With projects such as a lately completed hydrogen manufacturing proof of idea (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s safe to say that South Africa is properly on its method to producing green hydrogen as part of its renewable power posture.
To this finish, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has embarked on an 18-month analysis project: A comprehensive examine of hydrogen energy in SA which can assist us in our efforts to help the Hydrogen Economy, figuring out growth areas for abilities and financial growth.
The research, which is already underway, is being conducted in partnership with research groups and is geared toward not solely our personal expertise improvement targets but in addition government and corporations of all sizes within the chemical industries.
A complete examine of hydrogen energy will give consideration to:
The collection and analysis of documents, baseline knowledge, and a literature review on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa.
The manufacturing of a green hydrogen research report that responds to the project’s goals.
We consider the project’s outcomes and proposals will not only help authorities, via the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector companies, but in addition help the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).
Furthermore, we are working on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub-sector. This will permit us to establish the top-10 expertise in the green hydrogen financial system and close the hydrogen expertise hole by ensuring that expertise is regionally produced.
It’s additionally encouraging to notice that certainly one of our member firms, Sasol, is already taking part in a quantity one role in the green hydrogen economic system by way of its analysis partnership with the DSI and the Northern Cape Economic Development and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA). Complete will soon be collaborating with NCEDA to make sure a well-coordinated and shared response to skills planning for the green hydrogen financial system.
The feasibility research for the manufacturing of green hydrogen in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being conducted at Boegoebaai, a port positioned within the local municipality of Richtersveld. As our biggest member firm and largest expertise levy contributor, Sasol hopes to establish the port as a world centre for green hydrogen production.
Through initiatives and initiatives similar to Sasol’s Boegoebaai research, a roadmap is being crafted that can stand the chemical business in good stead and place the country as a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of green hydrogen energy.
CHIETA may even be actively pursuing a green hydrogen analysis chair place in collaboration with public institutions to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the future improvement of scarce abilities. We will be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as a part of our increasing investment into analysis and growth.
As the chemical business, we’ve a big role to play in what is undoubtedly the subsequent step within the evolution of renewable vitality, not solely the continent, but throughout the globe.

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