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:
Company: Zhejiang CHINT Electrics Co., Ltd.
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

Bible Society of Ghana to launch Bono-Twi Bible on July 28


The Bible Society of Ghana in its commitment to promote reading of the Bible in the Bono local dialect has scheduled to launch the Bono-Twi Bible in Sunyani on July 28, 2024.

 

Reverend Dr Isaac Boaheng, a translator, during a press conference in Sunyani, said the word of God was meant to save mankind, hence the need to be accessible in a language that everyone could understand.

 

By reading the Bible in their own dialect, the Bono people would have a deeper appreciation for God’s word and be better equipped to apply it in their lives, he said.

 

Providing an overview of the Bono-Twi Bible translation project, Rev. Dr. Boaheng said the initiative began in October 2017 and expected to be completed by 2027.

 

He explained the first four years were dedicated to translating and publishing the New Testament, while the subsequent six-years would focus on translating and publishing the Old Testament alongside the New Testament to create a complete Bible.

 

Rev. Dr. Boaheng explained that prior to commencin
g the project, there was no standardised orthography for the Bono dialect and, therefore, the translators had to develop an orthography specifically for the Bono-Twi dialect.

 

This included unique letters such as ‘v’ and ‘z’, as seen in words like ‘mvuom’ (farm) and ‘ananze’ (the spider), saying the translators conducted extensive fieldwork and consultations to ensure a harmonised Bono-Twi orthography was established, similar to that of the Fante dialect.

 

Rev. Dr Boaheng, addressing the sub-dialectical differences, stressed the dynamic nature of language, constantly evolving to meet the needs of its speakers to reflect the diversity within the communities.

 

He said the primary objective of translating the Bible was to create a version that was accessible and meaningful to as many people as possible.

 

However, the task presented challenges as it was impossible to perfectly capture every variation and preference.

 

He said the translation team encountered obstacles in selecting words and phrases
that would resonate with a broad audience, resulting in certain sub-dialectical nuances not being fully represented.

 

Rev. Dr. Boaheng cited the use of three words for the English definite article (the) in Bono-Twi speaking communities, ‘he’, ‘ke’, and no, saying a field survey revealed that the majority used ‘he,’ leading to the decision to use ‘he’ as the definite article in the Bono-Twi Bible.

 

He then announced that all the 27 books of the New Testament had undergone the necessary procedures and had been published as Bono-Twi Apam Foforo.

 

As part of its mission to make the Bible accessible to diverse linguistic communities, the Bible Society of Ghana has completed nine translations of the Bible in local dialects such as Asante-Twi, Akuapem, Fante, Ga, Ewe, Esahie, Dagbani, Damgbe, and Nzema.

 

The Society has ongoing projects in local dialects such as Bono-Twi, Effutu, Gurundi, and Okere.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Cybersecurity Authority licenses 51 Cybersecurity Players


After months of rigorous efforts to align Ghana’s cybersecurity standards with global benchmarks, the Cyber Security Authority (CSA) has achieved a groundbreaking milestone by officially licensing and accrediting qualified industry players.

This marks Ghana as the first country in Africa and the second globally, following Singapore, to implement a comprehensive regulatory framework for Cybersecurity Service Providers (CSPs), Cybersecurity Establishments (CEs), and Cybersecurity Professionals (CPs).

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 10, 2024, a total of 51 CSPs, CEs, and CPs received their licenses and accreditations from the CSA.

Addressing the recipients, the Director-General of the CSA, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, sounded a word of caution to all CSPs, CEs, and CPs who were offering cybersecurity services without a license or accreditation that they were in violation of the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 (Act 1038) stressing that ‘we would stop at nothing to ensure that all defaulting institutions and indivi
duals face the appropriate sanctions, including criminal prosecutions and administrative penalties’.

While urging other CSPs, CEs, and CPs who were at various stages of the licensing and accreditation process to work hard to meet all the requirements, the Director-General intimated that the CSA, in collaboration with the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and other relevant stakeholders, was working to ensure compliance with the guidelines pursuant to the Cybersecurity Act.

Describing the occasion as a landmark achievement that underscores Ghana’s unwavering commitment to digital security and resilience, Dr. Antwi-Boasiako said the Cybersecurity Act, 2020 mandated the CSA to regulate cybersecurity activities in the country, including licensing CSPs and accrediting CEs and CPs and in furtherance of that, the CSA officially started the registration process in March 2023.

Dr. Antwi-Boasiako highlighted the collaborative approach taken by the CSA, involving extensive stakeholder engagements since October 2022
to refine regulatory guidelines and to support registrants through the application process. ‘More than 30 different industry engagements have been conducted across different sectors, including industry players, academia, civil society organisations, and government institutions to achieve this feat,’ Dr. Antwi-Boasiako added.

He observed that through extensive consultations, invaluable insights were gathered to refine the guidelines for the process, coupled with remarkable support and dedication from all stakeholders.

Congratulating the recipients, a member of the CSA governing board, Mrs. Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh, indicated that the regulatory framework was a strategic pillar to the development of the cybersecurity industry in Ghana and a testament to a proactive stance in safeguarding the digital landscape.

‘Today’s ceremony is not just a culmination but a catalyst for continued collaboration and innovation in our cybersecurity ecosystem. The synergy among CSPs, CEs, and CPs will drive us towards adaptive
resilience and continuous improvement,’ she said.

Feedback from CSPs, CEs and CPs who received their licenses and accreditations indicated that even though the process was arduous, they were excited to have met the stringent licensing and accreditation criteria.

They expressed their commitment to continuous collaboration with the CSA to ensure a secure and resilient ecosystem and to develop the cybersecurity industry.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Unpaid compensation: Former GPHA workers threaten to picket at Tema Port


Some former casual workers of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) have threatened to picket at the Tema Port to back their demand for the payment of compensation to them.

Mr. Moses Kwanayah, the spokesperson for the former workers, speaking at a press conference at Ashaiman, said that as far back as 2002, the GPHA embarked on a World Bank project dubbed ‘The Gateway Project’ to refit the port with state-of-the art machinery and to downsize the workforce of the company.

Mr. Kwanayah stated that, in respect of that, about 4,195 non-permanent staff opted for the company’s ‘voluntary retirement exercise.’

‘But we later got to know that management had shortchanged us. In view of this misfortune, we petitioned the then sitting President John Agyekum Kufuor through his Chief of Staff, Mr. Kojo Mpianim, for redress, but that also did not yield any result,’ he stated.

He added that they also petitioned several other authorities for their intervention, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to w
hom they noted responded, and urged the management of the GPHA to compensate them on humanitarian grounds.

‘Even though the President urged for compensation to be given to us, till date, we have not received any such compensation from management despite our relentless and several demands and calls on management, which they have bluntly refused to do,’ he said.

They said in their quest for justice, they had persisted and even went to court, adding, however, that the GPHA only appropriated some compensation to five members of the group while the rest of them were left unattended to despite their continuous demand on the authority.

They said the situation was a pity as most of their colleagues were now sick and could not even buy their medications, adding that most of them were greatly affected by the issue and could not even provide for their families.

The former workers stressed, ‘We are here, just to demand and get our benefits properly paid to us. We demand action right now on this issue, which has raged
on for several years now without any redress, or we won’t move an inch from here, and we don’t care what happened; we shall make our voices heard until we are treated rightly.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Africa Monologue Challenge partners Kiira motors as Pan-African Transport Partner


Kiira Motors Incorporated, a Ugandan manufacturer of electric buses and coaches, has revved up as the official transport partner for Season 2 of the Africa Monologue Challenge (AMC), in Uganda from July 26th to August 30th, 2024.

During a recent closed-door meeting with the CEO of Kiira motors and his team at the Kiira Motors plant in Jinja, Uganda, the Africa Monologue Challenge (AMC) organizers expressed enthusiasm for Kiira Motors’ contributions to the African mobility sector.

A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Wednesday said the AMC organizers pledged to collaborate with Kiira Motors to ensure their success story reached a wider audience, including Africans on the continent, the diaspora, and the global community.

‘The Kiira team then provided the AMC organizers with a tour of their new facilities, showcasing the innovative technologies they plan to introduce to Africa’s electric vehicle industry’.

The AMC was a bold initiative conceived by MK Casting, the African Chamber of Conte
nt Producers (ACCP), and the National Film Authority of Ghana with the Pan-African Women’s Organization (PAWO) as lifetime partner of the Africa Monologue Challenge Season 2 and beyond.

The organizers stated that this innovative project leveraged the power of Africa’s creative economy, valued at over $50 billion according to UNCTAD, to promote Pan-Africanism and intra-African trade.

‘It provides a platform for Africans across the continent and diaspora to share their stories through the power of monologue, a storytelling format reaching millions globally’.

According to the organizers, all the 10 finalists from their respective countries will come together to feature in an Afro futurism Pan African film that would be intentional in promoting Pan African brands to a global audience.

Season one of AMC, held in Ghana under the auspices of the National Film Authority of Ghana, saw Ugandan actress Rachael Nduhukire emerge victorious.

As per the competition rules, the winner gets to host the next season, leadin
g Season 2 to take place in Uganda under the auspices of the Pan African Women’s Organization (PAWO) and the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

This season promises a vibrant showcase of creativity, cultural exchange, Pan-African solidarity, and a positive narrative about Africa.

‘Kiira Motors, as the official transport partner, will provide their electric buses and coaches for all AMC events and transportation needs. The 10 finalists, representing 10 African countries, will have the opportunity to experience Ugandan innovation firsthand by riding in Kiira’s electric vehicles.

Mawuko Kuadzi, CEO of MK Casting and a renowned international casting director, lamented the underutilization of Africa’s creative industry as a marketing and promotional tool.

‘In my daily work, I encounter a wealth of creative talent across Africa,’ Kuadzi stated. ‘These individuals, whether working in film or commercials, possess powerful voices that can bridge the gap between brands and consumers on the continent.’

He expr
essed optimism that Season 2 of the Africa Monologue Challenge (AMC), held under the auspices of the Pan-African Women’s Organization (PAWO) and the Uganda Communications Commissions (UCC), would serve as a powerful showcase of Africa’s creative economy and its potential to elevate African brands such as the Kiira Kayoola EVS and the Kayoola Coaches.

The African Chamber of Content Producers sees the AMC as a springboard to promote intra-African trade, currently estimated at only 15% of the continent’s total trade volume.

The 10 finalists will be tasked as ambassadors for Kiira Motors, aiming to see Kiira buses on the streets of their respective countries within the next two years.

‘This partnership is a perfect example of how creativity can drive economic development,’ said Dwomoh-Doyen Benjamin, Executive Director of the ACCP, and an international media consultant. ‘By showcasing Kiira Motors’ innovation to a Pan-African audience, we can inspire collaboration and break down trade barriers.’

‘The Africa M
onologue Challenge aims for global visibility for Kiira Motors through the eyes of Africa’s creative minds. By engaging with different creative content formats and using the AMC finalists as negotiators and promoters of kiira buses in their respective countries, the AMC hopes to see Kiira buses operating in at least ten African countries within two years’, he emphasized.

According to the organizers, the Africa Monologue Challenge recognized the crucial role of AfCFTA in achieving its ambitious trade promotion goals. The organizers are already in discussions with the AfCFTA secretariat in Ghana to ensure the success of this creative initiative.

‘The AfCFTA presents a historic opportunity for Africa,’ said Mr Fred Amugi, a veteran actor and an AMC organizer. ‘The AMC can play a vital role in raising awareness on the AfCFTA and encouraging businesses to take advantage of its benefits.’By fostering intra-African trade, the AMC ultimately aims to create jobs and drive development across the continent.

‘This exc
iting partnership between the AMC and Kiira Motors promises a season filled with creative energy, cultural exchange, and a powerful message of Pan-African unity.’We are proud to be a part of this movement,’ said Paul Isaac Musasizi, CEO of Kiira Motors. ‘Together, we can showcase the best of Africa to the world.’

Kiira Motors is a leading African manufacturer of electric vehicles, committed to sustainable mobility solutions. With a focus on innovation, environmental consciousness, and economic growth, Kiira Motors aims to revolutionize transportation across the continent.

The Africa Monologue Challenge is a platform that amplifies African voices, celebrates creativity, and fosters cultural exchange.

Through monologues, storytelling, Afro futurism Pan African films, and artistic expression, the AMC showcases the richness of Africa’s heritage and its potential for positive change.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GJA to hold second 75th Anniversary Lecture in Ho


The Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) will hold its second 75th anniversary lecture in Ho, the regional capital of the Volta Region.

The event, which comes off Thursday, July 11, will feature Professor Kwame Karikari, a communications lecturer and media freedom advocate, Cameron Duodu, a renowned columnist and international journalist, and Dr Akofa Segbefia, a media consultant, who will address pertinent issues. 

The lecture which is on the topic: ’75 years of excellence in journalism: Shaping the future,’ will be chaired by Rev Ruby Amable, a retired broadcaster. The Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa, is billed as Special Guest.

It would be attended by media practitioners and partners, academics, students and members of the public and would be telecast live on national and local television and radio stations.

The theme for the GJA 75th Anniversary is: ’75 years of excellence in journalism: Honouring the past, embracing the present and shaping the future’.

To give the anniversary a nationa
l focus, the GJA’s National Executive decided to take the public lecture to the regions, with the Ashanti Region hosting the first in the series in Kumasi a few weeks ago.

Source: Ghana News Agency