The South African Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is collaborating with power sector firms, together with ENGIE, to finish a feasibility examine for the institution of a hydrogen valley anchored within the metals-rich Bushveld geological space.
Spearheaded by the DSI, the collaboration settlement additionally contains mining firm Anglo American, the South African National Development Institute (SANEDI), and clear power options supplier Bambili Energy.
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The proposed hydrogen valley will stretch roughly 835km from Anglo American’s Mogalakwena platinum group metals (PGMs) mine close to Mokopane in Limpopo province within the north of South Africa, alongside the commercial and industrial hall to Johannesburg and to the south coast at Durban.
This collaboration follows the launch in 2020 of the South African Hydrogen Society Roadmap, geared toward integrating hydrogen into the financial system by capitalising on the nation’s PGMs sources and renewable power potential to revitalise and decarbonise key industrial sectors.
The examine can be carried out by ENGIE Impact and can determine tangible alternatives to construct hydrogen hubs and discover the potential for inexperienced hydrogen manufacturing and provide at scale.
Dr Phil Mjwara, DSI Director-General, mentioned: “The Department’s hydrogen valley partnership with Anglo American, Bambili Energy and ENGIE is an instance of leveraging investments made within the Hydrogen South Africa Programme to create mechanisms for the uptake of publicly financed mental property.
“The hydrogen valley is among the many tasks that can be applied in partnership with the personal sector to assist the Platinum Valley Initiative, which is geared toward supporting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) to benefit from alternatives within the inexperienced financial system in assist of a simply transition.”
Natascha Viljoen, CEO of Anglo American’s PGMs enterprise, commented: “The transition to a low carbon world is a chance to drive the event of cleaner applied sciences, create new industries and employment, and enhance individuals’s lives.
“Anglo American was an early supporter of the worldwide potential for a hydrogen financial system, recognising its position in enabling the shift to greener power and cleaner transport.
“Our built-in method contains investing in new applied sciences, supporting entrepreneurial tasks and advocating for coverage frameworks that allow a supportive long-term funding surroundings for hydrogen to ship that potential.”
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The regional PGMs business can be central to such a hydrogen valley, with PGMs enjoying an essential position each in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) electrolysis used to provide hydrogen at scale and in gasoline cells themselves.
Anglo American is already investing in renewable hydrogen manufacturing know-how at its Mogalakwena PGMs mine and within the improvement of hydrogen-powered fuel-cell mine haul vans – the world’s largest to run on hydrogen.
The public-private partnership is aligned to the Government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plans for South Africa, with science, know-how and innovation enjoying a key position in supporting the nation’s plans to revitalise its financial system.
Sebastien Arbola, the chief vice chairman in control of thermal era and power provide actions at ENGIE, mentioned: “ENGIE is delighted to be a part of the hydrogen valley examine. We are eager to share our data and experience encompassing your complete hydrogen worth chain to speed up hydrogen options’ deployment in South Africa and past.
“We have already got an illustration undertaking below approach to provide the hydrogen for the world’s first hydrogen mining truck being developed by Anglo American on the Mogalakwena PGMs mine.
“We imagine that renewable hydrogen is essential to decarbonising hard-to-abate industries and can play a elementary position within the world financial system of…