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Blue Planet Offers Clean Energy Microgrid Financing (Ind. Report)
Blue Planet Energy
Date: 2021-06-02
In the Aloha State, Honolulu-headquartered solar-plus-storage microgrid specialist Blue Planet Energy is touting a new zero-money-down financing program for solar-plus-storage microgrids. The Blue Planet system combines on-site solar energy generation with Blue Planet Energy's Blue Ion LX battery solution to power essential equipment when the utility grid is down.

With this first-of-its-kind Hybrid Power Purchase Agreement (hPPA) financing model, Blue Planet Energy eliminates the upfront cost barrier to solar-plus-storage microgrid adoption allowing owners to pay only for electricity usage generated by a new solar array and a fixed rate for the added benefits and services delivered by the battery storage system. All operations and maintenance is covered for the lifetime of the agreement. (Source: Blue Planet Energy, PR, Website, 2 June, 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Energy, Chris Johnson, CEO, 866.957.2246, sales@blueplanetenergy.com, CEO, www.blueplanetenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Planet Energy news,  Microgrid news,  Solar+Storage news,  Energy Storage news,  


LS Power Acquires GI Energy, Re-brands as Endurant Energy (M&A)
LS Power, Endurant Energy
Date: 2021-05-07
NYC-based LS Power, a U.S. power and energy infrastructure owner, reports acquisition of distributed energy infrastructure solutions provider GI Energy, which will be rebranded as Endurant Energy.

Chicago-headquartered Endurant is a full-service provider of cost-effective, resilient and sustainable clean energy, microgrid and energy storage solutions to the education, commercial, industrial, real estate, public utility and other sectors. In addition, Endurant is advancing a development portfolio of ground-breaking eco-district projects in California.

To date, LS Power has developed, constructed, managed or acquired more than 45,000 MW of power generation, including utility scale solar, wind, hydro, natural gas-fired and battery storage projects, and over 660 miles of transmission, for which it has raised over $47 billion in debt and equity financing. Additionally, LS Power actively invests in businesses and platforms focused on distributed energy resources and energy efficiency, according to the company website. (Source: LS Power, PR, May, 2021) Contact: LS Power, Paul Segal, CEO, (212) 615-3456, www.lspower.com; Endurant Energy, (630) 323-5254.

More Low-Carbon Energy News LS Power,  Clean Energy,  Energy Storage,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-05-07
Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;

  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;

  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);

  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity: AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);

  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;

  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today's dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power,  


  • Tata Power Reportedly Considering Renewable Energy IPO (Int'l.)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2021-05-03
    In Mumbai, India's largest integrated power company, Tata Power, controlled by Tata Group, is reportedly considering an IPO that could raise roughly $473 million before the year end.

    Tata, including subsidiaries and joint entities has 12.8 GW capacity, 30 pct of which is from solar and wind energy. (Source: Tata, Business Standard, 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Renewable Energy,  


    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-04-30
    For greater clarity, the Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:

  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 pct of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia)

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


  • Powin Touts 20-yr Li-Ion Energy Storage System (New Prod & Tech)
    Powin Energy
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Tualatin, Oregon-headquartered Powin Energy Corp. has unveiled three new products -- Stack™225, Stack™230 and Stack™230P -- the company's first products utilizing Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) battery cells. All three products were designed by Powin around CATL's large form factor cells, utilizing Powin's patented StackOS battery management and controls software.

    Powin's proprietary Stack™ products can perform a wide variety of in front of the meter, behind the meter, and microgrid applications to meet today's evolving energy storage needs, yet they are designed to be flexible so that as priorities shift, the battery applications can be adapted to meet the needs of future use cases, according to the release. (Source: Powin Energy Corp., Website PR, 14 Apr., 2021) Contact: Powin Energy Corp., Geoff Brown, Pres., www.powin.com; CATL, www.catlbattery.com

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


    PA DEP Report Recommends Increased Solar+Storage (Ind. Report)
    Penna. DEP
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Reporting from Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) this week released the Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment: Status, Barriers, and Opportunities report that assesses energy storage capacity statewide and recommends significantly increasing it by pairing solar energy with storage for a cleaner, more resilient electric grid. The report identifies policies, programs, and incentives that decision-makers can pursue to add energy storage technologies to the state energy portfolio and determine the best path forward to increasing energy storage statewide.

    The report recommends pairing grid-scale solar arrays with battery storage to help reduce carbon emissions and increase grid resilience. One way to catalyze this would be to set a state energy storage capacity target, as seven other states have done. There are currently about 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage capacity in the state. This represents 22 operational or announced energy storage projects, including traditional pumped hydro storage facilities (1.07 GW), lithium-ion batteries (18 megawatts; MW), lead-carbon batteries (12.5 MW), ice and chilled water thermal storage (6 MW), and other technologies providing smaller amounts.

    For example, to get 10 pct of electricity from solar energy, the DEP Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan recommends increasing in-state solar energy from about 700 MW today to 11 GW by 2030. If 25 pct of this solar target were paired with a target of 1.5 GW of battery storage, Pennsylvania energy customers could save $273 million per year in wholesale energy costs and cut 2.5 million metric tpy of carbon emissions.

    The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment recommends 14 other measures to foster energy storage investment and integration, including convening a statewide storage issues forum, designating public funding to accelerate storage deployment, establishing incentive programs for storage projects, and accelerating microgrid deployment at critical facilities. As of February, there were 64 solar-plus-storage projects, totaling more than 2.3 GW, in the Pennsylvania portion of the planning queue of PJM, the wholesale electric regional transmission organization serving all or part of 14 states.

    Download the report HERE (Source: Penna., PR, DEP Energy Programs Office MyChessCo, 18 Apr., 2021) Contact: Penna. DEP, www.dep.state.pa.us/Energy/Office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Penna. DEP,  Solar+Storage,  Solar Energy,  Energy Storage,  


    Jersey City Invests in Microgrid, Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    Jersey City, Schneider Electric
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the Garden State, Jersey City reports it will partner with Schneider Electric to implement the city's first Energy Savings Improvement Program (ESIP) and self-sustainable municipal microgrid which is expected to save taxpayers approximately $21 million in energy and operational costs over 20 years.

    The city of 258,000 residents will also enter into a roughly $500,000 contract for the PSE&G Direct Install / "Energy Savers" energy efficiency program for the installation of LED lighting, water conservation measures, HVAC equipment replacements, and other energy efficiency upgrades at 22 city-owned facilities with PSE&G covering majority of the costs. (Source: City of Jersey City, PR, Hudson Reporter, 26 Mar., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News PSE&G,  Schneider Electric,  Microgrid,  Energy Efficiency,  


    CleanSpark Nails Solar Watt Solutions Acquisition (M&A)
    CleanSpark, Solar Watt Solutions
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting completion of its acquisition of Solar Watt Solutions, a Southern California commercial and residential solar developer.

    This acquisition of an experienced solar and storage installation team will accelerate CleanSpark's residential plans, along with its microgrid product line mVoult, according to the company release. (Source: CleanSpark, PR, Solar Power, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com; Solar Watt Solutions, 855-600-9288, www.solarwattsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanSpark ,  Solar,  Solar Watt Solutions,  


    Sunnova Snares Lennar's Solar Installation Business (M&A)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service providerSunnova Energy International and LenX, a technology-focused subsidiary of homebuilder Lennar Corporation, are announcing a definitive agreement under which Sunnova will acquire Lennar's residential solar platform, SunStreet.

    Under the agreement, Sunnova will become Lennar's exclusive residential solar and storage service provider. The strategic partnership will also focus on the development and rollout of innovative energy technologies, such as home storage and community microgrids. (Source: Sunnova, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Solar,  


    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe,  Battery,  Energy Storager,  


  • CleanSpark Launches Residential Microgrid Solution (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2021-02-17
    Salt Lake City-based diversified software and services specialist CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting the launch of mVoult www.mvoult.com, a stand-alone energy management controller capable of directing the operations of both existing and new energy assets for residential microgrids.

    mVoult will be offered as a smart controller and mobile app specifically designed for residential applications. The Company also plans to launch a fully integrated mVoult branded battery energy storage and controls solution. The home power solution will enable the selection of optional add-ons such as solar integration or back-up generators. The company expects to begin taking pre-orders for both the stand-alone controls and the fully integrated solution in April 2021. Installations of the solution are expected to begin summer 2021.

    CleanSpark, Inc. offers a suite of software solutions that provide end-to-end microgrid energy modeling, energy market communications, and energy management solutions. Offerings include intelligent energy monitoring and controls, intelligent microgrid design software, middle-ware communications protocols for the energy industry, energy system engineering and software consulting services.

    Through its wholly owned subsidiary, ATL Data Centers LLC, CleanSpark also owns and operates a data center that provides customers with traditional on-site and cloud-based data center services. (Source: CleanSpark, Inc., PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: CleanSpark, Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, (801) 244-4405, ir@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid news,  Energy Stoarge news,  Energy Management news,  


    Ecolohas Building Smart, Green Homes in Taiwan (Int'l. Report)
    Ecolohas Energy Technology
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Taiwan-headquartered energy efficiency solutions specialist Ecolohas Energy Technology reports it is delivering smart energy storage systems, smart microgrid systems, and distributed microgrid energy storage systems that allow homes to generate their own power, cut energy costs and decrease carbon emissions.

    The smart microgrid system consists of three main elements: renewable energy power generation system, independent small-scale energy storage system, and centralized large-scale energy storage system. Moreover, the system integrates battery and energy management systems providing better quality and improvement on efficiency.

    The "social enterprise" company combines solar power, home energy storage, and concentrated energy storage technologies to build a microgrid system to substitute utility power. The company also introduced its residential Wolf ZE hybrid energy storage system to the Japanese market and has developed various energy storage systems for different applications. (Source: Ecolohas Energy Technology, PR Saur News , 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Ecolohas Energy Technology, Kevin Yang, Pres., www.ecolohas.com.tw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Aspen Microgrid Feasibility Study Underway (Ind. Report)
    Holy Cross Energy
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In Colorado, Pitkin County, Glenwood Springs-based Holy Cross Energy and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority are reporting receipt of $200,000 in grant funding from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to support a feasibility study for development of a microgrid to connect a cluster of public facilities near the airport to a renewable energy power source.

    Work is underway to study baseline existing conditions and technological concepts in service of establishing a microgrid connecting the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport and others located about 3.5 miles from the Aspen city center. Holy Cross infrastructure and its Aspen office are part of the study.

    Once the feasibility study is complete, officials plan to seek additional grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others for implementation.

    The county-RFTA-Holy Cross concept also seeks to capture the excess heat generated by operations at the facilities, harnessing and sharing it with other buildings. (Source: Aspen Times, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Holy Cross Energy, Bryan Hannegan, CEO, (970) 945-5491, www.holycross.com; Colorado Department of Local Affairs, www.cdola.colorado.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Microgrid,  Holy Cross Energy,  


    Tata Subsidiary Commissions 5 kW Indian Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Tata Power
    Date: 2020-12-30
    India's largest integrated power company Tata Power subsidiary TP Renewable Microgrid (TPRMG) is reporting the commissioning of a 5 kW biog plant in Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

    The plant uses anaerobic digesters to process locally sourced cow dung to generate methane gas to drive a specially designed 5kW generator to generate electricity which is fed to the adjoining 30kW microgrid generating station. (Source: Tata Power, Website PR, PTI, 28 Dec., 2020) Contact: Tata Power, TP Renewable Microgrid, www.tatapower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tata Power,  Biogas,  


    DOE Invests $7.6Mn in Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-12-28
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 29 R&D projects to receive nearly $7.6 million in cost-shared federal funding to advance fossil fuel -- energy storage technologies. The R&D will accelerate the development of technology options to manage the energy transition underway to decarbonise and increase the flexibility of fossil power generation and support the grid of the future with increasing variable renewable generation.

    The selected projects include thermal, chemical, mechanical, and other innovative energy storage technologies integrated with a range of fossil assets -- 16 of which will focus on hydrogen and ammonia, which are key low-carbon energy carriers with the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonise the industrial and power generation sectors.

    Nine projects will focus on thermal energy storage, including mature options such as molten salt that can offer near-term deployment opportunities.

    Energy storage technologies will be integrated with a range of fossil assets, including coal power plants, natural gas combined cycles, and combustion turbines. Applications include power generation utilities, petrochemical complexes, microgrids, university campuses, and repowering retired coal power plants. Many of the applications are envisioned to include fuel switching (hydrogen or ammonia) or carbon capture and storage to mitigate carbon emissions and leverage the energy storage technology to increase flexibility, reduce cycling damage, and time-shift energy to enhance grid support and asset utilisation.

    Anticipated host sites for the near-term projects will be distributed across at least 11 states and many regulated markets including the California Independent System Operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool Inc., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and New York Independent System Operator. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects. (Source: US DOE, World Coal, 28 Dec., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Hydrogen,  


    Eos Energy Wins CA Hospital Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy Enterprises
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Edison, New Jersey-based zinc-based energy storage systems specialist Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. is reporting receipt of a firm order from Lake Dorest, California-based renewable energy microgrid specialist Charge Bliss, Inc. (CGI) to provide a critical care hospital with 2 MW of energy storage using its Znyth®battery. The deal is valued at $2 million.

    Eos will provide up to 2 MW of continuous power delivery upon installation, which is slated for Q2, 2021. The project agreement comes after Eos recently announced that it increased its projected pipeline by 30 percent in a 30-day period, as a result of increased demand for long duration -- 4 hours of discharge). (Source: Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc., PR, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Eos Energy, www.eose.com; CBI, Jon Harding, COO, 844-321-4909, info@chargebliss.com, www.chargebliss.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy Enterprises,  


    ASU, TEXEL Partner on Battery Tech Commercialisation (Ind. Report)
    Arizona State University
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Arizona State University (ASU) and Goteborg, Sweden-based TEXEL Energy Storage are reporting an agreement to commercialize a new battery technology developed in partnership with US DOE Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

    The battery, which uses no rare metals and is potentially more cost-effective than lithium-ion batteries in large scale, is based on Metal Hydrides and Hydrogen, and has more than twenty times higher energy density than other heat storage.

    Under the agreement, ASU will analyse the TEXEL technology and evaluate its competitiveness to other energy storage technologies in solar and storage peaker plants, microgrids, critical public infrastructure and residential and commercial building applications. (Source: ASU, PR, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: Arizona State University, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Johnson, Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions , (408) 727-5271, NathanJohnson@asu.edu, www.asu.edu; TEXEL Energy Storage, Lars Jacobsson, CEO , +46 31 17 00 00 www.texles.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arizona State University,  


    DOE Announces $130Mn Funding for Solar Tech. Projects (Funding)
    DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Washington , the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is reporting the selection of 67 research project across 30 states for a total of $130 million in grant funding to reduce the cost of solar, increase U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and improve the reliability of the nation's electric grid.

    Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:

  • PV Hardware Research -- $14 million for eight projects that aim to make PV systems last longer and increase the reliability of solar systems made of silicon solar cells, as well as new technologies like thin-film and bifacial solar cells.

  • Integrated Thermal Energy Storage and Brayton Cycle Equipment Demonstration (Integrated TESTBED) -- $39 million will be awarded to Heliogen, Inc., which will build and operate a supercritical carbon dioxide power cycle that will serve as a test site to accelerate the commercialization of low-cost CSP plants.

  • Systems Integration -- $34 million for 10 research projects that will develop resilient community microgrids to maintain power during and restore power after man-made or natural disasters, improve cybersecurity for PV inverters and power systems, and develop advanced hybrid plants that operate collaboratively with other resources for improved reliability and resilience.

  • AI Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning -- $7.3 million for 10 projects that use AI and machine learning to optimize operations and solar forecasting, improve situational awareness on the distribution system and behind the meter, and enable the integration of more solar generation.

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $14 million for 10 research projects that will advance innovative prototypes to a pre-commercial stage, including products that support U.S. solar manufacturing and reduce the cost of installation.

  • Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 -- $9.7 million for six research projects that will examine how information gets to stakeholders to enable better decision-making about solar and combining solar with energy efficiency, energy storage, and electric vehicles.

  • Solar and Agriculture: System Design, Value Frameworks, and Impacts Analysis -- $7 million for four projects that will advance the technologies, research, and practices necessary for farmers, ranchers, and others to co-locate solar and agriculture.

  • Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP -- $5 million for 18 projects that advance innovative, novel ideas in PV and CSP that can produce significant results in one year. (Source: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, Website PR, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  US DOE EERE,  


  • UCSD Renewable Energy Testbed Funded (Ind. Report)
    University of California San Diego
    Date: 2020-11-04
    The University of California San Diego (UCSD) reports it will receive $39 million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for construction of a test-bed to allow universities, utilities and industry to gain a better understanding of how to integrate renewable energy resources into the power grid and "to validate future technologies for autonomous energy grids in real-world scenarios."

    The DERConnect tes-tbed will include more than 2,500 distributed energy resources on the UCSD campus' microgrid, including an energy storage facility, fuel cells and solar panels, a dozen classroom and office buildings and 300 charging stations for electric vehicles.

    The goal is to begin testing equipment in 2022, and to make the testbed available to outside research teams and industry by 2025. (Source: UCSD, PR, Times of San Diego, 2 Nov., 2020) Contact: UCSD, Prof. Jan Kleissl, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, (858) 534-8087, jkleissl@ucsd.edu, www.ucsd.edu; National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News University of California San Diego,  Renewable Energy,  National Science Foundation,  Energy Storage,  


    WCSB Plans Alberta Battery Energy Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    WCSB
    Date: 2020-10-28
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-headquartered privately-held electric power generation company WCSB Power reports it has agreed to acquire and build Canada's largest battery energy storage system through three 20 MW projects in Alberta.

    For the project, WCSB has procured three Tesla Megapack Batteries, the first of which will be connected to the grid in Rycroft where it will store and distribute renewable energy as needed. The Megapack can also be used as a microgrid if disconnected from the main power grid. In addition to the Rycrft installation, WCSB plans to install 20 MW Megapack's in Grande Prairie and Buffalo Creek, both of which are expected to be completed in 2021. (Source: WCSB, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: WCSB, (587) 747-4050, www.wcsbpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Tesla news,  Energy Storage news,  Tesla Battery news,  Tesla Power Pack news,  


    Fluence Announces Advanced Microgrid Solutions Acquisition (M&A)
    Fluence Energy,Advanced Microgrid Solutions
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Washington, DC-headquartered global energy storage technology and services provider Fluence Energy is reporting acquisition of Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) as a part of initiative to help its utility and commercial consumers optimize their renewable assets and energy storage.

    AMS' software and technology platform utilizes portfolio optimization, advanced price forecasting, artificial intelligence, and market bidding to ensure energy storage systems and other flexible generation assets are responding favorably to power market price signals. AMS is currently active in Australia's National Electricity Market and California ISO market. (Source: Fluence Energy, PR Website, 15 Oct., 2020) Contact: Fluence Energy, Brett Galura, CEO, (571) 274-9404, www.fluenceenergy.com, www.fluenceenergy.com; Advanced Microgrid Solutions, www.advancedmicrogridsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fluence Energy,  Microgrid,  Advanced Microgrid Solutions,  


    Indian Energy Wins Energy Storage Integration Funding (Funding)
    Indian Energy LLC
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In San Diego, Indian Energy LLC, a 100 pct Native American-owned utility-scale and microgrid development and systems integration firm, reports receipt of $1.2 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate a non-lithium-ion, long-duration energy storage solution.

    Utilizing the grant funds, Indian Energy, along with strategic partners Webcor and KE Storage Corporation (KESC), will develop an energy storage Integration and Certification Unit (VICU) to demonstrate the long duration energy storage capabilities of (KESC) NextGen™ flywheel technology. The project will also incorporate 150kW of Solar PV.

    Indian Energy, LLC presently has 4GW of Solar PV and wind, and 6GWh of energy storage under development. (Source: Indian Energy LLC, PR, 12 Oct., 2020) Contact: Indian Energy LLC, Allen G. Cadreau, CEO , (714) 686-9792, info@indianenergyllc.com, www.indianenergyllc.com

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    Tecogen Scores Manhattan Trigeneration Project Order (Ind. Report)
    Tecogen
    Date: 2020-09-18
    Waltham, Mass.-based Tecogen Inc, an on-site power, heating and cooling equipment supplier, reports receipt of an order for three InVerde e+ microgrid enabled cogeneration units for installation in a commercial building in NYC.

    The system will be part of a trigeneration plant providing 375 kW to the building and 120 tons of absorption cooling, as well as providing backup power to the complex in the event of a grid outage.

    An Energy Services Company (ESCO) will acquire and own the system and will sell energy to the complex at a discounted rate. Once installation is completed in 2021, Tecogen will enter into a long-term service agreement with the ESCO for the duration of the energy service agreement, and the facility will be serviced from Tecogen’s Piscataway, NJ service center.

    Tecogen Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, installs and maintains high efficiency, ultra-clean, cogeneration products including combined heat and power, air conditioning systems and high-efficiency water heaters for residential, commercial, recreational and industrial use. The company provides cost efficient, environmentally friendly and reliable products for energy production that, through patented technology, nearly eliminate criteria pollutants and significantly reduce a customer’s carbon footprint. (Source: Tecogen, Website PR, 17 Sept., 2020) Contact: Tecogen Inc., 781-466-6400, www.tecogen.com

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    Duke Raises $109.4Mn for Solar, Storage Projects (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar
    Date: 2020-08-21
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables reports the closing of $109.4 million in a preferred tax equity funding from Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing Group.

    The investment will be used over 18 months to fund a diverse portfolio of approximately 75 MW of solar and solar-plus-storage projects to be developed and constructed by Duke Energy Renewables' subsidiary REC Solar. Projects will feature ground-mount and rooftop commercial and industrial projects, as well as community solar projects in several states.

    Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates U.S. wind and solar generation facilities totaling 3,000 MW as well as energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, Website, 18 Aug., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Chris Fallon, (704) 594-6200, chris.fallon@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; REC Solar, www.recsolar.com

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    Schneider and Huck Partner On Energy-as-a-Service (Ind. Report)
    Schneider Electric, Huck Capital
    Date: 2020-08-17
    Global energy efficiency and energy management services specialist Schneider Electric and San Francisco-based Huck Capital have announced a partnership to create a new company that will deliver energy-as-a-service to commercial and industrial buildings -- combining Schneider's energy management and microgrid expertise with Huck's sustainability-focused investment and operational focus.

    According to the release, this partnership creates an innovative alternative for building owners and operators who want to transition to renewable energy to lower emissions, increase resiliency, and reduce energy consumption and costs without investing in renewable energy assets and relying on specialists to operate the microgrid. (Source: Schneider Electric, PR, EC&M, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Huck Capital, Steve McBee, info@huckcapital.com, www.huchcapital.com; Schneider Electric, Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Innovation Officer, www.schneider-electric.us

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    Frostburg University Wins Resilient Maryland Grant (Funding)
    Maryland Energy Administration
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In Maryland, Frostburg State University is reporting receipt of $100,000 in grant funding from the Maryland Energy Administration's "Resilient Maryland" program. The funding will be used to plan a campus-scale microgrid that will bolster campus energy resilience, improve energy efficiency and further the school's sustainability goals .

    A total of 14 grant applications were awarded $1.05 million in funding in this pilot program. Funded projects -- including microgrids -- will be designed to optimize a mix of technologies providing resiliency, cost savings and/or simplified energy management for renewable energy, combined heat and power, energy efficiency, energy storage and energy management software. (Source: Maryland Energy Administration, Frostburg State Univ., Garret County Republican, 7 Aug., 2020) Contact: Maryland Energy Administration Resilient Maryland program, energy.maryland.gov/business/pages/ResilientMaryland.aspx; Frostburg State University, 301-687-4000, www.frostburg.edu

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    Georgia Power's Smart Neighborhood Initiative Lauded (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power reports its Smart Neighborhood Initiative -- a real-world R&D project -- has been recognized by the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) as part of its annual awards that celebrate innovation and collaboration of utilities, industry players and individuals shaping the future of energy. The initiative was included in Southern Company's designation as a 2020 SEPA Utility Business Models Power Player of the Year.

    Georgia's first-of-a-kind Smart Neighborhood, located in Atlanta, includes 46 technology-enhanced townhomes equipped with battery backed rooftop solar arrays, optimal insulation for maximum efficiency, advanced heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, home automation, including smart thermostats, smart locks and voice control.

    The Smart Neighborhood is a real-world research and development (R&D) project, including a supporting partnership with the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center. The company collaborated with U.S. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) on the initiatives. The information and data collected from the distributed energy resources will provide researchers valuable operational experience as the company continues to evaluate microgrids along with residential battery storage and rooftop solar. Information from the HVAC systems, heat pump water heaters and other technologies will help inform new programs and services for customers.

    Georgia Power also offers a full suite of smart-home options, which includes easy access to products and services to help make customers' homes more energy efficient and connected. The company brings together popular products in the Smart Neighborhood, including the latest in smart thermostats and smart home products such as smart filters, lighting, door locks, light switches, vents, smoke alarms and doorbells, to a single online portal.

    Download Georgia Power Smart Neighborhood Initiative HERE. (Source: Georgia Power, PR, 28 July, 2020) Contact: SEPA, www.sepapower.org; Georgia Power, www.georgiapower.com

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    CleanSpark Reports Southern Cal. Microgrid Contract (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc. is reporting receipt of a contract a contract to provide controls and storage for a commercial microgrid located in Southern California. This microgrid project is designed to provide economic optimization and cost avoidance, as well as energy resiliency for the facility. CleanSpark's patented mPulse controls platform will manage a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) paired with photovoltaic rooftop solar panels.

    CleanSpark offers software and intelligent controls for microgrid and distributed energy resource management systems and innovative strategy and design services. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: CleanSpark Inc., Zach Bradford, CEO, Investor Relations, (801)-244-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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    Businesses Face Energy Management Pressure (Study Attached)
    Deloitte
    Date: 2020-07-10
    According to Deloitte Resources' Energy Management: Paused by Pandemic, but Poised to Prevail 2020 study, the COVID-19 pandemic might be partially responsible for driving more efforts to reduce carbon emissions and manage energy use.

    The study notes roughly 60 pct of companies surveyed were under stakeholder pressure to disclose climate risks and to disclose plans to address those risks. The study also noted:

  • 63 pct of businesses surveyed have increased emission reduction goals;

  • 75 pct of business respondents said customers are asking them to procure renewable energy;

  • 51 pct were working to procure more electricity from renewable;

  • 60 pct of businesses citing have onsite generation -- 15 pct from cogeneration and 13 pct from renewables ;

  • 44 pct of business respondents have considered a microgrid.

    The study also noted more businesses are adopting technologies to manage and control electricity use and sources. Download the study HERE. (Source: Deloitte Resources , July, 2020) Contact: Deloitte, www2.deloitte.com

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  • Rolls-Royce Focused on Net Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l Report)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the UK, London-headquartered Rolls-Royce reports it has joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in the run up to COP26 slated for Glasgow in Nov., 2021, and reiterates its commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. To that end, Rolls Royce reports it will:
  • Align its business to the Paris Agreement goals, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C;

  • Use its technological capabilities to play a leading role in enabling vital parts of the economy to get to net zero carbon by 2050, including aviation, shipping, rail, and power generation;

  • Continue and accelerate accelerate its R&D and investment in efficient products and novel solutions to the climate change challenge;

  • Drive changes in the efficiency of engines and work together with the fuels industry to significantly ramp up the availability of lower carbon alternative fuels.

  • Accelerate the development of new technologies and capabilities for future low emission products, including pioneering the electrification of flight;

  • Achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions from operations and facilities by 2030, by using 100 pct renewable energy, closed loop manufacturing techniques on high value metals, and deploy our cutting-edge microgrid capabilities.

    The global Race To Zero campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 449 cities, 21 regions, 992 businesses, 38 of the biggest investors, and 505 universities. These "real economy" actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25 pct of global CO2 emissions and over 50 pct GDP, according to the campaign website. (Source: Rolls Royce, Arabian Aeorspace News, 5 June, 2020) Contact: Rolls Royce, Warren East, CEO, www.rolls-royce.com: UN Race to Zero Campaign, www.unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign

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  • Indian Community Scores $46Mn for Renewables Project (Funding)
    Prairie Island Indian Community
    Date: 2020-05-27
    In St. Paul, the Gopher State legislature last week passed legislation awarding the Prairie Island Indian Community $46 million over three years for a "net-zero" renewable energy project -- Minnesota's first such clean-energy project.

    The project would include a 5 MW solar array along with a microgrid -- a self-contained distribution system that would include a battery for electricity storage. The new solar installations would also power geothermal heating and cooling projects. (Source: Prairie Island Indian Community, Star Tribune, 23 May, 2020)Contact: Prairie Island Indian Community, 651-385-4124, www.prairiesisland.org

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    MN Indian Community Renewable Energy Project Funded (Funding)
    Prairie Island Indian Community
    Date: 2020-05-27
    In St. Paul, the Gopher State legislature last week passed legislation awarding the Prairie Island Indian Community $46 million over three years for a "net-zero" renewable energy project -- Minnesota's first such clean-energy project.

    The project would include a 5 MW solar array along with a microgrid and backup battery for electricity storage. (Source: Prairie Island Indian Community, Star Tribune, 23 May, 2020) Contact: Prairie Island Indian Community, 651-385-4124, www.prairiesisland.org

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    Capstone Scores 2MW Bahama Island Microturbine Order (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-05-13
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systems specialist Capstone Turbine Corp is reporting receipt of an order for a 2-MW scale C1000 Signature Series (C1000S) microturbine energy systems for the Bahamian island Walker's Cay redevelopment project.

    The LNG powered system is expected to be commissioned in the Fall of 2020. (Source: Capstone Turbine Corp., PR, Accesswire, 11 May, 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine, www.capstoneturbine.com

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    Carbon Terminology Refresher (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2020-03-16
    From the Land Down Under, The Fifth Estate has offered the following brief clarifications of the plethora of commonly used carbon emissions related terms:
  • Net Zero Energy -- There's two ways of looking at this. The first is based on simple math, and means a building, precinct, process or region generates as much energy within its own boundaries or site as it pulls in from elsewhere over a specific period -- most often a year. The other definition is a building or precinct or region that generates 100 per cent of its own energy needs on site or within its boundaries.

  • Net Positive Energy -- When a building or precinct generates more energy than it uses and shares that energy through either a local microgrid or by sending it into the main grid, it becomes energy positive.

  • Carbon Negative -- Carbon negative is used for larger scales than individual buildings, such as precincts, regions, businesses or even entire nations. It means absorbing more carbon than all combined carbon emissions within the specific area or operation.

  • Carbon Neutral -- Carbon neutral is basically a balancing act where a building, business or region sequesters or offsets as much carbon as it emits.

  • Carbon Offsets -- All offsets are not created equal -- there are dirt-cheap offsets sloshing around the global carbon market from questionable projects in far-flung places. But not only are they scientifically and ethically questionable, they also will not meet the standards required for formal third-party carbon neutral certification. The best offsets deliver co-benefits beyond just sequestering carbon, such as improving biodiversity, increasing water quality or catchment protection, generating social benefits, local economic benefits or supporting Indigenous cultural practices and knowledge.

  • Operational Emissions -- Most carbon accounting undertaken for the purposes of carbon neutral certification focus on carbon emissions generated by the operation of a building, business or region. It's not just emissions from energy or fuel use though. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol defines three "scopes" or categories of carbon emissions as follows -- Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from "owned or controlled sources" such as a fleet of vehicles, a power plant or a manufacturing plant. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of energy used within a building, plant or region. Scope 3 emissions are all the indirect emissions in a business, process or region's value chain both upstream and downstream. This would include something like methane emissions from waste sent to landfill, or the emissions from energy used to make the widgets that a business procures then retails.

  • Embodied Carbon -- Basically, almost everything we use from a smartphone to a building, has embodied carbon. Embodied or upfront carbon refers to the emissions released during the manufacture and transport of building materials, and the construction as well the end-of-life-phases of built assets. (Source: Fifth Estate Australia, Mar, 2020)

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  • NYPA-Israeli Clean Energy Tech Competition Announced (Ind Report)
    New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
    Date: 2020-03-09
    In Albany, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the New York Power Authority (NYPA)--Israel Smart Energy Challenge, a $2.5 million competition to attract Israeli companies with expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy generation to submit proposals to collaborate with New York's public utility on new clean energy technologies. NYPA is collaborating with the Israel Smart Energy Association on the project aimed at attracting Israeli companies that will advance power grid reliability, storage, sustainability and affordability, all of which benefit ratepayers, utilities and the environment.

    The competition will focus on research areas centered around meeting digital utility challenges such as electric vehicle charging, distributed energy solutions, grid modernization, energy storage, microgrids, cybersecurity, blockchain and energy trading, buildings/campus energy management, data analytics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and use of drones/autonomous robots in power systems.

    Interested companies may apply and submit their proposals to the NYPA/Israel Smart Energy Challenge online. The deadline for submissions is April 20. A pre-bid conference for parties interested in applying to the Challenge is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 2020 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at: Ha-Umanim Street 12, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel. Register on Eventbrite or meetup.

    Governor Cuomo's Green New Deal climate and clean energy initiative puts the Empire State on a path to being entirely carbon-neutral across all sectors of the economy and establishing a goal to achieve a zero-carbon emissions electricity sector by 2040, faster than any other state. It builds on New York's ramp-up of clean energy including a $2.9 billion investment in 46 large-scale renewable projects across, the creation of more than 150,000 jobs in New York’s clean energy sector, a commitment to develop nearly 1,700 MW of offshore wind by 2024, and 1,700 pct growth in the distributed solar sector since 2012.

    The recently passed Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act mandates the Green New Deal's clean energy targets: nine gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, six gigawatts of distributed solar by 2025, and three gigawatts of energy storage by 2030, while calling for an orderly and just transition to clean energy that creates jobs and continues fostering a green economy. The CLCPA also directs New York State agencies and authorities to collaborate with stakeholders to develop a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85 pct from 1990 levels by 2050 and aim to invest 40 pct of clean energy and energy efficiency program resources to benefit disadvantaged communities. (Source: New York State Governor's Office, PR, Google News, 6 Mar., 2020)Contact: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, www.governor.ny.gov; Israel Smart Energy Association, www.isea.org.il; NYPA, Gil C. Quiniones, Pres., CEO, www.nypa.gov

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    Enexor BioEnergy Launches Waste-to-Energy System (New Prod & Tech)
    Enexor BioEnergy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy is touting the release of its patented "Bio-200" Bio-CHP direct combustion system that converts various organic biomass waste into on-site energy.

    The Bio-200 is a small-scale -- 75 kW power, 125 kW thermal -- modular unit that provides 24/7 continuous renewable power. The hurricane-proof unit is ideally suited for renewable energy microgrids and can be installed and commissioned within one day. The unit, which is fueled by a blend of on-site or locally sourced organic materials, offsets as much as 2,200 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The company's Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership model eliminates upfront customer capital-outlay and delivers immediate cost savings unlike typical on-site energy projects, according to the company website. (Source: Enexor BioEnergy, PR , EngineerLive, 3 Mar., 2020) Contact: Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

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    US DOE Offering $125.5 Mn for Solar R&D Initiatives (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-02-12
    The US DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $125.5 million financing for research and development projects focused on reducing the cost and enhancing the cooperativeness of domestic solar energy.

    Of the total, $39 million is earmarked for one or two projects seeking to develop a test site to speed up the commercialization of supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles used by concentrated solar power (CSP) plants. Up to 11 projects will qualify for a total of $30 million for developing community microgrids and boosting the cybersecurity for solar inverters and power plants.

    An additional $15 million will be shared by between * and 12 projects aimed at prolonging the lifespan of PV systems and cut hardware costs for plants using traditional silicon solar cells, as well as thin-film, tandem and perovskite cells. Innovative solar manufacturing projects, emerging technologies, solar farm siting and artificial intelligence applications for the solar sector will also qualify for funding under this offering. (Source: US DOE, Feb., 2020) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov › eere › office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy, energy.gov/solar-office

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    Enexor BioEnergy Touts Organic Waste-to-Power System (Ind. Report)
    Enexor BioEnergy
    Date: 2020-02-05
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy is touting the release of its patented "Bio-200" Bio-CHP direct combustion system that converts various organic biomass waste into on-site energy.

    The Bio-200 is a small-scale -- 75 kW power, 125 kW thermal -- modular unit that provides 24/7 continuous renewable power. The hurricane-proof unit is ideally suited for renewable energy microgrids and can be installed and commissioned within one day. The unit, which is fueled by a blend of on-site or locally sourced organic materials, offsets as much as 2,200 metric tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The company's Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) partnership model eliminates upfront customer capital-outlay and delivers immediate cost savings unlike typical on-site energy projects, according to the company website. (Source: Enexor BioEnergy, PR , EngineerLive, 4 Feb., 2020) Contact: Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

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    ACEEE Studies Global City Energy Efficiency Initiatives (Int'l.)
    American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
    Date: 2020-01-31
    The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the results of a 66-city study conducted to understand steps being taken by global cities to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy adoption.

    The study leveraged data from the 100 Resilient Cities program and found that while many cities are taking some steps to increase energy efficiency and renewable power, only 20 pct include energy efficiency initiatives in their resilience plans. Study recommendations to boost energy efficiency and renewables include:

  • Encourage the use of EVs and other sustainable modes of transportation.

  • Establish municipal building and fleet efficiency policies, create microgrids and encourage the electrification of buildings.

  • Cities can aim to generate 100 pct of their energy from local wind energy generation, solar-plus-storage systems, and waste-to-energy facilities.

    Study information is HERE. (Source: ACEEE, 30 Jan., 2020) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www.aceee.org

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  • Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain operations and meet critical mission requirements during utility outages, according to the Westborough, Mass.-based energy services company. The base hosts the Air Force’s largest combat wing. The contract with DLA Energy, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, will generate more than $153 million in guaranteed cost savings over the performance period, Noresco said. (Source: Noesco, 21 Jan., 2020)
    Noresco
    Date: 2020-01-21
    Noresco Lands 10-MW Microgrid Project for Air Force Base in Japan Noresco, part of United Technologies Corp., has landed an $85.7 million guaranteed energy savings performance contract project at a US Air Force base in Okinawa, Japan, that includes a 10-MW military microgrid. The power generation assets will be part of an advanced microgrid that will allow the Kadena Air Base to more effectively sustain operations and meet critical mission requirements during utility outages, according to the Westborough, Mass.-based energy services company. The base hosts the Air Force’s largest combat wing. The contract with DLA Energy, part of the Defense Logistics Agency, will generate more than $153 million in guaranteed cost savings over the performance period, Noresco said. (Source: Noesco, 21 Jan., 2020)

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    Duke's Mesteno Windpower Project in Texas Now On Line (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy Renewables
    Date: 2020-01-08
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, reports its 200-MW) Mesteno Windpower project in Starr County, Texas began commercial operation on Dec. 31, 2019. It is Duke Energy's fourth wind generation facility in Starr County and its eleventh in Texas.

    The project's output will be sold into the ERCOT market and Duke Energy Renewables has entered into a long-term hedge agreement covering the majority of the expected wind energy production. The 200-MW Mesteño wind facility will generate sufficient power for about 60,000 average homes.

    Duke Energy Renewables, a non-regulated unit of Duke Energy, operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., with a total electric capacity of 3,000 MW. Duke Renewables also operates energy storage and microgrid projects. (Source: Duke Energy News Center, 6 Jan., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres., www.duke-energy.com/renewable

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    Noresco Inks Navy Infrastructure, Efficiency Contract (Ind Report)
    Noresco
    Date: 2019-12-16
    Westborough, Mass.-based energy services firm Noresco is reporting receipt of a 21-year, $169.3 million task order to update and maintain infrastructure at the U.S. Navy's submarine base in Groton, Conn. to help the service branch achieve its energy efficiency goals.

    The firm-fixed-price task order covers construction, refurbishment, maintenance and operation of infrastructure such as energy control systems, microgrids, heat and steam distribution systems and light fixtures and energy efficiency at Naval Submarine Base New London.

    Noresco offers a range of services encompassing energy infrastructure modernization, sustainability consulting and program development to support customers in the public and private sectors. (Source: US DOD, GovConWire, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: Noresco, (508) 614 1000, (508) 836 9988 [ fax, www.noresco.com

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    WA State Woody Biomass Power Projects Funded (Funding Report)
    San Juan Islands Conservation District
    Date: 2019-11-13
    San Juan Islands Conservation District in Washington State is reporting receipt of $181,882 in grant matching funding from the Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program for wood energy projects. On Nov. 5, the agency funded four proposed projects that provide heat, power, engineered fuel products and/or significant energy efficiency improvements.

    This proposal includes a technology assessment, site analysis and conceptual design of an advanced wood energy microgrid gasifier system to generate heat and power for community facilities on Orcas.

    The Forest Products Financial Assistance Program emphasizes projects that use woody biomass from forestry management activities and wood products manufacturing. to develop appropriate energy and biochar technologies to process woody biomass. Under the program, energy produced by a funded biomass plant would be around 2.6 million kilowatt-hours per year. . (Source: San Juan Islands Conservation District, Islands Weekly, 12 Nov., 2019) Contact: San Juan Islands Conservation District, www.sanjuanislandscd.org; Washington Department of Commerce Forest Products Financial Assistance Program, www.commerce.wa.gov/growing-the-economy/energy/forest-products-financial-assistance

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    CleanSpark Wins Costa Rican Energy Software Contract (Ind. Report)
    CleanSpark
    Date: 2019-10-30
    Salt Lake City-based CleanSpark, Inc., a microgrid company with advanced engineering, software and controls for innovative distributed energy resource management systems, is reporting receipt of a $627,000 contract to provide software controls and energy storage to Energias Limpias De CentroAmerica (ELCA) as part of their Energy as a Service (EaaS) project to support an industrial manufacturing facility in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    CleanSpark will integrate a scalable 1110-kWh of battery storage paired with a 480-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system, all driven by CleanSpark's mPulse controls software platform. The mPulse software will provide economic dispatch controls to maximize performance, as well as resiliency operations to back-up critical energy loads in the event of a utility disruption. The project is expected to be integrated and commissioned in the first quarter of 2020. In addition to the base contract, ELCA is entering into a Software as a Service (SaaS) agreement with CleanSpark for continued support of the system.

    CleanSpark provides advanced energy software and control technology that enables a plug-and-play enterprise solution to modern energy challenges. Services consist of intelligent energy monitoring and controls, microgrid design and engineering, microgrid consulting services and turn-key microgrid implementation services. CleanSpark's software allows energy users to obtain resiliency and economic optimization. Our software can be widely implemented across commercial, industrial, military, agricultural and municipal deployment. (Source: CleanSpark Inc., PR, 30 Oct., 2019) Contact: CleanSpark, (801) 224-4405, info@cleanspark.com, www.cleanspark.com

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    Georgia Power Launches Atlanta "Smart Neighbourhood" (Ind. Report)
    Georgia Power,Pulte Group
    Date: 2019-08-07
    The utility Georgia Power is touting the launch of a new "Smart Neighbourhood" in Atlanta.

    Each of the new community's 46 townhouses is equipped with solar panels, batteries and energy efficiency components such as heat pump water heaters (HPWH) connected to a neighborhood microgrid. The microgrid-linked townhouse resources will be managed and optimized with a "grid-interactive control system" developed by the US DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory, supported by the national Buildings Technology Office.

    The "Smart Home" technology in each of the town houses was developed by Atlanta-based home builder Pulte Group Inc. in partnership with with Georgia Power. Thermostats, security systems, appliances and other features can be controlled via the Pulte controls suite and through phone app and voice activation. According to Pulte, the energy optimization platform can schedule the use of appliances in coordination with the solar and battery and thus lower energy costs. (Source: US DOE, Pulte Group, Energy Storage, 6 Aug., 2019)Contact: Pulte Group Inc., www.pultegroupinc.com

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    Mass. House OKs Community Climate Resiliency Funding (Funding)
    Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    Date: 2019-07-31
    In Boston, the Massachusetts House of Representatives reports the unanimous passage of legislation investing $1.3 billion to help Bay State communities fund infrastructure projects aimed at fighting climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    The legislation establishes a $1 billion, 10-year grant "GreenWorks" program to fund clean energy, energy efficiency, and climate change resiliency measures that cut greenhouse gas emissions, fortify infrastructure and reduce municipal costs. The legislation also invests $325 million in other municipal green projects including:

  • $100 million for investments in municipal microgrid energy systems;
  • $125 million for electric vehicles in municipal or regional transit authority fleets;
  • $20 million for the hiring of sustainability coordinators to develop and manage municipal projects resulting for the GreenWorks program;
  • $50 million to establish the Green Resiliency Fund to offer low-interest loans for municipalities when pursuing GreenWorks projects; and
  • $30 million for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources' MOR-EV electric vehicle rebate program.

    The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will administer the program, which is funded through the issuance of bonds. The bill was forwarded to the Senate for approval. (Source: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Wicked Local Beverly, 29 July, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, www.mass.gov/orgs/executive-office-of-energy-and-environmental-affairs

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  • DOE SBIR Touts Sm. Business Innovation Research Funding (Funding)
    DOE SBIR
    Date: 2019-07-31
    American small businesses received a near-$44 million boost from the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, according to an SBIR release. Five buildings-focused, Phase II Release 2 grants awarded approximately $5 million to five small businesses. The projects, which are making advancements in building envelopes, building energy efficiency and modeling, and lighting, have already demonstrated a level of commercial feasibility for further innovations in the second phase of research. The five projects:
  • Innovations in Opaque Building Envelope Performance -- Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood -- (Inventwood LLC., College Park, Maryland) Inventwood LLC is using delignified wood to create a new, bio-derived cellulose thermal insulation material that could be used in window frames, exterior insulating cladding, or prefabricated panels for new building construction or retrofit applications.

  • Transparent Conductive Anodes for Solid-State Lighting -- Printed Anodes and Internal Light Extraction Layers on Flexible Glass to Create Cost-Effective High-Efficacy Bendable OLED Lighting Panels -- (OLEDWorks LLC, Rochester, New York) OLEDWorks LLC will further develop and commercialize a highly energy-efficient lighting product in the form of uniquely thin and beautiful curved sheets of light to accelerate organic light-emitting diode (OLED) market growth.

  • High Performance Substrate Embedded Microgrids for High-Efficiency, Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes -- (Electroninks Inc, Austin, Texas) -- Electroninks Inc. is developing an alternative, transparent conductor for optical-electronic applications like touch sensors, displays, and OLEDs that significantly outperforms today's indium, tin, and oxygen (ITO) conductors.

  • Building Energy Modeling -- Portfolio-Level Energy-Efficiency Simulation (PLES) -- (Maalka, Brooklyn, New York) Maalka is extending its customizable framework for energy efficiency program development and management. The framework leverages the increasing availability of building energy data and DOE's open-source data standards and platforms and energy analysis tools (EnergyPlus, OpenStudio). The project targets the large and growing energy-efficiency program market of cities, utilities, larger owners, and energy service customers with a focus on supporting a move from individual energy conservation measures to packages and deep retrofits.

  • CAD-Integrated Web-Based Performance Simulation -- (Ladybug Tools LLC, Fairfax, Virginia) -- Ladybug Tools will use DOE's open-source EnergyPlus and Radiance tools, as well as OpenStudio's new elastic cloud capabilities, to deliver a greater range of analysis services (and subsequent revenue streams) for architects. Phase I of this project involved creating a working radiance-based daylighting simulation service; Phase II work will focus on energy simulation. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Small Business Innovation Research, PR, July, 2019) Contact: SBIR, EERE.SBIR@ee.doe.gov, www.energy.gov/science/sbir/small-business-innovation-research-and-small-business-technology-transfer

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  • MP Power Seeks Indian Grid-Scale Energy Storage Bids (Int'l Report)
    MP Power Management
    Date: 2019-06-12
    Reporting from Mumbai, MP Power Management Company, the Madhya Pradesh state government's holding firm for three power distribution companies , is calling for expressions of interest from domestic and global players for the establishment of 500 MW with 8 hours of continuous discharge of grid-scale energy storage service, microgrid and a storage manufacturing facility in the state. The tender call notes the energy storage options could be in the form of chemical batteries (lithium ion, advanced lead acid, sodium sulphur, flow batteries), pumped storage hydro, compressed air energy storage, flywheels or other forms of storage.

    Out of Madhya Pradesh's total installed power capacity of 19,796 MW as of January 2019, 3,827 MW are from renewable energy sources. (Source: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., livemint, 11 June, 2019)Contact: MP Power Management Co. Ltd., +91-761-2661111, 2661106, 2661107, www.mppmcl.com

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    AMS, 38 Degrees North Report Solar, Storage Partnership (Ind. Report)
    AMS
    Date: 2019-05-15
    San Francisco-based energy management services provider AMS reports it is establishing a solar and storage energy partnership with 38 Degrees North and the $2 billion John Hancock Infrastructure Fund. The partnership acquired an initial set of four battery and solar facilities in California with rights to additional projects in 2019 and 2020.

    AMS's financial performance contract addresses customer concerns with traditional solar PPAs by providing a higher degree of certainty that savings will be delivered for the customer. AMS's AI software platform continuously optimizes solar systems, batteries, and retail energy rates to actively respond to evolving energy market conditions and achieve the lowest energy costs over the life of the system. (Source: AMS, PR, 13 May, 2019) Contact: AMS, Susan Kennedy, CEO , www.advmicrogrid.com; 38 Degrees, www.38degreesn.com

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