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Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Announced (Int'l. Report)
Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator
Date: 2018-08-17
The recently launched Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator reports the following Caribbean regin nations have joined its ranks: Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua & Barbuda, US Virgin Islands, Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Belize, Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Panama, Haiti, Mexico, and Honduras. Additionally, more than 40 public and private sector organizations and prominent individuals such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, the Clinton Foundation, Airbnb, Tesla, Sir Richard Branson's The Virgin Group, and others are also onboard.

The Accelerator aims to make the Caribbean the world's first climate-smart zone that will include the implementation of solutions for resilience, renewable energy, development of sustainable cities, oceans, and transportation.

The InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) has committed $3 million in start-up funding plus $1 billion to support innovative solutions focused on low-carbon emissions, sustainable infrastructure, and energy efficiency projects. The World Bank Group has committed $1 million annually for 3 years in in-kind services, in addition to its existing support for the region which adds up to almost $2 billion in projects aimed at strengthening resilience and financial protection against climate disasters. (Source: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, CleanTechnica, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, www.caribbeanaccelerator.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator ,  


Clobotics Raises $11Mn for Wind Energy AI (Ind. Report)
Clobotics
Date: 2018-08-17
Seattle and Shanghai-based Clobotics, a global provider in intelligent computer vision solutions for the wind power and retail industries, is reporting the closing of an additional $11 million in funding in a continuation of its Series A round of financing. Venture capital raised in this round now totals $21 million. The new funding will be used for business expansion, product development and to grow its team of experts in computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Specific to the wind industry, Clobotics Smart Wind combines autonomous drone hardware with built-in computer vision, artificial intelligence, and data analytics software for automated turbine inspections. Using Clobotics Smart Wind solution, autonomous drones take high-resolution photos to identify damaged or weakened components as small as one millimeter by three millimeters. Clobotics has filed more than 30 patents to-date. (Source: Clobotics, PR, Venture Beat., 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Clobotics, info@clobotics.com, www.clobotics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Pattern Energy Takes Control of Mont Sainte-Marguerite Quebec Wind Farm (Ind. Report, M&A)
Pattern Energy
Date: 2018-08-17
San Francisco-based wind energy developer Pattern Energy Group Inc. is reporting the $40 million acquisition of a 51 pct controlling stake in the 147-MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm in Quebec, Canada. The remaining 49 pct stake in the facility was bought by the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments). The partners acquired the respective stakes from Pattern Energy Group LP, also known as Pattern Development 1.0, through a previous agreement.

The fully commissioned, 46-turbine Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind farm, south of Quebec City operates under a 25-year PPA with Hydro-Quebec Distribution. (Source: Pattern Energy, Renewables 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pattern Energy Group, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, matt.dallas@patternenergy.com, www.patternenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pattern Energy,  Wind,  


Invis Energy Closes on €130Mn Irish Wind Farm Financing (Int'l)
Invis Energy
Date: 2018-08-17
London-based Asper Investment Management and the Craydel Group report they have closed on financing for a 43MW wind farm in Co Mayo, Ireland to be constructed by Invis Energy. The Mayo wind project will incorporate 18 wind turbines and is the seventh wind farm project financed by the Invis Energy partners.

To date in 2018, Invis has raised over €130 million of project finance debt and remains on track to close two further financings on 140 MW of its wind energy generation capacity in Ireland.

Established in 2011, Invis is owned by Asper Investment Management, previously a unit of Hg Capital, and Craydel. Asper is providing equity financing to the project, and raised a €75 million senior debt facility from NordLB. (Source: Asper, Invis Energy, Independant.ie, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Invis Energy, +353 1669 463, invis@powerscourt-group.com, www.invisenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Invis Energy ,  Wind,  Ireland Wind,  


A Blast from the Past -- 1912

Date: 2018-08-17
"The furnaces of the world are now burning about 2,000,000,000 tonnes of coal per year. When this is burned, united with oxygen, it adds about 7,000,000,000 tons of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere yearly. This tends to make the air a more effective blanket for the earth and to raise its temperature. The effect may be considerable in a few centuries." (Source: National Library of New Zealand, Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette, 14 August 1912)

More Low-Carbon Energy News limate Change,  CO2 Emissions,  


Six States Produce 72 pct of U.S. Fuel Ethanol (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-08-17
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana and South Dakota in that order produced 72 pct of the country's total fuel ethanol in 2016 -- 265 million barrels of the total U.S. production amount of 367 million barrels. The top six states are also among the top 10 U.S. producers of corn, the primary feedstock for ethanol production, according to the USDA.

Between 2006 and 2016, fuel ethanol production more than doubled after the Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Renewable Fuel Standard. By 2010, most of the gasoline sold in the U.S. was blended with 10 pct ethanol.

Among the top six ethanol producing states, Iowa can produce more than 102 million bpy of fuel ethanol for about 19 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. Nebraska's production capacity of more than 50 million barrels of fuel ethanol is the second-highest, followed by Illinois at up to 40 million bpy. Minnesota has an ethanol production capacity of 28 million bpy followed by Indiana and South Dakota at 27 million bpy of ethanol annually. (Source: US EIA, Tax, Business & Politics, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  EIA,  


Omega Geracao Taking Stake in Brazil's Largest Solar Farm (Int'l)
Omega Geraçao
Date: 2018-08-17
The Brazilian company Omega Geracao reports it is acquiring a 50 pct in the Pirapora solar complex in the state of Minas Gerais. EDF Renewables in Brazil will hold 30 pct and Canadian Solar 20 percent.

Omega's 50 pct stake was valued at $283.6 million, subject to certain conditions and final financing disbursements.

Pirapora is the largest pv solar site in operation in Brazil with an installed capacity of 321 MW. Pirapora will be Omega's first solar investment and, after completion of the transaction, solar energy will account for 25 pct of the Company's installed capacity, while wind and hydroelectric power will represent 62 pct and 13 pct, respectively. (Source: Omega Geracao, Renewable Energy, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Omega Geracao, www.omegageracao.com.br; EDF Renewables – Brazil, + 55 21 3993 7650, www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  EDF Renewables,  


Business Foresees On-Site Power Generation, says Report (Ind. Report)
Centrica Business Solutions North America.
Date: 2018-08-17
According to a study by Centrica Business Solutions, 80 pct of businesses believe that 25 pct of their energy requirement will be generated on-site by 2025.

Of the more than 1,000 global businesses interviewed, one-quarter have already invested in on-site generation in the form of solar and/or combined heat and power (CHP) with one-third considering investing in these technologies. The study found businesses that have adopted strategies to use energy efficiently and effectively were more than twice as likely to use their energy management as a competitive tool. The survey also found that while 35 pct of US businesses consider themselves to have a formalized energy strategy in place, far fewer have specific targets or budgets in place to support their ambitions.

The study of more than 1,000 global businesses was launched to identify the key drivers and barriers to adopting new energy approaches including battery storage, on-site generation and demand side response. (Source: Centrica Business Solutions, Energy Manager, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Centrica Business Solutions North America, Stephen Prince, Centrica Business Solutions North America, www.centricabusinesssolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica Business Solutions,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Traverse City Utility Sets 100 pct Renewables Goal (Ind. Report)
Traverse City Light & Power
Date: 2018-08-17
In Michigan, the Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P) is planning to have wind, solar and landfill gas power 40 pct of its of customers by 2025, increasing to 100 pct 2040. The goal is part of the utility's 2018 strategic plan covering topics ranging from maintaining good customer service to improving workflow efficiencies to keeping service reliability at more than 99.97 pct.

The strategic plan exceeds the city's self-imposed challenge of powering all municipal operations with clean energy by 2020. The utility will also meet a new state renewable energy mandate to source 15 pct of its power from "clean and renewable" energy sources by 2021. (Source: TCL&P, Traverse City Record Eagle, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Traverse City Light & Power, Darren Dixson, Operations Manager, said.www.traversecitymi.gov/utilities.asp

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


OPG Acquiring U.S. Hydropower Facilities for $300M (M&A)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2018-08-17
In Toronto, the provincial utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) reports it will invest $298 million to purchase Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC -- the owner and operator of 63 small hydropower facilities totaling 216 MW capacity in the U.S.. The deal is OPG's first foray outside of Ontario and is aimed at earning a return for the province and shareholders, according to OPG.

The purchase will be funded through OPG's corporate public debt program or other available credit facilities and is subject to regulatory approvals. The deal is expected to be concluded before the year end. OPG presently operates 66 Ontario hydropower facilities totaling 7,468 MW. capacity. (Source: OPG, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Ontario Power Generation,(289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com; Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, www.eaglecreekre.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Power Generation,  HydroPower,  Eagle Creek Renewable Energy,  


ENGIE Confirms Live Oak Wind Project Financing (Ind. Report)
ENGIE North America
Date: 2018-08-17
ENGIE North America Inc. reports it has signed construction and tax equity financing as well as a power hedge for the Live Oak Wind Project near San Angelo, in west Texas.

The 200 MW Live Oak project is part of the Infinity Renewables portfolio recently acquired by ENGIE North America. Live Oak is scheduled to be online by the end of 2018.

ENGIE North America secured $147 million in construction financing and $155 million in tax equity financing for the project through Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with Rabobank providing a letter of credit. (Source: ENGIE North America, Online, AP, Aug., 2018) Contact: ENGIE North America, Matt Riley, Senior VP U.S. Wind Development , www.engie-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE North America ,  Wind,  


Poyry Scores SunPine Biorefinery EPCM Contract (Int'l)
Poyry,SunPine
Date: 2018-08-17
Finland-headquartered Poyry Oyi reports it has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract by SunPine AB for SunPine's biorefinery expansion project in Pitea, Sweden. The assignment includes all engineering disciplines, project management services, procurement and construction management services.

SunPine's new facility will be constructed adjacent to the company's existing plant at Haraholmen in Pitea, Sweden. With the addition, the plant's capacity will be increased by 50 pct with a second tall diesel production line. The approximately €25 million project is expected to be commissioned in 2020. (Source: Poyry Oyj , PR, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Poyry Oyi, Jonny Stridh, Managing Director, Industry Business Group, +46 705 83 4351 jonny.stridh@poyry.com, www.poyry.com; SunPine, Magnus Edin, CEO, +46 70 320 24 69, www.sunpine.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPine,  Tall Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Fuel,  


Saskatoon Scores Climate Environmental Initiatives Funds (Funding)
City of Saskatoon
Date: 2018-08-17
On the Canadian Prairies, the City of Saskatoon has been approved for approximately $500,000 in environmental funding from the federal government via the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The funding is sourced from the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and the Green Municipal Fund (GMF),and is intended to address climate change resiliency and other green issues. The city also received $125,000 for climate change mitigation in January 2018. (Source: City of Saskatoon, JOC News Service, 15 Aug., 2015) Contact:City of Saskatoon, www.saskatoon.ca; Municipalities for Climate Innovation, https://fcm.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


BRE Touts BREEAM In-Use Standard for Multifamily Residential Properties (Ind. Report)
BREEAM
Date: 2018-08-17
San Francisco-based multi-disciplinary building science organization BRE is reporting the launch of an International pilot program using BREEAM In-Use with multifamily and other residential properties. BREEAM In-Use for existing buildings was introduced to the USA marketplace in 2016 and is spearheading the pilot to provide a science-based sustainable improvement solution and certification not covered by existing green building programs.

Four major real estate investor groups are presently participating and BRE America is accepting other investor groups into the pilot program with a minimum of three properties. The goal of the pilot is to develop technical criteria based on evidence using existing properties to adapt BREEAM In-Use for residential space type not currently addressed by other rating programs. The technical manual will be made available for public consultation and formalized in tandem with the BREEAM In-Use update scheduled for 2019.

BRE is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science center that provides standards for the built environment. Unlike other building standards providers, BRE conducts research and develops science-backed standards to advance the built environment. (Source: BRE, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: BRE America, Susan Giles, (831) 840-8282, susan.giles@breamerica.com, www.breamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  BREEAM,  


NYC Landlords Committing to Energy Consumption Cuts (Ind. Report)
New York City
Date: 2018-08-17
In the Big Apple, SL Green Realty, Vornado Realty Trust and other major property developers are reporting having signed on to a plan to cut energy use in the city’s larger buildings by 20 pct by 2030. The plan would include buildings of 25,000 sq-ft or large, of which there are approximately 50,000. If implemented, the plan would advance city more than a third of the way to its goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 80 pct by 2050.

In 2005, about two-thirds of New York City's 61 million metric tpy of greenhouse gases came from its buildings. The city reduced that to 52 million metric tons by 2016. (Source: The Real Deal, Bloomberg, 15 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Consumption,  


Kids Climate Change Lawsuit Dismissed (Reg & Leg)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-08-17
Following up on our August 1st coverage, in Washingto State, King County Superior Court Judge Michael Scott on Tuesday ruled against group of young climate advocates who sued the state in an effort to force it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In his ruling, Scott said "anthropogenic climate change caused by increased greenhouse gas emissions poses severe threats to our environment and requires urgent governmental action." Even so, the judge ruled that the state's constitution doesn't include a right to a clean environment, as the plaintiffs had argued.

With the ruling, his Honor basically said Good Luck, wished the kids well, and told them to keep up the good work!

The case revolves around a suit filed against the U.S. federal government during the Obama administration by a group of young people who claimed that "a world where climate disaster isn't rampant is guaranteed by the constitution." Specifically, the plaintiffs want a consumption-based inventory of U.S. carbon emissions, an enforceable plan to stop climate change, and a complete end to the Energy Policy Act and the idea of "clean coal. (Source: Various Media, Inside Climate News, 15 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


Rome County Approves PACE Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Rome County, PACE
Date: 2018-08-17
In the Empire State, the Rome County Board of Legislators reports the passage of arange of energy efficiency measures, including the Energize NY Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) sustainable energy loan program.

The PACE program covers energy efficient lighting, insulation and air sealing, heating and cooling systems, smart controls, energy storage and combined heat and power, as well as renewable energy installations such as solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and geothermal.

The PACE program allows eligible commercial, industrial, agricultural, non-profit and residential property owners to obtain (PACE) financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that is repaid through a charge on the property's tax bill. PACE financing is an alternative to traditional project financing and can fund up to 100 pct of the project costs with competitive, fixed interest rates for flexible terms of five to up to 20 years. (Source: Rome Sentinal, 15 Aug., 2018) Contact: Energize NY, www.energizeny.org; PACE, www.pacenation.us/pace-in-new-york

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Gevo Adding Shockwave at Luverne Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Shockwave LLC
Date: 2018-08-17
Englewood, Colorado-bases isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Des Moines-based Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota production facility.

Shockwave is financing the equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing certain performance guarantees for the Shockwave Process. The Shockwave Process is expected to cut production costs and improve profitability at the Luverne Facility by increasing the number and value of feed and protein products, producing corn oil for food use, and helping to lower the facility's overall carbon footprint. The Shockwave Process is expected to be operational in Q1,2019.

Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process, is a front-end corn fractionation platform that uses high velocity air and pressure changes to fractionate solid materials, providing an innovative, low-cost approach to separating the corn kernel into the various fractions including a higher-starch feed for fermentation as well as germ and fiber (Source: GEVO, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Shockwave LLC, Joe Fitzgerald, Founder and President, (515) 266-0904, www.shockwave.com; :GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes Investigated at Carleton Univ (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-08-17
. Better predicting this imbalance in energy use is what In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University assistant professor Burak Gunay and a team of colleagues report thay are working to better understand the energy savings that can be had when technologies are deployed to take advantage of a building's partial occupancy. The aim of the two-year program is to aid in the design of buildings that are better tuned to the way different people use energy in different building scenarios.

The Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes study is receiving $350,750 from Natural Resources Canada as well as support from engineering consultancy RWDI and construction software firm Autodesk.

Energy-efficient buildings are a major part of Canada's climate strategy -- almost a third of energy used by consumers takes place in buildings and homes that represent 17 pct of Canada's total carbon pollution. Almost half of the energy use in Canada's buildings is from natural gas, followed by electricity, according to government statistics. The federal government’s national climate change framework relies on energy efficiency in buildings to help drive its carbon emissions reduction projections. The framework calls for building codes, which are under the authority of provinces and territories, to be progressively tightened to "net-zero" starting in 2020. While nearly all of the energy used in buildings is used by basic services like indoor heating, cooling and lighting, Prof. Gunay notes that building codes "aren't very good at taking into account how occupants actually use those services day to day." As heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems become more efficient, the role the occupants play in a building's energy use becomes more and more important, Gunay said. (Source: Carleton Unversity, National Observer, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/cee/people/gunay-h-burak

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Codes,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Carbon Hits 7 Year €18 High (Int'l Report)
EAU
Date: 2018-08-15
In London, Montel is reporting EU carbon permits (EAUs) traded at €18/t on Monday for the first time since November 2011, as reduced supply during the month of August continued to support the market. The benchmark Dec 18 futures contract traded last up 0.6 pct at €18/t on Ice Futures, trebling over the past 12 months, thanks largely to ETS reforms that will start slashing an oversupply of permits from January.

Benchmark carbon prices had been trading well under €10/t for years due to an oversupply of allowances primarily caused mainly by the 2007-2008 financial crisis. (Source: Various Media, Montel, 13 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EAU,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Permits,  


Aussie Flow Power Announces Windlab Energy Contract (Int'l)
Flow Power,Windlab
Date: 2018-08-15
In the Land Down Under, business-focused electric power retailer Flow Power reports it has contracted to take 50 MW output from Windlab's proposed 104 MW Lakeland wind farm about 60kms south west of Cooktown in north Queensland.

The contract is for up to 10 years, and will include the delivery of large scale renewable energy certificates. The price disclosed was not revealed. Flow Power specializes in offering corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) which deliver cheaper electricity supply -- using wind and solar as the bulk energy source and "firming" contracts for the balance. (Source: Flow Power, RENew Economy, 9 Aug., 2018)Contact: Flow Power, 1300 08 06 08, www.flowpower.com.au; Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Flow Power,  Windlab,  


CP Group, Fiberight Installation Underway in Maine (Ind. Report)
CP Group,Fiberight
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 11 coverage, San Diego-based CP Group reports it has broken ground on a material recovery facility in Hampden, Maine. The facility will be the front-end system for Maryland-based waste-to-biofuels specialist tFiberight's waste processing and refining facility that features the company's first full-scale biofuels and biogas processing systems.

Serving 115 municipalities, the 144,000-square-foot Hampden, Maine, facility will feature technologies from CP Group for recovering recyclables and preparing residual waste for further processing on-site.

Fiberight's proprietary anaerobic digestion and biogas technology converts organic waste to biofuel and refined bioproducts. Residual waste at the facility will be processed by Fiberight's technology, upgrading the municipal solid waste (MSW) residue into industrial bioenergy products. Startup is slated for Q4 this year. (Source: CP Group. 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: CP Group, Terry Schneider, Pres., CEO, (619) 477-3175, www.cpgrp.com; Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, info@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


Xebec Scores US Landfill Gas Upgrading to RNG Order (Ind. Report)
Xebec
Date: 2018-08-15
Quebec-headquartered landfill gas purification technology specialist Xebec Adsorption Inc. is reporting receipt of a multi-million dollar landfill gas upgrading order from a U.S. based customer to be delivered in Q1/2019.

The ordered Xebec Nitrogen Rejection Unit (NRU) has the lowest operating and maintenance cost compared to all other NRU technologies. The system can operate in a wide range of CO2 levels, allowing full optimization of the CO2 removal process upstream of the NRU, maximizing the overall efficiency of the landfill gas upgrading plant.

The company's technology separates Nitrogen (N2), Oxygen (O2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) within a single stage Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit. There are currently 632 landfill gas to energy projects operating in the United States. In addition, the U.S. EPA has identified over 400 candidate landfills that are suitable for landfill gas to energy or RNG projects. Xebec is estimating that approximately 120 to 160 landfills out of the total number of operating and candidate landfills (1,032) could qualify for the production of RNG, indicating a market size for upgrading equipment in the range of $1.2 to $1.6 billion. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xebec, Kurt Sorschak, Pres., CEO, (450) 979-8718, ksorschak@xebecinc.com, Sandi Murphy, Director, Investor Relations and Communications smurphy@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


Macquarie's GIG Snares Conergy's Solar, Energy Storage Assets (M&A)
Macquarie Capital,Green Investment Group
Date: 2018-08-15
Macquarie Capital reports its Green Investment Group (GIG) has acquired a solar development portfolio from Conergy Asia & ME. The portfolio includes solar development assets in the Asia Pacific region, commercial, technical and energy storage capabilities, and an asset monitoring centre. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Since 2010 the combined Macquarie and GIG businesses have invested or arranged over £15 billion in over 200 projects across 20 countries, and is currently developing a pipeline of over 7GW of renewable energy projects including the 128MW Formosa offshore wind farm in Taiwan, the 200MW Canadian Breaks onshore wind farm in Texas and a 235MW onshore wind farm in Vasternorrland, central Sweden. (Source: Macquarie Capital, The Asset, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Conergy, Alexander Lenz, CEO , Macquarie Capital, Daniel Wong, Global co-head of Infrastructure and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conergy,  Macquarie Capital,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Fluence, Saulte Ste. Marie PUC Partner for Major Business Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Fluence
Date: 2018-08-15
In Ontario, the City of Sault Ste. Marie's designated electricity local distribution company PUC Distribution, and its operating affiliate PUC Services, report they are partnering with global energy storage specialist Fluence to offer innovative energy management solutions to their largest business customers. The partnership should result in both energy cost savings and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Fluence, which is jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, will work with PUC Services to help better manage energy delivery during peak demand, while contributing to Canadian carbon reduction mandates. The company will also provide their energy storage technology and accompanying engineering, procurement and construction services for a variety of energy management solutions.

Together the companies will focus on helping business customers to shift their energy consumption away from periods of high demand to those times when energy use is lower. This effort supports the government of Canada's target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. (Source: Sault OnLine, Aug., 2018)Contact: Fluence, www.fluenceenergy.com; PUC Services, Rob Brewer, CEO, (705) 759-6500, www.ssmpuc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Fluence,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


Siemens Gamesa Supplying Norwegian Wind Farm Turbines (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
Spanish wind industry giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 51 units of its SWT-DD-142 onshore wind turbines, totaling 208 MW, plus a 25-year service agreement, to the Tonstad Wind Farm in the Norwegian municipalities of Sirdal and Flekkefjord. Upon commissioning, the wind farm will be one of the largest wind farms in Norway.

The ENGIE developed Tonstad Wind Farm will will provide electricity to Hydro Energi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro. In total, the project will generate over 0.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of power annually. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Announces Opportunity Projects Program Funding (Funding)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Date: 2018-08-15
In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions is calling for applications under its new Opportunity Projects Program -- partnership-driven research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate solutions. The program will award up to $60,000 per year for each project, with a total allocation of up to $600,000 annually.

PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities.

The program aligns with the PICS mandate to contribute to effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in BC and beyond by linking leading evidence-based, climate solutions research with partners and users.

Opportunity projects possess potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. We welcome proposals across broad disciplines potentially involving more than one principle investigator and multiple graduate-level and postdoctoral researchers.

With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond. The deadline for application is Oct. 15, 2018.

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users. Our four collaborating research universities in BC are University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia. PICS’ mandate is to produce leading evidence-based, climate solutions research that can be actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 853-3595, (250) 853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca/opportunity-projects-program

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  


India Planning National Energy Storage Mission (Int'l Report)
India,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-08-15
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) reports the government is working toward a National Energy Storage Mission (NESM). Key areas for energy storage application include: integrating renewable energy with distribution and transmission grids; rural micro-grids with diversified loads or standalone systems; and developing the storage component of electric mobility plans.

In February 2018, a committee of representatives from relevant ministries, industry associations, research institutions and experts, was constituted by the MNRE to propose a draft to establish the NESM in India.

The Minister for Power, Raj Kumar Singh, reports the committee has proposed a draft NESM with the objective to strive for leadership in energy storage sector by creating an enabling policy and regulatory framework that encourages manufacturing, deployment, innovation and further cost reduction, and land grants and incentives to companies to develop relevant manufacturing capacity. (Source: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, OpenGov, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, www.mnre.gov.in

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640,000 Sq-Ft LA Tower Wins USGBC LEED Platinum Cert. (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-15
In Los Angeles, the 640,000-square-foot Heitman 10100 Santa Monica office tower has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for Existing Buildings.

The 1971 vintage, 26-story building was recognized for lowering its electrical consumption by 21 pct since 1998 and cutting its water consumption by 3.7 million gpy since 2010. The buildings sustainability features include a monthly landfill diversion of 68 pct through recycling and composting of over 2,000 pounds per month. The building was previously awarded LEED Gold certification. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Executive, Aug., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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China Establishing Large-Scale CCS Facilities (Int'l)
China CCS
Date: 2018-08-15
The Global CCS Institute reports there are now 18 large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities around the world, with China deploying CCS as a vital climate change technology.

China's recently commissioned CCS facility in Jilin has reached a storage capacity of 0.6 million tpy of CO2, ranking it 18th major commercial CCS facilities in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

China's National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation is developing two additional large-scale CCS facilities -- the Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical CCS facility in Zibo, Shangdong Province, and the Yanchang CCS facility in Xi-an, Shaanxi Province. These facilities will capture 400,000 tonnes, and 410,000 tpy of CO2 respectively. (Source: Global CCS Institute, Gas World, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com; China National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Dr. Liu Qiang, Director of Strategy and Planning, www.ncsc.org.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  China CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Global CCS Institute,  


Japanese Utilities Buying into UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Electric Power Development,Kansai Electric Power
Date: 2018-08-15
Nikkei Asian Review is reporting Tokyo-based Electric Power Development -- aka J-Power -- and Osaka regional utility Kansai Electric Power will purchase a total 41 pct stake of Frankfurt, Germany-based wind farm developer RWE Innogy's 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the U.K. The estimated $900 million deal will give J-Power a 25 pct stake and Kansai Electric a roughly 16 pct share.

Innogy plans to start up the 860-mw Triton Knoll offshore wind project -- one of the biggest of its kind in the world -- in the North Sea in 2021. The project will utilize up to 90 9.5MW turbines and sell its output to local utilities under a 15-year fixed-rate contract. Triton Knoll is due to go live in 2021 and is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211, www.jpower.co.jp; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821, www.kepco.co.jp; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Kansai Electric Power,  J-Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Singapore Study to Shape Future Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
Singapore Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-15
In Singapore, the Straits Times is reporting a Climate Change Secretariat commissioned study of the impact and effectiveness of carbon pricing will be used to shape how a carbon tax is implemented here in future.

Set to be completed by August 2019, the study will seek to quantify the costs that greenhouse gas-producing firms bear in different jurisdictions, as well as the effectiveness of various measures in reducing carbon emissions. Consultants will look at direct costs from carbon taxes or emissions trading schemes and indirect costs from compliance.

Singapore will start pricing carbon at $5 per tonne of emissions from next year to 2023 then likely to raised to between $10 and $15 per tonne by 2030. The tax will be levied on approximately 30 to 40 large emitters that produce more than 25,000 tpy of emissions. This is likely to affect around that are responsible for 80 pct of Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank notes the global average per ton of carbon emissions is US$21.50. (Source: Singapre Strait Times, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: World Bank Carbon Pricing Dashboard ; Climate Change Secretariat, www.nccs.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


Zero Carbon Project Touts Carbon Credit Purchase Program (Int'l)
Zero Carbon Project
Date: 2018-08-15
The Zero Carbon Project is reporting the launch of its carbon credits purchasing program under which it will purchase and cancel international carbon credits from a range of projects reducing carbon emissions.

On a weekly basis, the Zero Carbon Project will purchase 30 units, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from around 10 typical households. This purchase will help reduce the 30 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Purchases and the projects they support will be announced to the Zero Carbon Project community, accompanied by an explanation of the different issues and aspects involved in the carbon market.

The Zero Carbon Project carried made it first purchase and cancellation of CERs using the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) website platform, known as Climate Neutral Now. (Source: Zero Carbon Project, AZO CleanTech, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Zero Carbon Project, Derek Meyers, CEO, www.zerocarbonproject.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Carbon Tax,  Zero Carbon Project,  


Zero Emissions Building Exchange Opens in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
Zero Emissions Building
Date: 2018-08-15
In British Columbia, the first of its kind not-for-profit Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) has opened in Vancouver. The ZEBx center aims to "accelerate the capacity and enthusiasm of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, zero-emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver."

The free one-stop shop will compile and collate all available information on zero emissions building to assist the construction industry to collaborate and partner in all aspects of zero emissions building.

ZEBx is a partnership of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society. Other area stakeholders include: the BC Institute of Technology; Canada Green Building Council; Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association; the Roofing Contractors Association of BC; Simon Fraser University; Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance; University of British Columbia; and others.

ZEBx is one of the strategies of the City of Vancouver's 2016 Zero Emissions Building Plan to eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 by increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan requires the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to have no emissions by 2030. (Source: ZEBx, Journal of Commerce, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: ZEBx , Christian Cianfrone, Exec. Dir, (604)330-2017, info@zebx.org, www.zebx.org

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SIMEC Touting Biomass Pellet Coal Power Plant Conversions (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
In the UK, SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE), the tidal power firm 50 pct owned by the industrial player SIMEC, reports it plans to convert coal-fired power stations around the world to run on "Subcoal" waste-based biomass/biofuel pellets.

The company is currently converting the ageing Uskmouth coal power plant in South Wales to run on the Subcoal pellets, which are made from waste materials including waste plastic. The company is also in discussions with plant owners and operators in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the US to convert coal-fired power stations to run on the pellets. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Business Green, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, www.simecatlantis.com; Uskmouth Power Station, +44 1633 292700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Atlantis Energy,  Biomass Pellet,  


Environmentalists Seek Irish Peat-Fired Power Plant Closures (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-15
Green News Ireland is reporting the National Resources Defence Council, the Southern Environmental Law Centre, and other US conservation and environmental groups have in an open letter to the Irish government, ESB and Dublin-based Bord na Mona voiced their concerns that plans for large-scale biomass burning at Ireland's peat-fired power stations are a serious threat to southern US forests.

Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.

Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.

The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.

Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter. (Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Peat,  Bord na Mona ,  


Minesto Tidal Kite Aces Commissioning Tests (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-08-15
Gotherberg, Sweden-headquartered tidal energy company Minesto AB is reporting the successful initial commissioning sea trials of its Deep Green subsea kite technology off Holyhead, North West Wales. The commissioning programme of the company's first commercial-scale project -- a 0.5-MW DG500 tidal energy converter installed at the site -- was initiated early in July.

According to the company, it will mow proceed with the commissioning programme to achieve flying full subsea trajectories and verify the power take-off system and electricity generation.

Minesto is a marine energy is a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. The company has operations in Sweden, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Minesto Website, 14 Aug.2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60 https://minesto.com

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WGL Energy Secures $75Mn Solar Project Funding Pkg. (Ind. Report)
WGL Energy Systems
Date: 2018-08-15
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based WGL Energy Systems Inc reports it has obtained a $75-million financing package from M&T Bank to to expand its solar energy programmes and partner with organizations on solar energy initiatives. The financing package allows WGL Energy to choose between one and up to 30 projects to invest in, own and operate.

WGL Energy presently has over 290 MW of distributed generation (DG) projects either installed or under contract across 21 states and the District of Columbia. (Source: WGL Energy, Renewables 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: WGL Energy, (703) 333-3900, www.wglenergy.com

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Emera Exits OpenHydro Tidal Power JV (Ind. Report)
Emera Inc., OpenHydro
Date: 2018-08-15
Halifax-headquartered energy company Emera Inc. reports it is ending its support support for its Cape Sharp, Nova Scotia Tidal joint venture with Dublin, Ireland-based OpenHydro Ltd after the latter, a subsidiary of French marine renewables specialist Naval Energies, filed for liquidation last month.

In a statement Emera said it "sees no further value in pursuing the particular tidal power project" but intends to intends to continue to participate in in-stream tidal energy projects.

The Cape Sharp Tidal project involved the installation of a 2-MW OpenHydro Open-Centre turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada. The device was hooked to the grid in November 2016 and was recovered in June 2017 for certain modifications. It was re-deployed on July 22 and grid-connected on July 24, 2018. (Source: Emera, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: OpenHydro, +353 (0) 1 717 0200, info@openhydro.com, www.openhydro.com; Emera Inc., (902) 450-0507, www.emera.com

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Novozymes Touts Bioenergy Segment Growth (Ind. Report)
Novozymes
Date: 2018-08-15
In a just released financial report for the first half of 2018, Novozymes reported 14 pct organic sales growth for its bioenergy segment which accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first half of the year. The company also noted its newly launched Innova Drive yeast product posted good growth in the second quarter. Novozymes also reported that sales of enzymes for biomass conversion declined during the first half of 2018 when compared to the same period of last year.

Novozymes also noted that organic sales growth for the bioenergy segment is expected to be driven mainly by new product launches and innovation. (Source: Novozymes, AgraNet, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

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BIOD Energy Set for 100-tpd Indian Biodiesel Plant Startup (Int'l)
BIOD Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
New Delhi-headquartered independent biodiesel producer BIOD Energy reports it is set to commission a 100 tpd biodiesel early in November, 2018. The plant in Bawal , Haryana will process used cooking oil and other feedstock.

The company statement notes that currently diesel alone meets an estimated 72 pct of India's domestic transport fuel demand, followed by petrol at 23 pct while the rest of the need gap is filled by other fuels such as CNG and LPG. (Source: BIOD Energy, PTI, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: BIOD Energy, +91 11 4728 9966, +91 11 4728 9900, info@biodenergy.in, www.biodenergy.in

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Aemetis Updates Calif. Cellulosic Ethanol Project Progress (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 20 report, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis' recently released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, noted progress is being made with its Riverbank, California cellulosic ethanol plant, including engineering, environmental permitting and EPC project milestones.

Construction on the cellulosic ethanol plant, which will use LanzaTech technology to convert orchard and agriculture waste into ethanol, could bet underway this year, subject to a pending USDA loan guarantee. (Source: Aemetis, Ethanol Producer, Other Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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BMR Energy Acquiring US Virgin Island Solar Farms (M&A)
BMR Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
BMR Energy, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, reports it is acquiring the 4-MW Estate Spanish Town solar farm on St. Croix, as well as a second hurricane-damaged solar project on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The acquisitions are subject to the V.I. Water and Power Authority utility and regulatory approvals. V.I. Water and Power Authority has a 20-year PPA with both solar facilities. BMR will assume the agreements.

The St. Thomas plant is presently operating at 45 pct of capacity and the St. Croix solar farm is substantially damaged during the 2017 hurricane season, according to a statement from BMR. (Source: BMR Energy, St. John Source, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: BMR EnergyLLC, (212) 453-6720, info@bmrenergy.com, www.bmrenergy.com

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London RE:FIT Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Int'l. Report)
Mayor of London RE:FIT Program
Date: 2018-08-13
In the UK, the Mayor of London's award winning RE:FIT Program supports public sector organizations improve non-domestic public buildings more energy efficient by providing an energy performance contracting framework to guarantee energy savings.

In London alone, the programme has supported the retrofit of over 600 public sector buildings, reducing carbon emissions by 149,000 tCO2 and saving these organizations £7.1 million per year.

Energy savings is t the heart of RE:FIT program. By entering into contract, the delivery of energy reductions is guaranteed thus pproviding a strong business case for taking action and assurance that financial savings will be achieved. Through ongoing measurement and verification provided as part of any RE:FIT contract, organizations receive annual energy reports demonstrating savings. This is reported in line with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, an internationally recognized reporting method. As well as reducing energy consumption and costs, delivering a project using RE:FIT has a number of important additional benefits, such as better management practices; improved maintenance activities; and enhanced brand and stakeholder reputation.(Source: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, Public Sector Executive, 6 Aug., 2018)Contact: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, +44 0 20 7983 4000 www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/energy/energy-buildings/refit/refit-framework

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UM Initiative Aims to Convert GHGs into Profitable Products (R&D)
University of Michigan,CO2 Sciences
Date: 2018-08-13
In Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its Global CO2 Initiative aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it into useful products. The initiative is funded with up to $4.5 million -- a maximum of $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering and an additional $2 million in other fundraising commitments. The initiative aims to reduce the equivalent of 10 pct of current atmospheric CO2 emissions annually by 2030 -- approximately 4 gigatons that could potentially be converted into concrete and other construction materials, fuels, and carbon fiber.

The Global CO2 Initiative combines the assets of the San Francisco nonprofit CO2 Sciences with what was previously the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative at the U-M Energy Institute. While both endeavors aimed to accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the air, CO2 Sciences worked to find uses for that extracted greenhouse gas. The board of CO2 Sciences elected to donate its assets to U-M in order to leverage its resources and ecosystem.

The initiative aims to drive the development of technologies that can capture and convert CO2 into a commodity -- providing commercial incentives to lower the concentration in the atmosphere.

As a first step, the initiative will deploy, for free download, a first-of-its-kind toolkit that establishes a common model for assessing the climate and economic impacts of different technologies in the carbon conversion industry, as well as of CO2-based products themselves. The Life Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis Toolkit (LCA/TEA) was developed in collaboration with institutions from around the world and to evaluate technologies for a global market. It is designed to help researchers and industry evaluate which carbon removal approaches or carbon-based products are most promising. The toolkit's initial partners include: the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Sheffield, RWTH Aachen and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. U-M is continuing to expand funding commitments and research partners for this initiative. The $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering is part of its new Blue Sky Initiative designed to encourage daring research with high potential for societal impact. (Source: University of Michigan, Michigan News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Volker Sick, Global CO2 Initiative Lead, www.globalco2initiative.org; CO2 Sciences, www.co2science.org

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STEELNOL Touts Steelmaking Waste Gases Ethanol Tech. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,STEELNOL
Date: 2018-08-13
The EU Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) is reporting an innovative process developed in the EU-funded STEELANOL -- production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry -- project has demonstrated a new, greener use for steel waste gases. Coordinated by steel and mining company ArcelorMittal Belgium, the project has shown that these gases can be recycled and fermented to produce bioethanol transportation fuel and other valuable products including aviation fuels.

STEELANOL is demonstrating the environmental benefits entailed in recycling waste streams, and reducing steelmaking emissions at source and producing fuel that isn't made from oil keeps fossil fuels in the ground. STEELNOL's technology was developed by project partner and carbon recycling company LanzaTech. In a pioneering gas fermentation process, anaerobic bacteria feed on the CO in steel waste gases to produce bioethanol. This process has no impact on water, food, land use or biodiversity.

When fully operational in 2020, the Ghent facilities are expected to produce around 80 million lpy of bioethanol with a greenhouse gas impact greenhouse gas impact that is expected to be more than 65 pct lower than that of oil-derived fuels. (Source: CORDIS ( EU Community Research & Development Information Service) , Aug., 2018) Contact: STEELANOL, John Kennedylaan, + 32 (0) 9 347 31 11 , info@steelanol.eu, www.steelanol.eu/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Suction Bucket Offshore Wind Foundations Placed (Int'l Report)
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Date: 2018-08-13
The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and GeoSea are reporting the installation of the first of the 20 suction bucket jackets at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 windfarm 54 kilometers off the coast of Lower Saxony, in the German North Sea. The foundations of all 20 wind turbines have been safely pumped into the seabed full commissioning of the wind farm is slated for early 2019.

In the installation of the 56 wind turbines, 20 will use the suction bucket technology as foundation and 36 will be supported using monopiles. The three-legged foundations measure more than 50 meters in height and weighing 950 tons each. (Source: Framo, Engineering Live, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Thomas Langford, Director for Offshore Energy, +47 22 02 30 00, www.ngi.no/eng

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Norway Open for Carbon Capture & Storage Business (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy reports it is proceeding with an undersea carbon capture and storage (CSS) project which, if successful, will serve as a stepping stone for full scale international operations.

The Norwegian demonstration scale project, which is expected to be online by 2020, will capture emissions from a Heidelberg Cement cplant in Brevik and a waste incineration facility in Oslo. These sites all delivered their concept studies for CO2 capture in the fall of 2017. Each plant plans to capture roughly 400,000 tpy.

Norway began in carbon storage with the Sleipner Project which has stored 1 million tpy CO2 since startup about 20 years ago. It was the first facility dedicated to CO2 storage and was installed as a means of avoiding the Norwegian carbon tax and reducing the CO2 content of natural gas produced in the area, which exceeded the specified European Union limit in CO2 concentration of 2.5 pct. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Design News, Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, +47 22 24 90 90, postmottak@oed.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


UK Businesses Admonished to Reap CCUS Benefits (Int'l Report)
Summit Power
Date: 2018-08-13
In the UK, in an apparent reference to research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power, the Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry has pronounced "carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) one of the greatest industrial opportunities available to Britain today." The Minister adds that "international recognition that the technology must be used if the targets to limit global warming set in the Paris Agreement of 2015 are to be hit."

In 2017, research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power forecast a £160 boost to the UK economy if CCUS technology was deployed on a large scale along the east coast. Summit Power proposed linking industrial areas in the South East, Teesside, Humber and Scotland to offshore carbon storage under the North Sea. The firm said the operating costs would be £34 billion annually, and the benefits to the national economy £164 billion

. This past March, the UK's first CCUS demonstration plant opened in Cheshire. The Runcorn facility, owned by Econic Technologies and supported by the EU, converts C02 into polyols which are used to make foam-like materials. (Source: Business Week, 9 April, 2018) Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Summit Power, https://summitpower.com

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STB Agreement Sees Major Energy Savings in 5 yrs. (Ind. Report)
D+R International
Date: 2018-08-13
A recently released report from independent auditor D+R International notes consumers have saved $3.5 billion, and more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been avoided, as a result of the voluntary set-top box (STB) energy conservation agreement among pay-TV providers.

The report found that the Voluntary Agreement has reduced national set-top box annual energy consumption by 34 pct since 2012. Year-over-year energy savings increased by nearly 50 pct from 2016 to 2017 as the companies successfully completed their commitment to meet an even more rigorous set of energy-efficiency levels that became applicable in 2017 under the terms of the agreement developed with the energy efficiency advocates and endorsed by the Department of Energy in 2013.

Signatories of the Voluntary Agreement include all of the major multichannel video service providers representing more than 93 pct of the US multichannel video market -- AT&T/DIRECTV, COMCAST and others -- major manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Consumer Technology Association. (Source: D+R International, Rapid TV News, 12 Aug., 2018} Contact: D+R International, (301) 588-9387, www.drintl.com

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