Opportunities and challenges of developing a green hydrogen economy in South Africa and beyond will be discussed at the 4th edition of the Hydrogen Economy Discussion on Thursday, 11 April 2024 at the Country Club Johannesburg and online. Key stakeholders – government, hydrogen project developers, mining companies, investors, hydrogen equipment suppliers, fuel cell and electrolyser manufacturers, and independent advisers will be driving the discussion, chaired by Bernard Swanepoel.

This one-day conference promises to feature:

  • A ministerial keynote by the Hon. Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity & Chair of the Africa Green Hydrogen Alliance (AGHA). Ramokgopa will be giving an address on the potential of green hydrogen to support South Africa’s energy security and transform its future energy mix.
  • A keynote address on the potential role of hydrogen in a decarbonised world by Daniel Eisenhuth, partner EY Sustainability, Strategy and Transactions, Valuation, Modeling & Economics, Ernst & Young GmbH.
  • A discussion on “The reality of green hydrogen in South Africa: what, where, how and when?”, chaired by Mahandra Rooplall, Industry Development planner, IDC, with Dr Rebecca Maserumule, chief director: Hydrogen & Energy, Department of Science & Innovation; Sietse van der Woude, senior executive: Modernisation and Safety, Minerals Council South Africa; Zanele Mavuso Mbatha, CEO, Bambili Energy; and Reitumetse Molotsoane, head of Environment, National Business Initiative (NBI).
  • José Miguel Bermúdez Menéndez, Energy Technology analyst – Hydrogen and Alternative Fuels, International Energy Agency, who will give his perspective on the global outlook for the supply and demand of green hydrogen.
  • A panel of project developers: Dr Andries van der Linde, head Renewable Energy, SSC Group; Jonathan Metcalfe, Business Case Development manager, Enertrag; John Nutt, technical director, Hive Energy Africa and Dexter King, commercial lead: Southern & East Africa, HDF Energy, who will discuss the status of green hydrogen projects in South Africa.
  • A conversation on the local, regional, continental and international collaboration initiatives on green hydrogen, with Peter van Binsbergen, CEO, BMW; Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz, deputy ambassador, Delegation of the European Union to South Africa; Joyce Kabui, Africa manager, Green Hydrogen Organisation – GH2 and Hendrik Louw, CEO, Northern Cape Economic Development, Trade and Investment. Promotion Agency (NCEDA), chaired by Henrik Hartmann, head of Secretariat, South African – German Energy Partnership.
  • A discussion on overcoming challenges of developing a robust infrastructure for hydrogen production, transportation and storage, chaired by Tumi Kgomo, CEO, EPCM Global Engineering, with Amanda Makgoga, sector specialist: Renewable Energy, Transnet National Ports Authority; Neil Woolcock, Business Development & Commercial Director, Air Liquide and Simon Little, director of Clean Energy Sales MEA and India, Chart Industries.
  • A panel of investors, chaired by Mike Peo, head: Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications, Nedbank with David Sekgororwana, managing director, African Hydrogen Ventures; Rivhatshinyi Mandavha, investment professional, Norfund; Christoph Michel, senior advisor Financing, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Nadège Hopman, deputy head of Regional Representation, Pretoria, European Investment Bank, who will discuss investment opportunities in green hydrogen.
  • A conversation on whether green hydrogen is a new demand driver for PGMs, chaired by Fahmida Smith, principal Market Development, Anglo American Platinum and vice chair African Hydrogen Partnership with Vinay Somera, CEO, Isondo Precious Metals; James Brice, partner, Strategy & Transactions, EY South Africa; Margery Ryan, PGM Advocacy manager, Johnson Matthey and Dr Philipp Walter, executive vice president, Business Line Hydrogen Systems, Heraeus Precious Metals.

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Source: Supplied by Resources 4 Africa