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Engineering students construct 200 ℓ/d biodiesel plant

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st September 2012 The University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits’) Engineers Without Borders – Wits student society started construction of a small-scale biodiesel plant this month. Wits third year chemical engineering student Robert Louw and numerous other engineering students have been researching small-scale... 

DoE’s mandatory blending regulations welcomed by grain producers

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st September 2012 South African grain producers association, Grain SA, has welcomed the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) publication of the Mandatory Blending of Biofuel with Petrol and Diesel regulations in the Government Gazette last month. 

Group to assess Mpumalanga biomass-to-energy potential

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2011 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon and sugar producer TSB Sugar have been contracted by the Mpumalanga Cane Growers Association to undertake a feasibility study to investigate boosting economic development in rural areas in Mpumalanga’s Nkomazi district, using... 

International collaboration critical to growing biofuels industry

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2011 The establishment of a sustainable global biofuels industry will require international collaboration in many fields, states the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its latest ‘Technology Roadmap-Biofuels for Transport’ report. 

Financier moves ahead with biofuels project 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th September 2011 The Industrial Development Corporation is moving forward with one of three planned projects to establish the South African biofuels industry. 

Potential for conversion to biorefineries in SA

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th September 2010 South Africa has the potential to convert its carbon-based existing industrial refineries into biorefineries, which will benefit the country socially, economically and environmentally. 

First general aviation engine powers light aircraft with biofuel

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th September 2010 Local general aviation (GA) company Adept Airmotive has developed the first GA engine that is able to power a light aircraft with a range of environment-friendly alternative fuels, such as biofuels and liquid petroleum gas. 

Biofuel ready for commercial-scale production

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th September 2010 Process technology supplier Honeywell UOP is ready to move its green jet fuel into commercial-scale production within the next two or three years, and has started the certification and licensing processes. 

Waste vegetable oil biodiesel refineries planned for KwaZulu-Natal

By: Carla Thomaz     11th September 2009 Biodiesel production company First In Spec (FIS) Biofuels has issued an initial public stock offering (IPO) to raise funds for the first of its three waste vegetable oil (WVO) biodiesel refineries in South Africa. 

Critical for Africa to be part of the biofuels revolution

By: Carla Thomaz     11th September 2009 Africa’s low productivity of existing farming systems, combined with the large stretches of suitable cropland, is making it the world’s highest energy crop-production potential for the burgeoning global biofuels market; and it is critical to the continent’s future to be part of this revolution,... 

Local company commits to renewable energy in Africa

11th September 2009 Equipment design, project management and engineering specialists Bosch Projects, is committed to developing and implementing renewable energy solutions in Africa. 

Second-generation biofuels may offer a way forward

By: Liam Morrison     31st October 2008 Second-generation technologies for the production of biofuels will assist humanity in overcoming many of the disadvantages of first generation technologies, University of Stellenbosch’s microbiology acting head Emile van Zyl told audiences at the Protecting the Future of the Biofuels Industry in... 

Biofuels a potential tool for social development

By: Liam Morrison     31st October 2008 The biofuels industry will have a greater benefit for Southern Africa if it is used as a tool for social development rather than as a means to replace the region's dependency on crude oil, said Citizens United for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (CURES) Southern African coordinator Annie Sugrue. 

By-product uses determine biofuel process sustainability

By: Liam Morrison     31st October 2008 The profitability and sustainability of a biofuel production process is determined by how the by-products created in the process or derivatives of those by-products are used, says biochemical services provider Bioservices' Dr Irene Finnegan. 

Grain likely to remain off the biofuels crop list

31st October 2008 Unless there is a surplus in the production of grain in 2008, cabinet’s policy on excluding maize as a biofuels feedstock is likely to remain the same, Grain South Africa senior economist Wessel Lemmer commented earlier this year.  

Ambitious joint venture eyes big Southern African opportunities

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2007 Biofuels producer D1 Oils and petroleum manufacturer BP have formalised a 50:50 global joint venture (JV), called the D1 BP Fuel Crop, which has been created to accelerate the planting of jatropha curcas, a drought-resistant, inedible oilseed bearing tree that can be harvested for liquid fuels. 

Food versus fuel debate escalates

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2007 The biggest disadvantage of biofuels is its potential to compete with food production, said University of Cape Town senior lecturer in economics Jeremy Wakeford, during the September Biofuels Africa 2007 conference. "This is most obvious in the case of maize-ethanol, considering that maize is one... 

Algae – fuel for thought

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd November 2007 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) aims to develop a process for the production of biodiesel from algae, states CSIR bioprocessing development research team leader Raj Lalloo. The desktop study for this project was started in 2006, and laboratory research was undertaken... 

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