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UPM Biofuels, ZERO Collaboration Promoting Bio-economy (Int'l)
UPM Biofuels,Zero Emission Resource Organisation
Date: 2018-01-24
In Finland, Helsinki-headquartered UPM Biofuels and the Oslo, Norway-based Zero Emission Resource Organization (ZER$O) report they are collaborating to promote green transportation, biochemicals, sustainable bioproducts and a predictable long term operating environment for sustainable, advanced biofuels to enable climate change mitigation in transport with renewable fuels.

ZERO is a Norwegian environmental organization that focuses on greenhouse gas reduction through promotion of new technologies enabling emission-free energy solutions without harming the environment. ZERO is an independent, environmental foundation that believes that climate is the most important environmental issue, and is working to drive zero-emission solutions and investment in emissions-solving solutions. ZERO's mission is to ensure a practical and fastest possible transition from climate-detrimental activity to emission-free solutions, according to ZERO's website.

UPM is committed to growing its sustainable product offering for various sectors and therefore engages with civil society to promote the change towards environmental friendly bioeconomy, according to the company website. (Source: UPM, Energy Efficiency, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: UPM Biofuels, Liisa Ranta, Manager Sustainability, +358 40 582 9338, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com; ZERO, Maiju Helin, Head of Sustainability and Market Development, +47 92 29 62 00, zero@zero.no, www.zero.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM Biofuels,  Zero Emission Resource Organisation ,  


Vestas Wins First Kazakhstan Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas Wind Systems ,CAPEC Green Energy
Date: 2018-01-24
Danish wind energy giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S is reporting receipt of its first wind turbine order from renewable energy developer CAPEC Green Energy LLP for the 52 MW Astana wind project in Kazakhstan,

The order includes delivery of 52 MW of Vestas' V112-3.45 MW wind turbines, installation and commissioning. The turbines will be delivered in both 3.3 MW load-optimized mode and standard 3.45 MW rating. Kazakhstan only has an estimated 98.16 MW worth of onshore wind capacity. Turbine delivery is slated for Q3 of this year. (Source: Vestas, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; CAPEC Green Energy, www.capec.kz

More Low-Carbon Energy News CAPEC Green Energy,  Vestas Wind Systems ,  Wind,  


Valero Cuts RFA as Cost Cutting Measure (Ind. Report)
Valero Energy Corp., Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2018-01-24
In what it describes as a "cost cutting measure" occasioned by the EPA Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) , San Antonio, Texas-based ethanol producer Valero Energy Corp., the the largest American oil refiner, has withdrawn from the Renewable Fuels Association, according to a Valero statement.

The company contends compliance with the RFS "point-of-obligation" was too costly. Under the RFS, Valero and other oil refiners are required to blend ethanol with gasoline or purchase credits to comply. In 2016, Valero spent $750 million on fuel credits. (Source: Renewable Fuels Association, Reuters, Valero, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464, www.valero.com; RFA, Geoff Cooper, Snr. VP, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., CEO,(202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  RFS,  Renewable Fuels Association,  


Mexican Emissions-Cutting Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)

Date: 2018-01-24
In Mexico City, scientists are touting a newly developed alkaline electrolysis technology and device that reduces the environmental impact of medium-sized combustion systems , reduces fossil-fuel use and contaminating emissions. The Tritom 50 (T50) prototype, which has a "firescreen" that uses hydroplasma as fuel, "is installed in chimneys or fixed source gas outlets" to reduce CO2 and sulfur dioxide emissions.

Containing proprietary software controlled and monitored using Android devices, Bluetooth or a GPRS system, the T50 offers two potential heat-exchange systems that enable heat energy typically lost in the electrolysis process to be incorporated into some other process, such as the pre-heating of water or raw materials.

The Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry (Cideteq) and the Advanced Technology Center (Ciateq) helped develop the technology. (Source: Latin American Herald Tribune, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Center for Research and Technological Development in Electrochemistry www.natureindex.com/institution-outputs/mexico/center-of-research-and-technological-development-in-electrochemistry-cideteq-conacyt/54407e68140ba0ad158b4571

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Biofuels Feedstock Study Supports Billion-tpy Estimate (R&D)
North Central Regional Sun Grant Center
Date: 2018-01-24
Can farmers produce at least 1 billion tons of biomass per year that can be used as biofuels feedstock? That’s the question that researchers are trying to answer, according to South Dakota State University North Central Regional Sun Grant Center Director Vance Owens. The goal is to replace 30 percent of the petroleum consumed in the United States with biofuels.

Analysis of up to seven years of production data suggests an estimated billon-tpy could be available annually by 2030.

Field trial results and yield projections for herbaceous crops, including switchgrass, energycane, mixed perennial grasses on Conservation Reserve Program land, giant miscanthus and sorghum, as well as the woody feedstocks poplar and shrub willow, are available online in the January issue of GCB Bioenergy.

The raw data from the field trials will be available for public use and can be accessed at Knowledge Discovery Framework at the U.S. DOE website. Among the herbaceous energy crops, field-scale trials using traditional agricultural equipment were conducted for switchgrass and mixed perennial grasses suitable for use on CRP land, while smaller individual plots were utilized for energycane and giant miscanthus due to a lack of vegetative planting materials for these species.

South Dakota State University was the lead institution for the more than $20 million project which was funded by the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and involved researchers from the U.S. DOE and USDA, 35 land-grant universities, Heidelberg University, INL, ORNL, ANL and several industry partners.

Report details are HERE (Source: South Dakota State University, Jan., 2018) Contact: South Dakota State Univ. North Central Regional Sun Grant Center, Vance Owens, Dir., (605) 688-5476, www.sdstate.edu/north-central-regional-sun-grant-center

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  


ARENA Foresees Tumbling Wind, Solar Costs (Int'l Report)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2018-01-24
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), solar PV costs are expected to be halved from the current levels by 2020, undercutting, fossil fuels by generating in the range from 3 to 10 cents/kWh range. IRENA suggests this will be driven by rising investments in clean power projects, which will in turn cut the cost of energy for consumers.

ARENA predicted movements toward the "lowest costs yet" for both solar and wind power between now and 2020, with global average costs set to drop to between $0.06/kWh and $0.10/kWh for both wind and solar. (Source: ARENA, International Renewable Energy Agency Jan., 2018) Contact: International Energy Agency, Dr. Faith Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  India Solar,  International Renewable Energy Agency ,  


Stanford Touts Solar Cell Cost Break-Through (New Prod & Tech)
Stanford University
Date: 2018-01-24
In the Golden State, Stanford University scientists have successfully displayed the usage of nanotechnology in the production of crystalline silicon (c-Si) thin-film solar cells. Stanford claims its technology could pave the way to a breakthrough in reducing the cost of solar energy production.

The Stanford researchers used optical modelling and electrical simulations to illustrate that a thin-film crystalline silicon solar cell with a 2D nanostructure generated a photocurrent output was as much as three times higher as compared to an unstructured cell of the same thickness. This happened because the nanostructured surface trapped incoming light more effectively and efficiently making the light spend more time on the silicon material thereby increasing the chances of light bring absorbed in higher amounts. The longer the light is trapped inside the cell, the greater the absorption rate and the higher the cell output. (Source: Stanford Univ., The TeCake, 21 Jan., 2018) Contact: Stanford University, Dr. Shrestha Basu Mallick www.linkedin.com/in/shrestha-basu-mallick-5477353, www.stanford.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Stanford University,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  Thin-Film Solar,  


PNM Seeks Wind, Solar Approvals for Facebook Data Center (Ind. Report)
Public Service Company of New Mexico
Date: 2018-01-24
In Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Journal is reporting New Mexico's largest electricity provider Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is seeking state regulatory approval for power purchase agreements (PPAs) with two companies that would build new wind and solar farms to serve Facebook's new Los Lunas data center which is under construction south of Albuquerque.

PNM is presently constructing three solar plants to supply the center's first two buildings, and has negotiated agreements with Avangrid Renewables and NextEra Energy Inc. to construct and operate two wind farms and a $75 million solar facility to meet the data center's added energy needs. The companies would sell the generated power to the utility for delivery. PNM is proposing Avangrid build a wind farm by 2020 east of Estancia in central New Mexico, and that NextEra constructs a $72 million wind farm before the year end. (Source: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Santa Fe New Mexican ,Albuquerque Journal, 20 Jan., 2018) Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; Avangrid Renewables, Laura Beane, CEO, www.avangridren.com; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, Zack Melda, Project Director, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avangrid Renewables ,  NextEra Energy,  Public Service Company of New Mexico,  Wind,  Solar,  Facebook,  


Duke Announces $62Mn NC Solar Rebate Program (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-01-24
Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered energy giant Duke Energy is proposing a $62 million solar rebate program designed to help its North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels.

Under the program, residential customers will be eligible for a rebate of 60 cents per watt for solar energy systems 10 kilowatts (kW) or less. Nonresidential customers would be eligible for 50 cents per watt. Nonprofit customers would be eligible for an enhanced rebate of 75 cents per watt for systems 100 kW or less. Installed systems 100 kW or greater would be eligible for a maximum rebate of $50,000 for non-residential customers, or $75,000 for nonprofit customers.

Duke Energy serves about 6,000 customers who have private solar systems totaling just over 50 MW. The program expects to increase North Carolina's private solar market by 200 pct over the next five years. The program is subject to regulatory approvals. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, Randy Wheeless, (704) 382-8379, www.duke-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Solar,  Solar Rebate,  


Dairy Biomethane Pilot Projects Sought in California (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas Co.
Date: 2018-01-24
Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Southwest Gas are jointly seeking 5 or more dairy biomethane pilot projects under California Senate Bill (SB) 1383.

Proposed projects must demonstrate an ability to capture and process biogas from dairy cows to produce renewable natural gas for electic power generation ,heating and fueling vehicles.

The draft solicitation is the first step in a new program created under SB 1383 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which has been directed to reduce me Proposed projects will be jointly selected by the CPUC, California Air Resources Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dairy biogas development is rapidly increasing in California, with help in part from $35 million in grant funding last year from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CDFA is expected to provide an additional $61-$75 million in grant funding for new dairy biogas projects this year. There are currently about 40 projects in the works, and experts expect there could be as many as 120 projects being developed by 2022, according to a SoCal Gas release. (Source: Southern California Gas Company, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Southern California Gas,, www.socalgas.com; San Diego Gas & Electric, www.sdge.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; California Department of Food and Agriculture, (916) 654-0466, www.cdfa.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News San Diego Gas & Electric ,  Pacific Gas and Electric ,  Southern California Gas,  Biogass,  Methane,  Biomethane,  


Refiner PES Pins Bankruptcy on RFS Costs (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-01-24
Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, reports its plan to exit it Chapter 11 bankruptcy is dependent upon its shedding existing biofuel "point-of-obligation" biofuel blending costs under the US DOE Renewable Fuels Standard. The company also plans to sell $150 million worth of credits to help emerge from bankruptcy, according to Reuters.

PES claims its 2016-17 biofuels obligation totaled $185 million, and the cost of RINs in 2017 alone was $218 million, according to Reuters.

In its bankruptcy filing on Monday, the company said it does not have enough cash to comply with the laws for 2016 and 2017. (Source: Reuters, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, Various Media, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Solutions, www.pes-companies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  Biofuel Blending,  Point of Origin,  


New Jersey Senate Advances RGGI Participation (Reg & Leg)
RGGI
Date: 2018-01-24
Further to our January 12 coverage, the Garden State legislature is preparing to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) carbon emissions cap-and-trade program. To that end, the NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee has advanced legislation requiring the state's participation in the RGGI program and apply all revenues from the program to clean energy projects. Former Gov. Chris Christie pulled the state from the program in 2012 on the grounds that it was "ineffective in reducing greenhouse gases and increase energy costs for businesses and consumers."

The nine state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative -- Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- over the last decade has been creidted with raising close to $3 billion earmarked for clean-energy and energy efficiency programs and with cutting RGGI state carbon emissions by 30 pct. (Source: RGGI, Observer, Others, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  New Jersey RGGI,  Cap-and-Trade,  


R.I. Env. Council Promoting Carbon Tax Legislation (Reg & Leg)
the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI)
Date: 2018-01-24
In Providence, the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) is calling for the 2018 state legislature to implement a carbon tax on all fossil fuels burned, stored or produced in the state.

In addition to a state carbon tax, the ECRI bill includes: legislated carbon emissions reductions under the Rhode Island Global Warming Solutions Act; a climate and economic stimulus package; a coastal adaptation trust fund to help cities and towns address sea-level rise; mandatory and enforceable state greenhouse gas-reduction goals; increased support for energy efficiency; renewable energy siting regulations; require products sold in Rhode Island to meet minimum standards for electricity and gas consumption; and others.

The ECRI's initiatives are backed by a coalition of advocacy groups and environmentalists, including the EnergizeRI Coalition, an advocacy group with ties to Brown University, and the People's Power & Light utility. (Source: Environment Council of Rhode Island, eco'RI News, 22 Jan., 2018)Contact: Environment Council of Rhode Island,(401) 621-8048, www.environmentcouncilri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News the Environment Council,  Climate Change of Rhode Island,  CLimate Change,  


SUNY Announces 100 pct Renewables, Energy Storage Plan (Ind. Report)
SUNY
Date: 2018-01-24
In a recent address, State University of New York system (SUNY, Chancellor Kristina Johnson announced a plan to source 100 pct of the electricity for its 2,346 buildings across its 64 campuses from zero-net-carbon, energy storage and renewable energy sources. Additionally, all new buildings will be designed for zero-net-carbon emissions.

In 2017, SUNY spent $189 million on energy. SUNY estimates the switch to 100 pct renewable enrgy will reduce the system's carbon footprint by 400,000 tons of C02 equivalents per year. Making investments in renewable energy and storage, aligned with the recent initiative Governor Cuomo announced to install energy stored regionally in order to increase the resiliencies of our communities in case of a natural, or man-made disaster. (Source: SUNY, WAMC, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: SUNY, Kristina Johnson, Chancellor, www.suny.edu/about/leadership/chancellor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero-Carbon Building,  SUNY,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


CarbonCure on Global Cleantech 100 List (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technologies
Date: 2018-01-24
Halifax-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies reports it has been named to the Global Cleantech 100 list for the third consecutive year.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas impacting the future of a wide range of industries, according to the players in the market. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow’s clean technology challenges, the Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential today to make significant market impact within a 5-10-year timeframe.

CarbonCure's proprietary CO2 Capture and Utilization (CCU) technology is licensed to concrete producers to recycle waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial emitters into concrete. A chemical reaction occurs whereby the CO2 is permanently converted into a fine mineral to improve the concrete strength. This material performance improvement is leveraged to further reduce the greenhouse gas emission intensity and create new cost efficiencies and a differentiated sales advantage for concrete producers. (Source: Carbon Cure, PR, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Global Cleantech 100, www.cleantech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure Technologies,  Cement,  CO2,  


Indian Grid-Scale Energy Storage System Underway (Int'l Report)
AES India
Date: 2018-01-24
In New Delhi, AES India and Mitsubishi Corporation are reporting construction on India's first utility-scale energy storage system is underway. The 10 MW facility will serve the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL). AES and Mitsubishi Corporation will own the Advancion Storage solution which is being supplied by Fluence. The installation is slated for completion before the year end.

The deployment of its first grid-scale energy storage represents the latest step forward in modernizing India's power system and improving grid efficiency. (Source: AES India, Business Wire, 23 Jan., 2018) Contact: AES India, www.aes-india.com; Tata Power DDL, www.tatapower-ddl.com; Fluence Energy, http://fluenceenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AES India,  


STEM Raises $80Mn for Behind-the-Meter Battery Business (Funding)
STEM,
Date: 2018-01-24
Millbrea, California-headquartered behind-the-meter battery startup STEM reports it has raised $80 million in a Series D round, with three new investors -- Activate Capital, Temasek and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, which manages about $180 billion Canadian (USD $145 billion). STEM's new investment brings the company’s total funding to just under $200 million.

STEM now has hundreds of systems under management across five states, mainly in California, where state incentives and high demand charges have aligned to create the country's largest market for behind-the-meter energy storage. Stem creates innovative technology services that transform the way energy is distributed and consumed. The company's mission is to build and operate the largest digitally connected energy storage network for our customers. Our world class analytics will optimize the value of customer’s energy assets and facilitate their participation in energy markets, yielding economic and societal benefits while decarbonizing the grid, according to the company website. (Source: STEM Inc., Greentech, 23 Jan., 2018)Contact: STEM, (415) 937-7836, info@stem.com, www.stem.com

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


FPInnovations, Resolute Forest Products Tout Ontario Woody Biomass Bio-Chemicals Investment (Ind. Report)
FPInnovations,Resolute Forest Products
Date: 2018-01-24
Pointe-Clair, Quebec-based FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products, also of Montreal, are reporting an investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will develop new ways to produce and commercialize bio-chemicals derived from woody biomass.

Resolute will contribute $3.5 million and host the pilot project at its Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations with financial support from Natural Resources Canada's Transformative Technologies Program.

The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), Natural Resources Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the City of Thunder Bay and others. (Source: FP Innovations, PR, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: FP Innovations, Stephane Renou, Pres., CEO, (514) 630-4100, info@fpinnovations.ca, www.fpinnovations.ca; Resolute Forest Products, 514 875-2160 or 1 800 361-2888 info@resolutefp.com, www.resolutefp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FPInnovations,  Resolute Forest Products,  


Magnetic Liquids Windows Up Energy Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
Friedrich Schiller University
Date: 2018-01-24
In Germany, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, reports it is researching and developing energy efficient Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin). In a prototype window, the liquid is loaded with nanoscale iron particles which can be extracted from the liquid with a magnet. The number of iron particles in the liquid will determine its colour in a grey to black spectrum.

the smart windows allow light to be automatically adjusted or solar heat to be harvested for use in the building. The efficiency in terms of heat gain per area is comparable with that of state-of-the-art solar thermal facilities. Large-scale fluidic windows, which do not require a power connection, can eliminate the need for air conditioning systems, daylight regulation systems and even warm water processing. (Source: Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Architecture & Design, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Lothar Wondraczek, +49 3641 931111, Jena,www.uni-jena.de/en/start.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


ConEdison Doubles Energy Savings Rebate Incentives (Ind. Report)
Legend Power Systems
Date: 2018-01-24
Vancouver-based voltage reduction and optimization technology specialist Legend Power Systems Inc. reports that NYC power utility Con Edison has increased its financial incentives for energy saving technologies, including Legend's proprietary Harmonizer system.

The Harmonizer measures the incoming voltage from the grid. It knows the maximum savings your electrical equipment will allow and tunes the voltage down as much as it can. Voltage from the grid often fluctuates so the Harmonizer dynamically compensates in real time.

Even if the voltage naturally pops down to the optimum level, the system goes into a bypass state to let everything through. So your building will always get what it needs while saving the most amount of money possible, accxording to the company website. The increase in incentives funding relevant to Legend's offering comes from Con Edison's Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program. which previously offered a performance-based Custom incentive of $0.16 per kWh. This typically equates to a cash contribution ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for a Legend project. Con Edison has added an incentive of $600 per kW saved, significantly increasing the typical funding range for a Legend project from $20,000 to $50,000, according to the company website. (Source: Legend Power Systems, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: Legend Power Systems , Randy Buchamer, CEO, Pres., (778) 945 1501, rbuchamer@legendpower.com, www.legendpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  


Brazil Considers Ending 20 pct Ethanol Import Tariff (Int'l)
Brazil
Date: 2018-01-22
In Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture reports it is considering the revocation of a 20 pct import tariff on ethanol that went into effect in September, 2017. The 20 pct tariff, which kicks in once ethanol imports exceed 150 million litres in each quarter, was imposed after ethanol mill owners in country's northeast lobbied the government to do something about the wave of imported ethanol flooding the local market and driving down prices.

Even after the tariff was implemented in 2017, Brazilian ethanol imports rose to a record 2.5 billion litres -- five times the imports of the biofuel in 2016, according to Trade Ministry data.

Nearly all ethanol imported into Brazil comes from the U.S. where production is regularly surpassing 1 million bpd. (Source: Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, AgriCensus, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture, www.agricultura.gov.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazil Ethanol,  Ethanol Tariff,  Ethanol,  


Anellotech Raises $9M from Suntory Holdings (Funding)
Anellotech,Suntory Holdings
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Empire State, Pearl River based renewable chemicals and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports Japanese consumer beverage company Suntory Holdings Limited has invested $9 million as part of a total $25 million investment in Anellotech .

Anellotech's Bio-TCat Process will produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals, benzene, toluene and xylenes from non-food biomass for use in manufacturing polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or renewable transportation fuels. (Source: Anhellotech, FinSMEs, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,  Suntory Holdings,  


GreenPrint to Cut Home Oil Services' Emissions (Ind. Report)
GreenPrint,Arbor Day Foundation
Date: 2018-01-22
In Missouri, Home Service Oil and its Express Mart convenience store locations report they have partnered with Atlanta-based GreenPrint Corp. and the Arbor Day Foundation to offer customers a reduced emissions program beginning in March, 2018.

The program will reduce consumers' tailpipe emissions at the fuel pump and on convenience store products and to wholesale distribution. Emissions are reduced through GreenPrint's proprietary platform and investments in certified carbon reduction projects.

GreenPrint's program requires no new hardware or software, and no new tanks or equipment. GreenPrint's reduced emissions programs for fuel, which is licensed to convenience store chains, energy companies, and corporate fleets, currently reduces emissions on almost 500 million gpy across hundreds of retail locations and 80,000 corporate and municipal fleets in 11 countries. (Source: GreenPrint LLC, PR, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: GreenPrint, (404) 207-1947, info@GreenPrintCorp.com, www.greenprintcorp.com; Home Service Oil, (800) 467-5044, www.hsoil.com; Arbor Day Foundation, www.arborday.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GreenPrint,  Arbor Day Foundation,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  


Victoria Ready for New B.C. Energy Step Code (Ind. Report)
City of Victoria,BC Building Code
Date: 2018-01-22
In British Columbia, the City of Victoria reports it is initiating the implementation of the new B.C. Energy Step Code. In a move being criticized as premature at best, Victoria is taking initial moves to implement the new B.C. Energy Step Code, an amendment to the 2017 B.C. Building Code that establishes performance-based energy efficiency requirements for new residential and commercial construction. The plan's ultimate goal is that all new buildings will be "net-zero energy ready" -- wind or solar -- by 2032.

Rather than mandating particular building practices or materials, the code is performance-based. Builders choose how to achieve performance targets -- design issues related to heat loss, such as placement of windows and doors, types of heating systems, and others.

The new code came into effect in 2017, but requires individual municipalities to pass bylaws that advise local builders what is expected of them.

Download the Step Code HERE. (Source: City of Victoria, Times Colonist, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Victoria, www.victoria.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


France Plans Doubling of Wind Power Capacity by 2023 (Int'l)

Date: 2018-01-22
In Paris, the French government is reporting a ten-point plan intended to accelerate the development of wind power projects in order to double the country's installed wind generation capacity by 2023. The proposed reforms are intended to slash the average time it takes for wind power projects to be completed and connected to the French electricity grid by half.

Presently, it requires from seven to nine years to develop offshore wind projects, with roughly 70 pct of authorized projects facing appeals in Administrative Tribunals courts. The governments proposed reforms would remove a level of jurisdiction in the appeals process and thus significantly speedup the permiting process, according to French junior ecology minister Sebastien Lecornu. (Source: Yahoo, Various Media, Reuters, 18 Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Alliance BioEnergy Retires Notes Ahead of Conv. Date (Ind. Report)
Alliance BioEnergy, Carbolosic,
Date: 2018-01-22
Following on our Dec. 20, 2017 coverage, West Palm Beach, Florida-headquartered Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc. reports it has completed the payoff of the final two short term notes, held by Power Up Lending Group, Ltd. ($206,267.47) and Crown Bridge Partners, LLC. ($80,890.16). With the payout ahead of both notes' maturity and conversion date the Company avoids the issuance and subsequent market sale of more than fourteen 14,000,000 shares of its common stock, according to a press release.

Alliance BioEnergy +, Inc. is a publicly traded company focusing on the commercialization and licensing of a patented cellulose conversion technology that it controls through a master license agreement with the University of Central Florida, via its affiliate Carbolosic, LLC. Carbolosic holds the exclusive, worldwide license to 4 issued patents and 15 filed and pending patents revolving around the core Cellulose-to- Sugar (CTS)technology. ALLM also holds the exclusive CTS rights to North America and Africa. (Source: Alliance BioEnergy Plus, Inc., PR, 17 Jan., 2018)Contact: Alliance BioEnergy, Inc., Daniel de Liege, President and CEO, (888) 607-3555x1106, daniel@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy ,  Cellulosic,  Carbolosic,  ,  


ALLETE Orders GE Renewable Energy Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy,Allete
Date: 2018-01-22
ALLETE Clean Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ALLETE Inc. reports the purchase of 40-MW of wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. The turbines qualify for 80 pct of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and would create more than 400 megawatts of additional qualified wind projects through 2021. This latest purchase will bring ALLETE Clean Energy's total wind project opportunity to approximately 1,500 MW.

The safe harbor turbines are part of ALLETE Clean Energy's multifaceted growth strategy that includes building and operating new wind projects based on long-term power purchase agreements, and build, own and transfer projects. (Source: Allete, StreetInsider, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Allete Clean Energy, Al Rudeck, Pres., (218) 355-3232, www.allete.com; GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, www.ge-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Allete Clean Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


China Doubles 2017 Investments in Clean Energy (Ind. Report)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2018-01-22
Bloomberg New Energy Finance is reporting China increased its clean energy spending in 2017 by 24 pct to a total of $132.6 billion -- $86.5 billion of which went to solar. BNEF estimates China installed a 53 gigawatts of PV capacity in 2017, almost a third more than originally projected. China's solar energy investments accounted for half the world's $160.8 billion total. Global solar investment grew 18 percent in 2017, accounting for 48 percent of total global clean energy investment. GTM Research estimates the country’s total installs just under that number, at 52 gigawatts.

(Source: Bloomberg NEF, GTM, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: China National Energy Administration, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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Nike Uses 100 pct Renewables in North America (Ind. Report)
Avangrid Renewables,Nike
Date: 2018-01-22
Following on our Sept. 26, 2015 coverage, footwear manufacturer Nike reports its recently signed 86 MW PPA with Avangrid Renewables brings its total North American energy consumption up to 100 pct from renewable energy sources. Under the new agreement, Nike will take 86 MW of wind power from the Karankawa Wind Farm in the Bee and San Patricio counties, just east of Mathis, Texas.

This is the second PPA Nike has signed with Avangrid, following a 2016 deal which saw Nike secure 100% of the energy needed for its worldwide headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, thanks to three wind farms in the Columbia Gorge. (Source: Nike, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Avangrid Renewables, Dave Carroll, VP Projects, (503) 796-7000, www.avangrid.com; NIKE, Eric Sprunk, CEO, Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer, (212) 367-4400, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nike-NYC-Headquarters/101156763284532

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Univ. of Twente C02 Capture Device Stimulates Algae Productivity (New Prod & Tech)
Univ. of Twente
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Netherlands, Researchers at the University of Twente are touting a new device for the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide to stimulate the growth of algae, an important resource in chemistry and renewable energy. The technology can also be used to store solar and wind energy.

The device, which is designed for microalgae production, can capture 500 grams of CO2 daily, or the equivalent of the C02 extraction ability of four fully-grown trees. The CO2 capture device uses sorbents" which bind to CO2 molecules in the air. Then, the sorbents travel up to the top of the absorber column then flow back down through a heated "desorber" and release their CO2 load. The CO2 enriched air, which is released onto an algae reservoir, acts on the algae to spur their growth. (Source: University of Twente, Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Twente, Associate Professor Dr. Wim Brilman, +31 53 489 9111, www.utwente.nl/en

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Oklahoma Legislation Would Eliminate Renewable Energy Tax Credit (Reg & Leg)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-01-22
In Norman, Oklahoma state representative. Rep. Bob Cleveland (R-Slaughterville) has introduced House Bill 2908 that, if passed into law, would halt tax incentives for renewable resources, specifically wind power. Cleveland's bill would repeal the 2001 Senate Bill 440 allowing zero-emission energy facilities to collect tax credits beginning in 2003. Legislation signed into law last spring created an early sunset to that tax credit, requiring wind farms to be operational by July 2017 to qualify for the state's Zero Emission Tax Credit.

Under Cleveland's bill, the tax credit would be completely eliminated effective immediately.According to Cleveland the tax credit for electricity generated by zero-emission facilities cost Oklahoma $66,876,581 for tax year 2015. (Source: Norman Transcript, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: Oklahoma State Rep. Bob Cleveland, www.bobcleveland.com

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Atlanta Plans 100 pct Clean Energy by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Greenlink Group
Date: 2018-01-22
The city of Atlanta reports it plans to phase out all coal, natural gas and nuclear power generated electric power by 2035. Not just for city operations, but for everything and everyone within the city limits.

The plan is in line with other major cities and their commitments in the wake of Trump's announced plan to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord.

Atlanta's goal will require the addition of renewable energy, the purchase of renewable energy credits (RINs), and dramatically increased energy efficiency city wide, according to Matt Cox, CEO of the Greenlink Group, the Atlanta company working on the technical aspects of the plan. The plan is due to city council by the end of the month. (Source: City of Atlanta, WABE 90, 19 Jan., 2018)Contact: City of Atlanta, Megan O'Neil, Mayor's Office of Resilience, Energy Programs Manager, www.atlantaga.gov/government/mayor-s-office; Greenlink Group, www.thegreenlinkgroup.com

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St. Louis Adopting PACE Energy Efficiency Funding (Ind. Report)
PACE HERO,Missouri Clean Energy District
Date: 2018-01-22
In the Show Me State, over 415,000 St. Louis area homeowners now have access to the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO)Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing mechanism that allows property owners to make energy-efficiency and renewable-energy improvements and pay for them over time through their property taxes.

HERO was launched in Missouri in September 2016 and is offered through a public-private partnership between the Missouri Clean Energy District and Renovate America, the nation's largest PACE provider.

HERO-financed home upgrades in the metro area are projected to save St. Louis area homeowners 27 million kilowatt hours of electricity over the expected useful lifetime of the products installed. That is enough energy to power over 3,000 homes for a full calendar year. (Source: Missouri Clean Energy District, St.Louis Patch, 21 Jan., 2018) Contact: Missouri Clean Energy District, David Pickerill, Exec. Dir., (314) 769-8300, www.mced.mo.gov; Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev., www.renovateamerica.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

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Cypriot Env. Commissioner Sounds Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
Cypriot Environment Commissioner
Date: 2018-01-22
In Nicosia, the Cypriot Environment Commissioner, Ioanna Panayiotou, reports that Cyprus is danger of missing it Paris Climate and other climate goals and and needs to focus on renewable, sustainable development and a "circular" economy in relation to the island's natural resources.

According to the Cyprus Island Plan -- a town planning law that sets out economic, cultural, social and population planning objectives for rural areas -- while legislation is in place, a study is needed to identify climate change and clean energy related problems and financially and ecologically beneficial initiatives and solutions. The commissioner was referring to the need to activate Article 7 of the Island Plan to deal with uneven development, the wasting of natural resources, deforestation and the uneven distribution of national and European funds. (Source: Cyprus Mail, 21 Jan., 2018)

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Arlington First LEED Community Platinum Recipient (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2018-01-22
Last month, Arlington County, Virginia, became the first U.S. community to earn US Green Building Council's new LEED for Communities Platinum certification. The newly introduced recognition acknowledges the county's commitment to building a sustainable, environmentally conscious community.

In 2007, the county launched Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), which set a target to reduce the county government's carbon emissions 10 pct by 2012 compared to 2000 levels, and in 2013, adopted a Community Energy Plan (CEP) with a goal to reduce GHG emissions 75 pct by 2050. In 2017, the county became the first locality in Virginia to approve an ordinance allowing a Commercial-property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) program. (Source: USGBC, Construction Specifier, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Lakewood Ohio Scores NOPEC Energy Efficiency Funding (Funding)
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council
Date: 2018-01-22
The City of Lakewood, Ohio, reports receipt of $216,000 in 2018 Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) Energized Community Grant funding.

The city has earmarked the money for investigating the implementation of renewable energy, LED lighting upgrades, energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives and investments (Source: NOPEC Energized Community, City of Lakewood, Cleveland.com, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Lakewood, www.onelakewood.com; NOPEC, www.nopecinfo.org

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Social Energy Partners, Zoetic Energy Disclose Partnership Agreement (Ind. Report)
Social Energy Partners, Zoetic Energy
Date: 2018-01-22
Fort Lee, New Jersey-headquartered turnkey intelligent building technology (IBT) solutions specialist Social Energy Partners (SEP) reports it is partnering with UK-based Zoetic Energy to promote and deliver SEP's Intelligent Building Technology as-a-Service (IBTaaS) platform solutions to Zoetic's target markets.

SEP's IBTaaS, by integrating proven IBTs, local installation and maintenance services and green project funding, offers turnkey solution package to deliver timely and significant building performance improvements without capital investments from the end users. The partnership aims to leverage SEP's IBTaaS platform to modernize and transform building energy as well as operating performances for Zoetic's clients and contacts throughout the Americas and Africa.

SEP develops and funds 100 pct of the capital cost of building upgrade and energy efficiency retrofit projects. Through our pioneering, "off-balance-sheet" IBT-as-a-Service platform (IBTaaS), we facilitate and expedite the deployment of cutting edge and proven building intelligence and energy efficiency technologies such as LED lighting, advanced lighting and HVAC controls, building energy management systems, building artificial intelligence, building automation and integrated security systems that are paid for by ongoing shared energy and operational savings. SEP IBTaaS presently services over 150 buildings in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. (Source: Social Energy Partners, PR, 18 Jan., 2018) Contact: Social Energy Partners, James Tu, Pres., (844) 533-3863, www.socialenergypartners.com; Zoetic Energy, +44 (0)20 7384 8068, www.energynet.co.uk/partner/zoetic-energy

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Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund Cuts Major Emitter Holdings (Int'l)
Norway Sovereign Wealth Fund
Date: 2018-01-22
Reuters is reporting that the Norwegian state-owned Sovereign Wealth Fund has trimmed the proportion of its $1 trillion holding that is invested in companies that emit the most greenhouse gas.

A Reuters review of the top 150 corporate greenhouse gas emitters showed that the proportion of their emissions that can be ascribed to Norway, based on the percentage of market cap it owns in the firms, fell to 0.74 pct in 2016 from 0.78 pct in 2014.

The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGC), which represents investors with more than €21 trillion ($26 trillion) in assets under management, welcomed the shift. Despite the decline in its percentage holdings, the value of the fund's investments in the top 150 emitters rose to $61 billion, a fraction of the fund's stakes in almost 9,000 companies. (Source: Institutional Investors Group, Reuters, 18 Jan., 2018)Contact: Institutional Investors Group, www.iigcc.org

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Evonik, Siemens Partnering on Specialty Chemicals from CO2 (Int'l)
Siemens, Evonik
Date: 2018-01-22
Siemens, Europe's largest conglomerate, and Essen, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries are reporting the launch of a joint research project focused on deploying artificial photosynthesis by using carbon dioxide as a raw material and converting it into usable chemicals. The small-scale project, called Rheticus, is a trial programme based in Marl, Germany,

The project is being supported to the tune of €2.8 million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Siemens is providing the electrolysis technology, which is used in the first step to convert CO2 and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. Evonik is contributing the fermentation process, converting gases containing CO into useful products by metabolic processes with the aid of special micro-organisms. (Source: Siemens, FT, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Stefan Haver, stefan.haver@evonik.com, www.evonik.com

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Enerkem, Sinobioway JV Plans Chinese Biofuel Facilities (Int'l)
Enerkem,Sinobioway
Date: 2018-01-22
Montreal-based bifuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports Sinobioway Group will make a $125 million (Cdn) equity investment in Enerkem Inc., future licenses, equipment manufacturing and sales, as well as for the creation of a major joint venture that will lead the construction of over 100 Enerkem state-of-the-art facilities in China by 2035.

Bejing-based Sinobioway, a flagship conglomerate in China's bio-industry, will help accelerate Enerkem's global growth by opening the Chinese market to Enerkem's pioneering waste-to-biofuels technology. This joint venture will spearhead the development of a clean economy, reducing air pollution by producing renewable fuels from non-recyclable garbage. Sinobioway primarily invests in bio-energy, bio-environmental protection, bio-medicine, bio-agriculture, bio-service, bio-manufacturing, and bio-intelligence sectors. (Source: Enerkem, PR, Markets Insider, Others, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Sinobioway Group, en.sinobioway.com.cn; Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284 X 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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Quinbrook Closes on $268Mn for Oklahoma Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
GE Energy Financial ServiceQuinbrook Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2018-01-19
Houston-headquartered Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Llc reports it has completed $268 million in financing for for the first phase of the 365MW Persimmon Wind Farm in Oklahoma.

Phase one includes construction and installation of of 73, 2.5MW and 7, 2.3MW GE wind turbines.

GE Energy Financial Services will provide $190 million in tax equity financing for the project and has served as a bookrunner, administrative agent and lender for $252 million of credit facilities.

Quinbrook recently acquired a 75 pct controlling interest in Persimmon and formed a joint venture with Elawan Wind -- formerly Gestamp Wind -- the initial developer of the project.

When fully operational, the Persimmon wind farm is expected to generate about 900,000MWh of power per year. Quinbrook and Elawan claim to have secured long-term PPAs with an investment grade counterparty to support the overall financing. (Source: Quinbrool, Kallanish, CTBR, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Pete McCabe, President & CEO Onshore Wind Business, www.ge-energy.com Quinbrook Shawn Cumberland, Managing Dir., (713) 580-8022, www.quinbrook.com; GE Energy Financial Service, www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Elawan Wind, www.elawan.com/en/business/wind-farms.

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German Univ. Touts Dairy Wastewater Whey Biofuel (New Prod & Tech)
University of Tubingen
Date: 2018-01-19
In Germany, Researchers at the University of Tubingen are reporting the development of a process that converts dairy wastewater "acid whey", a dairy byproduct, into biofuels without the use of additional chemicals. The research team used microbiome cultures similar to those in the human gut. The new bio-oil can be used in animal feed or as a fuel for airplanes when refined.

The team used tanks with several types of bacteria, called a reactor microbiome. They kept two microbiomes with different temperatures. The first hot microbiome (50°C) converts all the sugars into an intermediate acid. The second warm microbiome (30°C) then performs chain elongation until a product is formed with six to nine carbons. The team also investigated which bacteria had grown in the two different microbiomes. (Source: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Professor Lars Angenent , +49 7071 29 0, www.unituebingen.de

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Dow, USGBC Collaborate on Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Dow Building Solutions
Date: 2018-01-19
Midland, Michigan-based Dow Building Solutions reports it is collaborating with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver solutions that contribute to building more sustainable communities and cities. The goal of the collaboration is to measurably reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through improved energy efficiency in buildings.

According to recent data, buildings are currently responsible for about one-third of global energy consumption and about 30 pct of global energy-related CO2 emissions and 20 pct of total CO2 emissions. In an effort to reduce these emissions, Dow and USGBC will collectively advise two cities or communities to help in achieving LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification. Available for all building and home project types as well as cities and communities, LEED provides a framework to create highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement used in more than 167 countries. (Source: Dow Building Solutions, PR, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Dow Building Solutions, Jessica Robinson, (989) 638-8066, jessica.robinson@dow.com, www.dow-dupont.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Seawind's Double-Blade Turbines Destined for the Aegean (Int'l)
Seawind Ocean Technology,WRE Hellas
Date: 2018-01-19
Netherlands-headquartered two-bladed offshore wind turbine pioneer Seawind Ocean Technology reports the inking of an agreement with Greek wind and solar farm operator WRE Hellas SA to develop small-scale offshore wind farms in the Aegean Sea. Seawind will deliver two-bladed turbines with floating foundations for the project.

The two firms intend to develop a series of deep water mini offshore windfarms under the Clean Energy for EU Islands Programme, a long-term framework to help the 2,000+ inhabited EU islands generate their own sustainable, low-cost energy.

In Seawind's innovative turbine design, the rotor is uncoupled from the shaft using a teetering hinge thus eliminating the need for a blade pitch mechanism for a much lighter turbine head and tower. The systems are assembled onshore and launched at sea by semi-submersible vessels. Seawind's concrete bottom tethered and floating offshore units have concrete support structures were developed in collaboration with Olav Olsen in Norway. Seawind's 10.4 turbine will generate approximately 45M kWh at 8.5 m/s wind speed. (Source: Seawind Ocean Technology, Offshore Wind, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Seawind Ocean Technology, Martin Jakubowski, CEO, nfo@seawindtechnology.com, www.seawindtechnology.com; WRE Hellas, +30.210.9373060, www.wre.gr

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Aera Energy, Glasspoint Announce Belridge Solar Thermal Power Plant Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Aera Energy, GlassPoint
Date: 2018-01-19
Aera Energy, which is jointly owned by Shell and ExxonMobil, is reporting a collaboration with GlassPoint to develop the Belridge solar thermal power plant near Bakersfield, California.

The project is being touted as the world's first such plant and California's largest. Ground breaking is slated for the first half of 2019 for startup in 2020. The plant will consist of an 850MW solar thermal facility, which will deliver 12 million barrels of steam a year and a 26.5MW photovoltaic (PV) facility which will deliver electricity. The plant will utilize GlassPoint's enclosed, curved trough technology and PV panels to generate renewable electricity, which will be used for the oilfield operations. (Source: Aera Energy, Power Technology, Jan., 2018) Contact: Aera Energy, (661) 665-5000, www.aeraenergy.com; GlassPoint, www.glasspoint.com

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Amazon Completes Italian Rooftop PV Solar System (Ind. Report)
Amazon,Enerray
Date: 2018-01-19
US e-commerce giant Amazon.com reports it has completed a rooftop solar installation to power its logistics site in Passo Corese, Italy.

The photovoltaic system's 3200 monocrystalline solar modules generate around 964 kWp.

The installation was handled by Enerray SpA, a world leader in the designing, management and development of both medium and large photovoltaic systems. (Source: Amazon, PR, CMFE, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Enerray SpA, www.enerray.com

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Arkona Offshore Wind Farm Phase-Two Construction Complete (Ind. Report)
Arkona,Statoil,E,ON
Date: 2018-01-19
E.ON and Statoil are reporting Construction of their €1.2 billion, JV 385 MW, Arkona offshore wind farm 35 kilometres northeast of the island of Rugen in the German Baltic Sea is progressing on schedule. After the foundations, the 60 connecting pieces are now installed and the 'Transition Pieces', each weighing 400 tons, have been mounted on the foundations.French Atlantic Ocean to the Baltic Sea in spring.

When fully operational, the wind farm will generate sufficient power for up to 400,000 households. (Source: E.ON, SubSea News,, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: E.ON, www.eon.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com

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ENTIC to Raise Chicago Skyscraper Building Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Entic
Date: 2018-01-19
Fort Lauderdale-based smart building and energy efficiency specialist ENTIC Inc. reports it has been selected by Chicago's Willis Tower -- formerly known as the Sear's Tower -- to deliver increased operational efficiency and utility savings to the iconic 110-story skyscraper. This deal, which is part of a $500 million transformation of the tower, marks the eighth engagement between Entic and Equity Office, bringing ENTIC's enterprise-wide solution to more than 11 million square feet of the company's global portfolio.

ENTIC's scalable approach delivers low-cost, no-cost opportunities to realize significant utility costs savings between 10 and 20 pct. (Source: ENTIC, PR, 16 Jan., 2018) Contact: ENTIC, www.entic.com; Equity Office- Willis Tower, www.equityoffice.com, www.willis tower.com

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Coronal Closes Gulf Coast Solar Center Financing (Ind. Report)
Coronal Energy
Date: 2018-01-19
In the Old Dominion State, Chancellorsville-headquartered utility-scale solar and storage projects specialist Coronal Energy reports it has closed $235 million in total financing with Marathon Capital and others for its Gulf Coast Solar Center portfolio.

The Gulf Coast Solar Center is a 120-MW, three-site portfolio in Northwest Florida built for Gulf Power in cooperation with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. The Center includes: a 30-MW project at Eglin AFB Reservation; a 40-MW project at NAS Whiting Field's NOLF Holley; and a 50-MW project at NAS Pensacola's NOLF Saufley. (Source: Coronal Energy , PR, 14 Jan., 2018) Contact: Coronal Energy, Jonathan Jaffrey, CEO, (434) 293-7589, ,www.coronalenergy.com

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Manila, IFC Creating Philippines' Green Building Code (Int'l)
International Finance Corp
Date: 2018-01-19
In Manila, the government od the Philippines and the International Finance Corp (IFC) report they have partnered to create the country's first "green building" code to help private firms reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut electric power consumption by 3.9 million KWh, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.87 million metric tpy for a projected savings of $864 million. About one-third of electricity demand in the Philippines comes from buildings.

IFC -- a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group -- is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector in developing countries. The IFC utilizes and leverages its products and services as well as the products and services of other World Bank institutions. (Source: International Finance Corp., ABS-CBN, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: International Finance Corp., www.ifc.org

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