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From Americas to EU, Asia, Africa, Who’s Got What?: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuel Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Today, biobased mandates around the world. Where are the markets you can count on, how much can you count on? 65 countries in all, We’ll be focusing especially on new information out of Argentina, Brazil, Britain after Brexit, Canada, the European Union, China, India, Indonesia,

September 7, 2020 Read Full Article

Biofuels Policy Progress in Africa

(Biofuels International)  Advancing Africa’s biofuels potential has been a long, slow process with the continent’s various country-by-country development plans tending to sit in their respective government in-trays for far too long. At the point, however, where there is finally evidence of real biofuels’ development intention being seen across the continent,

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 2019 was a banner year for RSB that saw growing recognition of RSB’s leadership in the circular and bio-based economy, as well as engagement of new sectors and overall expansion of their global footprint. Check out their just released annual report that dives into their exciting

September 1, 2020 Read Full Article

Q&A: A Model for Low-Carbon Fuels in the Global Energy Transition

by Alan P. Mammoser (Biodiesel Magazine) Biofuels will likely play an important role in a hoped-for transformation to a low-carbon economy. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, they will need to play a large role in the direct application of renewables to decarbonize heavy transport including road freight, shipping and

July 24, 2020 Read Full Article

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Launches Enterprise Development for Women-Owned Ventures in Green Energy Startup Incubator DEADLINE August 15, 2020

(Business Ghana/ APO Group/Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)) Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Launches Enterprise Development for Women-Owned Ventures in Green Energy Startup Incubator – Call for Applications Announced The Startup Incubator programme is aimed at helping women turn their renewable and green energy enterprise idea into

July 15, 2020 Read Full Article

Advantages of Biodiesel Highlighted

(Creamer Media’s Engineering News) Women-owned biodiesel distributor EcoDiesel believes that the solution to South Africa’s current need for an alternative energy source that is efficient, recycles waste and takes care of the environment, is biodiesel. “Crude reserves, global price volatility and environmental impact issues have been a cause for concern

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Benefits of Investment in Biofuels Twofold

by Halima Frost (Creamer Media’s Engineering News) The South African biogas sector can attract up to R250-billion in local and international investment and contribute to a 15% reduction in the total greenhouse-gas emissions generated by the country, says Southern African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia) general secretary Alberto Borello. “The local

June 19, 2020 Read Full Article

Implementation Agendas: 2018-2019 Update Compare and Contrast Transport Biofuels Policies

by Mahmood Ebadian, James D. McMillan, Jack (John) N. Saddler and Susan van Dyk (University of British Columbia, Canada/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA/IEA Bioenergy) Global production and use of transport biofuels Global biofuels production has continued to increase over the last decade, from over 37 million tonnes oil equivalent (Mtoe) in

May 29, 2020 Read Full Article

Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy – Updates from RSB’s Project with Boeing

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials offered updates on their “Fueling the Sustainable Bioeconomy” project powered by Boeing’s Global Engagement Portfolio, including the latest activities in three countries identified to be of key importance given their rapidly growing commercial aviation sectors and potential to produce

May 18, 2020 Read Full Article

New Framework for Biofuels Leaves Many Questions Unanswered

by  (Business Maverick)  The recently published Biofuels Regulatory Framework is an important step in the attempt to develop a national biofuel industry, but it is far from sufficient to ensure the full benefits of biofuels while minimising the risks.  — On 7 February 2020, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy

February 20, 2020 Read Full Article

China Starts to Reopen Gates to US Ethanol

by Donovan Lim (S&P Global Platts)  China will offer tariff exemptions of nearly 700 types of goods from the US, including fuel ethanol, the Chinese government announced Tuesday, but traders are currently uncertain about its impact on future imports. … Ethanol sources told S&P Global Platts that they remain cautiously

February 18, 2020 Read Full Article

Bloodhound to Break Records with Zero Emissions Rocket

(Bloodhound Land Speed Record)  … The Bloodhound Land Speed Record (LSR) team today confirmed plans to challenge for the world land speed record using a zero-emissions rocket. Powered by concentrated hydrogen peroxide, the rocket will be used alongside the world’s best jet-fighter engine when the Bloodhound LSR car attempts to

February 4, 2020 Read Full Article

The Versatile Ethanol Molecule: Ethylene, with a Similar Molecular Structure to that of Ethanol, Has Enormous Market Opportunity around the World.

by Susanne Retka Schill (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Knock a water molecule off ethanol and you’ll get ethylene, C2H4—the most widely produced organic chemical globally that is the basis for scores of other chemicals and hundreds (maybe thousands) of products, from antifreeze and surfactants to synthetic fibers, plastics and packaging. Global

January 30, 2020 Read Full Article

Novel Protein Positioning Technique Improves Functionality of Yeast Cells -Expected Improvements in Cell Surface Engineering across a Variety of Fields-

(Kobe University) A research team at Kobe University has developed a method of artificially controlling the anchorage position of target proteins in engineered baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). The group, consisting of academic researcher INOKUMA Kentaro, Professor HASUNUMA Tomohisa (both of the Engineering Biology Research Center) and Professor KONDO Akihiko et

January 22, 2020 Read Full Article

The Digest’s Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2020

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) 64 countries have targets or mandates – but how much where, and when, and what?  Besides the EU, the major blending mandates that will drive global demand are those set in the US, China and Brazil – each of which has set targets – or, in

January 2, 2020 Read Full Article

Petrol and Diesel Prices to Increase from 1 January

by Maïthé Chini  (The Brussels Times)  A full tank of petrol or diesel will be up to €2.5 more expensive due to the higher share of biofuels starting from 1 January 2020.  … The increase means that filling up a tank of 65 litres will cost €2.5 more starting from

December 31, 2019 Read Full Article

Sasol Willing to Consider Using ‘Green Hydrogen’ to Produce Lower-Carbon Fuels

by Terence Craemer (Craemer Media’s Engineering News) South African energy and chemicals group Sasol, which is under increasing pressure to lower its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, has indicated a willingness to participate in demonstration projects aimed at deploying its Fischer-Tropsch assets in combination with ‘green hydrogen’, produced from renewable energy and water using electrolysis. Sasol’s current hydrogen-production methodology

December 23, 2019 Read Full Article

Cabinet Approves New Guide for Biofuels Policy

by Khulekani Magubane (Fin24)  Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu told reporters on Tuesday morning that Cabinet approved the biofuels regulatory framework, as a policy which will guide the implementation of government’s biofuel industrial strategy. Mthembu was speaking to reporters in Pretoria, briefing them on the outcomes of last week’s

December 19, 2019 Read Full Article

South African Airways Welcomes the Scaling Up of Sustainable Local Fuel Supply in South Africa

(South African Airways)   South African Airways (SAA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary and low cost carrier, Mango Airlines, made history in 2016 as the first two airlines in Africa to operate commercial flights respectively, which were powered by sustainable aviation fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant, Solaris. That momentous occasion

November 29, 2019 Read Full Article

Ethanol Facility Hosts Boeing Presentation on Sustainable Aviation Fuels

(Advantage News)  The NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville hosted a presentation from The Boeing Company’s Joe Ellsworth, regional director of environmental strategy and integration, who presented Boeing and Sustainable Aviation Fuels in late August. Ellsworth also met with NCERC Director of Research Dr. Yan Zhang and Assistant Professor of Chemistry and NCERC

September 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Transport Biofuels: Tracking Clean Energy Progress

by Pharoah Le Feuvre   (International Energy Agency)  Transport biofuel production expanded 7% year-on-year in 2018, and 3% annual production growth is expected over the next five years. This falls short of the sustained 10% output growth per year needed until 2030 to align with the Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS). Stronger

August 23, 2019 Read Full Article

DA Says Urgent Task Team Needed to Support KZN’s Biofuel Industry

(African News Agency/The Citizen)  It accused the African National Congress-led provincial government of doing little to aid the company  —  The Democratic Alliance opposition party has called on the newly-appointed member of the executive council for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs (EDTEA) in KwaZulu-Natal, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, to establish a task team

July 10, 2019 Read Full Article

Stanger Sugar Mill to Turn Sugarcane Production to Alternative Green Fuel

by Penny Fourie (North Coast Courier) The production of biofuel as an economically viable industry in South Africa is no longer viewed as a pipe dream but an attainable goal aimed at leveraging sugarcane as a key strategic economic resource.  —  The Gledhow sugar mill in Stanger is poised to sow the

July 1, 2019 Read Full Article

Boeing to Expand Investment in Brazil’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

(Boeing)   Boeing today (June 17, 2019) announced a USD 1 million investment in Brazil’s efforts to establish a sustainable aviation fuel industry. The investment will focus on initiatives that maximize social, economic and environmental benefits to local communities engaged in the development of feedstock that can be used to produce sustainable

June 19, 2019 Read Full Article

Towards Sustainable Bioeconomy – Lessons Learned from Case Studies

by Marta Gomez San Juan, Anne Bogdanski and Olivier Dubois  (Food and Agricultural Organization) … )T)his report offers lessons from 26 case studies of sustainable bioeconomy interventions from around the world and from a range of different sectors. The overall aim of the report is to use these case studies to expand the general understanding of

June 11, 2019 Read Full Article

Diesel Decarbonization Brings Transformative Opportunities for Next Generation Biodiesel Feedstocks

by William R. Thurmond (Emerging Markets Online/MENAFN)  New study finds next generation feedstock markets and technologies are big winners in diesel decarbonization initiatives for low carbon fuels. In the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, strong demand signals and incentives for diesel decarbonization are driving the rapid expansion of next

June 3, 2019 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Aims to Fuel Jets and Make Consumer Goods from Recycled Carbon Pollution

by Tom DiChristopher (CNBC) -LanzaTech sells technology that transforms carbon pollution into ethanol, a renewable fuel and feedstock for chemicals. -Founded in 2005, the start-up is now aiming to produce sustainable jet fuel and chemicals that can be used in consumer goods. -The company ranks No. 15 on CNBC’s 2019 Disruptor

May 17, 2019 Read Full Article

Increased Biofuel Production from Unicellular Algae

(Algae Industry Magazine)  A new study may provide knowledge for increased biofuel production from unicellular algae. When starved for nutrients such as nitrogen, algae accumulate copious amounts of energy-rich lipids, which can be harvested and used as biofuel. Algae-based biofuel has the potential to serve as a sustainable replacement for fossil fuels.

March 23, 2019 Read Full Article

The Social and Economic Benefits of Pricing Carbon

(New Climate Economy)  70 governments around the world (both national and provincial) are putting a price on carbon. These cover almost 20% of GHGs, up from just 4% 15 years ago. This year, two of those carbon pricing programmes — in Argentina in January and in Singapore in the second half of the year — graduate

March 19, 2019 Read Full Article

The BioCycle Aims to Turn Human Waste into Lubricants, Biodiesel

by Irma Venter (Creamer Media/Engineering News)  The BioCycle plans to have completed the design of its first South African commercial scale facility by the end of 2020, to be followed by a global rollout of the technology, says MultiCycle director Marc Lewis. The BioCycle aims to develop commercially viable and

March 18, 2019 Read Full Article

Throw Deep: Heard on the Floor at the Washington Sustainable Aviation Fuels Summit

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) … Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman noted:  “Secretary Mabus advised us to set a goal. If it’s good enough for the Navy, it’s good enough for SeaTac airport, and we’ve established a partnership with 13 airlines with a goal of moving to 10 percent renewable

March 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Harmony Cuts Energy Consumption, Ushering in Solar, Mulling Biofuels

(Mining Weekly)  Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold is intensifying its efforts to cut electricity consumption to a minimum while also looking at introducing solar power and biofuel energy. … But what the company has not done yet is to self-generate its own power supply, but that may be about

February 12, 2019 Read Full Article

Sugar Has Potential to Be Energy Future of SA

by Francois Baird (FairPlay/Saturday Star/IOL) … There is so much more to sugar cane than sugar, and its potential to create a healthier energy future is but one of many good reasons the embattled South African sugar industry is worth saving. Sugar cane is one of the few bio-energy sources that

January 23, 2019 Read Full Article

African Centre for Crop Improvement Sweet Sorghum Varieties Poised to Boost Biofuel Industry

(African Centre for Crop Improvement) A breakthrough by the African Centre for Crop Improvement in the breeding of sorghum could have far-reaching implications for the biofuel and bioplastic industries in South Africa. For the last decade, ACCI director Professor Mark Laing has been working on developing sorghum and sugar beet varieties,

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates around the World 2019

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Florida, the Digest today (January 1, 2019) releases its annual review of biofuels mandates and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

January 2, 2019 Read Full Article
    3-Day Seminar BIOGAS#TRAINING   —   March 11-13, 2019   —   Johannesburg, South Africa

3-Day Seminar BIOGAS#TRAINING — March 11-13, 2019 — Johannesburg, South Africa

The  3 day training seminar focuses on the biogas market in Africa with attention to the local characteristics of substrate selection, plant engineering, and biogas utilization.   You will get practical knowledge about biogas plant operation, maintenance and the presented case studies will highlight the best methods of biogas production from biomass waste.

December 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Collaboration Is the Name of the Game at RSB’s 2018 Annual Meeting – Event Wrap-up

(Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials)  Each year RSB brings its community together for the highlight of our calendar: our Annual Meeting. An opportunity to gather our members from many different sectors to discuss and debate the most pressing issues in the development of the sustainable bioeconomy and to make changes to our

December 14, 2018 Read Full Article

G20 Countries Must Act Quickly to Decarbonise The Transport Sector

(Agora Verkehrswende)  According to a new report, CO2 emissions from transport are still rising. If immediate action is not taken, more radical measures will be unavoidable in the future.  —   To keep global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, the world’s leading economies must act immediately to reduce transport emissions.

December 11, 2018 Read Full Article

Delays in Biofuel Framework Hinder Industry

by Paige Müller (Creamer’s Engineering News)  Despite the local sugar industry championing a bioethanol fuel subsidy as a potential method to relieve the burden on sugar through demand diversification, Ethanol Producers Association of Southern Africa secretary Alf Stevens suggests that this may not have the timely impact that the local

December 7, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Castor Oil: How Thabang Mabapa Is Helping Farmers

by Lesetja Malope (City Press)  … Thabang Mabapa is a self-confessed curious social entrepreneur who might just have a viable alternative to the country’s current fuel price crisis. He makes biofuel from castor oil extracted from castor trees and its growing demand is proving to be a disruptor in the commercial farming

December 5, 2018 Read Full Article

‘Breakthrough’ Harvesting Solution, Growing Market, Potential beyond Biodiesel – All Good Signs for Castor Oil’s Future

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  A ‘breakthrough’ mechanical harvesting solution for castor bean plants was developed by Evogene and agricultural equipment manufacturer, Fantini s.r.l., resulting in the removal of a major bottleneck in the conversion of castor beans into a fully modernized commercial crop. With field trial yield losses decreasing significantly

November 19, 2018 Read Full Article

R1,1 Billion Gas to Fuel Green Energy Plant for Middelburg

(Middleburg Observer) A gas to fuel green energy plants to the value of R1,1 billion will be built in Middelburg next year, anchoring the town as South Africa’s flagship commercial ethanol production region. … A pilot fermentation unit was shipped to South Africa, and successful fermentation tests have already been conducted.

October 24, 2018 Read Full Article

South Africa Looks to Kickstart Its Biofuels Industry

by Wendell Roelf (Reuters)  South Africa hopes to finalise its biofuels regulatory framework by March next year, the energy minister said on Monday, almost a decade after the policy to promote biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel was first approved. A net importer of crude, Africa’s most industrialised economy wants biofuels initially

October 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Coffee Waste Biofuel Plant in South Africa Expects 2019 Construction

(Biofuels International)  South African recycling company Verda Waste is to build a plant that will process coffee waste into biofuel. The plant will be located in Johannesburg and is expected to be built in 2019. The company intends to lead the industrialising process of converting waste coffee grounds into biofuels. It

September 21, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Unviable Alternative in South Africa – Expert

by Paige Muller (Creamer Media’s Engineering News) Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable- energy consumption rose to a new high last year

August 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Montauk Energy Strikes Biogas Deal with US Dairy Farm

by Lisa Steyn (Buisness Live)  Government incentives spur the JSE-listed firm to transform cow manure into natural gas at dairy farm in California  —  JSE-listed Montauk Energy has struck a deal with a dairy farm in California where it will for the first time transform cow manure into natural gas. The company

August 3, 2018 Read Full Article

This Start-Up Turns Pollution from Factories into Fuel That Powers Cars — and One Day Planes

by Catherine Clifford (CNBC)  A bacteria found in the gut of a rabbit can now help cars run in a more eco-friendly way.  The bacteria, identified by biotech start-up LanzaTech, helps turn factory carbon emissions, a.k.a. pollution, into ethanol …. … “While there are many sustainable sources of sugar-derived ethanol … it’s not enough

July 30, 2018 Read Full Article

Thabang Mabapa on Producing Biofuel

by Phathu Luvhengo (Destiny Man)  Social entrepreneur and biofuel producer Thabang Mabapa has stepped up to provide a viable solution to South Africa’s energy crisis Public relations and communication graduate Mabapa has stepped up to help solve the energy crisis by providing the viable solution of using castor oil as an

July 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Diesel Tree: Fuel for the Alternative Energy Sector

by Glenneis Kriel (Farmer’s Weekly)  Christo Smit, a former researcher at the Agricultural Research Council, is working on developing a sustainable biofuel industry from the diesel tree.  —  The South African government lost interest in biofuels when oil prices fell from about US$150 (approximately R1 780) to $40 (R474) a barrel at the

July 16, 2018 Read Full Article

From LanzaTech to Sierra Energy and the Latest Research, Syngas Is on Fire

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  Syngas, or synthesis gas, is on fire lately, with new technologies making the most of waste products like CO2 or low-grade biomass and converting them into useful hot stuff like syngas that can then be turned into even better and hotter stuff like jet fuel,

July 9, 2018 Read Full Article

REFILE-FEATURE-In Hunt for Clean Jet Fuel, South Africa Swaps Tobacco for Weeds

by Munyaradzi Makoni (Reuters)  When a South African Airways Boeing 737 took off from O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg two years ago, headed for Cape Town, it was powered by an unusual fuel: tobacco. South Africa hasn’t yet repeated the jet biofuel feat, but in an effort to cut its

June 28, 2018 Read Full Article

Waste to Wing Project First to Enable Sustainable Aviation Fuel Production in South Africa

(SKYnrg) Airlines are facing increasing pressure to become more sustainable, yet options to reduce carbon emissions in aviation are limited. Electric planes for example are not foreseen to have a significant share of passenger movements before 2040. Besides efficiency gains, through technical and operational improvements, the use of sustainable aviation fuels

May 23, 2018 Read Full Article

Commonwealth Countries Get Knocked Down, But Get Up Again

by Helena Tavares Kennedy (Biofuels Digest)  With 195 countries on the planet today, an impressive 53 countries are Commonwealth countries, including countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific. They include large, rich countries like Canada and Australia all the way to some of the smallest or poorest countries

April 16, 2018 Read Full Article

Boeing Promotes Aviation Biofuel in Africa

by Kaleyesus Bekele (AIN Online)  The Boeing Company has teamed with the South African government, South African Airways (SAA), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and U.S. energy firm SKYNRG, to identify biofuel feed stocks in Africa. Boeing Commercial Airplanes regional director for environmental

March 22, 2018 Read Full Article

Op-Ed: Biofuel from Sugarcane – Why Is SA Not Rushing Ahead?

by Chris Ward (Daily Maverick)  Support for diversification of the sugar industry provides a superb and immediate opportunity for the government of South Africa under its new president to create thousands of new jobs by leveraging sugarcane as a key strategic economic resource. … No other agricultural crop produced in South

March 15, 2018 Read Full Article

Biodiesel Not an Affordable Solution for SA Mines

by Paige Mueller  (Mining Weekly)  Biodiesel currently does not present as a more affordable energy alternative for the local mining industry, says Sandton-based energy product supplier InnoFES MD Alexander Grobler. He says that, while many renewable-energy product producers and suppliers boast of the benefits of biodiesel application, the only realistic

March 5, 2018 Read Full Article

Biogas Will Help Solve Urban Sewage Crisis

(Bioenergy Insight)  The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $1.14 million grant to install an innovative new sewage treatment solution to Durban, South Africa. The innovative generator is able to process sewage into nutrients, biogas and clean water. University of South Florida associate professor Dr Daniel Yeh designed his

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

Mechanisms and Indicators for Assessing the Impact of Biofuel Feedstock Production on Ecosystem Services

(Stockholm Environment Institute)  This paper synthesizes the current knowledge about the impact of biofuels on ecosystem services. Biofuel feedstock production can be a significant driver of landscape modification, ecosystem change and biodiversity loss. There is a growing body of literature that shows how biofuel landscapes provide various ecosystem services (e.g., feedstock

February 23, 2018 0 comment Read Full Article

S. African Biofuel Plan May Boost Sorghum Sixfold, Grain Says

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 said. The government’s September release of draft blending rules may be “an early indication of a

February 19, 2018 Read Full Article

Zera Boss Grilled over ‘Favourable’ Rautenbach’s Green Fuel Ethanol Price

by Veneranda Langa (News Day)  Legislators yesterday grilled Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) chief executive officer Gloria Magombo over the price of Billy Rautenberg’s Green Fuel ethanol, which is 11 cents more expensive than the ethanol being produced by Triangle Limited. The ethanol pricing issue came out during a sitting of

January 24, 2018 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World 2018

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 65 countries. The bulk of mandates continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) once specified a

January 2, 2018 Read Full Article

Perspectives on Biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa

by Susan van Dyk, Emile van Zyl, Brett Pletschke (International Energy Agency Bioenergy Task 39)  This short contribution provides some perspectives on opportunities for biofuel production on the African continent. Africa has a large land base, with only 27% of its arable land currently utilised. High level assessments, such as by the

December 22, 2017 Read Full Article

From Pollution to Products: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to LanzaTech

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech has developed a fully sustainable integrative gas to fuels and chemicals platform that has no impact on food, water security or high biodiversity land use. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation platform disrupts the current highly centralized global energy system by enabling the regional production of low-cost energy

November 16, 2017 Read Full Article

A Dozen Global Cities Commit to Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets

(Next-Gen Transportation News)  The mayors of London, Paris, Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle, Auckland and Cape Town have signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration. Under the declaration, the city leaders have pledged to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city

October 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Production of Bioethanol from Multiple Waste Streams of Rice Milling

LorenzoFavaro, et al. (Bioresource Technology)   Rice milling by-products are promising feedstocks for bioethanol. Starch-rich residues were efficiently fermented by two engineered amylolytic yeast.  Rice husk, composed by lignocellulose, was pre-treated with alkaline peroxide.  Pre-treated husk was saccharified by commercial enzymes and fermented.  Multiple rice by-products were co-processed to ethanol by amylolytic

August 25, 2017 Read Full Article

USTDA Introduces U.S. Carbon Capture and Recycling Technology to South Africa

(U.S. Trade and Development Agency)  Today (August 18, 2017), the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a grant to Swayana (Pty) Ltd, a Pretoria-based energy project developer, for a feasibility study that will use innovative U.S. technologies to convert waste gas – also known as off-gas – into a valuable

August 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Environmentalists Are Urging the USDA to Reject This Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Tree

by Chelsea Harvey (The Washington Post)  A genetically engineered, freeze-tolerant eucalyptus tree is moving closer to receiving approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, amid concerns about the tree’s possible negative effects on the environment. The USDA has proposed lifting restrictions on commercial production of the trees, based on a draft

August 10, 2017 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Collaborates With Swayana (South Africa) to Use Carbon Capture Technology

(Biofuels International/Lanza Tech/Swayana)  South African company, Swayana is collaborating with carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, with headquarters in Chicago USA, to introduce their proprietary carbon capture technology to South Africa. LanzaTech’s first commercial facility will be online at the end of 2017 in China, producing fuel grade ethanol from captured steelmaking off-gas. The

July 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Is It the End or Just the Beginning for Jatropha?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … In Botswana, jatropha’s adventures are just beginning according to the Ministry of Minerals Resources, Green Technology and Energy Security’s advisor, Freddie Motlhatlhedi. He was referring to a joint research project done by Botswana and Japan that shows quite a bit of promise for commercial production of jatropha

July 25, 2017 Read Full Article
  3rd Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar and Study Tour   —   December 11-13, 2017   —  Cape Town, South Africa

3rd Agro-industrial Biogas Training Seminar and Study Tour — December 11-13, 2017 — Cape Town, South Africa

The International Biogas and Bioenergy Center of Competence IBBK is delighted to invite you to the third Biogas Training Seminar at the University of Cape Town. We invite again farmers, project developers, consultants, investors and the banking sector to participate in the biogas training seminar to be held on 11.-13.

July 23, 2017 Read Full Article

African Oil Trader Taleveras Takes First Step into Biofuels

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 energy by setting up a joint venture to build a biorefinery in the U.S. with

June 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Entrepreneur Scoops Old Mutual Funding to Develop Biofuel Enterprise

(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 Red Bull met on 11 May to interrogate the submissions, with their key criteria

June 2, 2017 Read Full Article

Clariant Cellulosic Ethanol Donation Lets 1,000 Malagasy Families Cook Safer and Cleaner

(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) for household energy, announced the donation of approximately 24m3 of cellulosic ethanol from Clariant’s pre-commercial

May 31, 2017 Read Full Article

Potential Biofuel Feedstocks and Production in Zambia

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 blending mandates. However, land constraints limit local industry expansion, with demand likely to be met

April 19, 2017 Read Full Article

Bio-Diesel Pumping out Safe Energy

(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 and owner of Lamo Fuel, a bio-diesel manufacturer that is primarily developing a variety of

April 7, 2017 Read Full Article

South African Bio-energy Atlas Launched to Support Bio-Energy Development

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 of developing a ‘green’ economy. This was affirmed by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor

April 5, 2017 Read Full Article

EU Sees ‘Strategic Advantage’ of Biofuels in Aviation

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 on liquid fuels and has few options other than biofuels when it comes to

March 23, 2017 Read Full Article

Zimbabwe: Govt Liberalises Ethanol Production

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 ethanol from Green Fuel last week forced Government to revise downwards the mandatory blending

March 13, 2017 Read Full Article

NexSteppe Malibu Sweet Sorghum and Palo Alto Biomass Sorghum Approved for Commercial Sale in South Africa

(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 for commercial sale in country. Approved hybrids include both Malibu sweet sorghum and Palo Alto

December 15, 2016 Read Full Article

You’re the Top: Biogreen Diesel Gets Picked as South Africa’s Top Biodiesel Prodicer

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 a closed-loop system wherein cooking oils no longer fit for human consumption are removed from

December 12, 2016 Read Full Article

The Wine Tram: The Best Wine Route in South Africa?

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 the open-sided trams of the 1890s. … Originally established by French Huguenot colonists who fled

November 30, 2016 Read Full Article

Frost & Sullivan Recognises Biogreen Diesel as Top Producer of Biodiesel in the South African Market

(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 market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Biogreen Diesel with the 2016 South Africa Company of the

November 29, 2016 Read Full Article

The Aviation Biofuels Partnership Kings: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Boeing

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 Airlines — or launching a Canadian aviation biofuel project using forest waste, it’s clear. Where

November 23, 2016 Read Full Article

First Local Seed Selection to Take Place at Project Solaris

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 started taking place locally for the first time since the launch of Project Solaris in

October 19, 2016 0 comment Read Full Article

Come to Bioenergy Country: or, the Bioenergy Countries’ Report

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 relating to EU counties, below. The complete report can be downloaded here. This report was

October 6, 2016 Read Full Article

Can the Aviation Industry Finally Clean up Its Emissions?

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 summit this week – but critics remain unconvinced —  When a South Africa Airways scheduled

September 30, 2016 Read Full Article
  Unlocking the Potential of Next Generation, World Changing Biomaterials    —   October 13, 2016   —   Johannesburg, South Africa

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 – the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and WWF-SA invite you to learn more about

September 11, 2016 Read Full Article

South African Airways Operates Flight with Nicotine-Free Tobacco-Based Biofuel

(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, used sustainable biojet fuel produced from Sunchem’s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir

July 17, 2016 Read Full Article

VIASPACE CTO Presents Giant King® Grass At Bioenergy Feedstocks Conference In Miami

(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 (http://www.biofuelsdigest.com/), focused on the most critical issue in bioenergy today — the availability of

June 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Mine Dump Biofuel Pilot Project Achieves Early Success, Holds Much Potential

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 rehabilitation pilot project in Randfontein, west of Johannesburg. The pilot project, on one of the

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Limpopo Receives R940m Investment for Renewable Energy from US, Chinese Companies

(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 Singling Technology Centre said on Tuesday that they had discovered a market for sweet sorghum

May 12, 2016 Read Full Article

Latest Diesel Quality Trends Revealed in Biennial Survey

(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 Infineum survey collected samples from service stations from across eight countries in order to

April 28, 2016 Read Full Article

EEP Southern and East Africa Issues Call for Project Proposals DEADLINE: April 25, 2016

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 reduction of poverty by promoting inclusive and job-creating green economy and by improving energy security

April 4, 2016 Read Full Article

IEA and GBEP Launch Bioenergy and Water Paper

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 of bioenergy systems and geographical distribution, and shows how solutions can be found that produce

February 24, 2016 Read Full Article

Boeing Collaborates with Canadian Aviation Industry for Biofuel Project

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 that are used to generate electricity. Now it is turning its attention to the development

February 2, 2016 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2016

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 and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in 64

January 4, 2016 Read Full Article

Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: From Rhetoric to Reality

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 that policymakers can take to phase out fossil fuel subsidies. The paper reinforces the recommendations

December 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Port of Seattle Partners with Alaska Airlines and Boeing on Plan to Supply Sustainable Aviation Biofuel at Sea-Tac Airport

(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 aviation biofuel. Sea-Tac is the first U.S. airport to lay out a long-term roadmap to

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Coal Dust and Algae Can Help Meet Future Energy Needs

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 at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) combined coal dust with algae to form neat,

December 16, 2015 Read Full Article

CNE and Sunbird to Develop Bioethanol Facilities in Zimbabwe and Zambia

(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 the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 6th Ministerial Conference and Summit in Johannesburg, South

December 10, 2015 Read Full Article

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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 carbon. According to the International Energy Agency, 10% of fuels must be low

November 24, 2015 Read Full Article

Call for Statement of Interest for South Africa Biofuels Technology Demonstration Programme Grant

(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 order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by

November 19, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuel and Electric Buses for Cape Town

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 of electric buses in the next few months. The metro is also undertaking a research

October 26, 2015 Read Full Article

Tyton BioEnergy Systems and Sunchem Announce Research and Commercial Partnership

(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 tobacco-based green chemicals and biofuels. The partners are committed to introducing energy tobacco as a

October 22, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Production Plan already in Action

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 on Tuesday the presidential commercial agricultural working group meeting held at Tuynhuys in Cape

October 19, 2015 Read Full Article

First Flight Imminent as South African Tobacco Crop to Jet Biofuel Project Earns RSB Sustainability Approval

(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 (RSB). The project, formally launched in late 2014, has involved RSB from the start so

September 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Modular Biodiesel Processing Plants for Emerging Markets

(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 supplementing their petroleum based diesel fuel needs with biodiesel which is derived from recycling used

September 26, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article

The New Tobacco Road: A Path beyond Smoking for America’s Traditional Cash Crop

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 on soil sustainability and smoking application grounds (and George Washington abandoned the crop in his

September 10, 2015 Read Full Article

RSSC Invests E480m in Ethanol Plant, Power Generation Project

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 Africa (COMESA) annual report 2014 themed ‘inclusive and sustainable industrialisation’ said member states initiated

September 9, 2015 Read Full Article

Project Solaris in South Africa Earns RSB Certification

(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 Africa. Solaris is a nicotine-free and GMO-free crop variety that yields significant amounts of sustainable

September 2, 2015 Read Full Article

Cheaper Oil Forces South Africa to Rework Biofuels Subsidy

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 net importer of crude, Africa’s most advanced economy wants biofuels initially to meet 2

August 11, 2015 Read Full Article

Numbitrax Buys Blume’s First African Bioethanol Refinery

(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, which has completed a purchase agreement and fund transfer. The purchase represents an investment

August 5, 2015 Read Full Article

Research and Markets: Next Generation Biofuels Market 2015 – In-Depth Analysis of 90 Major Players Including Abengoa, Verenium, BP Plc., BASF, Shell & Iogen

(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 waste products like plastic bags, wood, and other sources. Next generation biofuels have been

July 7, 2015 0 comment Read Full Article
  GFIA Africa   –  December 1-2, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

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 research centers. Hi-tech, lo-tech, innovative ideas, science and research, if your innovation has the potential

June 12, 2015 Read Full Article

Illovo Says Policy Certainty Key to Unlocking Sugar’s Cogeneration Potential

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 to expand its ethanol production in South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Swaziland, while producing a

May 30, 2015 Read Full Article

The Aviation Renewable Fuels Imperative

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% by 2030. We cannot accept the status quo, because if we don’t do something to

May 26, 2015 Read Full Article
  CALL FOR SPEAKERS:  Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa   DEADLINE:  June 12, 2015

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 transformative yet practical, scalable innovations that can increase agricultural productivity, protect and improve the natural

May 18, 2015 Read Full Article

Sugar Cane to Branch out to Bio-Ethanol, Electricity

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 African Sugar Association Rolf Lütge said in a briefing to Parliament’s trade and industry

May 14, 2015 Read Full Article
  Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture  — October 20-21, 2015 — Durban, South Africa

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 real change and offer hundreds of solutions that can raise productivity, stop post harvest

April 20, 2015 Read Full Article

R5 Bln Plant to Convert Canola into Diesel Halted by Laws

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 passes laws needed by the industry. The plant, which will produce 400,000 metric tons of

April 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Province Mulls Turning Cheap Wine into Biofuel

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 abuse.  But such a move could face resistance from producers. … The conversion of wine

March 5, 2015 Read Full Article

What’s New, Different and Hot in Military and Aviation Biofuels

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 and is heading towards deployment. Someday, aviation biofuels will be as routine as topping off

February 20, 2015 Read Full Article

4 Minutes with… Hugo Jacobs, Founder, Methyl Ester

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 one thing about the Advanced Bioeconomy, what would you change? The incredibly slow pace

February 6, 2015 Read Full Article

The Worldwide Push for Aviation Biofuels

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) EMB-202A Ipanema crop duster. This is the most recent version of a design that first

January 16, 2015 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2015

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 and targets around the world, looking at the state of biofuels mandates in

January 5, 2015 Read Full Article

10 Biggest Bioeconomy Blockbuster Stories of 2014 (EU, Middle East and Africa)

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 headlines this year. You might know it as EAME or EMEA, but its some combination

December 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing, South African Airways Look to First Harvest of Energy-Rich Tobacco to Make Sustainable Aviation Biofuel

(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 step towards using the plants to make sustainable aviation biofuel. Boeing and SAA, along

December 11, 2014 Read Full Article

South Africa's Ethanol Industry Is 'Far Behind and So Small'

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 and far behind the U.S. and other ethanol-producing areas. … Right now the majority of

October 28, 2014 Read Full Article

Ahead of His Time

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 of wet biomass storage.  …  Hettenhaus has been talking about the advantages of wet

October 1, 2014 Read Full Article

New Energy-Rich Sorghum Offers Ethanol without the Corn

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 world research biomass feedstocks — trees, shrubs and grasses that are designed to produce

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

China, Brazil Consider Publicity Blitz to Steer Climate Debate

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 blitz attendees at United Nations-led climate talks with pamphlets touting the clean-energy gains made

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

8 Trends Driving Aviation Biofuels Today

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 reminder of how much activity is going on in aviation biofuels to solve the

August 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing and South African Airways to Fly Planes on Tobacco Fuel

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 SkyNRG’s hybrid plant Solaris, which can be grown for energy crops by farmers instead

August 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Southern African, EU Negotiators Sign New Trade Pact

(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 by the governments involved, the deal will allow South Africa to export 110

July 22, 2014 Read Full Article
  RSB Southern Africa Day    August 4, 2014;    RSB Auditor Training Course from 5-7 August, 2014   Johannesburg, South Africa

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 more about the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials’ global standard and certification system for biofuels and

July 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Japanese Cars Soda Drinks Show Future for Abengoa Biofuel

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 types of companies — automotive, consumers — are asking us to collaborate to develop

June 12, 2014 Read Full Article

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant

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, article in Ethanol Producer Magazine has licensed its Pulsed Low Ultra Sound Wave (PLUSWave) Technology, which

May 22, 2014 Read Full Article

New Joint Ventures Aim to Establish Hemp-Ethanol Pilot Plant

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 Cellunol Inc. with ANW Inc., a South African company with a cellulosic pretreatment

May 12, 2014 Read Full Article

Sugar Looks to Ethanol to Help Pick up Speed

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 used in food and drink. However, due to significant increases in costs and increasing global

April 29, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuel from Cane ‘Reliant on Subsidy’

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 in the pipeline since 2007, when the cabinet approved a 2 percent biofuel penetration into

April 1, 2014 Read Full Article

BRICS and Mortar: The Fast-Growing BRIC Economies Take Aim at Aviation Biofuels

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 beehive of activity around drop-in, sustainable, aviation biofuels.  What’s up, with whom, where, when and

March 11, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuel Plant in South Africa to Begin Construction

(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 build the proposed R1.2 billion (€80 million) sugar-to-ethanol distillery using Brazilian technology. The distillery,

March 7, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing, South African Airways Explore Ways for Farmers to Grow More Sustainable Biofuel Crops

(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” farmers in Southern Africa to grow crops that produce sustainable fuels. The program builds

March 6, 2014 Read Full Article
  F.O. Licht's Sugar Africa   September 9-11, 2014   Durban, South Africa

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 –  providing the platform for you to meet producers, investors, buyers and industry professionals from

February 5, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Mandates Around the World: 2014

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 continue to come from the EU-27, where the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) specified a

January 2, 2014 Read Full Article

South Africa Biofuels Seen Raising Sorghum Output Fivefold

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 comprise at least 5 percent of diesel and 2 percent to 10 percent of

November 22, 2013 Read Full Article

More Customers Can Benefit From Ennovor's Premium Quality Sustainable Fuels Following $12m Cash Injection

(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 being financed by a $12 million dollar capital raise led by Black Pearl Capital. Ennovor Group

November 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Dust Unto Dust

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 the same fate at a global scale. The inherent productivity of many lands has been

November 7, 2013 Read Full Article

Algasol Renewables Launches First Commercial Project, in Egypt

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 biomass to biodiesel to meet growing local demand. Biodiesel Misr will grow and harvest algae

November 5, 2013 Read Full Article

Report: Carbon Taxes, Trading Bring Most Cost-Effective Pollution Cuts

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 is the best way to put countries on a path toward steep emissions cuts,

October 15, 2013 Read Full Article

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