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Smithfield Foods Aims for Carbon Negative by 2030 (Ind. Report)
Smithfield Foods
Date: 2020-09-09
Virginia-based pork producer Smithfield Foods has pledged to become the first major protein company to go carbon negative through carbon reduction infinitive s at its 40 company-owned facilities in the U.S. by 2030 without purchasing carbon credits to offset emissions.

. In 2016, the company announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 pct by 2025 across its entire supply chain and in 2017 launched Smithfield Renewables that united its carbon reduction and renewable energy efforts. The company is known for its anaerobic digestion biogas efforts to turn methane from hog manure into renewable natural gas, The company will also work to sequester more carbon in farmlands and natural ecosystems. It also intends to add more wind and solar energy; streamline distribution routes to reduce miles traveled; reduce energy consumption for refrigeration, lighting and equipment. (Smithfield Foods, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: Smithfield Foods, Kenneth M. Sullivan, Pres., CEO, Lisa Martin, (757) 365-1980, lvmartin@smithfield.com, www.smithfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Smithfield Foods,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Negative,  Biogas,  Methane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


U.S.Gain's Fourth Dairy RNG Dev. Project Operational (Ind. Report)
U.S. Gain
Date: 2020-09-09
Appleton, Wisconsin-based renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist U.S. Gain reports the recent installation of gas production equipment at Dallmann East River Dairy in Brillion, Wisconsin, which is now producing clean RNG for the transportation industry.

A key partner to U.S. Gain in the Dallmann project was Nacelle Solutions, an industry leader in developing gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry, according to the U.S. Gain release. (Source: U.S, Gain,Sept., 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation , 920.381.2190, slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Nacelle Solutions, Gov Graney, (855) 622-3553, info@nacellesolutions.com, www.nacellesolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


Memphis Landfill RNG Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Republic Services,Aria Energy
Date: 2020-08-31
Following up on our 16 Nov., 2018 report, landfill management firm Republic Services is reporting landfill gas-to-renewable natural gas (RNG) production is underway at the South Shelby Landfill in Memphis, Tennessee. The landfill can produce 4,000 MMBtu per day -- roughly 33,250 gpd of gasoline.

Michigan-based Aria Energy operates the project which processes and purifies biogas into RNG which will be transported by BP into interstate natural gas pipelines and marketed it to RNG customers. The project is Aria's and BP's fourth RNG project at a Republic Services' landfill. (Source: Republic Services, PR, Kallanish, 31 Aug., 2020) Contact: Republic Services, 702-735-5151, www.republicsaervices.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Republic Services,  RNG,  Landfill Gas,  Aria Energy,  


ISU Researchers See Anaerobic Digestion, RNG Potential (Ind. Report)
Iowa State University
Date: 2020-08-26
Iowa State University researchers are studying ways to increase farmer interest in and profits from anaerobic digestion (AD) and renewable natural gas (RNG) made from manure and other low-value biomass. The research team is aiming to help resolve technical, economic and social issues believed to be hindering the growth of AD technology in the US.

The researchers see abundant possibilities for RNG in Iowa and beyond to address greenhouse gas emissions and to diversify farm income and reduce pollution in the state's waterways.

The development of biofuels is a major recommendation in Iowa's 2016 energy plan and the state economic development authority's 2018 Biomass Conversion Action Plan which has been funding research into various anaerobic digestion techniques.

According to a 2013 National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) inventory, Iowa produces more manure than any other state but the sources are not sufficiently concentrated to make digestion feasible or economically profitable.

Researchers hope to enhance the efficiency, reduce the costs and create ancillary income streams that will persuade farmers in Iowa and beyond to add AD to their operations. To that end, the researchers will explore the use of mixed prairie grasses and winter cover crops, such as annual rye, for AD.

The project is funded with a $10 million grant from the USDA. (Source: Iowa State University, PR, Aug., 2020) Contact: Iowa State University, Prof. Lisa Schulte Moore, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, (515) 294-7339, , www.iastate.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa State University ,  RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


Lethbridge Biogas Plant $7Mn Expansion Underway (Ind. Report)
Lethbridge Biogas
Date: 2020-08-24
On the Canadian prairies, Lethbridge County and Lethbridge Biogas in Alberta are celebrating the announced $7 million expansion of the company's Rave Industrial Park biomass and organic waste plant.

The expansion will introduce Lethbridge Biogas into the natural gas market by allowing for the plant's biogas to be purified into pipeline-grade biomethane (RNG) which will be injected into ATCO's natural gas grid. This carbon-neutral biomethane will also be supplied to FortisBC under a long-term supply agreement by mid-2021.

When fully operational. Lethbridge Biogas will have the first full-scale, commercial renewable natural gas application in Alberta. (Source: Lethbridge Biogas, Canadian Biomass, Aug., 2020) Contact: Lethbridge Biogas, 403-328-1429, www.lethbridgebiogas.ca; FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisbc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  FortisBC,  RNG ,  


Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG Dairy Biogas Projects (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy,SustainRNG
Date: 2020-08-19
North Carolina utility Duke Energy is reporting partnering with Charlotte-based SustainRNG, a North Carolina start-up firm, to work with southeastern US dairy farmers to develop biogas as an alternate fuel.

SustainRNG will engineer, finance, construct and operate RNG sites in collaboration with dairy farmers. Duke Energy has a minority share in SustainRNG and the option to invest in future operating projects.

Methane (biogas) is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 17 Aug., 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, Michael Shore, CEO, michael@SustainRNG.com, www.sustainrng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  SustainRNG,  Duke Energy,  


Indiana Landfill Gas-to-Energy Plant Breaks Ground (Ind. Report)
Rumpke Waste & Recycling,Archaea Energy
Date: 2020-08-14
Ohio-headquartered Residential and commercial waste management services provider Rumpke Waste & Recycling reports it is partnering with Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania-based Archaea Energy LLC and has broken ground on a landfill-gas-to-energy plant at Rumpke's Medora Landfill in Southern, Indiana.

Archaea Energy is a private-equity biogas developer aiming to source, build and manage projects for the entirety of an energy project's lifecycle. The company aims to build renewable high BTU projects to power the truck and bus fleets of the US with renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: Rumpke Waste & Recycling, Hoosier Times, 13 Aug., 2020) Contact: Rumpke Waste & Recycling, 800-828-8171, www.rumpke.com; Archaea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com <

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Landfill Gas-to-Energy,  


Biogas, Natural Gas Mix Considered in India (Int'l. Report)
Biogas
Date: 2020-08-10
In New Delhi, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas reports it looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports. The plan is in keeping with the Ministry's mandated blending ethanol extracted from sugarcane with petrol and doping diesel with biodiesel extracted from non-edible oil.

The Ministry is calling for financial institutions, stakeholders and corporations to fund the initiative. It is also looking for support from state governments which collect agricultural and municipal residues and wastes to supply waste feedstocks to biofuel production plants. (Source: Gov. India, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, PTI, 10 Aug., 2020) Contact: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, www.petroleum.nic.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Ethanol,  Natural Gas,  


Duke Energy Invests in SustainRNG (Ind. Report)
Duke Energy, SustainRNG
Date: 2020-07-31
Charlotte, North Carolina-based utility giant Duke Energy reports it has taken a minority stake in SustainRNG, a company that plans to capture bovine emissions of methane on dairy farms in the Southwest with the potential scale up nationwide. SustainRNG's first farm-based project is slated to start in late 2021.

Methane is more than 80 times more potent as a global warming agent in its first 20 years in the atmosphere compared with CO2. (Source: Duke Energy PR, BNN, 30 July, 2020) Contact: Duke Energy Renewables, Rob Caldwell, Pres, (704) 594-6200, rob.caldwell@duke-energy.com, www.duke-energy.com; SustainRNG, www.sustainrng.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Duke Energy,  SustainRNG,  Methane,  Biogas,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG news,  Biogas news,  Sevana Bioenergy news,  


Greenlane Finance to Provide Biogas, RNG Support (Ind. Report)
Greenlane Biogas
Date: 2020-07-24
Barnably, British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables is reporting a definitive joint venture agreement with the Paris-based SWEN Impact Fund for Transition (SWEN), to provide "biogas upgrading as a service" to developers and owners of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects in Europe.

The joint venture -- Greenlane Biogas Finance B.V. -- will "remove the burden of ownership" on Greenlane's clients by allowing them to replace initial capital outlays with a monthly fee. With capital provided by SWEN, the joint venture is expected to accelerate deployment of Greenlane's biogas upgrading systems and assist in the decarbonisation of Europe's gas sector. (Source: Greenlane, PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; SWEN Impact Fund for Transition, +33 1 40 68 17 17, contact@swen-cp.fr, www.swen-cp.fr

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane,  Biogas ,  


USDA $10Mn Grant to Support AD, RNG Development (Funding Report)
Roeslein Alternative Energy
Date: 2020-07-22
A recently announced five-year, $10 million grant from the USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural will allow the Consortium for Cultivating Human and Natural reGenerative Enterprise (C-CHANGE) research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy (RAE) to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel and develop new value chains on US farms, with emphasis on renewable natural gas (RNG).

C-CHANGE researchers are developing new ways for farmers to produce RNG that could be used as an energy source both on and off farms. The project focuses on anaerobic digestion (AD) and new separation technologies, allowing biogas to be upgraded to RNG and distributed through the gas pipeline network.

The project director on the transdisciplinary and multi-institutional grant is Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management and associate director of the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State. According to Schulte Moore, the consortium will develop methods for farmers to make more efficient use of resources. (Source: USDA National Institute for Food and Agricultural, PR, July, 2020)Contact: Roeslein Alternative Energy, (314) 729-0055, www.roesleinalternativeenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Roeslein Alternative Energy,  Anaerobic Digestion,  RNG,  


Greenlane Supply PSA Systenm to Brazilian Ethanol, RNG Project (Int'l)
Gleenlane
Date: 2020-07-15
Burnaby, B.C.-based Greenlane Renewables Inc. is reporting its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed a Cdn. $2.4 million ($1.8 million US) contract to supply its pressure swing adsorption (PSA) biogas upgrading system to Brazilian sugar mill operator and ethanol producer Grupo Cocal for this first-of-its-kind renewable natural gas (RNG) project.

The Greenlane supplied system will process and upgrade biogas created from the anaerobic decomposition of byproducts from Cocal's sugar refining and ethanol production process into clean RNG. The RNG will be used, in part, to displace diesel fuel in Cocal's commercial operations and vehicle fleet and provide a clean low-carbon supply of RNG for the local gas grid. (Source: Greenlane Renewables Inc., 8 July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Biogas, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com; Grupo Cocal, www.cocal.com.br

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  RNG,  Biogas,  


Finnish Wind Turbine Subsidies Expected to Rise (Int'l. Report)
Finland Energy Authority
Date: 2020-07-13
In Helsinki, Finland's Energy Authority is estimating renewable energy subsidies, which are slated to be eliminated over the next ten years, will increase by nearly a third this year, partly due to windy conditions and low electricity prices.

The Energy Authority estimates that renewable energy feed-in tariffs will jump to a record €335 million this year -- €100 million more than 2019. More than 95 pct of the €335 million of that goes to wind power, with the remaining amounts supporting biogas and wood-based fuels. In 2019 the corresponding figure was slightly more than €228 million.

The Finland Energy Authority is a licensing and regulatory agency tasked with enforcing Finnish and European energy and climate policies. (Source: Finland Energy Authority, Yle, 10 July, 2020) Contact: Finland Energy Authority, +358 29 5050000, www.energiavirasto.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  Finland Wind,  Wind Subsidies,  


Kamloops Considering Major Climate Change Initiative (Ind. Report)
IPCC,Kamloops,Climate Change
Date: 2020-07-13
In British Columbia, the city of Kamloops (pop. 90,200) city council reports it will this week begin considering a major community climate action plan to address greenhouse gas emissions from three major sources -- transportation, buildings and solid waste. Under the proposed plan, each sector 'must set a course to achieve zero-carbon emissions by 2050 to be congruent with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) direction.'

The Kamloops community climate action plan proposes the following:

  • Car-light community -- By 2050, 50 pct of trips in Kamloops to be active transportation and transit. Policy options could potentially include low-emissions "superblocks" prioritizing low-emissions vehicles , cycling and walking networks.

  • Zero emissions transportation -- By 2050, 85 per cent of kilometres driven by Kamloops-registered passenger vehicles owners to be zero-emissions vehicles. Immediate actions could include adopting an EV-ready bylaw, planning and budgeting for publicly accessible EV charging and policy review and financing for retrofitting buildings for EV charging.

  • Zero-carbon homes and buildings -- By 2030, all new and replacement heating and hot water systems to be zero emissions. Policy options could include setting targets for zero-carbon new buildings, encouraging low-carbon new buildings, calling for provincial zero-carbon building regulations, incentives for energy efficiency, incentives for energy efficient building materials and a retrofit program for existing buildings.

  • Zero-waste/circular economy -- Kamloops to be a zero-waste community by 2040. Policy options include: creation of a zero-waste research and innovation centre, collection and processing of organic waste, investigation into biofuel production from local organics for city uses such as for heating of civic facilities or fuel for vehicles, requirements for diverting waste and materials from construction and demolition sites. Immediate actions could include a feasibility study for biogas capture from organics collection and policy review to require or encourage building deconstruction and materials be reused.

  • Renewable energy (No target identified) -- Policy options could exploration of community and neighbourhood scale renewable energy systems and storage, support for related R&D. Immediate actions could include exploration of renewable energy opportunities with partners and renewable energy utility opportunities.

  • Zero-carbon civic operations -- Strive to reduce carbon emissions from municipal operations by 40 pct by 2030 and 100 pct by 2050. Policy options could include a corporate energy review, phasing out of fossil fuels in buildings and fleets, support for green commuting, internal carbon pricing and a creative community engagement and marketing plan. Immediate actions could include a corporate energy review, committing all new city buildings to zero carbon, transitioning buildings and fleets to electric/zero emissions and incentives for staff for e-bikes and transit passes.

  • Healthy urban ecosystem -- Increase the city's urban forest canopy cover to 20 pct by 2030 and 30 pt by 2050 to increase forests' carbon storage capacity and support biodiversity, The plan also calls for carbon off-setting linked with biodiversity and conservation and integrating green technologies with infrastructure upgrades.

    The city notes that, in addition to emissions reductions actions already in place, the above efforts could potentially reduce GHG emissions by 538,000 to 556,000 tonnes of CO2 by 2050. In 2019 the city committed to maintain a 1.5 C temperature increase, as set out in the Paris Agreement as well as IPCC targets for emissions to be reduced by between 40 and 60 pct by 2030 or sooner. (Source: City of Kamloops, Civic Web, July, 2020) Contact: City of Kamloops , www.kamloops.civicweb.net; IPCC, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  IPCC,  


  • Biogas Can Meet 33 pct of Turkey's Annual Power Needs (Int'l. Report)
    Ege University
    Date: 2020-07-10
    In Izmir, Turkey, the Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center's (BESTMER) recently released Energy Potential Assessment (BEPA) 2020 report has found that biomass energy theoretically has the potential to meet almost one-third of Turkey's yearly electric power consumption.

    The study showed that since Turkey has approximately 17 million cattle, it could procure almost 120 million tpy of cattle manure waste which, if fully utilized as biogas, could produce nearly 4 pct of the country's annual natural gas production. "When a variety of biomass sources are taken into accounts, such as agricultural and municipal waste along with cattle and poultry waste, biomass (biogas) offers very high potential to meet one-third of Turkey's annual electricity consumption", the report notes.

    BESTMER, which received nearly TL 6.85 million ($1 million) and TL13.5 million in grant funding from the Izmir Development Agency and Presidency of Strategy and Budget respectively, carries out R&D on technological innovations, implementation, planning, strategy and policy development, consultancy and training on the country's biomass energy resource potential, according to its website. (Source: BESTMER, Anadolu Agency, Daily Sabah, 10 July,2020) Contact: BESTMER, Ege University Biomass Energy Systems and Technologies Application and Research Center, www. bestmer.ege.edu.tr/eng-10619/our_projects.html

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  Biogas news,  


    Acknowledging the Full Potential of Biomethane as Transport Fuel (European Biogas Assoc. Report Attached)
    European Biogas Association
    Date: 2020-07-08
    Over the past years different studies have been performed on CO2 emissions of fuels by EU institutions, car manufacturers, research institutes and universities. The EBA has made a comparative analysis of 11 studies. Although they show a great variety in methodology, they all concluded that biomethane has the best decarbonisation potential for the transport sector.

    Download the Acknowledging the Full Potential of Biomethane as Transport Fuel report HERE. (Source: European Biogas Association, July, 2020) Contact: European Biogas Association, +32 24 00 10 89, info@europeanbiogas.eu, www.europeanbiogas.eu,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomethane,  Biogas,  European Biogas Association,  


    U.S. Gain Completes Jerseyland Dairy RNG Project Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Gain
    Date: 2020-07-01
    Appleton, Wisconsin-based U.S. Gain, a leader in development, procurement and distribution of renewable natural gas (RNG), reports that after only eight months their digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin is now transforming animal waste to clean, low carbon fuel for the transportation market.

    The anaerobic digester at S&S Jerseyland Dairy has been operational since 2011, initially converting waste from the farm's 4,000 herd of Jersey cows to renewable power. U.S. Gain purchased the farm's digester in September of 2019 and made the upgrades needed for fuel production. Gas collected at the facility is taken through a complex processing system that results in RNG comprised of 99.5 pct methane. The facility recently obtained project certification from the California Air Resources Board, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency

    A key partner to U.S. Gain throughout the project was Nacelle Solutions, a leader in developing gas clean-up equipment specifically designed for the RNG industry. "Methane recovery was maximized through additional processing capabilities in the upgrade portion of the plant, specifically a third stage membrane process. The more plants we do, the more efficient and streamlined we become, enabling speed to market with reliable results," explained Nacelle's Co-Founder, Gov Graney.

    Nacelle provides innovative technology solutions and 24/7/365 operations and service ensuring a high level of performance and success. Since inception, Nacelle has executed 150+ different projects with an average throughput of 2000 scfm (~3 million scf per day) of processed gas. Nacelle is committed to gas conditioning technologies and service that meet the complex and evolving demands of the energy and biogas industries. (Source: U.S. Gain, PR, 29 June, 2020) Contact: U.S. Gain, Mike Koel, Pres., Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, Stephanie Lowney, Director of Marketing & Innovation , slowney@usgain.com, www.usgain.com; Nacelle Solutions, Gov Graney, (855) 622-3553, info@nacellesolutions.com, www.nacellesolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Gain,  RNG,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  Methane,  


    Greenlane Claims Biogas Upgrading Supply Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables
    Date: 2020-07-01
    British Columbia-based Greenlane Renewables reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America, has inked $20.6 million (Cdn) in new supply contracts using Greenlane's Pressure Swing Adsorption biogas upgrading system.

    At $17.1 million (Cdn), the first contract is for the supply of biogas upgrading and related equipment to an as yet unidentified multi-location dairy farm cluster in California. Greenlane's systems will create clean renewable natural gas (RNG) for injection into the local gas distribution network, owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

    The second contract, worth $3.5 million , is part of the same cluster but is subject to final financing approval. Greenlane confirmed the name of the purchaser is being withheld at this time. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, July, 2020) Contact: Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343, brad.dauville@greenlanerenewables.com, www.greenlanebiogas.com, www.greenlanerenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  RNG,  Biogas,  


    Sweden Extends Biogas/Biofuels Carbon Tax Exemptions (Int'l.)
    EC
    Date: 2020-07-01
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) has approved Sweden's 10-year carbon CO2 tax exemption extension for non-food based biogas used in heat generation and transportation fuel .

    In its ruling, the EC noted the exemptions were "necessary and well-suited to stimulate production and consumption of domestic and imported biogas and bio-propane without distorting market competition." single market (Source: European Commission, EU Observer, Argus, 30 June, 2020) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres., Frans Timmermans, Climate Chief, www.ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/timmermans_en, www.ec.europa.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  European Commission ,  


    SunGas Renewables, Hatch Biogas Alliance Announced (Ind. Report)
    SunGas Renewables
    Date: 2020-06-29
    Des Plaines, Illinois-based biomass gasification systems specialist SunGas Renewables Inc. is reporting a strategic alliance with the global advisory, development consulting, multidisciplinary engineering and project delivery firm, Hatch. The partnership will leverage the companies' technical expertise, engineering capabilities, and market knowledge to accelerate the deployment of SunGas' biomass gasification system.

    SunGas' gasification systems are based on pressurised fluidised bed technology, originally developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). The technology platform generates syngas from woody biomass in the large scale production of renewable, low-carbon Biofuels fuels and chemicals, according to the company's website. (Source: SunGas Renewables, Hatch Websites, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Hatch, www.hatch.com; SunGas Renewables, Daniel S. LeFevers, VP Business Development, www.sungasrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SunGas Renewables news,  Biogas news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


    New Tech Converts CO2 to Renewable Natural Gas (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric , Opus 12
    Date: 2020-06-24
    Southern California Gas Co., Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and clean-tech startup Opus 12 are reporting further advancement of a new electrochemical technology that converts the CO2 content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas (RNG). Opus 12's proprietary Polymer Electrolyte Membrane electrolyzer uses electricity to convert water and CO2 into renewable natural gas in one step.

    While current biogas-upgrading technology removes the CO2 from biogas, this new technology captures the CO2 and converts it into additional renewable fuel. The new demonstration shows that improved catalyst activity could speed reactions by five times and nearly double conversion efficiency, making the technology commercially competitive with other new biogas upgrading methods, according to the release.

    The 12-month R&D effort was funded by SoCalGas and PG&E, and builds on an initial 2018 feasibility study. (Source: PG&E, Market Screener, 22 June, 2020) Contact: Southern California Gas Co., (909) 307-7070, www.socalgas.com; Pacific Gas and Electric, www.pge.com; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Biogas,  Southern California Gas ,  Pacific Gas and Electric,  Opus 12 ,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biomethane,  ETW,  


    The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport (Int'l. Ind. Report Attached)
    European Biogas Association ,Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association
    Date: 2020-06-15
    The attached document from the European Biogas Association (EBA) and the Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association (NGVA Europe) illustrates the current and potential uptake of biomethane in the transportation sector.

    According to the document, 17 pct of biomethane is used today to fuel natural gas vehicles (NGVs) in 25 pct of Europe's refueling network, resulting in a 35 pct reduction of emissions when compared to conventional fuels -- the highest rate of emissions reduction compared to other fuels, with greater potential when coupled with renewable gas. The report notes 117 terawatt-hours of renewable gas could be distributed as transport fuel as bioCNG and bioLNG by 2030 -- 40 pct of the overall fuel consumption of NGVs, estimated at more than 13 million vehicles in 2030.

    A higher uptake of bioCNG and bioLNG in the sector will result in an overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction of 55 pct . Up to one million jobs will be created to ensure the scale-up of biomethane in the coming decades. New CNG and LNG stations and vehicles must also be created and must be compatible with their renewable counterparts, the document notes.

    Download the The European Green Deal -- In the Fast Lane with Biomethane in Transport report HERE. (Source: European Biogas Association, Website, June, 2020) Contact: www.europeanbiogas.eu; Natural & bio Gas Vehicle Association, www.ngva.eu

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Biogas Association,  Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association,  biCNG,  Biogas,  bioLNG,  


    Brightmark Delivers RNG to Wisc. Offloading Station (Ind. Report)
    Brightmark
    Date: 2020-06-15
    Following up on our 26th July, 2019 coverage, in the Land of Lakes, Dane County landfill reports receipt of its first shipment of renewable natural gas (RNG) from San Francisco-based Brightmark's (fka Brightmark Energy) recently completed manure digester project in the town of Vienna, Wisconsin.

    The biogas, converted from 90,000 gpd of manure from local farms will be injected into the interstate transmission pipeline to be used as renewable fuel for RNG powered vehicles (Source: Brightmark, PR 15 June, 2020) Contact: Brightmark, Bob Powell, CEO, Kavitha Ramakrishnan, kavitha.ramakrishnan@brightmarkenergy.com, www.brightmarkenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brightmark,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Benin Communal Cassava Waste-to-Biogas Project Funded (Int'l.)
    Biogas
    Date: 2020-06-08
    In the French speaking West African nation of Benin (pop. 11.5 million), the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) reports it will fund an anaerobic digestion project to convert cassava wastes into biogas at the 350-member cassava production commune of Ze.

    The biogas produced will replace firewood used for cooking and the organic digestate from the biogas production will be used as fertilizer in the cassava plantations. The project is expected to be completed before the year end. (Source: International Organization of the Francophonie, Afrik21, 6 June, 2020) Contact: Francophone Institute for Sustainable Development, www.ifdd.francophonie.org/ifdd/english.php

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Casava,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Xebec Receives LoI for Alberta Commercial RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    Xebec
    Date: 2020-06-05
    Montreal-based Xebec Adsorption Inc. is reporting a letter of intent (LOI) for the sale of a multi-million dollar biogas to renewable natural gas (RNG) installation to an unnamed large-scale utility customer in Alberta. System delivery is slated for 2021.

    Canada is the world's fourth largest natural gas producer. Renewable natural gas (RNG) production represents an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions of natural gas by creating renewable gas from organic waste sources, that can be blended with fossil natural gas to reduce the overall carbon intensity, according to the Xebec release. (Source: Xebecinc Inc., PR, June, 2020) Contact: Xebec Adsorption Inc., Dr. Prabhu Rao, COO, Brandon Chow, Investor Relations Manager, (450) 979-8700 ext 5762, bchow@xebecinc.com, www.xebecinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Xebec news,  RNG news,  Renewable Natural Gas news,  Biogas news,  


    Biofuel Quotas to Get Small Lift Under Draft of EPA Plan

    Date: 2020-05-29
    (Bloomberg) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a plan to slightly lift biofuel-blending targets next year, while so far skirting potentially controversial decisions about exempting refineries from U.S. mandates to use plant-based fuels, according to three people familiar with the matter. Under a proposed rule now undergoing White House review, the EPA would require refiners to use 5.17 billion gallons of advanced biofuels in 2021, up from 5.09 billion gallons this year, according to two of the people. That would include 670 million gallons of cellulosic renewable fuels, such as those made from crop residue, switchgrass and biogas harvested at landfills, up from 590 million gallons required this year. The EPA is expected to propose the quotas in coming months, and under federal law faces a Nov. 30 deadline to finalize the targets. Representatives of the EPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment. (Source: Yahoo, Bloomberg, 19 May, 2020)


    Praj, Sekab E-Technology Partner on Advanced Biofuels (Int'l Report)
    Praj Industries,Sekab E-Technology
    Date: 2020-05-20
    Praj Industries and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden-based Sekab E-Technology AB are reporting an agreement to cooperatively upgrade and commercialize technology to produce advanced biofuels and bio-chemicals from forest residue as feedstock. As a part of this cooperation,

    The partnership will facilitate CO2 reduction by offering Bio-mobility solutions for the transportation industry in the form of advanced biofuels produced from softwood. Praj's Bio-Mobility platform promotes the use of renewable resources to produce low carbon transportation fuel modes of mobility, namely surface, air and water, according to Praj, a global process solutions company offering solutions to add significant value to bio-energy facilities, compressed biogas plants, wastewater treatment systems and others.

    Sekab is a Swedish Chemistry and Cleantex company that refine ethanol into biofuels and chemicals and develops biorefinery technology for new sustainable product possibilities based on cellulose raw materials, according to the company website. (Source: Praj Ind., Business Standard, 18 May, 2020)Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., +91 20 7180 2000 / 2294 1000, Jayant Godbole, Pres., Praj Americas, info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Sekab E-Technology AB, +46 (0)660-793 00, info@sekab.com, www.sekab.com/en/products-services/biorefinery

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


    WELTEC BIOPOWER Constructing Greek Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    WELTEC BIOPOWER
    Date: 2020-05-11
    German biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER reports it is set to break ground on a biogas plant in Veria, northern Greece for one of the country's largest abattoirs for cattle and pigs. The 500-kW plant -- which WELTEC has planned in collaboration with its Greek partner Tetoros Machinery in Megara -- is expected to go live as early as mid-November 2020.

    The anaerobic digestion process will mainly use cattle manure and meat processing leftovers. Apart from these substrates, the 4,903-m3 stainless-steel digester will also be fed with production wastewater and fats from the operator's own abattoir and farms as well as from area farmers. Liquid substrates will be pumped directly into the digester from two storage units. (Source: WELTEC BIOPOWER Gmb, PR, 8 May, 2020) Contact: WELTEC BIOPOWER GmbH +49 4441 99978-0, +49 4441 99978-8 -- fax, info@weltec-biopower.de, www.weltec-biopower.de

    More Low-Carbon Energy News WELTEC BIOPOWER,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Lystek Demonstrates New Anaerobic Digestion Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Lystek International,California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-05-08
    Cambridge, Ontario-headquartered Lystek International Limited reports it is working with the Goleta California Sanitary District (GSD)and the California Energy Commission (CEC) on a project that separates and co-digests organic food waste in a mobile skid-mounted anaerobic digester.

    For the CEC funded project the digesters are being fed at variable rates to verify and document the level of biogas generation from the food waste collected and provide "real-world information that other wastewater and solid waste professionals can use to determine how best to manage SSO and food waste material."

    In the coming months, Lystek will submit the results from the first phase of the project to the CEC. The next steps will include investigating the use of the company's patented low-temperature thermal hydrolysis process, LystekTHP, and the LysteMize refeed process for AD optimisation. According to the company, this allows for post-digestion processing of biosolids and the recirculation of the processed material, providing an improved biogas yield and increased energy generation. (Source: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov; Lystek International Limited, May, 2020) Contact: Lystek International Ltd., James Dunbar, Bus. Dev, GM, (226) 444-0186, (888) 501-6508, (707) 430-5500 -- Calif., info@lystek.com, www lystek.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission ,  Lystek International,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Mirova,  Biogas,  


    China Joins IEA Bioenergy Tech Collaboration Programme (Int'l.)
    IEA Bioenergy
    Date: 2020-04-24
    The IEA Bioenergy Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) is reporting the People's Republic of China has joined the TCP, bringing the number of contracting parties to 26. China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) plans to join two IEA Bioenergy tasks -- Energy from Biogas (Task 37) and Climate and sustainability effects of bioenergy within the broader bioeconomy (Task 45).

    According to IEA data, in 2019 China accounted for over half of bioenergy additions in the power sector (4.7 GW) and is the third largest global producer of fuel ethanol. In 2018 heat and electricity derived from solid biomass accounted for approximately 186,000 jobs and approximately 145,000 for biogas.

    IEA Bioenergy's vision is to achieve a substantial bioenergy contribution to future global energy demands by accelerating the production and use of environmentally sound, socially accepted and cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis, thus providing increased security of supply whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use, according to its website.

    The China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) is the national institution for assisting China's energy authorities in renewable energy (RE) policy research, and industrial management and coordination. CNREC will research RE development strategy, planning, policy and regulation; coordinate, regulate and implement industrial standardization; keep track of the development trend for RE industry and technology; push the establishment and improvement of the system for RE technology and product testing and certificating; implement, monitor and assess national pilot projects; manage and coordinate international and regional cooperation etc. (Source: IEA Bioenergy , PR 23 April, 2020) Contact: IEA Bioenergy, www.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IEA Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Bioenergy,  


    London Riverside AD Energy Park Gets the Nod (Int'l Report)
    Cory Energy
    Date: 2020-04-20
    In the UK, Cory Energy reports receipt of regulatory approval -- planning permission for the addition of anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities at its Riverside Energy Park next to Cory Energy's existing energy recovery facility in Belvedere, on the River Thames.

    When fully operational the anaerobic digestion facility will divert up to 805,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste from landfill and produce up to 96 MW of low-carbon renewable electricity -- sufficient power for as many as 140,000 homes. (Source: Cory Energy, Trade Media, April, 2020) Contact: Cory Energy Riverside Energy Group, Dougie Sutherland, CEO, info@coryenergy.com, www.coryenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas,  


    Biogest Contracts for Turkish Biogas Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Biogest
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Klosterneuburg, Austria-based biogas plant developer Biogest Energie- und Wassertechnik GmbH reports it has contracted to construct an agricultural biogas plant in Akyurt, near Ankara, Turkey. The project in Akyurt is the company's first biogas plant in Turkey and was developed in cooperation with Ankara-based biogas specialist Enerlinc.

    When fully operational, the 3.12 MW facility will utilize 270,000 tpy of cow slurry. (Source: Biogest, Bioenergy Insight, 16 April, 2020)Contact: Biogest, +43 2243 208400, www.biogest.at; Enerlinc, +90 850 840 0246 , www.enerlinc.com.tr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Biogest,  


    Capstone Supplying Japanese Biowaste-to-Energy Project (Int'l.)
    Capstone Turbine
    Date: 2020-04-17
    Van Nuys, California-based microturbine energy systemsCapstone Turbine Corporation reports it will supply its first 800 kilowatt (kW) C800 Signature Series micro-turbine for a new agricultural and animal waste-to-energy project for the Biokurasix Handa city biogas power generation facility.

    The facility will use anaerobic digestion to produce biogas and is expected to come online before the year end. (Source: Capstone Turbine, PR, 16 April, 2020) Contact: Capstone Turbine, Darren Jamison,Pres., CEO, 818-407-3628, ir@capstoneturbine.com, www.capstoneturbine.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Turbine,  Anaerobic Digestion,  Biogas-to-Energy,  


    Orbital Wins UK Biomethane-to-Grid Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Orbital Gas Systems
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In Houston, CUI Global, Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Orbital Gas Systems Ltd. has been awarded a contract to design, produce and commission its first-ever biomethane-to-grid plant for the UK water industry. The contract calls for the provision of an initial biomethane Grid Entry Unit (GEU) followed by a second unit, both to be delivered in 2020. Each unit is valued at approximately $550,000.

    Additionally, Orbital is completing upgrade works on the 2012-vintage Poundbury Renewable Energy Plant -- the UK's first full-scale Anaerobic Digester and Biomethane-to-Grid Plant. (Source: CUI Global, Inc., PR, 14 April, 2020) Contact: GUI Global, Jim O'Neil CEO, (503) 612-2300, www.cuiglobal.com; Orbital Gas Systems, Paul White, Pres., (832) 467-1420, +44 (0)1785 857000 -- Orbital UK, www.orbitalgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orbital Gas Systems,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  RNG ,  


    FortisBC to Launch Third B.C. Landfill RNG Project (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC
    Date: 2020-04-15
    In British Columbia, the utility FortisBC reports it will soon launch its third and largest landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) project in partnership with the city of Vancouver.

    The utility will own and operate the system at the Delta landfill and pay the city of Vancouver for its gas, which will go back to the municipality to fuel its CNG trucks and for a central energy system serving residential and commercial customers in downtown Vancouver. FortisBC's two other biogas upgrading plants are in Salmon Arm, BC, and Kelowna, BC, which collectively generate 80,000 gigajoules per year. FortisBC is also awaiting British Columbia Utilities Commission approval for a landfill-to-gas project in Fraser-Fort George, BC.

    British Columbia legislation requires capturing 75 pct of gas generated in landfills. (Source: FortisBC, Waste360, April, 2020) Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Landfill Gas,  FortisBC,  Methane,  RNG,  


    $15Mn Available for Tribal Land Biomass, Renewable Energy (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-04-08
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of up to $15 million for the deployment of bioenergy and other energy technology on tribal lands.

    Funding is being made available for: renewable energy generation and energy efficiency; community energy storage deployment; biomass, biogas, landfill or sewage gas, solid waste, waste gases fueled CHP systems. Eligible biomass projects must be able to demonstrate the sustainability of the biomass resource proposed for use.

    Download full DOE-FOA-0002317 details HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, 27 Mar.,2020) Contact: US DOE EERE, eere-exchange.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Bioenergy,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Renewable Energy,  


    Ductor Planning Polish Poultry Waste Biogas Plants (Int'l Report)
    Ductor Oy
    Date: 2020-04-06
    Helsinki-headquartered biotech company Ductor Oy reports it will construct three combined fertilizer-biogas facilities that will use roughly 500,000 tpy of poultry waste to generate electricity and produce organic nitrogen fertilizer in northern Poland.

    The three plants are expected to by fully operational by mid 2021. Two plants will havean installed capacity of 0.5 MW and the third will be 1MW. The company has similar projects using its patented technology underway and "solid portfolio of projects" under development in Europe and the Americas, according to the company website. (Source: Ductor, Bioenergy Insight,6 April., 2020) Contact: Ductor Oy, Ari Ketola, CEO, +358 10 320 6560, info@ductor.com,www.ductor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Poultry Manure ,  Biogas,  


    Trident, Vanguard Partner on VT AD, RNG Project (Ind Report)
    Trident Processes
    Date: 2020-04-01
    Sumas, Washington-based wastewater treatment and nutrient recovery specialist Trident Processes Inc reports it has been selected by Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables' as the nutrient recovery technology provider for a new anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Goodrich Family Farm's dairy in Salisbury, Vermont.

    Construction is underway on the biogas system project which, when fully operation in Q3 of this year, will process 280 tpd of manure and organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG). (Source: Trident Processes Inc., Bioenergy Insight, 30 Mar., 2020) Contact: Trident Processes, Kerry Doyle, CEO, 800-799-3740, info@tridentprocesses.com, www.tridentprocesses.com; Vanguard Renewables, 781-232-7597, www.vanguardrenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  Trident Processes,  anaerobic digestion ,  


    Gasum, Forchem Ink Liquified Biogas Delivery Agreement (Int'l.)
    Gasum,Forchem Oy
    Date: 2020-03-23
    In Helsinki, Finnish energy company Gasum has entered into an agreement with the cleantech company Forchem Oy for the supply of liquefied biogas (LBG) for the Forchem tall oil biorefinery in Rauma, Finland. Forchem switched to using liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2019.

    Forchem supplies products for global actors operating in many different markets. The company's operations are characterized by the principles of sustainable development and minimized environmental impacts. The liquefied biogas (LBG) is received at the Forchem reception terminal, vaporized and used in the company's production processes. The switch from using LNG to using LBG can be made without any additional investments.

    Liquefied biogas (LBG) is equal to liquefied natural gas (LNG) in terms of its properties and suitable for use as a road and maritime transport fuel and for industrial purposes. LBG is a renewable fuel that can be distributed by using the existing LNG infrastructure. Biogas is produced from feedstocks including biodegradable side streams of industrial and other enterprises as well as from consumer biowaste. (Source: Gasum, Renewable News, 23 Mar.,2020) Contact: Gasum, Tommy Mattila, +358 20 4471, www.gasum.com; Forchem Oy, +358 2 478 4400, info@forchem.com, www.forchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LNG,  Gasum,  Forchem,  tall oil,  Biogas,  Liquified Biogas,  ,  LBG,  


    Neste Oyj Targets Carbon-Neutral Production by 2035 (Int'l Report)
    Neste
    Date: 2020-03-13
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) producer Neste Oyi reports it is committed to reaching carbon neutral production by 2035. The commitment complements Neste's other strategic climate commitment of reducing customers' greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 million tpy by 2030. To that end, the company:

  • Continues to focus on energy efficiency to optimize the use of fuel gas, electricity, hydrogen and steam in its production. The improvements in the turnaround at Porvoo refinery in 2020 will decrease production emissions by more than 100 kt CO2eq annually;

  • Increases the use of renewable electricity at its production sites. As an example of this, Neste has already agreed to start using wind power in Finland;

  • Increases the weight of greenhouse gas emissions in the investment calculations and business case evaluation;

  • Explores new, less emitting production methods, for example utilizing biogas or electrolysis for hydrogen production;

  • Has started a project for GHG emission reductions at the Porvoo production site, focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and identifies reliable compensation models for the remaining part which cannot be achieved by emission reductions.

    Neste is working on rolling out the detailed plan and timeline for implementing the initiatives aimed at carbon neutral production by 2035. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Neste Oyi, Salla Ahonen, VP Sustainability, +358 50 458 5076, media@neste.com, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • UK Anaerobic Digestion Consultancy Set for Launch (Int'l.)
    Future Biogas
    Date: 2020-03-11
    In the UK, Fern AD, a new BOCK and Guildford-based Future Biogas partnership venture farm and anaerobic digestion (AD) technology brand launching in April, 2020, will offer top-performance products and specialist consultancy for the UK agricultural and AD sectors.

    Specialising solely in AD technology, Fern helps AD plant owners and managers use the latest science to optimize biogas outputs. Fern AD is also the exclusive retailer of its own "T16" digester additive, made with a balanced recipe of trace elements.

    Future Biogas' biologists have extensive experience in the field, working on the company's 13 AD plants. The firm harvests 250,000 tonnes of maize to power its plants and produces 50MW of biogas every hour of the year, according to the company website. (Source: Fern AD Website, Mar.,2020) Contact: Fern, Helen Wyman, Mgr., +44 0 7830 66452, www.fernfarming.com; Future Biogas, Philip Lukas, Managing Dir., +44 (0) 1483 375 920, info@futurebiogas.com, www.futurebiogass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Future Biogas,  Biogas,  Methane,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  


    Kinetrex Energy Launches Indianapolis RNG Plant (Ind. Report)
    Kinetrex Energy
    Date: 2020-03-04
    Following up on our 8th Novemberm 2019 report, Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy is reporting the ribbon-cutting opening of of the Hoosier State's largest renewable natural gas (RNG) facility -- the $25 million Indy High BTU plant is capable of converting landfill methane gas into about 8 million gpy of RNG for transportation fuel.

    Kinetrex developed the facility in conjunction with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis.(Source: Kinetrex, Inside Indiana Bus., 2 Mar., 2020) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, Aaron Johnson, CEO, 317-886-8179, www.kinetrexenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinetrex Energy ,  Biogas,  Methane,  Landfill Methane,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Brazil, India Announce Ethanol Cooperation MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association
    Date: 2020-03-02
    The Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA) reports Brazil and India have inked a technical cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote the use of Ethanol as an alternative fuel in India.

    The MoU calls for the exchange of information on the production and sustainable use of ethanol as well as encouraging and increasing investment in biofuels, bioelectricity, and biogas. I also aims to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help redirect the sugar surplus in India, which currently requires government subsidies to guarantee competitive prices in the international market.

    India has set an Ethanol blending target of 10 pct by 2022 rising to 20 pct by 2030. (Source: UNICA, EnergyInfraPost, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association, (202) 506 5299, (202)747-5836 - fax (Washington DC office), english.unica.com.br

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association,  India,  Etanol,  


    City of Lincoln Expecting $2Mn in Biogas Sales (Ind. Report)
    Blue Source,City of Lincoln
    Date: 2020-03-02
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Lincoln reports it expects the sale of biogas generated at an upgraded city wastewater treatment plant to produce roughly $2 million per year in new revenue when an $8 million upgrade is completed this summer.

    Salt Lake City, Utah-based energy management company Blue Source is leading the project. Bluesource works with companies, governments and NGOs to reduce and mitigate environmental impacts. the company develops projects that create land, water and climate benefits using strategic partnerships, finance, innovation and markets to achieve these goals, according to the company website. (Source: City of Lincoln, Yankton Press & Dakotan, AP, 28 Feb., 2020) Contact: Blue Source Inc., Will Overly, VP Bus. Dev., 801-322-4750, www.bluesource.com; City of Linclon, Elizabeth Elliot, Director Utilities, 402-441-7548, 402-441-7590 - fax, www.lincoln.ne.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Blue Source,  


    ASEAN Member States Focusing on Biogas (Int'l. Report)
    ASEAN
    Date: 2020-02-17
    According to the Jakarta-headquartered Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Centre for Energy (ACE) many ASEAN member states have been actively looking to increase the use of biogas in order to meet their respective bioenergy targets.

    Combined, Indonesia and Malaysia have over 1,000 palm oil mills that produce almost 90 percent of global palm oil supply. This results in the generation of around 126 million tonnes of POME yearly. The demand for biogas has grown because of the need to shift to more renewable sources of energy and to increase electricity penetration within the ASEAN region.Indonesia has set a bioenergy capacity target of 810 MW by 2025, Thailand's goal is 5,570 MW by 2036 and Malaysia aims to achieve 1,065 MW this year.

    The ASEAN nations -- Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- have a combined population of population of 650 million and a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion. (Source: ASEAN Post, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: ASEAN Centre for Energy, +62 21 527 9332, +62 21 527 9350 - fax, secretariat@aseanenergy.org, www.aseanenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  ASEAN,  


    Oberon Fuels, SHV Energy Partner on Renewable DME (Ind. Report)
    Oberon Fuels,SHV Energy
    Date: 2020-02-12
    San Diego-based ultra-low-carbon, renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels reports it is partnering with the Netherlands-headquartered global propane fuel distributor SHV Energy to accelerate the use of renewable DME to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation fuel. The two firms will collaborate on: further developing DME fueling infrastructure and vehicle development; using SHV Energy's technical resources to test the use of rDME blended with propane, and; using SHV's global distribution network to facilitate greater use of rDME in numerous energy applications worldwide.

    Oberon Fuels, which raised over $30 million in private funding since 2010, received $2.9 million in California grant funding to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale and facilitate -- the first production of rDME in the U.S., with a target production capacity of approximately 1.6 million gpy of DME.

    DME is approved as a renewable fuel under the U.S. EPA Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and is eligible for RIN credits when made from biogas by the Oberon process. California Air Resources Board (CARB) has estimated that dairy manure converted to DME by the Oberon process has a CI of -278 gCO2e/MJ compared to ultra-low-sulfur diesel which has a CI of 100 gCO2e/MJ, according to the company. (Source: Oberon Fuels, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Ruben Martin, CEO, 619.255.9361, 619.756.6470 - fax, info@oberonfuels.com www.obersonfuels.com; SHV Energy, Bram Graber, CEO, +31 (0) 23 5555 700, +31 (0) 23 5555 701 - fax., www.shvenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oberon Fuels,  SHV Energy,  


    Virginia Grassroots Coalition Calls for Removal of Biomass-Fired Facilities from Renewable Portfolio Standard (Ind. Report)
    Virginia Grassroots Coalition
    Date: 2020-02-10
    In the Old Dominions State, a letter to the Virginia General Assembly from the Virginia Grassroots Coalition, with over 40 participating member groups, calls for the removal of biogass-fired power facilities from Virginia's renewable portfolio standard, as follows:
  • Though touted as a clean, environmentally safe alternative to fossil fuels, wood pellets are a carbon-intense, destructive and polluting industry based in flawed carbon accounting in international agreements;

  • Wood pellet material sourcing leads to massive deforestation of critical habitats, and Enviva alone is responsible for 50 acres a day of clear-cut land:

  • Pellet production facilities release dangerous air pollutants including particulate matter and volatile organic compounds putting surrounding communities at higher risk for health complications.

  • Burning wood pellets releases 65 pct more CO2 than coal per megawatt hour. In order to keep global climate change below 1.5 degrees Celsius, wood pellets must not be used as an energy alternative.

    The letter also notes UK-based researchers found last year that burning wood is a "disaster" for climate change because older trees release large amounts of carbon when they are burned and aren't always replaced with replanted forests. Even when trees are replaced, it can take up to 100 years to cultivate a wooded area that soaks up as much carbon as was previously released. And the fuel burned in shipping wood pellets to Europe is also a significant source of emissions. (Source: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, 9 Feb., 2020) Contact: Virginia Grassroots Coalition, www.virginiagrassroots.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  

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