South Africa launches world’s biggest hydrogen-fuelled truck | Energy News

Quite a lot of international locations have pledged $8.5bn and technical help to assist South Africa turn out to be a low-carbon economic system.

Mining big Anglo American has unveiled the world’s largest hydrogen-powered truck, a monster weighing 220 tonnes, at a platinum mine in northern South Africa.

Billed as the primary of a fleet that can exchange the agency’s diesel-powered vehicles, the car makes use of 2 megawatts hydrogen gasoline cells to haul as much as 290 tonnes of ore.

“What we’re launching isn’t merely a formidable piece of equipment, it’s the genesis of a complete ecosystem powered by hydrogen,” President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned on the launch on Friday.

Comparable in measurement to a small home, the behemoth was proven off at Mogalakwena mine, about 250km (150 miles) from Johannesburg.

“It is a gigantic leap for South Africa’s hydrogen future economic system,” Ramaphosa declared.

“This has actually been a historic second. It offers us a transparent imaginative and prescient of what the longer term seems to be like.”

Anglo American mentioned it goals to be carbon impartial by 2040.

It can use solar energy to offer the gasoline, utilizing the power to separate water into its part atoms of hydrogen and oxygen.

Burning hydrogen releases solely water vapour, not heat-trapping carbon dioxide as within the case of fossil fuels.

“Over the following a number of years, we envisage changing or changing our present fleet of diesel-powered vehicles with this zero-emission haulage system, fuelled with inexperienced hydrogen,” chief government Duncan Wanblad mentioned.

“If this pilot is profitable, we might take away as much as 80 p.c of diesel emissions at our open-pit mines by rolling this know-how throughout our world fleet.”

Final November, wealthy nations, together with France, Germany, the UK and the USA, pledged at the very least $8.5bn and technical help to assist South Africa change to a low-carbon economic system.