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Hydrogen News

Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions  

8th October 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa throwing his weight behind South Africa’s green hydrogen export ambitions and encouraging South Africa to embrace green energy and decarbonisation. 

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

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

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

Hydrogen economy holds opportunities for water tech companies, says analyst

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th October 2021 Market analysis company BlueTech Research says the hydrogen economy could be worth as much as $12-trillion by 2050, but there is concern about the availability of water, particularly in water-stressed countries and regions. The number of green hydrogen projects – where hydrogen is produced... 

IEA implores countries to help lower the production cost of hydrogen

By: Donna Slater     4th October 2021 The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports in its ‘Global Hydrogen Review 2021’ report, released on October 4, that although investment is increasing in hydrogen projects to support a clean energy transition, further efforts are needed to reduce costs and encourage wider use across sectors.... 

HDF Energy breaks ground on world's largest green hydrogen-power project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2021 Global hydrogen energy company HDF Energy and its equity partners, the infrastructure fund Meridiam and the petroleum operator SARA, have announced the start of the construction of the CEOG Renewstable Power Plant in French Guiana. CEOG is the world's first multi-megawatt hydrogen power plant and... 

An artist's impression of the CEOG Renewstable power plant
An artist's impression of the CEOG Renewstable power plant

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
UHURU Africa plants for biomass feedstock

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
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
IDC CEO TP Nchocho

Risks linked to South Africa’s more ambitious decarbonisation pledge not yet ‘adequately addressed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd September 2021 Minerals Council South Africa has signalled its support for South Africa’s transition to a low-carbon economy, but is concerned that the immediate risks associated with the country’s more ambitious decarbonisation targets are not being adequately addressed. CEO Roger Baxter told participants to a... 

Image from Daylin Paul’s photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga
An image from Daylin Paul’s black and white photographic book, titled ‘Broken Land’, which offers a visual narrative of the environmental and social impacts of coal in Mpumalanga

Sasol triples 2030 decarbonisation target, makes net-zero by 2050 pledge 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2021 Chemicals and energy group Sasol has announced a material acceleration of its decarbonisation plans, confirming that it will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% by 2030 rather than by the much-criticised 10% level to which it initially committed. CEO Fleetwood Grobler has also pledged... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Sasol, Imperial explore hydrogen options for decarbonising long-haul trucking

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2021 South African companies Sasol and Imperial Logistics have entered into an agreement to explore options and solutions for decarbonising heavy-duty long-haul trucking, including through the use of fuel cell electric (FCE) trucks fuelled by green hydrogen. Sasol has already announced its intention... 

Photo of an Imperial Logistics truck
An Imperial Logistics truck

Hydrogen Society Roadmap focus to shift from research to commercialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2021 Cabinet has approved an extension of the Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM) to 2030, with the aim of shifting its focus from research to commercialisation. “The HSRM builds on what has been achieved in the past 10 years to prepare South Africa to move from research and development to manufacturing... 

Hydrogen Society Roadmap focus to shift from research to commercialisation

Sasol, NRF call for energy transition and green economy solution proposals 

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2021 Integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol and the National Research Foundation (NRF) are requesting research proposals on science and engineering projects that can enable Sasol’s and South Africa’s energy transition, as well as the development of the country’s green economy. Of interest to... 

Energy transition opportunities, risks  

17th September 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the need for South Africa to compile a clear country commitment to net-zero and to find a common vision and action plan around the just transition, as well as about the growth potential for hydrogen and energy... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Energy transition opportunities, risks

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

Roundtable hears views on South Africa’s hydrogen progress, JSE mulls metals exchange

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2021 Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on September 15 hosted its sixth annual platinum group metals (PGMs) roundtable, placing emphasis on the progress achieved thus far in developing hydrogen opportunities in South Africa. Political strategist Joel Netshitenzhe, as the first... 

Hydrogen fuel cell truck

Hydrogenious raises €50m to scale, commercialise hydrogen storage tech

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th September 2021 Cleantech company Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies has raised a further €50-million to scale and commercialise its technology. The oversubscribed funding round was led by JERA Americas, alongside Temasek, with Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital investing for the first time. 

Caterpillar expanding its hydrogen solutions portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2021 NYSE-listed construction machinery and equipment company Caterpillar will begin offering Cat generator sets capable of operating on 100% hydrogen, including fully renewable green hydrogen, on a design-to-order basis from later this year. More immediately, however, the company says, it will soon... 

South Africa’s green hydrogen ‘first mover’ opportunity based on three structural advantages  

By: Terence Creamer     8th September 2021 South Africa has three favourable structural characteristics that potentially give it a “first mover advantage” to become a global green-hydrogen leader, Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler argued in his address during a ‘Hydrogen Economy Discussion’ facilitated by well-known mining personality Bernard... 

Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Australia and Canada to benefit from green steel revolution - Fitch

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th September 2021 Australia, Canada and Brazil all stood to benefit from the emergence of a green steel market, researcher Fitch Solutions said. Speaking at the Hydrogen in Mining virtual conference, Fitch Solutions head of commodities analysis, Aurelia Britsch said on Wednesday that not only would low carbon... 

Mubadala Petroleum, Eni sign MoU to cooperate on energy transition

By: Reuters     7th September 2021 Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Petroleum and Italy's Eni have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to identify opportunities for cooperation in the energy transition sector, including in hydrogen and carbon capture, storage and use, Mubadala Petroleum said on Tuesday. "The scope of the cooperation... 

Engie partners with Scatec for PV support at mine-based hydrogen plant  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec has signed a two-year lease agreement with Engie to provide a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at its hydrogen production plant at Anglo American Platinum’s Mokalakwena mine, in Limpopo. Scatec launched its Release by Scatec service in September... 

Sasol, UCT confirm progress on catalysts that convert hydrogen, CO2 into green jet fuel 

By: Terence Creamer     6th September 2021 Energy and chemicals group Sasol, which aims to become a leader in South Africa’s promising green hydrogen industry, reports that research advancements have been achieved that are supportive of the conversion of hydrogen and carbon dioxide (CO2) into green jet fuel and chemicals. Made in... 

Photo of research under way at Sasol Research & Technology

Green Steel? look to hydrogen as the answer, BNEF says

By: Bloomberg     25th August 2021 Hydrogen made from clean power will be the cheapest way to bring emissions from steel production near zero by 2050, according to a BloombergNEF report. While making green steel with hydrogen requires a price premium now, the process will likely be cheaper than coal- or natural gas-based... 

Partnerships key for green hydrogen start-up success, US adviser says

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th August 2021 Public-private partnerships are required to help steer green hydrogen energy start-ups away from the “valley of death” – the critical stage of a start-up yet to generate revenues – and to create “mountains of opportunity”, Dr Sanjiv Malhotra, a veteran of the global battery and fuel cell sectors... 

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

South Africa has potential to become major player in green ammonia – Isondo adviser

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th August 2021 Green ammonia can be used to transport green hydrogen from the source of production to the end-user in a cost efficient manner and, owing to its endowment of natural resources, South Africa is ideally positioned to become a major international player in this industry, fuel cell components... 

An image of Isondo Precious Metals technical adviser Kevin Fothergill
Kevin Fothergill

Sasol’s new 2030 and 2050 decarbonisation targets to be ‘substantially higher’ 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2021 South Africa’s carbon-heavy fuels and chemicals group Sasol is poised to announce a “substantially higher” target for the reduction of its greenhouse-gas emissions following an intensive period of financial and organisational restructuring during its 2021 financial year. The JSE-listed group took... 

Photo of Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler

Nel to provide 1.25 MW containerised PEM electrolyser for US project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th August 2021 Nel Hydrogen US, a subsidiary of Norwegian-based hydrogen production, storage and distribution company Nel ASA, has received a contract for a 1.25 MW containerised polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolyser from a leading utility in the US. Nel Hydrogen US has received a purchase order for... 

Partnership notes first new chemicals success

6th August 2021 The partnership between carbon recycling technology company LanzaTech and multinational chemicals company BASF, who together aim to transform the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals, has achieved a key first success. The companies announced in May that, with the help... 

An image of a LanzaTech installation capturing off gasses
ON-GASSES A key first success has been achieved by LanzaTech and BASF in using off gasses or emissions for a positive product

Petrochem giant uses tech for greener fuel

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In April JSE-listed synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising multinational chemical company Linde, renewable energy company Enertrag and investment company Navitas Holdings to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation... 

An image of a Sasol Chemicals plant
COOL COLAB The collaboration between Sasol and the LEN Consortium will see greener jet fuel and chemicals being produced using Sasol's Fischer-Tropsch technology

Sasol capitalising on green hydrogen opportunities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021 Green hydrogen can play a significant role globally in decarbonising hard-to-abate industries, and can be an energy source for mobility and industry, and a source of hydrogen for the petrochemical industry. This was the message given by chemicals company Sasol 2.0 Transformation executive VP... 

Isondo project showcasing intent in green hydrogen in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2021  The green hydrogen economy offers South Africa a considerable advantage in using its natural resources to help reindustrialise its economy and this is being supported by various policies and initiatives. One such initiative is the start of the construction process for fuel cell components... 

An image of Isondo founder and CEO Vinay Somera
Vinay Somera

Ramaphosa sees big green economy opportunity in ‘bold’ climate commitment  

By: Terence Creamer     30th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is time for South Africa to “grasp the nettle” and embark on a “transformative path” towards a climate-resilient society both to fulfil its moral obligations in the face of an intensifying crisis, but also to seize the economic and job opportunities that are... 

Photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Use COP26 to position South Africa as destination of choice for rapid decarbonisation investment – Moosa

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2021 Deputy chair of South Africa’s Presidential Climate Commission (PCC) Valli Moosa has presented an upbeat assessment of the country’s ability to position itself as a preferred global destination for foreign and domestic decarbonisation investment. Speaking during a hydrogen-focused webinar on... 

Photo of Presidential Climate Commission deputy chair Valli Moosa speaking during a green hydrogen webinar
Presidential Climate Commission deputy chair Valli Moosa speaks during a green hydrogen webinar
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