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Col. Credit Union Finances Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Credit Union
Date: 2017-11-08
In Boulder, Colorado, the new federally chartered Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) reports it is looking to finance PV and other clean energy systems and energy efficiency projects for its members. The Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) is affiliated with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) of Boulder, Colorado.

As an example, 100 pct financing with no money down may be offered for solar energy systems with the solar system equipment, not the property, as security. Financing could come directly from the credit union or through its cooperative partners. (Source: CESU, Nov., 2017) Contact: CESU, (720) 479-7900,

Siemens Launches UK Grid Battery Energy Storage Partnership (Int'l)
Siemens, Grid Battery Storage Ltd
Date: 2017-11-08
Siemens is reporting its energy storage partnership with UK-based Grid Battery Storage Ltd (GBSL). The £11 million ($14 million) project portfolio includes four separate grid-scale storage installations totaling 22 MW coupled with a new "energy storage as a service" offering enabling high energy use industrial customers to benefit from on-site electric power storage without a capital investment, according to Siemens. Agreements are currently being formalized for the first project in England with the first project expected to be completed in 2019.

GBSL will develop the projects using Siemens' SieStorage lithium-ion battery storage solutions. The projects will be financed by Siemens Financial Services. (Source: Siemens, PEI, Nov. 6, 2017) Contact: Siemens Energy Management Division, Chris Beadsworth, MD,

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

Leclanche Wins German Battery Energy Storage Project Order (Int'l)
Date: 2017-11-08
Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanche SA is reporting receipt of an order for a 15 MWh, €5 million hybrid battery energy storage project from Bremmerhave, Germany-based energy storage specialist swb.

The hybrid storage solution developed by swb incorporates six Leclanche storage containers, which interact with a swb thermal storage infrastructure to ensure cost effective grid ancillary services. Commissioning of the complete system is scheduled for March 2018. (Source: Leclanche SA, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Lechanche SA, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0)24 424 65, 00, info(at),; swb,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche,  Energy Storage,  

Green Hedge Plans UK Energy Storage Expansion (Int'l Report)
Zouk Capital,Energy Storage,Green Hedge
Date: 2017-11-08
In the UK, Bath-headquartered Green Hedge reports it plans to expand the production and UK-wide distribution of its battery-energy storage units. The storage units, which have an exceptionally small land footprint and produce zero pollution, work by charging from the grid and feeding electricity back to the grid when needed.

Posing significant potential for the production of green energy, once rolled out across the country, the company's battery projects could store as much energy as that produced by 750 acres of solar panels.

Green Hedge recently raised £30 million from Zouk Capital and is also supported by RegenSW -- a not-for-profit organization which promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: Green Hedge, PR, TechSpark, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Green Hedge, Niels Kroninger , Managing Dir., +44 (0)20 7495 6063, ,; Zouk Capital, +44 20 7947 3400,; RegenSW,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zouk Capital,  Energy Storage,  Green Hedge,  

DowDuPont Ditching Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-11-06
The Des Moines Register is reporting that Midland, Michigan-headquartered DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a unit of DowDuPont Inc, has ceased operations at its 30-million gpy, $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, and is seeking a purchaser for the two-year old plant. The plant uses corn stover as feedstock.

The EPA predicted in 2007 that U.S. cellulosic ethanol production could hit 1 billion gpy by 2020, but output this year is expected to reach only 7 million gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). (Source: DowDuPont, DesMoines Register, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: DowDuPont,Dow Chemical,; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres.,; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DowDuPont ,  Cellulosic Etanol,  

Renovate America Increasing Efficiency the Old Fashioned Way with 100 Layoffs (Ind. Report)
Renovate America.PACE
Date: 2017-11-06
The San Diego-headquartered Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provider Renovate America reports it is thinning its ranks by 70 or more employees in a "restructuring" designed to ensure the company operation is "running as efficiently as possible." The company will also lay off 24 other employees from locations around the country.

PACE allows homeowners to make solar PV and energy efficiency upgrades to their homes but pay them off through special assessments added to property taxes. Renovate America currently operates in California, Missouri and Florida, but is expanding its program through partnerships with residential solar specialist Vivint. (Source: Renovate America, Blog, PV Mag., Others, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renovate America,  PACE,  

GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2017-11-06
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.

The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited,; Global Environment Facility,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEF ,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  

MidAmerican Touts Energy Efficiency Programs Proposal (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-06
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency Plan.

The proposed plan would save residential customers about $67 per year while commercial accounts could realize an average savings of $152 per year. Industrial customers could see savings of see savings of approximately $6,500 per year, according to the company.

If approved, the proposed plan will offer Iowa customers 17 programs designed to help customers manage energy consumption, reduce costs, increase business competitiveness, protect the environment.(Source: Mid American,, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632,

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

NRDC Identifies Expected COP23 Trends (Int'l. Report)
COP23,COP21,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-11-06
The upcoming COP23 -- the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC -- round of international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, will set the tone for how leaders will come together during the TU.S. Trump administration and how they will take action on climate change during the Trump era, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):

  • U.S. climate action continues despite President Trump -- While President Trump has announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, NRDC says it has witnessed a resounding revolt in the U.S. to against Trump's decision by Governors, Mayors, business leaders, and citizens. States are committing to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner transportation. Mayors are committing to go to power their cities with 100 pct renewable energy and are finding ways to use energy more efficiently. Business leaders are committing to power their companies with 100% renewable energy and to ensure that their supply-chains are helping solve climate change, not make it worse. In short, Trump may be trying to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but we are still in and committed to helping deliver on America's climate targets.

  • Countries are acting at home -- Key countries are showing that they aren't waiting to implement new actions to reduce their emissions and meet their Paris targets. While not all countries are yet on track to meet their targets, noticeable progress has been made in some of the world's biggest emitting countries.

  • Paris Agreement "rulebook" matters a great deal -- The Paris Agreement established the essential foundations for how the world is going to advance international climate action for decades to come. Critical to its continued success will be ensuring that the "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement helps to ensure that countries meet their targets and creates incentives for countries to beat their targets. Countries agreed to finalize the details of the Paris rulebook next year, so this year's meeting needs to ensure strong progress towards building a system of strong rules to help ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is translated into reality in the years ahead.

  • While significant progress is being made by many key countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets, stronger action will be needed in the coming years if we are going to be on a safer climate trajectory. The Paris Agreement created a dynamic process for countries to adopt more aggressive commitments starting in 2020. Countries will need to be prepared to announce even stronger targets in the years to come. There are emerging positive signs that some key countries will be in a position to deliver even greater ambition than they promised in 2015, according the NRDC. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NRDC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  COP21,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

  • Canadian Climate Change Talk v.s. Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-11-06
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Gen. Sec. Angel Gurria, Canada is lagging on its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite (Lib) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's well intended climate pronouncements and help getting international agreements signed. Gurria notes the irony of a pro-climate government like the Trudeau Liberals presiding over emissions increases while the U.S., under the climate change denier President Donald Trump, continues to reduce its greenhouse gas releases. Gurria adds that Alberta's discussions on eliminating the province's carbon tax sends the "wrong message to the rest of the world."

    The OEDC aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems and to better understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyses and compares data to predict future trends, and sets international standards on a wide range of issues from agriculture and taxes to the safety of chemicals, and others. OECD works with business through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, BNN, Canadian Press, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  

    TOTAL Joining Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Project (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-11-06
    TOTAL, the Paris-headquartered French energy giant which has committed 10 pct of its R&D budget to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), reports it will partner with Shell and Statoil on a project to study the world's first commercial carbon storage facility near Oslo, Norway.

    The planned facility would store 35 million tpy of carbon emitted by a waste treatment plant, a cement works and a fertilizer plant. The carbon will be stored in a saline aquifer at a water depth of 1,400 meters.

    The project will be scaled to accommodate up to 1.5 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the annual emissions of over 300,000 vehicles. in the event that other industrial operators choose to sign on. It will also help lower the cost of the technologies used, a major issue if the CCUS market is to grow.

    Climate experts reportedly estimate that several hundred billion dollars per year will have to be invested between now and 2050 to grow the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry enough to achieve carbon neutrality and meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by 2100. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 1 Nov., 2017)Contact: TOTAL, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l,, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l,; Statoil,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Total,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  

    Duke Announces Indiana Nat. Guard Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County, subject to regulatory approvals.

    Duke Energy has deployed approximately 40 mw of energy storage capacity, representing 15 national projects demonstrating 10 different grid applications and functions and eight different battery chemistries. Duke Energy is Indiana's largest electric power supplier. (Source: Duke Energy, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Duke Energy Indiana,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    PGE Plans Major Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Portland General Electric Company (PGE) reports it will submit a 39 MW energy storage plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), including a planned investment ranging from $50 million to $100 million, later this month. The PGE investment exceeds the state-mandated energy storage requirement by more than seven times.

    In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed legislation requiring all investor-owned utilities, including PGE, to add at least 5 MW of energy storage, not to exceed 1 pct of its 2014 peak loads. In 2014, PGE's peak was 3.9 GW, so 39 MW would be the maximum storage PGE would be permitted to add, according to the Portland Business Journal. (Source: Portland GE, Portland Bus. Journal, PV Mag., 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Energy Storage,  

    ISS Selling 680MW Texas Solar Farms Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Innovative Solar Systems
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Ashville, North Carolina-headquartered Innovative Solar Systems LLC (ISS) reports it is offering for sale a portfolio of 9 solar totaling 680 MW solar farms in Texas. The individual solar farms range from 50 MWac to 180MWac.

    ISS is the largest U.S. developer of turn-key Utility Scale Solar Farms which are sold to large capital groups, according to the company. (Source: Innovative Solar Systems, PR, Market Insider, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Innovative Solar Systems, John Green, CEO, (828) 215-9064,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovative Solar Systems,  Solar,  

    Gardner Capital Breaks Ground on Missouri Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Gardner Capital
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the Show Me State, Gardner Capital, MC Power Companies, Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), Farmington Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the City of Farmington are reporting groundbreaking on a 20-acre, 9,000 panel solar Farm in Farmington. When fully operational, the solar park is expected to generate sufficient electric power for nearly 500 homes in the Farmington power grid.

    Gardner Capital is a solar and housing development and investment company with offices in St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Springfield, Missouri. Gardner Capital has invested and syndicated more than $3 billion through various tax credit programs, including federal solar investment tax credits. (Source: Gardner Capital, PR, 3 Nov., 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Delaware Added to Vivent Solar's Installation Territory (Ind. Report)
    Vivant Solar
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Utah-based Vivint Solar, Inc. reports Delaware's renewables portfolio standard requiring one-quarter -- with 3.5 pct solar -- of the state's electric power to come from renewables by 2025. and net metering as significant factors in its expansion into the "First State". The company also noted the price of solar panels has dropped sharply, with installation costs a bigger part of the final bill.

    With its expansion into Delaware, state residents will be able to purchase a Vivint Solar sytem outright or finance the purchase with monthly payments through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with, or through their preferred lender, according to Vivant.

    To date Vivint Solar has installed 113,000 solar systems in 21 states including Maryland, and Pennsylvania, but not New Jersey. (Source: Vivant Solar, Delaware Business Now, 4 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivant Solar, David Bywater, CEO, (877) 4040-4129,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivant Solar,  Solar,  Net Metering,  

    Industry Groups Support Biodiesel Producer's Tax Credit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Association,
    Date: 2017-11-06
    The National Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS), the Advanced Biofuels Association, American Trucking Association, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Petroleum Marketers of America Association, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association, and several of their members last week issued a letter to the appropriate Senate and House committees urging them to reject efforts to change the biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a producers' credit.

    The letter said the "biodiesel blenders' tax credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry that produced twice the volumes mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Supporters of the blenders' tax credit are concerned that changing the tax credit to a producer only benefit will limit supply and lead to increase the cost of diesel fuel and heating oil."

    The biodiesel blenders' tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Previously, Congress has extended the credit year-by-year as part of a "tax extenders" package, and in some years applied it retroactively, as was the case for 2016. While unlikely that this or any other tax extenders will be included in the House tax package to be released this week, the Senate may consider including the biodiesel tax credit in its tax package. However, some senators representing U.S. biodiesel producers are working to change the tax credit from a blenders' credit to a producers' credit. (Source: NACS, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, ; NACS,; Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Tax Credit,  Advanced Biofuels Association,  NACS,  

    BIO Supports Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act (Reg & Leg)
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has come out in support of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would edit the tax code to give renewable energy projects the same investment possibilities as fossil fuel projects. Specifically, the bill would give investors in renewable energy projects access to a corporate structure that comes with a tax advantage that only fossil fuel projects currently have.

    According to BIO VP, Bret Erikson, "The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act will help U.S. renewable chemical and advanced biofuel companies compete for investment dollars. This legislation can help U.S. producers capture their fair share of (bio industry) economic growth, revitalize the domestic manufacturing sector, and create new jobs and economic opportunities. We are especially pleased that the legislation captures the rapid growth and new classes of renewable chemicals that U.S. companies are developing, including those that reuse captured carbon."

    The global market for biobased products is projected to double by 2024. (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization , American Security News Reports, Nov., 2017) Contact: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  

    Starwood Closes on 100MW NE Ohio Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Starwood Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Greenwich, Conn.-headquartered privately held investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, reports it has finalized an agreement to finance and construct the 100 MW Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County, Ohio. The project, which will utilize GE 2.5-116 wind turbines, will sell 100 pct of its output to General Motors under the terms of a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018. An affiliate of Citi has committed to provide tax equity for the project and Rabobank will provide the construction and term debt. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

    To date, Starwood Energy Group has raised equity commitments of approximately $3 billion and has executed transactions totaling more than $6 billion in enterprise value. Starwood Energy Group is an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.P. (Source: Starwood Energy Group Global,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Wind,  

    Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi Cellulosic Biorefineries Restructuring (Int'l)
    Beta Renewables
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Tortona, Italy-headquartered cellulosic ethanol specialist Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi companies reports it is shuttering its Crescentino ethanol refinery which, under Italian bankruptcy legislation, now has 60 days to present a new survival propoal to its creditiors. The other Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi companies have 120 days, beginning 26 Oct., in accordance with Italian bankruptcy law.

    The 20 million gpy Crescentino cellulosic biorefinery is the world's first commercial-scale refinery to be closed as a part of a bankruptcy restructuring effort. for the debt-laden parent company. The company blames it financial woes primarily on delays and cost overruns on a PET chemical plant project in Corpus Christi, Texas, which was hampered by Hurricane Harvey . (Source: Beta Renewables Web Site, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: Beta Renewables, +39-0131-810-1,,; Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Beta Renewables,  Cellulosic,  

    UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Statistics (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the UK, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) Order requires transport fuel suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable sources (biofuels). The legislation is of key importance in our efforts to deliver reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from fuels used for transport purposes and non-road mobile machinery.

    Currently, 419 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 2017/18, which is 3 pct of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 179 million litres -- 43 pct -- of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 179 million litres, Bioethanol comprises 43 pct of the supply, biodiesel 52 pct and biomethanol 5 pct. There was also a small volume of off-road biodiesel and biomethane.

    Data on volumes of fuel, Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) and Carbon & Sustainability (C&S) are held by the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Administrator. Fuel volume data is submitted on a monthly basis by fuel suppliers to the RTFO Administrator and validated against HMRC duty payment data.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: UK Department of Transport,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation,  

    Empire Asks To Close Asbury Plant, Build $1.5 Billion In Wind Farms
    Empire District Electric
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the Show Me State, Joplin-headquartered , Empire District Electric recently raised your rates after $120 million in EPA mandated upgrades were completed? Now the company, a subsidiary of the Canadian owned Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation has filed a case with the Missouri Public Service Commission to close the Asbury plant by April 2019, affecting 55 employees.

    They’re also asking for approval from the PSC to install wind turbines in Barton, Dade, Lawrence and Jasper counties at a cost of $1.5 billion dollars. With a $800 million dollar Production Tax Credit offered on wind generation, the cost of the project would be brought down to $700 million dollars. Empire-Liberty Utilities has been in talks with farmers in the area to lease 40,000 acres of land. Each two megawatt turbine is estimated to cost approximately $3 million dollars, and company officials say it’ll save you an undisclosed amount of money each month on your utility bill. Company officials also say they’re moving forward with this plan due to a high demand for green energy by their customers. While Empire-Liberty Utilities has not included a request for a rate increase pertaining to this project, in the past, the rate increases are requested upon the completion of projects. Empire-Liberty Utilities currently has the highest power rates in the state of Missouri. This filing to close Asbury and build the wind farms will need approval from the Public Service Commission to move forward. Empire-Liberty Utilities is hoping to have the plan approved before April 2019 in order to avoid having to install a $24 million dry landfill. (Source: Empire District Electric, KZRG, 31 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  

    Battery Energy Storage Integrated Into Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    KK Wind Solutions,PowerCon
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Denmark, KK Wind Solutions, Vestas, PowerCon and Aalborg University reports the development of a modular battery storage solution that is integrated into a wind turbine . The solution will combine battery technology and software algorithms that enable monitoring and control of the batteries.

    According to the partners, energy storage needs to account for only about 8 pct of a wind farm's capacity in order to eliminate almost 90 pct of fluctuations in energy production. The partners aim to improve functionality, stability and reliability, as well as reduce procurement and maintenance costs. (Source: KK Wind Solutions, NA WindPower, Various Media31 Oct., 2017) Contact: KK Wind Solutions, +45 9692 4300,,; +45 97 30 00 00,; PowerCon,

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

    Irish Climate Change Council Recommends €70 Carbon Tax (Int'l)
    Climate Change Advisory Council
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Dublin, the chairman of the Irish Government's Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor John Fitzgerald, has warned that the country will miss its 2020 emissions reductions target and needs to raise its present €20 per tonne carbon tax to as much as €70 on coal, turf, peat and other fossil fuels and products to meet its 2020 targets.

    Prof Fitzgerald's recommends an immediate ending of subsidies for peat extraction, vital to fuel fire-powered stations in the Midlands, a tax on farm-generated greenhouse gas emissions, more climate friendly governance, included the possibility of community ownership of renewable energy projects and a new agency to spearhead climate change as a priority in policy making. (Source: Climate Change Advisory Council, Irish News, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council, +44 01 268 0180,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  

    ORSTED Launches Danish Woody Biomass CHP Plant (Int'l)
    ORSTED,DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-11-06
    ORSTED, formerly known as DONG Energy, reports the launch of its Skærbæk Power Station, a new waste woody biomass burning combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Fredericia, Denmark.

    Originally constructed as a coal-fired facility in 1951, the power station was converted to burn natural gas in 1997. The current move to woody biomass is in keeping with the compay's plan to reduce its carbon emissions from its heat and electricity generation by 96 pct by 2023 compared to 2006. (Source: Orsted, PR Nov., 2017) Contact: ORSTED, DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  DONG Energy,  ORSTED,  

    County to save more than $10 million through energy efficiency project
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-11-05
    Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric has begun construction of an innovative energy efficiency project with Webb County, Texas. The project will improve the county’s aging facilities and deliver significant energy and operational savings, the company said in a release. The project is designed to leverage savings from Webb County’s energy budget to fund much-needed infrastructure upgrades and improve quality of operations.

    For years, Webb County faced a growing list of deferred maintenance projects that drove high operational costs. By partnering with Schneider Electric, the county will be able to modernize several of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption by 35 percent. Schneider Electric worked closely with the county to develop a solution that will offer many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort and financial management. The focus of the program is rebuilding and expanding the county’s downtown central chiller plant and upgrading building automation systems, both of which are well beyond useful life. As part of the new central chiller plant, the county will be expanding the central chiller plant connections to include additional facilities, providing a simpler, more efficient solution. . Once completed, the project will provide energy efficiency savings equivalent to removing 4,497 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, or removing 874 cars from the road or planting 4,805 acres of new trees. Construction is underway and scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018. (Source: Schneider Electric, ProudGreenBuilding, 2 Nov., 2017)

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

    Rotterdam and Oslo compete to set up first CO2 highway

    Date: 2017-11-04
    Norway and the port of Rotterdam are competing to create the first European chain that will allow CO2 capture from industrial sites to be transported to a storage site offshore. The two projects featured prominently at a conference in Rotterdam last week, organised by the Global CCS Institute, whose chairman spoke hopefully of a "renaissance" and "renewed interest" in carbon capture and storage (CCS). Previous CCS projects in the European Union focused on trapping the climate-changing carbon dioxide gases from coal-fired power plants, with all elements of the process in the hands of a single party. The last surviving EU project was supposed to be a coal-fired power plant with CCS in Rotterdam, but the project's supports pulled out last summer. Instead, the CO2 from Rotterdam's industry is planned to be stored in depleted gas fields in the North Sea. A feasibility study is due to be ready by the end of the year, with an investment decision planned for the end of 2018. The idea is to create a CO2 'highway' which is operated by a separate entity. Rotterdam's plans received a boost in October when after months of negotiations, four Dutch political parties announced a coalition deal, needed to form a new government. They promised to reduce emissions of 56 megatonnes of CO2 by 2030. A third of that reduction, 18, is planned to be achieved by having industrial sites apply CCS. Earlier in October, the Norwegian government announced it would cut 90 percent of the budget Rotterdam has planned to begin storing CO2 in 2020, while Norway has 2022 as date to be fully operational. (Source: EUObserver, 31 Oct., 2017) Roy Vardheim, who heads the Norwegian industrial CCS initiative, the Technology Centre Mongstad,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Storage news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  

    Photon Energy Confirms Three Aussie Solar Farms Plan (Int'l)
    Photon Energy
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In the Land Down Under, Photon Energy has confirmed it is planning to construct solar farms at three locations -- Mumbil, Maryvale and Suntop -- in 2019. The projects are subject to state government planning and other regulatory approvals.

    In total, the three projects will generate sufficient electric power for about 190,000 homes and save more than 930,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Photon Energy, Wellington Times, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Photon Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Photon Energy ,  Solar,  Australia Solar,  

    Masdar's Salicornia Jet Biofuels Project Underway (Int'l, R&D)
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Abu Dubai, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) is reporting the harvesting of its first crop of oil-rich Salicornia grown at the site of the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) pilot in Masdar City . The crop is part of an aviation biofuel pilot project based around the use of brackish water or seawater and supported by Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Safran, and General Electric.

    . The clean Salicornia oil is to be processed at the Takreer Research Center for conversion into aviation biofuel to be mixed at low concentration with regular jet fuel. (Source: Masdar, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar Institute of Science and Technology,  Jet Biofuel,  Avioation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

    Fortum, Rusano 50MW Russian Wind Farm Underway (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Finns start implementation of a 50MW wind farm with Rusnano Espoo-headquartered Finnish energy giant Fortum Oyj and local partner Rusnano are reporting construction is underway on a 50MW wind farm in Russia. Fortum has a €220 million equity stake in the JV project.

    The 50-MW project, the first of 1GW of wind farms awarded to the partners in Russia's auction in June, will incorporate 14 Vestas turbines when it comes online early in 2019.

    Rusnano is a government-owned joint-stock company established as a $10 billion Private Equity and Venture Capital Evergreen Fund by the government of Russia. (Source: Fortum, RENews, Others, 31 Oct., 2017)Contact: Rusnano,; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  

    ExxonMobil, REG Tout Cellulosic Biodiesel R&D Progress (R&D)
    xxonMobil ,Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Clinton, New Jersey, ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group's REG Life Sciences unit report that by utilizing REG's patented fermentation technology their 2016 joint research program has demonstrated the ability to produce biodiesel through fermentation of renewable cellulosic sugars from agricultural wastes. The companies have agreed to extend the research program and to jointly explore the technology's scalability and commercial potential.

    The research also confirmed REG Life Sciences technology can achieve substantial reductions of full-lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel.

    ExxonMobil is also actively researching other emission-reducing technologies, including algae biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). In June 2017, ExxonMobil and partner Synthetic Genomics, Inc. announced a joint research breakthrough in advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain's growth. (Source: ExxonMobil, Auto Channel, Others, Oct., 2017)Contact: REG Life Sciences, Eric Bowen, VP,; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107,, Twitter

    More Low-Carbon Energy News xxonMobil,  Renewable Energy Group ,  Biodiesel,  Cellulosic,  

    LM Wind Power Develops 71.8 m Offshore Blade for Envision (Int'l)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power reports it will develop a 71.8 m wind turbine blade for Chinese company Envision's new 4.5 MW platform that is is expected to be installed in the first half of 2018. The new blade is for Envision's new large rotor turbine designed to serve the Wind Class II and III areas offshore north China. The deal is followed by a supply agreement from LM Wind Power's Jiangyin factory in Jiangsu, China that will require the company to expand the manufacturing facility by 50 pct.

    LM Wind Power has been active in China since 2001 and operates four blade manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, Qinhuangdao and Jiangyin and Baodi. (Source: LM Wind Power, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00,; Envision Energy,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  

    Singapore Research Center to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
    NANYANG Technological University
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Singapore, NANYANG Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting the launch of the S$15 million Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) research center focusing on "innovative and sustainable" energy management, emissions management and sustainable maritime operations solutions for Singapore's maritime industry.

    The centre, which is expected to be in operation by the year end, will work on projects that reduce harmful maritime shipping emissions. (Source: Singapore Maritime Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Singapore Maritime Institute, +65 6270 2885,; NANYANG Technological University,

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

    Spanish Oil Giant Diversifies into Renewables (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Madrid-headquartered Spanish oil giant Cepsa reports it has acquired the rights to develop its first wind farm in Jerez (Cadiz) at a cost of €35 million euros. This the company's first foray into the wind energy sector and is in keeping with the company's energy business diversification program. The project, which is expected to incorporate 11 turbines totaling 28,8 MW, is expected to be online by the end of 2018.

    According to Cepsa, its plan to move into the renewables market will require an investment of € 40 billion over 15 years. The plan will consist of three five-year stages, with most of the projects being launched in the first stage. (Source: Cepsa, The Corner, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Cepsa,

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

    Newfoundland Launches Energy Efficiency Loan Program (ind. Report)
    Newfoundland Power, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In St. John, the government of Newfoundland-Labrador reports the launch of an Energy Efficiency Loan Program for homeowners using electric heat. The loans carry a rate of prime plus 1.5 pct -- currently 4.7 pct -- for loans up to $10,000.

    The financing can be applied to energy-efficiency home upgrades including the purchase and installation of heat pumps, basement and attic insulation, and home energy assessments.

    $4 million has been earmarked for the program program — $1 million to begin the program this year, and a further $1.5 million in each of 2018-19 and 2019-20. The loans can be repaid monthly through the homeowner's power bill over a five-year period.

    The program is fully funded by the provincial government and will be delivered in partnership with takeCHARGE -- an energy-efficiency initiative of Newfoundland Power and Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. (Source: Telegram, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Newfoundland Power,; Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro,

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

    County Energy Efficiency Project Delivers Savings (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-11-03
    In the Bluegrass State, Boyle County reports that after one year of operation under an energy-efficiency program, the costs to operate several county facilities fell by an estimated $84,093 over a baseline cost $246,428.

    Boyle County contracted with Perfection Group in early 2015 for a guaranteed-savings energy-efficiency project. Boyle borrowed $2.9 million in bonds to finance the project which replaced aging heating and air-conditioning systems; lights; windows; and other equipment with modern, energy-efficient units. Savings from the upgrades are supposed to be used to pay off the debt. (Source: Boyle County, Advocate-Messanger, 30 Oct., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

    Microalgae Jet Biofuel Production Studied in Thailand (Int'l, R&D)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Tokyo-headquartered industrial machinery maker IHI reports it will conduct large-scale verification experiments in central Thailand, on a process for producing jet fuel from cultured microalgae oils. The goal is to have a practical technology ready by 2020 for possible commercial scale production by 2030.

    For the project, microalgae will be cultivated and harvested to study the overall process, establish methods of mass production, and work to lower production costs. The testing is a continuation and expansion of a project backed by Japan's New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to produce algae-based biofuel. The initiative includes University of Kobe as part of an industry-government-academia effort. (Source: IHI, Nikkei Asian Review, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: IHI, +81 (3) 6204-7800,; NEDO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NEDO,  Microalgae,  IHI,  Algae,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

    NNPC Planning Nigerian Cassava Biofuel Plant (Int'l Report)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Abuja, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ondo State Government are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a 65,000 million lpy cassava biofuel plant, including a 40-MW power plant, in the community Okeluse, Ondo State. The project could also produce industrial starch which could be converted to animal feeds and other valuable byproducts. NNPC aims to commercialize the project's greenhouse gas emission reduction capability to win carbon credits for the nation from the international community. (Source: Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., 2 Nov.,2017) Contact: Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cassava Biofuel,  Biofuel,  

    Innergex Acquiring Alterra Power Corp. for $1.1Bn Cdn (M&A)
    Innergex ,Alterra
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Longueuil, Quebec-headquartered wind energy developer Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports its will acquire Canadian developer Alterra Power Corp. of Vancouver in a deal worth C$1.1 billion ($857 million). Innergex owns just over 1GW of installed capacity, spread across 52 operational power plants -- mostly hydroelectric and wind projects. The acquisition will expand Innergex' renewables portfolio beyond its traditional markets in France, the US and Canada and increases its capacity by 40 pct or more, the company said.

    Alterra owns 364MW of operational projects totaling 825MW — including half of the 204MW Shannon wind farm in Texas, 26 pct of the 144MW Dokie 1 site in British Columbia, Canada, and 100 pct of the 350MW Foard City site, which is said to be at an "advanced stage". The company also holds a majority stake in the 200MW Flat Top project in Texas. The developer also has interests in hydro projects in Canada and Iceland, solar projects in the US and Icelandic geothermal projects Following the transaction, Innergex will have an overall net power generation capacity of over 1.6GW, and aims to have a net installed capacity of more than 2GW by 2020.

    The transaction is subject to Alterra's shareholders approval and "other customary closing conditions." (Source: Innergex, Alterra, Windpower, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556,,; Alterra Power Corp., Jon Schintler, VP Project Finance, Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, (604) 235.6719,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex,  Alterra,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  

    Mosaic Closes $307.5Mn Solar Loan Securitization (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Oakland, California-headquartered Mosaic, the leading U.S. provider of solar loan financing solutions for homeowners, reports completion of its second term securitization of residential solar loans. The Mosaic Solar Loans 2017-2 transaction ("MSAIC 2017-2") is the largest solar loan securitization issued to date, with $307.5 million in bonds sold across four tranches. MSAIC 2017-2 generated over $1.7 billion in investor orders and was ultimately placed with 29 institutional investors based in the U.S. and Europe.

    Mosaic makes financing solar energy systems accessible and affordable for homeowners by providing the simplest borrower experience in the industry. Mosaic has originated over $1.3 billion of loans to date. Customers are connected to top solar installers and can qualify instantly for no money down loans with fixed interest rates and multiple term options. (Source: Mosaic, PR, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Mosaic, Billy Parish, CEO, Leslie D. Van Every,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

    Nicaragua Inks Paris Climate Agreement -- Syria, U.S, Lone Holdouts (Int'l. Report)
    Paris Climate Agreement,
    Date: 2017-11-03
    On October 20, Nicaraguan officials said "even though it (the Paris Climate Agreement) is not an ideal treaty, it is the only instrument that currently allows for unity of intentions and efforts to reduce climate change impacts," then promptly put pen to paper and joined the almost universally accepted accord.

    The country did not join with other countries supporting the agreement in 2015 because the government did not believe it went far enough to mitigate climate change.

    Nicaragua is reportedly the fourth most vulnerable country to climate change in the world. Nicaragua is now the 169th country to sign the accord, leaving Syria and the U.S. under the Trunp administration as the only holdouts. (Source: El Espectador , 24 Oct., 2017)

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

    Jordan Drafts National Climate Change Adaptation Plan (Int'l)
    Jordan,Climate Change
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Amman, the Jordanian Director of the Climate Change Department at the Ministry of Environment report it is formulating its first climate change National Adaptation Plan (NAP).

    The plan will highlight the need for enhanced mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement under which Jordan pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 14 pct by 2030, and to double the proportion of renewable energy in its total energy mix by 2020.

    Jordan's 2013-2020 Jordan Climate Change Policy suggests that the country will witness a 1 to 4 degree C increase in temperatures and a 15 to 60 pct decrease in precipitation. Both changes could have a devastating impact on the Kingdom's natural ecosystems, river basins, watersheds and biodiversity. (Source: Jordan Times, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Jordan Director of Climate Change , Ministry of Environment, +962 6 556 0113,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change Adaptation,  

    Waste Management Makes CDP Climate Change A List (Ind. Report)
    Waste Management,CDP
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Houston-headquartered Waste Management has been recognized as a leader among companies from around the world by environmental not-for-profit CDP for the depth and quality of climate change data it discloses to investors and the global marketplace.

    Waste Management's leadership status was announced on CDP's 2017 Climate A List of companies recognized for their efforts to combat climate change, cut emissions, mitigate climate risks and develop the low-carbon economy. (Source: Waste Management, PR, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Jim Fish, Pres, Analysts Ed Egl, (713) 265-1656,,,; CDP,(212) 378 2086,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste Management,  CDP,  

    Alaskan Team to Make Climate Change Recommendations (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change, Alaska
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Juneau, Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker is creating a special team to recommend ways to address climate change mitigation, adaptation, research and response. The committee will include up to 15 public members from groups with a stake in the issue, representatives from the private sector, indigenous organizations and local governments, universities and state agencies.

    Funding for the committee's recommendations has not yet been earmarked. (Source: SF Gate, Beaumont Enterprise, Others, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Alaskan Gov. Bill Walker,

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

    Bahamas Faces $900m Climate Change Mitigation Bill (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Nassau, the Bahamian Government is estimating that due to its "accelerated vulnerability" to natural disasters it would require $900 million to mitigate climate change under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The government's estimate is based upon the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Climate-Resilient Coastal Management and Infrastructure Report on a $35 million project designed to develop a system for managing, and building resilience to, threats to the Bahamas coastline which is crucial to tourism and the overall economy. The Government of the Bahamas estimated the cost of implementing mitigation actions related to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to the UNFCCC to be over $900 million through 2030. (Source: IDB, Tribune 242, 31 Oct., 2017)Contact: UNFCCC,; Inter-American Development Bank,

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

    GSA Seeks Smart Bldg. Energy Efficiency Solutions (Ind. Report)
    General Services Administration
    Date: 2017-11-03

    WegoWise Wins Energy Benchmarking Training Grant (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Boston-based building analytics, energy and water benchmarking specialist WegoWise is reporting receipt of $58,303 in Workforce Training Fund matching funds Grants from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The funds will provide customized training to 32 WegoWise team members and create 10 additional positions by 2019.

    WegoWise is focused on improving the operational and sustainability performance of multifamily and commercial real estate. The company's software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform is used to benchmark utility and water usage in more than 58,000 buildings, comprising 2.4 million square-feet of multifamily housing in the United States. (Source: WegoWise, PR, GlobeNewsWire, 31 Oct., 2017). Contact: WegoWise, Laila Partridge, Pres., CEO, (617) 367-7346,;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WegoWise,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  

    Tozour Energy Backs Philly 2030 District nitiative (Ind. Report)
    2030 Initiative
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In the Keystone State, King of Prussia-based Tozour Energy Systems reports it supports the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC), Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and the Philadelphia Energy Authority in the launch of the Philadelphia 2030 District. The 2030 program brings together utility and energy service companies, community organizations, and property owners and managers in a pledge to significantly cut energy and water use and transportation emissions by the year 2030. The 2030 initiative will also serve as a catalyst to implement best practices for building sustainability. The DVGBC is leading the initiative.

    Currently, Philadelphia's building sector produces 60 pct of the city's carbon emissions while wasting 30 pct of its energy.

    With this launch, Philadelphia will join more than 17 cities that are part of the 2030 District; Source: Tozour Energy, 2030 Initiative, Inquirer, Nov., 2017) Contact: Philadelphia 2030 District, Tozour Energy Systems, Kevin Duffy, Pres., (610) 962-1600,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 2030 Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  

    VTT to Develop New Indian Enzymes for Biorefineries (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Micro-organisms found in the wildfire-prone rainforests of India are an exciting prospect for biochemical production, as they are accustomed to the challenging conditions following a forest fire. The enzymes they produce are likely to also have a higher-than-normal resistance to the substances released from biomass in high-temperature industrial processes. An EU and nationally funded project led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, called IndZyme, is looking to study whether they are capable of breaking down agricultural waste better than commercial enzymes.

    The Indian research partner in IndZyme, VINSTROM, has collected microbial cultures from wildfire-prone areas of Indian rainforests and proven that they have a higher-than-normal resistance to inhibitor chemicals. During the project, these microbial cultures will be screened for new, more inhibitor-resistant cellulase enzymes as well as LPMO enzymes, whose activity may even be boosted by inhibitor chemicals. The next step will be studying the efficiency of these new enzymes in breaking down agricultural waste, such as straw, into fermentable sugars. The project will involve developing new enzyme screening methods and producing new information about compounds that inhibit or promote enzyme activity.

    Lignocellulosic agricultural waste is among the most common renewable biomass resources. In Europe, wheat straw is one of the most abundant agricultural waste products. India has ample stocks of bagasse, the fibrous matter that remains after sugar cane stalks are crushed to produce sugar, but it is currently disposed of by incineration, causing considerable local emissions.

    The three-year IndZyme project consortium consists of VTT (Finland), VINSTROM (India), RWTH (Germany) and the University of Tartu (Estonia). VINSTROM will screen the microbial cultures, after which VTT will analyse them for the enzymes they produce. RWTH will fraction the inhibitor compounds generated by biomass processing, after which VTT and the University of Tartu will characterise the enzymes and study their interactions with inhibitors. The project The VTT coordinated project has a total budget of approximately €1 million. VTT and the Academy of Finland have together allocated €400,000 towards the project . (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kristiina Kruus, Research Prof., +358-50-520-2471,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT news,  Enzymes news,  

    Active Energy Raises £1.75Mn for CoalSwitch Biomass Fuel Rollout (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy
    Date: 2017-11-01
    Following on our Sept. 25th coverage, UK-based renewable energy specialist Active Energy Group PLC reports it has raised £1.75 million as it looks to accelerate the international commercial roll out of its CoalSwitch biomass fuel.

    CoalSwitch recently received a major leg-up through a deal with California-based renewable energy group Lumino Capital to build eight plants across Asia. Advanced Biomass Solutions (ABS), AEG's biomass affiliate, will construct and run the plants while Lumino will source the biomass feedstock as well as providing finance. Together, the new plants will be a standalone entity with total production 1.5 million tpy of the CoalSwitch product. Construction of the first of the 6 plants is slated for early 2018. (Source: Active Energy Group, Proactive Investors, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Active Energy,  CoalSwitch,  Woody Biomass Fuel,  

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