In Q2 2017, energy production through bioenergy and waste was 2.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent. Total energy production was 2.5 pct higher than in Q2, 2016. In Q2 2017, generation from bioenergy fell slightly, 0.5 pct , on a year earlier, with increased generation from biodegradable waste offset by reduced generation from landfill gas and plant biomass.
Energy Trends covers statistics on production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year-on-year changes.
Download the full report HERE.
(Source: UK Dept. Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, MRW, Oct., 2017) Contact:
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy, Biomass, Renewable Energy,
SP3 is led by the regions of Lapland (FINLAND) and Castilla y Leon (SPAIN) and engages 14 regions committed to developing forest-based and non-food agriculture-based bioenergy as the basis for sustainable regional growth.
(Source: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, Oct. 6, 2017)Contact: European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment, +32 (0)2 646 82 10, email@example.com, www.fedarene.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy, Biofuel,
Spero Energy is a Purdue University spin-out pioneer technology provider for the manufacturer of high value renewable chemicals from biomass lignin.
The company's patented renewable, biobased chelate molecules are used to bind essential micronutrients and deliver them efficiently to a variety of crops. Effective use of biobased chelates is shown to increase crop production and yields.(Source: Spero Energy, Hoosier Ag, Oct., 2017) Contact: Spero Energy,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Spero Energy, Bioproduct, Biofuel, Bioenergy, biochemical,
In Europe alone, the use of such vehicles in tandem with electrification could save 2.8 trillion kilograms of CO2 by 2050, according to Ulrich Schulmeister, Bosch's VP of engineering. Globally, CO2 emissions will have to be cut by half within the next 40 years if the Paris agreement climate targets are to be achieved, and they will have to be reduced by a minimum of 85 pct in developed countries.
According to Bosch, synthetic diesel and gasoline fuels commercialization pilot projects are underway in Norway and Germany. Since even classic cars can run on synthetic gasoline and current infrastructure can be used for refueling, it would take far less time to achieve a high degree of market penetration. (Source: Robert Bosch GmbH, PR, Tires & Parts News, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Robert Bosch GmbH, Ulrich Schulmeister, VP Engineering, www.bosch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Robert Bosch GmbH, Synthetic Fuel, Carbon Neutral,
AMP Americas' Fair Oaks Farms facility began production in 2011 and produces over 1.5 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste. The facility is the first, and to-date only, U.S. EPA Renewable Fuel Standard-certified dairy waste-to-vehicle fuel project in the U.S..
Construction is currently underway for a second RNG project using dairy digester methane gas, according to AMP.
(Source: AMP Americas, Fleet Owner, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: AMP Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, (312) 300-6700, www.ampcng.com; CARB, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, AMP Americas, California Air Resources Board ,
The plan, which focuses on specific actions including a greater reliance on renewable energy, covers building codes, energy production, energy management and efficiency, as well as significant measures to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles and clean transportation.
Download Aligning New York City with the Paris Climate Agreement
HERE. (Source: City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Various Media, Oct., 2017) Contact: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor
More Low-Carbon Energy News New York City, Carbon Neutral, Carbon Neutrality, Mayor Bill De Blasio,
MID secures most of its renewable energy credits (RECs) from wind farms in northwestern states and expects to meet California's 33 pct from renewable sources threshold in 2020, but would fall behind a higher mandate by 2023 without the new solar purchase.
MID will spend about $7 million a year buying solar power from NextEra Energy's Blythe IV solar farm in Riverside County near the Arizona border. MID will pay another $5 million a year for power from Recurrent Energy's Mustang Two Barbaro solar farm in Kings County near the Lemoore Naval Air Station. (Source: Modesto Irrigation District , Modesto Bee, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Modesto Irrigation District, (209) 526-7337, www.mid.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, Renewable Energy Credit,
The acquisition was made from Windcollectief Wieringermeer, a joint venture between ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands), Nuon and partners, and Windcollectief Wieringermeer. ECN will retain ownership of 17 the remaining turbines.
(Source: Vattenfall, WindTech, 29 Sept., 2017)
Windcollectief Wieringermeer, www.nuon.com/activiteiten/energieopwekking/windenergie/windpark-wieringermeer; Vattenfall, Valentin Voigt, Project Manager, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Wind,
"Gutting biodiesel under the Renewable Fuel Standard would bring an Iowa manufacturing success story to its knees, deal a blow to an already struggling farm economy, and shake the state economy. This is a major issue for the Midwest and U.S. agriculture, and we implore President Trump to stop his EPA administrator (Scott Pruitt) from forsaking this driver of American jobs, all in an apparent move to appease the oil industry.
"The market is already reacting to this impending blow. Commodity prices crashed on the news of EPA's indicated plans to cut biodiesel. We were already in the midst of a downturn in the ag economy, with many farmers in the red for the fourth year in a row. We have excess feedstock capacity due to a surplus of corn and soybeans on the market, which has lowered commodity prices. Gutting the RFS would exacerbate farmer struggles and could push us deeper into an agriculture recession. It could also cost thousands of Iowans their jobs as plants are forced to make cutbacks and even shutter their doors. We do not believe this is what President Trump wants for rural communities.
"Here in Iowa, many of us feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football as Lucy pulls it away. We have stood on the edge of expansion. Many of our plants have already spent millions of dollars on expansion, based on the promise of a growing RFS, and others have had further growth planned. This would mean more jobs, more dollars circulating through Iowa's communities, and more American manufacturing. We have the capacity to achieve this, but it is at a standstill."
(Source: Iowa Biodiesel Board, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Iowa Biodiesel Board, Grant Kimberley, Director, (866) 683-4172, www.iowabiodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biodiesel Board , RFS, EPA,
In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."
The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.
Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research,
philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings
sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy
solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application
of advanced wood-to-energy solutions.
(Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wood Pellet, torrefaction, Biofuel ,
The Neste report discusses key changes taking place in the energy, transport and chemicals markets. As global commitment to tackle climate change requires major efforts to reduce emissions, the use of fossil raw materials will inevitably need to decline in all of these sectors.
Neste estimates approximately 10 pct of the global car fleet will be electric cars by 2013 and that renewable diesel will remain a competitive solution for reducing transport emissions. By 2021, renewable diesel demand is expected to have doubled in North America, the Nordic countries and Europe. The company also believes that the problem of emissions from diesel vehicles can be solved, and that diesel technology will remain competitive for a long time to come.
Neste is also developing new business operations from bioplastics, a market that is expected to grow by more than 40 pct by 2021. About 80 pct of this growth is expected to come from durable biobased plastics, such as Neste's bioplastics solution, the demand for which is growing faster than for biodegradable plastics. Neste also expects 20 pct of its renewable business sales volume to come from from renewable jet fuel, renewable chemicals and bio-based plastics, according to a company release.
Download Neste's Taking Action on Climate Change report HERE.
(Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Neste Corp., Sam Holmberg, VP Marketing & Services,
Director, Corporate Communications, +358 50 458 4078, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste, Biofuel, Bioplastic, Climate Change, Renewable Diesel,
The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to rise by more than 920GW -- 43 pct -- by 2022, due to supportive policies for low-carbon energy and cost reductions for solar PV and wind.
In 2016, net additions to renewable energy capacity -- including hydropower, solar, wind, bioenergy, wave and tidal -- set another world record and grew by 165GW, 6 pct more than in 2015, the IEA said.
Renewable energy will account for 29 pct of the global energy mix in five years with China leading the charge, followed by
the US, India and the European Union. (Source: IEA, Reuters, Others, 4 Oct., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency, Renewable Energy,
The planned facility, which is expected to begin commercial operations by December 31, 2021,
is estimated to 5,000,000 MWh per year.
(Source: Solar Wind Energy Tower, PR, 5 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc.
www.solarwindenergytower.com; Arizona Green Power, www.arizonagreenpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Wind Energy Tower,
Upon completion by the end of December, 2018, the Los Hercules wind farm will see a total rated output of 97,2 MW. The wind farm will be built by Senvion on a full EPC basis. The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for approximately 64,000 homes per year.
Senvion has South American offices in Santiago de Chile and Buenos Aires.
(Source: Senvion, Oct., 2017) Contact: EREN,
Fabienne Demol, VP Bus. Dev., +33 (0)1.40.69.05.00,
http://eren-groupe.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EREN Renewable Energy , Senvion, Wind Turbine, Wind,
When completed, the 55-turbine, 330-MW Oriel Wind Farm will be the first fully operational commercial wind farm developed in Irish waters and the ninth-largest power plant in Ireland.
To date, Parkwind has developed, constructed and now operates three offshore wind farms located in the Belgian concessions zone in the North Sea,and plans to have more than 1000MW of offshore wind production capacity in operation by 2020.
(Source: Oriel Windfarm , Parkwind, Business Irish, 5 Oct., 2017) Contact: Oriel Windfarm, +42 9322952, email@example.com, www.orielwind.com; Parkwind, Francois Van Leeuw, CEO, +32 16 24 07 90, www.parkwind.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oriel Windfarm, Wind, Parkwind,
The order comes as the Department of Interior (DoI) is moving to delay the rule until 2019, on the grounds that it is too burdensome to industry. The DoI tried earlier to postpone part of the rule set to take effect next year. The ruling found the DoI failed to give a "reasoned explanation" for the changes and offered no details on why an earlier analysis by the Obama administration was faulty.
The rule forces energy companies to capture methane that's burnt off or "flared" at drilling sites on public lands during production because it pollutes the environment. An estimated $330 million a year in methane is wasted through leaks or intentional releases on federal lands, enough to power about 5 million homes a year.
(Source: DoI, Various Media, 4 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions, Obama Methane Rule,
The program prioritizes actions at sites operated by subsidiary XTO Energy and includes efforts to develop and deploy new, more efficient technologies to detect and reduce facility emissions. The program includes a commitment to phase out high-bleed pneumatic devices over three years, extensive personnel training, research, and facility design improvements for new operations.
XTO's efforts include research conducted with ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company and third-party equipment manufacturers to develop efficient, state-of-the-art equipment to detect, quantify and reduce emissions at production sites. These research efforts build on an extensive portfolio of more than two dozen existing methane research projects and pilots already under way.
ExxonMobil recently participated in methane emissions studies conducted by the University of Texas and Environmental Defense Fund and is
active in ongoing methane research, including participation in a methane measurement reconciliation study with the DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and in supporting research currently underway at Harvard, the University of Texas Energy Initiative, and Stanford University's Natural Gas Initiative. (Source: ExxonMobil, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107, www.exxonmobil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil, Climate Change, Methane,
Building on prior synthetic biology and diatom research, methodologies will be developed and optimized for introducing and transplanting new biological functions into diatoms, which are a globally abundant class of algae. Initial modeling exercises will guide targeted genetic manipulations, associated systems biology experiments, and result in iterative network and genome-scale cellular modeling.
Based on the photosynthetic efficiency and growth potential of microalgae, it is estimated that annual oil production of greater than 30,000 liters, or about 200 barrels of microalgal oil per hectare of land may be achievable in mass culture of oil-rich algae. This is 100-fold greater than that of soybeans, a major feedstock currently used for biodiesel.
(Source: J. Craig Venter Institute, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: J. Craig Venter Institute, Andrew Allen, Ph.D. , (858) 200-1800, www.JCVI.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaeVenter Institute, Biofuel, Bioplastic,
Since its 2016 launch, the Department of Energy Resources
Rapid LED Streetlight Conversion Program has provided $11.4 million to Massachusetts communities for new street lighting. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, Brockton Enterprise, 2 Oct., 2017)
Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, (617) 626-7300, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources-0
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Lighting, LED Light, LED Street Light,
Holding the top spots in the 2017 scorecard are Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Oregon in that order. The most-improved states are Idaho, Florida, and Virginia. The Scorecard shows that energy efficiency is a key resource in these states and others, with utilities spending approximately $7.6 billion in 2016 for efficiency programs nationwide and saving 25.4 million MWh of electricity.
The global Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and World Bank have committed to pay Viet Nam $60 million for the absorption of 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 from 2018 to 2024.
This project is the first regional-level project implemented by the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) programme in Viet Nam. Cities discharge 70 pct of Vietnam's CO2.
(Source: Vietnam Bridge Vietnam Net, Others, Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, Deforestation, Reforestation,
President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.
Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year.
The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years .
(Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017)
Contact: ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Energy Eficiency,
The system, which could be the largest utility-scale energy storage system in the Bay State when completed in April 2018,
will deliver energy to Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E). The system will be used to optimize intermittent solar energy and reduce utility capacity costs for HG&E while reducing stress on the grid.
HG&E was awarded a $475,000 MA Department of Energy Resources Grant to contract with, schedule, measure, and analyze the energy storage system. (Source: Green Charge, Power Engineering, Others, October, 2017)Contact: Green Charge Networks, (800) 426-5010, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greencharge.net; Holyoke Gas & Electric, (413) 536-9400, www.hged.com; ENGIE, www.engie.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Charge, ENGIE, Energy Storage,
The study bolsters a growing consensus that tropical forests are drying out or being cleared, burned and logged so fast that they now emit more carbon than they sequester. Whereas earlier estimates based on measurements of atmospheric carbon flows suggested that tropical forests might be carbon neutral or even a net sink, more-recent studies -- including ones based on data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 satellite -- agree broadly with this recent paper, according to David Schimel, an ecologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Schimel suspects that human activities such as starting fires and natural factors including droughts have severly hindered tropical forests' carbon storage capability.
The study estimates that the world's tropical forests release approximately 425 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to roughly 5 pct of the globe's annual fossil-fuel emissions and about five times more than estimated in 2011.
(Source: NASA JPL, Nature, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA JPL, David Schimel, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA JPL, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sink,
The first phase of this CO2 project could reach a capacity of approximately 1.5 million tpy. The project will be designed to accommodate additional CO2 volumes as required at future dates.(Source: Various Media, Energy Voice, 2 Oct., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell, Statoil, Total, CCS, Carbon Storage,
WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG,
Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100
More Low-Carbon Energy News WKN, Wind,
The U.S. DOE is footing 68 pct of the cost of the $208 million project with the remaining $66 million split among other participating agencies. The federal money came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which was intended to help the economy recover following the 2008 recession. The DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory manages the project which was developed by scientists at the University of Illinois.
(Source: ADM, Herald & Review, Others, Oct., 2017)
Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, Juan Luciano, CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Storage, Archer Daniels Midland,
The $14.5 million plant is expected to eliminate 8,900 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions and generate sufficient base load electric power for over 5000 households.
The project is MCE's third renewable energy project in Novato. (Source: MCE, Waste Management Inc., 3 Oct, 2017) Contact: Waste Management, Paul Pabor, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 632-3674, www.wm.com: MCE Clean Energy, www.mcecleanenergy.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas, MCE , Waste Management, Methane,
The two companies currently have several projects focused on frequency response and transmission charge management applications either under development or construction in the UK. The projects utilize NEC's DSS® scalable energy storage platform designed for commercial and industrial (C&I) sites.
Dale Power Solutions is one of the UK's leading and largest providers of secure power services and solutions energy storage units. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PR, 3 Oct., 2017)
NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, email@example.com, www.neces.com;
Dale Power, Chris Grimes, +44 7931349296, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dalepowersolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,
The Blue Sky program, funded by more than 44,000 Blue Sky customers, helps cover the cost of installing solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy systems for non-residential, community-serving organizations.
Since 2006, the Blue Sky program has added 128 renewable energy projects across Utah, Wyoming and Idaho and supported more than 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy. This year the program expects to have close to $2 million available for new renewable energy projects.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Blue Sky Program, Keven Hoopiiaina, Renewable Energy program manager, www.rockymountainpower.net/env/bsre/bscpf.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power, Renewable Energy, Community Solar, Community Energy Projects,
sonnen Inc., which has had functional energy storage units in Puerto Rico since early 2016, will supply a microgrid and solar array as well as a team of engineers and technicians to help lead the microgrid campaign from system design through final installation.
The entire operation is contingent upon establishing a stronger line of communication with Pura Energia, a Puerto Rican solar installer.
(Source: sonnen, Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: sonnen Inc., Blake Richetta, US Snr. VP,
www.sonnen-batterie.com; Pura Energia, (787) 245-8660, www.puraenergiapr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen Inc., Battery, Energy Storage,
DONG is currently building the first phase of the Hornsea project, which has a capacity for 1.2 GW and was guaranteed a price of £140 per MWh.
(Source: DONG Energy, Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy , Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, Benj Sykes, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy, Wind,
Strategies to be used by the team to meet this goal include increasing algal cultivation productivity, optimizing biomass composition, and extracting and separating different types of algal lipids to reduce the cost of upgrading them to renewable diesel.The study will be led by scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado.
The researchers will use an algae species called Desmodesmus armatus, and will focus on fundamental processes of efficiently channeling carbon dioxide into useful fuel intermediates. The project will work to ferment carbohydrates in the algal cells into chemicals of interest, including ethanol, as well as a fuel precursor called 2,3 butanediol.
Other partners on the project will work on the algae-to-bioproduct life cycle, including modification of growing pond conditions, and separating algal solids from water to remove lipids.
The multidisciplinary team includes CSU's Ken Reardon, professor of chemical and biological engineering; Graham Peers, associate professor of biology; and Jason Quinn, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; along with partners at National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado School of Mines, Arizona State University, Utah State University, and representatives from industry. San Diego-based Sapphire Energy is a project partner and has pioneered the use of D. armatus for biofuels. (Source: Colorado State University, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Colorado State University, Prof. Ken Reardon, email@example.com, www.colostate.edu; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News Colorado State University, Sapphire Energy, Algae, Algal Biofuel, BETO,
The €16 million biomass heat plant is expected to supply nearly 10 pct of the Vilnius heat demand when completed and fully operational by the beginning of 2019.
(Source: BaltCap, Various Media, Bioenergy Int'l, 2 Oct. 2017)Contact: BaltCap, www.baltcap.com;
Axis Industries Group, +370 5 239 4804, www.axioma.eu/en/group-of-companies
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Heat, Biomass,
The project aims to identify new genes and pathways that contribute to photosynthesis and enhanced water use efficiency. The researchers will then deploy these genes using tools of the emerging field of synthetic biology to accelerate development of elite energy sorghum varieties for production under marginal environments.
This project aims to deliver stress-tolerant sorghum lines, addressing DOE's mission in the generation of renewable energy resources. The development of a low input, environmentally safe and highly productive sorghum germplasm will help in the production of biofuel and establish an environmentally friendly lignocellulosic energy economy.
Sorghum is a member of the grass family is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, making it an ideal crop to target for improvement. (Source: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Melanie Bernds, (314) 587-1647, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Sorghum, Cellulosic,
The Rocksprings project will incorporate 53 General Electric (GE) 2.3-MW wind turbines plus 16, 1.72-MW turbines. The facility will sell its output to two investment grade corporate off-takers. (Source: John Laing Group, Renewables, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: John Laing Group plc, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, email@example.com, www.laing.com; Akuo Energy, +1 31 22 83 34 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akuoenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Akuo Energy, John Laing Group, Wind,
The report says interest in energy storage-enabled microgrids is growing alongside an increase in solar PV and wind deployments. Although not required for microgrids to operate, energy storage systems have emerged as an increasingly valuable component of distributed energy networks because of their ability to effectively integrate renewable generation. According to the report, a cumulative 14,850.7 MW of new ESMG capacity is expected to be installed, generating approximately $22.3 billion in revenue throughout the next 10 years,
The report identifies the key market drivers and barriers within the global ESMG market and analyzes specific trends and market dynamics for individual world regions. The report also examines the major technology issues related to ESSs for microgrids.
An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research,
Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant, Energy Storage, Microgrid,
The system consists of 900 KW an hour of redT flow machines coupled with a 120 KW C1-rated lithium battery.
Along with on-site solar PV assets, the system is expected to reduce the university's energy costs and create potential new revenue streams in the form of contracted and merchant grid services.
The sale is the first hybrid energy storage system in Australia. (Source: redT Energy, Alliance News, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: redT Energy, Scott McGregor, CEO,
+44 (0) 207 061 6233, www.redtenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News redT Energy, Energy Storage,
The Institute -- a consortium of Oxford University, Imperial College London, University College London, University of Warwick, University of Cambridge, University of Southampton and Newcastle University --
will be led by University of Oxford, which includes Imperial College London. Initial funding of £65 million will be provided by the Sec. of State Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and is part of government's £246 million investment in battery technology. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK and the Advanced Propulsion Centre will also contribute.
(Source: Imperial College London, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, PR, 3 Oct., 2017) Contact: Imperial College London, Dr Nic Hylton, Research Development Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org; Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/ministers/secretary-of-state-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial College London, Battery, Energy Storage,
Methane is reported to be 85 times more potent than CO2 when it comes to trapping heat and impacting climate change.
Oxford PV acquired the Brandenburg facility in late 2016.
(Source: Oxford PV, Contact: Oxford PV, Renewables, 2 Oct., 2017) www.oxfordpv.com; European Investment Bank, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Oxford Photovoltaics, PV, European Investment Bank,
The first 2 projects are expected to be completed by September 2018.
The second phase will feature 4 projects and is due to complete by January 2019, while two other phases are expected to be complete by January 2020 and 2021.
(Source: Tampa Electric, Contact: Tampa Electric, Gordon Gillette, CEO, www.tampaelectric.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tampa Electric, Solar, Solar PV,
Agrisoma, in collaboration with working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven Universities associated with UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Science, aims to maximize production of the tiny Carinata oil seed for jet biofuel production.
The research project will operate under the oversight of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, in conjunction with the Florida-based Southeast Partnership for Advanced Renewables from Carinata (SPARC).
The USDA is providing $15M in grant funding from the USDA to support the research initiative. (Source: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com; SPARC, www.sparc-cap.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Carinata,
The ATJ fuel will be blended into traditional jet fuel and supplied to flights departing Brisbane Airport, including Virgin Australia flights.
Gevo will supply the ATJ from its hydrocarbon plant based in Silsbee, Texas. The ATJ is derived from isobutanol produced at its commercial isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. (Source: GEVO, Virgin Australia, NASDAQ, 3 Oct. 2017) Contact: Virgin Australia,
John Borghetti, CEO, +61 7 3295 3000,
www.virginaustralia.com; GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO, Virgin Airline, Jet Biofuel, Isobutanol,
The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.
MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact:
MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News MagnaGas,
If passed into law, contractors bidding on state projects would be required to submit Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) proving that steel, glass, rebar and cement to be used in a project are at or below the average carbon footprints.
Businesses in the state are already required to meet the most stringent climate regulations in the nation and are thus well-poised to meet AB 262's requirements.
(Source: California Air Resources Board, Capital & Maine, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: California Air Resources Board, (800) 242-4450, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arb.ca.gov
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According to Baker, a carbon tax proposal represents a good faith effort to move beyond debate over current climate policies and fighting climate change using a carbon tax and tariffs would be more effective than emissions regulations.
"I don't think we ought to let our national debate on this issue wait until somehow 'the moment is right.' Such a perfect moment may never arrive if we spend too much time debating the exact role that mankind may play in climate change and not enough time seeking solutions," Baker said.
(Source: Source: Xinhua, Various Other Media, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Rice University Baker Institute, www.bakerinstitute.org
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"Our focus going forward will be on green growth based on our existing business platforms in offshore wind, biomass, green customer solutions and advanced waste-to-energy solutions" , CEO Henrik Poulsen said in a release.
The name change is expected to formally approved and adopted at a corporate shareholders general meeting on Oct. 30th. (Source: DONG Energy, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: DONG Energy, Henrik Poulson, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com
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