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Biofuels News

Jelly-like fuel could be answer to SA shack-fire scourge

By: Laura Tyrer     4th August 2006 The dangers of paraffin use in South Africa’s domestic cooking market may become a thing of the past thanks to the promotion of a safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly alternative fuel product. 

Commercialisation vital for green-energy success

By: Clement Deane     28th July 2006 In order for renewable energy to have a future in South Africa, it needs to be commercialised, according to NuPlanet director Anton-Louis Olivier. NuPlanet has been involved in a number of renewable energy projects and a current project in South Africa is the development of the Bethlehem... 

Ethanol study results expected by year-end

By: Laura Tyrer     26th May 2006 The state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a division of the Central Energy Fund (CEF) are set to begin an investigation into the viability of producing ethanol as a blend stock fuel in South Africa. 

New technology to help cut manufacturing cost of alternative energy source

By: Zonika Botha     26th May 2006 An agreement between the Central Energy Fund (CEF), of South Africa, and IFE, a German company, will help to make solar power a much more cost-effective alternative energy solution for end users. 

Eskom confirms TV 'flash' warnings to save power in the Cape

By: Nicola Mawson     19th May 2006 State-utility Eskom has confirmed that the winter months will see it issuing flash warnings on television screens across the country, warning consumers to switch off certain appliances. 

National integrated resource plan under review

By: Laura Tyrer     21st April 2006 In light of the growing international trend towards renewable energy as a contributor to future energy needs, South Africa’s National Energy Regulator (Nersa) will include a ?least-cost renewable energy scenario in its upcoming national integrated resource plan (NIRP). 

Africa's potential as feedstock source unpacked

By: Liezel Hill     31st March 2006 The potential role of Africa as a provider of feedstock to the emerging global biofuels industry will become increasingly significant, for both the sector and the continent, believes D1 Oils Africa CEO Demetri Pappa-dopolous. 

State expected to extend R14m alternative-energy subsidy

By: Liezel Hill     31st March 2006 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) is planning to lobby Cabinet for additional funds for its renewable-energy subsidy scheme, according to deputy director for renewable energy at the DME, Nadia Hamid. 

Proposed legislation expected to light fire under alternative-energy programme

By: Helene Le Roux     24th March 2006 The uptake of renewable energy in South Africa will receive a boost when the Draft Energy Bill, which is expected to be promulgated early next year, is signed in to law. 

Growing business in both range and turnover

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2006 The latest move up the added-value chain by IST Energy, part of the group’s Electronics wing, into the field of turnkey electricity substation solutions, has been very successful indeed. 

Jo'burg official details challenges associated with infrastructure rollout

By: peter cromberge     10th February 2006 Although the city of Johannesburg is planning the roll-out of a capital programme to overhaul the city’s electricity network over the next five years, chairperson of municipal entities for the City of Johannesburg Brian Hlongwe notes that significant effort needs to be committed to the task. 

$14m project to target telecoms industry

By: peter cromberge     27th January 2006 Over the next three years, 400 fuel cells will be installed across the country as part of a $14-million project to provide power in both urban and rural settings. 

Public hearings into power prices set for January

By: Terence Creamer     9th December 2005 The National Electricity Regulator (NER) will hold a public hearing on January 20 and 21, to allow oral submissions into a proposed three-year tariff determination for Eskom, which will provide price-increase visibility for the period April 1, 2006 through to March 31, 2009. 

SA's national energy regulator to be launched

22nd November 2005 President Thabo Mbeki and Minister Lindiwe Hendricks re to officially launch South Africa's National Energy Regulator (Nersa) at a gala dinner tonight at the Sandton Convention Centre. 

Energy-hungry China turns to South African scientists

By: peter cromberge     17th October 2005 To help satisfy China's growing appetite for energy technology, the University of the Witwatersrand's Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (Comps) has offered a unique coal-to-liquid (CTL) process to China. 

Pan-African Alliance?

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2005 Nigerian energy group Oando, which is seeking a listing on the main board of JSE, is planning to engage with South African groups Sasol and PetroSA on possible gas-to-liquids opportunities in Nigeria. 

Unlocking gas riches

By: Helene Le Roux     14th October 2005 Since its inception, the South African synthetic-fuels industry has produced well over 1,5-billion barrels of oil equivalent (boe) from coal and gas. 

Developing countries urged to develop modern energy sources

7th October 2005 Parliamentarians from developing countries have a duty to enact laws for the poor to access modern energy sources; delegates attending the Forum on Energy Legislation and Sustainable Development were told on Wednesday. 

Sasol: fuelling the future

By: Martin Creamer     23rd September 2005 Pat Davies will oversee a capital expenditure (capex) of R14-billion in his first full financial year at the helm of Sasol, the R70-billion-a-year growth gusher, which plans to create three new Secunda-equivalents in the Middle East and large new coal-to-liquids (CTL) plants in China. 

PPP unit focuses on priority sectors

By: Mariaan Webb     8th July 2005 To support sustainable economic development on the African continent the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) facilitates the provision of industrial-related infrastructure in private-public partnership projects (PPPs) and head of PPP at IDC Loyiso Jiya tells Engineering News that the IDC... 

Joburg to be centre of energy universe

By: Helene Le Roux     24th June 2005 Climate change and the environment will be high on the agenda when the 18th World Petroleum Congress meets from September 25 to September 29 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg. 

SA researcher makes Solar breakthrough

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2005 The prototype has been made and the pilot plant has produced its first commercial units. Next year, if all goes according to plan, a full-size plant is to be constructed within South Africa. 

State energy firm mulls over paraffin alternative

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2005 The Energy Development Corporation (EDC), a division within CEF is looking to replace a large percentage of the paraffin used by South Africa’s poor with an ethanol gel fuel – which works on the same basis as a candle but with a much higher heating value. 

Company supplies more energy-efficient motors

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2005 It is estimated that 50% of all the electric power generated globally is used to drive electric motors and, by that fact, industry is a prime consumer of the earth’s fossil-fuel supplies. 

Soya-to-diesel plan hinges on by-products

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2005 A 100 000-ton-a-year biodiesel plant, using soya as a feedstock to produce a biodiesel blend, is set for commissioning in 2007. 

Micro hydro plant planned for Free State town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2005 Construction of a R40-million-plus hydroelectric project in Bethlehem, in the Free State, is due to start later this year, with first electricity to be delivered in 2007. 

Research into biogas energy solution advances

By: elizabeth rebelo     20th May 2005 With South Africa’s impending energy crises and the fact that most rural households do not have access to energy, biogas could potentially become a viable solution. 

Next power-tariff rise expected to exceed inflation

By: Liezel Hill     13th May 2005 Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin said yesterday that future electricity-tariff hikes were likely to exceed inflation as power utility Eskom began financing its programme to bring additional capacity onstream. 

International peak theorist holds talks in SA

By: Nicola Mawson     6th May 2005 Peak-oil theorist Richard Heinberg will be conducting a series of talks in Johannesburg next week. 

Minister signs energy-efficiency accord

By: Nicola Mawson     5th May 2005 The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME) officially launched Energy Efficiency month last night. 


By: Nicola Mawson     15th April 2005 It is the little things in life that make our lives easier. 

Antarctic base becomes wind and sun energy study ground

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2005 The inhospitable Antarctic has become a rather unlikely study ground for renewable energy. 

Green power should dominate by 2050 - lobby group

By: Martin Czernowalow     14th April 2005 A study by a South African environmental group argues that 90% of the country's electricity generation could be derived from renewable sources such as solar, wind and wave by 2050. 

Oil major seeks environmentally responsible energy balance

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 GIANT global energy group BP is fully aware of the “paradox” it faces, between the provision of energy and the provision of energy in an environmentally responsible way. 

Big things expected for SA-China nuclear link-up

By: Keith Campbell     25th March 2005 Story about the benefits to SA’s PBMR of MoU recently signed between PBMR Ltd & Chinese PBMR developer Chinergy. 

Developers shun solar energy to protect bottom lines

By: Nicola Mawson     18th March 2005 Recent fears over a shortage of electricity, compounded by last year’s fire at the Hursthill power station, have prompted people to consider alternative sources of power. 

What's in store for the world's second-largest energy importer

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th March 2005 The world’s second-largest energy importer is Japan. 

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