An article on the public WeChat account of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association said Friday that while the sector's growth momentum might not be sustained, PV power will remain a key force in the nation's energy revolution and will still receive State support. The association said the fact that PV installations can generate power at a lower cost than other power sources in many countries is the Chinese PV industry's greatest strength.
According to a report by the Xinhua News Agency, China is taking the lead in PV development globally, with an internationally competitive and complete industrial chain. The central government is aiming for 27 pct of total power generation to come from renewable energy sources by the end of 2020, according to the 2016-20 plan for renewable energy.
(Source: China National Development and Reform Commission,, Global Times, 3 June, 2018) Contact: National Development and Reform Commission, en.ndrc.gov.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News National Development and Reform Commission, China Solar, Solar Subsidies,
The program, if approved, would include a significant increase in the utility's energy efficiency investments and provide an opportunity for annual growth of 8 pct to 10 pct in PSE&G's rate base. The proposal includes:
PSEG estimates that the energy efficiency program will over the six-year life of the program, reduce CO2 emissions by 24 million tons and reduce energy use by 40 million MWh of electricity and 675 million therms of natural gas.
PSEG expects to file its clean energy plan with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities later this year. (Source: PSEG, PR, 31 May, 2018)Contact: PSEG, Courtney McCormick, VP Renewables and Energy Efficiency, www.pseg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, PSEG, Energy Efficiency,
The report notes that energy efficiency jobs in manufacturing, trade and professional services all increased and is projected to grow by 9 pct annually through this year.
(Source: USEER, May, 2018) Contact: Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org; National Association of State Energy Officials, www.naseo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Futures Initiative, National Association of State Energy Officials,
CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.
CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.
Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties.
(Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246, www.cadillacfairview.com; ENERGY STAR Canada, www.energystar.gc.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, ENERGY STAR Canada,
The LBNet report identifies the top ten green alternatives to petroleum-based chemicals and urges the UK government to invest in specific plant-based chemicals to replace environmentally harmful plastics and petroleum products.
The LBNet is one of 13 collaborative Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy set up by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between academia and industry, and promote the translation of that research into benefits for the UK.
Download highlights from the
HERE. (Source: LBNet, May, 2018) Contact: LBNet,, Veronica Ongaro,
+44 (0) 1904 328 761, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://lb-net.net;
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, https://bbsrc.ukri.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioplastic, Biochemical, Biofuel, Lignocellulosic,
The latest funding round will be used to support Voltaiq's growth in international markets, including further development of a software platform and hiring of new people.
Previously the startup, which launched in 2012 as Subway Labs, had secured finance from a number of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program grants.
These included a $150,000 Department of Energy Phase I SBIR package in 2013, a further $150,000 from the National Science Foundation in 2014 and another $1 million from the DOE that same year.
(Source: Voltaig, GTM, May, 2018) Contact: Voltaiq, Tal Sholklapper, CEO, (646) 586-3062, www.voltaiq.com
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The solar farm is projected to come in at $120 million, if built.
(Source: Next Phase Energy Services, Bangor Daily News, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Next Phase Energy Services, David Fowler, CEO, (207) 461-0666, email@example.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,
When fully operational in 2019, the plant will supply PERC modules to the US rooftop and ground-mounted solar markets. (Source: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp, Renewables Now, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Hanwha Q Cells Korea Corp, www.hanwha-qcells.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hanwha Q Cells,
The project, which incorporates more than 350,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels, will generate sufficient electric power for approximately 13,000 homes serviced by Entergy Arkansas. (Source: NextEra Energy, Renewables Now, Others, 30 May, 2018) Contact: NextEra Energy, www.nexteraenergyresources.com; Entergy,
More Low-Carbon Energy News NextEra Energy, Entergy, Solar, Renewable Energy,
The new Engie Lab Brasil, which is expected to open before the year end, will be similar to the company's research facility in Chile.
ENGIE is Brazil's largest private-sector electricity producer, operating 10,290 MW in installed capacity from 32 plants nationwide, equivalent to 6 pct of the country's capacity. Ninety percent of the Group's Brazilian installed capacity comes from clean, renewable sources with low greenhouse gas emissions, a position that is being reinforced with the construction of new wind farms in the Brazilian Northeast. ENGIE is currently building one of Brazil's biggest hydro plants, the Jirau hydropower plant (3,750 MW) under commissioning on the Madeira river, in the state of Rondonia.
(Source: Engie Brasil Website, Various Media, 30 May, 2018) Contact: Engie Brasil, Mauricio Bahr, CEO, +55 21 397 45400, www.engie.com.br
More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie, Renewable Energy,
According to EPA projections, Ireland will only achieve a 1 pct reduction by 2020 compared to the 20 pct reduction target – and will struggle to meet 2030 targets on key sectors that are not part of the EU's emissions trading system which covers heavy industry. Contributing factors noted by the EPA include:
In relation to 2030, Ireland's target calls for a 30 pct reduction of carbon emissions compared to 2005, with binding annual limits over the 2021 to 2030 period. The latest projections indicate Ireland "will exceed the allowable carbon budget implied by those limits by between 47 to 52 million tonnes of over the period, even assuming the allowed-for flexibilities are fully used."
The Irish EPA Greenhouse Gas Emission Projections 2017 to 2035 report is available on the EPA website www.epa.ie. (Source: Ireland EPA, Irish Times, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ireland EPA, Dr. Eimear Cotter, Director Office of Environmental Sustainability, www.epa.ie
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
The demo included the firing of the 50 MWth Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation commercial-scale combustor. Firing of the combustor involves the integrated operation of the full NET Power process. Following rigorous testing, the combustor will be integrated with the turbine and power will be generated.
The plant is designed to demonstrate NET Power's Allam Cycle technology which uses a new turbine and combustor developed specifically for the process by Toshiba.
Using CO₂ as a working fluid to drive a combustion turbine, the Allam Cycle eliminates virtually all emissions from natural gas power generation without expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture equipment.
(Source: NET Power, McDermott, Gas World, 31 May, 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres. Contact: Net Power, (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NET Power, CO2, Carbon Dioxide ,
A VPP is a distributed rooftop solar and battery system that collects energy, which can be described as being similar to that of a centralized power station. It can also link rooftop solar panels with energy storage devices and load control systems in a web-based network to create a single energy supply.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will work hand in hand with relevant agencies, such as the Public Utilities Office, Western Power, and Lands agencies. (Source: OpenGov Asia, 31 MAY, 2018) Contact: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, https://dpird.wa.gov.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Solar, Renewable Energy, Solar,
The CCUS initiative will seek to support and accelerate existing CCUS projects such as those undertaken by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Mission Innovation, and the Global CCS Institute.
The US, Saudi Arabia and Norway will lead the project, with international partners including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.
The technologies are predicted to play a key role in global decarbonization efforts, with nuclear set to make energy-intensive processes such as desalination, hydrogen production and energy storage carbon neutral.
Following the Paris Agreement, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA predicted that CCUS would be essential to limiting global warming to 2 degree C. (Source: US DOE, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS, Carbon Capture, CO2,
SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.
The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute.
(Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66, www.summeth.marinemethanol.com/?page=home; Swedish Maritime Administration, www.sjofartsverket.se/en; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, www.vttresearch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Methanol, Methanol, Biofuel, Maritime Fuel,
In the upcoming June 7 Ontario provincial election, the Progressive Conservative candidate, Doug Ford, is calling for the abolition of the sitting Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne's carbon cap-and-trade program which, according to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, generated an estimated $471 million for the province in the first joint Ontario, Quebec, California cap-and-trade program auction held February 21, 2018. The funds will be invested in programs that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and help families and businesses reduce their own emissions through the province's Climate Change Action Plan.
(Source: Green Party of Canada, MyWestNippisingNow, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Green Party of Canada, www.greenparty.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax,
The acquisition is expected to increase Enefit Green's renewable energy production capacity from the existing 0.4 terawatt hour to more than one terawatt hour.
Enefit Green intends to make additional investments in Nelja Energia for expanding renewable energy production in the Baltic Sea region.
Enefit Green currently owns four wind farms with a total capacity of 111MW, three cogeneration plants in Estonia and Latvia, one hydroelectric power plant, and one solar power plant.
(Source: Enefit Green, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)Contact:
Eesti Energia, www.energia.ee; Nelja Energia, www.4energia.ee
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,
in their action, the plaintiffs claim the federal agency, led by the increasingly controversial Trump appointee Scot Pruitt, awarded the waivers to two refineries owned by HollyFrontier Corp. and the Wynnewood Refining Co., a subsidiary of Carl Icahn's CVR Refining, without publishing the actions in the Federal Register and that the refineries were profitable and did not qualify for the waivers.
As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance.
(Source: Various Media, NewsOK, 31 May, 2018)Contact: RFA, Bob Dinneen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org; National Corn Growers Association, Kevin Skunes, Pres., (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hardship Waiver, National Corn Growers Association, RFA, EPA Scott Pruitt, RFS,
The Ajman Municipality and Planning Department "is keen on implementing sustainability standards in all of the emirate' vital sectors in order to establish building sustainability for the future of Ajman," said Ajman Municipality and Planning Department head Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid.
(Source: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, Salam Al Amir, UAE National, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, www.am.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building,
SEM is a long-term, holistic approach to energy management that increases energy and cost savings for customers year-over-year through goal setting, progress tracking and reporting of results. This program design includes a whole-facility approach that uses Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC) and a baseline model to help identify and measure energy savings opportunities from all program activities at participating facilities.
CLEAResult is North America's largest provider of energy efficiency programs and services tailored to an individual clients' needs. (Source: CLEAResult, PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: CLEAResult, www.clearesult.com; PG&E, www.pge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Gas and Electric, CLEAResult, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management,
The Biofuel Facility is expected to divert more than 115,000 tpy of residential and commercial organic waste from the landfill and produce approximately 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas (RNG) -- sufficient to fuel the city's entire waste collection and service vehicles fleet , as well as provide renewable fuel for Surrey's district energy system. It will also help reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 49,000 tpy.
The facility was designed, financed and will be operated under a 25-year partnership agreement with a UK-based company, Renewi.
The Canadian federal government contributed approximately $16.9 million to the project and Renewi covered the remaining cost of the $68 million project. (Source: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, City of Surrey, 30 May, 2018)
Contact: Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators, www.camacam.ca;
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel, Renewi,
From 1990 to 2016, the EU has reduced its net greenhouse gas emissions by 22.4 pct , surpassing its 20 pct reduction target by 2020. These figures include emissions from international aviation, which are covered by EU targets but not accounted in national totals under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
Emissions in the residential and commercial sector also increased because the winter of 2016 was slightly colder than the winter of 2015.
EU greenhouse gas emissions have decreased since 1990 as a combined result of policies, economic factors and, on average, milder winters, the EEA analysis shows. The largest emission cuts have been made in the energy sector, due to energy efficiency improvements, an increased use of renewables and a less carbon intensive mix of fossil fuels -- more gas, less coal and oil.
(Source: European Environment Agency, May, 2018)
Contact: European Environment Agency, www.eea.europa.eu
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Environment Agency, EU Carbon Emissions, Climate Change,
Hydrogen, which is widely considered a serious contender as a renewable fuel source, is made from natural gas via a process called steam reforming. However, significant focus is now on other methods to produce renewable hydrogen from solar power and renewable organic sources such as green waste.
Hydrogen can be used as a fuel source or raw material in a variety of applications from industrial and chemical manufacturing to transportation fuels.
(Source: Commercial Road Transport News, May, 2018)
Contact: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, www.thepremier.qld.gov.au
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FLUX Carbon manages an existing engineering and licensing business, and holds the rights to several proprietary, patented, and patent-pending technologies including methods to increase the efficiency and profitability of corn ethanol production facilities by intercepting and processing corn ethanol co-products into value-added renewable offsets for fossil fuel-derived products.
About a third of the corn processed by dry mill ethanol plants is converted into ethanol. Another third is emitted to the atmosphere as a relatively pure stream of carbon dioxide. The final third is dried and sold asDDGs, a commercial animal feed, according to a release.
(Source: Attis Industries, Inc., PR, 31 May, 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Jeff Cosman, CEO, (678) 580-5661, www.attisind.com; GreenShift, 770.886.2734, www.greenshift.com; FLUX Carbon, 770-886-2734
More Low-Carbon Energy News Corn Oil, Ethanol, Attis Industries, GreenShift ,
As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing less than 75,000 bpd and suffering "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. Contact: RFA, Bob Dineen, Pres., (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA, RFS, Hardship Waiver, Bob Dineen, RFA,
The EOWDC is scheduled to generate its first power in the summer, producing the equivalent of more than 70 pct of Aberdeen's domestic electricity demand and displace 134,128 tpy CO2.
LC Energy report readers will no doubt remember now president Donald Trump's war with the EOWDC project in opposition to which he claimed "offshore wind will destroy Scotland" because he thought it would spoil the view from his Aberdeen Bay golf resort that was then under construction. Trump took legal action to kill the EOWDC project but lost on the absurdity of his claim. (Source: EOWDC, Vattenfall, 29 May 2018)
Contact: Vattenfall Innovation, Daniel Hustadt, Proj. Manager, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; EOWDC, Aberdeen Renewables, Adam Ezzamel, Project Director, +44 (0) 1224 522104, www.aberdeenrenewables.com/about-areg/activities/european-offshore-wind-deployment-centre-eowdc
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump, European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Offshore Wind, EOWDC ,
According to Vestas,
"With carbon fibre composite innovations, we can increase the performance of turbine blades. Stronger carbon fibre will allow us to reduce the required amount of carbon fibre used in the blade, so the blade will be lighter and cheaper. This makes renewable energy cleaner and more affordable, and supports the development of Australia's growing wind energy sector." (Source: Architecture & Design, May, 2018)
Contact: Deakin University, www.deakin.edu.au; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Blade, Wind, Vestas,
The MBR Solar Park consists of two operational PV plants -- Phase 1 at 13 MW, and the 200 MW Phase II -- plus an 800 MW facility and a 200 MW CSP plant, both of which are under development.
MW Phase III began in January 2017 with an expected completion scheduled for the end of this year.
A 200 MW section of phase III came online in May and at the time, French project developer EDF said the following two 300 MW units would be commissioned in 2019 and 2020, according to PV Magazine.
The 200 MW CSP section is due to be operational by 2021 and another 1 GW CSP section may be included in the final 5 GW solar park, according to DEWA. (Source: MiddleEast Utilities, 27 May, 2018) Contact: Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Saeed Al Tayer, CEO, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News DEWA, CSP, Solar,
The The paper proposes changes to Green Star that would provide credits to projects for:
The paper has identified five principles with which a new approach to biodiversity and ecology would be based:
The GBCA expects new requirements to be adopted from 2020. (Source: GBCA, Fifth Estate, 29 May, 2018) Contact: GBCA, Romilly Madew, CEO, +61 2 8239 6200, new.gbca.org.au
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Council of Australia ,
The three companies will assess the potential for utilization of utility and industrial scale battery storage solutions in new projects and at existing renewable and thermal generation plants across their collective areas of operation. On those projects to which the companies commit, Lyon will act as project developer, JERA as investor and Fluence as the energy storage solution and service provider.
Lyon is a leading independent developer of utility-scale battery storage and renewable generation projects.
JERA is a joint venture between Japan's TEPCO Fuel & Power Incorporated and Chubu Electric Power Company.
Fluence is a Siemens and AES company specialising in global energy storage technology solutions and services.
(Source: Lyon, JERA, Fluence, Joint PR, Various Media, Renewable Energy, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: Lyon Group, Lyon Group, + 612 8098 0213, www.lyoninfrastructure.com.au;
Fluence, (883) 358-3623, http://fluenceenergy.com
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Argentina, one of the world's top biodiesel fuel producers with 1.65 million tons of biodiesel exports in 2017, has been hit by retaliatory tariffs in recent years including the U.S. International Trade Commission anti-dumping duties of 60.44 pct to 276.65 pct.
The Argentine CIARA-CEC exporters trade association reports it expects the European Union to stop importing biodiesel by imposing new tariffs in September or October. The Chamber sees exports falling to around 700,000 tons this year.
(Source: CIARA-CEC, Merco Press, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: CIARA-CEC, www.ciara.com.ar
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Argentina Biodiesel,
Large hydropower employment job markets were led by China, India and Brazil, followed by the Russian Federation, Pakistan, Indonesia, Iran and Viet Nam, according to IRENA.
(Source: IRENA, brand-e, Others, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: IRENA, +91 2 417 9000, www.irena.org
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The Rampion project is the first offshore wind project on the south coast and is two-thirds the size of the 175-turbine London Array, the biggest offshore wind farm in the world.
Rampion is a JV between E.ON, which developed the project, Canadian energy company Enbridge and a consortium of US, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie Capital. (Source: E.ON, BBC, 29 May, 2018)Contact: E.ON, Michael Lewis, CEO Climate and Renewables, +49 2 11 45 79 4170, www.eon.com; Enbridge, Al Monaco, Pres., CEO, (403) 231-3900, www.enbridge.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Rampion, Offshore Wind,
Namibia, one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to climate change, is committed to the implementation of the COP Paris Agreement on climate change and has
committed to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies and targets in various sectors such as energy, waste, agriculture and forestry.
(Source: Namibian, 29 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy, Climate Change Mitigation, Paris Climate Agreement,
According to the report, rapid growth in smart home technology has bolstered the digitization of homes and the market for the smart devices within them.
This report examines the strategy and execution of 14 companies that offer software-based HEM solutions. These players are rated on: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; technology; geographic reach; sales & marketing; product performance; product portfolio & integrations; pricing; and staying power.
Vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked to provide industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies' relative strengths and weaknesses in the global HEM market. (Source: Navigant Research, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com;
Tendril, Adrian Tuck, CEO, 720-921-2322, www.tendrilinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research, Energy Efficiency, Energy Management, Tendril,
Front and Centered, an organization that represents communities of color fighting climate change, notes the disproportionate effects, such as higher asthma rates for children of color, in these communities. According to Front and Centered, "(Initiative) 1631 represents an opportunity to put the cost burden back onto the polluters and holds the largest corporate polluters accountable, because our communities, you know, we've been paying our fair share. And now it's time to make it more equitable, in that sense."
Thirty-five pct of the fee would be earmarked for communities of color. Fifteen-percent of the carbon tax collected would address the oversized energy burden for low-income households, 10 pct would go to Native American tribes affected by climate change, and a $50-million reserve from the fee would assist displaced fossil-fuel workers. Opponents of the measure say companies could pass the cost of the fee onto Washingtonians.
Initiative 1631 is supported by Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
(Source: Washington Public News Service, 29 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax, Climate Change,
The Dutch government's appeal of the 2015 court ruling, challenges the "extent of judges' control over the future policies of the state". A ruling in the case is expected in the coming months.
In related news, the Dutch government has announced it intended to close two of its oldest coal-fire plants by 2025.
Three remaining coal plants will also be closed no later then by 2030. The Netherlands is committed to cut its CO2 emissions by 49 pct by 2030. (Source: Various Media, Space Daily, 28 May, 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Paris Climate Agreement, GHGs, Carbon Emissionst, Climate Change, Carbon Emissions,
The order includes Alfa Laval exhaust gas heat recovery units to be installed in a greenfield power plant where they will recover waste heat to be used for electric power generation.
(Source: Alfa Laval, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Alfa Laval, Peter Leifland, Pres. Marine Division, +46-46-36-72-31, www.alfalaval.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alfa Laval , Energy Efficiency,
The company blamed the reduction on higher sugar prices during the first half of its fiscal year and "considerable volatility" in the fuel market. (Source: Nordzucker, Various Media, May, 2018)
Contact: Nordzucker Ethanol, Boris Kuster, Bioethanol Manager, +49 39209 45-132, www.nordzucker.com/en/business/bioethanol/production.html, www.nordzucker.de/en/home.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordzucker, Sugar Beet, Ethanol,
The initiative aims to reduce business aviation's carbon-environmental footprint where it starts, as opposed to using offsets or other market-based measures. The initiative also addresses the need for for education, as industry players such as operators and fuel providers are not necessarily content with standardization body ASTM's green light and still fear fuel tank and engine damage and warranty issues potentially caused by aviation biofuel usage. The initiative centers on a guide to the use of SAJF.
The promoters of the initiative are planning a full-scale demonstration at Los Angeles Van Nuys and Paris Le Bourget airports where all aircraft would receive a blend of conventional and sustainable fuel.
Download the US DOE SAJF details and the full SAJF Value Proposition HERE. (Source: International Business Aviation Council, the National Air Transportation Association, Aviation Week, May 29, 2018)
Contact: International Business Aviation Council, www.ibac.org/Business/Aviation; National Air Transportation Association, (202) 774-1535, nata.aero
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Sustainable Fuel, Biofuel,
SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in the automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, semiconductor and LEDs, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems sectors.
In 2017, SGL Carbon generated sales of around €860 million. The company operates 34 locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. (Source: SGL, Inside Composites, 29 May, 2018) Contact: SGL Carbon, Dr Jurgen Kohler, CEO, www.sglcarbon.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News SGL Carbon,
The Zero Energy Ready home is a high performance home so energy efficient, all or most annual energy consumption can be offset with renewable energy. DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes are third-party verified and at least 40 pct -- 50 pct more energy efficient than a typical new home. This generally corresponds to a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score in the low- to mid-50s, depending on the size of the home and region in which it is built.(Source: Sprout Tiny Homes, PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Sprout Tiny Homes Inc. , Rod Stambaugh, (719) 247-6195, www.sprouttinyhomes.com
Zero Energy Ready Home, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Zero Energy, DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Partner ,
Benefuel's catalytic process ENSEL combines esterification of free fatty acids (FFA) and transesterification of triglycerides into a single process step—a long-standing technology goal of the biodiesel and oleochemical industries. Solving these challenge significantly expands feedstock options, simplifies the refining process and enables a cost structure competitive with petroleum products.
The COMM SCI project ams to support a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study for a 20 million gpy biodiesel plant to be located in Sarnia, Ontario.
(Source: BIC, Benefuel, Green Car Congress, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Sandy Marshall, Exec. Dir., www.bincanada.ca; Benefuel, Robert Tripp, President , (773) 509-5000, email@example.com, www.benefuel.net
More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioindustrial Innovation Canada, Benefuel,
The C2CNT technology, which was developed by a team of scientists led by Professor Stuart Licht at George Washington University, uses electrolysis with a current generated by electrodes to separate the carbon from the oxygen, repurposes the carbon into a strong, useable carbon fiber (nanotube), and oxygen that is available for other uses.
Dr. Licht and his team are among five finalists competing in the natural gas track of the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE competition.
(Source: Capital Power Corporation , PR, 29 May, 2018) Contact: Capital Power Corp, Brian Vaasjo, CEO, Michael Sheehan, Communications, (780) 392-5222, MSheehan@capitalpower.com, www.capitalpower.com; C2CNT, Stuart Licht, (571) 553-8215, SL@C2CNT.com, www.C2CNT.com; Carbon XPrize, www.carbon.xprize.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Nanotube, Carbon Fiber, Capital Power, Carbon XPrize,
The selected projects are intended to promote sustainable efforts among fossil resources and cut down on the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies -- permanent geologic storage for carbon dioxide to coincide with the predicted use of transformative carbon capture technologies beginning around 2025.
This marks the second phase of an effort which has already seen approximately $15.4 million distributed among 13 projects. The latest round will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and include projects run by the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and the University of Wyoming. (Source: US DOE, Energy Insider, 29 May, 2018)
Contact: Carbon Storage Assurance Facility Enterprise, www.researchfunding.duke.edu/carbon-storage-assurance-facility-enterprise-carbonsafe-storage-complex-facility; DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Carbon Storage, DOE Office of Fossil Energy,
The proposed energy system conversion to woody biomass is being driven in part by the university's goal of virtually eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions by 2040. Honeywell says its project will achieve 85 pct of that goal. The university presently spends roughly $10 million a year on electricity and heat, an amount the could be slashed to $4.3 million with the new power plant and solar array, Honeywell estimates.
The on campus 6-MW central heating and power plant would burn approximately 70,000 tpy of wood chips from sustainably harvested local timber.
The CHP plant would use natural gas and oil or liquid biofuels as backups for its boilers, as well as the 40MW solar array. A similar but smaller biomass facility at the University of Maine at Farmington campus burns 4,000 tpy of locally harvested hardwood chips, and replaced nearly 400,000 gallons of oil.
(Source: Univ. of Maine Orono, Honeywell International,, Portland Press Herald, 22 May, 2018) Contact: University of Maine Orono, https://umaine.edu
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