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BMW i Ventures Investing $12.5Mn in Prometheus Fuels (Ind. Report)
BMW, Prometheus Fuel
Date: 2020-06-12
BMW i Ventures reports it will invest $12.5 million in Santa Cruz, California-based Prometheus Fuels.

Prometheus Fuels is developing tools to filter atmospheric CO2 using water, electricity, and nanotube membranes to produce commercially-viable carbon-neutral fuels. Replacing all fuels made from oil and gas with zero-net-carbon fuels can reduce approximately 25 pct of global carbon emissions. "By using our zero net carbon fuel, which recycles the CO2 that's already in the air, we can extend the runway we have to solve the climate crisis," according to Rob McGinnis, founder and CEO of Prometheus. (Source: BMW I Ventures, BMWBLOG, June, 2020) Contact: Prometheus Fuels, Rob McGinnis, CEO, www.prometheusfuels.com; BMW i Ventures, www.bmwiventures.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Prometheus Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


BMW Continues GoodShipping Biofuel-Oil Bunker Tests (Int'l.)
BMW,GoodFuel
Date: 2020-06-10
European vehicle logistics provider United European Car Carriers (UECC) reports is partnering with car manufacturer BMW Group to continue to test marine Bio Fuel-Oil (BFO) on UECC's "roll on, roll off" car carrying vessels. The BFO -- based on cooking oil -- being used for the trial is supplied by Netherlands-based GoodFuels.

BMW Group will be joining the previously announced trial with the GoodShipping Program , where BFO is being tested on UECC's 2,080-vehicle carrier M/V Autosky. By covering the fuel premium for a biofuel volume corresponding to BMW Group’s freight that will be shipped on M/V Autosky during the trial period, BMW Group will be able to claim a CO2 emission reduction of 80 to 90 pct for these shipments -- more than 400 tonnes of carbon. The marine biofuel is virtually sulfur oxide (SOx) free and delivers 80 to 90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction versus fossil equivalents, according to GoodFuels. (Source: Manifold Travel, United European Car Carriers, PR, June, 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuel,  BMW,  Marine Biofuel,  


Indian BMW Plant Stresses Efficiency, Sustainablity (Int'l.)
BMW
Date: 2020-06-08
In India, a release from the 2010 vintage BMW Group Plant Chennai reports energy efficiency and sustainability is a top priority at the manufacturing facility which is taking an active lead towards a green and sustainable future.

To that end, the plant is committed to increasing use of renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its energy needs by end of the year and has launched new initiatives for water conservation and tree plantation/biodiversity. A 1350 KW solar array presently supplies 40 pct of the plant's electric power and a recent conversion to LED lighting and other energy efficiency initiatives have cut power consumption by 50 pct.

Water used for cleaning is treated and reused in landscaping and sensor-equipped taps and other efforts have cut water consumption by 45 pct -- from 40825 KL to 20594 KL for the period 2016 to 2019. Additionally, a new Rainwater Harvesting Project stores up to 2,000 kilolitres and meets 40 pct of the plant's requirements and treated sewage is used for toilet flushing. (Source: BMW Group Plant Chennai, Business Wire India, 5 June, 2020) Contact: BMW Group Plant Chennai, www.bmwgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BME news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


€30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 Seeks Submissions (Int'l)
Deutsche Energie-Agentur
Date: 2020-05-04
In Berlin, the Deutsche Energie-Agentur (German Energy Agency) reports the launch of its Energy Efficiency Award 2020 and is seeking submissions from private and public organizations that will help companies cut energy consumption and emissions that have an impact on the climate.

The €30,000 Energy Efficiency Award 2020 is focused on cutting industrial energy consumption, increasing energy efficiency, reducing emissions and generally stimulating the transition to clean energy. The award is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

Companies of any size and from any industry in Germany or abroad can submit one or more competition entries in the following categories:

  • Complex energy efficiency projects -- For a long time, companies have been implementing multi-layered energy efficiency projects where a large number of measures have to be coordinated with one another. Here systematic thinking and integrated solutions are being sought.

  • From clever to digital / the broad spectrum of energy efficiency -- In this category, low-investment measures are being sought just as much as mature technologies, or digitally supported optimization using software solutions or artificial intelligence, e.g. as part of an energy management system.

  • Achieving more together -- Energy Services as enabler of the energy transition The involvement of service providers is particularly useful where ambitious ideas hit up against limited finances, resources or lack of expertise. Such involvement can range from conception, planning and implementation of a system to finance, system control and maintenance.

  • Concepts for carbon neutral companies -- Innovative ideas and new approaches for a green economy. The energy transition needs innovative ideas. Companies that pursue new approaches to reduce their energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, or conceive the energy transition in cross-sectoral or holistic terms.

    Download Energy Efficiency Award 2020 details at www.EnergyEfficiencyAward.de. (Source: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, May, 2020) Contact: Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, Tom Raulien , +49 (0)30 66 777-652, +49 (0)30 66 777-699 - fax, raulien@dena.de; www.dena.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • KIT Atmospheric CO2-to-Carbon Black Pilot Underway (Int'l, R&D)
    NOCEC,Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In Germany, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is reporting the NECOC Technologies for Negative Greenhouse Gas Emissions Research Project is now under way.

    In the NECOC research project, an integrated pilot plant is being constructed to test a new process for reducing the greenhouse gas CO2 in the atmosphere and to produce carbon black -- a high-quality, solid carbon with industrial applications.

    Project partners include INERATEC GmbH, a spinoff of KIT, and Climeworks AG, a spinoff of ETH Zurich. The research project, scheduled for a duration of three years, is funded with a total of €1.5 million by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). (Source: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, 25 Mar.,2020)Contact: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Professor Thomas Wetzel of the Institute of Thermal Process Engineering, Martin Heidelberger, +49 721 608-21169, martin.heidelberger@kit.edu, www.kit.edu, www.tvt.kit.edu/21_3547.php; Climeworks AG, Jan Wurzbacher and Christoph Gebald, co-founder and co-CEO, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Climeworks,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Black,  NOCEC,  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,  Carbon Black,  


    Maersk, Partners Developing Lignin-Ethanol Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    Maersk,Copenhagen University,
    Date: 2019-11-01
    Maritime shipping giant Maersk reports it is working with Copenhagen University, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, BMW Group, H&M Group, Levi Strauss & Co. and Marks & Spencer to explore a blend of lignin and ethanol (LEO) fuel for sustainable shipping.

    Lignin is isolated in large quantities as a by-product of lignocellulosic ethanol and pulp and paper mills. Copenhagen University is currently running the laboratory-scale development of LEO marine fuel with the project aiming to move into phase II -- testing the fuel on actual vessel engines -- in the second quarter of 2020. Following a successful phase II, phase III will begin -- the scaling up of LEO fuel production. (Source: Maersk, Container Management, Oct., 2019) Contact: Maresk, Soren Toft, CEO, www.maerskline.com; Copenhagen University, www.ku.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk,  Ethanol,  Lignin,  Biofoul,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Trump Dumps on Auto Giants for Backing Stricter Vehicle Emissions Regulations (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Trump
    Date: 2019-08-23
    Ford Motor Company founder Henry Ford would be "very disappointed if he saw his modern-day descendants wanting to build a much more expensive car, that is far less safe and doesn't work as well, because execs don't want to fight California regulators" (over vehicle emissions legislation).

    "The Legendary Henry Ford and Alfred P. Sloan, the Founders of Ford Motor Company and General Motors, are 'rolling over' at the weakness of current car company executives willing to spend more money on a car that is not as safe or good, and cost $3,000 more to consumers. Crazy! -- President "The Donald" Trump, Aug., 2019.

    Ford, GM, Honda, BMW and Volkswagen -- which interestingly was recently paid a more than $10 billion fine for deliberately skewering their vehicle emissions tests and cheating on excessive emissions levels -- have all struck a voluntary deal with California on emissions rules, defying Trump's bid to strip the state of its right to fight climate change by setting its own standards. According to California attorney general Xavier Becerra, Trump's proposed rules would create an extra 540 million metric tonnes of greenhouse gases. (Scource: City A.A., 22 Aug., 2019)

    Editor's Note: It's hard not to ask -- "When will the Trump circus end?"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Trump,  


    German Wind Energy Storage Facility Inaugurated (Int'l, Report)
    German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
    Date: 2018-11-12
    In Germany, the City of Hamburg reports the commissioning of a wind energy storage facility at the Curslack wind farm in Hamburg-Bergedorf.

    Built by Vattenfall in conjunction with the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) and the Nordex Group, the lithium-ion battery storage facility links five wind turbines with a new battery storage facility connected directly to the wind farm grid.

    The storage power plant, which was built as part of the major NEW 4.0 -- Norddeutsche EnergieWende project for northern Germany, is intended to enable practical research into the possibilities for the system integration of renewable energies.

    The storage power plant is comprised of 24 batteries featuring the latest BMW technology. These are the same batteries that are also used in electric vehicles. The battery storage unit has an output of 720 kW and a storage capacity of 792 kWh.

    The NEW 4.0 project aims to fully convert the northern German states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to green electricity by 2035. The storage power plant is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWii). (Source: City of Hamburg, reve, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, www.bmwi.de/Navigation/EN/Service/Contact/contact.html; Vattenfall, Gunnar Groebler, VP Wind Energy, Magnus Hall, CEO, Pres, +46 8 739 5000, http://corporate.vattenfall.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Energy Storage,  Vattenfall,  ,  

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