DATE: 24 November 2021
TIME: 12h00 to 14h30 SAST (GMT+2)
PLATFORM: Zoom Webinar
This was the 5th in a series of 5 webinars that explored the policies, business case, technologies and opportunities provided by green hydrogen and derivatives.
The webinar was opened Roberto Cecutti, Head of the Trade and Economic Section European Union Delegation to South Africa, who set the scene and then introduced Dr Riina Kionka, the European Union Ambassador to South Africa, who gave the opening keynote address.
Thereafter, expert presenters from CSIR, Boston Consulting Group, Plug Power and Royal HaskoningDHV each made 20-minute presentations, followed by a Q & A session.
The webinar launched a detailed CSIR study report commissioned by EU-SA Partners for Growth Programme on the near-term decarbonisation potential unlocked by the presence of large-scale hydrogen production and export from ports situated in the Western and Eastern Cape, namely the ports of Saldanha Bay and Nqura (Coega).
To achieve economies of scale, these plants, in addition to exporting hydrogen, can also supply hard-to-abate industries within a 150 km radius, providing fuel for rail, shipping (Gqeberha and Cape Town), buses, airports, refineries and steel plants.
This CSIR study seeks to demonstrate that South Africa’s green hydrogen potential is truly national by adding the impact in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, and the webinar intended to contribute positively to unlocking the economic and human potential of South Africa.
Audio/video recording of the webinar
Presentations at the webinar
Prior to the webinar at 14h00 on Thursday 29 July 2021, there were 1780 online registrations for the webinar. Attendance on the day peaked at 750 attendees. All of the 1780 persons who registered to attend the webinar will receive this report-back, providing links to view the video recording on demand, and to download the presentations.
The full public version of the CSIR Report will be shared with all those who registered to attend the webinar shortly.