Another fuel cell project had seen HFCT successfully used as standby power at three schools in Cofimvaba, in the rural Eastern Cape, having a profound effect on learning and the lives of ordinary people.
HySA Catalysis has a commercially ready catalyst which is being currently prepared for the first customers in the telecommunications industry.
HySA Infrastructure is looking into infrastructure requirements for the successful deployment of HFCT.
The Director-General said that in the next two or three years HySA technology would be linked to other government initiatives, like the agri-parks initiative led by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR), special economic zones led by the Department of Trade and Industry, and other DST-funded initiatives in identified priority districts.
Discussions between the DST and DRDLR will see HFCT being rolled out at about 20 agri-parks. Dr Mjwara said there were also discussions with the Departments of Energy, Basic Education and Health about using fuel cells as standby power in schools and clinics across the country.
Dr Mjwara said locally produced fuel cells would help the organisations that used them to benefit from the government’s carbon tax programme.
Issued by the Department of Science and Technology
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