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France Adds 528 MW Wind-Solar Capacity in Q3 (Int'l Report)
RTE Grid
Date: 2018-11-23
The Paris-headquartered French electric power grid operator RTE France -- Europe's largest grid -- is reporting France added 315 MW of wind and 213 MW of solar power capacity to its electricity grid in Q3 of 2018. The additions raised the grid's installed renewable energy capacity, including hydro power and bioenergy, to over 50 GW. In total, renewable energy accounted for 21 pct of the country's electric power consumption during the same period.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Wind,  

Global GHGs Hit Record Levels, says WMO Report (Ind. Report)
World Meteorlogical Organization
Date: 2018-11-23
According to the recently release World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Greenhouse Gas Bulletin No. 14, globally averaged surface mole fractions for carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) rose to new highs in 2017 -- CO2 at 405.5 +- , 0.1 ppm , CH4 at 1859 +- 2 ppb and N2O at 329.9 +- 0.1 ppb. These values constitute, respectively, 146 pct 257 pct and 122 pct of pre-industrial (before 1750) levels.

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,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenhouse Gas.Climate Change,  WMO,  GHGs,  World Meteorological Organization,  

UH Mānoa Aims to Fully Offset Carbon Emissions
University of Hawaiii at Manoa
Date: 2018-11-22
The Carbon Neutrality Challenge, a joint project of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and numerous organizations, aims to test the feasibility of restoring local ecosystems to offset all of the state’s carbon emissions. The group held its first proof-of-concept event on Nov. 17, 2018, at Ala Mahamoe Cultural Garden and Forest near Tripler Hospital. At the event, six teams of volunteers from UH Mānoa and various student groups, local organizations and businesses joined together in friendly competition to plant a record-setting 1,000 trees in one day. At the end of the day’s competition, teams were ranked according to the number of trees planted, with rankings available online. The goal of the event was to demonstrate the state’s ability to scale up restoration, and plant trees by the number needed to position Hawaiʻi as the first place in the world to fully offset its carbon emissions via ecosystem restoration. “The average carbon footprint of a person in Hawaiʻi is estimated at ~12 tonnes of CO2 each year. It will take 12 Milo trees just below five years to remove all of that carbon. The group notes that, with a million people in the state, if each person plants just one tree, Hawaiʻi can easily have a million trees in the ground within a week. The tree-planting pilot is based on the premise that climate change can be solved if individuals calculate how much CO2 they generate, estimate the number of trees needed to sequester those emissions and plant the required number of trees.

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,  

UK CAER Funded for Carbon Capture Research (R&D, Funding)
University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research,DOE Office of Fossil Energy
Date: 2018-11-21
The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports it has granted $2.9 million to the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UKCAER) in Lexington to support development of new technologies to lower the cost of capturing CO2. The project is part of DOE's Carbon Capture Program, which is developing transformational, step-change, low-cost capture processes and enabling technologies that will maximize the efficiency of our nation's fossil-based power generation infrastructure.

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,; DOE Office of Fossil Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  DOE Office of Fossil Energy,  

Methanol-Fueled Ship Launch Set for 2019 (Int'l)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2018-11-21
In Singapore, the Business Times is reporting the first vessel in Asia to run on methanol is expected to set sail from Singapore in late 2019.

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.; Methanol Institute,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  

Hanwha Q Cells, CGN Ink Solar Module Supply Deal (Int'l)
Hanwha Q Cells
Date: 2018-11-21
Seoul-headquartered Korean solar cell manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells Co. is reporting a deal with the Chinese government owned China General Nuclear (CGN) Power Corp. to supply its 100-MW, Q.PEAK modules for CGN's solar power facility which is under construction in Tongshan, central-eastern China. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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,; Hanwha Q Cells, Hanwha Group,

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

SRP Adding 1,000MW Solar, Plus Tesla Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Salt River Project
Date: 2018-11-21
The not-for-profit utility Salt River Project (SRP) reports it plans to add 200 MW of solar generation every year for the next five years, adding to its existing 800 MW renewable portfolio. The additional solar energy is in keeping with SRP's plan to have 20 pct green generation through the addition of renewable generation and battery storage.

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,,

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New England Offshore Wind Cable Base Planned (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-11-21
Subsea power provider JDR Cable Systems and UK-based McAllister Towing and Transportation Co., Inc. are reporting plans to develop a cable service base and offshore wind training center on an existing McAllister quayside waterfront property in the northeastern United States. Legal and other details are still being worked out prior to a formal launch of the project, according to the JDR statement.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  

Costa Rica Reaches Wind Energy Generation Goal (Int'l Report)
Costa Rica National Electric System
Date: 2018-11-21
In Costa Rica, the National Electric System (SEN) is touting the Central American country's wind power success. With 16 wind farms totaling 386,62 MW of installed capacity on line, the country has to date accumulated 1,512.65 GWh, surpassing 2017's 1,287.68 GWh of production.

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)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  

USGBC Launches LEED Zero for Green Building Projects (Ind. Report)
USGReen Building Council
Date: 2018-11-21
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is touting the launch of LEED Zero, a new program to address net-zero operations and resources in green building projects. LEED projects can achieve LEED Zero certification when they demonstrate net-zero carbon emissions, net-zero energy use, net-zero water use, or net-zero waste.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Building,  

Building Energy Efficiency Retrofit Course Offered in Dubai (Int'l)
Emirates Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-21
In Dubai, the Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) reports it will offer an advanced course under the Building Retrofit Training Programme. he course will be conducted in partnership with the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) on December 12 and 13.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emirates Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  

Solar United Neighbors Touts Texas Program Launch (Ind. Report)
Solar United Neighbors
Date: 2018-11-21
Washington, DC-headquartered Solar United Neighbors is reporting the launch of its newest program in the Lone Star State -- Solar United Neighbors of Texas.

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,, (202) 888-3601,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar United Neighbors,  Solar,  

Dartmouth Advancing Concentrating Solar Power Systems (R&D)
DOE SETO,Dartmouth College
Date: 2018-11-21
The U.S. DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) reports the awarding of $400,000 to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, to advance concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) R&D.

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,; US DOE SETO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE SETO,  Sola,  CSP Solarr,  

Silicycle Awarded $1Mn from CED Quebec (Funding, Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-21
Quebec City-headquartered SiliCycle Inc., a manufacturer of silica-based products, is reporting receipt of $1 million in repayable funding from Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec.

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, Canada Economic Development (CED) for Quebec,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  

Mitsubishi Claims 240MW Japanese Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
Mitsubishi Electric
Date: 2018-11-21
Japan's Mitsubishi Electric has won a contract from global engineering company Chiyoda Corporation for its BLEnDer RE energy storage system. The energy storage system, along with power conditioners (PCS), will be installed at Kita-Toyotomi substation in Hokkaido, Japan. The substation is owned by North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission company.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Electric,  Energy Storage,  

Itron, AES Consulting Partner on CA. Smart Home Study (Ind. Report
Itron,California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Energy management specialist Itron reports it is partnering with Carlsbad, California-based Alternative Energy Systems (AES)Consulting and other companies to help some 100 Southern California consumers better control distributed energy resources (DERs). Itron was selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide its load management technology for the Smart Home Study aimed at minimizing consumer energy costs and reducing the negative impacts of distributed resources on the main grid.

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,; Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641,; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

Pacific Bioenergy Broadening Woody Biomass Pellet Mix (Ind Report)
Pacific Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-21
Vancouver-based Pacific Bioenergy reports it has secured Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia funding for an experiment to determine how cedar logging wastes can be added into their waste woody biomass pellet fuel mix. The company's wood pellet fuel is targeted primarily to overseas markets.

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,; Pacific Bioenergy, Don Steele, CEO, (604) 602-1099,

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

GESS Breaks Ground on Two New Biomass Plants (Ind. Report)
GESS International
Date: 2018-11-21
Raleigh, North Carolina-based GESS International reports ground breaking on its new biomass plant at the Wilson County Green Energy Biogas Park in Stantonsburg NC, and a second plant at the Union County Green Energy Biogas Park in Monroe, NC. Both biogas production plants are expected to start construction in Q1 of 2019 and become fully operational by Q3 of 2020.

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,  

Andritz Scores Japanese Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-11-21
Austrian technology group Andritz AG is reporting receipt of an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation fpr delivery of a fluidized bed boiler for installation at a 50-MW biomass power plant to be constructed for Obayashi Kamisu Biomass Power Generation Corporation in Kamisu, Ibaraki prefecture, Japan.

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,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andritz,  

Fonterra Emissions Reduction Ahead of Scedule (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-21
New Zealand's largest exporter, agriculture and dairy giant Fonterra, reports its emission reduction efforts are running about a year ahead of its pledged 30 pct reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 goal.

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  

EC Prepares for Brexit, Updates Energy Efficiency Legislation (Int'l)
European Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Kallanish Energy is reporting the European Commission (EC )is proposing a "technical" amendment to the EU energy efficiency legislation as part of its preparation for UK's still uncertain withdrawal from the 28-member trade group.

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,  

NPPD, Wartsila, LUT Developing Alt. Fuels Business Case (Ind Report)
Nebraska Public Power District,Wartsila Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-11-21
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reports the signing of a MOU with Finland's Lappeenranta University of Technology and Wartsila for the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wartsila generating sets.

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,; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Nebraska Public Power District,  Alternative Fuel,  

EPA Updates RFS "Hardship" Waiver Applications (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-11-21
On Nov. 16, the U.S. EPA released updated data on small refinery "hardship" waivers filed under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) showing that no new petitions were filed or approved between Oct. 10 and Nov. 10. As of Nov. 10, the EPA has received 15 petitions seeking small refinery "hardship" waivers for the 2018 compliance year. All 15 petitions are still pending.

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,  ,  

MSU Lauded for Energy Efficiency, Low Emissions (Ind. Report)
Mississippi State University, TVA
Date: 2018-11-21
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is lauding Mississippi State University (MSU) in Starkville for its efforts in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions 53 pct on a per student basis. The University's decade long effort has saved the school more than $55 million in utility costs to date.

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.,; TVA, Dan Pratt, VP Customer Service, John Myers, Dir. Policy & Regulatory Affairs, (865) 632-2101,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  

China's Carbon Emissions Reduction Ahead of Schedule (Int'l)
Chaina Carbon Emissiosn
Date: 2018-11-21
In China, the recently released 2018 Global Ecological Environment Sensing Report from the National Remote Sensing Center under the Ministry of Science and Technology, has found that China has met its goal of reducing its carbon intensity -- emissions per unit of GDP - three years ahead of schedule as set by the State Council in 2009.

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,  

Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

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,; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  

DTE Adding Landfill Gas to Renewables Portfolio (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2018-11-19
In August, Detroit-headquartered utility DTE Energy reported the ground breaking on its first dairy Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which is expected to come online in 2019. in Wisconsin.

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.,

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Green Plains Sells and Scuttling Ethanol Plants (Ind. Report, M&A)
Green Plains, Valero Renewable Fuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Following up on our Oct. 12th coverage, Omaha-headquartered ethanol producer Green Plains Inc. is confirming the closure of a previously announced sale of its ethanol plants in Lakota, Iowa; Bluffton, Indiana; and Riga, Michigan, to Valero Renewable Fuels Company LLC for a total $319 million, including net working capital and adjustments. The company is also shuttering its 60 million gpy ethanol plant in Hopewell, Virginia. (Source: Green Plains, 16 Nov., 2018) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., (800) 324-8464,; Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP-IR, (402) 884-8700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Renewable Fuels,  Green Plains ,  Ethanol,  

Johnson Controls Notes Increased Energy Efficiency Spending (Int'l)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2018-11-19
According to John Controls' just released 2018 Energy Efficiency Indicator Survey. more than half of global organizations plan to increase spending on energy efficiency over next 12 months.

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,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls,  Energy Efficiency,  

World's Busiest Airport Cuts Energy Costs with LEDs (Ind. Report)
Atlanta International Airport
Date: 2018-11-19
The world's busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport reports it will install high-mast LED lighting for a retrofit of their existing airport tarmac lighting. Atlanta-based Bright Light Systems (BLS) will supply the LED lighting.

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,  

Voltalia's Egyptian Solar Park Construction Underway (Int'l)
Date: 2018-11-19
In Paris, French renewable energy company Voltalia SA is reporting construction is underway on its first African renewable energy project -- the 32-MW Ra Solar park in Egypt. Commissioning is slated for the second half of 2019.

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,,

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Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition Partnering for Water Use, Conservation Certification (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada, Green Builder Coalition
Date: 2018-11-19
On the Canadian priries, Edmointo, Alberta-based Built Green Canada reports it is partnering with the Green Builder Coalition to launch a water-efficiency certification program for the residential building industry. The program also includes the ability to account for outdoor water use as well as reuse via rainwater, greywater and blackwater catchment calculations. Depending on the filtration methods, both grey and black water consumption can be used to offset indoor water use. Additionally, any remaining unused rainwater or greywater can be credited to potential outdoor use, according to a release.

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.,; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson, Pres., (855) 485-0920,,

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Univ. of Michigan Awarded $1.$1.6Mn for Solar Window R&D (R&D, Funding)
Univ, of Michigan
Date: 2018-11-19
In An Arbor, the University of Michigan is touting its work on the development of electricity-generating windows and high-temperature solar power. The projects are funded unded with $1.6 million from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office.

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,,

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Alta Devices Achieves 29.1% GaAs Solar Cell Efficiency (Ind Report)
Alta Devices,Hanergy Thin Film Power Group L
Date: 2018-11-19
Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd subsidiary Alta Devices in Sunnyvale, California reports a new 29.1 pct efficiency record for its single-junction gallium arsenide (GaAs) solar cell, as rated by Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems. (Source: Alta Devices, Nov., 2018) Contact: Alta Devices, Jian Ding, CEO, Rich Kapusta, Marketing, (408) 585-2050, {startlink][endlink],
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Medford Mass. Switching to LED Streetlights (Ind. Report)
City of Medford
Date: 2018-11-19
In the Bay State, the city of Medford City Administration reports it plans to replace 4,783 streetlights and 181 decorative lights across the city with LED light bulbs before the year end.

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,

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2018-2026 Algae Biofuels Market Research Report Offered (Ind. Report)
Algae Biofuels
Date: 2018-11-19
Coherent Market Insights reports the availability of its global Algae Biofuels Market 2018-2026 research report covering the major players and market factors key to the growth of the global Algae Biofuels Market.

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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Pan-United Intros CarbonCure Tech to Asian Markets (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-11-19
In Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia-headquartered clean technology company CarbonCure Technologies Inc. reports it has partnered with Singapore concrete innovation company Pan-United Corporation Ltd to bring CarbonCure's breakthrough CO2 recycling technology for concrete manufacturing to Asian markets.

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,,; CarbonCure, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020,,

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Labrador Communities Climate Change Research Funded (Funding)

Date: 2018-11-19
$1.5M to be used to research climate change and mitigation for Indigenous communities In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced $2.2 million in grant funding to Labrador for research indigenous communities. The short-term research will take traditional knowledge and awareness of caribou herd migrations into account. While the recent funding announcement is for Indigenous communities alone, an upcoming longer term joint federal government and Newfoundland and Labrador climate change research project is expected to be announced soon.

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)

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Musgrave Pledges 40 pct Carbon Emission Cut by 2030 (Int'l Report)
Low Carbon Pledge
Date: 2018-11-19
In Ballycurren, County Cork, Irish wholesale grocery giant Musgrave Group reports it was one of 40 companies that have inked the LOW Carbon Pledge made by the Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI) network, and has committed to cut its carbon emissions by 40 pct by 2030.

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,,; Business in the Community Ireland,

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UK Committee on Climate Change Tables Woody Biomass Report (Int'l)
Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-19
W In London, the UK government advisory Committee on Climate Change's recently released Biomass in a Low Carbon Economy report is recommending waste wood biomass should be reused and recycled as an "end-of-life" solution to delay or prevent the release of CO2 back into the atmosphere. The report also calls for the integration of carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology with waste wood burning for energy generation wherever possible.

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,

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DuPont Repaying $10.5Mn in Iowa Ethanol Plant Incentives (Funding)
Date: 2018-11-19
Further to our Nov. 9th coverage, the Des Moines Register reports DuPont will repay $10.5 million in incentives it received in 2011 from the state of Iowa for its 30-million gpy, $400 million cellulosic ethanol plant in Nevada, Iowa.

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,

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Las Cruces Scores USGBC LEED City Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-19
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is reporting the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, (pop. 97,000 +-) is one of 75 U.S. cities to be awarded LEED certification for its new Cities Program. In October 2015, Las Cruces was recognized with a 3-STAR Community rating. STAR Communities recent integration with USGBC further highlights the City's commitment to sustainable development. Seven of the city's major facilities are either LEED certified or awaiting final approval. (Source: USGBC, City of Las Cruces, PR, 16 Nov., 2019) Contact: City of Las Cruces,; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500,; ENERGY STAR,; 3 STAR Communities,

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Valmet Scores Finnish Woody Biomass Boiler Order (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-11-19
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Corp reports it has contracted to supply a woody biomass-fired boiler plant for heat and electric power provider Elenia Lampo Oy's Vanaja power plant in Finland. Financial details have not been disclosed.

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,,; Elenia Lampo Oy,

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Brazilian Foreign Minister Parrots Trump's Climate Change Lead (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2018-11-19
In the heart of the Amazon, Brazil's freshman foreign minister Ernesto Araujo has declared that "climate change is a Marxist tactic to instill fear, stifle the economic growth of western countries, and benefit China."

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

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The Donald on the California Fire Line -- Notable Quote

Date: 2018-11-19
"Maybe [climate change] contributes a little bit. The big problem we have is management.

"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.

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Enercon 1.1GW Swedish Wind Farm Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2018-11-16
German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon GmbH reports infrastructure work is underway at its 1.1 GW wind power project at Markbygden in northern Sweden. When complete, the project could incorporate as many as 440 turbines. Grid connection is expected in 2020.

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,

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Schneider Enhances EcoStruxure Building Offering (New Prod & Tech)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2018-11-16
Energy efficiency and management specialist Schneider Electric is touting the next generation of its EcoStruxure™ Building portfolio, the open Internet of Things (IoT) platform that improves building occupant engagement, sustainability and energy efficiency.

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,

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Liberty Ohio Schools Inks Energy Efficiency Contract (Ind. Report)
Guaranteed Clean Energy,
Date: 2018-11-16
In the Buckeye State, the Liberty Board of Education reports it will enter into an agreement with Guaranteed Clean Energy of Columbus for $1.352 million in energy efficiency upgrades. When completed, the upgrades are expected to save he school board $3.136 million over 15 years.

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,

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Diverse Biofeedstock Ethanol Yields Investigated (R&D Report)
Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center
Date: 2018-11-16
Biorefineries are picky eaters. They only consume one or two types of plant matter. Researchers at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison processed and experimentally measured ethanol production from five different herbaceous feedstocks. They examined two annuals (corn stover and energy sorghum) along with three perennials (switchgrass, miscanthus, and restored prairie). They determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre, or per land area.

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,

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Oregon Adopts Com. Bldg Energy Efficiency Codes (ind. Report)
Oregon Building Codes Division,
Date: 2018-11-16
In Salem, the Oregon Building Codes Structures Board is reporting the launch of its new Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard -- an optional code to help builders and developers achieve increased energy efficiency in commercial structures. The new standard has been approved and adopted by the Building Codes Division for use statewide.

The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.

The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses. The standard includes a fully programmed online tool allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.

Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard HERE. (Source: State of Oregon, Building Codes Div., KTVZ.COM, Nov., 2018) Contact: Oregon Building Codes Division, Mark Long, Admin., (503) 378-4133,,

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