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Hydrogen News

Just Transition Framework means South Africa can ‘proceed apace’ with $8.5bn partnership 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa says the publication of the Just Transition Framework will enable South Africa to “proceed apace with harnessing the benefits” of the Just Energy Transition Partnership concluded with the US, the UK, Germany, France and the European Union in late 2021. The partnership... 

EU plans hydrogen deal with Namibia as it pulls away from Russian energy

By: Reuters     4th July 2022 The European Union (EU) is planning a deal with Namibia to support the country's nascent green hydrogen sector and boost its own imports of the fuel, EU and Namibian officials said, as the bloc works to reduce its dependence on Russian energy. Hydrogen has long been touted as a less... 

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Rolls-Royce buys innovative German hydrogen PEM cell company 

By: Rebecca Campbell     30th June 2022 UK-based global major power and propulsion systems group Rolls-Royce has announced that its Germany-based Power Systems division had acquired a 54% stake in German start-up company Hoeller Electrolyzer (Hoeller). The start-up, founded in 2016, has developed an innovative hydrogen electrolysis... 

Opinion: Existing regulatory framework provides good backbone for development of South Africa’s green hydrogen sector

29th June 2022 In this article, Bowmans South Africa’s head of public law and regulatory, Claire Tucker, looks at regulation and incentives for the hydrogen economy. She concludes that, while incentives for developing the sector have not yet been finalised, the existing regulatory framework for these industrial... 

Claire Tucker
Claire Tucker

Bill Gates-led fund backs startup with cheaper way to move hydrogen

By: Bloomberg     28th June 2022 A hydrogen molecule is tiny. So tiny, in fact, that trying to store and transport it via existing tanks and pipes can end up causing cracks in steel. If hydrogen is to become a clean fuel of the future, urgent technological solutions are needed to keep it in place and move it at will. Enter... 

Mitochondria Energy to build a fuel cell manufacturing facility in the Vaal SEZ in 2023

By: Donna Slater     28th June 2022 Hydrogen fuel cell developer Mitochondria Energy is planning to build a hydrogen fuel cell manufacturing facility in the Vaal Special Economic Zone (SEZ) forming part of the wider Hydrogen Valley development concept, with sod turning to start in 2023. In 2018, Mitochondria entered into a... 

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An artist's impression of five 50 kW Mitochondria Energy fuel cells in a 250 kW generator, and related equipment.

Western Cape govt, DTIC driving green hydrogen research in Vredendal

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th June 2022 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and the Western Cape provincial government have committed to putting support mechanisms in place to help resource a green energy hydrogen project in Vredendal. As a starting point, senior government officials already visited the Keren... 

Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership  

24th June 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the fresh attention this week on the $8.5-billion Just Energy Transition Partnership (JET-P) between South Africa and various developed countries; the importance of South Africa finalising a JET-P investment... 

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Renewed focus on South Africa's Just Energy Transition Partnership

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

Sasol signs agreement with aircraft company to develop sustainable aviation fuels

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd June 2022 South African chemicals and energy company Sasol signed, on Wednesday, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with German aircraft manufacturer Deutsche Aircraft, on developing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology. The MoU is specifically focused on the development of technologies for green... 

Final Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan expected by November 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2022 A Just Energy Transition Partnership Investment Plan (JETP-IP), which will seek to unlock $8.5-billion in concessional climate finance to accelerate South Africa’s transition from coal to renewables and support workers and communities currently reliant on the coal value chain, is expected to be... 

COP President Alok Sharma
COP President Alok Sharma

Hydrox showcases locally developed alkaline electrolyser 

15th June 2022 Hydrogen-powered vehicles and plants of the future will require hydrogen fuel, which is made using an electrolyser. As South Africa looks to introduce hydrogen powered engines, the need for local hydrogen production will also become important. Creamer Media’s Donna Slater recently visited... 

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Hydrox showcases locally developed alkaline electrolyser

Airbus and Japanese airport group sign MoU on hydrogen fuel for aviation

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th June 2022 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus and Japanese company Kansai Airports have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly investigate the use of hydrogen as an aircraft fuel at Kansai’s three airports. The latter’s airports are Kansai International Airport, Kobe Airport... 

Key questions remain on journey to a just transition in the liquid fuels industry – Crompton

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2022 Key considerations and challenges to support a just transition in the liquid fuels industry to a low- and zero-carbon industry include the need for financing, the need to ensure financial viability of technologies proposed for the transition, the impact on the automotive manufacturing industry... 

Committee welcomes appointment of Jacob Mbele as DMRE director-general

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th June 2022 Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy chairperson Sahlulele Luzipo has welcomed the appointment of Jacob Mbele as director-general of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), saying he believes Mbele’s illustrious career at the DMRE qualifies him for the position.... 

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Jacob Mbele

Feasibility study of Namibia’s gigawatt-scale green hydrogen project to start this year 

By: Terence Creamer     1st June 2022 The preferred bidder for a gigawatt-scale green hydrogen-to-ammonia project near the coastal town of Lüderitz, in Namibia, is aiming to conclude an implementation agreement with government by August, opening the way for a full-scale feasibility study to enable the implementation of the... 

Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near  Lüderitz, in Namibia
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Artist impression of the Hyphen electrolyser facilities proposed for development near Lüderitz, in Namibia

Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck 

1st June 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, capable of carrying a 290 t payload and generates more power than its diesel predecessor. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

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Anglo launches world-first hydrogen-powered haul truck

Uranium investors await price rally to revive Namibia projects

By: Bloomberg     30th May 2022 Namibia’s finance minister said uranium miners are waiting for prices to recover before reviving projects in Africa’s biggest producer of the ore, which is needed for nuclear power in a world shifting away from fossil fuels. The semi-arid southwest African nation is investing in water facilities... 

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The Rossing uranium mine, in Namibia

Enlit Africa is back

27th May 2022 Enlit Africa returns to Cape Town as a live conference and exhibition from June 7 to 9 this year, focusing on the current opportunities and challenges in the energy sector – from self-generation for municipalities and gas exploitation to renewable and energy storage solutions for the commercial... 

Company to exhibit at Enlit Africa in June

27th May 2022 With advanced submetering instrumentation and intelligent energy management solutions, industrial power and energy meter solution manufacturer Accuenergy is proud to be exhibiting at Africa's leading energy event, Enlit Africa 

Water solutions for Makana Municipality

27th May 2022 Water service utility Amatola Water, Makana municipality and consulting engineering company Bosch Projects continue to work hard to solve the water shortages in Makhanda, formerly Grahamstown, in the Eastern Cape.  

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PROJECT UNDER WAY The James Kleynhans Water Treatment Works project is currently in its second phase

First hydrogen-burning power plant operational

27th May 2022 Energy supplier Long Ridge Energy Terminal (Long Ridge) – a subsidiary unit of transportation and infrastructure company Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure Investors and an affiliate managed by asset management firm GCM Grosvenor – announced a successful first step to transition Long... 

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HYDROGEN POWER PLANT Long Ridge Energy delivers first gas hydrogen burning plant

By leveraging three resource advantages Mpumalanga can be global just transition ‘flagship’ 

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2022 Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has highlighted three key resource advantages that he argues could transform the coal province of Mpumalanga into a global “flagship” of the just energy transition. In an address to the Mpumalanga Energy Summit, De Ruyter argued that the province’s skilled human... 

Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station
Eskom will begin its just energy transition efforts in earnest at the Komati power station

Renault Plans family car that runs on electricity and hydrogen

By: Bloomberg     19th May 2022 Renault is developing a family-sized passenger car that will run on electricity for short drives and hydrogen for longer trips as part of the company’s push into fuel-cell technology. Dubbed Scenic Vision, the vehicle will have a carbon footprint that’s 75% lower than that of a conventional EV... 

Gravitricity, Arup secure grant to develop below-ground hydrogen storage

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 Edinburgh-based energy storage specialist Gravitricity and global built environment consultancy Arup have secured £300 000 from the UK Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to study the feasibility of storing hydrogen in purpose-built underground shafts. Gravitricity and Arup... 

South Africa, Namibia among new African Green Hydrogen Alliance’s founding members

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th May 2022 South Africa, Namibia and four other African countries on May 18 formally launched the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance, with the aim to make the continent a frontrunner in the race to develop green hydrogen, to accelerate the transition away from a reliance on fossil fuels and to shift to new... 

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Six African countries have formally launched the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance to further the hydrogen economy

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

South Africa gearing up to negotiate ‘new paradigm’ climate finance deal  

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2022 South Africa aims to pursue a financing solution that embraces a “different paradigm” with regard to the allocation of risk, as well as return expectations and investment horizons, when negotiating the terms and conditions of a $8.5-billion climate finance offer made in November by several... 

Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele
Presidential Climate Finance Task Team head Daniel Mminele

Global nuclear body launches commercial hydrogen production roadmap initiative

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th May 2022 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced that it is to develop a roadmap for the commercial scale production of hydrogen using nuclear power. This was because hydrogen was forecast to play a central role in future clean energy systems, especially in the ‘hard to abate’ sectors... 

European Commission, European electrolyser industry agree to manufacturing framework conditions

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2022 The European Commission and the European electrolyser industry have signed a joint declaration containing a range of initiatives to improve framework conditions for electrolyser manufacturers in Europe. In March, the European Commission announced its increased ambitions to double the previous... 

Anglo American launches much anticipated hydrogen-powered zero-emission haul truck  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th May 2022 Diversified miner Anglo American on May 6 launched a prototype of its first self-developed zero-emission hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, which was developed as part of its Future Smart Mining strategy. The 2 MW hydrogen-battery hybrid truck, which is stationed at the Mogalakwena platinum mine,... 

Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck
Anglo American's NuGen hydrogen-powered haul truck

Mbalula recommends a people-centred just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said a just transition is about improving the lives and livelihoods of all South Africans, particularly those that are bearing the brunt of climate impacts, and protecting and empowering workers and communities, as the country navigates the shift away from... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

South Africa seeks to make climate finance deal global benchmark 

By: Bloomberg     4th May 2022 South Africa’s planned $8.5-billion climate finance deal with some of the world’s richest nations could serve as a blueprint for other coal-dependent countries, the head of its negotiating team said. The potential funding, which will be made available over three to five years, was announced at... 

Daniel Mminele
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Daniel Mminele

Sasol opens 2023 engineering, science degree bursary programme

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Chemical and energy multinational Sasol says applications for its corporate bursary programme for the 2023 academic year are now open to high-performing mathematics and science learners currently in Grade 12, who are invited to apply for an all-inclusive bursary to study engineering and science... 

Sasol partners with Swedish stakeholders to pursue sustainable aviation fuel production

By: Donna Slater     29th April 2022 Fischer-Tropsch technology company Sasol ecoFT – a subsidiary of energy and chemicals company Sasol – in collaboration with Swedish energy company Uniper, has signed a letter of intent with the Sollefteå municipality, in Sweden, to form the SkyFuelH2 joint venture (JV) to investigate the... 

WPIC encourages investment in platinum in Earth Day message

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Industry organisation the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) is encouraging investment in and use of platinum-based technologies that are helping to support greener operations, industries and economies. In a short video marking Earth Day, WPIC chief administrative officer David Badham says... 

Europe’s energy rush spurs Sasol to quicken green hydrogen plan 

By: Bloomberg     26th April 2022 Europe’s scramble to find new sources of energy to reduce its reliance on Russia has given Sasol, South Africa’s biggest fuel producer, a new purpose to accelerate its green hydrogen plans. Sasol is focusing on green hydrogen -- made by machines called electrolyzers that are powered by the wind... 

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