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New era dawns for mini synfuels

from Mail & Guardian Online

South African technology, already demonstrated in Australia and China, is being used to generate liquid fuel from coal and gas but can also be used to make fuel from biomass, including municipal waste. In addition, electricity can be generated as a by-product of the process. Advances in the development of synthetic fuel by the University of the Witwatersrand's Center of Materials and Process Synthesis (Comps) mean that smaller modular plants, which can produce both fuel and electricity, can do so while releasing 30 percent less CO2. Comps has already helped develop a coal-to-liquid fuel demonstration plant in China, in conjunction with Clean Coal Technology, a firm based in South Africa. more

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