Preventing Outages, Debunking Blue Hydrogen and Autonomous Scooters

Preventing Outages, Debunking Blue Hydrogen and Autonomous Scooters

News from CEO – Mike Hopkins   

Power outages dominated the energy news locally this week and while this story has received adequate coverage in the media around who or what was to blame, of interest to Transpower looking forward is the announcement out of the UK this week of a collaboration between its system operator (National Grid) and the Smith Institute to develop a machine learning system to schedule reserve. While the development is mainly driven around improving efficiency and effectively integrating renewables into the grid to achieve lower emissions, the benefits for security of supply speak for themselves. I can see a licensee of the system waiting in the wings.
The main, international news story this week was the publication of the latest IPCC report. Again, this has received quite widespread coverage and so we’ll avoid repeating that, other than to provide a link to the horse’s mouth. The interactive tool provides a plethora of local data related to predicted changes in things like rainfall, snowfall, winds, sea temperatures and a host more. Just a couple of examples are below to illustrate the downloads available. (You may need to download and enlarge if you wish to use these.)

enewable energy investments hit a new seasonal peak in the first half of 2021, reaching US$174bn (NZ$250bn) for the half year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. While project investment was down year on year, capital raising was up over 500%. Investment in wind projects were down 30%, investments in solar up 9%. Underlying trends are difficult to identify because of the ebb and flow caused by lockdowns, government incentives and investor caution in H1 2020.
We came across an interesting article this week that provides another great example of contextualising emissions. Published in Nature Communications, Daniel Bressler of Columbia University claims that one person dies prematurely around the world from heat-related deaths for every 4,434 tonnes of CO2 emitted, that’s equivalent to the average lifetime emissions of 3.5 Americans. Projected, eliminating planet-heating emissions by 2050 would save 74 million people from premature, heat-related death. Noteworthy is that these figures exclude premature deaths caused by pollution from burning fossil fuels and other climate related outcomes such as floods, storms and crop failures. Including these would paint an even more sobering picture. For reference, New Zealand’s per capita CO2 emissions are roughly half that of the US.
We hear a lot about the potential benefits of green hydrogen, and then there are also advocates for blue hydrogen as a transition to green hydrogen. Blue hydrogen is created from natural gas manufactured under carbon capture technologies (as opposed to grey hydrogen which does not have CCS). Blue hydrogen is often referred to as “low carbon”. However, the latest research on this suggests using blue hydrogen emits 20% more CO2 over its lifecycle than simply burning the natural gas in the first place. The anomaly arises because of the variability in the efficacy of the carbon capture technologies. The outcome is not helped by the fact it takes several tonnes of gas to make each tonne of hydrogen. The report criticises the way previous studies have been conducted as they commonly (or conveniently) omit the energy needed to drive the carbon capture and associated methane emissions, debunking the common claim that 85% of emissions are captured. The report concludes that blue hydrogen should not be considered low carbon.
Keeping walkways and pavements clear is not just an issue of convenience, it is one of safety, especially for the disabled and, in particular, the blind. Discarded e-scooters are a blight and inconvenience for many, dangerous for some. So, it’s good to see a couple of innovations talked about this week to keep pavements clear. The London Borough of Brent is piloting retractable EV charging posts. When not in use, the posts disappear flush to the pavement. Meanwhile, Dublin University is the location for a pilot programme for autonomous e-scooters. The scooters can right themselves and are programmed to find their own way back to designated parking bays when not in use. They can also be called to a location on demand to start a journey. While conceptually a great idea to help keep e-litter off the pavements, one has to wonder if a battalion of pilot-less, unconscious scooters racing around the streets will cause more problems than it solves.

Finally, a shout-out this week to an upcoming webinar from Engineers for Social Responsibility. Its Regenerative Agriculture webinar with Jono Frew is on at 6pm next Wednesday, details below or register here.
Wishing you a safe and great weekend.
Mike and the team

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NZ Emission Trading Scheme FMA Plots & Processing
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Environment Canterbury currently owns and manages 604.6 hectares of post-89 New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) plantation forest around the region which requires monitoring to ETS Field Measurement Approach (FMA) standards for the next Mandatory Emissions Return Period (MERP).
We require a suitably qualified contractor to be responsible for collecting, processing and reporting data using the FMA standards to MPI in the required format before the end of the commitment period (31st December 2022). Last MERP we had 54 plots allocated, this RFP requires a price for the same number, however, requires a contractor who is flexible to changes in plot locations or number if required by MPI during this period as our forest estate will see some afforestation over this period.
Close Date : Monday, 16 August 2021 5:00 PM

Hukanui School L & M Breakout-ILE Upgrade

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Breakout spaces – existing space altered to create breakout spaces and access between adjacent teaching spaces.

  • New lighting (energy efficient LED alternatives)
  • New wall coverings with acoustic alternative
  • New floor coverings to be installed to spaces.

Close Date : Friday, 20 August 2021 5:00 PM

ROI Main contractor for Block Upgrades at Kaikohe East School

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This Registration of Interest (ROI) is an invitation to suitably qualified contractors to submit a Tender for Main Contractor Sitewide Switchboard Upgrades and life-cycle replacement of outside light fittings, light switches and power outlets; 10: Full block upgrade at Kaikohe East School
Close Date : Friday, 20 August 2021 5:00 PM

Carbon Accounting Related Services
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Wellington City Council’s Te Atakura—First to Zero plan, adopted in 2019, aims to achieve net zero carbon for corporate emissions by 2050. This goal is reliant on the ability to measure our current greenhouse gas emissions, identify hotspots and opportunities for reductions, and to report on both items in an accurate and timely manner.  Wellington City Council has been engaging a single supplier for all carbon inventory related services, from software through to certification, since 2014.We have released an RFP (Reference 2021-031) on GETS to source a software solution that aligns with our current and anticipated future needs and we are also conducting the following market research activity to help us discover who in the market has the capability and expertise to deliver relevant, carbon inventory-specific services to help support us delivering on our net zero carbon commitment.  We are seeking information from suppliers in the market who currently provide:
a) Carbon Emissions Advisory Support Services
b) Carbon Emissions Factor Library
c) Carbon Emissions Auditing Services
d) Carbon Emissions Certification Services
The details that we’re seeking are contained in the attached letter and information gained during this research activity will help us to inform our requirements and future sourcing activities* and may be shared with other local government bodies seeking to improve their carbon accounting activities.
*Note that the indicative RFx Release Date has been added in order to release this FPO. At this stage, Wellington City Council has not determined a sourcing strategy for these services.

Corporate Carbon Accounting Software

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This Request for Proposal (RFP) invites suitably qualified suppliers to submit a Proposal for a carbon accounting software solution to help us continue to understand and track our carbon emissions, and deliver on Wellington City Council’s net zero carbon by 2050 commitment.
The intent of this RFP is to deliver the following key outcomes: 

  1. An expanded and more detailed understanding of Wellington City Council’s corporate value chain emissions through a robust and accurate corporate inventory of emissions sources. 
  2. An increase in timeliness of collected data by leveraging an automated, information gathering software solution that can be used both internally and externally.

To achieve these outcomes, we are seeking to engage an experienced software solution provider to provide, configure and support a relevant, modern, fit-for-purpose, Software as a Service (SaaS) carbon accounting software solution that will store, analyse and report on Council emission data for both internal and external stakeholders.
This solution will be able to automate data requests from within both WCC and with external suppliers and allow for detailed analysis of emission sources.  Click the link above for more details.

Close Date : Wednesday, 25 August 2021 12:00 PM

Freeze Dryers x 3

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AgResearch is seeking 3 Freeze Dryer units to be installed at three of our facilities. One at our Te Ohu Rangahau Kai building, Palmerston North, one at our Grasslands Research Centre, Palmerston North, and one at our Ruakura Research Centre Hamilton.
Close Date : Thursday, 26 August 2021 4:00 PM

Ministry of Education – RFP Property Condition Assessment Collection Tool

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The Government has set a target for all schools to provide quality learning environments by 2030.
This is also reflected as a strategic objective in the Ministry of Education’s Te Rautaki Rawa Kura | School Property Strategy 2030.The Ministry has developed a model to measure the quality of physical learning environments across three main dimensions: asset condition, fitness for purpose and operational efficiency. Aspects of the model are being integrated into planning and investment processes progressively.
As part of this work, a new property condition framework has been developed to address shortcomings in our current asset management process and to also support wider asset management objectives. This will support planning and maintenance for property assets.  In addition to asset condition, our model includes data on: 

  • The school’s perspective, through the School Evaluation of the Physical Environment (SEPE) questionnaire
  • Acoustics, lighting, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality, measured by Internal Environment Monitoring (IEM) devices
  • Electricity consumption
The Ministry is seeking a Property Condition Assessment Collection Tool that will support the implementation of its new condition framework.
The Collection Tool will allow internal and external users to accurately and consistently capture building and site data, photos, and files relating to the physical condition of property assets. The benefits we are seeking from the Collection Tool include:
  • Increasing the efficiency and consistency of the on-site assessment process
  • Improving the quality and accuracy of the resulting condition data
  • Automating the delivery of data to the Ministry

Close Date : Friday, 27 August 2021 5:00 PM

LED Lighting Upgrade for Parliament House, Parliamentary Library and Executive Wing

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The buildings that make up the Parliamentary precinct are mostly lit by older technology light fittings. They tend to produce a far greater amount of heat in addition to the light. These fittings are far less energy efficient. Parliament is introducing new measures that will further reduce its carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency on the Parliamentary Precinct in Wellington.
This RFP relates to the engagement of a successful supplier to upgrade LED lighting for Parliament House, Parliamentary Library and Executive Wing to reduce our carbon footprint.
Please note: Parliamentary Services requires the tenderer to complete a Non-Disclosure and Undertaking Agreement (Appendix Six) period to release the Project Specification Parliamentary Precinct Upgrade to LED and Drawing Set.

Close Date : Thursday, 2 September 2021 4:30 PM

WUNI Stage1b Non-transmission solutions RFI

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This request is issued by Transpower New Zealand Limited (Transpower). Transpower’s aim is to obtain information to determine if there is a viable non-transmission solution (NTS) capable of meeting our requirements for the provision of voltage support in the Waikato and Upper North Island (WUNI) regions and being able to operate under a grid support contract (GSC) delivery model.
Close Date : Friday, 3 September 2021 2:00 PM 

Lead Engineering Design Consultancy – Boiler House Conversion

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We require an engineering design consultant with proven capability, depth of experience and a proven track record of performance in engineering design and design team leadership to lead, deliver and co-ordinate the design development for the Project to the detailed design stage and provide construction monitoring services.
Background: One of the key strategic objectives contained in the University of Canterbury’s (UC) Strategic Vision 2020-2030 is to ensure that UC will be carbon net neutral by 2030. As part of the programme supporting UC’s Low Carbon Energy Strategy, UC is carrying out two projects:

  1. Conversion of the existing Ilam campus boilers 2, 3 and 4 from coal to wood chip and wood pellet fuel and associated works (Project) – this RFP provides for the work-stream for this Project; and
  2. Conversion of a group of buildings to heating from Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) technology to reduce the overall load on the central campus boilers (GSHP Project) – a concurrent project that is subject to a separate RFP.

The Project and the GSHP Project are two distinct work streams that are based upon the strategies developed by UC through the master planning, feasibility study and concept design stages.
Close Date : Sunday, 5 September 2021 5:00 PM

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