Calera Corp., a startup working to capture emissions from industrial flues and recycle it into pavement and building materials, has made it to the second phase of a competitive government program for carbon capture projects. The Department of Energy announced on Thursday that it will invest nearly $19.9 million in stimulus funds to help Calera design, build and deploy a system for churning out carbon-fed cement and aggregates at pilot scale.
Revolutionary ? that?s how the Department of Energy describes the methods for generating fuels directly from sunlight that the agency hopes will emerge from a new project in California. The DOE announced on Thursday morning that it will award up to $122 million over five years to a team of scientists in a so-called ?Energy Innovation Hub? dedicated to simulating the natural process of photosynthesis and using it for ?practical energy production.?
Gamesa has signed an agreement with Esquilvent, a wind power developer from Castile-Leon for the construction of three wind farms with aggregate capacity of 140.6 MW in the town of Ampudia in Palencia (Castile-Leon, Spain).??
The contract encompasses execution of the wind farms? electrical installations and the civil engineering work as well as the supply, assembly, installation, start-up and maintenance of 75 Gamesa G90 turbines. Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will operate the facility and provide maintenance services for a five-year period.
Terra-Gen Power, a major developer of wind, solar and geothermal energy projects in the U.S., is $1.2 billion closer to building the country?s largest wind farm. This new capital, announced today, will help the company aggregate 570 megawatts-worth of power at its Alta Wind Energy Center site in Kern County, Calif.
This new capacity, composed of four separate projects, will be added to existing installations at the Center (150 megawatts-worth of turbines built by General Electric), which is expected to reach 3,000 megawatts ? the largest amount produced at any one wind facility in the U.S. Terra-Gen will be buying 190 new turbines from Vestas-American Wind Technology.
CEOs from twenty-seven of Europe’s largest companies positively welcomed the call by environment ministers in France, Germany and the UK, made on 15 July via the press, for the EU to adopt a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (over 1990 levels) by 2020 (see Europolitics4021). This message was also conveyed by the OECD, whose recent analysis illustrates the advantages from which the European economy could benefit if the EU were to decide to make this effort.
Major companies operating in the UK?have come out in support of energy secretary Chris Huhne?s call to increase the emissions reduction target to 30 per cent before 2020, up from the current 20 per cent aim.
In a letter to the Financial Times, chairman and CEO?s of 27 leading companies including Lloyds Banking Group, renewable energy project development company Acciona and energy utility Centrica said the UK, French and German ministers were right to demand an increase to today?s targets.
Google is officially in the green energy business. The search giant announced on Tuesday that its Google Energy subsidiary signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with NextEra Energy. Google will begin buying 114 megawatts of electricity from an Iowa wind farm on July 30.
Google, of course, cannot directly use the clean green energy generated by the wind farm; that power goes into the local grid. So Google Energy will sell the power on the regional spot market, where utilities and electricity retailers go to buy power when demand spikes and they have a shortfall. Google will use the revenue from spot market sales to buy renewable energy certificates (RECs) which will offset its greenhouse gas emissions.