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North Dakota Aiming for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
UNDEERC
Date: 2021-06-16
At the recent Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Douglas Burgum (R) reiterated that his state -- the nation's second largest oil-producing state due in part to the Bakken/Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin -- aims to become carbon-neutral by 1930.

To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205, www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Carbon Neutral,  CCS,  


Malaysian B20 Biodiesel Plan Delayed (Int'l. Report)

Date: 2021-06-16
Following up on our 13th Jan., coverage, in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities reports the country’s B20 palm-biodiesel transportation biofuel plan is expected to be implemented nationwide by the end of 2022.

The B20 programme was originally slated for implementation by mid-2021. (Source: Malaysian Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, The Star, 15 June, 2015)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Board, www.mpob.gov.my

More Low-Carbon Energy News B20,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  Malaysian Palm Oil Board,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Hydrogen,  


NJ Solar-Ready Roof Bill Awaits Governor's Signature (Ind. Report)
New Jersey, Solar
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Garden State, new warehouses of 100,000 sq-ft or more would be required to have "solar- ready" roofs once Gov. Phil Murphy signs A-3352, a bill backed by the Legislature and the commercial real estate industry. The measure was handily passed earlier this June in the New Jersey Assembly and Senate.

Solar energy supporters see the trend to solar as an opportunity for warehouse operators to reduce or eliminate their electricity bills and sell any excess power back to the grid. (Source: Various Media, NJ Spotlight, 14 June, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rooftop Solar news,  Solar news,  


Consortium Seeks Norwegian Offshore Wind Power Permits (Int'l.)
BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-06-16
Further to our Feb 1st coverage, British oil major BP reports it will join Norway's Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in an equal one-third partnership to bid for permits to build offshore wind power projects in the Soerlige Nordsjoe II licensing area in the North Sea, one of the two areas opened in Norway. (Source: BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Statkraft, Lars Magnus Gunther, +47 912 41 636, larsmagnus.gunther@statkraft.com, www.statkraft.com; Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Statkraft,  Aker Offshore Wind,  


LA Terminal Operator Transitions to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report
Fenix Marine Services,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Golden State, San Pedro-based Fenix Marine Services, the Port of Los Angeles container terminal operator, reports it has transitioned its entire fleet of more than 300 pieces of container-handling equipment, as well as some support vehicles, from fossil-based diesel fuel to RD80 renewable diesel fuel blend. Fenix has secured a long-term commitment to supply its total fuel demand with renewable diesel.

The Port of Los Angeles has also launched a 12-month, $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project with public and private sector partners demonstrating zero-emission Class 8 trucks in a heavy-duty setting. The S2S project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near-zero and zero-emissions solutions for moving cargo.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting S2S with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners, who include Toyota and Shell, are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. Air Liquide is the main hydrogen fuel supplier. (Source: Port of Los Angeles, Fenix Marine Services, Splash247, 15 June,, 2021) Contact: Fenix Marine Services, Sean Pierce, President and CEO , 310-548-8700, www.fenixmarineservices.com; Port of Los Angeles, www.portof losangeles.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diese,  lCalifornia Air Resources Board,  


Budderfly Delivers Energy Efficiency, Savings to YMCA (Ind. Report)
Budderfly
Date: 2021-06-16
Shelton Pointe, Conn.-based energy efficiency specialist Budderfly Inc. reports completion of a facility assessment and energy efficiency related upgrades at no cost to the YMCA of Southwest Kansas' 68,000 sq-ft Garden City facility.

As part of the no-cost energy-as-a-service plan, Budderfly created a three-week installation plan and hired/negotiated pricing with the YMCA's preferred vendors wherever possible. Budderfly also upgraded the YMCA facility's existing lighting to LED lighting, performed a complete audit of the HVAC units, installed NexRev Variable Frequency Drives which make constant small adjustments to control power and temperature with maximized performance and efficiency, installed HVAC Chips in seven units to regulate performance and extend the unit's lifecycle.

Additionally, Budderfly provided 100 pct of the capital, equipment, and installation and assumed responsibility for all maintenance and monitoring as well as the YMCA's electric and gas payments. With the change, Budderfly sends the YMCA a simple, consolidated monthly bill showing pre-established usage. Savings from increased energy efficiency will be contractually shared by Budderfly and the YMCA. (Source: Budderfly Inc., PR, My Tech, 14 June, 2021) Contact: YMCA of Southwest Kansas, www.ymcaswkansas.org; Budderfly Inc., Al Subbloie, CEO, 855-299-1334 , www.budderfy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


GE, LafargeHolcim to Investigate Wind Blade Recycling (Ind. Report)
GE Renewable Energy, LafargeHolcim
Date: 2021-06-16
Wind turbine manufacturer General Electric (GE) Renewable Energy and the world's largest cement manufacturer LafargeHolcim, are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) under which they will investigate new ways of recycling wind blades, including use as a construction material to build new wind farms.

Under the MoU, LafargeHolcim plans to explore how wind turbine blades can be turned into sustainable construction materials. This research builds on the company's work under its Geocycle brand, to recover energy from GE's decommissioned turbine blades after they have been removed from the turbine and shredded.

GE previously announced it would partner with LafargeHolcim and COBOD International to develop wind turbines that use 3D-printed concrete bases. (Source: GE Renewable Energy, PR, CNBC, 11 June, 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, Jerome Pecresse, CEO, www.ge.com/renewableenergy/home; LafargeHolcim Global Innovation Center, www.lafargeholcim.com; COBOD International, www.cobod.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Renewable Energy,  LafargeHolcim,  Wind Blade,  


RWE AG Wins 17MW German Wind Farm Bid (Int'l. Report)
RWE AG
Date: 2021-06-16
Essen, Germany-headquartered RWE AG on Tuesday said that it has won a bid in the German auction for onshore wind energy for a 17-megawatt wind farm in the region of Lower Saxony.

The Sandbostel-Bevern farm, which is expected to begin construction in 2022, is expected to generate sufficient green electricity for the equivalent of 15,500 households. (Source: RWE AG, PR, Market Watch, 15 June, 2021) Contact: RWE AG www.group.rwe

More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Wind,  


Prime Capital Nordic Wind Fund Tops €342Mn (Int'l.)
Prime Capital
Date: 2021-06-16
Australian mortgage lender Prime Capital reports its Prime Green Energy Infrastructure Fund (PGEIF) focused on late development stage Nordic wind energy assets has reached total commitments of €342 million.

The fund is the first infrastructure equity fund that received a Second Party Opinion from Sustainalytics, a provider of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research, ratings and analysis. Prime Capital "identifies and secures attractive opportunities at an early stage, optimizing all technical and commercial aspects of the projects, including financing and power purchase agreements," according to the company.

According to Sustainalytics, the fund aligns with its principles for green and responsible investments and "creates significant positive impact" with respect to the EU's climate change mitigation target. (Source: Prime Capital, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact:Prime Capital, Mathias Bimberg, 1300 766 075, info@primecapital.com, www.primecapital.com, www. primecapital-ag.com/product/prime-green-energy-infrastructure-fund-s-a/?lang=en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
Future Biogas,Northern Lights
Date: 2021-06-16
In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920, www.futurebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Future Biogas,  CCS,  Biogas,  Northern Lights ,  Carbon Offsets,  


Neste Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
Neste Oyi
Date: 2021-06-16
In Helsinki, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to using 100 pct renewable electricity in its global production operations and to become carbon neutral by 2035.

To that end, Neste has committed to approximately 40 pct of the electricity used at its Porvoo refinery will be renewable wind power in 2025 and will increase the share of renewable electricity with Guarantees of Origin, based on existing renewable electricity generation capacity. Guarantees of Origin will help increase the share of renewable electricity to 100 pct of Neste's electricity needs by 2023.

Neste aims to reduce the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of electricity purchases at its Porvoo refinery by approximately 50,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent. With all the wind power agreements combined, Neste will reduce indirect GHG emissions of its electricity purchases at its various Finnish production sites by approximately 120,000 tpy CO2 equivalent -- roughly the annual carbon footprint of more than 19,000 average EU citizens. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  Renewable Energy,  Carbon Neutral,  


Aemetis, Murex Ink $200Mn Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Aemetis, Murex
Date: 2021-06-16
Cupertino-California-headquartered Aemetis, Inc. is reporting an estimated $200 million biofuels offtake agreement with Plano, Texas-based international renewable fuels supplier Murex, LLC to be delivered during 2021 to 2023.

Under the agreement, fuel and the related Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Renewable Fuel Standard Credits will be sold at a fixed discount to the market price at the time of delivery. (Source: Aemetis, Inc., 14 June, 2021) Contact: Murex LLC, Robert Wright, President, www.murexltd.com; Aemetis Advanced Fuels, Andy Foster, Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Murex ,  Biofuel,  


Manulife Touts Real Estate Portfolio GHG Reduction Plan (Ind. Report)
Manulife Investment Management
Date: 2021-06-16
In Boston, Manulife Investment Management reports in its 2021 Real Estate Sustainability report it had set a GHG reduction target of 80 pct by 2050 across its $18.2 billion property portfolio 63 million sq-ft of office, industrial and retail space and over 6,500 multifamily units across Canada, the US and Asia.

Manulife developed a GHG model to identify multiple abatement opportunities and model reduction scenarios, and last year it conducted a "deep carbon retrofit study" of its corporate real estate to see where it could achieve immediate and longer-term reductions. Through carbon-emission reduction, Manulife Investment Management aims to be a key player in the transition to a low carbon economy.

Manulife's global climate action plan also commits to a 35 pct reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2035, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: Manulife Investment Management, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Manulife Investment Management, www.manulifeim.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG news,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions news,  


Ozop, Clean Peak Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
Ozop Energy, Clean Peak Energy
Date: 2021-06-16
Warwick, New York-based Ozop Energy Solutions' subsidiary Ozop Energy Systems, Inc. is reporting an agreement with Stamford, Conn.-based Clean Park Energy Group LLC (CPE) that focuses on using a building's existing thermal mass and air conditioning systems to create energy storage and reduce building related CO2 emissions.

Using CPE's advanced energy storage technology, facilities can save on energy costs with zero capital construction cost. CPE's patented solution uses the thermal mass within a building's envelope and interior mass as energy storage to take advantage of cooler night time temperatures and air conditioning efficiency to store electricity.

Ozop Energy Systems manufactures and distributes renewable energy products in the energy storage, solar, microgrids, and EV charging sectors. (Source: Ozop Energy, PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Ozop Energy Solutions, Brian Conway, CEO, ww.ozopenergy.com; Clean Peak Energy Group LLC, Ed Levene, CEO, 203-614-1485 , www.cleanpeakenergy.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy STorage,  


Albany Hosts World's First Triple Net-Zero Building (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Empire State, The Seventy-Six, a new housing development in the state capitol city of Albany is expected to be the first triple net-zero project -- energy, water, waste -- of its kind.

The $250 million project is being developed by NYC-based Garrison Architects and will provide 242 units across 450,000 square feet. The project has received a Buildings of Excellence award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and a portion of $13 million in funding set aside for low- or zero-carbon multi-family buildings. The buildings sustainability features include:

  • Modular construction;

  • All energy for heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances generated from the state of the art solar, wind, and water installations.

  • Total water consumption will be reduced to zero through modern water collection and filtering technologies, focused on re-use for toilets and irrigation, and zero landfill contribution. Waste will be recycled, composted, and incinerated onsite.

  • Fully integrated green spaces with abundant trees, grass, and ornamental gardens and aquaponics farming that hosts live fish with vegetable gardens and incorporates the Complex's water filtration system into the process.

  • Modern, durable interiors with natural materials, sunlight, and critical ventilation and oversized windows and balconies with planters and irrigation, rooftop garden (green roofs) and others. (Source: South End Development, PR, Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: South End Development, The Seventy-Six, www.southenddevelopment.com/the-seventy-six

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


  • DMT Completes Seabreeze Farm RNG Equipment Upgrade (Ind. Report)
    DMT Clear Gas Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Tualatin, Oregon-based DMT Clear Gas Solutions, a leading technology supplier for biogas conditioning and upgrading, is reporting the renewable natural gas (RNG) facility at Seabreeze Farm in Delta, British Columbia is now operational. The third-generation dairy farm previously used water wash technology to convert biogas into RNG but now uses DMT's three-stage membrane separation technology, the Carborex®MS .

    The facility upgrades 180 standard cubic feet per minute (SCFM), or 290 Nm3 per hour of biogas generated by 250 milk cows and 12,000 annual tons of off-farm organics. With DMT's biogas upgrading system, Seabreeze Farm produced up to 99.5 pct RNG for direct injection into the natural gas pipeline. In terms of greenhouse gas emissions, the project equates to removing 650 vehicles from roadways or generating energy for 360 homes.

    Seabreeze Farm sells the RNG to FortisBC, a natural gas and electricity utility that serves British Columbia's 1.2 million customers. (Source: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, Robert Lems, GM, (503) 379-0147, www.dmt-cgs.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  DMT Clear Gas Solutions,  


    Rolls-Royce Developing Aviation Energy Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2021-06-16
    UK Aerospace engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce reports it plans to invest £80 million ($112.9 million) to develop energy storage systems (ESS) that will enable aircraft to undertake zero-emissions flights of over 100 miles on a single charge.

    Aerospace-certified ESS solutions from Rolls-Royce will power electric and hybrid-electric propulsion systems for eVTOLs (electric vertical takeoff and landing) in the Urban Air Mobility (UAM) market and fixed-wing aircraft, with up to 19 seats, in the commuter market.

    According to the release, Rolls-Royce has to-date designed 10 different aerospace battery systems, four of which have flown in three aircraft, accumulating more than 250 hours of flight experience and another two designs will complete their first flight in aircraft in 2021.

    Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are currently working with Scandinavian regional aircarrier Wideroe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, which is planned to be ready for revenue service in 2026. Rolls-Royce will deliver the entire electrical propulsion system including an energy storage system for the new P-VOLT aircraft.

    The Rolls-Royce ESS effort is being supported by the UK Government Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). (Source: Rolls-Royce, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce, Rob Watson, Director of Electrical, www.rolls-royce.com/contact-us/rolls-royce-headquarters.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage news,  Rolls-Royce news,  


    Los Angeles Tops EPA ENERGY STAR Buildings List (Ind. Report)
    ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The U.S. EPA's 13th annual U.S. Top Cities list of cities with the largest number of ENERGY STAR certified buildings during the previous year has ranked Los Angeles, California at the top of the big cities category with a total of 587 ENERGY STAR certified buildings.

    The list ranked metropolitan areas in three categories -- the Top 25 Big Cities, Top Mid-Sized Cities and Top Small Cities.

    To earn an Energy Star certification, buildings must be independently verified to be more energy efficient than 75 pct of similar buildings nationwide. On average, Energy Star certified buildings use 35 pct less energy than typical buildings and are responsible for 35 pct fewer greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: EPA, Wheeling News Register, 16 June, 2021) (Contact: DOE ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov DOE Energy Star

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Ireland's Marine Institute to Study Blue Carbon (Int'l. Report)
    Ireland Marine Institute
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The of Government of Ireland has tasked the Marine Institute -- the State agency responsible for marine research and innovation -- to undertake a collaborative research initiative aimed at investigating the climate-change mitigation potential of blue carbon and working towards creating an inventory that will assist the EU in meeting Ireland's climate-change objectives. Funding of up to €1.6 million has been earmarked for the project to run from 2021 to 2026.

    The absorption and storage of atmospheric carbon dioxide in the world's oceans and coastal regions has been identified as one of the ways in which marine ecosystems can reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Launched in June 2020, Ireland's Programme for Government recognized the "the enormous blue carbon potential that the ocean has to offer in tackling climate change."

    In order to prepare the ground for such a large-scale research programme, the Marine Institute commissioned Blue Carbon and Marine Carbon Sequestration in Irish Waters and Coastal Habitats, a synthesis report to review existing knowledge on blue carbon habitats and their role as carbon sinks in Ireland. Download the report HERE. (Source: Marine Institute, PR, Afloat.ie, June, 2021) Contact: Marine Institute, www.oar.marine.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Climate Change,  


    Aalto Studies Green Infrastructure to Cut Carbon Foot Prints (Int'l.)
    Aalto University
    Date: 2021-06-16
    A new study led by Finland's Aalto University is the first to map out how green infrastructure can be a resource for cities on the path to carbon neutrality. The study, done in collaboration with the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the University of Helsinki, charted the lifecycle phases of plants, soils and mulches to determine the basic considerations needed to create standards for products commonly used in green urban spaces. p> The study identified the existing carbon footprint standards, widely used in the construction industry, that would need development if applied to green infrastructure. To do so, they compared the flows of carbon in soils, mulches and plants over their lifespans. The team then tried to translate these carbon flows into the standardised reporting format used for conventional building products.

    The study recommendations provide a concrete basis for developing global and regional -- for example, European Union -- standards for green infrastructure. The aim is to ensure claims of carbon storage hold true, as well as eventually have a tool for landscape designers to help plan new areas or refurbishing existing urban spaces.

    The recommendations are particularly relevant for countries and regions like the Nordics, where nature has been traditionally integrated into urban landscapes. However, they can also help other areas meet their carbon targets.

    Researchers at Aalto University, together with consortium partners of the Co-Carbon project, are currently starting field tests to determine the exact carbon sequestration potential of plants at various stages of growth. While the carbon storage potential of trees is relatively well-known, the study is set to be the first to focus on plants and bushes, elements commonly used in urban landscaping. At Luke, researchers are developing a tool to model the changes in carbon storage of plants and soil at regional level due to land use changes. Such a tool could help planners target and maintain existing carbon storage in plants and soil. (Source: Aalto University, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Aalto University, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, Dr. Matti Kuittinen, +358 5059 47990, matti.kuittinen@aalto.fi, www.aalto.fi; Natural Resources Institute Finland, Dr. Eeva-Maria Tuhkanen, Research scientist, +358 2953 26595, eeva-maria.tuhkanen@luke.fi, www.luke.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Foot Print,  


    ACI Global Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Airports Council International
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Montreal-headquartered Airports Council International (ACI) and its five ACI region member airports are reporting a net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 goal and to that end are urging governments world-wide to provide the support necessary to reaching that goal.

    ACI's goal relates to the carbon emissions under the direct control of airport operators and will be a crucial component of the aviation industry's contribution towards this global effort.

    Airports have long taken a leadership role in addressing, minimizing, and mitigating the environmental impacts of aviation. This has been demonstrated through their ability to decrease emissions over the last 10 years, supported and enabled by Airport Carbon Accreditation despite significant traffic growth in that time. Building upon the commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 initially launched by ACI EUROPE in June 2019, ACI has created this ambitious long-term carbon goal to drive further action and support the decarbonisation efforts of airports as they respond to the climate challenge. Through a combination of new technology, operational efficiencies and infrastructure improvements, more than ten billion tonnes of CO2 have been averted by the industry since 1990, but we must build on this and accelerate our collective efforts to decarbonise, accoding to the ACI release.

    The study underlying the setting of the goal was conducted by ACI World with consultants ICF and Airbiz, sponsored by Hong Kong International Airport, Oman Airports, the Schiphol Group, San Francisco International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Vancouver Airport Authority, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority; the study was also sponsored by EXOLUM, World Fuel Services, and Terpel. (Source: Airports Council International, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Airports Council International, Luis Felipe de Oliveira, Director General, 514-373-1200, Fax: 514-373 -1201, , www.aci.aero; Airport Carbon Accreditation, www.airportcarbonaccreditation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Airports Council International,  Airport Carbon Accreditation,  


    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Chart Industries,  TECO 2030,  Hydrogen,  


    Chief Ethanol, Catahoula Announce CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Chief Ethanol
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In the Cornhusker State, Grand Island-based Chief Industries, Inc. is reporting its Chief Ethanol division in Hastings and Houston-headquartered Catahoula Resources have agreed to jointly develop carbon capture and permanent sequestration (CCS) within Nebraska.

    The two firms are currently evaluating CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production through low-cost carbon storage. Work has already begun to evaluate favorable storage geology through Catahoula's joint development arrangement with Battelle.

    Catahoula Resources is a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group, a major investor in midstream infrastructure in North America and a leader in identifying, developing and executing world-class design/build/operate capabilities for midstream assets, according to a company release. (Source: Chief Industries, Inc., Catahoula Resources, North Platte Telegraph12 June, 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Ethanol,  CCS,  


    Airbus Leads Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study (Int'l. Report)
    Airbus,TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Netherlands-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE, along with Safran, Dassault Aviation, Onera and Ministry of Transport, is reporting a joint in-flight study to determine the compatibility of un-blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

    The VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) project is the first time in-flight emissions will be measured using 100 pct SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

    For the tests, Airbus is responsible for characterizing and analyzing the impact of 100 pct SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation while Onera will support Airbus and Safran in analyzing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will prepare, analyze and interpret test results to determine the impact of 100 pct SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100 pct SAF bio-contamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by Paris-based TotalEnergies. (Source: Airbus, TradeArabia News , 12 June, 2021) Contact: Airbus, www.airbus.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


    Adani Launching Mundra Windtech Turbine Manufacturing (Int'l.)
    Adani Enterprises
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Gujarat, India-headquartered Adani Enterprises Ltd is reporting the incorporation of Mundra Windtech Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary for manufacturing wind turbine generators. The company has not yet begun business operations.

    Adani Enterprises Ltd. id an incubator is focused on establishing new businesses in the infrastructure and energy sector. (Source: Adani Enterprises Ltd, PTI, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Adani Enterprises Ltd., +91-79-26565555, customercare.irm@adani.com, www.adanienterprises.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Adani Enterprises ,  Wind Turbie,  


    Dexter, NM Dairy Biogas Plant Expects October Startup (Ind. Report)
    Roeslein Alternative Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    National construction firm Kolb Group reports its dairy-waste biogas plant near Dexter, New Mexico, is expected to begin operation in October, this year, for natural gas sales early in 2022.

    The $45 million to $50 million plant has received the necessary air emissions related permits but is awaiting an agricultural wastewater discharge permit through the New Mexico Environment Department.

    The plant will managed by St. Louis-based Roeslein Alternative Energy. The plant's anaerobic digestors can handle up to 350,000 gpd of dairy waste.(Source: Kilb Group, 11 June, 2021) (Contact: Kolb Group, Kolb Bioenergy NM 1 LLC. www.brinkmannconstructors.com/work/kolb-bioenergy; Roeslein Alternative Energy, Rudi Roeslein, Pres., Brian Gale, Bus. Dev., Chris Roach, Proj. Dev., (314) 729-0055, croach@roesleinae.com, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Roeslein Alternative Energy,  


    Energy Vault Attracts Saudi Aramco Investment (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Vault
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Swiss global gravity and kinetic energy storage specialist Energy Vault is reporting receipt of an investment from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV), Aramco's enterprise investment unit. Energy Vault will use the funds for expansion.

    Energy Vault's technology uses gravity to move water through custom-made composite blocks formed from local, low-cost materials. The blocks are raised and lowered by a specially designed crane that uses Energy Vault's proprietary technology, thus storing the potential energy at height and generating electricity as the blocks are lowered. (Source: Energy Vault, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Energy Vault, Robert Piconi, CEO, media@energyvault.ch, www.energyvault.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Vault,  Energy Storage,  


    W3 Energy Inks Luxcara Wind Farm Operations Contract (Int'l.)
    W3 Energy, Luxara
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Umea, Sweden-headquartered W3 Energy reports it has contracted with Luxcara to provide onsite technical operations management for the Onusberget wind farm in northern Sweden.

    The project, which is expected incorporate 137 wind turbines generating more than 750 MW when fully operational, will be Europe's largest single onshore wind farm.

    W3 Energy will be responsible for onsite technical operations management and local accounting services as well as operation and maintenance of the electrical infrastructure and transformer stations. (Source: w3 Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: W3 Energy, +46 (0) 911-22 11 70, info@w3e.sewww.w3e.se, www.w3e.se; Luxcara, www.luxcara.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News w3 Energy,  Luxara,  Wind,  


    PSE Launches Clean Energy Implementation Plan (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Washington State's largest utility Puget Sound Energy reports it has convened an Equity Advisory Group that will advise on its Clean Energy Implementation Plan (CEIP) as mandated by the 2019 Washington Clean Energy Transformation Act.

    The CEIP 13 members generally represent community-based organizations will help PSE develop a 4-year roadmap outlining clean electricity targets, actions and programs and ways to equitably distribute benefits and reduce burdens that stem from electric planning decisions.PSE is aiming to equitably and sustainably reach beyond net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

    Download PSE, CEIP details HERE. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Puget Sound Energy , Mary Kipp. Pres., CEO, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Puget Sound Energy,  


    MPC Doubling Dominican Solar Plant Capacity (Int'l. Report)
    MPC Caribbean Clean Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    St. Michaels, Barbados-based MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd. reports it and its partners plan to double the power generating capacity at its newly acquired Monte Plata solar plant in the Dominican Republic from 34 MW to 74 MW by 2022. The expansion will be financed by Dutch and German development finance institutions FMO and DEG.

    MPC Caribbean partnered with Ansa McAL of Trinidad & Tobago and two other unnamed investors from Dominican Republic and Canada on the Monte Plata acquisition. The price paid to the seller of the plant, United Renewable Energy Company Limited of Taiwan, was also not disclosed.

    Monte Plata currently sells its 33.4 MW total capacity to the state-owned Dominican Corporation of State Electrical Companies under a 20-year PPA.

    MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Fund holds operational solar and wind assets in Jamaica, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Dominican Republic. (Source: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., Website PR, June, 2021) Contact: MPC Caribbean Clean Energy Ltd., info@mpc-cleanenergy.com, www.mpc-cleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MPC Caribbean Clean Energy,  Solar,  


    USGBC Lauds LG for Green Building Commitment (Ind. Report)
    USGBC, LG Electronics
    Date: 2021-06-14
    LG Electronics USA is reporting its North American headquarters campus in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. has received US Green Building Council 2021 LEED Platinum certification.

    LG's new $300 million, 350,000 sq-ft building and campus incorporates 50 pc more green space on the 27-acre site, maintained woodlands and wetlands and planted more than 1,500 trees native to New Jersey. The facility features highly efficient LG HVAC technologies to maximize energy conservation and an 85,000-square-foot rooftop array of LG solar modules to generate clean electricity on-site and help reduce carbon emissions. Other award-winning technologies and systems from LG -- including digital signage displays and smart appliances -- are integrated throughout the property.

    The LG campus is one of only 10 new construction buildings in the Garden State and one of 894 projects nation-wide to earn LEED Platinum. (Source: LG Electronics USA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: LG Electronics USA, www.lg.com/us; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Energy Efficiency,  LG Electronics,  Green Building,  


    Baltic Seas Sustainable Fuels Bunkering Hub Planned (Alt Fuel)
    Bornholm Bunker Hub
    Date: 2021-06-14
    The newly formed Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium is reporting the launch of a feasibility study to determine the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels produced from wind energy on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

    The project, involving major energy group Orsted and Danish marine fuels firm Bunker Holdings Ltd. will investigate how local power-to-X green energy can support the supply of sustainable fuels for the more than 60,000 ships per year that pass the island. Consortium partners include Danish ferry operator Molslinjen, Finnish engine maker Wartsila, French classification society Bureau Veritas, Bornholm's Port of Roenne, Danish engineering group Ramboll and hydrogen catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe.

    Bornholm Island's central location in the Baltic region gives it added potential to exploit green electricity from offshore wind from Sweden, Poland and Germany as well as Danish waters. (Source: Bunker Holdings Ltd, Website PR, Trade Winds, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Bunker Holdings Ltd, +45 88 38 28 28, bh@bunker-holding,com, www.bunker-holding.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Sustainable Fuel,  


    IRENA, Morocco Partnering to Advance Green-Hydrogen (Int'l.)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-06-14
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports it will work the Morocco Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME) to strengthen joint collaboration to advance knowledge in renewable energy and advance the national green hydrogen economy in line with Morocco's aim to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter.

    Under the agreement, IRENA and the MEME Morocco will work together to develop technology and market outlook studies, craft public-private models of cooperation in the hydrogen space, explore the development of new hydrogen value chains and lay the groundwork for the trading of green hydrogen at a national and regional level. The two parties will also conduct joint analyses to explore the socio-economic benefits of renewables, emphasising the development of new value chains, job creation at the national level and lessons learned to the broader region.

    At the end of 2020, the Kingdom of Morocco had a total installed renewable energy capacity of almost 3.5 GW, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


    Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet CCUS Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Los Gatos, California-based Blue Planet Ltd and Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sulzer Chemtech are reporting their collaboration on the developement of a new carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) system to capture CO2 from high emitting industries such as power, steel, cement and refining.

    Sulzer Chemtech will develop an efficient carbon capture unit that will act as a key enabler in Blue Planet's process. The system will be installed in Blue Planet's pilot plant which is under construction in Pittsburg, California, and will capture emissions from an adjacent natural gas-fired power plant.

    When operational, the system will mineralize CO2 to form highly sustainable synthetic limestone aggregates -- the main compound of concrete -- by permanently sequestering the CO2 in a solid form to be incorporated in concrete.

    Blue Planet's technology uses CO2 as a raw material for making carbonate rocks used in place of natural limestone rock which is the principal component of concrete. CO2 from flue gas is converted to carbonate by contacting CO2 containing gas with a water-based capture solutions.

    This differentiates Blue Planet from most CO2 capture methods because the captured CO2 does not require a purification step, which is an energy and capital intensive process. As a result Blue Planet's carbon capture method is extremely efficient, and results in a lower cost than traditional methods of CO2 capture, according to the company website. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Ltd., Brent Constantz, CEO, 408.458 3900, info@blueplanet-ltd.com, www.blueplanet-ltd.com; Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Div. Pres., +41 52 262 30 22, www.sulzer.com/en/shared/about-us/myr17-chemtech

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Chemtech,  Blue Planet ,  CCS,  


    DTE Energy Touts Customer Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    DTE Energy
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In Michigan, DTE Energy reports its residential and business customers will save nearly $400 million on their cumulative lifetime energy bills with the company's energy efficiency programs. Along with dollar savings, the 2020 combined electric and natural gas verified net savings from energy efficiency programs equate to lifetime greenhouse gas reductions of 6.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 2,869 metric tons of nitrogen oxides, and 3,785 metric tons of sulfur dioxide.

    DTE Energy Efficiency Assistance programs team up with local nonprofit organizations and community action agencies to provide free energy-saving home improvements to eligible customers. In 2020, the DTE Income-Qualified program had 10,926 electric and 12,273 natural gas participants. This program includes Energy Efficiency Assistance, the Income-Qualified Heat Pumps initiative and the Income-Qualified components of the Multifamily and Home Energy Consultation programs.

    DTE's commercial and industrial programs offer incentives to replace existing equipment and fixtures with new energy efficient equipment and incentives for designing and building new or remodeling projects that are energy efficient. In 2020, DTE energy efficiency programs achieved:

  • Over 400,000 customer applications were processed within the commercial electric and natural gas programs;

  • More than 110,000 customers used the DTE Insight mobile app to help understand, manage and control their energy usage;

  • 85,000 energy efficient product rebates were issued;

  • 11,400 natural gas and electric appliance rebates were issued;

  • Over 5,000 electronics incentives were provided through the DTE Consumers Electronics program;

  • More than 29,000 HVAC residential customer applications were processed;

  • 30,000-plus home energy efficiency Consultations were completed and more than 500,000 Home Energy Reports mailed to customers;

  • Participating builders in the DTE New Home Construction program increased from 25 in 2019 to 40 in 2020 and 1,500 business energy consults carried out;

  • 21,152 customers recycled inefficient appliances. (Source: DTE Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: DTE Energy, John Boladian, Dir. Energy Efficiency, (313) 235-9994, www2.dteenergy.com

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


  • Cargill, HELM JV to Develop Iowa Biobased BDO Facility (Ind. Report)
    Cargill
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered Cargill and HELM are entering into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with biobased intermediates and enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300 million to build the first commercial-scale, renewable BDO facility in the U.S. at Cargill's existing biotechnology campus and corn refining operation in Eddyville, Iowa. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

    The Qore joint venture will focus on producing QIRA, the next-generation 1,4-butanediol (BDO). Made biologically through the fermentation of plant-based sugars, QIRA can save up to 93 pct of greenhouse gas emissions when replacing today's widely used chemical intermediates made from traditional fossil sources. QIRA can be used the same way as its chemical counterpart but with significantly better environmental performance.

    Qore has licensed San Diego-based Genomatica's BDO process technology and is using Cargill's global feedstock supply and fermentation manufacturing expertise to initially produce and distribute an expected 65,000 metric tpy of its first bio-intermediate, QIRA. HELM will work with brand owners, original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers to incorporate QIRA into their respective products. (Source: Cargill, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com; Genomatica, www.genomatica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Genomatica,  


    DBP Supports Flywheel Energy Storage in Philippines (Int'l.)
    Amber Kinetics
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Manila, the State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) reports granting a PHP750-million ($15.7 million) revolving line of credit to Amber Kinetics Philippines, Inc. (AKPI), a unit of Union City, California-based Amber Kinetics, Inc ., for the manufacture, sales and export of its novel Flywheel Energy Storage System for renewable energy. The funding would also be used to partially finance working capital and other short-term operational requirements.

    AKI established its first manufacturing site in Sto. Tomas town in Batangas and plans a second manufacturing facility also in the province to meet growing demand. (Source: Development Bank of the Philippines, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Development Bank of the Philippines, www.dbp.ph; Amber Kinetics, (510)-474-1000, info@amberkinetics.com, www.amberkinetics.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Amber Kinetics news,  Flywheel news,  Energy Storage news,  


    I GW Floating Wind Project Planned in Spain (Int'l. Report)
    BlueFloat Energy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Madrid-headquartered BlueFloat Energy is reporting plans to construct a 1 GW floating wind project near the Gulf of Roses in Catalonia, Spain.

    The Parc Tramuntana project would be constructed in two, 500-MW phases, each of which would incorporate between 30 and 40 floating wind turbines. Subject to permitting which is underway, the project could be fully operational in 2026, according to the release. (Source: BlueFloat Energy, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: BlueFloat Energy, Pierre-Antoine Tetard, Bus. Dev., info@bluefloat.com, www.bluefloat.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BlueFloat Energy ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  


    9-MW Tennessee Solar Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Silicon Ranch, TVA
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Johnson City, Tennessee utility BrightRidge reports it and its partners Silicon Ranch, based in Nashville, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have broken ground on the 9-MWac Martin Solar Farm in Washington County, Tennessee. When fully operational before the year end, the single-axis tracking system will incorporate 25,000 bifacial solar panels to generate sufficient energy for toughly 1,000 homes.

    Silicon Ranch will build, own and operate the project -- the second solar generation facility on the BrightRidge system built in partnership with Silicon Ranch and TVA.

    The project is the first to enter the construction phase under TVA's new Generation Flexibility Program to encourage local power companies to develop new distributed generation facilities. The energy produced by the Martin Solar Farm will be offered first to area K-12 and higher education systems. (Source: BrightRidge, PR, June, 2021) Contact: BrightRidge, Jeff Dykes, CEO, www.brightridge.com; TVA Commercial Energy Solutions, Doug Perry, Sr. VP, www.tva.com; Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786, info@siliconranch.com, www.siliconranch.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  TVA,  Silicon Ranch,  


    Dracula Touts Ambient Light Printed Solar Cells (New Prod & Tech.)
    Dracula Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Valance, France-headquartered Dracula Technologies is touting its inkjet-printed organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cell technology called LAYER (Light As Your Energetic Response). The OPV printed modules run on natural or artificial ambient light, can be used to power low-consumption indoor devices , do not use rare earths or heavy metals and are created from carbon-based material.

    Dracula Technologies has raised €4.4 million ($5.4 million) to date -- €2 million in 2016 from angel investors for a pilot line, and €2.4 million in 2020 from MGI Digital and ISRA which the company is using to increase module production during its pre-industrialization stage. Commerical-scale production is expected to commence in 2024. (Source: Dracula Technologies, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Dracula Technologies, + 33 (0)4 75 78 26 65 , contact@dracula-technologies.com, www.dracula-technologies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Dracula Technologies ,  Printed Solar Cell,  Solar,  


    ARENA Supports Aussie Solar-Hydro Energy Storage Project (Int'l.)
    ARENA, RayGen Resources
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reports it is providing $15 million in funding to Victoria-based RayGen Resources Pty Ltd to construct a "first of its kind" $30 million solar-hydro power plant that incorporates 4 MW of solar PV generation and 3 MW / 50 MWh of dispatchable energy storage capacity in north-west Victoria.

    RayGen's solar-hydro power plant consists of RayGen's proprietary PV Ultra, a concentrating photovoltaic solar co-generation tower, combined with its patented electro-thermal storage. The technology generates heat as a by-product which is captured and used for thermal storage. The electro-thermal storage system consists of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine, industrial chillers and two insulated water-based thermal storage pits or reservoirs, each roughly the size of four Olympic size swimming pools. One of the reservoirs is kept at a temperature of 90 degrees and the other at close to 0 degrees, and the temperature difference is used to generate dispatchable electricity using ORC turbines, according to RayGen.

    The project builds on a feasibility study and development work supported by a $3 million ARENA grant in March 2020. ARENA also supported RayGen with $8.67 million in funding to develop and construct its 1-MW PV Ultra pilot project in Newbridge, Victoria. (Source: ARENA, PR, June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au; RayGen Resources, +61 3 8669 0380, enquiries@raygen.com, www.raygen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ARENA,  RayGen Resources,  Solat,  Hydro,  Energy Storage,  


    Plug Power Plans Georgia Green Hydrogen Plant (Alt. Fuel)
    Plug Power
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Latham, New York-headquartered Plug Power Inc. is reporting plans to construct a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Georgia.

    The new facility will produce 15 tpd of liquid green hydrogen using 100 pct renewable energy and intended to fuel transportation applications, including material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.

    The facility is expected to come in at $84 million with construction starting in 2022. (Source: Plug Power, PR, Website, 10 June, 2021) Contact: Plug Power, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com, Plug Power GenFuel, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel/

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Plug Power news,  Renn Hydrogen news,  


    Orbital Claims 137-MW Ark. Solar Project Contract (Ind. Report)
    Orbital Energy Group
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Houston-headquartered Orbital Energy Group, Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orbital Solar Services , a leader in utility-scale solar power generation facilities, has been awarded an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract to construct a 137-MW solar farm in Arkansas by an unnamed North American, Fortune 100 Energy Company. The project has an expected total value of over $64.0 million.

    Under the contract, OSS will design, engineer and construct a utility-scale solar array as well as provide full utility-scale EPC services, including substation construction, to be delivered in early 2022. (Source: Orbital Energy PR, Website, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Orbital Energy, Bransdon Martin, CEO, 1-832-467-1420 www.orbitalenergygroup.com

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    Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
    Ocean Conservancy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    "By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

    "We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

    "We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

    In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


    Greenvolt, Equitix Acquiring 46 MW UK Woody Biomass Plant (M&A)
    Greenvolt, Equitix
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the UK, London-based investment management firm Equitix Group reports it is partnering with Portugal-based Greenvolt Energias Renovaveis to acquire Tilbury Green Power Holdings' 46.3 MW woody biomass fired power plant in the Port of Tilbury, Essex, at a cost of £246.5 million ($348.9 million).

    With the deal, Greenvolt will own 51 pct with the balance being held by Equitix. (Source: Equitix, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Equitix Group, +44 (0) 20 7250 7333, contact@equitix.co.uk, www.equitix.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  


    VINCI Airports Announces Lyon Airports Carbon Sink (Int'l. Report)
    VINCI Airport
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In France, VINCI Airports is reporting a reforestation program to absorb the residual emissions of Lyon-Saint Exupery and Lyon-Bron airports.

    The first project of this program, conducted in partnership with the French National Forest Office and the Rhone Departmental Council, is located about 30 kilometers away from Lyon-Saint Exupery airport, and will restore, reforest, maintain and manage 3.6 hectares with locally resilient species selected for their strong capacity to adapt to water stress and absorb CO2. This reforestation project, which will sequester more than 500 tons of CO2 over the planting's growth period, aims at achieving the Low Carbon Label certification.

    By developing other similar projects within a five-year framework agreement with the Rhone department, VINCI Airports will create a network of forest sinks in the Rhone region that will offset 100 pct of Lyon airports' residual emissions and enable Lyon-Saint Exupery airport to become the first French commercial airports to achieve net-zero emissionsby 2026. (Source: VINCI Airports, PR, June, 2021) Contact: VINCI Airports, Nicolas Notebaert, CEO, www.vinvi-airports.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Sink,  Carbon Credit,  Reforestation,  


    Oliva Gaea Touts Carbon Offset Platform (New Prod. & Tech., Int'l)
    Oliva Gaea
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Dubai-based startup Olive Gaea reports the launch of its carbon offset platform that calculates the carbon footprint of any individual or business through a simple yet science-based questionnaire then provides dedicated plans and a list of carbon offsetting solutions and verified climate projects.

    The platform allows users to offset purchases made on e-commerce businesses including grocery orders, food and fuel delivery, and online stores, among others. The Olive Gaea platform supports carbon offsetting projects that are handpicked and verified by Verra , Plan Vivo and other third party organizations. (Source: Olive Gaea, PR, Kahleej Times, 10 June, 2021) Contact: Olive Gaea, Vivek Tripathi, CEO, info@olivegaea.com, www.olivegaea.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Offset news,  Carbon Credits news,  


    Neste, ITOCHU Collaborate on Renewable Diesel in Japan (Int'l.)
    Neste, ITOCHU
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Neste and ITOCHU Corporation report they are joining forces to deliver renewable diesel to the Japanese market. In this collaboration, ITOCHU Corporation will be the first company in Japan to sell and distribute renewable diesel from Neste. In addition, FamilyMart, which is owned by Additionally, ITOCHU Corporation's FamilyMart convenience store chain will use renewable diesel in delivery vehicles at their distribution center in Yokohama City.

    Neste's renewable diesel is produced from 100 pct renewable raw materials and helps reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 90 pct when emissions over the fuel's life cycle are compared with fossil diesel. The renewable diesel is a "drop-in" fuel fully compatible with all diesel engines, not requiring any modifications to the existing vehicles or fuel distribution infrastructures, according to Neste. (Source: Neste, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Neste, Carl Nyberg, Exec VP, Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  ITOCHU ,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Eco-Energy Stockton Ethanol Terminal Work Underway (Ind. Report)
    Eco-Energy
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Eco-Energy reports construction is underway on its ethanol distribution facility in Stockton, California -- the company's 11th such facility.

    The Stockton site is expected to be completed and in operation in March, 2022 and will be equipped with 108 tank car offload spots, 6.7 million gallons of dedicated ethanol storage and high-speed truck loading capability. (Source: Eco-Energy, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Eco-Energy, Josh Bailey, CEO, (615) 778-2898, Chad Conn, VP, (615) 786-0401, www.eco-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol,  Eco-Energy,  

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