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Aussie 20-tpd Hydrogen Hub Project Announced (Int'l. Report)
Real Energy Corporation
Date: 2021-02-12
In the Land Down Under, oil and gas exploration and development company Real Energy reports its is partnering with hydrogen project developer Port Anthony Renewables to develop and construct a 20-tpd hydrogen production facility at Port Anthony, 200 km southeast of Melbourne in Victoria State.

The Pure Hydrogen International joint venture is comprised of Real Energy's wholly owned offshoot Pure Hydrogen and Liberty Hydrogen.

The Port Anthony project, which was originally being developed by Liberty Hydrogen, is expected to use an electrolyser to produce hydrogen, powered by electricity sourced through either "blue" or "green" power purchase agreements. The project is one of four hydrogen manufacturing and distribution hubs Pure Hydrogen is planning for Australia's East Coast, according to the release. (Source: Real Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Real Energy Corp., 61 (02) 9955 4008, Fax -- +61 (02) 9954 6408, admin@realenergy.com.au,www.realenergy.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  


LAVO Offers Hybrid Hydrogen Green Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
LAVO
Date: 2021-01-27
Australia-based LAVO is touting its hybrid hydrogen Green Energy Storage System as a replacement for lithium-ion battery units, which leave a massive carbon footprint during production.

The Green Energy Storage System for residential solar systems can store more than 40 kWh of electricity which is supposedly enough for days of off-grid power for an average household. Measuring 66 x 49 x 15.7 inches and weighing 714 lbs, the system's Wi-Fi connectivity makes it easy to monitor and control energy usage remotely. (Source: LAVO, Website, PR, Men Gear, Jan., 2021) Contact: LAVO, Alan Yu, Pres. www.lavo.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Hydrogen news,  Solar news,  


Wartsila, Fluence Supplying Battery Storage to AGL (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila, Fluence,AGL
Date: 2021-01-15
In the Land Down Under, Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila and Washington, DC-based Fluence Energy are reporting receipt of contracts from Australia's largest private renewable energy investor AGL to supply up to 1000MW of grid-scale battery storage between them.

As previously reported, AGL, has committed to build 850MW of grid-scale battery storage by FY2024. In 2020, AGL announced plans to build batteries at Loy Yang A power station in Victoria (200MW), Liddell power station (150MW) and Broken Hill (50MW) in New South Wales and Torrens Island (250MW) in South Australia. (Source: Wartsila, Fluence, renews, Jan., 2021)Contact: AGL, Garry West, +61 3 8623 831, gwest@agl.com.au, www.agl.com.au; Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com; Wartsila, www.wartsila.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AGL,  Energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Fluence,  


Landfill Gas to Fuel San Antonio Bus Fleet (Ind. Report)
CPS Energy,EDL
Date: 2021-01-04
In the Lone Star State, San Antonio Transit Bus fleet operator VIA, CPS Energy and Australian energy company EDL are reporting an initiative that will provide CPS Energy with natural gas from the San Antonio Tessman Road landfill as part of a renewable fuel credit swap.

For the project, EDL will convert its existing landfill gas power plant at the Tessman Road landfill in San Antonio to a plant that can inject pipeline-quality gas into CPS Energy's system. Although the landfill methane will make up only 1 to 2 pct of the entire supply in CPS Energy's distribution system, it is expected to offset the fossil fuel-derived natural gas needed for an estimated 75 pct of VIA's fleet of 502 buses.

The RNG plant is expected to begin operations in Q3 2021. According to the EPA, there were 67 active landfill RNG projects across the U.S. in 2020. (Source: San Antonio Report, 3 Jan., 2021) Contact: CPS Energy, Richard Lujan, Dir. Gas Delivery, CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; VIA, Jeff Arndt, (210) 362-2020, www.viainfo.net; EDL Energy, +61 7 3275 5555, www.edlenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDL,  CPS Energy,  Landfill Gas,  RNG,  


GE, BE Power Agree on Aussie Pumped Hydro Storage Project (Int'l.)
GE Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-12-18
In the Land Down Under, GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Melbourne-based BE Power to co-develop a 400MW pumped hydro storage project in Toowoomba, Australia.

GE's Hydro Solutions business unit will provide design, technical and commercial support as well as help secure necessary financing for the project which, when fully operational, will generate sufficient power for 200,000 households in the state of Queensland. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: BE Power, Scott Walkem, Managing Dir., enquiries@bepower.com.au, www.bepower.com.au; GE Hydro Solutions, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/hydro-power

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Hydro,  Pumped Hydro Energy Storage,  


Aussie Researcher Scores $19Mn in Solar R&D Funding (Int'l. R&D)
Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics
Date: 2020-12-14
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics at the University of NSW is reporting receipt of $19 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research into new solar cell and fuel materials, boost cell efficiency, and develop new storage products.

The ARENA funds will support the development of new combinations of materials that can be used to generate energy more efficiently and to place the energy generation devices in more places than rooftop panels or solar farms. (Source: Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics, Brisban Times, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics , Dr Renata Egan, research facility Chairperson, +61 3 9035 5511, www.science.unimelb.edu.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Photovoltaic,  ARENA,  


Amazon Touts New Renewable Energy Project Backing (Ind. Report)
Amazon, Climate Change
Date: 2020-12-14
Technology and online retailing giant Amazon.com Inc. reports it is backing 26 new wind and solar utility-scale projects totaling 3.4 GW capacity in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., making it the world's largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

Amazon previously announced it aims to power all of its operations with renewable energy sources by 2025, five years ahead of an earlier target, and to become carbon-neutral 15 years later. Including the new deals, Amazon has backed 127 wind and solar projects, with 6.5 gigawatts of capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Amazon,  Renewable Energy,  


Global CCS Institute 2020 Global Status on CCS (Report Attached)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2020-12-07
The Melbourne, Australia-headquartered Global CCS Institute's recently released 2020 Global Status on CCS report notes the total capacity of carbon capture and storage (CCS) facilities operating and under development grew by 33 pct world-wide over 2019. The report notes:
  • The CCS facility pipeline continued to grow three years in a row, with global capture and storage capacity nearly doubling within three years and increasing by one-third since 2019;

  • Almost 40 million tpy of CO2 are being captured from 26 commercial CCS facilities currently in operation;

  • Presently 65 commercial CCS facilities are in various stages of development globally;

  • The U.S. presently hosts the highest number of operational CCS facilities globally as well as 12 of the 17 new commercial CCS facilities added to the project pipeline in 2020;

  • The US has some of the most advanced supportive policies for CCS of any country in the world, including the enhanced 45Q tax credit and the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard;

  • 2020 saw increased ambition and support for CCS in Europe as well. The Norwegian Government announced its green light for the Langskip project.

  • Funding for CCS infrastructure was earmarked in the UK's Spring Budget with the goal of developing several hub and clusters during the decade. Elsewhere in Europe, the first call of EU's €10 billion Innovation Fund for CCS projects, was launched in July, this year;

  • In Asia Pacific, regional collaboration between countries and businesses continued to gather pace in 2020 in order to advance technical understanding and develop regulatory frameworks, with notably Australia and Japan making progress in terms of domestic policies and CCS investments;

  • In a move that will reduce both cost and risks to government and industry, CCS hubs and clusters -- the shared use of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure among companies -- is predicted to support a boom in the adoption of CCS in the coming years;

  • The report echoes findings by the IPCC, which shows that CCS is vital to meet net-zero Paris climate targets.

    Download the Global Status of CCS 2020 report HERE. (Source: Global CCS Institute, Dec., 2020) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Guloren Turan, GM, Brad Page, CEO, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

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


  • Aussie Oil Giant Responds to Climate Change Pressure (Int'l.)
    Santos
    Date: 2020-12-02
    Under pressure from more than 43 pct of its shareholders, Santos, one of Australia's largest oil and gas companies, has announced it will become a "net-zero" emitter by 2040. To that end, the company aims to cut its direct emissions 26-30 pct on 2020 levels by 2030, purchase nature-based offsets such as tree-planting programs, accelerate the deployment of more renewable energy and utilize carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

    Santos' strengthened targets come as it nears a final investment decision for one of the world's cheapest CCS projects at its Moomba gas plant in South Australia. After completing the final field trial, successfully injecting 100 tonnes of CO2 into a depleted gas reservoir in the Cooper Basin, Santos is now waiting for the Clean Energy Regulator to finalize the methodology for CCS to qualify for federal carbon credits. (Source: Santos, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 Dec., 2020) Contact: Santos, Kevin Gallagher, CEO, Brett Woods, Exec. VP, Low Carbon Operations, +61 8 8116 5000, www.santos.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Credit,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    PHNIX Reports Worldwide Commercial Heat Pump Projects (Int'l.)
    PHNIX
    Date: 2020-11-30
    Guangzhou, China-based heat pump manufacturer PHNIX is noting the following new projects:
  • 7 units of its new 250S water source heat pumps (heating capacity 470kW) will be operated for district heating application in Siauliai city, Lithuania in 2021.

  • 4 units of its 500S WSHP (heating capacity 516kW) operated in one luxury hotel for a higher demand hot water in Vietnam last year. They have been operating with the existing water chillers for air conditioning meanwhile constantly providing at least 65 degree C hot water to kill legionella.

  • 4 units of the company's 500S WSHP (516kw) are operating in a TOYOTA plant in Bangaluru India since 2018. 6 units 250S WSHP (384kw) operated in the NISSAN plant in Chennai India since 2018. 3 units 250S WSHP operated in wastewater treatment plant in Singapore & 1 unit 500S WSHP operated in Japan last year.

    PHNIX notes water source heat pumps can be widely applied in hospital, dairy equipment sterilization, pre-heating with boilers, food industry, Meat & Beverage plants and other applications. More than half of PHNIX products are exported to Europe, North America, Australia and other overseas markets. (Source: PHNIX, PR, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: PHNIX, www.phnix-e.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Evli Bank Impact Forest Fund Aims to Mitigate Climate Change (Int'l.)
    Evli Bank
    Date: 2020-11-25
    In Finland, Evli Bank Plc reports the launch of its new Evli Impact Forest Fund I, which provides institutional investors and high net worth individuals access to the world's leading forestry funds. The Evli Impact Forest Fund I can remove an estimated 21,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere" according to portfolio manager Roger Naylor.

    The fund operates a fund of funds strategy, with the best 6--8 global forest funds selected for the investment portfolio. The fund focuses on low-risk strategies and low-risk countries such as Australia, New Zealand and the U.S.. "Up to 65 pct of the forest investments in our portfolio will be in the US. These forests provide good cash flow and are located in areas with large forest industries. Another important area is plantation forests in South America, where the trees grow exceptionally fast -- eucalyptus trees, for instance, can grow many times faster than trees in Europe." according to the release.

    Evli's alternative investment product offering covers real estate, unlisted equities, infrastructure and forestry, which are managed through eight funds. Evli's expertise in alternative investment products dates back to 2005, when Evli was the first in Finland to start real estate investment in the form of a fund. Today, Evli's alternative investments portfolio management team consists of 20 investment professionals, and the funds' total assets under management have risen above €1 billion, according to the release. (Source: Evli Bank Plc., PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: Evli Bank Plc., Tero Tuominen, Managing Director, Evli Fund Management Company Ltd, +358 50 439 2867, tero.tuominen@evli.com, www.evli.com


    UNSW Sydney Leading Hydrogen Supply Chain Collaboration (Int'l.)
    University of New South Wales
    Date: 2020-11-20
    In the Land Down Under, the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW) reports it will lead a consortium of German and Australian research and industry partners to test the feasibility of a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.

    The two-year feasibility study will look for opportunities to collaborate on the production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, as well as assess current technologies, identify regulatory and logistical barriers, and recommend business models for the development of this two-way trade and investment.

    Australia and Germany have both released national hydrogen strategies to help support and grow the development of renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower national carbon emissions.

    UNSW is a world-leader in hydrogen research and home to the ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy, as well as the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre.(Source: UNSW, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNSW, Assoc. Prof. Iain MacGill, +61 2 9385 2864, www.unsw.edu.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen ,  


    Aussie Steelmaker Commits $20Mn to Renewable Energy (Intl. Report)
    BlueScope Steel
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based Australian steelmaker BlueScope Steel reports it plans to invest $20 million to help deliver renewable energy infrastructure in keeping with the New South Wales State Government's recently announced $32 billion, 20-year strategy to transition away from coal-fired power to hydro, wind and solar.

    Most of Australia's renewable energy infrastructure is manufactured offshore and imported. Under its plan, BlueScope "will invest directly in our own plant, but also partner with innovators and entrepreneurs to develop new technology solutions in key industries like renewables, infrastructure, defense, manufacturing and sustainable buildings. An immediate focus will be supporting the manufacture of wind tower, solar farm, pumped hydro, electricity transmission facilities," according to the BlueScope release. (Source: BlueScope Steel, ABC News Australia, 15 Nov., 2020) Contact: BlueScope Steel, www.bluescope.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Australia Renewable Energy news,  


    TRIG Takes Stake in East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm (M&A, Int'l)
    Renewables Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2020-11-13
    The Guernsey-based Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) reports it has taken a 14.3 pct indirect equity interest in the £2.5 billion East Anglia One offshore wind farm from Green Investment Group (GIG), which held a 50 pct interest through its initial investment.

    The 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, located around 25 miles off the Suffolk coast, incorporates 102 Siemens Gamesa turbines that generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes.

    GIG, which is owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie, developed the project as part of a joint venture with Scottish Power Renewables. (Source: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, Energy Voice, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: The Renewables Infrastructure Group, www.trig-ltd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewables Infrastructure Group news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    Sunman Energy Scores $9.6Mn Australian Gov. Investment (Int'l.)
    Sunman Energy
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation reports it has invested $9.6 million in the NSW-based solar tech company Sunman Energy.

    The company's "eArc" solar cells are 70 pct lighter than glass solar cells, cheaper and easier to transport and install, malleable and durable enough to be glued onto roofs, incorporated into building materials and even shaped to fit refrigerated trucks.

    The new funds will be used to expand the applications for the already proven technology and to ramp-up the company's international growth. (Source: Sunman, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: Sunman Energy, Shi Zhengrong, CTO, + 61 402 064 445, sales@sunman-energy.com, www.sunman-energy.com; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, Ian Learmonth, CEO, www.cefc.com.au

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


    S. Australia Commits $60Mn to Energy Efficient Gov. Bldgs. (Int'l.)
    South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining
    Date: 2020-11-11
    In the Land Down Under, the South Australian Government in Adelaide is reporting a $60 million two-year investment into improved energy efficiency in government buildings to create jobs and reduce electricity costs for the state. Governments own or lease roughly 30 pct of Australia's non-residential buildings.

    According to South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, "The $60 million commitment is the largest per capita stimulus investment of any Australian Government in improving the energy efficiency of public buildings. Simple measures like better insulation, shading, new lighting and more efficient air-conditioning can bring older public buildings that get too hot in summer and too cold in winter in line with modern energy efficiency standards." (Source: South Australian Minister for Energy and Mining, +61 8 8463 3000, www.energymining.sa.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  


    Tesla to Install Another Giant Battery in Australia (Int'l.)
    Neoen,Tesla
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Paris-headquartered Neoen SA reports it will partner with Tesla Inc. to install one of the world's largest lithium-ion batteries in Geelong, Victoria State, Australia after reaching a grid connection deal with the power market operator.

    The 300-MW Victorian Big Battery using Tesla's Megapack technology will be double the size of Neoen's Hornsdale site in South Australia, which was the largest facility when it began operation in 2017. The new system will help modernize and stabilize the coal-dependent local grid, which is targeting 50 pct of its power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The new battery is expected to be operational by the end of 2021. (Source: Neoen, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack

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


    Notes on Climate Change from the Washington Post
    Washington Post, Climate Change
    Date: 2020-11-02
    "Global methane emissions are up this year. Methane is several times more damaging to the climate than carbon dioxide. Emissions have risen 32 percent.

    "(Global) Warming has killed half of the coral on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Recovery might not happen.

    "Let's move to Phoenix! So far this year the temperature has reached 100 degrees on half of the days.

    "September was the warmest month on record for Earth. That just might push us into the hottest year ever." (Source: The Washington Post, WingNut Blog, 30 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Global Warming,  


    $50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Asian Renewable Energy Hub
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

    Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

    The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


    GE Touting 13MW Offshore Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-10-26
    GE Renewable Energy reports a working version of its 13MW Haliade-X prototype set a record for a single day of electric power generation at 228MWh -- sufficient power for roughly 45 Australian homes for an entire year.

    The 13MW Haliade-X is GE's largest turbine ever, standing 248 metres tall with 107 metre long blades, offering almost double the generation capacity of most wind turbines currently deployed around the world.

    130 units of the 13MW turbine is expected to be deployed at the UK's Dogger Bank Wind Farm starting in 2023. GE notes it has secured 4.8GW worth of orders for the Haliade-X turbine model from U.S. and UK wind projects. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, Website, Reneweconomy, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/contact-us, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  Wind Turbine,  Dogger Bank,  Offshore Wind,  


    Fluence Announces Advanced Microgrid Solutions Acquisition (M&A)
    Fluence Energy,Advanced Microgrid Solutions
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Washington, DC-headquartered global energy storage technology and services provider Fluence Energy is reporting acquisition of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) as a part of initiative to help its utility and commercial consumers optimize their renewable assets and energy storage.

    AMS' software and technology platform utilizes portfolio optimization, advanced price forecasting, artificial intelligence, and market bidding to ensure energy storage systems and other flexible generation assets are responding favorably to power market price signals. AMS is currently active in Australia's National Electricity Market and California ISO market. (Source: Fluence Energy, PR Website, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com, www.fluenceenergy.com; Advanced Microgrid Solutions, www.advancedmicrogridsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  Microgrid,  Advanced Microgrid Solutions,  


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