When fully online, the solar installations will generate
about 47 pct of TUSD'a annual energy needs and
prevent the release of 31,000 metric tpy of carbon emissions, according to the release. (Source: TUSD, KUVA, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Tucson Unified School District, www.tusd1.org; Constellation, Excelon, www.exeloncorp.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Constellation, Solar,
Scottish Power scuttled all of its coal plants over the last 10 years and now has 2,700 MW of wind power capacity operating or under construction in the UK. It also has 3,000 MW of projects in the planning stage.
Drax runs the UK's largest power plant near Selby in North Yorkshire and is moving away from coal ahead of a government deadline for an emissions limit on coal plants from 2025.
To date the company has converted four of its six generating units to burn wood pellets.
The Selby plant is believed to be the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (Beccs) project of its type in Europe.
(Source: DRAX, BBC, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072, www.scottishpower.co.uk; DRAX Power, Andy Koss, CEO, +44 0 1757 618381, www.draxpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power, DRAX, Biomass, Carbon Capture,
According to Osei-Darkwa, "Projects such as smart-agriculture, afforestation and restoration of vital ecosystems would help combat climate change." Osei-Darkwa added that his not-for-profit NGO has established the Green Republic Project to plant more than 20 million trees by the year 2028 to absorb atmospheric CO2.
(Source: Youth Icons Ghana Ghanaian Times, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact:
Youth Icons Ghana, +233 (0) 264 268 686,
+233 (0) 277 268686, firstname.lastname@example.org,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation, Reforestation, Carbon Emissions, Climate Change Adaptation,
The new roofs, which will be planted on 10,000 square meters of social housing buildings over 3 years, will incorporate a system of sensors and will retain or release water in response to the weather forecast and will be linked in a network.
The smart roofs project is a partnership between the city of Amsterdam, the water company Waternet, green roof companies Polderdak and Rooftop Revolution, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, housing corporations Stadgenoot, Ymere and De Key, and roof maintenance company Consolidated. The project is being funded by €4.8 million from the EU.
(Source: City of Amsterdam, Smart Cities World, 18 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Roof, Energy Efficiency,
Leosphere SAS designs, develops, manufactures, sells and services remote-sensing tools for the wind energy, aviation, meteorology and air quality sectors. It offers both ground-based and turbine-mounted wind LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems.
Following the takeover, Leosphere's Windcube and Wind Iris LiDARs will be added to Vaisala's offerings including the Triton Wind Profiler, a SoDAR (Sonic Detection and Ranging) system that has already been deployed on almost 5,000 measurement campaigns worldwide.
(Source: Vaisala, PR, Renewables, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vaisala, Jarkko Sairanen, Exec. VP Weather and Environment, www.vaisala.com; Leosphere SAS, +33 0 1 8187 0500, email@example.com, www.leosphere.com/en
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala, Wind LIDAR,
The successful projects would need to be approved by the Nevada PUC, the utility noted. The deadline for bids is December 10. (Source: NV Energy, Renewables, Others, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: NV Energy, Dave Ulozas, VP Renewable Resources, (702) 402-5000, www.nvenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NV Energy, Renewable Energy,
The San Diego Zoo will leverage EDF Renewables' performance-based contract whereby EDF is paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation. Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system. The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates.
EDF Renewables North America delivers grid-scale power:on and offshore wind and solar energy storage projects; distributed solutions: solar, solar+storage; EV charging and energy management; and other commercial skills and services. The company's portfolio consists of 10 GW of developed projects and 10 GW under service contracts. (Source: EDF, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: EDF Renewables North America,
Andrew Goldstone, (858) 521-3300, www.edf-re.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables , Energy Storage, Battery Energy Storage,
The city's 10-year action plan aims to mitigate the effects of increasing weather extremes and a changing climate by reducing the city's overall greenhouse-gas emissions and adapt to changes already seen and recorded in the local climate. The plan is expected to be activated in 2019, following a 2-year consultation and planning process.
Mississauga climate data suggests the city can expect 20 to 30 pct more ice storms, three to four degree warmer winters, 44 millimetres more precipitation during the spring and fall, 20 millimetres more snowfall in the winter, 20 to 37 pct more intense rainfalls, 20 to 32 days of more heat waves, and 24 more days in the growing season.
Forty-two per cent of the city's GHG emissions come from heating buildings, followed by transportation.
(Source: City of Mississauga, Mississauga News, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Mississauga, Michael Cleland, Dir. Environment,
Julius Lindsay, Climate Change Specialist, 905-615-4311, www.mississauga.ca
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation,
Studying the microstructure of different types of commercially available carbon fibres, the researchers found that carbon fibres with small and poorly oriented crystals have good electrochemical properties but a lower stiffness in relative terms. When compare with carbon fibres that have large, highly oriented crystals, they have greater stiffness but the electrochemical properties are too low for use in structural batteries.
The researchers found the types of carbon fibre with good electrochemical properties had a slightly higher stiffness than steel, whereas the types whose electrochemical properties were poor are just over twice as rigid as steel. Accordingly, it may be necessary to increase the thickness of carbon fibre composites to compensate for the reduced stiffness of structural batteries and thus increase their energy storage capacity.
(Source: Chalmers University of Technology, Public Release, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Chambers University of Technology, Leif Asp, Professor of Material and Computational Mechanics ,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage, Battery,
Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies.
(Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech,
In addition to committing to meet all mandatory measures for nonresidential structures as outlined in the California Green Building Standards Code, SCVTA will also incorporate factors such as on-site recycling and water reuse, sustainable landscaping, energy efficiency, renewable energy and US Green Building Council LEED standards.
Any project with an overall budget of $100 million or more will also be required to develop and implement a Sustainability Plan that includes a list and description of green building features to be included in the project as well as the designation of a Sustainability Coordinator.
(Source: SCVTA, RT&S, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, www.vta.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Green Building, USGBC, LEED Certification,
Similar plants have been proposed in other Indian states. (Source: Indian Oil Company, Business Standard, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., www.iocl.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Second Generation Ethanol, Biofuel, Cellulosic Ethanol, Indian Oil Corp., Ethanol,
Download the report HERE. (Source: International Council on Clean Transportation, Chelsea Petrenko and Stephanie Searle, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ICCT, www.theicct.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Council on Clean Transportation, RFS.Biofuel, Advanced Biofuel,
The facility is composed of two separate buildings joined by a five-floor suspended atrium.
The energy efficiency features include: a building envelope consisting of four types of curtain walls, each one with a different type of glazing to maximize indoor comfort; glass panels printed with dots that filter the light for better and cost efficient temperature control; rooftop solar panels; a smart automatic on-off lighting system; and a climate control system designed to consume 40 pct less electricity than comparable systems. (Source: Yashar Architects, FloorNature, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Yashar Architects, +972 3-620-3220, https://yashararch.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification, US Green Building Council,
"I want the cleanest air on the planet and our air now is cleaner than it's ever been." -- U.S. President Donald Trump, 17 Oct, 2018
in an interview with the AP
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump.Clean Air, Climate Change,
Malaysia is the world's second-largest producer of palm oil, which can be used as feedstock to make the bio components of biodiesel.
According to the Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Malaysian biodiesel production could hit 900,000 tonnes and exports 475,000 tonnes if the current price differential between crude palm oil and gasoil remains at current levels.
(Source: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, Borneo Post, Reuters, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: Malaysian Biodiesel Association, www.mybiodiesel.org.my
More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm Oil, Biodiesel,
The project entails the deployment of a 30-tpd CO2 capture unit and ancillary equipment at a pulp mill in Saint-Félicien, Quebec and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.
On Wednesday, 17 October, the absorber and desorber columns, core elements of the capture unit, were installed on site -- a critical step towards the commissioning of the capture unit which is planned for November 2018. A six-month demonstration period will follow the commissioning after which the plant is expected start generating revenues from the sale of the CO2. The Saint-Felicien unit will be the the company's second capture unit operating full-time and its first commercial unit.
(Source: CO2 Solutions, PR, 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Jeremie Lavoie, 418-842-3456, ext. 223, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.co2solutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,
Carbon-Clean's high- temperature thermal system technology stores large quantities of electrical energy in the form of heat, and delivers this energy on demand to the power plant process.
This enables thermal power plants to better meet their role as flexible partners in an energy mix which is increasingly based on renewables. (Source: RWE Power AG, Carbon Clean Technologies, PR, 18 Oct., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Technologies,
Dr. Robert Pfab, +49 221 355 7550, email@example.com, www.carbonclean.de; RWE PowerAG, www.group.rwe/en/the-group/organisational-structure/rwe-power
More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE, Thermal Energy Storage,
The research team previously demonstrated concentration of microwaves using a cylindrical device that comprised a set of thin metal sheets extended radially outward from the cylinder axis. The channels between the sheets perpendicular to the axis directed waves inward and boosted the central wave amplitude.
The researchers envision a similar submurged and anchored structure for water waves. The central open region of the structure is surrounded by vertical walls that are taller than the waves and extended radially outward, similar to the microwave device, to focus and amplify the wave energy. The research was published in Physical Review Letters on September 07, 2018. (Source: Xiamen University, Coherent Chronicle, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Xiamen University, en.xmu.edu.cn
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy, Tidal Energy,
The Ukraine currently relies on fossil fuels and nuclear energy, with renewable energy accounting for a very small proportion. The government of Ukraine initiated a national energy development strategy, aimed at increasing total installed capacity of renewable energy to 5GW by 2020.
(Source: Trina Solar Limited, PR, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Trina Solar Ltd., Investor Relations, +86 519-8517-6878, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trinasolar.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar, Solar,
The program would provide up to a total of 150 MW of reserved renewable energy capacity, 113 MW of which will be reserved for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas, and 37 MW of capacity will be reserved for Duke Energy Progress customers.
(Source: Duke Energy Carolinas, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Duke Energy, David Fountain, North Carolina Pres., Chris Fallon, VP Renewables, www.duke-energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy, Duke Energy Carolinas, Solar, Renewable Energy,
According to the Springfield City Solicitor, Ed Pikula, the unnamed developer has the necessary permits and a four-year window to complete the project.
(Source: City of Springfield, 22 News WWLP, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: City of Springfiels, (413) 736-3111, www.springfield-ma.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,
The government's 2017 Clean Growth Strategy challenged UK businesses to improve their energy efficiency -- productivity by 20 pct by 2030, and the report argues distributed energy technologies could help companies achieve around half of that target. The reports says the deployment of distributed energy technologies in just half of organizations across the three sectors could achieve savings of 9 megatonnes per year of carbon dioxide equivalent for a total of 137MtCO2e by 2030.
The government's independent Committee on Climate Change has warned the UK is currently off track to meet its binding emissions goals for the late 2020s and early 2030s.
(Source: Centrica, Business Green, Oct., 2018) Contact: Centrica, www.centrica.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Centrica, Carbon Emissions, Energy Eficiency,
SwRI is working with the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and General Electric on the pilot project, which engineers hope will show the technology is commercially viable.
The $119 million pilot plant, which is receiving up to $84 million in US DOE funding, is slated for completion
in April 2020. (Source: SwRI, Rivard, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; Gas Technology Institute, (847) 768-0500, www.gastechnology.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute, SwRI, CO2, Carbon Emissions,
The company plans to deploy large scale rooftop solar systems at 10 of its U.K. fulfillment centers over the next 18 months.
This solar generated electricity will be backed by UK Renewable Energy Guarantee of Origin certificates, which means that the energy bought for fulfillment centers and other buildings will have come from sources such as wind and solar. (Source: Amazon, CNBC, 16 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon, Solar,
The funded projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, communications, and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient. Approximately 10 projects ranging from $2 million to $10 million will be funded over three years.
Over the last decade, Ontario invested about $200 million in the region's biomass innovation cluster, most of it for the conversion of the publicly-owned Thunder Bay and Atikokan stations to biomass. Millions of dollars were also invested in innovative biomass research at Confederation College, Lakehead University and the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-economy.
With a contract that expires in 2024, Atikokan Generating Station is North America's largest generating station to be converted from coal to 100 pct carbon-neutral white pellet biomass.
Power contracts with Ontario's Independent Electricity Operator (IESO) govern the operations of the two stations, both of which are under-utilized, according to IESO.
(Source: Power Wokers Union, PR, IESO, Oct., 2018) Contact: Power Workers Union, Paul Hyatt, Pres., (905) 308-1602, www.poweringthenorth.ca; Ontario Power Generation, (289) 260-4903, (416) 592-4319, www.opg.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass, Wood Pellet, Ontario Power Generation ,
The JV company called the Active Energy Renewable Power will first carry out the installation works at the GRP's North Carolina facility to be followed by two additional CoalSwitch facilities at each of GRP's other biomass-to-energy power plant locations in Carnesville and Colbert, Georgia.
Currently, the plants in Georgia are under construction and are targeted to be commissioned by the middle of next year. Under the JV, 25t per hour CoalSwitch facilities are planned for construction at each site, to be installed in the coming 36 months.
The JV intends to expand the CoalSwitch production capacity up to 100 tonnes per hour in the region. (Source: Power Technology, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Active Energy, Michael Rowan, CEO, +44 (0)20 3021 1500, www.active-energy.com;
Georgia Renewable Power, www.georgiapower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass Pellet, Woody Biomass, Active Energy, CoalSwitch, Georgia Renewable Power ,
Highlights of the project include:
The project launched in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in May 2019.
(Source: ABM Industries Inc., , PR, Global News Wire, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: ABM Technical Solutions, Mark Newsome, Pres., Susie A. Choi,
(212) 297-9721, email@example.com, www.abm.com: ABM Contraction Program details, www.abm.com/energy/performance-contracting
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DEWA expects to generate 25 pct of its power from solar by 2030, increasing to 75 pct by 2050. To that end, the city commissioned the world's largest single-site solar park for Dubai in October 2013. The facility aims to have a 5,000 megawatt capacity by 2030, with a fifth coming from concentrated solar power. (Source: DEWA, PR, Yicai Global, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: DEWA, Waleed bin Salman, Exec. VP Business Development, +971 4 601 9999, www.dewa.gov.ae
More Low-Carbon Energy News Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Solar, Green Energy, Renewable Energy,
Opower's energy efficiency programs, including Home Energy Reports, are part of a larger Oracle Utilities demand-side management product suite that includes Peak Management, Proactive Alerts, and energy management web tools. Working in tandem, these solutions are designed to inform and motivate consumers to better control their home energy consumption and cost, while allowing utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, reduce call center volume, and improve customer satisfaction.
Currently, Oracle Utilities Opower programs are on track to deliver 4 TWh of savings annually, which is equivalent to the power generated yearly by the Hoover Dam, according to Oracle Opower.
(Source: Oracle, PR, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Oracle, Kristen Reeves, (925) 787-6744, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.oracle.com; Opower, www.oracle.com/industries/utilities/products/opower-energy.../index.html
More Low-Carbon Energy News Opower, Oracle, Energy Efficiency,
Ukraine is reported to have significant untapped capacity in bioenergy production, but faces logistical challenges when it comes to taking advantage of biomass and getting full benefit from the energy potential in vast amounts of agricultural bi-product and waste.
The EBRD's combined operations and engagement in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia is presently close to €24 billion, according to the bank (Source: EBRD, InterFax Ukraine, KYIV, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, +44 (0) 207 338 6000, www.ebrd.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, Bioenergy,
The roughly 1400 sq-ft houses have programmable thermostats, top of the line windows, tankless water heaters and other energy efficiency features. (Source: Arkansas DEQ, KATV Little Rock, 12 Oct., 2018) Contact:
Arkansas DEQ, (501) 682-0923, www.adeq.state.ar.us; UDDC, www.UDDClittlerock.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Arkansas DEQ, Energy Efficiency,
According to the Montreal-headquartered Intl Business Aviation Council (IBAC) Director General Kurt Edwards, "The global business aviation industry has committed to mitigating and ultimately reducing its carbon emissions through a number of measures, including operational improvements and new technologies. Sustainable aviation fuel is a central technology that will propel us to meet our goals. IBAC commends the initiative at Van Nuys Airport as a solid first step with many more to come as business aviation, always on the cutting edge of technology, takes up such fuels."
Download the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Initiative & Business Aviation Guide HERE Source: National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Oct 16, 2018) Contact: NBAA, (202) 783-9000,
Fax: (202) 331-8364,
email@example.com, www.nbaa.org; Intl Business Aviation Council, (514) 954-6161,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
Now, during an interview on the television program 60 Minutes, President Donald Trump seemed to acknowledge to interviewer Lesley Stahl that he no longer believes climate change is a hoax. "I think something's happening. Something's changing, and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax. I think there's probably a difference, but I don't know that it's man-made."
"I will say this. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage," the President added. (Source: President Donald Trump, The Atlantic, Various Media, 60 Minutes, 14 Oct., 2018)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Trump, Trump Quotes, Climate Change,
In the forming of Hecate Grid, Hecate Energy contributed its existing energy storage portfolio, comprising 126 MWh of operating and contracted assets, along with 600 MWh of projects in the pipeline. InfraRed committed to fund the new company's growth. The new company will be headquartered in Chicago, IL. (Source: Hecate Energy, InfraRed Capital Partners, PR, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: InfraRed Capital Partners, www.ircp.com; Hecate Energy LLC, Chris Bullinger, CEO, Solutions@HecateEnergy.com, www.hecateenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Hecate Energy, Energy Efficiency,
NYSERDA is making $27.5 million available in workforce development hiring and training incentives to assist clean energy businesses with recruiting and training new employees, upskilling existing workers, and establishing a talent pipeline to reduce businesses cost of attracting and hiring new workers.
Workforce funding includes: $7 million for Energy Efficiency and Clean Technology Training, $10 million for on-the-job training: and $10.5 million for a clean energy internship program.
The Empire State ranks 3rd nationally both for energy efficiency employment and solar jobs, and other sectors such as grid modernization and energy storage are growing at a fast pace. The energy efficiency is the largest clean energy technology category in terms of jobs and investments -- employing 117,300 workers in 2017 with firms receiving over $4.1 billion in investments since 2011.
(Source: NYSERDA, LongIsland.com, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Cuomo's Renewavle Energy Vision New York, www.rev.ny.gov; Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, NYSERDA,
According to the watch dog agency, the loss of revenue from the cap-and-trade cancellation will be greater than the savings the government will achieve by cancelling spending associated with the program.
The Conservative Ford government revised the deficit to $15 billion last month, up from a predicted $11.7 billion. (Source: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, CBC News, 16 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ontario Financial Accountability Office, Peter Weltman, (416) 644-0702, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.fao-on.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ontario Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Tax,
The MoU is in line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as well as the European Union and Indonesia's climate action agendas.
The focus of the European Investment Bank's operations on climate mitigation and adaptation will provide additional opportunities for important projects for low carbon development, resilient cities and infrastructures.
(Source: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, DevDiscourse, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: Ministry of National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia, +62 021-319 6207, www.bappenas.go.id; EIB, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank, Green nt Infrastructure, Climate Change Mitigation, Climate Change Adaptation,
REA's proprietary process converts feedstock with high Free Fatty Acids (FFA's) into high quality biodiesel. This process handles feedstock with FFA's from 0 pct to 100 pct and is designed to process a mixture of available feedstocks, according to the company website.
(Source: REA-Systems, Whitman, 13 Oct., 2018) Contact: REA Resource Recovery Systems, Eric Metz, (203)590-3838, www.rea-systems.com;
Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, (203)466-5280, https://gnhwpca.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,
For the program, the community contracted with clean energy provider MC Squared to purchase most of the energy and all the renewable energy credits for residents and businesses that participate in the Village's Electrical Aggregation program. For residents in the program, the amount they pay on their ComEd bills for their electricity supply supports new energy from a mix of wind and solar projects -- all at the same price as conventional coal -- and gas-powered electricity. Currently, 74 pct of all energy used in Oswego is from renewable resources.
To qualify as a Green Power Partner, communities must use energy from eligible renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, or certain biomass or low-impact hydroelectric sources. The energy must be purchased voluntarily and sourced from renewable facilities less than 15 years old located in the U.S.
(Source: Village of Oswego, US EPA, 12 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Village of Oswego, Electrical Aggregation (630) 554-3618, www.oswegoil.org; EPA Green Power Partner, www.epa.gov/greenpower
More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,
The SolarTerra Farm project is based on TerraSave, an idea is to reduce CO2 emissions to help save the environment based on the following concepts: wastewater treatment, wetland and landscape creation, biomass production, solar and wind energy, energy storage, solar desalination, and air-conditioning cooling by heat exchange. The TerraSave concept reportedly delivers a 70 pct to 80 pct savings in maintenance compared to other technical treatment plants.
The SolarTerra Farm concept, which is being studied for a 100MW to 500MW solar farm project,
is basically a solar farm with crops planted beneath the PV panel which are mounted about 10-12 ft above the ground to allow crops to grow and farm machinery to operate beneath them.
The concept also involves technology that recycles the water used to clean and cool PV panels.
Since the crops are under the solar farm, they are irrigated regularly and are protected from direct sunlight, which reduces evaporation, according to the concept developer Neuschaefer.
(Source: Gulf Times, 14 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Dorsch Holding Qatar, Peter Neuschaefer, Operations Director, +974-4-480 2097, https://qatar.dorsch.de/company
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar, CO2 Emissions,
With the acquisition, F2i is now the third largest solar power producer in Europe, according to the company release. (Source: Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture, Renewables, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: F2i, Renato Ravanelli, CEO, www.f2isgr.it
More Low-Carbon Energy News F2i, Solar,
According to Finnish Environment Minister, Kimmo Tiilikainen, Arctic area countries will continue to work to minimize black coal emissions as well as reduce emissions in marine traffic by transitioning to cleaner fuels.
Tiilikainen added that Finland would not cut back on using wood for heating homes as part of its plan to rein in emissions.
"Norway has also had a project ongoing for several years to make stoves operate in a cleaner way. We plan to step up this work in the future,"Tiilikainen noted, adding that Norway plans to ban the use of fossil-based oils for heating.
(Source: Finnish Environment Ministry, Yle, Others, 12 Oct., 2018)
Contact: Finnish Environment Minister, Kimmo Tiilikainen, https://tem.fi/en/minister-for-housing-energy-and-the-environment
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According to Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and project leader Dr. Joshua Yuan, "The conversion of lignocellulosic biomass has been around for many years, but many of the waste products can not be commercialized due to the configuration of these biorefineries. What we are trying to accomplish is developing a streamlined process where the biomass waste at these refineries can be fractionated to produce lipids for biodiesel, asphalt binder modifier and quality carbon fiber. All of these bioproducts can add great value to the economy and enhance their market value."
Yuan noted that lignocellulose bioconversion refineries burn off 60 pct of the lignin produced. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions.
The work will include developing an integrated biorefinery program or "a blueprint for future biorefinery development," Yuan added. (Source: Texas A&M AgriLife Research, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact:
Dr. Joshua Yuan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Dr. Joshua Yuan, Dir. Synthetic and Systems Biology Hub, people.tamu.edu/~syuan, www.tamu.edu; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy
More Low-Carbon Energy News Texas A&M, US DOE BETO, lignocellulosic , biofuel,
SunPower provided turnkey service for the installation, including financing, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) as well as long term operation and maintenance (O&M) support for the fixed-tilt, ground mounted system on the Bose campus.
(Source: SunPower, 13 Oct., 018) Contact: SunPower Corp., Thomas H. Werner, CEO, (408) 240-5500, www.sunpower.com
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The Paraiba wind farm complex will incorporate 18 wind farms, of which three are already in operation and 15 others are in different stages of development. The project is slated for commissioning and operation 2022/2023. (Source: Iberdrola, PR, REVE, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Iberdrola Renewables, www.iberdrolarenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola, Wind,