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South Africa’s jobs push is putting biofuels back on the radar

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 renewable-energy sector, including the biofuels sector, will be used as […]

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2010 Year in Review of Biofuels…

Biofuels took a step away from the limelight in 2010, replaced by the buzz surrounding electric vehicles. But there were still a variety of policy decisions, and economic milestones that made the sector interesting in 2010.

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What’s Beyond Zero Emissions Vehicles?

The automotive industry has invested billions in alternative fuel technology since that first Prius rolled off its assembly line. And these days a growing portion of that investment has been focused on zero emission technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cells.

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Africa mulls biofuels as land grab fears grow

Farmers in this iron-roof village in Sierra Leone say they didn’t know what they were getting into when they leased their land for a biofuel crop they now fear threatens their food harvests. Addax Bioenergy, part of privately-owned Swiss Addax & Oryx Group, says it went through long consultations with locals when it won a […]

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Biomass gasification seen as attractive private power option

The use of the “lesser-known” renewable energy, biomass gasification, could greatly assist the development of private power in South Africa, which is likely to face a second wave of rolling black outs by 2011, a Frost & Sullivan analyst said. The consulting firm’s energy and power systems research analyst Ross Bruton said that biomass gasification […]

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The Pros and Cons of Biofuels

There are many eco-benefits to replacing oil with biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. For one, since such fuels are derived from agricultural crops, they are inherently renewable–and our own farmers typically produce them domestically, reducing our dependence on unstable foreign sources of oil. Additionally, ethanol and biodiesel emit less particulate pollution than traditional petroleum-based gasoline […]

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