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INOX Wind Claims 150MW NTPC Order (Int'l. Report)
INOX Wind
Date: 2021-11-08
Indian wind turbine manufacturer INOX Wind is reporting receipt of an order for a 150 MW wind power project from NTPC Renewable Energy Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Limited.

INOX will supply and install DF 113/92 - 2.0 MW capacity Wind Turbines with 113 meters rotor diameter and 92 meters hub height, along with a comprehensive operation and maintenance (O & M) service for the lifetime of the project . The Project will be constructed on a turnkey "plug-and-play" basis at Dayapar, Kutch District in the state of Gujarat, and is expected to be commissioned by April 2023.

NTPC is targeting over 60 GW Renewable Energy capacity constituting nearly 50 pct of its overall power generation capacity by 2032. (Source: INOX Wind, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: INOX Wind, +91-120-6149 600, Fax: +91-120-6149 610, enquiry@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com ; NTPC Renewable Energy, www.ntpc.co.in/en/power-generation/renewable-energy

More Low-Carbon Energy News INOX Wind news,  Wind news,  


Tenaris Commits $6Mn to Energy Management, Efficiency Plan (Int'l)
Tenaris
Date: 2021-10-15
Luxembourg-headquartered steel pipe specialist Tenaris reports it will invest $6 million in a plan to increase energy efficiency across its global footprint and contribute to the company's targets of lowering its carbon emissions intensity.

The plan is part of a larger, ongoing energy management project that encompasses energy conscious activities ranging from switching to LED lighting, electrification of processes and higher efficiency equipment such as compressors, pumps and fans in its plants. The plan includes a new Tenaris-developed energy monitoring dashboard that allows real-time monitoring of energy consumption versus standard use, with the ability to analyze trends of each power/fuel source -- electricity, natural gas, water, air, nitrogen, and oxygen. Additionally, several heating furnaces are being studied to evaluate the improvements needed to cut fuel consumption while reducing emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) the main environmental concern related to natural gas furnaces.

To minimize NOx emissions, Tenaris partnered with sister company Tenova which designed best-in class combustion technology burners for reheating furnaces. The company's plant in Bay City, TX, is equipped with the flameless NOx reducing burners which also improves the use of natural gas, the plant's sole fuel.

Tenova has heavily invested in research & development to improve its combustion process through innovative technologies to minimize NOx emissions, reduce and diversify fuel consumption, and optimize performances. As part of an ongoing R&D project, Tenaris will be testing the use of hydrogen as a fuel on one of its furnaces during 2022. (Source: Tenaris, PR, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Tenaris, www.tenaris.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Hydrogen news,  Energy Management news,  NOx news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


Calif. Fleets Increasingly Turning to NGVs (ALt. Fuel Report)
California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership
Date: 2021-09-13
In the Golden State -- where heavy-duty diesel trucks are the largest single combined source of smog-forming NOx, diesel particulate matter and other climate-altering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions -- the California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership (CNGVP) reports fleets are increasingly turning to near-zero emission (NZE) natural gas vehicles (NGVs) and carbon-negative renewable natural gas (RNG).

According to the CNGVP, investment in NZE NGVs is even more effective as fleets utilize carbon negative RNG. In Q1 2021, California Air Resources Board (CARB) Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program revealed that the average annual carbon intensity of compressed natural gas from renewable feedstocks was -16.57gCO2e/MJ, the lowest average of any currently available vehicle fuel. This means that fleet vehicles fueled by RNG in California are helping to remove more greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere than any other alternative fuel available, and ultimately help eliminate the climate impact of these heavy-duty vehicles. (Source: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership, Tom Swenson, Bus. Dev, Mgr Cummins, 909-396-2647, www.cngvp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Natural Gas Vehicle Partnership,  CNG,  NGV,  


CenterPoint Energy Seeks Solar Energy PPA Approvals (Ind. Report)
CenterPoint Energy,Origis Energy
Date: 2021-08-27
Evansville, Indiana-headquartered CenterPoint Energy reports its electric and natural gas business, CenterPoint Energy Indiana South, has filed a request for approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) to enter into two PPAs for an additional 335 MW of solar energy as part of the company's long-term electric generation transition to renewable energy plan.

The company is seeking IURC approval to purchase 185 MWs of solar power, under a 15-year PPA, from Oriden, which is developing a solar project in Vermillion County, Ind., and 150 MWs of solar power, under a 20-year PPA, from Origis Energy, which is developing a solar project in Knox County, Ind. Subject to necessary approvals, both solar arrays are expected to be in service by 2023. The total 335 MWs from these developments is expected to supply sufficient power for more than 70,000 homes or 12,000 commercial customers per year. (Source: CenterPoint Energy, PR, Website, 25 Aug., 2021)Contact: CenterPoint Energy, Steve Greenley, Senior VP, Generation Del., www.centerpointenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CenterPoint Energy,  Solar,  Origis Energy,  


PowerTap Takes Stake in Green Hydrogen Tech. AES-100 (M&A)
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital
Date: 2021-07-28
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. reports it has acquired 49 pct of AES-100 Inc. -- the owner of exclusive rights and all intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System (AES), a novel electrochemical technology that selectively recovers high purity hydrogen from dilute syngas streams.

The technology was invented by Burbank, California-based clean technology specialist T2M Global to address the problem of hydrogen trapped in dilute syngas streams that is wasted on low-value applications. The ability to economically extract high purity, clean hydrogen from gas streams commonly produced by carbon-intensive processes and containing contaminates such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or methane, presents great potential to drive lower emissions footprints for many industrial processes, while unlocking more hydrogen to fuel a cleaner global energy system, according to the release.

The parties expect considerable synergy between the AES and PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's SMR technology with the AES complementing it via provision of syngas to PowerTap's SMR. This will essentially broaden the pool of feedstock required to produce hydrogen to include biomass in addition to natural gas/renewable natural gas. (Source: PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., PR, Newswire, 27 July, 2021) Contact: T2M Global, Pinakin Patel, CEO, 203-616-5514, bpatel@t2mglobal.com, www.t2mglobal.com; PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., Raghu Kilambi, CEO, www.powertapcapital.com; AES-100 Inc., www.aes.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


B&W Claims Asian Emissions Control Contracts (Ind. Report)
Babcock & Wilcox
Date: 2021-07-28
Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox is reporting two contracts valued at more than $11 million to design and supply advanced technologies to reduce emissions and generate cleaner energy at an unnamed power plant in Asia.

B&W will upgrade the plant's existing combustion equipment, supplying a B&W AireJet ® low- nitrogen oxides (NOx) combustion system and other equipment to improve the unit's emissions and efficiency.

According to its website, Babcock & Wilcox has earned more than 90 patents for carbon capture over the past four decades, and has been a leader in decarbonization research and development. The company's revolutionary ClimateBright™ decarbonization technologies can effectively separate CO2 while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas -- and have application for a range of industries including energy production, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black, and pulp and paper. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, Website, Business Wire, 26 July, 2021) Contact: B&W, Jim Morgan, CEO, Megan Wilson, VP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, 704.625.4944 , investors@babcock.com, www.babcock.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Babcock & Wilcox ,  Carbon Emissions,  


LanzaTech, BASF Tout Ind. Off-Gas n-Octanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech,BASF
Date: 2021-05-14
Transforming the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals is the aim of a partnership between LanzaTech and BASF. Now the partners have achieved a key first success: With the help of special bacteria, they have been able to produce n-octanol at laboratory scale from carbon monoxide and hydrogen, the main components of emissions, e.g. from the steel industry.

In this partnership, the two companies are working on a process using a biological capability developed by Dr. Ramon Gonzalez, currently a Professor at the University of South Florida, that will allow the carbon in the off-gas to be utilized as a raw material for the production of chemical products like n-octanol. This innovative carbon recycling approach thereby reduces CO2 emissions from the industrial site and keeps fossil resources in the ground. LanzaTech's technology is already deployed at commercial scale transforming exhaust gas from steel production into ethanol. The collaboration has now paved the way to produce high value chemicals, such as n octanol through gas fermentation.

The two companies have also designed an innovative process concept to allow continuous product generation and purification. As a next step, the teams will focus on optimizing the biology and technology design to deliver an efficient production process, according to the LanzaTech release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 11 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  


Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • TECO 2030 Touts Future Funnel Emissions System (Int'l. Report)
    TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian engineering firm TECO 2030 ASA reports the launch of its market-ready TECO 2030 Future Funnel hybrid and closed-loop emissions systems aimed at reducing SOx, NOx, further improvement of PM and BC emission reductions and ultimately integrated CO2 capture technology.

    The closed loop system is primarily used for maritime vessels operating in areas where discharges overboard are prohibited and seawater alkalinity is low. The exhaust gases are washed on board, and substances are collected in a separate tank on board, which is emptied into ports for appropriate further treatment. The system gives ship owners a more flexible control of emissions and environmental impacts. (Source: TECO 2030, Website PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, Tore Enger, CEO, +4792083800, tore.enger@teco.no, www.teco.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TECO 2030,  Maritime Emissions,  


    Toshiba Touts Rapid CO2 Conversion Device (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Tokyo, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is touting a new CO2 collection-and-conversion device that rapidly processes CO2 into carbon monoxide with chemical reactions involving electricity, according to a release. Carbon monoxide can serve as a raw material for products such as aircraft fuel.

    According to Toshiba, in its present development stage, the equipment can process 1 tpy of CO2 but will be key to enabling carbon neutrality when combined with renewable energy and developed to commercial scale. (Source: Toshiba, PR, NHK Japan, Mar., 2021) Contact: Toshiba, +81-3-3457-4511, www.global.toshiba

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba,  Carbon Capture,  


    LanzaTech, Coty Pioneer Sustainable Ethanol Fragrance (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-03-05
    LanzaTech is reporting cosmetics and fragrance company Coty Inc. has signed a letter of intent to introduce LanzaTech sustainable ethanol made from captured-carbon emissions into Coty's perfume and fragranced products.

    LanzaTech captures industrial emissions -- carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide produced in steel manufacturing -- and processes the waste gases into a new, more sustainable source of ethanol.

    Ethanol is a core ingredient in fragrance products, enabling the efficient dispersion of the scent. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, Website, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


    SPARKZ Licenses ORNL Battery Production Technology (Ind. Report)
    ORNL, Sparkz
    Date: 2021-02-05
    The US DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is reporting Knoxville, Tennessee-based battery energy storage start-up Sparkz Energy Systems (SPARKZ) has exclusively licensed ORNL's "fast formation cycling" technology that enables the rapid production of lithium-ion batteries commonly used in portable electronic devices and electric vehicles. The technology reduces production time significantly and also enhances battery performance, which can lead to reduced costs.

    SPARKZ is presently seeking a location for an R&D and prototyping facility to scale their licensed battery technologies to meet the demands of customers in the mobility and grid sectors, according to the release. (Source: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.ornl.gov/partnerships; Sparkz Energy Systems, Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO, www.sparkz.energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Battery,  Sparkz,  


    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,  


    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing.

    Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark.

    According to DTU chemical engineering researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt, the Synfuel project uses hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund, www.innovationsfonden.dk/en; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk/english, www.synfuel.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Synfuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-06
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing. Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark. According to DTU chemical engineering researcher, researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt of DTU Chemical Engineering The Synfuel project uses the hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel.” Synthesis gas is mixed with hydrogen which is then converted into fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. The entire process is powered by wind energy. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund, www.innovationsfonden.dk/en; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk/english, www.synfuel.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Technical University of Denmark news,  


    Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd. Touts CO2LOC Technology (Int'l.)
    Cambridge Carbon Capture
    Date: 2020-11-27
    In the UK, Government-backed research run by Cambridge Carbon Capture Ltd.(CCC) will use its patented CO2LOC technology to capture CO2 and NOx emissions from a clay roof tile kiln then converted into a solid mineral by-product made into concrete blocks. The CO2LOC technology also produces silica and metals such as Nickel and Cobalt to be used in batteries and other applications.

    CCC's "patented CO2LOC technology offers a realistic solution to climate change by enabling industry to profitably sequester CO2 through a two-stage mineralization process. The mineralization process permanently locks the sequestered CO2 in rock form and due to its flexibility, can be utilized across a range of industries. CO2LOC is unique in that it approaches the planet's dependency on fossil fuels by introducing a profit motive to industry to invest in emission-reduction. Our advanced mineralisation processes combine low cost inputs to de-carbonise the emissions, whilst simultaneously producing valuable by-products," accoring to the company website. (Source: Cambridge Carbon Capture, Express & Star, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Cambridge Carbon Capture, Michael Evans, CEO, michael.evans@cacaca.co.uk, +44 (0) 7795 025550, www.cacaca.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cambridge Carbon Capture ,  


    Knoxville Commits to 20 pct Solar Power by 2023 (Ind. Report)
    Knoxville Utilities Board
    Date: 2020-11-25
    In the Volunteer State, the city of Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) is reporting solar-generated electricity will supply 20 pct -- equivalent of the energy 83,000 average homes -- of the city of 191,000 residents power by the end of 2023. To reach that goal, KUB will access the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA's) Green Invest program support dor the construction of 502 MW of solar power generation.

    KUB was the first local power company in TVA's service area to enter a Green Invest agreement with a commitment of 212 MW of solar power announced in March, 2020. (Source: KUB, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: KUB, Gabriel Bolas, Pres., CEO, (865) 521-2911, www.kub.org; TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, TVA Green Invest, www.tva.com/energy/valley-renewable-energy/green-switch/green-invest, www.tva.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News TVA Green Invest,  Knoxville Utilities Board,  Solar,  TVA,  


    CPS Energy, VIA Metropolitan Transit Tout RNG Partnership (Ind. Report)
    CPS Energy
    Date: 2020-11-13
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-based CPS Energy and San Antonio public transportation provider VIA Metropolitan Transit are reporting a new fuel supply agreement that will provide Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) produced from landfill gas (methane) to VIA's bus fleet, beginning in 2021.

    VIA, which operates the largest CNG fuelling station in the U.S., has a diversified active fleet portfolio consisting of 502 buses powered primarily by CNG fuel, with some diesel-electric hybrid, electric, diesel and propane vehicles in use. VIA's conversion to a CNG fleet began in 2017 and is designed to reduce NOx emissions by 97 pct from the diesel buses they replaced. (Source: CPS Energy, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: CPS Energy, Paula Gold-Williams, Pres., CEO, www.cpsenergy.com; VIA Metropolitan Transit , Jeffrey C. Arndt, CEO, www.viainfo.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CPS Energy news,  CNG news,  RNG news,  Biogas news,  


    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,  


    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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    Emissions Data Shows Advanced Diesel Helps Clean Air (Ind. Report)
    Diesel Technology Forum
    Date: 2020-10-09
    The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is reporting the just released emissions inventory from the Port of Long Beach (POLB) California shows "the introduction of new generation diesel trucks has generated substantial clean air benefits for communities located near freight facilities."

    The report notes "In 2019, trucks serving the POLB accounted for just 7 tons of fine particle (PM 2.5) emissions, down from 186 tons in 2005, due in part to the introduction of new technology diesel trucks even as cargo volumes grew by 14 pct. In 2005, trucks were the second leading source of all PM 2.5 emissions after ocean going vessels. In 2019, port trucks were the second smallest source of PM 2.5 emissions after cargo-handling equipment.

    "The Clean Trucks Program, instituted jointly by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, requires that all trucks meet the latest tailpipe emissions standard for PM 2.5 and new trucks entering service in the port as of 2018 must meet the near-zero tailpipe emissions standard for ozone forming compounds (NOx) as well. According to the latest data, 90 pct of the estimated 14,000 port trucks entering and exiting marine terminals in southern California are powered by diesel and about 65 pct are of the latest generation diesel technology that achieve near-zero emissions performance for both NOx and PM 2.5. The report concludes that the effectiveness of the Clean Trucks Program in expanding the clean air benefits can be realized with the adoption of advanced technology diesel trucks." (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, (301) 668-7230, dtf@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; Port of Long Beach, www.polb.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Diesel Technology Forum,  Transportation Emissions,  NOX,  CO2,  SOX,  Particulate Matter,  


    Wartsila Aims to Cut Maritime CO2, SOX, NOX Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2020-09-30
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports its EU-funded three-year collaborative SeaTech project could produce significant reductions in maritime shipping industry fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and deliver a 400 pct return on investment.

    The SeaTech project aims is to research, develop, and integrate technologies that will deliver a 30 pct reduction in fuel consumption, a 46 pct reduction in CO2 emissions, a 94 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions, and a 99 pct reduction in Sox and NOx emissions, according to the release.

    The project aims to harness fuel-efficient propulsion methods through Wartsila's existing symbiotic ship engine and propulsion technologies -- a bio-mimetic dynamic wing mounted at the bow of the vessel to allow for wave energy augmented propulsion when the vessel navigates moderate and heavy sea conditions. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, Marine Bunker, Sept., 2020) Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

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    Atlantic City Electric Proposes Energy Saving Programs (Ind. Report)
    Atlantic City Electric,New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2020-09-30
    In the Garden State, Atlantic City Electric has proposed numerous energy efficiency programs to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) that offer a range of incentives for energy efficiency upgrades, rebates on energy-efficient products, and a mixture of other offerings to help people use less energy. The programs will help the state's Clean Energy Act energy savings goal and help the state meet its climate goals for a clean and sustainable energy future. According to Atlantic City Electric, every dollar invested in these energy efficiency programs customers will receive nearly $4 in benefits.

    Atlantic City Electric's programs are anticipated to result in more than 6,000 job-years, provide more than $500 million to New Jersey's GDP and support local businesses. Participating businesses can also reduce their operating costs by lowering their energy bills. The programs are expected to significantly cut customer energy demands and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tpy , SOX emissions by 885 tpy and NOX emissions by 783 tpy. (Source: Atlantic City Electric, Jersey Shore Online, 30 Sept., 2020) Contact: Atlantic City Electric, www.atlanticcityelectric.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

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    SunPower Secures Res. Solar Lease Financing (Ind. Report)
    SunPower
    Date: 2020-09-25
    San Jose, California-based distributed generation storage and energy services provider SunPower reports it has secured financing commitments from Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital, Inc. and other capital providers for its residential solar lease program, as well as its new solar plus storage program, SunPower Equinox® system with SunVault™ storage. These customer financing provisions will supplement the solar loan, solar lease and cash sale alternatives that SunPower presently offers.

    SunPower has provided solar lease financing options to customers since 2010 and has offered them through its network of residential solar dealers in many areas across the U.S., new home builders where the company holds a market-leading position, and direct sales teams. Last year, SunPower's U.S. residential business saw annual deployment growth of more than 15 pct bringing the total number of American homes with SunPower solar to over 330,000 households, according to the company website release. (Source: SunPower Corp., Website PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: SunPower, Tom Werner, CEO, www.sunpower.com

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    TVA Plans 5GW BESS Near Knoxville (Ind. Report)
    TVA
    Date: 2020-09-23
    The not-for-profit Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is reporting plans to deploy a stationary 40MWh, Vonore Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) grid-connected battery storage facility at an industrial complex near the city of Knoxville. The facility is expected to be operational in 2022, and will serve industrial customers of Loudon Utilities Board, a power company in East Tennessee which is one of the Authority's local partners. (Source: TVA, Website PR, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: Loudon Utilities Board , Ty Ross, GM, 865-458-2091, www.loudenutilities.org: TVA

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    Woodstock Equipping Fleet with dynaCERT HydraGEN Tech (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2020-09-09
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT Inc. reports it will equip diesel powered vehicles of the City of Woodstock, Ontario, with HydraGEN™ technology to reduce carbon emissions and cut fuel costs. Installation is slated to get underway this month.

    Woodstock (pop. 44,000) is the first Canadian city to equip its vehicles with dynaCERT's proprietary technology. The installations are in accord with the city's 2016 Community Energy Plan to reduce energy use and cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: dynaCERT, PR, Street Insider, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: dynaCERT, Jim Payne, CEO, Pres., 416 766 9691 ext 602, jpayne@dynacert.com, www.dynacert.com

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    Growth Energy Pushes CARB to Encourage Biofuels (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In a letter to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Growth Energy's Regulatory Affairs VP Chris Bliley called for the agency to expand the use of higher biofuel blends to make California's fuel mix more environmentally sustainable.

    According to Growth Energy, "Higher ethanol blends can be immediately deployed in existing vehicles to achieve immediate greenhouse gas reductions, reduce harmful air toxics, and reduce consumer costs at the pump. In fact, biofuels like ethanol have generated more than 75 percent of LCFS credits. Additionally, even with room to further improve greenhouse gas lifecycle modeling, CARB recognizes the significant improvement in ethanol's carbon intensity. As has been researched by the University of California -- Riverside and the University of Illinois, the use of more ethanol and ethanol-blended fuel reduces air toxics such as carbon monoxide, benzene, and other harmful particulates.'

    Download Growth Energy's full comments HERE. Source: Growth Energy,CStore Decisions, Aug., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Chris Bliley, Senior VP Regulatory Affairs, www.growthenergy.org

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    Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum Announced (Ind. Report)
    Vehicle Emissions
    Date: 2020-07-17
    This week, the Governors of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the mayor of District of Columbia, signed the Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at achieving 100 pct tailpipe pollution-free heavy-duty transportation in their jurisdictions by 2050. These states account for 35 pct of the nations' medium and heavy-duty fleets, making this the largest-ever state partnership to slash vehicle pollution.

    . Heavy-duty vehicles account for 28 pct of greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's on-road transportation sector, 45 pct of on-road NOx emissions and 57 pct of on-road PM2.5 emissions. (Source: cleanenergy.org, 15 July, 2020)

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    DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
    DTU
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

    An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

    "In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

    The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

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    Glasgow Monitoring GHG Emissions in Real-Time (Int'l. Report)
    University of Strathclyde
    Date: 2020-06-29
    In the UK, scientists from the University of Strathclyde, in cooperation with the City of Glasgow , are installing a network of 25 sensors to monitor CO2 and other greenhouse gases -- carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and PM2.5.T -- as part of a trial to provide Glasgow City Council with real-time information on emissions sources and level citywide. Glasgow is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2030.

    Results of the monitoring will be shared with the leaders of other global cities at a virtual conference in November, and will be presented at the COP26 environmental summit to encourage other cities to establish sensor networks.

    The emission monitoring program is part of the Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, a collaboration between the University of Strathclyde, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley), The Optical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Met Office and the National Physical Laboratory. (Source: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, PR, 27 June, 2020) Contact: University of Strathclyde Glasgow, www.strath.ac.uk; Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) project, www.gemminitiative.org/en-us

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    Gasum Completes Norwegian LNG Marine Fuel Bunkering (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2020-06-08
    The Finnish state-owned energy company Gasum is reporting a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering for the world's largest semi-submersible crane vessel, which is owned by Netherlands-based marine contracting firm Heerema.

    As a marine fuel, LNG meets all current and forthcoming IMO and EU regulations. In addition, the use of LNG removes all Sox emissions and particles and reduces Nox emissions by 85 pct compared to heavy fuel oil. LNG also lowers CO2 emissions by at least 20 pct, according to the release. (Source: Gasum, Port News, June, 2020) Contact: Gasum, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com: Heerema, www.heerema.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IMO,  Gasum,  Marine Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  LNG,  


    U.S. Treasury, IRS Regulations Help Businesses Claim Carbon Capture Credits (Ind. Report, Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2020-06-01
    In Washington, the US Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service this week issued proposed regulations to help businesses understand how legislation passed in 2018 may benefit those claiming carbon capture credits. The proposed regulations provide guidance regarding two new credits for carbon oxide captured using equipment originally placed in service on or after February 9, 2018, allowing up to: $50 per metric ton of qualified CO2 for permanent sequestration, and up to $35 for Enhanced Oil Recovery purposes.

    Neither of these new credits is subject to a limitation on the number of metric tons of qualified carbon oxide captured. The new law also expanded carbon capture to include "qualified carbon oxide". Prior to the change in law, carbon capture was limited to a total of 75,000,000 metric tons of qualified carbon oxide.

    The proposed regulations address procedures to determine adequate security measures for the geological storage of qualified carbon oxide, exceptions to the general rule for determining who the credit is attributable to, procedures for a taxpayer to make an election to allow third-party taxpayers to claim the credit, standards for measuring utilization of qualified carbon oxide and rules for credit recapture.

    In Notice 2020-12, the IRS provides guidance to help businesses determine when construction has begun on a qualified facility or on carbon capture equipment that may be eligible for the carbon capture credit. This notice provides broad guidance in lieu of taxpayers requesting private letter rulings in this area.

    In Revenue Procedure 2020-12, the IRS creates a safe harbor for the allocation rules for carbon capture partnerships similar to the safe harbors developed for partnerships receiving the wind energy production tax credit and the rehabilitation credit. The safe harbor simplifies the application of carbon capture credit rules to partnerships able to claim the credit. (Source: US IRS, US Treasury Dept., MyChesCo, 30 May, 2020)

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    Inox Wind Sells Sri Pavan Energy (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    Inox Wind
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Indian wind turbine maker Inox Wind Ltd is reporting the sale of a 51 pct stake in its wind power generation business Sri Pavan Energy Pvt Ltd to Telangana-based Sri KPR Infra & Projects Ltd. With the sale, Sri Pavan Energy will no longer be a subsidiary of Inox Wind. (Source: Inox Wind, Renewables, 26 May, 2020) Sri Pavan Energy, www.zaubacorp.com/company/SRI-PAVAN-ENERGY-PRIVATE-LIMITED/U40300GJ2018PTC101713; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com,www.inoxwind.com

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    dynaCERT, KarbonClean Inks Distribution Deal (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT, KarbonKleen
    Date: 2020-05-15
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT Inc.-- the CERT in dynaCERT stands for Combustion Emission Reduction Technology -- is reporting receipt of an order for 3,000 HydraGEN™ from Wilmington Delaware-based KarbonKleen Inc. -- dynaCERT's Preferred Service Provider, the exclusive Dealership rights in the trucking industry in the U.S until December 31, 2024.

    KarbonKleen essentially markets the product thru financing subscription agreements across North America.

    dynaCERT's HydraGEN™ technology reduces harmful emission in diesel transport trucks -- NOx reductions of 88 pct, CO of 50 pct and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while increasing fuel-savings up to by 20 pct, according to dynaCERT. (Source: dynaCERT, Stockhouse, 13 May, 2020) Contact: dynaCERT, Jim Payne, CEO, 416 766 9691 ext 602, jpayne@dynacert.com, www.dynacert.com; KarbonKleen Inc, www.karbonkleen.com

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    Nat Gas Futures Launches Emissions Mitigation Project (ind Report)
    Natural Gas Futures
    Date: 2020-05-15
    Natural Gas Futures (NGF) is reporting a collaboration with FortisBC Inc., Seaspan Ferries Corporation, and Solaris Management Consultants Inc. to provide technologies for low-emissions engine systems, and quantitative emission characterization for inventory and policy development purposes.

    To reduce the climate impacts of transportation systems, several approaches have been identified through which greenhouse gas (GHG) emission can be reduced, primarily through CO2 emission reduction. These approaches include electrification of powertrains, bio-derived fuels, and fuels with lower carbon content. For large engine applications (e.g., marine, stationary power generation, remote applications), electrification is not yet realizable, and bio-fuels carry energetic penalties and may require significant engine modifications. For such applications, natural gas (NG) and natural gas from renewable sources (RNG) are attractive alternatives because of their lower CO2 and NOx emissions, and the significant North American NG reserves.

    While natural gas is an attractive engine fuel to reduce these pollutants, it can also result in exhaust-stream CH4 emissions, which have a global warming potential (GWP) 28 times that of CO2 (on a 100 year timescale). Thus, all GHG emissions must be considered to ensure that the benefits of NG and RNG are realized, without also incurring unintentional increases in GHG or other emissions. The key objectives of this project are to:

  • Characterize in-use emissions and engine operation from NG engines, with a particular focus on CH4, CO2, PM, and NOX, under real-world operating conditions.

  • Develop strategies for GHG and other emission reductions, under the partner's operational constraints.

    Provide data and guidance for policy development to support effective implementation of natural gas engines and ensure GHG reductions.

    The project has received $356,566 in research grant funding. (Source: Natural Gas Futures, 13 May, 2020) Contact: Natural Gas Futures, University of British Columbia, 604 827 0790 ngf@cerc.ubc.ca, www.naturalgas.apsc.ubc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas Futures,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Inox Wind, Continuum Power Ink Wind Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
    Inox Wind,Continuum Power
    Date: 2020-05-13
    India-headquartered Inox Wind is reporting a definitive agreement with Continuum Power Trading (TN) Pvt Ltd, part of Continuum Wind Energy group, to supply, erect and commission 250 MW of wind power projects in Gujarat, India.

    The project will be executed on a "plug-and-play" basis and includes includes long-term operations and maintenance services. (Source: Inox Wind, PR reve, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, -startlink]investors.iwl@inoxwind.com[endlink],
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    RNG Transportation Fuel Use on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Natural Gas
    Date: 2020-05-08
    According to Advanced Clean Tech News, the volume of renewable natural gas (RNG) as an on-road transportation fuel has grown by 39 pct since NGVs were first introduced in the 1990s.

    Natural gas vehicles (NGV) were first certified to California's ultra-low and super ultra-low emission standards the 1990s and natural gas technology has broken the ultra-low NOx barrier with engines certified to levels that are 90 pct cleaner than the most stringent U.S. EPA standards for oxides of nitrogen.

    According to California Air Resources Board (CARB) RNG fuel has the lowest EER-adjusted carbon intensity of any on-road motor fuel, as low as -400. (Source: CARB, Advanced Clean Tech News, May, 2020) Contact: CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

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    TVA Announces First Solar, Origis Energy Solar Projects (Ind Report)
    Tennessee Valley Authority,First Solar, Origis Energy
    Date: 2020-04-29
    The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reports the selection of First Solar and Origis Energy to develop 212 MWAC of solar power to fulfill the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) March 2020 commitment to new renewable energy. KUB is using the TVA Green Invest program to produce carbon-free energy equivalent to 8 pct of KUB's annual electric load.

    As part of the initiative, TVA has entered into a 20-year PPA with the 177-MW Ridgely Energy Farm in Lake County, Tennessee, developed by First Solar. With this agreement, TVA has now contracted for a total of 404 MW of First Solar developed projects, including an existing 20-year PPA for the 227-MW project in Muscle Shoals.

    The KUB project marks a 60 pct increase in TVA's operating and contracted solar capacity since the start of fiscal year 2020. In March, TVA announced a contract with Origis Energy to develop a 200-MW solar site in Lowndes County, Mississippi, for TVA, with 35 MW of this facility supporting KUB's Green Invest purchase.

    TVA modeled Green Invest after work with Facebook and Google, beginning in 2018, to identify new renewable energy solutions for data centers locating in the region. Green Invest program leverages long-term agreements to build new, large-scale renewable energy installations through a competitive bid process. (Source: TVA, PR, April, 2020) Contact: TVA, Doug Perry, VP Commercial Energy Solutions, (865) 632-2101, tvainfo@tva.com, www.tva.com; Origis Energy, www.origisenergy.com; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

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

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

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

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    India Switching to World's Cleanest Fuel (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corp
    Date: 2020-03-16
    In New Delhi, the Indian Oil Corp Ltd. (IOC) is reporting that virtually all India refineries are now producing ultra-low sulphur BS-VI (equivalent to Euro-VI grade) petrol and diesel as of the end of 2019. The new fuel is expected to be generally available nationwide by 1 April, this year.

    India adopted Euro-III equivalent (Bharat Stage-III) fuel with a sulphur content of 350 ppm in 2010 and then took seven years to move to BS-IV that had a sulphur content of 50 ppm then to BS-VI with 10 ppm with emission standards roughly equal to CNG, according to the release. State-owned oil refineries invested roughly Rs 35,000 crore $4,5 million +-) to upgrade plants to produce ultra-low sulphur fuel. The new fuel will result in a reduction in NOx in BS-VI compliant vehicles by 25 pct in petrol cars and by 70 pct in diesel cars. (Source: Indian Oil Corp. Ltd., Press Trust India, Energy World, Mar., 2020) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

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    WiSolar Inks LG Electronics Solar Panel Dealership Deal (Int'l.)
    WiSolar, LG Electronics
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Johannesburg-based WiSolar is reporting a deal under which it will supply LG Electronics MonoX and NeON2 Black solar panels to the South African market.

    The LG MonoX Plus and LG NeON2 Black solar panel has a 20.4 pct efficiency rating on 60 cell 350W and 20.1 pct on 345W. The product features enhanced durability, performance under real-world conditions, an enhanced warranty and aesthetic design suitable for roofs. (Source: WiSolar, Mar., 2020) Contact: WiSolar, +27 10 446 7671, www.wisolar.co; LG Electronics, www.lg.com

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    FPT Industrial Investigating Macauba Palm Biodiesel (Int'l, R&D)
    FPT Industrial
    Date: 2020-03-06
    FPT Industrial a global engine and powertrain brand of CNH Industrial N.V. reports it is invested in and exploring the possible use of Macauba Palm, which is common to Brazil, the Caribbean and South Florida, for the production of biodiesel transportation fuel.

    FPT Industrial's research was conducted at the Technical Center in Betim, Southeast of Brazil, with the main focus on its application as a fuel for agricultural tractors. Tests for trucks and buses, as well as power generators, are planned for the future. The tests produced biodiesel that met the standards established by the National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).

    The testing project was carried out in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Bchem Biofuels, using a FPT Industrial N67 Tier 3 engine fitted to Case IH and New Holland Agriculture tractors. During the tests, mixtures of 10 pct and 20 pct of Macauba biodiesel were used. The results showed performance and consumption comparable to Brazilian commercial diesel, with a reduction trend in terms of carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM) emissions. (Source: FPT, CNH Industrial, PR Mar.,2020) Contact: FPT CNH Industrial, www.fptindustrial.com/global/en, www.cnhindustrial.com/en-us/Pages/homepage.aspx

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    Capstone Expanding Energy Efficiency Business (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-02-10
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine specialist Capstone Turbine Corporation is reporting its exclusive distributor in the UK, SCE Energy has won an order for a C1000 Signature Series ICHP microturbine for an industrial processing business park in Scotland. The order is phase one of a multi-phase development project with a scheduled commission date of April 2020. An additional one to two megawatts are expected to be installed within the next eighteen months rounding out phase three of the development project in 2022.

    The latest C1000S ICHP microturbine order will be installed at a recycling plant and will be utilized in a combined heat and power (CHP) application. The order includes a Capstone supplied integrated roof mounted heat recovery module (HRM). The HRM is able to capture the waste heat from the microturbine, thereby achieving two outputs - electrical and thermal - from a single fuel source, in this case, low-pressure natural gas. The integrated CHP solution provides greater than 80 percent overall efficiency, while reducing NOx and greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions. Capstone's energy efficiency business has grown from 40 pct of total revenues last year to 54 pct this year, according to the release. (Source:: Capstone Turbine Corporation, PR, AccessWire, 10 Feb., 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine Corp., Darren Jamison, Pres., CEO, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com; SCE Energy, Sam Clark, Pres., www.scengy.com

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    Univ. Tenn. Peatland Carbon Processes Investigation Funded (Funding)
    University of Tennessee
    Date: 2020-01-27
    A UT microbiologist has received a portion of a $3.1 million grant from the US DOE to study how global warming could affect peatlands and their vast carbon stores in the future.

    Steven Wilhelm, the Kenneth and Blaire Mossman Professor of Microbiology, is part of a team led by Jean-Philippe Gibert, a food web expert and assistant professor of biology at Duke University. Wilhelm's co-investigators include David Weston and Dale Pelletier, staff scientists in the Biosciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Jonathan Shaw, professor of biology at Duke. In the three-year project, the group will study and model the effects of warming on the complex network of bacteria, protists, and viruses that interact with peat moss.

    Peat moss plays a key role in slowing climate change by keeping 370 million metric tpy of CO2 out of the atmosphere -- equivalent to the emissions from nearly half the car traffic in the US.

    Though peatlands cover just 3 pct of the Earth's surface they store twice as much carbon as all the world's forests. Over hundreds or thousands of years, Sphagnum and other peatland plants pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as they grow, trapping the carbon inside layers of partially decayed plant material up to 20 feet deep. But warming trends could put that carbon storage at risk. Rising temperatures could thaw or dry out peat wetlands, making them more prone to decay and wildfires. Decomposing or burning plants mean the heat-trapping gas long locked up in peatlands could be released, accelerating the global warming process.

    To better predict the impacts of warming on peatlands and the carbon they contain, the team is studying a set of players they say are largely overlooked: microbes. Their previous work suggests that under future warming, the community of microbes and other tiny organisms that grow in and around peat mosses could shift balance, which could affect the ability of peatlands to sequester carbon. (Source: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, PR, 27 Jan., 2020) Contact: University of Tennessee, Karen Dunlap, 865-974-8674, kdunlap6@utk.edu, Amanda Womac , 865-974-2992, awomac1@utk.edu, www.utk.edu; Duke University, Robin Smith, (919-681-8057, robin.a.smith@duke.edu, www.duke.edu

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    UN: Greenhouse Gasses Reach Record High

    Date: 2019-11-29
    Atmospheric levels of climate-changing greenhouse gases hit a record high in 2018, “with no sign of a slowdown, let alone a decline,” the World Meteorological Organization said. In a report released Monday, the WMO said despite international pledges made under the Paris Agreement, the levels of carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide all surged by higher amounts in 2018 than average for the past decade. The global average of carbon dioxide concentration reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017, the U.N. agency said. The concentration of methane was the highest recorded since 1998 while the levels of nitrous oxide, which is responsible for eroding the ozone layer was the highest ever recorded. "This continuing long-term trend means that future generations will be confronted with increasingly severe impacts of climate change, including rising temperatures, more extreme weather, water stress, sea level rise and disruption to marine and land ecosystems," according to a summary of the report. The report was released ahead of next month’s global climate summit in Madrid. “It is worth recalling that the last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration of carbon dioxide was 3-5 million years ago," WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said. At the time, the Earth's temperature was as much as 5 degrees warmer and sea levels were as much as 65 feet higher than they are now, he said. (Source: WMO, VOA News 26 Nov., 2019)


    WMO Warns of Record CO2 Levels -- Canada Falling Behind (Int'l.)
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2019-11-27
    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports world wide CO2 and other greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere are at a record high and still rising faster than ever with no sign of slowing down.

    In a report released Monday, the WMO said despite international pledges made under the Paris Climate Agreement (COP 15), the levels of carbon monoxide, methane and nitrous oxide all surged by higher amounts in 2018 than average for the past decade. The global average of carbon dioxide concentration reached 407.8 parts per million in 2018, up from 405.5 parts per million in 2017, the U.N. agency said. The concentration of methane was the highest recorded since 1998 while the levels of nitrous oxide, which is responsible for eroding the ozone layer was the highest ever recorded. The report was released ahead of next month's global climate summit in Madrid.

    This follows the overwhelming scientific consensus delivered earlier this month that the Earth is indeed facing a climate emergency. Over 11,000 scientists world wide, including 409 from Canada, signed a letter pleading for world leaders to take the crisis seriously, for the wealthy to change their habits and for those in denial to accept that global warming is human driven.

    Specific to Canada, Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed Canada to reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 and to reduce CO2 levels by 30 pct by 2030. In December 2018, Climate Change Canada projected Canada's total emissions by 2030 are only on track to be 19 pct below 2005 levels. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada,Various Media, Nov., 2019) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca › environment-climate-change; World Meteorological Organization, www.public.wmo.int/en

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    Knoxville Nails 28,000 LED Streetlight Conversion (Ind Report)
    Knoxville
    Date: 2019-11-15
    The City of Knoxville, Tennessee reports completion of the conversion of over 28,000 streetlights city-wide to more energy-efficient LEDs. The city is expecting roughly $2 million in energy and maintenance cost savings with the new lights and as of June, realized over $275,000 from two years ago.

    Knoxville is one of the first cities in the Southeast to retrofit all its streetlights to LED lighting. (Source: City of Knoxville, PR, WBIR, 14 Nov., 2019)

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    Aviation Emissions' Impacts On Air Quality Larger Than On Climate, study Concludes (Ind. Report)
    MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    Date: 2019-11-11
    In the Bay State, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are reporting that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to air quality as to the climate.

    The study notes reducing one type of emission can come at the cost of increasing another, either in absolute terms or by limiting potential reductions offered by new technology. The researchers applied the metrics to evaluate the effects of a global expansion in aviation, consistent in magnitude with its current annual growth, then used this as a benchmark for three scenarios: they considered a growth scenario with fuel efficiency increases and reductions in NOx emissions factors consistent with 10-year goals; they evaluated the trade-offs between the climate and air quality impacts of engine-based NOx emissions reductions; re-assessed the climate and air quality trade-offs of jet fuel desulphurization.

    According to lead researcher Dr. Sebastian Eastham: "Three components are responsible for 97 pct of climate and air quality damages per unit aviation fuel burn -- air quality impacts of NOx at 58 pct, climate impacts of CO2 at 25 pct, and climate impacts of contrails at 14 pct. It is important to note that 86 pct of the NOx impacts on air quality are due to the emissions from cruise as opposed to the landing and takeoff cycle.

    "To reduce the climate impacts of aviation, measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions and contrails are likely to have the greatest net climate benefit. In contrast, 94 pct of air quality impacts are driven by NOx. This suggests that measures aimed at reducing NOx emissions during cruise could lead to the greatest net benefits", Eastham added.

    "Finally, we found the air quality impacts of aviation emissions significantly exceed the climate impacts, with air quality impacts being 1.7 to 4.4 times higher than the climate impact per unit of fuel burn," he concluded. (Source: MIT, Eurasia Review, 10 Nov., 2019) Contact: MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Sebastian Eastham, Lead Researcher, 617-258-7537 www.aeroastro.mit.edu

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    Inox Wind, Adani Green Energy Ink 50 MW Wind PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Inox Wind,Adani Green Energy
    Date: 2019-10-28
    India-headquartered Inox Wind reports it has inked a PPA agreement for power from a 50 MW, 25-turbine wind power project with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). To date, has commissioned 166 MW of wind projects for Adani. (Source: Inox Wind, Mercom, 22 Oct., 2019) Contact: Adani Green Energy, +91-79-2656 5555, info@adani.com, www.adanigreenenergy.com; Inox Wind, Kailash Tarachandani, CEO, +91 1975 272001, investors.iwl@inoxwind.com, www.inoxwind.com

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    OxEon Energy Among DOE Bioenergy Grant Recipients (Funding)
    OxEon Energy.
    Date: 2019-10-21
    Last week's US DOE report of $73 million in total grant funding for 35 bioenergy R&D projects included Salt Lake City area-based OxEon Energy Llc.

    OxEon is proposing an efficient method of producing biofuel from dairy-yogart manufacturing process biological wastes from a yogurt plant in Idaho. OxEon instruments will break down biogas released by decomposing waste into carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, the building blocks of hydrocarbons, then put these blocks together into usable hydrocarbon fuels.

    OxEon Energy LLC was started in 2017 and has had significant success in attracting commercial, state, and federal government business utilizing its core capabilities in energy transformation technologies. The company expects further growth in its core technologies of high temperature electrolysis, hydrocarbon reforming, synthetic fuel production and power generation by high temperature fuel cells, according to the company website. (Source: OxEon Energy Llc, Utah Public Radio, 16 Oct., 2019)Contact: OxEon Energy, Lynn Frost, CEO, 801-677-3000, www.oxeonenergy.com

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