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, www.3ders.org, August, 2013) Contact:
Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium, http://www.energy.unimelb.edu.au/victorian-organic-solar-cell-consortium
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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, www.maxwell.com; China CNR Corp, China Rolling Stock Corp, en.chinacnr.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Maxwell Technologies, Energy Storage, Ultracapacitor,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.saudiaramco.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Saudi Aramco, CCS, Enhanced Oil Recovery,
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, www2.dteenergy.com
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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, email@example.com, www.vegabiofuels.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vega Biofuels news, Clean Power Plan news,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.worldcoal.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Coal Association , World Bank, Coal,
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, www.illinois.edu; Phoenix Solar, http://www.phoenixsolar-group.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Phoenix Solar, Solar, University of Illinois Urbana,
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, https://english.tau.ac.il
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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, email@example.com, www.csiro.au
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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, www.yankon.com
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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)
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.patternenergy.com; GE Wind, www.ge-energy.com/wind
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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,
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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, www.assurant.com; ENERGY STAR Certification for Commercial Buildings: www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings, www.energystar.gov
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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, email@example.com, http://www.2050motors.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News 2050 Motors, Methanol, Ethanol, Alternative Fuel,
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, www.martifersolar.com
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"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, www.biodiesel.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel, Biofuel, National Biodiesel Board, RFS,
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, ww.wyndhamworldwide.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News United Airlines, Wyndham Worldwide, Carbon Offsets, Carbon Credits,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org,www.wegowise.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency Software, WegoWise,
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,
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, www.dupont.com, http://photovoltaics.dupont.com; China Renewable Energy Society , http://en.openei.org/wiki/Chinese_Renewable_Energy_Society_CRES_formerly_Chinese_Solar_Energy_Society
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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, email@example.com;
Neste Global: Kaisa Hietala, Executive VP, Renewable Products, 011 +358 50 458 4128, www.neste.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.berl.biz
More Low-Carbon Energy News Jatropha, Biodiesel, Diesel, Biofuel,
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, www.sunpower.com; KOMIPO, https://www.komipo.co.kr/kom_eng; NV Energy, https://www.nvenergy.com
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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, email@example.com, www.navigantresearch.com
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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, www.amconservationgroup.com; GoodCents, (800) 653-3445, info@http://goodcents.com, http://goodcents.com
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org, Finance, www.dominovasenergy.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, Fuel Cell, Energy Storage, Dominovas Energy,
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, www.imo.org; UNDP, 011 +41 78 732 7553, www.undp.org; GCF, www.thegef.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Environment Facility, UNDP, International Maritime Organization.Maritime Emissions, Carbon Emissions,
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, www.buildsagreen.org
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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, http://www.ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org; DECC, www.decc.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News UK DECC, UK Green Building Council, Energy Efficiency, UK Green Building Council,
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, email@example.com, http://www.Solar3D.com
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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, www.decc.gov.uk
More Low-Carbon Energy News DECC, Energy Efficiency, Green Deal,
. 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, http://www.worldbank.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News World Bank., Methane, Carbon Credit, Carbon Market, CDM, Carbon Offsets,
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 , www.epa.gov/gasstar/methanechallenge
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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, www.mercurymarine.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel, Biofuel Blend, E10, E15, RFS,
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, http://www.nreca.coop
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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, www.usgbc.org
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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, www.spiersnewtechnologies.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery, Energy Storage, Spiers New Technologies,
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, energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy; LLNL, Michael Thelen, Research Team Leader, (925) 422-1100, www.llnl.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Livermore, Algal, Algae Biofuel,
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, http://www.powerstormcapital.com, www.powerstormess.com
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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, www.hermosabch.org; Brendle Group, (970) 207-0058, www.brendlegroup.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change, Carbon Emissions, Brendle Group,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cgeenergy.com; Burtek Enterprises, (586) 421-8000, www.burtekenterprises.com
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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
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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, http://newlight.com
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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, email@example.com, www.awea.org
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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, www.mercomcapital.com
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