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Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little regulation, global traders

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These firms often serve as both producer and distributor for fuels in Africa, according. Environmental emissions Study air pollution AfricaAll countries have to deal with emissions from diesel vehicles, but African nations have it worse than most.

Boeing, South African Airways and Mango celebrate Africa’s 1st commercial flights with sustainable aviation biofuel from tobacco

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Boeing, South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango celebrated Africa’s first passenger flights with sustainable aviation biofuel.

Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014.

Ford expands Smart Mobility pilot program to deliver improved access to healthcare in The Gambia; motorcycles with sensors

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The sensor kit collects and analyzes data such as GPS data and mapping coordinates to reach people who need medical care in rural West Africa.

Ford Sustainability Report details pilot program in South Africa to deliver health care, education

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A new Ford Motor Company pilot program aims to enhance mobility health services in rural areas of South Africa and Nigeria. Earlier post.).

5 African nations push for cleaner diesel fuel from European suppliers

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DON'T MISS: Why Africa gets filthiest diesel fuel: little. Environmental emissions energy policy air pollution AfricaAfrican nations have a very specific problem when it comes to dealing with emissions from diesel vehicles. Because of lax emissions standards, traders import fuel to these countries that is too dirty for sale elsewhere.

Chromatin sorghum hybrids produce fivefold yield increase in East Africa

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an agriculture technology company, announced that its newly introduced hybrid sorghum seed products have achieved unprecedented yields in East Africa. Recent reports have suggested that the demands of the brewing industry have put a strain on food supplies in Eastern Africa. Chromatin, Inc., to 1.0 Brief

Ford to expand aggressively in Middle East & Africa; at least 25 new vehicles by 2016

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Ford Motor Company announced an aggressive product acceleration in its newest business unit, Middle East & Africa, leveraging the company’s One Ford global portfolio and targeting opportunities for growth in small, mid-size and large vehicle segments. —Jim Benintende, president, Ford Middle East & Africa. million vehicles. Brie

ExxonMobil to explore offshore South Africa; deal for 75% interest in Tugela South

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The Impact Oil and ExxonMobil areas offshore South Africa. South Africa has no significant crude oil production. Click to enlarge. Brie

Ford Racing offering programming handset to performance enthusiasts for EcoBoost aftermarket tuning

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Africa Engines Fuel Efficiency Power and torque curves for stock and performance-tuned Focus ST with 2.0L I-4 EcoBoost. Click to enlarge. Ford is now offering EcoBoost engines in all of its high-performance nameplates—from Fiesta ST to Mustang—enabling a new kind of aftermarket tuning.

Boeing, South African Airways launch sustainable aviation biofuel effort in Southern Africa

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Boeing and South African Airways (SAA) will work together to develop and to implement a sustainable aviation biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa, a first for the continent. The aerospace company’s plan to work with SAA is the first such project in Africa. Brief

Kia pledges African shrub planting support

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million to plant six million shrubs in Mali, West Africa over the next three years. Kia Africa Charity MaliKia has pledged to donate up to €1.5

Datsun to launch in South Africa by end of 2014; also India, Indonesia and Russia

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brand designing vehicles for high-growth markets, will return to South Africa. The first model to be introduced in South Africa will be a new passenger vehicle that will be launched by the end of 2014. Datsun, a Nissan Motor Co. The brand is also to be introduced in India, Indonesia and Russia in 2014. Brief

Nissan LEAF going on sale in South Africa next year

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On Tuesday, Nissan announced the LEAF will become the first electric car for sale in South Africa in the Spring of 2014.

Electric cars head to UN Durban climate change talks

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As climate talks in Durban, South Africa get underway today, a host of electric cars will be on hand to give COP17 delegates the chance to try out the cleaner future in the automotive industry. Green credentials Africa climate conference COP17 Electric cars

Ballard and Anglo American launch field trial of methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator in rural South Africa

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Ballard and Anglo American Platinum have partnered with Eskom, South Africa’s power utility, and The Department of Energy of South Africa to conduct the 12-month field trial. Naledi Trust is part of the Moqhaka Local Municipality in the southern part of the Fezile Dabi District of the Free State province of South Africa. Brief

GE Transportation to Supply 100 Locomotives to Transnet in South Africa; First AC Diesel Electric Locomotive to Sub-Saharan Africa

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GE South African Technologies (GESAT), GE Transportation’s entity in South Africa, will supply 100 locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). TFR is South Africa’s state-owned rail freight logistics utility; Transnet Limited is its parent company. The locomotives will also feature GE’s AC propulsion technology and dynamic braking.

Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurates second production line; 340K vehicles per year, largest in Africa

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The result of a public-private partnership between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Renault group, the second line makes the plant the largest in Africa. The Renault-Nissan Tangier plant inaugurated its second production line. The new line will increase the site’s output capacity to 340,000 vehicles a year, starting in 2014. Brief

IBM opens first global research lab in Africa; smarter cities with focus on water and transportation

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IBM is opening its 12 th global research lab, and its first in Africa. IBM Research - Africa will have its first location in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration between the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) through the Kenya ICT Board. Operations at IBM Research - Africa will commence immediately. Brief

Chevron-led consortium executes Mexico deepwater contract

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—Ali Moshiri, president of Chevron Africa and Latin America Exploration and Production. An international consortium operated by Chevron Corporation’s subsidiary, Chevron Energía de Mexico, S de R.L. de C.V., bid round. We look forward to exploring this prospective area together and strengthening our presence in Mexico for the long term.

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Volkswagen plans integrated mobility concept in Rwanda; vehicle production in Kenya

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Volkswagen is taking a further step to develop market potentials in Africa. At the inauguration, Diess underlined Kenya’s key role within the Volkswagen brand’s Africa strategy: “ After over 60 years of Volkswagen vehicle production in South and North Africa, I am delighted to now have a further site in Kenya. The Hon. Rwanda.

South Africa Revitalizes Efforts on Automotive Li-ion Batteries

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South Africa is reinvigorating its efforts to develop automotive lithium-ion batteries, with the government’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) now determining the commercial feasibility of battery manufacturing in the country. Engineering News.

Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems, The National Aerospace Centre, and Airbus to research use of fuel cells for commercial airliners

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Airbus and South Africa’s National Aerospace Centre will jointly fund research by Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) into the application of fuel cells on airliners. The initial three-year project is being undertaken by HySA Systems Competence Centre at its University of the Western Cape research facility. Brief

South Africas Optimal Energy Considering Battery Swap with the Joule EV

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South Africa-based Optimal Energy is considering using a battery-swap scheme with its Joule electric vehicle ( earlier post ). Engineering News. The car will be onsale in 2013. Optimal Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany-based EDAG, a German automotive full- service supplier, to industrialize the Joule.

Energtek Plans to Implement Low-pressure Mobile Pipeline (LMP) Technology in Africa

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a developer of Adsorbed Natural Gas (ANG) technology, is planning to implement its natural gas distribution technology in western Africa. Energtek CEO Lev Zaidenberg, CTO Yuri Ginzburg and other staff members recently concluded a series of visits and meetings in Africa. Energtek Inc., Earlier post.). Energtek CEO Lev Zaidenberg.

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Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa.

Toyota to start vehicle exports from India; Etios to South Africa in 2012; the priority of emerging markets

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TKM), will begin exporting the Etios series sedan and hatchback to South Africa in March 2012. The models for export will be based on the Etios platform currently sold in India, but will be developed and produced to fit the lifestyles, consumer preferences, climate, road conditions and usage considerations in South Africa. Brief

Exxaro Partners With Sasol Mining in JV to Supply Potential Mafutha CTL Plant in South Africa

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Project Mafutha is an investigation into the development of another CTL project in South Africa and is envisaged to be located in the north-western part of the Limpopo province due to the substantial coal reserves in the Waterberg region.

SAIC-GM-Wuling to Export Mini-Commercial Vehicles to South America, Middle East and North Africa

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GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture signed a framework agreement with GM’s former Latin America, Africa and Middle East operations and distribution agreements with individual countries to export and distribute two of its most popular mini-commercial vehicles from China to markets in South America, the Middle East and North Africa.

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Land Rover EV discovers its wild side

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It will be enough to make a Lion jump.Axeon and Jaguar Land Rover South Africa have worked together to produce an electric version of the Defender for use in game parks, minimising both environmental and noise pollution. The model has already proven that it can get closer to the wildlife thanks to its silent running [.].

Study: 87% of world’s population in 2013 lived in areas exceeding WHO PM2.5 guidelines

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No measurements came from the other four regions (Caribbean, Central Latin America, East, and Central sub-Saharan Africa) of the world.

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Biofuel emissions six times higher than fossil fuels

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Biofuels Africa biofuel forest Jatropha KenyaAfrican biofuels destined for Europe will result in up to six times the carbon emissions of fossil fuels, a new study has revealed.

Eni and Petrochina sign MOU to develop business opportunities in China and abroad; focus on conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons in Africa

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In particular, the companies will study common opportunities jointly to expand their operations in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons in Africa. Eni signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CNPC/Petrochina, the biggest listed national oil company in the world. Eni has been present in China since 1984. Brief

Researchers release 40 new varietes of sorghum for use in cooler, more temperate areas

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Sorghum, first grown more than 6,000 years ago in northeastern Africa, is a drought-resistant, hardy crop with numerous food, feed and fuel applications. Sorghum originates in the tropical areas of Africa—it does not like cool temperatures or the long days in temperate climates. —Robert Klein. This genetic diversity is key.

Land Rover Greens Up Savannah Safaris With All-Electric Defender

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Going on safari to one of the many game parks found in Africa is a once in a lifetime experience for most. But trundling around in a gas-guzzling SUV to shoot some memorable holiday snaps of everything from lions and tigers to gazelles and rhinoceros is hardly very green is it?

Pratt Whitney and Saudi Arabian Airlines Expand EcoPower Engine Wash Service Network to Middle East and North Africa; Up to 1.2% Savings in Fuel Burn

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Pratt & Whitney and Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an agreement expanding Pratt & Whitney’s EcoPower engine wash service network to The Middle East / North Africa. The agreement provides for Saudi Arabian Airlines to wash its own engines and provide engine wash services to other commercial airlines that fly within the Kingdom.

Daimler and partners deploying world’s largest 2nd-life EV battery storage unit for grid support

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The group operates in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia to provide a sustainable supply of raw materials and water.

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GM to debut new Chevrolet Spark

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The original version of the Spark is already on sale in Europe, Asia,Mexico, South America and Africa, but is now making its debut in the United States and Canada where it will be powered by a 1.2litre dual-overhead cam four [.]. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark will take centre stage at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

GE posts $63M in orders for Durathon sodium-halide battery systems

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In its first weeks of operation, the business secured 10 new telecom customer orders across several regions, including Africa, Asia, India and the US powering a total of more than 3,500 cell towers. GE’s Energy Storage business announced $63 million in new Durathon sodium-halide battery orders since the business launched in July. Brief

Optimal Energy to Introduce Pilot Fleets of Joule EV by 2010, Mass Production by 2012

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