businesswire | April 04, 2023
Enviva Inc. welcomes today’s news that the European Union’s trilogue negotiations concluded with an agreement on the Renewable Energy Directive III (“REDIII” or the “Directive”) and is pleased to hear that woody biomass will continue to be recognized as a renewable energy source in the EU.
Although the final text of the agreement has yet to be released publicly, the Company also understands that, encouragingly, the agreement does not impose restrictions on “primary woody biomass,” which will be counted as 100 percent renewable and zero-rated in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), provided sustainability criteria are fulfilled. As the world’s leading producer of sustainably sourced woody biomass, Enviva is confident that it will be able to meet all updated sustainability criteria, thereby enabling its customers to continue to make an important contribution to achieving global climate goals.
Today’s agreement is also expected to include: assurances that electricity-only plants already receiving subsidies will continue to do so, meaning Enviva’s existing off-take contracts are not expected to be impacted; continuing availability of financial support to electricity-only installations where Bioenergy Energy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is used (this is a pivotal technology for reaching Net Zero and a key focus for many of Europe’s power generators); and the availability of financial support for all other end uses of woody biomass, which should provide further tailwinds to Enviva’s continued growth in combined heat and power, hard-to-abate sectors, and biofuels.
“Today’s REDIII agreement is the last major step towards the end of an 18-month process that is now drawing to a favorable conclusion for the environment,” said Thomas Meth, President and CEO of Enviva. “While there will be some conjecture over the coming weeks, based on information that we have received thus far, I am fully confident that the final text will enable our business to continue to support the EU's journey to Net Zero and will strengthen the platform for Enviva’s growth, especially in light of current high carbon prices. Reputable scientific organizations, including The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), show that bioenergy is integral to achieving global climate goals, and I am delighted to hear that this was acknowledged and reflected in the REDIII agreement,” concluded Meth.
Enviva anticipates that the agreed final text of the Directive will not be available for a number of weeks and looks forward to sharing further information with its stakeholders in due course. The next step is for this agreement to be formally endorsed by the Council and Parliament before entering into law.
Enviva Inc. is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source produced by aggregating a natural resource, wood fiber, and processing it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva owns and operates ten plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tons per year in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi, and is constructing its 11th plant in Epes, Alabama. Additionally, Enviva is planning to commence construction of its 12th plant near Bond, Mississippi. Enviva sells most of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with primarily creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan, helping to accelerate the energy transition and to defossilize hard-to-abate sectors like steel, cement, lime, chemicals, and aviation. Enviva exports its wood pellets to global markets through its deep-water marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party deep-water marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida.
businesswire | March 27, 2023
Amprius Technologies, Inc. a leader in next-generation lithium-ion batteries with its Silicon Anode Platform, is once again raising the bar with the verification of its lithium-ion cell delivering unprecedented energy density of 500 Wh/kg, 1300 Wh/L, resulting in unparalleled run time. At approximately half the weight and volume of state-of-the-art, commercially available lithium-ion cells, the all-new battery cell delivers potential industry-disrupting performance with barrier breaking discharge times. Amprius’ next-generation cells are well positioned to power products in the fast-growing aviation and, eventually, electric vehicles markets, estimated to be collectively over $100 billion in battery demand by 2025.
“These cells provide a run time of 200% compared to state-of-the-art graphite cells, while being lighter and smaller than other batteries with the same energy content,” said Jon Bornstein, President of Amprius Lab. “This latest validation continues Amprius’ track record of producing the world’s most powerful battery cells and sets an industry benchmark for next-generation battery technology that will ultimately revolutionize how high we fly, how far we travel and how long we can use our devices.”
The 500 Wh/kg battery platform significantly expands boundaries for customers and is a tailored solution for applications that require maximum discharge times without compromising key features such as aircraft payload and without having to increase vehicle weight. The new batteries demonstrate both high gravimetric energy density (Wh/kg) and volumetric energy density (Wh/L) with exceptional adaptability. The customizable platform allows customers to select the option to either increase energy content in a battery pack without increasing weight, reduce weight in applications that target a fixed energy content, or combinations of both. Higher energy is important for longer run times, range and endurance, while lighter packs increase energy efficiency – even for the same battery energy content.
“We look forward to taking advantage of Amprius’ 500 Wh/kg cell to further develop Zephyr’s unrivalled stratospheric endurance capabilities,” said Pierre-Antoine Aubourg, Chief Technical Officer at AALTO HAPS, the Airbus subsidiary developing the 100% solar-electric High Altitude Platform Station for connectivity and earth observation applications. “Amprius is a valued current supplier with a great track-record, and we are confident that Amprius’ battery will deliver the capability we need.”
The record 500 Wh/kg energy density performance was verified by Mobile Power Solutions, a leading testing house offering comprehensive battery regulatory compliance, safety, and performance testing. The results indicate that this cell model provides >504 Wh/kg and >1321 Wh/l at 25°C.
About Amprius Technologies, Inc.
Amprius Technologies, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-energy and high-power lithium-ion batteries producing the industry’s highest energy density cells. The Company’s corporate headquarters is in Fremont, California where it maintains an R&D lab and a pilot manufacturing facility for the fabrication of silicon nanowire anodes and cells. To serve significant customer demand for its high-performance silicon anode lithium-ion batteries, Amprius recently signed a letter of intent for an approximately 774,000 square foot facility in Brighton, Colorado that initially provides a potential of up to 5 gigawatt-hours (GWh) manufacturing capacity.
Amprius’ commercially available batteries deliver up to 450 Wh/kg and 1,150 Wh/L, the industry’s highest known energy density cells available on the market today. Based on Amprius’ current level of battery performance and pilot production, the Company will be able to use its proprietary anode technology to deliver battery cells that contain energy density levels that approach 2x the performance of current commercially available graphite cells.
businesswire | April 24, 2023
Mouser Electronics Inc., the industry's leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with the widest selection of semiconductors and electronic components™, kicks off an enlightening new season of the award-winning Empowering Innovation Together™ (EIT) content series on green energy storage, days before Earth Day 2023. The kickoff installment focuses on the need, potential and future of energy storage systems, as well as their many components and battery chemistries.
While industry experts estimate that wind and solar currently provide 20 percent of energy generated in the United States, renewables are not yet a consistent source of energy and require energy storage systems to make power available on-demand. This EIT content series dives into trends in energy capture vs storage and how solar energy gets to batteries. It also highlights how engineers can select the right components for their designs in the sustainable storage arena.
Kicking off the discussion is The Tech Between Us, EIT's popular podcast, hosted by Mouser Director of Technical Content, Raymond Yin. In the first of three green energy storage related podcasts, Yin welcomes Dr. Imre Gyuk, Director of Energy Storage Research, U.S. Department of Energy for an informative conversation on the global importance of capturing and storing renewable energy to ensure a connected grid system with long-term, sustainable power. The discussion is timely, as this year's Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) centers around the theme of "Invest in our Planet" and looks at what companies have done to further sustainability initiatives.
"We are very excited to launch this year's EIT program with such a noteworthy guest and timely topic," says Raymond Yin, Mouser Electronics' Director of Technical Content and host of The Tech Between Us podcast. "We hope this technical content on green energy storage systems will assist the engineers and innovators who are designing the solutions of tomorrow."
The installment begins with an introduction to the technology behind green energy storage systems, and highlights both current and future alternatives to Lithium-ion, as well as recent technical developments for green energy sectors. The series opener details the transition to renewable energy and highlights the growth of solar energy, discussing power delivery. An effective system requires a source, storage and transmission lines in order to be truly successful. By understanding the challenges associated with implementing interim energy storage solutions in practical designs, engineers can gain invaluable insights into renewable solutions.
Episode co-sponsors include manufacturers Analog Devices, Infineon, Littelfuse, onsemi, Panasonic, Phoenix Contact, TE Connectivity and Vishay. Mouser's EIT program continues to deliver a variety of exclusive content to complement the conversation on The Tech Between Us. With two articles, a case study, infographic and videos that highlight what the design community is doing within the area of green energy storage systems, the program offers important insights into renewable energy and storage systems, as well as its potential impact on a global scale.
Following green energy systems, Mouser's program will further explore the matter standard, digital therapeutics, environmental sensors, Wi-Fi 7, and industrial machine vision. It will uncover the technical developments needed to keep pace with the evolving world, as well as highlight various new products in the marketplace. Established in 2015, Mouser's Empowering Innovation Together program is one of the industry's most recognized electronic component programs.
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