SA biogas production on the increase

first_img31 October 2013 Six biogas production operations in rural KwaZulu-Natal were approved this week by the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa). Biogas is produced when organic matter breaks down in the absence of oxygen, and can be used as a renewable, clean energy source, especially in rural areas that are often off the national grid. In terms of national legislation, the owners of biogas operations not connected to the national gas pipeline grid do not have to be licensed, but they are required to register with Nersa. The biogas production operations that were registered are at Izimpongo Village, Melmoth and Mgwabi Village at Eshowe. Twenty-one similar operations in Limpopo and one in Pretoria have already been registered this year. This brings to 38 the total number of biogas operations registered in South Africa since 2011. “Most of these biogas operations are in rural areas and consist of a fixed dome plant that uses bio-digesters to produce biogas from waste material, which will be supplied to heating appliances in peri-urban and rural dwellings,” Nersa said in a statement this week. Gas production technologies open up energy options and help address the challenge of access to energy in South Africa’s most rural areas. As these projects use cow dung, pig manure, kitchen waste and agricultural residues to produce biogas through anaerobic digestion, they “enjoy wide support from communities, as waste material is readily available to many in rural and urban areas”, the regulator explained. Communities are able to use the technology to produce energy for their own needs, such as cooking, lighting, warmth and even generating electricity. This helps improve South Africa’s energy mix and alleviates some of the pressure on the national grid. Biogas also contributes to a cleaner environment as it reduces the need for wood fires. This reduces greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation and prevents the inhalation of smoke from woodfires which can cause health problems in rural communities. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Two Chinese nationals among three killed in boiler explosion

first_imgThree persons, including two Chinese nationals, died when a boiler exploded at an animal feed manufacturing unit in Nuh, about 40 km from Gurugram, on Sunday.The deceased have been identified as senior engineer Jhin Jhin Yang, production engineer Jhang Yang and Vicky Rajput, an operator. Vicky was a resident of Sohna in Gurugram.Nuh SP Sangeeta Kalia said the incident took place around 3:30 p.m. when the boiler in Pusilin Biotechnology exploded during repair. “Vicky was carrying out some welding work to repair the boiler and the two Chinese nationals were standing close to him when the boiler exploded, causing a fire. All three were engulfed in flames and died on the spot,” she said. The company, which manufactures and trades in animal and poultry feed, was set up in 2017.Ms. Kalia said preliminary investigation suggested the incident was caused due to lack of proper maintenance of the boiler and the police were trying to contact the management. “A case will be registered against the management in this connection. We are trying to procure documents from them about the periodic maintenance of the boiler,” she said.Five fire tenders from Nuh and Sohna were sent to put out the fire. Locals claimed that the fire tenders took 30 minutes to reach the spot. The bodies were pulled out after the fire was doused and sent to Shahid Hasan Khan Medical College for post-mortem.last_img read more

Lions gore Tigers; Tams, Archers prevail

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ All the players fielded in by coach Boyet Fernandez scored for the Red Lions, who exploded for 44 points in the first half en route to their fifth straight victory.The Lions showed sharped form in blowing out the toothless Tigers, who absorbed their sixth loss in seven games in the preseason tournament.“We gave everybody a chance to play today and all our players played well,” Fernandez said. “It was a character test for us today. The starters dictated the tempo and everybody followed the starters.”Javee Mocon turned out to be the best scorer for San Beda with nine points. But it hardly mattered as the Lions led by as many as 83-55 in the final period.The Archers held the Warriors scoreless in the last three minutes to complete the comeback from 69-71 down. Melecio hit the go-ahead triple, before Baltazar put the finishing touches in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT “We didn’t play our game and there are also players who didn’t play their game so our depth was really tested today,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Arvin Tolentino finding his groove early, the Tamaraws responded to their loss to University of the Philippines with a 72-53 tripping of Adamson.Aside from grabbing 10 rebounds, Tolentino, a transferee from Ateneo, finished with 22 points, including 17 in the first half where he nearly outscored the entire Adamson team, which struggled mightily from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Tamaraws opened up a 24-point lead following a Wendell Comboy triple at the 5:25 mark of the fourth period.“It isn’t everyday you are going to shoot that way, but I will take it,” said Tamaraws coach Olsen Racela, whose team routed the Falcons off the boards, 52-34. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flashing its depth, San Beda had 18 players scoring as it blasted University of Santo Tomas, 86-59, last Sunday to stay unbeaten, while Far Eastern U bounced back from a stunning defeat in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.Getting a huge lift from Justin Baltazar and Aljun Melecio in the endgame, La Salle also prevailed over University of the East, 77-71, for its fourth win in six games at Filoil Flying V ArenaADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pocari, BaliPure triumph, near PVL finals Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View commentslast_img read more

Tarundeep wins a historic silver, India slip to 10th position

first_imgTarundeep Rai clinched a historic silver medal in archery while star boxer Vijender Singh and three of his colleagues stormed into the men’s boxing finals as India slipped to the tenth position on the 12th day of competitions in the 16th Asian Games here today.Tarundeep had his moment of glory as he became the first Indian archer to win a medal in the men’s individual event on a day which saw as many as six bronze medals coming India’s way. But the failure to win a gold resulted in India going down by two rungs to tenth position on the medals table.The women’s men and women’s squash teams, woman boxers Mary Kom, Kavita Goyat and pugilists Suranjoy Singh and Paramjeet Samota accounted for the bronze medals.With the addition of seven more medals, India’s medal haul went up to seven gold, 13 silver and 26 bronze. India had finished tenth on the medal rostrum in the last edition of the Games in Doha.China maintained their supremacy atop the medals table with a stunning haul of 172-92-86 while South Korea (71-59-81) and Japan (36-66-74) were in the second and third position respectively.After the heart-breaking defeat of the men’s hockey team yesterday, the women’s hockey team added to the gloom by finishing a disappointing fourth in the bronze medal play-off match, going down to Japan 0-1 via golden goal.India, who claimed the bronze four years ago in Doha, were buried by Keiko Manabe’s 78th minute golden goal after both the sides failed to break the deadlock in regulation time.advertisementIt was a mixed day for Indian boxers with four of them managing to storm into the finals and two of them losing their semi-final bouts. But Mary Kom’s defeat in women’s semi-final came as a huge disappointment for the Indian contingent.Vijender outpunched Iran’s Mohammad Sattapour to cruise into the finals and keep himself on course for a gold medal in the 75 kg category. Manpreet Singh also moved into the finals in 91 kg.The 18-year-old Vikas outwitted Uzbekistan’s Hurshid Tojibaev 7-0 to make the finals where he would be facing China’s Qing Hu. Dinesh also had little trouble in dispatching Nepal’s Deepak Maharjan 7-1 and set up a final clash against Uzbekistan’s Elshod Rasulov.However, Commonwealth Games gold medallists Suranjoy Singh (51kg) and Paramjeet Samota (+91kg) had to be content with bronze medals after losing in the semifinals in contrasting fashion.While Suranjoy lost 5-6 to China’s Chang Yong in a thriller-of-a-contest, Samota was all at sea against Zhilei Zhang before the referee stopped the contest midway through the third round and awarded the bout to the home favourite.Indian woman boxer Kavita Goyat (75kg) lost to China’s Jinzi Li in the semfinals and settled for a bronze medal.Kavita went down 1-5 to Li at the Foshan Gymnasium.Tarundeep turned out to be the hero in archery with his silver medal feat. In a closely fought contest, the Indian archer lost to the Woojin Kim of South Korea 28-28 27-28 29-28 27-28 27-29.Rai gave a vital lead to his opponent in the last set as he shot an eight pointer in his first attempt. And even though the Indian made amends in the next two attempts by scoring nine points each but those did not prove enough to halt the Korean.The other Indian in the fray, Rahul Banerjee ended his campaign on a disappointing note as he could not even make it to the quarterfinals after he surrendered without posing much challenge to Taipei’s Chun Chia Sung.In squash, the women’s team settled for a bronze medal in the Asian Games after slumping to a 0-2 defeat at the hands of favourites Malaysia in the semifinals here today.The Indians were no match for the higher-ranked Malysians as Anaka Alankamony was drubbed 0-3 by Wee Wern Low in the first tie before world number one Nicol Ann David defeated Joshna by an identical margin.The men’s squash team also had to be content with the bronze after going down to arch rivals Pakistan 0-2 in the semi-final.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Vikas Gowda bit the dust after a below-par performance saw him finish fourth in discus throw as Indian athletes drew blank on the fourth day of the track and field competitions.Gowda was competing against three athletes who had better results this season and finished behind all of them with an effort of 63.13m, which is below his CWG silver-winning effort of 63.69m.advertisementThe Indians also disappointed in the men’s long jump finals, with Maha Singh and Ankit Sharma finishing seventh and ninth out of 11 competitors.Indian skeet shooters signed off their Asian Games campaign without a medal after finishing seventh in the men’s team event and failing to qualify for the individual competition.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more