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With the looming reality of further loadshedding across South Africa as we enter the winter months, the exploration of alternative energy sources and projects is high on the agenda particularly in response to the challenges the country’s power utility continues to face. Kate Stubbs, director: business development and marketing at Interwaste talks waste-to-energy for micro-generation.

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Sustainable energy solutions, technology and management company, NOVO Energy has launched its large-scale Natural Gas Compression (NGC) facility at the Highveld Industrial Park in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, the most advanced compressed natural gas infrastructure in the world. MechChem Africa attended the launch.

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I remember attending a press event at Interwaste in Germiston back in 2016 for the launch of South Africa’s first refuse derived fuel (RDF) plant. RDF, according to Mike Nicholls speaking at that time, is dry industrial waste, which Interwaste sources locally by sorting suitable waste from targeted industries: furniture manufacturers and generators of non-recyclable/single use plastic waste, for example. Interwaste had begun to manufacture two types of fuel from the waste collected from its partner customers: a pelletised solid fuel from wood-based waste, extruded logs and cardboard; and a fuel called ‘fluff’ produced by shredding and baling the pre-sorted plastic waste.

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