With projects such as a lately completed hydrogen manufacturing proof of idea (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s secure to say that South Africa is properly on its approach to producing green hydrogen as a half of its renewable energy posture.
To this finish, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has embarked on an 18-month analysis project: A comprehensive examine of hydrogen power in SA which is in a position to help us in our efforts to assist the Hydrogen Economy, identifying growth areas for abilities and economic growth.
The study, which is already underway, is being carried out in partnership with research teams and is geared toward not solely our personal abilities improvement targets but in addition government and companies of all sizes within the chemical industries.
A complete research of hydrogen energy will concentrate on:
The collection and analysis of documents, baseline knowledge, and a literature evaluate on the state of the Hydrogen Economy in South Africa.
The production of a green hydrogen analysis report that responds to the project’s objectives.
We believe the project’s outcomes and proposals won’t only help government, via the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and chemical sector companies, but additionally assist the country’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP).
Furthermore, In record time working on a Green Hydrogen Skills Plan for our petrochemicals sub-sector. This will allow us to determine the top-10 abilities within the green hydrogen economic system and shut the hydrogen abilities gap by making certain that expertise is domestically produced.
It’s also encouraging to note that one of our member companies, Sasol, is already taking half in a leading function in the green hydrogen economic system 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 ensure a well-coordinated and shared response to abilities planning for the green hydrogen economy.
The feasibility research for the manufacturing of green hydrogen within the Namakwa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is being carried out at Boegoebaai, a port situated in the native municipality of Richtersveld. As our biggest member company and largest skills levy contributor, Sasol hopes to ascertain the port as a global centre for green hydrogen production.
Through projects and initiatives similar to Sasol’s Boegoebaai analysis, a roadmap is being crafted that will stand the chemical trade in good stead and position the nation as a world leader in the production of green hydrogen power.
CHIETA may also be actively pursuing a green hydrogen analysis chair position in collaboration with public institutions to advance excellence and innovation in green hydrogen for the long run development of scarce skills. We will be investing greater than R 5 million into the CHIETA Green Hydrogen Research Chair as part of our growing funding into analysis and development.
As the chemical trade, we have a major position to play in what is undoubtedly the following step in the evolution of renewable vitality, not solely the continent, however throughout the globe.

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