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Hydrogen News

Fast-greening Richards Bay Minerals now eyeing on-site renewables, storage, aggregation  

By: Martin Creamer     19th June 2024 Energy-intensive Richards Bay Minerals (RBM), which consumes an average of 1.8 terawatts of power a year, was able to secure its latest 140 MW wind energy power purchase agreement (PPA) in six months. When operating at full capacity, RBMs, power consumption across its mining and smelting... 

US-based Capital Group sells Fortescue shares worth A$734m

By: Reuters     19th June 2024 US-based investment management firm Capital Group Companies has sold shares worth A$733.9-million in Australian miner Fortescue, according to an exchange filing on Wednesday. The announcement came after the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday that an institutional investor had sold... 

Fortescue is the world's fourth-biggest iron-ore miner
Fortescue is the world's fourth-biggest iron-ore miner

Southern Palladium remains committed to advancing Bengwenyama project

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2024 The completed prefeasibility study (PFS) drilling campaign for the Bengwenyama platinum group metal (PGM) project, on the eastern limb of South Africa’s distinctively endowed Bushveld Complex, is emphasising the robustness of the upper group two (UG2) reef, project developer Southern Palladium... 

Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.
Flashback to the listing of Southern Palladium on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange two years ago.

Reserve Bank concern about decline of public markets welcome development – Miller  

By: Martin Creamer     12th June 2024 The concern that South Africa’s Reserve Bank expressed last week on the state of this country’s public markets is seen as a welcome development by AmaranthCX director and public market promoter Paul Miller. Everything the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) has done has not been enough to change... 

AmaranthCX director Paul Miller.
AmaranthCX director Paul Miller interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Artificial intelligence used to eliminate need for rare earths in permanent magnets 

By: Martin Creamer     11th June 2024 Discovering new materials has historically been slow. Now artificial intelligence (AI) is making it possible to discover a material entirely computationally and have that verified experimentally. An example of this is AI being used to create a permanent magnet that does not contain any rare earth... 

Development of rare earth-free permanent magnets.
Materials Nexus CTO Robert Forrest interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

CEOs, policy leaders ready to accelerate action on hydrogen deployment by 2030

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th June 2024 In a significant step towards accelerating public-private action on hydrogen, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Robert Habeck and the European Commission executive VP for the European Green Deal Maroš Šefčovič, met with a global delegation of Hydrogen Council... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further 

By: Martin Creamer     10th June 2024 A 15-year agreement involving the supply of an initial 70 000 t of green hydrogen a year has been signed by TotalEnergies and Air Products. TotalEnergies, which is active in some 120 countries and which cites sustainability as being at the heart of its strategy, is setting out to reduce the net... 

TotalEnergies, Air Products hydrogen deal uplifts platinum demand outlook still further

World Hydrogen alerted to benefit of South Africa’s zero-emission hydrogen haul truck 

By: Martin Creamer     7th June 2024 One hydrogen haul truck eliminates the deleterious carbon emissions of the equivalent of 700 cars, First Mode global hydrogen sourcing director James Betts highlighted during this week’s World Hydrogen Australia webinar, where he spoke of the need for the hydrogen haul trucks to be conceived as... 

South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.
South Africa pioneered hydrogen haul truck.

Namibia’s audacious plan to become a global green hydrogen hub

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2024 Early in May, King Philippe of Belgium was on the edge of the Namib desert to inaugurate a project that aims to help decarbonize European industry, and which might just enable one of Africa’s smallest economies to hit the clean-energy big time. It was a humble start for such grand designs, as... 

Belgium's King Philippe and Namibian President Ngangolo Mbumba on a site visit at the Cleanenergy Solutions green hydrogen project in Namibia
Belgium's King Philippe and Namibian President Ngangolo Mbumba on a site visit at the Cleanenergy Solutions green hydrogen project in Namibia

Platinum group metal poised to help protect world from growing water pollution threat  

By: Martin Creamer     5th June 2024 Platinum group metal (PGM) is once again coming to the fore as a mineral resource that goes the extra mile in protecting a threatened global environment. The latest indispensable commodity that is poised to be shielded by PGM, which has been safeguarding the air of cities from vehicle exhaust... 

PGM-linked hydrogen peroxide generator.
PGM-using MatiTech MD Mike Bowley interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Ruthenium, hydropower and green hydrogen make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st May 2024 Mining Weekly editor Martin Creamer discusses the renewed focus on ruthenium, water as an alternative source of power and the need for the world to make green hydrogen cheap enough to ensure optimal decarbonisation. 

Ruthenium, hydropower and green hydrogen make headlines
Ruthenium, hydropower and green hydrogen make headlines

TotalEnergies JV, Austrian firm join forces on proposed Tunisian green hydrogen project

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2024 TE H2, a joint venture between TotalEnergies and EREN Groupe, together with Austrian electric company VERBUND, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tunisia to study the implementation of a large green hydrogen project, H2 Notos. The proposed H2 Notos project will produce green... 

An image showing TE H2 and VERBUND signing a memorandum of understanding with Tunisia to study the implementation of a large green hydrogen project, H2 Notos
Signing the MoU

Ruthenium highlighted again in what could be another big boost for platinum group metals 

By: Martin Creamer     27th May 2024 Ruthenium, one of the six platinum-group metals (PGMs), is once again being given major research attention in view of it being exceptionally suited to uplifting the efficiency and sustainability of green hydrogen production from green ammonia. Late last year, it was a ruthenium-based catalyst... 

Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.
Photo by Inforgraphic: Heraeus Precious Metals
Valuable use of ruthenium being researched.

Manganese mining, local processing and green hydrogen make headlines  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the importance of South Africa locally processing its manganese ore, discusses private investment company Menar's plans to grow its manganese mining and processing operations in South Africa and Gabon and provides an update on Hive Hydrogen's efforts to... 

Photo of Martin Creamer
Manganese mining, local processing and green hydrogen make headlines

Green hydrogen must be allowed to decarbonise optimally, Junior Indaba hears  

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2024 Green hydrogen must be made cheap enough to decarbonise optimally at a time when the delay in emission reduction needs to be reversed if the world is to hit net zero by 2050. A range of factors need to be aligned relating to policy, technology, the circular economy, social buy-in and primary supply. 

Hugo Pienaar.
Junior Indaba covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hydrogen Council appoints CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2024 Global CEO-led initiative the Hydrogen Council has appointed Ivana Jemelkova as CEO, following an extensive, international search. Jemelkova is a recognised leader in energy and sustainability, with a record of building and managing successful coalitions and partnerships to accelerate... 

Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova
Hydrogen Council CEO Ivana Jemelkova

Westwell to retire as Sasol chairperson

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd May 2024 Stephen Westwell will, on June 1, retire as nonexectutive director and chairperson of chemicals and energy group Sasol, after having served on the board for 12 years. Lead independent director Muriel Dube will take up the position of acting chairperson until a full-time successor is appointed. 

Sasol chairperson Stephen Westwell
Sasol chairperson Stephen Westwell

Resources Watch  

22nd May 2024 This week: PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment; State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation, and, Nedbank says green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

South Africa's R105bn green hydrogen project to be energised by hot De Aar sunshine 

By: Martin Creamer     21st May 2024 South Africa’s R105-billion green hydrogen, green ammonia project in the Eastern Cape took another major leap forward on Tuesday with the announcement of its underpinning by a cluster of nine solar projects in the very high solar yielding area of De Aar. The giga scale 1 230 MW solar project is... 

Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe
Hive Hydrogen South Africa chairperson Thulani Gcabashe

Lift-off for Cape Hardy green fuels project as Amp and Iron Road finalise commercial agreements

By: Mariaan Webb     21st May 2024 Canada-headquartered energy transition company Amp Energy has announced the development of the Cape Hardy Advanced Fuels Precinct, which entails green hydrogen, green ammonia and advanced fuel production in the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. The project is coming to fruition as Amp Energy... 

Lift-off for Cape Hardy green fuels project as Amp and Iron Road finalise commercial agreements

Platinum-enabled green molecules offering inviting green electron value-add – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     20th May 2024 It’s no longer good enough to just produce electric vehicles (EVs). You have to produce green EVs, and to do that, you need green steel. To get the green steel, you need the green molecules that green hydrogen provides. 

The cathode side of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells that convert hydrogen to electricity require platinum.
Nedbank CIB's Mike Peo interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Shadwyn Dickinson.

Minerals Council, Geoscience, IDC going all out to boost South African exploration  

By: Martin Creamer     17th May 2024 A collective effort was apparent on Friday when Minerals Council South Africa, the Council for Geoscience and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) spoke on the same platform to promote a return to growth in the shrinking South African mining industry. Minerals Council South Africa CEO... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Mzila Mthenjane
South African public-private sector exploration webinar covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

PGM-boosted green hydrogen backed by resolute South African govt's commitment  

By: Martin Creamer     16th May 2024 The production of green hydrogen, which is most effectively generated when catalysed by platinum group metals (PGMs), has profound economic and social implications, including job creation, skills development, and the fostering of new industries along a multifaceted mining, manufacturing and... 

Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo
Higher Education & Training DDG Zukile Mvalo’s green hydrogen presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media’s Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation   

By: Martin Creamer     15th May 2024 “We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) CEO, Yershen Pillay, made public this week. CHIETA is working on this with South Africa’s mining... 

CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
Nedbank CIB Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson. Video Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd

All-round value unlock targeted in proposed demerging of Anglo Platinum and De Beers 

By: Martin Creamer     14th May 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American is targeting value elevation in its planned demerging of South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) and the envisaged divestment or demerger of Southern Africa-dominant De Beers. In rejecting BHP’s second takeover offer, Anglo intends reshaping... 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad

Itochu, $5.9bn South Africa ammonia plant near supply pact

By: Bloomberg     14th May 2024 A group led by Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. is nearing an agreement to buy green ammonia from Hive Hydrogen South Africa, a $5.9 billion project that could make the country a global leader in producing the fuel. Hive Hydrogen may start output of green ammonia — which could be utilized as a... 

Australia to invest A$22.7bn in renewable energy, critical minerals

By: Reuters     14th May 2024 The Australian government on Tuesday announced a A$22.7-billion package to boost domestic manufacturing and renewable energy as the country seeks to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers for key technologies. Details of the Future Made in Australia package announced in the government's annual... 

Treasurer Jim Chalmers
Treasurer Jim Chalmers

Resources Watch  

14th May 2024 This week: Copper 360’s underground copper mine set to open three months ahead of schedule; South Deep wind power decision drawing closer, Q2 update likely on backfill problem and, Hydrogen’s ‘irreplaceable’ role highlighted by platinum-linked venture capital provider 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Green energy presenting South Africa with massive reindustrialisation chance – Nedbank  

By: Martin Creamer     13th May 2024 Green electrons and green molecules are presenting South Africa with a massive opportunity to reindustrialise, Nedbank CIB head of infrastructure, energy and telecommunications Mike Peo told the Green Hydrogen Roundtable on Monday. “We have an opportunity for South Africa to completely... 

From left, CHIETA CEO Yersen Pillay, Higher Education and Training Department DDG Zukile Mvalo, and Nedbank CIB Head of Infrastructure, Energy and Telecommunications Mike Peo.
Green Hydrogen Roundtable covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Creamer Media's Shadwyn Dickinson.

Hydrogen’s ‘irreplaceable’ role highlighted by platinum-linked venture capital provider  

By: Martin Creamer     9th May 2024 The role of hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the hardest-to-abate sectors of the global economy continues to be highlighted as “irreplaceable” by AP Ventures, the independent venture capital fund focused on investing in early-stage companies that use or enable the use of platinum group metals... 

AP Ventures Co-Founding Partner Kevin Eggers
AP Ventures Co-Founding Partner Kevin Eggers interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer

Platinum-based green hydrogen emerging as Winter Olympics decarbonisation pillar 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd May 2024 Green hydrogen, which is generated with the benefit of the catalysis that platinum group metals (PGMs) provide, is being increasingly highlighted as a pillar of the global decarbonisation transition that is poised to save the world from ruinous climate change. News just out is that steps are... 

Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.
Platinum metals support every step of green hydrogen’s decarbonisation of the world.

Resources Watch 

2nd May 2024 This week: New green hydrogen trading base uplifting platinum group metals demand outlook; Copper 360 ships concentrate, on course to pay first dividend next year and, Pilot Crushtec introduces Swedish brand of large-scale crushers to the Southern African market 

Resources Watch
Resources Watch

Fortescue consortium awarded rights to develop Oman green hydrogen project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2024 A consortium between green energy and metals group Fortescue and sustainable infrastructure investor Actis has been awarded the rights to develop, build, own and operate a large green hydrogen project in Oman. At a signing ceremony in Muscat on Tuesday, Hydrogen Oman (Hydrom), an independent... 

Implats platinum group metals output up amid robust demand but lacklustre pricing 

By: Martin Creamer     30th April 2024 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Implats on Tuesday reported higher production in a period characterised by robust demand but lacklustre PGM prices. “Despite continued macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainty, demand from our contractual customers remains robust, with... 

Implats CEO Nico Muller
Implats CEO Nico Muller

Shanghai Platinum Week: Hydrogen’s going to feature big, says World Platinum Investment Council 

By: Martin Creamer     26th April 2024 The growth in demand for platinum applications in China is extremely high, making detailed access to the China market hugely advantageous. Providing this detailed access from July 8 to 11 will be the far-reaching Shanghai Platinum Week 2024, which is sandwiched between the London Platinum Week in... 

World Platinum CEO Trevor Raymond at Shanghai Platinum Week 2023.
WPIC's Trevor Raymond and Edward Sterck interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Copper shares soar and green hydrogen goes digital   

26th April 2024 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks Copper 360’s shares rising more than 26% after it shipped concentrates from the Northern Cape; Orion Minerals shares rocketing to 58% on the Australian Stock Exchange; and the new digital system that can be used to buy and sell green hydrogen.   

Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer
Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer discusses soaring copper shares & digital green hydrogen sales (Camera & editing: Nicholas Boyd)

Fortescue reports 6% dip in quarterly iron-ore shipments

By: Mariaan Webb     24th April 2024 Australian green energy and iron-ore giant Fortescue has revealed a 6% decline in third-quarter iron-ore shipments, attributed to the repercussions of an ore car derailment on December 30, coupled with weather-related disruptions. The miner, which swiftly implemented a recovery plan, managed to... 

Fortescue reports 6% dip in quarterly iron-ore shipments

New green hydrogen trading base uplifting platinum group metals demand outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd April 2024 The green hydrogen sector now has a digital platform on which users can buy and sell green hydrogen by the click of a button, it was announced on Tuesday.  Euronext-listed Lhyfe, the French group devoted to energy transition, has begun taking of orders for green hydrogen in Europe and... 

Lhyfe Founder and CEO Matthieu Guesné.
Lhyfe Founder and CEO Matthieu Guesné on video.
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