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Fluor Wins Project Tundra CCS FEED Project (Ind. Report)
Fluor, Project Tundra
Date: 2020-05-29
Houston headquartered Fluor Corp. reports it has been awarded the front-end engineering and design (FEED) for Minnkota Power Coop's Project Tundra, a carbon capture, utilization and storage retrofit project at the Milton R. Young Station in Center, North Dakota. The work is expected to be completed in Q1, 2021.

For its scope of work, Fluor will leverage its proprietary Econamine FG Plus carbon capture technology -- an energy-efficient and cost-effective process for the removal of CO2 from flue gas streams. The process will incorporate Fluor's advanced solvent formulation together with a number of patented energy savings features.

The FEED is being funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy and managed by its National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) as part of a larger initiative to advance carbon capture technology development. (Source: Fluor Corp., PR, Chem Engineering, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Fluor Corp., www.fluor.com; Minnkota Power Coop, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Project Tundra,  Fluor,  


Heat Pump, Appliance Energy Efficiency Importance (Report Attached)
Ozone Secretariat
Date: 2020-05-04
The Ozone Secretariat has prepared three briefing notes to support parts A, B and C of the 9 - 10 July 2018 Vienna workshop on energy efficiency opportunities in the context of phasing-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This briefing note provides an overview of energy and carbon related issues.

Download the The Potential to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heat Pumps Sectors HERE. (Source: UNEP, May, 2020) Contact: UNEP, www.uned.org; Ozone Secretariat, www.ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Appliance Energy Eficiency,  


Japan's GHG Emission Reductions Missing Paris Target (Int'l Report)
Japanese Environment Ministry
Date: 2020-04-15
In Tokyo, the Japanese Environment Ministry reported the country's greenhouse gas emissions fall 3.9 pct in fiscal 2018 from the previous year, thanks in part to an increased reliance on nuclear energy.

According to the Ministry release, the equivalent of 1.24 billion tons of CO2 was emitted in the year ended March 2019, a fifth annual decline and representing a low among comparable data going back to fiscal 1990.

Emissions fell 12 pct compared with fiscal 2013, against its Paris Climate Agreement pledge for a 26 percent reduction by fiscal 2030, a target that Japan has itself said is not ambitious enough.

While many of Japan's nuclear reactors were taken offline in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima crisis, output from the nine active units doubled from the previous year, reducing the need for coal, an increase in renewable energy and low demand for household heating due to a relatively warm winter, all contributed to the drop in CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, Japan's emissions of ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) rose 4.7 percent from the previous year. (Source: Japanese Environment Ministry, PR, 13 April, 2020) Contact: Japan Environment Ministry, +81-(0)3-3581-3351, www.env.go.jp/en/moemail, www.env.go.jp/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  HFC,  


NC State Univ. Completes Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Ind. Report)
North Carolina State University
Date: 2020-02-21
North Carolina State University in Raleigh is reporting the upgrading of all T12 fluorescent lights to LED light at Biltmore Hall and Pulp and Paper labs. The switch to LEDs is expected to save the school over 400,000 kW of electricity per year for an annual energy cost saving of $30,000.

Other "green" improvements and upgrades include the installation of low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting fixture-integrated occupancy sensors, thermal energy storage and water conservation capacity, and others. (Source: NC State University, Technician, 19 Feb., 2020) Contact: NC State University, Kerby Smithson, Energy Project Manager, 919-515-2011, www.ncsu.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  LED Light,  


Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy Outlines Climate Change Action (Int'l)
Tokyuo,Climate Change
Date: 2020-01-27
In Japan, the recently released Zero Emission Tokyo Strategy details a multifaceted effort to heighten climate change disaster - mitigation preparedness, reduce single-use plastics, transition to renewable energy and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The strategy also calls for zero-emission cars, buses, boats and planes; buildings made of recycled wood and equipped with solar panels; power plants on the city's perimeter tapping biomass, geothermal, hydrogen, hydroelectric, solar and wind energy; grocery stores with zero food waste and no single-use plastics; and "smart" homes with artificial intelligence to minimize energy consumption.

To that end, the Tokyo City Metropolitan Government 2020 budget plans to spend more than ¥74.6 billion ($684.5 million). The money will be distributed to individual progams in 14 energy sector including buildings, transportation, resources, climate change adaptation and engagement. These include Tokyo Climate Change Adaptation Policy, Plastic Strategy, Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion Strategy, all of which outline additional steps the city will take to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions, marine plastic waste, food waste and fluorocarbon emissions.

To achieve decarbonization, the capital city of 13.9 residents plans to expand the use of hydrogen energy as it moves away from fossil fuels in its effort to address global warming and the climate change crisis, and urged the central government to formulate a national strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: City of Tokyo, PR, Japan Times, 26 Jan., 2020)

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


Stillwater Considers Energy Saving, Efficiency Upgrades (Ind Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2020-01-20
In Minnesota, the Stillwater City Council reports it is considering an energy assessment and proposal from Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco. The Ameresco assessment projects that $700,000 -- $1,000,000 in energy efficiency upgrades to nine city owned facilities could significantly cut energy consumption as well as reduce energy and future maintenance costs. The savings would cover the cost of the infrastructure upgrades or the difference would be covered by Ameresco.

Ameresco's proposed upgrades include: replacing fluorescent lighting with LEDs; occupancy controled lighting; installing mechanical insulation to pumps and piping; and building envelope improvements. (Source: City of Stillwater, 17 Jan., 2020) Contact: City of Stillwater, Mick Greiner,Facilities Manager, 651-430-8800, www.ci.stillwater.mn.us; Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  


Eversource Utility Aims for 2030 Carbon-Neutrality (Ind. Report)
Eversource
Date: 2019-12-13
New England's largest investor-owned utility, Eversource Energy reports it plans to reduce carbon emission and become carbon-neutral across all departments and operations by 2030.

To that end, Eversource will reduceenergy use by improving the efficiency of its 69 facilities and reducing fleet emissions of its 5,200 vehicles, continue to enhance the electric transmission and distribution system to reduce line losses, reduce sulfur hexafluoride (a potent ghg) in gas-insulated electric switchgear, and replace remaining bare steel and cast-iron natural-gas distribution main lines to improve safety and help prevent methane leaks.

Eversource previously reduced its carbon emissions through a 2018 divestiture of all its remaining fossil-generation facilities. (Source: Eversource: BusinessWest, 11 Dec., 2019) Contact: Eversource, Jim Judge, CEO, Lee Olivier, EVP of Strategy and Business, www.eversource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Eversource,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Studied at Purdue Univ. (R&D Report)
Purdue University Center for Plant Biology
Date: 2019-11-18
In West Lafayette, Indiana, researchers at the Purdue University Center for Plant Biology (C3Bio) report their study of ways to increase production of biofuels from non-food biomass has identified lignin, a complex compound in cell walls, blocks access to plant carbohydrates that could be cleaved into sugars and then fermented into biofuels, as one of several barriers to the efficient conversion of that biomass.

The study notes researchers have found a way of removing lignin and making useful products from it, as well as getting access to plant carbohydrates for production of biofuels. Even with lignin removed, however, the Purdue team had to find ways to break the tightly connected plant cells apart so that chemical catalysts or yeasts used in the biofuel refining process could do their jobs.

With all the lignin removed through a nickel-carbon catalysis, the research team treated poplar wood particles with trifluoroacetic acid to loosen the tightly packed crystalline cellulose and its aggregation into large bundles in plant cell walls. The trifluoroacetic acid causes the cellulose to swell, making it easier to access the glucose molecules present in the cell walls for fermentation to ethanol -- or using other chemical catalysts discovered by the C3Bio team, the cellulose and other carbohydrates can be converted to platform chemicals, such as hydroxymethylfurfural and levulinic acid, which are substrates or precursors for liquid hydrocarbon fuels. (Source: Purdue Center for Plant Biology, Plant Biotechnology Journal, AgriNews, 9 Nov., 2019)Contact: Purdue Center for Plant Biology, C3Bio, Prof. Maureen McCann, 765-496-1779, mmccann@purdue.edu, www.purdue.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lignin,  Woody Biomass,  Purdue University,  


Efficiency Projects Cut School's Energy Use 43 pct (Ind. Report)
Ameresco
Date: 2019-09-09
In Montana, Kalispell Public Schools is reporting completion of approximately $4 million in energy efficiency and energy saving projects. The upgrades included switched out approximately 29,000 fluorescent and halogen bulbs to energy-efficient LEDs for a 43 pct reduction in energy usage across the school district. Other projects included water efficiency retrofits, HVAC improvements; boiler and domestic hot water heater replacements, and others. The upgrades delivered a nealy 15 pct reduction in natural gas usage, an 18 pct drop in electrical demand and a 13 pct water usage, excluding irrigation, by 21 pct.

Projects were completed under Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) and funded through zero-interest U.S. Department of Education Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, grants, rebates and some district funds. The projects were completed by energy efficiency and renewable specialist Ameresco. (Source: Daily Inter Lake, 7 Sept., 2019) Contact: Ameresco, Bob Georgeoff, VP, (508) 661-2288, www.ameresco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Ameresco,  


Univ. Va. Lauded for Energy Efficiency Progress (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Challenge
Date: 2019-07-17
In the Old Dominion State, the University of Virginia (UV) in Charlottesville reports it has been recognized for energy efficiency by the U.S. DOE Better Buildings Challenge. As a Better Buildings Challenge partner, UV, with 500 buildings, is committed to improving its energy performance by 20 pct in 10 years across 15.3 million square feet.

At one building, Clark Hall, UV implemented a combination of energy and water conservation upgrades including: converting 5,000 interior and exterior fixtures from fluorescent lamps to LED; installing low-flow toilets and faucet aerators; recalibrating air handling units; and upgrading HVAC controls. As a result, Clark Hall achieved an annual energy savings of $750,000 and an annual water savings of $22,000, relative to their pre-retrofit baseline. (Source: US DOE, University of Virginia, July, 2019) Contact: Better Buildings Challenge, https://betterbuildingssolutioncenter.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Better Buildings Challenge,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  


GHGs Rising in Abu Dhabi, says EAD Report (Int'l. Report)
Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
Date: 2019-07-15
In UAE, a recently release report from the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) notes that greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) have risen 36.6 pct between 2010 and 2016, an average rise of more than 6 pct per year in Abu Dhabi over the past years.

The report notes that key greenhouse emissions resulting from human activities, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and hydro fluorocarbons (HFCs), were driven by a surge in the demand for water and energy due to the emirate's rapid economic and population growth.

The report projected that sustainable development strategies in the emirate will help to achieve significant reduction in emission indicators by 2030. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is currently collaborating with the local authorities to develop a comprehensive inventory map of GHG sources and concentrations across the UAE with the aim of identifying emission hotspots and supporting mitigation actions. (Source: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, MENAFN - Khaleej Times, 13 July, 2019) Contact: Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi, Sheikha Al Hosani, Exec. Dr., Environment Quality Sector, +971 2 693 4444, www.ead.ae/SitePages/home.aspx

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Climate Change,  COs,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  Abu Dhabi,  


Forest "Glow" Reveals CO2 Storage Capacity (Ind. Report)
University of Utah
Date: 2019-06-06
Researchers from the University of Utah report they’ve found a way to monitor the total amount of Gross Primary Production (GPP), the chemical energy produced by the process of photosynthesis which can be tracked by satellites in evergreen forests to measure seasonal changes that impact leaf growth and color.

Forests can store large amounts of carbon and so monitoring photosynthesis is an accurate way to track global carbon levels and measure how much CO2 is being stored. For evergreen trees which remain green all year round, it’s challenging to measure photosynthesis and carbon uptake. In the new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found a way to use solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) emitted by evergreen trees to monitor seasonal changes in photosynthesis and GPP. SIF occurs when chlorophyll levels return from a dormant state, and a photon is emitted which produces a faint “glow” not visible to the naked eye. Satellites can now detect SIF glow, and the researchers used scanning spectrometers to measure SIF in an evergreen forest in Colorado. The team found that fluorescence was a reliable indicator of seasonal chlorophyll changes matching the same patterns found in deciduous forests. Having a way to monitor GPP in both evergreen and deciduous forests will help researchers understand how climate change is impacting forests over a large scale.

“Ultimately, measuring the small fluorescent glow from plants will allow us to see exactly timing and magnitude of carbon uptake from the terrestrial biosphere. This will help us understand how forests are responding to climate change and suggest how they might respond to future climate change,” said Troy Magney, research scientist of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a lead author of the study. (Source: University of Utah, earth.com, May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Storage,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Storage,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Storage,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Emissions,  


Hawaiian Energy Efficiency Bill Awaits Signature (Reg. & Leg.)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2019-05-22
In the Aloha State, House Bill 556 establishing energy efficiency standards for appliances sold or leased in Hawaii is awaiting only the signature of Gov. David Y. Ige (D). If signed into law the bill would come into force Jan. 1, 2021.

The Hawaiian bill also establishes energy and water efficiency standards for five products not currently covered at the federal level, including computers, faucets, showerheads, spray sprinklers, and certain fluorescent lamps.

California, Oregon and Washington have similar laws mandating that refrigerators, dishwashers, commercial air conditioners and other appliances meet national appliance efficiency standards. (Source: Star Advertiser, 21 May, 2019)Contact: Office of Gov. David Y. Ige, www.governor.hawaii.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


UniEnergy Tech, Chemours Tout Energy Storage Deal (Ind. Report)
Chemours Company
Date: 2019-04-22
Wilmington, Delaware-based global chemicals and fluoropolymers specialist Chemours Company is reporting a strategic partnership with redox flow battery manufacturer UniEnergy Technology LLC (UET) based in Mukilteo, Washington.

The partnership will include an investment in UET as well as a long-term and exclusive supply agreement for Nafion™ ion exchange membranes enabling Chemours to further develop and optimize the Nafion™ product offering as the industry standard for energy storage, raise the competitiveness and accelerate the adoption of flow batteries in the energy marketplace -- a key growth area for Chemours Fluoroproducts business. (Source: Chemours, PR, 19 April, 2019) Contact: Chemours, Jonathan Lock, VP, Corporate Development and Investor Relations, (302) 773-2263, investor@chemours.com, www.chemours.com; UniEnergy Technology, (425) 290-8898 (office), (425) 740-9898 (fax), info@uetechnologies.com, www.uetechnologies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chemours,  Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  


NASA Planning Space Station CO2 Monitoring Observatory (Int'l)
NASA
Date: 2019-04-15
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the upcoming launch of its Orbiting Carbon Observatory-3 (OCO-3) later this year. this year. The OCO-3 system will be mounted on the International Space Station, which circles Earth from 52 degrees north to 52 degrees south latitudes.

The OCO-3 is designed to accurately measure the altering carbon cycle on Earth and how it will affect all its living inhabitants. The OCO-3 measurements can reduce the uncertainty of the natural fluxes of the global carbon budget, mainly due to anthropogenic emissions. The instrument can make nearly precise measurements at different times of the day due to its position in space. Scientists also aim to know how CO2 concentrations change throughout the day in various areas of the Earth.

The OCO-3's high-resolution spectrometers can also detect solar-induced fluorescence, a type of radiation emitted by plants. Plants only produce SIF during photosynthesis season, which is also the only time they absorb CO2.

The OCO-3 cost less than $100 million to construct and was developed by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL)in California. The OCO-3 is expected to launch prior to April 25 and is expected to continue for three years. (Source: JPL NASA, Tech Times, April 2019) Contact: NASA, (818) 354-4321, www.jpl.nasa.gov, www.nasa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  CO2,  NASA JPL,  


School Energy Efficiency Upgrades Saves $5.8Mn (Ind. Report)
Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica
Date: 2019-01-30
In Kingston, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is reporting the installation of a 15 kW Solar Photovoltaic System and a major LED Lighting Upgrade Project totaling $8 million has delivered an estimated $5.4 million savings over the last three years.

As part of the total installation, a 10 kW solar PV System comprised of 42, 240W polycrystalline solar panels, three (3) 3.6 kW grid-tied inverters and a data logger for performance monitoring, has generated 43,500 kWh of electricity since commissioning in November 2015; which has saved the Kingston based institution $1.4 million on its utility bills. Additionally, a 5 kW solar PV system of 18, 260 W polycrystalline solar panels, one grid-tied inverter and a surge protector installed in March 2016, has saved the school a further $700,000.

The PCJ also replaced the school's 1,250 interior and exterior fluorescent, incandescent and sodium vapour bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting. The lighting retrofitting has cut electricity consumption by 98,000 kWh for an approximate $3.2 million savings over three years.

Ardenne is one of 15 schools and three government agencies that have received Solar PV systems under a $62 million initiative undertaken by the PCJ as part of its efforts to reduce the public sector's energy costs. (Source: PCJ, First Look, 28 Jan., 2019) Contact: Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, www.pcj.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica,  


Orion Claims Fed. Energy Efficient LED Lighting Projects (Ind. Report)
Orion Energy Systems
Date: 2019-01-16
Manitowoc, Wisconsin-based LED lighting specialist Orion Energy Systems reports receipt of $3.6 million contract to install LED lighting systems in two unidentified US government facilities. The project is expected to start in fiscal year 2019.

Once the lighting retrofits are completed, the federal customers expect to cut their annual energy usage for lighting by approximately 50 pct per facility.

For the projects, Orion is replacing legacy T5, T8, compact fluorescent and HID lighting systems with energy-efficient LED lighting platforms and controls. (Source: Orion, PR, Energy Mgr., Others, 14 Jan., 2019) Contact: Orion Energy Systems, Mike Altschaefl, CEO, (312) 660-3575, www.orionlighting.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orion Energy Systems ,  LED Light,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficient Light,  


Rwanda Launches Global GHG, Ozone Measurement Project (Int'l)
Rwanda Environment Management Authority
Date: 2019-01-14
The Rwanda Ministries of Education, Environment, the Rwanda Meteorological Agency in partnership with the University of Massachusetts, are reporting the launch of the first African Air Quality and Climate Laboratory equipped with the "Medusa System" that will measure more than 50 gases that deplete the ozone layer. The $2 million project, which will be based at the University of Rwanda's College of Science and Technology, will measure Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that deplete the ozone layer as well as other Rwandan and regionally emitted GHGs.

Rwandan and regional policy makers will have access to and use of the data in their efforts to control power plant and transportation emissions, curb deforestation and encourage more tree planting, reduce fossil fuel use, develope smart green cities and other efforts. (Source: Rwanda Environment Management Authority, The New Times, Rwanda, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: Rwanda Environment Management Authority Faustin Munyazikwiye, Deputy Director General, +250 25 258 9191, www.landportal.org/organization/rwanda-environment-management-authority

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ozone,  HFC,  GHGs,  Climate Change,  


Kigali Amendment Addresses Ozone Deleting HFC GHG (Int'l Report)
Montreal Protocol
Date: 2019-01-04
With the recently announced Kigali Amendment hammered out in Niarobi, the world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse gasses known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)-- an extremely potent greenhouse gas -- and limit global warming. The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer came into force on 1st January 2019.

If fully supported by governments, the private sector and citizens, the Kigali Amendment will avoid up to 0.4 degrees C of global warming this century while continuing to protect the ozone layer. The amendment will substantively contribute to the goals of the COP15, Paris Climate Agreement.

The parties to the amendment have put in place practical arrangements for its implementation, including agreements on technologies for the destruction of HFCs and new data reporting requirements and tools. The amendment comes with provisions for capacity-building for developing countries, institutional strengthening and the development of national strategies to reduce HFCs and replace them with alternatives. Phasing down HFCs under the Kigali Amendment may also open a window to redesign refrigeration equipment that is more energy efficient, further increasing the climate gains.

Implementation of new targets set out in the amendment will be done in three phases, with a group of developed countries starting HFCs phase-down from 2019. Developing countries will follow with a freeze of HFCs consumption levels in 2024 and with a few countries freezing consumption in 2028.

Evidence presented in the latest Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion finds that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 pct per decade since 2000. At projected rates, Northern Hemisphere and mid-latitude ozone is scheduled to heal completely by the 2030s followed by the Southern Hemisphere in the 2050s and polar regions by 2060.

The UN Environment Ozone Secretariat is the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. The Secretariat facilitates and supports the parties to the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol and other stakeholders in implementing actions to protect and heal the ozone layer and contribute to climate change mitigation.

Download the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 Executive Summary HERE. (Source: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization , UN Environment, 3 Dec., 2019) Contact: UN Environment Ozone Secretariat, https://ozone.unep.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News COP15,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Carbon Emissions,  Montreal Protocol,  HFCs,  Ozone Depletion,  Climate Change,  


Inslee Calls for Reduced Energy Consumption, Increased Efficiency (Ind. Report)
Jay Inslee
Date: 2018-12-14
In Olympia, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee (DEM) has unveiled a plan that the governor claims would drive a dramatic reduction in the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next 15 years.

Inslee's proposal is designed to accelerate the innovation and efforts already underway across the economy to transition to 100 pct clean energy, construct ultra-energy efficient buildings, establish a clean fuel standard, electrify the state's transportation system and phase down super-pollutants in certain products -- all of which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Washington state to 25 pct below 1990 levels by 2035. To achieve that goal, the state needs to further reduce emissions by nearly 16 million metric tpy, according to a release. The transition to 100 pct clean energy would place Washington among the first states to end all coal-fired electric power consumption by 2025, transition toward carbon neutral electricity in 2030, and lay the groundwork to eliminate all fossil fuels in electricity generation by 2045.

Inslee is also calling for a 40 pct increase in the state's Clean Energy Fund, a comprehensive clean energy and energy efficiency building package; a clean fuel standard; support for electric vehicles and EV charging infrastructure; and a reduction in the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) -- a super-pollutant that is thousands of times more damaging than carbon. (Source: Office of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, PR, The Hill, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: US Climate Alliance, www.usclimatealliance.org; Office of Washington Sate Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jay Inslee,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate CHange,  Clean Energy,  


Fluor to Test New Carbon Capture Tech at Mongstad (Int'l Report)
Fluor, Technology Center Mongstad
Date: 2018-10-05
In Norway, the Technology Center Mongstad (TCM) reports it has inked an agreement with Irving, Texas-headquartered engineering and construction company Fluor for use of the test facility in Nordhordland, Norway to test a newly developed chemical (solvent) to separate carbon dioxide from industrial flue gases.

TCM is the world's largest test facility for carbon capture. Fluor, which has long history in developing solutions for capturing CO2, will use the Amine test plant at TCM from December 2018 through to May 2019. (Source: Technology Center Mongstad, PR, Oct., 2018) Contact: Technology Center Mongstad, Bjorn-Erik Haugan, Business Dev, +47 56 34 52 20, www.tcmda.com; beh@gassnova.no; Fluor, Satish Reddy, VP Process Technology , (949) 637-1255, Satish.Reddy@Fluor.com, www.flour.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluor,  Technology Center Mongstad,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  


Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
Date: 2018-08-01
The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports, www.absolutereports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Scholars Lauded for Sounding Climate Change Alarm (Int'l)
Mopntreal Protocol
Date: 2018-06-18
In Taipei, Taiwan, the Tang Prize reports Dr. James E. Hansen, former Director of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Council of Pontifical Academy of Sciences are co-recipients of the 2018 Tang Prize in Sustainable Development for their pioneering work on climate change and its impact on the sustainability of the earth. Their works lay the scientific foundation for international actions as the Paris Climate Agreement and the new global development-Agenda 2030.

In 1988, then Director of NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies, he famously announced in televised testimony before the US Congress that "global warming is here," as the observed temperature record exhibited an anomalous rise above the statistical noise of natural fluctuations. Dr. Hansen's testimony "was an important turning point in the history of global climate change."

In 1975, Indian-born Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Victor C. Alderson Professor in Applied Ocean Sciences, UC San Diego, noted the significant greenhouse effects of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and halocarbons, particularly chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) used as refridgerants and in manufacturing. This was a significant indication that showed how gases not only CO2 but such as CFCs that deplete the ozone layer could have ramifications for climate. This finding was also at the core of future negotiations for the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the ozone layer that followed in 1987. The Montreal Protocol benefits both the ozone layer and the climate system. Its effectiveness is much greater than the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

The Tang Prize, founded in 2012 by Dr. Samuel Yin, chairman of Ruentex Group, seeks to be an inspiring force for people working in all corners of the world. (Source: Source: Tang Prize Foundation, PR, 17 June, 2018) Contact: Tang Prize Foundation, Scarlett Tu, thetangmedia@tang-prize.org, www.tang-prize.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  GHGs,  Montral Accord,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Idaho, Boise Differ Over Energy Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-12
In Idaho, the city of Boise (pop. 223,150) reports it has adopted the newest international standards for energy conservation in new homes. However, a bill advancing in the state legislature would prohibit Boise and other local jurisdictions from setting new or adopting standards higher than those legislated by the state.

The city's new building code requires more energy-efficient windows, more LED or fluorescent lights, and better insulation in home attics, walls or windows than the state requires. The logic of the city's initiative allows individual communities to align their design codes and criteria with their geography, wind conditions, climate and other relevant considerations rather than be bound by a statewide one-size-fits-all code that may or may need be ideal for its individual circumstances. (Source: Idaho Statesman, 8 Mar., 2018) Contact: City of Boise, www.cityofboise.org

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U.S.Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-09
MarketResearchNest.com reports the availability of its new United States Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 report studying Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India.

The study includes production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions from 2013 to 2018, and forecast to 2025. The report also identifies major players in the market and their market revenues including GE Energy, Siemens, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shell Cansolv, Alstom Energy, Linde Engineering, ConocoPhillips Company, Statoil ASA, Dakota Gasification, Fluor Corporation, Hitachi, Halliburton, HTCO2 Systems, Carbon Clean Solutions, Summit Carbon Capture, Sasol Limited, Aker Clean Carbon AS, China HuaNeng Group.

Browse full table of contents and data tables HERE. Request a sample copy HERE; Purchase the report HERE. (Source: MarketResearchNest.com, satPRnews, Mar., 2018) Contact: MarketResearchNest, Jeet Jain, 240-284-8070, +44-20-3290-4151, sales@marketresearchnest.com, www.marketresearchnest.com

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Hawaii Energy, Honolulu Partner on Multi-Unit Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
Hawaii Energy
Date: 2018-03-05
In the Aloha State, Hawaii Energy reports it is partnering with the city of Honolulu in the Energy Smart 4 Homes program aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of thousands of rental units in Downtown Honolulu.

The effort will see Hawaii Energy professionals install energy-efficient technologies directly into units at no cost to building owners or their tenants. Under the program, eleven city-owned multifamily property buildings will be retrofitted with:

  • high-efficiency shower heads that cut water consumption and reduce electric water heating demand by up to 30 pct:
  • efficiency faucet aerators in the kitchen and bathroom that can decrease hot water use and electric water heating costs:
  • installation of ENERGY STAR-certified Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) which use approximately 78 pct less energy and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs;
  • and use of energy-saving Smart Power Strip can help manage energy consumption and can eliminate phantom electrical loads.

    With the upgrades, residents are expected to save as much as $160 per year while taxpayers save $120,000 annually.

    The program is funded through the Public Benefits Fund, which supports initiatives that help consumers become more energy-efficient. The Fund is collected through a small surcharge that every electric utility customer in Hawaii, Honolulu and Maui counties pay through their bill. (Source: Hawaii Energy, Smart Cities Connect, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: Public Benefits Fund, www.c2es.org/document/public-benefit-funds; Energy Smart 4 Homes, https://hawaiienergy.com/for-homes/es4h; Hawaii Energy, www.hawaiienergy.com

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  • Neb. Businesses Offered Efficient Lighting Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska
    Date: 2018-01-12
    The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) reports that businesses connected to municipal utilities in Carlisle and Indianola are eligible to receive cash incentives for installing high efficiency lighting. The MEAN LED lighting program, which includes incentives paid directly to commercial customers to help cover the cost of lighting upgrades and replacements includes: indoor high/low bay lighting; LED EXIT signs; linear replacement or retrofit lighting; fluorescent freezer or refrigerator case lighting; incandescent replacement (150 watts or less), and customized requests.

    The program is for all long-term MEAN participants with a maximum of $2,500 per customer or owner. (Source: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, PR, Des Moines Reg., , 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, nmppenergy.org/mean/LED-lighting-program, www.nmppenergy.org

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    NASA Study says Antarctic Ozone Hole Recovering (Ind. Report)
    NASAGoddard Space Flight Center
    Date: 2018-01-08
    A new study conducted by NASA reports the first direct evidence that an international effort to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has led to the recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole. The study used satellite observations to demonstrate the decline in atmospheric chlorine that resulted from the implementation of the Montreal Protocol, enacted in 1989, led to "about 20 pct less ozone depletion during the Antarctic winter than there was in 2005 -- the first year that measurements of chlorine and ozone during the Antarctic winter were made."

    While CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances were phased out by the mid-1990s, the study notes that the Antarctic ozone hole -- first discovered in 1985 -- "is healing slowly" because the man-made substances that caused the hole in the first place "have 50 - 100 year lifetimes." Accordingly, researchers believe that it could be several decades before the ozone hole is eliminated altogether. (Source: NASA Goddard, Common Dreams, Jan., 2018) Contact: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Susan Strahan, Atmospheric Scientist, (301) 286-8981, www.nasa.gov/goddard

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    Calif. Lauded for Short-Term GHG Pollutants Legislation (REG & LEG)
    COP23
    Date: 2017-11-15
    AT the UN COP23 meeting in Bonn, the Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the United Nations Environment Programme's Climate and Clean Air Coalition has recognized the state of California with its Climate and Clean Air Award for having the "most comprehensive and strongest set of targets for reducing short-lived climate pollutant emissions -- black carbon, methane -- into state law."

    The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383 aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    Cornell Reports Bioreactor Algal Biofuel Breakthrough (Ind. Report)
    Boyce Thompson Institute
    Date: 2017-10-02
    Cornell University's Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) and Texas A&M University researchers are reporting "algal droplet bioreactors on a chip", a new technology that may revolutionize the search for the perfect algal strain.

    In the new technology, a single algal cell is captured in a droplet of water encapsulated by oil then millions of algal droplets squeeze onto a chip about the size of a quarter. Each droplet is a "micro-bioreactor", a highly controlled environment in which algal cells can grow and replicate for several days, forming a genetically homogenous colony that goes through its typical biological reactions, including the production of lipids.

    The researchers first validated the chip system with algae known to grow faster or slower, or produce more or less lipid. They then screened 200,000 chemically mutated cells, identifying six mutants with both faster growth and higher lipid content. The screening, done on-chip, uses fluorescence detection of chlorophyll, representing total cell mass, and BODIPY, a fluorescent molecule that binds to lipids. All mutants with potential for improved growth or lipid production were recovered and verified off-chip.

    The tools for improving throughput are already in development, including larger chips that can screen millions of droplets in one experiment.

    With the discovery and development of much more efficient algal strains, commercial-scale production of biofuel from algae may finally be a realistic promise. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Plant Direct, 28 Sept., 2017) Contact: Cornell Univ., George Lowery, (607) 255-2171, gpl5@cornell.edu, www.cornell.edu; Texas A&M, Arum Han , (979) 845-9686; Boyce Thompson Institute, (607) 254-1234, https://btiscience.org

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    Flourine Solar Cell Touted for Low Cost, Stability (New Prod & Tech)
    Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2017-09-20
    Scientists at South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology are reporting development of stable and cheap solar cells made out of flourine. The team led by Kim Jin-young developed the edged-selectively fluorine functionalized graphene nanoplatelets with structure of perovskite solar cells that can achieve a stability of 82 pct.

    A perovskite solar cell includes a perovskite structured compound, considered a next-generation technology with the potential of achieving even higher efficiency. However, low instability and high production costs have hampered the technology's commercial viability. (Source: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Yonhap , NanoLetters, 19 Sept., 2017) Contact: Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, +82 52 217 0114, www.unist.ac.kr

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    Dutch Heavy Ind. GHG Emissions Virtually Stagnate (Int'l)
    EU ETS
    Date: 2017-09-18
    In the Netherlands, the Dutch Emissions Authority is reporting Dutch heavy industry GHG emission levels have remained at virtually the same levels -- with only a 4 pct drop -- since the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) was launched in 2005.

    In 2016, Dutch companies covered by the EU ETS emitted 94 megatons of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons (PFCs). The slight drop was apparently largely due to a reduction of nitrous oxide production in the chemical industry. But even this level is, in fact, higher than such pollution in 2012, which is attributable the rise to the opening of coal plants resulting in CO2 emissions.

    Overall, the Netherlands' greenhouse gas emissions have fallen 11 pct since 1990, but the government is required to make a 25 pct cut by 2020. (Source: Dutch Emissions Authority, Volkskrant, DutchNews.nl, 15 Sept., 2017) Contact: Dutch Emissions Authority, www.emissionsauthority.nl

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    EIA Urges Climate Friendly Refrigerant Incentives (Ind.Report)
    Hydrocarbons21,Montreal Protocol
    Date: 2017-09-11
    The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a Washington, D.C.-based NGO, is pushing California to utilize its greenhouse gas reduction fund (GGRF) to help phase down ozone-depleting hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) by offering incentives for climate-friendly and natural refrigeration alternatives.

    The GGRF is funded by cap-and-trade dollars which state agencies manage under California Climate Investments. The money is earmarked for public health enhancement, especially for disadvantaged communities.

    A natural refrigerant incentive program is part of CARB's implementation of a Short-Lived Climate Pollutant (SLCP) strategy, which includes a plan to reduce the state's HFC emissions 40 pct by 2030. (Source: Hydrocarbons21, 8 Sept., 2017) Contact: Hydrocarbons21, hydrocarbons21.com team (@hydrocarbons21, www.hydrocarbons21.com

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    Russians Pursuing Inox Wind Turbine Business (Int'l Report)
    Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp
    Date: 2017-08-23
    The Russian government-owned Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp. is reportedly exploring an investment in India’s second largest wind-turbine maker by market share, Inox Wind, part of the Inox Group.

    The Inox Group is a diversified conglomerate, operating in industrial gases, chloromethanes, refrigerants, fluoropolymers, multiplexes, wind turbine manufacturing and cryogenic engineering. Inox Wind has a 1600 MW manufacturing capacity with three facilities in India.

    As we reported on March 8th, Inox Group announced it was selling its 260 MW operating wind farm assets to Leap Green Energy Pvt. Ltd. (Source: LiveMint, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corp., www.rosatom.ru/en; Leap Green Energy, www.leapgreenenergy.com; Inox Renewables, +91-120-6149 600, +91-120-6149 610 - fax, info@inoxrenewables.com, www.inoxrenewables.com

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    Mass. GHG Emissions, Climate Change Strategy Released (Reg & Leg)
    Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources
    Date: 2017-08-16
    The Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), in accordance with Governor Charlie Baker's Executive Order 569 -- An Order Establishing an Integrated Climate Change Strategy for the Commonwealth -- has issued final regulations that build upon the Bay State's efforts to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect communities, residents, and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.

    The regulations are intended to ensure the Commonwealth achieves the greenhouse gas emissions limits for 2020, required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008. The final regulations lay out an approach to reduce GHG emissions from multiple sectors to 25 pct below 1990 emissions levels and an 80 pct reduction by 2050.

    The regulations address CO2 emissions; reducing methane emissions from natural gas distribution mains and services; increasing clean energy through the development of a clean energy sandard; reducing CO2 missions from electric power plants; cutting sulfur hexafluoride emissions from gas-insulated switchgear; and others.

    The Executive Order also directs the state to begin planning for climate change adaptation and working with communities statewide state to assess vulnerability and build resiliency to address climate change impacts.

    Access the MassDEP final rules HERE. (Source: Mass DEP, Aug., 2017) Contact: MassDEP, Martin Suuberg, Dir., (617) 292-5500, www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/about

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