South Africa uses fuel cells to help fight coronavirus

South Africa uses fuel cells to help fight coronavirus

Seven hydrogen fuel cell units are set for deployment at South Africa’s 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria to help the fight against coronavirus.

Earlier this week, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), in partnership with the Department of Defence (DOD) and Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) announced the project that will assist the government during the pandemic.

The project is taking place through a partnership between the government and private sector, comprising Bambili Energy Group, Singapore-based Horizon, US-based Element One, and Powercell Sweden.

Following the deployment of the fuel cells at the site, a hands-on training programme will provide users with the skills needed to operate and manage the systems.

The coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the need for rapid deployment of health facilities in support of the government’s efforts to combat the spread of the disease and provide high care for those infected.

According to the DSI, containerised hydrogen fuel cells can help with these efforts as the can be deployed quickly to provide clean power to facilities, even if they are temporary.

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