With projects corresponding to a just lately completed hydrogen manufacturing proof of idea (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s protected to say that South Africa is nicely on its way to producing green hydrogen as a part of its renewable energy posture.
To this end, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has launched into an 18-month analysis project: A complete examine of hydrogen power in SA which will assist us in our efforts to help the Hydrogen Economy, figuring out growth areas for skills and economic improvement.
The examine, which is already underway, is being carried out in partnership with analysis groups and is aimed at not only our own abilities growth targets but in addition authorities and firms of all sizes throughout the chemical industries.
A complete study of hydrogen power will give consideration to:
The collection and evaluation of paperwork, baseline knowledge, 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 objectives.
We imagine the project’s outcomes and recommendations won’t solely assist government, via 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’re engaged on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub-sector. Straightforward will enable us to determine the top-10 skills within the green hydrogen economy and shut the hydrogen skills gap by making certain that expertise is domestically produced.
It’s also encouraging to notice that certainly one of our member corporations, Sasol, is already taking half in a leading position within the green hydrogen economy through its analysis partnership with the DSI and the Northern Cape Economic Development and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA). CHIETA will quickly be collaborating with NCEDA to make sure a well-coordinated and shared response to skills planning for the green hydrogen financial system.
The feasibility study for the manufacturing of green hydrogen in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being conducted at Boegoebaai, a port located within the local municipality of Richtersveld. As our largest member company and largest abilities 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 position the nation as a worldwide chief within the manufacturing of green hydrogen power.
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 longer term improvement of scarce abilities. We shall be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as part of our rising investment into research and growth.
As the chemical trade, we have a significant function to play in what’s undoubtedly the subsequent step within the evolution of renewable power, not only the continent, however throughout the globe.