Biofuels
On 7 December 2009, The East African reported that Rwanda has signed a $250-million investment deal with Eco Fuel Global (US) and Eco Positive (UK) to use biofuel in order to produce “green energy”.
In our current environment and with the anticipated growth in the world population, biotechnology offers an increase in food production, better use of available resources and alternative sources of energy. A closer look at the history of biotechnology shows that research developed in this area as far back as the fifties. Today, biotechnology is used not only in agriculture, but also in the medical, veterinary, forensic and pharmaceutical fields, environmental sciences, mining, processing and just about any industry that comes to mind.
Monday, 09 November 2009 13:19

Biofuel initiative sparks rural job creation

Started in 2008 by beneficiaries of Land Reform, 167 farmers have received training in the production of biofuel through the Sipulazi Biofuel Cooperative initiative, with the aim of creating alternative fuel for South Africa and employing 4 150 people when the project is in full production.
Despite serious challenges to its development, the sub-Saharan African biofuels market should experience rapid growth in the next five years. This is according to new findings from Frost & Sullivan. The high targets set by the European Union and the United States for the inclusion of biofuels in their fuel supply are a key driver for biofuels projects in the region. In addition, intensified government support for the market has helped attract increased investment into production.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:37

The Jatropha debate PART 2

Claims that Jatropha curcas can grow well in low-rainfall regions are increasingly being questioned, yet South Africa regularly hosts biofuel conferences where the potential of Jatropha as an energy crop for Southern Africa features prominently.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:35

Sugarcane: the ideal bio-energy feedstock?

Because of its ability to convert up to 2% of solar energy to biomass, sugarcane is one of the most efficient photosynthesisers in the plant kingdom. In addition to this, sugarcane is also suitable for further processing in that it contains fuel and water, thus making it an ideal feedstock for a range of sugar and bio-energy refining products and by-products, including:
Wednesday, 16 September 2009 09:34

International research on bioenergy takes shape

Biofuels researchers at Stellenbosch University (SU) have joined forces with some of the world’s leading experts in the field to seek resolution of issues relating to the sustainable production of bioenergy. These efforts form part of the new ‘Global Sustainable Bioenergy: Feasibility and Implementation Paths’ project, launched in response to the substantial confusion and growing uncertainty about whether the world should look to bioenergy (biofuels, heat, and electricity) to play a prominent role in the future.
Mozambique's Council of Ministers have approved another two major projects for the production of biofuels as part of government's strategy to reduce the country’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.
Centro de Tecnologia Canavieira (CTC) and BASF have announced a cooperation agreement in plant biotechnology that will see the companies combine their competencies in sugarcane breeding and biotechnology to bring sugarcane growers higher-yielding and drought-tolerant sugarcane varieties.
Monday, 22 June 2009 12:59

Mini ethanol refineries hit the market

Dallas-based Allard Research and Development LLC has unveiled ‘mini refineries’ capable of producing 100, 200, 500 or 1,000 gallons (1 gallon = approxamitely 3, 7854 litres) of ethanol per day, depending on the model.

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