NREL Researchers Hints Towards Recycling of Solar Panels

NREL | July 14, 2020

Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have conducted the first global assessment into the most promising approaches to end-of-life management for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the nature of the waste also poses challenges. PV modules are made of valuable, precious, critical, and toxic materials. There is currently no standard for how to recycle the valuable ones and mitigate the toxic ones. Numerous articles review individual options for PV recycling but, until now, no one has done a global assessment of all PV recycling efforts to identify the most promising approaches.

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Decisionmaking is a cognitive process defined by psychologists as the selection of a course of action from multiple alternatives (e.g. what to eat, where to shop). John Dewey, the pragmatic philosopher and psychologist, introduced the first decision process framework for consumer buying in his book How We Think, which was published in 1910. Since then, Dewey’s framework has been adapted many times, but the five basic stages of consumer decisions remain the same: problem/need recognition, information search, evaluation of alternatives, purchase decision and post-purchase behavior.


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Clean Energy Buyers Association Announces Top 10 U.S. Energy Customers in 2021

Clean Energy Buyers Association | February 17, 2022

Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA), formerly the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), announced the release of its annual Deal Tracker Top 10 list, showcasing the leading energy customers that procured clean energy in the U.S. in 2021. Amazon leads the list for the second straight year with 2.85 gigawatts (GW) of announced projects. Energy customers continued to demonstrate their critical role in influencing the evolution of the energy market with more than 100 projects announced totaling 11.06 GW of contracted capacity in 2021. CEBA recently set an ambitious aspiration to achieve a 90% carbon-free U.S. electricity system by 2030 and a global community of energy customers driving clean energy. Energy customers have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to decarbonization over the last decade. The overall impact of companies that make up the 2021 Deal Tracker Top 10 showcases that our vision for customer-driven clean energy for is truly possible, and beyond that, within reach if we continue to advance market and policy solutions together.” Miranda Ballentine, CEBA CEO As the strategies used to transact in the energy market have evolved to reflect increasingly ambitious climate action goals, so too has the profile of what was once considered a typical energy customer company. The CEBA Deal Tracker Top 10 showcases that a variety of industries now play a critical role in decarbonization of the energy system and have established increasing bold climate action goals, including telecommunications services, consumer staples, and industrials. “We’re proud of Amazon’s rapidly growing renewable energy portfolio, which is driven by a sense of urgency to reduce carbon emissions and curb the climate crisis. We believe investing in clean energy is the right thing to do for our business, our customers, and the planet,” said Kara Hurst, Vice President of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. “Amazon is on an accelerated path toward powering our operations with 100% renewable energy by 2025, five years ahead of our original 2030 target. We’re grateful for this recognition and welcome CEBA’s continued leadership in cultivating a global community of energy customers dedicated to securing clean energy access for all." The energy customer mindset regarding the true impact of clean energy has shifted Beyond the Megawatt with a focus on optimizing carbon-reduction emissions, community engagement and environmental impacts. For example, Microsoft’s new vision integrates a commitment to invest clean energy generated revenue toward community impact initiatives. McDonald’s strategy integrates job creation in local communities while harnessing solar and wind energy through virtual power purchase agreements. “We are proud of our renewable energy partnerships because they represent progress toward McDonald’s net zero climate ambition, while also creating jobs and driving local impact. These investments are another meaningful way McDonald’s is working toward a more sustainable future,” said Jenny McColloch, McDonald’s Chief Sustainability Officer. In 2021, CEBA introduced a simple, yet powerful vision of customer-driven clean energy for all. The 2021 Deal Tracker Top 10 demonstrates the scale and influence of energy customers that have contracted nearly 47 gigawatts of clean energy – about 20% of all wind and solar capacity in the U.S. – over the last decade. As a business trade association, CEBA will continue to catalyze its community of nearly 300 members thorough foundational education, stakeholder collaboration and acceleration of advanced and innovative market strategies. The CEBA Deal Tracker is a unique tracking mechanism that focuses on U.S.-based utility-scale corporate procurement. The annual CEBA Deal Tracker Top 10 list features the top companies, or energy customers, leading renewable energy procurement. You can download the full CEBA Deal Tracker here.

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Scout Clean Energy Appoints Mark McGrail as Chief Commercial Officer

Scout Clean Energy | February 03, 2022

Scout Clean Energy, LLC ('Scout'), a Colorado based renewable energy developer, owner, and operator, is pleased to announce that renewables industry veteran Mark McGrail has joined as Chief Commercial Officer, further strengthening Scout's executive leadership team. Our business continues to experience strong growth stemming from a successfully diversified asset portfolio across multiple renewables technologies and storage. This is an important time to bolster our senior bench as we seek to optimize our 1.2 GW operating portfolio and bring our substantial pipeline of utility scale wind, solar and storage projects through development and construction over the next few years. We are excited to welcome Mark as CCO and a member of the executive team along with John Clapp (CFO), Andrew Young (COO) and me." Michael Rucker, Scout Founder and CEO Mark brings over 23 years of energy industry experience to the Scout platform, including 14 years specializing in renewables. Mark is an energy industry veteran with deep expertise in the development, operation, and management of large-scale renewable energy assets and is excited to help Scout navigate this next growth phase. He was formerly the Vice President / Chief Commercial Officer for the Global Power Generation division of Enel Green Power North America where he was responsible for overseeing commercial offtake contracts with corporate, utility, banking and insurance customers. "I am impressed with the growth and expansion Scout has achieved in recent years," said McGrail. "The level of executive talent across Scout's development and asset management teams demonstrates an unmatched depth of experience in the renewable space. I am proud to bring my skills and experience to bear on behalf of Scout and look forward to helping the team execute on a number of different large scale and high-quality renewable projects for its corporate partners and investors." About Scout Clean Energy Scout Clean Energy is a renewable energy developer, owner-operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado with over 1,200 MW of operating assets. Scout is actively developing a portfolio of over 12,000 MW of onshore wind, solar PV, and battery storage projects across 17 US states. Scout has expertise in all aspects of renewables project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction, 24/7 operations, and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners. About Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners is a specialist investment manager focused exclusively on renewables, storage and grid support infrastructure and operational asset management in the US, UK, and Australia. Quinbrook is led and managed by a senior team of power industry professionals who have collectively invested c.USD 8.2 billion equity in energy infrastructure assets since the early 1990s, representing a total enterprise value of c.USD 28.7 billion or 19.5 GW of power supply capacity. Quinbrook has completed a diverse range of direct investments in both utility and distributed scale onshore wind and solar power, battery storage, reserve peaking capacity, biomass, fugitive methane recovery, hydro and flexible energy management solutions in the US, UK, and Australia.

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Enviva Partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to Grow Career Opportunities for African Americans in Renewable Energy

Enviva | December 17, 2021

Enviva Partners, LP, a global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, announced that it has entered into multi-year recruiting and career development pipeline agreements with four significant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S. Southeast, to identify, recruit, and hire new employees for its rapidly growing business. Enviva, which operates ten modern biomass production plants and six port terminals from North Carolina to Florida, is seeking to hire talent at all levels of the organization from North Carolina A&T University (Greensboro), North Carolina Central University (Durham), Alabama A&M University (Huntsville), and Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi). Enviva will participate in career fairs and student enrichment opportunities at these universities and finance scholarship opportunities with each institution to facilitate careers in renewable energy and sustainable forestry for African Americans. As a global renewable energy company and leader in forest stewardship, we have a responsibility to be intentional about diversifying our workforce at all levels of our company to help shape the future of a net-zero world.That work begins with recruiting some of the brightest and most ambitious minds which emerge from these prestigious HBCUs located in the geographic region of our operations. These institutions have world-class agriculture and forestry programs and help educate amazing future engineers to help us design, build, operate and continuously improve our plants, terminals, and business around the world. There are no better spaces from which to grow our business from a talent perspective.” John Keppler, Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Enviva These new partnerships will reinforce Enviva’s existing recruitment efforts, focusing outreach on an array of graduates from each of the universities, including electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers, in addition to forestry, agriculture, and agribusiness majors. Enviva expects to place the recruits across its facility fleet, including at its corporate headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and Raleigh, North Carolina, in addition to its manufacturing plants and terminals. About Enviva Enviva is the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source that is produced by aggregating a natural resource, wood fiber, and processing it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 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. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets 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.

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TGG extends asset monitoring and dispatch to battery storage for Conrad Energy

TGG Solutions | October 28, 2021

28 OCTOBER –YORK, UK – TGG Solutions, the partner of choice to flexible power asset owners for asset monitoring and dispatch, has successfully completed a project with Conrad Energy to apply its flagship iON platform to a 40MW battery storage asset for the first time. Located in Bedfordshire, and rated at 40MW, Conrad Energy’s project is the first of many planned battery storage assets in its portfolio and marks the first time the iON platform has been used for non-thermal generation assets. Chosen for its flexibility, TGG’s iON solution offered Conrad Energy the right mix of efficiency while still retaining the value of being hands on with trading optimisation. Developed primarily for small-scale thermal generation including gas peaker plants, iON is a unique asset monitoring and dispatch solution that empowers asset owners without requiring that they relinquish any control over trading functions or install equipment on-site. Built with flexibility in mind, it is perfectly suited for operating the next generation of dispatchable energy assets, such as battery storage, that will enable the energy transition. Steve Moody, Head of Trading at Conrad Energy, comments: “We opted to use iON in the first place due to its flexibility – too many other systems try to take trading optimisation of your hands in the name of efficiency, but for us that would be giving up a major source of value. When we expanded our portfolio to include battery storage, it was natural for us to want to bring the assets onto the platform. The TGG team was more than happy to help and adapting the platform was a smooth process.” With the functionality now built into the platform, TGG is already in discussions for onboarding more battery storage assets onto the iON platform in the near future. Chris Cody, CEO and co-founder, TGG Solutions, comments: “We were never concerned about iON’s suitability for the next generation of dispatchable energy assets, but this is an important milestone for us nonetheless. Our company was born in the early days of the energy transition, providing the tech for companies supporting the shift to renewables through balancing provision. In that sense, we have always been on an energy transition trajectory, and this feels like a natural step.” Rhys Kirk, COO and co-founder, TGG Solutions, adds: “We firmly believe the sector needs a tech option that doesn’t try and take away control in the name of simplicity. As new and nuanced different kinds of distributed energy resources proliferate, the most successful businesses will be those that find a way to compete in the details, so giving up control can mean giving up a precious source of margin. Conrad Energy understands this, and we’ve had a rich working relationship as a result. We look forward to supporting them with whatever comes next as they help to balance the grid.” About TGG TGG is an agile partner for flexible power asset owners in a dynamic energy environment. With the rise of renewables, the smart grid and decentralised assets, the power sector moves fast nowadays – and so do we. We’re the partner for doing automatic dispatch and monitoring right and doing it right now. TGG is a UK-based, globally mobile team of experts who are passionate about power, tech and problem-solving. Our founders bring to bear more than 15 years’ power industry experience and more than 35 years with the OSIsoft/Aveva PI System, ready to solve your challenges. Diane Parlapiano diane.parlapiano@aspectusgroup.com +44 75231 15891 About Conrad Energy Radically transforming the way the energy market works, Conrad Energy is delivering a path toward the future of a flexible low carbon economy. A full-service independent power producer (IPP) and energy supplier, Conrad Energy is delivering fast and flexible power generation and innovative services to the National Grid. Conrad Energy has a highly skilled team of over 100 and is a portfolio company of I Squared Capital. More information can be found at www.conradenergy.co.uk or please contact Victoria Fielding-Kirby on Victoria.Fielding-Kirby@energycreative.co.uk or 07512 708311.

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Decisionmaking is a cognitive process defined by psychologists as the selection of a course of action from multiple alternatives (e.g. what to eat, where to shop). John Dewey, the pragmatic philosopher and psychologist, introduced the first decision process framework for consumer buying in his book How We Think, which was published in 1910. Since then, Dewey’s framework has been adapted many times, but the five basic stages of consumer decisions remain the same: problem/need recognition, information search, evaluation of alternatives, purchase decision and post-purchase behavior.

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