Tag: Rwanda

Rwandan student develops ethanol from sweet potato peels

Rwandan student develops ethanol from sweet potato peels

July 11, 2017 |

In Rwanda, a student at Musanze Polytechnique developed a biorefining process using sweet potatoes that produces wine, donuts and biscuits but also ethanol from the peels. Already he has produced 21 liters of ethanol with the support of the school’s laboratory and his instructors, fuel that has passed standards testing executing at the polytechnic. However, […]

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Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

Rwanda abandoning $35 million jatropha biodiesel project after four years

February 13, 2017 |

In Rwanda, after four years of unsuccessful attempts to get it off the ground, the government is abandoning its $35 million biodiesel project. Poor science behind the feasibility studies that expected jatropha to be a key feedstock but later was determined to not be viable in the country’s climate is blamed for the project’s failure. […]

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Mauritian investors to build sugarcane biorefinery complex in Rwanda

Mauritian investors to build sugarcane biorefinery complex in Rwanda

August 8, 2016 |

In Rwanda, Mauritian investors are preparing to build a 100,000 metric ton per year sugar mill that will also produce ethanol from molasses and electricity from bagasse. The project is still being defined but the investment is expected to be between $200 million and $300 million. Currently the country only produces 10,000 tons of sugar […]

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Biodiesel plans for Rwanda still on hold

Biodiesel plans for Rwanda still on hold

June 18, 2014 |

In Rwanda, plans to scale up a successful biodiesel pilot project to commercial scale of 48,000 liters per day is still on hold pending implementation of policies, sourcing of funding and development of feedstock. Though the country has been eyeing biofuel production since 2009/10 when the draft policy was submitted for approval, the process to […]

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Rwanda still without biofuels seven years after successful pilot

Rwanda still without biofuels seven years after successful pilot

January 9, 2013 |

In Rwanda, the country’s biodiesel program remains stalled after seven years despite a draft policy written in 2010 and a functioning 2,000 liter per day biodiesel plant online. The country was meant to produce 50,000 liters per day by now that would have replaced part of the fossil fuels imported to run the thermal power […]

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Cellulosic biofuels developer proposes to clean up Africa’s Lake Victoria

Cellulosic biofuels developer proposes to clean up Africa’s Lake Victoria

May 15, 2012 |

In Rwanda, a Las Vegas-based company called CrapCo Cellulosic Process Company is pitching the East African Community to use its new technology to process the water hyacinth that has plagued Lake Victoria for decades into ethanol and water. The secretariat for the EAC had planned to spend $12 million on clean up but are now […]

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Rwanda Biodiesel Company launches

Rwanda Biodiesel Company launches

May 3, 2012 |

In Rwanda, to help make up for the private sector’s slow uptake of biofuel production, the Scientific and Technological Research Institute (IRST) who drafted the country’s biofuel policy in 2008, has recently set up a public-private company called Rwanda Biodiesel Company to kick-start biofuel production. The project includes 122 small oilseed-producing cooperatives, numbering 12,185 members […]

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Rwanda's ISTR, national police partner for biodiesel

Rwanda's ISTR, national police partner for biodiesel

January 6, 2012 |

In Rwanda, the Institute of Scientific Technological Research and the Rwanda National Police signed a memorandum of understanding.  The understanding includes marketing and production of biodiesel, along with human health and various environmental concerns.

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Rwanda’s ISTR, national police partner for biodiesel

Rwanda’s ISTR, national police partner for biodiesel

January 6, 2012 |

In Rwanda, the Institute of Scientific Technological Research and the Rwanda National Police signed a memorandum of understanding.  The understanding includes marketing and production of biodiesel, along with human health and various environmental concerns.

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