first_img18 March 2008Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels (RNRF) is currently constructing a R1.5-billion soybean processing facility at South Africa’s Coega industrial development zone, to supply the local market with soybean meal, soybean oil and biodiesel.In a statement issued this week, RNRF said that the factory, at Coega outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province, would be the largest of its kind in Africa, with production commencing in the second half of 2009.According to the company, the operation will generate over R4.5-billion in turnover for the local economy and will provide 350 new permanent full-time jobs, 725 additional jobs in related industries and a further 800 jobs in the construction of the facility.“The investment will provide a significant boost to the South African and Eastern Cape economies,” said RNRF managing director Geoff Mordt.“The facility will process soybeans producing soybean meal and soybean oil. It is planned to develop capacity to manufacture soybean oil into biodiesel and pharmaceutical glycerine.”RNRF is majority-owned by Sydney, Australia-based National Biofuels Group, while 26% of equity is being allocated to local broad-based black economic empowerment groups.Improving food, energy securityRNRF will produce 800 000 tons of soybean meal, a key ingredient for livestock industries such as the rapidly expanding chicken meat industry.“South Africa’s soybean farmers and livestock industries such as poultry, pork, dairy, beef and aquaculture producers stand to reap enormous rewards,” said Mordt.“The facility will consume one million tons of soybeans annually providing a consistent local demand that South African farmers can rely on year after year,” he explained.He said that the company was currently working with local farmers, agricultural cooperatives and emerging-farmer groups to significantly expand their local supplier base of soybeans, adding that the company’s operation would improve food availability for the domestic market and ensure food security.“Our facility’s local soybean meal production will be a boost for local livestock industries and will help improve the nation’s balance of payments,” Mordt said. “South African imports of soybean meal reached 812 000 tons last year, up 20% on the previous year.”Fledgling biofuel industryMordt said the factory was the first integrated soybean processing facility to be announced since the government released its biofuels industrial strategy in December last year.He added that their application to the authorities to produce up to 288-million litres of biodiesel per year, from a feedstock produced by South African farmers, were at an advanced stage.He said his company’s investment was the first major commitment to progressing the fledgling South African biofuels industry, and it was committed to delivering a renewable fuel that would reduce the harmful effects of greenhouse gases and toxic emissions produced by fossil fuels.“Soybeans are an ideal biodiesel feedstock in South Africa, helping to ensure the nation’s food security,” he said. “Growth of the local soybean industry will strengthen local agriculture and rural development, adding a key source of protein to the human food chain as well as providing a sustainable feedstock for premium quality biodiesel.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgClive Else, CEO of Avis Fleet Services, which has been named by Nissan as its fleet management partner of choice in South Africa, drives the eco-friendly Leaf. (Image: Avis Fleet Services) The Nissan Leaf will be introduced to South Africa later in 2013.(Image: Assist247.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Barry MacColl  GM, research, testing and development,  Sustainability Division, Eskom  +27 11 629 5585 or +27 83 440 2169 RELATED ARTICLES • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop • Easy way to back renewable energy • Driven by imagination • SA’s first hydrogen bike rolls out • SA’s auto industry to turn greenRomaana NaidooEskom and Nissan have joined forces on a three-year research project to study electric vehicles, their charging requirements, and characteristics. With this, the national energy supplier and the car maker hope to prepare for the entry of electric vehicles into the South African market, and gain insight into their effect on the national grid.This collaboration follows projects by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Technology Innovation Agency aimed at creating public awareness of electric vehicles (EVs). Eskom’s general manager of research testing and development, Barry MacColl, explained: “Eskom has been doing EV research of one form or another for over 10 years now.“The focus has changed from development of EVs to understanding their need for energy and the subsequent impact on the electricity grid. The recent developments by suppliers of hybrid and pure EV has made us realise that we need to watch this technology closely and be ready for the wave of EV deployment if it happens. Note we say ‘if’; we are not sure that there will be a quick uptake of these vehicles nationally or internationally but if it does happen we want to be prepared,” he said.According to MacColl, the idea for the three-year research project came from one of the steering committees that focus on demand management and energy efficiency. “There is a small working group under this committee called the EV Care Group and it was fundamentally this group of people that gave birth to the idea that the best way to understand the EV and its impact was to have a small fleet of our own. When we looked at the market, we saw the Leaf as the only alternative at the time and so the partnership with Nissan was established after a commercial process.”Electric vehicles are increasingly being produced and appear to be gaining popularity globally as a more environment-friendly and fuel-cost efficient alternative. There are a few models available in South Africa, such as the Toyota Prius and the Honda Jazz, and a homegrown EV, the Joule, was in development for a few years before that project folded. Eskom therefore wants to ensure all the elements are in place before EVs flood the market. Over the next three years, it will invest R6-million (about US$600 000) – about R2-million a year – into electric vehicle research.Greener future“Eskom is committed to a greener energy future and acknowledges that the current electricity mix in South Africa is too carbon intensive,” MacColl said, while admitting he was not sure whether South Africa was ready for electric vehicles. “That is part of what we are trying to find out. From an infrastructure point of view it is very linked to numbers and densities. Ten cars like we have at present does not require a large amount of energy but 10 000 cars might, especially if they are all parked in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg.”Eskom does have a scenario in mind: “We think take-up will be slow and fairly geographically spread, allowing our network planners time to respond and strengthen the networks if required. Also, the current power shortage in the country is temporary and future energy forecasts show a return to higher reserve margins. Are South African people ready for EVs? I think this is the real question and time will tell. The three barriers to EVs – cost, range and infrastructure – will apply in this country as much as anywhere else.”In comparing electric vehicles to diesel or petrol vehicles, MacColl explained that this depended on the specific vehicles as they all differed slightly. But the electric vehicle running cost was about 16% that of a petrol car, he said – at worst 20%. “Now this depends very much on the future price of electricity [at 8% a year for the next five years] and petrol.”Eskom said it had received 10 Nissan Leaf cars to study, focusing on elements such as electricity use per kilometre, commuting costs and vehicle range. Other key points that will be included in the research are:Understanding the energy required to charge the electric vehicles;Identifying customer usage patterns that will determine how the vehicles are used and when they are typically charged i.e. overnight or during the day;Exploring the use of the EV as a demand management device through remote control of charge and discharge cycles;Deciding on the possibility of EV tariffs that could be incorporated in future schemes;Examining whether EVs could become part of Eskom’s fleet;Researching customer perceptions, infrastructure requirements and the carbon value chain.Sustainable technology“We support the principle of electric cars, in line with Eskom’s aim of finding and enabling technology solutions for a cleaner future,” said Steve Lennon, Eskom’s group executive for sustainability.The Eskom-Nissan partnership was announced on 28 May, by Nissan South Africa’s sales, marketing and aftersales director, Johan Kleynhans. It comes ahead of the car maker’s roll-out of its all-electric Leaf (leading, environment-friendly, affordable, family car), which will be on sale in South Africa later this year.Kleynhans was delighted to hand over the vehicles for the research project, “the outcome of which will have long-term implications for the development of the entire EV industry”.Stand-out features of electric vehicles include good torque and acceleration, low road noise, comfortable ride, smooth transition to higher speeds, a better awareness of energy consumption through the in-car displays of energy use and remaining range, and no need to visit the petrol station.The LeafThe Leaf is already on sale in Japan, the US and Europe. Its specifications include an 8 kW AC synchronous electric motor; zero emissions – 0g/km carbon dioxide emission; a maximum speed of 145km an hour; acceleration of zero to 100km/h in 11.9 seconds; a 3.3kW on-board charger for overnight charging; a 50kW quick charger for emergency top-ups while out and about; maximum torque of 280Nm/min-1; and a 24kWh lithium ion 360V battery.MacColl added that Eskom also wanted to understand usage patterns and the car’s charging characteristics to design grid solutions and tariffs for e-mobility. “E-mobility is a way of moving people around in a more effective and cleaner fashion, which is critical for the economy.”While South Africa used fossil fuels for many of its energy processes, a new approach was in the sights for all concerned, he said. “Eskom is intent on finding technology options suitable for implementation within the energy body.” The Nissan Leaf’s accolades include 2011 European Car of the Year, 2011 World Car of the Year, 2011-2012 Japanese Car of the Year, 2011 Electric Vehicle of the Year from EV.com, 2011 Eco-Friendly Car of the Year from Cars.com, 2010 Green Car Vision Award from Green Car Journal, 2010 Breakthrough Award from Popular Mechanics, and 50 Best Inventions of 2009 from Time magazine.Infrastructure in South AfricaEskom will also need to understand what electricity infrastructure is required and how such infrastructure is likely to be used, before electric cars become widely used in South Africa. Charging stations have been installed at Eskom’s head office, Megawatt Park, in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, and at its research facility in Rosherville in Germiston. Several portable charging stations will be moved with the vehicles so participants can charge the cars at home.Electric vehicles are either charged slowly over eight to 12 hours, or quickly in less than 30 minutes. Each of these options has implications for the electricity provider. Eskom will also explore the possibility of discharging energy from the car’s battery into the national grid. The three-year research project will also consider financial compensation for those owners who discharge into the grid.“The impact of electric vehicles on Eskom is not to be underestimated. While growth in this area is not expected to be rapid, the fast charge facility of many vehicles, combined with rapidly increasing battery capacities, means distribution networks can be severely overloaded during certain periods of the day, especially if this phenomenon is grouped in a particular geographical area,” the energy provider said.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering again for the 2020 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge, giving teens the chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable them to make their communities a better place.Up to 40 delegates will be selected for the 2020 Challenge. Delegates will travel to an all-expense paid advocacy training March 2-3 in Columbus for Phase One of the challenge and meet with Ohio legislators. Delegates will work in their assigned delegate teams during the following months to develop a public policy issue and proposed solution and prepare a presentation for public hearing. Delegate teams will come together again in Columbus May 16, 2020 to present their proposed policy. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair July 31 for scholarship dollars..Read about the 2019 participants and winning projects.Who can be nominated or apply? Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2019-2020 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved in advocating for their community. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection as a delegate. Students can be nominated by county Farm Bureau boards of trustees, or local teachers, or students can self-nominate.Delegate nominations must be received by Nov. 11, 2019. Delegate applications must be received by Dec. 15, 2019.Online extras2020 Challenge brochure2020 Delegate nomination information and form2020 Delegate applicationlast_img read more

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts readwrite The death of a Chinese woman from a third-party iOS charger prompted Apple to launch a worldwide “USB Power Adapter Takeback Program,” under which it will sell discounted official Apple adapters to users who turn in third-party or “counterfeit” versions. Apple will sell the adapters, normally $19, for $10 starting August 9 in China and August 16 in the U.S. and elsewhere. For more details, see the Apple adapter-takeback program page.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iOS#mobile#now#power The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_img Related Items:#CaribbeanNextTopModel, #magneticmedianews, flow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort of Spain, Trinidad, January 27, 2017 – Flow customers will have front row seats as Caribbean’s Next Top Model (CaribeNTM) Season 3 heats up Monday night television with its double-length series premiere on January 30th at 9 pm – exclusively on Flow1, formerly known as Flow TV.Over the past few months, aspiring young models from 15 countries across the region auditioned to become the next Caribbean girl who has what it takes to reach the top of the global fashion industry. Seventeen contestants will brace for battle in the new season, which is shot against the enchanting backdrop of the Spice Isle of the Caribbean, Grenada – home to Season 2 winner, the 6ft tall Kittisha Doyle. Doyle is currently in New York City where she is carded to walk in this year’s New York fashion week.Wendy Fitzwilliam, Trinidadian attorney at law, philanthropist, fashion model and former Miss Universe, will return as Host and Chief Judge of Season 3, which promises to be packed with even more drama and entertainment than ever before. “Modelling is a tough business,” says Fitzwilliam, “and we promise Flow customers an exciting Season that will showcase the hard-work and determination that is required to make it to the top. We encourage viewers to tune in to Flow1 every week and support their favourite girls by following and voting on social media as well.”Flow’s Senior Director, Consumer Communications, Wendy McDonald said, “An added feature for CaribeNTM Season 3 is the ability for our customers to enjoy a more interactive experience, as they can follow the live action no matter where they are via our Flow-to-Go app, as well as catch up on reruns of Seasons 1 and 2 via Flow’s video on demand services (VoD).”McDonald also proudly spoke about the company’s commitment to create the best viewing experience and bring relevant and relatable content to Caribbean viewers. Flow has made significant investments to bring programmes such as Caribbean’s Next Top Model, Caribbean Tales Incubator Programme for Caribbean filmmakers, and the airing of premier regional sports content like the Flow CARIFTA Games, which will be broadcast live from Curacao in 2017.Caribbean’s Next Top Model will air exclusively on Monday nights at 9pm Caribbean and Eastern Time, with a repeat on Thursdays at 9pm on Flow1.#MagneticMediaNews #FLOW #CaribbeanNextTopModel Young Footballers from Antigua and Trinidad emerge as winners of Flow Ultimate Football Experience Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Flow in TCI says many areas up and running, encourages reports to 611 FLOW Mobile Top Up Made Easy with Scotiabanklast_img read more