Tag: South Africa

South African opposition calling for support to fledgling KZN biofuels industry

South African opposition calling for support to fledgling KZN biofuels industry

July 10, 2019 |

In South Africa, the African News Agency reports that the Democratic Alliance political party has called for the urgent creation of a task force to support the biofuel industry in KwaZulu Natal in response to sugar companies suffering from an onslaught of cheaper sugar imports that has put the sugar industry itself in jeopardy. Tongaat […]

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Sugar mills diversifying to biofuel because of sugar tax, low prices

Sugar mills diversifying to biofuel because of sugar tax, low prices

June 30, 2019 |

In South Africa, the Gledhow sugar mill used to produce just sugarcane products like refined sugar, but is diversifying into biofuel now that the South African government has been more supportive of biofuel from sugarcane. Since the government’s new sugar tax a year ago, there has been a surplus of sugarcane in South Africa that […]

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BioCycle aims to build its first commercial human waste-based biodiesel facility in South Africa

BioCycle aims to build its first commercial human waste-based biodiesel facility in South Africa

March 18, 2019 |

In South Africa, Cramers Engineering News reports that MultiCycle is looking to use black soldier fly-based processing of human waste into biodiesel, lubricants and other valuable materials under its BioCycle arm, with design for its first commercial-scale plant expected by the end of 2020. In essence, the larvae are “seeded” onto the fecal waste that […]

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Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

Breeding sorghum in South Africa could be breakthrough for biofuels

January 1, 2019 |

In South Africa, a breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. With funding from Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is based in South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Laing has been working on how […]

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South Africa gives green light to country’s first LanzaTech ethanol project

South Africa gives green light to country’s first LanzaTech ethanol project

October 23, 2018 |

In South Africa, the country’s first project using LanzaTech’s ethanol technology from industrial waste gases has received the go ahead. Construction of the 60 million liter per year facility co-located at the Samancor ferrochrome smelter will begin next year. The $77 million plant is as a result of a grant from the U.S. Trade and […]

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South Africa’s FairPlay applauds move to revive biofuels strategy

South Africa’s FairPlay applauds move to revive biofuels strategy

October 10, 2018 |

In South Africa, the FairPlay movement has welcomed the South African government’s decision to revive its biofuels strategy, as announced in a speech by Energy Minister Jeff Radebe at an energy conference in Cape Town last week. “This confirms FairPlay’s position that implementing a mandatory bioethanol fuel blend will benefit the country through job creation, […]

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South Africa to launch blending mandate at last in March 2019

South Africa to launch blending mandate at last in March 2019

October 2, 2018 |

In South Africa, Creamer’s reports that after a decade of planning, the country is finally ready to implement its 2% blending mandate in March 2019 in an effort to provide a stable market for the burgeoning industry that hasn’t been able to get off the ground without regulated demand. The 2% mandate equates to only […]

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South African company to produce biodiesel and pellets from coffee grounds

South African company to produce biodiesel and pellets from coffee grounds

September 18, 2018 |

In South Africa, Verda Waste aims to be at the forefront of industrializing the process of converting waste coffee grounds into biofuels by recycling 17 million kilograms/year of spent coffee grounds into 1.8 million liters/year of biodiesel and 4.5 million kilograms/year of biomass pellets and fire logs. According to Verda Waste, due to the great […]

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South African company teams with California dairy on biogas and RNG project

South African company teams with California dairy on biogas and RNG project

August 2, 2018 |

In California, Business Live reports that South Africa’s JSE-listed Montauk Energy has entered into a 20-year joint venture with a California dairy to own and operate a biogas plant as well as build, own and operated a facility to convert the raw biogas into renewable natural gas. The project was designed to take advantage of […]

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Diesel tree could help South Africa’s biofuel industry

Diesel tree could help South Africa’s biofuel industry

July 14, 2018 |

In South Africa, Christo Smit, a former researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, is carrying out trials on the diesel tree (Millettia pinnata) to see if it can help South Africa’s biofuels future. The same mills that press soya and sunflower could be used to press diesel tree oil seeds making it a viable option […]

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