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Hydrogen News

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)... 

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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Hydrogen economy can support new manufacturing, energy security for developing economies

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Green hydrogen could disrupt global trade and bilateral energy relations, reshaping the positioning of States, with new hydrogen exporters and users emerging, says renewable energy intergovernmental organisation the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena). “It is green hydrogen that will... 

Stakeholders to visit Boegoebaai to kickstart green hydrogen project

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2022 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele will join a delegation from Sasol, Infrastructure South Africa and the Northern Cape provincial government in Port Nolloth on January 17 for a stakeholder engagement aimed at start a green hydrogen project in Boegoebaai. The meeting and site visit will... 

Thyssenkrupp to keep control in $5.7bn hydrogen IPO

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Thyssenkrupp plans to hold a majority stake in its rebranded electrolysis unit after its initial public offering to tap into the growing market for green hydrogen to fight climate change. The engineering conglomerate is preparing to list its electrolysis plant business this year, renaming it... 

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JERA, MHI demo plant aimed at increasing ammonia co-firing rate at coal-fired boilers

By: Schalk Burger     7th January 2022 Japanese power generation company JERA and industrial equipment manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) will conduct a project to develop and demonstrate technology to increase the ammonia co-firing rate at coal-fired boilers, after their grant application, under the Green Innovation Fund... 

Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar   

7th January 2022 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses decarbonisation as an opportunity to create quality employment; South Africa's need to transition to clean energy without creating job losses and ghost towns in areas where fossil fuels provide the overwhelming economic support; and South Africa's... 

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Clean energy and climate change on South Africa's radar

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions 

By: Donna Slater     14th December 2021 While it expects hydrogen to be a major disruptor for the mobility ecosystem, the nascent maturity of the technology means that it will only “really see a meaningful impact” in decarbonising the transportation system towards the end of the decade, says Fitch Solutions principal autos analyst... 

Hydrogen-powered mobility to only take off after 2030 – Fitch Solutions

Airbus boosts its hydrogen aviation research, innovation and development capabilities

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th December 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus has announced that it is strengthening both its research capabilities regarding the future use of hydrogen in aviation and its innovation infrastructure in Spain. It was doing so by creating a new entity within its wholly-owned innovation... 

Hydrogen among solutions needed to drive green industry

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 The production and export of green hydrogen is one means for countries to contribute to the global energy transition, with other elements being renewables, energy-efficient design principles and behavioural changes. “There is significant potential for South Africa to create a whole new industry... 

Energy expert makes case for solar-wind-storage only IRP with game changing ‘superpower’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2021 An Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) comprising only solar, wind and storage (SWS) would deliver not only a load-shedding-free electricity supply industry but also create the platform for new industries to be built on near-zero-marginal-cost excess green electricity, a South African energy expert... 

Clyde Mallinson
Clyde Mallinson

As global steel industry mulls sustainable solutions, SA urged to ‘green’ iron-ore

By: Nadine James     10th December 2021 Producing ‘green steel’ in South Africa might be a distant dream, but exporting ‘green iron-ore’ is achievable in the medium term, says Afriforesight materials engineer and project innovation manager Dr Brandon Davoren. Amid the global trend towards sustainability and in the wake of the... 

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Gas-powered electricity generation not South Africa’s best bet for the long term –WWF

By: Donna Slater     6th December 2021 The attractiveness of renewable energy, even in the face of using gas as a bridging fuel to take off from where coal is being disused, is continuing to increase, the World Wide Fund for Nature senior climate specialist James Reeler has said. During a webinar titled ‘Fossil gas: decarbonisation... 

Iberdrola, H2 Green Steel plan mega green hydrogen plant

By: Reuters     2nd December 2021 Global wind power group Iberdrola and Swedish startup H2 Green Steel plan to build a vast renewable hydrogen plant on the Iberian peninsula to power the production of iron used to make steel with drastically reduced carbon emissions. The European Union is pushing the development of a supply chain... 

Opinion: Is green hydrogen the fuel to drive South Africa’s future?

26th November 2021 In this opinion article, Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group for energy transition director Gladys Nabagala writes that South Africa has significant potential to stimulate its economy by building a hydrogen export economy. 

Gladys Nabagala

Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again   

26th November 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about President Cyril Ramaphosa's answers to sceptical questions from lawmakers in Parliament about the R131-billion just transition financing offer announced on the sidelines of COP 26, about what South Africa... 

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Just transition, green hydrogen in focus again

Study identifies green iron and bunker fuel as key initial domestic markets for green hydrogen 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2021 Developing green hydrogen export capacity at the ports of Saldanha Bay and Ngqura would have decarbonisation spinoffs for nearby hard-to-abate sectors, a new Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study shows. Produced as a follow-up to an earlier research report that assessed... 

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Scatec, partners select electrical equipment manufacturer for Egyptian project

By: Simone Liedtke     24th November 2021 Renewable energy company Scatec and its partners, OCI, Fertiglobe, The Sovereign Fund of Egypt and Orascom Construction have selected electrical equipment manufacturer Plug Power as the technology provider of an electrolyser for the 100 MW green hydrogen facility to be built at the Egyptian Basic... 

Namibia may launch second green-hydrogen bidding process in early 2022 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2021 The Namibian government may release a second request for proposal (RFP) early next year for the development of another large-scale green-hydrogen complex, having announced a preferred bidder for the first such project in early November. Presidential Economic Adviser James Mnyupe told delegates to... 

Namibian President Hage Geingob
Namibian President Hage Geingob

Sasol aims to begin producing green hydrogen in Sasolburg from 2023  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2021 Energy and chemicals groups Sasol aims to begin producing 6 t/d of green hydrogen at its facility in Sasolburg by 2023, VP for climate change Shamini Harrington reports. In a presentation delivered during the Africa Green Hydrogen Forum, Harrington said that the green hydrogen would be produced... 

Sasol also aims to repurpose Secunda to produce sustainable products
Sasol also aims to repurpose Secunda to produce sustainable products

Green hydrogen could compete with gray in a decade, Engie says

By: Bloomberg     17th November 2021 Green hydrogen, a clean energy source made from water and renewable power, could become competitive in a decade, according to French utility Engie. That relies on Europe setting up the necessary regulatory framework to drive up demand and slash costs, Sebastien Arbola, the company’s head of... 

Creecy welcomes Northern Cape green hydrogen SEZ plans

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th November 2021 Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy has welcomed the South African government’s announced intention to establish a dedicated green grid, electrolyser park and green hydrogen-related Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in the Northern Cape. A statement issued by the... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

South African Investment Conference moved to March  

By: Schalk Burger     8th November 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his weekly letter, said the fourth South African Investment Conference, which would have been held this month has been moved to March next year owing to several events, including the local government elections, the Conference of the Parties (COP26) climate conference... 

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Namibia selects preferred bidder for pioneering $9.4bn green hydrogen project 

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2021 The Namibian government has stolen a hydrogen march on its larger neighbour South Africa announcing at COP26 the selection of HYPHEN Hydrogen Energy as the preferred bidder for a $9.4-billion green hydrogen project to be developed in the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, near the coastal town of... 

Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia
Artist impressions of components of the HYPHEN green hydrogen project planned for Namibia

Funding Africa’s $2.8tr net-zero transition by 2050 a ‘pressing issue’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2021 Funding Africa’s transition to net zero by 2050 is one of the most pressing issues that Africa and the world must address, PwC states in a new report that estimates the cost of such a transition to be about $2.8-trillion. The ‘Africa Energy Review 2021’ calculates that $33-billion would be... 

PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay
PwC energy strategy and infrastructure head James Mackay

Hydrogen can contribute over 20% of global carbon abatement by 2050

By: Yvonne Silaule     3rd November 2021 Hydrogen can provide the lowest-cost decarbonisation solution for over a fifth of final energy demand by mid-century – contributing a cumulative reduction of 80 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the Hydrogen Council's CEO Coalition has told delegates attending COP26, in Glasgow. To achieve that... 

Hydrogen turning Europe into climate neutral economy, energy leaders highlight 

By: Martin Creamer     28th October 2021 Hydrogen has an essential role to play to meet the climate change imperative of carbon neutrality, a World Hydrogen Leaders panel highlighted week. German, French, British, Norwegian and Swiss energy representatives taking part in the World Hydrogen Leaders discussion on the regulatory landscape... 

Creamer Media screenshot of World Hydrogen Leaders online event October 2021
World Hydrogen Leaders virtual event covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Gas key as South Africa transitions to clean energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2021 Gas will be needed to help meet energy demand in South Africa during the necessary transition to clean energy, speakers from the energy sector, academia, financial institutions and South African government departments said during a webinar on October 27. They noted, however, that South Africa has... 

SAWEA urges industry members, stakeholders to support global net-zero push

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) urges key stakeholders, including governments, economies and communities, to put policies in place that will raise ambitions and remove barriers to the massive scale up in investments in wind power to help reach global... 

South Africa to set up finance workstream to assess climate-finance offers  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2021 The South African government is set to establish a high-level technical workstream, which will work under the direction of a Cabinet subcommittee, to evaluate possible concessional finance offers that could be made in support of the country’s just energy transition strategy. The workstream is yet... 

Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy

Hydrogen Society Roadmap to guide South Africa’s hydrogen rollout – Nzimande

By: Donna Slater     22nd October 2021 The Hydrogen Society Roadmap (HSRM), which was approved by Cabinet on September 14, provides a “clear indication” of how hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be a “game changer” for the South African economy, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande noted during the Hydrogen Economy... 

How South Africa plans to secure backing for its ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ at COP26 

By: Terence Creamer     21st October 2021 South Africa aims to meet with other governments and multilateral finance institutions on the sidelines of the upcoming COP26 gathering to progress talks on raising concessional funding, in phases, for a Cabinet-endorsed ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the... 

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Cabinet wants ‘Just Transition Financing Facility’ to fund green projects in the electricity, automotive and hydrogen sectors.

South Africa’s electricity woes continue to place manufacturing at risk 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2021 The lack of reliable electricity supply is not only leading to lost production and increased costs across South Africa’s shrinking manufacturing sector, but has left enterprises unable to plan, invest and grow, Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth warned on Tuesday. Speaking... 

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Rolls-Royce Power Systems seeking to certify its mtu engines with hydrogen fuel

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th October 2021 UK-based global power and industrial technology group Rolls-Royce announced on Friday that its Germany-based Rolls-Royce Power Systems division, which produces mtu-brand engines and power systems, was further developing its power generation units so that they could run on hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel... 

Vaal SEZ to become South Africa’s ‘pre-eminent hub for the hydrogen economy’

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2021 Vaal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) programme director Xola Sithole says the SEZ is seeking to position itself as South Africa’s “pre-eminent hub for the hydrogen economy”. In so doing, he says, the SEZ will participate in developing the hydrogen market primarily for Gauteng, and beyond, while... 

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