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Biomass News

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th May 2024 Clean and renewable energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) on Thursday officially opened its new biomass stove and cookware manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape province town of Paarl. The factory will produce two different types of stoves, and two different ranges of cooking pots.... 

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

Load-balancing helps optimise steam operations

By: Lynne Davies     2nd February 2024 Local operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) has developed a load-balancing system that manages the splitting of a site’s steam requirements. An operation’s steam requirements fluctuate based on the production demands from multiple steam-users on the site,... 

Sanlam buys in on Sappi, Alien Fuel Group biomass-to-energy project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th December 2023 Asset manager Sanlam Investments will invest R46-million in a joint venture (JV) biomass-to-energy project between energy company Alien Fuel Group and pulp, paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. The Sanlam Investments Sustainable Infrastructure Fund (SIF) is funding... 

Ener-G-Africa R135m investment already creating job opportunities in communities

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2023 Malawi-based energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa says its R135-million investment in South Africa is making a tangible impact and creating numerous job opportunities in local communities, says Ener-G-Africa CEO André Moolman. The company manufactures three types of advanced, stainless steel... 

Recycling economy initiatives create value

By: Bridget Lepere     6th October 2023 Although South Africa is leading the African continent in terms of waste management and recycling, the unauthorised disposal of waste and littering is still rampant, says Zero Waste operations director Hein Fourie, adding that this has led to lower-income groups becoming waste pickers to sort... 

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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Firm installs new boilers to optimise operations

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Energy plant operations and maintenance company Associated Energy Services (AES) is working on an operational optimisation project for a client in the fishing industry to install an additional 60 t/h of boiler plant capacity. The turnkey boiler project includes a new steam plant, with fuel and... 

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AIDING INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE Alternative energy solutions and optimisation help maximise efficiency, mitigate risk, and improve uptime and the quality of energy supply

Judgment in favour of power utility welcomed

25th August 2023 State-owned power utility Eskom in July said it was pleased with the Johannesburg High Court judgment dismissing with costs, the interdict application by green energy supplier G7 Renewable Energies to prevent Eskom from implementing the Interim Grid Capacity Allocation (IGCA) rules. In passing... 

Sustainability spurs new trends in chemicals industry

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th August 2023 With a strong focus on sustainability, a growing trend of fuel switches, opportunities for cogeneration and using by-product streams has emerged in the chemicals industry, says boiler and energy plant operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) commercial director... 

Fuel type key to success

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th August 2023 Amid ongoing power outages and energy constraints, new approaches to fuel selection and efficiency among chemical plants have become necessary, says boiler and energy plant operations and maintenance service provider Associated Energy Services (AES) commercial director Dennis Williams. Any... 

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DENNIS WILLIAMS Any opportunity to manage the efficient generation and supply of energy carriers, such as steam or thermal oil, presents an opportunity to improve efficiencies in a chemical plant’s main production process, owing to chemical plants being energy intensive

Woodlands Dairy commissions second biomass boiler for steam generation

By: Schalk Burger     14th June 2023 Dairy producer Woodlands Dairy has commissioned a second biomass boiler that will use local sawdust and chip timber waste for steam generation, which will further reduce the company's heavy fuel oil use by about 31% and its emissions by about 1 046 t of carbon dioxide-equivalent a year. This is... 

Kibo finds solid biofuel performs better than coal

By: Darren Parker     2nd May 2023 Aim- and AltX-listed renewable-energy development company Kibo Energy has made “significant progress” on its previously stated aim to supply solid biofuel as a replacement for conventional coal to various international companies in the manufacturing industry. On May 2, Kibo said it had recently... 

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Solar underpins record renewables additions in 2022

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2023 A record 295 GW of new renewable-energy capacity was added globally in 2022, with the 9.6% year-on-year growth underpinned largely by record growth in solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, which accounted for almost two-thirds of all new renewables additions with 192 GW installed. The... 

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South Africa must prioritise decarbonisation, as $1.5bn of exports to EU are at risk

By: Schalk Burger     2nd March 2023 South Africa should prioritise its decarbonisation strategy, as it has a carbon intensity much higher than most countries, and $1.5-billion of exports to the European Union (EU) are at risk in the short term. That figure is likely to increase when more products are covered under the EU's Carbon... 

Govt aims to stimulate renewables investment with R9bn in tax incentives, reworked bounce-back scheme  

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2023 South Africa’s 2023 Budget includes tax incentives worth R9-billion to support businesses and households invest in renewable energy, including rooftop solar, in a bid to offset the impact of intensifying power cuts. In addition, the National Treasury announced that it would amend the bounce-back... 

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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

Cape Town’s waterfront increasing its independent power, water capacities

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th October 2022 Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront was planning to double its solar energy capacity as part of its response to the ongoing power cuts imposed, on a rolling basis, across the country by national electricity utility Eskom, and known in South Africa as loadshedding. This was stated by V&A Waterfront (V&A)... 

Kenya’s Ruto breaks ranks, says Africa must leapfrog fossil fuel

By: Bloomberg     5th October 2022 Kenya’s President William Ruto, who took office last month, urged Africa to embrace renewable energy, breaking ranks with continental peers that are pressing ahead with plans to develop natural gas resources. In order to boost energy generation from renewable sources and to adapt to a warming... 

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... 

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BURNING TOPIC The development of South Africa's biogas industry will be addressed at a round table discussion hosted by Sabia next month

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... 

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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

eThekwini has R324bn plan to end power cuts

By: Bloomberg     20th September 2022 The South African municipality that includes the Port city of Durban, eThekwini, has laid out plans to attract R324-billion in power plant investments by 2035 amid the country’s worst-ever electricity outages. This city of about four-million people, South Africa’s third biggest, plans to issue a... 

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... 

TNPA eyes procurement of up to 80 MW of renewable energy for its ports

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2022 State-owned national ports operator Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has issued a request for information (RFI) to the private sector as it intends to procure between 50 MW and 80 MW of renewable energy across its eight commercial seaports – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port... 

Mpumalanga considering green economy opportunities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th July 2022 The Mpumalanga province is considering steps to diversify its economy away from its reliance on coal mining and coal-fired power generation and to promote the green economy, particularly in relation to climate-resilient agriculture, Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane said on July 13. During a trade... 

Small IPPs consider legal action after programme is cancelled  

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2022 Some of the preferred bidders that participated in the Small Renewable Independent Power Producer Programme (Smalls), which has subsequently been terminated, are considering legal action against Eskom and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to have the projects reinstated or to... 

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Anglo investing in expansion of organic waste upcycling company Sanergy

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2022 Diversified mining multinational Anglo American is leading the latest investment round of organic waste upcycling business Sanergy, which has operations in Kenya. Sanergy's solutions are helping to transform how fast-growing cities in the developing world manage waste by upcycling it into... 

Company receives a Queen’s Award

10th June 2022 Combustion management solutions provider Autoflame Engineering is delighted to announce that the company has been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. 

Project launched to fast-track energy, water transition

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition to a decarbonised, green and inclusive economy, as well as a vibrant job market. SAIA is a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and... 

A photo of Lee-Hendor Ruiters speaking at teh launch of the The South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project which was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition a collaboration between the governments of South Africa and Flanders, in Belgium, and the United Nations Industrial Development Corporation
LEE-HENDOR RUITERSThe South African Industry Adaption (SAIA) project was launched last month to accelerate South African industry’s energy and water transition

Study shows potential of off-grid anaerobic biogas energy in South Africa – SANEDI

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 A study, commissioned by the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), has uncovered the untapped potential for a micro-digester sector to aid in climate mitigation and the green circular economy, and showed that the sector has significant opportunity to grow if it can... 

Spark+ Africa Fund reaches first financial close

By: Schalk Burger     16th March 2022 The Spark+ Africa Fund, which is an impact investment fund focused on financing the value chains of clean and modern cooking appliances and fuels to make them available to more people across sub-Saharan Africa, has raised more than $40-million in a first close. Clean cooking businesses face many... 

EPC company a gold partner at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi is participating at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) as a gold partner, says Lesedi business development executive Shane Pereira. This will be the company’s eighth year of participation. 

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SHANE PEREIRA As a gold partner at the AEI, Lesedi aims to provide critical insights to attendees

City of Cape Town says future IPP rounds will cater for wheeling, but not round one  

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2022 The City of Cape Town has defended its decision not to accept bids for wheeled electricity as part of its first independent power producer (IPP) procurement round but says future tenders will cater for wheeling. The city aims to enter into 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with multiple... 

The City of Cape Town
The City of Cape Town

New year holds promise for wood pellet manufacturer

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Biomass fuel manufacturer and distributor Calore Sustainability Energy (CSE) Biomass, a division of clean energy provider Earth & Wire, started the new year with installations at two agriculture companies in Worcester, in the Western Cape. The first installation includes two 350 kW hot-air... 

A Biomass fueled Hot-air Generator and boiler system being loaded onto a truck at the Calore Head office in the Cap
LOADING MASS Biomass-fueled systems being loaded to a transport for delivery to an agriculture company in Worcester, Western Cape

1.27 GW of new, clean power supplied to S Africa

10th December 2021 Global wind and solar company Mainstream Renewable Power (RP) announced in October that 12 of its projects have won preferred bidder status in round five of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The wind and solar projects, which have a total... 

Mainstream RP GM Hein Reyneke
HEIN REYNEKE The latest REIPPPP awards reflected Mainstream's delivery record in South Africa and Chile

Multiple energy projects meet industry demands

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     10th December 2021 Renewable-energy provider Africa Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is developing multiple renewable-energy projects across South Africa. “We are developing a 10 MW biomass plant, in Mpumalanga, which will provide power for the surrounding mines in the area. We are also developing a 2.8 MW... 

ACES Renewables technical project manager Tumelo Lekalakala
TUMELO LEKALAKALA Considering the location of these projects, ACES Renewables intends to supply renewable energy to industrial, manufacturing and mining sectors
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