SA launches first Bio-atlas

Experts say this move will help track biofuels within the country's borders.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor at the launch of the bio-atlas launch. Picture: facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - The country’s first bio-atlas has been launched by the Department of Science and Technology.

Experts say this move will help track biofuels within the country's borders.

Research conducted by the South African Earth Observation Network has enabled government to formulate a register of where biomass availability in the country can be traced.

The bio-atlas will also outline details of the type of biofuel stock.

Mmboneni Muofhe, the Science and Technology deputy Director-General, says this platform also aims to benefit entrepreneurs.

“When you have entrepreneurs who want to venture into alternative energy, then they need to know whether they’ll have enough biofuel and how long it will last.”

Biomass power is carbon neutral electricity generated from renewable organic waste.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)