U.S. Looks to Extract Lithium for Batteries from Geothermal Waste

California and the Biden administration are pushing incentives to make the United States a global leader in a market that’s beginning to boom: the production of lithium, the lightweight metal needed for the batteries of electric vehicles and for the storage of renewable energy from power plants.

At the moment nearly all the lithium used in the United States must be imported from China and other nations. But that trend could shift within two years if an efficient method is found to remove lithium from power plant waste in California.

Since the 1970s, California has built power plants that make electricity from geothermal energy—steam from saltwater heated by magma from the molten core of the Earth. It now accounts for 6 percent of California’s power, but it is more expensive to produce than other forms of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power.

But that calculus could change if the wastewater from the process—a whitish, soup-like brine that contains a mixture of dissolved minerals and metals including lithium—can be separated so the lithium could be extracted.

According to a study by the Department of Energy, the Salton Sea in California’s Imperial Valley—one of two large geothermal energy production sites in the state—could produce as much as 600,000 tons of lithium annually.

That is more lithium than the United States currently uses. It could bring in $7.2 billion a year, and that could just be the beginning of expected economic benefits. The global demand for lithium is expected to grow as much as tenfold by 2030.

The expected growth will be driven by the United States, China, Europe and Japan as they push for more electric vehicles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

The expected income and the jobs that a strong U.S. lithium industry might produce have compelled some optimistic California leaders to give the potential boom a hopeful name: “Lithium Valley.” And there are other possible geothermal extraction sites in the state, as well as in Arizona and Nevada.

But there’s also a downside.

“Although separating out the lithium from the brine that is brought to the surface during the geothermal production cycle sounds simple, it is anything but,” explained Will Stringfellow, a scientist who is leading the lithium research at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

He and other scientists recently explained in a report that there are also complex chemical, engineering and supply chain issues that need solutions.

Federal support

To help find a solution, the Biden administration has invested $30 million to fund next-generation technologies to improve the process.

They include a $4 million contest involving research teams from 15 universities trying to design a lithium separation process. Most of them plan to use a variety of membranes to extract the lithium from the wastewater.

“The effort to create a resilience of supply, a supply chain and to maximize economic development has struck the heart of this administration,” explained Alejandro Moreno in an interview. He is a deputy assistant secretary for renewable power at DOE.

By 2023 he expects the contest to produce three winning designs for technologies that can extract the lithium in ways that are cost effective and not environmentally harmful.

“We’re the first to try it,” he said, noting the effort to produce lithium from an already existing geothermal power plant process.

In some countries the lithium is mined, but the “dominant method” of obtaining it, according to the Berkeley study, is drawing up the hot, briny water to the surface and then pumping it into swimming pool-like storage ponds where solar energy eventually evaporates it.

The process can take as much as two years and even then only 50 percent of the lithium is removed.

One DOE report noted that a failure to develop a domestic source of lithium will pose national security risks. “Our supply chains for the transportation, utility and aviation sectors will be vulnerable and beholden to others for key technologies necessary for advancement,” it said.

The Defense Department will need advanced lithium-ion batteries for a variety of uses including electricity storage and aviation, it noted. And the U.S. commercial aviation industry will start in “about ten years” with “all-electric or hybrid-electric commuter aircraft,” said DOE’s report.

All-electric aircraft may use more powerful and perhaps lighter next-generation batteries for “large regional and single-aisle 737-class aircraft.”

Calif. incentives

Nature may have given California an ancient push to create a lithium market in the form of the San Andreas Fault, a dividing line between two tectonic plates that runs through the state for 750 miles.

The fault produces earthquakes, but it also provides access for the heated saltwater to rise closer to the Earth’s surface, where it formed ancient lake beds.

To help take advantage of this natural wonder, the California Energy Commission has provided multimillion-dollar grants to three companies that are planning their own advanced projects to create a domestic lithium market.

The state’s Legislature has formed a 14-member Commission on Lithium Extraction in California to work with EPA and DOE on other incentives that might be used to bring a lithium industry into being.

It is expected to submit a report by October 2022.

Reprinted from EE News with permission from POLITICO, LLC. Copyright 2021. EE News provides essential news for energy and environment professionals.

China helps light up green African future – Chinadaily.com.cn

Uhuru Kenyatta (center), Kenya’s president, visits a solar energy facility in Garissa for the project’s launch in 2019. XIE HAN/XINHUA

Huge bridges, desert-crossing highways and paved roads winding through vast tracts of land are just some of the images that pop up when people think about the burgeoning cooperation between China and Africa.

Those images can do with a refresh, taking on a greener hue, as the partners pick up the pace in the quest for sustainable and environmentally friendly development.

Not that China can be considered a newcomer when it comes to Africa’s green energy development and industrialization. Out in the forbidding desert in Ethiopia, a Chinese company has been helping the country build a wind farm, as part of the country’s strategy to build a green economy.

With a projected total installed capacity of 120 megawatts and an energy output of 467 gigawatt-hours a year, the Aysha wind power project-with work led by Dongfang Electric International Corporation-is expected to boost Ethiopia’s energy output. Construction got underway in 2018.

Many other green-themed projects have sprung up in recent years on the continent.

In Kenya’s Garissa county, the neat and dense solar panels installed by China have benefited thousands of families and businesses.

The Chinese-built, 50-megawatt photovoltaic power station-the largest power station of its kind in East Africa-was fully connected to the country’s national power grid in 2019. It has enabled commercial activities to flourish in Garissa and other counties in the dry north as residents enjoy an uninterrupted power supply in an area once plagued by blackouts.

Adhere Cavince, an international relations scholar, said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency that China has injected vitality into the continent’s quest for climate resilience.

While observing that funding and technological bottlenecks have gummed up parts of Africa’s green transition, Adhere hails China’s support for the implementation of renewable energy programs.

“China has been the leading partner in the continent’s desire to switch to solar and wind energy,” Adhere said.

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency, between 2009 and 2018, China upgraded Africa’s solar capacity from 739 megawatts to 5,500 megawatts; wind energy installations during the same period jumped from a paltry 108 to 6, 100 megawatts.

China launched the BRI International Green Development Coalition in April 2019. The coalition has so far carried out environmental protection exchanges and cooperation initiatives with more than 100 countries, and implemented many biodiversity projects.

China and African countries also have accelerated their efforts to nurture talent in the green energy sphere, and engaged in technology sharing.

According to China’s Environment Minister Huang Runqiu, the country has helped train more than 900 Africans in workshops on urban environmental management and water pollution control since 2015.

Last year, the China-Africa Environmental Cooperation Center, first proposed at the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit in 2015, was launched in Beijing.

Making a difference

And it’s not just the big Chinese companies that are making a difference in Africa’s green energy landscape; smaller businesses are also spreading their wings in the sector.

Hui Honglin, a consultant for Lighting Global, a World Bank Group initiative aimed at increasing access to off-grid solar energy for people living without electricity worldwide, said that China’s private companies-especially small and medium-sized enterprises-are ramping up their efforts in Africa’s green development, alongside the State-sponsored corporations.

Africa has the greatest potential to develop solar energy thanks to its geographical advantages, said Hui, who also sees a bright future for wind power.

According to the International Energy Agency, 55 percent of the continent’s population lack access to electricity. And the shortfalls in power supply are also hurting its industries.

Hui talks of the role Chinese companies can play in helping to bridge the gap between the continent’s rich resources and its ability to give full play to nature’s gifts.

In the Lighting Africa Program, part of the Lighting Global Program, more than 40 percent of the companies participating in the project-as Lighting Global Quality Assurance members-are from China, said Hui. The number has doubled over the past few years, he said.

How To Create A Sustainable Future For Your Business

Every 22nd of April, each year, the world celebrates Earth Day. It’s a special day to reflect on healthy, sustainable practices and their benefits to mother Earth. This is one area that a growing number of businesses take seriously, not only on this one day but on their everyday process.  

Recently, Amazon hit the news headlines with their pledge to adopt 100% renewable energy by 2030 and zero carbon by 2040. Microsoft followed suit, stating that it will be carbon negative by 2030. With such prominent entities taking the lead, you may wonder how you can do the same. If you’re unsure where to start, this article will continue to share easy ways to create a sustainable future for your business.  

  1. Go Solar 

In Miami, energy bills are notorious for taking a large share of business expenses. If not watched, they can go beyond the imaginable. Apart from draining your income, the production of electricity is known to create environmental hazards. If you’re an environment-cautious business owner, you should invest in renewable sources of energy. 

Solar energy in Miami is one of the most reliable electricity alternatives. You can take advantage of the resource to power your business, especially in this era where most governments are supportive of the move. There are solar panel grants that can save you money and in the long run, you won’t have to worry about monthly bills. When you no longer need it, you can get part of the costs back by selling the unused electricity your panels have generated.

  • Offer Remote Work 

Working from home has more benefits than you could ever imagine. In addition to the many benefits it brings to your business, remote working contributes significantly to saving the environment. When your employees are working remotely, it means fewer cars on the road, less traffic and, eventually, reduced carbon dioxide emissions.  

Besides, without the need for a physical office, it means less waste coming from the office. Also, you get to save the money you’d normally use for electricity bills. Therefore, if you’re yet to implement a work from home system, the time is now. There are many software programs out there that you can use to monitor your employees’ performance.  

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 

Creating a sustainable environment also means keeping waste out of landfills. As a business, you can avoid sending waste there by reducing wasteful use where you can. Say, for instance, you can do away with disposable cups, plates, and utensils. This should be replaced with real glass and ceramic. By doing so, you’ll even be saving money since they’re reusable.  

Reusing also helps reduce the amount of trash you send away. However, if the items can’t be reduced or can go for another round of use, then you can consider taking them for recycling. Recycling is now easier as most local areas provide bins for segregation, making the entire process more manageable.  

  • Use Sustainable Packaging 

Your business packaging plays a vital role in selling your name out there. But while it helps to create a packaging that your clientele will remember, it’s also important to consider how it can impact the environment. The fact that most of the packages will end up in bins means that you should create a design that consumers can reuse for other purposes.  

  • Choose Green Web Hosting 

The competition in the business world only gets stiffer as years go by. As a result, every business takes all the necessary steps to stay ahead of its competitors. One way to get an edge is through the use of websites. Websites allow businesses to reach a global audience and even sell merchandise or services. 

However, for the website to run online, it needs to be hosted. There are countless website hosting services out there that you can use. The only problem is that not all of them are eco-friendly. Did you know that running all the servers in London alone is equivalent to operating five nuclear plants? If this sounds scary to you, then that’s how you’ll be contributing to destroying the environment by going for traditional hosting services.  

As a business, you should choose certified green web hosting services to ensure that the power running your sites comes from a renewable source. Besides being eco-friendly, choosing green web hosting saves you money since their prices are also mostly cheaper.    

Final Thought 

Although people worldwide celebrate mother earth in April, taking care of our environment should be an everyday activity. However little your actions may be, they can make a difference. As a business person, being environmentally friendly is an essential strategic growth. By going green, you will not only be lowering your carbon footprint, but you will also be saving your operating expenses. Besides, more customers and partners continue to prefer transacting with businesses that employ measures to contribute to a better environment.  

Neste’s Renewable Diesel Straddles New Markets

Biodiesel has proven cleaner than conventional diesel, but renewable diesel is cleaner yet. Like biodiesel, it’s made mainly from cooking oils, fats, and grease; but it requires no blending; so100% of this pure hydrocarbon fuel can be directly dropped into diesel engines, while biodiesel must be mixed with other fuels and at only up to about 20%. This is largely why oil majors like Shell, Chevron, and bp are moving to this alternative fuel.   But even municipalities, transportation fleets, and the agriculture sector are buying in—at least they are among the customers of Finnish oil and refining company Neste. 

Neste, who has more than 1,400 delivery points across California and Oregon, is gearing up to expand its supply chain, geographic reach, and types of feedstock.

With refineries in Finland, the Netherlands, and Singapore, the company produces one billion gallons of renewal products yearly, and in 2023 will ramp up production in Singapore to boost capacity to 1.5 billion gallons.

“We will need to acquire different feedstocks to fulfill that expansion,” says Tim Wang, head of Sales, Neste U.S. Renewable Road Transports, who says prospects are growing for its renewable alternative, which he says generates 75% less greenhouse gas emissions than fossil-derived diesel over its lifecycle. 

“In the meantime, we are getting inquiries in New Mexico, New York, and Colorado. They are more forward looking, so we are looking to potentially go into those states. We’re also looking at Canada and South America and anywhere with that demand for renewable diesel,” he says.

For now, Neste uses mainly used cooking oil, animal fats, waste fish fats, and vegetable oils from restaurants, stadiums, and airports. With its subsidiary, used cooking oil recycling company Mahoney Environmental, the company collects from over 40,000 venues. And it’s just closed on the acquisition of Agri Trading, one of the largest independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders in the United States.

Neste’s core technology leverages two primary processes: hydrotreatment and isomerization, which yield a clean-burning fuel with similar chemical composition as fossil diesel from various raw materials.

Hydrotreating, which leverages high temperature, high pressure, and catalyst material, turns feedstocks into renewable diesel hydrocarbons while removing impurities.

Isomerization is a second step that allows precise engineering of some of the fuel’s performance characteristics. Specifically, it enables the shape of the hydrocarbon molecule to be altered to provide better properties. 

Neste’s current offtake partners are mainly businesses. The company goes through channel partners with a local presence; Wang says they have a better understanding of clients and a better understanding of what’s necessary for effective logistics.

Northern Sacramento County, Calif.-based Twin Rivers Unified School District is one of those off takers.

The district has 53 school sites, and all its buses are either electric, powered by renewable natural gas, compressed natural gas, or renewable diesel. The 75 buses that run on renewable diesel have resulted in a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 523 metric tons since October 2020, which is equal impact to planting 8,648 trees.

“We want renewable in order to have a continuous cycle of sustainability; it helps reduce waste in landfill and oils in the watershed. So, it’s a positive push for the environment, especially for our students’ learning and living environments,” says Tim Shannon, Twin Rivers Unified School District director, Facilities Planning Efficiency, and Transportation. 

“It’s cleaner, less expensive and it’s a pour-over fuel that requires no engine retrofits, meaning it’s an easy add; we can put it right in our tank. So, making that business decision was a no brainer,” he says.

Twin Rivers Unified School District cleans exhaust pipe filters with just over half the frequency as before because the engines spew less particulates.

And the renewable diesel is cheaper by the gallon. When the district went to bid, conventional diesel was $3.49 to $3.59 a gallon in its region; versus $3.27 a gallon for Neste’s product at the time. Shannon says renewable is still in the low threes, while conventional diesel has increased to about $4.49 (as of the first week in November).

“Moving to renewable diesel is a simple switch. And if you can’t fund electric vehicles now, it’s a perfect alternative to do something better,” he says.

Cherokee Freight Lines, a Northern California trucking company, switched its fleet of more than 200 trucks to run on Neste’s renewable diesel.

“Overall, the trucks are running better than before. With the combination of Neste MY Renewable Diesel and our new equipment, we have seen an improvement in fuel economy,” says Art Cortez, the operation’s shop foreman.

Neste has expanded beyond renewable diesel for trucks and buses.

It’s Renewable Aviation team works with airlines in the U.S. to supply renewable jet fuel. Neste’s aviation fuel is also made from sustainably sourced biomass such as used cooking oil. In North America, Neste is supplying this fuel type to almost all major airlines, including Alaska, American, JetBlue, Southwest, Aeromexico, Air Canada, and Delta. 

With the future in mind, Neste is actively doing RD into use of forestry waste, municipal solid waste, and algae as feedstock. Wang projects these products are five to 10 years out.

“The demand for renewable diesel is clear as businesses set ambitious goals to reduce their carbon footprint. We will continue expanding our portfolio of renewable raw materials to meet that demand,” Wang says.

“And we have also been piloting the circular economy model with municipalities and other entities by collecting their used cooking oil, converting it into renewable fuels, and ultimately using the fuels to power their equipment. We hope to inspire other cities and businesses to look at using their waste as a resource to cut greenhouse gas emissions.”

CME Solar Investments Partners responsAbility to Ramp Up Expansion, Bring More Sustainable Values

Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam–(Newsfile Corp. – November 25, 2021) – Driven by the growing importance of sustainability investing and the large opportunity presented by the Vietnam market as well as strong policy supports from the government, several green power developers are gearing up to expand their operations by partnering with global investors who are increasingly evincing interest in Vietnam’s renewable energy.

CME Solar Investments

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Recently, CME Solar Investments (CMES), one of the country’s leading renewable energy developers, has completed the transaction of debt financing from a leading impact investment fund responsAbility Investments AG (responsAbility).

The financing package is to support CMES to promote green power for CI segment in Vietnam as the company plans to expand a significant number of projects which will allow its clients to directly consume green energy through business model “Zero Cost Investment”.

Founded in 2018, CME Group cements its position in the market with a good track record. So far, the company has served over 100 clients across 20 industries. Only three years since its establishment, over 200 million MWp have been installed and over 2GWh electricity generated each year.

CMES is backed by Vietnam Oman Investment Fund, a sovereign fund established by Oman Investment Authority and State Capital Investment Corporation of Vietnam. The company follows the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that its development balance social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

As a leading sustainable asset manager headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, responsAbility manages USD 3.5 bn of assets invested in over 250 fully ESG-managed companies across 68 emerging economies. Since the company’s inception in 2003, responsAbility-managed funds have disbursed more than USD 10 bn in private debt and private equity to companies in the financial inclusion, sustainable food and climate finance sectors whose business models directly support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Virtual Signing Ceremony between CME and responsAbility

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Leveraging strengths to make difference

The renewable energy sector gets wide approbation globally and Vietnam is no exception. As of December 2020, the total installed capacity of solar power across the country reached about 19,400 MWp, according to statistics of Vietnam Electricty.

The three-year-old company provides “end to end solutions” with strong capabilities across the value chain design – engineering – procurement – OM leads to control over quality, timelines and costs. In addition, thank to advantage of owns warehouses with ready inventories, so CMES avoids the lead time of delivery so all the projects have been completed on time.

Operating under the model of Zero Cost Investment, CMES is fully responsible for 100% of investment, installation, operation and maintenance of the solar system. Clients use green energy with special prices lower than EVN’s price. With those great solutions, CMES has been selected as the developer of many large projects such as Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Adidas RD Center, Hwaseung Vina, etc.

Besides its strengths, CME is also leveraging the advantages of its financing partners to accelerate its expansion plan with Vietnam Oman Investment Fund and responsAbility.

Sameer Tirkar, Principal Climate Finance APAC for responsAbility added, “our investment in CMES is a clear demonstration of our commitment to sustainable energy. We believe strong partnerships can lower the barriers to green financing. We are bullish on the potential of Vietnam’s solar sector, especially adoption by Commercial Industrial offtakers who are keen to minimize operational costs, now more than ever before. CMES has carved a leadership position and a commendable client base in Vietnam; we are excited to enable their current phase of expansion. By providing debt to CMES, the Fund will fill an important financing gap in a sector that is essential to achieving both economic and social development.”

Deal signing

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Creating sustainable value

By qualifying for the clean power debt financing, CMES has proven its long-term development goals, implementation capacity and strict compliance with safety, quality, environmental and social (ES) criteria in every one of its projects.

After each installed project, CME will host charity events in the local area together with clients, including building new schools, providing equipment and provide medicine masks. “Our goal is to create tangible and measurable impact in our community,” said Chung. The CME’s contributions in the journey of developing green energy and creating sustainable value for the community have been recognized by the global experts.

Surpassing over 100 nominations from around Vietnam, CME was named the Solar Project Investor of the Year at the Solar Future Awards Ceremony in Shanghai, China on November 9. In addition, in October, CMES has been chosen as winners of the “The Investor in Solar – Renewable Energy” 2021 at in the Top Strong Brand 2020 – 2021.

The company is capable of satisfying all the high-standard requirements of the category for solar energy investors in terms of construction time, the number of projects installed annually, criteria on health, safety, and environment, etc.

“Sustainable growth, decarbonization, and energy security are key themes for both developed and emerging markets globally. We are on the right path to join other global developers to create a better world,” said Chung.

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GE’s renewables unit makes zero waste pledge for wind turbine blade production

GE’s renewable energy unit said Tuesday it would manufacture zero waste wind turbine blades by the year 2030, becoming the latest operator in the sector to try to develop more sustainable production processes.

In a statement, GE Renewable Energy said its Denmark-headquartered LM Wind Power subsidiary would “reuse, repurpose, recycle or recover all the excess materials from manufacturing of blades, giving up on landfilling and incineration as waste management solutions.”

The LM Wind Power announcement only relates to waste from the manufacturing process and does not cover what happens to the blades when their service life ends.

The firm is looking to address the latter in a number of ways. It is part of the DecomBlades consortium, an initiative focused on blade recycling and made up of several major players in the industry.

It’s also involved in ZEBRA, or the Zero Waste Blade Research project, which is focused on the design and manufacture of fully recyclable wind turbine blades.

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The issue of what to do with wind turbine blades when they’re no longer needed has become a headache for the industry. This is because the composite materials that blades are made from can prove difficult to recycle, meaning many end up as landfill when their service life ends.

As governments around the world attempt to ramp up their renewable energy capacity, the number of wind turbines worldwide only looks set to grow, which will in turn increase pressure on the sector to find sustainable and manageable solutions for the disposal of blades.

Against this backdrop, industry body WindEurope has said it wants a “Europe-wide landfill ban on decommissioned wind turbine blades by 2025” while a number of companies have sought to develop their own solutions to the challenge.   

In September, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy launched what it claimed were “the world’s first recyclable wind turbine blades ready for commercial use offshore.”

A few months earlier, in June, Denmark’s Orsted said it would “reuse, recycle, or recover” all turbine blades in its worldwide portfolio of wind farms once decommissioned.

The same month saw GE Renewable Energy and cement manufacturer Holcim strike a deal to explore the recycling of wind turbine blades.

And in January 2020, Vestas said it was aiming to produce “zero-waste” wind turbines by the year 2040.

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All the above examples can be seen as efforts to develop a so-called circular economy, which the EU has called “a model of production and consumption, which involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.”

Wind energy is one of many industries attempting to develop approaches connected to the idea of a circular economy. Just this month, Swedish battery firm Northvolt said it had produced its first battery cell with what it described as “100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt.”

In a statement, the company — which has attracted investment from Goldman Sachs and Volkswagen, among others — said the cell’s nickel-manganese-cobalt cathode had been produced using metals “recovered through the recycling of battery waste.”

Tests showed that performance was on a par with cells made using metals that had been freshly mined, Northvolt said.

3M Advances Renewable Energy As One of the Founding Members of Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy

ST. PAUL, Minn. –News Direct– 3M

ST. PAUL, Minn., November 23, 2021 /3BL Media/ – 3M is responding to the urgent need to decarbonize the global energy system as one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy. This new coalition used engagements at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to advance its mission of addressing challenges in the renewable industry.

“At 3M, we’re committed to applying science and innovation to improve our planet and its people,” said Gayle Schueller, 3M senior vice president and chief sustainability officer. “We are proud of the progress we’ve made in advancing sustainable energy, but know there’s more work to be done and, that by acting collectively with fellow Alliance members, we can accelerate global energy and climate solutions.”

In a panel discussion hosted by the Alliance and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Schueller shared updates on 3M’s transition to renewable electricity. The company has committed to move its global operations to 100% renewable electricity by 2050 and is on track to surpass 50% renewable use in 2021—four years ahead of schedule. It is also making operational improvements to drive energy efficiency, aiming for a 30% improvement indexed to net sales by 2025. By sharing insights on successful procurement practices, and collectively discussing solutions to common barriers, the event aimed to encourage others to join the Alliance in advancing the renewable transition.

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, which is fully aligned with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, brings together power utilities, innovators, manufacturers, universities, regulators, associations and civil society. In addition to 3M, the 17 founding members are Adani Renewables, Eletrobras, Enel Green Power, Edp, Iberdrola, Global Solar Council, Global Wind Energy Council, Goldwind, JA Solar, Nordex Group, NTPC Limited, Polytechnic University of Milan, Polytechnic University of Turin, ReNew Power, Risen Energy and Trina Solar.

Alliance members will collaboratively tackle sustainability challenges associated with the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. To do so, they are focusing on four key areas: net-zero emissions and CO2 footprints; circular economy and design; human rights; and the water footprints. 3M, through its Electrical Markets Division, has been working with the Alliance from the beginning, providing scientific and technological expertise on sustainable innovation—especially in the context of energy optimization solutions. “Empowering customers to deliver efficient, reliable and sustainable energy is our worldwide division’s strategic intent,” said Patrick Rogiers, 3M Electrical Markets Division President.

To learn more about the Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy, visit www.sustainable-energy.eco. For more information on 3M’s ongoing efforts to improve the environment, visit www.3M.com/sustainability.

About 3M

At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily as our employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to global challenges at https://www.3m.com/ or on Twitter @3M or @3MNews.

About Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy

The Global Alliance for Sustainable Energy is an independent organization created to drive progress towards the full sustainability of the renewable energy industry. The Alliance is committed to the widespread adoption of best practices and the definition of sustainability standards across the solar and wind energy value chains, through education and partnerships. www.sustainable-energy.eco.

Media enquiries should be directed to the Global Solar Council communications team: press@globalsolarcouncil.org.

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Babcock & Wilcox Renewable Awarded $58 Million Contract to Supply Advanced Waste-to-Energy Technology for Power Plant in Europe

– BW Renewable technology will be used to generate power for the equivalent of 95,000 homes and significantly reduce landfill methane emissions

– Plant will divert 435,000 tons of non-recyclable waste from landfills annually

AKRON, Ohio, November 17, 2021–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Babcock Wilcox (BW) (NYSE: BW) announced today that its BW Renewable segment has been awarded a contract for approximately $58 million to design and supply an advanced waste-to-energy boiler, combustion grate and other equipment for a waste-to-energy power plant in Europe.

BW Renewable’s technologies, including its advanced DynaGrate® combustion grate, will help the plant operator divert 435,000 tons of non-recyclable waste from landfills, reducing methane emissions and providing renewable energy for the equivalent of 95,000 homes. The DynaGrate is ideally suited for waste-to-energy applications and features a high level of fuel flexibility, energy recovery and combustion efficiency, while also reducing emissions by destroying dioxins and furans, minimizing formation of nitrogen oxides and limiting unburned carbon.

“Diverting hundreds of thousands of tons of waste each year will significantly reduce the environmental impact of landfilled waste in this region, including from runoff and methane emissions,” said Jimmy Morgan, BW Chief Operating Officer. “Waste-to-energy, biomass and renewable technologies are an important part of BW’s business growth strategy, and we’re pursuing other significant renewable energy projects around the world.”

As the world looks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, waste-to-energy technology can play a key role in those efforts while providing renewable, baseload power. In Europe alone, 50 million tons of waste is converted into valuable energy, supplying 27 million residents with power and substantially reducing the need for landfills.

About Babcock Wilcox

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Babcock Wilcox Enterprises is a leader in energy and environmental products and services for power and industrial markets worldwide. Follow us on LinkedIn and learn more at www.babcock.com.

About BW Renewable

Babcock Wilcox Renewable offers cost-effective technologies for efficient and environmentally sustainable power and heat generation, including waste-to-energy, biomass energy and black liquor systems for the pulp and paper industry. BW Renewable’s leading technologies support a circular economy, diverting waste from landfills to use for power generation and replacing fossil fuels, while recovering metals and reducing emissions.

Forward-Looking Statements

BW cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to the receipt of a contract for more than $58 million to design and supply a waste-to-energy boiler, combustion grate, ash-handling system and other equipment for a waste-to-energy plant in Europe, as well as the corresponding reduction in the environmental impact of landfilled waste in this region. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. For a more complete discussion of these risk factors, see our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

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Contacts

Investor Contact:
Megan Wilson
Vice President, Corporate Development Investor Relations
Babcock Wilcox
330-860-6802 | 704.625.4944
investors@babcock.com

Media Contact:
Ryan Cornell
Public Relations
Babcock Wilcox
330.860.1345
rscornell@babcock.com

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Data center sustainability strategies

Data centers can take several steps to become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. First, data centers should focus on green facility design. Find efficient equipment that doesn’t waste electricity or produce excess heat. High-efficiency uninterruptable power supplies, ultrasonic humidification and LED lighting can all reduce a data center facility’s energy usage.

Next, consider green cooling strategies. Technologies such as intelligent building management systems, economizers, high-efficiency chillers, variable-frequency drives, liquid-to-chip cooling and airflow modeling can all boost the energy efficiency of a data center’s cooling system.

Incorporate renewable energy sources wherever possible. Solar, wind and hydroelectric power vastly reduce an organization’s carbon footprint. Certain types of renewable energy — such as solar — can even be harvested on site, further increasing energy efficiency and uptime.

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