Scatec to Provide Solar PV Plant to Power Hydrogen Production at Mogalakwena Mine in South Africa

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Scatec’s scalable power solution, Release by Scatec Solar, has entered a two-year lease agreement with French energy giant, Engie, to provide solar energy for the company’s hydrogen production plant at the Anglo-American Platinum Mogalakwena platinum mine in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

Under the agreement, Release will design, finance, and install a mobile plug-and-play solar photovoltaic (PV) plant capable of supplying 616 kWp to the hydrogen plant for two years. Electricity generated from the plant will be converted to green hydrogen to power facilities at the platinum mine with the containerized solar plant serving as a model for the future decarbonization of hydrogen production in the mining industry.

“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.” Scatec Senior Business Developer, Jarno Kruger, stated. 

“We are proud to support Engie and Anglo American in this important project. This is Release by Scatec’s first involvement with powering hydrogen production, and further proves the potential for pre-assembled and containerized solar PV in the mining industry,” stated Hans Olav Kvalvaag, Senior Vice President of Release at Scatec in a press release on 6 September, adding that, “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.”

Release by Scatec designs and installs solar power plants and battery storage systems to lease out under short- and long-term agreements, offering clients the opportunity to implement renewable energy without committing to large investments or long-term contractual agreements.

Research into the implementation of hydrogen energy is gaining traction in South Africa and the African continent, with chemical giants such as Siemens, Man, and Eni spearheading development of the industry.

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Matthew Goosen

Matthew Goosen

Matthew Goosen is a Video Editor and Content Writer at Energy Capital & Power. He holds an Honours Degree in Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town and is currently undergoing his Masters Degree. Born in Pretoria and raised internationally, he has been living in Cape Town since 2013.

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