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Hydrogen News

Wärtsilä pioneering a test programme for pure hydrogen engines

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th July 2021 Technology group Wärtsilä has started testing its thermal balancing engines using pure hydrogen and expects to have an engine and power plant concept capable of running on 100% hydrogen by 2025. Green hydrogen is forecast to deliver 13% of global energy demand by 2070, but at present, there are... 

Consortium unveils plans for zero-emission Eastern Cape e-methanol plant 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2021 An agreement for the development of a greenfield facility in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, to manufacture zero-carbon e-methanol for sale locally and for export has been concluded by a consortium comprising Earth and Wire, ENERTRAG South Africa and 24Solutions. The proposed facility will... 

Image of an ENERTRAG green hydrogen facility in Germany
An ENERTRAG green hydrogen facility in Germany

Steel giant to harness green hydrogen, renewables to produce zero-carbon steel

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2021 Steel group ArcelorMittal has signed an undertaking with the Spanish government in support of a €1-billion plan to construct a green hydrogen direct reduced iron (DRI) plant and a new hybrid electric arc furnace (EAF) at its facility in Gijón, in Asturias, as part of a pioneering move to... 

An image of flat steel being rolled

Howden joins Hydrogen Council to accelerate clean energy development

By: Donna Slater     13th July 2021 Mission-critical air and gas handling solutions provider Howden has joined global CEO-led hydrogen energy initiative the Hydrogen Council in an effort to add its value to the growing development and adoption of hydrogen as a clean source of energy. Howden CEO Ross Shuster says that, by joining... 

Public finance institutions can play key role in just transition to sustainable industries - CER

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2021 Environmental advocacy organisation the Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) conducted a case study of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as part of efforts to assess the role public institutions can play in supporting sustainable industrial and economic development, as well as... 

Sasol, IDC team up to stimulate South Africa’s green-hydrogen industry 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2021 JSE-listed Sasol and the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have signed a memorandum of cooperation to jointly advance South Africa’s green-hydrogen economy. In a joint statement, the two companies said the memorandum recognised that South Africa was in a unique position to... 

Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background
Photo by Creamer Media
Power lines with Sasol's Secunda complex in the background

KfW issues RFI for €200m South African green-hydrogen programme 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2021 A request for Information (RFI), aimed at gathering information on potential green hydrogen project opportunities in South Africa, has been released. The RFI has been issued by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Meridian Economics on behalf of German development bank... 

KfW issues RFI for €200m South African green-hydrogen programme

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall 

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2021 An energy transition aligned with a 1.5°C-compatible climate pathway has net positive effects on job creation, a new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) states. The full ‘World Energy Transitions Outlook’ document shows that under a scenario that limits the... 

Aligning energy transition with 1.5°C climate target will yield jobs windfall

Hydrogen represents huge moment of opportunity for South Africa – AP Ventures  

By: Martin Creamer     28th June 2021 Hydrogen represents a huge moment of opportunity for South Africa, AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly said on Monday. AP Ventures began investing along the generally platinum group metals- (PGMs-) linked hydrogen value chain as long ago as 2013 and the $320-million committed in AP... 

AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly
AP Ventures managing partner Andrew Hinkly interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

PPC mulls several low-carbon opportunities as it shows signs of business stabilisation 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2021 Cementitious products manufacturer PPC is considering several initiatives aimed at lowering the carbon footprint of its operations and products as its far-reaching organisational and financial restructuring begins yielding results and creates space for the JSE-listed group to start focusing on... 

PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen

Amogy closes funding round for zero-emission mobility

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 Ammonia-based emission-free, high energy-density power solutions developer Amogy has announced the close of a major funding round. Led by AP Ventures, a significant investor in breakthrough hydrogen technologies, the round included San Francisco-based funds DCVC and Collaborative Fund, and... 

Fluor repositions South African unit to support energy transition drive 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2021 Global engineering and construction company Fluor, which has been closely associated with South Africa’s liquid fuels and chemicals industries since the 1960s, has restructured its South African operations to align with the unfolding transitions under way in the energy and mining sectors. Fluor... 

Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach
Fluor South Africa GM Bill Langenbach

SA's green hydrogen potential  

10th June 2021 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about the Presidency's backing for the development of a green hydrogen strategy for South Africa, why South Africa is seen as a good location to produce green hydrogen and the funding support for green hydrogen... 

SA's green hydrogen potential
SA's green hydrogen potential

Wind could produce affordable green hydrogen by 2030, Siemens Gamesa says

By: Reuters     9th June 2021 Wind power could make it possible to produce hydrogen without emitting greenhouse gases as cheaply as is currently feasible with fossil fuel energy by 2030, turbine maker Siemens Gamesa said in a white paper released on Wednesday. Policymakers see green hydrogen, which is made with renewable... 

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Water, offtake markets core focus areas for green hydrogen project developers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2021 While renewable energy prices are tracking lower and electrolyser technology is evolving, the availability of water as an input for the production of green hydrogen, sustainably generated from renewable power sources, and the specific markets for green hydrogen products are important focus areas... 

Hydrogen report points to increased project development by the private sector

By: Donna Slater     3rd June 2021 A recent report on emerging hydrogen economies reveals that, although earlier phases of hydrogen deployment were mostly driven by public authorities or public-private initiatives, more than 50% of such projects are currently being led by the private sector, which views projects as strategic... 

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd June 2021 On behalf of the German government, the German development bank KfW has initiated a programme of up to €200-million in size to support the establishment of green hydrogen projects in South Africa and it intends releasing a formal request for information (RFI) by the end of June. The funding,... 

Germany’s KfW launches green hydrogen programme for South Africa

Davies calls for a New Deal-style recovery strategy that eschews austerity  

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

Dr Rob Davies
Photo by Creamer Media
Dr Rob Davies

SA must build on steps to develop hydrogen economy  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th May 2021 South Africa has made some notable progress in developing its hydrogen economy, but it needs to do more to build on this to capitalise on opportunities, especially given its ideal climatic conditions to generate renewable energy and a local industry that is primed to make a switch to green... 

George Varma
Pinsent Masons Partner George Varma explains why traditional procurement approaches are not ideal for hydrogen projects; and explores alternative options.

Four energy scenarios that may define Southern Africa’s energy transition

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Four vastly different energy transition scenarios, from very ambitious to the least ambitious, were posited by management advisory Africa International Advisors integrated energy practice leader Henry Gilfillan this week. The four scenarios, presented during a webinar on hydrogen, gas and... 

EWSETA planning to bolster domestic hydrogen development readiness, capabilities

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2021 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA) is planning to work closely with hydrogen sector role-players in South Africa in an effort to ensure that as the uptake of this technology grows, young people are being capacitated with the knowledge and skills needed to see... 

Hydrogen and natural gas blend steel forging process tested

By: Schalk Burger     21st May 2021 The world’s first test of a 30% natural gas/hydrogen blend in the forging processes used in industrial steelmaking involved using the mixture to heat the furnaces of steelmaker Giva Group's Forgiatura A Vienna plant, in Milan, Italy. The test was successfully carried out on site after a series of... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Africa’s financial capital sets 35% renewable energy target

By: Bloomberg     20th May 2021 Johannesburg, Africa’s dominant financial center, wants to meet 35% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and will seek proposals for privately supplied power by August. South Africa’s biggest city, with a population of over 5 million people, is looking for its own power suppliers... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 A new and far-reaching study of how to transition the global energy system to one with net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 highlights the need for a dramatic acceleration in the pace and scale of renewable-energy and grid investment, while simultaneously halting new fossil-fuel supply projects and... 

No place for new coal in $5tr/y transition to net-zero by 2050 – IEA study

Complete electrified truck fleets on the horizon

14th May 2021 With the start of sales of three new heavy-duty all-electric models this year, truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks believes the time is right for a rapid upswing in electrification of heavy road transport. This positive outlook is based on the ability of Volvo’s electric trucks to meet a broad... 

IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified
IT’S ELECTRIFYING Technology is developing rapidly and our ambition is also to make the long driving distances electrified

Too cold to handle? Race is on to pioneer shipping of hydrogen

By: Reuters     12th May 2021 Hydrogen is touted as an inevitable green fuel of the future. Tell that to the people who'll have to ship it across the globe at hyper-cold temperatures close to those in outer space. Yet that is exactly what designers are attempting to do. 

Platinum demand growth to be bolstered by FCEVs, says WPIC

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2021 Platinum in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) is a growing demand sector for platinum, with wider adoption dependent on the availability of an accessible hydrogen refueling network, says the World Platinum Investment Council (WPIC) in its latest newsletter on May 5. This FCEV growth is coming... 

Mining sector key to kickstarting hydrogen industry, says consultant

By: Simone Liedtke     5th May 2021 Hydrogen is set to play a key role in achieving carbon-neutral mining, an industry that is being touted as a key enabler of the global hydrogen industry, Engie Impact consultant Jasper Schrijvers said during a virtual presentation at this year’s Energy & Mines Africa conference. During his... 

Germany to use hydrogen fuel cell trains on reactivated historic Heidekrautbahn line

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 The German Federal Ministry of Transport has provided €25-million in funding for a project using green hydrogen in rail transportation in Brandenburg. The total cost of the project to connect the surrounding area with the metropolis of Berlin was €100-million, said Federal Transport Minister... 

Hydrogen companies enter green economy MoU

By: Claire O'Reilly     30th April 2021 Green hydrogen technology company Nel Hydrogen has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global chemicals and refining industry catalysts, technology, and services supplier Haldor Topsoe. 


The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia
M4000 NEL WATER ELECTROLYSER The ideal generator for producing green hydrogen at scale for the production of green ammonia

As use of hydrogen grows, so will the need for insurance coverage

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2021 Hydrogen is expected to play a leading role in the transition towards a low-carbon economy as an alternative to fossil fuels like oil and coal. This is likely to drive increase demand for insurance coverage for hydrogen solutions including for fires and explosions, embrittlement and business... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     29th April 2021 The eThekwini metropolitan municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, is aiming to sign its first independent power producer (IPP) contract next year following the publication of the eThekwini Integrated Resource Plan (EIRP) in 2020, which it described as the first IRP for a local government in South... 

eThekwini aiming to conclude first IPP contract in 2022 as city mulls hydrogen role

UK setting its sights too low for hydrogen heating in homes

By: Bloomberg     28th April 2021 The UK should move faster to replace gas with hydrogen in domestic heating, as the country’s pipes will be ready to make the switch in just two years, according to the head of a pilot project. While the pipes will be ready, what’s missing is the hydrogen that will run through them. The government... 

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