With initiatives similar to a lately accomplished hydrogen production proof of idea (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s secure to say that South Africa is properly on its method to producing green hydrogen as a half of its renewable power posture.
To this end, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has launched into an 18-month research venture: A comprehensive examine of hydrogen energy in SA which is ready to help us in our efforts to support the Hydrogen Economy, identifying progress areas for abilities and financial development.
The study, which is already underway, is being carried out in partnership with analysis groups and is aimed toward not only our personal skills growth targets but in addition authorities and companies of all sizes throughout the chemical industries.
A complete study of hydrogen energy will focus on:
The assortment and analysis of paperwork, baseline information, and a literature evaluate 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 imagine the project’s outcomes and proposals will not solely help authorities, by way of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector companies, but in addition support 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 allow us to identify the top-10 skills in the green hydrogen financial system and close the hydrogen abilities hole by making certain that expertise is regionally produced.
It’s also encouraging to notice that certainly one of our member corporations, Sasol, is already enjoying a leading role within the green hydrogen financial system by way of 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 abilities 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 situated in the local municipality of Richtersveld. As our largest member firm and largest expertise levy contributor, Sasol hopes to determine the port as a world centre for green hydrogen production.
Through Big and initiatives corresponding to Sasol’s Boegoebaai analysis, a roadmap is being crafted that may stand the chemical trade in good stead and place the nation as a worldwide chief within the manufacturing of green hydrogen energy.
CHIETA will also be actively pursuing a green hydrogen analysis chair position in collaboration with public establishments to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the long run growth of scarce expertise. We might be investing more than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as a half of our growing funding into analysis and development.
As the chemical business, we now have a significant position to play in what’s undoubtedly the next step within the evolution of renewable power, not solely the continent, however throughout the globe.

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