Top world experts attends NWU short course on hydrogen production
A short course on hydrogen production and water electrolysis was recently held on the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University (NWU).
During the course various top international experts from countries such as Canada, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and the USA spoke on a variety of subjects regarding hydrogen production and water electrolysis.
The purpose of the short course was to enable South African industry stakeholders, researchers from academia and students to learn about the state-of-the-art concepts of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM), water electrolysers and fundamentals of the electrolysis process for hydrogen production. It also created a platform for international industry and academic news transfer and gave attendees the opportunity to interact with the top world experts in the field.
The NWU, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has been designated as one of three Centres of Competence in the country doing research on hydrogen as a source of energy. The centre at the NWU, HySA Infrastructure CC, is doing research on hydrogen generation, storage and distribution.
The Director of HYSA Infrastructure CC, Dr Dmitri Bessarabov, was recruited for the position from Canada.
In front row from left are Dr Titichai Navessin (Canada), Dr Dmitri Bessarabov (NWU), Mr Joe Cargnelli (Canada), Dr Conghua “CH” Wang (USA), Prof Pierre Millet (France), Dr John Weidner (USA), Dr Nigel Williamson (UK) and Dr Alessandra Di Blasi. In the back row from the left are Prof Frikkie van Niekerk (NWU), Dr Kourosh Malek (Canada), Mr Terry Howe (Canada), Mr Everett Anderson (USA), Dr Peter Bouwman (The Netherlands), Mr Frikkie van der Merwe (NWU), Dr Christopher Hebling (Germany), Dr Bill Summers (USA), Mr Terry Kimmel (Canada) and Dr Nicola Briguglio (Italy).