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PNNL Planning Energy Sciences Research Bldg (Ind. Report)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2019-01-24
In Richland, Washington, the US DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) reports it will construct a new facility where scientists will conduct research that leads to more efficient energy and transportation technologies. Construction is slated to get underway in late 2019 or early 2020 for completion and occupancy in mid- or late 2021.

The as yet unnamed research facility will be between 110,000 and 145,000 square feet in size and will house labs and workstations for approximately 175 PNNL and visiting scientists, engineers and research support staff.

"Breakthrough research conducted here may lead to reduced vehicle emissions, more efficient fertilizer production and the ability to turn waste into fuels and products more efficiently and economically," PNNL Director Steven Ashby noted. (Source: PNNL, PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: PNNL, Steven Ashby, Dir., www.pnnl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ,  


Chubb's Bermuda HQ LEED Credentials Reaffirmed (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-01-24
The Chubb Building in Hamilton is the first in Bermuda to be twice recertified as Leed Gold by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). The building first received Leed Gold certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system in 2011.

In 2017, the building was recertified when Chubb became one of the first companies in North America to use the Leed Dynamic Plaque to manage the building's energy efficiency and environmental performance.

The Leed Dynamic Plaque calculates and displays the building's performance across five categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. Other green initiatives that contributed to the re-certification include: energy-efficient LED lights, electric car charging stations, a trash audit and waste recycling program and others. Chubb notes that since 2011 it has cut the Bermuda building's energy consumption 28 pct.

Chubb is the world's largest publicly traded property and casualty insurer. (Source: Chubb, PR, Royal Gazette, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Chubb, Colin Brown, Bermuda VP facilities and Leed project manager, 441-295-5200, https://www.chubb.com/bm-en/contact.../chubb-bermuda-international-contacts.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency ,  


CellCube Touts European Energy Storage Systems Sales (Ind. Report)
CellCube Energy Storage Systems
Date: 2019-01-24
Toronto-headquartered energy storage specialist CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. reports it has closed on the sale of two "FB Modular" energy storage systems to European purchasers.

The first is a FB200-800 stand alone vanadium redox flow energy storage system with 200kW AC power rating and close to 900kWh usable energy capacity. The system is for a German public institution and is slated for installation this coming March.

The second sale is a FB Modular series FB30-13 for installation this April as part of a micro-grid for a solar supported farm operation in the Czech Republic.

CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets energy storage systems based on vanadium redox flow technology. Its integrated energy storage System solutions features 99 pct residual energy capacity after 11,000 cycles with the focus on larger scale containerized modules. (Source: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc,. PR, Jan 22, 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Mike Neylan, CEO, (800) 882-3213, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  vanadium redox flow,  Battery,  


Publication Schedule -- Important Notice

Date: 2019-01-24
This report will not be published on Monday, 28 Jan, 2019. Publication will resume on our regular schedule on Wednesday, 30, Jan. 2019.

We apologize for any inconvenience this necessary break may cause. Thank you.


Edmonton Launches Home Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
city of Edmonton
Date: 2019-01-23
On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta, is reporting the launch of a new top-up program that allows homeowners to receive an additional 20 pct in return on home energy evaluations and retrofits through the new Home Energy Plan. The program offers homeowners access to advice on energy efficiency and rebates on home retrofits. Homeowners can also receive $400 towards the cost of a Home Energy Evaluation and can then apply for further rebates on a number of home upgrades, including insulation, windows and furnaces. . The city has also launched a solar program that encourages homeowners to install solar systems on on their homes, and the city and Energy Efficiency Alberta cover about 40 per cent of the cost.

Home Energy Plan details are HERE, Edmonton Solar plan details are HERE. (Source: City of Edmonton, CBC, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, Energy Transition Unit Senior Environmental Project Manager, www.edmonton.ca/contactus.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News city of Edmonton news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


Smarter Building Tech. Alliance Launched in Las Vegas (Ind. Report)
Smarter Building Technologies Alliance
Date: 2019-01-23
Reporting from Las Vegas, the recently launched Smarter Building Technologies Alliance Inc. (STB Alliance) is vowing to change the way energy efficiency products and services are delivered to the market and optimized by end-user clients. Working in partnership with industry players -- such as General Electric, Signify (fka Philips), Enlighted, Avi-On, and others -- the SBT Alliance delivers these technology-based solutions through its three internal factories:

  • Direct Discount Lighting --Brings access of cutting-edge LED product to the channel of distributors, contractors, and end users via e-commerce and direct sales;

  • Integrated Advanced Controls -- Pairs the industry's leading LED fixture manufacturers together with advanced controls companies to provide comprehensive controls-embedding services through IAC's dedicated manufacturing facility in Tijuana, Mexico;

  • Glued Solutions -- the industry's leading authority on how to most efficiently design, install, and program advanced networked controls systems and provides comprehensive system provisioning, configuration, and long-term technical support services. (Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc. , PR, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc. Benjamin Buchanan, CEO, Kevin Martin, (800) 832-2943x704, kmartin@sbt-alliance.com, www.SBT-Alliance.com, http://smarterbuildingtechnologiesalliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Smarter Building Technologies Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • BASF Touts Carbon Management Program Goals (Int'l Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2019-01-23
    German chemicals giant BASF has outlined the R&D activities that will allow the company to achieve CO2-neutral growth until 2030 as part of its carbon management programme. To that end, the company is cutting emissions by optimizing existing processes, developing new low-emissions processes, and gradually replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources.

    Since 1990, Ludwigshafen-headquartered BASF says it has doubled it product output and at the same time cut its CO2 emissions by 50 pct. The company plans to keep CO2 emissions at today's levels while doubling growth by 2030 through its carbon management programme. (Source: BASF, The Chemical Engineer, Jan., 2019) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Iowa Ethanol Production Breaks Record High (Ind. Report)
    Iowa Renewable Fuel Association
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Iowa, 2018 is slated to go down as another record year for ethanol production 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. Iowa produces about 27 pct of total U.S. ethanol production. The Hawkeye State also produced a record 365 million gallons of biodiesel in 2018.

    Iowa's two cellulosic ethanol and 41 corn ethanol plants use more than 1.3 billion bpy of corn. (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, WHO13, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Iowa Renewable Fuel Association, Monte Shaw, info@IowaRFA.org, (515) 252-6249, https://iowarfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Corn Ethanol,  Iowa Ethanol,  Iowa Renewable Fuel Association ,  


    Attis Snares Sunoco's New York Ethanol Plant (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Attis Innovations
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Milton, Georgia-headquartered bio-products specialist Attis Innovations reports it will purchase the Sunoco ethanol plant in Fulton, New York, for $20 million. The company also noted it is planning an approximate $80 million expansion of the facility that will a research and development campus for renewable fuels.

    Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close within a month with the planned expansion breaking ground shortly thereafter. Sunoco plans to purchase the 61 million gpy plant's ethanol production for the next 10 years. (Source: Attis Ind., PR, Oswego County News, Jan., 2019)Contact: Attis Innovations, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, ir@meridianwastesolutions.com, www.attisinnovations.com; Sunoco Fulton Ethanol, (315) 593-0500, www.sunocoethanol.com/about/fulton-plant

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunoco,  Attis Innovations ,  Ethanol,  


    EIB, CMZRB to Develop Energy Efficiency Investment Platform (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Czech Guarantee and Development Bank (CMZRB) have agreed that the European Investment Advisory Hub (EIAH) will support CMZRB in developing an investment platform for energy efficiency measures in the building sector in the Czech Republic.

    The platform will provide long-term sustainable financing to energy service companies, covering the default and performance risks related to EPC and PBC as well as supporting the best practices and contract standardization to facilitate energy efficiency promoters.

    This innovative approach, led by CMZRB, involves key stakeholders in the energy efficiency market in the Czech Republic and will be supported by key EIB Advisory experts. Support for increasing energy efficiency investments is a priority for the EIB and is in line with EU policies. The EIB supports projects that contribute to reaching the EU's goal of increasing energy efficiency in the Union by 32 pct by the year 2020. (Source: EIB, Emerging Europe, 23 Jan., 2019) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Saskpower's Western Lily Windfarm Now Online (Ind. Report)
    SaskPower,Gaia Power
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In its ongoing efforts to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 40 percent by 2030, On the Canadian priries, Regina-based utility SaskPower is reporting its Western Lily Windfarm is now online. The windfarm, located near Grenfell, is delivering up to 20 mw of power to the provincial power grid.

    The 10-turbine windfarm is operated by Gaia Power and will generate sufficient electric power for 8,000 homes in the Wolseley and Grenfell regions. (Source: Saskpower, CKRM, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Saskpower, Mike Marsh, Pres., CEO, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SaskPower,  Wind,  


    Iberdrola Launches Cavar Complex Wind Farm in Spain (Int'l Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Iberdrola is reporting the launch of its Cavar Complex wind energy project consisting of four wind farms with an installed capacity of 111 MW. The project is a joint initiative by Iberdrola and Caja Rural de Navarra. Construction is slated to get underway within months.

    When fully operational in 2020, the wind farm is expected to generate sufficient electric power for as many as 46,500 households/year and avoid 84,000 tpy of CO2. Energy from the wind farms will be sold through long-term bilateral PPAs.

    The project will incorporate 32 Siemens Gamesa SG 3.4-132, 3.4 MW wind turbines, the largest used to date in a land-based wind farm in Spain. All four wind farms are in the Cadreita and Valtieera municipal areas.

    Iberdrola's renewable installed capacity, mainly wind and hydro-electric, totals more than 15,800 MW in Spain and more than 29,500 MW worldwide, according to the company. Iberdrola is among the world's largest electricity utilities by market capitalization serving over 100 million people mainly in Spain, the UK, Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. (Source: Iberdrola, reve, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    DOE FCTO, MEDC Announce Hydrogen MoU (Ind. Report)
    DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office
    Date: 2019-01-23
    DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is reporting a MoU with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) aiming to enhance collaboration on hydrogen and fuel cell research and development (R&D) and develop emerging hydrogen fuel infrastructure technologies and grow the domestic supply chain.

    DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office focuses on advancing an innovative portfolio of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technologies through early-stage applied research and technology development, including: hydrogen production (from diverse domestic resources, including renewable, fossil, and nuclear resources); infrastructure development (including hydrogen delivery and storage); and fuel cells for transportation, stationary, and portable applications. Source: DOE FCTO, PR, Clean Car Congress, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE FCTO, https://www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office; Michigan Economic Development Corporation, www.michiganbusiness.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Fuel,  Fuel Cell,  


    US Renewable Energy Capacity 4x Greater than Fossil Fuels by 2021 -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
    Date: 2019-01-23
    According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of the the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) latest Energy Infrastructure Update, renewable energy sources may surpass fossil fuels as new generating capacity is added over the next three years.

    The FERC report notes that new natural gas generation placed in service during the first 11 months of 2018 totaled 16,687 MW or 68.46 pct of the total 24,376 MW. Renewable sources accounted for only 30.12 pct led by wind at 3,772 MW and solar at3,449 MW. The report also notes that proposed generation and retirements by December 2021 include net capacity additions by renewable sources of 169,914 MW -- 4.3 times greater than the net new additions listed for coal, oil, and natural gas combined. Net proposed generation additions from wind alone total 90,268 MW while those from solar are 64,066 MW -- each greater than that listed for natural gas. The report also notes that renewable sources now account for 20.8 pct of total available installed US generating capacity.

    Download the FERC Energy Infrastructure Update for November 2018 report HERE. (Source: FERC, Jan., 2019) Contact: FERC, 202-502-6088, www.ferc.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,  FERC,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the Department of Defense (Report Attached)
    US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment,
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The Pentagon released a short report this week detailing how a changing climate is a national security threat and makes the U.S. military's job around the world harder.

    The paper focuses primarily on how climate impacts US military installations. Of the seventy-nine military complexes included in the study, most are or will within 20 years be vulnerable to recurrent flooding, drought, desertification, wildfires, and thawing permafrost.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, January, 2019) Contact: US DOD, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, www.acq.osd.mil

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


    Notable Quote from Idaho
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-23
    "Climate change is real! I mean, I'm old enough that I remember feeding cows all winter long in deep snow -- boy, back in the old days when I was a kid, we had winters."

    Idaho, Gov. Brad Little (R) speaking at the Jan 16th Idaho Environmental Forum. Contact: Idaho Gov. Brad Little, 208-334-2100, governor@gov.idaho.gov, https://gov.idaho.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    NCCETC Offers Clean Fuel, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, North Carolina State University's North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) reports the issuance of a RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC DOT. The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation fuel-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    Up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded this year in three consecutive rounds. Specifically, the available funds are issued with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel news,  Vehicle Emissions news,  


    Penzance UK Geothermal Project Seeking Contractor (Int'l Report)
    Geothermal Engineering Ltd
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the UK, Geothermal Engineering Ltd (GEL) reports it is seeking a contractor to supply, deliver to site, connect, test and commission a Geothermal Heat Pump System in Penzance in Cornwall, UK. The project has already drilled two wells to support the system.

    The Penzance project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The closing date for the applications is the 15th of February 2019. (Source: Geothermal Engineering Ltd., Think Geoenergy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Geothermal Engineering Ltd, Jonathan Beynon, Jonathan.beynon@geothermalengineering.co.uk, www.geothermalengineering.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  


    SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
    SIMEC Atlantis Energy
    Date: 2019-01-23
    UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has quit its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690, https://simecatlantis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy news,  Ocean Energy news,  


    UK, New Zealand Joint Statement on Pacific Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-23
    The United Kingdom UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, along with the Gov. of New Zealand, issued the following joint statement on climate change:

    "New Zealand and the UK reaffirm a joint commitment to work with Pacific Island countries, which are uniquely affected by the impacts of climate change, to take action to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to the impacts of climate change.

    "The Paris Agreement, signed and ratified by all Pacific Island countries, set the goals of holding the increase in the global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperatures increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

    "Pacific countries -- including those with medium to high per capita GDP -- continue to suffer from diseconomies of scale, external economic shocks, uncertainty caused by future climate impacts and catastrophic climatic events. The UK and New Zealand recognize that individual and coordinated action is required to address the vulnerabilities of Pacific Island countries to support their sustainable and prosperous future.

    "The UK and New Zealand are committed to supporting international action to address issues of oceans, access to development and climate finance, advice on climate induced migration and issues around climate induced insecurity across the Pacific.

    "The UK will open three new diplomatic posts in the Pacific next year -- Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga -- and a new UK regional development expert will be based in Fiji from 2019 onwards. These new UK posts will work with New Zealand and like minded partners to maximize the impact of multilateral spending to address Pacific Island Countries' vulnerability to climate risks." (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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


    N. Carolina Offers Clean Transport, Air Quality Grants (Funding)
    North Carolina State University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In Raleigh, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) at North Carolina State University has issued an RfP through the 2019 Clean Fuel Advanced Technology (CFAT) project. The CFAT project is supported with federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) funds provided by the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT). The primary purpose of the CFAT project is to reduce transportation-related emissions in 24 eligible North Carolina counties.

    In 2019, up to $2,350,000 in federal funding will be awarded in three consecutive rounds of reviews and allocations, until all funds are allocated. The deadline to apply for the second round of funding is March 29, 2019. Specifically, the available funds total $2,350,000 with a maximum per project award of $400,000 and a minimum of $10,000. Application deadline is March 29, 2019 and the project period is June 14, 2019 through January 30, 2022.

    The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, as part of the College of Engineering at NC State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, sustainable energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. (Source: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, Shannon Helm, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu, www.nccleantech.ncsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  


    Solar Frontier Breaks Thin-Film Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
    Solar Frontier,New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Kanagawa, Japan-based thin-film CIS solar panel manufacturer Solar Frontier K.K., a unit of Showa Shell Sekiyu KK, is claiming a world record conversion efficiency of 23.35 pct on a 1-sq-cm thin-film solar cell that does not contain any cadmium (Cd).

    Solar Frontier was working with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan when it broke the previous 22.9 pct record which it set in November 2017. (Source: Solar Frontier, Renewables Now, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, www.nedo.go.jp/english; Solar Frontier, www.solar-frontier.com/eng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Frontier,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  NEDO,  


    PA Utilities Seek Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (Ind. Report)
    FirstEnergy Corp
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Keystone State, FirstEnergy Corp subsidiaries Pennsylvania Power Company, Pennsylvania Electric Company, and Metropolitan Edison Company, are reportedly seeking the purchase 120,500 Solar PV Alternative Energy Credits (SPAECs) annually over a two-year period. Suppliers will enter into a separate deal and provide the credits in tranches of 500 per year.

    The Brattle Group will launch an RfP for the purchase of SPAECs this month. Applications are due by February 5, 2019, and bids due by February 27, 2019. Deliveries of SPAECs are expected this year. (Source: FirstEnergy, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Brattle Group, (202 955-5050, (415) 217-1000, www.brattle.com; First Energy, www.firstenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PV Solar,  Solar Energy Credit,  Brattle Group,  FirstEnergy Corp.,  Solar,  


    Germany Aims for 20 GW Offshore Wind Energy by 2030 (Int'l Report)
    German Offshore Wind
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Germany's Deutsche WindGuard is reporting 1,305 offshore wind turbines totaling 6,382 MW fed into the grid in 2018. During the same period, 136 new turbines totaling 969 MW were connected to the grid while 276 MW were fully installed but not yet grid connected. Furthermore, a another 966 MW is currently under construction and 112 MW is awaiting a final financial decision.

    According to Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, 65 pct of German power production will be generated from renewable energy sources by 2030. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy peviously noted the offshore wind industry has invested more than €15 billion since 2013. (Source: Deutsche WindGuard, Offshore Engineering, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Deutsche WindGuard GmbH, +49 4451 95150, www.windguard.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Wind,  


    Binghamton U. Touts Energy Efficiency, Smart Energy (Ind. Report)
    Binghamton University
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Empire State, Binghamton University, part of the NY State University System (SUNY), reports it is retrofitting buildings with energy-efficient technology and building new structures to net-zero energy standards. New net-zero building projects include an environmental research center on the campus' Nut Hollow property.

    The new Nuthatch Hollow building will have a Living Building certification, which means it will produce more energy than it uses. Currently, only 22 buildings worldwide hold a Living Building certification.

    The University is also focused on advancing its academic efforts into clean energy fields and has created a smart energy trans-disciplinary area of excellence. Additionally, the school's smart energy research is centered on lithium-ion batteries and efficient energy storage. (Source: Binghampton Univ., Pipe Dream, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: BU, Harvey Stenger, Pres., 607-777-2000, www.binghamton.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SMart Energy,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  SMart Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    N.Carolina Pellet, Bioenergy Projects Win State Funding (Funding)
    North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Reporting from Raleigh, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports four projects have been awarded funding under the Bioenergy Research Initiative, including three related to pellets and one focused on swine lagoon sludge.

    The grant recipients include: North Carolina State University's Department of Forest Biomaterials -- $133,190; North Carolina State University's Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department -- $144,711; Carolina Land and Lakes RC&D for "Pellets for Pullets" -- $151,900

    Additional information and details are available HERE. (Source: NC Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services, Jan., 2019) Contact: NC Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services, Sam Brake, NCDA&CS Bioenergy Research Initiative, (919( 693-2483, www.ncagr.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Bioenergy,  


    Global Energy Storage to Exceed $21Bn by 2024 (Ind. Report Available)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2019-01-23
    Globally fluctuation in electricity and demand for electricity in many sectors like industries, transportation, and residential use developed technology to store electrical energy so it can be used whenever needed. Energy storage allows a lower-cost generating source to generate electricity at a diverse point in time to be stored and then used to meet times of crest demand.

    This report covers key growth drivers and scientific challenges for Energy Storage System market. The set of methods and technologies used to store various kinds of energy including pumped hydro, compressed air energy, flywheels, electrochemical, thermal and others. The report also examines end-users, regions and major energy storage industry players,

    Get a sample report and details HERE (Source: OpenPr,, Jan., 2019) Contact: Researchoz, 518-621-2074, www.researchmoz.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage ,  


    Aussies Calling for Increased Building Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
    Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
    Date: 2019-01-23
    In the Land Down Under, the recently released Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia, calls for a Zero Carbon Ready building code.

    According to the report, improved energy efficiency and performance of buildings presents a win-win-win opportunity, reducing stress on the electricity network, offering bill savings, supporting a least-cost pathway to a zero carbon built environment, and improving health and resilience outcomes for households and businesses.

    The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the operational energy use of new buildings and major renovations. The Code regulates the building envelope and fixed equipment, including heating and cooling equipment, lighting and hot water. Built to Perform shows that setting strong energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $12.6 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

    The ASBEC report was produced with the support of the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, the RACV and dozens of building industry and government partners. The project has been delivered in partnership with CSIRO, Energy Action (EA), Strategy. Policy. Research. (SPR) and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong (UOW). (Source: ASBEC, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: ASBEC, Suzanne Toumbourou, Exec. Dir., (02) 8006 0828, admin@asbec.asn.au, www.asbec.asn.au; ClimateWorks Australia, www.climateworksaustralia.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    $4.7Mn for California Soil Amendments CCS Research (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Sequestration,UC Davis
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Golden State, the University of California, Davis, and the UC Working Lands Innovation Center are reporting receipt of $4.7 million in grant funding over 3-years from the California Strategic Growth Council to research scalable methods of using soil amendments to sequester greenhouse gases like (CO2) in soil. The project aims to find ways to capture billions of tons of CO2 and bring net carbon emissions in California to zero by 2045.

    The consortium will conduct and oversee 29 treatment and control sites across California and assess whether soil amendments -- pulverized rock, compost and biochar -- can bring additional carbon Capture and storage (CCS) co-benefits, such as improved crop and rangeland productivity and soil health to California growers and ranchers across diverse regions.

    The sites range from croplands in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys to the Imperial Valley, as well as ranchlands from Marin County to Southern California.

    In addition to UC Berkeley and UC Davis, the consortium also includes scientists from UC Merced, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and California State University, East Bay. The group will be working with the California Collaborative for Climate Change Solutions (C4S), Larta Institute, the Almond Board of California, commercial manufacturers of compost and biochar, ranchers and farmers, carbon offset registries, the USDA California Climate Hub, and UC Cooperative Extension. (Source: UC Davis, PR, 16 Jan., 2019) Contact: UC Davis, John Muir Institute of the Environment , Benjamin Houlton, Dir., (530) 752-7627, johnmuir.ucdavis.edu; California Strategic Growth Council, www.sgc.ca.gov, UC Working Lands Innovation Center Grant Award, www.sgc.ca.gov/programs/climate-research/docs/20181221-CCR_Summary_2019CCR20007.pdf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UC Davis,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Sequestration,  Greenhouse Gas,  


    Corning Surpasses EPA Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA EEnergy Star, Corning Inc.
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Corning, New York-based Corning Incorporated is reporting 10 of its global manufacturing plants have surpassed energy efficiency standards established by the U.S. EPA Energy Star Challenge for Industry. Under the Energy Star for Industries challenge, companies have to increase their industrial sites' energy efficiency by at least 10 pct in five years or less . Notably, 10 of Corning's production facilities improved their energy efficiency by 10.4 pct to 52.4 pct in less than five years.

    Corning's Global Energy Management (GEM) program researches and implements projects at the company's various manufacturing plants worldwide to meet energy-saving objectives including: manufacturing process innovation, facility design, and maximizing energy efficiencies in the plant and through improved supply chain initiatives. Since Corning created its GEM program in 2006, it has won recognition as an Energy Star Partner of the Year every year since 2014, delivering more than half a billion dollars in savings, and cutting greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.3 million metric tons.

    Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. (Source: Corning Inc., Zacks, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Corning Inc., www.corning.com/worldwide/en.html; EPA Energy Star, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Eficiency,  EPA Energy Star,  


    275-MW Aussie Solar Farm Nears Construction Startup (Int'l)
    Edify Energy,Octopus Investments
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Land Down Under, UK-based solar energy investor Octopus Investments and Australian renewable energy specialist Edify Energy are reporting financial close on the $450 million (AUS), 275-MW Darlington Point Solar Farm project in NSW. The project will incorporate more then 820,000 Canadian Solar HiKu modules (CS3W-P) mounted on a single-axis solar tracking systems.

    Upon completion, the facility is expected to be Australia's largest solar power station. Details on construction contracts, solar supply contract, and Power Purchase Agreements are expected to be announced within days.

    The project is being developed and structured by Edify Energy, which will retain an equity stake in the solar project. Construction is expected to get underway in March, 2019, and when fully operational sometime in early 2020, will displace over 600,000 tpy of CO2 and generate 685,000 MWh of electric power per year -- sufficient to power around 115,000 homes.(Source: Edify Energy, Various Media, 18 Jan., 2019) (Contact: Edify Energy, John Cole, CEO, +61 2 8790 4000, +61 2 8790 4000, hello@edifyenergy.com, www.edifyenergy.com; Octopus Investments, +44 800 316 2295, www.octopusinvestments.com; Contact: Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, CEO, (519) 954-2057, www.canadiansolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Edify Energy,  Solar,  Australa Solar,  Canadian Solar,  


    Mass. Gov. Proposes Real Estate Excise Tax to Fight Climate Change (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Bay State, Republican Governor Charlie Baker has announced that, as part of his FY 2020 budget, he would propose an increase in the real estate excise tax and apply a portion of the approximate $137 million tax receipts to fund the Global Warming Solutions Trust Fund.

    To date, Baker has opposed a carbon tax but has acknowledged the problem of climate change and the pressing need to address it. (Source: Office of Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, Bloomberg, Foley Hoag LLP, Various Media, 18 Jan/. 2019) Contact: Office of Mass. Governor Charlie Baker, (617) 725-4005, constituent.services@state.ma.us, https://twitter.com/MassGovernor, www.mass.gov/person/charlie-baker-governor

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


    German Aerospace Center Energy, Mobility Scenarios Show How Global Climate Targets can be Achieved -- Report Attached (Int'l Report)
    German Aerospace Center
    Date: 2019-01-21
    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) reports it has been working with the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Melbourne on behalf of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to determine the necessary developments to achieve the aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degree C. This target is in line with the international agreements made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in 2015. At the heart of the study are two scenarios that set out development pathways for technology, infrastructure and energy consumption up until 2050 to 2050 to limit global warming to 2.0 and 1.5 degrees C, respectively.

    "Achieving this target requires fundamental changes to energy consumption and supply. In both scenarios, we assume that there will be a massive expansion of renewable energies, considerable improvements in efficiency, and more electricity and synthetic fuels used in the heating and mobility sectors," says DLR researcher Thomas Pregger. As part of the study, the Energy Systems Analysis department at the DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics modelled the entire energy systems of 10 regions of the world.

    The study is based on the technologies available today. In line with the objective, options with major uncertainties in terms of social, economic or environmental consequences, such as nuclear power, geoengineering or carbon capture and storage (CCS) were not considered.

    Access the full article HERE. (Source: German Aerospace Center, PR, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: German Aerospace Center, Public Affairs and Communications, +49 711 6862-8086, www.dlr.de

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


    BMR Energy Committed to Expand Cayman Renewable Energy (Int'l)
    BMR Energy
    Date: 2019-01-21
    NYC-based BMR Energy LLC, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, is reporting the acquisition of the Bodden Town Solar Farm in the Cayman Islands was just the first step in its plans for plan for renewable energy in Cayman. The company's Cayman Island plans are in line with the Cayman Utilities Commission's (CUC) recently approved Integrated Research Plan.

    According to the company, the Bodden Town solar plant has been under-producing power and the company is looking at how best to optimize output. The company is also looking at ways to further the Cayman's green agenda. (Source: BMR Energy, Cayman27, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: BMR Energy, Bruce Levy, CEO, (212) 453-6720, info@bmrenergy.com, www.bmrenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BMR Energy,  Solar,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


    NYSERDA Awards $1.5Bn for NY Large-Scale Wind, Solar (Funding)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2019-01-21
    The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), a public benefit corporation, is reporting details of the $1.5 billion in NY State competitive awards to support large-scale solar, wind energy and storage projects across the Empire State.

    The 20 funded projects are expected to generate $4 billion in direct investment in the clean energy sector, significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generate sufficient clean energy for nearly 550,000 homes. Combined with the renewable energy projects previously announced under democratic Governor Cuomo's Clean Energy Standard, New York has now awarded 46 projects worth more than $2.9 billion.

    The awards also propel New York toward the Governor's ramped up mandate for 70 pct of the state's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030 -- up from 50 pct -- and helps guide the state toward achieving carbon neutrality across all sectors of its economy as quickly as possible including a 100 pct carbon-free electricity sector by 2040.

    The 20 large-scale renewable energy projects include: Hannacroix Solar Facility - Greene County; Stillwater Solar - Saratoga County: Clay Solar - Onondaga County; Dog Corners Solar - Cayuga County; Excelsior Energy Center - Genesee County; Heritage Wind - Orleans County; Horseshoe Solar - Livingston County; Manchester Solar - Ontario County; Morris Ridge Solar - Livingston County; North Light Energy Center - Seneca County; Silver Lake Solar - Wyoming County; Hills Solar - Herkimer County; Mohawk Solar - Montgomery County; Skyline Solar - Oneida County; Watkins Road Solar I - Herkimer County; Roaring Brook Wind - Lewis County; Canisteo Wind - Steuben County; High Bridge Wind - Chenango County; Bakerstand Solar I - Cattaraugus County: and the Watkins Glen Solar Energy Center - Schuyler County.

    All projects are expected to be operational by 2022, adding over 1,654 megawatts of renewable capacity in New York and generating over 3,800,000 megawatt hours of energy annually.The projects are expected to generate enough clean, renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions by more than 2 million metric tons, the equivalent to taking nearly 437,000 cars off the road.

    NYSERDA will issue the next solicitation for large-scale renewable energy under the Clean Energy Standard on April 22, 2019. (Source: NYSERDA, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


    Dartmouth College Announces $200Mn Biomass Heat Plan (Ind. Report)
    Dartmouth College
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College reports it plans to invest $200 million in a 100 pct conversion of its existing oil-fired heating system to wood-biomass burning power plant. The convesion includes hot water heating and conversion of steam pipes in more than 110 buildings on campus.

    The planed conversion, which is subject to town approval, would be completed by an outside contractor in cooperation with the school for completion in 2025. with Dartmouth. (Source: Dartmouth College, Valley News, AP, 18 Jan., 2019 (Contact: Dartmouth College,Dartmouth, Rick Mills, Exec. VP,https://home.dartmouth.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    Toshiba Advancing 44-MW Japanese Biomass Project (Int'l Report)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Following up on our 28th November coverage, Tokyo-headquartered Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp reports its subsidiary Sigma Power Ariake Corp. has inked an agreement to construct two, 22-MW biomass power facilities at Shinkomachi and Nishiminatomachi in the city of Omuta, Fukuoka prefecture.

    The two biomass projects are expected to come in at approximately ¥20 billion ($176.1 million) and come online in the spring of 2022. The plant will be operated by Sigma Power Ariake Corp. (Source: Toshiba Corp., PR, Renewables, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: Toshiba Corp., www.toshiba.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Toshiba Corp,  


    Maui's Westin Nanea Resort Claims LEED Gold Cert. (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In the Aloha State, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali resort hotel reports that with receipt of the US Green Building Council's LEED GOLD certification for new construction it is now "officially one of the most eco-friendly resort properties on Maui."

    The LEED rating system was specifically designed by the U.S. Green Building Council to guide the development of more sustainable buildings. (Source: Westin Nanea Ocean Villas Ka'anapali, Maui Times, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Notable Quote
    Climate Change
    Date: 2019-01-21
    "The Paris deal is potentially a very important stepping stone and what is now needed are well informed lawmakers from across the political spectrum to help ensure it is implemented effectively and hold governments to account so that it can truly deliver." -- Andrew Hammond, Associate, London School of Economics, https://ca.linkedin.com/in/andrew-hammond-655888

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Paris Climate Accord,  


    China's Jiangsu Province OK's 6.7GW Offshore Wind Projects (Intl)
    Jiangsu Electric Power Co
    Date: 2019-01-21
    According to the State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Co. Ltd ., the Chinese province of Jiangsu has approved 24 offshore wind power projects totaling 6.7 GW at a total investment of approximately $18 billion U.S. The projects are part of Jiangsu's 10 GW-level "Three Gorges on Sea" offshore wind power plan and are expected to be complted and commissioned by the end of 2020. (Source: Jiangsu Electric Power Co., China.org.cn, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Jiangsu Electric Power Co., +86-25-8228-8361, +86-25-8228-8361 [fax., www.jszdt.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  China Offshore Wind,  Jiangsu Electric Power Co,  


    Johnson Controls Touts LEAN Energy Analysis Tool (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis
    Date: 2019-01-21
    In Milwaukee, Johnson Controls is reporting a partnership with Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis (CBRE), World Resources Institute (WRI) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to test and deploy LEAN, an open-source, web-based analysis tool that identifies energy efficient building retrofit opportunities.

    The new LEAN initiative is part of the Johnson Controls and CBRE Innovation Lab, established three years ago to evaluate, connect and leverage products, services and energy data to create value for occupiers and investors of real estate, according to the company.

    Berkeley Lab will automate and improve the LEAN tool and create an open-source version for public use. CBRE will be an initial deployment partner and will use the tool to help their customers target cost-effective energy efficiency retrofit opportunities. WRI will use the open-source version of the tool to help local governments target these retrofit opportunities in both public and private buildings.

    Download Johnson Controls LEAN energy analysis technology details HERE. (Source: Johnson Controls, PR, Campus Safety, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, JVP Global Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, (855) 324-3650, www.johnsoncontrols.com; CBRE Group Inc., David Pogue, Snr. VP, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com; World Resources Institute, www.wri.org; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Johnson Controls,  CBRE,  World Resources Institute,  


    ICM Announces Brazilian Ethanol Plant Supply Contract (Int'l)
    ICM
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Colwich, Kansas-headquartered agricultural and biofuels process technology provider ICM Inc. reports the inking of an agreement with Usimat Destilaria de Alcool Ltda (Usimat) to implement ICM's proprietary technologies at Usimat's plant in Campo de Julio, Mato Grasso (MT) in Brazil. ICM will provide an ethanol process improvement package, and a distillation, dehydration and evaporation (DD&E) package system to improve the plant's overall efficiency and biomass usage.

    Usimat will also deploy ICM's Selective Milling Technology (SMT) and Base Tricanter System (BTS) to improve ethanol and corn oil recovery yields while reducing enzymes and chemical usage. In total, the ICM technologies packages will increase ethanol, corn oil, and DDG yields, and provide operational efficiencies. (Source: ICM, Bioenergy, 18 Jan., 2019) Contact: Usimat, Marcos Altenburger, CEO, www.novacana.com/usinas_brasil/fabrica/usina-usimat; ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM,  ICM Ethanol,  DDGs,  


    Notable Quote
    5 Lakes Energy LLC
    Date: 2019-01-21
    "For a long time a debate was going on how to increase use of renewables for generation. There were political fights (in the Michigan state Legislature) for (mandated or voluntary renewable) energy standards. We are now at a point where wind and solar are both cheaper in generating electricity than new fossil fuel plants, and we are close to (matching the costs of) operating existing fossil fuel plants."

    "We should be retiring old fossil fuel plants before they wear out. It is cheaper to replace them (than) to operate them." -- Doug Jester, 5 Lakes Energy LLC in Lansing, Mich. (Source: Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) Contact: 5 Lakes Energy LLC, Doug Jester, 517-319-0350, djester@5lakesenergy.com, https://5lakesenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  


    Notable Quote
    DTE
    Date: 2019-01-21
    "With the demand for electricity declining due to increased energy efficiency, and given existing and planned investments in cleaner natural gas and renewables, DTE does not foresee a significant capacity need until 2030 after its Belle River (coal and natural gas) power plant retires."

    "Assumptions about the future costs, viability, and reliability of increasing levels of renewables and energy efficiency are critical to determining the optimal resource portfolio to serve our (DTE) customers -- and these assumptions can change significantly over the course of just a few years." -- Irene Dimitry, DTE, Jan., 2019) (Source: DTE, Crain's Detroit Business, 20 Jan., 2019) )Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, (313) 235-9994, dimitryi@dteenergy.com, www2.dteenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE,  Renewable Energy,  


    Sahara NOOR CSP Solar Projects Now Online (Int'l Report)
    Power Construction Corporation of China
    Date: 2019-01-21
    Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Beijing-based Power Construction Corporation of China, is reporting construction of the NOOR II and NOOR III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) projects in Ouarzazate, the gateway city to the Sahara Desert, has been completed and both facilities are now online.

    The two power stations have achieved stable full-load operation with hundreds of millions of kWh of electricity already delivered to the Moroccan grid. The 200-MW Noor II project reportedly has the world's largest installed capacity as a parabolic trough power plant, while the 160-MW installed capacity of the NOOR III is the largest among the world's tower power plants, according to a release. (Source: Power Construction Corporation of China, Xinhua, 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction Corporation of China, +86 1 058381999, +86 1 058381621 - fax., www.powerchina.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NOOR Concentrated Solar Power,  CSP,  Solar,  Power Construction Corporation of China,  


    Methanol-Petrol Blending Cuts CO2 Emissions (R&D, Int'l Report)
    Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India
    Date: 2019-01-21
    A recent study from the Pune, India-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) on methanol-gasoline blending (M-15) for use as transportation fuel in BS-IV standard automobile engines can significantly remove CO2 emissions. The report was supported by the Federal government Union Minister for Transport which is aiming to increase methanol-gasoline blend rates India-wide to 20 pct (M-20) by the year 2030.

    The study evaluated M-15 emissions in vehicles over 3,000 km in real-world conditions. Based on the study's conclusions, the agency says the use of M-20 blend would reduce pollution in the country by more than 40 pct at the cost of approximately 30 pct less than other available fuels. (Source: Automotive Research Association of India, Union Minister for Transport , The Hindu Businessline, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: Automotive Research Association of India, +91-020-30231111, +91-020-30231104 - fax., info@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com; India Union Minister for Transport, www.india.gov.in/official-website-ministry-road-transport-and-highways

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol news,  Methanol Blend news,  


    Orsted Suspends Taiwan Wind Facility Contracts,Construction (Int'l)
    Orsted,Taiwan
    Date: 2019-01-20
    Taipei, Jan. 20 (CNA) Orsted A/S, a Danish investor in offshore wind-power sites in Taiwan, has suspended its part in the nation's offshore wind-power development program amid what it described as a re-evaluation of its investment in the country. Orsted has informed its supply chain that it has suspended the execution of ongoing contracts to install wind-power facilities off the western coast of Taiwan.. For those contracts that have not yet been carried out, the company will renew price negotiations with the relevant businesses, Wang said, explaining that the decision was made as Orsted is assessing whether or not to continue its Taiwan investment. The suspended contracts include the construction of onshore substations with Taiwan Cogeneration Corp., underwater structures with China Steel Corp. (CSC) and Century Iron and Steel Industrial Co. Ltd. (CISI), according to Wang. Wang declared that Orsted is not withdrawing from the Taiwan market, but is concerned about the "unstable" investment environment here, referring to controversial changes in the feed-in tariff (FIT) rate. Since 2016, Orsted has invested NT$2-3 billion in Taiwan, where it plans to build wind farms with a total grid capacity of 900 megawatts in Changhua County with investment totaling NT$165 billion (US$5.34 billion), according to Wang. The company is now studying the feasibility of whether or not to withdraw its investment, based on three factors, including if the FIT rate is maintained at NT$5.8 per kilowatt-hour, which it was offered before the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) notified last year that the rate will be cut by 12 percent to NT$5.1 for this year. The bureau said that once the 2019 FIT rate is decided, it believes the offshore wind-power company will reopen its Taiwan investment project. (Source: CAN, Focus Taiwan, 20 Jan., 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsetd news,  Taiwan Wind news,  Wind news,  


    Notable Quote
    BASF
    Date: 2019-01-18
    "We (BASF) think activities have to focus on avoiding CO2 emissions from the start. You might wonder why we call it carbon management, rather than decarbonization, a term many people are using. The chemical industry cannot be decarbonized because chemistry means chemical transformation and this is the lifeblood of the chemical industry. Most of the important substances that we use every day consist of a high degree of carbon. We can not and should not do without carbon, but we can manage it." -- Dr. Martin Brudermuller, BASF, Chairman, Chief Technology Officer. Contact: BASF, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, www.basf.com/global/en/investors/basf-at-a-glance/corporate-governance/board-of-executive-directors/dr-martin-brudermueller.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  BASF,  CO2,  


    Cayuga Eyes Mothballed Landfill Gas Cogen Plant (Ind Report)
    Landfill Gas
    Date: 2019-01-18
    ERROR CORRECTION: The City of Auburn has not released an RFP for consultants and has no plans to do so.

    As reported Wed. 16 Jan.-- In the Empire State, the Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency (CCPUSA) reports it is moving toward brokering electricity throughout the county, including an effort to line up a private operator for a shuttered, city owned landfill gas CHP generation facility.

    To that end, the city has released an RfP for consultants to develop a strategic development plan for the proposed landfill gas project.

    The RFP was made as part of a $250,000 Clean Energy Community grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), $80,000 of which is earmarked for the strategic development plan. Any contract with a consultant would need NYSERDA approval, as well as an authorizing resolution from the Legislature before a plan could be developed. (Source: auburnpub.com, 15 Jan., 2019) Contact: Cayuga County Public Utility Service Agency, (315) 253-1327, www.cayugacounty.us; City of Auburn, Jeff Dygert, City Manager, (315) 255-4100, www.auburnny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  CHP,  NYSERDA,  


    Tesla Touts Microgrids, Solar Energy Storage for Greek islands (Int'l)
    Tesla
    Date: 2019-01-18
    Tesla reports it has made a proposal to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy to modernize the electric grid of several remote Greek islands in the Mediterranean sea with microgrids, renewable energy and powerpack energy storage systems to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

    In its proposal, Tesla cited the completion of a similar project on the island of Ta'u in American Samoa. In 2016, Tesla deployed a 1.4 MW solar array and a 6 MWh energy storage system with 60 Tesla Powerpacks. The company has also deployed similar systems in Samoa, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and others. See our July 27, 2018 edition for details of the Samoan project.

    Tesla reportedly suggested a pilot project to demonstrate their microgrid system on the island of Limnos. (Source: Tesla, Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, elektrec, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy, www.gtp.gr/MinistryfortheEnvironmentEnergyClimatechange; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Microgrid,  Tesla Powerpack,  Energy Storage,  

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