Event Details


Date:
 8 September 2021

Time: 09h00 

Venue: Online


Price: R3 950 excl. VAT

Speakers include:

Prof. Dmitri

Prof. Dmitri Bessarabov,

Director, HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence


Emanuele

Emanuele Bianco,

Programme Officer – Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)


Dr Cosmas

Dr Cosmas Chiteme,

Director: Power, Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)


Kevin

Kevin Eggers,

Partner, AP Ventures


Fleetwood

Fleetwood Grobler,

CEO, Sasol


James

James Mackay,

Energy Transition Strategy Lead, PwC South Africa


Peter

Peter Mackey,

VP Strategy & Policy Support, Air Liquide Hydrogen Energy


Salah

Salah Mahdy,

Global Market Director for Environmental Hydrogen, Howden


Stefano

Stefano Marani,

MD & CEO, Renergen


Maidei

Maidei Matika,

Chief Investment Facilitator, Gauteng IDZ


Sifiso

Sifiso Sibiya,

Group Executive: Refining and Marketing, Impala Platinum


Fahmida

Fahmida Smith,

Principal Market Development, Anglo American


Julian

Julian Soles,

Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability, Anglo American


Vinay

Vinay Somera,

CEO, Isondo Precious Metals


Wilma

Wilma Swarts,

Director of PGMs, Metals Focus


Dr Pierre

Dr Pierre Voges,

CEO, Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Company


Hydrogen Economy Discussion



 

 

Hydrogen Economy Discussion

 

Implications and opportunities for South Africa
and the mining industry


Is the Hydrogen Economy real or is it hype?

 What are the competing scenarios and technologies?

 What are the implications and opportunities for South Africa

 and the mining industry?

 

Wednesday 8th September, online

 

Resources for Africa is pleased to announce an online discussion taking place on the Hydrogen Economy on 8th September.

Amidst much debate around the role of green hydrogen as a key energy vector in a decarbonised world, in South Africa the discussion has centred around what the opportunities for the country might be to become a leading player given its unique position as the world’s largest producer of PGMs and its subsequent huge potential for renewable energy production. 

 

However, a number of key questions remain to be answered: Can improvements in the efficiencies and costs of hydrogen production and distribution be realized to enable South Africa to become a key player? How will renewable energy, and hydrogen, scale to the level needed to meet anticipated demand? What specific policy measures and regulations are required?

 

This is just the start of a conversation that will take place on the Hydrogen Economy on 8th September. Brought to you by Resources for Africa, the organisers of the Joburg Indaba, this highly focused online discussion will bring together all the key players, including mining companies, OEMs, investors, industry associations, hydrogen equipment suppliers, infrastructure providers and independent advisers, to debate the implications and opportunities of the hydrogen economy for South Africa and the mining industry.



Key topics that will be discussed include:

  • What is the role of hydrogen in a decarbonised world?
  • Can South Africa position itself as a leading player in the global hydrogen economy?
  • How can the South African Government contribute to promoting the development of the local hydrogen industry?
  • What regulation and policy initiatives are needed to kick start the hydrogen economy in South Africa?
  • What is the role of mining in the hydrogen economy?
  • What international and local funding is currently available for green hydrogen projects in South Africa?
  • Who is developing green hydrogen projects in South Africa and for which applications?
  • And much, much more…


Confirmed speakers so far include:

Fleetwood Grobler, CEO, Sasol

Emanuele Bianco, Programme Officer – Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Cosmas Chiteme, Director: Power, Department of Science and Innovation

Prof. Dmitri Bessarabov, Director: DST National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen Infrastructure, Northwest University

Sifiso Sibiya, Group Executive: Refining and Marketing, Impala Platinum

Vinay Somera, CEO, Isondo Precious Metals

Dr Pierre Voges, CEO, Atlantis Special Economic Zone for Green Technologies

Stefano Marani, MD & CEO, Renergen

Salah Mahdy, Global Market Director for Environmental Hydrogen, Howden

Kevin Eggers, Partner, AP Ventures

James Mackay, Energy Transition Strategy Lead, PwC South Africa 

Wilma Swarts, Director of PGMs, Metals Focus

Peter Mackey, VP Strategy & Policy Support, Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide

Maidei Matika, Chief Investment Facilitator, Gauteng IDZ


The full programme and speaker line-up will be announced shortly. In the meantime, guarantee your place by registering.

Our excellent virtual conference platform will also offer significant branding opportunities for our speakers, partners and sponsors. For more information on sponsorship packages available, please email Stuart Alderson-Smith: sponsorship@resources4africa.com

 



Bernard Swanepoel 3x2
Chair: Bernard Swanepoel

 

 

Programme at a Glance:



09h00       

Welcome and introduction

     Bernard Swanepoel

09h15

Opening address: The role of hydrogen in a decarbonised world
Why is hydrogen attractive as an energy vector? What are the enabling and competing technologies? What are its benefits compared with other alternative sources of energy?
Defining ‘green’ hydrogen and understanding the transition from grey and blue to green hydrogen
Why now? What are the environmental, regulatory and financial pressures driving the move towards green hydrogen?
What is the current size of the market and current applications?
What is its potential and future applications? Where is future demand likely to come from?
What is needed to build a large, stable global market around hydrogen? 

     James Mackay, Energy Transition Strategy Lead, PwC South Africa
 

09h35 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

09h50 Ministerial Keynote Address: How can the South African Government contribute to promoting the development of the local hydrogen industry?

10h15

Followed by a panel discussion:

Session One
What regulation and policy initiatives are needed to kick start the hydrogen economy in South Africa?
How do we achieve clear and transparent regulation and policy around hydrogen?
Where are we with the national hydrogen roadmap?
What government incentives are required to kick start the market? Tax incentives, carbon penalties, long-term offtake agreements?
How can Government fast track the licensing of renewable energy generation for hydrogen production?
How do we move quickly and maximise on this window of opportunity?

     Emanuele Bianco, Programme Officer – Policy, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

10h45

Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

11h00

BREAK
 

11h15

Session introduction by Bernard Swanepoel

11h20

Keynote address: Sasol’s perspective on hydrogen’s role in decarbonising South Africa

     Fleetwood Grobler, CEO, Sasol


11h40 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

11h55

Session Two
What are the opportunities and challenges for South Africa in terms of positioning itself as a leading player in the global hydrogen economy?
What are the factors that provide South Africa with a unique opportunity to position itself as a leading player in the production of hydrogen?
What is the possibility of South Africa developing a meaningful local hydrogen economy and becoming a consumer of hydrogen products?
How well positioned is South Africa to export hydrogen and hydrogen-enabled chemicals and fuels to the rest of the world? Where are the main importing countries likely to be?
What challenges need to be overcome to ensure that South Africa takes advantage of these opportunities, e.g., cost and scale of renewable energy projects, lack of infrastructure, lack of human resources and technical skills, etc.?
How important will international partnerships and collaboration be to the success of South Africa’s hydrogen economy aspirations? 

     Cosmas Chiteme, Director: Power, Department of Science and Innovation
     Prof. Dmitri Bessarabov, Director: DST National Centre of Competence: Hydrogen Infrastructure, Northwest University
     Maidei Matika, Chief Investment Facilitator, Gauteng IDZ

 

12h25 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

12h45

Session Three
The role of mining in the hydrogen economy
What metals are involved in the production/consumption of hydrogen?
What does the hydrogen economy mean for mining in general? To what extent can the South African mining industry, and PGMs producers in particular, benefit from the hydrogen economy?
Applications of PGMs in the hydrogen economy: what is the current status of fuel cell and electrolyser development?
To what extent are PGMs producers investing in or developing fuel cells and electrolyser technologies?
How does this impact PGMs producers’ capital investment strategies and plans to maintain/increase supply?
When and how will the transition from the internal combustion engine to FCEVs happen? Will there be an overlap and what are the implications for PGMs demand?
Are there other hydrogen investment opportunities that PGMs producers can take advantage of?

     Chair: Wilma Swarts, Director of PGMs, Metals Focus

     Julian Soles, Head of Technology Development, Mining & Sustainability, Anglo American       
     Sifiso Sibiya, Group Executive: Refining and Marketing, Impala Platinum
     Vinay Somera, CEO, Isondo Precious Metals

13h15 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

13h30 LUNCH

14h00 Session introduction by Bernard Swanepoel

14h05

Session Four
Investment in hydrogen: where are the opportunities and how does South Africa stand to benefit?
How much investment is needed to develop the global hydrogen economy given the commitment to emissions reduction targets by an increasing number of countries across the world?  
What investment opportunities exist and at which stage of the hydrogen supply chain, e.g., hydrogen equipment, facilities and infrastructure, renewable energy, hydrogen production, etc.?
What are investors looking for in terms of the types of projects, investment horizon and return on investment?
What international and local funding is currently available for green hydrogen projects in South Africa?

     Chair: Kevin Eggers, Partner, AP Ventures

     Dr Pierre Voges, CEO, Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Company
     Reginald Demana, Divisional Executive for Mining, Metals, Energy and Infrastructure, IDC

14h35 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

14h55

Session Five
Overcoming the challenges of creating an international supply chain for hydrogen
What is needed to develop the international supply chain for hydrogen? What production, storage and distribution infrastructure is needed? What are the timelines?
What are the issues involved in the storage and transportation of hydrogen? What safety considerations need to be taken into account? Who bears the risk if something goes wrong during transportation?
What are the challenges involved in exporting hydrogen? To what extent do port facilities need to be adjusted?
How do you synchronise export activity with import offtakers to optimize the supply chain?

     Stefano Marani, MD & CEO, Renergen
     Salah Mahdy, Global Market Director for Environmental Hydrogen, Howden
     Peter Mackey, VP Strategy & Policy Support, Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide

15h25

Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

15h40 BREAK

15h55 Session introduction by Bernard Swanepoel

16h00

Session Six
Case studies: applications for hydrogen in the South African context
In this session we will examine some of the main applications for hydrogen, in particular hard-to-abate sectors, where direct electrification with renewable energy is not a viable alternative. We will also examine current applications for hydrogen in SA, and where hydrogen can be used to decarbonize industries in the immediate short-term (e.g., green steel, green ammonia, green fuel etc.), including how quickly these industries are likely to adopt the transition to green hydrogen:  

- Transportation (heavy duty vehicles, rail, shipping, aviation)

- Industry (chemicals, steel, cement, plastics production, etc.)

- Combined heat and power systems

- Energy storage 

16h00

Accelerating a South African hydrogen economy

     Fahmida Smith, Principal Market Development, Anglo American

16h15 Case study 2

16h30 Case study 3

16h45 Audience Q&A led by Bernard Swanepoel

16h55 Closing remarks and end of conference

 

“By the Industry for the Industry”