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EDP Renovaveis Announces Two Portuguese Wind Projects (Int'l)
EDP Renovaveis
Date: 2017-11-08
Portuguese renewable energy company EDP Renovaveis reports it will construct two new wind farms totaling 50 MW capacity in 2018. The two Portuguese projects, which have received regulatory approvals, are expected to come in at a total cost of €60 million, according to the company chairman Joao Manso Neto.

One of the two projects will be erected in Maunça near Leiria, and the other will be sited in Vigia , near Viseu. (Source: EDP Renovaveis, Portugal News Online, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renovaveis,  Wind,  


Acciona Touting Latin American Renewables Growth (Int'l Report)
Acciona Energia
Date: 2017-11-08
Spain's Acciona Energia is reporting the commissioning and startup of its 246MW, 776,000 module El Romero solar plant in Chile’s Atacama Desert. The facility is connected to the Chilean Central Interconnected System grid and supplies electric power to Google under a PPA until 2030.

Acciona, which presently owns a total 897MW of wind and photovoltaic power capacity in Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica, plans to construction of a further 700MW that will come online in 2018 and 2019. Other projects are under development for completion in 2020, according to the company. (Source: Acciona Energia, RENews, 4 Nov., 2017) , Contact: ACCIONA Green Energy Developments, +34 91 657 64 60, www.acciona-greenenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Acciona Energia,  Solar,  


Yokkaichi Solar Power Station Construction Underway (Int'l)
Renova Inc
Date: 2017-11-08
PV specialist Renova Inc reports the groundbreaking on the 21.6-MW, Yokkaichi Solar Power Station plant in Mie prefecture, Japan. The plant, which is slated to come online in March, 2019, is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 6,750 area households.

Renova presently has 161.8 MW of renewable energy capacity in operation. (Source: Rnova Inc., Renewables Now, Various Media, Nov., 2017) Contact: Renova, www.renovasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova Solar,  Solar,  PV,  


Notable Quotes
COP21
Date: 2017-11-08
"The biggest mistake we can make at this moment is to pretend that (U.S. President) Trump is the norm. We must not normalize him. We must not accommodate him. It can unravel international trust in the Paris Agreement. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has already said that he is not in favour of leaving the Paris Agreement. Even if the US stays on board, they can do a lot to undermine trust in the agreement. This is the biggest danger. Paris really lives based on faith people have in its delivery." -- Sabrina Schulz, E3G Berlin Office Head Contact: E3G Think Tank, Berlin, +49 (0) 30 2887 3405, info@e3g.org, www.e3g.org

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


US-Israel fund to invest $4.8 million in 5 clean energy projects

Date: 2017-11-08
A program funded by the US Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority will finance five joint Israel-US clean energy projects for a total of $4.8 million. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy BIRD Energy is part of the BIRD Foundation, was established in 2009 and matches US and Israeli researchers in technology related work and offers funding to selected projects. The projects that have been selected to receive funding are: Brenmiller Energy Ltd. (Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel) and Power Authority of the State of New York (White Plains, New York), which will develop a high temperature, storage-based Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system; CelDezyner Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) and AdvanceBio LLC. (Milford, Ohio), which are developing a process for the production of ethanol from lignocellulosic feedstocks (energy crops and agricultural residues); QDM Ltd. (Rehovot, Israel) and ALD NanoSolutions Inc. (Broomfield, Colorado), which are developing third generation High Power Transmission Cables (HTS) cables; SoftWheel Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Detroit Bikes (Detroit, Michigan), which will develop an energy- efficient, low-maintenance, high-performance bicycle; and TerraGenic Ltd. (Kadima, Israel) and Triton Systems, Inc. (Chelmsford, Massachusetts), which will develop a safe hydrogen transport and storage system. The BIRD Energy program was set up in 2009 and has since invested $30 million in 37 joint projects undertaken by Israeli entrepreneurs with a US partner. The foundation has approved close to 950 projects over its 40-year history. (Source: Bird Energy, PR, 5 Nov., 2017)


HSBC Commits $100Bn to Climate Change Fight (Ind. Report)
HSBC
Date: 2017-11-08
In London, banking giant HSBC reports it has earmarked $100 billion for financing low-carbon technology and sustainable development by 2025. The commitment is part of the bank's package of measures to strengthen its commitment to tackling climate change and other "green" goals. The bank will also reduce support for coal-fired power generation and increase disclosure of "climate risks" in its lending book under new policies announced on Monday.

The just announced $100 billion will support projects that contribute to reducing carbon emissions or meeting the UN's sustainable development goals, which cover a range of social and environmental challenges.

The bank also announced all electricity used by HSBC would be sourced from renewable sources by 2030, through direct investments in green power projects or through power purchase agreements to help finance their development. The bank will also adoptrecommendations made by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures. (Source: HSBC, Financial Times, Others, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: HSBC, www.hsbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


UN Entities Achieve Climate Neutrality (Ind. Report)
UN
Date: 2017-11-08
According to the UN's Greening the Blue report the UN emitted 1.90 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2eq) in 2016 -- an average of 7.18 tCO2eq per capita. The UN headquarter offices in New York, various field offices and warehouses, accounted for 46 pct of the total, air travel accounted for 42 pct and other travel made up the balance.

The organization offset 37 pct of its total reported emissions through the purchase of carbon credits. and is is on track to 100 pct climate-neutrality by 2020, according to the Greening the Blue According to the report 39 of the UN's 69 agencies achieved climate neutrality in 2016 The climate-neutral UN entities include UN Environment (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Postal Union (UPU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and others.

Download the full report HERE. (Source: UN, Greening the Blue, IISD, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Greening the Blue, www.greeningtheblue.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Footprint,  Carbon Neutral,  


WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
World Meteorological Organization
Date: 2017-11-08
"We have witnessed extraordinary weather, including temperatures topping 50 degrees C in Asia, record-breaking hurricanes in rapid succession in the Caribbean and Atlantic reaching as far as Ireland, devastating monsoon flooding affecting many millions of people and a relentless drought in East Africa. This is part of a long-term warming trend," -- UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Petteri Taalas.

Download the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017 HERE. (Source: WMO, Nov., 2017) Contact: World Meteorological Organisation, +41 (0) 22 73 0811, www.wmo.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


Alberta Waste-to-Biofuel Plant US EPA RFS Approved (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2017-11-08
Further to our Sept. 18th coverage, Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and renewable chemicals producer Enerkem Inc. reports it has received US EPA approval approval to sell cellulosic ethanol produced at its Edmonton, Alberta facility under the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS).

Enerkem's Edmonton facility is the first ever municipal waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Under the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, 16 billion gallons of cellulosic biofuels are to be blended in the conventional transportation fuel pool by 2022. Enerkem is now registered for D3 Renewable identification numbers (RINs) credits. Previously this year, the Edmonton biofuel facility was expanded to produce 13 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol following the commissioning of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit. The Edmonton plant was funded by private sources, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Alberta Innovates and Alberta Energy. (Source: Enerkem Inc., 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Enerkem, Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Sustainable Development Technology Canada, www.sdtc.ca; Alberta Innovates, (780) 427-1956, bio@albertainnovates.ca, http://bio.albertainnovates.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Innovates,  Enerkem,  RFS,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Waste-to-Fuel,  SDTC,  


Costa Rica, KLM Partnering on Aviation Biofuels Flights (Int'l)
KLM,SkyNRG
Date: 2017-11-08
In San Jose, the government of Costa Rica and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are reporting a Letter of Intent to cooperate on the use of aviation biofuels. To that end KLM has begun new twice-weekly direct flights from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Costa Rica's San Jose (SJO) airport using bio-based jet fuel.

KLM will share its knowledge and expertise with the Costa Rican government in close cooperation with its partner SkyNRG. KLM operated its first flight using biofuel in 2009 became the world's first airline to operate a commercial flight using sustainable biofuel. According to the airline, by using biofuels it can reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 80 pct compared to fossil fuels. (Source: KLM, Nov., 2017) Contact: KLM Corporate Office, www.klm.com/Office; SkyNRG, Merel Laroy, +31 6 30833505. merel@skynrg.com, www.sktnerg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SkyNRG,  KLM,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Good News from Syria -- at Last! (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
COP23
Date: 2017-11-08
Yesterday in at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Syria, the last remaining non signatory to the Paris Climate Accord, announced it would now join the agreement.

The Syrian announcement leaves the US "alone in the desert" as the world's only country -- large or small, rich or poor -- not signed on to the landmark climate deal after "The Donald" Trump announced the U.S. economy "couldn't afford the economic impact" of the deal.

In announcing the Syrian change of heart, the country's Deputy Minister of "The Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories." (Source: BBC, Various Media, 7 Nov., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP23,  


E-10 Ethanol Becoming French Fuel of Choice (Int'l. Report)
Bioethanol Collective
Date: 2017-11-08
In France, the Biofuel Collective is reporting that SP95-E10 ethanol blended gasoline is the largest selling transportation fuel in France. SP95-E10's rise is attributed to a variety of factors including: a tax break that made the crop-based fuel more attractive to drivers; significantly increased nationwide availability; French motorists' "distrust" of diesel after the VW emissions test cheating scandal and an increase in the legal biofuel blending level in transport fuel to 7.5 pct.

Sales of unleaded SP95-E10 accounted for 38.5 pct of France's total petrol sales in September compared with 36.8 pct for SP95 and 23.6 pct for the higher-quality SP98, according to a Bioethanol Collective statement. (Source: Bioethanol Collective, Reuters, Nov., 2017)Contact: Bioethanol Collective, www.bioethanolcarburant.com


Aemetis Inks Cellulosic Ethanol Feedstock Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2017-11-08
Following on our Oct. 20th coverage, Cupertino, California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. reports its subsidiary Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes has inked a 20 year feedstock supply agreement to cellulosic ethanol production at a former US Army munitions facility in Riverbank, California, which is near the existing Aemetis biofuels plant in Keyes, California. Aemetis holds a 55-year lease on the Riverbank site where it plans to produce cellulosic ethanol.

Under the agreement, Aemetis Advanced Products Keyes will supply more than 1.6 million tpy of waste orchard wood and nutshells generated from approximately 1 million acres of almond, walnut, and pistachio orchards in California's Central Valley. Aemetis' price of the feedstock is approximately $20 per ton delivered for the first ten years.

. Aemetis' existing biorefinery in Keyes, California produces in excess of 60 million gpy of ethanol. The company plans to construct multiple phases of cellulosic ethanol production and add more than 40 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol capacity at the Riverbank, California site. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Cellulosic,  


POET DSM Claims Cellulosic Biofuels Commercialization Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
POET DSM
Date: 2017-11-08
Emmetsburg, Iowa-based ethanol producer POET DSM reports the company has achieved a breakthrough in cellulosic biofuels that has been their biggest hurdle toward commercialization. According to POET DSM Spokesman Matt Merritt, the breakthrough was in pretreatment which is the first stage of cellulosic biofuel production. He says their next step is to get that licensed and out to other biofuel plants.

Merritt says by taking the cellulosic feedstock -- corn stover, cobs, leaves, husks -- and processing it so that enzymes and yeast can access the cellulosic sugars, it then ferments them into biofuel. The process benefits biofuel plants as well as farmers and the environment, according to Merritt. (Source: POET DSM, WNAX Radio, 6 Nov., 2017)Contact: POET LLC, Jeff Broin, CEO, Jeff Lautt, Pres., COO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET DSM,  Cellulosic,  Ethanol,  Corn stover,  


China's SDIC Announces Corn Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l)
China State Development & Investment Corporation
Date: 2017-11-08
In Beijing, the China State Development and Investment Corporation (SDIC) reports the signing of a framework agreement for construction of a 3 billion yuan ($452 million), 4-5 million tpy ethanol plant in the city of Fujin, Heilongjiang province. The new facility will use 1.85 million tpy of corn as a feedstock. (Source: China State Development & Investment Corporation, Times of India, Reuters, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: China State Development & Investment Corporation, www.sdic.com.cn/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  China Ethanol,  


Copersucar Foresees Increased Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Copersucar
Date: 2017-11-08
Sao Paulo, Brazil-based based sugar and ethanol giant Copersucar reports it expects the country's center-south mills to increase ethanol production by as much as 1 billion lpy next season to take advantage of higher demand and prices for the biofuel, according to a Reuters report.

Copersucar trades sugar and ethanol on behalf of more than 20 associated companies in Brazil. It is also a partner of Cargill Inc in the Alvean joint venture, which controls about 25 pct of the global sugar trade. (Source: Copersucar, Reuters, Nov., 2017) Contact: Copersucar, +55 11 2618 8166, http://www.copersucar.com.br/eng/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Copersucar,  Ethanol,  Sugar Ethanol,  Brazil Ethanol,  


BREEAM USA Announces U.S. Market Availability (Ind. Report)
BREEAM
Date: 2017-11-08
BREEAM USA -- Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method -- is touting the availability of the BREEAM standard for existing buildings to the U.S. market. BREEAM provides science-based sustainable certification and improvement for buildings not covered by existing programmes. The method enables property investors, owners, managers and occupants to drive sustainable improvements through operational efficiencies and effective building management.

The BREEAM In-Use standard is available to all commercial existing buildings of any size, age or condition.

BREEAM USA, a partnership between BRE Group and BuildingWise, a US-based LEED certification consultancy, has been used on over two million registered projects and over 550,000 certified buildings in 70 countries. (Source: BREEAM USA, Contact: BREEAM America, Barry Giles, CEO, Niall Trafford, COO, www.bre.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News BREEAM,  Energy Efficiency,  


Col. Credit Union Finances Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
Clean Energy Credit Union
Date: 2017-11-08
In Boulder, Colorado, the new federally chartered Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) reports it is looking to finance PV and other clean energy systems and energy efficiency projects for its members. The Clean Energy Credit Union (CECU) is affiliated with the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) of Boulder, Colorado.

As an example, 100 pct financing with no money down may be offered for solar energy systems with the solar system equipment, not the property, as security. Financing could come directly from the credit union or through its cooperative partners. (Source: CESU, Nov., 2017) Contact: CESU, (720) 479-7900, www.cleanenergycu.org


Siemens Launches UK Grid Battery Energy Storage Partnership (Int'l)
Siemens, Grid Battery Storage Ltd
Date: 2017-11-08
Siemens is reporting its energy storage partnership with UK-based Grid Battery Storage Ltd (GBSL). The £11 million ($14 million) project portfolio includes four separate grid-scale storage installations totaling 22 MW coupled with a new "energy storage as a service" offering enabling high energy use industrial customers to benefit from on-site electric power storage without a capital investment, according to Siemens. Agreements are currently being formalized for the first project in England with the first project expected to be completed in 2019.

GBSL will develop the projects using Siemens' SieStorage lithium-ion battery storage solutions. The projects will be financed by Siemens Financial Services. (Source: Siemens, PEI, Nov. 6, 2017) Contact: Siemens Energy Management Division, Chris Beadsworth, MD, https://www.siemens.com/businesses/uk/en/energy-management.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News Grid Battery Storage,  Siemens,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Leclanche Wins German Battery Energy Storage Project Order (Int'l)
Leclanche
Date: 2017-11-08
Swiss energy storage specialist Leclanche SA is reporting receipt of an order for a 15 MWh, €5 million hybrid battery energy storage project from Bremmerhave, Germany-based energy storage specialist swb.

The hybrid storage solution developed by swb incorporates six Leclanche storage containers, which interact with a swb thermal storage infrastructure to ensure cost effective grid ancillary services. Commissioning of the complete system is scheduled for March 2018. (Source: Leclanche SA, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Lechanche SA, Anil Srivastava, CEO, +41 (0)24 424 65, 00, info(at)leclanche.com, www.leclanche.com; swb, www.ewe.com/en/ewe-group/company/structure/swb

More Low-Carbon Energy News Leclanche,  Energy Storage,  


Green Hedge Plans UK Energy Storage Expansion (Int'l Report)
Zouk Capital,Energy Storage,Green Hedge
Date: 2017-11-08
In the UK, Bath-headquartered Green Hedge reports it plans to expand the production and UK-wide distribution of its battery-energy storage units. The storage units, which have an exceptionally small land footprint and produce zero pollution, work by charging from the grid and feeding electricity back to the grid when needed.

Posing significant potential for the production of green energy, once rolled out across the country, the company's battery projects could store as much energy as that produced by 750 acres of solar panels.

Green Hedge recently raised £30 million from Zouk Capital and is also supported by RegenSW -- a not-for-profit organization which promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency. (Source: Green Hedge, PR, TechSpark, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: Green Hedge, Niels Kroninger , Managing Dir., +44 (0)20 7495 6063, info@green-hedge.com , www.green-hedge.com; Zouk Capital, +44 20 7947 3400, www.zouk.com; RegenSW, www.regensw.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zouk Capital,  Energy Storage,  Green Hedge,  


DowDuPont Ditching Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
DowDuPont
Date: 2017-11-06
The Des Moines Register is reporting that Midland, Michigan-headquartered DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a unit of DowDuPont Inc, has ceased operations at its 30-million gpy, $225 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa, and is seeking a purchaser for the two-year old plant. The plant uses corn stover as feedstock.

The EPA predicted in 2007 that U.S. cellulosic ethanol production could hit 1 billion gpy by 2020, but output this year is expected to reach only 7 million gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). (Source: DowDuPont, DesMoines Register, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: DowDuPont,Dow Chemical, www.dow.com; DuPont Industrial Biosciences, William F. Feehery, Pres., www.biosciences.dupont.com; DowDuPont, (800) 422-8193, www.dow-dupont.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DowDuPont ,  Cellulosic Etanol,  


Renovate America Increasing Efficiency the Old Fashioned Way with 100 Layoffs (Ind. Report)
Renovate America.PACE
Date: 2017-11-06
The San Diego-headquartered Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provider Renovate America reports it is thinning its ranks by 70 or more employees in a "restructuring" designed to ensure the company operation is "running as efficiently as possible." The company will also lay off 24 other employees from locations around the country.

PACE allows homeowners to make solar PV and energy efficiency upgrades to their homes but pay them off through special assessments added to property taxes. Renovate America currently operates in California, Missouri and Florida, but is expanding its program through partnerships with residential solar specialist Vivint. (Source: Renovate America, Blog, PV Mag., Others, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Renovate America, Blair McNeill, VP Market Dev., www.renovateamerica.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renovate America,  PACE,  


GEF Funding EESL's $454Mn Energy Efficiency Programme (Int'l)
Global Environment Facility, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Date: 2017-11-06
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is reporting $454 million in funding to India's Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Creating and Sustaining Markets for Energy Efficiency project. The project funding is comprised of a $20 million grant and co-financing of $434 million in the form of loans and equity, including a $200 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). EESL further proposes to build an `Energy Efficiency Revolving Fund' (EERF) for sustainable funding mechanism of energy efficiency projects in the country.

The EERF mechanism will support the 'proof of concept' investments for the new technologies of super-efficient ceiling fans, tri-generation technologies and smart grid-applications and ultimately scaling up energy efficiency financing and programme development to help cover initial investment costs of identified energy efficiency programmes like street lighting, domestic lighting, five-star rated ceiling fans and agricultural pumps.

The GEF project further brings together many technical and financing partners including United Nations Environment (UN Environment), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW). GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global environmental issues. (Source: GEF, domain-b, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: Energy Efficiency Services Limited, www.eeslindia.org; Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEF ,  Energy Efficiency Services Limited ,  


MidAmerican Touts Energy Efficiency Programs Proposal (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-06
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency Plan.

The proposed plan would save residential customers about $67 per year while commercial accounts could realize an average savings of $152 per year. Industrial customers could see savings of see savings of approximately $6,500 per year, according to the company.

If approved, the proposed plan will offer Iowa customers 17 programs designed to help customers manage energy consumption, reduce costs, increase business competitiveness, protect the environment.(Source: Mid American, WeAreIowa.com, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

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


NRDC Identifies Expected COP23 Trends (Int'l. Report)
COP23,COP21,Paris Climate Agreement
Date: 2017-11-06
The upcoming COP23 -- the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC -- round of international climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, will set the tone for how leaders will come together during the TU.S. Trump administration and how they will take action on climate change during the Trump era, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):

  • U.S. climate action continues despite President Trump -- While President Trump has announced his intention to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, NRDC says it has witnessed a resounding revolt in the U.S. to against Trump's decision by Governors, Mayors, business leaders, and citizens. States are committing to expand renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cleaner transportation. Mayors are committing to go to power their cities with 100 pct renewable energy and are finding ways to use energy more efficiently. Business leaders are committing to power their companies with 100% renewable energy and to ensure that their supply-chains are helping solve climate change, not make it worse. In short, Trump may be trying to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but we are still in and committed to helping deliver on America's climate targets.

  • Countries are acting at home -- Key countries are showing that they aren't waiting to implement new actions to reduce their emissions and meet their Paris targets. While not all countries are yet on track to meet their targets, noticeable progress has been made in some of the world's biggest emitting countries.

  • Paris Agreement "rulebook" matters a great deal -- The Paris Agreement established the essential foundations for how the world is going to advance international climate action for decades to come. Critical to its continued success will be ensuring that the "rulebook" for the Paris Agreement helps to ensure that countries meet their targets and creates incentives for countries to beat their targets. Countries agreed to finalize the details of the Paris rulebook next year, so this year's meeting needs to ensure strong progress towards building a system of strong rules to help ensure that the promise of the Paris Agreement is translated into reality in the years ahead.

  • While significant progress is being made by many key countries to meet their Paris Agreement targets, stronger action will be needed in the coming years if we are going to be on a safer climate trajectory. The Paris Agreement created a dynamic process for countries to adopt more aggressive commitments starting in 2020. Countries will need to be prepared to announce even stronger targets in the years to come. There are emerging positive signs that some key countries will be in a position to deliver even greater ambition than they promised in 2015, according the NRDC. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRDC,  Climate Change,  Global Warming,  COP21,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


  • Canadian Climate Change Talk v.s. Action (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
    Date: 2017-11-06
    According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Gen. Sec. Angel Gurria, Canada is lagging on its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite (Lib) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's well intended climate pronouncements and help getting international agreements signed. Gurria notes the irony of a pro-climate government like the Trudeau Liberals presiding over emissions increases while the U.S., under the climate change denier President Donald Trump, continues to reduce its greenhouse gas releases. Gurria adds that Alberta's discussions on eliminating the province's carbon tax sends the "wrong message to the rest of the world."

    The OEDC aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being worldwide. OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems and to better understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The organization measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment, analyses and compares data to predict future trends, and sets international standards on a wide range of issues from agriculture and taxes to the safety of chemicals, and others. OECD works with business through the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC), and with labour through the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC). (Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, BNN, Canadian Press, 1 Nov., 2017) Contact: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, www.oecd.org/canada

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development,  


    TOTAL Joining Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Project (Int'l)
    Total,Shell,Statoil
    Date: 2017-11-06
    TOTAL, the Paris-headquartered French energy giant which has committed 10 pct of its R&D budget to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), reports it will partner with Shell and Statoil on a project to study the world's first commercial carbon storage facility near Oslo, Norway.

    The planned facility would store 35 million tpy of carbon emitted by a waste treatment plant, a cement works and a fertilizer plant. The carbon will be stored in a saline aquifer at a water depth of 1,400 meters.

    The project will be scaled to accommodate up to 1.5 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the annual emissions of over 300,000 vehicles. in the event that other industrial operators choose to sign on. It will also help lower the cost of the technologies used, a major issue if the CCUS market is to grow.

    Climate experts reportedly estimate that several hundred billion dollars per year will have to be invested between now and 2050 to grow the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry enough to achieve carbon neutrality and meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by 2100. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 1 Nov., 2017)Contact: TOTAL, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, laetitia.maccioni@total.com, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com; Statoil, www.statoil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Statoil,  Total,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  


    Duke Announces Indiana Nat. Guard Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Charlotte, North Carolina-headquartered Duke Energy reports it is planning to install battery storage equipment and solar panels that will operate as a microgrid at the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury training operation in Johnson County, Ind. The company will also install battery storage equipment at a substation in Nabb, Ind., in Clark County, subject to regulatory approvals.

    Duke Energy has deployed approximately 40 mw of energy storage capacity, representing 15 national projects demonstrating 10 different grid applications and functions and eight different battery chemistries. Duke Energy is Indiana's largest electric power supplier. (Source: Duke Energy, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Duke Energy Indiana, www.duke-energy.com/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Duke Energy Indiana,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    PGE Plans Major Energy Storage Investment (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Portland General Electric Company (PGE) reports it will submit a 39 MW energy storage plan to the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC), including a planned investment ranging from $50 million to $100 million, later this month. The PGE investment exceeds the state-mandated energy storage requirement by more than seven times.

    In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed legislation requiring all investor-owned utilities, including PGE, to add at least 5 MW of energy storage, not to exceed 1 pct of its 2014 peak loads. In 2014, PGE's peak was 3.9 GW, so 39 MW would be the maximum storage PGE would be permitted to add, according to the Portland Business Journal. (Source: Portland GE, Portland Bus. Journal, PV Mag., 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: Portland General Electric, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Energy Storage,  


    ISS Selling 680MW Texas Solar Farms Portfolio (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Innovative Solar Systems
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Ashville, North Carolina-headquartered Innovative Solar Systems LLC (ISS) reports it is offering for sale a portfolio of 9 solar totaling 680 MW solar farms in Texas. The individual solar farms range from 50 MWac to 180MWac.

    ISS is the largest U.S. developer of turn-key Utility Scale Solar Farms which are sold to large capital groups, according to the company. (Source: Innovative Solar Systems, PR, Market Insider, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Innovative Solar Systems, John Green, CEO, (828) 215-9064, johngreen@innovativesolarsystemsllc.com, www.innovativesolarsystemsllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovative Solar Systems,  Solar,  


    Gardner Capital Breaks Ground on Missouri Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Gardner Capital
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the Show Me State, Gardner Capital, MC Power Companies, Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), Farmington Industrial Development Authority (IDA), and the City of Farmington are reporting groundbreaking on a 20-acre, 9,000 panel solar Farm in Farmington. When fully operational, the solar park is expected to generate sufficient electric power for nearly 500 homes in the Farmington power grid.

    Gardner Capital is a solar and housing development and investment company with offices in St. Louis, Dallas, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Springfield, Missouri. Gardner Capital has invested and syndicated more than $3 billion through various tax credit programs, including federal solar investment tax credits. (Source: Gardner Capital, PR, 3 Nov., 2017) Contact: Gardner Capital, (314) 561-5900, info@gardnercapital.com, www.gardnercapital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    Delaware Added to Vivent Solar's Installation Territory (Ind. Report)
    Vivant Solar
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Utah-based Vivint Solar, Inc. reports Delaware's renewables portfolio standard requiring one-quarter -- with 3.5 pct solar -- of the state's electric power to come from renewables by 2025. and net metering as significant factors in its expansion into the "First State". The company also noted the price of solar panels has dropped sharply, with installation costs a bigger part of the final bill.

    With its expansion into Delaware, state residents will be able to purchase a Vivint Solar sytem outright or finance the purchase with monthly payments through one of the institutions Vivint Solar has relationships with, or through their preferred lender, according to Vivant.

    To date Vivint Solar has installed 113,000 solar systems in 21 states including Maryland, and Pennsylvania, but not New Jersey. (Source: Vivant Solar, Delaware Business Now, 4 Nov., 2017) Contact: Vivant Solar, David Bywater, CEO, (877) 4040-4129, www.vivintsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vivant Solar,  Solar,  Net Metering,  


    Industry Groups Support Biodiesel Producer's Tax Credit (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Advanced Biofuels Association,
    Date: 2017-11-06
    The National Association for Convenience & Fuel Retailing (NACS), the Advanced Biofuels Association, American Trucking Association, National Association of Truck Stop Operators, Petroleum Marketers of America Association, the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association, and several of their members last week issued a letter to the appropriate Senate and House committees urging them to reject efforts to change the biodiesel blenders' tax credit to a producers' credit.

    The letter said the "biodiesel blenders' tax credit has worked successfully to build a robust biodiesel and renewable diesel industry that produced twice the volumes mandated under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Supporters of the blenders' tax credit are concerned that changing the tax credit to a producer only benefit will limit supply and lead to increase the cost of diesel fuel and heating oil."

    The biodiesel blenders' tax credit expired at the end of 2016. Previously, Congress has extended the credit year-by-year as part of a "tax extenders" package, and in some years applied it retroactively, as was the case for 2016. While unlikely that this or any other tax extenders will be included in the House tax package to be released this week, the Senate may consider including the biodiesel tax credit in its tax package. However, some senators representing U.S. biodiesel producers are working to change the tax credit from a blenders' credit to a producers' credit. (Source: NACS, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: NATSO, Lisa Mullings, Pres., CEO, David Fialkov, VP Gov. Affairs, (703) 549-2100, ; NACS, www.nacsonline.com; Advanced Biofuels Association, Michael McAdams, Pres., www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Tax Credit,  Advanced Biofuels Association,  NACS,  


    BIO Supports Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act (Reg & Leg)
    Biotechnology Innovation Organization
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Washington, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) has come out in support of the Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that would edit the tax code to give renewable energy projects the same investment possibilities as fossil fuel projects. Specifically, the bill would give investors in renewable energy projects access to a corporate structure that comes with a tax advantage that only fossil fuel projects currently have.

    According to BIO VP, Bret Erikson, "The Master Limited Partnership Parity Act will help U.S. renewable chemical and advanced biofuel companies compete for investment dollars. This legislation can help U.S. producers capture their fair share of (bio industry) economic growth, revitalize the domestic manufacturing sector, and create new jobs and economic opportunities. We are especially pleased that the legislation captures the rapid growth and new classes of renewable chemicals that U.S. companies are developing, including those that reuse captured carbon."

    The global market for biobased products is projected to double by 2024. (Source: Biotechnology Innovation Organization , American Security News Reports, Nov., 2017) Contact: Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Bret Erikson, VP, Paul Winters, (202) 962-9237, www.bio.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biotechnology Innovation Organization,  


    Starwood Closes on 100MW NE Ohio Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Starwood Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Greenwich, Conn.-headquartered privately held investment firm Starwood Energy Group Global LLC, reports it has finalized an agreement to finance and construct the 100 MW Northwest Ohio Wind Project in Paulding County, Ohio. The project, which will utilize GE 2.5-116 wind turbines, will sell 100 pct of its output to General Motors under the terms of a long-term power purchase agreement. Construction is expected to be completed in fall 2018. An affiliate of Citi has committed to provide tax equity for the project and Rabobank will provide the construction and term debt. Additional financial details were not disclosed.

    To date, Starwood Energy Group has raised equity commitments of approximately $3 billion and has executed transactions totaling more than $6 billion in enterprise value. Starwood Energy Group is an affiliate of Starwood Capital Group Global, L.P. www.starwoodenergygroup.com. (Source: Starwood Energy Group Global, www.starwoodenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Starwood Energy Group,  Wind,  


    Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi Cellulosic Biorefineries Restructuring (Int'l)
    Beta Renewables
    Date: 2017-11-06
    Tortona, Italy-headquartered cellulosic ethanol specialist Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi companies reports it is shuttering its Crescentino ethanol refinery which, under Italian bankruptcy legislation, now has 60 days to present a new survival propoal to its creditiors. The other Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi companies have 120 days, beginning 26 Oct., in accordance with Italian bankruptcy law.

    The 20 million gpy Crescentino cellulosic biorefinery is the world's first commercial-scale refinery to be closed as a part of a bankruptcy restructuring effort. for the debt-laden parent company. The company blames it financial woes primarily on delays and cost overruns on a PET chemical plant project in Corpus Christi, Texas, which was hampered by Hurricane Harvey . (Source: Beta Renewables Web Site, Others, Nov., 2017) Contact: Beta Renewables, +39-0131-810-1, info@betarenewables.com, www.betarenewables.com; Gruppo Mossi Ghisolfi, www.gruppomg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Beta Renewables,  Cellulosic,  


    UK Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation Statistics (Int'l Report)
    Renewable Fuels
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the UK, the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (RTFO) Order requires transport fuel suppliers to ensure that a proportion of the fuel they supply comes from renewable sources (biofuels). The legislation is of key importance in our efforts to deliver reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from fuels used for transport purposes and non-road mobile machinery.

    Currently, 419 million litres of renewable fuel have been supplied in period 2017/18, which is 3 pct of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. 179 million litres -- 43 pct -- of this fuel has so far been demonstrated to meet the sustainability requirements. Of this 179 million litres, Bioethanol comprises 43 pct of the supply, biodiesel 52 pct and biomethanol 5 pct. There was also a small volume of off-road biodiesel and biomethane.

    Data on volumes of fuel, Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates (RTFCs) and Carbon & Sustainability (C&S) are held by the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) Administrator. Fuel volume data is submitted on a monthly basis by fuel suppliers to the RTFO Administrator and validated against HMRC duty payment data.

    Download the full report HERE. (Source: UK Department for Transport, 2 Nov., 2017)Contact: UK Department of Transport, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-transport

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation,  


    Empire Asks To Close Asbury Plant, Build $1.5 Billion In Wind Farms
    Empire District Electric
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In the Show Me State, Joplin-headquartered , Empire District Electric recently raised your rates after $120 million in EPA mandated upgrades were completed? Now the company, a subsidiary of the Canadian owned Algonquin Power & Utilities Corporation has filed a case with the Missouri Public Service Commission to close the Asbury plant by April 2019, affecting 55 employees.

    They’re also asking for approval from the PSC to install wind turbines in Barton, Dade, Lawrence and Jasper counties at a cost of $1.5 billion dollars. With a $800 million dollar Production Tax Credit offered on wind generation, the cost of the project would be brought down to $700 million dollars. Empire-Liberty Utilities has been in talks with farmers in the area to lease 40,000 acres of land. Each two megawatt turbine is estimated to cost approximately $3 million dollars, and company officials say it’ll save you an undisclosed amount of money each month on your utility bill. Company officials also say they’re moving forward with this plan due to a high demand for green energy by their customers. While Empire-Liberty Utilities has not included a request for a rate increase pertaining to this project, in the past, the rate increases are requested upon the completion of projects. Empire-Liberty Utilities currently has the highest power rates in the state of Missouri. This filing to close Asbury and build the wind farms will need approval from the Public Service Commission to move forward. Empire-Liberty Utilities is hoping to have the plan approved before April 2019 in order to avoid having to install a $24 million dry landfill. (Source: Empire District Electric, KZRG, 31 Oct., 2017)www.empiredistrict.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind news,  


    Battery Energy Storage Integrated Into Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    KK Wind Solutions,PowerCon
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Denmark, KK Wind Solutions, Vestas, PowerCon and Aalborg University reports the development of a modular battery storage solution that is integrated into a wind turbine . The solution will combine battery technology and software algorithms that enable monitoring and control of the batteries.

    According to the partners, energy storage needs to account for only about 8 pct of a wind farm's capacity in order to eliminate almost 90 pct of fluctuations in energy production. The partners aim to improve functionality, stability and reliability, as well as reduce procurement and maintenance costs. (Source: KK Wind Solutions, NA WindPower, Various Media31 Oct., 2017) Contact: KK Wind Solutions, +45 9692 4300, main@kkwindsolutions.com, www.kkwindsolutions.com; +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com; PowerCon, www.powerconcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Vestas,  


    Irish Climate Change Council Recommends €70 Carbon Tax (Int'l)
    Climate Change Advisory Council
    Date: 2017-11-06
    In Dublin, the chairman of the Irish Government's Climate Change Advisory Council, Professor John Fitzgerald, has warned that the country will miss its 2020 emissions reductions target and needs to raise its present €20 per tonne carbon tax to as much as €70 on coal, turf, peat and other fossil fuels and products to meet its 2020 targets.

    Prof Fitzgerald's recommends an immediate ending of subsidies for peat extraction, vital to fuel fire-powered stations in the Midlands, a tax on farm-generated greenhouse gas emissions, more climate friendly governance, included the possibility of community ownership of renewable energy projects and a new agency to spearhead climate change as a priority in policy making. (Source: Climate Change Advisory Council, Irish News, 5 Nov., 2017) Contact: Climate Change Advisory Council, +44 01 268 0180, info@climatecouncil.ie; www.climatecouncil.ie

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    ORSTED Launches Danish Woody Biomass CHP Plant (Int'l)
    ORSTED,DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-11-06
    ORSTED, formerly known as DONG Energy, reports the launch of its Skærbæk Power Station, a new waste woody biomass burning combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Fredericia, Denmark.

    Originally constructed as a coal-fired facility in 1951, the power station was converted to burn natural gas in 1997. The current move to woody biomass is in keeping with the compay's plan to reduce its carbon emissions from its heat and electricity generation by 96 pct by 2023 compared to 2006. (Source: Orsted, PR Nov., 2017) Contact: ORSTED, DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com

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    County to save more than $10 million through energy efficiency project
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2017-11-05
    Energy and sustainability expert Schneider Electric has begun construction of an innovative energy efficiency project with Webb County, Texas. The project will improve the county’s aging facilities and deliver significant energy and operational savings, the company said in a release. The project is designed to leverage savings from Webb County’s energy budget to fund much-needed infrastructure upgrades and improve quality of operations.

    For years, Webb County faced a growing list of deferred maintenance projects that drove high operational costs. By partnering with Schneider Electric, the county will be able to modernize several of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption by 35 percent. Schneider Electric worked closely with the county to develop a solution that will offer many long-term benefits such as improved facility efficiency, occupant comfort and financial management. The focus of the program is rebuilding and expanding the county’s downtown central chiller plant and upgrading building automation systems, both of which are well beyond useful life. As part of the new central chiller plant, the county will be expanding the central chiller plant connections to include additional facilities, providing a simpler, more efficient solution. . Once completed, the project will provide energy efficiency savings equivalent to removing 4,497 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, or removing 874 cars from the road or planting 4,805 acres of new trees. Construction is underway and scheduled to be complete by the end of 2018. (Source: Schneider Electric, ProudGreenBuilding, 2 Nov., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Rotterdam and Oslo compete to set up first CO2 highway

    Date: 2017-11-04
    Norway and the port of Rotterdam are competing to create the first European chain that will allow CO2 capture from industrial sites to be transported to a storage site offshore. The two projects featured prominently at a conference in Rotterdam last week, organised by the Global CCS Institute, whose chairman spoke hopefully of a "renaissance" and "renewed interest" in carbon capture and storage (CCS). Previous CCS projects in the European Union focused on trapping the climate-changing carbon dioxide gases from coal-fired power plants, with all elements of the process in the hands of a single party. The last surviving EU project was supposed to be a coal-fired power plant with CCS in Rotterdam, but the project's supports pulled out last summer. Instead, the CO2 from Rotterdam's industry is planned to be stored in depleted gas fields in the North Sea. A feasibility study is due to be ready by the end of the year, with an investment decision planned for the end of 2018. The idea is to create a CO2 'highway' which is operated by a separate entity. Rotterdam's plans received a boost in October when after months of negotiations, four Dutch political parties announced a coalition deal, needed to form a new government. They promised to reduce emissions of 56 megatonnes of CO2 by 2030. A third of that reduction, 18, is planned to be achieved by having industrial sites apply CCS. Earlier in October, the Norwegian government announced it would cut 90 percent of the budget Rotterdam has planned to begin storing CO2 in 2020, while Norway has 2022 as date to be fully operational. (Source: EUObserver, 31 Oct., 2017) Roy Vardheim, who heads the Norwegian industrial CCS initiative, the Technology Centre Mongstad,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Carbon Storage news,  

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    Photon Energy Confirms Three Aussie Solar Farms Plan (Int'l)
    Photon Energy
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In the Land Down Under, Photon Energy has confirmed it is planning to construct solar farms at three locations -- Mumbil, Maryvale and Suntop -- in 2019. The projects are subject to state government planning and other regulatory approvals.

    In total, the three projects will generate sufficient electric power for about 190,000 homes and save more than 930,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Photon Energy, Wellington Times, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Photon Energy, www.photonenergy.com.au

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    Masdar's Salicornia Jet Biofuels Project Underway (Int'l, R&D)
    Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Abu Dubai, the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology's Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) is reporting the harvesting of its first crop of oil-rich Salicornia grown at the site of the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS) pilot in Masdar City . The crop is part of an aviation biofuel pilot project based around the use of brackish water or seawater and supported by Etihad Airways, Boeing, Takreer, Safran, and General Electric.

    . The clean Salicornia oil is to be processed at the Takreer Research Center for conversion into aviation biofuel to be mixed at low concentration with regular jet fuel. (Source: Masdar, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar Institute of Science and Technology,  Jet Biofuel,  Avioation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Fortum, Rusano 50MW Russian Wind Farm Underway (Int'l Report)
    Fortum,Rusnano
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Finns start implementation of a 50MW wind farm with Rusnano Espoo-headquartered Finnish energy giant Fortum Oyj and local partner Rusnano are reporting construction is underway on a 50MW wind farm in Russia. Fortum has a €220 million equity stake in the JV project.

    The 50-MW project, the first of 1GW of wind farms awarded to the partners in Russia's auction in June, will incorporate 14 Vestas turbines when it comes online early in 2019.

    Rusnano is a government-owned joint-stock company established as a $10 billion Private Equity and Venture Capital Evergreen Fund by the government of Russia. (Source: Fortum, RENews, Others, 31 Oct., 2017)Contact: Rusnano, en.rusnano.com; Fortum Oyj, Vesa Koivisto, Development Manager, +358-50-453-6322, +358 10 4511, vesa.koivisto@fortum.com, www.fortum.com

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    ExxonMobil, REG Tout Cellulosic Biodiesel R&D Progress (R&D)
    xxonMobil ,Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Clinton, New Jersey, ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group's REG Life Sciences unit report that by utilizing REG's patented fermentation technology their 2016 joint research program has demonstrated the ability to produce biodiesel through fermentation of renewable cellulosic sugars from agricultural wastes. The companies have agreed to extend the research program and to jointly explore the technology's scalability and commercial potential.

    The research also confirmed REG Life Sciences technology can achieve substantial reductions of full-lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional diesel fuel.

    ExxonMobil is also actively researching other emission-reducing technologies, including algae biofuels and carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). In June 2017, ExxonMobil and partner Synthetic Genomics, Inc. announced a joint research breakthrough in advanced biofuels involving the modification of an algae strain that more than doubled its oil content without significantly inhibiting the strain's growth. (Source: ExxonMobil, Auto Channel, Others, Oct., 2017)Contact: REG Life Sciences, Eric Bowen, VP, www.regi.com/technologies/life-sciences; ExxonMobil, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com, Twitter www.twitter.com/exxonmobil.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News xxonMobil,  Renewable Energy Group ,  Biodiesel,  Cellulosic,  


    LM Wind Power Develops 71.8 m Offshore Blade for Envision (Int'l)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2017-11-03
    Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power reports it will develop a 71.8 m wind turbine blade for Chinese company Envision's new 4.5 MW platform that is is expected to be installed in the first half of 2018. The new blade is for Envision's new large rotor turbine designed to serve the Wind Class II and III areas offshore north China. The deal is followed by a supply agreement from LM Wind Power's Jiangyin factory in Jiangsu, China that will require the company to expand the manufacturing facility by 50 pct.

    LM Wind Power has been active in China since 2001 and operates four blade manufacturing facilities in Tianjin, Qinhuangdao and Jiangyin and Baodi. (Source: LM Wind Power, 31 Oct., 2017) Contact: LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00, www.lmwindpower.com; Envision Energy, www.envision-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind Blade,  


    Singapore Research Center to Cut Maritime Emissions (Int'l)
    NANYANG Technological University
    Date: 2017-11-03
    In Singapore, NANYANG Technological University (NTU) and the Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting the launch of the S$15 million Maritime Energy and Sustainable Development (MESD) research center focusing on "innovative and sustainable" energy management, emissions management and sustainable maritime operations solutions for Singapore's maritime industry.

    The centre, which is expected to be in operation by the year end, will work on projects that reduce harmful maritime shipping emissions. (Source: Singapore Maritime Institute, 30 Oct., 2017) Contact: Singapore Maritime Institute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg; NANYANG Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

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