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CHIETA confirms commitment to the green hydrogen economy

Opinion piece by Yershen Pillay, chief executive officer of CHIETA

With projects such as a recently completed hydrogen production proof of concept (PoC) initiative in Vredendal in the Western Cape, it’s safe to say that South Africa is well on its way to producing green hydrogen as part of its renewable energy posture. To this end, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) has embarked on an 18-month research project: a comprehensive study of hydrogen power in SA which will assist us in our efforts to support the hydrogen economy, identifying growth areas for skills and economic development.

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Chillventa 2022: innovations, networking, and future prospects

Chillventa, the leading international fair for refrigeration technology and the most important gathering of international refrigeration, AC, ventilation and heat pump experts will celebrate its comeback in Nuremberg from 11 – 13 October 2022. Already, all participants are anticipating this massive reunion at the first on-site edition of the event since 2018. The community’s commitment to what is the highlight of its calendar remains unabated, while the need to finally make business contacts face-to-face again and share trends, solutions and knowledge with one another is greater than ever. Intensive preparations are currently under way for the Chillventa CONGRESS the day before the fair and the extensive, three-day supporting programme.

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South African businesses commit billions towards localisation to grow the economy

South African businesses pledged billions of rands towards localisation at the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo with the goal of revitalising the economy and creating thousands of new jobs. Localisation remains at the heart of government’s economic recovery strategy, as the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) and National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) parties aim over the next five years to reduce South Africa’s reliance on imported non-oil products and replace them with local goods and services.

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Registrations open for 2022 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Toronto

Registration is now open for the 2022 ASHRAE Annual Conference to take place between 25 – 29 June at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto. The five-day conference includes sessions addressing current trends and technologies in the HVAC&R industry, as well as tours, social events and a keynote message from Fredi Lajvardi, nationally recognized STEM educator and subject of IMAX film, Dream Big.

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Report: climate infrastructure investing – risks and opportunities for unlisted renewables

Climate change and decarbonization objectives are driving governments and investors to consider clean energy investing. But do investments in clean energy make financial sense? This is the question that a series of joint publications by the International Energy Agency and Imperial College London have sought to answer. Our aim is to establish greater financial transparency and provide more data to help financial institutions and policymakers participate in the energy transition.

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Kenya: GIZ hands over reviewed RAC curriculum

GIZ has handed over a reviewed refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) curriculum that now includes green cooling technologies. A future-friendly transformation of the RAC sector requires well-trained technicians who know how to handle such green cooling technologies. The concept of green cooling describes the use of natural refrigerants like hydrocarbons (e.g., propane and isobutane), ammonia and CO2 in combination with highly energy-efficient appliances, ideally powered by renewable energy sources.

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