Portable plant makes fuel from waste

first_imgThe waste recycling plant fits into a standardcontainer and is completely portable. Entirely locally designed and developed, theBeauTi-Fuel project looks set to empowersmall communities to become more self-suffucient in terms of energy production. (Images: Comps) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Diane Hildebrandt  Director, Comps  +27 11 717 7557 RELATED ARTICLES • Waste drive reaps rewards • Plastic recycling major job spinner • Makana: a beeline for success • IDC fund helps companies go green • SA becoming a renewable energy hubWilma den HartighScientists from Wits University’s Centre of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) and the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa), have developed new technology that can produce liquid fuel, electricity, waxes and paraffin from agricultural and solid municipal waste.The modular unit, known as the BeauTi-FueL project, was developed by an all-South African team and has a negative carbon footprint.The R5-million (US$590 000) pilot plant will be showcased at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban next week.How it works Dr Michaela Vrey from Comps explains that the development team modified existing technology to process a solid waste feedstock. The unit was designed with a focus on smaller communities with lower energy and fuel consumption requirements. The process allows solid material with a carbon content to be converted using plasma gasification technology, supplied by Necsa. Plasma technology is used in the treatment of nuclear waste. According to how stuff works, a plasma waste converter applies a plasma torch to waste. A plasma torch uses gas and powerful electrodes to create plasma (ionised gas).When molecules are exposed to intense energy, such as the heat generated by a plasma torch, the molecular bonds holding them together break down in a process called molecular dissociation.Dr Jaco van der Walt, a plasma scientist from Necsa, explains that the plasma gasifier provides superior conversion efficiency.“The ease with which the process gas could be manipulated to optimise fuel production, combined with the resultant fuel gas generating electricity, renders this a sought-after system for anyone who generates waste,” van der Walt said in a statement.According to Prof Diane Hildebrandt, co-director of Comps, the plant can turn one ton of biomass into one barrel of diesel and 0.5 megawatt hours of electricity per day.A full-scale plant can treat 91 000 tons of municipal waste per annum. This can produce enough electricity for 10 000 homes and enough heat for about 700 homes.Self-sufficient communities The main goal of the plant is to empower small communities to become more self-sufficient in terms of energy, without compromising potential food sources.Hildebrandt says that the project has the potential to create jobs when implemented.Readily available waste products, previously of no value to local communities, can now be used to earn an income.People will be needed to grow the agricultural material, collect and sort municipal solid waste and supply fuel and electricity to small municipalities, rural areas and small farming areas.Vrey says one of the plant’s most useful applications would be in the farming industry. “Farmers produce a lot of waste in their operations and they also need a lot of electricity and fuel to sustain their operations,” she says.The other major benefit of the unit is its portability. The plant is small enough to fit into a standard 40 ft (approximately 12 metres) container, on the back of a truck.It can easily be transported to different sites in rural and agricultural communities, thereby reducing transport costs and the logistical hassle of transporting waste to a central processing site.The plant is also easy to operate. Vrey says that one of the main considerations was to develop a user-friendly plant that requires limited technical knowledge to operate.“We didn’t want a high-tech product that can only be operated by an engineer,” she says. Hildebrandt says in the long term, they hope to use the clean carbon dioxide produced by the process to grow algae that could be harvested and fed back to the plant, or used to feed fish. She says that this would be labour intensive and could create more employment.A solution for waste Vrey says the new technology can make a major contribution to reducing waste in South Africa.“South Africa has a huge waste problem and landfills are filling up. Such technology presents a solution,” she says.Recycling waste relieves pressure on over-stretched landfill sites, but recycling alone is not a solution to the challenge.Finding a commercial partner Vrey says that the next step is to find a commercial partner for the project.“We are also looking for orders from people who want to use the technology,” she says.A functional prototype will be built by mid-2012 and will be showcased at different public events around the country. During this period, the technology will be refined and the facility will be demonstrated to potential clients.last_img read more

West Bengal committed to alleviating poverty, Abhijit Banerjee’s theory will help: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said her government is committed to alleviating poverty and the theory by Nobel laureate Abhijit Vinayak Banerjee on it will go a long way in helping the poor. Ms. Banerjee took to Twitter to express her views and posted some photographs of her visit to the residence of the Nobel laureate’s mother Nirmala Banerjee on Wednesday evening in the city. “Yesterday, I spent time with the family of our very own Nobel Prize winning economist, Abhijit Banerjee. His contribution to the experimental theory of poverty alleviation will go a long way in helping people #Bangla is very proud of him!,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted. On the occasion of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on Thursday, Ms. Banerjee in a tweet earlier in the day said, “…our Govt [government] in #Bangla is committed to alleviating poverty, reducing unemployment, combating illiteracy and upholding human rights.” The United Nations General Assembly had in 1987 designated October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty to promote awareness about the need to eradicate poverty and destitution. During Wednesday’s meeting with Nirmala Banerjee, who herself is an economist, Ms. Banerjee had briefed her about the pro-poor schemes and projects of the State government. Ms. Banerjee had said the West Bengal government may seek her help in various projects of different departments such as agriculture, health, rural development and woman and child welfare as well as education.last_img read more

Celtic sign striker Edouard on loan

first_imgTransfers Celtic take advantage of Mbappe move to snap up striker Edouard on loan from PSG Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 06:42 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Brendan Rodgers - cropped Getty Images Transfers Celtic PSG Premiership Ligue 1 The teenage frontman has headed out of Parc des Prince on an initial season-long agreement which includes the option to buy next summer Celtic have made a late addition to their squad on transfer deadline day with the signing of Odsonne Edouard on a season-long loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.The 19-year-old striker agreed to a contract extension with the French club until 2020 before moving to Celtic on a temporary basis, with the Scottish champions also having the option to buy the player.Bhoys 13/5 to beat or draw with PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Edouard, who was loaned out to Toulouse last season, follows Jonny Hayes, Kundai Benyu, Olivier Ntcham and Patrick Roberts in joining Brendan Rodgers’ squad during the window.”I am absolutely delighted to be joining Celtic, one of the world’s truly great football clubs, and I can’t wait to wear the famous Celtic jersey,” the Frenchman told Celtic’s official website.”I am really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and we will work hard together to bring our fans as much success as possible.”Welcome to #CelticFC, Odsonne!He joins from @PSG_English on a season-long loan, with the club obtaining an option to buy the player. pic.twitter.com/t9GIoHafL2— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) August 31, 2017Eduaord heads out of PSG on the day that the big-spending Ligue 1 outfit completed a deal for Kylian Mbappe, with the France international joining a well-stocked striking department on a loan deal which includes the option for a €180 million deal in 2018.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players here

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp: We don’t have fringe players hereby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no fringe players in his squad.It’s a busy period for the European champions who will have played seven times between September 14 and October 5 before breaking off an international round of fixtures. Klopp, though, isn’t bemoaning a hectic fixture list.He told the Liverpool Echo: “We don’t have fringe players here, we only have first team players and a few young guns. We now play a lot Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, so we will have to see about [changes].”We don’t just play a lot of football we travel a lot, but you know that. Every team has to do that, we don’t go for excuses. Other teams have difficult situations, as well, it is like that.”You want to play Champions League, desperately and then it starts, you don’t say ‘oh my God, look at all these games’ that makes no sense. It is good.”The cup competitions are really nice and I am sure it will be a tough game against MK Dons because they are obviously pretty good as well. It will be interesting. We live for that so we should use these opportunities.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Pacific Basin Boasts Vessel Earnings Hike

first_imgzoomImage: Copyright © Pacific Basin Hong Kong-listed dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping Limited saw a significant hike in vessel earnings in the third quarter of the year.Handysize and Supramax daily time-charter equivalent (TCE) earnings were USD 10,080 and USD 12,180 per day net respectively in the third quarter, representing an improvement of 24% and 30% year-on-year.The company further added that year-to-date average Handysize and Supramax daily net TCE earnings increased 23% and 30% year-on-year to USD 9,870 and USD 11,780, outperforming the BHSI and BSI spot market indices by 22% and 9% respectively.Vessel earnings  increased due to an improvement of market fundamentals driven primarily by historically low growth in global dry bulk capacity. Newbuilding deliveries in the first nine months were one third lower year-on-year, and the global dry bulk fleet overall grew by around 2.3% net between January and September, similar to the same period last year.Clarksons Research estimates that global dry bulk capacity will grow around 2.7% net in the full year 2018 and 2.8% in 2019, as compared to 3% in 2017. The combined Handysize and Supramax capacity is estimated to grow about 2.2% in 2018 and less than 2% in 2019.In addition, fuel oil prices have increased contributing to slower ship operating speeds since May and, in turn, reduced dry bulk supply and therefore improved market conditions.The increasing gap between newbuilding and secondhand prices as well as uncertainty over future ship design requirements continued to discourage new ship ordering which in the first nine months of 2018, annualised, represented 3.3% of the global dry bulk fleet and 1.5% of the combined Handysize and Supramax fleet.Despite increasing trade tensions, the outlook for widely-spread global GDP growth remains favourable, which bodes well for dry bulk demand.Pacific Basin said that a small fraction of goods has been affected by the trade conflict between the United States and China, primarily soybean, as well as forest products and cement. ” A protracted trade conflict between the United States and China would weaken sentiment which, in the longer run, could impact global GDP growth and consequently overall trade and dry bulk demand. However, we continue to believe that the negative impact these protectionist actions have on the dry bulk trade will be largely outweighed by moderate dry bulk fleet growth and continued global dry bulk trade growth overall,” the company said.Overall, the company is bullish on market outlook and reaping the gains from its recovery.“Our healthy cash and net gearing positions enhance our ability to take advantage of opportunities to grow our business and attract cargo as a strong partner,” the shipowner said.During the third quarter, Pacific Basin purchased and took delivery of one secondhand Supramax vessel, increasing its owned fleet to 109 ships on the water. Including chartered ships, the company operated an average of 216 ships overall during the quarter.Three more ships purchased in May are scheduled to deliver over the next five months, bringing the fleet to 112 ships.last_img read more

Report Valencia eye a move for Michy Batshuayi

first_imgValencia have reportedly set their sights on a surprise move for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi this summer, claims the Daily MirrorThe Belgium international’s future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt, despite the fact that Antonio Conte has now left after he was restricted to just three Premier League starts under the former Italy manager.Due to his lack of opportunities in his first season at Chelsea, Batshuayi joined Borussia Dortmund on loan for the latter half of the 2017-18 season and finished with an impressive seven goals in 10 appearances.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.But now the 24-year-old remains unsure about his future at Chelsea and is evaluating his options, despite the fact that Maurizio Sarri is now in charge of the Blues.Another factor which has made Batshuayi consider leaving Chelsea is the fact that they will be in the Europa League this season, while Valencia will be able to offer him Champions League football as well as regular playing time.Despite his injury struggles at the end of the last season, Batshuayi was a member of the Belgium World Cup and made three appearances for the national side as they finished in third-place.last_img read more

Lowton expects team to overcome rough patch

first_imgBurnley defender Matt Lowton has revealed he’s confident about the team turning their poor form around.Sean Dyche’s men are currently 19th on the table after having failed to win any of their four Premier League games so far this season, with one draw and three defeats.The Clarets also suffered the disappointment of losing their UEFA Europa League playoff tie over two legs to Greek side Olympiakos.Matching last season’s finish of seventh looks a long way off at the moment but Lowton insists yearly improvement is always the target at Turf Moor, and despite the shaky start points out that fortunes can turn pretty quickly.“That’s what we’re looking to do year on year, we showed last season finishing seventh that we’re fully capable of doing it,” the full-back said, according to Lancashire Telegraph.Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“We need to turn our fortunes round very quickly at the minute but it’s a long season and if we string a couple of wins together we’ll be right back where we want to be.”One of the biggest concerns for Burnley in the early stages of the campaign will be defensively. Having conceded just 39 times in 38 Premier League games last season, they have now shipped nine in their last three games, including three at home to Watford and four away to Fulham.Lowton was a regular part of that defensive unit that so impressed last season and he admits they are ‘very disappointed’ at the gifts being offered up in the early stages of this season.“We’re very disappointed as a team, especially the back four or five. We’ve had meetings to try and put it right, the manager’s teams notoriously don’t concede a a lot of goals,” the 29-year-old said.“We’ve spoken about, we’re giving up a lot of chances, not just goals but teams are creating a lot of chances against us so we need to get back to being hard to beat.”last_img read more

Arsenal interested in Inter Milans Ivan Perisic

first_imgArsenal are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic with an option to buy on a permanent basis in the summer.The Croatia international, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United over the last few seasons, has always revealed his desire to play in the Premier League.Speaking ahead of Inter’s UEFA Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur in November, the former Borussia Dortmund winger did admit that he would be open to a move to England.“I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream,” he said, according to Manchester Evening News.“In football everything is possible, we will see in the future. Now, I’m focusing on Inter.”Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.A key player for Inter since his arrival at the San Siro, Perisic’s time at the San Siro may well be coming to an end.“Perisic is a very good player, of course there’s rumours about him during the transfer window,” manager Luciano Spalletti told the press.“If a player is good, it’s obvious that every club would want him. Of course, then the figures must be adequate for things to go trough.”“He knows his job and he also knows that we expect him to keep working just like he has done so far.”last_img read more

2018 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby Is Underway

first_imgThe Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby is the longest running halibut fishing competition with the largest total payout in Alaska. Derby info available at: www.HomerAlaska.org/jackpot-halibut-derby.html Current Jackpot Derby leader, is Michael Eskelson of Sutton, brought in a 187.6lb 78″ fish. Michael was fishing on a private boat fishing with 40lb test weight line on a small salmon Penn reel. Derby Ticket purchased at the Sport Shed. 111 tags have been attached to halibut through Kachemak Bay, tags are worth $250, $500, $1000 with two tags big tags: Homer Charter Association tag worth $10,000 and the Homer Chamber of Commerce tag worth $25,000. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享From mid-May to mid-September every year thousands of anglers come to Homer, “The Halibut Fishing Capitol of the World”, to fish in the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. The first week of the Jackpot Halibut Derby was a busy one with a 2005 and 2014 tag caught and 2 Jackpot Fish weighed in. You can purchase Derby tickets at businesses all over Homer, and tickets are required in order to participate. Winners will be announced at the September 20th Jackpot Halibut Derby Gala.last_img read more

One Organizations Vision For Sprucing Up Houston

first_img Share 00:00 /00:55 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Gail DelaughterScenic Houston recently completed improvements on Broadway Street near Hobby Airport.Scenic Houston’s efforts near Hobby Airport included the planting of 400 trees. The group also installed new lighting and crosswalks. The organization’s Harry Masterson says they’re now getting calls from other neighborhoods that also want to beautify. Masterson says Houston has a lot of nice places, like Discovery Green and Hermann Park. But traveling between the city’s attractions, you’ll see spots that aren’t so pretty. “What we’re trying to do is make it easier for people to beautify those strips between these great assets the city has,” says Masterson.   But Masterson says to make those improvements, the challenge is always money. “We’d really like to see corporations take that role again and not feel criticized by shareholders or something for being part of the community,” adds Masterson. “It’s really an investment in the community.”Scenic Houston raised over $6 million for its recent improvements along Broadway Street. last_img read more