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Australia Minerals Council Releases Climate Action Plan (Int'l)
Minerals Council of Australia
Date: 2020-06-24
In the Land Down Under, the Perth-headquartered Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is touting its just unveiled Climate Action Plan outlining how the MCA and its members are taking action on climate change as part of the minerals sector's collective commitment to the Paris Agreement and its goal of net zero emissions globally and in Australia.

The MCA's Climate Action Plan is comprised of two components; an enduring 10-point framework to support the three core objectives -- enabling the potential of technology to decarbonise the minerals sector, increasing transparency in reporting, and sharing of practical knowledge on climate responses -- and a comprehensive three-year work plan with 30 activities.

The Climate Action Plan will be reviewed annually and publicly reported on to ensure it remains consistent with Australia's climate policy ambitions in support of the Paris Agreement, according to the MCA release. (Source: Minerals Council of Australia, Mining Weekly, Creamers, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Minerals Council of Australia, Tania Constable, CEO, info@minerals.org.au, www.minerals.org.au

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


Milking the Plant Report 13 Dairy Companies Produce More Emissions than the Entire State of Florida! (Ind. Report Attached)
Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy
Date: 2020-06-22
Thirteen of the world's largest dairy corporations combined to emit more greenhouse gases in 2017 than major polluters BHP, the Australia-based mining, oil and gas giant or ConocoPhillips, the U.S.-based oil company. Unlike growing public scrutiny on fossil fuel companies, little public pressure exists to hold global meat and dairy corporations accountable for their emissions, even as scientific evidence mounts that our food system is responsible for up to 37 pct of all global emissions, according to the attached report.

The report notes "the total combined emissions of the largest dairy corporations rose by 11 pct in just two years (2015-2017) since we last reported on them. Even as governments signed the Paris Agreement in 2015 to significantly rein in global emissions, these companies’ increase of 32.3 million tonnes (MtCO2eq) of GHGs equates to the pollution stemming from 6.9 million passenger cars driven in one year (13.6 billion litres or 3.6 billion gallons of gasoline). Some dairy companies increased their emissions by as much as 30 pct in the 2015-17 period."

Download the Milking the Planet Report HERE. (Source: Institute of Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP), 15 June, 2020) Contact: IATP. www.iatp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs news,  CO2 news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


$1.3Bn Aussie AgWaste-to-Fuels Project Construction Ready (Int'l.)
AgBioEn
Date: 2020-06-22
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based AgBioEn reports it is set to break ground on its $1.35 billion agricultural waste-to-energy and Biofuels facility at Katunga in Victoria state. The plant will be the first of its kind in Australia converting organic waste materials such as cereal straw into electricity, renewable diesel and jet fuel, and fertilizer.The plant is expected to begin production before the end of 2021.

AgBioEn is Australia's first fully integrated carbon negative renewable energy and fuels project using world-class technology to produce cleaner and greener renewable energy and liquid fuels, according to the company website. (Source: AgBioEn, PR, Website, 22 June, 2020) Contact: AgBioEn, Lubey Lozevski, Project Director, 03 9111 9919, team@agbioen.com.au, www.agbioen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AgWaste-to-Fuel news,  Biofuel news,  


Aussie Small Turbine Specialist Raises $400,000 (Int'l. Funding)

Date: 2020-06-10
In the Land Down Under, University of Newcastle spin-out Diffuse Energy reports it has secured $400,000 in seed funding from Shearwater Growth Equity to scale production of its very small, enclosed-blade diffuser wind turbine technology.

The company's plan is to use the lightweight turbines to plug into existing telecommunications infrastructure, enabling rapid setup of turbines in hard-to-service locations. The funding will be used to cover the cost of new full-time staff and to scale up production. (Source: Diffuse Energy, Website, June, 2020) Contact: Diffuse Energy, Joss Kesby, CEO, sales@diffuse-energy.com, www.diffuse-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine news,  Australia Wind news,  


Vestas, EDL Ink Aussie Senvion Turbines Service Deal (Int'l.)
Vestas, EDL Energy
Date: 2020-06-10
Danish wind turbine specialist Vestas is reporting a service agreement with Brisbane, Australia-based global energy producer EDL Energy for the company's three Australian wind farms of Coober Pedy in South Australia, Cullerin Range in New South Wales and Wonthaggi in Victoria. Under the agreement, Vestas will maintain 23 Senvion MM82-2.05 MW wind turbines across the three sites for a total of 47 MW, effective immediately.

With this agreement, Vestas' service portfolio of Senvion turbines in Australia stands at 287 MW, and to over 300 MW across the Asia Pacific region. EDL Energy owns and operates a portfolio of 99 power stations in Australia, North America and Europe.(Source: Vestas, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Vestas, www.vestas.com; EDL Energy, James Harman, CEO, Phone: +61 7 3275 5555, (517) 208-0743 -- US Office, Fax: +61 7 3275 5512, www.edlenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  EDL Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Senvion,  


Global CCS Institute Reports CCS Pipeline Growth (Report Attached)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2020-06-08
The Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute is reporting the addition of 10 carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities to its global database, bringing the total number of CCS facilities in various stages of development to 59 -- 21 facilities in operation, 3 under construction, and 35 in various stages of development, with a capture capacity of more than 127 million tpy.

The facilities added continue trends in CCS deployment that include innovative applications such as natural gas power, negative emissions and cement, as well as stacked and offshore geologic storage, according to the report.

Download the The Value of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, PR, 8 June, 2020) Contact: Global CCS Institute , Brad Page, CEO, +61 3 8620 7300 , info@globalccsinstitute.com,, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute ,  CCS ,  


Photon Secures NSW Aussie Solar Farms Financing (Int’l. Report)
Photon Energy
Date: 2020-06-01
In Australia, Photon Energy Australia is reporting financial close on two New South Wales solar farm projects -- the Leeton and Fivebough projects with a combined capacity of 14MW.

Photon will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the two projects which are expected to be completed and commissioned in Q4,2020. Battery storage is expected to be added to the solar farms at some point and no PPA have yet been signed.

Photon Energy Australia is a subsidiary of Photon Energy, a global provider of complete large solar power systems,according to the company website. (Source: Photon Energy Australia, PR, ReNew Economy, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Photon Energy Australia, Michael Gartner, Managing Dir., info.aus@photonenergy.com, www.photonenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Photon Energy,  Solar,  Australia Solar,  


Aussie Renewables-Green Hydrogen Project Approved (Int'l.)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-06-01
In the Land Down Under, the Perth-based Asian Renewable Energy Hub reports its nearing 15 gigawatts of solar and wind generation capacity with the Western Australia state Environmental Protection Authority's conditional approval of its proposed wind-solar-green hydrogen manufacturing project that would supply the Pilbara region.

The mega renewables project has been in the planning stages since 2014 and was revealed in 2017 as a 6-gigawatt hybrid plant. Since then, the proposed facility's generation capacity has been scaled up to 9, 11 and as of 2019, 15 GW.

The original plan was for the project to export clean electricity to Jakarta and Singapore via sub-sea high voltage DC cables, but the focus has shifted to domestic industrial users, with more than half the output allocated to the Pilbara region. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Construction Review OnLIne, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Hydrogen news,  


KBR Wins LNG Plant Energy Efficiency Study Deal (Int'l. Report)
KBR
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded an energy efficiency opportunities study by Adelaide, Australia-based oil and gas producer Santos Ltd.

The study at Santos' Gladstone LNG plant will: explore opportunities to improve the overall energy efficiency of the plant; seek to reduce CO2 emissions associated with the facility; and assist in identifying and screening potential modifications to enhance the operational facility through improvements of thermal efficiency while also accounting for the associated reduction in carbon emissions. (Source: KBR Inc., PR, 28 May, 2020) Contact: KBR, . Jay Ibrahim, KBR President, Energy Solutions www.kbr.com; Santos Ltd., www.santos.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News KBR,  Energy Efficiency,  


Juwi Inks Aussie Wind-Solar-Storage Hybrid Plant (Int'l. Report)
Juwi Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
In the Land Down Under, Juwi Renewable Energy Pty Ltd , the Brisbane-based unit of German renewables developer Juwi AG reports it has contracted with Contract Power for the construction of a hybrid wind and solar power plant in the town of Esperance in Western Australia.

The project, which is expected to be completed early in 2022, will combine a 4-MW solar farm with two 4.5-MW wind turbines, a lithium ion battery system and gas generators. (Source: Juwi Renewable Energy Australia, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Juwi Renewable Energy, Cameron Garnsworthy, Managing Director, +61 7 3107 0908, www.juwi.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Juwi Renewable Energy news,  Solar news,  Wind news,  Energy Storage news,  


Amazon Launches Chinese Solar Energy Facility (Ind. Report)
Amazon
Date: 2020-05-22
On-line retail juggernaut Amazon is reporting the opening of its first solar energy facility in China. The 100-MW solar project in Shandong is expected to generate 128,000 MWh of power annually.

The company plans to construct similar facilities in Australia and the U.S. -- Ohio and Virginia -- as part of its Climate Pledge and commitment to be powered by 100 pct renewable energy by 2030.

Amazon presently has 31 renewable energy facilities and uses power from solar panels on rooftops at 60 fulfillment centers around the world. (Source: Amazon, GeekWire, 21 May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Solar,  


Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor

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


SilconAurora Touts Aussie Solar Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
1414 Degrees
Date: 2020-05-20
Further to our 2nd August, 2019 coverage, Australian energy storage developer 1414 Degrees -- the melting point of silicon -- reports the planned mid-2021 opening of the 70-MW first stage of its molten silicon energy storage technology at its SiliconAurora project near Port Augusta in South Australia. The company plans a 400 MW solar farm and one gigawatt of energy storage to be deployed in a number of stages to reduce risk.

According to SiliconAurora CEO Marie Pavlik, "the Aurora project is in a unique position to demonstrate thermal energy storage at large-scale and prove it to our global market." Pavlik noted the first stage of the project would be 70MW of solar PV opened in mid-2021, to be followed by a pilot TESS-GRID storage system utilizing the company's TESS molten silicon technology. (Source: 1414 Degrees, AuManufacturing, 18 May, 2020) Contact: 1414 Degrees, Dr Kevin Moriarty, Exec. Chairman, +61 8 8357 8273, www.1414degrees.com.au, www.1414degrees.com.au/siliconaurora

More Low-Carbon Energy News 1414 Degrees,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


Aussie Energy Efficiency Council Calls for Gov. Action (Int'l.)
Autralia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-05-13
TIn the Land Down Under, the Energy Efficiency Council and the Property Council of Australia are calling on state and federal governments to prioritize energy efficiency projects and building energy performance projects to help restart the country's COVID-19 damaged economy.

The Energy Efficiency Council is calling upgrading the energy performance of buildings and businesses in the manufacturing, resources and agriculture sectors as "shovel ready" ways to boost productivity and create well over 100,000 "job years' of work." (Source: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Energy Efficiency Council of Australia, +61 (03) 9069 6588, info@eec.org.au, www.eec.org.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Rio Tinto Shareholders Call for Binding Emissions Target (Int'l.)
Rio Tinto
Date: 2020-05-11
In the Land Down Under, a recent meeting of London, UK-headquartered Anglo-Australian multinational metals and mining giant Rio Tinto shareholders found 37 pct of voting shareholders unsuccessfully called for a resolution that would require the company to set binding emissions targets.

While the resolution failed to pass, it attracted six times as much support as an identical one put up at the same meeting in 2019, according to the resolution's sponsor, environmental group Market Forces. Market Forces noted the vote "shows investors have woken up to Rio Tinto"s obfuscation and the huge risks to its business from climate change and transition." The resolution called on Rio Tinto to set science-based annual GHG emissions targets and disclose its performance against those targets. These would have included emissions classified as scope 3 -- those which are produced by Rio Tinto's customers. (Source: Rio Tinto, Guardian, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Market Forces, Julien Vincent, Exec. Dir., contact@marketforces.org.au, www.marketforces.org.au; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rio Tinto,  Carbon Emissions,  


15,000 MW Aussie Hybrid Wind-Solar Project Approved (Int'l.)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Land Down Under, the proposed $22 billion-plus Asian Renewable Energy Hub wind and solar hybrid project in Western Australia, the largest proposed such hybrid project in the world, has been recommended for environmental approval.

The Hub will generate up to 15,000 MW of renewable energy, up to 3,000 MW of which will be dedicated to large energy users in the Pilbara region, which could include new and expanded mines and downstream mineral processing. The bulk of the power will enable large scale production of green hydrogen products for domestic and export markets, according to the Hub website.

From a 14,000-square kilometre initial land package, 6,500 square kilometres of land in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia were selected to accommodate up to 15,000 MW of wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels. Outstanding wind and solar resource and large project scale will result in competitively priced renewable energy with a high capacity factor, according to the Hub website. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Brisbane Times, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Wind,  Solar,  Australia Wind,  


Longi Solar launches 370W Solar Module (Int'l. Report)
Longi
Date: 2020-05-01
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China-headquartered Longi Solar is reporting the virtual launch of its new higher power, higher efficiency monofacial PERC module HiMo 4 solar panel range in Australia.

The HiMo 4 series offers a 370W panel with a 20.3 pct efficiency -- a record high in mid-range price products pitched at the residential and small commercial segment as "maximum power on limited roof space", according to Longi. A larger panel of up to 450W with 20.7 pct efficiency is aimed more at the large commercial and industrial market.

The modules use half-cell technology to reduce power loss from resistance, lower the module operating temperature, reduce hot spot temperature by 10~20 degree C and improve the panels' overall performance in partial shade. (Source: Longi, One Step Off the Grid, 29 April, 2020) Contact: Lomgi Solar, Dr. Lv Jun, VP, + 86-021-6104 7380, Ted Yang, +86-153-886-37121, en.longi-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Longi Solar,  Solar Module,  Solar Cell,  


AGL Energy's Coopers Gap Installs Last Turbine (Int'l. Report)
AGL Energy
Date: 2020-05-01
In the Land Down Under, AGL Energy is reporting the last of 123 GE wind turbines has been installed at the 453-MW Coopers Gap project in Queensland.

The Cooper's Gap project, which generated its first power last June, is the second greenfield project of AGL's Powering Australia Renewables Fund (PARF), which was co-created with QIC -- an investment company owned by the Queensland government. Coopers Gap will generate sufficient power for roughly 264,000 average Australian homes.

AGL Energy is one of Australia's leading integrated energy companies providing electricity, gas, solar and renewable energy services to Australian homes and businesses. (Source: AGL Energy, ReNew Economy, 30 April, 2020)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL Energy,  Wind,  Australia Wind,  


Commercial Solar System Buy-Back Offered in Australia (Int'l.)
Smart Commercial Solar,Clear Sky Solar Investment
Date: 2020-05-01
Sydney, Australia-based commercial solar specialist Smart Commercial Solar reports it is partnering with not-for-profit Clear Sky Solar Investments for a widespread buyback of existing solar systems for more than their paid value and the provision of free energy for six months, followed by lower cost energy thereafter.

The offer will see the buying of entire solar systems up to $2 million dollars at a premium (105 pct of the paid value if the system is under a year old), giving the company free energy for the first six months of operation then selling them power from the system at a lower cost than current utility prices. (Source: Smart Commercial Solar, PR Newswire, 30 April, 2020) Contact: Smart Commercial Solar, Huon Hoogesteger, www.smartcommercialsolar.com.au; Clear Sky Solar Investments, +61 0 408 111 931, info@clearskysolar.com.au, www.clearskysolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


New Window Solar Cell from Monash Univ. (New Prod & Tech)
Monash University
Date: 2020-04-27
Monash University engineers in Melbourne, Australia are touting a newly developed next-gen perovskite solar cells (PSCs) semi-transparent solar cell that offers a viable level of efficiency.

Two square metres (around 22 square feet) of the new solar cells would generate about as much electricity as a standard solar panel, according to the latest study -- roughly 140 watts per meter, if tinted to the same degree as current glazed commercial windows.

The semi-transparent cells have a conversion efficiency of 17 pct while still transmitting more than 10 pct of the incoming light. The new cells replace a key solar cell component (Spiro-OMeTAD) with a specially developed polymer, based on an organic semiconductor, which increases overall stability. (Source: Monash University, Science Alert, 22 April, 2020) Contact: Monash University, Jacek Jasieniak, +61 3 9905 9584, Jacek.Jasieniak@monash.edu, www.research.monash.edu

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


RayGen Touts Aussie CSP, Hydro Storage Technology (Int'l. Report)
RayGen,Photon Energy
Date: 2020-04-17
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based solar power technology and renewable energy storage specialist RayGen is touting plans to develop a huge 100MW/1,000MWh concentrated solar (CSP) and hydro storage project.

RayGen's technology is currently on track to be tested at a 50MWh-scale in Victoria State with $3 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a key partnership with Sydney-based major power generator and retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

The company also recently announced a planned 200MW solar plant with around 100MW/1000MWh storage Photon Energy. (Source: RayGen, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Raygen, +61 3 8669 0380, www.raygen.com; ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; AGL Energy, 011 61 3 8633 6000, www.agl.com.au; Photon Energy, www.photonenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australian Renewable Energy Agency,  Concentrated Solat,  Energy Storage,  Photon,  


South Australia Backs Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Ind. (Int'l Report)
South Australia
Date: 2020-04-13
In the Land Down Under, new research from The Australia Institute has found that South Australians support the creation of a hydrogen energy industry in the state if it uses renewable sources of energy. The report found:
  • 79 pct of South Australians would prefer that South Australian hydrogen fuel is generated from renewable sources. -- 6 pct would prefer that it is generated from fossil fuel sources.

  • 73 pct of South Australians say South Australia should only pursue a hydrogen fuel industry if it uses renewable energy -- 13 pct disagree.

    According to the report, South Australia has the potential to be a global hydrogen fuel exporter, but the concept will only receive public support if it uses renewable sources of energy, The South Australian Government has already taken steps towards establishing a renewable hydrogen energy industry (Source: Australia Institute, Website, April, 2020) Contact: Australia Institute, Noah Schultz-Byard, SA Director, www.tai.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


  • Global Aviation Emissions Down 38 pct in 2020 (Int'l. Report)
    Australian Institute
    Date: 2020-04-08
    The Canberra-based Australian Institute, a progressive public policy think tank, is estimating global CO2 emissions from the aviation sector could be slashed by 38 pct in 2020 as the industry faces longer-term pressure to become carbon neutral and COVID-19 pandemic caused disruptions.

    "The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in approximately 10.3 million tonnes of CO2 reduction in global air transport. CO2 emissions during February and March, with the remainder of March likely to show further deep falls," the study found. (Source: Australian Institute, April, 2020) Contact: Australian Institute, www.tai.org.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Agave Biofuel Potential Studied in Australia (Int'l. Report, R&D)
    University of Sydney
    Date: 2020-04-03
    Researchers from the University of Sydney, University of Adelaide and the UK's University of Exeter have analyzed the potential to produce bioethanol from the agave plant -- a high-sugar succulent commonly grown in Mexico and used for tequila. Agave is now being grown as a biofuel source in the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, Australia, by agribusiness company MSF Sugar.

    The study noted bioethanol yield of 7,414 litres a hectare each year is achievable with five-year-old agave plants. The study also found that sugarcane yields 9,900 litres per hectare each year. However, agave beats sugarcane on a number of measures, including fresh water eutrophication, marine ecotoxicity and water consumption. The project also found agave uses 69 pct less water than sugarcane and 46 pct less water than corn for the same yield. The economic analysis suggests that a first generation of bioethanol production from agave is currently not commercially viable without government support, given the recent collapse in the world oil price.

    The study concluded bioethanol derived from agave is superior to that from corn and sugarcane in terms of water consumption and quality, greenhouse gas emissions, as well as ethanol output.. (Source: Spirits Business, April, 2020) Contact: MSF Sugar, www.msfsugar.com.au; University of Exeter, Dr Xiaoyu Yan, +44 01326 259485, www.exeter.ac.uk; University of Sydney, Daniel Tan, www.sydney.edu.au/research/opportunities/supervisors/1115

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Agave news,  Biofuel news,  Bioethanol news,  


    Global Ozone Efforts Help Mitigate Southern Jet Stream Climate Damage, NOAA Study Finds (Int'l. Report)
    Montreal Protocol,NOAA
    Date: 2020-04-01
    A recently released study from NOAA Chemical Science Department has found international cooperation in ozone-depleting chemicals helps to normalize the southern jet framework after decades of social instability. Scientists say the results show that governments have the ability to recover a damaged climate system if they act quickly and harmoniously to resolve the issue.

    The southern jet stream is a strong wind that forms the southern hemisphere, especially in summer and weather patterns. By 2000, it had returned to its natural course. It moved south in Antarctica to the latitude of every decade, affecting the paths of storms and rains in South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia.

    Previous research has proven that this is mainly due to ozone layer deficiency due to synthetic chemical compounds such as ozone damaging CFCs, and HCFCs, which are found in refrigerators, aerosols and other industrial processes were phased out in 1987. The study found that the Montreal Protocol has halted the southern route of the jet stream since the year 2000 and it may begin to change as the ozone layer starts to close. Dept. 2019 satellite imagery revealed that the annual peak of the ozone hole was 16.4 million square kilometres, the smallest since 1982.

    Ozone restoration is not sufficient to normalize the Southern Hemisphere climate, as other industrial emissions, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are harmful to the environment. There is a battle between increasing CO2 and ozone recovery. That is why we see a decline. Previous studies have reported that ozone holes have a chimney effect that emits some heat from the atmosphere, which means the Antarctic is warmer than the North. (Source: NOAA Chemical Science Dept. tenreports, 28 Mar., 2020) Contact: NOAA Chemical Sciences, Antara Banerjee, Study Author, 303-497-6455, antara.banerjee@noaa.gov, www.esrl.noaa.gov/csd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Montreal Protocol,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  NOAA,  


    HeidelbergCement Driving LEILAC CO2 Separation Project (Int'l.)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2020-04-01
    HeidelbergCement, the world's fourth largest cement maker, reports it is partnering with Australian calcination technology firm Calix and a European consortium to further develop Low Emissions Intensity Lime And Cement (LEILAC) technology and scale the technology up to industrial levels.

    The patented LEILAC process makes it possible to capture high-purity CO2 from cement production via a separate exhaust gas stream and to utilize the CO2 for other purposes. As part of LEILAC 1, a CO2 separation pilot plant with a capacity of 25,000 tpy was constructed at the HeidelbergCement plant in Lixhe, Belgium. The project has €16 million is support from the EU research funding programme Horizon 2020.

    HeidelbergCement has committed to reduce its own specific net CO2 emissions per tonne of cement by 30 pct, compared with 1990, by 2030. This target has been approved by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) and is in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, making HeidelbergCement the first cement company worldwide to have approved science-based CO2 reduction targets.

    The cement sector accounts for around 7 pct of global CO2 emissions, according to the International Energy Agency (Source: Heidelberg Cement, Ag-Net, 31 Mat., 2020) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Calix,  HeidelbergCement,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


    Battery Storage Paves Way to Renewables Future (Int'l. Report)
    IRENA
    Date: 2020-03-30
    A recent analysis from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports battery energy storage systems are emerging as one of the key solutions to effectively integrate high shares of solar and wind renewables into power grids worldwide.

    The IRENA analysis notes that when paired with renewable generators, batteries help provide reliable and cheaper electricity in isolated grids and to off-grid communities. The analysis also notes utility-scale battery storage systems are being deployed primarily in Australia, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States and other European countries. Globally, energy storage deployment in emerging markets is expected to increase by over 40 pct each year until 2025. The report adds that although utility-scale stationary batteries currently dominate global energy storage, small-scale battery storage is expected to significantly increase by 2030.

    Read IRENA's full Innovation landscape briefs on Utility-scale batteries and Behind-the-Meter batteries. HERE. (Source: IRENA, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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


    NSW Announces 17.7GW Green Energy Drive (Int'l. Report)
    NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the Land Down Under, the state government of New South Wales (NSW) reports it will deploy 17.7GW of solar, wind and storage over the next decade, to replace fossil fuel fired power generators and hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

    According to the NSW's Net Zero Plan Stage 1: 2020-2030 comprehensive roadmap, three previously identified rural renewables zones could spur AU$23 billion ($14.1 billion) of private sector investment.

    The NSW state government and Australian federal governments have committed to invest almost AU$2 billion ($1.21 billion) in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects over the next ten years, according to the Ministry release. (Source: NSW Ministry for Energy and Environment, PV Tech, 16 Mar., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Environment, Matt Keen, Minister, www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/minister-for-energy-and-environment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  NSW,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


    UQ Study Bullish on CCS Hub Project (Int'l. Report)
    University of Queensland
    Date: 2020-03-25
    In the Land Down Under, a study from the University of Queensland has found that deep emission cuts might be achieved by establishing a large-scale CCS 'Hub' scheme built around retrofitting existing modern, supercritical coal power plants in Queensland areas notionally identified for their storage potential in the deepest part of the Surat Basin.

    Study leader Professor Andrew Garnett, a former Shell and Schlumberger executive, said the sooner that CCS was realized in the roughly 35-year lifespan of these power stations the greater the impact of the initiative. Garnett estimates three to four years might be required commercial feasibility and engineering activities followed by a sequential build-out over several years during which emissions could be cut by roughly 13 million tpy -- equivalent to taking 2.8 million cars off the road each year.

    The 3-year $5.5 million project is funded by the Australian Government through the Carbon Capture and Storage Research Development and Demonstration (CCS RD&D) programme, by Coal 21 and The University of Queensland (Source: The University of Queensland Surat Deep Aquifer Appraisal Project, UQ News, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: UQ CCS Program, Professor Andrew Garnett , Director, + 61 (7) 3346 4101, naturalgas@uq.edu.au, www.natural-gas.centre.uq.edu.au, www.uq.edu.au

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-03-16
    From the Land Down Under, The Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:
  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 per cent of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia, Mar, 2020)

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  • NSW Cuts Home Battery Scheme Subsidies (Int'l. Report)
    Battery Energy Storage
    Date: 2020-03-13
    In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales, Australia, reports due to a record number of battery installations throughout 2019 its $6000 Home Battery Scheme subsidy has been cut by 30 pct and may be further decreased throughout 2020.

    The Energy NSW Home Battery Scheme details are HERE. (Source: Energy NSA, 12 Mar., 2020) Contact: Energy NSW, www.energy.nsw.gov.au

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    Viva Energy Joins Bioenergy Australia Trade Organization (Int'l)
    Viva Energy Australia
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the Land Down Under, liquid fuel supplier and biofuel blender Viva Energy Australia Pty Ltd. reports it has joined BioEnergy Australia, the Australian national bioindustry trade association

    Viva, which operates biodiesel blending facilities in Qweensland, Victoria and New South Wales, has recently invested over $20 million, (AUS) in biofuels projects and established various supply agreements with local biofuels producers and the construction of a new biofuels blending facility in Queensland. (Source: Viva Energy Australia, PetrolPlaza, 8 Mar.,2020) Contact: Viva Energy Australia, www.vivaenergy.com.au; Bioenergy Australia, Shahana McKenzie, CEO, www.bioenergyaustralia.org.au

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    BP, Santos Partnering on Aussie CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    BP,Santos
    Date: 2020-03-11
    Independent Asia-Pacific region oil and gas producer Santos and UK-based oil industry giant BP are reporting a non-binding agreement which could see BP invest $20 million to support Santo's Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in Australia's Cooper Basin.

    The CCS project aims to capture 1.7 million tpy of CO2 currently separated from naturalthe CO2 back into the same geological formations for permanent storage. The Cooper Basin reinjection capacity is assessed at up to 20 million tpy of CO2 for 50 years. The non-binding agreement, which is subject to finalization of terms and a final investment decision, is targeted for the end of 2020. (Source: BP, GasWorld, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: BP Press Office, +44 (0) 20 7496 4076, bppress@bp.com, www.bp.com; Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, + 61 2 8016 2832, www.santos.com

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    Gevo, Viva Partnering on Aussie Renewable Hydrocarbons (Int'l.)
    Gevo,Viva Energy Australia
    Date: 2020-03-09
    Following up on our 28th Feb. coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Australian fuel supplier and refiner Viva Energy Australia, exclusive supplier of Shell fuels and lubricants in Australia, to collaborate on a project to convert regionally sourced biomass into sustainable jet fuel (SAF) and renewable gasoline (RNG).

    Under their agreement, the two companies will "develop and enhance commercial and advocacy relationships to further foster the use of renewable hydrocarbons, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Queensland and, more broadly, the country of Australia." The project is supported by the Queensland government Waste to Biofuels funding initiative. (Source: Gevo Inc., 5 Mar., 2020)Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Viva Energy Australia, Scott Wyatt, CEO, www.vivaenergy.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  RNG,  Biomass,  Gevo,  Viva Energy Australia,  


    Aussies Launching $350Mn Emissions Cutting Initiative (Int'l.)
    Australia
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In the Land Down Under, the Liberal government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison is touting the launch of a $350 million initiative to lead the energy grid away from fossil fuel, promote renewable energy and cut carbon emissions. It will also invest $68.5 million to create the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Co-operative Research Centre (RACE for 2030). And, in what seems a contradiction, the government will also fund a $4 million investigation of the economic case for a new coal-fired power station in north Queensland State.

    Working with private industry, RACE for 2030 will fund research into a "distributed grid"; a national strategy for charging stations required under the forecast growth in electric vehicles; harnessing rooftop solar and paying householders for their energy; and trial community scale micro-electricity grids.

    Under the Paris Agreement, Australia committed to reducing emissions by at least 26 pct on 2005 levels by 2030, but may have to use "carryover" credits gained under the previous Kyoto Protocol to achieve half of its Paris target, according to the Brisbane Times report. (Source: Various Media, Brisbane Times, 8 Mar., 2020) Contact: Office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, twitter.com/ScottMorrisonMP

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    India Needs $500-$700Bn to Meet Renewable Energy Targets (Int'l.)
    Central Electricity Authority
    Date: 2020-03-04
    India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA), an arm of the power ministry, is reporting the country's renewable energy power generation stood at 10.325 billion units (BU) in January 2020, a 9.46 per cent increase from 9.433 BU generated in the same month in 2019.

    The combined generation from solar, wind turbines, solar thermal, small hydro, biomass, bagasse, and other sources stood at 10.647 BU in December 2019, as against 9.083 BU of green energy generation for the same month in 2018, the data showed. Among renewable sources, wind power generated the highest amount of power followed by solar at 3,943 million units (MU) and 3,932 MU, respectively, in December 2019. For the corresponding month in 2018, solar generated more power than wind energy at 3,182.12 MU and 2789.24 MU, respectively.

    According to the Australia-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, India's renewable energy sector needs between $500 billion and $700 billion by 2030 in new investments to meet its target of 450 GW of installed capacity. (Source: India Central Electricity Authority, PR reve, 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: India Central Electricity Authority, www.cea.nic.in

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    Kinetrex Energy Launches Indianapolis RNG Plant (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Following up on our 8th Novemberm 2019 report, Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy is reporting the ribbon-cutting opening of of the Hoosier State's largest renewable natural gas (RNG) facility -- the $25 million Indy High BTU plant is capable of converting landfill methane gas into about 8 million gpy of RNG for transportation fuel.

    Kinetrex developed the facility in conjunction with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis.(Source: Kinetrex, Inside Indiana Bus., 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Vestas, Nexif Energy Ink Active Output Management Agreement (Int'l)
    Vestas,Nexif Energy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it has inked a long-term Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) contract for the 35, M140 3.6 MW Senvion turbines at Nexif Energy's 212 MW Lincoln Gap wind farm in South Australia.

    Under the agreement, Vestas will deliver to maximize the project's energy production. Delivery of service will commence immediately and will include scheduled maintenance for the substation, all high voltage equipment and the facility roads.

    Nexif and Denham Capital partnered to form Nexif Energy, a South East Asian, Bangladesh and Australian focused independent power producer. (Source: Vestas, Mar., 2020) Contact: Nexif Energy, Matthew Bartley, Founder and Co-CEO www.nexifenergy.com;V estas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Senvion, Jurgen Geissinger, CEO, +49 40 5 55 50 90 0, www.senvion.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nexif Energy,  Vestas,  Senvion,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


    Gevo Wins Australian Queensland Waste-to-Biofutures Funding (Int'l)
    Gevo
    Date: 2020-02-28
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports receipt of part of The Queensland Waste to Biofutures (W2B) Fund to support the development of waste to biofutures projects in Queensland, Australia.

    The W2B fund provides targeted funding for pilot, demonstration or commercially scalable biorefinery projects in Queensland that use conventional waste streams or biomass to produce bioenergy, biofuels and high-value bioproducts.

    For this project, Gevo is evaluating the most likely 2G biomass to carbohydrate conversion process to use in conjunction with its proven carbohydrate to low carbon biofuel process. (Source: GEVO Website, PR, 27 Feb.,2020) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Queensland Waste to Biofutures Fund, www.qtic.grantguru.com.au/grant/queensland-waste-to-biofutures-fund-w2b-fund-/

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    UPC Renewables Planning 800-MW NSW Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    UPC Renewables Australia
    Date: 2020-02-19
    In the Land Down Under, UPC/AC Renewables Australia is reporting plans to construct an 800-MW, 175 turbine wind farm with possible energy storage capabilities in New South Wales State. If constructed, the "Valley of the Winds" facility is expected to generate sufficient power for for roughly 590,000 homes a year.

    According to the company release, the project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals and still in the early planning stage.

    UPC/AC Renewables Australia is the developer of the 1-GW Robbins Island and Jims Plain wind projects in Tasmania and the 600-MW New England solar park scheme in New South Wales, and has an additional development portfolio of 3 GW located in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria, according to the company website. (Source: UPC Renewables, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact: UPC Renewables Australia, (852) 2673 2233, info@upcrenewables.com, www.upcrenewables.com › australia

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    Novozymes Touts Innova Fit for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2020-02-14
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is reporting the launch of Innova Fit -- an advanced non-GM yeast that eliminates ethanol production constraints caused by conventional and basic yeasts. According to the release, Innova Fit:
  • Powers through high temperature excursions without sacrificing yield -- Higher yields during fermentation temperature excursions, up to 36 degree C/96 degree F, reducing variability and process upsets.

  • Expands throughput by fermenting high dry solids -- Developed to withstand the rigors of hard running plants, Innova Fit can ferment up to 36 pct dry solids while tolerating high ethanol titers in fermentation.

  • Increases ethanol yield up to 2 pct -- Operating in a wide variety of fermentation times, Innova Fit excels in fermentations between 55 and 65 hours. As a drop-in solution, Fit converts more sugar to ethanol versus other non-GM yeasts to improve plant profitability.

  • May reduce need for yeast nutritional supplements: While many yeasts use urea and yeast food to support fermentation, Innova Fit could significantly reduce these costly inputs.

    Since 2018, Novozymes has released four yeast solutions as part of its Innova platform. Yeast and its development are a strategic growth area where Novozymes will continue working with innovation partners in the industry. Its Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market.

    Australian-based Microbiogen is an industrial biotechnology company specializing in the development of improved, industrial yeast strains, according to the company website. (Source: Novozymes, PR, GreenCar Congress, 11 Feb. 2020) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; Microbiogen, Geoff Bell, CEO, (02) 9418 3182 geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microbiogen,  Novozymes ,  Yeast,  Ethanol,  


  • Chevron Reaches Million Ton Australian CCS Milestone (Int.l. Report)
    Chevron
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Land Down Under, Chevron is reporting it has passed a milestone of one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions captured and sequestered underground at its $2.5 billion Gorgon Island LNG plant in Western Australia.

    When fully operational, the CO2 capture system is expected to reduce Gorgon's greenhouse gas emissions by about 40 pct -- more than 100 million tonnes over its life. (Source: Chevron, Financial review, 15 Feb., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron news,  CCS news,  LNG news,  


    Green Bldg. Materials Compliance Platform Launched (New Prod. & Serv.)
    Green Building
    Date: 2020-02-14
    In the Land Down Under, Manely, NSW-based Edge Environments is touting its new Building Products Information Rating (BPI) national database that allows the building industry to check the sustainability credentials of construction materials in order to ensure material compliance with regulatory standards and "green" rating requirements.

    BPI is intended to give greater transparency the construction industry's thatselection and use of materials that meet sustainability regulations intended for "green" building ratings.

    In addition to the green rating of building materials, the free BPI Rating also assesses the expected performance and resilience of products and the companies producing them.

    The BPI search platform is the brainchild of Jonas Bengtsson, CEO of sustainability advisory firm Edge Environments and was developed by IT firm ComplyFlow with the backing of a government grant from AusIndustry and support from the Insurance Council of Australia. (Source: Edge Environment, Hotel Management, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: Edge Environment, Jonas Bengtsson, CEO, +61 2 9438 0100, www.edgeenvironment.com


    mCloud Interested in BuildingIQ Acquisition (M&A, Ind. Report)
    mCloud Technologies
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Vancouver, B.C.-based mCloud Technologies Corp., a provider of asset management solutions combining IoT, cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, reports it has inked an Expression of Interest (EoI) to acquire BuildingIQ a cloud-based building technology provider, founded in Australia with offices in the U.S.

    BuildingIQ, which uses IoT and AI to create energy savings and maximize building efficiency, currently connects more than 1,350 commercial buildings worldwide with over 140 million square-feet under management.

    Subject to certain conditions and regulatory approvals the proposed transaction is expected to close on June 19, 2020 .

    mCloud offers complete asset management solutions to three distinct segments: smart facilities, power generation, and process industries including oil and gas. (Source: mCloud Technologies Corp., PR, CNW Feb., 2020) Contact: mCloud, Russ McMeekin, CEO, www.mcloudcorp.com; BuildingIQ, www.buildingiq.com

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    SPI Energy Submits Projects to Oregon Community Solar (Ind. Report)
    SPI Energy
    Date: 2020-02-12
    In Santa Clara, California, Hong Kong-headquartered SPI Energy Co Ltd reports it has submitted its previously closed 18 MW portfolio of solar projects to the Oregon PUC Oregon Community Solar Programme. The program will be offered to non-profit organisations and homeowners in the territory of local utility Portland General Electric.

    The SPI portfolio includes closed projects in Yamhill, Polk, Marion and Clakamas counties . SPI Energy also announced the agreed acquisition of up to eight projects with a combined capacity of 21 MW in Oregon in July. All projects have 20-year PPAs with Portland General Electric.

    SPI Energy Co., Ltd. provides photovoltaic solutions for business, residential, government, and utility customers and investors. It offers engineering, procurement, and construction services to independent power developers and producers, and commercial and industrial companies. The company also develops, owns, and operates solar projects that sell electricity to power companies and other electricity off-takers. As of April 30, 2019, it owned and operated 15.706 MW of solar projects. The company operates in Greece, the United States, Italy, Japan, the U.K., Australia, and Germany. (Source: SPI Energy Ltd, Renewables, Feb., 2020) Contact: SPI Energy Ltd., www.spigroups.com; Oregon Community Solar Programme, www.oseia.org › communitysolar

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    Shell Announces First Australian Solar Project (Int'l Report)
    Shell Australia
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered Shell Australia is reporting its first solar farm to be constructed in Queensland.

    The project, which will incorporate approximately 400,000 PV panels for an annual capacity of 120MW, is slated to come online in 2021 and will be connected to existing infrastructure. (Source: Shell Australia, PR, CSO. 7 Feb., 2020) Contact: Shell Australia. Shell Energy, Greg Joiner, VP Australia, +61 8 9338 6600, www.shell.com.au

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    Lightsource BP Orders 1.2 GW of Canadian Solar Modules (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2020-02-07
    UK oil and gas giant BP-backed Lightsource BP reports ordering 1.2 GW of Guelph, Ontario-based Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. modules for various, un-named photovoltaic (PV) projects in the US and Australia.

    The order calls for the delivery of bifacial polycrystalline PERC modules, of the BiHiKu (CS3W-PB-AG) type, which, according to Canadian Solar, enhance power production when installed in a limited area and "dramatically" cut the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) of the solar plant. The high-power HiKu (CS3W-P) modules are also part of the deal.

    BP acquired a 43 pct stake equity share in Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2017 for $200 million over three years, and the company was then relabeled Lightsource BP. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions, www.canadiansolar.com; Lightsource BP, Carl Jackson, Director Utility-scale Solar Initiatives, +44 0 333 200 0755, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    Worley Selected as Velocys Engineering Partner (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    Velocys,Worley
    Date: 2020-02-05
    In the UK, Oxford-based sustainable fuels specialist Velocys plc is reporting the appointment of North Sydney, Australia-based Worley to manage the development of pre-feasibility, feasibility and FEED packages for all projects in the Velocys portfolio.

    The Velocys technology package converts waste feedstocks into sustainable aviation and road transport fuels.

    Velocys also notes it has now selected all the technology suppliers for its Bayou Fuels woody-biomass-to-fuels project in Natchez, Mississippi, USA. The same technology package will be used for the Altalto Immingham waste-to-fuels project in the U.K. (Source: Velocys, PR, Chem Eng., 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com; Worley, Paul Seaton, Pres., www.worley.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Worley,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass-to-Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Aussie Scientists Call for Carbon Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    AUstralia Climate Change
    Date: 2020-02-03
    In the Land Down Under, an open letter to the country's legislators and policy makers from 274 of Australia's leading climate, fire and weather scientists warns Australia "needs to pull its weight when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

    The letter warns of longer and hotter heat wave, droughts, increased wildfire risk and threats to the Great Barrier Reef and a multitude of marine species and land animals.

    According to Australian National University climate scientist Professor Nerilie Abram, "Scientists have been warning policymakers for decades that climate change would worsen Australia's fire risk, and yet those warnings have been ignored."

    University of New South Wales climate scientist Professor Katrin Meissner noted "We need a clear, non-partisan path to reduce Australia's total greenhouse gas emissions in line with what the scientific evidence demands, and the commitment from our leaders to push for meaningful global action to combat climate change," she said. "Not tomorrow, but right now." (Source: Xinhua, China Daily, 3 Feb., 2020)

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


    Notable Climate Change Quote from the Land Down Under
    Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2020-02-03
    "You (Australia) are the keepers of an extraordinary section of the surface of this planet, including the Barrier Reef, and what you say, what you do, really, really matters. And then you suddenly say: 'No it doesn't matter ... it doesn't matter how much coal we burn ... we don't give a damn what it does to the rest of the world." -- Sir David Attenborough, an English broadcaster and natural historian commenting on Australia's attitude to addressing climate change. (Source: Business Insider Australia, Sept., 2019) Contact: Sir David Attenborouhj, www.imdb.com/name/nm0041003

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Climate Change news,  

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