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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.

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