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Veolia Acquires Hungarian Biomass CHP Plant (Int'l, M&A)
Veolia Environnement
Date: 2018-01-15
Veolia Environnement SA reports its Hungarian subsidiary Veolia Energia Magyarorszag Zrt has completed the acquisition of a 98 pct stake in Bakonyi Eromu Zrtthe, operator of a biomass-fueled combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Hungary. The 1992 vintage plant burns primarily woody biomass and agricultural by-products to 131.6 MW of power and 360 MW of heat.

Financial and other details of the acquisition have not been released. (Source: Veolia Environnement, Renewables, Others, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Veolia Environnement, www.veolia.com/en; Bakonyi Eromu Zrtthe, +36 88 211 355, info@mail.bakonyi.hu, www.bakonyi.hu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  Biomass,  


Char Technologies Touts CleanFyre Biocoal (New Prod & Tech)
Char Technologies,Altech Technologies Systems
Date: 2018-01-15
Mississauga, Ontario-based Char Technologies reports its recently acquired JV Altech Group, which is comprised of Altech Environmental Consulting Ltd. and Altech Technologies Systems Inc., plans to commercialize CleanFyre, a biocoal fuel designed to to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions without significant capital expenditures.

"CleanFyre will leverage both Altech's experience and expertise, and CHAR's platform pyrolysis technology, the same technology used to create SulfaCHAR, to create a solution with strong market pull and significant growth opportunity," according to Char Technologies CEO, Andrew White. (Source: Char Technologies, Biomass Mag,, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Char Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, www.sulfachar.com; Altech Technologies Systems, www.altech-group.com/altech-technology-systems-inc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Altech,  Biocoal,  


SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
SUNY Alfred
Date: 2018-01-15
Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  


Akron Office Tower County's First PACE Financing (Ind. Report)
Development Finance Authority of Summit County,PACE
Date: 2018-01-15
In Akron, Ohio, the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, formerly known as the Summit County Port Authority, reports it will issue $8.5 million in property-assessed clean energy (PACE) bonds to cover the cost of extensive energy efficiency upgrades to the PNC Bank building in central Akron. The bond sales will be repaid over the next 18 years at an average rate of about $477,000 annually attached to the skyscraper's property tax bill.

The project, which will be the first PACE financed project in Summit County, will be completed by Columbus-headquartered energy services specialist Plug Smart. The PNC building is owned by Cascade Plaza Associates. (Source: Akron Beacon-Journal, 13 Jan., 2018) Contact: Plug Smart, (800) 518-5576, www.plugsmart.com; Development Finance Authority of Summit County, (330) 762-4776, www.developmentfinanceauthority.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE,  Enewrgy Efficiency,  Plug Smart,  


South Korean Ethanol Imports Jump by 39 pct (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-01-15
According to a Korea Customs Service release, South Korea's ethanol imports increased 39 by 39 pct year on year to 261,584 mt in 2017. Imports from the US led the way with 78 pct of total imports, followed by Pakistan at 10 pct and South Africa at 6 pct.

Denatured ethanol imports grew by 238 pct over the year to 117,782 mt in 2017, while undenatured ethanol imports slid 6 pct year on year to 143,802 mt in 2017.

In December, South Korea imported 33,922 mt of denatured ethanol, up 5.5 pct from November, primarily from the US with 79 pct, 13 pct from Pakistan and 5 pct from South Africa (5%). For undenatured ethanol, 62 pct of imports came from Australia, 25 pct from Cambodia and 7 pct from Pakistan.

South Korea exported 24,750 mt of ethanol in 2017, up 14 pct year on year, primarily to Japan. In December, South Korean ethanol exports fell 20.5 pct month on month to 1,612 mt., according to Platts. (Source: Hellenic News, Platts, Others, Jan., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  


Google Touts Energy Efficient Calif. Campus Plans (Ind. Report)
Google,USGBC
Date: 2018-01-15
The U.S. tech juggernaut GOOGLE reports the selection of the Copenhagen, London and New York based Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) of architects, designers, and builders for its sprawling new "Caribbean" campus in Sunnyvale, California. BIG previously designed GOOGLE'S Charleston East and London facilities.

The Caribbean campus will be centered around two, five-story buildings and having a total floor space of 505,078 square feet and 537,000 square feet, respectively. The Caribbean campus is slated for US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED gold certification and will focus on energy efficiency and minimizing water usage, including the planting of native, low-water greenery. The office interiors will feature natural daylight, while some degree of solar power and graywater recycling is expected. (Source: Google, USGBC, ProudGreenBuilding, Jan., 2018) Contact: Bjarke Ingels Group, www.big.dk; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Google,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  USGBC,  


Cleveland Convention Center Ups Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Huntington Convention Center
Date: 2018-01-15
In the "Best Location in the Nation", Cleveland's Huntington Convention Center (HCC) reports last years LED lighting energy efficiency project replacement of metal-halide light bulbs with LED technology bulbs has significantly reduced the facility's power usage and maintenance without a loss of illumination. The LED bulb replacement project also qualified for a 24-month energy rebate program through local utility companies.

In 2017, the LEED Gold-certified HCC and Global Center signed on as a partner with the Cleveland 2030 District, a movement to create high-performance building districts throughout Greater Cleveland aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of building construction and operations by reducing energy consumption. (Source: HCC, Trade Show News Network, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: 2030 Districts, Cleveland 2030 District, www.2030districts.org/cleveland; Huntington Convention Center, (216) 428-1600, www.clevelandconventions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light,  Google,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


Borrego Building 1-MW San Diego County Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Borrego Solar
Date: 2018-01-15
In the Golden State, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) reports Borrego Solar Systems has begun construction of a solar power system expected to generate sufficient electric power to meet 60 pct of SDCEO's Linda Vista administrative center's power needs and save $282,000 per year in energy costs.

The project is slated to be operational this spring. The solar shade structure installation will offset approximately 1,300 metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to removing nearly 280 cars from the road for a year. Borrego Solar and SDCOE are also planning a 106-kilowatt solar project at Camp Cuyamaca. (Source: San Diego County Office of Education, Borrego Solar, Jan., 2018) Contact: San Diego County Office of Education, (858) 292-3522, www.sdcoe.net; Borrego Solar, Mike Hall, CEO, Dan Berwick, VP Strategy, Business Dev., (888) 898-6273, www.borregosolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Borrego Solar ,  Solar,  


Penn State Landmark Awarded LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
US GBC
Date: 2018-01-15
In University Park, Penn State University reports it recently renovated iconic Steidle Building has earned US Green Building Council LEED Silver certification. The building as designed and constructed by renowned U.S. architect Charles Klauder in 1929.

Steidle Building improvements -- which helped secure LEED Silver certification -- include: implementation of energy-efficient systems; structural improvements; extensive use of recycled materials; HVAC occupancy sensors; LED lighting with occupancy sensors and ability to self-adjust based on natural light; double glazed windows; increased interior and exterior wall and roof insulation insulation; low-flow energy-efficient fume hoods and snorkels; and others. (Source: Penn State News, Jan., 2018) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ontario Earmarks $200Mn for School Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade
Date: 2018-01-15
More than 600 schools in the Canadian Province of Ontario are expected to share $200 million in proceeds from the provincial cap-and-trade program. The funds are earmarked for school energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installation province wide. energy efficient.

The cap-and-trade cash is part of the $1.4 billion schools received this fiscal year fora backlog of repairs and other work estimated at $15 billion. (Star: Ontario Ministry of Education, Star, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter, mitziehunter.onmpp.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  Energy Efficiency,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-12
"(The United States) could conceivably go back in to the Paris climate agreement but it would have to be under terms that don't punish the country for its wealth of fossil fuels. Frankly, it's an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal." US Pres. Donald J. Trump, 10 Jan., 2018

More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Donald Trump,  


Denmark Sets 2017 Wind Energy Production (Int'l Report)
Denmark
Date: 2018-01-12
In Copenhagen, the Danish energy organization danskenergi.dk is reporting that 43.6 pct -- 14,700 GWh -- of Denmark's electric power consumption in 2017 was supplied by wind energy. There were approximately 6,100 wind turbines were in service in Denmark in 2017.

By 2020, wind is expected to deliver 50 pct of Denmark's electric power with solar and sustainable biomass adding 30 pct, according to according to the Danish Energy Authority. (Source: danskenergi.de, Plametsave, Jan., 2018) Contact: danskenergi.de, www.danskenergy.de; Danish Ministry of Energy and Climate, Lars Christian Lilleholt, Minister, Finn Mortensen, Exec. Dir., +45 2249 6511, fim@stateofgreen.com, https://stateofgreen.com/en/profiles/the-danish-ministry-of-climate-and-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Denmark Wind,  


Wash. State Gov. Inslee Pushing Carbon Tax Plan (Reg & Leg)
Washington State
Date: 2018-01-12
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (D)on Tuesday unveiled details of his latest effort to get legislative approval on a new $20 per metric ton of carbon emissions tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels.

If passed, the bill would come into force on July 1, 2019 and increase annually by 3.5 pct over inflation. The tax would raise about $1.5 billion over the first two years and an estimated $3.3 billion over the next four years.

Half of the revenue from the tax -- which would be paid by power plants and fuel importers but would ultimately come down on consumers -- would be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as programs to expand opportunities for renewable energy at both homes and utilities, and research of clean energy technology. An additional 35 pct would go into flood management and storm water infrastructure, and would also be used to reduce risks of wildfires.

It's estimated the tax could result in a residential electricity price increase of about 5 percent, a residential gas price increase of about 10 percent; gasoline prices could rise between 6 to 9 percent by 2035, according to policy officials briefing. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, K5 News, Others, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Wash. State Gov. Jay Inslee, (360) 902-4111, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Washington State,  


NJ Plans Climate Alliance, Renewed RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2018-01-12
The NJ Spotlight is reporting legislation (S-3317) is pending passage in the Garden State legislature that, if passed, would see New Jersy join the U.S. Climate Alliance, a multi-state initiative to curb carbon pollution in the wake of the Trump administration's decision to pull out of the Paris Accord.

The Alliance is committed to working cooperatively with 13 other states to achieve the aims of the Paris Climate Accord and to strengthen existing climate programs, promote the sharing of information, and implement new programs to curb GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy.

New Jersey was a founding member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), but withdrew from RGGI in 2012 during the reign of presidential hopeful Gov. Chris Chritie (R) who, in typical Trump terminology, called the program "gimmicky" and a "failure." The state is now expected to rejoin RGGI. (Source: NJ Spotlight, Others, Jan., 2018) Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Chris Christie,  RGGI,  


NH Opts for Energy Efficiency Funding Over Rebates (Ind. Report)
RGGI
Date: 2018-01-12
In Concord, the News Tribune is reporting New Hampshire legislators have given preliminary approved to HOuse Bill 592. The bill redirects about $6 per year per individual rate payers from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) program to fund energy efficiency and weatherization programs for municipalities, schools and low-income residents.

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, News Tribune, Others, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Eff,  


Better Buildings Challenge Participant Progress Reported – Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings CHallenge
Date: 2018-01-12
According to the attached US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report, energy saving initiatives and programs by hundreds of organizations have resulted in a combined 240 trillion Btus and an estimated $1.9 billion in cumulative energy and cost savings.

As noted in the report, over 345 private and public sector organizations have committed to improving their energy efficiency across their entire building portfolio by at least 20 pct within a decade.

Download the US DOE Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, Energy Manager, Various Media., January 9, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Better Buildings Challenge,  


Lafarge Cement Researching Low-Carbon Fuel (R&D, Ind. Report)
Lafarge
Date: 2018-01-12
Cement manufacturing giant Lafarge Canada Inc, in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Queen’s University and Pembina Institute, is carrying out a million-dollar study on the environmental benefits of introducing lower-carbon fuels at its Exshaw Cement plant in Alberta, Canada.

Eight lower-carbon fuels will be put under closer scrutiny, including renovation/demolition waste, non-recyclable plastic, carpets and textiles, shingles, treated wood products, tire-derived fuels and rubber. These fuels have been successfully used at other Lafarge cement works in Canada and around the world. The research will also measure the environmental aspects of sourcing, processing and full-scale commercial operation of each alternative fuel compared with fossil fuels.

Project funding is being provided by Alberta Innovates, Emissions Reduction Alberta, Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. It includes research by Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd, Geocycle and WSP Global Inc. (Source: Lafarge Canada, CEMNET, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lafarge Canada, Rob Cumming, Environmental Director , (403) 292-1555, www.lafarge-na.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lafarge news,  Low-Carbon Fuel news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Cement news,  


Transportation Sector Leads in US Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2018-01-12
According to the latest U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) statistics, transport is now the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. The data shows that, up to 2017, 1.9 billion tonnes of carbon emissions were emitted from the transport sector, while 1.8 billion tonnes came from electric power generation. In total, transport now accounts for 25 pct of all emissions.

The increase can be partly attributed to lower fuel prices in the US, but also to a decline in the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity. Renewable energy also plays a much stronger role in the country's energy mix. The statistics also show that almost half of all new large-scale energy capacity in 2017 came from renewables. (Source: US EIA, Others, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Transportation Emissions,  


"If You Love the Taste of a Lobster Stew, Served by a Window with a Cape Cod View" -- APCC Opposes Repeal of Clean Power Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Association to Preserve Cape Cod
Date: 2018-01-12
Citing concerns about increased severity and frequency of coastal storms, sea level rise, coastal erosion and other existing and future adverse impacts from climate change to the Cape Cod region, the not-for-profit environmental group Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC) submitted a letter to U.S. EPA kingpin Scott Pruitt opposing the agency's proposed plan to repeal the Obama era Clean Power Plan requiring significant reductions in electrical power plant CO2 emissions. Repeal of the Clean Power Plan would lift those restrictions and allow for continued and potentially increased use of coal to fire the nation's power plants.

Highlights of APCC communication include: " Climate change has emerged as the greatest environmental threat facing our (Cape Cod) region's natural resources, economy and human population. Cape Cod communities are already experiencing worsening impacts from sea level rise, coastal erosion and an increase in frequency and severity of coastal storms associated with a changing climate.

"Electrical power plants fired by fossil fuels are responsible for 31 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. -- the single largest source of greenhouse gas pollution in the nation. Any effort to effectively reduce the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change must include a substantial reduction in power plant emissions levels. The Clean Power Plan would achieve that objective.

"Issuance of the Clean Power Plan by the EPA in 2015, with its requirement for significant reductions in CO2 pollution emissions from power plants, has been the most important step to date taken by the U.S. to address climate change. Implementation of the CPP would set our nation on the right track toward mitigating climate change and its impacts, and it would secure the U.S.'s position as a responsible global partner in the effort to control CO2 emissions.

"The EPA has a legal requirement under the Clean Air Act -- requirement that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court -- to regulate CO2 as a pollutant that endangers human health. Repeal of the CPP would be in direct conflict with the EPA's charge to protect the nation's environment and the health of its citizens, a responsibility entrusted to the agency since its establishment in 1970." (Source: Association to Preserve Cape Cod, CapeCodToday, 10 Jan., 2018) Contact: Association to Preserve Cape Cod, Andrew Gottlieb, Exec. Dir., (508) 619-3185, www.apcc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Obama Clean Power Plan,  EPA,  Clean Power Plan,  Pruitt,  


Maryland Joins U.S. Climate Alliance (Ind. Report)
U.S. Climate Alliance
Date: 2018-01-12
Maryland has joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, a mult-state group of state and local leaders supporting the Paris Climate Accord. The move is in an apparent disagreement with U.S. President Trump pulling out of the agreement.

Fourteen other states, Puerto Rico and the District have joined the U.S. Climate Alliance, committing to uphold the emissions-reduction targets of the Paris climate accord, which the United States signed on to under former president Barack Obama.

Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act requires the state to cut its emissions by 40 pct by 2030, using 2006 levels as a baseline. (Source: WP, 10 Jan., 2018)Contact: U.S. Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Climate Alliance,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


Meridian Awarded $3Mn for Lignin Conversion Tech R&D (Funding)
Meridian Waste Solutions,USDA
Date: 2018-01-12
Atlanta-based Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., an integrated, non-hazardous solid waste services and innovative technology company, is reporting receipt of $3 million in grant funding from the USDA to support the commercialization of patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies owned by Meridian's subsidiary, Attis Innovations, Inc. -- the combination of recent transactions with American Science and Technology Corp. and Advanced Lignin Biocomposites LLC.

The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office has consequently identified the need for technologies to be developed for the efficient use of lignin as a key target for accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy.

To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee's Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis' research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the U.S. Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis' technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum. That pathway relies on Attis' patented and patent-pending AST-Organosolv process to fractionate biomass into cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin, followed by the conversion of cellulose and hemicellulose into biofuel (butanol), and the conversion of lignin into acrylonitrile-butadiene-lignin (ABL Resin) using technology developed and patented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and licensed to Attis. (Source: Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc., PR, Accesswire, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Meridian Waste Solutions, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (917) 658-7878, Attis, www.MWSinc.com; Attis, www.attisinnovations.com, www.amsnt.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Attis Innovations,  lignin Meridian Waste Solutions,  MSW,  Municipal Solid Wastes,  USDA,  


Aussie Solar Thermal Power Station Wins Crucial Approval (Int'l)
SolarReserve
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Land Down Under, Adelaide-based SolarReserve reports its 150MW Aurora Solar Energy Project has received regulatory "Development Approval". The project is slated for construction about 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta. The "Development Approval" approval process considers a project's environmental, community, social impacts.

The first of its kind in Australia, the Aurora Solar Energy Project will incorporate SolarReserve's solar thermal technology with integrated molten salt energy storage capacity of 1,100 megawatt-hours. As part of the project, SolarReserve will establish a research partnership with South Australian universities to advance solar thermal research and education in South Australia. (Source: SolarReserve, PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274 mary.grikas@solarreserve.com, www.solarreserve.com

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


Covanta Extends Central Pa. Waste-to-Energy Contract (Ind. Report)
Covanta
Date: 2018-01-12
In the Keystone State, the Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority reports it has extended its contract with Morristown, New Jersey-based waste-to-energy power specialist Covanta to operate the Authority's waste-to-energy facilities in Dauphin and Lancaster counties. The deal wa extended to 2032. deal extending until 2032.

Together, the facilities process approximately 700,000 tpy of municipal solid waste to generate about 23 megawatts of renewable energy for the state Capitol complex. (Source: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority Central Penn Business, Covanta, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, (719) 293-5569, www.lcswma.org; Covanta, Stephen Diaz, VP, (862) 345-5000, info@covantaenergy.com, www.covantaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Covanta,  MSW,  Waste-to-Energy,  


Greensmith GEM Technology to Support Azores' Microgrid (Int'l)
Greensmith Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Energy Business Review is reporting that Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila-owned energy storage integrator Greensmith Energy will supply an energy management system for the Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant microgrid power facility on the Azores Islands, Portugal.

The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanche.

GEMS embodies intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, wind and solar.

When fully operational, the system will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands' reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing GHG emissions. (Source: Greensmith Energy, Energy Business Review, 8 Jan., 2018)Contact: Wartsila, Risto Paldanius, Dir. Energy Storage, +358 40 584 2767 risto.paldanius@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com; Greensmith Energy, John Jung, President and CEO, Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greensmith Energy,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


PSE Awards Solar Grants To Community Groups (Ind. Report)
Puget Sound Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
In Washington State, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) reports it giving five organizations in its service area free renewable "green" energy.

Specifically, PSE is donating $350,000 to install solar panels at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Community Action of Skagit County, Island Senior Resources, Salvation Army Bremerton and the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center. All five projects will be installed by June. According to PSE, the grants will allow each organization to meet at least 10 pct of their load with solar energy. These organizations will receive not only energy savings, but also eight years of renewable energy production incentive payments from the state. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Jan., 2018) Contact: Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy ,  Solar,  


SynSel Energy Mich. Biofuel Project Nears Construction (Ind. Report)
SynSel Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Following up on our July 17, 2017 coverage, the ONTONAGON County Economic Development Corp. (OEDC) in Michigan is reporting construction of a planned $300 million advanced biofuels plant at the site of the closed paper mill is expected to get underway shortly.

The project developer, Elmhurst, Illinois-headquartered SynSel Energy, has reportedly closed on funding with a U.S.-based financier and Lost Bowl Development, according the the EDC. (Source: OEDC, Daily Globe, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: OEDC, Pat Tucker, (906) 884-4185, www.ontonagoncounty.org/county-information/economic-development-corporation; SynSel Energy, Tim Tawoda , CEO, )630) 516-1287, info@synsel.com, www.synselenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SynSel Energy,  Biofuel,  


Baywa Commissions 41MW French Solar Park (Int'l Report)
BayWa
Date: 2018-01-12
German renewable energy specialist Baywa re reports the commissioning of a 41 MW solar park near Bordeaux, in southwestern France. The project will generate sufficient power for approximately 20,000 homes.The company is expecting to execute a 20-year PPA for the project's power within the month. Other details have not been released.

The solar park is comprised of four plants utilizing modules from various suppliers, including polycrystalline solar modules from REC, Trina Solar, JA Solar, Astronergy and Talesun, as well as string inverters from Huawei. (Source: BayWa re Solar Projects GmbH, PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: BayWa re Solar Projects GmbH., Jam Attari, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa re,  Solar,  REC,  Trina Solar,  JA Solar,  Astronergy and Talesun,  ,  


Fluence Touts SunFlex Solar Storage Platform (New Prod & Tech)
Fluence Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Fluence Energy, an energy storage company owned by Siemens and The AES Corporation, is touting its SunFlex Energy Storage technology platform that it says enables solar facilities to sell up to 50 pct more clean energy per site, eliminates daylight solar variability and thus creates an on-demand solar resource.

The new platform allows developers to add more solar panels without the cost of changing their interconnection, improves plant stability by smoothing and limiting the ramping of solar output, and in many areas, simplifies the interconnection process for combined solar and storage facilities.

To date, Fluence has deployed or been awarded 56 projects with a total capacity of 485 MW in 15 countries. (Source: Fluence Energy, PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Fluence Energy, Stephen Coughlin, Pres., CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Ohio EPA Offers Alt Fuel Vehicle Conversion Grants (Ind. Report)
Ohio EPA
Date: 2018-01-12
In Columbus, the Ohio EPA reports the availability of of grant funding to assist owners of diesel- or gasoline-powered class 7 and 8 vehicles (weighing at least 26,000 pounds) to convert or replace engines to use compressed natural gas (CNG), liquified natural gas (LNG), or liquid petroleum gas (LPG), such as propane or butane). These cleaner fuels and technologies help improve air quality by reducing diesel emissions such as nitrogen oxide and fine particulates. Grants also may be used for bi-fueled or dual-fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and gasoline or diesel fuel.

The program is supported with $5 million allocated by the Ohio General Assembly from the Alternative Fuel Transportation Fund of the Ohio Developmental Services Agency. The limit on the total grant award to applicants seeking to replace or convert multiple vehicles is $400,000.

Download grant information HERE. (Source: Ohio EPA,PR, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ohio EPA, http://epa.ohio.gov/oee/EnvironmentalEducation.aspx

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Sammons Snares 163MW Apex Clean Energy Project in Texas (M&A)
Sammons Renewable Energy,Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2018-01-12
Dallas, Texas, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based Sammons Renewable Energy (SRE) is reporting its acquisition of the Midway Wind, LLC project from Apex Clean Energy.

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast in San Patricio County, the Midway Wind project will incorporate 47 Siemens Gamesa G132 turbines for a total project capacity of 162.9MW. The project is expected to be commissioned and operational in Dec, 2018. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Sammons Renewable Energy invests in and develops renewable energy projects in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company identifies solar, wind and hydro related development opportunities over a minimum threshold of $40 million in value. Sammons Renewable Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sammons Infrastructure, a Sammons Enterprises, Inc. company. (Source: Sammons Enterprises Inc., PR, 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Sammons Enterprises, Christine Anderson, (214) 210-5064, canderson@sammonscorp.com; Apex Clean Energy, www.apexcleanenergy.com

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Invenergy Closes on Nebraska Wind Center Financing (Funding)
Invenergy
Date: 2018-01-12
Chicago-headquartered Invenergy, a privately-held North American renewable energy company, reports it has completed construction financing with Santander Global Corporate Banking for its 202.5-MW, 81-turbine Upstream Wind Energy Center in Antelope County, Nebraska.

Construction is currently underway for an expected commissioning and startup in Q4, of this year. (Source: Invenergy, Windpower Const., 9 Jan., 2018) Contact: Invenergy, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

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Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
Date: 2018-01-12
The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org

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Mercuria Completes South Bend Ethanol Facility Acquisition (M&A)
Mercuria Investments ,Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol
Date: 2018-01-12
Japan-headquartered Mercuria Investments US Inc. reports it has completed its acquisition of Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol LLC,. and renamed the facility South Bend Ethanol LLC. Mercuria notes it plans to invest up to $30 million to improve efficiency and reliability at the facility, as well as expand production capacity from its present 65 million gallons gpy to 100 million gpy. Terms of the acquisition have not been fully divulged. (Source: Mercuria , InsideIndiana, 11 Jan., 2018) Contact: Noble Group, +852 2861 3511, (713) 244- 0560 -- Houston Office, www.thisisnoble.com; Noble Americas South Bend Ethanol, (574) 703-3760, www.southbendethanol.com; Mercuria Investments, www.mercuria.jp/english

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Orient Green Power sells biomass units; sees the wind turning
Orient Green Power
Date: 2018-01-11
Orient Green Power Co, the renewable arm of the Shriram Group, said it has sold much of it biomass power generation business to a unit of its promoter and that its wind power business is benefiting from higher offtake by the Tamil Nadu power distribution company. The company had around 96 megawatts (MW) of biomass power generation capacity, out of which 30 MW was already sold, and another 68 MW is being sold to entities owned by its promoter Shriram Group. “Divestment of the Biomass business has been substantially completed with the transfer of 8 biomass units on December 31, 2017. Sale of the remaining units, which is in progress, is expected to be concluded over the next 2 quarters following which OGPL will emerge as a pure wind energy company,” said. OGPL will receive a consideration of Rs 80 crores, while Rs 193 crores of debt will be taken over by the buyer. The company plans to move to a wind-only player. It has 425 mega watts of wind power capacity, out of which 308 MW is located in Tamil Nadu. (Source: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, Jan., 2018) Contact: Orient Green Power, UltraNews, S. Venkatachalam, MD, www.orientgreenpower.com

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Most Chinese Regions Meet 2016 Low-Carbon Targets (Int'l Report)
China National Development and Reform Commission
Date: 2018-01-10
In Shanghai, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) is reporting that 27 of the country's 31 regions met their greenhouse gas reduction targets aimed at accelerating the development of non-fossil fuel energy and combating global warming in 2016.

China, the world's largest GHG emitter, pledged to slash carbon dioxide produced per unit of GDP growth by 18 pct over 2016-2020 and to cap total energy consumption at 5 billion tonnes of standard coal equivalent by the end of the decade.

The remote western regions of Tibet and Qinghai, the rural southwestern region of Guangxi and the northeast rust-belt province of Liaoning all their targets, according to a China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) release. (Source: Indian Express, Reuters, NASDAQ, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

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FP&L Launches Four New Solar Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Florida Power & Light
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Sunshine State, Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light Company, the nation's third largest electric utility, is the opening of four new solar power plants comprised of more than 1 million solar panels. The solar plant openings include: FPL Horizon Solar Energy Center, in Alachua and Putnam counties; FPL Coral Farms Solar Energy Center, Putnam County ; FPL Indian River Solar Energy Center, Indian River County; and the Wildflower Solar Energy Center in DeSoto County.

The utility will also complete the following additional solar plants this March: Barefoot Bay Solar Energy Center, Brevard County; Blue Cypress Solar Energy Center, Indian River ; Hammock Solar Energy Center, Hendry County; and the FPL Loggerhead Solar Energy Center in St. Lucie County . At 74.5 MW each, these solar plants -- which incorporate approximately 2.6 million solar panels -- total nearly 600 MW of new capacity. Statewide, FPL has installed over 3.5 million new solar panels in less than two years. By 2023, FPL expects to grow this to more than 10 million solar panels. (Source: FP&L, PR, Jan., 2018) Contact: FP&L, www.fpl.com

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Thomas Concrete Adopts CarbonCure Technology (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Peach State, Atlanta-headquartered Thomas Concrete Inc. reports it will install Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure's retrofit technology into an additional 16 ready mix concrete plants in early 2018. Thomas Concrete previously installed CarbonCure's technology in six locations in the Greater Atlanta Area. Thomas Concrete is CarbonCure's leading partner producing concrete made with carbon dioxide (CO2).

Using CarbonCure technology, Thomas Concrete recycles waste CO2 into concrete to increase its environmental, material, and economic performance. Converting CO2 permanently into a solid mineral within the concrete improves concretes compressive strength and reduces its carbon footprint. (Source: CarbonCure, Thomas Concrete Inc. , 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Thomas Concrete Inc., www.thomasconcrete.com; CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

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Notable Quotes on Climate Change from Team Trump
Climate Change
Date: 2018-01-10
"Claims of catastrophic consequences in global warming are not reflective of the majority of the opinions even among IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) scientists." -- US VP Mike Pence

"The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited." -- US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson

"I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary driver to the global warming that we see." -- US EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

When asked whether carbon dioxide is the main driver of climate change: "No. Most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in." (Climate change is) "one contrived phony mess." -- US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

"We don't know definitively, in my opinion, what is causing climate change." -- US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

"An invisible, harmless trace gas in the Earth's atmosphere, CO2 is a plant food." -- Kathleen Hartnett White, Trump Nominee to lead the Council on Environmental Quality

"I'm still open-minded. Nobody really knows. Look, I'm somebody that gets it, and nobody really knows. It's not something that's so hard and fast. I do know this: Other countries are eating our lunch." -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussing climate change.

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Pasadena Plans 83 pct Cut in Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
Pasadena
Date: 2018-01-10
In the Golden State, the city of Pasadena is touting its new 2018 Climate Action Plan loosely outlining 27 broad measures, many of which offer rebates and incentives. The state mandated $100,000 plan admonishes Pasedeneans to:
  • Drive less to help reduce fossil fuel related emissions;
  • Plant shade trees to help save energy, clean the air, and help to sequester GHG emissions. Tree planting qualifies for a per-tree planted rebate under the PWP's Shade Trees Rebate program;
  • Purchase an electric vehicle (EV) to help reduce fossil-fuel related emissions. The PWP offers incentives and rebates for EV purchases;
  • Switch to energy efficient home appliances. PWP rebates available for dishwashers, washers, toilets, and refrigerators;
  • Switch to LED Energy Efficient lighting to energy use for lighting by up to 75 pct;
  • Home energy efficiency upgrades -- PWP offers programs and rebates available for income-qualified customers to help lower bill payments and provide free or low-cost upgrades for water and energy home appliances;
  • Track energy and water usage -- Compare energy and water use with similarly sized homes to see how you can make your home more efficient;
  • Recycle inefficient refrigerators with PWP rebate program.

    From 2009 to 2013, Pasadena cut GHG emissions by 9 pct from 2.05 million metric tons of CO2 to 1.9 million. Most of the reduction was the result of decreased gasoline consumption and use of more efficient electric appliances. Even so, the city's GHG emissions rose by 64 pct.

    Access the City of Pasadena/Draft Pasadena Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 7 Jan., 2018) Contact: City of Pasadena, ww5.cityofpasadena.net

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  • Vidaris Affiliate Snares C2G International (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Vidaris Inc.,C2G International
    Date: 2018-01-10
    NEW YORK, Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vidaris affiliate, IBA Holdings, LLC, announced today that it has acquired C2G International (C2G).

    Vidaris, Inc. is a leading energy efficiency, building envelope and engineering specialist. C2G specializes in corporate and government construction-related litigation and dispute resolution, construction advisory and related services. C2G currently operates throughout the United States and internationally, with primary offices in Southern California and Atlanta.

    (Source: Vidaris, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Vidaris, Marc Weissbach, CEO, Michelle Maxwell, (212) 689-5389X168, mmaxwell@vidaris.com, www.vidaris.com; C2G, www.c2gi.com

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    TAMKO Touts Energy Rated Asphalt Shingles (New Prod & Tech)
    TAMKO,ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Joplin, Missouri-headquartered roofing products manufacturer TAMKO Building Products, Inc. reports it has combined the reflectivity of 'cool' roofing with the affordability of asphalt shingles for optimum cost and energy efficiency.

    TAMKO's Elite Glass-Seal® 3-Tab asphalt shingles are ENERGY STAR® qualified for their ability to reflect a portion of the sun's rays, potentially lowering the amount of energy needed to cool a home. The products are also rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

    . According to ENERGY STAR, the roof products they certify reflect more of the sun's rays and lower roof surface temperature by up to 50 degrees F, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building and help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and may reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 pct.

    The Cool Roof Rating Council is a non-profit educational organization that implements and communicates accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, supports research, and serves as an educational resource for information on roofing. (Source: TAMKO Building Products, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: TAMKO, Ron Cook, (800) 641-4691 ext. 2245, www.tamko.com; Cool Roof Rating Council, www.coolroofs.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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    Biological Solution to Carbon Capture, Recycling (New Prod & Tech)
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Scientists at the University of Dundee have discovered that E. coli, normally harmless gut bacteria, could hold the key to an efficient method of capturing and storing or recycling CO2 to slow down and even reverse global warming. The research has been funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

    Working with local industry partners Sasol UK and Ingenza Ltd, the University researchers developed a process that enables the E. coli bacterium to act as a very efficient carbon capture device. When the bacteria containing the FHL enzyme are placed under pressurized CO2 and hydrogen gas mixtures -- up to 10 atmospheres of pressure -- a 100 pct conversion of the CO2 to formic acid is observed. The reaction happens over a few hours and at ambient temperatures. The "microbial cell factory" could be used to mop up CO2 from many types of industry.

    Not only capturing CO2 but storing or recycling it is a major issue. There are millions of tonnes of CO2 being pumped into the atmosphere every year. For the UK alone, the net emission of C02 in 2015 was 404 million tonnes. There is a significant question of where can we put it all even if we capture it, with current suggestions including pumping it underground in to empty oil and gas fields, according to the researchers release. (Source: University of Dundee, Public PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Dundee, Professor Frank Sargent, www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/people/frank-sargent; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, www.bbsrc.ac.uk

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    German Political Coalition Stalling 2020 Climate Target (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In Berlin, Reuters is reporting that Germany's would-be coalition partners -- Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and the centre-left Social Democrats -- will drop plans to lower CO2 emissions by 40 pct from 1990 levels by 2020. The parties are, however, standing by a planned 55 pct cut in emissions by 2030.

    Germany is widely expected to miss its 2020 emissions target due in part to a booming economy and increased immigration. (Source: swissinfo.ch, 8 Jan., 2018)

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    Neoen Inks Aussie Wind, Energy Storage Deal (Int'l Report)
    Neoen
    Date: 2018-01-10
    French renewable energy company Neoen reports it has inked an agreement with government of Victoria State in Australia for an integrated wind farm and battery storage facility at the the Bulgana Green Power Hub (BGPH).

    The project includes construction of a 204.4MW wind farm with Siemens-Gamesa wind turbines and a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery provided by Tesla in Stawell, Victoria region.

    Neoen is active internationally in the biomass, solar, wind and energy storage sectors. (Source: Neoen, BrinkWire, EcoGeneration, 8th January, 2018) Contact: Neoen S.A.S., +33 805 160 022, www.neoen.com/en

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    Partners Group Snares Shell's Dutch Offshore Wind Farm Stake (M&A)
    Shell,Partners Group Holding AG
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Swiss investor Partners Group Holding AG (PGHN.S) reports it has acquired a 45 pct stake in 700 MW, Blauwwind II offshore wind project in the Netherlands, from Shell, Mitsubishi and Netherlands-based Eneco Group. Terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

    Shell notes it will continue investing in major offshore wind projects by arranging the highest-risk financing phase then disposing of some or all of its stake once funding has been arranged and sufficient PPAs in place for the energy produced. (Source: Shell, Reuters, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Partners Group Holding AG, www.partnersgroup.com; Eneco Group, www.enecogroup.com; Shell US, (713 )241-6161, www.shell.us

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    Yam Pro, Shapoorji Pallonji to Build Ghana Wave-Energy Project (Int'l)
    Yam Pro Energy,Shapoorji Pallonji Group
    Date: 2018-01-10
    Kfar Saba, Israel-based Yam Pro Energy and India's Shapoorji Pallonji Group report they are partnering to construct a commercial-scale wave-power station in Ghana.

    The $180 million wave energy station near the capital city of Accra, will generate up to 150 MW and serve as many as 10,000 households. The project will be completed in stages over the course of three years, with an initial phase beginning at 10 MW.

    Yam Pro's technology utilizes wave energy to turn hydraulic pressure into electricity. The energy is transferred onshore using biodegradable hydraulic fluid. (Source: YamPro Energy, PR, Isreal21c, Jan., 2018) Contact: YamPro Energy, Zeev Peretz, Laser Rothshtein, 972-73-791-3604, http://yamproenergy.com; Shapoorji Pallonji Group, www.shapoorjipallonji.com

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    SeaTwirl Awarded Energy Storage Patent (New Prod & Tech)
    SeaTwirl
    Date: 2018-01-10
    SeaTwirl AB, the Swedish developer of a floating vertical axis wind turbine with folding blades, is reporting receipt of a U.S. patent for kenetic energy storage that uses flywheel technology to optimize the rotational speed of a wind turbine.

    The solution works by moving mass to or from the center of rotation by which the output power can be maintained with less wind and thus be optimized to reduce fluctuations on the electric grid.(Source: SeaTwirl, offshoreWIND.biz, Jan., 2018) Contact: SeaTwirl, Gabriel Strängberg, CEO, https://seatwirl.com

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    EU OK's GE, Mirova Spanish Wind Farms Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Mirova-Eurofideme
    Date: 2018-01-10
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved France's Mirova-Eurofideme 3 venture capital fund and US conglomerate General Electric's acquisition and joint control of Idesamgar SL and Idesamgar SL 1, which will encompass nine wind farm projects in Spain.

    Mirova-Eurofideme 3 invests in renewable energies, sustainable equities and green bonds for institutional players. General Electric is a global company active in the investment market in the energy sector, and in the production and maintenance of hydroelectric, wind and solar power generators.

    In approving the acquisition, the EC concluded that the proposed concentration did not raise competition concerns because of its limited impact on the market. (Source: Mirova-Eurofideme, GE, New Europe Online, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: Mirova-Eurofideme, www.mirova.com; GE Europe, Yves Rannous, CEO, GE Renewable Energy , +32 2 235 6855, www.ge.com/europe

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    Indian Task Force to Study Coal-to-Methanol Feasibility (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-01-10
    In New Delhi, the Indian government reports it has established a 15-member task force to study the feasibility of producing methanol from coal and using coal gas as a replacement of natural gas in steel production.

    The task force, which is charged with examining the feasibility of transporting methanol to India and converting it into olefins, parafins and other chemicals, is expected ro submit areport within 60 days.

    The task force is under the joint chairmanship of the federal ministries of Coal and Steel. Coal India Chairman Gopal Singh, BHEL CMD Atul Sobti, SAIL Chairman P K Singh, JSW Steel Chairman and Managing Director Sajjan Jindal, Essar Steel Chairman Shashi Ruia and NMDC CMD Baijendra Kumar, and others are members of the task force.

    (Source: PTI, Hellenic Shipping News, 9 Jan., 2018)

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    TerniEnergia Closes on Energy Efficiency Projects Sales (Intl, M&A)
    TerniEnergia,Italeaf,Genera SpA
    Date: 2018-01-10
    TerniEnergia, part of the Italeaf Group, reports it has finalized the sale of two Italian energy efficiency projects to Genera SpA, a 51 pct subsidiary of Genera Group Holdings B. V. and 49 pct owned by the IKAV Investments fund, an active investor in the energy efficiency sector.

    The two energy efficiency project include: an LED lighting system of about 3,800 new high performance lighting points that is expected to save more than 1.1 GWh/year on behalf of a cement factory in Sicily. The sale price was €480,000. The second project, an historic building energy efficiency renovation, includes new insulation, windows replacement, installation of an air conditioning system, a new LED lighting system, an access control system and Building Management System (BMS0, sold for &eur;1.7 million.

    TerniEnergia was established in September 2005 as part of Italeaf Group, is the first Italian smart energy company committed to worldwide integrated and sustainable energy solutions. TerniEnergia, also through its subsidiaries -- Softeco Sismat, Selesoft Consulting, Greenled Industry,GreenAsm, Wisave, Ant Energy -- is active in smart grid, renewable energy, energy efficiency, distributed power generation and carbon emissions reduction projects.(Source: ITALEAF SpA, Website PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: ITALEAF, Filippo Calisti CFO , calisti@italeaf.com, www.italeaf.com; TerniEnergia, www.ternienergia.com; Genera SpA, +39 0744 742310 - 0744 1921760, , www.generaspa.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TerniEnergia,  LED Light,  Smart Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  

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