Jan 23, 2014

Top solar projects to be honored

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Fifteen entries in the categories of Best Solar Collaboration, Best Solar Project 2013 and Most Innovative Solar Company have been whittled down from a large number of very high caliber nominations submitted over the course of the past 6 months for the 3rd annual Solar Power Generation USA awards.

The winners will be announced in on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in front of an audience of 300 solar professionals at the 6th Annual Solar Power Generation USA congress at the San Diego Marriot del Mar, Calif. 

In the field of Best Solar Collaboration the shortlisted entries are:

•    Yolo County Project (SunPower, Yolo County)
•    City of Palo Alto Development Services Department (City of Palo Alto)
•    CT Solar Lease Program II (Assurant/CEFIA)
•    Knoxville Zoo (ARiES Energy)
•    Konterra Solar Microgrid Project (Standard Solar)

For Best Solar Project of 2013, a whole spectrum of project types and sizes were submitted. Those short listed are:

•    Whole Foods Market (Solaire Generation)
•    Hunters Point Distributed Generation (Clean Coalition/Pacific Gas & Electric)
•    Konterra Solar Microgrid Project (Standard Solar)
•    Ft Hunter Liggett ECIP Solar Micro Grid Project (Koontz Electric Company, Inc)
•    Simon Solar Farm (Phoenix Solar/Silicon Ranch Corp)

For Most Innovative Solar Company the four short listed entries are: 
•    SolarReserve
•    Clean Energy Collective
•    eNow, Inc.
•    S&C Electric Company
•    OCI Solar Power

The shortlist was chosen by an expert panel of judges including:    

  • Craig Lewis, executive director, Clean Coalition
  • Sachu Constantine, policy director, California Center for Sustainable Energy
  • Steve Iyer, VP operations, GCL Solar Energy
  • Jim Avery, senior vice president, Power Supply, San Diego Gas & Electric

Recognizing excellence in clean energy development, the SPG awards are held alongside the SPG USA congress. Now in its sixth year, SPG'14 will be packed with senior level representatives from utilities, commercial, and industrial power off-takers, developers, installers, EPCs and investors. 

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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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