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Aemetis Riverbank Biorefinery Touted World's #1 Waste-to-Value Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-20
Cupertino, California-based Aemetis, Inc. reports that the publication Biofuels Digest has awarded the Aemetis cellulosic ethanol facility under development at the Riverbank site in California as the "#1 Waste-to-Value Project in the world." The Aemetis facility earned its #1 project ranking as a result of its low cost contracted inputs, high value outputs, proven process technology and a planned $125 million USDA guaranteed loan. The facility was ranked above high profile and funded advanced biofuels projects including those developed by Fulcrum, Red Rock, Clariant, Poet and Enerkem.

Biofuels Digest noted that the Aemetis Riverbank project combines the best technology from leading technology providers LanzaTech and InEnTec with the local availability of waste orchard wood and other feedstock that can be used to produce Aemetis' high value cellulosic ethanol and valuable byproducts.

Aemetis owns and operates a 60 million gallon per year ethanol production facility in California's Central Valley, near Modesto. Aemetis also owns and operates a 50 million gpy renewable chemical and advanced fuel production facility in India producing distilled biodiesel and refined glycerin for the Indian, US and European markets. The company also operates an R&D laboratory, and holds a portfolio of patents and related technology licenses for the production of renewable fuels and biochemicals. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 19 June, 2018) Contact: Aemetis, Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel,  BiochemicalAemetis,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  

Butamax Isobutanol Registered as Drop-In Fuel (Ind. Report)
Butamax, US EPA
Date: 2018-06-20
The US EPA last week reported its approval of Englewood, Colorado-based isobutanol specialist Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC registration for bio-isobutanol as a fuel additive at the rate of 16 pct or less as a "drop-in" fuel.

Butamax is a a 50/50 JV between BP and DuPont. Bio-isobutanol is made from renewable resources like corn, can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and is eligible for credits under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) programme, according to the EPA. (Source: Butamax, EPA, Renewables Now, 18 June, 2018) Contact: Butamax, Jan Koninckx, CEO, (302) 695-3216,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS,  isobutanol,  Butamax,  Biofuel,  Drop-In Fuel,  

IWVWD Energy Efficient Upgrades to Save $9.3Mn (Ind. Report)
Indian Wells Valley Water District
Date: 2018-06-20
In Ridgecrest, California, the Indian Wells Valley Water District (IWVWD) is reporting the completion and startup of a comprehensive solar and energy efficiency project expected to cut electric power consumption by as much as 63 pct for an expected savings of $9.38 million. The work was completed by ENGIE Services U.S.. IWVWD serves approximately 30,000 residential and commercial customers across 37 square miles.

IWVWD's energy program includes the installation of a total of 2.08 MW of ground-mounted solar PV projects across five water well sites and a solar carport system at the District Office which has also been refitted with LED lighting and high efficiency HVAC units.

IWVWD financed the project through the Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer Program (RES-BCT), which allows local government entities with eligible renewable generating facilities to send energy to the grid and receive generation credits for other benefiting accounts within the District. (Source: Indian Wells Valley Water District, ENGIE Services U.S., June 15, 2018) Contact: ENGIE, Ashu Jain, Senior Business Leader,,; Indian Wells Valley Water

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

MD Banks' Climate Finance Climbs to $35.2bn in 2017 (Int'l Report)
World Bank
Date: 2018-06-20
According to the recent joint report on climate finance, climate financing by the world's six largest Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) rose to $35.2 billion in 2017 -- a 28 pct jump over 2016. $27.9 billion of the 2017 total was earmarked for climate mitigation projects that aim to reduce emissions and slow down global warming in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Of the total, $7.4 billion financing for emerging and developing nations was invested in climate adaptation projects that help economies deal with the effects of climate change -- unusual levels of rain, worsening droughts and extreme weather events.

Of the 2017 total, 81 pct was provided as loans and other financial instruments such as policy-based lending, grants, guarantees, equity and lines of credit. Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia and the Pacific were the three major developing regions receiving the funds. The report contains a breakdown of climate finance by country.

Multilateral banks began publishing their climate investment in developing countries and emerging economies jointly in 2011, and in 2015 MDBs and the International Development Finance Club agreed joint principles for tracking climate adaptation and mitigation finance. (Source: World Bank, New Telegram, 19 June, 2018) Contact: World Bank, John Roome, (202) 473-3373,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank,  Climate Change,  Climate Change Mitigation,  Climate Finance,  

DOE Announces $40Mn for Bio-Based Research (R&D, Funding)
Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Date: 2018-06-20
In Washington, the US DOE has announced $40 million in funding for 31 projects to advance research in the development of microbes as practical platforms for the production of biofuels and other bioproducts from renewable resources.

Over the past decade, DOE-supported scientists have identified and modified a wide range of microbial organisms to be "production workhorses" transforming microbes into effective platforms for the generation of fuels and other precursor chemicals from renewable plant feedstocks.

Organisms under study range from yeast and fungi to cyanobacteria and rare thermophilic microbes that thrive at extremely high temperatures. Products to be produced include biofuels, alcohols and other valuable precursor chemicals with multiple possible downstream applications. In addition to the projects focused on specific microorganisms, approximately one third of the projects are focused on developing and improving the essential imaging tools for this work of characterizing and modifying organisms on a microscopic scale.

Projects were chosen by competitive peer review under two separate DOE Funding Opportunity Announcements, one for Systems Biology of Bioenergy-Relevant Microbes and another for Bioimaging Research for Bioenergy, both sponsored by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research within the Department's Office of Science. Total funding is $40 million for projects lasting three years in duration. (Source: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, 15 June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Biological and Environmental, Research,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Biofuel R&D,  Biochemical,  

DOE Offers $21Mn to Advance Solar Desalination Tech (R&D, Funding)
DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-20
The U.S. DOE is announcing the availability of $21 million for new projects focused on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas that are not connected to the electric grid.

Desalination treats seawater, brackish water, and contaminated water for use in municipal and industrial water supplies, or to serve other reclamation needs.

Today's desalination operations need to be grid-connected, limiting their applications to areas with electricity access.

Four markets that are particularly attractive for solar desalination technologies include: municipal water production, agriculture, industrial processes, and the purification of water produced from energy development, including oil and gas extraction.

The projects are anticipated to last up to three years and will be awarded as cooperative agreements, which requires between 20 to 50 pct cost share. In total, the projects represent a public-private investment of nearly $30 million. (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, June, 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,  Solar Thermal,  

Hexicon's Korean Floating Wind Partnership Expanded (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-20
In Stockholm, Swedish engineering company Hexicon AB notes it it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for mutual cooperation with Busan Techno Park and Renewable Energy Center in Busan, South Korea , for the development of floating offshore wind technology for the Korean market. To that end, the Swedish company has received grant funding from the Korean Business and Energy Agency to investigate how multi-turbine platforms can be adapted to local conditions.

Hexicon previously announced plans to transfer its floating wind platform technology to a new joint venture with Coens in South Korea, where it wants to offer serial production of locally-made units. (.Source: Hexicon AB, Renewables Now, 20 June, 2018) Contact: Hexicon AB, +46 (0) 8 525 064 00,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon,  Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

CLEAResult Consulting Confirms Upcoming Buyout (M&A Report)
Date: 2018-06-20
In the Lone Star State, Austin-based commercial energy efficiency and conservation services provider CLEAResult Consulting Inc. reports it is being acquired by being acquired by TPG Growth and The Rise Fund, an investment fund managed by TPG Capital, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is expected to close later this year pending regulatory and other closing conditions.

TPG is taking over ownership from General Atlantic, a Connecticut-based private equity firm that purchased a majority stake in CLEAResult in 2013. s in 70 cities in the U.S. and Canada. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, Austin Business Journal, 19 June, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult Consulting, Aziz Virani, CEO, (888) 812-6146,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  CLEAResult,  

City Of London Plans 100 pct Renewable Energy Power (Int'l)
Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In the UK, the City of London Corporation is reporting that as of October, 2018, the square mile that comprises the city will source 100 pct of its electricity needs from renewable energy sources.

According to the announcement, the City of London will install solar panels on City-owned buildings as well as invest in off-site solar and wind farms and other renewable energy projects. (Source: City of London Corporation, CleanTechnica, 15 June, 2018) Contact: City of London Corporation Catherine McGuiness, Policy and Resources +44 0 20 7606 3030,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Rotterdam Testing Offshore Renewable EnergyPod (Int'l. Report)
Port of Rotterdam ,Amphibious Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam reports it plans to test an EnergyPod, a container to generate, store and convert solar and wind power at its offshore and Maasvlakte 2 facilities. The aim is to generate sufficient power for offshore oil and gas platforms.

Rotterdam-based Amphibious Energy, a private company that provides transportable renewable energy to offshore and onshore off-grid locations, is developing an onshore version in addition to the offshore version of the EnergyPod for platforms at sea. (Source: Port of Rotterdam, Port Technology, 14 June, 2018)Contact: Port of Rotterdam,; Amphibious Energy, George Nadorp, Managing Director, +31 (0)10 798 44 06,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy StoragemWind,  Solar,  Offshore Wind,  Green Energy,  Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  

Fortum-Rusnano Wins Russian Wind Tenders (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has won the right to build 110 MW of solar PV parks in Russia in the country's latest clean energy tender. The PV parks are slated for commissioning in the 2021-2022.

Meanwhile, Fortum Oyi's equal JV with Moscow-based Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano plans to add 823 MW of wind power capacity in the years between 2019 and 2023.

Investment decisions related to both projects will be made on a "case-by-case basis", Fortum said, reiterating its previously announced plans for an equity commitment of up to RUB 15 billion ($240 million) to back Russian projects secured in 2017 and 2018. Last summer, the Fortum-Rusnano JV was awarded the right to install 1,000 MW of wind parks in Russia by 2022. About 50 MW of that capacity is reportedly under construction.

The Finnish company's goal is to have a gigawatt-scale solar and wind portfolio. Currently it owns 362 MW of PV and wind assets, 70 MW of which are in Russia. (Source: Fortum Oy1, Various Media, 16 June, 2018) Contact: Rusnano,; Fortum Oyi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  Rusnan,  

EU Affirms Palm Oil, Palm Oil Biofuels Import Position (Int'l)
EU Renewable Energy Directive
Date: 2018-06-18
In a written statement issued in Jakarta on Saturday, EU Ambassador to Indonesia Vincent Guerend stressed that based on the outcome of a June 14 meeting between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the European Union Council on the revision to the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), the EU remains the most open market for Indonesian palm oil.

The EU June 14 meeting agreed on a revised EU Renewable Energy Directive including a gradual reduction of certain biofuels calculated to meet ambitious renewable energy use target of 32 pct by 2030. According to the ambassador, there is no specific or explicit reference to palm oil in the RED II Text and no prohibition or restriction on palm oil imports or palm oil based biofuels. The relevant provisions in RED II are only aimed at regulating the extent to which certain biofuels can be calculated by EU member states to achieve their sustainable energy targets. (Source: EU, Neutral English, Various Media, 17 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU Renewable Energy Directive,  EU,  Palm Oil,  Palm Oil Biofuel,  Palm Oil Biodiesel ,  

Mass. Legislating 100 pct Renewables by 2047 (Reg. & Leg.)
Massachussets ,Renewable Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
In Boston, the Bay State senate is reporting the passage of legislation enabling Massachusetts to run on 100-pct renewable energy by 2047 by tripling the state's 1 pct per year renewable portfolio standard (RPS) to 3 pct per year.

The Senate bill also removes caps on non-governmental solar net metering and sets new 2030 and 2040 emission targets under the Global Warming Solutions Act. The act creates the framework for a revenue-neutral, market-based carbon fee; sets a 2,000-MW energy storage target, and opens the door to large renewable energy procurements in the offshore wind sector. The legislation needs the state's House of Representatives approval. (Source: Various Media, pvbuzz, 17 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Net-Metering,  Solar,  Wind,  

Siemens Ammonia Energy Storage Pilot Nears Opening (Int'l)
Siemens Amonia Energy
Date: 2018-06-18
The German industrial firm Siemens reports it is opening is opening a &1.5 million pilot project in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK, employing ammonia as a new form of energy storage to manage the variable output of wind and solar power.

The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia will be stored and later either burned to generate electricity, sold as a fuel for vehicles or for industrial purposes, such as refrigeration.

According to Siemens, ammonia has an advantage other over emerging storage technologies, such as liquid air and flow batteries, because it is repurposing existing technology and hardware. Approximately 170 million tpy of ammonia are produced worldwide, the majority of which is used for fertilizer. The Harwell facility is slated to open 26 June opens on 26 June, and was funded with £500,000 by Siemens and £1 million from Innovate UK. (Source: Siemens, Guardian, June, 2018) Contact: Siemens -- Ammonia Energy,, Dr Ian Wilkinson, Programme Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Siemens,  

BP Warns of Global Carbon Emissions Rise (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
According to oil giant BP, emissions rose 1.6 pct in 2017 after flat-lining for the previous three years -- a reminder the world was not on track to reach the goals of the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement.

BP notes that although renewable power generation grew by 17 pct in 2017, strong economic growth led to an above-average demand for energy, cut backs in energy efficiency and an increase in the demand for coal in China combined to drive up emissions, the company's annual statistical review of world energy found. According to BP, which has a limited presence in the power sector, the world's appetite for oil remained strong, as it grew 1.8 pct in 2017. (Source: BP, Guardian, June, 2018)

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

Cannabis Weeded Out of Efficiency Maine Grant Funding (Funding)
Efficiency Maine
Date: 2018-06-18
In the Pine Tree State, Efficiency Maine reports it is excluding the new but fast growing cannabis industry from its energy efficiencg grants program on the grounds that it is "too risky." The agency's logic is based on the fact that although the cannabis business is state licensed, it operates outside of federal law and could be forced to close before it can achieve the energy savings needed to justify Efficiency Maine's investment.

Efficiency Maine has no idea how much energy the state's cannabis industry consumes but, fter meeting with some of the state's larger commercial growers, has concluded that greening Maine's big producers would be quite expensive. Nationally, cannabis growers consumed about 1 pct of the overall electrical output in 2016, which is enough to power 1.7 million houses, according to New Frontier, a national cannabis research firm. The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission wants adult-use growers there to cap electricity use at 36 watts per square foot of grow space. (Source: Efficiency Maine, Portland Herald, June, 2018)Contact: Efficiency Maine, Michael Stoddard, Exec. Dir., (866) 376-2463,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Efficiency Maine,  

Scotland Invests £2Mn to Boost Energy Efficiency (Int'l)
Energy Efficient Scotland
Date: 2018-06-18
At Holyrood, the Scottish Government reports its new Energy Efficient Scotland program is distributing over £2 million in energy efficiency funding to 15 councils to help Scottish households and businesses boost energy efficiency. The Scottish Government funding will also support local authorities to identify opportunities for efficiency improvements and heat decarbonization.

The programme builds on existing legislation and programmes supporting the efficiency of homes, businesses and public buildings. (Source: Energy Efficient Scotland, Scotsman, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Energy Efficient Scotland,

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

Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation Partners for Zero Energy Waste (Ind. Report)
Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation
Date: 2018-06-18
In Minneapolis, the not-for-profit Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation reports it is partnering with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the state of Minnesota to further, and provide, sustainability consulting, project funding assistance, energy bench marking and more.

Founded in 1994, the Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation and its state-wide supporters as well as energy companies, work to provide businesses with energy rebates and grants for more energy-efficient materials. (Source: Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, Eco Press, 6 17, 2018) Contact: Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation, Jill Curran, Exec. Dir., (651) 292-4662,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minnesota Waste Wise Foundation,  Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  

Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018 (Ind. Report)
Consumer Energy Alliance,Competitive Enterprise Institute
Date: 2018-06-18
Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018, a new report by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) examines solar power incentive programs in 25 states. The report considers five categories of direct incentives: federal tax incentives, state tax credits, state rebates, utility programs (such as net metering), and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).

In eight states -- Massachusetts, California, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Arizona, New Hampshire, and Minnesota -- incentives exceed 100 pct of the costs of installing solar PV systems. Massachusetts leads the pack, with incentives equaling 218 pct of installation costs. Subsidies equal or exceed 77 pct of costs in all but five of the states surveyed in the report.

"Residential solar PV systems receive, on average, between 104 pct and 140 pct of total system costs in incentives while utility-scale solar installations receive about 45 pct of total system costs in incentives," the CEA report notes.

Download the Consumer Energy Alliance Incentivizing Solar Energy: An In-Depth Analysis of U.S. Solar Incentives, 2018 report HERE. (Source: Consumer Energy Alliance, Competitive Enterprise Institute, ScottMadden, Inc., June , 2018) Contact: Consumer Energy Alliance, (202) 331-1010 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Consumer Energy Alliance,  Competitive Enterprise Institute,  Solar,  Solar Incentive,  

India's Waaree Energies Triples Solar Panel Capacity (Int'l)
Waaree Energies,
Date: 2018-06-18
In India, Mumbai-based Waaree Energies Ltd. reports it has tripled its solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing capacity with the addition of a new 1 GW gigawatt facility in Vapi. This is in addition to the existing 500 MW plant in Surat.

plans to increase its network of 250 franchises across India to 1,000 or more by the year end. The company also has 200 MW of engineering, procurement and construction projects in the pipeline. The company also owns more than 200 MW of solar assets that it has been attempting to sell for over six months. (Source: Waaree Energies Ltd., PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Waaree Energies, Sunil Rathi, Dir. Sales and Marketing, 1 800-2121-321,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waaree Energies,  Solar,  PV,  

Azelio Touts Low-Cost Solar Energy Storage (New Prod. & Tech.)
Date: 2018-06-18
Gothenburg, Sweden-headquartered Azelio -- fka Cleanergy -- is reporting the recent launch of a demo unit of its solar energy storage technology. Based on Stirling Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) with multi-hour Thermal Energy Storage (TES), Azelio modular technology is suitable for small to very large installations with maintained low cost and high efficiency.

Azelio's technology uses aluminum alloy as a storage media that does not need refilling to maintain its efficiency, as opposed to common storage technologies using salt or water.

Initially, Azelio is targeting projects in 500 kW to 20 MW range and plans to construct a verification project in Moracco in partnership with the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy. (Source: Azelio, TradeArabia , 17 June, 2018) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46-709-40-35-80,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cleanergy,  CSP,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

RenFuel Touting LIGNOL® Drop-In Biofuel (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
RenFuel AB, a producer of lignin oil (LIGNOL) from lignin in "black liquor" waste from the pulp industry, is touting LIGNOL® which can be mixed to any degree with fossil gasoline, diesel and kerosene aviation fuel thus providing tangible solutions to reduce CO2 emissions from fuels.

LIGNOL can be refined in conventional refineries to produce renewable gasoline and diesel, and can be distributed in existing distribution channels as a drop-in fuel for all types of current combustion engines.

The finished LIGNOL oil product has a greenhouse gas reduction of about 90 pct compared to equivalent fossil oil. Sockholm-headquartered RenFuel is a 2012 Uppsala University spin-out with 15 patent "families" and patents in over 40 countries. (Source: RenFuel AB, PR, Government Europa, June, 2018) Contact: RenFuel AB, +46 70 680 94 30,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RenFuel.Lignin,  Biofuel,  Drop-in Biofuel,  

Global Biomass Pellet Market -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-18
The Global Biomass Pellet Market research report from QY investigates both historical data and current advancements in the market to provide map a reasonable trajectory of the biomass pellet market for an unbiased overview of the biomass pellet market.

The report includes market trends, essential variables, difficulties, opportunities, and future market development and prospects. The report also tracks the emerging applications, innovative technologies, and mergers & acquisitions.

According to the report, key players include: German Pellets, Enviva, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation, Vyborgskaya Cellulose, Rentech, Graanul Invest Group, RWE Innogy, Lignetics, E-pellet, Drax Biomass, General Biofuels, BlueFire Renewables, Pfeifer Group. Geographis areas covered include: Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Europe, Middle-East & Africa and North America.

Pellet biofuels are made from a wide variety of compressed organic matter -- biomass including industrial waste and co-products, food waste, agricultural residues, energy crops, and virgin lumber. The factors driving the growth of the market include low GHG emission from biomass, increased government initiatives for renewable technologies, need for constant energy supply and massive untapped biomass potential.

Global Biomass Pellet Market report details are available HERE. (Source: QY Reports, Pr, June, 2018) Contact: QY Reports, +91-9764607607,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  

Scholars Lauded for Sounding Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
Mopntreal Protocol
Date: 2018-06-18
In Taipei, Taiwan, the Tang Prize reports Dr. James E. Hansen, former Director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Council of Pontifical Academy of Sciences are co-recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. Their works lay the scientific foundation for international actions as the Paris Climate Agreement and the new global development-Agenda 2030.

In 1988, then Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, he famously announced in televised testimony before the US Congress that "global warming is here," as the observed temperature record exhibited an anomalous rise above the statistical noise of natural fluctuations. Dr. Hansen's testimony "was an important turning point in the history of global climate change."

In 1975, Indian-born Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor in Applied Ocean Sciences, UC San Diego, noted the significant greenhouse effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halocarbons, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as refridgerants and in manufacturing. This was a significant indication that showed how gases not only CO2 but such as CFCs that deplete the ozone layer could have ramifications for climate. This finding was also at the core of future negotiations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer that followed in 1987. The Montreal Protocol benefits both the ozone layer and the climate system. Its effectiveness is much greater than the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Tang Prize, founded in 2012 by Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. (Source: Source: Tang Prize Foundation, PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Tang Prize Foundation, Scarlett Tu,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Montral Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  

IPCC March Meeting Claims Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2018-06-18
The forty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Paris in March has become the first to achieve carbon neutrality. The Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered IPCC worked with the Climate Neutral Now initiative of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to offset carbon emissions involved in participants' travel to the meeting and arising from the meeting itself.

A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for an emission made elsewhere. (Source: IPCC, Public Service News Australia, 17 June, 2018)Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,; Climate Neutral Now initiative,; UNFCCC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  UNFCCC,  

Study Improves Stability of Algal Biofuel Systems (R&D)
University of Michigan
Date: 2018-06-18
A diverse mix of species improves the stability and fuel-oil yield of algal biofuel systems, as well as their resistance to invasion by outsiders, according to the findings of a National Science Foundation funded outdoor study by University of Michigan researchers.

For the study, scientists grew various combinations of freshwater algal species in 80 artificial ponds in the first large-scale, controlled experiment to test the widely held idea that biodiversity can improve the performance of algal biofuel systems in the field. Overall, the researchers found that diverse mixes of algal species (polycultures) performed more key functions at higher levels than any single species -- they were better at multitasking. The researchers also found that polycultures did not produce more algal mass (biomass) than the most productive single species, or monoculture.

"The results are key for the design of sustainable biofuel systems because they show that while a monoculture may be the optimal choice for maximizing short-term algae production, polycultures offer a more stable crop over longer periods of time," said study lead author Casey Godwin, a postdoctoral research fellow at U-M's School for Environment and Sustainability.

Algae-derived biocrude oil is being studied as a potential renewable-energy alternative to fossil fuels. Because they grow quickly and can be converted to bio-oil, algae have the potential to generate more fuel from less surface area than crops like corn. But the technical challenges involved in growing vast amounts of these microscopic aquatic plants in large outdoor culture ponds have slowed progress toward commercial-scale cultivation.

In the study, research team found that while monocultures tended to be good at one or two jobs at a time, polycultures performed more of the jobs at higher levels than any of the monocultures. But at the same time, polycultures produced less biomass than the best-performing monoculture.

"Our findings suggest there is a fundamental tradeoff when growing algal biofuel. You can grow single-species crops that produce large amounts of biomass but are unstable and produce less biocrude. Or, if you are willing to give up some yield, you can use mixtures of species to produce a biofuel system that is more stable through time, more resistant to pest species, and which yields more biocrude oil," according to the researchers. The team's findings are scheduled for publication June 18 in the journal Global Change Biology-Bioenergy. (Source: University of Michigan, Public Release, 18 June, 2018) Contact: University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability, Casey Godwin, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, (734) 764-6453,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News University of Michigan,  Algae,  Algal Biofuel,  

AfDB Supports Kenyan Geothermal Power Project (Int'l, Funding)
African Development Bank
Date: 2018-06-15
The Ivory Coast-headquartered African Development Bank (AfDB) Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Clean Technology Fund (CTF) is reporting approval of $49.5 million in loan funding -- a senior loan of $29.5 million and a concessional loan of $20 million -- to support Quantum Power East Africa GT Menengai Ltd. 35-MW geothermal project in Kenya.

To support the project, the Government of Kenya is creating an enabling environment to enhance private sector investment through a competitive tender processes intended to lower the unit costs of geothermal power generation as well as lowering the cost of doing business in Kenya.

The project is expected to save up to 95,100 tons of CO2 equivalent and supply sufficient energy to as many as 48,800 households per year at a low generation cost of seven cents/kWh. (Source: AfDB, CPI, 10 June, 2018) Contact: AfDB, Amadou Hott, VP Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, +225 2026 3900,

More Low-Carbon Energy News African Development Bank ,  Geothermal,  

BASF Invests in LanzaTech (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-06-15
German chemicals giant BASF is confirming it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago-headquartered biotech LanzaTech.

Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates, that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal. (Source: BASF, WMW, 14 June, 2018) Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  

Deepwind Wins Connecticut Offshore Wind Bid (Ind. Report)
Connecticut DEEP,Deep Water Wind
Date: 2018-06-15
In Hartford, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reports it has accepted a bid from Providence, RI-based Deepwater Wind, one of three companies bidding for the construction of an offshore wind project. (Source: Connecticut DEEP, WTNH, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Connecticut DEEP, Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner, (800) 424-3000, deep.webmaster@ct,today,; Deepwater Wind, Chris Van Beek, (401)868-4228, (401) 228-8004 - fax,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Connecticut DEEP,  Deep Water Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

SBTi Approves IKEA's 80 pct Emissions Cutting Target (Ind. Report)
Science-Based Targets Initiative
Date: 2018-06-15
One of the world's largest home furnishings retailer, the Ikea Group , reports it aims to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its 363 stores in 29 markets as well as its supply and value chains by 80 pct by 2030 against a 2016 baseline, as approved by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).

The new plan for 2030 additionally sets targets of slashing GHG emissions from customer and employee travel and customer deliveries in half, while achieving a minimum 15 pct reduction in absolute terms across the Group's value chain. In a statement, the company added that if the targets are met, they will represent a 70 pct reduced carbon footprint on the average product. (Source: IKEA, edie newsroom, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Ikea Group, Pia Heidenmark-Cook, Chief Sustainability Officer,; Science-Based Targets Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News IKEA,  Carbon Emissions,  Science-Based Targets Initiative,  

Hanwha, Solare Datensysteme Collaborate on Energy Storage (Int'l)
Solare Datensysteme,Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2018-06-15
Solare Datensysteme GmbH and Hanwha Q Cells GmbH, the German subsidiary of solar cell giant Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd, are reporting a collaboration on the Q Cells brand energy storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1.

The Q Cells brand energy storage systems can be operated via the Solar-Log energy management system from Solare Datensysteme. Solar-Log provides energy storage customers with solar monitoring, feed-in management and smart energy solutions. Solar-Log™ compatible storage solution Q.HOME+ ESS-G1 is available in Europe in 3 sizes -- 3.6 kWh, 6 kWh or 8 kWh. (Source: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh, PV Mag, June, 2018) Contact: Solaire Datasysteme Gmbh,; Hanwha Q Cells, More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar Cell,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells ,  Solar Cell,  Energy Storage,  

PNNL, LanzaTech Delivering on Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-06-15
As previously reported, ASTM International has recently revised ASTM D7566 Annex A5 -- the Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons -- to add ethanol as an approved feedstock for producing alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK), clearing the way for increased adoption of sustainable aviation fuels produced from a variety of feedstocks.

Supporting this advancement is technology from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), which developed a thermocatalytic process for converting ethanol into ATJ-SPK , and its industrial partner, LanzaTech and its proprietary gas-to-ethanol process. (Source: ASTM Green Car Congress, 12 June, 2018) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; PNNL; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782,

More Low-Carbon Energy News PNNL,  LanzaTech,  ASTM,  Ethanol,  Aviation Biofuel,  

Energy Efficiency Stretches Rubber Maker's Savings (Ind. Report)
Rocky Mountain Power
Date: 2018-06-15
In Salt Lake City, rubber manufacturer Weir Minerals reports it saved enough energy to power 160 average homes through Rocky Mountain Power's "Wattsmart" business energy efficiency incentives program. Weir noted it completed $332,597 in upgrades as recommended by Rocky Mountain Power, which paid Weir a $150,901 incentive for the the upgrade work.

According to Weir, the upgrades have saved the company approximately $97,112 in energy savings and more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours. (Source: Rocky Mountain Power, Weir Minerals, Energy Insider, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Rocky Mountain Power, Rita Meyer, VP, (800) 222-4335,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rocky Mountain Power,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  

Vestas Wins Longroad Energy 212 MW Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Longroad Energy ,Vsetas
Date: 2018-06-15
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order an order from Longroad Energy Partners LLC for 212 MW of its V136-3.45 MW turbines for the Rio Bravo wind project in Texas. The order includes supply and commissioning as well as a 20-year service and management agreement. Delivery is slated to begin in Q1, 2019.

When fully operational, the Rio Bravo wind project will have a total capacity of be 238 MW. Longroad Energy acquired the Rio Bravo wind project from Vesta's development unit Steelhead Americas. Turbine delivery will begin in the first quarter of 2019. (Source: Vestas-American Wind Technology, PR, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Vestas, Chris Brown, President United States and Canada,; Longroad Energy, CEO Paul Gaynor,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Vestas,  

Race Bank Offshore Wind Officially Off to the Races (Int'l)
Orsted,Race Bank
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Danish renewable energy specialist Orsted is reporting the offical opening of the 91 turbine Race Bank offshore wind farm off the North Norfolk coast. With a capacity of 573 MW, can power more than 500,000 homes, according to Orsted.

Orsted owns 50 pct of the Race Bank project, the Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 holds 25 pct, while the Sumitomo Corporation owns 12.5 pct. Funds advised by the Green Investment Group, Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Gravis Capital Management hold the remaining 12.5 pct. (Source: Orsted, CNBC, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Orsted Wind Power, +45 99 55 11 11,

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Is Sun Setting on Chinese Biofuel Producer Sunshine Kaidi? (Int'l)
Sunshine Kaidi
Date: 2018-06-15
In Wuhan, China's largest biofuel producer Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group Co. Ltd. is reported to be struggling to sell its controlling stake in a subsidiary because it is demanding that a potential purchaser must first pay several billion yuan to bail it out of its own financial problems. To add to it's financial woes, the company's debt-laden subsidiary, Kaidi Ecological and Environmental Technology Co. Ltd., announced last month that it had missed a payment on a 698 million yuan ($109.0 million) bond and failed to meet a margin call on a trust product.

In 2016, Sunshine Kaidi announced plans to invest in and construct a €1 billion ($1.18 billion) biofuel refinery in Kemi, Finland, via its subsidiary Kaidi Finland. The Finnish government supported the plan and granted an emissions license to the Kaidi Finland project, which now seems unlikely to be developed. (Source: Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, Caixin, Other Media, 15 June, 2018) Contact: Sunshine Kaidi New Energy Group, +86 27 6786 9001 - fax, +86 27 6786 9028 - tel.,

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UK BEIS Supports Carbon Capture Utilization Demo (Int'l Report)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report they will invest a total of around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS).

As part of this commitment BEIS expects to invest approximately £100 million in low-carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

Later this month, BEIS will open a £15 million Call for CCUS Innovation to offer grant funding for innovation projects that lead to significant reduction in the cost of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Funding for up to 28 months will be available to 31 March 2021. BEIS will consider grants of up to £5 million for a single project.

The Call will be guided by the findings of the report of the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Experts' Workshop held in Houston last year.

As part of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS will be allocating up to £20 million to design and construct carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration projects. This programme aims to encourage industrial sites to capture CO2 which could then be used in industrial applications and enable a pathway for the development of carbon capture technologies at an intermediate scale, reducing the costs and risks.

The first phase of the program focuses on initial scoping study for an engineering supplier to work on BEIS' behalf with potential host sites, carbon dioxide users and technology suppliers to produce site-specific cost estimates for deploying CCU at UK industrial sites. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, June, 2018)Contact: BEIS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News BEIS,  CCS,  Carbon,  CO2,  Carbon Capture Utilisation,  CCU ,  

UK Clean Growth Strategy Promotes Low-Carbon Fuels (Int'l)
Element Energy
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched the first phase of a £20 million competition which focuses on market engagement and the potential scope for switching from fossil fuels to low-carbon fuels in industry.

The competition aims to stimulate early investment in fuel switching processes and technologies, so that a range of technologies are available by 2030 and beyond.

Download a Clean Growth Strategy executive summary HERE. (Source: GOV.UK, June, 2018) Contact: GOV.UK,

UK BEIS Funding Industrial Energy Efficiency Technologies (Int'l)
BEIS,Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
In London, the UK Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) reports it expects to invest around £100 million in low carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies.

To support innovation in energy efficient technologies, the government will be investing up to £9.2 million for an Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator, to be delivered over the next 4 years. This Accelerator will seek industry-specific solutions that are close to commercialization by leveraging private sector investment and strengthening UK supply chains to reduce energy costs for UK industry.

After a competitive process, the Carbon Trust has been awarded the contract to help BEIS deliver this programme. The Carbon Trust has been holding events to engage with both industry and their suppliers, and the competition is now open to applications.

BEIS recently committed £560,000 to 2 projects in the first round of the Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator (IEEA). The IEEA aims to broaden the range of technologies available for industrial energy efficiency. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, 14 June, 2018)Contact: BEIS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Incentive,  

Dutch PM Wants EU to Increase CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l)
EU,Carbon Emissions
Date: 2018-06-15
Europe needs to reduce its carbon emissions by more than currently planned to limit global warming as agreed under the Paris climate agreement, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Rutte told a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the European Union's aim to reduce carbon emissions, which scientists hold responsible for global warming, by at least 40 pct below 1990 levels by 2030, "is not enough" and proposed a 55 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Studies have shown that reducing carbon emissions has become less costly as the price of generating electricity from renewable energy has come down over the past years. Still, climate policy remains a contentious issue in the European Union which often pits countries looking for tougher reduction targets against newer member states in the East which rely more on coal-powered plants for energy. (Source: Cyprus Mail Online, 13 June, 2018)

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

Freshman Premier Scraping Ontario Cap-and-Trade to Lower Gasoline, Beer Prices (Ind.Report)
Carbon Tax
Date: 2018-06-15
At Queens Park, Ontario's freshman Conservative premier Doug Ford reports he will give notice of the province's withdrawal from the linked carbon pricing market with Quebec and California and issue clear rules for an "orderly wind down" of the system. The newly elected premier will also instruct his equally wet-behind the ears attorney general to challenge the Liberal federal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rules requiring provinces to establish a carbon tax or have a tax imposed on them by the feds.

According to Ford, eliminating the cap-and-trade system will help him deliver on a campaign promise that the electorate doesn't expect him to keep -- cutting retail gasoline prices by roughly 4 cents per litre -- which is apparently more important to him than the roughly $3 billion the carbon tax contributed to the provincial coffers since the system was introduced by the then Liberal government in 2017. And, in a move that rings of Trump political posturing, the new Premier also reportedly promised to lower the price of beer to $1.00 per can in an effort to appeal to his base. (Source: Various Media, Canada Press, 15 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Carbon Tax,  Ontario Cap-and-Trade,  

European Union Sets 32 pct by 2030 Renewables Target (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-15
Meeting in Brussels, the 28-member European Union's Parliament (EP), Council (EC) and Commission are reporting agreement on a "binding" target of 32 pct renewable energy by 2030. The new figure, up from the previous 27 pct target but short of the 35 pct objective backed by the EP and several renewable energy trade bodies.

According to the 450-member industry group WindEurope, "Member States will be allowed to have technology-specific auctions and will have to provide at least five years visibility on public support, including the timing, volumes and budget for auctions," WindEurope said. (Source: EC, WindEurope, WindPower, 14 June, 2018) Contact: WindEurope, Giles Dickson, +32 2 213 1811, +32 2 213 1890 - fax,,

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Samsung Commits to 100 pct Renewable Energy by 2020 (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-15
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In Seoul, the world's largest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics reports it plans to convert its US, European and Chinese operations to solar and other renewable energy sources by 2020. Samsung's plans include 420,000 square feet of solar panels this year at its headquarters in Suwon, South Korea.

South Korea sources 6 pct of its energy from renewable sources, relying on coal and nuclear power for the balance. (Source: Samsung Electronics, PR, 14 June, 2018)

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Heavy User Battery Energy Storage Scheme Launched in UK (Int'l)
Thrive Renewables,Aura Power
Date: 2018-06-15
In the UK, Bristol-based Thrive Renewables and Aura Power are reporting a (JV) energy storage business offering for medium and large-scale corporate energy users. The offering includes free battery installation and operation in exchange for a share of energy savings revenues.

The offer is targeting businesses spending £500,000 or more per year on electricity with steady rate of consumption and spare import capacity.

Thrive brings its 104MW portfolio of wind, hydro and solar assets to the collaboration, while Aura offers its experience developing utility-scale batteries.

The partners estimate that companies with a mid-range 2 MW battery could save more than £1 million over a 15-year contract. (Source: Thrive Renewables, PowerTech, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Aura Power, Simon Coulson,; Thrive Renewables Plc, Matthew Clayton, Managing Dir., +44 0 117 428 1850,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Thrive Renewables,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

$1bn BEV Fund Supports Energy Storage Startups (Funding)
Breakthrough Energy Ventures
Date: 2018-06-15
Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), the $1 billion fund launched by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Ma, Mukesh Ambani, and George Soros in 2016 to create new energy technologies and fight climate change, is making its first investment. Focusing on the area of energy storage, the fund is investing in two startups: Form Energy Inc.and Quidnet Energy.

BEV will invest $6.4 million along with Evok Innovations in Quidnet Energy and $9 million along with Prelude Ventures in Form Energy. Both startups are developing new technologies to store power.

Quidnet is developing pumped hydro into underground shale rock wells. Form Energy is developing batteries that can store large amounts of energy for extended time periods and overcome the limitations of lithium-ion batteries that can only store energy for short periods.

BEV is "risk-tolerant" and will only invest companies that are capable of cutting global carbon emissions by 500 million metric tons annually. The fund aims aims to focus on grid-scale energy storage, zero-carbon liquid fuels, low-carbon building materials, and geothermal energy. (Source: Breakthrough Energy Ventures, PR, NewsBytes, 14 June, 2018) Contact: Breakthrough Energy Ventures,; Form Energy Inc.,; Quidnet Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Form Energy,  

Banks Piloting Energy Efficient Home Mortgages (Int'l Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-06-15
The publication Energy Live is reporting 37 major European banks -- BNP Paribas, ING Bank, Nordea Bank and Societe Generale and others -- are launching a new 2-year energy efficiency mortgage pilot scheme offering reduced interest rates on greener and more energy efficient homes.

Criteria for energy efficiency mortgages was developed by the Green Building Councils (GBCs) in the WorldGBC's Europe network and their partners. The new mortgage product is intended to establish a new generation of mortgage products to help consumers drive reductions in energy use. (Source: Energy Live, Others, 14 June, 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  

Linde Submits Hydrogen Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Pathway Application in California (Ind. Report)
Linde LLC,California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-06-15
Linde LLC reports it has submitted a Tier 2 application for the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a Tier 2 pathway for hydrogen as a co-product from the commercial electrolytic production of sodium chlorate from a facility located in Quebec, Canada.

The produced hydrogen is liquefied and transported via truck to California fueling stations where it is "re-gasified" and compressed before being dispensed.

The LCFS currently has 14 certified pathways for hydrogen, with CIs ranging from 165.88 gCO2e/MJ (Linde Canada production of hydrogen from central reforming of natural gas), to 0 (hydrogen production via electrolysis using solar electricity) to -46.91 (landfill gas to on-site hydrogen production via cracking of methane). (Source: Linde, Green Car Congress, 14 June, 2018)Contact: California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,; Linde LLC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Linde LLC,  Hydrogem,  California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  

Gulf States Renewable Energy Investments Found Wanting (Int'l)
Strategy& Middle East
Date: 2018-06-13
According to a new study by Beirut-based management consultancy Strategy& Middle East, middle-eastern Gulf state governments (GCC) must develop a carefully planned strategy and framework to maximize the impact of renewable energy projects which could see a cumulative total of $40 billion invested in the GCC between 2016 and 2020, provided the correct decisions and policies are adopted.

The study finds that renewable energy continues to attract an increasing share of global investment, with annual investments expected to grow by $130 billion, compared to 2016 figures, reaching around $370 billion in 2020. The global investment cumulative total is estimated at $1.5 trillion between 2016 and 2020.

The report notes that GCC countries thus far have made little investment in renewables technology -- less than $1 billion in 2016 -- and are at risk of falling further behind other countries if they do not create a supportive, coherent policy framework to facilitate renewables investment.

While several factors in the GCC make rapid deployment of renewables attractive, there are major structural and institutional factors behind current underinvestment in renewable energy. These include generous fuel subsidies, a mindset that prefers building very large conventional plants to meet rapidly growing demand, concerns over transmission and distribution networks and unclear regulatory and policy frameworks that discourage the development of renewables. (Source: Strategy& Middle East, Arabian Business, 5 June, 2018) Contact: Strategy& Middle East, +961 1 985 655,

ArcelorMittal Invests €150 Mn in Emissions-to-Fuel Tech. (Int'l)
Date: 2018-06-13
The Belgium-based steel giant ArcelorMittal reports construction of €150 million of new equipment to transform furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol is underway at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This project is in collaboration with LanzaTech and is first of its type in Europe.

LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol which can be used as transportation fuel or in the production of plastic. The system, which produce 80 million lpy of bioethanol annually, is expected to go into production in May, 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, 12 June, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11,,; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  LanzaTech,  

Punjab Promoting Paddy Straw CNG/Bio-Ethanol Production (Int'l)
Punjab Energy Development Agency
Date: 2018-06-13
In India, the government of Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) reports it has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with four companies to construct and operate CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw plants. Currently, 20 million tpy of paddy straw is produced in the state, with 75 - 80 pct be being burned as waste.

Under the MoUs, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, Verbio India Private Limited and Rika Biofuel Development Limited will produce Biogas/bio CNG/bio-ethanol from paddy straw. he said. When fully operational, each plant is expected to use about 500 tpd pf paddy straww to generate 100 kilo litre of bio-ethanol. (Source: Punjab Energy Development Agency, Business Standard, 11 June, 2018) Contact: Punjab Energy Development Agency, +91 172 266 3382,

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