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South Africa: Renewables Program Gains Momentum

Already the continent’s largest producer of renewable energy, South Africa is moving to further reduce its reliance on hydrocarbons by expanding private sector investments in solar and wind projects, and introducing biofuels. Under the Renewable Energy Power Producer’s Programme launched in 2011, the contribution of independent power producers (IPPs) to generation is expected to reach […]

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Biogas-to-energy project for Johannesburg Water

Water and wastewater treatment contractor WEC Projects recently completed commissioning a biogas-to-energy project on behalf of Johannesburg Water, WEC MD Karl Juncker said last week. The company has a contract to design and build two biogas scrubbing and cogeneration installations, one at Johannesburg Water’s Northern Waste Water Treatment Works near Diepsloot and the second at […]

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Time to Make More out of Waste

Dumping all our household waste on landfill is bad for the environment. A Spanish company teamed up with European Scientists and engineers to find the best way to ensure more of our organic rubbish is turned into biogas and compost. Hundreds of years ago, humans discovered flammable gas could be produced from rotting organic matter […]

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Biocrude Oil from Wood and Grass

Australian researchers are producing the next generation biofuels for the aviation industry, using feedstocks sourced from processes in the pulp and paper industry, and even grass cuttings. “We’re making biocrude oil out of lignocellulosic feedstock,” said Prof. Thomas Maschmeyer of the University of Sydney. He explained the procedure retains four times more energy in biocrude […]

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Teaching algae to make fuel

Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling micro-organisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a […]

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Sugarcane Can Cool the Earth in More Ways Than One

In Brazil, products made from sugarcane are ubiquitous. From the nation’s favorite liquor, cachaça, to the clean-burning biofuels that power cars and buses, sugarcane has proven to be a particularly diverse natural resource — but as it turns out, the crop could do wonders for the planet’s health, too. According to the latest research, sugarcane […]

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Biogas project launched to assist with power supply in rural South Africa

In an effort to improve the lives of people living in rural South Africa, Trade plus Aid (TPA) on Monday launched the South African arm of Swiss biogas technology solutions company Acrona. Acrona South Africa, in which TPA has a 50% vested interest, will manufacture micro gas turbines and other related products, with its first […]

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In the Future, Everything Will Be Made of Algae

Remember a few years ago when everyone decided that using algae as a biofuel feedstock would be the best thing ever? Well, progress on that front is moving so slowly that companies have realized that that might not be where the money is. But there is still all this algae lying around. So, instead, a […]

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Food vs. Fuel: The Debate Continues

University of Stellenbosch department of microbiology’s Professor Emile van Zyl says that the maize-for-biofuels debate has been checkmated. Grain South Africa market research senior economist Wessel Lemmer says, at present, no grains are used for biofuels and maize is still excluded from government’s biofuels policy. This, he believes, is a lost opportunity as South Africa […]

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