Solar projects often integrate battery components and, while the practice is less commonplace in the wind sector, presents an opportunity companies should explore, says Navigant Research. Wind and battery companies should work together to develop new software for integrating the resources and identify attractive revenue streams and sites for hybrid solutions.
NextEra Energy Resources has invested more than $5.6 billion in Oklahoma wind farms and currently has four under construction, including the 250-megawatt Skeleton Creek project that is expected to begin operations this year, says Project Manager Mike Lienhard. Demand for wind continues to grow and Oklahoma will remain an important state for NextEra, he says.
The first phase of the world's energy overhaul involved scaling wind and solar and, now that those two energy sources have become cost-competitive, a "second phase" featuring green hydrogen and new battery solutions is gaining traction, says DNV GL.
The Wyoming Senate has advanced a bill that, if approved, would enact stronger rules for proposing, siting and securing approval for wind turbines. Companies would be required to notify landowners, cities, towns and local military installation commanders of potential projects before submitting an application at the county-commission level, and receive written approval from military leaders ensuring their potential project wouldn't impede military operations.
A bioplastic that can block ultraviolet radiation has been created by a team of scientists at the University of Oulu in Finland by chemically linking the cellulose- and hemicellulose-derived biorefinery products hydroxymethylfurfural and furfura. The team published their findings in the American Chemical Society's journal Macromolecules and Biomacromolecules.
The biofuel industry saw a historically low number of mergers and acquisitions in 2019, with four operating ethanol, advanced biofuels and biodiesel plants sold amid policy uncertainties and thin margins, according to a report from investment bank Ocean Park. "No large-scale, operating biofuels plants changed hands --- which is rare for the biofuels M&A market," the bank said.
An open-source simulation software package called BioSTEAM designed to compare and prioritize approaches to biomass conversion into biofuels and bioproducts has been developed by researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The researchers, who published their study in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, also designed the BioSTEAM software to generate data for environmental impact assessment of biorefineries.
A decision of the Japan Patent Office denying one of US-based Broad Institute's patent applications on the CRISPR-Cas9 technique has been rejected by the Intellectual Property High Court. The ruling, if upheld, means food developers and other companies would need to pay license fees for the commercial use of the technique.
Europe-centric consortium Shared Research Center Biorizon, backed by over $50 million in funding, is drawing interest from a growing number of potential purchasers and investors as it works to develop bioaromatics from sugar, lignin and other raw materials with hopes to bring them to market in 2025. Meanwhile, US-based Anellotech is generating up to 24% in yields from its loblolly pine biomass-to-aromatics conversion process and is raising money to build its first commercial aromatics plant.
A team of scientists in Belgium has published a study detailing how the chemical industry can transition from using petroleum to wood as a raw material. The team, which aims to build a wood biorefinery in the country, is partnering with landscape managers and waste processors to use waste wood for the study and is in talks with partners for processing lignin oil and cellulose pulp from wood into various products.