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Reliance Solar, Bill Gates Invest in Green Power Storage (Int'l.)
Reliance Industries, Ambri
Date: 2021-08-11
Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Ltd subsidiary Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL) reports it, along with Paulson & Co. Inc. Bill Gates, and other investors, have invested of $144 million in Massachusetts-based long-duration energy storage specialist Ambri Inc.

Ambri's patented 4-24 hour long- duration energy storage systems will break through the cost, longevity and safety barriers associated with lithium-ion batteries used in grid-scale stationary storage applications. RNESL and Ambri are also in considering a collaboration on a large-scale battery manufacturing facility in India.

Ambri caters to projects requiring from 10 MWh to over 2 GWh of energy storage systems and that are more economical than lithium-ion batteries. Ambri systems are well suited to peak times and high-usage applications, according to the release. (Source: Reliance Industries Limited, PR, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ambri, www.ambri.com; About Reliance Industries Limited, Tushar Pania, + 91 9820 088536, tushar.pania@ril.com, www.ril.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  Reliance Industries,  Bill Gates,  Renewable Energy Storage,  Energy Strage,  Ambri,  


Enbridge, Walker Ind., Comcor Partner on RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
Enbridge Inc
Date: 2021-05-03
Calgary-based Enbridge Inc., environmental waste management specialist Walker Industries and Cambridge, Ontario-based Comcor Environmental, are reporting a partnership to jointly develop renewable natural gas (RNG) projects . The partnership aims to transform landfill waste into carbon-neutral energy, which will be injected into local natural gas distribution networks across Canada, reducing the overall carbon emission of the gas supply used to heat homes, power businesses and fuel vehicle fleets.

The industry estimates over 33 Petajoules (PJ) of landfill derived RNG can be generated in Canada, potentially supplying energy to approximately 400,000 homes for a year. Canada has over 10,000 landfill sites, generating approximately 30 Megatonnes (Mt) of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) annually, accounting for 20 percent of national methane emissions, according to the release. (Source: Enbridge Inc., Website, PR, Greenlane, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Enbridge, Leanne McNaughton, Communications, 519-619-0370 leanne.mcnaughton@enbridge.com, www.enbridge.com; Comcor Environmental Limited, www.comor.com; Walker Industries, www.walkerind.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Enbridge,  


Malta, Vistra, SwRi Study Clean Power, Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Enegy Storage
Date: 2021-04-16
Cambridge, Mass,-based thermal energy storage specialist Malta Inc. and retail electricity and power generation company Vistra, in collaboration with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have won US DOE grant funding to study how Malta's energy storage system can improve the environmental and economic performance of a natural gas-powered power plant.

The study will focus on integration of the Malta Pumped Heat Energy System (PHES) with a Vistra owned natural gas-fired plant to optimize its environmental and economic performance. The Malta system will convert and store that energy as heat then convert it back to electricity that can be redistributed on demand and can store eletric power for up to 200 hours. (Source: Malta Inc., PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Malta Inc., Matt Burke, matt.burke@maltainc.com, info@maltainc.com, www.maltainc.com; Vistra, www.vistracorp.com/sustainability; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southwest Research Institute ,  Vistra,  Energy Storage,  


Mass Save Municipal Partnership Participants Announced (Ind. Report)
Mass Saves, Eversource, National Grd
Date: 2021-02-19
In the Bay State, Mass Save® program sponsors Eversource and National Grid are reporting the communities of Framingham, Andover, Cambridge, Chelsea, Haverhill, Lawrence, Marshfield, Methuen and Westborough have been selected to participate in the 2021 Municipal Partnership and will benefit from funding and support to implement energy efficiency outreach in their communities.

The Municipal Partnership provides grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts municipalities that meet the partnership's goals for implementing energy efficiency outreach in their residential and small business communities and achieve exceptional energy savings by completing energy assessments and the installation of energy upgrades. These incentives are in addition to energy efficiency incentives already available to residents.

The MassSave® program, which is open to homeowners and renters, includes a no-cost energy audit and report that makes it easy to improve a home's energy efficiency. Mass Save will also install energy-saving products such as ENERGY STAR LED light bulbs; advanced power strips; low-flow showerheads; faucet aerators; and programmable thermostats or discounted wireless thermostats, all at no cost to home owners and renters. Program participants may also qualify for additional offers, rebates, and incentives for insulation, energy efficient HVAC and others based on the Home Energy Assessment report and household income levels. Mass Save is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers including Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, Eversource, Liberty Utilities, National Grid and Unitil. (Source: Mass Save, City of Framingham, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Mass Save, www.masssave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MassSave,  Eversource,  National Grid,  Energy Efficiency,  


Cambridgeshire 50MW Battery Storage Plant Underway (Int'l.)
SNS plc
Date: 2021-02-12
In the UK, Glasgow-headquartered smart energy infrastructure company, SMS plc reports construction is underway on a 50MW grid-scale battery storage development in Burwell, Cambridgeshire. Work on a second 49 MW site in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, will get underway later this month. The two projects are the first in an initial 270MW pipeline that SMS seeks to build over the next two years.

SMS, which finances, installs, and manages low-carbon energy assets across the grid, will deliver the projects from initial construction through to ongoing operation, trading, maintenance, and asset management for the expected 40-year lifespan of the batteries.

The UK currently has over 1GW of storage in operation and an expanding pipeline of projects across the country. (Source: SMS, Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: SMS, Tim Mortlock, COO, +44 0 141 249 3880, www.sms-plc.com

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


Offshore Hydrogen Production Project Funded (Funding, Int'l. Report)
Orsted, ITM Power,
Date: 2021-01-13
A consortium of London-headquartered ITM Power plc, Orsted A/S, Siemens Gamesa and Cambridge, UK-based Element Energy is reporting receipt of €5 million in funding from the EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU) for the OYSTER project to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining a single offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyzer and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore. The consortium will develop and test a megawatt-scale fully marinized electrolyzer in a shoreside pilot trial coordinated by Element Energy.

The OYSTER project aims to produce hydrogen from offshore wind at a cost that is competitive with natural gas (with a realistic carbon tax), thus unlocking bulk markets for green hydrogen making a meaningful impact on CO2 emissions, and facilitating the transition to a fully renewable energy system in Europe. The project is expected to run from 2021 through 2024 and is a key first step on the path to developing a commercial offshore hydrogen production industry and will demonstrate innovative solutions with significant potential in Europe and beyond.

For the project, ITM Power is responsible for the development of the electrolyzer system and electrolyzer trials, while Orsted will lead the offshore deployment analysis and feasibility study of future physical offshore electrolyzer deployments, and support ITM Power in the design of the electrolyzer system for marinization and testing. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Element Energy are providing technical and project expertise. (Source: ITM, Orsted, PR, Chem Engineering, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: ITM Power, www.itm-power.com; Element Energy, www.element-energy.co.uk; EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, www.fch.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  Offshore Wind news,  


Cambridge UK Touts Green Measures to tackle Climate Change (Int'l.)
City of Cambridge
Date: 2021-01-11
In the UK, the city of Cambridge -- home of Cambridge University which last year announced plans to divest from fossil fuels by 2030 -- is reporting a series of green proposals aimed at reducing carbon emissions and promoting biodiversity in the city of roughly 124,000 residents.

The measures include: the planting of 2,000 new trees in public spaces in the next three years; creation of a green investment reserve to support energy efficient and energy generating projects including solar energy; encouraging and increasing the use of electric vehicles and installation of EV charging points; retro-fitting council homes (subsidized low-income housing) for increased energy efficiency; a further £300,000 investment in city-owned property carbon-reduction initiatives; creation of a Climate Change Officer role within city government, and others. (Source: Cambridge City, Varsity, Jan., 2021) Contact: City of Cambridge, www.cambridge.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Cambridge to Monitor Bldg. Energy Efficiency from Space (R&D)
Cambridge, UK Space Agency
Date: 2020-12-09
The University of Cambridge Institute of Astronomy is one of 21 UK organisations awarded a share of over £7 million in funding from the UK Space Agency's National Space Innovation Programme (NSIP).

The Cambridge research team will develop and build a prototype high-resolution thermal infrared space telescope and related satellite communications to track a structure's energy consumption and efficiency as well as develop end-user climate change cases to identify buildings using large amounts of energy.

UK Space Agency grant funding supports companies and universities with radical ideas for tackling climate change through earth observation or addresses satellite communications challenges. (Source: UK Space Agency, Website PR, 7 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Cambridge, Dr Ian Parry, Cambridge Institute of Astronomy, +44 1223 337548 , www.ast.cam.ac.uk; UK Space Agency, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-space-agency

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd. Touts CO2LOC Technology (Int'l.)
Cambridge Carbon Capture
Date: 2020-11-27
In the UK, Government-backed research run by Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd.(CCC) will use its patented CO2LOC technology to capture CO2 and NOx emissions from a clay roof tile kiln then converted into a solid mineral by-product made into concrete blocks. The CO2LOC technology also produces silica and metals such as Nickel and Cobalt to be used in batteries and other applications.

CCC's "patented CO2LOC technology offers a realistic solution to climate change by enabling industry to profitably sequester CO2 through a two-stage mineralization process. The mineralization process permanently locks the sequestered CO2 in rock form and due to its flexibility, can be utilized across a range of industries. CO2LOC is unique in that it approaches the planet's dependency on fossil fuels by introducing a profit motive to industry to invest in emission-reduction. Our advanced mineralisation processes combine low cost inputs to de-carbonise the emissions, whilst simultaneously producing valuable by-products," accoring to the company website. (Source: Cambridge Carbon Capture, Express & Star, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Cambridge Carbon Capture, Michael Evans, CEO, michael.evans@cacaca.co.uk, +44 (0) 7795 025550, www.cacaca.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cambridge Carbon Capture ,  


Schneider, GEO Partner on Home Energy Management Systems (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric, Green Energy Options
Date: 2020-09-18
In the UK, energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric is reporting a partnership with Cambridge-based smart home energy specialist Green Energy Options (GEO) to advance home energy management systems in the UK.

The partnership joind GEO's innovative, agile product development and data insights with Schneider's energy management technology and extensive channel network, according to the release.

According to the Climate Change Committee (CCC), the UK will miss its 2050 zero carbon goals without almost entirely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from Britain's 29 million homes. "Developing a net zero home requires smarter, more connected and more efficient mass market solutions", according to the Schneider release. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, ECA Today, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Green Energy Options, Patrick Caiger-Smith, CEO , +44 (0)1223 850 210, www.geotogether.com; Schneider Electric, Mike Hughes, Zone President UK & Ireland, www.se.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  Green Energy Options ,  


Eastern New Energy Supports UK Businesses Decarbonization (Int'l.)
Eastern New Energy
Date: 2020-09-09
In the UK, the University of East London is reporting the launch of the Eastern New Energy (ENE) programme aimed at building a stronger and locally focused low carbon economy in the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire region by supporting and helping area organizations understand and address the barriers to the decarbonization of communities, buildings, transport, and the economy in general.

To that end, ENE will work with businesses, communities and others to: develop and deliver net zero action plans; construct new zero-carbon homes; retrofit existing homes and commercial buildings; transition vehicle fleets to lower carbon alternatives; develop community and commercial energy projects; and design, develop and bring to market new low carbon products and services.

The ENE project is receiving up to £5.1 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund which will be managed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The environmental charity PECT will provide grants to eligible small and medium-sized businesses in Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire to help catalyze capital investments in energy efficiency initiatives.

PECT is an independent, grassroots charitable climate change focused organization that educates, inspires, and motivates individuals and organizations to change their behavior to deliver a positive environmental impact. PECT previously supported over 270 businesses and identified £1,400,000 of cost savings and 6,500 tonnes of carbon savings that could be realized through recommended actions. (Source: University of East London, Cambridge Network, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PECT, Carly Leonard, CEO, +44 0 1733 882549, ene@pect.org.uk, www.pect.org.uk; University of East London, Eastern New Energy, www.uel.ac.uk/sri/eastern-new-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Energy Efficiency,  


Bio-bean Processing Coffee Ground Biofuel, Pellets (Int'l. Report)
Bio-bean
Date: 2020-05-19
In the UK, Cambridgeshire-based Bio-bean reports it is recycling roughly 7,000 tpy of used coffee grounds into solid pellet or log fuels for household and industrial use.

The coffee pellets burn about 20 pct hotter and 20 pct longer than wood logs, according to the company. Bio-bean's commercial biomass pellets are certified by the UK's Sustainable Fuel Register, while the coffee logs have "lower particulate emissions than most wood logs," the company notes.

Bio-bean has raised more than $7 million in funding since it's 2013 launch. was founded in 2013. (Source: Bio-bean, CNN, 15 May, 2020) Contact: Bio-bean, George May, CEO, +44 203 744 6500, +44 (0) 7979 495640, info@bio-bean.com, www.bio-bean.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-bean,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Pellet,  


Total Exploring Quantum Algorithms for CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2020-05-19
Paris-based energy giant TOTAL reports it is partnering with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to develop new quantum algorithms to improve Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) materials and technologies.

TOTAL presently invests up to 10 pct of its $1 billion annual R&D effort on CCS related technologies and initiatives. TOTAL is working on nanoporous materials (adsorbents) that could eventually be used to trap the CO2 emitted by the Group's industrial operations or those of other major emitters. Absorbents could also be used to capture CO2 directly from the air (Direct Air Capture or DAC).

(Source: TOTAL, PR, Business Wire, 15 May, 2020) Contact: TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Cambridge Quantum Computing, www.cambridgequantum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Direct Air,  


Form Energy, Great River Energy Storage Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
Form Energy, Great River Energy
Date: 2020-05-11
Somerville,Mass.-based grid energy storage specialist Form Energy reports it is partnering with Minnesota-based utility Great River Energy to jointly deploy a 1MW / 150MWh pilot project in Cambridge, MN. Great River Energy is Minnesota's second-largest electric utility and the fifth largest generation and transmission cooperative in the U.S.

This system will be the first commercial deployment of Form Energy's proprietary grid-connected aqueous air battery system.

In preparation for the pilot, Form Energy conducted a portfolio optimization study of Great River Energy's unique system characteristics with Formware™, a proprietary software analytics platform design to help energy planners model future grids. Formware™ was purpose-built to model high penetration renewables at the system level and determine how all types of storage enable cost-effective renewable energy integration.

Since its 2017 founding, Form Energy has raised over $50 million in funding. (Source: Form Energy, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Form Energy, Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, www.formenergy.com; Great River Energy , Vice President and Chief Power Supply Officer Jon Brekke. www.greatriverenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Great River Energy,  Energy Storage ,  


Lystek Demonstrates New Anaerobic Digestion Tech. (Ind. Report)
Lystek International,California Energy Commission
Date: 2020-05-08
Cambridge, Ontario-headquartered Lystek International Limited reports it is working with the Goleta California Sanitary District (GSD)and the California Energy Commission (CEC) on a project that separates and co-digests organic food waste in a mobile skid-mounted anaerobic digester.

For the CEC funded project the digesters are being fed at variable rates to verify and document the level of biogas generation from the food waste collected and provide "real-world information that other wastewater and solid waste professionals can use to determine how best to manage SSO and food waste material."

In the coming months, Lystek will submit the results from the first phase of the project to the CEC. The next steps will include investigating the use of the company's patented low-temperature thermal hydrolysis process, LystekTHP, and the LysteMize refeed process for AD optimisation. According to the company, this allows for post-digestion processing of biosolids and the recirculation of the processed material, providing an improved biogas yield and increased energy generation. (Source: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Lystek International Limited, May, 2020) Contact: Lystek International Ltd., James Dunbar, Bus. Dev, GM, (226) 444-0186, (888) 501-6508, (707) 430-5500 -- Calif., info@lystek.com, www lystek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission ,  Lystek International,  Anaerobic Digester,  


Harvard's $40.9Bn Endowment Aims for Carbon Neutrality (Ind Report)
Harvard College
Date: 2020-04-24
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harvard University is reporting a new pledge to reduce carbon and other GHG emissions by monitoring its $40,9 billion endowment investment portfolio with a view to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The net-zero pledge is a first among U.S. endowments. Harvard's is the world's largest educational endowment fund.

The university's governing body, the Harvard Management Company (HMC), which administers the endowment, plans to reach net-zero by 2050 through a collaboration with faculty and other experts and careful work with asset managers to examine their portfolio's transparency and emission levels. HMC expects to formulate detailed plans to achieve net-zero emissions before the year end.

Harvard's new pledge aligns with HMC's sustainable-investing framework, which was adopted in 2014 when Harvard signed on to the U.N.-sponsored Principles for Responsible Investment, a six-point outline for a global standard. (Source: Harvard Gazette, 21 April, 2020) Contact: Harvard Management Company, www.hmc.harvard.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon-Neutra,  ,  Carbon Emissions,  


AstraZeneca Investing $1Bn in CO2, Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
AstraZeneca
Date: 2020-01-24
Cambridge, UK-based British-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca reports it will invest $1 billion to reach zero carbon emissions across its global operations by 2025, and ensure its entire value chain is carbon negative by 2030 -- as outlined in the company's just released Ambition Zero Carbonstrategy.

To that end, AstraZeneca plans to cut carbon emissions to net-zero emissions within its own operations without relying on offset schemes, use 100 pct renewable energy, and reduce total energy consumption by 10 pct from a 2015 base, all by 2025. The pharmaceuticals maker is also planning a 50,000,000 tree reforestation initiative named AZ Forest which will launch in Australis this February. (Source: AstraZeneka, PR, BusinessGreen, 20 Jan., 2020) Contact: AstraZeneca, Pascal Soirot, CEO, +44 (0)20 3749 5000, www.astrazeneka.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Carbon Emissions,  Reforestation,  Carbon Offsets,  


ScottishPower Plans Solar and Battery Installations at UK Wind Parks (Int'l. Report)
Iberdrola,ScottishPower
Date: 2019-12-06
In the UK, Iberdrola-owned ScottishPower is reporting plans to install solar panels and batteries next to its wind turbines nationwide.

Applications for the solar and battry installations have been submitted for existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Cambridgeshire in England with projects in Scotland and Ireland to follow. The company is also developing 1,000 MW of new onshore wind projects which will also be solar panel and battery equipped.

ScottishPower is the first integrated energy company in the UK to solely generate 100 pct renewable energy, according to the company. (Source: ScottishPower, Scotland Herald, 5 Dec., 2019) Contact: ScottishPower Renewables, Lindsay McQuade, CEO, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  ScottishPower,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  Solar,  


UK Business Energy Efficiency Programme Touted (Int'l Report)
Peterborough Environment City Trust
Date: 2019-10-25
In the UK, the Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) reports its Business Energy Efficiency programme (BEE) is offering Cambridgeshire businesses fully funded energy efficiency reviews and grants towards the implementation of energy efficiency measures, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Since the programme's 2017 inception, over 6,300 tonnes of carbon savings have been identified by businesses switching to more sustainable technologies. (Source: Cambridge Network, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Business Energy Efficiency Programme, Antony Gough, +44 0 1733 882549, info@beecp.co.uk, www.beecp.org; European Regional Development Fund, www.europarl.europa.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Funding,  


Cambridge, All In Energy Partner for Energy Efficiency (Ind Report)
All In Energy
Date: 2019-09-30
In the Bay State, the City of Cambridge reports it has partnered with All In Energy, a Boston-based nonprofit, to increase and enhance energy efficiency outreach to renters and landlords in one- to four-unit buildings.

resources and renewable energy programs. The organization serves as a pipeline for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs, resources and workforce development in the sector.

Through the partnership with the city, All In Energy and its partner Neeeco, a "Mass Save" home performance contractor, will offer dedicated access to a rental property energy adviser to connect renters with no-cost home energy assessments, including instant savings measures like LED light bulbs and programmable thermostats, as well as a customized list of actions to help residents save energy and money. (Source: City of Cambridge, Cambridge Chronicle & Tab, 16 Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge Energy Alliance, www.cambridgeenergyalliance.org, www.allinenergy.org/cambridge; All In Energy, www.allinenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News All In Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Biodiesel Fueling Specialist Wins $1Mn 76West Prize (Ind Report)
Optimus Technologies,NYSERDA
Date: 2019-09-27
The office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports Pittsburgh--based truck biodiesel fueling systems manufacturer Optimus Technologies is the $1,000,000 first prize winner in the 76West Clean Energy Competition. The 76West competition supports growing clean energy businesses to foster economic development, according to the release.

A total of $2.5 million was competitively awarded to six companies. A $500,000 winner and four $250,000 winners were also named as part of the competition, which is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Other winners included: Radical Plastics of Marblehead, Massachusetts; Buffalo NY-based CleanFiber; Cambridge Crops of Somerville, Massachusetts; Carbon Upcycling Technologies of Calgary, Alberta; and ProsumerGrid of Atlanta, Georgia. (Source: Office of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Business Journal News Network, 25 Sept., 2019) Contact: 76West, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All Programs/Programs/76west; Optimus Technologies, Colin Huwyler, CEO, Ian Winner, (412) 727-8228x6, ian.winner@optimustec.com, www.optimustec.com; Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), www.governor.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov/content/governor-contact-form; NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Andrew Cuomo,  Optimus Technologies,  Biodiesel,  


Cambridge Emissions Drop After Ditching Red Meat (Ind. Report)
Cambridge University
Date: 2019-09-13
In the UK, Cambridge University is reporting a 10.5 pct drop in carbon emissions since its 2016 decision to drop beef and lamb from its food service offerings. It also noted a 33 pct reduction in carbon emissions per kilogram of food purchased and a 28 pct reduction in the amount of land use per kilogram of food. (Source: Cambridge Univ., LiveKindly, Sept., 2019) Contact: Cambridge University, www.unicen.cam.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


Kenyans Investigating Water Hyacinth Biofuel Production (Int'l)
Kenya
Date: 2019-08-28
In Kenya, the free floating, highly invasive water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), an aquatic plant native to South America, is being investigated as a possible biofuel feedstock because of its high ratio of carbon to nitrogen and its abundance and ready availability in Lake Victoria, Kisumu, Kenya.

In 2014, Nigerian academics reported better water hyacith biogas yields when the plant was mixed with sanitised chicken manure in anaerobic digestors. Kenyan scientists agree with the Nigerian claim that animal dung enhances the process of converting water hyacith into biogas. In India, scientists experimented with mixing water hyacinth with Cannabis sativa for better biogas yields.

The Nairobi-based Biogas International company, the pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the University of Cambridge's Institute for Sustainability are collaborating on a project to test whether water hyacinth biogas can provide an effective alternative to firewood and charcoal for cooking and other uses in rural Kenyan communities. (Source: Biogas International, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, Guardain, Aug., 2019) Contact: Biogas International, Dominic Kahumbu Wanjihia, CEO, +254 722 700530, www.biogas.co.ke

More Low-Carbon Energy News water hyacinth,  Biofuel,  


Wind to Power Akamai Technologies Dallas Data Center (Ind. Report)
Akamai Technologies
Date: 2019-05-08
Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies is reporting completion and upcoming startup of the Seymour Hills Wind Farm, in which the company invested. When fully operational, Akamai's aggregate Texas area data centre operations will be powered by 8 MW of renewable wind energy generated by the Seymour Hills Wind Farm in northwestern Texas.

The wind farm is part of Akamai's commitment to source renewable energy for 50 pct of its global network operations by 2020.

The Seymour Hills project, which is included in ERCOT, incorporates 12 wind turbines to generate 30 MW of energy. (Source: Akamai Technologies, telecompaper, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Akamai Technologies, www.akamai.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Akamai Technologies,  Wind,  


Tampa Electric Switching to Itron Smart Street Lighting (Ind Report)
Itron,Tampa Electric
Date: 2019-02-18
In Florida, the investor-owned Tampa Electric Company reports it is working with Itron to deploy a smart lighting solution to allow streetlights to communicate with the utility. The Itron initiative is line with the utility’s streetlight replacement programme to convert traditional lighting infrastructure to energy-efficient LED technology, Tampa Electric will install more than 260,000 Itron smart photocells in the next five years.

With Itron's smart streetlight solution, the utility can remotely control streetlight fixtures using advanced capabilities, such as dynamic dimming. Itron’s network also give the utility a foundation for future distribution automation and smart city applications, such as air quality management or smart parking. (Source: Tampa Electric, Smart Cities News, 17 Feb., 2019) Contact: Tampa Electric, www.tampaelectric.com; Itron, Steve Hambric, VP, www.itron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  LED Light,  Streetlight,  Tampa Electric,  


Itron, AES Consulting Partner on CA. Smart Home Study (Ind. Report
Itron,California Energy Commission
Date: 2018-11-21
Energy management specialist Itron reports it is partnering with Carlsbad, California-based Alternative Energy Systems (AES)Consulting and other companies to help some 100 Southern California consumers better control distributed energy resources (DERs). Itron was selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to provide its load management technology for the Smart Home Study aimed at minimizing consumer energy costs and reducing the negative impacts of distributed resources on the main grid.

Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs. (Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com; Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Itron,  California Energy Commission,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  

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