HyPlat aims to help South Africa’s growing hydrogen fuel cell industry expand

New company will produce inexpensive components for fuel cells South Africa is moving closer to establishing its own fuel cell industry. A new company has emerged in the country, called HyPlat, that aims to make fuel cell development less expensive in order to help the budding industry find a foothold. The company will be based in the University of Cape Town and, according to the university, has the ability to manufacture high quality fuel cell components. These components are less expensive than what else is on offer, which may help…

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Fuji Electric acquires German hydrogen fuel cell developer

Fuji Electric becomes majority shareholder in N2telligence, a German fuel cell developer Fuji Electric has announced that its European subsidiary, Fuji Electric Europe, has acquired the majority of shares in a German fuel cell company called N2telligence. The company specializes in developing hydrogen fuel cells, which are becoming quite popular in a variety of business sectors. The acquisition is tied to Fuji Electric’s endeavor to expand its business into the renewable energy sector. The company has begun to focus somewhat heavily on geothermal energy, hydropower, fuel cells and photovoltaics. Company…

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South Africa shows strong support for solar energy

Solar power is gaining momentum in South Africa Solar energy is beginning to gain ground in South Africa. In the past, solar panels had been quite rare in the country, with only the rich being able to afford these energy systems for their homes. With the cost of photovoltaic technology falling, however, the availability of solar energy is expanding rapidly. In 2010, the South African government launched the Integrated Resource Plan, which aims to bolster the country’s energy generation infrastructure. Solar energy has come to play a significant role in…

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Government support for hydrogen fuel grows in South Africa

Demand for stationary fuel cells is growing, which may be good news for the platinum mining industry The growth in demand for stationary fuel cells could revitalize South Africa’s platinum market. The country is home to the world’s primary supply of platinum, but the demand for this material has declined, along with its price, over the past few years. This is because platinum is being replaced by less expensive materials in a variety of sectors, but platinum is still very important to the fuel cell industry as a whole. South…

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Air Products works to bring hydrogen fuel cells to South African health care facility

Air Products partners with other groups to bring hydrogen fuel cells to Johannesburg Air Products, a leading provider of chemical gases, has announced its partnership with the South Africa Department of Science and Technology (DST), the City of Johannesburg, and Clean Energy Investments. Together, these organizations have launched a new pilot project that will bring hydrogen fuel cells to a health care facility in Johannesburg. The facility will use these fuel cells in order to have access to back up power during periods of “load shedding” when access to energy…

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South Africa and Japan team to advance hydrogen fuel cell technology

Countries will be working together to make fuel cells more capable South Africa and Japan will be working together in order to advance the development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology believes that fuel cells could be a major boon for the country. South Africa has been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels and establish a domestic fuel cell industry and Japan may be able to help with this endeavor, as the country is a leader when it comes to hydrogen fuel cell technology.…

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South Africa looks to deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology in rural areas

DST works to bring fuel cell technology to the agricultural sector, schools, and clinics South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) has begun working with other government agencies in order to deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology in the agricultural sector as well as schools and clinics. Phil Mjwara, director general of the DST, believes that hydrogen fuel cells show great promise in terms of providing sustainable energy. South Africa has been working to establish a domestic fuel cell industry for some time and the government has begun showing aggressive…

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Vodafone shows faith in hydrogen fuel cells

Telecommunications company believes that fuel cells have some promise Vodafone, a British multinational telecommunications company, has hopes that hydrogen fuel cells will help power its expanding mobile data network while also making it more environmentally friendly. Vodafone currently has some 122 million mobile data users in developing economies and the traffic from these consumers has doubled over the past year. In order to continue meeting the needs of its customers, Vodafone has been working to expand its network infrastructure and fuel cells are beginning to play a significant role in…

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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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Renewable energy efforts increase in South Africa

The country intends to build an extra 6,000 MW of energy from renewables. South Africa is seeking to sufficiently boost its alternative energy efforts by adding an additional 6,300 MW (megawatts) of renewable energy to its 5,200 MW of power already under development, an announcement that was made late last week by the country’s energy department. South Africa will more than double its renewable build program. According to a report from Mail & Guardian, the energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersoon, released the list of 13 independent energy producers that were successful…

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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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New solar energy projects come to South Africa

Enel Green Power will be building new solar energy systems in South Africa Enel Green Power, a renewable energy company, has begun the construction of three new solar energy projects in South Africa. The country is becoming more interested in clean energy for economic and environmental purposes, and the three new projects will help South Africa make progress towards its sustainability goals. The three projects will produce a combined capacity of 231 megawatts and will represent a significant portion of South Africa’s renewable energy infrastructure. Country aims to bring 313.5…

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Global utility-scale solar energy capacity reaches 30 GW

Global solar power capacity reaches a new record, according to Wiki-Solar information Wiki-Solar, a solar energy information group, has released data concerning the global capacity of utility-scale solar installations. According to Wiki-Solar, global utility-scale solar capacity has reached 30 gigawatts, with 8.8 gigawatts of capacity coming online earlier this year. This represents the fifth consecutive year in which global solar capacity has increased and there are no signs that this growth is slowing down in the foreseeable future. Small countries are helping drive growth in capacity Several countries have contributed…

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South Africa’s largest thin-film solar energy project is taking form

New solar power projects are taking form through the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer program Several projects that have been approved through South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer program have begun to take form in the country. The program is meant to facilitate the development of various types of clean energy projects, helping improve the country’s energy infrastructure and energy security. One of the projects that is taking form through the project comes from Moncada Energy Group and this project is called Solar Capital De Aar 3. Project will…

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