Amplats to help improve hydrogen fuel cells with $4 million investment

Amplats will be investing in fuel cell technology to make these energy systems less expensive Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), one of the largest platinum miners in the world, has announced that it will be investing $4 million to help reduce the overall cost of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which generate electrical power through the consumption of hydrogen. While these energy systems are considered efficient and a valuable solution for vehicles, they are quite expensive. This is because they make use of a significant…

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Hydrogen fuel cells may be a boon for the platinum industry

Fuel cells continue to grow in popularity, which may increase the demand for platinum The growth of the fuel cell industry may also lead to the rise in demand for platinum. For Vodacom, a mobile communications company based in Africa, some 300 fuel cells are being used to power telecommunication sites where access to conventional power in unreliable. These fuel cells are expensive, as the catalysts that they use are primarily comprised of platinum, but they have proven that they are very proficient at generating electrical power. As such, more…

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Anglo American Platinum looks to support hydrogen fuel cell manufacture

Company plans to invest in the development of a fuel cell industry Anglo American Platinum, one of the world’s leading producers of platinum, has announced that it will be helping investors establish manufacturing initiatives in South Africa. These initiatives will involve the production of hydrogen fuel cells and will serve as another important set in establishing a domestic fuel cell industry in South Africa. As home to the world’s largest supplies of platinum, South Africa could see great benefit from promoting a native fuel cell industry, as hydrogen fuel cells…

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Fuel cell project aims to bring energy to small communities

Companies work together to provide reliable energy to rural communities Two companies in South Africa are working together to put fuel cells to work as part of a micro-grid. A micro-grid is a small energy infrastructure that typically exists to provide electricity to rural communities with fewer than 200 households. Anglo American Platinum and Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, are developing a new product. The new product would make use methanol rather than hydrogen fuel. Methanol fuel cells will be used for the new project…

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Hydrogen fuel cells to clash with batteries in transportation sector

Fuel cell vehicles may will have to compete in the coming years Fuel cell vehicles and electric vehicles may be clashing in the near future. Anglo American Platinum, the world’s largest producer of platinum, suggests that automakers making fuel cell vehicles will have to improve their efforts if they want to compete with electric vehicles. While fuel cell vehicles operate using electricity, making them electric vehicles, they are often considered to be different because of their use of hydrogen fuel cells rather than battery systems. Automakers are growing more invested…

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IMPALA Platinum to build new power plant using hydrogen fuel cells

Company announces plans to develop its own power plant to meet its energy needs IMPALA Platinum has announced that it will be building a new power plan that will use fuel cells to produce energy. This energy will be used at the company’s refinery located in South Africa, which is home to one of the world’s largest supplies of platinum. The company is one of the largest metal producers in the world, but demand for the metal it produces has begun to fall, as well as the price of this…

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Project aims to bring fuel cells to South African village

New partnership will examine the energy needs of rural communities in South Africa Anglo American Platinum has partnered with Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Eskom, a public utility in South Africa. Through this partnership, the companies will work to power a small South African village using nothing but fuel cells. These energy systems typically produce electrical power through the consumption of hydrogen. The fuel cells that will be used for the new project will make use of methane gas rather than hydrogen. Naledi Trust to…

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New partnership forms in South Africa based on hydrogen fuel

Organizations seeks to improve hydrogen fuel infrastructure South Africa’s North-West University has announced a new partnership with Anglo American Platinum, one of the largest platinum producers in the world. Through this partnership, the two organizations will work to further develop South Africa’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure. This will be accomplished through a focus on the development of new electrochemical hydrogen separation technologies, which are needed in order to ensure that the country’s infrastructure takes for as an efficient network. New project will require a significant amount of platinum Anglo American Platinum…

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Hydrogen fuel cells gain traction in South Africa

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - South Africa and Ballard

Ballard aims to bring more hydrogen fuel cells to South Africa Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, recently announced that it would increase its support of fuel cell research and development in South Africa. The country is home to the majority of the world’s platinum supply and the demand for hydrogen fuel cells has been growing steadily there for some time. Ballard has high hopes for the fuel cell and catalyst industries that are emerging in South Africa and has plans to take advantage of the…

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Hydrogen fuel receives more support in South Africa

South Africa - fuel cells

South Africa sees more activity in its emerging hydrogen fuel cell industry Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced the continuation of its commitment to invest in field trials of fuel cells energy systems. Many of these investments are made in South Africa, where hydrogen fuel has established a strong foothold. The South African government has also announced its support for the growth of the country’s burgeoning fuel cell industry, suggesting that these energy systems could be a powerful economic tool for the country while…

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