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South Africa has significant potential for biopharming, bio economy

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Judging by the number of patent applications filed for biopharming inventions by local universities, research councils and science councils, there is significant potential for South Africa to create an industry around biopharming, claims intellectual property firm Spoor & Fisher. “Biopharming is... 

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Unisa professors scoop 2016/17 NSTF awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th June 2017 Two University of South Africa (Unisa) professors have been recognised for excellence in science, engineering and technology and innovation at the nineteenth Annual National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) 2016/17 Awards. Material and Process Synthesis research unit director and chemical... 

Key Factors To Make Concrete More Durable

20th February 2017 The two main reasons why concrete is the most abundantly used construction material are its durability and competitive pricing compared to other construction materials. Concrete’s durability also leads to significant reductions in maintenance costs over its service life.   “But there is still... 

Glencore progresses low-emission coal project in Queensland

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2016 The government of Australia has granted A$8.7-million to Carbon Transport and Storage Company (CTSCo), a wholly-owned subsidiary of triple-listed Glencore for its carbon capture and storage project in Queensland’s Surat basin. This funding, provided by the Department of Industry, Innovation and... 

Study of enzymatic chemical reactions by Pitt and Penn State researchers may indicate how the first cells formed colonies

29th March 2016 A novel investigation of how enzymatic reactions can direct the motion and organization of microcapsules may point toward a new theory of how protocells – the earliest biological cells – could have organized into colonies and thus, could have ultimately formed larger, differentiated structures.... 

Perth-based university discovers new uranium extraction method

15th June 2015 New research by the Murdoch University, in Perth, Western Australia, has discovered a technique to extract uranium from brannerite, which could result in an additional 1 000 t, or A$108-million, in yearly uranium exports for Australia. The research formed part of an ongoing project at Murdoch’s... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

Home-grown bioremediation process turns harmful industrial sludge into useful fertilisers

By: Schalk Burger     30th January 2015 Petrochemicals giant Sasol, which typically incinerates its waste sludge streams or sends them to hazardous waste sites, is increasing its use of composting to treat these streams at its Secunda plant, in Mpumalanga, reducing transportation and disposal costs, as well as air pollution. Composting... 

The Organisation For The Prohibition Of Chemical Weapons’ African Capacity Building Seminar

28th May 2014 The Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association played an important role in The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ recent seminar that was held in Durban, that focussed on chemical safety and security management. The seminar’s main objective was designed to increase knowledge and... 

Thermochemical conversion of plant biomass for reduced carbon emissions in South Africa

22nd February 2013 By M Carrier, JF Gorgens and JH Knoetze The uncertainty of long-term fossil resources, electricity and fuel prices and increasing carbon dioxide emissions have generated much interest in renewable-energy projects. Among the renewables technologies available, the conversion of biomass through... 

R4.5m baghouse for aluminium producer completed

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2012 The construction of a new R4.5-million baghouse for secondary aluminium producer Zimalco has been completed. Air pollution control company, ‘About Air Pollution’, built the baghouse which will to enable the producer to maintain a continuous improvement of its air quality requirements and fully... 

Company Announcement: Sasol invests in OXIS Energy, the next –generation battery technology

18th September 2012 Today, Sasol announced a strategic investment of GBP15 million, through Sasol New Energy, in UK-based OXIS Energy.  

Company Announcement: Sasol invests in OXIS Energy, the next –generation battery technology

10th September 2012 Today, Sasol announced a strategic investment of GBP15 million, through Sasol New Energy, in UK-based OXIS Energy 

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