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Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
Mitsui
Date: 2021-04-07
Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Carbon Emissions,  


BOEM Issues Pacific Wave Energy Research Lease (Ind. Report)
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Date: 2021-02-26
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports it has issued a lease for the first wave energy research project to demonstrate the viability of wave energy in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.

The federal marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy research lease was offered to Oregon State University for the proposed PacWave South open ocean wave energy test center. The PacWave project will incorporate four test berths to support the testing of up to 20 wave energy converter (WEC) devices, with an installed capacity not to exceed 20 MW.

MHK technology harnesses energy from ocean waves, tides and currents and converts it into electricity. A WEC device converts the kinetic and potential energy associated with moving ocean waves into electrical or mechanical energy, BOEM noted. (Source: BOEM, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bureau of Ocean Energy Management,  Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


AW-Energy Touts Wave Energy for Green Hydrogen Prod. (Int'l.)
AW-Energy Oy
Date: 2021-02-15
Finland-based AW-Energy Oy is touting its combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process wave energy device that when combined with other renewable energy sources, can significantly reduce green hydrogen production costs .

Green hydrogen is produced by using renewable energy -- such as combining wave energy with solar -- to power electrolysis that splits water into its constituent parts. It is regarded as a leading approach in the journey to decarbonise emission-intensive industries and transport sectors. A $2/kg price is widely believed to represent a potential tipping point that will make green hydrogen and its derivative fuels the energy source of choice across multiple sectors, which includes steel manufacturing, fertilizer production, power generation, and shipping where vast near-term demand exists across Europe and internationally.

Green ammonia, a derivative of green hydrogen, is also being assessed as a way to displace fossil fuels in thermal power generation, greatly decreasing the emissions intensity of existing energy infrastructure.

The growth in green hydrogen production using wave energy could potentially be a cost-effective solution in reaching the world's latest hydrogen goals, according to the AW-Energy release. (Source: AW-Energy Oy, PR, 11 Feb., 2021) Contact: AW-Energy Oy, Christopher Ridgewell, CEO, info@aw-energy.com, www.aw-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AW-Energy Oy,  Wave Energy,  Green Hydrogen ,  


Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
Mitsui, Bombora
Date: 2021-01-11
In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Bombora ,  Wind,  Wave Energy,  


Bombora, TechnipFMC Partner on Floating Foundations (Ind. Report)
Bombora Wave Energy,TechnipFMC
Date: 2020-12-04
UK-based wave energy converter developer Bombora Wave Energy and Netherlands-headquartered energy services provider TechnipFMC report they are partnering to work on an Integrated Semi-Submersible Platform with Innovative Renewable Energy (InSPIRE) floating offshore wind platform pairing ocean wave energy with offshore wind. The two companies will develop a floating offshore wind foundation incorporating Bombora's mWave technology that combines wave energy and wind power on a shared platform.

For the project, a Phase 1 Demonstrator will develop a 12MW platform -- combined mWave (4MW) and wind turbine (8MW) on a shared floating platform. The commercial Phase 2 envisions 18MW combined mWave (6MW) and wind turbine (12MW) on a shared floating platform. (Source: Bombora Wave Energy, OE, 3 Dec., 2020) Contact: TechnipFMC, +31 (0)79 3293 600, tpbenelux@technipfmc.com, www.technipfmc.com; Bombora Wave Energy, +44 1646 233140, www.bomborawave.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bombora Wave Energy,  Float Foundation,  Offshore Wind,  TechnipFMC ,  


Ocean Energy Europe, IRENA Partnership Announced (Int'l. Report)
Ocean Energy Europe,IRENA
Date: 2020-12-02
Brussels-based Ocean Energy Europe and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are reporting a MoU to deepen existing cooperation to accelerate the commercialisation of ocean energy technologies by promoting policy incentives and innovative business models in Europe and globally.

Ocean energy presently accounts for roughly 530 MW of installed generation capacity globally. Tidal stream and wave projects currently under construction could add another 3 GW of installed capacity within the next five years -- 55 pct of it in Europe, 28 pct in Asia-Pacific and 13 pct in the Middle East and Africa.

IRENA foresees the potential growth of ocean energy of up to 10 GW of installed capacity by 2030 globally.

Not-for-profit Ocean Energy Europe is the largest network of ocean energy professionals in the world. Over 120 organisations, including Europe's leading utilities, industrialists and research institutes, trust OEE to represent the interests of Europe's ocean energy sector, according to its website. (Source: IRENA, Ocean Energy Europe, Energy Global, Dec., 2020) Contact: Ocean Energy Europe, Remi Gruet, CEO, +32 2 400 10 40, www.oceanenergy-europe.eu; IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy Europe,  IRENA,  Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


BioStim Touts "Electromagnetic Biostimulation" (New Prod & Tech)
AlgaStar
Date: 2020-11-09
Gulf Breeze, Florida-based biomass cultivation and R&D specialist AlgaStar Inc. reports its wholly-owned New Mexico-based subsidiary BioStim's patented "electromagnetic biostimulation" research may result in creating more than a 300 pct biomass growth increase and 174 pct increase in lipid oil content in several alga samples over controlled growth conditions.

BioStim is leading a consortium of small businesses as a part of a New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program which allows local small businesses to work with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to map the conditions under which biostimulation enhances the growth rate and metabolism for several biological cultures involving algae and bacteria by means of microwave energy for use in the future development of alternative biofuels production and other applications.

AlgaStar Inc. and its participants won a $1 million Florida state, 20-month, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) research grant in 2018. Participants included Florida A & M University , NASA at Kennedy Space Center, and ARA, a leading US R& D/engineering firm. (Source: AlgaStar, PR, MENADN, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: AlgaStar Inc., BioSTim Inc., Matthew Ortega, (505) 795-5600, M.Ortega@AlgaStar.com, www.algastar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaStar,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Portuguese Wave Energy Collaboration Announced (Int'l. Report)
Eco Wave Power
Date: 2020-10-21
In Stockholm, publicly traded on-shore wave energy developer EWPG Holding AB (Eco Wave Power) is reporting a strategic collaboration with Portuguese infrastructure engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and management firm Painhas SA for technical support for the licensing of a planned 20MW wave energy project in Portugal .

The wave energy project part of Eco Wave's Concession Agreement with the Port Authority of Leixoes (APDL).

Eco Wave Power's patented, smart and cost-efficient technology turns ocean and sea waves into green electricity and enables commercial power production from sea and ocean waves, according to the company website. (Source: Eco Wave Power, Website PR, 20 Oct.,2020) Contact: Eco Wave Power, Inna Braverman, CEO, +97 2350 94017, inna@ecowavepower.com, www.ecowavepower.com; Painhas SA, +351 258 320 250, www.painhas.pt

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  


Wartsila Aims to Cut Maritime CO2, SOX, NOX Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Wartsila
Date: 2020-09-30
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports its EU-funded three-year collaborative SeaTech project could produce significant reductions in maritime shipping industry fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and deliver a 400 pct return on investment.

The SeaTech project aims is to research, develop, and integrate technologies that will deliver a 30 pct reduction in fuel consumption, a 46 pct reduction in CO2 emissions, a 94 pct reduction in particulate matter emissions, and a 99 pct reduction in Sox and NOx emissions, according to the release.

The project aims to harness fuel-efficient propulsion methods through Wartsila's existing symbiotic ship engine and propulsion technologies -- a bio-mimetic dynamic wing mounted at the bow of the vessel to allow for wave energy augmented propulsion when the vessel navigates moderate and heavy sea conditions. (Source: Wartsila, Website PR, Marine Bunker, Sept., 2020) Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  CO2,  SOX,  NOX,  Marine Emissions,  


GeoSolar Plus Smart Home Energy System Announced (Ind. Report)
Fourth Wave Energy
Date: 2020-07-31
In he Golden State, San Jose-based Fourth Wave Energy is touting its new GeoSolar Plus smart home clean energy system for existing and newly built homes. The company now plans to market the product as a "complete energy makeover" of an existing home. The turnkey system includes:
  • home energy audit and environmental analysis; reinsulating and sealing building envelope for air tightness;

  • geothermal ground source heating and cooling system or air-to-air heat pump technology;

  • heat pump for domestic hot water;

  • air monitoring and filtration system;

  • LED lighting upgrade;

  • roof-mounted solar PV system and EV car charging station.

    The company also plans to offer homeowners a turnkey financing solution to acquire and install the system which sells for roughly $39,000 after valuable tax credits. (Source: Fourth Wave Energy, PR, Contact: Fourth Wave Energy, Joseph Issacs, CEO, 818-855-8199, info@fourthwaveenergy.com, www.fourthwaveenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fourth Wave Energy,  Solar,  


  • Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
    Date: 2020-06-12
    The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

    The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

    OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

    Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    SINN Touts Floating Solar, wind, Wave Energy Platform (Ind. Report)
    SINN Power
    Date: 2020-05-04
    Gauling, Bavaria-based wave energy specialist SINN Power GmbH is touting its patented floating modular solar power wave generation platform in Iraklio, Greece.

    SINN Power develops, constructs and sells innovative wave energy systems, high-tech generators, power electronic components and energy storage for wave energy systems and other renewable energy systems. The SINN Power floating structure is aimed at harsh maritime environments with limited access to renewable energy. (Source: SINN Power GmbH, Utilities, May, 2020) Contact: SINN Power GmbH, Dr-Ing. Philipp Sinn (CEO), +49 89 92566192, www.sinnpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SINN Power ,  Floating Solar,  Solar,  


    Mocean Developing Sub-Sea Wave Energy Power (New Prod & Tech)
    Mocean Energy
    Date: 2020-02-12
    Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Mocean Energy is reporting its collaboration with UK North Sea independent Chrysaor, subsea energy storage specialist EC-OG, and AUV developer Modus to assess the potential of Mocean Energy's Blue Star wave energy converter and EC-OG's HALO subsea energy storage system to sub-sea sub-sea applications.

    The project is being funded by the partners and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) in Aberdeen. If the initial work is successful, the partners will commit to a field trial using a Mocean Energy prototype offshore Orkney, northern Scotland, later this year. In 2019, Wave Energy Scotland agreed to supply £3.3 million ($4.27 million) to the company to construct and test a half-scale version of its technology at sea. (Source: Mocean Energy, PR, 10 Frb., 2020) Contact: Mocean Energy , Cameron McNatt, Managing Director, +44 (0)131 651 7959, hello@mocean.energy, www.mocean.energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mocean Energy.Ocean Energy,  Wave Energy,  


    £10Mn Available for Scottish Tidal Energy Projects (Int'l)
    Tide,Wave Energy Scotland
    Date: 2019-12-13
    At Holyrood, the Government of Scotland is reporting the availability of £10 million ($12.9 million) to support innovation and commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters. The government's support for tidal energy projects is additional to its previous £30 million ($38.6 million) commitment to Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and a proposed further £10 million in 2019/20.

    For the new tidal funding, successful projects must: relate to the capital costs of developing a material/technical innovation aimed at reducing the cost of tidal energy; demonstrate the requirement for, and added value of, Scottish Government support; be deployed in Scottish waters no later than March 2020; and demonstrate a positive social and economic impact on Scotland. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Dec., 2019) Contact: Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge, ; Wave Energy Scotland, www.waveenergyscotland.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Wave Energy Scotland,  Tidal Energy,  Tidal Power,  


    Wave Energy Converter Ready for Testing (Ind. Report)
    Vigpr.Ocean Energy
    Date: 2019-10-21
    In Washington State, Portland-based Vigor Industrial LLC is reporting completion of a OE 35 Buoy wave energy converter for Ireland-based Ocean Energy. The buoy weighs 826 tons, measures 125 feet by 59 feet, has a 31-foot draft, and has a potential rate capacity of 1.25 MW in electrical power production.

    The $12 million buoy, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will be transported to the U.S. Navy Wave Energy

    Test Site in Kanehoe Bay Hawaii for 12 months testing. Ocean Energy plans to construct an additional five buoys for deployment at the Oregon wave Energy Test Site off the coast of Newport, Oregon. (Source: Vigor Industrial LLC, Ocean Energy, Env. Oct., 2019) Contact: Vigor Industrial LLC, Brian Akin, (503) 247-1777, www.vigor.net; Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, info@oceanenergy.ie, +353 (0)21-4816780, +353(0)21-4816778 - fax, www.oceanenergy.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  Vigor,  


    Univ. of Cyprus Promoting SWEL Wave Energy Converter (Int'l.)
    University of Cyprus
    Date: 2019-09-11
    In Nicosia, University of Cyprus is touting a new Wave Energy Converter (WEC) called SWEL which was created by an R&D company based in Cyprus and the UK.

    Unlike other wave energy converters, the waves pass through the unit to generate power at a low cost in any wave environment. SWEL is expected to be tested officially in October in Ireland and again in April in France.

    The pilot projects were introduced within the framework of Maestrale EU, a project that aims to lay the basis for maritime energy deployment strategies in the Mediterranean. MAESTRALE Project details HERE. (Source: EU Intereeg Mediterranean, Cyprus Mail, 10 Sept., 2019) Contact: University of Cyprus, Assistant Prof., Democratis Gregoriades, +357 22 894000, www.ucy.ac.cy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  


    Ocean Power Tech Deploys North Sea Wave Energy Buoy (Int'l.)
    Ocean Power Technologies
    Date: 2019-08-28
    Pennington, New Jersey-headquartered wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies is reporting the deployment of a PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy device at UK oil and gas exploration and production company Premier Oil's Huntington field in the North Sea. The "trial" installation is on a nine-month lease agreement with a purchase option.

    The PB3 unit will serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services. (Source: Ocean Power Technologies, Renewables, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ocean Power Technologies, (609) 730- 0400, www.oceanpowertechnologies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Power,  


    Marine Energy R&D Legislation Tabled (Ind. Report, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In Washington DC, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), have reintroduced the Marine Energy Research and Development Act intended to increase ocean wave and tidal power production. The Act provides federal resources to encourage private investments in marine renewable energy and reauthorizes marine renewable energy programs at the U.S. DOE.

    The Act, which includes national marine renewable energy research, development and demonstration centers nationwide,directs DOE to investigate ways to build a stable marine energy supply chain in the U.S. and ways to harmonize marine energy development with ocean navigation, fisheries and critical infrastructure such as undersea cables.(Source: Various Media, Hydro Review, 24 June, 2019)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Power,  


    DOE Offers $26Mn Hydropower, Marine Energy R&D Funding (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-04-03
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $26.1 million in funding to drive innovative industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) industry and increase hydropower's ability to serve as a flexible grid resource.

    Under the offering, the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) will select projects that aim to increase affordability of hydropower and marine energy, strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and build on Department-wide energy storage initiatives to improve the capability of technologies to deliver value to the grid.

    Areas of interest include hydropower; low-head hydropower; hydrokinetic river current energy converter (CEC) technologies; advancing wave energy device design; and marine energy centers research infrastructure upgrades.

    Additional information on water power research, development, and testing visit EERE Water Power Technology Office HERE. (Source: US DOE, WPTO, PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, WPTO, www.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Energy,  Hydropower,  Wave Energy,  


    Eni Pilot Explores Wave Energy in the Adriatic (Int'l Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2019-03-29
    Rome-headquartered, state-owned Italian oil and gas major Eni New Energy SpA reports the installation of a unit that can produce energy from sea waves in a pilot program that could be spread to offshore oil platforms being phased out.

    The pilot plant, which was installed about 90 miles south of Venice along the Adriatic Sea, has a "peak power output of 51 kW" and has been integrated into "the world's only hybrid smart grid wave energy system featuring photovoltaics and energy storage," according to a company statement.

    According to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM} the U.S. wave energy resource potential along the outer continental shelf stands at 2,640 TWh per year, of which 1,170 TWh/yr are recoverable -- 1 TWh/yr of energy will supply around 93,850 average U.S. homes with power annually. (Source: Eni New Energy SpA, World News, 28 Mar., 2019)Contact: Eni New Energy SpA, +39 06 598 21, +39 06 598 22141 - fax, www.eni.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni,  Wave Energy,  


    PEI Landfill Gas Project Wins Low-Carbon Energy Funding (Funding)
    Enwave Energy Corporation
    Date: 2019-03-25
    Toronto-headquartered Enwave Energy Corporation reports it is inline to receive as much as $3.5 million in funding through the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Energy Fund to upgrade and expand an existing waste-to-energy system that will divert an additional 23,000 tonnes of organic waste from the Charlottetown District Energy System regional landfill in Prince Edward Island. The project will reduce landfill methane emissions, increase annual energy production, and reduce PEI's fuel oil consumption.

    According to Clean Energy Canada, the energy-efficiency measures in Canada's climate plan will help improve Canada's economy and environment between now and 2030 by creating 118,000 new jobs, boosting the nation's GDP by $356 billion, and save Canadian households an average of $114 a year.

    The Low Carbon Economy Fund Challenge provides over $500 million in funding to support projects that will leverage ingenuity across the country to reduce emissions and generate clean growth. (Source: Gov. of Canada, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Enwave Energy, PRN, 24 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enwave Energy Corporation, (416)392-6838, www.enwave.com; Canada Low Carbon Energy Fund, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate.../low-carbon-economy-fund.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Landfill Gas,  Enwave Energy Corporation,  


    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, ww.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

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


    Portland Shipyard Constructing Wave Energy Buoy (Ind. Report)
    Wave Energy
    Date: 2018-10-31
    Seattle-headquartered Vigor is reporting construction has begun on a $6.5 million, 826-ton wave energy buoy at its Portland, Oregon shipyard. The buoy, which will generate approximately 1.25 MW of electricity while offsetting 3,000 tpy of carbon emissions, was jointly contracted and funded by the Irish and American governments.

    The completed buoy will be towed to Hawaii and anchored in the U.S. Navy's wave energy test site off Oahu Island.

    According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, "The theoretical annual energy potential of waves off the coasts of the United States is estimated to be as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of about 66 pct of U.S. electricity generation in 2017." In Oregon, the estimated potential value to the local economy is $2.4 billion per year with an associated 13,630 jobs," Vigor reported. (Source: Vigor, Don Brunell, Courier-Herald, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vigor, (206)623-1635, (206) 442-8505 - fax, info@vigor.net, www.vigor.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


    Chinese Wave Energy Amplification Tech Touted (New Prod & Tech)
    Xiamen University
    Date: 2018-10-17
    In China, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University are touting a new structure that concentrates wave energy to facilitate offshore wave energy projects.

    The research team previously demonstrated concentration of microwaves using a cylindrical device that comprised a set of thin metal sheets extended radially outward from the cylinder axis. The channels between the sheets perpendicular to the axis directed waves inward and boosted the central wave amplitude.

    The researchers envision a similar submurged and anchored structure for water waves. The central open region of the structure is surrounded by vertical walls that are taller than the waves and extended radially outward, similar to the microwave device, to focus and amplify the wave energy. The research was published in Physical Review Letters on September 07, 2018. (Source: Xiamen University, Coherent Chronicle, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Xiamen University, en.xmu.edu.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


    Carnegie Refocusing on Wave Energy (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Carnegie Clean Energy
    Date: 2018-06-29
    June 28 (Renewables Now) - In the Land Down Under, renewable energy specialist Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd reports it will sell its solar and microgrid business, Energy Made Clean (EMC), to Sydney-based investment house Tag Pacific Ltd for a 32 pct stake in the purchaser.

    The planned transaction will create an ASX-listed engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and build, own, operate (BOO) business active in the off-grid and fringe-of-grid solar, battery and microgrid markets. This enlarged entity, which will take the name of Tag's unit MPower. The new entity is expected to begin operations on July 1, 2018.

    Carnegie intends to focus on commercialization of its CETO wave energy technology while maintaining ownership of the Garden Island Microgrid and its current 50 pct stake in the 10-MW Northam solar farm. (Source: Carnegie Clean Energy , Various Media, June, 2018) Contact: Carnegie Clean Energy, Michael Ottaviano, CEO, www.carnegiece.com; Tag Pacific Ltd., www.tagpac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MPower,  Carnegie Clean Energy,  Wave Energy,  Wave Power ,  


    TNC, XL Catlin Collaborate on Blue Carbon Credits (Ind. Report)
    TNC, XL Catlin
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The Nature Conservancy (TNC)and insurance/reinsurance firm XL Catlin in Bermuda are touting a project to develop Blue Carbon Resilience Credits that will value the combined carbon sequestration and resilience benefits provided by coastal wetland ecosystems.

    With XL Catlin's support, TNC will develop a system of credits assigning a market value to the resilience services provided by these historically under valueded cosystems. The hope behind this initiative is that, for the first time, insurance firms and other businesses will be able to offset their carbon footprint while simultaneously better underdstanding the contribution they are making to reducing coastal hazards in the world's most vulnerable coastal areas.

    Coastal wetlands -- salt marshes, seagrass meadows and mangroves -- sequester billions of tonnes of "blue carbon" from the atmosphere at concentrations up to five times greater than terrestrial forests. As an increasing number of companies are purchasing carbon credits to offset their footprints, this credit will enable a valuation of the carbon sequestration and coastal resilience benefits that wetlands provide both businesses and communities.

    Unlike other climate mitigation solutions coastal wetlands not only sequester carbon, they also protect coastlines by absorbing incoming wave energy and providing storm protection. Additionally, a recent study found that wetlands prevented $625 million in direct flood damages from Hurricane Sandy in the United States. As such, coastal wetlands provide both carbon sequestration and resilience services- a powerful combination in a world of changing climate.

    TNC will explore different options to value the resilience services provided by coastal wetlands and to develop a credit product to support ongoing wetland conservation. One of these options could include a numeric ranking system assigning a dollar value to wetlands based on factors such as their potential for storm impact reduction, location relative to vulnerable communities, local economic activities and assets, and potential benefits from habitat restoration. The figures generated by the rankings, combined with the carbon storage capacity of a given wetland, would generate Blue Carbon Resilience Credits. These credits would then offer organizations the capacity to manage their carbon footprints whilst acting as the funding mechanism for wetland conservation, increasing coastal resilience for communities. (Source: The Nature Conservancy, 10 May, 2018) Contact: The Nature Conservancy, Maria Damanki, Global Managing Director for the Ocean, www.nature.org: XL Catlin, Paul Jardine, CEO, www.xlcatlin.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  


    $23Mn Available for Marine Energy Technologies (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-05-02
    The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is reporting the availability of up to $23 million in funding for innovative technologies to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices. The funding will support research and evaluation of next-generation wave and tidal/current systems; support early-stage design of power take off (PTO) and controls integration; and allow for more efficient consideration of any potential environmental impacts from marine renewable energy development.

    Qualifying research will address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents, while surviving in corrosive ocean environments that are intensified by high costs and lengthy permitting processes. The funding opportunity includes three topic areas: Early Stage Device Design Research; Controls and PTO Design Integration and Testing; and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, 30 April, 2018) Contact: US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

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