Lower energy density in blended fuel compensated in price: Zera

THE Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) says the lower energy density of blended fuel is compensated for in the price. This comes as Zimbabwe’s motorists have long complained that the current blending ratio of 20% is causing damage to motor vehicles. “Zimbabwe has blended petrol with ethanol since colonial days and only stopped in 1992 due to a severe drought then. Blending was resumed in 2013 and has been implemented continuously since then,” Zera acting chief executive officer Eddington Mazambani told NewsDay Business in emailed responses. “There has been a perception of lower fuel economy of E20 blend by some motorists. The fact is the slightly lower energy density of blended petrol is compensated for in the blend fuel price.” Since earlier last year, motorists have complained that petrol which is being disbursed at the pump stations was finishing faster and at the same time damaging their vehicles leading many to believe that higher blending ratios were being used. These fears were stoked by Zera, who announced on December 5, 2019 that the ethanol blending ratios had been reduced to 10% only to revert to 20%. “The Minister of Energy and Power Development may from ti...

The Grass is Always Greener — Pressure Drop & Verdant to Launch New London Taproom — Good Beer Hunting

Just the news that interests us. Big plays, smart moves, and otherwise curious indicators of beer’s possible future. THE GISTNorth London’s Pressure Drop Brewery is joining forces with Cornwall’s Verdant Brewing Company to launch a collaborative London bar. They’re calling it The Experiment, and it will be a new taproom and retail space located in Pressure Drops’ former site on Bohemia Place in the center of Hackney, East London. It’s set to open on Friday, July 6. Pressure Drop established its Hackney Brewery in 2012, before expanding to a new site in Tottenham, North London on the same estate as Beavertown in 2017. Verdant began brewing in 2014, establishing their production facility in Falmouth, Cornwall in 2016. They are currently the number one rated UK brewery on beer app Untappd. WHY IT MATTERSLondon’s craft beer scene is set to experience its next exponential stage of growth over the next few months, as breweries from both within the city itself and from further afield look to tap into the retail channel there. The last few months has already seen Bristol’s Moor Brewing open a retail and self-distribution space under the railway arches in beer hotspot B...