Article Republished By Javier Troconis
Now this is the kind of news we like to hear on a Friday: Cyril Ramaphosa was present for the unveiling of ‘a world first’ this afternoon, after he got an eyeful of the green revolution in South Africa’s mining industry. The President also confirmed the government’s intentions to create a ‘hydrogen valley’ across the country.
‘Green, mean mining machines’ will revolutionise the industry
During the big reveal of a unique hydrogen-powered mine haul truck, Ramaphosa confirmed that the gas would form the basis of South Africa’s ‘giant leap’ into climate-friendly energy. The ball has certainly started rolling this week.
- The 290-tonne payload truck has been converted from diesel to hydrogen
- The zero-emissions vehicle was designed and constructed by mining giant Anglo American
- It is also powered in part by lithium-ion batteries.
- It comes at a time where the emerging hydrogen economy is valued at $300 billion.
- South Africa holds approximately 80% of the world’s platinum group metals – a vital component of hydrogen.
- Impressively, this is the first energy-efficient truck of its kind, ANYWHERE in the world.
‘Hydrogen valley’ set to create large number of job opportunities – in these provinces
The need for clean energy is serious, and the titans of this industry are making provisions: Last year, SASOL confirmed their intentions to create a ‘hydrogen highway’ between Johannesburg and Durban. Now Anglo American are heeding the call – and this is likely to give a MAJOR jobs boost to at least three provinces.
President Ramaphosa explained that Limpopo, Gauteng, and KwaZulu-Natal would form a so-called ‘hydrogen valley’ in the years to come – where production of the green fuel alternative is set to thrive. Fingers crossed, we say…
“Developing the hydrogen economy is a strategic priority for our country. Not only will it be a valuable driver of economic growth and employment; it will also contribute to our decarbonisation efforts.”
“The proposed hydrogen valley, stretching from Limpopo to Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, will position South Africa as a global centre for green hydrogen production, It will lead to the creation of new industries, and provide many new jobs.”
“The green hydrogen value chain must lead to the creation of new businesses and supply chains. It must result in more opportunities and employment for the South African people, starting right here in Limpopo.”