30th IPHE Steering Committee Meetings and Related Events : South Africa, December 4 – 7, 2018

Meetings details

Tuesday Event: IPHE Education and Outreach meeting 

Focus: Research and Development Status and Future Opportunities

Venue: University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus

Universities and Research Institutions Outreach Event:  R&D Status and Future Opportunities

Notes:    All IPHE delegates are welcome.  However, the E&O WG will invite specific countries to participate and to address research and/or development themes or issues raised by the Host.

14:00 – 17:30:  R&D Status and Future Developments Outreach Event

Meeting with University and Research Institution officials and students to present information from leading IPHE countries of specific interest to the Host Country.

  • Objective:  to inform participants of latest developments and approaches in IPHE countries on issues of specific interest to South Africa through presentations and discussion of R&D issues and developments with leading researchers and broader university student community.
  • Key issue to engage IPHE delegates with participants, gaining insights of the issues driving R&D in South Africa and potential avenues for collaboration or explorations bilaterally or multilaterally with institutions in IPHE member countries.
  • Target Audience: Research Faculty and Students.
  • Expected Attendance: 100 -120 delegates.
Wednesday Event: IPHE Industry Forum

Venue: The Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel & Apartments, 194 Bancor Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria

Time: 09:00 – 16:30

Focus:  Countries are implementing policies and taking action to deploy Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) that meet their national circumstances.  Policy goals driving action includes security and efficiency of the energy system, addressing climate change and local air quality objectives, and, jobs and economic growth.

An approach to deploy FCH technologies is to do so in a cluster thereby providing a critical mass of consumption in various applications to make larger scale hydrogen production economically viable.  Examples of this cluster approach could be at a major port facility or industrial operation with significant ancillary services that could use FCH technologies, or alternatively in a community that can generate sufficient demand through strategy deployment of fuel cell technologies.

Another approach by jurisdictions is to focus on niche applications that address specific needs and make the use of FCH technologies competitive or near competitive with incumbent technologies.  This includes materials handling units, back-up power systems for cell phone towers and remote communities.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Understand the strategic approaches by governments and leading firms in creating a FCH production and consumption cluster.  Come to a better understanding of the policy and regulatory issues, and some of the challenges and potential actions necessary to facilitate clusters for accelerating fuel cell deployments; and
  • Learn of leading niche applications of FCH technologies that are commercially viable in the market today.

Participants (60)

  • Director Generals of relevant Government Departments
  • IPHE Country Representatives
  • CEOs of Gas Companies, Utilities and Development Finance Institutions

CEOs of Science Councils and Universities

Event: IPHE Gala dinner

Venue: The Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel & Apartments, 194 Bancor Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria

Time: 18:30-22:00

Logistical Details: Transport Options to and from the Event

Thursday Event: 30th IPHE steering Committee meeting

Venue: The Capital Menlyn Maine Hotel & Apartments, 194 Bancor Ave, Menlyn, Pretoria

Time: 9:30- 17:30


  1. Communications Tools and Mechanisms to better inform Stakeholders of developments in FCH and of the IPHE;
  2. Developments in various international initiatives including Clean Energy Ministerial / Mission Innovation, Energy Ministerial on Hydrogen (Japan), G-20 Meetings, International Energy Agency, and Hydrogen Council; and,

Theme of the Country Updates:  Latest Vision and/or Strategies in Member Countries.

Friday Event: IPHE Industry visits

Venues:  CSIR, MINTEK, Chamber of mines, Poelano High School, Impala Platinum, HySA Infrastructure North West University-Potchefstroom and Mponeng Mine 

Time: 8:00- 16:00

Site Visits

Group 1

  • Visit to HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence at Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria.
  • Mintek – Council for Mineral related Research and Technology Development in Johannesburg;
  • Chamber of Mines -100kW PAFC using Natural gas in Johannesburg; and,
  • Impala Platinum Refineries – Fuel cell Forklift and metal hydride based refuelling station.

Group 2

  • Mine visit in Rustenburg
  • Visit to a rural school with HySA developed fuel cell unit incorporating Solar PV, electrolysis and onsite hydrogen production and storage; and,
  • Visit to HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence at North-West University-Potchefstroom.

Venue: Sites in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Rustenburg, Potchefstroom and Ventersdorp.

Daily Meeting Agenda

13:30    Registration and Coffee

14:00    Welcome



Dr. Sunita Satyapal (IPHE chair)


Session 1: Perspective on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) Developments in South Africa


Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, Director, HySA Infrastructure:  Renewable hydrogen production, compression and storage

Dr Sharon Blair, Director, HySA Catalysis: Progress on catalyst and MEA development

Dr Sivakumar Pasupathi, HySA Systems: Integration and validation of niche fuel cell powered vehicles

Extended Questions & Answers


Coffee Break


 Session 2:  International Overview on FCH Developments


Dr. Laurent Antoni, President, Research Grouping of the FCH Joint Undertaking: European Research Roadmap for FCH

Professor Jurgen Garche, University of Ulm: Recent Developments in Hydrogen Production from Electrolysis


Dr. Christopher Hebling, Head, Energy Technology and Coordination, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies, Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems, Freiburg, Germany:  TITLE

Professor Paulo Emilio de Miranda, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, COPPE/UFRJ, Brazil:  TITLE

[Japan] OR [US]

Extended Questions & Answers


Session 3:  Poster Awards Ceremony


Award ceremony for top Masters Student Poster

Award ceremony for top PhD Student Poster


Summary and Closing Remarks


Adjourn – Drinks and Snacks Served

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08:30     Registration  (Coffee and Tea Available)

Session 1: Main Speakers

1.    Introductions:  IPHE Delegates and Honoured Guests


Welcome Address: Dr Sunita Satyapal, Chair of the IPHE


Keynote Address: Honourable Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Science and Technology, Republic of South Africa


Presentation from a member of the Hydrogen Council: Presentation from ENGIE on H2 economy, focus on mining applications


Presentation from Anglo American Platinum/Public Investment Corporation: Investing in Fuel Cell Development in South Africa


Coffee Break

Session 2: 11:20 -13:00 Deploying Fuel Cell and Hydrogen through Clusters: A Government Perspective

Globally, there is mounting evidence towards the successful deployment of fuel cells through clusters.  The session will present case studies where the cluster concept has been successfully applied.  Speakers from five (5) selected countries will provide 10 min presentations on how the cluster concept has been used in their countries, followed by a group discussion.

·           United States (10 mins)

·           Germany (10 mins)

·           Netherlands/UK (10 mins)

·           Japan (10 mins)

·           France (10 mins)

Group Discussions (50 mins)

Participants will be divided into five groups with to address the following questions:

1.     Can the cluster concept be replicated in South Africa?

2.     Who are the potential partners?

3.     What is the policy framework required to promote such a cluster?

4.     What are the infrastructure requirements for the success of the cluster?

5.     What are the funding mechanisms for such a cluster?

Each group will select a representative to provide feedback in the afternoon session.



Session 4: Feedback from the group discussions (25 mins)

Local Industry Perspective


Chemical Industrial Complex: Presentation from Sasol


Presentation from a Mining Company: Presentation from Impala Platinum


Presentation from a fuel cell SME: Bambili Group

Questions & Answers (30 mi Questions & Answers (30 min)

Coffee Break

Session 5: Funding Instruments


Incentives for Fuel Cell Deployments: Department of Trade and Industry


Funding the development of the Fuel cell industry in South Africa: Industrial Development Corporation


Closing Remarks: Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General of the Department of Science and Technology

Close of the IPHE Forum


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08:00     Registration  (Coffee and Tea Available)

·            All IPHE delegates are to register and pick up their name badge.

·           Observers may attend all Sessions.

1.    Introductions:  IPHE Delegates and Honored Guests


1.1.    Welcome by the Chair


1.2.    Roundtable Introduction of all Delegates and Observers

2.    Welcome by the Host


2.1.    TBC:  Honorable Ministerial Representative:  [Strategic Approach by South Africa on Fuel Cells and Hydrogen from Research to Deployment]

3.    Perspectives and Actions on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Deployments


3.1.    TBD [Developments in Industrial Scale Applications (e.g., Anglo American)]

3.2.    TBD [Developments in Remote Applications (e.g., Back-up Power Providers)]


3.3.    Questions & Answers

10:00     Coffee Break

4.    IPHE Working Groups Updates


4.1.    Regulation, Codes and Standards WG

4.1.1.      Terms of Reference Review

4.1.2.      MOU with HySafe

4.1.3.      Focus on Safety Issues


4.2.    Education & Outreach WG

4.2.1.      Update on Communication Tools – Proposed New IPHE Logo, Brochure, Fact Sheet, H2 Challenge, Webinars

4.2.2.      Results of IPHE Survey


4.3.    Communications Break-Out Groups Session:

4.3.1.      Explore Opportunities to Enrich Collaborative Communications on FCH and the IPHE

4.3.2.      Discuss Results of the Break-Out Groups and Take Decisions on Actions including New Logo

12:30 – 13:30     Lunch Break

5.    IPHE Business – IPHE Engagement with Other Initiatives


5.1.    Updates by:

5.1.1.      Hydrogen Council – Recent Studies and Next Steps

5.1.2.      Japan & IPHE Chair – Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 23 October and Next Steps including with IEA

5.1.3.      Japan – Hydrogen at the Next G20 Meeting

5.1.4.      EC, Germany & Australia – Mission Innovation H2 Challenge Developments

5.1.5.      IPHE Secretariat – IRENA H2 Study and Next Steps

5.2.    Discussion and Decisions on Actions

6.    IPHE Partner Updates

In each presentation, delegates are asked to highlight:

•     The Country’s Vision and/or National Strategy including key policy developments/initiatives underway;

•     Current data including numbers of FCEVs, HRS, stationary FCs, etc.;

•     Funding updates on R&D, Demo, Deployments by government programs/initiatives and by industry, if known; and,

•     Views and Engagement on International Initiatives (e.g., MI, IEA, HC, etc).


•     Presentations are in alphabetical order; and,

•       Presentation will be 7 minutes with a short period for Q&As.


6.1.    Australia

6.2.    Austria

6.3.    Brazil

6.4.    Canada

6.5.    China

6.6.    European Commission

6.7.    France

6.8.    Germany

6.9.    Iceland

15:30     Coffee Break


6.10. India

6.11. Italy

6.12. Japan

6.13. Republic of Korea

6.14. Netherlands

6.15. Norway

6.16. Russian Federation

6.17. Republic of South Africa

6.18. United Kingdom

6.19. United States

7.    IPHE Administration


7.1.    Update by the IPHE Secretariat

7.1.1.      Financial Status Report

7.1.2.      IPHE Secretariat Summary of Actions


7.2.    Upcoming Meetings:  Proposals

7.2.1.      31st SC Meeting in Spring 2019 – Candidate: Austria

7.2.2.      32nd SC Meeting in Fall 2019 – Open

8.     Wrap-Up


8.1.    Review of Decisions and Actions

8.2.    Conclusions by the Chair

18:00     Steering Committee Meeting Adjourns

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Group 1
The shuttle will depart from the Hotel at 8:30 am

  • Mintek – Council for Mineral Related Research and Technology Development;
  • Chamber of Mines -100kW PAFC using Natural Gas; and,
  • Impala Platinum Refineries – Fuel cell Forklift and metal hydride based refuelling station.

Group 2

The shuttle will depart from the Hotel at 8:00 am

  • Visit to a rural school with HySA developed fuel cell unit incorporating Solar PV, electrolysis and onsite hydrogen production and storage;
  • Visit to HySA Infrastructure Centre of Competence at North-West University-Potchefstroom; and,
  • Mine visit.