HyPlat’s Engineering & Operations Manager, Francois van Schalkwyk, participated in a “Short Introductory Course on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems” aimed at training Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduate students at the University of Pretoria, which took place at the end of November. 

The course aimed to develop hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Focused on beneficiating the platinum group metals resource base that South Africa possesses, the course serves as an important pillar in positioning the country as part of the emerging global hydrogen economy. 

EWSeta and Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) funded the training and Bambili Energy facilitated the course as part of implementing the Hydrogen South Africa Strategy through a 15-year research, development and innovation programme.

Dean of the EBIT Faculty, Professor Sunil Maharaj said “this is a great event for the university since UP supports human capital development. We are honored to launch this event. At UP we are part of the energy space in the country from both demand-side management and energy efficiency covering solar, nuclear, other renewables, and now hydrogen. We are humbled to partner with Bambili Energy on this journey.”

 The DSI selected Bambili Energy to facilitate the training. This complements the demonstration of 15 hydrogen fuel cell systems in South Africa – seven of which are supporting the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, in response to government support on the COVID-19 challenge.

“It has been an incredible journey of planning and organising for this launch. We are grateful for the partnership and support in this journey of training of the first group of graduates,” said Zanele Mavuso Mbatha, CEO of Bambili Energy.

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