The USDA REAP grant program, entitled Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants, provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and small businesses to upgrade renewable energy systems in rural areas.
(Source: USDA Rural Energy for America Program, Angus King, 12 Sept., 2018) Contact: USDA REAP, www.rurdev.usda.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA REAP, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy,
The firms have also entered a partnership which gives Sao Paulo-based Echoenergia access to a series of ready-to-build future wind projects of up to 500MW in North Eastern Brazil.
Echoenergia currently has 700MW of installed capacity in the Northeastern states of Brazil. Voltalia owns a total installed capacity of 524MW. (Source: Voltalia, Power Tech., 12 Sept., 2018) Contact: Echoenergia, +55 11 4935-4000, www.echoenergia.com.br/en/quem-somos/a-echoenergia; Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 1 81 70 37 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltalia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia , Wind, Echoenergia,
Funds from the placement will be applied to green projects addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, water and natural resources depletion and the reduction of air pollution. (Source: Ireland National Treasury Management Agency, Renewables, Sept., 2018) Contact:
Ireland National Treasury Management Agency,
Frank O'connor, Director of Funding and Debt Management, +353 1 238 4000,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,
The ethanol will be processed from agricultural wastes and residues using the company's "Sunliquid™" technology. At full capacity, the 50,000 tpy plant will process about 250,000 tpy of locally sourced wheat straw and other cereals . Financial details of the project have not been announced.
Clariant is a speciality chemicals company, formed in 1995 as a spin-off from Sandoz. Headquartered near Basel, Switzerland, the public company encompasses 110 operating companies in 53 countries, with manufacturing sites located in Europe, North America, South America, China and India. (Source: Clariant, PR, Romania Insider, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Head of Start-up Business Biofuels & Derivatives, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, Anja Pomrehn, Inv. Relations, +41 61 469 67 45 email@example.com, www.clariant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant, Ethanol, Cellulosic Ethanol,
Google's Finnish data centre is situated in a former paper mill built originally in the 1950s and uses water from the Baltic Sea for cooling. According to Google, the Finnish deal is the first where it is purchasing power from European projects that will not receive any government subsidies.(Source: Reuters, Gadgets 360, 12 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Google, Wind,
The project is a JV between Quinbrook and Elawan Wind, US, and was constructed by Florida-based firm Wanzek Construction.
The project was financed with equity investments from Quinbrook and Elawan along with tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan.
To be initially operated under a GE Full Service Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement, Persimmon is reported to be the first project to be completed by the Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer and owner-operator Scout Clean Energy.
(Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, power Tech, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, (713) 580- 8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Micheal Rucker, Pres., (303) 284-7566, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scoutcleanenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy, Wind,
Eolus Vind AB is one of the largest wind farm operators in Sweden, having built 540 out of the country's 3400 wind turbines. (Source: Eolus Vind AB, PR, Public Broadcasting Latvia, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Eolus Vind,
In a joint letter, the groups stress that small-refinery waivers have given refiners "exactly what they asked for: artificially low RIN (renewable identification numbers) credit prices and weaker biofuel blending requirements." Ethanol RIN prices have been trading between 20 and 30 cents since May as a result of the waivers, or a decrease of about 80 pct since last fall, the groups said.
Under Ontario's unique “Environmental Bill of Rights legislation", Ontario residents have the right to be consulted on significant environmental regulations and legislation. The Greenpeace suit claims the Ford government ignored the Environmental Bill of Rights when it proposed, then announced it would cancel the province's cap-and-trade program.
The Ford administration's Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Act -- Bill 4 -- was introduced in late July. The bill, which has yet to pass the legislature, gives the new Ford administration sweeping power to set its own targets and create its own climate action plan without debate in the legislature nor to be enshrined in law. Along with killing the province's cap-and-trade program, Ford also promised to lower the price of beer to $1 per can. (Source: CP, Various Media, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Greenpeace Canada, www.greenpeace.org/canada/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenpeace, Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Doug Ford,
The Broxburn facility was constructed by RES, which sold the project to TRIG in August, 2017 for £20 million. It was the first project to have been acquired by TRIG and was RES' fourth in the UK, with the company now managing the site.
Testing of the project, which uses batteries from Samsung SDI, began in May and was followed by final testing under the EPC construction contract, which completed on 30 June when the battery began to deliver its contracted service to National Grid.
(Source: Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Storage, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Renewables Infrastructure Group, Battery Energy Storage,
OSU will use these credits to offset a portion of its annual greenhouse gas emissions, such as those from its own transport fleet. The program is being facilitated by North Carolina-based Urban Offsets.
DHL Supply Chain's GoGreen program has delivered an average reduction of 3 pct in CO2 emissions, year over year, for every mile travelled and every square meter of space used worldwide for its customers.
Urban Offsets helps companies and universities reduce their environmental impact by investing in sustainability projects around the world and directing profits into local projects that build climate resilient neighborhoods. Since 2017, more than 80,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions have been offset and 12,000 trees planted in at-risk communities around the country.
(Source: DHL, PR, 12 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Urban Offsets, https://registry.urbanoffsets.co; DHL Supply Chain, Nicole Porter,
(614) 865-8437, email@example.com, www.dhl.com; DHL GoGreen Program, HERE; OSU, Kate Bartter, Dir. Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment, (614) 247-4762, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://oee.osu.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Footprint,
LLNL's work seeks to establish metrics of peak energy usage and energy shaving capabilities that can be used by grid operators to lower the cost of their services. To that end, LLNL will work with the Contra Costa County Public Works Department in California, which will provide energy consumption data on more than 50 buildings which they manage. They will also work with New York University, which will provide similar data on about 20 buildings.
The project is scheduled to begin in October. (Source: LLNL, Sept., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Jhi-Young Joo Joo, Research Project Leader, www.llnl.gov;
DOE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Energy Efficiency, DOE Building Technologies Office ,
The report notes that just reducing emissions will not be enough to become carbon neutral and recommends the country implement "negative emissions" measures such as reforestatio, restoring wetland and forest habitats, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS), and adding nutrients and alkalinity to oceans to meet the goal of carbon neutrality.
According to Professor Gideon Henderson, Professor of Earth Science at the University of Oxford and chair of the report working group, "If the UK acts now on greenhouse gas removal, we can reach national emissions targets and show how a major industrialized economy can play a leading role in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement."
Download the Greenhouse Gas Removal Report HERE. (Source: Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering,Imperial College London, Various Media, Sept., 2018) Contact: Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering,
Professor Nilay Shah, Dir., +44 (0)20 7589 5111, email@example.com, www.imperial.ac.uk/chemicalengineering
Ethanol so extracted would be blended with petrol to cut reliance on imports. The government is looking at scaling up the blending to 10 pct in the next couple of years from the present 4-5 pct rate.
(Source: PTI, 14 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news, India Ethanol news, Sugarcane Ethanol news, Ethanol Blend news,
Over the next year, Starbucks will develop an accredited program to audit all existing company-operated stores in the US and Canada against the framework criteria. The framework will be co-developed by leading experts, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and will be audited and verified by Scientific Certification Systems Global Services.
Starbucks has committed to design, build and operate 10,000 greener stores globally by 2025
In 2001, Starbucks joined with the US Green Building Council to develop the LEED for Retail program. In 2005, Starbucks opened its first LEED-certified store and now operates more than 1500 LEED-certified stores across 20 countries. (Source: Starbucks, Global Coffee Report, Sept., 2018) Contact: Starbucks, www.corporate-office-headquarters.com/starbucks
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building, LEED, USGBC, Starbucks, Energy Efficiency,
Carinata mustard can be grow on poor quality land at low cost.
Once the oil is extracted from the plant, the residue becomes a protein-rich byproduct that can be used as livestock feed.
(Source: Agrisoma, 570 News, 14 Sept., 2018) Contact: Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., Steve Fabijanski, CEO, 819-205-7795, www.agrisoma.com, www.growcarinata.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Agrisoma Biosciences, Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel, Carinata, ,
The five shippers have also reduced local emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). When combined, emissions of these substances from vessels in port regions lead to over 60,000 premature deaths globally each year, according to researchers from the University of Delaware.
The GoodShipping Program , which requires shippers to commit to a reduction in their sea freight CO2 emissions,
works on the premise that as all CO2 from container shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of mitigating these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels -- or the amount of "drop in" biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers' cargo. (Source: GoodFuels, Marine link, 13 Sept., 2018)Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.goodfuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels , Marine Fuel, Marine Biofuel, Biofuel,
Siemens was awarded a contract from its German customer Innogy SE, to design, supply and build the grid connection for the 860 MW wind farm 32 km off the Lincolnshire coast.
Siemens will lead on the construction of a new four-hectare onshore substation at Bicker Fen, as well as offshore infrastructure, including two Offshore Transformer Modules (OTM).
Work is already underway on a new bell mouth entry point and 3.8 km access road to the new substation construction site. The onshore substation construction will start early 2019.
(Source: Siemens Energy Management, T&D World, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Siemens Grid Access, www.siemens.com/gridaccess; Siemens Energy Management, www.siemens.com/energy-management; Innogy Renewables UK, +44 1793 877777, www.innogy.com/web/cms/en/3708678/innogy-renewables-uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens, Offshore Wind, Triton Knoll ,
EP100 -- a global collaborative initiative on energy productivity led by The Climate Group in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy -- brings together 20 major businesses from 12 countries and seven sectors, with a combined revenue of over $200 billion.
Sasol has committed to installing a smart energy management system (EnMS) within 10 years, targeting a 30 pct energy productivity improvement.
The firm has already invested in energy efficiency projects amounting to more than 10 million tpy of carbon emissions saved since 2004.
UltraTech Cement has committed to doubling its energy productivity by 2035,
Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd has committed to doubling its energy productivity by 2039 (2014 baseline); Mahindra Heavy Engines Ltd by 2041 (2016 baseline); and
GILAC has already reduced their energy consumption by 41.8 pct (FY2011 baseline year), (Source: ESI Africa, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: UltraTech Cement, www.ultratechcement.com; EP100, www.theclimategroup.org/project/ep100; Sasol, Stephen Cornell, Pres., CEO, +27 10 344 5000, www.sasol.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Sasol,
The application protocol is intended to serve as a means of submitting verified data and automatically issuing certified carbon credits.
The aim is to streamline and accelerate the data verification processes for GHG inventory management and carbon credit origination. The application protocol has the potential to reduce MRV costs by up to 10x in comparison to current practices and to allow real-time tracking of GHG inventories and issuance of carbon credits. (Source: South Pole Group, Crypto Land, Sept., 2018)
Contact: Gold Standard, Marion Verles, CEO, +41 22 788 7080, www.goldstandard.org; IXO Foundation, Dr. Shaun Conway, Pres., www.ixo.foundation; South Pole,
Sophie Smithers Renat Heuberger, CEO and Co-Founder, +41 43 501 35 50, www.southpole.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit, GHGs, Greenhouse Gas, Gold Standard,
The government, which sets the price of domestic biofuels, mandates diesel fuel mixes sold in Argentina contain 10 pct biodiesel. Argentina consumed 1.17 million tons of biodiesel in 2017, according to that state statistics agency, Indec.
Argentina is the world's largest exporter of soybean oil and soymeal for livestock feed, and the No. 3 exporter of raw soybeans. (Source: Argentinian Energy Secretary, Merco Press, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Juan Jose Aranguren, Argentinian Energy Secretary, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Jose_Aranguren
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Argentina Biodiesel,
"These (2015 Paris Climate Agreement) targets were the bare minimum to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, but scientists tell us that we are far off track. According to a U.N. study, the commitments made so far by parties to the Paris agreement represent just one-third of what is needed."
"We need to rapidly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels. We need to replace them with clean energy from water, wind and sun. We must halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and change the way we farm."
"If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us. Keeping our planet's warming to well below 2 degrees (Celsius) is essential for global prosperity, people's well-being and the security of nations." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Vestas presently produces nacelles for its 4MW platform at its factory in the neighbouring province of Nizhny Novgorod, and plans to set up a tower facility in Rostov, as part of its efforts to create a manufacturing hub in south-west Russia.
Vestas partnered with Rusnano and the Consortium of Investors of Ulyanovsk Oblast to build the blade factory.
(Source: Vestas, Russian Association of the Wind Industry, Vestas, WindPower Monthly 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Russian Association of the Wind Industry, https://rawi.ru/en; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, en.rusnano.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rusnano, Vestas, Wind Turbine, Wind Blade,
The 35, 4.5-MW Nordex wind turbine equipped Mortlake South wind farm represents capital expenditure of $288 million (AUS) (€177 million). Construction is slated to get underway early next year for completion in mid-2020.
The Mortlake acquisition will increase ACCIONA'S Australian renewable energy capacity 36 pct to 592 MW. The wind farm will generate clean energy equivalent to the electricity consumption of almost 80,000 Australian households, avoiding over 532,000 tpy of CO2.
ACCIONA Energia has invested more than $1.3 billion (€814 million) in Australia since 2002.
(Source: ACCIONA Energia , PR, REVE, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: ACCIONA Energia, www.acciona-energia.com
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The trial, which involved the delivery of approximately 20,000 litres of jet biofuel imported from the US, was intended to show potential biofuel producers that their product could be mixed with traditional aviation fuels and piped through the Brisbane Airport fueling system to end users.
In October, 2017, Virgin (Airlines) Australia announced a two-year project with Brisbane airport, US renewable fuel supplier Gevo and the Queensland Government and worked on the trial with supply partners Caltex and DB Schenker.
The first test saw a biofuel blend pumped to 195 domestic and international flights that traveled more than 430,000 kilometres.
Additional trials are expected over the next 12 to 18 months.
(Source: Virgin Australia, Virgin, Airline Ratings, Sept., 2018) Contact: GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, email@example.com, www.gevo.com; Virgin Australia, +61 7 3295 2296, www.virginaustralia.com/uk; Brisbane Airport, https://bne.com.au
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"We're obviously at a time right now where we're very concerned about our lack of export markets and so it's really important that this administration continues to support farmers, continue to support the renewable fuels industry by the Renewable Fuel Standard." -- Anne Steckel, Biofuels Advisor with the National Farmers Union, speaking on the US EPA RFS "Hardship" waivers for refiners.
According to EPA data, nearly 50 waivers were granted in 2016 and 2017, wiping out 2.2 billion gallons of blending obligations. "Hardship waivers" were intended for refineries that produced 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Public News Service, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: National Farmers Union, Roger Johnson, Pres., (202) 554-1600, https://nfu.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA "Hardship Waiver" news, RFA news, NFU news,
With 70 MWh capacity and eMotorWerks' JuiceNet cloud software platform as the Battery Management System (BMS), the eMotorWerks virtual battery manages charging loads to balance grid demand, reduces wholesale energy costs and mitigates the intermittency of renewables.
Over 6,000 eMotorWerks residential JuiceBox and other JuiceNet-enabled EV chargers installed in the Golden State make up the 30MW virtual battery. Locations are spread across the state and concentrated in the major population centers.
Enel X is a new Enel global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility.
(Source: eMotorWerks , Sept., 2018) Contact: eMotorWerks, Val Miftakhov, CEO www.emotorwerks.com; EnelX, www.enelx.com
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Eligible homeowners can expect to save up to $4,838 on a battery storage unit installation tapering down to $3,714 by 2026 as the price of batteries continues to drop.
Under the terms of the MoU, Macquarie will build the hybrid project and is set to announce the contracted EPC firm soon.
(Source: Macquarie Group, RENew Economy, 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Macquarie Group, www.macquarie.com
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The study concludes that the small refinery waivers could account for as many as 4.6 billion gallons of domestic demand lost over the next six years, along with the hit to revenue. Conventional biofuel such as corn ethanol stands to fall in use, along with consumption of ethanol in flex fuels and mid-level blends, and wholesale ethanol prices could slip as much as 19 cents per gallon on average.
The study also found that U.S. ethanol consumption stands to drop 761 million gpy on average between 2018 and 2023 with a resulting decline in gross ethanol sales revenues, with an average of $3.3 billion lost per year.
As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, Transportation Today, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, (573) 884-4688, www.fapri.missouri.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard, Hardship Waiver, RFS, EPA, Ethanol, EPA Hardship Waivers,
Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.
Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels.
(Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media,
11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com
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The money comes as an incentive for the hospital upgrading its HVAC controls and other upgrades to improve energy efficiency.
This includes the utilization of variable frequency drives that deliver only the energy needed at a given time, as opposed to some of the hospital's older units that ran full time.
The upgrades represent about $110,000 in electrical savings annually.
(Source: Duke Energy, GreenCastle Graphic, 10 Sept., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Putnam County Hospital, https://pchosp.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Rebate,
The Trump EPA is proposing Energy companies be afforded twice as much time to monitor and repair leakages of the harmful greenhouse gas from oil and gas wells -- a move the EPA says would make it easier for companies to comply with regulations. The Interior Department is also expected to release a rule that would end "flaring" methane at drilling sites.
The new proposal weakens a 2016 Obama administration rule requiring energy companies to conduct leak inspections on their drilling equipment as regularly as every six months. Under the proposed new regulation, companies would perform a leak inspection at least once a year on most facilities, and every two years for low-producing oil and gas wells. Under the old rule, companies would have 30 days to repair methane leaks. The proposed new rule allows 60 days for repairs.(Source: EPA, Various Media, OZY, Presidential Daily Briefing 11 Sept., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane, EPA, GHGs.Greenhouse Gas,
By using this new feature created by Google in partnership with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, more than 9000 cities that have initiated projects to cut emissions after signing the Paris Agreement, can benefit.
The new feature can trace a large part of a city's carbon emissions and decipher the source then calculate the size of each building and its data about emission of carbon as well as its energy consumption.
The tool can also infer traffic and modes of travel, and estimate the emissions from that transportation. (Source: Google, TNS International News, Sept., 2018)
Contact: Google Environmental Insights Explorer, www.insights.sustainability.google;Global Covenant of Mayors, email@example.com, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint, Google, Carbon Emissions,
Climate Fund Managers, with the support of the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks, will help Cleantech Solar access prime, long-term institutional capital for future expansion.
Singapore-based Cleantech Solar owns and operates over 120 solar power plants across India and South-East Asia, representing 200 MW of projects, with majority being in operation and remaining under construction and development.
Climate Fund Managers (CFM) is a cooperative established as a joint venture between the Dutch Development Bank, FMO, and South Africa's Sanlam InfraWorks.
Climate Investor One, which has $535 million funds under management, is mandated to finance renewable energy infrastructure projects across Africa, Asia and Latin America with a technological focus on solar, wind and run-of-river hydro. (Source: CleanTech Solar, eco Business, 11 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Climate Fund Managers, Andrew Johnstone, CEO, www.climatefundmanagers.com; Cleantech Solar , www.cleantechsolar.com
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At the signing, Governor Brown noted, "To get to 100 pct clean energy in a manner that ensures reliability and reduces cost, we must use a variety of strategies -- energy storage, increased efficiency and adjusting energy use to the time of day when we have most power will all help with the transition."
(Source: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, Various Media, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Office of Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown, (916) 445-2841, http://gov.ca.gov
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The project, which "has an interconnection queue to deliver power to California," is expected to come online in 2022, when it should also begin commercial operation. (Source: Eolus, Energy Storage, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Eolus Vind AB, Per Witalisson, CEO, +46 10 199 88 02, www.eolusvind.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Eolus, Solar,
The plant will use locally sourced sugar cane straw and other feedstocks. Presently, there
are 10 co-operative sugar mills and three private sugar mills in Haryana. (Source: The Statesman, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation , Ethanol, India Ethanol,
The report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences noted that
N2O rises when rice fields are allowed to dry before being "wetted" -- intermittent flooding -- for planting.
In India alone, where the study took place across five intermittently flooded rice fields, N2O emissions "could be 30-45 times higher than reported under continuous flooding" researchers estimated.
Overall, researchers calculated that N2O per hectare (2.5 acres) was three times higher than ever reported by research on intermittently flooded farms before.
(Source: Environmental Defence Fund, South China Morning News, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Environmental Defence Fund, www.edf.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News N20, Environmental Defense Fund, GHGs,
The Moroccan government is planning to have renewable energy -- primarily solar -- generate 42 pct of the North African country's energy by 2020.
Since 2015, Shandong Electric Power Construction Co., Ltd (SEPCO III), a subsidiary of Power Construction Corporation of China, has undertaken the construction of NOOR II and NOOR III CSP projects in Ouarzazate.
The NOOR Solar Complex, a four-phase project, is the world's largest CSP station under construction. The NOOR II project has already been put into commercial operation, while the NOOR III project recently achieved its first grid connection target.
Upon completion of all four phases of projects, the NOOR station will generate sufficient power for 1 million or more homes and export surplus electricity to Europe.
(Source: Xinhua, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Shandong Electric Power Construction, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/sepcoiii-electric-power-construction-corp
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The Sonnen plan follows the State Government's announcement of its $100 million Home Battery Scheme to provide 40,000 SA households with access to grants up to $6000 to pay for the installation of home battery systems. (Source: Sonnen, Brand South Australia News, 9 Sept., 2018) Contact: Sonnen, www.sonnen-batterie.com
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The acquisition includes three wind farms in Clinton County totalling 279 MW, two in Wyoming County with a combined capacity of 227 MW and a single 106-MW wind park in Franklin County. Together, these plants currently produce 29 pct of the Empire State's wind power.
The transaction is awaiting certain regulatory approvals and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018. Carlyle Power Partners II LP will provide equity capital for the purchase.
Upon completion of the move, Carlyle Power Partners' total power generation portfolio will reach 7,000 MW net MW. (Source: Carlyle Group, PR, Renewables, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Carlyle Group, www.carlyle.com; Noble Environmental Power, (860) 581-5010, www.noblepower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Noble Environmental Power, Wind,
Four Seasons partnered with Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar which designs, installs and maintains solar electric systems for homeowners, commercial property owners and utility-scale developers. Namaste worked with New York-based Positive Energy NY LLC, PowerStream Solar & Electric LLC in Salisbury Township and Delta Electric Services LLC in Lebanon, Pa. to install the 3,900 solar panels.
The project is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years.
(Source: Four Seasons Companies,PR, Various Media, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Four Seasons Group, Nelson Longenecker , VP, 717-721-2800; Namaste Solar, 303.447.0300 www.namastesolar.com
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An organic solar cell is made up of acceptor and donor materials. The donor absorbs light from solar radiation and the harvested energy is passed to the electrodes with the help of the acceptor. The IISER researchers synthesised the donor using an artificial aromatic chemical (corrole) which has a similar structure to the corrin ring in vitamin B12. The artificially synthesised corrole (Cor-BODIPY) absorbs light much like porphyrin in natural chlorophyll. Another commercially available organic molecule was used as an acceptor, accordping to the release.
The organic cells developed by the team showed three absorption bands between 400-650 nm -- whole visible range of the solar spectrum -- with a maximum absorption at 420 nm. The ability to turn the light absorbed to electricity (power conversion efficiency) was 2.5 pct.
The researchers enhanced the performance of the solar cells by coating them with different solvents. The surface morphology was investigated after the treatment and microscopy images showed that the treatment helped improve the alignment of the Cor-BODIPY donor by forming a denser molecular packing on the active surface. This treatment more than doubled the power conversion efficiency from 2.5 pct to 6.6% pct.
(Source: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, The Hindu, 8 Sept., 2018)
Contact: Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Dr. Ruchika Mishra, Research Associate, +91-33-6634 0012, +91-33-6451 3294, www.iiserkol.ac.in
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Methane is a potent greenhouse gas and therefore any fugitive methane emissions from a renewable energy production system are not conducive to reducing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
The attached IEA Bioenergy report addresses: methods used for emission quantification; presents selected results of measurements; proposes mitigation measures; and puts methane emissions in a context of a standard greenhouse gas balance.
Download the Methane Emissions
from Biogas Plants
report HERE. (Source: IEA Bioenergy, 2018) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org, www.ieabioenergy.com
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Ameresco provides comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe.
Chelsea Group specializes in engineering services, building science and asset value. Its services include design engineering, commissioning, project management, construction management and ongoing services. Chelsea Group engineers conduct detailed building assessments to develop cost-effective infrastructure improvements.
(Source: Ameresco, Metro West Daily News, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Ameresco, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com; Chelsea Group, www.chelsea-grp.com
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Nearly half of the Walney Extension wind farm incorporates 8.25-mw MHI Vestas turbines. The rest of the installation is composed of slightly smaller 7-mw models from Siemens.
The wind farm covers an area of water measuring 55.9 square miles, or 35,830 acres.
(Source: Orsted, NPR, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, https://orsted.com
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