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CEC Commits $5Mn to Dead Woody-Biomass to Fuel Project (Funding)
California EnergyCommission
Date: 2017-09-15
The California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has approved $5 million in grant funding to support Shasta County's Fall River Resource Conservation District's development and operation of a biomass facility in the Burney-Hat Creek area.

The Shasta County biomass facility would be one of the state's first to turn dead trees from the state's recent drought periods into combustible gas. (Source: California Energy Commission, AP, KRCR, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Fall River Resource Conservation District (530) 336-6591, www.fallriverrcd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  California Energy Commission,  


DRAX Considering Battery Back-Up for Gas Power Plant (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2017-09-15
In the UK, power giant DRAX, which recently switched from coal-burning to biomass power generation at its North Yorkshire power station, reports it is planning to move on from biomass to powering its units with gas backed-up with huge battery storage units and to that end is seeking regulatory approval from the national Planning Inspectorate.

The company plans to convert two of its three remaining coal-fired units with gas and another to biomass. Under the new options being considered up to 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity and 200MW of battery storage could be installed, subject to investment agreements and the ability to secure a 15-year capacity market contract and other considerations. (Source: DRAX Power, London South East, Business Green, Others, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX Power,  Biomass,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Acuity , Silver Spring Partner on LED Lighting Solution (Ind. Report)
Acuity Brands Lighting, Silver Spring Networks
Date: 2017-09-15
Acuity Brands, Inc.subsidiary Acuity Brands Lighting, reports it is partnering with Silver Spring Networks, Inc. to develop and offer its new DTL-DSN intelligent photo-control street lighting network.

The DTL-DSN intelligent photocontrol system will function on a wireless network platform managed by Silver Spring Networks to provide "enhanced functionality and adaptive networking and control of large-scale LED street lighting systems." In May 2017, the company announced the inclusion of a new Atrius brand in its portfolio of IoT business solutions and Atrius software platform. This software platform enables an array of capabilities including indoor positioning, asset tracking, space utilization, spatial analytics and energy management. Atrius sales grew 35% in the fiscal third quarter, higher than 25% reported last quarter, representing approximately 13% of sales. (Source: Acuity Brands, Nasdaq, Sept., 2017) Contact: Acuity Brands Lighting, (770) 922-9000, www.acuitybrands.com; Silver Spring Networks, Amy Cook, (650) 839-4183, Global Communications, Brandon Davito, VP Smart Cities and Lighting, acook@silverspringnet.com, www.silverspringnet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acuity Brands Lighting,  Silver Spring Networks,  


Battery Specialist Gridtential Raises $11Mn (Ind. Report)
Gridtential
Date: 2017-09-13
Santa Clara, California-based energy storage technology developer Gridtential reports the closure of $11 million in financing led by 1955 Capital, East Penn Manufacturing, Crown Battery Manufacturing, Leoch International and The Roda Group. The new funding will be used to grow the growing global demand for advanced energy storage in the automotive, backup power, grid solutions, and mobility industries.

According to Gridtential, its new Silicon Joule Technology battery architecture mixes the low-cost and other benefits of lead-acid batteries with the fast charging benefits of lithium-ion batteries. (Source: Gridtential, Energy Storage, 12 Sept., 2017)Contact: Gridtential, (408) 752-2881, www.gridtential.com

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


China Surpassing 2020 Wind Energy Targets (Ind. Report)
Make Consulting,Chinese National Energy Administration
Date: 2017-09-13
In Beijing, the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA), the agency responsible for implementing energy development plans and industrial policies adopted the Chinese government's 13th Solar Energy Development Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), reports that the country's solar industry is off to a running start and the wind energy industry is on track to install at least 110.4 GW of onshore wind capacity by 2020. This would increase China's cumulative installed capacity to about 264 GW and surpassing the original target of 210 GW set during the 13th Five-Year Plan period, according to MAKE Consulting.

However, analysis from MAKE Consulting suggests that the annual grid-connected capacity from 2017 to 2020 will be less than 25 GW in China, mainly because of curtailment restraints which can arise due to grid congestion, oversupply, operational issues or other reasons. In 2015, about 15 pct of China's wind energy was wasted because of curtailment issues.

According to MAKE Consulting, China's offshore wind resources are expected to grow to 26 GW by the end of 2026. China is currently on track to build an 800-MW wind farm off the coast of eastern China's Yancheng, Jiangsu province, surpassing the UK's 630-MW London Array.(Source: IEA, MAKE Consulting, Windpower Eng., Blog., 5 Sept., 2017)Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, info@consultmake.com, www.consultmake.com; Chinese National Energy Administration, www.nea.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Wind,  MAKE Consulting,  Chinese National Energy Administration,  MAKE Consulting,  


Li-Ion Battery Plant Planned for Thailand (Int'l. Report)
Global Power Synergy
Date: 2017-09-13
Global Power Synergy Plc (GPSC), the energy arm of Thailand's national oil and gas firm PTT Plc, reports it is partnering with a yet to be named Japanese firm to develop a lithium-ion battery with 100 hours of storage capacity. The partners also plan to construct a manufacturing facility at an expected total cost 1 billion baht ($30,209,000 million). The plant will likely be constructed in the country's Eastern Economic Corridor and start operations before the end of 2019.

Battery production technology will be leased from 24M Technologies. Initial production will be aimed at the power generation energy storage sector. (Source: Global Power Synergy, PTT, Bankok Post, 12 Sept., 2017)Contact: Global Power Synergy, www.gpscgroup.com

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


STORNETIC Flywheel Energy Storage System Delivered to EDF (Int'l)
EDF,Stornetic
Date: 2017-09-13
Julich, Germany-headquartered flywheel energy storage specialist STORNETIC reports it has delivered its DuraStor® Flywheel Energy Storage system to the EDF Concept Grid site near Paris where it will be used in an advanced smart grid project. The project will assess the DuraStor® flywheel energy storage technology in a modern grid environment and special customer requirements.

The STORNETIC DuraStor® flywheel is purely mechanical and designed for a very high number of charging cycles. Applications include Grid Services, Micro Grids and Island Grids, Hybrid-Systems (e.g. in combination with thermal power stations or batteries), breaking energy of rail vehicles, wind energy, and others. (Source: Stornetic, PR, Facebook, 12 Sept,. 2017) Contact: STORNETC, +49 24 61 65-7100, info@stornetic.com, www.stornetic.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF,  Stornetic,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  


NEXTracker Tracks 10GW of Global Solar Tracker Sales (Ind. Report)
NEXTracker
Date: 2017-09-13
Freemont, California-headquartered NEXTracker, a Flex company, has become the first company to reach 10GW of solar tracker sales including the recently launched "TrueCapture" self-adjusting tracker control system for commercial-scale solar power plants.

The TrueCapture technology continuously refines the tracking algorithm of individual solar arrays in response to existing site and weather conditions. Additionally, the company's recently introduced NX Fusion Plus solar integrates solar tracker design, battery, inverter, and software into a solar energy-storage solution .

As previously reported, Flextronics acquired NEXTracker in 2015 for over $300 million. (Source: NEXTracker, PR, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: NEXTracker, (510) 270-2500, www.nextracker.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXTracker,  Solar,  


Edeniq Supports LCFS Pathway for Corn Kernel Fiber Cellulosic Ethanol (Ind. Report)
Edeniq,Little Sioux Corn Processors
Date: 2017-09-13
Following on our Jan. 30th coverage, Visalia, California-based Edeniq, Inc. reports it has submitted written comments to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) supporting final approval of Little Sioux Corn Processors' application under the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a pathway for cellulosic ethanol produced from corn kernel fiber at its Marcus, Iowa plant.

Little Sioux received a D3 cellulosic ethanol registration from the U.S. EPA after deploying Edeniq's technology at its plant. Thome noted the significance of the consistency between CARB's approval and the EPA's approval and his support for CARB's assignment of a 31.23 carbon intensity, validating the potential for Edeniq's technology to help the state achieve the GHG reduction goals of the LCFS. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc., Brian Thome, Pres., CEO, Sarah Caswell, (402) 935-3081, scaswell@edeniq.com, www.edeniq.com; Little Sioux Corn Processors, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com; California ARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Edeniq,  Ethanol ,  Little Sioux Corn Processors,  California ARB,  


U. Illinois Touts New Jet Biofuels Feedstock (New Prod. & Tech.)
University of Illinois
Date: 2017-09-13
Researchers at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign estimate that a Boeing 747, which burns one gallon of jet fuel per second, could fly for 10 hours on "lipidcane" bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane.

The University's Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) project, funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), developed sugarcane that produces oil (lipidcane) that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel in place of sugar that is currently used for ethanol production.

The research project analyzed the economic viability of crops with different levels of oil. Lipidcane with 5 pct oil produces four times more jet fuel -- 416 gallons -- per hectare than soybeans. Sugarcane with 20 pct oil produces 1,666 gallons per hectare more than soybeans.

"We estimate that this biofuel would cost the airline industry $5.31/gallon, which is less than most of the reported prices of renewable jet fuel produced from other oil crops or algae," according to Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, who led the analysis. This crop also produces a hydrocarbon fuel along with bio-jet fuel or biodiesel that can be used to produce various bioproducts. The remaining sugar could be sold or used to produce ethanol and biorefineries could use lipidcane bagasse to produce steam and electricity. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, Eureka Alert, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology; PETROSS, Stephen Long, (217) 244-2999, wwww.igb.illinois.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


Amber Kinetics Refocuses Flywheel Business Strategy (Ind. Report)
Amber Kinetics
Date: 2017-09-13
In the Golden State, Union City-based flywheel energy storage specialist Amber Kinetics, Inc. is reporting a new five-year strategic plan that calls for an acceleration of equipment deployment and a deemphasize project development. Accordingly, the company will end development of Energy Nuevo, its 20 MW energy storage project with PG&E in California.

Amber Kinetics is currently shipping its all-steel M32 -- 8 kW / 32 kWh -- units to customers and its next generation M160 -- 40kW / 160kWh -- will begin testing in Q1, 2018.(Source: Amber Kinetics, 11 Sept., 20170 Contact: Amber Kinetics, Ed Chiao, CEO. Bill Barnes, Managing Director, (510) 474-1000X708, bbarnes@amberkinetics.com, www.amberkinetics.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amber Kinetics,  Flywheel,  Energy Storage,  


VARTA Storage, Waxman Ink UK Wholesaler Agreement (Int'l)
VARTA Storage
Date: 2017-09-13
VARTA Storage Gmbh reports it has sealed a UK and Ireland wholesaler distribution deal with Waxman Energy Ltd. which will incorporate the VARTA Element and VARTA Pulse lines into its product line.

Waxman Energy Ltd. is part of the Waxman Group, selling high-quality energy solutions for private and commercial use. Up until now, the British wholesaler had kept batteries and inverters as separate products in its range. The VARTA element line, a three-phase all-in-one system with integrated power inverter and battery management system, is available in capacities ranging from 3.2 kWh to 13 kWh. (Source: VARTA Storage Gmbh, PR, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: VARTA Storage Gmbh, Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy, +49 9081 240 8660, www.varta-storage.com/en/home.html Waxman Group, +44 1422 371811, www.waxmangroup.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Dudgeon Offshore Wind Turbines Installation Completed (Int'l)
A2SEA,Dudgeon Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-09-13
A2SEA is reporting it's SEA CHALLENGER vessel has completed the installation of 67 Siemens 6MW turbines on the 402 MW Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.

The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm 32 km off the North Norfolk, UK coast, is 35 pct owned by Statoil and 35 pct by Masdar while Statkraft holds 30 pct. (Source: A2SEA, Windtech, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: A2SEA, +45 7592 8211, a2sea@a2sea.com, www.a2sea.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News A2SEA,  Offshore Wind,  Dudgeon Offshore Wind,  


India Investigating Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (Int'l)
CCSU
Date: 2017-09-13
The Press Trust of India is reporting that as part of India's Paris Climate Accord commitment, an Indian delegation attended an international meeting in Alabama last week looking into India's possible adaptation of Carbon Capture Utilization Storage (CCUS) from fossil fuel power plants and similar large-scale emitters.

The delegation aimed to "understand, explore and do a circumspective and preliminary analysis of steps to be taken in incorporating this technology into its suite of solutions", a media release said. (Source: PTI, india.com, ZeeBusiness, Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CCUS,  


Everbright Greentech Scores Chinese Cogen, Biomass Projects (Int'l)
China Everbright Greentech
Date: 2017-09-13
Hong Kong-headquartered renewables and waste management firm China Everbright Greentech reports it has been awarded a $49.7 million contract for the Guoyang biomass-fired cogeneration project as well as a 400 tpd integrated biomass and household waste-to-energy project in China.

The Guoyang project in Anhui Province is expected to process 300,000 tpy of biomass and generate around 200 GWh per year, as well as provid central heating services for businesses in the Guoyang Industrial Park. Both plants will be built on a build-own-operate model, the company said. (Source: China Everbright Greentech, decentralized energy, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: China Everbright Greentech, www.ebgreentech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Everbright Greentech,  Biomass,  


RMP Plans $3.5Bn Investment in WY Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2017-09-13
Salt Lake City-headquartered Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Portland, Ore.-based PacifiCorp., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, reports it will invest $3.5 billion in transmission capability, wind power and other infrastructure in Wyoming by 2020.

Rocky Mountain Power, which serves approximately 1.1 million customers in in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, has an energy-generating capacity of about 55 pct coal, 25 pct natural gas, 10 pct hydroelectric, and 10 pct wind and other sources, according to its promotional literature. The utility also plans to add 1,100 MW of new wind power by repowering existing Wyoming wind farms with longer blades and newer technology in 2020 when wind production tax credits are expected to end. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Twitter, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power , www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


CEE Snares 12-MW European Energy A/S Wind Farm (Int'l., M&A)
CCE,European Energy A/S
Date: 2017-09-13
In Hamburg, German private equity group CEE reports its acquisition of Denmank-based European Energy's 6-turbine, 12-MW wind farm in Gilmerdingen, Lower Saxony. With the acquisition CCE has over 600 MW of installed renewable energy capacity. It is CEE third acquisition from the Danish company since April. Financial details were not disclosed. (Source: CEE, Renewables Now, Others , 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: European Energy A/S, +45 88 70 82 16, www.europeanenergy.dk; CCE, www.ceeprivateequity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Blyth Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations Installed (Int'l)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2017-09-13
Further to our July 14th coverage, EDF Energy Renewables reports it has completed the installation of five gravity-based foundations (GBFs) at its Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm off the coast of Blyth, Northumberland, the UK. The GBFs built by Royal BAM Group in the Neptune dry dock on the River Tyne, were floated into position and submerged onto the seabed where additional ballast was added.

The installation of five 8.3 MW , MHI Vestas V164 turbines is expected before the month end for commissioning and startup before the year end. EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy. (Source: EDF Energy Renewables, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Don McKay, Director of Operations, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables ,  Offshore Wind,  Blyth Offshore Wind,  


Suomen Hyotytuuli Completes Finland's First Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
Suomen Hyotytuuli
Date: 2017-09-13
Finnish energy developer Suomen Hyotytuuli is reporting the completion of the 42-MW Tahkoluoto Wind Farm in the Baltic Sea -- the country's first ever offshore wind farm.

The Tahkoluoto project evolved from a single 2.3 MW wind turbine demo in 2010 to its present total of 10, 4.2 MW Siemens turbines. The project has a €83,5 per MWh feed-in tariff for 12 years and received a €20 million demonstration subsidy. It is also the world's first offshore wind farm developed specifically for icy offshore conditions. (Source: Suomen Hyotytuuli , CleanTechnica, Others, 11 Sept.,, 2017[ Contact: Suomen Hyotytuuli , +358 2 638 4493, http://hyotytuuli.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


EU MEPs Considering UK's Post-Brexit EU ETS Status (Int'l)
EU ETS,Brexit
Date: 2017-09-13
Reuters is reporting that European Union Parliamentarians(EU MEPs) will today to protect the EU carbon market -- EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) from collapse brought about by the UK's withdrawal -- Breixt -- from the EU. It is feared that the EU ETS scheme of carbon prices and credit trading could crash if the Brexit negations prove slow and the UK fails to reach at least a transitional trade deal with the EU before its complete withdrawal from the 28 member trading bloc less than two years from now. EU lawmakers will vote on a proposal to void all emissions permits issued by a country exiting the EU.

The UK is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Europe and its utilities are among the largest purchasers of EU ETS permits. (Source: EU, Reuters, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS,  Brexit,  Carbon Emissions,  European Union,  


French Automaker Denies Emissions Tampering Allegations (Int'l)
PSA Group
Date: 2017-09-13
The French multinational automaker PSA Group which, along with VW and others, had been suspected of vehicle emissions manipulations, has denied "any fraud strategy" following reports that nearly two million of its vehicles had been fitted with emissions test-cheating software.

"Groupe PSA reaffirms that it complies with regulations in every country where it operates, and its vehicles have never been equipped with software or systems making it possible to detect compliance tests and to activate a pollutant treatment device that would be inactive during customer use," a company statement said.

PSA Group is Europe's second largest automaker with Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Opel and Vauxhall Motors brands. Opel is the largest PSA brand in Europe. (Source: PSA Group, Shropshire Star,Others, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: PSA Group, www.groupe-psa.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


ASA Calls for 400 Mn Gal. Increase in Biodiesel Volumes (Ind. Report)
American Soybean Association
Date: 2017-09-13
In St. Louis, the American Soybean Association (ASA) recently called upon U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to increase the volumes for biomass-based diesel by 400 million gallons over the EPA's proposed 2.5 billion gallons in 2019.

According to the ASA, "The EPA and the administration are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural economy. …An increase of biomass-based diesel volume requirements to 2.5 billion gallons in 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes to 4.75 billion gallons in 2018 is achievable and warranted.

"Since 1980 U.S. soybean farmers have increased production by 96 pct while using 8 pct less energy, land use per ton of soybean production has decreased by 35 pct and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 41 pct per ton," the ASA added.

According to ASA modeling, additional soybean supplies will support the increased biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volume levels while feedstock prices will be less than their five-year average. (Source: American Soybean Association , Sept., 2017) Contact: American Soybean Association, Ron Moore, Pres., (314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Soybean Association ,  Biodiesel,  


B&V Launches Energy Storage "Bankability" Service (Ind. Report)
Black & Veatch
Date: 2017-09-13
Las Vegas-based engineering, construction and consulting company Black & Veatch (B&V) and Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC), an engineering services and renewable energy products testing and certification provider, is reporting the launch of a new energy storage "bankability" service.

RETC's expertise and technical resources will be used to help predict a product's field performance against the provider's lifetime expectations. Testing data will stakeholders understand the risk of product failure and reliability before embarking on significant projects. Key customer segments for bankability and assessment services include product manufacturers, project owners, project developers, financial institutions and investors.

RETC is a 3rd Party CBTL and ISO accredited Test Laboratory located in the Silicon Valley, highly regarded with its world class engineering and certification testing services for PV and Renewable Energy products. (Source: Black & Veatch, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Black & Veatch , Patrick Macelroy, (646) 779-8354, macelroyp@bv.com, www.bv.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black & Veatch,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Ontario Ethanol Plant Looking at Tomato Waste Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global
Date: 2017-09-13
In Ontario, Toronto-based Greenfield Global Inc. is reporting receipt of a $3.7-million Canadian federal government loan to pipe waste heat underground from Greenfield's Chatham , Ontario ethanol plant to neighbouring Truly Green Farm's tomato production facility. Greenfield believes that organic waste from Truly Green Farms can be processed into a biofuel.

Greenfield Global is a world leader in specialty alcohols and the largest ethanol producer in Canada. (Source: Greenfield Global, BlackburnNews, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, info@gfsa.com, www.greenfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,  


Identifying Carbon Compounds Derived from Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Date: 2017-09-13
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a laboratory instrument that can measure how much of the carbon in many carbon-containing materials was derived from fossil fuels. This will open the way for new methods in the biofuels and bioplastics industries, in scientific research, and environmental monitoring. Among other things, it will allow scientists to measure how much of the carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere came from burning fossil fuels, and to estimate fossil fuel emissions in an area as small as a city or as large as a continent.

This is possible because carbon atoms occur in heavy and light forms, or isotopes, and measuring the relative amounts of each can reveal the source of the carbon. The new instrument, developed by NIST chemists Adam Fleisher and David Long and based on a technology called cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS), promises to dramatically reduce the cost of those measurements "Measuring carbon isotopes is an extremely useful technique, but until now, it has found limited use because of the cost," said Long. "Lowering the cost will open the way for new applications, especially ones that require testing a large number of samples."

The key to these measurements is carbon-14, a radioactive (yet harmless) isotope of carbon that is formed in the upper atmosphere. That carbon-14 finds its way into all living things. Unlike regular carbon, carbon-14 is unstable, with a half-life of 5,730 years. When living things die, they stop incorporating carbon into their bodies, and their carbon-14 starts to decay away.

Fossil fuels also are the remains of living things, mainly plants that died hundreds of millions of years ago. Virtually all their carbon-14 decayed away eons ago, so anything derived from them is marked by the absence of measurable amounts of carbon-14, which is extremely rare.

CRDS instruments analyze gases by detecting the wavelengths of light they absorb. For instance, CO2 that contains carbon-14 -- heavy CO2 -- absorbs a slightly different wavelength than regular CO2.

To test biofuels and bioplastics, you would first burn those materials, then collect the resulting CO2 for analysis. This would allow you to test a fuel mixture to determine what fraction of it is biofuel. In the airline industry, for example, this would be useful because some countries require that aviation fuels include a specific biofuel percentage. Such tests could also be used to verify that bioplastics, which sell for a premium, do not contain petroleum-derived compounds. To estimate fossil fuel emissions in a geographic area, you would collect many air samples across that area and analyze the atmospheric CO2 in those samples. Areas with high fossil fuel emissions, such as cities and industrial zones, will have below-normal concentrations of heavy CO2.

A report from the National Academy of Sciences estimated that 10,000 samples a year, collected at carefully chosen locations around the United States, would be enough to estimate national fossil fuel emissions to within 10 percent of the actual value. Such a system of measurements can increase the reliability of national emissions estimates. This would be especially useful in parts of the world where high-quality emissions data are not readily available. (Source: NIST, PR, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIST, Adam Fleisher, David Long, (301) 975-2758, (303) 497-4044, www.nist.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Standards and Technology,  Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  


Arizona Public Service wants to boost customer storage incentive funding 50%
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2017-09-12
Arizona Public Service's slate of efficiency and demand-side management programs for 2018 includes expanding the utility's Demand Response, Energy Storage and Load Management program by boosting funding from $4 million to $6 million and broadening the pool of eligible participants.

APS wants to expand the program to include commercial and industrial customers and would grow the program's focus to include an examination of pumped water storage and opportunities to save both energy and water in utility water delivery systems.

The utility this month filed demand management programs that include incentives for smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric school buses and charging infrastructure, water heater timers, and other resources. APS said it intends to purchase a supply of smart thermostats that include energy efficiency savings functionality and the ability to control the thermostat remotely through a cell phone app. The devices will also be capable of utility communications for use in future demand response events. Thermostats will be provided free for participating customers who meet program requirements. Among the other programs APS proposed is a "reverse demand response" pilot that aims to address negative pricing in the middle of the day. The utility wants to shift non-residential load to times when renewable energy abundant, and aims to reduce the need to curtail solar during periods of negative pricing. To be eligible, dispatchable customer load must have a demand of at least 30 kW. (Source: APS, UtilityDive, 12 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service news,  Energy Storage news,  


Connecticut Colleges Begin Solar Installations (Ind. Report)
Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System
Date: 2017-09-11
In New Britain, he Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system reports solar energy is being installed on three of its 17 member campuses -- Manchester and Middlesex Community Colleges Southern Connecticut State University.

The solar installations are intended to cut energy consumption and save operating expenses.

The project is being funded with private capital through the Connecticut Green Bank. The project cost has not been revealed but the savings are estimated at approximately $10 million over 20 years. Installations are slated for additional member schools at future dates. (Source: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, WTNH, AP, 9 Sept., 2017)Contact: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, (850) 244-7600, www.ct.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


APsystems Unveils Advanced Solar Microinverter (New Prod & Tech)
APsystems
Date: 2017-09-11
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--APsystems introduces the YC600, a dual-module, utility-interactive microinverter with Reactive Power Control (RPC) technology and Rule 21 grid support functionality at Solar Power International in Las Vegas, NV. The first of its kind, the YC600 was designed to accommodate today’s high output PV panels, offer enhanced capability and meet the latest grid compliance standards, including UL 1741 SA requirements for California Rule 21 as well as voltage and frequency ride through and RPC for European and Australian DER requirements.

The YC600 works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent MPPT per panel. The unit operates within a wide MPPT voltage range. The unit features both integrated ground and DC connectors for fast installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown code requirements. An integrated ZigBee antenna offers broadband communication over a mesh network for accurate data monitoring. (Source: APsystems, PR, 10 Sept., 2017) Contact: APsystems, Jason Higginson, Marketing, (206) 774-8524, Jason.Higginson@APsystems.com, www.APsystems.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Microinverter,  Solar,  


Nebraska Community Solar Power Shares Offered (Ind. Report)
Nebraska Public Power District.SoCore Energy
Date: 2017-09-11
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) is reporting residential and commercial customers in Kearney are now able to purchase shares in the city of Kearney's SunWise Community Solar Program. The 53-acre solar facility is expected to come online early next year.

Kearney project developer Chicago-based SoCore Energy will sell the project's electricity to NPPD which will in turn resell energy to Kearney solar subscribers at cost. To date, 5,499 shares of the community solar project's 7,099 total shares have been allocated. The remaining 1,600 shares sold in 150-kWh increments will be offered to residential and commercial customers who can stay in the program for as short as one month or as long as the length of the power purchase agreement of the solar developer, typically 20 years or more. (Source: Kearney Hub, NPPD, Sept. 9, 2017)Contact: NPPD, Tim Arlt1, GM, Tim Arlt1, (877) 275-6773, http://www.nppd.com/innovation/solar/community-solar; SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731, www.socoreenergy.com

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Cape Verde Selects Greenbyte's Wind Farm Mgm't System (Int'l)
Cabeolica ,Greenbyte
Date: 2017-09-11
On Cape Verde, the island nation off the northwest coast of Africa, wind power developer Cabeolica reports it has selected renewable energy management systems specialist Greenbyte's 'Breeze' wind farm management system for its four wind facilities on the islands of Santiago, Sao Vicente, Sal and Boa Vista with a total installed capacity of 25.5 MW. Cabeolica generates about one-quarter of the nation's electric power.

Greenbyte's 'Breeze' system monitors, analyses, controls and maintains wind farms and can be used on desktop PCs, in control rooms and via mobile devices and can be remotely connected to Greenbyte's software via on-site SCADA systems. Currently, over 8 GW of renewable energy across five continents and over 20 countries are monitored with Greenbyte software. (Source: Cabeolica, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Cabeolica, +238 2602260, cabeolica@cabeolica.com, www.cabeolica.com

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Irish Utility ESB Seeks Offshore Wind Power Partners (Int'l)
ESB
Date: 2017-09-11
In Cork, the Irsh state-owned utility ESB Networks reports it has issued a tender seeking "the provision of renewable energy marine services related to its planned offshore wind farms" in the Irish Sea beginning in 2018. Individual projects are expected to range from 200 - 500 MW or larger. ESB is likely to partner with DONG Energy or other firms presently active in the offshore wind industry. (Source: ESB Networks, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: ESB Networks, +353 21 238 2410, www.esb.ie

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Pomona College Committed to Carbon Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Pomona College
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Golden State, Pomona College in Claremont reports it has committed to "CN 2030" -- carbon neutrality, without purchasing carbon credits, by the year 2030. To that end, the college must reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to zero then offset an equivalent amount of any remaining emissions by retrofitting buildings, installing solar panels, investing in off-site renewables and promoting alternative transportation programs.

Previously this year, the school received $2.5 million in California Energy Commission grant funding which will enable it to precisely monitor, control and adjust energy use in key buildings and lead to an expected 20 pct saving in energy consumption. The three-year project will enhance existing energy management systems for 10 buildings on campus and will provide for additional occupancy sensors and automated controls as well as optimization of air circulation, lights and thermostats. Since 2010,the College has implemented programs that include real-time metering for electricity, gas and water on all major buildings and education and social marketing programs to help address climate change and promote sustainable behavior. (Source: Pomona College, Inland Empire, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pomona College, (909) 621-8000, www.pomona.edu

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Smoky Mountains Emissions Down with Biodiesel Use (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2017-09-11
According to the National Biodiesel Board, in 2016 the Great Smoky Mountains National Park covering parts of Tennessee and North Carolina used 43,085 gallons of biodiesel (B20) that reportedly cut carbon dioxide emissions by 15 pct and carbon monoxide emissions by 12 pct while hydrocarbon and sulfur dioxide and particulate matter fell 12 pct. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park began using biodiesel blends to power park-owned diesel vehicles and equipment in 2003. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: NBB, Kaleb Little, (800) 841-5849, klittle@biodiesel.org, www.biodiesel.org

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Mars Touts $1Bn Plan to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-09-11
Confectionary giant Mars is reporting the launch of its $1 billion "Sustainability in a Generation" plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by 67 pct by 2050. The cany maker will also set up projects aimed at reducing poverty for their suppliers and farmers in low-income countries, as well as improving the sustainability of the farming practices that they run.

Mars has said it hopes its initiative will encourage other companies to make similar environmental commitments. (Source: Mars, PR 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Mars, Grant F Reid, CEO, http://www.mars.com/global/sustainable-in-a-generation/our-approach-to-sustainability

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EnergyAustralia, Redback Launch Residential Energy Management System (New Prod. & Tech.)
EnergyAustralia,Redback Technologies
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Land Down Under, electric power and gas retailer EnergyAustralia's $9.3 million investment in Brisbane-based energy management business Redback Technologies last October has now born fruit with the company launching the Redback Smart Hybrid System for homes today.

The energy management and storage system combines solar inverter, a battery enclosure and intelligent energy management software in a single outdoor hub which can be paired with solar panels and batteries. It also has an app so users can access, monitor and control their energy use from a smartphone or tablet.

Retailer EnergyAustralia estimates an average home would save around $1,500 annually when the system is combined with solar panels and a battery. A complete new system would cost around $9,000 to install or $7,000 to retrofit to existing solar panels, based on inverter modifications, and pay for itself within seven years.

The Redback Smart Hybrid Inverter has a 5 kW power output and the potential to store up to 13.2 kWh of electricity -- sufficient for 75 pct of the average home's daily energy needs. The modular design means a homeowner can start with 3.3kWh of storage and add more battery units over time. (Source: Energy Australia, Business Insider Australia, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: EnergyAustralia, Andrew Perry, www.energyaustralia.com.au; Redback Technologies, +61 1300 240 182, https://redbacktech.com

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The Rise in Global Atmospheric CO2, Surface Temperature, and Sea Level from Emissions Traced to Major Carbon Producers -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-09-11
"The question of responsibility for climate change is central to public and policy discourse over actions to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit adverse impacts. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' among nations, signaling the recognition that nations that had produced the larger share of historical emissions bore a greater responsibility for avoiding 'dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate.'

"Reflecting this principle, the Paris Agreement establishes common commitments, for example to global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of this century, while allowing flexibility in mitigation efforts to accommodate different national capacities and circumstances."

Access the report HERE. (Source: Springer Link, DOI, Climatic Change, 7 Sept., 2017)

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Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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EU Legislators Back 40 pct Energy Efficiency Target (Int'l)
EC
Date: 2017-09-11
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Environment Committee reports it has agreed to raise the 28-mmember trading bloc's proposed 30 pct legally-binding target under the Paris Climate Agreement to 40 pct, post 2020. The MEPs also agreed to close several loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.

Current European Union energy efficiency legislation obliges member states to save the equivalent of 1.5 pct of energy sold to consumers every year. But there are a number of loopholes which mean savings across the EU are reduced to just 0.75 pct including exempting the transport sector from the obligations. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 8 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Union,  European Commission,  Energy Efficiency Target,  


NASA Climate Missions Threatened by Trump Budget (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2017-09-11
The White House has announced President Trump's intention to nominate Representative James Bridenstine, (R-Okla) as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator.

If appointed and confirmed, Bridenstine, who is best known for his views on climate change and opening space to commercial plunder, would be tasked with implementing Trump's proposed budget cuts which would slash as much as $561 million from NASA's annual budget and ground the following NASA education programs and climate-related satellite missions:

  • the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite currently in space monitoring solar wind, or the charged particles being flung outward by the sun;

  • The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Environment (PACE) mission which is slated for launch within the next five to six years and will keep an eye on the seas, which is crucial to understanding how the planet responds to climate change;

  • The Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, both of which measure climate change, rising sea levels and other applications could also be cut. (Source: Common Science, NASA, Gonzaga Bulletin, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov; Rep. James Bridenstine, https://bridenstine.house.gov

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  • NEWBio Advances Sustaiable Biomass Energy (Ind. Report)
    NEWBio
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The NorthEast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), a Northeastern U.S. regional network of universities, businesses and government entities reports that from 2012 to the present it has been working with $10 million in USDA funding to advance sustainable bioenergy and perennial biomass crops -- specifically warm-season grasses and short-rotation willow production strategies, policies and markets -- in the Northeastern U.S.

    According to project director Tom Richard, NEWBio made tremendous progress building robust, scalable and sustainable value chains for bio-based energy, chemicals and materials across the Northeastern region.

    Among its goals, NEWBio aimed to identify options where bioenergy crops could improve environmental outcomes without competing with food production. One was floodplains and buffers along streams where these crops can improve water quality. A second goal was to utilize abandoned and marginal lands using patented high-yielding willow and various warm-season grasses.

    The NEWBio consortium includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cornell University, Ohio State University, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, University of Vermont, SUNY-ESF, West Virginia University, Idaho National Laboratory, USDA-ARS, University of Maine and Stony Brook University. (Source: NEWBio, Penn State Univ., 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Tom Richard, Project Director, 0291, trichard@psu.edu; NEWBio, (814) 863-0291, www.newbio.psu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Energy,  Sustainable Biomass,  Bioenergy Crops,  Willow,  Woody Biomass,  


    DOE Reports Additional $8.8Mn for Algae Tech. Innovations (R&D)
    DOE ,BETO
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The U.S. Department of Energy is reporting the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million for projects that will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for this initiative now totals over $16 million.

    The organizations selected include:

  • The Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with Global Algae Innovations, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Colorado State University, will improve the productivity of wild algal strains using advanced directed evolution approaches in combination with high-performance, custom-built, solar simulation bioreactors;

  • The University of California, San Diego, will develop genetic tools, high-throughput screening methods, and breeding strategies for green algae and cyanobacteria, targeting robust production strains;

  • The University of Toledo, in partnership with Montana State University and the University of North Carolina, will cultivate microalgae in high-salinity and high-alkalinity media to achieve productivities without needing to add concentrated carbon dioxide;

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will ecologically engineer algae to encourage growth of bacteria that efficiently remineralize dissolved organic matter to improve carbon dioxide uptake and simultaneously remove excess oxygen. (Source: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

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  • EIA Urges Climate Friendly Refrigerant Incentives (Ind.Report)
    Hydrocarbons21,Montreal Protocol
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO, is pushing California to utilize its greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) to help phase down ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) by offering incentives for climate-friendly and natural refrigeration alternatives.

    The GGRF is funded by cap-and-trade dollars which state agencies manage under California Climate Investments. The money is earmarked for public health enhancement, especially for disadvantaged communities.

    A natural refrigerant incentive program is part of CARB's implementation of a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategy, which includes a plan to reduce the state's HFC emissions 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hydrocarbons21, 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Hydrocarbons21, hydrocarbons21.com team (@hydrocarbons21, www.hydrocarbons21.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HFC,  Refrigerant Gas,  California ARB,  Hydrocarbons21,  Montreal Protocol,  


    Japanese Biomass Power Capacity on the Rise (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-11
    In Tokyo, a Nikkei survey of 45 companies, including major power providers and members of a renewable energy industry group with combined biomass power generation capacity of 800,000kW, has found that the country's present 3.1 million kilowatts biomass power generation capacity is set to increase by 1.7 million kilowatts for a total of 4.8 million kilowatts by 2023. The survey also found that investment is expected to top ¥700 billion ($6.42 billion) over the same period. (Source: Asian Review, Nikkei, 7 Sept., 2017)

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    Alberta Woody Biomass Plant Gets $14.3Mn Overhaul (Ind. Report)
    Whitecourt Power
    Date: 2017-09-11
    On the Canadian prairies, Whitecourt Power LP, a unit of Capstone Infrastructure , reports it is investing $14.3 million in the refurbishment of its woody biomass power facility in Whitecourt, Alta.

    The work, which includes boiler, steam turbine and generator repairs and overhauls, will require a complete plant shutdown and is expected to take about 2 months to complete. The Whitecourt project is receiving funding from the Government of Alberta's $60 million, 2016 Bioenergy Producer Program. (Source: Whitecourt Power, Canadian Biomass, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Whitecourt Power, (416) 649-1300, info@capstoneinfra.com, http://www.capstoneinfrastructure.com/OurBusiness/PowerInfrastructure/OperatingFacilities/biomass/whitecourt

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    PrimusPower, OSIsoft Tout Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    OSIsoft,PrimusPower
    Date: 2017-09-11
    Stationary energy storage systems specialist Primus Power reports it is partnering with San Leandro, California-based OSIsoft, LLC to integrate the PI System in the EnergyPod 2. The PI System is used by over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and increasingly in energy storage. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, PrimusPower's EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to a release.

    Primus Power's flow batteries are shipping to U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the Company's EnergyPod 2 systems offer reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading total cost of ownership, according to the company. (Source: Primus Power Corporation, PR, 11 Sept. 2017) Contact: Primus Power Corp., Janey Ward, (510) 342 -7648, Janey.Ward@primuspower.com, www.primuspower.com; OSIsoft, www.osisoft.com

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    Battery Makers Plan Preemptive Energy Storage Investment (Int'l)
    LG Chem, Samsung SDI, SK Innovation
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In Seoul, Korean battery manufacturers LG Chem, Samsung SDFI and SK Innovations report they will invest about 2.6 trillion won ($2.3 billion) in Korea by 2020. Of that total, 610 billion won ($539 million) will be committed to battery technology development such as the innovation and upgrading of the performance of secondary batteries for electric vehicles and 2 trillion won will be committed to expand battery energy storage production capacities in a move to "preemptively expand the market of electric vehicles and energy storage systems (ESSs)."

    The three firms have also lobbied the government for increased support such as tackling a surge in the prices of raw materials for secondary batteries and strengthening the competitiveness of material and equipment makers. (Source: LG Chem, Samsung SDI, Other, Business Korea, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: LG Chem, Peter Gibson, ESS Sales, LG Chem, Kwon Young-soo, Pres., Battery Div., Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com; Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com; SK Innovation, +82 2 2121 5114, www.skinnovation.com

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    New UK Lab Investigating Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions (Int'l)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University is reporting the launch of "Integrel", a new £30 million green energy R&D facility in Gateshead. The facility, which bills itself as the UK's first test centre for integrated energy system technology, will carry out research into battery energy storage, the use of hydrogen as an energy source and new ways of reducing the carbon output of energy storage and transport.

    The project is part of NGN's bid to develop a zero-carbon energy network in order to save its customers money and reduce reliance on coal, natural gas, and petroleum. (Source: Northern Gas Network, Telegraph, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: NGN Mark Horsley, CEO, +44 (0) 113 322 7950, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

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    Burning Coal Methane for Carbon Credits Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Strategies Corp.
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Lakewood, Colorado-based Global Carbon Strategies Corp. (GCS) reports it plans to "flare" up to 400,000 million btu of vented coal mine methane gas per year from 6 "gob" mines in Utah under a five-year contract with Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

    Under federal legislation, mine operators are permitted to vent mine methane without penalty. GCS' proposal qualifies under California's cap-and-trade system.

    GCS will pay a 12.5-cent royalty per million btu flared, plus $5,000 per year per mine in rent. Carbon offsets are currently selling for $5.80 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent.

    According to the EPA, coal mines represent 12 pct of all human-caused methane emissions and are the nation's second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after CO2. Even so, methane emissions from mines are exempted from regulation under the Clean Air Act because the gas has to be vented from underground coal deposits to prevent lethal explosions.

    To calculate the carbon offsets the methane destruction is worth, GCS is relying on Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Bluesource, which will register the offsets with the Climate Action Reserve. They could then be issued California Air Resources Board (CARB) which has authorized 7 mines to join the offset program. (Source: GCS, CARB, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017) Contact: Global Carbon Strategies, C. Kennedy, VP, 1885 Denver West Court, Lakewood, Colorado, 80401, -- phone and email not presently available; Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, (801) 538-5100, https://trustlands.utah.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Bluesource, www.bluesource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluesource,  California ARB,  ,  Global Carbon Strategies,  Methane,  Carbon Credit ,  


    Has Joule Unlimited Reached its Limit? (Ind. Report)
    Joule Unlimited
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered Joule Unlimited Inc. is reportedly quitting the biofuels business and has laid off most of its 120 employees, sold its New Mexico manufacturing facility, and is trying to sell its patents, according to the Boston Globe.

    The decade-old biofuels company raised at least $200 million in venture capital to commercialize a process that would convert carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into fuels using microorganisms. (Source: xeconomy, Boston Globe, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Joule Unlimited, Felicia Krupps, (781) 533-9121, fkrupps@jouleunlimited.com, www.jouleunlimited.com

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    BRICS NDB Inks $800Mn In Chinese Green Project Loans (Int'l)
    BRICS New Development Bank
    Date: 2017-09-08
    The Shanghai-headquartered BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) New Development Bank (NDB) reports it has agreed to $800 million in loan agreements for three green development projects in China's Fujian, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The loan will finance the Fujian Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project, the Ecological Development Project in the Green Heart Center of the Hunan Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster and Jiangxi Industrial Low-Carbon Restructuring and Green Development Pilot Project.

    To date, the BRICS NDB has approved 11 projects with loans aggregating over $3 billion . Four of the projects are in China, three in India, two in Russia, one in Brazil, and one in South Africa. (Source: BRICS New Development Bank, PR, Xinhua News Agency, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: BRICS New Development Bank, K.V. Kamath, Pres., www.ndb.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BRICS New Development Bank,  Wind,  Renewable Energy ,  

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