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Biofuels News

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... 

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.  

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. 

Cape Town to host African biofuels conference

By: Jade Davenport     22nd October 2008 As fears concerning the security of fossil fuel supplies grow ever stronger, South Africa is increasingly focusing attention on the establishment of a viable biofuels market that will ease the country’s reliance on non-renewable energy sources. It is within this context that a conference will be... 

Does SA’s sunflower-to-diesel technology have any place in its fuel-security future?

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2008 In 1973, a fuel crisis hit the world, and then again in 1979, which led to South Africa, in desperate need of fuel, researching fuel crops in the hope of developing the very first biodiesel-from-sunflower technology. SA Biodiesel director Frans Hugo, the leader of the original research team of... 

Does SA’s sunflower-to-diesel technology have any place in its fuel-security future?

By: Leandi Kolver     17th October 2008 “Biodiesel should be seen as an opportunity and not just a solution towards ending a problem. For Africa, this is most true, as biodiesel can be an opportunity to improve economies in poor countries.  

Biofuels singled out as 'best option' for alternative fuels in SA  

By: Esmarie Iannucci     13th October 2008 The South African National Energy Research Institute’s (Saneri’s) programme manager for green transport has labelled biofuels as the country’s number one short-term option for alternative transport fuel. Dr Titus Mathe said that, although the country had a range of alternative fuels available,... 

Malawi’s ethanol-fuel tests show promise

By: Marcel Chimwala     10th October 2008 Malawi has successfully completed a project to test the practicability of using locally produced ethanol instead of petrol or diesel to power vehicles. 

Energy shift on the cards, but not soon 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th October 2008 The world would eventually see a significant shift towards an era where energy was used more efficiently and carbon emissions were reduced, Shell South Africa planning and strategy manager Leon Lizamore said at the Department of Minerals and Energy's Oil Summit on Thursday. He explained that... 

Africa still lagging, but cogen coming to the fore

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd October 2008 Global cogeneration is bound to increase from the current 6,5% to 10% by 2010, owing to aggressive encouragement by Western governments, says Energy for Sustainable Development Kenya MD Stephen Mutimba. 

What are the ingredients of a cogeneration project?

By: Leandi Kolver     3rd October 2008 For a cogeneration project to qualify as a cogenerator, the electricity produced should be the coproduct, byproduct, waste product or residual product of some industrial process, says the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) senior manager for energy, infrastructure and operations... 

Biofuels industry has 10yr window of opportunity, report highlights

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2008 The global biofuels industry had a ten-year window of opportunity to evolve into a global and efficient industry before new technologies competed with first- and second-generation biofuels, international consulting, technology services and outsourcing company Accenture said on Wednesday. The... 

New JV looking to grow castor beans for biodiesel in Namibia

By: Reuters     10th September 2008 Israel's Evogene, Ormat Industries and the Leviev Group of Companies said on Wednesday they will set up a joint venture to grow castor beans in Namibia for the production of biodiesel. Geothermal energy producer Ormat, through its US subsidiary Orfuel Inc, has been collaborating with Evogene... 

New SA biodiesel plant designed using integrated architecture solution

By: Leandi Kolver     15th August 2008 Rockwell Automation has supplied South Africa’s first fully automated biodiesel plant with an integrated architecture solution 

Advisers appointed for Foskor’s upcoming IPO

By: Matthew Hill     6th August 2008 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has appointed Deutsche Bank and AloeCap to advise it on its upcoming initial public offering and black economic-empowerment aspects of the restructuring of Foskor. State-owned IDC, which was the majority stakeholder in Foskor, made the appointments in... 

Tongaat Hulett could spend up to R7bn on cogen projects

By: Matthew Hill     4th August 2008 Agroprocessing firm Tongaat Hulett could generate up to 266 MW of power in three years’ time if its builds cogeneration plants at four of its Southern African sugar mills, it said on Monday. All four projects were either in pre-engineering or environmental-impact assessment stages, CEO Peter... 

Tongaat Hulett eyes rapid expansion in Zimbabwe when economic outlook improves – CEO

By: Matthew Hill     4th August 2008 JSE- and LSE-listed Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude is upbeat about the company’s prospects in Zimbabwe, which is recognised to be the lowest cost sugar producer in Southern Africa, where he believes the economic situation could sweeten in the next 18 months. Staude said on Monday that, once an... 

Kudu gas exports possible as power-plant plan falters

By: Felix Njini     25th July 2008 Africa-focused oil and gas firm Tullow Oil says it may consider direct gas exports from its massive Kudu gas reservoir, in Namibia, after delays in the implementation of the envisaged 800-MW gas-to-power plant, which had been expected to use gas from the massive Kudu fields for electricity... 

National energy-efficiency hub launched at the University of Pretoria

By: Leandi Kolver     4th July 2008 A national hub offering a postgraduate programme in energy efficiency and demand-side management (EEDSM) has been launched at the University of Pretoria. 

Malawi moves to scale-up jatropha-based biodiesel industry

By: Marcel Chimwala     6th June 2008 The Malawi government is facilitating the implementation of a number of private-sector-driven projects to set up biodiesel production plants in the country as part of a multimillion-dollar programme meant to ensure that the country diversifies from its overdependence on fossil fuels as a source... 

Bill is unashamedly proconsumer, but consumers will probably also bear costs

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th May 2008 Independent commercial law firm Deneys Reitz Attorneys says that the Consumer Protection Bill of 2007 is “unashamedly proconsumer.” 

Skills dearth is fuelling other crises from food to power

By: Dennis Ndaba     9th May 2008 Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says that some of the challenges that the world is facing, such as food shortages as well as the fuel and a power squeeze, the latter being particulalry prevalent in South Africa, are partly the result of a worldwide skills dearth. 

SA should avoid biofuels incentives that distort food, fuel equation

By: Guy Copans     9th May 2008 Governments should “think twice” about incentives relating to biofuels, considering its potential impact in terms of economics, and food security, argues consulting and outsourcing company Accenture group CE Sander Van t’ Noordende.  

Biofuels halt would ease food prices - agriculture group

By: Reuters     30th April 2008 A moratorium on grain-based biofuels would help ease raging wheat and corn prices by up to 20 percent in the next few years, a leading agriculture research group said on Tuesday. "Our models analysis suggest that if a moratorium on biofuels would be issued in 2008, we could expect a price... 

Tongaat Hulett to produce fuel-grade ethanol in Zimbabwe

By: Matthew Hill     21st April 2008 Sugar, starch and property group Tongaat Hulett was converting a plant in Zimbabwe for "a small amount of capital" to allow it to switch between producing potable ethanol as well as fuel grade ethanol, a spokesperson said on Monday. The plant had been producing potable ethanol for... 

Biomass energy generation uplifting rural community

By: Loni Prinsloo     18th April 2008 Biomass energy specialist Carbo Consult & Engineering has supplied the Melanie community, near Alice in the Eastern Cape, with a 300-NM3/h wood-gasification system. 

Is the SA biofuels debate properly framed?

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2008 For the record, I have never really been a strong believer in the argument that biofuels can offer a transport-fuels alternative that will reduce the world’s carbon footprint. Indeed, on this page not too many months ago, I highlighted the suggestion that the environmental benefits of... 

Long road ahead before African biofuels take off

By: Reuters     20th March 2008 Africa has potential to become a major exporter of biofuels, but investors must factor in a need for costly new infrastructure and overcome red tape before the sector takes off, a biofuels expert said on Thursday. Meghan Sapp, MD of Brussels-based HG Consulting, told a conference that southern... 

New R1,5bn biodiesel plant for Coega

By: Matthew Hill     15th March 2008 Australian-owned firm Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels (RNRF) was in the "final stages" of applying for a licence from government to produce 288-million litres a year of biodiesel from a R1,5-billion plant it was building at Coega in the Eastern Cape, it said this week. The plant would be... 

Energy control innovation promises load management benefits

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th March 2008 With power utility Eskom facing severe criticism from industry and residential consumers for the extensive rolling blackouts owing to an increasingly constrained energy generation capacity, local company, Ergon Networx has introduced a new product known as Net-PODS into the South African energy... 

French firms eye South African prospects in energy, transport and tourism

By: Jade Davenport     14th March 2008 Trade between South Africa and its fourth-largest trading partner, France, amounted to R26-billion in 2006/7, according to Business Unity South Africa (Busa).  

Biofuels strategy should do more for employment, rural ownership

14th March 2008 South Africa’s final biofuels strategy, released in November 2007, could do more to promote employment and land ownership among rural South Africans, Midrand EcoCity Trust MD and Southern African coordinator for Citizens United for Renewable Energy and Sustainability Annie Sugrue said last... 

Food security still dominating the South African biofuels debate

By: Guy Copans     7th March 2008 As has lately been so vividly illustrated in South Africa, energy is a worldwide concern that requires far more than a glancing attention. Energy is an essential part of life, and this reality means that alternative energy sources are being examined and scrutinised with greater urgency than ever... 

Food security still dominating the South African biofuels debate

By: Guy Copans     7th March 2008 As has lately been so vividly illustrated in South Africa, energy is a worldwide concern that requires far more than a glancing attention. Energy is an essential part of life, and this reality means that alternative energy sources are being examined and scrutinised with greater urgency than ever... 

Biofuels strategy should do more for employment, rural ownership

By: Olivia Soraya Spadavecchia     4th March 2008 South Africa's final biofuels strategy, released in November 2007, could do more to promote employment and land ownership among rural South Africans, Midrand EcoCity Trust MD and Southern African coordinator for Citizens United for Renewable Energy and Sustainability Annie Sugrue said on... 

Disappearing honeybees threaten food security, biofuels

By: Chanel de Bruyn     29th February 2008 Diminishing numbers of honeybees that pollinate food and biofuel crops are threatening food security and biofuel production worldwide. 

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