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Reno Touts Energy Efficiency Leaders, ReEnergize Reno (Ind. Report)
City of Reno
Date: 2018-05-21
In the Silver State, the City of Reno is touting its first annual Green Building Awards celebrating the accomplishments of local leaders in building energy efficiency. The event took place on May 8th.

Award recipients included four organizations that have invested in green and high-efficiency buildings: the Glenn Group, Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino, the University of Nevada, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. Reno also recognized two notable ENERGY STAR certified buildings -- JC Penney's Logistics Center and Silver Lake Apartments -- both of which had recorded significantly lower energy consumption than their peers across the nation.

In addition, the City lauded eleven leaders in the city's ReEnergize Reno energy efficiency challenge program. Through the program, launched in October of last year, commercial, industrial, and multifamily buildings have committed to cut their energy consumption 20 pct by 2025.

Details on the ReEnergize Reno program are HERE. (Source: City of Reno, NRDC, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Star,  Green Buiding,  


Westport Fuel Unloading CNG Compressor Business (Ind. Report)
Westport Fuel Systems
Date: 2018-05-21
Vancouver-headquartered Westport Fuel Systems Inc. is reporting an agreement to sell its Cherasco, Italy-based compressed natural gas (CNG) compressor business to Snam S.p.A. (Snam). Subject to closing conditions, the €12.5 million deal is expected is to close by the end of July, 2018. Snam is one of the leading gas-utility companies in Europe.

The divestiture is expected to help Westport Fuel streamline its product offerings and focus more on providing alternative-fuel vehicle components and systems to the transportation sector. (Source: Westport Fuel Systems, PR, Zacks, 21 May, 2018)Contact: Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.wfsinc.com; Snam S.p.A., www.snam.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Westport Fuel Systems,  Alternative Fuel,  CNG,  


Kenyan Biogas Specialist Wins World Bank Support (Int'l) i
Sistema.bio,
Date: 2018-05-18
In Nairobi, Kenysn biogas/biodigestion specialist Sistema.bio reports receipt of a Sh35 million ($349,000)investment from the World Bank that converts manure into biogas and natural fertilizer have received a investment from a World Bank fund Kenya Climate Ventures Fund.

Sistema.bio will use the funds to scale-up its hybrid reactor biodigesters, delivering sustainable renewable energy and agricultural products to more small farmers in Kenya. Sistema.bio generates revenues from sales of the high-performance bio-digesters and the sale of utility accessories suitable for cooking, heating, mechanical energy and electric power generation. The company also offers interest-free payment plans to small farmers.(Source: Sistema.bio, Capital Business, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sistema.bio, +254 7044 44215, www.sistema.bio

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  bio-digesters,  Anerobic Digestion ,  


C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program Launched (Int'l)
C40,International Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-18
In Lagos, at this weeks launch of the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Program to support 9 sub-Saharan megacities -- Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dakar, Dar es Salaam, Durban, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Tshwane -- Accra Mayor Mohammed Adjei Sowah told delegates the Paris Agreement's new Climate Action Planning Programme for Africa would help build technical capacities within African cities to deliver long-term climate action plans and identify mechanisms to facilitate better national and local integration of climate mitigation activities. The mayor stressed the need to ensure long-term improvement to emissions reporting, scenario modeling, and identification of transformative mitigation and adaption actions to deal with Climate change.

The mayor of Accra, who is also C40 Vice Chair for Africa, noted the C40 Climate Action Planning Africa Programme is part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). The programme was designed in collaboration with climate expects from Ricardo Energy and Environment who will work closely with the cities to develop their action plans and support greater vertical integration between the city and national government climate strategies.

The support will include a dedicated City Advisor based in each City, a series of workshop, and access to expert technical advice as needed. Nairobi and Abidjan have also joined the programme and are anticipated to submit their climate action commitments soon. (Source: Modern Ghana, 17 May, 2018) Contact: International Climate Initiative, www.international-climate-initiative.com/en; C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News C40 Cities,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Paris CLimate Agreement,  International Climate Initiative,  


ARENA Touts $7Mn Renewables, Grid Stability Initiative (Int'l)
ARENA
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is reporting the launch of a $7 million funding initiative designed to test and prove how renewable energy technologies can better provide grid stability and security services.

States like South Australia and Victoria have begun ramping up their renewable energy capacity, and grid managers are beginning to focus on integrating energy storage -- i.e. the mammoth Hornsdale Power Reserve, a 129 MWh Tesla lithium-ion energy storage facility in South Australia, which was turned on for the first time towards the end of 2017.

The new $7 million ($5.23 million US) in funding seeks to further develop new technologies that can provide grid stability and security services as well as support projects such as system strength provision, frequency control ancillary services (FCAS), fast frequency response (FFR), inertia provision and measurement, and other services that may enhance system security. The Hornsdale Wind Farm in South Australia was a beneficiary of funding from ARENA to trial frequency control ancillary services (FCAS) (as was the 168 MW Musselroe Wind Farm in Tasmania which is still underway) and is now registered for six of eight FCAS markets in Australia. The project will provide valuable insights into the cost-benefit of using pre-curtailment to provide FCAS services from a new technology source. (Source: ARENA, CleanTechnica, 16 May, 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ian Kay, Acting CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, http://arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  Renewable Energy,  


Cadent Gas Advancing UK's First Large-Scale Hydrogen Network (Int'l)
Cadent Gas
Date: 2018-05-18
In the UK, Coventry-headquartered gas distribution giant Cadent reports it will invest over £900 million to develop a large scale hydrogen network to supply more than 10 major industries and refineries in the North West of England.

Cadent claims the pipeline project will help cut the carbon emission by 1 million tpy, roughly equivalent of taking 600,000 vehicles off the road. Reports reveal that at the Cheshire-based new plant, hydrogen will be produced from natural gas using steam methane reformation methods with carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: Cadent Gas, AlgosOnline, 13 May, 2018) Contact: Cadent Gas, https://cadentgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cadent,  Hydrogen,  CCS,  GHGs,  Carbon Emissions ,  


NextEra, SRP Complete Arizona Solar+Storage Plant (Ind. Report)
NextEra Energy Resources,Salt River Project
Date: 2018-05-18
Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources and Salt River Project (SRP) are touting the opening of Pinal Central Solar Energy Center (PCSEC), a 258,000 panel, 20-MW integrated PV solar plant equipped with a battery energy storage system. PCSEC, Arizona's largest utility-scale solar energy center paired with a battery storage system, will generate sufficient solar energy to power 5,000 homes and will store excess energy in a state-of-the-art 10-MW lithium-ion battery storage system.

SRP will purchase all of the energy produced at the plant, which is owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. SRP, which aims to meet 20 pct of its retail electricity requirements through sustainable resources by 2020, is on schedule to meet that goal by utilizing solar, wind, geothermal and hydro power and energy-efficiency measures. SRP also aims to reduce the amount of carbon emissions intensity by 33 pct by 2035, according to a company statement. (Source: nextEra Energy Resources, May, 2018) Contact: Pinal Central Solar Energy Center, www.pinalcentral.com; NextEra Energy Resources, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Salt River Project, John Sullivan, Deputy GM, Scott Harelson, (602) 236-2500, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy Resources,  Salt River Project,  Solar,  Energy STorage ,  


Innergex, Energia Llaima Acquiring Chilean Hydro Project (Int'l, M&A)
Energía Llaima,Innergex
Date: 2018-05-18
A partnership comprising renewable energy firms Energia Llaima and Innergex are reporting the planned acquisition of the 2001 vintage, 140MW Duqueco hydro project, which includes the 85-MW Peuchen and 55-MW Mampil hydro facilities on the Duqueco River.

Electricity generated from the two hydro facilities will be sold under PPAs at fixed prices until 2020 and on the spot market. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals in Chile and marks a final partnership agreement between the two firms, who were selected through a bidding process. (Source: Innergex, Power Technology, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Energia Llaima, www.ellaima.cl; Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro,  Energia Llaima ,  Innergex,  


Madison Renews MadiSUN Renewable Energy Program (Ind. Report)
RENEW Wisconsin
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Badger State, the city of Madison reports it has renewed its MadiSUN renewable energy program for residents and businesses.

The program, which issues cash rebates and financing for solar installations, helped nearly 80 homes and businesses since the program started in 2015.

The MadiSUN program aims to expand solar energy for homes and businesses. RENEW Wisconsin, a local nonprofit organization working to grow renewable energy statewide, administers the programs on behalf of the City. Since 2016, the City has expanded the number of solar installations on its own buildings while supporting residents to make similar investments. Madison in 2017 earned Gold designation from the national SolSmart program for its work to improve permitting and solar installation processes. (Source: City of Madison, MadiSUN Website, WKOW, 16 May, 2018)Contact: MadiSUN, 608.255.4044, https://madisunsolar.com; RENEW Wisconsin, 608.255.4044, www.renewwisconsin.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  RENEW Wisconsin,  


Veridium, IBM Partner on VERDE Carbon Credit Tokens (Int'l)
Veridium
Date: 2018-05-18
Environmental FinTech company Veridium reports it is partnering with IBM to help transform the carbon credit market using blockchain technology.

Veridium, a collaborative initiative of EcoSmart Labs, Brian Kelly Capital Management, IDEAcarbon, Everland and CBL Markets, will leverage IBM's blockchain technology and expertise to transform carbon credits into a new type of digital asset that can be redeemed and traded. IBM will provide the token architecture and token interface with its various industry specific Hyperledger Fabric blockchain platforms.

According to Veridium, integrating the entire process of carbon accounting and offsetting into a digital token on a public, permissioned blockchain network can help make measuring environmental impact, transferring ownership rights, and redeeming the underlying carbon offset more efficient.

The token, called VERDE, will represent carbon accounting and offsetting backed by environmental assets, including Triple Gold REDD+ credits from InfiniteEARTH, which authored the first REDD+ forest carbon accounting methodology, a protocol now embodied in the UN Paris Agreement. (Source: Veridium, Block Tribune, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Veridium, Todd Lemons, CEO, www.veridium.io; IBM, Bridget van Kralingen, Senior VP, Industry Platforms and Blockchain, www.ibm.com/us-en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veridium,  Carbon Credit,  


Grassley Warns Pruitt to Shape-Up or Ship-Out (Notable Quote)

Date: 2018-05-18
Iowa's senior senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to support the Trump Administration's biofuels policies, the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and the biofuels industry in general. Failing Pruitt's support, Grassely said he'd call for Pruitt's resignation.

"I'm done playing around. I've supported Pruitt but if he pushes changes to RFS that permanently cut ethanol by billions of gallons he will have broken Trump's promise and should step down and let someone else do the job of implementing Trump's (biofuel) agenda. Trump was elected with an agenda; Pruitt was not elected," Grassley said.

Grassley's position is in response to growing farm-state frustration with the EPA's management of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) compelling refiners to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol. Iowa is a top producer of both corn and ethanol. (Source: Wallaces Farmer, Others, Bloomberg, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R), www.grassley.senate.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grassley,  Scott Pruitt,  Biofuels,  


Smurfit Kappa Wraps CO2 Emissions Cuts Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Smurfit Kappa
Date: 2018-05-18
Dublin, Ireland-headquartered commercial packaging manufacturer Smurfit Kappais reporting a 26 pct reduction in CO2 emissions three years ahead of schedule. In 2017, the company targeted a 25 pct reduction in fossil fuel CO2 emissions in its processing systems by 2020.

While Smurfit Kappa's products are renewable and recyclable, the company notes that paper production itself is quite energy intensive. To address the issue, the company is moving away from fossil fuels to biomass and other renewables where feasible. (Source: Smurfit Kappa,plc, Checkout, May, 2018) Contact: Smurfit Kappa, www.smurfitkappa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


PG&E Increases Energy Efficiency Options (Ind. Report)
PG&E
Date: 2018-05-18
In San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reports it will double new construction energy efficiency incentives for residential and business customers who lost their homes or businesses in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires. To that end, PG&E is teaming up with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to offer a "one stop shop" for residential green building incentives for customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties who lost their homes in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards -- Title 24, Part 6 -- guide residential and non-residential building and construction across the state. The standards help to ensure energy efficiency in new construction to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings, as well as to lower energy costs for California customers. As a result, single family homes built to the latest 2016 standards will use approximately 28 pct less energy for lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating than homes built to the 2013 standards. The state programs offer incentives for building above energy efficiency code requirements based on standard energy design ratings.

Based on PG&E's existing California Advanced Homes Program for new home construction, eligible customers can apply for the new Advanced Energy Rebuild Program to receive up to $17,500 for rebuilding sustainably. Condominiums, apartments and in-law units will be eligible for a portion of the incentives. The program is available through December 31, 2019 or until funds are exhausted.

For business owners, the Savings by Design program currently offers incentives up to $150,000 per building. PG&E will increase the incentives to up to $300,000 per building. Additionally, PG&E will increase its comprehensive design assistance, offer expedited application reviews and engineering and sales support for business customers who lost their property. These changes will be available as they exist today through 2023.

Access California Advanced Homes Program details at cahp-pge.com and Savings by Design at www.pge.com/savingsbydesign. (Source: PG&E, 176 May, 2018) Contact: PG&E, www.pge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News PG&E,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency,  


Kokam Deploys 30-MW Energy Storage System in Australia (Int'l)
Kokam,Alinta Energy
Date: 2018-05-18
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered lithium-ion/polymer battery specialist Kokam Co., Ltd is reporting the installation of a 30-MW/11.4-MWh energy storage system (ESS) for Australian utility Alinta Energy. This is the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, according to a Kokam statement.

The system, which incorporates Kokum's Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology and consists of five 2.2-MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units, operates in conjunction with Alinta Energy's existing 178-MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station. Kokam delivered the ESS and served, alongside UGL Pty Ltd, as the system integrator on the project, the company said. Contact: Alinta Energy, Jeff Dimery, CEO, www.alintaenergy.com; Kokam, Ike Hong, VP, Business Dev., Vice President of Kokam Co., Ltd., +82 (0)31 3620 137, www.kokam.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kokam,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Biofuels Pioneer GoodFuels Closes Growth Investment Round (Int'l)
GoodFuels,Social Impact Ventures
Date: 2018-05-18
In Rotterdam, sustainable, advanced marine biofuels specialist GoodFuels is reporting receipt of a major investment round with Amsterdam-based investment fund Social Impact Ventures (SIV).

The funds will be used for product development and international marketing and thus help reduce CO2 emissions, improve air quality and achieve global Sustainable Development Goals. (Source: GoodFuels, International Shipping News 17 May, 2018) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; Social Impact Ventures, www.socialimpactventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  


Orbital Gas U.K. Snares Second Biomethane Contract (Int'l)
Orbital Gas Systems
Date: 2018-05-18
In Houston, CUI Global, Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orbital Gas Systems Ltd. has received a second contract valued at $500,000 from a major European industrial company for a biomethane-to-grid unit. Orbital U.K. received its first contract from the same customer in February 2017. The new contract calls for one biomethane-to-grid unit to be delivered in 2018.

Orbital's patented VE Technology® with the ground-breaking GasPT device, offers natural gas operators and users a comprehensive engineering array for the next generation of energy metering systems.

CUI Global, Inc. is a publicly traded company dedicated to maximizing shareholder value through the acquisition and development of innovative companies, products and technologies. (Source: CUI Global, Inc., May, 2018) Contact: CUI Global, www.cuiglobal.com; Orbital Gas Systems UK, Paul White, Pres., www.orbitalgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orbital Gas Systems ,  Biomethane,  


Fulcrum BioEnergy Nevada BioFuels Plant Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2018-05-18
Pleasanton, California-based waste-to-fuels specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc. reports construction is underway on Phase 2 of its first waste-to-fuels project, the Sierra BioFuels Plant (Sierra), in McCarran, about 20 miles east of the city of Reno, Nevada.

The Sierra project will utilize Fulcrum's proprietary thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels which, when compared to traditional petroleum transportation fuel, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 80 pct., according to the company.

When commissioned and fully operational in Q1, 2020, Sierra will convert approximately 175,000 tpy of household garbage into more than 10.5 million gpy of biofuel, according to the company. (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc., PR, 16 May, 2018) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy Inc, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Biofuel,  Waste-to-Fuel,  


NYSERDA Offers Carbon Emissions Reduction Funding (Funding)
NYSERDA
Date: 2018-05-18
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced the availability of $10 million in funding for projects that aim to reduce carbon emissions at commercial and industrial buildings in the Empire State.

The funds are being made available through the Commercial and Industrial Carbon Challenge, a pilot program testing the effectiveness of flexible funding for clean energy projects as opposed to traditional state-supported programs.

The initiative will provide awards of $2 million to $5 million to partially offset the development costs of projects that implement carbon-reducing clean energy actions in buildings with an aggregate 12-month average demand of 10 mw or more. Projects could include energy efficiency or distributed energy resources that help commercial and industrial customers to achieve carbon emissions reductions.

Proposals for the initiative must identify a three-year carbon emissions reduction target and a plan for achieving that target. Interested parties must submit proposals by July 10. Funding is provided through the State's 10-year, $5.3 billion Clean Energy Fund. Commercial and industrial buildings account for 33 percent of the energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, according to NYSERDA. (Source: NYSERDA, 17 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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


Tendril Tapped for PSEG Customer Engagement, Behavioral Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
PSEG Long Island ,Tendril
Date: 2018-05-18
Boulder, Colorado-based demand side management (DSM) analytics platform provider Tendril reports it has been selected by PSEG Long Island as its Behavioral Energy Efficiency (BEE) and customer engagement partner.

Tendril's suite of behavioral energy efficiency and demand management products include: home energy reports, customer engagement portals, high usage alerts, assessments that can be completed by the homeowner or facilitated by an auditor to collect information on appliance type and electricity usage across a range of areas.

PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority's (LIPA) transmission and distribution system under a 12-year contract. PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated , a publicly traded diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion. (Source: Tendril, PR, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Tendril, Adrian Tuck, CEO, www.tendrilinc.com; Long Island Power Authority, Tom Falcone, CEO, (631) 755-6900, www.lipower.org; PSEG Long Island, Michael Voltz, Director of Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Dan Eichhorn, VP Customer Services, www.psegliny.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Long Island Power Authority,  PSEG Long Island ,  Tendril,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vestas, Vattenfall Partner on 353MW Swedish Wind Project (Int'l)
Vestas,Vattenfall
Date: 2018-05-18
Wind turbine specialist Vestas reports it is partnering with Swedish utility Vattenfall and Danish pension fund PKA to develop a new 353 MW wind energy project at the Blakliden and Fabodberget wind parks in central Sweden. The Blakliden wind park will have 50 turbines, while the Fabodberget site will deploy 34.

Vestas will provide 84 units of its V136-4.2 MW turbines and become a shareholder via a share purchase agreement for 40 pct of the project. PKA and Vattenfall each hold 30 pct of the projected €350 million ($412.34 million) project. Turbine delivery is expected to begin in early 2021 for commissioning before the year end. (Source: Vestas, WindEurope, Various Media, CNBC, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; PKA, www.pka.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Vattenfall,  Wind,  


Utah Officially Recognizes Climate Change (Reg. & Leg.)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-05-18
In Salt Lake City, Utah legislator's have passed HCR 007 Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship -- a landmark climate change resolution that recognizes the reality of a changing climate, the impact of human activity, and the state's opportunities to respond to it.

Utah is the first "conservative" state legislature to officially acknowledge the existence of climate change, its causes, and the need for solutions.

The legislation prioritizes understanding the science behind climate change, as opposed to its 2010 resolution which agreed with then presidential wanna-be Donald Trump's claim that climate change was a conspiracy invented by the Chinese and urged the EPA to stop all carbon dioxide reduction policies and programs.

The climate change resolution, which was widely supported by industry and environmental groups, handily passed in the Utah House 46-24 and in the Senate 23-3. (Source: Various Media, The Independent, 17 May, 2018)

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


Pittsburgh Environmental Center Wins Living Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Frick Environmental Center,Green Building Alliance,USGBC
Date: 2018-05-18
In the Keystone State, Pittsburgh's Frick Environmental Center (FEC) educational center reports it has been awarded Living Building Certification from the Seattle-based Living Future Institute. A project of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City of Pittsburgh, the FEC is the first municipally-owned building in the U.S. to achieve this designation, according to the project's architect Bohlin Cywinski Jackson..

Completed in 2016, the 16,000-sf FEC facility is one of 21 buildings worldwide to score Living Building certification, and only the second in Pennsylvania. FEC is one of the first to meet Building Challenge designation under v2.1, which requires a building to produce as much energy as it consumes annually, eliminate toxic and harmful chemicals, and collect and treat its own water.

A net-zero building, the FEC incorporates solar and geothermal energy to use 40 pct less energy compared to buildings of the same size in the same region. The center is also US Green Building Council LEED Platinum certified for energy efficiency and is a recipient of the Green Building Alliance Wood Design Award from WoodWorks, and an Education Facility Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). (Source: Construction Specifier, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Frick Environmental Center, (412) 586-4576, www.pittsburghparks.org/frick-environmental-center; Living Future Institute, (206) 273-2028, https://living-future.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Green Building Alliance,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Pfister Contracts for Lockheed Martin Solar Field (Ind. Report)
Pfister Energy
Date: 2018-05-18
Hawthorne, New Jersey-headquartered Pfister Energy reports it has contracted to design and construct a 2.5 MW, ground-mounted solar field for Lockheed Martin's Moorestown facility. The 8-acre installation is expected to shave 5 percent off of Lockheed Martin's annual energy costs.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. (Source: Pfister Energy, PR, 17 May, 2018) Contact: Pfister Energy, Wayne Pfister, Pres., Lucy Giglio, 973-653-9880, lgiglio@pfisterenergy.com, www.pfisterenergy.com; Lockheed Martin, www.lockheedmartin.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pfister Energy,  Solar,  Lockheed Martin ,  


Xebec, Sapio Group Partner on Biogas Plants (Ind. Report)
Xebec Adsorption
Date: 2018-05-18
Quebec, Canada-headquartered Xebec Adsorption Inc., a global provider of gas generation, purification, and filtration solutions for the energy and renewables marketplace, reports it has inked an exclusive Market Development and Commercialization Agreement with Monza, Italy-based , Sapio Group.

Under the agreement, Sapio is committed to purchase multiple Xebec biogas upgrading plants totaling €33 million ($39 million) to be delivered over three years. Sapio Group is the largest industrial gas company in Italy. Its business model includes the production and distribution of bio-liquefied natural gas (bio-LNG) throughout Italy. The two companies anticipate 30 to 40 bio-LNG facilities will be built over the next 3 to 5 years. Xebec will provide the biogas upgrading units, including a CO2 reduction module, that will lower the CO2 content in the product gas down to 50 ppm, allowing for on-site liquefaction of the renewable natural gas (RNG) and conversion into bioLNG. (Source: Xebec Adsorption, PR, 17 May, 2018) . Contact: Xebec Adsorption, Kurt Sorschak, President, 450)-979-8700, www.xebecinc.com; Sapio Group, +39 039 83981 - Fax +39 039 836068, gruppo@sapio.it, www.grupposapio.it/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec ,  Biogas,  


Sinopec's Shanghai Biodiesel Refinery Construction Underway (Int'l)
Sinopec
Date: 2018-05-16
In Shanghai, Sinopec is reporting construction has begun on two 400,000-600,000 tonne biodiesel blending facilities. Construction is slated for completion in June.

Sinopec, which has made a big push to promote biofuel after China make it mandatory to blend ethanol into gasoline, aims to supply biodiesel in more than 200 petrol stations by the end of this year, the paper reported. Sinopec currently sells biodiesel at 33 petrol stations. (Source: Sinopec, Eastday, Reuters, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Sinopec, english.sinopec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinopec,  Biodiesel,  


London Mayor Calls for Zero-Emission Zones by 2020 (Int'l)

Date: 2018-05-16
In the UK, London Mayor Sadiq Khan is reportedly calling for the introduction of zero-emission zones in some parts of the capital from 2020 as part of a long-term vision of a carbon neutral city by 2050. In his Environment Strategy, the mayor calls for the city to adopt clean air policies, electric vehicle, an increase in London's current solar capacity to 1GW by 2030 and 2GW by 2050.

The strategy includes a proposal on carbon budgets, aimed at reducing London's greenhouse gas emissions -- a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 1990 levels in 2018-2022, which is in line with with the Paris climate agreement to limit global climate change to 1.5 degrees. In addition, the mayor will fund thousands more trees and improvements to community green spaces. Since the start of his mayoralty, Khan has directly funded the planting of over 70,000 trees and has committed £4 million to support additional plantings. (Source: Fleet News, Iran Financial Tribune, 15 May, 2018)

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


Australia's Largest Solar Farm Online (Int'l Report)
Enel Green Power,Origin Energy
Date: 2018-05-16
In the Land Down Under, the 110 MW first stage of the 220MW (AC) Bungala solar project near Port Augusta in South Australia has reportedly begun power production.

The Bungala project could end up being a 300 MW project if all three stages are built by the project owner Italian energy giant Enel Green Power, along with the Dutch Infrastructure Fund. The project, which has a power purchase agreement with Origin Energy, will generate approximately 570 GWh per year, sufficient energy for approximately 82,000 Australian households, according to a company statement. (Source: Enel Green Power, Renew Economy, Others, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, +61 3 8635 3485, www.originenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Enel Green Power,  Origin Energy,  


Nova Scotia Joins Western Climate Initiative (Ind. Report)
Western Climate Initiative
Date: 2018-05-16
In Halifax, the Government of Nova Scotia reports it has joined the Western Climate Initiative Inc., a not-for-profit corporation formed to provide administrative and technical services to states and provinces with emissions trading programs. According to Environment Minister Iain Rankin, joining the initiative will enable the province to use its IT system to manage and track its new cap-and-trade program which is expected to come online in June. The province currently does not plan to trade outside the province. Emissions caps have not yet been set.

Under its program, Nova Scotia requires industrial facilities generating 50,000 tpy or more of greenhouse gas emissions to report emissions. About 20 industries -- including Nova Scotia Power, Northern Pulp, Lafarge, ExxonMobil, Imperial, Irving Oil and others -- will be covered by the program. Regulations also cover petroleum product suppliers that import or produce 200 lpy of fuel or more for consumption and natural gas distributors whose products produce at least 10,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions a year. (Source: CBC, Canadian Press, 14 May, 2018)Contact: Western Climate Initiative, www.wci-inc.org; Environment Minister Iain Rankin, https://novascotia.ca/nse/dept/minister.asp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Western Climate Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Cap-and-Trade,  


Siemens Gamesa Wins 74.8MW Japanese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2018-05-16
Siemens Gamesa is reporting receipt of an order from Tokyu Land Corporation for 22 units of its SWT-3.4-108 wind turbines for two wind farms in Hokkaido, Japan. Delivery is slated for 2018-19. The first batch has already arrived in Hokkaido. Siemens Gamesa will handle operations and maintenance services for the projects under the terms of a 20 year contract.

Siemens Gamesa has installed 188 wind turbines in Japan since 1999, and is active China, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.(Source: Siemens Gamesa, Renewable Energy, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Siemens Gamesa, Alvaro Bilbao, CEO, Asia-Pacific Onshore Business, www.siemensgamesa.com/en; Tokyu Land Corporation, www.tokyu-land.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


SolarEdge Acquiring Israeli Energy Storage Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
SolarEdge Technologies
Date: 2018-05-16
SolarEdge Technologies is reporting the acquisition of Jerusalem-based energy storage specialist Gamatronic Electronic Industries for $11.5 million. The acquisition covers substantially all of Gamatronic's assets, including intellectual property, brand, and tangible assets. The agreement is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of Q2, 2018.

Gamatronic develops, manufactures, and sells UPS electrical devices that provide emergency back-up power to appliances when the input power source fails. The company's products include UPS systems of a wide range of outputs and monitoring and control solutions for power systems. Gamatronic products are sold in the United States, China, Europe, South Africa, and Latin America. (Source: SolarEdge Technologies, 11 May, 2018) Contact: SolarEdge Technologies, (510) 498-3200, info@solaredge.com, www.solaredge.com; Gamatronic Electronic Industries, +972-2-588 8222, www.gamatronic.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarEdge Technologies,  Energy Storage,  


Offshore Wind Pioneer WPD AG Planning $1Bn Sale (Int'l Report)
WPD AG
Date: 2018-05-16
In Germany, Bremen-based offshore wind energy developer WPD AG is reportedly seeking investors for an equity stake of at least $1 billion or potentially to purchase the company lock, stock and barrel.

Founded in 1996, WPD reportedly has 2,000 turbines in 18 countries. The company operates and manages wind power, biogas and solar energy plants and currently has 5.6 gigawatts of projects in early planning stages worldwide. (Source: WPD AG, Bloomberg, Others, 15 May, 2018) Contact: WPD AG, +49-421-168-6610, + 49-421-168-6666 – fax, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WPD AG,  Wind,  


NorthVolt, Marubeni Ink Li-Ion Battery MoU Agreement (Int'l)
Marubeni, Northvolt
Date: 2018-05-16
Reuters is reporting Japanese trading house Marubeni Corp and Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt AB have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate in a lithium-ion battery business to meet growing demand in Europe.

Northvolt plans to build Europe's largest battery cell plant in Sweden, with the backing of VW-owned truckmaker Scania and Swiss engineering group ABB.

Marubeni is considering supplying Northvolt's battery plant with manufacturing equipment and raw materials including cathode and anode materials. Marubeni also plans to support Northvolt's battery sales and jointly develop a battery recycling business. (Source: Marubeni, Reuters, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: NorthVolt AB, Peter Carlsson, CEO, www.northvolt.com; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marubeni,  Northvolt,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Li-Ion,  Lithium-Ion,  


Valero Snares Peruvian Biofuels Importer Pure Biofuels (M&A)
Valero Energy,Pure Biofuels
Date: 2018-05-16
San Antonio, Texas-based Valero Energy Corp. subsidiary Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLCT is reporting the acquisition of Lima, Peru-based fuel importer Pure Biofuels del Peru SAC (PBF) from private equity firm Pegasus Capital Advisors LP for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition includes refined products terminals and storage capacity in Callao, near Lima. The Callao facility has mooring and unloading systems with Panamax vessel capability.(Source: Valero, Renewables, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; Pure Biofuels, +511 616 9292, www.pbf.com.pe

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  Pure Biofuels,  Ethanol,  


Stora Enso Announces DuraSense Bio-Plastic (Int'l Report)
Stora Enso
Date: 2018-05-16
Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is touting DuraSense, a new bio-based alternative to plastic. According to the company, its new DuraSense material -- which is made of wood fibres, polymers and additives -- will help meet market demand for greener plastics.

Stora Enso's bio-composites, which can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials, can be used to make a wide range of goods, from car parts to kitchen utensils and bottle caps.

In 2018, Stora Enso invested €12 in bio-based material production, and claims it will be able to produce 15,000 tpy of DuraSense material at its Hylte Mill in Sweden. (Source: Stora Enso, Business Green, May, 2018) Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Bioplastic,  


TUV SUD to Certify Nordex N133/4.8 Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
TUV SUD ,Nordex
Date: 2018-05-16
Following on our April 30th coverage, TUV SUD reports it will examine, assess and certify the overall design and all key components of Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex's new N133/4.8 wind turbine.

The certification is aimed at confirming the quality of standard-conforming design a according to TUV SUD. Certification, market launch and serial production of the N133/4.8MW turbine is expected in 2019. The N133/4.8MW turbine is the most powerful machine in Nordex's portfolio. (Source: TUV SUD, Various Media, RE News, May, 2018) Contact: TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com; Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD ,  Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  


Saertex Touts Wind Turbine Glass Fabric (New Prod & Tech)
Saertex
Date: 2018-05-16
Saertex GmbH is reporting development of a light-weight, high strength, unidirectional (UD) glass fibre reinforcement for use in the production of wind turbine rotor blades.

The products tensile strengths is up to 20 pct higher than conventional glass UD fabrics. In addition, the process of laying-up the fabric in the mould without wrinkles is reported to be significantly improved, thereby shortening the lay-up time and reducing costs, according to the company.

(Source: Saertex, NetComposites, May, 2018) Contact: Saertex Gmbh, Saerbeck (Germany) +49 25 74 902 0, (704) 464-5998 – US Office, (704) 464-5922, info.usa@saertex.com, info@saertex.com, www.saertex.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Blade,  


Paris Climate Accord Cash for Developing Countries Largely Outstanding (Int'l)
UNFCCC
Date: 2018-05-16
Paris Climate Accord and other international observer organizations are urging rich countries to stop holding back their climate change financial support to developing countries, after the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting on the Paris Agreement Work Program held between 30 April to 10 May, in Bonn, Germany.

The funding is necessary for countries to develop, asses and improve national plans under the Paris Agreement. Without the timely funding, developing countries under the Paris Agreement will suffer the consequences of climate change induced disasters.

UN climate change talks are slated to resume in Bangkok September 3-8, 2018. (Source: Matangi Tonga Online, May, 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  UNFCCC,  


CPower Energy Wins East Anglia One Offshore Wind Contract (Int'l)
CPower Energy,ScottishPower Renewables
Date: 2018-05-16
In the UK, Colchester-based wind service and resources specialist CPower Energy reports it has secured a preferred supplier contract to supply commissioning engineers during the construction phase of Belfast-based ScottishPower Renewables' East Anglia One, one of the world's largest offshore wind farm projects.

As well as commissioning managers and engineers, CPower Energy is approved to supply engineers for the offshore and onshore substations, wind turbine generators, logistics and supervisory control and data acquisition for the project.

When fully operational in 2020, East Anglia One will supply sufficient power for as many as 600,000 British homes. CPower Energy personnel are expected to start construction work on the project in the next few weeks. (Source: CPower Energy, PR, Insider Media, May, 2018) Contact: CPower Energy, Peter Jorgensen, Managing Dir., +44 (0) 7920854394, info@cpower-energy.com, www.cpower-energy.com; ScottishPower Renewables, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

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


Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 -- Market Insights Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-05-16
Market Insights new Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 provides a comprehensive analysis of the emerging point of care tests market segments, including their dynamics, size, growth, regulatory requirements, technological trends, competitive landscape, and emerging opportunities for instrument and consumable suppliers. This report also provides market landscape and market share information in the Cellulosic Ethanol market. The report brings together major merger & acquisition, distribution agreement, licensing deals and collaboration deals information in point of care testing market. The report also entails major drivers and challenges of Cellulosic Ethanol market.

The report also examines the technologies, markets and factors influencing the markets for Cellulosic Ethanol. Markets are forecast based on historical activity and current opportunities, technical advances and challenges. The research includes historic data from 2013 to 2017 and forecasts until 2025.

Access Global Cellulosic Ethanol Market Research Report 2018 details HERE. (Source: MarketInsights Reports, May, 2018) Contact: MarketInsightsReports , (704) 266-3234, sales@marketinsightsreports.com, www.marketinsightsreports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


EcoEnergy Insights Touts CORTIX™ Platform (New Prod & Tech)
EcoEnergy Insights
Date: 2018-05-16
EcoEnergy Insights, a provider of analytics-driven energy management and business outcome services, is reporting the launch CORTIX™, an advanced artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) platform that delivers actionable insights to help buildings run smoothly and reduce operational costs and boost efficiency.

CORTIX helps predict future business setbacks that may have unintended costs. It does this by employing advanced machine learning so that as outcomes of its recommendations are fed back in, CORTIX "learns" their effectiveness and uses this information to predict similar situations in the future. The platform is product-agnostic, allowing seamless connections to various building assets regardless of configuration. Currently, CORTIX processes over 150 million records per day in over 2,300 cities worldwide.

EcoEnergy Insights is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. (Source: EcoEnergy Insights, PR, 15 May, 2018) Contact: EcoEnergy Insights, 770-429-3000, info@ecoenergy.utc.com, www.ecoenergyinsights.com; CORTIX, www.cortix.ai

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


UNDP Suggests Wrapping Buildings to Cut Heating Costs (Int'l Report)
UNDP,Green Climate Foundation
Date: 2018-05-16
In Yerevan, the Armenian government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have launched a joint program to wrap multi-apartment buildings with a special high-tech shell to reduce the cost of heating by 50-60 pct and at the same time cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Green Climate Foundation has committed $20 million to the project and the Armenian government will in turn provide $9.8 million, according to UNDP Deputy Resident Representative to Armenia Dmitry Maryasin.

Initially the program will not include buildings needing major repairs. The selection of buildings will be carried out on a competitive basis. The UNDP will also cooperate with banks to provide affordable loans to residents . (Source: UNDP, ARKA, 16 May, 2018) Contact: UNDP, www.undp.org; Green Climate Foundation, www.greenclimate.fund

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Climate Foundation,  UNDP,  Energy Efficiency,  


Piraeus Port Authority Working to Cut Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region
Date: 2018-05-16
In Greece, the Piraeus Port Authority (PPA) reports it is taking measures to reduce its carbon footprint by effectively reducing its emissions.

The PPA is a partner in the ongoing Sustainable Ports in the Adriatic-Ionian Region (SUPAIR) which aims to slash emissions from shipping and onshore port operations through the creation of a transnational network of port authorities working together to develop action plans and commit to actions that will lead to low-carbon and multimodal transport and mobility solutions. (Source: Piraeus Port Authority,PR, Various Media, May, 2018) Contact: Piraeus Port Authority, +30 210 4550000, www.olp.gr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Maritime Emissions,  


National Grid Issues $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
National Grid,Rochdale Village
Date: 2018-05-16
National Grid reports it will provide more than $1 million in energy efficiency rebates to the owners of the world's largest housing cooperative, Rochdale Village in Jamaica Queens, New York.

The 120-acre housing co-op includes 20 apartment buildings, a daycare center, three schools, a public library, a business district, two shopping mall and a power plant, saves about 1.3 million therms annually as a result of energy efficiency measures. The co-op is on pace to meet the Big Apple's Carbon Challenge to reduce building emissions by 30 pct by 2025.

Rochdale Village recently completed several energy efficient improvements including, installation of low-flow shower heads in apartments, new roof installations on over 20 structures, and a campus-wide conversion to LED lighting. (Source: National Grid, Energy Insider, 15 May, 2018) Contact: National Grid, Louis Rizzo, Energy Programs Operations, www.nationalgridus.com/NY-Home/Contact-Us; Rochdale Village, www.rochdalevillage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  Rochdale Village,  


Norway Increases CCS Support (Int'l, Funding)
Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Date: 2018-05-16
In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has announced an additional NOK 80 million ($9.9 million US) funding for 2018 to support studies of CO2 transport, storage and up to two capture facilities.

With the new support, the government's 2018 CCS funding totals NOK 280 million ($34.6 million US) including funds transferred from 2017.

Norway and its state-owned CCS company Gassnova have over the past two years been investigating three potential industrial sites from which to further develop technology with the aim of bringing Europe's first full CCS value chain into operation by 2022. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, BG, 15 May, 2018) Contact: Gassnova, Trude Sundset, CEO, , +47 400 05 908, www.gassnova.no; Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/oed/id750

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gassnove,  CCS,  Norway CCS,  CO2,  


NYCEEC Co-CEO to Advance Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation
Date: 2018-05-16
The New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation (NYCEEC) announced expanded senior leadership today to accelerate its growth and to deliver on its mission to advance energy efficiency and clean energy financing solutions. Board member Curtis Probst has joined Susan Leeds as co-CEO.

The new leadership team will focus on growing NYCEEC's lending platform and new initiatives to build energy efficiency and clean energy financing markets for commercial and multifamily buildings. On the horizon are the launch of C-PACE in New York City, the strategic expansion of NYCEEC's loan originations to an eight-state region including New York State, and continued innovation in support of critical initiatives such as net-zero affordable housing renovations through RetrofitNY.

NYCEEC is a non-profit finance company that provides loans and financing solutions for energy efficiency and clean energy projects. NYCEEC has financed over $135 million of energy efficiency and clean energy projects across hundreds of buildings and nearly 5,000 affordable housing units. (Source: NYCEEC, PR, PRNewswire, 15 May, 2018) Contact: NYCEEC, Susan Leeds, CEO, Posie Constable, Director of Business Development, Posie Constable, Head of Business Development, (646) 797-4630, pconstable@nyceec.com, www.nyceec.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City Energy Efficiency Corporation,  Energy Efficiency ,  


Indian Cabinet Expands National Biofuel Policy (Int'l)
India Biofuel
Date: 2018-05-16
A meeting of the Indian Government Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved a new National Policy on Biofuels . The new policy categorises biofuels as First Generation (1G), which produce bio-ethanol from molasses and bio-diesel from non-edible oilseeds, and Second Generation (2G) ethanol which can be produced from municipal solid waste and Third Generation (3G) fuels like bio-CNG. Till now only 1G ethanol produced from sugarcane was permitted to be mixed in petrol.

The newly approved Policy expands the scope of raw material for ethanol production by allowing use of sugarcane juice, sugar containing materials like sugar beet, sweet sorghum, starch containing materials like corn, cassava, damaged food grains like wheat and broken rice, and rotten potatoes. It also permits use of surplus food grains for production of ethanol for blending with petrol with the approval of National Biofuel Coordination Committee. The policy also encourages setting up of supply chain mechanisms for biodiesel production from non-edible oilseeds, used cooking oil and short gestation crops.

Download the full National Policy on Biofuels HERE. (Source: Press Trust of India, 18 May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Biodiesel,  


CarbonCure, Roberts Oxygen Offer CO2 Utilization Solution (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2018-05-16
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure reports it has teamed up with Roberts Oxygen Company, Inc., an independent distributor of compressed industrial gases, to provide a complete solution for innovative carbon dioxide utilization for the concrete industry in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

CarbonCure Technology recycles CO2 in order to improve the compressive strength of concrete and enable ready mix concrete producers to realize manufacturing cost savings while reducing their carbon footprint.

With 47 locations in 9 states, Roberts Oxygen is the sole preferred supplier of CO2 for concrete producers who install the CarbonCure technology at concrete plants in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 15 May, 2019)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure ,  CO2,  


Grants for peatland restoration awarded
Peatland
Date: 2018-05-15
Defra has given £10m to help restore more than 6,500ha of England's peatlands. The new funding will help deliver commitments in the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan to create a framework for peat restoration in England. The total area of 6,580 hectares of upland and lowland peatlands that these grants will support work on is equivalent to 10,613 football pitches. The work will be delivered through four local partnership projects.. This work will abate and store an estimated 23,000 tonnes of carbon per year. A panel of experts and Defra officials assessed the projects and awarded the funding based on the potential for carbon abatement. Defra has allocated a total of £10 million between the four projects. The North of England Peat Partnership led by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will restore 394 ha of lowland raised bog and 1679 ha of blanket bog across 21 peatland sites in the north of England. Dr Tim Thom, Peat Programme Manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, (Source: Horticulture Week, May, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Peat news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  


Trichy Corp. Studying MSU Biogas Plant Options (Int'l Report)
Trichy Corp
Date: 2018-05-14
In India, the municipal Trichy Corporation is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) for a detailed project feasibility report for the construction of a 100 tpd compressed biogas bottling plant. The plant would use organic municipal solid waste (MSW) to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) that could be used as alternate fuel for transportation of cooking purposes.

If constructed, the facility could produce 4,143.75 kg of methane gas and as many as 300 CNG cylinders per day. (Source: Trichy Corporation, Times of India, 14 May, 2018) www.trichycorporation.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Biogas,  CNG,  


Cornell Tech Solar Installation Design Selected for Intersolar Smarter E Award (Ind. Report)
Cornell Tech
Date: 2018-05-14
EnterSolar reports its Getting to Net Zero: A Custom Designed Solar Installation for Cornell Tech has been selected as finalist for the smarter E Award for Outstanding Project. EnterSolar, the project's developer, worked with panel manufacturer Solaria to deploy 2,300 PowerXT® modules across two buildings on the Cornell Tech campus in New York City. The 900kW worth of solar modules help advance Cornell Tech's quest to realize a Net Zero Energy campus by delivering high energy yield, cost competitiveness and outstanding performance.

The Cornell Tech campus features innovative architectural designs that leverage green building strategies including high performance solar technology to maximize energy efficiency with a net zero energy aspiration.

The smarter E AWARD is given in the two categories: Smart Renewable Energy and Outstanding Projects, in the areas of solar, storage, energy management and clean transportation. (Source: Cornell Tech, Solaria, altenergymag, 7 May, 2018) Contact: E Award, www.thesmartere.de/en/home.html: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, www.solaria, com; Cornell Tech, www.tech.cornell.edu; EnterSolar, (888) 225-0270, www.entersolar.com

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