According to Wheeler, "RIN prices have been relatively low and relatively calm since last spring. So that tells me that there should be less economic harm in the refining industry now than there was a year ago."
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. In 2017, the number of small refineries filing for exemptions retroactively for 2016 jumped from 14 the previous year to 20. The rate in which EPA granted these petitions also increased dramatically from 53 pct to 95 pct. (Source: Neb. Rural Radio, Reuters, Others, 14 April, 2019)
Contact: EPA,Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator
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As of this week, there was 21.5 gigawatts of installed wind capacity within the SPP's territory. In 2009, just 3 GW of capacity was installed. Another 51.75 GW of wind capacity currently is being developed, as well as about 24.5 gigawatts of solar power and about 4.4 GWof battery storage.
Oklahoma is among the states in the SPP's service area that contributed to increased wind-generated power capacity in 2018, commissioning new projects capable of generating 576 MW of electricity during the year.
At the end of 2018, Oklahoma had 8,072 MW of wind power.
(Source: Southwest Power Pool, The Oklahoman, April, 2019) Contact: Southwest Power Pool, www.spp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Power Pool, Wind,
The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:
The companies receiving awards in 2019 are
Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC.
(Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Other bills to be votes upon this week would require the city to complete a study on the feasibility of shutting down all 24 gas and oil-burning power plants within city limits, and replacing them with renewables and battery energy storage capacity and green roofs on selected buildings. (Source: NYC Council, Connect New York, 15 April, 2019)
Contact: NYC Council, https://council.nyc.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, Energy Efficiency, NYC,
"Sweden is becoming a leading country in decarbonizing aviation with its proposal to introduce a greenhouse gas reduction mandate for aviation fuel sold in Sweden. Together with Air BP we are able to support air transport in Sweden in their efforts, and this collaboration gives both of us valuable insight into developing similar supply chains to decarbonize aviation in other markets," according to Neste President and CEO Peter Vanacker.
Air BP is the specialised aviation division of BP. Air BP services are available at over 1000 airport locations in 70 countries and serves airlines, commercial aviation and general aviation.
Neste MY Renewable Diesel is a cost competitive, low-carbon fuel produced from 100 pct renewable and sustainable raw materials that cuts greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to petroleum diesel. (Source: Air BP, Innovators, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Air BP, Jon Platt, CEO, +27 (11) 488 5111, www.bp.com/en/global/bp-air.html; Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Neste, BP,
In a press release, Wartsila noted it sees great value in Soletair Power's concept and intends to provide global support in the development and commercialization of the technology.
(Source: Wartsila, Renewables, 15 April, 2019) Contact: Soletair Power Oy, +358 44 7688696, www.soletair.fi; Wartsila,+358 10 709 0000, www.wartsila.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila, Renewable Fuels,
The cooperation will be conducted with the united territorial communities in 16 regions: Ternopil, Zhytomyr, Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporozhzhia, Kyiv, Odesa, Kherson, Cherkasy, Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, Rivne, Mykolaiv, Sumy, Chernivtsi, and Luhansk regions. (Source: UkrinForm, 15 April, 2019) Contact: State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, Serhiy Savchuk, Dir., +38 (044) 590-59-74, saee.gov.ua/en
The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.
The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program, www.boma.bc.ca/green-buildings/building-tune-up-program
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news, Building Energy Efficiency news,
HERE. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, April, 2019) Contact: Gov of UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy
More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Carbon Emissions,
The three wind projects are expected to generate more than 670,000 MWh of electricity annually.
These plants, combined with AWS's previous nine renewable energy projects, will produce over 2,700,000 MWh of power each year, according to the Amazon press release. (Source: Amazon, PR, April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon, Wind, Renewable Energy,
According to the report, utility involvement, cost declines, government incentives, and increased solar PV integration are driving increased RESS deployments the initial and growing demand for which will be highly concentrated in select markets including Australia, Germany, Japan, and the US which are expected to account for 71 pct of the global RESS market.
Navigant Research Report details are at www.navigantresearch.com. (Source: Navigant Research, newsok, Business Wire, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul,
(781) 270-8456, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Navigant,
New Zealand's gross greenhouse gas emissions were 80.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) in 2017 -- up 2.2 pct from the year prior -- according to the just released annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. The report notes that NZ's net emissions increased by 65 pct from 1990 to 2017, while gross emissions increased by 23 pct since 1990.
The rise was largely driven by
dairy cattle, road transport, and chemical and food processing as well as nitrogen deposited onto agricultural soils, industrial and household refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
The country's two largest contributors to gross emissions in 2017 were the agriculture sector at 48.1 pct and the energy sector at 40.7 pct followed by road transport at 17.9 pct of gross emissions in 2017.
(Source: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Stuff NZ, 11 April, 2019) Contact: New Zealand Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, +64-4-471 1669,
+64-4-495 8350 - fax,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Universal mCloud will upgrade and replace 450 legacy thermostats at the building with Cypress Wireless Pneumatic Thermostats and Green Box Controllers connected via mesh network to the building's main control system. The upgrade is expected to cut energy costs related to heating and cooling by 25 pct and also reduce facility maintenance costs.
Universal mCloud uses artificial intelligence and analytics to curb energy waste, maximize energy production and improve energy infrastructure primarily in the
smart buildings, wind energy, power utilities and oil and gas. (Source: UniversalmCloud, Proactive Investors, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Universal mCloud, David Weinerth, Pres.,Smart Buildings, (604) 669-9973, www.mcloudcorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal mCloud, Energy Efficiency,
Beko U.S. is a subsidiary of Istanbul, Turkey-based Arcelik A.S., which earned "Climate A List Company -- Global 2017 Climate & Water Leadership Award" from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The company was rated AAA by MSCI Global Sustainability Index Series.
Beko U.S., Inc. manufactures highly energy efficient home appliances.
(Source: Beko U.S., Inc. PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Beko US Inc., , Hasan Ali Yardimci, Pres., Beko U.S., Inc. www.bekoappliances.com
The project will provide real-time monitoring, fault detection & diagnostics and ongoing monitoring-based commissioning for a 313,679 square foot building and its 600+ assets including chillers, boilers, and HVAC equipment. Built on Dell's IoT Edge Gateway and FacilityConneX's Intelligent Building Solution the upgrades will propel energy savings, sustain operational efficiency and increase occupancy comfort within Dell's facilities.
FacilityConneX will take the lead in reporting measurements, verification of energy reduction and identification of energy conservation measures (ECMs) to Eversource. For additional cost savings, Dell Technologies will also work with local utility Eversource to evaluate energy conservation findings and identify additional incentives for the Company.
FacilityConneX is a real-time data monitoring solution and service provider for building operators and facility managers looking to proactively enhance operational efficiency, IIoT equipment optimization and energy savings through ongoing commissioning, fault detection, diagnostics and advanced predictive analytics. The company creates customizable turnkey solutions for customers in the healthcare, industrial, commercial, higher education and water & wastewater markets. (Source: FacilityConnex, PR, 11 April, 2019) Contact: FacilityConnex, Mark Pipher, VP & GM, (508) 507-1426, email@example.com, www.facilityconnex.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News FacilityConneX, Energy Efficiency,
All vehicles that are to be outfitted with dynaCERT's HydraGEN Technology are highway tractors that on avergae consume 198,000 gpy of diesel fuel and produce over 2,000 tpy of GHGs.
According to Newport's Trevor McCagherty, "This purchase is part of our overall strategy that is looking to transform single-use plastics into synthetic fuel to be used to power our fleet and lower our carbon footprint. Our team is familiar with the benefits provided by hydrogen enhanced combustion. HydraGEN™ Technology is particularly important to us as a proven catalyst which increases the burn rate while reducing emissions and improving torque and power. As the company continues to look at developing alternative fuel mixtures, HydraGEN Technology can enhance all our endeavors including in synthetic diesel as well as in biofuels. What becomes even more interesting is the ability of the patent-pending HydraGEN Technology to measure and track GHG reduction," McCagherty added.
dynaCERT Inc. manufactures, distributes, and installs Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for use with internal combustion engines. The technology creates hydrogen and oxygen on-demand through electrolysis and supplies these through the air intake to enhance combustion, resulting in lower carbon emissions and greater fuel efficiency.
(Source: dynaCERT Inc., PR 11 April, 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc. Jim Payne, CEO,
(416) 766-9691 x 2,
More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT, HydraGEN , CO2 Emissions,
GWEC is a member-based and member-funded organization that represents the entire wind energy sector. The members of GWEC represent over 1,500 companies, organisations and institutions in more than 80 countries, including manufacturers, developers, component suppliers, research institutes, national wind and renewables associations, electricity providers, finance and insurance companies.
Download the report HERE. (Source: GWEC,
Website, April, 2019) Contact: GWEC, Ben Backwell, CEO, Deny Tenenblat,
Director of Business Development,
+32 477 19 05 87, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gwec.net.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Wind Energy Council , Wind,
By removing inaccuracies from data sets, this allows for greater accuracy in global market statistics. More specifically, the inaccuracies have been removed from data sets that include the U.S. Geological Survey and Federal Aviation Administration database in the U.S., WindStats data sets in the Netherlands, the Danish Energy Agency master data register, and INEGI in Portugal.
(Source: IntelStor, Hydrogen Fuel News, 11 April, 2019)
Contact: IntelStor, www.intelstor.com
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"We, the undersigned 4,520 Amazon employees, ask that you adopt the climate plan shareholder resolution and release a company-wide climate plan that incorporates the principles outlined in this letter.
"Amazon has the resources and scale to spark the world's imagination and redefine what is possible and necessary to address the climate crisis. We believe this is a historic opportunity for Amazon to stand with employees and signal to the world that we're ready to be a climate leader.
"Climate change is an existential threat. The 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report predicts that a warming of 2 degree C, which we're currently on track to surpass, will threaten the lives of hundreds of millions of people and put thousands of species at risk of extinction. We're already seeing devastating climate impacts: unprecedented flooding in India and Mozambique, dry water wells in Africa, coastal displacement in Asia, wildfires and floods in North America, and crop failure in Latin America. Vulnerable communities least responsible for the climate crisis are already paying the highest price.
"Amazon's leadership is urgently needed. We're a company that understands the importance of thinking big, taking ownership of hard problems, and earning trust. These traits have made Amazon a top global innovator but have been missing from the company's approach to climate change. For example: We (Amazon) haven't disclosed a company-wide plan to reach zero carbon emissions within the timeline required; Shipment Zero only commits to net carbon reductions; We have an AWS for oil & gas initiative devoted to helping fossil fuel companies accelerate and expand oil and gas extraction; We donate to climate-delaying legislators (Amazon has joined a variety of sustainability organizations like the Corporate Eco Forum and the American Council on Renewable Energy, we donated to 68 members of congress in 2018 who voted against climate legislation 100 pct of the time) ; and our sustainability goals lack context. "For example, we've set a goal of at least 50 solar installations in warehouse facilities by 2020. This represents only 6 pct of buildings in our global fulfillment network and a fraction of our overall carbon footprint .
"Our customer obsession requires climate obsession. This necessitates an immediate company-wide plan addressing climate change that demonstrates the following principles: Public goals and timelines consistent with science and the IPCC report ; A complete transition away from fossil fuels rather than relying on carbon offsets; Prioritization of climate impact when making business decision; Reduction of harm to the most vulnerable communities first; Advocacy for local, federal, and international policies; Fair treatment of all employees during climate disruptions and extreme weather events.
"In our mission to become 'Earth's most customer-centric company,' we believe our climate impact must be a top consideration in everything we do. We have the power to shift entire industries, inspire global action on climate, and lead on the issue of our lifetimes. We ask that you, as leaders responsible for our strategic direction, adopt the climate plan resolution and release a company-wide plan that incorporates the six principles above." (Source: Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon, Climate Change, Renewable Energy,
Through its exclusive distributor in China, Puxing Energy, NEC is commissioning two, 9-MW projects for Ray Power in in Ordos City, Neimongol Province and Tanshan City, Hebei Province. Ray Power will own and operate systems which will provide frequency regulation for the the Hang-Jin and Feng-Run power plants. NEC reports it was also awarded a 6-MW project by Ray Power which is currently under construction in Puzhou City, Shanxi Province. It is expected to be completed by mid-2019.
NEC Energy Solutions designs, manufactures, and integrates smart energy storage solutions for the electric grid, behind the meter, and critical power applications. The company's scalable distributed energy storage and control systems provide greater grid stability and flexibility to the benefit of both providers and users of electricity, according to the company.
(Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Daily Energy Insider, 11 April, 2019)Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fludder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261, email@example.com, www.neces.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions ,
Merkel's government is under pressure to complete measures and legislation that will ensure greenhouse gas reductions of 55 pct by 2030, so as to avoid target failure and costly payments for emission allocations under the EU effort sharing regulation. To that end, the government is exploring the introduction of a CO2 tax.
(Source: Various Media, Clean Energy Wire, 11 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,
The Environment Texas report shows Los Angeles has the most capacity of any city, with 419.9 megawatts installed. It also has the potential to install a staggering 5.4 gigawatts on small buildings around the city, which would transform it into a production powerhouse. Other leading solar city include Burlington, Vermont; Las Vegas, Nevada, Honolulu, Hawaii, San Antonio, Texas, and Washington, DC.
Download the Shining Cities 2019 report
HERE. (Source: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. April, 2019) Contact: Environment Texas Research & Policy Center. (512) 479-0388, www. environmenttexascenter.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
The 21.5 MW plant, which processes up to 170,000 tpy of waste wood to generate low carbon energy, produces sufficient electric power for more than 40,000 homes. The plant will deliver a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions worth around 65,000 tpy of CO2, the equivalent of taking more than 40,000 cars off the road.
BIG also owns and operates energy from waste wood biomass plants in Birmingham, Northern Ireland and Widnes and has projects under development in Hull, Lanark in Scotland and Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire.
(Source: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, PR, LesProm, 11 April, 2019) Contact:
Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, Alex Young, Project Dev., +44 118 929 8350,
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The storage tanks each have a capacity of 3400 m3, a diameter of 12 m and are 30 m in height. The first four tanks are currently being constructed in the conditioned production hall at the RDM site in Rotterdam and will be followed quickly by the final two tanks. The completely finished tanks will then be transported by water and installed in the foundations at HBTT in Botlek.
The new project follows their 2017 partnership in which seven fully-assembled tanks with a joint capacity of 70 000 m3 were delivered.
HBTT is the first terminal in the Netherlands to hold the ISO 28001 certificate. (Source: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, PR, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 11 April 2019) Contact: HES Botlek Tank Terminal, Charles Smissaert, General Manager, +31 71 302 0141, www.hesinternational.eu/hes-botlek-tank-terminal
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CRI developed the ETL technology to produce low-carbon intensity methanol from CO2 and hydrogen and operates the first production facility of its kind in Iceland. The company is currently developing commercial projects based on the ETL technology with partners in Europe and China. The technology allows partners to valorise CO2 and hydrogen from waste streams or electrolysis as a chemical feedstock or liquid fuel.
(Source: Carbon Recycling International, Green Car Congress, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Carbon Recycling International,
Tel. 00354 527 7000.
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The EC also noted "the pace of increase of the renewable energy share has slowed down" and increases in absolute energy consumption has lowered the renewable share in 2017 in seven EU states. In France, Ireland, Poland and elsewhere, "additional efforts" were needed. (Source: EC, EU Observer, 9 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU, Rnewable Energy,
The 50 pct renewable energy plan would increase electricity prices by 40 pct compared to November 2018 prices, 75 pct and 50 pct more than both nuclear energy scenarios, according to the American Experiment. Under the ACE rule change, electricity costs would be reduced by 3.8 pct. These costs translate to higher electric bills for Minnesota households, up to $375 every year, or a 32 pct increase compared to 2017, the study found. Building and maintaining an electric grid to accommodate the renewable energy push would cost each Minnesota household an average of $1,200 per year, relative to 2016 prices, the analysis found.
According to a report by Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC), the proposed 50 percent renewable energy plan also fails a cost-benefit analysis. It costs more to reduce one metric ton of carbon dioxide to provide reliable electricity using wind and solar, the analysis found. (Source: American Experiment, Minn. PUC, Minnesota WatchDog, 6 April, 2019) Contact: American Experiment, (612) 338-3605,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, Renewable Energy, Minnesota Renewable Energy,
The roughly 400-page petition is scheduled for a preliminary vote April 16 before a 20-member environmental rulemaking board that includes several Wolf appointees. A positive vote would allow the Wolf administration's Department of Environmental Protection to study the petition and decide whether to recommend it for a rulemaking process, which requires another vote.
The petition seeks to require polluters to buy permits for each ton of carbon they release.
(Source: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, York Dispatch, AP, 6 Apr., 2019)Contact: Office of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, www.governor.pa.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG, Greenhouse Gas, Carbon Emissions,
Ameren Missouri expects to invest $226 million over the life of the energy efficiency programmes, which in turn would provide $592 million in benefits for customers.
The utility's new Peak Time Savings program offers customers a $50 sign-up bonus and an additional $25 every summer for participating in the scheme, while other programs encourage the purchase of new energy-efficient equipment.
In addition to new energy efficiency programmes to help customers save, the power company recently announced Smart Energy Plan, which includes a freeze on base electric rates until April 2020 and rate caps to limit the size of any future rate increases. (Source: Ameren Missouri, Smart Energy, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Ameren Missouri, Matt Forck, Assistant VP Economic Development and Energy Solutions, Tara Oglesby, VP Customer Experience, www.ameren.com/missouri
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Incentive,
The updated rating system is designed to make the decision to implement LEED easier for residential projects and revitalize our approach to the housing market. Through a streamlined and simple approach, LEED credits that have a higher value to home owners and residents are prioritized, such as health and well-being improved comfort, energy and water savings, green and healthy materials. Options have also been added to existing LEED credits that lower both hard and soft costs to achieve certification. And recognizing the unique circumstances of international projects, LEED v4.1 Residential is also now more applicable to international projects.
For the LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities rating systems, LEED v4.1 expands on the earlier performance based approach to deliver a comprehensive framework to support plan, design, operation and performance management phases of both new and existing cities and communities. The rating systems align with all the UN Sustainable Development Goals and incorporate leadership standards and best practices from complementary systems, like the previously integrated STAR Community Rating System, as well as the PEER, TRUE, EDGE and SITES programs. More than 90 cities and communities around the world, representing more than 45 million people, are LEED-certified based on several factors, including water efficiency, energy, greenhouse gas emissions, materials and resources, quality of life, innovation and regional priorities. (Source: USGBC, PR, April, 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
AWS will purchase the output of a new 91.2MW project in Donegal, Ireland, expected to be online by the end of 2021.
AWS will also purchase 91MW of power from a new wind farm in Bäckhammar, Sweden, to deliver energy by the end of 2020.
Thirdly, a wind project in California, US, will provide up to 47MW of wind power to AWS by the end of 2020. The names of the projects or developers have not been disclosed.
The combined capacity of over 229MW, is expected to generate more than 670GWh annually.
(Source: Amazon, Windpower, Others, 9 April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon, Renewable Energy, Wind,
Under this Agreement, OCBC Bank and Sinosure will study projects and investment opportunities together, leveraging each other's experience and channels to boost economic, trade and investment cooperation between the People's Republic of China and Singapore.
Sinosure will provide the insurance coverage with respect to OCBC Bank's financing activities of these sustainable projects or other qualifying projects. (Source: OCBC Bank, The Asset, 9 April, 2019) Contact: OCBC Bank, www.ocbc.com; Sinosure, www.sinosure.com.cn/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News OCBC Bank, Renewable Energy, Green Energy,
Muradel developed Green2Black, a proprietary way of producing biofuel from biosolids, algae and other sustainable feedstocks. The company's $10.5 million demonstration plant in Whyalla in a bid to commercialize the technology which received $4.5 million in grant funding from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and more than $500,000 in state and council funds. Unfortunately, production costs were prohibitive - the pilot plant produced oil from micro-algae at about $9.90 a litre against a projected cost of less than $1 a litre. The company also built five algae ponds to support research.
The business was established in 2010 by the University of Adelaide, Murdoch University and majority shareholder SQC Pty Ltd, which is solely funded by Aban Australia Pty Ltd. (part of the Ausker Group of Companies).(Source: Daily Telegraph, The Advertiser, Others, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Muradel, +61 8 8645 5683, www.muradel.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Muradel, Biofuel, Algae,
The developed n-PERT technology has a number of inherent advantages over p-type PERC cell technology, which is demonstrated in these newest cells: the potential for higher efficiencies because of lower sensitivity to metal impurities, and the absence of light-induced degradation (LID). Therefore, n-type PERT technology could become a cost-effective contender for -type PERC cells. To enable this, the current cells have a screen printed front grid and rear soldering pads which together amounts to less than 80mg of silver used per cell.
The bifacial n-PERT cells are expected to reach efficiencies above 23.5 pct, coupled to a bifaciality above 90 pct.
(Source: Imec, Jolywood, Printed Electronics, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Imec, firstname.lastname@example.org,
+32 16 28 12 11, www.imec-int.com/en/silicon-solar-cells-and-modules; Jolywood, en.jolywood.cn
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The app draws on Energy Savings Trust data, information and insight, and looks at each home individually as it gets its meter installed, giving an overview of a home's four key rooms and appliances to identify potential energy use cutbacks and financial savings.
The app is designed to be used by primarily by energy suppliers and smart meter installers.
(Source: Energy Saving Trust, Blog, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, +44 0 20 7222 0101, www.energysavingtrust.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Saving Trust, Energy Efficiency,
In reaching their conclusions, the researchers examined commitments made by 43 countries in tropical and subtropical regions, where trees grow faster and thus hold greater promise of removing atmospheric carbon.
These countries have pledged as of October 2017 to restore a combined 2.92 million square kilometers (1.13 million square miles) of degraded and deforested land -- an area almost twice the size of Alaska. Some of these are national commitments, while others were made under the Bonn Challenge launched in 2011 by the German government and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The latter initiative aims to restore 3.5 million square kilometers (1.35 million square miles) of degraded and deforested land by 2030 -- greater than the land mass of India.
The researcher's analysis found that at present, 45 pct of the commitments made by the 43 countries involve planting commercially profitable trees.
Many of these plantations are expected to occur in countries like Brazil, China, Indonesia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In China, 98.8 pct of the area to be restored will host plantations. In Brazil, it's just over 80 pct of the targeted restoration area, with well under 1 pct for natural forests.
(Source: University of Edinburgh, Mongabay, April, 2019) Contact: University of Edinburgh, /www.ed.ac.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Edinburgh, Carbon Sequestration, Forest Carbon Sink, Reforestation,
The research team found that while CCS has an EROEI of between 6.6 and 21.3, renewables have a potential EROEI of between 9 and 30+. The researcher team also found renewable energy was likely to be a more effective path to meeting climate change goals. (Source: Chemistry World, April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Climate Change, CCS,
However, Chinese companies financed a feasibility study for the project without EU funding, leading the EC to argue its planned €7 million contribution to the project was no longer possible. Even so, the EC notes it remains committed to an expert dialogue with China on CCUS.
According to the Melbourne, Australia-based Global CCS Institute, there are nine large-scale CCS facilities in China "in different stages of advancement" with only one such facility in operation.
But China's four fossil-based power plants with CCS are all still in early development phase and not expected to be fully operational until somewhere in the 2020s.
To date, the EU has not managed to get CCS projects into operation.
(Source: EC, Global CCS Institute, EU Observer, April, 2019)Contact: Global CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, email@example.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,
The carbon-neutral "green" hydrogen will be generated using electricity from stable, cost-effective geothermal energy in Mokai, Taupo, located adjacent to an existing Tuaropaki power plant.
Hydrogenics will provide an onsite hydrogen production plant using the Company's large-scale containerized PEM electrolysis technology to produce as much as 250Nm3 per hour of hydrogen.
(Source: Hydrogenics, PR, 9 April, 2019) Contact: Hydrogenics Corp., Daryl Wilson, President & CEO, www.hydrogenics.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogenics, Hydrogen,
According to the Guardian report, nearly two-thirds of the UK's university and other public pension funds have either divested or reformed their rules, though some have retained their fossil fuel focus despite strong public pressure.
Presently, five of the fund's top 20 investments, representing more than £20 million are in fossil fuel companies including the UK-based BP, which makes up the biggest single shareholding by the fund. Others include Royal Dutch Shell and the French company Total. (Source: Business Green, Article first appeared in the Guardian, April, 2019)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Fossil Fuels,
The Fuel Ethanol Market report inspects the raised structure of the present worldwide Fuel Ethanol Market and includes a total evaluation of the significant Fuel Ethanol Market players. This report also examines the Fuel Ethanol Market by the type of product, its end users, applications and others.
Request a free sample report HERE.
Download free PDF report brochure HERE.
Additional report information and details are HERE. (Source: Zion Market Research, April, 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research , www.zionmarketresearch.com
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The demonstration plant project is intended to demonstrate technology for the co-production of value-added and sustainable bioproducts that will help transform the wood pulp mill into a biorefinery. The process is expected to validate performance and produce pre-commercial quantities of food-grade xylitol and complementary bioproducts for testing and use by customers.
Fortress also operates in the renewable energy generation sector through its cogeneration facility. Fortress operates its bioproducts business through Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc., which has laboratory and pilot plant facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
(Source: Fortress Global Enterprises, April, 2019) Contact: Fortress, Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, (888) 820-3888, firstname.lastname@example.org,
www.fortressge.com; Sustainable Development Technology Canada, email@example.com, (613) 234-6313 ext. 0, www.sdtc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-plastic, Sustainable Development Technology Canada,
Projects in Shell's pipeline include a 5 million tree planting initiative in the Netherlands, a 300-hectare
reforestation project in Spain and an 800-hectare endangered native forest regeneration project in the state of Queensland. (Source: Shell, Various Media, Bunkerspot, April, 2019) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, CEO, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/shell-oil-company
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The attached report, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and involved a broad coalition of partner organizations, including three from NC State: the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the System Design Optimization Lab.
Downloads the full POWERING ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND IMPACTS - A Data-Driven Project Supporting Low-Income Households in Northeastern North Carolina report HERE. (Source: North Carolina State University. News, April, 2019)
Contact: NC State Univ., NC Clean Energy Technology Center, Anne Tazewell, Report Author, https://nccleantech.ncsu.edu
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Questions and additional information is HERE.
(Source: Market & Research, Industry News Daily, 9 April, 2019)Contact: Markets and Research, www.marketsnresearch.com
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According to the Minister, Turkey's energy transition plan has two periods, the first of which was launched 17 years ago. At the end of the first transition period, Turkey was able to implement all relevant market reforms and the Turkish energy market attracted $60 billion in energy related investment, primarily in wind and solar energy production and technologies.
Bayraktar noted that Turkey prioritizes its energy infrastructure, so it will make significant investments to make its grid more resilient and reliable in both the gas and power sectors at the transmission and distribution levels.
(Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Anadolu Agency, April, 2019) Contact: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Mainpage, https://enerji.gov.tr/en-US/Pages/Contact-Us
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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was commenting on the progress of his "positive" talks with China about reducing Beijing's 70 pct "retaliatory" tariff on U.S. ethanol products.
In his comments, Perdue also noted that he wanted the EPA to more tightly control its use of small refinery "hardship" waivers that exempt plants from their obligation to blend biofuels like corn-based ethanol under the Renewable Fuel Standard. Perdue added that he'd discussed the matter with EPA chief Andrew Wheeler. (Source: Voice of America, NASDAQ, 9 April,
Contact: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, (202) 720-2791 -- general information, https://twitter.com/SecretarySonny, www.whitehouse.gov/people/sonny-perdue
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