South Africa, Japan ink MoC to advance hydrogen, ammonia strategies

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The Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the South African Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation have signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) to advance the interests of both countries, while simultaneously creating synergies in the field of green hydrogen and ammonia.

The MoC will largely focus on science, technology, innovation and investment in the relevant areas.

Signed by Japan’s Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Nishimura Yasutoshi and South Africa’s Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande, the MoC recognises that South Africa “has the ability to be an internationally competitive producer of hydrogen and ammonia” and that Japan has “technological advantages in the hydrogen and ammonia fields, and is making efforts to expand demand for hydrogen and ammonia”.

Bearing in mind that both countries have a “mutual understanding” that cooperation between them in the hydrogen and ammonia fields will contribute to the development of national competencies in the production of key components from the hydrogen and ammonia value chain and their application, the MoC “provides the opportunity for the creation of new industries, leading to the development of social progress and the creation of employment”.

Additionally, hydrogen strategies were announced by both countries to accelerate efforts towards the clean energy transition, with both countries having reiterated that there are “already good examples of cooperation in the field of hydrogen and ammonia” available.

The MoC was signed during the sixth Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting, in Tokyo, on September 25.

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