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Alberta Univ. Reports Renewable Jet Biofuel R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
University of Alberta, Forge Hydrocarbon
Date: 2019-09-27
Prof. Dr. David Bressler, researcher at the University of Alberta reports development of a hydrocarbon fuel from lipid wastes that could allow renewable biofuels to be used as jet fuel.

Unlike ethanol and other biofuels, this technology can use lower quality oils in its production, allowing it to not only release an estimated 85 pct less carbon emissions than petroleum-based fuels, according to Bressler.

Bressler's lab is considering two options for producing jet biofuel -- a low-risk approach which requires giving their hydrocarbon biofuel another treatment and adding in hydrogen or to continue work on already partially developed chemistry which would keep the fuel stable, even at lower temperatures.

The University of Alberta spin-off company Forge Hydrocarbons is working on commercializing the product as airlines and both the Canadian and American militaries are increasingly investing in the renewable option. Currently, Forge runs a pilot plant near Edmonton's Waste Management Centre that is expected to produce around 19 million lpy of biofuel. (Source: University of Alberta, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Alberta in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, Prof. Dr. David Bressler, 780-492-4986, dbressle@ualberta.ca, www.ualberta.ca; Forge Hydrocarbons, 905-815-7786, thaig@forgehc.com, www.forgehc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Forge Hydrocarbons,  


Stora Enso Addresses Construction CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Stora Enso
Date: 2019-09-25
In Stockholm, Stora Enso reports it is participating in the World Green Building Week, the largest annual and global communication campaign on sustainable buildings organized by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC).

Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting our customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products.

"Stora Enso has helped us lead the change towards a building sector that meets the decarbonization goals of the Paris Agreement, addressing both operational and embodied emissions. As a campaign ambassador and advocate for new policies such as the EU's 'Level(s)' framework that seek to mainstream life-cycle assessment, they are evidence to politicians that the sector is ready to deliver net zero carbon," according to James Drinkwater, Director of WorldGBC's Europe Regional Network.

Carbon dioxide emissions from construction materials -- mostly cement and steel -- account for approximately 11 pct of all global emissions. Stora Enso has also supported the creation of the WorldGBC's Bringing embodied carbon upfront report that highlights the importance of emissions from materials.

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) is the world's largest international organisation promoting the practice of sustainable building. Stora Enso Wood Products joined WGBC in 2017. (Source: Stora Enso, PR, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Stora Enso Wood Products Div., Jari Suominen, Div. Head, +43-664-6183907, jari.suominen@stroaenso.com, www.storaenso.com; World Green Building Council, James Drinkwater, www.worldgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Building Sustainability,  ,  Stora Enso,  World Green Building Council,  


Kuehne + Nagel Aiming for CO2 Neutral Transport from 2020 (Int'l)
Kuehne + Nagel
Date: 2019-09-25
Schindellegi, Switzerland-based global transport and logistics specialist Kuehne + Nagel reports it is proactively addressing the CO2 footprint of the transportation services performed by its suppliers -- airlines, shipping lines and haulage companies -- and will make all less-than-container-load (LCL) shipments CO2 neutral from 2020 onwards. The firm is aiming for comprehensive CO2 neutralisation (Scope 3 of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol) by 2030.

To that end, Kuehne + Nagel's Net Zero Carbon programme leverages three fields of action: detection, reduction and compensation of CO2. The company has started its own nature projects in Myanmar and New Zealand and has invested in various nature-based CO2 compensation projects, where carbon is being taken from the atmosphere. The emission credits obtained are in accordance with the highest international standards.

Over the past years, Kuehne + Nagel has considerably reduced its own CO2 footprint and will continue to pursue its efforts. (Source: Kuehne + Nagel, Logistics & Materials Handling, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Kuehne + Nagel, Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO, www.home.kuehne-nagel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kuehne + Nagel ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


OGCI Invests in Norsepower's Rotor Sail Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Norsepower Oy Ltd
Date: 2019-09-25
Helsinki-headquartered Norsepower Oy Ltd is reporting OGCI Climate Investments has led an €8 million investment round in Norsepower. The new dunds will be used to scale up production and commercialization of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary Rotor Sail wind energy propulsion systems for ships.

Norsepower's Rotor Sail technology, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor -- a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically. Since its establishment in November 2012, Norsepower has raised more than $24 million of funding since its founding in 2012. (Source: OGCI Climate Investments, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com; Norsepower Oy Ltd., Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 50 3305732, www.norsepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsepower Oy ,  Wind,  


MBCP Seeking Battery Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
Monterey Bay Community Power
Date: 2019-09-25
In the Golden State, community choice aggregator Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) reports it is looking to acquire 10 MW to 100 MW of front of the meter battery storage capacity and discharged energy over a two-hour to eight-hour period. The energy storage system is required early in 2021. Sellers can submit one or more offers and should indicate to which of the following options each offer is applicable:
  • Option 1: MBCP purchases Resource Adequacy (RA) capacity only. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month, reflecting the value that the proposer will derive from the energy arbitrage;

  • Option 2: MBCP purchases the exclusive right to charge and discharge the battery as it sees fit, retaining all energy revenues earned along with the purchase of RA capacity. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month;

  • Option 3: MBCP purchases RA capacity, and the seller will optimize the charging and discharging of the battery but will split all energy revenues received on a 50/50 ratio. Pricing structure should be in $ per kw-month for the RA capacity plus the terms and conditions associated with the revenue sharing component.

    MBCP began serving 270,000 customers in March 2018 and was formed to provide locally controlled, carbon-free electricity to residents and businesses in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties through the community choice energy model. (Source: Monterey Bay Community Power, American Public Power Assoc., 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Monterey Bay Community Power, 831-641-7222, www.mbcommunitypower.org

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


  • ABB Touts Humless Solar Energy Storage Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    ABB,Humless
    Date: 2019-09-25
    ABB reports it is collaborating with Lindin, Utah-based solar power battery storage specialist Humless on the new Universal 10/4 "plug-and-play" Residential Energy Storage System powered by 48V Universal Energy Management (UEM) and ABB's UNO-DM-TL--PLUS line of residential inverters.

    The ESS integrates with any existing residential grid-tied solar system and works with any manufacturer's panels. Humless Universal is the first to enable simultaneous AC/DC Coupling and is very expandable. (Source: ABB, PR, BusinessWire, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: ABB, Franklin Sullivan, EVP, Lead Market Manager, U.S. Electrification business, www.abb.com; Humless, 866-438-7129, www.humless.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy Storage,  


    CALT Touts First Residential Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Contemporary Amperex Technology
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Chinese global battery manufacturer Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) reports it will introduce two residential energy storage products with 100Ah battery cells -- its first residential energy storage solution for the U.S. market -- at Solar Power International 2019 (SPI).

    The company cites the projected rapid expansion of the energy storage market as a chief reason for the expansion (Source: CATL, PV Mag, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Contemporary Amperex Technology, +86 0 593 258 3668, (248) 289-6200 – Detroit Office, www.catlbattery.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Contemporary Amperex Technology,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    Notable Climate Change Quotes
    Climate Change, World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "Climate change causes and impacts are increasing rather than slowing down. Sea level rise has accelerated and we are concerned that an abrupt decline in the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets will exacerbate future rise. As we have seen this year with tragic effect in the Bahamas and Mozambique, sea level rise and intense tropical storms led to humanitarian and economic catastrophes." -- Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Co-chair of the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Contact: World Meteorological Organization, www.public.wmo.int/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  World Meteorological Organization ,  


    Maritime Giant Maersk Aims for Zero Emissions Vessels by 2030 (Int'l)
    Maersk.Martime Emissions
    Date: 2019-09-25
    At the UN climate action summit in New York. senior figures from the maritime, infrastructure, energy and finance sector, including shipping giant Maersk and oil company Shell, joined the "Getting to Zero Coalition" and pledged zero emissions shipping will be a commercial reality by the end of next decade.

    To that end, the companies will seek to coordinate the launch of clean fuels and vessels while making sure that these are supported by adequate ports, finance and policy incentives.

    The initiative is in keeping with UN International Maritime Organization's (IMO) pledge to halve emissions from 2008 levels by 2050. Currently responsible for 2 - 3 pct of annual global emissions, the international shipping industry could see its emissions jump up to 250 pct by 2050 in the absence of any action. (Source: Maersk, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Maersk Line, Soren Skou, CEO,www.maerskline.com International Maritime Organization Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Maritime Emissions,  Maersk,  Climate Change,  


    AIB Announces Plans To Finance "Green" Commercial Buildings.
    AIB
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In Dublin, the Allied Irish Bank (AIB) reports it plans to place €5 billion in "green" commercial building loans over the next five years.

    The AIB "green" loans were previously available only to residential homeowners wishing to finance energy efficiency upgrades and similar improvements. However, AIB CEO Colin Hunt says they're now extending the green fund to businesses: (Source: AIB, KFM, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: AIB, Colin Hunt, CEO, +44 011 353 1 771 2424, www.aib.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AIB,  Green Building,  


    Senvion Negotiating Asset Sale to Siemens Gamesa (Int'l Report)
    Senvion , Siemens Gamesa
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Hamburg, Germany-based bankrupt wind turbine manufacturer Senvion reports it is in talks with Siemens Gamesa over the sale of a substantial part of its business.

    Senvion, which is in self-administration after declaring insolvent in April, plans to reach a final agreement on certain services and onshore assets in Europe by the end of the month. The agreement on exclusive talks is consistent with insolvency plans adopted by the creditors' assembly on Sept. 11 and was also approved unanimously by Senvion's creditors' committee, the company added. (Source: Senvion, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  


    EU Fossil Fuels Subsidy Growth Worth Noting (Int'l., Funding)
    European Union
    Date: 2019-09-25
    "European governments often appear to champion low-carbon policies. Yet, In 2017, European Union countries collectively spent $87 billion subsidizing the cost of fossil fuels -- at a time when the world needs to act to stop climate change. The 2017 amount is nearly 2.5 times more than they spent in 2010." (Source: pressenza, Radek Stefanski, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of St Andrews, 24 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union,  Fossil Fuel Subsidies,  


    Banks Use PCAF to Track Investment Carbon Footprints (Ind. Report)
    Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In the EU, more than 50 banks and other financial institutions representing nearly $3 trillion in assets are reporting they will assess and disclose the impact their loans and investments will have on climate change through the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF), an industry-wide effort to standardize how companies measure the carbon footprints of their investments.

    PCAF is a global partnership of financial institutions that work together to develop and implement a harmonized approach to assess and disclose the GHG emissions associated with their loans and investments. PCAF enables transparency and accountability and will develop an open-source global carbon accounting standard for financial institutions, according to a Reuters report. (Source: PCAF, euronews, Reuters, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, Giel Linthorst, Executive Director, +31 6 1136 6935, info@carbonaccountingfinancials.com, www.carbonaccountingfinancials.com

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


    Two 210-MW Michigan Wind Projects Announced (Ind. Report)
    Amber Infrastructure,Circle Power
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Hunt Companies affiliate Amber Infrastructure and Royal Oak Michigan-based Circle Power report they are partnering on the development of two, 20MW wind farms incorporating four turbines each in the Upper Peninsula region of Michigan. The projects are expected to be operational in late 2021. (Source: Amber Infrastructure, Circle Power, renews, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Amber Infrastructure, Tom O'Shaughnessy, +44 20 7939 0550, www.amberinfrastructure.com; Circle Power, Jordan Roberts, www.circlepowerco.com; Hunt Companies, www.huntcompanies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Circle Power,  


    MPOB Seeks Funding for Palm Oil Biojet Fuel R&D (Int'l. R&D)
    Malaysian Palm Oil Board
    Date: 2019-09-25
    In Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) could partner firms from Japan, China and the US to develop palm-based jet fuel using byproducts from the country's second-biggest export commodity, palm oil. The project, which is expected to get underway in early 2020, will include a pilot plant for the blended fuel.

    The Primary Industries Ministry is seeking roughly RM6 million ($1,453,000 US) in the upcoming budget to support the biojet fuel project. Potential project collaborators include Chinese, U.S. and Japanese firms.

    "The funding will be used for the initial setup to produce biojet fuel on a small scale and we will work from there on how to expand into commercial production. The project will also test the sustainability of using other renewable sources such as biomass in producing aviation biofuel," according to the release. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Dr. Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir, www.mpob.gov.my

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Malaysian Palm Oil Board ,  Palm Oil,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    ORSTED Invests in Offshore Wind Turbine Safety System (Int'l.)
    Orsted,Pict Offshore
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Danish renewable energy giant ORSTED reports the acquisition of a 22.5 pct stake in Pict Offshore. Pict's "Get Up Safe" (GUS) system was developed by Ørsted and Fife-based height safety specialist Limpet Technology.

    The GUS system safely lifts technicians between small vessels and offshore wind turbines. The system will be installed at a new site in Inverkeithing, Fife. (Source: Orsted, The National Scot, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Mark Porter, VP Offshore Operations, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Pict Offshore, Philip Taylor, +44 (0) 1383 431 891, info@pictoffshore.com, www.pictoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pict Offshore,  Wind,  Orsted,  


    $40Mn Belarus Wind Project Finds Investor (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Turkey
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Belarus is one step closer to building its largest wind farm and reaching its 2030 renewables target. Turkish green engineering and construction company Gurish Construction & Engineering Co. Inc. (GURISH) reports is investing roughly $40 million in a 25 MW wind farm near the village of Veleshkovichi in the Vitebsk region of Belarus.

    The project, which is expected to get underway in 2020, will be Belarus' largest wind energy producer supplying sufficient electric power for more than 20,000 area households when fully operational.Over its expected 20-year lifespan, the project is projected to offset over 500 thousand tonnes of CO2. (Source: UNDP Belaruse, Sept., 2019) Contact: Gurish Construction & Engineering, www.zaubacorp.com/company/GIRISH-CONSTRUCTION-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U45201GJ1986PTC008402

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Automaker Participating in Spanish Biomethane Fuel Project (Int'l.)
    European Commission,Strategic Research Institute
    Date: 2019-09-25
    With the goal of boosting the circular economy, energy efficiency and emissions reduction, Spanish auto maker SEAT S.A. reports it will participate in the Life Landfill Biofuel project which will obtain renewable gas from municipal landfills. The project, which was recently approved by the European Commission, is intended to produce biomethane from an indigenous, abundant biomass energy source. The 4-year project is budgeted at €4.6 million of which the European Commission will provide 55 pct.

    SEAT is currently working on the Life Methamorphosis project to obtain biomethane from previously selected waste and animal slurry from a farm in Lleida, Spain. The new Life Landfill Biofuel project is a step further as the raw material originates directly from the landfill, without prior separation.

    Other project participants include FCC, IVECO, The University of Granada, the CARTIF Foundation, SYSADVANCE and Gasnam. SEAT previously developed a similar project with Aqualia to convert waste water into biofuel. (Source: SEAT S.A. Website, Strategic Research Institute, 24 Sept., 2019) Contact: Universitat de LLeida, Departament de Produccie Vegetal, www.pvcf.udl.cat; SEAT, www.seat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  Waste-to-Fuel ,  


    Dow, UPM Biofuels Partner on Bio-Based Plastics (Ind. Report)
    Dow Chemical, UPM Biofuel
    Date: 2019-09-25
    Chemicals giant Dow Chemical Company rports it is partnering with advanced biofuels producer UPM Biofuels for the commercialization of a plastics offering for the packaging industry made from a bio-based renewable feedstock.

    Dow is integrating wood-based UPM BioVerno renewable naphtha -- a key raw material used to develop plastics -- into its slate of raw materials, creating an alternative source for plastics production. Dow is using this feedstock to produce bio-based polyethylene (PE) at its production facility in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, for use in food and other packaging applications.

    Following a successful year-long trial program, Dow is now planning to scale production and address the increasing global demand for renewable plastics.

    UPM BioVerno naphtha is produced at UPM's biorefinery in Lappeenranta, Finland, from crude tall oil, which is a residue of paper pulp production. (Source: Dow Chemical Co., PR, 24 Sept., 2019)Contact: Dow CHemicals, www.dow.com; UPM Biofuels, Sari Mannonen, VP . +358 45 265 1345, sari.mannonen@upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com, www.upm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM BioVerno,  UPM Biofuel,  Dow Chemical,  Woody Biomass,  


    Sun Life Montreal Bldg. Scores LEED Platinum (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-09-25
    The Canada Green Building Council reports it has awarded LEED Platinum certification (Existing Building) to the Sun Life Building in Montreal. The Sun Life Building is the first century-old building in North America to obtain triple Platinum certification in environmental performance and digital connectivity, having already earned BOMA BEST Platinum certification from BOMA Canada and WIRED Platinum certification from WiredScore.

    The 1 million sq-ft, 1914-vintage Sun Life building scored higher than the level required for Platinum certification in the LEED system which measures a building's performance and efficiency in five sectors related to human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. (Source: Canada Green Building Council, Cdn Consulting Engineer, 24 Sept., 2019)contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  Canada Green Building Council,  


    NZ Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework Released (Int'l.)
    National Climate Change Risk Assessment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Reporting from Wellington, the New Zealand Climate Change Minister James Shaw has released a framework for the upcoming National Climate Change Risk Assessment (NCCRA).

    Aimed at identifying national level climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities, the framework includes 17 categories of climate-related hazards most likely to "result in substantial risks to the nation's well being", including warmer temperatures, sea-level rise, ocean chemistry changes, increased fire risk and coastal erosion. It also includes the effect those hazards have on both physical and non-physical assets.

    The framework is intended to "improve the ability of decision-makers to make informed decisions in the presence of inevitable and, in some cases, substantial and irreducible uncertainty" and to "improve other stakeholders' understanding and foster and support the broader public interests in the quality of the decision-making process," according to the Minister. (Source: Radio New Zealand, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: National Climate Change Risk Assessment, www.mfe.govt.nz/climate-change/assessing-climate-change-risk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Risk,  New Zealand Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


    Locus Bio-Energy Opens TX. Innovation Center, HQ (Ind. Report)
    Locus Bio-Energy Solutions
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Lone Star State, oil technology specialist Locus Bio-Energy Solutions is reporting the opening of its 7,117-square-foot oil innovation center and headquarters building in The Woodlands.

    The company also has operations in Midland, Texas and Worthington, Ohio. Work at the innovation center will focus on the company's AssurEOR bio-surfactant treatment program. (Source: Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: Locus Bio-Energy Solutions, Jonathan Rogers, CEO, (855) 503-0080, www.locusbioenergy.com


    UK Holding $25Bn Offshore Wind Farm Sites Auction (Int'l Report)
    Crown Estate,Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Further to our 30th August report, the Crown Estate in the UK is reported to have launched its first major auction of offshore wind farm leases in a decade, offering four new sites -- Dogger Bank Bidding Area, Eastern Regions Bidding Area, South East Bidding Area and Northern Wales and the Irish Sea Bidding Area -- with the combined potential of 7-8.5 GW -- sufficient power for more than six million UK homes. The first seabed rights could be awarded in early 2021, Crown Estate said.

    The UK plans to generate one-third of its electricity from wind power by 2030 as part of efforts to reach its 2050 net-zero carbon emissions target.

    Crown Estate acts as manager of the seabed around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Crown Estate Scotland is expected to launch an offshore wind seabed licensing round for sites off the Scottish coast in October. (Source: Crown Estate, Aljazeera, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: The Crown Estate, Judith Everett, COO, +44 0 20 7851 5000, enquiries@thecrownestate.co.uk, www.thecrownestate.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Crown Estate,  Offshore Wind,  UK Offshore Wind,  


    Air Seychelles Commits to Cutting Carbon Footprint (Int'l Report)
    Air Seychelles
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Air Seychelles reports it is advancing its corporate social responsibility programme to reduce carbon emissions and reinforcing its commitment towards sustainability.

    To that end, the Republic of Seychelles national air carrier is flying new lightweight Airbus A320neo aircraft that reportedly delivers an average 20 pct fuel savings per flight and approximately 50 pct reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides (N0x) compared to the fleet of Airbus A320ceo. (Source: Air Seychelles, Aviation Tribune, Sept., 2019) Contact: Air Seychelles Remco Althuis, CEO, +248 439,1000, www.airseychelles.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    China Fighting Climate Change with Nature-Based Solutions (Int'l.)
    Ministry of Ecology and Environment
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Beijing, China's top environmental authority, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has reaffirmed the country's commitment to fulfilling its Paris Agreement climate change pledge through the adoption of "nature-based solutions" and "greater efforts to improve biodiversity, forestation, and water resources, among other priorities."

    From 2005 to 2018, China's carbon emission intensity dropped by 45.8 pct, the Ministry noted, adding that the government will continue to promote climate adaptation, as well as carbon trading, to reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

    China's carbon emissions are widely expected to peak between 2021 and 2025 -- several years ahead of 2030, the target China set for itself as part of the Paris Agreement. (Source: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, Peoples Republic of China, PR, Xinhua, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, english.mee.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Ministry of Ecology and Environment,  Climate Change China,  Paris Climate Afreement,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Half of UAE Residents Believe Climate Change Real (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-09-23
    A recent 28 country survey of climate change attitudes by the UK-based global research firm YouGov found just 52 pct of UAE respondents acknowledged man-made climate change as a reality, compared to 69 and 66 pct of respondents in Spain and Italy, respectively. Regionally, 42 pct of Egyptians said they believed in man-made climate change, followed by just 35 pct of respondents in Saudi Arabia.

    Interestingly, of the 30,000 people in 28 markets covered in the study, the percentage of respondents who don't believe in man-made climate change is only higher in the United States at 10 pct and Norway at 8 pct. (Source: UAE News Arabian Business, 22 Sept., 2019)Contact: YouGov, www.yougov.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    GE Energy Storage Included in Aussie Solar River Project (Int'l.)
    Solar River Project, GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Land Down Under, the Solar River Project and GE Renewable Energy are reporting GE has been selected for the supply and integration of one of the largest grid-scale battery technology hybrid deployment to be installed for the Solar River Project in South Australia. The energy storage system will be coupled to a large 200 MW photovoltaic generation plant.

    Solar River Project will incorporate more than 640,000 solar panels and GE's 100-MW, 3 hours battery storage system -- sufficient electric power to 90,000 South Australian homes. The project is expected to come on line in early 2021. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, reve, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Solar River Project, Jason May, CEO, www.srproject.com.au; GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar River Project,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


    Algae Biofuel Market Valued of $9.88Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report)
    Zion Market Research
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Zion Market Research is touting its recently published Algae Biofuel Market by Type (Bioethanol, Biodiesel, Methane, Jet Fuel, Biobutanol, Biogasoline, Green Diesel, and Others) and for Application (Transportation, Aerospace, and Other Applications): Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2017 -- 2024 report.

    The report covers crucial data associated with worldwide Algae Biofuel Market, highlights the newest technological developments and new launches, and other related developements that impact the algae biofuel market. According to the report the Algae Biofuel Market will will be valued at $9.88 billion by 2024.

    Report details are HERE. Request sample copy of Algae Biofuel Market Research Report HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, Sept., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, +49-322 210 92714, USA/Canada Toll-Free No.1-855-465-4651, sales@zionmarketresearch.com, www.zionmarketresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research ,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  


    Efficiency Major Energy Sector Employer in Colorado (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency,Environmental Entrepreneurs
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Energy Efficiency Jobs in America a new study from the nationwide enterprise group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Framingham, Mass.-based E4TheFuture Inc reports that energy efficiency jobs now account for 34,340 jobs -- 22 pct of energy sector jobs in Colorado -- up by 7.2 pct in 2018.

    Nationwide, more than 360,000 companies companies, 6,105 of which are in Colorado, are working in the energy efficiency and management field. (Source: Environmental Entrepreneurs Herald Publicist, 21 Sept., 2019) Contact: Environmental Entrepreneurs, www.e2.org; E4TheFuture Inc., 774-777-5121, www.e4thefuture.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UAE Supports Caribbean's Largest Renewables Project (Ind. Report)
    UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Abu Dhabi, the UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, (UAE-CREF) has announced a $5.7 million commitment and partnership to restore power to the Caribbean island of Barbuda -- one of the 2 major islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda -- following the near-total destruction of the island after Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017. The funds will support Antigua and Barbuda through the largest renewable energy initiative of its kind in the Caribbean region.

    The project will be executed by the UAE-CREF in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abu Dhabi Fund for Development, ADFD, and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), responsible for project design and implementation. The plant will displace an estimated 260,000 litres of diesel fuel per year, saving the Government of Antigua and Barbuda $320,000 and offsetting 690 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. (Source: Emirates News Agency, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, www.sustainabledevelopment.un.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund,  


    Honeywell, KE2 Therm Trim Refrigeration Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell, KE2 Therm
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Honeywell Building Technologies reports it and Washington, Missouri-based smart refrigeration controllers developer KE2 Therm have reached an agreement under which Honeywell will have selling rights to KE2 Therm Solutions, including smart controllers for the commercial refrigeration industry -- grocery, convenience store and restaurant sector to help operators cut energy consumption, costs, and meet regulatory guidelines.

    With the agreement, KE2 Therm will also sell Honeywell Multisite (f.k.a. Novar) technologies including its Novar building controls systems, E-MON electrical meters, and Manning refrigerant leak detection sensors.

    According to the U.S. DOE, grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9 pct of the total energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S., of which more than 50 pct is from refrigeration.

    Honeywell Multisite provides full-service building management including design, engineering, programming, software and hardware production, delivery and installation, and 24/7 centralized monitoring, control and reporting. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Honeywell Multisite, Matt Call, GM, www.honeywell.com; KE2 Therm, Patrick Holdmeyer, Pres., CEO, (636)266-0140, fax (888) 366-6769, information@ke2therm.com, www.ke2therm.com

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


    Germany Plans Multi-Billion Euro Climate Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Tax, German Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In Berlin, German chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has reportedly agreed on a carbon price -- tax to meet its targeted 55 pct cut in carbon emissions by 2030. The price -- tax -- for CO2 emissions in transport and buildings is expected to come into force in 2021 at an estimated cost of €54 billion ($60 billion) by 2023.

    The German system will be based on a trade in emissions certificates under the EU's emissions trading scheme (EU ETS). Germany is on course to miss its 2020 target of reducing 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 40 pct, according to the Times of Aman report. (Source: Times of Oman, 22 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  German Carbon Tax,  


    Dominion Touting 220-Turbine NJ Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    In the Old Dominion State, Richmond-based utility holding company Dominion Energy is touting its proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project -- the first fully permitted wind project in US federal waters. Dominion has filed an interconnection request for its 2.6-GW, 220-turbine project with PJM, the grid operator for much of the East Coast and Midwest.

    Ocean survey work is slated to get underway in 2020 and a construction and operations plan will be submitted in 2022. The project would be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

    There are now more than 26,000 MW of offshore wind capacity in various stages of development off the East Coast and in the Great Lakes, with additional potential off the East and West Coasts, according to the Click Lancashire article. (Source: Dominion Energy, Click Lancashire, 22 Sept., 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy, Mark D. Mitchell,VP Generation Construction, www.dominionenergy.com

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


    Russia's Largest Wind Farm Underway Near Murmansk (Int'l. Report)
    Russia Wind
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Enel and its subsidiary Enel Green Power report they will construct the 201-MW Kola Wind Power Station -- the largest wind park in Russia and one of the biggest in the world north of the Arctic Circle. -- about 80 km from the city of Murmansk. The €405 million facility is expected to be commissioned and operational in 2021.

    Russia reportedly aims to increase its renewable energy power generation and consumption up to 4.5 pct by year 2020 but is currently nowhere near its target. In an effort to reach its goal, the government reportedly has earmarked only 400 billion rubles ($6.23 million) for the country's entire green energy sector for the period 2025 to 2035. (Source: The Barents Observer, 23 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Russian Wind news,  Enel news,  


    DOE Invests $56Mn in Coal Technology Projects (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE,DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    The U.S. DOE is announcing 32 winners for $56.5 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects for advanced coal technologies and research under six separate funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). The projects further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening clean coal technologies and cover a range of topics, including carbon capture, utilization, and storage; rare earth element recovery; coal to products; crosscutting coal R&D; steam turbine efficiency; and advanced materials. The awards are as follows:
  • $10 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0001992, Maximizing the Coal Value Chain. The projects will develop innovative uses of domestic coal for upgraded coal-based feedstocks used to produce power and make steel and for producing high-value products from coal or coal by-products.

  • $11.9 million under DE-FOA-0001996, Advancing Steam Turbines for Coal Boilers. The two projects selected under this FOA seek to improve the performance of steam-based power cycles, resulting in lower cost electricity with reduced emissions per megawatt-hour from coal fueled boilers.

  • $9.3 million for ten projects under DE-FOA-0002001, Crosscutting Research for Coal-Fueled Power Plants. This effort supports DOE's Crosscutting Research Program, which develops technologies that can be applied to a range of fossil energy uses.

  • $5 million under DE-FOA-0002002, Advanced Materials for High-Efficiency, Flexible and Reliable Coal-Fueled Power Plants. DOE selected five projects to support its Crosscutting Research program, which fosters the development and deployment of innovative systems for improving efficiency and environmental performance.

  • 3 projects will receive up to $15 million under DE-FOA-0002003, Process Scale-Up and Optimization/Efficiency Improvements for Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Critical Materials (CM) Recovery from United States Coal-Based Resources.

  • 2 projects will receive $5.3 million under DE-FOA-0001998, Transformational Sensing Systems for Monitoring the Deep Subsurface. This award seeks to reduce uncertainty of and enable real-time decision-making associated with subsurface carbon dioxide (CO2) storage. The selected projects support DOE's Carbon Storage Research Program by improving characterization and prediction of subsurface fluid movement and enhancing real-time measurement of critical subsurface properties.

    DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, 20 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  NETL,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  US DOE,  


  • Schneider Electric Launches Water Efficiency Innovations (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric has unveiled new IIoT-based innovations for the water industry. These digital innovations, including EcoStruxure Pumping Performance Advisor, EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor, EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS for Water and the PROficient Premier Access Portal, drive process optimization to increase efficiency and reduce operating costs to make operations in water and wastewater more profitable.

    EcoStruxure Pumping Performance Advisor is a digital service designed to manage pump station performance through insights, recommendations and direct access to Schneider service team of engineers. This new group of digital services for the continuous improvement of pumping in water and wastewater, address challenges such as cost of water, while maximizing the return on your assets for 24/7 operations. Leveraging data-driven digital technologies, this solution can help you reduce energy cost and increase performance, reduce unplanned downtime and extend life of mechanical and electrical assets.

    EcoStruxure Hybrid DCS is an automation system that operates an entire water plant in a single common database.. EcoStruxure Augmented Operator Advisor improves operational efficiency with augmented reality, enabling operators to superimpose the current data and virtual objects onto a cabinet, machine, or plant.

    PROficient Premier Access Portal is a new online platform that provides fast, easily-accessible information and expertise to Schneider’s Consulting Engineer community, product information, technical information, support and more.

    EcoStruxure is Schneider Electric's open, interoperable, IoT-enabled system architecture and platform. It delivers enhanced value around safety, reliability, efficiency, sustainability, and connectivity. EcoStruxure leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at Every Level. This includes Connected Products, Edge Control, and Apps, Analytics & Services. EcoStruxure has been deployed in 480,000+ sites, with the support of 20,000+ system integrators and developers, connecting over 1.6 million assets under management through 40+ digital services. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Schneider Electric, Kakali Ray, VP Sales, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


    $2Bn Nfld. Biomass Storage, Alt. Fuel Plant Planned (Ind. Report)
    Synergy World Energy
    Date: 2019-09-23
    The Town of Lewisporte Harbour, Newfoundland, reports it is in talks with U.K.-based Synergy World Energy for the establishment of a roughly 289-hectare liquid fuels production and biomass storage facility.

    The $2 billion (US) project would include an 800 tpd plastics-to-fuel production facility, a 50-megawatt gasification steam turbine power plant a new deep-water cargo port with berths capable of handling up to three bulk carrier ships as well as a separate fuel loading dock, according to the company website. A sorting facility will be used for the separation of solid recovered fuel biomass (SRF). Solid recovered fuel is considered a high-quality alternative to fossil fuel and is produced from mainly commercial waste products, including paper, card, wood, textiles, and plastics. The $2 billion (US) with total power output planned at more than 235 megawatts by the end of the second phase, according to information found on the company website. (Source: Town of Lewisporte Harbour, Journal Pioneer, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: Synergy World Energy, www.synergyworldwide.com › en-ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Synergy World Energy ,  


    More from "The Donald" -- Notable Quote
    RFS
    Date: 2019-09-23
    "More difficult than dealing with the Taliban." -- Pres. Donald Trump commenting on negotiations with ethanol producers and refineries on the RFS blending mandate "hardship waiver" negotiations

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump news,  RFS news,  RFS "hardship waivers" news,  


    Clariant, ORLEN Seal Polish Plant Sunliquid Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Clariant, ORLEN
    Date: 2019-09-23
    Basel, Switzerland-based specialty chemicals company Clariant reports it has inked a licensing agreement for its sunliquid cellulosic ethanol technology with Polish company PKN ORLEN Group's member ORLEN Poludnie.

    ORLEN Poludnie will use the technology to design, construct and operate a new commercial scale cellulosic ethanol from agricultural plant in Jedlicze , southeastern Poland where it will produce cellulosic ethanol from agricultural residues. (Source: Clariant, Sept., 2019) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Biofuels and Derivatives, Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com; PKN ORLEN, Armen Artwich, Member of the Management Board, www.orlen.pl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  ORLEN,  cellulosic ethanol,  


    St1 Nordic Licenses Honeywell Ecofining Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell UOP, St1 Nordic
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Des Plaines, Ill.-based Honeywell UOP is reports it has licensed its Ecofining renewable fuels technology to Helsinki-headquartered St1 Nordic Oy for the production of 4,000 bpd of diesel and jet fuel at St1 Nordic's refinery complex in Gothenburg, Sweden. Basic engineering design for the project has already been completed.

    The Ecofining process converts inedible oils, animal fats, tall oils derived from forestry residues and other waste feedstocks into Honeywell Green Diesel which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel and can be used as a drop-in fuel. It also features up to an 80 pct lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum.

    In addition to Ecofining technology, Honeywell has commercialized the UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process™. Jet fuel produced by this process can be blended seamlessly with petroleum-based fuel. When used in up to a 50 pct blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight, according to Honeywell. St1 Nordic Oy researches and develops economically viable, environmentally sustainable energy including waste-based advanced ethanol fuels and industrial wind power. (Source: Honeywell, Chemical Engineering, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: St1 Nordic, Bo-Erik Svensson, Managing Director, www.st1.eu; Honeywell UOP, Bryan Glover, VP Petrochemicals & Refining Technologies, www,uop.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeyell UOP,  Green Diesel ,  St1 Nordic ,  


    Orsted Selects N.J. Offshore Wind Components Site (Ind. Report)
    Orsted,Ocean Wind LLC
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Danish wind energy developer Orsted reports its selection of the shuttered Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township New Jersey has been approved by the state Board of Public Utilities. Orsted plans to construct an onshore substation and components facility at the site to service its planned a 1,100-MW, $1.6 billion offshore wind facility 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.

    The 1,100-MW offshore wind project is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 500,000 area homes. Construction is slated to get underway in the early 2020s for commissioning and operation in 2024. public meeting last month in Atlantic City. (Source: Orsted, Press of Atlantic City, 17 Sept., 2019)Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com; Ocean Wind LLC, oceanwind.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Wind LLC,  Orsted,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Aviation Emissions Rising Faster Than Predicted (Int'l Report)
    International Council on Clean Transportation
    Date: 2019-09-20
    According to new analysis from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), commercial aviation emissions have increased by one-third since 2013 -- faster than aviation industry predictions and equivalent to the construction of 50 new coal power plants over the last five years.

    In 2018, emissions from passenger and cargo aircraft totaled 918 million metric tonnes (MMT), or 2.4 per cent of global emissions.

    The US, China, the UK, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates had the highest emissions from passenger aviation, while less developed countries accounted for just 10 pctof all emissions. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Business Green, Sept., 2019) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation,  ICCT,  Aviation Emissions,  


    Duke Energy, Sprint Ink Texas Wind Project VPPA (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy,Sprint
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables is reporting plans to construct and own a 182 MW wind farm in Nolan County, Texas after signing a 12-year virtual power purchase agreement with communications giant Sprint for the majority of the wind farm's power production. most of the power produced by the project.

    Construction on the Maryneal Windpower project -- Duke Energy Renewables' eighth announced this year -- in is expected to get underway in early 2020 for commercial production starting by year-end 2020. (Source: Duke Energy Renewables, PR, Seeking Alpha, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy Renewables,  Wind,  


    SANEDI Joins Global CCS Institute (Int'l. Report)
    South African National Energy Development Institute,Global CCS Institute.
    Date: 2019-09-20
    The Sandon, South Africa-based South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) reports it has joined the Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute. The move is intended to further the activities of the South African Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (SACCCS), a division of SANEDI.

    SANEDI's international membership includes governments, global corporations, private companies, research bodies and HGOs that are committed to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as an integral part of a net-zero emissions future.

    The South African government has pledged to cut its total CO2 emissions through increased energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear, cleaner mobility and CCS and others. (Source: SANEDI, ESI Africa, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: SANDEI, Barry Bredenkamp, General Manager, +27 11 038 4300, www.sanedi.org.za; Global CCS Institute. +61 3 8620 7300, , www.globalccsinstitute.com

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


    Be-Wind Inks UK Turbine Assembly, Distribution Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Technica, Be-Wind
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In the UK, Grimsby-based Technica Ltd. is reporting a new wind turbine assembly and distribution agreement with Winter Garden, Florida-headquartered Be-Wind LLC.

    The agreement gives Technica, operating under the name Technica Energy, an exclusive sector of the UK, with specific focus on the micro-commercial onshore power generation market. Technic will also provide assembly and business development support to the Be-Wind operations throughout the remainder of the UK and EU as required. (Source: Technica Ltd., Insider Media, 19 Dept., 2019) Contact: Technica, Richard Law, Business Development, www.be-wind.com; Technica Ltd., +44 1472 268007, www.technicaltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Technica,  Turbine,  On-shore wind,  


    Carbon Engineering Expanding Squamish Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Engineering,
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In British Columbia, Canada, Squamish-based C Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE)reports it is expanding the capacity of the design for its first commercial Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant from 500,000 tpy, to an expected one million tpy of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and permanently stored underground each year.

    The plant is being engineered Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV), a subsidiary of Occidental and a leader in safe CO2 management and injection. Construction is slated to begin in 2021 for completion and commissioning within approximately two years.

    CE's technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere so it can be stored permanently underground, or synthesized into transportation fuels. The company's pilot plant in Squamish began operations in 2015 and has been converting captured CO2 into fuels since 2017. (Source: Carbon Engineering, PR, 17 Sept., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


    World Biogas Assoc. Calls For Decarbonization Policies (Ind Report)
    World Biogas Association
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Following on from the recent publication of its Global Potential of Biogas report, which demonstrates that biogas could rapidly reduce world GHG emissions by 12 pct, the World Biogas Association (WBA) has issued recommendations to world governments, financial institutions and other key decision makers to support the industry becoming a key player in meeting Paris Agreement commitments and developing a low carbon circular economy.

    The WBA emphasizes the need to move away from fossil fuels and invest in the infrastructure and incentives required to build a powerful anaerobic digestion and biogas industry that will provide a stable and flexible source of clean energy, as well as bio-fertilisers for agriculture and a potent waste management and sanitation solution. The key recommendations focus around:

  • National pledges to reduce GHG emissions, including the removal of fossil fuel subsidies, through their Paris Agreement Nationally Determined Commitments, energy plans, net-zero targets by 2050 and increases in renewable energy production and consumption over the next decade.

  • The inclusion of AD into these pledges and at the core of circular economy strategies, with targets set for the production of biogas, AD included in all incentive policies and AD nominated as the preferred method of treatment for all biodegradable wastes.

  • Policies to increase biodegradable wastes capture, including the provision by local governments of separate food waste collections in both urban centers and rural areas, and mandatory food waste collection and treatment for businesses of a certain size, combined with increased AD capacity to process the new waste stream.

  • The development of a robust infrastructure to enable the collection and processing of feedstock in large communities as well as remote rural areas, its treatment through both large and small scale facilities, and distribution through a network of refueling points for biomethane as a transport fuel and injection points for gas going into the grid.

  • The management of digestate and implementation of regulations and standards for its safe trading and use.

  • Measures to ensure land is managed with due diligence to environmental impact and energy crops are integrated into production in the most sustainable way.

    The World Biogas Association is the global trade association for the biogas, landfill gas and anaerobic digestion (AD) sectors, dedicated to facilitating the adoption of biogas globally. It believes that AD and biogas technologies provide multifaceted opportunities to produce clean, renewable energy while resolving global issues related to development, public health and economic growth.

    Download the Global Potential of Biogas report HERE. (Source: World Biogas Association, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: World Biogas Association, David Newman, Pres., www.worldbiogasassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Biogas Association,  Biogas,  Methane,  


  • Is China Scraping Its Ethanol Program (Int'l. Report)
    China Ethanol
    Date: 2019-09-20
    According to Agricensus, China's corn reserve is reportedly down from 211 million metric tonnes earlier this year to 56 million metric tonnes following its 4th consecutive annual auction to cut back on the overwhelming stocks and help regulate its domestic corn price.

    The sudden plunge is also spurring Trade floor rumors that China is planning to scrap its 2020 ethanol mandate because of the low stocks. The implication being that China won't be in the market for U.S. ethanol unless the Trump administration works out a trade deal and ends its trade war with China. (Source: RFD TV, 18 Sept., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  


    Energy Efficiency Can Get U.S. Halfway To Climate Goals, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2019-09-20
    Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050, a new report by the Washington-based not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shows that energy efficiency can slash U.S. energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct by 2050 and get the nation halfway toward its climate goals.

    The report offers a road map for dramatically reducing energy waste and identifies ambitious but cost-effective and technically possible measures that would avert emissions of nearly 2,500 million metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to all emissions from cars, trucks, homes, and commercial buildings in 2050.

    The ACEEE report identifies 11 opportunities and related policies to achieve the necessary savings. Transportation, which will see a transition to electric vehicles, would deliver nearly half (46 pct) of the emissions reductions while buildings would deliver a third and industry a fifth. For energy savings, buildings would deliver 40 pct of the total, followed by transportation at 32 pct and industry 27 pct. The report also notes that government policies and programs alone would deliver about $700 billion a year in energy savings by 2050.

    The report calls for scaling up energy efficiency measures, including:

  • Rapid upgrades to vehicle standards, building energy codes, equipment efficiency standards, ENERGY STAR specifications, and state energy-savings targets.

  • Substantial improvements to existing factories, homes, commercial buildings, and the electric grid and better management of energy use in all of them, spurred by government investment and requirements.

  • More travel options and better management of freight and aviation energy use, including through user fees.

  • A switch to electric vehicles, equipment, and industrial processes (along with a more efficient and cleaner power sector).

  • Greater investment in research and development for new efficiency options in every sector, especially improved industrial processes.

    The Halfway There: Energy Efficiency Can Cut Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half by 2050 report is available HERE. (Source: ACEEE, Facility Exec., Sept., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., (202) 507-4000, (202) 429-2248 - fax, www.aceee.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy,  ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency Climate Chnage,  


  • 21,000,000 PRIME Alliance Technology Smart Meters Installed (Int'l)
    PRIME Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-20
    In Brussels, the PoweRline Intelligent Metering Evolution Alliance (PRIME) reports more than 40 participants from over 20 utilities and integrators and certification entities -- CEZ Distribuce, EDP Distribuicao, E-Redes, Iberdrola and others -- attended its fifth annual Utility to Utility User Group Conference in Munich. The conference highlighted the deployment of 21,000,000 smart meters with PRIME Technology worldwide.

    Attending utilities received further clarification on how approximately 80 products have been PRIME certified by laboratory members, such as DNV-GL and Tecnalia.

    PRIME represents a public, open and non-proprietary telecommunications architecture which supports present and future AMM functionalities and enables the building of the electricity networks of the future, or smart grids.

    PRIME aims to establish a complete set of international standards which will allow for full interoperability among equipment and systems from different providers. Thus, competition in the metering market will benefit utilities and its customers.

    The components of PRIME architecture (modulation and coding techniques, protocols, data formats etc.) are not subject to any Intellectual Property Rights. Specifications are comprehensive and detailed enough so that any new entrant will be able to provide interoperable solutions to the market, according to the PRIME website. (Source: PRIME Alliance, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: PRIME Alliance, info@prime-alliance.org, www.prime-alliance.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PRIME Alliance,  Smart Meter,  Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  

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