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Abu Dhabi Launches Used Cooking Oil Biodiesel Project (Int'l)
Tadweer
Date: 2016-02-15
Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, reports the launch of an initiative to convert waste household cooking oil into biodiesel vehicle fuels.

The recycling project is in collaboration with Masdar Institute of Science and Technology which has developed the technology to treat the cooking oil waste. The project aims to promote recycling, reuse and provide the means for communities to suitably dispose of waste. (Source: Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, Gulf News, 14 Feb., 2016) Contact: Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management Abu Dhabi, +971 2 818 5555, www.tadweer.ae; Masdar Institute, 011 +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar Institute,  Biodiesel ,  


World Coal Association Calls for CCS Policy Parity (Int'l)
World Coal Association
Date: 2016-02-15
In New Delhi, World Coal Association CEO Benjamin Sporton said the critical role of coal in driving economic development in India meant the international community should support advanced coal technologies in the country.

"India has made it very clear that coal will be critical to delivering its economic development and energy access objectives. India is working hard to reduce emissions from coal, but it would benefit from greater international support to build modern coal technology. Coal will help fuel the economic development of India's economy as it urbanizes and industrializes over the decades to come," Sporton said. Sporton also noted that modern high efficiency low emission coal technologies will be essential to providing affordable electricity while reducing emissions to meet climate objectives. (Source: World Coal Assoc., BigNews, 15 Feb., 2016) Contact: World Coal Association, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, 011 +44 (0) 20 7851 0052, info@worldcoal.org, http://www.worldcoal.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Coal Association,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


DONG Acquiring Garden State Offshore Wind Lease (Ind. Report)
DONG Energy,RES Americas,BOEM
Date: 2016-02-12
Broomfield, Colorado-headquartered Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. subsidiary RES America Developments Inc. (RES) reports it has applied to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to transfer its rights to a U.S. offshore wind development lease approximately 7-21 nautical miles off the coast of New Jersey to DONG Energy.

Under the terms of a previous agreement, DONG Energy will take over the lease and RES will provide support through project development services, subject to BOEM approval. (Source: RES America Developments Inc., PR, 9 Feb., 2016) Contact: RES Americas, Glenn Davis, CEO, Raheleh Folkerts, Media, (303) 439-4200, raheleh.folkerts@res-americas.com, http://www.res-americas.com, www.res-offshore.com; DONG Energy, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, +45 99 55 11 11, www.dongenergy.com; BOEM, (202) 208-6474, http://www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DONG Energy,  RES Americas,  Offshore Wind,  BOEM,  


Telstra Eyes Solar + Battery Storage Opportunities (Ind. Report)
Telstra
Date: 2016-02-12
In Melbourne, Australian telecommunications giant Telstra reports its will establish a new division tasked with further improving energy efficiency within the company. The new division will also work to increase the company-wide use of solar energy and improvements in battery technology. It will also pursue potential partnerships with energy and technology companies.(Source: Telstra, Energy News, Others, 9 Feb., 2016) Contact: Telstra, Cynthia Whelan, Group Executive, International & New Businesses, https://www.telstra.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Telstra,  Energy Storage,  


Siemens Proposes €10Bn Egyptian Renewable Energy Investment (Int'l)
Siemens
Date: 2016-02-12
According to recent media reports, German energy giant Siemens has proposed a €10 billion, 10 GW renewable energy investment in Egypt. The projects would be set up through the EPC+Finance route, wherein Siemens will provide the equity investment and the Egyptian New and Renewable Energy Authority will arrange and pay for the debt finance.

The project includes a €2 billion Siemens investment in 2 GW of wind energy capacity distributed across 12 wind projects to be commissioned by 2022. Siemens is expected to supply 600 turbines for the wind projects and also invest €100 million to establish wind turbine equipment manufacturing facility. Siemens is already implementing other renewable energy projects in Egypt. (Source: Siemens, Various Others, 10 Feb., 2016) Contact: Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division, +49 69 797 66 60, www.siemens.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Renewable Energy,  Egypt Renewable Energy,  


UK Grasslands Hold Huge Soil Carbon Stores (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Soil Carbon,DEFRA
Date: 2016-02-12
In the UK, a nationwide survey by ecologists from the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Rothamsted, Reading and Newcastle, has found more than 2 billion US tons of carbon stored beneath the country's grasslands. The largest soil carbon stocks were beneath grasslands that have been intermittently farmed with moderate fertilization and/or livestock grazing.

The researcher found 60 pct of the UK's total soil carbon stored in grasslands -- which cover approximately one-third of the UK land surface -- is between 30cm and 1 metres deep. Researchers also found the greatest soil carbon stocks at intermediate levels of grasslands management, where carbon stocks were 10 pct higher than in intensively managed grasslands. The team estimates YK grassland soil carbon to be 2097 teragrams of carbon to a depth of 1 metre, with about 60 pct of the total below 30cm.

The research is part of a five year research project, supported by the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA}, aimed at managing UK grassland diversity for multiple ecosystem services, including carbon capture. (Source: Univ. of Manchester, DEFRA, phys.org, 10 Feb., 2016)Contact: University of Manchester, Professor Richard Bardgett, +44 161 275 5477, richard.bardgett@manchester.ac.uk, www.manchester.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Soil Carbon,  Carbon Storage,  


Notable Quotes
Renewable Fuels,RFS
Date: 2016-02-12
"The United States no longer needs renewable fuels to reduce its dependence on energy from foreign sources, because the United States has usurped Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil and natural gas producer. Ending the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) would immediately and dramatically increase the demand for oil, stabilize energy markets, boost the economy, and likely reduce carbon-dioxide emissions." -- Merrill Matthews, Institute for Policy Innovation Contact: Institute for Policy Innovation, Merrill Matthews, (972) 874-5139, www.ipi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels,  RFS,  


NAMS Touts Silicon Casting for PV Cell Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics
Date: 2016-02-10
In a release, Japan's International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) reported development of the "single-seed cast method" for silicon casting which allows for a further increase in solar cell efficiency. The new casting method enables "dramatic improvements in the crystalline quality of the silicon", according to the release.

MANA's new silicon casting process allows for a reduction of production costs, when compared to the method to produce dislocation-free single crystal silicon, such as the Czochralski method. (Source: International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics,PR, Various Others, 8 Feb, 2016) Contact: MANA, +81 29 860 4709, nana@nims.go.jp; http://www.nims.go.jp

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  PV,  Solar Cell,  


Heliatek Sets Organic PV Cell Efficiency Record (Ind. Report)
Heliatek GmbH
Date: 2016-02-10
Researchers at Dresden, Germany-headquartered Heliatek GmbH are reporting a conversion efficiency of 13.2 pct for an OPV multi-junction cell -- a new world record for the direct conversion of sunlight into electricity using organic photovoltaic cells. The world-record cell is a multi-junction cell combining three different absorbers. Each of them is dedicated to efficiently convert green-, red- or near-infrared light of the wavelength range between 450 and 950 nm into electricity. These absorber molecules have been developed and are patented by Heliatek. The measurement was independently confirmed the Fraunhofer Center for Silizium-Photovoltaik CSP in Halle.

This new result confirms the world-leading technology position of Heliatek as demonstrated by its continuous progress from 3 pct to more than 13 pct efficiency over the last 10 years. It also supports its roadmap towards 15 pct efficient organic solar cells and validates Heliatek's technology of using vacuum deposition of small molecules on plastic films. (Source: Heliatek, 8 Feb., 2016) Contact: Heliatek, Thibaud Le Seguillon, CEO, +49-351-213-034-421; Cornelia Jahnel, cornelia.jahnel@heliatek.com; http://www.heliatek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Heliatek GmbH,  


Senate Could Classify Forest Biomass "Carbon Neutral" (Reg. & Leg.)
Biomass Power Association
Date: 2016-02-10
Maine Public Radio is reporting that the US Senate is debating a biomass energy policy bill sponsored by Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King of Maine. The bill includes an amendment that would require federal agencies to recognize forest biomass - woody biomass energy as "carbon neutral."

The Portland-based Biomass Power Association has come out in support of the measure. (Source: MPBN, Maine Public Radio, Feb., 2016) Contact: Biomass Power Association, www.biomasspowerassociation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Forest Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Neutral,  


Kauai Utility Hits 90 pct Renewable Energy Utilization (Ind. Report)
Kauai Island Utility Cooperative
Date: 2016-02-10
In the Aloha State, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative reports it utilized a combination of solar, biomass and hydroelectricity on its way to generating 90 pct of its service area's energy needs for four days in Jan.

On average, renewable sources met 77 pct of Kauai's energy demand during the peak solar hours, spiking to 90 pct on some days. On a typical day, solar generates 62 pct of the island's electric power, followed by biomass at 8 pct and hydro at 7 pct. On an annual basis, renewables comprise 38 pct of the utility's energy mix -- up from 8 pct in 2010. KIUC aims to generate 50 pct or more of its electricity from renewables by 2023. (Source: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, Pacific Business, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: Kauai Island Utility Cooperative, (808) 246-4300, website.kiuc.coop

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kauai Island Utility Cooperative,  Renewable Energy,  


Orion Inks Hospital Energy Efficient Lighting Deal (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy Systems
Date: 2016-02-10
Manitowoc, Wis.-based energy efficient lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems, Inc. reports it has sealed a $1.58 million lighting renovation deal with one of the nation's largest veterans medical facilities in Virginia.

Orion will replace the hospital's existing inefficient lighting with approximately 12,000 Orion LED systems and American-manufactured sensors including LED Troffer Retrofit (LDR) fixtures. Financed with a utility energy services contract, the project will not require hospital operating funds to install the Orion technology. Installation will begin in March and continue through the spring. The project also helps meet several federal mandates and VA policies for sustainability to reduce energy consumption. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, PR, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Bill Hull, Inv. Relations, CFO, (312) 660-3575, info@oesx.com, http://www.oesx.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems,  Energy Efficient Lighting,  


CQ Univ., Caltex Partner on Aussie Biodiesel Project (Int'l)
CQ University,Caltex Australia
Date: 2016-02-10
In the Land Down Under, CQ University reports it plans to commercialize the waste cooking oil biodiesel produced at its Mackay Ooralea campus in partnership with Caltex Australia, the county's leading transport fuel supplier. Caltex is currently testing samples of CQ University's biodiesel product at its Brisbane and Melbourne laboratories, with plans to create a "CQ University-Caltex Blend."

CQ University's fully automated "demo" plant is computer-controlled, and can treat and refine fatty waste product such as cooking oil at a rate of 200 lph of biodiesel at a cost of about 30 cents per liter. CQ University expects the plant to receive an Australian Quality Fuel Standard certification in the coming weeks. Rio Tinto's Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund, Mackay Regional Council, and others are supporting the project. (Source: CQ University of Australia, +61 7 4930 9777), www.cqu.edu.au; Caltex Australia, +61 2 9250 5000, www.caltex.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Caltex Australia,  


Taiwan Pledges "All-Out" Carbon Emission Reduction Effort (Int'l)
Taiwan
Date: 2016-02-10
In Taipei, the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration has pledged an "all-out effort" to cut greenhouse gas emissions effective five year hence using emissions trading or other "flexible mechanisms."

According to International Energy Agency (IEA) statistics, Taiwan's total greenhouse gas emission increased by 98.1 pct between 1990 and 2012 -- from 136.7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents (MMTCDE) to 270.7 million MMTCDE -- due primarily to the country's economic and industrial growth. Taiwan's carbon emissions totaled 256.61 million tonnes in 2012, accounting for 0.81 pct of the world's total, and ranking 24th largest, with a per capita average of 10.95 tonnes, or 20th-largest in the world and 11th in Asia. The government aims to reduce carbon emission level by 2050 to less than half of 2005 levels. To that end, the government offers economic incentives to businesses for their greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts, so as to gradually establish a flexible mechanism for emissions trading. (Source: China Central News Agency, Various Others, 8 Feb., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Casrbon Emissions,  GHG,  


CEFC Loans $250Mn for Aussie Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l)
Clean Energy Finance Corporation
Date: 2016-02-10
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Labour Minister Greg Hunt has announced that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) will loan as much as $250 million to fund up to 1,000 energy efficient upgrades to public housing units.

In 2015, the CEFC funded a $60 million community housing energy efficiency loan program. The loan was in line with the agency's mandate and a core part of the former government's carbon pricing package.

The government, which aims to eventually abolish the CEFEC, is merging the body into a new division in the environment department named "Climate Change and Renewables Innovation." (Source: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Guardian, Australian, Others, 8 Feb., 2016) Contact: Clean Energy Finance Corporation, http://www.cleanenergyfinancecorp.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Clean Energy Finance Corporation,  


Central Maine Power Touts 550 MW Clean Energy Project (Ind. Report)
Central Maine Power,AVANGRID
Date: 2016-02-08
Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, has announced a proposal to deliver more clean energy to New England. On Thursday, the utility submitted the Maine Clean Power Connection (MCPC) in response to the Request for Proposals for Clean Energy and Transmission issued in November 2015 by state agencies and utilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island . The MCPC will provide an efficient, viable pathway for electricity from several generation projects currently under development to reach the southern New England states. If selected, the MCPC would provide significant environmental and economic benefits to all electric customers in New England. The project would reduce carbon emissions from the region's energy supply, and the integration of these resources into the regional energy mix would put downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices.

AVANGRID is one of the largest energy and utility companies in the U.S. with operations in 25 states and a member of the Iberdrola Group, a global energy leader. The MCPC proposal would expand Maine's bulk power transmission system to gather and transmit up to 550 MW of clean energy. The project includes a new 345 kV substation and a new 66-mile transmission line connected to the company's existing grid in Pittsfield, Maine. Construction of the MCPC would be paid for by utility customers in the states that issued the RFP. (Source: AVANGRID, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: AVANGRID, Central Maine Power, Sara Burns, President and CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Central Maine Power,  AVANGRID,  


USC Researchers Tout CO2 to Methanol R&D (R&D, Ind. Report)
USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California
Date: 2016-02-08
Researchers at the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California (USC) report they have directly converted CO2 from the air into methanol at relatively low temperatures. The work is part of a broader effort to stabilize the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by using renewable energy to transform the greenhouse gas into clean-burning methanol fuel for internal combustion engines, fuel cells and other uses.

The researchers bubbled air through an aqueous solution of pentaethylenehexamine (or PEHA), adding a catalyst to encourage hydrogen to latch onto the CO2 under pressure. They then heated the solution, converting 79 pct of the CO2 into methanol. Though mixed with water, the resulting methanol can be easily distilled, according to a G.K. Surya Prakash.

Previous efforts have required a slower multistage process with the use of high temperatures and high concentrations of CO2, meaning that renewable energy sources would not be able to efficiently power the process, as the USC researchers hope. The new system operates at around 125 to 165 degrees C (257 to 359 degrees F), minimizing the decomposition of the catalyst which occurs at 155 degrees C (311 degrees F). It also uses a homogeneous catalyst, making it a quicker "one-pot" process. In a lab, the researchers demonstrated that they were able to run the process five times with only minimal loss of the effectiveness of the catalyst. (Source: Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, University of Southern California, PR, 2 Feb., 2016) Contact: USC, Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, G.K. Surya Prakash, George Olah, (213) 740-5962, https://www.usc.edu/dept/chemistry/loker/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Dioxide,  Metrhanol,  


SheerWind Joins Hawaii Energy Excelerator (Ind. Report)
SheerWind,Energy Excelerator
Date: 2016-02-08
Chaska, Minnesota-based wind energy specialist SheerWind reports it is among 14 cleantech companies that have joined Hawaii's Energy Excelerator to help the Aloha State meet its goal of generating 100 pct of its electricity from renewable resources by 2040.

To date,the Honolulu-based Energy Excelerator has awarded $15 million to 43 portfolio companies that address critical energy problems in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. Portfolio companies have gone on to raise $223 million in follow-on funding and scale their Energy Excelerator demonstration projects to larger markets. Energy Excelerator's dual-track program is primarily funded by U.S. Office of Naval Research, U.S. DOE, the State of Hawaii, and its corporate sponsors, GE Ventures, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Blackstone Charitable Foundation, DENSO, and Mathworks.

SheerWind's multi-patented wind energy technology uses a funnel to collect wind, channeling that wind to increase its speed, and then delivering it to multiple turbines safely housed on the ground. (Source: SheerWind, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: SheerWind, Daryoush Allaei, CEO, Carla Scholz, (952) 556-0173, www.sheerwind.com; Hawaii Energy Excelerator, Dawn Lippert, Director, (808) 237-5050, www.energyexcelerator.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SheerWind,  Wind,  Renewable Energy,  


GCEP awards $7.6Mn for Biofuels Related R&D (Funding, R&D)
Stanford UniversityGCEP,Rutgers
Date: 2016-02-08
The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded a total of $7.6 million to six research teams at Stanford and three other universities for advanced energy technologies R&D for industrialized countries and the developing world.

At Stanford, researchers will receive funding to develop integrated electrochemical-biological systems for the production of fuels and chemicals from CO2. The goal of this project is to improve the microbial production of biofuels with electrocatalysts that feed the microorganisms a steady supply of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

Carbonate-catalyzed CO2 hydrogenation to multi-carbon products. The research team will test whether carbon dioxide and water can be chemically converted into renewable fuels using Earth-abundant carbonate salts instead of metal catalysts and conventional solvents.

Robust microalgal production strains for high-yield growth on fossil-flue gas: researchers will identify strains of algae capable of producing large quantities of biofuel by metabolizing carbon dioxide captured from industrial smokestacks. Deployed at scale. Investigators: G. Charles Dismukes and Paul Falkowski, Rutgers University.

GCEP is an industry partnership that supports innovative research on energy technologies to address the challenge of global climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The project includes four corporate sponsors: ExxonMobil, General Electric Co., Schlumberger and Bank of America. GCEP has awarded more than $177 million for energy research and other technical activities since the project's launch in 2002. (Source: Stanford University, Global Climate and Energy Project , 4 Feb., 2016) Contact: Rutgers University, www.rutgers.edu; Stanford, GCEP, Sally Benson, Dir., (650) 725-3230, http://gcep.stanford.edu/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Stanford University,  Rutgers,  


DP&L Pays $1Mn Energy Efficiency Rebate (Ind. Report)
Dayton Power and Light
Date: 2016-02-08
In the Buckeye State, Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation has recognized Ohio-headquartered Plastipak Packaging Inc. with $1 million in rebates for the company's energy-saving measures.

Plastipak's Jackson Center, Ohio plant increased the energy efficiency of its HVAC, compressed air system, and motors and drives to become only the second DP&L customer to score $1 million in total energy efficiency rebates. The Platipak plant will also realize a total of 18,101,109 kWh per year in energy savings. (Source: DP&L, 5 Feb., 2016) Contact: DP&L, Tom Raga, Pres, Mary Ann Kabel, (937) 224-5940 www.dplinc.com; AES, www.aes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dayton Power and Light ,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiewncy Rebate,  


Argentina Ups Ethanol Blend Rate to 12 pct (Int'l Report)
Argentine Biofuels Association, Claudio Molina.
Date: 2016-02-08
On Feb 5, Argentine reported it was increasing the country's sugar ethanol - petroleum fuel blending rate from the current 10 pct to 12 pct. The move is seen as an effort to boost the country's slumping sugar and ethanol production.

Argentina produces approximately about 800,000 cubic mpy of ethanol, 59 pct of which is corn-based and 41 pct is sugar cane-based. The increase in blending rate will require an additional 160,000 cubic meters Argentina produced sugar cane ethanol. Argentina initially legislated a 5 pct ethanol blend rate in 2010.(Source: Argentine Biofuels Association, AG Week, Various Others, 5 Jan., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Argentina Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  Sugar Ethanol,  


Venezuela Ranked Latin America's Biggest CO2 Emitter (Int'l. Report)
World Bank
Date: 2016-02-08
Recent World Bank data has shown that Venezuela has the highest levels of carbon pollution in Latin America while Brazil had one of the lowest levels. On a per-capita measure, Venezuelans were responsible for 6.4 metric tons of CO2 in 2011 while Brazilians averaged 2.2 metric tons in the same year. A number of other Latin American countries scored below Brazil on this metric, such as Colombia, Costa Rica and the region's poorest nations. When measuring total CO2 emissions over a country's GDP, Brazil had the second lowest score in Latin America, losing out only to Uruguay.

By way of comparison, the World Bank data found that all Latin American countries ranked substantially below the U.S., which averaged 17 metric tons of CO2 emissions in 2011. (Source: World Bank, Latin Correspondent, 5 Feb., 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  World Bank,  CO2,  


Ontario Offers Cash for Nat. Gas Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
Union Gas, Enbrdige
Date: 2016-02-08
The Province of Ontario reports that as part of its strategy to increase energy efficiency and fight climate change, and to help homeowners to realize efficiencies with natural gas heating, it will invest $100 million from its Ontario Green Investment Fund to allow the natural gas providers Enbridge and Union Gas to offer rebates on home energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits.

The retrofits and upgrades would allow homeowners to cut their gas bills while lowering the overall amount of greenhouse gas emissions. The investment will allow 37,000 homeowners to conduct energy audits and benefit from measures such as the replacement of furnaces and water heaters, upgraded insulation, or installation of "smart" thermostats.

Ontario's $325-million Green Investment Fund is tied to the province's cap-and-trade program. (Source: Ontario Green Investment Fund, Ottawa Community News, 5 Feb,. 2016)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Energy Efficiency,  Union Gas,  Enbridge ,  


NRECA, Partners Solar Energy Storage Project Scores $1Mn (Funding)
NRECA,Aquion Energy,Carnegie Mellon University
Date: 2016-02-05
A $1 million award from the US DOE will go to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) partnership with Aquion Energy and Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University to develop and demonstrate technologies that will facilitate the integration of solar energy storage using "off-the-shelf" smart thermostats and home control systems. The project is one of six announced by the Energy Department on Jan. 19 as part of its Grid Modernization Initiative.

The projects, which are expected to demonstrate cost-effective solar energy storage technologies, will involve at least one year of field demonstration by a utility partner. The department hopes the work with utilities, the private sector and universities will cut the cost of solar generation to 6 cents per kWh from the current level of 12 cents to 30 cents per kwh. (Source: NRECA, ECT.coop, 1 Feb., 2016) Contact: NRECA, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO, (703) 907-5500, http://www.nreca.coop; Aquion Energy, Jay Whitacre, CEO, (412) 904-6400, Elizabeth Pond, (412) 904-6460, epond@aquion-energy.com, www.aquionenergy.com; Carnegie Mellon Univ., (412) 268-2000, www.cmu.ed

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carnegie Mellon University,  Aquion Energy,  NRECA,  Solar Energy Storage,  


Cape Light Compact Unveils New Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
Cape Light Compact
Date: 2016-02-05
In Barnstable, Mass., the Cape Light Compact reports that the Massachusetts DPU has approved its new $128 million three-year energy efficiency plan which is funded by state-mandated charges on electric bills. The funding will go towards the installation of energy efficient light bulbs, new heating systems, insulation and other improvements for residential and commercial buildings.

The plan includes insulation incentives of 75 pct up to $2,000. Year-round renters can also benefit from the plan on the Cape and Martha's Vineyard with 100 pct of Compact insulation services being covered up to $4,000. Residential customers that are between 61 and 80 pct of the state's median income can receive 100 pct up to $4,000 compared to 90 percent up to $3,000 statewide. Municipal and government owned and operated homes get 100 percent up to $4,000 through the compact which is an enhancement from just 75 percent up to $2,000 in the statewide proposal.

Over the past three years, the compact has provided energy efficiency services for an average of 14,000 customers per year. (Source: Cape Light Compact, CapeCod.com, Feb., 2016) Contact: Cape Light Compact, Meredith Miller, Program Manager, (508) 375-6644, www.capelightcompact.org/eep

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cape Light Compact,  Energy Efficiency,  


Oregon Industries Group Questions State Cap-and-Trade Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Associated Oregon Industries
Date: 2016-02-05
"In the upcoming 2016 Short Session, legislators will debate a controversial cap and trade bill, labeled the Healthy Climate Act which proposes to raise billions in new revenue on the backs of unsuspecting businesses and consumers.

"According to the Energy Information Administration, Oregon produces over 74 pct non-carbon emitting energy and, in terms of GDP, produces more with less carbon emissions than any non-nuclear power state. In addition, according to the U.S. EPA's state inventory of CO2 emissions (2013 data), Oregon's industrial sector emits 13 pct less CO2 than it did in 1990. In other words, the industrial sector has met the 1990 goal seven years ahead of schedule. This is all due to the investments of businesses and consumers.

"In simple terms, the Healthy Climate Act requires the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to cap greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels by 20 pct in 2025, 45 pct in 2035 and 75 pct in 2050. To meet those targets, the DEQ must create a 'market mechanism' to allow for trading of carbon credits or allowances. The revenues generated from the sales of allowances would fund government approved climate mitigation and related projects in select rural committees.

"Moreover, this (Healthy Climate Act) is an aggressive, costly proposal that fails to address cost or economic impacts. The result: higher energy costs, a depressed economy, and no meaningful contribution toward improving an otherwise global problem.

"According to a study commissioned by the Legislature, Portland State University found that carbon prices (e.g., allowances) need to be priced at $60 per metric ton to meet the ambitious 2025 cap. Using 2014 emission levels, this would result in over a $3 billion tax increase on businesses and consumers, raising gas prices by approximately $.60 per gallon and electricity rates by approximately 30 pct by 2025. Overall, the proposal would have a significant impact on our working class and lower income workers trying to heat their homes, drive to school, or even find work.

"Unfortunately, the cap and trade legislation will require tens-of-millions of dollars in new compliance costs that will force companies to leave Oregon to other higher carbon emitting energy markets. That's not good for Oregon's environment, economy, workers and communities. The Healthy Climate Act increases prices on those least able to afford it, drives jobs to other states, and harms the goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. AOI is strongly opposed to this bill. (Source: Associated Oregon Industries, 3 Feb., 2016) Contact: Associated Oregon Industries, www.aoi.org

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


Inox Commissions 170 MW Indian Wind Energy Project (Int'l)
Inox Wind,Continuum Wind Energy
Date: 2016-02-05
Indian wind energy specialist Inox reports the completion of a 170-MW order from Continuum Wind Energy in Madhya Pradesh. The contract included the manufacture, supply, erection and commissioning of 85 units of Inox Wind's 2 MW Wind Turbine Generators with 100 meter rotor diameter and 92 meter hub height. Inox Wind will also provide long term operations and maintenance (O&M) services to the project which will provide power to 89,000 households.

Additionally, Inox and Continuum Wind Energy have signed an agreement for 24 MW of wind turbines and are in advanced discussions for further orders for installation at the same site. (Source: Inox Wind, MoneyControl, 3 Feb., 2016) Contact: Inox Wind Ltd., Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com; Continuum Wind Energy, www.continuumenergy.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Inox Wind,  Wind,  Continuum Wind Energy,  India Wind,  


Ameresco Proposes Connecticut Solar-Fuel Cell Project (Ind. Report)
Ameresco Inc.
Date: 2016-02-05
In the Bay State, Framingham-based energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco is seeking to build and operate a solar array and fuel-cell facility that would produce electric power for sale to the power grid and directly to the town of New Milford, Connecticut. Eversource Power Resources and United Illuminating would purchase power generated from the solar array, with fuel-cell generated energy would be offered to the town.

Ameresco is in discussions with the Town of New Milford and, if approved, the project would operate under the business name New Milford Clean Power.

Connecticut legislation directs the state to obtain 20 pct of its electricity from Class 1 renewable solar, wind, fuel-cell and hydrogenerated power sources by 2020. Ameresco is submitting a bid to the state to be one of those Class 1 suppliers. New Milford Clean Power must now submit an application to the Connecticut Siting Council to move the project forward. (Source: Ameresco, February 3, 2016) Contact: Ameresco Inc., Suzanne Messere, IR, (508) 598-3044, ir@ameresco.com, www.ameresco.com

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Notabel Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2016-02-03
"We can't hit pause on climate change. ... For us to be squabbling over the precise (carbon emissions) allocation of needed climate investments really sends the wrong message at a crucial time." - Alex Jackson, attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Fund

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Canadian Solar's Vietnamese Plant Taps $70Mn Funding (Funding)
Canadian Solar,International Finance Corporation
Date: 2016-02-03
Canadian Solar reports it has entered into agreements with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) -- a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused solely on the private sector in emerging markets -- for approximately $70 million in loans ($60 million) and an equity investment of $10 million.

The IFC funding is intended for the development of a module production facility in Vietnam, as well as the expansion of solar cell and/or module production in other emerging markets. (Source: Canadian Solar, PR, CleanTech. 30 Jan., 2016) Contact: IFC World Bank, (202) 473-1000, www.ifc.org; Canadian Solar, (519) 837-1881, www.canadiansolar.com

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Georgia Power Adding 525 MW of Renewable Power (Ind. Report)
Georgia Power
Date: 2016-02-03
In a 20-year energy plan filed with state utility regulators, Georgia Power announced plans to retire two coal- and oil-fired units and replace them with new solar and other renewable power projects. The affected units are one coal unit and two oil-fired units at Plant Mitchell near Albany, and an oil-fired unit at Plant Kraft, near Savannah. The utility also plans to sell its interest in a Florida oil-fired plant mostly owned by Duke Energy.

According to the regulatory filing, Georgia Powerplans to add 525 MW of generating capacity by 2019 from new renewable energy projects, 425 megawatts of which would come from large utility-scale solar, wind or biomass plants, and the balance from long-term contracts with a mix of medium- and small-scale alternative power generators such as residential and other solar power installations. (Source: Georgia Power, AJC, 1 Feb., 2016)Contact: Georgia Power, www.georgia power.com

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Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Plans Approved (Ind. Report)
Energy Efficiency Advisory Council
Date: 2016-02-03
In the Bay State, the Department of Public Utilities is reporting approval of 18 Energy Efficiency Plans of the Commonwealth's electric and gas distribution companies and the Cape Light Compact. The plans, which are supported by the Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, are expected to reduce statewide carbon emissions by 1.95 million tpy and deliver an estimated $8 billion in economic, environmental and energy benefits -- or three dollars in benefits for every dollar invested in efficiency.

The Energy Efficiency Advisory Council represents a broad spectrum of stakeholder perspectives, including the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, low-income advocates, advocates for large and small businesses and environmental groups. (Source: Mass. Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, MetroWest, 31 Jan., 2016) Contact: Mass. Energy Efficiency Advisory Council, into@ma.eeac.org, http://ma-eeac.org

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Orion Wins $2.8 Mn Energy Efficient Lighting Contract (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy Systems
Date: 2016-02-03
Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based energy efficient lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems, Inc. reports it has won a $2.8 million contract to retrofit two federal research center sites with Orion's patented and patent-pending light fixtures and sensors.

Orion will replace more than 3,400 inefficient T8 fluorescent and HID fixtures with U.S.-manufactured Orion LED high bays and Orion's patented LED Troffer Retrofit (LDR) and linear LED products. Installation is slated to get underway begin in March. The lighting upgrade will help meet several federal sustainability mandates to cut energy consumption. (Source: Orion Energy Systems, 1 Feb., 2016) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, John Scribante, CEO, Bill Hull, Inv. Relations, (312) 660-3575, info@oesx.com, http://www.oesx.com

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Washington State Democrats Oppose CarbonWA's 732 Initiative (Reg & Leg.)
CarbonWA
Date: 2016-02-03
Following on our April 10, 2015 coverage, on Jan. 30th the Washington State Democratic Party announced its opposition to Carbon Washington's (CarbonWA) initiative 732 (I-732), a complex tax swap proposal that would levy a state carbon tax while also reducing sales and business & occupation taxes.

The Washington State Labor Council and other I-732 supporters contend that their tax swap is "revenue neutral" while nonpartisan legislative staff and the Washington State Department of Revenue (DOR) disagree.

According to DOR's calculations, I-732 would cut revenue by nearly $1 billion over the next four years. CarbonWA claims the DOR's analysis is erroneous, and that the initiative would ultimately be "approximately revenue neutral".

CarbonWA proposes to:

  • Reduce the state sales tax by one full percentage point;
  • Fund the Working Families Rebate to provide up to $1500 a year for 400,000 low-income working households;
  • Effectively eliminate the B&O business tax for manufacturers; and
  • Institute a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton CO2 on fossil fuels consumed in the state of Washington.

    CarbonWA believes that pursuing bipartisan climate action through a revenue-neutral approach is the right strategy in Washington State and in Washington, DC. The alliance believes that the way to win is to use a revenue-positive package to unite the left. (Source: CarbonWA, Cascadia Advocate, 31 Jan., 2016) Contact: CarbonWA, (206) 632-1805, communications@carbonwa.org, www.carbonwa.org https://twitter.com/carbonwa?lang=en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Carbon Washington,  


  • RGGI States Weigh-In on EPA's Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2016-02-03
    This week, the nine Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont -- submitted joint comments to the EPA on the Federal Plan and Model Rules proposed as part of the Clean Power Plan.

    In those comments, RGGI "welcomed the EPA's continued recognition that well-designed multi-state, market-based programs like RGGI can deliver cost-effective emissions reductions." RGGI added that "RGGI states have seen benefits to the economy and public health, as well as consumer savings, experiencing 8 pct GDP growth across the region while reducing power sector carbon pollution by more than 40 pct since 2005, while maintaining electric power reliability."

    Accordingly, the RGGI states encouraged EPA to select mass-based approaches as the most cost-effective, transparent, and reliable way to achieve emission reductions. Mass-based approaches set limits on the total mass of carbon allowed to be emitted -- like 100 million tons. By contrast, rate-based approaches might limit the rate of carbon emissions per unit of useful electric energy. RGGI also urged the EPA to "adopt a trading platform that is flexible and customizable to encourage broader trading markets." The RGGI states also asked EPA to encourage auctioning of carbon allowances, and reinvestment of the auction proceeds. The RGGI states also encouraged the EPA to prevent "leakage" of carbon emissions from existing sources to new sources, by including new sources in a mass-based program or some other equally effective alternative method of allocation. (Source: RGGI, Others, Supra, 29 Jan., 2016)Contact: RGGI, (212) 417-3179, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RGGI,  Clean Power Plans,  


    Japanese Environment Panel Recommends Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
    Japan Carbon Tax,Science Council of Japan
    Date: 2016-02-03
    In the Land of the Rising Sun, a panel led by the Science Council of Japan has recommended the imposition of a carbon tax and an emissions trading scheme to help the Japanese government meet its greenhouse gas reduction target of 80 pct from 1990 levels by 2050.

    The panel recommended that thermal power plants should be equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology and that the introduction of renewable energy sources will help improve the fundamental strength of local economies and promote regional revitalization. (Source: Science Council of Japan, Japan Times, 31 Jan., 2016) Contact: Science Council of Japan, Takashi Onishi, Pres., www.scj.go.jp/en

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    Archer Daniels Midland Considering Options (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2016-02-03
    Chicago-headquartered corn-for-ethanol and other commodities trader Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reportedly looking at cost cutting measures, partnership possibilities, potential sales and other ways to streamline its operations to address the challenges of a strong U.S dollar and low oil prices.

    The company reports it plans to eliminate $275 million in annual costs and cut capital investments in its businesses by at least $1 billion. To that end, the company is reviewing its corn dry mills, which grind, crush and roll corn to make it into feed and ethanol fuel, and considering its options. ADM operates ethanol-producing dry mills in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland , DowJones, Various Others, 2 Feb., 2016) Contact: ADM Ethanol Group, Craig Willis, Pres., (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

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    Oregon Anaerobic Digestion Project Awaiting Approvals (Ind. Report)
    Sustainable Organics Recycling Technology
    Date: 2016-02-03
    In Wilsonville, Oregon, Sustainable Organics Recycling Technology Bioenergy is proposing construction of an anaerobic digester that would process 50,000 to 70,000 tpy of commercial food waste. The resulting methane would be collected and used in an onsite generator to create electricity that would be sold to Portland General Electric. In total, the facility would produce 2.4 MW of electricity per hour, 24 hours per day.

    The project reportedly has arranged financing "contingent upon local and state permit approval as well as approval of a franchise agreement that would include a long-term feedstock supply agreement." Further details and contact information are not available. (Source: Sustainable Organics Recycling Technology Bioenergy, Sustainable Life, 2 Feb., 2016)

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    New Glenrothes data centre will be world leader in energy efficiency

    Date: 2016-02-02
    Work has started in Glenrothes on what will become Scotland’s largest and most energy efficient data centre campus. “Fife has a strong reputation for renewable and sustainable energy including the offshore wind turbine in Methil and the biomass plant in Glenrothes, which will connect to the new Queensway Park campus which Will draw 100% of its energy from renewable sources. The campus will connect to the UK’s largest biomass plant and feature high speed connections stretching to more than 7,500 kilometres across the UK with global connection points. It is a joint venture between Edinburgh based developers County Properties Group and AOC Group, who are in advanced discussions with Etix Everywhere, an international developer to run the facilities and provide technical support. Phase one of the £150 million project should be ready for occupation within around 18 month. (Source: courier.co.uk, 29 Jan., 2016)

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    NRC Touts New Pipeline GHG Emissions Measures (Reg. & Leg.)
    Natural Resources Canada,
    Date: 2016-02-01
    In Ottawa, the newly elected Liberal Government's Natural Resources (NRC) Minister Jim Carr and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna have announced that the contentious Trans Mountain and Energy East oil pipelines will be assessed in part on the greenhouse gas emissions produced "upstream" in the extraction and processing of the oil they propose to carry. To that end, the government has added two new review mechanisms to how major new pipeline proposals and their environmental impacts is assessed.

    The oil soaked province of Alberta has already taken steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with a new climate strategy that will cap oil sands emissions, phase out coal-fired electric power generation, and impose a broad-based carbon tax. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Government of Alberta, Chronicle Journal, 27 Jan., 2016)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Carbon Tax,  Alberta Tar Sands,  Oil Sands,  Carbon Tax,  


    Duke Calls for Collaboration on EPA Clean Power Plan (Reg. & Leg.)
    Duke Energy,North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality
    Date: 2016-02-01
    In the Tar Heel State, Raleigh-headquartered Duke Energy is calling for North Carolina to take "a less confrontational, more collaborative" approach to the US EPA's Clean Power Plan. To that end, the company is working with the EPA and stakeholders in the state to develop a workable program for carbon emissions reductions.

    According to Duke, its collaborative model is similar the plan used to develop the state's Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002 and the Omnibus Energy Act of 2007. The first created state standards and a regulatory framework for reducing sulfur and nitrogen oxides from plant emissions, and the second included the renewable energy portfolio standards that have helped make North Carolina a national leader in developing utility-scale solar projects.

    The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has joined several other states in a legal challenge to the Clean Power Plan. It is also developing its own state plan that does not meet the EPA's Clean Power Plan requirements. (Source: Duke Energy, Charlotte Business Journal, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Duke Energy, Mike McIntire, Dir. Environmental Affairs, www.duke-energy.com; North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, portal.ncdenr.org

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    Calif. PUC Upholds Residential Solar Net Metering (Reg. & Leg.)
    California PUC
    Date: 2016-02-01
    In Sacramento, the California PUC has upheld the state's net metering policy that compensates residential users of solar panels for their excess electricity. With the PUC ruling, residential solar panel users are permitted to continue selling the excess electricity they generate back to the PUC at the full retail rate.

    The PUC ruling has been opposed by utilities and ratepayer advocates on the grounds that the policy rewards solar users while leaving others to shoulder the cost of maintaining the electricity grid. On the otrher side of the coin, solar installers and supporters claim customers should receive the retail rate because the power they generate helps the power industry by lowering strain on the grid or helping lessen the need to buy power at expensive prices. On a national basis, 20 states are considering similar policies and regulations. (Source: Calf. PUC, Public News Service, Others, TechTimes, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: California Public Utilities Commission, www.cpuc.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Feed in Tariff,  Net Metering,  California PUC,  


    Cal. Adopts Household LED Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2016-02-01
    Following on our Nov. 18th, 2015 coverage, the California Energy Commission (CEC) reports it has become the first state to set new energy efficiency standards requirements for general purpose light-emitting diodes (LED) and directional lamps with a diameter of 2.25 inches or less.

    As of Jan., 2018, all LED bulbs sold in California must meet certain color requirements and have a minimum 10,000-hour service lifetime. The new standards are expected save consumers $4 billion or more over 13 years and to conserve enough electricity to power approximately 400,000 homes. (Source: California Energy Commission, Standard Journal, 28 Jan., 2016) Contact: California Energy Commission, Andrew McAllister, Energy Efficiency Lead, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

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    Brazilian Biofuel Production Up 18 pct Jan-Nov 2015 (Int'l)
    razilian Ministry of Mines and Energy
    Date: 2016-02-01
    In Brasilia, the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy reports the country produced 3,624 million cubic meters of biofuel from January to November 2015 -- 18 pct over the same period in 2014. According to the Ministry, biodiesel production remained stable in November with 7,306 million cubic mpy. Also in November, 51 plants operated commercially with an average capacity of 143,000 cubic mpy.

    Ethanol production totaled 28,347 million liters from January to November. In November alone, ethanol consumption came in at 2,624 million liters of which 950 million liters were anhydrous ethanol and 1,673 billion liters were hydrated ethanol. (Source: SeeNews, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, Others, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, www.mme.gov.br

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    NBB Seeks $1 per-gal.Biodiesel Production Tax Credit (Ind. Report)
    NBB
    Date: 2016-02-01
    According to National Biodiesel Board (NBB) data, U.S. consumers used nearly 2.1 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2015, while domestic biodiesel production remained flat at about 1.42 billion gpy compared with about 1.47 billion gallons in 2014 and 1.5 billion in 2013. Imports grew from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015, for a 25 pct increase.

    The NBB wants Congress to change the $1-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive to a producer's credit from a blender's credit which overseas produced and U.S blended biodiesel is benefiting from. Biodiesel is the first and only commercial-scale fuel produced across the U.S. to meet the EPA's definition as an Advanced Biofuel -- meaning the EPA has determined that it reduces GHG emissions by more than 50 pct when compared with petroleum diesel. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, Jan., 2016) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, Ben Evans, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org

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    Date: 2016-01-31
    US lab develops gigantic turbine blades to capture vast wind energy (New Prod & Tech) US researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they are working on a design for gigantic wind turbine blades that are longer than two football fields which could support 50-megawatt-- more than six times the power output of the largest current turbines --offshore wind farms in the future. Sandia researchers said most US wind turbines produce power in the 1- to 2-MW range, with blades about 165 feet (50 meters) long, while the largest commercially available turbine is rated at 8 MW with blades 262 feet (80 meters) long. A 50-MW turbine requires a rotor blade more than 650 feet (200 meters) long, two and a half times longer than any existing wind blade, the researchers stated. Such exascale blades could be cost-effectively manufactured in segments, avoiding the unprecedented-scale equipment needed for transport and assembly of blades built as single units, said Todd Griffith lead blade designer on the project and technical lead for Sandia’s Offshore Wind Energy Program in a statement. The exascale turbines – called Segmented Ultralight Morphing Rotors (SUMR)-- would be positioned downwind, unlike conventional turbines that are configured with the rotor blades upwind of the tower. “At dangerous wind speeds, the blades are stowed and aligned with the wind direction, reducing the risk of damage. At lower wind speeds, the blades spread out more to maximize energy production.” Griffith said. The SUMR project is funded by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program and is led by the University of Virginia, Sandia and researchers from the University of Illinois, the University of Colorado, the Colorado School of Mines and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (Source: Sandia Labs., Network World, 28 Jan., 2016)


    Iranian, Singaporean Researchers Boost Solar Cells Efficiency (New Prod & Tech)
    Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council
    Date: 2016-01-29
    In Tehran, the Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) reports that Iranian and Singaporean researchers have increased the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells by creating nanometric changes in cell structures.

    The research was intended to design and produce high efficiency nanostructured solar cells by using two layers -- a light scattering layer is added to the initial layer containing titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Surface area of the layer increases in this research due to the change in titanium dioxide nanostructure used in the scattering layer. Therefore, dye and light absorption capacity increase in these cells and efficiency increases. Previous studies suggested that application of scattering layer -- which usually has a one-dimensional structure such as nanobars and nanotubes -- results in scattering and increasing the length of the path through which light comes in. (Source: Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, MEHR News, Various Others, 27 Jan., 2016) Contact: Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council, http://nano.ir/?lang=2

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    Oslo Airport Delivering Jet Biofuel (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Neste Oil,Oslo Airport
    Date: 2016-01-29
    In NOrway, Oslo Airport reports it has begun offering sustainable jet fuel made from camelina oil for all its airline customers. The biofuel has been developed by Neste Oil's NEXBTL technology as part of the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation (ITAKA) project, which is aimed at supporting the development of sustainable and environmentally responsible aviation biofuels.

    SENASA, Airbus Group, Biotehgen, CLH, Embraer, EPFL, Manchester Metropolitan University, RE-CORD and SkyNRG are also involved in the ITAKA project which is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme. (Source: Oslo Airport, CBTR, SeeNews, Neste, Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: Neste Oil, Lars Peter Lindfors, Sr. VP, Kaisa Hietala, Exec. VP Renewable Products, 011 +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

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    CO2 Solutions' Carbon Capture Demo Confirm Technology (Ind. Report)
    CO2 Solutions Inc., TetraTech
    Date: 2016-01-29
    Quebec City-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology specialist CO2 Solutions Inc. is reporting the verified results of its demonstration project at Salaberry-de-Valleyfield near Montreal. According to the company: the Valleyfield demonstration operated successfully for a total of more than 2,500 hours; the proprietary 1T1 enzyme performed in a stable manner; no toxic wastes were generated, solvent consumption was negligible; The demo unit was largely operated autonomously; the technology produced CO2 suitable for food, beverages and other reuse applications; and the use of low-grade, nil value heat for solvent regeneration at low-temperature was accomplished, demonstrating this innovative method of operating cost savings.

    CO2 Solutions contracted with Tetra Tech, Inc. a leading international engineering firm, for an independent review of the project data related to the mass and energy balances. This review allowed the Corporation to confirm core process capture costs for a 1,250 tonne-CO2/day (tpd) scale of $28/tonne, in line with earlier published estimates. This cost is below the proposed Alberta carbon tax and below the United States Department of Energy's target for new carbon capture processes. In this regard, to the knowledge of the Corporation, its technology has achieved the lowest demonstrated cost in the industry for a post-combustion carbon capture application, by a significant margin. (Source: CO2 Solutions Inc., CNN, Others, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, Pres., CEO, (418) 842-3456, info@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

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    India Announces GHG Emissions Rise (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    India
    Date: 2016-01-29
    In its first UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Biennial Update Report (BUR), India reported that according to the latest available data, its GHG emissions -- CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, halogenated gases and others -- grew by 40 pct from 2000 to 2010, due primarily to a 60 pct rise in CO2 emissions. In 2010, India emitted 2136 Megatonnes of CO2 equivalent Emissions from industrial activities nearly doubled in the period. CO2 has the highest share in GHG emissions, followed by methane.

    According to the Indian report, the country experienced a 50 pct increase in emissions from power generation in 2000-2010. This is the biggest sector contributing to India's emissions with 1510 Megatonnes of CO2 equivalent emitted in 2010. Emissions from industrial activities, the second largest contributor to GHG emissions, nearly doubled from 2000 to 2010. In 2010, more than half of the emissions among industrial activities came from the "minerals" category, followed by chemicals and metal production at approximately about 14 pct each. (Source: New Delhi DNA, Catch News, Others, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: UNFCCC, Download complete UNFCCC Framework HERE.

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