Report finds says “negative emissions technologies” need to play a large role in mitigating climate change

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To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Most climate mitigation efforts are intended to decrease the rate at which people add carbon from fossil fuel reservoirs to the atmosphere.

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CFR Report Says Energy Security and Climate Change Concerns With Oil Sands Can be Reconciled

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A new report from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)— The Canadian Oil Sands: Energy Security vs Climate Change — claims that prudent greenhouse gas regulations can limit emissions from Canadian oil sands while still enabling robust development of the energy resource. The report argues that oil sands production delivers both energy security benefits and climate change damages, but warns that both are often overstated. “ Oil sands supply chain. Source: Levi 2009.


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Volkswagen to use CO2 as refrigerant for future air conditioning systems

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The Volkswagen Group announced that it is choosing CO 2 as the future low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant for its mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems. According to a paper by Delphi engineers investigating another refrigerant (R152a), R134a was chosen for its combination of refrigerating properties and safety characteristics, despite indications that its global warming potential (GWP) and resulting climate impact could one day become a concern.).

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MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. Characteristics of alternative vehicle powertrains and fuels that could affect their future market share.

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DOE seeking input on H2@scale: hydrogen as centerpiece of future energy system; 50% reduction in energy GHGs by 2050

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The concept sees hydrogen—a flexible, clean energy-carrying intermediate—having the potential to be a centerpiece of a future energy system where aggressive market penetration of renewables (wind and solar) are coupled with renewable hydrogen production to meet society’s energy demands across industrial, transportation, and power generation sectors using clean, renewable resources and processes.

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Berkeley study finds renewable portfolio standards insufficient to meet 2030 GHG emission targets; new policy required

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The researchers used a mixed-integer linear programming model— SWITCH (a loose acronym for Solar, Wind, Hydro and Conventional generators and Transmission)—to analyze least-cost generation, storage, and transmission capacity expansion for western North America under various policy and cost scenarios. Decarbonization of the electric power sector is critical to achieving greenhouse gas reductions that are needed for a sustainable future.

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NASA GISS Study Finds That Methane Has an Elevated Warming Effect Due to Interactions With Aerosols

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Despite their limitations, GWPs are widely used for comparison among long-lived gases, forming the basis for worldwide political agreements on climate and carbon trading. Our results suggest that gas-aerosol interactions play an important role in methane’s GWP, and hence our larger value would allow better optimization of climate change mitigation policies. Methane’s GWP may also change with time as air quality regulations alter the background state of tropospheric chemistry.

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Separate MIT, IEA reports both outline major expansion in role of natural gas; caution on climate benefits

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The new report, part of the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2011 series, examines the key factors that could result in a more prominent role for natural gas in the global energy mix, and the implications for other fuels, energy security and climate change. Speaking at the launch of the IEA report in London, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka said that “ An expansion of gas use alone is no panacea for climate change. MIT: The Future of Natural Gas.

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Study Finds Controlling Soot May Be Fastest Method to Reduce Arctic Ice Loss and Global Warming; Second-Leading Cause of Global Warming After CO2

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However, climate models to date have mischaracterized the effects of soot in the atmosphere, according to Jacobson, director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program. We have to start taking its effects into account in planning our mitigation efforts and the sooner we start making changes, the better. degrees Fahrenheit) over the last century and is expected to warm significantly more in the future if nothing is done. Tags: Climate Change Emissions

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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These reductions in power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) were achieved at a significantly lower cost than originally assumed. Today, this cap-and-trade program is considered one of the most efficient and cost-effective environmental initiatives ever implemented. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, built their climate change bill last year in large measure around it. Western Climate Initiative (WCI).

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ARB releases proposed cap-and-trade regulation for comment; transportation fuels impacted in 2015

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During the public comment period, ARB staff will continue to meet with stakeholders to refine the regulation and develop proposed changes to present at the Board hearing. The design of the California cap-and-trade program allows linkage with programs established by partner jurisdictions in the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) to create a regional market system. Cost Containment Mechanisms. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Fuels Policy

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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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Markey of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee on Tuesday released a draft of far-reaching energy and climate legislation that targets job creation, promotes renewables and energy efficiency, and places limits on emissions of greenhouse gases. The draft establishes a new low-carbon transportation fuel standard (LCFS) to promote advanced biofuels and other clean transportation fuels. Allowances from two to five years in the future can be borrowed under limited circumstances.

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IPG to demo Flameless Ceramic Turbine for clean, off-grid power in EV charging

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But, in many high-use areas and remote locations, upgrading grid connections to meet future charging demand is not practical or commercially viable. Not only can IPG’s technology deliver low-emission, pollutant-free energy on today’s cleaner fuels.

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NREL releases comprehensive vision for deep decarbonization of transportation

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It is a strategy rooted in cross-cutting research and engineering to enable industry stakeholders, communities, government agencies, and early adopters to meet their climate goals.

Nacero selects Topsoe’s TIGAS technology for gas-to-gasoline unit; reducing lifecycle carbon footprint up to 50%

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The plant will produce cleaner gasoline from low-cost natural gas, captured bio-methane from farms and landfills, and mitigated flared gas from the Permian basin. The TIGAS technology enables us to cut both the production cost and the lifecycle carbon footprint of everyday fuel by 50%.

CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The awardees went through a rigorous process including a review with CalSEED’s curated technical advisory committee, who volunteered their time and expertise to select the most promising future clean energy technologies. Five of the 28 innovations will help protect the grid from wildfires/PSPSs, four of these five will provide climate and weather risk prediction to electric infrastructure and services, and one is a hard tech innovation to reinforce transmission lines.

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Advent Technologies signs CRADA with DOE labs for development of next-generation HT-PEM fuel cell technology

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This project will also contribute to the acceleration of energy and transportation technologies that will enable a clean, zero-emissions energy future. The developing world is where the battle of climate change will be won or lost, and a low-cost infrastructure is a must. Synthetic eFuels will be produced by green hydrogen in the near future and thus be sustainable in such applications.

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Sometimes bipartisanship can work

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This culminated at the end of March when Republican Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed comprehensive climate change legislation codifying a commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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The C2CNT team uses low-energy, low-cost technology developed in the Licht lab located at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus to transform carbon dioxide into widely useful and highly valued products—carbon nanotubes. Previously, there was not a cost-effective method for preventing and eliminating greenhouse carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, which is causing global warming.

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International automotive researchers emphasize the importance of continued development of the internal combustion engine

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Thirty-seven globally prominent scientists representing the International Journal of Engine Research have published an open-access editorial addressing the future of the Internal Combustion Engine, and stressing the importance for continued development of more efficient and even lower-emitting technologies. The article provides an assessment of the state of power generation in the world today, and provides analyses of productive directions for the future.

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Mad Power thoughts

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Climate Change. And while preventing working people earning a livelihood may make them feel good, it does nothing to solve the real problem of climate change. . Yet this crisis is a mere harbinger of the candle-lit future that awaits us if we do not change course.

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Group of European Companies Call for Deeper CO2 Cuts of 30% by 2020

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30 European companies recently called on the European Union to increase its ambition to cut EU emissions to 30% by 2020 from 1990 levels in the interests of strengthening Europe’s economic future, boosting jobs and providing greater certainty and predictability for investors. The joint business declaration has been led by The Climate Group, The Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and WWF Climate Savers Programme.

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$10-Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC

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The reasons for this are multiple: slowing economic growth, declining population rates, and crucially, efficiency and climate change efforts to slow consumption. mb/d because it sees much more serious climate mitigation policies coming down the pike than it did last year. Energy transitions are hard to predict ahead of time, but when they come, they tend to produce rapid changes. by Nick Cunningham of

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A Complete Guide to the Extended Southern California Edison Charge Ready Program

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Placing EV chargers in economically impacted communities that suffer most from the effects of air pollution can potentially accelerate EV adoption and reduce the impact of climate change in these regions.

Carbon Trust awards £2M to ACAL Energy and ITM Power to support major reduction in cost of automotive fuel cell systems

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million) to two UK fuel cell companies—ACAL Energy and ITM Power—to help deliver a step change reduction in the cost of the technology to about $35/kW. The two investments come from the Carbon Trust’s Polymer Fuel Cells Challenge (PFCC) which was launched in 2009 to support the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s objectives to develop lower cost fuel cells and follows this year’s launch of the Government’s UKH2Mobility project.

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Stanford GCEP awards $6.6M to 7 projects; focus on combining energy conversion with carbon-neutral fuel production

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Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $6.6 The work represented by these GCEP awards is critical for the future. Researchers will create a low-cost silicon/gallium-based solar cell that’s more than twice as efficient as conventional thin-film cells. Electrochemical technologies address one of the big challenges in renewable energy: storing intermittent wind and solar power in a cost-effective manner.

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BCG forecasts electrified vehicles to take half of global auto market by 2030; hybrids to dominate

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ICEs will continue to play a major but changing role in the industry, as most electrified vehicles over time will be hybrids, according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Three factors—technology, regulatory mandates, and consumer cost of ownership—will shape the changeover, which BCG expects to play out over three phases and about a dozen years: Phase 1. Three types of technological advances will shape the powertrain future.

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European Commission: Global Climate Strategy Needed To Avoid “Potentially Unmanageable Consequences”

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The European Commission has sent a formal communication [ 1 ] to the European Council and European Parliament, laying out the Commission’s recommendations to Council and Parliament on positions that the European Union should take during international climate change negotiations later this year in Copenhagen. Environmental and development NGOs criticized the change, arguing that developing countries are unlikely to come to the table until pledges of assistance are quantified.

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Gordon Murray T.27 unveiled; Zytek provides more details on 25 kW EV powertrain

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The car will make its public road debut at the RAC Future Car Challenge on 5 November 2011. specifically targets the urban city environment via a novel manufacturing process (iStream, earlier post ) developed by consortium lead partner Gordon Murray Design, it aims to significantly reduce lifecycle impacts and enable low cost, efficient manufacture within the UK. The car will make its public road debut at the RAC Future Car Challenge on 5 November 2011.

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UK Consortium to Develop Carbon-Efficient Pyrolysis Biofuel Blendstock for Transport Sector

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million) over 3-4 years into the consortium using funding from the Department for Transport and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). This is a significantly higher carbon saving than some existing biofuels, which also do not currently factor in the impacts of land use change when calculating the carbon saving. Pyrolysis not only potentially offers the lowest cost production route of any biofuel technology (between £0.30

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California Energy Commission awards more than $35M for green transportation in California

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The program, created by Assembly Bill 118, provides approximately $100 million annually to encourage the development and use of new vehicle technologies and alternative fuels to help the state fulfill its pioneering climate change policies. million as a share of the cost to install 101 new E85 (ethanol) fueling facilities at existing gas fueling stations statewide.

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DOE to award up to $35M to advance fuel cell and hydrogen technologies; fuel cell range extenders

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As FCEVs become increasingly commercially available, the Energy Department is focused on reducing the costs and increasing technical advancements of critical hydrogen infrastructure including production, delivery, and storage. Design, Deployment, and Validation of Advanced, Low-cost Mobile Hydrogen Refuelers. America’s Climate Communities of Excellence. The long-term goal of hydrogen production and delivery R&D is a high-volume hydrogen cost of.

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DOE to Award Up to $16.5M to RD Initiatives for Renewable Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels Via Pyrolysis and Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production

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The project will also investigate catalyst and process parameters that lead to increased process performance over time to enable extended operations in future commercial-scale refineries. Battelle will also test a novel commercialization model for the technology, by embedding it in small-scale, factory-built systems deployed widely where biomass is available at low cost. These systems would be built at significantly lower cost relative to large, fixed biorefineries.

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Inaugural Quadrennial Technology Review report concludes DOE is underinvested in transport; greatest efforts to go to electrification

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Mere technical promise—that something could work—is an unjustifiably low bar for the commitment of DOE R&D funds. Yet, reliance on oil is the greatest immediate threat to US economic and national security, and also contributes to the long-term threat of climate change. The performance, low cost, and fuel flexibility of ICEs makes it likely that they will continue to dominate the vehicle fleet for at least the next several decades, according to the report.

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Study Concludes that Rocket Launches May Need Regulation to Prevent Ozone Depletion

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Future ozone losses from unregulated rocket launches will eventually exceed ozone losses due to chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, which stimulated the 1987 Montreal Protocol banning ozone-depleting chemicals, said Martin Ross, chief study author from The Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles. The risk is particularly acute with regard to the economic rationale to develop low-cost, high flight rate launch systems.

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Report from the REFF-Wall Street; Themes in Renewable Energy Finance

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He identified three major themes in 2009 for renewable energy: “ Energy markets are undergoing their most fundamental changes since the 1930s; cap and trade is the most complex issue outside of health care; and schisms exist within the energy community that will grow stronger over time. Energy Markets in a State of Change. Dr. Paul addressed a positive change—the days of increasing US oil consumption may be over. “ Costs are also falling due to classic economics.

Using the PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle) to Transition Society Seamlessly and Profitably From Fossil Fuel to 100% Renewable Energy

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The PHEV does not require the heavy, costly batteries required by other electric cars, nor does it suffer from a limited range or poor freeway performance. The car can refuel during periods of low demand on the grid, and if equipped with a bi-directional charger, can actually replenish the grid with excess energy gleaned from a renewable resource. Appendix B: Car of the Future: A Comparison of Alternative Vehicles. Even more new uses will be discovered in the future.

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Why Warren Buffett is investing in electric car company BYD - Apr. 13, 2009

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News | Markets | Technology | Personal Finance | Small Business | RSS Newsletters Video Home Fortune 500 Technology Investing Management Rankings Warren Buffett takes charge Warren Buffett hasnt just seen the car of the future, hes sitting in the drivers seat. In place of the robotic arms used on Japanese assembly lines, which cost $100,000 or more apiece, BYD actually cut costs by hiring hundreds, then thousands, of people.

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How Carmakers Are Responding to the Plug-In Hybrid Opportunity

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Volkswagen CEO says "Future belongs to electric cars," has gained German government support for development. Carmakers response to real and specific concerns about battery lifetime, up-front costs, and safety issues is to focus on engineering and testing for an unspecified number of years. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technologies are not yet competitive due primarily to the high cost of advanced batteries. The problems of changing to a plug-in fleet are not all technical.

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