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Afrika se eerste volhoubare biobrandstof-vlug land in Kaapstad

south_african_airways_1Die eerste volhoubare biobrandstof-vlug in Afrika het gistermiddag in Kaapstad geland nadat dit in Johannesburg opgestyg het. Die Suid-Afrikaanse Lugdiens, of SAL, het met internasionale vennote saamgewerk aan die projek. Die vlug is aangedryf deur ‘n mengsel wat gemaak is van tabak en stralerbrandstof. Die SAL se waarnemende hoofbestuurder Musa Zwane sê die oes wat gebruik is om die biobrandstof te maak is plaaslik verbou, maar word tans in Amerika verwerk.

One Response to Afrika se eerste volhoubare biobrandstof-vlug land in Kaapstad

  1. Adriana Stuijt

    Julie 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Ecodiesel, a company owned by a group of New Zealand farmers, it was reported, planned to build a biodiesel plant by the end of 2008. The plant could produce 20 million litres of tallow-based biodiesel per year by April 2009.

    Also: In the effort to develop an aviation biofuel, Air New Zealand and Boeing researched the inedible JATROPHA plant plant to see if it could provide a renewable alternative to conventional fuel.

    Gull Force 10, a bioethanol blend, was introduced commercially in New Zealand for the first time by the company Gull on 1 August 2007. It contained 10% ethanol made from dairy by product by Anchor Ethanol, a subsidiary of Fonterra Ltd. On 8 August 2008, Gull introduced a 91-octane bioethanol blend in Albany.[4] The blend, ‘regular plus’, contained 10% ethanol and included bioethanol made from whey. Gull planned to release the fuel to 33 stations, and marketed it as under $2 per litre.[5] On release, the company said it would try to keep the price two cents less than its standard 91-octane fuel.

    The JATROPHA plant remains the most viable plant to use for biofuel because it is inedible, livestock hates it, it grows in long hedge-rows which would be ideal cattle-enclosures — and this plant can be very easily grown in desert-conditions as it requires very little moisture. South Africa has vast acreages of desert regions and if its residents could be encouraged to start planting Jatropha bean hedgerows, local residents could (a) sell the derived oil to #biofuel companies (b) manufacture their own soaps and fuel-oils to cook their food on. (c) create hedged-in bomas for their livestock – the plant is only inedible becuase of its atrocious taste to livestock. This is a win-win plant. Tobacco is a plant which depletes the soil it is grown in. Farmers who want to produce bio-fuel should try the Jatropha bean instead. I regularly by soaps and facial oils made from jatropha and it is already marketed widely from third-world countries.