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Affordable Solar Expanding in Albuquerque N.M. (Ind. Report)
Affordable Solar
Date: 2021-04-12
Albuquerque, New Mexico-headquartered large-scale solar and energy storage integration specialist Affordable Solar is reporting plans to double the size of its fabrications facility and corporate headquarters by the end of 2021.

The expansion is being supported by a pledge of $500,000 in assistance from the New Mexico Economic Development Department's LEDA job-creation fund. The City of Albuquerque has committed to $125,000 in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds, as well as the issuance of Industrial Revenue Bonds (IRBs) to assist with the project, pending public review and approval by the Albuquerque City Council. (Source: Affordable Solar, PR, Area Development News Desk 9 Apr., 2021) Contact: Affordable Solar, Ryan Centerwall, CEO, (505) 305-0278, www. affordable-solar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Affordable Solar,  Solar,  


Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2021-04-12
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


EGLE Submits Mich. U.P. Energy Task Force Report (Ind. Report)
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy
Date: 2021-04-12
In Lansing, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE) reports the submission of its Upper Peninsula (U.P.) Energy Task Force (UPETF) energy supply report to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. Gov. Whitmer created the UPETF by Executive Order with the mandate to:
  • Assess the U.P.'s overall energy needs and how they are currently being met.

  • Formulate alternative solutions for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs, with a focus on security, reliability, affordability, and environmental soundness -- inclding but not limited to, alternative means to supply the energy sources currently used by UP residents, and alternatives to those energy sources.

  • Identify and evaluate potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution in the UP; the economic, environmental, and other impacts of such changes; and the alternatives for meeting the U.P.'s energy needs in response to such change.

    The report includes 16 recommendations for actions the state could take to improve affordability, enhance reliability, and promote energy security for U.P. residents includes:

  • Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.

  • Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion

  • Offer residential programs for energy efficiency and energy upgrade grants

  • Develop renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging

  • Examine the rate of disparity between customer classes.
  • Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development, and others. (Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy , U.P. Energy Task Force, www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3306_88771_93973---,00.html

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


  • Thermal Battery Specialist Secures €110Mn Investment (Int'l.)
    EnergyNest
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Norwegian thermal battery pioneer EnergyNest report it has secured €110 million investment as part of a deal with Infracapital, making Infracapital EnergyNest's largest shareholder.

    The new funds will be used to scale up development of the company's modular heat-based energy storage system batteries and offer long term, financed energy storage solutions to customers that unlock "substantial energy and carbon cost savings," acording to the release.

    EnergyNest describes itself as one of the first thermal storage companies globally with a market ready battery and projects in execution, including for Norwegian chemical giant Yara and Italian energy company Eni, where installation is expected to take place in Q2, The firm claims that it is The company is targeting an industrial heat energy storage market that it says could excess €300 billion a year in the coming decades, according to the release. (Source: EnergyNest, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: EnergyNest, Christian Thiel, CEO, www.energy-nest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyNest news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  


    Thermal Battery Specialist Secures €110Mn Investment (Int'l.)
    EnergyNest
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Norwegian thermal battery pioneer EnergyNest reports it has secured €110 million investment as part of a deal with Infracapital, making Infracapital EnergyNest's largest shareholder.

    The new funds will be used to scale up development of the company's modular heat-based energy storage system batteries and offer long term, financed energy storage solutions to customers that unlock "substantial energy and carbon cost savings", according to the release.

    EnergyNest describes itself as one of the first thermal storage companies globally with a market ready battery and projects in execution, including for Norwegian chemical giant Yara and Italian energy company Eni, where installation is expected to take place in Q2, The firm claims that it is The company is targeting an industrial heat energy storage market that could excess €300 billion a year in the coming decades, according to the release. (Source: EnergyNest, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: EnergyNest, Christian Thiel, CEO, www.energy-nest.com

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


    Colorado Mtn. College Solar+ Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    AMeresco
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco is reporting a partnership with Glenwood Springs, Colorado-headquartered Holy Cross Energy (HCE) for a solar and battery energy storage project at Colorado Mountain College's Spring Valley Campus.

    Under the agreement, Ameresco will install, maintain and own 4.5MW of solar PV and 15 MWh battery energy storage and sell the generated output to HCE under a long-term PPA.

    The project's avoided annual greenhouse gas emissions are expected to be 6,853 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which equates to the emissions benefit of removing 1,481 passenger vehicles from the road, or not burning 7,551,050 pounds of coal.

    Holy Cross Energy aims to source 100 pct of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030. (Source: Colorado Mountain College, PR. 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Colorado Mountain College, www.coloradomtn.edu; Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP , (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com; Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Holy Cross Energy,  Solar+Storage,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  Amerseco,  


    Spruce Power, sonnen Partner on Home Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Spruce Power, sonnen
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Spruce Power, a power-as-a-service company with roots in energy efficiency and residential solar energy, is reporting a supply and partnership agreement with sonnen that will provide Spruce's existing 50,000 residential solar customers a chance to add energy storage. In addition, the two companies plan on developing virtual power plant (VPP) projects in emerging distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation markets like New York and California that have programs to support the growth of behind-the-meter residential energy storage systems.

    Under the partnership , existing Spruce solar customers have the option to add sonnen's newest offering, the 10 KWh sonnenCore home battery system, to their solar home. Together with its partners, sonnen has already deployed more than 12.6 MWh of VPP projects built around the sonnen ecoLinx, which Bloomberg described as the "iPhone of batteries." Spruce and sonnen plan to develop VPP projects using behind-the-meter solar and retrofit battery customers in markets where DER aggregation opportunities are emerging. (Source: Spruce Power, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Spruce Power, Christian Fong, CEO , 866-216-5474, www.sprucepower.com; sonnen, Blake Richetta, CEO US Operations, www.sonnenusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spruce Power,  sonnen,  Solar,  Energy Storage ,  


    Clearway Repowering Pinnacle Wind Farm Turbines (Ind. Report)
    Clearway Energy
    Date: 2021-04-07
    San Francisco-based Clearway Energy Group reports upgrades to the 2012-vintage Pinnacle Wind Farm in Keyser, West Virginia are underway and expected to be completed before the year end.

    According to the release, the company secured $128 million in financing for the repowering work that will sequentially replace the 23 existing turbines with newer, more efficient units.

    Clearway Energy Group is one of the largest developers and operators of clean energy in the United States with over 4.7 GW of wind, solar, and energy storage in operation, including assets owned through affiliate company Clearway Energy, Inc., according to the company website. (Source: Clearway Energy Group, PR, Cumberland Times-News, Contact: Clearway Energy Group, www.clearwayenergygroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  CLearway Energy,  


    Battery Nanomaterial Tech Startup Raises $3Mn (Int'l. Funding)
    Nanom
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Reykjavik, Iceland headquartered battery nanomaterials specialist Nanom reports it has raised $3 million in seed funding for its process technology that boost battery performance and expects to announce its partners in the next few months.

    The nanomaterial process technology has provided a 9x improvement for the Nickel-Iron batteries used in a wide range of large-scale energy storage devices, transportation and other applications. The technology can also be used to create solid state batteries with carbon fibre and a silk interposer treated with an electrolyte. This can be used to create batteries in the structure of electric vehicles such as cars and boats. The company has already created a pilot project where a 1 meter electric boat was constructed where the hull of the boat became the battery.

    The nanoparticle process generates particles that are many orders-of-magnitude more effective in increasing energy surface in existing batteries by mixing them into the slurry that is a standard part of all battery manufacturing lines. Nanom has achieved scale in its manufacturing process and can already satisfy the requirements of battery markets which is a key challenge for nanoparticle production, according to the company release. (Source: Namon, PR, eeNews Europe, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nanom, Armann Kojic, CEO, +354 776 7555, 650 427 9060 – California Office, n@nnom.com, www.nnom.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery Energy Storage,  


    Scout Energy Slows Horse Haven Wind Project Permitting (Ind. Report)
    Scout Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Further to our 19 May, 2020 coverage, Boulder, Colorado-based renewable energy developer, owner and operator Scout Clean Energy is reported to have withdrawn it's request for expedited processing of its application for site certification through Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) for its Horse Heaven Wind Farm project in Benton, County, Washington.

    The slowdown is intended to allow further community input and comments on the proposed 1150 MW facility that would combine wind energy, solar energy and battery energy storage in the same location near the "Tri-Cities" of Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland.

    The project is expected to incorporate as many as 212 GE wind turbines at a total cost of $850 million and generate sufficient energy for approximately 140,000 homes when fully operational in 2022, as previously reported. (Source: Scout Clean Energy, Website, KEPR 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Scout Clean Energy, Dave Kobus, Project Manager, Michael Rucker, CEO, (303) 284-7566, michael@scoutcleanenergy.com, www.scoutcleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scout Clean Energy ,  Wind,  


    Azelio Claims Swedish Solar Energy Storage Order (Int'l.)
    Azelio
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Azelio reports receipt of and order for two of its TES.POD® energy storage units from Swedish-based Industrisi Amal AB.

    Azelio's TES.POD will store surplus energy from a 446 kW rooftop solar PV system. The installation will increase the projects renewable energy supply capacity by 24 pct and reduce CO2 emissions from energy use by 168 tpy.

    The system will combine the TES.POD with solar PV already installed by Svea Solar -- Sweden's largest solar PV installer and current collaborator with Azelio for joint projects. (Source: Azelio, Website PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Azelio, Jonas Eklind, CEO, +46 709 40 35 80 jonas.eklind@azelio.com, Ralf Wiesenberg - VP Business Development, +34 699 30 86 36, ralf.wiesenberg@azelio.com, www.azelio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Azelio,  Energy Storage,  Solar,  


    Gore Street Notes Energy Storage Portfolio Growth (Int'l )
    Gore Street
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Dublin-based Gore Street Energy Storage Fund PLC reports it has secured a £15 million revolving credit facility from Santander Bank to support its continued growth.

    The company notes that its portfolio of operational energy storage assets has doubled to 210 MW across 11 projects in Great Britain and Ireland and that its two 50-MW Northern Ireland energy storage project -- Mullavilly and Drumkee -- were completed on time and within budget and are now generating revenue. (Source: Gore Street Capital, PR, Website, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Gore Street Capital, Alex O'Cinneide, CEO, +44 (0) 203 826 0290, www.gorestreetcap.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gore Street,  Energy Storage,  


    Apple Planning Calif. Solar Energy Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    Apple
    Date: 2021-03-31
    IT giant Apple has announced plans to construct a 240 MWh, battery-based renewable energy storage facility at the California Flats solar installation in southeastern Monterey County, about 100 miles southeast of Apple's HQ in Cupertino.

    The 240 MWh facility will store sufficient power for more than 7,000 homes for one day. (Source: Apple, Reuters, 31 Mar., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Apple news,  Energy Storage news,  Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


    Where's the Beef? -- Gates Promotes "Wild" Ideas on Climate Change
    Bill Gates
    Date: 2021-03-24
    "We need a lot of technologies ... synthetic meat, energy storage, new ways of making building materials ... We want to be open to ideas that seem wild."-- business magnate, philanthropist, and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates commenting on his plans combat climate change. Contact: Gates Notes, www.gatesnotes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bill Gates,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Ukraine, German Energy Efficiency Cooperation Announced (Int'l)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Kyiv, the State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine and Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH, the German Energy Agency are reporting a memorandum of cooperation on joint development of tools to improve energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in Ukraine, as well as to implement joint projects on a mutually beneficial basis.

    Under the memorandum, areas of cooperation include: energy strategy and energy policy, considering measures to support energy efficiency and development of renewable energy; use of energy storage technologies; energy efficiency in industry and buildings; heat energy reforms; strengthening research, innovation and competitiveness.

    The parties will cooperate to improve public policy instruments -- legislative initiatives, support mechanisms, etc. -- in Ukraine, considering the norms of EU directives and the experience of Germany; draft joint proposals for the introduction of innovative technologies in these areas; develop concepts, norms, methods; jointly develop and guide projects; and organize training and skill improvement for experts. (Source: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, UkrinForm, MENAFN, PR, 23 Mar., 2021) Contact: State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, www.saee.gov.ua/en; German Energy Agency, www.dena.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    Nofar Energy Inks Tesla Storage Systems Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Nofar Energy, Tesla
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Tel Aviv, Israel-based renewable energy developer Nofar Energy is reporting a $30 million supply framework agreement with Elon Musk's Tesla to purchase energy storage systems with a capacity of at least 100 MW of power.

    Nofar Energy will incorporate the Tesla storage systems into solar facilities with a 150-MW capacity that can be connected to the Israeli national power grid by the end of 2023.

    Together with its existing facilities, the move will increase Nofar's accumulated capacity of 1,000 MW. (Source: Nofar Energy, PR, Website, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Tesla, Tesla Power Pack, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerpack; Nofar Energy, Ofer Yannay, Chairman, 08-3750060, Fax - 08-3750061, office@nofar-energy.co.il, www.nofar-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla,  Energy Storage,  Tesla Battery,  Tesla Power Pack,  


    Ceres Power Fundraising to Accelerate Fuel Cell Tech (Int'l.)
    Ceres Power
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In the UK, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and electrochemical technology specialist Ceres Power Holdings LLC reports closure of a funding round backed by Bosch and Chinese engine maker Weichai Power that grossed £181 million.

    Ceres asset-light licensing model has seen it establish partnerships with some of the world’s largest engineering and technology companies, such as Weichai in China, Bosch in Germany, Miura in Japan, and Doosan in South Korea, to develop systems and products that address climate change and air quality challenges for transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living.

    Ceres is listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) (AIM: CWR) and is classified by the LSE Green Economy Mark, which recognises listed companies that derive more than 50 pct of their activity from the green economy, according to the company website. (Source: Ceres Power Holdings LLC, PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ceres Power Holdings LLC, +44 (0)1403273463, www.ceres.tech

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ceres Power news,  Fuel Cell news,  Energy Storage news,  


    DOE Offering $20Mn for Grid-Scale Energy Storage Tech. (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $20 million for R&D that will advance the manufacturability of mid-sized flow battery systems.

    With this funding opportunity, DOE will partner with industry to address technical and manufacturing challenges that have prevented flow battery systems from achieving cost targets and commercial viability. DOE seeks proposals for collaborative, multi-stage R&D projects that improve manufacturing processes for individual flow battery components and integrate those new or improved components into a prototype system with a mid-sized capacity for grid, industrial, or transportation applications.

    Projects selected will: enable cost-effective, scalable manufacturing for mid-sized (i.e., 10-100 kilowatt hour) flow battery systems; test and validate the flow battery system's manufacturability; and strengthen domestic flow battery supply chains by connecting battery manufacturing stakeholders.

    Funding will be provided by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office. Additionally, DOE's Office of Electricity (OE) will support testing for selected projects at facilities like the $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

    The Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing funding opportunity is part of DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.

    DOE anticipates making four to six awards. A minimum cost-share of 20 pct for R&D projects is required. Concept papers are due on April 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Additional details, including application and submission requirements are HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge, www.energy.gov/energy-storage-grand-challenge/energy-storage-grand-challenge

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  US DOE,  Flow Battery,  Battery,  


    McNew Investing $165Mn in Miss. Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
    McNew Renewables
    Date: 2021-03-17
    McNew Renewables reports it is investing $165 million in a 200-MW solar project with optional energy storage capacity in Washington County, Mississippi. When fully online in 2024, the project will generate sufficient power for 40,000 homes. Mississippi. (Source: McNew Renewables, PR., Mar., 2021) Contact: Unavailable

    More Low-Carbon Energy News McNew Renewables news,  Solar news,  


    Battery Tech Noon Energy Raises $3Mn (Funding, Ind. Report)
    Noon Energy
    Date: 2021-03-17
    Noon Energy Inc., developer of a revolutionary ultra-low-cost battery technology for long-duration energy storage, reports it has closed a $3 million Seed stage investment led by Prime Impact Fund, At One Ventures, Collaborative Fund, and Xplorer Capital.

    The Noon battery stores energy in the ultra-low-cost elements carbon and oxygen -- storage media that cost well below $1 per kWh capacity, less than the cost of their containers. Noon's battery will provide long-duration stationary storage at a 10x lower storage cost than lithium-ion batteries, enabled by its earth-abundant materials and simple reaction chemistry. Sized at the 100+ hours storage capacity needed, it will make intermittent solar and wind power on-demand, 24/7 year-round, at a lower cost than fossil fuel generation and with zero emissions.

    Applicable to both grid-scale and smaller applications, Noon gives solar-plus-storage days to weeks of reliable storage capacity, increasing critical grid and site resilience. Additionally, its high energy density (double lithium-ion at full system level) will enable longer-range electric ships, trucks, and other vehicles, according to the company. (Source: Noon Energy, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: Noon Energy, Chris Graves, Founder/CEO, hello@noon.energy, www.noon.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  


    £1Mn Gravity Energy Storage Demo Set for Testing (Int'l.)
    Gravitricity
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Edinburgh, Scotland-based Gravitricity reports its will soon begin testing its £1 million gravity powered energy storage system at Forth Port's Prince Albert Dock in Leith, Scotland.

    The system uses 25-tone weights that are raised and lowered in underground shafts, such as inactive coal mines, to store and large amounts of power that can be almost instantly delivered as needed. The technology is projected to store energy at half the lifetime cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to Gravitricity.

    The upcoming two-month test programme will confirm modelling and provide data for the company's first full-scale project, which will have up to 8MW of storage capacity.

    Gravitricity is working with Dutch winch and offshore manufacturer Huisman Equipment BV and is developing an Industrial Consortium to take the technology to market. (Source: Gravitricity, Website PR, The Scotsman, Mar., 2021) Contact: Gravitricity, +44 131 554 6966, info@gravitricity.com, www.gravitricity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  


    Clean Power Alliance Adds New Solar, Wind Facilities (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Alliance
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the nation's single largest provider of 100 pct renewable energy, is reporting two clean energy-producing "new build" projects totaling 340 MW -- sufficient power for 93,000 homes -- have been added to its portfolio and are now online: the 40-MW Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 MWh/year; the 130-turbine, 300 MW White Hills Wind Farm in Mohave County, AZ, will generate 830,000 MWh/year.

    In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA, which will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. (Source: Clean Power Alliance, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Alliance, Ted Bardacke, Executive Director, 888-585-3788, www.cleanpowerallaince.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Power Alliance,  Renewable Energy ,  


    LG Energy Solution Boosting US Battery Production (Ind. Report)
    LG Energy Solution
    Date: 2021-03-12
    Seoul, South Korea-based LG Energy Solution -- fka LG Chem -- reports it plans to invest more than $4.5 billion over the next four years to increase battery production capacity in the U,S.

    This new investment will allow 70 GWh of additional battery production capacity primarily for electric vehicles and some energy storage system providers.

    The company presently operates a battery production facility in Holland, Mich.

    (Source: LG Energy Solution, PR, Facebook, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: LG Energy Solution, +82-2-3777-1114, www.lgensol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  LG Energy Solution ,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Ellomay Inks 28-MW Spanish PV Plant EPC Agreement (Int'l.)
    Ellomay Capital
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Tel-Aviv-headquartered renewable energy developer Ellomay Capital Ltd. is reporting its solar plant construction unit Ellomay Solar S.L.U. has centered into a €15.32 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a 28-MW photovoltaic plant in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain, with MYTILINEOS S.A.'s renewables and storage development business unit METKA EGN Spain S.L.U. Work began March 1 and is expected to be completed within 9 months.

    To date, Ellomay has evaluated numerous opportunities and invested in the renewable, clean energy and natural resources industries in Israel, Italy and Spain, including:

  • Approximately 7.9MW of photovoltaic power plants in Spain and a photovoltaic power plant of approximately 9 MW in Israel;

  • 9.375 pct indirect interest in Dorad Energy Ltd., which owns and operates one of Israel's largest private power plants with production capacity of approximately 860 MW, representing about 6 - 8 pct of Israel's total current electricity consumption;

  • 51 pct of Talasol, which owns a photovoltaic plant with a peak capacity of 300MW in the municipality of Talavan, Caceres, Spain;

  • Groen Gas Goor B.V., Groen Gas Oude-Tonge B.V. and Groen Gas Gelderland B.V., project companies operating anaerobic digestion plants in the Netherlands, with a green gas production capacity of approximately 3 million, 3.8 million and 9.5 million (with a license to produce 7.5 million) Nm3 per year, respectively;

  • 83.333 pct of Ellomay Pumped Storage (2014) Ltd., which is involved in a project to construct a 156 MW pumped storage hydro power plant in the Manara Cliff, Israel. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: MYTILINEOS S.A, www.mytilineos.gr; Ellomay Capital, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.ellomay.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ellomay Capital,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


  • Wartsila Wins Philippines Floating Energy Storage Contract (Int'l)
    Wartsila,Aboitiz Power Corporation
    Date: 2021-03-10
    Finnish technology group Wartsila Energy reports landing an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to supply a barge-mounted energy storage system to Aboitiz Power Corporation subsidiary Therma Marine for deployment next to its existing 100-MW thermal power barge in the municipality of Maco, offshore the Philippines.

    Wartsila's 54 megawatt/32 MWh barge will include 10 Wartsila GridSolv Max systems supported by the company's advanced GEMS energy management platform. The project is expected to complete in Q4, this year.

    Wartsila presently has 26 power barge installations totaling 1500 MW worldwide. (Source: Wartsila, upstream, Mar., 2021) Contact: Aboitiz Power Corp., +63 32 411 1800, www.aboitizpower.com; Wartsilia Energy, Bent Iversen, Senior Bus. Dev., +358 10 709 0000, Fax +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com/energy/explore-solutions/energy-storage

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Energy Storage,  Floating Energy Storage,  


    Samsung Spends $703Mn on Battery R&D in 2020 (Int'l., R&D)
    Samsung
    Date: 2021-03-10
    In Seoul, South Korea's No. 2 battery maker Samsung SDI Co reports it invsted a record high of $703.2 million -- roughly 7 pct of sales -- in advanced battery research and development activities in 2020.

    The company is working on rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles, developing technologies for energy storage systems (ESS) and advanced materials for IT products, including semiconductors, displays and mobile devices, according to the release. (Source: Samsung SDI Co, PR, Yonhap, 8 9 Mar., 2021) Contact: Samsung SDI Co. , www.samsunsdi.com

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


    9H, Wyoming University Partner on Solar Energy Research (R&D)
    9H Research Foundation
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Wyoming, the Laramie-based 9H Research Foundation reports it will donate possibly millions of dollars to the University of Wyoming (UW) in the form of clean energy installations and in-kind support services for construction of a philanthropic student research facility and the creation of a world-class clean energy engineering curriculum at UW.

    First Solar, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, made a $300,000 in-kind donation to the project with more than 2,000 advanced thin film solar photovoltaic modules totaling nearly 1 megawatt of capacity. Other funders include Creative Energies Solar, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, Alt E Wind & Solar, RiskThinking.AI, and Black Bean Capital Partners.

    To drive innovation and provide students with hands-on research experience, 9H Foundation is hiring additional student interns and funding $15,000 worth of projects for seven student groups to design and build solar and energy storage projects out of the new research facility. (Source: 9H Research Foundation, Gillette News Record, 7 Mar., 2021) Contact: 9H Energy, 9H Research Foundation Gene Humphrey, Co-Founder, info@9henergy.com, www.9henergy.com; University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Science, 307-766-4253, enginfo@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  9H Research Foundation,  Solar,  


    Oxford Instruments Joins Battery Dev. Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Oxford Instruments, Oxford University
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In the UK, Oxford Instruments, a provider of analytical equipment to the battery research and manufacturing sector, is reporting a new R&D collaboration with the University of Oxford Department of Materials and the Henry Royce Institute (Royce).

    The team will work to accelerate research in future battery technologies using benchtop Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) to develop methods to monitor reactions in battery cells and will use this understanding to enhance battery performance.

    The Bruce Group at Oxford University's Department of Materials is focused on energy storage, with a particular emphasis on solid-state chemistry and electrochemistry. The group's research aligns with the UK's industrial strategy and the wider global drive to a greener economy.

    The UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has given the project Industrial Cooperative Award in Science & Technology (CASE) fuding. (Source: Oxford Instruments, PR, 8 March, 2021) Oxford University Department of Materials, +44 1865 283700, www.materials.ox.ac.uk

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    Australian Battery Industry Gets Funding Boost (Int'l. Funding)
    Battery
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Last week in the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison unveiled his government’s technology investment roadmap last week as part of its $1.5 billion (Aus.) modern manufacturing strategy, which aims to position the country as a world leader in the renewable energy transition.

    A key element in that transition is energy storage, which the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) identified as a "critical enabler" of cost-effective and reliable low-emission electricity in its 2020 Integrated System Plan. AEMO suggested that up to 19 GW of new dispatchable resources, including battery storage, will be needed to back up renewables in the National Electricity Market (NEM) to 2040. (Source: Australian Energy Market Operator, PV Australia, Mar., 2021) Contact: Australian Energy Market Operator, www.aemo.com.au

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


    Turntide Tech Completes Smart Motor Funding Round (Funding)
    Turntide Technologies
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Sunnyvale, California-based "Smart Motor" startup Turntide Technologies has completed an $80 million funding round that brings its total funding to date to $180 million. Investors include Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund, and others.

    The funding will be used to develop a building automation software program -- Riptide IO -- and extend its Building Operation System platform to more buildings, including schools and offices.

    The company's Smart Motor System -- the world's most energy-efficient, cost-effective, internet-enabled motors and controls -- has helped reduce energy consumption for clients by an average of 64 pct compared to the conventional electric motors used in home HVAC applications, according to the company. (Source: Turntide Technologies, Website, Fortune, Mar., 2021) Contact: Turntide Technologies, 669-224-4377, www.turntide.com

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    LMV Touts Green Energy Storage Breakthrough (New Prod & Tech)
    LVM Technology
    Date: 2021-03-05
    St. Petersburg, Florida-based renewable energy storage start-up LVM Technology LLC is touting its recently patented longer-term energy storage solution -- an innovative pumped-hydro system utilizing a liquid-vapor mixture to maintain constant pressure in renewable energy storage tanks.

    Typically, compressed air is used to store energy in the form of pressure, but the pressure varies as fluid is dispensed. The potentially game-changing technology uses a liquid-vapor mixture (LVM) instead of air to maintain constant pressure as the stored liquid is dispensed. Potential applications beyond energy storage include constant high-pressure water distribution for high-rise buildings or municipalities, aero-space, residential, etc., according to the company release. (Source: LMV Technology LLC, PR, 4 Mar., 2021) Contact: LVM Technology LLC, Ramsey Nashed, 727-418-6622, www.lvmtechnology.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Tesvolt Touts New Battery, Energy Mgmt System (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Tesvolt
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Wittenberg, Germany-headquartered energy storage system manufacturer Tesvolt is reporting the launch of a storage system for commercial applications that integrates an inverter and an energy management system.

    The TS-I HV 80 battery, according to the company, is able to shave load peaks thanks to registering load profile measurement, optimizing self-consumption, and supplying back-up power. The device can operate both in off and on-grid mode and is claimed to be black-start capable. It is also said to react to power requirements from the power network within milliseconds and to be suitable for recharging electric cars.

    The TS-I HV 80 is available from 76 kWh and can be modularly expanded to several megawatt-hours. The integrated three-phase inverter has an output of 75 kW and the storage system delivers up to 340 kW on a footprint of just half a square meter, according to the company website. (Source: Tesvolt, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: Tesvolt, Daniel Hannemann, CEO, +49 (0) 30/221 83 82 49, www.tesvolt.com/en

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    Tesla Tapped for Aussie Big Battery Project (Int'l. Report)
    Tesla, Neoen
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, Neoen is reporting Tesla will supply its Megapack batteries and software for the new 300 MW/450 MWh Victoria Big Battery energy storage project.

    Neoen also reports its total capacity in operation and under construction is currently over 3 GW but expected to reach 5 GW before the year end. (Source: Neoen, PR, TechAu, 27 Feb., 2021) Contact: Neoen, Louis de Sambucy, Neoen Australia MD, www.neoen.com; Tesla, www.tesla.com/en_CA/powerwall

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


    Chevron Commits to Low-Carbon Tech Investments (Ind. Report)
    Chevron
    Date: 2021-03-01
    San Ramon, California-headquartered oil industry giant Chevron Energy Technologies (CTV) reports the launch of the $300-million Future Energy Fund II.

    With the first Future Energy Fund launched in 2018, CTV has invested in more than 10 companies with more than 150 other investors to support innovations in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerging mobility and energy storage. Future Energy Fund II will focus on innovation in industrial decarbonization, emerging mobility, energy decentralization and the growing circular carbon economy.

    Future Energy Fund II is the eighth venture fund launched since CTV was established in 1999. CTV also has a Core Energy Fund which invests in technologies with the potential to have a significant impact on Chevron's core business through operational enhancements, digitalization and low-carbon operations. Chevron is also an investor as a limited partner in funds such as the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative's (OGCI) Climate Investments and Emerald Technology Ventures' Industrial Innovation Fund. (Source: Chevron, PR, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Chevron Energy Technologies, www.chevron.com

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    Ontario Battery Energy Storage Project Slated for Jarvis (Ind Report)
    NRStor
    Date: 2021-02-24
    Toronto-based NRStor Inc. is touting the joint venture Oneida Energy Storage project with Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. in Jarvis, Ontario as the largest such facility in the province.

    When fully operational, the 250 megawatt/1,000 megawatt-hour battery energy storage project could lower electricity system costs by up to $760 million over its lifetime and help Ontario reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 4.1 million tonnes -- equivalent of taking about 40,000 cars off the road every year over the project's life. (Source: NRStor, Canadian Biomass, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, (519) 753-1950, www.sndevcorp.ca; NRStor Inc., Peter Gregg, President, (647) 281-7200, www.nrstor.com

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    PREPA Seeks 1GW Renewables, 500 MW Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In San Juan, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has issued a request for proposals (RfP) seeking to contract 1 GW of renewable energy and 500 MW/2 GWh of energy storage capacity on the island. The winning proposal will get off-take contracts of up to 25 years for plants they will design, install, own, operate and service.

    This is the first of six RfP tranches to be launched in Puerto Rico over a three-year period seeking 3.75 GW of renewables and 1.5 GW of energy storage.

    PREPA is aiming to reach 100 pct renewable power by 2050. (Source: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, PR, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, (787)521-3434, www.aeepr.com/en-us

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    Northvolt to Build Energy Storage Systems in Poland (Int'l.)
    Northvolt
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Stockholm-headquartered battery cell start-up Northvolt reports it will construct Europe's largest factory for energy storage systems in Gdansk, Poland, by next year.The The announced $200 million plant will include an R&D center and is an expansion of an existing company built battery system dacility. The expansion will have an initial annual output of 5GWh, and a potential future capacity of 12GWh.

    The Gdansk plant will be fed by lithium-ion battery cells from the company's Northvolt Ett gigafactory in Skelleftea, Sweden, as a raw material and then produce battery modules and larger battery systems for stationary grid and industrial scale energy storage systems for the most part, and additionally industrial energy storage systems. The new facility is expected to to begin operation in 2022. (Source: Northvolt, PR, Website, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Northvolt, Peter Carlsson, CEO, hi@northvolt.com, www.northvolt.com

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    Advent Technologies Snares UltraCell Fuel Cell Technology (M&A)
    Advent Technologies
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. an innovation-driven company in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, reports it has closed on its acquisition of UltraCell LLC , the wholly owned fuel cell division of Commack, New York-headquartered Bren-Tronics, Inc., a designer and producer of military rechargeable batteries, chargers, and power systems.

    UltraCell's technology can use hydrogen or liquid fuels to deliver reliable power at a fraction of the weight of batteries. An UltraCell system is 3x-25x lighter in weight than the equivalent battery solution (depending on the application and use case).

    UltraCell developed new technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol, propane and JP8 - based fuel cells and continues to innovate in this rapidly emerging field. UltraCell was the first to commercialize reformed methanol fuel cell technology to provide clean, renewable energy to power portable electronics.

    Advent's technology applies to electrification (fuel cells) and energy storage (flow batteries, hydrogen production) markets, which we commercialize through partnerships with Tier1s, OEMs, and System Integrators. (Source: Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., PR, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: Advent Technologies, www.advent.energy; UltraCell, Ian Kaye, ikaye@ultracell-llc.com, www.ultracell-llc.com, Bren-Tronics, Doug Petito dpetito@bren-tronics.com, www.bren-tronics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advent Technologies,  Energy Storage,  Fuel Cell,  


    UK Gov. Urged to Reverse Green Homes Grant Claw-Back (Int'l.)
    Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology
    Date: 2021-02-19
    In the UK, the not-for-profit Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) is calling for the government to reconsider clawing back £1 billion from the Green Homes Grant program. With Less than 5 pct of the original budget has been spent, the government is saying that unspent money would not be carried over into the next financial year.

    REA counters that such a move would negatively impact businesses and consumers in the short-term as well as undermine confidence in future energy conservation and efficiency initiatives. The association believes long-term strategies around heat decarbonisation are also 'imperative', otherwise a policy gap will quickly emerge with the non-domestic RHI coming to an end and put the government's net-zero ambitions in 'serious jeopardy', according to the REA release.

    The REA promotes renewable energy and clean technology industries -- biomass, biogas, waste-to-energy, energy storage, wind, solar, renewable transportation fuels and others -- to grow a sustainable industry and decarbonise society as part of a circular economy. (Source: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology, Dr. Nina Skorupska, CBE, CEO, www.r-e-a.net

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    Sunnova Snares Lennar's Solar Installation Business (M&A)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service providerSunnova Energy International and LenX, a technology-focused subsidiary of homebuilder Lennar Corporation, are announcing a definitive agreement under which Sunnova will acquire Lennar's residential solar platform, SunStreet.

    Under the agreement, Sunnova will become Lennar's exclusive residential solar and storage service provider. The strategic partnership will also focus on the development and rollout of innovative energy technologies, such as home storage and community microgrids. (Source: Sunnova, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

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    Volta Energy Tech. Launches Energy Storage Fund (Ind. Report)
    Volta Energy
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Warrenville, Illinois-based Volta Energy Technologies today announced an initial closing on its venture fund focused on batteries, energy storage, and related hardware and software required to enable the use of lower-cost electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

    The new fund closed with $72.6M of committed capital in December and will continue to accept additional capital commitments through the end of Q1 2021. It is complemented by the firm's pledge fund launched in 2017, with the backing of corporate strategic investors Albemarle, Exelon, Equinor and Hanon Systems. Volta is currently seeking investors to participate in the final close of the new fund in Q1 of 2021 -- with the aim of raising up to an additional $150 million.

    The firm expects significant impacts from a pipeline of investible deals aimed at lowering battery cost, improving safety, increasing battery longevity, grid energy storage, battery recycling technology, advanced manufacturing processes and others.

    Volta Energy Technologies identifies and invests in battery and energy storage technology after performing deep diligence with the support of unparalleled global research institutions. Seeded by strategic corporate investors, Volta connects innovators with investors and relevant industries that are adopting energy storage technology, delivering strategic returns for all. (Source: Volta, PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Volta, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, CEO, www.plusvolta.com

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    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

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  • Dominion Plans $72Bn Clean Energy Investment (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Dominion Energy reports it could invest up to $72 billion through 2035 to transition its primary power source from fossil fuels to emissions-free, clean fuel alternatives.

    The company expects to invest $32 billion through 2025 to clean up its emissions profile as follows: $17 billion for zero-carbon generation -- offshore wind, nuclear power life extensions , solar energy and energy storage; $6 billion on electricity transmission and distribution projects such as making its system more resilient to cyber and climate threats; $6 billion on customer growth and other related activities; $3 billion on natural gas distribution modernization and renewable natural gas systems. More than 80 pct of those investments will reduce emissions.

    Specifically, the company noted:

  • $17 billion for offshore wind projects, including an estimated $8 billion to build a 2.6 GW offshore wind project in Virginia that it hopes to complete by the end of 2026;

  • $20 billion on solar projects expanding the company's capacity from 2.2 GW to 13.4 GW by 2035;

  • $7 billion for energy storage projects;

  • $4 billion to extend the life of its zero-emission nuclear power plants;

  • $15 billion on electric grid transformation projects and $9 billion on natural gas distribution modernization projects and renewable natural gas.

    Roughly $72 billion by 2035 would increase the company's zero-carbon power sources from 45 pct in 2020 to 70 pct by 2035 while improving its zero- and low-carbon sources from 90 pct to 95 pct. Dominion is also investing in early-stage hydrogen projects. (Source: Dominion Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Dominion Energy Virginia, Emil Avram, VP Bus. Dev., www.dominionenergy.com

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  • CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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    TECO 2030, Slattland Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    TECO 2030 ASA,Slattland
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In Norway, Oslo headquartered-based TECO 2030 ASA reports it is partnering with the Rakkestad, Ostfold-based mechanical engineering group Slattland to explore possible cooperation within a range of emission-reducing projects, including hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage, offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen competence development and other opportunities.

    TECO 2030 is an innovative engineering and equipment development company aiming to significantly increase the use of renewable energy, specifically in the form of hydrogen fuel. cells, and reduce the environmental footprint of the shipping industry. TECO 2030 recently announced a partnership with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Holland to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion on all types of river vessels, such as push tugs, dredgers, passenger and cargo ships and low-profile coasters, according to the company website.

    Slattland operates in offshore and marine, hydrogen and wind power, carbon capture and energy sectors. (Source: TECO 2030, PR, Green Car Congress, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, +47 67 200 300 -- Oslo HQ, (305) 833 6510 -- Miami Office, www.teco2030.no; Slattland, 47 69 22 73 73, www.slattlend.no

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    Elon Musk Comments on a U.S. Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Following up on our 22 Jan coverage -- Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech -- the the battery energy storage, SpaceX and Tesla tycoon announced:

    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.

    "It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

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    $20Mn Battery Storage Project Slated for San Diego (Ind. Report)
    EnerSmart, Eos Energy
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based renewable energy service provider EnerSmart is reporting a $20 million deal with New Jersey-based Eos Energy for more than 10 zinc-based battery storage facilities, seven of which will be in San Diego. These projects will store approximately 3 MW each and will each supply electric power to 2000 homes.

    The electric powere stored in these batteries will go to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The California PUC seeks to add about 2,100 MW of energy storage to the grid by August 2021. . Currently, the peak demand for electricity is at 26,221 megawatts. (Source: EnerSmart, Website, NewsinPaphos, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: EnerSmart, James beach, Partner, www.enersmartstorage.com; Eos Energy, www.eose.com

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    Israeli Pumped Hydro Storage Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Ellomay Capital
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Tel Aviv-headquartered renewable energy developer and operator Ellomay Capital Ltd. reports all conditions precedent -- execution of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement and an operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement -- have been met under the conditional license issued to the pumped hydro storage project to be constructed in the Manara Cliff, Israel.

    The EPC Agreement was executed under a "turnkey" contract with Electra Infrastructure Ltd. one of Israel's largest construction companies, and the O&M Agreement was executed with Mekorot Israel National Water Co., The Manara Project is expected to commence construction following receipt of the Israeli Electricity Authority's approval. (Source: Ellomay Capital Ltd., PR, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ellomay Capital Ltd, Ran Fridrich, CEO, Kalia Weintraub, CFO, +972 (3) 797-1111, hilai@ellomay.com, www.eelomay.com

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    WH Climate Innovation Working Group Launched (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In Washington, the White House (WH) has announced a new Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the National Climate Task Force to advance President Biden's commitment to Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate (ARPA-C).

    The working group is intended to help coordinate and strengthen federal government-wide efforts to foster affordable, game-changing technologies that can help achieve the goal of net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. The Climate Innovation Working Group will focus on:

  • Zero net carbon buildings at zero net cost, including carbon-neutral construction materials;

  • Energy storage at one-tenth the cost of today's alternatives;

  • Advanced energy system management tools to plan for and operate a grid powered by zero-carbon power plants;

  • Very low-cost zero-carbon on-road vehicles and transit systems;

  • New, sustainable fuels for aircraft and ships, as well as improvements in broader aircraft and ship efficiency and transportation management;

  • Affordable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps made without refrigerants that warm the planet;

  • Carbon-free heat and industrial processes that capture emissions for making steel, concrete, chemicals, and other important industrial products;

  • Carbon-free hydrogen at a lower cost than hydrogen made from polluting alternatives;

  • Innovative soil management, plant biologies, and agricultural techniques to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground; and

  • Direct air capture systems and retrofits to existing industrial and power plant exhausts to capture carbon dioxide and use it to make alternative products or permanently sequester it deep underground.

    The Climate Innovation Working Group will also emphasize research to bolster and build critical clean energy supply chains in the U.S. and strengthen American manufacturing and coordinate climate innovation across the federal government, research and universities. (Source: White House, PR, 12 Feb., 2021)

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  • Ameresco Supports Wellesley's Energy Efficiency Effort (Ind Report)
    Ameresco
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the Bay State, Framingham-headquartered energy efficiency and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc. reports it has contracted to replace Wellesley College's Central Utility Plant to support the College's effort to increase energy efficiency, cut operating costs and reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions 37 pct by 2026, as compared to the school's 2010 baseline.

    New energy efficient equipment upgrades and installations at the plant will include 4MW of power generation, paralleling switchgear, 800 ton efficient electric chillers, a 600HP firetube pony boiler, a 5-cell cooling tower and a 4,000 ton thermal energy storage system. The plant's electric generators will operate primarily in "peak shaving" mode for increased cost savings and decreased demand on the local utility during peak times of the year. Construction on the Central Utility Plant began in December of 2020 and is slated for commissioning in May 2021. (Source: Ameresco, Inc., Website PR, 10 Feb., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, David J. Anderson, EVP, (508) 661-2264, www.ameresco.com, [www.ameresco.com/energy-efficiency; Wellesley Ccllege, www.wellesley.edu

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