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Ballard and Anglo American to power rural Africa

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:48 -- Anonymous
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Ballard and Anglo American to power rural Africa
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South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum has teamed up with Ballard Power Systems to develop a methanol fuel cell to power rural South African communities.

The South African primary producer of platinum is developing a cell which replaces hydrogen gas with methanol, which is cheaper and more energy efficient to produce.

Ballard and Anglo American Platinum plan to use these fuel cells in micro-grids serving rural communities of less than 200 households.

In August 2014 the companies launched a 12-month field test of a 15 kW off-grid methanol-fuelled home generator in a Naledi Trust village with 34 households.

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