Webinar: GTI Tech Talk: Producing Low or Negative Carbon Fuels from Sustainable Biomass Resources

May 12, 2021, 10 am CDT
Register here.

Pedro Ortiz-Toral discusses bio-derived diesel and biomass conversion

Biomass can be used to produce clean alternative transportation fuels that maintain the energy density and storability advantages of liquid fuels while offering unique solutions for difficult-to-decarbonize sectors such as marine transportation and aviation.

Transformational technologies that produce low-carbon fuels from renewable resources are being demonstrated at facilities all around the world. This engaging webinar will present insight on near-market and other improved process technologies that can even enable carbon negative energy when combined with carbon sequestration.

DOE announces $12 million to advance geothermal energy technologies

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on June 15, 2021.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced up to $12 million for technologies that can make geothermal systems more efficient for clean, renewable energy production. This funding will help scientists and engineers unlock the full potential of geothermal power to help tackle the climate crisis, and achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) are man-made reservoirs created by injecting fluid into “hot rock,” which is heated by the natural warmth of the Earth’s core. The fluid re-opens pre-existing fractures, allowing it to circulate through the hot rock, and bring the heated water to the surface. That hot water becomes steam that spins a turbine, creating clean, renewable energy.

“Enhanced geothermal systems harness the clean, renewable energy that lives right beneath our feet—available at any time, in any weather, in any part of the country. This new funding will help us tap into its enormous potential to power millions of homes and businesses, reduce carbon emissions, and put thousands to work in greener, good-paying jobs.”

Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm

The “Innovative Methods to Control Hydraulic Properties of Enhanced Geothermal Systems” funding opportunity will support the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and techniques to control the fluid flow in EGS reservoirs, enhancing the connectivity of pre-existing fracture networks and optimizing them for heat mining. This ability to customize reservoirs will increase their efficiency and longevity—driving down EGS costs, reducing the risk of development, and accelerating the path towards widespread commercialization.

The 2019 GeoVision study by DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) concluded that with technology improvements like those funded by today’s announcement, geothermal power generation could increase 26-fold, deploying 60 gigawatts-electric (GWe) of clean energy by 2050. Despite that vast potential, there are only 3.7 GWe of geothermal energy currently installed in the United States. GTO is using its research and development portfolio to advance technologies and projects that can rapidly increase that number, while supporting thousands of good-paying jobs for American workers—including those in the oil and gas industries that already have matching skills and expertise.

GTO is looking for applications that address the funding opportunity review criteria in full.

More information about the funding opportunity here.

Novel computational framework seeks insight into eagle flight at wind plants

Read the full story from the National Renewable Energy Lab.

Golden eagles strike a cutting visage that, to put it mildly, grants the species an aura of regality. Occupying much of the Northern Hemisphere, many cultures view this species as a sacred messenger of the gods and kings and queens of the sky.

Not only are these birds highly revered, but highly protected—receiving protections under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. As a result, their presence must be carefully considered by wind power plant operators and developers working in eagle territory, presenting challenges that can extend permitting timelines, add unanticipated project costs, and constrain energy output.

To address these challenges, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists along with fellow researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, Western EcoSystems Inc., and Conservation Science Global Inc. are developing a state-of-the-art computational framework for modeling golden eagle behavior near wind farms. In all hopes, this tool can help guide wind power plant siting decisions and dynamic curtailment strategies informed by real-time eagle flight path prediction.

Green Alliance: Government ‘complacency’ risks UK’s net-zero transition

Read the full story from edie.

Despite strong progress in decarbonising electricity generation, the UK Government is not doing enough to support the low-carbon transition in hard-to-abate sector like agriculture and transport.

Americas to ‘lead global storage by 2025’

Read the full story at Renews.biz.

The Americas region will overtake Asia Pacific by 2025 to lead the global energy storage market, with a total capacity of 371 gigawatt-hours in 2030, according to Wood Mackenzie.

General Motors leads $139 million investment into lithium-metal battery developer, SES

Read the full story at TechCrunch.

General Motors is joining the list of big automakers picking their horses in the race to develop better batteries for electric vehicles with its lead of a $139 million investment into the lithium-metal battery developer, SES.

Denver returns 14 bison to tribal land in reparations, conservation effort

Read the full story from NPR.

Fourteen American bison headed to their new homes on native land this month. Indigenous tribes received the bison from Denver Parks and Recreation as a form of reparations, the first gift in a 10-year ordinance to donate surplus bison that will also go toward tribal conservation efforts.

Pennsylvania regulators take ‘first key step’ to identify storage-boosting strategies

Read the full story at Utility Dive.

Pennsylvania should enact policies to encourage pairing energy storage with solar energy to build a more resilient and cleaner grid, according to a new report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). 

The Pennsylvania Energy Storage Assessment, prepared by Strategen Consulting, recommends building grid-scale solar energy arrays coupled with battery storage. The report also identifies several policy measures that could increase storage development, including setting an energy storage target, using public funding for storage projects and evaluating electricity rates tied to grid services. 

“This is the first key step to identifying strategies to overcome any barriers we might have to getting the full value of energy storage,” said David Althoff Jr., director of the energy programs office for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. “We recognize that our need for storage is expanding … as part of our larger market opportunity for renewables in our state and states around us.”

Why the wine world may depend on regenerative agriculture — starting now

Read the full story at Vine Pair.

The green vines sprawling down hillsides and across fields at Gamble Family Vineyards are as picturesque as those found anywhere in Napa. But to Tom Gamble, what’s under the trunks and trellises is just as important as what’s above.

Gamble is a practitioner of regenerative agriculture, a sustainable farming model that’s taking off worldwide. The driving force behind regenerative agriculture is that growers should put their focus on building soil health. This seemingly simple idea offers numerous benefits, including better water retention in the soil, more resilient plants, and greater biodiversity in fields.

But there’s also a broader benefit to society. Healthy, active soil with long-lived plants is better able to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the earth — making regenerative agriculture part of the fight against climate change.

Emerging market green debt sales to soar past $100 billion

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

Emerging market green bond issuance will more than double by 2023 to exceed $100 billion, according to two of the biggest players in the sector.