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CMA CGM Investing in Low-Carbon Biomethane Fuel (Int'l. Report)
CMA CGM
Date: 2021-04-12
In France, Marseille-based global ocean carrier CMA CGM Group reports it intends to invest in biomethane production facilities and is studying the viability of the liquefaction process and its potential as maritime shipping fuel. As a fuel for vessels, 12,000 tonnes of biomethane would provide the equivalent to a year's supply of fuel consumption for two 1,400-TEU ships operating on CMA CGM's European Balt3 line between St. Petersburg and Rotterdam, according to the release.

The initiative is in line with the company' s objective to become carbon-neutral by 2050. CMA CGM Group notes it cut its overall CO2 emissions by 4 pct in 2020 following a 6 pct reduction in 2019, and has also lowered its CO2 emissions per container-kilometer by 49 pct since 2008. With CMA CGM's dual-fuel gas-power technology, it can reduce entire value chain greenhouse gas emissions, including CO2, by at least 67 pct, according to the company release. (Source: CMA CGM Group, PR, BreakBulk, 10 Apr., 2021) Group Contact: CMA CGM Group Rodolphe Saade, Chairman and CEO, +33 (0)4 88 91 90 00, www.cma-cgm.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  


Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
Honeywell
Date: 2021-04-12
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


WELTECH BIOPOWER Delivers Two Biogas Plants in Japan (Int'l.)
WELTECH BIOPOWER
Date: 2021-04-12
Vechta, Germany-based WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is setting up two agricultural 250-kW biogas plants for one of Japan's major milk producers. Both plants, one in Urahoro the other in Sakata, Yamagot prefecture, are on Japan's largest island, Honshu. The generated power and heat will be used directly on site. Commissoning is slated for summer 2021 in Urahoro and in autumn 2021 in Sakata.

The two biogas project dairy farms yield approximately 30,000 tpy of liquid cattle manure, which will be used for the energy production in the anaerobic digestion plants. Apart from the two projects' digesters, upstream and digestate storage tanks, separation and pump technology, WELTEC BIOPOWER is also setting up a 250-kW CHP unit at each location.

The biomass potential in Japan amounts to approximately 284.4 million tpy, enough to produce about 13 billion kWh of electricity and continually supply 2.8 million households, according to the WELTECH release. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 9 April, 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH, +49 4441/99978-220, presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTECH BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  anaerobic digestion ,  


Praj Plans India's Largest Ethanol Plant in Karnataka (Int'l.)
Praj Industries,Godavari Biorefineries,
Date: 2021-04-12
Indian ethanol producer and global process solutions provider Praj Industries reports receipt of an order Godavari Biorefineries (GBL) to set up a 600 kilo litre per day sugarcane syrup based ethanol plant -- – India's largest -- in Karnataka.

The expansion will maintain zero liquid discharge norms by deploying innovative technology i.e. SHIFT, developed in Praj Industries' R&D facility -- Praj Matrix. The 'SHIFT' technology minimizes energy and water footprint.

GBL produces biofuels, chemicals and related products using sugarcane and other biomass as the primary feedstock. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 12 April, 2021) Contact: Godavari Biorefineries Ltd., +91-22 61702100, +91-22 22048272, rathod.rajeev@somaiya.com, www.somaiya.com; Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries,  Sugarcane Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Godavari Biorefineries,  


Fulcrum Bioenergy Selects UK SAF Fuel Plant Site (Ind. Report)
Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2021-04-12
As previously reported, Pleasanton, California-based Fulcrum BioEnergy, a producer of low-carbon transportation fuels from municipal solid waste, has announced the site selection and launch of development activities on its first United Kingdom residual waste to low-carbon, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) plant.

The Fulcrum NorthPoint biorefinery will be located at the Essar Oil (UK) Ltd refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port ,in the North West of England.

Subject to planning permission and financing, construction is expected to get underway in late 2023 for completion within 18-24 months. When fully operational, the plant will convert several hundred thousand tons of pre-processed waste into approximately 30 million gpy of low-carbon Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). (Source: Fulcrum Bioenergy, PR, 2021) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy news,  SAF news,  


Archaea Energy Renewable Natural Gas Platform Announced (M&A)
Archaea Energy
Date: 2021-04-09
Carnegie, Pennsylvania- based Rice Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the energy transition sector, reports an agreement to combine Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy LLC and Belle Vernon, Penna.-based biogas developer Archaea to create Archaea Energy, a renewable natural gas (RNG) platform. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 this year.

New company highlights include:

  • The business combination is expected to create the industry-leading platform in the U.S. to capture and convert waste emissions from landfills and anaerobic digesters into low-carbon RNG, electricity, and green hydrogen.

  • Aria, a portfolio company of funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corp is being acquired for $680 million and brings a comprehensive portfolio of operational LFG assets, best-in-class operating experience, and a deep inventory of greenfield LFG-to-RNG projects and electric-to-RNG conversion opportunities.

  • Archaea LLC is being acquired for $347 million and brings leading RNG technology professionals, a deep inventory of LFG-to-RNG projects -- including the world's largest RNG plant currently under construction (Project Assai) -- an innovative commercial strategy, groundbreaking low-cost carbon sequestration, and negative-carbon LFG-to-green hydrogen development projects currently in the design stage.

  • Pro forma for the transaction, the combined Company will have over $350 million of cash on the balance sheet, providing ample liquidity to fund its pipeline of development projects and bridging the combined Company to free cash flow generation starting in 2023.

    The combined Company will be headquartered in Cannonsburg, Penna. led by a majority-independent board consisting of executives Daniel J. Rice, IV, Kyle Derham, Kate Jackson, Joe Malchow, and Jim Torgerson of RAC; Nicholas Stork, CEO of Archaea; and Scott Parkes of Aria. (Source: Rice Acquisition Corp., PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Archea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com: Rice Acquisition Corp., www.ricepac.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Aria Energy,  Archaea Energy,  ,  


  • IRENA Presents Measures to Drive the Energy Transition (Int'l.)
    IRENA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The International Renewable Energy (IRENA) has published a preview of its publication, World Energy Transitions Outlook report on technology choices, investment needs, and socio-economic contexts necessary to set the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

    IRENA Dir. General Francesco La Camera notes that over 170 countries have set renewables targets, many of which are included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    To meet the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree C goal, the report notes the following could be used in combination: Energy efficiency and circular economy measures; decarbonized power systems with supply dominated by renewables; electrification of end-use sectors, with the increased use of electricity in buildings, industry, and transport; expanded production and use of green hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and feedstocks to pursue indirect electrification; and targeted use of sustainably sourced biomass.

    According to the report, financial markets and investors have begun directing capital away from fossil fuels and towards other energy technologies including renewables. However, to achieve the 1.5 degrees C climate ambition, energy transition investment will have to increase by 30 pct over currently planned investments, to an average annual level of $4.4 trillion. The report also suggests that national social and economic policies will play important roles in delivering the energy transition at the necessary speed.

    Preview the World Energy Transitions Outlook report HERE. (Source: IRENA, Apr., 2021) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  


    Japan's Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant Const. Underway (Int'l.)
    RENOVA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Japan, Omaezakikou Biomass Energy GK, manager of the woody biomass power specialist RENOVA-led 74.95 MW Omaezakikou Biomass power generation project in Shizuoka Prefecture, reports plant construction is underway for an expected startup in July, 2023.

    Aside from Omaezakikou Biomass, RENOVA's biomass power portfolio includes the fully operational Akita Biomass power generation facility and the Kanda and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass power generation facilities, which are under construction. (Source: RENOVA, REM, 6 Apr, 2021) Contact: Omaezakikou Biomass Energy, www.renovainc.com/en/business/power_plant/omaezaki_kou_biomass; RENOVA, www.renova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  RENOVA,  


    Minn., California and Iowa E15 Sales on the Rise (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The Iowa Department of Revenue is reporting sales of E15 jumped 24 pct in Iowa in 2020 , despite the pandemic-related drop in overall fuel consumption. Iowa retailers sold 60.59 million gallons of E15 in 2020, up from 48.96 million gallons in 2019 and more than double the 2017 volume of E15 sales, despite a 14.3 pct drop in the state's overall petroleum consumption from 2019 levels.

    Similarly, recent data from the Minnesota Department of Commerce showed 2020 E15 sales there nearly held steady with 2019 sales levels, despite the pandemic. Minnesota E15 sales were 93.46 million gallons, down 4 pct from 97.40 million gallons in 2019.

    On the west coast, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) noted 40.37 million gallons of E85 were sold in the Golden State in 2020, down 0.6 pct from the 40.6 million gallons sold in 2019. (Source: Iowa Department of Revenue Renewable Fuels Association, CARB, Biofuels News, 8 Apr., 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RFA,  FlexFuel,  E15,  E85,  Biofuel Blend,  


    USDA Touts Carbon Sequestration Easements (Ind. Report)
    USDA
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that over the past 28 years it has protected more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands, and prime farmland -- an area the size of New Jersey -- in perpetuity through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP helps landowners, land trusts, and other entities protect, restore, and enhance wetlands, grasslands, and working farms and ranches through conservation easements

    Wetland Easements -- totaling over 2.8 million acres nationwide -- improve water quality by filtering sediments and chemicals, reducing flooding, recharging groundwater, protecting biological diversity while Agricultural Land Easements protect productive working lands being converted to non-agricultural uses. Agricultural land easements total more than 1.9 million acres.

    Working with private landowners to protect, preserve and restore wetlands, grasslands, forests and farmlands is integral to USDA's efforts to build resiliency and reduce the impacts of climate change across the nation. Easements allow landowners to partner with NRCS to implement voluntary climate-smart management practices that maximize the amount of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere and stored in soils or plant biomass across these landscapes.

    The Biden Administration USDA is engaged in a "whole-of-government effort to combat the climate crisis and conserve and protect our nation's lands, biodiversity and natural resources including our soil, air and water." (Source: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, PR, 3 April, 2021) Contact: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Terry Cosby, Acting Chief, 202-690-7246, www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  Carbon Sequestration,  


    Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

    Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO,, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  NOAA,  Offshore Wind,  


    Stolt Tests GoodFuels Biofuel at Rotterdam (Int'l. Report)
    GoodFuels
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Oslo-headquartered Norwegian shipowner Stolt Tankers B.V. is reporting successful completion of GoodFuels marine biofuel trials at the port of Rotterdam .

    GoodFuels' marine biofuel is derived from used cooking oil (UCO), tallow, and waste animal fats and can reduce carbon emissions by up to 90 pct compared with conventional bunker fuels, according to GoodFuels. (Source: Stolt Tankers, PR. Argus, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Stolt Tankers, +47 22 80 75 80, www.stolt-nielsen.com; GoodFuels, Bart Hellings, CEO, EPS , Cyril Ducau, CEO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodFuels,  Marine Biofuel,  


    Gasum Supplying Liquified Biogas to Finnish Coast Guard (Int'l.)
    Gasum
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Helsinki-headquartered biogas specialist Gasum reports Turku biogas plant has delivered its first shipment of liquefied biogas to the Finnish Border Guard (Coast Guard) in Helsinki. An additional shipment of liquefied biogas will be will be delivered to Helsinki in the coming weeks from Gasum's Risavika production plant in Norway.

    The Finnish government is aiming to make Finland carbon-neutral by 2035. Achieving this target will require significant emission reductions in both road and maritime transport. The use of biogas can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 pct, making it the cleanest marine fuel available. Liquefied biogas can be used in the same applications as liquefied natural gas (LNG) as they can be mixed with each other and used simultaneously or alternately as fuel for the same ship. (Source: Gasum, PR, 1 April, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Turku Plant, Ossi Lehtonen, Plant Manager, +358 40 411 9717, ossi.lehtonen@gasum.com, www.gasum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum news,  LNG news,  Biogas news,  


    World Energy, Community Fuels Partner on Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
    World Energy, Community Fuels
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Boston-based World Energy, a low-carbon fuel provider for the transportation sector, and Stockton-based biofuel producer and distributor Community Fuels are reporting a partnership to enhance access to low-carbon fuels throughout the Golden State.

    World Energy, which owns and operates California's only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel fuel production and distribution hub in Los Angeles County, will provide feedstock for production and other advanced biofuels for blending and distribution to service Northern California customers.

    Community Fuels, which produces 22 million gpy of biodiesel, terminal operations will allow for the annual distribution of 85 million gpy of renewable diesel and biodiesel blends upon work scheduled for completion later this year. The company plans to further expand the site's terminal capacity to 200 million gpy in 2022. (Source: World Energy, PR, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: World Energy, Gene Gobolys, Pres., 617-889-7300, Fax - 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net; Community Fuels, 760-942-9306, www.communityfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News World Energy,  Community Fuels ,  SAF,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Orsted, NOAA to Share Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Data (Ind. Report)
    Orsted, NOAA
    Date: 2021-04-06
    In Washington, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is reporting a first-of-its-kind agreement with Orsted Wind Power North America LLC, under which NOAA will have access to physicial and biological data from Orsted-leased waters (subject to U.S. jurisdiction). This agreement paves the way for future data-sharing agreements with other developers, as the wind energy industry grows. NOAA will be able to look at air and water quality and emissions, meteorology, coastal currents and waves, hydrographic mapping, and physical oceanography.

    Orsted is behind the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project as well as the Skipjack Wind Farm, one of two planned for the waters off Ocean City. The company plans to install nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind energy projects in the U.S. between now and 2026. (Source: NOAA, PR, 5 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted Offshore North America, David Hardy, CEO NOAA, Ben Friedman, Acting Administrator, www.noaa.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted news,  NOAA news,  Offshore Wind news,  


    Aemetis Announces Carbon Capture Inc. Unit (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports the the establishment of Aemetis Carbon Capture, Inc.

    The new unit will initially capture, dehydrate, compress, and sequester CO2 from Aemetis Biogas anaerobic dairy digester projects in California's Central Valley to further reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of its dairy biogas fuel.(Source: Aemetis, PR, 1 April, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    Springfield, Mass. Woody Biomass Plant Nixed (Ind. Report)
    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
    Date: 2021-04-05
    The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has revoked the approval for a long controversial proposed 35-MW woody biomass-fired power plant in Springfield due to the developer's -- Palmer Renewable Energy -- failure to start construction of the plant within two years of the approval being issued.

    The $150 million power plant project was first planned a decade ago but has met determined public and environmental community opposition from the start. (Source: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, PR, WAMC News, 2 Apr., 2021) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-environmental-protection; Palmer Renewable Energy, c/o Palmer Paving Corp., (413) 283-8354, www.palmerpaving.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection,  Woody Biomass,  Palner Renwable Energy,  


    Repsol Seeks €5.96Bn for Biofuels, Green Hydrogen (Int'l.)
    Repsol
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Madrid, Spain's Repsol is bidding for a share of Europe's €750 billion ($884 billion) pandemic recovery funds to support projects including new biofuel plants and 'green' hydrogen production made from renewable sources in a pivot away from oil and gas to supplying low-carbon energy.

    Repsol has proposed 30 projects which it calculates will need total investment of €5.96 billion. The projects include a plant in partnership with oil giant Saudi Aramco to build in northern Spain, which will produce synthetic fuel for cars, trucks and aircraft using carbon dioxide captured from a nearby refinery, and hydrogen produced from electricity generated from renewables. Another potential candidate is a refinery in southern Spain where Repsol aims to start producing advanced biofuels in 2023. A planned extension to a hydroelectric plant in the northern region of Cantabria has also been included in the proposals. Repsol estimates adding a gigawatt of capacity to the Aguayo hydroelectric facility will cost around €700 million. (Source: Repsol, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    ADM Rebooting Idled Ethanol Plant Production (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Further to our 27 April, 2020 coverage, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports it is rebooting ethanol production at its 300-gpy corn dry mills plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska.

    "We've been carefully monitoring a wide variety of industry ethanol conditions, and in recent weeks, we've seen consistent signs pointing to accelerating demand for domestic ethanol. company said in a statement. Inventories across the industry are steadily coming down, China is importing volumes, we continue to expect driving miles to increase as the pace of vaccinations accelerates, and the EPA's support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard is helping drive great blending economics," according to a company statement . Ethanol deliveries are expected by mid-April, with full capacity by late spring. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland,  Ethanol,  


    Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes Plant CARB Certified (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Cupertino, California-based Aemetis Inc., a renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company, has received certification from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) -- effective as of Oct. 1, 2020 -- for a new LCFS Tier 2 fuel pathway for the Aemetis Advanced Fuels Keyes ethanol production plant utilizing renewable dairy biogas as a process energy input.

    The Aemetis Central Dairy Digester Project is a collection of dairy lagoon anaerobic digesters that are built, owned and operated by Aemetis Biogas LLC utilizing waste animal manure to generate renewable methane gas to produce negative CI RNG for transportation use to displace diesel fuel. The completed Aemetis Central Dairy Digester Project is expected to include over 30 dairy digesters in the current phase (with plans to expand to more than 52 dairies), and utilize 36 miles of private pipeline owned by Aemetis, a centralized gas clean up unit located at the Aemetis Keyes ethanol biorefinery, an RNG onsite fueling station and an interconnection to PG&E's natural gas pipeline.

    The company plans to begin construction of the next five dairy digesters and the additional 32 miles of biogas pipeline in the second quarter, with five more dairy digesters set to begin construction in the third quarter and five digesters beginning in the first quarter of 2022 for a planned total of 17 dairy digesters and a 35-mile biogas pipeline. (Source: Aemetis, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: CARB, Richard Perry, CEO, Melanie Turner, Information Officer, (916) 322-2990, melanie.turner@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov; Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Aemetis,  Ethanol,  California Air Resources Board ,  


    POET Launches POET Pure™ Plant-Based Products (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports it has expanded production to include renewable CO2, renewable dry ice and all-natural, 100 pct plant-based pharmaceutical-grade purified alcohol as part of a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure™.

    POET Biorefining -- Leipsic will produce up to 35 million gpy of purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol. A second expansion at POET Biorefining --Alexandria is also scheduled to come online in Q2 2021.

    POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, operates 27 facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pt of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil. (Source: POET, PR, 31 Mae., 2021) Contact: POET Pure, Darin Cartwright, VP, www.poetpure.com; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  DDG,  


    ExxonMobil, Porsche Testing Advanced Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Irving, Texas-based oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. and German auto-maker Porsche report they are jointly testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels -- fuels made from hydrogen and captured CO2.

    The first iteration involves Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a blend of primarily advanced biofuels formulated by ExxonMobil in-house scientists and engineers. As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components and is anticipated to achieve an up-to 85 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when blended to current market fuel standards for passenger vehicles.

    The eFuel will be sourced from the Haru Oni pilot plant based in Chile that generates hydrogen, which is then combined with captured CO2 drawn from the atmosphere to produce methanol. ExxonMobil is providing a license and support for the proprietary technology to convert the methanol to gasoline, which will result in a lower-carbon fuel.

    In the pilot phase, around 35,000 gallons of eFuels will be produced in 2022. As the fuel's primary user, Porsche will use the eFuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup starting in the season of 2022. The first on-track testing of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel occurred March 30, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands, and will continue throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: ExonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning , ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www. corporate.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Okinawa Power Plant Co-burning Coal, Woody Biomass (Int'l.)
    Okinawa Electric Power
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Japanese power producer Okinawa Electric Power reports it has begun co-burning coal and woody biomass pellets at its Kin coal-fired power plant as part of normal operations. The plant can burn wood pellets made from domestically-supplied construction waste at the 220MW No.1 and No.2 coal-fired units, with the ratio of biomass mixture at around 3 pct.

    Okinawa Electric Power also uses woody biomass at its 312MW Gushikawa coal-fired power plant and forecasts using a total 30,000 tpy of wood pellets for both plants and cutting its CO2 emissions by around 40,000 tpy.

    The move to woody biomass pellet fuel is in line with the utility's plan cut greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Okinawa Electric Power, Korea Herald, Mar 29, 2021) Contact: Okinawa Electric Power, www.okiden.co.jp/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Okinawa Electric Power,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Carbon Emission,  


    USTC Takes Majority Stake in CM Biomass (M&A, Int'l. Report)
    USTC Group, CM Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Danish logistics and commodities trader USTC Group has acquired 60 pct interest in Kobenhavn-based CM Biomass, a major independent wood pellet trading company.

    CM Biomass will form a new, separate entity in the USTC Group portfolio that already includes companies such as Bunker Holding, Uni-Tankers, and Unit IT. (Source: USTC, CM Biomass Partners, PR. Mar., 2021) Contact: USTC Group, Nina Ostergaard Borris, Owner and COO, www.ustc.dk; CM Biomass, +45 39 96 53 30, www.cmbiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CM Biomass,  Woody Pellet,  


    Avfuel Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel, Neste
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM on a regular basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif.

    According to the release, each truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight's carbon footprint and in the future could deliver up to 80 pct less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuelif used in its neat form.

    Avfuel is one of the first United States companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to produce 515 million gpy of SAF by 2023. (Source: Avfuel, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com

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    Indian Oil Corp Plans New Ethanol Biorefineries (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corp
    Date: 2021-03-31
    In New Delhi, the Indian Oil Corp (IOC) reports it will construct two second generation biorefineries as part of the Indian government's plan to build 12 new biorefineries across 11 Indian states and increase ethanol production nationwide.

    Each of the second generation biorefineries will be able to produce 500,000 lpd of ethanol from spoilt and surplus food grain.

    India's 2018 National Biofuels Policy calls for an ethanol blending rate of 10 pct by 2022 ramping up to 20 pct by 2030. The country's ethanol production capacity, primary from sugar, stood at 4.26 billion litres in the fiscal year ending March 2020. (Source: Indian Oil Corp., PR, 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corp.,  Ethanol,  


    UK Yeast Ethanol-Production Projects Funded (Int'l., R&D, Funding)
    Ingenza
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Roslin, UK-based biotechnology specialist Ingenza Ltd. is reporting receipt of £232,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund for two projects.

    The first grant will be invested in commercialising production technology targeting the bioethanol yeast market, which is worth over £300 million a year globally. A second grant will fund the development of synthetic biology approaches to improve the sustainability and cost effectiveness of ethanol production for biofuels and alcoholic beverages.

    Ingenza will combine its expertise with well-developed end user relationships, contributing to a potential carbon abatement of 77 million tons and establishing an industry-leading position in the provision of industrial yeast to the fuel ethanol market, according to the company release. (Source: Ingenza, PR, LabMate, 28 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ingenza, Dr. David McElroy, Chief Business Officer, Sarah Scott, +44 (0)131 651 9681, info@ingenza.com, www.ingenza.com ; Innovate UK, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  


    EIA to Provide New Monthly Biofuels Report (Ind. Report)
    U.S. EIA
    Date: 2021-03-29
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports it will release expanded monthly biofuels data through a new report -- the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update on March 31, 2021. The first edition of this report will also modify petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances in the interactive Supply and Disposition summary data table in its Petroleum Navigator. Changes to the monthly biofuels data and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances include:
  • The Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update replaces the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report, but the biodiesel report will continue to be the source of EIA's historical monthly biodiesel data before January 2021.

  • Table 1 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will report expanded coverage of production capacities for biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels. Table 2 of the Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update will replace Table 3 of the Monthly Biodiesel Production Report and reflect expanded coverage of the types of biofuel feedstocks consumed to include feedstocks used in the production of biodiesel, fuel alcohol, and renewable fuels.

    Changes to the Supply and Disposition summary data table include:

  • For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply will include renewable fuels in addition to biodiesel. For the Renewable Fuels Except Fuel Ethanol product category, balance quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued, while balance quantities reported as Products Supplied under Disposition will be introduced.

  • For the Distillate Fuel Oil product category, biodiesel quantities reported as Adjustments under Supply will be discontinued.

  • For the Finished Petroleum Products product category, which includes Distillate Fuel Oil and Kerosene-Type Jet Fuel as two of the subcategories, quantities of petroleum products blended with biofuels at biofuel producing plants will be reported as Renewable Fuels & Oxygenate Plant Net Production under Supply.

    The composition of the monthly data for the Fuel Ethanol product category of the Supply and Disposition summary data table will continue to be consistent with that of the historical data before January 2021. EIA plans to publish revisions to the new monthly biofuels data for 2021 and petroleum and biofuel volumetric balances with the release of the Petroleum Supply Annual data tables in August 2022, according to the release. (Source: U.S. Energy Information , 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/index.php

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  • EverGen Raises $17Mn for Canadian RNG Projects (Funding)
    EverGen
    Date: 2021-03-29
    EverGen, Canada's renewable natural gas (RNG) infrastructure platform, announces that it has completed raising an additional $17 million to address a significant gap in renewable infrastructure across Canada, specifically focused on acquiring and building RNG and sustainable waste to energy projects. EverGen raised $8 million in equity capital (via a special warrants offering) and secured a senior debt facility of $9 million to pursue this strategy. This follows the company's previous financing and major project acquisitions of Sea to Sky Soils in Pemberton, BC and Net Zero Waste Abbotsford Inc., both of which were completed in December 2020.

    Sea to Sky Soils, located near Pemberton, British Columbia, is a composting and organic processing facility with existing municipal and commercial partnerships throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and Lower Mainland. The facility recycles organic waste using proven composting technology into soil amendments and Class A compost for use by local farms and developers as part of the circular economy.

    Net Zero Waste Abbotsford, a composting and organic waste processing facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia, accepts and recycles municipal organic/green bin waste using proven composting technology into soil amendments and Class A compost for use by local farms and developers as part of the circular economy.

    EverGen's projects involve the construction of infrastructure to capture and clean biogas using proven technology to create sustainable or renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: EverGen, PR, 26 Mar., 2021) Contact: EverGen Infrastructure Corp., Chase Edgelow, CEO, www.evergeninfra.com

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    KPS to Increase Viridis Bioethanol Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
    Viridis, Koch Project Solutions
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Houston-headquartered renewable chemicals specialist Viridis Chemical, LLC is reporting a fixed price, performance-guaranteed agreement with Koch Project Solutions, LLC (KPS) to design and construct capital improvements to increase production capacity at its renewable chemicals -- USP grade bio-based ethanol and bio-based Ethyl Acetate -- plant in Columbus, Nebraska.

    Viridis Chemical, LLC is a world-class manufacturer of renewable chemicals committed to the safe, environmentally sound, and economically viable conversion of bio-Ethanol into useful products previously derived from oil or natural gas. Viridis provides value to customers by offering a green, domestically sourced alternative to their existing supply chain. Viridis Chemical adds purpose to our suppliers and to the economy of Nebraska by further increasing the range of usefulness of local, agriculturally derived feedstock, according to the company website. (Source: Viridis Chemical LLC, PR, Website, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Viridis Chemical, LLC, Carl Rush, CEO, Randy Whittaker, CFO, Beverly Jernigan, Media, (713) 494-1733, beverly@beverlypr.com, www.viridischemical.com; Koch Project Solutions, LLC, Paul Switzer, CEO, Antoine Schellinger, Marketing, 346-257-3949, antoine.schellinger@kochprojectsolutions.com, www.kochprojectsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridis Bioethanol news,  Ethanol news,  Koch Project Solutions news,  


    SWEN Capital Partners, SFP Group acquire Dutch biomethane plant

    Date: 2021-03-29
    SFP Group and SWEN Capital Partners, through its renewable gas impact fund, have jointly acquired a biomethane plant in the Netherlands. The two companies have established a long-term partnership to pursue investments in large-scale biomethane projects across the Netherlands, starting with the 2,200 normal cubic metres per hour (nm3/h) facility in Westdorpe, owned by Aben Green Energy. The two-year old plant produces 2,200 nm3/h of biogas and recycles more than 150,000 tpy of waste. (Source: Bionergy Insight, 29 Mar., 2021) Olivier Aubert, SWEN’s fund manager Erik Brouwer, managing director of SFP Group


    Viridis, HELM Announce Ethanol Marketing Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Viridis Chemical
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Houston-headquartered Viridis Chemical , LLC and Hamburg, Germany based chemicals marketing firm HELM subsidiary HELM U.S. Corp are reporting an exclusive Global Marketing Partnership for the purchase and sale of USP grade bio-based Ethanol and bio-based Ethyl Acetate to be produced at the Viridis Chemical manufacturing plant in Columbus, Nebraska.

    Under the agreement, HELM will be solely responsible for global sales, marketing and logistics management for both of Viridis Chemical's products. Viridis Chemical's Columbus plant is currently undergoing capital improvements that will increase production capacity. The plant is expected to begin production of high-quality USP-grade bio-Ethanol in mid-2021 and production of bio-based Ethyl Acetate at a global scale in Q4 2022. (Source: Viridis Chemical LLC, PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Viridis Chemical, Carl Rush, CEO, www.viridischemical.com; HELM U.S. Corp., Oliver Leptien, Pres. and CEO, Bjorn Steckel, Marketing, (281) 623-0100, bsteckel@helmus.com, www.helmus.com

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    Scottish Biomethane Fueling Station Construction Underway (Int'l.)
    CNG Fuels
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Following up on our Nov. 11, 2019 coverage, in Scotland, CNG Fuels reports construction is underway on the country's first public access biomethane heavy goods vehicle (HGV) refueling station at the Eurocentral industrial estate near Bellshill. The facility will have the capacity to fuel as many as 450 heavy transport trucks per day when it opens in November.

    Renewable biomethane from livestock manure is 35-40 pct cheaper than diesel and cuts vehicle greenhouse gas emissions by up to 85 pct, according to the CNG Fuels release. (Source: CNG Fuels, PR, insider.co.uk 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: CNG Fuels, Philip Fjeld, CEO, +44 0 7971 541 000,info@cngfuels.com, www.cngfuels.com

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    Columbian Oil Giant Commits to Net-Zero Carbon by 2050 (Int'l.)
    Ecopetrol S.A.
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Bogata, Columbia-based Ecopetrol S.A. reports it plans to cut its CO2e emissions by 25 pct as compared to the 2019 baseline for Scopes 1 and 2 by 2030 and achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The goals are a part of the Ecopetrol Group's Corporate Strategy and energy transition roadmap.

    Ecopetrol operates the largest refinery in Colombia, most of the country's oil-pipeline and polyduct network and is significantly increasing its share of bio-fuels. (Source: Ecopetrol S.A., PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ecopetrol, Uribe Benninghoff, +571-234-5190, investors@ecopetrol.com.co, www.ecopetrol.co.co

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    Waste Knot Energy Pellets Cut Carbon Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Waste Knot Energy
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the UK, London-headquartered Waste Knot Energy is touting its "Green Knot" Solid Improved Recovered Fuel (SIRF) pellets -- made from non-recyclable waste dry commercial and industrial waste materials such as wood, card and paper -- for cement, steel and other energy-intensive industries looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

    The high-calorific value of the pellets makes them a reliable, low-emission bulk alternative to coal and pet-coke for energy-intensive industries such as cement and steel, the company notes. According to Waste Knot Energy, "A detailed analysis of the carbon footprint of our pellets, conducted by independent environmental consultants, revealed highly positive results. It showed the pellets save 550kg of CO2 per tonne -- almost half a tonne of CO2 equivalent -- compared to sending the contents to landfill." (Source: Waste Knot Energy, PR, cemnet, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Waste Knot Energy, +44 0 7808 964640, info@wasteknotenergy.com, www.wasteknotenergy.com

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    ABC Touts Fastest Growing US Biogas Businesses (Ind. Report)
    American Biogas Council
    Date: 2021-03-26
    American Biogas Council (ABC) has identified the following companies as the eight fastest growing biogas businesses in the US as determined by gross revenue growth from 2019 to 2020: DMT Clear Gas Solutions, www.dmt-cgs.com; DVO Inc., www.dvoinc.com; EnviTec Biogas, www.envitec-biogas.com; Evonik, www.corporate.evonik.com/en; Greenlane Biogas, www.greenlanebiogas.com; Nacelle, www.nacellesolutions.com; Paques Environmental Technologies , www.en.paques.nl; and PlanET Biogas , www.planet-biogasusa.com .

    Collectively, revenue from the fastest eight grew by more than 300 pct. from 2019 through 2020. ABC notes there are presently 2,200 operating biogas projects across all 50 states. (Source: American Biogas Council, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: American Biogas Council, Patrick Serfass, Executive Director, 202-904-0220, 202-640-6595, info@americanbiogascouncil.org, www.americanbiogascouncil.org

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    Aemetis Biogas Pipeline Extension Gets the Nod (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-03-26
    Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuel and biochemicals producer Aemetis Inc. reports the Stanislaus County California Board of Supervisors has accepted and approved the Aemetis Biogas Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for construction of a 32-mile extension to the existing Aemetis Biogas 4-mile private pipeline that was completed in 2020.

    The pipeline is designed to carry biogas from dairies as part of the Aemetis Central Dairy Digester Project, which is planned to span across the Stanislaus and Merced counties in Central California. The approval is necessary to meet the permitting requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act prior to pipeline construction and confirms that mitigation measures in the proposed project will avoid or mitigate any negative impacts on the environment.

    The Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project is a collection of dairy lagoon anerobic digesters being built, owned, and operated by Aemetis Biogas LLC, utilizing waste animal manure to generate renewable methane gas to produce RNG. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis ,  Ethanol,  RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Bihar, India Passes Ethanol Production Promotion Policy (Int'l.)
    India Ethanol
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In India, Bihar State's recently passed Ethanol Production Promotion Policy 2021 will permit standalone ethanol production ethanol production from all feed stocks permitted by the National Policy on Biofuels 2018 and the National Biofuel Co-ordination Committee -- including B-heavy molasses, C-heavy molasses, grains unfit for human consumption, sugarcane juice, sugar, sugar syrup, surplus rice and maize.

    The Ethanol Production Promotion Policy 2021 promotes the construction of new standalone ethanol production plants by offering exemptions frome some fees and duties, a 15 pct capital cost subsidy for plant construction and machinery in addition to the existing incentives under the Bihar Industrial Investment Promotion Policy, 2016. (Source: Manufacturing Today, 21 Mar., 2021

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    USGC Helps Ensure Ethanol's Environmental Role in Fuel Recovery (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2021-03-24
    "As fuel demand begins its recovery around the world, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is taking steps to ensure ethanol will continue to expand as a part of policy solutions that address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offer a comprehensive portfolio of other benefits including air quality improvement and economic value.

    "USGC's ethanol team and consultants offered an update this week to the Council's Ethanol Advisory Team the member-driven group of grain producers and agribusiness representatives that identify opportunities, set priorities and chart the course of the Council every year, giving them background on ethanol's role in the Paris Agreement -- of which the US is again a member -- explaining what it means to have the U.S. rejoin and presenting an outlook for ethanol as it relates to the Paris Agreement as whole.

    "As many countries have listed their transportation sectors and named biofuels or ethanol specifically to contribute to overall emissions reductions outlined in the Paris Agreement, the case can be made for U.S. ethanol to help meet these countries' global initiatives.

    "Even with policies in place some countries are not meeting the intended goals or mandates, leaving room for further GHG emissions reductions. India for example has recently announced its national plan to blend 20 pct ethanol nationwide by 2025. In the most recent market year, it blended just above a 5 pct rate from a nationwide average standpoint. Filling in that blend gap will be critical to fully realize these benefits. Identifying these gaps and demonstrating the benefit and how to fill them is an ongoing role the Council provides with its global partners.

    "For instance, new research from Environmental Health and Engineering Inc. demonstrates that U.S. corn-based ethanol cuts GHG emissions by 46 pct providing benefits nationally, but also globally, as ethanol trade expands. In terms of emissions reductions, this means the U.S. saved more than 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 from ethanol exports alone and could provide other countries a pathway to meeting their own Paris Agreement commitments.

    “Elevating the contribution that ethanol has already made to abate emissions globally is critical, and these reductions are expected to continue as further investment in abatement technologies take place and policies expand around the globe." (Source: U.S. Grains Council, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: US Grains Council, Brian D. Healy, Director Global Ethanol Market Dev, Bryan Jernigan, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Grains Council,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Ethanol ,  


    Braskem Upping Biopolymer Production (Int'l. Report)
    Braskem
    Date: 2021-03-24
    Sao Paulo-based Brazilian petrochemical giant Braskem reports it is expanding its production capacity of green ethylene, the main feedstock derived from sugarcane ethanol which is used in the production of renewable resins. This raw material is produced at the company's plant in Triunfo, Rio Grande do Sul, whose capacity will be increased from the current 200 to 260 kton/year. The expansion project, budgeted at $61 million, will be rolled out in 2021 and should be concluded in Q4, 2022. (Source: Braskem , 22 March, 2021) Contact: Braskem, 215-841-3100 -- Philadelphia Office, www.braskem.com.br

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    BP Announces California "RNG Moovers" Project (Ind. Report)
    BP, Aria Energy
    Date: 2021-03-24
    Oil giant BP and Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy are touting their "RNG Moovers" anaerobic digestion project to capture methane from farm waste at three Central Valley California dairy farms and process it into renewable natural gas (RNG), which will then be supplied as fuel for the U.S. transportation sector.

    For the "RNG Moovers" project, Aria Energy will provide expertise in capturing and refining the biogas to remove contaminants and increase its heat content, resulting in RNG. The anaerobic digesters will be supplied by Aligned Digesters and BP will transport the RNG through a 20-year offtake agreement executed by its low carbon trading business. (Source: BP, PR, 22 Mar., 2021) Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, Pres., CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com

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    Green Plains Completes Ord, Nebraska Plant Sale (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Green Plains
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-headquartered Green Plains Inc. reports its subsidiary, Green Plains Ord LLC, has completed the previously announced sale of its ethanol plant in Ord, Nebraska, to GreenAmerica Biofuels Ord LLC for $64 million, plus working capital.

    In conjunction with the sale, Green Plains Partners LP also announced it has completed the sale of the storage assets and the assignment of certain rail transportation assets associated with Green Plains Ord LLC for $27 million which was used for debt reduction. (Source: Green Plains Inc., Website PR, 23 Mar., 2024) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

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    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition Announcement (Ind. Report)
    Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-22
    "The Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition member organizations commend state agency and stakeholder efforts in recommending a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We thank Governor Walz for establishing the Governor's Council on Biofuels and strongly support the Council's recommendation -- finding number 10, recommendation number 4 -- to move forward with a clean fuels policy in Minnesota. We also applaud the Minnesota Department of Transportation for establishing the Sustainable Transportation Advisory Council, which also included a clean fuels policy and implementation guidelines in its set of approved recommendations to the Department. A clean fuels policy will help assure that Minnesota remains in a leadership position with respect to clean fuels innovation, building on past successes.

    "Minnesota is behind schedule in achieving the transportation greenhouse gas reduction and clean fuel adoption goals established through the bipartisan Next Generation Energy Act of 2007. We believe that a clean fuels policy, such as the proposed Future Fuels Act, can help get Minnesota back on track.

    "We believe that the Future Fuels Act, designed based on recommendations in the Mid-continent Clean Fuels Policy Initiative's white paper A Clean Fuels Policy for the Midwest, can have many benefits for Minnesota, including:

  • Benefits for consumers through market access for clean fuels that are often lower cost or a better value than conventional fuels but currently face barriers to entry in the marketplace.

  • Large net-positive and equitable economic impacts for the state through increased investment in a broad portfolio of cleaner fuels, including ethanol, biomethane, biodiesel, other biofuels, electricity,and charging infrastructure.

  • Equitable access to clean transportation for all Minnesota communities.

  • Increased investment in cleaner fuels for all types of vehicles and a more innovative and prosperous clean fuels sector spurring consumer demand for cleaner products,

  • A technology- and fuel-neutral, performance-based approach that rewards the cleanest fuels without having government pick winners and losers and expands the fuels market.

  • Reductions in air pollution and increased health benefits, particularly in areas that have been disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution.

  • Economic incentives and market demand to maximize the resource value of organic waste (including manure, biosolids, and food waste), reducing the climate impacts of organic waste, and supporting counties' efforts to achieve state-mandated recycling goals.

  • Increased energy independence by relying less on imported resources and more on state resources.

  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions in the two largest emitting sectors of transportation and electricity as well as in the agricultural sector.

  • A potential to support voluntary farmer-led efforts to invest in and adopt agricultural conservation practices that benefit soil health and water quality and reduce farm-level greenhouse gas emissions." (Source: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: Minnesota Future Fuels Coalition, www.BetterEnergy.org , Twitter: @GreatPlainsInst; Facebook: Great Plains Institute

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  • Oman Cooking Oil-to-Biofuel Plant Near Completion (Int'l.)
    WAKUD,Green Fuels Ltd,
    Date: 2021-03-22
    WAKUD International is reporting its used cooking oil-to-biofuel plant at Khazaen Economic City in Oman is near completion and expected to begin operation in June. 2021. The facility is the first of its kind in Oman.

    The project is a joint venture in partnership with London, UK-based biodiesel equipment supplier Green Fuels Ltd.

    WAKUD International is a joint venture between Carbon Management Services LLC, Green Fuels, and Maher Al Habsi aiming to build a biofuel ecosystem in the Middle East starting with Oman, according to the company website. (Source: WAKUD International, Website PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: WAKUD International, Maher Al Habsi, CEO, info@wakud.com, www.wakud.com; Green Fuels Ltd, + 44 (0) 333 011, 8522www.greenfuels.co.uk

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    WELTEC BIOPOWER Commissions Finnish Biogas Plant (Int'l Report)
    WELTECH BIOPOWER
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Vecha,Germany-based WELTECH BIOPOWER is reporting commissioning of a fully automated, 25-kW anaerobic digestion biogas plant near Turku in southwestern Finland.

    The plant, which processes 40,000 tpy of pig manure. belongs to a group of three pig farmers and was constructed in cooperation with Finnish partner Doranova. (Source: WELTECH BIOPOWER, PR, 22 Mar., 2021) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH +49 4441/99978-220 presse@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

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    Clean Fuel Standard Act Passes in New Mexico Senate (Reg. & Leg.)
    Clean Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Santa Fe, the New Mexico State Senate has approved the state's Clean Fuel Standard Act (CFS) requiring a minimum 10 pct decrease in the carbon intensity of transportation fuels below 2018 levels rising to a 28 pct by 2040. The act was originally tabled on 19 Jan, 2021.

    Fuel producers and importers could meet the CFS by producing sufficiently low-carbon fuels or by purchasing credits generated from any business in any sector of the state's economy, including the agriculture, chemical, dairy, energy, forestry, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, waste management and wastewater treatment industries.

    Also this month, the New Mexico Clean Fuel Coalition was formed in conjunction with the CFS. Coalition members include: Advanced Biofuels Community Fuels, BIO, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, Darling Ingredients, EcoEngineers, Fulcrum Bioenergy, Gevo, Iogen Corp., LanzaTech, Novozymes, Neste, Oberon Fuels, Poet, Renewable Energy Group, and Velocys. (Source: New Mexico Legislature, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: New Mexico Clean Fuel Coalition, www.lcfcoalition.com

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    Praj Claims HPCL Compressed Biogas Plant Order (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries is reporting receipt of an order from Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. (HPCL) for a 5,250 M tpy compressed biogas (CBG) project at Badaun in Uttar Pradesh. The project, which will process 35,000 MT of regionally sourced rice straw as feedstock, could also save up to 15,000 M tpy of CO2 emissions when commissioned with the next 12 completed and commissioned within 12 months.

    The project will incorporate Praj's RenGas technology which was developed at Praj-Matrix, Department of Scientific and Industrial research (DSIR) certified the R&D centre. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    MOL Group Producing First Biofuel in Hungary (Int'l. Report))
    MOL Group
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Budapest, Hungarian oil and gas company MOL Group reports it has begun producing biofuel at its Danube Refinery refinery in Szazhalombatta where it anticipates producing more than 100,000 tpy of biofuel from vegetable oils, used cooking oils and animal fats by 2030.

    Hungary requires a 7 pct biofuel-petrol blend. (Source: MOL Group, Website PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: MOL Group, www.molgroup.info/en

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    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.

    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.

    ENVIVA 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 Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our 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. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    DOE Projects to Receive $2Mn for Hydrogen Tech. (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected the following projects to receive $2 million in funding for cost-shared research and development the Enabling Gasification of Blended Coal, Biomass and Plastic Wastes to Produce Hydrogen with Potential for Net Negative Carbon Dioxide Emissions program.

    This FOA focuses on the advancement of net-negative carbon emitting technologies that aim to produce hydrogen or other high-value fuels, whether as the sole product or as a co-product. Developing co-gasification technologies is a way to introduce net-negative carbon technologies that can help alleviate concerns about potential feedstock availability and other operational issues. The four projects selected are described below:

  • Fluidized-Bed Gasification of Coal-Biomass-Plastics for Hydrogen Production -- Auburn University in Alabama plans to study the gasification performance of select feedstock mixtures in a laboratory-scale fluidized-bed gasifier. Specific objectives are to (1) study coal-plastic-biomass mixture flowability for consistent feeding in the gasifier; (2) understand gasification behavior of the mixtures in steam and oxygen environments; (3) characterize thermal properties of ash/slag from the mixture feedstock and investigate the interaction between slag/ash and refractory materials; and (4) develop process models to determine the technology needed for cleaning up syngas and removing contaminants for hydrogen production. -- Funding: DOE: $499,485; Non-DOE: $126,971; Total: $626,456

  • Performance Testing of a Moving-Bed Gasifier Using Coal, Biomass, and Waste Plastic Blends to Generate White Hydrogen -- Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) plans to qualify coal, biomass, and plastic waste blends based on performance testing of selected pellet recipes in a laboratory-scale updraft moving-bed gasifier. The testing will provide relevant data to advance the commercial-scale design of the moving-bed gasifier to use these feedstocks to produce hydrogen. The effects of waste plastics on feedstock development and the resulting products will be a focus of the research. The research team will review data, determine figures of merit, and interpret results to specify the range of feedstock blends that can be successfully gasified, as well as quantify gasifier outputs based on specific blends. -- Funding: DOE: $500,002; Non-DOE: $125,000; Total: $625,002

  • Development and Characterization of Densified Biomass-Plastic Blend for Entrained Flow Gasification -- University of Kentucky Research Foundation in Lexington plans to develop and study a coal/biomass/plastic blend fuel by (1) producing hydrophobic layer encapsulated biomass suitable for slurry with solid content with greater than 60 wt pct of blended coal/biomass and plastic suitable for oxygen-blown entrained flow gasification with slurry feed; (2) conducting lab-scale kinetic and gasification studies on the feedstock blend; and (3) demonstrating practical operations in a commercially relevant 1 ton/day entrained flow gasifier.--Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $125,559; Total: $625,559

  • Enabling Entrained-Flow Gasification of Blends of Coal, Biomass and Plastics -- University of Utah plans to leverage a high-pressure, slurry-fed, oxygen-blown entrained-flow system to enable co-gasification of biomass and waste plastic by creating slurries of coal, biomass pyrolysis liquids, and liquefied plastic oil. Gasification performance of the most promising mixtures will be evaluated in the University of Utah's 1 ton/day pressurized oxygen-blown gasifier fitted with a custom-built hot oxygen burner. -- Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $291,157; Total: $791,157

    The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to advance fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

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