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Consumers Willing to Pay More for Net-Zero Energy (Ind. Report)
Propane Education & Research Council
Date: 2019-08-26
A recent survey by the Propane Education & Research Council of 2,200 U.S. adults planning to purchase, remodel or build a home, found most have a favorable opinion of Net-Zero Energy (NZE) homes. Of those surveyed, 83 pct of purchasers would consider an NZE home even if it meant paying more -- cost savings and environmental benefits of NZE homes being the prime motivation.

Of the survey respondents planning to remodel their existing homes, 81 pct said they'd be willing to pay 20 pct to 30 pct more on the cost of their projects to achieve NZE.

Construction professionals estimate, on average, that it would cost 36 pct more for a home to meet ZNE standards compared to a standard home. (Source: Propane Education & Research Council, Realty Business News, 25 Aug., 2019) Contact: Propane Education & Research Council, www.propane.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Energy,  Energy Conservation,  Energy Efficiency,  


Ukraine Completes EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
EU4Energy
Date: 2018-11-14
In Kiev, the Ukraine has is reported to have completed two sustainable energy -- energy efficiency projects under the European Union's EU4Energy program.

The projects include a hospital in Voznesenk reconstruction and energy efficiency upgrade of windows and exterior thermal insulation that is expected to cut the facility's annual energy costs by 62 pct.

The EU4Energy programme supports Eastern Partnership Region municipalities reduce their carbon emission by 20 per cent by 2020. The facility provides financial and technical assistance to targeted sustainability, energy management, energy efficiency and related projects. (Source: EU4Energy, Emerging Europe, Nov., 2018) Contact: EU4Energy, www.euneighbours.eu/en/east/stay-informed/projects/eu4energy-programme

More Low-Carbon Energy News EU4Energy ,  


ViZn Energy Announces Shutdown, Seeking Investors (Ind. Report)
ViZn Energy Systems
Date: 2018-03-26
AUstin, Texas-headquartered flow battery technology and energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems -- fka Zinc Air -- reports it has "temporarily" laid off all of its 70 employees and ceased operations at its Columbia Falls, Montana facility while it seek major investors.

ViZn's zinc-based redox flow batteries are designed to collect and store energy from renewable sources. In 2016, the firm unveiled the GS200, a grid-scale energy storage system, which was said to be the largest flow battery in North America and Europe. (Source: ViZn, Flathead Beacon, 23 Mar., 2018) Contact: ViZn Steve Bonner, CEO, Paul Siblerud, VP Marketing, (406) 755-9462, (512) 275-6019 -- Austin Office, www.ViZnEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Flow Battery,  ViZn Energy Systems,  Battery,  Energfy STorage,  


ECRA Launches Cement Carbon Capture Demo (Int'l Report)
European Cement Research Academy
Date: 2018-02-07
In Dusseldorf,Germany, the European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) reports it has begun an industrial-scale demonstration project of technology that aims at optimizing the cement kiln for carbon capture. The project will take place at two cement plants, one in Austria and one in Italy.

The project, which is part o fECRA's long-term carbon capture research project, will test the carbon capture potential of oxyfuel kilns. Oxyfual technology aims to increase the CO2 concentration of the exhaust gas stream, aiding its capture.

The two plants involved in the trial are HeidelbergCement's Colleferro plant in Italy and LafargeHolcim's Retznei plant in Austria. The cost of the project is estimated to be around €80 million of which the cement industry has committed €25 million. Additional funding will be sought from European or national research schemes. (Source: European Cement Research Academy, World Cement, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: European Cement Research Academy, +49 211 2398380, www.ecraonline.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Cement,  


ViZn CMI Energy Partner on Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
ViZn Energy Systems
Date: 2017-12-15
Austin, Texas-based utility-scale energy storage specialist ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn) reports it is partnering with CMI Energy on energy storage projects. The initial project features a 400 kilowatt, 3-hour, zinc redox flow battery system that will be integrated with 2 MWp of rooftop solar PV and installed at the CMI HQ in Seraing, Belgium.

The CMI Energy and ViZn Energy partners will focus on: renewables integration, waste water treatment, mining, oil and gas, chemical, and other commercial and industrial energy storage use projects.

ViZn is currently delivering systems in the U.S., Canada, Central America, Europe, and India. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries are uniquely capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power, according to the company. (Source: ViZn Energy, PR, Various Media, Dec., 2017) Contact: ViZn Energy, Van Dell, CEO , www.ViZnEnergy.com; CMI Energy, Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, Pres., Energy, www.cmigroupe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ViZn Energy Systems ,  Redox Flow Battery,  Energy Storage,  


Biodico Touts Community Design Technology (New Prod & Tech)
Biodico
Date: 2017-11-10
Ventura, California-based renewable energy company Biodico is touting its internet-based Master Community Design technology that enables farms and communities in California's Central Valley identify on-site renewable sources of clean energy and then create a plan to convert those resources into electricity and liquid biofuels.

Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) is partially funded by the California Energy Commission and is the world's first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility to help address energy needs and climate goals in California's Central Valley.

Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Biodico, Inc., PR, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Biodico, Trey Teall, VP Operations, (805) 683-8103, www.biodico.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico,  


Net Zero Energy Buildings -- Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-01-06
Net Zero Energy Buildings, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy buildings (ZEBs) in the residential and commercial sectors. The report examines major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulations and outreach programs.

As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.

Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE (Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Navigant Research,  Navigant,  Net Zero Energy,  NZE,  Energy Efficiency,  


NREL Developing Zero-Energy District in Denver (Ind. Report)
NREL
Date: 2017-01-06
The National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, and local corporations and governments have tapped into NREL's technical resources on renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to develop the Denver National Western Stockshow complex into a zero energy district.

When completed, the 250-acre site will include nine or more buildings and will operate year-round as an education center focused on agriculture. NREL and Colorado State University are contributing expertise to the planned project with a goal of achieving net zero energy.

Net zero energy districts achieve net zero energy by sharing data, resources and infrastructure and by taking advantage of efficiency, capturing energy that otherwise might be wasted and by relying on renewable.

Four other upcoming net zero energy districts are slated to be launched: Advanced Energy Communities in Huntington Beach, California; Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant Redevelopment Project in St. Paul, Minnesota; Fresno Energy Performance District in Fresno, California; and Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District in Buffalo, New York. (Source: NREL, GreenBiz, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: NREL, Chuck Kutscher, Director for Buildings and Thermal Systems, (303) 492-0284, www.colorado.edu/rasei/chuck-kutscher

More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Efficiewncy,  Net Zero Energy,  ZNE,  


Biodico Begins UC Santa Barbara Biodiesel Deliveries (Ind. Report)
Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-12-02
In the Golden State, Ventura-based Biodico Inc. is reporting its first delivery of used cooking oil-based biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara where it will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment. he biodiesel was produced at Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) which is partially funded by the California Energy Commission.

Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy, and collaborates with joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company has pioneered advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  



Date: 2016-12-01
Biodico’s ‘ZNEF’ Begins Producing and Delivering Biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara Biodico Inc. today said that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the university, will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment at UCSB. Biodico produced the biodiesel at its “Zero Net Energy Farm” located in the San Joaquin Valley. The ZNEF facility is funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission to create an energy solution that generates all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, including solar, wind and biomass.

Biodico is a privately held company headquartered in Ventura, Calif. that (1) builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, (2) conducts research and development with the U.S. Navy, and (3) collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 23 years, with an emphasis on using advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Biodico, http://www.biodico.com


Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-11-21
Ventura, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. reports it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its "Zero Net Energy Farm" project.

Depending on the assessment outcome, Biodico will construct a first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm to generate sufficient power from onsite biomass and other renewables to meet a farm operations requirements. The project will also provide a template for introducing Biodico's ZNEF technology. The Zero Net Energy Farm project is being partially funded by the California Energy Commission. (Source: Biodico Inc., November 16, 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  


Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator Partnership Launched (Ind. Report)
Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator,National League of Cities
Date: 2016-11-18
The U.S. DOE and the National League of Cities are reporting the launch of the Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator to move the building market toward adopting sustainable practices to help districts achieve zero energy use in buildings.

According to the DOE, by 2030, 60 pct of the world's buildings will be newly built or reconstructed to support the growing population, creating an opportunity to develop communities that are more sustainable and use less energy. Zero energy districts advance the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings, to offset district-wide energy use by aggregating renewable energy sources to power buildings within the districts' boundaries.

Accelerator partners commit to cost effectively meet zero-energy goals. DOE supports each district through technical resources and master planning assistance. with master planning. Through the Zero Energy Districts Accelerator, partners will work together with DOE to outline and refine best practice approaches and address market barriers to achieve zero energy adoption and document proven solutions for industry-wide replication.

The following six partners will implement a detailed master energy plan, business and governance model within three years and share lessons learned with the market: Denver - National Western Center project and Sun Valley Ecodistrict; Huntington Beach, Calif. - Advanced Energy Communities; St. Paul, Minn. - Ford Twin Cities Assembly plant Redevelopment Project; Fresno, Calif. - Fresno Energy Performance District; and Buffalo, New York - Western New York Manufacturing ZNE District (Source: National League of Cities, US DOE, ProudGreenBuildings, 16 Nov., 2016) Contact: Better Buildings Zero Energy Districts Accelerator, https://betterbuildingsinitiative.energy.gov/accelerators; National League of Cities, Cooper Martin, Prog. Dir., Sustainable Cities Institute, (877) 827-2385, www.nlc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ZeroEnergy Building,  Net-Zero Energy,  


Santa Monica Mandates ZNE Home Construction (Reg & Leg)
City of Santa Monica
Date: 2016-11-02
In the Golden State, the Santa Monica City Council reports the passage of legislation requiring all new single-family homes built in the city of 92,500 be rated at "zero net energy" (ZNE) use. The ordinance also requires non-residential construction be designed to use 10 pct less energy than required by the 2016 California Energy Code, beginning Jan.1, 2017. The ordinance is subject to California Energy Commission approval.

Santa Monica's ordinance is based on the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code which defines a ZNE building as one where the value of energy produced on-site by renewable energy resources is equal to the value of the energy consumed annually by the building. (Source: CVBT, City of Santa Monica, 28 Oct., 2016) Santa Monica City Council, (310) 393-9975, www.smgov.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy,  Green Building,  

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