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Biofuels

Innovation earns company biofuels award

     9th December 2016 Market research company and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has awarded its 2016 Company of the Year Award to South African renewable-energy company Biogreen for its innovative performance and customer impact in the production of biodiesel from used cooking oil. Biogreen offers its suppliers and... 

Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

     9th December 2016 Despite the biogas sector being a well developed industry globally, ongoing research continues to further develop and strengthen the industry in South Africa, highlights the South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia). The association notes that a variety of biogas applications have been... 

Asia to experience first bioenergy conference in October

     18th September 2015 The International Bioenergy Exhibition and Asian Bioenergy Conference (IBSCE) 2015 is set to take place from October 21 to 23 in Shanghai, China. 

Biobulk facility set for commissioning in March 2016

     18th September 2015 Water treatment solutions company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded a contract to design, build and operate South Africa’s first Biobulk Waste Water Treatment facility, which will be ready for commissioning in March 2016. 

Biogas from fish, chocolate used in carpet production

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion of fish, chocolate and other food waste is currently being used as an ecofriendly agent in the production of carpets by global carpet manufacturer Interface Flooring’s plant in the Netherlands, which it hopes to employ in all its plants globally. 

Diesel generator manufacturer builds its first biogas product

     18th September 2015 Generator supplier Diesel Electric Services has recently completed building its first biogas-fuelled generator, which can export 150 kW of electrical power. 

Government urged to have holistic view of biofuels funding incentive

     18th September 2015 Owing to the drop in global crude oil prices over the past year, the biofuels funding incentive is currently in a state of being revamped by government; however, global biofuel organisation PhytoEnergy Group has called for government to consider the possible gains of leaving the incentive as it... 

India targets 20% blending of diesel to biodiesel by 2017

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th September 2015 The Indian government is planning to boost the use of biofuels in transport fuels after recognising their major contribution to air pollution. 

US biofuels consumption saved significant carbon emissions in past decade

     18th September 2015 Based on analysis done by the Biotechnology Industry Organisation (Bio), in the past decade, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme’s requirement to substitute biofuels for fossil fuels has displaced nearly 1.9-billion barrels of foreign oil and reduced US transportation-related carbon... 

Airline to turn tobacco into sustainable jet fuel

     19th September 2014 For two years, Italy-based industrial research and development company Sunchem have been working on producing jet fuel using a tobacco crop project in Marble Hall, Limpopo, which has proved to be successful in the small-scale trials, says Sunchem SA MD Joost van Lier. Sustainable jet fuel... 

Company develops packaged power boiler

By: Jonathan Rodin     19th September 2014 Cape Town-based industrial boilers designer and manufacturer John Thompson developed the MicroGen watertube boiler – launched this year – to cater for increasing demand for small, medium-pressure power boilers that are particularly suited to applications in fibrous biomass fuel and coal-fired... 

Consortium to lead soybean production in the Eastern Cape by 2016

     19th September 2014 Development financier the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) signed a cooperation agreement with Argentina-based consortium A & G International in July, which will lead to the production of 25 000 ha of soybeans and other grains for biofuels, human consumption and animal feed in the... 

South African biofuels industry slowly growing

By: Jonathan Rodin     19th September 2014 Although a fledgling industry, biofuels in South Africa looks promising, owing to the high volumes of waste being produced that need to be managed and South Africa’s electricity constraints, says power technology, systems and solutions, equipment  and aftermarket service provider Clyde Bergemann... 

Biomass boiler to reduce environmental impact

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 To reduce the environmental impact of the printing process, a new biomass boiler will be installed at printing company Paarl Media’s Cape Town plant in December. 

Biomass crane to be launched in SA

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 Overhead lifting equipment and crane repair company Konecranes’ CXT biomass crane is expected to be launched in South Africa in early 2014 to ensure that the company takes advantage of the many new biomass energy plants that will be built in Sout Africa. 

Biomass project moving to bankability stage

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 Engineering, management and specialist technical services group Aurecon, whose biomass-to-energy (B2E) project in Nkomazi, Mpumalanga, envisions the production of charcoal briquettes from sugar cane, is structuring propopals for funders to move the project from the feasibility to the bankability... 

Biomass project moving to bankability stage
NKOMAZI SUGAR CANES Small-scale sugar growers (SSGs) in Mpumalanga typically produce 450 000 t/y of sugar cane, with more than 1 200 SSGs in the Nkomazi district

Small-scale biodiesel production more cost effective

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 Self-sustainable, small-scale biodiesel production is the most cost-effective way to get into the market, following confirmation by government that its 2013 target of 2% biofuels penetration into the current fuel pool will not be met, says Biodiesel processing and equipment company Bioman Energy. 

Use of sunflower oil as a renewable-energy source researched

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 A study on biofuels being undertaken by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) aims to develop sunflower oil as an alternative fuel source in South Africa. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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... 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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... 

Algae – fuel for thought

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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... 

Ambitious joint venture eyes big Southern African opportunities

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     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 Swanepoel     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... 

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