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Pacific BioEnergy Prince George Pellet Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
Pacific BioEnergy,Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-01-12
In Canada, Prince George, B.C.-based woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pacific BioEnergy Corporation reports that following an agreement to assign some of its assets -- including long-term wood pellet sales contracts -- to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., part of the UK-based Drax Group plc the PacBioEenergy pellet plant in Prince George will close permanently at a date to be announced this year. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., PR, Dec, Jan., 2022) Contact: Pacific Bioenergy Corp, (250) 562-7229, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific BioEnergy,  Wood Pellet,  DRAX,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy ,  


Avfuel Supplying SAF to ACI Jet Orange in California (Ind. Report)
Avfuel
Date: 2022-01-12
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation has added ACI Jet Orange County, near the John Wayne Orange County Airport, in southern California to its list of branded fixed-base operators (FBOs) now providing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to air carriers using thie facilities. Avfuel delivered its first load of SAF to ACI Jet Orange County at the close of December 2021.

This new supply of SAF supports ACI Jet's customers who are looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions immediately and significantly, according to the Avfuel release. (Source: Avfuel Corp, Website, PR, Bioenergy Int'l, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  


DOE Issues new Renewable Fuels RFI (Ind. Report)
US DOE BETO
Date: 2022-01-03
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production, including information on practices that can reduce the carbon intensity of corn production.

This RFI seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and renewable marine fuels. This information is necessary for DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to chart the potential growth of domestic renewable fuels production by 2030 and to understand the barriers in scaling renewable fuel production pathways. This RFI also seeks information on how DOE can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development (R&D) and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale. The RFI is seeking feedback on issues related to the following:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

    Responses must be submitted electronically to Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31, 2022. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

    In addition to, or in lieu of, providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions via Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  


  • Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond (Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass, IPCC
    Date: 2021-12-31
    The attached The Future of Biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond article is from wood pellet manufacturer Enviva Biomass, "the world's largest producer of sustainable wood pellets, a renewable alternative to coal:

    "Wood-based bioenergy is part of an all-in renewables strategy to reduce carbon emissions and limit dependence on fossil fuels. The world's leading authority on climate science, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes bioenergy as a renewable energy source that is critical to our low-carbon future. The IPCC also concludes that sustainable forest management is critical to prevent forest conversion to non-forest uses. We need bioenergy both to replace fossil fuels and to keep forests as forests," according to the Enviva.

    Download the Enviva The future of biomass: Net Zero, 2050 and Beyond report HERE . (Source: Enviva Biomass, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Exec. VP, Sales and Marketing, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass Pellet,  Wood Pellet,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Climate Change,  IPCC,  


    DOE Issues Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration RFI (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2021-12-29
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration, seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production. The RFI also seeks information on how DOE BETO can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale.

    Constructing and operating pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities is essential to de-risk technology and ensure the success of subsequent commercial scale projects. BETO recognizes the availability of financing for first-of-a-kind process systems can be a barrier to commercializing advanced biofuels.

    Input is sought from bioenergy companies that are planning to scale up and demonstrate SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuel technologies from the lower Technology Readiness Levels) to pilot and demonstration stage and eventual commercialization. This information will inform a multi-year scale-up strategy resulting in the construction and operation of several SAF, renewable diesel, and/or renewable marine fuel production pathways.

    Feedback is requested from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the scale-up of renewable fuel production technologies. Specifically, the DOE is interested in receiving information and input on:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    View the RFI details HERE . (Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE Biotechnologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuel,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Worley,  Woody Biomass,  BECCS,  


    Bioenergy Devco Raises $100Mn for AD Projects (Ind. Report, Funding)
    Bioenergy Devco,
    Date: 2021-12-20
    As previously reported, Annapolis, Maryland-based food waste anaerobic digestion (AD) specialist Bioenergy Devco (BDC) Bioenergy Devco has secured $100 million in financing from funds managed by Irradiant Partners, LP , an alternative investment manager with expertise in climate infrastructure, private equity and credit.

    Irradiant joins BDC’s existing investor base that includes Newlight Partners LP, a growth equity investment firm, and Sagewind Capital LLC, a New York-based middle-market private equity firm.

    The new capital will support development of multiple AD facilities to drive sustainable organic waste recycling and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in North America, according to the company. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, !4 Dec., 2021) Contact: Irradiant Partners, www.irradiantpartners.com; Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Devco,  anaerobic digestion,  Biogas,  Irradiant Partners,  


    Waga Energy Finds WAGABOX® Project Financing (Int'l. Report)
    Waga Energy
    Date: 2021-12-13
    Meylan, France-based landfill gas-to-biomethane specialist Waga Energy is reporting receipt o fa € 10.4 million non-recourse loan from BNP Paribas, Banque Populaire Grand Ouest, and Meridiam, an investment fund specializing in public infrastructure finance, to a "special vehicle" (SPV) company to refinance four WAGABOX® biomethane units located in France.

    Waga Energy operates 10 WAGABOX® units on storage sites run by French industrial players and local authorities. These units, which offer a maximum installed capacity of 225 GWh/year, can power around 35,000 homes and avoid the emission of 45,000 tpy of CO2e -- equivalent to the annual emissions of around 17,000 cars. The company has 10 new units under construction, including one in Spain and two in Canada, which will bring the company's maximum installed capacity to 475 GWh/year within 18 months.

    Waga Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North America -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane. (Source: Waga Energy, PR, 3 Dec., 2021) Contact: Waga-Energy, Marie-Amelie Richel, Administrative & Financial Director , Laurent Barbotin, laurant.barbotin@waga-energy.com, www.waga-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waga Bioenergy,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Selby College,  BECCS,  CCS,  


    Praj Touts Patented Sugar BIOSYRUP® Ethanol Feedstock (Int'l.)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited is touting a new patented technology to process sugarcane juice into BIOSYRUP® -- a new feedstock for sustainable ethanol production that can be stored for as long as 12 months.

    Praj Industries is a global process solutions company offering value-added solutions to bioenergy facilities, compressed biogas plants, critical process equipment and skids, brewery plants, industrial wastewater treatment systems, HiPurity water systems and others. Over the past 20 years Praj has completed more than 50 biogas plants, most of which operate on industrial waste streams, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Industries, PR Website, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries ,  Ethanol,  Ethanol Feedstock,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  BECCS,  


  • 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 ,  


    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,  


  • 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,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Devco ,  anaerobic digestion,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Renewable Energy Laboratory,  Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Novozymes,  Ethanol,  Yeast,  


    San Joaquin Renewables Plans Flagship RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Frontline BioEnergy
    Date: 2021-10-29
    San Joaquin Renewables (SJR) is reporting Dallas-based private equity fund Cresta Fund Management and NYC-headquartered Silverpeak Energy Partners have agreed to invest up to $165,000,000 to develop and construct a biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) project near McFarland, California. Frontline BioEnergy, a leading provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, is developing the project, which will convert orchard residuals and shells from San Joaquin Valley farms into RNG that will be sold as transportation fuel.

    The project will also sequester carbon dioxide in an EPA Class VI sequestration well located on the project site. When completed, SJR's RNG facility will replace the current practice of open burning of agricultural waste with an enclosed system that will produce a non-fossil form of natural gas, capture and store carbon dioxide, and serve as a substitute to diesel and thereby reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

    According to Chris Rozzell, Cresta's managing partner. "The project has the exciting potential to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and improve overall air quality in the San Joaquin Valley. Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, which are notoriously difficult to mitigate, comprised 10 pct of overall U.S. emissions in 2019." (Source: San Joaquin Renewables, PR, 27 Oct., 2021) Contact: San Joaquin Renewables, www.sjrgas.com; Frontline Bioenergy, www.frontlinebioenergy.com; Cresta Funds www.crestafunds.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Frontline BioEnergy,  Biomass,  RNG,  


    IEA Warns Transition to Clean Energy "Far Too Slow" (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-10-20
    In its recent World Energy Outlook Report the International Energy Agency (IEA) notes that current progress on clean energy remains "far too slow to put global emissions into sustained decline towards net-zero" and calls for urgent action from governments around the world in laying out a more rapid energy transition plan.

    To achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the report calls for coal to be phased out of the global power sector at a more rapid pace and replaced with low emissions energy sources that complement each other, such as wind, solar, nuclear, hydropower, and bioenergy.

    The IEA report echoes the sentiment of a UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that "time is running out to put in place the measures needed to prevent further irreversible damage from climate change to our planet." (Source: International Energy Agency, 20 Oct., 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Bioenergy,  Renewable Energy ,  


    Greencoat Launches US Renewable Energy Operations (Ind. Report)
    Greencoat Capital
    Date: 2021-10-20
    In the UK, Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Capital is reporting its entry into the US renewables sector with the opening of new offices in New York and Chicago, The company plans to make a significant impact on the US secondary market with an expectation to invest $5 billion over the next five years.

    Greencoat's US launch follows investment in six wind assets in the US in 2021 by funds managed by Greencoat. These comprise a 24 pct stake in an 861MW wind portfolio in South Texas, and an 80 pct stake in a 405 MW wind portfolio in Illinois.

    Over the past eight years Greencoat has grown to become the largest specialist renewables investment manager in Europe, investing in and managing over 200 wind, solar and bioenergy assets, representing over 3,000 MW of generating capacity. The company sees a significant opportunity for growth in the US, providing both North American and European institutional investors (including public and private pension schemes and insurers) with access to one of the largest and fastest growing renewables markets. (Source: Greencoat Capital, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: Greencoat, +44 20 7832 9400 -- London, +44 20 7832 9400 – Dublin, www.greencoat-capital.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Capital news,  Renewable Energy news,  


    BGE's RNG Use Wins Regulatory Approval (Ind. Report)
    Baltimore Gas & Electric,Bioenergy Devco,
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In Maryland, the state's largest utility Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) reports it is the first utility in the state to receive Maryland Public Service Commission regulatory approval for the use of renewable natural gas (RNG) on its gas distribution system. Approval comes as Maryland's first RNG plant, owned and operated by Annapolis-based Bioenergy Devco, nears completion in Howard County, as previously reported.

    BioEnergy Devco's flagship food waste-to-RNG plant is expected to begin production in Q1, 2022, and will generate enough gas to power the equivalent of nearly 5,000 homes' annual usage. (Source: BGE, PR, Business Monthly, 12 Oct., 2021) Contact: Bioenergy Devco , Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com; BGE, www.bge.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Baltimore Gas & Electric,  RNG,  Bioenergy Devco,  ,  


    Netherlands' First Bio-LNG Plant Commissioned (Int'l. Report)
    Nordsol, Shell, Renwi
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In the Netherlands, Nordsol, Shell and UK-based waste management firm Renewi are reporting the opening of the country's first bio-LNG plant on Renewi's site in Amsterdam Westpoort is now in service.

    The facility will produce roughly 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually -- sufficient fuel for 13 million kilometres of driving and avoiding approximately 14.3 kilotons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: Nordsol, Shell and Renewi, PR, Websites, Bioenergy News, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Nordsol, +31 30 202 9670, www.nordsol.com; Renewi, www.renwi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol,  Shell,  Renwi,  Bio-LNG,  LNG,  Biogas,  


    French Biomethane Specialist Waga Energy Floats IPO (Int'l.)
    Waga Energy
    Date: 2021-10-18
    Meylan, France-based landfill gas-to-biomethane specialist Waga Energy is announcing the launch of its IPO seeking to raise roughly €100 million, with a view to having its shares accepted for trading on the Euronext regulated market in Paris. The Indicative price range of the offering is between €19.26 and € 23.54 per share during a subscription period from 14 October 2021 until 25 October 2021 inclusive.

    Waga Energy operates 10 WAGABOX® units on storage sites run by French industrial players and local authorities. These units, which offer a maximum installed capacity of 225 GWh/year, can power around 35,000 homes and avoid the emission of 45,000 tpy of CO2e -- equivalent to the annual emissions of around 17,000 cars. The company has 10 new units under construction, including one in Spain and two in Canada, which will bring the company's maximum installed capacity to 475 GWh/year within 18 months.

    Waga Energy, which has three international subsidiaries -- Philadelphia, Penna., Shawinigan Quebec, and Barcelona, Spain -- estimates there are 20,000 waste storage sites around the world -- with roughly 4,200 in North Amercia -- and that less than 1 pct of the gas produced is currently converted into biomethane.

    The company expects IPO net proceeds of approximately €69.6 million which will be used for development and growth. (Source: Waga Energy, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: Waga Energy, Laurent Barbot, +72 77 11 85, laurent.barbotin@waga-energy.com, www.waga-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Waga Bioenergy,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


    IBET Bioenergy Industry Collaboration Launched (Ind. Report)
    IBET
    Date: 2021-10-06
    The U.S. DOE Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is reporting the formation of the Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower collaboration. IBET will be led by ANL, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University and will bring together waste-to-energy (W2E) technologies from each institution and opportunities to test these technologies with industry.

    The IBET collaboration uses developments in separations, advanced bioreactor design, and process modeling and control. This new platform will help industry produce high-purity methane from mixed organic waste streams at large scales and support a circular economy.

    Collaborations between Argonne and five North American universities -- Michigan, Northwestern, University of Toronto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and Tecnologico de Monterrey -- will help participants better understand the current state of W2E in North America. Partnerships and cost sharing among the practitioners will amplify the impact of the proposed work.

    IBET corporate partners include: inCTRL Solutions Corp., a biogas and wastewater treatment modeling and control company; the Great Lakes Water Authority, a major utility in Michigan and a potential end user for W2E technologies; and Carollo Engineers, an environmental engineering firm whose wastewater innovations group has focused on carbon management and energy production, among other topics.

    The IBET collaboration will increase knowledge sharing on bioenergy technologies and expand collaborative opportunities by providing Ph.D., masters and undergraduate students opportunities to deepen their research capabilities in technology development, participate in shared professional development and engage in cross-institutional bioenergy research and internship opportunities; broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics within the bioenergy technology community while publicly disseminating research and educational information. (Source: ANL, Website PR, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower, ANL, www.anl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBET,  Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Energy,  


    Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels Report Delivery Error Notice

    Date: 2021-10-06
    An incomplete and unedited draft of today's Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels publication was transmitted in error yesterday. We regret the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

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    Clean Energy Systems Raises $15Mn for Bioenergy, CCS (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Systems
    Date: 2021-10-04
    In the Golden State, Rancho Cordova-based Clean Energy Systems (CES) reports it has raised $15 million in a Series A funding round led by Carbon Direct Capital Management to support a carbon-negative power project in Mendota, California.

    CES is collaborating with Schlumberger New Energy, Chevron and Microsoft to develop a plant that will convert local agriculture waste biomass into a renewable synthesis gas that will be mixed with oxygen in a combustor to generate electricity. More than 99 pct of the carbon from the process is expected to be captured for permanent storage by injecting CO2 underground I )CCS) into nearby deep geological formations. (Source: Clean Energy Systems, PR, Website, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Systems, Keith Pronske, CEO, 916-638-7967, info@cleanenergysystems.com, www.cleanenergysystems.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Direct,  Clean Energy Systems,  


    JetBlue, SG Preston Report NY SAF Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    JetBlue, SG Preston
    Date: 2021-10-01
    NYC-headquartered air carrier JetBlue is reporting an offtake agreement with Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston under which SG Preston will deliver at least 670 million gallons of blended SAF to JetBlue at New Yok's JFK, LGA and EWR airports -- the first large-scale volume of domestically produced SAF for a commercial airlin.

    With the addition of this SG Preston agreement to its previous SAF commitments, JetBlue is now ahead of its target of converting 10 pct of its total fuel usage to SAF on a blended basis by 2030. (Source: JetBlue, PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: JetBlue, www.jetblue.com; SG Preston, Randy LeTang, CEO, (215) 278-6001, (215) 734-2401 -- fax, www.sgpreston.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News JetBlue,  SG Preston,  SAF,  


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

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

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

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

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

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


    Univ. of Iowa Ups Miscanthus Bioenergy Use (Ind. Report)
    Convergen Energy, University of Iowa
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the Hawkeye State, the University of Iowa reports its met its goal of a 40 pct renewable energy mix by 2020 on its way to going coal free by 2025, with the use miscanthus grass pellet fuel. The university presently sources 42 pct or more of its power from renewable sources and one boiler exclusively fed biomass fuels.

    The University initially grew and dried miscanthus and combined it with coal which was burned for power production. But this year the University sent its harvested miscanthus crop to Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Convergen Energy which incorporates miscanthus and non-recyclable paper as ingredients in fuel pellets to be burned for power production. The pellets are EPA-designated as a non-waste alternative fuel with reduced emissions over traditional fuels.

    Fast-growing giant miscanthus can grow in marginal soil and produces twice the biomass of switch grass, according the USDA. (Source: University of Iowa, Gazette, 21 Sept., 2021] Contact: University of Iowa, Convergen Energy, 920 432 3200, info@convergenenergy.com, www.convergenenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Miscanthus,  Biomass Pellet,  Convergen Energy,  


    UBC to Develop Bioenergy Products, Systems (Ind. Report, R&D)

    Date: 2021-09-22
    In Vancouver, the University of British Columbia (UBC) is touting its new $8 million, Biorefining Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC), a research and demonstration facility aimed at accelerating the development of low-carbon, market-ready bioenergy products and carbon-negative energy systems .

    Building on work conducted at UBC's Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC), BRIC will bring together top academic researchers and industry partners to create and asses cutting-edge technologies for technical effectiveness and economic potential. Then, working with partner companies, the UBC team will create prototypes and demonstrate their ability to produce first-class bioproducts at scale, including:

  • Advanced two-stage fluidized bed gasification technologies to convert forest, agricultural and municipal waste into low-carbon biofuels;
  • Novel microwave-assisted fluidised bed catalytic pyrolysis technology to improve the quality of two intermediate products in the biofuel production process: bio- and biochar;
  • Novel horizontal pulsating fluidized bed torrefaction technology that will produce second-generation (torrefied) wood pellets for power plants and energy-intense applications .

    "By using biomass residues to their full potential, BC could cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 15 pct of its 2005 levels and its consumption of fossil fuels by nearly a third," according to UBC researcher Dr. Xiaotao Bi. (Source: UBC, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: University of British Columbia, Dr. Xiaotao Bi, Prof. Chemical and Biological Engineering, Dir. BRIC, CERC, 604 822 3238, tony.bi@ubc.ca, www.ubc.ca


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BECCS,  DRAX,  UK National Farmers Union,  Biomass,  Energy Crop,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


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

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

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

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

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


    MBL Bioenergy to Develop South Dakota RNG Projects (Ind. Report)
    UGI Energy
    Date: 2021-09-20
    Wyomissing, Pennsylvania-headquartered UGI Energy Services, California Bioenergy (CalBio) and Tiburon, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting their new joint venture company -- MBL Bioenergy -- will invest more than $100 million to develop RNG dairy digester projects in South Dakota.

    When fully online in late 2024, the projects are expected to produce 650 million cubic feet per year of RNG for delivery to area natural gas pipelines serving the regional distribution system. UGIES' wholly-owned subsidiary GHI Energy will be the exclusive marketer for MBL Bioenergy. (Source: UGI Energy, PR, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: UGI Energy Services, 610-373-7999, customercare@ugies.com, www.ugies.com; Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www.sevanabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UGI Energy ,  RNG,  California Bioenergy,  Sevana Bioenergy,  


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Carnon Emissions,  Biomass,  CCS,  Bioenergy Carbon Capture,  BECCS,  


    Chevron, Mercuria CNG, RNG JV Announced (Alt. Fuel Ind. Report)
    Chevron, Mercuria
    Date: 2021-09-13
    Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., reports it will form a joint venture with Swiss-based multinational commodities trader Mercuria Energy Trading (Mercuria) to own and operate American Natural Gas LLC and its network of 60 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations across the US.

    Chevron is building a large-scale, vertically integrated renewable natural gas (RNG) business in the US. Through its partnerships with Brightmark and California Bioenergy, Chevron is developing projects to produce RNG from dairy digesters across the country.

    Chevron is aiming to open more than 30 Chevron-branded CNG stations and increase increase its RNG volumes tenfold by 2025 compared to 2020. (Source: Chevron PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Mercuria , Brian A. Falik, CEO, www.mercuria.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Mercuria,  CNG,  RNG,  


    100+ Taps Enexor to Mitigate Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Enexor Bioenergy,100+ Accelerator
    Date: 2021-09-13
    Franklin, Tenn.-based Enexor BioEnergy, LLC reports it has been selected by 100+ Accelerator for Climate Action for solutions to the world's environmental and social challenges.

    Enexor BioEnergy's patented Bio-CHP technology provides on-site, renewable energy and carbon conversion solutions from organic and plastic waste by producing 24/7 continuous power and thermal energy for facilities and microgrids worldwide.

    Sponsored by AB InBev, Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, and Colgate-Palmolive, 100+ Accelerator selected 36 startups out of over 1,000 applicants from across the world to solve the sustainability challenges of their supply chains, with Enexor in their Climate Action category. (Source: Enexor Bioenergy, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: 100+ Accelerator, www.100accelerator.com; Enexor BioEnergy, Lee Jestings, CEO, (615) 656-0762, info@enexor.com, www.enexor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News 100+ Accelerator,  Climate Change,  Enexor Bioenergy,  


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

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

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

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

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


    BorgWarner Takes $10Mn Stake In Enexor BioEnergy (M&A)
    BorgWarner, Enexor Bioenergy
    Date: 2021-08-25
    Auburn Hills, Michigan-headquartered multinational automotive supplier BorgWarner Inc. is reporting a $10 million investment in Franklin, Tenn.-based energy and carbon conversion solutions provider Enexor Bioenergy Inc.

    Enexor's patented and modular Bio-CHP system uses locally sourced biomass wastes or plastic waste to generate clean onsite energy. The investment is in line with BorgWarner's commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035, the release notes. (Source: BorgWarner, PR, Benzinga 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: BorgWarner Inc., www.borgwarner.com; Enexor BioEnergy Inc., 615-656-0762, www.enexor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BorgWarner,  Enexor Bioenergy,  Bioenergy,  Biomass,  


    Univ. Toledo Funded to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology (R&D)
    University of Toledo,US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Ohio, the University of Toledo is reporting receipt of $3.2 million in US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office grant funding to advance technology that speeds up the capture of atmospheric CO2 to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel.

    The award supports ongoing research by Dr Sridhar Viamajala, professor of chemical engineering, to speed up the production of microalgae using a farming technique called direct air capture, which minimises the loss of organic carbon, an issue that slows down algae production.

    Oils and carbohydrates produced by the algae, which use sunlight and nutrients to grow, can be turned into fuels and commodity goods such as plastics -- products otherwise produced from petroleum. "This technology improved sustainability by removing CO2 while simultaneously creating pathways for the displacement of petroleum," according to Professor Sridhar Viamajala, Chemical Engineering, at the University of Toledo. (Source: University of Toledo, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: University of Toledo, Professor Sridhar Viamajala, www.utoledo.edu/engineering/chemical-engineering/facultystaff/sridharviamajala.html; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae. Algae Biofuel,  Carbon Capture,  US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Funding MSW, Algae Bioenergy Technology R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced nearly $34 million in funding for 11 projects that will support high-impact research and development to improve and produce biofuels, biopower and bioproducts from municipal solid waste (MSW) streams and algae for conversion into low-carbon transportation fuels.

    Selected projects will both research and develop waste for energy conversion, improve algae farming practices to increase production, and further understanding of MSW potential as a fuel and energy source.

    Awardees across six projects will investigate various strains and farming practices of algae and explore new ways to improve their growth.

    Recipent list and details HERE. (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Algae Biofuel,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Alternative Fuel,  


    Bioenergy Included in NJ Clean Energy Funding (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following bioenergy-biotech projects and organizations were funded:

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www.arbelalabs.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Website PR Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  


  • CE+P, JBEI Partner on Advanced Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report
    California Ethanol + Power ,Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2021-08-06
    California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) reports it is partnering with the Emeryville, California-based Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the US Department of Energy (DOE), to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P's planned sugarcane ethanol facility in Imperial County, California.

    The new partnership will jointly pursue research and grants to support new technologies and processes for breaking down byproducts of the planned sugarcane crop as a source for even lower-carbon energy products, including advanced cellulosic ethanol.

    In addition to JBEI, research will also be implemented by the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab). (Source: California Ethanol + Power, Website News, Aug., 2021) Contact: California Ethanol + Power, 760-344-1004, www.californiaethanlpower.com; Joint BioEnergy Institute, (510) 486-7315, www.jbei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Ethanol + Power,  Joint BioEnergy Institute,  JBEI,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel ,  


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

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

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

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


    Frontline BioEnergy Licenses Pyrolysis Technology (Ind. Report)
    Frontline BioEnergy
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In June, Nevada, Iowa-based Frontline BioEnergy LLC signed an agreement with the Iowa State University Research Foundation to license autothermal pyrolysis (ATP) technology developed by Iowa State University researchers. This license allows Frontline to use ATP technology in its own projects and in partnership with companies to unlock the value of waste biomass.

    ATP can convert agricultural and forest waste biomass into: biochar; bio-oil; which can be used to produce bio-asphalt, refined to create diesel and jet fuel, or upgraded to recover specialty chemicals; and thermal energy, without the high temperature combustion used in many biomass processing facilities.

    After ISU researchers developed this technology, Frontline leveraged the operational data and findings from ISU's pilot plant to engineer and fabricate the 50-tpd demonstration plant. (Source: Frontline Bioenergy, PR, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Frontline Bioenergy, Jerod Smeenk, CEO, 515-292-1200 www .frontlinebioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Frontline BioEnergy,  Biomass,  


    Bioenergy Europe 2021 Biofuel Statistical Report (Report Attached)
    Bioenergy Europe, ePURE
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Bioenergy Europe has published its annual statistical report and policy briefing, with input from ePURE and the European Biodiesel Board. According to the Biofuels for Transport report, the transport sector, alongside industry and buildings, "is the main energy user and source of emissions and is still heavily dominated by fossil fuels. Despite readily available solutions, in 2019 the share of renewables in transport was a mere 6.81 pct.

    Download the Biofuels for Transport report HERE. (Source: ePURE, July 2021) Contact: ePURE, www.epure.cog; Bioenergy Europe, www.bioenergyeurope.org; European Biodiesel Board, www.ebb-eu.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy Europe,  ePURE,  Biofuel,  European Biodiesel Board.,  


    EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
    Carbon Removal
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

    The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

    According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  CCS,  DirectAir Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


    Novozymes Touts Innova Yeast to Boost Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes,Microbiogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is touting "Innova Element", the latest addition to the company's Innova yeast platform. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

    Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions -- delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency -- or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed, according to the release.

    By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes' enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower input costs and achieve significant process efficiency gains, according to the release. Novozymes' Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com; Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Bioenergy Devco Completes MD's Largest AD Project (Ind. Report)
    Bioenergy Devco
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Annapolis, Maryland-headquartered Bioenergy Devco is reporting completion of the state's newest and largest anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at the Maryland Food Center Authority campus in Jessup, Maryland. The $25 million project received more than $460,000 in grant funding to support construction.

    According to the release, the project represents an important part of building the capacity and infrastructure needed to successfully implement HB264/SB483 (Organics Recycling and Waste Diversion -- Food Residuals) which was passed into law in 2020. The bill will require businesses that generate two tons or more per week of excess food waste to separate and divert food residuals away from final disposal in landfills and incinerators beginning in January 2023. (Source: Bioenergy Devco, PR, 12 July 2021) Contact: Bioenergy Devco, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, (443) 782-3427, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com

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