Return to Today's Publications

 

Newsletter:
Date Range (YYYY-MM-DD) -
Company, Industry or Technology:
  Search Tips


GEVO, Cray Valley to Scale Up Renewable Isoamylene (Ind. Report)
GEVO, Cray Valley
Date: 2021-05-07
Exton, Pennsylvania-headquartered Total Cray Valley and Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. are reporting completion of Phase 1 of their Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to upgrade fusel oils into renewable isoamylene. Phase 2 will scale up GEVO's technology at a demonstration scale.

Fusel oils, made during the production of ethanol, equate to approximately 1 million tons of bio-based feedstock. The JDA, signed in 2020, is based on GEVO's chemical-based catalytic processes that selectively convert low-value fusel oils, a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as ethanol or isobutanol production, into higher-value renewable chemicals such as isoprene, ketones, aldehydes, or olefins, in this case isoamylene, which has various industrial applications.

Total Cray Valley is a global supplier of specialty chemical additives, hydrocarbon specialty chemicals, and liquid and powder "tackifying" resins used as ingredients in adhesives, rubbers, polymers, coatings and other materials. The company pioneered the development of these advanced technologies, introducing hundreds of products that enhance the performance of products in energy, printing, packaging, construction, tire manufacture, electronics, and other demanding applications. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, 3 May, 2021) Contact: TOTAL, Valerie Goff, Snr. VP Polymers, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@total.com, www.total.com; GEVO,, Dr. Paul Bloom, CTO, www.gevo.com; Total Cray Valley, www.crayvalley.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Cray Valley,  


250 MW French Offshore Wind Farm Tendered (Int'l. Report)
France Offshore Wind
Date: 2021-05-05
The French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) -- the independent administrative body in charge of regulating the French electricity and gas markets -- reports a tender launch for construction of a 230-270 MW wind farm at a yet to be identified exact location off the coast of Brittany, northwest France. The government will subsidise any difference between the wholesale power price and the winning company or consortium's bid.

Bids for the project are due by 1 July at 12:00 CET. A shortlist of bidders will be determined in September and a final selection announced in February 2022.

As previously reported, France's first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Saint-Nazaire (486 MW) is due to come on line in 2022 followed by six additional projects totaling 3.5 GW capacity. France is aiming to have installed capacity of 2.4 GW by 2023 increasing to 5.2-6.2 GW by 2028. (Source: CRE, Website PR, Montel, 3 Apr., 2021) Contact: CRE, www.cre.fr/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  France Offshore Wind,  


Mitsubishi, Powin Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Power Americas, Powin
Date: 2021-05-05
Lake Mary, Florida-based Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. reports it and battery energy storage specialist Powin, LLC have received an order from Southern Power for two utility-scale lithium iron phosphate battery energy storage system (BESS) projects totaling 640 MWh.

The BESS projects are among the first collocated solar and storage projects in California and represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America to date. They are designed for a 20-year life cycle and four hours of energy storage duration. Southern Power's 205 MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County will add 88 MW and 352 MWh of energy storage, and its 204 MW Tranquillity Solar Facility in Fresno County, California, will add 72 MW and 288 MWh. Both projects are scheduled to come online in 2021.

The energy storage projects will be owned in partnership with AIP Management and Global Atlantic Financial Group, both of which have existing ownership interests in the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities that went into commercial operation in 2016.

Southern Power operates the solar projects and will be responsible for operating the energy storage projects upon completion. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Powin LLC, www.powin.com; Southern Power, www.southerncompany.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern Power,  Mitsubishi Power Americas,  Powin,  Battery Energy Storage,  


First Solar, Nel Partner on PV Hydrogen Power Plants (Ind. Report)
Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, First Solar
Date: 2021-05-05
Oslo-headquartered hydrogen technology specialist Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar -- global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants -- report they have joined forces to develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for PV hydrogen power plants.

The SCADA system will enable optimization of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity. The parties will also explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant. (Source: First Solar, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, PR, Contact: Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, www.nelhydrogen.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser,  First Solar,  Hydrogen ,  


465-MW Badger State Solar+Storage Project Announced (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-05-05
In Milwaukee, We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service, the largest utilities in WEC Energy Group, are proposing to purchase the Koshkonong Solar Energy Center, a planned 465-MW solar and battery storage project in south-central Wisconsin. If approved, the project would be the largest renewable energy project in the state.

The Koshkonong Solar Energy Center would feature 300 MW of solar generation and 165 MW of battery storage. The total investment is expected to be $649 million. WPS would own 90 pct of the project with Madison Gas and Electric holding the remaining 10 pct. If approved, construction is expected to begin in late 2022 for commercial operation in 2024. Koshkonong is part of WEC Energy Group's plan to invest nearly $2 billion in new solar, wind and battery storage projects at its utilities by 2025.

This is the third large-scale solar and battery project announced in 2021 by We Energies and WPS. Earlier this year, the companies announced plans for the 325-MW Darien Solar Energy Center and 310-MW Paris Solar-Battery Park. (Source: WEC Energy Group, PR, Website , 30 Apr., 2021) Contact: WEC Energy Group , Tom Metcalfe, Pres., www.wecenergygroup.com


Summit Carbon Solutions Adds Biorefinery Participants (Ind. Report)
Summit Carbon Solutions
Date: 2021-05-03
Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions reports that since its February launch it has added Green Plains, Husker Ag, Louis Dreyfus Company other biorefineries to its network, bringing the current total to 30.

Summit Carbon Solutions aims to address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The company will accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other industrial CO2 emitters throughout the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, Apr,2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  


Canberra Commits to $100Mn Ocean, Blue Carbon Initiative (Int'l.)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-03
In Canberra, the Australian Government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib.) last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect 'blue carbon' environments and reduce emissions.

Of the total, $30.6 million will be invested in practical action to restore and account for blue carbon ecosystems to improve the health of coastal environments in Australia and regionally:

  • Almost $19 million will go to four major on-ground projects restoring coastal ecosystems across the country, including tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrasses;

  • $10 million will provide four major on-ground projects to assist developing countries in the region restore and protect their blue carbon ecosystems;

  • Over $1 million will help to solidify Australia as a leader in ocean and natural capital accounting assistance enabling Australia to understand and account for the environmental and economic benefits of protecting these critical ecosystems.

    The Government has also newly pledged $59.9 million to develop a high-integrity carbon offset scheme in its Indo-Pacific region to stimulate investment in high-quality projects that deliver carbon offsets that meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

    The investments are in addition to more than $1.1 billion the Morrison Government previously announced it will invest in low emissions energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage and is in addition to the $18 billion of investment the Government is making alongside the Technology Investment Roadmap over the next 10 years to drive at least $70 billion of total new investment in low emissions technologies in Australia by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Australia, PR, Good News Network, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Australia, www.Australia.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCSAustralia Climate Change,  Blue Carbon,  Mangrove,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Octopus Acquires UK Biomass Plants for NEST-Backed Fund (Int'l.)
    Octopus Renewables,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Octopus Renewables has invested an undisclosed sum in two UK biomass plants -- one in Brigg, North Lincolnshire the other in Snetterton, East Anglia -- totaling 85.7MW from a joint venture by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and the contractor Burmeister & Wain, The acquisition was on behalf of and backed by UK workplace pension provider Nest.

    In March, Nest hired Octopus Renewables to help invest £250 million of UK defined-contribution pension capital in clean-energy infrastructure this year. Nest, which manages £16 billion of assets from the UK's auto-enrolment scheme is aiming to invest £1.4 billion in the European renewables sector by the end of the decade. (Source: Octopus Renewables, PR, IP&E, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Nest, www.nestpensions.org.uk; Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Octopus Renewables,  Biomass,  UK Biomass,  Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners ,  


    Orsted's Gode 3 Offshore Wind Wins Planning Approval (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Danish offshore wind energy giant Orsted reports the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has granted planning approval for the 242-MW Gode Wind 3 offshore wind farm about 32 kilometers from the island of Norderney in the German North Sea. The project has now secured all necessary approvals and is expected to begin commercial operation in 2024.

    Gode Wind 3 will have a total of 242 MW of export capacity and incorporate 23 Siemens Gamesa turbines with a nominal output of 11 MW and a rotor diameter of 200 metres. (Source: Orsted, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


    TOTAL Takes Stake in Taiwan Offshore Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    TOTAL,Yunlin Holding GmbH
    Date: 2021-04-30
    TOTAL is reporting an agreement Bremen, Germany-based wpd WG to acquire a 23 pct interest in Yunlin Holding GmbH, the owner of the 80-turbine Yunlin offshore wind farm roughly 200 km located off the coast of Taiwan.

    The 640 MW Yunlin Offshore Wind farm , the region's largest, incorporates 80 Siemens Gamesa turbines and benefits from a 20-year guaranteed-price PPA with the state-owned company Taipower. (Source: Total, PR, Yahoo, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: TOTAL, www.total.com; wpd AG, www.wpd.de; Taiwan Power Company, www.taipower.com.tw

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Taipower,  wpd AG,  Yunlin Holding GmbH,  TOTAL,  Offshore Wind,  


    China's 2021 Renewables Capacity to Surpass Coal (Int'l. Report)
    China Electricity Council
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The China Electricity Council (CEC), a non-profit trade association representing China's power groups, is reporting China's installed capacity of producing non-fossil energy will surpass that of coal-fired power generation at about 1.12 billion kilowatts in 2021, accounting for 47.3 percent of the total capacity.

    According the CEC, China's major power companies invested roughly $20.6 billion in increased power generation capacity in Q1, 91 pct of which went to non-fossil fuel power generation. The CEC noted that China's newly installed power generation capacity will reach around 180 million kilowatts in 2021, of which about 140 million kilowatts of non-fossil energy power generation capacity will be put into operation.

    China's installed capacity of coal power generation stood at 1.09 billion kilowatts at the end of March. The proportion of the total installed capacity fell below half for the first time since the end of 2020, before further dropping to 48.8 pct at the end of March this year, according to the CEC.

    China ranked first in the world in newly installed wind capacity amid efforts to pursue greener development in 2020, the NEA data showed. Besides wind energy, the country is also a global leader in the production and use of solar energy and hydropower, among others.

    As previously reported, China pledged to reach the CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. (Source: China Electricity Council, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: China Electricity Council, english.cec.org.cn

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Electricity Council,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


    Orsted, ATP Bidding on Danish Energy Island Project (Int'l. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Copenhagen-headquartered Danish pension fund ATP reports it has partnered with Danish offshore wind giant Orsted to bid in the upcoming tender for construction of the planned Danish North Sea energy island, which will be majority government owned.

    Initially, the artificial island will be roughly the size of 18 soccer fields and will be capable of producing and storing 3 gigawatts of electricity scalable up to 10 gigawatts -- nearly one-and-a-half times Denmark's current energy needs.

    The North Sea energy island is expected make a significant contribution to the future build-out of Denmark's large-scale offshore wind resources, overall energy infrastructure and to Europe's transition to to green economy, according to the release.

    To date, Orsted has constructed more than 25 offshore wind farms and 17 offshore transmission systems worldwide. ATP has more than 5.3 million members with funds totaling DKK 960 billion ($155 billion). (Source: ATP, PR, Website, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; ATP, Bo Foged, CEO , Stephan Ghisler-Solvang, Media, +45 61 22 93 92, stg@atp.dk, www.atp.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Solarize Philly Announces Solar Savings Installations (Ind. Report)
    Solarize Philly, Philadelphia Energy Authority
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In the Keystone State, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is reporting the outcomes of City's first program to provide rooftop solar installations for low- and moderate-income homeowners, in celebration of Earth Day 2021.

    The first of 50 Installations are underway through PEA's Solar Savings Grant Program that covers two-thirds of the total solar installation cost, with the remainder provided through a low-cost loan.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program is a part of Solarize Philly, a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar. Nearly 6,500 Philadelphia homeowners have expressed interest in the program, over 750 homes have gone solar, and over $12MM has been invested in communities across the city since the program launched in 2017. Solarize Philly is the largest initiative of its kind in the country.

    The Solar Savings Grant Program was made possible with support from Solarize Philly, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Solar States, Centennial Parkside Community Development Corporation, the William Penn Foundation, Spark Therapeutics, and the National Energy Improvement Fund. (Source: Solarize Philly, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Philadelphia Energy Authority, 215.686.4483; Solarize Philly Program, (215) 686-4483, solarize@philaenergy.org, www.solarizephilly.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solarize Philly ,  Solar,  Philadelphia Energy Authority ,  


    NASA Nails 2020 Green Bldg Initiative Award (Ind. Report)
    NASA,Green Building Initiative
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Green Building Initiative (GBI) reports the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center's (MSFC) Building 4221 in Huntsville, Alabama has won the 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Award.

    The building was recognized for its innovative sustainability features that include: a customized stormwater management plan, cistern, and bioswales, stormwater capture and infiltration, reflective roof with a 120kW solar array, improved thermal envelope, high-efficiency glazing, and exterior shading. The project also includes a green cleaning program, temperature and humidity sensors to maintain thermal comfort and day-lighting in 94 pct of occupied space. During construction the project diverted 78 pct of on-site generated construction waste from landfills and 23 pct of the total construction materials contain recycled content from local sources and 92 pct of the lumber used in construction came from FSC-Certified forests.

    GBI is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to improving building performance and reducing climate impacts. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes® and federal Guiding Principles Compliance building certification and assessment programs, according to its website. (Source: Green Building Initiative, PR, 23 Apr., 2021) Contact: GBI, info@thegbi.org, www.thegbi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building Initiative,  Energy Efficiency,  NASA,  Green Building,  


    Virgin Money Provides Credit Line to Gresham Solar Fund (Intl.)
    Gresham House
    Date: 2021-04-21
    In the UK, Sir Richard Branson's full-service digital bank Virgin Money reports it will provide a £18 million ($25 million) revolving credit facility to London-based Gresham House Plc's Solar Distribution LLP fund. The facility will be used to grow the Fund's solar capabilities.

    The Fund currently owns eight operational ground-mounted solar parks in England and Wales totaling 48 MW and has to date raised over £49 million from investors, according to the company. (Source: Virgin Bank, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Virgin Money, www.uk.virginmoney.com; Gresham House, +44 20 3837 6270, www.greshamhouse.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gresham House,  Solar,  


    Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in /home/epoverviews/public_html/articles/visitor.php on line 252