Before it leaves the station
When it comes to embracing the hydrogen economy, South Africa has taken the f irst steps in the right direction. The national Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) strategy, green-lit by Cabinet in 2007, aims to develop and guide innovation along the value chain of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in SA. The overall vision of the strategy is to bring about wealth, intellectual property & job creation through the initiation of new high-technology industries based on minerals found on South African soil, especially the aptly named platinum group metals (PGMs).
HySA comprises three Centres of Competence – HySA Infrastructure (cocloser to home, produce enough electricity hosted by North-West University and the to keep a small community in light and Council for Scientif ic and Industrialheat. Research), HySA Systems (hosted by the What’s more, in a notion worthy of University of the Western Cape) and greenie nirvana, this technology would HySA Catalysis, co-hosted by the Univerproduce nothing more harmful to the sity of Cape Town and Mintek in Johanenvironment than water vapour. nesburg. No wonder not everyone bought into
But what’s the buzz all about? And the idea of a hydrogen fuel cell, or, more aren’t we already too late? specifically, a polymer electrolyte mem
In this the age of fossil-fuel dependency, brane fuel cell. Just a few short years ago, a car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell may in 2008, a Dutch study pointed out that sound downright fanciful. Just imagine a there are still those who doubt that a fuel technology that employs readily accessible cell would ever – yes, ever – be used in a hydrogen and air can keep such a car going commercial vehicle. for hundreds of kilometres without as Well, the doubting Thomases may soon much as a drop of fossil fuel. Or, thinking be eating their words.