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REAP Grants $431,725 for Rural Maine Energy Efficiency (Funding)
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Energy for America Program
Date: 2018-09-14
In the Pine Tree State, nine rural Maine businesses will receive a total of $431,725 in funding through the USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

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,  


Echoenergia Snares Voltalia 197MW Brazilian Wind Projects (M&A)
Voltalia, Echoenergia
Date: 2018-09-14
In Paris, French renewable energy company Voltalia is reporting the sale of 197MW of shovel-ready wind farm projects to private equity firm Actis Group's Brazilian-controlled company Echoenergia. Financial details have not been disclosed.

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, accueil.paris@voltalia.com, www.voltalia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia ,  Wind,  Echoenergia,  


Ireland Launching Inaugural Green Bond Issue (Int'l Report)
Ireland National Treasury Management Agency
Date: 2018-09-14
In Dublin, Ireland's National Treasury Management Agency reports it will launch its first green bond issuance in the coming months, and to that end is meeting with potential investors. The bond will be issued under the recently approved Irish Sovereign Green Bond framework.

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, info@ntma.ie, www.ntma.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Bond,  


Clariant's Romanian Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Clariant
Date: 2018-09-14
Further to our 1st November, 2017 coverage, Swiss specialty chemical developer Clariant reports construction is underway on its previously announced cellulosic ethanol plant near the city of Craiova, Romania.

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 anja.pomrehn@clariant.com, www.clariant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Google Data Center Inks Finnish Wind Energy PPA (Int'l Report)
Google
Date: 2018-09-14
Reuters is reporting IT juggernaut Google has signed a 10-year PPA for renewable energy from three new wind farms presently under construction in Finland. The combined capacity of the three farms will be 190 MW and will be built by renewable energy developers Neoen of France and Germany's CPC and WPD.

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,  


Quinbrook's Persimmon Creek Wind Farm Now Online (Ind. Report)
Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners,Scout Clean Energy
Date: 2018-09-14
Global investment management company Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners reports it has begun commercial operations at its 200MW Persimmon Creek wind farm in Oklahoma. The 17,000 acres facility incorporates 73 GE 2.5MW turbines.

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, info@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy,  Wind,  


€250Mn Latvian Wind Farm in Planning Stage (Int'l Report)
Eolus Vind
Date: 2018-09-14
SIA Eolus, a subsidiary of Hassleholm,Sweden-based Eolus Vind AB, has announced plans to construct a €250 million wind farm in Dobele and Tukums municipalities, Latvia. The project will utilize 51 turbines with an annual electricity production at 0.7 TWh -- about 10 pct of Latvia's yearly energy consumption. Construction is expected to get underway in 2019 for completion and commissioning in 2022.

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,  


Ethanol Players Tell Trump Ethanol Industry Needs Help (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-09-14
The Renewable Fuels Association and other agriculture and ethanol groups on Wednesday appealed to President Donald Trump to immediately approve year-round sales of E15 and to reallocate Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) small-refinery waivers to larger refiners as originally intended under the RFS.

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.

Read the letter HERE. (Source: RFA, DTN/Progressive Farmer , Others, 12 Sept., 2018)

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


Ford Under Fire for Proposed Cap-and-Trade Repeal (Ind. Report)
Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Greenpeace Canada
Date: 2018-09-14
Environmental advocate Greenpeace Canada reports ait has taken legal action against the Province of Ontario. Greenpeace alleges that Doug Ford, the province's newly elected, populist freshman conservative Premier, and his government failed to hold public hearings on his proposed legislation to kill the province's cap-and-trade program as instituted by the previous liberal government. Since its creation 1n 2017, the system has contributed nearly $2.5 billion to Ontario's coffers.

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,  


Scotland's First Utility-Scale Battery Now Online (Int'l)
Renewables Infrastructure Group
Date: 2018-09-14
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports the 20MW Broxburn Energy Storage facility, Scotland's first utility-scale battery storage facility, has been officially opened and is now delivering sub-second balancing services to National Grid .

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,  


DHL, OSU Report Campus Carbon Footprint Offset Partnership (Ind. Report)
DHL, Ohio State University
Date: 2018-09-14
In Westerhill, Ohio, contract logistics specialist DHL Supply Chain and The Ohio State University (OSU) are reporting a partnership for the planting and care of trees on the OSU campus. DHL, through its "GoGreen Program" , also purchased and donated 1,000 tonnes of carbon credits for Ohio State to contribute to the university's carbon reduction goals. Ohio State matched DHL's donation by purchasing an additional 1,000 tonnes of carbon credits.

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, nicole.porter@dhl.com, www.dhl.com; DHL GoGreen Program, HERE; OSU, Kate Bartter, Dir. Ohio State University Office of Energy and Environment, (614) 247-4762, energy.environment@osu.edu, https://oee.osu.edu

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


Notable Quote
California Gov. Jerry Brown
Date: 2018-09-14
"I don't believe (President) Trump represents the present but he has the power, he has the Republicans hook, line and sinker. His unabashed acolytes will follow him over the cliff. Gross ignorance is dangerous. The battle is with Trump -- that's the number one fight. But once he's out of there, dealing with climate change will still be a fight." -- California Gov. Jerry Brown (D)

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Gov. Jerry Brown news,  Donald Trump news,  Cliamte Change news,  


LLNL Funded for Building Energy Efficiency Study (Funding)
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Date: 2018-09-14
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) wreports it has been awarded $3 million over three years in grant funding for a three-year project aimed at using building energy more efficiently to shave peak electric energy usage. The grant was awarded by the DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) and the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).

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 ,  


Ukraine Launches Building Energy Efficiency Certification (Int'l)

Date: 2018-09-14
In Kiev, the Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Utilities Economy Ministry of Ukraine is reporting the launch of a building energy efficiency certification program. The program includes a building energy efficiency--energy consumption audit and recommendations on improving the building energy efficiency and cutting energy costs. The launch includes an energy auditor training program of study in higher educational institutions in the Ukraine and abroad. (Source: Interfax Ukraine, 13 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy efficiency,  Energy Management,  


Slovenia's CO2, NOx GHG Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)

Date: 2018-09-14
Reporting from the capital city of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Statistical Office notes the county's CO2 emissions rose by 3.8 pct in 2016 compared to the previous year. A total of 15.2 million tonnes of CO2 was generated in 2016. Nitrogen oxide (NOx)emissions also increased by 4.5 pct. (Source: Slovenian Statistical Office, STA, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Slovenian Statistical Office, +386 1 241 64 00, gp.surs@gov.si, www.stat.si/StatWeb/en


UK Could be Carbon Neutral by 2050, says Greenhouse Gas Removal Report (Int'l Report Attached)
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
Date: 2018-09-14
In the UK, the recently released Greenhouse Gas Removal Report from the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Imperial College London has found that the UK could cut new CO2 emissions from 468 million tonnes in 2015 to 130 million tonnes in 2050.

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, chemeng.info@imperial.ac.uk, www.imperial.ac.uk/chemicalengineering


India Ups Sugarcane Ethanol Price for Blending by 25 pct (Int'l Report)
Sugarcane
Date: 2018-09-14
In New Delhi, the Indian government Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved an over 25 pct increase in the price of ethanol produced directly from 100 pct sugarcane juice for blending in petrol in a bid to cut surplus sugar production and reduce oil imports. The announcement raised the procurement price of sugarcane ethanol to Rs 59.13 per litre from the current rate of Rs 47.13.

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,  


Starbucks Touts Energy Efficient Green Stores Initiative (Ind. Report)
Starbucks
Date: 2018-09-14
Seattle-headquartered retail coffee juggernaut Starbucks is touting its new Starbucks Greener Stores Initiative focused on energy efficiency and water stewardship, renewable energy, creating a healthy environment, using responsible materials, water diversion and community engagement. The Greener Stores initiative is expected to save the company $50 million in utilities over the next decade.

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,  


Agrisoma Carinata Mustard Seed Biofuel Flies United (Ind. Report)
Agrisoma Biosciences
Date: 2018-09-14
Gatineau, Quebec-based Carinata mustard biofuels producer Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. reports it biofuel is being used by United Airlines. Thirty pct of the jet fuel used in the Boeing will be replaced by Agrisoma's biofuel, leading the company to proclaim the plane will emit 30 pct less greenhouse gases than a regular flight. Currently, the technical and regulatory rules limit to 50 pct the amount of biofuel that can be used in commercial aircraft.

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,  ,  


GoodFuels Marine Fossil-Free Maritime Fuel Lauded (Ind. Report)
GoodFuels
Date: 2018-09-14
In Amsterdam, GoodFuels Marine is reporting its GoodShipping Program, which claims to be the world's first global initiative established to decarbonize shipping through the use of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, has enabled five pioneering shippers -- Tony's Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic -- to collectively cut their carbon footprint by over 40 tons through the use of GoodFuels Marine's advanced, sustainable marine fuel.

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, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels ,  Marine Fuel,  Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Siemens Scores UK Offshore Wind Grid Connection Contract (Int'l)
Siemens.Triton Knoll
Date: 2018-09-12
Siemens Energy Management reports it will soon begin onshore substation and offshore transformer module design, supply and construction work on the UK's Triton Knoll offshore wind farm. The new wind farm will be capable of providing sufficient clean and sustainable power for the equivalent of at least 800,000 British homes.

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 ,  


Sasol, Indian Companies Commit to EP100, Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
UltraTech Cement
Date: 2018-09-12
On Monday, South African global integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol and a group of pioneering Indian companies pledged to focus on energy efficiency as part of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. The Indian firms include UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers Ltd, Mahindra Heavy Engines Ltd, and Godrej Industries Limited and Associate Companies (GILAC).

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,  


Blockchain App for Carbon Credit Tokenization (New Prod & Tech)
IXO Foundation,Gold Standard
Date: 2018-09-12
In Zurich, global sustainability finance specialist South Pole Group reports it is partnering with the IXO Foundation, developer of the Blockchain for Impact, and Gold Standard, the benchmark standard for climate and development projects, to develop an application and impact tokens on the IXO protocol to facilitate the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of data for compiling greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and originating carbon credits.

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,  


Argentinian Biodiesel Price Bumped Up 17 pct (Int'l. Report)
Argentina Biodiesel
Date: 2018-09-12
In Buenos Aires, Juan Jose Aranguren, the Argentinian Energy Secretary's office reports it has raised the price of biodiesel used in domestic fuel blends from 22,589 Pesos per ton to 26,509 pesos ($710.70) per ton -- a 17 pct increase. The increase is being attributed primarily to monetary fluctuations.

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,  


Notable Quote on Climate Change
Climate Change
Date: 2018-09-12
"Climate change is moving faster than we are. We need to put the brake on deadly greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate action."

"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.

(Source: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, 10 Sept., 2018)

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


Vestas' Russian Wind Blade Plant Construction Nears Completion (Int'l)
Vestas,Rusnano
Date: 2018-09-12
The Russian Association of the Wind Industry is reporting Vestas' new RUB 1 billion ($14.3 million) wid turbine blade which is under construction in Ulyanovsk, southern Russia, is nearing completion and expects to begin manufacturing 300 blades per year early in 2019.

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,  


ACCIONA Awarded 35-Turbine Aussie Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
ACCIONA Energía
Date: 2018-09-12
ACCIONA Energia reports it will acquire the 157.5-MW Mortlake South wind farm in Victoria State, Australia, following an award in the renewable energy tender called by the State Government of Victoria.

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.

To date, 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

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA Energía ,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


Australian Jet Biofuel Delivery Trial Success Announced (Int'l)
Virgin Australia
Date: 2018-09-12
In the Land Down Under, Brisbane Airport is confirming the successful delivery of jet biofuel through the airport's regular fuel system.

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, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Virgin Australia, +61 7 3295 2296, www.virginaustralia.com/uk; Brisbane Airport, https://bne.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Notable Quote -- RFS "Hardship" Waivers Hurting Ethanol Demand
EPA,National Farmers Union
Date: 2018-09-12
"The farmers are the ones at the end of the day who are really not the winners in all of this, and it's very contrary to what the president and this administration has said that they support. They have talked extensively about supporting farmers but the actions from this EPA about the small refinery exemptions have not been supportive."

"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,  


eMotorWerks Deploys 30MW Calif. Virtual Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
eMotorWerks,EnelX
Date: 2018-09-12
San Carlos, California-based eMotorWerks, a subsidiary of the Enel Group's new advanced energy services division Enel X, is reporting deployment of a 30 MW highly distributed virtual energy storage battery in California.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Enel,  EV Charging,  


Victoria Gov. Promises Battery Energy Storage Subsidies (Int'l)
Battery,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-09-12
In the Land Down Under, the Victoria state Labor government reports that if re-elected it will provide $40 million in subsidies of up to $5,000 per-household to help 10,000 households install battery storage in their homes. The program is in addition to its suite of household energy incentives that include rebates, zero interest loans for rooftop solar, and a package for solar hot water systems. The battery storage assistance will be available only to those with existing rooftop solar systems, and with an annual household income of less than $180,000.

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.

(Source: Various Media Sources, RENew Economy, 11 Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Home Energy Storage Battery,  Solar,  Renewable Energy Storage,  Solar,  


Macquarie to Finance Korean Solar-plus-Storage Project (Int'l)
Macquarie Group
Date: 2018-09-12
Aussie banking giant Macquarie Group reports its subsidiary Macquarie Capital Korea has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goesan County for the financing of a 16MW solar PV project combined with 35MWh of solar energy storage.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Group,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Study says EPA Waivers Could Cost Ethanol Ind. $20 bln (Ind Report)
EPA
Date: 2018-09-12
According to a recently released University of Missouri Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) study, the US EPA's small refinery "hardship" waivers of their obligations under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) could cost the ethanol industry nearly $20 billion annually.

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,  


Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

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, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


Duke Issues Incentive for Hospital Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy
Date: 2018-09-12
The Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana, is reporting receipt of $114,263 in energy efficiency incentives from its energy provider, Duke Energy.

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,  


Trump EPA Proposes Methane Regulations Roll Back (Reg & Leg)
EPA
Date: 2018-09-12
In what many see as Pres. Donald Trump's ongoing effort to discredit his predessor's environmental and climate change track record, the Trump EPA will reportedly relax Obama-era rules regulating methane leaks.

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,  


Google Maps Launches Environmental Insights Explorer for Tracking Carbon Footprints (New Prod & Tech)
Google,Carbon Footprint
Date: 2018-09-12
On Monday, Google Maps reported the launch of The Environmental Insights Explorer, an online tool to help cities identify and come up with a plan to reduce emissions. The new tool enables users to access the carbon footprint of all of a city's buildings as well as the carbon print of all the car trips, bus and subway rides.

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, info@globalcovenantofmayors.org, www.globalcovenantofmayors.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Footprint,  Google,  Carbon Emissions,  


Cleantech Solar, Climate Fund Managers Partnering (Ind. Report)
Cleantech Solar
Date: 2018-09-12
Cleantech Solar, a pan-Asian supplier of renewable energy to corporates, is reporting receipt of a $50 million equity investment from Climate Fund Managers (CFM), the climate-dedicated investment manager and manager of the Climate Investor One facility. The investment is intended to facilitate Cleantech Solar's installed solar capacity growth in the Commercial and Industrial sector to over 450 MW with a target to generate over 600 GWh of clean electricity per annum.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleantech Solar,  Run of River Hydro,  ,  


CA Gov. Inks 2045 Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill SB100 (Reg & Leg)
California SB100
Date: 2018-09-12
In Sacramento, California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown's office reports the governor has signed bill SB100 mandating the Golden State's zero-carbon electricity by 2045 target into law. SB100 pushes California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) to 50 pct by 2025 and 60 pct by 2030 with a zero-carbon electricity grid in place by 2045.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gov. Jerry Brown,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  SM100,  


Eolus Acquires 500MW/250MW US Solar-Energy Storage Project (M&A)
Eolus
Date: 2018-09-12
Swedish commercial wind power developer Eolus Wind AB, through its subsidiary Eolus North America, is reporting acquisition of an unidentified western US solar-plus-storage mega-project currently in development.

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,  


IOC Announces Indian Sugar Cane Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-09-12
In north-central India, the Haryana State government reports it has entered into a MoU with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) to construct a 100 kilolitre per day Ethanol Plant (bio-refinery) at Bohali village, in Panipat at a cost of approximately Rs 900 crore ($163 million Cdn).

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,  


Rice Paddies GHG Emissions Higher Than Previously Accepted (Int'l)
Environmental Defence Fund
Date: 2018-09-12
According to a study from the non-profit Environmental Defence Fund (EDF), the amount of unaccounted-for nitrous oxide (N2O) global emissions from rice -- a staple food crop worldwide -- may be as high as the annual climate pollution from about 200 coal power plants and have significant impact on global warming and climate change. N2O is a long-lasting atmospheric pollutant more potent than methane or carbon dioxide CO2).

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

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Moroccan NOOR III CSP Solar Project Well Underway (Int'l)
NOOR III
Date: 2018-09-10
From the Moroccan capital city of Rabat, the Chinese new agency Xinhua is reporting China's Shandong Electric Power Construction Co. is constructing the world's tallest CSP solar tower near the city of Ouarzazate. The tower is part of Morocco's Noor III Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project.

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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Aussie Home Energy Storage Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l. Report
Sonnen
Date: 2018-09-10
German energy storage giant Sonnen reports it has selected a former auto plant in Adelaide for its planned Australian home energy storage battery production facility. The plant is expected to turn out Approximately 50,000 energy storage systems over the next five years, creating about 430 manufacturing and installation jobs for South Australia. The battery production project was first announced in February 2018, when the location was still under consideration. .

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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Carlyle Group Acquiring 612-MW NY Wind Portfolio (M&A)
Carlyle Group,Noble Environmental Power
Date: 2018-09-10
Asset manager The Carlyle Group reports will purchase a 612-MW operating wind power generation portfolio in New York plus a dedicated operations platform in what it describes as its “maiden foray” into wind power. The purchase, which is subject to regulatory and other approvals, will be executed by its newly-established affiliate Zephyr Wind Energy, the announcement says. The vendor is Essex, Ct.-based Noble Environmental Power.

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

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Pa. Produce Company Switches on $1.6Mn Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Namaste Solar
Date: 2018-09-10
In Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the Four Seasons Family of Companies Inc. reports it has flipped the switch on a $1.6 million rooftop solar array at its main refrigerated distribution center. The 1.3 MW installation is expected to provide approximately one-sixth of the building's total demand for electricity and reduce power consumption by over 20 pct, water use by over 30 pct and natural gas usage by more than 50 pct.

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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IISER Bhopal Touts New Organic Solar Cell (New Prod & Tech)
IISER
Date: 2018-09-10
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal have developed cheaper and more flexible organic solar cells using a synthetic derivative of vitamin B12.

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 Emissions from Biogas Plants Report (Ind. Report)
IEA Bioenergy
Date: 2018-09-10
The attached International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 37 report -- Methane emissions from Biogas Plants - Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced -- addresses methane emissions from biogas applications.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  IEA,  


Ameresco Snares Hawaii Energy Company Chelsea Group (M&A)
Amersco
Date: 2018-09-10
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has acquired Honolulu-based Chelsea Group Limited, a building science and design engineering consulting firm, for an undisclosed price.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Orsted's Walney Extension UK Offshore Wind Farm Now Online (Int'l)
Orsted
Date: 2018-09-10
In the UK, Danish energy company Orsted -- fka DONG ENERGY -- reports its 87 turbine Walney Extension offshore wind farm north of Blackpool in the Irish Sea is now online. The project, which officially went into service last Thursday, generates 659 mw of power.

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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