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Sempra, US Navy Inks Solar Power Purchase Deal (Ind. Report)
Sempra Energy
Date: 2016-10-21
The US Navy on Friday confirmed its largest ever procurement of renewable energy in a 25-year PPA with Sempra Energy for power from the 150 MW Mesquite Solar 3 desert array in Arizona.

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,  


EU ETS Emission Permit Surplus Slipping (Int'l Report)
EU ETS
Date: 2016-10-21
According to the just released European Environment Agency's annual Trends and projections in the EU ETS in 2016 -- The Emissions Trading System in Numbers report on the EU's emissions cap and trade system, the surplus of CO2 emission allowances in the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) began declining in 2015 -- the first significant decrease since unused allowances started accumulating in 2008.

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,  


EP Rejects Maritime Shipping Emissions from EU ETS (Int'l)
IMO,European Union,European Parliament
Date: 2016-10-21
The European Parliament EP) reports it has adopted its Industry Committee's report on the EU's emissions trading scheme (ETS) and stressed that the climate impact of maritime shipping should be regulated at UN level and not be included in the EU ETS. The report reflects that a regional, European approach would not be sustainable for shipping nor achieve significant emissions reductions.

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,  


HM3 Energy Touts Waste-Wood Drop-in Fuel Tech (Ind. Report)
HM3 Energy
Date: 2016-10-21
Troutdale, Oregon-based cleantech HM3 Energy is touting its new proprietary torrefaction and densification proprietary process that has the potential to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants and waste wood burning operations. HM3's technology processes woody biomass and agricultural residue into solid biofuel for use in biomass boilers or as a substitute for coal in coal-fired boilers.

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,  


Schneider Reports NJ School Energy Efficiency Contracts (Ind. Report)
Schneider Electric
Date: 2016-10-21
Andover, Mass.-based energy management specialist Schneider Electric is reporting the signing of three energy savings improvement programs (ESIPs) in the Garden State valued at $4.5 million. The programs in the Delran Township School District, Pennsauken Public Schools and the West Deptford School Distric in New Jersey. The various contracted improvements which cover 21 facilities, is expected to deliver more than $1 million in annual energy savings.

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,  


Honeywell Touting Tinker AFB Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
Oklahoma Gas & Electric,Honeywell Building Solutions
Date: 2016-10-21
Honeywell and Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) are reporting a $19.1 million facility modernization project that is expected to slash energy consumption by 44 pct and cut energy expenses at Tinker Air Force Base's 2.9 million-square-foot assembly plant in Oklahoma City.

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,  


NYC Increases Heating Oil Biodiesel Blend (Ind. Report)
NYC
Date: 2016-10-21
In the Big Apple, it is being widely reported that Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed off on legislation that will raise the biodiesel content in New York City's heating oil from the current 2 pct to 5 pct in October, 2017, then doubling to 10 pct and significantly more by 2034. (Source: Office of the Mayor, NYC, Various Media, Oct. 18, 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  


Engie Launches French Marine Geothermal Power Station (Int'l)
Engie,ADEME,European Fund for Economic and Regional Development
Date: 2016-10-19
French utility Engie is reporting the launch of "Thassalia", a €35 million ($38.5 million), 190MW marine geothermal power station in Marseilles.

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,  


Norwegian Mongstad, CCS Plans Back on Track (Int'l Report)
Technology Centre Mongstad,CCS
Date: 2016-10-19
In Oslo, the Norwegian Government reports will move forward with plans for a full-scale $43.7 million carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration facility. The government plans to continue operations at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM), the world's largest and most advanced CCS development and testing facility.

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 Takes 5th in CBRE Green Building Survey (Ind. Report)
CBRE Group
Date: 2016-10-19
The commercial real estate firm CBRE Inc. has rated Atlanta fifth in the development and construction of green buildings among the 30 largest U.S. markets. CGRE looked at the percentage of green, environmentally friendly and LEED-certified buildings developed in the 30 large U.S. metro areas in creating the rankings.

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,  


HFC GHG Reductions Agreement Reached in Kigali (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2016-10-19
Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, all 197 signatories to the Montreal Protocol have inked a binding agreement to cut back on manufactured hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases which are used in refrigerators and air conditioners. HFC are far more potent and damaging to the atmosphere than CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

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,  


African Airlines Support ICAO Montreal Emissions Agreement (Int'l)
African Airlines Association,CORSIA
Date: 2016-10-19
The Secretary General of the African Airlines Associations (AFRAA) is reporting its support for the aviation industry emission cutback agreement reached earlier this month at the 39th Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal.

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, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  ICAO,  CORSIA,  


Trump's Nemesis Offshore Wind Farm Construction Underway (Int'l)
European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre
Date: 2016-10-19
In Scotland, construction of the £300 million European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) within sight of US Republican presidential wannabe Donald Trump's Aberdeenshire golf resort is reportedly now underway. Local contractors have begun working onshore to construct the substation and cabling necessary for the turbines, which will tower 200 metres high.

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,  


Ames Lab Granted $3Mn for Biomass Instrumentation (R&D)
Ames Laboratory
Date: 2016-10-19
A team of scientists led by principal investigator Emily Smith at the U.S. DOE Ames Laboratory at reports it has been granted a total of $3 million over 3 years from the DOE's Office of Science to develop a subdiffraction Raman imaging platform that will provide an unprecedented look at the specific chemical structures of plant cell walls and then determine how best to deconstruct plant biomass as a source of biofuels.

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, esmith1@iastate.edu, www.ameslab.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ames Laboratory,  Biomass,  


Senvion Touts 112-MW Norwegian Wind Farm Order (Int'l. Report)
Senvion,Norsk Vind Egersund
Date: 2016-10-19
Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine maker Senvion SA is reporting receipt of a contract from Stavanger, Norway-headquartered Norsk Vind Energi AS to supply 33 units of its 3.4M114 wind turbines for installation at the 112.2-MW Norsk Vind Egersund AS offshore wind farm in the North Sea. The contract includes a 15-yera service and mainainence provision. The first turbine installations are slated for Q2 2017 for completion in Q3, 2017. (Source: Senvion, Various Media, 18 Oct., 2016) Contact: Norsk Vind Egersund, +47 51 69 00 00, www.vindenergi.no; Senvion, Andreas Nauen, CEO, Helmut Herold, CEO-North America, 011 +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Senvion,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


GTI, SwRI, GE Global Research Leading Supercritical CO2 Pilot Power Plant Project (Ind. Report)
Gas Technology Institute,NETl,GE Global Research
Date: 2016-10-19
Gas Technology Institute (GTI), together with partners Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and GE Global Research, has been selected by the U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) for an $80 million award to design, build, and operate a 10 MWe sCO2 pilot power plant. The goal is to advance the technology development of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycles.

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,  


Provo Council OKs Residential Solar Fees (Ind. Report)
Provo Power,
Date: 2016-10-17
In Utah, the city of Provo Municipal Council is reporting approval of Provo City Power's new fees for customers with residential solar panel installations. The fees are intended to ensure that those approximately 215 customers with solat installation pay their "fair share of grid upkeep."

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,  


UCSD Launches Global Climate Change Initiative (Ind. Report)
University of California San Diego
Date: 2016-10-17
In the Golden State, the University of California San Diego is reporting the launch of its campus-wide Deep Decarbonization Initiative. The initiative aims to balance practicality with innovation in the study of how to combat climate change while developing strategies for slashing worldwide CO2 emissions.

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,  


Alliant Settles on Whispering Willow Wind Expansion (Ind. Report)
Alliant Energy
Date: 2016-10-17
Madison, Wis.-based utility holding company Alliant Energy Corp reports it has reached a settlement with the Office of Consumer Advocate, the Iowa Business Energy Coalition and others regarding its plan to add 500 MW of wind power capacity in Iowa through 2020. The settlement, which is contingent upon Iowa Utility Board approval, foresees a $1,830 cost cap per kW, including allowance for construction and transmission costs.

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,  


John Laing Invests $20.5Mn in New Mexico Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
John Laing Group, Akuo Energy USA
Date: 2016-10-17
UK infrastructure company John Laing Group plc reports it will invest $20.5 million (€18.6 million) in the 29.9-MW Sterling wind development in Lea County, New Mexico.

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, contact@akuoenergy.com, www.akuoenergy.com; John Laing Group, +44 (0) 20 7901 3200, enquiries@laing.com, www.laing.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News John Laing Group ,  Wind,  Akuo Energy,  


PetroFed, TERI to Study Indian Climate Change Risks (Int'l)
PetroFed,Energy and Resources Institute
Date: 2016-10-17
The Petroleum Federadtion of India (PetroFed) reports it has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to undertake a detailed study on Climate Change Risks: Preparedness for Oil and Gas Sector. The study will provide inputs for future strategy on oil and gas infrastructure development as well as provide a comprehensive analysis of threats posed by climate change to oil and gas sector. The study will also suggest suitable measures for the oil and gas sector to achieve India's INDC target of reducing the emission intensity of GDP by 33 pct to 35 pct below the levels in 2005 by 2030.

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,  


NJ Legislation Encourages Organic Waste-to-Energy (Reg & Leg)
New Jersey
Date: 2016-10-17
In the Garden State, the New Jersey Senate Environment and Energy Committee reports its approval of bill S-771 aimed at encouraging composting and the construction of organic food-waste-to-energy facilities in the state. In 2015, the state invested over $3 million in the promotion of biomass energy.

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 Produces First Cellulosic Renewable Jet Fuel for Commercial Flights (Ind. Report)
Gevo,Alaska Airline,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
Date: 2016-10-17
Further to our June 8 coverage, Englewood, Colorado-headquartered biobutaol specialist Gevo, Inc. reports it has completed production of the world's first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights.

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, info@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Ralph Cavaliere, Proj Dir., (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, 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,  


GE Plans $1,65Bn LM Wind Power Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
General Electric,LM Wind Power
Date: 2016-10-14
General Electric reports it plans to acquire its principal wind turbine blade supplier, Kolding, Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power for $1.65 billion (€1.5 billion).

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, info@lmwindpower.com, www.lmwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  LM Wind Power,  Wind,  Wind Blade,  


ORNL Catalysts Convert CO2 into Ethanol (New Prod & Tech)
ORNL
Date: 2016-10-14
The US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting the development of an electrochemical process that uses small spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide into ethanol.

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, rondinoneaj@ornl.gov,https://www.ornl.gov/content/center-nanophase-materials-sciences, www.ornl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  CO2,  Ethanol,  Carbon Dioxide ,  


Microvi Biogas-to-Liquids Tech Reports DOE Funding (Ind. Report)
Microvi
Date: 2016-10-14
Following-up on our June 26th, 2015 coverage, San Francisco-based industrial biotechnology specialist Microvi is reporting receipt of US DOE grant funding for its new MicroNiche Engineering Platform Technology that converts the CO2 and methane in biogas into biobutanol and other biochemicals.

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,  


UK Missing Climate Change Targets, reports CCC (Int'l. Report)
UK Committee on Climate Change
Date: 2016-10-14
Further to our August 10th coverage, the UK-based Committee on Climate Change (CCC) reports that the government is not on track to meet its pledged 80 pct cut in GHG emissions by 2050. The committee provides step-by-step technical guidance to assist the government on meeting its targets stipulated under the Climate Change Act.

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,  


Windar Photonics, DTU Wind Improving LiDAR Optimization (Int'l)
Windar Photonics, DTU Wind
Date: 2016-10-14
Denmark-headquartered LiDAR systems specialist Windar Photonics plc reports it is working with the Technical Institute of Denmark (DTU Wind) to improve its LiDAR wind turbine optimization system. DTU Wind specializes in meteorology, turbine technology and power system integration.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Windar Photonics ,  LIDAR,  DTU Wind ,  Wind,  


EU Cement Emissions Holding Steady (Ind. Report)
Cement,Sandbag
Date: 2016-10-14
Data from the Brussels-based World Business Council on Sustainable Development's Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) indicates that the carbon intensity of European Union cement increased from 2008 to 2014, according to analysis by the UK not-for-profit environmental group Sandbag. Even so, the sector made greater strides in reducing emissions in the years prior to the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS).

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, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Sandbag, www.sandbag.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  EU ETS,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  Sandbag,  


Energy CO2 Emissions Lowest Since 1991, says EIA (Ind. Report)
U.S. Energy Information Administration
Date: 2016-10-14
A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) finds that energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U.S. totaled 2,530 million metric tons in the first six months of 2016 -- the lowest emissions level for the first six months of any year since 1991.

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,  


NTR Plc Expands UK Onshore Wind Portfolio (Int'l Report, M&A)
NTR,Velocita Energy Developments
Date: 2016-10-12
Dublin-headquartered wind energy developer NTR Plc is reporting the addition of a further 64 MW to its onshore wind portfolio with the €150 million acquisition of two wind projects under construction in Scotland and one operating facility in Ireland. The acquisitions bring NTR's total assets under management for its NTR Wind 1 Fund up to 142 MW.

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, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NTR,  Wind,  NTR Wind,  Velocita Energy Developments,  


Statoil Considers Floating Offshore Wind Bid (Ind. Report)
Statoil Wind US,Principle Power,Statoil
Date: 2016-10-12
Norwegian energy giant Statoil reports its Statoil Wind US unit is considering a floating wind farm project in Oahu North, Hawaii. The company is reportedly interested in leasing the entire 485,000 acre call area, as outlined in the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) call for developers in June.

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,  


Brits Eying Kenyan Green Energy Investments (Int'l. Report)
Kenya, UK Export Finance
Date: 2016-10-12
In Nairobi, the UK trade envoy to Kenya and Tanzania has reportedly indicated that British companies are exploring a possible £500 million ($618 miilion) investment in solar, wind and biomass projects in Kenya. Previously this year the UK and Kenya inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) whereby the UK committed to support the development of strategic renewable energy projects.

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,  


Scottish Underground Coal Gasification Stymied (Int'l Report)
Coal Gasification
Date: 2016-10-12
In Edinburgh, the government of Scotland has stymied the Underground Coal Gasification process (UCG,) an unconventional method of extracting gas, after reviewing the technology's safety record and environmental impacts. The technology, which is distinct from fracking, was placed under a moratorium in 2015, but has now been disallowed any role in Scotland's energy mix. To that end, all existing licenses in Scotland will be revoked. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, RigZone, 10 Oct., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Underground Coal Gasification,  CCS,  Coal,  Coal Gasification,  

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VTT Developing Woody Biomass Combustion CCS Tech (Int'l)
VTT. Technical Research Centre of Finland
Date: 2016-10-12
Scandanavian Oil and Gas is reporting that the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is seeking a carbon capture technology for woody biomass-burning power plants and to that end has successfully completed its first pilot project using both heat-treated and untreated wood pellets.

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, kati.koponen@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel ,  VTT,  Woody Biomass,  CCS,  


Major Bakeries Awarded ENERGY STAR Certified (Ind. Report)
American Bakers Association
Date: 2016-10-12
The Washington, DC-based American Bakers Association (ABA) is reporting the US EPA's awarding of ENERGY STAR® certification to 18 of the nation's most energy efficient commercial bread and roll bakeries.

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,  


Ductor Touts Biomass Microbiology Technology (Ind. Report)
Ductor Corporation,ES Engineering Services
Date: 2016-10-12
Helsinki-headquartered Ductor Corporation is reporting a partnership with Orange, California-based ES Engineering Services to introduce Ductor's patented biogas microbiology technology to biogas facilities accross North America.

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

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China Leads in Worldwide Energy Efficiency (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2016-10-12
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), worldwide energy efficiency improved by 1.8 pct in 2015, with China leading the way. While China's economy grew by 6.9 pct in 2015, primary energy consumption rose by only 0.9 pct – the lowest rate since 1997. Even so, China's 2015 improvement is three times higher than the average rate seen over the past decade.

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,  


VTT Developing Woody Biomass Combustion CCS Tech (Int'l)
VTT. Technical Research Centre of Finland
Date: 2016-10-12
Scandanavian Oil and Gas is reporting that the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) is seeking a carbon capture technology for woody biomass-burning power plants and to that end has successfully completed its first pilot project using both heat-treated and untreated wood pellets. 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, kati.koponen@vtt.fi, www.vtt.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass news,  CCS news,  VTT news,  


Univ. of Texas Denounced as Major Methane Polluter (Ind. Report)
University of Texas
Date: 2016-10-10
In the Lone Star State, environmental groups, professors and students are denouncing the University of Texas System as a major greenhouse gas emitter and calling on the university to dramatically scale-back methane emissions from the approximately 9,000 oil and gas facilities on University-owned lands in West Texas.

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 ,  


P.E.I. Won't be Pushed on Canadian Carbon Tax Plan (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2016-10-10
In response to the Liberal government of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's just announced national carbon tax plan, Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) Premier Wade MacLauchlan say's his province -- Canada's smallest with only 5,660 sq-kilometers and 146,000 residents -- is not going to be rushed into deciding how it will cut carbon emissions and join the climate change fight by the end of 2017.

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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ICAO Agrees to International Aviation Emissions Measure (Int'l)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2016-10-10
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reports that its general assembly meeting in Montreal approved the creation of a new global market-based measure to control international aviation carbon dioxide emissions. The new measure aims for aviation to become carbon neutral after 2020 and to halve net emissions by 2050 compared to 2005.

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, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Civil Aviation Organization,  Aviation Emissions,  


EPA says U.S. Carbon Emissions Down 4.9 pct (Ind. Report)
US EPA
Date: 2016-10-10
In the nation's capitol, according to just released US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data, while U.S. production of oil and gas has increased carbon emissions from power plants, oil drilling, factories and other industrial sources are down approximately 4.9 pct in the U.S.

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,  


Visalia Transit Scores EPA ENERGY STAR Cert. (Ind. Report)
Visalia Transit Center
Date: 2016-10-10
The Visalia Transit Center has been recognized for environmental stewardship by earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict performance levels set by the EPA.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Visalia Transit ,  EPA ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


PowerStream , Thunder Bay Hydro Tout Residential Solar-Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
PowerStream,Thunder Bay Hydro
Date: 2016-10-10
Vaughn, Ontario-based community-owned utility PowerStream and Thunder Bay Hydro are reporting an agreement that will allow the Northern Ontario-based electricity distribution company to take advantage of a residential solar-storage technology currently being piloted with customers in York Region and Simcoe County under the program name "POWER.HOUSE". POWER HOUSE installations in the Thunder Bay area will allow PowerStream to study how the technology performs in northern geographies where daylight periods are significantly longer in the summer and shorter in the winter.

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News PowerStream news,  Solar news,  Energy Storage news,  Thunder Bay Hydro news,  


Enerkem Plans $200Mn Minn. Waste-to-Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
Enerkem,SKB Environmental
Date: 2016-10-10
Montreal-headquartered waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer Enerkem Inc reports it will partner with Minnesota-based waste management company SKB Environmental to construct a $200-million refinery that would convert woody biomass and other solid waste into ethanol in Rosemount, Minnesota. The plant would be adjacent to an SKB Environmental operated landfill.

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, apare@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; SKB Environmental, (651) 224-6329, www.skbinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Ethanol,  


Green Plains Purchases vinegar Producer (Ind. Report, M&A)
Green Plains Inc
Date: 2016-10-10
Omaha ethanol producer Green Plains is reporting the $250 million acquisition of Cerritos, California-based Fleischmann's Vinegar Co. -- the nation's largest maker of food-grade vinegar producer. Fleischmann’s's ninegar is used in food and beverages, cleaning products, antimicrobials and other applications.

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, jim.stark@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

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Arvegenix Pitching Pennycress' Biodiesel Potential (Ind. Report)
Arvegenix,Metro Ag Services
Date: 2016-10-07
According to St.Louis-headquartered field pennycress specialist Arvegenix, pennycress, a membere of the mustard family, is an ideal biodiesel feedstock. The plant, which is often considered a weed, is planted in the fall for spring harvesting and thus doesn't hinder food production on the same land. Pennycress seed oil is well suited for biodiesel production and could be worth as much as $300 per acre, according to Arvegenix CEO Jerry Steiner.

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, info@arvegenix.com, www.arvegenix.com, www.growpennycress.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arvegenix,  Pennycress,  Biodiesel,  


Yingli, SolarAid Launch Affordable Solar Light (New Prod & Tech)
Yingli Green Energy
Date: 2016-10-07
In Baoding, China-headquartered Yingli Green Energy Holding's wholly owned subsidiary Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH (Yingli Europe) reports it has partnered with the international charity SolarAid to launch the world's most affordable quality solar light, the SM100.

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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CCL Launches Hybrid Solar Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
CCL Components
Date: 2016-10-07
In the UK, Glasgow-based solar compnants supplier CCL Components is reported the launch of the Powerplus portable hybrid power system for the off-grid energy market.

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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