With initiatives corresponding to a just lately accomplished hydrogen manufacturing proof of concept (PoC) initiative in Vredendal within the Western Cape, it’s protected to say that South Africa is well on its method to producing green hydrogen as part of its renewable vitality posture.
To this finish, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has launched into an 18-month research project: A complete examine of hydrogen energy in SA which is able to help us in our efforts to assist the Hydrogen Economy, figuring out development areas for abilities and economic development.
The research, which is already underway, is being performed in partnership with research groups and is aimed at not solely our personal expertise development targets but also government and companies of all sizes inside the chemical industries.
A complete research of hydrogen energy will concentrate on:
The collection and analysis of paperwork, baseline data, and a literature review on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa.
The production of a green hydrogen research report that responds to the project’s aims.
We believe the project’s outcomes and recommendations won’t solely assist authorities, by way of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector firms, 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 identify the top-10 abilities within the green hydrogen financial system and shut the hydrogen skills hole by making certain that expertise is regionally produced.
It’s additionally encouraging to notice that certainly one of our member firms, Sasol, is already playing a leading role in the green hydrogen economic system via its research partnership with the DSI and the Northern Cape Economic Development and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA). CHIETA will quickly be collaborating with NCEDA to ensure a well-coordinated and shared response to skills planning for the green hydrogen economy.
The feasibility research for the production of green hydrogen within the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being conducted at Boegoebaai, a port located in the local municipality of Richtersveld. As our largest member company and largest expertise levy contributor, Sasol hopes to determine the port as a world centre for green hydrogen production.
Through tasks and initiatives similar to Sasol’s Boegoebaai research, a roadmap is being crafted that may stand the chemical business in good stead and position the country as a global leader within the manufacturing of green hydrogen vitality.
CHIETA may even be actively pursuing a green hydrogen research chair place in collaboration with public establishments to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the longer term development of scarce abilities. Minutes shall be investing more than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as a half of our rising investment into analysis and growth.
As the chemical industry, we now have a significant position to play in what is undoubtedly the subsequent step within the evolution of renewable energy, not only the continent, however throughout the globe.

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