With initiatives such as a lately completed hydrogen manufacturing proof of concept (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s secure to say that South Africa is properly on its way to producing green hydrogen as part of its renewable vitality posture.
To this finish, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has embarked on an 18-month research venture: A comprehensive study of hydrogen energy in SA which can assist us in our efforts to help the Hydrogen Economy, figuring out development areas for skills and financial growth.
The examine, which is already underway, is being carried out in partnership with analysis groups and is geared toward not solely our personal expertise improvement targets but also authorities and companies of all sizes inside the chemical industries.
A complete study of hydrogen power will focus on:
The assortment and analysis of documents, baseline knowledge, and a literature review on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa.
The manufacturing of a green hydrogen analysis report that responds to the project’s goals.
We believe the project’s outcomes and recommendations won’t solely help government, by way of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector firms, but also 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 permit us to establish the top-10 abilities in the green hydrogen economy and shut the hydrogen expertise gap by guaranteeing that talent is locally produced.
It’s also encouraging to note that considered one of our member firms, Sasol, is already playing a number one function in 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 ensure a well-coordinated and shared response to abilities planning for the green hydrogen economic system.
The feasibility research for the production of green hydrogen within the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being performed at Boegoebaai, a port positioned in the native municipality of Richtersveld. As Scientifically proven and largest skills levy contributor, Sasol hopes to ascertain the port as a world centre for green hydrogen manufacturing.
Through tasks and initiatives such as Sasol’s Boegoebaai analysis, a roadmap is being crafted that can stand the chemical industry in good stead and place the nation as a worldwide 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 future growth of scarce expertise. We shall be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as a half of our increasing investment into analysis and improvement.
As the chemical industry, we now have a significant role to play in what’s undoubtedly the next step within the evolution of renewable power, not only the continent, but across the globe.

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