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Taxpayers Federation Condemns Ontario Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Canadian Taxpayers Federation
Date: 2017-01-06
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has warned that Ontario's cap-and-trade carbon pricing system, which entered into force on January 1. According to the CTF, the system will tax "our heat, our commutes, our electricity that many of us are already struggling to afford -- none of this makes sense."

The cap, which limits how many tonnes of GHG pollution businesses and institutions can emit, will drop each year to encourage lower emissions. Companies must have enough carbon credits to cover their emissions if they exceed the cap. Companies can trade allowances to help them comply or to sell surplus credits. Facilities and natural gas distributors with over 25,000 tpy of greenhouse gas emissions are required to participate in the program. Electric power importers and fuel suppliers that sell more than 200 lpy are included.

The Ontario Government expects the program to generate approximately $1.9 billion per year which will be invested in projects that cut GHG pollution. (Source: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Tax News, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director , (647) 343-4150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Taxpayers Federation,  Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade ,  

Good Traveler Helps Fliers Cut Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Good Traveler Program
Date: 2017-01-06
In the Lone Star State, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport reports it has joined the Good Traveler Program which allows air travelers to purchase carbon credits as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. Through the Program, a passenger can pay $2 for 1,000 miles of flying and send that money to sustainable projects such as a forestry or wind farm project offsetting 344 lbs. of CO2e.

The Good Traveler Program began a year ago at the San Diego International Airport and has offset about 9.8 million air miles or 1,770 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to an airport release. (Source: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin American Statesman, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport,; The Good Traveler,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Good Traveler Program ,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  

U.S. 2016 Carbon Emissions Fall to 25 year Low (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-06
According to new report by the U.S. DOE, U.S. carbon emissions in 2016 fell to a 25-year low. For the first six months of 2016 emissions were at 2,530 million metric tons, the lowest for the first half of a year since 1991. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) attributed the drop to mild weather and the shift from coal to cleaner-burning natural gas and renewable energy in U.S. power production. Overall, the winter of 2016 had the fewest heating degree days , when temperatures drop below 65 degrees F. since 1949. (Source: US EIA,, 3 Jan., 2017)Contact: US EIA,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  US DOE,  

Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land -- USDA Report Attached (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-01-06
According to the attached USDA Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land report, dedicated energy crops, such as switchgrass in the U.S. have received alot of attention as potential renewable feedstocks for liquid fuels or bioelectricity even though markets do not presently exist for large-scale use of this resource.

This study examines three policy scenarios that could create a market for bioelectricity using dedicated energy crops: a subsidy for bioelectricity generation; a national Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS); and a national cap-and-trade policy to limit CO2 emissions.

Model results suggest that energy crops as a share of total cropland by region would be greatest in the Northern Plains, Southeast, and Appalachia. Even though the impact of energy crop production on land use across scenarios is similar by design, the impacts on other model outputs are quite different, including the mix of electricity-generating technologies, the price of electricity, CO2 emissions and the cost relative to a no-policy reference scenario. For example, the price of electricity increases with cap-and-trade but declines with a bioelectricity subsidy. In all scenarios, U.S. CO2 emissions decrease relative to the reference scenario, but are greatest in the cap-and-trade scenario.

Download the Dedicated Energy Crops and Competition for Agricultural Land report HERE. (Source: Economic Research Service,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Energy Crop,  

House GOP Targets Coal, Methane Rules for Repeal (Reg & Leg)

Date: 2017-01-06
In Washington, The Hill is reporting that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said the GOP plans to reform the way the executive branch writes regulations, and then to go after specific ones, including the Obama administration's rules on coal mining and methane emissions. “While we haven't yet determined what needs to be repealed first, I expect to start with swift action on at least on the Stream Protection Rule and methane emissions standards, both of which are limits to our energy production," McCarthy said.

Both the EPA and Dept. of Interior have written rules to limit the methane emissions from oil and natural gas drilling. All of the rules McCarthy mentioned were finalized by Obama last year within the time period that allows Congress to undo them through the Congressional Review Act. (Source: The Hill, Various Others, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Rep. Kevin McCarhy, (202) 225-2915,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Coal,  

The Climate Trust Forecasts Carbon Market Trends (Ind. Report)
The Carbon Trust
Date: 2017-01-06
In Portland, Oregon, the Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in mobilizing conservation finance for climate benefit, has announced its fourth annual prediction list of 10 carbon market trends to watch in 2017.

The following trends were identified by The Climate Trust based on interactions with their diverse group of working partners -- government, investors, project developers, large businesses, and the philanthropic community:

  • States, cities, and regions are going to lead the U.S. fight against climate change;
  • Progressive states and foundations will pick up support for domestic climate finance in the absence of federal action.
  • Global climate litigation campaigns will gain momentum during 2017, legitimizing our children's right to a healthy planet.
  • Private industry picks up U.S. government slack making progress towards Paris commitments.
  • . Environmental justice community concerns increasingly built into climate policy discussions throughout the U.S.
  • U.S. citizens become climate refugees in one of the hottest years on record.
  • More native tribes will join carbon markets.
  • China takes the lead in carbon markets, encouraging linkages to fight global climate change.
  • U.S.-based institutional investors will increase commitments to investments that hedge out carbon risk.
  • California Air Resources Board prevails in CalChamber lawsuit and commits to cap and trade.
  • "In 2016, a number of our predictions came to fruition, including an increased number of institutions committing to divest from fossil fuel companies as part of the transition to a clean energy future. The divest movement has provided a valuable market signal to support the needed flows of conservation finance. Riding this wave of interest from large institutions, late last year, The Trust executed a milestone contract with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation -- securing a $5.5 million Program-Related Investment to seed our first-of-its-kind carbon investment fund," said The Climate Trust's Director of Investments Kristen Kleiman.

    The Climate Trust was founded to administer the first legislation in the nation to curb carbon emissions -- the Oregon Carbon Dioxide Standard which requires fossil fuel-fired power plants to reduce or offset their emissions. The Trust provides funding for high-quality projects that reduce pollution. As of June, 2016, over 920,000 tonnes of CO2 have been retired from Oregon projects that are expected to reduce almost 2 million tonnes of emissions over their lifetime. (Source: Climate Trust, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: The Climate Trust, Sean Penrith, Executive Director, (503) 238-1915,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News The Climate Trust,  Carbon Market,  

    AFPM Calls for 2016 Cellulosic Biofuel Volumetric Requirement Waiver (Ind. Report)
    American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) reports it has petitioned the US EPA requesting that it waive its Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2016 cellulosic biofuels volumes "due to an inadequate domestic supply of such fuel." A waiver would avoid compliance payments for these non-existent cellulosic "phantom fuels" by $50-75 million, according to the AFPM.

    The AFPM syas its refining members are adversely impacted by EPA's "overestimate of 2016 cellulosic biofuel production" and are unable to acquire the requisite amount of cellulosic biofuel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) to comply with EPA's 2016 cellulosic mandate under the RFS.

    "Although the 2016 compliance year is not complete, it is now obvious that there will be a significant shortfall in the quantity of cellulosic biofuels available for compliance. Indeed, the EPA Moderated Transaction System (EMTS) data posted through October (the most recent data available) confirms that the cellulosic biofuel industry has not produced enough qualified product to enable compliance with the 2016 cellulosic standard. In fact, analyzing the amount of cellulosic fuel produced through November results in a 2016 annualized cellulosic biofuel production rate between 173.8 and 190 million gallons, approximately 40-60 million gallons short of EPA's estimated target," the AFPM said. (Source: AFPM, Various Media, Jan., 2017) Contact: AFPM, C. Thompson, (202) 457-0480,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RINs,  American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  RFS,  

    Notable Quote
    Great Green Fleet
    Date: 2017-01-06
    "Today is a further example of how the Navy and Marine Corps continue to lead in energy innovation, and in doing so, remain the greatest expeditionary fighting force the world has ever known. Having our platforms certified to operate on 100-percent alternative fuels gives us flexibility and, in the end, gives us both a strategic and combat advantage. It gives us options; options which are important now and will remain important in the future." -- Ray Mabus, U.S. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)

    Making the US Navy 'green' has been one of the current SECNAV's stated goals. A recent GAO report stated, "alternative jet fuels produced on a commercial scale using the HEFA process would require a subsidy of $0.35 to $2.86 per gallon to be price-competitive with conventional jet fuels in 2020." (Source: Naval Aviation News, SOFREP News, 4 Jan., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SECNAV,  Greatr Green Fleet,  US Navy,  Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Green Fleet,  

    Alt Fuels Included in Delaware Clean Vehicle Rebates (Ind. Report)
    Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Date: 2017-01-06
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Energy and Climate reports it is expanding its Clean Vehicle Rebate program to include alternative, bi-fuel vehicles -- propane or natural gas-powered vehicles that also run on either gasoline or diesel.

    The agency offers a $1,500 rebate for vehicles that run exclusively on propane and natural gas and a $1,350 rebate on bi-fuel vehicles purchased on or after Jan. 1. It also offers rebates for battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and for electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: DNREC, NGT News, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: DNREC,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,  Bi-Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  

    Greensmith Forecasts Key 2017 Storage Trends (Ind. Report)
    Greensmith Energy
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Emeryville, California-headquartered energy storage software and integration specialist Greensmith Energy is reporting 130 MW of new energy storage systems in 2016, all powered by the company's GEMSS software platform.

    For 2017, Greensmith predicts: energy storage market will go global; there will be more federal funding and tax credits for energy storage systems; grid-scale batteries ship for under $300 per kWh; control software will take center stage; energy storage providers will be pressured for greater industry consolidations; and developers will ask for fewer pilot projects and more long-term solutions and strategies. (Source: Greensmith Energy, PR, Bus.Wire, Dec., 2016) Contact: Greensmith Energy, John Jung, Pres., Mallory Sass, Marketing, (408) 966-5950,,

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

    Vestas' US Turbine Orders Surpass 1,500 MW in Dec. (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems received 1,512 megawatts' worth of orders for wind turbines and turbine components for wind farms across the U.S., according to a company release.

    Receipt of orders prior to the year end is noteworthy as Dec. 31 is the deadline of the federal wind Production Tax Credit. Projects that start construction in 2016, a definition that includes the option of spending millions of dollars on orders of wind turbines to be installed over the next few years, qualify for a $23 tax credit for every megawatt the wind farm produces ever hour for its first 10 years in operation. For projects that begin construction in 2017, the credit is at 80 pct of the full value; dropping to 60 pct for projects started in 2018; down to 40 pct of the original value for projects started in 2019. (Source: Vestas, Denver Bus. Journal, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  

    Windar Photonics Trumpets New Wind LIDAR Orders (Int'l)
    Windar Photonics
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Denmark-headquartered LiDAR systems specialist Windar Photonics plc is reporting orders for seven of its WindEYE™ LiDAR units, including a repeat order from a Canadian IPP customer that owns more than 600MW of wind turbine power generation capacity in North America. Windar also announced it has won a public tender from the Indian National Institute of Wind Energy and a Korean "test" order which represents the first installation of the WindEye™ LiDAR system in that country. (Source: Windar, PR, 30 Dec., 20160 Contact: Windar, Jorgen Korsgaard Jensen, Interim CEO, +45 2055 5599,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windar Photonics,  LIDAR,  Wind,  

    Annual Global Airside Energy Efficient HVAC Market Expected to Hit $4.4 Bn in 2025 -- Navigant Research Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Navigant Research
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research's newly available report Airside Energy Efficiency for HVAC Systems examines the global market for airside energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, with a focus on airside economizers and energy recovery ventilation systems (ERVs).

    According to the report, the airside energy efficiency market is expanding globally as the need for higher ventilation competes with the need for lower energy costs. Installing airside energy efficient systems is a relatively inexpensive way to ensure continued savings, especially in highly conditioned buildings such as data centers. The global airside energy efficient HVAC market is expected to grow from $2.7 billion in 2016 to $4.4 billion in 2025.

    North America and Europe, markets with stricter energy efficiency regulations, are expected to grow rapidly during the next decade, with Europe accounting for more than half of the ERV market by 2025.

    The report provides an analysis of the market issues, including drivers and barriers associated with airside energy efficiency. Global market forecasts are broken out by region and building type, extend through 2025. The report also examines the key technologies related to airside energy efficiency, as well as the competitive landscape.

    Review a free report executive Summary at (Source: Navigant Research, PR, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  HVAC,  Energy Efficiency,  

    BIOX Issues New Bridge Note (Ind. Report)
    BIOX Corp.
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Toronto, Ontaio=headquartered biodiesel producer , BIOX Corporation reports it has issued a secured a new New Bridge Note), in connection with a previously announced new secured bridge note facility, in the amount of US$5,221,546. The 3 month note bears interest at a rate of 12 pct per annum, accruing daily and compounding monthly. All accrued and unpaid interest under the New Bridge Note will be payable on March 31, 2017.

    The New Bridge Note was issued January 1, 2017 and replaces the US$5,000,000 secured bridge note issued by BIOX in June 2016 concurrent with BIOX's investment in the World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC joint venture, which acquired a 90 million gpy nameplate capacity biodiesel facility in Houston, Texas.

    BIOX, which owns 287.5 million lpy of nameplate biodiesel production capacity at plants in southern Ontario and Texas, uses its proprietary and patented production process that uses pure seed oils, animal fats an other feedstocks. (Source: BIOX Corp, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: BIOX, Alan Rickard, CEO, (905) 521-8205 ext. 253,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIOX Corp.,  Biodiesel,  

    Municipalities Assoc. Monitoring Alberta Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties
    Date: 2017-01-04
    On the Canadian prairies, the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties (AAMDC) reports it will be monitoring a number of new climate change related provincial initiatives and programs including the province's new Climate Leadership Plan.

    The new Climate Leadership Plan, which came into effect on Jan. 1, imposes carbon levies for energy use by Alberta residents, companies, municipalities and just about everything in between. (Source: Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Mountain View Gazette, Dec. 27, 2016) Contact: Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Al Kemmere, Pres, (780) 955-3639,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  Climate Change,  

    EU Court Confirms EU ETS Carbon Tax on Swiss Flights (Int'l)
    EU ETS,Swiss International Air Lines
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the European Union (EU) is within its rights to apply carbon taxes to flights between Switzerland and EU member states although flights to and from other countries outside the bloc are exempt.

    The Lufthansa-owned Swiss International Air Lines contended that its treatment under the EU's Emission Trading System (EU ETS) infringed on the principle of equal treatment under EU law by treating Switzerland differently from other third countries. The ECJ disagreed with the airline and ruled that the bloc was not obliged to treat all countries outside the bloc equally.

    Although not an EU member, Switzerland has a special trading status within the EU, including on climate legislation. It is also the only nation outside the EU whose flights are subject to the EU ETS. As such, Swiss International Airlines has had to surrender its emissions allowances for flights to and from EEA states and Switzerland. It had sought damages for these carbon permits, worth millions of euros.(Source: Swiss Air, Manila Bulletin, Other Media, Reuters, 27 Dec., 2016) Contact: European Court of Justice,; Swiss International Air Lines,

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

    Oil-Soaked Alberta Carbon Tax Now in Force (Ind, Report)
    Alberta Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-01-04
    The Canadian province of Alberta has begun 2017 with a carbon levy which, together with stiffer regulations for large industrial emitters, will cover 78-90 pct of Alberta's emissions.

    The provincial levy is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the circumstances, at the rate of CAD $20 per tonne in 2017 rising to $30 per tonne in 2018.

    The carbon tax is expected to raise $9.6 billion over the next five years. $3.4 billion will be used to support large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology. $2.2 billion will be plowed into green infrastructure, including public transit; and $645 million is earmarked for the Energy Efficiency Alberta program. The remaining $3.4 billion will go towards assisting mitigate the impacts of the levy on low and middle income families, businesses and other groups.

    The province aims to phase out all coal-fired power in the province by 2030 and has set a 30 pct target for renewable energy production.

    Download Alberta carbon levy and rebates details HERE. (Source: Province of Alberta, Various Media, 3 Jan., 2016)Contact: Province of Alberta, Alberta Environment Minister, Hon. Shannon Phillips, (780) 310-3773,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Carbon Tax,  

    Greens, Chambers of Commerce Question Ontario Cap-and-Trade Program (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Green Party
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In Ontario, 20 Chambers of Commerce and the provincial Green Party report they have joined forces to urge the provincial government to defer or rescind it's cap-and-trade program which came into force Jan. 1. The Green Party is calling for a carbon fee and dividend approach.

    Citing the Ontario Auditor General's report that indicates cap-and-trade will cost businesses and households about $8 billion from 2017 to 2020, the Green Party coalition of chambers expressed concern over the tax's economic impact.

    The Chambers of Commerce group cited the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president was a reason to delay cap-and-trade. According to the group, if Canada imposes a carbon tax and Trump doesn't, Canadian industries will be hurt. (Source: Various Media, Sudbury Star, 26 Dec., 2016) Contact: Ontario Chambers of Commerce,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  CarbonTax,  Cap-and-Trade,  

    Volta Power Acquires New Manufacturer Facility (Ind. Report)
    Volta Power Systems
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Volta Power Systems, a lithium-ion energy storage solutions specialist for small to mid-size businesses, reports has secured a 7,800-square-foot manufacturing facility in Holland, Michigan. The new space will accommodate manufacturing and management functions and allow room for continued production growth.

    Volta, which was founded in 2014, manufactures turn-key lithium-ion energy storage systems for recreational vehicles, marine and specialty commercial vehicle applications. Volta systems use tested, automotive-grade lithium-ion technology to provide more energy with less noise, space, weight, and charging time than traditional methods. (Source: Volta Power Systems, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Volta Power Storage, Jack Johnson, (616) 931-3661,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Power Systems ,  Lithium-ion,  Energy Storage,  

    Notable Quotes
    Center for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center
    Date: 2017-01-04
    "The current (Obama) administration has wanted to look green. The problem is, looking green and being green are two different things. If the Trump administration only cares about results, we may actually do better at creating energy efficient buildings, because they will go with what works rather than earning (USGBC LEED Certification) plaques." -- Todd Myers, Director, Center for the Environment Washington Policy Center.

    Editor's note: According to Architectural Record, U.S. federal buildings have been seen as leaders in energy-efficient retrofits and new green construction -- but that could change. Trump has vowed to rescind many of President Barack Obama's executive orders, which could include the one signed in February 2015 requiring that federal buildings cut energy use by 2.5 pct each year through 2025. (Source: Washington Policy Center, Others, Architectural Record, 1 Jan., 2017) Contact: Washington Policy Center, Center for the Environment, Todd Myers, Dir., (206) 937-9691,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LEED CertificationCenter for the Environment at the Washington Policy Center,  

    Absaroka's Montana Energy Storage Project OKed (Ind. Report)
    Absaroka Energy
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Bozeman, Montana-based Absaroka Energy reports it has received regulatory approval and licenses to construct a $1 million, 400-MW pumped energy storage facility. The project would provide a necessary adjunct to the scores of area solar and wind energy projects.

    Pumped storage facilities are dams. During low-demand periods, power from alternatives such as wind and solar facilities is used to pump water up behind the dams. When demand increases, water is released through hydroelectric generators to produce power. (Source: Absaroka Energy, Alpena News, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Absaroka Energy, (406) 585-3006,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

    Vestas Reports 24-MW Chinese Wind Turbine Order (Int'l)
    Vestas,Huadian Power International Corporation
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from China-headquartered Huadian Power International Corporation Ltd. for 7 Vestas V117-3.45 MW turbines for a project in the Chinese province of Fujian. The order includes a two-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM4000) service deal and a SCADA VestasOnline Business system for data-driven monitoring and preventive maintenance.

    Turbine delivery is slated for Q2 of this year for commissioning before the year end. (Source: Vestas, SeeNews, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Vestas, Chris Beaufait, Pres., Asia Pacific and China, +45 9730 0000,; Huadian Power International Corporation,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  

    Southern Power, RES Ink 3,000MW Wind Dev. Deal (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power,Renewable Energy Systems Americas
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power last week announced a joint development agreement with renewable energy developer Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES) to develop and construct approximately 3,000 MW across 10 wind farm projects in the U.S. Commercial operation is slated between 2018 and 2020.

    RES will serve as the lead developer and balance-of-plant provider for projects. The deal allows Southern Power to serve as co-developer for future projects. (Source: Southern Co., Kallanish Energy, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Southern Power, Buzz Millar, CEO, CEO, (404) 506-5000,; Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Renewable Energy Systems Americas,  Wind,  

    LM Wind Power Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2018 (Ind. Report)
    LM Wind Power
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Danish wind turbine blade manufacturer LM Wind Power, the world's largest, independent manufacturer of wind turbine blades, reports it plans to be carbon neutral by 2018 and to that end will begin sourcing 100 pct of its electricity from renewable energy sources during 2017.

    LM Wind Power's carbon neutral "CleanLM" program includes: reductions in the company's carbon emissions through operational efficiencies; using 100 pct renewable electricity, particularly from wind, in conjunction with partners and customers and effective from 2017; and offsetting its remaining emissions through carbon credits.

    Since its 1978 launch, LM Wind Power has produced more than 185,000 blades which corresponds to approximately 77 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity which each year effectively replaces approximately 147 million tons of CO2. (Source: LM Wind Power, Offshore Wind Journal, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: LM Wind Power, Marc de Jong, CEO, +45 79 84 00 00,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LM Wind Power,  Wind,  Carbon Neutral,  

    Renova Energia Selling Brazilian Wind Farm for $214Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Renova Energia,AES Corp
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Sao Paulo, Brazil-based renewable power generation company Renova Energia is reportedly in talks to sell its fully operational Alto Sertao II wind farm to the Brazilian unit of AES Corp (AES Brazil) for approximately $214 million. Due diligence work has reportedly been completed. The transaction proceed are expected to be used for debt reduction. (Source: Renova Energia, Petroleumworld, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Renova Energia, +55 (71) 3352 2550,; AES Corp. Brazil,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova Energia,  Wind,  AES Corp ,  

    Global Ethanol Bus Market 2017-2021 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2017-01-04
    The just released Global Ethanol Bus Market 2017-2021 report forecasts the global ethanol bus market to grow at a CAGR of 10.37 pct during the period 2017-2021.

    The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global ethanol bus market for 2017-2021. To calculate the market size, the report covers ethanol-based vehicles and their development timeline and ethanol buses in detail.

    According to the report, E10 is the most commonly used ethanol blended automotive fuel available in the US, but E15 has huge growth potential in the US automotive industry.

    Report details are available HERE (Source: ReportsnReports, Dec., 2016) Contact: ReportsnReports, + + 888 391 5441,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Biofuel Blend,  E10,  E15,  

    LanzaTech Scores $4Mn for Lanzanol Demo Plant (Funding)
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Chicago-headquartered industrial waste gas to low-carbon fuel specialist LanzaTech is reporting receipt of $4 million in grant funding from the US DOE to create a demonstration-scale facility which will produce 3 million gallons of "Lanzanol", an ethanol extracted from steel manufacturing gases. The Lanzanol will converted into fuel via a process developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and scaled up by LanzaTech. The fuel has been flight tested by Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Initial analyses suggest the new fuel will cut carbon emissions by 65 pct compared to conventional jet fuel.

    LanzaTech is currently building commercial ethanol facilities using waste gases in China with China's largest steel company, Shougang, and in Belgium with the world's largest steel manufacturer, ArcelorMittal. (Source: LanzaTech, Stuff NZ, 3 Jan., 2016) Contact: ArcelorMittal,; PNNL,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; Virgin Atlantic, Craig Kreeger, CEO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Virgin Atlantic,  LanzaTech,  ArcelorMittal,  Aviation Biofuel,  PNNL,  

    Navy Drop-in Biofuel Incentives Available from USDA (Funding)
    USDA Commodity Credit Corp
    Date: 2017-01-04
    The USDA Commodity Credit Corp. has announced funding is available to pay a biofuel production incentive (BPI) under the Farm-to-Fleet program to companies producing drop-in biofuels from certain feedstocks. The USDA Farm Service Agency will use CCC funds to pay a per-gallon incentive for JP-5 and F-76 blended biofuels produced from eligible feedstocks and delivered to the U.S. Department of Navy. The BPI payment rate will range from 8.335 cents to 25 cents per blended gallon of biofuel, depending on the blend rate. Payments will not be based on which eligible feedstock is used to produce the biofuel.

    The 8.335-cent-per-gallon payment rate applies to eligible blends that contain a minimum of 10 pct biofuel. The rate increases 0.8335 cents for every 1 pct of biofuel content above 10 pct, up to a maximum BPI payment rate of 25 cents per gallon. According to the CCC, up to $50 million is expected to be available for the incentive program through fiscal year 2018.

    Details and additional information is available HERE. (Source: USDA Commodity Credit Corp, Jan., 2017) Contact: USDA Commodity Credit Corp., (202) 720-3865,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Drop-in Biofuel,  USDA,  Biofuel Incnetive,  Navy Biofuel,  

    Alfa Laval Scores Middle East Energy Efficiency Order (Int'l Report)
    Alfa Laval
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Lund, Sweden-based heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling specialist Alfa Laval is reporting receipt of an order to supply compact heat exchangers to a natural gas plant in the Middle East. The order is valued at approximately SEK 150 million -- $16.440 million.

    The order, which is scheduled for 2017 and 2018 delivery, includes compact heat exchangers that will be used to recover energy in the gas cleaning process, thereby cutting the plant's power consumption and CO2 emissions. (Source: Alfa Laval, 2 Jan., 2017) Contact: Alfa Laval, Svante Karlsson, Pres., Process Technology, Peter Torstensson, VP Communications, + 46 46 36 72 31,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval,  Energy Efficiency ,  

    Ormat Snares Viridity's Energy Storage Business (M&A)
    Ormat Technologies,Viridity Energy
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Reno, Nevada-headquartered geothermal energy specialist Ormat Technologies, Inc. reports it will acquire the business and assets of Philadelphia-based demand response, energy management and storage specialist Viridity Energy, Inc. The $35 million acquisition, which is subject to adjustments and performance milestones measured at the end of fiscal years 2017 and 2020, is slated to close early this year.

    Viridity serves primarily retail energy providers, utilities, and large industrial and commercial clients. The company's offerings help clients optimize and monetize their energy management, demand response and storage facilities potential by interacting on their behalf with regional transmission organizations and independent system operators.

    Viridity has over 850 MW across 3,000 sites, including management of a portfolio of non-utility storage assets located in the northeastern US, under contract. (Source: Ormat Technologies, PR, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Ormat Technologies, Smadar Lavi, Investor Relations, (775) 376-2030,,; Viridity Energy, Mack Treece, COO, CEO, (484) 534-2222,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridity Energy,  Ormat Technologies,  Energy Storage,  

    Taiwanese Renewables, Carbon Trading Company Planned (Int'l)
    Taiwan Power Company
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In Taiwan, China, the Changhua County Government reports it plans to establish a power company focused on renewable energy and carbon emission credits trading.

    To that end, the Changhua County Commission will seek central government approval to engage in carbon emissions trading. The Commission is also working with state-run Taiwan Power Company to develop green energy. The Commission has also sealed deals with four non-Chinese companies for the construction of wind and solar facilities valued at more than $30.billion, according to the Changhua County Commission. (Source: Changhua County Commission, Taipei Times, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Taiwan Power Company,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market,  Taiwan Power Company ,  China Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Market,  

    120Mn GPY Ethanol Plant Planned for Hawkeye State (Ind. Report)
    Elite Octane
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Ethanol production in Iowa will continue to grow with the planned construction of Elite Octane's 120 million gpy corn ethanol production facility near the community of Atlantic in Cass County, western Iowa. Ground-breaking on the approximate $200 million plant is expected later this year, with production slated for June, 2018.

    The Cass County Board of Supervisors will issue a $4 million bond for infrastructure work on the 102-acre site just outside of Atlantic. (Source: IRFA, Various Media, Wallaces Farmer, 2 Jan., 2017)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Elite Octane,  

    Indian Subsidy-Free Carbon Capture and Utilization Project Touted (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Carbonclean,Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals
    Date: 2017-01-04
    Following on our 12th October, 2016 coverage, India's Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals reports it has developed a subsidy-free technology that converts carbon captured from it in-house boilers into soda ash, which is used as a base chemical in glass manufacturing, paper production and other applications.

    The process uses patented carbon-stripping technology from UK-based Carbon Clean Solutions to capture 60,000 tpy of CO2. The plant, which has received no government support, is now running with virtually no emissions seeping into air or water.

    The Carbon Clean Solutions technology converts captured carbon into soda ash, which is used as a base chemical in glass manufacturing, paper production and others applications. Carbon Clean's technology differs from current CO2-derised chemical materials, most of which are usually produced cheaply in the brewing industry, in that it is less corrosive, and requires less energy and equipment handling, according to the company. (Source: Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, Carbon Clean Solutions, edie, 3 Jan., 2017) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +91 22 26545 1955,; Tuticorin Alkali Chemicals, +91 44 2434 4305,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Clean Solutions,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  

    Neste Acquiring Shuttered Netherlands Biodiesel Plant (Int'l)
    Neste, Electrawinds ReFuel
    Date: 2017-01-04
    January 3, 2017 Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste reports it has inked an agreement for the purchase of Electrawinds ReFuel B.V.'s shuttered FAME biodiesel plant in Sluiskil in the Netherlands. The purchase price has not been revealed. The deal is expected to be completed prior to 1 April.

    The facility, which has been out of production since 2015, will be used for storage and pre-treatment of feedstocks for Neste's renewable diesel refineries. (Source: Neste. Various Media, Biofuel Int'l, Jan., 2016) Contact: Neste, Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP of Renewable Products, Virpi Kroger, Marketing & Sales Development, Renewable Products, +358 10 458 4379, (713) 407-4400 - Houston, Texas office,,; Electrawinds ReFuel B.V., +31 115 478 420,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biodiesel,  

    L.A. to Mandate Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
    Los Angeles City Council
    Date: 2017-01-04
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles City Council is reported to be considering a motion designed to reduce energy consumption in large, older buildings. The motion, which includes a possible package of policies and programs to address energy and water efficiency in existing buildings, could offer financing support, incentive programs, regular benchmarking and performance tracking, as well as an expansion of the Los Angeles Better Buildings Challenge or development of similar programs.

    The Building Energy and Water Efficiency ordinance would require buildings of 20,000 square-feet or more to annually report energy and water usage to the Department of Building and Safety. These buildings, along with buildings of 15,000 square-feet or larger, will be required to take action to reduce their consumption.

    A preliminary analysis by the California Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA and the nonprofit City Energy project finds that 50 pct of L.A.'s electricity demand comes from just 4 pct of its buildings. (Source: My News LA, Proudgreenbuilding, Others, Jan. , 2017) Contact: Los Angeles City Council,; California Center for Sustainable Communities,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Los Angeles City Council,  Energy Benchmark,  Energy Efficiency,  

    NJR Clean Energy Ventures Completes 39.9MW Pa. Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
    NJR Clean Energy
    Date: 2017-01-02
    NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), the unregulated clean energy subsidiary of New Jersey Resources (NJR), is reporting completion of the 39.9 MW Ringer Hill Wind Farm 60 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The project, which incorporates 14 GE turbines, qualifies for federal production tax credits, which will be used by NJR.

    NJRCEV invests in, owns and operates clean energy projects that provide low-carbon energy solutions. To date, the company has focused on commercial and residential solar project development in New Jersey and onshore wind projects across the country. (Source: New Jersey Resources, Dec., 2016) Contact: New Jersey Resources, Laurence M. Downes, CEO, Joanne Fairechio, Investor Relations, (732) 378-4967,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NJR Clean Energy,  Wind ,  

    Senvion Supplying Turbines to Aussie Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
    Senvion,Pacific Hydro
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Hamburg, Germany-based wind turbine giant Senvion reports it has inked a contract with Aussie wind farm developer Pacific Hydro to supply, install and service 14 MM92 turbines at the Yaloak South Wind Farm near Ballan, Victoria. The 28.7 megawatt (MW) wind farm will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 16,000 households. Turbine installation is slated for completion and commissioning by the year end. Senvion has installed 216 wind turbines from across the Senvion two megawatt series with a cumulated rated power of close to 440 MW in Australia since 2002. Senvion Australia Pty. Ltd. is the regional subsidiary providing Senvion wind turbine technology and solutions across Australia, New Zealand and the Southern Pacific Region. (Source: Senvion, PR, Various Media, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: Senvion, Raymond Gilfedder, Managing Director of Senvion Australia, Investor Relations, Dhaval Vakil +44 20 7034 7992,,; Pacific Hydro, Robert Boyle, Yaloak South Wind Farm Project Manager, +61 3 8621 6000,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Pacific Hydro,  

    Southern Power Snares EDF Renewables Texas Wind Farms (M&A)
    EDF Renewables,Southern Power
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Southern Co. unit Southern Power reports it has agreed to purchase 100 pct ownership interest in the 174 MW Salt Fork Wind Project and the 126 MW Tyler Bluff Wind Project from EDF Renewable Energy. Both projects have achieved commercial operation.

    The Salt Fork Wind Project, located in Donley and Gray Counties, Texas, utilizes 87 Vestas wind turbines. The Tyler Bluff Wind Facility in Cooke County, Texas, consists of 52 Siemens wind turbines.

    EDF Renewable Services, the operations and maintenance subsidiary of EDF RE, will provide balance-of-plant services for the projects. (Source: EDF Renewable Energy, Electric Light & Power, Other Media, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: EDF Renewable Energy,; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000,

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

    Petrobras Ethanol Asset Sale Falls $1.5bn Short of Target (Int'l)
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Following on our Oct., 26, 2016 coverage Brazilian oil and gas giant Petrobras reports that the recent sale of its ethanol and petrochemicals assets for $587 million still falls $1.5 billion short of its divestment target for the 2015-2016 period. The asset sale is aimed at slashing the company's $125 billion debt.

    As part of the $587 million sale, Petrobras sold its 46 pct stake in ethanol producer Guarani SA, which was acquired for $202 million by its French partner Tereos SA, which will now own all of the company.

    Petrobras also reported the sale of two petrochemical units -- Petroquimica Suape and Citepe -- to Mexican group Alpek SAB de CV subsidiaries Grupo Petrotemex SA de CV and Dak Americas Exterior SL for $385 million. Petrobras is selling off noncore assets in a bid to reduce its $125 billion debt, the largest in the global oil industry. (Source: Petrobras, MercoPress, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: Petrobras,; Tereos, Alexis Duval, CEO,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras ,  Biofuel,  Sugar Ethanol,  Tereos,  

    PBF Energy's Delaware Ethanol Shipping Plan Approved (Reg & Leg)
    PBF Energy,Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) reports it has approved Parsippany-based independent oil refiner PBF Energy permit to store and ship un-blended ethanol by barge from its Delaware City refinery. The plans to begin work on the $7 million project soon and begin full production during Q1, 2017.

    The $7 million project is thought to be in response to the rising costs of blending ethanol under the federal renewable fuel standard, which reportedly cost PBF Energy $95 million during Q2, 2016. (Source: (Source: PBF Energy, AgWeb, AP, News Journal of Wilmington, delawareonline, Dec. 28, 2016) Contact: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control,; PBF Energy, (973) 455-7500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Ethanol,  PBF Energy,  Ethanol Blend,  Ethanol Storage,  

    Bangladesh Considering Fuel-Only Carbon Tax Proposal (Int'l)
    Bangladesh,Carbon Tax, World Bank
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Islamabad, the Bangladesh Minister for Finance and Planning reports it is considering a World Bank proposal to introduce a carbon tax initially only on petroleum products, the price of which would remain unchanged if the government cuts its own profits.

    Retail fuel costs, which are significantly higher in Bangladesh compared to international market prices, have yielded huge profits for the government in previous years. The government is apparently reluctant to implement the fuel carbon tax due to possible public backlash, even though the World Bank proposal calls for the government to assist the most vulnerable segments of the population with a portion of the collected tax. (Source: World Bank, Daily Times, 26 Dec., 2016) Contact: Bangladesh Minister for Finance and Planning,; World Bank, (202) 473-1000,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Bangladesh,  World Bank,  

    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2017-01-02
    "Notwithstanding all the advancements that have been made in gathering more data, instrumenting the planet so that we understand how climate conditions on the planet are changing, notwithstanding all that data, our ability to project with any degree of certainty the future is continuing to be very limited.

    "If you examine the temperature record of the last decade, it really hadn't changed. I know you will like to hear that as it (does not) comport to some of the views of others, but last 10 years' temperatures had been relatively flat." -- Rex Tillerson, Exxon CEO, Pres.-elect Trump's Secretary of State nominee

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Exxon,  Climate Change,  

    R.I. Climate Report Looks to Spark Action in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Providence, Rhode Island scientists and policymakers are reported to be looking to local initiatives to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate change, according to Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) director Janet Coit. Coit made her comments to the December meeting of the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4), a state agency.

    In its year-end draft report, EC4 recognizes progress on mitigating greenhouse gases but concludes that Rhode Island must make drastic changes to its energy and transportation sectors to meet long-term emission reductions. Forty percent of those emissions come from the transportation sector, 20 pct from electric power production and 20 pct from residential heating.

    The report also states how these sources of emissions might transform over the next 33 years. The biggest changes call for a dramatic shift from natural gas and diesel power to renewable energy, biofuels and electric vehicles. In order to cut emissions 80 pct by 2050, 76 pct of car and truck travel must come from electric vehicles and the vast majority of electric power generation must be fueled by carbon-free sources.

    The report further suggests that can be curtailed by expanding local and state-wide energy-efficiency initiatives and programs, promptly repairing natural-gas leaks, reducing landfill gas emissions and supporting energy storage technologies, all of which can be supported by economic-stimulus programs. Recommended policies include further expansion of regional emission-reduction efforts for New England and eastern Canada. This is includes the successful Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

    Rhode Island has already reached its emission-reduction target for 2020. The challenge is meeting longer-range cuts -- 45 pct by 2035 and 80 pct by 2050. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, eco'RI news, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Dir., (401) 222-6800,; RGGI, (212) 417-3179,; Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council,

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

    Neo Solar Power Seeks PV Power Stations Investments (Int'l)
    Neo Solar Power
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Taiwan, solar cell specialist Neo Solar Power (NSP) reports it plans to increase its investments in PV power stations in Taiwan and abroad. To that end, NSP and Cathay Life Insurance have established a NT$1.5 billion ($46.9 million) joint venture fund. NSP has set up a Yield Co. and plans to invest or acquire such stations with total installation capacity of 300-400MWp. (Source: Neo Solar Power, PR, Economic Daily News, 27 Dec., 2016)Contact: Neo Solar Power, Andy Shen, Pres., +866 3578 0011,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neo Solar Power,  Solar,  

    P.E.I. Premier Clarifies Imminent Provincial Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    PEI Carbon Tax
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In a recent interview with the Guardian, Wade MacLauchlan, the Premier of Canada's smallest Province, Prince Edward Island, has reiterated that the province's carbon tax -- which comes into force Jan. 1, 2018 -- is "financially neutral" and is not going to be a tax raising measure to deal with other issues. The carbon tax is going to be very tight part of a package aimed at reducing the province's carbon emissions and helping Islanders reduce their use of gasoline for transportation and heating oil.

    The province also has a plan to help wean Islanders off of carbon-based fuels by providing home energy audits and energy efficiency retrofit grants to offset the carbon tax. (Source: Guardian, Various Media, CBC, 28 Dec., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  PEI Carbon Tax,  

    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-02
    In Washinton, the US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) reports the release of Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy. The report details the agency's blueprint for tackling the challenges and opportunities of building a sustainable U.S. bioeconomy.

    The report sets the foundation for the development of BETO's multi-year program plans, annual operating plans, and technology program areas as well as identifying opportunities to adapt and align BETO activities and project portfolios with those in both the public and private sectors.

    The Strategic Plan centers around four key opportunities: enhancing the bioenergy value proposition; mobilizing the nation's biomass resources; cultivating end-use markets and customers; and expanding stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The Strategic Plan outlines goals for each of these key opportunities, which will be implemented through a range of sub-strategies and measured by specified success indicators.

    Strategic Plan for a Thriving and Sustainable Bioeconomy details are HERE. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 29 Dec., 2016) Contact: US DOE BETO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Technologies Office ,  

    BETO Awards $7Mn for Alt. Fuel, Engine Co-Optimization (Funding)
    DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE is reporting up to $7 million in funding for eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance, low-carbon -- including biofuels -- fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. Under the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office and Vehicle Technologies Office are collaborating to maximize transportation-related energy and fuel savings and on-road vehicle performance while dramatically cutting harmful emissions.

    The following universities are being funded: Cornell University in Ithaca NY, New York University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Dearborn , University of Alabama, Louisiana State University , Mass. Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida. (Source: US DOE, PR, EIN, 30 Dec., 2016) Contact: DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, Vehicle Technologies Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BETO,  Biorefinery,  Biofuel,  DOE EERE,  

    UCSB Touting New Organic Solar Cell Process (New Prod & Tech)
    University of California-Santa Barbara
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Scientists at University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) and three other universities are touting a new, simple doping solution-based process involving briefly immersing organic semiconductor films in a solution at room temperature. This technique, which could replace a more complex approach that requires vacuum processing, has the potential to affect organic printed electronics, light-emitting diodes and other platforms.

    Studied in many academic and industrial laboratories for two decades, organic solar cells have experienced a continuous and steady improvement in their power conversion efficiency with laboratory values reaching 13 percent compared to around 20 percent for commercial silicon-based cells. Though polymer-based cells are currently less efficient, they require less energy to produce than silicon cells and can be more easily recycled at the end of their lifetimes. Thin films of organic semiconductors and their blends are immersed in polyoxometalate solutions in nitromethane for a brief time -- on the order of minutes. The geometry of these new devices is unique as the functions of hole and electron collection are built into the light-absorbing active layer, resulting in the simplest single-layer geometry with few interfaces.

    Organic solar cells are unique within the context of providing transparent, flexible and easy-to-fabricate energy-producing devices. These could result in a host of novel applications, such as energy-harvesting windows and films that enable zero-cost farming by creating greenhouses that support crops and produce energy at the same time.

    The work was funded in part by a Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research Award, through the MURI Center CAOP, Office of Naval Research Award and by the Department of Energy through the Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium. (Source: UCSB, PR, Nature Materials, NoozHawk, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: UCSB Center for Polymers and Organic Solids , Guillermo Bazan, Dir., (805) 893-5270.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California-Santa Barbara,  Solar Cell,  Organic Solar Cell,  

    ACC, SUMEC Co-developing Chinese Solar Projects (Int'l)
    Asia Clean Capital,SUMEC New Energy & Development Co
    Date: 2017-01-02
    Rooftop solar-focused developer Asia Clean Capital Ltd (ACC) has teamed up with a unit of China National Machinery Industry Corp (SINOMACH) to co-develop a 100-MW solar pipeline in Mainland China.

    As part of the newly-signed cooperation agreement, ACC will provide construction and financing for the solar systems, while SUMEC New Energy & Development Co Ltd will deliver technical support, engineering design and other services.

    ACC noted that this cooperation will speed up the development of its rooftop solar business in mainland China. Earlier this year, the company announced partnerships with solar modules suppliers Ten K Solar of the US and Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) and Canadian Solar (Source: ACC, Various Media, SeeNews, 28 Dec., 2016) Contact: ACC,; SUMEC New Energy & Development Co.,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Asia Clean Capital,  Solar,  China Solar,  

    DOE Funds Pilot- and Demo-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower Projects (Funding)
    Date: 2017-01-02
    The US DOE EERE reports the selection of six projects for up to $12.9 million in federal funding under its Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program.

    The funded projects are required to share the cost at a minimum of 50 pct and to develop and execute plans for the manufacturing of advanced or cellulosic biofuels, bioproducts, refinery-compatible intermediates, and/or biopower in a domestic pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery. Projects could receive additional federal funds of up to $15 million for pilot-scale facilities or $45 million for demonstration-scale facilities.

    The following projects will utilize thermochemical, biochemical, algal, and hybrid conversion technologies to generate the data required to enable future commercial-scale facilities:

  • Atlanta-based AVAPCO, LLC will receive $3.7 million to develop a demonstration-scale integrated biorefinery that combines AVAPCO's biomass-to-ethanol process with project partner Byogy’s alcohol-to-jet process to create an integrated process that produces jet fuel from woody biomass.

  • LanzaTech, Inc. based in Skokie, Illinois will receive $4 million to design, construct, and operate an integrated demonstration-scale biorefinery that will use industrial waste gases to produce 3 million gpy of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels.

  • Global Algae Innovations of San Diego will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale algae biofuel facility with improved productivity of open pond cultivation and more energy-efficient algae harvest.

  • Baltimore-based ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. is receiving $800 to work in collaboration with project partners to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery to produce transportation fuels from woody waste and agricultural feedstocks. The project proposes many improvements throughout the system, which in combination would allow for smaller, more cost-effective integrated biorefineries with increased liquid fuel yield.

  • In Carlsbad, California, Rialto Bioenergy, will receive $2 million to design the Rialto Advanced Pyrolysis Integrated Biorefinery facility that will have the capacity to convert 300 tpd of biomass such as food extracted from municipal solid waste and wastewater treatment plant biosolids into up to 6.4 megawatts of carbon-negative, renewable biopower.

  • The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation, Alexandria, Virginia will receive $1.2 million to design a pilot-scale integrated biorefinery thatl converts residual sludge and solids into biocrude oil, biogas, and fertilizer. (Source: DOE EERE, PR Jan., 2017)Contact: US DOE EERE,

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