With projects such as 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 nicely on its way to producing green hydrogen as a half of its renewable energy posture.
To this finish, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has launched into an 18-month research venture: A complete research of hydrogen energy in SA which can help us in our efforts to assist the Hydrogen Economy, identifying development areas for abilities and economic development.
The study, which is already underway, is being performed in partnership with analysis groups and is geared toward not only our personal skills growth targets but also government and companies of all sizes within the chemical industries.
A complete research of hydrogen power will concentrate on:
The assortment and evaluation of paperwork, baseline information, and a literature evaluation on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa.
The production of a green hydrogen analysis report that responds to the project’s aims.
We believe the project’s outcomes and recommendations is not going to only help authorities, by way of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector corporations, but also support the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).
Furthermore, we’re working on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub-sector. This will allow us to establish the top-10 expertise in the green hydrogen economy and close the hydrogen abilities hole by making certain that expertise is locally produced.
It’s additionally encouraging to notice that one of our member firms, Sasol, is already playing a leading role within the green hydrogen economic system through 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 make sure a well-coordinated and shared response to expertise planning for the green hydrogen economic system.
The feasibility examine for the manufacturing of green hydrogen within the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being performed at Boegoebaai, a port situated within the local municipality of Richtersveld. As our largest member firm and largest expertise levy contributor, Sasol hopes to ascertain the port as a worldwide centre for green hydrogen production.
Through Simple as ABC and initiatives similar to Sasol’s Boegoebaai research, a roadmap is being crafted that can stand the chemical trade in good stead and place the country as a world chief within the production of green hydrogen power.
CHIETA may 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 improvement of scarce expertise. We will be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as a half of our increasing funding into research and growth.
As the chemical industry, we’ve a big role to play in what’s undoubtedly the next step within the evolution of renewable power, not only the continent, however across the globe.

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