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New solar plant at Limpopo mine to power hydrogen production

Scatec has entered into a 2-year lease agreement with ENGIE to provide a mobile plug-and play solar plant to the Anglo American Platinum – Mogalakwena Mine in Limpopo, South Africa.

Working through their scalable power solution, Release, the power producer’s mobile unit will provide solar energy for ENGIE’s hydrogen production plant which will be located at the mine. Jarno Kruger, Scatec senior business developer: “The mine aims to convert its fleet of mining trucks to run on hydrogen instead of diesel. Release will supply the renewable energy required to produce the green hydrogen.”

Release designs, finances and installs scalable solar power plants and battery storage and leases out the equipment on short- or long-term contracts.

Hans Olav Kvalvaag, senior vice president of Release at Scatec, said: “This is Release by Scatec’s first involvement with powering hydrogen production and further proves the potential for pre-assembled and containerised solar PV in the mining industry.”

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This would also be the first time Scatec becomes involved in powering hydrogen production as a company. The containerised power plant will produce 616kWp of solar energy.

“The agreement is another important milestone for us in delivering reliable and renewable power to the mining industry, but also as a way of powering hydrogen production. The Release model is gaining traction and with its flexibility both with regards to contract term and capacity, has great potential in mining,” Kvalvaag said.

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