The WindShark's proprietary vertical axis windmill incorporates three curved helical blades to capture airflow from any wind speed or direction while the generator component of the WindShark turbine converts that rotational energy into electricity.
The WindShark development team recently completed initial testing on a third-party manufactured generator that was shown to have a very low start-up resistance and started producing power at relatively low RPM.
WindShark vertical axis wind turbines are ideally suited for populated and low-wind environments as a stand-alone solution or in conjunction with other renewable or traditional power sources. (Source: MITU Resources Inc, PR, NASDAQ, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: Headwind Technologies Windshark, www.headwindtechnologies.ca/store/p1/Wind_Shark.html; MITU Resources
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When fully operational the project is expected to deliver sufficient power for approximately 100,000 Indian homes.
Under the deal,
The project is expected to be commissioned within the next 12 months.
(Source: Senvion, Power Technology, 23 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com; ReNew Power, https://renewpower.in
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"Rural America supported President Trump last year, now we need the President to support rural America. Supporting policy changes that undermine the RFS will hurt farmers, renewable fuel plant workers, and rural America. Mismanagement of a single refinery should not be used as an excuse for undoing ten-years of sound policy," said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Kevin Skunes in a statement.
The NCGA, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, National Wheat Growers Association, National Sorghum Growers Association and National Farmers Union all signed the letter which was also sent to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
The letter notes that while some refiners, including the one that filed bankruptcy, say Renewable Identification Number's (RINs) cause financial hardship, last year the EPA investigated the issue and found they were "not causing economic harm to refiners." (Source: NCGA, AGPRO, 26 Feb., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Trump, National Corn Growers Association, RINS,
According to IATA, SAF powered flights could reduce the life-cycle carbon emissions of that flight by up to 80 pct.
The aviation industry has also vowed to use non-food, sustainable biofuel feedstocks.
To that end, the IATA sees government incentives, grants, loan guarantees, support for SAF demonstration plants and supply chain R&D for the production of aviation biofuels as a key to getting the aviation biofuels industry off the ground.
(Source: IATA, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: IATA, +41 22 770 2967, www.iata.org
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The new entrants' reserve will initially contain unused allowances from the current 2013-2020 period and 200 million allowances from the market stability reserve. Up to 200 million allowances will be returned to the market stability reserve if not used during the period 2021-2030.
The EU ETS sets a cap on how much CO2 heavy industry and power stations can emit. The total volume of allowed emissions is distributed to companies as permits which can be traded. ETS is a cornerstone of the EU's policy to combat climate change and its key tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions cost-effectively. The EU ETS limits emissions from more than 11.000 heavy energy-using installations and airlines operating between the 28 EU member countries and covers around 45 pct of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions. In 2020, emissions from sectors covered by the system will be 21 pct lower than in 2005. (Source: European Council, 27 Feb., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Council, Carbon Emissions, EU ETS,
Although diesel cars produce more of the toxic gas nitrogen oxide (NOx) than their petrol counterparts, they emit less CO2 and are often more fuel efficient.
The growing popularity of fuel-hungry SUVs has also contributed to the increase in carbon emissions, as they produce about a quarter more CO2 than the smallest vehicles, according to the BBC.
(Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The Week, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, www.smmt.co.uk
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The company aims to source 100 pct of its electric power from renewable source, generate 80 pct of its revenues from sustainable products, systems and services and achieve carbon neutrality by 2020. (Source: Philips Lighting, LED Inside, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Philips Lighting,
Nicola Kimm, Head of Sustainability, Matt Marcus, (551) 227-6790, email@example.com, www.philips.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Philips Lighting, CO2 Emissions, Carbon Emissions, CO2, Carbon Neutral ,
According to Stats NZ, Greenhouse gas emissions measures between 1990 and 2015, the latest year for which figures are available, show emissions increased from 61 million tpy to 76 million tpy.
Stats NZ accounts show both a dramatic rise in the total carbon sequestration occurring in maturing plantation forests and a dramatic drop in new planting from a peak at the start of the period of around 100,000 hectares a year to well under 20,000 hectares annually since 2005. That's in spite of the recognition that plantation forest carbon 'sinks' are one New Zealand's best options to meet its climate change commitments.
To remedy the situation, the government is ramping up a "billion trees" planting programme over the next decade. (Source: Stats NZ, SHARECHAT.co.nz, 29 Feb., 2018)Contact: Statistics New Zealand, www.stats.govt.nz
More Low-Carbon Energy News NZ Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sink, Reforestation,
This project aims to validate at a pre-industrial scale, then to deploy at industrial scale, a plasma solution that will slash CO2 emissions by reusing carbon from process gases while reducing CO2 production by 90 to 180 kg per ton of steel and cutting steel blast furnace fossil fuel consumption by reforming and recovering process gases.
Based on current European steel production, this plasma solution would prevent the release of 10 to 20 million tpy of CO2.
(Source: Europlasma, PR Newswire,
Contact: Europlasma, +33 (0)5 56 49 70 00, firstname.lastname@example.org,
ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh email@example.com, www.arcelormittal.com
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The facility will utilize equipment from the joint venture company Shougang LanzaTech to convert industrial waste gas to liquid ethanol with a purity of 99.5 pct and compressed natural gas.
The facility, which is the world's first commercial project of its kind, uses the technology developed by the U.S. biotech company LanzaTech, and is expected to
produce 46,000 tpy of ethanol fuel, 76.5 million tpy of animal feed and 3.3 million cubic meters of compressed natural gas per year.
(Source: Shougang Group, China.org.cn, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Shougang Group, shougang.com.cn/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lanzatech.com
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The project would be an integrated feedstock plantation and process plants complex and include a cane mill and a raw and refined sugar plant of 126,000 tonnes annually. The Bagasse co-generation plant would generate 64 megawatts of power, and include a 2,000 tpy carbon dioxide recovery and bottling plant as well as approximately produce 63,000 tpy of livestock feed from locally grown sugarcane and/or cassava.
(Source: NAN Leadership Ng., , 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: NNPC Group, Dr Maikanti Baru, Managing Dir., www.nnpcgroup.com
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Presently, 30 pct of Platte River's power is sourced from wind, solar and other carbon-free energy sources. In January, the utility entered into a 150MW wind PPA that will raise that percentage to 48 pct.
Platte River is also considering long-term PPAs for solar projects that are expected to come online between June 2019 and the end of 2021.
(Source: Platte River, Energy Storage, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, (970) 220-4000, www.prpa.org
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Regulators approved a plan for Consolidated Edison Co. to significantly expand the use of battery storage systems in its service territory by simplifying the process for private owners.
The PSC also allowed larger storage projects to participate in the state's clean-energy program. The decision raises the maximum rated capacity for projects from 2 MW to 5 MW.
The new rules crafted a more straightforward process to allow private energy storage systems to export electricity to ConEd's distribution system.
(Source: New York Public Service Commission, Various Media, Utility Dive, 26 Feb., 2018)Contact: New York Public Service Commission, www.dps.ny.gov
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Over the anticipated lifespan of the energy efficiency upgrades, the school is expected to save 549,600 therms of natural gas and over 6 million kWh of electricity -- approximately $1.6 million -- over a 13-year period. (Source: Unitil Corp., Lowell Sun, 25 Feb., 2018) Contact: Unitil Corp., www.unitil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Unitil Corp., Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The NJ Comfort Partners program, which is funded through New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and Clean Energy program, provides eligible homeowners with energy efficient lightbulbs, low-flow showerheads, energy efficient refrigerators and thermostats, insulation upgrades, duct sealing and repair, heating and cooling equipment and comprehensive personalized energy education and counseling.
The energy audit and efficiency measures are provided free of charge by Certified Building Performance Institute contractors. Green Life Energy Solutions of Egg Harbor Township is the local provider and scheduler of the service.
NJ Comfort Partners has assisted 108,000 low- middle-income households since the program started in 2001. The program is available until June 30 or while funds last.
(Source: City of Egg Harbor, SustainableEHC, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: SustainableEHC, www.sustainableehc.org; NJ Comfort Partners, www.njcleanenergy.com; Green Life Energy Solutions, (609) 407-6900, www.greenlifeisgood.com
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The solar array and storage project was designed, built and will be operated and maintained by SunPower, with financing provided by Birmingham-headquartered Regions Bank.
This project is a collaboration between the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Redstone Arsenal, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and SunPower, and features a SunPower Oasis® Power Plant system. The fully integrated, modular solar power block is engineered and built for compatibility with a future micro-grid, and is paired with storage to reduce peak power-related demand charges for Redstone Arsenal.
The Army is purchasing 100 percent of the electricity generated by the project through a 27-year PPA at rates competitive with traditional energy sources.
(Source: SunPower, February, 2018)
Contact: SunPower, https://us.sunpower.com; Redstone Arsenal, www.garrison.redstone.army.mil
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Factors propelling the growth of market include electric energy storage for energy arbitrage and increasing investment in modernizing the grid for robust and resilient electricity delivery system.
The report segments the Advance Energy Storage market by technology : mechanical; electrochemical; -- electrical; chemical; biological and others. The report also segments the Advance Energy Storage market by application. The report notes the key players in Advance Energy Storages Market are Alevo, AES, GE, Altair, LG Chem, Samsung SDI Co., Ltd, General Electric Company, and Tesla, Inc., Hitachi,Ltd., Calmac, ABB Ltd. are among others. It also notes that North America represents largest region for the growth of Advance Energy Storages market.
Global Advance Energy Storage Market Outlook, Trend and Opportunity Analysis, Competitive Insights, Actionable Segmentation & Forecast 2024 details are HERE.
Source: Energias Market Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energias Market Research, Manas Nagi , Bus. Dev., (716) 239-4915, email@example.com,
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Beginning in 2013, Energesco completed exterior LED light upgrades at nine additional FCP apartment properties in St. Charles that have delivered over $95,000 in annual energy costs and earned more than $400,000 in energy rebates.
(Source: Energesco Solutions LLC, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Energesco Solutions, William Bennett, CEO, (703) 261-7781, www.energescosolutions.com; FCP, www.fcpdc.com
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The city was one of 35 cities selected in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, which provides selected cities with grant and technical assistance to encourage efficiency renovations in low-income homes. Fort Collins' pitch is to help finance those renovations for single- and multi-family rental properties via public-private partnerships.
The fourth Mayors Challenge is the first new component of the American Cities Initiative, a $200 million effort to empower U.S. cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.
The city expects the program to generate $75.8 million in private-sector investments in the next decade. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Coloradoan, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg Philanthropies, www.bloomberg.org; U.S. Mayors Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/government-innovation/mayors-challenge
More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Mayors Challenge, Energy Efficiency,
The first 2MW section of the Cremzow plant is expected to be operational in April, with the remaining 20MW due online by year-end.
The facility, which will be integrated with Enertrag wind farms and use surplus energy to charge the battery, will be owned by a special purpose vehicle in which Enel Green Power Germany has a 90 pct stake and Enertrag the remaining 10 pct. (Source: Enel Green Power, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power NA, Antonio Cammisecra, CEO, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com; Enertrag, +49 39854 6459-0, www.entertag.com; Leclanche, www.leclanche.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche, Battery Energy Storage, Enertrag, Enel Green Power, Energy Storage,
This FOA will address the cost and operational challenges associated with current CO2 capture technologies that are commercially available for industry, providing for additional development to these technologies at coal-fired power plants. Some of the challenges that will be addressed include a need to improve the reliability and operational flexibility; reduce high capital costs; and reduce the high-energy penalty associated with operating existing technology.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects, which will concentrate on transformational technologies focused on: developing transformational materials and processes for CO2 capture that will enable step-change reductions in the capital and energy cost; and enabling technologies that facilitate improved performance of transformational CO2 capture processes to reduce capital cost and energy penalties, and improve operational reliability and flexibility. Funding recipients include:
Development and Bench-Scale Testing of a Novel Biphasic Solvent-Enabled Absorption Process for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture University of Illinois -- DOE: $2,999,941; Non-DOE: $750,052; Total: $3,749,993;
Bench-Scale Development of a Transformational Graphene Oxide-Based Membrane Process for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture -- Institute of Gas Technology dba Gas Technology Institute (GTI) -- $2,914,074; Non-DOE: $728,738; Total: $3,642,812;
Development of Self-Assembly Isoporous Supports Enabling Transformational Membrane Performance for Cost-Effective Carbon Capture -- Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) (Newark, CA) DOE: $2,907,219; Non-DOE: $726,805; Total: $3,634,024;
Mixed-Salt-Based Transformational Solvent Technology for CO2 Capture -- SRI International -- ; DOE: $2,999,922; Non-DOE: $782,817; Total: $3,782,739
A Process with Decoupling Absorber Kinetics and Solvent Regeneration Through Membrane Dewatering and In-Column Heat Transfer – University of Kentucky Research Foundation -- DOE: $2,998,293; Non-DOE: $750,642; Total: $3,748,935;
Flue Gas Aerosol Pre-Treatment Technologies to Minimize Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Solvent Losses -- Linde, LLC -- DOE: $2,787,742; Non-DOE: $696,936; Total: $3,484,678. (Source: US DSOE, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact:
US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory , www.netl.doe.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Capture, CCS, US DOE,
As previously reported, Royal Dutch Shell plc recently announced it would spend as much as $1 billion a year on renbewable through its New Energies division.
According to the report, Shell sees opportunities in hydrogen fuel-cells, liquefied natural gas, and next-generation biofuels for air travel, shipping and heavy freight.
(Source: BP, CS News, Bloomberg, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: BP, www.bp.com
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Ireland has some of the strongest wind speeds in Europe, and the government is looking to continue to harness this natural resource within its renewable energy plans. By 2030, the plan states that coal and peat-fired plants will "no longer have a role in electricity generation in Ireland" with wind power continuing to dominate the energy mix in the future. The also sees a role for a mix of wave, solar, bioenergy and hydrogen.
In a related move to secure energy supplies in the country, a new subsea electricity connector is being proposed with France. This €1 billion project will help provide 700MW of low-carbon electricity to the country from the mid-2020s onwards.
(Source: Gov. of Ireland, UN Climate Action, 23 Feb., 2018)
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ZEBREX is specifically designed for ease of use, energy efficiency, and has a smaller carbon footprint than traditional pressure swing adsorption or organic membranes, according to Mitsubishi Chemicals. .
Multiple ethanol production facilities have reportedly expressed interest in ZEBREX since the announced collaboration.
(Source: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp., 23 Feb., 2018)
Contact: ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; Mitsubishi Chemical, www.m-chemical.co.jp; ZEBREX, www.m-chemical.co.jp/en/products/departments/mcc/aquachem/product/1201038_8078.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM Inc, Ethanol, Biofuel, Mitsubishi Chemical,
The project is being developed under a PPA with Georgia Power for the electricity and renewable attributes generated by the facility. Construction is expected to get underway in November 2018 for commissioning in late 2019.
The project will incorporate more than 500,000 First Solar modules and generate more than 450GWh of electricity annually, making it When fully operational, the facility will likely be the largest stand-alone PV solar plant in the southeastern USA.(Source: First Solar, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.firstsolar.com; Georgia Power,
Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.
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In total, Sunpin has over 100MW of solar installations under development in Massachusetts. Sunpin will submit these projects in the next round of Massachusetts' SMART incentives when they become available. Additionally, Sunpin is currently building a 96MW solar project in Southern California, which is expected to be in commercial operation by May 2018. The company, which is focused on project development and project engineering, procurement and construction management, currently has more than 600 MW under its development pipeline.
SMART, a long-term sustainable solar incentive program sponsored by Eversource, National Grid and Unitil, will encourage the development of solar PV technology throughout the Bay State by supporting 1,600 MW of new solar generating capacity. The new capacity awards have begun with 17 projects totaling 53.273 MW of solar PV.
(Source: Sunpin Solar, PR, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Sunpin, Tom Li, Pres., (424) 465-9767, email@example.com; www.sunpinsolar.us; Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target, www.mass.gov/solar-massachusetts-renewable-target-smart
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Constraction of the C$1bn ($794..67 million ) 300MW windfarm began in 2017. Commissioning and startup is expected in 2Q, 2019. The windfarm will incorporate 87, V136-3.45 MW Vesta wind turbines and generate sufficient power for 100,000 Ontario homes. (Source: Pattern Energy Group, Power Technology, Feb., 2018) Contact:
Nigig Power, Henvey Inlet Wind, www.henveyinletwind.com; Pattern Energy Group, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com
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Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) is a statewide partnership with a shared mission to connect individuals and their communities to the resources they need to identify and implement community-based clean energy projects including energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies and practices for homes, businesses, and Minnesota institutions. (Source: MN Certs, Pineandlakes Echo Journal, Oct., 2017) Contact: MN Certs, Lissa Pawlisch, Director, (612) 624-2293, www.mncerts.org
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The latest duties come just two weeks after a budget deal in the U.S. Congress reinstated a $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit, which is expected to improve profitability for domestic producers.
(Source: U.S. Commerce Department, MecoPress, 23 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Department of Commerce, www.commerce.gov Department
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In a release, the company announced it plans to build additional bioenergy plants in Helsinki as the phase-out of the use of coal for power production takes place. The company aims to aims to achieve carbon neutrality across its business by 2050. according to the release. (Source: Helen, Bioenergy Insight, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: Helen Oy, Pekka Manninen, CEO, +358 09 617 8080, www.helen.fi/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, Biomass ,
The emission reduction is calculated by comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of the renewable fuels that Neste produces in a year to the life cycle emissions of the equivalent amount of conventional diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions
as well as improving local air quality by reducing exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide, according to the Neste release.
(Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Neste Corporation, Jeremy Baines, VP sales, Neste US Inc., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
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The new research project Renewable Oil Generated with Ultra-productive Energycane (ROGUE) will engineer energycane, a bioenergy crop derived from sugarcane, and Miscanthus to produce the oil for the production of biodiesel and biojet fuel. Their work is guided by computer models, which project that these crops can achieve 20 pct oil content in the plant -- a dramatic increase from natural levels of less than a tenth of one percent.
Previous work, funded by the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), achieved 8 pct oil accumulation, and now ROGUE will further increase oil production and target oil accumulation in the stem where it can be accessed more easily with ROGUE's patented extraction technologies.
ROGUE will also improve the efficiency that these crops can turn the sun's energy into plant energy to fuel their biological oil production. Improving these crops' photosynthetic efficiency will ensure that the production of energy-dense oil will not lower yields or suppress plant defenses.
ROGUE is a collaboration amongst researchers from Illinois as well as Brookhaven National Lab, University of Florida, and Mississippi State University, with support from the DOE Office of Science (Office of Biological and Environmental Research).
(Source: US DOE, University of Illinois, Feb., 2018)Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,
Stephen Long, ROGUE Director, (217) 244-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Feedstock, US DOE, Energycane, Miscanthus , University of Illinois,
Climeworks unveiled the creation of a new market mechanism late last year, through which companies can offset their emissions by paying Climeworks to remove an equivalent amount of CO2 emissions from the atmosphere using its Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology. Unlike traditional offsetting schemes that essentially trade pollution rights, the Climeworks solution involves the direct removal of the same amount of emissions from the atmosphere as the customer is creating.
Once captured, the CO2 is then stored underground in Iceland via the company's 'CarbFix' process. Climeworks opened its Icelandic pilot CCS facility in partnership with utility company Reykjavik Energy last October.
Sited at an existing geothermal power plant, the system draws in ambient air, separates out the pure CO2 using a specially designed filter and pipes it more than 700 metres underground where it reacts with the basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals.
Climeworks, which also opened a commercial carbon capture plant in Zurich last May, aims to filter 1 pct of global CO2 emissions by 2025.
(Source: Climeworks, BusinessGreen, Feb., 2018)
Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy, Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en
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Another FirstEnergy subsidiary Mon Power in West Virginia, had proposed acquiring the plant but the deal was rejected by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and opposed by West Virginia regulators.
(Source: FirstEnergy,Feb.21, 2018)
Contact: FirstEnergy, Charles Jones, CEO, President
www.firstenergy.com; PJM Interconnection, Andrew Ott, CEO, (866) 756-6397 - Media), www.pjm.com
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The just announced rules are needed to determine the figure that will serve as the cap on emissions and how the province will monitor compliance with the law. Those new regulations also set out which companies will need to report emissions, including: facilities generating at least 50,000 tpy of GHG emissions; per year. oil and gas suppliers that import or produce 200 litres of fuel or more for consumption in Nova Scotia; natural gas distributors whose fuel, when burned, produces 10,000 or more tpy of GHGs.
The province estimates there are about two dozen companies that will fall under the legislation. Companies will be expected to pay for this work themselves. Those costs, along with whatever they may have to pay for exceeding the as yet undetermined emission limits, which will then be passed along to consumers. (Source: NS Dept of Environment, CBC, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Nova Scotia Power, Mark Sidebottom, VP Power Generation and Delivery, www.nspower.ca; Nova Scotia Environment Department, Ian Rankin, Minister,
Jason Hollett, Exec. Dir., Climate Change, https://novascotia.ca/nse
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installation of exterior and interior LED lighting and controls for classrooms;
a district-wide VoIP telecommunications system to for improved communications;
additional water-reduction technologies in multiple facilities;
HVAC upgrades and modernization;
sealing windows, doors, gaps, and cracks across all buildings;
a new district-wide building automation system;
boiler and roof upgrades and replacements in several buildings; and a
district-wide building automation system. (Source: Schneider Electric, Various Media, Feb., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us
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The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.
Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage.
In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com
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Originally, SB2019 called for a percentage of the biofuel used in the blending be produced in Hawaii and defined biofuel as ethanol and biodiesel.
The bill includes stiff penalties for distributors or others that violate the blend requirement. Violators would be subject to a fine of $2 or more per gallon of nonconforming fuel up to a maximum of $1 million per infraction.
The legislation is now awaiting state Senate approval. (Source: Biodiesel Mag, Various Media, 21 Feb., 2018)
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The biorefinery will produce approximately 1.37 million ppy of protein concentrate and 75,000 gpy of bioethanol. The total estimated investment for the California BioEthanol Project is $3.25 million. Additional capacity will be added in the project's secomd and third phases.
Greenbelt Resources Corp. is an award-winning designer and supplier of sustainable energy production systems focused on delivering modular solutions that enable the localized processing of locally generated waste into locally consumed products. Greenbelt's small-scale, end-to-end modular systems convert food, beverage and other cellulosic wastes into commercially viable advanced biofuels, animal feed, fertilizer and filtered water.
(Source: Greenbelt Resources, PR, Daily Telescope, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greenbelt Resources, Darren Eng, CEO, (888) 995-4726 x 101, email@example.com, www.greenbeltresources.com
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The plant, which was opened by Northstar Biofuels in 2012 and shuttered in 2016, was acquired by Western Iowa Energy, LLC in 2017.
The reopened plant is expected to produce an estimated 15 million gpy of biodiesel for the California market. (Source: Western Iowa Energy, 22 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Western Iowa Energy , Brad Wilson, Pres. GM, Agron Bioenergy, (831) 728-1300, www.agronbioenergy.com; Western Iowa Energy LLC, (717) 664-2173, www.westerniowaenergy.com
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The Indian River Eco-District is being developed at an enviable location, in that over $200 million of infrastructure capital was recently deployed at the site to build an industrial biofuels production plant, including on-site power generation equipment and a physical interconnection to Florida's electricity grid.
Frankens Energy is an investor, owner and manager of a portfolio of renewable power generation assets, including the associated land and real estate, across the states of Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida.(Source: Frankens Energy, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Frankens Energy, David Frankens, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.frankensenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Frankens Energy, INEOS, Bioenergy,
POET Biorefining-Portland began operations September 18, 2007. The biorefinery processes approximately 25 million bpy of locally-grown corn to produce 68 million gpy of biofuels. (Source: POET, Hoosier Ag Today, 20 Feb., 2018) Contact: POET Biorefining-Portland, Matt Tomano, General Manager,(260) 726-7154, http://poetbiorefining-portland.aghost.net/index.cfm
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The lawsuit, which was filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade in New York on Wednesday, claims that an investigation last year by the International Trade Commission found Canadian products do not significantly hurt U.S. manufacturers nor account for much of the overall imports of solar cells into the U.S. and that the imposition of the tariffs is contrary to the NAFTa agreement. NAFTA.
The legal action contends that the tariffs, which the U.S. administration says were imposed to put American companies and jobs first, will inflict immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries to the companies.
The tariffs have also been challenged by the EU, China, South Korea, and Taiwan at the World Trade Organization.
(Source: thestar.com, Various Media, Feb., 2018)
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In 2016, Consumers Energy closed 7 of its 12 coal-fired generating plants -- more than any other investor-owned utility that year. Consumers Energy presently owns and operates two wind farms, operates two utility-scale solar projects at Western Michigan University and Grand Valley State University, and uses energy from Sempra Renewables' 100-MW wind farm project in Huron County.
Additionally. Consumers Energy has introduced energy efficiency programs that it claims has helped customers save over $1 billion since 2009.
(Source: Consumers Energy, Energy Mgr., 20 Feb., 2018)
Contact: Consumers Energy, Patti Poppe, CEO, www.ConsumersEnergy.com
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Funded improvements will include upgrades to energy-efficient HVAC systems, windows, lighting and insulation. The renovations will also improve the living conditions for low-income tenants and the long-term sustainability of buildings, according to a release. (Source: Green Ontario Fund, DCN News Service, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: GreenON Fund,
GreenON Social Housing, (888) 724-8444, www.greenon.ca
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Prolacta's Duarte headquarters scored high marks in the LEED Energy & Atmosphere category. Lighting installed in the building uses 55.5 pct less energy than standard lighting solutions, and ENERGY STAR-rated appliances and equipment were incorporated into the building to improve efficiency. Prolacta also scored high points for water efficiency and overall water-use reduction.
Additionally, 10.5 pct of building materials were manufactured using recycled materials, and 31.8 percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the building site. The building also promotes improved air quality by reducing Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the materials used, and established a green cleaning policy that is used throughout the facility. (Source: Prolacta Bioscience, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Prolacta Bioscience, Scott Elster, CEO, (888) 776-5228, www.prolacta.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The portfolio includes 24 facilities across the UK, most of which are accredited under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime, getting between 1.2 and 1.4 ROCs per MWh, with seven accredited under the feed-in tariff (FiT) regime.
With the acquisition, Greencoat Capital presently manages 470 MW of solar capacity in the UK. (Source: Greencoat Capital,Greencoat Capital, Renewables, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Greencoat Renewables, Paul O'Donnell, Partner, www.greencoat-capital.com; Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com
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In 2017, coal generated 7 pct of the country's electricity while fully 50 pct came from biomass, hydro, wind and solar, according to a joint report from low carbon sources, according to the Imperial College London and Drax Group Plc report.
(Source: Imperial College London, Renewables Mow, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: DRAX, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com; Imperial College London, Iain Staffell, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk
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