Energy, electricity and ICT for Africa

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Issue 30, April 2021
Massive business opportunities in Renewable Hydrogen and Green Powerfuels in South Africa.
Join DTIC Minister Ebrahim Patel, Sasol CEO, Toyota SA CEO & presenters from UK Government, World Bank, Investec Bank & Linde.
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Renewable hydrogen and green powerfuel opportunities for South Africa.
A webinar hosted by EE Business Intelligence and the British High Commission to South Africa.
EE Business Intelligence and the British High Commission to South Africa are co-hosting a high-level webinar in association with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, the World Bank, Sasol, Toyota South Africa, Linde and Investec Bank.
DATE: Tuesday 13 April 2021
TIME: 14h00 to 17h00
PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar
COST: No cost, free-of-charge, all welcome
The involvement by the British High Commission to South Africa forms part of efforts by the United Kingdom in working with all countries, and joining forces with governments, civil society, companies and people on the frontline of decarbonisation efforts to inspire climate action ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) hosted by the UK in Glasgow from 1 – 12 November 2021.
  • Hon Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to South Africa 
  • Hon Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition, South Africa
  • Mr Richard North, Dept for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK
  • Dr Fernando de Sisternes, Green Hydrogen Lead, World Bank, USA, 
  • Mr Fleetwood Grobler, CEO of Sasol 
  • Mr Andrew Kirby, CEO of Toyota South Africa 
  • Dr David Burns, Vice President for Clean Hydrogen, Linde, Germany
  • Mr Andre Wepener, Head: Power & Infrastructure Finance, Investec Bank
Green powerfuels are synthetic gaseous or liquid fuels based on renewable hydrogen, which is hydrogen obtained by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Green powerfuels are therefore a renewable alternative to fossil fuels as their use avoids net emissions of CO2. Green powerfuels are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road and rail transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.
South Africa has exceptional wind and solar natural resources, 50 years of experience in the commercial production of synthetic fuels and associated chemicals using the Fischer-Tropsch process, and a vibrant local automotive manufacturing sector. This provides the country a unique opportunity for decarbonisation, re-industrialisation and job creation around the Green Economy in in support of a Just Energy Transition, centred around the production of green powerfuels and electric vehicles.
The webinar will explore the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities for South Africa by renewable hydrogen and green powerfuels, in the transportation, chemicals, cement, iron and steel sectors in South Africa.
Programme and presenters
14h00 – 14h05: Welcome by Chris Yelland, MD, EE Business Intelligence
14h05 – 14h15: Opening by Hon Nigel Casey, British High Commissioner to SA
14h15 – 14h30: Address by Hon Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry & Competition
14h30 – 14h50: Presentation by Mr Richard North, BEIS, UK Government
14h50 – 15h10: Presentation by Dr Fernando de Sisternes, World Bank, USA
15h10 – 15h30: Presentation by Mr Fleetwood Grobler, CEO, Sasol
15h30 – 15h40: Comfort break
15h40 – 16h00: Presentation by Mr Andrew Kirby, CEO, Toyota South Africa
16h00 – 16h20: Presentation by Dr David Burns, Linde, Germany
16h20 – 16h50: Q & A facilitated by Chris Yelland, MD, EE Business Intelligence
16h50 – 17h00: Wrap-up and closure by Mr Andre Wepener, Investec Bank

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