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Vestas Wins Longroad Energy 212 MW Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy ,Vsetas
Date: 2018-06-15
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order an order from Longroad Energy Partners LLC for 212 MW of its V136-3.45 MW turbines for the Rio Bravo wind project in Texas. The order includes supply and commissioning as well as a 20-year service and management agreement. Delivery is slated to begin in Q1, 2019.

When fully operational, the Rio Bravo wind project will have a total capacity of be 238 MW. Longroad Energy acquired the Rio Bravo wind project from Vesta's development unit Steelhead Americas. Turbine delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019. (Source: Vestas-American Wind Technology, PR, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada, www.vestas.com; Longroad Energy, CEO Paul Gaynor, www.longroadenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Vestas,  


Race Bank Offshore Wind Officially Off to the Races (Int'l)
Orsted,Race Bank
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Danish renewable energy specialist Orsted is reporting the offical opening of the 91 turbine Race Bank offshore wind farm off the North Norfolk coast. With a capacity of 573 MW, can power more than 500,000 homes, according to Orsted.

Orsted owns 50 pct of the Race Bank project, the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 holds 25 pct, while the Sumitomo Corporation owns 12.5 pct. Funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management hold the remaining 12.5 pct. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Race Bank,  


Is Sun Setting on Chinese Biofuel Producer Sunshine Kaidi? (Int'l)
Sunshine Kaidi
Date: 2018-06-15
In Wuhan, China's largest biofuel producer Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. is reported to be struggling to sell its controlling stake in a subsidiary because it is demanding that a potential purchaser must first pay several billion yuan to bail it out of its own financial problems. To add to it's financial woes, the company's debt-laden subsidiary, Kaidi Ecological and Environmental Technology Co. Ltd., announced last month that it had missed a payment on a 698 million yuan ($109.0 million) bond and failed to meet a margin call on a trust product.

In 2016, Sunshine Kaidi announced plans to invest in and construct a €1 billion ($1.18 billion) biofuel refinery in Kemi, Finland, via its subsidiary Kaidi Finland. The Finnish government supported the plan and granted an emissions license to the Kaidi Finland project, which now seems unlikely to be developed. (Source: Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, Caixin, Other Media, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, +86 27 6786 9001 - fax, +86 27 6786 9028 - tel., www.kaidihi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunshine Kaidi,  China Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


UK BEIS Supports Carbon Capture Utilization Demo (Int'l Report)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report they will invest a total of around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS).

As part of this commitment BEIS expects to invest approximately £100 million in low-carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

Later this month, BEIS will open a £15 million Call for CCUS Innovation to offer grant funding for innovation projects that lead to significant reduction in the cost of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Funding for up to 28 months will be available to 31 March 2021. BEIS will consider grants of up to £5 million for a single project.

The Call will be guided by the findings of the report of the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Experts' Workshop held in Houston last year.

As part of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS will be allocating up to £20 million to design and construct carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration projects. This programme aims to encourage industrial sites to capture CO2 which could then be used in industrial applications and enable a pathway for the development of carbon capture technologies at an intermediate scale, reducing the costs and risks.

The first phase of the program focuses on initial scoping study for an engineering supplier to work on BEIS' behalf with potential host sites, carbon dioxide users and technology suppliers to produce site-specific cost estimates for deploying CCU at UK industrial sites. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  CCS,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Capture Utilisation,  CCU ,  


UK Clean Growth Strategy Promotes Low-Carbon Fuels (Int'l)
Element Energy
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched the first phase of a £20 million competition which focuses on market engagement and the potential scope for switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels in industry.

The competition aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies, so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

Download a Clean Growth Strategy executive summary HERE. (Source: GOV.UK, June, 2018) Contact: GOV.UK, www.gov.uk


UK BEIS Funding Industrial Energy Efficiency Technologies (Int'l)
BEIS,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies.

To support innovation in energy efficient technologies, the government will be investing up to £9.2 million for an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, to be delivered over the next 4 years. This Accelerator will seek industry-specific solutions that are close to commercialization by leveraging private sector investment and strengthening UK supply chains to reduce energy costs for UK industry.

After a competitive process, the Carbon Trust has been awarded the contract to help BEIS deliver this programme. The Carbon Trust has been holding events to engage with both industry and their suppliers, and the competition is now open to applications.

BEIS recently committed £560,000 to 2 projects in the first round of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The IEEA aims to broaden the range of technologies available for industrial energy efficiency. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, 14 June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Dutch PM Wants EU to Increase CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
EU,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-06-15
Europe needs to reduce its carbon emissions by more than currently planned to limit global warming as agreed under the Paris climate agreement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Rutte told a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Union's aim to reduce carbon emissions, which scientists hold responsible for global warming, by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, "is not enough" and proposed a 55 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Studies have shown that reducing carbon emissions has become less costly as the price of generating electricity from renewable energy has come down over the past years. Still, climate policy remains a contentious issue in the European Union which often pits countries looking for tougher reduction targets against newer member states in the East which rely more on coal-powered plants for energy. (Source: Cyprus Mail Online, 13 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Targets,  Climate Change,  


Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-06-15
At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  


European Union Sets 32 pct by 2030 Renewables Target (Int'l)
WindEurope
Date: 2018-06-15
Meeting in Brussels, the 28-member European Union's Parliament (EP), Council (EC) and Commission are reporting agreement on a "binding" target of 32 pct renewable energy by 2030. The new figure, up from the previous 27 pct target but short of the 35 pct objective backed by the EP and several renewable energy trade bodies.

According to the 450-member industry group WindEurope, "Member States will be allowed to have technology-specific auctions and will have to provide at least five years visibility on public support, including the timing, volumes and budget for auctions," WindEurope said. (Source: EC, WindEurope, WindPower, 14 June, 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope,  Renewable Energy,  


Samsung Commits to 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Int'l)
Samsung
Date: 2018-06-15
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In Seoul, the world's largest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics reports it plans to convert its US, European and Chinese operations to solar and other renewable energy sources by 2020. Samsung's plans include 420,000 square feet of solar panels this year at its headquarters in Suwon, South Korea.

South Korea sources 6 pct of its energy from renewable sources, relying on coal and nuclear power for the balance. (Source: Samsung Electronics, PR, 14 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy ,  


Heavy User Battery Energy Storage Scheme Launched in UK (Int'l)
Thrive Renewables,Aura Power
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Bristol-based Thrive Renewables and Aura Power are reporting a (JV) energy storage business offering for medium and large-scale corporate energy users. The offering includes free battery installation and operation in exchange for a share of energy savings revenues.

The offer is targeting businesses spending £500,000 or more per year on electricity with steady rate of consumption and spare import capacity.

Thrive brings its 104MW portfolio of wind, hydro and solar assets to the collaboration, while Aura offers its experience developing utility-scale batteries.

The partners estimate that companies with a mid-range 2 MW battery could save more than £1 million over a 15-year contract. (Source: Thrive Renewables, PowerTech, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Aura Power, Simon Coulson, http://aurapower.co.uk; Thrive Renewables Plc, Matthew Clayton, Managing Dir., +44 0 117 428 1850, www.thriverenewables.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thrive Renewables,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


$1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Date: 2018-06-15
Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, www.b-t.energy/ventures; Form Energy Inc., https://www.linkedin.com/company/form-energy; Quidnet Energy, www.quidnetenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Form Energy,  


Banks Piloting Energy Efficient Home Mortgages (Int'l Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
The publication Energy Live is reporting 37 major European banks -- BNP Paribas, ING Bank, Nordea Bank and Societe Generale and others -- are launching a new 2-year energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme offering reduced interest rates on greener and more energy efficient homes.

Criteria for energy efficiency mortgages was developed by the Green Building Councils (GBCs) in the WorldGBC's Europe network and their partners. The new mortgage product is intended to establish a new generation of mortgage products to help consumers drive reductions in energy use. (Source: Energy Live, Others, 14 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Linde Submits Hydrogen Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Pathway Application in California (Ind. Report)
Linde LLC,California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-06-15
Linde LLC reports it has submitted a Tier 2 application for the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a Tier 2 pathway for hydrogen as a co-product from the commercial electrolytic production of sodium chlorate from a facility located in Quebec, Canada.

The produced hydrogen is liquefied and transported via truck to California fueling stations where it is "re-gasified" and compressed before being dispensed.

The LCFS currently has 14 certified pathways for hydrogen, with CIs ranging from 165.88 gCO2e/MJ (Linde Canada production of hydrogen from central reforming of natural gas), to 0 (hydrogen production via electrolysis using solar electricity) to -46.91 (landfill gas to on-site hydrogen production via cracking of methane). (Source: Linde, Green Car Congress, 14 June, 2018)Contact: California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, www.energy.ca.gov/low_carbon_fuel_standard; Linde LLC, www.lindeus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Linde LLC,  Hydrogem,  California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  


Gulf States Renewable Energy Investments Found Wanting (Int'l)
Strategy& Middle East
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a new study by Beirut-based management consultancy Strategy& Middle East, middle-eastern Gulf state governments (GCC) must develop a carefully planned strategy and framework to maximize the impact of renewable energy projects which could see a cumulative total of $40 billion invested in the GCC between 2016 and 2020, provided the correct decisions and policies are adopted.

The study finds that renewable energy continues to attract an increasing share of global investment, with annual investments expected to grow by $130 billion, compared to 2016 figures, reaching around $370 billion in 2020. The global investment cumulative total is estimated at $1.5 trillion between 2016 and 2020.

The report notes that GCC countries thus far have made little investment in renewables technology -- less than $1 billion in 2016 -- and are at risk of falling further behind other countries if they do not create a supportive, coherent policy framework to facilitate renewables investment.

While several factors in the GCC make rapid deployment of renewables attractive, there are major structural and institutional factors behind current underinvestment in renewable energy. These include generous fuel subsidies, a mindset that prefers building very large conventional plants to meet rapidly growing demand, concerns over transmission and distribution networks and unclear regulatory and policy frameworks that discourage the development of renewables. (Source: Strategy& Middle East, Arabian Business, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Strategy& Middle East, +961 1 985 655, www.strategyand.pwc.com/me/home


ArcelorMittal Invests €150 Mn in Emissions-to-Fuel Tech. (Int'l)
ArcelorMittal,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-06-13
The Belgium-based steel giant ArcelorMittal reports construction of €150 million of new equipment to transform furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol is underway at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This project is in collaboration with LanzaTech and is first of its type in Europe.

LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol which can be used as transportation fuel or in the production of plastic. The system, which produce 80 million lpy of bioethanol annually, is expected to go into production in May, 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, 12 June, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  LanzaTech,  


Punjab Promoting Paddy Straw CNG/Bio-Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Punjab Energy Development Agency
Date: 2018-06-13
In India, the government of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) reports it has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with four companies to construct and operate CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw plants. Currently, 20 million tpy of paddy straw is produced in the state, with 75 - 80 pct be being burned as waste.

Under the MoUs, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, Verbio India Private Limited and Rika Biofuel Development Limited will produce Biogas/bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw. he said. When fully operational, each plant is expected to use about 500 tpd pf paddy straww to generate 100 kilo litre of bio-ethanol. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Business Standard, 11 June, 2018) Contact: Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382, www.peda.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofue;,  CNG,  Biomass,  


White Dog, AdvanceBio Collaborate on Clostridia Technology (R&D)
White Dog Labs
Date: 2018-06-13
Rehovot,Israel-based White Dog Labs Israel, a subsidiary of New Castle, Delaware-based White Dog Laboratories (WDL) and AdvanceBio are reporting receipt of grant funding from the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation BIRD Energy to further develop CelZyme™, a cellulosic hydrolysis technology developed by WDL Israel using the microorganism Clostridium thermocellum ( Ctx ).

In the wild, Ctx is nature's best cellulosic degrader, and since it is anaerobic, the technology has the potential of lowering enzymes costs via onsite CelZyme production, using part of the biomass as its feedstock.

WDL has developed a core competency for the isolation, selection, cultivation and engineering of Clostridia, a long known but less understood class of bacteria, with promising applications in biochemicals and fuels.

Cincinnati, Ohio-headquartered AdvanceBio provides renewable chemical and fuel process technology development and design services globally to first generation producers as well as companies developing second-generation, cellulosic ethanol processes. (Source: White Dog Lab, PR, Business Wire, June, 2018) Contact: White Dog Lab., Bryan Tracy, (302) 220-4763, btracy@whitedoglabs.com, www.WhiteDogLabs.com; White Dog Labs Israel, Alon Karpol, akarpol@whitedoglabs.com; AdvanceBio, Dale Monceaux, monceaux@advancebio.com, www.AdvanceBio.com; BIRD Foundation, Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director, +972 3 698 8300, (650) 752-6485, www.birdf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News White Dog Labs,  BIRD Energy,  ,  


Scotland Claims World's Toughest Climate Targets (Int'l Report)
Scotland Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-13
At Holyrood, the Government of Scotland has introduced draft Climate Change legislation which it claims is among the "toughest climate change and emission legislation in the world."

The new bill sets an immediate emissions reduction of 56 pct reduction by 2020, 66 pct by 2030, 78 pct by 2040, and rising to a 90 pct by 2050. The legislation ultimately aims for a "net-zero", 100 pct reduction by an undertermined, "as soon as possible" date. These reductions are measured against baseline carbon emissions in 1990.

Even so, a number of countries have set targets to become 100 pct carbon neutral before Scotland. T Costa Rica has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2021. Norway's parliament has agreed to cut the country's net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2030, moving its target forward by 20 years, and Sweden has cimmited to carbon neutrality by 2045. Sweden also has a more ambitious carbon neutral target than Scotland, with a commitment to reaching the 100 per cent cut by 2045. (Source: The Ferret, June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Emissions Targets,  Climate Change,  


China, World Green Building Councils Promoting Chinese Programs (Int'l Report)
World Green Building Council,China Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-13
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reports it is partnering with China Green Building Council (China GBC) to improve and increase green building practices, cut carbon emissions and promote building sustainability in the world's largest building construction market. China is currently adding up to two billion square metres of building per year, and growing fast.

The partnership aims to see the World GBC work with the China GBC in much the same way as it would work with an established Green Building Council. As part of the partnership, China GBC has committed to introducing a nearly net zero standard to its Three Star program, aligning with the WorldGBC's Advancing Net Zero project.

Indoor air quality is another key component of the partnership, with the China GBC keen to get involved with the Better Places for People project, which focuses on the health benefits of green buildings.

China is projected to have the second-highest level of growth in green building activity over the next three years, behind Brazil, according to Dodge Data and Analytics. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, April, 2018) Contact: China Green Building Council, chinagreenbuildings.blogspot.com; World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  


World Green Building Council Launches Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Challenge (Ind. Report)
World Green Building Council
Date: 2018-06-13
The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is reporting the issuance of The Net-Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment challenge to the global building sector calling for the elimination of carbon emissions from building use by 2030.

Participating companies will track, verify and report publicly on their buildings' energy and carbon metrics and encourage their supply chains and partners to make a similar commitment to reach net zero by 2030. The challenge comes on top of the WGBC's Advancing Net Zero program to promote and support the target that all buildings be net zero by 2050.

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment was developed in partnership with a wide stakeholder group including The Climate Group and C40. It forms part of EP100, a global corporate leadership initiative for energy-smart companies, delivered by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy.

Challenge details are at From Thousands To Billions: Coordinated Action Towards 100 pct Net-Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050 REPORT. (Source: World Green Building Council, The Fifth Estate, June, 2018)Contact: World Green Building Council, Terri Willis, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Green Building Council,  Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero,  


States Act Against EPA Over Landfill Methane Rules Delays (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
Methane, EPA
Date: 2018-06-13
The AGs from eight states plus the Pennsylvania DEP have together filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the US EPA for its alleged failure to implement the Obama administration's 2016 municipal landfill emissions guidelines in accordance with the timeline mandated by the Clean Air Act (CAA).

The complaints are asking the court to issue a mandatory injunction compelling the EPA to implement and enforce the emissions guidelines without further delay.

The guidelines for existing landfills and the jointly issued New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) were revised primarily to control methane emissions that contribute to climate change.

The EPA estimated that the two rules will reduce methane emissions by approximately 330,000 metric tons -- with a global warming potential equivalent to 8.2 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2025. That is roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 1.8 million cars on the road. (Source: Various Media, EPA, EHS Daily Advisor, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHGs,  Emissions,  EPA,  Landfill Gas,  


Steel City Adopts Climate Action Plan Update (Ind. Report)
NRDC
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh City Council reports it has approved Climate Action Plan 3.0 -- a holistic vision for how the city will achieve dramatic greenhouse gas reductions.

Unlike the previous 2008 and 2012 versions, the new plan tracks progress and adds new measures to further slash emissions as needed with a new goal of cutting the city's CO2 emissions by 80 pct below 2003 levels by 2050.

Under the new plan, the city will have divested city funds from fossil fuels and transitioned city operations to use 100 pct renewable electricity and a fully fossil fuel free fleet of vehicles, by 2030. The plan also identifies a wide range of additional strategies for buildings to achieve a mid-term goal of 50 pct energy reduction by 2030. For example, the city intends for all newly constructed buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030 by using passive house standards and to use energy usage transparency to reduce consumption among residential buildings, using energy labeling and transparency strategies. The city also plans to implement a PACE program to fund building energy efficiency retrofits, upgrades and renewables projects. (Source: City of Pittsburgh, NRDC, June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  NRDC,  


UK Power Reserve, Fluence Combine on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
UK Power Reserve, Fluence
Date: 2018-06-13
UK Power Reserve, a leading provider of secure, flexible, low-carbon electricity and services to the UK power market, reports it is partnering with energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, to deliver the first phase of its 120 MW battery storage portfolio in the UK.

UK Power Reserve has begun construction on the first 60 MW of its battery portfolio which will provide flexibility, stability and security for UK power markets. Fluence will provide three 20-MW battery energy storage systems at sites in the Midlands and North West using its market-leading Advancion energy storage technology platform. All three sites are expected to be operational during winter 2018/19. (Source: UK Power Reserve, PEI, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Fluence, (883) 358-3623, http://fluenceenergy.com; UK Power Reserve, Sam Wither, +44 121 712 1970, https://ukpowerreserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Power Reserve,  Fluence ,  Energy Storage,  


SCCS Research Confirms CO2 Storage Safety (R&D, Ind. Report)
CCS,Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage
Date: 2018-06-13
In Edinburgh, Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) has reported on new research indicating that captured carbon dioxide (CO2) can be safely stored for thousands of years by injecting the liquefied gas deep underground into the microscopic pore spaces of common rocks. The findings increase confidence in the widespread roll-out of engineered carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Researchers from SCCS's partner institutes, the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, compiled a worldwide database of information from natural CO2 and methane accumulations and hydrocarbon industry experience -- including engineered gas storage, decades of borehole injection, and laboratory experiments. Computer simulations were used to combine all these factors and model storage of CO2 for 10,000 years into the future. Previous research in this area had not fully accounted for the natural trapping of CO2 in rock as microscopic bubbles, or the dissolving of CO2 into the salty water already in the rocks.

SCCS is the largest Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) research group in the UK. Founded in 2005, SCCS is a partnership of the British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde working together with universities across Scotland. SCCS is funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, Gasworld, 12 June, 2018) Contact: University of Edinburgh, Dr. Stephanie Flude, www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/stephanie-flude(7fc05249-dbeb-4603-a5ec-ac2ca605d200).html; University of Aberdeen, Dr. Juan Alcalde, www.abdn.ac.uk/geosciences/people/profiles/juan.alcalde; Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage ,  CCS,  Carbone Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Cardiff Woody Biomass CHP Plants Awaiting Approval (Int'l Report)
Woddy Biomass
Date: 2018-06-13
In Wales, the Cardiff City Council is considering a regulatory application from Geraint John Planning on behalf of the Parc Calon Gwyrdd business park for a 9.5MW biomass power plant, The wood bimass plant is expected to get the nod after council officers recommended it for approval.

The proposed biomass plant will produce electricity and thermal energy via steam and would consume up to 75,000 tpy of imported virgin timber, possibly from Latvia, or from established UK distributors or a combination of both. (Source: City of Cardiff, Insider Media, 12 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


Global Biosolids Market 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Biosolids
Date: 2018-06-13
Global Biosolids Market 2018. a new report from Fior Markets highlights potential risks regarding current and future opportunities in the Biosolids market and gives an uncomplicated and meticulous market overview combining statistics and estimates. The report identifies dominating players in the market, industry chain structure, and policies by region. The report also presents corporate profiles of key biosolids market manufacturers including overall revenue, price, market share, size from 2018 to 2023 and contact details for each player.

Download free sample report HERE. Access Full Report with TOC HERE. (Source: Highland Mirror, 12 June, 2018)Contact: Fior Markets, sales@fiormarkets.com, www.fiormarkets.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biosolids,  


Air Products Installing Energy Storage Systems in Korea (Int'l)
Air Products and Chemicals
Date: 2018-06-13
Air Products and Chemicals Inc. reports that in an effort to increase operating energy efficiency, it is installing energy storage systems at its industrial gas sites in Gumi City, Onsan and Yongyeon of Ulsan City, South Korea. The systems are expected to come online in the second half of 2018. The company's initiative will improve the energy efficiency of its production facilities, cut energy consumption and support South Korea's efforts toward more sustainable and efficient energy consumption. (Source: Air Products and Chemicals, PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Air Products and Chemicals , http://www.airproducts.com/Company/about-us/worldwide-locations/korea

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Air Products and Chemicals ,  Energy Storage,  


Kreussler Earns USDA Certified Biobased Product Label (Ind Report)
USDA Certified Biobased Product
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Sunshine State, Tampa-based bio-hemicals firm Kreussler Inc. reports it has earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label for it's SOLVONK4 product. the Biobased Product Label identifies a product's percentage of biobased content.

Third-party verified Biobased Product Label is administered through the USDA BioPreferred Program, which aims to increase the development, purchase, and use of biobased products.

According to the USDA, biobased products contributed $393 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014, directly and indirectly supported 4.2 million jobs, and displaced up to 6.8 million barrels of oil. The BioPreferred Program spans a diverse range of applications including lubricants, cleaning products, chemicals, and bioplastics. More than 3,000 products have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, (Source: Kesussler Inc., PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Kreussler Inc. Richard Fitzpatrick, VP, (603) 721-9478, richard.fitzpatrick@kreussler.com, www.kreussler.com; USDA BioPreferred® Program, Vernell Thompson, 202.720.4145, Vernell.Thompson@dm.usda.gov; visit www.kreussler.com, SOURCE Kreussler Inc. USDA Certified Biobased Product Label, www.biopreferred.gov, http://twitter.com/BioPreferred.

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Windlab's 300-MW Tasmanian Wind Farm Gets the Nod (Int'l)
Windlab
Date: 2018-06-13
In the Land Down Under, renewable energy developer Windlab Ltd is reporting receipt of Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) certification for the construction of the up-to-300-MW Miombo Hewani Wind Farm in central Tanzania.

The Miombo Hewani project will be constructed in phases -- the first phase will be around 100 MW and include up to 34 turbines and will increase Tanzania's grid capacity by over 5 pct. (Source: Windlab Ltd, RenewablesNow, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com

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Alberta Nixes Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Alberta
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a recent Energy Efficiency Alberta release, commercial customers do not qualify for newly announced incentives that promise up to $1 million annually to cover up to 50 pct of the capital costs of a slate of retrofit investments, contrary to previous announcements on the agency's website. The $88-million Custom Energy Solutions program, jointly funded from Alberta's carbon levy and the federal government's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, is actually targeted solely to the industrial sector.

Although earlier expectations that office buildings and/or warehouse/distribution facilities would qualify for the new retrofit incentives have now been dashed, commercial customers in the prairie province are eligible for over 60 different product rebates for lighting, lighting controls, load sensing plug strips, variable frequency drives, boilers and water heating equipment. (Source: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Various Media, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficiency Alberta, Jessica Shumlich, Program Manager, (403) 815-4876, www.efficiencyalberta.ca

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IPWI Acquires Bankrupt Small Wind Turbine Maker Gaia (Int'l, M&A)
Gaia Wind Ltd,International Power and Water Investments
Date: 2018-06-13
In the UAE, Dubai-based investment firm International Power and Water Investments (IPWI) reports that Gaia Wind (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, a firm recently incorporated in Scotland, has acquired the intellectual property rights and assets of bankrupt, Glasgow, Scotland-based small turbine specialist Gaia Wind.

IPWI is also invested in 4 Navitas (Green Energy Solutions) Limited, which recently commercialized a 55-kW vertical axis wind generator. (Source: IPWI, Renewables, June 12, 2020) Contact: Gaia Wind, John Andringa, CEO, +44 (0) 845 871 4242, www.gaia-wind.com; International Power and Water Investments, +971 4 3590607/8, www.ipwi.biz

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E.ON Constructing 100-MW Texas Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
E.ON SE
Date: 2018-06-13
German utility giant E.ON SE reports it plans to build a 100-MW solar farm in Reeves County, Texas after securing a 20-year PPA with South Korean energy company SK E&S Co Ltd for half of the project. The 350,000 module photovoltaic (PV) solar farm is expected to come online in 2020. E.ON has developed and built over 3,600 MW of solar, wind and battery storage facilities in the US, according to a company statement. (Source: E.ON SE, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: E.ON SE, www.eon.com

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BASF, Lallemand Report US Ethanol Market Collaboration (Ind. Report)
BASF Enzymes, Lallemand Biofuels
Date: 2018-06-13
In San Diego, BASF Enzymes and Montral-headquartered Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits (LBDS) report they've formally entered into a marketing and sales collaboration agreement with the aim to maximize value to customers in the US ethanol market.

In the collaboration, BASF's enzyme portfolio will be used for applications in liquefaction and fermentation to improve fermentation performance. LBDS will use its TransFerm yeast product line which it claims provides increased ethanol yields and reduces the need for glucoamylase addition.

The BASF company portfolio is organized into five segments -- chemicals, performance products, functional materials & solutions, agricultural solutions and oil & gas.

LBDS supplies fermentation ingredients and 'value creating services' to the global fuel ethanol and distilled beverage industries. (Source: BASF, LBDS, PR, Biofuels Int'l, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., (815) 721-6165, www.lallemandbds.com; BASF Enzymes, Dirk Daems, Drector of Operations, (858)451-8500, https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/companies/VRNM:US-basf-enzymes-llc, www.basf.com

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Inventure Touts Oil Seed Refining By-Product for Biodiesel Production (Ind. Report)
Inventure Renewables
Date: 2018-06-13
Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Inventure Renewables is reporting the implementation and nearly year-long operation of its Mixed Super Critical Fluid technology at a Wilmar International processing plant in Jiangsu province, China. The technology is being used to produce FAME for oleochemicals and biodiesel from a wide range of vegetable oil feedstocks.

Singapore-headquartered Wilmar International is Asia's leading agribusiness group with business activities include oil palm cultivation, oilseeds crushing, edible oils refining, sugar, specialty fats, oleochemicals and biodiesel production.

Inventure Renewables, Ia wholly owned subsidiary of Inventure International (Pte) Limited, helps agri-business, oleochemical and biofuel companies find novel ways to turn waste products and by-products into value-added materials. Inventure also manufactures its own branded bio-based oleochemicals. (Source: Inventure Renewables, PR, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Inventure Renewables, Mark Tegan, CEO, (205) 764-1963, www.inventurechem.com; Wilmar International, Rahul Kale, Group Head of Oleochemicals and Biofuels, (65) 6216 0244, info@wilmar.com.sg, www.wilmar-international.com

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Race to Reduce to Energize Saint Paul (Ind. Report)
Energize Saint Paul
Date: 2018-06-13
The ity of Saint Paul, Minnesota, is reporting the launch of it's "Race to Reduce" Energy Efficiency Challenge directed at the city’s largest buildings.

The program aims to streamline energy operations, reduce utility costs, and slash greenhouse gas emissions. In total the city aims to enlist 100 of the city's largest commercial and multi-family buildings over the three months of the program in an effort to reduce emissions 4 pct by the end of the summer. To that end, the city will provide tip sheets, newsletters, and networking and training events to help identify concrete opportunities for efficiency upgrades, while creating a network of building managers for future collaborations . The "Race to Reduce" is part of the Energize Saint Paul Initiative, a broader city energy efficiency effort. (Source: City of St.Paul, NRDC, 12 June, 2018) Contact: Energize Saint Paul, www.stpaul.gov/departments/mayors-office/energize-saint-paul

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Argentinian Wind Project Wins KfW IPEX-Bank Financing (Int'l)
KfW IPEX-Bank
Date: 2018-06-13
In Frankfurt, Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH reports it has structured a $120.9-million non-recourse financing for power producer Genneiae's 101.4-MW Pomona wind project in Argentina. Deutsche Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft GmbH is providing an additional $20.7 million in debt financing.

The Pomona wind project will incorporate 26 Nordex N131/3900 wind turbines. Nordex will also maintain the turbines over 10 years. (Source: KfW IPEX-Bank, Renewables, 12 June, 2018) Contact: KfW IPEX-Bank, www.kfw-ipex-bank.de/International-financing/KfW-IPEX-Bank; Genneia, +54 11 6090 3200, www.genneia.com.ar/en

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Mass. Communities Receiving Climate Change Risk Assessment, Mitigation Cash (Funding)
Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Bay State, the communities of Framingham, Marlborough, Sudbury and Wayland are among 82 Massachusetts cities and towns that will receive cash from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness program. Nearly half of all cities and towns in the state will receive grant funding this year through the 2017 vintage MVP program.

The payment is intended to assess each communities vulnerability to climate change and to develop resiliency plans using the technical support, climate change data and planning tools provided by the state. Grant funding will also allow participants to hire state-certified consultants, who will use a standardized tool kit to assess potential future risks.

The program is being funded with $5 million this year, of which $3 million will be provided in the form of grants to communities that complete the planning process. (Source: Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton Wicked Local Wayland, 9 June, 2018) Contact: Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beatonh, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

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Vestas Wins N.Am. Turbine Contracts Totaling 404 MW (Ind. Report)
Vestas,Southern Power
Date: 2018-06-11
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of two wind turbine supply contracts totaling 406 MW. Both contracts are for 2019 delivery. and set to be delivered in 2019.

The first of the two wind supply contracts was awarded by EnerAB, a joint venture between The AES Corporation and Grupo BAL, for 85 units of Vestas' V136-3.45 MW wind turbines for the Mesa la Paz wind park set to be developed in the Llera municipality, Mexico. The contract includes a 15-year service agreement.

Vestas also secured an order for 30 of its V136-3.45 MW turbines totaling 100 MW from Southern Power for the Wildhorse Mountain wind project set to be developed in Oklahoma. The contract include a 20-year service agreement. (Source: Vestas, Various Media, CleanTecnica, , 8 June, 2018) Contact: EnerAB, Juan Ignacio Rubiolo, CEO, www.renewableenergymexico.com/tag/enerab; Vestas, Chris Brown, Pres. Vestas Sale and Serivcein the United States and Canada, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

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Vt. Establishing Large-User Energy Efficiency Program (Ind Report)
Public Utility Commission
Date: 2018-06-11
In Montpelier, Gov. Phil Scott (R) has inked legislation instructing the Vermont Public Utility Commission to create an energy savings account pilot program that will incentivize energy efficiency investments by large energy users that have previously been excluded from existing programs.

The new 3-year program is intended to help businesses reduce operating costs and make it easier for the Green Mountain State to meet its energy efficiency goals. State agencies will select businesses to participate in the program. ( Source: Vermont Public Utility Commission, AP, Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Vermont Public Utility Commission, Judith C. Whitney, Commission Clerk, (802) 828-2358, www.puc.vermont.gov

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ClearVue Solar Glass Slated for Aussie ECO Home Trial (Int'l)
ClearVue Technologies Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Land Down UNder, Perth-based ClearVue Technologies Ltd reports it has inked a MoU with sustainable builder Mirreco Holdings Pty Ltd to supply its solar glass technology and jointly develop carbon-negative residential and commercial housing solutions.

Initially, the agreement will cover small-scale housing units, or micro homes with a "trial" unit scheduled to be completed in the Q4 this year. Following the successful completion of the prototype, ClearVue and Mirreco will enter an exclusive partnership and supply deal.

In a separate press release, ClearVue, which last month completed its AUS $5 million (USD 3.8 million)IPO, said that its technology is undergoing Australian Standards (AS) certification testing that will verify the performance of its ClearVue window and curtain wall products. It expects the certification to be completed in the third quarter, allowing it to launch the products in September. (Source: CleabVue, PR, 7 June, 2018) Contact: ClearVue Tech., www.clearvuepv.com

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LG CNS Tops in Asia Energy Storage Ranking (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-06-11
In South Korea, LG CNS, an LG conglomerate information technology service unit, has been recognized by Bloomberg New Energy Finance as one of the world's top five energy storage system (ESS) providers. From 2013 to 2018, the company has won orders for a total of 95-megawatt ESS projects worldwide.

ESS technology is used to store excess energy that can be supplied later when required. The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy estimates the global ESS market will grow to $15 billion by 2020 and $29.2 billion by 2025. LG CNS edged out Greensmith Energy, a leading ESS player in North America, to be placed fifth. Japan's NEC was seventh and GE came in ninth. (Source: Korea Times, Bloomberg, June, 2018) Contact: LG Group, www.lgcorp.com

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WPD AG Taps Siemens Gamesa for Taiwan Offshore Wind (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa,wpd
Date: 2018-06-11
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reporting Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been selected as its preferred wind turbine supplier for its 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind power project in Taiwan.

The two firms have signed a LoI "for exclusive negotiations" for Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine. The contract would include a 15-year long-term turbine service agreement.

The Yunlin offshore wind power project is set to be developed around six kilometers offshore in the Taiwan Strait and will incorporate 80 Siemens Gamesas 8 MW wind turbines, with turbine installation set to begin in 2020. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, Others, 8 June, 2018) Contact: SGRE Offshore, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

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UK PM May Pledges Net-Zero Energy Buildings by 2030 (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-06-11
In a recent speech at the Jodrell Bank observatory complex in Cheshire, UK the Prime Minister Theresa May is reported to have vowed to slash the energy use in buildings by half by 2030, as part of her Government's Industrial Strategy. The PM also pledged to halve the energy costs for existing commercial and residential buildings. Heat and power for buildings currently account for 40 pct of country's energy consumption.

The Prime Minister noted that her government's Industrial Strategy would act as a "catalyst for new technologies" that could then be exported to a "global market for clean technologies." The strategy aims to achieve net zero carbon from 2030, as well as set long-term incentives for retrofitting homes and commercial buildings. (Source: edie, Various Other Media, May, 2018)

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Energy Efficiency Startups Included in Minn. Loan Program (Funding)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-11
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is touting the launch of the Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) program. The program will provide interest-free loans of $20,000 to $50,000 to businesses on a one-to-one match from another funder and repay the loan within four years, with no payments required in the first year. Energy efficiency startup businesses are among the sectors eligible for the program.

The funding can be used for working capital, intellectual property development, proof-of-concept activities, commercialization planning, prototype design, market feasibility studies and other startup activities approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, a release states. Businesses applying for loans must employ no more than five people and have their headquarters in Minnesota or plan to relocate to the state.

Program details are available HERE. (Source: Daily News Media, 10 June, 2018) Contact: DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, https://mn.gov/deed

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Biomass Power, Clean Energy Technologies Ink Cross Promotion Agreement (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Technologies,Biomass Power Ltd
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Golden State, Costa Mesa-based Clean Energy Technologies (CET), Inc. reports it has inked a cross promotion agreement with biomass waste-to-energy power specialist Biomass Power Limited (BPL). The two firms have agreed cross refer customers and promote and solicit orders for their their own and each others products.

BPL has incorporated CET Clean Cycle II™ Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) heat recovery generator into its waste to energy power plants. The company estimates that between one to four Clean Cycle II™ ORC heat recovery generators will be used in each family of BPL-TEC Stepped Grate Gasification plants built by BPL.

Clean Energy technology allows municipal, commercial, and industrial generating wasted heat from industrial processes or energy production, to improve fuel energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs for heat recovery. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Contact: Clean Energy Technologies, Inc. Kam Mahdi, CEO, 949-273-4990 x814, kmahdi@cetyinc.com, www.cetyinc.com : Biomass Power Ltd., Ben Talbott, CEO, +44 01 785 240 092 , enquiries@biomasspower.co.uk, www.biomasspower.co.uk

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POET Biofuel Production Surpasses ADM's (Ind. Report)
POET,ADM,Archer Daniels Midland
Date: 2018-06-11
The Argus Leader is reporting that Siousx Falls, S.D. biofuels pioneer and giant POET's production has surpassed that of it largest competitor Archer Daniels Midland Co.(ADM) , based on figures provided by the two companies.

Poet's biofuels 1.9 billion gpy capacity is expected to top 2 billion gpy by 2019. ADM's annual production capacity is at 1.6 billion gpy.

Poet continues to grow and expand ethanol production, while ADM shifted some of its biofuels capacity to other products, as previously. (Source: USA Today, Argus Leader, 11 June 11, 2018) Contact: Archer Daniels Midland, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com; POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and CSP Market 2018-2023 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage
Date: 2018-06-11
Thr Global Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Market Report provides the analysis on the current state of, and forecasts for, the Molten Salt Solar Energy Thermal Storage and Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) industry to help develop innovative strategies. The report includes CSP industry volume, market revenue, market share, market trends, range applications, and pricing during the forecast period from 2018 to 2023.

Report details HERE. (Source: MarketBiz,PR, June, 2018)

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Notable Quote -- The Pope Weighs In on Climate Change, Renewables
Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-11
"(It is) Disturbing that two-and-a-half years after the (Paris) deal was struck, carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gas levels remain very high. Yet even more worrying is the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves, whereas the Paris Agreement clearly urged keeping most fossil fuels underground. "Civilization requires energy, but energy use must not destroy civilization!

"The effects of climate change are not evenly distributed. It is the poor who suffer most from the ravages of global warming, with increasing disruption in the agricultural sector, water insecurity, and exposure to severe weather events. Many of those who can least afford it are already being forced to leave their homes and migrate to other places that may or may not prove welcoming." -- Pope Francis speaking to ExxonMobil, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and other energy industry leaders at the recent Energy Transition and Care for Our Common Home conference.

Editorial Note: Pope Francis is known to consider climate change one of the key themes of his papacy and has described it as "one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day."

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Carbon Engineering CO2 Extraction Moves Towards Commercialization (Ind. Report)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2018-06-11
According to a study by researchers at Calgary-headquartered Carbon Engineering, the cost of extracting a tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere now ranges between US$94 and $232. A 2011 analysis put the cost at $600 per tonne. Carbon Engineering has been operating a "direct air capture" pilot CO2-extraction plant in British Columbia since 2015.

Carbon Engineering's direct air capture technology design blows air through towers that contain a solution of potassium hydroxide, which reacts with CO2 to form potassium carbonate. The result, after further processing, is a calcium carbonate pellet that can be heated to release the CO2 which could be sequestered or used to make synthetic, low-carbon fuels.

When Carbon Engineering configured the air-capture plant for this purpose, they were able to bring costs down to as low as $94 per tonne of CO2. The company hopes to build a small facility that can produce 200 bpd of fuel by 2021, and then a commercial plant that can produce 2,000 barrels per day. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Greener Idea, 10 June, 2018) Contact: Carbon Engineering, carbonengineering.com

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