Sonnen also announced it is working with Spruce, the product of a recent merger between Clean Power Finance and Kilowatt Financial, to develop a financing product focused purely on energy storage. The two companies plan to make financing available to Sonnen’s channel partners in the first quarter of 2016. They’re also working on a solar-plus-storage financing option for release later this year.
Sonnen’s battery system incorporates a Sony Fortelion lithium-ion phosphate battery, an inverter, and a control system that can be accessed via computer, smart phone or through a user interface on the battery.
Sonnen offers both commercial and residential scale battery products. (Source: Sonnen North Amercia, GreenTech, 29 Jan., 2016) Contact: Sonnen North America,
Boris von Bormann, CEO, www.sonnenbattery.com; SolarWorld AG, SolarWorld USA, (805) 482-6800, www.solarWorld-usa.com
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The sun provides an enormous amount of energy and indeed drives many of the systems currently used for generating energy, such as wind, hydro and biomass. While photovoltaics continue to be developed to convert solar energy into electricity, it is essential that solar-derived energy can be stored when sunlight is not available. Currently, batteries can be used for storage, but the energy density in these systems is low relative to chemical fuels.
Freund and his fellow researchers from California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and Ecoles Polytechniques Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, are working to develop an efficient, cost-effective method of converting solar energy directly into fuel through chemical synthesis, solid-state chemistry and physics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics and mechanisms, as well as theoretical and computational chemistry. Freund's research targets the integration of components within membranes to form systems that function like an artificial leaf.
(Source: Florida Tech, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation Program, http://nsf-cci.com; Florida Institute of Technology, Michael Freund, (321) 674-8000, www.fit.edu
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The planned two-day climate action summit is to be held sometime this coming October days at the Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.
(Source: BAAQMD, San Jose Mercury, Bay Area News Group, 23 Jan., 2016) Contact: BAAQMD, (415) 771-6000, www.baaqmd.gov
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The program enables the M-DOA, with support from the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, the state's ethanol refineries and the "Prime the Pump" national ethanol-industry-funded program to work with retailers to install as many as 171 fuel pumps statewide.
Missouri fuel retailers can participate through a special block grant program funded by the USDA grant and administered by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Funding will be awarded for the purchase and installation of ethanol fuel pumps (E15-E85 certified blender, E85 dedicated) and storage tanks. Grant applications and guidelines are available at agriculture.mo.gov.
Retailers interested in participating in this program should (Source: Missouri Dept. of Agriculture, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: The Missouri Department of Agriculture, Richard Fordyce, Dir., Jane McIntosh, (573) 751-4211, agriculture.mo.gov;
Missouri Corn, Bradley Shad, Director of Marketing, (800) 827-4181, www.mocorn.org
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The InterGen consortium includes Siemens AG's project unit, the Marguerite Fund and Infrared Capital.
A quarter of the project costs will be met by equity with the balance debt secured. (Source: Mainstream Renewable Power, Various Others, January 26, 2016) Contact: Mainstream Renewable Power, Andy Kinsella, +353 (0) 1 290 2000, mainstreamrp.com; InterGen NV, (781) 993-3000, www.intergen.com
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To be considered sustainable and eligible for the RSB's certification, biomaterials must meet RSB's set of 12 defined principles that include levels of CO2 reduction, human rights impacts, and legal criteria.
(Source: GoodFuels, Ship & Bunker, Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: GoodFuels Marine, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, http://goodfuels.com;
Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials, +41 22 796 40 37, email@example.com, http://rsb.org
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The researchers have developed a simulator that analyzes data from wind and solar weather models and effectively determines the best locations to collect energy then calculates the easiest ways to transfer that energy from where it was gathered to energy users.
The study found that the wind is most consistent in the Midwest, and solar strength is more consistent in the south. Energy can be harvested at those hot spots, or where ever the sun shines or the wind blows, and moved through a high voltage transmission network, essentially an "interstate highway of electrical wires."
(Source: Colorado State University, Denver ABC, 27 Jan., 2016) Contact: Colorado State University - Boulder, (781) 993-3000, www.colorado.edu;
NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory, Alexander MacDonald, (301) 713-1208, http://www.noaa.gov
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Construction of the 174 MW Salt Fork project is underway for completion and commissioning prior to the year end. The project will utilize Electricity Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT) Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CRUZ) transmission infrastructure. The project will utilize 87 V100 2.0 MW Vestas wind turbines. (Source: EDF RE, PR, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: EDF RE, John Marchand, VP, Valuations and Transactions , Sandi Briner, Media, (858) 521-3525, Sandi.Briner@edf-re.com, www.edf-re.com; Salesforce.com, www.salesforce.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewable Energy, Wind,
Scientists and environmental experts say the leak instantly became the biggest single source of methane emissions -- a powerful greenhouse gas that accelerates climate change 86 times more than carbon dioxide -- in the Golden State when it began in October, 2015.
To date, the seemingly unstoppable leak has generated spikes in area benzene gas levels and greenhouse gases levels equivalent to 2.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide since it was reported in October.
So much methane is being released that it's expected to boost global warming, experts say, and it will remain in the atmosphere even after the leak is stopped. (Source: Various Sources, Indian Republic, California Air Resources Board, Twitter, 24 Jan., 2016)
Contact: California ARB, (916) 322-2990, www.arb.ca.gov
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The completed project will utilize approximately 51,000 Kyocera solar modules covering an area of approximately 180,000 square meters. Upon completion, the project will generate an estimated 16,170 MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power approximately 4,970 households, and offset 8,170 tpy of CO2.
(Source: Kyocera, PV, Various Others, 25 Jan., 2016) Contact: Kyocera Solar, Cecilia Aguillon, Marketing Dir., www.kyocerasolar.com
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The merged company is expected to maintain Tyco's Irish legal domicile and global headquarters in Cork, Ireland while the North America headquarters will be in Milwaukee.
The slimmed-down new company will focus on battery and energy storage technology, building energy efficiency, HVAC systems and related controls for residential and commercial properties.
(Source: Johnson Controls, Tyco, The Street, Others, 25 Jan., 2016)
Contact: Tyco International, +353 21 423 5000, (609) 720-4200, www.tyco.com; Johnson Controls, www.johnsoncontrols.com
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The International Solar Alliance is an initiative announced by Indian prime minister Mr. Modi at the COP 21 Summit in Paris in November. The member countries are to be those that enjoy 300 or more days in a year of bright sunlight.
(Source: The Hindu, Various Others, 26 Jan., 2016)
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Trestle Energy specializes in production systems that offer reliable, scalable and cost-effective methods for producing low-carbon fuels with low lifecycle carbon emissions.
The company hopes to apply its technology under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS2) which would allow American ethanol producers to compete with foreign sugarcane ethanol imports. It would also enable American industries to start delivering on the climate commitments adopted last month in the Paris Agreement (COP21).
(Source: Trestle Energy, 26 Jan., 2016) Contact: Trestle Energy, James Rhodes, Pres., (858) 220-9529, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.trestleenergy.com
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The top VC funded companies included VionX Energy which raised $58.1 million, Younicos with $50 million, Stem which brought in $33 million, and Primus Power and UniEnergy Technologies each raising $25 million, according to the report. There was a total of 57 VC investors who participated in Battery/Storage deals in 2015. Three investors were involved in multiple deals including AltEnergy, DBL Partners and Pangaea Ventures with two deals each. Debt and public market financing for Battery/Storage companies fell to $279 million from the $490 million raised in 2014.
Battery/Storage mergers and acquisitions totaled $2.4 billion in 2015
There were 11 M&A transactions in Battery/Storage, of which four transactions were disclosed, totaling $ 2.4 billion compared to 18 M&A transactions (six disclosed) in 2014 for $232 million.(Source: Source: Mercom Capital Group, Solar Servers, Others, Jan., 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital Group, (512) 215-4452, email@example.com, http://mercomcapital.com
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Compared with conventional batteries, ultracapacitors discharge and recharge power quicker, with a longer lifetime and better performance in low temperatures. (Source: Maxwell Technologies, PR, Jan. 19, 2016) Contact: Maxwell Technologies,
Dr. Franz Fink, Pres., CEO, Sylvania Tse, (617) 236-0500, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.maxwell.com;
China Guodian Corporation, www.cgdc.com.cn; Beijing Huadian Tianren Electric Power Control Technology Co., email@example.com, www.gdtianren.com
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Corvus has the largest installed base of industrial lithium ion batteries in the maritime industry, including ferries, tugs, offshore supply vessels and port cranes. To recognize these superior specifications, the AT6500 model name will now be revised to AT6700 for the product platform. The Corvus AT6700 has a 10C peak discharge and 3C indefinite RMS rating.
Corvus offers the only purpose-designed industrial lithium-ion battery system with four marine Type Approvals from Lloyds Register, DNV-GL, ABS and Bureau Veritas (pending). It is scalable from 6.5kWh at 50VDC to multiple megawatt-hours at up to 1100VDC. Most large commercial hybrid and electric vessels employ a Corvus ESS, including the world's first all-electric ferry, the Norled Ampere, which traverses Norway's largest fjord. (Source: Corvus Energy, 20 Jan., 2016)Contact: Corvus Energy, Andrew Morden, President & CEO, Sean Puchalski, VP Strategic Marketing & Accounts, (604) 227-0280 ext. 123, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.corvus-energy.com; Simon Fraser University, LAEC Lab, Dr. Majid Bahrami, http://www.sfu.ca/~mbahrami, http://www.sfu.ca/~mbahrami
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Their bills would use emissions fees from power plants to invest in renewable energy projects in the coal regions of Southwest Virginia and annually pump about $125 million into flood protections and more than $80 million into energy efficiency programs for homeowners.
Villanueva is sponsoring House Bill 351, called the Virginia Alternative Energy and Coastal Protection Act. McEachin is behind a similar proposal -- Senate Bill 571.
According to McEachin, Virginia is not on pace to meet its goal of a 10 pct energy savings by 2020. He said joining a market-based system like RGGI could put Virginia back on track.
(Source: Va. Capitol News Service, Various Others, 21 Jan., 2016)
Contact:Ron Villanueva (R-Virginia Beach), http://virginiageneralassembly.gov/house/members/members.php?id=H0228; Sen. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico), www.donaldmceachin.com
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The BLM estimates it would prevent the loss of up to 56 billion cubic-feet of gas a year through venting, flaring or leaks, which could supply around 760,000 households annually.
Methane, the second most prevalent greenhouse gas after CO2, is 84 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat.
(Source: Bureau of Land Management, Forum News Service., Grand Forks Herald, 22 Jan., 2016) Contact: Bureau of Land Management, www.blm.gov
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The figures also identify a trend in which biodiesel imports rose from 510 million gallons in 2014 to an estimated 670 million gallons in 2015 – an increase of more than 25 percent. imports are increasingly flooding the U.S. market and undercutting U.S. production. (Source: National Biodiesel Board, 25 Jan., 2016)Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, Ben Evans, (202) 737-8801, www.biodiesel.org
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This venture represents a strategically important development project for Heliospectra. It also of utmost significance for the region as a whole, where water is in short supply and is expected to be an even scarcer commodity in the future. The need to identify energy-efficient and, perhaps even more importantly, water- conserving means of growing plants in the Middle East is enormous in places such as the Middle East.
The project's budget stands at an approximate total of SEK 1.7 million, of which the Energy Agency's grant covers 30 percent and Heliospectra is funding the remaining 70 percent. The project is part of a larger cooperation agreement between Heliospectra's part-owner Midroc New Technology and GORD - Gulf Organisation for Research & Development. The aim is to create a pilot facility combining energy-efficient products from Swedish companies in the Midroc portfolio.(Source: Heliospectra, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: Heliospectra, Staffan Hillberg, CEO, of Heliospectra, +46 (0) 708 36 59 44, email@example.com
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According to the WGBC, incentivizing the adoption of net zero measures via a certification system is of critical importance as it will spur developers to overcome some of the technical and practical hurdles involved in its implementation.
The WGBC also says the introduction of net zero certification will eventually prompt governments to introduce regulation that encourage more climate neutral or climate positive building creation. (Source: WGBC, Sourceable, 12 Jan., 2015) Contact: WGBC, Terri Wills, CEO, +44 7 496 596 496, http://www.worldgbc.org
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The oils and gas sector in Saudi Arabia, for example, represents around 25 pct of GDP and double investments in renewable energy worldwide mean a GDP decline by two pct. Diversifying the economy is the economic answer for fossil fuel exporters such as Saudi Arabia or UAE. This can be achieved by integrating renewable energy into an overall strategy, which also includes the increase of energy efficiency, which the UAE is already doing, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, Khaleej Times, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: IRENA, Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, Timothy Hurst, Chief of Communications, 011 +971 2 417 9000 , firstname.lastname@example.org, www.irena.org
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"Yet the bioenergy sector is immature in terms of the multiple value chains that could be deployed, and the political and scientific uncertainties around land use change and the sustainability of using biomass for energy. The UK Government has highlighted the need to ensure that bioenergy delivers genuine carbon savings, and that the impact of direct land use change to biomass production is better understood. The work presented here addresses these issues for bioenergy crops in the UK, and has enabled the Energfy Technologies Institute (ETI) to identify options for delivering GHG emission savings through UK bioenergy value chains."
Access the full Bioenergy
Delivering Greenhouse Gas
Emission Savings Through UK
Bioenergy Value Chains report
HERE. (Source: Energy
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"On one hand, the UK government signed the Paris Agreement to mitigate climate change, and on the other, it has taken decisions that undermine the very fundamentals of reducing carbon emissions - such as removing funding for CCS and from renewable energy sources." (Source:
Prof. Geoff Maitland, Vice-Chair, Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Centre, http://ichemeblog.org
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The top VC funded companies were View (formerly Soladigm), which raised $150 million, Verne Global $98 million, Renovate America $90 million, Transphorm $70 million and Clean Fund at $60 million. (Source: Mercom Capital Group. Heindl Server GmbH,
Jan. 20, 2016) Contact: Mercom Capital, www.mercomcapital.com
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PSEG Long Island offers rebates on a variety of ENERGY STAR® products. In 2015, residential customers purchased more than 3 million ENERGY STAR light bulbs and fixtures with incentives provided by PSEG Long Island.
More than 12,000 PSEG Long Island residential customers took advantage of ENERGY STAR certified appliance rebates programs, 34,000 scheduled in-home energy assessments, and over 5,000 appliances were recycled. Combined, all of the residential programs are expected to save PSEG customers nearly 200 million kWh and $40 million per year in energy costs.
Additionally, commercial customers completed more than 3,200 energy efficient projects resulting in savings of more than 112 million kWh and electric bill savings of $20 million per year. Approximately 2,200 of the completed projects were for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Independent annual evaluations by Opinion Dynamics Corporation have found PSEG Long Island's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs generated $3.20 in benefits to the utility and its ratepayers for every $1.00 in costs to operate the program, including rebates. (Source: PSEG Long Island, Stockhouse, Others, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: PSEG Long Island, Dan Eichhorn, VP Customer Services, https://www.psegliny.com
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Yes Bank, the first to issue a green bond in India, has committed to finance 5 GW of Indian renewable energy projects.
In February, 2015, the bank raised approximately $147 million (€135 million) from India's first green infrastructure bonds issue. (Source: Yes Bank, Business Standard, Others, 21 Jan., 2016) Contact: YES Bank, Rana Kapoor, CEO, www.yesbank.in
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The Bluestem project will generate approximately 845,000 MWh per year to the Southern Power Pool electrical system.
Bluestem is RES' seventh Oklahoma wind project and will be Exelon Generation's first in the Sooner State, according to RES.
(Source: Excelon Generation, NAW, RES Americas, Jan., 2016)
Contact: RES Americas, Glenn Davis, CEO, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, email@example.com, Raheleh Folkerts, Media, (303) 439-4200, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.res-americas.com; Excelon Generation, Corey Hesson, VP Generation Dev., www.exeloncorp.com
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Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the U.S. from human activities and is more than 28 to 36 times more potent than CO2. Natural gas and oil industries are estimated to account for 25 pct of U.S. methane emissions. Reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector is an essential step to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.
The Keystone State's four-point plan is designed to:
The energy efficiency project includes full lighting upgrades, replacement of existing HVAC units, installation of a larger stand-by generator, domestic boiler upgrades and a new CHP unit.
Blue Earth will provide construction, operations and maintenance services while Lockheed Martin Energy will manage the design, procurement, and economic modeling to support the project finance activities.
Lockheed Martin Energy, a unit of Lockheed Martin, delivers comprehensive energy industry solutions that include utility and smart grid solutions, energy efficiency, energy storage, nuclear systems and solutions, ocean energy technology and bio energy generation. (Source: Lockheed Martin Energy, PR, MarketWire, Jan., 2016)
Blue Earth, www.blueearthinc.com; Lockheed Martin Energy, www.lockheedmartin.com/energy
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"Growing energy consumption places greater pressure on Canada's energy supply management infrastructure and makes individuals and businesses more vulnerable to rising energy prices. Energy efficiency, on the other hand, can reduce emissions while delivering a variety of other societal benefits.
Despite the benefits of energy efficiency, three primary barriers prevent the adoption and implementation of energy efficiency: (1) limited knowledge and information tools; (2) lack of financial resources; (3) lack of motivation (NRCAN, 2010). As a result, the federal government should use three general mechanisms to mitigate these barriers: capacity building, financial incentives, and regulation.
"To understand how the federal government can make the most of these mechanisms, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF) conducted a high level survey on federal support for advancing energy efficiency and distributed it to a wide range of stakeholders. Based on the responses collected, energy efficiency codes and standards were identified as the most important mechanism the federal government could use, followed by financial incentives and capacity building, respectively. This is consistent with global research on climate change mitigation and energy conservation, which finds that building codes and equipment standards 'have been among the most environmentally and cost-effective instruments for emission reductions' (IPCC, 2014). The responses also provided valuable feedback in terms of the specific policies stakeholders believe the federal government should prioritize under each mechanism."
Review the full Building Value -- Federal Policy Priorities for Advancing Energy Efficiency Across Canada report
HERE. (Source: Toronto Atmospheric Fund, Jan. 18, 2016) Contact: TAF, Bryan Purcell,
email@example.com, Vivian Chung, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.taf.ca
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Program members pay a surcharge that covers the price difference between sustainable biofuel and traditional kerosene jet fuel. KLM uses the surcharge to purchase sustainable biofuel, which is added to the fuel pumped into KLM aircraft at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and elsewhere. Consequently, the participating corporations reduce CO2 emissions resulting from their business travel, but also contribute to the further development of the biofuel market. The sustainable biofuel for the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme is supplied by SkyNRG, a company founded by KLM in 2010.
Members of the KLM Corporate BioFuel Programme, which was established in 2012, include ABN AMRO, Accenture, CBRE, FMO, FrieslandCampina, City of Amsterdam, Heineken, Loyens & Loeff, Nike, PGGM, Perfetti Van Melle and the Schiphol Group.
KLM aims to cut CO2 emissions by 20 pct by 2020 (compared to 2011), by way of fleet renewal, utilization of sustainable biofuel, and improved flight efficiency. (Source: KLM, Aviation Tribune, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: KLM, Pieter Elbers, KLM President and CEO, +31 (0) 20 649 9123, http://www.klm.com/corporate/en/
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The IMF report argues that a total of $50 billion could be raised annually from a $30 per tonne carbon tonne tax on the maritime and aviation industries. The reports states that these two industries are "appealing" because their tax base is not targeted by governments to the same extent as land-based industries. Stating that it supports carbon pricing instruments over regulatory approaches to reducing poisonous emissions, the IMF clarifies that "carbon tax" is preferable over carbon trading schemes.
According to ICS director of policy and external relations, Simon Bennett, the shipping industry does not support market-based measures for emissions reduction, backing rather operational and technical measures. However, if shipping's regulator, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), decides to go with a market-based measure, a simple fuel levy would be acceptable to a "majority" in the shipping industry. Bennett added that a fuel levy is not a carbon tax and would be administered but by the IMO, which could use the funds "to finance CO2 reduction projects which might count towards the sector's CO2 reduction efforts."
The ICS also rejects the IMF's suggestion of a $30 per carbon tonne price which it says is almost three times higher than the carbon price paid by shore-based industries in developed nations.
(Source: International Chamber of Shipping, HIS, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: ICS, Simon Bennett, Policy Dir., +44 20 7090 1460, www.ics-shipping.org; International Monetary Fund, www.imf.org; International Maritime Organization, www.imo.org
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Under its Solar Uniting Neighbors (SUN) program, IACED will offer technical and financial assistance to its members and other community partners to install solar energy projects. The SUN program aims to:
The partners recently completed the Santa Fe Solar Energy Center and the Santolina Solar Energy Center near Santa Fe and Albuquerque respectively. The projects, which used 78,000+ Jinko modules mounted on ATI's DuraTrack® HZ v3 single-axis trackers, will provide reliable power to the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM). (Source: Affordable Solar, PR, 19 Jan., 2016) Copntact: Affordable Solar,, Kevin Bassalleck, (800) 810-9939, http://www.affordable-solar.com; Array Technologies, Ron Coria, CEO, (505) 881-7567, www.arraytechinc.com;
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Appalachian Power, which is part of the American Electric Power (AEP) system, serves approximately 1 million customers in West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. (Source: Appalachian Power, WOWK TV, 18 Jan., 2016)(Source: Appalachian Power, Charleston Gazette-Mail, Others, Jan. 2016)) Contact: Appalachian Power, www.appalachianpower.com; AEP, (614) 716-1000, www.aep.com
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APC members submitting low-carbon engine technology research projects include the London Taxi Company, Morgan Motor Company, AMG Batteries, Jaguar Land Rover and Parker Hannifin alongside other consortia partners.
As part of their submission, each consortium member must provide a forecast for the creation or safeguarding of UK jobs, targeted CO2 reduction and the value for money of their project. Taken together, the projects are expected to reduce 4.3 million tpy of CO2 emissions.
(Source: Advanced Propulsion Centre, Transport Engineer, 18 Jan., 2016) Contact: Advanced Propulsion Center, Jon Beasley, APC Dir., www.apcuk.co.uk
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Indonesia's palm oil shipments have risen over the past few years, from 16.42 million metric tons in 2010/11 to 25.3 million metric tons last year, according to USDA data.
But the trend is likely to change this year with the country promoting the use of biodiesel to cut its oil imports. (Source: Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Malaysian Palm Oil Board, Jakarta Globe, 19 Jan., 2016) Contact: Indonesian Palm Oil Association, http://www.indonesianpalmoil.com; Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my
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UCSB has led the scientific efforts that have resulted in numerous breakthroughs towards effectively producing renewable hydrogen fuel at or near the point of distribution. By exceeding the 1.5 Volt milestone needed to produce hydrogen fuel in commercial real world applications, HyperSolar has demonstrated the potential for its technology to become a viable resource for companies and individuals requiring hydrogen fuel to power their various applications.
HyperSolar is developing a low-cost and submersible hydrogen production particle that can split water molecules under the sun, emulating the core functions of photosynthesis. Each particle is a complete hydrogen generator that contains a novel high voltage solar cell bonded to chemical catalysts by a proprietary encapsulation coating.
(Source: HyperSolar, PR, MarketWire, 12 Jan., 2015) Contact: HyerSolar, Tim Young, CEO, (805) 966-6566, email@example.com, www.hypersolar.com
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The DOE hopes wind could supply as much as 35 pct of the nation's power by 2050. Since 2008, wind power in the U.S. has grown from 16.7 gigawatts to about 70 gigawatts today.
(Source: AWEA,15 Jan., 2016) Contact: AWEA, Tom Kiernan, CEO, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.awea.org
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Sembcorp Green Infra presently has over 1 GW of solar and wind power production capacity. (Source: Sembcorp Green Infra Ltd, Others, SeeNews, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: Sembcorp Industries Ltd, +65 6723 3113, www.sembcorp.com
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The GRID DATA program seeks to create new models and data repositories that can be used by members of the research community to develop accurate tests and evaluations for emerging electric grid optimization technologies.
Five of the GRID DATA projects will develop detailed simulation models for development and testing of transformational power system optimization and control algorithms to enable grid flexibility, improve energy efficiency and substantially reduce the cost of integrating renewable generation technologies onto the grid. These projects will create three different types of grid models (transmission, distribution and hybrid power systems) that include details on electricity generation facilities and customer demand in order to build realistic and open-access power systems.
Download details on all seven GRID DATA projects HERE. (Source: US DOE News, January 15, 2016) Contact: ARPA.E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, http://arpa-e.energy.gov
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Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) CEO Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi and Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan, inaugurated the forum.
According to Suwaidi, "The global demand for energy and the energy market is set to grow, putting more pressure on the global energy and environmental systems. These challenges mandate that we unite our efforts and find more innovative and sustainable solutions to improve energy efficiency at our operating sites, homes, buildings, schools and the community at large. Saving energy and using it more efficiently has a direct impact on climate change, reducing emissions, increasing profitability, and boosting the local economy. As a key energy player, ADNOC is at the heart of this strategy, considering energy efficiency as a key strategic priority. ADNOC has developed and implemented many energy efficiency initiativesf rom carbon dioxide capturing and injection to cutting flaring levels, working towards achieving zero water discharge, to developing an integrated operational excellence strategy." (Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Emirates News Agency, Others, 18 Jan., 2016)
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SoCalGas estimates that as much as 90 pct of the fugative methane could be captured and transported to a distant location for incineration.
To date, the company has made seven separate attempts using industry accepted methods to plug the well but to no avail.
The company is now drilling new wells to relieve pressure and reduce the flow of the leak and enable another attempt to plug the well nearer to its source.
Burning the methane would eventually create enough pollution to require the same kind of permit that large refineries require.
(Source: SMUD, SoCalGas, KQED, 15 Jan., 2015)
Contact: Southern California Gas, www.socalgas.com
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Vietnam has a single biodiesel plant and three ethanol production plants. E5 now sells at approximately .68 cents per liter -- 4.3 pct t cheaper than 92-RON.
While the government has not set an attractive price, many gas stations poorly promote the new fuel and are not willing to invest in new pumps suitable for E5 since they are afraid of losses.
(Source: Thanh Nien News, 18 Jan., 2016)
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Carinata, a semi-arid plant, is an inedible oilseed sharing characteristics of both mustard and canola and is intended for the biofuel market. Carinata is a rotational crop option that can be used to produce jet fuel and protein meal for livestock.
(Source: USDA, Risk Management Agency, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: USDA Risk Management Agency, Eirc Bashore, (406) 657-6447, email@example.com, www.rma.usda.gov
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"What matters to Alberta is ensuring that our energy economy is resilient for the future. That's why we've undertaken very ambitious policies with respect to a price on carbon, our methane management strategy, our performance standards for large industrial emitters and our efficiency strategy", the Minister added.
In 2015, Alberta joined The Climate Group's States & Regions Alliance, increasing the number of forward-thinking North American provinces and regions that have successfully implemented a price on carbon.
In 2014 Quebec and California, which are already part of the States & Regions Alliance, held their first joint greenhouse gases emission allowances auction, after linking their systems in the first cross border market in North America. Also last year, Ontario, launched a "cap-and-trade" system to curb its emissions, aiming to link it to the system set up by Quebec and California. (Source: Climate Group, Others, 15 Jan., 2016) Contact: The Climate Group, http://www.theclimategroup.org; Shannon Phillips, Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks, www.aep.alberta.ca
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