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Biofuels News

SAA mulls big biofuels shift in bid to avoid possible carbon penalties 

By: Terence Creamer     21st November 2011 Biofuels may need to comprise as much as half of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) fuel supply by 2020 if the national carrier is to avoid future carbon penalties, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said on Monday. Speaking at the launch of a solar photovoltaic facility alongside Eskom’s... 

Fossil fuels still seen as dominant energy source by 2050 

By: Jean McKenzie     2nd November 2011 Fossil fuels would continue dominate as the main source of energy over the next four decades, with gas likely to be the largest contributor to meeting global energy demand, executives from energy firms Shell and Sasol said on Wednesday. Shell Exploration and Production Africa regional executive... 

Carbon capture has role to play, technology group argues

By: Schalk Burger     28th October 2011 Carbon capture and storage technologies can be used to capture 90% of the emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants, enabling existing plants to continue generating electricity to meet increased international demand for decarbonised energy, says transport infrastructure, power... 

Renewed interest in waste-to-energy plants worldwide

21st October 2011 Increased demand for alternatives to fossil fuels, and efforts to balance energy demand and supply, have created renewed interest in the waste-to-energy plant market, reports research consultancy Frost & Sullivan. 

Company to build combined-cycle power plant for gas synthesis

21st October 2011 Clean energy solutions provider Rentech will construct the world’s first biomass Integrated gasification combined cycle (BIGCC) plant, for the production of electric power at it’s Port St Joe Renewable Energy Centre, in Florida, in the US. 

Draft biofuels blending regulations released for comment 

By: Terence Creamer     20th September 2011 South Africa’s Department of Energy (DOE) published the long awaited draft regulations for the mandatory blending of biofuels with petrol or diesel in the Government Gazette on Tuesday. The regulations, which are now open for public comment, are seen as critical to stimulating South Africa’s... 

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. 

SA should step up its biofuels efforts – Toyota 

By: Loni Prinsloo     25th August 2011 South Africa should step up its efforts to introduce biofuels into its fuel supply mix, Toyota South Africa CEO Dr Johan van Zyl said on Thursday. Speaking at the 2011 South Africa Automotive Week conference, in East London, Van Zyl argued that 50 000 additional jobs could be created simply by... 

More than 20% of SA cars still using lead-replacement petrol but only 1% need it 

By: Eleanor Seggie     5th August 2011 More than 20% of the cars in South Africa are still run on lead replacement petrol (LRP), despite only about 1% of them having a technical requirement for it. 

New Ministerial committee will seek to reduce megaproject red tape 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2011 The high-level Ministerial committee that has been established to reduce the red tape around job- and growth-generating capital projects would probably focus its attention on mega-scale investments, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies told members of SwissCham Southern Africa on Tuesday.... 

Study launched into $8.5m Mombasa jetty prospect

By: John Muchira     15th July 2011 Spain's Alatec Consulting has been awarded a $8,5-million contract to undertake the feasibility study on the proposed second petroleum offloading jetty in Kenya. 

Acquisition strengthens group’s solid waste recycling services

24th June 2011 Engineering and technology corporation Metso has signed a contract with recycling technology company Swiss Holzmag to acquire the latter’s technology rights, for an undisclosed amount. 

Energy efficiency in SA to come under spotlight in November

27th May 2011 The Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Convention 2011 (SAEEC2011) and exhibition will be held on November 16 and 17, at Emperors Palace, Gauteng. 

SA-linked synfuels innovation ‘ready’ for market, despite Statoil withdrawal

By: Terence Creamer     9th May 2011 Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil has withdrawn from a synthetics-fuels technology partnership with South Africa’s national oil company PetroSA and Germany’s Lurgi, saying that licensing of the Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) solution, which is reportedly ready for market, is not a core business for the... 

New quality standard important step to establishing a local biofuels industry – SABS

22nd April 2011 The publication of new South African National Standard SANS 833, entitled ‘Biodiesel production – Quality management – Producer requirements’, is an important step towards creating a local biodiesel industry. 

SA’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar 

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th March 2011 Despite rising food prices and the ongoing food-versus-fuel debate, biofuels are back on the South African agenda – revived by their inclusion in an emerging economic policy framework and their perceived potential for rural job creation. The country’s New Growth Path (NGP) indicates that the... 

SA’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar

By: Eleanor Seggie     25th March 2011 Despite rising food prices and the ongoing food-versus-fuel debate, biofuels are back on the South African agenda - revived by their inclusion in an emerging economic policy framework and their perceived potential for rural job creation. 

Biotechnologies could play a key role in food security – US economist  

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th March 2011 Modern biotechnologies and the intensification of productivity would be key to meeting the world’s future food demands, while keeping climate change threats at bay, said agriculture economist Rick Tolman on Friday. Speaking to journalists at the US Embassy in Pretoria, Tolman said about 55% of... 

Developer initiates study into $330m Moz bioenergy project 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd November 2010 A newly established Mozambican agroindustrial company has issued a request for expressions of interest (EoI) from consulting engineering companies to carry out a study into a possible $330-million bioenergy and food project in the Southern African country's Manica province. The developer,... 

Joburg trial highlights carbon advantages of ethanol-fuelled bus

By: Petronel Smit     29th October 2010 The first local ethanol-driven bus, which forms part of the City of Johannesburg’s initiative to reduce air pollution in the city, was tested during October. The bus consumes 80 l /100 km travelled and produces only 125 g of carbon dioxide (CO2) for every kilometre. 

A roadmap to cleaner fuels

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd October 2010 South Africa’s fuel has a sulphur content of up to 500 ppm and, compared with some countries in Africa where there is a fuel sulphur content of up to 5 000 ppm, it is not classified as the dirtiest fuel in the world. 

SA to look at using maize for biofuels – Minister 

By: Reuters     8th October 2010 South Africa must review its biofuels policy to include maize to allow farmers to use their surplus crop for energy production, the Agriculture Minister said on Friday. The government unveiled blending ratios for biofuels three years ago but said maize, South Africa's staple food, could not be... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Biofuels technology firm seeks partners for cellulosic ethanol plants 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd July 2010 Biofuels technology provider Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (SBMT) is seeking both private and public investment partners to assist in the rollout of commercial cellulosic ethanol production plants in Southern Africa. SBMT, which was launched on Friday, holds the exclusive rights to... 

Sugar price volatility fears eased

By: Eleanor Seggie     2nd July 2010 Finance was a significant concern at the recent Kingsman Asia Pacific sugar conference in Singapore, reports market analyst and broker in the world sugar and biofuels markets Kingsman. 

University unveils custom-made algal biomass reactor

By: Jacqueline Holman     11th June 2010 The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU’s) institute of chemical technology, InnoVenton, has launched its custom-made algae biomass liquefaction reactor, which successfully converts alga biomass into a bio-oil and other products. 

SA urged to weigh fuel import benefits as refinery investment decision approaches 

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2010 South Africa would only need to secure about 2% of net exports of refined oil products from the newly-built refineries of the Middle East, India and South Korea to ensure security of supply, while diversifying its supply mix beyond its existing refinery fleet, BP chief economist Christof Ruehl... 

Algal biofuels seen as having potential, but much research still needed 

By: Jacqueline Holman     23rd April 2010 Is the large-scale production of algal biofuels a viable alternative and should South Africa be pursuing it as a liquid- fuels option? Proponents suggest that it could indeed be a viable endeavour, and estimate that an industry could emerge within five to ten years, or sooner, should there be an... 

Algal biofuels seen as having potential, but much research still needed

By: Jacqueline Holman     23rd April 2010 Is the large-scale production of algal biofuels a viable alternative and should South Africa be pursuing it as a liquid-fuels option? Proponents suggest that it could indeed be a viable endeavour, and estimate that an industry could emerge with in five to ten years, or sooner should there be an... 

Work said to be under way on $600m Zimbabwe ethanol venture

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     23rd April 2010 The Zimbabwe government – in partnership with two investors – has embarked on a $600-million ethanol project at Agricultural and Rural Development Authority-owned estates about 200 km south-east of the capital, Harare. 

Zim hopes to implement commercial-scale ethanol blending plan

By: Barnabas Thondhlana     23rd April 2010 The Zimbabwe government has set up a team of experts to finalise modalities on full-scale commercial blending of petrol and ethanol produced from sugar cane at Triangle, in south-east Zimbabwe, in a bid to cut back on fuel imports.

The Triangle ethanol plant resumed production in 2008 following... 

Global technology group extends energy efficiency offering to SA

By: Petronel Smit     23rd April 2010 The recently launched local branch of ABB Global Consulting’s energy efficiency consultancy service guarantees industrial energy savings of between 5% and 20%, depending on the current state of a company’s energy management practices. 

$320m ‘soft’ Japanese loan for Kenyan geothermal project

By: John Muchira     12th March 2010 Kenya has received a $320-million soft loan from Japan to boost investments in the energy sector. 

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