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Air Liquide, Houpu Enter China Hydrogen Distribution JV (Int'l)
Air Liquide
Date: 2019-04-26
Air Liquide and Shanghai-headquartered clean energy refueling equipment and related services provider Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding co., Ltd are confirming their joint venture agreement for the development, production and distribution of hydrogen refilling stations for fuel cell EVs as well as other related projects in China.

The JV will combine Air Liquide's global technological expertise in clean hydrogen mobility solutions with Houpu's leadership in the production and construction of natural gas refilling stations on the Chinese market.

Air Liquide operates nearly 90 plants in China. (Source: Air Liquide, PR, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Air Liquide, Francois Darchis, Senior Vice-President, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Chengdu Huaqi Houpu Holding Co., en.hqhop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Air Liquide,  


ACC Energy Efficiency Improvement Awards Announced (Ind. Report)
American Chemistry Council
Date: 2019-04-15
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) reports 16 of its member companies are being recognized for implementing energy efficiency improvements in 2018.. The Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards program is among ACC's many initiatives to improve energy efficiency. Member companies are required to consider operational energy efficiency as well as waste minimization, reuse and recycling when developing their environmental, health, safety and security plans.

The 2019 Energy Efficiency Awards include:

  • Energy Efficiency Program award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy-efficiency improvements, with components such as establishing energy teams, goal setting, communications, management support and recognition;.

  • Significant Improvement in Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing award is given to companies with broad programs to achieve energy efficiency in their manufacturing operations through technical innovations, creative projects or novel procedures or actions;

  • The Non-Manufacturing Energy Efficiency Improvement award is given for improvements resulting from energy-efficient lighting, insulation and other building improvements, as well as other non-manufacturing energy efficiency improvements.

    The companies receiving awards in 2019 are Afton Chemical Corporation, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc., Albemarle Corporation, Arkema Inc., BASF Corp., Celanase, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Dow, DuPont, Eastman Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, FMC Corp., Hexion Inc., Occidental Chemical, Olin Corp and SABIC. (Source: American Chemistry Council, PR, 15 April, 2019) Contact: ACC, ww.americanchemistry.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


  • Shell Joins Rotterdam W2C Project Consortium (Int'l Report)
    Air Liquide,Shell,Enerkem
    Date: 2019-03-04
    Further to our July 17, 2018 report, a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam is reporting Royal Dutch Shell will join as an equal equity partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials facility in Rotterdam.

    The planned facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tpy of biomethanol -- a chemical building block that is used to manufacture a broad range of everyday products, as well as being a renewable fuel.

    The consortium was established as a dedicated joint venture company and has begun preparatory work covering detailed engineering and the permitting process. It aims to take the final investment decision (FID) before the year end.

    The project, which will use Montreal-headquartered Enerkem's proprietary technology, is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the City of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and Innovation Quarter, the regional development agency. The facility's sustainable methanol output will be purchased by Nouryon and Shell. (Source: Shell, Port Of Rotterdam, Hellenic Shipping News,1 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Chemical,  Methanol,  Enerkem,  Shell,  Air Liquide,  


    Air Liquide Touts Mississippi Biogas Plant (Ind. Report)
    Air Liquide
    Date: 2018-07-30
    Air Liquide is reporting the opening of the first large-scale biomethane production facility in the United States at the the Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority-owned Northeast Mississippi Landfill in Walnut. The landfill receives about 350,000 tons of waste per year and is operated by national solid waste company Waste Connections Inc.

    The facility uses Air Liquide's gas separation membrane technology to purify the landfill methane and converts it to renewable natural gas which is fed into the Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Pipeline, reintroducing the gas back into the energy grid. (Source: Air Liquide, Daily Journal, 27 July, 2018)Contact: Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Methane,  Landfill Gas,  


    Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2018-07-18
    Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

    Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,  


    CarbonCure, Airgas Ink Strategic Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCure Technologies
    Date: 2018-04-30
    Nova Scotia-based CarbonCure Technologies Inc. is reporting a strategic commercial relationship with Airgas, an Air Liquide company, to collaborate and enhance the cement and concrete industry customer experience of adopting carbon dioxide (CO2) utilization technologies throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

    CarbonCure's technology injects carbon dioxide (CO2) sourced from the refineries of industrial emitters into concrete, where the CO2 becomes mineralized, thereby enhancing the strength of the concrete, lowering production costs and making a meaningful contribution toward the global effort to reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions.

    CarbonCure is the world leader in a breakthrough market known as CO2 utilization, with nearly 100 installations of its technology across North America. The Global CO2 Initiative estimates that CO2 utilization in the concrete sector alone represents a $400 billion market opportunity.

    Airgas offers concrete producers a complete value-added CO2 supply and service supported by its Gulf Coast distribution network. (Source: CarbonCUre Technol;ogies, PR, 27 April, 2018) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Viven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Airgas, www.airgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Utilization,  CarbonCure Technologies,  Aigas,  Concrete,  Cement,  


    JV Confirms Rotterdam Waste-to-Fuel Project (Int'l., Report)

    Date: 2018-04-02
    A consortium of companies including Paris-based Air LIquide, Amsterdam's AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, and Enerkem Inc. of Montreal, Canada, and the Port of Rotterdam are confirming a development agreement covering initial investments in a non-recyclable advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

    An initial €9-million investment will cover engineering, the setup up of a dedicated joint venture (JV) and completing the permitting process. The €200 facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tons of methanol using Enerkem's bubbling fluidized-bed gasification technology, and will convert non-recyclable mixed waste, including plastics, into syngas for the production of methanol. a (Source: Enerkem, Others, Chemical Engineering, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Air Liquide,  AkzoNobel,  Syngas,  Port of Rotterdam,  ,  


    Pacific Ethanol, Aigas USA Ink CO2 Sales Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Pacific Ethanol,Air Liquide
    Date: 2018-03-09
    In the Golden State, Sacrament-based low-carbon renewable fuels and high-quality alcohol products producer Pacific Ethanol, Inc. reports it has inked an agreement with Air Liquide's Airgas USA to sell CO2 from the Pacific Ethanol Stockton plant.

    Airgas plans to construct a liquid CO2 production plant adjacent to Pacific Ethanol's Stockton facility. The plant is expeced to be operational by the end of 2018, according to Pacific Ethanol. (Source: Pacific Ethanol Inc, PR 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Pacific Ethanol, Paul Kohler, Pres., CEO, (916) 403-2790, investorrelations@pacificethanol.com, www.pacificethanol.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Airgas, www.airgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Pacific Ethanol,  CO2,  Carbon,  


    Enerkem, AkzoNobel Backing Rotterdam Waste Recycling Plant (Int'l)
    Enerkem, AkzoNobel
    Date: 2018-03-07
    Following on our Feb. 21st coverage, a consortium that includes Montreal-based Enerkem has announced an initial €9 million of funding for a proposed waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. A further €200 million commitment is expected later in the year pending financial approval from the project's lead financial advisor.

    If constructed, the plant will convert up to 360,000 tpy of mixed waste into 220,000 tpy (270 million litres) of eco-methanol, a colourless alcohol similar to ethanol. It would also keep approximately 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

    The consortium members include Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam, The project, which will use Enerkem's proprietary technology, is also supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Province of Zuid-Holland and the regional developement authority InnovationQuarter. (Source: Enerkem, Akzo Nobel, Biobased News, Various Media, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  


    Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l)
    Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
    Date: 2018-02-21
    Montreal-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mt of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mt.

    An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  Air Liquide,  Methanol,  


    Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Agreement Confirmed (Int'l)
    Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
    Date: 2018-02-19
    Montreal, Quebec-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam.

    When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mtpy of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mtpy.

    An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and the completion of permitting processes. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact:Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  Air Liquide,  Methanol,  


    Air Liquide Announces Miss. Landfill Gas Project (Ind. Report)
    Air Liquide
    Date: 2016-12-14
    Air Liquide reports it will design, construct and operate its first U.S. landfill gas (LFG) to renewable natural gas (RNG) plant at the Northeast Mississippi Landfill in Walnut, Mississippi.

    The site, which is owned by the Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority, receives approximately 350,000 tpd of waste from Tippah, Benton and Prentiss Counties. The project is expected get underway in Q1, 2017. (Source: Air Liquide, 5 Dec., 2016) Contact: Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Northeast Mississippi Solid Waste Management Authority, opc.deq.state.ms.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Natural Gas,  Air Liquide,  Landfill Gas,  Methane,  

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