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Biofuels News

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station

17th May 2024 Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is operated by energy infrastructure operator E.ON. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the... 

Big guns will speak at Enlit

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Advisory and analytics firm Frost & Sullivan, a global strategy consulting and market intelligence firm with a long-standing presence in Africa will again be represented by its partner and Africa CEO Hendrik Malan at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape Town International... 

Gas cylinders in front of a gas transporting ship
NATURAL SELECTION The increased uptake if natural gas will be the talking point at a panel discussion held at this year’s Enlit Africa

Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

Pioneer solution converts paper sludge, food and textile waste into bioethanol

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd May 2024 A pioneering solution has been developed to convert cellulose fibre-rich waste from pulp and paper mill operations into ethanol using a specialised fermentation process. The solution was announced by the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa), in collaboration with Stellenbosch... 

Farm uses electricity generated from sugar waste

5th April 2024 A farm in the Czech Republic is showing how valuable food crops can be grown using heat and electricity that are generated using biogas produced from agricultural waste. The farm at Suchohrdly, about 40 km south west of Brno, in Czech Republic, meets its own energy needs by producing biogas from... 

Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition 

By: Trent Roebeck     22nd March 2024 One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term, augmented with production of electro-fuels (e-fuels) in the longer term, says engineering firm Fluor... 

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MICHIEL BAERENDS Fluor's process director believes that the realisation of a global energy transition relies heavily on alternative fuels and e-fuels

Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector

15th March 2024 A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing' (REforMM) programme. The funding will accelerate the development of the proprietary Sonichem... 

An info graphic Car with Green parts manufactured from petrochemicals
GOOD CARMA The production of renewable, cost-effective alternatives to petrochemicals commonly used in the production of plastics, resins and composites within the automotive industry

Sasol launches its new forecourt station design

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2024 The Sasol Energy Business recently launched its new forecourt design, referred to as Mark – V design, to industry. The new retail forecourt and convenience store design, launched in Secunda, Mpumalanga, is said to reflect the future of Sasol forecourt build and design. 

An image showing Sasol's new forecourt design
Sasol's new forecourt design

Microgrids gain traction to combat critical outage impacts

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th December 2023 Microgrids are gaining traction globally owing to its ability to alleviate the impact of critical outages, caused by extreme weather, climate events, and various other reasons.  Microgrids can secure and provide power for 'critical loads' such as hospitals and data centres when the main grid is... 

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DOMINIC GONCALVES Integrating microgrids offers significant benefits in South Africa

Zero Carbon Charge breaks ground on solar-powered EV charging network

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2023 Electric vehicle (EV) charging station developer Zero Carbon Charge has broken ground on its first 100% renewable energy charging station in Wolmaransstad, in the North West, in what is to become South Africa’s first national network of 120 solar-powered charging facilities spaced out at 150 km... 

Zero Carbon Charge solar power EV charging station

EPR regulations positive for waste reduction

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 The amended Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) regulations, instituted in November 2020, require product importers and manufacturers in the packaging industry to contribute towards the recycling of product packaging, which has had a significant impact on waste production, says Zero Waste... 

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DUMP DIVING The Western Cape government implemented a regulation in 2022 to divert organic waste out of landfills by imposing a 50% ban on organic waste dumping to landfills in preparation for a 100% ban in 2027

Opinion: Supporting cleaner fuels and the fight against climate change

28th September 2023 In this article, South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo writes about the association's support for the Clean Fuels 2 initiative and the benefits of using clean fuels, as well as the association's support for introducing biofuels into the fuel... 

SAPIA executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo
SAPIA executive director Avhapfani Tshifularo

Funding increases for small business energy solutions as investment case improves

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2023 Different renewable energy, energy storage and/or generator solutions can partially address small businesses' energy related challenges, and funding to install such solutions in small businesses is increasing as the investment benefits for all parties become better understood. Small businesses... 

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Large-scale waste-to-DME projects in development

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st September 2023 Large-scale waste-to-dimethyl ether (DME) projects, one based in north-west Europe and the other on the Gulf Coast of the US, are in the feasibility stage, with the projects anticipated to produce the equivalent of about 165 000 t/y of renewable and recycled DME production. Off-grid energy... 

Anglo cuts emissions at sea 

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2023 A newly launched emission-reducing ship has loaded its first cargo of iron-ore from Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore operations in South Africa. The vessel is the first of ten liquefied natural gas (LNG) dual-fuelled new-build ships that Anglo will introduce to its chartered fleet during the... 

Anglo American South Africa management board chairperson Nolitha Fakude.
Anglo American South Africa management board chairperson Nolitha Fakude.

Circular economy enables value-added by-products

By: Nadine Ramdass     20th January 2023 Nature-based solutions assist in creating a more circular economy and by-products from the treatment can create further value for the water treatment industry, says Rhodes University’s Institute for Environmental Biotechnology (EBRU) director Professor Keith Cowan. By-products can appeal to... 

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NATURAL SOLUTIONS Nature-based solutions create by-products such as biogas and minerals

HPL threatens industry recovery

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th December 2022 The Health Promotion Levy (HPL), commonly known as the sugar tax, still poses the greatest threat to the continued existence of the sugar industry, says South African Sugar Association (SASA) executive director Trix Trikam. The HPL has resulted in the beverages sector reformulating its products... 

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FALSE DAWN HPL threatens the progress that the industry Master Plan achieved

Plan aims to save industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     9th December 2022 The Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to prevent the sugar industry from collapsing, following its decline in recent years. The industry depends on government to create viable measures to assist with industry growth, but a potential lack of trust between government and the industry... 

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FRANCOIS BAIRD Trust needs to be re-established between industry stakeholders and government

IATA reports great surge in sustainable aviation fuel production, but incentives still needed

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th December 2022 The International Air Transport Association (IATA), which is the representative body of the global airline industry, has estimated that the worldwide production of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) this year would be 200% higher than it was last year. While, in 2021, total global SAF production... 

An SAA aeroplane being refueled

Decarbonised economy requires diverse approach

By: Nadine Ramdass     2nd December 2022 A decarbonised economy requires not only investment in renewable energy, but also exploring and integrating other options to decarbonise industrial processes that comprise about 75% of total carbon emissions, says financial advisory services company Cresco Group senior associate Dominic... 

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DECARBONISED FUTURE Stakeholders need to consider more than renewable energy for a decarbonised economy

Climate projections again point to dangerous 2.7 °C rise by 2100

By: Bloomberg     10th November 2022 The research partnership Climate Action Tracker (CAT) on Thursday released its latest projections of how greenhouse gas emissions may dangerously raise the global average temperature. The result is similar to last year’s – a troubling 2.7 °C increase above preindustrial levels if policies don’t... 

Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.
Photo by Bloomberg/Climate Action Tracker
Projections for global temperature increase by 2100 above preindustrial levels based on targets and announcements from COP27.

South Africa should produce sustainable aviation fuels locally – WWF

By: Schalk Burger     5th October 2022 Sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs), typically made from biobased feedstocks such as energy crops, wastes and residues, can help to mitigate the greenhouse-gas emissions from South Africa’s aviation sector, which account for more than 8% of the country's emissions. It can also help maintain the... 

Association revamps to improve services

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) will introduce its updated business plan and path to reach its 2030 goals at its ‘Vision 2030 – building a sustainable Southern African biogas market’ round table next month. Hosted by Sabia, it will include a discussion by representatives... 

A large domed biogas digester with a flute burning flare for heat at the plant
BURNING TOPIC The development of South Africa's biogas industry will be addressed at a round table discussion hosted by Sabia next month

Prototype waste-to-fuel pilot plant designed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 In its drive to become a leading global supplier of green value from waste solutions, local waste solutions provider Explorius has designed its first coal fines and waste-to-fuel pilot plant for the manufacture of briquettes and pellets from waste generated during industrial processes. The pilot... 

Contamination at source affecting recycling   

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 A substantial portion of plastic waste is not recycled and ends up in landfills, contributing greatly to plastics being regarded as the biggest environmental threat, says industry body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom. Forty-three percent of recyclable plastic waste in South Africa... 

A group of Bricks baled together made out of cement and polystyrene which makes them more cost effective, lightweight and insulated
Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom discusses the circular economy and how plastic must maintain its position in it instead of in the environment

Circular economy uptake addressed

By: Halima Frost     30th September 2022 The need for and uptake of the circular economy mindset by larger organisations locally and globally was addressed during a webinar hosted by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) last month. The webinar, titled ESGS Webinar: Circular economy: Opportunities and Benefits,... 

A man wearing protective gloves holding a handful of shredded tires which have been broken down for recycling at the Unki Mine in Zaimbabwe owned by Anglo American Platinum
GETTING TIREDThe world does not have enough resources to cater to the growing population, forcing companies to take up the circular economy

Shell Lubricant Solutions working on ‘more than a few’ modern solutions 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th September 2022 The evolution of technologies in various sectors require “more than a few” modern fuel and lubrication solutions, which means that the evolution of solutions needs to be aligned to the technologies that are available, as well as the basic requirements of the industry. Lubricant solution provider... 

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Lubrication and fuel efficiency for a cleaner environment

SAB launches ESG strategy 

By: Darren Parker     28th September 2022 Beverage producer South African Breweries (SAB) has launched its first environment, social and governance (ESG) strategy, and will release its first Global Reporting Initiative-compliant ESG report in November. Speaking at the launch of the SAB ESG strategy in Johannesburg on September 28, SAB... 

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In this video, SAB corporate brand director Sphe Vundla talks about the launch of SAB's ESG strategy and upcoming ESG report.

Kibo acquires waste-to-energy project in the UK

By: Darren Parker     22nd September 2022 Renewable energy development company Kibo Energy has signed a definitive share purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire a 100% interest in a waste reception, anaerobic digestor (AD) and combined heat and power (CHP) power plant named Southport at Merseyside, in the UK. The company said on September 21... 

Kibo issues RFP to assess feasibility of replacing coal with biofuel for power generation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th August 2022 AltX- and Aim-listed Kibo Energy’s share price on the JSE rose by more than 9% on August 25, after announcing that it had started a request for proposals (RFP) process to investigate the feasibility of replacing fossil fuel (coal) with renewable biofuel. This followed an extensive review of the... 

Company to pilot zero-emissions heavy duty hydrogen trucks

22nd July 2022 Industrial and specialty gases supplier Airgas has signed an agreement with zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles supplier Hyzon Motors to pilot two heavy duty hydrogen fuel cell trucks, including one 100 kW fuel cell truck and the first Hyzon 200 kW hydrogen fuel cell... 

Bioeconomy could support S Africa’s energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd July 2022 Amid unstable power supply, the development of a wood bioeconomy could help support South Africa's energy needs while ensuring that the country meets its carbon emission reduction targets, says University of Pretoria Graduate School of Technology Management senior lecturer Schalk Grobbelaar. The... 

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition is running a working group for the promotion of timber construction to encourage investment in the mass timber manufacturing capacity
KINDLING DEVELOPMENT The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition is running a working group for the promotion of timber construction to encourage investment in the mass timber manufacturing capacity

New gauge assembly protects people and the environment

By: Mandisa Nyathi     22nd July 2022 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has launched its new Emission Control Gauge, referred to as the Emico gauge pressure measuring assembly, to ensure safety for people and the environment in critical processes, says Wika product specialist Sagadevan Kanniappen. 

Company looks to virgin fluorocarbon refrigerants and gases

22nd July 2022 A-Gas has continued to grow worldwide since it was founded 30 years ago, initially supplying only virgin fluorocarbon refrigerants. It has evolved to offer innovative sustainability solutions to its customers and end-users. As the global leader in the supply and lifecycle management of... 

Three South African technologies pitch for Innovate UK funding 

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 During a briefing by energy technology innovation and funding network Innovate UK for technology innovators and entrepreneurs on June 27, three South African technology companies presented their innovations for potential funding from the UK organisation. The three companies also served as... 

Image of a truck with the Green Thermo Energy logo
Ducere MD André Reyneke discussing Miser Technologies drivetrain fuel savings and emissions reductions systems and Greenthermo Energy operations director Rearabetswe Dire discussing the company's project to increase production of biodiesel

GreenYellow secures contracts with Retailability, PPC Cement in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2022 Energy efficiency, services and solar photovoltaic solutions company GreenYellow has secured two contracts in South Africa, including a seven-year energy efficiency partnership agreement with retail investment holding company Retailability that will provide 16 GWh of annual energy savings,... 

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