ESIP allows public entities to finance and pay for capital upgrades with the energy cost savings generated by installing energy conservation measures (ECMs) without tax increases to the public. The typical energy conservation measures include LED lighting and controls, HVAC systems, boilers, building envelope improvements (the building envelope is the walls, the roof, windows, doors, anything that separates the outside of the building from the inside) and energy management systems.
The ESIP related upgrades will be implemented with the assistance of Maser Engineering, DCO Energy and CDI, and a district news release said it will be self-funding and budget neutral.
The completed project will deliver $1.1 million in New Jersey Clean Energy Program incentives and more than $900,000 per year energy cost savings, according to a School District news release . (Source: Toms River Regional School District, Toms River Patch, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toms River Regional School District, (732) 473-9168www.trschools.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Savings Improvement Program ,
Forrest, based in Bolton, will be developing a plan based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies for the two-square-mile site. It will also explore the energy efficiency of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. It is thought their plan could use distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, and energy efficiency measures.
Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) owns, operates, develops and regenerates high quality property assets and uses the profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area and support low carbon goals.
(Source: BEC, Cumbria Life, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Britain's Energy Coast, Michael Pemberton, CEO, +44 1946 595200, http://britainsenergycoast.co.uk; Forrest, +44 1942 841122, www.forrest.co.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy, Renewable Energy, Carbon Footprint,
Vestas has been been investigating various technologies and companies on how batteries and wind farms could be used in conjunction since the the 2012 launch of a wind project in Lem-Kaer, Denmark, according to a Vestas statement.
(Source: Tesla, Vestas, Futurism1 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com
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The deal will allow EDP to add 25 to 35 turbines to the facility to generate an additional 262,000 MWh per year of capacity -- sufficient to power 20,000 average Indiana homes.
Under a VPPA, a company agrees to pay a renewable-energy-project developer a fixed rate for electricity over a contracted period, usually 10 to 20 years, while continuing to buy electricity from the local utility. The company does not get the energy directly. Instead, the developer sells the power onto the grid, where it is bought by other consumers at wholesale prices.
(Source: Cummins, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Mark Dhennin, Dir. Energy and Environment, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cummins Diesel, EDP Renewables North America, Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,
NYPA's efforts are part of a statewide mandate to reduce energy consumption at state facilities by 20 pct by 2020. The New York Energy Manager facility was created in part to oversee that project, and the $1.4 million awarded to Albany was part of a competition among four upstate cities that provided up to $500,000 to qualified projects.
The projects are expected to save Albany $240,000 per in energy costs. (Source: NYPA, TimesUnion, Sept., 2017)
Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov
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The new modules are ideal for transforming skylights, atriums and similar applications into architecturally aesthetic power-producing structures. They have already been endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies such as Pilkington, AGC and Walters & Wolf.
Solaria solar-outfitted windows mitigate the sunlight's effect on a building and work with high-efficiency solar PV modules to unlock the full power potential of buildings, providing high yield at a low cost.
(Source: Solaria Corporation, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, ( 510) 270- 2500,
PowerXT@solaria.com, PowerView@solaria.com, www.solaria.com
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The Army base also completed effective proactive energy efficiency and building energy management systems and interactive energy conservation awareness initiatives that helped reduce the base's fiscal year 2016 energy intensity by 23.4 pct from the prior year, resulting in a utility savings of more than $583,000, despite an increase in building square footage of 35 percent.
(Source: US Army Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline Progress, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Fort A.P. Hill, (804) 633-8120, www.army.mil/aphill
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The Liberty One facility will incorporate parts of a deconstructed methanol production plant from Rio De Janerio.
The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $10 million loan in May in developing the site for use.
(Source: US Methanol LLC, WV Metro News, Others, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Methanol LLC, (681) 205-8511, email@example.com, www.usmeoh.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol, Methanol,
"This is the first time we're dismantling an offshore wind farm, but luckily, we've been able to draw on our vast experience from constructing offshore wind farms and working offshore," says Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy. "In cooperation with the winning contractors, we developed the dismantling method and entered a long process with the authorities to obtain all necessary permits." (Source: DONG Energy, PR, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer, www.dongenergy.com
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The city of Portland owns and operates the airport, which accommodates more than 1.7 million international passengers every year. (Source: Portland International Jetport, DOT FAA, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Portland International Jetport, (207) 774-7301, www.portlandjetport.org; Federal Aviation Administration, www.faa.gov
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The repowering program will upgrade the existing Siemens SWT-2.3-93 model to the SWT-2.3-108 model turbines. The project is expected to be completed before the year-end.
(Source: Siemens Gamesa , PR, Sept., 2017)
Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.htm; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com
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The plant will produce 5,000 tpy of biomethanol.
from crude methanol produced by the manufacturing process at Sodra's new Monsteras pulp mill. (Source: Sodra, Lesprom 5 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Sodra Timber, +46 470 89000, www.sodra.com/en
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To achieve its goal, the
municipality aims to cut fossil fuel use in transportation, along with increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles as well as buying renewable power and increasing energy efficiency. (Source: UNFCCC, Sustainability & Environment, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int
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Bio-SNG is produced through the gasification of cellulosic materials, such as energy crops or forestry residues, after which the Bio-SNG is then gas conditioned, synthesised and gas upgraded. Bio-SNG can be used like biogas produced through anaerobic digestion or it can be converted into liquid biofuels, diesel, ethanol and other fuels.
The project scored approximately £11 million in funding from the UK Department for Transport's Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition and £8.6 million from Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution).
(Source: Saxlund International, Resource, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Saxlund International, Matt Drew, Managing Dir., +44 23 8063 6330, www.saxlund.co.uk
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According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 MWh of energy storage were added to the grid last year, across 829 systems. Residential deployments accounted for 4.5 megawatts/7.5 MWh; non-residential deployments accounted for 54 megawatts/68 MWh and utility-owned deployments totaled 151 megawatts/181.6 MWh.
Utilities provided cumulative and 2016 data on energy storage installations interconnected in their service territories prior to December 31, 2016. Energy storage installations included in the results include batteries, flow batteries, kinetic energy storage (such as flywheels), supercapacitors, and compressed air energy storage. The survey did not include pumped hydropower, thermal energy storage, or electric vehicles.
(Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance, GTM, Various Media,
September 07, 2017) Contact: Smart Electric Power Alliance, (202) 857-0898, https://sepapower.org
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Yin specializes in bioinformatics, a blending of biology and computer science for analysis of highly complex biological data. He specifically seeks to shed light on enzymes known as carbohydrate active enzymes, or CAZymes, which are responsible for the synthesis, degradation, modification and recognition of all carbohydrates. Microbes use CAZymes to break down plant carbohydrates into simple sugars, which can be further converted into biofuels and other biomaterials.
Yin's research team will develop computer tools to better identify CAZymes from newly sequenced microbial genomes, sequence the genome of a green alga (Zygnma circumcarinatum) and peer into the evolutionary processes within early plants.
Yin will collaborate with Scott Grayburn, director of biology's Molecular Core Lab, on the algal genome sequencing work.
(Source: NIU News, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIU, Professor Yanbin Yin, Prof. Scott Grayburn, (815) 753-0638, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.niu.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation, Algae, Biofuel,
Download details on the Advanced Biofuels Course 2017 Edition starting Sept. 18, HERE. (Source: BioFuelNet, PR, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: BioFuelNet Canada,
Guillaume Perron-Piche, Communications Mgr., (514) 398-7861, http://biofuelnet.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada, Biofuel,
According to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the system will cover companies with annual energy consumption of over 10,000 metric tons of standard coal. These companies are primarily in the petrochemical, chemical, building materials, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper, electric utilities and aviation sectors.
Carbon markets have been operating successfully in the European Union -- EU ETS -- and the U.S. state of California, despite some problems in determining prices and emissions caps. In time, China's national trading system could become the largest in the world
and could help China meet its pledges to cut carbon emissions per unit of gdp by 40-45 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and reach peak emissions by around 2030, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Radio Free Asia, Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Cap-and-Trade, China Carbon Market, China National Development and Reform Commission ,
Last spring, the MCC completed a major sustainability effort to install a 250,000-gallon storm water system, which allows the facility to divert an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff rainwater annually from the river and redirect it to an underground storage system for the venue's irrigation. Other center energy efficiency initiatives and measures include
offsetting energy usage by 100 pct with solar and wind power; recycling 60 pct of waste in 2016; collecting 160 tons of organics for hog feed and composting; donating 4 tons of food per year and others. (Source: Minneapolis Convention Center, Trade Show News Network, Sept., 2017) (Contact: Minneapolis Convention Center, Jeff Johnson, Exec. Dir., (612) 335-6000, www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Conservation,
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has come out in support of the discount on the proviso that Arch Coal commits to developing a methane capture strategy. To date, the state has led the nation in requiring oil and gas producers -- but not coal miners -- to control methane emissions.(Source: Arch Coal, BLM, High Country News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper, Arch Coal, Carbon Emissions, Coal, Methane, BLM, Coal Bed Methane,
In 2015, a $21 million renovation, addition, and preservation effort got underway including: a
21 pct cut in overall energy use through added insulation; exhaust air recovery system installation; improved interior and exterior lighting power density, and variable speed pumping on chilled and hot water distribution;
34 pct reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures; 82 pct of new wood products are FSC Certified; 83 pct of existing structural elements were reused; 84 pct of construction waste was diverted from landfills; high efficiency LED light fixtures were used throughout;comprehensive transportation management plan; water efficient landscaping that improves site ecology without permanent irrigation methods; and others. (Source: UMass, USGBC, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: UMass Amherst, www.umass.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The plant will be sited at the special economic zone in Sri City, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, and will produce 500 MW of PV cells and 500 MW of modules per year, all for export. (Source: Longi Green Energy Technology, Indo-Asian News, Sept., 2017)
Longi Green Energy Technology, +8629.81566863, www.longigroup.com
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The library's energy efficient features include: low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials; strategically-placed clerestory windows to take advantage of natural light while minimizing heat loss;
ground source geothermal heating system; and others.
The USGBC LEED rating system determined the building to be 48 pct more efficient than their baseline building.
(Source: USGBC, PropudGreenBuilding, Juneau Empire, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
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The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.
Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.
The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software.
In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level.
(Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres., www.deltaww.com; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment,
(510) 642-4950, email@example.com, www.cbe.berkeley.edu
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Washington, D.C. had a total of 120 LEED-certified projects and more square feet of LEED space per capita than any state in 2016. Per resident, the District had 29.04 certified gross square footage of green buildings in 2016, compared to top state Massachusetts' 3.73 certified gross square footage per capita.
D.C. has also adopted Climate Ready DC, a plan to help the city deal with the consequences of climate and severe weather patterns.
(Source: Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, USGBC, Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, https://mayor.dc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Platinum, Energy Efficiency,
The new product is in line with the UAE Energy Plan leading up to 2050 which targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country's economic requirements and environmental goals.
(Source: ENOC, Albawaba Business, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: ENOC, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com
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Additionally, the collaboration has launched R3FIBER, a new recycling technology for fibre-infused plastics. The process converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into reusable glass or carbon fibres. (Source: EDP Renewables, power-technology.com, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edprnorthamerica.com;
Spanish Council for Scientific Research, www.reconproject.eu; Thermal Recycling of Composites, www.trcsl.com
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When fully operational, the offshore wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 500,000 households and
offset around 940,000 tpy of CO2 and around 22,000 tpy of SO2 over a 25 year life span. (Source: DONG Energy, CTBR, 4 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html; DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com
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The Meygen project incorporates multiple machines and is the largest tidal stream energy project in the world. The project's 4, 1.5MW turbines generate sufficient power for about 2,000 homes.
(Source: Atlantis Resources, Renew Economy, Others, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources,
Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com
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The N149/4.0-4.5 has a variable power output of 4 MW to 4.5 MW and was designed for light-wind regions. According to the manufacturer, it is the highest yielding and quietest onshore turbine for light-wind regions in the 4-MW-4.5 MW class.
The first test turbines will be set up in 2018. (Source: Nordex, Renewables Now, Others, 1 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com
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"I know this can be a contentious issue but I also know it's the best way for Canada to reduce emissions while we grow our economy in a clean and sustainable way." -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), 31 Aug., 2017)
Editor's Note: Last December, eleven Canadian provinces and territories -- excluding Saskatchewan and Manitoba -- agreed to the carbon price plan in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. The federal government wants provinces to phase in carbon pricing that would reach $50 a tonne by 2022 or develop a cap-and-trade system. If the provinces fail to do so, the feds have promised to impose a plan upon them.
The Manitoba government of Premier Brian Pallister (PC) has been considering a $25 per tonne carbon tax by 2022 -- half of what the federal government has insisted must be in place by 2022. Manitoba farmers would be exempt from the tax, which, at $25 per tonne, would raise $250 million annually and add about $6.00
to the cost of a 50-litre tank of gasoline and up the cost of an average home's natural gas heating cost by $265 per year.
(Source: Manitoba Sustainable Development, Canada Press, Others, Contact: Government of Manitoba, Premier Hon. Brian Pallister, email@example.com
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Specifically, APS is offering new rebates, incentives and/or increased opportunities for: smart thermostats; electric vehicle charging infrastructure; electric school buses and charging infrastructure; increase energy storage funding from $4 million to $6 million) for water heater timers for residential HVAC; support for home Performance with Energy Star; support energy efficient new residential construction and solutions for Business. The plan would also guide customers on how to make the most of the new APS rate plans and to take advantage of home pre-cooling, shifting the use of appliances to off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances as ways to cut energy consumption and costs. (Source: APS, 5 Sept., 2017)
Contact: Arizona Public Service Co., Stacy Derstine, VP Customer Service, www.aps.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation, Energy Efficiency Rebates, Arizona Public Service, Energy Efficiency,
The growth is being attributed to the demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions across all sectors and an increased adoption of LED lighting worldwide.
Technavio notes that four market drivers are contributing to the growth of the global LED market: favourable policy environment and governmental support; demand for energy-efficient lighting solutions; increasing outreach of energy-efficiency certification programs; and upcoming international events and infrastructure projects.
In addition to the events, governments are making significant investments in the development of infrastructure projects and smart cities to complement the economic growth. (Source: Technavio, Compound Semiconductor,
5 September, 2017)Contact: Technavio Research, Jesse Maida, Marketing, (630) 333-9501 - US Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.technavio.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED LIght, Energy Efficient Light, Technavio,
As of July 17, 2017, the Company has raised $1,400,000 which has been or will be used for the ongoing construction of Cielo's first commercial-scale variable waste feedstocks-to-renewable diesel fuel refinery and for general working capital.
(Source: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions Corp.
Don Allan, President & CEO,
(403) 348-2972 Ext. 2
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According to the SSAB - Swerea MEFOS joint release, the project will showcase the possible replacement of black coal with pre-treated biomass products from forestry operations.
The project is expected to begin operational testing in 2018/2019. (Source: SSAB, Swerea NEFOS, Steel Times, Int'l., 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Swerea MEFOS, www.swerea.se/en/mefos; SSAB, Era Kapilashrami, head of metallurgy, www.ssab.com
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The project, which includes the construction of a 1.8 million-tpy methanol plant, is being built at YCI's 1,300-acre site in St. James Parish, Louisiana. (Source: Amec Foster Wheeler, Digital Look, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Amec Foster Wheeler, Jonathan Lewis, CEO, +44 (0)20 7429 7500,
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The NCAA also reports the country has developed and submitted its State Action Plan to ICAO and Nigeria was joining CORSIA to be able to contribute to solutions for carbon emission.
NCAA adds it has developed State Action Plan and measures to address CO2 emissions from international aviation through aircraft technology; operational improvements; sustainable alternative fuel for aviation; and others.
(Source: NCAA, ICAO, Gistmaster, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority,
Captain Muhtar Usman, Director General, CEO, +234 1 493 0026, www.ncaa.gov.ng; CORSIA details
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By switching to synthetic diesel, the airport operator moves a step closer to the new climate protection goals formulated in its "Fairport-Program" which aims to slash airport greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030 as compared to 1990. Stuttgart Airport operations are targeted to be entirely carbon-neutral by 2050. (Source: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, ETN, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Baden-Wurttemberg Stuttgart Airport, +49 711 9480, www.stuttgart-airport.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Diesel, CO2 Emissions, Carbon Neutral,
Ameren claims its plan is an alternative approach to the goals set forth in the FEJA that takes into account the needs of its low- to moderate-income customers who have already been paying into energy savings programs.
The utility company claims the projects in its efficiency proposal would cost more per unit of energy saved but make a bigger difference in the living standards of its customers. (Source: Ameren Illinois, Journal Star, Sept., 2017) Contact: Ameren Illinois, www.ameren.com/illinois
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Illinois, Energy Efficiency,
HyperSolar approached Professor Jong-Beom Baek and his research group at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) to develop a catalyst comprised primarily of ruthenium, carbon and nitrogen that can function as well as platinum, the current catalyst used for hydrogen production, but at a 20x reduced cost.
HyperSolar integrated this ruthenium-based catalyst for hydrogen evolution with its proprietary low-cost catalyst for oxygen evolution onto a triple junction silicon solar cell. The device demonstrated the production of copious amounts of hydrogen and oxygen bubbles under water within a minute of exposure to simulated sunlight.
HyperSolar's preliminary techno-economic analysis projects that the levelized cost of hydrogen from the device could be competitive with current industrial hydrogen made from the steam reforming of natural gas. (Source: HyperSolar, NASDAQ, 29 Aur., 2017) Contact: HyperSolar, Tim Young, CEO, www.hypersolar.com
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Under the terms of the agreement, RMP will continue to accept new net-metering applications through Nov. 15 then cap that program to new customers. Existing and households with new rooftop solar installations will be treated more or less as any other residential customer after Nov. 15th. RMP also agreed to author a study on the costs and benefits of rooftop solar that will be used to establish a permanent rate for surplus power delivered to the utility when the transition period ends. Net-metering customers will continue to receive credits from Rocky Mountain Power for surplus power as they currently do, through the year 2035. The utility currently credits rooftop solar customers the equivalent of 10 cents per kilowatt hour, according to Rocky Mountain Power. The agreement is subject to the Utah Public Services Commission approval.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017)Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Utah Division of Public Utilities, (801) 530-7622, https://publicutilities.utah.gov
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The EPA fuel waiver will make it easier for gasoline and diesel supplies to be distributed by relaxing Clean Air Act regulations that require special blends be made available to meet state-specific emission requirements.
Current EPA emission rules don't allow for E15 to be blended in the summer because of its high fuel volatility and pressure rating. The new waiver relaxes those requirements for reformulated gasoline and low volatility gasoline through Sept. 15, opening up an opportunity to sell more E15 from the Gulf Coast to the Mid-Atlantic.
(Source: RFA, Washington Examiner, 30 Aug., 2017)
Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
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The team analyzed the photosynthetic reaction centers found in the freshwater cyanobacterium species Synechocystis, which possess the same machinery used in this process as plants. During this procedure, plants absorb energy from the sun, making an electron move rapidly across the cell membrane. The electron essentially never returns to its starting point, which is what makes solar energy capture so efficient in plants. By contrast, the electron often returns to its starting points in artificial solar cells, causing the contained energy to be lost.
In a statement the researchers said the "findings point to new ways on how one might think about designing artificial solar cells that can be used, for example, for producing hydrogen gas, which can be used as a clean and renewable fuel."
This understanding could be useful in the solar market industry which is focused on enhancing production of solar technology and driving down costs.
The work has revealed one design principle that is at play in efficient solar energy conversion in plants, and the hope is that this principle could be utilized in the design of new and better types of artificial solar cells, according to the researchers.
Findings from this study were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
(Source: Georgia State Univ., Aug., 30, 2017), Contact: Georgia State Univ., Prof. Gary Hastings, Lead Researcher, Department of Physics and Astronomy, (404) 413-2000, www.gsu.edu
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Arensis has 185 power systems in operation across the UK, and currently delivers 85 pct of all small-scale biomass generation in country.
The company operates a biomass research institute at the Knowlsey Industrial Park near Liverpool and recently installed 32 Entrade biomass conversion units at two Greenyard frozen food processor locations in the UK. (Source: Arensis, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, , 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Arensis, Entrade,
Julien Uhlig, CEO, (213) 477-7392 - U.S. Office, email@example.com, www.arensis.com; Verdo Renewables, +44 0 1264 342 009,
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