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Citigroup Targets $250Bn for Low-Carbon Activities (Ind. Report)
Citigroup
Date: 2020-07-31
NYC-headquartered banking giant Citigroup Inc., the 4th largest US bank by assets, reports it aims to lend $250 billion for low-carbon renewable energy, clean technology, water quality and conservation, sustainable transportation, green buildings, energy efficiency, circular economy and sustainable agriculture and land use over the next five years.

The bank noted it is working to measure, manage and reduce the climate risk and impact of its portfolio of clients and to that end is is participating in the development and rollout of the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, a framework that will help it measure the carbon footprint of its lending portfolios. Additionally, Citi is testing the methodology for the 2016 Paris Agreement Capital Transition Assessment, a tool that will enable it to look at its most carbon-intensive sectors and clients and measure their progress toward reducing global warming.

Citigroup is also aiming for a 45 pct CO2 emission reduction reduction in its operations by 2025 from a 2010 baseline and, to that end, aims to only use renewable electricity to power its facilities globally by the end of 2020.

In 2019, Citigroup assets totaled $1.951 trillion, equity totaled $193 billion and net income came in at $19.471 billion. (Source: Citigroup, PR, MarketScreener, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Citigroup, www.citigroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Citigroup,  Low Carbon Energy,  


Nordex Delivers Turbines for UKA German Project (Int'l. Report)
Nordex, UKA
Date: 2020-07-31
Nordex reports the delivery of three N149/4.0-4.5 turbines for Meissen, Germany-based wind developer UKA Group's 13.5MW Leeskow 2 and 4 wind project in Lower Lusatia in Brandenburg.

The project is part of a 300MW, 2020 framework agreement covering different turbines from the Delta4000 series, in addition to the N149/4.0-4.5, in particular the 5MW turbines N149/5.X and N163/5.X. (Source: Nordex, PR, Website, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: UKA Group, +49 35 21 7 28 06-0, +49 35 21 7 28 06-410 -- fax, US Office (561) 264 – 8670, info@uka-group.com, www.uka-group.com; Nordex, Felix Losada, +49 40 300 30 1000, +49 40 300 30 1101, flosada@nordex-online.com, www.nordex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordex,  UKA,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


World's Largest "Green" Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-07-31
The world's largest green hydrogen project has formally kicked off in Denmark. The project is being led by Copenhagen Airport; shipping giant A.P.Moller-Maersk; transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina; shipping and logistics firm DFDS; airline SAS and Danish energy company Orsted, the City of Copenhagen with technical and management support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Denmark-based international engineering, environmental science and economics consultants COWI.

The project will establish a 1.3 GW electrolysis facility in the Greater Copenhagen area capable of generating hydrogen from water in a process that will be powered entirely with offshore wind power. The 'green' hydrogen generated by the project can be used as fuel for heavy road vehicles and/or converted into e-methanol for maritime shipping and e-kerosene for aviation fuel.

At full capacity, the new Danish facility could reportedly reduce carbon emissions from transport by 850,000 tonnes, charting the course for green agenda leading European countries to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target. The facility is expected to open in 2023 with a 10-MW electrolysis capacity. (Source: EU, Consultancy.eu , 30 July, 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


Solar Replacing NM Coal-Fired Power Station (Ind. Report)
New Mexico, Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) reports it has voted to end coal-fired power generation in San Juan County inthe state's Four Corners region. Accordingly, the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) utility is slated to exit the San Juan Generating Station in 2022 in favor of 100 pct renewable energy power generation with battery energy storage capacity as mandated by the state. New Mexico has mandated the state move to 100 pct carbon-free electricity generation by 2050.

The proposed switch from coal to renewables includes 650 MW of solar resources and 300 MW of battery storage resources, with 430 MW of solar and $447 million worth of capital investments located within the Central Consolidated School District in San Juan County. Another 520 MW of renewable energy and roughly $500 million of capital investment would be located in McKinley County and the Jicarilla Apache reservation in Rio Arriba County. (Source: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, NM Political Report, 30 July, 2020) Contact: New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, 888-427-5772, www.nmprc.state.nm.us; PNM, www.pnm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Coal,  PNM,  Solar,  


Middle East's Largest Wind Project Construction Progresses (Int'l.)
EDF Renewables, MASDAR
Date: 2020-07-31
In Saudi Arabia, the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal utility-scale wind farm being developed by EDF Renewables in partnership with Masdar is reporting receipt of 20 Vestas turbines, towers, blades and nacelles to be assembled at the Dumat Al Jandal site 900 km north of Riyadh.

Vestas will supply a total 99 Vestas V150-4.2MW turbines and is responsible for the project's engineering, procurement and construction under an (EPC) contract.

Dumat Al Jandal will be Saudi Arabia's first wind farm and the largest in the Middle East when completed and commissioned in Q1, 2022 when it will generate sufficient power for as many as 70,000 Saudi households while displacing around 988,000 tpy of CO2. (Source: MASDAR, July, 2020) Contact: MASDAR, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae; EDF Renewables, www.edf-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News EDF Renewables,  MASDAR,  Wind,  


MHI, CIP Reporting Japan Offshore Wind JV (Int'l. Report)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-07-31
Tokyo-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) are reporting a 50/50 a joint venture to develop offshore wind projects off the coast of Hokkaido, in Japan.

MHI has established a presence within offshore wind via the joint venture MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, which is expanding into the Asian Pacific.

CIP is a global fund management company within renewable infrastructure investments established in 2012, having seven funds with approximately €10bn under management, investing in offshore wind, onshore wind, power transmission, biomass, energy-from-waste and solar projects. CIP entered the Japanese renewable energy market in 2018. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, renews, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; MHI , www.mhi.com/mitsubishi-heavy-industries-ltd-global-website; MHI Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MHI Vestas,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners,  Japan Offshore Wind,  Offshore Wind,  Vestas,  


Petro Nova CCS Facility Mothballed (Ind. Report)
Petro Nova, NRG Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
Houston-headquartered power utility NRG Energy confirmed to the Australian Financial Review that it has mothballed its Petra Nova carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility in Texas due to its poor financial performance.

Since coming online in Jan., 2017, Petra Nova, the world's largest coal-fired power plant post-combustion CO2 capture system, captured over 3.9 million short (US) tons of CO2 which was used to produce over 4.2 million barrels of oil through enhanced oil recovery (EOR). (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, NRG Energy, Australia Financial Review, 30 July, 2020)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; NRG Energy, Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (609) 524-4500, www.nrgenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  Petro Nova,  NRG Energy,  CCS,  


GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
Fourth Wave Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199, info@fourthwaveenergy.com, www.fourthwaveenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fourth Wave Energy,  Solar,  


  • Envision Commissions 90 MW Yucatan Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Envision Group,Vive Energia
    Date: 2020-07-31
    Envision Group is reporting commissioning of the 90-MW, 300 GWh per year Peninsula Wind Farm project in Yucatan, Mexico. The project incorporates 36 Envision 2.5 MW onshore wind turbines and is Vive Energia's second and largest t project in Mexico.

    The project is jointly owned and developed by Envision Energy, Mexican developer Vive Energia, and Spanish conglomerate ACS, and has two Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in place. (Source: Envision Group, PR 30 July, 2020) Contact: Envision Energy, Rafael Valdez Mingramm, Managing Director Latin America, www.envision-group.com; Vive Energia, +52 55 2167 3120, www.viveenergia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Envision Group,  Wind,  Vive Energia,  


    Valero Reports Q2 Ethanol, Renewable Diesel Results (Ind. Report)
    Valero Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    San Antonio-based Valero Energy Corporation is reporting net income attributable to Valero stockholders of $1.3 billion for Q2 of 2020 compared to net income of $612 million, or $1.47 per share, for the same period in 2019.

    Renewable Diesel -- The renewable diesel segment reported $129 million of operating income for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $77 million for the second quarter of 2019. After adjusting for the retroactive blender's tax credit, renewable diesel operating income was $145 million for the second quarter of 2019. Renewable diesel sales volumes averaged 795,000 gpd -- up 26,000 gpd from Q2, 2019.

    Ethanol -- The ethanol segment reported $91 million of operating income for the second quarter of 2020, compared to $7 million for the same period in 2019. Excluding the LCM inventory valuation adjustment, the second quarter 2020 adjusted operating loss was $20 million. Ethanol production volumes averaged 2.3 million gpd n the second quarter of 2020 down 2.2 million gpd from the second quarter of 2019. The decrease in adjusted operating income was attributed primarily to lower margins resulting from lower ethanol prices and lower throughput. (Source: Valero, PR, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Valero Renewable Fuels, Joe Gorder, Pres., Homer Bhullar, VP Investor Relations, 210-345-1982, www.valero.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valero Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  Ethanol,  


    RI DEM Awards $4.3Mn to Climate Resilience Projects (Funding)
    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In Providence, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reports the awarding of $4,360,600 in matching grants to 13 municipalities and community organizations for climate resilience projects across Rhode Island.

    The grants will fund 14 projects to restore and improve the climate resilience of vulnerable coastal habitats, as well as river and stream floodplains and related habitats. Funding includes $4 million from the 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond, along with $360,600 from the 2014 and 2016 Green Economy Bonds for flood mitigation and storm water.

    Individual grants ranged from $60,000 to $500,000.

    Grant applications were evaluated and scored by a review committee consisting of members of DEM, RI Infrastructure Bank and RI Coastal Resources Management Council. (Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management , PR, GoLocalProv News, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Janet Coit, Director, 401-222-4700, www.dem.ri.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management,  Climate Change,  


    Sarajevo Scores EBRD Energy Efficiency Support (Int'l. Report)
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) reports it is extending a €8 million loan to help the city of Sarajevo (pop. 360,000) increase city building energy efficiency. The funding is in addition to a €2 million EU grant for the refurbishment of 40 school and health buildings in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    The energy efficiency works are a priority project under the Green City Action Plan for the Sarajevo Canton. The expected energy savings are estimated to be around 13.7 GWh and would result in 4,774 tpy of CO2 savings. Energy efficiency measures will include the introduction of cleaner and more efficient heating, better insulation, better lighting and overall improvements.

    The 43-member EBRD Green Cities initiative is designed to help cities articulate a sustainable development vision and their strategic objectives as well as define actions and investments necessary to address priority environmental issues. (Source: EBRD, New Europe, 30 July, 2020) Contact: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, www.ebrd.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,  EBRD,  Energy Efficiency ,  


    Bay State Offers C-PACE Energy Efficiency Financing (Ind. Report)
    Property Assessed Clean Energy,PACE
    Date: 2020-07-31
    Commercial landlords and nonprofits in 22 Massachusetts communities have a new option for financing energy-efficiency upgrades. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Massachusetts program applies to commercial and industrial buildings, multifamily buildings with five or more units and buildings owned by nonprofits.

    The PACE program, which is administered by MassDevelopment and the Department of Energy Resources, requires that energy savings pay for the cost of improvements. Projects can be financed up to 20 years.

    The PACE program is available to building owners in the following participating communities: Acton, Agawam, Amesbury, Barnstable, Devens, Erving, Fall River, Fitchburg, Franklin, Gardner, Greenfield, Lexington, New Bedford, North Adams, Northampton, Orange, Pittsfield, Randolph, Rockland, Wendell, West Springfield and Yarmouth. Specifics on the guidelines and application materials are available at massdevelopment.com/pace. (Source: Various Media, Banker & Tradesman, 30 July, 2020)Contact: C-PACE Alliance, Cliff Kellogg (202) 744-1984, ckellogg@c-pacealliance.com, www.cpacealliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Property Assessed Clean Energy,  PACE,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Grassley Seeks $3Bn for Iowa Ethanol Ind. Relief (Ind. Report)
    Chuck Grassley
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In Des Moines, Hawkeye State senator Chuck Grassley (R) is calling for the uncertain at best Republican Senate's COVID-19 relief proposal earmarking $20 billion for agriculture, should direct $3 billion to support the state's struggling ethanol industry.

    Iowa's ethanol industry can produce more than 4.1 billion gpy from more than 1.3 billion bushels of corn. This comes from the 42 corn ethanol plants and two cellulosic plants operating across the state. (Source: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Capital Dispatch, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Office of Sen. Chuck Grassley, www.grassley.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley,  Ethanol,  


    Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy, SustainRNG
    Date: 2020-07-31
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility giant Duke Energy reports it has taken a minority stake in SustainRNG, a company that plans to capture bovine emissions of methane on dairy farms in the Southwest with the potential scale up nationwide. SustainRNG's first farm-based project is slated to start in late 2021.

    Methane is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy PR, BNN, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, www.sustainrng.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Duke Energy,  SustainRNG,  Methane,  Biogas,  


    Biden Takes a Stand on Climate Change (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The 2020 US Democratic presidential presumptive candidate Joe Biden's campaign has released the following position on clean energy and climate change:

  • Democrats commit to eliminating carbon pollution from power plants by 2035.

  • Wind and solar energy will be increased dramatically through the installation of 500 million solar panels and 60,000 made-in-America wind turbines.

  • Any clean energy infrastructure financed with federal support "through the tax code" should include robust wage and labor requirements.

  • Fossil fuel subsidies will be repealed.

  • California's primacy in Clean Air Act regulation of cars and trucks will be recognized and protected.

  • Oil and gas methane pollution will be reduced by the application of "robust" federal standards and targeted support for repairing and replacing aging distribution systems.

  • By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will "incentivize" tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments to retrofit the energy efficiency of four million buildings.

  • The country's entire fleet of school buses will transition to zero-emission buses to reduce harmful air pollution within five years.

  • The US will rejoin the the Paris Climate Agreement. A new Executive Order should be issued on climate and environmental Justice. There will be a strong emphasis on building environmental justice governmental institutions and practices. An environmental justice fund will be created to make "historic investments" in low-income communities, and remediating Superfund and other contaminated sites will address other issues afflicting these communities. Democrats will employ screening and mapping tools to ensure racial and socio-economic equity in federal climate, energy and infrastructure programs.

  • Fossil fuel companies will be held accountable for cleaning up abandoned mine lands ,oil and gas wells and industrial facilities so they can be safely "repurposed," especially in the coal country.

  • Innovative technologies will be advanced that create cost-effective pathways for industries to decarbonize, including carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and "advanced nuclear" that eliminates risks associated with conventional nuclear technology.

  • America's natural carbon sinks on public lands will be increased by ensuring 30 percent of our lands and waters are conserved by 2030.

  • A new "climate test" will be applied to ensure that all major domestic and international infrastructure projects that require federal approval will avoid or minimize climate impacts, including impacts from export terminals.

  • The Federal Government should be reorganized by transforming the CEQ into a Council on Climate Change; establish a new office of Environmental Justice within the Department of Justice; create an Office of Climate Mobilization in the White House; establish a White House Council on frontline Environmental Justice where community and national leaders would inform the design and execution of climate change laws, policies and programs.

    Editor's Note: To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates , this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy and climate change if and when his position paper is released.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Clean Energy,  


  • Energy Efficiency Included in Biden's Platform (Opinions & Asides)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The 2020 US Democratic presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden's position paper on clean energy and climate change includes the following energy efficiency measures:

    "By 2030, all new buildings will achieve the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Within five years, the Democrats will 'incentivize' tens of billions of dollars in private-sector investments for energy efficiency retrofits for four million buildings."

    Editor's Note -- To ensure unbiased and equal coverage to all candidates, this publication will provide detailed coverage of the incumbent Republican Donald Trump's position on clean energy,climate change and energy efficiency if and when his position paper is ever released.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    NC Energy Efficiency Helping Home Fund Lands $6Mn (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2020-07-31
    In North Carolina, the Energy Efficiency for All (EEFA) project partners are reporting a settlement with Duke Energy in the pending rate cases that includes a $6 million contribution over two years to the state's Helping Home Fund. The Fund delivers a suite of energy efficiency improvements and critical health and safety repairs, including heating and cooling upgrades and appliance replacement. The settlement also included a commitment to develop new energy-efficiency pilot programs in North Carolina that will serve the needs of low-income households.

    As of 2018, the Helping Home Fund has assisted over 4,300 North Carolinians most burdened by high energy bills. A study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and EEFA found the median household in Charlotte, for example, spent 4 pct of their income on energy, while the median low-income household spent about twice that much. And the most under-resourced households spent more than 3.5 times as much.

    The Helping Home Fund is administered by the North Carolina Community Action Association and provides funding for its member agencies that provide energy efficiency weatherization assistance to low-income households. (Source: Duke Energy, NRDC, 31 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Helping Home Fund, www.duke-energy.com/home/products/income-qualified/helping-home-fund; EFFA, www.eefa.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy news,  Energy Efficiency news,  


    Notable Quote -- Grassley Comments on Hawkeye State Ethanol
    Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-31
    "As the number one producer of corn, ethanol, biodiesel and cellulosic ethanol, the renewable fuels industry is an important sector of Iowa's economy. It generates nearly $5 billion of Iowa's GDP, over $2.4 billion in household incomes and supports 47,000 jobs across Iowa." -- Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) Contact: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), www.grassley.senate.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chuck Grassley news,  Ethanol news,  Iowa Ethanol news,  


    BluEarth Renewables, RBC Ink Solar Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
    BluEarth Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Calgary, Alberta-headquartered independent renewable energy power producer and developer BluEarth Renewables Inc. is reporting a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the country's largest bank, and partner Bullfrog Power, each of which will purchase 31,500 MWh of solar power per year.

    The PPA will support construction of two solar farms in southeast Alberta which, when completed in completed April, 2021, will generate 80,000 MWh per year.

    RBC is targeting a 70 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and increasing sourcing of renewable and non-emitting electricity to 100 pct by 2025. (Source: BluEarth Renewables, Website, 28 July, 2020) Contact: BluEarth Renewables, (403) 668-1575, info@bluearthrenewables.com, www. bluearthrenewables.com; Bullfrog Power, Ron Seftel, CEO, Jon McKay, Corporate Communications Manager, (416) 360.3464 ext. 239, jon.mckay@bullfrogpower.com, www.bullfrogpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bullfrog,  BluEarth Renewables,  Solar,  Bullfrog Power,  


    BASF Calculates CO2 Footprint of 45,000 Products (Int'l. Report)
    BASF
    Date: 2020-07-29
    German global chemicals giant BASF will provide its customers with total values of CO2 emissions -- carbon footprints -- for all of its products. The Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) comprises all product-related greenhouse gas emissions that occur until the BASF product leaves the factory gate for the customer: from the purchased raw material to the use of energy in production processes.

    BASF will start with selected product and customer segments in the coming months and plans to make PCF data available for the entire portfolio by the end of 2021.

    BASF SE is the largest chemical producer in the world. The BASF Group comprises subsidiaries and joint ventures in more than 80 countries and operates six integrated production sites and 390 other production sites in Europe, Asia, Australia, the Americas and Africa. (Source: BASF, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: BASF, Andreas Bode, Program Leader for Carbon Management R&D, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Footprint,  


    UK's East Anglia One Offshore Wind Farm Completed (Int'l. Report)
    Scottish Power Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-29
    In the UK, Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power Renewables is reporting completion of the £2.5 billion ($3.219 billion), 714 MW, East Anglia One offshore wind farm roughly 20 miles of the Suffolk coast.

    East Anglia One, with 102 turbines, is a joint venture between Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power Renewables and Edinburgh-based Green Investment Group (GIG), owned by the Australian investment bank Macquarie. When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient energy for 630,000 homes or more. (Source: Scottish Power Renewables, Website, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Green Investment Group, +44 (0) 330 123 2167, www.greeninvestmentgroup.com; Scottish Power Renewables, +44 0 141 614 0000, www.scottishpowerrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power Renewables,  Renewable Energy,  Offshore Wind,  East Anglia One,  


    LG Solar Launches High Efficiency Modules in US (Ind. Report)
    LG Solar
    Date: 2020-07-29
    LG Business Solutions reports the U.S. launch of the latest "LG NeON® 2" 60-cell solar modules featuring higher efficiency and greater performance characteristics than current models.

    The new modules feature a power class of up to 365 watts with a 21.1 pct module efficiency. With a better temperature coefficient, they also deliver a higher energy yield optimized for improved year-round performance. LG achieved the efficiency improvement by using larger wafers which reduce the white space between cells while keeping the traditional industry format of 60 cells for residential applications, according to the release. (Source: LG Business Solution,s PR, Website, Aug, 2020) Contact: LG, www.LG.com/solar

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Solar,  Solar Cell,  Solar Cell Efficiency,  


    LafargeHolcim Intros ECOPact Low-Carbon Concrete (Ind. Report)
    LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Chicago-based Aggregate Industries, a member of the LafargeHolcim family of companies in the US, is reporting the introduction of the ECOPact low-carbon concrete brand in the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions.

    ECOPact is sold at a range of low-carbon levels, from 30 pct to 100 pct less carbon emissions compared to ordinary (CEM1) concrete. Up to 80 pct less carbon is achieved primarily through the use of lower CO2-intensive materials. For a fully carbon-neutral solution, the last 20 pct is reached through offsets with certified carbon projects.

    In the United States, LafargeHolcim's low-carbon products and solutions portfolio includes low-carbon concrete, low-clinker cements, recycled aggregates and services that promote sustainability. LafargeHolcim companies include close to 350 sites in 43 U.S. states. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, July, 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim, Jay Moreau, CEO, US Aggregates and Construction Materials, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Low-Carbon Cement,  Cement,  Carbon Emissions ,  


    San Antonio Utility Advancing Clean Energy Plan (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy
    Date: 2020-07-29
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio city-owned utility CPS Energy reports it is moving ahead on two major green energy initiatives -- one to increase the amount of energy generated by solar power and other sources and the second to allow large companies to buy power from clean energy providers.

    Overall, the initiative is expected to add more than 900 MW of solar power, almost doubling the utility's solar power generating capacity with additional battery storage capacity adding another 50 MW of power. A third component adds 500 MW of energy from new energy technology. The utility currently has more than 5,000 MW of generating capacity.

    The utility has issued a Request for Information (RFI) from energy companies on how much they would charge the utility to provide the above two initiatives alternative power. CPS Energy expects to solicit formal bids by early 2021.

    San Antonio's climate action and adaption plan calls for reducing greenhouse gas emission to net zero by 2050. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, San Antonio Express, 28 July, 2020) Contact: CPS Energy, Chris Eugster, CEO, www.cpsenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy ,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    Landsec Touting Net Zero Carbon Commercial Development (Int'l.)
    Landsec
    Date: 2020-07-29
    In the UK, London-based property developer Landsec is reporting progress in its plans for what aims to be the UK's first net zero carbon commercial building --The Forge -- a 139,000 sq ft office development in Southwark, London. The project aimes to be the first UK commercial building to meet UK Green Building Council's (UKGBC) net zero carbon buildings framework and associated energy performance targets. Landsec notes all future developments will be built to, and operate in line with, UKGBC's net zero carbon buildings framework.

    In November, Landsec became the first UK REIT to align its carbon reduction target to a 1.5 degree C pathway of global warming. The externally approved science-based target will see Landsec reduce absolute carbon emissions by 70 pct from a 2014 baseline over the next ten years aimed at becoming a net zero carbon business by 2030. Landsec is one of the largest real estate companies in Europe with a £12.8 billion portfolio spanning 24 million sq ft of retail, leisure, workspace and residential hubs, with a growing focus on London. (Source: Landsec, Pr, July, 2020) Contact: Landsec, Mark Allen, CEO, +44 (0) 20 7413 9000, enquiries@landsec.com, www.landsec.com; UKGBC, Julie Hirigoyen, info@ukgbc.org, www.ukgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  UK Green Building Council news,  


    Climeworks Announces Iceland Carbon Capture Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Climeworks
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Zurich-headquartered carbon capture technology specialist Climeworks AG is reporting its first carbon removal plant located on the slopes of an active volcano in south-west Iceland.

    The plant is powered by waste heat from a geothermal energy plant using direct air carbon capture technology (DAC).

    Climeworks technology consist of modular CO2 collectors that can be stacked to build machines of any size. Climeworks direct air capture machines are powered solely by renewable energy or energy-from-waste. Grey emissions are below 10 pct, which means that out of 100 tons of carbon dioxide that our machines capture from the air, at least 90 tons are permanently removed and only up to 10 tons are re-emitted, according to the company website. (Source: Climeworks, BTN News, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Climeworks, Jan Wurzbacher, co-founder and co-director, +41 44 533 2999, www.climeworks.com

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    WEC Energy Taking 85 pct Stake in S.D. Wind Farm (M&A, Ind. Report)
    WEC Energy,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Milwaukee-headquartered WEC Energy Group reports it will pay $235 million for an 85 pct ownership interest in Tatanka Ridge Wind Farm, under construction in Deuel County, South Dakota.

    The Tatanka Ridge project is being developed by Avangrid Renewables, LLC, and will incorporate 56 wind turbines totaling 155 MW capacity. The project is expected to come online early in 2021 and has a long-term PPA for 100 pct of its energy output. WEC Energy Group investment is expected to be eligible for 100 pct bonus depreciation, The deal is subject to regulatory approvals.

    WEC Energy Group principal utilities include: We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: WEC Energy Group, 414-221-2345, www.wecenergygroup.com; Avangrid Renewables, www.avangridren.com

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    Greenfield Global's Irish Facility Construction Completed (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Toronto, Ontario-headquartered ethanol and solvents provider Greenfield Global is reporting the completion of construction on its new 3,800 sq-meter European manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland.

    The new facility will be one of the first nearly zero-energy buildings constructed under the new European standards calling for high energy performance levels and power drawn from renewable resources. Renewable energy is one part of Greenfield's business, which also focuses on speciality and chemical ingredients, beverages and distilled spirits, and agribusiness. The company has 12 operating facilities in North America, according to the release. (Source: Greenfield Global, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

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    UK Carbon Emissions Negative by 2033, says National Grid (Int'l.)
    National Grid ESO
    Date: 2020-07-29
    According to a new research report from London-headquartered National Grid ESO, carbon emission from the UK's electricity systems could turn negative as early as 2033 and reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier with "immediate action across all key policy areas and technologies" -- fundamental changes for energy consumers, particularly in heating, transportation, and energy efficiency.

    National Grid expects a significant boom in renewable energy projects, an extensive rollout of electric vehicles, significant transformation and reductions in consumer energy consumption, and better energy efficiency. The report also notes the on-going Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the energy landscape in the future. (Source: National Grid ESO, PR, July, 2020) Contact: National Grid ESO, Mark Herring, Head of Strategy, +44 (0) 1926 65 3000, www.nationalgrideso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Grid ESO,  Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  


    WindFloat Atlantic Operating at Full Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    Vestas Offshore ,Principle Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is reporting installation of the third and last V164-8.4 MW wind turbine on Principle Power's semi-submersible WindFloat Atlantic test platform 20 km off the Portuguese coast. The V164-8.4 MW wind turbines are the largest commercially-operating wind turbines installed offshore on floating platforms anywhere in the world.

    WindFloat Atlantic is the first floating offshore wind farm in continental Europe, and will deliver an installed capacity of 25 MW -- sufficient power for 60,000 consumers in one year. The WindFloat Atlantic project was developed by the Windplus consortium, made up of EDP Renewables, Engie, Repsol and Principle Power. (Source: MHI Vestas, PR, reve, 28 July, 2020) Contact: Principle Power, (510) 280- 5180, www.principlepowerinc.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Principle Power,  Vestas,  WindFloat,  Offshore Wind,  Wind Turbine,  MHI Vestas,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP),  


    Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

    Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

    The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

    Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

    Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

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    Notable Carbon Quote from BASF
    BASF
    Date: 2020-07-29
    "We (BASF) think activities have to focus on avoiding CO2 emissions from the start. You might wonder why we call it carbon management, rather than decarbonization, a term many people are using. The chemical industry cannot be decarbonized because chemistry means chemical transformation and this is the lifeblood of the chemical industry. Most of the important substances that we use every day consist of a high degree of carbon. We can not and should not do without carbon, but we can manage it." -- Dr. Martin Brudermuller, BASF, Chief Technology Officer. Contact: BASF, Dr. Martin Brudermuller, www.basf.com/global/en/investors/basf-at-a-glance/corporate-governance/board-of-executive-directors/dr-martin-brudermueller.html

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


    India's Praj Ind., ARAI Green Fuel Alliance Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer Praj Industries Ltd. and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a MoA to jointly drive the development and use of advanced and alternative fuels in industry and transportation.

    As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings its three decades expertise in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO business mode l to the joint effort. ARAI, as a R&D major, brings its experience in CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol to the joint agreement.

    With their complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies, according to the Praj release. (Source: Praj Industries Ltd., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Automotive Research Association of India, Shri Nitn B Dhande, Bus. Dev., dhande.dts@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries news,  Alternative Fuel news,  CNG news,  Biofuel news,  Ethanol news,  


    Stem, COPEC South American JV Announced (Ind. Report)
    Stem
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Millbrae, California-based artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services specialist Stem Inc. and COPEC, a leading South American energy and mobility company, have announced a partnership to bring Stem's technology to Chile and Colombia.

    The agreement follows the $30 million investment made in August 2019 in Stem by WIND Ventures, COPEC'S corporate venture capital (CVC). WIND Ventures invests in entrepreneurs working to build tomorrow's energy, mobility, and retail companies, according to its website.

    Under this agreement, COPEC will leverage Stem's expertise in design, deployment, and project financing of energy storage projects. The companies will collaborate on expansion in the region, working with communities, regulators, utilities and commercial entities to incorporate Stem's Athena™ AI-enabled energy storage software solution in both Chile and Colombia. The Athena platform has accumulated more than 14.5 million runtime hours, and Stem has more than 1,000 operating projects and 790MWh enrolled in its network.

    Initial projects include an energy storage installation at a COPEC manufacturing facility located in Valparaiso Region, Chile, with several additional sites to be deployed in the coming months. Stem's Athena platform will aggregate this stored energy, helping to create the region's first virtual power plant. (Source: STEM, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: STEM, John Carrington, www.stem.com; COPEC, WINDVentures, www.windventures.vc

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stem,  Energy Storage,  


    CleanSpark Reports Southern Cal. Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract a contract to provide controls and storage for a commercial microgrid located in Southern California. This microgrid project is designed to provide economic optimization and cost avoidance, as well as energy resiliency for the facility. CleanSpark's patented mPulse controls platform will manage a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) paired with photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.

    CleanSpark offers software and intelligent controls for microgrid and distributed energy resource management systems and innovative strategy and design services. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: CleanSpark Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, Investor Relations, (801)-244-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanSpark,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  


    REGI Inks Calif. REG Ultra Clean® Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) is reporting an agreement with Sacramento, California-based petroleum products distributor Hunt & Sons, Inc. to supply REG Ultra Clean ® at 12 locations in Northern California.

    REG Ultra Clean is a premium renewable fuel and one of the lowest carbon intensity liquid transportation fuels on the market today which enables businesses to achieve sustainability targets with the performance they expect, according to the REGI release. (Source: REGI, PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: REGI, REG Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Gary Haer, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    TerraX, SWEN Impact Fund Biomethane JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
    TerraX
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Italian renewable gas projects developer TerraX is reporting a joint venture with the SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), managed by SWEN Capital Partners, the first European impact fund entirely dedicated to the financing of renewable gas infrastructure to invest in biomethane.

    The joint venture will construct and operate 10 or more biomethane projects to produce renewable gas in Italy, which will be injected into the networks or marketed as bio-LNG. Once operational in 2022, the plants will produce enough energy to supply 100 heavy trucks and reduce emissions by 90 pct.

    According to the company's website, the company's "mission is to spread and to improve new technologies for our projects in the field of anaerobic digestion and biomass gasification, designing and investing in eco-sustainable and innovative solutions, which produce value for the planet and for those who intend to operate consciously in it. We provide new technologies, projects and services for a greener future." (Source: TerraX, PR, Website, Valdosta Gazette, 29 July, 2020) Contact: TerraX, Michael Neiderbacher, CEO , +39 0471 19 57 174, info@terrax.it, www.terrax.it

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  bio-LNG,  


    ACE Comments on COVID-19 Economic Relief Pkg, (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Late yesterday, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his coronavirus economic relief package including $20 billion in relief to be used by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in addition to the $14 billion in funding the previously enacted CARES Act provides USDA via the Commodity Credit Corporation account. This marks the next step toward supplying much needed assistance to the renewable fuels sector. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings believes ethanol producers, considered 'processors' under any commonsense definition of the term, would be prime candidates to receive a portion of USDA's increased discretionary funds in this proposal. While Jennings welcomed the inclusion of the assistance, he urged for more specific language in the following reaction:

    "We are grateful Senate leaders have responded to our request for economic relief to biofuel producers in the phase four stimulus, however, Congress gave USDA the flexibility to provide relief for renewable fuel producers in the last package and USDA declined to exercise it. While Senator McConnell's bill is more specific about processors of ag commodities, it still leaves discretion to USDA which has so far failed to use the authority to support our industry.

    "As I stated in my recent letter to Senators McConnell and Schumer, direct aid for biofuel producers is long overdue. That is why we support and urged inclusion of the Grassley-Klobuchar bill which makes direct assistance certain. Ethanol producers have acted as an economic bridge for U.S. farmers when they purchased corn before the extent of the pandemic was known. It is only fair to aid the ethanol industry which has fronted cash to farm economies.

    "We will continue to urge for more specific language in the final bill. Fortunately, momentum appears to be in our favor since both the House-passed Heroes Act and Senate proposal contain relief provisions. Now we need to ensure the legislative details are correct as there should be no reason direct assistance for ethanol producers doesn't make it in the final phase four bill. ACE urges grassroots advocates to contact their lawmakers and ask them to include biofuel producer relief in the final coronavirus relief package and to get it done before the August recess." (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, 29 July, 2020) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Ethanol Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote -- Ethanol and the Coronavirus
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2020-07-29
    "The important context here is that a lot of the ethanol industry was hanging on by a string before the coronavirus hit. And we're seeing unprecedented demand destruction right now, so undoubtedly, 2020 is going to be a bloodbath for the industry." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol , April, 2020. Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381 ext. 3389, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol news,  


    Global Offshore Wind Project Pipeline Up 30 pct (Int'l. Report)
    RenewableUK
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the UK, according RenewableUK's latest Offshore Wind Project Intelligence, the global pipeline of offshore wind energy projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has grown by 30 pct in the last 12 months from 122 GW to 159 GW.

    The report notes the UK dominates the market with a pipeline of 38.9 GW -- a quarter of the global total. China has 19.3 GW -- an increase of 7.3 GW, up 60 pct. The US grew from 15.7 GW to 17.8 GW, an increase of 13 pct while Germany has 16.5 GW --almost the same over the last 12 months. Taiwan's project pipeline grew by 28 pct from 8.9 GW to 11.4 GW.

    The top five countries represent 65 pct of the total global pipeline, with 104 GW of capacity between them. Europe has 60 pct of the pipeline with 96 GW. In terms of operational capacity, the UK still leads the world with 9.7 GW, Germany is second at 7.5 GW, China third with 3.3 GW, Belgium fourth at 1.8 GW and Denmark fifth with 1.7GW, according to the report. (Source: RenewableUK, July, 2020) Contact: RenewableUK, Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 -- fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

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    Climate Change Notable Quote from Former ExxonMobil CEO
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2020-07-27
    "Whether or not anything we do will ultimately influence it (climate change) remains to be seen. One day we'll know the answer to that, but our ability to predict the answer to that is quite complicated." -- Rex Tillerson, Former ExxonMobil CEO, former Trump administration U.S. Sec. of State

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    2 GW Abu Dhabi Solar Power Project Partners Announced (Int'l.)
    Emirates Water and Electricity Company
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the UAE, the Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) reports the award for the 2 GW Al Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer (IPP) project went to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and MASDAR, with partners EDF and JinkoPower.

    The project, the world's largest such facility will be located roughly 35 kilometers from Abu Dhabi city, has signed power purchase and shareholders' agreements with EWEC. When fully operational, the plant is projected generate sufficient energy for as many as 160,000 households and to reduce Abu Dhabi's CO2 emissions by more than 2.4 million metric tpy -- equivalent to removing approximately 470,000 cars from the road. It will also increase Abu Dhabi's total solar power capacity to approximately 3.2 GW. (Source: EWEC, Utilities Middle East, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Emirates Water and Electricity Company, www.ewec.ae/en/home; JinkoSolar, www.jinkosolar.com; MASDAR, MASDAR, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae;EDF RE, www.edf-re.com

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    Haifa University Develops Watermelon Waste Ethanol (Int'l.)
    University of Haifa
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Israeli researchers at the University of Haifa (Oranim), report finding a method to utilize watermelon waste for biofuel . The researchers produced ethanol from an Israeli Malali watermelon strain, grown only for its seeds, as part of the nut industry. Thus, the watermelon rind and flesh , which together make up 97 pct of the watermelon's weight, are waste and a suitable feedstock for ethanol production.

    The University of Haifa researchers also found that watermelon waste could be used to produce lycopene, a dietary supplement sold as an antioxidant. (Source: University of Haifa, Ynet, 25 July, 2020) Contact: University of Haifa, +972 4-824-0111, www.haifa.ac.il/index.php/en/home-eng

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    USAID, MNRE Announce New Clean Energy Partnership (Ind. Report)
    US Agency for International Development
    Date: 2020-07-27
    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have announced a collaborative partnership between the SAID-supported South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) and MNRE's national technical institutions.

    The SAGE partnership will provide a formal platform for collaboration on clean energy development and provide advanced technical knowledge on clean energy development from the US DOE National Laboratories to MNRE's National Institute of Wind Energy, National Institute of Biomass Energy, and others.

    The SAGE consortium includes USAID, the US Department of Energy and three of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories -- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Source: USAID, EconimicTimes India, July, 2020) Contact: USAID, www.usaid.gov

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    JinkoSolar Claims Monocrystalline Silicon Cell Efficiency Record (Int'l)
    JinkoSolar
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Shangrao, China-based solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. is reporting the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its large-area N-type monocrystalline silicon solar cells reached 24.79 pct -- a world record for large-size contact-passivated solar cells. This result was independently confirmed by the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin (ISFH), Germany.

    The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell was fabricated on a CZ mono-Si substrate with a practical size of 267.72cm2. Several advanced technologies have been implemented to achieve this new record of 24.79 pct, including passivating contact technologies, advanced diffusion system, surface passivation and advanced anti-reflection technologies, as well as material upgrades integrated into the cell process. The record-breaking mono-crystalline silicon solar cell will be gradually applied to product production, according to the release. (Source: JinkoSolar, PR, July, 2020) Contact: JinkoSolar, www.jinkosolar.com; Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hamelin, +49 5151 999100, www.isfh.de

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    Energy Storage Key in W. Australia Renewables Package (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Storage
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In the Land Down Under, the Government of Western Australia State is touting the launch of a $66.3 million Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package focused on clean energy, efficiency and energy storage technologies and projects that will create jobs, reduce energy costs and improve Western Australia's renewable energy footprint.

    The Regional Infrastructure Stimulus package includes an additional 50 standalone power systems, the installation of nine Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in nine regional communities, and infrastructure upgrades in remote Aboriginal communities.

    Each BESS project will require three months to deliver and reduce generation costs by up to $322,000 per year.

    The Recovery Plan will help drive Western Australia State's economic and social recovery following the devastating impacts of COVID-19, according to the release. (Source: Gov. Western Australia, Mirage, 26 July, 2020) Contact: Gov. of Western Australia, Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, www.wa.gov.au › government › people › bill-johnston

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

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

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

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    ENGIE, EDP Launch Ocean Winds (Ind. Report)
    ENGIE, EDP
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Global energy companies ENGIE and EDP have announced the launch of a new offshore wind energy company, Ocean Winds as the exclusive investment vehicle of ENGIE and EDP within the global offshore wind market.

    Ocean Winds (OW) is equally controlled by both companies and aims to become one of the top five offshore global operators by combining the industrial and development capacity of both parent companies. (Source: ENGIE, EDP. Smart Energy, 23 July, 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, www.engie.com/en; EDP Renewables, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

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    Trina Solar Launches New 600 Watt Solar Panels (Int'l. Report)
    Trina Solar
    Date: 2020-07-27
    Shanghai-headquartered Trina Solar Co., Ltd. is reporting the launch of two 600 Watt Vertex series solar panels -- a further increase in power from the 500W+ modules the firm launched earlier in the year.

    "By virtue of low-voltage and high-module string power output, the new Vertex series unlocks huge potential for further reducing balance-of-system costs. The modules will help reduce the levelized cost of energy across various applications and maximize customer value," said Zhang Yingbin, head of product strategy and value management at Trina Solar.

    The company notes it expects to begin mass production of its 550 Watt series later this year, according to the release. (Source: Trina Solar, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Trina Solar, www.trinasolar.com

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