Nov 26, 2012

LA to Purchase Power from Tribal Solar Plant

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  Los Angeles recently approved a $1.6 billion, 25-year contract to purchase solar power from a company that will build nearly 1 mill...


Los Angeles recently approved a $1.6 billion, 25-year contract to purchase solar power from a company that will build nearly 1 million solar panels on the Moapa River Indian Reservation—the largest solar plant on tribal lands in the country.

“I just can’t believe that we’re actually going to have something like this on the reservation,” Anderson told the Las Vegas Review Journal on Tuesday after the council unanimously decided to purchase power from developer K Road Moapa Solar LLC in conjunction with the tribe.

“We are going to have a solar farm and jobs for our people,” he said about the 320 members of the Moapa band, who will serve as landlords and provide sand and gravel for the project.

The plant is expected to go online in 2016, consisting of 910,000 solar panels across 2,000 acres of land that will generate enough electricity for 118,000 homes in Los Angeles.


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In a statement Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "Unlike the old, dirty technologies used at the nearby Reid Gardner coal plant, this new solar project will not emit any hazardous emissions, wastes, or carbon pollution."

According to Reid, the project stands as an example of how clean energy can be used to boost Nevada's economy, creating some 400 jobs during construction.

"In building out K Road's solar capabilities in Nevada, hundreds of clean energy jobs will be created," Reid said. "By beginning the process of working toward energy independence, the Moapa Band of Paiutes will have a unique opportunity to strengthen their local economy."

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will have the option to purchase the solar farm in 2026 for an upwards of $339 million to $398 million. Under California's renewable energy law, the Department must generate a quarter of its power from renewable sources by 2016, and 33 percent by 2020. It currently relies on renewable energy sources for over 17 percent of its power.



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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
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Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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