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Biofuels News

DTI says it’s geared to disburse R5bn in industry incentives yearly 

By: Terence Creamer     5th April 2013 Through its current suite of industrial financing schemes, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) says it is currently in a position to extend about R5-billion a year to support industrial development, small businesses and export-promotion initiatives. The department’s Industrial Development... 

Biomass gasification could offer reliable off-grid alternative 

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2013 The gasification of biomass to produce electricity can be used to promote the development of rural and off-grid areas or assist municipalities in their efforts to alleviate power shortages, creating sustainable jobs in the process, says biomass gasification company Carbo Consult & Engineering MD... 

Focus on high-margin business areas

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th March 2013 A key focus for JSE-listed paper, pulp and packaging group Sappi this year is to return its Southern African business to profitability by implementing various interventions aimed at repositioning the paper business to be more competitive and better serving the requirements of its customers. 

Stainless steel beneficial for biofuels sector

1st March 2013 Stainless steel is the material of choice for many applications in the bioethanol, biodiesel and biogas sectors as it presents a cost-efficient and reliable material solution, says international nonprofit organisation the Nickel Institute. 

Zimbabwe hopes for savings as it unveils ethanol-blending rules

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     1st March 2013 Zimbabwe stands to save about $2-million a month following government’s decision to pass new regulations making it mandatory for oil companies to sell blended fuel.  

Carbon tax from 2015, as new biofuels incentive is unveiled 

By: Terence Creamer     27th February 2013 The South African government has confirmed that a carbon tax will be phased in from January 1, 2015, as part of South Africa’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change and encourage energy efficiency measures. An updated policy paper will be published by the end of March for further... 

Sugarcane fibre could boost biofuel development – study 

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th February 2013 A doctorate study undertaken by Stellenbosch University Department of Process Engineering student Yuda Benjamin has found that the fibres of some varieties of sugarcane had the potential to boost the production of ethanol at a reduced cost. Benjamin said a new scientific method developed as part... 

2013 Indaba attracts greater interest, expects 20% growth

By: Samantha Herbst     8th February 2013 Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) organiser Siyenza hopes to further its objective of positioning Africa as the continent of energy opportunity by delivering a comprehensive event for the fifth consecutive year. Siyenza MD Liz Hart tells Engineering News that enquiry and interest levels have grown... 

Biofuels boom waits on paperwork 

By: Sapa     30th January 2013 Seven years after a government feasibility study showed a biofuels industry in South Africa could create tens of thousands of new jobs, the paperwork needed to establish it remains outstanding. Briefing MPs on Wednesday, the energy department's chief director for clean energy, Mokgadi Modise,... 

Malawi gives thumbs up to ethanol following study

By: Marcel Chimwala     14th December 2012 The Malawi government has approved the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel to power vehicles following research conducted by the country’s National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST). Ministry of Education, Science and Technology permanent secretary Lonely Magareta says that,... 

Small-scale synfuels production here to stay

By: Samantha Herbst     26th October 2012 While global petrochemicals groups Shell and Sasol have dominated the commercialisation of synthetic fuels (synfuels) for years, other gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology and associated synfuels businesses are advancing on a broad front, says clean synfuels production technology innovator Oxford... 

Biofuels lead to carbon reduction

By: Chantelle Kotze     5th October 2012 Carbon emissions and climate change advisory firm Promethium Carbon regards bioenergy as an additional solution to that of renewable energy in dealing with rising energy costs and the impacts of global warming, which are exacerbated by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. However, the firm states that... 

Potential biofuels market could kick-start bioenergy industry

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th October 2012 South Africa has not yet embraced bioenergy, which comprises biofuels, biogas and bioelectricity, in earnest, says Stellenbosch University senior chair of energy research in biofuels Professor Emile van Zyl. 

Company provides training, equipment

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st September 2012 Sustainable, small-scale and decentralised biodiesel production is key to expanding the biofuels industry in South Africa and in other Southern African Development Community (SADC) member States, says biodiesel processing and equipment company Bioman Energy. 

SA biofuels industry awaits implementation of regulations

By: Chantelle Kotze     21st September 2012 The lack of regulation of mandatory blending of mineral fuels with biofuels, the pricing structures for the sale of biofuels and the incentives for licensed producers have led to challenges in establishing the industry in South Africa, says future producer of fuel-grade bioethanol Mabele Fuels GM... 

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. 

Western Cape restaurant used cooking oil turned into biodiesel

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     18th September 2012 Used cooking oil from restaurants has become a valuable resource in the Western Cape, with Envirodiesel converting it to biodiesel and selling it to companies to run a range of trucks, mining equipment and fishing vessels. Western Cape-based Envirodiesel produces about 20 000 l of biodiesel each... 

Latest energy efficient building solutions showcased

By: Joanne Taylor     14th September 2012 The Star Interbuild Africa expo, with Glass Expo Africa, EcoAfribuild, Plumbdrain Africa, Frigair, Woodpro Africa and Current Africa showcased the latest energy-efficient building solutions, in line with new building industry regulations, at Nasrec last month. 

SADC bioenergy investment incubator launched

By: Natalie Greve     17th August 2012 The development of a thriving and sustainable biomass and bioenergy industry in Southern Africa could be a catalyst for the economic recovery of the region and serve to establish it as a major bio-energy provider to global markets. 

New-generation Boeing airliner to make debut with African airline industry soon

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2012 Ethiopian Airlines will receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner this month. The airline was one of the first customers in the world, and the first customer in Africa, for Boeing’s new generation airliner, which entered revenue service in October last year with All Nippon Airways (ANA) of Japan.... 

Green energy requires an investment in chemistry

27th July 2012 The chemical industry is often overlooked as key to the generation of new and alternative energy solutions, says industry body South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Green Chemistry division chair Dr Vincent Nyamori. 

French new energy research group seeks SA collaborators

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2012 The new energy unit within the French Atomic Energy Agency, known as CEA-Liten, is keen to establish collaborative research projects with South African research organisations and industry. International cooperation director Dr François Tardif visited South Africa this week to outline areas of... 

E Cape varsity says its algae-to-energy research is yielding results

13th July 2012 Algae-to-energy research being conducted done at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s institute of chemical technology, InnoVenton, is said to be yielding a bio-crude oil that can be separated into jet fuel as well as other liquid fuels. The researchers believe the solution may be also... 

Small-scale biodiesel production offers fuel-supplement, new-revenue prospects

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2012 Community-scale production of biodiesel from used oils and fats can effectively provide a high-value product to supplement local fuel use and form an additional revenue stream for farmers who produce oil-yielding crops, says UK biofuels company Green Fuels founder and CEO James Hygate. 

Initial aviation biofuel strategy to be released in Q3 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     5th July 2012 An initial strategy for meeting South Africa’s aviation biofuel requirements was expected to be released in the third quarter of this year, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Thursday. Speaking at the launch of the Climate Change Policy Framework for State-owned Companies (SOCs)... 

Wood-pellet-to-power plant for refractory product firm

By: Joanne Taylor     22nd June 2012 Renewable energy company Infinergy has won a £1-million contract to design and build a carbon-neutral power plant, in the UK, which will use wood pellets instead of fossil fuels to generate electricity. The plant is reportedly the first of its kind and will be used by refractory product firm... 

Emulsified fuel reduces boiler maintenance and harmful emissions

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 An environment-friendly, emulsified fuel, called EM-fuel, supplied by environmental technology company Nano Bubble Technologies (NBT) is able to limit carbon build-up in boilers, reducing maintenance and harmful emissions, the company reports. 

Power solutions group says it can offer novel genset solutions

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2012 Intelligent ways of using existing technologies or innovative solutions to solve problems experienced by legacy standalone generators is key in the African and South African generator-set market, says power solutions company Diesel Electric Services commercial sales manager Richard Baxter. 

Three major airliner manufacturers cooperate on aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     6th April 2012 Three of the world’s biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers recently announced that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly develop easily applicable and affordable aviation biofuels. The companies are Airbus of Europe, Boeing of the US and Embraer of Brazil. The three... 

Malawi moves to build fuel reserves across three cities

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th March 2012 The Malawi government plans to invest $25-million in the construction of fuel reserves in the country’s three major cities of Lilongwe, Blantyre and Mzuzu. 

Three major airliner companies to cooperate on aviation biofuels

By: Keith Campbell     23rd March 2012 On Thursday, three of the world’s biggest commercial aircraft manufacturers announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly develop easily applicable and affordable aviation biofuels. The companies are Airbus of Europe, Boeing of the US and Embraer of Brazil. The... 

BP economist questions economic logic of new SA refinery  

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2012 BP chief economist Christof Ruehl has questioned the economic logic of South Africa’s plan to build a new crude oil refinery. 

African clean-energy projects showcased to investors

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2012 Potential investors were given exposure to ten small-scale African clean-energy projects, representing a potential combined investment value of $297-million, at an event held in Johannesburg this week. The gathering, known as the Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing, or Africef, was hosted by... 

Small farmers in big industry earn consistent income

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2012 Smallholders, with less than 50 ha in Malaysia, are earning a steady income from the production of palm oil, which is linked to the large-scale, corporate industry manufacturing oils, cosmetics components, biofuels, natural fertilisers and soaps, says Malaysian Minister of plantation industries... 

Renewables to be fastest-growing energy segment over 20 years - BP

By: Terence Creamer     18th January 2012 Fossil fuels will continue to dominate the global energy mix in 2030, oil group BP forecasts in its latest ‘Energy Outlook 2030’, in which it estimates that such primary energy sources should still comprise 81% of global energy demand by that date. But the overall share of fossil fuels in the mix... 

Alstom deputy CEO calls for long-term policies for the deployment of clean energy technologies

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2011 Politicians should frame long-term policies to enable the safe and economical deployment of clean energy technologies, which, currently, is the greatest challenge the world faces, said global power-generation and transmission giant Alstom deputy CEO Philippe Joubert. 

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