SA first prototype hydrogen powered forklift, refuelling station to be unveiled

South Africa's first prototype hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station will be unveiled by the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, at Impala Platinum in Springs, on the East Rand, tomorrow, 31 March.

The prototype was developed in a collaboration between the Department of Science and Technology (through the HySA Systems Centre of Competence at the University of the Western Cape) and Impala Refineries.

The long-term goal of the project is to integrate metal hydride technologies for on-board hydrogen storage and related applications into utility vehicles, through the development of metal hydride-based system components to be produced in South Africa and supplied to both local and international markets.

The Minister will be join by the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura, Implats CEO Terence Goodlace,UWC's Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research & Innovation, Prof Frans Swanepoel and the Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele. Programme

Details of the event

Time: 09:00 � 13:00

Venue: Impala Refining Services, Cnr Cowles Street and East Geduld Road, Springs

Date: Tomorrow, 31 March 2016

To RSVP contact David Mandaha at 072 126 8910 or

For media enquiries, contact Lunga Ngqengelele at 082 566 0446 or

Source: Republic of South Africa Department Science & Technology