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Hydrogen News

Just Share unhappy that its question was not addressed at AMSA’s AGM

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2024 Nonprofit activist organisation Just Share has accused ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) of sub-par AGM governance because the chairperson closed the company’s AGM on May 24 before addressing a question posed by the nonprofit. “This is surprising given the high levels of civil society engagement... 

Hydrogen Council appoints CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2024 Global CEO-led initiative the Hydrogen Council has appointed Ivana Jemelkova as CEO, following an extensive, international search. Jemelkova is a recognised leader in energy and sustainability, with a record of building and managing successful coalitions and partnerships to accelerate... 

Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova
Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova

Westwell to retire as Sasol chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2024 Stephen Westwell will, on June 1, retire as nonexectutive director and chairperson of chemicals and energy group Sasol, after having served on the board for 12 years. Lead independent director Muriel Dube will take up the position of acting chairperson until a full-time successor is appointed. 

Sasol chairperson Stephen Westwell
Sasol chairperson Stephen Westwell

Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’ 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2024 A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean energy deployment and affordability, it is a bane for critical mineral investment and... 

Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system

Itochu, $5.9bn South Africa ammonia plant near supply pact

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2024 A group led by Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. is nearing an agreement to buy green ammonia from Hive Hydrogen South Africa, a $5.9 billion project that could make the country a global leader in producing the fuel. Hive Hydrogen may start output of green ammonia — which could be utilized as a... 

Green hydrogen community development toolkit launched

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Green Hydrogen South Africa (GHSA), with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), has developed a community development toolkit (CDTK) to support project developers in effectively engaging with local communities. The CDTK will be piloted in June. Project... 

Opinion: A symphony of solutions – South Africa’s tech-agnostic energy mix

10th May 2024 In this article, renewable energy solutions provider Scatec sub-Saharan Africa project development VP Alberto Gambacorta writes about the need for South Africa to adopt a technology-agnostic and diversified approach to power generation. 

Scatec's Kalkbult solar plant

Patel believes industrial policy needs continued investment to yield full potential

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2024 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has called for rapid scaling up of infrastructure spending, among other urgent initiatives, to ensure current industrial policy can succeed. He was speaking at the launch of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (dtic’s) newly... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Air Products to leverage expertise to bolster South Africa’s hydrogen mobility ecosystem

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2024 Industrial and specialty gas manufacturer and supplier Air Products South Africa is looking to leverage on the group’s global expertise and experience in the hydrogen industry, as well as its technology offering, to play a pivotal role in establishing a sustainable and thriving hydrogen mobility... 

An image showing Air Products hydrogen dispensing unit and trailer
Air Products hydrogen dispensing unit and trailer

Shipping tycoon sees first Namibia hydrogen output by year-end

By: Bloomberg     2nd May 2024 Cie Maritime Belge (CMB), a Belgian shipping company, expects green hydrogen production in Namibia to start in the fourth quarter, a project that could see $3.5-billion in investment over the next five years. Belgium’s King Philippe is on Thursday touring what’s expected to be Namibia’s first... 

CMB CEO Alexander Saverys
Photo by Bloomberg
CMB CEO Alexander Saverys

South Africa aims to set up three JET-aligned skills development zones 

By: Terence Creamer     24th April 2024 Three Just Energy Transition (JET) skills development zones focusing on renewables and grids, electric vehicles and green hydrogen value chains are proposed for implementation under the larger JET Investment Plan (JET-IP), for which pledges of $11.5-billion have been made by several developed... 

Workers unstalling solar panels

Nelson Mandela University-led consortium to develop green hydrogen feasibility study

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 A consortium led by Nelson Mandela University and boutique consultancy firm Ikigai Group has won a UK Government grant under the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (Pact) programme to deliver an innovative feasibility study to explore the viability of green hydrogen... 

Green hydrogen symbol on a tank

Project envisions rollout of smart LPG, solar systems, hydrogen stoves to 3.51m indigent households

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 Energy solutions company Kili Energy is spearheading a large-scale initiative, the Kili Energy Clean Energy Democratisation Project, to provide smart liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters and stoves, smart solar systems and novel hydrogen-powered stoves to 3.51-million indigent households in... 

LPG gas bottles

Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2024 A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into direct reduced iron (DRI). Traditionally, iron is beneficiated by mixing iron-ore fines with coal. The... 

direct reduced iron pellets

Experts proffer suggestions for South Africa's green hydrogen projects to secure financing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2024 There is sufficient funding available for South Africa to progress its green hydrogen objectives, however, certain elements need to be addressed for this to materialise. This was outlined by speakers during the ‘Investment opportunities in green hydrogen’ session, during the 2024 Hydrogen Economy... 

Speakers outline opportunities for PGMs in the hydrogen market

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th April 2024 Hydrogen could play a key role in addressing South Africa’s pressing energy challenges and platinum group metals (PGM) will have a pivotal role to play in the hydrogen economy, as the metals are a catalyst in many of the processes in the value chain. It is also critical for the country to act now... 

Speakers outline green hydrogen challenges, infrastructure hurdles

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th April 2024 South Africa’s green hydrogen economy faces complexities and challenges, both upstream and downstream, and this requires technological disruption and commitment beyond the current value chain. This was how EPCM Global Engineering CEO Tumi Kgomo summarised the 'Overcoming challenges of developing... 

Opinion: Moving from hype to reality – how green hydrogen’s role in the energy transition is evolving

12th April 2024 In this article, EY Africa strategy and transactions leader Quintin Hobbs writes about the growth in green hydrogen demand and the related growth in electrolyser demand. It is now clear that green hydrogen will play a pivotal role in the global energy transition, especially in hard-to-decarbonise... 

EY Africa strategy and transactions leader Quintin Hobbs
EY Africa strategy and transactions leader Quintin Hobbs

South Africa well placed to benefit from huge green hydrogen outlook, attendees hear  

By: Martin Creamer     11th April 2024 Green hydrogen has a massive potential future and South Africa is very well positioned to produce it, attendees of the Hydrogen Economy Discussion heard on Thursday. Most of the 90-million tonnes of hydrogen produced currently through the likes of South Africa’s Sasol and others is grey. 

Ministerial Advisor and Presidency Green Hydrogen Lead Masopha Moshoeshoe.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Contract negotiations for Secunda sustainable aviation fuel project may be concluded by mid-2024 

By: Terence Creamer     11th April 2024 Contractual negotiations are under way between the developers of the HySHiFT sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project, in Mpumalanga, and the intermediary company set up under Germany’s H2Global scheme, known as Hintco, which enters into long-term purchase contracts for clean hydrogen and... 

A Rolls-Royce SAF test flight
A Rolls-Royce SAF test flight

Sasol streamlines its executive committee’s portfolios

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2024 JSE-listed energy and chemicals company Sasol has streamlined the portfolios of the members of its group executive committee, with effect from April 1. This involves changes to important functions and executive responsibilities of the directors. As previously announced, Simon Baloyi has succeeded... 

Sasol president and CEO Simon Baloyi
Sasol president and CEO Simon Baloyi

Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 The energy transition – in South Africa, Africa, and globally – entails an appropriate mix of energy generation sources, including gas, hydrogen power and renewables, in order to achieve the goals of energy security, decarbonisation and emission reduction, says energy technology company GE... 

An image of GE Vernova’s Sub-Saharan Africa gas power service MD Kenneth Oyakhire.
KENNETH OYAKHIRE During this energy transition, efforts ought to include hydrogen as an energy source, incorporate carbon capture and sequestration solutions, enable the digitising and orchestrating the grid and the adoption of more fuel-efficient fleets

Chieta announces new green hydrogen qualifications, skills programmes

By: Darren Parker     4th March 2024 The Chemical Industries Training and Education Authority (Chieta) will be registering new qualifications on green hydrogen and offering specialised skills programmes relevant to growing the green hydrogen economy. “South Africans will get opportunities for specialised training that will equip... 

Chieta CE Yershen Pillay
Chieta CE Yershen Pillay

UK Hydrogen Week highlights green hydrogen investments

By: Darren Parker     1st March 2024 Following its inauguration last year, UK Hydrogen Week is taking place once again, from February 26 to March 3. The World Platinum investment Council says more than 6 300 individuals and 110 partners and supporters will be participating in the initiative, which aims to bring together stakeholders... 

Green Hydrogen tank, wind turbines and solar panels

Air Liquide subsidiary chooses local BBBEE partner

By: Sabrina Jardim     1st March 2024 Air Liquide Large Industries South Africa (ALLISA) has appointed investment holding company Community Investment Holdings (CIH) as its local broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partner, in line with its social transformation ambition. CIH now holds a 25% shareholding in ALLISA - a... 

Cabinet and business praise Sasol and TFR for ‘first-of-its-kind’ partnership to repair 128 ammonia tankers 

By: Terence Creamer     29th February 2024 Both Cabinet and organised business have lauded the five-year public-private partnership agreement between Sasol and Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), under which the energy and chemicals group will fund the maintenance and repair of a dedicated fleet of 128 ammonia tankers. In a statement following... 

Acting TFR CEO Russell Baatjies and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler (seated at centre) sign the agreement, in front of their respective teams, including (standing from left to right) Mario Klaasen, Loven Naidoo, Bonginkosi Mabaso, Pierre Koch, Pierre Taljaard and Kevin Govender, with Ayanda Mokhesi seated to the left of Baatjies and Brad Griffith and David Mokomela seated to Grobler’s right
Acting TFR CEO Russell Baatjies and Sasol CEO Fleetwood Grobler (seated at centre) sign the agreement, in front of their respective teams, including (standing from left to right) Mario Klaasen, Loven Naidoo, Bonginkosi Mabaso, Pierre Koch, Pierre Taljaard and Kevin Govender, with Ayanda Mokhesi seated to the left of Baatjies and Brad Griffith and David Mokomela seated to Grobler’s right

Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2024 Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will be capable of producing up to 8 t of green hydrogen a day. 

The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility
Photo by Shepherd Offshore
The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility

TVET colleges ‘not in a good state’ – Ewseta

By: Darren Parker     27th February 2024 South Africa’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges are not in a good state, Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) CEO Mpho Mookapele has said. “Our TVETs are actually supposed to be producing skills for industry, because this is where you... 

Ewseta CEO Mpho Mookapele
Ewseta CEO Mpho Mookapele

Settling on funding solutions for expedited grid infrastructure set as a Just Energy Transition Investment Plan priority 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2024 Finalising funding solutions for the expedited expansion of South Africa’s electricity transmission grid has been identified as a key priority for the Just Energy Transition (JET) project management unit (PMU), which is located within the Presidency. The unit is overseeing the implementation of... 

Lineworkers work on a high-voltage powerline
Photo by Creamer Media
Lineworkers work on a high-voltage powerline

Australian scientists make progress in dealing with hydrogen embrittlement of steel

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th February 2024 Australian researchers have made a step forward in addressing perhaps the biggest single obstacle to the large-scale roll-out of the hoped-for hydrogen economy: hydrogen embrittlement. This is the process whereby hydrogen causes high-strength materials, not least steel, to become brittle and... 

Sasol reports 34% decline in half-year profit

By: Reuters     26th February 2024 Sasol reported on Monday a decline of 34% in half-year profit, mainly due to weaker oil and petrochemical prices as well as higher costs. Sasol, the world's biggest producer of fuels and chemicals from coal and gas, said its headline earnings per share (HEPS) – the most common profit measure in... 

A Sasol sign at its Secunda plant

BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA  

20th February 2024 Vehicle manufacturer BMW South Africa has brought prototype hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles to South Africa to showcase the future mobility technology to local stakeholders, test its domestic applicability and sample consumer interest. 

BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA
BMW brings prototype hydrogen fleet to SA

IEA to launch security programme for minerals critical to energy sector

By: Reuters     14th February 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is launching a programme to secure the supply of minerals critical to energy security, as demand rises fast while manufacturing remains in the hands of a few key producers, its executive director said on Tuesday. Fatih Birol said the production of electric... 

IEA executive director Fatih Birol
Photo by Bloomberg
IEA executive director Fatih Birol

Bambili close to finishing feasibility study on hydrogen fuel cell power system for Anglo’s head office

By: Darren Parker     13th February 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American has selected hydrogen energy solutions company Bambili Energy to deploy a 2 MW hydrogen fuel cell power system lighthouse project to provide electricity at its headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bambili Energy CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha... 

Anglo American's new head office in Oxford Road

South Africa looks to Japanese collaboration on green hydrogen development 

By: Darren Parker     13th February 2024 The Japan External Trade Organisation (Jetro) this week hosted key South African private and public sector delegates and a high-profile Japanese business delegation at a green hydrogen seminar, in Johannesburg, on February 12. This follows the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) between... 

H2 gas sign
We speak to Jetro Johannesburg executive director Matoba Shintaro about the Japanese/South African collaboration on green hydrogen

Hydrogen demand powers record sales for Thyssenkrupp Nucera

By: Reuters     13th February 2024 Thyssenkrupp Nucera on Tuesday posted record quarterly sales, citing rising demand for its electrolyser technology as the hydrogen firm remained upbeat about the sector's prospects despite regulatory uncertainty. First-quarter revenue for the three months to December 31 rose by more than a third... 

ThyssenKrupp Nucera CEO Werner Ponikwar
ThyssenKrupp Nucera CEO Werner Ponikwar

High-profile Japanese delegation to visit South Africa to explore hydrogen potential

By: Darren Parker     9th February 2024 The Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) in Johannesburg will be hosting a high-profile Japanese business delegation from February 12 to 16. Comprising 27 representatives from various international Japanese private and public organisations, the delegation is eager to explore opportunities in... 

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