Florida Power & Light blows up its last coal plant, will replace with solar


Florida Power & Light (FPL) yesterday demolished its last coal-fired plant, the Indiantown Cogeneration Plant in Martin County, east of the Everglades. And right before the plant imploded, FPL CEO Eric Silagy announced that the utility will build a solar center near the site.

DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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This FOA, issued in August 2017, is a $50-million funding opportunity for projects supporting cost-shared research and development to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots to demonstrate transformational coal technologies. DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. UKy-CAER Heat-integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process for Pulverized Coal Power Plants.

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption. Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. Emissions from buildings, industry and other parts of the economy rose, though less than in 2018. Coal-driven decline.

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SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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Fluor, a global engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance company, which has best-in-class experience in building hydrogen-from-gasification plants, will provide front-end engineering and design for the Lancaster facility.

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Coal to ethanol project gets green light

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The coal to ethanol process has been boosted after New Zealand based LanzaTech reached a memorandum of understanding with one of the largest coal producers in China to build a demonstration plant to produce ethanol and chemicals. Tags: Green cars Green credentials Latest news Bio Energy Research Centre coal to ethanol ethanol Henan Coal and Chemical Industrial Corporation LanzaTech

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DOE Selects 8 Projects to Advance Technologies for the Co-Production of Power and Hydrogen, Fuels or Chemicals from Coal-Biomass Feedstocks

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 8 research projects for funding that will focus on gasification of coal/biomass to produce synthetic gas (syngas) as a pathway to producing power, hydrogen, fuel or chemicals. Awards are in three areas: Reprocessing and Conditioning of Coal/Biomass Mixtures for Simultaneous Co-Feeding Systems; Reactive Properties of Coal/Biomass Mixed Fuels; and Design Concepts for Co-Production of Power, Fuels and Chemicals.

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National Research Council Report on Americas Energy Future Highlights Vehicle Efficiency Technologies, Conversion of Biomass and Coal-to-Liquids Fuels, and Electrifying the Light Duty Fleet with PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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Estimates of potential for gasoline consumption reduction in the US light duty fleet in 2020 and 2035 relative to 2007. For the transportation sector, these key technologies include a focus on improving vehicle efficiency; developing technologies for the conversion of biomass and coal-to-liquid fuels; and electrifying the light-duty vehicle fleet through expanded deployment of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs).

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Naval Research Lab applying pulsed electron beam technology to reduce NOx from coal power plants; fusion research spin-off

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The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is partnering with a power company to apply its pulsed electron beam technology to reduce NO x emissions from coal-fired power plants. Today, industry uses Selective Catalytic Reduction to reduce NO x , but the scrubbers are expensive to build and to operate. If the electrons are fired into a KrF gas (instead of into a flue gas, as with the NO x application), they excite the molecules in the gas and produce KrF laser light.

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Honeywell UOP’s Methanol To Olefins technology selected for China coal chemical complex

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has selected Honeywell’s UOP technology to convert methanol into building blocks for chemical products at an existing coal chemical complex in China. The project will be the first commercial-scale installation of Honeywell UOP’s advanced MTO methanol-to-olefins solution, which allows petrochemical producers to use methanol from natural gas or coal, instead of petroleum, to produce high yields of high-value plastics and petrochemicals.

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Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

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That Super Sexy Clean Tech Roundtable, Part II of a Greenius Exclusive

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LED lighting, sustainable building materials, making sure that we’re doing all that we can to be as efficient in the way that we use energy no matter what it’s form. Tags: Environmental Politics Killer Coal News Media Saving Energy Sustainability Yes We Can! If you’re like me you would have found Tuesday’s gathering in Santa Monica a very sexy day at the beach.

2009 174

The Greenius Solution To All California’s Problems: AB 920 + AB 811

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The dots that other folks were failing to even see, already looked pre-connected to me - like those incredibly real artificial Christmas trees with the lights already set in place and ready to plug-in. And part of that will be the building of a charging system infrastructure that means more money, more jobs and more success for California. Tags: Environmental Politics Killer Coal Saving Energy Yes We Can!

2009 174

Muons and ADNA proposing using accelerator-driven subcritical reactor for heat for production of synthetic fuels and chemicals

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biomass or coal). Molten salt fuel can include natural uranium, depleted uranium, natural thorium, excess W-Pu, and SNF from conventional Light Water Reactors. Conceptual F-T production using process heat from GEM*STAR and coal as a feedstock, from a 2010 ADNA presentation. Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) NuclearFunctional elements of the GEM*STAR reactor. Source : Muons, Inc. Click to enlarge. Muons, Inc. ,

2012 259

Solar Smackdown in Torrance – Installer Sues City on Behalf of the Sun

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Its wholly interpretive guidelines can be used to approve or disapprove a building, addition or remodel completely on subjective principles. I went down to the Building Dept and they said, “It will be two weeks before we get back to you.” The second copy set you gave us is a little light. And then the senior gentlemen in the building with the Safety Dept. What’s the level of expertise and experience of the building inspectors and city staff?

2009 190

The Most Powerful Greenius In America

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Indeed I am talking about Big Dick Cheney, who in addition to his many other immoral and criminal acts also shamelessly promoted the excessive use of oil, coal, gasoline and other fossil fuels by encouraging Americans to use all the energy they could afford to put on their credit cards. FOLLOW ME IF YOU WANT TO LIVE.

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Inside The Green Task Force

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One surprise to me from her presentation is the fact that street lights are the number two user of electricity in Los Angeles. From my work a few years ago on LumaBright energy efficient lighting, it’s obvious the city can save considerable money and emissions by switching their street lighting to LEDs - just as they have their traffic lights. Susan oversees the development and implementation of the City’s energy and green building programs and policies.

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Hydrogen embrittlement in ferritic steels creates complications for clean energy storage, transportation

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As the global energy market shifts from coal, petroleum fuel, and natural gas to more environmentally friendly primary energy sources, hydrogen is becoming a crucial pillar in the clean energy movement.

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Transform Materials plasma process converts abundant natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene

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With its innovative technology, Transform Materials breaks down methane and other similar light hydrocarbon gases without oxygen, recombining the resulting fragments into two high-value end products, acetylene and hydrogen.

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The Solangelist’s Vision Shines Brighter

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And just like Woody, I’d like to sing you a song about a better way… My friends, with greenhouse gas emissions already in the danger zone, we needed to stop burning Killer Coal yesterday. All the commercial and government buildings in the state are ready to have their roofs raised too. All told, that’s only about 90% of all our buildings. The Greenius Plan To Spread Rooftop Solar Faster Then The Common Cold.

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INFRA and Greenway to partner on GTL plants

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INFRA Technology group has developed and patented a proprietary Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) technology (INFRA.xtl), based on the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis process, for the production of light synthetic oil—which is close to a product, characterized by Shultz-Flory alpha of 0.77—and GTL systems from the companies can also be used to process coal and biomass assets providing the ability to convert these natural gas streams into useable products including diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel.

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Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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The process generates H 2 from natural gas or coal through steam reforming and combines it with N 2 , which has been separated from air by a cryogenic process, to form NH 3.

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Study finds shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty

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Efforts to shift away from fossil fuels and replace oil and coal with renewable energy sources can help reduce carbon emissions but do so at the expense of increased inequality, according to a new study by researchers at Portland State University (PSU) and Vanderbilt University.

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Altex & Unitel partner to demonstrate a new technology for making synthetic gasoline from biomass

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Altex Technologies has selected Unitel to provide engineering services to design and build a pilot system that will produce 1 BPD of synthetic gasoline from biomass (Biomass Conversion to Synthetic Gasoline System, BCSGS). coal, biomass, or waste—is heated in the absence of molecular oxygen to produce a solid containing char and ash and volatile gases. This reactor converts a portion of the volatile gases into a mixture of light olefins, predominantly ethylene and propylene.

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Canada targets cutting GHGs 30% below 2005 levels by 2030; new regulations for oil and gas, power, petrochemicals

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Minister Aglukkaq also announced the Government’s intention to develop new regulatory measures under its sector-by-sector approach that would build on actions already taken on two of Canada’s largest sector sources of GHG emissions: transportation and electricity. Regulations for natural gas-fired electricity, which would build on Canada’s existing coal-fired electricity regulations.

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How Efficient Is Your EV? It’s Complicated

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Many of us will also want to know whether we are treading lightly on our planet. We'll be interested in how much carbon-based fuels such as coal and natural gas went into the electrical energy that charged our batteries.

Tesla Virtual Power Plant is providing energy security to Australian homes


A few years ago, Tesla teamed up with the Government of South Australia and various energy authorities to build South Australia’s Virtual Power Plant. “Even if all lights go out in the neighborhood, you will still have power.

Rice study finds using natural gas for electricity and heating, not transportation, more effective in reducing GHGs

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Rice University researchers have determined a more effective way to use natural gas to reduce climate-warming emissions would be in the replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and buses. They found that gas-fired power plants achieved the greatest reduction—more than 50%—in net emissions when replacing old coal-fired power plants.

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MIT, Ford researchers find lightweight conventional vehicles could have lower lifecycle GHG impact than EVs depending upon location

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Assessments of GHG emissions from light-duty vehicles should take a cradle-to-grave life cycle perspective and capture important regional effects. We report the first regionally explicit (county-level) life cycle assessment of the use of lightweighting and electrification for light-duty vehicles in the U.S. This is an unequivocal call for regional policies that use the latest research to build rational agendas, rather than prescribing overarching global solutions.

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Honeywells UOP and Total Petrochemicals Successfully Demonstrate Methanol-to-Olefins Technology to Produce Plastics

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Methanol is commonly produced from natural gas and coal. The unit has processed up to 10 metric tonnes per day of methanol to produce the light olefins ethylene and propylene, which are basic building blocks for many petrochemicals, including plastics. These combined technologies can provide the highest yields available for producing light olefins from methanol.

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Alcoa and CPI to establish China JV for high-end fabricated aluminum products; aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and packaging markets

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Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) is one of the five Gencos in China and a comprehensive energy group integrating industries of power, coal, aluminum, railway and port.

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Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. Both consortiums focus on developing catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels. Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent.

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Franco-Swiss team proposes starting mechanism for methanol-to-olefins reaction

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The small molecule consisting of two carbon atoms and four hydrogen atoms is a basic building block in the manufacture of a wide range of basic chemicals, polymers and plasticisers. China has large coal reserves, and methanol can be manufactured quite easily by gasifying coal. While the MTO process is up and running at industrial scale, this work shades new light on how the process starts.

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Double catalyst for the direct conversion of syngas to lower olefins

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The light olefins ethylene, propylene, and butylene—usually made from petroleum—are key building blocks for chemical industry, and are starting materials for making plastics, synthetic fibers, and coatings. This could make it more attractive to make olefins from alternative sources of carbon, such as biomass, natural gas, or coal.

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Study suggests China urban passenger transport emissions could peak in 2030

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This study sheds light on the urban passenger transport sector in China, which accounted for around 20% (188 MtCO 2 ) of the total carbon emissions of the transport sector in 2016, and aims to answer whether the CO 2 emissions from the urban passenger transport sector can reach its peak before 2030 and how to reach the peak.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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This investment will build on our existing methanol technology, facilitating even more valuable solutions and helping to propel this part of our business in China. Methanol can be produced from a range of renewable sources and fossil-fuel based feed-stocks; in practice methanol is mainly produced in coal-rich China from coal. cited one study showing that the full lifecycle (well-to-wheel) CO 2 emissions from M85 (with coal-derived methanol) are 2.5

2015 210

Opinion: Why Buffett Bet A Billion On Solar: Miles Per Acre Per Year

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Coal still supplies more power in the US than anything else, with natural gas next. However, building more coal and gas power plants to make miles for transport is counter-productive if the game plan is to reduce carbon output. One could say that Mr. Buffett has not only seen the light but invested heavily therein. However, it costs more to build an acre of rooftop PV. How many gigafactories will Mr. Musk have to build? by Henry Hewitt for Oilprice.com.

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West Virginia Univ. receives $1.15M grant for second hydrogen production-fueling station in state; focus on fossil-fuel-to-hydrogen

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By building and operating a new hydrogen fueling station in Morgantown, West Virginia University will demonstrate running automobiles on hydrogen fuel made from coal-powered electricity. NETL envisions that in the long term, hydrogen will either be produced from coal, or coal will provide the electricity necessary for the production of hydrogen via electrolysis.

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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Additionally, Alstom will build the 25 MW Los Humeros III in Mexico, Alterra Power announced drilling would begin at its Mariposa, Chile site next year and construction on other international projects continued by companies including US Geothermal, Ram Power, and Ormat. In Nevada, NV Energy is looking to replace coal plants with 300 MW of renewable energy, including geothermal.

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Algae harvesting company OriginOil’s second CLEAN-FRAC licensing agreement targets Canadian oil sands market; urban algae demo project in Paris

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Paris-based energy systems company Ennesys, in partnership with OriginOil, developed a solution that converts wastewater from commercial buildings into energy. Ennesys is a pioneer in the brand-new “urban algae” sector, which deploys algae on walls and roofs of buildings to help achieve a positive energy balance and purify water in the process. Alternatively, once the algae has absorbed the nitrates, the water can then be used as “grey water” in building plumbing systems.

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IHS Markit: 2020 low-sulfur requirements for marine bunker fuels causing scramble for refiners and shippers

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Low-sulfur bunker fuels (primarily for smaller vessels), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) (primarily for new builds) will be part of the solution. IHS Markit expects an unprecedented light-heavy price spread during 2020 to 2021. During these years, pricing for high-sulfur fuel oil (HSFO) will have to be near thermal parity with coal to clear into the power market—a very low price relative even to today’s fuel oil price, IHS Markit said.

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Argonne National Laboratory to lead US consortium for new CERC medium- and heavy-duty truck technical track; 50% boost in efficiency

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This track will expand on the current CERC efforts that focus on the development and deployment of clean vehicles, building energy efficiency, advanced coal technologies for carbon capture, utilization and sequestration, and the water-related aspects of energy production and use.

2016 150

CMU Paper: Market-Based Mechanisms for CO2 Reduction Will Be Insufficient to Attain Mid-Century Goals

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Efficiency standards that at least double miles per gallon of automobiles and light trucks over current vehicles (CAFE); and a reduction of miles driven (VMT) through road pricing, pay-as-you-drive insurance, and by encouraging transportation alternatives. For buildings and appliances. In the meantime, in the absence of any other regulatory constraints, new coal or gas-fired generation will be built without CO 2 emissions controls.

2009 174

National Academies Report Examines Hidden Cost of Energy Production and Use in US; Estimates $120B in 2005

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Health and other non-climate damages by life-cycle component for different combinations of fuels and light-duty automobiles in 2005 (top) and 2030 (bottom). A new report from the National Research Council examines and, when possible, estimates, “hidden” costs of energy production and use—such as the damage air pollution imposes on human health—that are not reflected in market prices of coal, oil, other energy sources, or the electricity and gasoline produced from them.

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