The Department of Science and Technology of South Africa developed the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies (HFCT) Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) Strategy. The National Strategy was branded Hydrogen South Africa (HySA). The overall goal of HySA is to develop and guide innovation along the value chain of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in South Africa. The overall vision of the HFCT RDI strategy is to bring about wealth, jobs and IPR creation through the initiation of new high-technology industries based on minerals found on South African soil, especially Platinum Group Metals (PGMs). Allied to this is the goal of the developing cost competitive solution for the generating hydrogen locally focusing on using renewable energy, and the supporting enabling goal of developing a range of high-level skills, generally in accordance with the required human capital development strategy.
HySA has been established consisting of three Centres of Competence – HySA Infrastructure, HySA Catalyst and HySA Systems. The HySA Infrastructure (Hydrogen Production, Storage and Delivery) Centre of Competence, HySA Infrastructure in short, co-hosted by the North-West University (NWU) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), and directed by Dr Dmitri Bessarabov.