With tasks corresponding to a recently accomplished hydrogen production proof of idea (PoC) initiative in Vredendal within the Western Cape, it’s safe to say that South Africa is nicely on its way to producing green hydrogen as part of its renewable power posture.
To this end, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has launched into an 18-month research project: A complete research of hydrogen power in SA which can assist us in our efforts to support the Hydrogen Economy, identifying growth areas for expertise and economic improvement.
The research, which is already underway, is being conducted in partnership with research teams and is geared toward not only our personal expertise development targets but additionally authorities and firms of all sizes inside the chemical industries.
A complete study of hydrogen power will give consideration to:
The assortment and analysis of paperwork, baseline knowledge, 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 goals.
We believe the project’s outcomes and recommendations will not solely help authorities, via the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector companies, but in addition help the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).
Furthermore, we’re engaged on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub-sector. This will allow us to establish the top-10 expertise within the green hydrogen financial system and shut the hydrogen abilities gap by guaranteeing that talent is locally produced.
It’s also encouraging to notice that one of our member firms, Sasol, is already taking half in a quantity one function in the green hydrogen economy through its analysis partnership with the DSI and the Northern Cape Economic Development and Investment Promotion Agency (NCEDA). CHIETA will soon be collaborating with NCEDA to make sure a well-coordinated and shared response to skills planning for the green hydrogen economic system.
How-to examine for the production of green hydrogen in the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being conducted at Boegoebaai, a port situated in the native municipality of Richtersveld. As our largest member company and largest abilities levy contributor, Sasol hopes to determine the port as a world centre for green hydrogen production.
Through tasks and initiatives such as Sasol’s Boegoebaai research, a roadmap is being crafted that may stand the chemical trade in good stead and place the nation as a global leader in the production of green hydrogen vitality.
CHIETA may even be actively pursuing a green hydrogen analysis chair position in collaboration with public institutions to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the future growth of scarce skills. We might be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as part of our increasing investment into research and improvement.
As the chemical industry, we’ve a major position to play in what is undoubtedly the next step in the evolution of renewable energy, not solely the continent, but throughout the globe.

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