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Japanese Companies Develop New Biomass Pellet Fuels (Int'l)
Idemitsu Kosan,Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
Date: 2018-02-09
According to the Nikkei Asian Review, Japanese companies are developing biofuels that can be blended with coal and burned to cut power plant CO2 emissions.

Oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan has developed a new type of pellet fuel made from compressed wood waste carbonized at a low temperature that can be mixed with at the rate of 30 pct and burned in coal-fired plants. The company plans to produce the pellets in Thailand and market them to Japanese power companies.

In other related developments, Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co. Ltd has developed equipment that can process biomass waste at Southeast Asian palm plantations into biofuel. It employs steel-rolling technology to squeeze impurities out of plant matter, creating a solid fuel that -- like Idemitsu's pellets -- can replace up to 30 pct of coal at a thermal power plant. The engineering company plans to begin selling the equipment to plantation operators in Indonesia and Malaysia in fiscal 2018. (Source: Idemitsu Kosan, Nikkei Asian Review, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Idemitsu Kosan, www.idemitsu.com; Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co Ltd., www.eng.nssmc.com/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idemitsu Kosan,  Coal,  Biomass,  


Advanced Biofuels "Not Yet Viable", Study Warns (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd
Date: 2018-02-09
Research conducted by Ireland-based Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd. has found that less than 1 pct of projected capacity for advanced biofuel production worldwide has become reality, and warns policy makers against placing "too much hope in the fledgling technology."

"Advanced biofuels are not yet viable, are not rising at all, and have accumulated losses of billions in failed projects," the research says, adding that the "myth of the advanced biofuel industry survives on a long-run campaign of misinformation by promoters of advanced biofuels technologies. Contrary to statements from promoters of advanced biofuels, in the European Union, advanced biofuels production capacity is not growing steadily and there are not several examples showcasing this development," the report adds.

European Renewable Ethanol Assoc. (ePIRE) Secretary General Emmanuel Desplechin has called for an analysis of the "real data" from the International Energy Agency (IEA) which says biofuels consumption in the transport sector must triple by 2030 in order for the world to keep global warming well below 2 degree C, the target in the Paris Agreement. "It stressed that two-thirds of that increase should come from advanced biofuels and notably from cellulosic ethanol, and also points out that first-generation biofuels also have an important contribution to make while the massive scale-up of advanced technology is underway," Desplechin concluded. (Source: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., Euractiv, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd., administrator@eerl.com, www.eerl.com; (ePURE), Emmanuel Desplechin, Sec. Gen., +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol Europe Renewables Ltd,  Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosics,  Biofuel,  ePure,  


Innergex Nails $1.1Bn Altere Power Acquisition (Ind. Report, M&A)
Innergex Renewable Energy, Alterra Power
Date: 2018-02-09
Following up on our November 3, 2017 coverage, Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports the completion of the previously disclosed acquisition of all issued and outstanding common shares of Alterra for $1.1 billion, including the assumption of Alterra's debt.

The acquisition of Alterrra adds 485 MW (gross 1,049 MW) of renewable energy assets, in operation and under construction, to Innergex's portfolio, bringing the Corporation's total capacity to 1,609 MW (gross 2,896 MW). By 2020, Innergex's net installed capacity is expected to reach over 2,000 MW from a well-diversified resource mix of hydro, wind, solar and geothermal projects in Canada, the U.S., France and Iceland. The acquisition also brings Innergex an extensive pipeline of prospective projects in preliminary stages or in progress, with an estimated net capacity of more than 5,000 MW.

Innergex develops, acquires, owns and operates run-of-river hydroelectric facilities, wind farms, solar photovoltaic farms and geothermal power generation plants in Canada, France, the US and Iceland. (Source: Innergex Renewable Energy, PR, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Innergex, Michel Letellier, Pres., CEO, (450) 928-2556, info@innergex.com, www.innergex.com; Alterra Power Corp., Jon Schintler, VP Project Finance, Peter Lekich, Corporate Communications, (604) 235.6719, info@alterrapower.ca, www.alterrapower.ca

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


Maui Electric Agrees to Moloka'i New Energy Partners Solar Power Purchase (Ind. Report)
Maui Electric Company
Date: 2018-02-09
In the Aloha State, Maui Electric Company reports it has agreed to purchase electricity from Moloka'i New Energy Partners' proposed 2.7-megawatt solar and battery energy storage facility. The project is expected to be online before the end of 2019, subject to Public Utilities Commission approval.

The facility would be the island of Moloka'i's first large-scale solar facility and would include a 3-mw battery energy storage system. It would be constructed on land owned by Moloka'i Ranch adjacent to Maui Electric's Pala'au Power Plant. (Source: Maui Electric Company, MauiNow, 6 Feb., 2018) Moloka'i New Energy Partners, Charles Magolske, https://molokai.solar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maui Electric Company,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Acwa Power Wins Saudi Solar PV Project (Int'l Report)
ACWA Power
Date: 2018-02-09
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh-headquartered ACWA Power reports it has won the contract for the Skaka IPP PV solar project, the first utility scale renewable energy plant in Saudi Arabia. Located in Al Jouf, the $302 million facility is expected to generate 300 MW.

The country is aiming to generate 9.5 GW of renewable energy by 2023.

ACWA Power is a developer, investor, co-owner and operator of a portfolio of power generation and desalinated water production plants currently with presence in 11 countries including in the Middle East and North Africa, Southern Africa and South East Asia regions. (Source: ACWA Power, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: ACWA Power, www.acwapower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACWA Power,  Solar,  


GEVO Inks Texas Isobutanol Right to Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Muskat Corp
Date: 2018-02-09
Englewood, Colorado-based ethanol and isobutanol producer GEVO, Inc.reports it has inked an exclusive "right to sell" agreement with the Houston-Headquartered national fuel distributor Musket Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement,Musket sell GEVO's renewable isobutanol within a 300 mile radius of Houston, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Oklahoma, Louisiana and much of south and east Texas.

Houston is classified as a Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) market under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.(Source: GEVO, Various Media, 8 February, 2018) Contact: Musket Corp., JP Fjeld-Hansen, VP, www.musketcorp.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Musket Corp,  


Cyclone Power Seeks Thermal Storage System Patents (Ind. Report)
Cyclone Power Technologies
Date: 2018-02-09
Pompano Beach, Florida-headquartered Cyclone Power Technologies reports it has filed for patents for the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit and the Cyclone Thermal Medium. The Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit (TSU) propriety technology uses salt water to produce a water proof and mold proof cement system developed by Genesis. That can be built on site in areas that have no or limited access to fresh water. Our recently announced new subsidiary, Cyclone Thermal Storage Genesis LLC, has the exclusive rights to this method for the Thermal Storage Unit and the exclusive rights to produce the Thermal Storage Unit .

The Cyclone Thermal Medium (CTM), also a proprietary technology, is a benign storage agent that does not solidify and can retain high temperatures. It will flow thru the Cyclone trough system and gather heat from the sun and move it to the Cyclone Thermal Storage Unit. The TSU can also be used to store energy from bio-mass and other heat sources to be used to heat water, heat homes, or produce electricity or a combination of all three. (Source: Cyclone Power Technologies, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Cyclone Power Technologies, (954) 943-8721, www.cyclonepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cyclone Power Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


LSB Lobbies for 2021 EU Advanced Biofuels Mandate Start (Int'l)
Sustainable Biofuels
Date: 2018-02-09
In a move to bolster advanced biofuels investor confidence, Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels (LSB), a coalition of 12 advanced biofuels producers and technology developers, is calling on EU institutions to set its new advanced biofuels blend mandate -- Annex IX part A of the Renewable Energy Directive -- to begin in 2021. The coalition is chaired by UPM Public Affairs director Marko Janhunen.

According to a LSB statement, the European Commission and European Parliament are aligned with the request for the advanced biofuels mandate to come into effect in 2018. However, the European Council is proposing for the mandate to kick off in 2025. LSB argues that if the Council gets its way, there would be significant political insecurity for sector, jeopardizing the swift uptake of advanced biofuels in the EU. Conversely, a binding Annex IX part A based target would "set a strong framework for investments in sustainable, novel and innovative technologies and production facilities," according to the LSB statement. (Source: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, Biofuels Int'l.,Others, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Leaders of Sustainable Biofuels, www.sustainablebiofuelsleaders.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Sustainable Biofuels ,  


Acciona, Tuto Constructing 404MW Mexican Solar Project (Int'l)
Acciona Energía,Tuto Energy
Date: 2018-02-09
Acciona Energia reports construction is underway on the 404MW Puerto Libertad photovoltaic solar project in Sonora, Mexico. The project is a 50-50 joint venture with the Mexican company Tuto Energy, a subsidiary of the group BioFields. The project is slated to be fully operational early in 2019.

Of the project's total capacity, 229MW will be purchased by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). Another 114MW comes under a PPA between the consortium that owns the project and the company Tuto Energy Trading. The power from this capacity will be sent to the installations of a major Mexican industrial group. Energy produced by the remaining 61MW will be sold on the wholesale electricity market.

The facility will incorporate 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracker systems and will generate approximately 963GWh of power -- sufficient to cover the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes. Acciona Energia will carry out the turnkey construction of the Mexico plant as the EPC provider. It will also has a 2-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract. (Source: Acciona, 7 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tuto Energy, 52-55-55401540, www.biofields.com; Contact: Acciona Energia, Acciona Green Energy Developments, Miguel Angel Alonso, Dir., Mexico, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tuto Energy,  Acciona Energía,  Solar,  


Historic Bldg Energy Efficiency Grants Offered in ME (Ind. Report)
Maine Community Foundation
Date: 2018-02-09
The Maine Community Foundation's Belvedere Historic Preservation and Energy Efficiency Fund reports the availability of up to $20,000 in grant funding for non-profit organization-owned historic building restoration and energy audits and efficiency upgrades. The program, which typically awards $250,000 per year, will expand in 2018 to award an additional $100,000 each year for energy efficiency projects.

The energy efficiency-related grants are the result of a successful pilot program called Grants to Green, a three-year effort of the Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine. (Source: Maine Community Foundation, Lincoln News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maine Community Foundation, Maggie Drummond-Bahl, Snr. Program Manager, mbahl@mainecf.org, www.mainecf.org

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


ION Energy Acquires Battery Management Firm Freemens (M&A)
ION Energy, Freemens SAS
Date: 2018-02-09
US-headquartered high performance energy storage systems startup ION Energy is reporting its acquisition on Grenoble, France-based battery management company, Freemens SAS. ION will also invest in Freemens' battery management business and grow the portfolio of customers in India, US and other parts of the EU.

Freemens designs, manufactures and licenses cutting edge, high precision and chemistry agnostic Battery Management Systems for Lithium-Ion batteries. All Freemens products come with a powerful software ecosystem that enables real time monitoring of batteries and active management via over the air updates, according to the company website. (Source: ION Energy, VCCircle, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Freemens SAS, www.freemens.fr; ION Energy, www.ionenergy.co

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


Tampa Electric Touts LED Street Light Conversion Plan (Ind. Report)
Tampa Electric
Date: 2018-02-09
In the Sunshine State, investor-owned Tampa Electric reports it will covert all 209,821 of its inefficient street lights to efficient LED fixtures. The LED conversion program is expected to cut peak demand by about 30 mw, annual energy use by about 128 gigawatt-hours, and reduce CO2 emissions by about 63,000 tpy

(Source: Tampa Electric, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Street Light news,  Tampa Electric news,  


SUNY Offers Bldg. Energy Efficiency Training Program (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,NYPA
Date: 2018-02-09
State University of New York Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and SUNY College at Brockport President Heidi Macpherson are reporting receipt of a grant of more than $220,000 from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to develop a training program for building operations and maintenance personnel who will use the New York Energy Manager (NYEM) facility operated by the New York Power Authority (NYPA) to identify opportunities for energy efficiency at their facilities.

NYEM is a digital energy data management system that collects energy use data from participating buildings across New York State, performs an analysis to identify hidden costs and inefficiencies in energy use trends and patterns, and provides guidance on how to be more efficient. The new training program could eventually be offered throughout the NY State university system.(Source: SUNY, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: NYPA NYEM, www.nypa.gov/services/digital-energy-services/ny-energy-manager; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYPA,  NYSERDA,  SUNY,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Enwave Energy Expands Toronto Thermal Energy System (Ind. Report)
Enwave
Date: 2018-02-09
Enwave Energy Corporation reports they are joining forces to extend Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling and hot water distribution networks by building a new energy storage facility at The Well, a mixed-use residential, commercial and retail development in Toronto's downtown west.

The thermal energy storage facility consists of two 6-million-litre tanks that will store temperature-controlled water fed by Enwave's existing Deep Lake Water Cooling system and a newly developed high-efficiency hot water network and serve over 20 million square feet of commercial, retail and residential space.

Enwave Energy Corporation, together with its affiliates, is a fully integrated, sustainable energy services provider owned by Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners. With assets in Toronto, Chicago, New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Windsor, London, and Charlottetown, Enwave operates intelligent thermal energy systems that generate, store, distribute and share energy in its different forms across all of its communities. (Source: RioCan REIT, Enwave, PR, 8 Feb., 2018) Contact: RioCan REIT, Ed Sonshine, CEO, www.riocan.com; Enwave Energy Corp., (416) 338-8906, www.enwave.com

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


Univ. of Md. Plans $21.5Mn Energy Conservation Effort (Ind. Report)
University of Maryland
Date: 2018-02-07
Baltimore-based Constellation, reports it has contracted with the Maryland Clean Energy Center, to complete $21.5 million in energy conservation upgrades on the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Upgrades include: energy efficient lighting, lab hood ventilation upgrades, new automated HVAC controls, building envelope improvements, transformer updates and chiller plant optimization. The project, which will impact eight campus buildings is scheduled to be completed by April 2019.

The project is expected to save conserve over 6.4 million kWh of electricity and $1.7 million in utility costs in its first year. Over $18 million of tax-exempt financing has been secured for the project. University of Maryland aims to cut its total energy consumption 20 pct by 2020. (Source: University of Maryland, Maryland Clean Energy Center, Baltimore Bus. Journal, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: Maryland Clean Energy Center, (443) 949-8505, www.mdcleanenergy.org; Constellation, Kelly Biemer, (410) 470-9700, www.constellation.com; University of Maryland, www.umd.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Constellation,  Maryland Clean Energy Center,  


Golden State GHG Emissions Falling, says EIA (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-02-07

According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), from 1990 to 2015, California's electric power sector GHG emissions fell by 24 pct, commercial and residential sector emissions declined approximately 14 pct, and industrial emissions sank by 13 pct. Transportation-related emissions decreased from 2007 through 2013 but rose in 2014 and 2015. California's GHG emissions from agriculture and other uses are smaller in magnitude but have more than tripled since 1990.

Overall, the state's total GHG emissions were 2 pct above 1990 levels as of 2015. Approximately 86 pct of the state's GHG emissions were related to energy consumption, according to the EIA. (Source: US EIA, Feb., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  


Novozymes Intros Yeast for Ethanol Producers (New Prod & Tech)
Novozymes
Date: 2018-02-07
Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes reports the unveiling of its new yeast platform for starch-based ethanol production. designed to help ethanol producers ‘get more’ from their raw materials. The first product in the new yeast platform is Innova Drive, a new yeast strain designed to reduce fermentation time by up to two hours compared to current yeasts, according to Novozymes.

Novozymes claims that during fermentation, Innova Drive produces a higher-performing glucoamylase enzyme. Apparently, this enzyme is twice as effective as glucoamylases produced by other yeast products when it comes to converting sugar into ethanol. (Source: Noovozymes, Feb., 2018) , Contact: Novozymes, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America, Peter Halling, VP Biofuel, (919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Yeast,  Enzymes,  Biofuel,  


$100Mn ADB Loan Supports Vietnamese MSW-to-Energy Projects (Int'l)
MSW,Asian Development Bank
Date: 2018-02-07
In Vietnam, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) reports it will loan $100 million to China Everbright International Limited (CEIL) to support the construction and operation of a series of municipal solid waste-to-energy (WTE) plants to be constructed in primary and secondary cities in the Mekong Delta. The WTE plants will supply electricity to the local electricity grid.

From 2004 to 2015, waste generation in Vietnam increased by about 78.2 pct from 15.6 million tpy to about 27.8 million tpy. To date, only one plant, supported by technical assistance funds and grants, has been built with a capacity to treat 75 tpd of industrial waste and a power generation capacity of 1.93 MW. (Source: Asian Dev. Bank, OpenGov, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Asian Development Bank, Michael Trainor, Energy Specialist, +63 2 632 4444, www.adb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Development Bank ,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Energy,  


XTO Energy Comments on Methane Reduction Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
XTO Energy, ExxonMobil
Date: 2018-02-07
"In November, 2017, ExxonMobil signed onto a commitment with several companies aimed at reducing methane emissions within the natural gas industry. That agreement built off earlier efforts announced in 2017 to enhance ExxonMobil's voluntary methane-reduction activities.

"As I wrote at the time about this multi-partner pact, advocating for sound policies and regulations is key to helping drive improvements. That's because even though the companies that signed the agreement are fairly large -- BP, Shell, Eni, Statoil, Total, etc. in addition to ExxonMobil) -- methane emissions constitute a very small fraction of the overall natural gas picture. The correct mix of policies and regulations could help the entire industry raise the bar.

"So what would a framework for jurisdictionally appropriate regulatory action with regard to methane look like? Ultimately, ExxonMobil thinks it should include: new wells should follow "green completion" procedures; rules should promote Leak Detection and Repair programs; basic data should be reported to regulatory bodies for consolidation and to underpin a regulatory effort that both encourages and keeps up with continuous technological innovation." (Source: XTO Energy Blog, ExxonMobil, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: XTO Energy, Sara Ortwein, Pres., www.xtoenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News XTO Energy,  Methane,  GHG,  ExxonMobil,  


UPM Considers New Finnish Woody Biomass Biofuel Plant (Int'l)
UPM
Date: 2018-02-07
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered pulp and paper maker UPM reports it is considering construction of a new renewable fuel -- biofuel plant in Kotka, southern Finland. The proposed plant would produce approximately 500,000 tpy of advanced biofuels for the transport sector. Details of possible construction and plant startup dates have not been annoinced.

In 2017, UPM began evaluating the potential of building a smaller biorefinery in Germany to convert woody biomass into materials that can be used in textiles, bottles, composites and plastics. (Source: UPM, Various Media, Reuters, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  Biofuel,  UPM Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


States Break Ethanol Blend Record in 2016 (Ind. Report)
RFS
Date: 2018-02-07
According to the Washington-based Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), 30 U.S. states and the District of Columbia had an average gasoline-ethanol blend rate of 10.02 pct in 2016, based on the latest ethanol consumption figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2015, 25 states had an average blend rate greater than 10 pct and the national average ethanol content was 9.91 pct.

The states with the highest average ethanol content in 2016 were Minnesota and Iowa. In Minnesota, the ethanol blending rate was 12.4 pct. About one out of eight gas stations in the state offer E85. Iowa's average ethanol content in 2016 was 11.4 pct, according to EIA data. States pushing past the 10 pct blending average for the first time in 2016 were Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Texas. The lowest blending rate among the states was 9.43 pct , with blending averages of 10 pct and lower primarily in the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern regions. (Source: RFA, EIA, CSP News, Feb., 2018)Contact: U.S. EIA, www.eia.gov; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  EIA,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Blend,  RFS,  


Quinbrook to Repower Calif. Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout CLean Energy,Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm
Date: 2018-02-07
Houston-headquartered Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports its Quinbrook Low Carbon Power Fund has been awarded a new long term lease to repower the 33-year old Gonzaga Ridge Wind Farm, in Pacheco State Park in central California. The project rights were won and the lease was secured by Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer Scout Clean Energy .

The lease awards Scout the exclusive right to build, own and operate a new wind farm project at the Gonzaga site, a major investment project that is projected to increase the wind farm's production capacity from 16.5 MW to an expected 65-80 MW. (Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Projects, Shawn Cumberland, Senior Managing Director, (713 )580-8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Michael Rucker, CEO, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,  Wind,  Gonzaga Ridge,  Wind,  Wind Repowere ,  


GE Supplying 144 Turbines for ENGIE Brazilian Wind Projects (Int'l)
GE Renewable Energy,ENGIE Brazil
Date: 2018-02-07
GE Renewable Energy reports it will supply 144 of its 2.5-116 turbines for the ENGIE owned Umburanas Wind Farm Complex in upstate Bahia, Brazil. GE Renewable Energy will also provide 10 years of Operations and Maintenance at the Umburanas Wind Farm. This 360MW wind installment will add to the 326.7MW under commissioning by GE Renewable Energy at the neighboring Campo Largo I wind farm, also owned by ENGIE.

The Campo Largo 1 site is currently under construction and will begin commercial operations in January 2019 when it will generate sufficient electric power for up to 600,000 inhabitants. The newly announced 360MW Umburanas project has also begun construction, and the first turbines are set to be delivered in 2018. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, WebWire, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: ENGIE Brazil, Eduardo Sattamini, Pres., +55 21 2505 1100, www.engie.com.br/en; GE Renewable Energy, Vikas Anand, General Manager Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com, www.linkedin.com/in/vikas-anand-716a943

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  ENGIE Brazil,  


E.ON Sells Partial Stake in 228-MW Texas Wind Farm (M&A)
E.ON SE,E.on Climate & Renewables
Date: 2018-02-07
German utility E.ON SE is reporting the December, 2017 sale of an unspecified stake in its 228-MW Bruenning's Breeze wind farm in Willacy County, Texas to a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co and an unnamed investor. Financial details were not revealed.

The Bruenning's Breeze facility is powered by 76 Acciona AW-125 3.0 MW turbines that generate sufficient power for approximately 75,000 households. The deal enabled E.on Climate & Renewables to secure tax equity financing for the wind park in exchange for a partial interest in the facility, E.on said on Monday. It did not provide further details about the transaction, which was completed in December 2017. (Source: E.ON Climate & Renewables, E.ON, Renewables Now, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: E.ON Climate & Renewables, (312) 923-9463, www.eoncrna.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON SE,  Wind,  ,  


EU Offshore Wind Capacity Grows 25 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
WindEurope
Date: 2018-02-07
According to WindEurope, installed offshore wind capacity in Europe grew 25 pct in 2017 to 15.8GW, an increase of 3.1GW on 2016, with the addition of 13 new offshore wind farms -- 1.7 GW in the UK and 1.3GW in German waters.

There are now more than 4000 offshore wind turbines operating across 11 countries in Europe. A further 11 offshore wind farms are under construction, which will add another 2.9GW of installed capacity. WindEurope adds that the current project pipeline should lead to 25GW installed by 2020, although offshore wind in Europe remains "heavily concentrated" in a small number of countries -- 98 pct in the UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Belgium. (Source: WindEurope, renews, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: WindEurope, +32 2 213 1811 / Fax: +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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


OPES Solutions Touts Ultra-Light Solar Module (New Prod & Tech)
OPES Solutions,Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics
Date: 2018-02-07
OPES Solutions, a supplier of off-grid solar modules for grid independent power supply, and the Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP are touting a new O-Lite Plus ultra-light solar module which, due to the possibility of producing curved modules and their 60 grams per watt weight are particularly suitable for weight-sensitive applications.

The module concept was developed together with the Fraunhofer CSP in Halle. The institute also provided advice on material selection and is responsible for product and durability testing. (Source: OPES Solutions, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: OPES Solutions, (985) 845-4477, sales@opessg.com, www.opes-solutions.com; Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics, www.ise.fraunhofer.de/en/business-areas/photovoltaics/silicon-photovoltaics.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News OPES Solutions,  Solar,  Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics,  


ECRA Launches Cement Carbon Capture Demo (Int'l Report)
European Cement Research Academy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Dusseldorf,Germany, the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) reports it has begun an industrial-scale demonstration project of technology that aims at optimizing the cement kiln for carbon capture. The project will take place at two cement plants, one in Austria and one in Italy.

The project, which is part o fECRA's long-term carbon capture research project, will test the carbon capture potential of oxyfuel kilns. Oxyfual technology aims to increase the CO2 concentration of the exhaust gas stream, aiding its capture.

The two plants involved in the trial are HeidelbergCement's Colleferro plant in Italy and LafargeHolcim's Retznei plant in Austria. The cost of the project is estimated to be around €80 million of which the cement industry has committed €25 million. Additional funding will be sought from European or national research schemes. (Source: European Cement Research Academy, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Cement Research Academy, +49 211 2398380, www.ecraonline.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


Notable Quotes on Clean Coal
Sierra Club
Date: 2018-02-07
"The phrase 'clean coal' is a made-up branding slogan. It is not real. Nothing can make a coal plant clean." -- Nicole Ghio, Sierra Club.

"Right now, clean energy jobs already overwhelm dirty fuels in nearly every state across America, and that growth is only going to continue as clean energy keeps getting more affordable and accessible by the day." -- Michael Brune, Exec Dir., Sierra Club Contact: Sierra Club, www.sierraclub.org/michael-brune

More Low-Carbon Energy News CLean Coal,  Coal,  Sierra Club,  


MagnaGas JV to Acquire German Biodiesel Maker InfiniteFuels (M&A)
MagnaGas,InfiniteFuels
Date: 2018-02-07
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation reports it intends to form an Ireland-based Joint Venture holding company for the acquisition of of Infinite Fuels, GmbH, an emerging biofuels producer based in northern Germany.

Initially, MagneGas will hold a 40 pct stake in the joint venture, with the possibility of increasing its equity stake to 70 pct with the balance held by the current principals of Infinite Fuels. Following formation of the joint venture, the new entity will assume 100 pct ownership of Infinite Fuels.

The joint venture will operate in two renewable energy segments. First, Infinite Fuels will launch its biodiesel operations at an existing facility based in northern Germany, currently operating through a public-private partnership. The purpose of this project will be to pilot a government-backed initiative to convert bio-waste to energy. The second initiative will be to launch the first MagneGas2® production facility in Europe. Operations under the new joint venture are expected to launch prior to March 31, 2018. (Source: MagnaGas, StreetInsider, 6 Feb., 2018) Contact: MagnGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com; Infinite Fuels GmbH, www.innoenergy.com/venture/infinite-fuels-gmbh

More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,  InfiniteFuels,  


Enerkem Raises $280Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report, Funding)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-02-07
Montreal-based biofuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has raised an investment of $280 million which will be used for new facilities.

As previously reported, Enerkem's first commercial plant in Edmonton began producing ethanol in September, 2017 The new investment funds will support construction of a second facility in Varennes, Quebec. Construction is slated to get underway this Spring for completion in 18 to 24 months. Enerkem is also developing a project in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Enerkem's process turns solid waste into methanol.(Source: Enerkem, Montreal Gazette, 6 Feb., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Methanol,  Ethanol,  


TN School District OKs $2Mn Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
TVA
Date: 2018-02-07
In the Volunteer State, Maury County Public Schools reports it will borrow $2 million to fund the second phase of the Tennessee school district's energy efficiency and conservation program.

The program includes interior lighting upgrades to LED at 16 schools and climate automation system for a more cost-effective use of energy. The program will also qualify the school district for over $75,000 in rebates from the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The program will save the school district $15,000 per year, a total of $180,000 on its utility bills over the next 12 years. The upgrades at the 16 approved schools are slated to be completed by the end of the year. (Source: Maury County Public Schools, Daily Herald, 4 Feb., 2018)Contact: Maury County Public Schools, www.mauryk12.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


ESB Touts Potential €150 Mn in UK Energy Savings (Int'l)
Smart Energy Services
Date: 2018-02-07
In the UK, Shropshire-headquartered Smart Energy Services, a business line in ESB, reports it will fund €15 million in energy management and efficiency projects in 2018 to help deliver guaranteed savings of up to 60 pct for large businesses. The company also projects it will deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020, in response to growing demand. The company provides consultancy, capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses that use large volumes of energy.

Since 2016, Smart Energy Services has partnered with 200 Irish and UK companies to help deliver more than €55 million in energy savings. (Source: ESB, Irish Examiner, 5 Feb., 2018)Contact: Smart Energy Services, +44 0 1743 871099, info@smart-energy-services.co.uk, www.smart-energy-services.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Energy Services,  Energy Efficiency,  


Broomfield, Xcel Energy Issue Business Energy Challenge (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Colorado, the city of Broomfield reports it has joined with Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy Program aimed at developing and adopting an Energy Efficiency and Engagement Plan for the city's businesses.

The initiative is in line with the City and County of Broomfield's goal of achieving 365 energy-related actions from Broomfield businesses by the end of 2018. An energy-related action can be any number of energy saving activities, such as installing programmable thermostats, on-site solar, an energy audit or participating in an Excel efficiency and or renewable energy program.

Participating businesses, which are encouraged to implement at least one efficiency or renewable energy activity, will gain recognition from the City and County of Broomfield, Broomfield Chamber and Xcel Energy. (Source: Xcel Energy, City of Broomfield, Feb., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy Partners in Energy, www.xcelenergy.com/PartnersinEnergy; Invest Broomfield, Mike Van Den Bosch, Senior Economic Development Specialist, www.investbroomfield.com/BEST

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


Honolulu, Hawaii Energy Retrofit City Rental Properties (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-02-07
In the Aloha State, the City and County of Honolulu together with Hawaii Energy, the state's ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program, are reporting the launch of an energy efficiency retrofit of 11 city-owned rental properties in Downtown Honolulu. The upgrades will include low-flow plumbing fixtures and LED energy efficient lighting that is expected to save residents up to $160 a year.

The upgrades, which are at no cost to renters, are part of Hawaii Energy's Energy Smart 4 Homes program, a free energy savings program for multifamily properties. The project is expected to save the city $120,000 annually. According to Hawaii Energy, its program delivered 141 million kWh first-year savings from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, and 1.76 billion kWh in lifetime energy savings. (Source: City of Honolulu, Hawaii Electric, Pacific Business News, 5 Feb., 2018))Contact: Hawaii Energy, Brian Kealoha, Exec. Dir, (808) 537-5577, hawaiienergy@leidos.com, www.hawaiienergy.com

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


Vestas to acquire energy analytics company Utopus Insights
Utopus Insights,Vestas
Date: 2018-02-06
Danish wind energy company Vestas has agreed to acquire New York-based Utopus Insights, an energy analytics company, for $100m. Currently, Utopus Insights offers five software tools to renewable energy producers and plans to develop new products based on its store of over 30 issued patents related to energy innovation. The acquisition will take place on a debt and cash-free basis and it is expected to be completed in the first quarter of this year, subject to regulatory approvals. Vestas stated that it is planning to offer digital solutions for greater predictability, increased renewable energy production, efficient operations and better integration with energy grids. Vestas’ Group president and CEO Anders Runevad said: “Vestas’ strategic objective is to accelerate the transition towards a fully decarbonised energy sector in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible – both for our customers and for our planet. Following the completion of the transaction, Utopus Insights will continue as a stand-alone company under Vestas Service, including separate branding. The two companies will also sign development agreements that support advanced predictive and prescriptive analytics products. Recently, Vestas received an order in Thailand to supply 13 of its V136-3.45MW turbines with hub height of 162m from Winchai. These turbines are considered to be the tallest wind turbine towers in Asia. (Source: Vestas, CTBR, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Anders Runevad, Group Pres., CEO, Utopus Insights, (914) 257-7254, www.utopusinsights.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas news,  Utopus Insights news,  Wind news,  Energy Analytics news,  


Summit Agricultural Doubling Brazilian Corn Ethanol Facility (Int'l)
Summit Agricultural Group,FS Bioenergia
Date: 2018-02-05
Alden, Iowa-headquartered Summit Agricultural Group reports it plans to invest $100 million in the FS Bioenergia corn ethanol plant in Lucas do Rio Verde, Mato Grosso, Brazil from 60 million gpy to 140 million gpy by Q1, 2019. With the expansion, the plant will process an estimated 50 million bpy of corn and produce more than 14,000 tpy of corn oil and 400,000 tpy of distillers dried grains (DDG) for livestock feed.

FS Bioenergia is a collaboration between Mato Grosso agribusiness and Summit Agricultural Group which began construction on the corn-based ethanol facility in early 2016, with initial production phase beginning in mid-2017.

For the expansion, FS Bioenergia will use process technologies from Colwich, Kansas-headquartered grain ethanol technology specialist ICM Inc. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, CTBR, 31 Jan., 2018)Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com; ICM, Dave VanderGriend, CEO, Issam Stouky, Global Business Development, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com; FS Bioenergia, +55 65 3548 1500, www.fsbioenergia.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Agricultural Group,  Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  FS Bioenergia,  


Univ. of Illinois Launches Bioenergy, Bioproducts Innovation Center (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois
Date: 2018-02-05
In Urbana, the University of Illinois is reporting the inauguration of the new Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI), a $115 million, US DOE-funded research center. CABBI is a collaboration between Illinois' Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, and 17 partner institutions.

CABBI researchers will focus on: feedstock development, conversion of plants into fuel and the economic and environmental costs of turning plants into fuel. "CABBI seeks to harness the latest technologies in genomic biology, synthetic biology, and crop sciences to create breakthrough discoveries for sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts," according to IGB Director Gene Robinson. (Source: The Daily Illini, 30 Jan., 2018) Contact: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, Gene Robinson, Dir., (217) 284-2999, www.igb.illinois.edu; CABBI, Evan DeLucia, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, https://cabbi.bio

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Bioproducts,  


LA Neighborhood Wins $35Mn to help Fight Climate Change (Funding)
California Strategic Growth Council
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Golden State, the California Strategic Growth Council, funded by California's Cap-and-Trade Program, reports the awarding of $35 million to the Los Angeles community of Watts to help fight climate change. The funds will be used for new green spaces, plans to improve home energy efficiency and renewable energy use, and other projects that achieve major environmental, health, & economic benefits for the community, according to a statement.

The grant awards ispart of the first year of the Transformative Climate Communities Program administered by the Strategic Growth Council, in coordination with the California Department of Conservation and other state agencies and departments. (Source: California Strategic Growth Council, City News Service, January 29, 2018) Contact: California Strategic Growth Council, sgc.ca.gov

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EnviTec's Fifth Chinese Biogas Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
EnviTec,Shanxi Shenmu New Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Lohne, Germany-headquartered biomethane specialist EnviTec Biogas AG reports work is underway on a new biogas facility in Shanxi, 500 kilometers southwest of Beijing. The 1,570Nm3 biogas plant, which will be operated by Shanxi Shenmu New Energy, a subsidiary of Shanxi Coal & Chemical Industry Group, is expected to be completed and commissioned at the end of 2018.

Each of the facilities six digesters will have a volume of 5,250 cubic metres. As well as two walking floors, four biogas Kreis-Dissolver units are used to process the input materials, including maize, silage, turkey manure and dairy slurry. Once commissioning at the facility has been completed, the biogas produced will be compressed to bio CNG and sold locally from the plant premises in China. (Source: EnviTec Biogas, China Daily, February, 2018)Contact: EnviTec Biogas AG, +49 (0) 44 42 / 8016 - 8100, info@envitec-biogas.com, www.envitec-biogas.com

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BP Verenium's La. Biofuels Plant Under the Hammer (Ind. Report)
BP Verenium Biofuels
Date: 2018-02-05
Chicago-headquartered Aaron Equipment Co., in conjunction with Reich Brothers and Phoenix Equipment Corp., is reporting its recently acquired former BP Verenium Biofuels plant, including more than 40 acres of real estate and equipment in Jennings, Louisiana, is being offered for sale. The facility will initially be offered as a complete plant and then in individual pieces is not sold as a unit.

The 1.4 MMgy demonstration-scale facility opened in 2008 and was acquired by BP Biofuels North America in mid-2010. The facility was initially designed to validate cellulosic ethanol technology.

Sale details are available HERE. (Source: Aaron Equipment Co., Jan., 2018) Contact: Aaron Equipment Co., (630) 350-2200, www.aaronequipment.com; BP, www.bp.com; Verenium Biofuels, www.verenium.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verenium,  Biofuels,  


Thoughts from EPA Admin. Scott Pruitt (Notable Quotes)
EPA Scott Pruitt
Date: 2018-02-05
"Congress has put into play mandates that a certain percentage of our fuel has ethanol ... producing about 15 billion gallons of ethanol and exporting about 1 billion to 1 billion and a half [gallons]. So, we're doing very well in the ethanol sector and we're exporting that as well.

"We need to get some accountability in the RIN market. There is a lot of speculation that goes on with respect to RINs, there are enforcement issues, fraud that occurs ... there is a lot to be done to get accountability and reform in the RIN market.

"Whether or not the EPA can take action to allow sales of E15 year-round. In the past, the EPA has said they could not issue a Reid Vapor Pressure, or the tool used to measure the evaporative emissions of fuel, for E15 for the summer months. Meaning, the fuel couldn't be sold during that time." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt commenting on Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) associated costs and their impact on a recent Philadelphia refinery bankruptcy.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  RFS,  RINs,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


Active Energy CoalSwitch Utah Plant Set to Open (Ind. Report)
Active Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Following up on our Jan. 5th coverage, UK-based orestry management company Active Energy Group PLC and its subsidiary Advanced Biomass Solutions reports its first commercial CoalSwitch plant in Utah, US, will open this week.

According to Active Energy, CoalSwitch utilises low value waste-wood, pulp mill and saw mill by-products, chemically-treated timber wastes, palm oil residues and a variety of other biomass feedstock to produce a high-calorific, high bulk-density, advanced cellulose based fuel biomass pellet that behaves just like coal, only cleaner. of clean biomass. (Source: Active Energy , Feb., 2018)Contact: Active Energy Group PLC, Richard Spinks, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com

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

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Woody Biomass Center Slated for Shuttered Old Town Maine Pulp & Paper Mill (Ind. Report)
OTM Holdings LLC
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Pine Tree State, OTM Holdings LLC, a joint venture by a Maine-based group is reporting the purchase of the long troubled Old Town Pulp and Paper mill complex. Terms of the acquisition have not been released.

OTM plans to redevelop the shuttered mill into a wood-fiber-based complex comprised of multiple tenants, including the University of Maine's Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology (FBRI), which presently occupies 40,000 square feet.

Last May, FBRI conducted a 100-hour demonstration of its continuous processing of 1 tpd of woody biomass into bio chemicals that can be used for biofuels, biochemicals and other advanced materials.

OTM's redevelopment foresees a fully integrated fiber-based campus capitalizing on the mill's energy platform and the region's plentiful woody biomass fiber supply. According to the OTM release, "This redevelopment is the beginning of what many see as the newest market for Maine's wood fiber, which transforms the cellulose-based, non-edible fiber and wood waste into clean and affordable high-value fuels, chemicals and milled and engineered wood products." (Source: FBRI, MaineBiz, Feb., 2018) Contact: University of Maine Forest Bioproducts Research Institute Technology, https://forestbioproducts.umaine.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pulp,  


Alaska 4th-Highest Per-Capita US GHG Emitter (Ind. Report)
Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Date: 2018-02-05
In Juneau, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) reports Alaska has the fourth-highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the country, following West Virginia, North Dakota and Wyoming.

The DEC also says Human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in the state have decreased by 8 pct since 1990, and that Alaska is 40th out of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., for total greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2014, Alaskans contributed roughly 35 million metric tons of carbon and carbon equivalent. Thirty-nine states had higher overall greenhouse gas emissions, with Texas being the highest at almost 650 million metric tons and D.C. the lowest with just a few metric tons. Each of the states which came in higher in per-capita emissions has a population below 2 million and comparably large amounts of industry. Industry -- 54 pct -- percent) and transportation -- 35 pct -- are Alaska's largest greenhouse gas emitters by sector. (Source: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Juneau (Alaska) Empire, AP, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, (907) 465-5066, http://dec.alaska.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  


55MW Pacifico Energy Solar Plant Construction Underway (Int'l)
Pacifico Energy ,Chubu Electric Power
Date: 2018-02-05
Tokyo-based Pacifico Energy reports construction is underway on the 55 MW (DC) Minami Mega Solar Power Plant in Gujo City, Gifu, Japan in July 2019. The project, which is expected to be completed and commissioned within 17-months, will generate roughly 55 million kWh electricity annually and reduce approximately 30,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. will purchase all electricity generated by the plant.

Toyo Engineering Corporation will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services. Pacifico Energy previously construction and is operating two solar power plants in Okayama and one solar power plant in Osaki City, Miyagi. (Source: Pacifico Energy, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Pacifico Energy, 03-4540-7830(Main), info@pacificoenergy.jp; http://www.pacificoenergy.jp/en/; Chubu Electric, www.chuden.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacifico Energy ,  Solar,  Chubu Electric Power,  


Tesla Solar Products Coming to Retailer Home Depots (Ind. Report)
Tesla,Home Depot
Date: 2018-02-05
Beginning this July, this year, 800 of retailing giant Home Depot's more than 2,200 stores will feature Tesla solar panels, rooftop solar systems, and Powerwall storage batteries. Tesla will set up and staff the in store displays. Tesla's rooftop solar system sells for roughly $10,000 to $25,000,and the Powerwall energy storage battery gors for approximately, according to the company's website. $7,000. (Source: Tesla, CleanTechnica, 1 Feb., 2018) Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.teslamotors.com; Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof



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WB IFC, Canada Partner on Sub-Saharan Renewable Energy (Int'l)
World Bank IFC
Date: 2018-02-05
The World Bank Group IFC (WB IFC)and the government of Canada are reporting the launch of the Canada-IFC Renewable Energy Program for Africa, a financial partnership intended to utilize public funding to generate private sector investments in renewable energy in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Canada is contributing $122 million to be used by WB IFC to "catalyze" private sector investment in renewable energy by offering concessional financing mixed with WD IFC's own account resources to mitigate a variety of risks that can deter private investment in renewable energy. The Canadian contribution is inline with its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative. (Source: World Bank IFC, Various Media, PV Tech, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

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JLM Phazr Energy Storage Deployed California-Wide (Ind. Report)
JLM Energy
Date: 2018-02-05
Rocklin, California-headquartered employee-owned energy technology specialist JLM Energy is reporting the deployment of more than 2,000 Phazr MicroStorage units and is managing residential time-of-use charges for customers in all three major utility territories from San Diego to the Oregon border.

Phazr is a distributed energy storage platform that pairs a single solar panel with a battery pack in a one-on-one ratio and charges directly from the the solar panel so it completely qualifies for the Federal Investment Tax Credit.

Phazr uses JLM Energy's patent-pending Symmetric DC Regulation that enables a solar panel to charge a battery and send power into the home simultaneously. Because Phazr only charges from solar, it qualifies for the 30 pct federal investment tax credit. Phazr works for residential and commercial applications and can be purchased through JLM's authorized dealer network. (Source: JLM Energy, Feb., 2018) Contact: JLM Energy, Ellen Howe, (703) 835-5550, ellen.howe@jlmei.com, www.jlmei.com

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


Younicos, TerraForm Ink Wind Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
Younicos, TerraForm Power
Date: 2018-02-05
In Berlin, smart energy and grid solutions based on battery energy storage specialist Younicos reports the signing of an agreement with TerraForm Power to install and commission a 10 MW battery-based energy storage system upgrade at the site of the Kaheawa wind farm in Hawaii. The batteries will be primarily used to provide ramping services to smooth out wind variability. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

Under the terms of the agreement, Younicos will replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos's proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, increase the operational lifetime of the system and enable fully automated operation with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed. (Source : Younicos Energy, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, (512) 268-8191 -- Austin Texas Office, mail.us@younicos.com, www.younicos.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, information@terraform.com, www.terraform.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos ,  Energy Storage,  TerraForm Power,  


NY State Offshore Wind Master Plan -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2018-02-05
In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is touting the comprehensive New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan, guide the responsible and cost-effective development of 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, enough to power up to 1.2 million homes with clean energy.

To spur the development of renewable resources, Governor Cuomo announced the state will issue solicitations in 2018 and in 2019 for a combined total of at least 800 MW of offshore wind power, a critical component of the Governor's mandate to generate 50 pct of the state's electricity requirements from renewables by 2030.

Download the full report HERE. Source: NYSERDA, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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