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Air Liquide Engineering & Construction wins a new contract for engineering and supply of biodiesel plant

Air Liquide Engineering & Construction recently signed a new agreement with Cargill for engineering and supply of a world-scale biodiesel plant in Wichita Kansas, US.

The state-of-the-art biodiesel plant is planned to start operation in January 2019 and will produce 60 million gallons of biodiesel per year.

The agreement is another step in the long term partnership between the two companies. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has already built six biodiesel plants for Cargill worldwide.

Air Liquide Engineering & Construction’s leading edge Lurgi biodiesel technology offers a complete oleochemical production chain and provides customers with a range of plant options designed to maximize efficiency, improve the quality of the product,  help to minimize operating costs and environmental footprint.

Domenico D’Elia, Vice President and Chairman of Air Liquide Engineering & Construction, said, “We are delighted to sign a new agreement with our long standing customer Cargill. This is yet another proof of the competitiveness of our most advanced and best performing biodiesel technology. We extend our leadership in Europe and Asia in this field and our ambition is to achieve the same result in the Americas.’’


Going 100% renewable in India: Tata Motors is helping to drive the energy transition

As RE100 reaches a milestone of 100 member companies, Arvind Bodhankar, CSO, Tata Motors, reflects on why it makes sense to transition to 100% renewable electricity and future proof business operations.

At a time when the onus lies equally on corporates and governments to demonstrate climate action, manufacturers, including car manufacturers, are very keen on moving towards renewable energy. This is not only necessary, given the need for collective efforts to address climate change, but also makes good business sense.

Going 100% renewable implies establishing reliable sources for procuring renewable energy, setting up solar and wind energy farms at manufacturing plants, and consciously moving away from fossil fuels.

Looking at the policy measures in India that can support this intent, open access regulations need to be consistent across states. Even in states with open access, the rules can effectively be unviable. There also seems to be a lack of clarity on transmission and wheeling charges, taxes in different states and on expected trends. There are challenges around power banking and net metering is capped at 1 megawatt (MW) which is discouraging to large on-site projects. This makes it harder for companies in India to self-generate renewable energy. Looking at government’s commitment, I am confident that it will ease out in coming days.

On the other hand, there is much to be gained by engaging in long-term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), as power becomes more affordable due to falling tariffs while the cost of grid electricity rises.

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.

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.