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BRITE Scores $100,000 for Ohio Cleantech Startups (Funding)
BRITE Energy Innovators
Date: 2020-04-06
In Warren Ohio, BRITE Energy Innovators reports receipt of $100,000 in funding from the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) 2020 Channel Partner program. BRITE will use the funding to support its programs aimed at promoting and assisting Warren-area and regional energy efficiency and cleantech startups.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator funding is on a competitive basis evaluating their potential for STEM job creation, impact on cleantech and agtech sectors, ability to leverage the IN2 network and funding sustainability. Funded projects have engaged more than 2,369 entrepreneurs, industry and academic representatives and others, created nearly 200 jobs, led to more than $18.2 million in follow-on funding for startups involved and earned $1.8 million in matching funds from outside organizations.

The nationwide network of Wells Faro Incubator Channel Partners includes 63 cleantech and agtech business incubators, accelerators, universities and industry experts. The awards program, established in 2017 with $5 million committed by Wells Fargo to be distributed over four years, has supported more than 115 events, strategic meetings and trainings and 29 larger strategic initiatives between 31 organizations, including BRITE. (Source: BRITE Energy Innovators, Warren Tribune Chronicle, 5 April, 2020) Contact: BRITE Energy Innovators, Rick Stockburger, Pres., 330-395-3500, www.brite.org; Wells Faro Incubator Channel, www.in2ecosystem.com/channel-partners

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


Manchester Plans Stress Increased Energy Efficiency (Int'l. Report)
City of Manchester
Date: 2020-03-02
In the UK, the city of Manchester (pop. 2.8 million), in keeping with its pledge to reach net-zero carbon by 2038, has issued a call to "collective action" on the climate crisis with proposals to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, primarily through increased energy efficiency.

To that end, the city council wants to retrofit and upgrade the energy efficiency of as many of the 350 city-owned buildings, install solar and wind energy generation capacity on city owned sites and housing complexes, complete the ongoing replacements of the city's street lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, promote energy conservation, incentivize cleaner and more efficient transportation and other energy efficiency initiatives.

Under the plan, the city council will work with and continue to fund the Manchester Climate Change Agency to establish community-wide climate change related engagement activities and to encourage businesses to improve their energy efficiency reduce their carbon footprint. (Source: City of Manchester, Manchester Evening News, Mar.,2020) Contact: Manchester Climate Change Agency, www.manchesterclimate.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Masdar, Infinity Solar Announce Joint Projects Agreement (Int'l.)
Masdar, Infinity Energy
Date: 2020-01-17
In the UAE, Abu Dhabi-based Masdar and Egyptian renewable energy developer Infinity Solar are reporting an agreement to jointly develop African renewable energy projects.

Infinity will develop utility-scale and distributed solar energy and wind power projects in Egypt and Africa. Egypt's 2035 Integrated Sustainable Energy Strategy targets 20 pct of the electricity mix coming from renewables by 2022 and 42 pct by 2035.

Infinity Energy completed the development and construction of Egypt's first large-scale solar power plant in February 2018, followed by another three plants in Benban Solar Park, which is considered the largest solar park in the world to date. Infinity Energy now operates its six solar plants with a total capacity of 235MW.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently committed an investment in Infinity Energy of up to S$60 million in the form of capital increase in the company to finance the development, construction and operation of renewable energy projects and associated ancillary business including electricity distribution and electric vehicle charging stations in Egypt and across Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries. (Source: Masdar, Infinity Energy, Arabian News, 16 Jan., 2020) Contact: Infinity Solar, Nayer Fouad, CEO,+20 2 25054345, info@infinitysolar.com, www.infinitysolar.com; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ca.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Masdar ,  Infinity Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  


Battery Specialist ESS Raises $30Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report)
ESS Inc.
Date: 2019-10-28
Wilsonville, Oregon-based commercial-scale floe-battery energy storage systems specialist ESS Inc, reports it has secured $30 million in a Series C investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and SoftBank Group's SB Energy and various new investors.

The new funding will be used to expand and automate the manufacturing process of the company's second-generation iron flow battery technology. The new module design is incorporated into the company's Energy Warehouse™ (EW) containerized storage product and introduces its utility-scale product platform, the Energy Center™ (EC). (Source: ESS Inc., PR, NewsWire, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: ESS Inc., (855) 423-9920 www.essinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ESS Inc.,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


WIU Funded for Pennycress Biofuel Research (Ind. Report, Funding)
Western Illinois University
Date: 2019-09-18
Western Illinois University (WIU) reports agriculture professor Win Phippen has been awarded a $10 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to investigate the use of pennycress as a new cash cover crop and biofuels feedstock.

Researchers from Illinois State University, the Ohio State University, the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and the University of Minnesota will join Phippen's team.

The integrated pennycress crop program will focus on improving pennycress genetics for plant breeding and preservation, agronomic management, ecosystems and supply chain management for post-harvest seed control, with the goal of commercially launching pennycress as a cash cover and biofuels crop in 2021. St. Louis-based CoverCress Inc. is working closely with Phippen and his team for some of the breeding and post-production side of the research.

The end goal is to produce 50 billion gallons of biofuel in the next 25 years. (Source: Western Illinois University, Journal-Courier, 18 Sept., 2019) Contact: Western Illinois University, Prof. Win Phippen, (309) 298-1251, WB-Phippen@wiu.edu; CoverCress Inc., Funded for www.covercress.com; USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, https://nifa.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress news,  Biofuel news,  


German Wind Tower Specialist Goes Broke (Int'l Report)
Ambau
Date: 2019-02-20
Cuxhaven, Germany=based on- and offshore wind tower manufacturer Ambau reports it has applied to the Cuxhaven District Court to open insolvency proceedings. Ambau maintains plants at the port of Cuxhaven in Lower Saxony and Grafenhainichen in the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt. The company shuttered its facility in Bremen in October, 2016.

The company is reportedly still seeking investors to enable the continuance of business including a May, 2018 order for 50 onshore wind turbine towers from from Nordex. (Source: Ambau, Various Media, Windpower Monthly, 18 Feb., 2019) Contact: Ambau, +49 4721 5912-400, sales@ambau.com, www.ambau.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ambau,  Wind,  Wind Tower,  


Pablo Center Awarded Energy Efficiency Incentives (Ind. Report)
Focus on Energy,Xcel Energy
Date: 2019-01-24
In Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the Pablo Center performing and visual arts facility is reporting receipt of nearly $30,000 in incentive checks for its energy efficiency initiatives. The city of Eau Claire Focus on Energy business incentives program awarded the Center $21,000 of the total.

The Pablo Center's energy efficiency features include high-efficiency air conditioning units and LED lights and fixtures which save enough energy to to power 4,700 residential homes and about 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide given from coal being burned. (Source: Pablo Center, Xcel Energy, WEAU, 22 Jan., 2019)Contact: Pablo Center, 715-492-0240 www.pablocenter.org; Xcel Energy, Frank Prager, VP Policy and Federal Affairs, www.xcelenergy.com; Focus on Energy, Karl Hilker, Snr. Project Manager, www.cityoflacrosse.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Focus on Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Xcel Energy,  


Button Up Vermont Campaign Promotes Energy Efficiency, Weatherization (Ind. Report)
Efficiency Vermont
Date: 2018-10-10
The 2018 Button Up Vermont campaign to encourage and assist Vermonters in energy efficiency and weatherization projects was launched last week in Williston. The program aims to make at least 5,000 Vermont homes warmer and less expensive to heat by the end of this year.

Residents in any of 19 participating communities will qualify for free home energy "walk-throughs" by qualified contractors who will then provide a proposed project scope, estimated savings, and estimated cost for completing the energy efficiency and weatherization work recommendations. Contractor will also help participants access incentives that may be available from power producers, utilities and others. Programs, incentives, and resources are available statewide from Button Up Vermont partners.

Vermont has a statewide goal of achieving 25 percent energy savings in at least 80,000 homes by the year 2020. (Source: Buton Up Vermont, PR, VT Digger, Oct., 2018) Contact: Button Up Vermont, www. buttonupvermont.org; Efficiency Vermont, (888) 921-5990, www.efficiencyvermont.com

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


NCGA Claims Negative Consequences of RFS Changes (Ind. Report)
RFS,National Corn Growers Associatiom
Date: 2018-03-12
Following up on our February 28th coverage, National Corn Growers Assn. (NCGA) president Kevin Skunes on March 1 commented as follows on the Trump White House meetings aimed at reaching a compromise to proposed changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): "For corn farmers, the question for the ongoing White House discussions is simple -- what is the problem you are trying to solve? According to EPA, refiners don't have a problem. "EPA concluded in November that refiners are able to recover the cost of RINs through the prices they receive for refined products and that RIN values are not causing economic harm to refiners.

"For farmers, ethanol blending equals corn demand. Farmers care about RIN values, not because we want them to be high, but because we want the RIN market mechanism to work freely to incentivize (ethanol) blending. Increased blending will, in turn, lower RIN values, exactly the way the RFS is intended to work. Government manipulation of the RIN market, on the other hand, disrupts the incentive to blend."

An Iowa State study concluded that: a leading Renewable Fuel Standard reform proposal considered by policymakers would allow E15 sales throughout the year and implement a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10 to $0.20/RIN; while year-round sales of E15 would encourage retailers to sell the fuel, capping D6 RIN prices would reduce consumption of E15 and E85: a cap on D6 RIN prices between $0.10/gal to $0.20/gal would likely reduce the effective ethanol mandate from 15 billion gallons to about 14.3 billion gallons in 2018; and unless increased ethanol exports compensate for the reduced mandate, corn prices would decrease under the proposal's D6 RIN price cap. (Source: NCGA, Farm Equipment, 9 Mar., 2018) Contact: NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA,  Corn Ethanol,  Ethanol Blends,  RFS,  


AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Tout Biorefinery Partnership (Ind. Report)
AVAPCO, BYOGY, Petron Scientech
Date: 2017-10-11
The US DOE reports Phase 1 of the American Process Company (AVAPCO) Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts project to co-produce full replacement renewable jet fuel, gasoline, diesel and Bioplus® nanocellulose from woody biomass in an integrated biorefinery at AVAPCO's site in Thomaston, Georgia, is underway.

The project is intended to demonstrate that co-production of high volume commodity fuels and low volume, high value co-products enables profitable biorefineries at commercial scale. ABBA integrates the biorefinery value chain by converting woody biomass to cellulose and cellulosic sugars, which are then converted to cellulosic biojet and nanocellulose.

The project received $3.7 million support from the US DOE Project Definition for Pilot- and Demonstration-Scale Manufacturing of Biofuels, Bioproducts, and Biopower program , the scope of which includes definition engineering, permitting and financing activities. Upon completion of Phase 1, the project will be eligible for up to $45 million in additional DOE support for project construction and operations.

The project will utilize AVAPCO's AVAP technology for co-production of biomass-derived lignocellulosic sugars, cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, nanocellulose, and lignin to demonstrate the conversion of cellulosic ethanol to ethylene. The Byogy Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) processing facility has been relocated to the Thomaston site as part of the project to convert the bio-ethylene to full replacement biofuels.

Petron Scientech Inc., headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey, is a Technology development, Design & Engineering and Consulting company licensing technology for the conversion of renewable ethanol to bioEthylene and further conversion of Ethylene to various derivatives including bioEthylene Oxide, bioGlycols, and other chemicals used in a wide range of day-to-day renewable plastics. (Source: AVAPCO, PR, 10 Oct., 2017) Contact: Byogy Renewables, Kevin Weiss CEO, (408) 800-7704, admin@byogy.com, www.byogy.com; AVAPCO, American Process Inc. , Kim Nelson, PhD, (4040 872-8807, ext 213, knelson@americanprocess.com, www.americanprocess.com; Petron Scientech, Yogendra Sarin, Pres. & CEO , (609) 919-0204, www.petronscientech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AVAPCO,  BYOGY,  Petron Scientech,  Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  

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