafokeng Platinum studying feasibility of 30 MW solar power plant   

By: Martin Creamer     9th March 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining company Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) which on Tuesday reported a record performance accompanied a R1.5-billion maiden dividend payment, is conducting a study into the economic feasibility building of a 30 MW modular photovoltaic (PV) solar energy plant at... 

Concentrator at RBPlat's BRPM mine for which 30 MW of solar power is being studied.
Royal Bafokeng Platinum’s record results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

National strategy seen as key first step for countries keen to tap green-hydrogen potential 

By: Terence Creamer     9th March 2021 The publication of a national hydrogen strategy has been identified by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) as the crucial first pillar in an evolving four-pillar policymaking toolbox for countries that are either planning to export or import green hydrogen as part of their... 

National strategy seen as key first step for countries keen to tap green-hydrogen potential
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