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Four States Top Energy Democracy Ratings (Ind. Report)
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Date: 2019-03-22
The Minnesota-headquartered not-for-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance's second annual Community Power Scorecard reports it has ranked Massachusetts, California, New York and Illinois as the top states for energy democracy. The ranking is based on the states' commitment to boosting community-level renewable energy.

The rankings are based on the organization's analysis of nine policies that promote citizen's use of renewable energy and other distributed resources. Policies recommended in the report card are customer-friendly net metering policies and simplified utility interconnection rules for distributed energy producers. The report authors also want to see an emphasis on energy efficiency, more community renewable energy, feed-in tariffs, energy supply diversity and financing programs, such on-bill financing and property assessed clean energy (PACE).

The report card didn't consider cap-and-trade programs or renewable portfolio standards but focused on how state policies encourage consumers and businesses to generate their own power or participate in community solar programs. (Source: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, MicroGrid Knowledge, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Institute for Local Self-Reliance, 612-276-3456,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Renewable Energy,  Community Energy,  Institute for Local Self-Reliance,  

Axiom Exergy Touts Cold Storage Grid Services (Ind. Report)
Axiom Exergy
Date: 2019-03-22
Richmond, California-headquartered power management services specialist Axiom Exergy reports it is working with San Francisco-based energy technology company Leap, an aggregator of flexible loads to the California Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) market, to unlock grid services revenue for its customers, including three Whole Foods Market facilities in Northern California.

Axiom Exergy provides turnkey, fully-financed power management "as-a-service" to portfolios of commercial and industrial buildings with large thermal loads. Its cloud-based platform uses predictive analytics and optional thermal energy storage capacity to intelligently "shape" a customer's load profile by modulating refrigeration, cooling, and/or heating systems. (Source: Axiom Exergy PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Axiom Energy, Amrit Robbins, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Axiom Exergy,  

SaltX Salt Energy Storage Pilot Tests in Berlin (Int'l Report)
SaltX Technology
Date: 2019-03-22
Following up on our November 2, 2017 coverage, Hagersten, Sweden-headquartered SaltX Technology reports its large-scale salt energy storage pilot at Vattenfall's Reuter C facility in Berlin is now underway.

The project is based on SaltX's patented "EnerStore" large-scale energy storage technology that stores surplus solar and wind generated electricity as heat in dried salt. With SaltX's nano-coated salt technology, salt can be charged and discharged thousands of times without losing any of its characteristics. (Source: SaltX Technology, Industry Europe, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: SaltX Technology Harald Bauer, CEO, +46 (0)708 108 034,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SaltX Technology,  Energy Storage,  

GoodFuels, REINPLUS FIWADO Extend Biofuel Partnership (Int'l)
Date: 2019-03-22
VARO Energy subsidiary REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker and GoodFuels are reporting the extension of their partnership to improve availability of bio fuel oil (BFO) to deep sea vessels departing the Port of Rotterdam.

GoodFuels' BFO is a direct "drop-in" replacement for heavy fuel oil suitable for every type of vessel, without requiring any modifications to engine room equipment.

The new partnership will see VARO help scale the sourcing, production, blending and distribution of GoodFuels BFO across the ARA region. In the meantime, GoodFuels will continue to focus on the sourcing of sustainable feedstocks for the BFO, and the sale, marketing and product development of new sustainable fuel solutions. (Source: GoodFuels, Bumkerspot, 20 Mar., 2019) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238,,; VARO Energy, REINPLUS FIWADO Bunker,; VARO Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  

Cardiff to Host £5Mn Climate Change Research Center (Int'l)
Cardiff University
Date: 2019-03-22
In Wales, Cardiff University reports it will host and lead the £5 million Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation (CAST) in collaboration with Manchester, York and East Anglia Universities and the Climate Outreach charity. The center is being funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

The Centre, which will aim to engage the public on matters of climate change by linking mitigation responses to societal benefits such as cleaner air, will work with the Welsh Government and city councils to develop initiatives that lower city-wide emissions and tackle climate change.

Download the Welsh government's Achieving Our Low-Carbon Pathway to 2030 plan HERE. (Source: Cardiff University, edie, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Cardiff University, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformation, Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Dir, +44 (0) 29 2087 6972,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

RWE AG Touts Major Renewables Expansion (Int'l Report)
RWE Renewables
Date: 2019-03-22
German energy giant RWE Renewables reports it plans to invest around €1.5 billion every year to add as much 3GW per year of new installed capacity worldwide to bring its portfolio up to 9GW capacity.

The additions would make RWE the world's third-largest renewables company and the second-biggest player in offshore wind energy. The company's efforts will be concentrated on onshore and offshore wind as well as on photovoltaics and energy storage (Source: RWE Renewables, RENews, Others, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: RWE AG,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Renewable Energy,  

Nordex Efficient New Turbine Production Underway (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-03-22
Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine giant Nordex Group reports it has begun production in Rostock, Germany, of the latest model in the Delta4000 range -- the N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbine. The N149/4.0-4.5 yields up to 28 pct more energy compared to the N131/3600 turbine, making it the company's highest yielding onshore turbine for low- to medium-wind regions. The Delta4000 series also includes the N133/4.8, which is suitable for strong-wind sites, according to the company website.

"The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.

To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141,

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

NRC Supports Social Housing Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Pembina Institute,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-03-22
In Vancouver, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $600,000 investment in the British Columbia-based Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects in Vancouver and to support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.

As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada. The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release. (Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Pembina Institute,  

GE Current Halves Automaker's Lighting Costs Lighting (Ind Report)
General Electric
Date: 2019-03-22
Current, powered by GE announced that its work at more than 50 Fiat Chrysler Group Automotive US LLC (FCA) North American facilities and dealerships are cutting lighting energy costs by half or more GE's Current LED lighting installations.

The largest impact to-date has come from 18 FCA US manufacturing sites where 20,000 of Current's Albeo luminaires are now improving energy efficiency, with an additional 5,000 indoor and outdoor fixtures installed at 33 dealerships.

A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE, Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient and productive. (Source: FCA, GE, Green Car Congress, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: FCA Group,; GE Current,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LED,  GE Current,  General Electric,  Energy Efficient Light,  

Trump Wants to Withhold $353Mn in Energy Efficiency Funds (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Alliance to Save Energy
Date: 2019-03-22
"We've (the Alliance to Save Energy) seen a constant tension in the last two years: Congress has maintained funding for the DOE's investments in energy efficiency, but under the Trump administration, the DOE has at times slowed research and development work and other efficiency programs.

"For instance, the GAO found in 2017 that the DOE had failed to spend ARPA-E funds appropriated by Congress, and last year NRDC raised serious questions about how much, or little, the Department had actually spent in the 2018 fiscal year on energy efficiency and renewable energy research.

"The latest wrinkle in the 'will-they-won't-they' spend the money drama emerged last week, when the administration, again proposing deep cuts in energy efficiency for the coming fiscal year, called for $343 million for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, plus a proposal to use $353 million in prior year balances for a total of $696 million.. A detailed budget estimate for the Department, released by the White House on Monday, similarly said that $353 million 'shall be derived from prior year unobligated balances previously appropriated.

"Unobligated balances? That's a fancy term for funding that Congress authorizes that the administrative branch doesn't spend. The administration is saying it wants to use such money for next year. Just how much unobligated funding currently exists is not clear.

"Of course, the executive branch is generally legally required to use the funds appropriated by Congress -- it's not an optional thing. In September, to make the point extra clear, Congress even specified, when it passed the appropriations bill for the current year, that it was directing the Department to 'fully execute the funds appropriated in a timely manner.'

"The administration's new proposal -- and it's stated reliance on not spending money Congress has directed it to spend -- raises more questions about its commitment to following Congress's direction." (Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 20 Mar., 2019)Contact: Alliance to Save Energy, Jason Hartke, Pres., (202) 857-0666,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance to Save Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

NV Energy, Foundation Gave $6.6Mn in Nev in 2018 (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2019-03-22
NV Energy, the NV Energy Foundation and its employees gave $6.6 million through both financial and in-kind donations in the form of more than 34,000 volunteer hours to 410 Nevada nonprofit organizations in 2018.

The 501c3 NV Energy Foundation giving impacted 168 nonprofit organizations statewide through donations of more than $3.2 million in 2018. The NV Energy Foundation addresses community needs in the areas safety and wellness, environmental and community enhancement, education (STEM) and arts and culture. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

In northern Nevada, nearly $1.2 million in grants was provided to 88 nonprofit organizations including Arts for All Nevada, Envirolution, Comstock Foundation for History and Culture, Holland Project, Domestic Violence Resource Center and Nevada Rural Counties RSVP Program, Inc.

In southern Nevada, over $2 million in grants was provided to 80 nonprofit organizations including Grant A Gift of Autism Foundation, Three Square, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, DISCOVERY Children's Museum, Neon Museum, Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada and HELP of Southern Nevada. Employees also donated nearly $575,000 through our annual United Way employee giving campaign.

NV Energy maintains the NV Energy Foundation, a 501c3, to support its philanthropic efforts. Through direct grants, scholarships and employee grant programs, the NV Energy Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in NV Energy's service territories. The NV Energy Foundation is funded by NV Energy, not its customers.

NV Energy Foundation details are HERE. (Source: NV Energy, PR 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NV Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy,  

€31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
European Marine Energy Centre
Date: 2019-03-22
In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

RFA Comments on New EPA Approved RFS "Hardhip Waivers" (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuels Association
Date: 2019-03-22
The EPA reports approval of five more 2017 Small Refiner "Hardship" Exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and noted that two more petitions have been received for 2018 exemptions, bringing the total to 39. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Geoff Cooper offered the following statement:

"It's extremely disappointing and outrageous to see EPA once again allow oil refiners to undermine the RFS and hurt family farms, ethanol producers and our environment by exploiting and abusing a statutory provision that exempts them from their obligations to blend renewable fuels. The RFS was created to preserve the environment, protect America's energy security and give Americans more affordable options at the pump. These exemptions undercut those goals, and today's exemptions mean more than 2.6 billion gallons of RFS blending obligations have been erased with the stroke of EPA's pen. RFA will continue to fight these exemptions through the courts and urge EPA to adopt a more judicious and restrained decision-making process on refiner exemptions, as well as restore lost volume obligations from previous years."

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.(Source: Renewable Fuels Association, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Geoff Cooper, Pres., (202) 289-3835,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  EPA,  RFS Hardship Waiver,  Biofuel Blend,  

Unchanging CO2 Emissions Levels to 2050 Predicted (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-22
In Washington, the US Energy Department (DOE) is predicting CO2 emissions from fossil fuel -- coal and petroleum -- electric power generation will remain near current levels through 2050 as the country's utilities switch to natural gas-fueled power sources.

The forecast, which assumes no significant changes in government policy or legislation regarding emissions, predicts energy-related CO2 emissions will equal 5,019 million metric tons in 2050 -- 4 pct less than the 2018 level. In 2016, natural gas surpassed coal to become the nation's most used fuel for generating electricity. (Source: US DOE, Houston Chron, 20 Mar., 2019)

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

NEC Completes Switzerland's Largest Energy Storage System (Int'l)
NEC Energy Solutions
Date: 2019-03-22
Westborough, Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) reports it has completed the installation of the largest battery energy storage system in Switzerland. The 18 MW, 7.5 MWh GSS® Grid Storage Solution system, which is owned and operated by Elektrizit├Ątswerke des KantonsZurich (EKZ), one of Switzerland's largest power distribution companies, is being used for primary frequency reserve.

The new 18 MW energy storage system can power the equivalent of the daily electricity consumption of 600 average households and is expected to have 5-7 year RoI.

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. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, Website, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Steve Fudder, CEO, Roger Lin, (508) 497-7261,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NEC Energy Solutions,  Energy STorage,  

Alpine Tundra CO2 Emissions Exacerbate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
University of Colorado
Date: 2019-03-22
According to recently released research from University of Colorado Boulder, alpine tundra in Colorado's Front Range emits more CO2 than it captures annually, potentially creating a feedback loop that could increase climate warming and lead to even more CO2 emissions in the future. The report notes a similar phenomenon exists in the Arctic, where research in recent decades has shown that melting permafrost is unearthing long-frozen tundra soil and releasing CO2 reserves that had been buried for centuries.

The study showed that barren, wind-scoured tundra landscapes above 11,000 feet emitted more CO2 than they captured each year, and that a fraction of that CO2 was relatively old during the winter, the first such finding of its kind in temperate latitudes.

The report also notes that while the alpine tundra's net CO2 contributions are small compared to a forest's sequestration capability, the newly-documented effect may act as something of a counterweight, hampering atmospheric CO2 reductions from mountain ecosystems in general. (Source: University of Colorado at Boulder , PHYS.ORG, Mar., 21, 2019) Contact: University of Colorado at Boulder, John Knowles, Department of Geography, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), (303)492-2631, (303) 492-7501-fax,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  CO2 Emissions,  Climate Change,  

Biofuels Contribute $5Bn to Iowa's GDP, says Report (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-22
Contribution of the Renewable Fuels Industry to the Economy of Iowa, a recent study commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has found that biofuels contribute over $5 billion to the Hawkeye State's GDP, equivalent to 3 pct. The report also found the biofuels industry supports over 48,000 jobs in the state and adds over $2.5 billion to Iowa household incomes.

The report was authored by John Urbanchuck, managing partner at ABF Economics.

As we reported on 23 Jan., 2019, 2018 was a record year for ethanol production in Iowa with the state's ethanol production facilities producing 4.35 billion gallons -- 150 million gallons more than 2017 and 150 million gallons short of capacity. The Hawkeye State produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. Iowa also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018 (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Assoc., Mar., 2019) Contact: IRFA, Monte Shaw, Exec. Dir.,, (515) 252-6249,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Biofuel,  Monte Shaw,  IRFA,  

Notable Quote
Carbon Emissions, Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-22
"People say Republicans are deniers and Democrats want to do something about it. Republicans like me want to do something about it too. And we've done things about it. We actually have a reduction in CO2 emissions in this country at a time when other countries are increasing their emissions. We have done it through a lot of different ways through having more alternative fuel vehicles out there -- including using ethanol -- and through energy conservation and efficiency." -- Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) Mar., 2019 Contact: Sen. Rob Portman, (R-Ohio), (513) 684-3265,,

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

Carbon Engineering Raises $68Mn for CC Commercialization (Funding)
Carbon Engineering Ltd.
Date: 2019-03-22
In Canada, Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon (DAC) capture specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting completion of an equity financing round of $68 million (US). This $68 million investment will enable the company to bridge the gap from the pilot demonstration of its DAC and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies, expand its pilot plant in Squamish, and engineer its first commercial facilities to capture up to 1 million tpy of atmospheric CO2.

Carbon Engineering's DAC technology can remove CO2 from the atmosphere for less than $100/tonne and deliver large-scale negative emissions by permanently and safely storing the CO2 underground. The technology can also be used to reduce emissions from transportation by converting atmospheric CO2 into ultra-low carbon fuels that can power existing vehicles and airplanes without vehicle engine modifications, according to the company. (Source: Carbon Engineering, PR, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Engineering Ltd.,  

APS Considers Coal-Fired Plant Conversion to Biomass (Ind. Report)
Arizona Public Service
Date: 2019-03-22
In the Sun Devil State, Arizona Public Service (APS) reports it has advised the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) it is evaluating the feasibility and costs involved in the possible conversion of one unit of its 1962-vintage, four-unit coal-fired Cholla Power Plant in Joseph City to burning forest waste woody biomass. The plant is presently slated to close by 2025.

The initiative is in keeping with the state's renewable energy portfolio and an important factor in forest health. Last December, the ACC ordered their staff to develop a proposed set of rules to create a market for the 1.5 million tons of branches, brush and debris created by thinning 50,000 acres of overgrown forest annually -- the goal set by 4FRI. The ruling provided for the production of 60 MW of power from bioenergy. Presently, only the 28-MW Novo Power in Snowflake produces bioenergy electricity in Arizona. (Source: Arizona Public Service, PR, White Mountain Independent, 22 Mar, 2019) Contact: Arizona Public Service,; Noveo Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novo Power,  Arizona Public Service,  Woody Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  

Airstream Opts for 100 pct Renewable Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-22
Jackson Center, Ohio-headquartered travel trailer manufacturer and icon Airstream Inc. reports its corporate office and manufacturing center in is now 100 pct powered by renewable energy credits (RECs). In addition, Airstream's new 750,000-square-foot facility that is opening in the next 12 months will also carry the same commitment. Airstream is subsidiary of Elkhart, Ind.-based RV manufacturer Thor Industries.

Airstream is participating in Jackson Center Municipal Power's "EcoSmart Choice" program that allows participants to purchase RECs from wind, hydroelectric or landfill gas projects offered through American Municipal Power Inc. By using RECs to power its facilities in 2018, the company was able to offset 4,220 metric tons of carbon dioxide, the company said. (Source: Airstream, NA WindPower, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Jackson Center Municipal Power, (937) 596-6314,; Airstream, Bob Wheeler, CEO, (877) 596-6111,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airstream,  Renewable Energy Credits,  CERs ,  

Shell Supplying Dutch Maritime Biofuel Pilot Project (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-03-22
In the Netherlands, A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S reports its is partnering with a group of Dutch multinationals, including Shell, in a maritime biofuels pilot program that will see one of Maersk's giant Triple E container ships sail 25.000 nautical miles from Rotterdam to Shanghai and back on a blend of up to 20 pct sustainable second-generation Biofuels.

The fuel blend, which will eliminate 1.5 million kg of CO2 and 20,000 kg of sulfur emissions, is being supplied by Shell which, along with the other partners in the project -- Friesland Campina, Heineken, Philips, DSM, and Unilever -- is a member of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition (DSGC). (Source: A.P. Moller -- Maersk A/S, Marinelog, Various Others, 22 Mar., 2019) Contact: A.P. Moller -- Maersk. Soren Toft, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  

Highview Power, TSK JV on Cryogenic Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Highview Power, TSK
Date: 2019-03-20
London, UK-headquartered long-duration energy storage specialist Highview Power and Spain's TSK, a global engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, are reporting a JV agreement to co-develop gigawatt-hour scale, long-duration energy storage systems using Highview Power's proprietary cryogenic energy storage solution.

The new joint-venture company, named Highview TSK, will develop multiple projects in Spain, the Middle East and South Africa. An initial number of projects have been identified for several GWh of clean energy storage to be developed from 2019 through 2022.

TSK has constructed over 20 GW of generation projects across 35 countries in both fossil fuel fired energy generation and renewable projects such as solar, wind, and biomass, including more than 10 energy storage projects.

Highview Power's proprietary technology uses liquid air as the storage medium and can deliver anywhere from 20 MW/80 MWh to more than 200 MW/1.2 GWh of energy has a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. (Source:: Highview Power, PR BusinessWire, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 1000,; Grupo TSK, +1 512 215 4452,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Highview Power,  TSK,  Energy Storage,  

Swiss Consider Geo-Engineering for Climate Change Fight (Int'l)
Switzerland Federal Office for the Environment
Date: 2019-03-20
In Bern, Switzerland's Federal Office for the Environment reports it is calling for an international assessment of the opportunities and risks of climate engineering / geo-engineering as an alternative to curb rising CO2 emissions, temperatures and climate change.

According to UN IPCC climate experts, climate engineering could represent a temporary "corrective measure", the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment notes the country would prefer not to rely on a "risky emergency solution". Nevertheless, it is necessary to have as many options on the table as possible to address climate change and accordingly is calling call for an international dialogue to "better understand the risks and opportunities and to assess the need for a supervisory authority".

Climate geo-engineering interventions could include the installation of giant mirrors in space to reflect solar radiation reaching the Earth and increasing the reflectivity of clouds and atmosphere through the introduction of aerosols into the stratosphere using aircraft, projectiles or balloons.

The agency also raises the difficult questions of Who decides which technology to use? Who will take political responsibility and who will have technical control? Who will be held accountable for unforeseen collateral effects? These are some of the questions surrounding geo-engineering which could have long-term global impacts. (Source: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, Mar., 2019) Contact: Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, +41 58 462 93 11, +41 58 462 99 81 - fax.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  

Asure Software Launches Env. Occupancy Sensors (New Prod & Tech)
Asure Software
Date: 2019-03-20
Asure Software Incan hour ago In the Lone Star State, Austin-based Asure Software (is reporting the general availability of its newest workplace IoT occupancy sensors that captures building environmental conditions to enable building efficiency and energy cost reductions.

Asure's new multifunction sensor builds upon its SmartView solution, a fully automated and integrated space utilization measurement system that provides real-time insights by bringing utilization analytics and environmental data into a single unified system. (Source: Azure Software, PR, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Azure Software,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asure Software,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management ,  

Graphene Film Concept Touted for Solar Energy (New Prod & Tech)
Swinburne University
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Land Down Under, researchers at Swinburne University, the University of Sydney and Australian National University are reporting development of a solar absorbing, ultra-thin graphene-based film with unique properties that has potential for use in solar thermal energy harvesting.

The 90 nanometre material is 1000 times finer than a human hair and is able to rapidly heat up to 160 degrees C under natural sunlight in an open environment, according to a Swinburn release. Possible applications for the new graphene-based material include: thermophotovoltaics (the direct conversion of heat to electricity); solar seawater desalination; infrared light source and heater; optical components: modulators and interconnects for communication devices; photodetectors; and possibly lead to the development of "invisible cloaking technology" through developing large-scale thin films enclosing the objects to be "hidden."

The researchers have developed a 2.5cm x 5cm working prototype to demonstrate the photo-thermal performance of the graphene-based metamaterial absorber and have proposed a scalable manufacturing strategy to fabricate the proposed graphene-based absorber at low cost. (Source: Swinburne University, Graphene Info, Mar., 2019) Contact: Swinburn University, Professor Martijn de Sterke, Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science, +61 3 9214 8000,

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

Emissions Reduction Alberta Funding Ethanol Projects (Funding)
Emissions Reduction Alberta ,Carbon Clean Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
On the Canadian prairies, Emissions Reduction Alberta's Partnership Intake Program reports funding Alberta projects that together are expected to cut 9 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Project Wheatland received $5 million for a $285 million biofuels plant being developed by Carbon Clean Energy (CCE). The plant will produce 16 million lpy of denatured ethanol for fuel blending, as well as 1.76 mmBtu of biogas and 12MWh of green power generation per year.

ERA also granted over $2 million to British Columbia-based SYLVIS Environmental Service's BIOSALIX which process uses municipal biosolids and other organic residuals as supplements to existing topsoil and feedstocks in topsoil production in order to grow willow wood biomass crops on reclaimed mine land. The biomass can then be used as feedstock in clean energy, reclamation or bioproducts development, according to the company. (Source: Emissions Reduction Alberta, Various Media, Biofuels Int'l, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068,,; SYLVIS Environmental Service, (604) 777-9788,

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

Study Finds Wind Turbines Preferable Neighbors (Ind. Report)
University of Delaware
Date: 2019-03-20
A new University of Delaware (UD) study examined the attitudes of people who live in close proximity to wind power projects to see if they prefer those projects to energy alternatives, such as a central power plant -- fueled by either coal, natural gas or uranium -- or a commercial scale solar installation.

The study, which used a publicly-available Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study dataset assess the opinions of individuals who live within 8 kilometers of a wind turbine to gain insight into their energy preferences, found respondents strongly preferred their local wind power project to any of the alternatives being located at a similar distance, regardless of the political, geographic or economic characteristics of the state in which those respondents lived. Overall, the study showed that approximately 90 pct of respondents prefer their local wind project to a central power plant sited at a similar distance regardless of fuel. Furthermore, of the approximate two-thirds who have a preference, the local wind power project was preferred over a commercial-scale solar installation by approximately three to one. The results of the study were published Monday, March 18 in the journal Nature Energy. (Source: University of Delaware, Nature Energy, Tech Xplore, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, (302) 831-2792,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Renewable Energy,  

NC Solar Power Production Jumps 36 pct in 2018 (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) latest data, North Carolina's annual solar power production jumped 36 pct in 2018, firmly placing the Tar Heel State as the nation's 2nd larget solar power producer behind California. By way of comparison, California's annual solar production rose 15 pct and Arizona's and Nevada's outputs each grew 10 pct in 2018. (Source: US EIA, Duke Energy, Compelo, 18 Mar., 2019) Contact: Duke Energy North Carolina, Stephen De May, Pres.,

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Dairyland Power, Badger State Solar Ink 149 MW PPA (Ind. Report)
Dairyland Power Cooperative,Ranger Power
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Badger State, La Crosse-based electric utility Dairyland Power Cooperative is reporting it will purchase all the energy produced at the proposed Badger State Solar Project in Jefferson County. The solar farm, developed by Brooklyn, New York-based Ranger Power, would generate 149 MW of electricity - sufficient power for roughly 20,000 homes each year.

Although the project is awaiting regulatory approvals, a 2020 construction start date and 2022 operation startup date are planned.

Dairyland's solar portfolio, which currently consists of 18 solar sites that provide 25 MW total, by almost seven-fold. Dairyland has about 1,350 MW of owned and contracted capacity from coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, solar, and landfill gas.

According to Dairyland's 2017 annual report, 69 pct of its energy came from fossil fuels, while renewables made up 22 pct of their energy portfolio. The report notes that in 2027 23 pct of it power would come from wind, solar and other renewables. (Source: Dairyland Power, laCrosse Tribune, 18, Mar., 2019) Contact: Dairyland Power, Barbara Nick, Pres., CEO, (608) 788-4000,; Ranger Power,,; Badger State Solar,

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Vattenfall Snares Amsterdam Energy Software Specialist (M&A, Int'l)
Vattenfall, Senfal
Date: 2019-03-20
Wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting acquisition of Amsterdam-based energy software specialist Senfal, a developer of an intelligent trading platform that can increase returns from renewable energy generation plants.

Senfals software enables wind farm operators to optimize their assets through autonomous buying and selling on short term energy markets. The software can be used with solar and energy storage facilities, as well as wind, to "unlock value from flexibility", according to Senfal. Through its services, Senfal is able to substantially reduce the energy bill for large industrials as well as increase power trading profits for wind and solar farms and battery owners. (Source: Vattenfall, RE Biz News, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Senfal, +31 (0) 85 303 7414,,; Vattenfall, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000,

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Senvion Installs France's Tallest Wind Turbine (Int'l Report)
Date: 2019-03-20
Hamburg-based German on and offshore wind turbine manufacturer Senvion is reporting the installation of the tallest wind turbine in France for BayWa r.e. GmbH.

With a tip height of 200 meters, the Senvion 3.0M122 wind turbines are currently being installed in the 18 MW Les Landes wind farm in the French department of Haute Vienne. (Source: Senvion, PR, Mar, 2019) Contact: Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0,; BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131,

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AfDB Commits to $25Bn Climate Finance Target for 2020-25 (Int'l)
African Development Bank
Date: 2019-03-20
The African Development Bank (AfDB) reports it will double its climate finance commitments for the period 2020-2025 to at least $25 billion. AfDB adds it is on track to achieve its target of allocating 40 pct of its funding to climate finance by 2020.

The Bank's climate finance trajectory has grown from 9 pct in 2016, 28 pct in 2017, and 32 pct in 2018, according to the Afdb. (Source: African Development Bank, Website, Mar., 2019) Contact: African Developement Bank, +216 7110 3900/71103930, +216 7119 4523 - fax., www.afdb.oeg

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KC, Mo. Slow to Embrace Energy Benchmarking (Ind Report)
Kansas City
Date: 2019-03-20
In the Show Me State, Kansas City Council is reporting a slower uptake and participation and compliance than expected with the city's municipal energy benchmarking requirement.

The ordinance, which was passed in 2015, requires owners of large buildings of 100,000 square-feet or more, to report energy and water use data to the city, which posts the information online so it can be used by tenants, investors and others. City officials had expected an 80 pct compliance rate, but just over 60 pct have reported data to the city.

Kansas City building owners' 60 pct compliance significantly lags behind Chicago's at 92 pct and Minneapolis, which began at began at 87 pct then rose to 93 pct for the 2017 calendar year. (Source: Kansas City Star, Mar., 2019) Contact: City of Kansas City, Dennis Murphey, Chief Environmental Officer, 816-453-1492,

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China Promoting Methanol Fueled Cars to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
China ,Methanol
Date: 2019-03-20
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to promote the use of cars running on methanol fuel and offer policy support to improve the manufacturing of vehicles, methanol fuel and other alternative fuels. The move represents a latest effort by the Chinese government to pursue new alternative energies for the world's largest car market in a more environmentally friendly development path.

To that end, the government will enhance policy guidance and services to improve technology for the manufacturing of methanol-fueled engines and vehicles. Policy support will also be offered to improve efficiency in producing methanol fuel, making equipment that absorbs carbon dioxide emissions, and the construction of methanol fueling stations. Additionally, the use of methanol cars for official trips, rental services and other areas will be encouraged. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Global Times, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,

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Nashville Four Seasons Plans LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-20
The Four Seasons hospitality chain reports it plans to launch its first property in Tennessee with the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences Nashville.

Groundbreaking for the 236 room, US Green Building Council LEED Gold for new construction certification standard complex is slated for April, 2019. (Source: Four Seasons, Hospitality Design, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,

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Nigerian Cassava Ethanol Plant Nears Commissioning (Int'l Report)
Cassava Ethanol
Date: 2019-03-20
In Nigeria, the Nigerian Tribune is reporting construction of the cassava-to-ethanol plant at the Ondo /Linyi Industrial Hub within Ore Industrial Park, Ore, is nearing completion. When fully operational the plant will process 300 to 400 tpd of Nigerian grown cassava to produce approximately 1 million tpy of ethanol for Nigerian consumption. (Source: Nigerian Tribune, 19 Mar., 2019)

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Nopalimex Promotes Prickly Pear Cactus Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2019-03-20
In Michoacan, Central Mexico, biofuels producer Nopalimex is touting prickly pear cactus as Mexico's "Green Gold" for biofuel production. Described as the "green gold of Mexico" the nopal plant -- already a staple in Mexican diets, medicine and cosmetics -- is pureed and mixed with manure then left to decompose to produce methane.

Nopalimex uses around 8 tpd of methane to fuel its biodigestor, cactus chip production, and other operations. The company is also testing the leftover mixture in local government vehicles. According to the company, its biogas will cost just 12 pesos ( $0.65) per liter, around a third cheaper than the cost of regular gasoline.(Source: Nopalimex, Action News Now, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Nopalimex, 551-951-0121,

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Ontario's Most Energy Efficient Residential High-Rise Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Net-Zero Energy
Date: 2019-03-20
London, Ontario-based Sifton Properties is reporting construction is underway on two new net-zero energy projects -- 1305 Riverbend, a 40,000 square-foot office retail building, and Helio, a 10-storey, 115-unit mixed-use apartment tower. When complete in April of 2020, Helio is slated to be the most energy-efficient residential high-rise in Ontario.

Helio will be part of Sifton's fully connected, energy-efficient neighbourhood comprised of urban condos, rental townhomes, apartments and retirement suites overlooking retail spaces and a vibrant central park. Helio's energy efficient features include:

  • building exterior wrapped in solar panels to generate power from the sun;
  • individual hydro metering;
  • in-suite thermostat controlled heating and air conditioning;
  • electric car charging stations;
  • garbage chutes to facilitate recycling;
  • ENERGY STAR appliances;
  • fully occupancy sensor lighting, and others.

    (Source: Sifton Properties, PR, Canadian Apartment, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sifton.

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  • MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative Awarded $750,000 (Funding)
    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Bay State, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is reporting receipt of $750,000 in grant funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for a research project that aims to create an online database assessing the carbon intensity of financial institutions. The database would be available to educate and inform U.S. businesses, foundations, universities, and the general public, and possibly consumers , on aligning their choice of banks, investment targets, and insurance companies with sustainability practices, including climate change mitigation. Currently, no standards, databases, or mechanisms exist to assess the full range of financial services firms' carbon intensity.

    The research project's ultimate goal is to drive the re-allocation of capital away from carbon-intensive activities to lower-carbon assets in order to significantly reduce emissions and adverse impacts on the environment and of climate change.

    The shared vision of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative is to limit global warming emissions to keep global average temperature increase below 3.6 degrees F (2 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels, to protect the planet from climate change and promote human prosperity and health. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has calculated that to have an 80 pct chance of attaining this 3.6 degrees F limit, an additional $36 trillion in clean energy investment would be needed between 2014 and 2050 -- about $1 trillion per year more than is currently invested. (Source: MIT Sloan School of Management, PR, Mar., 2019) Contact: MIT Sloan School of Management, Jason Jay, Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative,; MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative,; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Marilyn Waite, Program Officer,

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    UK Carbon Emissions Plunge for Sixth Straight Year (Int'l)
    UK Carbon Emissions, Carbon Brief
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Further to our 6 February coverage, the UK's carbon dioxide emissions fell for the sixth year in a row last year, the longest continuous run of reductions on record. Emissions fell to 361 million tonnes, their lowest level since 1888, according to analysis by the energy and climate website Carbon Brief.

    Carbon Brief estimates emissions were down 1.5 pct on 2017 levels due largely to a continued decline in coal-fired electric power generation -- only 6 pct in 2018, according to the UK Business and Energy Department (Beis). (Source: Carbon Brief, Gibraltar Chronicle, Press Association, Others, Mar., 2019) Contact: UK Business and Energy Department,; Carbon Brief,

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

    LA Council Considering City Develop Green New Deal (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-20
    In the Golden State, Los Angeles City Council reports it is considering the development of a Green New Deal (GND) for Los Angeles that mirrors the "principles and priorities" of the GND proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

    In April 2018, the Los Angeles City Council advanced a proposal to develop a Climate Emergency Mobilization Department to oversee efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide, and also cleared up $500,000 in funding in seed money for the project. Now the Council is "fleshing out" the Climate Emergency Mobilization Department's responsibilities to include the development of metrics to measure and track the city's greenhouse gas emissions, and develop an annual climate budget of greenhouse gasses and criteria pollutants to determine the city's allowable annual emissions, similar to how the city's financial budget determines its monetary expenditures.

    Los Angeles aims to be carbon neutral by 2050. (Source: Los Angeles City Council, City News Service, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Los Angeles City Council, 213-473-3231,

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    Carbon Sequestration via Next-Gen Bioreactor Tech (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2019-03-20
    Emissions Reduction Alberta reports it is supporting a LanzTech project that will demonstrate the company's next-generation microbubble bioreactor (MBR) technology, which will maximize the quantity of fuels produced per tonne of wood waste in an integrated biorefinery.

    LanzaTech proposes to demonstrate the MBR by producing ethanol from the off-gas of forestry-residue pyrolysis in Alberta, with extended benefits for converting other resources such as industrial waste gases and agricultural residues using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform. This project takes a major step towards creating value from new waste resources, such as gasified agricultural residues, and serving hard-to-decarbonize sectors, such as aviation (jet fuel from ethanol) and consumer goods (materials from fermentation-derived chemicals), according to Emissions Reductions Alberta.(Source: Emissions Reductions Alberta, News Website, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Emissions Reduction Alberta, (780)498-2068,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

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    EPA Proposes E-15 Fuel Regulatory Changes (Ind. Report, Reg & Leg)
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Washington, the US EPA has proposed regulatory changes to allow E-15 ethanol blended gasoline to take advantage of the 1-psi Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver for the summer months that has historically been applied only to E10. Under the proposed expansion, E15 would be allowed to be sold year-round without additional RVP control, rather than just eight months of the year.

    EPA is also proposing regulatory changes to modify elements of the renewable identification number compliance system under the Renewable Fuel Standard program to enhance transparency in the market and deter price manipulation. Proposed reforms to RIN markets include: prohibiting certain parties from being able to purchase separated RINs; requiring public disclosure when RIN holdings exceed specified thresholds; limiting the length of time a non-obligated party can hold RINs; and increasing the compliance frequency of the program from once annually to quarterly.

    Download details on proposed rulemaking HERE. (Source: US EPA, Irrigation & Green Energy, Mar., 2019) Contact: US EPA,

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    Delaware U. Hosts First Offshore Wind Training Program (Ind. Report)
    University of Delaware
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Following up on our February 8th coverage, the University of Delaware in Newark is reporting completion of the first session of its recently launched Offshore Wind Skills Academy under the direction of Prof. Willett Kempton of UD's College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. According to Kempton, "What we're doing is more like training for managers, planners, executives. So it"s a broader view of the entire industry."

    Currently only the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island is operational in the U.S. but other projects, including Seepwater Wind's, 120-MW Skipjack Wind Farm off the coast of Fenwick Island, Delaware, is expected to come online in 2022.

    The University of Delaware Offshore Wind Skills Academy will be held roughly every six month and will cover a variety of relevant topics. (Source: University of Delaware, Mar., 2019) Contact: University of Delaware, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, Center for Carbon-Free Power Integration, Willett Kempton, John Madsen, (302) 831-2792,,

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    Enel Acquires 650 MW of US Renewable Enenergy Assets (M&A)
    Enel SpA,Enel Green Power North America,GE Capital
    Date: 2019-03-18
    Italian utility Enel SpA is reporting its Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) unit is acquiring 650 MW of US renewable energy assets from GE Capital's Energy Financial Services for $256 million (&euro226. million), for an enterprise value equal to around $900 million. The acquisition includes geothermal, wind and solar power facilities in Kansas, Utah, North Dakota, Vermont and Nevada. (Source: Enel SpA, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900,; GE Capital,

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    Infoswiss Recaps Weather, Climate Change Ideas from the Past (Opinion, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-03-18
  • "In 1877, an American researcher proposes changing the direction of the Kuroshio ocean current through the Bering Strait in an effort to increase Arctic temperatures by about 15 degrees C.

  • A German physicist suggests installing giant mirrors on an earth orbiting space station in 1929 to concentrate solar radiation on the Earth's surface and make the far north of the planet habitable.

  • The Director of UNESCO in 1945 noted the explosion of atomic bombs in the polar regions would cause an increase in the temperature of the Arctic Ocean and a warming of the climate in the northern temperate zones.

  • During the Vietnam War (1967-1972) the American army launches silver iodide into the clouds to extend the monsoon rain season.

  • In 1989 and American climatologist estimates that 2 percent of sunlight could be reflected away from the Earth with a space shield located in the Earth's orbit.

  • A Dutch chemist in 2006 proposes emitting sulphur particles into the atmosphere to absorb part of the sun's rays and lower the Earth's temperature.

  • In 2010 University of Geneva researchers succeed in creating artificial rain thanks to a laser capable of condensing water drops in the atmosphere." (Source:, Mar., 2019)

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  • Oxford PV Raises £31Mn for Solar Cell Commercialization (Int'l)
    Oxford PV
    Date: 2019-03-18
    UK perovskite solar firm Oxford PV reports it has raised £31 million ($41 million) following the first close of its Series D funding round. The new funds are earmarked for advancing the company's perovskite based solar cell technology into the commercial phase.

    Investors included Chinese wind turbine maker Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Tech Co Ltd., Norwegian oil and gas major Equinor ASA and the venture capital arm of Legal & General Group Plc. The company has raised mare than £76 million over the last five years, including €15 million ($17 million) in financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB). (Source: Oxford PV, Renewables, 15 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oxford PV, +44 1865 951 500,,

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    ETH Zurich Considers Man-Made CO2 Effects, Ocean Levels (Int'l)
    ETH Zurich.
    Date: 2019-03-18
    In Switzerland, an international study led by federal technology institute ETH Zurich notes that the world's oceans absorb a third of CO2 emissions produced by humans and that from 1994-2007 the oceans absorbed 34 billion tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere -- about 31 pct of all the CO2 produced by human activities.

    According to the ETH Zurich report, oceans absorb CO2 in two stages. First CO2 in the atmosphere dissolves in surface water and is carried by currents into the depths of the sea, where it accumulates. For the report, researchers from seven countries measured concentrations of CO2 gathered from the world's oceans and developed statistical model to calculate the proportion generated by human activities.

    ETH Zurich environmental physics professor Nicolas Gruber, who led the research, was already involved at the turn of the millennium in a similar study on the absorption of man-made CO2 from the beginning of industrialization around 1800 up to 1994. Comparisons of the two surveys found that the proportional volume of CO2 stored by the oceans has remained stable in the 200 years since the industrial revolution but increased in absolute terms as atmospheric CO2 levels have risen, leading to fears that the oceans might one day become saturated and unable to serve as a carbon "sink". (Source: ETH Zurich,, Mar., 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, Prof. Nicolas Gruber, Dept. of Environmental Systems Science, +41 44 632 03 52,

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    EBRD Supports Albanian Green Energy, Floating Solar Projects (Intl)
    Date: 2019-03-18
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has provided a €9 million loan from its €85 million Western Balkans Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) to support investments in Albanian green energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency projects expected to cut over 21,000 tpy of CO2 emissions across the region.

    ERBD also announced a 2-MW floating solar project being developed by Norwegian company Statkraft's Albanian subsidiary and floating solar technology developer Ocean Sun. The €2.3 million project will incorporate four units of 0.5 MW each. (Source: EBRD, The Balkanista, Mar., 2019) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000,; Ocean Sun,,

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