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Mars Touts $1Bn Plan to Fight Climate Change (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-09-11
Confectionary giant Mars is reporting the launch of its $1 billion "Sustainability in a Generation" plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain by 67 pct by 2050. The cany maker will also set up projects aimed at reducing poverty for their suppliers and farmers in low-income countries, as well as improving the sustainability of the farming practices that they run.

Mars has said it hopes its initiative will encourage other companies to make similar environmental commitments. (Source: Mars, PR 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Mars, Grant F Reid, CEO, http://www.mars.com/global/sustainable-in-a-generation/our-approach-to-sustainability

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


EnergyAustralia, Redback Launch Residential Energy Management System (New Prod. & Tech.)
EnergyAustralia,Redback Technologies
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Land Down Under, electric power and gas retailer EnergyAustralia's $9.3 million investment in Brisbane-based energy management business Redback Technologies last October has now born fruit with the company launching the Redback Smart Hybrid System for homes today.

The energy management and storage system combines solar inverter, a battery enclosure and intelligent energy management software in a single outdoor hub which can be paired with solar panels and batteries. It also has an app so users can access, monitor and control their energy use from a smartphone or tablet.

Retailer EnergyAustralia estimates an average home would save around $1,500 annually when the system is combined with solar panels and a battery. A complete new system would cost around $9,000 to install or $7,000 to retrofit to existing solar panels, based on inverter modifications, and pay for itself within seven years.

The Redback Smart Hybrid Inverter has a 5 kW power output and the potential to store up to 13.2 kWh of electricity -- sufficient for 75 pct of the average home's daily energy needs. The modular design means a homeowner can start with 3.3kWh of storage and add more battery units over time. (Source: Energy Australia, Business Insider Australia, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: EnergyAustralia, Andrew Perry, www.energyaustralia.com.au; Redback Technologies, +61 1300 240 182, https://redbacktech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyAustralia,  Redback Technologies,  Energy Management,  


The Rise in Global Atmospheric CO2, Surface Temperature, and Sea Level from Emissions Traced to Major Carbon Producers -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2017-09-11
"The question of responsibility for climate change is central to public and policy discourse over actions to curb greenhouse gas emissions and limit adverse impacts. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the principle of 'common but differentiated responsibilities' among nations, signaling the recognition that nations that had produced the larger share of historical emissions bore a greater responsibility for avoiding 'dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate.'

"Reflecting this principle, the Paris Agreement establishes common commitments, for example to global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in the second half of this century, while allowing flexibility in mitigation efforts to accommodate different national capacities and circumstances."

Access the report HERE. (Source: Springer Link, DOI, Climatic Change, 7 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Watertown Mass. Examines Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
Watertown Mass., USGBC
Date: 2017-09-11
In the Bay State, the Watertown Town Council is considering major changes in energy efficiency standards that would require new buildings in all Watertown commercial corridors to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard.

Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review. Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard. The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects. According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


EU Legislators Back 40 pct Energy Efficiency Target (Int'l)
EC
Date: 2017-09-11
Members of the European Parliament (MEP) Environment Committee reports it has agreed to raise the 28-mmember trading bloc's proposed 30 pct legally-binding target under the Paris Climate Agreement to 40 pct, post 2020. The MEPs also agreed to close several loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.

Current European Union energy efficiency legislation obliges member states to save the equivalent of 1.5 pct of energy sold to consumers every year. But there are a number of loopholes which mean savings across the EU are reduced to just 0.75 pct including exempting the transport sector from the obligations. (Source: EC, EURACTIV, 8 Sept., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Union,  European Commission,  Energy Efficiency Target,  


NASA Climate Missions Threatened by Trump Budget (Ind. Report)
NASA
Date: 2017-09-11
The White House has announced President Trump's intention to nominate Representative James Bridenstine, (R-Okla) as National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) administrator.

If appointed and confirmed, Bridenstine, who is best known for his views on climate change and opening space to commercial plunder, would be tasked with implementing Trump's proposed budget cuts which would slash as much as $561 million from NASA's annual budget and ground the following NASA education programs and climate-related satellite missions:

  • the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR), a satellite currently in space monitoring solar wind, or the charged particles being flung outward by the sun;

  • The Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Environment (PACE) mission which is slated for launch within the next five to six years and will keep an eye on the seas, which is crucial to understanding how the planet responds to climate change;

  • The Orbiting Carbon Observatory and the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) Pathfinder, both of which measure climate change, rising sea levels and other applications could also be cut. (Source: Common Science, NASA, Gonzaga Bulletin, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory, (818) 354-7716, www.nasa.gov; Rep. James Bridenstine, https://bridenstine.house.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Climate Change,  


  • NEWBio Advances Sustaiable Biomass Energy (Ind. Report)
    NEWBio
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The NorthEast Woody/Warm-season Biomass Consortium (NEWBio), a Northeastern U.S. regional network of universities, businesses and government entities reports that from 2012 to the present it has been working with $10 million in USDA funding to advance sustainable bioenergy and perennial biomass crops -- specifically warm-season grasses and short-rotation willow production strategies, policies and markets -- in the Northeastern U.S.

    According to project director Tom Richard, NEWBio made tremendous progress building robust, scalable and sustainable value chains for bio-based energy, chemicals and materials across the Northeastern region.

    Among its goals, NEWBio aimed to identify options where bioenergy crops could improve environmental outcomes without competing with food production. One was floodplains and buffers along streams where these crops can improve water quality. A second goal was to utilize abandoned and marginal lands using patented high-yielding willow and various warm-season grasses.

    The NEWBio consortium includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Cornell University, Ohio State University, Delaware State University, Rutgers University, Drexel University, University of Vermont, SUNY-ESF, West Virginia University, Idaho National Laboratory, USDA-ARS, University of Maine and Stony Brook University. (Source: NEWBio, Penn State Univ., 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Penn State Univ., Tom Richard, Project Director, 0291, trichard@psu.edu; NEWBio, (814) 863-0291, www.newbio.psu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Energy,  Sustainable Biomass,  Bioenergy Crops,  Willow,  Woody Biomass,  


    DOE Reports Additional $8.8Mn for Algae Tech. Innovations (R&D)
    DOE ,BETO
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The U.S. Department of Energy is reporting the selection of four additional projects from the Productivity Enhanced Algae and ToolKits funding opportunity to receive up to $8.8 million for projects that will deliver high-impact tools and techniques for increasing the productivity of algae organisms in order to reduce the costs of producing algal biofuels and bioproducts. The funding for this initiative now totals over $16 million.

    The organizations selected include:

  • The Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with Global Algae Innovations, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Colorado State University, will improve the productivity of wild algal strains using advanced directed evolution approaches in combination with high-performance, custom-built, solar simulation bioreactors;

  • The University of California, San Diego, will develop genetic tools, high-throughput screening methods, and breeding strategies for green algae and cyanobacteria, targeting robust production strains;

  • The University of Toledo, in partnership with Montana State University and the University of North Carolina, will cultivate microalgae in high-salinity and high-alkalinity media to achieve productivities without needing to add concentrated carbon dioxide;

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will ecologically engineer algae to encourage growth of bacteria that efficiently remineralize dissolved organic matter to improve carbon dioxide uptake and simultaneously remove excess oxygen. (Source: US DOE BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  Algae Biofuel,  


  • EIA Urges Climate Friendly Refrigerant Incentives (Ind.Report)
    Hydrocarbons21,Montreal Protocol
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO, is pushing California to utilize its greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) to help phase down ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) by offering incentives for climate-friendly and natural refrigeration alternatives.

    The GGRF is funded by cap-and-trade dollars which state agencies manage under California Climate Investments. The money is earmarked for public health enhancement, especially for disadvantaged communities.

    A natural refrigerant incentive program is part of CARB's implementation of a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategy, which includes a plan to reduce the state's HFC emissions 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hydrocarbons21, 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Hydrocarbons21, hydrocarbons21.com team (@hydrocarbons21, www.hydrocarbons21.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HFC,  Refrigerant Gas,  California ARB,  Hydrocarbons21,  Montreal Protocol,  


    Japanese Biomass Power Capacity on the Rise (Int'l)

    Date: 2017-09-11
    In Tokyo, a Nikkei survey of 45 companies, including major power providers and members of a renewable energy industry group with combined biomass power generation capacity of 800,000kW, has found that the country's present 3.1 million kilowatts biomass power generation capacity is set to increase by 1.7 million kilowatts for a total of 4.8 million kilowatts by 2023. The survey also found that investment is expected to top ¥700 billion ($6.42 billion) over the same period. (Source: Asian Review, Nikkei, 7 Sept., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    Alberta Woody Biomass Plant Gets $14.3Mn Overhaul (Ind. Report)
    Whitecourt Power
    Date: 2017-09-11
    On the Canadian prairies, Whitecourt Power LP, a unit of Capstone Infrastructure , reports it is investing $14.3 million in the refurbishment of its woody biomass power facility in Whitecourt, Alta.

    The work, which includes boiler, steam turbine and generator repairs and overhauls, will require a complete plant shutdown and is expected to take about 2 months to complete. The Whitecourt project is receiving funding from the Government of Alberta's $60 million, 2016 Bioenergy Producer Program. (Source: Whitecourt Power, Canadian Biomass, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Whitecourt Power, (416) 649-1300, info@capstoneinfra.com, http://www.capstoneinfrastructure.com/OurBusiness/PowerInfrastructure/OperatingFacilities/biomass/whitecourt

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whitecourt Power,  Biomass,  


    PrimusPower, OSIsoft Tout Energy Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    OSIsoft,PrimusPower
    Date: 2017-09-11
    Stationary energy storage systems specialist Primus Power reports it is partnering with San Leandro, California-based OSIsoft, LLC to integrate the PI System in the EnergyPod 2. The PI System is used by over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and increasingly in energy storage. With a five-hour duration and lab-certified 20-year life, PrimusPower's EnergyPod 2 delivers a total cost of ownership up to 50 pct less than conventional lithium-ion battery systems, according to a release.

    Primus Power's flow batteries are shipping to U.S. and international commercial/industrial, data center, microgrid, utility, and military customers. With technical innovations protected by 34 patents in 9 countries/regions, the Company's EnergyPod 2 systems offer reliability, modularity, and energy density at an industry-leading total cost of ownership, according to the company. (Source: Primus Power Corporation, PR, 11 Sept. 2017) Contact: Primus Power Corp., Janey Ward, (510) 342 -7648, Janey.Ward@primuspower.com, www.primuspower.com; OSIsoft, www.osisoft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PrimusPower,  OSIsoft,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  ,  


    Battery Makers Plan Preemptive Energy Storage Investment (Int'l)
    LG Chem, Samsung SDI, SK Innovation
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In Seoul, Korean battery manufacturers LG Chem, Samsung SDFI and SK Innovations report they will invest about 2.6 trillion won ($2.3 billion) in Korea by 2020. Of that total, 610 billion won ($539 million) will be committed to battery technology development such as the innovation and upgrading of the performance of secondary batteries for electric vehicles and 2 trillion won will be committed to expand battery energy storage production capacities in a move to "preemptively expand the market of electric vehicles and energy storage systems (ESSs)."

    The three firms have also lobbied the government for increased support such as tackling a surge in the prices of raw materials for secondary batteries and strengthening the competitiveness of material and equipment makers. (Source: LG Chem, Samsung SDI, Other, Business Korea, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: LG Chem, Peter Gibson, ESS Sales, LG Chem, Kwon Young-soo, Pres., Battery Div., Terry Lee, Public Relations, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com; Samsung SDI, www.samsungsdi.com; SK Innovation, +82 2 2121 5114, www.skinnovation.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Samsung SDI,  SK Innovation ,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    New UK Lab Investigating Zero-Carbon Energy Solutions (Int'l)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2017-09-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), in partnership with Northern Powergrid and Newcastle University is reporting the launch of "Integrel", a new £30 million green energy R&D facility in Gateshead. The facility, which bills itself as the UK's first test centre for integrated energy system technology, will carry out research into battery energy storage, the use of hydrogen as an energy source and new ways of reducing the carbon output of energy storage and transport.

    The project is part of NGN's bid to develop a zero-carbon energy network in order to save its customers money and reduce reliance on coal, natural gas, and petroleum. (Source: Northern Gas Network, Telegraph, 11 Sept., 2017) Contact: NGN Mark Horsley, CEO, +44 (0) 113 322 7950, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Gas Networks news,  Zero-Carbon Energy news,  


    Burning Coal Methane for Carbon Credits Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Global Carbon Strategies Corp.
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Lakewood, Colorado-based Global Carbon Strategies Corp. (GCS) reports it plans to "flare" up to 400,000 million btu of vented coal mine methane gas per year from 6 "gob" mines in Utah under a five-year contract with Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

    Under federal legislation, mine operators are permitted to vent mine methane without penalty. GCS' proposal qualifies under California's cap-and-trade system.

    GCS will pay a 12.5-cent royalty per million btu flared, plus $5,000 per year per mine in rent. Carbon offsets are currently selling for $5.80 per ton of carbon dioxide equivalent.

    According to the EPA, coal mines represent 12 pct of all human-caused methane emissions and are the nation's second largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after CO2. Even so, methane emissions from mines are exempted from regulation under the Clean Air Act because the gas has to be vented from underground coal deposits to prevent lethal explosions.

    To calculate the carbon offsets the methane destruction is worth, GCS is relying on Salt Lake City-based consulting firm Bluesource, which will register the offsets with the Climate Action Reserve. They could then be issued California Air Resources Board (CARB) which has authorized 7 mines to join the offset program. (Source: GCS, CARB, Salt Lake Tribune, Sept., 2017) Contact: Global Carbon Strategies, C. Kennedy, VP, 1885 Denver West Court, Lakewood, Colorado, 80401, -- phone and email not presently available; Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, (801) 538-5100, https://trustlands.utah.gov; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Bluesource, www.bluesource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bluesource,  California ARB,  ,  Global Carbon Strategies,  Methane,  Carbon Credit ,  


    Has Joule Unlimited Reached its Limit? (Ind. Report)
    Joule Unlimited
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Bedford, Mass.-headquartered Joule Unlimited Inc. is reportedly quitting the biofuels business and has laid off most of its 120 employees, sold its New Mexico manufacturing facility, and is trying to sell its patents, according to the Boston Globe.

    The decade-old biofuels company raised at least $200 million in venture capital to commercialize a process that would convert carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight into fuels using microorganisms. (Source: xeconomy, Boston Globe, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Joule Unlimited, Felicia Krupps, (781) 533-9121, fkrupps@jouleunlimited.com, www.jouleunlimited.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Joule Unlimited,  Biofuel,  


    BRICS NDB Inks $800Mn In Chinese Green Project Loans (Int'l)
    BRICS New Development Bank
    Date: 2017-09-08
    The Shanghai-headquartered BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) New Development Bank (NDB) reports it has agreed to $800 million in loan agreements for three green development projects in China's Fujian, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces. The loan will finance the Fujian Putian Pinghai Bay Offshore Wind Power Project, the Ecological Development Project in the Green Heart Center of the Hunan Chang-Zhu-Tan City Cluster and Jiangxi Industrial Low-Carbon Restructuring and Green Development Pilot Project.

    To date, the BRICS NDB has approved 11 projects with loans aggregating over $3 billion . Four of the projects are in China, three in India, two in Russia, one in Brazil, and one in South Africa. (Source: BRICS New Development Bank, PR, Xinhua News Agency, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: BRICS New Development Bank, K.V. Kamath, Pres., www.ndb.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BRICS New Development Bank,  Wind,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Toms River Schools Plans $17Mn in Energy Upgrades (Ind. Report)
    Energy Savings Improvement Program
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In the Garden State, the Toms River Regional School District reports it is planning $17 million in infrastructure upgrades through an Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) that will fund the upgrades through energy cost savings, the district announced.

    ESIP allows public entities to finance and pay for capital upgrades with the energy cost savings generated by installing energy conservation measures (ECMs) without tax increases to the public. The typical energy conservation measures include LED lighting and controls, HVAC systems, boilers, building envelope improvements (the building envelope is the walls, the roof, windows, doors, anything that separates the outside of the building from the inside) and energy management systems.

    The ESIP related upgrades will be implemented with the assistance of Maser Engineering, DCO Energy and CDI, and a district news release said it will be self-funding and budget neutral. The completed project will deliver $1.1 million in New Jersey Clean Energy Program incentives and more than $900,000 per year energy cost savings, according to a School District news release . (Source: Toms River Regional School District, Toms River Patch, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Toms River Regional School District, (732) 473-9168www.trschools.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Savings Improvement Program ,  


    BEC Cutting Westlakes Science & Tech. Park Carbon Footprint (Int'l)
    Britain's Energy Coast
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Cumbria, UK, Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) reports the appointment of the Bolton-based construction firm Forrest as a new energy contractor and partner at BEC's Westlakes Science and Technology Park, near Whitehaven. The appointment is intended to bring low carbon power generation and export capabilities to Westlakes in a bid to cut its carbon footprint.

    Forrest, based in Bolton, will be developing a plan based on smart-microgrids and energy technologies for the two-square-mile site. It will also explore the energy efficiency of the existing property portfolio, asset and maintenance plans and future developments will be taken into consideration for a fully integrated solution. It is thought their plan could use distributed energy, building management systems, solar PV, electric vehicles, district heating, and energy efficiency measures.

    Britain's Energy Coast (BEC) owns, operates, develops and regenerates high quality property assets and uses the profits to facilitate programmes that improve the area and support low carbon goals. (Source: BEC, Cumbria Life, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Britain's Energy Coast, Michael Pemberton, CEO, +44 1946 595200, http://britainsenergycoast.co.uk; Forrest, +44 1942 841122, www.forrest.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Footprint,  


    Vestas, Tesla Partnering on Wind Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Vestas,Wind,Energy Storage,Tesla
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Energy storage and electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla reports it has partnered with wind turbine giant Vestas to apply Tesla's energy storage battery technology to the wind industry.

    Vestas has been been investigating various technologies and companies on how batteries and wind farms could be used in conjunction since the the 2012 launch of a wind project in Lem-Kaer, Denmark, according to a Vestas statement. (Source: Tesla, Vestas, Futurism1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Tesla, www.teslamotors.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Energy Storage,  Tesla,  Tesla Powerwall,  


    EDP Renewables, Cummins Ink Indiana Wind Farm VPA (Ind. Report)
    EDP Renewables North America
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Following on our August 21 coverage, Columbus, Ohio-headquartered heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturer Cummins reports it has inked a 15-year "virtual-power purchase agreement" (VPA) with Houston-based EDP Renewables North America to expand the Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex which operates hundreds of turbines spread out over White, Jasper, and Benton counties in northern Indiana.

    The deal will allow EDP to add 25 to 35 turbines to the facility to generate an additional 262,000 MWh per year of capacity -- sufficient to power 20,000 average Indiana homes.

    Under a VPPA, a company agrees to pay a renewable-energy-project developer a fixed rate for electricity over a contracted period, usually 10 to 20 years, while continuing to buy electricity from the local utility. The company does not get the energy directly. Instead, the developer sells the power onto the grid, where it is bought by other consumers at wholesale prices. (Source: Cummins, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cummins, Mark Dhennin, Dir. Energy and Environment, Brian Mormino, (614) 771-1000, www.cummins.com; EDP Renewables North America, www.edpr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cummins Diesel,  EDP Renewables North America,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  


    Albany Awarded $1.4Mn for Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    ew York Power Authority
    Date: 2017-09-08
    The New York Power Authority (NYPA) reports it has awarded $1.4 million to the city of Albany for three programs designed to cut its energy usage -- including one that will tie 22 city buildings into the statewide New York Energy Manager center at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

    NYPA's efforts are part of a statewide mandate to reduce energy consumption at state facilities by 20 pct by 2020. The New York Energy Manager facility was created in part to oversee that project, and the $1.4 million awarded to Albany was part of a competition among four upstate cities that provided up to $500,000 to qualified projects. The projects are expected to save Albany $240,000 per in energy costs. (Source: NYPA, TimesUnion, Sept., 2017) Contact: NYPA, Gil Quiniones, CEO, (914) 681-8186, www.nypa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New York Power Authority,  Energy Consmption,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Solaria Touts PowerVision-150 Electric Power Generating Glass (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Solaria
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Freemnont, California-headquartered solar energy and module specialist Solaria is reporting the introduction of its PowerVision-150 range of solar electricity generating glass modules, following the success of PowerXT rooftop modules.

    The new modules are ideal for transforming skylights, atriums and similar applications into architecturally aesthetic power-producing structures. They have already been endorsed by leading glass and fabrication companies such as Pilkington, AGC and Walters & Wolf.

    Solaria solar-outfitted windows mitigate the sunlight's effect on a building and work with high-efficiency solar PV modules to unlock the full power potential of buildings, providing high yield at a low cost. (Source: Solaria Corporation, 6 Sept., 2017) Contact: Solaria, Suvi Sharma, CEO, ( 510) 270- 2500, PowerXT@solaria.com, PowerView@solaria.com, www.solaria.com

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


    Army Recognized for Energy Efficiency, Conservation (Ind. Report)
    Fort A.P. Hill
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In the Old Dominion State, the U.S. Army's Fort A.P. Hill reports the installation of an exterior finish and insulation system on ten transient training barracks, replacement of fuel oil fired hot water boilers and split system air conditioning units in three dining facilities, the installation of high-efficient windows in training support buildings and other energy related upgrades has earned the base U.S. DOE Federal Energy and Water Management Awards.

    The Army base also completed effective proactive energy efficiency and building energy management systems and interactive energy conservation awareness initiatives that helped reduce the base's fiscal year 2016 energy intensity by 23.4 pct from the prior year, resulting in a utility savings of more than $583,000, despite an increase in building square footage of 35 percent. (Source: US Army Fort A.P. Hill, Caroline Progress, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: Fort A.P. Hill, (804) 633-8120, www.army.mil/aphill

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    US Methanol's W.Va. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    US Methanol
    Date: 2017-09-08
    US Methanol is reporting groundbreaking at its first American facility, Liberty One, in Institute, near CHarleston, West Virginia. The 200,000 metric tpy methanol is expected to fully operational in mid-2018.

    The Liberty One facility will incorporate parts of a deconstructed methanol production plant from Rio De Janerio. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority approved a $10 million loan in May in developing the site for use. (Source: US Methanol LLC, WV Metro News, Others, 7 Sept., 2017) Contact: US Methanol LLC, (681) 205-8511, info@usmeoh.com, www.usmeoh.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Methanol,  Methanol,  


    DONG Dismantling First Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-08
    DONG Energy is reporting the dismantling of its first offshore wind farm. All salvageable turbine components and parts will be reused when possible while the blades will be reused in an innovative noise barrier concept. Prior to this, however, some of the blades will become part of a research project at DTU Riso. Components that are not immediately reusable have been transported to a certified recovery company.

    "This is the first time we're dismantling an offshore wind farm, but luckily, we've been able to draw on our vast experience from constructing offshore wind farms and working offshore," says Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer in DONG Energy. "In cooperation with the winning contractors, we developed the dismantling method and entered a long process with the authorities to obtain all necessary permits." (Source: DONG Energy, PR, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Leif Winther, Senior Lead Business Developer, www.dongenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  Offshore Wind,  


    Portland Airport Adds Solar Array (Ind. Report)
    Portland International Jetport
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In the Pine Tree State, the Portland International Jetport is reporting receipt of $1.3 million in grant funding from the U.S. DOT Federal Aviation Administration to support a rooftop photovoltaic solar array on an airport parking garage roof.

    The city of Portland owns and operates the airport, which accommodates more than 1.7 million international passengers every year. (Source: Portland International Jetport, DOT FAA, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Portland International Jetport, (207) 774-7301, www.portlandjetport.org; Federal Aviation Administration, www.faa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


    Siemens Gamesa Repowering NextEra Texas Find Farms (Ind. Report)
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) reports it has been selected by NextEra Energy Resources to"repower" a pair of Texas wind farms. The repowering is expected to increase annual power production by 25 pct boost reliability and efficiency, and extend turbine service life.

    The repowering program will upgrade the existing Siemens SWT-2.3-93 model to the SWT-2.3-108 model turbines. The project is expected to be completed before the year-end. (Source: Siemens Gamesa , PR, Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.htm; NextEra Energy Resources LLC, (561) 691-7171, www.nexteraenergyresources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  


    Enel's Peruvian Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
    Enel Green Power Peru
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Peru, Enel Green Power (Peru) is reporting construction is underway and the first turbines are being installed at its first wind farm in Peru, the 132-MW Wayra I Wind Farm in the district of Marcona, Ica region. The company expects to invest approximately $165 million in the 42-turbine wind farm which is expected to be fully operational in the first half of 2018. The project will generate sufficient power for as many as 480,000 Peruvian homes, and will help to avoid 288,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. (Source: Enel Green Power, CNBC, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Enel Green Power Peru, https://corporate.enel.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Enel Green,  


    Swedish Timber Firm Investing $12.5Mn in Biofuel Production (Int'l)
    Sodra Timber
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer Sodra reports it will invest more than SEK 100 million ($12.5 million) in the production of biomethanol from forest biomass raw material. The project is expected to bet underway shortly and is scheduled to be ready for operation by spring 2019, according to a company release.

    The plant will produce 5,000 tpy of biomethanol. from crude methanol produced by the manufacturing process at Sodra's new Monsteras pulp mill. (Source: Sodra, Lesprom 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Sodra Timber, +46 470 89000, www.sodra.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sodra Timber,  Biomethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Arendal Norway Pledges 100 pct Carbon Neutrality (Int'l)
    UNFCCC
    Date: 2017-09-08
    According to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as the world's first municipality to join the United Nation's Climate Neutral Now initiative, the entire Norwegian municipality of Arendal (pop 41,675) has pledged to become 100 pct climate neutral. Ardenal municipality's own operations have been climate neutral since 2008.

    To achieve its goal, the municipality aims to cut fossil fuel use in transportation, along with increasing the use of biofuels and electric vehicles as well as buying renewable power and increasing energy efficiency. (Source: UNFCCC, Sustainability & Environment, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  UNFCCC,  


    Saxlund's UK Bio-SNG Plant Expects 2018 Startup (Int'l Report)
    Saxlund International
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In the UK, Southampton-based biomass and material handling company Saxlund International reports its Swindon-area £25-million plant to produce bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) from household waste is due to become operational at the start of 2018.

    Bio-SNG is produced through the gasification of cellulosic materials, such as energy crops or forestry residues, after which the Bio-SNG is then gas conditioned, synthesised and gas upgraded. Bio-SNG can be used like biogas produced through anaerobic digestion or it can be converted into liquid biofuels, diesel, ethanol and other fuels.

    The project scored approximately £11 million in funding from the UK Department for Transport's Advanced Biofuels Demonstration Competition and £8.6 million from Cadent (formerly National Grid Gas Distribution). (Source: Saxlund International, Resource, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: Saxlund International, Matt Drew, Managing Dir., +44 23 8063 6330, www.saxlund.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Saxlund Internationa,  l,  


    31 Utilities Added Energy Storage Project in 2016 (Ind. Report)
    Smart Electric Power Alliance
    Date: 2017-09-08
    According to a recent Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) survey, 71 utilities report having at least one energy storage installation deployed in their service territory at the end of 2016 and 80 pct of utility respondents reported they are currently implementing or considering energy storage to defer grid investments. Within that group, 31 utilities said they deployed their first energy storage project last year.

    According to 155 utility survey respondents, 207 megawatts/257 MWh of energy storage were added to the grid last year, across 829 systems. Residential deployments accounted for 4.5 megawatts/7.5 MWh; non-residential deployments accounted for 54 megawatts/68 MWh and utility-owned deployments totaled 151 megawatts/181.6 MWh.

    Utilities provided cumulative and 2016 data on energy storage installations interconnected in their service territories prior to December 31, 2016. Energy storage installations included in the results include batteries, flow batteries, kinetic energy storage (such as flywheels), supercapacitors, and compressed air energy storage. The survey did not include pumped hydropower, thermal energy storage, or electric vehicles. (Source: Smart Electric Power Alliance, GTM, Various Media, September 07, 2017) Contact: Smart Electric Power Alliance, (202) 857-0898, https://sepapower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smart Electric Power Alliance ,  Energy Storage,  


    NIU Scores $911,000 NSF Bioinformatics Funding (R&D, Funding)
    National Science Foundation,Northern Illinois University
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Dekalb, Northern Illinois University (NIU) reports it has received $911,000 in National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant funding over five years in support of biological sciences professor Yanbin Yin bioinformatics research. The research could contribute to the making of lower-cost biofuels, help prevent crop loss due to microbial pathogens and illuminate how algae evolved to land plants.

    Yin specializes in bioinformatics, a blending of biology and computer science for analysis of highly complex biological data. He specifically seeks to shed light on enzymes known as carbohydrate active enzymes, or CAZymes, which are responsible for the synthesis, degradation, modification and recognition of all carbohydrates. Microbes use CAZymes to break down plant carbohydrates into simple sugars, which can be further converted into biofuels and other biomaterials.

    Yin's research team will develop computer tools to better identify CAZymes from newly sequenced microbial genomes, sequence the genome of a green alga (Zygnma circumcarinatum) and peer into the evolutionary processes within early plants. Yin will collaborate with Scott Grayburn, director of biology's Molecular Core Lab, on the algal genome sequencing work. (Source: NIU News, 5 Sept., 2017) Contact: NIU, Professor Yanbin Yin, Prof. Scott Grayburn, (815) 753-0638, sgrayburn@niu.edu, www.niu.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Science Foundation,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


    BioFuelNet Online Advanced Biofuels Certificate Course Offered (Ind. Report)
    BioFuelNet Canada
    Date: 2017-09-08
    BioFuelNet, the Canadian network on biofuels, reports it is offering a new online Advanced Biofuels Course (ABC) covering the entire supply-chain from feedstock to commercialization of biofuels. Each class focuses on a specific subject given by an expert in that particular field.

    Download details on the Advanced Biofuels Course 2017 Edition starting Sept. 18, HERE. (Source: BioFuelNet, PR, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: BioFuelNet Canada, Guillaume Perron-Piche, Communications Mgr., (514) 398-7861, http://biofuelnet.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BioFuelNet Canada,  Biofuel,  


    China Set for November Carbon-Trading Plan Launch (Int'l)
    National Development and Reform Commission
    Date: 2017-09-08
    Following-up on our February 6 coverage, after four years of pilot programs in 7 cities and provinces involving more than 2,000 "high emitting" companies and manufacturers, China is set to finally launch a nationwide cap-and-trade carbon-trading system in November to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the system will cover companies with annual energy consumption of over 10,000 metric tons of standard coal. These companies are primarily in the petrochemical, chemical, building materials, iron and steel, nonferrous metals, paper, electric utilities and aviation sectors.

    Carbon markets have been operating successfully in the European Union -- EU ETS -- and the U.S. state of California, despite some problems in determining prices and emissions caps. In time, China's national trading system could become the largest in the world and could help China meet its pledges to cut carbon emissions per unit of gdp by 40-45 pct below 2005 levels by 2020 and reach peak emissions by around 2030, according to the NDRC. (Source: NDRC, Radio Free Asia, Sept., 2017) Contact: China National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Cap-and-Trade,  China Carbon Market,  China National Development and Reform Commission ,  


    Minneapolis Convention Center Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-08
    In Minnesota, the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) reports it has been awarded U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC LEED certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM).

    Last spring, the MCC completed a major sustainability effort to install a 250,000-gallon storm water system, which allows the facility to divert an estimated 5.4 million gallons of runoff rainwater annually from the river and redirect it to an underground storage system for the venue's irrigation. Other center energy efficiency initiatives and measures include offsetting energy usage by 100 pct with solar and wind power; recycling 60 pct of waste in 2016; collecting 160 tons of organics for hog feed and composting; donating 4 tons of food per year and others. (Source: Minneapolis Convention Center, Trade Show News Network, Sept., 2017) (Contact: Minneapolis Convention Center, Jeff Johnson, Exec. Dir., (612) 335-6000, www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Conservation,  


    Conference Board of Canada
    Date: 2017-09-08



    Arch Coal Seeking BLM Methane Emissions Concessions (Ind. Report)
    Arch Coal
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Colorado's North Fork Valley, Arch Coal Inc.'s West Elk coal mining operations, the state's largest methane emitter and the nation's second largest coal miner, is asking the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to cut the royalties it pays on some of the coal it extracts. The BLM is reportedly prepared to cut the royalties from 8 to 5 percent for a part of the mine where extracting coal is technically challenging and thus more expensive. The West Elk mine is on federal land, so its royalties are split between the federal Treasury and the state, which shares its portion with local government.

    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper (D) has come out in support of the discount on the proviso that Arch Coal commits to developing a methane capture strategy. To date, the state has led the nation in requiring oil and gas producers -- but not coal miners -- to control methane emissions.(Source: Arch Coal, BLM, High Country News, 31 Aug., 2017) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov; Arch Coal, www.archcoal.com; Office of Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, www.colorado.gov/governor

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hickenlooper,  Arch Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  Methane,  BLM,  Coal Bed Methane,  


    1884 UMass Chapel Wins LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In the Bay State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports its recently renovated 1884 vintage Old Chapel has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold Certification after extensive energy efficiency and other structural upgrade completed by the architectural firm Finegold Alexander.

    In 2015, a $21 million renovation, addition, and preservation effort got underway including: a 21 pct cut in overall energy use through added insulation; exhaust air recovery system installation; improved interior and exterior lighting power density, and variable speed pumping on chilled and hot water distribution; 34 pct reduction in potable water use via low-flow plumbing fixtures; 82 pct of new wood products are FSC Certified; 83 pct of existing structural elements were reused; 84 pct of construction waste was diverted from landfills; high efficiency LED light fixtures were used throughout;comprehensive transportation management plan; water efficient landscaping that improves site ecology without permanent irrigation methods; and others. (Source: UMass, USGBC, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: UMass Amherst, www.umass.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Longi's 500-MW Indian PV Plant Construction Set for Dec. (Int'l)
    Longi Green Energy Technology Co
    Date: 2017-09-06
    According to the Indo-Asian News Service, Chinese monocrystalline solar products maker Longi Green Energy Technology Co Ltd., one of the fastest growing PV manufacturer in the industry, reports it will begin construction of a 500-MW manufacturing base in India this December. The company, formerly Xi'an LONGi Silicon Materials Corp., expects to will invest approximately $234 million (€197 million) in the project which is slated for completion and commissioning in about a year and a half.

    The plant will be sited at the special economic zone in Sri City, in the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh, and will produce 500 MW of PV cells and 500 MW of modules per year, all for export. (Source: Longi Green Energy Technology, Indo-Asian News, Sept., 2017) Longi Green Energy Technology, +8629.81566863, www.longigroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV ,  


    Library's Sustainability, Energy Efficiency Recognized (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Juneau, Alaska, the Mendenhall Valley Public Library is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification -- the building in the state capital to receive LEED Gold certification. Only two buildings in Alaska have received platinum certification: the Eielson Visitor Center in Denali National Park, and the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks.

    The library's energy efficient features include: low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials; strategically-placed clerestory windows to take advantage of natural light while minimizing heat loss; ground source geothermal heating system; and others. The USGBC LEED rating system determined the building to be 48 pct more efficient than their baseline building. (Source: USGBC, PropudGreenBuilding, Juneau Empire, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


    Delta Americas HQ Wins CBE Livable Buildings Award (Ind. Report)
    Delta Americas ,UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Fremont, California-headquartered power and thermal management solutions specialist Delta Americas is reporting its headquarters building has been honored by UC Berkley's Center for the Built Environment (CBE), earning an Honorable Mention in its 2017 Livable Buildings Award program.

    The LEED Platinum certified net-zero-energy HQ building's sustainable design and high quality-of-life properties were instrumental in its receiving the honor.

    Based on its calculated energy usage in 2016, the HQ building's Energy Use Intensity (EUI) achieved 21.6, indicating the facility saved 90 pct more energy than traditional buildings (Average EUI: 212)*1. In July of this year, the building achieved full net-zero operation, with its solar energy generation surpassing consumption.

    The Delta America Headquarters utilizes many of Delta's own technologies, such as its solar PV inverters, energy-savings variable frequency drives, elevator power regeneration technologies, a wireless outdoor LED lighting system, InfraSuite Datacenter infrastructure solutions, electric vehicle charging solutions, and building automation management and Delta Energy Online software. In 2016, Delta was recognized by CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) for its Climate Change Leadership Level. (Source: Deltas America, PR, IBN, 31 Aug., 2017) :Contact: Deltas America, M.S. Huang, Pres., www.deltaww.com; UC Berkley Center for the Built Environment, (510) 642-4950, cbe@berkeley.edu, www.cbe.berkeley.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC BerkleyCenter for the Built Environment,  Delta Americas ,  Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Washington D.C. World's First Platinum LEED City (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Washington, D.C., the Office of the Mayor and the US Green Building Council are reporting the nation's capital city, Washington D.C., is the first city in the world to receive LEED for Cities Platinum Leadership Certification -- the highest award the USGBC bestowes upon cities.

    Washington, D.C. had a total of 120 LEED-certified projects and more square feet of LEED space per capita than any state in 2016. Per resident, the District had 29.04 certified gross square footage of green buildings in 2016, compared to top state Massachusetts' 3.73 certified gross square footage per capita.

    D.C. has also adopted Climate Ready DC, a plan to help the city deal with the consequences of climate and severe weather patterns. (Source: Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, USGBC, Sept., 2017) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org Washington D.C. Office of the Mayor, https://mayor.dc.gov

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    ENOC Launches Biodiesel 5 in Dubai (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
    Emirates National Oil Company
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In Dubai, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) is reporting the introduction of Biodiesel 5, a biodiesel transportation fuel product produced from vegetable oil, waste cooking oil and animal fats. The fuel can be used in diesel engines and has proven to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new product is in line with the UAE Energy Plan leading up to 2050 which targets an energy mix that combines renewable, nuclear and clean energy sources to meet the country's economic requirements and environmental goals. (Source: ENOC, Albawaba Business, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: ENOC, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates National Oil Company,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  


    EDP Renewables, TRC Tout Wind Blade Recycling Plan (Int'l)
    EDP Renewables
    Date: 2017-09-06
    EDP Renewables (EDPR) and Thermal Recycling of Composites (TRC), a Spanish Council for Scientific Research spin-out, are reporting plans for a new wind turbine blade recycling pilot programme. The initiative will recycle faulty or damaged turbine blades, including parts from EDPR's windfarms.

    Additionally, the collaboration has launched R3FIBER, a new recycling technology for fibre-infused plastics. The process converts resins of combustible gases and liquid fuels into reusable glass or carbon fibres. (Source: EDP Renewables, power-technology.com, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350, info@edpr.com, www.edprnorthamerica.com; Spanish Council for Scientific Research, www.reconproject.eu; Thermal Recycling of Composites, www.trcsl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


    Dong Energy's Walney Offshore Wind Extension Installs First Turbine (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas,Siemens Gamesa,DONG Energy
    Date: 2017-09-06
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting the installation and commissioning of the first turbine at Dong Energy's 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm located in The offshore wind farm will incorporate 87 turbines, 40 of which are being supplied by MHI Vestas and the remaining 47 SWT-7.0-154 turbines will be supplied by Siemens Gamesa.

    . When fully operational, the offshore wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 500,000 households and offset around 940,000 tpy of CO2 and around 22,000 tpy of SO2 over a 25 year life span. (Source: DONG Energy, CTBR, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Michael Hannibal, CEO, Offshore Wind, www.gamesacorp.com/gamesa/en/siemensgamesa.html; DONG Energy, Samuel Leupold, CEO, Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Offshore Wind,  Siemens Gamesa,  DONG Energy,  


    Aussie Tidal Energy Project Sets Power Production Record (Int'l)
    Atlantis Resources
    Date: 2017-09-06
    In the Land Down Under, tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources is reporting a world record 700MWh--2GWh production output for a tidal stream power station from its facility in Scotland's Pentland Firth.

    The Meygen project incorporates multiple machines and is the largest tidal stream energy project in the world. The project's 4, 1.5MW turbines generate sufficient power for about 2,000 homes. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Renew Economy, Others, 4 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantis Resources,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power,  


    Nordex Unveils New Low-Wind Speed 4-MW Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
    Nordex
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex (ETR:NDX1) is touting the introduction of the N149/4.0-4.5 MW model turbine which is slated to go into series production in 2019.

    The N149/4.0-4.5 has a variable power output of 4 MW to 4.5 MW and was designed for light-wind regions. According to the manufacturer, it is the highest yielding and quietest onshore turbine for light-wind regions in the 4-MW-4.5 MW class. The first test turbines will be set up in 2018. (Source: Nordex, Renewables Now, Others, 1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  


    Senvion Wins 62-MW Austrian Wind Turbine Order (Int'l Report)
    Senvion,Windkraft Simonsfeld AG
    Date: 2017-09-06
    Wind turbine manufacturer  Senvion reports the signing of contracts with Windkraft Simonsfeld AG under which it will supply 20 wind turbines with a total output of 62 megawatts (MW) for four projects in Lower Austria. The two companies previously worked together on four Austrian wind projects totally approximately 65 MW. For all four projects, Senvion has signed full-service contracts lasting 15 years with extensions for up to 20 years. The wind farms are expected to be constructed between 2018 and 2020/21.(Source: Senvion, Sun & Wind, Others,1 Sept., 2017) Contact: Windkraft Simonsfeld AG, +43 25 76 324, www.wksimonsfeld.at; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

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