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Solar Smart Windows Break 11 pct Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
NREL
Date: 2017-12-04
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (NREL) reports it has demonstrated a prototype of a perovskite solar powered smart window that lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity production. The prototypes tested reached up to 11.3 pct efficiency, NREL says.

One potential smart window feature is the darkening of windows to minimize heat coming into a structure. Heating, cooling, and ventilation of commercial structures is up to 80 pct of their energy costs. (Source: NREL, electrk, 29 Nov., 2017)Contact: NREL, www.nrel.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Window,  Solar,  NREL,  Energy Efficiency,  


Dominion Energy Touts EnergyShare Program Success (Ind. Report)
Dominion Energy
Date: 2017-12-04
In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy reports its EnergyShare program has ,since 2015, partnered with various Virginia human services agencies and non-profit organizations to ramp up outreach and weatherization of more than 18,800 homes statewide. Dominion Energy pledged $42 million to expand its scope to reach and help more Virginians. and has hosted more than 700 community outreach events to energy efficiency and energy management tips it claims has resulted in participants saving 7.5 percent on average. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CE, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com; Dominion EnergyShare, www.dominionenergy.com/community/energy-assistance/energyshare-va

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


Husky Installs 8.5MWh Commercial Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Convergent Energy & Power
Date: 2017-12-04
NYC-based Convergent Energy and Power reports it has installed a commercial and industrial (C&I) energy storage system for Husky Injection Molding Systems, Ontario. The system, which incorporates Lockheed Martin's 8.5MWh GridStar lithium batteries, cuts Husky's electric power costs by reducing the frequency of Husky's drawing electricity from the grid at peak times. The system is expected to reduce the company’s electric power costs by 15 pct to 30 pct per year beginning in early 2018.

Convergent installed the system on a "pay for performance" shared savings agreement whereby Convergent financed, built and manages the 8.5MWh project and shares the savings. (Source: Convergent Energy Energy Storage, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Convergent Energy, Johannes Ritterhausen , CEO, (917) 508-0190, www.convergentep.com; Husky Injection Molding Systems, www.husky.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Convergent ,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiencye,  


Decentralized Energy, and Assoc. for Conservation of Energy Merge (Int'l, M&A)
Association for Decentralised Energy, Associatrion for Conservation of Energy
Date: 2017-12-04
In the UK, the Association for Decentralized Energy (ADE) and the Association for Conservation of Energy (ACE) are reporting a merger which will give members a "stronger voice and much clearer representation for decentralized energy and energy efficiency across the industrial, commercial, public and domestic sectors," according to an ADE release. (Source: Energyst, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Association for Decentralised Energy, +44 20 3031 8740, www.theade.co.uk; Association for Conservation of Energy, www.ukace.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


OG&E Donates 25,000 LED Lights via Ark. Food Banks (Ind. Report)
OG&E
Date: 2017-12-04
In Arkansas, OGE Energy Corp. (OG&E) reports the donation of 25,000 LED lights to be freely distributed through the River Valley Regional Food Bank. The energy efficient LEDs use 10 watts of electricity to produce 800 lumens, equivalent to a 60 watt light bulb.

The LED light bulbs are part of OG&E's energy efficiency program, which includes free energy audits and the Smart Hours plan. In the last several years, OG&E and its customers have helped reduce energy usage by more than 200 MW with energy efficiency and peak demand reduction programs, according to OG&E. (Source: OG&E, Press Argus Courier, 29 Nov., 2017)Contact: OG&E, Rob Ratley, Community Affairs Manager,www.oge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News OG&E,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  


GIG Launches Pay-as-you Save Green Energy Offer (Ind. Report)
Green Investment Group
Date: 2017-12-04
In the UK, London-headquartered Green Investment Group (GIG), the former state-owned Green Investment Bank which is now owned by Australian bank Macquarie, is reporting the launch of a new funding service to help businesses become more energy efficient at no upfront cost.

The new Energy Solutions service will give businesses advice and finance to install energy efficient technologies under a 'pay-as-you-save' Energy Services Agreement whereby the cost of the upgrades is paid for from the energy cost savings. The service will be aimed at UK public and private organizations to help accelerate the roll-out of green technologies across UK industry. (Source: Green Investment Group, BusinessGreen, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: Green Investment Group, +44 (0)203 037 2000, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com ;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Investment Group ,  


BMCC Rooftop Hosts Manhattan's Largest Solar Project (Ind. Report)
New York Power Authority
Date: 2017-12-04
In the Biog Apple, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it has completed the installation of 947 vertical solar energy panels on the main roof of Borough of Manhattan Community College's (BMCC/CUNY) four-block-long 199 Chambers Street building. The BMCC solar array is the largest public photovoltaic facility on Manhattan island, and the first vertical solar facility in New York City, according to NYPA.

BMCC is working collaboratively with regulators including the New York City Department of Buildings and The New York City Fire Department for permits to store solar power in two 100-kWh backup batteries for emergency and peak-load periods. The project, a collaborative effort between the New York Power Authority's Energy Services Program and BMCC/CUNY, is part of a greater effort to reduce CUNY's utility costs, improve energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint.

Project design and construction were led by The Fulcrum Group, which contracted with Solar Liberty and Maric Mechanical to complete the PV system installation. (Source: NYPA, BMCC, PR, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: The Fulcrum Group, www.thefulcrumgroup.com; NYPA, (914) 681-8186, paul.demichele@nypa.gov, www.nypa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Power Authority,  Solar,  Vertical Solar,  


Wyoming Wind Impact Funding Division Up for Discussion (Ind. Report(
Wyoming
Date: 2017-12-04
In Wyoming, the Laramie Boomerang reports county officials have presented a plan to the state Industrial Siting Council for how the more than $12 million in impact funding will be divided among entities in Carbon County and Albany County, southeastern Wyoming.

Albany County is calling for the largest portion with more than $3 million to be directed to Rock River, the city that will be closest to the project. The funding would help counter the project effects on government services. The council is expected to decide how to divide the impact funding this week. (Source: Laramie Boomerang, Seattle Times, AP, Various Others, 1 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Cape Wind Scuttles Nantucket Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
Cape Wind
Date: 2017-12-04
Cape Wind Associates reports that after 16 year it has officially scuttled its bid to develop its long planned offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound and surrendered its development lease with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Cape Wind pioneered the U.S. offshore wind market beginning around 2001 with its plan to build 130 wind turbines on Horseshoe Shoal nine miles east of Martha's Vineyard. (Source: CapeWind, PR, 1Dec., 2017) Contact: Cape Wind, Jim Gordon, Pres., (617) 904-3100, info@capewind.org, www.capewind.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Google Inks Contracts for 100 pct Solar, Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Google,Avangrid Renewables
Date: 2017-12-04
Google reports it has inked contracts with Avangrid Renewables and two other energy companies to offset 100 pct of its energy use with solar and wind power. The contracts are for more than 3 GW of clean energy capacity. With these new contract, Google's solar and wind capacity is more than sufficient "to match 100 pct of the energy it takes to run Google's products in 2017," the company said on LinkedIn. Google also recently added 535 MW of wind power from plants in South Dakota, Iowa, and Oklahoma.

Google says it has invested approximately $3.5 billion in energy infrastructure, two-thirds of which is in the U.S.. (Source: Google, Inhabitat, Electrik, 1 Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  ,  


Saudi ICD Building 45MW Jordanian Wind Project (Int'l)
EBRD,Hecate Energy
Date: 2017-12-04
Trade Arabia reports Saudi-based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and Shobak Wind Energy have signed facility agreements for a $26-million financing for the construction of a 45 MW wind farm in Jordan 160 km south of capital Amman. The balance of the Shariah-compliant senior financing is being provided by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Europe Arab Bank (EAB).

Alcazar Energy, which is majority-owned by Alcazar Energy Partners, is developing the project in partnership with Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy LLC.

The project will incorporate 13 Vestas wind turbines and will be constructed over a 2-year period at an expected total cost of $104 million. The project's power will be sold to the Jordanian National Electricity Power Company (NEPCO) under a long-term power purchase agreement. The project will help Jordan abate more than 100,000 tpy of CO2-equivalent and support the country's emission reduction targets under the Paris Climate Agreement. (Trade Arabia, 1 Dec., 2017)Contact: Hecate Energy LLC, www.hecateenergy.com; Jordanian National Electricity Power Company, www.nepco.com.jo/en

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


Cargill's Wichita Biodiesl Plant Construction Set to Begin (Ind. Report)
Cargill
Date: 2017-12-04
Following on our 25th September coverage, Cargill reports construction of its 42,000-square-foot, $90 million biodiesel plant in north Wichita, Kansas, is set to begin this month for startup in January, 2019.

The 60 million gpy biodiesel plant will be constructed next to Cargill's oilseed processing plant and replaces an existing oil refinery managed by Cargill's Global Edible Oil business which will be relocated to others Cargill facilities, according to a Cargill release. (Source: Cargill, High Plains Midwest Ag Journal, Others, 1 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cargill, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Cargill,  Oil Seed,  Biofuel,  


Hawaii Energy Delivers Record Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2017-12-04
In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy, the state's ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, reports it has achieved the highest level of energy savings in its eight year history during the most recent program year.

According to the organization's annual report for program year 2016, which was released Thursday, Hawaii Energy helped to deliver 141 million kWh in first-year savings from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, and 1.76 billion kWh in lifetime energy savings. The savings delivered this past cycle are the equivalent of building a 90 megawatt solar farm, the organization said.

The program delivered 35 pct more energy savings with 20 pct less budget in program year 2016 than it did in PY 2015, resulting in a 41 pct reduction in cost per lifetime kWh. (Source: Pacific Business News, 1 Dec., 2017)Contact: Hawaii Energy, Brian Kealoha, Exec. Dir, (808) 537-5577, hawaiienergy@leidos.com, www.hawaiienergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Consumption,  Hawaii Energy,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  


Saudi Arabia, U.S. Collaborating on Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
Saudi Aramco
Date: 2017-12-04
In Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy and Industry and the U.S. DOE have reportedly inked an agreement to reduce carbon emissions in an effort to address climate change.

In cooperation with the agreement, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (ARAMCO) is participating in a series of local and international initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. In 2015, ARAMCO launched its first carbon emissions reduction and storage project as well as an Enhanced Carbon Recovery project at its natural gas facilities in the Kingdom. The project is the largest carbon sequestration and storage project in the Middle East.

The project will use 40 million standard cubic feet per day of carbon dioxide, which is extracted and treated at the natural gas extraction plant and transported through a 85 kilometers pipeline. The on-site recovery project will inject compressed carbon dioxide into oil-filled reservoirs as a carbon dioxide storage device. Injecting it under high pressure will lead to immediate improvement in oil recovery, making carbon capture and storage a technically useful solution. (Source: Saudi Aramco, Asharq Al-Ausat, 1 Dec., 2017) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Aramco,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


BP, Copersucar Tout Brazilian Ethanol Storage JV (Ind. Report)
BP Biofuels, Copersucar
Date: 2017-12-04
Copersucar, the world's leading sugar and ethanol trader, and biofuels producer BP Biofuels, part os BP's Alternative Energy business, are reporting a joint venture to own and operate a major ethanol storage terminal in Brazil.

The 50/50 JV will own and operate the Terminal Copersucar de Etanol in Paulínia in Sao Paulo State, which is currently solely owned by Copersucar. Joint ownership of the terminal will support the strategies of both companies by connecting ethanol production with flexible storage capacity close to the main ethanol consumer markets in Brazil. the Paulínia terminal has ten tanks with a total storage capacity of 180 million litres of ethanol and moves around 2.3 billion litres per year.

Financial and other details have not been released. The deal is subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: BP, Hellenic Shipping News, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: BP, www.bp.com; Copersucar, +55 11 2618 8166, www.copersucar.com.br/eng

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP Biofuels ,  Copersucar,  Ethanol,  


BETO Feedstock-Conversion Consortium Launched (Ind. Report)
U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 2017-12-04
In Washingto, the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office is reporting the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium -- a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in the development of biomass feedstock supply, pre-processing, and conversion technologies. The consortium aims to improve the overall operational reliability of integrated biorefineries (IBRs).

BETO has identified inconsistent feeding, handling, and initial conversion operations at IBRs as limiting factors in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals. According to the agency, IBR development and operation have suffered from failure to account for the complexity and variability of feedstock properties and composition and from a lack of fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of biomass-derived feedstock pre-processing and subsequent deconstruction, combined with poor equipment design and flawed integration. Solving this significant current challenge is essential for advanced biofuels to fully reach their potential and for the economic benefits of new jobs and improved security of our fuel supply to be realized, the agency says.

The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks in developing and scaling up biomass harvest, storage, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. FCIC laboratories members include, Idaho National Laboratory , National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Nov., 2017) Contact: FCIC, https://fcic.inl.gov; BETO Multi-Year Program Plan HERE.

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Bioenergy Feedstock,  


Iceland Geothermal Carbon Capture Tech Tests Underway (Int'l Report)
Climeworks
Date: 2017-12-04
Following up on our October 13th coverage ETH Zurich University spin-off company Climeworks, in collaboration with Reykjavik Energy, reports it has launched a second round of testing on its trial CarbFix2 project to combine direct air capture (DAC) of CO2 with permanent geological storage. The CarbFix2 project is at Hellisheidi is centered around one of the worlds largest geothermal power plants.

Climeworks, which is running the trial with Iceland utility Reykjavik Energy, is part of a research project to demonstrate that DAC of CO2 can be combined with permanent geological storage, as proof that DAC is a highly scalable carbon removal technology. According to Climeworks, the Hellisheidi facility is the world's first "negative emissions" plant.

Climeworks developed a DAC module, installed at the site and designed to be heated with low-grade heat from the geothermal plant, which captures gas in a Climeworks-designed filtration system. In the trial, researchers have injected CO2 at an industrial scale. The captured CO2 is bound to water, and then sent more than 700 meters underground, where it reacts with basaltic bedrock to form solid minerals. The trial is part of the CarbFix2 project led by Reykjavik Energy and financed by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research program. The CarbFix2 pilot program can remove an estimated 50 metric tpy of CO2 from the air eliminating more CO2 than it produces. Climeworks estimates it costs $600 to extract one ton of CO2 from the air. The capacity of the plant is expected to be 900 metric tons annually by year-end 2017. (Source: Climeworks, POWER, 30 Nov., 2017)Contact: Climeworks, Christoph Gebald, CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; Reykjavik Energy Edda Sif Aradottir, CarbFix Project Leader , www.or.is/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climeworks,  Geothermal,  CCS,  


Pa. Legislates "Best Available Technologies" to Cut Methane Emissions (Reg & Leg)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2017-12-04
Last week in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that effective in early 2018, drilling companies will have to use the to prevent the potent greenhouse gas methane leaks at new well sites and midstream facilities.

The most recent data show overall methane emissions from shale gas industry rising, while other air pollutants are falling. The DEP says the methane increase is mostly due to the growth in the number of facilities filing reports, while the average emissions per facility is staying relatively level.

Yet methane leaks are notoriously difficult to pin down. Without technology to continuously monitor emissions in real time, regulators must rely on self-reporting by the industry and inspections. (Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pa. DEP, www.dep.pa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection,  Methane,  Climate Change,  GHG,  ,  


Virginia Plans to Link with RGGI (Ind. Link)
RGGI,Virginia Air Pollution Control Board
Date: 2017-12-04
Following on our 17 November coverage, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board has unanimously approved draft regulations to cut and cap carbon emissions from the Old Dominion State's electric power generation sector beginning in 2020, and to reduce emissions 30 pct by 2030.

The draft rule proposes two starting levels for Virginia's carbon cap: 33 million or 34 million tons, starting in 2020 decreasing by roughly 3 pct each year.

The draft plan also calls for the state to link with the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a nine-state carbon cap-and-trade program, in 2019. Participating RGGI states include Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. To date, the RGGI auctions have raised $2.7 billion that is earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs. (Source: Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, WNPR, RGGI, Various Media, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org; Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Mike Dowd, Director, (804) 678-4000, www.deq.virginia.gov; Virginia Air Pollution Control Board, www.deq.virginia.gov; Duke University Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Carbon Emissions,  GHGs,  


Xcel Shuttering Minnesota Biomass Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy,Minnesota PUC
Date: 2017-12-04
In Minneapolis, the Minnesota PUC reports it has approved Xcel Energy's planned closure of three biomass electricity generation plants that taken together generate a minimal percentage of the utility's capacity.

In Benson, Minnesota, Xcel plans to purchase and close a plant that burns turkey manure to produce electricity and buy out its contract to purchase power from two wood-burning plants on the Iron Range.

In its application for approval to close the facilities, Xcel claimed the biomass plants were up to 10 times more costly than wind power. (Source: Xcel, Star Tribune, 30 Nov., 2017)Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; Minnesota PUC, (651) 296-0406, https://mn.gov/puc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Biomass,  


WEC Energy Plans 350-MW Solar Park (Ind. Report)
WEC Energy Group
Date: 2017-12-04
US Milwaukee-headquartered utility holding company WEC Energy Group reports it plans to construct a 350-MW solar power station in Wisconsin following next years planned shut-down of the 1,190-MW Pleasant Prairie coal-fired power plant in 2Q, 2018. Closing the inefficient coal-fired plant will help the company meet its goal of reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 40 pct from 2005 levels by 2030. The company says it will also shutter a coal-fired plant in Green Bay and one in Presque Isle, Michigan. (Source: WEC Energy Group, Business Times of Milwaukee, Dec., 2017) Contact: WEC Energy Group, (414) 221-2345, www.wecenergygroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Solar,  


Pakistan Reforestation Project Fights Climate Change (Int'l)
Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division
Date: 2017-12-04
In Islamabad, the Pakistan Prime Minister's Green Pakistan Programme has targeted the planting of 100 million trees by 2021 as part of the country's fight against climate change and to mitigate its effects. At present 4 to 5 pct of Pakistan's land area -- 3.2 to 4 million hectares -- is forested. The country harvests approximately 27,000 hectares of forests per year.

Pakistan is rated the world's 7th most vulnerable country to the effects of climate change by the German Watch Index. Between 1996-2015, Pakistan suffered 133 different disasters attributed to climate change, according to the German Watch Index. Pakistan has also suffered economic damages of around $25-$27 billion due to floods and other climate change-related disasters between 2010-2016. (Source: Pakistan Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division, Pakistan Today, News International, 3 Dec., 2017) Contact: Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division, cadd.gov.pk

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


Dutch Scientist Call for End to Crop-Based Biofuels (Int'l Report)

Date: 2017-12-04
In Amsterdam, a group of 177 Dutch scientists are are calling for complete phase-out of crop-based biofuels at European level on the grounds that they're a "false solution to climate problems." The scientists pointed to a study commissioned by the EU executive, which found that crop-based biodiesel has on average 1.8 times the climate impact of fossil diesel, increasing to three times more in case of biodiesel from palm oil.

Biodiesel reportedly accounts for 80 pct of all biofuels used in the EU , approximately one-third of which comes from palm oil. The remaining 20 pct produced from regionally sourced sugar beet, wheat, and others. The scientists also credit biofuels for habitat and biodiversity loss, reducing the region's resilience to local climatic conditions, undermining food security and increasing prices, and concentrating land in the hands of multinational companies at the expense of small-scale farmers.

The 177 scientists also call for the government to acknowledge the damage caused by EU biofuels policy and abandon them in the EU's 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda later this month. (Source: Various Media, EURACTIV, Dec., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  EU Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  Ethanol,  


Notable Quotes

Date: 2017-12-01
"For too long, the relationship between prosperity and environment has been seen as a trade-off. Tackling pollution was considered an unwelcome cost on industry and a handicap to economic growth. But global trends are demonstrating that this is no longer the case. It's now clear that sustainable development is the only form of development that makes sense, including in financial and economic terms." -- Eric Solheim, Exec. Dir., United Nations Environment Program


Stora Enso Plans Forests, Woody Biomass Acquisitions (Int'l, M&A)
Stora Enso,Bergvik Skog
Date: 2017-12-01
Falun, Sweden-based forest owner and bioeconomy player Bergvik Skog reports it plans to acquire new forest assets to secure its supply of woody biomass -- wood fibre bioenergy and biofuels feedstocks -- as part of a reorganization.

The company holds approximately 2.3 million hectares of land in Sweden and about 100,000 hectares in Latvia. (Source: Stora Enso, Biofuels Int'l, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Stora Enso Biomaterials, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com; Bergvik Skog, Henrik Sundstrom, CEO, +46 23 583 00, www.bergvikskog.se/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Woody Biomass,  


FERC Report Notes Biomass Capacity Increases (Ind. Report)
FERC
Date: 2017-12-01
In the just releases September edition of its Energy Infrastructure Update, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) notes the U.S. added 238 MW of biomass capacity during the first three quarters of 2017, up from 57 MW during the same period of 2016 .

During the nine months of the year, the report shows the U.S. added 24 biomass units with a combined capacity of 238 MW. During the same nine-month period of last year, the U.S. added 27 biomass units with a combined capacity of 57 MW. The report also notes the U.S. had 16.76 GW of installed biomass capacity as of the end of September, 2017. (Source: FERC, Nov., 2017) Contact: FERC, (866) 208-3372, customer@ferc.gov, www.ferc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  FERC,  


Algae.Tec Abandoning Algae Biofuels Sector (Int'l)
Algae.Tec
Date: 2017-12-01
Perth, Australia-headquartered Algae.Tec reports it is exiting the biofuels sector and transitioning into a "plant-based health and wellbeing company."

The company's technology delivers sustainable and renewable advanced algae products such as proteins for consumption and biofuel oils for biodiesel transportation fuel and power generation, according to the company website. (Source: Algae.Tec, Stockhead, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Algae.Tec, Malcomb James, CEO, +61 (08) 9380 6790, (678) 679-7370 -- U.S. Office, admin@algaetec.com.au, www.algaetec.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae.Tec,  Algae Biofuel,  Algae,  Biodiesel,  


Irish CO2e Levels on the Rise Again (Int'l Report)
EPA
Date: 2017-12-01
As previously predicted, Ireland's total carbon emissions emissions rose 3.5 pct in 2016 to a total of 61.19 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e), according to the EPA. Unlike CO2, CO2e takes into account other greenhouse gas emissions from humans that contribute to climate change, such as methane and nitrous oxide, and distinguishes them from naturally occurring CO2.

The sharp rise in 2016 emissions is being widely attributed to an increase in demand for electricity, largely driven by gas, thereby increasing its emissions by 6.1 pct last year. While decreases were observed in coal and peat use, the use of renewable energy also dropped by 1.7 pct.

As we reported on July 28, the UK Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) says Ireland is likely to miss its 2020 targets to reduce emissions "by a substantial margin" which will have negative implications for 2030 Paris Climate Accord obligations.

CCAC says the lack of a framework to prioritize policies, including a switch away from the private car, and an "absence of decisions" in the recently launched National Mitigation Plan is contributing to the problem. (Source: EPA, Various Media, SiliconRepublic, 27 Nov., 2017)Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council , www.climatecouncil.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ireland,  EPA,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  CO2e,  


EP Favours Food Crop Biofuels Subsidies to 2030 (Int'l Report)
European Union, EU Parliament
Date: 2017-12-01
In Brussels, the Industry Committee of the European Parliament (EP) reports it has voted to reinstate a renewable energy target for transport in 2030, including the ongoing subsidization of high-emitting, food-based biofuels. If passed in the plenary of the EU Parliament, it would increase transportation related emissions, push up global food prices and negatively impact people around the world who live from the land, according to OXFAM.

The Industry Committee also favoured a 10 pct blending mandate for advanced biofuels fuels and renewable electricity and widening the definition of advanced biofuels to anything that is not produced from food or feed crops. Under such a definition, unsustainable feedstocks, including co-products of the palm oil industry would qualify as advanced biofuels. In principle, the raw materials for advanced biofuels should be limited to waste and residues, which comply with the waste hierarchy, cascading use and strong sustainability criteria.

The Industry Committee also supports a 12 pct target for renewable energy in transport by 2030. The current 2020 target for renewables in transport is set at 10 pct. The share of biofuels in transport was 4,2 pct in 2015. (Source: OXFAM, EU, WebWire, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Parliment,  Biofuel Feed Crop,  


HSGS Wins USAF Solar Energy Storage, Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
Hannah Solar Government Services
Date: 2017-12-01
Charleston, S.C.-based veteran-owned Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) is reporting receipt of a contract to design, engineer, and construct a microgrid system including a 740 kW DC ground mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system and battery energy storage system for the U.S. Air Force on their remote Wake Island base in the Pacific. The project is expected to get underway in 2018.

Project funding is from the Department of Defense (DoD) Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP). Typically, projects funded under the ECIP are designed to implement energy cost savings and energy resiliency projects at DoD installations. A microgrid provides a more resilient source of energy for remote locations such as Wake Island.

(Source: Hannah Solar Government Services, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Hannah Solar Government Services, (843)-718-1866, info@HSGS.Solar, www.hsgs.solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hannah Solar Government Services,  Solar PV,  Microgrid,  


Zuma Energia Secures $300Mn in Mexican Solar Farm Financing (Int'l)
Zuma Energia
Date: 2017-12-01
Mexican renewable energy developer Zuma Energia reports it has secured nearly $300 million in project financing to develop two Mexican solar farms totaling 337MW capacity. The funds were received through Bancomext, Banobras, Nafin, and North American Development Bank (Nadbank). Contracts to build the facilities were awarded through Mexico's second long-term electricity auction.

Together, the 158MW Orejana solar park and the 179MW Santa María facilities will generate sufficient power for more than 500,000 homes and cut approximately 280,000 tpy of carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Zuma Energia, Power Technology, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Zuma Energia, www.zumaenergia.com

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Canadian Solar Secures 367MW Solar Projects in Mexico (Int'l)
Canadian Solar
Date: 2017-12-01
Canadian Solar Inc. reports it has been awarded 367 MWp of solar power projects in Aguascalientes, Hermosillo and Obregon, Mexico in the country's third long-term auction for renewables held on November 15, 2017.

Canadian Solar will develop and build three projects that will sell power to the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement for energy and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) at an average price of $21/MWh. The projects are expected to be connected to the grid in mid-June, 2020. (Source: Canadian Solar,PR, StreetInsider, 27 Nov., 2017) Contact: Canadian Solar, Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO, www.canadiansolar.com

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Energy Storage Projects Score South Australia Funding (Int'l Funding)
South Australia,
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Land Down Under, the State of South Australia Government is reporting that $8 million of its $150 million Renewable Technology Fund is being awarded to support four storage projects encompassing batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and thermal energy from waste.

The grant winners include $1.6 million towards a $3.2 million thermal storage project using technology developed by the Adelaide-based company 1414 Degrees; Heathgate Resources Beverley mine -- $1 million towards a $2.7 million modular and relocatable solar PV and battery storage project; UniSA -- $3.6 million for a $7.7 million project that will include hydrogen production and a 50kW hydrogen fuel cell, a flow battery, chilled water storage and solar PV; and Schneider Electric and Planet Ark Power -- $1.95 million to support a $13.9 million solar PV and battery project that incorporates a micro-grid management system. (Source: Adelaide IN Daily, 28 Nov., 2017)

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Norwegian CO2 Capture Pilot Passes Initial Testing (Int'l)
Westec Environmental Solutions
Date: 2017-12-01
Following on our May 12 coverage, Westec Environmental Solutions (Verditek group) and project partners Sintef and the Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute are reporting the successful completion of initial tests on their carbon capture technolgy at the Sintef facility in Norway.

According to Westec, its patented absorption technology offer new solutions and aims to make CO2 capture affordable by delivering performance improvements that would translate into 'significant' capital and operational cost savings for utility companies, refineries and cement kiln operators.

The cost of capturing carbon from industrial processes is being supported by the Norwegian state's carbon capture and storage enterprise Gassnova SF with a $2.2 million matching grant through their CLIMIT Programme. As a result, Westec was discussing a possible licensing agreement of its technology with an unidentified Canadian customer. (Source: Westec, CEMNET, 30 Nov., 2017) Contact: SINTEF, www.sintef.no; Westec Environmental Solutions, www.wes-worldwide.com; Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute, ccci.cmcghg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture & Conversion Institute,  Westec Environmental Solutions,  Carbon Capture ,  


Statoil Wins Floating Wind Farm Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Statoil,Younicos
Date: 2017-12-01
Upon winning Hywind Scotland's Batwind floating wind farm energy storage contract, Norwegian state-owned Statoil, in partnership with Masdar, reports it has awarded a contract to Berlin-based intelligent energy storage and grid solutions specialist Younicos Energy to deliver a 1 MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system for connection to Hywind Scotland's Batwind project which is expected to be operational in Q2, 2018.

Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

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Solect Energy Launches Energy Storage Division (Ind. Report)
Solect Energy ,NEC Corp
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Pine Tree State, Hopkinton-headquartered Solect Energy reports it is launching an energy storage division and inked an agreement with NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, to sell, install, operate and maintain NEC's DSS (Distributed Storage Solution) product line for commercial customers. NEC presently has more than 250 MW of energy storage projects projects installed or under construction.

The DSS platform is scalable from 85 kWh to 510 kWh of energy storage capacity and offers from 100 kW up to 710 kW of power capability. As a standardized, UL safety-certified, AC-ready system including power conversion system, the DSS product is pre-configured in outdoor-rated enclosures, compliant with all relevant regulatory and environmental requirements. (Source: Solect Energy, Solar Power, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Solect; Ken Driscoll, CEO, (508) 598-3511, info@solect.com, www.solect.com; NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, www.neces.com

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Utilities Select Sunverge for Residential Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Sunverge,Navigant Research
Date: 2017-12-01
San Francisco-headquartered Sunverge Energy reports it has sealed deals with three major electric utilities in Arizona, Florida and Vermont, expanding the utility customer base for its intelligent storage systems and Virtual Power Plant (VPP) platform. The utilities have all purchased Sunverge systems as part of next-generation demand response (DR) or resiliency programs.

The Sunverge platform can predict load and solar generation orchestrate between energy storage systems and smart devices in the home. The goal is an optimized ecosystem of networked distributed energy resources that work in concert to minimize electricity demand, maximize savings against time-varying rates and provide demand response and other grid services.

Navigant Research forecasts that installed DER capacity in the US, including distributed generation (DG), energy storage, microgrids, EVs, and demand response (DR) will exceed 288 GW in 2024, thirteen times current DER capacity. Navigant estimates US utilities will spend $503.6 million on DER management technologies by 2020, up from $96.4 million in 2016. (Source: Sunverge Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Martin Milani, CEO, www.sunverge.com

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Vattenfall Orders 1 GW of Siemens Gamesa Offshore Turbines (Int'l)
Vattenfall
Date: 2017-12-01
Swedish power company Vattenfall reports it has placed a near-1 GW order for wind turbines with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for its three offshore wind farms -- Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Vesterhav Syd and Nord in the North Sea. The contract is valued at approximately €1.7 billion.

Vattenfall won the rights to build both the 600 MW Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm and the 350 MW Vesterhav Syd and Vesterhav Nord offshore wind farms within two months of one another towards the end of 2016. (Source: Vattenfall, CleanTechnica, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)Contact: Vattenfall , Gunnar Groebler, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Siemens Gamesa, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html

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GE Renewable Energy Boasts 60GW Installed Onshore Wind (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-12-01
GE Renewable Energy reports it has to date installed more than 60 GW worth of onshore wind energy capacity across the globe with more than 35,000 wind turbines in 36 countries -- sufficient to power the equivalent of more than 15 million residential homes. More than 10 GW worth of wind energy capacity is in Europe. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, CleanTechnica, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com

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Green Bldg. Investments Top $3.4Tn by 2025, says IFC (Ind. Report)
World Bank International Finance Corp.
Date: 2017-12-01
A recent study by the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) has found that investments in "green" or environment-friendly buildings could top a cumulative $3.4 trillion by 2025 "if countries adopt better building codes and standards, create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use, encourage new utility business models; green mortgages and energy-service companies.

In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.

Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  World Bank International Finance Corp.,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


Promise Delivers First L.A. Zero-Net Energy Multifamily Development (Ind. Report)
Promise Energy
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Golden State, Promise Energy reports that , Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. The 49-unit LEED and ENERGY STAR certified building was developed by A Community of Friends (ACOF), a local nonprofit that provides homes and supportive services for formerly homeless veterans.

For the all electric apartment complex, Promise Energy designed and installed a vertical rooftop solar PV system , a battery storage and advanced Energy monitoring system; a solar water heating system to offset 70 pct of the energy needed for water heating; quality air sealing and insulation to reduce envelope leakage and HVAC loads; phase-change material in the walls to reduce heat gain; and a proposed grey-water system to reduce potable water demand for the project by 40 pct. (Source: Promise Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy, Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911, www.promiseenergy.com: Community of Friends , www.acog.org

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Planet Alpha Offering Forest Carbon Securities to Reverse Deforestation (Ind. Report)
Planet Alpha
Date: 2017-12-01
Cambridge, Mass.- based Planet Alpha Corp. (PAC) reports it is offering up to 5,000,000 Non-Voting Series A Preferred shares, at $10 per share, to develop world-wide forest carbon projects supporting communities and forest restoration. There is no minimum investment, allowing purchase of a single share ($10) by accredited and non-accredited investors alike. The proceeds will be used develop forest carbon sequestration projects in ecologically diverse locations around the planet.

PAC projects are developed and implemented in collaboration with local, community-based organizations that rely on cultural knowledge to manage forest ecosystems. PAC's "measurement-to-monetization" services are provided at no cost to landowners. PAC services are available to verify emission reduction for Paris Agreement signatories.

PAC aims to reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases by restoring nature. The company deploys carbon measurement infrastructure on forest lands to accurately measure carbon offsets for sale as carbon securities and carbon products. (Source: Planet Alpha Corp., PR, PRZen, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Planet Alpha Corp., D.V. Marino, CEO, https://planetalphaforest.earth

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Cement Assoc. Lauds Ontario's Focus on Climate Change in Infrastructure Planning (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Cement Association of Canada,Province of Ontario
Date: 2017-12-01
On the heels of the Ontario's government's announced Long-Term Infrastructure Plan, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) congratulates the government for taking a leadership role in ensuring infrastructure planning takes climate change into consideration. "The leadership the Ontario government is demonstrating today on climate change adaptation, mitigation and lifecycle planning will ensure Ontario is a leader in the transition to the low carbon economy," the CAC says.

The Long-Term Infrastructure Plan states that, starting in 2019, lifecycle analysis -- a method for calculating the lifetime environmental impact of a product or service -- will be implemented as a way to support evidence-based infrastructure decisions. Lifecycle analysis helps ensure that infrastructure investments deliver maximum economic, social and environmental value. (Source: Cement Association of Canada, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Cement Association of Canada, Lyse Teasdale, Director, Communications, Cement Association of Canada, Michael McSweeney, Pres., CEO, (613) 236-9471, ext 211, lteasdale@cement.ca, www.cement.ca

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Pennsylvania DEP Awards $1.1Mn in Alt-Fuel Grants (Funding)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Date: 2017-12-01
In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has announced more than $1.1 million in funding through the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grants (AFIG) program to support projects expected to save hundreds of thousands of gallons of fuel and reduce air pollution in Pennsylvania. The ongoing AFIG program is administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The AFIG aims to improve Pennsylvania's air quality and reduce consumption of imported oil through the use of alternative fuels that will help the state's economy and environment. The new awards for vehicles will save approximately 136,000 gpy of gasoline and diesel fuel, according to the DEP.

The new grants, which were awarded in the Vehicle Projects and Refueling Infrastructure categories, include Derry Township School District -- $14,084; DMJ Transportation Inc. -- $74,000; WW Transport Inc. -- $140,000; Trillium Transportation Fuels LLC -- $500,000; Valley Waste Service Inc. -- $400,000. (Source: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection, www.dep.pa.gov

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Ontario Set for Last Independent Cap-and-Trade Auction (Ind. Report)
Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2017-12-01
Ontario has completed its final cap-and-trade auction before entering a joint market with Quebec and California in 2018. Since launching the provincial cap-and-trade earlier this year, the province completed three sell-out auctions and realized almost $1.5 billion for green projects.

As of Jan. 1, Ontario will join Quebec and California's carbon market, which has also seen three sold out auctions in a row for current credits. (Source: Western Star, Various Media, Canadian Pres, 29 Nov., 2017)

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United Ethanol Selects Whitefox ICE™ to Boost Production Capacity (Ind. Report)
United Ethanol,Whitefox
Date: 2017-12-01
Wisconsin-headquartered United Ethanol LLC reports it will install a Whitefox ICE™ membrane system at its plant in Milton. The modular bolt-on system frees up capacity in the distillation-dehydration section which enables the plant to increase its annual production capacity to over 60 million gpy by removing process bottlenecks and cutting energy consumption.

United Ethanol's Milton plant processes approximately 45,000 bpd of corn into 50,000,000 gpy of ethanol, dry distiller's grain (DDGs) and modified distiller's grain .

Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. (Source: Whitefox, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: United Ethanol, David Cramer, Pres., CEO, (608) 868-5900, www.unitedethanol.com; Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446, (403) 210-2999 --Albverta Office), solutions@whitefox.com, www.whitefox.com

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Shell Pledges Major Carbon Footprint Cuts (Ind. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2017-12-01
International petroleum giant Royal Dutch Shell reports it plans to reduce its total carbon footprint by 20 pct by 2035 and cut it by 50 pct by 2050. It will also disclose information on its operation's energy consumption and overall carbon footprint on an annual basis. Shell has also pledged to invest up to $2 billion (£1.5 billion) per year through 2020 to help meet the goals of the Paris climate change agreement.

In a letter to the UN, Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said: "We also plan to pursue further operational efficiencies in our assets and will seek to develop carbon capture and storage. And increasingly, we will work with nature, forests and wetlands to help compensate for those emissions from uses where alternatives do not yet exist or will take time to scale."

Perhaps Shell's most ambitious project is its Quest carbon capture and storage (CCS)project in Canada, which recovers carbon dioxide emissions from a major oil-sands project and then compresses it into a liquid for storage underground. The project is one of only a few in the world. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, NYT, Various Media, 28 Nov., 2017)

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Al Hussein Tech, JGBC Ink Energy Efficiency Training MoU (Int'l)
Jordan Green Building Council
Date: 2017-11-29
In Amman, Jordan, Al Hussein Technical University (HTU) and the Jordan Green Building Council (JGBC) report they are joining forces and cooperating on Green Building and energy efficiency awareness, programs and training.

Under the terms of their agreement, JGBC will offer several green building training opportunities to HTU students, conduct joint research efforts, and connect HTU's student with contractors and consulting firms in the green building sector. The agreement will also be available to graduates from other Jordanian universities and practicing green building and energy efficiency professionals.

The JGBC heads a network of 14 councils in 14 countries in the MENA region. (Source: MENAFN, Jordan News Agency, 20 Nov., 2017)Contact: Jordan GBC, +962 6 552 0893, www.jordangbc.org; Al Hussein Technical University, +962 580 569 406, www.alhussein.jo

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PowerHouse Advancing UK Waste-to-Hydrogen Fuel System (Int'l)
PowerHouse Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
In the UK, London-based clean energy company PowerHouse Energy Group Plc reports it has completed pre-front-end engineering and design work on a 25 tpd synthetic gas (syngas) plant, and will now finalize its selection of vendors for the plant's components.

PowerHouse uses a "Distributed Modular Gasification" (DMG) technology to transform waste materials into syngas that can be turned into 99.99 pct clean hydrogen, which can then be used as transportation fuel or to power energy facilities. (Source: PowerHouse Energy Group Plc, Proactive Investors, Others, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powerhouse Energy Group Plc, +44 (0) 203 368 6399 info@powerhousegroup.co.uk, www.powerhouseenergy.net

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Whiffle Preparing Dutch Offshore Winds Atlas (New Prod & Tech)
Whiffle University of Technology
Date: 2017-11-29
A consortium of Dutch organizations led by weather forcasting specialist Whiffle, reports it is developing the Dutch Offshore Wind Atlas (DOWA, an offshore wind industry resource containing accurate North Sea winds data and other information.

The rationale behind the DOWA project is that weather related uncertainties are a major cost driver of offshore wind energy. Consequently, numerical weather prediction (NWP) models are crucial to create resource assessments and annual energy production (AEP) estimates, as well as short-term trading, wind farm design, and other applications.

The consortium includes Whiffle -- a Delft University spinoff company , the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). (Source: Whiffle Maritime Journal, 24 Nov., 2017) Contact: Whiffle Remco Verzijlbergh, Co-founder and Director of Operations, www.weatherfinecasting.com

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