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Fulcrum NorthPoint SAF Plant Announced (Int'l. Report)
Fulcrum BioEnergy
Date: 2021-02-17
In the UK, Essar Oil reports its bulk liquid storage subsidiary Stanlow Terminals Limited is joining forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy to construct a 100 million LPY sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility to be known as Fulcrum NorthPoint within Essar's Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in the north-west of England.

The £600 million facility will use Fulcrum's waste-to-fuel process and Essar will assist with the blending and supply of the new SAF to airlines, with Stanlow Terminals providing product storage and logistics under a long-term agreement.

Subject to planning consent, the facility is expected to be operational in late 2025. (Source: Essar Oil, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Essar Oil, www.essar.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com; Stanlow Terminals Limited, www.stanlowterminals.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  SAF,  


ENVIVA Targets Net-Zero Operations by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Enviva Biomass, Finite Carbon
Date: 2021-02-17
Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered ENVIVA, a leading global renewable energy company specializing in sustainable wood bioenergy, has announced its goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its operations by 2030.

This commitment to climate action reinforces ENVIVA's core purpose to displace coal, grow more trees, and fight climate change. It sets forth an ambitious plan for eliminating GHG emissions from its operations in keeping with international climate goals, including the Paris Agreement's goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C. To that end, ENVIVA will:

  • Reduce, eliminate or offset all of its direct emissions. Enviva will immediately work to minimize the emissions from fossil fuels used directly in its operations -- its Scope 1 emissions.

  • Source 100 pct renewable energy by 2030with an interim target of at least 50 pct by 2025.

  • Drive innovative improvements in its supply chain and proactively engage with partners and other key stakeholders to adopt clean-energy solutions.

  • Transparently report progress. Enviva will track and publish its progress in reducing its emissions annually and intends to disclose climate-relevant data and risks through CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) by the end of 2022.

    ENVIVA's sustainably sourced wood is used to manufacture wood pellets as a drop-in alternative to fossil fuels. ENVIVA exports its sustainable wood pellets primarily to the U.K., Europe, the Caribbean and Japan, enabling its customers to reduce their carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis, helping them reach their greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets with renewable energy, according to the ENVIVA release. (Source: ENVIVA, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP, Lance Pierce, Pres. North America, (212) 378 2086, info.northamerica@cdp.net, www.cdp.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Disclosure Project,  ENVIVA,  Enviva,  Net-Zero Emissions,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv news,  Woody Biomass Wood Pellet news,  CCS news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

  • In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

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

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Renewable Fuel,  CCS,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Renewable Energy,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


  • Bord na Mona Ending Peat Biomass Business, Going Green (Int'l.)
    Bord na Mona
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Dublin, Ireland's state-owned energy company Bord na Mona reports it has permanently ended all peat harvesting on its lands as part of its "brown to green" strategy and transition to renewable energy.

    As part of its green strategy, Bord na Mona plans to have developed wind, solar and other assets capable of supplying around one-third of all Irish homes with renewable energy by 2030 and is seeking to raise €1.6 billion to fund a series of renewable energy projects in keeping with Ireland's objective to become carbon neutral by 2050.

    Bord na Mona also recently launched its Peatlands Restoration Plan, involving an investment of more than €115 million to convert Ireland's peatlands from fossil fuel sources to large-scale carbon capture sites. While peat harvesting is ceasing, the company will continue manufacturing peat briquettes until 2024. The Kilberry horticulture facility will also continue to operate as normal, supported by existing peat reserves, and the Edenderry Power Station will continue its transition to run exclusively on residual and sustainable biomass. (Source: Bord na Mona, PR, Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bord na Mona Plc, Mike Quinn, CEO, Patrick Madigan, Bioenergy Division, +353 45 439000, www.bordnamona.ie

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bord na Mona,  Peat,  Renewable Energy,  Biomass Pellet ,  


    National Grid Joins Bioenergy, Hydrogen Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute,EPRI, National Grid
    Date: 2021-01-18
    National Grid US has joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a five-year initiative to develop and demonstrate key clean energy technologies and decarbonisation solutions. These include bioenergy, renewable natural gas (RNG), and clean hydrogen. LCRI is jointly led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI).

    Joining LGRI is in keeping with National Grid's effort to advance the potential of clean hydrogen, hydrogen R&D and hydrogen fuel blending as part of its Net-Zero by 2050 Plan. (Source: National Grid, PR, EPRI Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: EPRI Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, 650-855-2121, www.epri.com/lcri; Gas Technology Institute, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gas Technology Institute,  EPRI,  National Grid US,  Hydrogen,  Bioenergy,  


    Voltalia's Fr. Guiana Woody Biomass Plant Begins Operation (Int'l.)
    Voltalia
    Date: 2021-01-06
    The Paris-headquartered international renewable energy company Voltalia is reporting its Cacao forestry wood waste/woody biomass plant in Roura, French Guiana has begun operation. The €75 million plant has an installed capacity of 5.1 MW and 550 kW/250 Kwh storage capacity and is expected to prevent 28,500 tpy of CO2-equivalent emissions.

    The company operates three solar, two biomass, and one hydroelectric, as well as battery storage units with a total installed capacity of 30 MW renewable energy facilities in French Guiana. (Source: Voltalia, PR, Website, Bioenergy Insights, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: Voltalia, Sebastien Clerc, CEO, +33 (0)1 81 70 37 00, www.voltalia.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Voltalia,  Woody Biomass,  


    Praj Industries Claims Indian Oil Corp. Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Indian bioenergy-biofuels specialist Praj Industries reports receipt of an order from the New Delhi-headquartered Indian Oil Corporation for a net-zero liquid discharge system -- waste water treatment package at Indian Oil's Dumad facility in Gujarat.

    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, Business Standard, 1 Jan., 2021)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Praj Industries ,  RNG,  Biofuel,  


    Enviva Reports Biomass Traceability Pilot Results (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2020-12-23
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood bioenergy specialist Enviva Partners LP and blockchain firm GoChain are reporting the results of a pilot programme to enhance the traceability of sustainable biomass.

    The pilot programme leveraged GoChain's blockchain to identify a select group of suppliers from Enviva's U.S. wood sourcing regions to monitor forest tract locations, load weights, fibre commodity types, forest types and other related data.

    In total, more than 1,000 loads of woody biomass were delivered from the forest to the production facility and recorded 'on-chain' during the pilot. The results yielded considerable insights and the pilot has the potential to further increase the accuracy of Enviva's proprietary Track & Trace system, which provides publicly available data and tracks exactly where the low-value wood used in the production of Enviva biomass comes from.(Source: Enviva, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; GoChain, www.gochain.io

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


    DOE Offers $35Mn for Bioenergy Tech., Algae R&D (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced up to $35 million in funding for bioenergy feedstock technologies and algae research and development. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports the White House priority for advancing the domestic bioeconomy, as well as the Bioenergy Technologies Office's goals of improving the performance and lowering the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. Topic Areas include:

  • Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Enable Production of Conversion-Ready Feedstocks (up to $15M): (a) Measurement of variability of key MSW characteristics within and across unique MSW streams (b) Development of novel methods for rapid/real-time measurements.

  • Algae Productivity Exceeding Expectations (APEX) (up to $20M): (a) Improvements in productivity with traditional carbon dioxide (CO2) supply (b) Improvements in productivity with Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2 from ambient air.

    The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.

    The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.

    Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE, 18 Dec., 2020) Contact: US DOR, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  Algae,  Bioenergy,  


  • Enviva Touts First Biomass Pellet Shipment to Japan (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2020-12-04
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood bioenergy specialist Enviva Partners, LP reports its first shipment of approximately 28,000 metric tons of wood pellets made from low-value wood sourced in the U.S. Southeast is on its way from Port Panama City in Florida to Japan's Iwakuni Port.

    Enviva Partners is a publicly traded master limited partnership that aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. The Partnership sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Partnership owns and operates nine plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 4.9 million MTPY in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida. In addition, the Partnership exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia and the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida, according to the company. (Source: Enviva Partners, PR, 2 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    B.C. Woody Biomass RNG Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC,REN Energy International
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Edmonton, Alberta-based Thermo Design Engineering Ltd (TDE) reports it is partnering with Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International (REN) to develop a first-of-its-kind, Woody Biomass, wood-waste RNG plant in British Columbia.

    REN will build, own, and operate the facility in Fruitvale while FortisBC will own and operate the interconnection facility connecting the project to FortisBC's natural gas transmission system. (Source: Thermo Sesign Engineering, REN, Bioenergy 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: Thermo Design Engineering, Sean Montgomery, Pres., (780) 440-6064, www.thermodesign.com; REN Energy International, Phillip Viggiani, CEO, (250) 999-7766, www.rencorp.ca; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FortisBC,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  


    UGI Energy Services Invests in Idaho RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    UGI Corp, Sevana Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-11-25
    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-headquartered UGI Corporation reports its subsidiary, UGI Energy Services, has invested in New Energy One HoldCo, part of the team developing a utility-scale RNG project in Idaho, US.

    The Idaho RNG project is being developed by Larkspur, California-based RNG producer Sevana Bioenergy, an affiliate of New Energy One HoldCo and Meridiam, a global independent investment Benefit Corporation and asset manager of sustainable public infrastructure. Sevana Bioenergy develops, designs, owns and operates large-scale anaerobic digestion projects.

    When dully operational in 2022, the Idaho RNG project is expected to produce several hundred million cubic feet of RNG each year from on-site dairy waste feedstock. Initial RNG production is expected to get underway in late 2021, according to the company website release. (Source: UGI Corp., PR, Website, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: UGI Energy Services, Pamela Witmer, (610) 373-7999 ext. 1202, pwitmer@ugies.com, www.ugicorp.com; Sevana Bioenergy, John McKinney, Pres., CEO, www. sevanabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biofuel,  Sevana Bioenergy,  


    Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy Ink Indian Biodiesel MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Green Fuels, Aris Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-11-09
    In the UK, Green Fuels Ltd. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai, India-based Aris Bioenergy committing the two companies to a biodiesel refining joint venture in India.

    Under the agreement, the two firms have formed a company to process used cooking oil into biodiesel using a Green Fuels FuelMatic GSX20 biorefinery to be located in an industrial zone between Mumbai and Pune.

    The joint venture is currently in the tendering process to supply the offtake from this and future plants to India's three state-operated oil marketing companies. (Source: Green Fuels Contact: Green Fuels , James Hygate, CEO, +44 333 011 8522, www.greenfuels.co.uk; Aris Bioenergy, +91 7304745554, frontoffice@arisbioenergy.com, www.arisbioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Fuels,  Aris Bioenergy,  Biodiesel,  


    JAL to Use Fulcrun BioEnergy Aviation Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Tokyo, Japan Airlines (JAL) reports it plans to regularly refuel aircraft connecting San Francisco and Japan with recycled aviation fuel made from household garbage produced by Fulcrum BioEnergy, starting as early as fiscal 2022.

    The airline is aiming to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 by introducing advanced jets and fuels and purchasing emission credits from other airlines.

    JAL invested roughly $8.6 million in Fulcrum in 2018. (Source: JAL, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Airlines,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


    Enviva Releases First Corp. Sustainability Report (Report Attached)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered wood bioenergy -- wood pellet -- specialist Enviva is reporting the release of its first Corporate Sustainability Report. The report highlights the company's progress in helping southeaster U.S. landowners keep and use generational forestland and address climate change. The Sustainability Report notes:
  • Enviva has displaced approximately 16 million metric tons of coal and eliminated 31 million metric tons of CO2 emissions globally -- equivalent of the CO2 emissions of 8 coal-fired power plants in one year or more than 71 million barrels of oil.

  • Enviva aims to displace an additional 87 million metric tons of coal and eliminate an additional 172 million metric tons of CO2 emissions between 2020 and 2044.

  • Enviva is a leader in the wood products industry by comprehensively controlling operations emissions and using industry-proven air emission controls to reduce emissions from its manufacturing process.

  • Enviva partnered with The Longleaf Alliance to help conserve rare and threatened species and ecosystems and to help restore longleaf pine, a critical species in the pine forest ecosystem in the U.S. Southeast, through responsible wood sourcing.

  • Enviva provided more than $1.9 million in grants through its Forest Conservation Fund, resulting in more than 24,000 acres of forestland conserved across the U.S. Southeast.

    Enviva owns and operates nine plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 4.9 million MTPY in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Florida.

    Download the full Enviv sustainability report HERE. (Source: Enivia, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enviva, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv Biomass,  


  • DRAX, Earthworm Foundation Tout Forest Health Tool (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX, Forest Trust
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the not-for-profit Earthworm Foundation -- fka Forest Trust -- on Healthy Forest Landscapes (HFL), an evidence-based tool to measure and evaluate the health of a forest in four key areas -- forest cover, carbon stock, biodiversity, and community well-being, all key focus areas for Drax and its woody biomass-fired power generation plants. The tool will give businesses like Drax the information needed to ensure its operations positively impact the forests where it sources its biomass feedstocks.

    HFL measures changes in the forest landscape using empirical evidence such as big data from government statistics and input from earth observations from satellites, other remote sensing technologies, and its own socio-economic evaluation methodology to assess community wellbeing. (Source: DRAX, Bioenergy Insight, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Earthworm Foundation, www.earthworm.org; DRAX, Richard Peberdy, Head of Sustainable Forests, +44(0)1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Trust,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  


    BDI Announces $150Mn Belgium Biodiesel Plant (Int'l. Report)
    BDI-BioEnergy International,Cargill
    Date: 2020-10-26
    BDI BioEnergy International GmbH reports it is constructing a multi-waste and residues-based biodiesel plant for Minneapolis-headquartered agriculture industry giant Cargill at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and biodiesel site in Ghent, Belgium.

    The $150 million plant will have a production capacity of 115,000 tpy of biodiesel when commissioned in June, 2022.(Source: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Website PR, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH, Markus Dielacher , CEO, www.bdi-bioenergy.com; Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  BDI-BioEnergy International,  Biodiesel,  


    Nat. Labs Say Sugars Key in Ideal Biofuel Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    ORNL,NREL
    Date: 2020-10-23
    According to research by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), although tall, fast-growing trees are best for biomass/biofuel feedstock the amount of sugars contained within the cellulosic biomass that can be converted into fuels is equally important.

    Feedstock growers typically look at how many trees they can plant per acre rather than the quality and volume of fuel those trees will produce. To address the issue, the researchers analyzed 900 samples of black cottonwood trees -- a type of fast-growing poplar -- grown in Oregon to determine how variations in their size and composition affect feedstock quality and biorefinery economics.

    The researh found the amount of fuel produced per-acre per-year and the minimum fuel selling price(MFSP) are most strongly connected to the size of a tree. Since a farmer would only plant the biggest and fastest growing trees, the researchers examined those and found that the size and sugar content in those trees were of nearly identical importance to the MFSP.

    Download Economic Impact of Yield and Composition Variation in Bioenergy Crops: Populus trichocarpa report details HERE. (Source: US DOE ORNL, Center for Bioenergy Innovation, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Center for Bioenergy Innovation, www. cbi.ornl.gov; ORNL, Kimberly A Askey, (865) 576-2841, askeyka@ornl.gov, www.ornl.gvo

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    IrBEA Outlines Irish Bioenergy Priorities (Int'l. Report)
    Irish Bioenergy Association
    Date: 2020-10-14
    According to the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), there is significant potential for bioenergy to contribute to renewable heat, transport and electricity targets, provide opportunities to farmers through farm diversification and development of alternative enterprises, development of rural jobs and addressing the climate changes and emissions challenges faced by the country. IrBEA notes the bioenergy sectors of biomass, biogas, biofuels, energy crops and wood fuels are all part of the bioeconomy and offer considerable potential and opportunity to drive the economic, jobs and growth agenda in rural areas.

    IrBEA notes that despite Ireland's natural climate and fertile soil advantage in producing bioenergy, out of 28 member European Union states Ireland is 27th in terms of its use of renewable heat and derives only 4 pct of its energy from Bioenergy. IrBEA also calls for:

  • financing of biomass CHP, biogas CHP and local heating projects, with particular reference to community involvement, and mobilization of forest biomass;

  • establishment of the Midlands Renewable Energy hub to allow the repurposing away from peat to the efficient usage of bioenergy for heat and power provision and the establishment of supply chains, employment opportunities and rural development;

  • introduction of a biogas support scheme to mobilize an Irish biogas industry on a phased basis;

  • provision be made in the Finance Act for the revenue treatment of biomass chipping and related equipment to be the same as the treatment of other mobile machinery such as mobile cranes and concrete pumping equipment;

  • immediately increase the blending rates to E10 (10 pct Ethanol) petrol blend and B12 (12 pct Biodiesel) diesel blend in Ireland. This would increase the blending rates from the current substitution rates of E5 for petrol and B7 for Diesel, and others. (Source: Irish Bioenergy Association , PR, 13 Oct., 2020) Contact: Irish Bioenergy Assoc., Sean Finan , CEO, +44 0 87 4146480, www.irbea.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  Biofuel news,  Peat news,  Forest Biomass news,  Biofuel Blend news,  


  • Wartsila to Supply German LNG/bio-LNG Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Wartsila
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila Group reports it has contracted to supply and construct a 100,000 tpy plant for the production of carbon-neutral bio-LNG transport fuels in Cologne, Germany.

    The plant, which is slated to be fully operational by autumn 2022, will incorporate a gas treatment system based on Wartsila's Puregas CA technology, a liquefaction unit using Wartsila's Semi-Dual Brayton technology, storage tanks, truck filling stations and necessary safety flare and auxiliary equipment.

    The project will use liquid manure, food waste and similar waste material as feedstock that will be processed using anaerobic digestion to produce biogas to be upgraded to biomethane and injected into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Bioenergy Insights, 8 Oct., 2020)Contact: Wartsila, +358 10 709 0000, Fax -- +358 10 709 5700, www.wartsila.com

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    Aussie Bioenergy Industrial Park Seeking Tenants (Int'l. Report)
    Utilitas Group
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In the land Down Under, Brisbane-based bioenergy developer Utilitas Group is reporting the opening of a decommissioned wastewater treatment plant in Queensland as the Bundaberg bioHub industrial park. The project is seeking prospective bioenergy, food, and fertiliser industry tenants such as Green Eco Technologies, Grenof, ENGV, Energy360, Scania, New Holland, and ReCarbon.

    Utilitas Group partnered with Bundaberg Regional Council to purchase the former East Bundaberg wastewater facility to create the industrial park focused on renewable natural gas (RNG), biomethane, and hydrogen. Utilitas is now considering the feasibility of distributing green gas from the Bundaberg bioHub through the Bundaberg gas distribution network. (Source: Utilitas Group, PR Website News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Utilitas Group, Fiona Waterhouse, CEO, +61 7 3105 2819 info@utilitas.com.au, www.utilitas.com.au

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    BP Moves Towards Zero Carbon and Sustainability (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-10-05
    In response to growing public concern over sustainability and climate change, global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) recently announced it plans to reduce its oil and gas outputin the next 10 years by 40 pct from the present levels, with an emphasis on low carbon technologies especially on renewables, bioenergy, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS). Similarly, global oil major Shell has announced similar moves to a zero carbon future.

    Sustainability and climate change has become an integral strategy of all the global firms, especially in the energy and downstream area, thanks to public pressure as well as due to the sustained efforts of think tanks and activist organizations like Greenpeace, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, Sept., 2020)Contact: BP, www.bp.com

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    Kern County Calif. Dairy Produces First RNG (Ind. Report)
    CalBioGas
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Golden State, CalBioGas, a joint venture between California Bioenergy, Chevron U.S.A., and local dairy farmers, report its first renewable natural gas (RNG) from dairy farms in Kern County. CalBioGas is developing anaerobic digester projects across three geographic clusters in Kern, Tulare, and Kings Counties. The dairy biomethane projects are designed to send dairy biogas to a centralised processing facility where it will be upgraded to RNG, injected into local utility SoCalGas' pipeline and marketed as an alternative fuel for heavy-duty vehicles. (Source: CalBioGas, PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: CalBioEnergy, N. Ross Buckenham, CEO, 559-667-9560, info@calbioenergy.com, www.calbioenergy.com

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    ABO Wind, Gasum Ink 40MW Wind Power Offtake Deal (Int'l. Report)
    ABO Wind, Gasum
    Date: 2020-09-25
    Weisbaden, Germany-headquartered ABO Wind AG reports a 10-year power purchase agreement for 100 GWh per year starting in 2023 with Espoo, Finland-based energy supplier Gasum Oy for output from a 40MW wind farm in North Ostrobothnia in Finland. The wind farm, under construction in Kestilan Kokkoneva, is due online in 2022 and will feature nine Nordex turbines.

    Gasum sells renewable electricity generated by hydro, wind or solar power and bioenergy to its customers. To date, ABO Wind has sold wind and solar farms with a total capacity of more than 3GW. (Source: ABO Wind, Website, PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: ABO Wind, +49 611 267 65-515, kontakt@abo-wind.de, www.abo-wind.com; Gasum Oy, Kimmo Rahkamo, VP, +358 20 447, www.gasum.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ABO Wind news,   Gasum news,  


    Novozymes Platform Converts Corn Fiber into Ethanol (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Novozymes today announced the launch of Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. Fiberex is specifically aimed at breaking down tough fibers in the corn, providing producers with greater operational flexibility. The technology converts a low-value by-product into high-value, low-carbon fuel while also enabling the production of significantly more corn oil.

    According to the release, Novozymes is the technology leader in fiber conversion, enabling new revenue for biofuels producers from low-carbon credits such as in California and EPA's cellulosic RIN credits. Through Fiberex, Novozymes is collaborating with the biofuel industry to further expand the boundaries of corn-based ethanol -- literally breaking down some of the barriers between what is considered conventional biofuels and advanced biofuels.

    Novozymes' Fiberex enzymes are specifically designed to break down this complex matrix -- resulting in more corn oil and converting the fiber into simple sugars that are easily converted into ethanol.

    As part of the platform announcement, Novozymes is also launching the first Fiberex products: Fiberex R1, a technology specifically designed to provide maximum ethanol in separate fiber-to-ethanol processes, and Fiberex F1, a cellulase enzyme designed to provide fiber conversion for in-process technologies. Additional solutions, to launch in 2021, are in proof-of-concept trials now, according to the release. (Source: Novozymes, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897 , www.novozymes.com

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    UK Climate Assembly Rejects CCS (Int'l. Report)
    CCS
    Date: 2020-09-11
    The UK's Climate Assembly has released its recommended approaches to meeting the UK's legally binding target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    Of the recommendations, 95 pct of climate assembly members backed the use of offshore wind technology to contribute towards the country's climate neutrality goal while 81 pct supported solar power and 78 pct onshore wind and 40 pct backed the use of bioenergy.

    22 pct favored the continued use of fossil fuels combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS) which "only provides a short-term, expensive solution when better alternatives are available" according to 56 pct of the Climate Assembly members.

    This contrasts with UK government support for the technologies. In March it pledged £800 million for CCS development, while in July it announced a £100 million investment in direct air carbon capture and storage (DACCS) R&D.

    Download report details HERE. (Source: UK Climate Assembly, Argus, 10 Sept., 2020) Contact: UK Climate Assembly, www.climateassembly.uk

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    Energy Transformation Needed for Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l.)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 is a major new IEA publication focused on the technology needs and opportunities for reaching international climate and sustainable energy goals. This flagship report offers vital analysis and advice on the clean energy technologies the world needs to meet net-zero emissions objectives.

    The report's comprehensive analysis maps out the technologies needed to tackle emissions in all parts of the energy sector, including areas where technology progress is still lacking such as long-distance transport and heavy industries. It shows the amount of emissions reductions that are required from electrification, hydrogen, bioenergy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. It also provides an assessment of emissions from existing infrastructure and what can be done to address them.

    Download the Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 report HERE. (Source: IEA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    NRCan Invests in Quebec Woody Biomass Bioenergy (Ind. Report)
    CRB Innovations,CanmetENERGY
    Date: 2020-09-09
    The Canadian federal Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) reports its Clean Growth Program will invest $4.5 million in Sherbrooke, Quebec-based CRB Innovations to support eco-sustainable development of the forest sector. The Quebec government Wood Innovation Program invested $2.5 million in the project -- a first of its kind for Canadian bio-refineries.

    CRB Innovations is developing a commercial pilot project to convert forestry residuals and other woody biomass sources into intermediate products that will be converted into biofuels and co-bioproducts.

    The Natural Resources Clean Growth Program -- a $155-million investment fund -- also provided support to CRB Innovations collaboration with CanmetENERGY (Ottawa) to convert CRB Innovations' mid-products to drop-in transportation biofuels. The NRC investment was made through the program's Science and Technology Assistance for Cleantech (STAC) initiative which provides federal laboratory support for innovators, intended to help bring Canadian clean technologies to market by providing federal research expertise, facilities and equipment. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CNBW, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: NRCan, Natural Resources Canada Clean Growth Program, www.nrcan.gc.ca/climate-change/canadas-green-future/clean-growth-programs/20254#wb-cont; CRB Innovations, (819) 566-2335; CanmetENERGY, www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/energy-offices-and-labs/canmetenergy/5715#wb-cont

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CanmetENERGY,  Natural Resources Canada,  Bioenergy,  Woody Biomass,  


    Notable Quote -- Alarm Sounded on Forest Biomass Emissions
    Science Advisory Council of the European Academies
    Date: 2020-09-02
    "We have repeatedly pointed out that the large-scale substitution of coal by forest biomass [to produce electricity] will accelerate climate warming and will increase the risks of overshooting Paris Climate Agreement targets.

    "The reason is simple: when the forest is harvested and used for bioenergy, all the carbon in the biomass enters the atmosphere very quickly, but it will not be reabsorbed by new trees for decades. This is not compatible with the need to tackle the climate crisis urgently." -- Michael Norton, Environmental Director, Science Advisory Council of the European Academies www.easac.eu

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    Adv. Biofuel Show Promise for Replacing Fossil Fuels (Ind. Report)
    Advanced Biofuel
    Date: 2020-08-31
    A new study led by Colorado State University is predicting significant climate benefits stemming from the use of advanced biofuel technologies. Accounting for all of the carbon flows in biofuel systems and comparing them to those in grasslands and forests, the team found clear strategies for biofuels to have a net carbon benefit.

    John Field, research scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at CSU, said it has been a challenge for the biofuel industry to demonstrate commercial viability for cellulosic biofuels created from switchgrass and other non-edible plants.

    The research team used modeling to simulate switchgrass cultivation, cellulosic biofuel production and carbon capture and storage (CCS), tracking ecosystem and carbon flows. Scientists then compared this modeling to alternative ways to store carbon on the land, including growing forest or grassland.

    CCS technology is being used by at least one facility in Illinois that is processing corn to ethanol as a conventional biofuel to create ethanol, but these systems are not yet widespread. As part of the study, researchers created models to simulate what this would look like at a cellulosic biofuel refinery. "What we found is that around half of the carbon in the switchgrass that comes into the refinery becomes a byproduct that would be available for carbon capture and storage. The resulting byproduct streams of high-purity CO2 would not require much separation or clean-up before being stored underground," the study noted.

    The research team analyzed three contrasting U.S. case studies and found that on land where farmers or land managers were transitioning out of growing crops or maintaining pastures for grazing, cultivating switchgrass for cellulosic ethanol production had a per-hectare mitigation potential comparable to reforestation and several-fold greater than grassland restoration.

    Using switchgrass can be particularly helpful in parts of the country where planting more trees is not an option.

    This research was partially funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the US DOE via the Center for Bioenergy Innovation, and the Sao Paulo Research Foundation in Brazil.

    The study illustrates how deliberate land use choices support the climate performance of present-day cellulosic ethanol technology and how technological advancements and CCS addition could produce several times the climate mitigation potential of competing land-based biological mitigation schemes. These results affirm the climate mitigation logic of biofuels, consistent with their prominent role in many climate stabilization scenarios, the study concludes. (Source: Colorado State University, Green Car Congress, Aug., 2020) Contact: Colorado State University, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, John Field, (970) 491-1604, John.L.Field@colostate.edu, www.nrel.colostate.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic Biofuel,  Switchgrass,  


    EASAC Calls for Biomass Emissions, EU ETS Review (Int'l. Report)
    EASAC, Biomass
    Date: 2020-08-26
    In Germany, the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC) is reportedly calling for EU legislators to introduce a new requirement that net carbon emissions from "biomass power stations be properly accounted for and declared under the Emissions Trading System (ETS)."

    The European Commission is presently reforming the rules on monitoring and reporting for the ETS the period 2021-2030. The draft regulation requires that biomass complies with the Renewable Energy Directive Sustainability criteria to be considered carbon neutral. This is a critical point to ensure that biomass comes from sustainable managed forests, that it does not lead to a decrease to the forest carbon stock, and it doesn't damage biodiversity or soil and water quality.

    The current EU ETS only accounts for smokestack emissions and rates the carbon emissions of biomass burning at zero. However, EASAC said in a statement that it "should not be possible to just assume that millions of tons of carbon coming out of a power station stack are 'zero'. The ETS should be reformed to link accounting to the real effects on CO2 levels in the atmosphere. This will require calculating the 'carbon payback period' for each biomass facility and its supply chain. Regulators need to know how long it will take until the initial perverse effects of biomass on climate are overcome and net reductions in atmospheric CO2 concentrations achieved', according to the release.

    "The European Commission, in its recent biodiversity strategy, has recognised that sustainable bioenergy is a win-win solution for energy generation and a key tool to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050. EU member states, as shown in their national energy and climate plans, rely on efficient and sustainable bioenergy to decarbonise their energy mix," the release added. (Source: EASAC, Website, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: EASAC, Professor Michael Norton, Environment Programme Director, info@easac.eu, +32 2550 2332 www.easac.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EU ETS news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Emissions news,  


    Foundation for Climate Restoration Comments on Bipartisan CCS Legislation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Foundation for Climate Restoration
    Date: 2020-08-10
    "This is a momentous occasion for the climate restoration movement. I commend the U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) on their bipartisan legislation to research and develop carbon capture and sequestration technologies. This is a necessary step that the Foundation for Climate Restoration (FCR) has been advocating for, and we are pleased to see a commitment to robust research and development of these technologies from both sides of the aisle.

    "The trillion tons of excess carbon in our atmosphere are the main driver of climate change. Therefore, even with net-zero emissions, which is critically important, we are not addressing 95 pct of the problem. Carbon capture technologies that remove this excess CO2, paired with uses for the captured carbon that are permanent, scalable, and financeable, must be our foremost commitment. This is critical to restoring a healthy, pre-industrial level of atmospheric carbon.

    The CREATE Act of 2020 recognizes the importance of research and development of carbon capture and sequestration through direct air capture, enhanced carbon mineralization, bioenergy with carbon capture and sequestration, forest restoration, soil carbon management, and direct ocean capture. These avenues of capture and sequestration have enormous potential to remove the excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and restore a safe and healthy climate. We are thus thrilled at the bipartisan effort to mobilize and scale these restorative technologies. Removal of atmospheric carbon, in concert with net-zero emissions, will safeguard the planet and ensure its survival for future generations."

    (signed) Rick Parnell, CEO, Foundation for Climate Restoration (Source: Foundation for Climate Restoration, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Foundation for Climate Restoration, Rick Parnell, CEO, (650) 906-3016, www.f4cr.org

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    BP Plans Major Bioenergy Production Increase (Ind. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2020-08-07
    In the UK, London-headquartered oil industry major BP is reporting a new strategy to transform from an international oil company focused on producing resources to an integrated energy company and become a net zero company by 2050.

    Specific to bioenergy and biofuel, BP aims to increase its bioenergy production from 22,000 bpd to more than 100,000 bpd, including a 20 pct biojet market share. The target for 100,000 barrels per day will include advantaged co-processing in BP's refineries and third-party facilities. BP is aiming for 50,000 bpd by 2025 and will seek to grow its ethanol production through its Brazilian joint venture, BP Bunge Bioenergia, and refinery bio co-processing production. (Source: BP, PR, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: BP, www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/contact-us.html; Bunge, www.bunge.com

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    USAID, MNRE Announce New Clean Energy Partnership (Ind. Report)
    US Agency for International Development
    Date: 2020-07-27
    The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have announced a collaborative partnership between the SAID-supported South Asia Group for Energy (SAGE) and MNRE's national technical institutions.

    The SAGE partnership will provide a formal platform for collaboration on clean energy development and provide advanced technical knowledge on clean energy development from the US DOE National Laboratories to MNRE's National Institute of Wind Energy, National Institute of Biomass Energy, and others.

    The SAGE consortium includes USAID, the US Department of Energy and three of the Department of Energy's National Laboratories -- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (Source: USAID, EconimicTimes India, July, 2020) Contact: USAID, www.usaid.gov

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    Meridiam, Sevana Bioenergy Partner on Biogas Project (Ind. Report)
    Sevana Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Paris headquartered global investment firm Meridiam and Larkspur, California-based Sevana Bioenergy are reporting an agreement to develop an existing 2011-vintage biodigester project in Twin Falls, Idaho. The plant presently produces renewable electricity through the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure that is delivered to the grid under a power purchase agreement with Idaho Power.

    Sevana Bioenergy will serve as the development partner, service provider, and long-term co-investor of the project, the second phase of which is expected to start in Q3 -- upgrading the facility to produce renewable natural gas (RNG) transportation fuel to be marketed under the renewable fuel standard ( RFS) programmes in the federal and California market.

    Meridiam is a global investor and asset manager specialized in developing, financing and managing long-term public infrastructure projects. Founded in 2005, Meridiam invests in public infrastructure in Europe, North America and Africa, according its website. (Source: Meridiam Website, July, 2020) Contact: Sevana Bioenergy, info@sevanabioenergy.com, www. sevanabioenergy.com; Meridiam ,+33 1 53 34 96 99, 212 798 8690 -- NY Office, www.meridiam.com

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    Big Island Hawaiian Biomass Plant Future Still Unsettled (Ind. Report)
    Honua Ola Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-07-20
    In the Aloha State, Honua Ola Bioenergy reports it's almost completed 21.5-MW eucalyptus chip-burning biomass power plant in the Big Island community of Pepe'ekeo is likely to request the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reconsider a July 10 order that nixed a waiver of the competitive bidding process for a power purchase agreement between the project and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO).

    In a statement, Honua Ola said it appeared the PUC "opted to contravene the Supreme Court's instructions to hold a hearing and to consider Honua Ola's evidence on the reduction of (greenhouse gas emissions)." According to the company, studies show the project is carbon neutral.

    Once operational, the plant will use state-of-the-art technology to generate 21.5 MW of renewable power fueled by organic material from sustainably grown, on-island feed stock from managed forests, according to the company website. (Source: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Hawaii Tribune Herald, 19 July 2020) Contact: Honua Ola Bioenergy, Warren Lee, Pres., (808) 964-1101, www.honuaolabioenergy.com

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

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

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

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    Proposed UK Biowaste-to-Energy Plant Drops Gasification (Int'l.)
    Northacre Renewable Energy,Bioenergy Infrastructure Group
    Date: 2020-06-19
    In the UK, Reading-based waste-to-energy specialist Northacre Renewable Energy Limited reports it is changing the technology to be used in its proposed, £200 million, 243,000 tpy Westbury plant from gasification to a conventional moving grate combustion process primarily due to supply chain uncertainty caused by Brexit.

    Northacre Renewable Energy Limited (NREL) is special purpose joint venture established to deliver the Northacre energy from waste facility in Westbury. NREL is jointly owned by Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, a UK independent power producer specialising in energy-from-waste and biomass facilities, and The Hills Group, a Wiltshire-based company with business activities including waste management, quarrying of aggregates and building new homes. BIG invests in a number of energy facilities across the UK, including the Hull Energy Works facility, Evermore Renewable Energy and Birmingham Bio Power. (Source: Northacre Renewable Energy, PR, Lets Recycle, 17 June, 2020) Contact: Northacre Renewable Energy, northacre@bioenergyinfrastructure.com, www.northacre-energy.co.uk: Bioenergy Infrastructure Group, +44 (0) 118 929 8350, info@bioenergyinfrastructure.com, www.bioenergyinfrastructure.co.uk

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    ETW Energietechnik Upgrades German Biogas Grid (Int'l. Report)
    ETW Energietechnik
    Date: 2020-06-17
    Moers, Germany-based combined heat and power plant specialist ETW Energietechnik GmbH (ETW) reports it supplied its ETW SmartCycle® PSA biogas upgrading technology for a newly constructed 45km biogas pipeline.

    The pipeline will collect raw biogas from up to 48 area biogas plants for delivery to a central upgrading facility at Flugplatz Bitburg where it will be refined into biomethane and fed into the gas grid.

    The Bitburg area's biogas plant network can potentially produce around 10,000m3 of raw biogas per hour, according to ETW. (Source: ETW Energietechnik Gmbh, PR, Bioenergy Insight, 17 June, 2020) Contact: ETW Energietechnik GmbH, +49 2841 99900, www.etw-energie.de

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    SJ Environmental Turns Landfill Waste into Energy (Ind. Report)
    SJ Environmental
    Date: 2020-06-12
    "Reducing carbon emissions has been and will continue to be a major topic of conversation around the world. From the Paris Agreement to stock market dips, ways to reduce CO2 is something we can't avoid.

    "To protect the environment, oil companies are adding biofuels to their portfolio. Most of the biofuels being produced today are created from recycled cooking oil or crops. Unfortunately, these sources are not sustainable. Crops require a vast amount of water and land and release CO2 into the air when harvested. Using crops as an energy source is also driving up food costs because fewer crops are available for consumption.

    "Scientists at Houston, Texas-based SJ Environmental have developed a process that turns food, animal and human waste into biofuel rather than sending it to a landfill. So, rather than planting crops for the sole purpose of turning it into fuel, crops can now be used to feed people and the natural waste that is a byproduct of food consumption is then turned into clean-burning biofuel." Contact: SJE Environmental, Dennis Umali, Operations Manager, (346) 374-7192, info@sje-usa.com, www.sje-usa.com

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    Bioenergy DevCo, CHPK Tout Poultry Waste RNG Project (Ind.Report)
    Bioenergy DevCo, Chesapeake Utilities Corporation
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Columbia, Maryland-based anaerobic digestion facilities designer, builder, operator and financier Bioenergy DevCo (BDC) reports it has partnered with Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CHPK) to bring renewable natural gas (RNG) to customers on the Delmarva Peninsula on the US east coast.

    BDC and CHPK will work on a project to remove and process poultry waste into RNG which will be transported and distributed by CHPK affiliate firms Eastern Shore Natural Gas, Chesapeake Utilities and Marlin Gas Services to multiple regional suppliers. (Source: Bioenergy DevCo, Bioenergy, June, 2020) Contact: Bioenergy DevCo, Shawn Kreloff, CEO, info@bioenergydevco.com, www.bioenergydevco.com; Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Jeff Householder, Pres., CEO, 302.734.6799, www.chpk.com

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    SK Chemicals Unloading Biodiesel Business (Int'l., M&A)
    SK Chemicals
    Date: 2020-05-27
    Pangy, South Korea-based SK Chemicals reports it is selling its bioenergy business for 382.5 billion won ($309.4 million) to private equity fund Hahn & Co and suspended its bioenergy business as of Feb. 5, this. Proceed of the sale will be directed to "green materials" investments.

    SK Chemicals had a 33.4 pct market share of the Korean domestic biodiesel market in 2018. (Source: SK Chemicals, The Korea Herald, 26 May, 2020) Contact: SK Chemicals, 02-2008-2008, 02-2008-2009 - fax., www.skchemicals.com

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    £40Mn UK Clean Growth Fund Launched (Int'l. Report)
    UK Clean Growth Fund
    Date: 2020-05-22
    In London, the UK government is reporting the launch of a £40 million venture capital fund for green energy, low-carbon technologies across the power, transport, waste, and building energy efficiency sectors.

    The fund seeks investments in early stage, seed or Series A rounds in 'exciting, innovative clean growth start-ups". Qualifying projects could include: energy storage and smart grid systems to bolster resilience in the power system; renewable heating and ventilation technologies across homes and commercial buildings; and bio-fuels and bio-energy systems.

    Investment parameters for the fund focus on clean growth technologies, hardware, products and services in sectors including power generation, waste, energy networks, buildings management, industries, bioenergy and alternative fuels. The fund will be managed by Clean Growth Investment Management (CGIM). (Source: UK Clean Growth Fund, 21 May, 2020) Contact: UK Clean Growth Fund, www.gov.uk/government/publications/clean-growth-equity-fund

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    PSE, Klickitat PUD Ink RNG Purchase Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Puget Sound Energy,Klickitat Public Utility District
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Bellvue, Washington-based Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is reporting an agreement to purchase renewable natural gas (RNG) from Klickitat Public Utility District (PUD) from July 2020 to June 2040. Klickitat PUD has been a leader in the renewable energy sector for more than 20 years. The RNG will be produced at the H.W. Hill Renewable Gas facility in Roosevelt, Washington. The volume of energy produced at the facility is the equivalent of 18 million gpy of gasoline.

    Under the first phase of the agreement, PSE will purchase around 550,000 dekatherms (dth) per year for the first three years. In the second phase, PSE will purchase around 1.65-1.9 million dth per year, which could grow to 2.5 million for the remainder of the contract. (Source: Puget Sound Energy, Bioenergy Insights, 18 May, 2020) Contact: Klickitat PUD, Dan Gunkel, Board President, 509-493-2255, www.klickitat.com; PSE, David Mills, Snr. VP, CSO, Bob Stolarski, Director Energy Management and Renewables, (425) 454-2000, www.pse.com

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    EC to Release Broad Bioenergy, Woody Biomass Strategy (Int'l.)
    EC,EU,Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-05-20
    The European Commission (EC) reports it plans to "push a transformative approach to all forms of bioenergy -- including biofuels and woody biomass -- as part of a biodiversity strategy aimed at continuously assessing biomass supply and demand at EU and global level in order to "ensure that EU biomass-related policies are sustainable." The draft strategy plan, which includes the use of forest biomass for energy production, is expected to be released today, 20 May.

    That strategy is expected to focus on the conservation of old-growth forests, which are considered the most valuable for biodiversity and climate protection. Under the strategy, at least 10 pct of land will have to be protected.

    The EU's biodiversity strategy will not become legislation legislation until 2021, when the Commission revises key EU laws, such as the EU's Renewable Energy Directive, and the Regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). (Source: European Commission, EURACTIV, 18 May, 2020) Contact: EC, Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en

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    Bankrupt Philly Refiner Offered Cap on RFS Obligation (Ind Report)
    Philadelphia Energy Solutions
    Date: 2020-05-11
    The Trump administration has offered to place a $10 million cap on bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions' biofuel blending obligations, effectively cutting the refiner's regulatory liability by more than 70 pct and freeing more cash for the company's creditors. Under the deal PES will either surrender 161.8 million biofuel blending credits (RINs) valued at roughly $35 million or pay up to $10 million to meet its RFS obligations, according to Reuters.

    The Trump EPA previously waived $350 million in biofuels compliance costs for PES after its initial bankruptcy in 2018.

    As reported in Jan., Philadelphia-headquartered bioenergy developer SG Preston dropped its previously expressed interest in redeveloping the shut-down fire-damaged 335,000 bpd Philadelphia refinery, which is now being sold by creditors for $252 million and redeveloped under a bankruptcy court approved plan. (Source: Various Media,Reuters, May, 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Philadelphia Energy Solutions,  RFS,  Biofuel Blend,  RINs,  


    Engie, Mirova Partner on French Biogas Projects (Int'l Report)
    Engie, Mirova
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Engie and asset manager Mirova have formed a strategic partnership, following Mirova's acquisition of a 50 pct stake in Dana Gas, a company operating 9 biogas plants owned and developed by Engie. According to Mirova, the transaction marked the first step of a "broader cooperation" to expand the Dana Gas asset portfolio.

    Mirova is investing through its €860 million Mirova-Eurofideme 4 fund dedicated to energy transition infrastructure projects, and is taking a significant position in France's biogas sector. Engie, including its subsidiary Engie Bioz, is a leading biogas operator in France and is active across the value chain, from project development and construction to project operation and energy sale. (Source: Engie, Bioenergy 7 May, 2020) Contact: Engie Bioz, www.engie.com/activites/renouvelables/biogaz

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    FortisBC, REN Energy Announce Wood Waste RNG Deal (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC,REN Energy International
    Date: 2020-05-04
    In British Columbia, the utility company FortisBC will purchase wood waste-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) from Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International through a new partnership. The production facility will be owned and operated by REN Energy and situated near Fruitvale, BC.

    RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications, according to FortisBC.

    The project is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually from forest waste-woody biomass when fully operational in mid 2021, according to the release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, 1 May, 2020)Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG; REN Energy International, www.rencorp.ca

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