Recurrent Energy Breaks Ground on Pflugerville Solar Project

prnewswire | August 18, 2020

Canadian Solar Inc. today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC ("Recurrent Energy"), commenced construction on the 144 MWac Pflugerville Solar Project located in Travis County, Texas. Recurrent Energy signed a Power Purchase Agreement ("PPA") with Austin Energy in 2018 for the Pflugerville Solar Project to provide low-cost solar power to the utility's customers for 15 years following the start of operation. This PPA supports Austin Energy's renewable energy goals which commit the utility to cost-effectively reduce emissions and includes plans to exit from its coal-fired power generation by the end of 2022. Austin Energy serves more than 500,000 customers in the City of Austin, as well as several neighboring areas of Travis County and Williamson County.

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France just released its new energy strategy the “Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie” (PPE) which sets out a six-year solar tender program aiming to allocate 2.7 GW of solar capacity this year, and 2.9 GW per year for the next five years. This opens up the possibility for increasing the share of PV fivefold by 2028. The announcement has sparked great interest from local and international players hoping to take advantage of these tenders, which have yielded record low prices up until now.


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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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XCMG Pushes for Carbon Neutrality within Its Operating Boundaries by 2049

XCMG | February 22, 2022

XCMG releases a program of action (PoA) for peak carbon and carbon neutrality, detailing planning, implementation and actual safeguard measures of sustainable transformation paths — including low-carbon transformation of energy consumption structure, green and intelligent manufacturing integration and upgrade, emissions reduction with supply chain alliance and digitalized, intelligent advancement. The PoA also specifies XCMG's short-, mid- and long-term targets in achieving "dual carbon" goals, that by 2035, power generated from renewable energies will account for 50 percent of XCMG's total electricity use, product penetration of new energy products will thrive to exceed 35 percent, and the carbon footprint of key products including excavators and cranes will be reduced by 32 percent compared to 2020. The action plan for 'dual carbon' goals aims to establish a uniform and precise approach in terms of strategy to help XCMG in building a green value chain with innovation-enabled, low-carbon intelligent construction machinery solutions achieved through technology, manufacturing, service and operation management, and we're committed to making great contributions to the sustainable development of society." Wang Min, Chairman and CEO of XCMG The PoA elaborated on XCMG's long-term vision of going green and low-carbon and key missions that are already carried out actively to explore engineering technologies in the hope of creating net-zero carbon values for global construction: New energy, low-carbon technologies and products: XCMG has developed more than 50 items of green, energy-saving core technologies, building production clusters of new energy and low-carbon products as well as pilot unmanned, intelligent application scenarios. Green and intelligent manufacturing: XCMG has three green factory demonstration companies accredited by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of People's Republic of China and one green supply chain demonstration company, XCMG Hosting Machinery is the industry's first company to pass the level-4 certification of intelligent manufacturing capability maturity. XCMG also took the lead in establishing two green design product standards. Green supply chain: continues to promote energy conservation, emission reduction, recycling, green and low-carbon management throughout the supply chain, paying more attention to product life, energy consumption, hazardous substances and abandonment management. XCMG has recycled over 10,000 packaging materials in the recent two years. Reducing energy consumption and emissions: XCMG has built a smart, full lifecycle energy management system. In 2020, the company's energy consumption per 10,000 yuan of output value has been reduced by 29.3 percent compared to data from 2015. The construction of centralized collection and treatment facilities for fumes and dust is covering all of the welding areas, and the company has invested over US$47.4 million to reinforce VOC emissions in coating over the past three years. Short term, XCMG aims to reduce comprehensive energy consumption per unit by 15 percent and carbon emission by 26 percent by the end of 2025, compared with 2020. By 2027, XCMG aims to reach peak carbon within its operation boundaries and lower comprehensive energy consumption per unit by 18 percent and carbon emission per unit output by 31 percent compared to 2020. Total energy consumption wise, XCMG expects to grow self-generating photovoltaic power and wind power seven-fold, and market penetration of new energy products will reach 25 percent. In the long term, XCMG strives to be carbon neutral within its operation boundaries by 2049, promoting emission reduction of upstream and downstream enterprises across the industry chain and establishing a low-carbon, clean, safe and efficient green energy system with internationally advanced energy utilization efficiency.

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JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0 Awarded with UL Environmental Product Declaration Certification

JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd. | March 04, 2022

JA Solar's DeepBlue 3.0, among multiple JA Solar PV modules, was recently awarded with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification by UL, the global safety science leader. The UL EPD report, also accredited by EPD Italy, gives a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impact of the product over its entire life cycle, including possible impacts such as global warming, smog, ozone depletion, acidification, ecotoxicity, etc., and is applicable to the two global leading markets America and Europe. The assessment process follows ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards, and its assessment result provides an important reference for investors to choose low-carbon products. While PV power is a renewable energy with great potential for development and application, the impact of PV products on the environment over the entire life cycle has been one of concern in the end-use market. Therefore, JA Solar always follows the path of green development, by applying the concept of green environmental protection throughout the entire life cycle of its products, including R&D, production, packaging, logistics and product recycling, so as to reduce environmental impact and resource consumption. During the process of product manufacturing, JA Solar actively advocates the application of green energy. Its production bases utilize roof space, carports, and other unused spaces to install PV systems to generate electricity for self-use with surplus electricity injected to the grid, thereby reducing the demand for traditional energy so as to reduce carbon emissions. Among them is JA Solar's manufacturing base in Qujing, Yunnan Province, which, by utilizing rich water resources in the local area, uses clean energy generated by hydropower that accounts for more than 85% of its total energy consumption.

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Ubiquitous Energy Closes $30 Million Series B Funding Round

Ubiquitous Energy | January 12, 2022

Ubiquitous Energy, the world leader in transparent solar technology — the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials all while maintaining visible transparency — announces that the company closed a $30 million Series B funding round late last year. The raise was led by participation from both new and existing investors, including Andersen Corporation, ENEOS, Safar Partners, Hostplus, Red Cedar Ventures, and Riverhorse Investments. Ubiquitous Energy’s technology is the only patented and transparent photovoltaic glass coating that harnesses solar power to generate energy, all while remaining visibly indistinguishable from traditional windows. Including this Series B round, a total of $70 million of funding has been raised by the company to date showing the significant interest that exists amongst investors as the company ramps its transparent solar UE Power technology towards commercialization. The company has begun the site selection process for its first high volume manufacturing line that will be located in the U.S., which will enable the company to bring its UE Power technology to the window industry. Broad adoption of UE Power within architectural glass has the opportunity to offset up to an estimated 10% of global CO2 emissions, greatly reducing the 40% of global carbon emissions that come from buildings and improving their energy efficiency at the same time. With more than 20 billion square feet of windows installed in homes and buildings every year, homeowners and businesses have an opportunity to increase value from these surfaces by installing transparent solar window products that produce energy and reduce the building’s carbon footprint. To both residential and commercial building occupants, Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar windows provide a clear, natural experience that is expected from traditional windows, but with renewable energy generation that can be used for self-contained, on-board power and smart functionality or to offset energy consumption elsewhere. It is a complementary solar power asset that works within a portfolio of other renewable technologies for a larger, cumulative effect. The Series B funding allows the company to direct resources to continued research and development, manufacturing and product deployment, ultimately allowing more people to experience the power of solar. “Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent photovoltaic technology is revolutionary and represents a new horizon for the fenestration industry,” said Jay Lund, chairman and chief executive officer, Andersen Corporation. “As America’s premier window and patio door manufacturer, Andersen is excited to support the work of Ubiquitous Energy to bring solar power into homes and commercial buildings through windows and doors, creating new opportunities for energy efficiency, cost savings and smart home integrations that will both delight homeowners and contribute to a healthier planet.” Ubiquitous Energy’s passionate team has created a next-generation technology that’s effective, affordable, and beautifully designed. Ubiquitous Energy’s transparent solar products can bring renewable energy to every surface around the globe, and we look forward to working with the team as they increase solar adoption in the U.S. and beyond.” Yaz Yazaki, ENEOS executive officer The investment concludes a significant 10th year anniversary for Ubiquitous Energy, which saw numerous installations of its technology, including the following: ENEOS and NSG Install Transparent Solar Windows from Ubiquitous Energy at NSG’s Facility in Japan (Sept. 29, 2021) : ENEOS and NSG have begun Japan's first installation of transparent solar windows that were developed and fabricated by Ubiquitous Energy, read more here. Ubiquitous Energy Installs Colorado’s First-Ever Fully Transparent Solar Windows (Sept 9, 2021): Next-Generation Transparent Solar Technology Installed In Energy-Efficient Commercial Office Building, read more here. Power generation you can see through (Aug 25, 2021): Michigan State University and Ubiquitous Energy install transparent solar panels on campus, read more here. “We are thrilled to bring on new and existing investors as partners, including ENEOS, a leader in the renewable energy sector, and Andersen, America’s premier window manufacturer,” said Susan Stone, Ubiquitous Energy’s CEO. “Since our technology’s inception at MIT & MSU over 10 years ago to now, looking towards the future, we are committed to making an enormous impact environmentally. This latest funding round will help expand what’s possible in a renewable energy portfolio and change the way the world utilizes solar power – one window at a time.” About Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. Founded in 2011, Ubiquitous Energy was started by a group of MIT and MSU scientists and engineers looking for new ways to reduce humanity’s carbon footprint by seamlessly integrating solar power technology into everyday products and surfaces. Ubiquitous Energy has the world’s leading transparent solar technology – the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials all while maintaining visible transparency. To both residential and commercial building occupants, Ubiquitous Energy’s solar windows provide a clear, vibrant experience that is expected from traditional Low-E windows, but with self-contained, on-board power and smart functionality.

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France just released its new energy strategy the “Programmation pluriannuelle de l’énergie” (PPE) which sets out a six-year solar tender program aiming to allocate 2.7 GW of solar capacity this year, and 2.9 GW per year for the next five years. This opens up the possibility for increasing the share of PV fivefold by 2028. The announcement has sparked great interest from local and international players hoping to take advantage of these tenders, which have yielded record low prices up until now.

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