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Orkney Islands Energy Efficiency Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
Orkney Islands Council
Date: 2018-04-02
In Scotland, the Orkney Islands Council (OIC) reports the availability of almost £3 million in funding for new heating, residential insulation and energy efficiency projects. The available £3 million includes £1.5 million from the National Grid -- with OIC one of only four organizations in Scotland to win funding of this kind.

The OIC was also received £1.4 million for 2017-2018 from the Scottish Government's Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Schemes. More than 140 households have signed up to the 2017/18 programme. An additional £1 million in residential insulation funding is expected over 2018/19. (Source: Orkney Islands Council, The Orcadiam, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Orkney Islands Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency FUnding,  

Sweden Launchs Eco-friendly Aviation Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
Carbon Tax,Sweden
Date: 2018-04-02
In Stockholm, Sweden's Ministry of the Environment and Energy is reporting the introduction of a new aviation tax on all passenger flights departing the country. The tax is intended to "minimize the carbon footprint of flights following a sharp increase in air travel", according to the Ministery announcement.

All flights departing Swedish airports will have an added charge of between 60 to 400 krona ($7 to $49) depending on the destination. The tax will apply to everyone except babes in arms, flight crews, passengers stopping over without changing planes and -- in some circumstances -- those in transit to take another flight. A recent survey found that over half of all Swedes favoured the new tax. (Source: Sweden Ministry of the Environment and Energy, AFP, April, 2018)Contact: Sweden Ministry of the Environment and Energy, +46 8 405 10 00,

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Primus Power Confirms Chinese Energy Storage Installation (Ind. Report)
Primus Power,Goldwind
Date: 2018-04-02
San Francisco-based stationary energy storage specialist Primus Power is reporting installation of its new long-life sustainable battery energy storage system at the Beijing campus of Etechwin, the microgrid subsidiary of Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Goldwind.

Primus' EnergyPod2, a second generation long-duration, fade-free flow battery system with five hour discharge and 20-year life span delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, the company says. (Source: Primus Power, Xinhua, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Primus Power, Tom Stepien, CEO, (510) 342-7600,; Goldwind, Etechwin,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Primus Power,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Goldwind,  

Bay State Farms Awarded Climate Change Mitigation Funding (Funding)
Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies
Date: 2018-04-02
In the Bay State, three farms have been awarded a total of $87,900 in grant funding under the new Massachusetts Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies (ACRE) Program.

The ACRE program lays out a comprehensive approach to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard residents, municipalities and businesses from the impacts of climate change, and build a more resilient commonwealth. The ACRE program funds materials and labor for the implementation of practices that work toward improving soil health, reducing GHG emissions and sequestering carbon. As impacts to farms are expected to result from more frequent and severe storm events, increased precipitation, followed by periods of drought, higher overall temperature and increased evaporation rates, the program also offers incentives for agricultural operations to proactively address risks and strengthen their economic and environmental resiliency as they adapt to the changing climate. Proposals that address both mitigation and adaptation in their proposals are prioritized in funding. (Source: Mass. Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies Program, Athol Daily News, 2 April, 2018) Contact: Mass. Agricultural Climate Resiliency and Efficiencies Program,{

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

China Threatens Retaliatory Tariffs on US Ethanol Imports (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-30
It is being widely reported that China is threatening to impose extra tariffs on imported ethanol and 27 other products from the US, following President Donald Trump's protectionist tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Chinese ethanol tariff would bring the total tariff on US ethanol imports to 45 pct, following a 30 pct tariff imposed by China in January 2017. The hike could virtually end US biofuel exports to China which is trying to increase its domestic ethanol production as it readies itself for a national policy requiring petrol to comprise 10 pct ethanol (E10) starting in 2020 -- a move aimed at assisting its wider efforts to reduce air pollution and GHG emissions. , China produced more than 1 billion gallons of ethanol in 2016, according to USDA data. (Source: Renewable News, NewsBase, Various Others, 29 Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Ethanol Export,  Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  Ethanol Tariff,  

Vestas Scores Jordanian EPC Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-30
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas reports it has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Shobak Wind Energy for the 45MW Al Shobak wind farm in Jordan. The project will incorporate 13 V136-3.45MW turbines.

Vestas will supply, transport, install and commission the hardware, as well as provide operations and maintenance for five years. Delivery is slated for Q2, 2019, for commissioning by the year end. Shobak Wind Energy is a subsidiary of Dubai-based Alcazar Energy. (Source: Vestas, 29 Mar., 2018) Alcazar Energy, +962 6 461 4005,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

Chinese Carbon Market Boosts Emissions Controls (Int'l Report)
China,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-03-30
In Shanghai, the Chinese news agency Xinhua is quoting the country's climate change specialist Xie Zhenhua as saying China's carbon trading system enabled the country to reach its 2020 carbon emissions target 3 years ahead of schedule in 2017. According to Xie Zhenhua, China cut its CO2 emissions per unit of GDP by 46 pct from the 2005 level, fulfilling its commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 to 45 percent from the 2005 level by 2020.

From 2005 to 2015, China's economy grew by 1.48 times, and at the same time, the carbon intensity dropped by 38.6 pct. In 2016, the rate continued to fall by 6.6 pct year on year. Under the Paris Agreement, China will have to cut CO2 per unit of GDP by 60-65 pct by 2030 from the 2005 level.

China's carbon emissions trading system was initiated in 2011 and includes power generation, iron and steel production and cement manufacturing sectors in seven provinces and municipalities including Shanghai, Xie said. To date, 200 million tonnes of carbon emissions quotas had been transacted via the platform by the end of 2017, with total turnover hitting 4.7 billion yuan (751 million U.S. dollars). The National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) launched a nationwide carbon emissions trading system in the power generation industry in December last year. Under the scheme, enterprises are assigned emissions quotas and those producing more than their share of emissions are allowed to buy unused quotas on the market from those that cause less pollution. (Source: NDRC, Xinhua, 27 Mar., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  China Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  NDRC,  

Siemens Gamesa Reports 52.3MW in New German Turbine Orders (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-30
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports receipt of five wind turbine orders totaling 52.3MW from Kiel, Germany-based developer Getproject, WIND-projekt in Borgerende, and Bremen-based operator Energiekontor AG.

SiemensGamesa is supplying new SG 2.1-114 type turbines and will provide service and maintenance over a period of 20 years. Siemens Gamesa currently has approximately 1,700 onshore wind turbines totaling 2.2GW capacity in operation in Germany. (Source: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy , PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,; Getproject,,; WIND-projekt, +49 38203 91260,,; Energiekontor AG,

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Saskatchewan Challenges Trudeau's Fed Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
Date: 2018-03-30
In Regina, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe reports his province will resort to the courts in its fight with the Trudeau government's carbon tax. The province questions the federal government can force a provincial government to slap a carbon tax on gasoline.

Saskatchewan is the only province that has not adopted a carbon tax voluntarily. Because it has resisted the levy, the Trudeau government is imposing a tax of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions -- which adds up to roughly 10 cents per liter of gasoline.

The premier has also accused the Trudeau government of hiding its carbon tax in the federal budget that was released last month. The document lists the carbon tax as one of the federal government's environmental initiatives. (Source: Saskatchewan CBC, Various Others, April, 2018)

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CIP's 148-MW Blue Cloud Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
TriGlobal Energy i
Date: 2018-03-30
Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) reports financing is closed and construction is underway on the 148.4-MW Blue Cloud wind project in Bailey and Lamb Counties in the Lone Star State. Vestas will operate and maintain the plant for 25 years. The project, which will incorporate 43 Vestas wind turbines, is expected to be commissioned before the end of 2018.

CIP acquired the Blue Cloud project from its Dallas-headquartered developer TriGlobal Energy in 2016. (Source: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Vestas, April, 2018) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, +45 7070 5151,; Tri Global Energy, John Billingsley, CEO, Susie Lomelino,,; Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ,  TriGlobal Energy ,  Wind,  Vestas,  

London Plans Low-Carbon Products Center Ahead of Brexit (Int'l)

Date: 2018-03-30
In the UK, Britain's and a world financial hub, the City of London reports it will work with the China Green Finance Committee to develop financial products including green credit, green bonds, green funds and low-carbon finance to help fund a number of projects under China's "Belt and Road Initiative" aimed at increasing trade and infrastructure links to central Asia, Europe and beyond.

The move comes as the UK and London's financial district tries to increase its business links with China and expand overseas markets ahead of Britain leaving the European Union. (Source: South China Morning Post, Various Others, Mar., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Energy,  Low Carbon,  

EDF Announces Major Energy Storage Investments (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-30
EDF Group reports it is ramping up its efforts to develop electricity storage solutions and become the European leader in this field. A pioneer in this area, the Group is already involved in storage technology applications, including hydroelectric pumped energy storage and battery technologies.

During the period 2018-2035, EDF plans to invest €8 billion to develop 10GW of additional energy storage worldwide on top of its existing 5GW capacity. The company is also increasing its energy storage research and development capabilities with an investment of €70 million for the 2018-2020 period, according to a release. (Source: EDF SA, PR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: EDF SA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Energy Storage,  

Sunnova Offering Solar+Battery Storage in Puerto Rico (Ind. Report)
Sunnova Energy
Date: 2018-03-30
Houston-headquartered Sunnova Energy Corporation, the largest provider of distributed residential solar service in Puerto Rico, reports it now is offering its Sunnova SunSafe Solar + Gattery storage service through its network of local partners, to Puerto Rican homeowners. Sunnova's Sunnova SunSafe is also available in Hawaii and California. (Source: Sunnova, Blog 27 March 2018) Contact: Sunnova Energy, (281) 985-9900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

Cypress Creek Touts First Solar-plus-Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Cypress Creek Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
California-headquartered Cypress Creek Renewables reports the use of Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage solutions for 12 projects totaling $1.5 billion in communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, primarily in North Carolina.

The Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation project includes development, construction, financing and commissioning, and is Cyprus Creek's first foray into solar-plus-storage. (Source: Cyprus Creek Renewables, Energy Storage, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Cypress Creek Renewables, Matthew McGovern, CEO, (310) 581-6299,,; Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation, (910) 754-4391,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cypress Creek Renewables,  Solar,  Solar Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Capstone Secures First Signature Series Order in Portugal for Textile Mill CHP Project

Date: 2018-03-30
Van Nuys, California-headquartered micro turbine systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting Micropower Europe, Capstone’s distributor for Portugal and Spain, has received an order for a C600 Signature Series microturbine to provide combined heat and power (CHP) to a Portuguese textile mill.

A natural gas-fueled Capstone C600S microturbine provides the ideal solution for the textile mill by generating clean and green electricity on-site. The thermal energy from the exhaust is used in a direct-fire application in one of the processes at the textile mill, making their production more efficient while significantly reducing their operating expense. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Portugal renewed their CHP Directive in 2015 that focused on the promotion of cogeneration based on useful heat demand. It aims to increase energy efficiency and security of supply by creating a framework for the promotion and development of high-efficiency cogeneration projects based on useful heat demands and primary energy savings. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact:Capstone Turbine Corporation, (818) 407-3628,,

Scottish Ag Groups Call for Carbon-Neutral Farming (Int'l)
Carbon Neutral
Date: 2018-03-30
In Scotland, the Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) reports it has joined forces with the National Farmers' Union of Scotland, Scottish Land and Estates, Scottish Crofting Federation and others in calling on the Scottish Government to do more to help agriculture turn a corner and substantially reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

In a joint letter, the groups urge the appropriate Cabinet Secretaries to support climate friendly farming practices and put the country's agricultural industry on a path to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association,t, +44 (0) 20 3176 0503,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Net Zero Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  

OK Senate OKs Military Wind Energy Setbacks (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2018-03-30
In Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Senate has announced its unanimous approval of HB 3561 requiring proposed wind farms near military installations to receive an active Determination of No Hazard or an approved mitigation plan from the U.S. Department of Defense Siting Clearinghouse before construction. The bill also requires any such wind energy operator to notify the Military Strategic Planning Commission, who would then notify local base commanders. The legislation was previously approved by the state House of Representatives. (Source: Oklahoman, NewsOK, 29 Mar., 2018)

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SoftBank, Saudis Planning Massive $200Bn Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-30
Tokyo-headquartered SoftBank Group Corp. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saudi Arabia to for the construction of a $200 billion, 200 GW solar power plant expected to come online by 2030. The development will be the largest of its kind in the world.

Previous SoftBank - Saudi deals include a $93 billion tech investment fund that was announced in May 2017, with backing by the Vision Fund and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. (Source: SoftBank Group, TechCrunch, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: SoftBank Grouo,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  SoftBank,  

Olleco Snares Renewi plc Anaerobic Digestion Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Date: 2018-03-30
In the UK, agrribusiness ABP Food Group subsidiary Olleco is reporting the acquisition of the unprofitable Westcott Park anaerobic digestion facility in Aylesbury from Renewi plc (fka Shanks). The Westcott facility can process 96,000 tpy of food waste a year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity and 4.8Mw of heat. Financials and terms of the deal were not divulged.

In 2015, Renewi increased food waste input into the Buckinghamshire facility by 150 pct to more than 900 tonnes per week and achieved PAS110 standard for the digestate produced. Olleco has two existing AD plants in Aylesbury, and in Bootle, Merseyside adjacent to the company's biodiesel plant. (Source: Olleco,, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Olleco, Robert Behan, +44 0 1604 857 001,, Renewi, +44 (0)1908 650580,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Olleco,  anaerobic digestion,  

Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-30
Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-headquartered Navigant Research examines key trends, challenges, and growth projections in the energy storage for the grid and ancillary services (ESGAS) market. While the ESGAS industry has matured significantly over the past two years, activity remains concentrated in select countries. In these countries, the availability of financing, favorable regulations, and innovative business models are helping to drive unprecedented growth. According to the report, the global ESGAS industry is projected to deploy 1,220.7 MW of new capacity in 2018, growing to 29,300.5 MW by 2027.

The report provides an update on the market drivers, technology and application issues, as well as regional market developments related to the global ESGAS market. The study examines key ESGAS trends, challenges, and growth projections with market forecasts, segmented by region, technology, and application segment, extended through 2027. The report also examines trends in the development of combined renewable energy and ESS plants worldwide as well as the major merger and acquisition activity in the global utility-scale energy storage industry.

Global Market Drivers, Trends, and Forecasts for the Large-Scale Energy Storage Industry: 2018-2027 report details and an Executive Summary is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, Mar., 2018) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant,  Navigant Research,  Energy Storage,  

Walmart Urging Chinese Suppliers to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-30
US retail juggernaut Walmart Inc is reporting the launch of a program aimed at helping its Chinese suppliers cut their GHG emissions by 50 million tpy by the end of the next decade. The program would begin with around 100 major Chinese suppliers and provide tools to measure emissions and set targets.

More than 800 Chinese factories are enrolled in a Walmart a 2014 energy efficiency programme that is reportedly saving $40 million a year in energy costs, according to Walmart. The company aims to eventually expand the programme to its entire China supply chain.

China, the world's biggest producer of greenhouse gas, aims to cut its energy intensity by 15 pct over the 2016-2020 period.

Walmart is aiming to slash 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from its global value chain by the end of 2030, equivalent to taking 211 million vehicles off roads for a year. (Source: Walmart, NASDAQ, 29 Mar., 2018)Contact: Walmart, Mark Vanderhelm, VP Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Walmart,  China Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  Walmart,  

Duke Touting NC Hog-Waste RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,OptimaBio
Date: 2018-03-30
A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas (RNG) from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity -- the first application of the technology from in-state farms. The OptimaBio facility gathers methane gas from five local hog farms and converts it to pipeline-quality natural gas that will be injected into the Piedmont Natural Gas system which transports it to Duke Energy's Smith Energy Complex in Richmond County where it is used to produce electricity.

The project will help Duke Energy satisfy state swine waste-to-energy mandates under the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law in North Carolina. Under this law, Duke Energy must generate 0.20 percent of its retail sales from swine waste by 2023.

Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., OptimaBio is a swine waste-to-energy project developer and the leader in RNG development for North Carolina. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379,,; OptimaBio, Mark Maloney, (910) 632-0752,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News OptimaBio,  Renewable Natural Gas,  RNG,  Duke Energy,  

Milwaukee Touts 2nd Building Energy Benchmarking Jam (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-30
To date, the City of Milwaukee has reduced energy use intensity by 5%, saving taxpayers on energy-consumption costs. The city of Milwakee is reporting it met previously this month with business and energy industry leaders to discuss energy efficiency opportunities and technologies and how the city can take advantage of them. The meeting -- tagged the second "Benchmarking Jam" -- was part of the city's public-private partnerships and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge and community engagement strategy.

Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) partners have achieved particular energy-efficiency success by securing PACE financing for energy efficiency projects. The city encourages local businesses and K-12 schools to implement energy efficiency projects and to participate in the city's comprehensive energy efficiency program which aims to assist 200+ buildings, particularly Class B & C commercial buildings, small commercial buildings, and K-12 schools, in every aspect of energy efficiency projects, including assessment, financing, and implementation. To date, more than 100 non-city buildings are participating in BBC-MKE. The City of Milwaukee has committed to reduce the energy used in city buildings by 20 pct by 2022. (Source: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, Energy Manager, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge Download Better Buildings Challenge details HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  

NCGA Comments on Bankrupt PES Proposed RFS Settlement (Ind. Report)
National Corn Growers Association,Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-03-30
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) this week submitted formal comments to the U.S. Department of Justice on the proposed settlement agreement between Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) and the US EPA. The settlement stems from the outstanding RFS compliance obligations the refiner has included in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

"NCGA claims the settlement would undermine the RFS and allow the refiner 'to walk away' from more than half of its outstanding RFS obligations and allow its parent companies to avoid liability." According to NCGA President Kevin Skunes, the proposal "would have negative policy implications for the RFS and future compliance with the Clean Air Act, as the settlement does not hold all parties liable for violations of the Clean Air Act." (Source: NCGA, Neb. Rural Radio, Others, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644,; Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  RFS,  Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  

Greenbelt, Young Foundation Ink DuckWeed DAYS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Greenbelt Resources
Date: 2018-03-30
In the Golden State, Paso Robles-based Greenbelt Resources Corp. reports it has inked a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Georgia-based Duckweed DAYS LLC. -- a new entity aiming to commercialize and further the research carried out by the not-for-profit Andrew J. Young Foundation (AYF). The Foundation aims to encourage farmers, both in the U.S. and around the world, to grow duckweed as a cash crop and sell it into the biobased products industry.

The Duckweed Project features Greenbelt's ECOsystem model, which will convert the duckweed into bioethanol and a protein concentrate targeted as a nutritional supplement.

Greenbelt's ECOsystem technology represents about $5.0 million of the total $14.0 project budget.

Common duckweed is a very small light green free-floating, seed bearing plant. Duckweed has 1 to 3 leaves, or fronds, of 1/16 to 1/8 inch in length. A single root (or root-hair) protrudes from each frond. Duckweeds tend to grow in dense colonies in quiet, undisturbed water. (Source: Greenbelt Resources Corp., Nasdaq, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995- 4726 x 101, [stratlink][endlink],
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Greenbelt Resources,  Biofuel Fe target=_blank>[endlink]; Andrew J. Young Foundation, (404) 685-2786

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Byogy Renewables Secures Path to Commercialization With Historic ASTM Bio-Jet Fuel Specification
Byogy Renewables
Date: 2018-03-30
San Jose, California-based biofuel producer Byogy Renewables is reporting last week's ASTM Alcohol To Jet (ATJ) ethanol based specification ballot measure approval, to produce "full replacement" renewable aviation jet fuels. With this jet fuel specification ethanol can be used as a feedstock to make renewable jet fuel.

As the pioneer of the ATJ process, Byogy is one of the few companies that produce full replacement fuels, as opposed to only blend-stock products. Significantly, Byogy's fuels may ultimately be able to be distributed into the existing fossil fuel infrastructure at any point and at any ratio without tracking. This will allow carbon credit accounting to take place at the production source, similar to the carbon credit bookkeeping of the wind and solar industries. The new specification modifies a previous ATJ specification to allow ethanol as a feedstock with a maximum final fuel blend of 50 pct, according to Byogy. (Source: Byogy Renewables, Inc., Kevin Weiss, CEO, (408) 800-7704,; ASTM,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM,  Byogy Renewables,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Ethanol,  

Dubai Touting World's Largest CSP Solar Park Project (Int'l)
Concentrated Solar
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is reporting ground breaking of a 700 MW solar project touted as "the world's biggest single-site Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project," near Al Qudra.

The completed CSP project is expected to provide clean energy to over 270,000 homes in Dubai, estimated to cut 1.4 million tpy of power generation-related carbon emissions. The $13.5 billion CSP project will altogether generate 1,000 megawatts of clean energy by 2020 and 5,000MW by 2030. (Source: DEWA, Gulf News UA Environment, 20 Mar., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, +971-4-601-9999,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA,  CSP,  Concentrated Solar,  

Iceland, China Seal Geothermal Development Deal (Int'l)
Sinopec Green Energy,Arctic Green Energy
Date: 2018-03-28
Reykjavik, Iceland-headquartered Arctic Green Energy (AGE) has inked an agreement with Sinopec Green Energy Geothermal Dev elopement Co. to supply geothermal heat technology to help China develop clean energy for a new Xiong'an, a 15 million strong economic zone south-west of Beijing, according to Bloomberg. The geothermal deal is being supported with $250 million in loans from the Asian Development Bank.

Scientists from Iceland (pop. 345,000) and China are also helping each other study climate change. (Source: Strait Times, Bloomberg, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Sinopec Green Energy,; Arctic Green Energy Corp., +354 558 0880,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  

EcoloCap Touting BioART Biomass Fuel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
Morton Grove, Illinois-based biomass power specialist EcoloCap is touting the energy output of its BioART process and its application as a clean burning, carbon-neutral fuel. The new application has almost the energy of coal and is free from the vagaries that effect other types of renewable energy. The company plans to market its product to biomass-fired power plants.

According to the Biomass Power Association, there are 80 biomass plants in 20 states that make up the $1 billion renewable energy industry. Nationwide, the biomass power industry generates roughly 15 million MWh per year. (Source: EcoloCap, PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: EcoloCap, James Kwak, CEO, Joseph Mure, (312) 585-6670,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EcoloCap news,  Biomass news,  Biocoal news,  Biofuel news,  

China Ahead of Schedule on Carbon Emissions Targets (Int'l)
China Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-03-28
Xinhua is reporting China, the world's biggest energy consumer, met its 2020 carbon intensity target in 2017, three years ahead of schedule. The country cut its 2005 carbon intensity level by 46 pct in 2017 when carbon intensity fell 5.1 pct compared to 2016 levels.

In 2009, China promised to cut its 2005 carbon intensity by 40 pct to 45 pct, as part of its commitments to the international community ahead of negotiations for a new global climate pact in Paris in 2015. (Source: Xinhua, Business Insider, Reuters, Mar., 2018)Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NDRC,  China,  Carbon Emissions,  

KULR, NREL Touting Li-ion Battery Technology Deal (Ind. Report)
KULR Technology
Date: 2018-03-28
Campbell, California-based KULR Technology announced today that it has reached agreement with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to be the exclusive manufacturing and distribution partner for the patented Internal Short Circuit (ISC) device which causes predictable battery cell failures in widely-used lithium-ion batteries.

KULR's core technology is a proprietary, vertically-aligned carbon fiber cooling material that is lighter, more flexible and more efficient than traditional thermal management products. KULR carbon fiber has virtually unlimited commercial and industrial applications for battery safety, reducing heat and increasing the longevity of electronic components and increasing the efficiency of energy storage. (Source: KULR Technology, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: KULR Technology, (408) 675-7002x101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  KULR Technology,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  

NBB Qustions PES RFS Settlement (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2018-03-28
The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) called on the Department of Justice to reconsider its proposed settlement allowing Philadelphi Energy Solutions (PES) to escape the vast majority of its 2016-17 obligations under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). According to NBB, the proposed settlement would harm the renewable fuels industry and undermine the intent of the RFS program by excusing more than 70 pct of the company's compliance obligations for the two-year period.

"While PES continues to blame the RFS for its woes, the fact is, the bankruptcy is a mess of its own making," said Kurt Kovarik, NBB's VP of Federal Affairs. "Poor management and a failure to respond to changes in the crude oil market is to blame. PES should not be rewarded for deliberately failing to comply with the decade-old Renewable Fuel Standard. Doing so is akin to rewarding a toddler in the midst of a temper tantrum. Instead, the government should hold PES to the same renewable volume obligation as all other refiners. Not doing so could severely hinder the RFS's goals of enhancing energy security, protecting the environment and building our nation’s rural economy."

NBB highlighted two key components in comments to the DOJ submitted March 26. First, the RFS holds parent companies liable for the compliance obligations of their subsidiaries. Thus, PES's corporate parents Carlyle and Sunoco can be required to comply with the RFS obligations incurred by PES. EPA has not explained why it is abandoning that avenue for ensuring complete fulfillment of PES's obligations. Second, the renewable volume obligations (RVOs) under the RFS cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. The RFS creates an affirmative duty for obligated parties to blend or use biofuels or to buy credits from others who have done so. Such a duty persists through the bankruptcy because it cannot be resolved by a payment to the government. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: National Biodiesel Board, Kurt Kovarik, VP of Federal Affairs, 800) 841-5849,; Philadelphia Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board,  PES,  Point of Obligation,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  NBB,  RFS,  

Green Investment Group Takes Westermost Rough Stake (Int'l, M&A)
Green Investment Group, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UK, London-headquartered Green Investment Group (GIG), a Macquarie Group unit, reports the acquisition of a 25-pct interest in the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm from Marubeni Corporation. Terms of the acquisition have not been released.

Denmark's Orsted -- formerly DONG Energy -- hold a 50-pct interest in the 210 MW project, situated off the north-east coast of England. Westermost Rough utilizes Siemens Gamesa 6 MW direct-drive turbines and has been online since June 2015. (Source: Macquarie Group, Green Investment Group, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: Macquarie Group,; Marubeni,; SiemensGamesa Renewable Energy,; Green Investment Group, +44 (0)203 037 2000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Macquarie Group,  Green Investment Group,  Westermost Rough,  Offshore Wind,  Marubeni,  

Thermion Snares 171MW Mexican Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
Date: 2018-03-28
Mexican independent renewable energy power producer and supplier to corporate customers Thermion is reporting acquisition of the 171MW Los Molinos wind project from Mexican power developer Comexhidro for an undisclosed price.

The self-supply wind project, which will be built in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, is the company's third wind acquisition and increases the company's capacity in Mexico to 348MW. In late 2017, Thermion acquired a self-supply 117MW wind and a self-supply 48MW solar project. The company expects to break ground on the three power plants between Q4 of this year and Q1 of 2019. (Source: Thermion, EBR, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Thermion Energy, Michael Bax, CEO,,; Comexhidro,

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Cdn. Pension Fund Acquiring Texas Renewables Developer (M&A)
Leeward Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-03-28
In Toronto, the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS) pension fund, through its infrastructure arm OMERS Infrastructure Management, reports it will acquire Dallas, Texas-based Leeward Renewable Energy and its 1.7GW installed wind capacity in the US, from affiliates of ArcLight Capital Partners. Financial details have not been disclosed.

Leeward Renewable is an owner, operator and developer of wind projects with 19 operating wind projects across nine states.

The acquisition, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to be completed in the Q3, 2018. (Source: Leeward Renewable, EBR, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: Leeward Renewable LLC, Greg Wolf, CEO, (214) 515-1100,; Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leeward Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  

USGBC Expands LEED Certification with LEED v4.1 4.1 (Ind. Report)
U.S. Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-28
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has unveiled LEED v4.1, the next step for the LEED rating system, which starts with the existing buildings market.

The LEED v4.1 rating system is simplified, the scorecard and requirements are streamlined and new methodologies for tracking and rating building performance are integrated directly into the rating system, providing a clear framework for achieving LEED certification, not just for entire buildings, but also for spaces within buildings.

With LEED v4.1 O+M, an initial certification will be awarded to projects based on the implementation of sustainable operational strategies and performance score achievement in LEED Online. (Source: USGBC, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Perfomance,  U.S. Green Building Council,  

Chinese US Ethanol Imports Up Ahead of Possible Tariff (Int'l)
Date: 2018-03-28
Bloomberg is reporting China's purchases of ethanol from the US totaled 189,035 cubic meters in February, the highest since May 2016, according to Chinese customs data. Purchases had slumped in 2017 after China imposed a 30 pct tariff on imports from the US.

Chinese companies have ordered more than 600,000 tons of ethanol from the US for blending into gasoline in the first half of the year, according to the China Alcoholic Drinks Association, which oversees the fuel ethanol industry. China is expanding its ethanol mandate nationwide by 2020. (Source: China Alcoholic Drinks Association, Bloomberg, 26 Mar., 2018)

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Shell, ITM Power Open Buckinghamshire UK H2 Fuel Station (Int'l)
Shell, ITM Power
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UK, Shell and Sheffield-based ITM Power plc are reporting the opening of the UK's first hydrogen (H2) refueling station at Shell Beaconsfied Services in Buckinghamshire. The station also offers petrol and diesel. The H2 is generated on-site using ITM's PEM electrolyser sytem.

The Beaconsfield H2 station is the fifth H2 site in the UK to be supplied by ITM Power and will be the first to be opened as part of the H2ME project. The initiative has been partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

ITM's PEM electrolyser acts as a rapid, sub-second response, demand side load that can be controlled by power companies for grid balancing and managing intermittent power input. The hydrogen produced is stored and dispensed as a fuel to any form of hydrogen vehicle, or injected into the gas grid for power-to-gas energy storage. (Source: ITM Power, GasWorld, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: ITM Power, Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO , +44 114 244 5111,

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UK Construction Ind. Calls for Zero-Carbon Buildings by 2030 (Int'l)
UK Green Building Council
Date: 2018-03-28
In the UK, over 50 business leaders have called on the government to set much stricter energy efficiency targets to help reduce carbon emissions and drive investment in the construction industry.

According to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), there is wide consensus on the role the built environment plays in the UK's carbon emissions and the UKGBC is looking to Government to provide policy certainty in order to drive investment and innovation.

Download the building industry group letter HERE. (Source: Europe Carbon Reduction, UK GBC, Climate Action Program, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen , CEO, +44 (0) 20 7550 0625,,

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Concordia Funded for Arctic Renewables R&D (R&D, Funding)
Concordia University
Date: 2018-03-28
In Montreal, a Concordia University research team reports it has been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will support development of a new facility focused on examining sustainable power.

The new facility will be equipped with solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines, the performance of which will be tracked and further developed by the research team. Researchers will analyze the efficiency of these energy sources as well as their impact and safety in Arctic regions where reliable heat and electric power id crucially important. (Source: Concordia, PR, Hydrogen Fuel News, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: Concordia University, (514) 848-2424,; Canada Foundation for Innovation,

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Nat Gas, Carbon Tax Credited with Cutting UK CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
University of Sheffield
Date: 2018-03-28
A new study from the UK's University of Sheffield finds Britain's emissions dropped by 6 pct in 2016 due largely to a meaningful carbon tax and switching from coal to natural gas for power production. The report notes that Britain is on track to become the first major economy to transition away from coal after centuries of production and consumption.

The study highlights the scale and speed of emissions reduction in Britain as a result of fuel switching from coal to natural gas through effective carbon pricing. The switch analyzed in the study was made possible by incentivizing gas over coal through effective carbon pricing. A carbon price of £18 per tonne in 2016 was needed to incentivize the fuel switch.

The research found that if spare capacity already existed, then switching from coal to gas will be a quick win method of reducing emissions as it does not require several years to build the generation to impact reductions in emissions, unlike other options such as renewable and nuclear energy. The necessity for spare capacity is one of the factors that the potential for other countries adopting this tactic was contingent upon. Other factors for success outside Britain include the security of supply chains, price, and also political interest.

The study also notes that Russia and the US could potentially convert 40-50 pct of their coal generation to natural gas but China and India could only displace 6-12 pct due to the relative size of their natural gas generation. A high level assessment of the scale of decarbonisation if other countries were able to switch with existing generation assets was found to be in the region of one Gigatonne of CO2 per annum, which is equal to 3 pct of global emissions.

A major benefit of switching from coal to gas is that the electrical system has decarbonised faster in the short term. Although, one risk of switching fuels is that natural gas may stay on the system for longer than necessary to be compatible with longer term decarbonising targets. (Source: University of Sheffield, PR, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: University of Sheffield, Dr Grant Wilson, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Energy, +44 (0) 114 222 7608,,; Dr Iain Staffell, Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, +44 0 7940 329303,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Sheffield,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  

Anellotech Scores Additional $6Mn Suntory Investment (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech, is reporting two weeks of continuous operation of its seven-story tall TCat-8 pilot plant in Silsbee, Texas, producing primarily benzene, toluene, and xylenes (aromatics) from loblolly pine feedstock. The company also reports receipt of an additional $6 million investment from Suntory Holdings Limited, which was part of a previously announced $15 million package. To date, Suntorys has invested more than $30 million in Anellotech.

The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.

The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices. (Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news,  Anellotech news,  Biochemical news,  Bioplastic news,  Renewable Fuel news,  PET Plastic news,  

POWERSTATION 247 Solar Energy Storage Installed in Fla. (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
San Jose, California-based POWERSTATION 247™, the only U.S. manufactured all-in-one residential, behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage company, is reporting the installation of three POWERSTATION 247 storage systems at CompuTech City's new HQ in Longwood, Fla. The new installation provides up to 52 kWh of solar energy storage to CompuTech City's new 10,000 sq. ft. headquarters.

POWERSTATION 247's patent-pending, plug-and-play energy storage system is designed in Germany and manufactured in the U.S. It is the most powerful behind-the-meter energy storage system currently available and is the only storage system that interfaces with renewables and backup generators for residential and future commercial customers. (Source: PowerStation, PR, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: PowerStation 247, Katherine Potter, (408) 398-6611,,

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EDF Commits to Global Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
French energy giant EDF reports it will invest €8 billion in energy storage between 2018 and 2035and will develop an additional 10GW of energy storage projects globally by 2035, on top of the 5GW already operated by the company.

Planned new facilities that will be delivered over the next 12 month include at least three battery storage facilities and an extension to battery/solar initiatives in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The company also plans to increase its research and development capabilities for energy storage, doubling investment to €70 million for the 2018-2020 period. (Source: EDF, renews, 27 Mar., 2018) (Source: EDF, Contact: EDF Renewable Energy, Tristan Gimbert, CEO, Sandia Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525,,

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Date: 2018-03-28
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More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  European Commission,  Carbon Emissions,  

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2017 EU Carbon Emissions Rise Slightly (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
According to a poll of six market analysts by S&P Global Platts, carbon emissions from power plants and factories covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) rose 0.5 pct to 1,757.3 million mt in 2017 -- the first time since 2011 after industrial production slumped in the wake of the financial crisis of 2009-10.

The increase was attributed to increased industrial output across the 28-nation EU trading bloc. The European Commission will publish preliminary data on verified emissions for 2017 on April 3. The data will be used to establish compliance levels for more than 12,000 installations participating in the EU ETS. (Source: Platts, S&P Global, Mar., 2018)

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Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2018-03-28
Decarbonising Maritime Transport: Pathways to Zero-Carbon Shipping by 2035 , the International Transport Forum (ITF) identifies In the recently releasedfour potential decarbonization pathways for shipping that, it says, would result in a CO2 emission reduction of between 82 pct and 95 pct of the currently projected 2035 level. Remaining CO2 emissions would be between 44 and 156 million tonnes in 2035, according to the report.

ITF has proposed three key recommendations: the setting of a clear, ambitious emissions-reduction target to drive decarbonization of maritime transport; supporting the realization of emissions-reduction targets with a comprehensive set of policy measure; and providing smart financial incentives to advance the decarbonization of maritime shipping.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: International Transport Forum, Bunkerspot, Mar., 2018) Contact: International Transport Forum,

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  Maritime Emissions,  Shipping Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Ottawa Launches $500Mn Low Carbon Economy Challenge (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-03-28
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon.Catherine McKenna, has launched the Low Carbon Economy Challenge. The will consider projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, under two streams:
  • Champions: Valued at over $450 million, the champions stream is open to applicants of any size. Eligible applicants include all provinces and territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Partnerships: Valued at $50 million, the partnerships stream is limited to Indigenous communities and organizations, small and medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and small municipalities. The partnerships stream will help ensure a broad range of Canadians are able to participate in the challenge.

    Successful projects will be selected based primarily on their ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the growth of clean energy. The funding is available until 2021-22.

    Download details HERE. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada , Mar., 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767,

  • FDB Offers Fijian Renewable Energy Funding (Int'l)
    Fiji Development Bank,
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Fiji's only financial development institution, the Fiji Development Bank , is promoting its Sustainable Energy Financing Facility aimed at scaling up renewable energy investments in the 2,000 +- square kilometer Pacific Island nation of 900,000 residents.

    Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.

    FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Funding,  Renewable Energy,  

    Enzyme Enables First-time Microbial Production of Aromatic Biofuel (R&D, New Prod & Tech)
    Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have discovered a new enzyme that will enable microbial production of a renewable alternative to petroleum-based toluene, a widely used octane booster in gasoline that has a global market of 29 million tpy..

    A major focus of research at JBEI, and in the broader community of biofuel researchers, is the production of industrially and commercially relevant fuels and chemicals from renewable resources, such as lignocellulosic biomass, rather than from petroleum. The enzyme discovered in this study will enable the first-time microbial production of bio-based toluene, and in fact, the first microbial production of any aromatic hydrocarbon biofuel.

    The enzyme discovery resulted from the intensive study of two very different microbial communities that produced toluene. One community contained microbes from lake sediment, and the other from sewage sludge. Since microbes in the environment are a reservoir of enzymes that catalyze an extraordinarily diverse set of chemical reactions, it's not unusual for scientists working in biotechnology to source enzymes from nature.

    The toluene-synthesizing enzyme discovered in this study, phenylacetate decarboxylase, belongs to a family of enzymes known as glycyl radical enzymes (GREs). The radical nature of GREs allows them to catalyze chemically challenging reactions, such as anaerobic decarboxylation of phenylacetate to generate toluene.

    In fact, metagenome analyses revealed that these microbial communities each contained more than 300,000 genes - the equivalent of more than 50 bacterial genomes. Another challenge was that the anaerobic microbial communities and many of their enzymes were sensitive to oxygen, forcing the scientists to manipulate cultures and enzymes under strictly anaerobic conditions.

    The discovery process combined protein purification techniques used by biochemists for decades, such as fast protein liquid chromatography, with modern metagenomic, metaproteomic, and associated bioinformatic analyses, some of which were carried out in collaboration with the Joint Genome Institute, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. An important component of the discovery process was to validate the researchers' predictions of the toluene biosynthesis enzyme with experiments using highly controlled assays involving purified proteins.

    The researchers believe that their study results have implications for fundamental and applied science. From a biochemical perspective, the study expands the known catalytic range of GREs, and from a biotechnological perspective, it will enable first-time biochemical synthesis of an aromatic fuel hydrocarbon from renewable resources. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 26 Mar., 2018) Contact: DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute,; LBNL, Harry Beller, Snr. Scientist, JBEI scientific lead, (510) 486-7321,,

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