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CARB Proposes CI Values for Alternative Jet Fuel (Ind. Report)
California Air Resources Board
Date: 2019-08-02
In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed carbon intensity (CI) values for a new Temporary LCFS pathway for Alternative Jet Fuel. Upon certification, this new Temporary pathway will be available for LRT-CBTS reporting for the quarter in which it is certified. The proposed Temporary CIs are applicable only to alternative jet fuel that is produced from a hydrotreating process.

CARB determined the proposed CI values using the most conservative data from LCFS certified renewable diesel pathways that produce alternative jet fuel as a co-product. The resulting CI was increased by an additional 10 pct due to additional energy and chemical inputs for the hydrocracking process, and then an additional 5 pct of conservative margin, and finally rounded to the nearest five CI points when applicable.

Various technologies can be used to produce alternative jet fuel made from petroleum or non-petroleum sources, which can be blended and used with conventional petroleum jet fuels without modifications to aircraft engines and existing fuel distribution infrastructure. (Source: California Air Resources Board, Green Car Congress, 1 Aug., 2019) Contact: California Air Resources Board, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Air Resources Board,  


Mass. House OKs Community Climate Resiliency Funding (Funding)
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Date: 2019-07-31
In Boston, the Massachusetts House of Representatives reports the unanimous passage of legislation investing $1.3 billion to help Bay State communities fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:

  • $100 million for investments in municipal microgrid energy systems;
  • $125 million for electric vehicles in municipal or regional transit authority fleets;
  • $20 million for the hiring of sustainability coordinators to develop and manage municipal projects resulting for the GreenWorks program;
  • $50 million to establish the Green Resiliency Fund to offer low-interest loans for municipalities when pursuing GreenWorks projects; and
  • $30 million for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' MOR-EV electric vehicle rebate program.

    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Mass GreenWorks,  


  • Diamond Generating Exploring Lake Erie Wind Project (Ind Report)
    Diamond Generating Corporation
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Los Angeles, California-based Mitsubishi subsidiary Diamond Generating Corporation is proposing construction of 50 or more wind turbines in Lake Erie, offshore of Buffalo, and is presently holding public meetings to that end.

    On Monday, NY State Senator Chris Jacobs came out in opposition to Diamond Generating's Lake Erie wind farm plans although no proposals for the project have officially been filed with the state. The senator noted he was declaring his opposition for a variety of reasons before the company's plan was released because large scale energy projects can easily pass through the state under Article 10 allows projects to proceed without local approval. Another legislator, US Congressman Chris Collins, is expected to announce federal action to stymie the Lake Erie project on a federal level.

    In Cleveland, LEEDCo -- a long delayed Lake Erie offshore wind project first proposed in 2009 -- has finally jumped through all the hoops and been OK'd by the Army Corps of Engineers. Construction there is expected to begin in 2022. (Source: WKBW, Buffalo, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Diamond Generating Corp., (213) 473-0080 info@dgc-us.com, www.dgc-us.com; LEEDCo, Lorry Wagner, Pres., (216) 241-9201, www.leedco.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LEEDCo,  Lake Erie Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    ENGIE'S 119MW Willogoleche Australia Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l)
    Engie,ENGIE, Mitsui & Co
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In the Land Down Under, French renewable energy developer ENGI is reporting its 119MW Willogoleche wind farm in South Australia has been completed and is now online. The project, which incorporate 32 units of GE's 3.8MW turbines at scale, was completed by Engie and JV partner Mitsui & Co, two years after it was announced in 2017.

    ENGIE notes power generated by the wind farm will be delivered via its retail power arm, Simply Energy, which has more than 700,000 customers in Australia, including nearly 90,000 in South Australia.

    In addition to Willogoleche, ENGIE operates the 46MW Canunda Wind Farm in South Australia and has renewable energy projects under development in Queensland and New South Wales. (Source: ENGIE, Various Media,ReNew Energy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: ENGIE, www.engie.com; Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui-global.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui & Co,  ENGIE,  Engie,  Wind,  South Africa Wind,  


    Canadians Want Gov. Climate Change Action, says Poll (Ind. Report)
    iPol
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Over 60 pct of Canadians want the government to address climate change with action even if the economy suffers, according to a Mainstreet poll 2,651 Canadians conducted for iPolitics.

    The 61 pct was higher in Quebec at 76.8 per cent, 67.3 pct in Atlantic Canada and 62 pct in British Columbia. In oil-soaked Alberta only 36.5 pct agreed.

    Additionally, roughly 47 pct of respondents said a carbon tax was not helpful to the economy and 85 pct agreed that private companies should have to pay to pollute. Also, just under 68 pct of respondents agreed there is a "collective moral duty to future generations to not destroy the environment further, even if it means paying more taxes in the short term." (Source: iPolitics, 30 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    North American RNG Market Surpasses 100 Facilities (Ind. Report)
    Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Sacramento, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG Coalition) is reporting the North American renewable natural gas (RNG) industry has reached the "100 facility benchmark" with the recent addition of three operational facilities -- a 150 pct growth over the past five years from the 41 projects built between 1982 and 2014. (Source: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Johannes Escudero, CEO, (916) 588-3033, info@rngcoalition.com, www.rngcoalition.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas ,  


    Climate Change-Wildfires Worry Californians (Ind. Report)
    Public Policy Institute of California
    Date: 2019-07-31
    A recent survey from the not-for-profit, non-partisan Public Policy Institute of California suggests 63 pct of Californians understand that global warming played a part in the recent catastrophic wildfires tearing through the state.

    In the survey, 71 pct are very worried about a future of more severe wildfires as a consequence of climate change and think the state's future is at risk due to climate change. Accordingly, Californians generally favor the state's work to curb greenhouse gas pollution and support state targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2030. (Source: Public Policy Institute of California, July, 20190 Contact: Public Policy Institute of California, 415-291-4400, www.ppic.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Policy Institute of California,  Climate Change,  


    Alliance BioEnergy Plus Near Exiting Chapter 11 (Ind. Report)
    Alliance BioEnergy
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In the Sunshine State, West Palm Beach-based Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc. reports U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida has approved its Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement to confirm the company's Chapter 11 Plan. Additionally, the company has deposited in escrow all the necessary funds to pay its creditors all payments required to confirm the Plan.

    Alliance has developed a new and improved technology system that converts any cellulosic material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into biofuels quicker, more consistently, and more energy efficient than the first generation process. Alliance’s CTS (cellulose-to-sugar) 2.0 process converts sugar into ethanol via a standard process that recycles water and catalysts used in the process, uses no toxic chemicals and has a near zero carbon footprint. When fully commercialized, Alliance's technology it will be the lowest cost producer in the ethanol and biofuel space, according to the Alliance release. (Source: Alliance Bioenergy Plus, Inc., PR, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Alliance Bioenergy, Ben Slager, CEO, (888) 607-3555, ben.slager@alliancebioe.com, www.alliancebioe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliance BioEnergy ,  Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


    JBS Announces New Brazilian Biodiesel Plant (Int'l Report)
    JBS Biodiesel,
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Brazilian global food company JBS reports it will invest approximately $48 million in another biodiesel plant in Mafra, Santa Catarina, Brazil.

    The new 900 tpd plant, which will be operated by JBS Biodiesel, a JBS Novos Negocios division, will use locally sourced pork and poultry fat supplements with soybean as a a feedstock . (Source: JBS, PR, 31 July, 2019) Contact: JBS Biodiesel, www.jbs.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  JBS Biodiesel,  ,  


    Tesla Powerwall, Powerpack Q2 Installations Up 81 pct (Ind. Report)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Tesla is reporting the deployment of its Powerwall and Powerpack energy storage systems grew by 81 pct to 415 MWh during Q2 compared to Q1 this year. Powerwalls are now installed in over 50,000 sites, Tesla said.

    The company generated $368.2 million in revenues from its energy generation, i.e. solar and storage, business during the most recent quarter, up from $324.6 million during Q1, according to a release. (Source: Tesla, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Tesla Powerwall, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Powerwall,  


    DOE SBIR Touts Sm. Business Innovation Research Funding (Funding)
    DOE SBIR
    Date: 2019-07-31
    American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, according to an SBIR release. Five buildings-focused, Phase II Release 2 grants awarded approximately $5 million to five small businesses. The projects, which are making advancements in building envelopes, building energy efficiency and modeling, and lighting, have already demonstrated a level of commercial feasibility for further innovations in the second phase of research. The five projects:
  • Innovations in Opaque Building Envelope Performance -- Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood -- (Inventwood LLC., College Park, Maryland) Inventwood LLC is using delignified wood to create a new, bio-derived cellulose thermal insulation material that could be used in window frames, exterior insulating cladding, or prefabricated panels for new building construction or retrofit applications.

  • Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting -- Printed Anodes and Internal Light Extraction Layers on Flexible Glass to Create Cost-Effective High-Efficacy Bendable OLED Lighting Panels -- (OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, New York) OLEDWorks LLC will further develop and commercialize a highly energy-efficient lighting product in the form of uniquely thin and beautiful curved sheets of light to accelerate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) market growth.

  • High Performance Substrate Embedded Microgrids for High-Efficiency, Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes -- (Electroninks Inc, Austin, Texas) -- Electroninks Inc. is developing an alternative, transparent conductor for optical-electronic applications like touch sensors, displays, and OLEDs that significantly outperforms today's indium, tin, and oxygen (ITO) conductors.

  • Building Energy Modeling -- Portfolio-Level Energy-Efficiency Simulation (PLES) -- (Maalka, Brooklyn, New York) Maalka is extending its customizable framework for energy efficiency program development and management. The framework leverages the increasing availability of building energy data and DOE's open-source data standards and platforms and energy analysis tools (EnergyPlus, OpenStudio). The project targets the large and growing energy-efficiency program market of cities, utilities, larger owners, and energy service customers with a focus on supporting a move from individual energy conservation measures to packages and deep retrofits.

  • CAD-Integrated Web-Based Performance Simulation -- (Ladybug Tools LLC, Fairfax, Virginia) -- Ladybug Tools will use DOE's open-source EnergyPlus and Radiance tools, as well as OpenStudio's new elastic cloud capabilities, to deliver a greater range of analysis services (and subsequent revenue streams) for architects. Phase I of this project involved creating a working radiance-based daylighting simulation service; Phase II work will focus on energy simulation. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research, PR, July, 2019) Contact: SBIR, EERE.SBIR@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/science/sbir/small-business-innovation-research-and-small-business-technology-transfer

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE SBIR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


  • Ratch Group Acquires Aussie Wind Project for &53Mn (Int'l, M&A)
    Ratch Group
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Thailand, Ratch Group Plc is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ratch-Australia Corporation Pty Ltd (RAC) has completed its $53.31 million (AUS) acquisition of a 70 pct equity stake in the 214-MW Yandin wind farm in Australia, from Renewable Energy Investment Fund Pty Ltd (REIF), a subsidiary of Alinta Energy Pty Ltd (Alinta).

    The 51-turbine project, which is under construction 150 kilometres north of Perth in Western Australia, is expected to commence commercial operations in Sept 2020. (Source: Ratch Group, Bangkok Post, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Ratch Group, www.ratch.co.th/en/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    Notable Quote on Climate Change
    American Action Forum
    Date: 2019-07-31
    "Truly effective climate policy needs to go beyond a U.S.-centric approach and deliver solutions that are viable even in countries where residents have only a fraction of the wealth of a typical American. So long as the costs of mitigating climate change remain high, garnering international cooperation to address the global problem will remain a herculean effort.

    Policymakers' efforts would be better served by directly focusing on the problem: how to create a market environment that stimulates technological innovation for deploying cost-effective solutions to climate change. Only by bringing the cost of carbon mitigation down through innovation will global it become possible to forge a binding global agreement that successfully mitigates climate change." -- Philip Rossetti, Energy Policy Dir., American Action Forum, www.americanactionforum.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Action Forum,  Climate Change,  


    Ontario Commits $5Mn to Cross Laminated Timber Plant (Ind. Report)
    Element5
    Date: 2019-07-31
    The Ontario government reports it will invest almost $5 million to support development of the province's first fully automated cross laminated timber (CLT) plant. The proposed $32 million plant is being planned for St. Thomas, Ontario by Element5 which has operations in Toronto, Montreal and Ripon, Quebec. The company specializes in design, engineering and fabrication for environmentally friendly and energy efficient timber-based construction.

    The Ontario government committed to increasing the use of timber in the home building industry through its Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan and the Housing Supply Action Plan. (Source: Canadian Consulting Engineer, 30 July, 2019) (Source: Element5, Frank Dottori, 888-670-7713, info@elementfive.co, www.elementfive.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Portland GE Pilot Addresses Energy Consumption (Ind. Report)
    Portland General Electric
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) is reporting the launch of a test bed pilot program in three neighborhoods aimed at encouraging residential and business customers to be more proactive in monitoring their energy consumption and cultivating good energy use habits.

    As part of the test pilot, residential customers will be given incentives for using smart-home technologies as well as rebates for shifting their energy use during off-peak times. Commercial customers, meanwhile, will have the option of enrolling in PGE's Energy Partner Smart Thermostat program, which offers free thermostats and installation to qualifying businesses. The program will also give payments for businesses participating in load-control events. Other potential energy-saving opportunities include incentives for customers using rooftop solar or smart devices such as thermostats, water heaters and electric vehicle chargers and batteries.

    PGE worked the Rocky Mountain Institute and an advisory panel to develop the program. PGE will also utilize the advanced communications capabilities and distribution system upgrades in three Oregon cities: Hillsboro, Portland and Milwaukie which have remote controls and other smart grid technologies installed to increase system reliability.

    The launch of the test pilot comes as PGE submitted a new integrated resource plan to the Oregon PUC for approval to add more renewable power, increase energy efficiency and partner with customers to balance energy consumption during peak demand periods. (Source: PGE, PR, Daily Energy Insider, 30 July, 2019) Contact: PGE, Maria Pope, CEO, Steve Corson, (503) 464-8444, www.portlandgeneral.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Portland General Electric,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Use,  Energy Efficiency,  


    ENGIE Touts Mass. Community Solar, Storage Project (Ind Report)
    ENGIE
    Date: 2019-07-31
    ENGIE Storage reports it will supply and operate a "turnkey" 19 MW/38 MWh portfolio of six energy storage sites that will contribute to the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target Program and participate in ISO-New England wholesale markets.

    The combined solar and storage portfolio, developed and operated by NYC-based private equity firm Syncarpha Capital, LLC, is the first utility-scale solar plus storage offering to benefit from ENGIE's new integrated development, supply and services offering for wholesale market participation.

    ENGIE Storage will provide a turn-key GridSynergy® hardware and software solution and operate the storage system for 20 years and will pay fees in exchange for the rights to operate the solar and energy storage system in the ISO-NE wholesale capacity, reserves, and frequency regulation markets.

    ENGIE Storage's GridSynergy software platform will seamlessly ensure Investment Tax Credit and SMART program compliance while bidding and operating the energy storage systems in ISO-NE wholesale markets. Under its long-term service and operation contracts for the sites, ENGIE Storage is, in essence, guaranteeing SMART program revenues. The arrangement virtually eliminates storage project operational risk at the six battery storage sites.

    Syncarpha designs and builds on-site solar systems for municipalities, utilities, and businesses -- as well as developing community shared solar solutions for consumers and commercial customers. The company currently owns and/or operates solar assets in nine different states. (Source: ENGIE, 26 July, 2019) Contact: Syncarpha Capital, LLC, Cliff Chapman, CEO, www.syncarpha.com, www.syncarpha.solar: Engie Storage, Christopher Tilley, CEO, www.engie.com, www.engie-na.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE,  Engie,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    BayWa Snares Canadian Solar Equipment Distributor (M&A)
    BayWa re,National Solar Distributors Inc
    Date: 2019-07-31
    German renewable energy specialist Baywa re GmbH reports it has acquired Edmonton, Alberta-based solar distributor and service provider National Solar Distributors Inc. -- a Canada-wide residential and commercial solar equipment wholesaler. (Source: BayWa re, 28 July, 2019) Contact: National Solar Distributors Inc., 844-851-2390 www.nationalsolar.ca; BayWa r.e., Florian Zerhusen, CEO, Frank Jessel, Global Dir. Solar, (850) 450-6800 - San Diego office, info@baywa-re.us, www.baywa-re.us;BayWa

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa re,  Solar,  


    Canadian Solar Scores $8 Mn for HiDM PV R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Canadian Solar ,Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Ontario-based solar panel maker Canadian Solar Solutions Inc reports it will receive close to $8 million ($6.1 million US) from Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) energy innovation programme to develop and test high-density (HiDM) PV panels.

    The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645, Vanessa.Adams@canada.ca, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Canadian Solar ,  PV,  


    SocalGas Unveils Country's Largest RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
    SocalGas,Calgren
    Date: 2019-07-31
    SocalGas, the largest natural gas distribution utility in the US, reports the completion of the Calgren dairy renewable natural gas facility in Pixley. The natural gas facility, developed in partnership with Calgren Dairy Fuels, is the first of its kind in California. SocalGas has provided Calgren with a $5 million incentive, authorised by the California PUC to support the project.

    Calgren will collect cow manure from four dairy farms and process it using an anaerobic digesters to produce methane emissions which will then be used to produce transportation fuel. The digesters in the Calgren project are partially funded under California's Dairy Digester Research and Development Programme, which aims to reduce GHG emissions from manure generated at state dairy farms. California currently has about 30 operational dairy RNG projects and 50 under development.

    A 2016 study by the University of California, Davis found California has the potential to produce approximately 90.6 billion cubic feet (bcf) per year of renewable natural gas from dairy, landfill, municipal solid waste, and wastewater treatment plant sources alone -- sufficient to meet the annual natural gas needs of around 2.3 million California homes. According to the U.S. DOE the U.S. currently produces 1 trillion cubic feet of renewable natural gas every year, and that number is expected to increase to 10 trillion by 2030. (Source: SocalGas, SmartEnergy, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Calgren Renewable Fuels, Walt Dwelle, Principal Owner , Lyle Schlyer, Pres., (559) 757-3850, lschyler@calgren.com, www.calgren.com; Southern California Gas Company, Sharon Tomkins, VP customer solutions and strategy. www.socalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SocalGas,  Calgren,  anaerobic digester,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less? (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-07-31
    Contrary to the common misconception that wind and solar power generation is relatively inexpensive, renewable energy comes with large yet often ignored costs that increase electricity prices for residents and businesses, according to a study from the not-for-profit Canadian public policy think-tank the Fraser Institute.

    The study finds that while wind turbines and solar panels are relatively cheap to operate, and because the require back-up power sources and battery storage for non productive periods, they're costly to build and connect to the power grid.

    Download the Generating Electricity in Canada from Wind and Sunlight: Is Getting Less for More Better than Getting More for Less? report HERE. (Source: Fraser Institute, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Fraser Institute, Pierre Desrochers, Snr. Fellow, Institutewww.fraserinstitute.org


    ETH Zurich, Total Convert CO2, H2 to Methanol (Ind. Report)
    ETH Zürich, Total
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Swiss researchers at ETH Zurich and the Paris-headquartered oil and gas giant Total report they've developed a new catalyst that efficiently converts CO2 and hydrogen (H2) directly into methanol and have jointly filed for a patent on the technology. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, the release claims.

    The core of the new approach is a chemical catalyst based on indium oxide, which was developed by Javier Perez-Ramírez, Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich, and his team. The team of scientists have now succeeded in boosting the activity of the catalyst significantly, without affecting its selectivity or stability. They achieved this by treating the indium oxide with a small quantity of palladium.

    The CO2 may be extracted from the atmosphere or—more simply and efficiently—from the exhaust discharged by combustion power plants. Even if fuels are synthesized from the methanol and subsequently combusted, the CO2 is recycled and thus the carbon cycle is closed.

    Total now plans to scale up the approach and potentially implement the technology in a demonstration unit over the next few years. Methanol can be converted into fuels and a wide variety of chemical products, including those that today are mainly based on fossil resources. (Source: ETH Zurich, PR, Green Car Congress, 30 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Total,  Methanol,  CO2,  


    $287Bn Bill Would Subsidize AltFuel Stations (Reg. & Leg.)
    Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Previously this week in Washington, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced the America's Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 which authorizes $287 billion in transportation funding over five years. The funding includes $1 billion in grant funding for electric vehicle charging and alternative fuels fueling facilities. The grant funds would be drawn from the federal Highway Trust Fund, which is financed by federal fuel taxes and related excise taxes, according to a statement from the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW).

    On Tuesday, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) noted that current fueling locations -- such as the more than 153,000 U.S. convenience stores -- represent the "most logical option" for locating alternative fuel infrastructure. (Source: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, RigZone, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, www.epw.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fue,  


    Swiss Researchers Tout CO2 Membrane Filter (New Prod & Tech)
    Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Switzerland, researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL)reporting development of a new class of high-performance membranes that exceed post-combustion carbon capture targets by a significant margin. The membranes are based on single-layer graphene with a selective layer thinner than 20 nm, and have highly tunable chemistry, meaning that they can pave the way for next-generation high-performance membranes for several critical separations.

    Current membranes are required to exceed 1000 gas permeation units (GPUs), and have a CO2/N2 separation factor above 20 -- a measure of their carbon-capturing specificity. The EPFL developed membranes show six-fold higher CO2 permeance at 6,180 GPUs with a separation factor of 22.5. The GPUs shot up to 11,790 when the scientists combined optimized graphene porosity, pore size, and functional groups (the chemical groups that actually react with CO2), while other membranes they made showed separation factors up to 57.2.

    Carbon capture can be done using high-performance membranes, which are polymer filters that can specifically pick out CO2 from a mix of gases, such as those emitted from a factory's flue. These membranes are environmentally friendly, they don't generate waste, they can intensify chemical processes, and can be used in a decentralized fashion. They are now considered as one of the most energy-efficient routes for reducing CO2 emissions. (Source: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne Graphene-Info, Energy & Environmental Science, phys.org, July, 2019)Contact: Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Kumar Varoon Agrawal, www.epfl.ch/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Graphene,  Carbon Capture,  ,  


    EPA Ignored DOE in Issuing RFS "Hardship Waivers" (Ind. Report)
    RFS
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Contrary to assertions by the EPA the U.S. DOE confirmed in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that EPA issued so-called economic "hardship" exemptions under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to small refineries, often owned by billion-dollar oil companies, even when DOE found that the refineries faced little or no actual "hardship."

    In a response to an April 10 letter from Grassley, Energy Secretary Rick Perry indicated that EPA had, on at least one occasion, issued an exemption when his department recommended no exemption and ignored recommendations to grant only partial exemptions in other cases. Perry also noted that the agency has not changed how these analyses are applied or scored from the prior Obama Administration.

    Perry also noted that he was aware of instances in which DOE recommended a partial or even no exemption for certain refineries, yet EPA subsequently granted a full exemption. This contradicts former oil industry lobbyist and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's claim before Congress that EPA simply followed DOE's recommendations.

    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 Under Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was been denied. (Source: DOE, FeedStuff, 29 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  "Hardship Waiver",  Pruitt,  


    UK Exploring Funding Options to Drive Renewables, CCUS (Int'l)
    Low-Carbon Energy, UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is touting renewable and nuclear energy fund proposals it says are critically important in reaching net-zero emissions. The proposals explore the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) finance approach to attract significant private investment in major infrastructure projects like the Thames Tideway Tunnel which used the RAB model to reduce the cost of financing and risk for developers while limiting the long term impact on consumer energy costs.

    The RAB funding model could also be used to reduce the costs of carbon dioxide storage. A funding model similar to the Contracts for Difference scheme, which provides developers with a set price for low-carbon electricity will be explored alongside other options to deliver investment in Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) power projects while cutting emissions. The government aims to roll out the technology at scale by the 2030s, subject to costs coming down, as part of its commitment to become a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

    To that end, the government has committed £170 million towards deploying technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen networks in industrial clusters to support establishment of the world's first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040. Additionally, industry will consider investing up to £261 million in new technologies to reduce emissions. Plans have also been announced to make it easier to recycle oil and gas infrastructure for use in CCUS projects, including using some of the 20,000 km of pipelines and depleted oil and gas reservoirs to transport and store CO2. Great Britain is aiming to completely phase out coal by 2025. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) , PR, 23 July, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Net-Zero Emissions,  BEIS,  


    33 MW Mali Solar Project Construction Set to Get Underway (Int'l.)
    Mali,Solar
    Date: 2019-07-29
    The landlocked African nation of Mali reports it is set to begin construction of a 33 MW Segou solar photovoltaic power plant in southern Mali. The $53.7 million project, which will incorporate 104,764 ground mounted solar panels, is being developed with Norwegian assistance in the design, construction and operations of the plant and 2.8 km of a 33kV transmission line.

    The project will be implemented by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) under a 25-year Build, Own and Operate & Transfer (BOOT) Concession Agreement with the Government of Mali (GoM) and a 25-year Take-or-Pay Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Energie du Mali (EDM), the country's national utility. When fully operational, the project will be connected to Mali's national grid via the substation of the state-owned Mali Electricity Company (EDM). (Source: Mali Electricity Company, CR, 29 July, 2019)

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    Calls for Limited Building Glass to Save Energy (Ind. Report)
    Building Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Architects and engineers are reportedly calling for all-glass skyscrapers to be banned because they are too difficult and expensive to cool. Although glass-fronted offices let in lots of natural light the sunlight also brings heat creating "greenhouse effect" that in sealed buildings ha nowhere to escape.

    To avoid this greenhouse effect, air conditioning has been the standard solution, but, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy used on air condition has doubled since 2000 and presently accounts for about 14 pct of all energy consumed.

    In obvious agreement with the IEA, in April NYC mayor Bill de Blasio said he would ban all-glass buildings and force developers to retrofit existing buildings to make them more energy-efficient, although the "ban" was later clarified to mean "excessive use of glass and steel." In the UK, London's mayor Sadiq Khan ruled out a similar plan but released regulations requiring construction firms to assess a building's energy use across its whole life-cycle and to use special types of glass that can block sunshine in hot weather, or even generate electricity themselves, such as the Edge building in Amsterdam. (Source: Various Media, Guardian, July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Consumption,  Building Energy Efficiency,  


    Ward County N.D. Wind Farm Put on Hold (Ind. Report)
    NextEra
    Date: 2019-07-29
    NextEra Energy Resources reports its plan to revive a large wind farm in Hartland, Ward County, North Dakota has been put on hold. The company was considering a 150 turbine, 300 MW wind farm for the site, slighly smaller than the originally proposed 2,000-megawatt Hartland facility.

    NextEra has been working in North Dakota for almost 20 years and has invested $2.5 billion in the state and operates 14 projects.(Source: NextEra Energy, Minot Daily News, 28 July, 2019)Contact: NextEra Energy, info@nextrenewables.com, www.nextrenewables.com

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    Toyota NA to Cut Carbon Emissions Through VPAAs (Ind Report)
    Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor North America reports it is committing to aggressively reduce its carbon output in the US by entering into Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) to reduce operation emissions by up to 40 pct over the next 3 years. The company plans to cut overall emissions from plant operations to zero by the year 2050.

    Under the VPPAs, which the company expects to commence later this year, Toyota NA will contract with renewable energy providers to generate wind and solar power that will be provided directly to regional electric grids. The supply of renewable power is expected to reduce use of fossil fuels and emissions. By powering its operations from the enhanced grid and applying Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) earned by funding the generation of renewable electricity, Toyota expects to substantially offset emissions from its North American facilities. This VPPA endeavor supports the company's Environmental Challenge 2050 which sets out the following global objectives:

  • 90 pct reduction in global average CO2 emissions from new vehicles vs. 2010 levels;
  • complete elimination of CO2 emissions from the entire vehicle life cycle; zero emissions at all manufacturing plants worldwide;
  • minimizing water usage and implementing water discharge management protocols;
  • promoting global deployment of end-of-life vehicle treatment and recycling, and;
  • connecting and promoting nature conservation activities outside of the Toyota Group in the communities where it operates. (Source: Toyota NA, Auto Connected Car News, 24 July, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Toyota,  CO2,  Virtual Power Purchase Agreement,  CERs,  


  • Renewable Energy Finance Initiative Launched in Bahrain (Int'l.)
    Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Manama, the Bahrain Commercial Facilities Company (BCFC) is reporting the launch of the Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (The Sun) aimed at encouraging the use of clean, renewable energy for comprehensive development and at reaching the country's goal of 5 pct renewable energy by 2025 -- 250 MW in 2025 increasing to 10 pct in 2035.

    The new financial scheme is based on the "Tenant-to-Owned" system, which provides an opportunity for the business sector to benefit directly and effectively from the installation of solar power systems in return for a monthly rent, which is determined by the amount of electricity generated and each buildings space available for solar panel installations. (Source: BCFC, TradeArabia News Service, 27 July, 2019) Contact: BCFC, Dr Adel Hubail, CEO, www.bahrainbourse.com/bahrain-commercial-facilities-company--bsc

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    N.D. Solar Farm Opens On Standing Rock Tribal Land (Ind. Report)
    Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reports its 300 KW CannonBall Community Solar Farm is now set to go online in August when it will add 300 KW into the grid.

    The community solar farm is expected to save the community as much as $14,400 per year in energy costs, which will be reinvested in the community. GivePower, one of the nonprofits that is partnering on the project, invested $370,000 in the $470,000 project. (Source: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Gizmodo, 28 July, 2019) Contact: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, www.standingrock.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Solar,  


    Stora Enso Investing in Hard Carbon Lignin Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin at its Sunila Mill in Finland.

    The investment in making carbon materials for energy storage further strengthens Stora Enso's opportunities to replace fossil-based and mined raw materials as well as to connect sustainable materials to ongoing technology innovations, according to Stora Enso.

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials. This lignin will be converted into hard carbon anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021.

    Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

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    Boston Tops 2019 City Clean Energy, Efficiency List (Ind. Report)
    City Clean Energy Scorecard
    Date: 2019-07-29
    For the second consecutive year, Boston has been ranked the top U.S. city for energy efficiency, according to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard's comprehensive look at any and all initiatives taken by cities to become more energy efficient.

    Boston city officials credit its Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requiring all large and medium-sized buildings to report their annual energy usage and complete an energy savings action or energy assessment every five years.

    San Francisco came in second in the ratings followed by Seattle, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. in that order. (Source: ACEEE City Clean Energy Scorecard, Up to Boston, 27 July, 2019) Contact: City Clean Energy Scorecard, www.aceee.org/local-policy/city-scorecard; ACEEE, www.aceee.org

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    EgyptAir Operates Record Sustainable Jet Fueled Flight (Int'l.)
    EgyptAir, World Energy,
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Cairo, Egypt's national air carrier, EgyptAir is reporting receipt of its newest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. The Dreamliner flew 10,973 kilometres from Seattle to Cairo fueled solely by sustainable aviation fuel to become the world's longest sustainable flight.

    EgyptAir is the first operator to use Boeing's new sustainable fuel delivery program that gives airlines the option to pick biofuel for aircraft delivery flights. Sustainable aviation fuels have been shown to help reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent. The biodiesel biofuel used to power the Dreamliner was created from agricultural waste by Boston-headquartered World Energy at its Paramount, California facility which was designed to produce renewable jet fuel on a commercial scale. (Source: EgyptAir, N Lifestyle, 28 July, 2019) Contact: World Energy, 617-889-7300, Fax: 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EgyptAir,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  World Energy ,  


    Castor Oil, Derivatives Market Pegged for Expansion (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2019-07-29
    ! Castrol oil, with a high specific gravity, thickness and hydroxyl value, is used either in its refined hydrogenated form or crude form, is primarily used for the production of various bio-based chemicals, biodiesel fuel and other valuable products.

    According to the report, the Asia Pacific region is expected to dominate the castor oil derivatives market in the time period 2018-26. India is projected to be the major production hub of castor oil derivatives globally, followed by Brazil, Russia, Paraguay, Philippines, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and Thailand.

    Some prominent market players of global castor oil and derivatives market are Liaoyang Huaxing Chemical Co., ITOH Oil Chemicals Co. Ltd., Jayant Agro Organics, Bom Brazil, Hokoku Corporation, Ltd., Kanak Castor Products Pvt. Ltd., Thai Castor Oil Industries Co. Ltd., Gokul Overseas, and others are among the major global players in the castor oil market.

    Download report details HERE and HERE (Source: The Market Plan, 28 July, 2019) Request For Table of Contents: https://www.trendsmarketresearch.com/report/requesttoc/9536

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    USGBC, New Buildings Institute Ink Cooperation MOU (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, New Buildings Institute
    Date: 2019-07-29
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Portland, Oregon-based New Buildings Institute (NBI) report the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organization's relationship and defining parameters on how the two organizations will work together to advance energy efficiency in net zero buildings. The agreement is focused on joint activities by USGBC and NBI intended to:
  • Improve capability of building industry professionals to deliver high-performance, zero energy and zero emissions buildings, as well as buildings that are optimized for grid interactions.

  • Drive increased numbers of zero (and net zero) energy, zero emissions and LEED Zero-certified buildings.

  • Extend adoption of stretch energy codes, and improve code compliance and enforcement.

  • Enhance social equity, public health and resilience associated with energy and energy systems and communicate these achievements through platforms like USGBC's Living Standard campaign.

    USGBC and NBI missions are closely aligned and reflected in their collective efforts to advance zero energy buildings and support grid integration over the past five years, according to the USGBC. (Source: USGBC, NBI, PR, July, 2019) Contact: NBI, Ralph DiNola, CEO, (503) 761-7339, (503) 968-6160 - fax, www.newbuildings.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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  • Faibanks Borough Establishing Climate Task Force (Ind. Report)
    Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Alsaska, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly reports passage of Resolution 2019-29 establishing a Climate Change Task Force to develop a plan to address the impacts of climate change.

    The Climate Change Task Force will look at how community can adapt to the climate change impacts that are already happening -- wildfires,ice storms and other winter weather aberrations -- are going to be getting worse, as well as looking at reducing GHG emissions and climate change mitigation efforts . The resolution also calls for a joint borough and community climate change task force and an initial public meeting by November 15, 2019. (Source: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Various Media, 27 July, 2019) Contact: Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition, Tristan Glowa, Coordinator, www.fairbanksclimateaction.org

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    DOE Awards $2Mn for Performance Computing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it has awarded $2 million in funding for seven new high performance computing projects, as part of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative.

    The initiative is a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories' high performance computing capabilities to address challenges in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads the HPC4EI program along with partner laboratories Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. Funded projects include:

  • NYC-based Ferric, Inc. will partner with LLNL to develop analytical tools that will combine traditional electromagnetic finite-element analysis with micromagnetic simulation.

  • Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, Calif. will continue to work with LLNL on Phase II of developing predictive modeling capabilities for the advanced film deposition technique, High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

  • Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., Gopher Resource, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will partner to use high performance computing to increase the productivity of secondary lead furnaces.

  • Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical will collaborate with Argonne National Laboratory on developing open-source software-based models of a gas atomizer based on ongoing work being performed at Eastman.

  • Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. in Indianapolis will work with Ames National Laboratory to enhance the efficiency of metal powder production for additive manufacturing applications.

    Within the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office has selected two projects:

  • PPG Industries will collaborate with LLNL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to apply classical molecular dynamics simulations and density functional tight-binding calculations.

  • AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio will collaborate with ORNL on thermo-mechanical forming process development to produce tailored strength automotive structural components. The Office of Fossil Energy selected two additional HPC4Mtls projects to support. Industry partners provide at least 20 pct of the funding for new projects. (Source:DOE EERE, PR, EIN,July, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

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  • EC Supports Six French Offshore Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
    European Union,European Commission
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports the European Union's 28 member countries support six large offshore wind farms in French territorial waters and that the proposed projects are inline with, and thus qualify for, EU State financial aid. According to the EC release, the offshore wind projects will help France reduce CO2 emissions, in line with EU energy and climate goals, without unduly distorting competition in the single market.

    The six sites -- Courselles-sur-Mer, Fecamp, Saint-Nazaire, Iles d'Yeu / Noirmoutier, Dieppe / Le Treport and Saint-Brieuc -- are located in French territorial waters off the North-Western coast of France. Each of the wind farms will incorporate 62 to 83 turbines with an installed capacity of 450 to 498 MW per farm and will receive support in the form of feed-in tariffs over a period of 20 years.

    Construction of the first of the six wind farms is slated to begin construction this year for completion and commissioning in 2022. Once finalised, the wind farms will increase France's renewables generation capacity by about three gigawatts.

    The European Commission (EC) is the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the 28 member countries of EU trading bloc. (Source: EC, Modern Diplomacy, 27 July, 2019) Contact: European Commission, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/index_en

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    S. Power, esVolta Partner on Solar Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Southern Power, esVolta
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is reporting a partnership with Aliso Viejo, California-headquartered utility-scale energy storage project specialist esVolta LP to develop four energy storage facilities totaling over 86 MW / 345 MWh in Southern California Edison (SoCal) service territory. Southern Power has closed on the investment in one of the four projects, with the other three subject to completion.

    esVolta LP is a leading developer, owner and manager of utility-scale energy storage projects across North America. The company's portfolio of operational plus contracted projects totals over 400 MWhs of capacity. The company is supported by a long-term capital commitment from Blue Sky Alternative Investments LLC, and a strategic procurement arrangement with Powin Energy Corporation, according to the company. (Source: esVolta LP, Southern Company, PV Mag, Contact: esVolta, Randolph Mann, President, www.linkedin.com/in/randolph-mann-570b562b, (949) 330 6300, info@esvolta.com, www.esvolta.com; Southern Power, Buzz Miller, Pres., CEO, (404) 506-5000, www.southerncompany.com

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    Stora Enso Investing in Lignin for Energy Storage Pilot (Int'l.)
    Stora Enso
    Date: 2019-07-29
    Helsinki-headquartered Finnish pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso reports it is investing €10 million to build a pilot facility to produce bio-based carbon materials based on lignin for energy storage applications

    With the new investment, Stora Enso will pilot the processing of lignin -- the main building block of trees -- into a hard carbon intermediate for electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries with properties similar to graphite. Construction of the pilot facility is slated to get underway before the year end for completion by early 2021. Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its 50,000 tpy Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015.(Source: Stora Enso, Green Car Congress, 28 July, 2019)Contact: Stora Enso, Patricia Oddshammar, Head of bio-composites, Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, +55 11 3065 5223, www.storaenso.com

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    Benson Hill Biosystems, Brownseed Genetics Partner on Corn Genetics (Ind. Report)
    Benson Hill Biosystems
    Date: 2019-07-29
    St. Louis-based crop improvement specialist Benson Hill Biosystems is reporting a partnership with Wisconsin-based Brownseed Genetics, a seed breeder of new corn hybrids that offer significant added value for growers, livestock, and ethanol and biodiesel producers. The hybrids yield about 9 percent corn oil -- nearly triple the normal production -- and are rich in the amino acids lysine and methionine, according to the release.

    Because of their higher calorie and nutrient content, Brownseed hybrids already enjoy steady growth in the livestock industry. Now, with its E+ hybrid, the company is taking aim at the corn-to-ethanol industry. Most ethanol plants require only limited modifications in their line process to accommodate the hybrid, the release added. (Source: Benson Hills Biosystems, PR 29 July, 2019) Contact: Benson Hills Biosystems, 314-222-8218, www.bensonhillbio.com; Brownseed Genetics, Charles Brown, CEO, Brownseed Genetics, ctwww.brownseedgenetics.com

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    National Carbon Bank, Green Energy Trading Merge (M&A, Int'l.)
    National Carbon Bank of Australia
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Land Down Under, Hawthorne, Victoria-headquartered environmental certificate agents Green Energy Trading and Brookvale NSW-based National Carbon Bank of Australia have announced their merger and will now work together to unlock the value offered by various incentive schemes for the installation of renewable energy-solar power and energy efficiency projects.

    National Carbon Bank of Australia helps businesses and residences take advantage of savings that are available from government state-based schemes and financial incentives to reduce the consumption of electricity through energy savings. (Source: National Carbon Bank of Australia, The Fifth Estate, 24 July, 2019) Contact: National Carbon Bank of Australia, +61 2 9939 5559, www.nationalcarbonbank.com.au; Green Energy Trading, +61 3 9805 0700, www.greenenergytrading.com.au

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    PSEG Plans Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    PSEG
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the Garden State, Newark-based Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG), which claims one of the lowest carbon emissions rates among the largest U.S. power producers, reports it expects to cut its power fleet's carbon emissions by 80 pct by 2046, from 2005 levels, and attain net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, assuming advances in technology and public policy. PSEG also notes it has no plans to build or acquire new fossil-fueled power plants and is committed to reporting annually on sustainability and climate using the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) framework, starting in 2020.

    PSEG claims a long history of addressing climate change as an embedded part of its business and culture including:

  • PSEG's emission rate in 2017 was 461 lb/MWh, below the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Beyond 2C Scenario" 2030 projected CO2 emission rate for the U.S. electric sector of 510 lb/MWh. PSEG's projected emission rate upon the completion of our coal exit strategy will be 334 lb/MWh.

  • PSEG's Salem and Hope Creek nuclear generating plants supply more than 90 pct of the Garden State's emissions-free power.

  • By 2021, PSEG will have retired or exited through sales more than 2,400 MW of coal-fired generation, thus nearing completion of its coal exit strategy. In June 2019, PSEG announced an agreement to sell its interest in the Keystone and Conemaugh coal plants in western Pennsylvania.

  • PSE&G energy efficiency programs are currently saving participants $242 million a year in energy costs and avoided emissions equal to removing 37,000 cars from the road for one year.

  • Looking forward, PSE&G's $2.5 billion Clean Energy Future investment proposal for 22 energy efficiency programs would allow participating customers to save $5.9 billion on their bills by helping them use less energy and reduce carbon emissions.

  • PSEG is also a leading developer of solar energy resources having invested approximately $1.8 billion in 674 MW of solar, including 262 MW in New Jersey and 412 MW in 13 other states. PSEG also supports New Jersey's efforts to develop offshore wind facilities.

    PSEG is a publicly traded diversified energy company with approximately 13,000 employees. Headquartered in with operating subsidiaries -- Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power and PSEG Long Island. (Source: PSEG, PR, 25 July, 2019) Contact: PSEG, Ralph Izzo, Pres., CEO, www.corporate.pseg.com

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  • Lallemand, ICC Brazil Partner on Ethanol Yeast Derivatives (Int'l)
    Lallemand, ICC Brazil
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Lallemand is reporting a long-term global partnership with Sao Paulo-based animal nutrition specialist ICC Brazil for the research, development and supply of inactive yeast products and fractions derived from sugarcane ethanol.

    ICC specializes in the production and supply to animal nutrition and pet food customers of secondary yeast derivatives from ethanol, including yeast cell walls, inactive dry yeast, autolyzed and mineral yeasts.

    According to Lallemand, the fermentation of sugarcane molasses or juices generates large quantities of spent yeast co-products that can be harvested and dried. Lallemand Animal Nutrition has expertise in the qualification of the chemical and physical structure of yeast cell wall, introducing new tools such as Atomic Force Microscopy and in vitro models to measure the binding capacities (against pathogens and/or toxins) and immune modulation effects of such products.

    Lallemand notes it has been working on the selection of specific yeast strains that offer unique properties while producing high yields of ethanol.

    The new partnership will secure a dedicated supply from ICC's contracted sugar/ethanol mills of characterized yeast cell wall products and yeast derivatives. (Source: Lallemand Animal Nutrition, PR, Feedstuffs, 22 July, 2019) Contact: Lallemand, Jim Steele, CEO, Angus Ballard, Pres., (815) 721-6165, www.lallemandbds.com; ICC Brazil, www.iccbrazil.com/en

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    Cement Giant Touts CO2MENT Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
    LafargeHolcim,Inventys
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Worldwide cement giant LafargeHolcim reports the launch of the 4-year, 3-phase CO2MENT project at its Richmond, B.C. cement plant in Canada. The project aims is to build the world's first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse CO2 from a cement plant while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The project, which will demonstrate and evaluate Inventys' CO2 Capture System and LafargeHolcim's various carbon utilization technologies, is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2020. Subject to the pilot's success, the project will be scaled up to determine how it could be used at other LafargeHolcim plants.

    During the first phase the partners will work on purifying the cement flue gas in preparation for CO2 capture. The second phase will focus on the separation of CO2 from flue gas using a customized for cement version of Inventys' carbon capture technology at pilot scale. As part of the final phase, the captured CO2 will be prepared for reuse and support the economical assessment and demonstration of CO2 conversion technologies onsite, such as CO2 injected concrete and flyash.

    The $ 28 million (Cdn) system is expected to replace up to 50 pct of fossil fuel use with LCFs. It could also result in a 20 pct reduction of combustion emissions and divert approximately 100 000 tpy of waste from local landfills.

    The project is a partnership between Lafarge Canada, Inventys in Burnaby BC, and Total. (Source: LafargeHolcim, Lafarge Canada, World Cement, 25 July, 2019) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Rene Thibault, Region Head North America, www.lafargeholcim.com; Lafarge Canada, www.lafarge.ca/en; Inventys, (604) 456-0504, www.inventysinc.com

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    Kilkenny Wins €320,000 for Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In Southeastern Ireland, the town of Kilkenny reports it will receive more than €321,562 in funding from the EU Operational Programme 2014-2020, European Regional Development Fund for the upgrading of the energy efficiency of local authority homes this year. The funding is for upgrades to dwellings with solid/hollow block wall construction, heating upgrades such as heat pumps, and solar panel installation. To date, over 68,000 homes have received over €128 million for energy efficiency upgrades and installations. (Source: Kilkenny People, 25 July, 2019)

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    Serb Scientists "Stressing" Algae for Biodiesel Production (R&D)
    University of Belgrade Institute for Multidisciplinary Research
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Serbian scientists at the University of Belgrade's Institute for Multidisciplinary Research report they have increased the production of lipids in algae by around 30 pct through the method of "positive stressing" with sunlight which could contribute to the use of algae as a biological fuel and thus lower the price of biodiesel . The Institute already produces oxygen from microalgae.

    Under the title of Radiation Hormesis in the Service of Increasing Biomass Yields from Microalgae the project began in 2017, under the NATO programme Science for Peace and Security in cooperation with the University of Manchester, Baylor University in Texas, and UK-based Varicon Aqua Company which produces bioreactors and systems that grow microalgae.

    The project is expected to be completed in August 2020. (Source: University of Belgrade Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Serbian Monitor, 24 July, 2019) Contact: University of Belgrade Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Dr. Sonja Veljovic Jovanovic, Dir., +381-11/3555-258, Fax: +381-11/3055-289, direktor@imsi.rs, office@imsi.rs, www.imsi.bg.ac.rs

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    Oil & Gas Producer Aims for Net-Zero Oil Sand Emissions (Ind Report)
    Canadian Natural Resources
    Date: 2019-07-26
    Calgary, Alberta-based Canadian Natural Resources, Canada's largest oil and gas producer reports it is aiming to achieve zero emissions in its oil sand operation by procuring innovating technologies, but has not indicated when or how it intended to achieve its goal.

    The company also noted it was one of the biggest carbon capture players in the market ranking fifth when it comes to carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capacity. The also noted it cut its GHG emissions by 20 pct in the year 2014 and has stopped venting at primary heavy oil operations in Alberta by 72 pctt since 2014. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, OilPrice, Industry Journal Pro, CBC News, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Steve Laut, https://twitter.com, www.cnrl.com

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    U.S. Dem. Senators Unveil Climate Action Rebate Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Tax
    Date: 2019-07-26
    In the nation's capitol, Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) reports he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) will introduce the Climate Action Rebate Act -- a carbon tax -- that could generate $2.5 trillion in revenues over 10 years starting in 2020, according to a Reuters report.

    The act would rebate about 70 pct of its revenue to families with under $130,000 per year income and use the remainder for energy infrastructure, job retraining for fossil fuel workers, and low-carbon energy R&D. The bill would cut U.S. carbon emissions 55 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050 compared to 2017 levels. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, Japan Times, 25 July, 2019) Contact: Senator Dianne Feinstein, www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me; Senator Ghris Coons, www.coons.senate.gov/contact

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