The Digital Dialogues 2021

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Hydrogen: hype or Africa’s hope?

01 Sep 2021

One cannot trawl the internet for energy news without tripping over yet another study speculating on the latest strides in green hydrogen technology or falling down a rabbit hole about how hydrogen will change the energy discussion. 

For every story that details the exact dimensions of a hydrogen fuel cell that is now being manufactured IRL, there is a web entry about yet another developer eyeing a prime piece of real estate to develop a factory building electrolysers that will be the next big thing. Soon.  

Automakers vow to speed up R&D, yet another water dissociation method is discovered, more money is thrown at research into hydrogen economy development in a far-off region in the world. 

But, how much of this is actionable intelligence and how much will stay speculation? Will the production of energy become a reality in Africa’s energy mix or is this another cold fusion movie in the making? 

Join moderator Hendrik Malan, CEO Africa, Frost and Sullivan as he leads as a discussion about the reality of the H2 molecule: 

  • The cheaper form of hydrogen creation involves creating renewable energy, but is there enough RE development in Africa’s pipeline to merit H2 exploration? 
  • Could hydrogen become the bulk energy carrier of the future? 
  • What could this possibly mean for municipalities/utilities/energy providers? 

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