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Ocean and climate: the Veolia Foundation renews its commitment to Tara

In 2015, World Oceans Day will be devoted to the relationship between the state of the ocean and that of the Planet. Entitled “healthy ocean, healthy planet”, it aims to raise awareness on the negative impact of pollution caused by plastics.

Veolia has supported Tara for a number of years now, through its Foundation. Tara Expeditions conducts missions on all oceans to study marine ecosystems and the impact of human pollution on them. Its last mission in the Mediterranean served as a reminder that this sea concentrates five kilograms of plastic per square kilometer (five times the concentration of plankton!).

The ocean is our primary source of oxygen. It is the “lungs” of the planet as it absorbs almost a quarter of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere by human activity and it plays a crucial role in regulating climate change. However, increasing CO2 emissions, which are acidifying the ocean, along with the over exploitation of marine resources and pollution, are reducing the capacity of marine eco-systems to adapt to climate change. That is why its protection seems more essential today than ever before.

Ener-Core’s 2 MW Power Oxidizers Power Up at Pacific Ethanol Stockton Biorefinery

IRVINE, CA — (Marketwired) — 01/23/17 — Ener-Core, Inc. (OTCQB: ENCR), a developer and licensor of innovative gas conversion technologies for global commercial and industrial facilities, and the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division, have achieved mechanical completion and initial start-up of the innovative 2 megawatt (MW) PowerStation resulting from the integration of the Dresser-Rand KG2 gas turbine and Ener-Core’s 2 MW Power Oxidizer at the Stockton Biorefinery site owned by Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX).

The integrated solution, including the Power Oxidizer and other individual components, operated successfully and demonstrated the ability to produce both power and steam according to specifications. The joint engineering teams from the companies are working to complete the commissioning process anticipated in the first quarter of 2017.

The Power Oxidizers with the Dresser-Rand KG2 turbine are rated to provide a combination of up to 3.5 MW of electricity and over 26,000 pounds of steam/hr from the two PowerStation units. The PowerStations will provide Pacific Ethanol with a first-of-its-kind solution that will reduce air pollution by converting by-product low-quality waste gases generated by the Stockton plant’s ethanol production into useful electricity and steam. The PowerStations are expected to reduce the quantity of energy currently purchased by Pacific Ethanol’s Stockton plant, saving an estimated $3 million to $4 million per year, representing a significant reduction in operating expenses for the plant.

Ener-Core and the Dresser-Rand Business Enter into Commercial and Manufacturing License Agreement for Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizers

The Dresser-Rand business gains exclusive rights to manufacture and sell Ener-Core’s
1 – 4 MW range Power Oxidizers to industrial customers

Ener-Core shifts to a licensing fee business model with the Dresser-Rand business

IRVINE, Calif.– Ener-Core, Inc. (OTCQB:ENCR), the world’s only provider of Power Oxidation technology and equipment that generates clean power from waste and low-quality gases from a wide variety of industries, signed a Commercial and Manufacturing License Agreement (CMLA) with the Dresser-Rand business, part of Siemens Power and Gas Division. The Agreement grants the Dresser-Rand business the exclusive right to manufacture Ener-Core’s Power Oxidizers within the 1 to 4 MW power capacity range and to sell the Power Oxidizers (integrated with the 2 MW KG2 turbine manufactured by the Dresser-Rand business) directly to industrial customers.

The CMLA will be effective upon the successful completion of the Full-Scale Acceptance Test of the 2 MW system, which is expected to reach completion in July.

The CMLA will replace the existing November 2014 Commercial License Agreement (CLA), which did not allow for the manufacture of the Power Oxidizer system; upon the effectiveness of the CMLA, the existing Commercial License Agreement (CLA) between the Dresser-Rand business and Ener-Core will expire.

As this new CMLA will allow the Dresser-Rand business to manufacture Ener-Core’s Power Oxidation systems, it will enable Ener-Core to reduce its manufacturing infrastructure and lower its operating costs, thereby allowing Ener-Core to focus on its core business of developing and deploying additional applications for its groundbreaking technology.

The clean revolution is on

Eight years ago, when I was working for a large investment bank in New York, I was optimistic about what seemed to be great potential for growth in clean energy technologies, like solar, wind and electric cars. But several colleagues who had more direct knowledge of energy markets were quite skeptical.

They would say the costs were too high, or deployment was too low. It just wasn’t “feasible,” they said. Even with science telling us we would soon need zero carbon emissions from our energy to prevent the most dangerous effects of climate change, it was difficult for many to begin imagining a shift from our business-as-usual approach to energy. How could these new technologies power our way of life?

Today the clean energy revolution is upon us. This rapid transition is being driven by a wave of innovation that is creating jobs, increasing profitability and making our communities healthier. In less than a decade, the prices of solar and wind power have fallen 80% and 50%, respectively, to the point that they compete with fossil fuels in many parts of the country. In places like Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas, onshore wind power can now be bought for less than 3 cents per kilowatt-hour — some of the cheapest power in the land.

Prioritize renewables in Europe to unlock consumer power

BRUSSELS: Priority access, ambitious targets, and transformational changes are needed from European Union (EU) energy policy to help companies to meet their European electricity needs with renewables, a new report backed by leading businesses says today (18 November, 2016).

The report comes as the EU Commission prepares to release a review of the EU Renewable Energy Directive and Market Design Initiative, expected late November. Earlier this week media reports said that a leak of the Winter Package showed it could subsidize fossil fuels and undermine renewable energy.

The report is written by independent global think tank E3G on behalf of RE100; a global, collaborative initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable power across their operations, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. RE100 members such as BT, IKEA Group, Google, Nestlé, Royal DSM and Unilever all contributed their experiences. It sets out policy measures that would give companies easier access to renewable power, providing greater control over energy costs and long-term business stability. It also argues that all EU member states must play their part in achieving the collective 27% by 2030 renewable energy target, and makes the case for continued priority dispatch for renewables and enforceable prosumer rights.

There are 83 members of RE100 as of COP22, including global companies like Apple, BMW, and Starbucks. 43 of these have reported to CDP electricity use in one or more of 32 European countries – representing demand for over 18TWh of renewable electricity across the continent.

Solar Impulse launches global clean technology alliance at COP22

MARRAKECH: A groundbreaking new clean technology alliance was launched today by the Solar Impulse Foundation on Energy Day at COP22 with the aim of driving collaboration and supporting the transition to a low carbon, prosperous global economy.

The Solar Impulse 2 zero-emissions airplane completed its historic round-the-world solar flight in July and the new World Alliance for Clean Technologies is designed to bring together the key players in the field of sustainable technologies to foster collaboration and innovation, and to provide governments with credible advice.

The Alliance is part of the vision and ambition of the Solar Impulse co-pilots Bertrand Piccard, who is also initiator and chairman, and André Borschberg, co-founder and CEO, to globally advance the development of clean technologies, and to encourage their implementation worldwide as solutions for sustainable development and prosperous economies.

Trumped: Ten Impacts On Energy And Climate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump points at the gathered media during his walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/File Photo

The United States elected a coal-loving, oil and gas-funded climate denier as President. Here are 10 developments you can count on in the energy and climate world.

1. With its actions, the American electorate guaranteed that global warming will exceed the 2°C threshold that all nations, including the US, agreed would be a disaster to us all. Limiting climate change to 2°C over pre-industrial levels requires herculean efforts as it is; sadly, these aren’t going to be made at the necessary scale without enlightened leadership in the richest country in the world.

2. The global day-to-day fight against the preeminent issue of our time, climate change, will experience a major and tragic set-back. A few years ago, we could have counted on a strong Europe to counter-balance a US administration practising, potentially, an active form of climate denial. But Europe is probably too weak to do so today. Action (or inaction) by China and India especially become key areas to watch.

Ener-Core Completes Delivery of its First 2 MW Power Oxidizers to Pacific Ethanol Stockton Biorefinery

Represents Ener-Core’s First Commercial Shipment of its Recently Scaled-Up 2 MW Systems

IRVINE, CA — (Marketwired) — 10/21/16 — Ener-Core, Inc. (OTCQB: ENCR), a developer of innovative gas conversion technologies for global commercial and industrial facilities, has delivered two of its 2 megawatt (MW) sized Power Oxidizers to the Stockton Biorefinery site owned by Pacific Ethanol (NASDAQ: PEIX). The shipment is a momentous occasion for Ener-Core, having deployed a commercial scale-up of the power capacity of the Power Oxidizer technology from 250kW to 2 MW over the last 18 months.

The Power Oxidizers, after delivery and installation with the Dresser-Rand KG2 turbine, are expected to provide up to 3.5 MW of electricity and over 26,000 pounds of steam/hr from the two Power Station units. The Power Stations will provide Pacific Ethanol (PEIX), a leading producer and marketer of low-carbon renewable fuels, with a first-of-its-kind solution that can reduce air pollution by converting by-product low-quality waste gases generated by the Stockton plant’s ethanol production into useful electricity and steam. The Power Stations are intended to significantly reduce the quantity of energy currently purchased by Pacific Ethanol’s Stockton plant and are expected to reduce their energy costs by an estimated $3 to $4 million per year, representing a significant reduction in operating expenses for the plant.

A strong business case to go carbon neutral: Roland Busch, Siemens

NEW YORK: Global engineering giant Siemens highlighted the business case for slashing its carbon emissions and becoming carbon neutral during Climate Week NYC in September. The German company, which is at the forefront of the transition towards a net-zero emissions global economy shaped by the climate Paris Agreement, plans to halve the carbon it emits – currently 2.2 million metric tons annually – as early as 2020. The company is also looking to reduce its emissions to zero by 2030.

“We’ve said that we want to be carbon neutral by 2030,” confirms Roland Busch, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG & Chief Sustainability Officer, “and this comes with a couple of measures. We’re investing in energy efficiency projects for our buildings, for industries; we’re investing in decentralized energy systems; we go for co-generation, combined power and heat kind of projects; and of course, we are working on our Siemens’ fleet to reduce our emissions.”

World’s most influential companies announce investments in cleaner, smarter energy

The Climate Group announces new members to flagship corporate campaigns to double energy productivity and go 100% renewable

NEW YORK: Wells Fargo & Co. and Dalmia Cement are among a group of world-leading businesses from diverse sectors of the economy that today, during Climate Week NYC 2016, made bold commitments to make better use of cleaner, smarter energy.

The announcements came from The Climate Group’s two leading corporate energy campaigns – RE100, the global initiative run in partnership with CDP that works with companies committed to transitioning to 100% renewable power across all their operations; and EP100, a new global initiative run in partnership with the Global Alliance for Energy Productivity that works with businesses committed to doubling their energy productivity.