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South African village becomes first to be powered by fuel cells

Posted by ipso facto @ 14:01 on August 5, 2014  

By Zandi Shabalala

KROONSTAD, South Africa, Aug 5 (Reuters) – A South African village has become the first in the world to be powered by fuel cells, companies behind the project said on Tuesday, in a new scheme which could help remote areas of the continent access electricity for the first time.

South Africa suffers from power shortages and state-run utility Eskom is struggling to keep up with rising electricity demand, while around 2 million poorer households live without any access to the grid.

“What we have here is a world first,” said Chris Griffith, chief executive of Anglo American Platinum, which is partnering with Canadian-listed Ballard Power Systems in piloting the project.

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