Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.
Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels.
(Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media,
11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME, Bioethanol, Enerkem, Waste-to-biofuel, Bioethanol,
The money comes as an incentive for the hospital upgrading its HVAC controls and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency.
This includes the utilization of variable frequency drives that deliver only the energy needed at a given time, as opposed to some of the hospital's older units that ran full time.
The upgrades represent about $110,000 in electrical savings annually.
(Source: Duke Energy, GreenCastle Graphic, 10 Sept., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Putnam County Hospital, https://pchosp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The Trump EPA is proposing Energy companies be afforded twice as much time to monitor and repair leakages of the harmful greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells -- a move the EPA says would make it easier for companies to comply with regulations. The Interior Department is also expected to release a rule that would end "flaring" methane at drilling sites.
The new proposal weakens a 2016 Obama administration rule requiring energy companies to conduct leak inspections on their drilling equipment as regularly as every six months. Under the proposed new regulation, companies would perform a leak inspection at least once a year on most facilities, and every two years for low-producing oil and gas wells. Under the old rule, companies would have 30 days to repair methane leaks. The proposed new rule allows 60 days for repairs.(Source: EPA, Various Media, OZY, Presidential Daily Briefing 11 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, EPA, GHGs.Greenhouse Gas,
By using this new feature created by Google in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, more than 9000 cities that have initiated projects to cut emissions after signing the Paris Agreement, can benefit.
The new feature can trace a large part of a city's carbon emissions and decipher the source then calculate the size of each building and its data about emission of carbon as well as its energy consumption.
The tool can also infer traffic and modes of travel, and estimate the emissions from that transportation. (Source: Google, TNS International News, Sept., 2018)
Contact: Google Environmental Insights Explorer, www.insights.sustainability.google;Global Covenant of Mayors, email@example.com, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, Google, Carbon Emissions,
Climate Fund Managers, with the support of the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks, will help Cleantech Solar access prime, long-term institutional capital for future expansion.
Singapore-based Cleantech Solar owns and operates over 120 solar power plants across India and South-East Asia, representing 200 MW of projects, with majority being in operation and remaining under construction and development.
Climate Fund Managers (CFM) is a cooperative established as a joint venture between the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and South Africa's Sanlam InfraWorks.
Climate Investor One, which has $535 million funds under management, is mandated to finance renewable energy infrastructure projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America with a technological focus on solar, wind and run-of-river hydro. (Source: CleanTech Solar, eco Business, 11 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Climate Fund Managers, Andrew Johnstone, CEO, www.climatefundmanagers.com; Cleantech Solar , www.cleantechsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleantech Solar, Run of River Hydro, ,
At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition."
(Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, SM100,
The project, which "has an interconnection queue to deliver power to California," is expected to come online in 2022, when it should also begin commercial operation. (Source: Eolus, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus, Solar,
The plant will use locally sourced sugar cane straw and other feedstocks. Presently, there
are 10 co-operative sugar mills and three private sugar mills in Haryana. (Source: The Statesman, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation , Ethanol, India Ethanol,
The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences noted that
N2O rises when rice fields are allowed to dry before being "wetted" -- intermittent flooding -- for planting.
In India alone, where the study took place across five intermittently flooded rice fields, N2O emissions "could be 30-45 times higher than reported under continuous flooding" researchers estimated.
Overall, researchers calculated that N2O per hectare (2.5 acres) was three times higher than ever reported by research on intermittently flooded farms before.
(Source: Environmental Defence Fund, South China Morning News, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defence Fund, www.edf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News N20, Environmental Defense Fund, GHGs,
The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.
Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate.
The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target.
Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe.
(Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp
More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Solar, CSP Solar,
The Sonnen plan follows the State Government's announcement of its $100 million Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 SA households with access to grants up to $6000 to pay for the installation of home battery systems. (Source: Sonnen, Brand South Australia News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sonnen, www.sonnen-batterie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen, Energy Storage, Home Energy Storage,
The acquisition includes three wind farms in Clinton County totalling 279 MW, two in Wyoming County with a combined capacity of 227 MW and a single 106-MW wind park in Franklin County. Together, these plants currently produce 29 pct of the Empire State's wind power.
The transaction is awaiting certain regulatory approvals and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. Carlyle Power Partners II LP will provide equity capital for the purchase.
Upon completion of the move, Carlyle Power Partners' total power generation portfolio will reach 7,000 MW net MW. (Source: Carlyle Group, PR, Renewables, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Carlyle Group, www.carlyle.com; Noble Environmental Power, (860) 581-5010, www.noblepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Environmental Power, Wind,
Four Seasons partnered with Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar which designs, installs and maintains solar electric systems for homeowners, commercial property owners and utility-scale developers. Namaste worked with New York-based Positive Energy NY LLC, PowerStream Solar & Electric LLC in Salisbury Township and Delta Electric Services LLC in Lebanon, Pa. to install the 3,900 solar panels.
The project is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years.
(Source: Four Seasons Companies,PR, Various Media, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Four Seasons Group, Nelson Longenecker , VP, 717-721-2800; Namaste Solar, 303.447.0300 www.namastesolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Namaste Solar, Rooftop Solar,
An organic solar cell is made up of acceptor and donor materials. The donor absorbs light from solar radiation and the harvested energy is passed to the electrodes with the help of the acceptor. The IISER researchers synthesised the donor using an artificial aromatic chemical (corrole) which has a similar structure to the corrin ring in vitamin B12. The artificially synthesised corrole (Cor-BODIPY) absorbs light much like porphyrin in natural chlorophyll. Another commercially available organic molecule was used as an acceptor, accordping to the release.
The organic cells developed by the team showed three absorption bands between 400-650 nm -- whole visible range of the solar spectrum -- with a maximum absorption at 420 nm. The ability to turn the light absorbed to electricity (power conversion efficiency) was 2.5 pct.
The researchers enhanced the performance of the solar cells by coating them with different solvents. The surface morphology was investigated after the treatment and microscopy images showed that the treatment helped improve the alignment of the Cor-BODIPY donor by forming a denser molecular packing on the active surface. This treatment more than doubled the power conversion efficiency from 2.5 pct to 6.6% pct.
(Source: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, The Hindu, 8 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Research Associate, +91-33-6634 0012, +91-33-6451 3294, www.iiserkol.ac.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Organic Solar Cell, Solar,
Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore any fugitive methane emissions from a renewable energy production system are not conducive to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
The attached IEA Bioenergy report addresses: methods used for emission quantification; presents selected results of measurements; proposes mitigation measures; and puts methane emissions in a context of a standard greenhouse gas balance.
Download the Methane Emissions
from Biogas Plants
report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas, Methane, IEA,
Ameresco provides comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe.
Chelsea Group specializes in engineering services, building science and asset value. Its services include design engineering, commissioning, project management, construction management and ongoing services. Chelsea Group engineers conduct detailed building assessments to develop cost-effective infrastructure improvements.
(Source: Ameresco, Metro West Daily News, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chelsea Group, www.chelsea-grp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco, Energy Efficiency,
Nearly half of the Walney Extension wind farm incorporates 8.25-mw MHI Vestas turbines. The rest of the installation is composed of slightly smaller 7-mw models from Siemens.
The wind farm covers an area of water measuring 55.9 square miles, or 35,830 acres.
(Source: Orsted, NPR, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted, MHI Vestas, Offshore Wind,
The 28 member EU trading bloc's new rules aim to help meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030.
Other proposed amendments address whether renewable fuels will be allowed to count toward zero-emission targets and whether to allow industry to combine their targets for cars and vans.
European automakers association ACEA has called for laxer CO2 limits, saying poor infrastructure and an underdeveloped consumer market limit their ability to sell more electric cars.
(Source: Fiji Times, Reuters, Various Media, 8 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions, Carbon Emissions,
enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals.
Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels.
(Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC
Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Syngas,
"The US delegation in Bangkok was poisoning discussions aimed at creating a clear roadmap to implementing what nations agreed in the Paris deal." -- Anonymous Bangkok Meeting Climate Negotiators commenting last week on the US position which has been described as "starkly at odds with that of the developing nations, which insist that transparent and predictable finance is needed to effectively plan investment in new technologies and carbon reduction." (Source: Economic Times India, AFP, Various Media, 10 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Change, Bangkok Climate,
On a larger scale, Montgomery County plans to replace 25,000 roadway lights with LEDs and anticipates saving $850,000 in energy costs a year, while the neighboring District of Columbia is presently replacing its more than 75,000 streetlights with LEDs. (Source: City of Takoma Park, Washington Post, 9 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light news,
The challenge is centered on a new online platform that gives participants access to about 70 different tips that will help reduce their carbon footprint-environmental impact. While the challenge is designed for homeowners, businesses will be encouraged to participate as well, Emerson said. Part of the coordination comes from the Watt Smart community plans that have been developed with Rocky Mountain Power. (Source: Summit Community Power Works, Park Record. 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Summit Community Power Works, Kevin Emerson, Energy Efficiency Program Director, CSPW Challenge, https://scpwchallenge.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Energy Efficiency,
The program, which is run by the Oakland-based nonprofit Beneficial State Foundation, was launched in 2017 with a $5 million CARB grant. The program's ongoing funding is from California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment -- particularly in low-income and disadvantaged communities. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution.
To date, Beneficial State Foundation has received more than 900 applications and awarded 24 grants.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: CARB, Melanie Turner; Information Officer, (916) 322-2990,
Beneficial State Foundation, Kat Taylor, CEO, Jhana Valentine, (510) 463-6562,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cap-and-Trade, California Air Resources Board,
Funding state programs to meet mitigation goals and to bring resources to help in planning and implementing measures to counter sea level rise and other climate-related impacts. (Source: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, Maui News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission, www.climateadaptation.hawaii.gov/commission
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
The meeting was attended by representatives of most of the countries party to the Paris agreement, including the US which the Trump administration has promised is pulling out of the pact. (Source: Various Media, Sept. 9, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, COP15, COP24, Climate Change,
Lithium Werks, which supplies battery cells in 50 countries, said the facility will span over 42 acres, with the first building at Technology Base scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.
The East Netherlands Development Agency Oost, together with the municipality of Enschede and the province of Overijssel are supporting the project.(Source: Lithium Werks, Energy Live, 9 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Lithium Werks, www.lithiumwerks.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lithium Werks,
Morrison noted the NEG's proposal to help the government meet its Paris Agreement pledge was "dead" and his government would focus instead on lowering soaring electricity prices.
Australia is considered one of the world's worst per capita greenhouse gas polluters, and is a heavy user of coal-fired power. Even so, Canberra indicated it would still work to reduce Australia's emissions despite a lack of legislation to enforce the Paris target.
The ruling Liberal-National coalition as well as previous Labor governments have struggled to introduce climate policies over the past decade amid political infighting and turbulence, especially during the term of Tony Abbott who is perhaps best remembered for his
colourful declaration -- "Climate change is a load of CRAP."
(Source: AFP, Australian, Economic Times, 9 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australaia, Climate Change,
The Ministry's ruling is based on a 2014 study to test the efficiency of recycled cooking oil for power generation.
The revised law will come into force on January 1 , 2019. (Source: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , AJU Business Daily, 10 Sept, 2018) Contact: South Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy , english.motie.go.kr
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
The RDIF and JBICIG Partners -- a subsidiary of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) under the Russian-Japanese Investment Fund framework -- also have agreed on a $200 million joint project for the construction of a 135,000 tpy woody biomass pellet fuel production plant in the city of Amursk in partnership with the Far Eastern RFP Group and Japanese Prospect Corporation. The project is expected to launch in 2019)
(Source: Russian Direct Investment Fund, UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th September, 2018) Contact: Russian Direct Investment Fund, https://rdif.ru/Eng_Index; AEON Energy, +91 44 4960 7700, www.aeonenergy.biz; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News AEON, Marubeni, Methanol, Woody Biomass, Pellets, ,
The system incorporates Rolls Royce's modular, liquid cooled lithium-ion batteries and can be sized to the exact energy storage and propulsion needs of any ship. Combined with an LNG or diesel powered engine in a hybrid solution, the system will increase efficiency and reduce emissions and can be coupled with most types of propulsion units.
The SAVe Energy system was partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council as part of its ENERGIX program, which supports the efficient use of energy, energy systems, and energy policy, according to the company release.
(Source: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., CleanTechnica, 3 Sept., 2018) Contact: Rolls Royce Energy Inc., Andreas Seth, 740-393-8888 - US Office,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage,
PACE loans are funded by private lenders and repaid through a voluntary assessment on the property's county tax bill. The Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility (DESEU) will administer the program.
More than $688 million has been invested in clean energy projects nationwide since 2009, according to PACENation,
(Source: Delaware Business Teimes, 5 Sept., 2018)
Contact: PACENation, http://pacenation.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News PACENation, Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, C-PACE, Energy Efficiency,
Energy automation with ecoLinx includes: smart, dynamic weather forecasting; smart, configurable backup power; and intelligent demand control and load shaping that automatically manages the use of clean, stored energy to avoid peak utility rates by integrating with smart devices within the home.
The Sonnen all-in-one ecoLinx features a 15-year system warranty, comes standard with lithium iron phosphate batteries, and is scalable from 10kWh to 20kWh of storage capacity. (Source: Sonnen, CEPro, 4 Sept., 2018)Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP, (310) 853-2404, www.sonnen-batterie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sonnen, Solar, Energy Storage,
WPD Japan, which entered the Taiwan market in 2003 and the United States in 2007, seeks to develop both on and offshore wind projects in Japan The company presently has installed 2,180 wind turbines in 18 countries with a total installed capacity is over 4,400 MW.
(Source: WDP, Japan External Trade Organization, Sept., 2018)
Contact: WPD Group, 49 (421) 16866-10, www.wpd.de/en/star; Japan External Trade Organization, www.jetro.go.jp/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD Group, Wind, Offshore Wind,
The Florida Future Fund would provide low-interest or interest-free loans and loan guarantees to projects, including investments in parks, the urban tree canopy, clean energy, and smart grids. It would also support energy efficiency upgrades, expand local and regional transportation access, upgrade public transportation systems, and more. Successful implementation of such a fund in Florida could provide a blueprint to other states searching for ways to build resilience to climate change.
Download the Florida Future Fund Report HERE. (Source: Center for American Progress, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: Center for American Progress, Tom Caiazza, (202)-481-7141, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.americanprogress.org;
CLEO Institute, (305) 284-0908, www.cleoinstitute.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News CLEO Institute, Center for American Progress, Limate Change,
Goldwind Australia aims to sell the portfolio in full or part before the end of November, this year.
(Source: Goldwind Australia, Various Media, PV Mag Australia, 5 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Goldwind Energy, +61 (2) 9008 1715, email@example.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Goldwind, Wind, Solar,
Nearly $6 million was awarded to SUNY campuses to train more workers in the clean energy sector. In addition, a request for proposals (RFP) was made available to all SUNY campuses for grants totaling $9 million to provide apprenticeships, internships, and educational programs and support through industry partnerships.
Of the awarded proposals, SUNY Canton will enhance its Solar Ready Vets program on-site at Fort Drum. Its training provides a micro-credential program in renewable energy specifically for veterans transitioning to civilian life. In another award, the SUNY Maritime Offshore Energy Center will develop a wind operations technician training program.
As part of the $9 million RFP for additional grants, the SUNY system will explore opportunities for partnerships with state and local agencies, including the Department of Labor, NYSERDA, Empire State Development and Industrial Development Agencies.
(Source: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Windpower , Sept., 2018) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, www.ny.gov/agencies/office-governor; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, SUNY, Renewable Energy, Wind, Solar,
The UNFCCC is reporting from Bangkok that in n preparation for the upcoming COP24 climate conference meeting this December in Katowice, Poland, world governments are meeting in Bangkok to prepare guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The guidelines will make the Paris Agreement work fairly and transparently for all. The Bangkok meeting is the last opportunity before COP24 to accelerate negotiations.
The preparation of an official negotiating text on the implementation guidelines are needed to monitor progress on climate action, including measures to deal with climate impacts and are essential for determining whether emissions are being reduced at a sufficient rate to achieve the Paris Agreement's goals and to make the agreement's institutions fully operational beyond COP24. (Source: UN Environment, 3 Sept, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://unfccc.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News COP24, Paris Climate Agreement, UNFCCC, Climate Change,
innogy SE acquired the Triton Knoll project from its parent company, Frankfort Germany-headquartered RWE and acquired a 50 pct stake from Norwegian renewable energy company Statkraft. In August, innogy sold a 41 pct stake in the project to two Japanese electric utilities, J-Power and Kansai Electric Power.
The project is expected to be commissioned in 2021.(Source: innogy SE, CleanTechnica, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact:
RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk;
MHI Vestas, +81.3.6716.3111, www.mhi.co.jp
More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy SE, Triton Knoll , Offshore Wind, MHI Vestas,
The pilot facility is designed to capture one tpd of CO2. Like other CO2 capture technologies, the Vienna project also uses nitrogen derivatives (amines) to separate the CO2 from the exhaust gases of combustion processes and thus prevent it from entering the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. However, while currently best available methods use aqueous amine solvents, in this process, the CO2 from the exhaust gas in the multistage fluidiaed bed column will firstly 'dock' onto solid amine-functionalized particles and be redissolved in a second column by heat input.
In the previous laboratory tests, more than 90 pct of the CO2 could be separated from the exhaust gases. The researchers expect to reduce separation costs per ton of CO2 by as much as 25 pct compared to the current best available technology.
(Source: Vienna University of Technology, World Fertilizer, Sept., 2018) Contact: Vienna University of Technology, Dr. Ing. Gerhard Schony, Project Coordinator, www.tuwien.ac.at
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Capture,
The first construction phase will be completed by 2020, with 114 positions being created. As of 2021, the University of Bayreuth will open a new course for bachelors and masters students titled Battery Technology and Battery System Technology. (Source: University of Bayreuth , electrive.com, 5 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of Bayreuth, www.uni-bayreuth.de/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage,
The O-Wind Turbine is a 25cm sphere with geometric vents mounted on a fixed axis. It can be used as a direct source of power or it can be fed into the electricity grid.
According to the designers, the technology can be used for developing on-grid and off-grid alternatives for the urban market as well as for motor homes, boats and other stand-alone applications of various sizes.
(Source: Lancaster University, RE Mag, 5 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Lancaster University, +44 (0) 1524 65201, www.lancaster.ac; James Dyson Award, www.jamesdysonaward.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Wind Turbine,
Another climate law, SB 32, requires California to limit statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030. SB 100 further advances the state's goal to reduce carbon emissions by mandating that 50 pct of the state's energy must come from eligible renewable sources by 2026, increasing to 60 pct by 2030. To reach 100 pct clean energy by 2045, California can also draw upon nuclear, large hydroelectric, and natural gas plants with carbon capture and storage -- all of which do not emit carbon dioxide.
In 2017, about 29 pct of California's electricity was sourced from renewables. Natural gas and coal made up 34 and 4 pct of the state's electric generation in 2017, down from about 46 and 17 pct in 2007.
Download the Solutions Project Renewable Energy Roadmap for California HERE.
California SB110 details are HERE.
(Source: Legal Info, Various Media, Popular Science, Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Renewable Energy,
The soaring summer heat surpassed the record set in 1976 in England and daytime temperatures regularly rose above 30 degrees C across the country in June and July. Sweden recorded its hottest July in over 260 years.
The heatwave which enveloped northern Europe was made twice as likely due to the effects of climate change, according to an international team of scientists from the World Weather Attribution network.
(Source: Opinium Research, The Independent, 3 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Opinium Research, +44 (0) 20 7566 3190, www.opinium.co.uk; World Weather Attribution network, www.worldweatherattribution.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Climate Change,
The app will manage the collection and supply of used cooking oil from food vendors/restaurants and food processing units. The used cooking oil will be supplied to biodiesel plants to convert it into transportation fuel. There are presently two major biodiesel makers based in Gujarat totaling 73,000 tpy capacity.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has set a target of converting about 2.2 million tpy of used cooking oil into biodiesel by 2022.
(Source: Biodiesel Association of India, FPI Business Line, 5 Spt., 2018) Contact: Biodiesel Association of India, Sandeep Chaturvedi, Pres., +91 22 26333477,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Used Cooking Oil,
As we reported on 20 July, Greenergy acquired Netherlands tank terminal operator Oiltanking's never commissioned and idle biodiesel manufacturing facility in Amsterdam. Greenergy plans to retrofit the facility to process waste oils and expand production capacity.
(Source: Greenergy, Other, Biodiesel, Sept., 2018)
Contact: Greenergy, Andrew Owens, CEO, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, email@example.com, www.greenergy.com; Rexon Energy, www.blueoceanmineraloel.com/en/about-us/rexon-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rexon Energy, Greenergy, Biofuel, Biodiesel,
The publication provides policymakers with a comprehensive understanding of the diverse policy options to support the development of renewables across sectors, technologies, country contexts, energy market structures, and policy objectives. The report concludes that despite rapid technology development in renewable energy and energy efficiency, additional measures and more comprehensive policies are needed to achieve the transition to a low carbon, renewable energy economy.
The report includes: general background information; in-depth analysis of status, trends and policies for renewable energy in heating and cooling, transport, and power generation; policies for integrating renewables and transforming power systems.
Download the Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition report
HERE. (Source: IRENA, IISD, August, 2018) Contact:
IRENA, +91 2 417 9000,www.irena.org; Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, www.ren21.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, International Renewable Energy Agency, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century , Renewable Energy,
Led by the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration requires cities to: establish a roadmap to reach net zero carbon buildings; develop a suite of supporting incentives and programmes; and report annually on progress. The pledge is part of the World Green Building Councils Net Zero Carbon Building Commitment for Businesses, Cities, States and Regions.
Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will take extra steps as part of a commitment to owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030.
These steps include evaluating current energy demand and carbon emissions from municipal buildings, and identifying opportunities for reduction; establishing a roadmap to reach net zero carbon municipal buildings. (Source: C40, HPAC, 6 Sept., 2018) Contact:
C40 Cities, www.c40.org: World Green Building Council, www.worldgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, World Green Building Council, Net Zero Energy, C40 Cities,