Interest in fuel cells in S Africa is high, with Government support growing across all Departments, particularly looking at adding value to S Africa’s platinum industry. Interviewed on CNBC Africa, David and Conduit Ventures CEO John Butt discussed developments in the fuel cell supply chain and the opportunity for S Africa.
Today the UK Department for Transport published the Clean Maritime Plan describing the ambition to drastically reduce emissions of both greenhouse gases and air pollutants from the shipping sector and to develop strong UK industries to deliver this.
Road transport’s emissions challenges are – on the face of it – readily solvable by means of electric drive. Whether it is tailpipe pollutants or greenhouse gases, green electricity and batteries or hydrogen and fuel cells offer a means to clean up vehicles. However, that is much more easily said than done and the current reality is that the UK’s vehicle fleet would take many years to electrify, with particular challenges for heavy duty vehicles. In the meantime, low carbon fuels are already here and can make a difference without requiring new vehicles to be developed and sold.
E4tech present work on the fuel cell industry, the electrolyser industry and more at the World Hydrogen Technologies Convention.
What are the opportunities for bio-based raw materials in the European chemical industry? The EU project RoadToBio publishes a roadmap to deliver opportunities to replace fossil products by bio-based products that have the same or superior functionality.