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UK Wind Turbine Recycling Center Launched (Int'l Report)
Renewable Parts
Date: 2018-10-12
In the UK, industrial equipment supplier Renewable Parts Ltd. reports the opening of a £250,000 wind turbine recycling and repair centre in the town of Lochgilphead, Scotland.

According to the company, wind farms at the end of their typically 25 years lifecycle are usually decommissioned and their equipment scrapped. Renewable Parts intends to salvage, repair and resell the "fully warranteed" parts at up to 40 pct below the cost of new parts.

The company will use its aftermarket spares warehouse in Renfrew near Glasgow to provide the turbine repair and recycle service, while engineering advice will be sourced from the University of Strathclyde and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Source: Renewable Parts, Power Technology, 11 Oct., 2018) Contact: Renewable Parts, James Barry, CEO, +44 141 886 1220,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Wind Turbine,  

MIT, NREL Study Carbon Tax Effectiveness Scenarios (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Date: 2018-04-11
According to researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a carbon tax on the use of fossil fuels coupled with returning the generated tax revenue to the public in one form or another, can be an effective way to curb GHG emissions and, depending on the mechanism chosen, could be fair and not hurt low-income households.

In reaching their conclusion, the researchers considered carbon taxes at $25 and $50 per ton of carbon emissions produced and two rates of increase -- 1 pct or 5 pct per year -- as well as three different approaches to dispensing the revenue: an equal rebate to every household; a tax break for individuals; or a corporate tax break.

The study showed that even the lowest taxation rates could lead to reductions sufficient to meet the U.S. near-term commitment under the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. However, the most efficient way of achieving those reductions, in terms of overall impact on the economy, is to use the revenue to reduce taxes on corporate profits or investment income. Rebating equal payments across the board was found to be the least efficient and individual tax breaks came in somewhere in between on both criteria. The researchers suggest a combination of tax breaks to corporations and rebates to the low-income families most affected by the tax could virtually eliminate the regressive aspects of the tax at very little cost in overall efficiency as well as be politically acceptable.

Their analysis indicates that starting with a $50 per ton carbon tax and increasing it by 5 pct per year would lead to a 63 pct reduction in total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PR, AAAS, 5 April, 2018) Contact: MIT, Sloan School of Management, John Reilly,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  Carbon Emissions,  

MIT, Aramco to Collaborate on CCS, Renewables R&D (Ind. Report)
Aramco ,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2018-03-26
Aramco Services Company (ASC), the US-based North American arm of Saudi Aramco, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are reporting a new five-year, $25 million collaboration targeting sustainable and renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and related R&D. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions to address global energy and climate challenges and to build on ASC's existing engagement with MITEI and its Low-Carbon Energy Centres.

ASC supports a wide range of activities from facilitating the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the world to pushing for breakthroughs in research and innovation, according to the release. (Source: Aramco, Trade Arabia, The National, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115,,; MIT Sustainability office,,,edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Aramco,  Massachusetts Institute of Technology ,  CCS,  Climate Change,  

Aviation Biofuel Research Progressing at Penn State (Ind. Report)
Penn State University
Date: 2017-06-28

According to Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences professor of bioproducts, Prof. Paul Smith, developing the capability to produce the huge volume of ASTM-certified, high-energy, dense biofuels needed by the airlines, and the logistics to handle the massive amount of feedstocks necessary has been a slow process. And now, oil prices in the low $40-a-barrel range are bogging the process down further, as the cost differential between petrojet and biojet widens and thus increases capital risk.

Smith's lab is part of a group that is evaluating regional supply chains that could be used for alternative jet fuel production, including feedstock production, transportation and fuel conversion. Researchers are examining fuel-production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production as well as identifying potential intermediate materials and co-products for each pathway to understand potential ways to aid in making biorefineries more economical. The project aims to identify key barriers that must be overcome throughout the alternative-jet-fuel supply chain to produce and effectively market 1 billion gpy of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gpy in the longer term. The goal, Smith pointed out, has been to produce aviation biofuel from non-edible lignocellulosic feedstocks, such as timber harvests and crop residuals.

Penn State is part of a cooperative aviation research consortium known as the Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment, funded by the FAA, NASA, the Department of Defense, the EPA and Transport Canada. Led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the group is a coalition of 16 leading U.S. research universities and more than 60 private-sector stakeholders committed to reducing the environmental impact of aviation. (Source: Penn State University, PR, 26 June, 2017) Contact: Penn State College of Agricultural Science, Prof. Paul Smith, (814) 865-8841,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Penn State University,  Biofuel,  

MIT Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Fall 7 pct (Ind. Report)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Date: 2017-01-16
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is reporting that greenhouse gas emissions on campus have slid 7 pct since 2014. The prestigious school is aiming for a 32 pct reduction in emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality "as soon as possible."

Fully 97 pct of MIT's greenhouses gas emissions are a result of buildings operations. Two pct of the emissions were "fugitive" that leaked from refrigeration equipment, among other sources. The remaining one pct of emissions was attributed to the school's vehicles fleet, according to an MIT release.

MIT has invested in energy efficient technologies and upgrades and cleaner fuels in order to achieve its targeted reductions improvements. The school is also cutting emissions by purchasing environmentally friendly electricity, upgrading its cogeneration power plant and various other measures. (Source: MIT, The Tech, 11 Jan., 2017) Contact: MIT Sustainability office,,,edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Institute of Technology,  GHG,  Carbon Emitions ,  

$1Bn Petra Nova Carbon Capture Project on Line (Ind. Report)
NRG Energy
Date: 2017-01-11
NRG Energy reports that the $1 billion Petra Nova carbon capture project near Houston, Texas, has come into service on time and on budget. The project, which is the world's largest project capturing carbon dioxide emissions from power generation, is a joint venture between NRG Energy, the US electricity group, and JX Nippon Oil & Gas of Japan. The project is capturing CO2 from the equivalent of 240 megawatts of power generation, and covering its costs by using the gas for enhance oil production.

The PetraNova project received $190 million in grant funding from the US Department of Energy -- a little under one-fifth of the project's costs -- but apart from that the project is entirely run on commercial terms, and can cover its costs at today's oil prices of about $50-$55 per barrel., according to NRG CEO Mauricio Gutierrez . By way of contrast, the other large carbon capture project now nearing completion in the US, Southern Company's Kemper plant in Mississippi, a regulated market, has gone way over budget and behind schedule. In 2010, its budgeted cost was agreed with the state's regulators at $2.8 billion. Now, with start-up scheduled for the end of this month, it is estimated at about $7 billion.

Petra Nova is fitted at a standard coal-fired unit, capturing the carbon dioxide from the flue gases using a process from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries that has been in use since 1999. NRG and JX have not revealed the cost of capture, but Jesse Jenkins of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology estimates that it works out at about $70 per tonne, unsubsidised. That is already lower than at the world's first large-scale carbon capture project at a power plant, at Boundary Dam in Canada. Completed in 2014, it cost more than Petra Nova, about $1.3 billion and captures less carbon dioxide at 1 million tpy. (Source: NRG, Financial Times, 9 Jan., 2017) Contact: NRG Energy Inc., Mauricio Gutierrez, CEO, (713) 537-3000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRG Energy,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Enhanced Oil Production,  

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