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African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step into Biofuels
June 14, 2017 – 12:24 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein  (Bloomberg)  Taleveras signs joint venture with Global Green Development; First phase of biofuels project seen costing $400-$600 million  —  Taleveras Group, the African oil trading company, is making its first moves into renewable …

Entrepreneur Scoops Old Mutual Funding to Develop Biofuel Enterprise
June 2, 2017 – 12:39 pm | No Comment

(BizCommunity)  At an event held on 27 May 2017, Old Mutual Foundation, in partnership with Red Bull, announced Thabang Mabapa as the winner of their “business pitch challenge”

A combined judging panel from Old Mutual and …

Clariant Cellulosic Ethanol Donation Lets 1,000 Malagasy Families Cook Safer and Cleaner
May 31, 2017 – 5:33 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals and one of the leading providers globally of cellulosic ethanol production technology, and Project Gaia, a non-profit promoting the use of alcohol fuels (ethanol and methanol) …

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia
April 19, 2017 – 2:28 pm | No Comment

by Paul C. Samboko, Mitelo Subakanya, Cliff Dlamini  (United Nations University-WIDER)  The need for energy security and climate change mitigation have increased blending mandates worldwide; in Southern Africa, demand for biofuels could increase following South Africa’s planned …

Bio-Diesel Pumping out Safe Energy
April 7, 2017 – 10:26 am | No Comment

(Sunday World)  From the remotest part of South Africa, in the town of Kuruman, Northern Cape, Kealeboga Hoti and her business team are producing environment friendly carbon-free biofuel.  —  Hoti, a biochemist, is the co-founder …

South African Bio-energy Atlas Launched to Support Bio-Energy Development
April 5, 2017 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Keith Campbell (Cramer Media/Engineering News)  The South Africa Bio-energy Atlas, launched in Pretoria on Friday, will allow the country to identify opportunities for sustainable bio-energy and be able to achieve much more in terms …

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation
March 23, 2017 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Hannah Black and Sarantis Michalopoulos  (EurActiv) In sectors like aviation where decarbonisation options are limited, there is a strategic advantage in encouraging the use of biofuels, a European Commission official has said.

The aviation sector is dependent …

Zimbabwe: Govt Liberalises Ethanol Production
March 13, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment

by Tinashe Makichi (The Herald/AllAfrica)  Government has liberalised local ethanol production as the country’s sole producer, Green Fuel has constantly failed to provide adequate supplies especially during the rainy season rains.
The current inadequate supplies of …

NexSteppe Malibu Sweet Sorghum and Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum Approved for Commercial Sale in South Africa
December 15, 2016 – 8:42 pm | No Comment

(NexSteppe)  NexSteppe, a company dedicated to pioneering the next generation of sustainable feedstock solutions for biobased industries, announced today that the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has approved four NexSteppe sorghum hybrids …

You’re the Top: Biogreen Diesel Gets Picked as South Africa’s Top Biodiesel Prodicer
December 12, 2016 – 12:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In South Africa, Frost & Sullivan recognised Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the Year Award. Biogreen has risen to eminence in the biodiesel industry for pioneering …

The Wine Tram: The Best Wine Route in South Africa?
November 30, 2016 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by John Malathronas (CNN) … Using a narrow gauge rail track built more than 100 years ago, the Wine Tram was the brainchild of avid railway fan David Blyth who modeled his green bio-diesel-fueled tram on …

Frost & Sullivan Recognises Biogreen Diesel as Top Producer of Biodiesel in the South African Market
November 29, 2016 – 6:51 pm | No Comment

(Frost & Sullivan/PR Newswire)  Biogreen has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and society by actively removing harmful waste oils from the food chain  —   Based on its recent analysis of the biofuels …

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing
November 23, 2016 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Whether it is partnering with COMAC to research aviation biofuels, launching a biojet program with Aeromexico and Mexico’s Airports and Auxiliary Services, or with the Port of Seattle and Alaska …

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris
October 19, 2016 – 1:19 pm | No Comment

by Anine Kilian (Engineering News)  South African seed selection for research and development company Sunchem’s solaris crop – a nicotine-free tobacco variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable oil for biojet fuel feedstock – has …

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report
October 6, 2016 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the EU, the International Energy Agency has released its Bioenergy Countries’ Report, outlining the national renewable energy targets, total primary energy supply and contribution of bioenergy.  We’ve presented the information …

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?
September 30, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  With biofuel potential limited and emissions rising, the need for industry to act is urgent. Hopes rest on a global UN carbon offset scheme to be negotiated at the ICAO …

Unlocking the Potential of Next Generation, World Changing Biomaterials — October 13, 2016 — Johannesburg, South Africa
September 11, 2016 – 6:18 pm | No Comment
Unlocking the Potential of Next Generation, World Changing Biomaterials    —   October 13, 2016   —   Johannesburg, South Africa

After the successful landing of the first biofuelled flights in South Africa – South African Airways and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town powered by biofuels made from high-energy Solaris tobacco grown in Limpopo …

South African Airways Operates Flight with Nicotine-Free Tobacco-Based Biofuel
July 17, 2016 – 5:56 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have operated Africa’s first sustainable-fuelled flights powered with tobacco-based biofuels.

The SAA and Mango flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, operated by a Boeing 737-800, …

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami
June 13, 2016 – 3:40 pm | No Comment

(Viaspace/PR Newswire)  VIASPACE CTO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, made an invited presentation on Giant King Grass at the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference – Feedstocks held in Miami, Florida June 6-8, 2016.

The Conference, organized by Biofuels Digest …

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential
May 13, 2016 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Ilan Solomons (Mining Weekly)  Local green technology company G-Tech has recorded early success in its attempt to grow biofuel and other bioenergy feedstock to produce bioethanol and biodiesel as part of a mine dump …

Limpopo Receives R940m Investment for Renewable Energy from US, Chinese Companies
May 12, 2016 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(African News Agency/Engineering News)  American and Chinese companies are set to invest R940-million in Limpopo to pursue renewable energy and ethanol profits, government and investors have announced. The United States’ Bio-Processing Innovation and the Beijing …

Latest Diesel Quality Trends Revealed in Biennial Survey
April 28, 2016 – 11:40 am | No Comment

(Infineum International Ltd./Biodiesel Magazine)  Infineum has revealed the initial results from its latest biennial global Winter Diesel Fuel Quality Survey, offering a unique update on the current trends in the industry across the global marketplace.

The …

EEP Southern and East Africa Issues Call for Project Proposals DEADLINE: April 25, 2016
April 4, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In South Africa, the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme with Southern and East Africa (EEP S&EA) is seeking high-quality applications for projects in the two regions that can contribute to the …

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper
February 24, 2016 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

by Meghan Sapp (Biofuels Digest)  In Italy, IEA Bioenergy and the Global Bioenergy Partnership have published the “Examples of Positive Bioenergy and Water Relationships,” which includes examples that illustrate an encouraging variety both in terms …

Boeing Collaborates with Canadian Aviation Industry for Biofuel Project
February 2, 2016 – 6:37 pm | No Comment

by  Vikas Vij (Just Means)  Canada has extensive sustainably certified forests, which it can leverage to make environmental progress in various industrial sectors. The country has long used mill and forest residues to make wood pellets …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016
January 4, 2016 – 11:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?

In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates …

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality
December 22, 2015 – 2:31 pm | No Comment

by Shelagh Whitley and Laurie van der Burg (New Climate Economy)  The research underpinning this New Climate Economy Working Paper was a major input into the 2015 New Climate Economy report and articulates the practical steps …

Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport
December 16, 2015 – 2:14 pm | No Comment

(PR NewsWire)  The Port of Seattle, Alaska Airlines [NYSE: ALK] and Boeing [NYSE: BA] are partnering to move toward a significant environmental goal: powering all flights by all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with sustainable …

Coal Dust and Algae Can Help Meet Future Energy Needs
December 16, 2015 – 12:19 pm | No Comment

by Heather Dugmore (Business Day Live)  A new fuel, Coalgae, produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae, could save SA up to 40% of its crude oil imports.

Ben Zeelie and his team …

CNE and Sunbird to Develop Bioethanol Facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia
December 10, 2015 – 6:55 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  China New Energy has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Sunbird Bioenergy Africa for the development of two biorefineries, one each in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

The Memorandum of Undestanding (MOU) was signed at …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

Call for Statement of Interest for South Africa Biofuels Technology Demonstration Programme Grant
November 19, 2015 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

(South Africa Department of Science and Technology)The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective to stimulate and intensify technological innovation in …

Biofuel and Electric Buses for Cape Town
October 26, 2015 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Bekezela Phakathi  (Business Day Live)  BUSES powered by biofuel and electricity are on the cards for Cape Town.  The City of Cape Town’s transport authority is due to issue a tender for the procurement …

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership
October 22, 2015 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

(Tyton BioEnergy Systems) Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem announced today a research and commercial partnership combining Tyton’s research, development and commercial capabilities with Sunchem’s Solaris tobacco variety to establish a globally significant alliance to advance …

Biofuels Production Plan already in Action
October 19, 2015 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Boyd Webb (IOL News)  Once home to millions of displaced black South Africans, former homelands are expected to become the heart of the country’s biofuels production.

Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs Lulama Xingwana said …

First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval
September 30, 2015 – 6:18 pm | No Comment

(Green Air Online)  The South African ‘Project Solaris’ initiative that is developing an energy-rich tobacco crop for use as a feedstock for producing aviation biofuel has been awarded certification by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials …

Modular Biodiesel Processing Plants for Emerging Markets
September 26, 2015 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(70CentsAGallon.com)  Biodiesel production is growing around the world and emerging markets have the most to gain from this industry. Norway, Turkey, South Africa and Greece are a few areas of the world that have begun …

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop
September 10, 2015 – 10:11 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how?  … If tobacco’s reputation has fallen into disrepute …

RSSC Invests E480m in Ethanol Plant, Power Generation Project
September 9, 2015 – 6:07 pm | No Comment

by Nomthandazo Nkambule  (Swazi Observer)  The Royal Swaziland Sugar Corporation (RSSC) invested about E480 million (US$40 million) in 2013 on setting up a biomass power generation and ethanol plant.

The Common Market for Eastern and Southern …

Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification
September 2, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  – Project Solaris in South Africa, has earned the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) certification for the production of the energy rich tobacco crop “Solaris” in the Limpopo region of South …

Cheaper Oil Forces South Africa to Rework Biofuels Subsidy
August 11, 2015 – 4:52 pm | No Comment

by Wendell Roelf (Reuters Africa)   South Africa’s biofuels funding incentive is being revamped over concerns that it is unaffordable after a halving of global crude oil prices over the past year, officials said on Tuesday.

A …

Numbitrax Buys Blume’s First African Bioethanol Refinery
August 5, 2015 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Blume Distillation, a biorefinery systems provider for bioethanol production, has announced the sale of its first Africa-based biorefinery.

The Blume biorefinery system has been purchased by Numbitrax, based in Touwsriver, Western Cape, South Africa, …

Research and Markets: Next Generation Biofuels Market 2015 – In-Depth Analysis of 90 Major Players Including Abengoa, Verenium, BP Plc., BASF, Shell & Iogen
July 7, 2015 – 4:31 pm | No Comment

(Research and Markets/Businesswire)  Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/d87gbg/next_generation) has announced the addition of the “Next Generation Biofuels” report to their offering.

With the demand for fuel increasing globally, researchers around the world are working on making fuel from …

GFIA Africa – December 1-2, 2015 — Durban, South Africa
June 12, 2015 – 6:00 pm | No Comment
GFIA Africa   –  December 1-2, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

GFIA Africa will assemble the world’s largest collection of sustainable agriculture innovations dedicated to improving agricultural productivity in Africa. We are looking for speakers from all disciplines including private companies, entrepreneurs, NGOs, not-for-profits, universities and …

Illovo Says Policy Certainty Key to Unlocking Sugar’s Cogeneration Potential
May 30, 2015 – 5:20 pm | No Comment

by Terence Creamer (Engineering News)  … For Illovo, meanwhile, electricity generation forms part of a larger downstream diversification strategy, designed to lower the group’s reliance on sugar prices. Besides power, the JSE-listed group is also moving …

The Aviation Renewable Fuels Imperative
May 26, 2015 – 12:51 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  From remarks by Antonio De Palmas — president, Boeing Italy, at the World Bioenergy Leadership Forum … Aviation is 2% of all 2010 CO2e emissions, expected to grow to 3.5% …

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa DEADLINE: June 12, 2015
May 18, 2015 – 10:00 am | No Comment
CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa   DEADLINE:  June 12, 2015

Do you have a game-changing innovation for African agriculture?   We are assembling Africa’s largest collection of game-changing, sustainable innovations that will help address the challenges facing African agriculture. At GFIA Africa, we will focus on …

Sugar Cane to Branch out to Bio-Ethanol, Electricity
May 14, 2015 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Linda Ensor (Business Day Live) … The diversification plans included using sugar cane to produce bio-ethanol and to generate renewable electricity.

This would also improve the long term viability of the industry, chairman of the South …

Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa
April 20, 2015 – 5:19 pm | No Comment
Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture  — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

Countries in Africa already face semi-arid conditions that make agriculture challenging and in fertile regions, dependence on traditional farming methods means yields are far below what would be expected.

GFIA Africa will assemble the people needed to effect …

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws
April 16, 2015 – 5:32 pm | No Comment

by Lutho Mtongana (BizNews.com)  PhytoEnergy International Holding AG said it will only proceed with a plan to build a 5 billion rand ($418 million) plant to convert canola into diesel in South Africa if the government …

Province Mulls Turning Cheap Wine into Biofuel
March 5, 2015 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Bekezela Phakathi (Business Day Live)  The Western Cape government is investigating alternative uses for cheap, low-quality wine, such as converting it into biofuel for tractors and generators as part of efforts to curb alcohol …

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels
February 20, 2015 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In the world of aviation biofuels, the bands and the bunting are rolling out less frequently. But mostly, because the sector has moved out of a noise-filled early R&D phase …

4 Minutes with… Hugo Jacobs, Founder, Methyl Ester
February 6, 2015 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Promoting bio fuels over mineral fuels must take precedence and this can be achieved by lobbying local government as well as national government

If you could snap your fingers and change …

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels
January 16, 2015 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

by Keith Campbell  (Engineering News)  On October 19, 2004, the world’s first exclusively biofuel powered production aircraft received its certification, allowing it to be flown operationally. That aircraft was (and is) the Neiva (now Embraer) …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015
January 5, 2015 – 7:11 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who mandates what in biofuels? 64 countries have targets or mandates — but how much where, and when, and what?  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of …

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)
December 29, 2014 – 6:05 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Aviation biofuels on the rise, in the skies” tops the trend list; drop-in and cellulosic ethanol projects; M&A and cap raises, and action from strategic investors and customers dominate the …

Boeing, South African Airways Look to First Harvest of Energy-Rich Tobacco to Make Sustainable Aviation Biofuel
December 11, 2014 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(Boeing)  Pioneering project supports South Africa’s rural economy, environment, public health

Boeing [NYSE:BA] and South African Airways (SAA) announced today that South African farmers will soon harvest their first crop of energy-rich tobacco plants, an important …

South Africa’s Ethanol Industry Is ‘Far Behind and So Small’
October 28, 2014 – 6:46 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  An ethanol association is working hard to grow the ethanol industry in South Africa and nearby countries. Right now, an association staff member said, the industry feels very small …

Ahead of His Time
October 1, 2014 – 1:51 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  The idea of wet biomass storage has yet to catch on in the cellulosic industry, despite long-term use in the pulp and paper industry.

Jim Hettenhaus is a passionate advocate …

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn
August 13, 2014 – 1:15 pm | No Comment

by Marc Gunther (The Guardian)  California startup NexSteppe presents a new brand of sorghum, bred for optimal energy production, designed as a greener alternative to corn for ethanol fuels and biomass boilers

As scientists around the …

China, Brazil Consider Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Debate
August 13, 2014 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Natalie Obiko Pearson (Bloomberg/Renewable Energy World)   China and Brazil are looking for ways to redirect a global climate debate, which they say unfairly accuses developing nations of delaying limits on fossil-fuel pollution.

China wants to …

8 Trends Driving Aviation Biofuels Today
August 7, 2014 – 4:07 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …  SkyNRG is undertaking its first major feedstock project in South Africa, featuring a nicotine-free energy tobacco crop that’s developed by Sunchem under the name of Solaris.

Which is an excellent …

Boeing and South African Airways to Fly Planes on Tobacco Fuel
August 7, 2014 – 3:36 pm | No Comment

by Eduard Gismatullin (Bloomberg)  Boeing Co. (BA) and state-owned South African Airways SOC Ltd. agreed to cooperate to produce jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant to reduce environmental pollution.

The partners will use …

Southern African, EU Negotiators Sign New Trade Pact
July 22, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Reuters)  Negotiators for Southern African states have agreed a new trade pact with the European Union which will give the countries a bigger market for food exports, South Africa’s trade and industry department said.

If ratified …

RSB Southern Africa Day August 4, 2014; RSB Auditor Training Course from 5-7 August, 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa
July 11, 2014 – 4:47 pm | No Comment
RSB Southern Africa Day    August 4, 2014;    RSB Auditor Training Course from 5-7 August, 2014   Johannesburg, South Africa

RSB and friends Boeing, South African Airways, Solidaridad and PANGEA invite you to join us for RSB Southern Africa Day in Johannesburg, 4 August.  

This one-day Regional Meeting is open to anyone interested in learning …

Japanese Cars Soda Drinks Show Future for Abengoa Biofuel
June 12, 2014 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Rodrigo Orihuela (Bloomberg)  Abengoa SA (ABG/P), the Spanish renewable energy company investing in biofuels, is in talks with Japanese car manufacturers and soft-drink makers to help them develop products ranging from bottles to chemicals.

“All …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 22, 2014 – 3:34 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Biomass Magazine) Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

Syngar Technologies, which was featured in a March 2012, …

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant
May 12, 2014 – 7:09 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Edmonton, Alberta-based Syngar Technologies Inc. has announced two separate joint venture projects that will, together, help make hemp-to-cellulosic ethanol a step closer to reality.

In late April the company formed …

Sugar Looks to Ethanol to Help Pick up Speed
April 29, 2014 – 3:42 pm | No Comment

by Loni Prinsloo (Business Day Live)  … South Africa has been producing sugar on a large scale since the first Indian labourers docked in Durban in 1860. The sweet cane has been processed mostly to be …

Biofuel from Cane ‘Reliant on Subsidy’
April 1, 2014 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Nompumelelo Magwaza  (Independent Online/Business Report)  he Local sugar industry would need to be highly subsidised to kick-start the production of fuel grade ethanol, the SA Sugar Association (Sasa) said last week.  Production had been …

BRICS and Mortar: The Fast-Growing BRIC Economies Take Aim at Aviation Biofuels
March 11, 2014 – 11:10 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Brazil, Russia, India and China — and throw in South Africa for a complete BRICSA set.  The vaunted new economic engines for the 21st century — and, lately, home to a …

Biofuel Plant in South Africa to Begin Construction
March 7, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  A major renewable energy plant in Jozini, KwaZulu-Natal, which has been in planning for seven years, is set to start preliminary work in September.

Silvapen Group, the South African – Brazilian company, plans to …

Boeing, South African Airways Explore Ways for Farmers to Grow More Sustainable Biofuel Crops
March 6, 2014 – 12:37 pm | No Comment

(Boeing) Collaboration with Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials supports greater market access for “smallhold” farms

Boeing [NYSE:BA] is launching an initiative with South African Airways (SAA) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) to expand opportunities for “smallhold” …

F.O. Licht’s Sugar Africa September 9-11, 2014 Durban, South Africa
February 5, 2014 – 12:23 pm | No Comment
F.O. Licht’s Sugar Africa   September 9-11, 2014   Durban, South Africa

Following on from the success of last year’s event, we are pleased to announce that F.O. Licht’s Sugar and Ethanol  Africa is once again taking place in Durban, South Africa from the 9-11 September 2014 …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014
January 2, 2014 – 3:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 62 countries.

The bulk of mandates …

South Africa Biofuels Seen Raising Sorghum Output Fivefold
November 22, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Tshepiso Mokhema (Bloomberg)  South Africa’s plan to source all grain needed for biofuels production locally means sorghum output will have to climb at least fivefold, the nation’s biggest representative of commercial farmers said.

Biofuel must …

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor’s Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection
November 7, 2013 – 11:11 am | No Comment

(Ennovor/PR NewsWire)  Customers seeking premium quality, reliable and sustainable biofuels will have greater choice. This follows a $12m investment in expanding the supply chain, production and feedstock capabilities of sustainable energy sector leader Ennovor Group.
The enhancements are …

Dust Unto Dust
November 7, 2013 – 10:31 am | No Comment

by Mary C. Scholes, Robert J. Scholes (Science Magazine)    In the past, great civilizations have fallen because they failed to prevent the degradation of the soils on which they were founded (1). The modern world could suffer …

Algasol Renewables Launches First Commercial Project, in Egypt
November 5, 2013 – 3:09 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Egypt, Algasol Renewables announced the launch of its first commercial algae project. Led by Biodiesel Misr, based at the First Industrial Zone in Giza, the project will convert algal …

Report: Carbon Taxes, Trading Bring Most Cost-Effective Pollution Cuts
October 15, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  A new report finds that the most cost-effective climate change policies are the ones with the least political traction in the United States.

Imposing an explicit cost on carbon pollution …

Boeing, South African Airways Launch Sustainable Aviation Biofuel Effort in Southern Africa
October 10, 2013 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

(MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Collaboration on biofuel supply chain is part of broader efforts to support environmental sustainability

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and South African Airways (SAA) announced today that they will work together to develop and implement a …

F.O. Lichts Sugar & Ethanol Africa 2013 September 10-12 Durban, South Africa
June 15, 2013 – 3:29 pm | No Comment
F.O. Lichts Sugar & Ethanol Africa 2013    September 10-12     Durban, South Africa

At this event you will be able to:
• Identify production growth opportunities within the African continent
• Look at intra-region and international trade dynamics and identify supply gaps for both fuel and non-fuel ethanol
• Assess production …

Zambia: Govt Resorts to Ethanol Fuel
May 28, 2013 – 10:19 am | No Comment

by  Judith Namutowe (AllAfrica.com)   Government has said it will start importing ethanol from Zimbabwe with a view to lowering the high fuel prices in Zambia.   And Government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with …

Eccotopia to Sign Joint Venture Agreement
May 10, 2013 – 6:31 pm | No Comment

(SB Wire/Eccotopia)  Julian Moses, president of Symphony Trade and Investment 57 (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eccotopia Ltd.,http://www.eccotopia.com/, has announced that  Eccotopia and Pacific Tree West are in the process of signing a …

Biofuels Given a New Lease on Life
April 9, 2013 – 11:54 am | No Comment

by Andre Janse van Vuuren (City Press/Fin24)  Dormant plans to establish a local biofuel sector – earmarked to create up to 50 000 jobs and save the country at least R8.9bn in foreign exchange payments …

International Regulation of Microorganisms for Biofuel or Chemical Production: North and South America and Africa
March 19, 2013 – 6:32 pm | No Comment

by David Glass (DGlassAssociates.com)  … The use of genetically modified microorganisms (GMOs) in manufacturing will likely face a fairly straightforward regulatory process in most countries, because such “contained” uses will generally pose far fewer hypothetical …

Bali Biofuel Plant Will Save Lives
March 6, 2013 – 5:22 pm | No Comment

(This Is Gloucestershire) Green Fuels of Stonehouse has installed the first ever biodiesel plant on Bali.  The move is helping the Indonesian island to avert a growing environmental and health crisis.

The FuelMatic GSX 3 plant …

Carbon Tax from 2015, as New Biofuels Incentive Is Unveiled
March 6, 2013 – 2:52 pm | No Comment

by Terence Creamer   (Polity.org.za)  The South African government has confirmed that a carbon tax will be phased in from January 1, 2015, as part of South Africa’s efforts to mitigate the effects of climate …

Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy and Management: Creating Shared Value through Collaborative Sustainable Development May 6-10, 2013 Cape Town, South Africa
February 26, 2013 – 3:51 pm | No Comment
Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy and Management: Creating Shared Value through Collaborative Sustainable Development    May 6-10, 2013   Cape Town, South Africa

The essential course to prepare professionals to work in the expanding field of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development

McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the law firm of Fasken Martineau are …

Sugarcane Fibre Could Boost Biofuel Development – Study
February 21, 2013 – 3:33 pm | No Comment

by Natasha Odendaal  (Creamer Media’s Engineering News)  A doctorate study undertaken by Stellenbosch University Department of Process Engineering student Yuda Benjamin has found that the fibres of some varieties of sugarcane had the potential to boost the production …

First Biodiesel Plant in Bali, Indonesia, Undergoes Commissioning
January 25, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(Green Fuels/Biodiesel Magazine)  The biorefinery manufacturer Green Fuels is in Bali this week commissioning a turnkey biodiesel facility for Caritas Switzerland, an NGO that focuses on socioeconomic development in disadvantaged communities around the world. Green Fuels …

Workshop on Sustainable Biomass Production in South-East Africa March 19-21, 2013 Maputo, Mozambique
January 25, 2013 – 4:45 pm | No Comment
Workshop on Sustainable Biomass Production in South-East Africa    March 19-21, 2013    Maputo, Mozambique

The workshop is organised by NL Agency with the support of WIP Renewable Energies. The objective is to discuss and share experiences on current initiatives for the development of sound frameworks for bioenergy in African …

South Africa – Sugar Companies Waiting for Biofuel Policy Move
December 21, 2012 – 4:44 pm | No Comment

(Agra-Net.com)  South Africa’s sugar companies and the planners of two sorghum-based ethanol plants are anxiously awaiting the government’s next move to allow a biofuels industry through the publication of the regulated price of ethanol, said …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2012
November 28, 2012 – 6:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brazil, India, the US, China and the EU point the way towards a 60 billion gallon biofuels market by 2022 – but can the capacity be built, and can the …

Gas-to-Liquids: A Risky Investment?
November 18, 2012 – 3:24 pm | No Comment

by Robert Rapier (Biofuels Digest)   …Oxford Catalysts claims that with natural gas at $3.89 per million BTU (MMBTU), they can produce diesel for $1.57 per gallon. But I would caution investors in this situation.

Without …

The GM Tree Plantations Bred to Satisfy the World’s Energy Needs
November 16, 2012 – 10:17 am | No Comment

by John Vidal (The Guardian)  Israeli biotech firm says its modified eucalyptus trees can displace the fossil fuel industry

It’s a timber company’s dream but a horrific industrial vision for others: massive plantations of densely planted GM eucalyptus …

Biofuels Mandates Around the World – Who Is Moving the Targets?
October 25, 2012 – 11:24 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … United States   Concerns over the price impacts of a devastating US drought have led to call for a waiver in the US Renewable Fuel Standard volumetric targets. Proposed waivers have …

Global 2012 Corn Crop To Be Second Largest in History: OECD Official’s Comment on Biofuels Misguided
September 21, 2012 – 10:19 am | No Comment

(Global Renewable Fuels Alliance)  Today (September 20, 2012) the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) criticized OECD senior counsellor, Carmel Cahill, for making unsubstantiated comments targeting the role of biofuels mandates in food price inflation. Evidence …

Food Crises and Technological Phobia
September 7, 2012 – 4:36 pm | No Comment

by Drew Kershen (BioFortified)  …I do not write to enter the debate focused on fuel standards, markets and commodity speculators.   I acknowledge that other factors also contribute to food crises, particularly in developing nations – …

Southern Africa Development Community Countries Meet on Algae Development
August 10, 2012 – 9:40 am | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  Leaders of the 14-member Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) came together at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa, July 24-27, for a workshop on emerging technologies for sustainable biofuels and …

South African Airways Aims for 50 per cent Biofuel by 2020
August 2, 2012 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Kamalpreet Badasha (SupplyManagement.com)  State-owned South African Airways (SAA) aims to decrease its carbon footprint by using biofuel for 50 per cent of its fuel supply by 2020.

The announcement was made by public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba …

South Africa Looks to Develop Aviation Biofuels Supply Chain in Response to Vulnerability over Carbon Taxes and Penalties
July 27, 2012 – 4:08 pm | No Comment

(GreenAirOnline)   As part of policy objectives to reduce carbon emissions by state-owned companies (SOCs) and stimulate a green economy, the South African government is planning a strategy to help develop a home-grown aviation biofuels industry …

Viridis Africa October 16-17, 2012 Johannesburg, South Africa
July 3, 2012 – 6:30 pm | No Comment
Viridis Africa October 16-17, 2012 Johannesburg, South Africa

Viridis Africa, the only clean energy investor event in Africa that will take place on the 16th and 17th of October 2012 at the Killarney Country Club, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates …

Request for Proposals: Viridis Africa October 16-17, 2012 Johannesburg, South Africa DEADLINE: August 30, 2012
July 3, 2012 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Request for Proposals: Viridis Africa  October 16-17, 2012   Johannesburg, South Africa  DEADLINE: August 30, 2012

Viridis Africa, the only clean energy investor event in Africa that will take place on the 16th and 17th of October 2012 at the Killarney Country Club, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event is dedicated to entrepreneurs and corporates …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Aviation Biofuels: Which Airlines Are Doing What, with Whom?
June 5, 2012 – 12:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …(M)ore than 30 airlines now trialing, deploying biofuels – but who’s doing what, exactly?

In Brazil, Azul Airlines announced that Amyris’s innovative renewable jet fuel sourced from Brazilian sugarcane has passed all required testing …

Government Drags Feet on Biofuel Project
March 28, 2012 – 2:55 pm | No Comment

(Business Day) State wants industry to source feedstock from small-scale farmers, writes Hopewell Radebe

The government has not moved an inch on the proposal by the farming community to include maize as an alternative crop for …

S.Africa Sees $258 mln Ethanol Plant by 2014
February 22, 2012 – 1:28 pm | No Comment

by Wendell Roelf  (Reuters Africa)  South Africa plans to invest 2 billion rand ($258.5 million) to build an ethanol plant and help a nascent biofuels sector that could reduce the country’s reliance on imported fuel, …

South Africa Company to Invest E3bn in Local Ethanol Project
January 26, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

by Nomthandazo Nkambule  (The Swazi Observer)  A South African based company will invest about E3 billion in an ethanol project to be established along the Siphofaneni/Lavumisa corridor

Minister of Agriculture Clement Dlamini said the company, FuelEthanol and Agricultural Plantation, completed …

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says
December 14, 2011 – 9:45 am | No Comment

by Carli Lourens (Bloomberg) South Africa’s proposed mandatory blending of biofuels with gasoline and diesel may signal the start of a biofuels industry and boost sorghum output sixfold, an economist at the farmers’ body Grain SA …

As Government Talks Strike Out, Business Steps up to Bat
December 9, 2011 – 2:47 pm | No Comment

by Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest Asia)  This week, while the world’s biofuel producers were busy ramping up production towards the 54.1 billion gallon global capacity predicted by 2015, the people who regulate biofuels and make …

South African Airways Mulls Big Biofuels Shift in Bid to Avoid Possible Carbon Penalties
November 28, 2011 – 11:59 am | No Comment

by Terence Creamer (Engineering News)   Biofuels may need to comprise as much as half of South African Airways’ (SAA’s) fuel supply by 2020 if the national carrier is to avoid future carbon penalties, Public …

South Africa: Govt Sign Accord to Inject Billions Into Green Economy
November 18, 2011 – 11:57 am | No Comment

(All Africa)  On the eve of a major International Climate Change Conference to be hosted by South Africa, social partners and government signed a Green Economy Accord at parliament in Cape Town today (November 17, …

Tongaat Sees Big Potential for Jobs in Ethanol and Power Projects
November 15, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment

by Brindaveni Naidoo (Engineering News)  Electricity generation and ethanol production from sugarcane could save and create thousands of local jobs, mainly in rural areas, agriculture and property group Tongaat Hulett CEO Peter Staude said on Monday.

… …

South African Project Reaching for Ethanol, Biodiesel Co-Location
October 28, 2011 – 9:31 am | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  One World Clean Energy Inc. has secured its first memorandum of understanding to construct and commission a $115 million Integrated Biorefinery in South Africa, where it would produce10 megawatts …

South Africa’s Bio-Economy ‘Stymied by Government Policy’
September 16, 2011 – 7:49 am | No Comment

by Sarah Wild  (Business Day)  Biofuels Association president Andrew Makenete says SA has the technology and resources to develop its bio-economy but was stymied by a lack of regulations and government policy

SA HAD the technology …

Assessing Opportunities and Constraints for Biofuel Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
August 29, 2011 – 8:57 am | No Comment

by Graham von Maltitz, William Stafford    (Center for International Forestry Research)    Sustainable biofuel production should provide opportunities for sub-Saharan African countries and their inhabitants, especially in impoverished rural areas. Biofuel feedstock production has the …

South Africa Should Step up Its Biofuels Efforts – Toyota
August 26, 2011 – 1:37 pm | No Comment

by Loni Prinsloo   (Engineering News)  South Africa should step up its efforts to introduce biofuels into its fuel supply mix, Toyota South Africa CEO Dr Johan van Zyl said on Thursday.

Speaking at the 2011 South …

Plans for ‘Tree of Life’ Plantation
August 22, 2011 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Laea Medley (Independent Online)  …The iLembe District Municipality and Dr Samson Tesfay, a post-doctoral student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s discipline of horticultural science, are planning a plantation project for the plant.

The project …

Ethanol, Sugar Mill-Power Rules Could Create Jobs, Tongaat-Hulett CEO Says
August 2, 2011 – 1:54 pm | No Comment

by Niki Moore (Bloomberg)  Southern African countries could create 1.8 million jobs if they adopted similar regulations to Brazil governing the production of ethanol and electricity from sugar, the Chief Executive Officer of Tongaat-Hulett Group Ltd. …

Illovo Sugar Plans to Produce Ethanol From Molasses in Tanzania by 2013
July 20, 2011 – 10:02 am | No Comment

by Niki Moore (Bloomberg)  Illovo Sugar Ltd. (ILV), Africa’s largest producer of the sweetener, plans to start making potable ethanol from molasses in Tanzania by 2013, Managing Director Graham Clark said.

“We have created an opportunity in …

Food Security Not Necessarily Threatened By Biofuels
July 18, 2011 – 8:33 am | No Comment

(Rainharvest)  To achieve “win-win outcomes” for bio-energy, food security and poverty reduction, we must recognise that these outcomes are possible.

This is what Prof Lee Lynd, of Dartmouth College and the Mascoma Corporation, told delegates during …

Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference 2011 September 6-7 Johannesburg, South Africa
July 7, 2011 – 7:30 am | No Comment
Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference 2011   September 6-7    Johannesburg, South Africa

ABIC is an essential annual event for industry leaders, investors, policy makers, scientists, researchers and other professionals working in the area of agricultural biotechnology. ABIC provides a unique forum where the latest scientific advances in …

Addax Bioenergy Signs Loan Agreement for €258 Million Renewable Energy Project in Sierra Leone
June 27, 2011 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Business Wire)  Addax Bioenergy S.A. (“Addax Bioenergy”), a subsidiary of the Swiss-based energy group, The Addax and Oryx Group Limited (AOG), announced today the signing of a loan agreement with seven European and African development …

Eucalyptus Tree Genome Deciphered
May 20, 2011 – 6:55 am | No Comment

(EurekAlert!)  Key to new possibilities for renewable bioproducts

The key to the survival of forestry in South Africa as well as many new possibilities for renewable bioproducts like biofuels and biopolymers may now be available with …

AGZAM to Invest $251M in Sugar, Ethanol in South Africa
April 7, 2011 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Nicholas Bariyo  (Dow Jones Newswires)  South Africa-based AGZAM Project Developers Ltd. is planning to invest at least $251 million to develop a sugar plant and at least 15,000 hectares of sugar plantations in Zambia’s southern …

S.Africa’s Illovo Says May Opt to Produce Biofuels
March 29, 2011 – 11:31 am | No Comment

by Ruona Agbroko   (Reuters Africa)    South Africa’s Illovo Sugar may opt to produce biofuel from sugarcane if it makes commercial sense, its managing director said late on Wednesday.

South Africa’s Department of Energy said earlier …

Maize Farmers Lobby to Supply Biofuel Industry
March 14, 2011 – 7:56 am | No Comment

by Stephanie Nieuwoudt  (Interpress Service News Agency)  South African maize farmers are pushing hard to change a government decision to exclude their crops as feedstock for bioethanol, in view of food security concerns.

Shortly after the government …

Brazil Eyes out South Africa for Biofuels Growth
December 8, 2010 – 2:02 pm | No Comment

by Nickolaus Bauer  (Business Day)   According to visiting deputy minister for foreign trade, Brazil also wants to strengthen overall trade relations with South Africa

Brazil says its interested in buying agricultural land in Southern Africa to …

Inclusion of Maize in Biofuels Strategy Condemned
November 1, 2010 – 7:39 am | No Comment

(The Bioenergy Site)  The African Center for Biosafety (ACB) has issued a statement to express concerns over the possibility of the inclusion of maize in a revision of South Africa’s biofuels policy.

ACB was prompted into action …

South Africa Could Face Blackouts again Next Year: MaNoa
October 19, 2010 – 3:14 pm | No Comment

(Times Live) … She (MaNoa director Esmé Bluff) says although it’s not feasible for everyone, first prize is to get off the grid as much as possible – which is not as expensive or tricky as it …

First General Aviation Engine Powers Light Aircraft with Biofuel
September 17, 2010 – 6:26 am | No Comment

by Natasha Odendaal (Engineering News)  Local general aviation company Adept Airmotive has developed the first general aviation engine that is able to power a light aircraft with a range of environment-friendly alternative fuels, such as biofuels …

China May Absorb South Africa’s Grain Surplus – Agriculture Ministry
September 9, 2010 – 9:02 am | No Comment

by Hopewell Radebe (Business Day/Reuters) The government yesterday brought hope to grain farmers who are struggling to find alternative markets to dispose of surplus maize following a bumper crop that drove prices down.

… Last month, Grain SA chairman …

New Biofuel Company Brings US Tech to South Africa
July 14, 2010 – 10:45 am | No Comment

(Alternative Energy Africa)  Stellenbosch Biomass Technologies (SBMT) has been officially launched in Sandton, South Africa holding the rights to commercialize and adapt the latest conversion technology developed by US-based Mascoma Technologies.

Mascoma is rated one of the …

Durban Company Flies High on Biofuel
May 18, 2010 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Times Live)  A Durban company has unveiled a light aircraft engine which can operate on biofuel or liquid petroleum gas.

“Our technology benchmarks South Africa against the finest aviation engineering in the world,” said Andre Schoeman, chairman …