Biofuels
According to www.ae-africa.com, the European Union will require all transportation fuels to contain a 10% biofuel component beginning next year and China will add 15% of biofuels into its diesel and petrol in the near future. The South African White Paper, which was released four years ago, set a goal of achieving a 2% penetration level of biofuels in the national liquid fuel supply by 2012. This target has been revised down from the 4.5% target that was initially proposed in the draft strategy document.
According to a report entitled Analysis of opportunities for biofuel production in sub-Saharan Africa by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa, biofuels are regarded as a potential mechanism to stimulate agricultural development, create jobs and save foreign exchange within the developing world and especially Africa.
This article will form part of a series on biofuels and biogas. The next article in this series will focus on the different uses and applications of waste water treatment projects.
Bosch Projects, leaders in the field of developing and implementing renewable energy solutions in Africa, is a specialist energy business unit that has been making a significant contribution towards reducing CO2 emissions. The company integrates engineering and technology to provide multi-disciplinary solutions, from concept to conclusion, in diverse sectors that include the sugar industry, power utilities and materials handling, as well as commercial and industrial operations.
“Currently there are two dire problems under the spotlight in South Africa; the energy supply crisis and the proliferating creation of waste. Authorities are hard pressed to find effective and sustainable solutions to these quandaries. However, there is a possible solution to satisfy both problems simultaneously,” says Quentin van Coller, Business Development manager at Nyamezela Group.
Scientists have found a way to increase fermentable sugar stores in plants, which could lead to plant biomass being easier to convert into eco-friendly sustainable biofuels.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:48

Biofuel in Tanzania: Villagers concerns

High oil prices, concerns over energy efficiency and climate change are causing the demand for biofuels to grow and foreign investors are pushing to acquire large chunks of African land and invest in biofuels production in Africa.
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 13:45

Reducing water usage by 30% – real alternatives

Municipalities in South Africa owe over ZAR1-billion to water boards. Government wants our country to reduce water and electricity usage by 10% and there are over 7,5-million houses in South Africa. So many goals, challenges and constraints are frequently mentioned, but when will we start seeking viable solutions that offer tangible benefits?
On 3 December 2009, the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) released a position paper based on a report by the Department of Energy and technology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), shows that the global potential to produce biomass for energy in a sustainable way is sufficient to meet global energy demand.
Bioenergy Markets Africa, which is to be held in Maputo, Mozambique on 11 – 13 May 2010, brings together key players from Southern and Eastern Africa as well as global industry experts to cover all bioenergy issues and developments from policy to finance and agronomy and refining to sustainability.