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Fourth National Climate Assessment Report Highlights (Ind. Report)
Global Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-26
The just released and already controversial Fourth National Climate Assessment Report from the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides a comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States.

The Assessment's conclusions differ from the Trump administration’s position on climate change and include:

  • The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising;

  • Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country -- by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065;

  • Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion;

  • Rising growing-season temperatures will have a "pervasive" effect on forests. The midwest region will likely have less tree growth and possibly widespread tree mortality;

  • The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue;

  • Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and seniors;

  • The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease

  • Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

    Download the Fourth National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, Various Media, Michigan Public Radio, 23 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


  • Samoan Climate Change Program Funding Announced (Int'l Report)
    Global Environment Facility
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the South Pacific, 26 biodiversity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, land degradation and sustainable forest management and other related projects have been granted more than $635,000 in funding by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme. The projects were approved by the Samoan National Steering Committee (N.S.C.) based on the technical assessment from the Technical Advisory Group (T.A.G.).

    The funding is intended to support Samoans most at risk given their strong dependency on natural resources for their livelihoods, while often living in fragile ecosystems throughout the island country. our planet's most pressing environmental problems.

    Since its founding, the GEF has provided over $17.9 billion in grants and mobilized an additional $93.2 billion in co-financing for more than 4500 projects in 170 countries. Today, the GEF is an international partnership of 183 countries, international institutions, civil society organizations and the private sector that addresses global climate change and other environmental issues, according to the GEF website. (Source: Global Environment Facility, Samoa Observer, 24 November 2018) Contact: Global Environment Facility, www.thegef.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Global Environment Facility,  Samoa ,  


    13-Turbine Wind Farm Planned for Oahu, Hawaii (Ind. Report)
    Eurus Energy American
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the Aloha State, Hawaiian Electric Co. is reporting an agreement with Eurus Energy American Corp. subsidiary EE Ewa LLC under which it will purchase electricity from the proposed Palehua Wind project.

    If approved and constructed the 13-turbine wind farm is expected to generate approximately 150,000 MWh of power per yearand would be the fourth wind farm on Oahu after the 12-turbine Kahuku Wind and 30-turbine Kawailoa Wind farm and an 8 turbine wind farm presently under development. (Source: Eurus Energy, Hawaii Tribune Heral, 25 Nov., 2018) Contact: Eurus Energy Holdings, www.eurus-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eurus Energy,  Wind,  Hawaii Wind ,  


    Albuquerque, PNM Solar Energy Partnership Proposed (Ind. Report)
    Albuquerque, Public Service Co. of New Mexico
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In New Mexico, the city of Albuquerque reports it is partnering with the state’s largest electricity provider, Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) with the aim of building a new 50-MW solar power generating station and boosting the amount of renewable energy used to power municipal facilities throughout Albuquerque.

    The city's intent is to limit its carbon footprint, reduce its approximately $1.2 million per month electric power bill, and generate at least 25 pct of it energy requirements from renewable resources as quickly as possible. Presently, only 4 pct of the city's power is from renewable energy sources. Under Albuquerque's arrangement with PNM, the city would purchase half of the electricity that would be generated by the proposed 50-MW solar plant. The site, cost and other details of the proposed solar facility have not yet been determined.

    PNM has invested heavily in solar in recent years and has scaled back operations at its coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico as part of a federal mandate to reduce haze-causing pollution. (Source: PNM, City of Albuquerque, Santa Fe New Mexican, 21 Nov., 2018)Contact: Public Service Company of New Mexico, Pat O'Connell, Dir. Resource Planning, (505) 241-2700, www.pnm.com; City of Albuquerque, Planning Dept., (505) 924-3860, www.cabq.gov/planning

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Public Service Co. of New Mexico,  Albuquerque,  PNM,  Solar,  


    Wyoming Compensating Towns for Wind Farm Inconvenience (Funding)
    Wyoming,Rocky Mountain Power
    Date: 2018-11-26
    The Casper Wyoming News Tribune is reporting the state of Wyoming will pay communities in southern Wyoming a little over $5 million to address the economic impact of two proposed wind energy projects. The state Industrial Siting Council has approved a 100-turbine wind project near Medicine Bow and a 47-turbine wind farm near Evanston. Impact impact funding for nearby towns facing an influx of workers and additional traffic has also been approved.

    The 100-turbine Ekola Flats wind project proposed near Medicine Bow will be owned and operated by Rocky Mountain Power while Invenergy plans its 47-turbine Uinta Wind Energy Project near Evanston. The developers hope to have the wind farms built before federal tax credits are scheduled to end in 2020. (Source: Casper News Tirbune, AP, 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335, www.rockymountainpower.net; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager for Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Rocky Mountain Power,  Invenergy,  


    Melting Icelandic Glacier Major Methane Emitter (Int'l Report)
    Lancaster University
    Date: 2018-11-26
    A new study from Lancaster University has found that during the summer months Iceland's Solheimajokull glacier releases up to 41 tpd of methane -- a greenhouse gas that is almost 30 times more potent and harmful to the the atmosphere than CO2.

    The Solheimajokull glacier, which flows from the active, ice-covered volcano Katla, has shrunk by about 2,050 feet between 2007 and 2015 and released enough methane to significantly accelerate climate change, according to the study.

    Dr. Hugh Tuffen, a volcanologist at Lancaster University and study co-author says "The heat from Katla volcano may greatly accelerate the generation of microbial methane, so in fact you could see Katla as a giant microbial incubator." (Source: Lancaster University, 14U News, 24 Nov., 2018)Contact: Lancaster University, Dr. Hugh Tuffen, Volcanologist, +44 (0)1524 594713, h.tuffen@lancaster.ac.uk, www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/hugh-tuffen, www.lancaster.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane Emissions,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  Climate Change,  


    Eversource, Wesleyan Ink Energy Efficiency Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Wesleyan University
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Middletown, Conn. Wesleyan University -- enrollment 2,800 -- reports it has inked an agreement with Eversource Energy to support the school's three-year plan to improve energy efficiency and save 3.2 million KWh of electricity per year.and its effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Over the past four years, university has saved almost four million KWh of electricity and cut its energy costs by approximately $480,000 a year, according to the release. (Source: Wesleyan University, Bristol Herald Corier,24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Wesleyan University, www.wesleyan.edu; Eversource Energy Jim Judge, Pres., CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Schneider Touts Energy Sustainability, Efficiency Fund (Int'l)
    Schneider Electric
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Schneider Electric is touting "Schneider Electric Ventures" which identifies, nurtures and supports innovations contributing to future sustainability and energy efficiency.

    Schneider Electric Ventures supports innovation through funding, incubation and partnerships. The firm has committed to invest between €300 and €500 million in incubation projects, partnerships with entrepreneurs, and specialized funds in the coming years. Major projects developed by Schneider Electric Ventures include:

  • eIQ Mobility, a start-up which enables and accelerates electric mobility at scale by providing "Electric Fleet as a Service " to large commercial fleets;

  • Clipsal Solar, a business venture for on-grid and off-grid solutions for residential and commercial applications in Australia, where 1.8 million homeowners have installed solar panels to help manage their energy bills. The market is forecasted to grow with additional 134,000 homes by 2021;

  • Greentown Labs Bold Ideas Challenge in partnership with Greentown Labs, focused on fast-tracking entrepreneurs with the mentors, team members, grants of $25,000 and business and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, 25 Nov., 2018)Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  Sustainable Energy,  


  • Terravesta Scores £2Mn for Miscanthus Expansion Plan (Int'l Funding)
    Terravesta
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Lincoln, UK-headquartered Miscanthus specialists Terravesta is reporting receipt of a £2 million private investment Nat le Roux, former CEO of IG Group and current Scotgold chairman. The investement is earmarked for working capita, R&D, and expansion. Terravesta presently has operations in Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Poland and Slovakia. (Source: Terravesta, Bioenergy, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Terravesta, William Cracroft-Eley, +44 1522 731873 info@terravesta.com, www.terravesta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Terravesta ,  Biofuel,  Miscanthus,  


    Competitive Green Technologies Wins $500K Fed Funding (Funding)
    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Ottawa, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), a federal agency reports it is investing $499,433 in Stapels, Ontario-based Competitive Green Technologies in its quest to develop a new biocomposite material from resin and natural fibres derived from agricultural bio-waste.

    The company is working with the University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC) in Ontario.

    According to the release, the global bioplastics and biocomposites sector is entering the plastics market at an annual growth rate of 30 pct. (Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Competitive Green Technologies, Mike Tiessen, Pres., (519) 329-2525, www.competitivegreentechnologies.com; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, (855)773-0241, (613) 773-1081, info@agr.gc.ca, www.agr.gc.ca/eng/home/?id=1395690825741; University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, Dr. Amar Mohanty, (519) 824.4120 X 56664, mohanty@uoguelph.ca, www.bioproductscentre.com, www.uoguelph.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biowate,  Bioplastics,  


    Perstorp Offloads BioProducts Business Unit (Int'l, M&A)
    Perstorp
    Date: 2018-11-26
    Swedish speciality chemicals producer is reporting the sale the sale of its biodiesel and glycerine producer Perstorp BioProducts arm in Fredrikstad, Norway, to a Swedish investor. The sale includes a tolling agreement that will see Perstorp continue to manufacture biodiesel at its Stenungsund production site.

    Following the transaction, the business unit will be established as Adesso BioProducts AB, a leading Scandinavian biofuels supplier. (Source: Perstrop, PR, Chemicals Technology, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Perstrop, Jan Secher, CEO, www.perstorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    SEEIT Energy Efficiency Trust Planning £150Mn IPO (Int'l)
    Sustainable Development Capital
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In the UK, London-based Sustainable Development Capital (SDC) managed SEEIT, the only such firm listed on the London Stock Exchange investing exclusively in the energy efficiency sector, reports it plans to float a &150 million IPO within a few weeks. SEEIT will target a total return of 7 pct - 8 pct per annum, with a targeted initial dividend yield of 5 pct rising to 5.5 pct in the year ending 31 March 2021 and a growing yield thereafter.

    The SDC managed trust will initially invest in a portfolio of nine projects valued at £57 million and £30 million worth of contracts across the UK. The tech-heavy projects include combined cooling/heating and power plants at a Citi data centre and St Bartholomew's Hospital in London, as well as LED lighting projects for hundreds of Santander properties. The company expects the final applications and commitments under the offer and initial placing to close on 5 December, with the publications of the result of the IPO set for 6 December. (Source: Sustainable Development Capital, Investment Week, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Sustainable Development Capital, +44 (0) 207 287 7700, Fax - +44 (0) 207 806 8100, info@sdcl-ib.com, www.sdcl-ib.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy EfficiencySustainable Development Capital,  


    JCDC, PCJ Announces $31Mn Energy Efficiency Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Kingston, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is reporting a $31-million package of energy efficiency upgrades being undertaken by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) at the Commission's HQ building. The upgrades will include an overhaul of the JCDC's 49 air-conditioning systems and an electrical infrastructure upgrade.

    The initiative is expected to cut energy usage at the facility by 32 pct. The two agencies will also share post-installation data, servicing and maintenance of the air-conditioning (AC) systems and a further cool roof application. (Source: Jamaica Observer,PR, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Alberta Community Renewables Funding Set for 2019 Launch (Funding)
    Alberta
    Date: 2018-11-26
    On the Canadian prairies, the government of oil-soaked Alberta reports its new $200 million renewable energy project subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop small-scale, local or community renewable energy projects.

    To qualify for provincial support, projects must be in the five-to-25 MW range. Funding will be sourced from the provincial carbon tax and will be paid in the form of 20-year contracts.

    Qualifying applicants must demonstrate community benefits, such as revenue from electricity production, local jobs and training opportunities and meet wildlife protection and other regulatory standards. standards.

    The Alberta government aims to have 5,000 MW worth of generation from renewable sources by 2030, with 7,000 MW worth of projects presently ready to go. The province will promote the program before it launches in fall 2019. The Alberta Federation of Rural Electrification Associations, as well as the Alberta Community and Co-Operative Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) support the program. (Source: Alberta Climate Change Office, Western Producers, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: Alberta Climate Change Office, Hon. Shannon Phillips, Minister, aep.alberta.ca/about-us/ministers-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Climate Change Office,  Shannon Phillips,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Climate Change Office,  Shannon Phillips,  Renewable Energy,  Community Renewable Energy,  


    WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    World Resources Institute,
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

    "The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

    "Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

    Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute,  Climate Change,  


    Flagstaff Adopts Climate Change Action Plan (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Arizona, the city of Flagstaff City Council reports the approval of the city's climate change action and adaptation plan to reduce the city's GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 and to prepare the city for the effects of climate change.

    The plan calls for the city of approximately 79,500 residents to work with federal, state, local and tribal agencies to implement more aggressive "thinning" operations, better manage the city landfill to reduce GHG emissions, encourage higher density mixed-use developments, greater energy efficiency, a possible municipal carbon tax, and encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation and low-carbon fuels.

    The plan doesn't specify a program timetable, costs or funding options. (Source: Flagstaff City Council, Arizona Daily Sun. 24 Nov., 2018) Contact: Flagstaff City Council, www.flagstaff.az.gov/1406/Mayor-City-Council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


    $50Mn Australian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Fund Launched (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    In the Land Down Under, the South Australian Government has introduced a AU$50 million Grid Scale Storage Fund (GSSF) aimed at accelerating the deployment of new large-scale energy storage projects, including pumped hydro, hydrogen, gas storage, solar thermal, bioenergy and battery storage.

    Potential projects seeking funding will be assessed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). Projects shortlisted for GSSF funding may also be eligible for ARENA funding under the Advancing Renewables Program . Under the GSSF, applicants must be able to match funding dollar-for-dollar and preference will be given to projects targeting financial close by the end of 2019.

    ARENA is already supporting feasibility studies for two prospective pumped hydro plants at Cultana and Middleback Ranges, two virtual power plants trials and has contributed towards two grid-scale batteries -- Infigen's Lake Bonney battery and the ESCRI battery in Dalrymple. (Source: ARENA, Energy Storage, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Energy Storage,  ARENA,  


    Net-Zero Carbon Emissions Possible by 2060, says India ETC (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Reporting from New Delhi, the recently launched Indian Energy Transitions Commission (India ETC) reports it initially plans to will focus on policy, research and outreach on decarbonizing the power sector.

    The organization's Mission Possible report notes that reaching net-zero carbon emissions from heavy industry and heavy-duty transport sectors is technically and financially possible by mid-century and even earlier at a cost of less than 0.5 pct GDP in developing global economies.

    The report outlines the possible routes to fully decarbonize cement, steel, plastics, trucking, shipping and aviation -- which together represent 30 pct of energy emissions today -- and could increase to 60 pct by mid-century as other sectors lower their emissions.

    The India ETC Mission Possible report is calling for the decarbonization of heavy industry and heavy-duty transport, a focus on carbon capture and storage (CCS) possibilities, increased reliance on renewable energy and increased energy efficiency are all crucial to reducing atmospheric CO2 and improving air quality. (Source: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, Economic Times, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Indian Energy Transitions Commission, www.teriin.org

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


    Bullfrog, KRP Expanding Green Power Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Bullfrog Power
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronto, green energy provider Bullfrog Power reports Canadian real estate management firm KRP Properties (KRP) is expanding its agreement with Bullfrog by choosing green electricity for the common areas of all properties and green natural gas for the common areas of four properties.

    To date, Bullfrog Power has supported 140 installations across Canada, which include wind and solar projects with schools, Indigenous Peoples and community co-ops.

    KRP Properties owns and operates over 30 buildings totaling approximately 3.1M sq-ft in Kanata North, Ontario, often referred to as "Canada's Largest Technology Park." (Source: Bullfrog Power, PR, CNW , 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Bullfrog Power, Facebook (facebook.com/BullfrogPower), KRP Properties, Terry Young, VP Operations, facebook.com/KRPProperties

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Power,  Green Energy,  Bullfrog Power,  Renewable Energy,  Green Energy,  


    NEC Energy Contracts for Two UK Energy Storage Projects (Int'l)
    NEC Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Boston-based smart energy storage solutions specialist NEC Energy Solutions reports it has secured two engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts from Gore Street Energy Storage Fund for two turnkey, UK energy storage projects totaling 19MW. The two projects were developed by Origami Energy and were later acquired by Gore Street Energy Storage Fund.

    The first of the two projects, a 10MW "front of the meter" project, will be a grid-tied NEC GSS Grid Storage Solution in Brentwood, Essex, The second project, a 9MW capacity "behind the meter" project will be built at the Port of Tilbury, co-located with London's Port of Tilbury industrial port facility.

    The NEC GSS Grid Storage Solution behind-the-meter battery storage system will use a metering scheme, installed by Nippon Koei. Both projects are expected to be operational by mid-2019. (Source: NEC Energy Solutions, PowerTech, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: NEC Energy Solutions, Roger Lin, (508), 497-7261, rlin@neces.com, www.neces.com

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


    The Role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy -- (Ind. Report Attached)
    IEA Bioenergy,
    Date: 2018-11-23
    The attached report from the Technology Collaboration Programme for Research, Development and Demonstration on Bioenergy -- aka IAE Bioenergy -- highlights the benefits of anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.

    The report covers: sustainable biogas systems processes for treatment of waste; protection of environment; conversion of low-value bio-material to higher-value material; biogas for heat and electric power production; and the production of advanced gaseous biofuel.

    Access the The role of Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas in the Circular Economy report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, Nov., 2018) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Albioma Plans Coal-to-Biomass Conversion in Guadeloupe (Int'l)
    Albioma SA
    Date: 2018-11-23
    French renewable energy producer Albioma SA reports its planned conversion of a 34-MW power plant in Guadeloupe from coal to biomass has been approved by the French energy regulator CRE. The agency approved a draft amendment to a PPA between Albioma and French electric utility EDF SA that is tied to the Albioma Caraibes power plant.

    In granting approval, the regulator determined that converting the facility to run on biomass will increase the share of renewables in Guadeloupe's energy mix to about 35 pct from the present 20.5 pct. (Source: Albioma SA, Renewables, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Albioma SA, +33 (0)1 47 76 67, 00, www.albioma.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma SA ,  


    MPIC, Dole Tout Philippines Biomass Waste-to-Energy Project (Int'l)
    Biogas,Metro Pacific Investments Corp
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In the Philippines, Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) reports it wholly-owned subsidiary Metpower Venture Partners Holdings, Inc. (MVPHI) has inked a partnership agreement with fruit products company Dole Philippines, Inc. (DPI) for a P1-billion ($19,060,000 US) biomass waste-to-energy project -- company's first foray into the bio-energy sector. Surallah Biogas Ventures Corp. (SBVC) has been contracted to design, construct, and operate the biogas facility for DPI.

    The facility will convert organic fruit waste from Dole Philippines' Surallah and Polomolok factories in South Cotabato.When fully operational, the project is expected to generate roughly 50,000 MWh of clean energy annually, which DPI will use for power generation. (Source: MPIC, Business World, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Metro Pacific Investments Corp., www.mpic.com.ph

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Energy,  Biofuel,  Biogas,  


    Pakistan, UNIDO Consider Biomass Power Plant Grants (Int'l)
    United Nations Industrial Development Organization
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Karachi, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is reportedly seeking proposals for, and considering a program of financial grants to support private sector development of biomass-fired power plants in off-the-grid locations in the country. The grants would support the purchase of equipment and would top out at $40,000 for developing up to 25KW biomass gasification-based power plants.

    The grant program is intended to stimulate investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, to promote biomass gasification technology and help reduce carbon emissions.(Source: AEDB, Nov., 2018) Contact: United Nations Industrial Development Organization, www.unido.org; Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, www.aedb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    B.C. Climate Plan Call for 100 pct ZEV Sales by 2040 (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Canada, the Britich Columbia New Democatic Pasty (NDP)reports it will table legislation next spring that, if passed into law, will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. And, to ease the auto industry's pain, will create $20 million in auto dealer incentive programs administered by the New Car Dealers Association of BC. The initiative is part of the government's plan to make every new vehicle sold in the province emissions-free within the next 20 years.

    The rules, if passed into law, would put quotas on car dealerships to make 10 pct of their new car sales zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2025, 30 pct by 2030, and 100 pct by 2040. The move is part of the BC NDP government's climate action plan to reduce emissions in B.C. by 80 pct by 2050. (Source: City News, News 1130, Various Media, 20 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  ZEV Vehicle,  


    Vayu Touts Wind-Energy Optimization Software (New Prod & Tech)
    WindWISDEM
    Date: 2018-11-23
    Vayu Corp., -- f.k.a. WindWISDEM -- is touting the availability of its new cloud-computing software platform that optimizes wind-farm performance for increase efficiency, maximum power, and profit predictablity. profit to wind customers. Learn how it works here.

    According to the company, its cloud computing platform lets users access breakthroughs in plant-level wind farm optimization and control via a simple-to-use web-based interface. (Source: Vayu, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: Vayu, Jim Kiles, CEO, www.vayuai.com Sotware detail are at www.vayuai.com/services

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Energy Software,  WindWISDEM,  


    E.ON to Construct 475-MW Swedish Onshore Wind Farm (Int'l)
    E.OM
    Date: 2018-11-23
    German utility giant E.ON SE reports it will construct one Europe's largest onshore wind farms following the company's previously announced decision to invest in the 475-MW Nysater project to be built in Sweden.

    For the project, E.ON will partner with Swiss investment manager Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners (CSEIP), which will hold an 60 pct stake in the project which is expected to commissioned by the end of 20121.

    E.ON will construct and operate the wind farm under a long-term operations and maintenance (O&M) agreement while retaining a 20 pct ownership take in the project. Nordex will supply the €500 million ($570 million) project's 114 wind turbines ranging from 3.9 MW to 4.4 MW . (Source: E.ON, CleaTechnica, 20 Nov., 2018) Contact: E.ON, Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E.ON,  Wind,  


    NYC Building Carbon Emissions Regulations Set for City Council Consideration (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    The bill aims to curb emissions by buildings that are over 25,000 square feet. In the Big Apple, City Councilman Costa Constantinides reports that long-delayed legislation that would require buildings of over 25,000 square-feet to implement new measures to reduce their greenhouse gas output is slated for city council consideration next week.

    . Under the legislation, an Office of Building Energy Performance would be created under the Department of Buildings to oversee compliance for the larger buildings. Constantinides said buildings that emit the most greenhouse gas will have to comply earlier than those that emit less. Buildings greater than 50,000 square feet will be required to meet the new regulations, and retrofit their properties with energy-efficient technology to meet the standard. (Source: AM New York, NYC Councilman Costa Constantinides,, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of City Councilman Costa Constantinides, www.council.nyc.gov/district-22

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Carbon Emission,  NYC Emissions,  


    Hanwha Launches Home Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
    Hanwha Q CELLS,Samsung SDI
    Date: 2018-11-23
    South Korean solar cell and module maker Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of its new scalable and modular energy storage system -- the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 -- in Germany. The Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 is a scalable energy storage system (ESS) complete with hybrid (HYB) inverter, integrated with the Q.HOME MANAGER energy management control platform.

    This latest iteration complements Q CELLS' existing All-In-One solution, the Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 inverter, battery and management system, and is initially sized at 4.0 kWh but can be scaled up to 20 kWh capacity at increments of 4 kWh each time. Such modularity makes the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 an ideal solution for end-consumers that may wish to start small with their storage, and scale upwards as required.

    By integrating a hybrid bi-directional inverter into the system, the Q.HOME+ ESS HYB-G2 battery can rapidly and efficiently adapt to the customer's consumption requirements. The system incorporates lithium-ion battery cells supplied by Samsung SDI. (Source: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., SolarNovus, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. , www.hanwha-qcells.com, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Samsung,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Hanwha Q CELLS,  Energy Storage,  Solar Energy,  


    Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report 2018 (Report Attached)

    Date: 2018-11-23
    Energy Rhode Island is reporting renewable energy is growing in the country's smallest state. Rhode Island's renewable energy workforce is up 72 pct since 2014, resulting in 6,650 new jobs across the state. Clean energy workers now account for 3.3 pct of the state's total labor force -- nearly 16,000 energy efficiency and renewable energy jobs in 2018.

    The report highlights the responsiveness of the clean energy ecosystem to both local policies and nationwide trends. In general, the annual growth rate has slowed compared to previous years. The energy efficiency and renewable and efficient heating and cooling sectors remain strong, growing at respective rates of four and eight percent each over 12 months.

    Access the Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry Report 2018 HERE. (Source: Energy Rhode Island, ecoRI, Solar Ind, 20 Nov., 2018) Contact: Energy Rhode Island, www.energy.ri.gov

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    Milton Ont. Hospital Expansion LEED Gold Certified (Ind. Report)
    Canada Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Toronoto, PCL Constructors Canada, Inc. (Toronto) is reporting the recently completed Milton (Ontario) District Hospital (MDH) expansion has been awarded Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC Gold certification for its 330,000 sq. ft. expansion.

    Gold certification reflects the considerable energy efficiency and sustainable features that went into the design and construction of the expansion, including:

  • more than 86 pct of construction and demolition waste diverted from landfill;
  • high efficiency faucets, toilets, showers and urinals installed to reduce water consumption;
  • low-VOC materials including paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and flooring;
  • mechanical systems that do not use ozone depleting refrigerants to cool the building;
  • automated window shades and building systems for thermal comfort;
  • a combination of vegetated "green" roof and reflective roofing materials;
  • designated electric vehicle and low-emitting and alt fuel vehicle parking.

    PCL is a Toronto-based group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. (Source: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., PR, Nov 23, 2018) Contact: PCL Constructors Canada, Inc., Angela Taylor, Buildings Div. Group Head, www.plc.com; Canada Green Building Council, Mark Hutchinson, Director of Green Building Programs, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Green Building Council ,  LEED Gold,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Avril Launches French Rapeseed Biodiesl Plant (Int'l Report)
    Avril
    Date: 2018-11-23
    UkrAgroConsult is reporting French oilseed specialist Avril Group has begun production of Oleo 100 biodiesel at the country's first "pure" biodiesel plant. The plant will use only french grown rapeseed as a feedstock.

    Initially, Avril plans to produce only "a few thousand" tpy of fuel. (Source: Avril Group, UkrAgroConsult, 22 Nov., 2018) Contact: Avril Group, +33(0)1.40.69.48.00, +33(0)1.40.69.48.00 - Fax, www.groupeavril.com

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    Fayetteville to Host Arkansas' Largest Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
    Ozarks Electric Cooperative
    Date: 2018-11-23
    In Arkansas, the city of Fayetteville City Council reports it is partnering with Ozarks Electric Cooperative and Today's Power, Inc to construct the state's largest solar plant at Fayetteville's two wastewater treatment plants.

    When fully operational, the solar installation is expected to raise clean energy consumption by city facilities from 16 pct to 72 pct. Over 20 years, the project is expected to save the city approximately $6 million in energy costs. The entire project will use about 87 acres of land. It's scheduled to begin next spring and go online next summer. Fayetteville is planning to use only clean energy by 2030. (Source: City of Fayetteville, KNWA, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Fayetteville, Peter Nierengarten, Sustainability Director, www.fayetteville-ar.gov/3229/About; Ozarks Electric Cooperative, www.ozarksecc.com

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    France Adds 528 MW Wind-Solar Capacity in Q3 (Int'l Report)
    RTE Grid
    Date: 2018-11-23
    The Paris-headquartered French electric power grid operator RTE France -- Europe's largest grid -- is reporting France added 315 MW of wind and 213 MW of solar power capacity to its electricity grid in Q3 of 2018. The additions raised the grid's installed renewable energy capacity, including hydro power and bioenergy, to over 50 GW. In total, renewable energy accounted for 21 pct of the country's electric power consumption during the same period.

    RTE France also noted that France was on track to meet its target of 15 GW of installed wind capacity by the end of 2018 but would likely miss its goal of 10.2 GW solar capacity by the year end. (Source: RTE, Business Insider UK, Reuters, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: RTE France, www.rte-france.com

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    Global GHGs Hit Record Levels, says WMO Report (Ind. Report)
    World Meteorlogical Organization
    Date: 2018-11-23
    According to the recently release World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin No. 14, globally averaged surface mole fractions for carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) rose to new highs in 2017 -- CO2 at 405.5 +- , 0.1 ppm , CH4 at 1859 +- 2 ppb and N2O at 329.9 +- 0.1 ppb. These values constitute, respectively, 146 pct 257 pct and 122 pct of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels.

    The increase in CO2 from 2016 to 2017 was smaller than from 2015 to 2016 and practically equal to the average growth rate over the last decade.

    The influence of the El Nino event that peaked in 2015 and 2016 and contributed to the increased growth rate during that period sharply declined in 2017. For CH4, the increase from 2016 to 2017 was lower than that observed from 2015 to 2016 but practically equal to the average over the last decade. For N2O, the increase from 2016 to 2017 was higher than that observed from 2015 to 2016 and practically equal to the average growth rate over the past 10 years.

    Download the WMO State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere report HERE. (Source: World Meteorological Organization Greenhouse Gas Bulletin Bulletin -- No. 14, Nov., 2018) Contact: WMO, +41 (0) 22 730 81 11, +41 (0) 22 730 81 81 - Fax, wmo@wmo.int, www.wmo.int, https://public.wmo.int

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas.Climate Change,  WMO,  GHGs,  World Meteorological Organization,  


    UH Mānoa Aims to Fully Offset Carbon Emissions
    University of Hawaiii at Manoa
    Date: 2018-11-22
    The Carbon Neutrality Challenge, a joint project of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and numerous organizations, aims to test the feasibility of restoring local ecosystems to offset all of the state’s carbon emissions. The group held its first proof-of-concept event on Nov. 17, 2018, at Ala Mahamoe Cultural Garden and Forest near Tripler Hospital. At the event, six teams of volunteers from UH Mānoa and various student groups, local organizations and businesses joined together in friendly competition to plant a record-setting 1,000 trees in one day. At the end of the day’s competition, teams were ranked according to the number of trees planted, with rankings available online. The goal of the event was to demonstrate the state’s ability to scale up restoration, and plant trees by the number needed to position Hawaiʻi as the first place in the world to fully offset its carbon emissions via ecosystem restoration. “The average carbon footprint of a person in Hawaiʻi is estimated at ~12 tonnes of CO2 each year. It will take 12 Milo trees just below five years to remove all of that carbon. The group notes that, with a million people in the state, if each person plants just one tree, Hawaiʻi can easily have a million trees in the ground within a week. The tree-planting pilot is based on the premise that climate change can be solved if individuals calculate how much CO2 they generate, estimate the number of trees needed to sequester those emissions and plant the required number of trees.

    Despite increasingly obvious consequences of deadly heatwaves, hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and other climatic changes, greenhouse gas emissions remain largely unabated. While considerable attention has been given to improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as a way to reduce emissions, much less serious attention has been given to improving the state of natural ecosystems as sinks of such emissions. For instance, if restored, global natural forest may stock >460 billion tonnes of carbon, or all human carbon emissions at current rates for 50 years. That degree of ecosystem restoration, however, poses numerous big challenges. (Source: University of Hawaii at MānoaBig Island Now, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Camilo Mora, Assoc. Prof. of Geography,

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


    UK CAER Funded for Carbon Capture Research (R&D, Funding)
    University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research,DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2018-11-21
    The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports it has granted $2.9 million to the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UKCAER) in Lexington to support development of new technologies to lower the cost of capturing CO2. The project is part of DOE's Carbon Capture Program, which is developing transformational, step-change, low-cost capture processes and enabling technologies that will maximize the efficiency of our nation's fossil-based power generation infrastructure.

    The CAER project -- Advancing Post-Combustion CO2 Capture through Increased Mass Transfer and Lower Degradation -- aims to "significantly advance deployment of CO2 capture through enabling technologies that increase CO2 mass transfer and reduce solvent loss." The project will involve the development and fabrication of customized dynamic packing to increase CO2 mass transfer in the absorber column, and an electro-chemical cell to adsorb and decompose nitrosamines before they can be emitted into the environment. After both of these systems have been constructed, they will be tested on CAER's bench-scale CO2 capture unit. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK CAER, Kunlei Liu, Assoc. Director for Research, (859) 257-0305, https://caer.uky.edu; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  


    Methanol-Fueled Ship Launch Set for 2019 (Int'l)
    Methanol Institute
    Date: 2018-11-21
    In Singapore, the Business Times is reporting the first vessel in Asia to run on methanol is expected to set sail from Singapore in late 2019.

    The expected "pilot" sailing is being funded in the amount of $200,000 by the not-for-profit global trade association Methanol Institute and Nanyang Technological University. The funding will cover the cost of retrofitting a conventional ship with an imported methanol-fuelled engine. Methanol is expected to eventually compete with and possibly replace LNG as a marine bunker fuel, (Source: Business Times, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Nanyang Technological University. www.ntu.edu.sg; Methanol Institute, www.methanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


    Hanwha Q Cells, CGN Ink Solar Module Supply Deal (Int'l)
    Hanwha Q Cells
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Seoul-headquartered Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells Co. is reporting a deal with the Chinese government owned China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Corp. to supply its 100-MW, Q.PEAK modules for CGN's solar power facility which is under construction in Tongshan, central-eastern China. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

    CGN is China's largest nuclear power generator with 20 reactors as of end-2017. CGN operates solar power plants with a combined capacity of 1.72 GW. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: China General Nuclear, en.cgnpc.com.cn; Hanwha Q Cells, Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com

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    SRP Adding 1,000MW Solar, Plus Tesla Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Salt River Project
    Date: 2018-11-21
    The not-for-profit utility Salt River Project (SRP) reports it plans to add 200 MW of solar generation every year for the next five years, adding to its existing 800 MW renewable portfolio. The additional solar energy is in keeping with SRP's plan to have 20 pct green generation through the addition of renewable generation and battery storage.

    The plan is part the utility's SRP 2035 long term growth plan, as laid out at the close of its 2018 fiscal year.

    By 2025, SRP anticipates 11 pct of its energy needs will be met by solar and avoid another 11 pct of its current supply level from energy-efficiency measures. The utility's energy storage plan includes the purchase of a 25 MW/100 MW-hour battery storage system from Tesla, to be installed at the Agua Fria Generating Station in Glendale, California.

    SRP notes that it paid over $150 million in solar incentives to approximately 20,000 customers between August 2004 and April 2018, and $205 million since May 2008 in energy efficiency incentives resulting in an overall 2.14 pct annual incremental energy savings exceeding the 2 pct annual target. (Source: SLP, CleanTechnica, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com

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    New England Offshore Wind Cable Base Planned (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-11-21
    Subsea power provider JDR Cable Systems and UK-based McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. are reporting plans to develop a cable service base and offshore wind training center on an existing McAllister quayside waterfront property in the northeastern United States. Legal and other details are still being worked out prior to a formal launch of the project, according to the JDR statement.

    A longtime manufacturer of subsea umbilical and power cables, JDR entered the offshore wind energy field in 2006 and is a provider to European wind power companies. (Source: JDR Cable Systems, WorkBoat, 17 Nov., 2018)Contact: JDR Cable Systems, www.jdrcables.com

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    Costa Rica Reaches Wind Energy Generation Goal (Int'l Report)
    Costa Rica National Electric System
    Date: 2018-11-21
    In Costa Rica, the National Electric System (SEN) is touting the Central American country's wind power success. With 16 wind farms totaling 386,62 MW of installed capacity on line, the country has to date accumulated 1,512.65 GWh, surpassing 2017's 1,287.68 GWh of production.

    January 2018 reported the highest wind farm generation during with 202 GWh, while October was the lowest month with 70.62 GWh. Costa Rica was the first Latin American country to incorporate wind in its matrix in 1996. The country expects to source 98 pct of its electric power from renewables by the end of the year. (Source: Costa Rica National Electric System, reve, 18 Nov., 2018)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


    USGBC Launches LEED Zero for Green Building Projects (Ind. Report)
    USGReen Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-21
    The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is touting the launch of LEED Zero, a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate net-zero carbon emissions, net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, or net-zero waste.

    LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals.

    LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce. (Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero

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    Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Course Offered in Dubai (Int'l)
    Emirates Green Building Council
    Date: 2018-11-21
    In Dubai, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) reports it will offer an advanced course under the Building Retrofit Training Programme. he course will be conducted in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on December 12 and 13.

    The advanced course is intended to instruct and train construction and energy industry professionals on the key elements of retrofiting existing buildings and to support their technical capacity for more effective post-retrofit maintenance and preventive care, according to the EmiratesGBC release.

    The course covers the limitations, financial implications and risks and benefits of the retrofit measures. The training programme is based on the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings and serves as a handbook for all industry stakeholders to achieve higher levels of energy and water efficiency by retrofitting existing buildings.

    Course graduates are qualified as EmiratesGBC-certified Building Retrofit Specialists. (Source: EmiratesGBC, PR, TradeArabia News Service, Nov., 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org

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    Solar United Neighbors Touts Texas Program Launch (Ind. Report)
    Solar United Neighbors
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Washington, DC-headquartered Solar United Neighbors is reporting the launch of its newest program in the Lone Star State -- Solar United Neighbors of Texas.

    Solar United Neighbors is a community of people committed to solar energy and working together with partners to develop solar co-ops that enable a bulk purchase program for participants to finance and and save on solar installation costs. (Source: Solar United Neighbors, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Solar United Neighbors, New Solar United Neighbors of Texas, Robert Noel, Director, info@solarunitedneighbors.org, (202) 888-3601, www.solarunitedneighbors.org/category/solar-united-neighbors

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar United Neighbors,  Solar,  


    Dartmouth Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Systems (R&D)
    DOE SETO,Dartmouth College
    Date: 2018-11-21
    The U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) reports the awarding of $400,000 to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, to advance concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) R&D.

    The Dartmouth project, led by Prof. Jifeng Liu, will focus on a new type of solar absorber coating aimed at optimizing energy conversion efficiency. The absorber coating reportedly converts over 95 pct of the absorbed energy into heat.

    Dartmouth's research is one of several CSP projects that will develop materials and designs for collectors, power cycles, and thermal transport systems that can withstand high temperatures and resist corrosion. (Source: Dartmouth College, 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Prof. Jifeng Liu, https://engineering.dartmouth.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

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    Silicycle Awarded $1Mn from CED Quebec (Funding, Ind. Report)
    SiliCycle
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Quebec City-headquartered SiliCycle Inc., a manufacturer of silica-based products, is reporting receipt of $1 million in repayable funding from Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec.

    The company wants to develop and commercialize products resulting from the conversion of residual biomass. The federal funding will enable the company to purchase specialized equipment and support business development activities abroad. (Source: SiliCycle, Canadian Biomass, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: SiliCycle, (418) 874-0054, www.silicycle.com Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec, www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng

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    Mitsubishi Claims 240MW Japanese Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
    Mitsubishi Electric
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Japan's Mitsubishi Electric has won a contract from global engineering company Chiyoda Corporation for its BLEnDer RE energy storage system. The energy storage system, along with power conditioners (PCS), will be installed at Kita-Toyotomi substation in Hokkaido, Japan. The substation is owned by North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission company.

    The energy storage system will have a maximum output of nearly 240MW and 720MWh storage capacity, and is expected to come onl;ine in March , 2023.

    Chiyoda Corporation is responsible for the design, engineering, and construction for the grid reinforcement pilot project which is backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. Mitsubishi Electric noted that its BLEnDer RE energy-management system is designed to monitor and control batteries for renewable energy power supply and to help in balancing electricity demand and grid stability. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric, Power Technology, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

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    Itron, AES Consulting Partner on CA. Smart Home Study (Ind. Report
    Itron,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Energy management specialist Itron reports it is partnering with Carlsbad, California-based Alternative Energy Systems (AES)Consulting and other companies to help some 100 Southern California consumers better control distributed energy resources (DERs). Itron was selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide its load management technology for the Smart Home Study aimed at minimizing consumer energy costs and reducing the negative impacts of distributed resources on the main grid.

    Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs. (Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com; Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


    Pacific Bioenergy Broadening Woody Biomass Pellet Mix (Ind Report)
    Pacific Bioenergy
    Date: 2018-11-21
    Vancouver-based Pacific Bioenergy reports it has secured Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia funding for an experiment to determine how cedar logging wastes can be added into their waste woody biomass pellet fuel mix. The company's wood pellet fuel is targeted primarily to overseas markets.

    Pacific Bioenergy operatse wood pellet plants in Prince George, Chetwynd and Fort St. John and is involved in a wood waste partnership in Quesnel, British Columbia. (Source: Pacific Bioenergy, Rocky Mountain Goat, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, www.fesbc.ca; Pacific Bioenergy, Don Steele, CEO, (604) 602-1099, www.pacificbioenergy.ca

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