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Nordex Scores 188 MW Turbine Order for Finland Project (Int'l.)
Nordex, wdp
Date: 2021-01-11
Hamburg-based wind energy giant Nordex Group reports receipt of an order from Bremen, Germany-based wdp Europe GmbH for 33 units of its Delta4000 series N163/5.X turbines, and a 15 year service contract, for the 188 MW "Karhunnevankangas" project in Finland.

The turbines will be supplied in a project-specific operating mode of 5.7 MW, resulting in a total output for the wind farm of 188 MW. For the first time the Nordex Group will be installing the turbines on tubular steel towers with a hub height of 159 metres. Turbine installation and completion of the wind farm in the north of Ostrobothnia in western Finland is scheduled for 2022. (Source: Nordex, PR, 7 Jan., 2021) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Zander, +49 (0)40 / 300 30 X 1116, fzander@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com; wdp Europe GmbH, Christian Schnibbe Head of Marketing & PR, +49 (421) 16866-10, +49 (421) 16866-10 -- fax, c.schnibbe@wpd.de, info@wdp.de, www.wpd.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  wpd,  


NTR Renewable Income Fund Snares French Wind Farm (Int'l. M&A)
NTR,Eco Delta
Date: 2021-01-08
Dublin, Ireland-based Infrastructure fund manager NTR is reporting €90 million acquisition of the 22-turbine, Artigues et Ollieres wind farm in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur region of France.

The project was acquired from independent French developer Eco Delta by the €500 million NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund II, which focuses on wind, solar and energy storage in Europe.

The acquisition brings renewable energy assets under management by NTR through its two funds to 550 MW of wind and solar projects in Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland and the UK. (Source: NTR, PR, IPE, Jan., 2020) Contact: NTR, NTR Renewable Energy Income Fund, Manus O'Donnell, CIO, +353 1 206 3700, info@ntrplc.com, www.ntrplc.com; Eco Delta, www.ecodelta.fr/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Eco Delta,  


Carroll County Miss, Community Solar Park Underway (Ind. Report)
Cubico Buffalo Holdings,RES America Development
Date: 2020-12-09
Cubico Buffalo Holdings I, LLC is reporting acquisition of the 100 MW, Delta's Edge Solar facility near Greenwood in Carroll County, Mississippi, which is being developed by RES America Developments. The project is expected to come online in about two years.

Hattiesburg-based Cooperative Energy will purchase all facility's power production. Cooperative Energy is a not-for-profit, 11 member-owned generation and transmission cooperative. Cooperative Energy approved its first member-owned (residential) solar systems in 2010, and began operating five solar-powered electrical stations in 2016 in Taylorsville, Lucedale, Kiln, Greenwood, and Lyon Mississippi.

The 11 electric cooperatives own and maintain approximately 57,300 miles of distribution lines and provide service to approximately 432,000 homes and businesses in 55 counties. (Source: Cubico Buffalo Holdings Contact: Cubico Buffalo Holdings, Cubico Invest, www.cubicoinvest.com; RES Americas, Andrew Fowler, (303) 439-4225, andrew.fowler@res-americas.com, www.res-americas.com; Cooperative Energy, 601-268-2083, www.cooperativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Community Solar,  RES America ,  


Quadrogen's BC Landfill Gas-to-RNG Project Completed (Ind. Report)
Quadrogen Power Systems ,FortisBC
Date: 2020-12-04
In British Columbia, Burnaby-based biogas clean-up systems specialist Quadrogen Power Systems reports completion of its innovative biomethane (RNG) generation project utilizing landfill gas from the Vancouver Landfill in Delta. RNG from the project will be injected into the FortisBC pipline at a natural gas pressure regulation station in Richmond.

FortisBC has received BC Utilities Commission approval to purchase up to 60,000 gigajoules per year of the project's RNG for injection into its natural gas infrastructure -- sufficient energy for approximately 700 homes in the province. The Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF) invested $265,532 in Quadrogen's project. (Source: Quadrogen, Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Quadrogen, Alakh Prasad, Pres., CEO, Carolyn Bailey, Business Dev. Manager, Manager, 604-221-7170, carolynbailey@quadrogen.com, www.quadrogen.com; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., 604-576-7000, www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quadrogen Power Systems,  Landfill Gas,  Biomethane,  RNG,  FortisBC ,  


Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels Seeks SAF Funding (Ind. Report)
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
Date: 2020-11-16
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it currently holding active investment and funding discussions with U.S. infrastructure, energy investment firms and industry partners to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for its SAF Project in Washington State to produce and supply over 60 million gpy of SAF for Delta Air Lines.

The company has already received investment term sheets for the construction CAPEX of the project, from multiple qualified investors eager to participate in the project's funding needs. As a result, final development funding is expected to close soon. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, PR, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels Washington State project, David P. Smoot, Chris Whitworth, 602-753-8386, www.nwabiofuels.com,www.nwabiofuels.com/our-solution

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Nordex Wins 240MW Texas Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2020-10-28
Nordex is reporting receipt of an order a turbine order for a 240MW wind farm in Texas, its first US agreement for the Delta4000 series. The manufacturer will supply 50 units of its N155/4.X turbines, operating with a rated power of 4.8MW. The N155/4.X, part of the Delta4000 series, is "especially suited" to regions with lower turbulence and medium wind speeds and sites not subject to strict sound regulatory requirements.

The turbines will be installed in 2021 at the undisclosed wind project for an unnamed client. (Source: Nordex, PR, 27 Oct., 2020)

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


Vestas Wins Vietnamese Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
Vestas,Soc Trang Energy Joint Stock Company
Date: 2020-10-14
Vestas is reporting receipt of an order from Vietnamese renewable energy developer Soc Trang Energy Joint Stock Company for 7 units of its V150-4.2 MW wind turbines totaling 29 MW with customised towers for the shallow water -- intertidal Soc Trang 7 wind project in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement.

Commissioning is slated for Q3, 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Vietnam Wind,  


Repsol's Delta Wind Project Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Repsol
Date: 2020-10-07
Madrid-based Repsol is reporting its €300 million Delta wind project in the Aragon region of Spain is now grid connected and producing power.

The Delta project is comprised of eight wind farms with a total of 89 wind turbines and 335 MW of installed capacity in the Zaragoza and Teruel provinces. The project is expected to initially operate on a trial basis and to enter into commercial operation at the end of the year when it will produce 992 GWh of clean energy per year, the equivalent of the average annual consumption of 300,000 households, and avoid 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

The Delta wind farms is one of seven Repsol renewables projects on the Iberian Peninsula in different phases of development, adding up to a total capacity of 2,300 MW. This, together with its current 2,952 MW of total installed capacity, consolidates Repsol as a leading player in the generation of low emissions electricity in the Iberian Peninsula, according to the company release. (Source: Repsol, PR, 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Wind,  Spain Wind,  


Vietnam-Thai Wind Project Construction Underway (Int'l. Report)
Vietnam Wind
Date: 2020-08-17
In Vietnam, a joint venture between the Truong Thanh Vietnam Group and the Thai-based Sermsang Power Corporation Public Company Limited is reporting construction of the V1-2 joint wind power project is underway in Vietnam's Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh.

The 12-turbine project is expected to generate 162.97 million kWh per year of electricity and come in at roughly $96 million (US). (Source: Sermsang Power Corporation, PR, reve, 14 Aug., 2020) Contact: Sermsang Power Corporation PLC. www.sermsang.com; Truong Thanh Vietnam Group, www.truongthanh.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vietnam Wind,  Wind,  


Nordex Delivers Turbines for UKA German Project (Int'l. Report)
Nordex, UKA
Date: 2020-07-31
Nordex reports the delivery of three N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for Meissen, Germany-based wind developer UKA Group's 13.5MW Leeskow 2 and 4 wind project in Lower Lusatia in Brandenburg.

The project is part of a 300MW, 2020 framework agreement covering different turbines from the Delta4000 series, in addition to the N149/4.0-4.5, in particular the 5MW turbines N149/5.X and N163/5.X. (Source: Nordex, PR, Website, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: UKA Group, +49 35 21 7 28 06-0, +49 35 21 7 28 06-410 -- fax, US Office (561) 264 – 8670, info@uka-group.com, www.uka-group.com; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  UKA,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Ayala's AC Energy Vietnam Wind Projects Underway (Int'l. Report)
Ayala
Date: 2020-06-08
In the Philippines, Makati City-based Ayala Corp.'s power generation unit AC Energy, along with UPC Renewables, reports construction of two wind projects totaling 60 MW is underway in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam. The projects will incorporate Vestas turbines of various power ratings with site-specific towers.

AC Energy will hold a 50-pct voting stake in both projects through wholly-owned subsidiary AC Energy Vietnam Investments 2 Pte. Ltd. (Source: Ayala, PR, Manila Standard, 8 May, 2020) Contact: Ayala Corp., +632 7908 3000, +632 8848 5864 – fax, corpcom@www.ayala.com.ph, www.ayala.com.ph

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ayala,  Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  Vestas,  


Virginia Energy Efficiency Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council
Date: 2020-05-19
In the Old Dominion State, the Richmond-based Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC) reports it has recognized Henrico County and the University of Virginia with its fifth annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards.

Henrico County was recognized the construction or renovation of 16 government buildings and schools to LEED certification standards since 2011. The county is also pursuing certification of LEED Silver or higher on six current projects that will cut energy consumption by approximately 30 percent.

The University of Virginia's Delta Force Program was recognized for achieving energy efficiency and for its $17.4 million in energy efficiency projects for a savings of $28.7 million in energy costs and 180,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions since 2009. (Source: VAEEC, NBC12, 17 May, 2020) Contact: VAEEC, Cheslea Mamish, Exec. Dir., 804-464-8233, www.vaeec.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Virginia Energy Efficiency Council,  Energy Efficiency,  USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


Vestas Claims 67MW Vietnamese Wind Turbines Order (Int'l Report)
Vestas
Date: 2020-04-29
Vestas reports it will supply, transport, install and commission a total of 16 V150-4.2 MW wind turbines delivered in different power ratings for two wind farm developments in Vietnam's Mekong Delta.

The order includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement, designed to maximise energy production for both sites which are slated for ommissioning in Q3 of 2021. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve,25 April, 2020) Contact: Vestas Asia Pacific, Clive Turton, Pres., +45 96 75 25 75, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Vestas Wind,  Vietnam Wind,  


FortisBC to Launch Third B.C. Landfill RNG Project (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2020-04-15
In British Columbia, the utility FortisBC reports it will soon launch its third and largest landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) project in partnership with the city of Vancouver.

The utility will own and operate the system at the Delta landfill and pay the city of Vancouver for its gas, which will go back to the municipality to fuel its CNG trucks and for a central energy system serving residential and commercial customers in downtown Vancouver. FortisBC's two other biogas upgrading plants are in Salmon Arm, BC, and Kelowna, BC, which collectively generate 80,000 gigajoules per year. FortisBC is also awaiting British Columbia Utilities Commission approval for a landfill-to-gas project in Fraser-Fort George, BC.

British Columbia legislation requires capturing 75 pct of gas generated in landfills. (Source: FortisBC, Waste360, April, 2020) Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  FortisBC,  Methane,  RNG,  


Citigroup Assisting GEVO with Financing (Ind. Report)
GEVO,Citigroup Global Markets
Date: 2020-04-03
Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc reports it has engaged Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. to assist in exploring financing for its operations.

Gevo is looking for financing to expand its production capabilities to supply its renewable jet fuel and isooctane pursuant to Gevo's "take or pay" contracts with Delta Air Lines, Inc. and HCS Group GmbH.. (Source: GEVO, PR, 2 April, 2020)Contact: Citigroup Global Markets Inc., www.citibank.com/mss/solutions/citi-futures/global-markets-inc; GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Jet Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


Repsol to Develop 26 New Spanish Wind Farms (Int'l. Report)
Repsol
Date: 2020-03-02
In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA is reporting the addition of the Delta 2, 860 MW wind farm project in Aragon, Spain to its renewables portfolio.

The project, which incorporates 26 separate wind farms in Huesca, Zaragoza, and Teruel provinces, will be constructed and operated by the subsidiary Repsol Electricidad y Gas and will be developed over the next three years. When fully operational, they will be able to supply electricity to around 1.8 million people.

Repsol's renewable assets under development total 2,045 MW. (Source: Repsol, Feb., 2020) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Wind,  Wind Spain,  


Delta, NWABF Ink Aviation Biofuel Agreement (Ind. Report)
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc.
Date: 2020-02-03
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC (NWABF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Frederick, Maryland-based US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc. (USABIO), is reporting an off-take agreement with Delta Airlines under which the air carrier will purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. The NWABF process uses the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas for the Fischer-Tropsch process.

NWABF's project would utilize forestry waste woody biomass to produce biofuel which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by ASTM. NWAF is currently carrying out a previously announced feasibility study to determine the potential for a production facility in Washington state. If constructed the Washington state plant would supply Delta's operations Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.

NWABF is developing second-generation, commercial scale, cellulosic renewable bio jet fuel refineries with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Delta, Green Car Congress, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, 602-753-8386 www.nwabiofuels.com; US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc., (301) 644-1395, www.advancedbiofuelsusa.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Inc.,  Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Air France Passengers Voting on Carbon Offset Projects(Int'l)
Air France,CORSIA
Date: 2020-01-15
Air France reports its 57,000 passengers per day can now vote on the internationally certified projects that will help offset 100 pct of the carbon emissions of the air carrier's 450 daily domestic flights.

Qualifying projects include a forest preservation project in Brazil's Amazon River delta, a photovoltaic program in Senegal, a biogas production program in Vietnam and others. The program receiving the highest number of votes will, starting this year, be included in Air France's offsetting initiative.

A global carbon offset scheme for international flights is also being introduced and is backed by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (CORSIA) to reduce aviation CO2 emissions by 2.5 billion tonnes from 2020 to 2035. (Source: Air France, AirLine Ratings, 14 Jan., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset,  Aviation Emissions,  CORSIA,  


GEVO, Delta Ink Aviation Biofuel Agreement (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2019-12-18
Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo, Inc. is reporting a long-term offtake agreement under which air carrier Delta Airlines will purchase 10 million gpy of advanced renewable biofuels from Gevo. The agreement complements the airline's recent $2 million investment in Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, LLC for a feasibility study of a facility to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products in Washington State.

The sustainable aviation fuel to be sold to Delta is expected to be produced upon completion of an expansion to Gevo's existing advanced biofuel production facility in Luverne, Minn. and is expected to be available for use by Delta between 2022-2023. (Source: GEVO, Yahoo Finance, 17 Dec., 2019)Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Delta,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  


Vancouver, BC Landfill Approved for RNG Production (Ind. Report)
FortisBC
Date: 2019-10-25
In British Columbia, Surrey-based regulated utility FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval from the British Columbia Utilities Commission to produce Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) at the City's landfill in Delta. Construction of the biogas facility will get underway in 2020 and take approximately 18 to 24 months to complete.

The project aligns with the City of Vancouver's and FortisBC's shared commitment to develop more renewable energy and support the broader greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals outlined in the province's CleanBC strategy, according to the FortisBC release. "This new and substantial supply will bring us closer to our target of having 15 pct of our gas supply be renewable by 2030 -- a key deliverable within our 30BY30 Target to reduce our customers' greenhouse gas emissions by 30 pct by 2030."

FortisBC currently works with five RNG suppliers and owns and operates two RNG purification facilities on existing landfills. (Source: FortisBC, PR, CNW, 24 Oct., 2019) Contact: FortisBC, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev. www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  


WSU Research Contributes to Aviation Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Washington State University,GEVO
Date: 2019-10-07
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF) reports it is working with Washington State University's Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), a project that established the availability and sustainability of woody biomass/forest residues as a feedstock for the production of aviation biofuels using Boulder, Colorado-based GEVO technology, The planned biorefinery, which is expected to go into production in 2023, would be constructed at Aberdeen, Washington.

As previously reported, Delta Air Lines, in partnership with NWABF, is investing $2 million to assess the biofuel refinery project's feasibility. Additionally, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded NARA with $39.5 million over 5-years. (Source: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC (NWABF), Washington State Univ. Evergreen, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Washington State University, NARA, Ralph Cavalieri, (509) 335-5581, cavalieri@wsu.edu, www.nararenewables.org; Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC Chris Whitworth,Dir. Project Dev., www.facebook.com/NWABiofuels; Gevo, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Aviation Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


Delta Invests $2Mn in Forest Biomass Biofuel Study (Ind. Report)
Delta Air Lines,Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels
Date: 2019-09-18
U.S. air carrier Delta Air Lines reports it is partnering with Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels (NWABF) for a $2 million study to determine the feasibility of building a facility in Washington State to produce sustainable aviation fuel and other biofuel products.

The facility would utilize forestry waste and wood "slash" to produce sustainable fuels. The result would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by the American Society of Testing and Materials.

Delta expects the study to be completed by the middle of 2020, at which time it will "evaluate the next steps in moving forward with the project's development" with the expectation that the project would be in production by the end of 2023. Biofuels produced at the facility could provide around 10 pct of the airline's annual jet fuel consumption in the West Coast region.

As previously reported, Delta operated its first carbon-neutral delivery flight, using biofuels on a new A321. The airline also purchases offsets for domestic flights into and out of seven high-traffic airports. (Source: Delta, Air Travel, Sept., 2019) Contact: Delta, Graeme Burnett, VP Fuel Management, www.delta.com; Northwest Advanced Bio-fuels, Dave Smoot, www.nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Delta Air Lines,  


Nordex Supplying "Merchant Basis" Scottish Wind Project (Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-09-04
Hamburg, Germanyy-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for ten of its Delta4000 series N133/4.8MW strong-wind turbines for the subsidy-free Crossdykes wind farm project northeast of Lockerbie, in Scotland. The contract includes a 20-year service and maintenance agreement. It is the first order for the manufacturer's strong-wind variant of its Delta4000 Series.

Construction is slated to get underway before the year end. (Source: Nordex, Recharge Wind, 3 Sept., 2019) Contact: Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Delta, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic Adopt Carbon Offsetting (Ind. Report, Int'l Report)
Delta, Air France, KLM,Vigin Atlantic
Date: 2019-08-05
International Air carriers Delta, Air France, KLM and Virgin Atlantic report they will offset more than 1,800 metric tons of carbon emissions from more than 15,000 flights to and from Chicago during the 2019 GBTA airline industry trade show. Most of the carbon-offsets will be by way of purchases that fund the International Small Group and Tree Planting program (TIST).

TIST encourages subsistence farmers to improve their local environment and farms by planting and maintaining trees on degraded and/or unused land in India, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. As the trees grow, carbon captured is quantified and verified and certified greenhouse gas credits are sold in the global carbon market. More than 88,000 farmers in four countries have successfully planted 18 million trees and captured nearly five million metric tons of carbon dioxide to date.

Additionally, Delta is now piloting a program to build in carbon offsets for corporate accounts and is looking to expand. Since 2005, delta has cut its carbon emissions 11 pct as part of its goal of achieving carbon-neutral growth and reducing carbon emissions by 50 pct by 2050.

Since 2011 Air France reduced its CO2 emissions by 20 pct(g.CO2/passenger/km). KLM is reducing CO2 emissions by investing in fuel-efficient aircraft, using sustainable fuel and by offsetting emissions and other initiatives. For its part, Virgin Atlantic's "Change is in the Air" program primarily focuses on climate action, supply chain activities and nonprofit partnerships. In 2007 Virgin targeted of 30 pct reduction in CO2 (by passengers and cargo carried) by 2021. (Source: DTNews, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: International Small Group and Tree Planting, www.tist.org

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


Carleton Scores Building Energy Efficiency R&D Funding (Funding)
Carlton University
Date: 2019-08-02
In Ottawa, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has awarded $5.1M in funding to Carlton University's Building Performance Research Centre (CU-CABER) and Prof. Cynthia Cruickshank's building energy efficiency work. The Minister also awarded $510,000 for Prof. Burak Gunay's Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research project related to data analytics and energy performance metrics.

Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Systems Lab will lead the CU-CABER project to develop and evaluate new building envelope technologies. The six-year project has $3 million support from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund.

Prof. Burak Gunay is working to develop an open source software platform that will help building managers identify energy efficiency issues. Gunay and his team received $510,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund for his Next Generation: Actionable Building Energy Performance Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualization research effort. The researchers are partnering with CopperTree Analytics, Delta Controls, and Sensible Building Science, and BentallGreenOak will develop a suite of diagnostic algorithms and methods to help facility managers pinpoint problems, and solve them. (Source: Carlton University, July, 2019)Contact: Carlton University Building Performance Research Centre, 613-520-7838, vpri@carleton.ca, www.carleton.ca/bprc

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Energy Efficiency,  ,  


Repsol Announces Spanish Wind, Solar Acquisitions (M&A, Int'l)
Repsol
Date: 2019-07-08
In Madrid, Spanish energy major Repsol SA is reporting the acquisition of two wind projects and one solar photovoltaic (PV) scheme totaling 794 MW. The company also announced it will develop the 335-MW Delta wind project in Zaragoza, Aragon, as well as a 255-MW wind project in the provinces of Palencia and Valladolid, Castilla y Leon, bought from Iberen and the 204-MW Sigma solar project in Cadiz, Andalucia. The three projects will be managed by Repsol Electricidad y Gas and are expected to come on line in the coming four years.

Repsol aims to operate 4,500 MW of low-emissions generation by 2025 and when those three new projects are put on stream it will have achieved 90% of that objective. The company presently has 2,952 MW of installed low-emission capacity. (Source: Repsol,Renewables Now, July, 2019) Contact: Repsol SA, (+34) 91 7538100 / 91 7538000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Solar,  


Delta Acquires Amerlux to Enhance Energy Solutions Offerings (M&A)
Amerlux
Date: 2019-06-05
Fremont, California-based Delta Electronics, Inc., a global provider of power and thermal management solutions, reports closing on its acquisition of Oakland, New Jersey-based LED architectural lighting specialist Amerlux LLC. Under the terms of the transaction, Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Delta, acquired 100 pct of Amerlux's interests.

The acquisition will expand Delta IoT-enabled smart green solutions for sustainable buildings and cities, building automation, energy management, commercial and industrial LED lighting, surveillance and indoor environmental quality systems. (Source: Delta Electronic, 3 June, 2019) Contact: Delta Electronics, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, www.amerlux.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Delta Electronics.LED Light,  Amerlux,  


US Airlines Agree to UN Climate Change Plan (Ind. Report)
International Civil Aviation Organization
Date: 2019-05-29
According to Travel Pulse, virtually every U.S.-based airline has voluntarily agreed to the a UN's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) plan that caps emissions at 2020 levels and is administered by the U.N.-affiliated International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO),

The participating airline majors include Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and United as well as smaller airlines like Piedmont and Republic and others.

CORSIA is designed to become mandatory after 2027. ICAO will use 2020 figures to determine the emissions cap. The airline industry as a whole has a problematic record when it comes to carbon footprints, and it was only set to get worse with the expected almost tripling of air travel by 2050. (Source: Travel Pulse, 27 May, 2019) Contact: ICAO, +52 55 52 50 3211, icaonacc@icao.int, www.icao.int; CORSIA, www.icao.int/environmental-protection/CORSIA/Pages/default.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News CORSIA,  Aviation Emissions,  International Civil Aviation Organization,  


Nordex Touts 155-meter Rotor Turbine (New Prod & Tech)
Nordex
Date: 2019-05-22
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports the unveiling of a new turbine with a rotor diameter above 150 metres. The N155/4.5 is the fourth turbine in the manufacturer's Delta4000 series, and has a power rating of 4.5MW and rotor diameter of 155 metres.

The N155/4.5 is aimed at growth markets with medium wind conditions and for sites "without strict requirements on maximum noise levels or high levels of effective turbulence intensity -- much of the U.S., Latin America, South Africa and south-east Asia," according to Nordex. The turbine, which uses the same doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) as previous Delta4000 turbines, will initially be available with a 108-metre steel tower, a 120-metre concrete tower and a 164-metre hybrid tower. Production is due to start in late 2020. (Source: Nordex, May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  Wind Turbine,  


Nordex Wins US Delta4000 Wind Turbines Order (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-05-15
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine giant The Nordex Group reports receipt of an order for 74 wind turbines from the N149/4.0-4.5 Delta4000 series, for installation at a proposed 350-MW Oklahoma wind farm. The turbines are slated for delivery and installation in the spring of 2020.

The order includes supply and delivery of the wind turbines with an operation range between 4.0 and 4.8 MW. A Premium Service Agreement with a term of 5 years will also be included. (Source: Nordex, PR, 14 May, 2019) Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

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Nordex Touts New 5MW Wind Turbine (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
Nordex
Date: 2019-03-27
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Nordex SE is reporting the launch of a new 5MW turbine, the third model in its Delta4000 platform.

The N149/5.X can achieve a power output of 5.5MW while operating at a low sound power level, or in higher power modes where sound restrictions are not in place. The new turbine incorporates the same rotor blade, doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) and exterior nacelle dimensions as in the N149/4.0-4.5, the first model announced in the Delta4000 platform, according to Nordex. (Source: Nordex, Windpower Monthly, Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Felix Losada, +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex-online.com

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Nordex Efficient New Turbine Production Underway (Int'l Report)
Nordex
Date: 2019-03-22
Hamburg-headquartered German wind turbine giant Nordex Group reports it has begun production in Rostock, Germany, of the latest model in the Delta4000 range -- the N149/4.0-4.5 wind turbine. The N149/4.0-4.5 yields up to 28 pct more energy compared to the N131/3600 turbine, making it the company's highest yielding onshore turbine for low- to medium-wind regions. The Delta4000 series also includes the N133/4.8, which is suitable for strong-wind sites, according to the company website.

"The first N149/4.0-4.5 turbines being manufactured in Europe in continuous flow production are now leaving the production line in , for orders already in excess of 700 MW," the company said in a press release.

To date, Nordex has installed more than 25 gigawatts of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. (Source: Nordex Group, PR, AA, 19 Mar., 2019)Contact: Nordex SE, Patxi Landa, CSO +49 (0) 40 300 30 1141, www.nordex-online.com

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Delta Adds Amerlux to Expand IoT Smart Buildings Solutions (M&A)
Delta Electronics,Amerlux,
Date: 2019-03-11
Freement, California-based power and thermal management solutions and LED lighting specialist Delta Electronics, Inc. is reporting an agreement pursuant to which its subsidiary Delta Electronics (Netherlands) B.V. will acquire 100 pct of Amerlux's interests for $90 million. The transaction is expected to close during Q2, 2019.

Delta has recently been enhancing its portfolio of smart green solutions to further the development of smart's portfolio of smart energy-saving systems and solutions includes: industrial automation, building automation, telecom power, data center infrastructure, EV charging, renewable energy, energy storage and display to nurture the development of smart manufacturing and sustainable cities. (Source: Delta, Mar., 2019) . Contact: Delta Electronics, Ping Cheng, CEO, www.deltaww.com, www.delta-americas.com; Amerlux, Chuck Campagna, CEO, www.amerlux.com

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NRC Funds Northern Biomass Pellet Project Feasibility Study (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada, Nihtat Corp
Date: 2019-03-11
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it will invest $220,000 to support a feasibility study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories.

The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca; Nihtat Corp., www.iti.gov.nt.ca/en/bip-registry/bip0000346-inuvik

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UV Lauded for Energy Innovation, Efficiency Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Virginia
Date: 2019-01-09
Reporting from the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) notes it has been recognized as the 2019 Innovation Award winner in the category "Higher Education Energy Efficiency Technology" by the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award Advisory Panel. The recognition was for the school's Delta Force innovation approach to energy efficiency advances.

Delta Forceis an internal performance contracting program that increases energy efficiency and guarantees energy savings. Delta Force identifies UVA projects that represent good opportunities for energy savings, funds those projects, then recovers 125 pct of the funding out of utility savings. Delta Force efforts have resulted in short ROIs and millions of dollar in energy cost savings. (Source: University of Virginia, CPower Energy Management, PR, 8 Jan., 2018) Contact: University of Virginia, Jesse Warren, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C, O+M Sustainability Director -- Buildings & Operations, University of Virginia, sustainability.virginia.edu; Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award, www.smartenergydecisions.com/innovation-awards/2019-innovation-awards

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Apple Supporting Carbon Sequestration through Mangrove Restoration (Ind. Report)
Mangrove, Apple
Date: 2018-09-17
Smart Phone juggernaut Apple reports it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade, according to the Apple release.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

(Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)

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Date: 2018-09-17
Apple’s newest smartphones may not have received all-round praise, but its latest environmental initiative surely should. On Friday (Sep. 14), the world’s most valuable company said it is investing an undisclosed sum in a project in Colombia to restore mangroves and sequester as much as 17,000 metric tons (18,739 tons) of carbon dioxide in two years. That’s equal to the emissions that the fleet of vehicles updating Apple Maps will produce over the coming decade.

“Mangroves live at the edge of the land and sea, providing local communities with coastal protection, habitat for their fisheries, and a wealth of biodiversity,” according to Conservation International, an NGO that’s leading the mangrove restoration project. “These and other ocean wetlands store up to 10 times the carbon per unit area as terrestrial forests, making them a vital ally in the fight against climate change.” A 2016 study of 3,000 deforested mangrove patches found that most of them were being cut down for the use of growing rice, palm trees, or expanding fisheries.

Beyond cutting the amount of carbon dioxide we put into the atmosphere, scientists show that we will also need to pull carbon dioxide from the air to avoid catastrophic climate change. There are six so-called “negative-emissions technologies” that can help us get there: afforestation and reforestation; enhanced weathering (using minerals that capture carbon dioxide); soil carbon (tweaking the crops and forests we currently grow to absorb more carbon); biochar (using a special kind charcoal as to trap carbon dioxide); BECCS (bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, which requires capturing carbon dioxide produced by burning biomass like wood and then burying it underground); and DAC (direct air capture, which involves the use of machines that are essentially trees on steroids to suck carbon dioxide from the air and bury it underground).

Among those negative-emissions technologies, mangrove restoration would be classed as reforestation. The Conservation International project would cover an area of 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) in the Sinu river delta. The NGO will use the money raised for the project to help the 12,000 people in the community who use the mangroves for food, firewood, and livelihoods. Conservation International believes the carbon offsets will provide financial security to the region and develop sustainable ways to support tourism and fisheries.

Earlier this year, Apple also announced that all of its electricity use in 45 countries is powered by 100% renewable energy. Some of the success of such environmental shifts are down to the lower cost of renewable energy, but much credit also goes to environmental campaigns like Greenpeace’s Click Clean that hold tech companies to account on their sustainability promises. That said, there’s still a long way to go if Apple plans to cut emissions from all its energy use. (Source: Apple, PR, Sept., 2018)


Pa. Produce Company Switches on $1.6Mn Solar Array (Ind. Report)
Namaste Solar
Date: 2018-09-10
In Ephrata, Pennsylvania, the Four Seasons Family of Companies Inc. reports it has flipped the switch on a $1.6 million rooftop solar array at its main refrigerated distribution center. The 1.3 MW installation is expected to provide approximately one-sixth of the building's total demand for electricity and reduce power consumption by over 20 pct, water use by over 30 pct and natural gas usage by more than 50 pct.

Four Seasons partnered with Boulder, Colorado-based Namaste Solar which designs, installs and maintains solar electric systems for homeowners, commercial property owners and utility-scale developers. Namaste worked with New York-based Positive Energy NY LLC, PowerStream Solar & Electric LLC in Salisbury Township and Delta Electric Services LLC in Lebanon, Pa. to install the 3,900 solar panels.

The project is expected to pay for itself in approximately five years. (Source: Four Seasons Companies,PR, Various Media, 7 Sept., 2018) Contact: Four Seasons Group, Nelson Longenecker , VP, 717-721-2800; Namaste Solar, 303.447.0300 www.namastesolar.com

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American Farmland Trust Calls for Increased CCS (Ind. Report)
American Farmland Trust
Date: 2018-07-20
In Washington, the American Farmland Trust (AFT) reports it recently joined a consortium of conservation-centric agricultural organizations at a "Learning Lab" for the U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative. The consortium aimed to draft guiding principles that state governments can use to develop strategies, policy, and funding projects to capture and sequester carbon in farm, rangelands, forests, and wetland soils.

To store large amounts of carbon in the soil, carbon compounds must be grown down in the soil profile where the compounds can contact micro-organisms. "That's where fibrous roots come into play. Cover crops like cereal rye provide deep roots that help transfer carbon from the atmosphere to the soil." The U.S. is losing an estimated 3 acres of farmland every minute. The loss of agricultural capacity is unsustainable from a farming perspective and contributes to the impact toward climate change, according to a release.

In 2017, AFT launched its Farmers Combating Climate Change initiative to: protect farmland and promote smart growth to significantly reduce emissions; improve soil health to reverse climate change and improve productivity; and build strong support among the farm community to advance policies. (Source: American Farmland Trust, Delta Farm Press, 17 July, 2018) Contact: American Farmland Trust, Jimmy Daukas, Snr. Program Manager, (202) 331-7300, www.farmland.org; US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; U.S. Climate Alliance Natural and Working Lands Initiative, www.usclimatealliance.org/nwlands

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European Energy Storage Capacity Up 49 pct in 2017 (Int'l Report)
European Energy Storage Association
Date: 2018-07-05
Recently released statistics from the European Energy Storage Association and consultants Delta-ee shows a booming market for energy storage technologies in key European regions, fueled by the growth in renewable energy and falling renewables cost reductions.

The statistics show that since 2015 the energy storage market has almost doubled each year, with a 49 pct rise in installed capacity in 2017.

The UK and Germany are noted as the two most important markets for energy storage, which is dominated by lithium-ion batteries. Italy is also emerging as a rapidly growing market" in the residential sector, according to the report. A further 45 pct growth rate is expected in 2018. (Source: European Energy Storage Association , Climate Action, 4 July, 2018) Contact: European Energy Storage Association, www.ease-storage.eu

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Sea-Tac, Partners Promoting Sustainable Aviation Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Sea-Tac
Date: 2018-05-02
In Washington State, the Port of Seattle is reporting that Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and others will collaborate on a work plan for providing all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac) with access to sustainable aviation biofuel.

The partners will work to meet the specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 -- a minimum of 10 pct of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 pct by 2050.

Airlines at Sea-Tac are projected to use about 700 million gpy of jet fuel. A 10 pct reduction would eliminate the equivalent of 682,500 metric tpy of airlines greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Seattle Tacoma Airport, PR, May 1, 2018) Contact: Seattle Tacoma Airport, (206) 787-5388, www.portseattle.org/sea-tac

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Nordex Touts New 4.8-MW Strong-Wind Turbine (Ind. Report)
Nordex
Date: 2018-04-30
Hamburg, Germany-headquartered wind turbine maker Nordex reports the unveiling of its new N133/4.8, 4.8-MW turbine for strong-wind sites. The N133/4.8 model series is expected to enter production in 2019.

The new turbine extends the company's Delta4000 series has combined the rotor blade from the N131 turbine with the hub and nacelle of the N149/4.0-4.5. With a rotor diameter increased to 133 metres (436.4 ft), the N133/4.8 provides an additional yield of up to 39 pct compared to the previous N100/3300 model, also optimized for strong-wind sites, according to the company announcement. (Source: Nordex, Renewables, April, 2018) Contact: Nordex, Jose Luis Blanco, CEO, +49 381 6663 3300, www.nordex-online.com

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China's Pearl River Delta CCUS Potential Studied (Int'l)
Edinburgh University,CCUS
Date: 2018-03-19
Scientists from Edinburgh University reports they are partnering with Chinese colleagues on the possible development of large-scale Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCSU) opportunities in rocks underneath the Pearl River Basin, one of China's largest rivers and most polluted regions.

The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.

The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.

China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy. Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement. (Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk

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Co-op Set to Commission Alaska's Largest Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Golden Valley Electric Association
Date: 2018-03-09
In Fairbanks, Alaska, the Golden Valley Electric Association (GEVA) energy co-op is touting what will be the state's largest solar farm. The 3 acre project, which is slated for completion and commissioning in October, is in keeping with the co-op's push to increase its renewable energy power capacity.

GVEA presently generates its power through six plants in the Fairbanks area, including two oil plants in North Pole, two coal plants in Healy, one oil plant in Delta and one oil plant in Fairbanks. The co-op also operates a 12-turbine wind farm near Healy. (Source: GEVA, PR, Fairbanks Daily News Mikner, 6 Mar., 2018) Contact: GEVA, John Burns, VP, (907) 452-1151, www.gvea.com

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