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Sevan's SWACH Joins Floating Wind Tech Race (Int'l. Report)
Sevan SPP
Date: 2021-01-08
Norwegian engineering firm Sevan SPP is touting its SWACH (small waterplane area cylindrical hull) floating offshore wind technology.

The Sevan SWACH design is a cylindrical floating moonpool foundation for offshore wind. It is scalable up 14MW turbines and offers excellent motion characteristics in challenging and harsh conditions. It is also suitable for modularized fabrication and assembly, and the shallow draft enables the structure to be fully assembled onshore with a wet tow to final location, , according to the company (Source: Sevan, PR, renews, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Sevan SPP, +47 37 40 40 00, www.sevanssp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Shell Invests in Enerkem's Quebec Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada,Enerkem,Forge Hydrocarbons
Date: 2021-01-08
Shell Canada reports it will invest $350 million in a biofuel plant that is slated to open in Varennes, Quebec in 2023.

The plant -- which has received funding from Suncor Energy Inc., natural gas company Proman, Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec and federal governments -- will use Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem Inc technology to process contaminated wood, construction and demolition leftovers, plastics, municipal and solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The plant will use hydrogen produced from hydroelectricity as its gasification agent.

As previously reported, Shell Canada's other biofuels partnership in Sombra, Ont., will convert waste fats and oil into renewable diesel using technology developed by Alberta-based Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

The Canadian federal government estimates the global biodiesel market will grow to $44-billion by 2025. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Enerkem, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, www.forgehc.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Forge Hydrocarbons,  Shell Canada,  Enerkem,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Waste-to-Fuel,  Biodiesel,  


Lenovo Plans Global Product Carbon Offset Launch (Ind. Report)
Lenovo
Date: 2021-01-06
As part of its ongoing CO2 Offset Services initiative, computer manufacturer Lenovo is touting its recent carbon offsetting scheme for customer purchases of its Think-branded products worldwide. The offset scheme accounts for emissions produced from the manufacture and shipping of each individual product and up to five years of consumer use. Offsets are delivered through projects overseen by the UN and ClimeCo, -- one of the largest producers of US-based carbon credits.

The programme was initially launched as a pilot in the Nordics in February. During the first nine months, customers helped offset 26,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent to almost 1,800 European flights.

. Lenovo is focusing on long-term decarbonisation. Last year, the company set science-based targets to halve emissions from its operations and reduce value chain impacts by 25 pct by 2030, with a view to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. The new targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and are aligned to limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, as envisioned by the Paris Agreement. (Source: Lenovo, PR, edie 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Lenovo, www.lenovo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Capital Dynamics Completes AVSE II Solar Acquisition (M&A)
Capital Dynamics
Date: 2021-01-06
Global independent asset management firm Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) reports completion of its acquisition of the remaining 69.98 interest in the 125MW, Arlington Valley Solar Energy II solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Maricpa County, Arizona, from Apollo Funds. Financial details were not released.

As previously reported, CEI acquired a 30.02 pct interest in AVSE II as part of the acquisition of three solar PV projects -- Centinela Solar Energy, a 252MWdc solar facility in Imperial County, California; and the 11MWdc Dover Sun Park in Dover, Delaware -- from LS Power, bringing its portfolio of US operating solar to 3.1GWdc. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 30 Dec., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212 798 3400 -- NYC office, www.capdyn.com: Arlington Valley Solar Energy, 925 201 5220, info@AVSESolar.com, www.avsesolar.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Dynamics,  Solar,  


STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric
Date: 2021-01-06
In Singapore, global semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics (STM) reports the selection of energy management and renewable energy specialist Schneider Electric as a strategic partner to support its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2027.

Under the agreement, STM and Schneider Electric will increase their cooperation on reducing STM's energy consumption, and increased use of renewable energy and identify and implement ocarbon avoidance and sequestration programs across all of STM locations. The companies will develop additional joint products, technologies, and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvements, supporting digital transformation in buildings, datacenters, industrial applications, and infrastructure.

STM is stepping up its planned global energy procurement of 100 pct renewable energy and to become carbon neutral by 2027, according to the release. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Website PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres. & CEO, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neutral,  STMicroelectronics,  Schneider Electric,  Carbon Neutral,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Capital Dynamics Offloads 108-MW Calif. Solar Portfolio (M&A)
Capital Dynamics
Date: 2020-12-30
New York-based Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, is reporting the sale of comple a majority interest in its Beacon portfolio to TortoiseEcofin and Israel-based Shikun & Binui USA Energy. Each buyer has acquired a 49.5 pct ownership of the portfolio with Capital Dynamics retains a minority stake of 1 pct.

Capital Dynamics' Clean Energy Infrastructure is one of the world's largest renewable energy investment managers with $6.6 billion assets.

The 107.8 MWdc Beacon portfolio consists of two projects -- Beacon II at59.6 MWdc and Beacon V at 48.2 MWdc. Both sites interconnect and sell power to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) under two 25-year fixed rate PPAs. The assets were wholly acquired from SunEdison during Q1 2016 and achieved commercial operations in Q4 2017. (Source: Capital Dynamics, PR, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Capital Dynamics, www.capdyn.com; Shikun & Binui America, Sharon Novak, CEO, www.shikunbinui.com/en-US/america

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capital Dynamics,  Solar,  


CEC Investing in Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2020-12-23
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, reports it will invest up to $115 million to construct 111 new hydrogen vehicle transportation fueling stations by 2027. The funding nearly doubles the Golden State's investments to date and will help California nearly achieve its goal to deploy 200 public hydrogen fueling stations.

To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with another 16 under construction. With the new $115 million dunding, there could be up to 179 stations in the state, including seven privately funded stations.

The CEC Clean Transportation Program -- aka Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- invests up to $100 million annually in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects statewide. The CEC leverages public and private investments to support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: California Energy Commission , 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission www.energy.ca.gov, CEC Clean Transportation Program, www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/clean-transportation-program

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Hydrogen ,  


Posey County Indiana Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
Arevon Energy
Date: 2020-12-18
Global solar energy developer Arevon Energy Management is reporting their planned 2,500 -- 3,000 acre solar farm project in southern Posey County, Indiana is underway and awaiting regulatory and permitting approvals. Construction is slated to begin in 2022 with the project going online in 2023.

Arevon is North America's leading renewable energy company, offering comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure solutions to institutional investors and long-term owners that maximize value across the entire lifecycle of assets. Arevon is an affiliate of Capital Dynamics, benefiting from the global scale and extensive market insight of the global Capital Dynamics Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) platform.

Arevon's global fleet of PV Solar and Onshore Wind assets now exceeds 6.5GWdc, representing over $9 billion in invested capital. Arevon operates the 2nd largest portfolio of operating solar assets in North America, with over 3.5 GWdc of commercially operating utility-scale, commercial/industrial, distributed generation, and Battery Storage assets, according to the company website. (Source: Arevon Energy, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy Management, Tiago Sabino Dias, CEO, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon Energy,  Solar,  


STM, Schneider Electric Partner on Energy-Efficiency (Int'l.)
Schneider Electric, STMicroelectronics
Date: 2020-12-18
STMicroelectronics (STM) and Schneider Electric have announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on the overall reduction of energy consumption on STM manufacturing and design sites, the renewable energy sourcing strategy across all of STM locations, and the identification and implementation of credible and relevant carbon avoidance and sequestration programs.

Under the new agreement, the two firms will develop additional joint products, technologies and solutions focused on energy efficiency improvement, supporting digital transformation in buildings, data centers, industrial applications, and infrastructure. (Source: STMicroelectronics, Schneider Electric, PR, Printed Electronics Now, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: STMicroelectronics, Jean-Marc Chery, Pres., CEO, +65 65455488 -- Singapore, www.st.com; Schneider Electric, www.se.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Schneider Electric,  Energy Efficiency,  


ACEEE Issues 2020 State Energy Efficiency Score Card (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2020-12-18
California and Massachusetts rank Nos. 1 and 2 followed by Vermont, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Washington, DC, Minnesota, and Oregon in energy efficiency according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's (ACEEE) 2020 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. The five worst states were Kansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The report examines the energy saving policies and programs each state has adopted through July, scoring states on 32 metrics in five areas: energy-saving targets; vehicle efficiency; building codes; appliance and equipment standards; and state government initiatives. (Source: ACEEE, Dec., 2020) Contact: ACEEE, Steven Nadel, Exec. Dir., 202-507-4000, www.aceee.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ACEEE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Major Solar Projects Slated for SW Indiana (Ind. Report)
Capital Dynamics,Arevon
Date: 2020-12-16
Zug, Switzerland based asset management firm Capital Dynamics subsidiary Clean Energy Infrastructure reports it and Omaha-headquartered Tenaska are developing three major solar projects totaling nearly $430 million Knox, Gibson and Pike counties in SW Indiana. Scottsdale, Arizona-based Arevon Energy will serve as the "boots on the ground" for the work.

The first project is the $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 1 Solar Project in Pike County near Petersburg will break ground next summer for completion in 2023. The $128 million, 150-MW Ratts 2 Solar Project in Vincennes is slated for early 2022 construction for completion in 2023. Developers are also planning a $170 million, 200-MW solar farm in Gibson County. Construction on the Elliott Solar Farm is expected to begin in early 2022 and be complete in 2023. (Source: Tenaska, Capital Dynamics Website, PR, Inside Indiana Business, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: Arevon Energy, 480-653-8450, www.arevonenergy.com; Capital Dynamics, Benoit Allehaut, +41 41 748 84 44, 212 798 3400 -- NYC Office, www.capdyn.com; Tenaska, Jerry Crouse, CEO,(402) 691-9700, info@tenaskacapital.com, www.tenaskacapital.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arevon,  Capital Dynamics,  Tenaska,  Solar,  


Penna. Glass Plant Plans 2030 Carbon Neutral Operations (Ind. Report)
Schott
Date: 2020-12-14
Mainz, Germany-headquartered international specialty glass manufacturer Schott has announced its 1969-vintage Duryea, Pennsylvania plant and its 42 other production sites in 22 countries well become carbon neutral by 2030.

To that end, Schott is considerin the purchase of "green" electricity, replacing inefficient machinery, increasing overall energy efficiency and other measures at the Duryea plant to reduce its carbon footprint. (Source: Schott. PR, 11 Dec., 2020) Contact: Schott, Rob Gomeau, Mgr. Schott North America Advanced Optics, 570-457-7485, www.schott. Com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Neuitral,  


Aussie Researcher Scores $19Mn in Solar R&D Funding (Int'l. R&D)
Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics
Date: 2020-12-14
In the Land Down Under, the Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics at the University of NSW is reporting receipt of $19 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to support research into new solar cell and fuel materials, boost cell efficiency, and develop new storage products.

The ARENA funds will support the development of new combinations of materials that can be used to generate energy more efficiently and to place the energy generation devices in more places than rooftop panels or solar farms. (Source: Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics, Brisban Times, 12 Dec., 2020) Contact: University of Melbourne, Australian Centre for Advance Photovoltaics , Dr Renata Egan, research facility Chairperson, +61 3 9035 5511, www.science.unimelb.edu.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Photovoltaic,  ARENA,  


NY Pension Fund Sets Net-Zero GHG Emissions Target (Ind. Report)
New York State Comptroller
Date: 2020-12-11
In Albany, the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli is reporting the $226 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund -- the third largest public pension fund in the U.S. -- aims to transition its portfolio to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2040. This process will include completion within four years of a review of investments in energy sector companies.

Building on DiNapoli's 2019 Climate Action Plan, the Fund will continue its use of minimum standards for determining whether a company is well-prepared for the transition to a low-carbon global economy. Companies failing to meet the fund's standard will be dropped from the fund's portfolio.

The Fund has already set minimum standards for the thermal coal mining industry and divested from 22 coal companies. The Fund is currently evaluating nine oil sands companies, and will develop minimum standards for investments in shale oil. The Fund will also establish interim trajectory goals to measure progress toward its 2040 net zero target and institute transparency measures regarding the Fund's progress, including annual progress reports, and updates at the outset and conclusion of each sector review.

As part of its net-zero commitment, the Fund will continue to increase its engagement efforts with companies across industries to encourage them to reach net-zero carbon emissions more quickly, and will continue to vote against board directors at portfolio companies that fail to take steps to mitigate climate risks.

Download the NY 2019 Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: New York State Comptroller Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: New York State Comptroller Office, (518) 474-4044, contactus@osc.ny.gov, www.osc.ny.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Carbon Emissions,  


DOE Offers $35Mn for Bioenergy Tech., Algae R&D (R&D, Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-12-11
In Washington, the US DOE has announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office's goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. Topic Areas include:

  • Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M): (a) Measurement of variability of key MSW characteristics within and across unique MSW streams (b) Development of novel methods for rapid/real-time measurements.

  • Algae Productivity Exceeding Expectations (APEX) (up to $20M): (a) Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply (b) Improvements in productivity with Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 from ambient air.

    The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: US DOR, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  Algae,  Bioenergy,  


  • Edmonds College Science Bldg. Earns LEED Certification (Ind. Report)
    US Green Building Council
    Date: 2020-12-11
    Edmonds College in Lynnwood, Washington ,reports its recently completed Science, Engineering & Technology building has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Gold certification in recognition of the building's energy efficiency and sustainability.

    The $41 million building met rigorous standards for sustainability metrics including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy use and eddiciency, indoor environmental quality and more. Gold LEED is the second highest LEED rating level a building can achieve. (Source: Edmonds College, PR, 10 Dec., 2020) Contact: Edmonds College, www.edmonds.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council news,  Energy Efficiency news,  LEED Certification news,  


    Neste Announces New Bio-based Feedstock (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste Corp is touting Neste RE, a new recycled, bio-based feedstock compatible with existing polymer and chemical production infrastructures and usable in a wide range of plastics applications.

    Neste is marketing its new solution as both renewable and recycled -- the product's renewable components can be produced from waste and residue oils and fats and sustainably-produced vegetable oils. (Source: Neste, Website, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Neste, Lars Borger, VP Renewable Polymers and Chemicals , www.neste.com/products/all-products/plastics

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  


    Quantifi to Support Carbon Cap Investment Strategies (Int'l.)
    Quantifi,Carbon Cap Management
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Quantifi, a provider of risk, analytics and trading solutions, reports it has been selected by London-headquartered environmental asset management specialist Carbon Cap Management LLP to support its carbon emissions investment strategies. Carbon Cap's mission is to raise awareness about climate change and to provide solutions directly related to the capping and reduction of CO2 emissions.

    Carbon Cap recently launched the World Carbon Fund, a globally diversified fund investing in multiple liquid and regulated carbon markets. The fund pursues an absolute return strategy, seeking to deliver positive returns with a low correlation to traditional and alternative asset classes. It also seeks to have a direct positive impact on climate change.

    Quantifi's suite of integrated pre- and post-trade solutions allow market participants to better value, trade and risk manage their exposures and respond more effectively to changing market conditions. (Source: Quantifi, PR, 25 Nov., 2020) Contact: Carbon Cap, Michael Azlen, Founder and CEO, +44204 5265 480, investorinfo@carbon-cap.com, www.carbon-cap.com; Quantifi Solutions, Rohan Douglas, CEO, (212) 784-6815 -- NY, +44 (0) 20 7248 3593 -- London, www.quantifisolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Market,  Carbon Cap Management,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Siemens Unveils Sinamics PCSpower System (New Prod & Tech)
    Siemens
    Date: 2020-11-23
    Siemens has unveiled Sinamics PCS, a new power conversion system for battery storage applications. The compact grid converter is based on the industry proven technology of the Sinamics S120 platform and works particularly energy-efficiently thanks to its liquid cooling. The system includes connection technology and control, line filter, converter and liquid cooling and can be easily integrated as a complete system in control rooms or containers.

    Sinamics PCS is certified in accordance with the "Technical Connection Rules" VDE-AR-N 4110, which is valid in Germany and stationary battery storage units can be connected to the public medium-voltage grid. (Source: Siemens,TradeArabia News Service, 21 Nov., 2020) Contact: Siemens, new.siemens.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Energy Storage,  


    IMO MEPC Approves Amendments to Cut Ship Emissions (Int'l.)
    International Maritime Organization
    Date: 2020-11-23
    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) reports its approval of draft new mandatory regulations to cut the carbon intensity of existing ships. MEPC also agreed the terms of reference for assessing the possible impacts on States, paying particular attention to the needs of developing countries -- Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and least developed countries (LDCs).

    The draft amendments to the MARPOL convention would require ships to combine a technical and an operational approach to reduce their carbon intensity. This is in line with the ambition of the Initial IMO GHG Strategy, which aims to reduce carbon intensity of international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, compared to 2008.

    The draft amendments will now be put forward for formal adoption at MEPC 76 session, to be held during 2021.

    Details HERE; IMO GHG Strategy, HERE. (Source: IMO, Website PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: IMO, www.imo.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization ,  IMO,  Maritime Emissions,  


    Planned N. Am. Hydrogen Station Network Advancing (Ind. Report)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp
    Date: 2020-11-20
    PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corps. is reporting the hiring of cryogenics and hydrogen engineering firm Cryotek for the engineering and design for the next generation PowerTap hydrogen station network to be deployed across North America starting in 2021. The engineering design includes:
  • PowerTap onsite steam methane reformer (SMR) solution capable of producing 1,000kg+ per day;

  • Gaseous and liquid hydrogen storage solutions capable of 1,000kg+ or more per day;

  • CO2 capture solutions and an advanced hydrogen dispensing unit

    Since 2018, Cryotek has focused on cryogenic solutions for NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE), and on the future of liquid hydrogen as the energy of the future. (Source: H2View, Nov., 2020) Contact: Clean Power Capital, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling, www.cleanpower.capital

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


  • Partnership Accelerates Green Building Certifications (Ind. Report)
    USDGBC, ENERGY Star
    Date: 2020-11-20
    Dublin-based Wattics Energy Management Ltd. and Washington, DC-headquartered US Green Building Council affiliate Arc Skoru, are touting the recent integration of the two software platforms that together will deliver the following features and benefits:
  • Automate building data collection and management to monitor, improve, and steer toward energy efficiency certification;

  • Leverage real-time data monitoring toward a project's performance score in ARC -- eg. electricity, water, gas, air quality data, GHG data, etc.;

  • Scale green building certification for large building portfolios;

  • Analyze and compare performance across building portfolios and/or individual buildings within a portfolio;

  • Compare the performance of certified buildings to non-certified buildings and determine US Green Building Council LEED, ENERGY Star, BREEAM and other third party certification "readiness" for buildings

    The software platform enables the collection, management, and analysis of utility/IoT/sub-meter data to conduct energy audits, forecast savings, benchmark building portfolios and analyse KPIs, measure and verify efficiency and renewable energy projects, analyse tariffs and create sustainability reports at scale.

    The ARC platform allows buildings, city and community projects to collect data, manage and benchmark progress, measure impact and improve sustainability and calculates a performance score based on global building data and action-oriented strategies across five categories, including energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience. (Source: Wattics Ltd, PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: Wattics Energy management, Antonio Ruzzelli, CEO, Amy Ryan, +353 1 415 1241, amy.ryan@wattics.com, www.watics.com; Arc Skoru, Dave Witek, COO, www.arcskoru.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  USGBC,  ENERGY Star,  BREEAM,  Energy Eddiciency,  


  • UK Investigating Orbital Solar Power Plants (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2020-11-18
    The British government has commissioned a new study looking at the potential to build an orbital solar power station by 2050. Led by Dorking-based Frazer-Nash Consultancy, the new study looks into the feasibility of space-based solar power (SBSP) systems that use giant solar arrays to generate electricity and beam it to Earth in the form of microwaves.

    The British government is reviving the idea of orbiting solar power plants as a zero-emission alternative energy source and has commissioned Frazer-Nash Consultancy to consider the engineering, economics and feasibility of solar power satellites and how the satellites could be assembled in orbit on a huge scale. The firm has partnered with Oxford Economics for additional insight to the economic assessment of the system and its possible benefit to the UK economy. (Source: UK Government, PR, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Frazer-Nash Consultancy, Martin Soltau, Space Business Manager, +44 (0)333 032 9500, www.fnc.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  


    DOE CESMII to Address Manufacturing Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
    Date: 2020-11-16
    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced up to $4 million in new funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America's manufacturing sector.

    To accelerate the adoption of Smart Manufacturing (SM) technologies, CESMII is seeking R&D projects that can apply SM solutions to real-world manufacturing process and operation challenges that enable improved energy productivity, performance, quality and efficiency. Increased implementation of SM technologies including sensors, data, and platforms and controls will lead to a more competitive U.S. manufacturing sector.

    For this request for proposals, CESMII anticipates making awards with periods of performance of up to six months. Industry partners must provide at least 50 pct of the total project funding. Projects may range from $50,000 to $200,000 (federal + cost share).

    Founded in 2016, CESMII accelerates smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data analytics, platforms and controls to improve energy productivity and efficiency in manufacturing. (Source: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, www. cesmii.org; EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    TOTAL Using Honeywell UOP to Produce Renewable Jet Fuel (Int'l.)
    Honeywell UOP, UOP, TOTAL
    Date: 2020-11-16
    Des Plaines, Illinois-based Honeywell reports TOTAL will use Honeywell UOP Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in France .

    Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the biorefinery project that will process 400,000 tpy of feedstock to produce 70,000 tpy of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tpy of renewable diesel and 50,000 tpy of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.

    Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™produced by this process is 50/50 blended with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale and requires no changes to aircraft technology. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Honeywell , www.honeywell.com, UOP , www.uop.com/biofuels, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com; TOTAL, www.total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  UOP,  TOTAL,  Renewable Diesel,  


    DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

    Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  


  • Toledo Solar Scores $1.7Mn for CdTe Tech. Development (Funding)
    Toledo Solar
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In the Buckeye State, Toledo Solar Inc. reports receipt of $1.7 million in grant funding from the US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to develop semitransparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) photovoltaics, a solar-cell material that could be suitable for use in windows, building facades, and rooftop solar modules a new solar-cell technology believed to be suitable for integration into building construction.

    The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."

    Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145, info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toledo Solar,  Solar,  


    ABB Joins Offshore Wind Maintenance Project (Int'l. Report)
    ABB
    Date: 2020-11-13
    ABB reports its "Octopus" optimisation software has been selected as a technology partner for the EU ATLANTIS Project exploring the use of remote inspection and maintenance techniques for offshore wind farms.

    The remotely operated Octopus software will enable improved efficiencies by cutting an inspection vessel's operational costs and transfer times to and from offshore wind farms.

    ATLANTIS promotes the use of robotics in offshore wind farms to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) by eliminating or marginalising the use of supporting vessels for inspection and maintenance operations at offshore wind farms. In the ATLANTIS project, a pioneer pilot infrastructure for demonstrating key enabling robotic technologies for inspection and maintenance of offshore wind farms is established in the Atlantic Ocean, on the coast of Viana do Castelo in Portugal, according to its website. (Source: ABB, ATLANTIS Project, Cordis Europa, Nov., 2020) Contact: ABB, www.abb.com; ATLANTIS Project, www.atlantis-h2020.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABB,  Offshore Wind,  


    Property RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, COastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics, and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ for buildings, communities and cities that provides a climate risk analysis. The service will integrate with LEED's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis. The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  LEED Certification,  


    Vanderbilt Scores USGBC Leadership Award (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Vanderbilt University
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University has been honored with a 2020 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for achievements in green building and its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future. The university was among 10 companies, projects and individuals across the nation to be spotlighted during the Greenbuild Virtual conference on Nov. 12.

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, known as LEED, has become the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high-performance sustainable buildings.

    The Vanderbilt campus has 21 LEED certified buildings, as well as WELL and PETAL projects. WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, while PETAL is a green business certification program for making organizations sustainable and healthy.

    Examples of Vanderbilt's sustainable architecture includes six "green roofs" that cut building energy consumption, urban heat island effects, improve storm water management, increase roof longevity and improve aesthetics, according to the release. (Source: Vanderbilt University News, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Vanderbilt University, Mike Perez, Chief Faccilities officer in the Division of Administration, 615-322-7311, www.vanderbilt.edu; WELL Building Institute, +646.883.5001, +646.607.1058, info@wellcertified.com, www.wellcertified.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  Energy Efficiency,  WELL Building,  Green Building,  


    RiskFootprint Now Part of USGBC LEED Cert. Process (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, Coastal Risk
    Date: 2020-11-13
    Geospatial modeling, data analytics and risk assessment technology specialist Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) reports it is partnering with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to deliver a RiskFootprint™ climate risk analysis for buildings, communities and cities. The service will integrate with LEED, Arc and GBCI rating systems to help assess a project's vulnerability to physical climate risks.

    Coastal Risk's automated assessments add to a project's due diligence and risk management. The RiskFootprint Dashboard and property-specific RiskFootprint Reports are an important part of a rigorous underwriting process and research-driven market analysis.

    The RiskFootprint Dashboard provides customers with a secure web portal, an interactive map of the US, and portfolio spreadsheet scoring for 14 columns of risk. This includes 6 current flood risks, 4 current, natural hazard risks (wind, tornado, earthquake and wildfire), and 4 future (2050) climate change impacts (tidal/sea level rise, extreme heat, extreme rainfall, and risk of drought). (Source: COastal Risk Consulting, PR, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Coastal Risk Consulting, RiskFootprint, Albert Slap, Pres., www.riskfootprint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USGBC,  LEED Certification,  


    Univ. Maine, NASA to Monitor Forest Climate Progress (Ind. Report)
    University of Maine, NASA
    Date: 2020-11-11
    The University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests is reporting receipt of $500,000 in grant funding for a three-year study to help NASA's Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation science team develop and test methods for mapping carbon deposits and biological changes across a large, complex swath of eastern forest.

    The researchers will use data from NASA's newly launched ecosystem LiDAR (Light Detecting and Ranging) instrument, orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station. Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota will also participate in the study and will add the LiDAR data to their "FORest Carbon Estimation" project aimed at understanding and predicting how forests respond to changes in climate.

    Maine's forest and associated industry currently offset 75 pct of the state's annual carbon emissions, according to recent estimates by Center for Research on Sustainable Forests researchers. Maine is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2045 through reduced emissions and innovative policies to increase carbon sequestration, according to a release. (Source: Univ. of Maine, Maine Biz, Nov., 2020) Contact: NASA, (301) 286-2000, www.nasa.gov; University of Maine Center for Research on Sustainable Forests, Aaron Weiskittel, Dir., 207-581-3794, www.crsf.umaine.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NASA,  Climate Change,  GHG,  


    TOTAL, Partners Tout Next-Gen. CO2 Storage Simulator (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Stanford University,LLNL
    Date: 2020-11-10
    Paris-headquartered energy major Total , US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University have released GEOSX, an open source simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

    GEOSX was developed using advanced new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date. The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

    GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. GEOSX, www.geosx.org. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Total Marie-Noelle Semeria, Total's Chief Technology Officer Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stanford University news,  TOTAL news,  LLNL news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Storage news,  


    Wisc. Two Creeks Solar Park Now Online (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Public Service Corp.
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In Green Bay, Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) is reporting the state's first large-scale solar facility -- the Two Creeks Solar Park in Manitowoc County -- is now online.

    The 150-MW, 500,000-panel solar facility is jointly owned by WEC Energy Group and Madison Gas and Electric.

    WPS parent company-WEC Energy Group has committed to make its electric generation fleet net carbon neutral by 2050 and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 pct below 2005 levels by 2030. (Source: Wisconsin Public Service, EWC Energy Group, PR, 7 Nov., 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group/Wind and Solar, Cody Craig, 414-221-2345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Wisconsin Public Service Corp., www.wisconsinpublicservice.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WEC Energy Group,  Madison Gas and Electric,  Solar,  


    Stirling, AB Partner on Biomethane Plants (Ind. Report)
    Stirling Cryogenics
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Dutch firm Stirling Cryogenics, part of the Torino, Italy-based HYSYTECH group, reports it is partnering with Italian firm AB on the design, construction, installation and maintenance of liquid biomethane production plants incorporating Stirling's cryogenerators.

    Under the agreement, AB's CH4LNG "liquefier" unit, will be deployed with Stirling's cryogenerators for bio-LNG systems to process up to 12 tpd of biomethane for small and medium-sized biogas plants for upgrading to bio-LNG. (Source: Stirling Cryogenics, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Stirling Cryogenics, +31 40 267 7300, www.stirlingcryogenics.eu; HYSYTECH, +39 011 397 0273, www.hysytech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stirling Cryogenics,  Biomethane,  


    Yield10 Bioscience Evaluates Camelina, Canola (R&D, Ind. Report)
    Yield10 Bioscience
    Date: 2020-11-04
    In the Bay State, Woburn-based agricultural bioscience specialist Yield10 Bioscience Inc. reports completion of its 2020 Field Test Program in Canada and the U.S. to evaluate novel traits in biofuel feedstock Camelina and canola. The company expects to begin reporting test data before the year end and early in 2021.

    The test program monitored key plant agronomic and growth parameters including oil content, PHA content and/or other metrics to advance plant development and commercialization for biofuel and other applications. (Source: Yield10 Bioscience Inc., Website News, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: Yield10 Bioscience Inc., 617-583-1700, www.yield10bio.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Camelina,  Biofuel,  


    Growth Energy Comments on Biofuel Production (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy, USDA
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor recently submitted the following comments to the USDA's Agriculture Innovation Agenda regarding readily available technologies that enable our domestic agriculture sector to increase production while reducing its environmental footprint.

    In her comments, Skor argued that biofuels like ethanol play a critical role in achieving the USDA's goals and called for building on current investments to expand renewable fuels role in the nation's transportation infrastructure. "Supporting programs like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and initiatives to expand access to higher biofuel blends like E15, E30, and E85 can build on biofuels' environmental progress and expand the market for American agriculture,", said Skor. "USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is a prime example how the agency can support the productivity of our farmers, while decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encouraging further adoption of sustainable farming practices across our agriculture sector."

    Skor also notes the biofuels industry's continued advancements to capture CO2 and the plant-based fuel's ability to replace harmful toxics and improve air quality. "We have a better option in ethanol, the single most affordable and abundant alternative to petroleum-based fuel additives that threaten air quality in communities across the globe. To expand on these benefits, USDA should continue to promote programs that boost biofuels access and use throughout the country.

    As the department works to streamline programs and seek opportunities to improve sustainable farming across the country, Skor encouraged USDA to continue exploring the strong link between U.S. agriculture and our biofuels industry, and promote the increased use of biofuels so our nation's farmers can continue to rely on these markets as we work to reduce the environmental impact of the agriculture sector.

    The organizations have asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order the following: EPA should not withhold the name of the company submitting an application for an SRE nor the name and location of the refinery for which relief is requested; EPA should immediately produce the information that was unlawfully withheld for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years 2015, 2016, and 2017, and; EPA should not withhold any of the five data elements identified in the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  USDA,  RFS,  Biofuel,  


    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame
    Date: 2020-11-02
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.

    Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines. "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels.

    ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved.

    The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alternative Fuel,  


    DRAX, Earthworm Foundation Tout Forest Health Tool (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX, Forest Trust
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the not-for-profit Earthworm Foundation -- fka Forest Trust -- on Healthy Forest Landscapes (HFL), an evidence-based tool to measure and evaluate the health of a forest in four key areas -- forest cover, carbon stock, biodiversity, and community well-being, all key focus areas for Drax and its woody biomass-fired power generation plants. The tool will give businesses like Drax the information needed to ensure its operations positively impact the forests where it sources its biomass feedstocks.

    HFL measures changes in the forest landscape using empirical evidence such as big data from government statistics and input from earth observations from satellites, other remote sensing technologies, and its own socio-economic evaluation methodology to assess community wellbeing. (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Earthworm Foundation, www.earthworm.org; DRAX, Richard Peberdy, Head of Sustainable Forests, +44(0)1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Trust,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  


    DISCA Touts Weatherization, Energy Efficiency Success (Ind. Report)
    DOE Weatherization Assistance Program
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In Michigan, the Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency (DISCA) is reminding the region about the US DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) -- the nation's largest whole-house home energy upgrade program -- to assist low-income families invest in energy efficiency.

    Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.

    Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.

    Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE. (Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Weatherization Assistance Program,  


    New Solar Panel Design Ups Efficiency 125 pct (New Prod & Tech)
    University of York
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In the UK, a study led by researchers from the University of York in partnership with NOVA University of Lisbon reports designing solar panels in checkerboard lines improves diffraction to increase light absorption by 125 pct and lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels.

    Solar-grade silicon -- used to create solar cells -- is energy intensive to produce, so creating slimmer cells and changing the surface design would make them cheaper and more environmentally friendly, the study notes. The study suggests the design principle could impact not only the solar cell or LED sector but also applications such as acoustic noise shields, wind break panels, anti-skid surfaces, biosensing applications and atomic cooling. (Source: University of York, The Week, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: University of York, Dr Christian Schuster, Department of Physics, +44 (0) 1904 320 000, www.york.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of York ,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    Luxembourg CO2 Tax to Generate €148Mn in 2021 (Int'l. Report)
    Luxembourg,Carbon Tax
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Luxembourg, the government statistics office Statec is projecting the government's planned carbon tax will add about 5 cents per litre for transportation fuel and add roughly €148 million to the national treasury in 2020. The tax, which will increase to €25 per tonne of carbon emissions in 2022 and €30 in 2023, is expected the generate between €200 million and €300 million by 2024.

    The carbon tax is intended to disincentivise the sale of combustion engine transportation. (Source: Delano.lu, 27 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


    Ren. Hydrogen Producer Claims $2.5Mn Invest. (Alt. Fuel. Report)
    WaysH
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Golden State, waste-to-hydrogen specialist Ways2H reports closure on a $2.5 million investment from Long Beach-based social benefit investment firm Pacific6 Enterprises. Led by founding partner John C. Molina, Pacific6 Enterprises supports projects and companies that have the potential to make a significant positive social, environmental and economic impact.

    Ways2H's patented thermochemical process produces clean hydrogen fuel from municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, plastics and/or other waste biomass without incineration. The process is net-zero carbon by itself and carbon-negative when paired with carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the company website. (Source: Ways2H, Website News, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Ways2H, Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, 562-414-4150 , www.Ways2H.com: Pacific6 Enterprises, www.pacific6.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ways2H,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen,  


    "Reject Industry Efforts to Derail Clean-Fuel Standard", Suzuki Says (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Canada Clean Fuels Standard,Suzuki Foundation
    Date: 2020-10-23
    "The UN's annual Emissions Gap Report 2019 found Earth is headed toward 3.2 degrees C warming based on current and estimated emissions trends and called on governments to increase efforts to limit global warming immediately. But Canada isn't even on track to meet its original 2030 emissions-reduction targets.

    "Greenpeace recently obtained leaked strategy documents advising industry to push back against measures such as the federal clean fuel standard that prompts a switch to low-carbon fuels by setting limits on greenhouse-gas emissions from fossil fuels. To meet it, fossil-fuel suppliers can buy or generate credits by offering low-carbon alternatives, like biofuels from waste organics or electric-vehicle charging stations. The clean-fuel-credit market is expected to attract investment in low-carbon fuel production and distribution in Canada.

    "It's a smart move as the government looks to support economic recovery. Clean-fuels investments generate employment. Clean Energy Canada estimates the regulation could spur the need for up to 31,000 skilled workers to build, operate, and supply new facilities.

    Navigator, the PR firm engaged to develop an action plan to counter the clean-fuel standard, advises its unnamed clients to use a "counter-punch strategy" -- to pay lip service to government's climate agenda, wait for the clean-fuel-standard announcement, then orchestrate a hard push-back. Part of the scheme is to convince Canadians that "fighting climate change is a losing battle" by arguing action is too costly. It's dishonest. Energy companies -- and the politicians they're seeking to influence -- know Canada must decarbonize the fuel supply to reduce GHG emissions.

    "All the major federal political parties have pledged to meet or exceed Canada's 2030 targets. The clean-fuel standard is projected to reduce annual GHG emissions by 30 million tonnes by 2030 -- equivalent to taking 7 million cars off the road and accounts for 15 pct of Canada's current emissions-reduction target -- more than can be achieved with any other single climate-policy instrument.

    "B.C.'s (British Columbia) low-carbon fuel requirement has been in place since 2010 and is credited with delivering one-quarter of B.C.'s emissions reductions between 2007 and 2012 with limited impacts to consumers' pocketbooks. As part of its CleanBC plan, the province recently announced further reductions to the carbon intensity of transportation fuels over the next decade using this instrument. California, Oregon, and the EU have parallel policies. Their experience shows that a clean-fuel standard can reduce emissions, drive innovation, and increase renewable alternatives availability.

    "Too often, industry opposition to environmental policies isn't driven by facts but by vested interests. Climate action is in everyone's interest. Government must stand firm on the policies needed to achieve timely emissions reductions. The sooner Canada adopts its clean fuel standard, the better."

    Download the UN Emissions Gap Report 2019 HERE. (Source: David Suzuki, Suzuki Foundation, The Straight, 20 Oct, 2020) Contact: Suzuki Foundation, David Suzuki, 604-732-4228, www.davidsuzuki.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Fuel Standard,  Renewable Fuels,  Suzuki Foundation,  Environment and Climate Change Canada,  


    Nat. Labs Say Sugars Key in Ideal Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    ORNL,NREL
    Date: 2020-10-23
    According to research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), although tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass/biofuel feedstock the amount of sugars contained within the cellulosic biomass that can be converted into fuels is equally important.

    Feedstock growers typically look at how many trees they can plant per acre rather than the quality and volume of fuel those trees will produce. To address the issue, the researchers analyzed 900 samples of black cottonwood trees -- a type of fast-growing poplar -- grown in Oregon to determine how variations in their size and composition affect feedstock quality and biorefinery economics.

    The researh found the amount of fuel produced per-acre per-year and the minimum fuel selling price(MFSP) are most strongly connected to the size of a tree. Since a farmer would only plant the biggest and fastest growing trees, the researchers examined those and found that the size and sugar content in those trees were of nearly identical importance to the MFSP.

    Download Economic Impact of Yield and Composition Variation in Bioenergy Crops: Populus trichocarpa report details HERE. (Source: US DOE ORNL, Center for Bioenergy Innovation, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Center for Bioenergy Innovation, www. cbi.ornl.gov; ORNL, Kimberly A Askey, (865) 576-2841, askeyka@ornl.gov, www.ornl.gvo

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  Lignin,  ORNL,  NREL,  Cellulosic,  


    Bldg. Energy Efficiency Campaign Drives $95Mn Savings (Ind. Report)
    US DOE,
    Date: 2020-10-23
    One hundred and four U.S. companies, schools, governments, and institutions are taking their building energy savings to a new level with the 4-year US DOE Smart Energy Analytics Campaign funded through the Building Technologies Office (BETO) and facilitated by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to expand the use of energy management and information systems (EMIS) in commercial buildings.

    The Campaign helped drive approximately 4 trillion BTUs of annual energy savings -- enough to power more than 44,000 U.S. households for a year -- reducing the campaign participants' collective energy bills by $95 million a year. The research also enabled Berkeley Lab to create the world's largest collection of data on building energy analytics -- the first real-world, large-scale body of evidence of EMIS' value to commercial buildings. Nationwide, if buildings throughout the commercial sector adopted EMIS best practices, the resulting savings in annual energy costs could total $4 billion.

    The campaign, a public-private partnership with businesses and public-sector organizations, has supported cutting-edge analytics technology use in over 6,500 buildings totaling 567 million sq-ft of floor space. It allowed Berkeley Lab experts to offer technical assistance and provide industry partners with frequent opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction, including exchanging best practices.

    Researchers found that average installation and software costs ranged from two to eight cents per square foot, depending on the type of EMIS system. The median participant saved approximately $3 million in annual energy costs across their portfolio and re-couped associated costs over a two-year period.

    Although the Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is concluding, its work will continue through DOE's Better Buildings program with ongoing support from the team of experts at Berkeley Lab. The Smart Energy Analytics Campaign is one of several successful Better Buildings Alliance technology drives, led by DOE's national laboratories, that aim to accelerate adoption of efficient building technologies by providing technical assistance, resources, and guidance on best practices. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, PR, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: LBNL, Building Technology & Urban Systems Division, Jessica Granderson, Research Deputy, Better Buildings Campaign, HERE; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,  BETO,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's Forest Products Innovation Award Goes to Stora Enso (Ind. Report)
    Stora Enso, Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered Stora Enso has been honored with the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC)'s 2020 Forest Products Innovation Award for their culture of innovation and leadership in the deployment of new sustainable biorenewable processes directed toward achieving the full value of trees.

    "BDC is proud to honor Stora Enso with its 2020 Forest Products Innovation Award," said BDC President and Co-Founder Masood Akhtar, "Stora Enso is an excellent example of a company that has developed a culture in the deployment of biorenewable processes that will add value to operations, and make the company more viable for the future. This is the reason that Stora Enso refers to itself as the 'renewable materials company'".

    Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting their customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products. Building on their heritage and know-how in sustainable forestry and trees, Stora Enso is committed to the development of products and technologies based on renewable materials.

    BDC, since 2006, has worked to bring together like-minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy, by investigating new processes, being a resource, brokering partnerships, and holding two member forums a year where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared. BDC recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success, according to the release. (Source: BDC, PR, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: BDC, Masood Akhtar, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org; Contact: Stora Enso, Lauri Lehtonen, Head of Innovation, Division Biomaterials, Ingrid Peura, Ingrid.Peura@storaenso.com, www.storaenso.com

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    Magnetic's Magnetic Offshore Wind Turbine Scores £300K (Int'l.)
    Magnomatics
    Date: 2020-10-19
    UK-based Magnomatics Ltd. is reporting receipt of over £300,000 ($390,000) in grant funding as part of a £5 million UK Government grant program to develop and supply innovative power electronics, machines and drives. The funding will be used for the Winder project, which will "derisk" technology required for the manufacture of large generators for offshore wind to the UK.

    Magnomatics' pseudo direct drive (PDD) combines a magnetic gear with a permanent magnet generator shown to reduce the levelized cost of energy from offshore wind when commercialized. (Source: Magnomatics Ltd., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Magnomatics Ltd., +44 114 241 2570, www.magnomatics.com

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    Enoc Launches UAE Mobil Biodiesel Fueling Fleet (Int'l. Report)
    Emirates National Oil Company
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UAE, the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC Link) is reporting the launch of a mobile fuel delivery service for bio-diesel fuels -- B5, B20 and B100 -- for commercial fleets. Enoc Link is the only digital mobile fueling operator in the UAE to offer customers bio-diesel.

    Enoc Link has deployed dedicated biodiesel delivery trucks with tank capacities varying from 800 to 5,000 litres and plans to expand the fleet to meet increasing customer demand in the near future. Enoc Link is part of Next, Enoc Groups accelerator programme that provides safe delivery of petrol and diesel to businesses. Enoc Link offers an end-to-end digital fueling experience along with advanced fuel analytics, fleet management, and mileage reporting. Commercial fleets also have access to an online dashboard to track fuel consumption on an aggregated level, by site, and even by vehicle or equipment. (Source: Enoc Fleet, PR, Trade Arabia. 1 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enoc Fleet, Saif Humaid Al Falasi, CEO, www.enoc.com/en

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    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2020-10-09
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.. Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long. Further, developing economies and marginalized locations may not be able to afford electric equipment and its required infrastructure, and will therefore be forced to continue using aged diesel assets that compromise air quality.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines.

    "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels. ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved. The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

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