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DOE Offering $64Mn Funding to Advance H2@Scale (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-07-27
In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting approximately $64 million in Fiscal Year 2020 funding for 18 projects that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use. These projects will fuel the next round of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) activities under H2@Scale's multi-year initiative.

The projects will be funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). The projects will feature collaborations with EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office on manufacturing reliable and affordable electrolyzers and with EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office on developing low-cost carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks. Other areas of focus include identifying durable and cost-effective fuel cell systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

The funding will also spur demonstrations of large-scale hydrogen utilization at ports and data centers and across industrial sectors like steel making, and help build a comprehensive training program for a robust hydrogen and fuel cells workforce in the U.S. (Source: US DOE, PR, July 20, 2020) Contact: US DOE , H2@Scale, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  US DOE,  


Northumbria U. Joins EU Housing Energy Efficiency Project (Int'l.)
Northumbria University
Date: 2020-07-10
In the UK, Northumbria University reports it has been selected to participate in a €4.8 million RINNO project to make renovating residential buildings in Europe more energy efficient.

Over the next four years, the RINNO project will develop new ways to increase a building's energy efficiency, environmental performance and occupant satisfaction. The project will investigate novel technologies, processing and business models, and develop solutions to enable the construction industry to make significant improvements to energy inefficient buildings around Europe.

Northumbria University researchers will join experts from Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain to investigate new building systems, the use of robots and 'cobots' for building assembly, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and Blockchain-enabled crowd equity funding to improve current processes relating to building renovation. Northumbria will also develop state-of-the-art energy monitoring software systems and use its Smart Connected Homes tool which shows how residents use electricity, light and move around their homes, as well as internal room temperatures and levels of humidity. The Northumbria team will also develop a project collaboration platform that will integrate the actors and workflows involved in the deep renovation of buildings.

The RINNO project is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The solutions developed by RINNO will be demonstrated in four real-life renovation projects in France, Denmark, Greece and Poland. (Source: Northumbria University, PR, pbctoday, 10 July, 2020) Contact: RINNO Project , +39 010 3196643, arianna.amati@rina.org, www.rina.org, www. rinno-h2020.eu; Northumbria University, www.northumbria.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Building Energy Performance news,  


ITM Motive to Build, Own, Operate H2 Fueling Stations (Int'l.)
ITM Power
Date: 2020-06-01
In the UK, Sheffield-headquartered ITM Power reports it is establishing ITM Motive as a separate, wholly owned subsidiary that will own and operate a network of 8 hydrogen refueling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020. Each station incorporates an ITM Power electrolyzer and a Linde IC90 compression, storage and dispensing system. UK and EU funding to support the project has been arranged, according to the release.

ITM Power manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions for grid balancing, energy storage and the production of renewable hydrogen for transport, renewable heat and chemicals. (Source: ITM Power, Website, Green Car Congress, June, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, +44 (0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power news,  Hydrogen Fuel news,  


Green-Hydrogen Plant Opens Near Fukushima, Japan (Int'l. Report)
Toshiba,NEDO
Date: 2020-03-20
In Japan, a consortium including Toshiba, Tohoku Electric Power and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) are touting completion of the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), the world’s largest facility for green hydrogen production from renewables in Fukushima. not far from the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

FH2R uses a 20MW solar array, backed up by renewable power from the grid, to run a 10MW electrolyser to produce up to 100kg of hydrogen an hour. The project will be used as a test bed for mass production of green H2, with initial output directed to fuel hydrogen cars and buses in Japan, according to a release. (Source: Toshiba, Various Media, Recharge, 9 Mar., 2020) Contact: Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, www.jaif.or.jp/en/videos/fukushima-hydrogen-energy-research-field-%EF%BC%88fh2r%EF%BC%89/; NEDOO, www.nedo.go.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  NEDO,  


Green Hydrogen Coalition Announces US Launch (Ind. Report)
Green Hydrogen Coalition
Date: 2020-01-29
The Green Hydrogen Coalition (GHC), a US 501c3 non-profit charitable organization focused on building top-down momentum for scalable green hydrogen projects that leverage multi-sector opportunities to simultaneously scale supply and demand, is reporting its official launch.

The GHC aims to facilitate policies and practices that advance green hydrogen production and its use in all sectors where it will accelerate a carbon free energy future.

GHC founders and supporters include: Intersect Power, 8minute Solar Energy, SoCalGas and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), according to its website. (Source: Green Hydrogen Coalition, H2View, 28 Jan., 2020) Contact: Green Hydrogen Coalition, info@ghcoalition.org, www.ghcoalition.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


GTI Launching Hydrogen Fuel Tech Center (R&D, Ind. Report)
Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2020-01-27
In Des Plaines, Illinois, the not-for-profit Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a research, development and training organization focused on natural gas and energy markets, is reporting the launch of a hydrogen fuel technology center.

GTI focuses its R&D efforts on the generation of clean hydrogen using hydrocarbon fuels that incorporate carbon capture and/or carbon sequestration CCS) in a cost-effective manner. These technology efforts are directed at both large-scale hydrogen production using natural gas feedstock, and smaller distributed hydrogen production for transportation or remote power generation using either gaseous or liquid hydrocarbon fuels, according to the release.

Additionally, GTI is partnered with private industry to develop, evaluate, and demonstrate technologies that further the use of hydrogen (H2) as a transportation fuel by delivering infrastructure, vehicle, engine, fuel dispensing, and system solutions for clean transportation fuel cell vehicles. (Source: GTI, Green Car Congress, 26 Jan., 2020) Contact: GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute ,  Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  GTI,  ,  


DOE Announces $300Mn for Sustainable Transport R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-01-27
The US DOE has announced three separate funding opportunities totaling nearly $300 million for sustainable transportation fuels, resources and technologies R&D.

Funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the three FOAs will be issued on behalf of the three transportation offices: Vehicle, Fuel Cells, and Bioenergy Technology Offices. Brief summaries of the FOAs follow:

  • FY20 Vehicles Technologies Office (VTO) Multi-Topic FOA ($133M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's VTO , topic areas within this FOA address priorities in advanced batteries and electrification; advanced engine and fuel technologies, including technologies for off-road applications; lightweight materials; new mobility technologies (energy efficient mobility systems), and alternative fuels technology demonstrations.

  • H2@Scale New Markets FOA ($64M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's Fuel Cells Technologies Office (FCTO), topic areas within this FOA advance DOE's H2@Scale initiative. This investment will support innovative hydrogen concepts that will encourage market expansion and increase the scale of hydrogen production, storage, transport, and use, including heavy-duty trucks, data centers and steel production.

  • FY20 Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) Multi-Topic FOA ($100M) -- Issued on behalf of DOE's BETO, topic areas within this FOA support the U.S. bioeconomy by reducing the price of drop-in biofuels, lowering the cost of biopower, and enabling high-value products from biomass or waste resources.(Source: USDOE, 25 Jan, 2020) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuels,  Bioenergy,  DOE BETO,  DOE EERE,  


  • Orsted, Partners Offshore Wind H2RES Project Funded (Funding)
    Orsted
    Date: 2019-12-30
    In Copenhagen, Danish renewable energy giant Orsted and six industrial partners -- Everfuel Europe A/S, NEL Hydrogen A/S, GreenHydrogen A/S, DSV Panalpina A/S, Hydrogen Denmark, and Energinet Elsystemansvar A/S -- is reporting receipt of €4.6 million in EUDP funding for construction of a 2MW H2RES electrolysis plant with appurtenant hydrogen storage in Denmark.

    The H2RES project will use power directly from Orsted's two Siemens Gamesa 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at the Avedore Power Station to produce renewable hydrogen for road transportation fuel. (Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Hydrogen,  Wind,  


    Aussie TCorp Acquires Canadian H2O Power (Int'l. M&A)
    TCorp, H2O Power
    Date: 2019-12-09
    In the Land Down Under, New South Wales Treasury Corporation (TCorp)reports it has teamed up with Oshawa, Ontario-based H2O Power and its Canadian Pension Fund owner PSP Investments, in a deal that will see the investment arm of the NSW government own a 49 per stake in eight hydroelectric generation assets based in Ontario, Canada.

    H2O Power, the third largest provider of hydroelectric power in Ontario, is a wholly owned private asset within PSP Investments which has never publicly disclosed the power company's value. There are no plans for changes in reservoir management or operations, according to the statement. (Source: TCorp, Investment Mag., Dec., 2019) Contact: TCorp , Stewart Brentnall, CIO, www.tcorp.nsw.gov.au; H2O Power,905.438.8539. 905.438.8226 - fac., www.h20power.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News H2O Power,  Hydroelectric,  ,  


    HZ Windpower Touts New Giant Offshore Wind Turbine (Int'l. Report)
    HZ Windpower,
    Date: 2019-11-08
    In China, the science and technology bureau of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality is reporting the development of a 10-MW offshore wind turbine with a 210-meter rotor diameter. The new H210-10MW turbine could generate about 40 million kWh of electricity per year, according to the release.

    The new wind turbine, which was developed by CSIC Haizhuang Wind Power (HZ Windpower) a subsidiary of the Beijing-based state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, will be installed at wind farms in the coastal provinces of Fujian and Guangdong.

    HZ Wind was established in 2004 and has $1.1 billion in assets and more than 1,000 employees globally. The company has three business segments includes wind farm investment, turbine supply and O&M engineering service globally. The company owns an operating wind farm in Iowa (US), HZ Wind USA, Inc. based in Iowa, and an R&D center in Denmark, according to its website. (Source: HZ Windpower, Xinhua, Nov., 2019) Contact: HZ Windpower, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/csic-haizhuang-wind-power, www.hzwindpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Turbine,  China Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


    Toshiba, PLN Partner on CO2-Free H2One Energy System (Int'l.)
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions
    Date: 2019-10-14
    Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corp., reports a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indonesian state-owned electricity company, Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) to build hydrogen-based energy systems with zero CO2 emission to meet electrical power in Indonesia's remote areas. The MoU is particularly aimed at accelerating the adoption of hydrogen-based autonomous energy supply system -- H2One™ -- in Indonesia, according to the Toshiba release.

    Toshiba ESS and PLN will evaluate viable technologies and policies necessary for an advanced adoption of the commercial H2One&trade -- an integrated system that uses a renewable energy source to electrolyze hydrogen from water, and stores and uses the hydrogen in fuel cells to provide a stable delivery of CO2-free, environmentally-friendly electricity and hot water.

    According to Indonesia's Electricity Power Supply Business Plan (RUPTL), the country aims to increase the ratio of its capacity of renewal energy facility from 12.52 percent in 2017 to 23 pct by 2025. (Source: Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation, Antara, 13 Oct., 2019) Contact: Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation. www.toshiba-energy.com; Perusahaan Listrik Negara, www.pln.co.id

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba Energy,  Carbon Free Energy,  


    Pittsburgh Launches High Performance Building Center (Ind. Report)
    Green Building Alliance
    Date: 2019-09-30
    The Green Building Alliance (GBA)T and the UN Economic Council on Europe (UNECE) are reporting an agreement to establish the city of Pittsburgh's International Center of Excellence on High Performance Buildings.

    The center will focus on making improvements to the built environment through UNECE's Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings. It will work with global sustainability experts to identify and employ best practices for sustainable building design, construction and policy, and will conduct training programs for architects, engineers, planners and contractors on sustainable design and construction. The center will also provide technical and innovation assistance, and advocate for changes in local and state policies such as building codes, zoning incentives and energy regulations.

    Pittsburgh is the second city in the world to participate in the program, following New York's Building Energy Exchange. (Source: Green Building Alliance, Smart Cities, Pittsburgh2030 District, Contact: Pittsburgh2030 District, Jenna Cramer, Exec. Dir., pittsburgh@2030districts.org, www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh; Green Building Alliance, (412) 773-6000, www.go-gba.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Alliance,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Technion Claims New H2 Production Technology (New Prod & Tech)
    Israel Institute of Technology
    Date: 2019-09-18
    Researchers at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) are reporting development of an efficient, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly and safe hydrogen (H2) production technology.

    Currently, most hydrogen production is derived from fossil fuel, and its production involves processes that emit carbon dioxide (CO2) -- which accelerates global warming. The main alternative so far is water electrolysis, where two electrodes -- anode and cathode -- are placed in alkaline or acid enriched water that increases conductivity. In response to passing an electrical current between the electrodes, the water molecules (H2O) are broken down into their chemical elements, such that hydrogen gas (H2) is produced near the cathode and oxygen (O2) is produced near the anode.

    The energy efficiency of electrolysis is only about 75 pct and requires high electricity consumption. The new Technion E-TAC water splitting technology, improves hydrogen production efficiency to 98.7 pct and significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

    Worldwide, about 65 million tpy of hydrogen is produced worth about $130 billion. (Source: Israel Institute of Technology, China.org.cn, Xinhua, 15 Sept., 2019) Contact: Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


    German H2 Fueling Station, Power-to-Gas Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
    Wind2Gas Energy
    Date: 2019-08-19
    In Germany, Winde2Gas Energy is reporting the roll out of the first wind-to-gas hydrogen (H2) refueling station in the town of Brunsbuttel, Schleswig-Holstein, The station can refuel up to 80 hydrogen cars daily.

    The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

    The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976, info@w2g-energy.de, www.w2g-energy.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Winde2Gas Energy,  Hydrogen,  


    Electro-Active Technologies Converts Organic Waste Into Hydrogen for Biofuels (New Prod & Tech)
    Electro-Active Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-19
    Tennessee start-up Electro-Active Technologies reports it has licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the company's founders to convert organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel.

    Electro-Active Technologies is developing a modular system that can be placed onsite or in a decentralized location to produce renewable hydrogen from organic waste. The system combines biology and electrochemistry to degrade organic waste such as biomass or food waste, to produce hydrogen which then combines the protons and electrons into hydrogen molecules.

    The company originally developed their processes to tackle the problem of liquid waste formed during biofuel production; however, the company will now focus on fighting food waste, according to its website. (Source: Electro-Active Technologies Contact: Electro-Active Technologies, Alex Lewis, CEO, https://electroactive.tech/contact.html, www.electroactive.tech/index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  H2,  


    DOE Announces $40Mn to Advance H2@Scale Projects (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Reporting from Washington, the the U.S. DOE has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilization. Funding will be through the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and a contribution from DOE Office of Nuclear Energy.

    The U.S. produces over 10 million tonnes of hydrogen, nearly one-seventh of the global supply, primarily for oil refining and fertilizer production. Hydrogen infrastructure includes over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline, a growing network of stations, and thousands of tons of storage in underground caverns. The hydrogen can be stored, distributed, and/or used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.(Source: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office , PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  


    ETH Zurich, Total Convert CO2, H2 to Methanol (Ind. Report)
    ETH Zürich, Total
    Date: 2019-07-31
    Swiss researchers at ETH Zurich and the Paris-headquartered oil and gas giant Total report they've developed a new catalyst that efficiently converts CO2 and hydrogen (H2) directly into methanol and have jointly filed for a patent on the technology. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, the release claims.

    The core of the new approach is a chemical catalyst based on indium oxide, which was developed by Javier Perez-Ramírez, Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich, and his team. The team of scientists have now succeeded in boosting the activity of the catalyst significantly, without affecting its selectivity or stability. They achieved this by treating the indium oxide with a small quantity of palladium.

    The CO2 may be extracted from the atmosphere or—more simply and efficiently—from the exhaust discharged by combustion power plants. Even if fuels are synthesized from the methanol and subsequently combusted, the CO2 is recycled and thus the carbon cycle is closed.

    Total now plans to scale up the approach and potentially implement the technology in a demonstration unit over the next few years. Methanol can be converted into fuels and a wide variety of chemical products, including those that today are mainly based on fossil resources. (Source: ETH Zurich, PR, Green Car Congress, 30 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Total,  Methanol,  CO2,  


    Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
    Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2019-07-01
    In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

    Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Oberon Fuels,  California Energy Commission,  


    Wheat Straw Isobutene Demo Scale Success Reported (Ind. Report)
    Global Bioenergies ,Clariant
    Date: 2019-02-08
    Evry, France-based Global Bioenergies is reporting the successful production of cellulosic isobutene using wheat straw hydrolysate provided by its partner Clariant at its Leuna Demo Plant. The initial demo plants runs were part of OPTISOCHEM (OPTimized conversion of residual wheat straw to bio-ISObutene for bio based CHEMicals), a 2017 project with €9.8 million in grant funding from the Bio Based Industry- Joint Undertaking (BBI-JU) as part of the H2020 program.

    The project aimed to demonstrate a new value chain combining Global Bioenergies bio-Isobutene process with technologies developed by Clariant and INEOS, two of Europe's leading chemical companies. OPTISOCHEM focuses on:

  • Conversion of straw into glucose- and xylose-rich hydrolysates by Clariant sunliquid technology:

  • Fermentation of the straw hydrolysates into bio-isobutene by Global Bioenergies;

  • Conversion of bio-isobutene into oligomers and polymers by INEOS;

  • Preliminary engineering of an hydrolysate-to-isobutene plant and overall integration with a straw-to-hydrolysate plant, by TechnipFMC and IPSB, (France), and

  • Assessment of the sustainability and environmental benefits by the Energy Institute at the JKU Linz (Austria).

    The BBI-JU, a public-private partnership between the EU and the Bio-Industries Consortium (BIC), is dedicated to realizing the European bio-economy potential, turning biological residues and wastes into greener everyday products through innovative technologies and bio-refineries expected to become the heart of the bio-economy. (Source: Global BioEnergies, 7 Feb., 2019)Contact: Global Bioenergies, Marc Delcourt, CEO, +33 (0)1 64 98 20 50, www.global-bioenergies.com; INEOS, www.ineos.com; Clariant, Markus Rarbach, Hariolf Kottmann, CEO, +41 61 469 5111, www.clariant.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Whest Straw,  INEOS,  Clariant,  Global Bioenergies ,  Isobutene,  


  • $15Mn Aussie Partner's to Create Fuel from Renewables (Int'l)
    ARENA
    Date: 2018-10-24
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Australian (ARENA) reports it is partnering with the energy firm Jemena Ltd. on a $15 million trial project to create hydrogen gas from solar and wind power.

    The partners plan to construct a 500-KW electrolyser in western Sydney as part of Project H2GO. The facility will be able to generate enough hydrogen to power about 250 homes. The resulting fuel would be stored for use across the Jemena Gas Network in New South Wales. (Source: Jemena, Power Eng., 22 Oct., 2018) Contact: ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; Jemena, Frank Tudor, Managing Dir., 1300 536 362, https://jemena.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  


    India's Solar Industry Funded to Tackle Climate Change (Int'l)
    European Investment Bank, International Solar Alliance
    Date: 2018-10-01
    In a boost to India's solar industry, the European Investment Bank (EIB) has announced it will bridge the urban financing gap with Global Urbis, launch the Land Degradation Neutrality Fund and expand solar energy through the International Solar Alliance.

    Global Urbis is a ground-breaking partnership to enhance climate action in cities around the world. The Land Degradation Neutrality Fund finances climate adaptation and land restoration measures through projects that will benefit some of the most vulnerable communities.

    The EIB is partnering with the ISA to support the expansion of solar energy in India and other regions where solar power is one of the most abundant renewable energy sources but where technologies, funding and expertise are often lacking.

    The ISA aims to raise $1 trillion by 2030 from public and private investors to invest in such solar projects. In 2017, the EIB provided €1.05 billion of new financing for solar energy projects around the world, and is currently finalizing a new €200 million credit line for renewable energy projects across India. Over the last five years, the EU Bank provided more than €21 billion for renewable energy investment worldwide, including €2.5 billion in photovoltaic and concentrated solar power projects.

    The South Africa-based URBIS initiative comprises a global alliance of partners aspiring to reconcile urban development with the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources; a quest to engender cities with greater social-ecological resilience in the context of global environmental change. The initiative aligns with broader international efforts to implement the ecosystem approach and build inclusive green urban economies. (Source: EIB, TECH2, 27 Sept., 2018) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org; International Solar Alliance, www.intsolaralliance.org; Global Urbis, +27 21 202 0383, +27 21 202 0388, urbis@iclei.org, http://urbis.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  International Solar Alliance,  Solar,  Climate Change,  


    Catalyst Turns Ammonia into Clean Transport Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
    International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University
    Date: 2018-04-30
    Researchers at the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University are reporting a promising technology that uses hydrogen (H2) as a renewable energy source. Although it is a primary candidate for clean secondary energy, large amounts of H2 can be converted into liquid form for easier storage and transportation. Among the possible forms of liquid H2, ammonia (NH3) is a promising carrier because it has high H2 density, is easily liquefied, and can be produced on a large-scale. NH3 is being seen as a carbon free combustible gas that can be widely used in thermal power generation and industrial furnaces as an alternative to gasoline and light oil.

    IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx. (Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979, szk-kiko[at]jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp, iroast.kumamoto-u.ac.jp


    ITM Power Mass. P2G Feasibility Study Funded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    ITM Power,Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre
    Date: 2018-04-06
    London-headquartered energy storage specialist ITM Power reports it has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Centre (MassCEC) to undertake a multi-MW Power-to-Gas (P2G) feasibility study for the Massachusetts region.

    The study will assess the potential for P2G energy storage and hydrogen (H2) fuel for the Massachusetts region in collaboration with Holyoke Gas and Electric (HG&E), a local gas and electricity utility. It will also determine the technical and economic feasibility for P2G and H2 fuel derived from renewable energy sources. The project is slated to get underway in Q2 2018 and has a duration of 12 months.

    In 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) adopted a 200 MWh energy storage target for electric distribution companies to procure viable and cost-effective energy storage systems to be achieved by 1st January 1 2020. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, ITM Power, GasWorld, 5 April. 2018) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-energy-resources; ITM Power, +44 (0) 114 244 5111, Geoff Budd, NA Office, (604) 620-8525, www.itm-power.com; Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, (617) 315-9315, www.masscec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  ITM Power,  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center ,  


    dynaCERT Touts Carbon Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2018-04-04
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT is touting it's HydraGEN™ Technology for diesel engines.

    HydraGEN™ Technology uses simple electrolysis to turn distilled water into H2 & O2 gases that are produced on demand. The gases are introduced into the diesel engine's air intake before the turbocharger, which then produces a homogeneous air mixture prior to combustion. Hydrogen gas mixes with diesel fuel in the engine's combustion chamber where it acts as a combustion enhancer, for a faster and more complete burn, as well as lower combustion temperature. The result is decreased NOx production and reduced carbon emissions overall. Validated through both On-Road and accredited 3rd party testing, HydraGEN™ Technology produced:

  • 6 pct to 19.2 pct reduction in fuel consumption;
  • 18 pct to 46.1 pct reduction in NOx emissions;
  • 25 pct to 48.1 pct reduction in CO emissions;
  • 6 pct to 28 pct reduction in CO2 emissions;
  • 30 pct to 50.1 pct reduction in THC emissions;
  • at least 65 pct reduction in particulate matter;
  • reduction of Diesel Emission Fuel (DEF) usage by 40 pct to 60 pct;
  • reduction of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) replacement period by at least 33 pct; increased engine power and torque; and extended engine and oil life (lower maintenance costs).

    HydraGEN™ technology is designed for all types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, mining and forestry equipment, power generation, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. (Source: dynaCERT, April, 2018) Contact: dynaCERT, (416) 766-9691, info@dynacert,com, www.dynacert.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transporation Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Shell, ITM Power Open Buckinghamshire UK H2 Fuel Station (Int'l)
    Shell, ITM Power
    Date: 2018-03-28
    In the UK, Shell and Sheffield-based ITM Power plc are reporting the opening of the UK's first hydrogen (H2) refueling station at Shell Beaconsfied Services in Buckinghamshire. The station also offers petrol and diesel. The H2 is generated on-site using ITM's PEM electrolyser sytem.

    The Beaconsfield H2 station is the fifth H2 site in the UK to be supplied by ITM Power and will be the first to be opened as part of the H2ME project. The initiative has been partially funded by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and the UK Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

    ITM's PEM electrolyser acts as a rapid, sub-second response, demand side load that can be controlled by power companies for grid balancing and managing intermittent power input. The hydrogen produced is stored and dispensed as a fuel to any form of hydrogen vehicle, or injected into the gas grid for power-to-gas energy storage. (Source: ITM Power, GasWorld, 27 Mar., 2018) Contact: ITM Power, Dr. Graham Cooley, CEO , +44 114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

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    IGL, Mahindra Partner on Indian Crop Stubble Fuels Project (Int'l)
    Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-21
    The Times of India is reporting New Delhi-headquartered Indian automobile natural gas fuel supplier Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) and Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions (MWESL) , a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, are partnering to design and develop biofuels from crop stubble production in Delhi and other Indian centers.

    In related developments, public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) began using crop stubble biomass pellets to fuel its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship. (Source: Rural Marketing, 20 Feb., 2018)Contact: Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions, www.tofler.in/mahindra-waste-energy-solutions-limited/company/U37200MH2017PLC296622; Indraprastha Gas Ltd., www.iglonline.net

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    INL Touting New Carbon Capture-to-Syngas Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
    Idaho National Lab
    Date: 2017-12-22
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are touting a new, efficient process for converting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be employed to produce chemicals and fuels.

    INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.

    The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release. (Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact: INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov

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    INL Touts New Carbon Capture Technique (New Prod & Tech)
    Idaho National Laboratory
    Date: 2017-12-20
    Researchers at the U.S. DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) report they have developed an efficient process for turning captured CO2 into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be used to make fuels and chemicals.

    Traditional approaches for reusing carbon from CO2 involve a reduction step that requires high temperatures and pressures. The new INL process uses switchable polarity solvents (SPS), liquid materials that can shift polarity when exposed to a chemical agent. The SPS liquid materials make the CO2 more soluble and allow the carbon capture medium to be directly introduced into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas.

    In an electrochemical cell, water oxidation occurs on the anode side, releasing O2 gas and hydrogen ions that then migrate through a membrane to the cathode side. There, the hydrogen ions react with bicarbonate (HCO3-, the form in which CO2 is captured in the SPS), allowing the release of CO2 for electrochemical reduction and formation of syngas. Upon the release of CO2, the SPS switches polarity back to a water-insoluble form, allowing for the recovery and reutilization of the carbon capture media.

    The team received Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds in 2017. INL's team has filed a provisional patent and is reported to be discussing the approach with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D. (Source: DOE/Idaho National Laboratory, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Lab., www.inl.gov

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    BETO Feedstock-Conversion Consortium Launched (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2017-12-04
    In Washingto, the U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office is reporting the establishment of the Feedstock-Conversion Interface Consortium -- a research and development consortium dedicated to identifying and overcoming technical uncertainty in the development of biomass feedstock supply, pre-processing, and conversion technologies. The consortium aims to improve the overall operational reliability of integrated biorefineries (IBRs).

    BETO has identified inconsistent feeding, handling, and initial conversion operations at IBRs as limiting factors in the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fuels and chemicals. According to the agency, IBR development and operation have suffered from failure to account for the complexity and variability of feedstock properties and composition and from a lack of fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of biomass-derived feedstock pre-processing and subsequent deconstruction, combined with poor equipment design and flawed integration. Solving this significant current challenge is essential for advanced biofuels to fully reach their potential and for the economic benefits of new jobs and improved security of our fuel supply to be realized, the agency says.

    The Feedstock Conversion Interface Consortium (FCIC) is an integrated and collaborative network of eight national laboratories dedicated to addressing technical risks in developing and scaling up biomass harvest, storage, preprocessing and conversion technologies with the goal of improving the overall operational reliability of integrated pioneer biorefineries. FCIC laboratories members include, Idaho National Laboratory , National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. (Source: US DOE, BETO, Nov., 2017) Contact: FCIC, https://fcic.inl.gov; BETO Multi-Year Program Plan HERE.

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    Biozin Licenses IH2 Woody Biomass-to-Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
    Biozin ,Gas Technology InstituteCriterion Catalyst Company
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Fareham, UK-based CRI/Criterion Catalyst Company (CRIUK) has awarded an FEL-2 license agreement for the IH2* technology which converts biomass to liquid transportation fuels, to Biozin Holding AS (BZH). CRI is a global catalyst company wholly owned by Royal Dutch Shell. It operates research laboratories, development facilities, manufacturing plants and business units throughout the world. Biozin Holding is a cooperation between Norwegian saw mill company Bergene Holm and Swedish oil company Preem, which intends to realise full scale biofuel production sites in Norway. The production facility is set to be located adjacent to the Bergene Holm sawmill in southern Norway.

    The IH2 technology is a route to convert woody biomass and forest residues feedstock into renewable, low carbon transportation fuels. The process was invented by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) of Des Plaines, IL and scaled up by CRI Catalyst Company of Houston, Texas which holds exclusive worldwide licensing rights.

    Biozin intends to utilize residues from Bergene Holm's mill, and forestry residues from the region. The product will be refined by one of Preem's refineries in Sweden. (Source: Criterion Catalyst Company, Biofuels Int'l, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: CRI Criterion Catalyst Company, www.criterioncatalysts.com; Gas Technology Institute, www.gastechnology.org

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