Dr. Gerhard Human

Key Programme Manager: KP5

Gerhard Human was born in the Rustenburg, South Africa. He holds a B.Eng from the Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg (later re-named to University of Johannesburg) and a M.Eng from the North-West University, Potchefstroom and is about to receive his PhD in Electrical Engineering from North-West University in South Africa. He joined HySA Infrastructure in September 2013 as a acting programme manager for renewable to hydrogen. His main responsibilities are managing the solar-to-hydrogen research and projects.


B. Eng (Electrical & Electronic Engineering), Rand Afrikaans University (the now University of Johannesburg), Johannesburg, South Africa 2004

M. Eng (Nuclear Engineering) from North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa 2009

 PhD. Eng (Electrical Engineering), North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa, 2016

Recent Publications

G. Human, G. van Schoor and K. R. Uren, “Sizing of renewable energy hydrogen systems,” AFRICON, 2011, Livingstone, 2011, pp. 1-6. doi: 10.1109/AFRCON.2011.6072089

G. Human, G van Schoor, K.R. Uren, W.C. Venter, A.J. Grobler, J. Haultzhausen, S.P.O. Oelofse, F. van der Merwe, D. Bessarabov, “Design of a Stand-Alone Renewable Energy Hydrogen Production System for Distributed, Small-Scale Applications inSouth Africa”, oral presentation and paper, in: Proceedings of the International Conference on Hydrogen Production, CD format,  June 24-27, 2012, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Gerhardus Human, George van Shcoor, Kenneth R. Uren, Interdependent Multi-objective Sizing and Control Optimisation of a Renewable Energy Hydrogen System, IFAC Proceedings, vol. 47, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 10257-10262,

Steven Chiuta, Nicolaas Engelbrecht, Gerhard Human, Dmitri G. Bessarabov, “Techno-economic assessment of power-to-methane and power-to-syngas business models for sustainable carbon dioxide utilization in coal-to-liquid facilities”, J. of CO2 Utilization, Vol. 16, 2016, pp. 399-411

Dmitri Bessarabov, Gerhardus Human, Andries J. Kruger, Steven Chiuta, Phillimon M. Modisha, Stephanus P. du Preez, Stephanus P. Oelofse, Immanuel Vincent, Jan Van Der Merwe, Henrietta W. Langmi, Jianwei Ren, Nicholas M. Musyoka, “South African hydrogen infrastructure (HySA infrastructure) for fuel cells and energy storage: Overview of a projects portfolio”, J. of Hydrogen Energy, Vol. 42, Issue 19, 2017, pp. 13568-13588

G. Human, G. van Schoor, K.R. Uren, Power management and sizing optimisation of renewable energy hydrogen production systems, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Vol 31, pp. 155–166, 2019