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3D Printed Organic Solar Cells Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium
Date: 2015-08-05
In the Land Down Under, researchers from the University of Melbourne Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium report having developed printable solar panels "capable of powering entire skyscrapers." The consortium includes CSIRO, Melbourne and Monash Universities.

According to the consortium's website, the technology could reduce the dependence on more traditional sources of electricity in developed countries and provide a cheap, easily deployable source of electric power for remote regions beyond the reach of the grid in developing countries.

The researchers have managed to reduce the solar panels to coin size using 3D printers that have been modified to print with solar ink. The printed cells could potentially be printed onto building materials such as glass or roofing, or directly onto a large building structure. (Source: Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium,, August, 2013) Contact: Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  CSIRO,  

Maxwell, China CNR Ink Capacitive Energy Storage Deal (Int'l)
Maxwell Technologies,China Railway Rolling Stock
Date: 2015-08-05
San Diego-based ultracapacitor-based energy storage solutions specialist Maxwell Technologies, Inc. reports entering into a strategic partnership agreement with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (China CNR). The agreement will examine multi-year collaboration activities between the two companies to jointly develop new application-specific, next-generation capacitive energy storage solutions that meet the application requirements of the Chinese rail market.

Capacitive energy storage technology offers high-power density performance under extreme temperatures with long operational lifetimes and is ideally suited for rail transportation applications, particularly on-board commuter rolling stock modalities such as subway and light rail. (Source: Maxwell Technologies, Others, July 30, 2015) Contact: Maxwell Technologies, Dr. Franz Fink, CEO, (858) 503-3300,; China CNR Corp, China Rolling Stock Corp,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Ultracapacitor,  

Saudi Aramco Touts Pilot CCS, EOR Project (Int'l Report)
Saudi Aramco
Date: 2015-08-05
In Saudi Arabia, oil giant Saudi Aramco reports it has launched a pilot carbon capture project in an attempt to enhance oil recovery (EOR) beyond the more common method of water flooding, while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions.

The project, led by the company's EXPEC-Advanced Research Center, involves 11.3 million standard cu/m per day of CO2 being captured at the Hawiyah gas recovery plant and piped 85 km to the Uthmaniyah field where it will be injected and sequestered into flooded oil reservoirs under high pressure to enhance oil recovery. Two observation wells will measure how much of the 800,000 tonnes of injected CO2 remains sequestered in the reservoir. It is estimated that as much as 40 per cent of it will be permanently sequestered.

The pilot project will be studied by field engineers and researchers over the next few years and lessons learned will be applied to other CCS and EOR facilities and oil fields around Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi Aramco. (Source: Saudi Aramco, 4 August, 2015) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, 011 +966 13 872 0115,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Aramco,  CCS,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  

Every Little Bit Counts for DTE (Ind. Report)
DTE Energy
Date: 2015-08-05
In Michigan, DTE Energy reports it has broken ground on a new, 2,700 panel solar array in Romulus, near the Detroit Metro Airport. The small project is expected to generate 750 kilowatts of energy and to be completed by the end of the year.

The Romulus project is part of DTE's 2009 SolarCurrents pilot program which has installed nearly 10 megawatts of solar energy at 22 sites in southeastern Michigan.

DTE presently generates about 10 pct of its energy from renewable sources, 95 pct of which is wind. (Source: DTE, Detroit Free Press, Others, 3 Aug., 2015) Contact: DTE Energy, Irene Dimitry, VP Business Planning & Development,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTE Energy,  Wind,  

Vega Biofuels Capitalizing on Clean Power Plan (Ind. Report)
Vega Biofuels
Date: 2015-08-05
Norcross, Georgia-based Bio-Coal maker Vega Biofuels Inc. is quick out of the gate with its announcement that it will expand its marketing effort in the United States in order to capitalize on the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

The company currently markets a green-energy product called Bio-Coal. Bio-Coal has a high energy density of up to 13,000 BTUs/Lb and is considered a renewable energy fuel that meets the Renewable Portfolio Standards and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) in the United States. Bio-Coal can be burned in existing coal-fired power plants around the world as a renewable alternative to traditional coal.

According to Vega CEO Michael Molen, "To date, our marketing efforts have been in other parts of the world that have mandates in place for the use of renewable energy sources to lower carbon emissions. As a result of The President's announcement of the Clean Power Plan, we will increase our marketing efforts to include power companies in the United States. This is a great opportunity for our Company. Our Bio-Coal product is something that can not only reduce carbon emissions created by coal-fired power plants, but can save existing power plants from being closed as a result of the Plan because our product can be used just like traditional coal without creating carbon pollution, thus saving existing jobs and creating new opportunities." (Source: Vega Biofuels Inc., 5 August, 2015) Contact: Vega Biofuels Inc., Michael K. Molen, Chairman/CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels news,  Clean Power Plan news,  

WCA Stresses Coal's Role in World Energy Mix (Ind. Report)
World Coal Association ,World Bank
Date: 2015-08-03
According to its recent press release, the London-headquartered World Coal Association (WCA) has called on the World Bank to consider coal's key role in bringing affordable, reliable electricity to developing and emerging economies, particularly across Asia.

According to the release, "China is the most obvious example of a country that has developed rapidly using coal. Over the past three decades, the country has connected 99 pct of its population to the grid and seen its economy grow at an astonishing rate. None of this development would have been possible without the use of coal. In fact, if you take China out of the equation, global poverty has barely improved over the past three decades."

The release said that ather than wishing away fossil fuels, the World Bank should be committing to supporting the wider deployment of 21st Century coal technology including: high-efficiency, low-emissions power generation and carbon capture, use and storage all of which have the potential to dramatically reduce emissions from coal-fired power generation, while still meeting the demand for coal.

The release added that raising the average efficiency of the global coal fleet from the current 33 pct to 40 pct would save 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions -- equivalent to India's annual CO2 emissions or running the Kyoto Protocol three times over.

The release acknowledged the importance of all energy sources in meeting global demand and added that "only by treating climate and development objectives as integrated priorities that we will successfully overcome these global challenges." (Source: World Coal Association, July 31, 2015) Contact: World Coal Association, Benjamin Sporton, CEO, 011 +44 (0) 20 7851 0052,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Coal Association ,  World Bank,  Coal,  

Univ. of Illinois Solar Farm Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
University of Illinois Urbana,Phoenix Solar
Date: 2015-08-03
The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign reports that construction is underway on a new 21-acres solar array that will, upon completion before the year end, generate sufficient electric power to meet 2 pct of the campus' needs.

The farm is being built in partnership with Phoenix Solar of San Ramon, California. The university will pay the company $15.5 million over 10 years to run the solar farm and then take it over. The solar installation is part of a plan to help the campus meet renewable energy commitments in its 2010 Illinois Climate Action Plan. (Source: Univ. of Illinois, News Gazette, 1 Aug., 2015) Contact: University of Illinois, Morgan Johnston, Assoc. Dir. of Sustainability, (217) 333-1000,; Phoenix Solar,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Phoenix Solar,  Solar,  University of Illinois Urbana,  

Israeli Researchers say Sea Algae Biofuels Economically Prohibitive (Ind. Report)
National Institute of Oceanography
Date: 2015-08-03
In Israel, new research from the National Institute of Oceanography in collaboration with Tel Aviv University and Bar Ilan University shows that although growing and producing bioethanol from "sea lettuce" (Ulva) algae has potential it is not economically viable -- the production of biodiesel from algae is currently estimated at $7 per gallon.

The research examined different stages in growing and producing bioethanol from "sea lettuce" and discovered that algae that grew downstream from fish farming operations benefited from water enriched with organic matter and grew 27 to 40 times faster than algae that was grown upstream from the commercial fish farm. The significantly faster growth could dramatically cut production costs.

In producing ethanol from "sea lettuce: algae, the researchers developed a method in which the breakdown of complex sugars is done in conjunction with the sonication process, during which the products are often exposed to frequencies. Results showed that this method has an advantage in expediting the breakdown process.

The research program was intended to examine how the volume of production and market forces affect the profitability of growing the "sea lettuce" algae. The research model included the cost of the construction and maintenance of the growth system as well as harvest costs and transportation to the production site. To this was added to the price of the production process and manufacturing the end products.

The research results showed that under the prevailing market conditions and current growth rates, profitability can achieved only if the area of growth exceeds 5,000 acres. (Source: Tel Aviv University, Israeli Business , 2 August, 2015) Contact: Tel Aviv University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Biofuel,  

Aussie Biotech Seeking $10Mn for Safflower Biofuel, Biochemicals Feed Stock Commercialization (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
CSIRO ,Go Resources
Date: 2015-08-03
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based biotech company Go Resources is seeking $10 million to commercialize a genetically modified safflower plant oil developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) as a green alternative to petroleum lubricants.

Go Resources won the rights to commercialize the safflower oil crop which could be used as an alternative to petroleum feedstocks in manufacturing lubricants, plastics and cosmetics, biofuels and other applications.

CSIRO researchers have tripled the oleic acid content of safflower seed oil by silencing certain genes in the safflower plant. Oil with a high oleic acid content can be used for industrial purposes as it can withstand high temperatures.

The $10 million capital injection would be used to help fund the regulatory approval process and plant approximately 100,000 hectares of crop in successive stages. Go Resources foresees its first commercial sales in 2018. (Source: CSIRO, Go Resources, Herald Sun, 4 August, 2015) Contact: CSIRO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  CSIRO,  

Yankon, Kii Launch "Smart" Lighting System (New Prod & Tech)
Yankon Lighting,Kii
Date: 2015-08-03
Internet of Things (IoT) cloud platform provider Kii reports it has teamed up with Chinese LED lighting manufacturer Yankon Lighting to launch IoT smart lighting solutions. The partnership aims to provide homes and offices with more energy-efficient lighting featuring customized options and capabilities via a smart phone.

The smart lighting products have adopted a "system-on-a-chip" solution provided by circuit design company, MediaTek. The lighting system incorporates multi-request demand capabilities such as high brightness settings with low power consumption. It also features remote and timing control options. (Source: KII, Yankon, 3 August, 2015) Contact: Yankon Lighting,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yankon Lighting,  Smart Lighting,  LED Light,  Energy Efficient Light,  

US ethanol production rate dips to below 15 billion gallon/year threshold

Date: 2015-08-03
August 2, 2015 | Jim Lane In Washington, according to EIA data as analyzed by the Renewable Fuels Association, ethanol production averaged 965,000 barrels per day (b/d)—or 40.53 million gallons daily. That is down 8,000 b/d from the week before. The four-week average for ethanol production stood at 977,000 b/d for an annualized rate of 14.98 billion gallons. Stocks of ethanol stood virtually unchanged at 19.6 million barrels—a 0.5% increase from last week. Imports of ethanol continued to register zero b/d for the 14th straight week (and the 29th time in 30 weeks). Gasoline demand for the week averaged 392.2 million gallons daily. Refiner/blender input of ethanol averaged 903,000 b/d. Expressed as a percentage of daily gasoline demand, daily ethanol production was 10.33%. On the co-products side, ethanol producers were using 14.632 million bushels of corn to produce ethanol and 107,047 metric tons of livestock feed, 95,363 metric tons of which were distillers grains. The rest is comprised of corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal. Additionally, ethanol producers were providing 5.68 million pounds of corn distillers oil daily. (Source: EIA, 2 Aug., 2015) President Barack Obama’s ambitious climate goals are prompting US states to explore the use of carbon markets as a way to comply — an approach that will be fiercely resisted by Republicans. The final version of the administration’s plan — announced in draft form last year — is central to Mr Obama’s legacy and commitments the US has made ahead of a Paris meeting in December on an international climate accord.

Shanghai Clearing House Considering Carbon Product Trading (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Carbon Markets
Date: 2015-08-03
Chinese media is reporting that the Shanghai Clearing House, an interbank clearing house established for the settlement and clearing of financial products, is investigating the possibility of carbon emissions, carbon products and energy trading. The Clearing House is also reported to be seeking a link up with all qualified commodity spot trading platforms within the Shanghai Free Trrade Zone (FTZ), with the aim of eventually extending operations nationwide, the Xinhua-backed China Securities Journal reported on Friday.

China has seven regional carbon emissions exchanges in operation. Transactions are settled by each individual exchange, and trading is limited to spot permits and offset credits, but lack institutional liquidity providers and big trading volumes. (Source: Shanghai Business Recorder, Others, 2 August, 2015)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Markets,  Chinese Carbon Market,  

61 GE Turbines to Power Pattern's Meikle Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
General Electric,Pattern Energy
Date: 2015-08-03
General Electric will be supplying 61 wind turbines to Pattern Developments' 180-MW Meikle wind farm project in the Peace Region of British Columbia. Thirty-five of the turbines will be GE 3.2-103 model and 26 will be of 2.75-120 model. The contract includes full service and maintenance for the project when it enters commercial operations in late 2016.

GE reports that since April it has been studying an experimental design called "ecoROTR" which has an aluminium dome bolted to center of the the rotor. The dome is intended to improve turbine efficiency by redirecting winds that hit the dome to the blade tips for the maximum thrust, according to GE. (Source: GE, Greenetch, Others, 30 July, 2015)Contact: Pattern Energy, Pattern Development, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, Communications, (917) 363-1333,,; GE Wind,

More Low-Carbon Energy News General Electric,  GE Wind Turbine,  Wind,  Pattern Energy,  

Masdar, MIT Developing Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Masdar Institute,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2015-08-03
In Abu Dhabi , Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop an innovative electrochemical energy storage technology to support renewable energy in the UAE and provide the UAE with a valuable product for global energy storage market.

The project's rechargeable vanadium flow battery is built around two chemical components dissolved in liquids contained within different tanks in the system and the flow of the liquids is separated by a membrane, allowing the electrical energy to be stored in chemical energy, and then converted back into electrical energy when wanted. MASDAR and MIT scientists are developing the non-water-based (VRFB) system that provides the higher conductivity, better solubility limits and stable electrodes that tomorrow's reality demands.

The VRFB system's capacity is limited only by the size of the tanks used to store its electrolytes. Vanadium is easily able to handle the give and take of electrons that is crucial to a rechargeable battery, making it a very stable source element. A VRFB can be discharged and recharged 20,000 times, maintaining their near unchanging battery performance for decades. The partners plan to build a working flow battery cell and will test the system's stability and charging, discharging and recharging abilities. (Source: MASDAR, Zawya, 3 Aug, 2015) Contact: MASDAR, Dr. Saif Almheiri, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Shaima Al Jarman Director - Marketing & Communications Public Affairs Department, 011 +971 02 8109365,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar Institute,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  Renewable Energy Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Assurant Office Earns 7th EPA ENERGY STAR® (Ind. Report)
ENERGY STAR,Assurant, Inc.
Date: 2015-08-03
For the seventh year in a row Assurant, Inc. has been awarded the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR certification at one or more of its facilities.

Since 2009, Assurant has conserved electrical energy usage as part of the Company's ongoing efforts to reduce its environmental footprint. Assurant was recognized by the EPA as a member of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Certification Nation for certifying six buildings that use an average of 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and release 35 pct less CO2 emissions.

ENERGY STAR certification signifies that buildings perform in the top 25 pct of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. (Source: Assurant, 3 Aug., 2015) Contact: Assurant Inc, (212) 859-7002,; ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings:,

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY START,  Energy Efficiency,  

2050 Motors to Introduce Hydrogen-Rich Alcohol Fuel Engines (New Prod & Tech)
2050 Motors
Date: 2015-08-03
2050 Motors, Inc. announced today that the Company signed an agreement to introduce hydrogen-rich alcohol fuel (HRAS) technology to the U.S. Automobile Industry. The HRAS technology was developed in China and has successfully been incorporated into taxi fleets in China. The HRAS system uses a proprietary catalyst in the fuel together with a patented conversion system device that allows existing automobiles to run on 70 pct methanol or ethanol and 30 pct water.

Since methanol in China, as in the U.S., sells for $1.35 USD per gallon, the fuel savings for taxi fleets in China are quite significant. They are experiencing nearly the same fuel mileage on the methanol/water fuel mixture as the original gasoline powered vehicles. The fuel efficiency is provided by the conversion of part of the alcohol/water fuel to hydrogen generated by the special proprietary catalyst and waste heat from the exhaust system.

The methanol economy is a suggested future economy in which methanol replaces fossil fuels as a means of energy storage, ground transportation fuel, and raw material for synthetic hydrocarbons and their products. It offers an alternative to the proposed hydrogen economy or ethanol economy. (Source: 2050 Motors, Inc, 3 Aug., 2015) Contact: 2050 Motors, Geo. Hedrick, (702) 591-6029,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News 2050 Motors,  Methanol,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuel,  

Martifer to Construct 57MW Jordanian Solar Portfolio (Int'l)
Martifer Solar,IFC
Date: 2015-07-31
Following-up on out May 2nd, 2014 coverage, Portugal-headquartered Martifer Solar, a subsidiary of Martifer SGPS, reports it will begin construction of a 57 MW portfolio of four solar PV projects in Jordan. Three of the projects are 11 MWp capacity and located near the city of Ma'an. The fourth project -- Jordan Solar One -- with a capacity of 24 MWp will be built near the northern town of Mafraq. Martifer Solar will provide the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services for the portfolio and perform the subsequent O&M (operation and maintenance) for all four solar PV projects.

All four projects are being financed by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, which provided investment guarantees for $207 million in debt financing for seven projects. Bahrain's Arab Bank, the European Arab Bank, FMO, FinnFund and the OPEC Fund for International Development are participating in the funding. (Source: Martifer Solar, Jordan Times, 28 July, 2015) Contact: Martifer Solar, Henrique Rodrigues, CEO, 011 +351 232 811 381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Martifer Solar,  Solar,  IFC,  

NBB Calls for Expanded Biodiesel Volumes Under RFS (Ind. Report)
National Biodiesel Board
Date: 2015-07-31
Following on our June 3rd coverage, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) submitted the following comments to the US EPA on the pending Renewable Fuel Standard rule which is slated to be finalized in November: "The growth and expansion of the U.S. biodiesel industry in recent years represents a tremendous success story under the RFS. Today, nearly 2 billion gallons of biodiesel and renewable diesel displace an equivalent amount of petroleum diesel. This has resulted in significant reductions in pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while creating thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact across the nation."

"The industry now has production plants in nearly every state in the country making fuel from an increasingly diverse mix of feedstocks, including recycled cooking oil, plant oils such as soybean oil, and animal fats. In short, the biomass‐based diesel program has exceeded expectations and is achieving the goals that Congress outlined in creating the RFS. As a result, it warrants additional volume growth to meet the objectives of Congress in expanding renewable fuel use in the diesel market and in promoting advanced biofuels under the program."

NBB VP Anne Steckel added, "The EPA's proposal is an improvement over its initial draft, but the agency can and should do much better. We have presented credible, compelling reasons for increasing biodiesel use under the RFS, and we hope the EPA carefully reviews our comments and those of thousands of other biodiesel supporters who have weighed in."

Biodiesel falls under the biomass-based diesel category of the RFS, which is a subset of the overall advanced biofuels category. The EPA proposal, which is slated to be finalized in November, would gradually raise biodiesel volumes by about 100 million gallons per year to a standard of 1.9 billion gallons in 2017. The overall advanced biofuel standard would rise to 3.4 billion gallons in 2016. The NBB is calling more aggressive growth to a biodiesel standard of 2.7 billion gallons by 2017, along with additional growth in the overall advanced biofuel category. (Source: NBB Website, 28 July, 2015) Contact: NBB, Anne Steckel, VP Fed. Affairs, (202) 737-8801,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  National Biodiesel Board,  RFS,  

United, Wyndham Partner on Carbon Offset Program (Ind. Report)
United Airlines,Wyndham Worldwide
Date: 2015-07-31
United Airlines reports that hospitality giant Wyndham Worldwide has agreed to become United's launch partner for United's Eco-Skies Carbon Choice corporate carbon offset program. The program enables the air carrier's corporate customers to track and offset the emissions stemming from their business travel and freight shipments on United at the enterprise level. United is the only U.S. airline offering a corporate carbon offset program.

The program provides participating corporate customers enterprise-level carbon emissions reports and enables customers to purchase offsets to counterbalance the emissions associated with their transport. The offsets are available through United's partnership with global NGO Sustainable Travel International. Wyndham's corporate offset purchase will be invested in the GreenTrees' Advanced Carbon Restored Ecosystem (ACRE) project along the Mississippi River Valley.(Source: United Airlines, MediaPost, 29 July, 2015) Contact: United Airlines Corporate Office, Angela Foster-Rice, Director of Environmental Affairs, (800) 864-8331; Wyndham Worldwide,

More Low-Carbon Energy News United Airlines,  Wyndham Worldwide,  Carbon Offsets,  Carbon Credits,  

WegoWise Cuts Multifamily Property Portfolio's Energy Costs (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-07-31
According to NYC property management firm New Holland Residences (NHR), energy efficiency software provider Wego Wise cut their energy costs by 15 pct and water consumption by up to 40 pct with actionable data and analytics.

Using WegoWise software, NHR automatically collected utility bills from its portfolio of 20 multifamily buildings across New York and identified the buildings that would benefit the most from energy and water upgrades. NHR then performed simple yet effective retrofits on the worst-performing buildings, ranging from installing energy management systems to reducing window gaps to upgrading water fixtures. Resultant savings delivered a ROI less than a year.

WegoWise also helped NHR report on carbon emissions reductions for the New York Carbon Challenge (NYCC). NYCC is collaboration between the City and the New York State Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) that aims at reducing building-based emissions in New York by 30 percent in the next 10 years. WegoWise also streamlined the integration of NHR's utility data with EPA Portfolio Manager to more easily verify that emissions reductions met NYCC goals. (Source: WegoWise, NYREJ, 28 July, 2015) Contact: WegoWise, Andrew Chen, CEO , 617) 367-9346,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Software,  WegoWise,  

Candidate Clinton Slips a Climate Change Position Tickler (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)

Date: 2015-07-31
Apparently smelling political pay dirt in the climate change debate, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton released the first glimmers of her position on climate change last week.

Clinton topped the Obama administration's goal of generating 20 pct of the nation's energy from renewable sources by 2030 and is calling for 33 pct of the nation's electricity to be generated from renewable sources by 2027 -- up from 7 percent today . "I am going to set ambitious goals, and I am going to have a real plan that will enable us to meet those goals," the candidate boasted. "The reality of climate change is unforgiving no matter what the (Republican) deniers say." (Source: Various Sources, 27 July, 2015)

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

DuPont, CRES Collaborate on Solar Reliability, Risk Management ( Int'l., Ind. Report)
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions
Date: 2015-07-31
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DuPont) reports that it recently collaborated with the China Renewable Energy Society (CRES) to host a seminar highlighting best practices for quality standards and risk management and mitigation for solar power installations. The event called attention to the need to improve current codes and standards to ensure healthy financing and long-term returns on investment (ROI) for solar power stations.

As the government issues policies encouraging solar installations, the solar industry in China is embracing development and welcoming a new wave of solar power station construction. However, the quality standards are yet to be improved. While the Energy Bureau of China recently released a notice that proposes in-depth quality inspections of solar power stations during project construction and operation, including major equipment and components, continued progress on standards is needed.

DuPont is the leading supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry including DuPont Solamet® photovoltaic metallization pastes and DuPont™ Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films, designed to improve the power output, reliable lifetime and return on investment for solar energy systems. (Source: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions, 29 July, 2015) Contact: DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions,,; China Renewable Energy Society ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions ,  Solar,  

UPS Switches to Neste NEXBTL Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
Neste Oil,UPS
Date: 2015-07-31
Finnish renewable fuels specialist Neste Oil Corp. reports that UPS, the global leader in logistics, will use Neste's NEXBTL renewable diesel in its US vehicle fleet starting mid-2015. UPS is initially and aims to expand its alternative fuels program worldwide. UPS anticipates using up to 46 million gallon equivalents of renewable fuels over the next three years.

NEXBTL renewable diesel is a low-carbon renewable fuel that meets US Federal, California and other diesel specifications for use in diesel engines while delivering better performance and lower emissions. It is sold to fleets, refining companies and fuel distributors worldwide. NEXBTL renewable diesel is based on the company's proprietary technology and is not the same product as traditional biodiesel. (Source: Source: Neste Oil Corporation, 30 July, 2015) Contact: Neste Corp., US: Neville Fernandes, GM and President, Neste US,(713) 584-5244,; Neste Global: Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, 011 +358 50 458 4128,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  UPS,  

Malawi Jatropha Biofuel Project Gets the Nod (Int'l)
Bio-Energy Resource Limited
Date: 2015-07-29
In Malawi, Bio-Energy Resource Ltd (BERL) reports it has received regulatory approval to produce, distribute and sell up to 250,000 lpy of jatropha-based diesel fuel. The license allows the company to produce between 200,000 to 250,000 liters of diesel fuel from Jatropha plants per year.

According to the company, the approved volume of fuel will meet 2.5 pct of the country's fuel requirements. Currently, the company has over 100,000 litres of the diesel in stock and ready to be distributed in its set outlets. (Source: Bio-Energy Resource Limited, Star Africa, 27 July, 2015)Contact: Bio-Energy Resource Limited, Chikaiko Chadzunda, CEO, 011 +265 111 737 136,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha,  Biodiesel,  Diesel,  Biofuel,  

SunPower, NV Energy Ink 100-MW Solar Power Deal (Ind. Report)
SunPower,KOMIPO America,NV Energy
Date: 2015-07-29
San Jose, California-headquartered SunPower reports the signing of a 20-year PPA with NV Energy for construction of the 100-MW "Boulder Solar" PV power plant in Boulder City, Nevada. Construction is expected to get underway before the year end for completion in 2016 when it will generate sufficient power for as many as 15,000 homes.

NV Energy is a public utility which generates, transmits and distributes electric service in northern and southern Nevada, including the Las Vegas Valley, and provides natural gas service in the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area of northern Nevada.

SunPower acquired the project from KOMIPO America, Inc. earlier this year. KOMIPO America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea Midland Power Co., Ltd and was the original lead developer for the Boulder Solar project. KOMIPO America will participate in the construction and operation of the project.

SunPower expects to offer the Boulder Solar project for sale to 8point3 Energy Partners LP , the YieldCo joint venture formed by SunPower and First Solar. (Source: SunPower Corp., 23 July, 2015) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO,; KOMIPO,; NV Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunPower,  Solar,  

39,000 Natural Gas Refueling Stations Expected by 2025 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2015-07-29
Natural Gas Vehicle Refueling Infrastructure, a new report from Navigant Research analyzes the market for natural gas refueling infrastructure and the factors expected to influence its deployment, including global market forecasts segmented by fuel type, station type, and region, through 2025.

According to the report, the proliferation of natural gas as a transportation fuel is tied to government incentives and density of infrastructure. And, due to its abundant supply, low price, and ability to reduce operating costs, natural gas is an increasingly appealing alternative. As fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions standards become increasingly stringent in world markets -- particularly for medium and heavy duty vehicles -- the use of natural gas is also an effective way to reduce carbon emissions. The report projects the total number of global natural gas refueling stations is expected to grow from 23,001 in 2015 to 38,887 in 2025.

An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download HERE. (Source: Navigant Research, 28 July, 2015) Contact: Navigant Research Ellie Stutts, (2020 973-3249,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Navigant Research,  NGV,  Natural Gas,  Alternative Fuel,  

AM Conservation Group Acquires GoodCents (Ind. Report, M&A)
AM Conservation Group
Date: 2015-07-29
Charleston, S.C.-based energy efficiency program specialist AM Conservation Group reports it is investing in integrated demand side management provider GoodCents. Founded in 1977, GoodCents has become a North American leader in full-scale, demand-side services for utilities. The company's services include energy efficiency, demand response, advanced metering infrastructure to smart grid, load research and measurement and verification.

AM Conservation Group is a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Company, LLC. and GoodCents has been a portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management's Power Opportunities Group. (Source: AM Conservation Group, 28 July, 2015) Contact: AM Conservation Group, Todd Recknagel, CEO , (888) 866-1624,; GoodCents, (800) 653-3445, info@,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  AM Conservation Group,  

Dominovas Energy Preparing Financial Offering (Ind. Report)
Dominovas Energy
Date: 2015-07-29
Atlanta-based fuel cell maker Dominovas Energy Corporation reports it has engaged Pyrenees Investments, LLC as its investment bank to prepare a private placement of shares of common stock and warrants for gross proceeds of up to $10 million. The offering proceeds will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes. The offering is expected to close prior to the end of Q3 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Dominovas Energy manufactures the RUBICON™ Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system. commented, "Hiring Pyrenees Investments to secure investment capital to support the working capital needs of Dominovas Energy further enhances the Company's ability to expand its efforts to meet the documented demand for increased power generation and electricity supply worldwide. (Source: Dominovas Energy Corporation, CNN, 27 July, 2015) Contact: Dominovas Energy Corporation, Eric Fresh, Sr. VP, (800) 679-1249,, Finance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solid Oxide Fuel Cell,  Fuel Cell,  Energy Storage,  Dominovas Energy,  

IMO, GEF, UNDP Ink Maritime Low Carbon Project Deal (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-07-29
The International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed an agreement to allocate $2 million to a two-year global maritime energy efficiency partnership project (GloMEEP) which aims to support increased uptake and implementation of energy-efficiency measures for shipping.

The GloMEEP project, formally designated Transforming the Global Maritime Transport Industry towards a Low Carbon Future through Improved Energy Efficiency, will focus on the implementation of technical and operational measures in developing countries where shipping is increasingly concentrated. The aim is to promote a low-carbon maritime sector in order to minimize the adverse impacts of shipping emissions on climate change, ocean acidification and local air quality.

IMO will execute this GEF-funded GloMEEP project in partnership with UNDP. IMO Member States including Argentina, China, Georgia, India, Jamaica, Malaysia, Morocco, Panama, Philippines and South Africa, have signed up to the GloMEEP project as lead pilot countries. These lead pilot countries will be supported in taking a fast-track approach to pursuing relevant legal, policy and institutional reforms, driving national and regional government action and industry innovation to support the effective implementation of IMO’s energy efficiency requirements. (Source: IMO, MarEx., 27 July, 2015) Contact: IMO,; UNDP, 011 +41 78 732 7553,; GCF,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment Facility,  UNDP,  International Maritime Organization.Maritime Emissions,  Carbon Emissions,  

Build San Antonio Green, Solar San Antonio Merge (M&A)
San Antonio Green
Date: 2015-07-29
Two San Antonio, Texas not-for-profit organizations ,Build San Antonio Green and Solar San Antonio,are reporting the finalization of their previously announced merger and the confirmation of the Build San Antonio Green name.

Solar San Antonio was founded in 1999 to promote solar energy through its Bring Solar Home Program. Build San Antonio Green specializes in energy-efficient building practices. (Source: San Antonio Green, San Antonio Business Journal, 27 July, 2015) Contact: Build San Antonio Green, (216) 224-7278,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  

UK's Green Deal Insulation Program Frozen Cold (Int'l)
UK DECC,UK Green Building Council
Date: 2015-07-29
Citing an apparent lack of public interest and budgetary consideration, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has frozen its Green Deal insulation funding program. According the the DECC, 9,999 Green Deal loans have been approved since the program's 2013 founding. Householders who already have a Green Deal plan or those in progress will not be affected by the cuts. A total of £171 million has been committed under the fund.

According to the UK Green Building Council, the Government's strategy for cutting high energy bills through energy saving measures such as insulation was now "dead in the water."

The DECC says the government will now work with the building industry and consumer groups to find a new approach or replacement program. Existing Green Deal finance plans will not be effected to the cut. (Source: DECC, Gov't. NewsMedia, 27 July, 2015) Contact: UK Green Building Council, Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, 011 +44 (0) 7580 0623,,; DECC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK DECC,  UK Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  UK Green Building Council,  

Solar3D's $10Mn Solar Contract Approval Expected (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-07-29
Santa Barbara, California-based Solar3D, Inc., a provider of solar power solutions and the developer of a proprietary high efficiency solar cell, today announced that its MD Energy subsidiary has been awarded a $10 million, 2-MW solar project with the Fresno/Clovis Wastewater Reclamation Facility, subject to approval by the city council which is expected Thursday, 30 July.

Operated by the City of Fresno, the Fresno/Clovis Regional Water Reclamation Facility (RWRF) provides wastewater treatment services for the greater Fresno metropolitan area in order to protect public health and the environment. (Source: Solar3D, 27 July, 2015) Contact: Solar3D, Jim Nelson, CEO, (805) 690-9000,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar3D,  

UK Green Deal Energy Efficiency Scheme Dies on the Vine (Int'l)
Date: 2015-07-27
In the UK, citing spiraling costs and low public "uptake", the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced it will no longer fund the Green Deal scheme which provided loans designed to help homeowners improve the energy efficiency of their property. The government finances the scheme through the Green Deal Finance Company, which provides loans that can be used to install improvements, such as insulation, double-glazing and solar panels. The beneficiary then pays back the money through a payment attached to their energy bill, which is cancelled out by the saving made on the bill by the new measures. The loan remained attached to the property, with the duty of paying back the loan falling on whoever pays the bills for the property.

The Green Deal, which was launched in 2013 as a means to cut carbon emissions and home energy costs, did not meet DECC expectations. Only 15,600 Green Deal plans had been issued by June 2015, according to DECC data. (Source: DECC, 24 July, 2015) Contact: DECC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DECC,  Energy Efficiency,  Green Deal,  

World Bank Carbon Credit Auction Shifts 8.7Mn Tonnes of Methane Reductions (Ind. Report)
World Bank,CDM
Date: 2015-07-27
Private investors bought price guarantees for 8.7 million tons of methane emissions reductions in the first auction round held last week by the World Bank's new Pilot Auction Facility (PAF). The auction, which focused on projects to reduce methane gas emissions, drew 28 bidders and achieved a clearing price of $2.40 per credit.

. The auction will provide funding for projects that aim to cut methane emissions at landfills, agriculture and waste water sites in the emerging markets that include Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and Thailand.

The twelve auction winners, which included BP Energy Asia and Carbon 2020, will receive a World Bank Bond that pays holders a guaranteed price upon delivery of eligible carbon credits. The PAF is designed to augment the UN-backed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) carbon offset scheme which previously sought to incentivize the development of methane capture projects by allowing developers to sell carbon credits relating to the projects. The CDM-issued credits were known as Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). (Source: World Bank, 21 July, 2015) Contact: World Bank Group, Rachel Kyte, VP and Special Envoy for Climate Change, (202) 473-1000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank.,  Methane,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Market,  CDM,  Carbon Offsets,  

EPA Voluntary Methane Reduction Challenge Launched (Ind. Report)
US EPA, Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge
Date: 2015-07-27
The US EPA reports the launch of its voluntary Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge Program designed to allow companies to make specific, ambitious voluntary commitments above and beyond existing voluntary actions. The Methane Challenge expands on the ongoing Natural Gas STAR program, which encourages oil and gas producers to adopt cost-effective technologies and practices for curbing methane emissions.

Although the Natural Gas STAR program garnered voluntary methane emission reductions exceeding 1 Tcf between 1993 and 2013, the Obama administration's strategy to reduce methane emissions included in the Climate Action Plan sought an expansion of voluntary efforts by industry.

In January, the Obama Administration announced a plan to cut methane emissions in the oil and gas sector by 40 pct to 45 pct from 2012 levels by 2025. The plan included both voluntary industry steps and regulatory actions. (Source: Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge, EPA, Platts, 24 July, 2015) Contact: Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News EPA,  Methane,  Methane Emissions,  Natural Gas,  

Mercury Marine Warns Against Increased Gasoline-Ethanol Blends (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Mercury Marine
Date: 2015-07-27
On Thursday, marine and outboard engine manufacturer Mercury Marine's director of engine design and development, Tim Reid, testified before the U.S. House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Energy and Oversight on the dangers of ethanol in gasoline used in marine engines.

Reid expanded on the harmful effects of fuel with more than 10 percent blended ethanol on small marine engines. Reid cited two studies that tested the effects of 15 pct (E15) on marine engine performance, emissions and durability. In all cases E15 led to increased emissions, deterioration and in most cases complete engine failure.

Modern marine engines are only certified to run on E10 or less. Engines made before 1990 are not certified to use any fuel blended with ethanol.

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) sets the levels of ethanol to be blended into the overall fuel supply at flat numbers and does not account for the drop in fuel consumption that has occurred. That means that to comply with the RFS, ethanol levels would have to exceed the levels that most marine engines could handle. (Source: Mercury Marine, 24 July, 2015) Contact: Mercury Marine,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel Blend,  E10,  E15,  RFS,  

NRECA, White House Discuss Energy Efficiency Collaboration (Ind. Report)
NRECA, Energy Efficiency
Date: 2015-07-27
On Friday, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) met with officials from the White House Rural Council and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to discuss recent progress and potential collaboration on efficiency and renewable energy development.

In addition to renewable energy, participants discussed the Rural Utilities Service Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) which finances energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for commercial, industrial, and residential consumers. Under this program, co-ops can re-lend the money to members to develop new and diverse energy service products within their service territories. Many co-ops view maximizing co-op and end-user efficiency as a key component in a broader strategy to meeting the challenges of growing electricity demand and rising costs.

According to NRECA research, 82 pct of cooperatives offer energy efficiency programs to their members -- 67 pct offer residential energy audits; 42 pct provide energy usage data online; and 39 pct offer weatherization and conservation services.

The NRECA represents more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states. (Source: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 24 July, 2015) Contact: NRECA, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO, (703) 907-5500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRECA,  Energy Efficiency,  

UAE Among USGBC's Top 10 Green Building Markets (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-07-27
The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has identified the UAE as having the eighth-largest stock of LEED-certified buildings outside the US at 3.1 million square metres, and named the UAE one of the top 10 markets for green building space.

In terms of the number of LEED-certified and registered projects, the UAE is fifth internationally with 990 projects, behind Canada with 4,814 projects, China with 2,022), India and Brazil. The US is the largest LEED market with 53,908 certified or registered projects. Canada has the biggest stock of LEED-certified buildings outside the US at 26.6 million square metres, followed by China with 22 million.

According to the USGBC, there are over 80 Green Building Council member organizations in the UAE, and that the country has the fourth-largest number of LEED-accredited construction professionals in the world after the US, Canada and China. (Source: USGBC, National Business, Aug., 2015) Contact: USGBC, (202) 552-1500,

More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Green Building,  

Spiers Touts Battery Life Cycle Mgmt. Technology (Ind. Report)
Spiers New Technologies
Date: 2015-07-27
Oklahoma City startup battery life cycle management specialist Spiers New Technologies (SNT) reports that it grades and remanufactures used high performance batteries for electric cars reuse and for distributed energy distribution and renewable energy storage systems.

SNT uses advanced algorithms that measure and grade each battery pack. Once that assessment is complete, the company either remanufactures the pack, recycles it, or converts it from vehicular to stationary use in solar configurations.

The company has received matching grants from OCAST for engineering talent and is also working with i2E on business development plans. (Source: Spiers New Technologies, Scott Mechum, Tulsa World, 26 July, 2015) Contact: Spiers New Technologies, Dirk Spiers, CEO, (405) 605-8066,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Spiers New Technologies,  

Ethanol Loading-Storage Facility Slated for Le Mars (Ind. Report)
Plymouth Energy
Date: 2015-07-27
In the Hawkeye State, the city of Le Mars (pop. 9,870) reports it will build a large ethanol storage facility in its industrial area. The storage and loading facility will have rail access to the Burlington Junction Short Line Railroad and may be in operation later this year. The completed facility will be operated by Merrill, Iowa-based Plymouth Energy LLC. (Source: City of Le Mars, Iowa,, 24 July, 2015) Contact: City of Le Mars,; Plymouth Energy LLC, (712) 938-2373,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Etrhanol Storage,  Plymouth Energy,  

LLNL Developing Probiotic Bacteria to Protect Algal Crops (R&D)
Lawrence Livermore
Date: 2015-07-27
Following-up on our July 10th coverage, Lawrence Livermore National Lab reports receipt of an additional $1 million from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to develop "probiotic" bacteria to combat pond infestation, protect algal crops and increase ecosystem function and resilience.

The project aims to identify and employ probiotic bacteria to increase microalgal survival by two-fold when under attack by rotifers or chytrids in mass algal cultures. By using probiotic bacteria to increase algal resistance against these "grazers", the LLNL team estimates at minimum a 5 to10 pct increase in annual productivity.

The proposed tool has several advantages over the baseline, including minimal risk of pest evolution, tailored microbiome diversity to increase ecosystem resilience and productivity, and probiotics that can increase algal productivity and outgrow pests. The work will develop methodologies for translating microbiome work from bench scale to process development.

Participating institutions include Heliae Development, LLC, Sandia National Laboratories, UC Davis, and DOE's Joint Genome Institute. (Source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, July 24, 2015) Contact: US DOE,; LLNL, Michael Thelen, Research Team Leader, (925) 422-1100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Livermore,  Algal,  Algae Biofuel,  

Powerstorm Tests Commercial scale Modular Energy Storage Solution (Ind. Report)
Powerstorm ESS
Date: 2015-07-24
Rancho Palo Verdes, California-headquartered Powerstorm ESS reports completion of production and testing of its hybrid "off-grid" (MESS) system that uses solar and wind energy, along with a generator and lithium ion batteries for backup, to generate, store, and distribute between 5kWh and 750kWh of DC power.

The MESS unit's small dimensions relative to conventional electricity sources makes it easily transportable and its plug and play characteristics allow for rapid installation and startup. With its patent-pending "Digital Brain" the MESS features advanced interconnectivity and monitoring capabilities well suited for operation in remote locations.

The Company will be installing this initial unit in the Long Beach, CA, area under a pilot program, and is now ready to accept and fulfill orders. Powerstorm markets and intends to distribute the MESS in developing markets throughout Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia where reliable power is scarce and, in many areas, no large-scale electric grid exists. The Company will also pursue select opportunities within the U.S.

Powerstorm is seeking sales to telecommunication service providers where units would be installed to generate and deliver power to support the operation of wireless base stations in remote areas that lack access to on-grid electricity. (Source: PowerStorm, PR, 22 July, 2015) Contact: Powerstorm, Mike Freni,CEO, (424) 327-2993,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Powerstorm ESS,  Energy Storage,  

July 20, 2015 08:45 AM EDT • • • • • Powerstorm ESS (OTC: PSTO) (“Powerstorm” or “the Company”) ( announced today that it has completed production and testing of its first commercial scale Modular Energy Storage Solution (MESS) unit. The MESS is a hybrid “off-grid” system that uses solar and wind energy, along with a generator and lithium ion batteries for backup, to efficiently generate, store, and distribute between 5kWh and 750kWh of DC power for a variety of applications. The MESS’ small dimensions relative to conventional electricity sources makes units easily transportable, and its “plug and play” characteristics allow for rapid installation and startup. With its patent-pending “Digital Brain” the MESS features advanced interconnectivity and monitoring capabilities well suited for operation in remote locations. The Company will be installing this initial unit in the Long Beach, CA, area under a pilot program, and is now ready to accept and fulfill orders. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: Powerstorm markets and intends to distribute the MESS in developing markets throughout Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia where reliable power is scarce and, in many areas, no large-scale electric grid exists. Additionally, the Company will pursue select opportunities within the United States. Powerstorm is seeking sales to telecommunication service providers, where units would be installed to generate and deliver power to support the operation of wireless base stations in remote areas that lack access to dependable “on-grid” electricity. Additionally, Powerstorm has been working with the United Nations, the World Bank, numerous local governments, NGO’s, and charitable foundations with the intention of installing MESS units at clinics and other community centers in undeveloped rural areas in countries such as Sierra Leone, as well as making units available to be deployed in disaster recovery and humanitarian efforts. Powerstorm

Date: 2015-07-24

Hermosa Beach Fights Climate Change with Carbon Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Hermosa Beach,Brendle Group
Date: 2015-07-24
In the Golden State, the city of Hermosa Beach is instituting a holistic approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and has developed computer application that can detail the city's energy output down to the carbon emissions expended to produce and deliver its pens. The system measures every policy change and city project to determine its carbon footprint and compatibility with the city's carbon-neutral plan.

The system was developed by consultant Brendle Group. Brendle also identified the quickest and most cost effective routes for the city to reduce its carbon footprint.

For Hermosa Beach to reach its planned carbon-neutrality by 2020, the city would need to buy carbon offsets worth up to $420,000, in addition to investing in renewable energy, according to the Brendle Group.(Source: City of Hermosa Beach, Daily Breeze, 19 July, 2015) Contact: City of Hermosa Beach, Tom Bakaly, City Manager,Kristy Morris, Environmental Analyst, (310) 318-0239,; Brendle Group, (970) 207-0058,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Brendle Group,  

Butek Examining CGE WIND.e20® Turbine Design (Ind. Report)
CGE Energy
Date: 2015-07-24
Following on our March 2nd coverage, Brighton, Mich.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist CGE Energy reports delivery of their complete and improved WIND.e20® patented vertical axis wind turbine design to their strategic manufacturing and assembly partner, Burtek Enterprises. This collection of intellectual property includes the extensive computer generated data package and complete bill of materials.

The WIND.e20®, which is designed for distributed energy generation, features hydraulically collapsing blades, trim-flap braking systems, and an environmentally friendly removable footing, and multiple advancements in wind turbine technologies and installation methods.

Burtek will re-run the in depth analysis and simulations to verify final material strengths necessary to meet the WIND.e20®'s 20-plus-year operating life, safety requirements and energy production specifications.

Burtek is a full-service design, engineering, and manufacturing organization. (Source: CGE Enewrgy, 23 July, 2015) Contact: CGE Energy, Paul Schneider, (248) 446-1344,,; Burtek Enterprises, (586) 421-8000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CGE Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  Vertical Axix Wind Turbine,  

US DOE Funds Sub-Sea Carbon Storage Research (Funding)
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Date: 2015-07-24
The U.S. DOE has announced $12 million in new grant funding to study the east coast Atlantic Ocean floor's carbon sequestration potential.

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is among the technologies both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the federal government see as one of the best solutions to control greenhouse gas emissions without forcing utilities to stop using fossil fuels.

The four CCS research projects receiving federal funding will take another step toward that goal, exploring whether offshore carbon storage is feasible in both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the Southern States Energy Board will lead a study estimating the total amount of carbon dioxide that can be stored off the entire East Coast and Gulf Coast. Each project will begin later this year. (Source: US DOE, IPCC, Climate Central, 22 July, 2015) Contact: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,  Climate Change,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  

Wind Test Tunnel Planned for Madrid (Int'l., Ind. Report)
Gamesa,Technical University of Madrid
Date: 2015-07-24
Gamesa and the Technical University of Madrid have announced plans to build a wind testing tunnel for wind turbines and blades. It would also be used to take aerodynamic noise measurements, dynamic tests and simulations. According to the project manager Antonio de la Torre, the facility will "enable static testing of turbine blades by simulating the incidence of wind from any direction and at any type of site." The planned test tunnel is expected to be commissioned next year. (Source: Gamesa, Winpower Monthly, Others, 21 July, 2015)Contact: Gamesa Corp.,; Technical University of Madrid,

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Newlight Touting Methane-to-Plastics Technology (Ind. Report)
Newlight Technologies
Date: 2015-07-24
Costa Mesa, CA-based biotechnology startup Newlight Technologies is touting a commercially viable way to make a thermoplastic using captured methane emissions. The company has entered into 20-year take-or-pay contract with Houston-based global plastics and chemicals marketing firm, Vinmar International Ltd., for up to a billion pounds of Newlight's "AirCarbon PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates)," a PHA-based thermoplastic. The company produces AirCarbon by combining what it describes as a "breakthrough high-yield biocatalyst" with air and captured methane-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mostly captured from cow dung in dairy operations.

According to Newlight CEO co-founder Mark Herrema, the company wants to change the way the world makes materials by using GHG as a resource. Critics have questioned the degree to which the Newlight's waste methane-to-plastics technology might influence future climate change programs. (Source: Newlight Technologies, NGI, 20 July, 2015) Contact: Newlight Technologies, (888) 269-0489,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  GHGs,  Greenhouse Gas,  

AWEA Lauds Wind Power Tax Credits Extension (Ind. Report)
Date: 2015-07-24
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has applauded the decision of the US Senate Finance Committee to extend over 50 tax policies favoring wind energy through 2016. The committee voted 23-3 in favor of extending the renewable energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The credits, which incentivize the American wind industry, allow wind farms to qualify so long as they begin construction while the tax credits are in place. The current credits expire at the end of this year.

Industry data shows that more than 70 pct of congressional districts contain operating wind turbines, wind-related factories, or both, and that wind has supported economic development in all 50 states, attracting over $100 billion in private investment to the US economy since 2008. It has also created a brand new domestic manufacturing sector which has over 500 facilities across 43 states. (Source: AWEA, 21 July, 2015) Contact: AWEA, Lindsay North, Media Relations and Outreach, (202) 431-4587,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AWEA,  Wind,  Renewable Energy Tax Credit,  

Battery/Energy storage Companies Raise $194Mn - Energy Efficiency Firms Raise $351Mn in First Half of 2015 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Mercom Capital Group
Date: 2015-07-24
Austin, Texas-based energy communications and consulting firm Mercom Capital Group llc,has released a new report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the battery, energy storage and energy efficiency sectors for the second quarter of 2015.

The report found that companies in the battery/storage space received $126 million in VC funding in 13 deals, significantly higher compared to $69 million in seven deals in Q1 2015. Battery/storage companies raised $194 million in the first half of 2015 compared to $282 million raised in the first half of 2014.

Top Battery/storage deals included the $58.1 million raise by VionX Energy, a manufacturer of vanadium redox flow batteries; followed by Cnano Technology, a manufacturer and developer of multi-wall carbon nanotube products for the energy storage, structural and electronics industries, which raised $15 million. Stem, a provider of behind-the-meter energy storage systems, raised $12 million; Skeleton Technologies, a developer and manufacturer of ultra-capacitors, raised $10.7 million; and Advanced MicroGrid Solutions, a company that designs, finances, installs and manages advanced energy storage solutions for commercial, industrial and government building owners, received $8.8 million.

Energy Efficiency companies received $211 million in VC funding in 18 deals in Q2 2015, which was up compared to $140 million in 15 deals in the last quarter. Efficiency companies have brought in $351 million in the first half of 2015 compared to $269 million in the same period in last year.

Top Efficiency deals included the $70 million raise by Transphorm, a developer of efficient power conversion devices; followed by Aledia, a developer and manufacturer of 3D LEDs, which raised $31 million; and FirstFuel Software, a developer of a building analytics platform to enable and track energy efficiency in commercial buildings, which received $23 million. eVolution Networks, an energy consumption solution provider for mobile network operators, raised $22.5 million, and GaN Systems, a developer and manufacturer of gallium nitride transistors for efficient power conversion and power supply applications raised $20 million.

There were 42 investors who participated in VC funding rounds, of which four companies participated in two deals each: BDC Capital, E.ON, RockPort Capital, and CEA Investissement. There were five debt and public market financing deals in the Efficiency category for $355 million this quarter compared to $183 million in three deals in Q1 2015. The largest deal was the $240 million raised by Renovate America, a provider of residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing in the U.S. for energy efficiency solutions through the issuance of bonds. There were ten M&A transactions (four disclosed) for $301 million this quarter in the efficiency category. The largest disclosed deal this quarter was the $263 million acquisition of a 59% stake in Lattice Power, an LED manufacturer, by Shunfeng International Clean Energy, a solar project developer. (Source: Mercom Capital Group, Energy Solutions, 22 July, 2015) Contact: Report and purchase details are available at Mercon Capital,(512) 215-4452,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  

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