Platinum to power Africa

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) is to invest USD$4 million in Canadian company Ballard in order to support projects to commercialise platinum-based fuel cell products.

Specifically, this will include the development of a prototype ‘home generator’ with the potential to provide cheap electric power to remote rural African households, stored using Ballard’s methanol-based fuel cell technology.

Godfrey Oliphant, South Africa’s deputy mineral resources minister, said his department was pleased by Amplats’ commitment to platinum beneficiation, adding that fuel cell-based product developments could boost global platinum demand.

“South Africa is the leading producer of platinum, and innovations such as the home generator project move our country in a positive direction towards participating actively in the application of platinum-group metals in new technologies which will create important jobs for our economy,” Oliphant said.

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