Echogen's project turns thermal energy into electricity using sand as the storage medium. The Echogen process uses a carbon dioxide heat pump cycle to convert electricity into thermal energy by heating a reservoir, which is converted back into electricity on demand. The product is geared toward projects at 50-100 MW capacities.
(Source: Echogen Power Systems, Energy News, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Echogen Power Systems, (234) 542-4379, email@example.com,
www.echogen.com; DOE ARPA-E, https://arpa-e.energy.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, DOE ARPA-E,
The Coalition pointed to mandatory "slow steaming" speed reduction as a leading possibility for cutting back shipping's emissions. Even as a standalone measure, industry-wide speed limits could deliver on the IMO's goal to reduce carbon intensity by 40 pct by 2030, the group said. (Source: Clean Shipping Coalition, MarEx, 26 Oct., 2018)
Contact:Clean Shipping Coalition, www.cleanshipping.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Maritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Clean Shipping Coalition,
Mayor Kevin Faulconer's
Mayoral spokesman Craig Gustafson noted that despite the stalling in 2017, the city of 1.42 million residents was still on track to meet its 2020 goal of reducing emissions by 15 pct.
(Source: City of San Diego, KPBS, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of San Diego 2018 Climate Action Plan www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/city_of_san_diego_2018_cap_annual_report.pdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
According to IIMR's Dr. AV Umakanth, principal scientist and sweet and high biomass sorghum investigator, with ethanol prices at Rs 59.13 per litre, the time is ripe to push sweet sorghum.
The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSFL) reports it will test the profitability of sorghum ethanol at two mills. (Source: Indian Institute of Millet Research, New Indian Express, 27 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Indian Institute of Millet Research, : +91 40 2459 9301, www.millets.res.in
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol, India Ethanol, Ethanol Blend,
Improvements to be made under the contract are slated to get underway in November for completion by the end of 2019, according to the contract.
The county currently spends in excess of $108,000 per month on utility bills. The has approved a $7 million bond issuance to cover the cost of the upgrades.
(Source: Warren County Fiscal Court, PR, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Warren County Fiscal Court, www.warrencountyky.gov/fiscal-court; Energy Systems Group, Teresa Barton, Bus. Dev. Mgr, www.energysystemsgroup.com
. ESG Business Development Manager Teresa Barton,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
California, NY, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and the other states and cities are threatening court action if the Trump proposal is advanced. The potential litigants claim Trump's proposal "would deal a substantial blow in the fight against climate change."
Separately, a group representing major automakers is calling for "the federal government to set achievable future standards that continue to advance environmental and energy goals while recognizing marketplace realities."
The automakers are pressing California and the federal government to retain nationwide emissions rules and avoid a prolonged legal battle.
The Trump administration's plan would freeze standards at 2020 levels through 2026, hike U.S. oil consumption by about 500,000 bpd by the 2030s but reduce automakers regulatory costs by more than $300 billion, and prohibit California from requiring automakers to sell a rising number of electric vehicles. (Source: Reuters, Various Media, 28 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuels, Fuel Efficiency,
If constructed, the plant would create about 45
full-time jobs and produce 80 million gpy of ethanol. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2020.
(Source: POET, Albany Times Union, 26 Oct., 2018)
Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, Pres., (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Shelbyville Planning Commission, (317) 392-6338, www.cityofshelbyvillein.com/event/plan-commission
More Low-Carbon Energy News POET, Ethanol,
The proposal, which would up the station's capacity from 240MW to 475MW should it go ahead, is to pump water from Lake Yarrunga to Fitzroy Falls Reservoir via a new underground pumped power station.
The feasibility study would be completed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and could cost as much as $6.8 million when completed in 2019. 2019. (Source: Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Oct., 2018)
Contact: ARENA, www.arena.gov.au;
Origin Energy, Frank Calabria, CEO, www.originenergy.com.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Origin Energy, Pumped Hydro, Energy Storage,
Hanwha Solar Holdings Co Ltd will purchase all Hanwha Q Cells ordinary share that it does not already own for $0.20 in cash, and each American depository share (ADS) for $9.90 in cash. Hanwha Solar Holdings already holds an approximate 94 pct position in Q CELLS. (Source: Hansha Q Cells, Facbook, Various Media, , 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Solar, Hanwha, Solar,
Wallethub used two key metrics to determine a state's overall energy efficiency -- Home Energy Efficiency and Auto Energy Efficiency. The data used to determine home energy efficiency was gathered by calculating the ratio of total residential energy consumption to annual degree days. They used climate data and compared it to the average energy usage to find a correlation.
In Auto energy efficiency, Louisiana ranked 30th out of 48 states but still below average.
(Source: Wallethub.com, Leesville Daily Leader, 27 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Wikinger is Iberdrola's second offshore wind power project following the wind farm of the West of Duddon Sands (WoDs), jointly owned by the Danish Orsted and which was launched in the Irish Sea in 2014 with a capacity of 389 MW after an investment that exceeded €1,800 million. The Wikiger facility generates sufficient energy for approximately 350,000 German homes.
(Source: Iberdrola, reve, 28 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com;
Adwen Offshore, David Guiu, CCO, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.adwenoffshore.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Adwen, Iberdrola, Offshore Wind, Wind,
SP Group, which plans to use blockchain to help the company increase transparency and efficiency, notes that the marketplace will support both local and international RECs -- the documents that serve as proof that a particular amount of electrical energy has been produced by solar batteries.
The first contracts have already been signed with global real estate developer CDL and multinational banking corporation DBS Bank. Three solar energy sellers -- Cleantech Solar Asia, LYS Energy Solutions and Katoen Natie Singapore -- are also joining the marketplace, according to Cointelegraph.
Cointelegraph describes blockchain as: "a shared, digitized ledger that cannot be changed once a transaction has been recorded and verified. All parties to the transaction, as well as a significant number of third parties maintain a copy of the ledger (i.e. the blockchain), which means it would be practically impossible to amend every copy of the ledger globally to fake a transaction."
(Source: SP Group, PR, Cointelegraph, 28 Oct., 2018)
Contact: SP Group, +65 6916 8468, email@example.com, www.spgroup.com.sg
More Low-Carbon Energy News SP Group, Solar, renewable energy certificate, RECs ,
The Philadelphia Energy Authority will work with the School District of Philadelphia to develop a three-year curriculum to train students for careers in the clean-energy sector.
Philadelphia education officials say they hope the solar training program will be replicated statewide.. (Source: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215-686-4483, www.philaenergy.org; DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.
The satellite will play
"a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement.
Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency, global.jaxa.jp;Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG, Greenhouse Gas, Mitsubishi Electric,
Neste Oil Snr. VP of Technology Dr. Lars Peter Lindfors and his team have developed innovative methods to produce biodiesel from organic waste, including organic oils and used cooking oils.
Through these newly-developed methods, Neste has been able to produce millions of tons of biodiesel annually to power trucks and boats, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 90 pct. (Source: Jerusalem Post, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Neste Oil Corp., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oil, Alternative Fuel, Biodiesel,
JUMP2Excel is designed for all partners to benefit from the collaboration beyond the three-year funding period. (Source: MCAST, Newsbook, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: MCAST, +356 2398 7100, www.mcast.edu.mt
More Low-Carbon Energy News PV, Solar,
The company has pledged to have 3,000 MW of new solar and wind energy -- sufficient power for 750,000 homes -- under development or in operation by early 2022 and, to that end, intends to issue an RfP each year until the pledge has been met.
The present RFP is soliciting bids for energy, capacity and environmental attributes including Renewable Energy Certificates, for new solar and onshore wind facilities of 5 megawatts (ac) or more located in Virginia.
The proposals can be for PPAs and/or the purchase of development projects. The RFP outlines the proposal requirements and power and asset purchase agreement terms requiring a commercial operations date in 2020, as well as the price and non-price evaluation criteria.
Notices of Intent to Bid and Confidentiality Agreements are due by November 2, 2018 with final asset purchase and power purchase proposals due December 13, 2018 and March 14, 2019 respectively.
(Source: Dominion Energy, reve, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Dominion Energy, Robert M. Blue, President & CEO, Power Delivery Group, www.dominionenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy, Wind,
Previously, the plant was mothballed in 2011, two years after opening, due to US competition and dwindling demand. Production restarted in October 2012 but paused again in April 2013 because of rising energy costs and a poor harvest. CropEnergies AG acquired the facility in July 2013, rebooted production the following October, stopped production in early 2015 and restarted again in 2016.
The plant converts wheat into fuel-grade alcohol, animal feed and CO2 for the beverage industry. (Source: Ensus, BBC News, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ensus Ltd., Joachim Lutz, CEO, +44 (0) 1642 794040, www.ensus.co.uk; CropEnergies AG, +49 621 714 19000, www.cropenergies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ensus, Biofuel, Ethanol, Bioethanol, CropEnergies,
Hunt's Military Communities division is a 50-year partnership created between the Department of Defense and Hunt through the Military Housing Privatization Act. As part of the partnership, Hunt owns approximately 52,000 units spread across more than 40 military installations on Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army installations. (Source: Hunt Southern Group, Shaw Air Force Base, PR, 22 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Hunt Southern Group,
Hunt Companies, www.huntcompanies.com; Shaw AFB, www.shaw.af.mil;
Duke Energy, Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, SC Pres., Cindy Gersch, (315) 486-0239, www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy, Solar,
"As this report shows, the CDM is harnessing the entrepreneurial power of markets and the private sector to meet goals on sustainable development and climate change – something that remains a priority today, not only for climate action but for financing in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement.
"It is helping bring climate action and sustainable development to the forefront of the global agenda -- through the thousands of projects in developing countries and by making international organizations, businesses and ordinary citizens aware of their own carbon footprints and what they can do to reduce and offset them. Perhaps most importantly, the CDM has established robust standards and methodologies to quantify and monitor emission reduction projects."
Download the report HERE.
(Source: UNFCCC, Oct., 2018) Contact: UNFCCC, UN Climate Change, +49 228 815 1000, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://unfccc.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Development Mechanism, CDM, UNFCCC, Paris Climate Agreement, Climate Change,
Green Energy Biofuel refines and recycles used cooking oil and other food products sourced from area kitchens and food manufacturers.
With the new facility, the company will be able to recycle more than 60 million gpy of used cooking oil and produce 300,000 gpy of biodiesel and other recycled-content products.
(Source: Green Energy Biofuel, Recycle, October, 2018) Contact: Green Energy Biofuel, Beth Renwick, CFO, (803) 718-6323, www.gebiofuel.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Green Energy Biofuel, Biofuel, Biodiesel,
As previously reported, World Energy purchased Delek US Holdings Inc.'s interests in renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel producer AltAir Paramount LLC. The deal included AltAir's Paramount Petroleum LLC refinery assets in Paramount, as well an adjacent tank farm, and most of Delek's California pipeline assets.
Founded in 1998, World Energy operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston; Natchez, Miss.; Rome, Ga.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hamilton, Ontario. In addition to its renewable diesel refinery in Paramount, the company also operates distribution hubs throughout the U.S. and Canada. (Source: World Energy, NGT News, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: Delek US Holdings, Keith Johnson VP Investor Relations, (615) 435-1366, www.delekus.com; AltAir Fuels, Tom Todaro, CEO, (843) 720-8920, (562) 748-4726, www.altairfuels.com; World Energy, Gene Gebolys, CEO,(617) 889-7300, www.worldenergy.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Delek, World Energy, Renewable Fuel,
"We welcome the administration's proposal to grow the biodiesel volumes, following two flat-lined years. This is a positive signal for our industry and we're pleased the EPA has acknowledged our ability to produce higher volumes. We've consistently demonstrated that we can do much more. The fact remains, though, instability in the RFS program caused by the EPA has done significant damage that can only be rectified for biodiesel through consistent and predictable growth in volumes, according to Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP Federal Affairs.
"Kovarik pointed to decisions by the EPA administrator to provide numerous (hardship) waivers to petroleum refiners that release them from their obligations under the RFS, effectively reducing the overall volumes under the program in 2016 and 2017. Those exemptions have effectively destroyed current demand for biodiesel by 300 million gallons.
"As a candidate on the campaign trail, Donald Trump pledged he would support biofuels and protect the RFS, Kovarik added. While this is just a proposal, we hope the administration is serious about growing biodiesel volumes and will fulfill the president's promise to support and grow the RFS.
The EPA proposed to raise the renewable volume obligations (RVO) for the biomass-based diesel category from 2.1 billion gallons in 2019 to 2.43 billion gallons in 2020. The agency also proposed to slightly increase the advanced biofuel category, for which biodiesel also qualifies, from 4.29 billion gallons in 2018 to 4.88 billion gallons in 2019.
"The RFS requires the EPA to grow the volume of advanced biofuels like biodiesel delivered to U.S. consumers. Since taking office, Trump's EPA has recommended zero growth for the biomass-based diesel category.
"This summer, 39 U.S. senators sent a letter to EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler urging him to increase biomass-based diesel and advanced volumes and accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions in the annual RFS volumes. NBB specifically thanked Sens. Patty Murray, D-Washington; Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota; and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, for leading the letter.
"Noting that EPA proposes to set the 2020 biomass-based diesel volume at 2.43 billion gallons, the senators wrote, 'While these proposed increases are encouraging, these volumes continue to underestimate the existing potential of the biodiesel and renewable diesel industries in our states. We believe the biodiesel industry can do more and that EPA should demonstrate more confidence in the RFS program's ability to drive growth.' Comments from the senators and NBB demonstrate that the increased biomass-based diesel volume is achievable with available feedstocks. Calling on EPA to accurately account for small refinery hardship exemptions, the senators added, 'It is critical that EPA appropriately account for any small refiner economic hardship exemptions that it reasonably expects to grant during the 2019 compliance year in the final rule, or EPA will not be able to fulfill its duty to ensure RVOs are met.'
"We (NBB) join the senators in calling on EPA to raise biomass-based diesel volumes to an appropriate level that will drive additional growth. Biodiesel production has consistently exceeded the annual volume obligations set by EPA. The industry continues to operate below capacity, which limits job creation and economic growth. Moreover, EPA must fully and accurately account for small refiner hardship exemptions under the RFS. NBB estimates that the exemptions granted by EPA for 2016 and 2017 reduced demand for biodiesel and renewable diesel by about 300 million gallons. That lost demand is equal to or greater than the annual production of some of the nation's top biodiesel-producing states, including Washington, Missouri, North Dakota and Iowa. The volumes that EPA sets are meaningless if the agency does not ensure they are met at the end of the year.
"NBB and its members continue working to move the needle for higher volumes, meeting with the administration, working with biodiesel champions on the Hill, and collaborating with key industry stakeholders. The EPA is set to finalize volumes before Nov. 30." (Source: NBB, 24 Oct., 2018) Contact: NBB, Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard, National Biodiesel Board,
Under the terms ot Acciona's EPC contract with the project developer -- a Macquarie Capital and Phoenix Energy JV --
Acciona's consortium will design, build, operate and maintain the facility. Veolia will operate and maintain the project. (Source: Acciona Website, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Acciona, +34 91 663 28 50 / Fax: +34 91 663 28 51, www.acciona.com/?language=en; Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Capital, Veolia, Acciona, Waste-to-Energy,
The Redfield plant has been using ICM's Selective Milling Technology and Fiber Separation Technology systems, two value-added platforms that offer operational benefits to ethanol manufacturing facilities such as maximizing ethanol and distillers oil production while minimizing energy consumption. The FST system also enables the production of high protein distillers dried grain livestock feed (Hi-Pro DDG).
The TS4 technology removes suspended solids from the thin stillage stream for increased plant throughput and energy savings.
(Source: ICM Inc. , Oct, 2018) Contact: ICM Inc., David VanderGriend, CEO, (316) 796-0900, www.icminc.com;
Redfield Energy, (605) 302-0090, www.redfieldenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News ICM, Redfield Energy, Ethanol,
The company began taking orders for the product in 2017 on the assumption the mass production would start that summer. Mass production has now been rescheduled for the summer of 2019, according to Musk's announcement.
According to Tesla, the solar roof product is expected to cost $21.85 per square foot for a 3,000-square-foot roof. (Source: Tesla, C/MET, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: Tesla Solar, www.tesla.com/en_CA/solarroof
More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla, Tesla Solar, Elon Musk,
As previously reported, Sonnen project follows the State Government's announcement of its $100 million Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 South Australia households with access to grants up to $6000 for the installation of home battery systems. (Source: Sonnen, PR, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: sonnen, www.sonnen-batterie.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News sonnen, Hone Energy Storage, Energy Storage, Battery,
Incorporating both ground mount and rooftop arrays, the solar projects are expected to produce 18,644,960 kWh of energy.
Of the six sites, four are in various states of completion. The sites in Parachute, Silt Palisade and Grand Junction Colorado are already fully subscribed.
The Colorado Energy Office, notes that Colorado leads the nation with nearly 70 community solar projects in operation and many others in development.
(Source: Standard Solar, Colorado Energy Office, Solar World, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Pivot Energy, Rick Hunter, CEO, (888) 734-3033, email@example.com, www.pivotenergy.net; Colorado Energy Office, www.colorado.gov/energyoffice;
Standard Solar, Scott Wiater, Pres., CEO, (301) 944-1200, www.standardsolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Standard Solar, Pivot Energy , Solar, Community Solar,
Wyndham achieved Gold LEED recertification through site related credits that included: open habitat and biodiversity protection; storm water management; water efficient landscaping and related improvements. Over the past five years, the Wyndham headquarters building also improved its score for energy efficiency through the U.S. DOE ENERGY STAR program.
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the world's largest hotel franchising company, with nearly 9,000 hotels across more than 80 countries on six continents. (Source: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, PR, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Mary Falvey, CEO, www.wyndhamhotels.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov/updates, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News LEED Certification, US Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR,
The company was founded in 2014 after creating the Omni Processor -- a system that takes in human waste and produces both electricity and clean drinking water -- with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
(Source: Sedron Technologies LLC, Skagit Valley Herald , 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: Sedron Technologies LLC, Brenda Thomas, (360) 399-6193,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Janicki Bioenergy, Sedron Technologies.,
To that end, the Port Authority will invest $100 million in airport energy efficiency with between 600 and 750 light duty vehicles being swapped out for electric powered vehicles. New lighting will be installed at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, World Trade Center, George Washington Bridge, and three airports, and 35 intra-airport shuttle buses to be converted to electric power. The plan would not immediately address emissions from truck and rail operators at the port, nor would it cover the major airlines serving the region.
(Source: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, PR, northjersey.com, 25 Oct., 2018)
Contact: NY/NJ Port Authority, Rick Cotton, Exec. Dir., (973) 961-6007, www.panynj.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, Carbon Emissions,
While the pilot program will be open to all businesses, Longmont officials are hoping to spread the $3.2 million-worth of benefits received by the city's commercial power customers in the last two years to more small and minority-owned workplaces. Those savings were realized by Longmont businesses through rebates on 530 energy-efficiency improvement projects completed over the past two years through the Efficiency Works program, which is offered in Platte River Power Authority's four member cities -- Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park.
The Efficiency Works' rebate programs use funding from the power provider and member municipal utilities for rebates on projects such as converting lighting to LED bulbs, installing high-efficiency air conditioning and heating systems and improving refrigeration systems. The program also encourages urges waste diversions, water use reduction and environmentally sustainable employee transportation recommended by Boulder County's Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program.
Throughout Boulder County from 2010 through 2017, the county-funded PACE program has recorded more than $21 million in private investments, matched by $4.3 million in rebates from PACE, toward upgrading the electrical, water, lighting, heating, cooling and waste systems of 1,409 businesses, including 365 in Longmont.
(Source: City of Longmont, Longmont Times Call, Other, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000, www.prpa.org; City of Longmont, www.longmontcolorado.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News PACE, Energy Efficiiency, Platte River Power Authority ,
The Carbon Challenge will offer awards ranging from $2 million to $5 million to help offset the development costs of clean energy projects at large-scale buildings. The projects should demonstrate the highest potential for lowering carbon emissions in buildings with an aggregate 12-month average demand of 10 MW or greater, and achieve this in a cost-effective way. Projects can involve energy efficiency or distributed energy resources that provide increased flexibility for commercial and industrial customers to achieve carbon reductions. All proposals must include a three-year carbon emissions reduction target and identify the path to achieving the target.
Awards will be made to proposals demonstrating the highest potential for cost-effectively implementing carbon-reducing clean energy actions, which must be completed by 2021, according to NYSERDA.
(Source: NYSERDA, 25 Oct., 2018)Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA, Energy Efficiency,
SolarReserve's project aims to develop a best-in-class next generation heliostat design, optimized for CSP technology projections.
Heliostats are the dual-axis solar tracking mirrors that concentrate and focus the sun's energy onto an energy collection receiver atop a central tower. Within the receiver, fluid flows through piping that forms external walls; this fluid absorbs the heat from the concentrated sunlight. In SolarReserve's technology, the fluid utilized is molten salt, which is used both as a heat transfer fluid as well as a thermal energy storage medium.
SolarReserve will partner on the project with South Africa's Stellenbosch University and Sandia National Laboratories to leverage their complementary innovations and testing facilities.
(Source: SolarReserve, PR, Business Wire, 25 Oct., 2018) Contact: SolarReserve, Mary Grikas, (310) 315-2274, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.solarreserve.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , (202) 287-1862, email@example.com, energy.gov/solar-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News SolarReserve, CSP,
Although full details of the auto giant's proposal are not yet available, the GM proposal is thought to be based on current standards now required in California and nine other states. Under those rules, GM must sell a minimum of around 2,200 fully electric vehicles in California this year, or about 1.1 percent of the roughly 200,000 cars, trucks and SUVs that it normally sells in the state each year.
Under a regulation finalized by the EPA in the waning days of the Obama administration, the fleet of new automobiles would have to deliver 36 mpg by 2025 -- 10 mpg higher than the current requirement.
(Source: GM, Washington Post, Various Media,26 Oct., 2018) Contact: GM, Mark Reuss, Exec. VP Product Development, www.gm.com/contact-us.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,
The project will also be supported by the InnovFin Energy Demonstration Project facility, which is funded under the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme , and an additional €29.9 million from the EU NER300 programme, plus up to €6 million from the Government of Portugal, through the Portuguese Carbon Fund.
Until 2020, "InnovFin -- EU Finance for Innovators" offers a range of tailored products which will make available financing in support of research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures.
(Source: European Investment Bank, EDP Renewables, 19 October, 2018) Contact: EIB, www.eib.org; Windplus SA, www.offshorewind.biz/tag/windplus;
EDP Renovaveis, www.edpr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank, Wind, EDP Renovaveis, Repsol, Windplus S.A,
The Danish support specifically provides wind measurements and the expertise of the Danish Energy Agency concerning public procurement of wind-farms, and cost-efficient expansion of wind energy.
The Ethiopian programme will be cooperatively administered by the Royal Danish Embassy in Addis Ababa, the Danish Energy Agency, Danish system operator Energinet.dk, the World Bank and relevant Ethiopian counterparts.
With this new agreement, the pprogram will run until the end of 2020 with a total budget of 35 million DKK.
(Source: Danish Energy Agency, reve, October 19, 2018) Contact: Danish Energy Agency, +45 33 92 67 00, https://ens.dk/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Danish Energy Agency,
The Aventus Air weather service provides pilots with accurate wind and temperature information in accordance with their flight plan.
The data is transferred to the aircraft's systems to help optimize the flight path for improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
The company estimates the system could reduce CO2 emissions across the company by as much as 16,000 tpy.
The air carrier recently completed a successful pilot test of the technology in collaboration with Swedish developer AVTECH Sweden AB.
The project was partially funded by the Swedish Energy Agency. (Source: AVTECH Sweden AB, Norwegian Air, BG, 22 Oct., 2018)Contact: AVTECH Sweden AB, +46 8 544 104 80, www.avtech.aero
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions, Jet Emissions,
The Green Direct program will enable T-Mobile to purchase clean energy from dedicated local solar and wind energy farms in Washington state, further pushing it towards its strong commitment to renewables.
(Source: T-Mobile, ALGOESONLINE, 20 Oct., 2018) Contact: T-Mobile, (425) 378-4000, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/tmobile-usa-inc; Puget Sound Energy, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Puget Sound Energy,
According to the Aurora report, the difference between maintaining and cutting the tax could equate to 12 TWh of production a year for four years after coal plants would otherwise have closed. If the government were to reduce the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 from the current £18/tonne CO2, coal plants would stay on the system until 2025, generating an average 12 TWh/year in the period 2021-25.
The report notes that if the tax was maintained at £18/tonne CO2, this would result in coal coming off the system as early as 2021/2022. Cutting the CPS to £7/tonne CO2 would increase CO2 emissions by 29 million tonnes during the fourth carbon budget period (2023-2027) compared to maintaining the status quo.
In 2017 the UK Treasury recouped £1 billion in tax receipts from the mechanism which was
capped at £18/tonne CO2 from 2016 to 2020. The freeze was extended to 2021 in the 2016 budget. (Source: Aurora Energy Research, S&P, Global, Oct., 2018) Contact: Aurora Energy Research, +44 0 1865 952 700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.auroraer.com
The MethaShip research found that Methanol can offer a dramatic improvement in emissions reduction across multiple ship types once the IMO has established the statutory framework conditions necessary for an industry-wide reduction of CO2 emissions.
The MethaShip research project concluded that:
the properties of Methanol surpass other alternative fuels in shipping;
the major benefit is the storage at ambient temperature and ambient pressure without loss;
in terms of ship design, Methanol is space-saving, simple and practical with the established advantages of a liquid fuel;
methanol offers compelling environmental properties and has the most promising lifecycle analysis when produced from renewable sources;
and an already widespread availability could be a key enabler for methanol.
(Source: The Methanol Institute, Shipping News, 23 Oct., 2018) Contact: Methanol Institute, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute, Methanol, Marine Fuel,
The partners plan to construct a 500-KW electrolyser in western Sydney as part of Project H2GO.
The facility will be able to generate enough hydrogen to power about 250 homes. The resulting fuel would be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales.
(Source: Jemena, Power Eng., 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, email@example.com, www.arena.gov.au; Jemena, Frank Tudor, Managing Dir., 1300 536 362, https://jemena.com.au
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The delivery includes a BioTrac™ biomass pre-treatment system with a capacity of over 800 tpd of dry biomass, as well as all main parts for biomass dosing, the reactor, the feeding system to the reactor, and steam separation.
Clariant's Sunliquid® technology converts agricultural residue such as wheat straw into cellulosic ethanol, an advanced, sustainable and practically carbon-neutral biofuel.
(Source: Valmet Oyj, PR, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Valmet, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, Valmet, +46 70 610 5727,
www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal; Clariant, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.clariant.com
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Download UN Green Climate Fund details HERE. (Source: UN Green Climate Fund, Hindu Business Line, Oct., 2018) Contact: UN Green Climate Fund, www.greenclimate.fund
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Under the terms of the contract, Ameresco will provide solar, energy efficiency and reliability upgrades to 900 buildings across five military installations. The company will build a microgrid integrating 20 MW of new onsite energy photovoltaic (PV) assets, 4 MW of gas fired backup generation and 4 MW/8 MWh of battery energy storage.
Under the ESPC contract, more than 14.7 million square feet of buildings will receive; energy and water conservation upgrades designed to cut building energy consumption by 24 pct annually; HVAC management control systems; over 2 million gallons of thermal energy storage; more than 140,000 new LED lighting systems and building envelope improvements. To support energy assurance, Ameresco will install new onsite distributed energy assets capable of islanding from the electric utility, including a combined heat and power (CHP) system comprised of nine microturbines for a total capacity of 585 kW, 4-MW of natural gas-fired standby generation and an 11.7-MW groundmount solar PV array at the Security Hill Landfill at Lackland Air Force Base and over 5 MW of roof-mount PV at Fort Sam Houston.
Ameresco selected San Antonio-based Mission Solar Energy to manufacture and provide over 54,200,370 W of "Buy-American" compliant solar modules to be used in the project.
The ESPC is guaranteed to provide $8.7 million in annual energy savings to JBSA.
(Source: Ameresco, Solar Power, 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, Nicole A. Bulgarino, Exec. VP GM Federal Solutions, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Energy, www.dla.mil/Energy/Contact
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