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Eos Energy, Northern Power Partnering on Battery Energy Storage Solutions (Ind. Report)
Eos Energy Storage, Northern Power Systems
Date: 2017-02-06
New York-headquartered low-cost, zinc-based battery specialist ,Eos Energy Storage and Northern Power Systems in Barre, Vermont, are reporting a strategic partnership to develop and offer integrated energy storage systems for utilities and commercial/industrial customers at a cost of less than $400/kWh installed.

The initiative combines the Eos Aurora DC battery system with Northern Power's advanced energy storage inverter, controls, and engineering expertise. The suite of integrated solutions provides four hours of usable energy using modular 250kW battery building blocks that are saleable for multi-MW applications.

Eos Aurora Znyth battery solution is powered by an aqueous, zinc hybrid cathode technology and available at a volume price of $160/kWh for the DC system, which includes an expected life of 5,000 full depth-of-discharge cycles.

Northern Power's FlexPhase power converter platform allows for a wide range of DC voltages suitable for a variety of battery types. The two firms are jointly developing and supplying industry-leading, turnkey ESS solutions offering seamless integration of batteries, power conversion, and controls along with installation and maintenance services as needed. (Source: Eos Energy Storage, PR, February 3, 20170 Contact: Eos Energy Storage, Philippe Bouchard, VP Bis. Dev., (212) 628-7191, info@eosenergystorage.com, www.eosenergystorage.com; Northern Power Systems, Pavel Jakovlev, Marketing Manager, (802) 461-2955 ext.7, pjakovlev@northernpower.com, info@NorthernPower.com, www.northernpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy Storage,  Northern Power Systems,  


BlackRock Acquiring $3.7bn in Energy Infrastructure Funds (M&A)
BlackRock,First Reserve
Date: 2017-02-06
BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has agreed to acquire two energy infrastructure funds and the 37-strong team that runs them from private equity firm First Reserve. The funds, which together manage $3.7 billion, invest in energy storage facilities, oil, and energy utilities.

The fund manager, which oversees $5.1 trillion in total, has $10 billion in infrastructure assets. Financial terms of the deal, which requires approval from the funds' investors, were not disclosed. (Source: Black Rock, WSJ, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: Blackrock Inc., Larry Fink, CEO, (617) 357-1200 - Boston Office, www.blackrock.com; First Reserve, Jonathan Keehner , (212) 355-4449, +44 20 7930 2120 - London Office, www.firstreserve.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlackRock ,  Energy Storage,  First Reserve,  


ABB Announces Alaskan Flywheel-Battery Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
ABB MIcrogrid,Chugach Electric Association
Date: 2017-02-06
ABB Microgrid reports it will provide an innovative small-scale microgrid system to the Chugach Electric Association in Anchorage, Alaska. The system combines battery and flywheel based storage technologies designed to test scalability and improve power stability. the project aims to enable the integration of more renewables, including wind power from a 17 MW wind farm which will work in concert with the ABB storage solution.

ABB's modular and containerized microgrid solution PowerStore™ will blend the complementary capabilities of flywheel and battery storage. The flywheel will facilitate the integration of fluctuating wind power and the battery will be used for long-term storage. The battery has a capacity of 500 kilowatt hours with a maximum performance of 2 MW.

ABB's Microgrid Plus control system will monitor the hybrid storage solution and ensure proper load sharing between the two storage mediums. It is also equipped for remote service and maintenance. (Source: ABB, PR, 3 Feb., 2017) Contact: ABB, Massimo Danieli, Managing Director ABB Grid Automation, www.abb.com; Chugach Electric, Paul Risse, Snr. VP, (907) 563-7494, www.chugachelectric.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chugach Electric Association,  ABB Microgrid,  Energy Storage,  Flywheel,  Battery,  


RMP Planning New Biomass Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power ,CoalSwith,Active Energy Group
Date: 2017-02-06
Following on our Nov. 30, 2016 coverage, Utah-headquartered utility Rocky Mountain Power (RMP), a unit of Pacificorp, reports it will test CoalSwitch, a new biomass fuel made from forest and woody biomass residues. CoalSwitch, which is produced by Active Energy Group Plc,, can be blended with coal in order to cut power plant fossil fuel consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

UK-based Active Energy, which manages woodlands and develops clean-energy products, is seeking to supply its fuel to utilities willing to switch to biomass in order to cut carbon emissions. In November, the London-based company obtained funding for its first industrial-scale plant which will be located in Canada, according to Bloomberg.

RMP is planning an 18-hour test using a 10 pct blend of CoalSwitch and 90 pct coal in late 2017 . (Source: Active Energy Group , RMP, Bloombery, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: AEG, Richard Spinks, CEO, www.active-energy.com/aeg-coalswitch; Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News CoalSwitch,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Active Energy Group ,  


Global Bio Butanol Market 2016: Industry Analysis, Growth, Size, Share & Forecast -- 2021 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
BioButanol
Date: 2017-02-06
The MRS Research Group Bio Butanol report by QY Research represents an inclusive evaluation of the Bio Butanol market and comprises considerable insights, historical data, facts, and statistical and industry-validated data of the global market. Additionally, it consists of estimated data that is evaluated with the help of suitable set of methodologies and assumptions. The MRS Research Group report by QY Research highlights informative data and in-depth analysis of Bio Butanol market and its corresponding segments that are based on technology, geography, and applications.

The report comprises precise information, comprehensive analysis in two ways -- qualitative and quantitative -- industry experts' inputs, and information provided by industry analysts and industry participants involved in the entire value chain.

The report highlights major markets and their present trends, along with corresponding market segments along with data regarding various market factors and their impact on the overall market and its segments. The report focuses on regional as well as global market, its key players, along with market segments including detailed study on various divisions and its applications. The report analyzes the scope of Bio Butanol industry including size, share, analysis, sales, supply, production, definition, specification, classification, demands, application, forecast trends, industry policy, and news.

Browse complete report HERE.

Request a sample copy of the report HERE. . (Source: MRS Research Group, 6 Feb., 2017) Contact: MRS Research Group, www.mrsresearchgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioButanol,  Butanol,  


ENVIA Produces First Fischer-Tropsch Product with Velocys Reactors (Ind. Report)
ENVIA Energy,Velocys
Date: 2017-02-06
UK-based gas-to-liquids specialist Velocys and US-based ENVIA Energyare reporting the production of their first Fischer-Tropsch product at ENVIA's plant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The plant incorporates Velocys' full-scale commercial Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactors.

The plant's Fischer-Tropsch products are fractionated on site to produce premium wax, diesel and naphtha fuels which are expected to qualify under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) and generate tradeable credits in the form of Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs). (Source: ENVIA Energy, Biofuels Int'l, Feb., 2017) Contact: Velocys, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 7000, david@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; ENVIVA Energy, www.envivabiomass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIA Energy,  Velocys,  Fischer-Tropsch,  


Equis Energy's Aussie Solar Projects Win Approval (Int'l)
Equis Energy
Date: 2017-02-03
Singapore based independent renewable energy developer and investor Equis Energy recently received regulatory approval for the development, construction and operation of two, 100-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects to be constructed in Tailem Bend, South Australia and in Collinsville, Queensland, Australia. The projects will have a combined generation capacity of 200 MWAC and are expected to cost approximately $303 million (US). Groundbreaking on the Collinsville North solar project is expected later this year.

The two solar energy projects will bring the number of renewable energy projects under development and construction by Equis to 49. The company has completed a further 33 utility scale renewable energy projects in Asia over the last 3 years. (Source: Equis, Solar Server, 21 Feb., 2017) Contact: Equis Energy, David Russell, CEO, www.equisfg.com

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


Notable Quote
Renewable Fuels
Date: 2017-02-03
"Trump has so far shown he is going to do what he said he would do during the campaign, and that bodes well for renewable fuels. He stood here on this podium and said he supported the renewable fuels standard and he said he supported agriculture. So our job over the next year -- and this is going to be a tough year -- is to hold him accountable to what he actually said."

"I believe we can work with this president to get to where we need to get to. There will be challenges, but where there's challenges, there's opportunity so long as we are ready for the challenge." -- Eamonn Byrne, Pres., Iowa Renewable Fuels Association

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump,  Iowa Renewable Fuels Association,  RFS,  


Washington Think Tanks Recommend $16 Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute
Date: 2017-02-03
A joint report issued by the Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution and the conservative think-tank American Enterprise Institute (AEI), also headquartered in Washington , says that pricing carbon is the most efficient way of reducing carbon dioxide releases that are tied to global warming.

A $16 per-ton carbon tax would raise more than $1.1 trillion in the first 10 years, according to report projections. (Source: Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute, Feb., 2017) Contact: Brookings Institution, (202) 797-6000, www.brookings.edu; American Enterprise Institute, www.aei.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Brookings Institution ,  American Enterprise Institute ,  


Sandia, mPower Ink Solar Glitter Licensing Agreement (Ind. Report)
mPower,Sandia National Laboratories
Date: 2017-02-03
mPower Technology Inc., an Albuquerque-headquartered company founded by a Sandia National Laboratories scientist-turned-entrepreneur, reports it has inked a licensing agreement with Sandian National Labs for its for microsystems enabled photovoltaics (MEPV).

MEPV uses microdesign and microfabrication techniques to make miniature solar cells (solar glitter) which mPower is commercializing as "Dragon SCALEs" -- small, lightweight, flexible solar cells that fit into and power devices or sensors of any shape or size, including wearable ones. The high-efficiency cells can be integrated into satellites and drones, biomedical and consumer electronics, and can be folded like paper for easy transport. The product offers higher voltage, greater reliability and lower energy costs than standard silicon photovoltaic (PV) cells.

The Sandia license will allow mPower to ramp up commercialization and attract more investment. Dragon SCALE prototypes are presently being evaluated by potential customers. (Source: Sandia National Laboratories , 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: mPower Technology Inc., Murat Okandan, CEO, info@mpower.technology.com, www.mpower.technology; Sandia National Lab, Andy McIlroy, Director of Research Strategy and Partnerships, www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrew_Mcilroy, www.sandia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sandia National Laboratories ,  Solar,  Solar Cell,  


Yellow Door Inks Jordanian Hospital 4,7-MW PV Contract (Int'l)
Yellow Door Energy
Date: 2017-02-03
In the UAE, Dubai-based Yellow Door Energy (YDE), an investor and operator of distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, is reporting an agreement with Jordan Hospital to develop, construct and operate a 4.7 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Amman.

The project is part of Jordan Hospital's efforts to reduce its CO2 footprint by increasing its use of renewable energy sources. (Source: Trade Arabia, Others, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: Yellow Door Energy, Jeremy Crane, CEO, +971 4 454 3033, contact@yellowdoorenergy.com,www.yellowdoorenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


Sunverge Promotes Infinity Energy Storage System (New Prod. & Tech)
Sunverge Energy
Date: 2017-02-03
San Francsico-headquartered Sunverge Energy, a provider of intelligent energy storage systems for residences and small businesses, is touting its Sunverge Infinity, an energy management platform that works with a range of battery storage and inverter products from various vendors.

The Sunverge Infinity allows energy service providers, utilities and energy retailers to offer their customers a variety of storage hardware options for backup power. The Sunverge Infinity streamlines Virtual Power Plant (VPP) management for utilities dealing with increasing numbers of distributed energy resources (DERs) on their grids. With it, grid operators can access a much larger pool of solar and storage assets as part of a VPP while providing the same performance and reliability when dispatching these resources. (Source: Sunverge, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: Sunverge, Ken Munson, CEO, (415) 795-3660, www.sunverge.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunverge Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Maryland House Supports Renewable Energy Standard (Reg. & Leg,)
Maryland
Date: 2017-02-03
In Maryland , the Democrat-controlled House of Delegates reports it has over-ridden Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of legislation that would have boosted the "Old Line" State's renewable energy standards. The measure is now before the State Senate.

The measure would increase requirements to use energy sources like wind and solar power to 25 pct by 2020 from the present 20 pct by 2022. (Source: Beliot Daily News, Others, 31 Jan., 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Standard,  


Climate Change Implications for the Cornhusker State - Report Attached (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-02-03
Climate change poses significant risks to Nebraska's economy, environment and citizens. There is a need for unbiased sources of information on the issue across the state. This data can inform strategies to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changing climate. Responses are needed from all sectors of life in Nebraska, from the agriculture community to the legislature, and from the corporate sector to the community organization.

The applied climate science group at the School of Natural Resources provides information here on climate change impacts to Nebraska.

Download the full Understanding and Assessing Climate Change Implications for Nebraska report HERE. (Source: University of Nebraska School of Natural Resources, www.snr.unl.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change news,  GHG news,  Global Warming news,  


CanWERA Trumpets Canadian Wind Industry Growth (Ind. Report)
CanWEA
Date: 2017-02-03
According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), 2016 was a banner year for the country's wind energy industry with the addition of 702 MW of new capacity through the commissioning of 21 projects in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Canada now has 11,898 MW of installed wind generation capacity, enough to supply 6 pct of Canada's electricity demand and sufficient for 3 million homes.

Between 2012 and 2016, Canada's installed wind energy capacity grew by an average of 18 pct -- 1,327 MW annually. CanWEA expects approximately 700 MW of new Canadian wind energy capacity at a cost of approximately $1.5 billion in 2017. There are now 285 wind farms made up of 6,288 wind turbines operating in Canada. (Source: Canadian Wind Energy Association, PR, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: CanWEA, Robert Hornung, President, (613) 234-8716 or (800) 922-6932, info@canwea.ca, www.canwea.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CanWEA,  Wind,  


EDF RE Plans to Bring 3 GW of Wind Online by 2020 (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-02-03
EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) reports it has inked sufficient wind-turbine supply agreements to enable the construction of more than 3 GW of new wind projects in support of its U.S. wind ambitions for 2017-2020.

The company is poised to qualify for another 500 MW or so in its strategic re-powering program. and, with recent wind project agreements with Vestas, GE, and Siemens, is positioned to take advantage of production tax incentives over the next four years. (Source: EDF RE, WindPower Engineering, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: EDF RE, Tristan Grimbert, President & CEO, EDF EN North America, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewable Energy ,  Wind,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2017-02-03
"Science tells us that the climate is changing and human activity in some manner impacts that change. The human ability to measure with precision the extent of that impact is subject to continuing debate and dialogue, as well they should be." -- Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General and Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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


Vestas Touts V164 Offshore Wind Turbine (New Prod. & Tech)
Vestas
Date: 2017-02-03
Danish wind energy giant offshore wind giant Vestas reports that during recent tests its new V164 offshore wind turbine generated close to 216,000 kWh per day -- sufficient power for 7,200 U.S. homes for a 24-hour period; more than any other commercially available turbine.

The V164 was recently upgraded to reach 9 MW rated power as opposed to many offshore turbines which are in the 4 to 6 MW range. Each blade is 262 feet long in length and weighs 35 tonnes. The whole turbine is 722 feet tall, is designed to handle wind speeds of up to 55 mph, and has a projected lifespan of 25 years. (Source: Vestas, Science Alert, Treehugger, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Jens Tommerup, CEO . +45 88 44 89 00, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas Offshore Wind,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Mariposa Biomass Project Closer to Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Mariposa Biomass Project
Date: 2017-02-03
In the Golden State, the Mariposa (woody) Biomass Project (MBP) reports it has closed escrow on two parcels of land in the Mariposa Industrial Park, thus qualifying for $5 million in Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) funding for its proposed woody biomass demonstration project in Mariposa County.

The project would burn forestry slash and thinning wastes to generate energy as well as produce a revenue stream that should help finance forest thinning projects, attract new industries and jobs and other benefits to the County.

In 2016, the project received a separate $224,000 Wood Innovations Grant for planning, permitting, and utility interconnections necessary to proceed with construction. All of the $16 million needed to build the facility is being supplied by grant funding and private investors. (Source: Mariposa Biomass Project, Sierra News, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: Mriposa Biomass Project, http://www.mariposabiomassproject.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mariposa Biomass Project,  Woody Biomass,  


IUPUI Adheres to LEED Green Building Standard (Ind. Report)
USGBC
Date: 2017-02-03
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is reporting University Hall has become the fifth buillding on campus to receive US Green Building Council LEED certification. A sixth campus building is expected to be LEED certified before the year end. later this year.

Since 2010, Indiana University has followed USGBC LEED standards in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of environmentally sound buildings. The university's various campuses lead all other Big 10 universities in the number of LEED-certified buildings, with 19, according to a IUPUI release. (Source: IUPUI, Office of Sustainability. 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: IUPUI Office of Sustainability, (317) 278-1308, sustindy@iupui.edu, https://sustainability.iupui.edu; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


EC Promotes Energy Efficiency in Climate Change Fight -- Report Attached (Int'l Report)
EC
Date: 2017-02-03
In Brussels, the European Commission's Energy Union reports it has tabled legislation to increase building energy efficiency throughout the EU as a way to address “energy poverty” and the larger problem of climate change. Both the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive were revised last year by the EC and await final adoption by EU legislators. The new laws must be agreed upon by the European Parliament and all member states before becoming law.

The EU aims to increase energy efficiency by 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the EC and European Investment Bank's "Smart Finance for Smart Buildings" initiative hopes to unlock approximately €10 billion of public and private funds between now and 2020. The EC is also working on a plan for the de-carbonisation of existing buildings by 2050. Download the EC report on the State of the Energy Union Report HERE. (Source: European Commission Energy Union, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: European Commission Energy Union, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Union news,  European Commission news,  Climate CHange news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Albireo Energy Qualifies as a NYSERDA RTEM Provider (Ind. Report)
Albireo Energy,NYSERDA
Date: 2017-02-03
Edison, New Jersey-based building automation and energy services provider Albireo Energy, LLC reports it has qualified for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Commercial Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program and will accordingly provide RTEM system installation and ongoing service support to eligible building owners and management companies.

The RTEM program offers financial support to organizations who use technologies to collect data about a building, and utilize that data to optimize the building's energy usage. Eligible sites include commercial buildings, educational facilities, non-profit institutions, and government facilities and others located inthe Empire State.

Program participants must select a NYSERDA RTEM qualified vendor, like Albireo Energy, to install and service the RTEM system. NYSERDA will provide up to 5 years of financial support for RTEM system implementation and services.

Download NYSERDA RTEM program details HERE. (Source: Albireo Energy, PR, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: Albireo Energy, Jessica Czerwin, Marketing, (302) 368-0443x200, jeczerwin@albireoenergy.com, www.AlbireoEnergy.com; NYSERDA, Dayle Zatlin, Assistant Director of Communications, (518) 862-1090 X 3359, dayle.zatlin@nyserda.ny.gov; John B. Rhodes, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Albireo Energy,  NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vancouver Plans New Home Energy Efficiency Standard (Ind. Report)
City of Vancouver
Date: 2017-02-03
In British Columbia, the City of Vancouver reports it plans to boost green building and energy efficiency requirements for new seven-story or under residential buildings, including "exceptionally large" single-family homes, effective March 1, 2018.

If approved, the measures would cut greenhouse gas emissions from the affected buildings by 40 to 55 pct. The measures would cover increased insulation and air tightness, improved windows, heat-recovery ventilators and other more efficient equipment and measures. The additional green measures would increase building costs by an average of $3.50 per square foot, according to the city. Last summer, city councilors approved a green building plan aimed at reaching zero greenhouse gas emissions in all newly permitted buildings by 2030, according to a city release. (Source: City of Vancouver, Vancouver Sun, Others, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Vancouver, Sean Pander, Green Building Manager, (604) 871-6542, sean.pander@vancouver.ca, www.vancouver.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News City of Vancouver,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Standard,  Green Building,  


EC Focuses on Energy Efficiency -- Report Attached (Intl)
European Union,European Commission
Date: 2017-02-03
In Brussels, the European Commission's Energy Union reports it has tabled legislation to increase building energy efficiency throughout the EU. Both the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive were revised last year by the EC and await final adoption by EU legislators. The new laws must be agreed upon by the European Parliament and all member states before becoming law.

. On average, 8.6 pct of spending in low income European households is used for energy, a figure which has increased since 2005. Home heat and energy costs have become a financial burden to almost one-quarter of EU homeowners; a figure that EU member states must take into account when designing efficiency schemes.

The EU aims to increase energy efficiency by 20 pct by 2030. To that end, the EC and European Investment Bank's "Smart Finance for Smart Buildings" initiative hopes to unlock approximately €10 billion of public and private funds between now and 2020. The EC is also working on a plan for the de-carbonisation of existing buildings by 2050.

Download the EC report on the State of the Energy Union Report HERE. (Source: European Commission Energy Union, PR, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: European Commission Energy Union, https://ec.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  European Commission,  EU,  


New York's Carbon Challenge Program Expanded (Ind. Report)
NYC Carbon Challenge
Date: 2017-02-03
In the Big Apple, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) are reporting the launch of the NYC Carbon Challenge for Commercial Owners and Tenants, a public-private partnership aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings citywide over the next 10 years.

As many as 22 commercial owners and tenants have already joined the Challenge, and will work together to identify unique and creative solutions to implement better energy efficiency and sustainability projects in their buildings. Their commitment is expected to cut citywide CO2 emissions by an additional 60,000 mtpy and generate an estimated $50 million in energy cost savings while helping NYC achieve its goal of reducing citywide GHG emissions 80 pct by 2050.

The existing, 2007 vintage NYC Carbon Challenge program includes 17 universities, 10 hospitals, 24 commercial tenants, 10 commercial owners, 20 residential property management companies and 18 hotels. Altogether, the participating Challenge companies and organizations have reduced GHG emissions by more than 340,000 metric tons and saved over $150 million in energy costs. (Source: Commercial Property Executive, Feb.,2017) Contact: NYC Carbon Challenge, CarbonChallenge@cityhall.nyc.gov, www.nyc.gov/carbonchallenges

More Low-Carbon Energy News NYC Carbon Challenge,  Carbon Emissions,  


197 MW Added to U.S. Biomass Capacity in 2016 (Ind. Report)
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Date: 2017-02-03
In its recently released Energy Infrastructure Update the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Office of Energy Projects reports the U.S. added 197 MW of biomass capacity in 2016. According to the report, the U.S. added two biomass units in December, with a combined capacity of 102 MW. For the full year, the report shows 51 biomass units with a combined capacity of 197 MW were placed into service. In 2015, 39 biomass units with a combined 323 MW of capacity were placed into service.

The report also notes that as of the close of 2016, the U.S. had 16.78 GW of installed biomass capacity, accounting for 1.42 pct of U.S. capacity. Coal currently accounts for 24.65 pct of capacity, with natural gas at 43.23 pct, nuclear at 9 pct, oil at 3.79 pct, water at 8.5 pct, wind at 6.92 pct, geothermal steam at 0.33 pct, solar at 2 pct, waste heat at 10 pct and other forms of capacity at 0.06 pct. (Source: FERC, Jan., 2017) Contact: FERC Office of EnergyProjects, www.ferc.gov/about/offices/oep.asp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ,  Biomass,  


ADB Grants $1Mn for Ugandan Biomass Plant Development (Int'l)
Africa Development Bank ,Earth Energy Ltd
Date: 2017-02-03
In Kampala, the African Development Bank (ADB) has awarded $1 million in grant funding to Earth Energy Limited for the preliminary development of a 20 MW biomass power plant in northern Uganda.

According to the ADB , the increased use of renewable energy sources will help reduce deforestation activities and thus help mitigate the impact of climate change in the country.

The grant funding will support the development process of the proposed biomass power plant, including an environment and social impact assessment and a full feasibility study. The project is expected to cost between 50 and 70 million dollars. (Source: AllAfrica, The Monitor, 1 Feb., 2017) Contact: African Dev elopement Bank, www.afdb.org/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Africa Development Bank ,  Biomass,  Deforestation,  Climate Change Mitigation,  


ABM, Heller Tool Tout Michigan's Largest PACE Financed Energy Efficiency Project (Funding)
PACE Program
Date: 2017-02-03
ABM Technical Solutions reports it's ongoing efficiency upgrades implementation at Heller Machine Tools L.P. in Troy is the largest PACE-financed energy efficiency project in Michigan.

ABM's upgrades and facility enhancements are guaranteed to save more than $1.6 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. Project work , which began in June 2016, is slated for completion by the end of the month.

ABM's project will provide more than $978,600 worth of energy-saving improvements,including the replacement of 30+ rooftop HVAC units with new, energy-efficient units, installing a web-based building automation system, interior/exterior LED lighting and controls, and replacing the oldest section of the facility's ballasted roof with heat-reflective, energy-efficient white thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing. Other energy efficiency improvements include building envelope enhancements and damper automation to reclaim heat from shop-compressed air operation. The facility is also on track for U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR certification and is estimated to reduce carbon emissions by 357.7 mtpy. (Source: ABM, GlobeNews, Nasdaq, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: ABM, ww.abm.com; PACE, info@pacenow.org, www.pacenow.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE Program,  Energy Efficiency,  


PNNL Lab Investigating Algae as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2017-02-03
Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, is working on a $6 million, three-year algae Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project to identify the optimum algae for biofuel production.

The project is being pursued at various laboratories in five stages as follows: In Tier I, scientists in Sequim and New Mexico test up to 30 different algae strains to see how weather tolerant they are and the top third will go to Tier II.

In Tier II, Sequim houses a unique climate-simulating system called Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) that simulates climates and seasons around the world inside glass cylinder photobioreactors. Two other labs will evaluate the algae to determine it value and other potential uses that could make algae biofuel production more cost-effective. Scientists also will research how resilient certain algae strains are to predators, like protozoans, and other competing algae.

In Tier III, researchers in New Mexico will further test top-performing algae strains, which includes forcing cells to grow faster or generate more oils, using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.

In Tier IV, algae strains will travel to outdoor ponds in Arizona to compare biomass output with earlier steps.

In Tier V, scientists will study the algae strains that performed the best in different lighting and temperature conditions. Study data will be added to PNNL's Biomass Assessment Tool to help researchers generate maps that illustrate the expected biomass productivity of each algae species grown in outdoor ponds nationwide. Laboratory officials said work that could stem from this project includes converting harvested algae into biofuels, examining operational changes such as crop rotation to further increase biomass growth and assessing the technical feasibility and economic costs of making biofuel from algae selected through this process.

Algae project details are HERE. (Source: PNNL, Sequim Gazette, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: PNNL: Marine Sciences Laboratory, (360) 683-4151, marine.pnnl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


ConEdison Development Acquires Three Key Assets of Juhl Energy, Inc.
ConEdison Development,Juhl Energy
Date: 2017-02-02
CHANHASSEN, MN--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2017) - Juhl Energy Inc., (OTC PINK: JUHL) ("Juhl Energy") a leading provider of clean energy solutions, today announced the sale of certain of its subsidiary companies to ConEdison Development ("CED"), one of America's largest owners and operators of renewable energy infrastructure projects. While specific details of the transaction have not been disclosed, highlights of the acquisition include: • CED has purchased Juhl Energy's interest in a portfolio of three operating wind projects that have a total capacity of approximately 36 megawatts ("MW") and are located in Minnesota and Iowa. • CED has also acquired Juhl Energy Service Inc.'s operating and maintenance ("O&M") services business. The O&M unit currently supports ten individual projects and associated personnel. • CED also acquired Juhl Energy's interest in a pipeline of wind projects, primarily larger projects, consisting of approximately 500 MW in the Mid-West. CED and Juhl Energy expect to continue to co-develop projects together over the next few years. Juhl Energy is an established leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and medium-sized industrial companies throughout the United States. Juhl Energy has completed 25 wind farms, accounting for over 350 MW's of wind power, and services every aspect of development from general consultation, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy is headquartered in Chanhassen, MN, and has other offices in Chicago, and Milwaukee. (Source: Juhl Energy Inc. PR, MarketWire, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Juhl Energy Inc.,Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, ir@juhlenergy.com, www.juhlenergy.com; ConEdison Development, www.coneddev.com

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ConEdison Development Acquires Three Key Assets of Juhl Energy, Inc.

Date: 2017-02-02
ConEdison Development Acquires Three Key Assets of Juhl Energy, Inc. CHANHASSEN, MN--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2017) - Juhl Energy Inc., (OTC PINK: JUHL) ("Juhl Energy") a leading provider of clean energy solutions, today announced the sale of certain of its subsidiary companies to ConEdison Development ("CED"), one of America's largest owners and operators of renewable energy infrastructure projects. While specific details of the transaction have not been disclosed, highlights of the acquisition include: • CED has purchased Juhl Energy's interest in a portfolio of three operating wind projects that have a total capacity of approximately 36 megawatts ("MW") and are located in Minnesota and Iowa. • CED has also acquired Juhl Energy Service Inc.'s operating and maintenance ("O&M") services business. The O&M unit currently supports ten individual projects and associated personnel. • CED also acquired Juhl Energy's interest in a pipeline of wind projects, primarily larger projects, consisting of approximately 500 MW in the Mid-West. CED and Juhl Energy expect to continue to co-develop projects together over the next few years. Juhl Energy is an established leader and pioneer in the renewable energy industry with a focus on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and medium-sized industrial companies throughout the United States. Juhl Energy has completed 25 wind farms, accounting for over 350 MW's of wind power, and services every aspect of development from general consultation, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. Juhl Energy is headquartered in Chanhassen, MN, and has other offices in Chicago, and Milwaukee. (Source: Juhl Energy Inc. PR, MarketWire, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Juhl Energy Inc.,Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, ir@juhlenergy.com, www.juhlenergy.com


Greensmith Completes Aliso Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
Greensmith Energy , AltaGas
Date: 2017-02-01
Following on our August 19, 2016 coverage, Herndon, Virginia-headquartered energy storage software and integration specialist Greensmith Energy is reporting the completion and connection of its 20MW energy storage system at the AltaGas Pomona Energy Facility in California, in response to the four-month long gas leak at Aliso Canyon, California.

The system is North America's largest battery storage facility, comprised of 12,240 lithium-ion batteries capable of delivering 80MWh of electricity during peak periods of energy demand to power around 15,000 homes over four hours each day, according to AltaGas. (Source: Greensmith Energy, Solar Server, Others, 27 Jan., 2017) Contact:Greensmith, John Jung, Pres., CEO, Mallory Sass, (408) 966-5950, msass@greensmithenergy.com, www.greensmithenergy.com

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Iranian Petroleum Companies to Convert CO2 Into Value-Added Products (Int'l Report)
Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries
Date: 2017-02-01
In Iran, Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company and (PGPI) Parsian Oil and Gas Development Company have announced their intention to capture CO2 emissions in the port city of Asalouyeh. The captured CO2 will be used in the production ammonia and urea.

According to PGPI, construction plans for a 7300-tpy ammonia unit and a 9000-tpy urea plant to convert CO2 into value added finished product are well underway. The Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) will participate role in the project. RIPI is a governmental research institute founded in 1959 in Tehran, Iran and is affiliated with National Iranian Oil Company. (Source: Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries, Iran Financial Tribune, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries, www.pgpicc.com; Research Institute of Petroleum, www.ripi.ir

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Global Solar Batteries Market 2016-2020 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Market Study Report
Date: 2017-02-01
Global Solar Batteries Market 2016-2020 , a new Market Study Report, focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the key players. It also provides granular analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market.

The Report analysts forecast the global solar batteries market to grow at a CAGR of 16.36 pct during the period 2016-2020.

Request a sample copy for Global Solar Batteries Market Research Report HERE; Browse full table of contents and data tables at HERE; Inquiry before Buying for Global Solar Batteries Market Research Report HERE. (Source: Market Study Report, PR, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Market Study Report, (201) 355-0868, (866) 764-2150, sales@marketstudyreport.com, https://www.marketstudyreport.com

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Blue Cross, Ameresco, BlueWave Supporting Massachusetts Community Solar (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Solar,BlueWave Renewables
Date: 2017-02-01
In Boston, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) reports it has entered into a long-term PPA for 2.6 MW of net metering credits from five Massachusetts community solar projects owned by Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. The projects, which were co-developed by Ameresco and with BlueWave Capital, LLC of Boston, will comprise a total of approximately 6.9 MW of renewable power and increase the amount of power generated by community solar projects in Massachusetts by an estimated 13 pct while cutting carbon emissions by approximately 6,300 metric tpy, the equivalent of taking 1,328 cars off the road.

As the anchor off-taker of these projects, Blue Cross is also supporting BlueWave's "Solar for the 100%" mission by giving nearly 200 local residents and small businesses the opportunity to reduce their electric power costs and choose local, clean energy in the National Grid territory of Southeastern Massachusetts. In addition to co-developing these projects, BlueWave is also partnering with Ameresco to provide community solar customer management services for these projects through their Community Solar Share program and Solar Management Platform (SMP). (Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, PR, PharmaWeb, 26 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ameresco, Michael T. Bakas, Snr. VP, CarolAnn Hibbard, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; BlueWave Renewables, (617) 209-3122, bluewaverenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BlueWave Renewables,  Ameresco,  Solar,  Community Solar,  


Athens Airport Lands Carbon Neutral Accreditation (Int'l)
Airport Carbon Accreditation.
Date: 2017-02-01
The Athens International Airport reports it has landed Airport Carbon Accreditation (ACI) Level 3+ carbon neutral status. Across the four available levels of the ACI programme, there are currently 180 airports accounting for 37.3 pct of global passenger traffic, working to address their CO2 emissions.

The Athens Airport was among the first airports to invest in solar technology as a source of clean, sustainable power. It was also among the early adopters who became accredited in the very first year of the Airport Carbon Accreditation (2009), renewing and successfully upgrading its certification over the intervening years. (Source: Athens International Airport, Airport Business, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Athens International Airport, Dr Yiannis Paraschis, CEO, +30 21 053 0000, www.aia.gr; Airport Carbon Accdeditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

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AmeriPride Superior Energy Efficiency Recognized (Ind. Report)
AmeriPride,ENERGY STAR
Date: 2017-02-01
Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered national uniform rental and linen supply company AmeriPride reports its Minneapolis office has earned US EPA ENERGY STAR certification. To earn ENERGY STAR certification, the company improved its energy performance by making cost-effective improvements to its office buildings, such as adding LED lighting, building a hot isle containment system around its data center servers, installing high efficiency VFD monitors to operate its HVAC systems and utilizing automatic shut off systems for computers and lighting.

On a national level, AmeriPride has been implementing heat reclamation systems, solar power, mat and paper recycling, alternative fuel delivery vehicles and water conservation. (Source: AmeriPride, PR, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: AmeriPride, www.ameripride.com; : EPA ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

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ITF says CO2 Policy Won't Achieve Emission Reductions (Ind Report)
International Transport Forum
Date: 2017-02-01
ITF Transport Outlook 2017, a recent study from the International Transport Forum (ITF) warns that current and foreseeable policies to mitigate CO2 emissions from global transportation activity will be insufficient to achieve international emissions reduction and climate goals. The reports notes that the growing demand for mobility means that even in the most optimistic scenario, transportation related CO2 emissions in 2050 will still be at 2015 levels of around 7.5 giga-tonnes. The prediction takes into account new technologies and changed behaviour that could lead to significantly less CO2 being emitted in relation to the total distance traveled.

In a less optimistic baseline scenario, a doubling of global transport demand will lead to a 60 pct increase in CO2 emissions between 2015 and 2050.

The ITF says a key factor for the difficulty in reducing transport CO2 emissions over the long run is shifting global trade patterns. As trade moves to regions with a lack of rail or waterway infrastructure, greenhouse gas emissions from road freight will almost double. The report finds that a reduction in urban traffic and increased truck-sharing, route optimization and a relaxation of delivery windows would help to mitigate the emission increases. (Source: International Transport Forum, Samrt Highways, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: International Transport Forum, Jari Kauppila, Head of Modelling and Statistics, Fax: +33 1 45 24 97 42 / + 33 1 45 24 13 22, contact@itf.org, www.itf-oecd.org

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EnBW Adds 200 MW of Wind power in Germany (Int'l Report)
EnBW
Date: 2017-02-01
German energy utility EnBW reports the installation of 64 new wind turbines totaling 200 MW capacity across 16 sites , doubling its wind capacity, in 2016. The company's total wind power generating capacity now amounts to 450 MW.

Overall, net generation from renewable energy sources in the German electricity sector has increased from 6.3 pct in 2000 to about 30 pct in 2014. (Source: EnBW, Iran Financial Tribune, 31 Jan., 2017)Contact: EnBW AG, www.enbw.com

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Syngenta Pumps $340,000 into Prime the Pump Fund (Funding)
SYngenta
Date: 2017-02-01
Minnetonka, Minnesota-based Syngenta reports it has donated $340,000 to the Prime the Pump Fund to help make higher ethanol blends more widely available and help grow demand for American ethanol. Prime the Pump is an ethanol industry initiative created to help the early retail adopters of high-level ethanol blends by awarding grants to reduce their initial investment in infrastructure.

The Syngenta donation is part of an ongoing commitment to support the ethanol industry that, in addition to helping fund retail partnerships, includes new technologies to enhance ethanol production. Through Enogen corn enzyme technology and Cellerate process technology, Syngenta is dedicated to helping make corn growers and ethanol producers more successful. (Source: Syngenta, PR, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: Prime the Pump Fund, Ray Defenbaugh, Chairman, Prime the Pump Fund, www.primethepumpfund.com; Syngenta, Jack Bernens, Enogen Technology Leader, (202) 737-6520, www.syngenta.com; Enogen, (877) 436-0436, www.enogen.net

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Honeywell Intros Home Energy Mgmnt. Software (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2017-02-01
Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered Honeywell reports it will offer its utility customers new intelligent home energy management software designed to maintain electrical grid stability aw well as give homeowner energy efficiency insights that will help cut energy consumption and costs.

Honeywell is collaborating with Whisker Labs and will incorporate Whisker's Connected Savings™ Intelligent Demand Side Management (IDSM) technology platform into its portfolio of software and services for utilities. The platform enables utilities to manage demand response programs in order to prevent brownouts and blackouts. Connected Savings also enables a utility to correlate energy usage data from other connected thermostats and Whisker Labs' proprietary weather data to model how a specific home will respond to different weather conditions that impact energy use.

Connected Savings supports utility demand response and energy efficiency programs by integrating data from connected devices with its proprietary data to model, manage and optimize home energy usage. This allows utilities to send intelligent instructions directly to a participating homeowner's thermostat to temporarily reduce home energy use when demand threatens grid stability, while maintaining the homeowner's comfort. The platform's communications capabilities also allow utilities to send signals to change thermostat temperatures and scheduling for customers who opt in to energy efficiency programs for increased energy savings.

Whisker Labs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, delivers next generation home energy intelligence technology to realize the full potential of the connected home. Whisker Labs' sensing and software platform optimizes connected devices, and brings non-connected devices online for home efficiency, fault detection, and peace of mind. The Connected Savings platform is used by market leaders for enhanced energy efficiency and intelligent demand response. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: Honeywell Home and Building Technologies, Nitin S. Kulkarni, Smart Energy, www.honeywell.com; www.honeywellsmartenergy.com; Connected Savings, www.connectedsavings.com; Whisker Labs, Robert Marshall, CEO, hello@whiskerlabs.com, www.whiskerlabs.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Whisker Lab,  Honeywell,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Cathay Pacific Aiming for 80 pct Cut in Emissions (Int'l)
Cathay Pacific Airways
Date: 2017-02-01
In Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Airways, which has pledged to slash 80 pct of the GHG emissions from some of its longest flights, says it is looking to the increased use of biofuels and biofuel blends to achieve its goal.

The airline aims to be one of the first airlines in the world to switch to cleaner jet fuels on an industrial scale. Many Cathay flights, especially from the U.S,, will use a 50/50 blend of U.S. produced landfill waste-based fuel by 2019. It is on these trans-Pacific flights that the company expects the 80 pct emissions reductions. (Source: Cathay Pacific, South China Morning Post, 30 Jan., 2017)

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ConEdison Dev. Acquires Three Juhl Energy Wind Assets (M&A)
Juhl Energy Inc.,ConEdison Development
Date: 2017-02-01
CHANHASSEN, MN--(Marketwired - Jan 30, 2017) - Chanhassen, Minnesota-headquartered clean energy provider Juhl Energy Inc.is reportig the sale of certain of its subsidiary companies to ConEdison Development , one of the country's largest owners and operators of renewable energy infrastructure projects. The sale includes: Juhl Energy's interest in a portfolio of three operating wind projects in Minnesota and Iowa totaling approximately 36 MW; Juhl Energy Service Inc.'s operating and maintenance ("O&M") services business; and Juhl Energy's interest in a pipeline of wind projects, primarily larger projects, consisting of approximately 500 MW in the Mid-West. Transaction details have not been released.

Juhl Energy is focused on competitive, clean energy solutions, including wind, solar, hybrid systems and heat/power projects designed for rural communities, municipal electric companies, and medium-sized industrial companies throughout the United States. The company has completed 25 wind farms totaling more than 350 MW and services every aspect of development from general consultation, construction and management, to system operations and maintenance. (Source: Juhl Energy Inc. PR, MarketWire, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Juhl Energy Inc.,Dan Juhl, CEO, Jody Janson, IR, (888) 438-5845, ir@juhlenergy.com, www.juhlenergy.com; ConEdison Development, Christine Nevin, (914) 286-7094, nevinc@conedsolutions.com, www.conedsolutions.com

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Celestica Scuttles Solar Module Production (Ind. Report)
Celestica
Date: 2017-02-01
Citing the negative impact of market instability, global oversupply and "turbulence" , Toronto-headquartered electronics manufacturing services company Celestica Inc. reports it is ceasing solar panel production at its two locations.

Accordingly, the company has incurred approximately $21 million in restructuring charges, including a $19 million impairment charge to write down the carrying value of the company's solar manufacturing equipment to recoverable amounts. Celestica's products include inverters, energy storage products, smart metres and other electronic components. (Source: Celestica, RenewablesNow, Others, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: Celestica, (888) 899-9988, (416) 448-5800, www.celestica.com

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Powerley Touts Energy-Driven Smart Home System (Ind. Report)
Powerley
Date: 2017-02-01
Royal Oak, Mich.-based utility-led smart home technology specialist Powerley has introduced the next generation of its platform to provide real-time energy usage data while offering the full functionality of an automated "smart" home in one interface.The platform enables energy utilities to drive energy efficiency and customer engagement. Powerley's turnkey home energy management and automation solution enables homeowners to manage their energy and their home via mobile, wearables and voice -- with availability on Amazon Alexa. With a constant connection to the home's smart meter, the Powerley Energy Bridge enables real-time energy usage data for the whole home and every connected appliance and device within it. The Energy Bridge also serves as the hub to communicate with smart devices in the home.

Powerley is focused on; energy efficiency; actionable accuracy; elevated engagement; intelligent DR; and new revenue streams. Powerley's platform provides a complete smart home experience from which utilities can offer connected solutions -- positioning utilities within a smart home market which is expected to surpass $171 billion by 2022. (Source: Powerley, PR, Business Wire, January 31, 2017) Contact: Powerley, Manoj Kumar, CEO, (248) 537-9440, www.powerley.com

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Flint Hills Investing $50Mn in Fairmont Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Flint Hills Resources,Fluid Quip Process Technologies
Date: 2017-02-01
Flint Hills Resources reports it will invest over $50 million in its Fairmont, Neb., ethanol plant to install Fluid Quip Process Technologies' "maximized stillage co-products" technology to produce a high-protein animal and fish feed ingredient from a portion of the plant’s distillers grains (DDGs). The technology was developed specifically for the dry-mill ethanol industry. The Fairmont plant will be the fourth in the world to use the technology, according to a Flint Hills release. (Source: Flint Hills, Lee Enterprises, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: Fluid Quip Process Technologies, ; Flint Hills Resources, Brad Razook, CEO, (316) 828-3477, www.fhr.com

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WE Tech Reports Marine Energy Storage Orders (Int'l)
WE Tech Solutions
Date: 2017-02-01
Vaasa, Finland-based energy efficiency solutions provider WE Tech Solutions is reporting receipt of an order for its Energy Storage Solution for two, 17500 dwt chemical ocean-going tankers built for Norwegian shipowner Rederiet Stenersen AS by the Chinese shipyard Taizhou Kouan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.

WE Tech's flexible and cost-effective lithium-ion battery based energy storage solution provides an energy reserve that is used for electrical load peak shaving as well as energy for black-out prevention. The system can be used as a spinning reserve to avoid black-out and to decrease the usage of generators on low load during maneuvering. It can be also used as peak shaving to avoid the unnecessary start of additional generator sets for short increase in loads. (Source: WE Tech, Hellenic Shipping News, 31 Jan., 2017) Contact: WE Tech Solutions, Martin Andtfolk Sales Manager, +358 50 516, 3830martin.andtfolkmium@uwetech.fi, www.wetech.fi

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Mitsubishi Launches TMEIC SOLAR WARE Samurai® (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi
Date: 2017-02-01
Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) a US affiliate of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, is reporting the availability of its TMEIC SOLAR WARE Samurai® PV inverters and complete PV Power Conditioning Systems (PCS) through its Electrical Distribution Division -- Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation (TMEIC).

The SOLAR WARE Samurai® inverters are UL approved and are designed to meet IEEE 1547 standards for interconnection of distributed resources, with key features for interconnection and plant operation that include: power factor control; reactive/active power control; TMEIC's proprietary anti-islanding technique; and advanced fault ride-through features. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Business Wire, Jan., 2017) Contact: Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., Electrical Distribution Division Tricia Ann Breeger, GM, (724) 772-2177 General Manager, Trica.Breeger@meppi.com, www.meppi.com

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Accordant Energy White Paper Explores the Potential of Low Carbon, Renewable Energy in Cement Kilns -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Accordant Energy
Date: 2017-02-01
Rutland, Vermont-based waste-derived engineered fuels specialist Accordant Energy's new white paper, ReEngineered Feedstock: An Advanced Renewable and Alternative Fuel for Co-firing in Cement Calciner and Main Kiln Burners, explores the potential of combusting reEngineered feedstock in the cement industry. Cement manufacturing is a greenhouse gas emissions-intensive process. The industry has historically supported sustainability and carbon initiatives driven by compliance and regulatory requirements. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a high priority for the cement industry and governments across the globe.

The white paper was developed to help cement organizations understand the ways in which they can reduce their carbon emissions using a renewable fuel.

The paper provides an overview of the benefits of using a low carbon, renewable fuel in cement calciners and kilns and explores the characteristics of non-waste fuels and the benefits of leveraging the environmental improvements within this sector. It also touches on the challenges and future directions of meeting emission limits under various rules and guidelines.

A complimentary copy of the white paper is available at www.accordantenergy.com. (Source: Accordant Energy, Military News, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Accordant Energy, LLC, Paula Calabrese, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer, Mary Mullin, (802) 772-7368, mary.mullin@accordantenergy.com, www.accordantenertgy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Accordant Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  Carbon Emissions,  Cement,  


Global Green Plans Thai Biochemical-Biofuel Complex (Int'l)
Global Green Chemical, PTT Global Chemical
Date: 2017-02-01
In Bangkok, PTT Global Chemical Pcl subsidiary Global Green Chemical Pcl (GGC) reports it is undertaking a joint feasibility study with Kaset Thai International Sugar Pcl, a Thai sugar manufacturer, for a sugarcane crushing and ethanol-biochemical production facility in in Nakhon Sawan province, Thailand.

The facility is expected to begin ethanol production followed by Lactic Acid and Polylactic Acid (PLA), which is used in the production of bioplastic products, within 24 - 36 months.

GGC has submitted first filing for an IPO, portions of which will fund the new project. The company expects to launch the IPO in the Q2 of this year. Some of the IPO proceeds will be used to invest in a second biodiesel plant to boost its production capacity from 300,000 tpy to 500,000 tpy. The new plant is scheduled to come online in 2018. (Source: Global Green Chemical, Deal Street Asia, 30 Jan., 2017) Contact: Global Green Chemical Pcl, +66 (0) 2558 7300, www.ggcplc.com PTT Global Chemical, www.pttgcgroup.com/en/home

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