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Feds commit $50 million to for-profit nuclear fusion companies, chasing the ‘holy grail’ of clean energy

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The United States government is putting money behind private-sector nuclear fusion companies for the first time, and that’s an indication of how momentum is building behind the “holy grail” of clean energy.

At the Global Clean Energy Action Forum in Pittsburgh on Thursday, the Department of Energy officially announced $50 million will go towards private fusion companies in public-private partnerships.

“This money signifies that the U.S. government is getting serious about building a fusion program that will have commercial significance, on an accelerated timeframe,” Andrew Holland, the CEO of the Fusion Industry Association,…

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How Missouri is celebrating Clean Energy Week

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MISSOURI — “Our decision was, is that we wanted to have some renewable energy,” said Chuck Doyle, Solar Owner.

That was the dream eight years ago when Dr. Chuck Doyle decided to invest in sun power.

“When we had the opportunity to get solar panels, we took it it takes care of our demand every single month except for maybe three or four months out of the year,” said Doyle.

They added the panels in 2014, when solar wasn’t a common choice.

“There were none as far as we knew we were the first to have solar panels in Carl Junction,” said Doyle.

Doyle says he spends just under $200 financing his solar panels.

“We’re fortunate that our monthly payment for the financing is about equal to what our electricity bill was years ago. Now we’re paying less. Less than what our electricity bill would be right now,” said Doyle.

In fact, he’s such a fan, he also added solar at work.

Doyle says that often leads to an electric credit.
Some months when they produce more electricity than they use, selling the extra back to the grid.
This month, that added up to $343.

“It is a future. It’s probably going to be the norm I think in some cases, it’s just a matter of affordability. That’s where it always boils down to for any common homeowner is can I afford this? And so it may be a lot of money up front, but in the long run, it might save you the money that you need,” said Doyle.

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EC approves CZK 40-billion subsidy to help clean energy transition in Czech coal regions

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In all three of the above-mentioned regions, 21,000 jobs are directly linked with coal mining and the subsequent use of coal for energy production. The EU money should support, among others things, the retraining of staff, renewable sources of energy, and relevant research and development.

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MU ranks 10th nationally for renewable energy in time for Clean Energy Week

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Gov. Mike Parson, in accordance with National Clean Energy Week, declared the week of Sept. 26 as Clean Energy Week in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to use the week to spread awareness about the benefits of the state’s usage of renewable energy and its job creations, said Craig Redmon, Director of the Division of Energy for the state.

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MU ranks 10th nationally for renewable energy in time for Clean Energy Week

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Gov. Mike Parson, in accordance with National Clean Energy Week, declared the week of Sept. 26 as Clean Energy Week in Missouri.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to use the week to spread awareness about the benefits of the state’s usage of renewable energy and its job creations, said Craig Redmon, Director of the Division of Energy for the state.

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WES Awards Contract for Floating Wind and Wave Energy Landscaping Study

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Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has hired Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) to carry out a study into the techno-economic benefits of shared services and infrastructure for wind and wave energy technologies and projects.

Illustration/Wind and wave energy farm (Courtesy of Mocean Energy)

AqualisBraemar‘s offshore wind consultancy unit OWC will through a four-month study assess the various levels of sharing of supply chains, physical infrastructure and services between wave energy and floating offshore wind systems.

Sharing scenarios of interest range from co-development, through co-location to sharing a floating substructure, according to WES.

The contract award comes as Scotland embarks on the creation of a huge supply chain and services network to satisfy the massive offshore wind capacity leased through the ScotWind program.

These steps bring potential for increased collaboration between the Scottish wind and wave energy sectors, bringing cost reductions, technical and socio-economic benefits and well as the opportunity to enhance national energy security through a more-varied generation portfolio.

OWC is a specialized and globally focused engineering consultancy offering project development services, owner’s engineering and technical due diligence to the offshore wind industry.

The outcomes of the project will be shared publicly on the Wave Energy Scotland Knowledge Library.

Formed in 2014 at the request of the Scottish government, WES is driving the search for innovative solutions to the technical challenges facing the wave energy sector.

Through its competitive procurement program, the organization supports a range of projects focused on the key systems and sub-systems of wave energy converters. The aim is to produce reliable technology which will result in cost effective wave energy generation.

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WES Awards Contract for Floating Wind and Wave Energy Landscaping Study

Article Republished By Javier Troconis

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has hired Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) to carry out a study into the techno-economic benefits of shared services and infrastructure for wind and wave energy technologies and projects.

Illustration/Wind and wave energy farm (Courtesy of Mocean Energy)

AqualisBraemar‘s offshore wind consultancy unit OWC will through a four-month study assess the various levels of sharing of supply chains, physical infrastructure and services between wave energy and floating offshore wind systems.

Sharing scenarios of interest range from co-development, through co-location to sharing a floating substructure, according to WES.

The contract award comes as Scotland embarks on the creation of a huge supply chain and services network to satisfy the massive offshore wind capacity leased through the ScotWind program.

These steps bring potential for increased collaboration between the Scottish wind and wave energy sectors, bringing cost reductions, technical and socio-economic benefits and well as the opportunity to enhance national energy security through a more-varied generation portfolio.

OWC is a specialized and globally focused engineering consultancy offering project development services, owner’s engineering and technical due diligence to the offshore wind industry.

The outcomes of the project will be shared publicly on the Wave Energy Scotland Knowledge Library.

Formed in 2014 at the request of the Scottish government, WES is driving the search for innovative solutions to the technical challenges facing the wave energy sector.

Through its competitive procurement program, the organization supports a range of projects focused on the key systems and sub-systems of wave energy converters. The aim is to produce reliable technology which will result in cost effective wave energy generation.

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Millions of dollars invested into Louisville businesses to advance clean energy goals

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Last June, The Numbers Holding Company decided to take a building on West Main Street and transform it into a mixed-use venue with a bar, food and entertainment called Number Fifteen.”Being able to represent Kentucky and bring together the best of Kentucky, there was no better spot to do it than in this historic building on Whiskey Row,” said Spencer Fronk, CEO of The Numbers Holding Company, LLC.They’re not only giving the walls new purpose, but they’re also helping the city meet its clean energy goals. Number Fifteen and Tempo Hotel by Hilton at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Shelby Streets recently received more than $9.1 million in private loan funds through the city’s Energy Project Assessment District or EPAD program. The money is used to improve energy efficiency. It’s part of a more than $46 million total capital investment in the downtown corridor.“A lot of the old buildings have shifted over time, and they create gaps for air to come in and wind when and where it shouldn’t and require more energy to heat and cool. Obviously, that’s not good,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.Through EPAD property owners can use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to repay loans for energy efficiency, solar energy and water conservation projects with no down payment.“PACE financing through the EPAD program allows for a long-term financing, so in a lot of cases it can go out 25 to 30 years which you are not able to get at a traditional lender,” said Chris Jones with Energize Kentucky. “PACE financing can finance building improvements such as solar panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, increased insulation, high efficiency windows.”Number Fifteen received a 22-year, $4.2 million loan to make improvements including a high-performance building envelope, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. It’s an investment The Numbers Holding Company says is worthwhile.“We will save money from a long-term debt payment structure, but we will also save money in operational efficiencies because our building is more efficient. We will save money on electrical bills, water bills,” said Fronk.City leaders say there’s been a growing interest in the EPAD project.

Last June, The Numbers Holding Company decided to take a building on West Main Street and transform it into a mixed-use venue with a bar, food and entertainment called Number Fifteen.

“Being able to represent Kentucky and bring together the best of Kentucky, there was no better spot to do it than in this historic building on Whiskey Row,” said Spencer Fronk, CEO of The Numbers Holding Company, LLC.

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They’re not only giving the walls new purpose, but they’re also helping the city meet its clean energy goals. Number Fifteen and Tempo Hotel by Hilton at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Shelby Streets recently received more than $9.1 million in private loan funds through the city’s Energy Project Assessment District or EPAD program.

The money is used to improve energy efficiency. It’s part of a more than $46 million total capital investment in the downtown corridor.

“A lot of the old buildings have shifted over time, and they create gaps for air to come in and wind when and where it shouldn’t and require more energy to heat and cool. Obviously, that’s not good,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.

Through EPAD property owners can use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to repay loans for energy efficiency, solar energy and water conservation projects with no down payment.

“PACE financing through the EPAD program allows for a long-term financing, so in a lot of cases it can go out 25 to 30 years which you are not able to get at a traditional lender,” said Chris Jones with Energize Kentucky. “PACE financing can finance building improvements such as solar panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, increased insulation, high efficiency windows.”

Number Fifteen received a 22-year, $4.2 million loan to make improvements including a high-performance building envelope, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. It’s an investment The Numbers Holding Company says is worthwhile.

“We will save money from a long-term debt payment structure, but we will also save money in operational efficiencies because our building is more efficient. We will save money on electrical bills, water bills,” said Fronk.

City leaders say there’s been a growing interest in the EPAD project.

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Millions of dollars invested into Louisville businesses to advance clean energy goals

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Last June, The Numbers Holding Company decided to take a building on West Main Street and transform it into a mixed-use venue with a bar, food and entertainment called Number Fifteen.”Being able to represent Kentucky and bring together the best of Kentucky, there was no better spot to do it than in this historic building on Whiskey Row,” said Spencer Fronk, CEO of The Numbers Holding Company, LLC.They’re not only giving the walls new purpose, but they’re also helping the city meet its clean energy goals. Number Fifteen and Tempo Hotel by Hilton at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Shelby Streets recently received more than $9.1 million in private loan funds through the city’s Energy Project Assessment District or EPAD program. The money is used to improve energy efficiency. It’s part of a more than $46 million total capital investment in the downtown corridor.“A lot of the old buildings have shifted over time, and they create gaps for air to come in and wind when and where it shouldn’t and require more energy to heat and cool. Obviously, that’s not good,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.Through EPAD property owners can use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to repay loans for energy efficiency, solar energy and water conservation projects with no down payment.“PACE financing through the EPAD program allows for a long-term financing, so in a lot of cases it can go out 25 to 30 years which you are not able to get at a traditional lender,” said Chris Jones with Energize Kentucky. “PACE financing can finance building improvements such as solar panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, increased insulation, high efficiency windows.”Number Fifteen received a 22-year, $4.2 million loan to make improvements including a high-performance building envelope, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. It’s an investment The Numbers Holding Company says is worthwhile.“We will save money from a long-term debt payment structure, but we will also save money in operational efficiencies because our building is more efficient. We will save money on electrical bills, water bills,” said Fronk.City leaders say there’s been a growing interest in the EPAD project.

Last June, The Numbers Holding Company decided to take a building on West Main Street and transform it into a mixed-use venue with a bar, food and entertainment called Number Fifteen.

“Being able to represent Kentucky and bring together the best of Kentucky, there was no better spot to do it than in this historic building on Whiskey Row,” said Spencer Fronk, CEO of The Numbers Holding Company, LLC.

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They’re not only giving the walls new purpose, but they’re also helping the city meet its clean energy goals. Number Fifteen and Tempo Hotel by Hilton at the southwest corner of Jefferson and Shelby Streets recently received more than $9.1 million in private loan funds through the city’s Energy Project Assessment District or EPAD program.

The money is used to improve energy efficiency. It’s part of a more than $46 million total capital investment in the downtown corridor.

“A lot of the old buildings have shifted over time, and they create gaps for air to come in and wind when and where it shouldn’t and require more energy to heat and cool. Obviously, that’s not good,” said Mayor Greg Fischer.

Through EPAD property owners can use Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) to repay loans for energy efficiency, solar energy and water conservation projects with no down payment.

“PACE financing through the EPAD program allows for a long-term financing, so in a lot of cases it can go out 25 to 30 years which you are not able to get at a traditional lender,” said Chris Jones with Energize Kentucky. “PACE financing can finance building improvements such as solar panels, high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, increased insulation, high efficiency windows.”

Number Fifteen received a 22-year, $4.2 million loan to make improvements including a high-performance building envelope, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems. It’s an investment The Numbers Holding Company says is worthwhile.

“We will save money from a long-term debt payment structure, but we will also save money in operational efficiencies because our building is more efficient. We will save money on electrical bills, water bills,” said Fronk.

City leaders say there’s been a growing interest in the EPAD project.

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Putting clean energy at the heart of infrastructure development

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Putting clean energy at the heart of infrastructure development

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Sustainability is at the heart of the Saudi Vision 2030. So naturally, that has fed through to the projects making that vision a reality. At The Red Sea Development Co., every decision we make has environmental and social sustainability at its core. That is why, early in development, we committed that our destinations would run 100 percent on renewable energy sources.

The clean, green power generation system we have developed integrates three major elements, which synchronize to supply renewable and reliable energy for The Red Sea Project and AMAALA.

These elements are photovoltaic cells, a massive battery storage facility and emergency biodiesel generators.

The photovoltaic system has been built at such a scale that it is designed to deliver the power needed across the destination during the daytime while simultaneously charging the battery storage facility. This system, in turn, becomes the primary source of energy during the nighttime.

To ensure we can continue meeting power demand when the sun goes down, we are building the largest battery storage facility in the world today.

This facility makes up the most expensive element of our power generation system, and so to maximize cost efficiency, we must also maximize energy efficiency.

Our goal is to achieve “minimum energy performance” across the development, a prerequisite for LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the most widely used green building rating system. This attitude is instilled at each stage of design.

For instance, we found that air conditioning and cooling consume more than 40 percent of the total energy used in commercial and industrial buildings. To counter this, we have adopted innovative design tricks to reduce our reliance on power-generated air cooling.

One example is our thermal storage tanks; these store excess cooling energy generated during the daytime and become our primary source for cooling energy at nighttime. This approach reduces the burden on our batteries.

We have also challenged ourselves and our partners to consider the building materials we use and how this impacts energy efficiency. For instance, we are using materials that offer high insulation levels to reduce heat transfer, which can result in remarkable energy savings.

Moreover, we have chosen efficient lighting options and lighting control systems that ensure optimization across the project. This approach has allowed us to meet LEED Platinum guidelines.

Unfortunately, we cannot always rely on solar and batteries. According to meteorological studies conducted across the project zone, there are a few days in the year when golden sunshine cannot be guaranteed.

These days, the efficiency of photovoltaic cells might be negatively impacted, so emergency biodiesel generators are integrated into the power generation system as a fail-safe.

In effect, we are always seeking the most sustainable solution and have selected the highest grade of biodiesel fuel on the market, B100. It is diesel-free and often described as an environmentally friendly fuel.

We have elected to use this fuel to maintain our commitment to achieving carbon neutrality and ensuring there are no harmful impacts on people or the planet.

In our economic sustainability framework, we have set targets beyond standard codes. These targets include our ambition to secure a 30 percent net conservation benefit by 2040.

Achieving this requires a new approach to development. That is why we are obsessed with how we generate and use energy, always looking for the most sustainable option. We are proud to set new standards in sustainable development and hope others will follow our lead.

• Abdullah Binsaeed is associate electrical engineering director at TRSDC.

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