After moratorium, North Carolina looks offshore for wind energy potential

U.S. Department of Energy | February 18, 2019

North Carolina is open for business for wind development, now that its 18-month moratorium on land-based projects has expired. But don’t expect a rash of new turbines to be built anytime soon. Instead, industry experts say the state’s best potential for economic development from wind energy now comes from locating projects off the coast and manufacturing their components. “I think we’ll see a lot more momentum on offshore in North Carolina than I ever thought possible,” said Katharine Kollins, president of the Southeastern Wind Coalition. Clean energy advocates worried last year the wind energy ban might not expire on schedule. State Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown tried to extend it during an unusual lame-duck session in December, but legislators in the House pushed back.

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Greasezilla and LEND Environmental Collaborate in Los Angeles to Produce Premium UCO and Brown Grease Biofuels

Greasezilla | March 17, 2022

Downey Ridge Environmental Company, the creator of the Greasezilla® fats, oils, and grease (FOG) and used cooking oil (UCO) separation and processing system, has partnered with LEND Environmental to expedite the recycling of used cooking oil and grease trap trash throughout southern California. Additional locations will be established to separate waste input streams into water, batter, and oils to recover valuable organics for re-use as clean energy. Additionally, the facilities will help California achieve its environmental goals by keeping garbage out of its public water system, reducing landfills, providing renewable energy, and repurposing wastewater. The move comes on the heels of LEND Environmental's Sylmar, CA site installing a Greasezilla system in 2021. In addition to processing FOG ecologically into Brown Grease Advanced Biofuel, the company began purifying large quantities of waste cooking oil, resulting in a premium, low-moisture Yellow Grease Advanced Biofuel. The Sylmar plant immediately achieved capacity by taking UCO and FOG from nearby transporters. Greasezilla's extraordinary results and the region's enormous need for grease and oil waste recovery prompted the joint venture. Downey Ridge Environmental Company is deploying a Greasezilla system in Lancaster, California, as part of the collaboration. The system, which is expected to be operational in Q2 2022, will increase LEND Environmental's grease recycling capacity and expand Greasezilla's presence in the region. The firms intend to unveil additional systems in California in the coming months and numerous other locations across the country. "Los Angeles County generates an enormous amount of waste oil and greases, With Greasezilla we can separate and recover trapped low-carbon biofuels from waste oils while utilizing a small percentage of the very fuel it generates to power the process – a pure example of the circular economy at work. We see tremendous growth potential and are excited to work with Greasezilla to expand our recycling operations in the area." -Louis Downey, owner of LEND Environmental. Greasezilla, well-known for its environmentally friendly FOG separation process, separates water and batter from commercial grease trap waste to produce a high-quality, low-moisture Brown Grease Advanced Biofuel. Greasezilla's capacity to remove residual particles and drastically reduce water content enables it to refine UCO into a high-quality, low-moisture Yellow Grease Advanced Biofuel. While lower grade Yellow Grease is utilized in animal feed or composted, Greasezilla-refined Yellow Grease with a moisture level of 1% is deemed reactor-ready feedstock for bio- and sustainable diesel production — and may be blended with up to 15% Brown Grease while maintaining its premium value. Most of our public and commercial customers install Greasezilla to solve their FOG discharge and separation needs, meeting the pressing demand for more FOG receiving centers nationwide. LEND Environmental immediately looked beyond FOG separation and saw the advantages of refining UCO with Greasezilla as well. It was a natural progression for our system, and LEND Environmental has proven the efficacy of UCO separation and dewatering deriving a premium quality output. We can now state confidently that UCO processed with Greasezilla is the fastest, most proficient way to achieve a premium Yellow Grease commodity output. Greasezilla plans to invest and co-locate with operators across the country to help manage the increased volumes of waste, mitigate landfills and create renewable biomass.

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Daimler and Statkraft have reached a power purchase agreement (PPA) to use wind and solar energy to power Mercedes factories

Daimler | April 07, 2021

Through these agreements with renewables, an increasing number of major industrial players are seeking to decarbonize their activities. Daimler has also signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) with wind farms in Germany and Poland. However, this new agreement will provide them with 100% renewable energy 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as it combines wind and solar power, with hydro capacity in Norway providing backup. Wind power will be generated by 200 wind turbines located across 24 different wind farms in Germany. There are existing wind farms that are no longer receiving public funding. As a result, the deal keeps them operational and aims to stop premature and needless decommissioning of the turbines. Furthermore, by combining wind, solar, and hydro Daimler and Statkraft show that renewables can provide stable and reliable electricity to industry, in this case to a critical part of Europe's manufacturing base. The German government, as well as other governments, should continue to endorse these types of PPA deals. They are an excellent way to boost market-driven renewable energy demand. However, many countries continue to face challenges to PPAs. Energy-intensive industries in Germany, are now penalized unnecessarily if they sign a corporate renewable PPA. Besides that, some governments refuse to have the necessary origin guarantees that underpin PPAs by ensuring the traceability of renewable energy. “This is a fantastic deal”, said WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson. Daimler gets clean energy. Europe's biggest industry has made significant progress in reducing pollution. 24 wind farms get a new customer and will continue to operate without public assistance. The wind is combined with solar and hydro to provide consistent electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And Europe gains a prime example of how affordable and dependable renewables can decarbonize the economy.”

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NIO Partners with NVIDIA to Develop a New Generation of Automated Driving Electric Vehicles

NIO | January 11, 2021

NIO, a pioneer in China’s premium smart electric vehicle market, and NVIDIA announced today that the automaker has selected the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin™ system-on-a-chip (SoC) for its new generation of electric vehicles, which will offer advanced automated driving capabilities. NIO is working to make consumer adoption of smart, performance-packed electric vehicles a widespread reality. At NIO Day, the company’s annual customer event, the EV maker revealed its NVIDIA DRIVE Orin-powered supercomputer, dubbed Adam, which will first appear in the ET7 sedan that will ship in China starting in 2022. “Autonomy and electrification are the key forces transforming the automotive industry,” said Jensen Huang, NVIDIA founder and CEO. “We are delighted to partner with NIO, a leader in the new energy vehicle revolution—leveraging the power of AI to create the software-defined EV fleets of the future.” “The cooperation of NIO and NVIDIA will accelerate the development of autonomous driving on smart vehicles. NIO’s in-house developed autonomous driving algorithms will be running on four industry-leading NVIDIA Orin processors, delivering an unprecedented 1000+ TOPS in production cars,” said William Li, Founder, Chairman and CEO of NIO. Adam signals a major achievement by NIO in bringing automotive intelligence and autonomous driving to market, safely and reliably. With a centralized, software-defined computing architecture, NIO’s next-generation EVs, like the ET7 sedan, will feature the latest AI-enabled capabilities, which are perpetually upgradable after the point of sale.

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