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Biofuels News

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. 

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. 

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