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Biofuel Pioneer POET Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2021-09-17
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based biofuels pioneer and producer POET is reporting the release of The Sun, the Soil and the Seed, its inaugural sustainability report outlining the company's focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

POET pledges that its renewable, plant-based bioethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 70 pct compared to gasoline by 2030 and that it will achieve net-zero carbon at its bio-processing facilities by 2050. To that end, the report notes the company is advancing operational efficiencies and promoting a sustainable society through both POET's business ventures and its philanthropic endeavors, according to the company release. (Source: POET, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www. poet.com/sustainability

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


Growth Energy Comments on White House's SAF Commitment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Following a virtual discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with Biden Administration representatives , Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the Administration's commitment to produce 3 billion gpy of SAF by 2030.

"Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.

"With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.

"To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Growth Energy,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
Neste, Kinder Morgan
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Kinder Morgan,  Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Diesil,  Biodiesel,  SAF,  


Ethanol Fuel Cell R&D Legislation Tabled in DC (Reg. & Leg.)
Ethanol
Date: 2021-09-13
In Washington, Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA-04) has tabled H.R. 5090, the Biofuel Cell Research Act directing the DOE to establish an R&D and demonstration program for a commercially viable ethanol fuel cell system that generates electricity. This electricity is then used to power vehicle engines, resulting in a net-zero carbon emission power source.

Feenstra previously introduced and sponsored proposals to support biofuel producers, including the bipartisan Small Refinery Exemption and Clarification Act of 2021, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). After a D.C. circuit court ruled against E15 year-round, Feenstra also helped introduce the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act of 2021. (Source: Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra, 202) 225-4426, www.feenstra.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Ethanol,  RFS,  


Bioavtur J2.4 Palm Oil SAF Debuted (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil
Date: 2021-09-13
A consortium of Indonesian companies, regulators and one university reports testing is underway on Bioavtur J2.4, aviation fuel containing 2.4 pct palm oil biofuel. The initiative is inline with an Indonesian government mandate on the increased domestic use of the commodity through biofuel blending.

The first test was conducted using a CN 235-220 plane that flew 10,000 feet above West Java, according to several press statements. Earlier in the week on Monday, the consortium completed an aircraft ground test the found that "the engine's response was normal, with no discernible loss of power." (Source: Jakarta Post, 12 Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm OIl ,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


US Biofuel Production Dropped in June (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2021-09-10
Recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes U.S. biofuel production capacity was slightly lower in June, this year, from 20.792 billion gpy in May to 20.732 billion gpy. Total feedstock consumption was approximately 26.166 billion pounds in June, down from 26.768 billion pounds in May.

Fuel alcohol capacity fell 3 MMgy, from 17.396 billion gallons in May to 17.393 billion gallons in June while biodiesel production capacity held steady at 2.428 billion gpy. Other biofuels -- renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline -- dropped to 911 MMgy in June, down 60 MMgy when compared to the 971 MMgy reported for May.

According to the EIA data, 24.64 billion pounds of corn went to biofuel production in June, down from 25.136 billion pounds in May while grain sorghum feedstock increased from 12 million pounds in May to 36 million pounds in June. The consumption of soybean oil feedstock fell to 663 million pounds, down from 788 million in June. The consumption of corn oil feedstock was also down, at 241 million pounds in June, compared to 257 million pounds in May. Details on Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update (31 Aug., 2021) HERE (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


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,  


Neste Acquiring Agri Trading (Int'l. Report, M&A)
Neste Oyi,Agri Trading
Date: 2021-09-08
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi reports an agreement to acquire 100 pct of Minnesota-based independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders Agri Trading and its affiliate entities, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

Together with previously announced acquisitions of IH Demeter, Bunge Loders Croklaan and Count Terminal in the Netherlands, and Mahoney Environmental in the United States, Agri Trading will also enhance Neste's competitiveness in the global waste and residue raw material market, according to the company.

Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels -- renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) -- and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials through its proprietary NEXBTL technology.

As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, Neste is also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Website, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Neste Oyi, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Heidi Peltonen, Team Lead, Sustainable Partnerships, Marketing & Services, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Agri Trading Corp, 800-328-5189, www.agritradingcorp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste Oyi,  SAF,  NEXBTL,  Biofuel,  


Gevo Plans Hydrocarbon-Process Pilot at Luverne Plant (Ind. Report)
Gevo
Date: 2021-09-08
Englewood, Colorada-headquartered isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot unit at its facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development quantities of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable premium gasoline and other renewable fuel products, as well as supply market development quantities of chemical products. The installation is estimated to begin in Q3 2022 with start-up demonstration production expected in Q4 2022.

In addition, the company expects to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into Gevo's state-of-the-art Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Installation of the pilot unit at the Gevo-Luverne facility is part of the plan to use the facility as a technology development and piloting site. The pilot unit will also be used in training of employees for Net-Zero 1 and other future projects. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  SAF,  


Strategic Biofuels Nails Biorefinery CCS Test Well (Ind. Report)
Strategic Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
As previously noted, Strategic Biofuels LLC, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) test well program at its Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has been completed.

The test well program demonstrated that CO2, the main greenhouse gas generated during the fuel production process, can be safely and securely stored deep underground and that the storage reservoir has sufficient capacity to store all the gas produced over the plant's lifetime. Completing the test well program is an essential pre-requisite for securing the permit for the EPA Class VI sequestration well.

The design and execution of the test well program was developed by COO Bob Meredith with help from Geostock Sandia, an international consulting firm that has worked with the Department of Energy on carbon sequestration wells for almost two decades. (Source: Strategic Biofuels LLC, Aug, 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, [startlimk]info@info@strategicbiofuels.net[endllink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strategic Biofuels ,  Biodiesel,  CCS,  


Blue Biofuels Adds Cellulose-to-Sugar Espertize (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. is reporting Dr. Travis Baughman, Ph.D., has joined to company to lead the development of biodegradable bioplastics and nanocellulose from the company's patented Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology system.

CTS technology is a near zero carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin which are processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The CTS process is an independently-developed patented and proprietary technology that is fully owned by the Company. The company believes that bio-fuel originating from the Company's CTS process will be eligible to receive EPA D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) of roughly $3 per gallon of ethanol in addition to the market price of ethanol. This incentive is offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels Inc., Ben Slager, CEO, Ben@Bluebiofuels.com, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Biofuels news,  Ethanol news,  Bioplastic news,  Cellulosic news,  


Topsoe Taped for Calumet Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
Calumet,Haldor Topsoe
Date: 2021-09-01
Further to our 19th Feb. report, Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is reporting the selection of Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex solution to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) at its revamped plant in Great Falls, Montana, in 2022.

Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production.

Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet (SAF) and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Calumet, PR, Biofuels News, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, Bruce Flemming, VP, (317) 328-5660, www.calumetspecialty.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Calumet,  SAF Jet Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


EPA Rcommends RFS Biofuel Blend Mandate Rollback (Reg & Leg.)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2021-08-30
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA is recommending the retroactive lowering Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate.

Under the RFS, U.S. oil refiners are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation's fuel mix, or purchase tradeable credits (RINs) from those that do.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, 26 Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biofuel Blend,  


China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
Date: 2021-08-30
In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ,  Sinopec,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  


UK Doubling Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2021-08-27
In the UK, the Department for Transport has estimated doubling of the country's present E5 biofuel blend standard to E10 could cut transportation CO2 emissions by 750,000 tpy -- equivalent to taking 350,000 cars off the road.

The upgrading to E10 is inline with a renewed push towards lowering carbon emissions through the massive transportation decarbonization plan (TDP) aimed at phasing out polluting vehicles. The plan also bans the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles starting in 2030, followed by a ban on hybrids in 2035 and petrol and diesel heavy trucks in 2040.

According to the London-headquartered UK Petroleum Industry Association (UKPIA) "The average UK biofuel CO2 emissions savings in 2019 were over 80 pct under the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation meaning that increasing the renewable fuel content of petrol will reduce overall CO2 emissions. It is also worth noting that renewable fuels added to UK petrol and diesel must meet the government's sustainability criteria." (Source: UK Petroleum Industry Association, The Express, Aug., 2021) Contact: UK Petroleum Industry Association, +44 20 7269 7600, www.ukpia.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  UK Department for Transport,  


GENIALG Develops Seaweed Biorefinig Manual (Report Attached)
GENIALG
Date: 2021-08-27
Results from an innovative European seaweed research project have laid the foundations to strengthen Europe's seaweed cultivation and biorefining industry. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program, GENIALG has developed innovative solutions to help production of seaweed biomass in Europe to become more economically and environmentally sustainable.

Since its initiation in 2017, GENIALG has made significant contributions to the European seaweed research and industry landscape, including the GENIALG Biorefinery Manual: Benefits and Sustainability of Seaweed Biorefinery This manual is based on outputs and insights from GENIALG, whose overall objective was to make seaweed biomass production more economically and environmentally sustainable by designing high-yielding seaweed cultivation systems that optimize the seaweed crops for biorefinery.

GENIALG focused on seaweed biorefinery of Ulva spp. and Saccharina latissima. The Manual highlights the general methodology, innovations and protocols for effective implementation of each stage of the biorefinery process. It demonstrates good practices acquired during the project and will be used by private partners to exchange with current clients on the approach as well as to attract new clients and potential markets liable to develop the Blue Economy.

More on the GENIALG Seaweed Biorefinery Manual HERE . (Source: GENIALG, The Fish Site, 23 Aug, 2021) Contact: GENIALG, www.genialgproject.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Seawqeed Biofuel,  


Repsol Announces Third Spanish SAF Production Run (Int'l.)
Repsol
Date: 2021-08-27
In Madrid, Repsol is reporting the production of the first batch -- 5,300 tons -- of sustainable biojet fuel produced from waste on the Spanish market at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. The fuel, which meets meets product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain and will avoid 300 tpy of CO2e emissions.

This is Repsol's third production of SAF biojet in Spain following production at the company's Puertollano and Tarragona refineries, in 2020 and early 2021, respectively. The company's Strategic Plan 2020-2025, calls for the production of 1.3 million tons of sustainable biofuels in 2025 and more than 2 million tons in 2030. (Source: Repsol, Website, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biojet Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Date: 2021-08-25
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,  USDA,  


TotalEnergies Introducing Renewable Fuel at Le Mans (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies
Date: 2021-08-25
Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is developing a 100 pct renewable fuel for motorsport competition, to be introduced from next season at the FIA World Endurance Championship including the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022, and at the European Le Mans Series.

The new renewable fuel -- "Excellium Racing 100" -- will be produced on "bioethanol basis" from French industry wine residues and ETBE produced at TotalEnergies' Feyzin refinery near Lyon (France). This fuel should cut race car CO2 emissions by 65 pct or more, according to the release.

"Excellium Racing 100" will have all the required qualities for a racing fuel and will meet automakers' requirements, as well as the latest FIA criteria for sustainable fuels, by leveraging the expertise of TotalEnergies Additives and Fuels Solutions, according to the release. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  TotalEnergies,  


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,  


NGVAmerica Pledges Carbon Negative Fuels by 2050 (Ind. Report)
NGVAmerica
Date: 2021-08-23
In Washington, DC, NGVAmerica, the national organization representing the natural gas in transportation industry, reports that in 2020 renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, wastewater treatment plants, commercial food waste facilities, and agricultural digesters displaced fossil fuel derived conventional natural gas as the dominant on-road NGV fuel source nationwide. Moreover, the carbon intensity of RNG biofuel continues to drop. California fleets that fueled with bio-CNG in 2020 achieved carbon negativity for the year, with an annual average carbon intensity score of -5.845 gCO2e/MJ. Latest data puts the carbon intensity of bio-CNG in California's system at -16.57 gCO2e/MJ (Q1, 2021).

NGVAmerica has commited to:

  • Further accelerate the use of ultra-low to negative carbon natural gas in our fleets and as part of the supply provided to our transportation customers, marking 80 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050;

  • Support the procurement of natural gas from energy production and distribution companies that undertake responsible best practices to effectively minimize fugitive methane emissions and flaring; and

  • Support continued advancements in the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel by working with other stakeholders including government authorities to improve the efficiency of future natural gas engine technology and further control emissions from natural gas engines.

    There are currently 190 RNG production facilities in operation in North America with an additional 232 facilities under construction or under substantial development (e.g., permitting).

    NGVAmerica is a national organization of roughly 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. (Source: NGV America, PR, 17 Aug., 2021) Contact: NGV America, Dan Gage, Pres., (202) 824-7360, www.ngvamerica.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NGVAmerica,  NGV,  RNG,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


  • USDA Supports Kansas Biofuel Availability Projects (Funding)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Topeka, the USDA has announced a $5.19 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program investment to build infrastructure and expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels in Kansas through the following projects:

  • TA Operating LLC will replace 28 dispensers and two storage tanks at two fueling stations in Salina, Kan., and Gary, Ind. The $190,000 investment is expected to increase the compay's ethanol sales by over 1.1 million gpy;

  • Three G Energy Inc. will replace four dispensers at a fueling station in McPherson. The project is a $117,000 investment and is expected to increase the company's ethanol sales by over 894,000 gpy;

  • Magellan Pipeline Company LP will install a 25,000 barrel storage tank, piping, pumps, gauging, manways, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building in Kansas City, Kan. The company will also install a 10,000 barrel storage tank with piping, pumps, gauging, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building at a distribution facility in Brookline, Mo. The $4.8 million project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by over 223.6 million gpy. (Source: USDA, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,  USDA,  


  • Union Pacific Boosting Locomotive Biodiesel Blend Rate (Ind. Report)
    Union Pacific
    Date: 2021-08-23
    In Omaha, Union Pacific, the country's second largest railroad after BNSF, reports it will boost the biodiesel fuel blend rate in its more than 700 EMD locomotives from the present 5 pct to 20 pct as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Union Pacific noted the updated fuel blend rate follows comprehensive testing of high-horsepower locomotives and monitoring their fuel consumption, as well as the biofuel blend's impact on engine oil and fuel filters and the environment. (Source: Union Pacific, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Union Pacific, Beth Whited Executive VP Environment, 402-544-5000, www.up.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Union Pacific,  Biodiesel,  Biodiesel Blend,  


    Aemetis CCS Plan Feasibility Confirmed (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-20
    A new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) study by Baker Hughes, commissioned by renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis subsidiary Aemetis Carbon Capture has concluded that more than 2 million metric tpy of CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere and safely stored the earth at two Aemetis ethanol plant sites in California.

    The Baker Hughes study estimated that 1.0 million mtpy CO2 can be sequestered in the saline formations located deep underground at or near the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant site. The study also noted that up to 1.4 million mtpy of CO2 should be injectable at or near the Aemetis Riverbank site. Once complete, the Aemetis Carbon Capture CCS project is expected to capture and sequester more than 2 million mtpy of CO2 at the two Aemetis biofuels plant sites in Keyes and Riverbank, California. Each MT of CO2 is planned to generate approximately $200 per MT from the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and $50 per MT of IRS 45Q tax credit. Legislation is pending in Congress to increase the federal tax credit to $80 per MT of CO2 and to provide billions of dollars of grants and loans to finance CCS projects in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 18 Aug, 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  CCS,  RNG,  


    Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

    The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel ,  


    JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

    Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

    Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  


    "Dear Mr. President... Yours Truly, ACE" (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In a letter to President Joe Biden, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for the President to set the maximum statutory volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation rule-making and to pursue all options to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15. The letter notes these actions are the quickest way to reduce GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation fleet in the near term and support net-negative biofuel production that can help achieve a fully decarbonized transportation future.

    "We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.

    "In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.

    "If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.

    Download the full ACE letter HERE . (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  E15,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Biobased Products Major Jobs Creator, says USDA (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2021-08-13
    USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson on July 29, the 10th anniversary of the creation of the USDA's Certified Biobased Product Label, unveiled an Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry .

    According to the report, in 2017 the biobased products industry: contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy; directly and indirectly supported 4.6 million American jobs; and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Additionally, biobased products displace approximately 9.4 million barrels of oil annually, and have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.

    Established in 2011 underneath USDA's BioPreferred Program, the Certified Biobased Product Label is intended to spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities. By harnessing the powers of certification and the marketplace, the program helps purchasers and users identify products with biobased content and assures them of its accuracy.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Website, , Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development, Justin Maxson, Deputy Under Sec., USDA BioPreferred Program, www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/faces/catalog/Catalog.xhtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biobased Products,  USDA Rural Development,  


    Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-08-13
    As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

    Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • Rolls-Royce Driving Toward Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Rolls-Royce Power Systems
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems reports it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 pct , compared to its 2019 level, by 2030 through the use of new net-zero and zero carbon technologies, and a new focus on engines that run on sustainable fuels from as early as 2023.

    Key to meeting these goals is the certification of the most important engine products which will run on sustainable second generation biofuels and E-fuels from as early as 2023 and then be successively increased, according to the release. (Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems,. PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Dr Otto Preiss, COO and CTO, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/power-systems.aspx

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rolls-Royce Power Systems,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Rolls-Royce Driving Toward Sustainable Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    Rolls-Royce
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce Power Systems reports it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35 pct, compared to its 2019 level, by 2030 through the use of new net-zero and zero carbon technologies, and a new focus on engines that run on sustainable fuels from as early as 2023.

    Key to meeting these goals is the certification of the most important engine products which will run on sustainable second generation biofuels and E-fuels from as early as 2023 and then be successively increased, according to the release. (Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems,. PR, 11 Aug., 2021) Contact: Rolls-Royce Power Systems, Dr Otto Preiss, COO and CTO, www.rolls-royce.com/products-and-services/power-systems.aspx

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    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,  


    Sustainable Fuels Included in Danish Climate-Ag Plan (Int'l.)
    Denmark
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Copenhagen, the Danish government’s recently released Danish Climate Action Plan for Agriculture, a main component is a €100 million public investment in research and innovation for biogas fuels and other technologies.

    The plan includes a partial ban on farming on peat soil, through which carbon is being released., and a 7.1-million-ton reduction in CO2e emissions from agriculture, five million tons is to be cut via new technologies such as pyrolysis that can convert livestock manure and straw into sustainable fuel. Existing methods are expected to cut 1.6 million tons, such as afforestation, and removing from production at least 88,500 hectares of the lowland soils with the most climate-damaging emissions, and converting them to nature.

    The government also aims to reduce nitrogen emissions from agriculture by 10,400 tons by 2027, increase support for organic agriculture, and make active use of EU funds to ensure a green transition within the agricultural sector. (Source: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Irish Examiner, 7 Aug., 2021) Contact: Denmark Food and Agriculture Council, Niels Peter Norring, Climate Director, www.agricultureandfood.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    New Energy Blue's PA Ethanol Plant Work Underway (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Following up on our July 21 coverage, Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC is reporting site preparation work is underway on its planned ethanol plant near Mason City, Pennsylvania. Construction is expected to break ground in 2022.

    The biorefinery will convert 275,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover and wheat straw into 20 million gpy of ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder. According to the company, the facility would be one of America's first carbon-negative refineries and would be the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark.

    The company says it plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years. (Source: New Energy Blue LLC PR, KIM3 News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, Thomas Corle, CEO, (717) 626-0557, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Brazil Aims for 30 pct Renewable Fuels by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Brazil
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Brazilia, Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) Secretary of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels, Jose Mauro Coelho, reports the country's Fuel of the Future program, launched in April this year, aims to increase the share of renewable and low-emission fuels in Brazil's energy matrix.

    Brazil's energy and transportation matrix is one of the cleanest in the world, according to Secretary Mauro Coelho. Presently roughly 25 pct of the country's fuel is from renewable sources, and the goal is to reach 30 pct by 2030 . (Source: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy , Rio Times, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Brazil Ministry of Mines and Energy, www.devex.com/organizations/ministry-of-mines-and-energy-ministerio-de-minas-e-energia-brazil-143187

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    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 ,  


    Ohio State Study Touts Pennycress as Biofuel Crop (R&D)
    Ohio State University, Pennycress
    Date: 2021-08-04
    A study from researchers at Ohio State University touts pennycress as a biofuel crop. Growing pennycress -- aka stinkweed -- as a crop requires less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and less soil tilling than other biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs: CO2 emissions, fertilizer and pesticide use, water consumption and the energy required to harvest and transport pennycress seeds to a biorefinery and process them into usable fuel, according to the study.

    The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop. (Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster, Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu, www.bsal.osu.edu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pennycress,  Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


    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,  


    Oman's First Biodiesel Plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
    Synergy BioFuels
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In Muscat, Synergy BioFuels is reporting the commissioning and initial production of 30 tonnes of international EN14214 compliant biodiesel from used cooking oil at the Samail Industrial Estate in Oman.

    The biodiesel plant is part of the Oman Biofuels Hub established by Synergy. The biofuel hub includes in addition In addition to the biodiesel manufacturing plant, the biofuels hub includes a research center focused on biofuels and renewable fuels in collaboration with local researchers and universities. (Source: Synergy BioFuels, PR, Times of Oman, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Synergy BioFuels, www.synergybiofuels.com

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    Green Plains Partners Completes Debt Refinancing (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Omaha-headquartered Biofuels producer Green Plains Partners LP and Green Plains Inc. are reporting the partnership's debt facility was purchased by funds and accounts managed by BlackRock and was converted into a $60.0 million term loan facility maturing in 2026.

    The loan facility is secured by substantially all of the the partnership assets and became effective on July 20, 2021. (Source: Green Plains, Website PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com

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    Eni, BASF Launch Bio-Propanol Biofuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Eni, BASF
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Italian energy giant Eni SpA and German industrial conglomerate BASF SE are reporting a joint initiative to develop a new technology to produce bio-propanol as a drop-in transportation fuel that could reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 65 pct to 75 pct compared to fossil fuels.

    The joint initiative aims to develop bio-propanol from glycerin, a side product in the production of industrial biodiesel that Eni would buy from European producers, with a BASF catalyst. Bio-propanol produced in this way has better chemical properties than bioethanol and is therefore a valuable component for the preparation of premium gasoline, according to the release. (Source: Eni SpA, BASF, PR Market Watch, 29 July, 2021) Contact: Eni SpA, www.eni.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

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    Alberta Invests in Canary Biodiesel Facility (Ind. Report)
    Canary Biofuels
    Date: 2021-07-28
    On the Canadian prairies, Alberta Environment and Parks Minister Jason Nixon has announced the province will invest $4.7 million in Calgary-headquartered Canary Biofuels Inc . flagship biodiesel facility in Lethbridge, Alberta.

    The $28.6 million facility is expected to purchase $375 million worth of locally-sourced agricultural waste, inedible fat and used cooking oil feedstock over the next five years and generate $500 million in revenues.

    The facility's biodiesel production as been pre-sold to an unnamed Canadian supplier, according to the release. (Source: Alberta Environment and Parks, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Canary Biofuels, George Wadsworth, CEO, 403 680-8742, info@canarybiofuels.com, www.canarybiofuels.com

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    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.,  


    Eni Inks Kenyan Biofuel, Bioproducts Feedstock MoU (Int'l.)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Rome headquartered Eni reports it and Kenya's Ministry of Petroleum and Mining have inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting decarbonisation under which they will look at ways of providing non-food feedstocks for Eni's bio-refineries in Italy.

    The parties will jointly conduct feasibility studies to develop waste and residue collection as well as agricultural projects to establish a wide range of feedstock sources to be processed into bio-fuels and bio-products. The parties will also 'assess the opportunity' of converting an existing refinery in Mombasa into a bio-refinery, as well as building a new plant for producing second-generation bio-ethanol from waste biomass.

    The agricultural development project focuses on used cooking oil feedstocks from sustainable oil crop cultivations including: cover crops, castor in degraded lands, croton trees in agro-forestry systems and other agro-industrial co-products. (Source: Eni, PR, Bunkerspot, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com

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    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Velocys Shortlisted for Green Fuels, Green Skies Competition (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-07-26
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it been shortlisted for the Government's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition, aimed at supporting the UK's emerging Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) sector.

    The competition follows sustainable aviation commitments laid out in the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to support the UK SAF sector's deployment of innovative SAF production technologies at commercial scale that are capable of reducing UK aviation emissions.

    Velocys' Altalto waste-to-fuels project, which will convert 600,000 tpy of household and commercial waste into cleaner burning SAF, is now being considered for a share of £15 million funding. This follows the company's success in securing funding as part of the Government's Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) last year for the same project. Altalto will be the UK's first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel facility when operational by the middle of the decade. Competition winners are expected to be announced later this summer. (Source: Velocys Plc, Website PR, 23 July, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
    Neste, Fit for 55
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

    "As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

    "Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

    "The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

    "Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

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    Ivory Coast Refinery Taps Honeywell UOP Technology for Cleaner-Burning Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Des Plaines, Illinois-headquartered Honeywell reports the Ivory Coast state-owned refing company Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage (SIR) will use Honeywell UOP Distillate Unionfining™ technology to produce diesel that complies with both AFRI 6 and Euro-V emission standards.

    The UOP Unionfining process removes impurities to improve the quality of middle distillate feedstocks such as kerosene, jet fuel, and diesel oils that meet increasingly stringent regulations for fuels such as diesel.The UOP process reduces the sulfur content while maximizing distillate yields and provides flexible solutions to gas oil conversion for ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel and kerosene production.

    UOP is the world's leading provider of distillate hydrotreating technology and has licensed more than 370 Unionfining units globally. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, Laura Leonard, VP Honeywell UOP Process Technologies, Tehani Manochio, (973) 216-0684, tehani.manochio@honeywell.com, www.honeywell.com: Societe Ivoirienne de Raffinage, info@sir.ci, www.sir.ci

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    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

    TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

    Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

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    Growth Energy Calls for Congressional Biofuel Support (Ind. Report)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Growth Energy has launched a new online digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions, support low carbon biofuels and strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

    According to Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor, "It's time for leaders in Washington to make good on their commitments to clean, renewable energy and put a stop to Big Oil's efforts to restore its monopoly over the US fuel mix. The evidence is clear. Congress and the administration cannot decarbonise transportation without a growing role for low-carbon biofuels, which are vital to our climate, working families, and the economy. The last thing we can afford are more handouts to the oil industry. Policymakers must act swiftly to ensure uninterrupted, year-round access to E15 and set ambitious biofuel blending levels, including a statutory minimum of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuel, under annual targets." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

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