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Greenbacker Acquires Planned South Dakota solar Project (M&A)
Greenbacker Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-11-18
Greenbacker Renewable Energy has, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, purchased a to-be-constructed 80-MW solar project from Houston-headquartered Broad Reach Power. The project, Fall River Solar, is located in Fall River County, South Dakota and has a 20-year PPA in place with the investment-grade utility Black Hills Power. Greenbacker will oversee the construction which is expected to reach commercial operation in Q4 2022.

With this acquisition, Greenbacker will own roughly 753.5 MW of generating capacity (including assets that are to be constructed), comprising 529.8 MW of utility-scale and distributed solar facilities, 192.6MW of wind facilities, 19.1 MW of battery storage and 12.0MW of biomass facilities, according to the company. (Source: Greenbacker Renewable Energy , PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Greenbacker Renewable Energy, Charles Wheeler, CEO, generalinquiries@greenbackercapital.com, www.greenbackercapital.com; Broad Reach Power, Steve Vavrik, CEO, www.broadreachpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenbacker Renewable Energy,  Solar,  Broad Reach Power,  


First Samoan Biomass Power Plant Now Online (Int'l. Report)
Samoa
Date: 2020-11-16
In Apia, the Samoan government is reporting the startup of the $11.3 million Tala Afolau Biomass Gasification Power Plant. The first of its kind in the Samoan region, the facility will use weeds and invasive species like tamaligi, puluvao, coconut logs, husks and coconut shells to generate 5 million kWh of electricity -- sufficient power for up to 5,000 families, as well as save the country up to 1.2 million lpy of diesel fuel and eliminate an estimated 3.7 tpy of CO2 associated with diesel power generation.

The biomass gasification power plant began construction in February 2019 and was completed and grid connected in April 2020. The biomass project is part of Samoa's Improving the Performance and Reliability of Renewable Energy Power Systems project and was funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) via the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union and the German Government's Agency of International Cooperation (EU-GIZ ASCE). (Source: Government of Samoa, PR, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNDP Multi Country Office, +685 23670, laufaleaina.lesa@undp.org, www.ws.undp.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


BioStim Touts "Electromagnetic Biostimulation" (New Prod & Tech)
AlgaStar
Date: 2020-11-09
Gulf Breeze, Florida-based biomass cultivation and R&D specialist AlgaStar Inc. reports its wholly-owned New Mexico-based subsidiary BioStim's patented "electromagnetic biostimulation" research may result in creating more than a 300 pct biomass growth increase and 174 pct increase in lipid oil content in several alga samples over controlled growth conditions.

BioStim is leading a consortium of small businesses as a part of a New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) program which allows local small businesses to work with scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to map the conditions under which biostimulation enhances the growth rate and metabolism for several biological cultures involving algae and bacteria by means of microwave energy for use in the future development of alternative biofuels production and other applications.

AlgaStar Inc. and its participants won a $1 million Florida state, 20-month, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Technologies (REET) research grant in 2018. Participants included Florida A & M University , NASA at Kennedy Space Center, and ARA, a leading US R& D/engineering firm. (Source: AlgaStar, PR, MENADN, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: AlgaStar Inc., BioSTim Inc., Matthew Ortega, (505) 795-5600, M.Ortega@AlgaStar.com, www.algastar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AlgaStar,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  


Kentucky Univ. Studying Sulfur in Biofuel Production (R&D)
University of Kentucky
Date: 2020-11-09
In Lexington, the University of Kentucky reports it is leading a national group of scientists and industry partners studying ways to reduce sulfur levels in pine forestry waste -- including needles, bark, branches and pulp -- used to produce biofuels. The sulfur levels of some byproducts are high enough to exceed U.S. EPA standards, if the sulfur was carried over to biofuels.

Through a three-year grant from the U.S. DOE EERE, the research team, led by Assistant Professor Jian Shi, will work to identify the reasons behind the sulfur variability in pine feedstocks by studying byproducts collected from across the nation. The research aims to better understand how sulfur accumulates in biofuel feedstocks, what happens to the sulfur during thermochemical conversion and how to remove sulfur and improve gasification.

With the DOE grant and cost-share dollars from universities and the industry, the project will total more than $2 million. Partners include researchers from UK's Center for Applied Energy Research, Kansas State University, Idaho National Laboratory, Mississippi State University and Red Rock Biofuels. (Source: University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Contact: University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Jian Shi, Lead Researcher, 859-257-3468, www.ca.uky.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Woody Biomass,  


Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre Trialing Marine Biofuels (Int'l.)
Alfa Laval
Date: 2020-11-06
Lund, Sweden-based fluids handling specialist Alfa Laval reports its Test and Training Centre in Aalborg, Denmarg is collaborating with industry partners and research institutes for marine biofuels testing and taking a key role in the marine industry effort to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO's) goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 50 pct over 2008 levels by 2050.

The first biofuel tested at the Centre will be one produced in India by MASH Energy, which is created through pyrolysis of waste biomass.

The company also noted it is in talks with additional biofuel producers, as well as other research partners including Aalborg University, where fuels derived from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) technology that can turn any wet organic material into an energy-dense bio-crude, are in focus. (Source: Alfa Laval, Manifold Times, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Alfa Laval Test & Training Centre, Lars Bo Andersen, Manager, +46 46 36 65 00, alfa.laval@alfalaval.com, www.alfalaval.com/industries/marine-transportation/marine/alfa-laval-test-and-training-centre; MASH Energy, www.mash-energy.com; IMO. www.imo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Maritime Organization,  Alfa Laval Marine Biofuel,  Maritime Biofuel,  


Shinhan BNP Paribas Funds Commit to Korean Renewables (Int'l.)
BNP Paribas
Date: 2020-11-06
South Korean asset management company Shinhan BNP Paribas Asset Management is reporting a $46 million commitment to ShinhanBNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 1, a new private fund targeting 17.325-MW wind turbines in South Jeolla Province, South Korea. The company also reports a second green finance fund -- Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 2 for photovoltaic power station on Jeju Island, South Korea. Shinhan BNP Paribas is also creating Shinhan BNPP Green New Deal Fund No. 3, a $178.2 million blind pool fund to finance wind power projects, fuel cells and biomass energy development projects.

Shinhan BNP Paribas is a 65/35 joint venture of Shinhan Financial Group and BNP Paribas Asset Management. Paris-headquartered BNP Paribas S.A. is the world's 8th largest bank by total assets with operations in 72 countries. (Source: BNP Paribas, Korea Herald, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: BNP Paribas, www.group.bnpparibas/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News BNP Paribas,  Korea Renewable Energy,  Wind,  Solar,  Biomass,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv Biomass,  


  • IISc, Indian Oil Investigate Hydrogen Fuel from Biomass (Int'l. R&D)
    Indian Institute of Science
    Date: 2020-11-02
    In Bengaluru, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Research and Development Centre of the New Delhi-headquartered Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Limited are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and demonstrate a combustion-free biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology for producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an affordable price.

    Biomass gasification is a controlled process that involves heat, steam, and oxygen to convert biomass to hydrogen and other products without combustion. The technology developed by IISc first produces hydrogen-rich syngas from waste agriculture biomass and then separates hydrogen from the syngas.

    "The developed technology will be scaled up and demonstrated at Indian Oil's R&D Centre at Faridabad. Hydrogen generated from this demonstration plant will be used to power fuel cell buses as part of a bigger project being conceived by IOC towards ushering in the country's hydrogen economy," according to IISc . (Source: Indian Institute of Science, Indian Express, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Indian Institute of Science, +91 80 2293 2004, www.iisc.ac.in; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomass,  


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

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

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


    BDNE Developing Woody Biomass Heating Oil (Ind. Report)
    Biofine Developments Northeast
    Date: 2020-10-30
    In the Pine Tree State, Bangor-based cellulose bioproducts spcialist Biofine Developments Northeast Inc. (BDNE) reports it has formed a partnership with Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based wholesale energy supplier Sprague Resources LP to produce and market a patented biofuel made from 100 pct ethyl levulinate (EL), an organic chemical compound.

    The company hopes finalize the site of its first biorefinery within the next month and begin operation in 2023. The plant would process 100 tpd of lumber industry woody biomass and paper mill wastes to make 3 million gpy of competitively priced "zero-emissions heating oil as well as a side stream of marketable renewable chemical by-products.

    Biofine is working with Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital to bring the project to commercial scale and raise $70 million from private investors. Biofine is a member of Biobased Maine, the trade group promoting sustainable manufacturing and biomass solutions. (Source: Biofine Developments Northeast Inc., Press Herald, Oct., 2020) Contact: Biofine Developments Northeast Inc., www.biofinedevelopments.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  BDNE,  


    Renova Developing 75 MW Japanese Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Renova
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Renewable energy and biomass power developer Renova Inc reports it has made a final investment decision and will proceed with the 75-MW Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

    The Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells to generate roughly 553,300 MWh annually -- sufficient power for 170,000 households.

    Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure are participating in the project which is slated to break ground in Feb, 2021 for completion and startup in Nov., 2023. (Source: Renova,Website PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renova Inc., www.renovainc.com

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


    Ren. Hydrogen Producer Claims $2.5Mn Invest. (Alt. Fuel. Report)
    WaysH
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Golden State, waste-to-hydrogen specialist Ways2H reports closure on a $2.5 million investment from Long Beach-based social benefit investment firm Pacific6 Enterprises. Led by founding partner John C. Molina, Pacific6 Enterprises supports projects and companies that have the potential to make a significant positive social, environmental and economic impact.

    Ways2H's patented thermochemical process produces clean hydrogen fuel from municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, plastics and/or other waste biomass without incineration. The process is net-zero carbon by itself and carbon-negative when paired with carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the company website. (Source: Ways2H, Website News, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Ways2H, Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, 562-414-4150 , www.Ways2H.com: Pacific6 Enterprises, www.pacific6.com.

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ways2H,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen,  


    Enviva Biomass, Finite Carbon Partner on Carbon Offsets (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass, Finite Carbon
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva reports it is partnering with Wayne, Pa.-based forest carbon offset specialist Finite Carbon to engage small forest landowners across the U.S. Southeast to voluntarily participate in global greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs. The partnership, leveraging Finite Carbon's CORE Carbon free, online platform, will help more than 1.5 million family and non-industrial forest owners address climate change while generating a new annual income stream.

    Finite Carbon's CORE Carbon Platform utilizes remote sensing technologies to dramatically reduce the costs and barriers to market entry for smaller forest landowners with as little as 40 acres of forestland. The initial phase of CORE Carbon will focus on a deferred harvest methodology, co-authored with American Carbon Registry, focusing on high conservation value forests such as mature bottomland hardwood stands in the U.S. Southeast. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Enviva Biomass, PR, Valdosta Daily Times, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Enviva Holdings LP, John Keppler, CEO, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; Finite Carbon, Sean Carney, Pres., Jazmin Varela, (919) 724-7402, jvarela@finitecarbon.com, www.finitecarbon.com; American Carbon Registry, www.americancarbonregistry.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva Biomass,  Finite Carbon,  Carbon Offset ,  


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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel Feedstock,  Lignin,  ORNL,  NREL,  Cellulosic,  


    Biorenewable Deployment Consortium's Forest Products Innovation Award Goes to Stora Enso (Ind. Report)
    Stora Enso, Biorenewable Deployment Consortium
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Helsinki, Finland-headquartered Stora Enso has been honored with the Biorenewable Deployment Consortium (BDC)'s 2020 Forest Products Innovation Award for their culture of innovation and leadership in the deployment of new sustainable biorenewable processes directed toward achieving the full value of trees.

    "BDC is proud to honor Stora Enso with its 2020 Forest Products Innovation Award," said BDC President and Co-Founder Masood Akhtar, "Stora Enso is an excellent example of a company that has developed a culture in the deployment of biorenewable processes that will add value to operations, and make the company more viable for the future. This is the reason that Stora Enso refers to itself as the 'renewable materials company'".

    Stora Enso develops and produces solutions based on wood and biomass for a range of industries and applications worldwide, leading in the bioeconomy and supporting their customers in meeting demand for renewable eco-friendly products. Building on their heritage and know-how in sustainable forestry and trees, Stora Enso is committed to the development of products and technologies based on renewable materials.

    BDC, since 2006, has worked to bring together like-minded companies to share ideas and partner to deploy bio-processes that can be economic in the long run without government subsidy, by investigating new processes, being a resource, brokering partnerships, and holding two member forums a year where leading edge information from various bio-companies is shared. BDC recognizes the need for low cost feedstock, cost effective measures such as integration of processes, high value products, and good management to achieve the economics needed for success, according to the release. (Source: BDC, PR, 22 Oct., 2020) Contact: BDC, Masood Akhtar, Masood.Akhtar@biorenewabledc.org, www.biorenewabledc.org; Contact: Stora Enso, Lauri Lehtonen, Head of Innovation, Division Biomaterials, Ingrid Peura, Ingrid.Peura@storaenso.com, www.storaenso.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stora Enso,  Biorenewable Deployment Consortium,  


    Netherlands Plans Woody Biomass Subsidies Phase Out (Int'l. Report)
    Netherlands
    Date: 2020-10-21
    At the Hague, the Netherlands government is reportedly planning to phase out subsidies for woody biomass power stations, subject to the availability of affordable and environmentally suitable alternative fuel sources. To that end, the government has asked the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) for its recommendations.

    Under the present subsidies program, 628 Netherland biomass installations will receive roughly €11.4bn in subsidies over the next few years.

    The PBL previously noted the use of biomass may be unavoidable if the Netherlands is to meet the EU targets on energy neutrality, adding that without using biomass the Netherlands will have to increase solar and wind energy installations at a faster rate than presently underway.

    The government's advisory body SER has also recommended that subsidies for biomass power be phased out. Despite the subsidy decision, the government said it "remains convinced that the use of biomass is necessary in the transition to a climate neutral and circular economy by 2030 and 2050." (Source: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, DutchNews.nl, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, www.pbl.nl

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Biomass Subsidies,  


    $13Mn Committed for Ontario Forest Biomass Projects (Ind. Report)
    Woody Biomass,Canada Woody Biomass
    Date: 2020-10-19
    In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government reports it is spending $13 million on six Northern Ontario projects to help build greener businesses, promote forest sector opportunities facilitate Indigenous community economic development by better positioning them to participate in Canada's bio-economy and benefit from clean energy solutions that use forest-based biomass.

    The funding is part of the six-year, $220-million Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities Program -- Bio Heat Stream, which aims to reduce reliance on diesel fuel in rural and remote communities. (Source: Chronicle Journal, 18 Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • CSIRO Maps Forest Regrowth Carbon Capture Potential (Int'l.)
    CSIRO
    Date: 2020-10-09
    In the Land Down Under, CSIRO, Australia's Commonwealth science agency, reports it joined researchers across the globe to produce a 1km resolution map of carbon accumulation potential from forest regrowth. Published in Nature, the study is the first of its kind wall-to-wall global map that highlights forested areas with greatest carbon returns if allowed to regrow naturally.

    The researchers found that average default forest regrowth rates used by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) may have been underestimated by 32 pct.

    Led by the Nature Conservancy, the study redefined international estimates and highlighted the role of natural forest regrowth in carbon accumulation, according to Report co-author and CSIRO Principal Research Scientist Dr. Stephen Roxburgh. "The global study complemented recent Australian work on carbon accumulation rates for planted and naturally regenerating stands of woody biomass across Australia," Roxburgh noted and added climate, rather than past land use, was the most important driver of potential carbon accumulation.

    The study provides an important benchmark to assess the global potential of forest regrowth as a climate mitigation strategy. (Source: CSIRO, Spatial Source, October, 2020) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Carbon Capture,  


    EIA Projects Increased Wood Biomass Consumption (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2020-10-09
    According to the just released U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Winter Fuels Outlook and an updated Short-Term Energy Outlook , approximately 1.4 pct -- 1.8 million U.S. households will use cord wood or wood pellets as their primarily residential spacing heating fuel during the 2020 – 2021 winter. The EIA report forecasts that U.S. residential energy consumption will be higher than the 2019 -- 2020 heating season.

    In the electric power sector, biomass expected to be used to generate 27.9 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity this year, including 15.6 billion kWh from waste biomass and 12.3 billion kWh from wood biomass. Generation from biomass reached 28.8 billion kWh in 2019, including 15.7 billion kWh from waste biomass and 13 billion kWh from wood biomass. In 2021, generation from biomass is expected to increase to 31.2 billion kWh, including 16.4 kWh from waste biomass and 14.9 billion kWh from wood biomass. The electric power sector is expected to consume 0.233 quadrillion Btu (quad) of waste biomass this year, down from 0.236 quad in 2019, but increasing to 0.244 quad in 2021. The sector consumed 0.211 quad of wood biomass in 2019, with consumption expected to fall to 0.2 quad in 2020, and increase to 0.241 quad in 2021.

    In the electric power sector, biomass generating capacity was at 6,672 MW in 2019, including 3,945 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Capacity by the end of 2020 is expected to fall to 6,628 MW, including 3,902 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity. Biomass capacity is expected to reach 6,638 MW by the end of 2021, including 3,912 MW of waste biomass capacity and 2,727 MW of wood biomass capacity.

    Download the EIA Short-Term Energy Outlook HERE. (Source: US EIA, PR, Oct., 2020)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Woody Biomass,  Bimass,  


    Axpo, CGN Ink Belgian Wind Farm PPA (Int'l. Report)
    Axpo Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-09
    Axpo Holdings AG, Switzerland's largest renewable energy producer and marketer, is reporting a PPA with the French electric utility CGN Europe Energy (CGN) for 100 pct of a 82MW, 11-turbine onshore wind project in Estinnes, Belgium.

    "Axpo operates over 100 power plants. Our climate-friendly Swiss electricity mix consists of hydropower, biomass and nuclear energy and features very low CO2 emissions. As the largest producer of hydropower, and thanks to our investments in biomass and fermentation plants as well as small hydropower plants, we are the largest producer of renewable energies in Switzerland. Axpo supplies its customers with up to 3200 MW of capacity via a 2200-kilometre distribution network (110, 50 and 16 kilovolts)," according to the company website. (Source: Axpo Holdings AG, Website PR, 8 October 2020) Contact: CGN Europe Energy, www.cgnee.com; Axpo Holdings AG, +41 56 200 31 11, info@axpo.com, www.axpo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axpo Holdings ,  Wind,  


    UK Concrete and Beyond Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    UK Concrete
    Date: 2020-10-07
    UK Concrete, the London-headquartered trade body representing the UK's concrete and cement industry, is reporting CCS can tackle 61 pct of the industry's annual emissions by 2050, if the Government and industry collaborate to ensure that investment in arrays and related transport and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure is scaled up. The remainder of the emissions reductions needed for the sector to reach net-zero can be achieved through decarbonising transport; switching to biomass and hydrogen for heat; using lower-carbon materials and transitioning to renewable electricity. A smaller proportion of reductions can also be achieved by rolling out automated technologies in manufacturing facilities, according to UK Concrete.

    To go beyond net-zero, the sector will need to develop innovative concrete blends which absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through a process called carbonation. Concrete produced in the UK is currently not performing in line with the global average carbonation rate -- but if it was, an amount of CO2e equivalent to 12 pct of the sector's footprint in mid-century could be captured, according to the trade group's UK Concrete and Cement Sector Roadmap for Beyond Net Zero report.

    According to the International Energy Agency , CCS is "virtually the only technology solution for deep emissions reductions from cement production."

    Download UK Concrete's UK Concrete and Cement Sector Roadmap for Beyond Net Zero report HERE. (Source: UK Concrete, PR,edie, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: UK Concrete, +44 (0) 207 963 8000, info@thisisukconcrete.co.uk, www.thisisukconcrete.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Cement news,  


    German Ethanol Producer Reports Significant Operating Profit (Int'l)
    CropEnergies
    Date: 2020-10-07
    In Mannheim, German ethanol producer CropEnergies AG reports an operating profit in Q2 of the financial year 2020/21 (1 June 2020 -- 31 August 2020) to €42.6 -- the highest quarterly result in the company's history. In the 1st half of the year, with lower depreciation and amortisation, it improved to €50.7 million -- up from €43.7 million for the same period of the previous year.

    The company's ethanol production in the 1st half of the 2020/21 financial year was 463,000 (previous year: 478,000) cubic metres, slightly below the previous year's level due to lower production in the 2nd quarter, according to the release.

    CropEnergies AG is working on improvements to its biorefineries. At Wanze, Belgium, the company is investing approximately €50 million on an additional biomass boiler to be commissioned in 2023. CropEnergies is also investing approximately €15 million in a production plant for the recovery of roughly 65,000 tpy biogenic CO2. Commissioning is slated for 2021. (Source: CropEnergies AG, Website PR, 7 Oct., 2020) Contact: CropEnergies AG, Phone: +49 621 71 41 90-00, +49 621 71 41 90-04 -- fax, www.cropenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CropEnergies,  Ethanol,  


    GFG, Ignis Biomass Energy Ink Renewables Projects Agreement (Int'l)
    GFG Alliance,Ignis
    Date: 2020-10-02
    In the UK, Reuters is reporting London-headquartered privately held conglomerate GFG Alliance has inked an agreement with Surrey-based Ignis Biomass Energy to develop renewable energy projects to supply power to potential GFG metals plants in Spain. GFG presently has no industrial assets in Spain.

    Under the agreement, Ignis and GFG's energy arm SIMEC will invest in wind and solar facilities with a total capacity of 1.2 GW of electricity, according to a joint statement. (Source: GFG Alliance, PR, Reuters, Oct., 2020) Contact: Ignis Biomass Energy, + 44 (0) 20 8332 9563, info@ignis-energy.com, www.ignis-energy.com; GFG Alliance, www.gfgalliance.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ignis Biomass Energy,  Renewable Energy,  GFG Alliance ,  


    Japanese Woody Biomass Plant Plan Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Marubeni, Chubu Electric
    Date: 2020-09-30
    In Japan, Marubeni Corporation and Chubu Electric Power are reporting establishment of Gifu Seino Green Power (GSGP), a special-purpose company to develop a wood-based biomass power plant in Godo Town in Japan's Gifu Prefecture.

    The 7,500 kW project has a loan agreement with Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank and Juroku Bank and is slated to begin operations in March 2023. (Source: Marubeni Corporation, Chubu Electric Power, PR, 24 Sept., 2020) Contact: Marubeni Corporation, www.marubeni.com; Chubu Electric Power, www.chuden.co.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Marubeni,  Chubu Electric,  


    USDA Supports Rural Kansas Energy Efficiency Projects (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Reporting from Topeka, USDA Rural Development State Director for Kansas, Lynne Hinrichsen, has announced that USDA is investing $558,552 to make energy efficiency improvements and reduce energy costs for farmers, ag producers and rural-based businesses and institutions in rural Kansas.

    USDA is investing in 17 rural small businesses and agricultural producers through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Grants and Guaranteed Loans. Investments can used for renewable energy systems such as wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and hydropower. REAP funding can also be used for energy audits and to make energy efficiency improvements to heating, ventilation and cooling systems, insulation, lighting and refrigeration.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs 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 areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Salina Post, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: USDA Rural Development, www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-renewable-energy-systems-energy-efficiency/mn, www.rd.usda.gov/ks

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Rural Development,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


    DRAX Names Woody Biomass Plant Carbon Capture Partner (Int'l.)
    DRAX,Worley
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In the UK, DRAX reports a contract with Australian engineering firm Worley to provide the front-end engineering and design work on the first two carbon capture units at its Yorkshire biomass power plant .

    The bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) system is designed to enable the power plant to generate electricity from biomass combustion, while permanently removing more CO2 from the atmosphere than would be produced from burning the biomass feedstock. The project is in line with DRAX aims to achieve negative emissions at the facility.

    Worley's work will include developing the plant layout, cost estimation and schedules for the design, as well as detailed engineering, procurement and construction, it said, as well as exploring options to integrate the project into the existing DRAX site at an industrial scale. When fully implemented, the Yorkshire BECCS technology facility could deliver 16 million tpy of negative emissions that would account for one-third of the negative emissions it expects the UK may require from BECCS to meet its 2050 net zero target. (Source: DRAX, PR, Bus. Green, 21 Sept., 2020) Contact: Worley, +61 8 8125 4000, www.worley.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44(0)1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Worley,  DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    $13Mn Supports Cdn. First Nations Woody Biomass Heating (Funding)
    Biomass
    Date: 2020-09-23
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) reports it is investing nearly $13 million in woody biomass projects in First Nation communities across northern Canada.

    The $13 million investment includes $2.4 million for the Wiikwemkoong Development Commission to demonstrate the effectiveness of forest-based biomass for heating in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory.

    The Wiikwemkoong community has converted 102 homes to wood biomass boilers and wood pellet furnaces to reduce the community's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Canada Minister of Natural Resources, PR, 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O'Regan, www.narcan.gov.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRCAN,  


    US Biomass Pellet Assoc. Supports EU's Carbon-Neutral Goals (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    US Industrial Pellet Association
    Date: 2020-09-21
    In a release, the Richmond, Virginia-based US Industrial Pellet Association (USIPA) welcomed the European Commission (EC) proposal to accelerate the EU's transition to a climate neutral economy. Over the past decade, sustainable biomass has displaced millions of tons of coal in Europe and will play a critical role in helping achieve the EU's 2030 Climate Targets.

    The EC's plan calls for a series of new climate targets to be met by the end of the decade on the path to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Sustainable biomass is poised to make significant contributions to several of these, including reducing the 27-member trading bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 55 pct compared to 1990 levels; increasing its share of renewable energy to 38-40 pct and cutting coal and gas consumption by 70 pct and 25 pct respectively, compared to 2015 levels.

    As its largest single source of renewable energy, sustainable biomass is a cornerstone of the EU's low-carbon energy transition. We welcome the EC's recognition that in to meet its ambitious targets for 2030 and 2050 the EU will need more sustainable biomass to balance the grid and support a massive expansion of intermittent renewables like wind and solar.

    According to the USIPA, sustainability is paramount to ensuring biomass delivers tangible benefits for the climate. US producers are leading in this area, thanks to our ability to provide substantial quantities of renewable fuel to EU Member States while supporting healthy forests and protecting biodiversity. (Source: USIPA, PR, 16 Sept., 2020) Contact: USIPA, 804.775.5894, JMarcus@theusipa.org, www.theusipa.org

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    Montana Climate Solutions Plan Announced (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In Helena, the office of Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has announced the Montana Climate Solutions Plan and the Montana Climate Solutions Council (MCSC).

    MSCS's recommendations begin with the creation of a Montana Climate Solutions Network (MCSN), a broad affiliation of diverse stakeholders who would support planning and implementation of climate strategies in Montana.

    Among the specific proposals to reduce the impacts of climate change are to work with communities to identify their highest-priority risks and vulnerabilities and implement hazard mitigation plans, promote agricultural research that will sustain production in higher projected temperatures and extreme water shortages, implement strategies to make communities more fire-resistant, and to encourage the development of cleaner energy production options such as wind, solar, decarbonized fuels from hydrogen and biomass, and micro-hydro electricity generation projects.

    The Montana Climate Solutions Plan also calls for regularly updated energy efficiency standards for household appliances and for Investor Owned Utilities and rural cooperatives to implement on-bill energy efficiency financing programs. The plan also calls for a carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- mechanism at the state level in the event a national carbon tax is not implemented. To that end, the plan calls for Montana to track and influence the development of federal legislation through its Congressional delegation and through its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance.

    Download the Montana Climate Solutions Plan, HERE . (Source: Montana Climate Solutions Council, Website, Great Falls Tribune, 12 Sept., 2020) Contact: Montana Climate Solutions Council, deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/dir/Climate

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

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

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

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


    Elkem Investing in Canadian Biocarbon Pilot Plant (Ind. Report)
    Elkem
    Date: 2020-09-09
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered Elkem reports it will invest $19.7 million in a new pilot plant in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada to pilot an industrial biocarbon process specifically for silicon and ferrosilicon production.

    The pilot plant will source raw materials including recycled bark, wood chips, sawdust, and wood shaves, with more than 2 million green tons (Gt) of potential raw material from local sources. The project has received financial support from the Canadian government, the Quebec government and the city of Saguenay.

    The pilot is intended to verify Elkem's technology for renewable biocarbon, with a long-term goal of contributing to climate-neutral metal production. The technology has potential other industry application while contributing to reduced CO2 emissions, the company says. (Source: Elkem, Chemical Weeks, 9 Sept., 2020) Contact: Elkem, Michael Koenig, CEO, www.elkem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Elkem,  Biocarbon,  Woody Biomass,  Biomass,  


    Cadillac, Mich. Biomass Plant Back in Action (Ind, Report)
    Atlantic Power Corporation
    Date: 2020-09-04
    Dedham, Mass.-headquartered Atlantic Power Corporation is reporting reconstruction of its 2019 fire-damaged 40-MW woody-biomass plant in Cadillac, Michigan, has been completed and the plant re-commissioned and returned to service in Aug.

    Atlantic Power Corporation is a power generation and infrastructure company with a portfolio of assets in the United States and Canada. The company is engaged in power generation through hydro, natural gas, biomass, and coal fired power plants, according to Wikipedia. (Source: Atlantic Power Corp., PR, Sept., 2020) Contact: Atlantic Power Corp., James J. Moore, Pres., CEO, (617) 977-2400, www.atlanticpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlantic Power Corporation news,  Woody Biomass news,  Biomass news,  


    Notable Quotes
    NRDC
    Date: 2020-09-04
    "Our two biggest global environmental challenges -- climate change and biodiversity loss -- are inextricably linked so keeping forests standing must be a priority of all governments.

    "Much of the wood burned in UK power plants is cut down and shipped from ecologically sensitive forests in the US Southeast. Those forests are efficient and powerful carbon- capture systems and support unique wildlife found nowhere else in the world. But they can't serve that important purpose if the trees are cut and turned into wood pellets, and don't grow back for decades." -- Sasha Stashwick, Natural Resource Defense Council www.nrdc.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  NRDC,  


    Reed Biomass Power Plant Planned in Kazakhstan (Int'l. Report)
    Kazakh Invest
    Date: 2020-09-02
    A new investment project supported by In Kazakhstan, the national investment company Kazakh Invest reports it is supporting KAMYSAY ATYRAU LLP plans to construct a reed-burning biomass power plant and biochar production facility in Atyrau. The project will be "eco-friendly" and the biomass fuel will be processed without chemicals or other harmful additives.

    The roughly €1 million project -- the first in Central Asia to replace fossil fuels with biofuels on an industrial scale -- "will meet the needs of the local market for 'green' thermal and electric energy in remote communities, greenhouses, schools, hospitals and industrial facilities presently using fossil fuels. As a result, the volume of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere will be significantly reduced." Additionally, the plant hopes to export over 200,000 tpy of biochar to European markets, according to a release.

    Kazakh Invest is seeking project funding from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank (WB) and the Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK). (Source: Kazakh Invest, Website News, 30 Aug., 2020) Contact: Kazakh Invest, +7 7172 620 620 www.invest.gov.kz

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Biofuel,  Biochar,  


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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Paris Climate Agreement,  


    ENGIE Scuttling 75MW Belgian Biomass Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Engie
    Date: 2020-09-02
    French energy major ENGIE is reporting the immediate shut-down of its 1951-vintage Engie Electrabel biomass plant in Les Awirs, Belgium.

    Originally commissioned to burn coal, the 75MW plant began burning biomass in 2005. The closure coincides with the ending of the period for the granting of green certificates. (Source: ENGIE, PR, renews. 28 Aug., 2020) Contact: ENGIE, Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, VP Renewables, +33 (0)1 44 22 66 29, ir@engie.com, www.engie.com/en

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    LBNL Explores Cheaper Biofuels Production Costs (Ind. Report, R&D)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2020-08-31
    As previously reported, researchers at the US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) have designed simulations to determine how much biofuel is needed for the whole bioproduct extraction process to decrease the demand for petroleum-based gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels and to be labeled as "cost-efficient." Their study results found the target levels to be modest and that Biofuels can compete with petroleum-based fuels in terms of cost production, according to a release.

    Conventional biofuel production often involves genetically engineered plants that can produce essential chemical compounds, or bioproducts. These bioproducts are extracted from the plant, and the remaining plant parts are converted into fuel. This led LBNL scientists to investigate exactly how much bioproduct does a plant need to determine if the whole extraction process to be determined efficient, and how much bioproduct should be produced to reach the target ethanol selling price of $2.50 per gallon.

    To do this, the researchers studied existing data of well-studied plant-based bioproduct production. They used this data to make simulations that will determine the factors involved in extracting bioproducts using the context of bioethanol refinery, which means that bioproducts will be extracted from the plant and the remaining plant materials will be converted to ethanol. Their results determined that the bioproduct levels needed to accumulate in plants to offset the production cost recovery is quite feasible. Using limonene as an example, they calculated that an accumulated 0.6 pct of biomass dry weight would already produce net economic benefits to biorefineries. To illustrate, it means harvesting 10 dry metric tons of sorghum mass from one acre will only need 130 pounds of recovered limonene from that biomass to say that the whole production process is efficient, according to the release.

    The LBNL researchers note this new finding can provide new insights into the role of bioproducts to improve biorefinery economics and offer the first quantitative basis for implementation of this cost-saving strategy for future studies on plant-based biofuel breeding and engineering. The scientists also recommended that crops need to be engineered to produce a broad range of bioproducts in order to provide options and diversify products in the market. (Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, April, 2020) Contact: LBNL, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory news,  Biofuel news,  


    US Solar, Wind Output Drive U.S. Renewables' Rise (Ind. Report)
    US Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2020-08-28
    According to the just released US Energy Information Administration (EIA) Electric Power Monthly Report for the period January -- June 2020, solar-generated electricity -- including distributed solar -- jumped by 22 pct year-on-year and provided nearly 3.4 pct of the U.S. total. Wind was up 14.5 pct and accounted for more than 9.1 pct of total generation. Combined, net wind and solar power generation is 16.4 pct more than a year ago and generated 12.5 pct of total US electrical production during the first six months of 2020.

    Together with hydropower, biomass, and geothermal, renewables provided 22.3 pct of total electrical output -- a 19.9 pct increase over the previous year. Renewables produced close to one-third more electricity than coal through June 2020.

    Total electrical generation by all renewable energy sources combined rose by 16.3 pct, driven primarily by a 31.4 pct expansion by wind and an 18.1 pct increase in solar generation while biomass fell by 10 pct and geothermal power dipped by 1.5 pct. (Source: US EIA, Aug., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_es1a

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    Haldor Topsoe Joins Danish Sustainable Fuel Project (Int'l. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports it is partnering with Orsted, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller- Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Nel, and Everfuel to develop a electrolysis-based hydrogen and sustainable fuels -- jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol -- production facility in the Greater Copenhagen .

    The three-phase project is expected to be finalized by 2030. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses. By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with captured CO2 from combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and renewable jet fuel for planes. The last phase will upgrade the electrolysis plant's capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

    In addition to major partner investments, the project is seeking substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

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    Bloom Biorenewables Alt Fuels Pilot Receives Funding (Int'l. Report)
    Bloom Biorenewables
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Swiss startup firm Bloom Biorenewables is reporting receipt of an investment and commercialization cooperation agreement from Yokogawa Electric Corporation to complete its biomass fractionation alternative fuels pilot project.

    Bloom's patented mild lignin extraction technology uses stabilising molecules that prevent lignin from condensing during extraction.

    Yokogawa's investment brings Bloom's seed funding total to €2.9 million. (Source: Bloom Biorenewables, PR, Biofuel News, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Bloom Biorenewables, Remy Buser, CEO, remy@bloombiorenewables.com, www,bloombiorenewables.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bloom Biorenewables news,  Alternative Fuel news,  


    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

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

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

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

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

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


    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

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    Prairie Clean Energy Promoting Flax Straw for Biofuels (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2020-08-21
    In Saskatchewan, Regina-based Prairie Clean Energy is touting its proprietary processing technology and flax straw as a biomass alternative fuel. Flax grown in the Canadian Prairies produces roughly 0.65 tonnes of flax straw per acre with western Canada producing approximately 700,000 tpy, according to the company.

    Prairie Clean Energy's flax straw processing includes shredding, drying, compressing, repackaging and delivering to end users in shipping containers. If flax straw is processed and dried properly, the BTUs it creates are relatively high compared to other potential fuel sources, according to the company.

    Because sales contracts with end users have yet to be finalized, pending tests and assessments, Prairie Clean Energy has not yet finalized 2020 supply contracts with western Canadian flax growers but estimates the company will buy and process as much as 250,000 tpy of baled flax straw within three years. (Source: Prairie Clean Energy, Website, PR, Western Producer, 20 Aug., 2020) Contact: Prairie Clean Energy, Mark Cooper, CEO, www.prairiecleanenergy.com


    GEVO, Praj to Commercialize SAF in India (Int'l. Report)
    GEVO, Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-08-19
    Following up on our April, 2019 coverage, isobutanol producer GEVO Inc. and Pune, India-based Praj Industries Ltd are reporting a binding, definitive Master Framework Agreement (MFA) to collaborate on providing renewable, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline in India and neighboring countries.

    Under their agreement, Gevo will license its technology to Praj which will provide technology, plant equipment and EPC services to sugar mills and ethanol plants to produce renewable isobutanol from sugar cane juice, cane molasses, sugar syrup as well as cellulosic biomass such as straws, bagasse, and others. Praj will also provide technology, plant equipment and EPC services to refineries for converting renewable isobutanol into SAF and premium gasoline through the ASTM-approved pathway of alcohol-to-jet fuel(ATJ). The agreement also allows Praj to carry out basic engineering and design package services, supply equipment, build plants and use jointly developed process design package to produce renewable isobutanol for plant operators who are licensed by Gevo. (Source: GEVO, PR, Green Car Congress, 18 Aug., 2020)Contact: Gevo Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net

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    Pakistan Pushes Renewables As Coal-Fired Power Rises (Int'l.)
    Pakistan Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-08-10
    In Islamabad, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board has announced plans to boost the share of its electric power from from today's 4 pct to 20 pct by 2025 and up to 30 pct by 2030. The increase is expected to come primarily from wind and solar power along with increased hydro-power and geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy.

    New investment in renewable energy is expected to come from private investors, with potential suppliers bidding in annual auctions and low-tariff proposals.

    To the detriment of the planned push to renewables, One big potential roadblock to scaling renewables is the focus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridoe (CPEC) project to construct new coal-fired power plants, seven of which are slated for completion in Pakistan by by 2024. (Source: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, MENAFN, Gulf Times, Aug., 2020) Contact: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, Aqeel Hussain Jafry, Director, Nadeem Babar, Energy Reform Task Force Leader,www.aedb.org

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    Enviva Nails GA. Biomass Pellet Plant Purchase (Ind. Report, M&A)
    Enviv
    Date: 2020-08-07
    Following up on our 22nd June report, Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet specialist Enviva Partners LP is reporting completion of its previously announced acquisition of an industrial-scale, 800,000 metric tpy wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia. The Waycross plant is now called "Enviva Pellets Waycross."

    With this acquisition, Enviva operates nine wood pellet production plants and five deep-water export terminals across Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida. Enviva's total annual wood pellet production capacity is approximately 4.9 million metric tpy. (Source: Enviva Partners, Aug., 2020) Contact: Enviva Partners, (240) 482-3856. ir@envivabiomass.com, www.envivabiomass.com

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    Repsol Produces Spain's First Aviation Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Madrid-based integrated energy company Repsol SA is reporting production of 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass at its Puertollano Industrial Complex in Ciudad Real. The production is the first in Spain. The first 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass -- equal to the consumption of 100 Madrid-Los Angeles flights -- has a bio content under 5 pct in order to meet the quality standards established by international specifications. Using the fuel will prevent the release of roughly 400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere -- equal to 40 Madrid-Barcelona flights.

    As previously reported, Repsol is aiming to be zero emissions company by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. To that end, The company recently announced the launch of two major pioneering decarbonization industrial projects at the Petronor refinery. The first project involves the construction of one of the largest plants in the world for producing net zero emissions fuels from CO2 and green hydrogen, generated with renewable energy. This facility will set a new benchmark in Europe thanks to the cutting-edge technology applied and the use of captured CO2 as raw material in the Petronor refinery. The second project is a plant for generating gas from urban waste, which will replace part of the traditional fuels used in Petronor's production process. (Source: Repsol, The Corner, Aug., 2020)Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

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    GranBio, NextChem Partner on Cellulosic Ethanol (Intl. Report)
    GranBio, NextChem
    Date: 2020-08-05
    In Sao Paulo, Brazil-based GranBio is reporting a strategic alliance with Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont S.p.A. subsidiary NextChem to co-license its patented technology for "second generation" cellulosic ethanol production worldwide.

    The partnership will combine GranBio's biomass and second-generation biofuels expertise with NextChem's engineering intelligence and Group global presence, to offer integrated services -- feasibility studies, development of integration projects, engineering and construction of factories worldwide, according to the release.

    GranBio's 2G ethanol technology has been implemented in its $220 million factory located in Sao Miguel dos Campos, in Alagoas. Currently, the company has the capacity to produce around 7.9 million gpy of 2G ethanol.

    GranBio developed a flexible model for the use of sugarcane, corn stover, straw, woody biomass and other waste to produce cellulosic ethanol. (Source: GranBio, PR, 3 Aug., 2020) Contact: GranBio, Paulo Nigro, CEO, www.granbio.com.br; NextChem, Ilaria Catastini, Coomunications, +39 327 0663447, mediarelations@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.com; Maire Technimont, www.mairetecnimont.com

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