The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.
XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.
ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is
active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Climate Change, Methane,
Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.
Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel.
(Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800, www.JCVI.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaeVenter Institute, Biofuel, Bioplastic,
Since its 2016 launch, the Department of Energy Resources
Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program has provided $11.4 million to Massachusetts communities for new street lighting. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Brockton Enterprise, 2 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources-0
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting, LED Light, LED Street Light,
Holding the top spots in the 2017 scorecard are Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon in that order. The most-improved states are Idaho, Florida, and Virginia. The Scorecard shows that energy efficiency is a key resource in these states and others, with utilities spending approximately $7.6 billion in 2016 for efficiency programs nationwide and saving 25.4 million MWh of electricity.
The global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and World Bank have committed to pay Viet Nam $60 million for the absorption of 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 from 2018 to 2024.
This project is the first regional-level project implemented by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme in Viet Nam. Cities discharge 70 pct of Vietnam's CO2.
(Source: Vietnam Bridge Vietnam Net, Others, Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Deforestation, Reforestation,
President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.
Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year.
The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years .
(Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017)
Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Energy Eficiency,
The system, which could be the largest utility-scale energy storage system in the Bay State when completed in April 2018,
will deliver energy to Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E). The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E while reducing stress on the grid.
HG&E was awarded a $475,000 MA Department of Energy Resources Grant to contract with, schedule, measure, and analyze the energy storage system. (Source: Green Charge, Power Engineering, Others, October, 2017)Contact: Green Charge Networks, (800) 426-5010, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greencharge.net; Holyoke Gas & Electric, (413) 536-9400, www.hged.com; ENGIE, www.engie.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge, ENGIE, Energy Storage,
The study bolsters a growing consensus that tropical forests are drying out or being cleared, burned and logged so fast that they now emit more carbon than they sequester. Whereas earlier estimates based on measurements of atmospheric carbon flows suggested that tropical forests might be carbon neutral or even a net sink, more-recent studies -- including ones based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite -- agree broadly with this recent paper, according to David Schimel, an ecologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Schimel suspects that human activities such as starting fires and natural factors including droughts have severly hindered tropical forests' carbon storage capability.
The study estimates that the world's tropical forests release approximately 425 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to roughly 5 pct of the globe's annual fossil-fuel emissions and about five times more than estimated in 2011.
(Source: NASA JPL, Nature, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA JPL, David Schimel, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA JPL, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sink,
The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell, Statoil, Total, CCS, Carbon Storage,
WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG,
Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100
More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN, Wind,
The U.S. DOE is footing 68 pct of the cost of the $208 million project with the remaining $66 million split among other participating agencies. The federal money came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which was intended to help the economy recover following the 2008 recession. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory manages the project which was developed by scientists at the University of Illinois.
(Source: ADM, Herald & Review, Others, Oct., 2017)
Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com
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The $14.5 million plant is expected to eliminate 8,900 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions and generate sufficient base load electric power for over 5000 households.
The project is MCE's third renewable energy project in Novato. (Source: MCE, Waste Management Inc., 3 Oct, 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Paul Pabor, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 632-3674, www.wm.com: MCE Clean Energy, www.mcecleanenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas, MCE , Waste Management, Methane,
The two companies currently have several projects focused on frequency response and transmission charge management applications either under development or construction in the UK. The projects utilize NEC's DSS® scalable energy storage platform designed for commercial and industrial (C&I) sites.
Dale Power Solutions is one of the UK's leading and largest providers of secure power services and solutions energy storage units. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 3 Oct., 2017)
NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, email@example.com, www.neces.com;
Dale Power, Chris Grimes, +44 7931349296, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dalepowersolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The Blue Sky program, funded by more than 44,000 Blue Sky customers, helps cover the cost of installing solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations.
Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has added 128 renewable energy projects across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and supported more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This year the program expects to have close to $2 million available for new renewable energy projects.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Blue Sky Program, Keven Hoopiiaina, Renewable Energy program manager, www.rockymountainpower.net/env/bsre/bscpf.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power, Renewable Energy, Community Solar, Community Energy Projects,
sonnen Inc., which has had functional energy storage units in Puerto Rico since early 2016, will supply a microgrid and solar array as well as a team of engineers and technicians to help lead the microgrid campaign from system design through final installation.
The entire operation is contingent upon establishing a stronger line of communication with Pura Energia, a Puerto Rican solar installer.
(Source: sonnen, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP,
www.sonnen-batterie.com; Pura Energia, (787) 245-8660, www.puraenergiapr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen Inc., Battery, Energy Storage,
DONG is currently building the first phase of the Hornsea project, which has a capacity for 1.2 GW and was guaranteed a price of £140 per MWh.
(Source: DONG Energy, Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, Benj Sykes, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Wind,
Strategies to be used by the team to meet this goal include increasing algal cultivation productivity, optimizing biomass composition, and extracting and separating different types of algal lipids to reduce the cost of upgrading them to renewable diesel.The study will be led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates. The project will work to ferment carbohydrates in the algal cells into chemicals of interest, including ethanol, as well as a fuel precursor called 2,3 butanediol.
Other partners on the project will work on the algae-to-bioproduct life cycle, including modification of growing pond conditions, and separating algal solids from water to remove lipids.
The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry. San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, email@example.com, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University, Sapphire Energy, Algae, Algal Biofuel, BETO,
The €16 million biomass heat plant is expected to supply nearly 10 pct of the Vilnius heat demand when completed and fully operational by the beginning of 2019.
(Source: BaltCap, Various Media, Bioenergy Int'l, 2 Oct. 2017)Contact: BaltCap, www.baltcap.com;
Axis Industries Group, +370 5 239 4804, www.axioma.eu/en/group-of-companies
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Heat, Biomass,
The project aims to identify new genes and pathways that contribute to photosynthesis and enhanced water use efficiency. The researchers will then deploy these genes using tools of the emerging field of synthetic biology to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.
This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help in the production of biofuel and establish an environmentally friendly lignocellulosic energy economy.
Sorghum is a member of the grass family is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Sorghum, Cellulosic,
The Rocksprings project will incorporate 53 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW wind turbines plus 16, 1.72-MW turbines. The facility will sell its output to two investment grade corporate off-takers. (Source: John Laing Group, Renewables, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, email@example.com, www.laing.com; Akuo Energy, +1 31 22 83 34 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akuoenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy, John Laing Group, Wind,
The report says interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation. According to the report, a cumulative 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity is expected to be installed, generating approximately $22.3 billion in revenue throughout the next 10 years,
The report identifies the key market drivers and barriers within the global ESMG market and analyzes specific trends and market dynamics for individual world regions. The report also examines the major technology issues related to ESSs for microgrids.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research,
Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant, Energy Storage, Microgrid,
The system consists of 900 KW an hour of redT flow machines coupled with a 120 KW C1-rated lithium battery.
Along with on-site solar PV assets, the system is expected to reduce the university's energy costs and create potential new revenue streams in the form of contracted and merchant grid services.
The sale is the first hybrid energy storage system in Australia. (Source: redT Energy, Alliance News, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: redT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO,
+44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com
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The Institute -- a consortium of Oxford University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton and Newcastle University --
will be led by University of Oxford, which includes Imperial College London. Initial funding of £65 million will be provided by the Sec. of State Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is part of government's £246 million investment in battery technology. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre will also contribute.
(Source: Imperial College London, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr Nic Hylton, Research Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London, Battery, Energy Storage,
Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.
Oxford PV acquired the Brandenburg facility in late 2016.
(Source: Oxford PV, Contact: Oxford PV, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2017) www.oxfordpv.com; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford Photovoltaics, PV, European Investment Bank,
The first 2 projects are expected to be completed by September 2018.
The second phase will feature 4 projects and is due to complete by January 2019, while two other phases are expected to be complete by January 2020 and 2021.
(Source: Tampa Electric, Contact: Tampa Electric, Gordon Gillette, CEO, www.tampaelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric, Solar, Solar PV,
Agrisoma, in collaboration with working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven Universities associated with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, aims to maximize production of the tiny Carinata oil seed for jet biofuel production.
The research project will operate under the oversight of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC).
The USDA is providing $15M in grant funding from the USDA to support the research initiative. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; SPARC, www.sparc-cap.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Carinata,
The ATJ fuel will be blended into traditional jet fuel and supplied to flights departing Brisbane Airport, including Virgin Australia flights.
Gevo will supply the ATJ from its hydrocarbon plant based in Silsbee, Texas. The ATJ is derived from isobutanol produced at its commercial isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. (Source: GEVO, Virgin Australia, NASDAQ, 3 Oct. 2017) Contact: Virgin Australia,
John Borghetti, CEO, +61 7 3295 3000,
www.virginaustralia.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Virgin Airline, Jet Biofuel, Isobutanol,
The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.
MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact:
MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,
If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints.
Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, California Air Resources Board,
According to Baker, a carbon tax proposal represents a good faith effort to move beyond debate over current climate policies and fighting climate change using a carbon tax and tariffs would be more effective than emissions regulations.
"I don't think we ought to let our national debate on this issue wait until somehow 'the moment is right.' Such a perfect moment may never arrive if we spend too much time debating the exact role that mankind may play in climate change and not enough time seeking solutions," Baker said.
(Source: Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Rice University Baker Institute, www.bakerinstitute.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
"Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions" , CEO Henrik Poulsen said in a release.
The name change is expected to formally approved and adopted at a corporate shareholders general meeting on Oct. 30th. (Source: DONG Energy, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Renewable Energy,
The BC Conservatives have steadfastly rejected the Carbon Tax as a punitive tax on the poor and middle class. Following a threat by the federal Liberal Party to impose a national carbon tax, other western Conservative parties have followed suit in a strong rejection of the tax, including the Saskatchewan Party and the United Conservative Party of Alberta, the BC Conservatives say.
The website and petition are the latest tools in the ongoing BC Conservative advance against the Carbon Tax.
(Source: BC Conservative Party,28 Sept., 2017) Contact: BC Conservative Party, Scott Anderson, Communications
(250) 434-2550, www.bcconservative.ca, www.ScraptheCarbonTax.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax, Carbon Tax, BC Carbon Tax,
The project will be based on SaltX's "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. The pilot is expected to be ready late in 2018 and to undergo testing by 2019.
"By adding water to the dry salt (calcium oxide) the salt turns into calcium hydroxide. The water starts a chemical process, which generates heat and degrees C. If you add hot steam instead of water to the salt, the steam temperature will rise up to 500 degrees C," according to SaltX.
(Source: Vattenfall, power-technology.com, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; SaltX Technology,
Eric Jacobson, Bus. Dev., Marketing,
+46 73-643 16 94,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Energy Storage,
The South Australia state government has placed an order with Tesla for one the world's largest battery systems, capable of storing 100,000kW -- sufficient power for approximately 30,000 homes.
(Source: Tesla, Nikkei, 30 Sept., 2017) Contact: Tesla, www.teslamotors.com; Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung SDI, Tesla, Energy Storage, Panasonic,
In the new technology, a single algal cell is captured in a droplet of water encapsulated by oil then millions of algal droplets squeeze onto a chip about the size of a quarter. Each droplet is a "micro-bioreactor", a highly controlled environment in which algal cells can grow and replicate for several days, forming a genetically homogenous colony that goes through its typical biological reactions, including the production of lipids.
The researchers first validated the chip system with algae known to grow faster or slower, or produce more or less lipid. They then screened 200,000 chemically mutated cells, identifying six mutants with both faster growth and higher lipid content. The screening, done on-chip, uses fluorescence detection of chlorophyll, representing total cell mass, and BODIPY, a fluorescent molecule that binds to lipids. All mutants with potential for improved growth or lipid production were recovered and verified off-chip.
The tools for improving throughput are already in development, including larger chips that can screen millions of droplets in one experiment.
With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise.
The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Plant Direct, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cornell Univ., George Lowery, (607) 255-2171, email@example.com, www.cornell.edu; Texas A&M, Arum Han , (979) 845-9686;
Boyce Thompson Institute, (607) 254-1234, https://btiscience.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Algal, Algae, Algae Biofuel,
The patent, the first ever for a thin III-V layer on crystalline silicon thin-film, covers group III-V elements such as Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), and Indium Gallium Phosphide (InGaP) for the top layer, as well as all inorganic materials, including silicon, germanium, etc., for the bottom layer.
Solar-Tectic's patented technology uses common industrial manufacturing processes and no wafer which saves material and energy costs. A glass substrate instead of wafer also allows for a bifacial cell design for increased efficiency.
(Source: Solar-Tectic LLC, PR, Novus Light, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solar-Tectic LLC, Ashok Chaudhari, CEO, www.solartecticllc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar-Tectic , Solar, Thin-Film Solar, Solar Cell,
The objectives of the Association is to promote the exchange of intelligent green building technology and knowledge among Asian countries, to demonstrate the cutting edge intelligent green building technology developed in the Asia Pacific region, and to provide a safe, healthy, convenient, comfortable, energy-saving, and sustainable living environment for people in Asia and worldwide. (Source: Reliable Controls, PR, AutomatedBuildings.com, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact:
Reliable Controls, www.reliablecontrols.com; Taiwan Intelligent Building Association, http://apigba.org
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Aggregate Industries have launched EPDs on their Agilia, Watertight and Diamondcrete ready-mixed concrete products.
The EPDs are based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) calculations using BASF's Life Cycle Analyzer tool to quantify the environmental impact of specialist and conventional concretes and compare the eco-efficiency of different concrete mixes.
The Life Cycle Analyzer allows concrete producers and specifiers to demonstrate compliance with European Standard BS EN 15804:2012 and to calculate indicators such as global warming potential (CO2), renewable energy consumption, acidification potential, and the cost impact of different concrete mix designs.
(Source: Aggregate Industries, 29 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Aggregate Industries, (773) 372-1000, www.aggregate.com; BASF +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com/en/products-and-industries/construction.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete, Cement, COs, Carbon Emissions,
If the pilot program is approved, an initial 650 participating customers would receive an annual $40 incentive payment as well as save an undertermined amount of money on a time-of-use rate plan. TEP is also offering a $35 rebate on the purchase of a Nest thermostat which it will evaluate against other smart thermostats to determine those that qualify for the program.
Additionally, TEP proposes to use some participating customers' homes and water heaters to store energy. The utility also would explore "feeder-level" -- neighborhood-level -- power storage in some areas to help reduce peak demand.
(Source: TEP, Tucson Daily Star, 30 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Tucson Electric Power, David G. Hutchens, CEO, Joseph Barrios, (520) 884-3725, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tep.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tucson Electric Power , Energy Storage, Smart Neter, Smart Thermostat,
The plant will produce 7.2 million gpy of synthetic diesel fuel and 7.s tpy of biochar utilizing a clean energy system that produces an inexpensive hydrogen gas stream on demand from biomass and waste sources. The plant will utilize primarily locally sourced wood industry and forestry wastes as its principal feedstock.
The company is looking to acquire a series of revenue bonds totaling close to $80 million to help finance the construction and equipping of the plant. Construction is scheduled to get underway early in 2018, according to Orion Strategies. (Source: Orion Strategies, PPD of WV One, Woodworking Network,
September 29, 2017 ) Contact: Orion Strategies, (304) 982-6050, www.orion-strategies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Biochar, Woody Biomass,
The cross-disciplinary MARINER projects focus on transformative, systems-level improvements and engineering, including advanced research in farm design and autonomous operation, which draw on fields such as cultivation and harvesting systems, advanced components, computer modeling, aquatic monitoring, and advanced breeding and genetics tools.
According to ARPA-E Acting Director Eric Rohlfing, "the United States has offshore resources capable of producing enough seaweed to handle as much as 10 pct of our demand for transportation fuel."
The full list of the MARINER projects is available HERE.(Source: DOE ARPA-E, Nat. Law Review, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: DOE ARPA-E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, arpa-e.energy.gov
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The project will incorporate 121 turbines and generate sufficient power for 130,000 homes.
Interstate Power & Light provides electric power to approximately 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers.
(Source: Interstate Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy Corporation, PR, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, , Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., (434) 220-7595, www.apexcleanenergy.com;
Alliant Interstate Power and Light, (319) 786-4411,www.alliantenergy.com
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To qualify, projects can be located in Wyoming, Oregon or Utah. The company will consider projects bid with power purchase agreements for up to 30 years, or "Build-Transfer" agreements where the bidder develops the project but ultimately transfers the project to PacifiCorp. Proposals for new or repowered wind resources must demonstrate that projects will qualify for the federal production tax credit, if applicable, and can be online by Dec. 31, 2020.
PacifiCorp reportedly aims to add another 859 MW of new wind capacity -- 85 MW in Wyoming and 774 MW in Idaho -- 1,000 MW or more of new solar capacity Between 2028 and 2036. (Source: PaifiCorp, UtilityDive, Various Other Media, 29 Sept., 2017)
Contact: PacifiCorp Energy, Laine Anderson, Director of Wind Operations, www.pacificorp.com
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The supply order includes commissioning and a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, along with previously purchased Production Tax Credit--qualifying components.
The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas' Colorado factories for delivery beginning in Q2, 2018.
(Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com
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While currently residential storage is concentrated in several markets such as Hawaii, California and states in the Northeast, which have suitable application and regulatory conditions, GTM Research expects the segment to grow, spurred by falling systems costs, utility rate design, and other factors.
(Source: GTM Research, U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, Renewables Now, 27 Sept., 2017) Contact:
GTM Research U.S. Residential Battery Storage Playbook 2017, www.greentechmedia.com/research/storage#gs.ozMrviA
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Magellan operates the longest pipeline system for refined products and L-P-Gs in the United States, extending about 9,700 miles from the Gulf Coast and covering Iowa and 14 other states across the central U.S.
(Source: Magellan Midstream Partners, Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Radio Iowa, 27 September 27, 2017) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association
Magellan Midstream Partners, (918) 574-7000, www.magellanlp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News E-15, Ethanol Blend, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,