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Senior Politicians under Probe for Illegal Ethanol Imports – Nkaissery
July 7, 2017 – 4:32 pm | No Comment

by Kurgat Marindany (The Star, Kenya)  Several senior politicians are being investigated for the illegal importation of ethanol, Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery has said. Nkaissery said on Saturday that security agencies have profiled several senior politicians alleged …

Burn Better, Cook Faster, Save $$: The Quest for an Efficient African Cookstove
June 1, 2017 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Africa, the overwhelming use is cookstoves, and for a generation now, companies and organizations have been handing out LPG or ethanol cookstoves trying to move Africa to a new …

African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) Selects Nine Institutions to Develop Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Research Projects Across the Continent
March 23, 2017 – 11:19 am | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  The African Climate Technology Center (ACTC) has the mission of supporting Sub-Saharan countries in scaling-up the adoption of clean technologies for adaptation and mitigation, through activities that include knowledge creation and dissemination, support to …

Penn State Forest Economist Helping to Propel African Croton Biofuel Effort
February 22, 2017 – 12:34 pm | No Comment

by Jeff Mulhollem  (Penn State News)  Africa and agroforestry — defined as agriculture that incorporates the cultivation and conservation of trees — are in Penn State professor Michael Jacobson’s blood, and the combination has helped shape …

Work Underway on Kenyan Biogas and Drinking Water Plant
February 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

(Bioenergy Insight)  Waste recycling company Asticom K reports that construction is underway on a biogas plant in Kenya on a five acre plot of land donated by a local housing co-operative.
The plant is being built …

New Research: Forcing Local Peoples off Their Lands Drives Almost Two-Thirds of Conflicts Between Companies and Local Communities in Africa
February 17, 2017 – 1:59 pm | No Comment

(RightsAndResources.org)  Experts at Dakar event point to a significant cause of investment losses, work stoppages and violence across Africa: the failure of governments and companies to respect the land rights of indigenous and local communities
Sixty-three …

Croton Nuts: Africa’s New Biofuel that Literally Grows on Trees
December 30, 2016 – 4:25 pm | No Comment

by Kieron Monks (CNN)  Croton nut may be ideal fuel with high oil and protein concentration; Leading producers are expanding rapidly; Analysts say croton avoid ethical issues of other biofuels  —  The Croton megalocarpus tree is common throughout …

Mumias Sugar Steps up Regional Molasses Imports on Biting Cane Shortage
November 30, 2016 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Andae (Business Daily Africa)  Mumias has been importing molasses — the raw material used in ethanol production — from Uganda for over eight months now but, has now extended this to Tanzania.
The loss-making …

Suds-Be-Gone: Novozymes Launches World-First Biological Foam Control for Sugarcane Ethanol
November 9, 2016 – 10:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Denmark, Novozymes launched Fermax, an enzyme protease that prevents foam development during the sugarcane ethanol fermentation process, while delivering improved control and replacing chemicals. In trials, partners also experienced …

East Africa: Lack of Common Policy Delays Use of Clean Fuel in East Africa
November 7, 2016 – 3:47 pm | No Comment

by Kennedy Senelwa  (AllAfrica)  Lack of common standards for blending ethanol with petrol is limiting East Africa’s ability to use biofuels in reducing the carbon emissions from fossil fuels in the transport sector.
The growing demand …

Mwatate Police Impound 180 Drums of Illegal Ethanol
November 4, 2016 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Renson Mnyamwezi  (Standard Digital)  Police in Mwatate have seized 45,000 litres of ethanol alleged to be imported from Tanzania. Acting on a tip, police at Mwatate Divisional Police Headquarters along the Taveta-Mwatate road flagged down …

EACC Detectives Unearth Fraud at Raila’s Company
October 20, 2016 – 2:57 pm | No Comment

by Samuel Messo (Tuko)  Detectives have exposed details of an undercover operation that discovered fishy ethanol dealings associated with a company owned by Raila Odinga’s company;  The EACC detectives followed vehicles that had left the company in …

Baseline Report of Clean Cooking Fuels in the East African Community
September 5, 2016 – 11:44 am | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Ethanol fuel production represents a significant opportunity for economic and social development in the East African Community (EAC) region. Ethanol can be produced locally using a variety of feedstocks that can be selected based on …

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change
June 30, 2016 – 3:12 pm | No Comment

by Sharon Ji (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The UN Foundation, PCI, USAID and Tetra Tech sponsored a afternoon of stories and solutions from the sponsors’ Women and Climate Change project which took place on June 23 …

Study Helps Map Path to Improved Cassava Production
May 11, 2016 – 7:34 pm | No Comment

by  Robert Sanders (UC Berkeley/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  A new analysis of the genetic diversity of cassava will help improve strategies for breeding disease resistance and climate tolerance into the root crop, a staple and major …

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 …

Women Are Central to Africa’s Energy Transformation
March 9, 2016 – 7:58 pm | No Comment

by Fiona Lambe and Marion Davis (Stockholm Environment Institute/Reuters)  … The reality, of course, is that electricity will not reach all households in the immediate future – not to mention, power is so unreliable in much of …

Bringing Clean, Safe, Affordable Cooking Energy to Kenyan Households: An Agenda for Action
March 9, 2016 – 7:47 pm | No Comment

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This briefing note synthesizes the latest evidence on the impacts of traditional biomass cooking and discusses options for addressing these challenges, with recommendations for policy-makers in Kenya and across sub-Saharan Africa.
In Kenya, …

Power to the Poop: One Colorado City Is Using Human Waste to Run Its Vehicles
January 22, 2016 – 4:34 pm | No Comment

Melanie Sevcenko  (The Guardian)  Renewable natural gas is a growing industry for fuel, electricity and heat, but advocates says it’s a largely untapped market in the US  —  No matter how you spin it, the …

Sh288 Million Ethanol, Sh56 Million Contraband Sugar Seized in Mombasa
January 19, 2016 – 6:29 pm | No Comment

by Nancy Agutu and Elkana Jacob (The Star) Ethanol worth Sh288 million and contraband sugar valued at Sh56 million were seized in Mombasa between October and December 2015, the EACC has said.
The ethanol in 64 containers …

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 …

WEBINAR: Bioenergy on the Road! — January 5, 2016
December 11, 2015 – 5:02 pm | No Comment
WEBINAR:  Bioenergy on the Road! — January 5, 2016

This month’s webinar takes us on the road! A few of our contributors have spent time working abroad during sabbatical periods while continuing their involvement with the NEWBio project. But despite being far away, all …

Hyacinths and Sawdust Used to Combat Africa’s Cooking Pollution
November 17, 2015 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Anna Hirtenstein (Bloomberg/The Washington Post)  A brew made from sawdust and water hyacinth flowers may help reduce the millions of lives lost across the developing world from the fumes of ramshackle cooking equipment.
Those are the …

Technology No Silver Bullet for Africa’s Farming Challenges, Says Entrepreneur
August 4, 2015 – 7:43 pm | No Comment

by Dinfin Mulupi (How We Made It in Africa)  Africa is seeing a surge in mobile phone-based solutions promising to revolutionise the agricultural industry. Technology entrepreneurs have developed mobile platforms offering a variety of solutions, …

THE CASE FOR BIOFUEL: The Magic Bullet for Energy Security and Rural Development in Africa
July 16, 2015 – 4:53 pm | No Comment

by Olatomiwa Bifarin* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Around 770,000 BC, it was fire, at some point – wood, dung and coal, to the now-ominous fossil fuels. This is the evolution of energy, and today the evolution …

Leaked Tape Recordings Unearth the Depth of the New Scandal at Mumias Sugar Company
June 30, 2015 – 6:19 pm | No Comment

by Paul Wafula (Standard Digital News)  A sting operation conducted at Mumias Sugar Company premises has uncovered an elaborate network through which some of the firm’s employees have been colluding with rogue Kenya Revenue Authority …

Stoves that Save: Poet Partners to Fight Pollution and Deforestation in Haiti with Ethanol Cookstoves
June 29, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment

by Janna Farley (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Deforestation and pollution have distressed the country’s environment and beauty. The chronic effects of disease, economic instability and social unrest, coupled with the infrastructure devastation from the 2010 earthquake, …

Pew Report Tracks Bioenergy Investments in Emerging Markets
June 3, 2015 – 2:49 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  The Pew Charitable Trusts has released a report, titled “Power Shifts: Emerging Clean Energy Markets,” that shows clean energy investment in developing countries has grown in real and relative terms.
The …

Mumias Sugar to Take on Spectre in Ethanol Plant Strategy
March 10, 2015 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(The Star) Mumias Sugar will start buying bagasse and molasses from rivals to feed its ethanol production plant, it said after reporting massive losses for the first half ended December 31.  Ethanol revenues decreased by 23 …

Alliance Congratulates Winners of Pilot Innovation Fund
February 10, 2015 – 3:53 pm | No Comment

(Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves)  This year marks the third round of the Pilot Innovation Fund (PIF), which provides funding and capacity building to organizations and entrepreneurs to develop and test game-changing ideas for the …

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 …

Smokeless Biofuel Saves Lives in Africa
November 18, 2014 – 12:29 pm | No Comment

by Julie Fahnestock (Just Means)  … In fact, traditional cooking methods—open fires of wood and chemically based charcoals—have been deemed “the silent killer.” According to the World Health Organization, more people in the developing world …

Biofuels Help Boost Sustainable Transport and Support Rural Development in Africa: GRFA
October 29, 2014 – 12:45 pm | No Comment

(Renewable Fuels Association)  Today, as the first African Sustainable Transport Forum gets under way in Nairobi, Kenya, the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuels friendly policies and regulations that …

Is the Next “Green Revolution” Right Around the Corner?
October 17, 2014 – 1:44 pm | No Comment

by Caitlin Kennedy (Biotech NOW)  National Geographic’s October issue contains an in-depth article, “The Next Green Revolution” on how plant biotechnology will be one part of a multifaceted solution to feeding a rapidly growing population in the face of …

Don’t Count It Out: Biofuels Industry Holds Much Promise
June 18, 2014 – 12:13 pm | No Comment

by Shankar Rampalli (Mordor Intelligence/Renewable Energy World)   The verdict on biofuels is in, and the catchphrase seems to be over-promised and under-delivered. Biofuels have been in public use in some form or the other for …

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 …

Project on Bioenergy in Africa Successfully Completed
September 19, 2013 – 9:45 am | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe)  The ERA-ARD project “Bioenergy in Africa: Opportunities and Risks of Jatropha and Related Crops” was officially closed at the end of March 2013. Within this project the coordinator published 5 Policy Briefs with …

Board Ties Sugar Mill Licences to Power Generation
August 8, 2013 – 2:13 pm | No Comment

by Gerald Andae  (Business Daily Africa)    The Kenya Sugar Board asks firms to start ethanol and electricity production in next two years.

Private and State-owned sugar millers that will not have started electricity generation and …

Biofuel Project in Kenya Ignites Land, Environmental Disputes
June 25, 2013 – 3:56 pm | No Comment

by Robyn Dixon (Los Angeles Times)  Foreign firms seeking land in Africa for biofuel crops run into opposition from communities and environmental activists despite promising jobs and development.
With its leaf-thatched mud huts, bad roads, chronic …

New Initiative Equips Farmers to Combat Climate Change and Increase Food Security
February 19, 2013 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(BusinessWire) Radio Lifeline, a non-profit based in the US, announces the launch of the Black Earth Project, a new initiative designed to help farmers mitigate the growing effects of climate change. Radio Lifeline’s partner in this project is re:char, a …

Kenya: Kisumu Molasses Resumes Operations
February 10, 2013 – 10:14 am | No Comment

by Justus Ochieng (AllAfrica)  THE Kisumu molasses plant will outsource for raw materials from Uganda and Tanzania to continue its operations. Insufficient supply of molasses has derailed operations at the company.
The plant had been closed …

Sustainable Energy for All: Focus of Sustainable Energy Symposium
December 14, 2012 – 11:25 am | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The United Nation’s emphasis of “Sustainable Energy for All” (SE4All) in 2012 wrapped up with a decision to continue the focus with a Sustainable Energy for All Decade.  The …

Kenyan Biofuel Dream Proves Elusive for Alberta Firm
December 3, 2012 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Sara Mojtehedzadeh  (Edmonton Journal)  Bedford Biofuels’ plantation is stalled, and along with it the company’s promise to provide jobs and cash for community development
…Though this is an arid and unforgiving area, the land surrounding Garsen …

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 – …

Swedish-Kenyan Wins Prize For Kenyan Biofuel Business
September 5, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Ventures-Africa)  A 32-year-old Swedish-Kenyan has won the European-African Entrepreneurship Award for a proposal to covert used cooking oils, widely used in the restaurant industry, into biodiesel.
The awards were held in The Hague in the Netherlands, with nine …

CLC bio Collaborates with Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa Project
July 4, 2012 – 12:42 pm | No Comment

(CLC bio)  Today CLC bio and the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB) at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, announced a collaboration to benefit the Virus Resistant Cassava for Africa project (VIRCA), a partnership including researchers …

Hero Seeks Ethanol Engine Partners for Brazil: Corporate India
June 6, 2012 – 11:51 am | No Comment

by Karthikeyan Sundaram and Siddharth Philip (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)   Hero MotoCorp Ltd. (HMCL), India’s biggest motorcycle maker, is seeking partners for products such as blended-fuel compatible engines as it prepares to tap customers in Brazil …

East Africa: U.S. Firm to Turn Hyacinth Into Ethanol
May 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by David Muwanga  (AllAfrica.com)  As the East African Community (EAC) was planning to release a total of Ksh1b for the removal of the water hyacinth from Lake Victoria, a United States based technology company has …

JOil Announces Elite Jatropha Varieties Returns Repeatable Yields of over 2 Tons of Seeds per Hectare in First Year of India Field Trials
March 22, 2012 – 2:07 pm | No Comment

(JOil)  • Tamil Nadu sites achieve first-year flowering in three months and first harvest in five months
• Field trials now being conducted in India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia
JOil (S) Pte. Ltd., a scientific bioenergy …

Sh12 Billion Biofuel Complex Set to Be Constructed in Bungoma
March 5, 2012 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Daily Nation)  A Sh12 billion biofuel complex to produce fuel ethanol from tropical sugar beet will be started in Bungoma, with construction commencing immediately. The first trail run is expected early next year.
The company, Webco, …

African Wildlife Haven Threatened by Biofuels Land Grab
March 1, 2012 – 12:48 pm | No Comment

by The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (FocusingOnWildlife.com)  A Kenyan wildlife haven threatened by the rush to grow biofuels for European companies such as IKEA, has been saved.
The Dakatcha Woodland in Kenya – …

Nigerian Government Agency Launches Microdistillery and Stoves to Provide Sustainable Ethanol Fuel for Household Cooking, Lighting and Small-Scale Power Generation
February 28, 2012 – 4:43 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Nigerian Government Agency Launches Microdistillery and Stoves to Provide Sustainable Ethanol Fuel for Household Cooking, Lighting and Small-Scale Power Generation
The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA), a parastatal under the Nigerian Federal Ministry of …

Horn of Africa Famine – Ethanol Cookstoves for Dadaab Refugee Camp
November 30, 2011 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

(Project Gaia)  Project Gaia, Inc., a U.S. non profit with operations in East Africa, is working with the UNHCR and others to bring relief to refugees from the Horn of Africa Famine in a very …

Biofuels in Eastern Africa: Dangers Yes, but Much Potential as Well
October 12, 2011 – 1:03 pm | No Comment

(Netzwerk Biotriebstoffe News)  Biofuel production is booming. Worldwide, production of ethanol for fuel has almost quintupled since 2000, while that of biodiesel has risen by almost 25 times. This is, in part, a response to policies …

Madagascar: Don’t Revoke Jatropha Licence, Tana Leaders Plead
September 29, 2011 – 7:43 am | No Comment

by Henry Wanyama  (AllAfrica.com)  Tana River councillors have asked the National Environmental Management Authority not to revoke a biofuel project licence in the area. Led by Tana River County Council chairman Salim Golo, they said …

Bedford Biofuels Threatens Kenya’s Tana Delta
September 8, 2011 – 8:30 am | No Comment

(Nature Canada)  Nature Canada is concerned that a Canadian company – Bedford Biofuels – plans plans to set up a jatropha tree plantation in Kenya’s Tana Delta, an area that provides refuge for 350 bird …

Kenya Develops Unique Bio-Ethanol Gel Biofuel for Kitchen Use
August 22, 2011 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

by Joao Peixe  (OilPrice.com)  The bio-ethanol gel is an alternative biofuel developed by Consumer’s Choice Limited to reduce Kenya’s reliance on imported petroleum.
…Consumer’s Choice Limited developed a bio-ethanol gel made from molasses derived from sugarcane. …

Biofuels Land Grab in Kenya’s Tana Delta Fuels Talk of War
July 5, 2011 – 4:14 pm | No Comment

(Guardian News and Mail)  Gamba Manyatta village is empty now, weeds already roping around the few skeletal hut frames still standing. The people who were evicted took as much of their building materials as they …

Investor Yet to Meet conditions for Licensing of Jatropha Project
June 8, 2011 – 1:26 pm | No Comment

By Mazera Ndurya and Daniel Nyassy (Daily Nation)  The environmental watchdog has not licensed a controversial multi-million shilling jatropha project because the investor has not complied with some of the conditions set by the government.
Although …

European Commission Sued for Lack of Transparency on Biofuels Policy
May 27, 2011 – 10:30 am | No Comment

(Client Earth)  The European Commission has been sued, accused of violating European transparency laws. Environmental law organisation ClientEarth, Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE), FERN and Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) filed the lawsuit following the …

Tanzania: Expert Faults Commercial Jatropha Investments
April 29, 2011 – 5:06 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica.com)  Jatropha should not replace any crops in arable farms and instead should be cultivated by smallholder farmers as hedges for farms, an expert has warned.
Pamoja Inc Co-Director Jonathan Otto said in Dar es Salaam …

Microfuelers: Biofuels Companies Aim Big, by Thinking Small
March 28, 2011 – 9:27 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …NGOs in Africa have been touting for some time the use of ethanol cook stoves, to replace three-stone, wood based stoves that can trigger local deforestation and expose women and …

Jatropha Biofuels More Harmful than Oil
March 24, 2011 – 7:32 am | No Comment

by Ricardo Sequeiros Coelho   (CoolTheEarth)  A report by ActionAid, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Nature Kenya revealed that using biofuels from jatropha results in more greenhouse gas emissions than using oil …

Kenya: NEMA Orders New Study On Biofuel Tree
March 10, 2011 – 8:56 am | No Comment

by Mazera Ndurya    (AllAfrica.com)  A team of specialists has been set up to study the viability of the controversial jatropha trees after renewed interest by foreign investors to start the project.
The team was formed by …

Firm Plans to Generate Electricity from Ethanol
January 6, 2011 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Xinhua  (Business Daily)    A Kenyan green energy firm has announced plans to generate ethanol-based electricity.    Gravitas Ltd managing director Lorna Omuondo said the company will introduce ethanol-powered cells into the market by mid …

Reality Check for ‘Miracle’ Biofuel Crop
October 28, 2010 – 8:04 am | No Comment

by Miyuki Iiyama and James Onchieku (SciDev)  It sounds too good to be true: a biofuel crop that grows on semi-arid lands and degraded soils, replaces fossil fuels in developing countries and brings huge injections of cash …

Mumias to Start Production of Ethanol Next Year, Says Kidero
September 28, 2010 – 11:07 am | No Comment

by Joseph Bonyo   (Daily Nation)  …The plant that is expected to produce about 22 million litres of ethanol a year will be the latest addition to the firm’s portfolio.

According to the company, the ethanol will …

Mumias Sugar of Kenya Gets $20 Million Loan for Power Plant, Nation Says
September 1, 2010 – 9:51 am | No Comment

by Eric Ombok (Bloomberg)  Mumias Sugar Co., Kenya’s largest producer of the sweetener, secured a 1.6 billion-shilling ($20 million) loan for its ethanol plant to be commissioned next year, the Daily Nation reported.   A group …

Biofuel Project Sparks Wrangle
May 14, 2010 – 2:23 pm | No Comment

(AllAfrica)  A planned biofuel project in Magarini District (Kenya) has put Malindi County Council and ecologists on a collision course.
This follows a request by the National Environment Management Authority for residents’ views on the project, …

How a Biofuel ‘Miracle’ Ruined Kenyan Farmers
October 6, 2009 – 2:38 pm | No Comment

by Nick Wadhams/Kibwezi  (Time)  Everyone in Kibwezi, a village in southeastern Kenya parched by four years of drought, remembers the promises. It all started in 2000, when the government started preaching the word about a …