RTE France also noted that
France was on track to meet its target of 15 GW of installed wind capacity by the end of 2018 but would likely miss its goal of 10.2 GW solar capacity by the year end. (Source: RTE, Business Insider UK, Reuters, 21 Nov., 2018) Contact: RTE France, www.rte-france.com
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The increase in CO2 from 2016 to 2017 was smaller than from 2015 to 2016 and practically equal to the average growth rate over the last decade.
The influence of the El Nino event that peaked in 2015 and 2016 and contributed to the increased growth rate during that period sharply declined in 2017. For CH4, the increase from 2016 to 2017 was lower than that observed from 2015 to 2016 but practically equal to the average over the last decade. For N2O, the increase from 2016 to 2017 was higher than that observed from 2015 to 2016 and practically equal to the average growth rate over the past 10 years.
Download the WMO State of Greenhouse Gases in the Atmosphere report
HERE. (Source: World Meteorological Organization Greenhouse Gas Bulletin Bulletin -- No. 14, Nov., 2018) Contact: WMO, +41 (0) 22 730 81 11,
+41 (0) 22 730 81 81 - Fax,
email@example.com, www.wmo.int, https://public.wmo.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas.Climate Change, WMO, GHGs, World Meteorological Organization,
Despite increasingly obvious consequences of deadly heatwaves, hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, and other climatic changes, greenhouse gas emissions remain largely unabated. While considerable attention has been given to improvements in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources as a way to reduce emissions, much less serious attention has been given to improving the state of natural ecosystems as sinks of such emissions. For instance, if restored, global natural forest may stock >460 billion tonnes of carbon, or all human carbon emissions at current rates for 50 years. That degree of ecosystem restoration, however, poses numerous big challenges. (Source: University of Hawaii at MānoaBig Island Now, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Camilo Mora, Assoc. Prof. of Geography,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news, Climate Change news, Reforestation news,
The CAER project -- Advancing Post-Combustion CO2 Capture through Increased Mass Transfer and Lower Degradation -- aims to "significantly advance deployment of CO2 capture through enabling technologies that increase CO2 mass transfer and reduce solvent loss."
The project will involve the development and fabrication of customized dynamic packing to increase CO2 mass transfer in the absorber column, and an electro-chemical cell to adsorb and decompose nitrosamines before they can be emitted into the environment. After both of these systems have been constructed, they will be tested on CAER's bench-scale CO2 capture unit.
(Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK CAER, Kunlei Liu, Assoc. Director for Research, (859) 257-0305, https://caer.uky.edu; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture, Carbon Emissions, DOE Office of Fossil Energy,
The expected "pilot" sailing is being funded in the amount of $200,000 by the not-for-profit global trade association Methanol Institute and Nanyang Technological University. The funding will cover the cost of retrofitting a conventional ship with an imported methanol-fuelled engine. Methanol is expected to eventually compete with and possibly replace LNG as a marine bunker fuel, (Source: Business Times, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Nanyang Technological University. www.ntu.edu.sg; Methanol Institute, www.methanol.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute, Methanol, Marine Fuel,
CGN is China's largest nuclear power generator with 20 reactors as of end-2017. CGN operates solar power plants with a combined capacity of 1.72 GW. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells, PR, Nov., 2018) Contact: China General Nuclear, en.cgnpc.com.cn; Hanwha Q Cells, Hanwha Group, www.hanwha.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells, Solar, Solar Cell,
The plan is part the utility's SRP 2035 long term growth plan, as laid out at the close of its 2018 fiscal year.
By 2025, SRP anticipates 11 pct of its energy needs will be met by solar and avoid another 11 pct of its current supply level from energy-efficiency measures. The utility's energy storage plan includes the purchase of a 25 MW/100 MW-hour battery storage system from Tesla, to be installed at the Agua Fria Generating Station in Glendale, California.
SRP notes that it paid over $150 million in solar incentives to approximately 20,000 customers between August 2004 and April 2018, and $205 million since May 2008 in energy efficiency incentives resulting in an overall 2.14 pct annual incremental energy savings exceeding the 2 pct annual target.
(Source: SLP, CleanTechnica, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: SRP, Mike Hummel, GM, Scott Harelson, Renewable Energy, Scott.Harelson@srpnet.com, www.srpnet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Salt River Project, Solar, Energy STorage,
A longtime manufacturer of subsea umbilical and power cables, JDR entered the offshore wind energy field in 2006 and is a provider to European wind power companies. (Source: JDR Cable Systems, WorkBoat, 17 Nov., 2018)Contact: JDR Cable Systems, www.jdrcables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,
January 2018 reported the highest wind farm generation during with 202 GWh, while October was the lowest month with 70.62 GWh. Costa Rica was the first Latin American country to incorporate wind in its matrix in 1996. The country expects to source 98 pct of its electric power from renewables by the end of the year.
(Source: Costa Rica National Electric System, reve, 18 Nov., 2018)
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LEED Zero recognizes specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net-zero goals.
LEED Zero encourages a holistic approach for buildings and places that will contribute to a regenerative future. This is part of a vision to ensure the next phase of USGBC's efforts will be LEED Positive, where buildings generate more energy than they use, and remove more carbon than they produce.
(Source: USGBC, The Construction Specifier, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: USGBC LEED Zero, new.usgbc.org/leed-zero
More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
The advanced course is intended to instruct and train construction and energy industry professionals on the key elements of retrofiting existing buildings and to support their technical capacity for more effective post-retrofit maintenance and preventive care, according to the EmiratesGBC release.
The course covers the limitations, financial implications and risks and benefits of the retrofit measures. The training programme is based on the EmiratesGBC Technical Guidelines for Retrofitting Existing Buildings and serves as a handbook for all industry stakeholders to achieve higher levels of energy and water efficiency by retrofitting existing buildings.
Course graduates are qualified as
EmiratesGBC-certified Building Retrofit Specialists.
(Source: EmiratesGBC, PR, TradeArabia News Service, Nov., 2018) Contact: Emirates Green Building Council, +971 4 346 8244, www.emiratesgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency,
Solar United Neighbors is a community of people committed to solar energy and working together with partners to develop solar co-ops that enable a bulk purchase program for participants to finance and and save on solar installation costs.
(Source: Solar United Neighbors, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Solar United Neighbors, New Solar United Neighbors of Texas, Robert Noel, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org,
(202) 888-3601, www.solarunitedneighbors.org/category/solar-united-neighbors
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The Dartmouth project, led by Prof. Jifeng Liu, will focus on a new type of solar absorber coating aimed at optimizing energy conversion efficiency. The absorber coating reportedly converts over 95 pct of the absorbed energy into heat.
Dartmouth's research is one of several CSP projects that will develop materials and designs for collectors, power cycles, and thermal transport systems that can withstand high temperatures and resist corrosion.
(Source: Dartmouth College, 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Dartmouth College, Thayer School of Engineering, Prof. Jifeng Liu, https://engineering.dartmouth.edu; US DOE SETO, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE SETO, Sola, CSP Solarr,
The company wants to develop and commercialize products resulting from the conversion of residual biomass.
The federal funding will enable the company to purchase specialized equipment and support business development activities abroad.
(Source: SiliCycle, Canadian Biomass, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: SiliCycle, (418) 874-0054, www.silicycle.com
Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec, www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,
The energy storage system will have a maximum output of nearly 240MW and 720MWh storage capacity, and is expected to come onl;ine in March , 2023.
Chiyoda Corporation is responsible for the design, engineering, and construction for the grid reinforcement pilot project which is backed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
Mitsubishi Electric noted that its BLEnDer RE energy-management system is designed to monitor and control batteries for renewable energy power supply and to help in balancing electricity demand and grid stability. (Source: Mitsubishi Electric, Power Technology, 19 Nov., 2018)
Contact: Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html
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Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System
allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs.
(Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com;
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron, California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
Pacific Bioenergy operatse wood pellet plants in Prince George, Chetwynd and Fort St. John and is involved in a wood waste partnership in Quesnel, British Columbia.
(Source: Pacific Bioenergy, Rocky Mountain Goat, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia, www.fesbc.ca; Pacific Bioenergy, Don Steele, CEO, (604) 602-1099, www.pacificbioenergy.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Bioenergy, Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet,
The plants are expected to process 160,000 tpy of swine waste and 80,000 tpy of green biomass to produce 500,000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas per year -- sufficient power for approximately 6,800 homes.
GESS is a global renewable energy services company with over 350 completed projects worldwide. GESS, Inc. has over 21 years of expertise in providing energy-efficient solutions using co-generation and renewable energy resources such as solar and biogas. From consulting to managing operations of our completed projects, GESS offers design and implementation solutions with direct economic impact for its' customers and their communities, according to the company website. (Source: GESS International, PRWEB, STL News, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: GESS Int'l, Olga Bryzhan, Director, (888) 662 4333,
More Low-Carbon Energy News GESS International, Biomass,
The woody pellet burning power plant, which is slated for commissioning in 2021, will generate sufficient power for 110,000 households.
(Source: Andritz, Renewables 19 Nov., 2018)Contact: Andritz, Oliver Pokorny, Investor Relations, +43 (316) 6902 1332, email@example.com, www.andritz.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Andritz,
Among its efforts to meet its goal, the company has completed a $1.75 million co-fired boiler conversion at its Brightwaterdairy plant south of Nelson.
The project will cut the site's coal consumption by about 30 pct and its CO2 emissions by about 2,400 tpy -- the equivalent of removing 530 cars off the road.
(Source: Fonterra, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Fonterra,
Alan van der Nagel, www.fonterra.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,
According to the EC, the energy consumption figures outlined in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive and the Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union are based on 28 member statistics, and need to be revised downward to reflect the UK's exit. In terms of GDP, the UK -- $2,770,000 million US -- is the second strongest EU member after Germany at $3,930,000 million US.
(Source: EC, Europe Gov. News, 16 Nov., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Brexit, Energy Efficiency,
The aim of the business case is to achieve a technically and commercially viable solution that will allow NPPD to proceed with an industrial scale pilot project to accelerate the development and commercial-scale production of methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and other low-carbon alternative fuels.
Working together, the parties will evaluate performance and commercial information on the various fuels, provide input for the economic model, and develop an economic evaluation model. By demonstrating the results with Wartsila test engines, it is envisioned that the conversion of hydrogen to methanol using CO2, then burning the methanol as fuel to produce electricity.(Source: Nebraska Public Power, PR, 15 Nov., 2018)Contact:
Wartsila Energy Solutions, Mikael Backman, Regional Director, USA & Canada,www.wartsila.com/energy;
Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila, Nebraska Public Power District, Alternative Fuel,
For the 2017 compliance year, EPA received 36 small refinery petitions, 29 of which were approved and 7 are still pending. The 29 petitions approved to date have exempted approximately 1.46 billion renewable identification numbers (RINs), or approximately 13.62 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting the RFS blending targets.
For compliance year 2016, the EPA received 20 small refinery petitions, with 19 approved to date and one still pending. The 19 approved petitions have exempted approximately 790 RINs, or 7.84 billion gallons of gasoline and diesel from meeting RFS blending targets.
The EPA is expected to update data on small refinery hardship waivers monthly, with the next updated expected to be released in mid-December.
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: US EPA, 16 Nov., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Hardship Waiver, ,
Efforts to improve energy efficiency include: regular monitoring and reporting of energy consumption; the conversion of old and inefficient boiler technologies to new high efficiency models; upgrading and expanding computer-based control systems; optimizing equipment/building scheduling; upgrading to LED lighting technolog including occupancy sensors; retro-commissioning of older building systems and adding a new Ice Plant.
MSU was the only institution of higher learning recognized by TVA for having the lowest carbon emissions. Tennessee State University was recognized in the "most improved" category.
The TVA is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. (Source: Mississippi State Univ., PR, TVA, 16 Nov., 2018)
Contact: Mississippi State Univ., www.msstate.edu; TVA, Dan Pratt, VP Customer Service, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tva.gov
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In 2017, China's carbon intensity, measured in kilograms of carbon emitted to produce $1 of gross domestic product, was 46 pct lower than in 2005, fulfilling the country's goal to cut carbon emissions by 40 to 45 pct by 2020.
The report notes that despite the gradual decrease, China's carbon intensity level is still higher than that of developed countries. The report also found China, followed by the United States, are the world's top carbon emitting countries among the world's major economies, producing around 2.77 and 1.45 billion tons in 2016.
According to the report,
more than 1,700 power companies, accounting for more than 3 billion tons of carbon emissions, had entered China's pilot carbon market by the end of 2017. The market allows the trading of carbon emission units between companies, encouraging them to limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
(Source: ECNS, 17 Nov., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Market, Carbon Emissions, China Carbon Emissions,
The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, email@example.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW, Fulcrum Bioenergy,
DTE is now seeking to expand its RNG capacity and assets
as it plans to retire 6,400 MW of coal generation by 2040 while adding around 7,500 MW of renewable and gas generation during the same period. (Source: DTE, Energy Insider, 14 Nov., 2018)Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development, David Harwood, Renewable Energy Dir., www2.dteenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy, Landfill Gas,
The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 pct of organizations in the U.S. and 59 pct of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency, smart building measures including building controls and building systems integration at a greater rate than more traditional energy efficiency measures over the next 12 months.
Today, organizations identify greenhouse gas footprint reduction, energy cost savings, energy security and enhanced reputation as key drivers of investment fueling growth in green, net zero energy and resilient buildings. Building controls improvements were cited as the most popular investment energy efficiency related investments.
In Johnson Controls'2008 survey, under 10 pct od respondents had a certified "green" building and only 34 pct planned to certify new construction projects to a recognized green standard. In 2018, 19 pct of U.S. organizations have already achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities, and 53 pct plan to in the future.
Globally, 14 pct of organizations have achieved voluntary green building certification for at least one of their facilities and 44 pct plan to in the future.
The survey also notes a significant year-over-year increase in net-zero energy goals, with 61 pct of U.S. organizations extremely or very likely to have one or more facilities that are nearly zero, net zero or positive energy/carbon in the next ten years.(Source: Johnson Controls, Building Design & Construction, Nov., 2018)Contact: Johnson Controls, Clay Nesler, VP Global Sustainability, www.linkedin.com/in/clay-nesler-171a133, www.johnsoncontrols.com/corporate-sustainability/reporting-and-policies/business-and-sustainability-report/environmental-leadership/sustainable-solutions, www.johnsoncontrols.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls, Energy Efficiency,
The Hartsfield-Jackson International is the first U.S. airport to earn ISO 50001:2011 certification, according to AECOM. The certification is awarded for creating a "systematic framework to manage energy performance and drive continual improvement."
(Source: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Energy Manager, Nov., 2018) Contact: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (404) 382-2134,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlanta International Airport.LED Light,
When fully operational, the 93,150-panel Ra Solar plant will operate under a 25-year PPA with the state-owned Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company.
Voltalia reportedly plans to add 800 MW of capacity over the next five to eight years for the Egyptian market and will develop its own projects and projects for third party customers. (Source: Voltalia, Renewables Nov., 2018) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 1 81 70 37 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.voltalia.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia, Solar,
Built Green Canada and the Green Builder Coalition are not-for-profit organizations.
Built Green Canada offers third-party certified programs in the residential building sector.
(Source: DCN News Services , 16 Nov., 2018) Contact:
Green Builder Coalition, Mike Collington, Exec. Dir., www.greenbuildercoalition.org; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, Pres., (855) 485-0920, email@example.com, www.builtgreencanada.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition,
Solar cell windows are supported with $1.3 million while $325,000 will be aimed at reducing and storing the heat lost from captured solar thermal energy.
(Source: University of Michigan, PR, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: University of Michigan, Nicole Casal Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.umich.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar Window,
The LED conversion will cost the city of approximately 58,000 residents more than $1.9 million, $993,350 of which will be covered by the city with the balance funded by multiple grants and rebates. The change to LEDs is expected to save the city approximately $258,000 in annual energy cost with a 3.8 year ROI.
(Source: City of Medford, Wicked Local Medford,16 Nov., 2018) Contact: City of Medford, www.medfordma.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News LED Light, LED Streetlight, Energy Efficient Light,
The report covers Algae Biofuels market share, growth, trends,forecasts and key statistics for the period 2018-2026. The report also examines the Algae Biofuels market based on national and regional factors as well as on application, technique and end-user. Overall, the report provides an in-depth insight into 2018-2026 global Algae Biofuels Market players, drivers, challenges and trends.
Access a sample PDF file of the Algae Biofuels report HERE.
Download PDF brochure of Algae Biofuels Market report HERE.
(Source: Coherent Market Insights, Chemicals News, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Coherent Market Insights, (206) 701-6702 - Seattle Office, +44-020 8133 4027 - UK Office,
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The CarbonCure Technology chemically converts CO2 captured from industrial emitters into a nano-mineral that becomes permanently embedded within concrete. The process improves concrete's compressive strength and enables concrete producers to realize manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint. The CarbonCure Technology has the potential to save over 4,000 tpy of CO2 at each Pan-United concrete plant.
Pan-United, Singapore's largest concrete and cement company, with operations in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Vietnam, is the first concrete firm to attain Singapore Green Building Council(SGBC) LEED sustainability certification.
CarbonCure, a world leader in CO2 utilization technologies for the concrete industry, announced in September that it had closed a strategic round of investment led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $1 billion clean technology investment fund created to accelerate the world's transition to clean energy. (Source: CarbonCure Technology, PR, 19 Nov., 2018)
Contact:: Pan-United Group. Ltd., Janelle Loh, +65 6305 7346, email@example.com, www.panunited.com.sg; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carboncure.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cement, CarbonCure, CO2,
According to the Nunatsiavut government, "there's already evidence of invasive insects, birds and fish that were previously foreign to Labrador."
(Source: CBC News, 17 Nov., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
As part of the LOW Carbon Pledge, companies have committed to reducing both Scope One (greenhouse gases such as fuels used in vehicles, boilers, and furnaces) and Two (indirect greenhouse gases from the purchase of electricity) carbon emission intensity.
(Source: Musgrave Group,, Checkout Ireland, 17 Nov., 2018) Contact: Musgrave Group,
+353 (0) 21 4522100,
+353 (0) 21 4522244, email@example.com, www.musgravegroup.com; Business in the Community Ireland, www.bitc.ie
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According to the CCC report, "There is significant potential to increase domestic production of sustainable biomass to meet between 5 pct and 10 pct of energy demand from UK sources by 2050. The lower end of this range can be delivered by fully exploiting the UK's organic waste resource (after reduction, reuse and recycling) whilst maintaining today's level of agricultural and forest residue use." The report also recommends the government "not provide further policy support (beyond current commitments) to large-scale biomass power plants that are not deployed with CCS technology." It also called for the government to limit support for bioenergy use in buildings to biomethane produced from anaerobic digestion, thus creating a demand for UK sourced food and garden waste.
Access the full biomass report HERE.
(Source: The Committee on Climate Change, Nov., 2018) Contact: The Committee on Climate Change, www.theccc.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Committee on Climate Change,
The DuPont plant produced ethanol from corn cobs, stalks and other crop residue before being shuttered in 2017.
As previously reported Michigan-based Verbio North America is purchasing the facility and plans to invest $35 million to convert the plant to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) from corn stover. (Source: DuPont, Des Moines Register, AP, 16 Nov., 2018))Contact: Verbio, +49 (0) 3493 747-40, www.verbio.de/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont, Verbio, Corn Stover, RNG, Cellulosic Ethanol,
Valmet, a supplier of process technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries, will deliver a HYBEX boiler plant with a capacity of 35 MWth, utilising a bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology. An electrostatic precipitator and a flue gas condenser included in the project will increases heat capacity by 10 MW. Assembly work is slated to get underway in the autumn of 2019 for a 2020 commissioning and startup.
(Source: Valmet, Renewables 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valmet,
Frank Ligthart, Heat and Power Plant Head, Mattias Erixon, Manager Sales, Biomass Conversion, +46 70 610 5727, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal;
Elenia Lampo Oy, www.elenia.fi
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Writing on his blog, Araujo described climate science as a "dogma" that ignores "evidence" showing the opposite of rising temperatures and greater concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere.
"The left has sequestered the environmental cause and perverted it to the point of paroxysm over the last 20 years with the ideology of climate change. The climate [scientists] gathered some data suggesting a correlation between rising temperatures with increasing concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, ignored data suggesting the opposite, and created a scientific dogma that no one else can contest on pain of being excommunicated from good society.", the new foreign minister's blog contends.
Araujo's blog parrots U.S, President Donald Trump adding, "This dogma has served to justify an increase in the regulatory power of states over the economy and power of international institutions over national states and their populations, as well as to stifle economic growth in democratic capitalist countries and foster China's growth."
Pres. Donald Trump, who recently raked the U.S. Forest Service over the coals for not adequately raking leafs to prevent forest fires, will perhaps be best remembered for calling climate change a "hoax" and a "con-job created by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive."
(Source: Ernesto Araujo, Blog, 12 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Ernesto Araujo, Blog
More Low-Carbon Energy News Donald Trump.Climate Change,
"Weather has been a factor and yet, they say (the) worst hurricanes were 50 years ago." -- Pres. Donald Trump commenting on the recent, ongoing disastrous wild fires in the Golden State.
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump, Climate Change,
The project is the second phase of a larger wind power development at Markbygden that could total 4 GW if fully developed.
Enercon acquired this phase of the project from Swedish developer Svevind in 2016. (Source: Enercon GmbH, Montel, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Enercon GmbH, Pamela Lundin, Swedish Operations Head, www.enercon.de
More Low-Carbon Energy News Enercon , Wind,
EcoStruxure Building additions include: EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor: A suite of digital services for the workplace offering occupancy and well-being analytics, a mobile occupant application to improve building occupant engagement and productivity, and enable facility managers to optimize space.
Connected Room Solution: The next evolution of Smart X IP Controllers, RPC, will empower users to better control their environments with the ability to interface with the HVAC system through their mobile device. The Commission SmartX Controllers mobile application, available with the Connected Room Solution, will enable technicians and electricians to more efficiently perform commissioning, flow balance, and checkout operations.
EcoStruxure Security Expert: The latest addition to Schneider Electric's building security portfolio is a scalable, IT-friendly solution that integrates existing security systems within one platform, providing one-stop access control and intrusion detection from purpose-built field controllers, RFID Smartcard Reader technology, and application software.
EcoStruxure Building Operation 3.0: Will provide an enhanced mobile-friendly user interface, a convenient dashboard experience, and further engineering efficiency for partners including enhanced controller configurations, and new reporting functions for enhanced data insights.
EcoStruxure Building is part of the Schneider Electric EcoStruxure Architecture. EcoStruxure is an IoT-enabled, plug and play, open, interoperable, architecture and platform. EcoStruxure™ leverages advancements in IoT, mobility, sensing, cloud, analytics, and cybersecurity to deliver Innovation at every level, from Connected Products and Edge Control to Apps, Analytics and Services. (Source: Schneider Electric, Facility Exec. 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: Schneider Electric, Jim Sandelin, Snr. VP, Buildings Americas, www.schneider-electric.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The contracted work is expected to begin before the year end and be completed for the start of 2019-2020 school year.
Upgrades include: LED lighting conversions; sensors and controls and load shedding; building envelope insulation and upgrades; solar window film; HVAC upgrades and other energy efficiency improvements.
(Source: Liberty School Board, Tribune Chronicle, 15 Nov., 2018)
Contact: Guaranteed Clean Energy, Andy Bittner, CEO, (614) 344-8364, www.gce-oh.org/home
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Many biorefineries consume one, or sometimes two, feedstocks grown and harvested nearby. The feedstock contains lignocellulose. That chemical is processed and fermented into biofuels or bioproducts. Accepting a variety of feedstocks could improve the refinery's environmental footprint, economics, and logistics. The team's study showed that a lignocellulosic refinery could be relatively agnostic in terms of the feedstocks used.
Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields. Two annual crops (corn stover and energy sorghum) and three perennial crops (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie) were pretreated using ammonia fiber expansion, hydrolyzed, and fermented separately using yeast or bacteria.
Researchers found that both biomass quality and biomass yield affected the amount of ethanol each acre produces. However, the effect differed. Biomass quality was the main driver for the ethanol yields for high-yielding crops, such as switchgrass. Biomass yield was the main driver for the ethanol yields for low-productivity crops, such as corn stover. Therefore, to increase ethanol yield for high-yielding crops, focusing efforts on improving biomass quality or conversion efficiency may be prudent.
For low-yielding crops, focusing on increasing biomass yield may be the best strategy. When measuring the amount of ethanol produced during fermentation, most feedstocks fell within a similar range, especially when scientists used bacteria to ferment the biomass. In total, the results of this study suggest that a lignocellulosic refinery may use a variety of feedstocks with a range of quality without a major negative impact on field-scale ethanol yields. (Source: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, US DOE, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Tim Donohue, Dir., John Greenler, Dir. Outreach, (608) 890-2444, www.glbrc.org
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