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Hydrogen News

Renewable-energy transition ‘only true path to energy security’ 

By: Terence Creamer     29th March 2022 The renewable energy transition “is the only true path to energy security”, United Nations secretary-general António Guterres has asserted, adding that the current energy crisis, precipitated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, underlined the need to accelerate rather than slow the transition. In a... 

Project management skills vital for local energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Project management skills are imperative to ensure that South Africa’s clean energy transition is successful, says organisation National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba and nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) business development lead George Asamani.... 

Solar panels and wind turbines generating energy
Photo by Petmal
PIONEERING THE ENERGY TRANSITION Mdu Mlaba and George Asamani expect South Africa’s energy transition to pave the way for other African countries

French companies announce R50bn in new South African investments

By: Schalk Burger     24th March 2022 French companies have announced R50-billion of new investments in South Africa in different sectors, including energy, health, tourism, mobility, retail, manufacturing and agro-industry, the French Embassy in South Africa said. The announcement was made at the 2022 South African Investment... 

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

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... 

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... 

Sonangol working to develop green hydrogen production strategy

By: Schalk Burger     10th March 2022 Angolan State-owned oil and gas company Sonangol's Research and Development Centre is working to develop a strategy to produce green hydrogen. It has been conducting conceptual and engineering studies in Angola to identify a site for the installation of a plant to produce green hydrogen and its... 

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... 

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

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... 

US official says South Africa aid aimed at coal plants not EVs

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2022 A group of the world’s richest nations that pledged $8.5-billion in climate finance to South Africa wants the money to be used to retire coal-fired power plants, according to a senior US official involved in the talks, damping suggestions some could be channelled to producing electric vehicles... 

Eskom's Duvha power station
Photo by Bloomberg
Eskom's Duvha power station

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... 

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... 

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... 

Mantashe says Eskom to seek permission for coal-to-gas switch at some old stations  

By: Terence Creamer     25th February 2022 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says he expects Eskom to make an application soon for a Section 34 determination to facilitate gas-to-power generation at some of the coal power stations that the utility aims to repower and repurpose as part of its unfolding just energy... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

UK funding demonstrator for a new hydrogen storage technology, conceived in Australia

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th February 2022 The UK government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has awarded funding for a safe hydrogen storage and transport technology demonstrator. The technology was developed by an Australian company, Carbon280. The technology was proposed to the UK authorities by a consortium led... 

Platinum-containing fuel cell bus developments on the rise – WPIC

By: Donna Slater     25th February 2022 The World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) reports that markets for hydrogen fuel cell-powered busses are developing rapidly. Hydrogen fuel cell buses are equipped with fuel cells that use proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, which relies on a platinum catalyst. 

DSI’s Maserumule reiterates South Africa’s green hydrogen ambitions

By: Schalk Burger     24th February 2022 South Africa is looking to build out funding opportunities and partnerships with international donors and countries that are aiming to decarbonise their own economies through the use of green hydrogen, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) hydrogen and energy chief director Rebecca... 

Airbus, CFM to jointly undertake hydrogen fuel engine flight test programme

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2022 Two global major commercial aerospace groups, airframer Airbus and aeroengine company CFM International (a 50:50 joint venture between GE of the US and Safran of France), have announced the launch of a joint liquid hydrogen fuel technology demonstration programme. This will use a modified Airbus... 

An artist’s impression of the modified A380 flying testbed
Photo by Airbus
An artist’s impression of the modified A380 flying testbed

Low-carbon hydrogen power on the rise

By: Darren Parker     23rd February 2022 Market research and analysis firm Fitch Solutions is expecting to see an increase in the development of low-carbon hydrogen production technologies and projects over the rest of the year. Speaking at a webinar on February 22, Fitch Solutions senior power and renewables analyst Thomas van Lanschot... 

A composite graphic of green hydrogen text and images
Natural gas consumers and suppliers will be negatively impacted by the rise of green hydrogen

African miners aggressively pursuing decarbonisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd February 2022 Mining companies are aggressively pursuing decarbonisation at their operations, with a myriad of different strategies, and varying timelines across the spectrum of miners, but with the same end-goal of reducing carbon emissions and ultimately achieving net-zero operations. This was indicated by... 

The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine
The solar and heavy fuel oil hybrid energy plant at B2Gold's Fekola mine

Niger, Emerging Energy Corp sign green hydrogen development agreement

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2022 The Republic of Niger signed an agreement with German energy solution provider Emerging Energy Corporation (EEC) to work together to explore and develop commercial green hydrogen projects in Niger. "Both parties will find opportunities to enable demand for the product and prepare Niger to become... 

Sasolburg electrolyser to be repurposed to produce green hydrogen within 24 months 

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2022 Green-hydrogen aspirant Sasol has set aside R350-million to repurpose an operational electrolyser at Sasolburg, in the Free State, to produce green hydrogen. CEO Fleetwood Grobler tells Engineering News that the “proof-of-concept project” is likely to be fully operational within 18 to 24 months,... 

Green hydrogen image

Platinum industry sees value in offshore wind-to-hydrogen technology

By: Darren Parker     18th February 2022 Sustainable offshore energy production could help deliver cost-competitive green hydrogen, which the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) says could play a significant role in the transition away from fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water, which is, in turn,... 

A photo of offshore wind turbines
Global installed wind-generation capacity was at 564 GW in 2018

Nzimande outlines key role for green hydrogen in recovery as he launches Hydrogen Society Road Map   

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2022 Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande made a direct link between the country’s plans to produce green hydrogen for export and domestic markets and the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) when officially unveiling the Hydrogen Society Road Map (HSRM) on... 

Minister Blade Nzimande
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande speaks during the virtual launch of the Hydrogen Society Road Map. Production: Kutlwano Matala & Nicholas Boyd.

Germany to transfer hydrogen technology to Africa -govt official

By: Reuters     17th February 2022 The German government is planning to transfer hydrogen production technology to African countries amid its efforts to quit coal and nuclear energy, a German government official said on Wednesday. Germany will have to import 40% to 60% of the hydrogen it needs for its energy transformation plans,... 

New gas report says LNG pathway ‘optimal’ for South Africa as it lowers stranded-asset risk 

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2022 A new report on ‘The role of gas in South Africa’s path to net-zero’ argues in favour of a pathway based on the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG), which it describes as “optimal” because it minimises the risk of stranded assets and gas infrastructure lock-in post-2040. In addition, such... 

An LNG tanker

Ramaphosa gives social partners 100 days to finalise ‘new consensus’ for reigniting recovery plan 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa signalled his intention to reignite the underperforming Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP) through a “comprehensive social compact” that he said labour, business and government would negotiate in the coming 100 days. Delivering his State of the Nation... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Hybrid energy systems needed to transition Africa away from coal  

By: Darren Parker     4th February 2022 A combination of renewables, storage and flexible gas are needed to create a stable and resilient energy system that provides a reliable source of electricity while transitioning away from carbon-intensive coal-fired power, marine and energy technology company Wärtsilä Energy Europe and Africa VP... 

A rendering of a hybrid energy solution
Wärtsilä’s hybrid power plants combine flexible engine power plants and energy storage, easily integratable with renewable assets

Renergen inks LNG supply deal with Italtile subsidiary

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen has concluded a liquefied natural gas (LNG) supply agreement with Italtile subsidiary Ceramic Industries. Supply will start in the first quarter of this year, from Phase 1 operations at Renergen’s Virginia gas plant, in the Free State. 

Mining mobility market ideal for hydrogen uptake

By: Cameron Mackay     28th January 2022 Emerging mobility applications for hydrogen, such as heavy-duty mobility and materials handling equipment used in mining, provide an ideal market for the increased uptake of green hydrogen technology in South Africa, states hydrogen technology provider Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser Division SVP Filip... 

Image of a haul truck on a mine site
MOGALAKWENA MINE 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

Will South Africa finally ignite minerals and energy growth engines in 2022?

By: Terence Creamer     28th January 2022 Problems in South Africa’s electricity sector will, sadly, continue to dominate the headlines and undermine growth and confidence in 2022. Despite the fact that the crisis is now deep into its second decade, there is little sign of immediate relief and load-shedding remains a clear and present... 

Engineering News and Mining Weekly cover image

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
Photo by Creamer Media
Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Firms and households tap rooftop power as load-shedding risk lingers

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st January 2022 Improving technologies, which reduce deployment costs, as well as lower tariffs and thousands of hours of sunshine every year, along with the continued challenges of State-owned power utility Eskom’s load-shedding, will likely drive more citizens and businesses to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV)... 

Engineering News and Mining Weekly cover image

Japanese multinational shows interest in plastic-to-hydrogen tech development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 Plastics-to-hydrogen company Hydrogen Utopia International (HUI) has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with Japanese multinational Mitsubishi Heavy Industries whereby the latter will review HIU’s technology and explore commercial opportunities for developing more advanced facilities. HUI is... 

Green ammonia team aims for bankable project proposal within 18 months  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2022 Since announcing plans to build a green ammonia export plant in Nelson Mandela Bay, the partners behind the project Hive Hydrogen, Built Africa and Afrox subsidiary Linde have witnessed a great deal of interest in this first-of-its-kind undertaking. The R75-billion project heralds a new area for... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Green hydrogen best long-term opportunity to decarbonise hard-to-abate carbon emitters – Gungubele 

By: Donna Slater     17th January 2022 Hard-to-abate carbon emissions-intensive sectors – such as heavy-duty transport, aviation, maritime and heavy industries – may be able to reduce their emissions through the use of green hydrogen produced at a deep-water harbour facility in Boegoebaai, 60 km north of Port Nolloth. The Boegoebaai... 

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