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Recording: Hydrogen – hype or Africa’s hope?

Duration: 60 minutes

Hydrogen as an energy carrier, fuel source or way to store renewable energy is one of this year’s buzzwords in the energy sector.

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, 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, another water dissociation method is discovered, more money is thrown into researching the hydrogen economy developments 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?

Hear from moderator Hendrik Malan, CEO Africa, Frost and Sullivan as he leads a discussion about the reality of the H2 molecule, which will include:

  • 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 and energy providers?


  • Craig Morkel, Representative – South African Oil & Gas Alliance, South Africa
  • Professor Tariq Kahn, Director: Energy Institute at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
  • Dr Sivakumar Pasupathi, Director, HySA Systems Competence Centre at University of Western Cape, South Africa

Theresa Smith
Theresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa.