New hydropower storage project to be built in Canada

Hydropower Storage Project - Hydropower station

The site for the proposed pump hydropower project is near a retired open pit coal mine. Alberta may soon be home to a pump hydropower storage project, which will be the first of its kind in the province. Called the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, the project has received regulatory approval and the plan is to build it next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine. Canyon Creek will be able to utilize existing infrastructure to help reduce new environmental disturbances. The Obed Mountain coal…

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Corncob biofuel could be greener than ethanol fuel produced by corn grain

Corncob Biofuel - Corn - Corn on the cob

New research has found that corncobs could be effective for producing cleaner biofuel. Corncob biofuel, ethanol fuel produced from corncobs, produces less greenhouse gases compared to other sources used to produce biofuels, such as corn grain. This discovery was made by researchers from Iowa State University (ISU), who recently published their study findings in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Corncobs also produce ethanol with greater efficiency than other sources. The researchers analyzed the entire ethanol production chain, from transporting the raw material to sending the resulting fuel to service…

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Dirty renewable energy a problem in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island’s clean energy practices need improvement according to new study. A national study conducted by Washington D.C.-based environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch, has criticized Rhode Island for using dirty renewable energy sources that the state has declared a part of its renewables program. Rhode Island’s RES includes generating power from dubious fuels. In essence, “dirty renewable energy” refers to the generation of energy from natural sources that produce pollution, such as woody biomass and landfill gas, both of which produce greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane…

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Toronto W2E project is the first of its kind in the Canadian City

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Canada’s largest city has announced its plans to build a waste-to-energy (W2E) facility. The Toronto W2E project will be a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility and will be the first of its kind in Ontario’s capital. The project is a joint venture between the City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., a Canadian multinational energy transportation company. The facility will produce RNG from the city’s organic waste. At the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility in North York, the City’s Solid Waste Management Services Division will start installing new equipment…

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European renewable energy sector expected to thrive despite erratic weather

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Researchers have analyzed how long-term weather patterns might affect renewable power tech across Europe. Researchers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland have examined how unpredictable weather might impact European renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar energy. The researchers used 30 years of meteorological data. The scientists, whose research was published in the journal Joule, analyzed and further modelled the impact of European renewable energy on Europe’s electricity sector until the year 2030. What they discovered was that in spite of the unpredictable nature of solar and wind energy,…

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Zoo waste to energy project the first of its kind in North America

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Michigan State University and the Detroit Zoo have partnered for a clean energy project. A zoo waste to energy solution has been given the green light in Detroit. A Michigan State University (MSU) research team will build an anaerobic digester at the Detroit Zoo as a clean solution for the zoo’s animal and food waste problem. This will be the first anaerobic digester implemented at a zoo in North America. The team of university researchers, led by MSU researcher Dana Kirk, worked with the Detroit Zoo to build the zoo…

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Renewable energy fund to invest in European clean energy projects

New renewable Energy Fund partnership between Vitol and Low Carbon - Green grass and light bulb

Vitol and Low Carbon partner to jointly start VLC Renewables. Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, and Low Carbon, a privately held investment firm, have announced a joint renewable energy fund. The Jersey-based fund is called VLC Renewables and its purpose, according to a recent press statement from Vitol, is to generate significant investment in renewable energy assets across Europe. The fund will be allocated an initial €200 million. To start, the renewable energy fund will focus on investment in both onshore and offshore wind energy projects. It will also…

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Apple to support renewable power in China through China Clean Energy Fund

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Apple will jointly invest $300 million into the fund. The California-based tech giant has announced the China Clean Energy Fund, a new unique type of investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable power sources. Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, will jointly invest $300 million over the next four years into the fund, reported an official Apple press release. The investment fund is part of Apple’s commitment to address climate change. The purpose of the China Clean Energy Fund is to invest in and develop green energy projects…

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Waste-to-energy technology could help power chicken farms

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Poultry litter could be transformed into an environmentally-friendly resource to aid farmers. The development of new waste-to-energy technology by Cykloburn Technologies, a Baltimore-based startup, could lead to the conversion of excess poultry fertilizer into power for framers on the Eastern Shore. Federal funding will help the W2E project become a reality. After securing a licensing deal with Morgan State, Cykloburn Technologies received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation, reported Technical.ly. According to Cykloburn Technologies CEO Rob Meissner, the funding will help add capacity to…

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Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant receives support from Sweden Energy Agency

Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant to be built in Sweden - Swedish flag

The planned alternative fuel plant is expected to be Europe`s biggest. Swedish power company Vattenfall and Swedish petroleum corporation Preem are moving ahead with their plans to build a fossil-free hydrogen gas plant in Gothenburg, one of Sweden`s major cities. Once built, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 18 megawatts, which will make it the largest in Europe. The Swedish Energy Agency will fund half the cost for the preliminary planning of the plant. Through Industriklivet (Industrial Evolution), the Swedish Energy Agency will contribute half the cost…

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One of a kind hydrogen-powered ship sets sail on six year sea voyage

Energy Observer - Hydrogen-powered ship

Toyota is sponsoring the six-year world tour. Energy Observer is an autonomous hydrogen-powered ship on a six-year world tour, the first in the world. The project is being sponsored by Toyota, which is well-known for supporting a hydrogen society. Toyota has used hydrogen to help power land vehicles, including forklifts, trucks, buses and their hydrogen car, the Toyota Mirai. The unique boat is powered by renewable energy. The one-of-a-kind ship is a race boat that is more than a mere hydrogen-powered ship. It has been specially adapted so that it…

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California wants to reach a 100% renewable energy target by 2045

Renewable Energy Target - Solar Power in California

A California Assembly committee breathed new life into Senate Bill 100. A 100% renewable energy target proposal that had come to a standstill last year, has been brought back to life due to a California Assembly committee voting 10-5 in favor of moving forward with Senate Bill 100. If the bill is signed it would increase the state’s current 2030 target by 10%. Senate Bill 100 would require California to use only renewable power and other sources that do not emit carbon dioxide emissions, by 2045, according to a PV…

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Nestlé uses wind turbine energy to help reach its renewable power target

Wind Turbine Energy - Wind Energy Farm

A new power purchase agreement will take Nestlé one major step closer to its 100% renewable energy goal. The food and beverage powerhouse, Nestlé, recently announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables involving the use of wind turbine energy. The partnership will result in wind power providing approximately 80% of the electricity load for five of Nestlé’s facilities located in southeastern Pennsylvania. An EDP wind farm will generate and deliver 50 MW of electricity via the PJM Interconnection grid. EDP Renewables is one of the largest wind energy…

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Canadian university to pioneer alternative energy heating system

Alternative energy heating project - University of Winnipeg

The University of Winnipeg will be using biomass to heat its downtown buildings. Starting this fall, the University of Winnipeg, located in Manitoba, Canada, will be switching on an alternative energy heating system that consists of boilers that burn wood pellets. The bioenergy system is also a demonstration project. In the fall of 2017, the university, which is located in downtown Winnipeg, had two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers delivered to its halls for the purpose of providing supplementary heating. The biomass system became operational this spring and as a result, a…

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IRS to extend solar power incentives to boost clean energy market

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The Internal Revenue Service is extending its green energy source incentives for up to four years. The Internal Revenue Service has announced its intention to support green energy by extending solar power incentives. These advantages for clean energy sources will be continued for as long as four years. Renewable energy developers will have access to a 30 percent tax credit for their solar projects. In order to take advantage of these solar power incentives, developers must support their applications with the right proof. To be eligible, they must have and…

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Planned waste-to-energy plant will be first of its kind in Georgia

Waste-to-energy plant - Landfill

A recycling plant is set to be built at the Augusta city landfill. Allied Energy Services plans to build the 55,000-square-foot waste-to-energy plant at Augusta’s 1,200-acre landfill, a landfill that receives approximately 390,000 tons of trash every year from counties throughout the region. Over 170,000 tons of trash can be converted into alternative fuel and materials, annually. Once built, the waste-to-energy plant would be capable of converting as much as 175,000 tons of trash per year into tiny pellets that can be utilized to generate alternative energy and materials. More…

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