The hospital reports will continue to work in partnership with Toronto Hydro to ensure site preparations for the new patient care tower meet energy efficiency standards. (Source: Toronto Hydro, Inside Toronto, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toronto Hydro, Joe Bile, Manager of Conservation Demand Management Program Delivery and Business Development, (416) 542-8000, www.torontohydro.com; Michael Garron Hospital, (416) 461-8272, http://www.tegh.on.ca/bins/index.asp; Canada Green Building Council Thomas Mueller, Pres., CEO, (613) 241-1184, www.cagbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, Canada Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Toronto Hydro, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
The companies -- Apex Clean Energy, Blattner Energy, Duke Energy, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, Enel Green Power North America, E.ON, Goldwind Americas, Hannon Armstrong, Invenergy, Leeward Renewable Energy, MAP Royalty, Pattern Energy, TPI Composites and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA – are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms.
(Source: Pattern Energy, NA Wind Power, Various Others, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pattern Energy, Matt Dallas, (917) 363-1333, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com;
Habitat for Humanity, www.habitat.org; AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, www.awea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Pattern Energy, AWEA,
The first agreement was signed with Vattenfall Europe Windkraft GmbH for the delivery of client representation and quality surveillance for Vattenfall during pre-assembly & load out, installation and completion of wind turbine generators.
The second agreement was signed with Vattenfall Vindkraft HR 3 and covers marine coordination center services related to the Horns Rev 3 project.
Horns Rev 3, which will incorporate 49, 8.3MW MHI Vestas turbines, will be constructed on Jutland's west coast. Construction is expected to get underway in the summer of 2018, with the work completed by A2SEA. (Source: Head Energy, offshoreWIND.biz, Sept., 2017) Contact: Head Energy Denmark, Anders Frederiksen, GM, +47 992 04 323, email@example.com, www.headenergy.no; Contact: Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall, Head Energy,
The project is expected to come in at $80 million, $9 million of which will come from
the for-profit Beausrjour Renewable Energy Co-operative with the balance financed.
The project will generate sufficient power for 7,000 homes and is expected to get underway in 2019.
(Source: CBC, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Prowind , Helmut Schneider, Pres., (905) 528-1747, www.prowind.com; Beausejour Renewable Energy Co-operative, firstname.lastname@example.org; NB Power, Marc Belliveau, Communications, (506) 458-4203, www.nbpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NB Power, Wind, NB Power, Prowind Canada ,
The techno-economic feasibility study will be based at the University of Chester's Thornton Science Park in Cheshire. The consortium comprises the Universities of Chester and Sheffield, industrial partners WSP, DNV GL and Costain. It will be led by PMW Technology, who developed the patent-pending A3C process.
The work is co-funded by Innovate UK. (Source: Power Engineering, PMW Technology, GasWorld, 13 Sept., 2017)Contact: PMW Technology, www.pwmtechnology.com;
University of Sheffield, UK CCS Research Centre, +44 0 114 215 7235, www.ukccsrc.ac.uk; Innovate UK, +44 (0) 7766 901150, email@example.com, www.innovateuk.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Cabon Capture, Innovate UK,
The EU has a target to cut emissions by 40 pct by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and forests acting as "carbon sinks" removing more than 400 Mt CO2 from the atmosphere annually -- equivalent to 10 pct of the EU's total greenhouse gas emissions -- is part of the EU's meeting its carbon reduction targets.
The European Commission's initial proposal for a regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) introduced a "no-debit" or zero target whereby EU countries must offset all deforestation either by equivalent reforestation or improved forest management and thus have a neutral impact on climate change. The Commission proposal also required all 28 EU states to account for the emissions produced from burning biofuels, which was not the case previously.
The MEPs have also adopted a mandatory 2000 -2012 historical baseline obliging EU countries to count all emissions coming from changes in forest management in subsequent years. This means that if a country increased its harvesting levels, the reduction in "carbon sink" capacity would be accounted as a net increase in emissions.
The MEPs also raised the upper limit for forest credits that EU countries can use to offset emissions in other types of land (wetlands, for example) from 3,5 pct to 7 pct of the total current sink capacity of forests.
(Source: European Commission, EURACTIV.com, Various Others 14 Sept., 2017) Contact: European Commission, ec.europa.eu/commission
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission, Carbon Sink, Forest Carbon, CO2, Carbon Emissions,
China the world's third-largest bioethanol producer behind the U.S. and Brazil, as well as the world's largest automobile market, uses nearly 2.6 million tpy of ethanol but aims to raise production to 4 million tpy by 2020. The government aims to build an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstration facility that will be able to produce 50,000 tons of ethanol derived from cellulose a year by 2020.
banned the use of grain for ethanol production in 2007 to ensure sufficient food supplies, and biofuel manufacturers have since turned to sweet potatoes, sorghum and straw instead.
The country later lifted the ban in a number of provinces
(Source: Xinhua, Shanghai Daily, Others, 14 Sept., 2017)
Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Development and Reform Commission and the National Energy Administration, China Ethanol, Ethanol,
During Q1 of 2018, ethanol production is expected to be maintained at 1.03 million bpd, increasing to 1.04 million bpd during Q2 and 3 and increasing to 1.05 million bpd during Q4 of 2018.
The EIA's most recent monthly import data shows the U.S. imported 252,000 barrels of ethanol from Brazil in June and exported 2.21 million barrels of ethanol, primarily to Canada, Brazil, and India. (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2017)Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA, Ethanol,
Some 500 companies, including 80 in the United States, reported using carbon pricing. Many oil and gas companies such as British energy company BP use an internal, or "shadow," accounting method to track their carbon emissions, it said. Other companies charge carbon fees to internal business units.
According to the World Bank, 42 governments have or plan to have a way to tax carbon emissions or have a cap-and-trade system that allows industries with low emissions to sell their unused permitted capacity to larger emitters.
(Source: C2ES, World Bank, Voice of America, Sept., 2017) Contact: Climate and Energy Solutions , (703) 516-4146, www.c2es.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Carbon Emission, Climate and Energy Solutionss, Carbon Footprint,
The rule set specific limits on toxins like lead, arsenic and mercury in wastewater from power plants, potentially lowering pollution by 1.4 billion ppy and saving an estimated $500 million in public health costs.
(Source: EPA, Various Media, EcoWatch, 12 Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA, Clean Power Plan, Carbon Emissions,
Yale’s nationally representative survey of 1,226 American adults found that Almost 80 pct favored using the carbon tax revenue for developing renewable energy, or fixing America's infrastructure, and little support for a dividend payment to taxpayers . Moreover, the average American household was willing to pay around $177 per year in a carbon tax on its energy bills, which by itself would amount to $22 billion in revenue annually -- significantly less than the amount advocated in the conservative plan pitched to Trump earlier this yea. The Trump plan calls for American citizens and businesses to pay $40 per ton of carbon produced. The average American produces around 16 tpy of carbon.
Download the Republican's Climate Leadership Council The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends
(Source: Yale Univ., Motherboard, Sept., 2017) Contact: Yale, Prof. Matthew Kotchen, Economics,
Climate Leadership Council, www.clcouncil.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Carbon Emissions,
In line with state-level greenhouse gas-reduction goals, the ECAP seeks to lower emissions in the unincorporated county to 15 pct below 2007 levels. Through 2016, the county has achieved 16 pct of its 2020 emissions-reduction target.
Since implementing the plan, the county has received two American Planning Association (APA) awards for its Energy and Climate Action Plan, one from the local APA Central Coast Section and a state-level recognition for Innovation in Green Community Planning. (Source: Santa Barbara County, Noozhawk, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Santa Barbara County, www.CountyofSB.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, GHGs,
The research team's approach to this problem is to convert light hydrocarbons from shale gas into chemicals and transportation fuels using a network of portable, modular processing plants. Essentially, the process would turn gas from the shale into liquid, which could be used as a fuel.
The NSF wants to see the technology commercialized at the end of the 10 years, according to the Purdue research team.
(Source: Purdue, Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources, Journal & Courier, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Purdue University,
Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources ,Fabio Ribeiro, Dir., (765) 494-4050, firstname.lastname@example.org,
National Science Foundation, (703) 292-5111, www.nsf.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Purdue University, Shale Gas, Alternative Fuel, National Science Foundation,
The de Blasio administration is pproposing annual penalties that increase with a building’s size and its fossil-fuel usage. Beginning in 2030, a 30,000-square-foot apartment building that exceeds certain energy targets would pay $60,000 for each year it doesn’t meet the new standards, according to the mayor’s office. A building with 1 million square feet that was operating outside the required efficiency standards would pay as much as $2 million in annual penalties. Buildings not in compliance also would be prevented from receiving permits for major renovations. City officials said they intend to help owners afford energy upgrades through low-interest financing
de Blasio said as he directed city agencies to report by Sept. 30 on their efforts to achieve reductions in carbon emissions.
(Source: Office of NYC Mayor , Washington Post, Others, 13 Sept., 2017)
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BYD's B-Box is ideal for residential rooftop solar energy storage and can minimize the amount of solar energy sent back to the grid and negate the impact of costly peak time electricity tariffs, according to the company.
(Source: BYD, Sep 12, 2017) Contact: BYD, Julia Chen, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, BYD, Battery,
The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative supports local governments implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects. In addition, the designation gives the village an opportunity to apply for up to $50,000 toward additional clean energy projects, with no local cost share. To win Clean Energy Community certification, Bergen instituted a uilding energy benchmarking program, LED street lighting, and energy code enforcement training — training compliance officers in energy code best practices.
New York state communities designated Clean Energy Communities are eligible to apply for up to $250,000 funding with no local cost share, and up to 25 pct paid in advance to support additional clean energy projects.
(Source: NYSERDA, Daily News, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NYSERDA, John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; NY Clean Energy Community Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking, Energy Efficiency, NYSERDA, Clean Energy Community,
The Shasta County biomass facility would be one of the state's first to turn dead trees from the state's recent drought periods into combustible gas. (Source: California Energy Commission, AP, KRCR, 13 Sept., 2017)
Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Fall River Resource Conservation District (530) 336-6591, www.fallriverrcd.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, California Energy Commission,
The company plans to convert two of its three remaining coal-fired units with gas and another to biomass.
Under the new options being considered up to 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity and 200MW of battery storage could be installed, subject to investment agreements and the ability to secure a 15-year capacity market contract and other considerations.
(Source: DRAX Power, London South East, Business Green, Others, 13 Sept., 2017) Contact: DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 (0)1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX Power, Biomass, Energy Storage, Battery,
The DTL-DSN intelligent photocontrol system will function on a wireless network platform managed by Silver Spring Networks to provide "enhanced functionality and adaptive networking and control of large-scale LED street lighting systems."
In May 2017, the company announced the inclusion of a new Atrius brand in its portfolio of IoT business solutions and Atrius software platform. This software platform enables an array of capabilities including indoor positioning, asset tracking, space utilization, spatial analytics and energy management. Atrius sales grew 35% in the fiscal third quarter, higher than 25% reported last quarter, representing approximately 13% of sales. (Source: Acuity Brands, Nasdaq, Sept., 2017) Contact:
Acuity Brands Lighting, (770) 922-9000, www.acuitybrands.com; Silver Spring Networks, Amy Cook, (650) 839-4183, Global Communications, Brandon Davito, VP Smart Cities and Lighting, email@example.com, www.silverspringnet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Acuity Brands Lighting, Silver Spring Networks,
According to Gridtential, its new Silicon Joule Technology battery architecture mixes the low-cost and other benefits of lead-acid batteries with the fast charging benefits of lithium-ion batteries. (Source: Gridtential, Energy Storage, 12 Sept., 2017)Contact: Gridtential, (408) 752-2881, www.gridtential.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gridtential, Energy Storage, Battery,
However, analysis from MAKE Consulting suggests that the annual grid-connected capacity from 2017 to 2020 will be less than 25 GW in China, mainly because of curtailment restraints which can arise due to grid congestion, oversupply, operational issues or other reasons. In 2015, about 15 pct of China's wind energy was wasted because of curtailment issues.
According to MAKE Consulting, China's offshore wind resources are expected to grow to 26 GW by the end of 2026. China is currently on track to build an 800-MW wind farm off the coast of eastern China's Yancheng, Jiangsu province, surpassing the UK's 630-MW London Array.(Source: IEA, MAKE Consulting, Windpower Eng., Blog., 5 Sept., 2017)Contact: MAKE Consulting, +45 7026 6628, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.consultmake.com;
Chinese National Energy Administration, www.nea.gov.cn
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Battery production technology will be leased from 24M Technologies. Initial production will be aimed at the power generation energy storage sector.
(Source: Global Power Synergy, PTT, Bankok Post, 12 Sept., 2017)Contact:
Global Power Synergy, www.gpscgroup.com
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The STORNETIC DuraStor® flywheel is purely mechanical and designed for a very high number of charging cycles. Applications include Grid Services, Micro Grids and Island Grids, Hybrid-Systems (e.g. in combination with thermal power stations or batteries), breaking energy of rail vehicles, wind energy, and others. (Source: Stornetic, PR, Facebook, 12 Sept,. 2017) Contact: STORNETC, +49 24 61 65-7100, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF, Stornetic, Flywheel, Energy Storage,
The TrueCapture technology continuously refines the tracking algorithm of individual solar arrays in response to existing site and weather conditions. Additionally, the company's recently introduced NX Fusion Plus solar integrates solar tracker design, battery, inverter, and software into a solar energy-storage solution .
As previously reported, Flextronics acquired NEXTracker in 2015 for over $300 million. (Source: NEXTracker, PR, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: NEXTracker, (510) 270-2500, www.nextracker.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NEXTracker, Solar,
Little Sioux received a D3 cellulosic ethanol registration from the U.S. EPA after deploying Edeniq's technology at its plant. Thome noted the significance of the consistency between CARB's approval and the EPA's approval and his support for CARB's assignment of a 31.23 carbon intensity, validating the potential for Edeniq's technology to help the state achieve the GHG reduction goals of the LCFS. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: Edeniq Inc.,
Brian Thome, Pres., CEO,
Sarah Caswell, (402) 935-3081, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.edeniq.com;
Little Sioux Corn Processors, (712) 376-2800, www.littlesiouxcornprocessors.com; California ARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic, Edeniq, Ethanol , Little Sioux Corn Processors, California ARB,
The University's Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS) project, funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), developed sugarcane that produces oil (lipidcane) that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel in place of sugar that is currently used for ethanol production.
The research project analyzed the economic viability of crops with different levels of oil. Lipidcane with 5 pct oil produces four times more jet fuel -- 416 gallons -- per hectare than soybeans. Sugarcane with 20 pct oil produces 1,666 gallons per hectare more than soybeans.
"We estimate that this biofuel would cost the airline industry $5.31/gallon, which is less than most of the reported prices of renewable jet fuel produced from other oil crops or algae," according to Deepak Kumar, a postdoctoral researcher at Illinois, who led the analysis.
This crop also produces a hydrocarbon fuel along with bio-jet fuel or biodiesel that can be used to produce various bioproducts. The remaining sugar could be sold or used to produce ethanol and biorefineries could use lipidcane bagasse to produce steam and electricity.
(Source: Univ. of Illinois, Eureka Alert, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology;
PETROSS, Stephen Long, (217) 244-2999, wwww.igb.illinois.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Biofuel Feedstock,
Amber Kinetics is currently shipping its all-steel M32 -- 8 kW / 32 kWh -- units to customers and its next generation M160 -- 40kW / 160kWh -- will begin testing in Q1, 2018.(Source: Amber Kinetics, 11 Sept., 20170 Contact: Amber Kinetics, Ed Chiao, CEO.
Bill Barnes, Managing Director, (510) 474-1000X708, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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Waxman Energy Ltd. is part of the Waxman Group, selling high-quality energy solutions for private and commercial use. Up until now, the British wholesaler had kept batteries and inverters as separate products in its range. The VARTA element line, a three-phase all-in-one system with integrated power inverter and battery management system, is available in capacities ranging from 3.2 kWh to 13 kWh.
(Source: VARTA Storage Gmbh, PR, 11 Sept., 2017)
Contact: VARTA Storage Gmbh, Gordon Clements, General Manager Residential Power & Energy, +49 9081 240 8660, www.varta-storage.com/en/home.html
Waxman Group, +44 1422 371811, www.waxmangroup.co.uk
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The Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm 32 km off the North Norfolk, UK coast, is 35 pct owned by Statoil and 35 pct by Masdar while Statkraft holds 30 pct. (Source: A2SEA, Windtech, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: A2SEA, +45 7592 8211, email@example.com, www.a2sea.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News A2SEA, Offshore Wind, Dudgeon Offshore Wind,
The delegation aimed to "understand, explore and do a circumspective and preliminary analysis of steps to be taken in incorporating this technology into its suite of solutions", a media release said.
(Source: PTI, india.com, ZeeBusiness, Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, CCS, CCUS,
The Guoyang project in Anhui Province is expected to process 300,000 tpy of biomass and generate around 200 GWh per year, as well as provid central heating services for businesses in the Guoyang Industrial Park.
Both plants will be built on a build-own-operate model, the company said.
(Source: China Everbright Greentech, decentralized energy, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: China Everbright Greentech, www.ebgreentech.com
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Rocky Mountain Power, which serves approximately 1.1 million customers in in Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, has an energy-generating capacity of about 55 pct coal, 25 pct natural gas, 10 pct hydroelectric, and 10 pct wind and other sources, according to its promotional literature. The utility also plans to add
1,100 MW of new wind power by repowering existing Wyoming wind farms with longer blades and newer technology in 2020
when wind production tax credits are expected to end.
(Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Twitter, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Wyoming Rocky Mountain Power , www.rockymountainpower.net
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The installation of five 8.3 MW , MHI Vestas V164 turbines is expected before the month end for commissioning and startup before the year end. EDF Energy Renewables, a 50-50 UK joint venture between EDF Energies Nouvelles and EDF Energy.
(Source: EDF Energy Renewables, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Don McKay, Director of Operations, Matthieu Hue, CEO, www.edf-er.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Energy Renewables , Offshore Wind, Blyth Offshore Wind,
The Tahkoluoto project evolved from a single 2.3 MW wind turbine demo in 2010 to its present total of 10, 4.2 MW Siemens turbines. The project has a €83,5 per MWh feed-in tariff for 12 years and received a €20 million demonstration subsidy.
It is also the world's first offshore wind farm developed specifically for icy offshore conditions.
(Source: Suomen Hyotytuuli , CleanTechnica, Others, 11 Sept.,, 2017[ Contact: Suomen Hyotytuuli , +358 2 638 4493, http://hyotytuuli.fi
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The UK is the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in Europe and its utilities are among the largest purchasers of EU ETS permits. (Source: EU, Reuters, Others, 11 Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, Brexit, Carbon Emissions, European Union,
"Groupe PSA reaffirms that it complies with regulations in every country where it operates, and its vehicles have never been equipped with software or systems making it possible to detect compliance tests and to activate a pollutant treatment device that would be inactive during customer use," a company statement said.
PSA Group is Europe's second largest automaker with Peugeot, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Opel and Vauxhall Motors brands. Opel is the largest PSA brand in Europe. (Source: PSA Group, Shropshire Star,Others, 11 Sept., 2017)Contact: PSA Group, www.groupe-psa.com/en
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According to the ASA, "The EPA and the administration are missing an easy opportunity to help the agriculture and rural economy. …An increase of biomass-based diesel volume requirements to 2.5 billion gallons in 2019 and the advanced biofuels volumes to 4.75 billion gallons in 2018 is achievable and warranted.
"Since 1980 U.S. soybean farmers have increased production by 96 pct while using 8 pct less energy, land use per ton of soybean production has decreased by 35 pct and greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 41 pct per ton," the ASA added.
According to ASA modeling, additional soybean supplies will support the increased biomass-based diesel and advanced biofuels volume levels while feedstock prices will be less than their five-year average.
(Source: American Soybean Association , Sept., 2017)
Contact: American Soybean Association, Ron Moore, Pres., (314) 576-1770, www.soygrowers.com
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RETC's expertise and technical resources will be used to help predict a product's field performance against the provider's lifetime expectations. Testing data will stakeholders understand the risk of product failure and reliability before embarking on significant projects. Key customer segments for bankability and assessment services include product manufacturers, project owners, project developers, financial institutions and investors.
RETC is a 3rd Party CBTL and ISO accredited Test Laboratory located in the Silicon Valley, highly regarded with its world class engineering and certification testing services for PV and Renewable Energy products. (Source: Black & Veatch, PR, Sept., 2017)
Contact: Black & Veatch , Patrick Macelroy, (646) 779-8354,
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Greenfield Global is a world leader in specialty alcohols and the largest ethanol producer in Canada. (Source: Greenfield Global, BlackburnNews, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.greenfield.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global ,
This is possible because carbon atoms occur in heavy and light forms, or isotopes, and measuring the relative amounts of each can reveal the source of the carbon. The new instrument, developed by NIST chemists Adam Fleisher and David Long and based on a technology called cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS), promises to dramatically reduce the cost of those measurements "Measuring carbon isotopes is an extremely useful technique, but until now, it has found limited use because of the cost," said Long. "Lowering the cost will open the way for new applications, especially ones that require testing a large number of samples."
The key to these measurements is carbon-14, a radioactive (yet harmless) isotope of carbon that is formed in the upper atmosphere. That carbon-14 finds its way into all living things. Unlike regular carbon, carbon-14 is unstable, with a half-life of 5,730 years. When living things die, they stop incorporating carbon into their bodies, and their carbon-14 starts to decay away.
Fossil fuels also are the remains of living things, mainly plants that died hundreds of millions of years ago. Virtually all their carbon-14 decayed away eons ago, so anything derived from them is marked by the absence of measurable amounts of carbon-14, which is extremely rare.
CRDS instruments analyze gases by detecting the wavelengths of light they absorb. For instance, CO2 that contains carbon-14 -- heavy CO2 -- absorbs a slightly different wavelength than regular CO2.
To test biofuels and bioplastics, you would first burn those materials, then collect the resulting CO2 for analysis. This would allow you to test a fuel mixture to determine what fraction of it is biofuel. In the airline industry, for example, this would be useful because some countries require that aviation fuels include a specific biofuel percentage. Such tests could also be used to verify that bioplastics, which sell for a premium, do not contain petroleum-derived compounds. To estimate fossil fuel emissions in a geographic area, you would collect many air samples across that area and analyze the atmospheric CO2 in those samples. Areas with high fossil fuel emissions, such as cities and industrial zones, will have below-normal concentrations of heavy CO2.
A report from the National Academy of Sciences estimated that 10,000 samples a year, collected at carefully chosen locations around the United States, would be enough to estimate national fossil fuel emissions to within 10 percent of the actual value. Such a system of measurements can increase the reliability of national emissions estimates. This would be especially useful in parts of the world where high-quality emissions data are not readily available.
(Source: NIST, PR, 12 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIST, Adam Fleisher, David Long, (301) 975-2758, (303) 497-4044, www.nist.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Institute of Standards and Technology, Carbon, Carbon Emissions,
APS wants to expand the program to include commercial and industrial customers and would grow the program's focus to include an examination of pumped water storage and opportunities to save both energy and water in utility water delivery systems.
The utility this month filed demand management programs that include incentives for smart thermostats, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, electric school buses and charging infrastructure, water heater timers, and other resources.
APS said it intends to purchase a supply of smart thermostats that include energy efficiency savings functionality and the ability to control the thermostat remotely through a cell phone app. The devices will also be capable of utility communications for use in future demand response events. Thermostats will be provided free for participating customers who meet program requirements.
Among the other programs APS proposed is a "reverse demand response" pilot that aims to address negative pricing in the middle of the day.
The utility wants to shift non-residential load to times when renewable energy abundant, and aims to reduce the need to curtail solar during periods of negative pricing. To be eligible, dispatchable customer load must have a demand of at least 30 kW. (Source: APS, UtilityDive, 12 Sept., 2017)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona Public Service news, Energy Storage news,
The solar installations are intended to cut energy consumption and save operating expenses.
The project is being funded with private capital through the Connecticut Green Bank. The project cost has not been revealed but the savings are estimated at approximately $10 million over 20 years. Installations are slated for additional member schools at future dates.
(Source: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, WTNH, AP, 9 Sept., 2017)Contact: Connecticut State Colleges & Universities System, (850) 244-7600, www.ct.edu
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The YC600 works with 60 and 72-cell PV modules and offers dual, independent MPPT per panel. The unit operates within a wide MPPT voltage range. The unit features both integrated ground and DC connectors for fast installation and maintains inherent compliance to NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown code requirements. An integrated ZigBee antenna offers broadband communication over a mesh network for accurate data monitoring.
(Source: APsystems, PR, 10 Sept., 2017)
Contact: APsystems, Jason Higginson, Marketing, (206) 774-8524, Jason.Higginson@APsystems.com, www.APsystems.com
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Kearney project developer Chicago-based SoCore Energy will sell the project's electricity to NPPD which will in turn resell energy to Kearney solar subscribers at cost. To date, 5,499 shares of the community solar project's 7,099 total shares have been allocated. The remaining 1,600 shares sold in 150-kWh increments will be offered to residential and commercial customers who can stay in the program for as short as one month or as long as the length of the power purchase agreement of the solar developer, typically 20 years or more.
(Source: Kearney Hub, NPPD, Sept. 9, 2017)Contact: NPPD, Tim Arlt1, GM, Tim Arlt1, (877) 275-6773, http://www.nppd.com/innovation/solar/community-solar;
SoCore Energy, (877) 762-6731, www.socoreenergy.com
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Greenbyte's 'Breeze' system monitors, analyses, controls and maintains wind farms and can be used on desktop PCs, in control rooms and via mobile devices and can be remotely connected to Greenbyte's software via on-site SCADA systems. Currently, over 8 GW of renewable energy across five continents and over 20 countries are monitored with Greenbyte software.
(Source: Cabeolica, PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Cabeolica, +238 2602260, email@example.com,
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Previously this year, the school received $2.5 million in California Energy Commission grant funding which will enable it to precisely monitor, control and adjust energy use in key buildings and lead to an expected 20 pct saving in energy consumption. The three-year project will enhance existing energy management systems for 10 buildings on campus and will provide for additional occupancy sensors and automated controls as well as optimization of air circulation, lights and thermostats.
Since 2010,the College has implemented programs that include real-time metering for electricity, gas and water on all major buildings and education and social marketing programs to help address climate change and promote sustainable behavior. (Source: Pomona College, Inland Empire, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Pomona College, (909) 621-8000, www.pomona.edu
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