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"$16 trillion Investment In Renewables by 2030" -- Notable Quote
Goldman Sachs
Date: 2020-06-19
"Renewable power will become the largest area of spending in the energy industry in 2021, on our estimates, surpassing upstream oil and gas for the first time in history." -- Michele Della Vigna, Goldman Sachs Inc.

Renewables -- including Biofuels -- will account for roughly 25 pct of all energy spending next year, up from about 15 pct in 2014 , driven in part by diverging costs of capital, as borrowing rates have risen to as high as 20 pct for hydrocarbon projects compared with as little as 3 pct for clean energy. Clean energy affords a "$16 trillion investment opportunity through 2030", according to Goldman Sachs. (Source: Goldman Sachs, Bloomberg Green, June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Biofuels,  Goldman Sachs,  


ThyssenKrupp, RWE Partnering on Climate Neutral Steel (Int'l. Report)
ThyssenKrupp, RWE
Date: 2020-06-15
German industrial giants and major carbon emitters RWE and Duisburg-based steelmaker ThyssenKrupp Steel report they are joining forces with a view to reducing steel-making carbon emissions.The two firms have agreed to work together towards "a longer-term green hydrogen partnership to reduce CO2 emissions from steel production and to eventually reach 'carbon-neutral' steel production by mid 2020's" according to a ThyssenKrupp release.

According to ThyssenKrupp , hydrogen required for iron production is to be produced by electrolysis, in which water is broken down into hydrogen and oxygen. The two companies agree that only electricity from renewable sources should be used to operate the electrolysers.

To that end, RWE plans to develop 100 MW electrolysis capability that could supply green hydrogen at its power plant site in Lingen. (Source: ThyssenKrupp, PR, SteelTimes Int'l., June, 2020) Contact: RWE, Roger Miesen, CEO of RWE Generation, www.group.rwe/en; ThyssenKrupp Steel, www.thyssenkrupp-steel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ThyssenKrupp news,   RWE news,  Carbon Emissions news,  CO2 news,  


Repsol Planning Green Hydrogen SynFuels Plant (Int'l.)
Repsol
Date: 2020-06-15
Madrid-based Spanish integrated energy company Repsol SA reports it is collaborating with Saudi Aramco and will construct a 10-MW, green-hydrogen plant to produce synthetic fuels at its Port of Bilbao refinery. The €60 million ($67.5 million) project is part of a larger €80-million decarbonization project that will include a carbon-capture project and a fuel-from- municipal waste plant. The project is expected to be completed and operational in 2024.

Repsol's TechLab and Aramco have signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out the technological development of the project, which will combine green hydrogen generated from renewable sources with CO2 emissions from the refinery as raw materials. This will produce 3.6 million lpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Repsol SA, PR, S&P Global, 15 June, 2020) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Synfuel,  Alternative Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Capture,  


Pale Blue Dot Appoints Carbon Capture Project Engineer (Int'l.)
Pale Blue Dot
Date: 2020-06-12
In Scotland, Aberdeenshire-headquartered Pale Blue Dot Energy reports it has tapped Jersey-based Petrofac to support front end engineering design and concept work on its Acorn carbon capture and hydrogen production project at the St Fergus gas terminal, near Peterhead. The project has secured funding from the EU and UK and Scottish governments.

Project partners, including Chrysaor, Shell and Total, aim to reform North Sea natural gas into clean hydrogen, with carbon dioxide emissions safely mitigated through the carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure. The Acorn project holds the first UK CO2 appraisal and storage licence to be awarded by the Oil and Gas Authority. (Source: Pale Blue Dot, Thomson Media, 10 June, 2020) Contact: Petrofac Engineeing, Johm Pearson, CEO, www.petrofac.com: Pale Blue Dot, Ian Phillips, Project Director, info@pale-blu.com, www.pale-blu.com; pale-blu.com › acorn

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Pale Blue Dot,  


Norsk e-Fuel Plans Norwegian Renewable Fuel Plant (Int'l. Report)
Norsk e-Fuel
Date: 2020-06-10
The Norwegian consortium Norsk e-Fuel reports it is planning Europe's first commercial plant in Heroya, Norway for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel. The plant will produce 10 million lpy when commissioned in 2023 before expanding production to 100 million lpy of renewable fuel before 2026, according to a Reuters report.

Using electrolysis, renewable energy, water and CO2 captured from air are converted into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The end products can then be used directly in existing infrastructures, the consortium said. The upscaled, industrial sized plant will serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project, it added.

The consortium members include: Sunfire GmbH; carbon dioxide capture technology firm Climeworks AG; engineering company Paul Wurth SA and green investment company Valinor. (Source: Norsk e-Fuel, Reuters, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Norsk e-Fuel, info@norsk-e-fuel.com, www.norsk-e-fuel.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsk e-Fuel news,  Aviation Fuel news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


National Grid Supports UN Race to Zero Campaign (Ind. Report)
National Grid,UNFCCC
Date: 2020-06-10
National Grid reports it is supporting the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global "Race to Zero Campaign" and has to date cut its emission by 70 pct over 1990 levels.

To future meet its goals, National Grid is also: reducing SF6 emissions used in electrical equipment and swapping for alternatives; increasing energy efficiency; moving to renewable energy sources; researching the potential of hydrogen and renewable natural gas; and promoting similar actions among its supply chain and communities, targeting indirect emissions in particular.

In the US, National Grid it is working with customers to improve energy efficiency, investing in future energy systems through National Grid Partners, and supporting both solar and wind developments through Geronimo Energy. (Source: National Grid, PR, Energy Insider, 9 June, 2020) Contact: National Grid, John Pettigrew, CEO, www2.nationalgrid.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid,  Carbon Emission,  UNFCCC,  


TEPCO Commits to ¥2Tn Green Energy Investment by 2035 (Int'l.)
TEPCO
Date: 2020-06-08
In Tokyo, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' TEPCO Renewable Power unit reports it will invest as much as ¥2 trillion ($18 billion) to develop 6 - 7 GW of Japanese offshore wind and hydroelectric power projects by 2035.

The additional investment would boost the company's renewable energy capacity from 20 pct to 25 pct of the group's total capacity. (Source: TEPCO Renewable Power, PR, Reuters, 8 June, 2020) Contact: TEPCO Renewable Power, www.tepco.co.jp/en/rp/index-e.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News TEPCO,  Renewable Energy,  


WB Funding Supports Pakistan's Climate Change Fight (Int'l.)
World Bank
Date: 2020-06-03
In Islamabad, the Prime Minister's office is reporting a 5-year, $188 million funding agreement with the World Bank (WB).

The funding is to support Pakistan's Hydromet and Ecosystem Restoration Services Project and will provide financial and technical support to disaster resilience and ecosystem restoration initiatives through more reliable and timely weather forecasting, improved disaster risk management services and overall environmental sustainability as well as help Pakistan achieve its green growth targets.It will also support the country's "10 Billion Tree Tsunami Afforestation Project" aimed at bolstering plantations and nature-based solutions to Pakistan's climate change adaptation and mitigation objectives. (Source: World Bank, Profit, 2 June, 2020)Contact: World Bank International Finance Corporation, www.ifc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  World Bank,  Pakistan Climate Change,  


EPCG Announces HQ Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Int'l. Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-06-03
Montenegrin state power utility Elektroprivreda Crne Gore (EPCG) is reporting an energy efficiency upgrade project at its headquarters building in the city of Niksic.

The first stage involves installing solar panels on the roof and the parking lot. Other measures include thermal insulation of exterior walls, thermal and hydro insulation of the roof, installation of a modern HVAC system, and LED lighting, all of which will eventually meet up to 97 pct of the building's energy needs and cut the 60-year old building's CO2 emissions by nearly 1,290 tpy, according to the EPCG release. (Source: EPCG, Balkan News, 2 June, 2020) Contact: EPCG, www.epcg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


Danish Partnership to Produce Sustainable Fuels (Int'l. Report)
Orsted,Moller-Maersk
Date: 2020-06-01
Denmark's Moller-Maersk , Orsted, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, Copenhagen Airports, and SAS are reporting partnering for the production of green hydrogen and e-fuel sustainable fuels for land, maritime and air transportation in and around the Copenhagen area.

A proposed facility is slated to be operational by 2023 and at full capacity of 250,000 metric tpy of fuel by 2030. A feasibility study has been launched and if viability is confirmed, the final investment decision to produce sustainable fuels in the first stage of the project should get underway in 2021. (Source: Hydrogen Fuel News, June, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen news,  Alternative Fuel news,  Orsted news,  Moller-Maersk news,  


Aussie Renewables-Green Hydrogen Project Approved (Int'l.)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-06-01
In the Land Down Under, the Perth-based Asian Renewable Energy Hub reports its nearing 15 gigawatts of solar and wind generation capacity with the Western Australia state Environmental Protection Authority's conditional approval of its proposed wind-solar-green hydrogen manufacturing project that would supply the Pilbara region.

The mega renewables project has been in the planning stages since 2014 and was revealed in 2017 as a 6-gigawatt hybrid plant. Since then, the proposed facility's generation capacity has been scaled up to 9, 11 and as of 2019, 15 GW.

The original plan was for the project to export clean electricity to Jakarta and Singapore via sub-sea high voltage DC cables, but the focus has shifted to domestic industrial users, with more than half the output allocated to the Pilbara region. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Construction Review OnLIne, 30 May, 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy news,  Green Hydrogen 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,  


EPA Asked to Review Ethanol's Public Health Benefits (Ind Report)
Urban Air Initiative
Date: 2020-05-29
The Kansas-based Urban Air Initiative has called for the EPA Science Advisory Board COVID-19 Review Panel to look at the research that shows the impact gasoline additives have on tailpipe emissions and air pollution.

The review panel asked the question, "Does long term exposure to pollution increase the susceptibility of respiratory viruses like COVID-19?" Studies show that 40 pct of particulate emissions in urban areas come from gasoline vehicles. Most of these particulate emissions come from hydrocarbon based additives (aromatics) added to gasoline to boost octane. Ethanol has the ability to reduce the amount of aromatics in fuel, reducing tailpipe emissions.

UAI urged the panel to review the EPA's emissions model called the Motor Vehicle emission Simulator (MOVES) Model. For years UAI has raised concerns that the MOVES Model does not use real world fuel properties when assessing gasoline emissions. (Source: Urban Air Initiative, May, 2020) Contact: Urban Air Initiative, Steve Vander Griend , Director, Fuels and Combustion Research, info@urbanairinitiative.com, www.ficourfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Air Initiative,  Ethanol,  


U.S. Renewable Fuel Use Tops Coal (Ind. Report)
Energy Information Administration
Date: 2020-05-29
In Washington, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. consumption of renewable energy surpassed coal in 2019 for the first time since woody biomass was the top fuel source more than 130 years ago, According to EIA data, electricity generated by renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro exceeded coal-fired power in the U.S. for a record 40 straight days

U.S. coal consumption, primarily for electric power generation, fell 15 pct in 2019 to the lowest level since 1964, while the use of energy from sources like wind and solar notched slightly higher, according to the EIA .

Total renewable energy consumption in the U.S. grew for the fourth year to a record-high 11.5 quadrillion Btu in 2019. Since 2015, the growth in U.S. renewable energy is almost entirely attributable to the use of wind and solar in the electric power sector. In 2019, electricity generation from wind surpassed hydro for the first time and is now the most-used source of renewable energy for electricity generation in the United States on an annual basis. (Source: BIC, US EIA, May, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Information Administration news,  


UK Gas Networks Seek Zero-Carbon Infrastructure Investment (Int'l)
Ofgem, Energy Networks Association
Date: 2020-05-29
In the UK, Britain's five gas networks -- Cadent, National Grid, NGN, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities have outlined a "Zero Carbon Commitment" and plan to spend £904 million on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Ofgem funding approval which is expected in July.

If approved, the spending would focus on projects across Britain between 2021 and 2026, under the RIIO-2 price control. The gas networks claim that spending could help the UK use "blue hydrogen" developed from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, and "green hydrogen" from renewable electricity -- with the latter becoming cost-competitive by 2030.

Under the plan, £446 million would be spent on a new network infrastructure for the industrial use of hydrogen, including £391 million for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in the north-west of England, Aberdeenshire and the Isle of Grain. A further £264 million would be spent on projects to expand the capacity of local gas networks by connecting hydrogen and bio-methane generation projects and transport refueling stations. £150 million would be used to run large-scale trials for domestic use of hydrogen heating, cooking and transportation and how these are connected to the gas grid. £43 million would be spent to research blending more zero-carbon hydrogen with the natural gas currently used in the UK's gas networks.

According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), £182 billion could be invested to make hydrogen cost-competitive with the current natural gas-based system and would reduce energy system costs to the UK public by £189 billion by 2050. (Source: ENA, edie, 28 May. 2020) Contact: Energy Networks Association, www.energynetworks.org; OFGEM, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Ofgem,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


Aker Solutions Mobile CCS Test Facility Underway in Sweden (Int'l.)
Aker Solutions
Date: 2020-05-29
Norwegian engineering firm Aker Solutions reports its mobile carbon capture and storage (CCS) test facility at oil major Preem's hydrogen gas plant refinery in Lysekil, Sweden, has begun test operations. Full-scale operations are slated for later this year when the project reduces the Lysekil refinery emissions by 500,000 metric tpy -- one-third of the refinery's total annual CO2 emission -- according to the company.

The project, a collaboration between Sweden's largest fuel company Preem, Aker Solutions, Chalmers University of Technology, Equinor, and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF, is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and the Norwegian research and development programme CLIMIT. (Source: Aker Solutions, Website, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions , Luis Araujo, CEO, +47 67 51 30 00, +47 67 82 69 50 fax, www.akersolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions,  CCS,  


Enel Green Power Connects N. American Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Enel Green Power North America
Date: 2020-05-29
Enel, through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating a 50 MW expansion of the High Lonesome wind farm in Upton and Crockett Counties, in Texas, increasing the largest operational wind project in the Group's global renewable portfolio to 500 MW. The company also connected to the grid its 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada.

Enel Green Power North America has begun operating a 50 MW expansion to the High Lonesome wind farm in Texas, increasing the project's total capacity to 500 MW.

The 105 MW Riverview and 29.4 MW Castle Rock Ridge II wind farms in Alberta, Canada are connected and delivering energy to the power grid.

The High Lonesome expansion brings the project's overall investment to $720 million dollars, while the total investment for both Canadian projects amounts to over $210 million (Cdn).

Enel Green Power North America is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America, with a presence in 19 US states and one Canadian province. The company operates 70 plants with a managed capacity of about 5.8 GW powered by renewable wind, hydropower, geothermal and solar energy. (Source: Enel, Enel Green Power North America, PR , 21 May, 2020) Contact: Enel Green Power North America, Georgios Papadimitriou, Connor Branch, Bus. Dev., (978) 681-1900, www.enelgreenpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enel Green Power North America,  Wind,  


Phillips 66, Vitol Ink Humber Zero CO2 MoU (Int'l. Report)
Phillips 66, Vitol
Date: 2020-05-27
Phillips 66, Uniper and Vitol-owned VPI Immingham have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to install post-combustion CO2 capture equipment on two of VPI Immingham's three gas-fired power generators and selected processing units at the Humber and Lindsay refineries, the companies said Tuesday.

In a first phase, Humber Zero would capture 8 million metric tonnes per annum of CO2 emissions, with the potential to target 30 million mt CO2 emissions from the wider Humber Cluster to the west of Immingham. The Humber Zero decarbonization project would then seek to develop of a hydrogen hub producing both green and blue hydrogen . Wood Group, Imperial College of London and the University of Sheffield are also involved in the project, which is part of Innovate UK's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund competition to deliver 2050 Net Zero objectives. (Source: Phillips 66, Platts, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Humber Zero, Jonathan Briggs , Project Director, Vitolwww.humberzero.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Phillips 66,  Vitol,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Bolivia Ups Ethanol-Gasoline Blend Rate to 12pct (Int'l. Report)
Bolivia
Date: 2020-05-27
In La Paz, the Bolivian Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy reports it is increasing the country's mandated ethanol - gasoline blend rate from 8 to 12 pct effective immediately. The increase is intended to cut emissions and promote ethanol production, employment and to advance the government's Green Economies program.

Bolivia's Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy is responsible for policies, plans and regulations governing the country's energy sector in order to secure energy efficiency, security and sovereignty. The ministry's strategic objectives include changing the energy matrix, promoting the export of surplus power, managing resources and programs and consolidating the country's position as the region's main natural gas exporter. (Source: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, PR, 25 May, 2020) Contact: Bolivia Ministry of Hydrocarbons and Energy, +591-2-2374051, +591-2-2374050, info@hidrocarburos.gob.bo, www3.hidrocarburos.gob.bo

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol blend news,  Ethanol news,  Biofuel news,  


Aussie Climate Change Road Map Introduced (Int'l. Report)
Australia
Date: 2020-05-22
Australia's conservative government on Thursday released a fresh technology roadmap to tackle climate change, targeting the use of natural gas, hydrogen, batteries and carbon capture, while avoiding the contentious issue of setting a carbon price.

The latest proposal, which the government aims to turn into formal policy by September, is based on driving down energy storage costs to back up wind and solar power, electrifying industrial processes and scaling up hydrogen production. . Green groups, mining, energy and other big corporations oppose the plan for its continued reliance on fossil fuels, like gas and coal, and are calling for the imposition of a carbon tax to drive green investment.

The technology roadmap is designed to help Australia meet its Paris Climate Accord commitment to cut carbon emissions by between 26 pct and 28 pct from 2005 levels by 2030.

Although Australia is one of the world's biggest carbon emitters per capita Angus Taylor, the Minister of Energy and Emissions recently said it is not Australian government policy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hindustan Times, Reuters, 21 May, 2020) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor

More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Climate Change news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


London Emissions Slashed During COVID-19 Lockdown (Int'l.)
Carbon Emissions
Date: 2020-05-20
In the UK, a new comprehensive analysis has revealed CO2 emissions in London have reduced by almost 60 pct during the COVID-19 lockdown. -- between 23 March and the first week of May this year.

For the period 8am-8pm, the reduction in CO2 emissions was 58 pct which very closely mirrors the daily reduction of 60 pct in traffic flow in central London reported by Transport for London. These and other measurements of pollution during the lockdown and as it eases will provide valuable evidence on how air quality might change as sources of emissions are reduced, the study notes. (Source: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, PR, 19 May, 2020) Contact: UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, +44 1524 595800, www.ceh.ac.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


ITM Power Launches ITM Motive Energy Storage Div. (Int'l.)
ITM Power
Date: 2020-05-20
North Yorkshire-based ITM Power Ltd. has launched ITM Motive, a separate new business division for the management of the company's energy storage and network of eight publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020.

ITM Power has received UK and EU funding to support construction and deployment costs and has signed an agreement with Shell to deploy the technology on its forecourts. (Source: ITM Power, Website, May, 2020) Contact: ITM Power, Dr Duncan Yellen, Managing Dir., +44(0)114 244 5111, www.itm-power.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ITM Power news,  Energy Storage news,  


JX Nippon Taps KBR for CCS Feasibility Study (Int'l. Report)
JX Nippon
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) and Feasibility Study by Tokyo-based JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.

The Feasibility study will assess options for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), alongside blue hydrogen production relating to oil and gas fields in South East Asia, a region where JX Nippon continues to expand on its global track record of CCS/CCUS projects.

Under the agreement, KBR's Singapore hub will provide technical consultancy services in relation to developing concepts and technology recommendations for the capture of CO2, reinjection, and production of blue (i.e. carbon free) hydrogen. KBR will also evaluate the feasibility of conversion and transport of hydrogen in other forms for sale into the market, including liquified cryogenic hydrogen, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), ammonia, and methanol (utilizing CO2). (Source: KBR, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, www.nex.jx-group.co.jp › english; KBR, Jay Ibrahim, Pres., Energy Solutions, www.kbr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Notable WindEurope Quote on EU Renewables Legislation
WindEurope
Date: 2020-05-11
"The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

"Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News WindEurope news,  Renewable Energy news,  Renewable Energy Funding news,  EU Renewable Energy news,  


B.C. Building Performance Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
Open Green Building Society
Date: 2020-05-11
In British Columbia, more than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers have agreed to voluntarily measure, report and disclose their buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas gas emissions with Building Benchmark BC, an initiative of the Open Green Building Society. The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BC Hydro with support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.

Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver. (Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir., info@opentech.eco, www.opentech.eco; Building Benchmarks BC, www.BuildingBenchmarkBC.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Energy Performance,  Energy Benchmark,  


Lystek Demonstrates New Anaerobic Digestion Tech. (Ind. Report)
Lystek International,California Energy Commission
Date: 2020-05-08
Cambridge, Ontario-headquartered Lystek International Limited reports it is working with the Goleta California Sanitary District (GSD)and the California Energy Commission (CEC) on a project that separates and co-digests organic food waste in a mobile skid-mounted anaerobic digester.

For the CEC funded project the digesters are being fed at variable rates to verify and document the level of biogas generation from the food waste collected and provide "real-world information that other wastewater and solid waste professionals can use to determine how best to manage SSO and food waste material."

In the coming months, Lystek will submit the results from the first phase of the project to the CEC. The next steps will include investigating the use of the company's patented low-temperature thermal hydrolysis process, LystekTHP, and the LysteMize refeed process for AD optimisation. According to the company, this allows for post-digestion processing of biosolids and the recirculation of the processed material, providing an improved biogas yield and increased energy generation. (Source: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Lystek International Limited, May, 2020) Contact: Lystek International Ltd., James Dunbar, Bus. Dev, GM, (226) 444-0186, (888) 501-6508, (707) 430-5500 -- Calif., info@lystek.com, www lystek.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission ,  Lystek International,  Anaerobic Digester,  


CVR Energy Considering Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
CVR Energy
Date: 2020-05-08
Reuters is reporting Sugarland, Texas-based CVR Energy Inc. is looking to convert certain units in its petroleum refineries to renewable diesel production (RNG) to reduce its exposure to the cost of renewable fuel credits (RINs) which it estimate will come in at roughly $65 million to $75 million in 2020.

The project, which would involve using excess hydrogen capacity and converting some desulfurization units for renewable diesel production, is still in its early stages, according to the company.

The use of RNG as a transportation fuel has reportedly increased 291 pct over the past 5 years, displacing close to 7.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). That is the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of driving 18.6 trillion miles in a typical passenger cat. It is the CO2 emissions equivalent of consuming 842 million gallons of gasoline. This equates to the total amount of fuel used by 63,171 transit buses every year, according to trade data. (Source: CVR Energy, Reuters 7 May, 2020) Contact: CVR Energy Inc., (281) 207-3200, www.cvrenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CVR Energy ,  Renewable Diesel,  RINs,  RNG,  


15,000 MW Aussie Hybrid Wind-Solar Project Approved (Int'l.)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-05-06
In the Land Down Under, the proposed $22 billion-plus Asian Renewable Energy Hub wind and solar hybrid project in Western Australia, the largest proposed such hybrid project in the world, has been recommended for environmental approval.

The Hub will generate up to 15,000 MW of renewable energy, up to 3,000 MW of which will be dedicated to large energy users in the Pilbara region, which could include new and expanded mines and downstream mineral processing. The bulk of the power will enable large scale production of green hydrogen products for domestic and export markets, according to the Hub website.

From a 14,000-square kilometre initial land package, 6,500 square kilometres of land in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia were selected to accommodate up to 15,000 MW of wind turbines and solar photovoltaic panels. Outstanding wind and solar resource and large project scale will result in competitively priced renewable energy with a high capacity factor, according to the Hub website. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Brisbane Times, 4 May, 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Wind,  Solar,  Australia Wind,  


Tunisian Concentrated Renewable Energy Capacity Hits 379 MW (Int'l.)
Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies
Date: 2020-05-06
In Tunis, the Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, reports the North African country's concentrated renewable energy power generation hit 379 MWin 2019, against 115 MW in 2010. Of the total, 63.3 pct of renewable energy capacity was from wind, 20.4 pct was from photovoltaic solar and 16.3 pct was from hydropower. (Source: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, African Manager, 3 May, 2020) Contact: Tunisian Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies, Mohamed Sdiri, +216 0 97333562,sdirimohamed@gmail.com; www.geocradle.eu/platform/stakeholder/sdirimohamed

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


GEVO Slashes Staff, Suspends Luverne Operations (Ind. Report)
GEVO
Date: 2020-05-04
Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol producer GEVO Inc. reports it has temporarily suspended production at its Luverne, Minn. and laid off workers and cut wages and executive salaries due to the overall economic disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Gevo expects to continue the production of renewable isooctane and sustainable aviation fuel from the plant in Silsbee, Tex. The company also intends to continue developing its hydrocarbon business, including the planned expansion of the Luverne facility, and will continue to move forward in securing the project funding needed to expand the Luverne facility. The expansion is designed to allow Gevo to produce large quantities of low carbon isobutanol, sustainable aviation fuel and renewable isooctane. (Source: Gevo, Cdn Biomass, 30 April, 2020) Contact: GEVO, Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Ethanol,  Biobutanol,  Biofuel,  


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

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Enel Green Power's 21MW Spanish Wind Project Underway (Int'l Report)
Enerl Green Power,Endesa
Date: 2020-05-01
Enel Green Power Espana reports construction is underway on €20 million, 21MW wind project in Teruel and Zaragoza provinces, Spain. The facility is expected to enter operation before the end of the year.

The latest project will support parent company Endesa's goal of 10.2GW of installed renewable capacity by 2022. The company manages over 7176MW of renewable capacity in Spain, mainly hydropower, with the rest comprising wind (2036MW), solar (339MW), mini-hydro (79MW) and other renewable energy sources (14MW). (Source: Enel, PR, 30 April, 2020) Contact: Endesa, Jose Bogas, CEO , Enel Green Power Espana , www.enelgreenpower.com › country-spain

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NASA, USask Tout Newly Developed Green Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
NASA,University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-27
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the developement and testing of a new technology which turns waste into "green" fuel for possible use on the International Space Station and in long term space missions.

Developed in a recent collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the high-quality fuel gas mixture is made from crop and forestry residues, food waste, cattle manure, petroleum, and petrochemical waste.

Consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, the syngas can be used as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, green diesel and other applications. (Source: NASA, Gasworld, 24 April, 2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda,Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

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North West UK Hydrogen - CCS Project Funded (Int'l. Funding)
HyNet
Date: 2020-04-24
In the UK, the HyNet hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS) project reports receipt of Government funding to map out the northwestern region's journey to becoming the country's first net-zero carbon industrial sector by 2040.

The £120,000 project, which is jointly funded by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) under the Industrial Decarbonization Challenge Fund (IDCF), will help determine how the North West region will decarbonise and meet its goal. The region -- Cheshire, parts of North East Wales, Warrington, Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester -- which collectively generates roughly 6 million tpy of industrial CO2 emissions. (Source: HyNet, GasWorld, 22 April, 2020) Contact: UK Research & Innovation Industrial Decarbonization Challenge Fund, www.ukri.org/innovation/industrial-strategy-challenge-fund/industrial-decarbonisation

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Captur,  


African Renewable Energy Collaboration Announced (Int'l. Report)
African Union Commission
Date: 2020-04-22
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA )report they work closely to advance renewable energy across Africa to bolster the continent's response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The AU and IRENA collaboration complements ongoing AU programmes, which include: the Africa Bioenergy Policy Framework and Guidelines; Renewable Energy in African Island States; Development of Small Hydropower in Africa; Geothermal Risk Mitigation Facility; and the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as well as the Strategy for integrated approach for provision of basic infrastructure in rural and remote areas of Africa. This is in addition to other African initiatives such as Desert to Power, Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access, and the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) -- an Africa owned and led drive to scale up renewable energy -- consolidating efforts from the international community to address the needs of African countries.

The AU and IRENA will also collaborate in the context of IRENA's Clean Energy Corridors initiatives in East, West and Southern Africa focused on advancing the deployment of renewables through the creation of larger and more robust power markets encouraging cross-border trade of renewable power.

These commitments build on existing cooperation between the AU and IRENA to strengthen the enabling environment for low-carbon, climate-resilient renewable energy investment as the continent seeks to raise its renewable energy ambition. (Source: African Union Commission, IRENA, Modern Diplomacy, 20 April, 2020) Contact: African Union Commission, www.au.int/en/commission; IRENA, www.irena.org

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RayGen Touts Aussie CSP, Hydro Storage Technology (Int'l. Report)
RayGen,Photon Energy
Date: 2020-04-17
In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based solar power technology and renewable energy storage specialist RayGen is touting plans to develop a huge 100MW/1,000MWh concentrated solar (CSP) and hydro storage project.

RayGen's technology is currently on track to be tested at a 50MWh-scale in Victoria State with $3 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and a key partnership with Sydney-based major power generator and retailer AGL Energy Ltd.

The company also recently announced a planned 200MW solar plant with around 100MW/1000MWh storage Photon Energy. (Source: RayGen, PR, 15 April, 2020) Contact: Raygen, +61 3 8669 0380, www.raygen.com; ARENA, www.arena.gov.au; AGL Energy, 011 61 3 8633 6000, www.agl.com.au; Photon Energy, www.photonenergy.com.au

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Alternative Fuels for Int'l Shipping Study Launched (Int'l)
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Maritime Institute
Date: 2020-04-17
In Singapore, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Maritime Institute (SMI) are reporting release of their 12-month study covering the technological, environmental and economic considerations in adopting alternative fuels.

The comprehensive study evaluates the characteristics of liquefied natural gas (LNG), methanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen, and outlines ways to incorporate them into existing ship systems. The study also provides short-, medium- and long-term measures, for shipping companies to overcome challenges in incorporating alternative fuels into their value chain and outlines how companies can use alternative fuels to help meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of at least 50 pct, compared to the levels in 2008.

Download the Alternative Fuels for International Shipping studyHERE.(Source: NTU, SMI, Sea News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: NTU, Dr. Prapisala Thepsithar , Professor Louis Phee, Dean of College of Engineering, +65 6791 1744, www.ntu.edu.sg; Singapore Maritime Insitute, +65 6270 2885, www.maritimeinstitute.sg

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OSU Releases Path to Carbon Neutrality Plan (Ind. Report)
Ohio State University
Date: 2020-04-17
In Columbus, The Ohio State University (OSU) has released a plan to slash its carbon emissions in half within this decade, accelerating the university's ability to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050.

In 2008, Ohio State established the goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 through the Presidents' Climate Leadership Commitment. The university released its first Climate Action Plan in 2011 outlining actions the university could take to advance the carbon neutrality goal. As a result of those and other actions, through the 2019 fiscal year, the university decreased its carbon emissions by over 15 pct while still increasing the amount of built space by nearly 11 pct. The new Action Plan calls for:

  • Improving building energy efficiency;

  • Revising the university's Green Build and Energy Policy to more effectively control energy use as the university continues to grow and update its building spaces;

  • Extend on-campus solar PV and any future feasible technology for increased renewable power generation capacity;

  • Completing the existing university Green Fleet Action Plan and consider a future fuel switch from compressed natural gas to green hydrogen or renewable natural gas.

  • Create new incentives to reduce the impact of driving to and from campus, including expanding campus user access to electric vehicle fueling stations.

    This pace of activity is more aggressive than the International Panel on Climate Change's recommended carbon emission reductions necessary to avoid the most acute human impacts of climate change.

    Download the Path to Carbon Neutrality: Ohio State Climate Action Plan HERE (Source: Ohio State Univ., PR, 15 April, 2020)

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  • 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,  


    $38Mn Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Tech. Development (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-04-13
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of up to $38 million in funding through its Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program for the design of economically attractive hydrokinetic turbines for tidal and riverine currents.

    The turbine devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. They are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other "blue economy" and utility-scale applications. Hydrokinetic energy can also be used for climatological observation, aquaculture, desalination, ocean floor and seawater mining, disaster recovery, powering isolated communities and autonomous underwater vehicle support.

    Currently, significant technical and environmental barriers make current hydrokinetic turbine systems prohibitively expensive. SHARKS will fund the development of solutions for hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations.

    SHARKS projects will work towards a reduction in Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of up to 61.5 pct compared to current state-of-the-art hydrokinetic turbine systems. (Source: US DOE, April, 2020) Contact: SHARKS, arpa-e-foa.energy.gov › FileContent PDF

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Tidal Energy,  Tidal Turbine,  Run of River,  


    South Australia Backs Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Ind. (Int'l Report)
    South Australia
    Date: 2020-04-13
    In the Land Down Under, new research from The Australia Institute has found that South Australians support the creation of a hydrogen energy industry in the state if it uses renewable sources of energy. The report found:
  • 79 pct of South Australians would prefer that South Australian hydrogen fuel is generated from renewable sources. -- 6 pct would prefer that it is generated from fossil fuel sources.

  • 73 pct of South Australians say South Australia should only pursue a hydrogen fuel industry if it uses renewable energy -- 13 pct disagree.

    According to the report, South Australia has the potential to be a global hydrogen fuel exporter, but the concept will only receive public support if it uses renewable sources of energy, The South Australian Government has already taken steps towards establishing a renewable hydrogen energy industry (Source: Australia Institute, Website, April, 2020) Contact: Australia Institute, Noah Schultz-Byard, SA Director, www.tai.org.au

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  • Kuwait's KNPC Completes Biofuels Project (Int'l. Ind. Report)
    Kuwait National Petroleum Corp
    Date: 2020-04-10
    The Kuwait News Agency is reporting the Kuwait National Petroleum Corp (KNPC) has completed the addition of two biofuel production units at its Mina Al-Ahmadi oil refinery.

    The two new coal and naphtha hydro treating units will produce 37,000 and 8,400 bpd of oil equivalent respectively. (Source: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Reuters 8 April, 2020) Contact: Kuwait National Petroleum Corp., Waleed al-Badr, CEO, www.knpc.com


    Charting the Course to Net-Zero Industrial Emissions (Ind Report)
    Applied Energy,Resources for the Future
    Date: 2020-04-06
    A recent study from a team of researchers at Energy Innovation and Resources for the Future has found that it is possible -- and critical -- to bring industrial greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2070.

    The study assesses the range of technologies and policies interventions available to enable global industry decarbonization. The paper noted that the industrial sector was responsible for 33 pct of global GHG emissions in 2014 -- including process emissions and indirect emissions from purchased electricity -- and that cutting emissions from this sector is critical to meeting international climate goals, such as those set by the Paris Agreement.

    The paper finds that governments can accelerate research and development in sustainable manufacturing and incentivize new technology deployment and market scale-up through policy mechanisms such as R&D support, emissions standards, carbon pricing, and government procurement of low-carbon materials and industrial products. The paper also finds that, when used together, the right technologies and policies enable net-zero industrial GHG emissions by 2070. It particularly examines the role of the following technologies, innovation areas, and policy interventions that can be part of the emissions reduction strategy:

  • Electrification, use of hydrogen, energy efficiency, and carbon capture;

  • Material efficiency, longevity, re-use, material substitution, and recycling;

  • Specific technologies for iron and steel, cement, and chemicals and plastics:

  • Carbon pricing, research support, standards, government purchases, data disclosure. (Source: Resources for the Future, Applied Energy, Technology Network, 2 April, 2020) Contact: Resources for the Future, Dallas Burtraw, 202.328.5000, 202.939.3460 - fax., info@rff.org, www.rff.org; Energy Innovation, Jeffrey Rissman, 415-799-2176, www.energyinnovation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Innovation ,  Net-Zero Carbon,  Carbon Emissions,  Resources for the Future,  


  • Consortium Reports Scandinavian eMethanol Projects (Int'l. Report)
    Liquid Wind,Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe,
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Goteborg, Sweden-based Liquid Wind, Axpo, COWI, London-based Carbon Clean Solutions, Haldor Topsoe, Nel Hydrogen and Siemens are reporting joining forces in a "power-to-fuel" project to convert CO2 emissions into cost-effective carbon neutral fuel.

    The stakeholders will combine their expertise and technology to capture waste carbon dioxide (CCU) and combine this with hydrogen, made from renewable electricity and water, to produce renewable methanol (eMethanol.

    Six individual 45,000 tpy facilities are planned across Scandinavia by 2030 with the first project in Sweden expected to be in production by 2023. The consortium aims to standardize the eMethanol facility and blueprint a 'digital twin for efficient replication than can be scaled and licensed internationally. The project is supported by a €1.7 million investment from EIT InnoEnergy. (Source: Liquid Wind, Manifold Times, 31 Mar., 2020) Contact: Liquid Wind, Claes Fredriksson, Founder & CEO, info@liquidwind.se,www.liquidwind.se; Carbon Clean Solutions Ltd., Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 (0) 20 3755 1600, ccs@kekstcnc.com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; Haldor Topsoe, Morten Schaldemose, , EVP, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Low Carbon Fuel,  Marine Fuel,  Methanol,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Clean Solutions,  Haldor Topsoe,  


    ORNL Touting New Sustainable, Low Cost Fuel Tech (New Prod & Tech)
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Date: 2020-03-30
    The US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), working with Vertimass LLC, a licensee of the technology, reports development of Consolidated Dehydration and Oligomerization (CADO), a new technology to turn ethanol into competitively priced sustainable fuels.

    The single step CADO process is capable of converting vapor of wet ethanol into hydrocarbon blendstocks competitively priced at $2/gigajoule that can be blended with gasoline, diesel, or jet fuels to diminish emissions of greenhouse gases.

    The conversion procedure of fuel uses zeolite, a kind of catalyst, to create actual loner chains of hydrocarbons from ethanol (alcohol). The process substitutes the traditional multi-step processes and uses less energy. (Source: ORNL, PR, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daily Facts & Trends, 29 Mar., 2020) Contact: US DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; ORNL Center for Bioenergy Innovation, Brian Davison, Chief Science Officer, 865-576-7658, www.ornl.gov; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

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    Foresight, Belltown Power Partnering on UK Wind Projects (Int'l Report)
    Foresight Group,Belltown Power
    Date: 2020-03-27
    In the UK, London-headquartered investment manager Foresight Group LLP and Bristol-based Belltown Power are reporting a joint venture aimed at developing over 300MW of wind energy projects mainly in Scotland and Wales.

    Infrastructure and private equity investment manager Foresight has £4 billion of energy infrastructure assets under management and renewables assets totaling 2.2GW. Belltown, which has a total pipeline of 2-3GW in various stages of development, including 335MW under construction currently entering construction, has delivered over 200MW of wind, solar PV and hydro projects to date, according to the company. (Source: Foresight Group, renews, 24 Mar., 2020) Contact: Belltown Power UK, Paul Hewitt, CEO, +44 117 303 5217, www.belltownpower.com; Foresight Group, +44 (0) 20 3667 8100, www.foresightgroup.eu www.foresight-group.com

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    Notable Quote on EU Climate, Renewables Legislation
    WindEurope ,EU,European Comission
    Date: 2020-03-25
    "The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasize that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019. The (EU) Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes.

    "Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors. Clearly opting for a 100 pct renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100 pct renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively." -- Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Advisoer, WindEurope. Contact: WindEurope, Pierre Tardieu, +32 2 213 1890, info@windeurope.org, www.windeurope.org

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    Mozambique Seeking Solar Hybrid Mini-Grids Proposals (Int'l.)
    Mozambican Energy Fund
    Date: 2020-03-23
    In Maputo, the Mozambican Energy Fund (Funae) and the Belgian Development Agency (Enabel) have issued calls for tenders for technical and financial feasibility studies for five hybrid solar mini-grids projects.

    The five mini-hybrid solar grids project is part of Phase 2 of the Renewable Energy for Rural Development (RERD2) initiative aimed at providing electricity services from renewable energy sources in rural areas, including hydropower, solar and solar hybrid. The initiative is supported by the Government of Belgium.

    Mozambique reportedly has a total renewable potential of 23,000 GW. (Source: CR Online, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact: Mozambican Energy Fund, www.funae.co.mz/index.php/pt; Belgian Development Agency +32 2 505 37 00, wwwenabel.be

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    Roadmap to a US Hydrogen Economy (Ind. Report Attached)
    Hydrogn
    Date: 2020-03-23
    The attached Road Map to a US Hydrogen Economy stresses the versatility of hydrogen as an enabler of the renewable energy systems, transportation and other applications.

    The report was developed by: Air Liquide; American Honda Motor Co., Inc; Audi; Chevron; Cummins Inc.; Daimler AG: Mercedes-Benz FuelCell GmbH/Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America; Engie; Exelon Corporation; Hyundai Motor Company; Microsoft; Nikola Motors; Nel Hydrogen; Plug Power; Power Innovations; Shell; Southern California Gas Company; Southern Company Services; Toyota; and Xcel Energy.

    Download Roadmap to a US Hydrogen Economy HERE (Source: Green Car Congress, 22 Mar.,2020)

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    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

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