European Hydrogen Association Visits South Africa, Discusses Technology Cooperation
10 May 2012
Last week, the European Hydrogen Association (EHA) spoke at a stakeholder round-table meeting in Cape Town, South Africa hosted by the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST). The theme of the meeting was: “From a Resource-Based Economy to a Knowledge-Based Economy in a Developing Country: the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Case”. The DST hosted the event in collaboration with the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), of which South Africa is a member.
The EHA also visited the Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Competence Centre at the University of the Western Cape. The centre is one of three that were established by the DST’s National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Flagship Project. The aim is to create local employment and wealth through new high technology industry based on South African resources. The country has over three-quarters of the world’s reserves of platinum, an important catalyst in a number of fuel cell types.
The EHA is supporting the deployment of clean energy technologies in emerging economies. It is advocating the integration of activities under the EU Strategic Energy Plan (including the activities of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, FCH-JU), with the work taking place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), specifically the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network.
The EHA is co-organising a session on this topic at the World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Toronto 6 June 6 2012, to further discuss how relevant information on the deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies could be used in the UNFCCC Technology Network.