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Updated: Feb 1

The world is facing a pressing need to transition towards more sustainable sources of energy, and hydrogen is emerging as a promising alternative to traditional fossil fuels. In South Africa, the adoption of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind has been significant, but there is now a growing imperative to invest more in hydrogen infrastructure to continue driving the country's economic and social development.

In his 2023 State of the Nation Address, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of clean energy sources such as hydrogen and announced that the government would be increasing investment in hydrogen infrastructure to support the growth of the hydrogen economy. The government has also announced plans to invest in a national hydrogen refueling network, which will provide fuel for hydrogen-powered vehicles across the country. Major car manufacturers such as Toyota and Hyundai have launched hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in South Africa, signaling a growing interest in the technology. In addition, several research projects exploring the use of hydrogen as a storage medium for renewable energy have been initiated, which could provide a solution to the intermittency of wind and solar power.

Despite these positive developments, there is a need for increased investment in hydrogen infrastructure to fully realize the potential of the hydrogen economy. South Africa has abundant natural resources that can be used to produce hydrogen, such as solar and wind power, as well as natural gas. By investing in the necessary infrastructure, South Africa can create new industries and job opportunities while reducing its carbon footprint and enhancing energy security.

South Africa has a unique opportunity to become a leader in the hydrogen economy, but this will require sustained investment in hydrogen infrastructure. The government's commitment to this goal is an important first step, and private companies and investors also have a critical role to play in driving the growth of the hydrogen sector. By working together, we can create a more sustainable and prosperous future for South Africa and the world.



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