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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The U.S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced it has finalized the license agreement with Whitethorn Solar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Juwi Solar for a solar electrical generation system onsite at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.  When completed, the power generated by this system will represent the DOE/NNSA’s largest purchase of solar power from an onsite facility and the first in its western region. Juwi will design, engineer, install, and finance a 3 MW fixed-tilt solar photovoltaic array at the Laboratory’s Livermore site.
  • The World Resources Institute has released the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance that offers much-needed clarity on how companies measure emissions from electricity and other types of energy purchases. The rigorous new guidance enables companies to credibly report emissions from diverse electricity sources, especially renewable energy, which could in turn increase corporate demand for more renewables.
  • Solar Power, Inc. has announced that SPI, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, SPI China (HK) Limited, has entered into a stock purchase agreement with CECEP Solar Energy Hong Kong Co., Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group, to acquire 4.3 MW of photovoltaic projects in Italy.
  • For the second consecutive year, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has announced that Canada has set a record for the installation of new wind energy capacity. A total of 1,871 MW of wind energy capacity was installed in five provinces in Canada in 2014, with most growth centered in Ontario (850 MW), Quebec (439 MW) and Alberta (350 MW). Canada ended 2014 with nearly 9,700 MW of installed wind energy capacity, producing enough electricity to meet the needs of over 3,000,000 million average Canadian homes every year.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Ecotech Institute has announced that Patrick Longstreth has been named the school’s new academic dean. Longstreth is responsible for implementing the vision and strategic direction of Ecotech Institute; ensuring student, graduate and employer satisfaction; and making sure all staff at Ecotech Institute meet the high expectations of the school’s students and Ecotech Institute’s parent company, Education Corporation of America. Longstreth has been with Ecotech Institute since October 2012, serving as the school’s program director for both the Electrical Engineering Technology Program and Power Utility Technician Program.
  • REsource is a new online knowledge platform launched this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA),. The source enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customized charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use and deployment. It also provides information on renewable energy market statistics, potentials, policies, finance, costs, benefits, innovations, education and other topics.
  • Abengoa has announced the appointment of Co-CFO responsible for Investor Relations & Capital Markets, effective February 1st, 2015. Ignacio Garcia Alvear, current CFO of Abengoa Bioenergy, will replace Barbara Zubiria, who has decided to take on a new professional opportunity as CFO of a company in an unrelated sector. Mr. Garcia Alvear joined Abengoa in 1995 and has been in his current position since January 2004.
  • Parker Ranch has announced that Parker Ranch Foundation Trust (PRFT) has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. This agreement provides NextEra Energy Resources with long-term access rights to PRFT lands to develop renewable energy derived from PRFT’s wind resources.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/In a move designed to reflect their specialized expertise with solar racks and installations, Daetwyler Clean Energy has shifted its solar brand to DCE Solar. “We believe in all renewable forms of energy,” said CEO Bill Taylor. “Our name shift is about emphasizing our focus on solar instead of the much broader spectrum of different kinds of clean energy which Daetwyler also supports.”
  • Ecolab Inc. is the first major corporate participant in Minnesota’s newest alternative energy program, which uses community solar gardens — shared solar panel sites with grid-connected subscribers — to offset electricity use. SunEdison will develop the solar gardens under the Xcel Energy Solar*Rewards Community Program, which launched in December 2014 in Minnesota. The solar gardens will deliver electricity to Minnesota’s local grid, and as a subscriber, Ecolab will offset the electricity it purchases for its corporate and research, development and engineering campuses in Minnesota.
  • ReportsnReports.com has added the report, “Global Wind Turbine Value Chain – Production, Market Share, Competitive Landscape and Market Size to 2020″. According to this wind power market and wind turbine industry report, more blades are being outsourced than are being produced in-house, Asian tower manufacturers pose threat to American counterparts and Europe as well as Asia-Pacific combined generate more than 90% of global wind power generators. This research provides global data and information analysis for wind power market, wind turbine, wind turbine rotor blade market, wind turbine gearbox industry, the wind turbine tower as well as generator markets.
  • Transparency Market Research has released a new market report titled “Waste to Energy Market: Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 – 2019,” that defines and segments the global waste to energy market with analysis and forecast of the global revenues. This report observes that the annual revenue of the waste to energy market was USD 18,472.3 million in 2012 and is expected to reach USD 31,892.9 million by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 8.1% from 2013 to 2019.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC) is pleased to welcome Quad County Corn Processors (QCCP) and Syngenta as new members. Syngenta and QCCP are engaged in a joint venture to develop, license and deploy Cellerate™ — a “bolt on” cellulosic ethanol process technology easily integrated into existing corn ethanol production processes.
  • New orders of clean diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses by transit agencies in major communities like San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, and New York over the past year are a strong indication that clean diesel technology is still the all-around best choice for public transportation according to Allen Schaeffer, executive director of the Diesel Technology Forum. “These new clean diesel powered buses offer the most modern and advanced technology to transit fleets in a much more cost-efficient manner than other fuel sources,” Schaeffer said. “It’s because of the safety, reliability and efficiency now coupled with new environmental performance that makes diesel the predominant power source for public transit, as well as school and intercity bus services nationwide.”
  • Rémi Gruet has been appointed CEO of Ocean Energy Europe – the trade association for ocean renewable energy. Gruet joined Ocean Energy Europe as Policy & Operations Director last year and succeeds Dr. Sian George, who was appointed to oversee the reinvention of the association as Ocean Energy Europe in 2012. Gruet will be tasked with shaping the policy context that will help Europe’s ocean energy sector reach commercialisation over the coming decade.
  • Henry Ford’s 20th-century vision of a bioeconomy rich with fuels developed from vegetable matter is far from a reality. What will it take to shift the fossil-fuel-based energy of the present into a future sustainable, modern bioeconomy? Bioenergy Connection, the magazine produced by the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), confronts that question in its latest issue. The article looks at the state of advanced biofuels and technologies today, as well as offering closer examinations of two biofuels, bio-butanol and biodiesel. Other features address the promise of aviation biofuels, flex fuels in the United States, and the history of sugarcane ethanol in Brazil. In a series of articles, experts also examine the dramatic debut of commercial cellulosic ethanol, the process of separating sugars from biomass, and bioprospecting for potential microbes to aid in biofuels production.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/IKEA has announced solar energy plans for its St. Louis, Missouri store opening Fall 2015.  Panel installation will begin this spring, with completion before the store’s opening, making the project the largest rooftop solar array in the State of Missouri. The store is under construction on 21 acres along Interstate-64 at Vandeventer Avenue, The store’s 259,000-square-foot solar array will consist of a 1.28-MW system, built with 4,085 panels, and will produce approximately 1,780,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
  • Canadian Solar Inc. has contributed $400,000 to the University of Toronto’s TalentEdge program to support scientific development, cutting-edge research, and hands-on learning. Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in Material Sciences in 1995.
  • High school students are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the CHS Foundation, the major giving entity of CHS Inc. The CHS Foundation will award more than 300 scholarships, 100 of which will be given to high school students pursuing agricultural-related degrees at colleges and universities across the country. Students pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) field of study with an interest in agriculture will also be considered. The high school scholarship application deadline is April 1, 2015. For eligibility information and application forms, visit www.chsinc.com/stewardship.
  • Yingli Green Energy has announced that it completed grid connection for a 10 MW solar power plant in China’s Hebei Province in late December 2014. The solar power plant is located in Fuping, a mountainous region in western Hebei Province. It will produce more than 12,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity per year.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Algae.Tec Limited has announced it has executed an agreement with China Finance Strategies Investment Holdings Ltd (CFS) under which Algae.Tec will issue an initial US $0.5m convertible bond and, subject to the achievement of certain milestones, will issue US $5m conditional options to CFS, and CFS will introduce Algae.Tec’s unique technology into the greater China region.
  • Survalent Technology’s Advanced Distrubution Management System (ADMS) took home the award for the Best Smart Grid Solution at the 2014 Rural Smart Grid Summit (RSGS), held at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • The report “Global Wind Turbine Value Chain – Production, Market Share, Competitive Landscape and Market Size to 2020,” provides an overview of the global wind power market, examining major drivers and restraints, global wind power capacity and generation data broken down by region, country, and segment (onshore/offshore). It also looks at the wind turbine market, covering global average turbine size, price, market size, and manufacturer share in terms of installations. The report discusses the global wind turbine value chain, examining the key components of a wind turbine: the rotor blade, gearbox, tower, and generator. It analyzes the production, cost, market size and major trends for each component, as well as major companies’ competitive landscapes.
  • TerraForm Power, Inc. has announced that it has commenced a $350 million underwritten public offering of shares of its Class A common stock. TerraForm Power has also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase additional shares of its Class A common stock. TerraForm Power intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund a portion of the previously announced acquisition of certain power generation assets from First Wind.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) has approved a USD 420,000 preparation grant to Jumeme – Rural Power Supply Ltd (JRPS) to support the development of a portfolio of independent solar-hybrid mini-grids in rural growth centres in Tanzania. Specifically, the SEFA grant will finance the costs related to technical studies, lender’s due diligence support, legal and financial advisory services. Tanzania’s national electricity coverage is estimated at about 21%, with transmission grid covering a minor part of the country and leaving out most of the territory, particularly in western and southern regions.
  • Innovative Solar Systems (ISS) has secured all approvals and is ready to start construction on an 80MW Solar Farm Project in North Carolina. ISS has all approvals in place including interconnection agreements, purchase power agreements, state, federal and regulatory approvals for Innovative Solar 46, an 80MW solar farm project located in Hope Mills, NC. This project will be the single largest solar farm project ever built in the United States on this side of the Rockies.
  • HOMA Pump Technology is now generating 100 percent of its anticipated electricity usage at its Ansonia, Connecticut facility from a recently completed solar project designed, engineered, and installed by the Ross Solar Group. Commissioned in December of 2014, the 104,640-watt installation is comprised of 320 high-efficiency SunPower solar panels, and four SMA Tripower 24000 TL inverters. The system is expected to generate in excess of 125,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy per year.
  • According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from distributed energy storage systems (DESSs) is expected to grow from $452 million annually in 2014 to more than $16.5 billion in 2024. The report analyzes global market forecasts for power capacity, energy capacity and revenue through 2024.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/SunShare and Mortenson have announced a strategic relationship to develop and build solar gardens in Minnesota.  The announcement comes just a week after Xcel Energy announced its plan to more than double its renewable energy by 2030, including exponential growth in solar from 14 megawatts today to 2,400 megawatts in 2030.
  • Boralex Inc. has announced the acquisition of the equity interest owned by Northland Power Inc. into the Frampton community wind power project that has a total capacity of 24 MW. Owned by the municipality of Frampton at 33,3% and, after closing of the transaction, by Boralex at 66,7%, the Frampton project shall be located on private lands in the municipality of Frampton, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region in Québec. Once constructed, Frampton will consist of 12 Enercon E-82 wind turbines and is covered by a power sales contract with Hydro-Québec. With a 20-year term, the contract was awarded under the Hydro-Québec Distribution request for proposals for 250 MW of wind power in 2009.
  • OnlineSchoolsCenter.com has released their list of the Top 50 Green Schools recognizing colleges and universities that go above and beyond for their students, the environment, the community, and the school as a whole to provide an environmentally-conscious, ‘green’ campus life. Schools included in the list boast multiple, simple and complex, means of contributing to the planet’s health in ways including, but not limited to, sustainability, clean-energy, solar power, recycling and landscape management.
  • ROUSH CleanTech has earned California Air Resources Board (CARB) retrofit certification for all Ford 6.8-liter vehicles for model years 2012 to 2015. Any 2012 – 2015 model year Ford E-450, F-450, F-550, F-650, F-53 and F-59 vehicles can now be converted to run on propane autogas in all 50 states, making it easier for U.S. fleet operators to transition to this clean-burning, domestically produced alternative fuel.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/BlueRock Energy and ReEnergy Black River LLC have entered into a services agreement to support ReEnergy’s delivery of power from its 60 MW ReEnergy Black River bioenergy facility to the Fort Drum U.S. Army installation near Watertown, New York. Under the agreement, BlueRock Energy is performing load forecasting, scheduling and delivery services from the plant to Fort Drum and other wholesale support services designed to provide ReEnergy timely and accurate power delivery services under ReEnergy’s agreement with Fort Drum.
  • Pacific Ethanol has announced its agreement with Dresser-Rand to install a 3.5 megawatt cogeneration system with gradual oxidizer at its Stockton, CA plant for approximately $12 million. The cogeneration system will displace purchased electricity by using Ener-Core, Inc.’s innovative gradual oxidizer technology to convert waste gas from ethanol production and natural gas into electricity and steam. With this technology, the plant will have among the lowest air emissions in the ethanol industry.
  • Paul Brophy has been elected by his peers on the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors to be the next President. He replaces Louis E. Capuano, Jr., who remains on the Board of Directors as Past President. Brophy is currently President of EGS Inc. and has over 45 years worldwide experience in the field of energy and natural resources, of which 35 years has been in the geothermal industry based in Santa Rosa, California.
  • RES America Developments Inc. has entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc. for 114 MW of wind energy and associated renewable energy credits in the Thumb of Michigan. The wind power will be sourced from the Deerfield Wind Energy project, which is located in Huron County, Michigan. The project is located on approximately 20,000 acres in the townships of Huron, Bloomfield, Dwight, and Lincoln. There are more than 215 local landowners are participating in Deerfield Wind Energy and will receive landowner royalty payments from the project.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/China Ming Yang Wind Power has announced that its 6.0MW Super Compact Drive wind turbine generator has won the silver award of the Best Offshore Wind Turbines in the Windpower Monthly Turbines of the Year Awards 2014.
  • The South Africa Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a preferred bidder status for a 100 megawatt (MW) Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) project to a consortium led by SolarReserve, and International Company for Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power), the Saudi water and power developer, owner and operator. The project was developed in response to the DOE’s Round 3 (CSP) Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The Redstone Solar Thermal Power project, with the lowest tariff bid to date from any CSP project in the country, is scheduled to achieve financial close later in 2015 and commence operations in early 2018.
  • Sunrun and Investec Inc. and Investec Bank plc have announced the close of $195 million of senior credit facilities to support the growth of Sunrun’s residential solar business. Sunrun will use the funds to help more Americans install high quality solar systems on their homes and reduce their electricity costs. This is Sunrun’s first syndicated financing and signifies a new source of capital for the company.
  • Blattner Energy has joined the board of directors for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). A premier EPC contractor in renewable energy construction, Blattner Energy has more than a century of experience leveraging new technologies and applying core competencies in emerging markets.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has announced that Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will discuss Iowa’s leadership in the production of biofuels, such as ethanol and biodiesel, at the 9th Annual Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit and Trade Show on January 27, 2015 at The Meadows Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa.
  • Gevo, Inc. has announced that they have received a positive determination from the Listing Qualifications department of The Nasdaq Stock Market December 30, 2014, granting approval of the company’s request to transfer its listing to The Nasdaq Capital Market from The Nasdaq Global Market. The company’s securities will begin trading on the Nasdaq Capital Market effective at the start of trading on Monday, January 5, 2015.
  • TransCanada Corporation has announced that it has acquired the eighth Ontario solar facility from Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. (Canadian Solar). The newly built Liskeard 1 facility has a generating capacity of 10 MW and is located in northeastern Ontario in the New Liskeard region. The new facility has now started generating electricity under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority.
  • The Board of Trustees of Kit Carson Electric unanimously approved a build out of an additional 1.5 Megawatts of Community Solar projects to be located on Taos, New Mexico, into Kit Carson Cooperative Electric’s power supply mix. The approval comes following a decision by the Board of Trustees to begin negotiations of opting out of the current contract with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Cooperative. The total 1.5 Megawatt Community Solar Projects will allow Kit Carson Electric to fully reach its contract limits set by Tri-State of 5% energy to 10% capacity.

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  • http://domesticfuel.com/category/bioenergy-bytes/Hanwha SolarOne has announced they have signed a deal with a leading photovoltaic (PV) developer for the supply of 80 megawatts (MW) of solar PV modules to a project in the Antofagasta Region. The solar installations will be powered by Hanwha SolarOne’s new polycrystalline module generation, the HSL S Series.
  • China Sunergy has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CEEG (Nanjing) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd., has won a 30 MW contract from Enrich Energy Pvt. Ltd, an integrated solar energy solutions provider and a pioneer in India focused on developing large scale private solar parks across India.
  • Aquatherm Industries, Inc. congratulates Mr. Reed Wilson in having been elected President of the Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA). Wilson is owner of Aquatherm’s long-time Florida Distribution Center Aquatherm Solar Supply as well as Fort Myers-based HVAC and solar contracting firm FL Green Team.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the extension of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Rebate program, which will continue to provide $2,000 rebates for large-battery system plug-in hybrid electric and battery-electric vehicles until June 30, 2015, or until the 500 vehicle benchmark is reached. To date, DEP has more than 150 rebates remaining at this amount. DEP has invested $4.35 million toward the deployment of electric vehicles in Pennsylvania since 2011.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFTerraForm Power has completed its acquisition of 77.6 MW of distributed generation solar power plants from the Capital Dynamics U.S. Solar Energy Fund, L.P. The transaction is expected to provide approximately $21 million in unlevered Cash Available for Distribution (CAFD) in the next year and will be immediately accretive to CAFD per share. The power purchase agreements in the acquired portfolio have a weighted average remaining contract life of 19 years with a weighted average credit rating of A3/A-.
  • San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced that more than 1,000 MW of renewable power is being delivered to the San Diego region made possible by the new $1.9 billion Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project. The addition of the 150-MW Solar Gen 2 Imperial Valley solar project now brings to more than 1,000 MW the total amount of solar and wind power being transmitted to SDG&E customers from the Imperial Valley.
  • Renewable Energy Systems Americas has announced the completion of a portion of the 267 MW Tucannon River Wind Farm in Washington State. The company served as the Balance of Plant (BOP) construction contractor for the project’s owner, Portland General Electric (PGE). The project consists of 116 2.3 MW Siemens turbines and is expected to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power the homes of approximately 84,000 average residential customers.
  • Solar-Tectic LLC has been issued a patent for their technology that allows for the growth of single crystal semiconductor films on inexpensive substrates such as glass, from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The technology was invented by the late Dr. Praveen Chaudhari, winner of the 1995 US Medal of Technology and Innovation, and has applications in various industries in addition to solar, such as displays and LEDs. U.S. patent 8,916,455 titled “Method of Growing Heteroepitaxial Single Crystal of Large Grained Semiconductor Films on Glass Substrates and Devices Thereon” promises to solve a long standing challenge in materials science, namely, the growth of single crystal semiconductor films directly on amorphous substrates, such as glass.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe history, changes and recent state of solar power systems will be covered by James Earl Jones in an upcoming “In America” segment. The segment will examine how solar power systems are saving people money, creating ‘green’ energy, and how it’s changing the landscape of the energy industry.
  • Sunpin Solar Development and Suntuity, a Global Project Developer have begun commercial operation of their 3.97 MWp DC ground mounted distributed generation facility located in Tolland, Massachusetts. The utility scale solar system is interconnected to Western Massachusetts Electric Company’s distribution system powering the municipalities of Agawam and Longmeadow. All electricity produced by the project (net of 1.75% parasitic load) will be sold (50% to the Town of Longmeadow, 50% to the Town of Agawam) through Solar Net Metering Power Purchase Agreements with both townships.
  • Pattern Energy Group has acquired the 200 megawatt Logan’s Gap Wind project in Texas, which is currently under construction. Upon completion of the project, the company will have an owned interest of 164 MW and three institutional tax equity investors will acquire the balance. Pattern Energy acquired the Logan’s Gap Wind project for a total cash funding commitment of approximately $113 million.
  • Martifer Solar has completed development of a 4.27 MW PV plant in the UK for Smartenergy Renewables AG. The 4.27 MW PV Francis Court solar plant is located near Exeter. Martifer Solar has sold the project rights and will complete the engineering, procurement and construction) and subsequent operation & maintenance services.

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  • BioEnergyBytesDFThe Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) has announced that Iowa’s 43 ethanol plants produced 3.9 billion gallons during 2014, up from 3.7 billion gallons the previous three years. Iowa continues to be the number one ethanol producing state, and is estimated to account for roughly 27 percent of national ethanol production in 2014. For the first time, a small amount of the ethanol production came from cellulosic feedstocks such as corn stover and corn kernel fiber.
  • The Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), in partnership with The Electrochemical Society (ECS), is requesting proposals from young professors and scholars pursuing innovative electrochemical research in green energy technology. The purpose of the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship is to encourage young professors and scholars to pursue research in green energy technology that may promote the development of next-generation vehicles capable of utilizing alternative fuels.
  • According to the latest report from GTM Research, “The Future of Solar-Plus-Storage in the U.S.,” the nation will install 318 cumulative megawatts of behind-the-meter solar-plus-storage capacity through 2018. Between California’s recent mandate for the state to procure 1.3 gigawatts of energy storage for its grid and the announcement of Tesla’s Gigafactory, the energy storage market is nearing a tipping point.
  • BBI International has announced that Heating the Midwest, a regional conference focusing on biomass derived thermal energy, will be co-located with the 2015 International Biomass Conference and Expo. Heating the Midwest will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Minneapolis Convention Center and will bring together leaders of the woody and agricultural biomass industry interested in supporting and expanding the use of biomass for heat and combined heat and power in the Midwest.