Ensight’s energy-saving solutions can lead to a massive reduction in both greenhouse gas emissions and running costs.
IN a bid to assist industry in responsibly addressing the challenges of climate change while STILL maintaining their market edge, Ensight Energy Solutions on Tuesday held a business briefing with Richards Bay’s industry stakeholders.
Working directly with industry, as partners instead of consultants, Ensight has implemented and sustained numerous energy cost-saving projects around South Africa.
‘Current energy systems are run on certain assumptions that are never questioned, but simply by asking the right questions, companies can, and have already, introduced massive energy savings – and therefore cost savings,’ said Francis Barram, Ensight Energy Solutions CEO.
‘But the success of identifying and implementing such strategies comes from an independent party whose only interest is reducing energy consumption.’
Ensight’s existing clients include Anglo Platinum, which enjoys 30% energy and R110-million cost savings.
Barram said energy-reducing strategies already achieved in the mining sector require no capital investment from a company.
Another energy-saving application is that of CNG (compressed natural gas) to run vehicles instead of diesel.
‘High density CNG leads to a 27% reduction in greenhouse gases and a 20% cost reduction.
‘For example, a truck can get from Richards Bay to Pietermaritzburg and back on only one tank of CNG,’ said Barram.
He said heavy vehicles used in the mining sector in Australia have been converted to CNG, with astounding energy and cost savings results.
‘Running industrial trucks on 100% natural gas is a possibility.’
Renewable energy-derived methane was also discussed, with the biomass-to-methane concept a good one for job creation and productivity for society.
Barram said bamboo from a 1 200ha farm can produce 15MW, as well as the creation of jobs in every step of the process, from farming to biomass processing.
‘We need to start producing and using energy from renewable resources rather than from our current, finite supply,’ concluded Barram.
Willem van der Merwe of Africa Biomass Company.
“Through the establishment of Africa Biomass Company (ABC) – which specialises in land clearing, wood chipping, and wood recycling – Willem van der Merwe has not only created a successful business by clearing landowners unwanted trees, he has also shaped a new industry in South Africa by introducing the novel concept of wood recycling", said Spokesperson for the competition, Christo Botes.
Reliance, the leading organic compost provider in the Western Cape, is excited to have received the green light for the R250 million Waste to Energy project at Corona Farm in the Paarl region.
All appeals against the project have been dismissed by authorities, giving the final go-ahead to the first of its kind project. Not only will this project generate energy from organic waste, but it will directly and indirectly create over 1000 jobs, save landfill space and carbon emissions, as well as see depleted agricultural soils being rebuilt to high humus soils. The application has taken over 3 years and millions in investments to get to this stage, the final hurdle was to get the rezoning finalised.
Further to the Biogas plant, Corona Farm will be divided into separate commercial units. One unit for the Waste to Energy project and the rest of the units to new sustainable organic farms with the focus on ownership for young entrepreneurs, primarily from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Five of these units have already been developed with plantings of table- and wine grapes, as well as citrus. An additional two units are in the process of being planted.
Reliance has already started their in-house training process consisting of new entrepreneurs through an intern program. Furthermore Reliance has combined efforts with Skills Fusion and the Department of Agriculture in training new agriculture students over the next 12 months.
The company’s mission is to Grow Greener Generations, and these new initiatives can be seen as a reflection of the company ethos. Reliance starts investing at Primary school level, carrying forward the message that every child/individual can dream and make that dream a reality if they are committed to making South Africa a better place for generations to come.
Reliance has expanded operations into the Southern and Eastern Cape, with the opening of its new compost facility at Humansdorp recently.
This video is made available as part of the biofuels education projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The animation illustrate the process of fast pyrolysis which takes the bio-oil as example of the final product. It includes pretreatment, pyrolysis reaction, char collection, quench system, and bio-oil storage.
Turning waste into energy is a way to reduce environmental damage and help fix the country's energy crisis
South Africans throw away over 566 million tonnes of rubbish each year according to the Drankenstein municipality. Much of our garbage ends up buried in massive landfills, causing untold damage to the environment. Add the waste that comes from farming, and you have a ticking environmental time bomb.
Livestock production is one of the most destructive farming practices there is. Times reports that some 40% of the earth’s surface is used for the purposes of keeping all seven billion of us fed, while the production of red meat requires 28 times more land than pork or chicken farming, 11 times more water and results in five times more climate-warming emissions.
Livestock manure is responsible for 18% of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming, more than cars, planes and all other forms of transport put together, according to the Independent.
Bio2watt is a private, forward-thinking energy generator that has partnered with car manufacturer BMW to use waste to produce power. The company is producing electricity for the car manufacturer to use as a supplement to their power needs in manufacturing. Using offal from abattoirs, manure from livestock farmers in the area and organic waste from juice makers, the company is able to produce two mega watts of power.
South Africa has been battling energy shortages since 2008. Alternative power generation is one of the ways government is looking to supplement the country’s energy supply, and biogas is one way to do it.
Sean Thomas, founder of Bio2watt, says companies can work together to reduce the environmental damage.
“We had to convince some of the players that instead of sending your waste matter to [a] landfill, we can process it in the plant. It creates jobs, it’s about sustainability and you’re meeting some of your sustainability indexes,” he says
Bacteria break down waste and methane is produced. The methane is then used to power generators that produce energy.
Watch Sean Thomas explain how waste matter can be used to produce energy.
Italian renewable energy group Building Energy looks set to remained active in South Africa after recently playing host to the country’s minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane at the company’s headquarters in Milan.
Building Energy, a globally integrated independent power producer, has developed and manages more than 30 projects in South Africa and Central Africa, including the 81 MW Kathu solar farm in the Northern Cape, one of the biggest PV plants on the continent. The group also operates wind, biomass and hydro-electric projects in the country, including the 14 MW biomass plant in Mkuze, the first and largest biomass plant in Africa.
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Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. (OTCQB:ALLM) (the "Company") announced today that through its subsidiary AMG Energy Group, LLC it has signed its first licensing agreement for the territory of South Africa with Naldogen (Pty) Ltd for an upfront fee of Twenty Five Million Dollars ($25,000,000) plus royalties. In addition the Company negotiated a Twenty Four and One Half Percent (24.5%) ownership in Naldogen in exchange for a Twenty Four and One Half Percent (24.5%) ownership for Naldogen in a to be determined Company owned CTS plant in the United States.
Naldogen PTY LTD plans to change its name to Carbolosic Energy SA in order to better represent its new direction and is majority owned by Tes Projects (Pty) Ltd and its principal Sonono Khoza, traditional wife of South African President Jacob Zuma and daughter of legendary South African businessman, owner of the Orlando, Pirates soccer team and organizer of the World Cup, Irvin Khoza. Naldogen is also owned in part by the South African company Spearhead Capital which was instrumental in bringing the CTS technology to South Africa. Naldogen intends to build CTS plants in several providences around South Africa in an effort to create thousands of jobs, reduce energy costs and create a "green" economy in a country in much needs of economic stimulus.
The Agreement was signed last Wednesday in the Johannesburg offices of Spearhead Capital by Sonono Khoza and Alliance BioEnery Plus CEO, Daniel de Liege. "This is a major step in the commercialization of the CTS technology and only the first of many licenses we will see around the world," said Company CEO Daniel de Liege.
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel welcomed the announcement made on Friday 10 April 2015 that Ngodwana Energy has been chosen as a preferred bidder in the Department of Energy's 4th window Renewable Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP).
The Ngodwana Energy project is situated 50km west of Mbombela in the Mpumalanga Province on the Sappi Ngodwana Mill Site and will feed electricity into the national grid near its location within Elands Valley, between Emgwenya (formally Waterval Boven) and Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit).
The Project will contribute to the growth and development objectives of the National Government, Mpumalanga province, the communities and businesses in the vicinity as well as Eskom and the citizens of South Africa. The value added by Ngodwana Energy to the Mpumalanga region and National Government over the term of the PPA is significantly higher than alternate renewable energy technologies due to the extent and impact of value creation. Significant ongoing value is created due to the nature of biomass projects and the monetary and job creation spend across the project value chain; from collecting biomass in the plantations, through plant and equipment contracts, to community impact through the Trusts and the economic development and socio-economic development spend as well as shareholder returns.
"Sappi is pleased to be able to contribute to the increased availability of renewable energy in South Africa" commented Alex Thiel. "Sappi will continue to focus on extracting maximum value from the renewable and sustainable wood fibre that we grow. This project builds on our earlier R3bn investment at Ngodwana Mill and further strengthens our presence in Mpumalanga province".
Globally Sappi has developed and constructed five hydro, two gas and 31 steam turbines which generates around 800MW of renewable power on 14 sites across seven countries.
A land claim brought against South Africa’s largest sugar farmer threatens to stop a 1.1 billion rand ($90 million) renewable-energy project that will produce electricity by burning leftover cane leaves and tops.
Charl Senekal Suiker Trust, which has 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of irrigated cane land and is a grower for Tongaat Hulett Ltd., is part of a group that plans to build a 16.5 megawatt biomass facility in KwaZulu-Natal, according to a presentation on the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s website. Talks to settle claims by four communities bordering part of his farm will take place on Friday, Charl Senekal, the white owner, said by phone on Wednesday.
The government of Africa’s most industrialized economy is promoting agriculture and providing access to land as part of redistribution policies to compensate black South Africans for the seizure of property under white-minority rule that ended in 1994. At the same time, the country is turning to renewable energy as it struggles to meet power demand after failing to invest in generation even as the government expanded supply to millions of households.
“The whole project can collapse if they don’t accept our offer,” Senekal said, declining to give details because they are private. “We’ve made a very reasonable proposal to the government and we hope that this will be successful. I am sure it will be accepted. It’s a great project.”
Work on the plant in Mkuze is scheduled to start in August if all the communities agree to the offer, with the first electricity to be produced 22 months later, Senekal said. It may create about 400 jobs, and the project will be able to repay its debt in eight years, he said. All four of the community groups need to support the plan for it to go ahead, he said. South Africa has a 24.3 percent unemployment rate.
The development must continue regardless of the outcome of the claim, Dumisani Myeni, chairman of Silwane Trust, established to handle the claims, said by phone from Mkuze. Community groups will be open to leasing the land should the claim succeed. The groups include the Myeni, Ngwenya and Zulu tribes.