Electric power from the new Mesquite Solar 3 array will be sent to California's grid to approximately 35 pct of the electricty needs of 14 naval installations in the Golgen State.
(Source: Washington Post, Sempra Energy, Bus.Green, Others, Oct. 17, 2016)Contact: Sempra Energy, Inv. Relations, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy, Solar, US Navy,
According to the report, postponing the auctioning of 300 million allowances in 2015 contributed to reducing by 17 pct the surplus of 2.1 billion emission allowances that had accumulated in the system since 2008. The surplus, which is equivalent to one year's worth of CO2 emissions in the EU ETS, keeps allowance prices low and offers a limited incentive for the more expensive options needed to decarbonize the European economy in the long term.
EU ETS covered GHG emissions fell 24 pct between 2005 and 2015 and are now below the cap set for 2020. The decrease was mostly driven by changes in the type of fuels used for power generation (less hard coal and lignite fuels and a jump in renewables). Emissions from the other industrial activities covered by the EU ETS have also decreased since 2005, but have remained stable in recent years.
According to projections available from EU Member States, emissions under the EU ETS will continue to decrease with the current policies and measures in place, although at a much slower pace than between 2005 and 2015. As many as 13 EU Member States project increases in their ETS emissions up to 2030.
These projections do not all account for recent policy developments to address the current surplus -- a market stability reserve -- and the proposal for a steeper annual decline of the overall number of allowances from 2021 onwards, in order to put the ETS on track to achieve a 43 pct cut in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005, as a contribution to the EU's 40 pct reduction target for total EU emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. (Source: EU Release, Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS, GHGs, Carbon Emissions,
The London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO), which meets later this month, will be the next shipping industry group to weigh-in on how to best cut shipping CO2-emissions at the international level.
(Source: Motor Ship, Marine Links, Others, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO, Maritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions , EU ETS,
The use of HM3 briquettes eliminates toxic mercury and sulfur emissions associated with burning coal , and cuts nitrous oxide by 30 pct while delivering a 30 pct higher energy value than raw wood pellets or western (sub-bituminous) coal, according to the company.
The company's recently opened $4 million demonstration plant was constructed using commercial grade equipment, and can be easily scaled up for construction of commercial sized plants.
The demo plant was funded by an international consortium of five companies led by New Energy Development Co., which has invested almost $2 million in HM3 Energy.
(Source: HM3 Energy, Oregon Bus., 18 Oct., 2016) Contact: HM3 Energy, Hiroshi Morihara, Ph.D., Pres., CEO,
(503) 674-3380, http://hm3energy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News HM3 Energy,
At the Delran Township School District Schneider will implement more than a dozen energy conservation measures including new air conditioning units, improved lighting and rooftop solar panels. The project will reduce the district's annual utility bill by nearly $285,000 and help the district secure $325,000 in anticipated rebates and incentives from the NJ Clean Energy Program and the PJM Energy Efficiency Credit program.
The Pennsauken Public Schools project will include $17 million in LED lighting, building automation systems, building envelop and roofing upgrades in 12 buildings. In total, the project is expected to save the Pennsauken Public Schools more than $500,000 in annual energy costs.
The West Deptford School District project will encompass more than $10.5 million in capital improvements such as LED lighting and building envelop upgrades across the district’s five schools.This project is expected to generate 250,000 in annual energy savings. (Source: Schneider Electric, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com; Schneider Electric Energy and Sustainability Services, www.schneider-electric.com/ess
More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric , Energy Efficiency,
The project is being led by OG&E and funded through a Utility Energy Service Contract that covers the upgrade cost from future energy savings, which are guaranteed by Honeywell. The work includes: replacing the steam and heating hot water system with modern boilers; updating the chilled water and thermal energy storage system; retrofitting lighting fixtures with more energy-efficient systems; modernizing HVAC systems; optimizing the compressed air system; and implementing water conservation measures.
Previous energy retrofit projects have included decommissioning a steam heat grid throughout the base; replacing central steam plants with more energy-efficient hot-water and steam boilers; implementing sub-meters to track utility use; and integrating all heating, cooling and metering equipment control in a centralized Honeywell system.
To date, the base has cut overall energy consumption by about 30 pct and saved approximately $7 million in annual energy and operating costs.
(Source: Honeywell, PR, 19 Oct., 2016) Contact: Honeywell Building Solutions, John Rajchert, Pres., (800) 345-6770, www.buildingsolutions.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com;
OG&E, Pete Delaney, CEO, Don Rowlett, Dir.Regulatory Affairs,(405) 553-3000, www.oge.com; Tinker AFB, (405) 739-2026, www.tinker.af.mil
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Honeywell Building Solutions,
Besides Engie, the project scored €3.4 million in financial support from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). The European Fund for Economic and Regional Development (FEDER) contributed €1.6 million while €2 million came from regional and city funds. The Thassalia unit was built in Marseilles. (Source: Engie, SeeNews, Various Others,
Oct 18, 2016) Contact: ADEME, www.ademe.fr;
Engie, Gerard Mestrallet, CEO, 011 +33 (0) 1 44 22 24 35, www.engie.com; European Fund for Economic and Regional Development, http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/EN/funding/erdf
More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie, Geothermal, ADEME,
Under the terms of an existing agreement between the Norwegian government, Statoil, Shell and Sasol -- the partnership that regulates ownership and operations of the TCM site --
CCS is among the Government's top five priorities for addressing climate action and a national strategy to address climate change related issues and helping Norway meet 1.5 degree C target agreed at the COP21 conference in Paris.
(Source: Gov. of Norway, GasWorld, Others, Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS, Technology Centre Mongstad,
Atlanta was one of only six cities to have 56.21 pct of all space certified to green building standards. The total percentage of Energy Star labels in Atlanta was 22.55 pct , which led the standings. (Source: CBRE, Atlanta Bus. Journal, 17 Oct., 2016)Contact: CBRE, Carmen Cortez, (212) 984-6515, www.cbre.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News CBRE Group, Energy Efficiency, LEED Certification,
Under the pact, developed nations, including much of Europe and the U.S., commit to reducing their use of the refrigerant gases incrementally, starting with a 10 pct cut by 2019 rising to 85 per cent by 2036.
Two groups of developing countries will freeze their use of the gases by either 2024 or 2028, and then gradually reduce their use. India, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and the Gulf countries will meet the later deadline. The world's top CO2 emitter, China,
will not curb HFC emissions until 2024, when HFC consumption levels are expected to peak.
(Source: CBC, Various Others, 21 Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol, Ozone Depetion, CFC, HFC,
AFRAA said: "The 191 states and the various stakeholders including AFRAA, AFCAC and IATA worked very hard through the ICAO system and managed to find the necessary compromises to establish the first sectorial deal to reduce CO2 at global level. African airlines, the aviation industry, other stakeholders as well as African institutions have been consistently advocating a global solution under ICAO's leadership for several years".
The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) would complement a range of mitigation measures the air transport industry was already looking at to cut CO2 emissions.
(Source: African Airlines Assoc., Namibia Economist, 14 Oct., 2016) Contact: African Airlines Association, www.afraa.org; ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.icao.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions, ICAO, CORSIA,
According to the project's turbine supplier
Vattenfall, the 11-turbine EOWDC -- the largest facility of its kind in Scotland -- will make the north-east "home to a world-class hub of clean energy innovation" that will make offshore wind power cheaper. (Source: EOWDC, National, 18 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Vattenfall Wind, Gunnar Groebler, Sr. VP Wind, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com; Donald Trump, twitter.com/realDonaldTrump, www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump, (212) 832-2000, www.trump.com; European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, +44 (0) 1224 523630, http://www.aberdeenrenewables.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre , Vattenfall, Donald Trump,
To build such a complex instrument, Smith is working with pulsed laser spectroscopy expert Jacob Petrich, as well as computational and theoretical expert Xueyu Song, both Ames Laboratory scientists and ISU chemistry professors.
The instrument has its origins in the class of super-resolution imaging methods known as as stimulated emission depletion (STED).
The group will also eventually investigate what happens as microbial action breaks down the plant cell walls. Ames Laboratory scientist and ISU assistant professor of Chemical and Biological engineering Zengyi Shao will provide a variety of microbes and enzymes, to identify and possibly tailor the ones that provide the best pathways to break down the cell wall structures into the most advantageous materials for biomass conversion. (Source: US DOE, Ames Laboratory, PR, 17 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Ames Lab, Iowa State Univ., Emily Smith, (515) 294-1424, email@example.com, www.ameslab.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Ames Laboratory, Biomass,
GTI will design, construct, commission, and operate a versatile 10 MWe sCO2 pilot-plant test facility located at SwRI's San Antonio, Texas campus. The project will address the r&d needs of the component vendors and support the risk reduction and commercialization needs of the systems integrators and end users. Developing and maturing the technology at pilot scale will spur the development of necessary equipment, understanding, and characterization needed for larger-scale sCO2 power conversion systems.
GTI is working on a portfolio of technologies that can reduce the cost and environmental impact of electrical power plants. These include novel uses of captured CO2, advanced power cycles using supercritical CO2 rather than steam, low-cost oxygen generation (for oxy-combustion), and more efficient CO2 capture methods for plants without oxy-combustion.
(Source: GTI, 17 Oct., 2016) Contact: GTI, www.gastechnology.org; SwRI, Klas Brun, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org; NETL, https://netl.doe.gov; www.netl.doe; GE Global Research. +49 89 5528 3000, www.geglobalresearch.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute, SwRI CO2, Carbon Emissions, NETL,
A monthly fee of $3/kW will be charged to net metering customers, though existing solar customers are given a credit for up to 2 kW of installed solar.
Provo Power claimed the fees are necessary because about 11 pct of the utility's revenues goes back into the city's general fund to pay for essential services.
(Source: Provo Power, Desert News, ABC4 UTAH, 11 Oct., 2016) Contact: Provo Power, (801) 852-6000, www.provopower.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Provo Power, Solar,
The initiative aims to offer potential solutions based on science and technology, as well as political and economical feasibility.
To that end, UC San Diego will offer new grants, courses, and high-level research seminars to examine nuclear power, fusion energy, reinventing the electrical grids and transportation systems to increase their efficiency, lower emissions and realistically meet demand from a growing global population.
(Source: UCSD, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Oct., 2016) Contact: University of California San Diego, George Tynan, Jacobs School of Engineering, (858) 534-2230, www.ucsd.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California San Diego, Climate Change,
As previously reported, Alliant intends to expand its existing 200-MW Whispering Willow wind farm in Franklin County by placing 250 MW of new turbines in service in 2019 and a further 250 MW in 2020. (Source: Alliant Energy, Various Media, 13 Oct., 2016) Contact: Alliant Energy, Doug Kopp, Pres., (800) 285 4264, www.alliantenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Alliant Energy, Wind, Whispering Wind,
The project will utilize 13 GE 2.3-116 turbines and has a 15 year PPA in place for the project's power production. John Laing Group is partnering with Chicago-headquartered Akuo Energy USA Inc, a unit of French-based Akuo Energy, on the project.
(Source: John Laing Group, SeeNews, Others, 13 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Akuo Energy USA, Brice Yharrassarry, CEO, (312) 624-7656, Akuo Energy, +33 (0) 1 47 66 09 90, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.akuoenergy.com; John Laing Group, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, email@example.com, www.laing.com
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The study would further highlight how the global market and technological options are likely to change as a result of global climate policy measures, as well as how the 1.5 degree and two degree scenarios of global warming are likely to affect the infrastructure and operations in different climatic zones of India.
(Source: PetroFed, The Energy and Resources Institute, hydrocarbon-technologies.com, 17 Oct., 2016)
Contact: PetroFed, +91 11 2653 7483, www.petrofed.org; Energy and Resources Institute, www.teriin.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,
According to the US EPA, Americans discarded more than 36 million tons of food waste in 2012, only 5 pct of which was recycled while the balance went to landfills and generated methane.
The New Jersey legislation is similar to laws enacted in Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as several large cities requiring food scraps to be separated by sizable generators of waste, like hospitals, prisons, and supermarkets.
According to the EPA, if half of food waste could be properly recycled and used as a fuel for energy, enough electricity would be generated to power 2.5 million homes for a year.
(Source: Various Sources, NJ Spotlight, Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Energy, Organic Waste ,
Gevo adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo's alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) which meets ASTM D7566 specifications allowing it to be used for commercial flights. The revisions to the ASTM D7566 specification, which occurred earlier this year, includes ATJ derived from renewable isobutanol, regardless of the carbohydrate feedstock (i.e. cellulosics, corn, sugar cane, molasses, etc.).
The cellulosic ATJ was produced in conjunction with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) at Washington State University, which supplied the sugars that were derived from forest residuals in the Pacific Northwest.
Gevo produced over 1,000 gallons of the cellulosic ATJ. Alaska Airlines is expected to fly the first commercial flight using this cellulosic jet fuel in the next few months.
(Source: GEVO, Website PR, Oct., 2016)
Contact: Gevo Inc., Pat Gruber, CEO, (303) 858-3358, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gevo.com; Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Ralph Cavaliere, Proj Dir., (509) 335-5581, email@example.com, www.nararenewables.org; ASTM International, (610) 832-9585, (877) 909-2782, www.astm.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News ASTM , Cellulosic, GEVO, Isobutanol, Biofuel, Aviation Biofuel, Jet Biofuel,
The planned acquisition, which is subject to the customary regulatory approvals, is slated for closure in the first half of 2017.
(Source: GE, Various Media, CleanTechnica, 12 Oct., 2016) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Jerome Decresse, CEO, www.ge-energy.com; LM Windpower, +45 79 84 00 00, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lmwindpower.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric, LM Wind Power, Wind, Wind Blade,
The ORNL team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. With the help of the nanotechnology-based catalyst, which contains multiple reaction sites, the solution of carbon dioxide dissolved in water turned into ethanol with a yield of 63 pct.
According to ORNL researchers, the catalyst's novelty lies in its nanoscale structure, consisting of copper nanoparticles embedded in carbon spikes. This nano-texturing approach avoids the use of expensive or rare metals such as platinum that limit the economic viability of many catalysts.
The researchers' initial analysis suggests that the spiky textured surface of the catalysts provides ample reactive sites to facilitate the carbon dioxide-to-ethanol conversion. And, given the technique's reliance on low-cost materials and an ability to operate at room temperature in water, the researchers believe the approach could be scaled up for industrially relevant applications, according to the research team.
The work was supported by DOE Office of Science and the ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences.
(Source: ORNL, PR, NewsWise, 12 Oct., 2016) Contact: ORNL Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, Adam Rondinone, Research Team Leader, (865) 574-5035, email@example.com,https://www.ornl.gov/content/center-nanophase-materials-sciences, www.ornl.gov
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Microvi's new biogas conversion technology builds on its biochemicals portfolio,including a bioethanol technology, which was validated at the Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in June, 2015. The EPA estimates as many as 11,000 sites across the US are suitable for significant biogas production. (Source: Microvi , 12 Oct., 2016) Contact: Microvi, Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO, (510) 344-0668, www.microvi.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Microvi , Methane, Biogas, Biochemical, Biobutanol,
According to the CCC, the first phase of the planned low-carbon transformation -- making electricity almost entirely low-carbon by the early 2030s -- is "more or less on track" but the government's electric vehicle and low-carbon home heating initiatives are in disarray and nowhere near meeting expectations.
The CCC warns that even with full deployment of known low-carbon measures some UK emissions -- especially from aviation, agriculture and some industrial -- will remain and require increased efforts in the areas of reforestation to absorb carbon dioxide, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS), greater reliance on low-carbon energy sources and other measures will be necessary.
The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. The CCC's role is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.
(Source: Committee on Climate Change, BBC, 13 Oct., 2016) Contact: UK Committee on Climate Change, +44 (0) 207 591 6080, www.theccc.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2, Carbon Emissions, UK Committee on Climate Change, Climate Change,
The project aims to develop a wind turbine wake detection system and new wind turbine control algorithms and strategies. LiDAR uses laser guidance to position wind turbines to maximize on prevailing wind conditions.
The project is being supported by €1 million over two years in grant funding from the Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (EDDP), a public subsidy scheme that supports new technologies and industry growth in the energy sector. (Source: Windar Photonics, Proactive Investors, Oct., 2016)
Contact: DTU Wind Energy, www.dtu.dk; Windar Photonics plc, Martin Rambusch, CEO +45 2055 5599, (416) 312-5241 - Canadian Office, www.windarphotonics.com
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According to Sandbag, the data highlights the inability of the EU's climate policy, as currently designed, to address European cement sector emissions. Meanwhile, low-carbon new entrant cement companies operating outside of the EU ETS have successfully commercialized technologies to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of cement -- with Halifax, Canada-headquartered CarbonCure being one example.
Research by Sandbag revealed in March 2016 that incentives in the design of the EU ETS have driven higher GHG emissions in the cement sector.
The Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) is a global effort by 24 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development. Collectively these companies account for around 30 pct of the world's cement production and range in size from very large multinationals to smaller local producers.
(Source: Sandbag, Global Cement News , 12 Oct., 2016)
Contact: Sustainability Initiative, www.wbcsdcement.org; Carbon Cure Technolgies, Robert Niven, Pres., (902) 442-4020, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carboncure.com; Sandbag, www.sandbag.org.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure, EU ETS, Cement, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Footprint, Sandbag,
The report credits mild weather and increasing reliance on renewable energy with the decline in energy-related emissions.
The agency also projects that energy-associated CO2 emissions will fall to 5,179 million metric tons in 2016 -- the lowest annual level since 1992.
The report notes that total primary energy consumption was 2 pct lower compared with the first six months of 2015, particularly in the residential and electric power sectors, where primary energy consumption decreased 9 pct and 3 pct respectively. (Source: US EIA, Oct., 2016)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Emissions, Carbon Emissions, U.S. Energy Information Administration,
The company expects the Airies, Scotland project, which comprises 14 GE 2.85 MW 103 turbines, to be commissioned before the year end and the project in Kerry, comprising 7 Nordex N90 2.5 MW turbines, to be operational in Q4, 2017.
Velocita Energy Developments, through 2020 Renewables, will manage the construction of Airies on NTR's behalf. Element Power, the vendor of the Kerry project, will manage the construction and long-term asset management of the project for NTR.
(Source: NTR, NAWP, Other Media, 6 Oct., 2016) Contact: NTR, Rosheen McGuckian , CEO, +353 1 206 3700, email@example.com, www.ntrplc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NTR, Wind, NTR Wind, Velocita Energy Developments,
Two other developers have submitted proposals to BOEM.
Progression Energy has planned a 400MW project while Alpha Wind Energy is proposing a pair of 408MW wind farms. Both developers would utilize Berkeley, California-based Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat foundations.
(Source: Statoil, Various Media, 6 Oct., 2016)Contact: BOEM, (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Statoil Wind, www.statoil.com; Principle Power Inc., (510) 647-9539, www.principlepowerinc.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News BOEM, Floating Wind, Statoil , Offshore Wind, Wind, Principle Power,
The UK's Export Finance has committed to solar, wind and biomass power projects with Barkclays Bank joining in. The Kenyan government is aiming to develop 5,000 MW of renewable energy. (Source: UK Export Finance, SeeNews, Others, 11 Oct., 2016) Contact: UK Export Finance, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-export-finance
More Low-Carbon Energy News Kenya, Renewable Energy,
VTT calculates that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) could cost-effectively cover 33 pct of Finland's greenhouse gas emissions reduction schedule by 2050. Over 80 pct of carbon capture measures would concern the burning or refining biomass, and the balance would concern coal-intensive industries.
The pilot project was coordinated by CLIC Innovation Oy, and financed by Tekes, Fortum Corporation, Helen Ltd and Amec Foster Wheeler Energia Oy. Further development, combustion and CCS trials and commercialization are anticipated.
(Source: VTT, Scandanavian Oil & Gas, 10 Oct., 2016)
Contact: VTT, Kati Koponen, +358 40 4878123, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.vtt.fi
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel , VTT, Woody Biomass, CCS,
By being more efficient than average performing plants, these bakeries prevented more than 35,294 metric tons (CO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions and saved over 686,000 MMBtus in energy -- equal to the average annual energy use of more than 3,650 households.
The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in economic activity annually and employs more than 706,000 highly skilled people, according to the ABA.
(Source: American Bakers Association, PR, 10 Oct., 2016) Contact: American Bakers Assoc., Robb MacKie, Pres., CEO, (202) 789-0300, www.americanbakers.org; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR, Energy Efficiency,
According to Ductor, the technology improves the biogas plant profitability by enabling the use of high-grade and economical feedstock in the production of biogas. The company's technology harnesses the power of underutilized biomass with high nitrogen content, such as poultry manure and many other organic materials.
The proprietary fermentation technology extracts nitrogen at an early stage, prior to the biogas production process. It then simultaneously creates by-products with commercial value, specifically, ammonia or ammonium sulfate. Ductor's method is also able to recover nitrogen and phosphorus from organic material, which are problematic from an environmental perspective. As a result, the biogas production process becomes cleaner, more manageable and can have an even great environmental benefit.
Ductor has ongoing projects in Europe and is in active discussions with customers in Asia Pacific and North America, according to the company.
(Source: Ductor Corp, Renewable Energy, 11 Oct., 2016) Contact: Ductor Corp, Ari Ketola, CEO, +358 10 320 6560, www.ductor.com; ES Engineering, (714) 919-6500, http://es-online.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass, Ductor,
The past year's progress indicates that global energy efficiency policies such as vehicle fuel economy standards, housing esnergy efficiency standards and energy efficient lighting technologies, have delivered results.
According to IEA, the IEA member states saved $540 billion in energy costs in 2015 as a result of energy efficiency improvements achieved since 2000.
Efficiency standards now cover 30 pct of energy use globally, up from 11 pct from in 2000.
(Source: IEA, Energy & Technology, 10 Oct., 2016) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency, Energy Efficiency, Energy Consumption,
The University of Texas System funds its multi-billion-dollar permanent endowment primarily through royalties from oil leases on its public lands and is not legally required to install pollution controls on their oil and fracking operations.
The school's detractors
say the university should be a better steward of its lands and has a duty to protect the environment. For its part, the university claims they are following all state and federal oil and gas regulations.
(Source: University of Texas, Public News Service, 4 Oct., 2016) Contact: University of Texas System, (512) 499-4402, www.utsystem.edu
More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions, Fracking, Methane ,
Rural P.E.I.'s emissions are primarily from farning activities, transportation and home heating oil. The province is presently working on a provincial energy and climate change mitigation strategy which it will use to formulate a response to the federal plan. The province of British Columbia's revenue-neutral carbon tax is reportedly being considered as a model for P.E.I.'s final plan.
As we reported on Sept. 21, Canada's federal Environment Minister the Hon. Catherine McKenna suggested that the Government could impose a "backstop" carbon pricing system on provinces that fail to do so. In Canada, where climate change and carbon tax issues are under provincial jurisdiction, only British Columbia and Alberta operate a carbon tax and carbon levy, respectively. Ontario and Quebec run linked cap-and-trade systems.
In March, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that "the transition to a low-carbon economy will happen by a broad suite of measures that will include pricing carbon." According to the Environment Minister, "It's mandatory that everyone will have to have a price on carbon even if it is imposed by the feds.
(Source: Government of P.E.I., CBC, 5 Sept., 2016)Contact: Government of P.E.I., www.gov.pe.ca
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Some 64 of ICAO's 191 member countries, including Canada, China and the United States, agreed to voluntarily participate in the program between 2021 and 2026 until it becomes mandatory, with exemptions for small, undeveloped countries with little international aviation.
Carbon offsets are expected to cost the airline industry between about US$9 billion and US$25 billion a year by 2035, largely depending on the cost of carbon. In the worst-case scenario, the costs equal approximately 1 pct of airline revenues.
(Source: ICAO, Deutsche Welle, News 1130, Others, 6 Oct., 2015) Contact: ICAO , Fang Liu, Sec. Gen., +52 55 52 50 3211, email@example.com, www.icao.int
More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization, Aviation Emissions,
The U.S. oil and natural gas industry invested approximately $217.5 billion on GHG mitigation technologies from 2000 through 2014 while other industries invested approximately $103 billion and the federal government invested approximately $110 billion. The Oil and natural gas industries also invested $14.8 billion in non-hydrocarbon resources from 2000 to 2014, including wind, solar, geothermal and biomass technologies, which accounted for approximately 17 pct of all non-hydrocarbon resource investments.
Between 2013 and 2014, the oil and natural gas industry reduced carbon emissions by approximately 55.5 million metric tons of CO2, which equates to removing approximately 11.8 million vehicles from the nation's highways. (Source: EPA, DEI, 7 Oct., 2016)
More Low-Carbon Energy News US EPA, Carbon Emissions,
Commercial buildings that earn EPA's ENERGY STAR certification use an average of 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and also release 35 pct less CO2 into the atmosphere.
The Visalia Transit Center improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
(Source: Visalia Transit, EPA, 7 Oct., 2016) Contact: Visalia Transit, (559) 713-4100, www.visaliatransit.com; EPA ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings, www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings
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POWER.HOUSE technology can aggregate a fleet of residential solar and battery storage systems to form a Virtual Power Plant (VPP0 that can be autonomously controlled through intelligent software to simulate a single, larger power generating facility. It features a combination of rooftop solar PV panels and a lithium-ion battery installed behind the meter at customers' homes that help to protect against power outages, off-set peak hour electricity prices to provide significant reductions on bills and reduce strain on the grid during peak system demand, while delivering clean power directly to the customer.
(Source: PowerStream, PR, 7 Oct., 2016) Contact: PowerStream,
Eric Fagen, VP Communications,
(905) -532-4400, www.powerstream.ca; Thunder Bay Hydro, (807) 343-1111, www.tbhydro.on.ca
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According to Enerkem, the facility will process 400,000 tpy of lumber and other wastes to yield 100 gallons of ethanol per ton of waste feedstock.
The company is anticipating a Q3, 2018 ground breaking for completion within 16 months. (Source: Enerkem, Various Meda, 4 Oct., 2016)Contact: Enerkem, Tim Cesarek, Sr. VP Bus. Dev., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, Annie Pare, Communications, (514) 875-0284, x. 251, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com
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In a statement, Green Plains said in a statement that "synergies are stout, with food-grade ethanol being the main production cost of its vinegar."
(Source; Green Plains, Various Media, World-Herald 4 Oct, 2016) Contact: Green Plains, Jim Stark, VP, (402) 884.8700, email@example.com, www.gpreinc.com
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In Detroit, Metro Ag Services reports it plans to build a 30 million gpy pennycress oil processing facility for locally sourced penneycress in Flint.
(Source: Arvegenix, Great Lakes Echo, 5 Sept., 2016)
Contact: Metro Ag Services, Lance Stokes, www.metroagservices.com/masfmm;
Arvegenix, Jerry Steiner, CEO, Dennis Plummer, EVP, (314) 942-3939, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.arvegenix.com, www.growpennycress.com
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The new SM100 solar light was developed to meet SolarAid's price and performance specifications for use in rural Africa where SolarAid retails the solar lights for $5. SolarAid aims to make electrical light more accessible to the 598 million Africans who lack access to electricity.
(Source: Yingli Green Energy, PR, 2 Oct., 2016) Contact: SolarAid, Nick Sireau, CEO, www.solar-aid.org; Yingli Green Energy Americas, Lily Arrieta, Marketing, Liliana.Arrieta@yingliamericas.com, www.yinglisolar.com
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The flexible battery system can be used alongside, or in place of, existing power generators and contains its own Power Assist mechanism. This allows the Powerplus to switch between itself and generator power in response to fluctuating power loads to protect the entire system from damage.
With an ability to accept a solar input, the system can be used as a completely fuel-free power generator, depending on load profile.
The Powerplus can deliver an average of 30-50 pct cost savings against conventional power generation models, according to the manufacturer. (Source: CCL Components, , Solar Power Portal, 23 Oct., 2016) Contact: CCL Components, Paul Brooks, +44 800 091 4148, www.cclcomponents.com
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