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TUSD's Solar Energy Installations Completed (Ind. Report)
Constellation,Tucson Unified School District
Date: 2018-10-19
In Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) is reporting that energy supplier Constellation, an Exelon Company, has completed the installation of more than 73,000 solar panels across 82 of the district's school sites.

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 Going 100 pct Wind Power After Drax Sale (Int'l)
Scottish Power,DRAX
Date: 2018-10-19
Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power reports that with the £702 million sale of its last coal-fired and hydro power plants to DRAX, it will become the first major UK energy company to generate all its electricity from wind power. Scottish Power now plans to invest £5.2 billion over four years to more than double its renewables capacity.

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,  


Corporate Ghana Admonished to Invest in Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation Projects (Int'l)
Youth Icons Ghana
Date: 2018-10-19
Speaking in the capital city of Accra, Youth Icons Ghana president Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa, has admonished the country's financial institutions to invest heavily in climate change mitigation and adaptation projects to save the Ghanaian economy. According to him climate change presented both opportunities and threats and banks and financial institutions must position themselves to take advantage of the business opportunities of climate change as well as prepare themselves to withstand effects of climate change.

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, info@youthiconsgh.org, www.youthiconsgh.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  Reforestation,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change Adaptation,  


Amsterdam Opts for Smart Blue-Green Roof Installations (Int'l)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-10-19
In Amsterdam, social housing in four city locations are to be fitted with smart blue-green roofs to help protect the buildings from extreme weather conditions, store excess water and generally improve energy. efficiency

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,  


Vaisala Acquiring Wind LiDAR Specialist Leosphere SAS (M&A)
Vaisala Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
Finnish environmental and industrial measurement specialist Vaisala Corp reports it is acquiring French LiDAR manufacturer Leosphere SAS for €38 million ($44 million). The transaction is slated to close before the month end.

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, info@leosphere.com, www.leosphere.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vaisala,  Wind LIDAR,  


ContourGlobal Confirms 50-MW Iberdrola CSP Purchase Talks (M&A)
ContourGlobal,Iberdrola
Date: 2018-10-19
London-headquartered worldwide thermal and renewalble power plant owner ContourGlobal Plc is confirming discussions with the Spanish utility Iberdrola SA for the possible purchase of Iberdrola's 50-MW, Puertollano concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. The deal is reportedly valued at between €150 million and €190 million. (Source: ContourGlobal, El Economista, Renewables 17 Oct., 2018) Contact: ContourGlobal, +44 (0)20 7404 5959, www.contourglobal.com: Iberdrola Renewables, http://iberdrolarenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ContourGlobal,  CSP,  Solar,  Iberdrola,  


NV Energy RfP Seeking 350 MW in Renewables Projects (Ind. Report)
NV Energy
Date: 2018-10-19
Nevada utility NV Energy Inc has issued Request for Proposals (RfP), seeking bids for 350 MW or more of Nevada located renewable energy projects -- solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and biogas technologies that could be integrated with battery-energy storage systems.

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,  


Zoo Chooses EDF Battery System to Cut Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
EDF Renewables
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Golden State, San Diego-based EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions was chosen by San Diego Zoo Global to provide energy storage services to help cut energy costs. The EDF system will utilize a 1-MW/4-MWh battery to mitigate spikes in usage thereby lowering demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, then discharge the battery power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

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,  


Mississauga, Ontario Preparing Climate Action Plan (Ind. Report)
Climate Change
Date: 2018-10-19
In Ontario, the Toronto suburb of Mississauga -- pop. 721,000 -- reports its Climate Action Plan is now in the community consultation and education phase. The plan aims to raise awareness of increasing extreme weather trends, the local effects of climate change and how the city plans to respond and adapt to it.

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,  


Swedes Studying Carbon Fiber Auto Body Batteries (New Prod & Tech)
Battery
Date: 2018-10-19
In Sweden, a recent study from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg has shown that carbon fibres can work as battery electrodes, storing energy directly. This opens up new opportunities for structural batteries, where the light-weight carbon fibre becomes part of the energy system.

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 , www.chalmers.se/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


Anellotech Announces Commercial Bio-TCat Progress (Ind. Report)
Anellotech
Date: 2018-10-19
Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech is confirming progress in its Bio-TCat technology development program . The company is planning to scale-up design and engineering of a commercial plant with its process development and design partner IFPEN and commercialization, engineering, and licensing partner Axens.

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,  


SCVTA Adopts Green Building Policy (Ind. Report)
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (
Date: 2018-10-19
In the Golden State, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (SCVTA) Board of Directors reports it has approved the adoption of a Green Building Policy and will incorporate green building principles into the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance, renovation and deconstruction of all capital, facility and joint-development projects on SCVTA-owned property.

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,  


Indian Oil Corp Investing $109Mn in Second-Gen Ethanol Plant (Int'l)
Indian Oil Corp
Date: 2018-10-19
On the Sub-Continent, public sector oil marketing behemoth Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) reports it will invest close to Rs 8 billion ($109 million +-) in a second-generation, sugarcane ethanol plant in Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The state cabinet has approved 30 years lease on a 100 acre site for the plant.

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,  


Is the Renewable Fuel Standard enough to spur progress in advanced Biofuels? Probably not. (Ind. Report)
International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: 2018-10-19
Production of cellulosic biofuel is expected to fall nearly 7 billion gallons short of meeting the statutory Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume for this type of advanced biofuel in 2018, which has forced the EPA to lower targets for the program. Although cellulosic biofuel production has lagged behind the ambitious RFS schedule, it has exhibited an overall upward trajectory, with year-over-year increases in output since 2011 and new cellulosic biofuel companies coming online. Given that other government support, such as grants and loan guarantees, also influence cellulosic biofuel development, we wanted to know if this modest success is due to the RFS or other forms of direct support.

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,  


Apple's Isreal R&D Center Scores with LEED Gold, Silver (Int'l)
Apple
Date: 2018-10-19
In Herzliya, Isreal, Apple's R&D centre, the company's second largest development facility, has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold and Silver certification, according to the facility's designer Yashar Architects.

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,  


Notable Presidential Quotes
Trump
Date: 2018-10-19
"I am truly an environmentalist. (I have) a natural instinct for science."

"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,  


Malaysian Biodiesel Production, Exports Breaking Records (Int'l)
Malaysian Biodiesel Association
Date: 2018-10-19
Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association notes that the country's palm oil biodiesel production is likely to hit record levels this year and next, with 2018 exports expected to double from 2017, due to higher oil prices.

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,  


CO2 Solutions Offers Progress Report on Quebec Carbon Capture Project (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions
Date: 2018-10-19
Quebec-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. has provided an update on the progress of its first commercial project with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc. and Serres Toundra Inc.

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, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  


RWE, Carbon-Clean Investigate Thermal Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
RWE Power,Carbon-Clean
Date: 2018-10-19
The Essen, Germany-headquartered electrical utility RWE Power AG and Cologne, Germany-based Carbon-Clean Technologies GmbH report they are investigating the potential of an innovative energy storage system for power and heat generation in a feasibility study.

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, info@carbonclean.de, www.carbonclean.de; RWE PowerAG, www.group.rwe/en/the-group/organisational-structure/rwe-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


A Siemens Roadmap to Decarbonization (Ind. Report)
Siemens
Date: 2018-10-17
"How will our lives change in this century? Will we have autonomous vehicles? Will cancer be defeated? Will there be colonies on Mars? No one knows. As far as the planet's future temperature is concerned, however, there is one clear target -- The Paris Climate Agreement signed in 2015 obliges the international community -- with the exception of the United States -- to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial climate in this century. We also know what it will take to achieve this goal: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide (CO2), to a net zero."

Download Siemens Roadmap to Decarbonization Report HERE. (Source: Siemens, Oct., 2018) Contact: Siemens, www.siemens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


Chinese Wave Energy Amplification Tech Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Xiamen University
Date: 2018-10-17
In China, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University are touting a new structure that concentrates wave energy to facilitate offshore wave energy projects.

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,  


Trina Supplies Modules to Ukraine Solar Power Plant (Int'l)
Trina Solar
Date: 2018-10-17
Shanghai-headquartered solar panel manufacturer Trina Solar Limited is reporting delivery of 123MW of PV modules to a 246 MW PV power project developed by DTEK, the largest private energy company in Ukraine. Upon completion, the project will the largest single PV power station in Europe, according to Trina.

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, ir@trinasolar.com, www.trinasolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Trina Solar,  Solar,  


Duke Expands Green Source Advantage Program (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy Carolinas
Date: 2018-10-17
In Charlotte, Duke Energy Carolinas is touting a proposed Green Source Advantage program that will allow its South Carolina large corporate and business customers to receive energy bill credits for energy produced by a solar site not located on the customers' premises. The program, subject to Public Service Commission of South Carolina (PSCSC) approval, also allows customers to retain the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) produced by the facility.

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,  


Springfield Biomass Plant Cleared for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
Biomass
Date: 2018-10-17
In Hampton County, Mass., the City of Springfield -- pop. 154,000 -- is reporting a long delayed woody biomass burning power plant could break ground this coming spring. The project has been stalled for several years by legal battles and resident concerns about air quality and traffic.

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,  


Centrica Report Touts Distributed Low-Carbon Energy Tech (Int'l)
Centrica
Date: 2018-10-17
In the UK, Powering Sustainability, a new study from British Gas owner Centrica Plc has found that the country's healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors could meet more than half of their greenhouse gas reduction targets for 2030 by deploying distributed low carbon energy technologies such as battery storage, energy efficiency and onsite renewable energy power generation. The report notes that efficiency measures could deliver an 11 per cent CO2 saving across the healthcare, industrial, and hospitality sectors which together represent over 27 pct of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions.

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's "Supercritical" CO2 Pilot Project Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
SwRI,Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2018-10-17
According to researchers at the not-for-profit San Antonio-headquartered Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), the use of high pressure "supercritical" carbon dioxide in power generation can cut costs, save fuel and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As part of a six-year effort to further develop "supercritical" CO2 technology, construction is slated to get underway this month on a 10-MW demonstration power plant at SwRI's West San Antonio campus. The pilot will generate sufficient electric power for an average 10,000 homes.

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,  


Amazon UK Fulfillment Centers Switching to Solar (Int'l)
Amazon
Date: 2018-10-17
Amazon reports it is set to install 20 MW of solar panels at its fulfillment centers across the U.K. The panels are expected to "generate the equivalent amount of electricity required to power over 4,500 U.K. homes." and cut the company's carbon footprint by 6,000 tpy of carbon dioxide.

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,  


DOE Offering Solar Resiliency R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2018-10-17
The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $46 million in research funding to improve the resiliency of solar generation and the development of holistic solutions that can provide grid operators with situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.

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.

More funding information can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Oct., 2018) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  DOE EERE,  


Northern Ontario Biomass Innovation Cluster Threatened (Ind. Report)
Ontario Power Generation
Date: 2018-10-17
In Ontario, the Toronto-based Power Workers Union reports it believes Ontario Power Generation's (OPG) decision to close the world's largest generating station to be converted from coal to advanced biomass in Thunder Bay, Ontario, will ultimately lead to the disappearance of the region's established biomass innovation cluster.

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 ,  


GRP, Active Energy Announce CoalSwitch JV (Ind. Report)
CoalSwitch,Georgia Renewable Power
Date: 2018-10-17
London-listed renewable energy company Active Energy Group Plc (AEG) reports it will enter into a joint venture (JV) with Georgia Renewable Power (GRP) for the installation of CoalSwitch production facilities in the US. GRP presently operates three biomass-to-energy power plants totaling 165MW capacity North Carolina and Georgia.

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 ,  


Energy Efficiency Upgrades to Save Boaz Schools $6.8Mn (Ind. Report)
ABM
Date: 2018-10-17
ABM Industries, a provider of facility solutions, reports it has initiated an Energy Performance Contracting program for Boaz City Schools in Boaz, Alabama.The contracted work is projected to save Boaz City Schools more than $6.8 million in energy and operating costs over a 15-year period. The savings will be used to cover the costs of the upgrades.

Highlights of the project include:

  • installation of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory at Boaz Middle School;
  • retrofitting lighting systems to energy-efficient LED lighting at four schools and the board and district offices;
  • rejuvenating HVAC units at five facilities, which will be operated by state-of-the-art HVAC control systems to maximize energy and operational efficiency;
  • refrigeration management programs will be put in place at four of the school system's buildings; and
  • upgrading ventilation systems at all six facilities to reduce outside air from entering, and sealing building envelopes at five facilities.

    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, susie.choi@abm.com, www.abm.com: ABM Contraction Program details, www.abm.com/energy/performance-contracting

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABM,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • DEWA Seeking Chinese Renewable Energy Partners (Int'l Report)
    Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) reports it is seeking Chinese partners for the development of green energy sources and will, over the next 30 years, invest approximately $8.2 billion in the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050.

    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 Energy Efficiency Programs Savings Hit 20TWh (Ind. Report)
    Opower,Oracle
    Date: 2018-10-17
    Oracle Utilities Opower reports consumer households supported by Opower energy efficiency programs have saved more than 20-terawatt hours (TWh) in cumulative energy savings -- sufficient energy to power San Francisco homes for 10 years, Spain for a month or three million Tesla Model 3s traversing the length of the equator.

    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, kris.reeves@oracle.com, www.oracle.com; Opower, www.oracle.com/industries/utilities/products/opower-energy.../index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Opower,  Oracle,  Energy Efficiency,  


    EBRD Investing €80Mn in Ukrainian Bioenergy (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it plans to invest €80 million in from 10 to 15 Ukrainian bioenergy projects focused on bioethanol, biogas and bio methane fuels production through 2019. The program will be jointly financed with the Global Environment Facility and the Clean Technology Fund.

    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,  


    Ark.DEQ, UDDC Partner on Energy Efficient Homes (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas DEQ
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Little Rock, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports it is partnering with the not-for-profit University District Development Corporation (UDDC) to bring increased energy efficiency to affordable homes near the University of Arkansas.

    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,  


    Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability (Conferences & Events)
    Jet Biofuel
    Date: 2018-10-17
    A coalition of international aviation organizations is reporting its up-coming Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event scheduled for Jan. 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California. According to the organizers, the upcoming event reaffirms the general aviation industry's commitment to advancing the development and adoption of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF). The event will demonstrate that SAJF can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today's general aviation aircraft. Jet fuel blended with SAJF will be available from VNY's four fixed-based operators during the event. Download event details HERE

    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, info@nbaa.org, www.nbaa.org; Intl Business Aviation Council, (514) 954-6161, info@ibac.org, www.ibac.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


    Trump on Climate Change -- Notable Quotes Then and Now
    Trump
    Date: 2018-10-17
    "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive," pre-president Donald Trump famously said while on the campaign trail. "The Donald" has also dubbed climate change a "hoax," "a total hoax," "an expensive hoax," and "a total, and very expensive, hoax," as well as "very expensive ... bullshit."

    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,  


    Hecate, InfraRed Capital Launch Energy Storage Co. (Ind. Report)
    Hecate Energy,InfraRed Capital
    Date: 2018-10-17
    Chicago-headquartered Hecate Energy and InfraRed Capital Partners report they are partnering to form a new energy storage company called Hecate Grid. The new venture will develop, build, own, and operate utility-scale energy storage projects in North America. The company's initial portfolio includes 126 MWh of operating and contracted assets and over 600 MWh of projects in the pipeline.

    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,  


    $27.5Mn for NY Clean, Energy Efficiency Workforce Training (Funding)
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo,Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Albany, the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is reporting the availability of $27.5 million in new funding and incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency workforce development. According the 2018 New York Clean Energy Industry Report by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), more than 151,000 workers are now employed statewide in the clean energy and energy efficiency sectors.

    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,  


    Ontario Cap-and-Trade Cancellation Will Cost $3Bn (Ind. Report)
    Ontario Carbon Tax
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In Canada's largest province by population (13.6 million) the Ontario Financial Accountability Office is reporting that the loss of revenue caused by the freshman Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford's scrapping of the Province's cap-and-trade program will cost the province $3 billion in lost revenue over the next four fiscal years.

    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, info@fao-on.org, www.fao-on.org

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


    EIB, Indonesia Ink Green Infrastructure Development MoU (Int'l)
    EIB
    Date: 2018-10-15
    Reporting from Jakarta, the government of Indonesia and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed an agreement to further invest in and develop green infrastructure projects in support of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects that will increase the country's resilience to climate change and other natural disasters in the medium and long term.

    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,  


    MHI Vestas Isle of Wight Blade Plant Ups Production (Int'l)
    Vestas
    Date: 2018-10-15
    MHI Vestas reports it is increasing capacity at its wind turbine blade production facility at the West Medina Mills on the Isle of Wight. The first quarter of 2018 marked the first time in British history that wind power outstripped electricity production from nuclear power stations, according to coverage in the Independent. (Source: MHI Vestas, Independent, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, www.mhivestasoffshore.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Vestas,  Wind Blade,  


    REA Resource Recovery Systems, U Conn Partner on Wastewater Biodiesel Project (Ind. Report)
    REA Resource Recovery Systems
    Date: 2018-10-15
    REA Resource Recovery Systems reports it is working with the University of Connecticut and the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority on a project using REA's proprietary technology that turns fats, oils and grease into "B100" rated biodiesel fuel. The project aims to use U Conn food service waste vegetable oil as feed stock for biodiesel production. REA has targeted other potential plants in Danbury, Hartford, New Haven and Waterbury, Conn. to move the project forward.

    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,  


    Oswego Named EPA Green Power Partner (Ind. Report)
    EPA Green Power Partner
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In the Land of Lincoln, the community of Oswego (pop. 56,000 +-) reports it has been recognized by the the US EPA as a Green Power Partner community. The award is in recognition of the village's Electrical Aggregation Program and its commitment to 100 pct renewable energy.

    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,  


    SolarTerra Solar Farm Touted in Qatar (Int'l. Report)
    SolarTerra Solar
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In Qatar, German civil engineer Peter Neuschaefer is touting an award-winning sustainable solar and agricultural development concept that could help Qatar diversify its energy mix while addressing environmental protection, agro-technology, and food security concerns.

    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,  


    F2i Acquires 334-MW Italian Solar Power Portfolio (Int'l, M&A)
    Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In a press release, Italian asset manager Fondi Italiani per le Infrastrutture (F@i) reports the acquisition of domestic solar platform RTR and its 334-MW photovoltaic (PV) portfolio. The acquisition was financed through the UK private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. The exact purchase price was not disclosed,Reuters previously reported the amount stood at €1.3 billion.

    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,  


    Arctic Biodiversity Congress Pledges Coal Emission Cuts (Int'l)
    Carbon Emissions,
    Date: 2018-10-15
    At the Arctic Biodiversity Congress last week in Rovaniemi, Lapland -- the northern most region of Finland -- the environment ministers of the Arctic region countries -- Finland, Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States -- announced that they intended to cut down on the use of black coal which has been widely linked to accelerated warming of the planet and the melting of glaciers in the Arctic.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Texas A&M Awarded $2.2 Mn for Biofuel R&D (R&D, Funding)
    Texas A&M
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In College State, Texas A&M AgriLife Research is reporting receipt of $2.2 million in grant funding from grant from the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office to support investigation of waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents.

    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 Nails 1.7MW Bose Corp. Solar Installation (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2018-10-15
    San Jose, California-headquartered SunPower is reporting the completion of a 4,000 panel, 2.4 million kWh solar installation at the Bose Corporation's campus in Framingham, Massachusetts.

    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  


    Latin America's Largest Wind Complex Announced (Int’l Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2018-10-15
    In a press release, Iberdrola has announced its Brazilian subsidiary Neoenergia, will construct a 565.5 MW -- Latin America's largest renewable energy project -- near the community of Santa Luzia in northeastern Brazil.

    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,  

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