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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,

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

Ukraine Completes EU4Energy Energy Efficiency Projects (Int'l)
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,

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,

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,

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 ,; CMI Energy, Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, Pres., Energy,

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

Biodico Touts Community Design Technology (New Prod & Tech)
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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico,  

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