December 2017

Fuel cell opportunity to save platinum mining

With platinum being one of the most effective and durable catalysts in proton exchange membrane fuel cell technology (PEMFC), fuel cell and electrolyser technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) CEO Vinay Somera believes that this presents an opportunity for the South African platinum mining industry to take control of new market demand creation.
“The platinum mining industry is facing an existential threat from the shift to zero-emissions vehicles based on the possible replacement of platinum catalysed internal combustion engines by battery electric vehicles which contain no platinum-group metals (PGMs),” he explains.

Fuel cell electric vehicles provide double the driving range

Fuel cell technology developer Isondo Precious Metals (IPM) says hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) will be able to consistently and reliably provide driving ranges comparable to those of today’s internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. IPM COO Dr Sakib Khan explains that FCEVs, unlike battery EVs (BEVs), will provide the same customer experience as current ICE vehicles. This means...

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Local fuel cell manufacturing launch boost for platinum demand

0000584531_resized_vinaysomera10216resized1022JOHANNESBURG ( – The government-backed fuel cell plant launch scheduled to take place on the sidelines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town has important potential demand implications for South Africa’s platinum-mining industry.

With the backing of the Department of Trade and Industry, Isondo Precious Metals, headed by CEO Vinay Somera, has invested in a state-of-the-art German manufacturing plant technology for membrane electrode assembly (MEA) currently used by international manufacturing companies.