Microsoft Announce's Goal To Become Carbon Negative

Microsoft | February 02, 2020

Microsoft has announced a plan to become carbon negative by 2030 and to remove all the carbon they have emitted since their founding by 2050. The company will need to remove more carbon from the air than they release each year to become carbon negative. Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer Lucas Joppa tells ABC Audio climate change is the reason. “We looked at the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] best available science and a fairly alarming report that came out in 2018, the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Joppa. “What that report ultimately said was that if we would like to achieve, or would like to mitigate climate change, below a 1.5 degree future, then we’re going to have to significantly reduce global emissions over the next decade or so, and we have to ultimately achieve a net zero carbon economy globally by 2050.”

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Johnson Matthey's technologies selected to enable sustainable fuel production for plant in Bilbao

Johnson Matthey | May 25, 2022

Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, and bp, an international energy company, have announced that their co-developed, ground-breaking Fischer Tropsch (FT) CANS™ technology and Johnson Matthey's innovative reverse water gas shift technology, HyCOgen™, have been selected for use by Aramco and Repsol at a new synthetic fuels plant in Bilbao, Spain. The plant will be one of the world's first to use renewable (green) hydrogen and CO2 as its only raw materials. It is due to be commissioned in 2024, with a starting capacity of more than 2,100 tonnes per year. It will produce a sustainable synthetic drop-in fuel that can be blended for existing road vehicle engines, planes and ships. It is the second licence signed for the FT CANS technology, which was jointly developed with bp to deliver significant environmental and operational benefits. It converts synthesis gas (syngas), generated from sources such as industrial emissions, direct air capture, municipal solid waste or other renewable biomass, into long-chain hydrocarbons suitable for the production of diesel and jet fuels. It is the first licence signed for Johnson Matthey's recently launched HyCOgen technology, which uses a catalysed process to convert CO2 and green hydrogen into carbon monoxide (CO), which is then combined with additional hydrogen to form syngas. Coupling HyCOgen and FT CANS technologies provide an end-to-end, scalable process optimized for high conversion efficiency — enabling the production of premium quality synthetic crude oil. Aramco Chief Technology Officer, Ahmad Al-Khowaiter, said: "This agreement supports our ongoing work to develop lower-emission transport solutions and we are thrilled by the opportunity it represents. Converting CO2 into synthetic, lower-carbon fuels can meaningfully contribute to the reduction of transport emissions and, through this strategic partnership, we aim to harness innovative technologies that can unlock the full potential of both sustainable fuels and chemicals — and demonstrate their competitiveness." Adriana Orejas, Director Industrial Transformation and Deep Tech at Repsol said: "The development of Bilbao synthetic fuel, where sustainable synthetic fuel shall be produced, represents an important step on our commitment of being a Net Zero Emission company by 2050, aligned with the climate objectives set out in Paris by COP21. Coupling Johnson Matthey, a reliable and demonstrated global leader technologist, HyCOgen and FT CANS Technology allow us to demonstrate the whole value chain of producing sustainable fuel from CO2 and renewable hydrogen as unique raw materials, complementing Repsol´s portfolio of Low carbon fuels alternatives." Noemie Turner, VP Technology development & commercialisation at bp, said: "Repsol and Aramco choosing to license our co-developed FT CANS technology recognises great science and engineering. This builds on the first license to Fulcrum Bioenergy, further demonstrating the key role of the technology in the production of sustainable fuels." Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive at Johnson Matthey, said: "In licensing both the HyCOgen and FT CANS technologies for their Bilbao plant, Repsol and Aramco have recognised the potential of this pioneering solution — and shown that we're a trusted partner in sustainable fuel production technology." The scalability of the combined HyCOgen and FT CANS solutions enables cost-effective deployment across a wide range of project sizes. Either technology can also be licensed independently. About Johnson Matthey: Johnson Matthey is a global leader in sustainable technologies that enable a cleaner and healthier world. With over 200 years of sustained commitment to innovation and technological breakthroughs, we improve the performance, function and safety of our customers' products. Our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals, chemical processing and making the most efficient use of the planet's natural resources. Today about 15,000 Johnson Matthey professionals collaborate with our network of customers and partners to make a real difference to the world around us.

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ADO ebike Laboratory has been certified as "QTL Laboratory" by SGS

A DECE OASIS(ADO) | May 31, 2022

On May 27th, A DECE OASIS(ADO) ebike laboratory passed the internationally recognized organization SGS qualification as "QTL laboratory" certification! This is undoubtedly a breakthrough achievement and this is a new chapter for ADO right after the 1st anniversary ceremony. The laboratory is about 3,300 square meters located in south of Huizhou, with a total investment of 15 million RMB .The ADO Laboratory is committed to research new technology for building a better electric bike, also incubating leading innovative products. However, SGS advanced testing technology would definitely benefit on upgrades the quality of products, enhance the product research ability, and technological innovation ability in the electric bike industry as well . This certification is a recognized benchmark for quality and integrity. It provides comprehensive testing in accordance with EU, Canadian and other standards and issues widely recognized authoritative testing reports. It is the only leading brand designated by many notaries. ADO's DECE series products have passed SGS CE certification. However, the ADO laboratory has already met the SGS facility requirements and has many advanced testing instruments that can handle testing items such as comprehensive support for new product testing, component testing, electrical system safety assessment, and mechanical fatigue testing. It will cover functional testing of product, mechanical, material, strength properties, etc. As of today, ADO has more than 16 patents and 6 software copyrights, and developed the ADO G-Drive dual-mode control system, forming a differentiated competitive advantage in product performance. Now, with the support of SGS, CE certification and QTL laboratory certific ation, it means that ADO has an international leading edge in product quality and specifications. ADO always puts users first, insists on product quality and service, and is committed to building an ebike community with full of love and growth. With the strategic goal of building a global brand of technological innovation in the pedelec vertical industry, the dream has come true and become a global trustworthy brand from China as "Crescent Moon Spring".

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Solar FlexRack Selected by Tucson Electric Power for 15 MW Community Solar Project in Arizona

Solar FlexRack | July 01, 2022

Solar FlexRack announced it has provided dependable, cost-effective solutions and engineering expertise to Tucson Electric Power (TEP) for an innovative community solar project in southern Arizona. TEP's 15 megawatt (MW) Raptor Ridge solar array was commissioned this month at a 100-acre site in Tucson, Arizona. The project utilizes Solar FlexRack's single-axis trackers to support 35,500 bifacial modules, which increase energy production by up to 30 percent compared to monofacial modules. The new array will supply power for the TEP GoSolar Home program, which provides a renewable energy option for renters and homeowners, including those whose rooftops are shaded by trees or nearby buildings. Participants can buy clean solar energy without installation or equipment maintenance costs. We selected Solar FlexRack from many solar racking options because of their engineering expertise and solar tracker architecture with minimal backside shading design, well suited for bifacial modules. In a challenging market environment where supply chain issues have delayed other large solar projects, Solar FlexRack demonstrated their commitment to customer service by honoring agreements and delivering product on time. We are excited to bring this community-scale solar project online and Solar FlexRack is a big part of TEP's success at Raptor Ridge." Jeff Krauss, TEP's Manager of Community Scale Renewable Resources According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, nearly 50 percent of households and businesses are not able to host rooftop solar systems. For reasons such as this, the U.S. community solar market continues to grow and enable greater access to solar energy, with expectations that it will add more than 4.5 GW of total capacity over the next five years. "We are pleased to have been selected by Tucson Electric Power to participate in this benchmark project," said Mike Herman, Director of Operations at Solar FlexRack. "We look forward to providing our engineering expertise and reliable and time-tested trackers in additional impactful community solar projects in 2022 and the years to come." About Solar FlexRack Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is an integrated solar company that offers custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracking systems in the commercial and utility-scale solar mounting industries. Solar FlexRack also offers full turnkey packages, including engineering, geotechnical, pullout testing, field, layout, and installation services to address the actual site conditions of an installation and provide a full scope of services from design to delivery and installation. Solar FlexRack has completed over 3 GW of solar racking installations in nearly all 50 states across America and five countries globally.

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New flagship project for Aker Carbon Capture in the UK

Aker Carbon | June 16, 2022

To develop the groundbreaking Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station, UK energy company SSE Thermal and Equinor have selected a consortium of Aker Solutions, Siemens Energy and Doosan Babcock, with Aker Carbon Capture as the carbon capture provider. The consortium has been awarded the FEED contract for the gas-to-power plant equipped with carbon capture technology to be built in the Humber region. Aker Carbon Capture and the consortium have agreed on the essential key terms and expect to sign the formal agreement shortly. Over the next 12 months, the consortium will deliver together with Aker Carbon Capture a detailed plan for the proposed plant – which would have a generating capacity of up to 910MW - bringing their vast technological expertise to bear on the realization of the decarbonized power station in the Track-1 East Coast Cluster. Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station is set to utilize cutting-edge gas turbine technology from Siemens Energy. The UK Government has set ambitious targets for the country to become a world leader in carbon capture and storage (CCS) and Keadby 3 Carbon Capture Power Station will play a pivotal role with the ability to capture up to 1.5 MT of CO2 annually, around four times the size of Brevik CCS. A recently released socio-economic report outlined that the plant could deliver £1.2bn for the UK economy, including significant benefits for the local area. "Our ambition with Keadby 3 is to deliver one of the UK's first power stations equipped with carbon capture and through awarding this contract we continue to build momentum behind that goal. The proposed low-carbon plant at Keadby will not only provide vital flexible power while backing up renewables, it will also play a key role in meeting decarbonization targets. The reality is that multiple power-CCS projects will be needed to reach net zero and we hope to see the UK Government recognize that when it provides an update on Cluster Sequencing this summer." - Catherine Raw, Managing Director at SSE Thermal. "We are delighted to be an essential part of such an important project with our field-proven carbon capture technology, We support SSE Thermal's strategy to deliver solutions to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow. This project helps strengthen British energy security and contributes at the same time to the decarbonization of the industry. This is a giant leap forward for Aker Carbon Capture in terms of further establishing our carbon capture business in the UK." -Valborg Lundegaard, Chief Executive Officer at Aker Carbon Capture.

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