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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... 

Photo of a solar farm
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... 

Photo of power lines

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... 

South Africa can build a new economy through green hydrogen

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2021 The use of clean hydrogen can help to address global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, but only if net zero emissions costs and prices are set by governments across the world, Deputy Minister in The Presidency Pinky Kekana said on October 14 during a keynote address at the Hydrogen Economy... 

South Africa catches attention of global hydrogen role-players

By: Simone Liedtke     14th October 2021 As global momentum continues to grow across the hydrogen industry, South Africa’s opportunity to produce zero carbon hydrogen has “caught the attention of the global energy players”, says Trade, Industry and Competition deputy Minister Fikile Majola. Coinciding with this global growth in interest... 

UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen 

14th October 2021 The world is in the process of determining cleaner energy forms for baseload, storage and decarbonisation, which are not always economically viable, according to energy company UHURU Africa. The company poses that biomass can support solar, wind and hydro energy. Marleny Arnoldi gathered some... 

UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen
UHURU unpacks common misconceptions on hydrogen

IEA warns of more energy market volatility as transition investment lags 

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2021 There is a looming risk of more turbulence ahead for energy markets, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warns in its latest World Energy Outlook publication. “The world is not investing enough to meet its future energy needs, and uncertainties over policies and demand trajectories create a... 

IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol
IEA executive director Dr Fatih Birol

South Africa has potential to unlock decarbonised chemicals sector, new study shows 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2021 If South Africa can unlock disruptive technology, in particular green hydrogen, it could decarbonise its petrochemicals and chemicals sectors and become a leading global producer of green fuels and chemicals for both domestic use and export. The outlook for South Africa’s crude refineries,... 

Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal
Sasol is studying the production of sustainable aviation fuels using green hydrogen at Secunda (pictured) instead of hydrogen from coal

Electronics company expects strong growth for fuel cell cars

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2021 A report by IDTechEx forecasts that the market value of on-road fuel cell vehicles will reach $160-billion by 2042, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 23.9% from 2022 to 2042. The electronics company believes that incorporating a fuel cell into an electric vehicle powertrain, generating... 

Ramaphosa lends his weight to plans for raising concessional funding for ‘just transition’ 

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa has doubled down on his argument that South Africa needs to act with “urgency and ambition” in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, but stressed that such increased ambition could not be achieved without financial support from developed economies. In his latest weekly... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Feasibility study finds hydrogen corridor could add up to $8.8bn to South Africa's GDP by 2050 

By: Schalk Burger     8th October 2021 A study of the characteristics, current commercial activity and potential benefits of transitioning various economic activities along the Limpopo to Johannesburg to Durban corridor to use green hydrogen has concluded that domestic demand is critical to accelerate the development and impact of the... 

An image depicting the green hydrogen sector

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. 

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Ramaphosa supports green hydrogen export ambitions

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... 

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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... 

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