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20 Oct 16 Turning biofuel waste into wealth in a single step

Lignin is a bulky chain of molecules found in wood and is usually discarded during biofuel production. But in a new method by EPFL chemists, the simple addition of formaldehyde could turn it into the main focus. Most biomass comes ...

27 Sep 16 Can the aviation industry finally clean up its emissions?

When a South Africa Airways scheduled flight flew from Johannesburg to Cape Town last month, it carried nearly 300 passengers. Neither the passengers or the pilots would have noticed any difference between that flight and any other. But instead of ...

05 Aug 16 Nissan unveils ‘world’s first’ ethanol-powered electric car

Car giant Nissan Motor Co. has revealed what it calls the world’s first Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered prototype vehicle that runs on bioethanol electric power. The fuel cell prototype forms part of Nissan’s ongoing commitment to the development of zero-emission ...

29 Jul 16 Africa's First Biofuel Flights Take Off in South Africa

History was made in mid-July. Africa's first sustainable biofuel powered flights successfully flew between Johannesburg and Cape Town. The South African Airways (SAA) and Mango Boeing 737-800s used biofuel to power their engines on 15 July 2016. The fuel is ...

20 Jul 16 Energy Union and Climate Action: Driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy

The European Commission presented on 20 July 2016 a package of measures to accelerate the transition to low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the economy in Europe. The Commission is working to keep the EU competitive as the global social ...

30 May 16 Economic update shows SA as top renewable power producer on continent

On 26 May, the Oxford Business Group, a publishing, research and consultancy firm, released an economic update on the state of South Africa’s renewable energy sector, saying that the country is already the continent’s largest producer of renewable energy. With ...

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