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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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Harvest Energy and Drinking Water from Your Toilet?

London: British scientists claim they are developing a unique device which can turn used toilet waste into drinking water.

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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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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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SA scientists seek backers for trash-to-energy innovation

Scientists and engineers at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, have developed a hybrid energy solution, based on the Fischer-Tropsch (FT) chemical process, which could be deployed at municipal rubbish dumps to produce both electricity and transport fuels from fresh garbage. Centre of Material and Process Synthesis (COMPS) director Professor Diane Hildebrandt tells Engineering […]

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Heat Your Home With Used Waste Oil

It’s amazing that in 2011 many people have no idea that technology is available which allows individuals to heat their home completely off used motor oil. The technology has been around for several decades and yet it seems like it remains a mystery to most people.  How sad, especially considering the fact that waste oil […]

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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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