“In true R Buckminster Fuller’s philosophy, today’s centralized, top-down flow of energy, controlled by global oil companies and utilities is destined to become obsolete.

every human being could become the producer as well as the consumer of his or her own energy

The Gauteng Province, the heart of the South African Economy has adopted my proposal to set-up the first Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub in South Africa.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

The first project which will be built in the Hydrogen Valley is a fuel cell manufacturing facility which will manufacture stationary fuel cells for residential, commercial and industrial applications scalable from 50kw systems. The fuel cell manufacturing plant will be the largest facility on the African continent at the moment with a capacity to produce up to 1000MW of products per annum.

The fuel cell technology has the potential to revolutionize energy generation. In 2002, Jeremy Rifkin predicted that  the hydrogen economy  will fundamentally change generation and  redistribution of power, with far-reaching consequences for society.  In true R Buckminster Fuller’s philosophy, today’s centralized, top-down flow of energy, controlled by global oil companies and utilities is destined to become obsolete.

In the new era, says Rifkin, every human being could become the producer as well as the consumer of his or her own energy – so called “distributed generation” (now defined as pro-sumer). When millions of end-users connect their fuel-cells into local, regional, and national hydrogen energy webs (HEWs), using the same design principles and smart technologies that made possible the World Wide Web, they can begin to share energy – peer-to-peer – creating a new decentralized form of energy use.”

The Hydrogen Valley Innovation Hub will be a centre of green development activities powered by hydrogen and will spread to all the areas of the economy from transport and logistics, to  green steel manufacturing and the centre of a new mining era-mining that is done the way trees and plants mine minerals from underground.

I feel honoured to be part of this revolution in energy generation- a vision that started in 2007 but  has nevertheless been a very long but rewarding journey. This journey would never have been possible without my stint at Schumacher College, Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership and Ashridge Business School and the encouragement of Toni Spencer, the late Chris Sealy, Stefan Harding and Chris Nichols. I am grateful that my path crossed with theirs and they made a significant contribution to my journey of becoming a sustainable and positive symbiotic self in my personal, organizational and societal practice.

Regards

Mashudu Ramano

An Entrepreneur in Transition to a Regenerative and Sustainable Future.

Recent Posts