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Greenalia Planning 670-MWp Texas Solar+Storage Project (Ind. Report)
Greenalia
Date: 2021-07-23
Coruna, Spain-headquartered renewable energy developer Grennalia reports company plans to invest $450 million to develop 670MWp of solar photovoltaic, with 170MW battery storage capacity, all in ready-to-build phase, in Texas, with construction over the next year.

The company is active in offshore and onshore wind, solar, energy storage and biomass and in plans to pursue other U.S. renewable acquisitions and projects. and opportunities.

Currently, Greenalia has a 3 GW portfolio of onshore wind, offshore wind, solar photovoltaic and biomass. (Source: Greenalia, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: GReenalia, Manuel Garcia, CEO, +34 900 81 50 81, info@greenalia.es, www.greenalia.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenalia,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


Enable Energy Relaunched BayWa r.e. Power Solutions (Ind. Report)
BayWa r.e. ,Enable Energy
Date: 2021-07-23
BayWa r.e., a leading renewable energy developer and services provider, announced today the formal launch of BayWa r.e. Power Solutions Inc., the new brand identity for the former Enable Energy Inc., which BayWa r.e. acquired in September 2020. BayWa r.e. Power Solutions is one of the leading solar and battery energy storage systems engineering, construction, and procurement (EPC) providers for the U.S. commercial, industrial and utility sectors.

BayWa r.e. Power Solutions has completed more than 100 MW of solar and 175 MWh of storage -- both standalone and solar-plus-storage installations -- and has a late-stage project pipeline of 600 MW of solar and 1 GWh of storage. Notable active projects include a 47 MW solar/135 MWh storage utility project on the big island of Hawaii, according to the company. (Source: BayWas r.e, PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, Axel Veeser, Managing Director, www.us.baywa-re.com; Brad Ferrell, CEO, www.baywa-re.com/en/energy-solutions

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e. ,  Enable Energy,  Solar+Storage,  Energy STorage,  


HECO Offers Solar Energy Storage Battery Bonus (Ind. Report)
Hawaiian Electric
Date: 2021-07-21
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered Hawaiian Electric (HECO) reports it is accepting applications for its new Battery Bonus program that pays cash incentives for residential and commercial customers on Oahu to add battery energy storage to an existing or new rooftop solar system.

The program is capped by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) at a total 50 MW supplied from storage among all participants. Incentive payments are:

  • $850 per kW for those accepted for the first 15MW. (For example, 5kW would yield a $4,250 payment.) Hawaiian Electric will confirm by checking battery data that the system is meeting its committed performance in the program for the customer to receive the full amount of incentive.

  • $750 per kW for those accepted for the next 15MW.

  • $500 per kW for those accepted for the last 20MW.

    Homeowners and businesses with an existing solar system enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, Customer Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer's battery. (Source: Hawaiian Electric, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Hawaiian Electric, www.hawaiianelectric.com; www.hawaiianelectric.com/batterybonus

    More Low-Carbon Energy News HCO.Energy Storage,  Rooftop Solar,  Hawaiian Electric,  Solar+Storage,  Battery Energy Storage,  


  • Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
    Siemens, Fluence
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

    Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

    Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS ,  


    Climate Change Quote from WMO CEO
    World Meteorological Organization
    Date: 2021-07-21
    "We have always had extreme weather events, but because of climate change, we have started seeing them more often and they are more intense. Without climate change, we wouldn't have observed such high temperatures in western parts of Canada and the US, so that's a clear indication of climate change."

    "Climate change will anyhow continue for the coming decades. If we are successful with climate mitigation, we could stop this negative trend in the 2060s. Until then we will see a growing amount of natural disasters and a growing amount of this kind of weather extremes and also more human losses and more economic losses than before. That means that we have to also adapt to climate change, the most important thing is to mitigate climate change, to stop using fossil fuels and also pay attention to our diet."

    "The key is that we have to start acting now, we cannot wait for the coming decades,." -- Petteri Taalas, WMO Secretary-General, Contact: World Meteorological Organization, public.wmo.int/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Meteorological Organization,  WMO,  Climate Change,  


    Viridi Solar Attracts €100Mn Elkstone Capital Investment (Ind. Report)
    Viridi Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Elkstone Capital, the Dublin-based multi-family investment office, is to commit up to €100 million to California-based Viridi Energy, a new venture that plans to put solar panels on the rooftops of commercial buildings at no cost to the owner or occupier.

    The Viridi will tap Elkstone clients and raise green bonds to finance the installation of the solar panels on company premises or lands. Viridi then plans to sell the electricity generated back to the customer at a discount to prevailing energy prices under a power purchase agreement. (Source: Viridi Energy, PR Sunday Examiner, 18 July, 2021) Contact: Viridi Energy, Ciaran McManus, (214) 272-0289, www.viridienergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridi Energy,  Solar,  


    Capstone Supplies Hydrogen Microturbines for Austrian Project (Int'l)
    Capstone Green Energy Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corp. -- reports it will supply two C65 microturbines to Austria-based Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau for use in an ultra-low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system -- the first hydrogen-fueled microturbine system in Europe.

    The system will initially run on 10 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas, with the amount of hydrogen expected to increase as Capstone approves higher blend levels in the future. The microturbine system is expected to be commissioned in October, this year.

    Capstone provides customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems and comprehensive service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy,  Capstone Turbone,  Hydrogen,  


    MAN Energy Solutions Touts World-First LAES Project (Int'l.)
    MAN Energy Solutions,Highview Power
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Augsburg, Germany-based MAN Energy Solutions reports it has contracted to provide its LAES turbomachinery solution to London-headquartered energy-storage solutions specialist Highview Power's CRYOBattery™ 50 MW liquid-air energy-storage (LAES) facility presently under construction in Greater Manchester , UK.

    The LAES plant uses cryogenically liquefied air as a medium for storing energy. Off-peak or excess electrical energy is used to compress ambient air and liquefy it in the charging cycle. The liquefied air is stored at low temperatures in insulated tanks. The system efficiency is increased by using the stored cold and the compression heat. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, +49 821 322-0, www.man-es.com; Highview Power, +44 (0) 203 350 10, www.highviewpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MAN Energy Solutions,  Energy Storage,  Highview Power,  


    Wartsila Supplying 100MW of Energy Storage for UK Projects (Int'l.)
    Wartsila, Pivot Power
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will supply 100MW / 200MWh of energy storage systems to Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, for its next two projects in the West Midlands, England, to support the roll-out of Pivot Power's innovative Energy Superhub model. Wartsila will install batteries at two sites in the city of Coventry and the borough of Sandwell, on the outskirts of Birmingham.. Construction is due to commence at Sandwell in Q4 2021 and at Coventry in Q1 2022.

    Wartsila is also delivering 50 MW of energy storage for Pivot Power's Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) and 50MW in Kemsley, Kent. The ESO project will include the world's largest lithium-ion and vanadium-flow hybrid grid-scale energy storage system, in partnership with Invinity Energy Systems. The hybrid battery is supporting the development of a high-powered EV charging network delivering power to key locations across the city, and will share a connection to the high-voltage electricity transmission network.(Source: Wartsila. Website PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Wartsila Energy, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com/energy; Pivot Power, www.pivot-power.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery energy Storage,  Wartsila,  Pivot Power,  Energy Storage,  


    DOE Addresses Homes, Bldgs. Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    DOE Better Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the Secretary of Energy has announced sweeping actions to power more American homes and buildings with cleaner, smarter, and more affordable energy services that sharply reduce the buildings sector's energy consumption and contributions to the climate crisis.

    Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:

  • Investing in Buildings' Workforce of the Future -- New investments of up to $30 million for the American workforce will expand DOE's support for organizations -- including unions, trade associations, and educational institutions -- that train and support career pathways for a diverse, qualified, and well-paid workforce that enables high-performance buildings.

  • Advancing Efficiency in Heating and Cooling Systems -- A new national initiative focused on clean and efficient heating and cooling systems in buildings called the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3) will advance the research, development, and deployment of clean heating and cooling systems like heat pumps, advanced water heaters, low-to-no global warming potential refrigerants, and smarter HVAC diagnostic tools.

  • Driving Adoption of Smart Building Technologies -- A National Roadmap for Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings will chart a path to triple the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of U.S. buildings within the decade -- worth $100 to $200 billion in energy cost savings -- by implementing 14 practical recommendations that accelerate the ability of buildings to both reduce and change the timing of energy use through smart building operations sensitive to broader grid dynamics.

  • Collaborating with Industry to Decarbonize Buildings -- The Better Buildings Low Carbon Pilot, a project of the Better Buildings Initiative, will work with commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to set commitments and share pathways to low and no carbon emission buildings.

  • Opening Up Windows for Collaboration -- The Partnership for Advanced Window Solutions (PAWS) will accelerate the national availability and adoption of advanced and highly efficient windows and window attachments that improve comfort and reduce building energy use.

    Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices. Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, buildings@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE Better Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • LevelTen, World Kinect Help Source Renewable Energy, Reach Carbon Targets (Ind. Report)
    LevelTen, World Kinect
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Seattle-headquartered LevelTen Energy and energy management specialist World Kinect Energy Services are reporting a partnership that enables World Kinect to source PPAs for its clients through the LevelTen Energy Marketplace, the world's largest PPA marketplace.

    World Kinect can select the best PPAs for its clients from over 1,300 projects spanning 21 countries in North America and Europe. World Kinect can also request custom PPA proposals from over 470 project developers using LevelTen's RFP Automation Tool. In addition, the firm and its clients can leverage LevelTen's comprehensive suite of CFO-Ready™ analytics to select a PPA that best matches their energy usage, budget, timeline, location, risk tolerance, and more.

    World Kinect Energy Services also helps customers worldwide manage their exposure to climate and energy-related risk and develop and implement carbon reduction and renewable energy strategies, including commercial hydro, wind, and solar services. (Source: LevelTen Energy, PR, July, 2021) Contact: LevelTen Energy, (206) 531-0439, info@leveltenenergy.com, www.leveltenenergy.com; World Kinect Energy Services, www. world-kinect.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LevelTen,  World Kinect,  Renewable Energy,  Carbob Emissions,  


    AceOn Mobile Solar Power Storage Scores £1Mn Funding (Int'l.)
    AceOn
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In the UK, Telford-headquartered solar energy and battery energy storage specialist AceOn reports receipt of £1 million in grant funding from Innovate UK to accelerate development work on its mobile solar energy storage unit that will use Sheffield-based Faradion's sodium-ion batteries.

    AceOn will work in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, DZP Technologies, a specialist battery materials development company, and Nigeria-based energy and power company Nevadic Limited to deliver the project.

    AceOn Group specializes in the design and assembly of custom built battery packs and the distribution of industrial and consumer batteries to the UK and worldwide market. (Source: AceOn Group, PR, Shropshire Live, 13 July, 2021) Contact: AceOn Group , Mark Thompson, Managing Dir., + 44 (0) 1952 293 388, info@aceongroup.com, www.aceongroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AceOn,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  


    Pennsylvania Moving Closer to RGGI Membership (Ind. Report)
    RGGI
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Following up on our February 17 coverage, in Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board reports it voted 15-4 to adopt the final regulation that would have the Keystone State join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade program that targets power sector carbon dioxide emissions. The rule now goes to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission and the Attorney General's Office for final review before publication.

    Governor Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order starting the RGGI process in October 2019, as part of his overall climate goals of reducing state greenhouse gas emissions 26 pct by 2025 and 80 pct by 2050, compared to 2005 levels. The Pennsylvania DEP estimates RGGI participation will prevent between 97-227 million tons of carbon emissions between 2022 and 2030, depending on factors such as energy demand. Pennsylvania is among the country's top five carbon emitting states.

    Under RGGI, power plants with a generation capacity of at least 25 MW and that send 10 pct or more of their power to the grid must purchase allowances for each ton of CO2 they emit. RGGI began with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, and more recently added New Jersey and Virginia. (Source: Pennsylvania Environmental Quality Board, Allegheny Front, 14 July, 2021) Contact: RGGI, www.rggi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  RGGI,  


    sonnenCommunity N.Y. Solar+Storage Project Launched (Ind. Report)
    sonnen
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Stone Mountain, Georgia-based sonnen, a global market leader in smart residential energy storage today announced the launch of sonnenCommunity New York Virtual Power Plant, a pioneering solar plus battery program for homeowners in New York State.

    sonnen will be the exclusive hardware and software provider for the program, offering locally generated clean energy at a discounted rate to 200 homes in Westchester County, NY in an initial pilot phase. Sustainable Westchester, a non-profit administering Westchester Power Program and the largest community choice aggregator (CCA) in NY, will act as a premier partner for this project, working with sonnen and local solar contractors to build a dispatchable grid asset to provide resilient backup power, carbon-neutral living and generate revenue for participating in the New York energy market. (Source: sonnen, Pr, 14 July, 2021) Contact: sonnen, www.sonnenusa.com/en/NewYork

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  sonnen,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  


    Zinc8 Energy Touts Zinc-air Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Zinc8 Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-12
    As previously reported, Vancouver-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc has announced the planned deployment of its patented Zinc-air Energy Storage System (ZESS) at the University at Buffalo (UB), New York in collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The installation marks the first long-duration use in the Empire State and a development that will support further integration of renewable power sources into the grid.

    The UB site will allow for the demonstration of a 100 kilowatt/1 megawatt Zinc-Air Battery Energy Storage System to facilitate the wider use of renewable resources. (Source: Zince8 Energy Solutions, PR , July, 2021) Contact: Zinc8 Energy Solutions, 604.558.1406, partners@zinc8energy.com, www.zinc8energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zinc8 Energy Solutions news,  Energy STorage news,  


    BayWa USA, SDCP Ink California Solar+Storage PPA (Ind. Report)
    BayWa r.e., San Diego Community Power
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Renewable energy developer and services provider BayWa r.e. is reporting a 20-year solar energy power purchase agreement (PPA) with San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program serving five cities in the San Diego region.

    Under the agreement, SDCP will purchase power from the Jacumba Valley Ranch (JVR) Energy Park being developed by BayWa r.e.in San Diego County. The project will pair a 90MW (AC) solar photovoltaic array with a 70 MW/280 MWh DC-coupled battery energy storage system.

    The project, which is expected to break ground early next year for commissioning and operation in Q1 2023. will generate sufficient power for least 52,000 households and offset more than 500,000 metric tons of carbon emissions over the life of the project. (Source: BayWa r.e. USA LLC, PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: San Diego Community Power, www.sdcommunitypower.org; BayWa r.e. USA, 949 398 3915, www.us.baywa-re.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa r.e.,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  San Diego Community Power,  


    Koch Invests $100Mn in Znyth® Battery Maker Eos (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy , Koch Industries
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc battery manufacturer Eos Energy Enterprises Inc. is reporting a $100 million investment from Koch Industry subsidiary Koch Investments Group to help build the company's technology.

    Eos's manufacturing plant in Pittsburgh makes long-term energy storage Znyth® batteries that provide storage for renewable energy sources and can be used by utilities, industry and commercial businesses.

    The Znyth® battery is designed to last at least 5,000 cycles, or approximately 15 years, and is safe even in extreme temperatures. The Znyth® battery has a carbon payback time -- the time that it takes to offset GHG footprint -- that is twicew as fast as lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and three times faster than sodium sulfur and vanadium redox, according to the company. (Source: Eos Energy, PR, Pittsburgh Business Times, July, 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, www.eose.com; Koch Industries, Koch Investments, www.kochequity.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSmart,  Eos Energy,  Battery Energy Storage,  Koch Industries,  


    Albemarle Battery Materials Innovation Center Open (Ind. Report)
    Albemarle Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Albemarle Corporation, a leader in the global specialty chemicals industry and the only US-based producer of lithium metal anodes , reports the opening of its Battery Materials Innovation Center (BMIC) at its Kings Mountain, North Carolina, site.

    The BMIC is expected to be fully operational this month and will support Albemarle's lithium hydroxide, lithium carbonate and advanced energy storage materials growth platforms.

    Albemarle, the only US-based producer of lithium metal anodes, notes that materials developed in its labs will enable the next frontier of lithium-ion battery performance. Moving from conventional graphite battery anodes to lithium metal offers the potential to double energy density and reduce cost by as much as 50 pct. (Source: Albemarle Corp., PR, 30 June, 2021)Contact: Albemarle Corporation, Luke Kissam, CEO, 225-388-7402, www.albemarle.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Albemarle Corporation,  Battery,  


    GLIL Invests in UK Energy Storage Firm Flexion (Int'l.)
    Flexion Energy
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In the UK, GLIL Infrastructure, the fund backed by a number of UK local government pension schemes (LGPS), has invested £150 million in London-headquartered utility and energy storage infrastructure specialist Flexion Energy.

    The GLIL investment will enable Flexion to construct and make operational an established UK pipeline of up to 300 MW of grid-connected battery storage systems within the next 24 months. Flexion aims to deliver 1 GW of operational storage systems within five years. (Source: GLIL Infrastructure, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: Flexion Energy, Dan Taylor and Hassen Bali, co-founders , info@flexion.energy, www.flexionenergy.com; GLIL Infrastructure, +44 0 161 235 0320, www.glil.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Flexion Energy news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  


    Tata, AutoGrid Partner on Smart Energy Management (Int'l. Report)
    Tata Power, AutoGrid
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In New Delhi, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), which supplies electricity to a populace of over 7 million in North Delhi, is reporting a strategic partnership with Redwood City, California-based AutoGrid for deploying artificial intelligence (AI) based smart energy management system. The firms are undertaking a joint project in the area of residential "behavioural" demand response (DR), distributed energy resource management (DERMS), electric vehicles , virtual power plants (VPPs), energy storage optimization, flexibility management, forecasting, and renewable energy integration.

    The pilot project aims to empower customers, by helping them understand their consumption patterns and evaluate the effectiveness of DR programs. Based on the acceptance and success of the pilot, the program will also be extended in a phased manner to the following areas:

  • Automated Demand Response leveraging Residential Air Conditioning Systems and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system at Commercial and Industrial sites

  • Integration of Energy Storage, Solar PV, Electrical Vehicles and other DERs for grid balancing and stabilization

  • Microgrids and Site Optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) applications

  • Commercial &Industrial Site optimization for Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS).

    To measure the acceptability of behavioural demand response programs and increase customer participation, the company will also provide incentives to customers based on the level of their participation in the pilot program. The results of the pilot will then be shared with the state regulator (DERC) to formulate appropriate incentives which can be applicable for all customers. (Source: AutoGrid, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: AutoGrid, www.auto-grid.com; Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  AutoGrid,  Energy Storage,  Energy Management,  Demand Response,  


  • ION Energy Raises $3.6 Mn (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    ION Energy
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Mumbai, India-based advanced electronics and software specialist ION Energy reports it has raised $3.6 million in Pre-Series A funding. The round was raised from Amazon's Climate Pledge Fund and joined by Silicon Valley-based Climate Capital, and others. The funds will be used to grow the ION team to 125+ (currently 70), invest in product development and expand the software business in North America and Europe.

    Founded in 2016, the five-year-old startup is headquartered in India and has operations in France and the U.S. ION's flagship offering is a smart battery management platform (BMS) that leverages proprietary algorithms to improve battery life and performance. (Source: ION Energy, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: ION Energy, Akhil Aryan, Co-founder, CEO, +91 98201 02272 www.ionenergy.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ION Energy,  Battery,  Energy STorage,  


    Energiekontor Commissions Hanstedt-Wriedel Wind Farm (Int'l. Report)
    Energiekontor AG
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Bremen, Germany headquartered wind and solar energy developer Energiekontor AG is reporting the commissioning and grid connection of its Hanstedt-Wriedel wind farm the district of Uelzen, Lower Saxony.

    The wind farm incorporates of six General Electric GE 5.3 - 158 turbines totaling 31.8 MW and is expected to generate sufficient power for 30,000 average German households.

    Since its founding, Energiekontor AG has invested more than €1.8 billion in 128 wind farms and 12 solar parks with more than 1 gigawatt total output. The company has offices in The company also has offices in England (Leeds), Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow), Portugal (Lisbon), USA (Houston/Texas and Rapid City/South Dakota) and France (Toulouse, Rouen). (Source: Energiekontor AG, PR, Yahoo Finance, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Energiekontor, Peter Azabo, CEO, Peter Alex, IR, +49 421 3304-126, Peter.Alex@energiekontor.com, www.energiekontor.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energiekontor,  Wind,  German Wind,  


    AMTE JV Plans Aussie Li-Ion Battery Gigafactory (Int'l. Report)
    AMTE Power
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Caithness, Scotland-headquartered lithium-ion battery specialist AMTE Power is reporting a joint venture agreement with Perth-based Australian infrastructure developer InfraNomics to form Bardan Cells Pty and the construction of a new battery plant in Western Australia.

    The JV will develop the manufacturing, sales and distribution business using AMTE's licensed technology and manufacturing expertise to build cells for use in power storage systems. The company plans an initial manufacturing microcline plant leading to a major "gigafactory" facility. Off-take agreements are being finalised to support the factory build out. (Source: AMTE Power, PR, Website, 2 July, 2021) Contact: AMTE Power, Dave Pell, CCO, +44 (0) 1847 867200, hello@amtepower.com, www. amtepower.com; InfraNomics, Cameron Edwards, +61 434 714 377, www.infranomics.com.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AMTE Power,  Battery,  Lithium-Ion,  Energy Storage,  


    EU Needs 30 GW of Battery Storage by 2030, says Rystad (Int'l)
    Rystad Energy
    Date: 2021-07-02
    According to Oslo-based independent energy research and business intelligence consultancy Rystad Energy, the EU would need 30 GW of battery storage by 2030 to provide power system flexibility and security of supply. But by 2050, that capacity is expected to grow exponentially to reach close to 400 GW amid the loss of baseload supply following the expected phase-out of coal and gas-fired plants and a growing share of more intermittent renewable energy sources, Rystad notes.

    By 2030, up to 108 GW of electricity storage -- including pumped storage and stationary batteries -- would be necessary across Europe. In 2020, the European storage capacity amounted to 40 GW. The EC estimates that €100 billion -- €300 billion are needed to finance new energy storage systems in the EU up to 2050, according to the report. (Source: Rystad Energy, Montel, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Rystad Energy, (208)-551-6300, www.rystadenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Battery news,  


    ReGenerate Nails Georgia Woody Biomass Plant Acquisition (M&A)
    Ember Infrastructure,ReGenerate Energy Holdings
    Date: 2021-07-02
    ReGenerate Energy Holdings, LLC, a recent Ember Infrastructure and ReEnergy Biomass Operations, is reporting completion of its acquisition of Albany Green Energy, a biomass heat-and-power facility located in Albany, Georgia, from a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company LLC.

    The Albany Green Energy facility uses regionally sourced woody biomass from mill residue, forestry waste, recycling and agricultural waste to generate 50 MW of electricity to Georgia Power, process steam to the nearby Procter & Gamble paper products facility, and process steam that is used to generate electricity for the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base.

    With the acquisition, ReGenerate owns 137 MWs of operating biomass power generation across three facilities, including ReEnergy Stratton and ReEnergy Livermore Falls, in Maine. (Source: ReGenerate Energy Holdings , Ember Infrastructure, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Ember Infrtructure, www.ember-infra.com; ReEnergy Biomass Operations, ReEnergy Holdings, www.reenergyholdings.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ember Infrastructure news,  Woody Biomass news,  ReGenerate Energy Holdings news,  Renewable Energy Holdings news,  


    EU Needs 30 GW of Battery Storage by 2030, says Rystad (Int'l.)
    Rystad Energy
    Date: 2021-07-02
    According to Oslo-based independent energy research and business intelligence consultancy Rystad Energy, the EU would need 30 GW of battery energy storage capacity by 2030 to provide power system flexibility and security of supply. But by 2050, that 30 MW capacity is expected to grow exponentially to reach close to 400 GW amid the loss of baseload supply following the expected phase-out of coal and gas-fired plants and a growing share of renewable energy sources, Rystad notes.

    By 2030, up to 108 GW of electricity storage -- including pumped storage and stationary batteries -- would be necessary across Europe, it said. In 2020, the European storage capacity amounted to 40 GW. The EC estimates that €100 billion -- €300 billion are needed to finance new energy storage systems in the EU up to 2050. (Source: Rystad Energy, Montel, 2 July, 2021) Contact: Rystad Energy, (208)-551-6300, www.rystadenergy.com

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    Capstone Green Claims Aussie Microturbine Orders (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Green Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corporation -- a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy solutions, reports it will supply, through its Australian distributor, Optimal Group, two C600S microturbine systems and one C800S microturbine system in support of several oil and gas projects in Australia.

    All three systems are expected to be delivered between June to December this year and installed at multiple locations and will use high-pressure natural gas. The dual-mode turbines will be operating in a standalone configuration, supplying all of the site's electrical demand.

    Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Conversion Products are driven by the Company's microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Products business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen Energy Solutions, Capstone Green Energy offers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.

    To date in 2021, Capstone has shipped more than 10,000 units to 83 countries and saved customers an estimated $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated at 1,115,100 tons of carbon and $698 million in annual energy savings. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy Corp., Darren Jamison, CEO, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy ,  Capstone Turbine,  


    CSI Solar Plans Shanghai China STAR Market IPO (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has submitted an application for a potential initial public offering (IPO) and listing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange Science and Technology Innovation Board (STAR Market). The company plans to issue up to 541,058,824 shares, excluding shares issuable upon the exercise of a less than 15 pct over-allotment option.

    Canadian Solar presently owns approximately 80 pct of CSI Solar's shares.

    The IPO proceeds will be used to strengthen CSI Solar and the Company's market leadership position, R&D, increasing production capacity and additional working capital. The CSI Solar IPO is subject to Shanghai Stock Exchange review and China Securities Regulatory Commission registration and approval.

    Nasdaq-listed Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest solar technology and renewable energy companies and manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules, provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. The Company presently has around 500 MWp of projects in operation, nearly 6 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 15 GWp of projects in pipeline. Canadian Solar also has 1.2 GWh of battery storage projects under construction and nearly 17 GWh of battery storage projects in backlog or pipeline. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: CSI Solar, Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com;

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    IGP Snares Community Solar+Storage Developer Dimension (M&A)
    Dimension Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Zug, Switzerland-headquartered private investment firm Investment Partners Group (IGP) reports it has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Atlanta-based community solar and battery storage specialist Dimension Renewable Energy.

    Dimension develops, finances and operates community solar and battery energy storage facilities across the US, and has a pipeline of more than 180 projects in eight states with a combined solar capacity of over 800MW as well as 800MWh of battery storage. (Source: Dimension Renewable Energy, Website PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Investor Partners Group, +41 41 784 60 00, Fax + 41 41 784 60 01, 212 908 260 – NYC Office, www.partnersgroup.com; Dimension Renewable Energy, www.dimension-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Community Solar,  Dimension Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    Green Science Alliance Invests in EneCoat Tech. (Int'l., M&A)
    EneCoat Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-30
    In Japan, Kawanishi-City based Green Science Alliance reports it is investing in Kyoto University spin-out startup EneCoat Technologies Co., Ltd, which is developing lead-free perovskite solar cells with high conversion efficiency and durability.

    Green Science Alliance researches and manufactures chemical products that can be applied to solar cell, secondary battery including lithium ion battery, capacitor, fuel cell, biomass biodegradable resin, biofuel and biochemicals and other products, according to the company website. (Source: Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd., PR, 29 June, 2021) Contact: Green Science Alliance, +81-72-759-8543, www.gsalliance.co.jp/en; EneCoat Technologies, www.enecoat.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News perovskite solar cell,  


    WorldGBC Hails Latin American Green Policy (Report Attached)
    World Green Building Council
    Date: 2021-06-28
    A new report from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) notes that work by Green Building Councils in Latin American countries have led to the introduction of four significant building energy efficiency policies and the development of 10 others across the region since 2019.

    Four policies have been approved in Mexico and Colombia, while another 10 are in development in Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Guatemala. These policies are boosting energy savings across the built environment while also introducing new systems for monitoring performance and accessing data. Given the size of the region -- a population of 624 million, more than 80 pct of whom live in cities -- introducing ambitious policies will be key in achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, the WorldGBC said.

    According to the report, "the building and construction sector has a significant importance in the sustainability agenda, but it has traditionally been fragmented, slowing the scaling of innovation, improvements in productivity and best practice from one project to another."

    The WorldGBC Cities Climate Action Project was launched in 2019 with the aim of delivering projects and policies that promote resource efficiency in buildings.

    The regulations in development in each country will give the private sector "the right set of signals to align their investments with the Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.", according to the WorldGBC report.

    Download the WorldGBC report HERE. (Source: WorldGBC, PR, June, 2021) Contact: WorldGBC, Cristina Gamboa, CEO, www.worldgbc.org

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    Indian Oil Giant Commits $10Bn to Green Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Reliance Industries
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Mumbai-headquartered oil refiner Reliance Industries Ltd. reports Reliance will invest 750 billion rupees ($10.1 billion) over three years in a new push away from fossil fuels to green energy.

    Of the total, 600 billion rupees will be directed to four "giga factories" to manufacture solar modules, hydrogen, fuel cells and to build a battery grid to store electricity. An additional 150 billion rupees will be invested in value chain and other partnerships.

    Reliance Industries, which earns 60 pct of its $63 billion (2020) annual revenue from oil refining and petrochemicals, is a Fortune Global 500 company and India's most valuable company by market value. (Source: Reliance Industries Ltd, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries Ltd., Mukesh Ambani, CEO, www.ril.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  Renewable Energy,  


    EnerSys® Now Offering Advanced Lithium-ion Battery (Ind. Report)
    EnerSys
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Reading, Pennsylvania-based energy storage specialist EnerSys® is reporting the addition of high-performance NexSys® iON batteries to its power solutions portfolio. Combining the latest lithium-ion chemistry with cost-effective modularity, NexSysiON batteries are engineered with sustainable Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) large format prismatic cell chemistry that has been heavily researched and built to deliver high energy capacity in a smaller footprint.

    NexSys iON batteries are designed to meet Automotive / Rigorous Functional Safety Standard ISO 26262, exceeding customary industrial compliance standards. With modular construction, the power system can maintain a high State of Charge (SOC) as a result of its speed of recharge capabilities and can be up-sized or down-sized as demands change.

    Ideal for heavy-duty applications, virtually maintenance-free NexSys iON batteries feature an integrated battery management system (BMS) that supports greater safety, reliability and battery life by performing auto-diagnosis, voltage limitation (charge and discharge) and communication of performance data.

    Utilizing a proprietary EnSite™ modeling software, EnerSys can work directly with the customer to "right-size" a NexSys iON battery and NexSys+charger to their vehicle fleet to help eliminate unwanted downtime associated with premature battery failure from improper equipment fitting or charging practices. (Source: Enersys, PR, 23 June, 20210 Contact: Enersys, www.enersys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EnerSys,  Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Vattenfall Building Wind Components Warehouse in Denmark (Int'l.)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Sweden, Stockholm-based wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it plans to construct a large wind turbine parts and components -- gearboxes, generators, transformers, shafts, blades and others -- warehouse at the Danish Port of Esbjerg. The 2,100 sqm indoor warehouse and an 8,200 sqm outdoor storage facility will serve wind farms in Scandinavia, Northern Europe and the UK when completed and stocked in 2022.

    Vattenfall presently operates more than 1,300 on- and offshore wind turbines in Northern Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, all of which are monitored from Vattenfall's central control room in Esbjerg. (Source: Vattenfall, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.vattenfall.com

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    NY Offers Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In the Empire State, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D) has announced more than $9 million is available to establish the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program to support breakthrough innovations to contribute to building New York as a hub for carbon-to-value technology. The new program will provide technical expertise that bridges research and development with the commercialization of products, grow entrepreneurial training for scientists, expand the State's innovation ecosystem, and accelerate economy-wide deep decarbonization.

    The Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program will be administered and funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), which is seeking proposals for an organization to run the Carbontech Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program.

    Carbontech describes a family of technologies that can convert different forms of carbon into a diverse array of valued products and services in a climate-beneficial way. These technologies include but are not limited to: low-embodied carbon cement, sustainable building materials, LED lighting systems, energy efficient home appliances, longer-lasting batteries, and more efficient heating-and-cooling systems, and others.

    Through its entrepreneurial support programs, the State has invested more than $28 million since 2009 through NYSERDA, supporting nearly 349 companies and generating more $780 million in private investments and $200 million in project finance capital have been created while supporting more than 440 new and improved clean and energy efficient products to market. (Source: NYSERDA, June, 2021) Contact: NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Low Carbon,  


    NeXtWind Buys German Wind Farms for Repowering (Int'l. Report)
    NeXtWind
    Date: 2021-06-25
    European green independent power producer NeXtWind is reporting investments totaling €42 million ($50 million) in three north German wind farms totaling 70MW. The projects across Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt comprise 34 turbines with an average age of 14 years.

    NeXtWind plans to rejuvenate the sites with new, more efficient technology, almost tripling the annual output to roughly 300 gigawatt-hours a year from just above 100GWh. The company is now working with its local partners to bring its first projects to fruition, with lifetime extension and repowering work across all three sites due for completion between 2024 and 2026.

    According to the company website, Nextwind has experience with technology development, prototyping, type certification, series manufacture, and field fleet support of a wide range of wind turbine technologies. Nextwind projects have included geared and direct drive, on-shore and off-shore, distributed and integrated drive-trains. (Source: NeXtWind, PR, renews, June, 2021) Contact: NeXtWind, Lars Meyer, CIO, sales@nextwindinc.com, www.nwxtwindinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind Repower,  Wind,  


    DOE Better Buildings Initiative Saves $13.5Bn (Report Attached)
    DOE Better Buildings Initiative
    Date: 2021-06-25
    According to the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report, the DOE Better Buildings Initiative in collaboration with nearly 1,000 businesses, government, and other partners, saved $13.5 billion in energy costs and more than 130 million metric tons of carbon emissions in the past year -- equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 28.2 million vehicles in a single year.

    "Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.

    Download the 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 22 June, 2021)

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    Greenbacker Acquires 57.5 MW Calif. Wind Farm Project (M&A)
    Greenbacker Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    New York, New York-based Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC (GREC), an owner and operator of sustainable infrastructure and energy efficiency projects, reports its purchase -- through a subsidiary company -- of the Altamont Winds Project from funds managed by Castlelake, L.P.. The 57.5MW Altamont Winds Project in Alameda County is Greenbacker's second wind asset in California and raises company's total nationwide wind energy capacity to just over 300 MW.

    The Altamont Winds Project, which is in final stages of commissioning, has a long-term PPA with East Bay Community Energy, a community choice aggregator (CCA). CCA allow residents, businesses, and municipalities to procure power from an alternative supplier, while still using the transmission and distribution services of their local electric utility provider.

    With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own approximately 1.18 GW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 855.4 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 300.1 MW of wind facilities, 16.0 MW of battery storage, and 12.0 MW of biomass facilities. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO,(646) 720-9463, generalenquires@greenbackerreneable energy.com, www.greenbackerrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


    EnergyLink Projecting 3X Growth in 2021 (Ind. Report)
    EnergyLink
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Columbia, Missouri-based renewable energy developer and energy services provider EnergyLink reports it has secured several multi-year contracts within the traditional commercial, federal government, education, healthcare and municipality markets and expects to realize a 3X growth on the previous year.

    EnergyLink, which offers innovative turn-key financial modelling along with traditional performance-based contracts, is a National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO) accredited Energy Efficiency Contractor (EEC) that designs, builds, and funds renewable energy and energy efficiency products for commercial businesses, public institutions, cities, municipalities, and nonprofits. (Source: EnergyLink, PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: EnergyLink, Matthew Frappier Marketing Manager, 573-355-5380, mfrappier@goenergylink.com, www.goenergylink.com

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    Q CELLS, eStat Partner on Hawaiian Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Q CELL
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Solar cell manufacturer Q CELLS is reporting a new partnership with residential clean energy services provider eStat Inc.

    eStat's cloud-based energy optimization and management technology allows homeowners to build a sustainable Zero Carbon Smart Home that achieves NEM-equivalent savings and become "resilient island nano-grids" through storage batteries.

    Under the partnership, Q CELLS will supply solar modules and Q.HOME+ESS HYB-G1 (Q.HOME) all-in-one home energy storage system for homeowners in Hawaii. Q.HOME will be fully integrated with eStat's cloud-based monitoring and management system, utilizing machine learning to enable home consumption to fully utilize onsite production and storage. The partnership will underscore eStat as Q CELLS' primary O&M partner in the Hawaiian market. (Source: Q CELLS, PR, Solar Builder, June, 2021) Contact: eStat Hawaii, John Borland, Dir., www.estat.energy; Q CELLS, www.q-cells.com

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    Zenobe Energy Secures £150Mn for Expansion (Int'l, Funding)
    Zenobe Energy
    Date: 2021-06-23
    In the UK, London-headquartered independent battery energy storage services specialist Zenobe Energy Ltd. reports it has secured a £150 million ($209.5 million) investment from Infracapital, the infrastructure equity investment arm of M&G Plc, to support the growth of the company's grid-scale battery services and electric vehicle and charging infrastructure.

    Combined with debt facilities, the company estimates it will be able to deploy around £450 million to further accelerate the utilisation of batteries to support renewable power generation in the UK and overseas, as well as support customers with at least 500MWhr of additional grid connected batteries.

    Zenobe has 170MW of grid scale batteries in operation, contracted or under construction and owns proprietary software. (Source: Zenobe Energy Ltd., Website, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Infracapital, www.infracapital.co.uk; Zenobe Energy Ltd., Nicholas Beatty, Founder Director, +44 (0) 20 3912 7853, contact@zenobe.com, www.Zenobe.com

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    J-POWER Joins Green Hydrogen Consortium AquaVentus (Int'l.)
    J-POWER, AquaVentus
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power) reports it has joined the German green hydrogen initiative AquaVentus. AquaVentus was established by 26 leading international companies, organizations and research institutions in December 2020 and presently has 60 members. Several projects are currently planned under the AquaVentus initiative and they are targeting to generate green hydrogen from the electricity generated by 10GW offshore wind power station by 2035. J-POWER believes that its participation in the Consortium will provide the company with valuable expertise in production, transportation and usage of green hydrogen.

    AquaVentus aims to produce green hydrogen at sea, with the vision of achieving 10 gigawatts of production capacity for green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and transporting it to land by 2035.

    AquaVentus project initiatives portfolio includes various sub-projects along the value chain including: development of offshore wind turbines with integrated hydrogen production (AquaPrimus); a large-scale offshore hydrogen park (AquaSector); a central supply pipeline (AquaDuctus); infrastructure for harbors (AquaPortus); hydrogen-based maritime applications and research platform. (Source: Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (J-Power) PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Aqua Ventus, www.aquaventus.org

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    ACCIONA Connects Recycled Lithium-Ion Battery Project (Int'l.)
    ACCIONA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Madrid-based ACCIONA reports it has connected Spain's first renewable energy storage plant using recycled batteries to the grid at the company's experimental 1.2MW photovoltaic park in Tudela, Navarre.

    The installation, which includes four "second-life" lithium-ion, electric vehicle batteries totaling 130kWh capacity, will store solar energy obtained from the plant to later inject it into the grid. The project concludes with a comparative analysis to verify the equal performance of recycled batteries against first use batteries.

    ACCIONA will operate the system from its Renewable Energy Control Center (CECOER) with its global energy management platform GEMS, which enables optimized management, real-time monitoring and analysis of parameters.

    The storage plant is part of the experimental facilities of Montes del Cierzo in Tudela and is the result of a joint project with startup BeePlanet within ACCIONA's open innovation program, I'mnovation. BeePlanet, together with ACCIONA, is part of the Government of Navarre-backed GERA project specializing in energy storage systems. (Source: ACCIONA, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ACCIONA, Belen Linares, Director of Energy Innovation, +34 91 663 2850, www.acciona.com

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    Recurrent Energy Amps Up Battery Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Recurrent Energy,Canadian Solar
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Guelph, Ontario-based Recurrent Energy, LLC, a utility-scale solar and storage project developer and wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc.(CSI), reports it has expanded its U.S. energy storage footprint with several battery energy storage systems (BESS) contracted to be built in California in 2021 and 2022. These projects span retrofits as-a-service, solar plus storage PPAs, and stand-alone storage tolling agreements.

    With a pipeline of around 11 GWh of battery storage projects across the U.S., of which 2.3 GWh are in late-stage development, Recurrent Energy has been actively developing both PV solar plus energy storage and standalone storage projects since 2014. In collaboration with Recurrent Energy's project development team, Canadian Solar's majority-owned CSI solar subsidiary delivers competitive, highly bankable and fully-integrated battery storage solutions to support the recent acceleration in demand. Canadian Solar's global project development business -- Global Energy Group -- continues to expand and focus on energy storage, with a combined total pipeline of more than 5,328 MW / 16,875 MWh, according to the release. (Source: Recurrent Energy, PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc. , Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com

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    BayWa, Gresham House Optimise Wiltshire Solar Park (Int'l.)
    BayWa r.e., Gresham House
    Date: 2021-06-21
    German renewables specialist BayWa r.e. GmbH is is reporting Provisional Acceptance for the re-powering of the Lake Farm solar park in Wiltshire, UK -- the second repowering deal finalised between BayWa r.e. and its client, Gresham House, in only two months.

    Gresham House is a specialist alternative asset manager dedicated to sustainable investments across a range of strategies, including renewable energy and battery storage.

    The Lake Farm site is a 6.88 hectare, 4.984 MWp ground mounted solar park commissioned in 2011. (Source: BayWa r.e., Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Gresham House, www.greshamhouse.com/funds; BayWa r.e., www.baywa-re.com

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    Honeywell Launches Battery Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-06-21
    Honeywell is reporting the launch of its first Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) Platform, which integrates Honeywell asset monitoring, distributed energy resource management, supervisory control, and analytics functionality to enable organizations to forecast and optimize their overall energy use.

    According to Honeywell, its BESS Platform leverages best practices for energy management such as energy arbitrage and demand management to deliver flexibility and control of when energy is purchased and used. The BESS platform, which can be used for a wide range of commercial and industrial companies, independent power producers, and utilities, improves grid stability and sustainability while decreasing supply costs and the need for non-renewable power sources such as gas turbines and diesel generators. (Source: Honeywell, PR, June, 2021)Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

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    Mitsubishi Investing in 600MW Laotian Wind Project (Int'l.)
    Mitsubishi Corporation
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) reports it will invest in Impact Energy Asia Development Limited (IEAD), the developer of a 600MW capacity onshore wind farm project in Laos. MC will invest through an intermediate holding company together with a group company of Impact Electrons Siam Co., Ltd. in Thailand.

    The onshore wind farm -- the first in Laos -- will be located in Sekong and Attapeu Provinces and will the largest in South East Asia. The project is being developed as part of a MoU on power interchange signed between the Vietnamese and Lao governments in October 2016. If electricity exports from this project are realized, it is expected to be the first cross-border electricity interchange from wind power generation in South East Asia as planned by Lao government. (Source: Mitsubishi, PR, Eurasia Review, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Impact Energy Asia Development Limited, www.impactelectrons.com/laos; Mitsubishi Corp., www.mitsubishicorp.com

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    Fortum Plans Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Fortum
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Finland-based conglomerate Fortum reports it will invest roughly €24 million ($28.7 million) to expand its lithium-ion battery recycling capacity by building a new hydrometallurgical recycling plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

    The new facility, which is slated for commissioning in 2023, will recover lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from old electric vehicle (EV) lithium-ion batteries and recycle other materials back into the battery supply chain, according to the release.

    Fortum uses a combination of mechanical and low-CO2 hydrometallurgical technologies to recycle the batteries with the lowest carbon footprint. (Source: Fortum Waste Solutions, PR, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Fortum Waste Solutions, +45 80 31 71 00, www.fortum.com/products-and-services/fortum-battery-solutions/recycling/lithium-ion-battery-recycling-solution

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortum news,  Lithium-Ion Battery news,  Battery news,  


    New Mexico Climate Change Map Released (Ind. Report, Map Attached)
    New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (ECMD), in collaboration with the University of New Mexico's Earth Data Analysis Center, is reporting the release of a state Climate Change Map to help New Mexicans see how climate change can impact heat, precipitation, wildfires, flooding and how socioeconomic factors can contribute to the overall climate risk of an area.

    The heat category of the map includes past temperature data as well as projections for the future. According to the map, the greatest increase in temperatures will occur in the northern part of the state, which could see an approximately 3 pct increase in average temperatures between now and 2050. Temperatures will continue increasing after 2050, with the greatest change projected to occur between 2070 and 2099 when the northern part of the state could see a more than 8 pct increase in temperatures.

    Access the New Mexico Climate Change Map HERE. (Source: ECMD, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: ECMD , Louise Martinez , Dir., 505-476-3200 www.emnrd.state.nm.us; University of New Mexico’s Earth Data Analysis Center, 505-277-3622, www.edac.unm.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change news,  


    UNDEERC to Study Hydrogen Energy Development (Ind. Report)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) reports the state Industrial Commission has approved $10 million to fund two legislatively-directed research projects that could lead to more "value added" energy development. The UNDEERC will conduct the research.

    One study will look at the feasibility of creating salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage which is going to be important for attracting the petrochemical industry, as well as for storing hydrogen and other liquid fuels. The study will cost $9.5 million. The other $500,000 study looks at hydrogen energy development in North Dakota. Two companies recently announced a plan to produce "blue hydrogen" at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

    "Blue hydrogen is what we create using a fossil fuel source. We then capture the carbon, and store it underground. It's perfect for a state like North Dakota. Minnesota, Iowa, places like that cannot, because they don't have suitable geology," the release noted. The state's Oil and Gas Research Council will still have to complete a technical review before the studies can move forward, the release noted. (Source: UNDEERC, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

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