Hy­dro­gen fuel cells for schools

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COFIMV­ABA – Three schools, Arthur Mfebe Se­nior Sec­ondary, St Marks Ju­nior Sec­ondary and Mvuzo Ju­nior Sec­ondary, are set to ben­e­fit from hy­dro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­ogy which is be­ing used suc­cess­fully to pro­vide standby power to some schools in the Eastern Cape.

The power gen­er­ated by fuel cells is used to sup­port ba­sic energy re­quire­ments, such as charg­ing sta­tions for tablets, fax ma­chines and com­put­ers.

The tech­nol­ogy is part of a pi­lot pro­ject led by the Depart­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy (DST) which has part­nered with the pri­vate sec­tor.

An­glo Amer­i­can Plat­inum spon­sored three plat­inum-based fuel cell sys­tems, in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion and on­go­ing main­te­nance and oper­a­tions. Air Prod­ucts is sup­ply­ing the hy­dro­gen fuel and Clean Energy In­vest­ments (a South African com­pany co-owned by the DST and An­glo Amer­i­can Plat­inum) com­mis­sioned the fuel cells to bring standby power to the schools.

At the launch, Min­is­ter of Science and Tech­nol­ogy Naledi Pan­dor, said the Cofimv­aba ini­tia­tive demon­strated that col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the public and pri­vate sec­tors was es­sen­tial to im­prove liv­ing con­di­tions in so­ci­ety.


“The knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence gained from the Cofimv­aba pro­ject and oth­ers through­out the coun­try will not only pro­mote aware­ness of the tech­nol­ogy, but will as­sist in cre­at­ing a mar­ket for tech­nolo­gies that

- Julie Miller had a mirac­u­lous es­cape from a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent when on her way to East Lon­don last week and only had a few bruises to show for it. She stopped in the yel­low line area to an­swer her cell phone when her ve­hi­cle was hit by a big ar­tic­u­lated lorry trav­el­ling in the same di­rec­tion be­fore it over­turned, pin­ning the driver in the cab. Re­gret­tably the driver of the ve­hi­cle had to be cut from the ve­hi­cle be­fore be­ing air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in East Lon­don where it is be­lieved his legs were am­pu­tated.


are be­ing de­vel­oped through the Hy­dro­gen South Africa (HySA) Pro­gramme.”

HySA fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ment of high-value hy­dro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts that pro­mote the ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion

and Mar­garet Evens will be leav­ing Cath­cart shortly to re­tire to their house at St Fran­cis Bay af­ter spend­ing most of their lives liv­ing on farms in the dis­trict be­fore re­tir­ing to Cal­lie Evens Lodge.

As a way of say­ing good­bye to the com­mu­nity, Mar­garet or­gan­ised a mu­si­cal farewell at the Lodge on Wed­nes­day night for many friends and res­i­dents and a great evening was en­joyed by ev­ery­one. The evening started with Mar­garet play­ing the very first piece of mu­sic she had played as a 10-year-old in of the plat­inum group met­als and has three cen­tres of com­pe­tence fo­cus­ing on catal­y­sis, in­fra­struc­ture and sys­tems in­te­gra­tion.

An­glo Plat­inum, to­gether with the Young Engi­neers and the Cath­cart town hall some 70 years ago and the clas­si­cal pieces of mu­sic were in­ter­spersed with light mu­sic favourites which in­cluded Roger Nash and Martin Richard­son on

, each singing a solo. The com­mu­nity will be sad to see the Evenses leav­ing, es­pe­cially as their ties with Cal­lie Evens Lodge, named af­ter Chap­pie’s dad, are of great sen­ti­ment to the fam­ily.


that the blood clinic takes place to­day at the Round Ta­ble club house from11am.


Sci­en­tists of Africa (YESA) group and the South African Agency for Science and Tech­nol­ogy Ad­vance­ment (SAASTA), have de­vel­oped an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gramme that has been rolled out to schools in the area, teach­ing learn­ers about the science of fuel cells. To date, 3 500 pupils from grade R to grade 12 at 26 schools in the re­gion have ben­e­fited.

Ex­ec­u­tive head of mar­ket­ing of An­glo Amer­i­can Plat­inum An­drew Hinkly said, “This col­lab­o­ra­tion pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate not only the tech­ni­cal abil­ity of plat­inum-based fuel cells to power ru­ral schools, but also con­trib­utes to the im­prove­ment of the qual­ity of teach­ing and learn­ing in a ru­ral con­text.”

Clean Energy in­vest­ments CEO Gavin Coet­zer said power sta­bil­ity in schools was es­sen­tial.

“Fuel cell standby power so­lu­tions are ef­fi­cient, re­li­able, safe and, most im­por­tantly, quiet, en­sur­ing a non-in­tru­sive standby and – po­ten­tially – pri­mary power so­lu­tion.”

The DST, through the TECH4RED (Tech­nol­ogy for Ru­ral Ed­u­ca­tion De­vel­op­ment) pro­ject will, dur­ing this year, in­stall two so­lar sys­tems and a bio­gas sys­tem, and pro­vide por­ta­ble recharge­able bat­ter­ies to learn­ers with no elec­tric­ity in their homes in the area.


the mur­der trial for the mur­der of Barry Armstrong starts in Cath­cart. Our thoughts are with the fam­ily at this stress­ful time.

in­di­vid­ual Sta­ble­ford golf com­pe­ti­tion last week was won by Mike Gal­loway on 38 points from Ch­eryl Gal­loway on 36 and Robert Hart on 34. Both Bar­rie War­dle and Ch­eryl had 2 clubs.

The African Rand Amer­i­can scram­ble bet­ter­ball event takes place next Thurs­day, June 25, and en­tries may be given to Mark War­dle.

Pic­ture: LULAMILE FENI @ Daily Dis­patch

NEW: At the of­fi­cial launch of the hy­dro­gen fuel cell tech­nol­ogy at Mvuzo Ju­nior Sec­ondary, were from left, An­glo Amer­i­can head of mar­ket­ing and sales for pre­cious met­als An­drew Hinkly, Science and Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Naledi Pan­dor and Air prod­ucts...

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