On the 27th of June 2019 the National Science and Technology Forum, in conjunction with South32, announced the winners of the 2018/2019 NSTF-South32 Awards at the prestigious Awards Gala Dinner. The gala was held at Emperors Palace and was attended by the Director General of the Department of Science and Technology, amongst many other esteemed guests. This award, whilst being the oldest and most established in the country, has become the most sought-after award of its kind.
The gala has been dubbed as the ‘Science Oscars’ of South Africa and is held annually to announce the finalists and winners of the award. Industry experts and leaders, and upcoming talents, gathered together to celebrate the achievements of the nominees and their contributions towards the sciences.
The Johannesburg based research and development company Hydrox Holdings Ltd was announced as the winner of the Innovation Award in the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise (SMME) category.
Hydrox specialises in membraneless water electrolysis and are the developers of the patented Divergent-Electrode-Flow-Through (DEFTTM) Technology. This technology provides a cost effective and robust solution by removing the need for costly and degradable membranes. Membranes are susceptible to thermal degradation due to hotspots on the electrodes and are prone to ionic contamination. By removing the need for membranes, DEFTTM unlocks the potential for high temperature and higher-pressure operation, which can lead to significantly higher efficiencies of production. Furthermore, this will allow DEFTTM to be used in a wider variety of applications, whilst being able to utilise the full potential of green energy sources.
These developments and innovations led to their selection as the winners of the award. Hydrox is honoured to have received this recognition for their efforts. They are currently scaling up their design, in association with the Shell GameChanger Programme and DemcoTECH Engineering, for commercial applications. Hydrox looks forward to providing lasting and meaningful solutions in the water electrolysis sector.