Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG®) member Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. (Elevance) was named a 2015 New Energy Pioneer award winner by Bloomberg New Energy Finance on April 13, 2015. Elevance CEO K'Lynne Johnson accepted the award on behalf of the company. Bloomberg New Energy Finance recognized Elevance and nine other companies as revolutionizing the energy sector in potential scale, innovation, and momentum. Elevance's recent introductions include the Inherent™ line of renewable building blocks; personal care product lines, Elevance Smooth and Elevance Soft; Elevance Aria™ base stock and Elevance Concert™ additive for the lubricant industry; and Elevance Clean™ ingredient for the cleaning industry.
As Global Demand for Electricity Grows, Geothermal Energy Heats Up
January 9, 2017 — At 2:46 p.m. local time on Friday, March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by the largest earthquake ever to strike its shores. The 9.1 magnitude quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people. It also took out the back-up emergency generators that cooled the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant complex, causing a series of catastrophic meltdowns. But amid the chaos, the Yanaizu-Nishiyama geothermal power plant in Fukushima prefecture didn’t miss...
Sir David King: `Climate change is the biggest opportunity of our age`
In his lecture as the 2016 recipient of the Energy Institute (EI)`s Melchett Award, Sir David King FRS HonFEI, Foreign Secretary`s Special Representative for Climate Change, professed the importance of clean energy innovation in tackling the challenge of climate change. Addressing more than 230 energy professionals in London, Sir David outlined the UK’s current commitments regarding energy and climate change legislation. He reiterated the long-term goal, as stated in the COP21 agreement, to hold the...
How can we ensure the race for clean energy doesn’t leave the world’s poorest citizens behind?
As in other places around the world, Mexico’s wind boom runs the risk of bypassing the poor, which is why we need new global standards. Wind power is booming in Mexico. With more than 3,200 megawatts in operation, the country is on par with Japan. By 2018 it expects to have 10,000 MW installed as part of the government’s Climate Action Plan. Promising, right? Scratch the surface of that boom, however, and you’ll find uncomfortable truths: land rights conflicts and perceived inequities in...
Is Energy Efficiency the correct path to a lower carbon economy?
European researchers haveidentified a new “fuel”that by 2030 will be more important than oil. It’s called energy efficiency − the drive to get more bang from each buck spent on power. If the European Union member states adopt a 40% energy efficiency target, the sum of energy savings and power from renewable sources such as wind and photovoltaics together would overtake the sum of all imported coal, oil and gas by 2030, according to anew study from the European Commission’s Joint...
Can low-income housing be energy efficient and affordable?
Residents of low-income housing need energy efficiency more than others, but are less likely to be able to afford it. How to escape the Catch-22? In Ann Arbor, Michigan, the local housing commission is completing floor-by-floor renovations in the five-story Baker Commons public housing facility with the goal of reducing energy use at least 20 percent. In Pittsburgh, Uptown Lofts — affordable housing opened in February 2015 by the nonprofit ACTION-Housing Inc. to provide homes for young adults phasing out...