Green powerfuels are synthetic gaseous or liquid fuels based on renewable hydrogen, which is hydrogen obtained by the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. Green powerfuels are therefore a renewable alternative to fossil fuels as their use avoids net emissions of CO2. Green powerfuels are used in sectors which may be difficult to decarbonise and not easily driven directly by renewables-based electricity, including road and rail transportation, shipping, and production of steel, cement and fertiliser, amongst others.
South Africa has exceptional wind and solar natural resources, which together with abundant, low-cost land, 50 years of experience in the commercial production of synthetic fuels using the Fischer-Tropsch process, and good shipping access to the rapidly growing international markets of the European Union and Japan, provide a unique competitive advantage for the country in the production of green powerfuels.
The webinar will be opened by the European Union Ambassador to South Africa, with the opening keynote address given by the South African Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Hon. Blade Nzimande. This will be followed by presentations by high-level, local and international experts on green powerfuels. The webinar will also be used to launch a detailed study on green powerfuels and the opportunities arising for South Africa, commissioned by EU-SA Partners for Growth Programme, and written by Thomas Roos and Dr. Jarrad Wright of the CSIR Energy Centre in Pretoria, South Africa.