Hydrogen Economy Discussion,The Hydrogen Economy Discussion will take place in on Tuesday 6th September at the Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park (and online). Government, hydrogen project developers, mining companies, investors, hydrogen equipment suppliers, fuel cell and electrolyser manufacturers and independent advisers are due to present the opportunities and challenges of developing a green hydrogen economy in South Africa and beyond.

Chaired by Bernard Swanepoel, this event will be an international affair, reflecting the need for a global effort to make the hydrogen economy a reality.

Highlights of the programme will include:

A keynote address by Siegfried Huegemann, CEO, Hypowa and Co-founder & Vice Chairman, African Hydrogen Partnership, on the potential role of hydrogen in the energy transition and achieving net zero.

Natascha Viljoen, CEO, Anglo American Platinum, will discuss South Africa’s and Anglo American’s plans to take advantage of the hydrogen economy’s potential. This will be followed by a panel discussion including Zanele Mavuso Mbatha, CEO, Bambili Energy, Sietse van der Woude, senior executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa, and Cosmas Chiteme, director: Power, Department of Science and Innovation.

Seten Naidoo, executive, Impala Platinum, Vinay Somera, CEO, Isondo Precious Metals , Tina Andersen, head of Sales & Applications Engineering, Hystar and Dr Jonathan Butler, head of Business Development, Mitsubishi Corporation, will discuss the real potential for PGMs in the hydrogen economy.

Fahmida Smith, principal Market Development, Anglo American Platinum, will give an update on Anglo’s nuGen hydrogen truck since its launch earlier this year.

Catherine Irura, managing director, SOWITEC Kenya, will explain the future of green hydrogen in Kenya and e-methanol production.

Marco Raffinetti, CEO, Hyphen Hydrogen Energy, will discuss how his company is harnessing Namibia’s potential for green hydrogen.

Rilet Davison, principal commercial specialist Green Hydrogen, Sasol, will share more details on the Boegoebaai green hydrogen project.

An address by Dr Sunita Satyapal, director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, US Department of Energy, on the required legal/policy framework for the development and implementation of green hydrogen production will be followed by a panel discussion including Emanuele Bianco, programme officer – Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), James Mnyupe, presidential economic advisor, Government of The Republic of Namibia, Darryn Allan, trade policy officer, Delegation of the European Union to South Africa and Laurens Cloete, senior consultant, RebelGroup Southern Africa.

Steven Hofmann, advisor – Private Sector, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)/H2.SA, Makgola Makololo, business development director for Southern Africa, Alstom, Alan Zhao, director – Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Business, Cummins Africa Middle East, and Ebrahim Takolia, founder & CEO, Green Hydrogen Solutions, will discuss the main applications for green hydrogen and where demand will come from.

A panel of local and international investors, including Elizabeth Oakes Minchew, market researcher, Climate Business, IFC, Rivhatshinyi Mandavha, investment manager, Norfund, Nadège Hopman, deputy head of Regional Representation, Pretoria, European Investment Bank (EIB), and Reginald Demana, divisional executive for Mining, Metals, Energy and Infrastructure, IDC, will discuss the opportunities for funders to invest in the green hydrogen economy.

Prof. Dmitri Bessarabov, director: DST National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen Infrastructure, NWU, Salah Mahdy, global market director for Renewable Hydrogen, Howden, Rajend Govender, CEO, thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa, and Osamu Ikeda, deputy general manager, Hydrogen Business Dept, Chiyoda Corporation, will discuss the production, storage and distribution infrastructure required to enable the hydrogen economy.

For more information go to Hydrogen Economy Discussion – African Mining Online