BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions breaks ground on new green hydrogen investment in Budenheim, Germany

Groundbreaking of new green hydrogen production facility in Budenheim, Germany
Pictured left to right: Dr. Günter Krummel, Gesellschafter Trigona FCC; André Semann, CFO Budenheim; Meaghan McGuire, Head of Strategic Marketing, Hydrogen, BASF ECMS; Tim Ingle, SVP Precious Metal Services and Recycling, BASF ECMS; Saeed Alerasool, SVP R&D and Application, BASF ECMS; Daniel Malko, Head of Operations, Hydrogen, BASF ECMS; Armin Arnaut, Senior Manager Bau- & Facility management Geschwister Oetker Beteiligungen KG; Jason Cox, Global Head of Hydrogen Business, BASF ECMS; Katarzyna Postawa, EMEA Communications Manager, BASF ECMS; Jurica Vidaković, Geschäftsführer Trigona FCC; Thomas Reinel, Geschäftsführer ries+ries Architekten Ingenieure GmbH; Christian Meyer, Bauingenieur Budenheim
  • New facility will produce electrolysis and fuel cell components to support the global energy transition
  • Production is planned to commence in the summer of 2025
  • Joint investment with other partners

BUDENHEIM, Germany, July 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) commenced construction of its first state-of-the-art production facility for green hydrogen and fuel cell components in Budenheim, Germany, near Frankfurt. The products produced at this site will include newly developed low-iridium-loaded catalyst coated membranes (CCMs), a key functional part for proton exchange membrane (PEM) water electrolysis. This will complement the Celtec® membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for high-temperature fuel cells, which will also be produced at the facility. MEAs are critical components in fuel cells that enable hydrogen together with oxygen from the air to be converted efficiently into electricity.

The ECMS hydrogen business operates globally, with activities in Europe, North America and Asia. As the renewable energy ecosystem develops rapidly, the production of green hydrogen from water electrolysis will become a crucial pillar in supporting the global energy transition. The new facility will enable the commercial launch of newly developed CCMs for PEM electrolyzers with multi-gigawatt capacity to serve the global market. This investment allows ECMS to expand its capabilities in precious metals, catalysts and recycling, positioning itself as an integrated, full-loop, end-to-end solution provider across a range of product lines in the green hydrogen space.

“This new site in Budenheim fulfills a key part of our global strategy for hydrogen,” said Tim Ingle, Senior Vice President of Precious Metal Services and Recycling for ECMS. “As a global leader in precious metals services and catalyst recycling, the investment solidifies our support for the growing hydrogen economy with circular solutions that improve performance and reduce costs for PEM electrolyzers and fuel cells.”

“Our new products have progressed successfully from R&D into pilot scale. Production in Budenheim signifies a major milestone for the market introduction of these products and positions us in a strong place to leverage this sizeable business opportunity,” said Saeed Alerasool, Senior Vice President R&D and Application for ECMS.

The opening of the Budenheim site is planned for the summer of 2025. The facility, on the premises of an industrial site, is situated in the center of Europe within the Rhein-Main metropolitan area. The project is being developed with Trigona Fuel Cell Components GmbH and Grundstücksverwaltung Rheinufer GmbH & Co. KG.

About BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions

Leveraging its deep expertise as a global leader in catalysis and precious metals, BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions (ECMS) serves customers in many industries including automotive, aerospace, indoor air quality, semiconductors, and hydrogen economy, and provides full loop services with its precious metals trading and recycling offering. With a focus on circular solutions and sustainability, ECMS is committed to helping our customers create a cleaner, more sustainable world. Protecting the elements of life is our purpose and this inspires us to ever-new solutions. ECMS operates globally in 16 countries with over 4,500 employees and 21 production sites.

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Discover Innovation and Rewards at CHINT Limitless 2024 Super Brand Season

CHINT Limitless super brand season
CHINT Limitless super brand season

Discover Innovation and Rewards at CHINT Limitless 2024 Super Brand Season

SHANGHAI, July 10, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CHINT is excited to announce the global launch of its “Limitless 2024 Cool Season” campaign, running from June 1st to July 31st, 2024. This exciting campaign aims to honor electricians, installers, and panel builders worldwide, recognizing their invaluable contributions to the industry.

Campaign Overview

Building on the success of the previous two seasons, the Limitless 2024 campaign will feature a variety of online and offline activities, including new product launches and promotions in the new energy, OEM, and construction sectors. Additionally, the campaign will introduce a Global Point Reward System and the CHINT Electrician Ambassador program alongside community-building activities that foster collaboration and recognition.

Reward System

The Global Point Reward System is a key feature of the Limitless 2024 campaign, allowing electricians and installers to earn points with every CHINT purchase. Participants can easily upload their receipts to the activity page and accumulate points. Additionally, a referral program encourages participants to invite their peers, earning bonus points for each successful referral. This system not only rewards loyalty but also fosters a sense of community and collaboration among industry professionals.

New Product Launches

The Limitless 2024 campaign will spotlight several innovative products. These products are designed to enhance safety and efficiency in electrical installations, offering cutting-edge features that cater to the evolving needs of the industry.

1. NF2 Load Switch: This switch offers reliable performance and enhanced safety, ideal for isolating faulty equipment and main switch applications.

2. NM8N HV Series Molded Case Circuit Breaker: This breaker provides robust protection and zero arcing in high-voltage circuits up to 1150V.

3. NL1 Residual Current Operated Circuit Breaker: This circuit breaker offers enhanced protection against electrical faults without over-current protection, ensuring optimal safety.

Conclusion

CHINT encourages electricians and installers worldwide to join the Limitless 2024 campaign and take advantage of innovative products, rewarding systems, and community-building activities. For more details on the campaign, please contact your local CHINT retail store.

About CHINT

Founded in 1984, CHINT is a global leader in smart energy solutions, operating in over 140 countries with more than 40,000 employees. CHINT is committed to innovation, sustainability, and supporting communities with high-quality products and comprehensive energy solutions.

Media contacts:
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Website: https://chintglobal.com/
Email: global-sales@chint.com
Tel: +86-400-1177797

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Yango awards top 200 couriers of delivery partners in Ghana


Yango Delivery, a part of the global tech company Yango Group, has held a courier appreciation day and awards ceremony to celebrate top-performing couriers of its delivery partners.

In recognition of their exceptional service during the first half of the year, Yango awarded 200 deserving couriers with high-end smartphones, generous cash prizes and fuel coupons.

The two best-performing couriers received brand-new motorbikes.

The awards event took place in Accra on Monday, July 8th, 2024. It featured many stakeholders in the delivery sector including representatives from the Ghana Police Service, delivery fleet partners, consumers and couriers.

The event also included informative workshops on Road Safety, Health, and general well-being.

Speaking at the event, the Country Manager of Yango Delivery, Emmanuel Koduah, acknowledged the pivotal role played by couriers in the positive growth trajectory of the delivery business of Yango in Ghana.

He noted: ‘The delivery technologies that Yango has brought to the
market have had a significant impact on several small businesses since its launch in Ghana. The service has provided SMBs with increased reach, cost-effective delivery solutions, enhanced customer experience, boost to online sales and flexibility in meeting market demands.

By partnering with Yango, small businesses have been able to leverage the benefits of efficient and reliable delivery services to scale their business and achieve long-term success in the competitive market landscape.’

Mr. Koduah praised the couriers and fleet partners for their unwavering dedication to Yango, commitment to customer satisfaction and tireless efforts in ensuring timely deliveries.

He highlighted the importance of recognizing and rewarding outstanding performance, emphasizing that motivated and dedicated stakeholders are essential for the growth and success of any business.

He also enumerated key initiatives that are currently underway to further support and empower fleet partners and couriers.

The Health workshop majore
d in the importance of general well-being which includes personal hygiene, and mental and physical health.

Topics such as proper nutrition, hydration, adequate rest, and the importance of regular exercise were discussed to emphasize the connection between physical well-being, personal development and job performance.

Strategies for managing stress, seeking support, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance were also shared to empower couriers to prioritize their mental well-being.

Chief Superintendent Alexander Obeng of the Ghana Police Service delivered the Road Safety talk that covered a wide range of topics, including defensive driving techniques, accident prevention strategies, recognizing and mitigating potential hazards on the road, and the importance of adhering to traffic rules and regulations.

He delved into the significance of wearing appropriate safety gear and adopting a proactive mindset when faced with challenging and unpredictable road conditions.

The top two performing couriers Malu Eri
c Makija and Paul Amaglo shared their excitement and appreciation for motorbikes awarded to them.

Malu Eric said, ”I am very happy today because all my hard work and dedication has been rewarded. I now own a motorbike and I promise to utilize it to the best of my abilities. Special thanks to Yango and my fleet partner for all the support. Ever since I began working with Yango as a courier, I have seen several changes in my life. I now earn a good income which helps me take care of myself and my family.

‘I have also become more knowledgeable about road safety and well-being. I encourage all couriers to take their work seriously and comply with all road safety regulations,’ he added.

The special courier appreciation event not only underscored Yango’s commitment to fostering a culture of appreciation but also served as motivation for all couriers to strive for excellence. The company has stated plans to make this event a frequent one to motivate couriers and ensure that they are well-updated about safety.

Y
ango is an international tech company that transforms globally sourced technologies into everyday services tailored for local communities. With an unwavering commitment to innovation, we reshape and enhance leading cutting-edge technologies from around the world into seamlessly integrated daily services for diverse regions.

Our mission is to bridge the gap between leading world innovations and local communities, fostering connections and enhancing everyday living experiences.

Yango operates across 20+ countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Yango’s multilingual super app is available for free on Android and iOS.

Source: Ghana News Agency

AWARD announces new fellowship for African women in gender and climate action


The African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) has opened applications for African women professionals who work at the nexus of gender, climate change, and agrifood systems.

The step is part of an initiative to support gender equality in climate change adaptation for African smallholder farmers.

A statement from AWARD to the Ghana News Agency, explained that the fellowship, dubbed: ‘Accelerating African Women’s Leadership in Climate Action’ was a career development fellowship that aimed to increase both the number of African women leading climate action and the development of climate solutions designed to address the needs of women and men smallholders.

Women, it said, remained a minority among those making high-level decisions in environmental policy fields, holding only 15 per cent of 712 environmental sector minister positions as of 2020.

At the same time, gender inequalities in access to resources, opportunities, and decision-making power at the farm level typically left women smal
lholders especially vulnerable to climate change with fewer tools at their disposal for adaptation.

The new fellowship is, therefore, open to women climate change professionals in Ghana, Benin, Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, and Senegal, as some of the countries most impacted by climate change yet most dependent on small-scale agriculture.

Dr Susan Kaaria, Director of AWARD, said: ‘Yawning gender gaps throughout African agrifood systems is compounded by climate change, and yet women are also powerful, under-utilised agents of change.

‘We’re excited about the potential for this fellowship to grow a pool of African women climate change professionals, who can become effective leaders and forces for change, developing innovations for women smallholders to better cope with climate change.’

The new Fellowship, according to the statement, is under the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CLARE) programme, a £110 million framework research programme aiming to enable socially inclusive and sustainable action to build resi
lience to climate change and natural hazards.

CLARE is primarily funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) as part of International Climate Finance.

Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) contributes 15 per cent of funding to the research pillar and serves as the main delivery partner, supporting projects and collaboration across the programme, it noted.

The fellowship is targeting 300 participants in total, including100 women climate change professionals who will be supported through immersive training and mentoring to advance their technical capacity, leadership, networking, and outreach skills.

Each Fellow would be paired with a mentor with extensive experience in climate action, and they will further nominate a junior scientist, a mentee to maximise the reach of the initiative.

The fellowship, the statement said, would leverage AWARD’s long experience in designing and delivering successful career development and leadership programs.

A recent external eval
uation showed more than 95 per cent of beneficiaries found AWARD’s programmes and support met their needs in terms of advancing their career progression goals.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPA donates quadruple GC-MS equipment to GAEC to protect public health


The National Petroleum Authority (NPA) has donated a laboratory equipment to the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) to facilitate pharmaceutical, biological and forensic analysis.

The Chief Executive of the NPA, Dr. Mustapha Abdul- Hamid, said the gesture was to protect public health and wellbeing and ensure quality of petroleum products in the country.

The instrument procured with the support of the NPA through Authentix will be used at the organic chemistry laboratory of the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) of GAEC and avail to all laboratory analysts the opportunity to work with a user-friendly, high output, sensitive instrument with multiple detectors that can handle various products types thus improving timelines of analysis of pharmaceuticals, forensic, biological, industrial and other regulated products.

‘It will also facilitate the ability of all analysts to detect and pronounce on substandard and falsified medical products as well as unwholesome foods in a collective effort to protect
public health.

Addressing the gathering at the commissioning of the Agilent Gas Chromatography Equipment with Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) at the GAEC premises, the NPA Boss, Dr. Abdul-Hamid indicated that his outfit would continue to support research activities to help protect public health and ensure the quality of not just petroleum product but also, support research institutions in all facet to help protect public lives and maintain a conducive and healthy environment for all.

The event, he said, that demonstrated the utility of corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative by the NPA aimed at skill and knowledge development and to provide stronger relations between industry and research -based institution for the promotion of cutting-edge research.

He commended the Quality Assurance Directorate of the NPA for their hard work in keeping the quality of the petroleum product in Ghana.

The Board Chairman of GAEC, Dr. Kwaku Aning, expressed appreciation to the NPA and Authentix for this kind gesture and e
xpressed optimism for the future of this initiative.

He said, the new equipment would greatly enhance the institute and the commission’s ability to perform timely and accurate biological, environmental and chemical residue analysis on a wide range of samples.

He hinted that the Environmental Resources Center (ERRC) at the National Nuclear Research Institute (NNRI) are currently in the process of acquiring ISO/IEC 17025:2005 Labrador accreditation for the Organic Child Laboratory.

This he believed when acquired, would contribute to the modernization of the organic chemistry Laboratory with the donated GC-MS.

On his part, the Director General of GAEC, Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare, assured GAEC’s commitment to using the research and development activities to impact the mining and minerals exploration, human health and medicine, food and agriculture, petrochemical, and other sectors.

He also called for more support from the NPA in related equipment like a Fourier Transform Infra -red (FYIR) set up to make the
laboratory fully functional.

The NPA team included the Director of the Unified Petroleum Price Fund (UPPF) Mr. Jacob Amoah who also doubles as a Board Member of GAEC committee that managed the GC-MS project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana hosts first-ever Horticulture Expo


The first-ever Ghana Horticultural Expo 2024, has opened in Accra aiming at harmonizing efforts at enhancing growth developments in the horticulture sector.

This is expected to be achieved through information sharing, policy advocacy, creation of market access and the impartation of sustainable farming initiatives for value added growth.

The three-day event, being organized by the Federation of the Associations of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE) and partners, runs from July 9 to 11, at the Accra International Conference Centre.

It is on the theme: ‘Celebrating Ghana’s Horticultural Diversity; Produce Quality, Export more’.

FAGE, the USAID Feed the Future-Ghana Trade and Investment (GTI) Activity, the GiZ, the Ghana Incentive-Based Risk sharing system for Agric Lending (GIRSAL) and the Fidelity Bank of Ghana are the collaborators of the Expo.

The expo brings together farmers, exporters, representatives from the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), horticultural business sector players, experts and innovator
s, financial institutions, and development partners to observe demonstrations of horticultural products and practices.

They would also establish business connections, provide valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies, and create interest in the horticulture sector, especially among the youth.

There would also be workshops and panel discussions for participants to observe and engage in.

The U.S. Government, through the USAID is supporting the Expo with over one-million Ghana Cedis ($85,000).

‘By funding this event through the Feed the Future GTI Activity, we aim to enhance collaboration among stakeholders, increase private sector involvement in food security initiatives, and empower enterprises to position themselves as engines of growth in Ghana’s economic transformation agenda,’ Mr Andrew Read, USAID Ghana Economic Growth Office Director said at the opening ceremony.

‘Improved horticulture means more fruits and vegetables in your home gardens and at the farmer’s market, providing improve
d access to critical nutrients for a balanced diet,’ he added.

In a speech read on behalf of Osafohene Dr Afua Asabea Asare, Chief Executive Officer, GEPA, she said the Authority was happy to be collaborating with all the stakeholders in organizing the maiden Horticultural Expo.

‘It is indeed a proud moment for us in GEPA to be part of this great initiative. Our excitement stems from the fact that this event would position Ghana as the destination for horticultural produce on the continent.

‘This expo is not just a showcase of our produce but a testament to the hard work and dedication of our farmers, agribusinesses, researchers, and policymakers. It is a celebration of their relentless efforts to cultivate the land, nurture crops, and innovate to improve quality standards.’

Dr Asare urged the industry players to endeavour to produce quality produce, saying by adhering to stringent quality controls and sustainable practices, ‘we ensure that Ghanaian produce not only meets but exceeds international expecta
tions.’

In 2023, Ghana recorded Non-Traditional Export revenues of USD 3.9 billion representing an impressive growth of 11.75 per cent and contributing 24 per cent to total merchandize exports. The Agricultural sub-sector continued to make significant contribution to total NTE earnings, accounting for a 12.57 per cent share in 2023. Thus, the sector remained a vital part of Ghana’s export portfolio, Dr Asare noted.

Mr Davies Korboe, President of FAGE, explained that the horticulture sector in Ghana was not merely about crops; but also, about livelihoods, economic growth, and sustainable development that contributed substantially to the economy through agricultural expansion.

The cultivation of staples such as tomatoes, onions, and peppers alongside high-value crops like pineapples, mangoes, coconuts and citrus fruits, roots and tubers essentially underscore the sector’s dynamism and potential.

He said Ghana raked in about $3.94 billion in 2023 in non-traditional exports, about an 11 per cent increase over
the 2022 record.

‘According to GEPA, it is projected to hit $25 billion by 2028. With the service sector still dominating in terms of GDP’s contribution to the national economy, the revelation, while impressive, put the agricultural sector at 19.57 percent with about $495.8 million to the national GDP.

He, however, noted that despite the rich diversity of Ghana’s horticultural sector, local farmers were grappling with challenges in seizing market opportunities. The fierce competition from neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso and Niger, especially in the production of onions and tomatoes were a stack reality.

Notwithstanding the implementation of various development initiatives over the past decade, adoption of modern agricultural practices had lagged.

Mr Korboe called for investment in equipment such as small-scale irrigation, sustainable farming practices, improved seedling technology that would greatly increase the quality and yield of farmer’s production.

‘Addressing these challenges requires c
oncerted efforts from both public and private sectors, focusing on value chain optimization, quality control, and market promotion.’

Source: Ghana News Agency