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Chamber of Mines platinum fuel cell

On March 31, 2015, we installed a 100kW platinum fuel cell at the Chamber of Mines in Johannesburg to meet baseload demands at the site. Being grid-independent, it supplies the building with baseload power regardless of the performance of the surrounding grid. The minister of Trade and Industry, Hon. Dr Rob Davies, officially unveiled the installation.

This turnkey project was funded jointly by the Chamber of Mines, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Industrial Development Corporation and Mitochondria Energy Company.



The Man with a Platinum Plan


Fuel Cells Could Power SA

Mail & Guardian

[...] Finding a commercially viable platinum-based fuel cell technology is something of a Holy Grail for South Africa, which is home to about 80% of global platinum reserves.

If the technology takes off, it will fundamentally alter the market for South Africa’s most important export product.

The Chamber of Mines in central Johannesburg has power even when load-shedding brings the rest of the country, including the chamber’s own members, to its knees. This is thanks to the 100 kilowatt (kW) platinum-based hydrogen fuel cell unit, which hums quietly in one of the outer quads of the building.

Platinum Power in SA


[...] Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, Minister Davies said being home to 80% of the world’s known platinum reserves puts South Africa at the forefront of developing fuel cell technology.





South African National Energy Assoc.

The 2015 Highly Commended Energy Project Award was presented to Mashudu Ramano of Mitochondria for  innovation, initiative, international recognition and impact in South Africa.





Energy Report


The South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) has initiated a long-term program aimed at taking forward the country’s role in the fuel cell technology market.


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