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ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics Tout Algae Biofuels R&D (R&D)
ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics
Date: 2017-06-21
Following up on our Jan, 20, 2017 coverage, scientists from ExxonMobil and La Jolla, California-based Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) are reporting development of a new strain of algae capable of converting carbon into a record amount of energy rich fat -- about 40 pct -- that can be turned into biofuels on an industrial scale.

Using CO2 to generate fat from algae is not necessarily new, but the amount of fat produced by this new strain of algae is hugely significant since fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale, according to the the researchers.

Algae based fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most other energy sources,and could potentially play a vital role in the transition to emission energy sources. Just as significantly, unlike other biofuel feedstocks such as corn or sugar cane, algae production on an industrial scale would not have a negative effect on food production.

SGI and ExxonMobil have been collaborating on algae biofuels R&D since 2009. (Source: ExxonMobil, Synthetic Genomics, Biofuels Int'l, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Synthetic Genomics,; ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 444-1107,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil ,  Synthetic Genomics,  Algae,  Biofuel,  

German Researchers Tout New Biodiesel Technology (Int'l)
University of Kaiserslautern
Date: 2017-06-21
Researchers from the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Bochum and Rostock are reporting development of a new method for creating biodiesel by chemically treating a blend of plant oils to produce, at zero energy cost, a biofuel that can be incorporated undiluted in latest diesel engines.

Presently, European biofuel companies mostly manufacture biodiesel from methanol and rapeseed oil. Biodiesel comprises of long, even hydrocarbon compounds with diverse properties to diesel produced from mineral oil. The Researchers used Bioethylene to cleave the commercial rapeseed oil esters. The new process tweaks the biodiesel's chemical properties by incorporating ethylene, which can be produced from bioethanol. (Source: University of Kaiserslautern, AZO CleanTech, 20 June, 2017)Contact: University of Kaiserslautern, Prof. Dr Lukas Goosen, +49 631 2050,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  

CaGBC Touts First Zero Carbon Building Standard (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2017-06-21
As previously reported, according to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Canada is the first nation emerging from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to create comprehensive zero carbon building guidelines with their their new Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard.

The CeGBC Standard focuses on carbon use over energy efficiency and offers different certification paths for new projects and existing buildings. To earn the designation Zero Carbon Building Design, new projects must demonstrate an annual zero carbon balance, provide a zero carbon transition plan, install a minimum of 5 pct onsite renewable-energy generation capacity, achieve specific thermal-energy demand intensity (TEDI) target assessing annual heat loss, and fulfill reporting obligations on energy use, intensity, annual peak demand and embodied carbon.

The new Standard addresses carbon emissions in commercial, institutional and multi-family buildings and builds on the CaGBC's LEED programs, under which a total of 102-million square metres of buildings with LEED registrations and certifications had been recorded as of last Dec. 31. (Source: CaGBC, Daily Commercial News, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: CaGBC, Mark Hutchinson, VP, (613) 241-1184,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council,  

Food Waste-to-Energy Facility Breaks Ground in Utah (Ind. Report)
Wasatch Resource Recycling
Date: 2017-06-21
The Salt Lake Tribune reports construction on the food waste-to-energy Wasatch Resource Recovery facility in North Salt Lake City is underway. The facility will deploy anaerobic digesters to grind, liquefy and process locally-sourced food waste into methane which can be used as natural gas.

When fully operational late next year, the $43 million facility will produce sufficient natural gas to supply a city of 40,000 people. BP Energy Corporation will purchase the facility's natural gas output .

Wasatch Resource Recovery is a cooperative partnership between Salt Lake City-based ALPRO Energy & Water and the South Davis Sewer District.(Source: Wasatch Resource Recovery, Salt Lake Tribune, Others, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Wasatch Resource Recovery,

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digester,  waste-to-energy,  methane,  

UniEnergy Tech. Scores EPA Green Chemistry Award (Ind. Report)
PNNL,UniEnergy Technologies
Date: 2017-06-21
Mukitlon, Washington-based UniEnergy Technologies reports it has been honored with a Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the US EPA for commercializing energy storage technology developed by the EPA's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) of Richland, Washington.

UniEnergy Technologies manufactures advanced vanadium redox flow batteries using a new electrolyte chemistry developed at PNNL with DOE funding. The electrolyte can store 70 pct more energy and operates over a wider temperature range than conventional vanadium electrolytes at a lower cost than lithium-ion batteries.

UniEnergy Technologies recently installed an 8-MWh system at the Snohomish PUD in Everett and has 155 MWh of flow batteries ordered from customers in three countries and six U.S. states. (Source: Tri-City Herald, UniEnergy Technologies, 18 June, 2017) Contact: UniEnergy Technologies, (425) 290-8090,; : PNNL, (509) 371-6989,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  UniEnergy Technologies,  vanadium redox flow battery,  

Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
United for Efficiency (U4E)
Date: 2017-06-21
The recently released United for Efficiency (U4E) organization recently published Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report provides guidelines to countries on how to promote energy-efficient lighting in their respective national markets. The report maintains that following the guidelines will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate significant economic benefits, and enhance energy security.

The report encourages countries to follow an integrated policy approach consisting of: defining standards and regulations; establishing policies to achieve public acceptance (awareness campaigns, labeling schemes); finance and financial delivery mechanisms (utility contracts, bulk procurement, partnerships); monitoring, verification and enforcement (product registration, testing); and environmentally sound management of lighting products (hazardous substance standards, end-of-life policies).

The U4E is a public-private partnership comprised of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Global Environment Facility , the United Nations Development Programme, the International Copper Association, CLASP, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others.

Download the Accelerating the Global Adoption of Energy-Efficient Lighting report HERE. (Source: U4E, June, 2017) Contact: UN Environment, (U4E) Economy Division Energy, Climate, and Technology Branch, +33 (0)1 44 37 14 50,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  

Top NJ Utilities Deliver Poor Energy Efficiency Savings, says ACEEE Report (Ind. Report)
ACEEE,Jersey Central Power & Ligh
Date: 2017-06-21
In evaluating 51 of the nation's largest electric utilities on their delivery of energy efficiency services the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) rated two New Jersey utilities -- Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas -- near the bottom of the heap at 41st and 42nd respectively.

The ACEEE report examined energy efficiency programs undertaken in the utility's service territory under the oversight of state regulatory authorities, but excluded a company's individual programs.

The ACEEE rated Eversource Massachusetts and National Grid Massachusetts at the other end of the spectrum. Both utilities saved their customers more than 3 pct of their total retail sales, while PSE&G and JCP&L save customers 0.52 pct and 0.47 pct of retail sales. The high-ranking Massachusetts utilities have the most diverse energy-efficiency programs and technologies such as smart thermostats. The top-ranked utilities also invested a higher percentage of their total revenue in energy efficiency programs, according to the report. (Source: ACEEE, NJSpotlight, 19 June, 2017) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000,; Jersey Central Power & Light,; Public Service Electric & Gas, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, (973) 430-7000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  Jersey Central Power & Light,  Public Service Electric & Gas ,  

Jamaican Utility Plans 24.5MW Hybrid Energy Storage Project (Int'l)
Jamaica Public Service
Date: 2017-06-21
Jamaican utility company Jamaica Public Service (JPS) reports its its board of directors has approved a hybrid energy storage solution which will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean.

The 24.5MW system, which is subject to regulatory approval, will feature both high speed and low speed flywheels and containerized lithium-Ion batteries. The proposed project is expected to be completed in Q3, 2018. (Source: Jamaica Public Service, Energy Storage, June, 2017) Contact: Jamaica Public Service, 1-888-935-5577,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jamaica Public Service,  Energy Storage,  Flywheel,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  

Ofgem Plans Landfill Gas, AD Embedded Benefit Cuts (Int'l)
Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association
Date: 2017-06-21
In London, the UK energy regulator OFGEM reports it plans to cut subsidies to small-scale power generators including anaerobic digestion (AD) and landfill gas. Under the current arrangements for "embedded benefits", generators of less than 100MW are paid £45/kW by suppliers for their contribution to the electricity network at peak times. According to Ofgem , the change could save the equivalent of £20 per household per year by 2034.

The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association (ADBA) said the change would have a disproportionate effect on sub-5MW generators, many of which are anaerobic digesters. (Source: Ofgem, MRW Reports, 17 June, 2017) Contact: Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association,; OFGEM,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Ofgem,  

Finland Plans Arctic Black Carbon Emissions Database (Int'l)
Arctic Council
Date: 2017-06-21
One of Finland's priorities during its two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council is to create a database on the sources and impact of black carbon (soot) and methane emissions in the Arctic, according to the Russsian news agency TASS. The database will comprise information from Finland and the other member and observers states of the Arctic Council as well as information about black carbon emissions from ships. The data collected by Scandinavian and Russian researchers in the past few years show that black carbon and methane pollution is accelerating Arctic warming.

Black carbon darkens ice in the Arctic and reduces the albedo of snow, thereby speeding up melting. The main sources of black carbon emissions in the Arctic are vehicles and companies that use wood and coal, as well as forest fires, power stations and gas flares at oil fields.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental forum of the Arctic states (Russia, Canada, the United States and North European countries) and Arctic indigenous communities. It focuses on environmental monitoring, identification of pollution risks, preparedness for environmental accidents, sustainable development, conservation of natural diversity, and questions related to the Arctic sea areas. (Source: Arctic Council, 20 June, 2017) Contact: Arctic Council,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arctic Council,  Climate Change,  Black Carbon,  

S2G's Sarnia Advanced Biorefinery Project Underway (Ind. Report)
S2G BioChem, Bioindustrial Innovation Canada
Date: 2017-06-21
Vancouver, BC-based S2G BioChem (S2G), a developer of natural biotechnology conversion processes, reports it has begun work on its first standalone biorefinery demonstration plant in Sarnia, Ont. Basic engineering for the facility is underway and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The commercial-scale facility will refine local, sustainable forestry and agricultural residues using S2G's patented process to produce more than 2,000 MTY of xylitol and bioglycols.

The new $20 million biorefinery demonstration plant, will be funded by S2G and a network of investors and partners, including previously announced support from food giant Mondelez International and Bioindustrial Innovation Canada's (BIC) Commercialization of Sustainable Chemistry Innovation fund (COMM SCI). COMM SCI was established with support from the Federal Economic Development Agency of Southern Ontario's Investing in Regional Diversification Initiative. (Source: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada , S2G Biochem , Canadian Biomass, 20 June, 2017) Contact: S2G BioChem, Mark Kirby, Pres., (604) 221-8670,; Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., (226) 778-0020,

More Low-Carbon Energy News S2G BioChem,  Bioindustrial Innovation Canada,  

SENSE Offers Offshore Wind Installation Savings (New Prod & Tech)
SENSE Offshore LimitedInnovate UK Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
In the UK, Cambridge-based SENSE Offshore Limited is reporting its new Self Erecting Nacelle System (SENSE) system for installing and maintaining deep-water offshore wind turbines that it says could significantly cut the costs of offshore wind energy installations.

The SENSE system transports a pre-assembled and tested rotor assembly on board a large multi-purpose construction vessel rather than a jack-up vessel and then carries the turbine to the top of the tower on rails, thus eliminated jack-up ships and installations.

A £200,000 Innovate UK Energy Catalyst study of the SENSE system found it could cut around £109.4 million from the capital expenditure on a £4.5 billion wind farm in deep waters and thus save £25 million a year in operating costs. (Source: SENSE Offshore Limited, Energy Live News, 12 June, 2017) Contact: SENSE Offshore Limited, Patrick Geraets, MD,; Innovate UK,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Innovate UK ,  

Notable Quote

Date: 2017-06-19
"The refusal of the US to commit to the Paris agreement will push the rest of the world to be even more united against climate change." -- Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission

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

Worldwide Carbon Emissions Flat for 3rd Consecutive Year -- BP Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-19
According to oil giant BP's just released annual Statistical Review of World Energy study, Gglobal carbon emissions remained flat for the third consecutive year during 2016, while demand for coal across the world fell for the second year in a row. "The combination of weak energy demand growth and the shifting fuel mix meant that global carbon emissions are estimated to have grown by only 0.1 pct -- making 2016 the third consecutive year of flat or falling emissions," the report says.

The annual review found while renewables only met 4 per cent of total primary energy demand globally, the growth in renewables represented nearly a third of the total growth in energy demand in 2016. The report also showed how growth in overall energy demand is beginning to slow, as energy efficiency measures become more popular.

Access BP's Statistical Review of World Energy report HERE. (Source: BP Group, Climate Action Program. UNEP, 14 June, 2017) Contact: Climate Action Program, +44 (0) 20 7871 0173,; BP Group,

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

Freight emissions could be roadblock for Paris accord targets: Pembina Institute
Pembina Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
According to a new report released Wednesday by the Pembina Institute. Greenhouse gas emissions from the movement of goods across the country are on pace to surpass passenger emissions around 2030 and could be a major obstacle if Canada hopes to meet its climate targets, As of 2015, freight transportation accounted for 10.5 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and is the fastest growing segment within the transportation sector, the environmental think-tank’s report says. The report says government and industry players must partner to accelerate adoption of practices, technologies and policies that will enhance environmental performance in the freight sector, particularly when it comes to trucking. The report’s statistics and projections regarding transportation emissions are based on those presented in the federal government’s Second Biennial Report on Climate Change. (Source: Pembna Institute, Financial Post, 14 June, 2017)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pembina Institute news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Transportation Emissions news,  

Capital Power's KS Wind Farm Online Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Capital Power Corp
Date: 2017-06-19
Following on our May 9, 2016 coverage, Edmonton, Alberta-based Capital Power Corp. reports the ahead of schedule completion and commercial-scale operation of its 178 MW Bloom Wind project south of Dodge City, Kansas.

The wind farm incorporate 54 Vestas V117 3.3-MW turbines and was developed using a 10-year proxy revenue swap agreement with Allianz Risk Transfer, a subsidiary of Allianz SE. Microsoft has acquired the environmental attributes connected to Bloom Wind from ART for a 10- year period. (Source: Capital Power, NA Windpower, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Capital Power, Brian Vaasjo, Pres., CEO, (617) 330-1340 - Boston Office,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Power Corp,  Wind,  

$2Bn in Low-Carbon Project Funding for Cdn. Provinces (Funding)

Date: 2017-06-19
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, the Hon. Catherine McKenna , has reported that three Canadian territories and eight provinces -- excluding Manitoba and Saskatchewan, neither of which has signed the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change -- will share $2 billion in federal funds to help them cut their greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years.

The funding was initially to be a two-year program, with the $2 billion equally divided between 2017-18 and 2018-19, The money was re-profiled over five years in this year's budget, starting with $250 million in 2017-18. There will be $500 million available in each of the next three years and the final $250 million in 2021-22.

The funds will be allocated for projects that significantly reduce emissions, prioritizing those that reduce the most emissions most cheaply. Initiatives must also be in addition to existing projects or those that are already planned. (Source: Canadian Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Canada Press, June, 2017) Contact: Canadian Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Catherine McKenna, (819) 938-3813,

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

DONG Sets Science Based Emissions Reduction Target (Int'l)
DONG Energy, Science Based Target Initiative
Date: 2017-06-19
Copenhagen-headquartered offshore wind energy giant DONG Energy has confirmed that its target to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 96 pct by 2023 has been approved by the Science Based Target Initiative.

The Initiative is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), and is a member of the We Mean Business Coalition. The Initiative is designed to provide companies "with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions." The Initiative helps companies ensure and develop emissions reductions that are in line with the level of de-carbonization necessary to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees C compared to pre-industrial levels. (Source: DONG Energy, CleanTechnica, Others, 16 June , 2017] Contact: Science Based Targets initiative,; DONG Energy, +45 99 55 11 11,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Science Based Target Initiative,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  DONG Energy,  ,  

Nordex Launches N131/3000 Wind Turbine in France (Int'l)
Date: 2017-06-19
The Nordex Group is reporting wind turbine orders totaling 36 MW from different project developers and power station operators. Orders include a total of 13 N131/3000, N117/3000 and N117/2400 turbines for projects slated to get underway this year.

Nordex will be installing its N131/3000 turbine in France for the first time. With a rotor diameter of 131 meters, the N131/3000 will be the largest turbine installed in the country to date, according to the company which currently has an installed capacity of more than 1.7 GW in France. (Source: Nordex, NA Windpower, Others, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 381 6663 3300,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

Cross Winds Energy Park Years Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Consumers Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
The Michigan Public Service Commission (PUC) on Thursday approved the Jackson-based Consumers Energy proposal to begin work on its proposed Cross Winds Energy Park III in Tuscola County in 2019, three years in advance of its originally approved 2022 start date. The projected was originall approved for 19 wind turbines with an optional 33 additional units.

says advancement of the projects will “help meet the expanded renewable energy portfolio standard set in the state's new energy laws.” The initial Cross Winds Energy Park in Tuscola County started serving electric customers in Michigan’s Thumb region in 2014. (Source: Michigan PUC, Consumers Energy, MPR, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Michigan PUC, Sally Talberg, Chairperson, (517) 284-8100,; Consumers Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumers Energy,  Wind,  

Tri Global Closes on Fiber Winds Energy Sale (Ind. Report, M&A)
Lorenzo Wind,Tri Global Energy,NextEra Energy Resources
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Lone Star State, Dallas-headquartered utility-scale wind energy developer Tri Global Energy (TGE) is reporting the sale of its 80 MW Fiber Winds Energy Project in Crosby County, Texas to Lorenzo Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC, the largest renewable energy power company in North America.

The first phase of Crosby County Wind Farm came online in 2014. The third phase, which qualified for the federal Production Tax Credit in 2016, is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

Since 2014, TGE has concluded over 3,000 MW of transactions with sponsor equity partners and the represented projects are now either in operation, construction or project financing. (Source: Tri Global Energy, PR, 15 June, 2017) Contact: TGE, John Billingsley, CEO, (972) 290-0825,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tri Global Energy,  Wind,  NextEra Energy Resources ,  

Alliant Takes Stake in EDF's Great Western Wind Farm (M&A)
EDF Renewable Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
EDF Renewable Energy is reporting the sale of a 50 pct stake in its recently completed 225MW Great Western wind farm in Oklahoma to a unit of Madison, Wisconsin-headquartered Alliant Energy, with the power contracted under a long-term deal with Google. The transaction is Alliant's first deal with EDF. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: EDF Energy Renewables, Tim Wheeler, Onshore Wind Development Manager,

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

Solar Paint Creates Energy from Water Vapor (New Prod & Tech)
RMIT University
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Land Down Under, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne are reporting development of a new solar paint that can be used to produce clean energy.

The innovative paint draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. As a result, hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source. The paint contains a recently-developed compound that looks and feels like silica gel commonly used to absorb moisture but acts like a semiconductor. Additionally, the synthetic molybdenum-sulphide material catalysis the splitting of water atoms into hydrogen and oxygen.

According to lead researcher Dr. Torben Daeneke, mixing the compound with titanium oxide particles leads to a sunlight-absorbing paint that produces hydrogen fuel from solar energy and moist air.

Because titanium oxide is the same white pigment commonly found in wall paint when it is combined with the new material, the solar paint can "convert a brick wall into an energy harvesting and fuel production real estate." This means there is no need for filtered or clean water to feed the system. And, any location that has water vapor in the air -- including remote areas -- can produce fuel, according to Daeneke. (Source: RMIT University, Inhabitat, Science Daily, June, 2017) Contact: RMIT University, Dr. Torben Daeneke, +61 3 9925 2090,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  

DOE Sued Over Stalled Energy-Efficiency Standards (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-19
Eleven states have instigated legal action against the the Trump administration Department of Energy over its failure to finalize energy-use limits for portable air conditioners and other products. The new standards would reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save businesses and consumers billions of dollars, and conserve enough energy to power more than 19 million households for a year, but the U.S. Department of Energy has not met a requirement to publish them by now, according to California Attorneys General Xavier Becerra, who filed the lawsuit against the DOE in federal court in San Francisco. "This is absurd. The Trump Administration should stop stalling and start following the law," Becerra said.

Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Maryland, New York and the City of New York are the plaintiffs. (Source: Society of Environmental Journalists, AP, Others, 14 June, 2017)Contact: California Attorneys General Xavier Becerra,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Energy Efficiency,  

China's First Large-Scale CCS Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2017-06-19
In Beijing, China reports construction has begun on the first of eight planned large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects. The first CCS project, which was started by state-owned Yanchang Petroleum, will capture 800,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from a coal-to-gas petrochemical plant near the western Chinese city of Xi'an. The project will remove CO2 from two coal gasification (syngas) plants and use it for enhanced oil recovery operations. The seven additional projects include coal-fired power plants, fertilizer plants, and a chemical production facility.

The Australian not-for-profit Global CCS Institute assisted in getting the project off the ground as part of China's 2015 deal with the U.S. to combat climate change. (Source: International Energy Agency, Digital Journal, 18 June, 2017) Contact: Global CCS Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  CCS,  China CCS,  

HiVE Touts Renewables Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
HiVE Energy Systems
Date: 2017-06-19
In the Aloha State, Maui-based HiVE Energy Systems reports it has developed a fully integrated energy storage system designed to store one full day of energy needs. Combined with a rooftop photovoltaic system, the HiVE system enables customers to eliminate the resident's monthly utility bills.

HiVE is an integrated, high performance energy storage solution designed from the ground up to work with any conventional solar system. HiVE's adaptive technology can be scaled for a wide range of residential, industrial, smart grid, and military applications, big or small. Partnering with SunBurst Finance and HNU Energy, HiVE's solar-integrated battery/financing leasing package provides solar installation, battery integration and system management and can be tailored to fit existing solar systems, according to a HiVE release. (Source: HiVE Energy System, Pacific Bus. News, 16 June, 2017) Contact: HiVE Energy Systems,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Solar,  

iDemand, Scantibodies Solar+Battery Energy Storage Project Underway (Ind. Report)
iDemand Energy Storage,SunFusion
Date: 2017-06-19
In San Diego, sustainable energy storage batteries manufacturer iDemand Energy Storage Inc. reports the completion of engineering work on a $4.1 million solar-plus-battery storage project for five buildings operated by Scantibodies Laboratory Inc., a biochemical manufacturer and research facility based in Santee, Calif. Construction is expected to get underway in July for completion by the year end.

The contract to make uninterrupted-energy-supply (UES) battery systems capable of storing and discharging up to 1.078 MWof solar energy was awarded to iDemand by SunFusion Solar Inc., also of San Diego.

The client aims to shave peak-load electricity demand during the latter part of the day by using excess energy stored and discharged from the battery systems. The current Scantibodies contract calls for 2 MWh for the five-building load. (Source: iDemand Energy Storage, 16 June, 2017) Contact: iDemand Energy Storage, Sandy Ellard, Pres., Walter Ellard, CEO , (858) 266-8385,,; Scantibodies Laboratory Inc.,

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

GMP Offers Energy Saving eSMartwater Program (Ind. Report)
Green Mountain Power,Aquanta
Date: 2017-06-19
Vermont utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) reports the launch of its eSmartwater program. The program includes electric water heater controls from Washington, DC, startup Aquanta, combined with a free Nest thermostat, for a fee of 99 cents per month.

GMP has been testing Aquanta's technology for several months, with the goal of using its real-time networks and predictive analytics to turn existing home water heaters into an energy-saving and grid-responsive energy storage device.

GMP estimates that about 50,000 electric resistive water heaters are in use by its customers. Each uses about 4 kilowatts of energy and a natural target for demand response programs that pay customers for the right to shut off their water heaters in emergencies.

Aquanta's $150 device installs on existing water heaters, measures both electricity and temperature, and connects via Wi-Fi to its cloud-based software platform to allow direct control via the homeowner's smartphone. It also gives the utility access to these water heater sensor-control devices in aggregate, not just as an emergency demand response resource, but as part of controlling its larger grid needs. (Source: Green Mountain Power, Aquanta, GFTM, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Green Mountain Power, Josh Castonguay, Dir. Generation and Renewable Innovation, (888) 835-4672,; Aquanta, Matt Carlson, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Mountain Power,  Aquanta,  

Ice Energy, Genbright Partner to Cut Nantucket's Peak Electricity Demand (Ind. Report)
Genbright,Ice Energy
Date: 2017-06-19
Hingham, Mass.-headquartered clean energy technology specialist Genbright LLC and thermal energy storage specialist Ice Energy reports they are joining forces to help reduce the island of Nantucket's peak energy demand.

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) awarded the two firms a contract to provide over 200 residential behind-the-meter energy storage solutions on Nantucket using Ice Energy's proprietary Ice Bear 20 technology. Genbright will perform real-time dispatch of the Ice Bears to deliver over 1 MW of peak demand reduction, which is equivalent to one year of growth in electricity demand on the island.

The $3 million project, which will begin this summer, aims to prove how new energy storage technologies can be deployed as "non-wires alternatives" to defer the need for a third undersea cable to Nantucket, which is expected to cost between $75-100 million. (Source: Ice Energy, Genbright, Marketwired, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Genbright LLC, Joe Crespo, (800) 977-5909,; Ice Energy, Mike Hopkins, CEO, (877) 542-3232,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Genbright,  Ice Energy,  Energy Storage,  

Powin Constructing 6 Ont. Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
Powin Energy,Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Date: 2017-06-19
Tualatin, Oregon-based utility battery energy storage specialist Powin Energy Corporation reports it will construct and install six energy storage projects totaling 12.8MW/52.8MWh at two sites in Kitchener and Stratford Ontario, Canada. Upon completion by the end of September, projects will constitute the largest energy storage rollout in Canada.

The projects, which are all contracted with Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of its long-term energy plan, are being developed in collaboration with Hecate Energy, a global developer, owner and operator of solar, wind and storage projects.

The projects will incorporate Powin's modular Stack 140 -- a modular, purpose-built 140kWh battery array that easily scales up to multiple megawatt applications. All Stack 140 systems are operated by Powin's proprietary bp-OS battery management software and include the industry-exclusive Battery Odometer and Warranty Tracker. (Source: Powin Energy, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Powin Energy, Geoff Brown, Pres., Victor Liu, (503) 598-6659,,; Ontario IESO, John Cannella, (416) 506-2823,; Hecate Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Independent Electricity System Operator,  Powin Energy,  

Kansas Ethanol Launches $3.7Mn Equity Financing Round (Ind. Report)
Kansas Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-19
In Lyons Kansas, Kansas Ethanol reports it has filed with the Securities and Equities Commission announcing the opening of a $3.7 million equity financing round. The company produces 55 million gpy of corn ethanol.

Kansas Ethanol's 2009 vintage plant was one of the first 14 ethanol plants to adopt ICM Fiber Separation Technology to boost yields. (Source: Kansas Ethanol LLC, Weekly Hub, Various Media, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Kansas Ethanol LLC, (620) 257-2300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kansas Ethanol,  Ethanol,  

Husker Ag Lauded for Ethanol Marketing, Funding (Ind. Report)
Husker Ag
Date: 2017-06-19
Nebraska Ethanol Board (NEB) has recognized Plainview, Nebraska-based Husker Ag and the company's management for his leadership and success with fuel retailers. Since 2012, Husker Ag in Plainview, Nebraska, has contributed more than $250,000 in grant funding to the state's fuel infrastructure for higher-blend ethanol pumps at stations statewide.

As previously reported, many of the flex fuel pumps being used by the state's retail fueling stations were partially paid for by the Nebraska Corn Board's Flex Fuel Infrastructure Grant Program on behalf of Nebraska's 23,000 corn producers through their checkoff program.

Husker Ag is an ethanol production facility built by Fagen Inc. and designed by ICM of Colwich, KS. Husker Ag expanded its operations in the fall of 2007 and now utilizes over 26 million bpy of corn to produce about 76 million gpy of denatured ethanol and about 450,000 tpy of modified wet distillers' grain (DDG) for cattle feed. (Source: HuskerAG, Nebraska Ethanol Board , 15 June, 2017) Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board, Todd Sneller, (402) 471-2941,; Husker Ag, Seth Harder, Gen. Mgr., (402) 582-4446,; Nebraska Corn Board,

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Iran, UN Ink Carbon Sequestration MoU (Int'l. Report)
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Date: 2017-06-19
IRNA, the Iranian News Agency is reporting the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Iran and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for the third phase of an international carbon sequestration program in four Iranian provinces. The project is currently is being implemented in some 300 Iranian villages.

The project is aimed at fighting desertification and climate change, as well as energy conservation, soil erosion prevention, economic development and boosting employment in Iran. (Source: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, Trend, 17 June, 2017) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization,

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Vietnam Plans Biofuel Revivals with E5 Mandate (Int'l Report)
Date: 2017-06-19
In Hanoi, VietNamNet is reporting the Vietnamese government will cease the availability and production of RON 92 petroleum biofuel in Vietnam after December 31, 2017, after which only E5 biofuel will be produced and available to the motoring public in Vietnam.

The ruling is expected to revive many of the country's idled ethanol plants, including those in Dung Quat, Binh Phuoc and Phu Tho, which it is hoped will be back in production for the 31 Dec., 2017 deadline. (Source: Vietnam Bridge, VietNam Net, 14 June, 2017)

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KNM's Thai Bioethanol Plant Slated for July Startup (Int'l Report)
KNM Group
Date: 2017-06-19
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian process equipment manufacturer and energy developement firm KNM Group Bhd reports that its bioethanol plant in Thailand is expected to begin commercial production next month. According to a release, the first phase of to 200,000 lpd fuel-grade Impress Ethanol Plant has been commissioned. Construction on the second phase got underway in May and is slated for completion early in 2019. (Source: KNM Group, Star Online, 16 June, 2017) Contact: KNM Group,

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Biorefinery Developement Commercialization Center Awarded $1.5Mn (Funding)
Appalachian Regional Commission
Date: 2017-06-19
The Appalachian Regional Commission reports the awarding of $1.5 million in grant funding to New York's Alfred State College to support its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) project. The project aims to help private and public partners leverage woody biomass resources to create sustainable business using advanced manufacturing processes.

The BDCC will develop and commercialize process that extract valuable chemicals from wood and use them to manufacture biochemicals, biofuels and other advanced materials.

The award was part of $15.7 million in grants made to 18 projects by the APC in mid-June. The projects aim to help grow the economies in coal-impacted communities in seven Appalachian states. The awards were made through ARC's Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization Initiative. The facility is expected to contribute to the creation of 15 new businesses and help 125 workers gain skills or retain or gain employment. (Source: Appalachian Regional Commission, Biomass Mag 16 June, 2017) Contact: Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700,; Alfred State College, /

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Edeniq Secures $5Mn in Growth Equity (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-06-19
Visalia, California-headquartered cellulosic ethanol specialist Edeniq, reports it has secured commitments for $5 million in additional equity to support existing customer workload, grow its order pipeline, and roll out technology enhancements.Over the past 12 months, the raised more than $12 million, according to a press release.

Over the coming year, Edeniq expects to more than double average customer cellulosic ethanol production through plant optimization and technology enhancements that are being introduced to customers as early as the Q3 of 2017. While customers are currently averaging just over 1 pct cellulosic ethanol and a 2 pct lift in total ethanol production, the best-performing plants have achieved rates of more than 2 pct cellulosic ethanol and a 3 pct lift in total ethanol production.

The company's customer pipeline has reached 27 plants, four of which are registered with the US EPA for cellulosic ethanol D3 RIN generation. The remainder have submitted applications for D3 RIN production to the EPA, or are in the trial validation process, which is the first step in the registration process. Edeniq's customer plants that have registered with the EPA for cellulosic co-production represent approximately 400 million gallons of total ethanol production and have already generated well over $1 million in D3 RIN credits. The company currently sells or licenses its technologies to ethanol plants in the United States. (Source: Edeniq, PR, 19 June, 2017) Contact: Edeniq, Inc. Brian Thome, Pres., CEO, Lily Wachter, (559) 302-1777,,

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World Biodiesel Market to Hit 28.3Mn Cubic Metre in 2017 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2017-06-16
According to Market.Biz analysis, the Global Biodiesel Market is expected to hit nearly 28.3 million cubic meter by the end of 2017.

The report, Global Biodiesel Market 2017 Research study covers biodiesel industry development trends, details of import/export, biodiesel industry supply, product details and specifications, the cost of biodiesel market share and revenue, leading biodiesel manufacturers, biodiesel prices and market revenues, regional markets and related biodiesel industry information.

Request details and a sample report HERE. (Source: MarketBiz, Post Observer, 12 June, 2017)

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Asahi Glass Touts Solar Cell Embedded Glass (Ind. Report)
Asahi Glass
Date: 2017-06-16
Tokyo-based Asahi Glass is touting Sunjoule, construction-use glass embedded with solar cells. The product, which can be used like normal window glass, can generate 2 to 4 watt-hours of electricity per square 15.6cm on a side.

Asahi Glass is targeting the Sunjoule project to construction projects in Australia and elsewhere in Oceania. The company . Asahi Glass aims to win the first export orders by the end of this year and boost the number of deals in Asia and Oceania to at least 15 by the end of 2020. (Source: Asahi Glass, Nikkei Asia Review, 13 June, 2017) Contact: ASAHI Glass,

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Eskom Launches Battery Energy Storage Demo (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2017-06-16
In Johannesburg, South Africa's largest utility Eskom's Research and Innovation Centre reports the opening of an energy storage demo unit where it will test, compare and evaluate presently available energy storage technologies and solutions. The utility is seeking technology to meet an estimated 2000 MW of energy output needed on its network.

In addition to "smoothing" the output of solar farms onto the grid, Eskom also wants to investigate the use of energy storage to deal with peak demand periods and to defer grid transmission and distribution infrastructure costs. (Source: Eskom, Energy Storage, 12 June, 2017) Contact: Eskom, Barry MacColl, GM Testing and Development,

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RenewSys Launches India's First 5 BB Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech)
Date: 2017-06-16
RenewSys, India's only integrated manufacturer of Solar PV Modules and components reports it has begun production of production 5 Bus Bar (BB) Solar PV Cells as part of its' RESERV range of solar PV cells. Commercial production of the 5BB Solar PV Panels/ Modules is expected to get underway in July.

5BB cells are expected to improve the panel/ module efficiency when compared to solar panels/ solar modules that use 4BB or 3BB cells. The additional Bus Bar in conventional silicon solar cells facilitates a uniform distribution of stress, making 5BB cells more durable. (Source: RenewSys, Business World, 15 June, 2017) Contact: RenewSys, +91 80 33494545,,

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Senvion, RES Seal Aussie Turbine Delivery Deal (Int'l Report)
Senvion,Renewable Energy Systems
Date: 2017-06-16
German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion SA reports Senvion Australia Pty Ltd has inked a partnership agreement with Hertfordshire, UK-based Renewable Energy Systems' (RES) Australian unit for the delivery of turbines to the 429 MW Murra Warra wind project, construction of which is underway.

The German company will deliver 3.7M144 type turbines specifically designed for the Murra Warra project. (Source: Senvion, Renewables Now, 15 June, 2017) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; RES, +44 0 1923 299200,

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Rena, Aiko Collaborate on Solar Cell Plating Technology (Int'l)
Rena Solar,Aiko Solar Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
German equipment supplier Rena and China's PV producer Aiko Solar Energy are reporting the expansion of their collaboration into electroplating cell metalization technology. Todate, Rena has delivered 4 GW of wet chemistry tooling to the Chinese PV producer, and will deliver one of its InCellPlate to Aiko's new Yiwu production facility in Zhenjiang province.

In announcing the collaboration, the two companies say that the electroplating process can deliver a cost reduction per-watt of around $0.01, or around 15 pct.

Aiko produces both multi and monocrystalline PERC PV cells, including bifacial products. Rena has supplied alkaline texturing, Rena BatchTex, and edge isolation, Rena InOxide+, equipment to Aiko for its monocrystalline cell production lines. Aiko has achieved efficiencies of 21.5 pct on mono PERC cells and has achieved a bifaciality of over 70 pct. (Source: Rena Solar, PV Mag., Others, June 12, 2017) Contact: Aiko Solar Energy,; Rena Solar, +49 7723 9313-0,,

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UPC Renewables Touts 1,000MW Tasmanian Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
UPC Renewables
Date: 2017-06-16
UPC Renewables, a leading global renewable energy developer, has announced it will build two wind farms with an aggregate capacity of up to 1,000 MW in northwestern Tasmania. The projects will incorporate 49 wind turbines and are expected to get underway later this year. (Source: UPC Renewables, CleanTechnica, 12 June, 2017) Contact: UPC Renewables, Australia, Tasmania,,

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Apex' 23-Turbine Tenn. Wind Project Suspended (Ind. Report)
Apex Clean Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
In the Volunteer State, the Crossville Chronicle is reporting that Apex Clean Energy's planned $100 million, 23-turbine Crab Orchard wind farm project about 100 miles from Nashville, Tennessee has been put on hold for 15 months by Tennessee General Assembly. The moratorium will allow a study of possible wind energy construction regulations. Tennessee is one of four states without such regulations.

The project has been widely opposed for reasons of possible noise, pollution and aesthetic considerations. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, Crossville Chronicle, Virginian Pilot, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, Patrick Brown, Dev. Mgr., Mark Goodwin, Pres., (434) 220-7595,

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Texas Bans Production Tax Credits for Wind Farms Near Military Airbases (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-06-16
Lone Star State legislation that goes into force September 1st, would make wind farms within 25 nautical miles of military airbases ineligible for production tax credits has been signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The legislation is intended to ensure that wind farm operations and wind turbines do not interfere with the mission readiness of the state's 11 airbases and do not have a "serious negative impact on the state's economy." (Source: Various Media, Power Engineering, 12 June, 2017)

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CCSL Scores Norwegian CCS Study Contract (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Clean Solutions
Date: 2017-06-16
Reading, UK-headquartered Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports that in partnership with international engineering company Apply Sorco, it has won two carbon dioxide (CO2) capture concept study contracts from Norweigan fertilizer business Yara and Klemetsrud Energy Agency (KEA), Norway's largest energy recovery facility.

The collaboration will combine CCSL's carbon capture technology with Sorco's engineering expertise to help establish a complete carbon capture and storage (CCS) chain, including capture, transport and permanent storage, in the Scandinavian country. The study's findings will be used to establish cost estimates determine future government investment in CCS. A previous study found that carbon capture is technically possible at the Norcem cement factory in Brevik, the Yara ammonia factory on Heroya and at an energy recovery plant at Klemetsrud.(Source: Carbon Clean Solutions Limited, Gas World, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com,; Apply Sorco,

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Whitefox Technologies in Talks with Pacific Ethanol (Ind. Report)
Whitefox Technologies, Pacific Ethanol
Date: 2017-06-16
UK-based engineering and membrane-based technologies specialist Whitefox Technologies and InnovateUK are reporting the company has inked a deal with Pacific Ethanol.

Pacific Ethanol successfully trialed Whitefox's ethanol dehydration unit at their Madera plant in 2015 and then agreed on a commercial deal in 2016. The two firms are now in talks for additional installations at 7 further Pacific Ethanol plants.

Whitefox specializes in membrane-based technologies with a focus on efficient ethanol production. Their solution minimizes waste and emissions whilst increasing energy efficiency and returns on production. The demand for Pacific ethanol is growing, with 850 million gallons exported from the US every year. (Source: Whitefox Technologies, Innovate UK, 16 June, 2017) Contact: Whitefox Technologies, Gillian Harrisson, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7953 8446,,

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Carbon Trust Touts Low-Carbon Collaboration (Int'l)
Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-06-16
In the UK, the Carbon Trust reports it has launched the Energy Systems Innovation Platform (ESIP), a collaboration with Centrica, Dong Energy, SSE, Scottish Power, Statoil and Wood Group Clean Energy to address issues preventing a more effective transition to a low cost and low-carbon energy system. The ESIP is supported by the Scottish government and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The initiative aims to find solutions to regulatory and other barriers deterring investment in energy storage, energy efficiency and similar technologies and solutions to achieving low carbon energy and a low carbon energy economy. The first results of this work are expected by the year end. (Source: Carbon Trust, renews, Others, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Carbon Trust, Andrew Lever, Director of Innovation, Nils Lehmann, Project Manager, +44 (0) 207 832 4773,

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North Dakota Ethanol Producer Advancing CCS Plans (Ind. Report)
Red Trail Energy
Date: 2017-06-16
Following on our June 5 coverage, Red Trail Energy LLC in Richardton, North Dakota, reports it will move forward with the second phase of its carbon capture and storage (CCS) program following a U.S. EPA decision to grant North Dakota regulatory primacy over Class VI injection wells.

Red Trail expects the CCS system to be operational in 2019 or 2020, capturing about 180,000 tpy of carbon. Details have not been released. Red Trail Energy produces 64 million gallons of ethanol per year. (Source: Red Trail Energy, 13 June, 2017) Contact: Red Trail Energy, Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, (701) 974-3308,

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