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Gevo Adding Shockwave at Luverne Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Shockwave LLC
Date: 2018-08-17
Englewood, Colorado-bases isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it has entered into two separate operating leases and service agreements with Des Moines-based Shockwave LLC to install Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process as well as related technology and equipment at Gevo's Luverne, Minnesota production facility.

Shockwave is financing the equipment required for this multi-million dollar project and is providing certain performance guarantees for the Shockwave Process. The Shockwave Process is expected to cut production costs and improve profitability at the Luverne Facility by increasing the number and value of feed and protein products, producing corn oil for food use, and helping to lower the facility's overall carbon footprint. The Shockwave Process is expected to be operational in Q1,2019.

Shockwave's Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process, is a front-end corn fractionation platform that uses high velocity air and pressure changes to fractionate solid materials, providing an innovative, low-cost approach to separating the corn kernel into the various fractions including a higher-starch feed for fermentation as well as germ and fiber (Source: GEVO, PR, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Shockwave LLC, Joe Fitzgerald, Founder and President, (515) 266-0904, www.shockwave.com; :GEVO, Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes Investigated at Carleton Univ (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-08-17
. Better predicting this imbalance in energy use is what In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University assistant professor Burak Gunay and a team of colleagues report thay are working to better understand the energy savings that can be had when technologies are deployed to take advantage of a building's partial occupancy. The aim of the two-year program is to aid in the design of buildings that are better tuned to the way different people use energy in different building scenarios.

The Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes study is receiving $350,750 from Natural Resources Canada as well as support from engineering consultancy RWDI and construction software firm Autodesk.

Energy-efficient buildings are a major part of Canada's climate strategy -- almost a third of energy used by consumers takes place in buildings and homes that represent 17 pct of Canada's total carbon pollution. Almost half of the energy use in Canada's buildings is from natural gas, followed by electricity, according to government statistics. The federal government’s national climate change framework relies on energy efficiency in buildings to help drive its carbon emissions reduction projections. The framework calls for building codes, which are under the authority of provinces and territories, to be progressively tightened to "net-zero" starting in 2020. While nearly all of the energy used in buildings is used by basic services like indoor heating, cooling and lighting, Prof. Gunay notes that building codes "aren't very good at taking into account how occupants actually use those services day to day." As heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems become more efficient, the role the occupants play in a building's energy use becomes more and more important, Gunay said. (Source: Carleton Unversity, National Observer, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carleton University, https://carleton.ca/cee/people/gunay-h-burak

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Codes,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  


EU Carbon Hits 7 Year €18 High (Int'l Report)
EAU
Date: 2018-08-15
In London, Montel is reporting EU carbon permits (EAUs) traded at €18/t on Monday for the first time since November 2011, as reduced supply during the month of August continued to support the market. The benchmark Dec 18 futures contract traded last up 0.6 pct at €18/t on Ice Futures, trebling over the past 12 months, thanks largely to ETS reforms that will start slashing an oversupply of permits from January.

Benchmark carbon prices had been trading well under €10/t for years due to an oversupply of allowances primarily caused mainly by the 2007-2008 financial crisis. (Source: Various Media, Montel, 13 Aug., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EAU,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Permits,  


Aussie Flow Power Announces Windlab Energy Contract (Int'l)
Flow Power,Windlab
Date: 2018-08-15
In the Land Down Under, business-focused electric power retailer Flow Power reports it has contracted to take 50 MW output from Windlab's proposed 104 MW Lakeland wind farm about 60kms south west of Cooktown in north Queensland.

The contract is for up to 10 years, and will include the delivery of large scale renewable energy certificates. The price disclosed was not revealed. Flow Power specializes in offering corporate renewable Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) which deliver cheaper electricity supply -- using wind and solar as the bulk energy source and "firming" contracts for the balance. (Source: Flow Power, RENew Economy, 9 Aug., 2018)Contact: Flow Power, 1300 08 06 08, www.flowpower.com.au; Windlab Ltd., Roger Price, CEO, +27 21 701 1292, www.windlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Flow Power,  Windlab,  


CP Group, Fiberight Installation Underway in Maine (Ind. Report)
CP Group,Fiberight
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 11 coverage, San Diego-based CP Group reports it has broken ground on a material recovery facility in Hampden, Maine. The facility will be the front-end system for Maryland-based waste-to-biofuels specialist tFiberight's waste processing and refining facility that features the company's first full-scale biofuels and biogas processing systems.

Serving 115 municipalities, the 144,000-square-foot Hampden, Maine, facility will feature technologies from CP Group for recovering recyclables and preparing residual waste for further processing on-site.

Fiberight's proprietary anaerobic digestion and biogas technology converts organic waste to biofuel and refined bioproducts. Residual waste at the facility will be processed by Fiberight's technology, upgrading the municipal solid waste (MSW) residue into industrial bioenergy products. Startup is slated for Q4 this year. (Source: CP Group. 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: CP Group, Terry Schneider, Pres., CEO, (619) 477-3175, www.cpgrp.com; Fiberight LLC, Craig Stuart-Paul, CEO, (408) 390-3275, info@fiberight.com, www.fiberight.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fiberight,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  


Xebec Scores US Landfill Gas Upgrading to RNG Order (Ind. Report)
Xebec
Date: 2018-08-15
Quebec-headquartered landfill gas purification technology specialist Xebec Adsorption Inc. is reporting receipt of a multi-million dollar landfill gas upgrading order from a U.S. based customer to be delivered in Q1/2019.

The ordered Xebec Nitrogen Rejection Unit (NRU) has the lowest operating and maintenance cost compared to all other NRU technologies. The system can operate in a wide range of CO2 levels, allowing full optimization of the CO2 removal process upstream of the NRU, maximizing the overall efficiency of the landfill gas upgrading plant.

The company's technology separates Nitrogen (N2), Oxygen (O2) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) within a single stage Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) unit. There are currently 632 landfill gas to energy projects operating in the United States. In addition, the U.S. EPA has identified over 400 candidate landfills that are suitable for landfill gas to energy or RNG projects. Xebec is estimating that approximately 120 to 160 landfills out of the total number of operating and candidate landfills (1,032) could qualify for the production of RNG, indicating a market size for upgrading equipment in the range of $1.2 to $1.6 billion. (Source: Xebec Adsorption Inc, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xebec, Kurt Sorschak, Pres., CEO, (450) 979-8718, ksorschak@xebecinc.com, Sandi Murphy, Director, Investor Relations and Communications smurphy@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  


Macquarie's GIG Snares Conergy's Solar, Energy Storage Assets (M&A)
Macquarie Capital,Green Investment Group
Date: 2018-08-15
Macquarie Capital reports its Green Investment Group (GIG) has acquired a solar development portfolio from Conergy Asia & ME. The portfolio includes solar development assets in the Asia Pacific region, commercial, technical and energy storage capabilities, and an asset monitoring centre. Details of the deal have not been disclosed.

Since 2010 the combined Macquarie and GIG businesses have invested or arranged over £15 billion in over 200 projects across 20 countries, and is currently developing a pipeline of over 7GW of renewable energy projects including the 128MW Formosa offshore wind farm in Taiwan, the 200MW Canadian Breaks onshore wind farm in Texas and a 235MW onshore wind farm in Vasternorrland, central Sweden. (Source: Macquarie Capital, The Asset, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Conergy, Alexander Lenz, CEO , Macquarie Capital, Daniel Wong, Global co-head of Infrastructure and Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Conergy,  Macquarie Capital,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


Fluence, Saulte Ste. Marie PUC Partner for Major Business Energy Savings (Ind. Report)
Fluence
Date: 2018-08-15
In Ontario, the City of Sault Ste. Marie's designated electricity local distribution company PUC Distribution, and its operating affiliate PUC Services, report they are partnering with global energy storage specialist Fluence to offer innovative energy management solutions to their largest business customers. The partnership should result in both energy cost savings and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Fluence, which is jointly owned by Siemens and the AES Corporation, will work with PUC Services to help better manage energy delivery during peak demand, while contributing to Canadian carbon reduction mandates. The company will also provide their energy storage technology and accompanying engineering, procurement and construction services for a variety of energy management solutions.

Together the companies will focus on helping business customers to shift their energy consumption away from periods of high demand to those times when energy use is lower. This effort supports the government of Canada's target to reduce GHG emissions by 80 pct by 2050 relative to 2005 levels. (Source: Sault OnLine, Aug., 2018)Contact: Fluence, www.fluenceenergy.com; PUC Services, Rob Brewer, CEO, (705) 759-6500, www.ssmpuc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Fluence,  Energy Management,  Energy Storage,  


Siemens Gamesa Supplying Norwegian Wind Farm Turbines (Int'l)
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
Spanish wind industry giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy reports it will supply 51 units of its SWT-DD-142 onshore wind turbines, totaling 208 MW, plus a 25-year service agreement, to the Tonstad Wind Farm in the Norwegian municipalities of Sirdal and Flekkefjord. Upon commissioning, the wind farm will be one of the largest wind farms in Norway.

The ENGIE developed Tonstad Wind Farm will will provide electricity to Hydro Energi, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro. In total, the project will generate over 0.6 terawatt-hours (TWh) of power annually. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Markus Tacke, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions Announces Opportunity Projects Program Funding (Funding)
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
Date: 2018-08-15
In Victoria, British Columbia, the Pacific Institute for Climate (PIC) Solutions is calling for applications under its new Opportunity Projects Program -- partnership-driven research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate solutions. The program will award up to $60,000 per year for each project, with a total allocation of up to $600,000 annually.

PICS' collaborative research approach is based on active engagement between solutions seekers, researchers and PICS to create timely, relevant research that can be actively implemented by users. This approach aims to contribute to climate solutions by bringing together the necessary knowledge, expertise, skills, and networks to solve pressing problems and realize opportunities.

The program aligns with the PICS mandate to contribute to effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions in BC and beyond by linking leading evidence-based, climate solutions research with partners and users.

Opportunity projects possess potential for impact in climate change mitigation and adaptation including emerging and novel issues. We welcome proposals across broad disciplines potentially involving more than one principle investigator and multiple graduate-level and postdoctoral researchers.

With a commitment to build human resource capacity in BC, the program mandates participation by research faculty at one of our four collaborating universities with half of funds granted allocated to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The program is open to researchers in BC and beyond. The deadline for application is Oct. 15, 2018.

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is a research and engagement network oriented toward delivering high-impact climate solutions that can be applied by users. Our four collaborating research universities in BC are University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Northern British Columbia. PICS’ mandate is to produce leading evidence-based, climate solutions research that can be actively used by decision-makers to develop effective mitigation and adaptation policies and actions. (Source: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, (250) 853-3595, (250) 853-3597, pics@uvic.ca, www.pics.uvic.ca/opportunity-projects-program

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions,  


India Planning National Energy Storage Mission (Int'l Report)
India,Energy Storage
Date: 2018-08-15
In New Delhi, India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) reports the government is working toward a National Energy Storage Mission (NESM). Key areas for energy storage application include: integrating renewable energy with distribution and transmission grids; rural micro-grids with diversified loads or standalone systems; and developing the storage component of electric mobility plans.

In February 2018, a committee of representatives from relevant ministries, industry associations, research institutions and experts, was constituted by the MNRE to propose a draft to establish the NESM in India.

The Minister for Power, Raj Kumar Singh, reports the committee has proposed a draft NESM with the objective to strive for leadership in energy storage sector by creating an enabling policy and regulatory framework that encourages manufacturing, deployment, innovation and further cost reduction, and land grants and incentives to companies to develop relevant manufacturing capacity. (Source: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, OpenGov, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: India Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, www.mnre.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


640,000 Sq-Ft LA Tower Wins USGBC LEED Platinum Cert. (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-08-15
In Los Angeles, the 640,000-square-foot Heitman 10100 Santa Monica office tower has earned LEED Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council rating system for Existing Buildings.

The 1971 vintage, 26-story building was recognized for lowering its electrical consumption by 21 pct since 1998 and cutting its water consumption by 3.7 million gpy since 2010. The buildings sustainability features include a monthly landfill diversion of 68 pct through recycling and composting of over 2,000 pounds per month. The building was previously awarded LEED Gold certification. (Source: USGBC, Commercial Property Executive, Aug., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  US Green Building Council,  LEED Platinum,  


China Establishing Large-Scale CCS Facilities (Int'l)
China CCS
Date: 2018-08-15
The Global CCS Institute reports there are now 18 large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities around the world, with China deploying CCS as a vital climate change technology.

China's recently commissioned CCS facility in Jilin has reached a storage capacity of 0.6 million tpy of CO2, ranking it 18th major commercial CCS facilities in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

China's National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation is developing two additional large-scale CCS facilities -- the Sinopec Qilu Petrochemical CCS facility in Zibo, Shangdong Province, and the Yanchang CCS facility in Xi-an, Shaanxi Province. These facilities will capture 400,000 tonnes, and 410,000 tpy of CO2 respectively. (Source: Global CCS Institute, Gas World, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com; China National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Dr. Liu Qiang, Director of Strategy and Planning, www.ncsc.org.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  China CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Global CCS Institute,  


Japanese Utilities Buying into UK Offshore Wind Farm (Int'l, M&A)
Electric Power Development,Kansai Electric Power
Date: 2018-08-15
Nikkei Asian Review is reporting Tokyo-based Electric Power Development -- aka J-Power -- and Osaka regional utility Kansai Electric Power will purchase a total 41 pct stake of Frankfurt, Germany-based wind farm developer RWE Innogy's 860-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in the U.K. The estimated $900 million deal will give J-Power a 25 pct stake and Kansai Electric a roughly 16 pct share.

Innogy plans to start up the 860-mw Triton Knoll offshore wind project -- one of the biggest of its kind in the world -- in the North Sea in 2021. The project will utilize up to 90 9.5MW turbines and sell its output to local utilities under a 15-year fixed-rate contract. Triton Knoll is due to go live in 2021 and is expected to generate sufficient electric power for 800,000 UK households. (Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: J Power, +81 3 3546 2211, www.jpower.co.jp; Kansai Electric Power Co., +81.6.6441.8821, www.kepco.co.jp; RWE Innogy, Peter Terium, CEO, +49 (0) 201 122 2088, www.rwe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innogy,  Kansai Electric Power,  J-Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Singapore Study to Shape Future Carbon Tax (Int'l Report)
Singapore Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-15
In Singapore, the Straits Times is reporting a Climate Change Secretariat commissioned study of the impact and effectiveness of carbon pricing will be used to shape how a carbon tax is implemented here in future.

Set to be completed by August 2019, the study will seek to quantify the costs that greenhouse gas-producing firms bear in different jurisdictions, as well as the effectiveness of various measures in reducing carbon emissions. Consultants will look at direct costs from carbon taxes or emissions trading schemes and indirect costs from compliance.

Singapore will start pricing carbon at $5 per tonne of emissions from next year to 2023 then likely to raised to between $10 and $15 per tonne by 2030. The tax will be levied on approximately 30 to 40 large emitters that produce more than 25,000 tpy of emissions. This is likely to affect around that are responsible for 80 pct of Singapore's greenhouse gas emissions. The World Bank notes the global average per ton of carbon emissions is US$21.50. (Source: Singapre Strait Times, 13 Aug., 2018)Contact: World Bank Carbon Pricing Dashboard ; Climate Change Secretariat, www.nccs.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore Carbon Tax,  Carbon Tax,  


Zero Carbon Project Touts Carbon Credit Purchase Program (Int'l)
Zero Carbon Project
Date: 2018-08-15
The Zero Carbon Project is reporting the launch of its carbon credits purchasing program under which it will purchase and cancel international carbon credits from a range of projects reducing carbon emissions.

On a weekly basis, the Zero Carbon Project will purchase 30 units, equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from around 10 typical households. This purchase will help reduce the 30 tonnes of carbon emissions from entering the atmosphere. Purchases and the projects they support will be announced to the Zero Carbon Project community, accompanied by an explanation of the different issues and aspects involved in the carbon market.

The Zero Carbon Project carried made it first purchase and cancellation of CERs using the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) website platform, known as Climate Neutral Now. (Source: Zero Carbon Project, AZO CleanTech, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: Zero Carbon Project, Derek Meyers, CEO, www.zerocarbonproject.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credit,  Carbon Tax,  Zero Carbon Project,  


Zero Emissions Building Exchange Opens in Vancouver (Ind. Report)
Zero Emissions Building
Date: 2018-08-15
In British Columbia, the first of its kind not-for-profit Zero Emissions Building Exchange (ZEBx) has opened in Vancouver. The ZEBx center aims to "accelerate the capacity and enthusiasm of local developers, designers and builders to deliver cost-effective, zero-emissions new residential and commercial buildings in Vancouver."

The free one-stop shop will compile and collate all available information on zero emissions building to assist the construction industry to collaborate and partner in all aspects of zero emissions building.

ZEBx is a partnership of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the City of Vancouver, Passive House Canada and the Open Green Building Society. Other area stakeholders include: the BC Institute of Technology; Canada Green Building Council; Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association; the Roofing Contractors Association of BC; Simon Fraser University; Stuart Olson Centre for Building Performance; University of British Columbia; and others.

ZEBx is one of the strategies of the City of Vancouver's 2016 Zero Emissions Building Plan to eliminate emissions from new buildings by 2030 by increased energy efficiency and renewable energy. The plan requires the majority of new buildings in Vancouver to have no operational greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and all new buildings to have no emissions by 2030. (Source: ZEBx, Journal of Commerce, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: ZEBx , Christian Cianfrone, Exec. Dir, (604)330-2017, info@zebx.org, www.zebx.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Emissions Building,  Energy Efficiency,  


SIMEC Touting Biomass Pellet Coal Power Plant Conversions (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
In the UK, SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE), the tidal power firm 50 pct owned by the industrial player SIMEC, reports it plans to convert coal-fired power stations around the world to run on "Subcoal" waste-based biomass/biofuel pellets.

The company is currently converting the ageing Uskmouth coal power plant in South Wales to run on the Subcoal pellets, which are made from waste materials including waste plastic. The company is also in discussions with plant owners and operators in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the US to convert coal-fired power stations to run on the pellets. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Business Green, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, www.simecatlantis.com; Uskmouth Power Station, +44 1633 292700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Atlantis Energy,  Biomass Pellet,  


Environmentalists Seek Irish Peat-Fired Power Plant Closures (Int'l)
Bord na Mona
Date: 2018-08-15
Green News Ireland is reporting the National Resources Defence Council, the Southern Environmental Law Centre, and other US conservation and environmental groups have in an open letter to the Irish government, ESB and Dublin-based Bord na Mona voiced their concerns that plans for large-scale biomass burning at Ireland's peat-fired power stations are a serious threat to southern US forests.

Accordingly, the 30-some groups are calling on the Irish government to close its three peat-powered stations by 2020, to stop subsidizing co-firing with biomass and to refuse approval for ESB's forthcoming planning application to convert its two Midlands stations to co-firing with peat.

Both the ESB and state-owned Bord na Mona plan to co-fire with increasing amounts of woody biomass and to convert them to burn 100 pct biomass by 2030. The company, which currently imports woodchip from Africa, says it aims to phase out imported biomass over time in favor of indigenous sources.

The US groups claim there is "no realistic prospect" of Ireland producing enough biomass from domestic energy crops such as willow for industrial-scale burning at peat stations and that plantations in the US will be the "most likely biomass source" for co-firing and future full biomass conversions in Ireland.

Wood pellet exports to Europe soared from 530,000 tonnes in 2009 to 3.89 million tonnes in 2014, making the US the world's leading exporter. (Source: Green News Ireland, 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Peat,  Bord na Mona ,  


Minesto Tidal Kite Aces Commissioning Tests (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-08-15
Gotherberg, Sweden-headquartered tidal energy company Minesto AB is reporting the successful initial commissioning sea trials of its Deep Green subsea kite technology off Holyhead, North West Wales. The commissioning programme of the company's first commercial-scale project -- a 0.5-MW DG500 tidal energy converter installed at the site -- was initiated early in July.

According to the company, it will mow proceed with the commissioning programme to achieve flying full subsea trajectories and verify the power take-off system and electricity generation.

Minesto is a marine energy is a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. The company has operations in Sweden, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Minesto Website, 14 Aug.2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60 https://minesto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB ,  Tidal Power,  


WGL Energy Secures $75Mn Solar Project Funding Pkg. (Ind. Report)
WGL Energy Systems
Date: 2018-08-15
In the Old Dominion State, Vienna-based WGL Energy Systems Inc reports it has obtained a $75-million financing package from M&T Bank to to expand its solar energy programmes and partner with organizations on solar energy initiatives. The financing package allows WGL Energy to choose between one and up to 30 projects to invest in, own and operate.

WGL Energy presently has over 290 MW of distributed generation (DG) projects either installed or under contract across 21 states and the District of Columbia. (Source: WGL Energy, Renewables 14 Aug., 2018)Contact: WGL Energy, (703) 333-3900, www.wglenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News WGL Energy Systems,  ,  Solar,  


Emera Exits OpenHydro Tidal Power JV (Ind. Report)
Emera Inc., OpenHydro
Date: 2018-08-15
Halifax-headquartered energy company Emera Inc. reports it is ending its support support for its Cape Sharp, Nova Scotia Tidal joint venture with Dublin, Ireland-based OpenHydro Ltd after the latter, a subsidiary of French marine renewables specialist Naval Energies, filed for liquidation last month.

In a statement Emera said it "sees no further value in pursuing the particular tidal power project" but intends to intends to continue to participate in in-stream tidal energy projects.

The Cape Sharp Tidal project involved the installation of a 2-MW OpenHydro Open-Centre turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada. The device was hooked to the grid in November 2016 and was recovered in June 2017 for certain modifications. It was re-deployed on July 22 and grid-connected on July 24, 2018. (Source: Emera, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: OpenHydro, +353 (0) 1 717 0200, info@openhydro.com, www.openhydro.com; Emera Inc., (902) 450-0507, www.emera.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emera,  Tidal,  OpenHydro,  


Novozymes Touts Bioenergy Segment Growth (Ind. Report)
Novozymes
Date: 2018-08-15
In a just released financial report for the first half of 2018, Novozymes reported 14 pct organic sales growth for its bioenergy segment which accounted for 19 pct of the company's sales during the first half of the year. The company also noted its newly launched Innova Drive yeast product posted good growth in the second quarter. Novozymes also reported that sales of enzymes for biomass conversion declined during the first half of 2018 when compared to the same period of last year.

Novozymes also noted that organic sales growth for the bioenergy segment is expected to be driven mainly by new product launches and innovation. (Source: Novozymes, AgraNet, Various Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Novozymes, Tina Sejersgard Fano, VP Bioenergy, +45 44 46 00 00, www.novozymes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes ,  Enzymes,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  


BIOD Energy Set for 100-tpd Indian Biodiesel Plant Startup (Int'l)
BIOD Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
New Delhi-headquartered independent biodiesel producer BIOD Energy reports it is set to commission a 100 tpd biodiesel early in November, 2018. The plant in Bawal , Haryana will process used cooking oil and other feedstock.

The company statement notes that currently diesel alone meets an estimated 72 pct of India's domestic transport fuel demand, followed by petrol at 23 pct while the rest of the need gap is filled by other fuels such as CNG and LPG. (Source: BIOD Energy, PTI, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: BIOD Energy, +91 11 4728 9966, +91 11 4728 9900, info@biodenergy.in, www.biodenergy.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  India Biodiesel,  


Aemetis Updates Calif. Cellulosic Ethanol Project Progress (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2018-08-15
Further to our June 20 report, Cupertino, California-based Aemetis' recently released second quarter financial results on Aug. 9, noted progress is being made with its Riverbank, California cellulosic ethanol plant, including engineering, environmental permitting and EPC project milestones.

Construction on the cellulosic ethanol plant, which will use LanzaTech technology to convert orchard and agriculture waste into ethanol, could bet underway this year, subject to a pending USDA loan guarantee. (Source: Aemetis, Ethanol Producer, Other Media, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, investors@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  LanzaTech,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


BMR Energy Acquiring US Virgin Island Solar Farms (M&A)
BMR Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
BMR Energy, a clean energy company owned by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, reports it is acquiring the 4-MW Estate Spanish Town solar farm on St. Croix, as well as a second hurricane-damaged solar project on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

The acquisitions are subject to the V.I. Water and Power Authority utility and regulatory approvals. V.I. Water and Power Authority has a 20-year PPA with both solar facilities. BMR will assume the agreements.

The St. Thomas plant is presently operating at 45 pct of capacity and the St. Croix solar farm is substantially damaged during the 2017 hurricane season, according to a statement from BMR. (Source: BMR Energy, St. John Source, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: BMR EnergyLLC, (212) 453-6720, info@bmrenergy.com, www.bmrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BMR Energy,  Solar,  V.I. Water and Power Authority,  


London RE:FIT Energy Efficiency Program Lauded (Int'l. Report)
Mayor of London RE:FIT Program
Date: 2018-08-13
In the UK, the Mayor of London's award winning RE:FIT Program supports public sector organizations improve non-domestic public buildings more energy efficient by providing an energy performance contracting framework to guarantee energy savings.

In London alone, the programme has supported the retrofit of over 600 public sector buildings, reducing carbon emissions by 149,000 tCO2 and saving these organizations £7.1 million per year.

Energy savings is t the heart of RE:FIT program. By entering into contract, the delivery of energy reductions is guaranteed thus pproviding a strong business case for taking action and assurance that financial savings will be achieved. Through ongoing measurement and verification provided as part of any RE:FIT contract, organizations receive annual energy reports demonstrating savings. This is reported in line with the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol, an internationally recognized reporting method. As well as reducing energy consumption and costs, delivering a project using RE:FIT has a number of important additional benefits, such as better management practices; improved maintenance activities; and enhanced brand and stakeholder reputation.(Source: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, Public Sector Executive, 6 Aug., 2018)Contact: Mayor of London RE:FIT Program, +44 0 20 7983 4000 www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/energy/energy-buildings/refit/refit-framework

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UM Initiative Aims to Convert GHGs into Profitable Products (R&D)
University of Michigan,CO2 Sciences
Date: 2018-08-13
In Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its Global CO2 Initiative aimed at removing carbon dioxide from the air and turning it into useful products. The initiative is funded with up to $4.5 million -- a maximum of $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering and an additional $2 million in other fundraising commitments. The initiative aims to reduce the equivalent of 10 pct of current atmospheric CO2 emissions annually by 2030 -- approximately 4 gigatons that could potentially be converted into concrete and other construction materials, fuels, and carbon fiber.

The Global CO2 Initiative combines the assets of the San Francisco nonprofit CO2 Sciences with what was previously the Beyond Carbon Neutral initiative at the U-M Energy Institute. While both endeavors aimed to accelerate the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the air, CO2 Sciences worked to find uses for that extracted greenhouse gas. The board of CO2 Sciences elected to donate its assets to U-M in order to leverage its resources and ecosystem.

The initiative aims to drive the development of technologies that can capture and convert CO2 into a commodity -- providing commercial incentives to lower the concentration in the atmosphere.

As a first step, the initiative will deploy, for free download, a first-of-its-kind toolkit that establishes a common model for assessing the climate and economic impacts of different technologies in the carbon conversion industry, as well as of CO2-based products themselves. The Life Cycle Analysis and Techno-Economic Analysis Toolkit (LCA/TEA) was developed in collaboration with institutions from around the world and to evaluate technologies for a global market. It is designed to help researchers and industry evaluate which carbon removal approaches or carbon-based products are most promising. The toolkit's initial partners include: the Technical University of Berlin, the University of Sheffield, RWTH Aachen and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. U-M is continuing to expand funding commitments and research partners for this initiative. The $2.5 million in seed funding from Michigan Engineering is part of its new Blue Sky Initiative designed to encourage daring research with high potential for societal impact. (Source: University of Michigan, Michigan News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Volker Sick, Global CO2 Initiative Lead, www.globalco2initiative.org; CO2 Sciences, www.co2science.org

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STEELNOL Touts Steelmaking Waste Gases Ethanol Tech. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,STEELNOL
Date: 2018-08-13
The EU Community Research & Development Information Service (CORDIS) is reporting an innovative process developed in the EU-funded STEELANOL -- production of sustainable, advanced bio-ethANOL through an innovative gas-fermentation process using exhaust gases emitted in the STEEL industry -- project has demonstrated a new, greener use for steel waste gases. Coordinated by steel and mining company ArcelorMittal Belgium, the project has shown that these gases can be recycled and fermented to produce bioethanol transportation fuel and other valuable products including aviation fuels.

STEELANOL is demonstrating the environmental benefits entailed in recycling waste streams, and reducing steelmaking emissions at source and producing fuel that isn't made from oil keeps fossil fuels in the ground. STEELNOL's technology was developed by project partner and carbon recycling company LanzaTech. In a pioneering gas fermentation process, anaerobic bacteria feed on the CO in steel waste gases to produce bioethanol. This process has no impact on water, food, land use or biodiversity.

When fully operational in 2020, the Ghent facilities are expected to produce around 80 million lpy of bioethanol with a greenhouse gas impact greenhouse gas impact that is expected to be more than 65 pct lower than that of oil-derived fuels. (Source: CORDIS ( EU Community Research & Development Information Service) , Aug., 2018) Contact: STEELANOL, John Kennedylaan, + 32 (0) 9 347 31 11 , info@steelanol.eu, www.steelanol.eu/en; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Suction Bucket Offshore Wind Foundations Placed (Int'l Report)
Norwegian Geotechnical Institute
Date: 2018-08-13
The Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and GeoSea are reporting the installation of the first of the 20 suction bucket jackets at the Borkum Riffgrund 2 windfarm 54 kilometers off the coast of Lower Saxony, in the German North Sea. The foundations of all 20 wind turbines have been safely pumped into the seabed full commissioning of the wind farm is slated for early 2019.

In the installation of the 56 wind turbines, 20 will use the suction bucket technology as foundation and 36 will be supported using monopiles. The three-legged foundations measure more than 50 meters in height and weighing 950 tons each. (Source: Framo, Engineering Live, 9 Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Thomas Langford, Director for Offshore Energy, +47 22 02 30 00, www.ngi.no/eng

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Norway Open for Carbon Capture & Storage Business (Int'l. Report)
Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
In Oslo, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy reports it is proceeding with an undersea carbon capture and storage (CSS) project which, if successful, will serve as a stepping stone for full scale international operations.

The Norwegian demonstration scale project, which is expected to be online by 2020, will capture emissions from a Heidelberg Cement cplant in Brevik and a waste incineration facility in Oslo. These sites all delivered their concept studies for CO2 capture in the fall of 2017. Each plant plans to capture roughly 400,000 tpy.

Norway began in carbon storage with the Sleipner Project which has stored 1 million tpy CO2 since startup about 20 years ago. It was the first facility dedicated to CO2 storage and was installed as a means of avoiding the Norwegian carbon tax and reducing the CO2 content of natural gas produced in the area, which exceeded the specified European Union limit in CO2 concentration of 2.5 pct. (Source: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, Design News, Aug., 2018) Contact: Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, +47 22 24 90 90, postmottak@oed.dep.no, www.regjeringen.no

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UK Businesses Admonished to Reap CCUS Benefits (Int'l Report)
Summit Power
Date: 2018-08-13
In the UK, in an apparent reference to research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power, the Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry has pronounced "carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) one of the greatest industrial opportunities available to Britain today." The Minister adds that "international recognition that the technology must be used if the targets to limit global warming set in the Paris Agreement of 2015 are to be hit."

In 2017, research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power forecast a £160 boost to the UK economy if CCUS technology was deployed on a large scale along the east coast. Summit Power proposed linking industrial areas in the South East, Teesside, Humber and Scotland to offshore carbon storage under the North Sea. The firm said the operating costs would be £34 billion annually, and the benefits to the national economy £164 billion

. This past March, the UK's first CCUS demonstration plant opened in Cheshire. The Runcorn facility, owned by Econic Technologies and supported by the EU, converts C02 into polyols which are used to make foam-like materials. (Source: Business Week, 9 April, 2018) Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Summit Power, https://summitpower.com

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STB Agreement Sees Major Energy Savings in 5 yrs. (Ind. Report)
D+R International
Date: 2018-08-13
A recently released report from independent auditor D+R International notes consumers have saved $3.5 billion, and more than 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have been avoided, as a result of the voluntary set-top box (STB) energy conservation agreement among pay-TV providers.

The report found that the Voluntary Agreement has reduced national set-top box annual energy consumption by 34 pct since 2012. Year-over-year energy savings increased by nearly 50 pct from 2016 to 2017 as the companies successfully completed their commitment to meet an even more rigorous set of energy-efficiency levels that became applicable in 2017 under the terms of the agreement developed with the energy efficiency advocates and endorsed by the Department of Energy in 2013.

Signatories of the Voluntary Agreement include all of the major multichannel video service providers representing more than 93 pct of the US multichannel video market -- AT&T/DIRECTV, COMCAST and others -- major manufacturers and energy-efficiency advocates such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) and the Consumer Technology Association. (Source: D+R International, Rapid TV News, 12 Aug., 2018} Contact: D+R International, (301) 588-9387, www.drintl.com

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Rockland Scores 4th DOER Building Energy Efficiency Grant (Funding)
Mass DOER
Date: 2018-08-13
In the Bay State, the Town of Rockland (pop. 17,800) is projecting the town's energy costs will fall $27,831 per year with the upcoming retrofitting of energy efficient LED lighting at several town buildings this year.

The town recently received $210,531 in grant funding from the Mass. Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Program -- its fourth DOER grant award since 2013. Rockland was also awarded $75,521 in energy reduction incentives by National Grid.

The Mass. DOER Communities program incentivizes cities and towns to adopt energy efficiency policies. In 2017 the program committed $65 million in grant funding to 15 cities and towns last year.

Technical assistance for the program is being provided by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the LED lighting is being installed by Real Term Energy a firm with headquarters in Annapolis and Montreal, Canada. (Source: The Enterprise, Mass. DOER, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Rockland, Marcia Birmingham, Interim Town Administrator, www.rockland-ma.gov; Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/doer

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BPCL's Indian Cellulosic Ethanol Project Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd
Date: 2018-08-13
In Mumbai, the Indian state-run Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) reports the country's Environment Assessment Committee (EAC) has issues a conditional approval for a new, 100 kl per day second generation ethanol plant in Odisha at an expected cost of Rs 747.46 crore (1 croew = 10 million).

The project, which will use lignocelluloses biomassis as a feedstock, is in line with the government's national bio-fuel policy, which mandates 5 pct blending of ethanol with petrol. (Source: Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd, PTI, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corp, www.bharatpetroleum.com

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Cape Town Cuts Emissions by Cutting Power Consumption (Int'l)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
In Johannesburg, South Africa, Cape Town Mayor, Patricia De Lille is reporting Cape Town cut its energy-related carbon emissions by 4.1 pct between 2012 and 2015 primarily by reducing energy consumption.

"This achievement is a testament to the City's efforts to be a leader among a network of global cities (the C40 Cities initiative) that is increasingly taking action to reduce their CO2 emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change," the Mayor claimed. She said, as a member of the C40 Cities, Cape Town is committed to meeting the goals set in the 2015 Paris Agreement.

Cape Town is aiming for 37 pct reduction in carbon emissions by 2040 or a 13 pct reduction by 2022, as set out by the City's Energy2040 goal. (Source: City of Cape Town, News Channel Africa, 12 Aug., 2018)

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Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities -- Report Attached (Ind. Report)
C40 Cities
Date: 2018-08-13
According to Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities, a study funded by C40, an international coalition of cities seeking to fight climate change and promote better environmental policy, has found the carbon footprint of big cities was larger than previously estimated, when all the products and services a city uses are included.

The report notes the difference between "consumer" cities such as New York and Paris, which have shrunken industrial sectors and lower local emissions, and "producer cities" in high manufacturing regions such as southeast Asia, which generate a lot of local pollution creating goods used elsewhere. This new calculus also showcases the value of local purchasing and food production.

The report points to strategies that can be used to cut consumption emissions, including smarter purchasing, buying local, and reducing waste. Food policy can make a big difference. Cities can also focus more on retrofitting older building to conserve power. Download the Consumption-based GHG Emissions of C40 Cities report HERE. (Source: C40, Curbed, 2018) Contact: C40, Mark Watts, Exec. Dir., contact@c40.org, www.c40.org

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Trina Providing 496,000 PV Modules for Spanish Project (Int'l)
Trina Solar
Date: 2018-08-13
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited reports it will provide 167MW of PV modules to the largest solar PV project in Europe.

ACS Group and its subsidiary Cobra are constructing the 500 MW power station in Mula, Murcia province , Spain, according to a company statement. Panel are slated for Q3/Q4-2018 and Q1-2019 deliveries. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2019, it said.

Trina Solar will supply 496,000 units of its TSM-PE14H multicrystalline modules with power outputs between 335 and 340W. The half-cell design yields higher efficiency and its new cell string layout reduces energy losses caused by inter-row shading. In addition, the 1,500V certified modules are ideal for large-scale installations since BOS costs are reduced by connecting more modules in a string, the company statement added. (Source: Trina Solar, Trade Arabia News, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

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Hanwha Investing to Cement Solar Industry Leadership (Int'l)
Hanwha Group
Date: 2018-08-13
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered Hanwha Group reports it plans to invest 22 trillion won ($19 billion) over the next five years in solar energy and new growth sectors. According to the company, about 4.4 trillion won will be invested each year, an approximate 37 pct increase from an average of 3.2 trillion won over the past three years.

By sector, the company will focus its investment in the solar energy sector, to cement its flagship company Hanwha Q Cells' position as a leading total solar power solution provider with the world's largest cell production capacity. (Source: Hanwha Group, The Investor, Korea Herald, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com/en/about_hanwha.html

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European Energy Unloading 39-MW Italian Wind Farm (Int'l Report)
European Energy A/S
Date: 2018-08-13
Copenhagen-based wind and solar developer European Energy A/S is reporting it will sell a 39-MW wind farm project in the Basilicata region of Italy to an unidentified local investor for an undisclosed price. Closing is expected in Q1, 2019.

The project, which is reportedly the largest such plant currently under construction in the country, is slated for completion and commissioning in September, 2018. The wind farm will incorporate 13 units of Siemens' SWT-3.0-113 MW turbines. (Source: Siemens AG., Renewables Now, Aug,2018) Contact: Siemens AG, www.siemens.com; European Energy A/S , Jens-Peter Zink, Chairman, +45 2047 8220, jpz@europeanenergy.dk, www.europeanenergy.dk

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Xcel's $200Mn Foxtail Wind Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Xcel Energy
Date: 2018-08-13
Minneapolis-headquartered Xcel Energy is reporting groundbreaking on its 75-turbine, 150-MW Foxtail Wind project southwest of Fargo, North Dakota.

The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.

The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018) Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com

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India Aims to Triple Ethanol Production by 2022 (Int'l Report)
India Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-13
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced his country will triple its ethanol production over the next four years. The Prime Minister also blamed his predecessor's government for not encouraging the production and adoption of ethanol, saying his government has planned 12 biofuel refineries in the country at an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore (1 crore = 10 million).

The Prime Minister claimed "previous governments did not take the ethanol programme seriously" but his government will increase ethanol production fro the present 141 crore litres per year to 450 crore litres of ethanol in the next four years. The government also plans to achieve 10 pct ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and is aiming to double it to 20 pct. The government also plans to establish 12 modern refineries for generating advanced biofuel.

Like a true politician, the Prime Minister was quick to note that all previous government plans to advance ethanol had "fallen through." (Source: The Hindu, Various Media, 11 August, 2018)

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Hawkeye State Secretary of Agriculture Comments on Proposed RFS Changes (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-08-13
In Iowa City, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, has submitted the following comments on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) levels for conventional, advanced and cellulosic biofuels for 2019 and biodiesel for 2020, to the U.S. EPA

"A strong RFS that follows the law is critically important to ensuring market access for ethanol and biodiesel and to giving consumers additional choices at the pump. I will reiterate to acting Administrator Wheeler when he visits Iowa next week the need to support the RFS, allow year-round sale of E15 and end the small-refinery waivers that have cut ethanol demand by 1.5 billion gallons over the past two years."

Iowa has the capacity to produce 4.4 billion gpy of ethanol, including 55 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 400 million gpy of biodiesel, all from approximately 1 billion bushels of corn. The biofuels industry contributes about $5 billion to the state's DGP. (Source: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, CBC OnLIne, 12 Aug., 2018) Contact: Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Naig, www.iowaagriculture.gov/MichaelNaig.asp

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WELTEC Snares 2.2-MW Biogas Plant in North Germany (Int'l M&A)
WELTEC BIOPOWER
Date: 2018-08-13
Vechta, Germany-based Nordmethan GmbH, a company of the WELTEC BIOPOWER Group, has taken over an insolvent biogas plant in Sudergellersen, Lower Saxony. The German specialist for the development and operation of biomethane and biogas plants will fully modernize the technical and operational overall concept of the 2.2-MW plant. The project development work is currently under way.

The original plant had been set up in 2009 and expanded in 2014. The operator's concept was based on the digestion of horse manure and sale of the digestate as fertilizer pellets. However, as the concept turned out to be technically difficult and economically unfeasible, the plant went bankrupt. Following the takeover by the WELTEC Group, the substrate input is now being adjusted, and the plant technology is being modernised.

Henceforth, the two digesters with a capacity of 3,000 M2 each, will be largely fed with locally sourced horse manure and other raw materials. The generated biogas will be used to run two cogeneration power plants with an electrical output of 1.1 MW each. Nordmethan will supply the power to the public power grid. Part of the exhaust heat from the cogeneration is to be used for drying the digestate.

Among other upgrades, WELTEC will modernize the two cogeneration power plants and the solid matter input systems, and install two digestate dryers and storage units. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, PR, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, Jens Albartus, Director, +49 4441 99978 0, +49 4441 99978 8, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

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Little Crested Butte ID's Major Greenhouse Gas Emitter (Ind. Report)
GHG
Date: 2018-08-10
In Colorado, in an effort to address carbon emissions climate change, the town of Crested Bute (pop. 1,600) has compiled a baseline inventory of the community's greenhouse gas emissions . The inventory is intended to identify emission sources and make the community more sustainable in terms of energy use. Addressing ways to reduce emissions generated from electrical use in Crested Butte buildings appears to be a starting point.

The town's inventory ,was complied by Dr. Abel Chavez, director of the Community Solutions Incubation and Innovation (CS21) Lab of Western State Colorado University, compiled the inventory and associated report. The report noted that Crested Butte's footprint is "pretty average and in line with most of the United States in terms of metric tons of carbon dioxide produced."

The town emits an estimated 51,000 metric tpy CO2, 48 pct of which is from electric power consumption. (Source: Town of Crested Butte, Crested Butte News, 8 Aug., 2018) Contact: Town of Crested Butte, Jessie Earley, Building Dept, (970) 349-5338, www.crestedbutte-co.gov

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Washington State Votes on Carbon in November (Ind. Report)
Washington State Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-08-10
In Olympia, with the certification of Initiative 1631 Voters in Washington state will decide on the November ballot whether to charge industrial emitters a carbon on their emissions. If passed into law, the proposed fee would start at $15 per metric ton of fossil-fuel emissions and increase annually by $2 per ton. Revenues from the tax would be invested in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment. (Source: TDN, AP, Various Media, 4 Aug., 2018)

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Georgia Power Seeking Major Increase in Solar Capacity (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2018-08-10
In Atlanta, Georgia Power reports is is seeking to increase its renewable energy portfolio in the state by adding 100 MW of solar power. To that end, the utility is calling for proposals from solar facilities interested in selling solar power to Georgia Power customers at a fixed price for a period of five to 35 years.

The company seeking proposals that provide the best value to customers, with winning facilities beginning their contracts in November. The plans are part of the company's Renewable Energy Development Initiative which aims to increase its solar energy generation from 970 mw of solar capacity by 1,600 mw by 2021. (Source: Georgia Power, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, AP, 5 Aug., 2018) Contact: Georgia Power, Wilson Mallard, Renewable Energy Development Dir., (404) 506-6526, www.georgiapower.com

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AIST, Mazda, Saudi Aramco Partner to Cut CO2 Emissions (Int'l)
Mazda, Saudi Aramco
Date: 2018-08-10
Autocar Pro News is reporting Tokyo-based Mazda Motor Corp. is partnering on a research project with Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

The joint effort is intended to develop a low carbon fuel, improve internal combustion engine (ICE) efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions as assessed from a "well to wheel" basis. Within this project, Saudi Aramco will develop a fuel based on a refinery process that results in lower carbon dioxide emissions. Mazda and AIST will research and develop a high-efficiency engine that will run on this fuel. . The entire scope of research will be tested and optimized at AIST headquarters in Tokyo. The joint work is expected to be completed in fiscal 2020. (Source: Autocar Pro News Desk , 08 Aug 2018) Contact: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, www.aist.go.jp; Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com; Mazda, www.mazda.ca/en/about/contact-us

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Squamish Adopts Step Code for Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-08-10
In British Columbia, Canada, the District of Squamish recently passed an update to building requirements using the 2017 B.C. Step Code -- a recent addition to the province's building code.

The Step Code gradually increases build energy efficiency standards with different types of buildings subject to progressively stringent energy-retention rules over the next three years.

The code first requires homes to be tested for how well they retain energy. Steps two through five require homes to be more efficient. Step five is "net-zero ready," so the buildings can be converted to "net-zero" in the future. Homes designed to meet these "energy passive" standards use up to 90 pct less energy than a typical home. They do this by creating a tightly-sealed building envelope which uses the sunlight that comes in through the windows, and distributes the warm air through a ventilation system. (Source: Squamish Chief, Aug., 2018)

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UK University Touting Concrete Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
Lancaster University
Date: 2018-08-10
Scientists at Lancaster University are touting a new type of concrete that is infused with potassium ions, which allow it to store electricity for long periods of time. When energy production levels drop, the concrete would kick in and power a house using the reserve of stored energy.

Batteries work by transferring charged particles (ions) from one side to the other -- storing energy in a chemical medium that can later be released. The Lancaster researchers found that charged ionscan also flow through a crystalline structure -- like concrete -- accumulating on one side. This physically 'traps' the energy and does not require the use of chemicals, making the potassium-infused concrete technically a capacitor, not a battery.

According to the technology developer Prof. Mohamed Saafi, capacitors hold less energy by volume than batteries, but there is far more volume available if the new form of concrete was to be widely used as a building material.

The technology is still small-scale and requires more research before it can become commercially viable. The university has a ten-year plan to bring the special concrete to mass-market where it could be used in buildings and other structures that could then be taken off the grid. that could be removed from the grid. (Source: Composite Structures. Daily Mail, Lancaster University, 6 Aug., 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, Engineering Prof. Mohamed Saafi, www.lancaster.ac.uk

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