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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

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  bioenergy with carbon capture and storage ,  


Green Plains Obion, Tenn. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Green Plains, Fagem
Date: 2021-11-26
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based biorefiner Green Plains Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Green Plains Obion LLC in Rives, Tennessee has broken ground on the fifth Green Plains location to install Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ technology. The project is slated for completion in 2022 with Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen Inc. as EPC general contractor.

At full scale, Green Plains Obion anticipates Ultra-High Protein production at approximately 600,000 tpy and renewable corn oil capacity of approximately 400 million tpy. Renewable corn oil is a highly sought-after low-carbon intensity feedstock for the rapidly expanding renewable diesel market.

According to its website, "Green Plains Inc. is a leading biorefining company focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols for use in cleaners and disinfectants." (Source: Green Plains Inc, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, Exec. VP, Investor Relations , 402.884.8700, , phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com; Fagen, www.fageninc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fagen,  Green Plains,  Fluid Quip Technologies,  


Aemetis Inks $100 Mn Financing Terms Sheet (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2021-11-26
Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Toronto-based Third Eye Capital. The debt financing is expected to be comprised of $50 million for carbon reduction projects and $50 million for working capital.

The new, lower interest rate debt financing is expected to fund Aemetis initiatives that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels (sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel), carbon sequestration, and upgrades to the Keyes, California, ethanol plant.

Cash and grants of more than $32 million have already been invested in the Aemetis Phase I, 45 million gpy carbon -zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

A $125 million USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan has been signed by Aemetis and an additional $100 million under the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program is in process, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


Univ. Calgary Developing Marine CO2 Removal Technology (R&D)
University of Calgary
Date: 2021-11-26
In Alberta, Canada, the University of Calgary is reporting the school's Practical Electrochemical Air Capture (PEACH) research team of chemists, engineers, legal scholars, and geoscientists has received $100,000 funding from the Scotiabank Net Zero Research Fund to assess feasible approaches to their carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in marine regions.

The PEACH team is focused on development and assessment of a new technology that could store atmospheric carbon long-term as bicarbonate in the ocean. The two-year project, which is now in technology development phase, introduces a novel approach to safely change near-surface seawater chemistry to promote natural uptake of carbon dioxide in the ocean. The team recognizes the importance of developing a platform while maintaining viable biospheres in the marine environment, aiming to develop their approach while maintaining the health and well-being of marine ecosystems. The project will consider everything from technical scaling to marine governance and policy in terms of CDR approaches.

Recognizing this need for socially desirable solutions to climate change, professor Anna-Maria Hubert is a key part of the PEACH team, researching and advising on social policy, governance, and legal parameters. As a legal scholar with a background in international and environmental law, Hubert's work is concerned with how law and governance can develop to respond to emerging science and technologies. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: University of Calgary, PEACH, Prof. Dr. Stephen Larter, PhD, Team Leader, (403) 220-7484, www.ucalgary.ca/prg/research/energy-transition/peach

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Arbor Announces Texas Biofuels Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
Arbor Renewable Gas
Date: 2021-11-24
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting the selection of a 53-acre site in Beaumont for its first renewable biofuel plant.

The Spindletop Plant will produce approximately 1,000 bpd of "drop-in" renewable fuel from locally sourced woody biomass. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1 of 2022 for completion and start-up early in 2024. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, PR, Biofuel Int’l. 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Tim Vail, CEO, 346-708-7819, www.arborgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


Celtic Announces Plant Opening, Crowdfunding Campaign (Int'l.)
Celtic Renewables
Date: 2021-11-24
In the UK, Edinburgh-based low-carbon biotech Celtic Renewables is reporting a "crowd funding" campaign to support its international development plans.

Last year the company raised £3.68 million from almost 2,500 crowd investors to help complete their 1 million lpy sustainable biochemicals plant at Caledon Green in Grangemouth, Scotland. The Caledon Green plant is the company's first biorefinery and the first such facility in Scotland. The plant will use Celtic Renewables’ patented technology to convert 50,000 tpy of low-value biological material into renewable chemicals, sustainable biofuel, and other commercially and environmentally valuable commodities.

Celtic Renewables has also announced a strategic partnership with Caldic, a global leading solutions provider for the life science and specialty chemical industries. Caldic will distribute Celtic Renewables low carbon bio-solvents in Europe. (Source: Celtic Renewables, Website PR, Contact: Celtic Renewables, +44 (0)131 455 3313, enquiries@celtic-renewables.com, www.celtic-renewables[

More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  


Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
Shell
Date: 2021-11-24
Petroleum giant Shell is reporting plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of reducing emissions by half by 2030. The planned 550,000-tpy plant will produce biofuels from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or chemicals, according to a company release.. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring hydrogen and a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  


Viridos, ExxonMobil Ink Algae Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Viridos, ExxonMobil
Date: 2021-11-24
La Jolla, California based Viridos Inc. -- fka Synthetic Genomics -- is reporting an agreement with Clinton, New Jersey -headquartered ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company with the intent to bring Viridos' low-carbon intensity biofuels toward commercial levels. According to the release, "recent productivity advances in Viridos' technology are an opportunity to turn CO2 into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), providing an essential component for the decarbonization of the heavy-duty transportation industry."

Founded in 2005 by leaders in synthetic biology, Viridos is a powerhouse for innovative research, transplanting the first genome, synthesizing the first bacterial genome and creating the first synthetic cell. In the past few years Viridos' leadership in engineering microalgae has achieved greater than 5x bio-oil productivity increases by increasing both the oil content in the algae and the algae yield. The results from outdoor deployment of Viridos' bio-engineered strains in 2020 and 2021 mark the inflection point toward deployment," according to the release.

Viridos is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping, according to the Viridos website. (Source: Viridos, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Viridos. Dr. Oliver Fetzer, CEO, 858.754.2900, www.viridos.com; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, 908-735-7102, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Genomics ,  microalgae,  Viridos,  ExxonMobil ,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Canberra Releases Australia's Bioenergy Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
ARENA
Date: 2021-11-24
In Canberra, Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon. Angus Taylor, has unveiled the Australia Bioenergy Roadmap. It includes new analysis which confirms the adoption of key technologies, which would see $10 billion added to Australia's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 26,200 full-time jobs. The roadmap also confirms that bioenergy could provide up to 40 pct of Australia's total energy consumption by the 2050s.

The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.

To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • The consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers;

  • The development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator ;

  • Biofuels being considered as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review;

  • Bioenergy being utilized in Government-supported microgrid studies.

    The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.

    Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Biofuel,  Biofuels,  ARENA,  Biogas,  Hydrogen,  


  • Aries Commissioning NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant (Ind. Report)
    Aries Clean Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Franklin, Tennessee-headquartered Aries Clean Technologies is reporting the mechanical completion of the fluidised bed Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Plant in Linden, New Jersey. The facility will process 130,000 tpy of biosolids and produce roughly 22 tpd of Bio-Fly-Ash™ that will be sold as an additive to local concrete manufacturers.

    Commissioning is currently underway and expected to be completed in the next few months. The plant will serve New York City, Long Island, and the Mid and Lower Hudson Valley in New York State as well as Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth and Edison, and their vicinities in the Garden State. (Source: Aries Clean Technologies, Website, PR, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aries Clean Technologies, Gregory Bafalis, CEO , 615-813-9400. www.ariescleanenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Technologies news,  Gasification news,  


    Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    ,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Shell plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of halving emissions by 2030. The company intends to construct a 550,000-tonne a year biofuels plant that can make hydrogen from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, aviation fuel or chemicals, according to a statement from the company. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sheell news,  Biofuel news,  Royal Dutch Shell news,  Singapore Biofuel news,  


    Singapore Boosting Carbon Capture Targets (Int'l. Report)
    Singapore Economic Development Board
    Date: 2021-11-24
    The Singapore Economic Development Board reports it aims to increase the city state's carbon capture capacity to at least 2 million tpy by 2030 and to establish a carbon capture technology testbed on Jurong Island, which is dominated by a large oil refinery hub. The islands hosts BP, DuPont, Chevron, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company along with Shell and ExxonMobile, both of which have expressed interest in building carbon capture facilities in the region.

    Singapore is aiming to reach two million tonnes of carbon capture from carbon-intensive activities based around Jurong Island by 2030. It will aim for more than six million tpy of carbon abatement by 2050. To that end, the Board will work with sustainable industrial development government agency JTC (formerly the Jurong Town Corporation) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) test bed facility on Jurong.

    Additionally, the Board has set a 2030 target for its energy and chemicals sector to boost their output of sustainable products (such as biofuels) by 50 pct compared with 2019 levels and by four times from 2019 levels by 2050.

    Singapore's climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 has been rated as "critically insufficient" by Carbon Action Tracker . According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Singapore emitted more than 47 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. (Source: Singapore Economic Development Board, E&T, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board, www.edb.gov.sg

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS. CCUS news,  


    UK Biomass Power Station Reports Declining Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Lynemouth Biomass Power Station
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Northumberland, UK, the Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, the first UK coal-fired station to fully convert to biomass electric power generation , reports its CO2 emissions fell to 43 pct below grid average for 2020-21. The Station burns approximately 1.4 million tpy of woody biomass pellets, largely imported from the U.S. and Canada, to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity -- sufficient power for around 450,000 homes.

    Lynemouth Power Station was among leading bioenergy organisations in the COP26 launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy aiming for the sustainable growth of the bioenergy sector to 2050 and reaffirms the commitment to sustainability principles including the management of natural resources, carbon accounting and protecting biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, +44 191 261 1821, www.lynemouthpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lynemouth Biomass Power Station,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    DHL Freight Touts bio-LNG Trial Success (Ind, Report)
    DHL Freight
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Bonn, Germany-based DHL Freight is reporting completion of its previously reported 5-month trial of Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) compliant bio-LNG produced from agricultural wastes by Shell.

    The pilot aimed to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport for DHL's customer, pump manufacturer Grundfos. In the first five months of the pilot, the volume of bio-LNG was reduced 87 tons of CO2 equivalent -- roughly equal to the emissions of over 89,000 kilometres driven by a diesel truck and represents 85 pct of CO2 savings compared to a traditional diesel engine, according to the release.

    Shell is scaling up the supply of bio-LNG and plans to offer a bio-LNG blend to its entire network in the Netherlands, next year. Shell also plans a new 100,000 tpy bio-LNG plant at its Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, Germany in 2023, according to the release. (Source: DHL Freight, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: DHL Freight, Uwe Brinks, CEO, www.dhl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DHL Freight,  bio-LNG,  LNG,  


    Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

    "Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

    "Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  Ethanol,  


    China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

    China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions. China has vowed to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration , Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration,english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Renewable Energy,  China Carbon Emissions,  


    Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story (Report Attached)
    Reneable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-11-19
    According to a new report by veterans of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. GSA and KPMG International, the U.S. biofuel industry supports more than 30,000 union jobs, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation and utilities, construction, professional and business services.

    The report notes that continued support for the ethanol and biodiesel industries will have a positive causal effect on union jobs, will help mitigate against a downward trend in U.S. union membership and is likely to increase the number of middle-wage and middle-skill union jobs in traditionally agricultural economies.”

    Download the Union Jobs in Ethanol & Biodiesel Industries: An American Success Story report HERE . (Source: RFA, Website PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, CEO, www.EthanolRFA.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association,  Biofuel,  


    Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    VTTI New Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

    The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20 www.vtti.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News VTTI New Energy ,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  RNG,  


    Real Estate Focused Biodiversity Impulsion Group Launched (Int'l.)
    Gecina
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In Paris, French urban real estate developer and owner Gecina reports it is leading the launch of the 16 company member Biodiversity Impulsion Group (BIG) program that combines applied research with collective actions. Coordinated by the Green Building Observatory (OID), BIG aims to develop a core framework of metrics tools and indicators with a view to defining and improving the biodiversity footprint of real estate projects, clarifying the choices of project owners and investors, and better reconciling the urban and ecological functions of the regions.

    BIG will be developed around three core pillars to build a shared frame of reference on biodiversity issues:

    1. Creating metrics tools to assess the "benefits" of biodiversity on a real estate project (measuring impacts in terms of carbon, health or even urban cooling).

    2. Developing a platform to map local contributions to biodiversity (monitoring biodiversity, visualizing the densification of buildings, etc.).

    3. Putting in place arrangements for these tools to be taken on board by real estate industry stakeholders (managing a community to promote exchanges, publishing guides and frames of reference to support the up-skilling of in-house teams).

    The aim is to track and measure a building's biodiversity-related impacts in order to make it possible to clarify investors' strategies, helping drive the convergence of economic stakeholders' business and financial performance with their socio-environmental performance. (Source: Gecina, PR, Yahoo, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Gecina, www.gecina.fr; Green Building Observatory, www.gresb.com/nl-en/partners/oid

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  


    GEVO, Sweetwater Energy Ink Feedstock Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Sweetwater Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO, Inc. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rochester, NY-based biochemicals and bioproducts specialist Sweetwater Energy Inc.,for the use of sustainably sourced agricultural residues and woody biomass as a feedstock for the production of cellulosic alcohols and energy-dense renewable liquid hydrocarbons.

    Sweetwater plans to construct, own and operate a facility adjacent to Gevo's existing plant in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce high-value, plant-based products from cellulose and lignin while supplying Gevo with up to 30,000 tpy of biomass-derived cellulosic sugars which Gevo plans to use for the anticipated production of cellulosic alcohols and renewable hydrocarbons. The new facility would utilize Sweetwater's proprietary Sunburst technology for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass. (Source: GEVO, PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Sweetwater Energy Inc., 585-647-5760, info@sweetwater.us, www.sweetwater.us; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Sweetwater Energy,  GEVO,  Biochemical ,  


    Enviva, J-Power Report Wood Pellet Supply MoU (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, J-Power
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power) for the long-term, large-scale supply of U.S. produced sustainable wood biomass pellets to J-Power's coal-fired power plants in Japan.

    The agreement is designed to develop an executable and investable plan under which Enviva will build new infrastructure to produce and deliver up to 5 million metric tpy of sustainable wood pellets to permanently replace coal in J-Power's existing coal-fired power. J-Power is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, as previously reported.

    Previously this year, Enviva announced its Net-Zero Commitment to reduce, eliminate, or offset all of its direct emissions by 2030. Enviva agreed to adopt innovative and improved lower-emission processes through investments in projects that result in real, additional, and third-party verified net-carbon reductions as part of this ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. (Source: Enviva, PR , 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  J-Power,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    GoodShipping Touts Marine Biofuel Bunkerings, CO2 Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
    GoodShipping, GoodFuel
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In Rotterdam, GoodShipping has announced Ship to Zero, a new partnership with 18 companies that will substantially reduce emissions from shipping. Today, these cargo owners and other partners have completed the first in a series of bunkerings of sustainable marine biofuel.

    The Ship to Zero initiative brings together organisations spanning a range of nations and industries, all of which are committed to make an immediate and tangible climate impact. The initial partners -- Bugaboo, Cocoasource, DHL Global Forwarding, Dille & Kamille, Dopper, Geelen Counterflow, Lenzing, Loods5, Lush, Matsen Chemie, Nine & Co, Regent Ingredients, Samskip, Sipsmith, Tony's Chocolonely, YOGI Tea, Yumeko and Zaytoun -- have each committed to a specific reduction in GHG emissions related to the transport of their products or services. Translating these pledges into tangible, traceable and demonstrable climate impact, GoodShipping has completed the first 100 pct GoodFuels bio-bunkering of the container ship Samskip Innovator. The partnership will see advanced biofuels used for a total of four or five trips from Rotterdam to Hull (UK) resulting in a 4,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions.

    GoodFuels' renewable biofuels deliver an 80-90 pct well-to-exhaust CO2 reduction and are produced from certified sustainable feedstocks, according to the company.

    As GoodShipping is based on the mass balance principle , the vessel being refueled will not necessarily carry the cargo that the partner companies have decided to transport carbon neutrally. The CO2 reductions can be enabled on another oceangoing vessel, with GoodShipping's strict sustainable accountability criteria ensuring that the partners' decarbonisation commitments are delivered. (Source: GoodShipping, Website, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: GoodShipping, Tina Trinks, Commercial Manager, www.goodshipping.com/ship-to-zero; GoodFuels, Bart Hellings, COO, +31 88 021 5100, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GoodShipping,  GoodFuel,  Maritime Emissions,  


    UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
    UK Department for Transport
    Date: 2021-11-17
    According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

    The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

    Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

    Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Bioethanol,  


    SkyNRG Launches "Fly on SAF" Carbon Offset Scheme (Ind. Report)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Amsterdam-based aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG and digital tool developer CHOOOSE (Climate Action for Eeveryone) are reporting the launch of "Fly on SAF", a new carbon emission reduction solution that enables airlines and travel companies to integrate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon offsets at Heathrow Airport, Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Stuttgart Airport and others.

    Airline travelers booking a ticket with organisations offering "Fly on SAF" can easily mitigate the carbon footprint from their flight by replacing fossil fuel with SAF. (Source: SkyNRG, Website, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; CHOOOSE, www.chooose.today

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


    Neutral Fuels, GAC Partner to Cut Marine Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
    Neutral Fuels, GAC Bunger Fuels
    Date: 2021-11-17
    GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. (GAC) is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UAE-based Neutral Fuels to market its net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel-diesel blend for maritime shipping clients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and India, and to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime shipping sector.

    Net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel will play a key role in helping to achieve the new carbon emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Marine gasoil (MGO) emits 3.22 tonnes of CO2 and equivalents per metric tonne, which can be significantly reduced by the blending of pure net-zero biofuel in varying increments, according to GAC. A division of the GAC Group, GAC Bunker Fuels aims to achieve its carbon zero target by 2030. (Source: GAC Group, PR, Hellenic, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: GAC Bunger Fuels, Martyn McMahon, www.gac.com; Neutral Fuels, Gary Hubbard, Chief Commercial Officer, +971 4 584 0374, www.neutralfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels news,  Maritime Biofuel news,  Maritime Emissions news,  


    Aussie Marine Biofuels Plant FEED Work Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Triangle Energy
    Date: 2021-11-17
    In the Land Down Under, Perth-headquartered oil producer Triangle Energy reports League City, Texas-based Plant Process Group LLC has begun front end engineering design (FEED) work for a proposed 5,000 bpd modular, flexible feed Renewable Fuel Refinery project to produce marine biofuels. FEED work is expected to be completed early next year and first production is slated for Q1, 2024.

    Located adjacent to the Arrowsmith Separation Plant south of Dongara, Western Australia, crude and condensate from Western Australian producers will be combined with bio-crude feedstocks to deliver what would be Australia's first flexible feed, modular renewable fuel refinery. (Source: Triangle Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: Triangle Energy Ltd., +61 8 9219 7111, info@triangleenergy.com.au, www.triangleenergy.com.au; Plant Process Group, 281-333-7700, www.plant-process.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Biofuel,  


    Bioenergy Devco Raises $100Mn for AD Projects (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Annapolis, Maryland-based food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) specialist Bioenergy Devco (BDC) reports it has secured $100 million in financing from funds managed by Irradiant Partners , an alternative investment manager with expertise in climate infrastructure, private equity and credit. This new capital will support the development of multiple anaerobic digestion facilities to drive sustainable organic waste recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America.

    BDC has constructed more than 240 anaerobic digesters and currently manages 140 facilities worldwide. Since launching in the United States in 2019, BDC has over 20 anaerobic digesters in development, including two under construction in Delaware and Maryland. Slated to be the largest and the first industrial-scale food waste digester in the U.S., the facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority will have the capacity to accept more than 115,000 tons of organic material annually, offering the same carbon sequestration impact as a forested area 40 times the size of Central Park. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, Website, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Irradiant Partners, www.irradiantpartners.com; Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com

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    European Biogas Association Issues Biogas, Gasification Technologies Overview (Reports Attached)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-15
    In Brussels, the European Biogas Association (EBA) is launching the first comprehensive categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies, aimed at giving visibility to high-quality European biogas products and services.

    According to the EBA, the EU biogas sector is committed to climate-neutrality, well developed and ready to scale-up production. According to EBA data, the combined production of biogas and upgraded biomethane could today cover 4.6 pct of the whole EU's gas demand. By 2050, about 30-40 pct of EU gas needs could be met by biogas/biomethane. As one of the global leaders in biogas production, European producers are now seeking new ways for cooperation with third countries to support the deployment of biogas outside EU borders, according to the report. The EBA, together with the German Biogas Association (FvB) and the Austrian Compost and Biogas Association, are already working on this direction in the framework of the DiBiCoo EU Project. One of the fruits of this cooperation is the Categorization of European Biogas and Gasification Technologies. The overview is divided in 2 different publications, one dedicated to anaerobic digestion (AD) and the other one focused on gasification.

    Download CATEGORIZATION OF EUROPEAN BIOGAS TECHNOLOGIES report HERE

    Download CATEGORIZATION OF EUROPEAN GASIFICATION TECHNOLOGIES report HERE . (Source: European Biogas Association, 9 Nov., 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, Angela Sainz Arnau , +32 2 400 10 89, sainz@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu; German Biogas Association, www.nde-germany.de

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    Japanese Automakers Partner on Hydrogen, Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    Toyota. Mazda,Yamaha, Subaru
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has announced it will partner with Mazda Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Yamaha Motor and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to explore the viability of hydrogen and synthetic fuels derived from biomass and other alternative green fuels for internal combustion engine cars.

    Toyota is developing vehicles powered by hydrogen which is being promoted by the government as part of its plan to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, Dhaka Tribune, 14 Nov., 2021)

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    REGI, BOOSTER Offer Mobile Renewable Fuels Service (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group Inc.
    Date: 2021-11-15
    San Mateo, California-based Booster , the tech-enabled energy delivery service, and low-carbon fuels producer Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) are reporting a partnership to provide mobile delivery of renewable diesel, biodiesel, and blended fuels to fleets. The service started in California in August and has the potential to grow nationally.

    As part of the partnership, REGI has invested in Booster and will be an exclusive supplier of bio-based diesel to Booster. Booster will also be an exclusive mobile fueler to REG and will partner with REG to explore expansion opportunities. (Source: REGI, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Booster, Frank MYcropft, CEO, 888.938.3563 , www. boosterusa.com; REGI, Bob Kenyan, Snr. VP Sales & Marketing, C.J. Warner, Pres., CEO, (515) 239-8000, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group Inc.,  REGI,  Renewable Fuel,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe Seek Low-Carbon Fuel Opportunities (Int'l)
    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU), South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank and Topsoe report they have agreed to jointly seek new opportunities in biorefining, eFuels, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and other solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

    The MoU will support Topsoe in further optimizing its clean energy technologies and potentially enable Hyundai Oilbank to increase its low-carbon business and meet the company's target that "70 pct of total profit should derive from eco-friendly business by 2030."

    Topsoe develops cutting-edge technologies within green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol, and eFuels. (Source: Hyundai Oilbank,PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: Hyundai Oilbank, www.oilbank.co.kr; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

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    DFW Touts First Aviation Ind. SAF Circular Economy (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel, Nests
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In the Lone Star State, in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is reporting it is the first airport in the United States to test a collaborative circular economy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project. As part of the project, Neste subsidiary Mahoney Environmental collects used cooking oil from more than 200 DFW airport concessionaires which Neste processes into Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) . To complete the project loop, Avfuel supplied 8,000 gallon “demo” load of the SAF to Corporate Aviation for its business aviation customers.

    DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to commercial and cargo airlines at DFW airport . DFW is aiming become a net-zero operation by 2030. (Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Aviation Pros, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste, Chris Cooper, VP Renewable Fuels, US, Peter Vanacker, Pres., CEO,+358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

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    ClearFlame Engine, John Deere Partner to Cut Emissions (Ind. Report)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Moline, Illinois-headquartered John Deere reports it is working with Geneva, Illinois-based ClearFlame Engine Technologies is to replace diesel fuel with ethanol in trucks, tractors, combines, excavators, and other heavy equipment thus reducing emissions. Deere will supply one of its commonly used heavy-duty diesel engines for ClearFlame lab tests followed by road testing.

    According to ClearFlame, "The partnership with Deere and the investment from Deere is going to allow us to move that over to one of their engine platforms, for a range of applications like agriculture and construction, do an engine demo with them, and then towards the end of next year ideally translate that into an actual field demo of the technology on a piece of equipment."

    ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change, according to the company. (Source: John Deere, WVIK NPR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: John Deere, 309-765-8000, www.corporateofficeheadquarters.org/john-deere; ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, John Howell, (508) 404-9398, john@clearflame.com, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

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    OPAL Opens Paloma Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    OPAL Fuels
    Date: 2021-11-12
    White Plains, NY-headquartered OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports the opening of the new Sunoma Renewable Natural Gas Facility at Paloma Dairy in Gila Bend, Arizona.

    The new facility will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon per year equivalents (GGE) of renewable fuel for the heavy-duty trucking sector -- sufficient fuel to move 10 million miles of freight. The facility will also eliminate roughly 54,000 metric tpy of CO2.

    Including the Sunoma Biofuels Project, OPAL Fuels is investing more than $900 million in three operating projects, seven in construction and sixteen in advanced development. Upon completion, OPAL Fuels will be dispensing more than 150 million GGE per year, equivalent to removing more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to eliminating Scope 1 emissions from approximately 17,000 trucks each year, according to the release.

    OPAL Fuels has built more than 350 RNG projects nationwide and aims to double that in the coming years, according to the release. (Source: OPAL Fuels LLC, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: OPAL Fuels LLC, Jon Maurer, Co-CEO, 914-705-4000, www.opalfuels.com

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    Global Energy Storage Touts Port of Rotterdam Project (Int'l.)
    Global Energy Storage
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Singapore-headquartered Global Energy Storage Inc. (GES) reports it is acquiring part of the assets of Stargate Terminal at Europoort in the Port of Rotterdam in Rotterdam and will develop 20 hectares or more of vacant land for storage of low carbon products to facilitate the energy transition. This is the first deal announced by the newly formed GES, a company with a focus on energy transition fuels and related services.

    The Rotterdam site includes a significant waterfront with deep water access, brownfield development opportunities and potential greenfield development sites. GES plans to development of a new multi-purpose seagoing jetty, as well as developing infrastructure for: consolidation of biofuel and renewable fuels storage including ammonia, green and blue hydrogen. (Source: Global Energy Storage, PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Global Energy Storage, Peter Vucins, CEO, +65 6326 0755, info@global-energy-storage.com, www.global-energy-storage.com

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    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    Praj Industries, Indian Oil Ink SAF, Biofuels MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corporation,Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited and New Delhi-based Indian Oil Corporation Limited are reporting a MoU to further develop and produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), 1G and 2G ethanol, compressed biogas and related products and opportunities .

    The two Indian firms will also collaborate to establish biofuel production facilities, including CBG, biodiesel and ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, Website Nov., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net;, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation,  Praj Industries,  sustainable aviation fuels,  SAF,  


    Bunge Plans New Biorefinery in the Port of Amsterdam (Int'l.)
    Bunge
    Date: 2021-11-10
    St. Louis-headquartered global agribusiness industry player Bunge reports its Bunge Loders Croklaan biorefinery in the Netherlands plans to invest more than €300 million ($347.7 million) in the construction of new refinery in the Port of Amsterdam.

    The new facility will be constructed to the latest technological and efficiency standards for an expected 40 pct savings in energy costs and a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030. Construction is slated to get underway at the end of 2022 for completion by the end of 2024. (Source: Bunge, Website PR, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: Bunge, Greg Heckman, CEO, Rob Coviello, Sustainability Officer, 314-292-2000, www.bunge.com

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    Cielo Plans Fort Saskatchewan Waste-to-Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Cielo
    Date: 2021-11-10
    On the Canadian prairies, Alberta-based Cielo Waste Solutions Corp. is touting its planned 12,000 litres per hour waste-to-biofuel plant in Fort Saskatchewan, northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. Construction is expected to begin almost immediately for completion in 2022.

    Cielo's first biofuel plant was built south of Calgary in Aldersyde. The company is now ramping up to construct 10 biofuels facilities like the Fort Saskatchewan facility at cost of roughly $50 million each. (Source: Cielo, PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Cielo Waste Solutions, Don Allan, Pres., CEO, 403-348-2972, info@cielows.com, ww.cielows.com

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    U.S. DOE Launches "Carbon Negative Shot" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is touting "Carbon Negative Shot", the third project under its Energy Earthshots Initiative. The new program aims to remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it at a cost of less than $100 per ton of net CO2-equivalent.

    The initiative is the DOE's first major effort in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and a call for innovation in the expanding field of CDR -- a key facet of the plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. CDR technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere for storage in geological, biobased, and ocean reservoirs or in value-added products to create negative emissions. CDR technology still requires a significant R&D investment to be cost-effective, economically viable and deployed at scale.

    According to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, "By slashing the costs and accelerating the deployment of carbon dioxide removal -- a crucial clean energy technology -- we can take massive amounts of carbon pollution directly from the air and combat the climate crisis. With our Carbon Negative Shot, we can help remove the greenhouse gases already warming our planet and affecting our health -- positioning America as a net-zero leader and creating good-paying jobs for a transitioning clean energy workforce. The combination of the Carbon Negative Shot with our massive investments in hydrogen, battery storage, renewables, and decarbonized fossil energy, can make net-zero emissions a reality here and abroad." (Source: US DOE, PR, InceptiveMind, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management

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    COP26 Pledges Major Methane Emissions Cuts -- Notable Quote
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-08
    "To deliver it (30 pct methane emissions cut by 2030) will require treating the over 100 billion tonnes of organic wastes produced by human activity every year, across agriculture, food waste, food manufacture, and wastewater.

    "With that in mind, we must develop a strategy that enables our sector to deliver its full potential across all sectors and geographies. A blueprint for rapid roll-out will increasingly be demanded in the next couple of years and, as the industry experts, we need to be proactive in preparing for a decade of delivery." -- Charlotte Morton, CEO, World Biogas Association commenting on methane emissions cuts prior to COP26 in Edinburgh. Contact: World Biogas Association, Charlotte Morton, CEO, +44 20 3735 8116, www.worldbiogasassociation.org

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    Developing Resource-Efficient Agriculture with Biogas (Report Attached)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2021-11-08
    "As Europe is preparing for a winter of uncertainty regarding natural gas supplies while setting the pace towards climate-neutrality, the availability of domestic renewable gas to meet energy demand is in the hotspot. Among these renewable gases, biomethane production is scaling-up and the sector is exploring the potential of alternative sustainable feedstocks to support this objective.

    "A recent article published by Ghent University in collaboration with the EBA and Consorzio Italiano Biogas (CIB) shows that with appropriate innovations in crop management, sequential cropping (a practice currently mainly implemented in Italy) could be applied as feedstock for biomethane production in different agroclimatic regions of Europe, contributing to climate and renewable energy targets."

    Access the European Biogas Association report HERE . (Source: European Biogas Association, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 10 89, info@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu

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    UK DoT Funding Project Speedbird SAF Development (Int'l.)
    Department for Transport, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In London, the UK Department for Transport's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition reports it has awarded Project Speedbird, a partnership between UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies, British Airways, and LanzaJet, £484,000 ($653,302 US) in funding for a feasibility study for the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using an integrated technology platform based on Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA® process.

    Project Speedbird will begin early-stage development of the UK's first integrated SAF production facility utilizing woody biomass/wood waste and support UK SAF sector growth by deploying innovative production technologies at a commercial scale. Starting in 2025, Project Speedbird will begin to recycle carbon from UK wood waste into 113 million lpy of SAF and renewable diesel (RD), sufficient fuel for 2,000 British Airways' flights from London to New York. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Nov., 2021) Contact: Nova Pangaea Technologies, +44 1642 440926, www.novapangaea.com; UK Department for Transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    Irish Climate Plan to Cut GHG Emissions 51 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change Ireland
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Dublin, the Irish Government is touting its &euro:125 billion Climate Action Plan to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. To that end the plan calls for:
  • An increase in renewable energy, including wind and solar, of up to 80 pct by the end of the decade, while a new offshore renewable energy plant will be constructed to tap into the potential of Ireland's maritime area

  • Development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to take carbon out of the atmosphere and remove further emissions from the existing system.

  • The plan allows homeowners to generate residential solar and wind energy and sell excess energy back to the national grid;

  • The plan calls for energy efficiency retrofits of 500,000 homes by 2030, with a target of up to 56 pct reductions in housing emissions in the next decade to be supported by low-cost loans and tax incentives. The plan also will phase out fossil fuels in new buildings and is promote the use of low-carbon technology in all new and existing commercial buildings;

  • In the transport sector, which accounts for roughly 20 pct of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions, rail services, cycling infrastructures, and walking infrastructures will be expanded to enable 500,000 daily sustainable journeys by 2030. The plan also calls for the expansion of Ireland's electric bus and rail fleets, with 1,500 electric buses to be introduced by the end of the decade. Biofuels will be increased in Irish transport and the number of electric vehicles in Ireland will be increased to one million by 2030 for a 42-50 pct emissions reduction by 2030;

  • In the agriculture sector, which is the largest source of Ireland's emissions, government plans to significantly reduce chemical nitrogen fertilizer to 325,000 tpy annum increase organically-farmed land five-fold to 350,000 hectares. The plan also aims to improve animal feeding and breeding in a bid to reduce agriculture-based emissions by up to 30 pct over the next decade;

  • The plan additionally aims to reduce emissions in the enterprise sector by up to 41 pc tby 2030 and the Government will launch an online Climate Toolkit 4 Businesses which will allow companies to calculate their carbon emissions. The government’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will seek to attract businesses to invest in decarbonization technologies.

  • Ireland will also reduce land and forestry emissions by between 37 pct and 58 pct under the plan, while a new forestry program is set to launch in 2023 to increase afforestation. (Source: Irish Central, 7 Nov., 2021)


  • NREL Researches Algae, MSW for Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Date: 2021-11-05
    With more than $2 million in DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funding, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), North Carolina State University and IBM are studying how to best grow photosynthetic algae and efficiently sort municipal solid waste (MSW) for use as biofuel feedstocks.

    NREL and its partner researchers will develop and demonstrate an open-source, freely available, and fully functional smart MSW management system. The use of photosynthetic microalgae to capture and store greenhouse gases, such as CO2 from the atmosphere is quickly getting scientists' attention. A team of researchers aims to improve the capture and storage efficiency of CO2 by coupling algae cultivation as photosynthetic and biocatalysis systems to a "mechanical tree" harboring a passive direct air capture unit. Researchers will also study mechanisms using biological, engineering, and analysis approaches to understand how algae might be engineered to better store CO2 as cell biomass, as well as develop novel CO2 delivery approaches in combination with the introduction of a highly effective carbonic anhydrase protein, according to the NREL release. (Source: NREL, Bio Market Insights, Nov., 2021) Contact: NREL. Zia Abdullah, Program Manager, (303) 275-4051, www.nrel.gov

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    Vattenfall Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Int'l. Report)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Stockholm-headquartered wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting plans to further increase its emissions reduction targets for 2030 and beyond, aiming to reach net-zero by 2040. The new targets are set to help keep the global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius and have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), providing external validation in line with the latest climate science research. To that end, Vattenfall has committed to:
  • phase out coal from all operations by switching the last two coal-fired heat assets, Moabit and Reuter West in Berlin, to a combination of biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, and natural gas;

  • add four times the capacity of wind and solar to the grid compared to what Vattenfall has now in operations;

  • help partners and society to electrify industrial processes, including in steel, cement, heavy transport, chemicals, and more, enabling emissions reductions beyond Vattenfall's own value chain, and;

  • have 25 times as many electric charging points in operation, compared to 2020.

    Vattenfall has also committed to being net-zero along its full value chain in 2040, meaning that in 2040, the company's steeper decarbonisation trajectory will have continued and all CO2 emissions from the whole value chain, including emissions from suppliers and customers, will either have been eliminated or offset via negative emissions. Vattenfall's new emission reduction targets:

  • reduce emissions intensity in the company's operations (Scope 1+2) by more than 77 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved);

  • reduce absolute emissions from use of sold products (Scope 3) by 33 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved), and:

  • reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

    (Source: Group Vattenfall, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, www.group.vattenfall.com

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  • Novozymes Touts Yeast Innovation for Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Novozymes, the world leader in biological solutions, is touting Innova Quantum, a new addition to its Innova yeast platform that enables ethanol plants with fermentation times longer than 60 hours to realize higher ethanol yields and processing efficiencies than ever before. And, most importantly, plants can achieve this industry-leading yield without trade-offs which put their operation at risk.

    According to the release, ethanol producers can increase yield by 2-3 pct with the new yeast, which for a 100 MMgy plant translates to an additional $1-2 million in revenue. Designed to operate in fermentations of more than 60 hours, Quantum with new strain development is capable of converting the most sugar to ethanol while significantly lowering fermentation by-products such as glycerol up to 40 percent -- all without the trade-off and risk of robustness loss experienced with competing yeasts. And, Quantum expands plant flexibility fermenting to greater than 16 pct w/v ethanol concentrations, while eliminating the need for expensive nutritional supplements, according to the release. (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, 26 Oct. 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Rene Garza, VP Agricultural & Industrial Biosolutions, North America, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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    Asian Biomass Fuel Alliance Launched (int'l. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2021-11-05
    In its campaign to convert aging, CO2 emitting coal plants to run on biomass, Tokyo-based Japanese electric power company Erex Co. Ltd is reporting a MoU with South Korean engineering group Samsung C&T on building global biomass supply chains for power generation .

    Erex plans to buy coal-run power plants from major utilities and refit them for biomass fuel, helping reduce Japan's CO2 emissions. By working with Samsung C&T, which has commodity trading and construction operations in Southeast Asia, Erex hopes to increase procurement of biomass fuel from its present 1 million tons to between 3 million and 5 million tpy in 2025 rising to 10 million tons in 2030. The fuel will be used at Erex's own power plants and sold to other operators in Japan and overseas. (Source: Erex, PR, Nikkei Asia, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Erex Co. Ltd., www.erex.co.jp; Samsung C&T, www.samsungcnt.com/eng/index.do

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    CHAR Reports Woody Biomass-to-RNG, Biocoal Progress (Ind. Report)
    CHAR Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Toronto-headquartered CHAR Technologies is reporting surveying and geotechnical testing at the proposed site of its woody-biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) High Temperature Pyrolysis project near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, is underway. The proposed facility will produce 500,000 gigajoules per year of RNG and 10,000 tpy of "Cleanfyre" biocoal from woody-biomass.

    CleanFyre is an innovative, carbon-neutral, sustainable, solid biofuel (biocoal) that meets the strict requirements of a wide variety of industries. The substitution of CleanFyre for fossil coal in many industrial processes allows clients to recognize significant GHG reductions. On a life-cycle basis, GHG emissions can typically be reduced by over 90 pct per tonne of CleanFyre used, according to the company.

    The Company anticipates a long-term RNG offtake contract with a Canadian gas utility company will be finalized by early 2022. CleanFyre from the proposed Kirkland Lake facility will be earmarked for future sale to the steel making and metal smelting industries.

    CHAR Technologies Ltd. specializes in organic waste pyrolysis and biocarbon development, custom equipment for industrial air and water treatment, and providing services in environmental management, site investigation and remediation, engineering, environmental compliance and resource efficiency. (Source: CHAR Technologies, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, 866-521-3654, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

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    Wood to Advance REGI's Renewable Fuel Capacity (Ind. Report)
    John Wood Group
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Aberdeen, Scotland-headquartered Wood Plc -- fka John Wood Group PLC -- reports it is advancing an engineering, procurement, and construction management services contract with Ames, Iowa-based Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI) that will expand REGI's renewable diesel biorefinery in Geismar, Louisiana.

    The project will increase the biorefinery's production capacity from 90 million to 340 million gpy, enhance existing operations, and improve operational reliability and logistics.

    Renewable Energy Group Inc. is one of the leading producers of renewable diesel in the US. In addition to the Geismar renewable diesel plant, REGI operates biodiesel plants in the US and in Germany. (Source: Wood, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Wood Americas, Steve Conway, Snr. VP, +44 1224 851000, www.woodplc.com; REGI, Katie Stanley, (515) 979-3771, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy Group,  REGI,  Biodiesel,  

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