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AUGUST 25, 2010
Vol. 2, Issue 05 A publication of Site Selection

  • Ever find yourself looking to the future for so long that it suddenly was the past? Some folks associated with the FutureGen project might know that feeling. But the DOE is taking things in a new direction and toward a yet-to-be-named new site. We get you up to date in Getting Off the Dime.

  • Skeptical of China's green conversion? The good people of Dezhou are seeking to disarm you by becoming a world leader in solar technology production and use. We provide a glimpse of things to come in Sun 2.0.

  • Hydrokinetic energy may be Slow Moving Power, but a project in the Big Easy is moving along faster today.


Oslo-based Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics earlier this spring released its concept for a new kind of sustainable shipping terminal, to go with the zero-emissions concept cargo ship it unveiled five years ago. The Castor Green Terminal plans to use wind, sun and water to maximum advantage: "The energy used to handle each unit of cargo within the terminal complex will be reduced by as much as 80 per cent," said the WWL release. No word on a location yet, however.

"The location of the Castor Green Terminal will be based on detailed environmental studies of the local area, including potential impact on sea life, birds and animals," said the company. "The terminal is intended to be sited close to good rail and road links and barge services (if relevant) so distances to main markets and manufacturing facilities will be relatively short."

"We want to extend our zero emissions ambition from ocean activities to port and land-based activities," says Erik Nyheim, COO, Terminal and Inland Services at WWL. "Now, our environmental goals will better cover our factory-to-dealer product scope, benefitting our customers who are starting to measure and reduce the carbon footprint in their entire supply chains."

"If we look at all the coal-fired boilers in the Southeastern United States that aren't currently using biomass, and we maximize the amount of biomass that they can potentially co-fire, we generate an amount of energy equivalent to 5.3 percent of nuclear, coal, and natural gas electric power sector energy consumption in the region," says Christopher Galik, a research coordinator at Duke's Climate Change Policy Partnership (CCPP) and co-author of a new 10-state study "The Near-Term Market and Greenhouse Gas Implications of Forest Biomass Utilization in the Southeastern United States." "We estimate that biomass can achieve significant greenhouse gas reductions, but exact reductions vary by place, time, and a number of other factors. There are also important impacts on current industrial users to consider."

On July 29, Genera Energy and partners broke ground at Tennessee's Biomass Innovation Park, which will provide harvesting, handling, storage, densification, pre-processing, and transportation for multiple feedstocks including switchgrass. Located adjacent to the Genera/DDCE demonstration-scale biorefinery in Vonore on 21 acres, the campus will serve as the foundation for all biomass feedstock used to create biofuels, biochemicals, bioproducts, biomaterials, biopower and bioenergy. Genera currently has more than 6,000 acres of switchgrass growing in nine counties located within 50 miles of the Vonore biorefinery.

On August 12, the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and International Trade Administration's (ITA) Commercial Service today announced a week-long U.S. Clean Technology Trade & Investment Mission from November 29 ‹ December 4, 2010, to begin in Lyon, France at Pollutec, a tradeshow that features the world's leading international exhibit for the environment and sustainable development markets. The trip will conclude in Brussels, Belgium where U.S. communities and companies will participate in a U.S. Embassy reception, NATO cleantech roundtable, and other networking opportunities.

The U.S. Clean Technology Trade & Investment Mission will bring together a mix of U.S. community delegates and businesses within their regions to catalyze the process of connecting U.S. communities with opportunities to increase exports and attract foreign direct investment (FDI), with a particular emphasis on advancing the green economy and creating jobs in the United States. For more information, visit:

In his just-released report, "Nine Challenges of Alternative Energy" Lawrence Berkeley staff scientist David Fridley assesses the obvious yet too often overlooked obstacles to the widespread deployment of alternative energies around the world. These nine challenges are:

Scalability and Timing
Material Requirements
Energy Density
The Law of Receding Horizons
Energy Returned on Energy Invested

The report was prepared as a contribution to the October 2010 Watershed Media/UC Press publication, "The Post Carbon Reader."

Earlier this month, according to a release from the Great River Economic Development Foundation, Adams County board members in western Illinois unanimously approved a revised wind ordinance making way for the proposed $300-million Prairie Mills Wind Farm from Acciona Energy North America working with Global Winds Harvest. To be built in the Camp Point, Clayton and Golden vicinity, the 100-turbine farm would generate $1 million in property tax revenue, $600,000 in annual lease revenue for landowners, 200 or more construction jobs and 20 high-paying permanent jobs.

The New York Times offers an in-depth look at Portugal's clean-energy gambit and a look at using California's contaminated agricultural lands for wind and solar farms , an idea not far afield from using mine waste sites for the same thing.

Need more time to submit your application for the DOE renewable energy loan guarantee solicitation? Not to worry - the Part I application deadline for the July 2009 energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution technologies solicitation has now been extended to October 5, 2010.

The extension gives companies six more weeks to apply for a Recovery Act-funded loan guarantee under Section 1705. The Part II application deadline is still December 31, 2010. For more information about this solicitation and the Department's Loan Guarantee Program, visit

An Aug. 9 article in The Financial Times cites a new McKinsey index that rates the U.S. ahead of the pack when it comes to the electric car revolution . McKinsey published a study of the electric car market in late 2009.

Front row: Dr.-Ing. Rainer Bareiss, head of the SF direction in the central technical area at Züblin, Jörn Beckmann, member of the board of management of Züblin, Peter Vanacker, member of the ex-ecutive committee of Bayer MaterialScience and global sponsor of the program, and Dr. Thomas Braig, head of the EcoCommercial Building program in the Europe, Middle East, Africa region; standing behind: Dieter Wilken, head of the turn-key construction team (Cologne) at Züblin, and Manfred Rink, head of New Business at Bayer MaterialScience (all from left to right).

Ed. Züblin AG, a leading German construction and engineering company, and Bayer MaterialScience AG have signed a memorandum of understanding on a pilot project in the turn-key construction of an energy-efficient commercial building. The key focus of the cooperation with Züblin will be on optimizing the energy demand of buildings through building envelope insulation concepts, energy-efficient building technologies, renewable energy applications, and interior solutions to increase user comfort and health as well as energy efficiency.

"Our EcoCommercial Building program is an entirely new business model we have developed for the construction industry," says Peter Vanacker, member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience and global sponsor of the EcoCommercial Building program. "Most of the solutions for constructing green buildings are already available in the marketplace. Taking on a system integration role, the program allows the industry to leverage the potential of new developments in materials and technologies, and to put sustainable construction into practice," Vanacker explains.

LEED gets all the press. But are other systems' criteria better suited to your company's sustainability vision and goals? The Green Building Initiative is the U.S. administrator of the Green Globes environmental analysis and assessment process.

Florida has it going both ways: The state's new Clean Energy Investment Program plans to work with $36 million in federal stimulus funds to invest directly in businesses' energy-efficiency projects - and get a slice of equity in return. At the same time, however, according to the St. Petersburg Times, the state's solar energy rebate program is on the rocks.

Want more? Make sure to visit the Energy Report Archive.

"Energy Matters" is compiled, written and edited by Adam Bruns.

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