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DRAX North Yorkshire Plant Piloting Bioenergy CCS (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2022-05-13
In the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered renewable energy pioneer DRAX Group reports it has partnered with the University of Nottingham and Nottingham-based Promethean Particles Ltd. to trial a new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (CCS) process at its North Yorkshire power station.

The new process uses Promethean Particles-developed solid sorbent called Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) which have a simple structure and can be tailored to separate and soak up specific molecules making them excellent for CCS. The two month trial will allow all three organizations to determine if this new carbon capture process performs well in real conditions on large-scale projects.

As previously reported, DRAXGroup converted Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire to use sustainable biomass instead of coal to become the UK's largest renewable generator. The company, which plans to deploy the essential negative emissions technology BECCS in the 2020s, would be the world's largest carbon capture power project, delivering a significant proportion of the negative emissions needed for the UK to meet its climate targets. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, May, 2022) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Promethean Particles Ltd., +44 115 967 8119, www.prometheanparticles.co.uk

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IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
IPCC,Natural Resources Defense Council
Date: 2022-04-15
"Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphazises that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

"The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: "BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that 'life-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

"It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature -- e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity, food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

"In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

"But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

"We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tonnes of wood every year. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

"The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators and refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NEDC, www.brdc.org; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Defense Council,  IPCC,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  BECCS,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  DRAX,  ,  


IPCC Report Recognizes Risks of Bioenergy (Editorials & Asides)
IPCC,
Date: 2022-04-14
"Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its final new report in a three-part series, prepared over years by hundreds of the world's leading scientists. It sends a very clear and final warning that we must rapidly cut emissions to avert climate disaster. It also emphasizes that using bioenergy -- especially the burning of trees -- is a VERY risky way to do this, and may not even work at all.

"The biggest takeaway from this report is that the IPCC has SIGNIFICANTLY reduced the amount of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) it thinks is necessary to achieve net zero. The IPCC assumes that, in the future, bioenergy will be used with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). But it recognizes that even then the climate benefits of BECCS are disputed, and that the environmental risks are clearer than ever. Because of this, it drastically reduces the role of BECCS in its net zero scenarios, predicting that BECCS will remove only 2.5 billion tpy of emissions compared with its previous predictions of up to 16 billion tpy. The report supports this decision with statements such as: 'BECCS] may not prove as effective as expected, and its large-scale deployment may result in ecological and social impacts, suggesting it may not be a viable carbon removal strategy in the next 10-20 years.' It also states that '[l]ife-cycle emissions impacts from bioenergy are subject to large uncertainties and could be incompatible with net zero emissions in some contexts.' This all builds off of the second report in the series in which it recognized more risks of bioenergy than ever before.

"It also recognizes the risks of bioenergy more than ever before. Both this report and the one the IPCC released in March highlight the major risks bioenergy can pose to nature (e.g., desertification, land degradation, biodiversity), food production, and water availability. In 2021, evidence mounted showing the significant impacts of biomass on global biodiversity. For example, information on logging in Estonia's protected areas became so concerning that the Estonian government banned logging in these areas for more than two years. Further, new satellite image analysis shows that logging of forests in the US Southeast has exceeded their growth (contrary to biomass industry claims) and decreased their carbon stocks.

"In its moderated language, which must be signed off by all governments, this is IPCC code for a clear warning that, while its models include BECCS, they are just that -- models. They are not meant to describe reality and do not reflect the significant environmental and climate risks posed by this technology.

"But while the IPCC urges governments to immediately cut emissions, protect forests, and use BECCS only in a very minimal way (if at all), the UK Government plans to do the exact opposite by increasing reliance on large-scale burning of trees for electricity to meet its climate goals. Its 2050 Net Zero Strategy, published in autumn 2021, states that it plans to rely on a significant level of BECCS over the coming decades, which is impossible without destroying global forests or carpeting the UK countryside with bioenergy crops (or both). And the UK is already the world's subsidizer of biomass energy.

"We already know the impacts of both approaches. Drax power station recently published an annual report showing it burns over 8 million tpy of wood. Drax is part of a growing global wood pellet industry driving the destruction of some of the world's most precious forests. And the EU has tried the 'grow fields full of crops for fuel approach,' which actually increased greenhouse gases because it displaced food production, causing deforestation and climate damage elsewhere.

"The best chance for the UK Government to heed the IPCC's warnings? Its new Biomass Strategy -- due out later this year -- must recognize that bioenergy is NOT zero carbon and that it has serious environmental and social impacts. It must stop handing over £2.7 million per day in subsidies to bioenergy generators -- and to refuse to grant new biomass subsidies, instead redirecting these funds to technologies that will actually cut emissions (e.g., wind, solar, home insulation to help lower people's energy bills)." (Source: Natural Resources Defense Council, Elly Pepper, 14 April, 2022) Contact: NRDC, www.nrdc.org; IPCC

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DRAX Opens Second Alabama Biomass Pellet Plant (Ind. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2022-04-06
In the UK, North Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX Group, the world's leading producer and user of sustainable biomass, is reporting the opening of its second pellet plant in Alabama. The new plant will produce roughly 360,000 metric tpy of sustainable biomass pellets.

With the new facility, DRAX operates seven pellet plants in the US south, which use biomass sourced from the region's sustainably managed working forests. DRAX also plans to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), according to the release. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, April, 2022) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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B&W, Kiewit, Fidelis Touting Louisiana BECCS Project (Ind. Report)
B&W, Kiewit, Fidelis
Date: 2022-04-04
Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) reports it is partnering with Kiewit Industrial to deliver Fidelis New Energy's planned 200-MW, net -negative carbon impact biomass plant and carbon capture (BECCS) project in Port of Greater Baton Rouge. Louisiana.

The planned "Project Cyclus", which will use wood chips, wood waste, bagasse or "other opportunity fuels", to provide power for Houston-Headquartered Fidelis's 73,000 bpd sustainable aviation fuel, (SAF) renewable diesel, green hydrogen production facility.

Fidelis will sequester the biogenic CO2 in a carbon sink developed and secured by its subsidiary, Capio Sequestration, LLC according to a previously announced operating agreement between Capio and the State of Louisiana. B&W will provide engineering, design, equipment and technology services to support the development of the biomass-fueled plant that will produce clean energy with a net-negative carbon impact of over 2 million tpy. (Source: Fedelis New Energy, Website PR, 31 Mar., 2022) Contact: Fidelis New Energy, Dan Shapiro, CEO, (832) 551-3300 , info@fidelisinfra.com, www.fidelisinfra.com; Kiewit Industrial, www.kiewit.com/markets/industrial; Capio SequestrationLLC, www.fidelisinfra.com/project/capio-sequestration

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Pertamina, Marubeni Partner to Cut Indonesian Emissions (Int'l.)
Pertamina, Marubeni
Date: 2022-02-18
Japanese trading house Marubeni Corporation reports it is partnering with Indonesian state-owned refiner Pertamina to develop decarbonisation projects in Indonesia. Projects include developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at Marubeni's Indonesian pulp mill, producing biomass fuels, and participating in or developing projects to generate carbon credits.

Marubeni plans to withdraw from coal-fired power projects by 2050 and to achieve carbon neutrality the same year. Pertamina and the Indonesian government are aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 29 pct from 2020 levels by 2030. (Source: Marubeni, PR, Feb., 2022) Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com; Marubeni Corp., www.marubeni.com

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UK Hydrogen Production from Biomass Funding Available (Int'l.)
UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Date: 2022-01-14
In the UK, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy reports the launch of its £5 million Hydrogen BECCS Innovation Programme to support the development of technologies to generate hydrogen via bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). The BECCS process produces hydrogen from biomass and waste, with the ability to capture and store the carbon released during the process.

Under the Program's first phase, companies, research institutions and universities can now bid for up to £250,000 funding to support BECCS development and demonstrate their feasibility. A second phase will provide further funding to the most promising projects. The programme aims to support three categories: feedstock pre-processing, to optimise biomass and waste for use in gasification technologies; gasification components, thermal conversion technologies that can convert biomass or waste into hydrogen, methane, aviation fuel, diesel or other hydrocarbons; and novel bio-hydrogen technologies that can be combined with carbon capture, such as dark fermentation, anaerobic digestion and wastewater treatment. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy , PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/publications/hydrogen-beccs-innovation-programme

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DRAX Taps Worley for UK BECCS Project (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-22
In the UK, North Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX, which plans to invest roughly £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project, reports the selection of engineering, project management and construction firm Worley to begin the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase early next year. Worley may also work on the subsequent design and build phases of the BECCS project, subject to contract.

The announcement follows DRAX's previously reported decision to partner with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group as its technology partner. With an effective negative emissions policy and investment framework from the government, BECCS could be deployed at DRAX as soon as 2027 -- delivering the UK's largest carbon capture project and permanently removing millions of tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Worley, Chris Ashton, CEO, (713) 892-0999 -- Houston Office, www.worley.com

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DRAX, Selby College CCS, BECCS Training Program Funded (Int'l.)
DRAX, Selby College
Date: 2021-12-10
In the UK, Selby College in North Yorkshire and biomass power generator DRAX are reporting receipt of more than £270,000 of grant funding from the UK Department for Education Strategic Development Fund in support of the College's planned training course in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The funding will also support DRAX effort to develop the negative emission technology bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at its power station near Selby.

The DRAX and Selby College initiative will help protect jobs, plug the skills gap, and build a workforce with the skills needed in the transition to net-zero while building on an existing £180,000, five-year partnership aimed at supporting education and skills.

The programme will start in fall, 2022, and will be available to organizations and individuals interested in developing their knowledge and understanding about carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: DRAX, PR, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Selby College, +44 1757 211000, www.selby.ac.uk

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DRAX Plans Double Pellet Production, Biomass Sales by 2030 (Int'l.)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-03
In the UK, Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX CEO Will Gardner has announce: "Drax has made excellent progress during 2021 providing a firm foundation for further growth. We have advanced our Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project -- a vital part of the East Coast Cluster that was recently selected to be one of the UK's two priority CCS projects. And we're now setting out a strategy to take the business forward, enabling DRAX to make an even greater contribution to global efforts to reach net zero.

"We believe DRAX can deliver growth and become a global leader in sustainable biomass and negative emissions and a UK leader in dispatchable, renewable generation. We aim to double our sustainable biomass production capacity by 2030 -- creating opportunities to double our sales to Asia and Europe, where demand for biomass is increasing as countries transition away from coal.

"As a global leader in negative emissions, we're going to scale up our ambitions internationally. DRAX is now targeting 12 million tonnes of carbon removals each year by 2030 by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This includes the negative emissions we can deliver at Drax Power Station in the UK and through potential new-build BECCS projects in North America and Europe, supporting a new sector of the economy, which will create jobs, clean growth and exciting export opportunities", according to DRAX CEO Will Gardiner. To that end, DRAX has announced:

  • New woody biomass pellet production and sales targets -- increased biomass pellet production targeting 8Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.4Mt) and biomass pellet sales to third parties targeting 4Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.2Mt)

  • Continued progress with UK BECCS and biomass cost reduction -- BECCS at DRAXPower Station -- Biomass cost reduction -- continuing to target biomass production cost of $100/t

  • £3 billion investment in 2022-30 growth opportunities -- investment in pellet production, UK BECCS, pumped energy storage, and construction of new BECCS facilities.

  • Targeting 4Mt pa of negative CO2 emissions outside of UK by 2030. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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  • DRAX Considering Future US Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Further to our Sept. 24 coverage, in the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group CEO Will Gardiner this week announced the company is considering building a biomass plant in the US whose power generation will absorb more emissions than it creates.

    Drax is currently developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology for its plant in North Yorkshire, UK. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, accelerate economic growth for the Yorkshire and Humber region and put the region at the heart of a global green economy, said Drax. It is hoped the BECCS technology at Drax Power Station near Selby will be operational by 2027. (Source: DRAX, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    DRAX, NFU Cooperating on UK Energy Crop Production (Int'l.)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based power producer DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the UK National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) to identify opportunities to scale-up and develop a roadmap for the production perennial energy crops.

    The partnership will support DRAX's plan to source sustainable biomass from UK farmers and to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to help address climate change. DRAX currently imports the majority if its woody biomass pellet requirements from the US and its US and Canadian subsidiaries. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: National Farmers Union of England and Wales, www.nfuonline.com; DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    DRAX Biomass Slashes CO2 Emissions by 90 pct Plus (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-20
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it has cut the carbon emissions from its once coal-fired power generation by over 90 pct since 2012 when it began its switch from coal to sustainable biomass and hydro. The facility is now one of Europe's lowest carbon intensity power generators, and moving closer to achieving its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030, according to the company release.

    Since deploying Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Ctorage (BECCS) at its Yorkshire, Teeside power station, DRAX is set to go even further -- generating the negative emissions needed to meet the UK's net-zero climate target.

    DRAX presently generates 12 pct of the UK's renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 5 million or more homes while supporting the deployment of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    DRAX, Bechtel Partner on Bioenergy/CCS (Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Bechtel
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with Reston, Virginia-based U.S. engineering giant Bechtel up to identify opportunities and to construct new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power plants around the world, primarily in North America and Western Europe.

    DRAX presently has a pilot BECCS project at its power station in Yorkshire. Bechtel will study potential regions for new BECCS plants and how to optimise plant design for maximum efficiency and lowest cost.

    BECCS is a negative emissions technology which extracts bioenergy from biomass and then captures and stores the carbon dioxide but is not yet at commercial scale. (Source: DRAX, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Bechtel, www.bechtel.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Calif. Bioenergy-Carbon Capture Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Chevron, Microsoft
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Oil and gas major Chevron reports it is collaborating with Schlumberger's New Energy arm and Microsoft to develop a major bioenergy plant with 300,000 tpy CO2e carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in Mendota, California. The project would convert 200,000 tpy of agricultural waste into renewable synthetic gas.

    Front-end engineering and design processes will begin immediately, with the hopes of securing a final investment decision in 2022.

    Microsoft is notably targeting negative emissions by 2030 and the removal of all historic corporate emissions by 2050. (Source: Chevron, PR, edie news, 8 Mar., 2021)

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    DRAX Advancing Planned Bioenergy CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it plans to used bioenergy with carbon capture and ctorage (BECCS) to remove millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and create a negative carbon footprint for the company.

    The planned project is subject to its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) -- a process which takes around two years to complete. If approved construction on the first of two 8 million tpy BECCS units could get underway in 2024.

    As we reopoert in Dec. 2020, an Imperial College London report for DRAX Electric Insights found the UK's electricity grid has decarbonised faster than other countries in the last decade and that renewable power has grown six-fold in the last 10 years, helping the UK cut its carbon intensity by 58 pct -- double the reduction seen in other major economies over the 2010-2120 period. The report also noted coal-fired power generation dropped from 30 pct to just 2 pct with renewables rising simultaneously from 8 pct to supplying 42 pct of the UK's electricity over the last decade.

    The shift to renewables means individual UK households have cut reduced their CO2 emissions by .75 tpy, according to the report. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yorkshire Post, Mar., 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    DRAX Acquiring Pinnacle Renewable Energy (M&A, Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-02-08
    UK-headquartered DRAX Group is reporting a £226 million agreement for its wholly-owned subsidiary DRAX Canadian Holdings' acquisition of British Columbia-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy. The deal, which is subject to DRAX shareholder, regulatory approval and other customary conditions, is expected to close in Q3 this year.

    According to the release, DRAX and Pinnacle combined will have 17 wood pellet plants, 3 major fibre baskets, 4 deep water ports, 4.9 Mt capacity from 2022 with 2.9 Mt available for self-supply, 2.6 GW of renewable biomass generation, with potential for BECCS, global growth opportunities for sustainable biomass. (Source: DRAX, Website, Various Media, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • DRAX, Mitsubishi Tout Biomass/Bioenergy CCS Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
    Date: 2020-06-26
    In the UK, Drax Group and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, Ltd. (MHIE) are reporting a new 12-month bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at the Drax Power Station in the Humber region, North Yorkshire.

    The pilot, which is expected to get underway this autumn, will test two of MHI's proprietary solvents -- KS-1TM Solvent which is presently being used at 13 commercial plants including Petra Nova in Texas where it is capturing 1.4 million tpy of CO2 , and KS-21TM Solvent which is designed to achieve significant performance improvements and cost savings, according to MHIE.

    Implementing BECCS at Drax could deliver 16 million tpy of negative emissions -- a third of the negative emissions the UK needs from BECCS to reach its zero carbon targets by 2050, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, MHI, Cdn. Biomass, 24 June, 2020) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44(0)1757 618381 www.drax.com

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    Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage? (Int'l., Ind. Report Attached)
    Chatham House
    Date: 2020-02-03
    Further to our 23rd Feb., 2017 Chatham House, biomass and climate change report coverage, according to Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage?, new report from the London-headquartered NGO Chatham House, the UK Government is over-prioritizing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and biomass in its net-zero plans and failing to account for the impact these technologies could have on land use.

    The potential unintended consequences of scaling up biomass energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS} in the UK and assesses the extent to which the technologies could deliver true and sustainable decarbonisation to the energy sector.

    BECCS has received a swathe of Government support and media coverage in recent times, both in the build-up to the ratification of the UK's 2050 net-zero goal, and after its implementation. Supporters of the technologies point out that biomass, unlike gas or other fossil fuels, is renewable, and that it is produces less emissions when burned. If these emissions can be captured for storage and reuse, the process can become carbon neutral or even carbon negative, firms including Drax have claimed.

    The report, however, warns that BECCS is "no silver bullet" for a net-zero energy sector. It claims that there has not been enough research into the likely energy output of BECCS or the environmental impacts of scaling up biomass supply chains, making it difficult to determine whether BECCS systems can be carbon-neutral across the life cycle.

    According to the report, deployment of BECCS at the scales assumed by the UK's modelling, on a global scale, would consume land equivalent to that currently accounted for by cropland. This could pose problems for food security, result in biodiversity loss and hamper plans to re-assess land-use in line with net-zero, Chatham House concludes. Chatham House claims that failures to account for biomass supply chain emissions undermine the assumption that BECCS systems are inherently carbon-neutral and is accordingly calling for stricter sustainability requirements for biomass feedstock and urging the Government to prioritise decarbonisation across carbon-intensive sectors, reshape its land-use strategies to ensure BECCS decisions are made after full considerations of all alternatives, both technology-based and nature-based.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Chatham House, edie news, February 2020) Contact: Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7957 5710, contact@chathamhouse.org, www.chathamhouse.org

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    Sutdy Examines Farming as CO2 Absorber (Ind. Report)
    University of Virginia
    Date: 2019-12-11
    A recently released study from the University of Virginia notes that farming, agriculture and other land practices presently contribute around 11 gigatons to CO2 emissions per year -- roughly one quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. However, the study argues that the land could actually be converted into an absorber of carbon, given the right conditions.

    Among the measures recommended by the study were richer countries transitioning to plant-based diets and reducing food waste, while aiding poorer nations to curb deforestation and restore degraded land. If a concerted global effort was made, land could be absorbing three gigatons of carbon by 2050, turning one of our biggest liabilities into a helping hand in the fight against climate change. The study also recommends:

  • 95 pct reduction in deforestation and land degradation by 2050. This would include more robust conservation policies in developing tropical countries, as well as the conversion of coastal wetlands into protected areas and the prohibition of peatland burning.

  • 25 pct reduction in agricultural emissions by 2050. This would include introducing synthetic or organic fertilizers, enhancing the water-agriculture interface in places where rice cultivation is a primary industry and managing emissions from fermentation and manure.

  • 50 pct adoption of plant-based diets by 2050. This would involve encouraging a healthier diet through consumer campaigns and governmental policies, as well as the development of new foodstuffs to entice unconvinced consumers.

  • 50 pct reduction of current level of food waste by 2050. This would involve tightening up gaps in the supply chain, improving consumer awareness through advertising campaigns and enhancing refrigeration and distribution capabilities in the developing world.

  • Restoration of forests, coastal wetlands and drained peatlands. This would involve financing ecosystem services, improving in local and national conservation policies and investing in restoration practices.

  • Improving forestry and agroforestry management. This would include optimising current forestation conservation process and integrating agroforestry into lands currently used for agriculture and grazing.

  • Enhancing soil carbon sequestration capabilities. This would include controlling soil erosion, reducing tillage of the land and restoring degraded soils, as well as the application of biochar where appropriate.

  • Deploying bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in developed countries. This would involve investing into the research and development of BECCS technologies and deploying them in relevant sites. (Source: University of Virginia, Environmental Technology, 1 Dec., 2019) Contact: University of Virginia, Stephanie Roe, Environmental Researcher, Report Lead Author, 434-924-7761, www.evsc.as.virginia.edu

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  • Packard Foundation Warns Put a Brake on Bioenergy by 2050 to Avoid Negative Climate Impacts (Ind. Report)
    Packard Foundation
    Date: 2019-12-09
    According to the newly released Global Change Biology study from the Los Altos, California-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the burgeoning bioenergy sector must peak and decline in the next 30 years to alleviate extreme pressure on land. The study researchers assert that projections envisioning the use of biomass from crops, trees or grasses for fuel through 2100 overlook the technology's high carbon footprint and excessive land use.

    An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released last year found that many scenarios capable of reducing the threat of climate change relied heavily on bioenergy, predicting that energy from biomass could make up 26 pct of primary energy in 2050 -- up from 10 pct in 2020 -- and predicting that solar and wind combined would likely only account for 22 pct. Those scenarios often relied on significant use of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which involves growing trees across a large area of land to produce wood pellets burned for energy, then capturing and sequestering the carbon emissions. In its analysis, though, the IPCC found significant challenges associated with a high reliance on bioenergy, noting in particular that the vast areas of land required to produce biomass for energy would compete with food production and other human needs.

    The Global Change Biology assessment examine a flurry of recent reports that suggest even more problems with large-scale bioenergy projects reliant on large tracts of land, and also show that more cost-effective alternatives will be available in the coming decades. Pulling from these recent studies, the authors establish three reasons why large-scale bioenergy must and can peak and decline in the next 30 years:

  • Large-scale bioenergy emits carbon. Carbon emissions from bioenergy can be greater in the near-term than emissions from the fossil fuels it is replacing, undermining the assumption that bioenergy is always a relatively low-emission and low-cost form of energy. Burning wood pellets, for example, creates a "double climate problem." Manufacturing and shipping wood pellets entails substantial emissions of fossil CO2, and it can take decades or centuries for harvested areas to return to pre-harvest carbon stocks.

  • Large-scale bioenergy puts a squeeze on land. Land is already a scarce resource, and it will become even scarcer with time due to an increase in the human population and a rise in the appreciation of the conservation value of natural and mostly-natural ecosystems--even if agricultural yields continue to increase. Because land is so limited, we should use it as efficiently as possible for energy production. In contrast to land-intensive bioenergy, the amount of electricity that can be produced from a hectare of land using photovoltaics is at least 50-100 times that from biomass.

  • Large-scale bioenergy is inferior to other solutions. And, by mid-century, land-intensive bioenergy will face fierce competition from superior technologies such as wind and solar energy, the development of efficient storage and other flexibility solutions, and the advent of more effective carbon removal technologies such as direct air capture with carbon storage.

    The assessment comes at a time when the bioenergy industry is ramping up worldwide, with the EU in the lead. Bioenergy currently accounts for 10 pct of the world's energy, and 50 pct of our renewable energy. In the EU, bioenergy accounts for two-thirds of all renewable energy (nearly half from wood). Two-thirds of the EU's "20 pct Renewable Energy by 2020" target depends on bioenergy. And the bloc is also about to greenlight the conversion of five large coal plants to bioenergy plants that burn imported wood pellets from overseas forests.

    Land-intensive electrical power projects in particular are picking up steam as governments and industry leaders seek to transform disused coal factories into new profit centers. Between 2006 and 2015, the production of wood pellets for biomass energy use quadrupled to 26 million tons. Worldwide, demand for globally traded wood pellets destined for use in phased-out coal plants or new dedicated bioenergy plants is expected to rise 250 pct by 2027.

    The study lays out a bioenergy trajectory that policymakers can use to encourage sustainable bioenergy while also opening the door for new technologies to replace land-intensive bioenergy in the very near future. These recommendations include improved accounting of the actual carbon emissions associated with the use of biomass, favoring biomass from waste, residues or land management practices that enhance carbon storage, and providing incentives for energy storage, direct air capture technologies, and low-carbon alternatives to fossil fuels. Above all, the authors argue that bioenergy projects should be avoided if they involve natural forests, such as converting natural forests to bioenergy plantations, or use land best suited for food crops. And the authors caution that claims that bioenergy projects are a zero-carbon form of energy should be met with skepticism.

    The Packard Foundation through 2020, will have awarded nearly $1 billion in grants to reduce carbon emissions, one of the its greatest program commitments in its 55-year history. (Source: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Dec., 2019) Contact: David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Walt Reid, Director Conservation and Science Program, Report Author, 650-948-7658, www.packard.org

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  • DRAX, Deep Branch Biotech to Turn CO2 into Animal Feed (Int'l)
    DRAX
    Date: 2019-06-24
    In the UK, power plant operator DRAX and Nottingham-startup Deep Branch Biotechnology, a lab located at DRAX's giant power station in Yorkshire, reports the two organizations will explore ways to capture and process CO2 into protein for sustainable animal feed.

    Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.

    Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."

    The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein. If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020. DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, info@deepbranchbio.com, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk

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