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TotalEnergies, Safran Focus On Sustainable Aviation Fuels (Int'l)
TotalEnergies, Safran
Date: 2021-09-29
Paris-headquartered TotalEnergies is reporting an agreement with French aviation industry safety and sustainability specialist Safran to jointly reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, and to accelerate the reduction of aviation CO2 emissions, advance the use of Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), make currently used engines compatible with up to 100 pct SAF and to optimize engine/SAFl energy efficiency and environmental performance. This collaboration may extend to other fields, such as adapting fuel systems to SAF or developing new-generation battery systems for electric motors.

Sustainable aviation fuels are an immediately available solution for significantly reducing CO2 emissions from air transportation, as they can presently be used in blends of up to 50 pct without modifying existing supply chain infrastructure, aircraft or engines, according to the release.

French legislation calls for aircraft to use at least 1 pct SAF by 2022 for all flights originating in France, while the European Commission calls for a ramp up to 2 pct by 2025 rising to 5 pct by 2030 as part of the European Green Deal. (Source: TotalEnergies, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax -- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com; TotalEnergies, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions,  TotalEnergies,  Safran,  SAF,  Aviation Fuels,  Aviation Emissions,  


Aeroflot, Gazprom Partnering on Green Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
Aeroflot, Gazprom
Date: 2021-09-29
Russia's third largest oil refiner Gazprom Neft reports it is partnering with the country's flag air carrier Aeroflot to produce Russia's first sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The partnership, along with international aircraft manufacturers, aims to develop aviation fuels compliant with international requirements on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and the Montreal-headquartered International Civil Aviation Organisation's (ICAO) CORSIA environmental programme, according to the release. (Source: Gazprom, PR, Sept., 2021)Contact: Gazprom Neft, www.gazprom-neft.com; Aeroflot, www.aeroflot.ru; ICAO, 514-954-8219, 514-954-6077 -- fax, icaohq@icao.int, www.icao.int

More Low-Carbon Energy News ICAO,  CORSEA,  Aeroflot,  Gazprom,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


Neste Announces TripActions SAF Partnership (Ind. Report)
Neste
Date: 2021-09-29
TripActions and Reed & Mackay, the fastest-growing group "travel and spend" management group, and Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste are reporting a global partnership to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to all TripActions Group customers. The agreement marks the first time that a corporate travel management company is able to give customers the option to purchase SAF at scale directly from the fuel producer or an airline and thus reduce their business travel carbon footprint.

Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) is made from sustainably sourced renewable waste and residue raw materials. In its neat form and over the lifecycle, Neste MY SASF reduces GHG emissions by up to 80 pct as compared to fossil jet fuel use. The fuel enables significant reductions in flying-related emissions, giving businesses an opportunity to contribute to reportable emission reductions with Science-Based Targets (SBTs), according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: TripActions, Ariel Cohen, CEO, www.tripactions.com; Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Renewable Aviation, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  


Honeywell, Wood Technologies Support SAF (Ind. Report)
Honeywell, Honeywell UOP
Date: 2021-09-24
Honeywell is reporting the Honeywell UOP Ecofining process technology converts waste oils, fats, and greases into Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, a drop-in replacement for jet fuel. When using a feedstock such as used cooking oils, lifecycle GHG emissions can be reduced by 80 pct at this stage compared to conventional petroleum jet fuel.

As the next step in enhancing the Ecofining process technology offering, Wood plc's technology will be integrated to use the byproducts of the UOP Ecofining process technology to produce renewable hydrogen, reducing lifecycle GHG emissions a further 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The renewable hydrogen is then injected back into the Honeywell Ecofining process to remove feed impurities and create a cleaner burning renewable fuel.

The CO2 generated from the production of the hydrogen can be captured and routed for permanent underground sequestration using the Honeywell H2 Solutions technology suite, further reducing lifecycle GHG emissions an additional 10 pct when compared to the total GHG emissions produced by conventional petroleum jet fuel. The combination of technologies results in an aviation fuel that is effectively carbon neutral compared to petroleum fuels.

The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct biofeed units producing renewable diesel and all the licensed renewable jet fuel production in the world today. Honeywell UOP currently has licensed 22 Ecofining units in nine countries processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks.

Wood is a global engineering and consultancy across the built environment and energy sector. The company provides consulting, projects, and operations solutions in more than 60 countries and is a pioneer in hydrogen production technology working with more than 120 hydrogen and synthesis gas plants worldwide. (Source: Honeywell, PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com ; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com /newsroom. Wood Plc, Andy Hemingway, Pres., www.woodplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell,  Honeywell UOP,  ,  SAF,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


Biden Admin. to Ensure a Sustainable Future for Aviation (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech, SkyNRG
Date: 2021-09-24
The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced more than $64 million in funding for 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. SkyNRG Americas in partnership with LanzaTech was awarded $1 million in funding for Project LOTUS (Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF) to design, build, operate, and maintain a production facility that will convert raw landfill biogas into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

According to The White House, aviation represents 11 pct of U.S. transportation-related emissions. The goals set by the Administration are ambitious but achievable with the use of SAF. Landfill gas is an abundant source of waste biogenic carbon, typically comprising -- 50 pct bio-based methane (CH4), 40 pct CO2 , and 10 pct nitrogen (N2). Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF, or Project LOTUS, will be the first to incorporate nearly all the carbon in raw LFG carbon, including the CO2 found in the raw biogas, into drop-in SAF and renewable diesel. Success in this project will materially increase the supply of low carbon intensity, low-cost SAF in the U.S. and enable rapid build-out of new landfill gas to SAF production capacity across the U.S.

The project will leverage green hydrogen and LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology to convert LFG to ethanol at an operating landfill. The ethanol will be converted to SAF using the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology developed by LanzaTech and PNNL. Once the SAF has been produced, SkyNRG Americas has numerous contractual partners including Boeing and Alaska Airlines who are committed to advancing use of the fuel in flight.

Project LOTUS will enable a new domestic, regional supply chain to produce SAF that meets international ASTM specifications while reducing methane emissions and improving air quality. The resultant aviation fuel is high quality, low soot forming, and sustainably derived, reducing up to 110 pct of greenhouse gas emissions over traditional jet fuels. The funding from DOE will accelerate the commercial rollout of this exciting SAF production path from LFG by reducing the technical and financial risks for future integrated commercial plants across the US.

Capturing gas from 35 landfills would produce over 500 million gpy of SAF requiring at least 25 commercial-scale biorefineries, creating good paying jobs and creating a secure domestic SAF market. Further, analysis of the overall biogas resource potential indicates that more than 6 billion gallons of SAF could be produced from 25 pct of the biogas produced at U.S. landfills and from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes and other biogas sources. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact:LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  SAF,  SkyNRG,  


Shell Advancing Dutch CCS Equipped Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Shell
Date: 2021-09-22
In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) is reporting a final investment decision to construct an 820, 000 tpy biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, formerly known as the Pernis refinery.

When fully operational the facility will be among the largest in Europe to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD).

The facility is expected to incorporate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the manufacturing process and store CO2 in a depleted North Sea gas field through the Porthos project. A final investment decision for Porthos is expected next year. The facility could produce enough renewable diesel to avoid the equivalent CO2 emission of removing 1 million cars from European roads for one year.

As previously reported, the Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over 15 years.

Shell is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, PR, Hydrocarbon Eng., 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, www.shell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Porthos,  Royal Dutch Shell,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  CCS,  


GEVO, ANL to Develop Next-Gen Biofuels (Ind. Report)
Argonne National Laboratory, GEVO
Date: 2021-09-22
Englewood, Colorado-headquartered energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons -- sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable petroleum -- producer GEVO Inc. reports it is partnering with the US DOE Afgonne National Laboratory to perform a critical lifecycle analysis of GEVO's next-generation technology.

Using data provided by Gevo, ANL's Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Technologies Model (GREET) is expected to yield results regarding carbon footprints of these fuels within a few months.

GREET's lifecycle analysis considers a host of different fuel production pathways including energy use, emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants, water consumption related to the production processes, as well as the whole of the fuel pathway system from capturing carbon via photosynthesis to the final burning of the fuel.

The effort is being funded by the DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), which is part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). (Source: ANL, GEVO, PR Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Argonne National Lab, 630-252-2000, www.anl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Argonne National Laborator,  GEVO,  Biofuel,  SAFy ,  


Chevron, Gevo Partnering on SAF Investment (Ind. Report)
Chevron, Gevo
Date: 2021-09-17
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. are reporting a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), proteins and corn oil.

Gevo would operate its proprietary technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its lifecycle carbon intensity. In addition to co-investing with Gevo in one or more projects, Chevron would have the right to offtake approximately 150 million gallons per year to market to customers. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Gevo,  SAF,  


A4A Touts Sustainable Aviation Fuel Goal (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-09-15
The Washington, DC-based airlines trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) reports its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030. The trade organization is also committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to work toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable SAF.

To that end, A4A noted the need for positive government policy support, including a $1.50-$2.00 per gallon SAF blenders tax credit; public-private SAF research, development and deployment programs such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant program under consideration by Congress and other collaborative initiatives.

"For decades, U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have been investing in increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and operating them in more efficient ways, improving overall fuel efficiency by more than 135 percent year-end 2019, saving over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A and our members have helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020," the A$A release noted. (Source: Airlines for America, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, CEO, 202-626-4141, www.airlines.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America,  SAF ,  


Growth Energy Comments on White House's SAF Commitment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Following a virtual discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with Biden Administration representatives , Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the Administration's commitment to produce 3 billion gpy of SAF by 2030.

"Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.

"With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.

"To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Growth Energy,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
Neste, Kinder Morgan
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Kinder Morgan,  Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Diesil,  Biodiesel,  SAF,  


Bioavtur J2.4 Palm Oil SAF Debuted (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil
Date: 2021-09-13
A consortium of Indonesian companies, regulators and one university reports testing is underway on Bioavtur J2.4, aviation fuel containing 2.4 pct palm oil biofuel. The initiative is inline with an Indonesian government mandate on the increased domestic use of the commodity through biofuel blending.

The first test was conducted using a CN 235-220 plane that flew 10,000 feet above West Java, according to several press statements. Earlier in the week on Monday, the consortium completed an aircraft ground test the found that "the engine's response was normal, with no discernible loss of power." (Source: Jakarta Post, 12 Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm OIl ,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


United, Honeywell to Invest in SAF Startup (Ind. Report)
United Airlines, Honeywell,Alder Energy
Date: 2021-09-10
United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. are reporting a multi-million dollar investment in Alder Energy LLC, a clean-technology company to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.

Alder's technology converts woody biomass, forest and agricultural waste to produce SAF while using the same refineries, pipelines and engines as traditional fuel. United, which began using biofuels in 2009, has also pledged to buy 1.5 billion gallons of SAF over the next 20 years.

The company in 2015 made a similar commitment with alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., agreeing to buy up to 900 million gallons of low-cost sustainable biofuels from waste, particularly woody biomass from the paper and pulp industry, the food industry and others.

The companies hope to commercialize the technology by 2025. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: United Airlines, Scott Kirby, CEO, www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/contact/headquarters.html; Alder Energy/Investment, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, info@alderinvestment.com, www.alderinvestment.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alder Energy,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Honeywell,  United Airlines,  


Neste Acquiring Agri Trading (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Neste Oyi,Agri Trading
Date: 2021-09-08
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi reports an agreement to acquire 100 pct of Minnesota-based independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders Agri Trading and its affiliate entities, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

Together with previously announced acquisitions of IH Demeter, Bunge Loders Croklaan and Count Terminal in the Netherlands, and Mahoney Environmental in the United States, Agri Trading will also enhance Neste's competitiveness in the global waste and residue raw material market, according to the company.

Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels -- renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) -- and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials through its proprietary NEXBTL technology.

As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, Neste is also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Website, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Neste Oyi, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Heidi Peltonen, Team Lead, Sustainable Partnerships, Marketing & Services, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Agri Trading Corp, 800-328-5189, www.agritradingcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste Oyi,  SAF,  NEXBTL,  Biofuel,  


Gevo Plans Hydrocarbon-Process Pilot at Luverne Plant (Ind. Report)
Gevo
Date: 2021-09-08
Englewood, Colorada-headquartered isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot unit at its facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development quantities of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable premium gasoline and other renewable fuel products, as well as supply market development quantities of chemical products. The installation is estimated to begin in Q3 2022 with start-up demonstration production expected in Q4 2022.

In addition, the company expects to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into Gevo's state-of-the-art Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Installation of the pilot unit at the Gevo-Luverne facility is part of the plan to use the facility as a technology development and piloting site. The pilot unit will also be used in training of employees for Net-Zero 1 and other future projects. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  SAF,  


Velocys Scores £2.4 Mn Grant Funding (Int'l., Funding)
Velocys
Date: 2021-09-03
Following up om our 25 July report, UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured a grant from the U.K. Department for Transport under the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition. The grant award is up to a maximum of £2.4 million, of which £1.2 million is subject to progress by the DfT in developing policy support for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

The Altalto project is a collaboration between Velocys and British Airways; the proposed plant will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of residual waste into sustainable fuels, mainly aviation fuel. Planning consent was granted in 2020; the project is ready to proceed to the final stages of engineering prior to construction, subject to the policy progress mentioned above and to third party project funding.

info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  Green Diesel,  


Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
Gevo, GEVO
Date: 2021-08-20
Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel ,  


JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
Avfuel
Date: 2021-08-18
Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  


Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-08-13
As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
    Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

    The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

    According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

    The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

    To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Universal Hydrogen,  Hydrogen Fuel,  Aviation Fuel,  Plug Power,  


    NCERC Promoting Corn as Industrial Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-08-04
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois, has submitted grant proposals to the U.S. DOE FY21 Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement that would expand the use of corn as an industrial feedstock.

    The first proposal included NCERC as a Co-PI and was led by Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy aims to scale up a conversion method that utilizes corn as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The work being done at the intermediate scale will be performed at NCERC, along with LBNL and US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, to see through a solution that brings significant opportunity for expanding and repurposing the 16 billion-gpy corn-to-ethanol infrastructure.

    The second proposal led by NCERC -- Scaling up a Low-Cost Low Energy Cellulosic Sugar Production -- contributed to the validation of a low-cost, energy-efficient conversion method for cellulosic materials- and waste-to-biofuel. (Source: NCGA, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: NCGA, www.ncga.com; NCERC, www.siue.edu/ncerc; Marquis Energy, www.marquisenergy.com; US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, www.navair.navy.mil › nawcwd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  Corn,  Biofuel,  SAF,  Marquis Energy,  


    LanzaTech Helps Advance UK SAF Production (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-07-30
    LanzaTech UK reports its LanzaTech Project DRAGON (Decarbonizing and Reimagining Aviation for the Goal Of Net-Zero) has been shortlisted for funding through the UK Department for Transport, Green Fuels' Green Skies Competition to advance the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

    The competition will support eight companies as they pioneer new technologies, converting materials such as household waste, alcohol, carbon from the atmosphere and sewage into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at commercial scales.

    LanzaTech's Project DRAGON will undertake the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a facility in Port Talbot, South Wales, that will produce over 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) from waste-based, low carbon ethanol, procured from a variety of waste sources, and the facility will have the ability to also use ethanol produced from local steel mill waste gases via LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform.

    The ATJ-SPK produced will provide 70 pct GHG emission savings versus traditional jet fuel. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield about 330 million lpy of blended SAF. This facility will be the UK's first commercial-scale project to implement the LanzaJet™ Alcohol-To-Jet (ATJ) technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 27 July, 2021)Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  SAF,  


    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Velocys Shortlisted for Green Fuels, Green Skies Competition (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-07-26
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it been shortlisted for the Government's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition, aimed at supporting the UK's emerging Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) sector.

    The competition follows sustainable aviation commitments laid out in the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to support the UK SAF sector's deployment of innovative SAF production technologies at commercial scale that are capable of reducing UK aviation emissions.

    Velocys' Altalto waste-to-fuels project, which will convert 600,000 tpy of household and commercial waste into cleaner burning SAF, is now being considered for a share of £15 million funding. This follows the company's success in securing funding as part of the Government's Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) last year for the same project. Altalto will be the UK's first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel facility when operational by the middle of the decade. Competition winners are expected to be announced later this summer. (Source: Velocys Plc, Website PR, 23 July, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
    Neste, Fit for 55
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

    "As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

    "Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

    "The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

    "Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

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    IATA Stresses Need for SAF Incentives (Opinions & Asides)
    IATA
    Date: 2021-07-21
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions as outlined in the just released EU 'Fit for 55' proposal is "counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation." According the IATA, EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and air traffic management modernization.

    To achieve aviation decarbonisation IATA pledges to promote the use of SAF which reduce emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel. IATA noted insufficient supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to only 120 million litres in 2021. (Source: IATA, PR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: IATA, Willie Walsh, Dir. Gen. www.iata.org

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    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

    The EU Forest Strategy supports the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

    The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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    Avfuel Supplies Million Air Burbank with SAF (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is collaborating with Million Air Burbank (KBUR) -- an Avfuel-branded FBO -- to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel's first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on June 24, this year.

    As previously reported ,Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Avfuel Corp., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466,ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; Million Air Burbank, Priscilla Howden, GM, 818-843-8311, www.millionair.com; Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation

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    Fulcrum Completes Nevada Biofuel Plant Construction (Ind. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Pleasanton, California-based low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste-to-fuel specialist Fulcrum BioEnergy reports construction of the world's first commercial-scale facility that will convert household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel (RD) and renewable gasoline in Reno, Nevada, has been completed.

    The plant will convert 175,000 tpy of municipal solid waste into nearly 11 million gpy of syncrude, which would then be upgraded to transportation fuels with the brand Fulcrum Fuel.

    Start-up and commissioning of the facility and fuel production is slated for Q4 this year. The company is eyeing eight more locations in the US, which will produce over 400 million gpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Fulcrum BioEnergy, PR, 6 July, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum, Jim Macias, CEO, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

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    Emerson Automation to Increase Neste Biofuels Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-07-09
    St. Louis-headquartered Emerson Electric reports it will supply automation systems and software support to increase renewable diesel (RD) production to 1.3 million tpy by 2023 at Neste's expanded refinery in Singapore. With the expansion, the refinery will have additional capacity to produce up to 1 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable raw materials for polymers and chemicals, supporting the company's goal to reduce customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030.

    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi is the world's largest producer for renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from renewable waste and residue raw materials. (Source: Emerson, Neste, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Emerson, Ron Martin, 314 553 2000, www.emerson.com; Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    IEA Report Notes SAF Commercialization Progress (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-09
    A new report by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39 has provided an extensive analysis of the current and potential technologies for production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

    According to the report, "Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will have to play a major role if the aviation sector is to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. However, to date it added, commercialization has been slow and current policies have proved inadequate to accelerate commercialization and widespread deployment of the various technologies" described in the report.

    As described in IEA's recent publication Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, although synthetic hydrogen-based jet fuels will also play an important role in the future, in the short-to-mid-term biojet fuels will predominate. Annual volumes of biojet fuel have increased in recent years, from less than 10 million litres in 2018 to likely more than 1 billion litres by 2023 (and potentially 8 billion litres by 2030). (Source: International Energy Agency, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; IEA Bioenergy Task 39, www.task39.ieabioenergy.com

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    Velocys Taps Koch for Mississippi Biorefinery Project (Ind. Report)
    Velocys,Koch Project Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-30
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has awarded a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contract to Koch Project Solutions for its 33 million gpy Bayou Fuels biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi.

    The project is expected to produce approximately 33 million gpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with negative carbon intensity and naphtha made from woody biomass from locally sourced pine. (Source: Velocys, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Koch Project Solutions, www.kochprojectsolutions.com; Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    GE, Safran Developing Hydrogen, SAF Aircraft Engine (Ind. Report)
    GE Aviation, Safran
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Cincinnati-based GE Aviation and Paris-headquartered Safran report they are developing a new aircraft engine aimed at reducing emissions by more than 20 pct of today's levels and work on technologies compatible with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen.

    The CFM joint venture, which manufactures engines for Boeing and Airbus, plans to design an open-fan engine, unlike a jet engine with a cover on a commercial aircraft. (Source: GE Aviation, Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax-- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com

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    Singapore Airlines Launches Voluntary Carbon Offsets (Int'l.)
    Singapore Airlines
    Date: 2021-06-28
    The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group has launched a voluntary carbon offset programme that allows passengers on both Singapore Airlines and Scoot to offset their carbon emissions via dedicated microsites beginning in late July, this year. Passengers will also be able to use "frequent flyer" points to offset emissions, starting in Q4, 2021.

    The offset projects selected include: protecting forests in Indonesia; supporting renewable solar energy projects in India ; and providing efficient, clean burning cook stoves for rural families in Nepal. The offsets will be provided via the BlueHalo digital solution, which has been developed by Australia-based Tasman Environmental Markets (TEM). This allows passengers to immediately calculate and offset the emissions associated with their journey.

    As previously reported, the SIA has committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 by: increased investments in new-generation aircraft; achieving higher operational efficiency; adopting low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and sourcing high quality carbon offsets.

    SIA is a participant in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). (Source: Singapore Airlines, Business Traveler, 27 June, 2021) Contact: Singapore Airlines, www.singaporeair.com

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    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • Neste's Porvoo Refinery Back On Line (Int'l. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Helsinki, Neste Oyi is reporting scheduled maintenance work at its Porvoo refinery in Finland has been completed and the refinery is back in production.

    The work came in at approximately €630 million, of which approximately €330 million was realized in the major turnaround in 2021. In 2020, only critical refinery maintenance work was completed due to the corona pandemic.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials. Neste is the world's leading producer of renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) developing chemical recycling to combat the plastic waste and helping customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with our renewable and circular solutions by at least 20 million tons annually by 2030. The company aims for carbon-neutral production by 2035.

    In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion ($14.070 billion) with 94 pct of the company's comparable operating profit coming from renewable products, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    Velocys Tech. Powers First Commercial Flight (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-06-23
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting a blend of convention aviation fuel and 25 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by its proprietary technology using woody biomass residue feedstock has been used in a commercial flight by Japan Airlines -- the first commercial flight in the world to use SAF derived from gasified wood-chips synthesized into aviation fuel.

    The fuel was produced in a Velocys FT reactor from the hydrogen and carbon gases generated by the gasification of the wood-chips at a demonstration plant in Nagoya, Japan in 2020. The facility produced 2,366 liters of neat aviation fuel blendstock that met ASTM D7566 Annex1 standard and can be blended into conventional jet fuel up to 50 pct.

    SAF synthesized with the Velocys FT technology from gasified forestry residue has a 70 pct lower carbon intensity than conventional fossil jet fuel. FT-SAF offers significant additional air quality improvements thanks to 90 pct lower particulate emissions, 99 pct lower sulphur emissions and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional fossil fuels, according to Velocys. (Source: Velocys, PR, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Neste, Boston Consulting Announce SAF Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste is reporting an agreement with business management specialist Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for the purchase of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ to be delivered to airlines SAS and Finnair covering the volume of fuel used on all Nordic region flights taken by BCG employees. Through this new arrangement, BCG expects to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions on flights with these airlines.

    BCG has committed to achieving net-zero climate impact by 2030, and supports efforts to scale up the adoption of sustainable aviation fuels to decarbonize air travel as part of its broader strategy to reduce emissions resulting from business travel. SAF is an important lever to reduce the climate impact of flying, and the use of Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel offers up to 80 pct reduction in life cycle GHGs compared to conventional fossil jet fuel.

    With this SAF-based solution, Neste's SAF is sold to organizations directly and delivered to their most frequently used airlines. The solution includes a third-party audit process to ensure that other customers cannot claim emission reduction on the same SAF volume. Neste's current MY SAF production capacity is approximately 34 million gpy. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Sami Jauhiainen, VP Business Development, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Boston Consulting Group, www.bcg.com

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    ANA, JAL Test SAF Blends on Domestic Flights (Int'l. Report)
    JAL
    Date: 2021-06-21
    In Japan, All Nippon Airways Co.(ANA) and Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) last week announced separately that they used domestically produced sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) jointly developed by IHI Corp., Mitsubishi Power Ltd., and other firms on regular domestic flights.

    All Nippon Airways used an SAF made from algae, and Japan Airlines used a fuel made from a combination of algae and wood chips at a 1 pct blend rate with regular jet fuel. (Source: All Nippon Airways, Japan News, 19 June, 2021)

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    LanzaTech Part of Ind. Decarbonisation Project (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-06-21
    Chicago-headquartered LanzaTech reports it is working with the UK government and several industrial partners to construct and commission the world's first commercial-scale, ethanol-based ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) fuel production facility in South Wales.

    The plant will use ethanol feedstock produced from steel mill waste gases and other wastes to produce a more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), thus contributing to industrial decarbonisation. The proposed facility will yield roughly 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) to build out the entire supply chain from feedstock to wing. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield c.330 million lpy of blended SAF.

    The LanzaTech ATJ facility will be further developed within Phase 2 of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), a consortium involving 17 partners led by Costain. This phase of SWIC is supported by £20 million in grant funding from Innovate UK with a further £17.6 million provided by industry. The project also aims to reduce industrial emissions at sites throughout South Wales, supporting Welsh NetZero targets. Within SWIC, LanzaTech will select the final project site, perform site-specific engineering, and obtain facility permits, with support from Costain. The funding is being awarded through UKRI's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters phase two: deployment competition. It is delivered by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

    LanzaTech will build and operate this first UK deployment of the LanzaJet™ ATJ technology. Then, both LanzaTech and its spin-out company, LanzaJet™, will develop multiple follow-on projects in the UK and globally as the market for sustainable jet fuel develops, primarily via a licensing model in which customers build, own, and operate facilities that use the LanzaJet™ technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    NASA Study Finds SAF Reduces Jet Contrails, Fights Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    NASA
    Date: 2021-06-21
    According to a new study from the NASA Langley Research Center Airborne Science Program, aircraft using cleaner-burning sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) can produce between 50 pct and 70 pct fewer ice crystal contrails at cruising altitude than those using conventional aviation jet fuels.

    Contrails produce increases in temperature, further leading to climate change over time. Richard Moore, NASA's scientists, says that researchers know contrail formation from jet exhaust has more impact on climate than carbon dioxide emissions. The new study shows that a chance to use SAF that can help make immediate changes that could help save the planet.

    Download the NASA-DLR Study Finds Sustainable Aviation Fuel Can Reduce Contrails study HERE. (Source: NASA, June, 2021) Contact: NASA, Richard Moore, (757) 864-6043, Mobile -- (757) 759-1951, www.airbornescience.nasa.gov/person/Richard_Moore

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    Neste Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In Helsinki, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to using 100 pct renewable electricity in its global production operations and to become carbon neutral by 2035.

    To that end, Neste has committed to approximately 40 pct of the electricity used at its Porvoo refinery will be renewable wind power in 2025 and will increase the share of renewable electricity with Guarantees of Origin, based on existing renewable electricity generation capacity. Guarantees of Origin will help increase the share of renewable electricity to 100 pct of Neste's electricity needs by 2023.

    Neste aims to reduce the indirect greenhouse gas emissions of electricity purchases at its Porvoo refinery by approximately 50,000 tpy of CO2 equivalent. With all the wind power agreements combined, Neste will reduce indirect GHG emissions of its electricity purchases at its various Finnish production sites by approximately 120,000 tpy CO2 equivalent -- roughly the annual carbon footprint of more than 19,000 average EU citizens. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    Airbus Leads Sustainable Aviation Fuel Study (Int'l. Report)
    Airbus,TotalEnergies
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Netherlands-headquartered aircraft manufacturer Airbus SE, along with Safran, Dassault Aviation, Onera and Ministry of Transport, is reporting a joint in-flight study to determine the compatibility of un-blended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines.

    The VOLCAN (VOL avec Carburants Alternatifs Nouveaux) project is the first time in-flight emissions will be measured using 100 pct SAF in a single-aisle aircraft.

    For the tests, Airbus is responsible for characterizing and analyzing the impact of 100 pct SAF on-ground and in-flight emissions using an A320neo test aircraft powered by a CFM LEAP-1A engine. Safran will focus on compatibility studies related to the fuel system and engine adaptation while Onera will support Airbus and Safran in analyzing the compatibility of the fuel with aircraft systems and will prepare, analyze and interpret test results to determine the impact of 100 pct SAF on emissions and contrail formation. Dassault Aviation will contribute to the material and equipment compatibility studies and verify 100 pct SAF bio-contamination susceptibility. The various SAFs used for the VOLCAN project will be provided by Paris-based TotalEnergies. (Source: Airbus, TradeArabia News , 12 June, 2021) Contact: Airbus, www.airbus.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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    Enerkem's Rotterdam Plant Refocused on SAF (Ind. Report)
    Shell Canada,Enerkem
    Date: 2021-06-09
    Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam are reporting plans to repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to produce waste-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    The facility would use Enerkem's waste gasification technology and Shell's Fischer-Tropsch technology to process up to 360,000t tpy of "recycling rejects" and produce up to 80,000 tpy of renewable products, of which around 75 pct could be SAF and the remainder for road transportation fuels or other uses.

    Subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin soon for production starting in 2025 or 2026. (Source: Enerchem, PR, Argus, 8 June, 2021)Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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    EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

    The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

    Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


    Vitol Supplying Neste SAF at Heathrow (Int'l., Ind. Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2021-06-04
    Helsinki-headquartered sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Oy reports Vitol Aviation, a fuel supplier at Heathrow Airports in the UK, is making Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ available beginning today, June 3rd, ahead of the G7 Summit to be held from 11 to 13 June 2021. Vitol Aviation intends to deliver further supplies ahead of COP26 to enable attendees to also transit to Glasgow with lower-emissions.

    Neste MY SAF is produced 100 pct from renewable and sustainable waste and residue raw materials, such as used cooking oil and animal fat waste. Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel, in its neat form and over the life cycle, reduces up to 80 pct of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil jet fuel use. (Source: Neste Oy, PR, Website, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Jonathan Wood, VP Europe, Renewable Aviation, Susanna Sieppi, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com , www.neste.com; Vitol , Andrea Schlaepfer, +44 (0)7525 403796, acs@vitol.com, www.vitol.com

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    Shell Aviation, AmEx Partner to Increase SAF Supply (Ind. Report)
    Shell Aviation
    Date: 2021-05-28
    Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Aviation and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) are reporting they will collaborate on encourage increased production sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the fuel more readily available and accelerating the aviation industry's pathway towards net-zero emissions.

    With their combined buying power, the two firms will help drive transformation of the aviation and corporate travel sector, support a net-zero emissions future and deliver a new solution to customers in support of their own energy transition and carbon reduction ambitions.

    Both firms have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Shell Aviation, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Shell Aviation , www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation.html

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    Neste Testing Renewable Gasoline in Sweden (Ind. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from waste and residue raw materials, reports the final phase of testing of its 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline is now beginning with complete commercial tests of the fuel to follow.

    According to the release, Neste's 75 pct bio-based renewable gasoline can reduce GHG emission by up to 65 pct over the fuel's life cycle when compared to fossil fuels. Neste is aiming to improve this figure to eventually achieve up to 90 pct emission reduction with an up to 95 pct bio-based content fuel.

    The present tests study the properties of the fuel and mix ratios to further reduce emissions before commercial tests. (Source: Neste, PR, Website, 21 May, 2021) Contact: Neste Oy, Carl Nyberg, Exec. VP Renewable Road Transportation, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

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    Asian Air Carriers Commit to 2050 Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l,)
    Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific
    Date: 2021-05-26
    Singapore Airlines Group -- Singapore Airlines, Scoot and SIA Cargo -- is reporting a commitment to invest in new-generation aircraft, adopt low-carbon technology such as sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), and source "high quality" carbon offsets to meet their recently announced goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Likewise, Hong Kong-headquartered Cathay Pacific Group, one of the first air carriers in Asia to establish a timeline for achieving carbon neutrality, has announced plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, Cathay Pacific will investment in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), identify efficiencies including a new fuel-efficient fleet and reducing engine use on the ground, as well as take advantage of carbon offsets. (Source: Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, PR, Travel Weekly, May, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Net-Zero Emissions news,  SAF news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Aviation Emissions news,  

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