Time is Now for Non-Renewable Carbon Fee

Joanna Schroeder

Advanced Biofuels USA has gone public with a new idea for capturing externalities of non-renewable fuels for funding needed research – a Non-Renewable Carbon Fuel User Fee. The organization made the announcement during the Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency EXPO + Forum that took place in Washington D.C. on July 9, 2015. “If we’re serious about reducing Climate Change …

advance biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Climate Change

Joule CO2-to-Ethanol Gets Financing, US & Europe Specs

John Davis

Renewable energy maker Joule has secured $40 million for its carbon dioxide-to-ethanol plant and has the green fuel meeting U.S. and European specifications. The company says the money will help build a staged industrialization of its patented, reverse-combustion process, including the near-term expansion of Joule’s production field in Hobbs, New Mexico and a longer-term build-out of a 1,000-acre plant to …

Carbon Dioxide, Ethanol, Ethanol News

EWEA Welcomes ETS Reform, Carbon Reserve Goals

Joanna Schroeder

The EU-28 Member States and the European Parliament have agreed to introduce a market stability reserve in 2019 to tackle a glut of over 2 billion excess permits in the Emissions Trading System (ETS). At hearing the news, the European Windy Energy Association welcomed the move made between lawmakers to reform the ETS before 2021. According to EWEA, the surplus …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind

GRFA: Biofuels Help Support Rural Africa

Joanna Schroeder

The first African Sustainable Transport Forum is taking place this week in Nairobi, Kenya and the Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) called on forum attendees to adopt biofuel friendly policies and regulations that would kick-start the increased use of sustainable biofuels in Africa’s transport sector. “This Forum is an opportunity that should be grasped by Africa to take a vital …

biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, International

Ansell Installs Biomass Boiler to Reduce Energy Costs

Joanna Schroeder

The Ansell factory complex in Biyagama, Sri Lanka has installed its second biomass boiler as part of company initiatives to be greener. The new boiler has a capacity of 12.5MW and will be the largest hot water boiler in Sri Lanka. Ansell Lanka already has a 10.5MW boiler installed at its premises, which reduced CO2 emissions by 11,000 MT per …

biomass, Carbon Dioxide, energy efficiency, Environment, Renewable Energy

Volkswagen Focuses on Ultra-Low-Carbon Mobility

Joanna Schroeder

Volkswagen of America, Inc. is continuing to roll out plans for its holistic approach to e-mobility. Beginning with the launch of the zero-tailpipe emissions 2015 e-Golf model later this year, Volkswagen will invest in carbon reduction projects to offset emissions created from e-Golf production, distribution and up to approximately 36,000 miles of driving. Volkswagen also named SunPower as the official …

Alternative energy, Alternative Vehicles, Car Makers, Carbon Dioxide, Solar

UIC Researchers Convert Waste Carbon to Fuel

Joanna Schroeder

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) scientists, under the lead of Amin Salehi-Khojin, UIC professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, have synthesized a catalyst that improves their system for converting waste carbon dioxide into syngas. The syngas is a percursor of gasoline and other energy-rich products and this recent achievement in the the research team’s process has brought the production …

Alternative energy, biogas, Carbon Dioxide, Research

CGI America Launches Feed-Out Program

Joanna Schroeder

The world is about to see the first market-based, fixed-price funding program for solar and renewable technologies through a Feed-Out Program. The program, the brain-child of the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) and Demeter Power Group, has a goal of helping modernize the nation’s power grid with distributed energy. “The Feed-Out Program will bring together independent power producers and …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, energy efficiency, Energy Storage, Environment, Solar

U.S. Mayors Expand Climate Protection Agreement

Joanna Schroeder

U.S. Mayors have signed a revised climate protection agreement that for the first time focuses on local actions to adapt cities to changing climate conditions. The agreement is also aims to build grassroots support for local conversation efforts. The action took place during the 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) meeting where one area of focus was climate change …

Biodiesel, biofuels, Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Education, energy efficiency, Environment

SEIA Releases Cutting Carbon Report

Joanna Schroeder

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently released a report, “Cutting Carbon Emissions Under §111(d): The case for expanding solar energy in America”. The report, which was released to coincide with the Clean Power Plan, offers a detailed case as to why states should take advantage of clean solar energy as part of their efforts to comply with §111(d) of …

Carbon Dioxide, Clean Energy, Environment, Renewable Energy, Solar