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Axpo Planning Swiss Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
Axpo Holding
Date: 2021-11-17
Axpo Holding AG, Switzerland's largest producer of renewable energy and an international leader in solar and wind energy trading and the marketing, is reporting plans to construct a green hydrogen production facility close to its run-of-river power plant in Brugg, Switzerland.

The plant is designed for an installed capacity of up to 15 MW and will produce about 2,000 tpy of green hydrogen by electrolysis. The electricity required for production comes from the nearby Wildegg-Brugg hydropower plant owned by Axpo.

The plant's hydrogen production will be transported to the filling station of Axpo's local partner, Voegtlin-Meyer, and also sold to other area filling stations to power trucks and buses. Subject to regulatory approvals, the plant is scheduled to come online at the end of 2023. (Source: Axpo Holding AG, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Axpo Holding AG, +41 56 200 41 10,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  

Innergex, Hydro-Quebec Nail NY State Hydro Acquisitions (M&A)
Innergex, Hydro-Quebec
Date: 2021-10-29
Innergex Renewable Energy Inc and Hydro-Quebec subsidiary HQI US Holding LLC, are reporting completion of the previously disclosed 50-50 joint acquisition of the 60 MW Curtis Palmer hydroelectric portfolio in New York State for a total consideration of $318.4 million, including $9.2 million of cash and working capital adjustments.

The Facilities include two run-of-river hydroelectric facilities -- the 12-MW Curtis Mills and 48-MW Palmer Falls. Curtis Palmer has a power purchase agreement for energy and renewable energy credits (RECs) with Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

This joint acquisition is the first under the Strategic Alliance formed by Innergex and Hydro-Quebec in 2020. (Source: Innergex, Website PR, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Innergex, 450 928-2550,,; Hydro-Quebec, Caroline Des Rosiers, 514 289-5005,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innergex,  Hydro-Quebec,  Hydro Power,  Niagara Mohawk Power,  

RWE Building German Battery, Run-of-River Facilities (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-07-26
Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG reports it is constructing one of the largest and most innovative battery energy storage systems in Germany. The 117 MW battery system is being installed at the company's plants in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

The batteries will be virtually coupled with RWE's run-of-river hydro power stations along the river Mosel. This coupling process raises the total capacity of the batteries by another 15 pct.

The roughly €50 million project will incorporate 420 lithium-ion battery racks housed in 47 overseas shipping containers spread across two RWE power stations. The system is expected to start operations at the end of 2022. (Source: RWE, PR, reve, 25 July, 2021) Contact: RWE AG, Roger Miesen, Generation CEO, +49(0)201-5179-0, F+49(0)201-5179-5005,

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Run-of-River,  Energy Storage,  lithium-ion battery,  

Costa Rica Increasing Renewable Electricity Generation (Int'l.)
Costa Rica
Date: 2019-12-18
In Costa Rica, the Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control (CENCE) reports the National Electric System (SEN) added more than 99 pct more renewable power generation from run-of-river water, wind, geothermal energy, biomass and solar energy in 2018.

Since 2015, Costa Rica has exceeded 98 pct of electricity generation with clean resources. Presently, Costa Rica has 18 wind plants managed by public, private, municipal and cooperative companies as well as the third-largest geothermal park on the continent with 262 mw. (Source: National Center for Energy Control, PR, bnamericas, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Costa Rica National Center for Energy Control,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

Hydro-Quebec Decrbonization Effort Supports Clean Hydrogen (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-12-09
Hydro-Quebec operates some 60 hydroelectric generating stations, making it one of the largest hydroelectricity producers in the world. Decarbonizing the economy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is one of the company's priorities.

Hydro-Quebec's Strategic Plan 2020-2024 identifies various applications for clean hydrogen, including renewable natural gas (RNG), carbon-neutral synthetic hydrocarbon fuels, and others Overall, GHG emissions from Quebec hydropower (run-of-river generating stations and generating stations with reservoirs) are similar to those from wind, five times lower than those from photovoltaic solar, 50 times lower than those from natural gas-fired plants and 70 times lower than those from coal-fired plants. (Source: HydroQuebec, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2019) Contact: Hydro-Quebec, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, (514) 289-5005,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydro-Quebec,  Hydrogen,  Clean Hydrogen,  RNG,  Wthanol,  

Innergex Unloading Icelandic Energy Firm HS Orka for $305Mn (M&A)
Innergex,Macquarie Infrastructure
Date: 2019-03-25
Longueuil, Quebec-based Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it will sell its wholly-owned Magma Energy Sweden A.B. subsidiary which holds a 53.9 pct equity stake in HS Orka, to a Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets managed European infrastructure fund, for $304.8 million subject to customary closing adjustments

.HS Orka holds two operating geothermal facilities (Reykjjanes and Svartsengi) totaling 174 MW, the 10 MW Bruarvirkjun run-of-river hydro project which is under construction, a number of prospective renewable power projects, as well as a 30 pct equity interest in the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Resort in Iceland. The fully funded transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions.

Net proceeds from the sale will be used to reimburse the $228 million one-year credit facility contracted in October 2018 at the time of the acquisition of the remaining interest in the Cartier wind farms and operating entities, to deleverage corporate facilities and for general corporate purposes. (Source: Innergex, PR. 25 Mar., 2019) Contact: Innergex, (450) 926-2550,,; Macquarie Infrastructure,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  Hydro,  Run-of-River,  Innergex,  Macquarie Infrastructure,  

DOE Awards $25Mn for Marine Energy R&D Projects (Funding)
US DOE Water Power Technologies Office
Date: 2019-01-09
U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of 12 projects that will share in $25 million in next-generation marine energy devices funding through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office. The selected innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts. Marine energy includes ocean wave power, tidal, and river/ocean current devices that convert movement of water into electricity.

Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects that include Early Stage Device Design Research, Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing, and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, Water Power Technologies Office, Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,  

ScottishPower Goes 100 pct Renewable Wind Energy (Int'l Report)
ScottishPower Generation Group , DRAX
Date: 2019-01-07
Further to our 19th October, 2018 coverage, Glasgow-headquartered Scottish Power is reporting that with the completion of its £700 million assets sale to Drax, the company is now the first in the UK to rely completely on renewable wind power.

Selby, UK-based Drax purchased Scottish Power's portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation, which comprises Scottish Power Generation Group and its wholly owned subsidiary, SMW.

The assets sale included the 440-MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro electric scheme in Argyll and Bute; run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark; (126MW); a biomass-from-waste facility at Daldowie; and four Combined Cycle Gas Turbine stations in England. (Source: DRAX Group, The National, 3 Jan., 2019) Contact: Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, CEO, +44 800 027 0072,; DRAX Power, +44 0 1757 618381,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scottish Power ,  DRAX,  Renewable Energy,  

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