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Urban Renewables Touts Singapore Rooftop Solar Growth (Int'l.)
Urban Renewables
Date: 2022-01-12
Urban Renewables, a Singapore-based investment firm focusing on sustainable energy solutions in urban areas, reports it has reached the 10MW milestone for its solar PV rooftop portfolio within nine months of its first project with NS BlueScope Lysaght for its manufacturing plant in Singapore in March 2021.

The company has also signed 20 PPAs and partnerships with NS BlueScope Lysaght, Geneco and REC Solar to advance solar rooftop installations in Singapore and aims to own and operate 100MW of solar PV rooftop installations by the end of 2025. (Source: Urban Renewables, Website, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Urban Renewables, Edgare Kerkwijk, MD, +65 6679 6068, info@urban-renewables.com, www.urban-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Renewables ,  Solar,  Rooftop Solar,  


Urban Renewables Touts Singapore Rooftop Solar Growth (Int'l.)
Urban Renewables
Date: 2022-01-10
Urban Renewables, a Singapore-based investment firm focusing on sustainable energy solutions in urban areas, reports its Singapore plant has reached the 10MW milestone for its solar PV rooftop portfolio within nine months of its first project with NS BlueScope Lysaght in March 2021.

The company has also signed 20 PPAs and partnerships with NS BlueScope Lysaght, Geneco and REC Solar to advance solar rooftop installations in Singapore and aims to own and operate 100MW of solar PV rooftop installations by the end of 2025. (Source: Urban Renewables, Website, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Urban Renewables, Edgare Kerkwijk, MD, +65 6679 6068, info@urban-renewables.com, www.urban-renewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Urban Renewables,  Rooftop Solar,  


Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, UGI Corp.
Date: 2022-01-07
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


EPRI Hybrid Heat Pump R&D Funded (Funding, R&D)
EPRI, ORNL
Date: 2021-12-29
In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting the issuance of a three-year grant to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to support development a new hybrid heat pump system.

EPRI's proposed system would combine thermoelectric heat with conventional air-source heat, allowing it to operate in temperatures below 35 degrees F without reducing efficiency and reliability.The heat pump aims to reduce energy consumption in both residential and small commercial buildings by 10 pct.

The project will be undertaken in coordination with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be performance tested in various U.S. climates. (Source: ORNL, Dec., 2021) Contact: ORNL, Joe Hagerman, Building Technologies Research, www.ornl.gov; EPRI, David Porter, Dir. Electrification and Sustainable Energy Strategy, 800-313-3774, www.epri.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Electric Power Research Institute,  ,  Heat Pump,  Energy Efficiency,  


BIRD Investing in Battery, Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
BIRD Energy
Date: 2021-12-13
In Tel Aviv, Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE), the Israel Innovation Authority and the US DOE are reporting six battery, energy efficiency, and energy storage, projects will receive $5.48 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The projects include:
  • AGM Communication & Control (Mitzpa, Israel) and Element 16 Technologies, Inc. (Glendale, CA) will develop sulfur thermal energy storage for industrial applications.

  • E.V.R. Motors Ltd. (Petach Tikva, Israel) and Continuous Solutions L.L.C. (Portland, OR) will develop "IMP" -- an Integrated Miniaturized Powertrain.

  • Environmental Services Company (Neot Hovav, Israel) and 374Water (Durham, NC) will develop energy and resource recovery systems from hazardous organic waste using supercritical water oxidation technology.

  • Kinetics (Airport City, Israel) and UAV Turbines, Inc. (Miami, FL) will develop an ultra-portable turbogenerator system.

  • An Israeli Company and Imprint Energy, Inc. (Alameda, CA) will develop safe, sustainable, and high-power zinc printed batteries and will manufacture and integrate them into thin and flexible cellular Internet of Things (IoT) smart tags for tracking packages, improving logistics processes, and reducing supply chain waste.

  • Synvertec (Herzliya, Israel) and Rhombus Energy Solutions (San Diego, CA) will develop the Synchronverter -- a dynamic and autonomous inverter utilizing a unique control algorithm -- allowing 100 pct of renewable generation by providing grid stability solutions for inverter-based applications.

    Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one U.S. and one Israeli company or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. The partners must present a project that involves innovation in the area of energy and is of mutual interest to both countries. BIRD Energy has a rigorous review process and selects the most technologically meritorious projects along with those most likely to commercialize and bring about significant impact. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.

    BIRD Energy was launched in 2009 under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, supporting research and development, benefiting both the United States and Israel. The program focuses on commercializing sustainable energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs, and increase energy security. To date, BIRD Energy has funded 60 cooperative Israel-U.S. clean energy projects totaling $47.5 million and approximately $62 million in funds matched by the private sector to commercialize clean energy technologies. (Source: BIRD Energy, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development & BIRD Energy, +972-3- 6988-315, limorn@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BIRD Energy,  Energy Storage,  Battery,  


  • A Hydrogen Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-11-29
    Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy and have varying degrees of impact on the environment and climate change.

    Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction.

    Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal. Gray hydrogen is seen as a "bridging" energy alternative and is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil.

    Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately.

    Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process but does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

    Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power, Sept., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  


    SW Gas, RTC Expand Clean Fuel Options in S. Nev. (Ind. Report)
    Southwest Gas, US Gain
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Las Vegas-based Southwest Gas (SW Gas), the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC), and U.S. Gain are reporting their partnership that will supply RTC's transit buses with cost-effective renewable natural gas (RNG) to help reduce RTC's greenhouse gas emissions and decrease operating costs.

    Under the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) approved agreement, SW Gas will supply RTC with environmentally friendly Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to fuel most of the agency's public transit fleet. U.S. Gain, a Sustainable Energy Solutions provider, was selected to supply the RNG. (Source: US Gain, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: SW Gas, John Hester, CEO, www.swgas.com; U.S. Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. Bus. Dev., S. Lowney, 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; RTC, M.J. Maynard, CEO, www.rtcsnv.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  SW Gas,  US Gain,  


    Engie Solutions Delivers $23.8Mn in GCC Energy Savings (Int'l.)
    Engie Solutions
    Date: 2021-10-15
    Reporting from Kuwait, Global sustainable energy solutions provider Engie Solutions reports it has delivered an estimated $23.8 million in energy savings to its GCC-based clients since 2014. The company also helped clients reduce their electricity demand by a combined 190 GWh and displace an estimated 101,242 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere -- the equivalent of removing more than 22,000 cars from the roads.

    Engie Solutions currently manages more than 200 projects across the GCC, spanning 500 million sq m in total. In Kuwait, the company recently delivered integrated facilities management and energy efficiency projects for Taiba Hospital, Azzour North Power Plant and the Plot 40 shopping complex, in addition to delivering projects for several five-star hotels and one of the region's largest banks.

    Engie Solutions Kuwait was the first energy solutions specialist in the country to launch an energy management team dedicated to both retrofitting existing infrastructure and designing new energy efficiency systems -- paid for with the savings they generate. (Source: Engie Solutions, PR, Website, 11 Oct., 2021) Contact: Engie Solutions, +971 4 321 2114, www.engiesolutions.me

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie Solutions news,  Energy Efficiency news,  Energy Management news,  


    DOE Earmarks $45Mn for Natural Gas CCS Technology (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-10-08
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $45 million has been earmarked for 12 research projects to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for natural gas power plants and industrial facilities. The funding aims to advance point-source CCS technologies that can capture at least 95 pct of CO2 emissions generated from natural gas power (plants) and "high emissions" industrial facilities such as cement and steel.

    Organizations and projects to be funded include: Sustainable Energy Solutions in Utah to process 30 tpd of CO2 to demonstrate CO2 capture of more than 95 pct of carbon in industrial or power plant exhaust; $5 million will allow a foundation at The University of Kentucky to test a CO2 capture system that treats gas from an electric arc furnace used in steel production; $1.5 million is going to General Electric's research unit in New York State to design a system to capture 95 percent of carbon from exhausted emitted by gas-fired power plants. (Source: US DOE, Urdue Point News, Oct., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Natural Gas,  


    SimpliPhi, Heila Tech. Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Heila Technologies, SimpliPhi Power
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Somerville, Mass.-based Heila Technologies, an energy technology leader responsible for controlling, aggregating, and optimizing distributed energy resources (DERs), reports it has partnered with Oxnard, California-based SimpliPhi Power and New Partners Community Solar to deploy an energy storage system that provides cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy on a previously installed 200 kWsolar array at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, DC.

    In order to maximize the investment of the solar array for the school, satisfy the imposed export limit of 30 kW per day, avoid the system being shut down, as well as capture valuable excess renewable energy, SimpliPhi Power designed a 60 kWh 1200 VDC lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery bank to store the excess solar generation. To enable advanced functionality for this impactful solar and energy storage system, SimpliPhi Power turned to the Heila Edge® platform to integrate the solar array and batteries with advanced system controls and functionality.

    SimpliPhi Power designs and manufactures efficient, non-toxic energy storage and management systems that utilize environmentally benign lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry. Based in Oxnard, California, SimpliPhi combines the non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, power electronics, Battery Management System (BMS) and manufacturing processes to create safe, reliable, durable, and highly scalable on-demand power solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors. (Source: SimpliPhi, PR, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: SimpliPhi, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700, www.simpliphipower.com; Heila Technologies, Francisco Morocz, CEO ,www.heilatech.com; New Partners Community Solar, www.npsolar.or

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heila Technologies,  Battery Energy Storage,  SimpliPhi Power,  New Partners Community Solar ,  


    A Hydrogen Primer (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-09-29
    Procuring hydrogen requires its separation from other elements through chemical processes that require energy. These processes have varying degrees of environmental and climate impact.

    Gray hydrogen is produced by reforming natural gas, a processing technique used to rearrange the molecular structure of hydrocarbons. In this process, methane is mixed with steam at a high temperature to yield hydrogen and CO2 through a catalytic chemical reaction.

    Roughly 10 kg of CO2 is released into the atmosphere for every 1 kg of gray hydrogen produced, making it the least renewable form of hydrogen with an overall negative climate impact, much like drilling for oil or mining coal.

    Gray hydrogen is viewed as a "bridging" energy alternative. It is relatively inexpensive and commonly used in the chemical industry to make fertilizer and for refining oil, but .

    Blue Hydrogen uses the same chemical processing technique used to make gray hydrogen. The difference, however, is the management of CO2. With blue hydrogen, the CO2 is captured at the production facility and stored separately (CCS)

    Blue hydrogen has a significantly lower CO2 impact on the environment than gray hydrogen, but the blue hydrogen process -- although ecologically friendly than gray hydrogen process -- does not eliminate carbon emissions into the atmosphere entirely.

    The Green Hydrogen production process employs electrolysis -- the separation of hydrogen and oxygen molecules by applying electrical energy to water. Utilizing renewable energy sources to generate the electricity for this process is the key to making green hydrogen. This technique yields a closed loop of sustainable energy free of harmful emissions. (Source: JD Power, Sept., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Grey Hydrogen,  


    Offshore Wind for North Carolina Coalition Launched (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the Tar Heel State, ten wind advocacy groups have formed the Offshore Wind for North Carolina coalition to lobby and work with state and federal agencies for regulatory certainty and funding to promote and establish a market for offshore wind in North Carolina.

    Members of the new offshore wind coalition include Audubon North Carolina, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Entrepreneurs, North Carolina Coastal Federation, North Carolina Conservation Network, North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, Sierra Club North Carolina and Southeastern Wind Coalition. (Source: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, PR, NCPR, 24 Sept., 2021) Contact: Offshore Wind for North Carolina, info@offshorwindfornorthcarolina.org, www.offshorewindfornorthcarolina.org


    Global Alliance for Sustainable, Renewable Energy Launched (Int'l.)
    Global Alliance for Sustainable, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-09-22
    A group of 17 global leaders from across the renewable energy value chain and the sector’s innovation ecosystem have launched the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, a new organization to ensure renewables are wholly sustainable and lead a just transition away from fossil fuels. The partners' shared vision is the need to take concrete, collaborative action to decarbonize the global energy system while ensuring its sustainability from an environmental, social and governance (ESG) perspective.

    The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy founding members include: 3M, Adani Green Energy Ltd., EDP, Eletrobras, Enel Green Power, Global Solar Council, Global Wind Energy Council, Goldwind, Iberdrola, JA Solar, Nordex Group, NTPC Limited, Politecnico di Milano, Politecnico di Torino, ReNew Power, Risen Energy and Trina Solar. (Source: Acciona, Nordex Joint PR, Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, www.theglobalalliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Alliance for Sustainable,  Renewable Energy,  


    Wartsila Joins Maritime Carbon Capture Consortium (Int'l.)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2021-09-10
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will take a central role in developing maritime carbon capture & storage (CCS) technologies as one of the leading partners in the LINCCS (linking carbon capture and storage) consortium.

    Wartsila Exhaust Treatment is the market leading modular marine exhaust gas cleaning system manufacturer, with a range of lifecycle scrubbing solutions. The treatment offers integrated compliant solutions for all types of ships, and in open loop, closed loop or hybrid configurations.

    To support CCS technology development, Wartsila Exhaust Treatment will expand its engineering facility in Moss, Norway to develop, test and verify the CCS solutions. This will bring the technology to a maturity level where it can be piloted in full scale on a vessel.

    The LINCCS project is focused on reducing costs for new carbon storage facilities by 70 pct and advancing the development of carbon capture technologies in a range of sectors. This week, it was announced that the LINCCS consortium would receive 111m Norwegian kroner in funding over the next three years from the Norwegian government's Green Platform Initiative.

    Wartsila will lead this workstream with support from the Sustainable Energy Catapult Center and SINTEF Energy to contribute to wider, cross-industry CCS developments from project partners including Aker Solutions, Cognite, Aize, AGR, OpenGoSim, Wintershall Dea, Var Energi, Lundin, Equinor and TotalEnergies. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Maritime Exec, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Wartsila, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Maritime Emissions,  Wartsila,  LINCCS,  


    bp to Purchase CleanBay Renewables Chicken Litter RNG (Ind. Report)
    CleanBay Renewables, bp
    Date: 2021-08-30
    bp is reporting a 15-year agreement to purchase RNG produced from poultry litter -- a mixture of manure, feathers and bedding -- from Princess Anne, Maryland-based CleanBay Renewables and will sell the fuel to its customers, initially in California.

    CleanBay is actively exploring sites for future facilities in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and California. Its goal is to establish a portfolio of RNG and power facilities. Each of the 30 proposed CleanBay facilities is expected to generate enough sustainable energy to power 9,200 cars per year by recycling more than 150,000 tons of poultry litter annually. (Source: CleanBay Reneables, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: bp, Michael Thomas, VP Biogas CleanBay Renewables, Thomas Spangler, 410-514-6488, www.cleanbayrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanBay Renewables news,  RNG news,  bp news,  


    Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Funds Awarded (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Reading, Pennsylvania, he Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation reports it has awarded $85,000 in grants to three renewable and sustainable energy projects. Grant recipients include:
  • Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, $50,000 -- To create an off-the-grid education center – the Colebrookdale Children’s Educational Grove -- showcasing sustainable energy practices. Educational programs will be offered in partnership with Berks Nature and the YWCA Tri-County Area free of charge to Pennsylvania students.

  • Dickinson College, $25,000 to construct, study and demonstrate a commercial anaerobic digestion system for the generation of renewable electricity from agricultural and food processing wastes at a scale appropriate for an average Pennsylvania dairy farm. The Dickinson College Farm provides hands-on educational resources for students, faculty, and the community on topics of sustainable food production, renewable energy generation, and responsible land stewardship.

  • Berks History Center, $10,000 to implement energy-saving measures in the organization's building based on the results of a recently completed energy audit. The audit identified 10 energy conservation opportunities with the potential to save $10,000 per year in energy costs.

    The Metropolitan Edison Company Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation and the Pennsylvania Electric Company Sustainable Energy Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies distribute grant funding and investments for a variety of projects within the territories originally served by the two electric companies. The two funds share an advisory committee and are known in the singular as the Met-Ed / Penelec Sustainable Energy Fund. (Source: Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, www.bccf.org › sustainable-energy-fund

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Sustainable Energy,  Anerobic Digestion,  


  • Anaerobic Digestion Included in Met-Ed Funding (Ind. Report)
    Anaerobic Digestion
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Reading, Pennsylvania, the Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of the Berks County Community Foundation reports it has awarded $85,000 in grant funding to three renewable and sustainable energy projects.

    Among the award winners, Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania received $25,000 to construct, study and demonstrate a commercial anaerobic digestion system for the generation of renewable electricity from agricultural and food processing wastes at a scale appropriate for an average Pennsylvania dairy farm. The Dickinson College Farm provides hands-on educational resources for students, faculty, and the community on topics of sustainable food production, renewable energy generation, and responsible land stewardship.

    (Source: Met-Ed Sustainable Energy Fund of Berks County Community Foundation, www.bccf.org › sustainable-energy-fund; Dickinson College, www.dickinson.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Saudi Scientists Test Freezing Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Aramco,Sustainable Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology reports its researchers are testing a technique for freezing greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants at a cost of roughly half the cost of existing carbon capture and storage techniques.

    Within two years, the university research team hopes to capture up to 25 tpd of carbon emissions from a power plant near the new city of Neom, The project will cost roughly $25 million.

    The cryogenic technology was developed by Salt Lake Cit, Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and may cost between $35 and $40 a ton on a large scale, according to the release.

    The Saudi national oil company Aramco is presently capturing and sequestering 40 million standard cubic feet of CO2 a day and is also working on technology that captures carbon emissions from car exhausts and stores it until it can be offloaded at fuel stations. (Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Arab News, 1 July, 2021) Contact: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. William Roberts, +966 12 808 0900, www,kaust.edu.sa; Sustainable Energy Solutions, www.sesinnovation.com; Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Aramco,  Sustainable Energy Solutions,  


    Africa Renewable Energy Fund II Secures Funding (Int'l.)
    African Development Bank
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Uganda, the Africa Renewable Energy Fund II reports it has reached €125 million, following a joint investment of €17.5 million from he Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa and the Climate Technology Fund through the African Development Ba's CDP, the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) and SwedFund.

    The Fund is a 10-year closed-ended renewable energy Private Equity Fund with a €300 million ($358 million) target capitalization. The Fund, which is managed by Berkeley Energy, invests in early-stage renewable energy projects. (Source: African Development Bank, 18 June, 2021) Contact: African Dev. Bank, Dr. Kevin Kariuki, VP for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, www.afdb.org; Berkeley Energy, www.berkeley-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News African Development Bank news,  Africa Renewable Energy news,  


    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Chart Industries,  TECO 2030,  Hydrogen,  


    Maldives Seeking 40 MW/40 MWh of Battery Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    Maldives
    Date: 2021-06-11
    The Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology is seeking bids from engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors to install battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 40 MW/40 MWh capacity on 11 islands.

    The installations sought in this tender will be supported by a $23 million concessional loan to the Government of Maldives, allocated from the World Bank Clean Technology Fund.

    The BESS installations will support high renewable energy penetration for island grids and ensure efficient operation of the existing diesel generators needed in the solar-diesel hybrid generation mix.

    The island nation of 516,000 +- residents aims to be a low-carbon economy and to meet 30 pct of its daytime electricity requirements with renewable energy by 2023. It is also targeting carbon neutrality by 2030. Renewable energy presently accounts for only 4 pct of the national energy mix.

    As previously reported, the Asian Development Bank approved a concessional loan worth $7.74 million and a project grant worth $2.73 million to advance the Maldives' existing Preparing Outer Islands for Sustainable Energy Development. (Source: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Website, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Maldives Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology, www.environment.gov.mv/v2/en; World Bank Clean Technology Fund, www.fiftrustee.worldbank.org/en/about/unit/dfi/fiftrustee/fund-detail/ctf

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maldives,  Energy Storage,  Renewable Energy,  


    Lithium Specialist EnergyX Raises $20Mn (Ind. Report, Funding)
    EnergyX
    Date: 2021-05-07
    In the Lone Star State, Austin-based direct lithium extraction (DLE) and solid-state battery energy storage technology specialist Energy Exploration Technologies Inc. (EnergyX) reports it has secured commitments of $20 million in financing, ensuring the company as a world leader in DLE technology. New partners and strategic investors include Obsidian Acquisition Partners, Helios Capital, and the University of Texas.

    Lithium, a metallic component integral to the batteries found within electric vehicles and personal electronics, is set to be a major component in the global transition to a sustainable energy future. Being the lightest metal on the periodic table, lithium's inherent properties make it an efficient, high-capacity storage medium for energy systems that provide electromobility and the intermittency of renewable energy. Rising global demand for electric vehicles and economic energy storage systems has led to projections showing an orders-of-magnitude increase in demand for lithium. In 2020 global supply was roughly 315k tons; this is expected to rise to 5.5M tons by 2040, according to the EnergyX release. (Source: EnergyX, PR, May, 2021) Contact: EnergyX, Teague Egan, CEO, (510) 426-7206 , www.energyx.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnergyX news,  Lithium news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Tesla Battery Powerwall Boss Talks Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-04-30
    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don]t have a price on it, it is behaving badly. It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better." -- Elon Musk, Feb., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Elon Musk,  Carbon Tax,  


    N.D. Passes Clean Sustainable Energy Legislation (Reg & Leg)

    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) has signed House Bill 1452 into law. The legislation allocates $25 million from the state's general fund to create a Clean Sustainable Energy Fund and establishes a Clean Sustainable Energy Authority tasked with making recommendations to the North Dakota Industrial Commission for grant awards and loan programs to support promising low-emission technologies.

    The bill repeals the state's existing "25X25" initiative and replaces it with a low-carbon emission technology initiative. It also allows the state's EmPower Commission to make recommendations on low-emission technologies and affordable and sustainable energy policy, requiring the Legislature to consider such recommendations to develop comprehensive energy policy for the state.

    The bill, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support, follows HB 1412 exempting coal-fired power plants from the state's coal conversion facility tax for the next five years. (Source: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, Website, PR, 25 Apr., 2021) Contact: Office of ND Gov. Doug Burgam, 701.328.2200, Fax: 701.328.2205, www.governor.nd.gov

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    Invenergy Nails Okla. Wind Farm Construction Financing (Ind. Report)
    Invenergy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    More Invenergy, a privately held global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, reports it has completed construction financing for the 999 MW Traverse Wind Energy Center in Custer, Blaine, and Kingfisher Counties, Oklahoma.

    Traverse is the largest of three wind energy projects being developed by Invenergy as part of the 1,485 MW North Central Wind Energy Facilities. The other two projects -- the 287 MW Maverick Wind Energy Center in Major, Garfield and Kingfisher Counties and the 199 MW Sundance Wind Energy Center in Woods and Major Counties -- both achieved financial close in December 2020.

    All three projects are currently under construction. American Electric Power (AEP) will assume ownership of the three wind farms upon the start of commercial operations to serve customers of subsidiaries Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma (PSO). Sundance is expected to begin commercial operations this spring, Maverick later this year and Traverse in early 2022. (Source: Invenergy, Website, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Invenergy LLC, Meghan Schultz, VP Finance and Capital Markets, Ryan Van Portfliet, Renewable Energy Development, Michael Mulcahey, Business Development Manager, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergy.com

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

    In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

    Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    Joint U.S.-Israel Clean Energy Tech Proposals Sought (Ind. Report)
    BIRD, US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-17
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with Israel's Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority, is reporting the availability of $4 million in funding for innovative clean energy technologies. This funding comes from Binational Industrial Research & Development (BIRD) Energy, a program that promotes U.S.-Israel partnerships in bringing renewable and energy efficiency technologies to market.

    Established by the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, BIRD Energy supports research and development that benefits both the U.S. and Israel, with a focus on commercializing sustainable energy technologies, create jobs, and increase energy security.

    From 2009 to 2020, BIRD Energy funded 55 projects totaling $42 million. In addition to an estimated $55 million in funding matched by the private sector, BIRD Energy has attracted more than $700 million in venture capital and other follow-on investment to commercialize clean energy technologies.

    For this funding offer, the deadline for executive summaries is June 30, 2021 with final proposals due August 13, 2021. (Source: US DOE, BIRD Energy, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: BIRD Energy, www.birdf.com/bird-energy-call-proposals: US DOE, 202-586-5000, www.doe.gov

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    Elon Musk Comments on a U.S. Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Following up on our 22 Jan coverage -- Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech -- the the battery energy storage, SpaceX and Tesla tycoon announced:

    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.

    "It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

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