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Cellcube Announces Proposed Assets Transaction (M&A, Ind. Report)
CellCube Energy Storage Systems
Date: 2019-10-04
Toronto-headquartered CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary Enerox GmbH and Pedro Resources Ltd. are reporting a non-binding term sheet agreement under which Pedro intends to purchase all of CellCube/Enernox intellectual property, patents, trademarks, equipment and commercialization rights and assets associated with the production of large and small vanadium redox flow batteries.

The $1,750,000.00 cash and securities deal is subject to corporate and regulatory approval, including approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange and the TSXV.

CellCube develops, manufactures, and markets vertically integrated energy storage systems to the power industry under the subsidiary company, Enerox GmbH, the developer and manufacturer of CellCube energy storage systems. CellCube's other related subsidiary is EnerCube Switchgear Systems Inc., which designs, manufactures, assembles, and tests and complete range of dependable power control systems. Pedro Resources Ltd. is a Canadian exploration company focused on vanadium exploration and development. (Source: CellCube, PR, GlobeNewswire, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: CellCube Energy Storage Systems Inc., Stefan Schauss, CEO, Director info@cellcubeenergystorage.com, www.cellcubeenergystorage.com; Pedro Resources Ltd., Deborah Jones, Corporate Communications 647-946-2192, www.pedroresources.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CellCube,  Energy Storage,  


Illinois Coal-Fired Power Plants Getting the Axe (Ind. Report0
Vistra Energy
Date: 2019-08-23
Irving, Texas-headquartered Vistra Energy are reporting it and its subsidiaries will be shuttering four Illinos, coal-fired power plants -- Coffeen Power Plant, Duck Creek Power Plant (in Canton), Havana Power Plant, and Hennepin Power Plant -- in order to comply with the Illinois Pollution Control Board's (IPCB) recently approved revisions to the Multi-Pollutant Standard rule.

The Multi-Pollutant Standard rule regulates emissions and calls for a reduction in annual mass caps for SO2 and NOx, requiring the company to permanently shut down 2,000 MW of capacity from the eight MPS group of plants by the end of the year, pending approval by grid operators -- Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and PJM Interconnection, and approval of the termination of certain tariffs by FERC. The revised rule also requires adjustments of these annual caps as additional power plant units are shut down or transferred. As a result, the retirement of the four plants will further reduce annual allowable SO2 and NOx emissions in the MPS group of plants, driving total allowable emissions down by 57 and 61 pct respectively. CO2 emissions will also be significantly reduced by approximately 40 pct relative to 2018 levels. (Source: Vistra Energy, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: Vistra Energy, Curtis Morgan, CEO, www.vistraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vistra Energy,  Coal,  CO2,  Emissions ,  


dynaCERT Touts Fuel, Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
dynaCERT
Date: 2019-08-23
York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERTdynaCERT Inc.-- the CERT in dynaCERT stands for Combustion Emission Reduction Technology -- reports it is advancing global sales of HydraGEN™ (HG), the next generation of Carbon Emission Reduction Technology for diesel engines.

Independent TUV testing of dynaCERT HG units confirms emission reduction in NOx of 55 pct, CO of 50 pct, and particulate matter of 75 pct, all while saving fuel, providing better torque, and lowering maintenance costs, according to the company.

dynaCERT has also initiated Carbon Credit applications for its HG Technology and engaged UK-based International Environmental Partners Ltd for that effort. (Source: dynaCERT, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: dynaCERT Inc., Jim Payne, CEO, (416) 766-9691 x 2, jpayne@dynaCERT.com, www.dynaCERT.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News dynaCERT,  Transportation Emissions,  Vehicle Emissions,  


Miami Business School Scores LEED Gold Certification (Ind. Report)
US Green Building Council
Date: 2019-08-21
Coral Gables and West Palm Beach, FL: (August 19, 2019) In the Sunshine State, the Miami Business School, located on the University of Miami Coral Cables campus, is reporting receipt of US Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM). The project is the first LEED v4.1 OM higher-education building in the State.

Energy deficiency and sustainable design features of the 163,885 square foot facility include:

  • the building is 30 pct more energy efficient than the national average of university college buildings;

  • more than 90 pct LED lighting, in-room air quality sensors, audio/visual and tele-presence technology, and automatic window shading;

  • an average of 60 pct of the waste generated is recycled and/or reused;

  • a comprehensive carbon-footprint assessment of student and faculty transportation was completed to help meet transportation needs;

  • indoor air-quality testing was conducted to quantify levels of formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals. (Source: Miami Business School, University of Miami, Florida Trends, 19 Aug., 2019)Contact: USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; Miami Business School, University of Miami, 305-284-4643, www.bus.miami.edu

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


  • FuelCell Energy Touts 9Mn MWh of Power Generation (Ind. Report)
    FuelCell Energy
    Date: 2019-08-14
    Danbury, Conn.-based fuel cell power and energy storage specialist FuelCell Energy, Inc. reports more than 9 million MWh having been generated by SureSource™ fuel cell power plants globally since the first commercial installation.

    SureSource™ fuel cells are a clean energy solution for the need for baseload power, as power is made continuously, positioning them as a perfect complement to the intermittent power sources of wind and solar.

    The company's SureSource™ plants are currently installed and operating on three continents, with many owned by leading utility and industrial companies. Presently, ten U.S. states and Puerto Rico have classified stationary fuel cells in the highest tier of clean power generation due to the high efficiency and resultant low carbon emissions and negligible NOx and particulate matter typical of other combustion sources of baseload power. Fuel Cells are usually classified as carbon-neutral, or in some cases carbon negative, by regulatory authorities due to the renewable nature of the biogas fuel source. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy Inc., PR, Newswire, Street Insider, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Jennifer Arasimowicz, Interim President, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    LanzaTech Announces $72Mn Novo Holdings Investment (Int'l, Funding)
    LanzaTech,Novo Holdings
    Date: 2019-08-09
    Next generation fuels producer LanzaTech is reporting Novo Holdings will invest $72 million in the company in a Series E financing. The new funds will be used to expand LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform and for commercialization of its Carbon Smart™ products.

    Novo Holdings A/S is the Novo Nordisk Foundation's wholly owned holding company for Novo Nordisk A/S and Novozymes A/S.

    Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal, according to the company. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, Biofuels Int'l., 7 Aug., 2019) Contact: Novo Holdings, +45 3527 6500, www.novoholdings.dk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Novo Holdings,  


    Longroad Nails 243 MW Texas Wind Farm Financing (Ind. Report)
    Longroad Energy
    Date: 2019-07-10
    Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy is reporting the financial close and construction startup of its $335 million El Campo wind farm in Knox County, Texas. The Danish pension funds PKA and PenSam, represented by their investment manager AIP, have invested in the project which is expected to achieve commercial operation by July of 2020, Longroad Energy's affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, will provide construction management, asset management, operations and maintenance, and remote monitoring services to the project over a 20-year term.

    Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC owns 684 MW of operational wind and solar projects across the U.S. Its services affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, operates and manages 1.49 GW comprised of these projects in addition to 805 MW of wind and solar projects on behalf of third parties. Longroad is owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Infratil Limited, and Longroad's management team. (Source: Longroad Energy, PR, Contact: Longroad Energy, Paul Gaynor, CEO, www.longroadenergy.com; linkedin.com/company/longroad-energy-partners

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Longroad Energy,  Wind,  


    Dominion Offers Home Energy Efficiency Assessments (Ind. Report)
    Dominion Energy Ohio
    Date: 2019-05-22
    Dominion Energy Ohio reports it is providing home energy efficiency assessments to residential customers for $50, as part of its Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

    The offered program, which is targeted to damp and drafty -- often older -- homes with wildly fluctuating temperatures, identifies high utility usage and similar issues as ways to assist and correct the unfavorable conditions. The program can also provide a rebate of up to $1,250 for completion of program recommendations. The program can also provide discounted NEST Thermostat E units, carbon monoxide detectors, showerheads, faucet aerators, and water heater pipe wrap and other energy efficient improvements and services. (Source: Dominion Energy Ohio, Energy Insider, 21 May, 2019) Contact: Dominion Energy Ohio, Jim Eck, VP & GM of Ohio & West Virginia Distribution, www.dominionenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy Ohio,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Anellotech Bio-TCat Hits Commercially-Targeted Yields (Ind Report)
    Anellotech
    Date: 2019-05-08
    Pearl River, New York-based renewable chemicals, bioplastics and fuels from non-food biomass producer Anellotech reports its patented Thermal Catalytic Biomass Conversion technology -- Bio-TCat -- has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

    Bio-TCat technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (AnelloMate BTX), which are bio-based and chemically identical to petroleum-derived counterparts. Bio-TCat technology also produces AnelloMate Distillate, a heavier aromatics product that can be upgraded into a high-quality biofuels blendstock for jet or diesel transportation fuel using conventional refinery processing. Cellulosic ethanol or hydrogen can be made from Bio-TCat's carbon monoxide co-product by using third-party technology.

    Anellotech is planning construction of its first commercial plant and is engaging in partnership and funding discussions with existing and new strategic partners. The plant will be capable of processing 500 bone-dry tonnes/day of loblolly pine wood into 40,000 tpy of products including benzene, toluene, xylenes, and C9+ aromatics to use as fuels or for production of bio-based plastics for packaging and consumer products. (Source: Anellotech, PR, GreenCar Congress, 7 May, 2019) Contact: Anellotech Inc., David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anellotech ,  


    Oakland Fleet Opts for Neste Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2019-04-24
    In the Golden State, the City of Oakland and Helsinki-headquartered Neste report they are partnering to turn used restaurant cooking oils and residues into renewable diesel for use in the city's transport fleet.

    According to a release, switching from petroleum diesel to renewable diesel reduces harmful emissions, reduces fuel costs and allows the city's oldest and most polluting vehicles to "go clean". The fuel is compatible with all diesel engines and cuts engine nitrogen oxides emissions by 9 pct, carbon monoxide emissions by 24 pct and fine particulate matter emissions by 33 pct. The switch to renewable diesel will also help the city fleet cut its greenhouse gas emissions by a total of 74 pct compared to fossil fuel-based diesel. (Source: Neste, Energy Live, 23 April, 2019)Contact: Neste, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com, Jeremy Baines, VP Sales, (713)407-4400, usa@neste.com, www.NesteMY.com; City of Oakland Fleet Office, www.oaklandca.gov/staff/richard-battersby

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Renewable Diesel,  Alternative FUel,  


    GE to Implement Solar/Energy Storage in Upstate NY (Ind. Report)
    GE Renewable Energy,Helios Energy
    Date: 2019-04-17
    GE Renewable Energy is reporting an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar / Energy Storage project in Lenox, NY.

    The hybrid system, which is slated to be operational in Q2, 2020, will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the system while optimizing equipment, installation costs and increasing overall system reliability. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, Power, 15 April, 2019) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Rob Morgan, CEO, Energy Storage, www.ge.com/renewableenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Helios Energy,  GE Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Flanders Commits €400Mn to CCS, CCU Initiative (Int'l Report)
    Arcelor Mittal
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Reporting from Antwerp, the Flemish government reports the approval of a plan to spend €400 million over the next 20 years in an effort to manage carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions and to become climate neutral by 2050. The plan calls for a reduction in fossil fuels consumption while implementing carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) of CO2 that is still being produced. Although CCS and CCU technology is not new it is expensive, and there is no related income from CCS for climate protection.

    The Flemish government is interested in CCU, an example of which is a pilot project launched in Ghent last week between steel producer Arcelor Mittal and chemicals manufacturer Dow, to split the carbon monoxide and CO₂ from steel production and use the CO₂ to produce bio-ethanol, a renewable energy source.

    In another example, energy provider Engie has joined with waste incinerator Indeval to use CO2 capture to produce ethanol in Antwerp. (Source: Various Media, Brussels Times, Apr, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arcelor Mittal,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Storage,  CCS,  


    IEA Confirms Ethanol's Role in Cutting Air Pollutants (Ind. Report)
    ePure,IEA
    Date: 2019-02-13
    In a recent report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) found that blending ethanol in petrol has an immediate impact on reducing emissions of harmful air pollutants from today's cars. The report also notes that E85 is one of the best overall performers in terms of reducing NOx and PM emissions in modern and older cars. The report adds that ethanol use reduces tailpipe emissions of carbon monoxide Accordingly, the report supports the need for higher ethanol blends as EU countries struggle to achieve their decarbonization targets.

    Other studies have demonstrated the role of ethanol in reducing emissions in heavy duty vehicles, notably through ED95 blend in dedicated engines. Comparing natural gas, diesel and ED95, the French environment agency ADEME indicated that ED95 vehicles were the best solution to reduce CO and NOx emissions and improve energy efficiency. And, on a full lifecycle analysis, ED95 reduced CO2 emission by more than 88 pct compared to diesel. (Source: IEA, ePure, 22 Jan., 2019) Contact: ePure, www.epure.org; International Energy Agency, Dr. Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  ePure,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  


    AB InBev Touts UK LNG Fuel Pilot to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
    AB InBev
    Date: 2019-02-06
    International brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) reports it is trialing liquified natural gas (LNG) in its UK delivery vehicles run out of its UK brewery in Samlesbury, Lancashire. The company is launching a two-week pilot to reduce CO2, nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions by using natural gas, the most environmentally friendly fuel for deliveries.

    The pilot will be closely monitored to quantify environmental and cost savings and, if successful, AB InBev has pledged to put LNG fueled tractors on the road permanently. The pilot is expected to deliver emissions reductions of up to: 15-80 pct of CO2 (mission dependent); 60 pct of NOx; 99 pct of PM; and 19dbs of noise pollution.

    Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV is a multinational drink and brewing holdings company based in Leuven, Belgium. Additional main offices are located in São Paulo, New York City, London, St. Louis, Mexico City, Bremen, Johannesburg and others. (Source: AB InBex, SHD Logistics, 5 Feb., 2019) Contact: AB InBev, www.ab-inbev.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Stamford Health USGBC LEED Healthcare Certified (Ind Report)
    USGBC,US Green Building Council
    Date: 2019-01-16
    In Fairfield, Conn., the Stamford Health hospital, which opened in 2016, reports it has been awarded US Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Healthcare Certification. The facility is the largest in the country and the first such facility in Conn. certified facility.

    In qualifying for certification, the Stamford hospital focused on; airflow, energy consumption, air quality, and "green" roofs.Other LEED qualifying features include:

  • about 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;
  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens, courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;
  • sustainable, regionally sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were used throughout;
  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were selected.

    In addition, the hospital has also been lauded by Stamford 2030 District, a public-private nonprofit collaborative community of high-performance buildings in downtown Stamford. Stamford 2030 aims to cut energy and water consumption and reduce emissions from transportation in the city by 50 pct by 2030. (Source: WestFair Online, Stamford Health, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Stamford Health, Kathleen Silard, Pres., CEO, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • FuelCell Energy Scores $3.76Mn Calif. SCAQMD Award (Funding)
    FuelCell Energy,SCAQMD
    Date: 2019-01-11
    Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell Energy, Inc. is reporting receipt of $3,767,380 in funding from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to enable the development of a renewable fuel cell project that will renewable hydrogen and power from onsite biogas while avoiding nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). SCAQMD is the air pollution control agency for all of Orange County and the urban portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino countries. The 10,743 square mile area is home to over 16.8m people. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, SCAQM, Jan., 2019) Contact: Fuel Cell Energy, Chip Bottone, Pres., CEO, (203) 830-7494, ir@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com; SCAQMD, http://yourstory.aqmd.gov/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  SCAQMD ,  Biogas,  


    Stamford Health CT's First LEED Certified Hospital (Ind. Report)
    USGBC
    Date: 2018-12-12
    In Conn., Stamford Health reports it has received US Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Healthcare Certification for its 650,000-square-foot Stamford Hospital which was completed in 2016. Stamford Health is one of only 86 projects worldwide to be certified under the LEED healthcare system rating. It is also the largest LEED for healthcare certified project in the nation.

    In the project, the Stamford Hospital focused on air flow, energy consumption and air quality. The project's LEED qualifying features included:

  • 85 pct of construction debris was recycled;

  • green spaces were maximized, including gardens;

    courtyards and paths to promote healing and provide patient and family respite;

  • green roofing system was implemented to provide a heat island effect, sending less heat into the atmosphere;

  • sustainably sourced materials and products such as certified wood, walls, ceiling, flooring and other components were regional sourced;

  • low-emitting materials, such as environmentally friendly carpets and no noxious flooring material, were installed throughout the building; and

  • an advanced facilities and energy management system was installed. (Source: Stamford Health, PR, 10 Dec., 2018) Contact: Stamford Health, Stamford Hospital, Michael Smeriglio, Executive Director, Facilities Management, www.stamfordhealth.org; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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


  • Solar Alliance, Onni Group Ink 519 kW Solar Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Solar Alliance
    Date: 2018-12-05
    Vancouver-based Solar Alliance Energy Inc. reports it has entered into a definitive agreement with a division of Onni Group for the design, procurement and construction management services for a 519 kW combined rooftop and carport solar installation at Manhattan Beach Towers' multi-tenant office building owned by the Knoxville-based developer. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

    The Manhattan Beach Towers solar project will utilize LG NeON 2 solar modules, Solar Edge inverters and Solar Edge module optimizers. (Source: Solar Alliance Energy Inc., PR, 3 Oct., 2018) Contact: Solar Alliance, Jason Bak, CEO, (604) 288-9051, jbak@solaralliance.com, www.solaralliance.com; Omni Group, www.omni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Solar Alliance,  


    Sino-Dutch Researchers Tout Cleaner Coal-to-Liquid Fuel (Int'l)
    Eindhoven University of Technology
    Date: 2018-11-28
    In Beijing, the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands are touting a breakthrough which they claim cuts and captures the CO2 emissions and improves the financial viability of coal to liquid (CTL) fuels.

    The key is a new type of catalyst to be used in the Fischer-Tropsch reactor, the part of the process in which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are converted into liquid hydrocarbons. In the CTL process coal is first converted to syngas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen -- and then to a liquid. Some of the CO is taken out of the syngas by converting it to CO2, in a process called water-gas shift. The researchers discovered that the CO2 release is triggered because the iron-based catalysts in the reactor are not pure. Accordingly, the researchers developed an alternative catalyst using a type of iron carbide -- epsilon iron carbide -- which they say generates almost no CO2 at all. Any that is been produced can be easily removed at the water-gas shift stage.

    The researchers expect the new catalyst will play a role in the future energy and basic chemicals industry. The feedstock will not be coal or gas, but waste and biomass. Syngas will continue to be the central element, as it is also the intermediate product in the conversion of these new feedstocks. (Source: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy Cosmos, Oct., 2018)Contact: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, www.nicenergy.com/en; Eindhoven University of Technology, www.tue.nl/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Synfuel,  


    MidAmerican Plans First Battery Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    MidAmerican Energy,Invenergy
    Date: 2018-11-09
    In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the planned installation of a 4 megawatt-hours -- 1 MW of power for 4 hours -- battery energy storage system at an electrical substation in Knoxville, Iowa. 1 MW is enough electricity to power about 900 average Iowa homes.

    Invenergy will install the lithium-iron phosphate battery system, housed in two truck-sized steel containers. The new system is expected to begin operating by the end the month. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, WeAreIowa, 8 Nov., 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Invenergy,  Battery Energy Storage,  


    Japan Launches Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Satellite (Int'l)
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Date: 2018-10-29
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) are reporting the launch and earth orbit entry of a Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT-2) on Monday from the Tanegashima Space Centre on Tanegashima island.

    The GOSAT-2 satallite, which was developed and manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric, will orbit the earth at an altitude of 613 kilometres to gather data on methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The satellite will also monitor air pollution by measuring levels of particulate matter such as PM 2.5.

    The satellite will play "a major role in monitoring the impact of climate change and human activities on the carbon cycle and is expected to contribute to climate science and climate change related policies," Mitsubishi Electric said in a statement. Source: Mitsubishi Electric, AAP, SBS News, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Aerospace Exploration Agency, global.jaxa.jp;Mitsubishi Electric, www.mitsubishielectric.com/en/contact/index.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Mitsubishi Electric,  


    BASF Invests in Waste Gas-to-Ethanol Firm LanzaTech (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech,BASF
    Date: 2018-10-03
    German chemicals juggernaut BASF reports it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago, Illinois headquartered LanzaTech, a biotech company using special microbes to recycle waste gas streams.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology recycles residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. By re-using waste streams instead of incinerating them, industrial companies are said to be able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

    BASF Venture Capital GmbH was founded in 2001 with the aim of generating new growth potential for BASF by investing in new companies and funds. (Source: BASF, WMW, 1 Oct., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  BASF,  Ethanol,  


    Most European Diesels Miss Vehicle Emissions Standards (Int'l)

    Date: 2018-09-24
    According to a new study in the September edition Atmospheric Environment, diesel cars sold by ten major automobile manufacturers in Europe between 2000 and 2015 generate up to 16 times more emissions on the road than in regulatory tests - a level that although not illegal exceeds European limits.

    The study noted that diesel cars in the EU emit considerably more nitrogen oxide (NOx) on the road than the regulatory limits. NOx emissions are known to contribute to ozone formation and various health problems.

    In 2015, diesel cars accounted for 41.3 pct of the total passenger car fleet in Europe. Diesel cars were originally promoted as producing less CO2 emissions compared to petrol engines. An increased awareness of the detrimental of NOx emissions on human health has led to changes in the EU standards on diesel exhausts in an effort to reduce these emissions. (Source: European Scientist, 22 Sept., 2018) Contact: MIT, Prof. Steven Barrett, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics, (617) 253-2727, sbarrett@mit.edu, http://barrett.mit.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  GHGs,  


    Slovenia's CO2, NOx GHG Emissions on the Rise (Int'l Report)

    Date: 2018-09-14
    Reporting from the capital city of Ljubljana, the Slovenian Statistical Office notes the county's CO2 emissions rose by 3.8 pct in 2016 compared to the previous year. A total of 15.2 million tonnes of CO2 was generated in 2016. Nitrogen oxide (NOx)emissions also increased by 4.5 pct. (Source: Slovenian Statistical Office, STA, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Slovenian Statistical Office, +386 1 241 64 00, gp.surs@gov.si, www.stat.si/StatWeb/en


    GoodFuels Marine Fossil-Free Maritime Fuel Lauded (Ind. Report)
    GoodFuels
    Date: 2018-09-14
    In Amsterdam, GoodFuels Marine is reporting its GoodShipping Program, which claims to be the world's first global initiative established to decarbonize shipping through the use of sustainable low carbon marine fuels, has enabled five pioneering shippers -- Tony's Chocolonely, Dopper, Blygold, Magic Marine and Mystic -- to collectively cut their carbon footprint by over 40 tons through the use of GoodFuels Marine's advanced, sustainable marine fuel.

    The five shippers have also reduced local emissions of sulphur oxide (SOx), nitrogen oxide (NOx), and particulate matter (PM). When combined, emissions of these substances from vessels in port regions lead to over 60,000 premature deaths globally each year, according to researchers from the University of Delaware.

    The GoodShipping Program , which requires shippers to commit to a reduction in their sea freight CO2 emissions, works on the premise that as all CO2 from container shipping is emitted into the same atmosphere, the means of mitigating these emissions is equally impactful, regardless of which vessels adopt biofuels over traditional bunker fuels -- or the amount of "drop in" biofuel that is added to the fuel tank, as long as it offsets the CO2 costs of transporting participating shippers' cargo. (Source: GoodFuels, Marine link, 13 Sept., 2018)Contact: GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels ,  Marine Fuel,  Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2018-09-12
    Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

    Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

    Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


    enVerde Planning Organic Waste- to-Syngas Demo Plant (Ind. Report)
    enVerde
    Date: 2018-09-10
    Minneapolis-based enVerde LLC reports it is seeking funds to construct a demonstration plant using its catalytically-driven, thermochemical technology would process organic waste such as livestock manure, food manufacturing detritus, and most carbon-based materials including plastic, into synthetic fuel, oil, and char materials that can be used as energy or chemical sources.

    enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

    With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals. Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels. (Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Syngas,  


    EPA Report Notes Ethanol Environmental Damage (Ind. Report)
    Ethanol,Clean Air Task Force
    Date: 2018-08-03
    According to a recent, federally-mandated EPA assessment of the environmental impact of corn and soybean based ethanol production, ethanol is creating several ill effects on the enviroment and wildlife habitat.

    The EPA report documents millions of acres of wildlife habitat lost to ethanol crop production, increased nutrient pollution in waterways and air emissions and side effects worse than the gasoline the ethanol is replacing. According to Johnathan Lewis, senior counsel for climate policy with the Clean Air Task Force, ethanol from corn in particular is linked to increased emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) which contributes to and increases ozone formation.

    In March, the Growing Renewable Energy through Existing and New Environmentally Responsible (GREENER) Fuels Act to reform the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) was introduced to the US Senate and Congress. The GREENER Fuels Act sets out a clear goal of moving U.S. mandates away from a heavy reliance on food-based -- corn -- biofuels that have been linked to food price spikes and large-scale environmental contamination in the United States and around the world. (Source: EPA, Public News Service - NY, Aug., 2018) Contact: Clean Air Task Force, www.catf.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  EPA,  RFS,  Clean Air Task Force,  


    TerraNavigator Considers Ill. Landfill Solar Project (Ind. Report)
    TerraNavigator
    Date: 2018-07-27
    San Diego-based solar energy specialist TerraNavigator reports it is considering construction of a solar panel project at one or both of two closed Knox County landfills in Oneida, Illinois. The potential sites -- Landfill 1 and Landfill 2 -- have been shuttered for approximately 25 years.

    TerraNavigator's expression of interest is being considered by the Knox County Landfill Board and, if approved will require a feasibility analysis and a permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, among other steps, before it could bring solar panels to the landfill. (Source: Register Mail, 26 July, 2018) Contact: TerraNavigator Peter DeFazio, VP Corporate Development, (858) 263-2889, www.terranavigator.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  TerraNavigator,  


    Protecting Tropical Forest Carbon Stocks, Environmental Diversity (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-07-23
    In the UK, an international research study led by Lancaster University's Environment Centre (UK) and The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) has found that in tropical forests, up to 77 pct of species that would have been protected through biodiversity conservation were not protected through measures focused solely on protecting carbon stocks.

    Tropical forests store more than a third of the world's land carbon and are the world's most biodiverse ecosystems, harbouring more than two-thirds of Earth's land species, but the implications for biodiversity of investments focused only on protecting carbon stocks have until now remained unclear.

    In a scientific first, the researchers assessed carbon and biodiversity levels in forests spanning the range of human impacts, from those minimally disturbed to those recovering after complete clearance of vegetation. The researchers found that more carbon meant more biodiversity in severely damaged forests, as anticipated. Contrary to expectations, however, where human impacts were less intense, increasing amounts of carbon did not come with more species. While promising remote sensing tools are being developed to measure forest carbon, increasing biodiversity protection through carbon investments is only possible with extensive field monitoring. Yet, in Brazil, progress in this area is sorely lacking, the report notes.

    Co-author Professor Jos Barlow from Lancaster University explained: "Biodiversity and climate change are inextricably linked in tropical forests. A warming climate and changing rainfall patterns will lead to the extinction of many tropical species, while it is within tropical biodiversity itself that forest carbon resides. Species-poor forests will eventually become carbon-poor. Therefore, tackling the climate crisis requires that both tropical forest carbon and tropical forest species are protected together." (Source: Lancaster Univ., Nature Climate Change, AAAS, 16 July, 2018) Contact: Lancaster University, Dr. Gareth Lennox, www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/about-us/people/gareth-lennox

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


    Dubai's Sustainable City Opts for B-100 Biodiesel (Int'l Report)
    Sustainable City, Diamond Developer
    Date: 2018-07-20
    In Dubai, The Sustainable City project developer, Diamond Developers, reports it has adopted B100 biodiesel to fuel the construction of new buildings as part of the community's second phase.

    The initiative will allow The Sustainable City project to reduce its carbon footprint by up to 150 tpy of CO2 during the construction period.

    Compared to conventional gasoline and petroleum diesel, B100 cuts harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide by 50 pct, polyaromatic hydrocarbons by 90 pct, nitrogen oxides by 95 pct, and particulate matter by 99 pct, according to the company release. (Source: Diamond Developers, Arabian Industry, 19 July, 2018)Contact: Sustainable City, Diamond Developers, Faris Saeed, CEO, www.thesustainablecity.ae

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  


    BASF Invests in LanzaTech (Int'l. Report)
    BASF,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-15
    German chemicals giant BASF is confirming it has invested an undisclosed sum in Chicago-headquartered biotech LanzaTech.

    Lanzatech's gas fermentation technology uses special microbes to recycle residual gases containing carbon monoxide and hydrogen into ethanol. The company's product portfolio includes additional biochemicals besides ethanol, such as chemical specialties and intermediates, that can be used as raw materials in other chemical production processes. The technology is also said to be potentially suitable for treating and recycling waste streams in the chemical industry and for municipal waste disposal. (Source: BASF, WMW, 14 June, 2018) Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BASF,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  


    ArcelorMittal Invests €150 Mn in Emissions-to-Fuel Tech. (Int'l)
    ArcelorMittal,LanzaTech
    Date: 2018-06-13
    The Belgium-based steel giant ArcelorMittal reports construction of €150 million of new equipment to transform furnace CO2 emissions into bioethanol is underway at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. This project is in collaboration with LanzaTech and is first of its type in Europe.

    LanzaTech technology uses microbes that absorb carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol which can be used as transportation fuel or in the production of plastic. The system, which produce 80 million lpy of bioethanol annually, is expected to go into production in May, 2020. (Source: ArcelorMittal, 12 June, 2018) Contact: ArcelorMittal, Paul Weigh, +32 9 347 31 11, paul.weigh@arcelormittal.com, www.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  COs,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  LanzaTech,  


    Methanol Endorsed as Sustainable Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
    SUMMETH
    Date: 2018-06-01
    The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) research project is reporting that methanol offers immediate environmental benefits and a zero-carbon pathway and that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in converted diesel engines of small maritime ferries and coastal craft. The SUMMETH research switching to methanol would offer close to zero SOx and particulate matter emissions and significantly lower NOx emissions compared to conventional marine fuels or biodiesel.

    SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.

    The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute. (Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66, www.summeth.marinemethanol.com/?page=home; Swedish Maritime Administration, www.sjofartsverket.se/en; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, www.vttresearch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Methanol,  Methanol,  Biofuel,  Maritime Fuel,  


    Arkansas Reports Declining Air Pollution Levels (Ind. Report)
    Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
    Date: 2018-05-07
    The level of regulated air pollutants in Arkansas continued to decline throughout 2016, the latest year for which data are available, according to a report from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The 2017 State of the Air report assessed ground-level ozone concentrations and concentrations of other pollutants regulated by the National Ambient Air Quality Standards program.

    The report notes declines from 2005 to 2016 where the state has monitors in ground-level ozone, particulate matter 2.5 and 10, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Arkansas is one of only 12 states that meets all federal air quality standards, although it was not meeting ozone standards a few years ago.

    Download the Arkansas State of Air Report HERE. (Source: Arkansas OnLine, 6 May, 2018) Contact: Arkansas DAQ, Tricia Treece, (508) 682-0744, www.adeq.state.ar.us; National Ambient Air Quality Standards, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Ambient_Air_Quality_Standards

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Ambient Air Quality Standards,  


    REGI Launches REG Ultra Clean Diesel (New Pprod & Tech)
    REGI
    Date: 2018-05-04
    Ames, Iowa-headquartered Renewable Energy Group Inc.(REGI) is touting REG Ultra Clean Diesel, its latest innovation in diesel fuel.

    Patent-pending, low-emissions REG Ultra Clean Diesel is made of a proprietary blend of renewable diesel and biodiesel and is California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved for year-round use throughout California under the Alternative Diesel Fuel Regulation. REG Ultra Clean Diesel reduces total hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 15 pct, particulate matter emissions by 40 pct, emits less nitrogen oxides (NOx) and offers even greater emissions reductions when compared to conventional diesel, according to the company. (Source: Renewable Energy Group Inc, 2 May, 2018) Contact: REG, (515) 239-8104, www.regi.com/ultracleandiesel, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Clean Diesel,  


    Catalyst Turns Ammonia into Clean Transport Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
    International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University
    Date: 2018-04-30
    Researchers at the International Research Organization for Advanced Science and Technology (IROAST) in Kumamoto University are reporting a promising technology that uses hydrogen (H2) as a renewable energy source. Although it is a primary candidate for clean secondary energy, large amounts of H2 can be converted into liquid form for easier storage and transportation. Among the possible forms of liquid H2, ammonia (NH3) is a promising carrier because it has high H2 density, is easily liquefied, and can be produced on a large-scale. NH3 is being seen as a carbon free combustible gas that can be widely used in thermal power generation and industrial furnaces as an alternative to gasoline and light oil.

    IROAST researchers have developed a "catalytic combustion method" to add substances that promote or suppress chemical reactions during fuel combustion and suppresses the generation of NOx. (Source: Journal of Catalysis, 26 Mar., Brinkwire, 29 April, 2018) Contact: IROAST, Dr. Satoshi , +81-96-342-3979, szk-kiko[at]jimu.kumamoto-u.ac.jp, iroast.kumamoto-u.ac.jp


    dynaCERT Touts Carbon Emissions Reduction Technology (Ind. Report)
    dynaCERT
    Date: 2018-04-04
    York, Ontario-based next generation Carbon Emission Reduction Technology developer dynaCERT is touting it's HydraGEN™ Technology for diesel engines.

    HydraGEN™ Technology uses simple electrolysis to turn distilled water into H2 & O2 gases that are produced on demand. The gases are introduced into the diesel engine's air intake before the turbocharger, which then produces a homogeneous air mixture prior to combustion. Hydrogen gas mixes with diesel fuel in the engine's combustion chamber where it acts as a combustion enhancer, for a faster and more complete burn, as well as lower combustion temperature. The result is decreased NOx production and reduced carbon emissions overall. Validated through both On-Road and accredited 3rd party testing, HydraGEN™ Technology produced:

  • 6 pct to 19.2 pct reduction in fuel consumption;
  • 18 pct to 46.1 pct reduction in NOx emissions;
  • 25 pct to 48.1 pct reduction in CO emissions;
  • 6 pct to 28 pct reduction in CO2 emissions;
  • 30 pct to 50.1 pct reduction in THC emissions;
  • at least 65 pct reduction in particulate matter;
  • reduction of Diesel Emission Fuel (DEF) usage by 40 pct to 60 pct;
  • reduction of Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) replacement period by at least 33 pct; increased engine power and torque; and extended engine and oil life (lower maintenance costs).

    HydraGEN™ technology is designed for all types and sizes of diesel engines used in on-road vehicles, reefer trailers, off-road construction, mining and forestry equipment, power generation, marine vessels and railroad locomotives. (Source: dynaCERT, April, 2018) Contact: dynaCERT, (416) 766-9691, info@dynacert,com, www.dynacert.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Transporation Emissions,  NOx,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Brit Researchers Tout Diesel NOx Emissions R&D (Int'l., R&D)
    Loughborough University
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Researchers at the U.K.'s Loughborough University are reporting development of "ammonia creation and conversion technology" (ACCT), a simple, cost effective way to all but eliminate NOx emissions from diesel fuel

    The ACCT system converts the universally available urea-based after-treatment AdBlue into a special ammonia-rich 'ACCT fluid' under accurately controlled conditions in a chamber mounted in the exhaust system. Just as with the current selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems, the new process uses freed ammonia to tear the components of NOx apart leaving only nitrogen and water. The ACCT fluid works effectively at high levels of efficiency in low-exhaust temperature conditions that severely challenge current systems.

    Initial tests on a Skoda taxi equipped with ACCT show as much as 98 pct of exhaust-borne NOx emissions are captured -- significantly more efficient than the 60 pct offered by current methods. And that 98 per cent figure was achieved even before researchers had the opportunity to fine-tune the ACCT system for optimum performance. (Source: Loughborough University, CTV News, Mar 15, 2018) Contact: Loughborough University, +44 20 3818 0777, www.lborolondon.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  NOx ,  Diesel,  


    CARB OKs Targray's NOx Mitigating Biodiesel Additive (Ind. Report)
    Targray,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2018-03-02
    In Sacramento, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) reports it has certified CATANOX, a NOx mitigating biodiesel additive developed by BQ-9000 biofuels marketer Targray to help meet the Golden State's latest Low Carbon Fuel Standard requirements. The additive was tested in accordance with the Alternative Diesel Fuel regulation and demonstrated NOx emissions equivalent to standard diesel, as well as particulate matter emission reductions of more than 20 pct when compared to the benchmark CARB diesel.

    Kirkland, Quebec-headquartered Targray, one of the largest biofuels marketers and distributors in California, is now the second company in the state to offer a CARB-certified NOx mitigation solution for biodiesel blenders. Beginning in March, Targray will offer its CATANOX additive as part of a fully blended, B20- ready turnkey solution at five fuel terminal locations in Stockton, Fresno, Bakersfield and Los Angeles. (Source: Targay, PR, 28 Feb., 2018) Contact: Targray, (514) 695-8095, www.targray.com; California Air Resources Board, ww2.arb.ca.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Targray,  Biodiesel,  California Air Resources Board,  


    UK Carbon Emissions Rise as Diesel Vehicle Sales Dive (Int'l)
    Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders
    Date: 2018-02-28
    In the UK, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reports the Government's "anti-diesel agenda" led to a 17.1 pct decline in new diesel vehicle sales in 2017 and a slight increase in CO2 emissions, the first rise since 2000.

    Although diesel cars produce more of the toxic gas nitrogen oxide (NOx) than their petrol counterparts, they emit less CO2 and are often more fuel efficient. The growing popularity of fuel-hungry SUVs has also contributed to the increase in carbon emissions, as they produce about a quarter more CO2 than the smallest vehicles, according to the BBC. (Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, The Week, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, www.smmt.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders ,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    Neste Renewable Diesel Cut 8.3 Mn Tons of CO2 in 2017 (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-26
    According to a Helsinki-headquartered Neste release, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion KG in 2017 -- equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    The emission reduction is calculated by comparing the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions of the renewable fuels that Neste produces in a year to the life cycle emissions of the equivalent amount of conventional diesel. Neste MY Renewable Diesel is refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 pct reduction in carbon emissions as well as improving local air quality by reducing exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste Corporation, Jeremy Baines, VP sales, Neste US Inc., Kaisa Hietala, VP Renewable Products , +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Biofuels,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Neste Touts Neste MY Renewable Diesel for Cutting GHG EMissions (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2018-02-23
    According to Helsinki-headquartered renewable fuels specialist maker Neste, replacing fossil fuels with Neste's renewable fuels reduced global climate emissions altogether by a staggering 8.3 million metric tons or 8.3 billion kilograms in 2017 -- the equivalent to removing 3 million passenger cars from the roads for a full year.

    The amount of greenhouse gas emissions saved with Neste's renewable fuels, primarily Neste MY Renewable Diesel, increased by 1.6 million tons from 2016 thanks to increased production at Neste's renewable fuels refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore.

    Refined from waste and residue raw materials, such as meat processing wastes, used cooking oils, and residues from vegetable oil processing, Neste MY Renewable Diesel provides up to 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Waste and residues account for the vast majority of Neste's renewable raw material usage. In addition to significantly reducing global climate emissions, replacing conventional diesel with Neste MY Renewable Diesel can improve local air quality by reducing local exhaust emissions, nitrogen oxides, particulates, and carbon monoxide. (Source: Neste, PR, 21 Feb., 2018) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, US VP Sales, (713) 407-4400, www.neste.com, www.nestemy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste MY Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Carbon-Capture Tax Extensions Included in Trump Budget (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In Washington, the office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reports the bipartisan FUTURE Act, S. 1535, bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Capito to bolster carbon-capture system development while reducing carbon emissions has been incorporated Trump administration's budget as signed by the president on Feb. 9.

    The Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions Act (FUTURE Act, S. 1535) expands the federal tax credit for per-ton carbon dioxide disposal in a secure geologic storage unit, according to the legislation text of Capito's original bill.

    Under the bill, the credit applies to carbon oxide storage, encompassing any of three carbon oxides: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon suboxide. Expanding the credit enables wider CCUS adoption by power generators not currently eligible for the 45Q tax credit and offers certainty for companies that need to use the credit for securing private funding for carbon-capture projects, such as those using certain carbon oxides for improved oil recovery and for converting carbon into usable manufactured products including fuel, carbon fiber and plastic, and others. (Source: Office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rippon Advance, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emission,  Carbon Tax,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


    Collaborative Tech.Touts New Biomass Fuel Catalyst (Ind. Report)
    Collaborative Technologies
    Date: 2018-02-12
    Henderson, Nevada-headquartered Collaborative Technologies i reporting the availability of its proprietary biomass fuel catalyst (BFC) specifically developed for use with wood chips, bamboo and palm kernel shells. The product can be used as replacement fuel at power stations as a clean alternative to coal to reduce emissions. BFC offers technical solutions.

    The use of Collaborative Technologies BFC in conjunction with fuels improves burning efficiency and reduces particulate matter and NOx emissions and improves combustion thus cutting maintenance costs, according to the company. (Source: Collaborative Technologies LLC, PR, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: Collaborative Technologies, (866) 337-0365, info@collaborativetechnologies.us, www.collaborativetechnologies.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


    Evonik, Siemens Partnering on Specialty Chemicals from CO2 (Int'l)
    Siemens, Evonik
    Date: 2018-01-22
    Siemens, Europe's largest conglomerate, and Essen, Germany-based specialty chemicals producer Evonik Industries are reporting the launch of a joint research project focused on deploying artificial photosynthesis by using carbon dioxide as a raw material and converting it into usable chemicals. The small-scale project, called Rheticus, is a trial programme based in Marl, Germany,

    The project is being supported to the tune of €2.8 million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research Siemens is providing the electrolysis technology, which is used in the first step to convert CO2 and water into hydrogen and carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. Evonik is contributing the fermentation process, converting gases containing CO into useful products by metabolic processes with the aid of special micro-organisms. (Source: Siemens, FT, 18 Jan., 2019)Contact: Evonik, Stefan Haver, stefan.haver@evonik.com, www.evonik.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Evonik ,  Green Fuel,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  


    NIFA Invests in Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Ind. Report)
    USDA,NIFA,Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance
    Date: 2018-01-08
    In the nation's Capital, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) reports it has awarded a grant to improve biorefinery technologies through the Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (IBO) program which is coordinated and co-funded jointly between NIFA and the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office. The funding comes from NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) which addresses challenges in food and agricultural sciences through research, extension, and education.

    Through IBO, the grant will fund research totaling $2,994,429 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The project proposes to develop and commercialize solvent fractionated lignins to polymeric products for their potential market in building and construction sectors. The proposed research is intended to develop integrated pathways for the extraction of value-added polymeric products from lignin waste/under-valued stream from biorefinery.

    NIFA has invested in a range of projects to expand the regional biofuel and bioproduct industries and foster the scientific corps and workforce that support the bioeconomy. One recent example is a five-year investment to the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) which has advanced research into biofuels and biochemicals, fostered the Northwest regional biofuel industry and helped educate tomorrow’s workforce on renewable energy. (Source: USDA, NIFA, PR, 4 Jan., 2018) Contact: USDA, NIFA, www.nifa.usda.gov/Impacts; NARA, Washington State University, (509) 335-5581, www.nararenewables.org, www.wsu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance,  USDA,  NIFA,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  


    Green Award "Platinum" Launched for Emissions-Free Shipping (Int'l)
    Green Award
    Date: 2017-12-18
    Green Award, a certification scheme for inland and sea-going ships, has introduced a new Platinum label for ships operating emission-free -- CO2, SOx, NOx and PM. The emissions are avoided for extended periods by use of electrical propulsion powered by batteries or fuel cells. The Green Award certifies ships that demonstrate better than legally required performance in terms of quality, safety and environmental practices.

    The first inland navigation vessel with zero emissions is expected to be certified in 2018. Platinum label comes in addition to the existing Bronze, Silver and Gold certification levels within the Green Award programme.

    The Green Award Foundation is a neutral, independent foundation, established 1994 on the initiative of the Rotterdam Municipal Port Management and the Dutch Ministry of Transport. Since 1 January 2000 Green Award is completely independent. (Source: Green Award Foundation, Dry Bulk, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Green Award Foundation, +31 10 21 70 200 info@greenaward.org, http://www.greenaward.org/greenaward/26-foundation.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions,  Maritime Emussuioons,  


    Cummins Nat. Gas Engines 2018 Emissions Certified (Ind. Report)
    Cummins Westport
    Date: 2017-12-15
    Natural gas engine manufacturer Cummins Westport Inc. (CWI) reports it has received U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification for its 2018 L9N and B6.7N natural gas engines. Both engines meet CARB optional Low NOx standards, as well as 2017 EPA GHG emission requirements.

    All CWI engines offer the choice of using compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied natural gas (LNG). (Source: Cummins Westport, PR, NewsWire, 13 Dec., 2017) Contact: Cummins Inc., Rob Neitzke, President of Cummins Westport Jon Mills Director - External Communications, (317) 610-4244, jon.mills@cummins.com , www.cummins.com; Westport Fuel Systems Inc., Caroline Sawamoto, (604) 718-2046, invest@wfsinc.com, www.wfsinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Cummins Westport,  RNG,  LNG,  CNG,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Coal Giant Honors Clean Coal Tech. Leadership (Ind. Report)
    Peabody Energy
    Date: 2017-12-08
    In St. Louis, Peabody Energy, the world's largest private-sector coal company, is reporting the issuance of its Fourth Annual Peabody Global Clean Coal Leadership Awards. The awards recognize the cleanest coal plants in the world and shine a light on the environmental progress being made to improve emissions through greater use of technology.

    Honors are based on the best environmental performance for reducing key criteria emission rates and carbon dioxide (CO2). Categories include leadership in reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOx), and improving efficiency as measured by heat rate, which results in a lower carbon footprint. In addition, Peabody recognized a new coal plant and an industry pioneer advancing carbon capture and storage technologies. A distinguished panel of international experts in high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) and carbon capture technologies selected the award recipients following a comprehensive review process.

    "Coal remains an essential part of the energy mix, and technology will continue to play an important role in meeting the world's emissions goals," said Peabody President and Chief Executive Officer Glenn Kellow. "Peabody has advocated clean coal technologies for two decades and we are proud to recognize companies that are advancing these technologies to help achieve energy security, economic progress and environmental solutions." (Source: Peabody Energy, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: Peabody Energy, Glenn Kellow, CEO, Travis Snyder (314) 342-4351, www.peabodyenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Peabody Energy,  Coal,  Clean Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  

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