To reach Net Zero Energy by 2030, the study calls for Burlington to reduce total energy use and increase electrification across the electric, heating, and ground transportation sectors, while continuing to source all of its electricity from renewable generation. The Roadmap identifies important criteria to achieve that goal, including: efficient electric buildings, increased adoption of electric Vehicles (EVs), implementing a district energy system that could reduce fossil fuel consumption by 15 pct, and developing alternative transportation systems and programs.
In response to the city program, Burlington Electric Department announced a slate of new programs and incentives that build on existing initiatives and focus on both building electrification and energy efficiency and transportation, lowering energy consumption and electric rates.
(Source: City of Burlington, PR, Sept., 2019) Contact: City of Burlington, Jennifer Green, Director of Sustainability, www.burlingtonvt.gov; Burlington Electric Department, Darren Springer, Gen. Manager, www.burlingtonelectric.com/NZE
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Of the survey respondents planning to remodel their existing homes, 81 pct said they'd be willing to pay 20 pct to 30 pct more on the cost of their projects to achieve NZE.
Construction professionals estimate, on average, that it would cost 36 pct more for a home to meet ZNE standards compared to a standard home.
(Source: Propane Education & Research Council, Realty Business News, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Propane Education & Research Council, www.propane.com
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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
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The compact, easily transported new device can detect both above and below ground methane leaks from both above and below-ground from as faraway as 500 feet, process the data it detects rather than simply display information that a human operator has to analyze later.
The system can also be programmed to pick up propane, butane, ethanol, heptane, benzene, ethylene and others.
(Source: NETL, WVNews, 17 Feb., 2019)Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org
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The code is based on nationally developed standards and establishes a predictable and efficient path for achievable energy-efficiency improvements. Adopting fully vetted, cost-effective, and federally recognized standards provides Oregon businesses with predictability and creates a more efficient regulatory framework.
The adoption of the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard creates a framework for ongoing improvement in energy efficiency, while providing predictability and regulatory efficiency to Oregon businesses. The standard includes a fully programmed online tool allowing builders to enter their construction choices for ventilation, windows, and other elements in order to confirm compliance with Oregon code.
Review the Oregon Zero Code Efficiency Standard HERE. (Source: State of Oregon, Building Codes Div.,
KTVZ.COM, Nov., 2018) Contact: Oregon
Building Codes Division, Mark Long, Admin., (503) 378-4133, email@example.com, oregon.gov/bcd
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,
Anellotech's patented Bio-TCat thermal-catalytic technology produces a mixture of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) which can be used in the production of polymers such as polyester, polycarbonate, and nylon, or high-octane gasoline blendstock. The company notes that co-product gas streams from Bio-TCat can be used to make significant amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen or cellulosic ethanol using third party technologies.
(Source: Anellotech, Public Release, Green Car Congress, 17 Oct., 2018)Contact: Anellotech Inc. David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com
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The project is a JV between Quinbrook and Elawan Wind, US, and was constructed by Florida-based firm Wanzek Construction.
The project was financed with equity investments from Quinbrook and Elawan along with tax equity investments from a consortium comprising of GE Energy Financial Services and JP Morgan.
To be initially operated under a GE Full Service Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Agreement, Persimmon is reported to be the first project to be completed by the Boulder, Colorado-based wind energy developer and owner-operator Scout Clean Energy.
(Source: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, power Tech, 13 Sept., 2018) Contact: Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners, (713) 580- 8022, www.quinbrook.com; Scout Clean Energy, Micheal Rucker, Pres., (303) 284-7566, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.scoutcleanenergy.com
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The completed project, which will generate sufficient energy for 80,000 homes, is part of Xcel's planned 70-pct, 1,850-mw expansion of its wind portfolio.
The project is expected to come in at about $200 million with West Fargo-based
Wanzek Construction as construction contractor. (Source: Xcel Energy, WDAY, 10 Aug., 2018)
Contact: Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com
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When fully operational, the $10 million
project is expected to generate sufficient power for power about 2,250 homes.
(Source: Con Edison, Daily Republic, 14 July, 2018)
Contact: Con Edison, Jorge J. Lopez, Pres., CEO, Project Development Director Corey Juhl, (914) 286-7094, www.conedsolutions.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind, Con Edison,
The Anellotech Bio-TCat Process's cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals are "drop in" replacements for their identical petroleum-derived counterparts, and can be used in manufacturing plastics renewable transportation fuels.
The alliance with Suntory, one of Anellotech's principal strategic investment partners, began in 2012 with the goal of enabling the development and commercialization of cost-competitive 100 pct bio-based plastics for use in beverage bottles. Suntory currently uses 30 pct plant-derived materials for its Mineral Water Suntory Tennensui brands and is pursuing the development of a 100 pct bio-based PET bottle through this alliance, as part of its commitment to sustainable business practices.
(Source: Anellotech Inc., PR, 28 Mar., 2018) Contact: Anellotech Inc.
David Sudolsky, Pres., (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com,
More Low-Carbon Energy News Suntory news, Anellotech news, Biochemical news, Bioplastic news, Renewable Fuel news, PET Plastic news,
Vertimass believes their technology of converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) can substantially increase corn demand in the US. This innovative technology eliminates the ethanol blend wall that currently limits ethanol use and allows for further expansion of renewable fuels and chemicals while maintaining a low greenhouse gas footprint.
According to Vertimass, "This innovative technology will be fully applicable to conversion of ethanol from cellulosic biomass such as agricultural residues and dedicated energy crops and sugars into BTEX and hydrocarbon fuels as it is to corn ethanol."
(Source: Vertimass LLC, PR, 5 Mar., 2018)
Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; : NCGA, (202) 326-0644, www.ncga.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News NCGA, Vertimass, Corn, Ethanol, Biofuel Feedstock,
Under the terms of the agreement, Younicos will replace existing lead-acid batteries with advanced Samsung SDI lithium-ion batteries, which will be managed by Y.Q, Younicos's proprietary control software. Lithium-ion technology will provide a significantly higher usable energy capacity potential, increase the operational lifetime of the system and enable fully automated operation with no manual battery balancing or state-of-charge management needed.
(Source : Younicos Energy, Strategic Research Institute, SteelGuru, 2 Feb., 2018) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, (512) 268-8191 -- Austin Texas Office, email@example.com,
www.younicos.com; TerraForm Power, (240) 762-7700, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.terraform.com
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Anellotech's Bio-TCat Process will produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals, benzene, toluene and xylenes from non-food biomass for use in manufacturing polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or renewable transportation fuels. (Source: Anhellotech, FinSMEs, 21 Jan., 2018)Contact: Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com
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The directive acknowledges construction in seven Southern Europe countries -- Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain -- have subtle construction and climate differences that make it difficult to directly compare nZEB regulations and programs.
The directive also recognizes sociological and technological barriers hampering the retrofitting of existing buildings or development of new nZEBs. The directive also notes "the poor training of practically all the players, starting with the administration, including construction workers, and going right up to citizens, constitutes a huge human chain in which there is still a lack of understanding about what nZEBs are and how to achieve them." (Source: University of the Basque Country, PR, Dec., 2017) Contact: University of the Basque Country, Juan María Hidalgo, Study Co-author,
+34 946 01 20 00, www.ehu.eus/es
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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
More Low-Carbon Energy News Shipping Emissions, Maritime Emussuioons,
Hywind Scotland, 15 miles off the coast of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar. Statoil holds an ownership share of 75 pct and Masdar 25 pct. (Source: Statoil, Elec. Light & Power, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, www.younicos.com; Statoil Energy Ventures, Gareth Burns, Irene Rummelhoff, VP, +47 51 99 00 00, www.statoil.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos, Batwind, Statoil, Wind, Floating Wind,
WKN AG is one of the leading developers of turn-key energy projects in Europe and the United States. The comany's activities range from location evaluation and development to planning and financing, to the turn-key construction, operation and administration of energy farms. (Source: WKN AG Website, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: WKN AG,
Roland Stanze, CEO, +49 (0) 4841 8944-100
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The Solifor Perthuis project generated 140,000 tonnes of CO2 reductions by establishing plantation forests dedicated to carbon sequestration. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the carbon credits will be donated to Laval University. (Source: Fonds de solidarite FTQ, PR, 19 Sept., 2017)
Contact: CarbonZero, Dan Fraleigh, CEO, www.carbonzero.ca; Fonds de solidarite FTQ, (514) 850-4835, email@example.com
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Currently, the town only requires projects to attain LEED Silver if they fall under the Regional Mixed-Use District (RMUD) and need site plan review.
Meanwhile, mixed-use developments in several other commercial districts need to be certifiable for the less-rigorous LEED Bronze standard.
The benchmark for mandatory LEED compliance will likely still be for buildings that need site plan review, rather than smaller projects.
According to Magoon, the Department of Community Development and Planning will craft language for an amendment requiring the LEED Silver standard citywide. (Source: Wicked Local Watertown. 7 Sept, 2017) Contact: Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, Steve Magoon, Director of Community Development and Planning, http://www.watertown-ma.gov/index.aspx?nid=85; USGBC, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, USGBC, LEED Certification, Energy Efficiency,
According to Vertimass, BETO's verification paves the way for a demonstration scale of the technology for converting sustainable ethanol into fungible gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel blend stocks and the chemical building blocks benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX). This new Vertimass pathway can enhance use of biomass-derived renewable fuels that lower greenhouse gas emissions and allow ethanol producers to expand their product portfolio. The Vertimass systems can be added to existing ethanol producers' facilities at fractions of the cost of a new facility, according to the company. (Source: Vertimass LLC, 21 Aug., 2017) Contact: Vertimass, Charles Wyman, CEO, John Hannon, COO, (949) 417-4307, www.vertimass.com; US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass, Biofuel, DOE BETO,
New and modified requirements include:
solar-ready roofs and conduits;
reduction of trade-offs between building bnvelope and heating systems for energy efficiency compliance
requirement of heat or energy recovery units in all buildings;
encouraging "greywater" reuse systems;
continuous insulation requirements; energy-efficient windows and sliding doors requirements; air leakage testing and air tightness requirements, and others. (Source: Ministry of Municipal Affairs , Globe, Miller Thompson LLP, Lexolocy, 20 July, 2017)
Contact: Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, (416) 585-7041, www.mah.gov.on.ca
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The Chinese investor was supposed to sign the financing agreement in March this year so that the facilities could begin production in June 2019.
The Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy previously awarded €30 million in grant funding to the planned bioethanol plants in an arrangement that is valid until the end of July.
(Source: UPM Biofuels, Kouvolan Sanomat, Yle, 17 July, 2017)Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 45 265 1345, www.upm.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM, Bioethanol, Straw Ethanol, Biofuel, Ethanol,
The motion to intervene in the case -- Clean Air Council v. Pruitt-- supports environmental organizations seeking to immediately stop the EPA's administrative stay of a 2016 rule that would prevent the emission of methane, smog-forming volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and hazardous air pollutants such as benzene and formaldehyde from facilities constructed after September 2015.
Along with Vermont, the motion to intervene includes the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Washington along with the City of Chicago.
(Source: Vermont AG, Vermont Biz., June 21, 2017)
Contact: Office of Vermont Attorney General, www.atg.state.vt.us
More Low-Carbon Energy News GHGs, Greenhouse Gas Emissions,
The test involved continuous injection of MinFree woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other valuable chemical by-products.
Anellotech is developing the Bio-TCat process to produce cost-competitive renewable aromatic chemicals such as benzene, toluene and xylenes (BTX) from non-food biomass for use in the production of polyester, nylon, polycarbonate, polystyrene, or for renewable transportation fuels. Bio-TCat co-products, C9+ aromatics and carbon monoxide, can be used to make cellulosic jet and ethanol bio-fuels respectively, using third-party technology.
The Bio-TCat reactor outlet hydrocarbon product requires only mild hydrotreating to remove trace impurities using existing oil refining technology. By using renewable and readily available non-food materials, such as sustainably harvested wood, corn stover and bagasse, the process is less expensive compared to processes relying on sugar as a feedstock.
(Source: Anellotech, PR, Industrial Equipment News, June, 2017)
Contact: Axens, www.axens.net; Anellotech, David Sudolsky, (845) 735-7700, DSudolsky@anellotech.com, www.anellotech.com
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The $9.1 million, 20-unit NZE townhouse project is designed with Zero Energy Star® certification for maximum energy efficiency.
The projects features virtual assistants, energy management, security, locks, cameras, smoke detectors, electrical control, and other smartphone applications. (Source: Caliber, 25 May, 2017) Contact: Caliber,
Chris Loeffler, CEO, www.eclipsescottsdale.com, www.CaliberCo.com, MUDUS, www.MODUScompanies.com
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According to Cool Planet, its Cool Terra product sequesters carbon and enriches soil and boosts crop yields by nearly 15 pct. The company is also investigating ways product could be used reduce livestock methane emissions. (Source: Cool Planet, ImpactAlpha, 27 Mar., 2017)Contact: Cool Planet, Howard Janzen, CEO, Mike Rocke, (940) 584-0490, www.coolplanet.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Cool Planet, Biochar, Biofuel,
The report finds that algae costs more per unit than other biofuel crops but is claimed to yield 10 to 100 times more fuel per unit area. In 2014, the prices of oil were between US $ 56 to US $ 120 per barrel. The cost of producing micro algal biomass in 2014 was $2.95/kg through photo bioreactors. If the annual biomass production capacity is increased to 1000 tons then the cost will reduce to $1.5/kg for a litre of crude oil.
The extraction of biofuels from algae is largely dependent on organic solvents such as benzene. The companies that are working on innovating algal biofuel technology are Algenol Biofuels Inc., Blue Marble Productions, Solazyme Inc., Sapphire Energy Inc., Diversified Technologies Inc., Origin Oils Inc., Proviron Industries nv, Oilgae and Genifuel Corporation.
Request Free Report Sample HERE. (Source: Future Market Insights, PR, Jan., 2017)
Contact: Future Marketinsights, + 44 (0) 20 7692 8790, (347) 918-3531
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As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.
Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE
(Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency, Navigant Research, Navigant, Net Zero Energy, NZE, Energy Efficiency,
The 49 MW lithium-ion system will be built at the site of the former Roosecote coal and gas-fired power stations in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK. The facility, which will be owned and operated by the British energy and services company Centrica, is expected to be completed by the winter of 2018.
Berlin-based Younicos, which specializes in intelligent energy storage and grid solutions based on battery technology, has installed nearly 100 MW in more than 20 energy storage projects worldwide. The company maintains offices in Berlin and Austin, Texas.
(Source: Younicos, Bus. Wire, 14 Dec., 2016) Contact: Younicos Energy, James P. McDougall, CEO, Philip Hiersemenzel, 011 +49 174 908 8188, email@example.com, www.younicos.com; Centrica Energy, www.centrica.com
More Low-Carbon Energy News Younicos, Battery, Energy Storage, Centrica,
Between August 2015 and August 2016, the cost of wholesale ethanol averaged 18 cents per gallon less than the minimum octane gasoline allowed to be sold in most of the U.S, according to the US DOE.
"According to the DOE, this year's gasoline consumption by U.S. motorists will exceed 140 billion gallons and 97 pct of this fuel will contain ethanol. U.S. gasoline refiners continue to supply lower-octane gasoline which is typically enhanced with high octane ethanol to meet fuel standards. The octane-boosting capability and cleaner-burning attributes of ethanol make it an indispensable part of the U.S. motor fuel supply.
"The significant role of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply is likely to expand in 2017 to meet the requirements of the national Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). In most parts of the country regular gasoline enhanced with ethanol has an octane rating of 87 which is the minimum octane recommended by automakers. According to EPA's Urban Air Toxics report to Congress, U.S. refiners increasingly boost octane by adding refining by-products such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene. Several of these chemicals are known and suspected carcinogens -- aka aromatics -- and they're more expensive additives. Ethanol is much less expensive and cleaner-burning than these toxic petroleum-based chemicals.
Sneller adds "Future growth in the ethanol industry is likely tied directly to automaker efforts to meet increasingly stringent U.S. fuel economy standards. New vehicles will have more efficient, higher compression engines that require even higher octane fuels. Ethanol will continue to play a role as a high-octane, low-carbon renewable choice in the U.S. and abroad.
"Nebraska is the nation's second largest producer of ethanol with 25 plants producing a combined capacity approaching 2.5 billion gallons annually. The ethanol industry has a $5 billion annual economic impact in the state."
(Source: Nebraska Ethanol Board, PR, 6 Dec., 2016) Contact: Nebraska Ethanol Board , Todd Sneller, Administrator, (402) 471-2941, www.ethanol.nebraska.gov
More Low-Carbon Energy News RFS, Nebraska Ethanol Board, Ethanol, Ethanol Blend, E10,
The project, which is focused on the construction of new NZEBs in urban areas in Finland, also foresees energy efficiency investments in existing buildings which will be upgraded to comply with the optimal cost levels as defined by the Finnish Government. The project is expected to generate primary energy savings of 2,461 MWh/y, roughly equal to 460.5ton/yr of CO2 savings. (Source: EIB, SATO Corp., 11 Nov., 2016) Contact: SATO Corp., www.satoworldwide.com; EIB, Jonathan Taylor, VP, +352 43 791, www.eib.org
More Low-Carbon Energy News NZEB, Energy Efficiency, European Investment Bank,