Groupe Renault launching project to build biggest energy stationary storage system from EV batteries in Europe

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Groupe Renault is launching its “Advanced Battery Storage” program, which aims to build the biggest energy stationary storage system using EV batteries yet designed in Europe by 2020 (power: 70 MW / energy: 60MWh). The first facilities will be developed in early 2019 on three sites in France and Germany: at the Renault plants in Douai and Cléon and at a former coal-fired plant in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Kawasaki Heavy to build first ocean-going liquid hydrogen tanker with demo in 2017; H2 for transport, industry, power in Japan

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KHI) will build the first ocean-going ships to carry liquefied hydrogen (LH 2 ), with plans for a demonstration test by 2017 in which liquefied hydrogen will be shipped from the state of Victoria in Australia to Japan. KHI is envisioning gasifying Australian brown coal (with carbon capture and sequestration) to produce the hydrogen, followed by liquefaction and shipment via the LH 2 tankers. KHI’s view of a “CO 2 -free hydrogen chain”. Source: KHI. Click to enlarge.

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Pertamina to collaborate with Celanese to develop fuel ethanol projects using Celanese TCX process in Indonesia; use of lower-rank coal

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TCX builds on Celanese’s acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks—natural gas, coal and pet coke now, with biomass and waste planned for the future. In addition, high-octane fuel ethanol, which improves tailpipe emissions, may also assist Pertamina in meeting Indonesia’s goals of improving the country’s gasoline and air quality standards. Coal EthanolCelanese TCX production process. Click to enlarge.

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Modified SOFC anodes allow operation at lower temperatures with carbon-containing gases; potential for much more efficient and cleaner generation of electricity from coal

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The resulting lower-temperature SOFCs could provide a cleaner, more efficient alternative to conventional power plants for generating electricity from coal reserves. Conventional coal-fired electric generating facilities capture about a third of the energy available in the fuel they burn. SOFCs powered by gasified coal are about twice as efficient as current coal-fired power plants, potentially reducing CO 2 emission by 50%, Yang et al.

2011 199

Trestle Energy and Larksen partner to reduce CO2 from ethanol and coal power

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Trestle and Larksen’s integrated approach furthers ethanol producers’ ability to scale up production of low carbon biofuels and allows existing power plants to generate electricity with the cost and reliability of coal and with carbon emissions similar to wind. Delivering these benefits at existing energy facilities while building feedstock supplies for emerging cellulosic industries will help smooth the energy sector’s transition to a low carbon economy, the partners said.

2016 150

US Fuels acquires coal-to-diesel IP for scalable plants near mine sites

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Startup US Fuel Corporation (USF), which plans to design, build, own and operate scalable facilities near coal mine sites to convert coal into synthetic fuels, will acquire coal-to-diesel intellectual property (IP) that USF co-developed with an executive team consisting of Paul Adams and Steve Luck. The plant will be designed to process 148 tons of coal per day to produce approximately 8,500 gallons of high grade, low-sulfur diesel.

2012 196

Panda Power finances conversion of retired coal plant to natural gas; one of largest power conversion projects in US

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Panda Power Funds has financed the 1,124 megawatt Panda “Hummel Station” power plant—one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States. The plant will be located at the site of the retired Sunbury coal-fired power plant near Shamokin Dam in Snyder County, Pennsylvania. While the new power station will supply 180% more power than the coal plant it replaces, SO 2 and NO x emissions will be reduced by more than 90%.

2015 184

Los Angeles takes steps to transition out of coal-fired power earlier than required by state law

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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has taken steps to transition out of the use of coal-fired electricity earlier than mandated by California state law. Representatives of LADWP and Salt River Project have reached sufficient progress on the principle terms to sell LADWP’s stake in Navajo Generating Station for the two utilities to move forward to negotiate a definitive agreement that would end LA’s use of coal-fired power from the plant by the end of 2015.

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes First in Series of Performance Tests on Compact Gasifier with Coal

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the first in a series of performance tests on its compact gasifier, which is designed to help reduce the cost of coal gasification. The tests, conducted using Illinois coal, each lasted 12 to 37 hours at the pilot plant in Des Plaines, Ill., Additional testing will be conducted throughout 2010 using Illinois coal, petroleum coke and sub-bituminous coal.

2010 179

Siemens Completes Successful First Firing of PetroAlgae’s Biomass Fuel in Pilot Plant-scale Pulverized Coal Burner

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The biocrude fuel was combined with pulverized coal in a pilot-scale burner with a thermal capacity of approximately 4 MBtu/hr. In the pilot-scale test at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, which was conducted in a scaled-down version of Siemens’ current pulverized coal burner design, the biocrude was blown into the fuel injector separately from the pulverized coal. The biomass and coal mixture produced lower emissions with staging than without, as expected.

2010 199

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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Obama climate plan calls for new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018; cleaner fuels and investment in advanced fossil energy

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Among the transportation-related elements of US President Barack Obama’s new climate action plan, which he is outlining today in a speech at Georgetown University, is the development of new fuel economy standards for heavy-duty vehicles post-2018. In 2011, the Obama Administration finalized the first fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014-2018 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, buses, and vans. New energy efficiency standards. Expanding the Better Buildings Challenge.

2013 212

MIT researchers build model simulating atmospheric transport of PAHs; how chemicals get to the Arctic

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Selin and Friedman use the global 3-D chemical transport model GEOS-Chem to track the day-to-day transport of PAHs—toxic byproducts of burning wood, coal, oil and other forms of energy that remain in the atmosphere for less time than other persistent organic pollutants regulated by global standards. These chemicals are already known to build up in the fat of whales, seals and other animals—a main source of food for people living in these high latitude regions.

2012 191

Oregon Governor Signs Climate Change Bills, Including Low Carbon Fuel Standard and B2

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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski signed into law a series of bills constituting a climate change package that includes a low carbon fuel standard (LCFS), a B2 mandate, and other transportation-related measures. Authorizes the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) to develop a low carbon fuel standard that would sunset in 2015. Requires that new electricity sources must be as least as clean as natural gas plants, effectively blocking new development of conventional coal.

US and China Presidents Announce US-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, Six Other Measures to Strengthen Cooperation Between the Countries on Energy Issues

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In Beijing, US President Barack Obama and China President Hu Jintao announced a package of seven measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean energy, including: a Clean Energy Research Center; Electric Vehicles Initiative; Energy Efficiency Action Plan; Renewable Energy Partnership; 21 st Century Coal; Shale Gas Initiative; and Energy Cooperation Program. Activities under the initiative will include : Joint standards development.

2009 235

DOE to award $9M to promote consensus on future fossil energy technologies

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy will award $9 million over five years to organizations to assist it in building domestic and international consensus on future fossil energy technologies ( DE-FOA-0001111 ). turbines, fuel cells, hybrids, novel power generation cycles); coal conversion (e.g., Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Hydrogen Natural Gas Oil Power Generation

2014 204

Rentech Planning to Build Biomass to Synthetic Fuels and Electric Power Plant in California

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a Fischer-Tropsch process company, plans to build a plant in Rialto, California for the production of synthetic fuels and electric power from renewable waste biomass feedstocks. The low carbon footprint of RenDiesel would help the transportation sector meet targets established by the Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The Rentech Process is based on Fischer-Tropsch chemistry. Click to enlarge. Rentech, Inc. ,

2009 163

President’s Jobs Council recommends an “All-in” energy strategy; from fossil fuels and pipelines, to efficiency, renewables and vehicle electrification

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Very broadly, the report lays out an agenda to “Invest in Our Future” through education and innovation, “Build on Our Strengths” in the critical sectors of energy and manufacturing, and “Play to Win” by making overdue tax and regulatory reforms to stay competitive. The council recommended: Allowing more access to oil, natural gas and coal opportunities on federal lands. Coal Electric (Battery) Fuel Efficiency Hybrids Natural Gas Oil Plug-ins Policy

2012 204

Mercedes-Benz takes stake in H2 Green Steel; to begin use of green steel in 2025

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In the new process, the supplier uses hydrogen and electricity from 100% renewable energy sources instead of coking coal in steel production. Unlike the use of coking coal, this does not produce CO 2 , but water.

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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.

2009 163

Vega Biofuels’ pilot torrefaction plant to use new process to lower costs of biomass feedstock; site remediation biomass

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Vega recently announced it had entered into the JVto build and operate a pilot manufacturing plant in Allendale, SC to produce Bio-Coal, among other torrefied products. When completed in Q1 2015, the plant will use a patented torrefaction technology to produce the Bio-Coal product from plant and wood biomass, which will then be sold to power companies around the world. The biomass is then compressed into briquettes called Bio-Coal to be sold to the end user.

2014 204

Inside The Green Task Force

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Susan oversees the development and implementation of the City’s energy and green building programs and policies. I love living in Torrance and given my choice I’d rather live here than in Santa Monica, but I’d also love to see Santa Monica’s commitment to renewable energy and green standards become the way we do things here in Torrance and I bet a lot of the Torrance city staff people who attend the Green Task Force meetings might love it too.

2008 150

Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles : Gas 2.0

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles Written by Jerry James Stone Published on April 19th, 2009 34 Comments Posted in Electric Cars (EVs) , Plug-in hybrid EVs Just a few hours after General Motors called for a standardized EV plug , one has been created! Caroline Reichert, a spokeswoman for the Germany energy company RWE , said leading automotive and energy companies have reached an agreement for a standardized plug for electric cars.

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House Chairmen Waxman, Markey Release Draft of Energy and Climate Legislation; Among the Many Provisions Are Cap-and-Trade, Harmonization of CAFE and California Vehicle Regulations, and Low Carbon Fuel Standard

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Among the direct transportation-related provisions in the extensive package are a low-carbon fuel standard for all transportation fuels; financial support for large scale demonstrations of electric vehicles; and financial support for automakers retooling plants to make electric vehicles. Any Federal vehicle standards are to achieve at least the results of the California standards. The draft establishes a Renewable Portfolio Standard—i.e., Chairman Henry A.

2009 174

Tata Steel-Sasol JV Plans $10B CTL Unit

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Business Standard. A 50:50 joint venture between Tata Steel and Sasol Synfuel International is proposing to build a $10-billion, 3.6 million tonne per year (80,000 barrels per day) coal-to-liquids plant in the Indian state of Orissa, India’s first CTL project. While the project requires 3,000 acre of land for its main plant, additional land would be required for setting up coal mine, benefication plant, coal handling plant, water reservoir, power plant and township.

2010 170

Sasol-Tata CTL JV Expects to Be In Production in 2018

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Business Standard. Sasol Synfuel, which has entered into a joint venture with Tata Steel to build a US$10-billion, 80,000 barrel per day coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant in the Indian state of Orissa ( earlier post ), expects the venture to be operational by 2018.

2010 199

Utah-based Energy Fuels to enter commercial rare earth business in Q1-2021

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REEs are the building-blocks of a wide array of clean energy and advanced technologies, including wind turbines, electric vehicles, cell phones, computers, flat panel displays, advanced optics, catalysts, medicine, and national defense applications. Importantly, in the United States we are highly regulated and operate to the highest standards, which means we produce these minerals more responsibly than many of the countries from which we currently import. Energy Fuels Inc.

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Obama Administration outlines strategy for reduction of methane emissions

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The strategy builds on progress to date and takes steps to further cut methane emissions from landfills, coal mining, and agriculture, and oil and gas systems. Key steps include: Landfills: In the summer of 2014, the EPA will propose updated standards to reduce methane from new landfills and take public comment on whether to update standards for existing landfills. The Obama Administration has outlined its Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions.

2014 210

IEA: governments must act to ensure sufficient supply of critical minerals to meet net-zero goals

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The commercial importance of these minerals also grow rapidly: today’s revenue from coal production is ten times larger than from energy transition minerals. Producers also face the necessity of stricter environmental and social standards.

EPA proposes CO2 limits for future power plants; flexibilities for phasing in control technology; anticipates negligible impacts

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the first Clean Air Act standard for CO 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from new power plants. based standard of 1,000 pounds of CO 2 per megawatt?hour Although emissions vary by plant and with the specific type of fuel, EPA provided illustrative examples of CO 2 emissions from EGUs: Conventional coal: 1,800 lbs CO 2 /MWh. Coal with carbon capture and storage (CCS): 200 lbs CO 2 /MWh.

2012 196

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.

2015 199

DOE awards ~$25M to 8 projects for CO2 capture and compression; $15M for novel Direct Fuel Cell system

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The selected projects focus on advancing the development of a suite of post-combustion CO 2 capture and supersonic compression systems for new and existing coal-based electric generating plants, specifically: (1) supersonic compression systems; (2) small pilot-scale (from 0.5 The carbon capture fuel cell system will be a modification of the Company’s commercial DFC3000 fuel cell power plant and will be installed next to an existing coal-fired power plant.

2015 219

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.

2016 163

Humble One: World’s First Solar-Powered Production SUV

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The world is still working to build the required infrastructure for electric vehicles. Nearly 61 % of electricity is generated by burning non-renewable energy sources such as coal or natural gas.

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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. The process is certified by SGS Germany according to the ISCC Plus system, based on standard ISCC EU methodology for calculation of GHG emission in the product lifecycle. In the same year, national standards for M85 and M100 were also promulgated.

2015 210

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

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The cost to operate an EV, per mile, is already well below the cost to drive a standard ICE-age model, and the advantage is likely to widen. 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. But suppose your new car is up to current Chinese standards (~35 mpg).

2015 293

Asian Development Bank providing $300M towards replacing 100K gasoline trikes with E-Trikes in the Philippines; $300M for major road upgrades in Chhattisgarh, India

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Low quality roads are undermining the benefits of the state’s rich mineral and coal deposits, holding back new economic opportunities and access to social amenities, especially for minority groups. Road works will include expanding roads to two lanes, building new sections, and constructing and strengthening culverts and bridges.

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.

2013 256

Poor air quality to remain a problem in India despite pollution control policies

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The study shows that only about 833 million citizens (about half of India’s estimated population in 2030) would be living in areas that meet India’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in 2030. In January 2019, the Indian government launched the National Clean Air Program (NCAP), a five-year action plan to curb air pollution; build a pan-India air quality monitoring network; and improve citizen awareness.

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ADB approves $499M loan to establish facility for improved air quality in greater Beijing area; includes hydrogen transport

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Cities in the greater BTH region have consistently been reported to have the highest concentration of particulate matter and other air pollutants, following decades of emissions from pollution-intensive industries in the area, as well as the region’s heavy reliance on coal for energy generation. This third ADB loan will build on previous efforts to improve air quality in the region.

2017 161

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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to 4 barrels of water to produce one barrel of bitumen, and reclamation of mining sites must be done to a standard to at least the equivalent of their previous biological productivity. Paris-based energy systems company Ennesys, in partnership with OriginOil, developed a solution that converts wastewater from commercial buildings into energy. Alternatively, once the algae has absorbed the nitrates, the water can then be used as “grey water” in building plumbing systems.

2012 196

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

EIA 2035 reference case projects drop in US imports of petroleum due to modest economic growth, increased efficiency, growing domestic oil production, and biofuels

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It also assumed implementation of existing regulations that enable the building of new energy infrastructure and resource extraction. In recent years, the US electric power sector’s historical reliance on coal-fired power plants has begun to decline. Emissions per capita fall by an average of 1% per year from 2005 to 2035, as growth in demand for transportation fuels is moderated by higher energy prices and Federal fuel economy standards.

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