Francois grew up and went to high school in Schweizer-Reneke, a small town in the North-West province. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the North-West University (Potchefstroom campus), where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2022. He is currently busy with his master’s degree study at HySA infrastructure, where he is looking into blending hydrogen with diesel in a compression ignition engine to reduce emissions.
B.Eng Mechanical Engineering – North-West University (2022)
With stricter emissions guidelines for internal combustion engines (ICE) being rolled out worldwide, it is imperative to develop technologies that can reduce the carbon emissions of ICE as a stepping stone to developing green technologies. Large diesel engines used in industrial applications (such as the marine, mining, or transportation sectors) are of particular concern regarding the new emissions standards. Due to this, research into the use of hydrogen in conjunction with diesel in these engines will provide an excellent solution to reduce emissions and meet new guidelines.