Fuel Cells Africa was established in the mid-1990s by Robert B van der Merwe. The company specializes in LED Lighting and Alternative and Renewable Energy. By identifying and engaging with high-quality Partners and Suppliers, FCA provides consulting, design and problem-solving solutions. The business is totally unbiased towards the use of different technology tools to solve different problems. there is no 'one size fits all' in our Industry, so, all Projects are Custom-built to suit the client's requirements, using the best available technology and products; economic consideration being a decisive part in each of the Processes.
RB, a Professional Cert. Engineer by Trade, Mechanical and Electrical, registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) which is the statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000 of the Republic of South Africa.
With more than 3 decades of Mining experience (Asbestos, Antimony, Copper, Coal, Gold, Uranium and Platinum), progressed through the ranks, from Junior Engineer, Section Engineer, Resident Engineer, Manager Engineering, Assistant Consulting Engineer, Consulting Engineer to Chief Consulting Mechanical and Electrical Engineer and served most of this time working for one of the top four largest Mining Houses in Africa, Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company (JCI). During this term, was exposed to and gained experience in Mining, Process, Project Development, and Operational expertise. This included the Management and control of multi-discipline Technical Teams and CAPEX jurisdiction for numerous Major Projects amounting to Many-Millions of Rand.
Having decided to go on his own, today, FCA, the company, can provide consulting services, advice, information, and products for a wide range of interesting technologies; Plasma, Biomass, Hydrogen, all types of Power solutions, Specialised LED Lighting answers and Automated Novel Mining Concepts!
Headed up and pioneered the Trackless Mechanised Mining Methods (TM³) Project for deep level Gold and Platinum Mining for the Group (Multi- Millions of Rand Project) Utilizing large Load Haul Dumpers (LHD’s), Front-end Loaders, Multi-boom Drill Rigs, 26-ton low profile dump trucks and numerous types of utility vehicles. Initially had 16 Projects operating at the same time at different mines, on different levels, producing megatons of ore and employing many people!
Headed up, (CEO) of Geological Drilling for Minerals (GDM) company, responsible for all exploration drilling for the Group and other Mining Houses and had scores of drill-rigs out in the field at any one time. Pioneered Oil-well Drilling Technology (from the States), reworked same, to successfully core drill for gold, down to 5600m (18 373feet), in record time!
Was involved in the commissioning of the then largest, most sophisticated Platinum Refinery in the world, and if not mistaken, still is, the Precious Metals Refinery (PMR) in Rustenburg, South Africa.
FCA recently concluded a partnership agreement with an International High Tech., Investment company who will soon be setting up shop in South Africa, for Africa, concentrating on Alternative and Renewable energy products, service, training, education etc., aimed at improving the plight of the many rural communities of our society, and thus giving assistance in Youth Development via Centres of Excellence!
So, watch this space for some very interesting future developments....!