Bioenergy Talk in Cape Town

May 03, 2016 No Comments by

Prof W H (Emile) van Zyl FRSSAf will present a free public talk on The potential role of modern bioenergy (biomass, biogas, etc) towards a sustainable southern Africa on Wednesday, 18th May at 5pm at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory Road, Observatory*
Abstract: Bioenergy, particularly biofuels, have played a pivotal role in Sub-Saharan Africa in the past and could help address the need for energy expansion in the future.   Africa has to embrace modern bioenergy technologies with higher efficiencies to ensure a sustainable future. Bioenergy production has to be integrated with food production to (i) provide local energy, (ii) promote food security through alternative markets, and should be (iii) socially-beneficial to the rural population at large.

The SARChI Chair of Energy Research: Biofuels at Stellenbosch University focuses on the technological interventions required to develop commercially-viable advanced (2nd) lignocellulose conversion technologies to biofuels and other green chemicals in Southern Africa.


*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp).

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