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USN Produces Jet Fuel from Cellulosic Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
USN
Date: 2020-11-09
Researchers from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) in China Lake, California have developed an efficient three-step process for the conversion of cellulosic feedstocks to both a valuable chemical precursor and high-performance jet fuel blendstock. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem.

In it, the team describes the synthesis of sustainable methylcyclopentadiene and dimethyldicyclopentadiene (DMDCPD) via a three-step process consisting of aldol condensation; catalytic chemoselective hydrogenation; and dehydration.

Details available HERE. (Source: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Nov., 2020) Contact: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, 7(((760 760-939-3511 60-939-3511 www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic news,  USN news,  Jet Biofuel news,  


GKN Aerospace Announces Jet Biofuel Test Success ( Int'l. Report)
Swedish Biofuels AB
Date: 2020-06-29
In Stockholm, the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) reports it has contracted Trondheim-based GKN Aerospace Sweden to continue biofuel testing of the RM12 engine. The biofuel for this test is an alcohol to jet fuel developed and manufactured by Swedish Biofuels AB. The test is part of a bilateral Biojet-project collaboration between FMV and USAF/NAVAIR is slated to be completed this fall.

GKN Aerospace Sweden is Type Certificate holder for the RM12 engine and has reviewed fuel specifications and material compatibility for all fuel-wetted components in the engine in order to ensure safe engine operation during this 50/50 fuel mix test.

In March 2017 a Gripen C/D aircraft with an RM12 engine completed a successful flight demonstration powered by 100 pct renewable Biofuel developed by the US company ARA on a USN/NAVAIR contract. The fuel was found to be fully interchangeable with regular jet fuel and approved for a limited flight test. (Source: GKN Aerospace Sweden, Intelligent Aerospace, 28 June, 2020) Contact: GKN Aerospace Sweden, +46 520 940 00, www.gknaerospace.com; Swedish Defense Materiel Administration , www.smv.se; Swedish Biofuels AB, +46 8 663 27 40, www.swedishbiofuels.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Swedish Biofuels AB,  


SoCalGas, UCSB Tout Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
SoCalGas, Southern California Gas
Date: 2020-06-22
In the Golden State, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) have announced completion of two joint energy efficiency projects that will save UCSB 66,000 therms per year of energy -- equal to removing about 350 metric tpy of greenhouse gas emissions.

Both projects were part of California's joint Energy Efficiency Partnership between state universities and investor-owned utilities. Over the last five years, SoCalGas has supported 184 energy-efficiency projects, saving university campuses 6,000,000 therms of energy -- a $6 million savings -- and providing more than $6,300,000 in incentives through this state program.

The first of the two UCSB projects began in 2018 as part of the university's high opportunity projects and programs (HOPP's) initiative. SoCalGas and Southern California Edison co-funded the project which investigated how best to update two important laboratories at the university.

The utilities conducted an energy management plan to document and list the savings, costs and measures to implement an energy efficient system. The utilities identified multiple measures to reduce energy consumption in the building's lighting and HVAC systems by installing occupancy sensors, wireless thermostats and low-power LED lights. The campus also added high efficiency dedicated natural gas boilers to each building. A new chilled water system including a cooling tower, and pumps were also installed. The project resulted in natural gas savings of 60,959 therms, and the university received an incentive from SoCalGas of $152,000.

UCSB also installed an ozone laundry system to support its laundering of uniforms and sports gear for the university's athletic department which was eligible for a rebate from SoCalGas in the amount of $5,850 and will save the university about 5,880 therms of energy. (Source: SoCanGas, PR, Noozhawk, 19 June, 2020) Contact: SoCalGas, Brian Prusnek, Director of Customer Programs , (800) 427-2200, www.socalgas.com; UCSB, Jordan Sager, Energy Manager, 805-893-8000, www.ucsb.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  Energy Efficiency,  


Vestas Supplying Turbines for 226MW Russian Wind Project (Int'l.)
Vestas
Date: 2020-06-08
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of a Russian order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 226 MW of wind turbines for commissioning in Q3, 2021. Long term management, service and maintenance is included in the contract.

The order was sanctioned by the Wind Energy Development Fund, a joint fund by Russian innovation development institution RUSNANO, and Finnish energy company Fortum. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, June, 2020) Contact: RUSNANO, en.rusnano.com; Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  RUSNANO,  


Vestas Touts 750 MW in 2019 Year End Orders (Int'l. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2020-01-03
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of year-end orders totaling more than 750 MW from projects in the U.S., Russia, Mexico and Vietnam.

In the US, orders were received for 12 units of V110-2.0MW wind turbines and another 57 units of its V120-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, plus a second order for a 162 MW project that will incorporate V110-2.0MW wind turbines and V136-4.2MW wind turbines.

In Europe, the company previously announced another 252 MW request for its 1,800 MW agreement in Russia with the Fortum / Rusnano consortium.

In Italy, Vestas also announced an agreement to supply 37 MW in V110-2.0MW and V136-4.2MW wind turbines to two wind farm projects.

In China, Vestas won an order for 25 of its V110-2.2MW wind turbines for an undisclosed customer, as well as a second order for 23 units of its V120-2.2MW turbines.

In Vietnam, Vestas scored its third order for the 50 MW Cong ty Co Phan Dau Tu Dien Gio Hoa Binh 1 wind project. (Source: Vestas, PR, reve, 1 Jan., 2020) Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


New Mexico Releases Climate Strategy 2019 Report (Ind. Report)
Mew Mexico Climate Change
Date: 2019-11-22
Since Governor Lujan Grisham (D) signed Executive Order 2019-003, bringing New Mexico to the forefront of states taking ambitious climate action, we have made rapid progress towards our goals. New Mexico joined the U.S. Climate Alliance and committed to a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 45 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005 levels. Legislation signed into law by the Governor during the 2019 legislative session demonstrates the seriousness and speed of our work: New Mexico's landmark Energy Transition Act contains one of the most ambitious renewable energy and zero-carbon electricity standards in the United States and establishes worker and community transition funds. New Mexico's electric utility efficiency standards are stronger than ever. The Climate Change Task Force, which spans all state agencies, has developed an initial suite of ambitious policies to accelerate the state's transition into a clean energy future.

These policies, which include a methane emission reduction regulatory framework, an update to the state's building codes, and electricity transmission corridors to transport renewable electricity resources to market -- among many others -- are already beginning to come to fruition. This is only the beginning.

Download the New Mexico Climate Strategy 2019 Report HERE. (Source: Arizona Climate Action, Las Cruces Sun News, Nov., 2019 Contact: Arizona Climate Action, www.climateaction.state.nm.us

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


Vestas, Rusnano Collaborate on Russian Made Wind Components (Int'l)
Vestas, Rusnano
Date: 2019-06-07
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturing giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has inked a pact with Moscow-based Rusnano with the aim of increasing the production of wind turbine components, supply chain optimization and wind energy related equipment in Russia. Vestas notes it is also considering deploying technologies developed by Rusnano portfolio companies in the manufacturing process.

The goal of the agreement is to strengthen both Vestas' and Rusnano's positions in the Russian sustainable energy market, according to the Vesta's release. (Source: Vestas, Renewables Now, 6 June, 2019)Contact: Vestas, Christina Schmidt, +49 40 46778 5153, +49 (0) 160 90141736., chbut@vestas.com, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, +7 495 988 5388, (65) 681 0747 - US Office, https://en.rusnano.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Rusnano,  Wind,  


Trudeau Carbon Tax Challengers Suffer a Body Blow (Ind. Report)
Canada Carbon Tax
Date: 2019-05-06
On the Canadian prairies, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal has ruled that Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act "falls within the legislative authority of Parliament. It is not unconstitutional in whole or in part."

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe (C), along with the province of Ontario and New Brusnwick, had challenged the Trudeau government's carbon tax in Canada's top court Friday, after a lower court ruled it is constitutional.

Apparently still itching for a fight, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe immediately vowed to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. Oil-soaked Alberta's newly-elected Premier Jason Kenney vowed to join Moe and (Conservative) Ontario Premier Doug Ford in opposition to the fed's imposed carbon tax. (Source; CBC, National Observer, Various Media, 3 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canada Carbon Tax,  


Church of England Enters the Climate Change Fray (Int'l Report)
Church of England
Date: 2019-02-25
On Friday in the UK, the Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, overwhelmingly -- 279 to 3 -- passed a motion calling for individual church for dioceses to focus on reducing their environmental impact. In a statement, the Church said it "recognizes the escalating threat to God's creation from global warming" and its obligation to step up its efforts to combat climate change.

The move includes a commitment for every diocese to have an environmental programme which is led by a member of the bishop's staff. The possibility of a standard tool to monitor CO2 emissions in churches, cathedrals and church halls will also be explored in order for the church to help meet its target of reducing emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The motion was introduced by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen, who said "Climate change cannot be a matter of indifference for any of us and we cannot underestimate the seriousness of this. Behind this motion is a fundamental desire to see us, as a church, recover our prophetic edge. For that to happen I believe we need prophetic people to stir us up."

With approximately 25 million adherents worldwide, the Church of England is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the Monarch is the supreme governor. (Source: Church of England, Yorkshire Post , 23 Feb., 2019) Contact: Church of England; www.churchofengland.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change ,  


Vestas' Russian Wind Blade Plant Construction Nears Completion (Int'l)
Vestas,Rusnano
Date: 2018-09-12
The Russian Association of the Wind Industry is reporting Vestas' new RUB 1 billion ($14.3 million) wid turbine blade which is under construction in Ulyanovsk, southern Russia, is nearing completion and expects to begin manufacturing 300 blades per year early in 2019.

Vestas presently produces nacelles for its 4MW platform at its factory in the neighbouring province of Nizhny Novgorod, and plans to set up a tower facility in Rostov, as part of its efforts to create a manufacturing hub in south-west Russia. Vestas partnered with Rusnano and the Consortium of Investors of Ulyanovsk Oblast to build the blade factory. (Source: Vestas, Russian Association of the Wind Industry, Vestas, WindPower Monthly 11 Sept., 2018)Contact: Russian Association of the Wind Industry, https://rawi.ru/en; Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; Rusnano, en.rusnano.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rusnano,  Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Wind Blade,  


Fortum-Rusnano Wins Russian Wind Tenders (Int'l Report)
Fortum,Rusnano
Date: 2018-06-18
Finnish utility Fortum Oyj reports it has won the right to build 110 MW of solar PV parks in Russia in the country's latest clean energy tender. The PV parks are slated for commissioning in the 2021-2022.

Meanwhile, Fortum Oyi's equal JV with Moscow-based Russian nanotechnology company Rusnano plans to add 823 MW of wind power capacity in the years between 2019 and 2023.

Investment decisions related to both projects will be made on a "case-by-case basis", Fortum said, reiterating its previously announced plans for an equity commitment of up to RUB 15 billion ($240 million) to back Russian projects secured in 2017 and 2018. Last summer, the Fortum-Rusnano JV was awarded the right to install 1,000 MW of wind parks in Russia by 2022. About 50 MW of that capacity is reportedly under construction.

The Finnish company's goal is to have a gigawatt-scale solar and wind portfolio. Currently it owns 362 MW of PV and wind assets, 70 MW of which are in Russia. (Source: Fortum Oy1, Various Media, 16 June, 2018) Contact: Rusnano, en.rusnano.com; Fortum Oyi, www3.fortum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum,  Wind,  Russia Wind,  Rusnan,  


BioNB Touts Bioscience, Biotech Sector Growth (Ind. Report)
BioNB
Date: 2018-03-05
In its just released annual report, Fredericton, New Brusnwick-based biotechnology advocacy group BioNB is reporting healthy growth in the province bio technology and bioenergy sector and its impact on the province economy.

According to the report, more than 100 New Brunswick-based companies ranging from startups to established firms have participated in international accelerator programs and won international pitch competitions and are presently active in the province's biotech-bioenergy sector. Some of the ventures have raised millions of dollars in private investment. (Source: BioNB, PR, 1 Mar., 2018) Contact: BioNB, Meaghan Seagrave, Exec. Dir., (506) 444-2444, info@bionb.org, www.bionb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BioNB,  Bioscience,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  

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