The Top 3 Renewable Energy Projects in Nevada
At the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada was touted as an up-and-coming leader in renewable energy. Several major renewable energy projects were showcased and we count down the top 3.
3. Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels’ Waste-to-Jet Fuel facility in Reno
The company recently won a $105 million loan from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a facility outside of Reno, NV, that will convert waste into jet fuel. The plant is expected to produce 11 million gallons of fuel annually from 147,000 tons of waste. Also notable is the fact that this is first federal loan awarded for a waste-to-jet fuel project. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack applauded Fulcrum and heralded it as a major step forward for biofuel.
“This represents a huge step forward in the development of clean, renewable, job-creating American fuels,” he said. “The energy age that will make us more energy independent, cut carbon pollution and strengthen our economy, especially in rural communities where clean fuels will be produced.”
A rendering of what the factory will look like.
2. Silver State South Solar Project in Primm
Located about 40 miles south of Las Vegas, Primm, NV, is situated right on the state line between California and Nevada. Known for its several casinos, one might be surprised to hear it’s the spot of one of the biggest solar installations in the country.
The Silver State South Solar Project is a $1 billion venture between FirstSolar, NextEra EnergyResources, and Southern California Edison. When completed and operation, it will be tired for the 4th largest PV solar installation in the world.
The project has a lot of support from all parties involved.
“Renewable energy sources such as solar power play an important role in the future energy mix in this country,” Armando Pimentel, president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, said. “We look forward to working with First Solar and Southern California Edison to make this project a reality.”
Nevada Senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also expressed his support for the project.
“This project proves again that solar energy is the wave of the future,” he said. “It stimulates economic growth, creates jobs, and replaces fossil-fueled energy with clean solar power.”
The project is expected to be completed around early 2016.
1. Tesla’s Gigafactory in Reno
There’s no doubt that this is the biggest renewable energy project in Nevada, as five states were vying for Tesla to bring its gigafactory to them. The $5 billion project is expected to bring jobs and economic growth to the region. It will also share an industrial park space with the previously mentioned biofuel factory.
Speaking at last week’s summit, Senator Reid made it clear that the Nevada put in work to get the factory.
“This is great news for Nevada, but it did not happen by accident,” Senator Reid said. “This is a perfect example of the partnerships between private industry and government forged here at the clean energy summit.”
It’s also worth noting that while the cost of the project is great, the size of the facility may be greater. A Redditor and Tesla investor created a size comparison of the factory to other large-scale buildings. The factory is one of the biggest in the world, let alone Nevada. Check out the infographics below and we’ll be sure to bring you more coverage of the factory as construction gets underway.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
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.