Tag: Botswana

University of Botswana commissions biodiesel processing unit

University of Botswana commissions biodiesel processing unit

February 12, 2020 |

In Botswana, the University of Botswana Biodiesel Research Unit in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET) has commissioned a biodiesel processing unit, designed to produce 380 liters of biodiesel per batch from different feedstock. The biodiesel production is a joint research project between the University of Botswana, Department of Agricultural Research and the Department […]

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Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

July 16, 2017 |

After winning a small victory over the Germans during World War II, Winston Churchill said “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Today, Biofuels Digest asks is this the end of jatropha? Or is it just the beginning? […]

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University of Botswana trialing B10 using jatropha biodiesel

University of Botswana trialing B10 using jatropha biodiesel

November 16, 2016 |

In Botswana, the University of Botswana took its research program to loftier heights when it launched an experimental vehicle that uses biodiesel fuel on November 14, 2016. The vehicle uses blended fuel (B10) which is 90 per cent petroleum diesel (50PPM) and 10 per cent biodiesel produced by University of Botswana researchers. The launch was […]

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Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

Researchers refuse to give up on jatropha for Botswana despite harsh climate

February 8, 2016 |

In Botswana, researchers have refused to give up on demonstrating the viability of jatropha despite suffering from frostbite, heat waves and hailstorms during the past four years. Indigenous plants morula, morama, and mongongo were included in the trials in addition to jatropha. The team of local and Japanese researchers have weathered through the disasters and […]

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Botswana to finalize biofuel and energy policy in 2015

Botswana to finalize biofuel and energy policy in 2015

August 15, 2014 |

In Botswana, the country aims to approve a national energy policy by 2015 that will include a large renewable energy component, including biofuels. The government has been working with the Japanese to develop varieties of jatropha that will be tolerant to the extreme weather shifts experienced in the country. The energy minister admitted that a […]

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Japan donates $233,200 in equipment to Botswana for jatropha research

Japan donates $233,200 in equipment to Botswana for jatropha research

August 14, 2013 |

In Botswana, the Japan International Cooperation Agency has donated $233,200 in equipment for a five-year research study looking to produced jatropha-based biodiesel in the country. The donation include a portable Photosynthesis and Fluorescence System, a Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis machine (DGGE), and Weather Station. The country is experimenting with jatropha despite the fact that its […]

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W2 Energy announces Botswana coal and waste synthetic fuel project

W2 Energy announces Botswana coal and waste synthetic fuel project

June 26, 2012 |

In Botswana, W2 Energy, Inc. announced the immediate development of a Coal/Waste to Liquid (CTL) prototype plant capable of producing 10 ton/day coal/waste synthetic fuel production in Selebi-Phikwe. W2 Energy estimates the cost of manufacturing the CTL plant at $5 million. Fuel production for the 10 ton/day plant is estimated at 1,000 gallons per day. […]

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