Biorefinery Research Consortium Set Up

Department of Science and Technology

A Biorefinery Research Consortium has been set up.

According to a science and technology department statement, the consortium is designed to create new value chains from waste biomass.

The consortium consists of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand, and Sekolong Sa Dimelana, a rural-based bioenterprise.

“The consortium will investigate opportunities for the beneficiation of waste by-products from forestry, timber, pulp and paper industries, such as sawdust, finding alternative and innovative uses for the waste and diverting it from landfills”.

The consortium will make use of the recently launched R37,5 million Biorefinery Industry Development Facility at the CSIR's Durban campus.

Revitalisation of the forestry, timber, pulp and paper industries will be focused on initially.

Sabinet Cape Town Office