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COP26 Agreement "Solidifies Global March Towards Decarbonization", says EPRI CEO (Ind. Report)
Electric Power Research Institute
Date: 2021-11-15
Palo Alto, California-headquartered independent, not-for-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) CEO Arshad Mansoor, who was in attendance at COP26, had the following comments on COP26:

"This agreement solidifies the global march towards decarbonization. It will take collaboration in technology and institutional innovation by countries around the world to reach both the near- and long-term goals. Cleaner electricity, accelerated electrification and the deployment of cleaner energy resources and fuels will play a critical role in all countries.

"In particular, numerous sectors of the economy -- including transportation, buildings, and industry -- stand to achieve large carbon emissions reductions through increased energy efficiency, broader electrification, and the deployment of zero and low carbon fuels. Through collaborative research and development with public and private stakeholders, we are developing a broad suite of clean electric generation, storage, grid, and end-use technologies that will help countries decarbonize their electric sectors and reduce emissions across their economies. This will enable countries to choose what works best to meet those needs, while keeping electricity accessible, affordable, and reliable for all consumers."

For the United States, carbon reductions across all sectors of the U.S. economy -- through cleaner energy, increased energy efficiency, and accelerated electrification -- will be crucial to achieving the 2030 U.S. climate goal. Accelerated electrification will help lower emissions from transportation, buildings, and industry, while reducing overall energy costs.

In the longer-term, meeting national and global net-zero goals entails developing an array of technology options that are not commercial at scale today, including carbon capture utilization and storage, advanced nuclear, low-carbon fuels, and advanced electric end-uses.

EPRI is working with its research partners on these technologies, engaging in collaborative global clean energy initiatives, including its Low-Carbon Resources Initiatives and Efficient Electrification Initiative. EPRI is also working on resilience, adaption, and equity issues which spans the organization's entire research portfolio.

Download the EPRI Analysis: Immediate Action Across All Sectors Essential to Achieve U.S. Carbon Goals HERE . (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, Website, PR, 14 Nov., 2021) Contact: EPRI, Arshad Mansoor, CEO, Rachel Gantz, Media, 202-293-7517, rgantz@epri.com, www.epri.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Electric Power Research Institute,  Decarbonization,  COP26,  Climate Change,  


VW, Bosch, Shell Touting Blue Gasoline (Int'l, Alt. Fuels Report)
VW, Bosch, Shell
Date: 2021-05-10
Stuttgart-based German technology provider Bosch, automaker Volkswagen and energy and petrochemical multinational Shell are touting the development of Blue Gasoline, which will be available at Bosch service stations this year.

According to Bosch, this new fuel contains the equivalent of 33 pct renewable energy which reduces its CO2 emissions by 20 pct per kilometer traveled compared to gasoline. "On the path to environmentally friendly mobility we must ensure that we leave no technical opportunity untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels", claimed the president of Bosch's Propulsion Systems Solutions division, Uwe Gackstatter.

VW's director of Development of Internal Combustion Engines, Sebastian Willmann, stresses that Blue Gasoline is another "critical component in reducing vehicle emissions, as it is particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid models."

Technically, blue gas is gasoline or diesel that is a hydrocarbon fuel manufactured from hydrogen and carbon feedstocks instead of being refined from petroleum. Hydrogen comes in several colors. Black hydrogen comes from coal gasification and has 20X the mass of CO2 as of produced hydrogen. (Source: Bosch, Shell, Volkswagen, Europe Press, Explica, 9 May, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Bosch,  Shell,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


Volkswagen Targets Net Carbon Neutral by 2050 (Int'l. Report)
Volkswagen
Date: 2021-04-30
German automaker Volkswagen reports it plans to cut CO2 emissions per vehicle in Europe by 40 pct by 2030 and to become net carbon neutral by 2050 to meet the climate targets introduced in the European Green Deal.

To that end, VW is working to decarbonise its production and supply chains and has pledged that all its plants except for those in China will be powered purely by 'green' electricity by 2030. The auto giant is also introducing more sustainable components into the construction of its vehicles and says that CO2 emissions will now be a key criterion when awarding contracts to suppliers.

VW also aims to increase its share of EV sales to 70 pct of its European sales and 50 pct of its U.S. and China sales by 2030 The firm is also pushing to develop its battery recycling operation and intends to recycle more than 90 pct of the raw materials used in its batteries in the future. (Source: Volkswagen, PR, AutoCar, 27 Apr., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  Volkswagen,  


GEV Wind Power, Wind Power LAB Merge Announced (M&A)
GEV Wind Power, Wind Power Lab
Date: 2021-04-14
UK-based wind turbine blade repair and maintenance provider GEV Wind Power is reporting a merger with Danish based Wind Power Lab, a leader in providing intelligent technology based blade solutions to wind park operators.

GEV provides field blade repair and maintenance services to both onshore and offshore wind farm manufacturers and operators in the UK, Europe and the US. WPL offers world class blade expertise and machine learning enabled services for all wind farm park owners, irrespective of the number of turbines they operate. The merged organization will operate globally and is backed by Bridges Fund Management, a specialist private equity investor focused on the transition to a more sustainable and inclusive economy. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Website News PR, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: GEV Wind Power, David Fletcher, CEO, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.cvwindpower.com; Wind Power LabLAB, Mille Beck Klinto, +45 31 32 10 06, mbk@windpowerlab.com, www.windpowerlab.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power,  Wind Power Lab ,  Wind,  


FAW-Volkswagen Touts Emissions Reduction Initiative (Int'l.)
FAW-Volkswagen
Date: 2021-03-31
In China, FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd. (FAW-VW) has launched an initiative of promoting carbon emissions peaking and carbon neutrality in Beijing, in order to fulfil the company's social responsibility to realize green development in line with the national strategy to attain carbon neutrality by 2060.

FAW-VW notes it has been building green factories, adhering to green manufacturing, and continuously improving its environmental management system and launched the MEB platform since company establishment 30 years ago. "Our vision is CO2-neautral production without negative environmental impact during our complete production cycle," said FAW-VW technical VP Andreas Dick.

In December 2014, FAW-VW launched a comprehensive corporate social responsibility strategy, becoming one of the first auto companies in China to put forward a corporate social responsibility strategy in China. (Source: FAW-Volkswagen, PR, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: FAW-Volkswagen, +86-431- 8112-1212, yuyang_iec@faw.com.cn, www.faw.com/fawen/gyjt36/gjhz/faw-volkswagen/index.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News FAW-Volkswagen ,  Carbon Emissions,  


Vestas reports close to 350 MW of US wind turbine orders
Vestas
Date: 2020-12-30
December 29 (Renewables Now) - Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) will equip a 210-MW wind farm in the US under a contract from an undisclosed client. The company said on Monday that it will deliver turbines of the V150-4.2 MW model for the specific project, commission them and also service the machines under a 10-year AOM 5000 contract. Vestas expects to deliver and commission the units in the first quarter of 2022. Before Christmas the company also reported a 138-MW order to repower a 73-turbine wind farm in the US, also from an unnamed customer. As part of that contract, Vestas will replace the existing machines at the site with just as many V110-2.0 MW turbines. The order covers the supply, installation and commissioning of the machines along with a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service deal. Deliveries are seen to start in the second quarter of 2021, while commissioning is planned for the final three months of the year.

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


VW Bunkering with GoodFuels B100 (Int'l. Report)
GoodFUels
Date: 2020-11-27
In an effort to lower its CO2 emissions by as much as 85 pct on certain vehicle shipments in Europe, German automaker Volkswagen Group reports it will bunker two of its maritime vehicle carriers with B100, "drop-in" biofuel from Dutch fuel supplier GoodFuels.

Because it substantially reduces CO2 and SOX emissions, GoodFuels' Bio Fuel Oil further ensures marine shipping firms' compliance with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 Sulphur Cap, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction requirements and upcoming regulations to reduce carbon intensity from shipping. Refueling with B100 is expected to cut ship CO2 emissions by a minimum of 85 pct and eliminate SOx emissions. (Source: Volkswagen Group, PR, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: GoodFuels, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News B100,  GoodFuels,  International Maritime Organization,  


North Sky Capital, Anaergia Partner on Calif. RNG Facility (Ind. Report)
Anaergia
Date: 2020-11-13
Impact investing firm North Sky Capital and development, technology, and operations partner Anaergia Services are building a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority (VVWRA) wastewater plant in San Bernadino County, California.

The RNG facility will be a replicable model to meet California's organic waste recycling mandates to improve wastewater infrastructure resiliency and the retrofitting of anaerobic digestion (AD) infrastructure.

The project will use Anaergia's Omnivore High Solids AD retrofit to triple capacity and increase redundancy of the existing digester infrastructure. Sludge and food organic waste will be digested to generate biogas that will be conditioned and upgraded into pipeline-quality gas using systems designed and supplied and operated by Anaergia's affiliates. (Source: North Sky Capital, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: North Sky Capital, Adam Bernstein, 612) 435-7150, www.northskycapital.com; Anaergia, Andrew Benedek, CEO, 905-766-3333, info@anaergia.com, www.anaergia.com; Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority, 760-246-8638, www.vvwra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaergia,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


Sustainable Aviation Fuel Guide Launched (Ind. Report)
Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Date: 2020-08-21
The Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel has published a new guide on how to incorporate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) into operations from the perspective of the business aviation community. According to the coalition, the free online guide was designed to serve as a resource on topics such as the practicalities of SAF development, industry adoption and pending expansion of supply and use. Fueling the Future is an updated edition of a SAF guide published by the coalition in 2018.

In addition to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), the SAF Coalition is made up of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and National Air Transportation Association (NATA). The coalition is supported by a steering committee, whose participants include Air BP, Bombardier Business Aircraft, Dassault Falcon Jet, Embraer Executive Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace and Phillips 66.

Download the guide details HERE. (Source: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, PR, AVweb, 19 Aug., 2020) Contact: Business Aviation Coalition for Sustainable Aviation Fuel, www.futureofsustainablefuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF news,  Aviation Biofuel news,  


MAN Energy Solutions Contracts for Dutch CCUS Project (Int'l.)
MAN Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-05-27
Augsburg, Germany-headquartered MAN Energy Solutions, a unit of VW, reports it has contracted for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage (PORTHOS) project.

When completed, PORTHOS will store approximately 2.5 million tpy of CO2 beneath the North Sea. The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area which accounts for roughly 16 pct of the Netherlands total CO2 emissions, according to the release.

MAN Energy Solutions' scope of work for Porthos covers the engineering of two RG 25-4 and one RG 31-4 type compressor trains with an order for three additional units intended at a later stage. PORTHOS is expected to store the first CO2 by the end of 2023. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, WoldOil, 26 May, 2020) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, Uwe Lauber, CEO, www.man-es.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Capture & Storage,  


MAN Energy Solutions Contracts for Dutch CCUS Project (Int'l.)
MAN Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-05-27
Augsburg, Germany-headquartered , a unit of VW, reports it has contracted for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage (PORTHOS) project.

When completed, PORTHOS will store approximately 2.5 million tpy of CO2 beneath the North Sea. The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area which accounts for roughly 16 pct of the Netherlands total CO2 emissions, according to the release.

MAN Energy Solutions' scope of work for Porthos covers the engineering of two RG 25-4 and one RG 31-4 type compressor trains with an order for three additional units intended at a later stage. Porthos is expected to store the first CO2 under the North Sea by the end of 2023. The finalization of MAN's engineering contract is scheduled for late-summer 2020. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, WoldOil, 26 May, 2020) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, Uwe Lauber, CEO, www.man-es.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  CCUS news,  


BayWa Opens German LNG, Bio-LNG Fueling Station (Int'l. Report)
BayWa Energy
Date: 2020-04-15
In Germany, BayWa Energy GmbH is reporting the opening of Germany's first LNG filling station for trucks at VW's HQ in the town of Wolfsburg, in Lower Saxony.

The facility, which is operated by BayWa Mobility Solutions, will also offer bio-LNG in a second phase.

BayWa is planning additional LNG stations in Munich, Nuremberg and Nordlingen by mid 2020, while other sites are in the planning phase.(Source: BayWa Energy, PetrolPlaza, 14 April, 2020)Contact: BayWa r.e. GmbH, Matthias Taft, CEO, +49 (89) 383932 131, www.baywa-re.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  LNG,  bio-LNG,  


Tropical Forests Losing Ability to Absorb Carbon (Study Attached)
Carbon Sink
Date: 2020-03-06
The recently released attached study notes the Amazon and other tropical forests losing their "carbon sink" capabilities and could turn into a source of CO2 in atmosphere by next decade. owing to the damage caused by loggers and farming interests and the impacts of the climate crisis. In that event, the impact of climate change is likely to become much more severe and the world will have to cut its carbon emissions even faster than presently outlined under the Paris Climate Agreement.

The study, published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, tracked 300,000 trees over 30 years, providing the first large-scale evidence of the decline in carbon uptake by the world's tropical forests. The researchers combined data from two large research networks of forest observations in Africa and the Amazon, as well as years spent traveling to remote field sites

Access the Asynchronous Carbon Sink Saturation in African and Amazonian Tropical Forests study HERE. (Source: Nature, Mar. 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  Carbon Emissions,  


Wind Blade Maintenance Specialist Opening RI Facility (Ind. Report)
GEV Wind Power
Date: 2019-06-26
In Providence, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation reports the awarding of $1.93 million in state Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credits to Hull, UK-based GEV Wind Power as an incentive to open its U.S. headquarters in North Kingstown, where the company expects to employ 125 individuals in wind blade maintenance services to the global wind power industry.

In qualifying for the incentives, GEV will commit to operating in Rhode Island for 12 years. The tax credits are expected to generate $3.5 million in net revenues for the state over the 12-year period, and, once the new hires are in place, an increase of $13.67 million in the state's annual gdp. (Source: GEV Wind Power, Providence Journal, 24 June, 2019) Contact: GEV Wind Power Daniel Boon, GM U.S. Operations, +44 (0) 1482 300 640, www.gevwindpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEV Wind Power ,  Wind,  


Notable Quote -- "Volkswagen Committed to Paris Climate Agreement"
VW,Volkswagen
Date: 2019-06-26
"Volkswagen is committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. CNG has an important role to play in the alternative drive systems strategy that runs alongside the Group's electrification offensive. It is sufficiently proven, immediately available, efficient and cost-effective.

"Furthermore, CNG cars are not affected by driving bans in city centers. Refueling with biomethane or e-gas results in an even better CO2 balance. Both can easily be fed into the gas network and mixed with any amount of fossil natural gas." -- Stephen Neumann, Volkswagen Group

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


Volkswagen Claims 2 pct of Global CO2 Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Volkswagen
Date: 2019-04-01
In a recent interview, a Wolfsburg, Germany-headquartered Volkswagen Group official noted that VW alone is responsible for around 2 pct of global carbon emissions -- roughly equal to Germany's total emissions from all sources.

Germany accounts for nearly 2.2 pct of the world's C02 emissions, the equivalent of 800 million tonnes, and was ranked 6th globally, according to Global Carbon Project 2017 data. The auto giant with 12 brands previously noted it planned to cut ts total emission to zero by 2050. (Source: VW Group, Sunday Times, (NZ) 31 Mar., 2019) Contact: Volkswagen Group, www.volkswagenag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vehicle Emissions,  Carbon EMissions,  VW,  


VW Plans Internal Carbon Levy, Carbon-Neutral Production (Int'l)
Volkswagen
Date: 2019-02-18
German auto juggernaut Volkswagen reports it plans to introduce an emplyee incentives plan and an internal CO2 levy as part of its effort to reduce the company's carbon footprint and carbon emissions. The internal levy would be set on the use of electricity, heat and fuel, and the carbon pollution from flights will have to be compensated.

The company also notes that its first electric car, the ID, will be "CO2 neutral throughout the entire life cycle," including all manufacturing. The electric car is expected to go into production at the end of this year. At the end of last year, Volkswagen announced that it will convert several production sites into pure e-car factories and will invest over €40 billion in future technologies in the next years.

"The Volkswagen Group will be a climate-neutral company by 2050 at the latest," according to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess. (Source: VW, Der Spiegel, Electrek, Bloomberg, Feb., 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Volkswagen ,  Carbon Emissions,  


VW Dumping Fossil Fuels Following $27Bn in Emissions Fines (Int'l)
VW
Date: 2018-12-10
Wolfsburg, Germany-based auto juggernaut Volkswagen Group reports it plans to end production of petrol, biofuel and diesel powered vehicles for all of its auto marquees -- VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti and others -- from 2026.

The decision to completely stop production of petrol and diesel powertrains showcases the company's shift in focus towards battery-driven vehicles.t may also be influenced by VW's recent "diesel-gate" emissions scandal that cost the company €27 billion in fines and penalties. (Source: VW, DriveSpark, Others, Dec., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News VW,  Vehicle Emissions,  

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