Jennifer Colaizzi (News media only)
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September 30, 2014
EPA Honors Manufacturers with ENERGY STAR Award
Eastman Chemical, Janssen R&D, and Merck use Combined Heat and Power systems to cut carbon pollution, save money, and combat climate change
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized three industrial facilities today with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award for their highly efficient CHP systems—energy production systems that decrease energy costs and reduce their carbon emissions, which cause climate change.
“The companies recognized today with the ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power Award are leading by example and reducing carbon pollution equal to the generation of electricity used by more than 63,000 homes, and have reduced their combined energy costs by over $54 million annually,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The CHP technology offers a strategy to help meet the goals of the President’s Climate Action Plan for a cleaner power sector while boosting the efficiency and competitiveness for many U.S. manufacturers.”
CHP systems used by the award winners achieve operating efficiencies of between 62 and 78 percent—much higher than the efficiency of conventional production of electricity and thermal energy, which can be less than 50 percent.
The ENERGY STAR Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Award winners are:
CHP, also known as cogeneration, simultaneously produces electricity and steam or hot water from a single heat source, using traditional or renewable fuels. By recovering and using heat typically wasted by the conventional production of electricity, CHP gives U.S. manufacturers a competitive edge by minimizing production costs while reducing carbon pollution.
CHP is ideally suited for many industrial facilities as it provides reliable and cost-effective electricity and heat for a variety of manufacturing processes, including the production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, where energy costs can be a significant portion of operating costs. By generating electricity on site, the systems also reduce demands on the nation’s electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure.
EPA is presenting the awards at today’s ENERGY STAR Industrial Partner and Focus Meetings in Washington, D.C.
Established in 2001, EPA's voluntary CHP Partnership program seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation by promoting the cost-effective use of CHP. The partnership works closely with energy users, the CHP industry, state and local governments, and other clean energy stakeholders to facilitate the development of new CHP projects and to promote CHP’s environmental and economic benefits.
More on the EPA Combined Heat and Power Partnership: http://epa.gov/chp/
More on the EPA ENERGY STAR Industrial Program: www.energystar.gov/industry
More on the awards: http://epa.gov/partnership/awards.html
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
EPA News Release:
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Rimini Fiera, host of the Italian sustainability events Ecomondo and Key Energy, is hosting a one-day seminar focusing on the Italian biogas market on 7 November, at the Rimini Fiera expo center in Rimini, Italy. The event is co-located with the Ecomondo and Key Energy events, set for 5-8 November.
The seminar is being promoted by the Italian Biogas and Gasification Consortium (CIB) and the Italian Consortium of Composters (CIC), along with the coordination and support of the Technical-Scientific Committees of both expos. The conference organizer reports that the one-day event is designed to combine, for the first time, the experiences of the agricultural and organic waste cycles in one event.
Seminar focuses on Italy’s biogas market - Renewable Energy From Waste
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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Sunday, September 21, 2014
World's Largest Appliance Manufacturer To Use Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming-Potential Insulating Material In Energy-Efficient Refrigerators
|World's Largest Appliance Manufacturer To Use Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming-Potential Insulating Material In Energy-Efficient Refrigerators|
China-based Haier will use Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent in large-capacity refrigerators
MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that Haier, the world's largest appliance manufacturer, will adopt Honeywell's new low-global-warming-potential Solstice® Liquid Blowing Agent in China to help insulate and increase the energy efficiency of its refrigerators.
Blowing agents such as Solstice LBA allow closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation to expand and provide the majority of the foam's excellent insulating properties. Solstice LBA can help home appliance manufacturers achieve an 8-10 percent energy efficiency improvement compared with cyclopentane, which is widely used as a blowing agent in appliance insulation.
"Honeywell is committed to developing technologies that help our customers produce energy-efficient appliances that are great for consumers and better for the environment," said Sanjeev Rastogi, business director for Honeywell Fluorine Products. "For the past three years, we have been working with Haier under their Open Innovation System to transition to Solstice LBA, and we congratulate Haier on being at the forefront of introducing refrigerators that are both highly energy efficient and low in environmental impact."
Solstice LBA has an ultra-low global warming potential of 1, which is 99.9 percent lower than HFC-245fa, a commonly-used blowing agent.
"Our collaboration with Honeywell is more than just a sourcing relationship – our Open Innovation System has created a win-win partnership that is bringing quality and energy-efficient products to customers," said Haier.
The foam insulation used in the Haier refrigerators is formulated and manufactured by Dow Chemical.
"The use of Honeywell's Solstice LBA in our foam is helping Haier improve the energy efficiency of its refrigerators, which is beneficial not only to customers and manufacturers, but to society as a whole," said Si-Ho Lee, Asia-Pacific technical service and development manager at Dow.
Solstice LBA is being adopted by residential and commercial appliance manufacturers worldwide to reduce their environmental footprint and comply with environmental and energy efficiency regulations. Solstice LBA is nonflammable and is not a volatile organic compound. It is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program and is also registered under the European Union's REACH program. Honeywell's new world-scale production capacity manufacturing plant for Solstice LBA started up in May 2014.
Blowing agents from Honeywell can be used in a wide range of applications, including spray foam insulation, household refrigerators and freezers, insulated architectural panels, and refrigerated shipping containers.
In addition to Solstice LBA, Honeywell's family of Solstice-branded products includes stationary and mobile refrigerants, gaseous blowing agents, propellants, and solvents based on Honeywell's new hydrofluoro-olefin technology that helps customers lower their carbon footprint without sacrificing end-product performance.
The Solstice products have been developed and are being commercialized by Honeywell's Fluorine Products business, a leader in the manufacture and supply of non-ozone-depleting refrigerants used by top air-conditioning and refrigeration makers worldwide, and blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation, as well as hydrofluoric acid and precursors for nuclear fuel.
Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) is a global leader in developing advanced materials, process technologies and automation solutions. PMT's Advanced Materials businesses manufacture a wide variety of high-performance products, including environmentally friendlier refrigerants and materials used to manufacture end products such as bullet-resistant armor, nylon, computer chips and pharmaceutical packaging. Process technologies developed by PMT's UOP business (www.uop.com) form the foundation for most of the world's refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals and renewable fuels. PMT's Process Solutions business (www.honeywellprocess.com) is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, industrial power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, biofuels, life sciences, and metals, minerals and mining industries.
Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
GE Press Release:
GE Aces Industry Report; Receives Three Awards for LED Lighting Innovation
GE LED Bulb---the First ENERGY STAR®-qualified to Achieve 100 Lumens Per Watt---Earns Industry Accolades
GE News Release:
GE LED Bulb---the First ENERGY STAR®-qualified to Achieve 100 Lumens Per Watt---Earns Industry Accolades
Dominion Plans To Acquire Two Solar Energy Projects In California
- Acquisitions would increase company's total long-term contracted solar portfolio to 274 megawatts in operation or under construction
- Projects would add 42 megawatts of solar generating capacity in 2015
- Interconnection, power purchase agreements, EPC contracts in place
Sep 15, 2014
RICHMOND, Va., Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion (NYSE: D) announced an agreement to acquire two solar energy projects totaling 42 megawatts from EDF Renewable Energy, one ofNorth America's largest independent power producers and renewable energy project developers. The acquisitions of the California projects are expected to close in 2015.
The Cottonwood project, with solar sites located in Kings, Kern and Marin Counties, has secured a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA), interconnection agreements and engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contracts. The company anticipates that the 24-megawatt solar energy facility will come online in the first half of 2015.
The Catalina Solar 2 project, located in Kern County, has secured a 20-year PPA, an interconnection agreement and an EPC contract. The 18-megawatt solar energy facility is expected to enter service in the second quarter of 2015.
David A. Christian, chief executive officer of Dominion Generation, said:
"These planned acquisitions would increase our renewable energy generation and align with our portfolio of regulated and long-term contracted assets. We are working to identify additional solar projects to boost Dominion's renewable energy portfolio and support our long-term growth plan."
The Cottonwood and Catalina Solar 2 projects are expected to qualify for the federal Investment Tax Credit.
Earlier in 2014, Dominion announced agreements to purchase solar energy projects totaling 159 megawatts in California, including the 20-megawatt CID solar energy project from EDF Renewable Energy. All of these projects are under construction and are expected to be operational by late 2014.
With the anticipated addition of Cottonwood and Catalina Solar 2, Dominion's total contracted solar generating portfolio would consist of 274 megawatts. The company has developed or is developing utility-scale solar energy facilities in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana and Tennessee. Additionally, in Virginia, the company's Dominion Virginia Power electric utility is implementing the Solar Partnership Program. Under that program, Dominion will construct and operate up to 30 megawatts of company-owned solar facilities on leased rooftops or on the grounds of commercial businesses and public properties throughout the Virginia service area.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 23,600 megawatts of generation, 10,900 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,400 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 947 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 10 states.
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Smart cities are on the rise. According to a recent study, the number of smart cities across the world is set to quadruple between 2013 and 2025. Many of these should be new city developments. India, for example, is planning to spend US$1.13 billion on 100 of them.
But what of the rest?
Retrofitting Smart Cities | The Network
Friday, September 19, 2014
NREL News Release:
NREL Industry Growth Forum Attracts Clean Energy Entrepreneurs and Investors
Forum to feature business presentations from 30 clean energy startups, networking opportunities, compelling panels and speakers
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thirty clean energy companies will present their business cases to a panel of investors and industry experts Oct. 28 and 29 in Denver, as the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) hosts its annual Industry Growth Forum.
The 30 emerging clean energy startup companies were selected through an application and review process and will compete for the 2014 NREL Clean Energy Venture Awards. For more than 20 years, NREL’s Industry Growth Forum has been the nation’s premier clean energy investment gathering. NREL’s unique approach and interactive format make the forum a must-attend event for the clean energy business and investment community. Since 2003, presenting companies have raised more than $5 billion in investment.
In addition to the business case presentations, NREL’s two-day forum will offer an array of organized networking opportunities and will present a program that highlights clean energy technology and business developments with a comprehensive agenda featuring thought leaders who will address the most important topics in the industry today.
“The Industry Growth Forum plays a critical role by creating opportunities that connect the key players in the clean energy business community,” said Kate Cheesbrough of NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, which organizes the event. “We are bringing entrepreneurs directly together with financiers, policymakers and technology experts. By doing this, we lay the foundation for the future conversations, partnerships and eventual business decisions that will strengthen the industry as a whole.”
For more information, including the agenda, a list of participating companies, a list of sponsors, and registration information see the NREL Industry Growth Forum website.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.