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China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
China National Energy Administration
Date: 2022-01-12
In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions, according to the release. China is aiming to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration, Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration, english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News China National Energy Administration,  Renewable Energy,  China Renewable Energy,  


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

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


Vinkel Bioenergi Acquired by European Energy JV (M&A, Int'l.)
Vinkel Bioenergi
Date: 2022-01-12
Danish solar energy equipment supplier European Energy is reporting the acquisition of Jutland, Denmark-based biogas producer Vinkel Bioenergi A/S on behalf of private investor Bo Bendtsen in a joint venture (JV) deal with European Energy. With the acquisition, Vinkel Bioenergi will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of the new JV holding company, BioCirc ApS.

Vinkel Bioenergi was established in 2018 to convert more than 400,000 tpy of biomass into green, CO2-neutral biogas from its facility in central Jutland.

"European Energy will make use of the CO2 that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere from the production of biogas at Vinkel Bioenergi in the production of e-methanol that will be supplied to major companies such as Circle K and Maersk. In this way, Vinkel Bioenergi contributes to our common goal of becoming a net-zero society in the future," according to the release. (Source: European Energy, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: European Energy, Knud Erik Andersen, CEO Vinkel Bioenergi A/S, Jeppe Klug Madsen, CEO, +45 96 49 43 00, info@lundsbybiogas.dk, www.lundsbybiogas.dk/en/case/vinkel-bioenergi-en; European Energy, +45 88 70 82 16, +45 88 70 82 16 www.europeanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vinkel Bioenergi news,  Biogas news,  eMethanol news,  


Idaho Power Aiming for 100 pct Renewables by 2045 (Ind. Report)
Idaho Power
Date: 2022-01-10
In Boise, the state regulated monopoly Idaho Power utility reports it has submitted its 20-year Integrated Resource Plan to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission. The Plan phases out coal-fired power plants by 2028 in favor of renewable energy, battery storage, energy efficiency and additional power that will come with the completion of a transmission line connecting to the Pacific Northwest. The utility is aiming for 100 pct clean energy by 2045 when it expects to serve more than 850,000 customers.

Idaho Power's new 2021 plan calls for 700 MW of wind, 1,405 MW of solar and 1,685 MW of battery energy storage. The plan also considers various climate-related risks and ways of meeting the company's clean energy goal built around hydropower, which is key to the company's long term strategy. Idaho Power presently has 17 hydroelectric facilities on the Snake River and its tributaries. In 2020, company's energy mix was 41.7 pct hydro, 20.9 pct coal, 11.9 pct natural gas, 11.1 pct wind, 4.1 pct solar and 2.9 pct geothermal, biomass and other sources, plus 7.4 pct energy market purchases, according to the company. (Source: Idaho Power, PR, Website, Columbian, Jan., 2022) Contact: Idaho Power,www.idahopower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Idaho Power,  Renewable Energy,  Coal,  


REG Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Comments & Asides)
Renewable Energy Group
Date: 2022-01-10
In Ames, Iowa, Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REG) Pres. & CEO Cynthia 'CJ' Warner issued the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs):

"We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

"In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

"We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies." (Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Jan., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuel Standard,  RFS,  Renewable Energy Group,  EPA RVO,  Biodiesel,  


Albioma Acquires Quebec Woody Biomass Pellet Plant (M&A)
Albioma
Date: 2022-01-03
French independent global renewable energy developer and operator Albioma is reporting acquisition of the La Granaudiere wood pellet production plant in Quebec, Canada. The plant, which has been in bankruptcy receivership and out of service since July 2021, is due to be recommissioned early this year to produce 200,000 tpy of SBP-certified pellets from wood waste or low-grade wood from sustainably managed forests.

The acquisition includes a long-term agreement granting access to a 45,000-tonne pellet storage facility in the Port of Quebec, as well as raw material supply guarantees issued by the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP). (Source: Albioma, PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Albioma, www.albioma.com/en

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


Valmet Supplying 6th Biomass CFB Boiler to Japanese Market (Int'l)
Valmet Oyi
Date: 2022-01-03
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a new CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Japan. This is the sixth order for Valmet's CFB boiler to the Japanese market since 2016, according to Valmet.

JFE Engineering Corporation will be the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for the Tahara Biomass Power Plant. Work is slated to get underway in 2023 for operations in 2025. 2025.

The new CFB boiler will enable the customer's power plant to achieve a stable power supply at high thermal efficiency while significantly reducing CO2 emissions, according to the release. (Source: Valmet, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: JFE Engineering Corporation, www.jfe-eng.co.jp/en; Valmet, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet Oyi,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Biomass Boiler,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Kentucky Offers Biomass Chemical Prod. Incentives (Ind. Report)
    Kentucky Department of Agriculture
    Date: 2021-12-31
    In Frankfort, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture has launched the Kentucky Renewable Chemical Production Program for the production of more than 30 specified chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks.

    The incentives program will share tax credits previously established for renewable diesel or biodiesel production in the commonwealth. The total amount of tax credit will be 5 cents per molecular pound of weight of renewable chemicals produced in Kentucky by an eligible business, unless the total amount of approved credits for all taxpayers exceeds the annual cap of $10 million for the program.

    Download program details HERE . (Source: Kentucky Department of Agriculture , 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Renewable Chemical Production Program, Tim Hughes, 502-573-0282, timd.hughes@ky.gov, www.kyagr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  Renewable Chemical,  Biomass,  


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

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

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

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


    Versalis, BTS Biogas Partner on Biogas Technology (Int'l. Report)
    Versalis, BTS Biogas
    Date: 2021-12-29
    In Italy, Milan-headquartered Versalis and anaerobic digestion specialist BTS Biogas report they are joing forces to develop and market Versalis' proprietary technology for the thermo-mechanical treatment of biomass, using BTS Biogas' fermentation technology, for the production of biogas and biomethane from residual lignocellulosic biomass.

    BTS Biogas is responsible for the development, engineering, construction and maintenance of over 250 biogas and biomethane plants across Europe, North America and East Asia. By recycling organic materials from municipalities, food companies and farms, BTS Biogas facilities are designed to generate a consistent supply of renewable energy as well as soil improvers and fertilizers.

    Versalis is a wholly owned subsidiary of Italian oil major Eni specializing in the production of chemicals. The company produced 9.5 million tons of chemical products in 2018 and is Italy's largest chemical producer. (Source: Eni, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Eni/Versalis, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en-IT/about-us/subsidiaries-and-affiliates/versalis-company.html; BTS Biogas, Christine McKiernan, Managing Dir., +39 0474 37 01 19, www.bts-biogas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Versalis,  BTS Biogas,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


    Valmet Supplying Boiler to Japan's Tahara Biomass Power (Int'l.)
    Valmet Oyi
    Date: 2021-12-29
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered biomass boiler specialist Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a 112 MWe CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Aichi, Japan.

    The 75-MW plant will burn primarily wood pellets to generate 770 million kWh per year which will be supplied to the grid under Japan's feed-in tariff scheme.

    Tahara Biomass Power LLC is a special purpose company owned by JFE Engineering Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Toho Gas Co., Ltd., and Tokyo Century Corporation. Valmet is a developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. (Source: Valmet, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: Valmet Oyi, Jari Niemela, Director, Boilers and Gasifiers, Energy , Valmet, +358 50 3178050, Contact: Valmet, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet Oyi,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


    Mote Constructing CCUS, Biomass-to-Hydrogen Plant (Ind. Report)
    Mote Hydrogn,CarbonCure
    Date: 2021-12-20
    California-based climatetech company Mote Hydrogen reports it is constructing a facility in California's Central Valley to convert woody biomass and agricultural wastes into hydrogen fuel while also capturing, using, and sequestering (CCUS) CO2 emissions that result from its process.

    The company's process heats biomass in a limited-oxygen environment to above 1500 degree F, converting it to a mixture of gases that is reacted, separated, and purified into hydrogen for sale as a transportation fuel and CO2 for storage. The remaining ash is sold as a fertilizer additive.

    Mote is in talks with Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies on the potential of permanently storing its CO2 in concrete using CarbonCure's carbon removal technology, which is used in CO2 mineralization systems at concrete plants.

    Engineering work on the facility, which is expected to produce around 7 million KGs of hydrogen and remove 150,000 metric tpy of CO2, is underway for an expected start-up in 2024. (Source: Mote Hydrogen, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Mote, hello@motehydrogen.com, www.motehydrogen.com; CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  Mote Hydrogen Woody Biomass,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  


    Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
    Date: 2021-12-17
    Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

    Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

    Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

    The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  


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

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

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

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


    REGI CEO Comments on EPA Proposed RVOs (Opinions & Asides)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Ames, Iowa-based renewable fuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) President and CEO Cynthia Warner issued the following statement regarding the EPA release of the proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).

    "We are pleased to see that the Agency has proposed growth for 2022 in the biomass-based diesel and total advanced categories, as these support clean, renewable fuels that are enabling real decarbonization, right now. Demand for these products is growing as customers seek ready-now, low carbon solutions.

    "In fact, with the anticipated increased capacity of renewable diesel coming online in 2022 to meet this demand, and the ample availability of feedstock to support this growth, we believe that the proposed advanced volumes are conservative and should be increased further. We look forward to continuing this important discussion with Administration officials.

    "We are encouraged that the EPA is standing behind its sound analysis in proposing to deny all 65 pending small refiner exemption requests. Bio-based diesel delivers the powerful emissions reductions this country needs, and refiners themselves are participating in production of bio-based diesel in growing numbers. Consumers are demanding lower carbon fuels today and our industry stands ready for growth. Bio-based diesel has many benefits beyond carbon reduction. The industry is creating green jobs, contributing to cleaner air, supporting sustainable agriculture and growing rural economies."

    In 2020, REGI produced 519 million gallons of cleaner fuel delivering 4.2 million metric tons of carbon reduction. Source: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., PR, 8 Dec., 2021) Contact: Renewable Energy Group, Inc., Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Renewable Energy Group,  RVO,  Renewable Fuel Standard,  


    MHI ENG to Supply CCS to Japanese Biomass Plant (Int'l.)
    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering
    Date: 2021-12-06
    In Japan, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHI ENG) is reporting receipt of an order from plant construction and maintenance firm Taihei Dengyo Kaisha for a compact 0.3 tpd CO2 capture system for installation at a 7 NW biomass power plant in Hiroshima.

    The CO2 capture technology adopted in the new system is the KM CDR Process™ -- jointly developed by MHI ENG and Kansai Electric Power Co, -- employs high performance KS-1™amine solvent.

    To date, MHI ENG has delivered 13 commercial plants using the KM CDR Process globally and has two under construction, according to the release. (Source: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, www.mhi.com/group/mhieng

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering,  


    BMH Supplying Biomass Handling for Finnish Paper Mill (Int'l.)
    Sappi
    Date: 2021-12-06
    In Finland, paper maker Sappi Finland I Oy and Rauma-based materials handling specialist Finland BMH Technology Oy are reporting a contract for the delivery of a biomass fuel handling system to the Kirkniemi Paper Mill in Lohja, Finland. The new system will bring the existing boiler in line with current environmental goals as it ends the era of coal as fuel. The boiler's future fuel supply will consist of woody biomass, bark and forestry wastes.

    The system incorporates a fuel receiving station with two back unloading units for trucks, a fuel quality control station, a silo storage with a rotating TYRANNOSAURUS screw reclaimer and all necessary fuel conveyors.

    Sappi Group operates in more than 35 countries with manufacturing on three continents and produces everyday materials from woodfibre-based renewable resources. (Sappi Group, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Sappi Kirkniemi Mill, +358 10 4642999, www.sappi.com/kirkniemi-mill; BMH Technology Oy, +358 20 4866800, www.bmh.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sappi,  Woody Biomass,  


    BioNorth Energy Acquires Fort St.James Biomass Power Project (M&A)
    BioNorth Energy
    Date: 2021-12-06
    Prince George, British Columbia-based BioNorth Energy Limited Partnership (BioNorth Energy) is reporting acquisition of the Fort St. James Green Energy Project located in Northern British Columbia. BioNorth Energy is a joint-venture partnership between the Arrow Group of Companies (Arrow), the Nak'azdli Development Corporation (NDC, the economic development arm of Nak'azdli Whut'en), and low-carbon infrastructure developer, Nexus Program Management Group, LLC (Nexus PMG).

    The 40-megawatt biomass power generation facility, located in Fort St. James, began commercial operations in late 2017 under a 30-year electricity purchase agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro. The facility ceased operations in June 2021 with over 26 years remaining on the EPA. BioNorth Energy announced plans to take over the facility earlier this year. (Source: BioNorth Energy, PR, Sherwood Park News 2 Dec., 2021)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • ENVIVA Forest Conservation Fund Seeks RfPs (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-12-03
    The Greenville, South Carolina-based U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for $500,000 project funding from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, which it administers for Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP. The funding will be awarded to protect bottomland hardwood and other wetland forests in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and tribes are eligible to apply for grants.

    Since its inception in 2015, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has supported 24 projects with approximately $2.6 million invested. The projects funded to date have protected about 31,000 acres across North Carolina and Virginia. These protected forests help provide a clean drinking water source, act as a buffer to infrastructure during storms, and provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife while at the same time providing jobs and economic opportunities for rural families and private landowners. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Alicia Cramer, Senior VP, (205) 792-8650, alicia@usendowment.org, www.usendowment.org; Enviva Forest Conservation Fund , wwwenvivaforestfund.org; Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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


    Carbon Neutral Crypto ETF Invest. Funds Launched (Ind. Report)
    Purpose Investments
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In Toronto, Canadian asset manager Purpose Investments is touting two new cryptocurrency-based exchange-trading funds (ETFs) that offer carbon offsetting to investors. Exchange-traded funds are public trade, limited liability and passively managed investment funds that have many benefits such as performance, versatility and security.

    Purpose Investments has partnered with Patch to help measure the carbon footprint of crypto wallets and provide carbon removal solutions. The objective is to invest in controlled carbon offset schemes with the aim of providing carbon neutral exposure to customers BTC. Some of the projects it invests in include direct air carbon capture, biomass, mineralization or CO2 removal, forestry, marine composting and soil management. (Source: Purpose Investments, PR, WSC, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: Purpose Investments, 877-789-1517, www.purposeinvest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purpose Investments,  Carbon Neutral,  


    DRAX Considering Future US Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Further to our Sept. 24 coverage, in the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group CEO Will Gardiner this week announced the company is considering building a biomass plant in the US whose power generation will absorb more emissions than it creates.

    Drax is currently developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology for its plant in North Yorkshire, UK. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, accelerate economic growth for the Yorkshire and Humber region and put the region at the heart of a global green economy, said Drax. It is hoped the BECCS technology at Drax Power Station near Selby will be operational by 2027. (Source: DRAX, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  bioenergy with carbon capture and storage ,  


    Arbor Announces Texas Biofuels Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting the selection of a 53-acre site in Beaumont for its first renewable biofuel plant.

    The Spindletop Plant will produce approximately 1,000 bpd of "drop-in" renewable fuel from locally sourced woody biomass. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1 of 2022 for completion and start-up early in 2024. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, PR, Biofuel Int’l. 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Tim Vail, CEO, 346-708-7819, www.arborgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    Canberra Releases Australia's Bioenergy Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In Canberra, Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon. Angus Taylor, has unveiled the Australia Bioenergy Roadmap. It includes new analysis which confirms the adoption of key technologies, which would see $10 billion added to Australia's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 26,200 full-time jobs. The roadmap also confirms that bioenergy could provide up to 40 pct of Australia's total energy consumption by the 2050s.

    The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.

    To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • The consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers;

  • The development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator ;

  • Biofuels being considered as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review;

  • Bioenergy being utilized in Government-supported microgrid studies.

    The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.

    Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Biofuel,  Biofuels,  ARENA,  Biogas,  Hydrogen,  


  • UK Biomass Power Station Reports Declining Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Lynemouth Biomass Power Station
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Northumberland, UK, the Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, the first UK coal-fired station to fully convert to biomass electric power generation , reports its CO2 emissions fell to 43 pct below grid average for 2020-21. The Station burns approximately 1.4 million tpy of woody biomass pellets, largely imported from the U.S. and Canada, to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity -- sufficient power for around 450,000 homes.

    Lynemouth Power Station was among leading bioenergy organisations in the COP26 launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy aiming for the sustainable growth of the bioenergy sector to 2050 and reaffirms the commitment to sustainability principles including the management of natural resources, carbon accounting and protecting biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, +44 191 261 1821, www.lynemouthpower.com

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    China Tops Renewables Capacity, Carbon Emitters List (Int'l.)
    China Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Beijing, the China National Energy Administration is reporting China's accumulative installed capacity for renewable energy grew to i billion kilowatts as of the end of October, this year, doubling that in the end of 2015, and now accounts for 43.5 pct of the country's total installed power generation capacity, up 10.2 percentage points over the end of 2015.

    China's installed capacity of hydropower, wind power, solar power and biomass power generation have reached 385 million kilowatts, 299 million kilowatts, 282 million kilowatts and 35.34 million kilowatts respectively, ranking China first in the world in renewable energy and carbon emissions. China has vowed to reach carbon neutrality by 2060. (Source: China National Energy Administration , Website Release, Nov., 2021) Contact: China National Energy Administration,english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/10/01/content_281474991089761.htm

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Renewable Energy,  China Carbon Emissions,  


    GEVO, Sweetwater Energy Ink Feedstock Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Sweetwater Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO, Inc. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rochester, NY-based biochemicals and bioproducts specialist Sweetwater Energy Inc.,for the use of sustainably sourced agricultural residues and woody biomass as a feedstock for the production of cellulosic alcohols and energy-dense renewable liquid hydrocarbons.

    Sweetwater plans to construct, own and operate a facility adjacent to Gevo's existing plant in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce high-value, plant-based products from cellulose and lignin while supplying Gevo with up to 30,000 tpy of biomass-derived cellulosic sugars which Gevo plans to use for the anticipated production of cellulosic alcohols and renewable hydrocarbons. The new facility would utilize Sweetwater's proprietary Sunburst technology for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass. (Source: GEVO, PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Sweetwater Energy Inc., 585-647-5760, info@sweetwater.us, www.sweetwater.us; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Sweetwater Energy,  GEVO,  Biochemical ,  


    Enviva, J-Power Report Wood Pellet Supply MoU (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, J-Power
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power) for the long-term, large-scale supply of U.S. produced sustainable wood biomass pellets to J-Power's coal-fired power plants in Japan.

    The agreement is designed to develop an executable and investable plan under which Enviva will build new infrastructure to produce and deliver up to 5 million metric tpy of sustainable wood pellets to permanently replace coal in J-Power's existing coal-fired power. J-Power is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, as previously reported.

    Previously this year, Enviva announced its Net-Zero Commitment to reduce, eliminate, or offset all of its direct emissions by 2030. Enviva agreed to adopt innovative and improved lower-emission processes through investments in projects that result in real, additional, and third-party verified net-carbon reductions as part of this ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. (Source: Enviva, PR , 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english

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


    Japanese Automakers Partner on Hydrogen, Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    Toyota. Mazda,Yamaha, Subaru
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has announced it will partner with Mazda Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Yamaha Motor and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to explore the viability of hydrogen and synthetic fuels derived from biomass and other alternative green fuels for internal combustion engine cars.

    Toyota is developing vehicles powered by hydrogen which is being promoted by the government as part of its plan to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, Dhaka Tribune, 14 Nov., 2021)

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    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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


    UK DoT Funding Project Speedbird SAF Development (Int'l.)
    Department for Transport, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In London, the UK Department for Transport's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition reports it has awarded Project Speedbird, a partnership between UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies, British Airways, and LanzaJet, £484,000 ($653,302 US) in funding for a feasibility study for the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using an integrated technology platform based on Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA® process.

    Project Speedbird will begin early-stage development of the UK's first integrated SAF production facility utilizing woody biomass/wood waste and support UK SAF sector growth by deploying innovative production technologies at a commercial scale. Starting in 2025, Project Speedbird will begin to recycle carbon from UK wood waste into 113 million lpy of SAF and renewable diesel (RD), sufficient fuel for 2,000 British Airways' flights from London to New York. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Nov., 2021) Contact: Nova Pangaea Technologies, +44 1642 440926, www.novapangaea.com; UK Department for Transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  Woody Biomass,  


    NREL Researches Algae, MSW for Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    Date: 2021-11-05
    With more than $2 million in DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) funding, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), North Carolina State University and IBM are studying how to best grow photosynthetic algae and efficiently sort municipal solid waste (MSW) for use as biofuel feedstocks.

    NREL and its partner researchers will develop and demonstrate an open-source, freely available, and fully functional smart MSW management system. The use of photosynthetic microalgae to capture and store greenhouse gases, such as CO2 from the atmosphere is quickly getting scientists' attention. A team of researchers aims to improve the capture and storage efficiency of CO2 by coupling algae cultivation as photosynthetic and biocatalysis systems to a "mechanical tree" harboring a passive direct air capture unit. Researchers will also study mechanisms using biological, engineering, and analysis approaches to understand how algae might be engineered to better store CO2 as cell biomass, as well as develop novel CO2 delivery approaches in combination with the introduction of a highly effective carbonic anhydrase protein, according to the NREL release. (Source: NREL, Bio Market Insights, Nov., 2021) Contact: NREL. Zia Abdullah, Program Manager, (303) 275-4051, www.nrel.gov

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    Vattenfall Aims for Net-Zero Emissions by 2040 (Int'l. Report)
    Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Stockholm-headquartered wind energy giant Vattenfall is reporting plans to further increase its emissions reduction targets for 2030 and beyond, aiming to reach net-zero by 2040. The new targets are set to help keep the global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius and have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), providing external validation in line with the latest climate science research. To that end, Vattenfall has committed to:
  • phase out coal from all operations by switching the last two coal-fired heat assets, Moabit and Reuter West in Berlin, to a combination of biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, and natural gas;

  • add four times the capacity of wind and solar to the grid compared to what Vattenfall has now in operations;

  • help partners and society to electrify industrial processes, including in steel, cement, heavy transport, chemicals, and more, enabling emissions reductions beyond Vattenfall's own value chain, and;

  • have 25 times as many electric charging points in operation, compared to 2020.

    Vattenfall has also committed to being net-zero along its full value chain in 2040, meaning that in 2040, the company's steeper decarbonisation trajectory will have continued and all CO2 emissions from the whole value chain, including emissions from suppliers and customers, will either have been eliminated or offset via negative emissions. Vattenfall's new emission reduction targets:

  • reduce emissions intensity in the company's operations (Scope 1+2) by more than 77 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved);

  • reduce absolute emissions from use of sold products (Scope 3) by 33 pct by 2030 compared to 2017 (SBTi approved), and:

  • reach net-zero emissions by 2040.

    (Source: Group Vattenfall, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, www.group.vattenfall.com

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  • Asian Biomass Fuel Alliance Launched (int'l. Report)
    Biomass
    Date: 2021-11-05
    In its campaign to convert aging, CO2 emitting coal plants to run on biomass, Tokyo-based Japanese electric power company Erex Co. Ltd is reporting a MoU with South Korean engineering group Samsung C&T on building global biomass supply chains for power generation .

    Erex plans to buy coal-run power plants from major utilities and refit them for biomass fuel, helping reduce Japan's CO2 emissions. By working with Samsung C&T, which has commodity trading and construction operations in Southeast Asia, Erex hopes to increase procurement of biomass fuel from its present 1 million tons to between 3 million and 5 million tpy in 2025 rising to 10 million tons in 2030. The fuel will be used at Erex's own power plants and sold to other operators in Japan and overseas. (Source: Erex, PR, Nikkei Asia, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: Erex Co. Ltd., www.erex.co.jp; Samsung C&T, www.samsungcnt.com/eng/index.do

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    CHAR Reports Woody Biomass-to-RNG, Biocoal Progress (Ind. Report)
    CHAR Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Toronto-headquartered CHAR Technologies is reporting surveying and geotechnical testing at the proposed site of its woody-biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) High Temperature Pyrolysis project near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, is underway. The proposed facility will produce 500,000 gigajoules per year of RNG and 10,000 tpy of "Cleanfyre" biocoal from woody-biomass.

    CleanFyre is an innovative, carbon-neutral, sustainable, solid biofuel (biocoal) that meets the strict requirements of a wide variety of industries. The substitution of CleanFyre for fossil coal in many industrial processes allows clients to recognize significant GHG reductions. On a life-cycle basis, GHG emissions can typically be reduced by over 90 pct per tonne of CleanFyre used, according to the company.

    The Company anticipates a long-term RNG offtake contract with a Canadian gas utility company will be finalized by early 2022. CleanFyre from the proposed Kirkland Lake facility will be earmarked for future sale to the steel making and metal smelting industries.

    CHAR Technologies Ltd. specializes in organic waste pyrolysis and biocarbon development, custom equipment for industrial air and water treatment, and providing services in environmental management, site investigation and remediation, engineering, environmental compliance and resource efficiency. (Source: CHAR Technologies, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, 866-521-3654, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

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    CleanBC Roadmap Ups RNG's Roll for FortisBC (Ind. Report)
    FortisBC
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In British Columbia, Canada, FortisBC is reporting British Columbia's CleanBC Roadmap to 2030 reaffirms FortisBC's gas system will continue to play a key role in the province's decarbonization while accelerating the transition toward renewable energy, including renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen. The roadmap includes a cap on emissions from natural gas use in buildings and industrial sectors as well as accelerated electrification in the transportation sector.

    According to the release, FortisBC expects to triple its supply of RNG by the end of 2022 and to assist in reaching CleanBC objectives. Under FortisBC's previously announced "30BY30" target the company targeted reducing its customer emissions by 30 pct by 2030 (compared to 2007 levels) by: investing in low and zero carbon transportation; supporting the growth of renewable gases; using LNG to help lower global emissions and increasing investment in energy efficiency and conservation. By the end of 2020, FortisBC reduced customer emissions by 420,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) -- equivalent to taking 128,000 cars off the road in one year. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: FortisBC, Roger Dall'Antonia, CEO, Pres., www.fortisbc.com, www.fortisinc.com/rng

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    Enviva, GreenGasUSA Ink RNG Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, GreenGasUSA
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered industrial woody biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva Partners, LP and renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist GreenGasUSA are reporting a 10-year RNG offtake agreement to decarbonize natural gas-related emissions in Enviva's operations. The agreement is expected to eliminate more than 64,000 metric tpy of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from the atmosphere to offset approximately 75 pct of Enviva's direct emissions from its manufacturing operations.

    GreenGasUSA produces RNG and provides CNG, pipeline injection services and other low- and zero-emitting energy solutions to industrial, commercial and residential users across the U.S. GreenGas currently owns a natural gas injection point in Georgetown, South Carolina. (Source: Enviva , PR Website , Oct., 2021) Contact: Enviv, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; GreenGasUSA, Marc Fetten, 412-726-3331, marc.fetten@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com

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    Aemetis Inks RD Plant Engineering Contract (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In the Golden State, Cupertino-based renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company Aemetis, Inc. reports it has contracted with Houston, Texas-based engineering and construction firm CTCI America to conduct permitting and engineering work for a carbon zero renewable jet/diesel plant to be built in Riverbank, California.

    The Aemetis Carbon Zero plant will use waste wood/woody biomass to produce cellulosic hydrogen with a below zero carbon intensity, which is combined with renewable oils and zero carbon intensity hydroelectric electricity to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The plant will have an initial capacity of 45 million gpy, with engineering and other development work underway for expansion to 90 million gpy. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: CTCI America, 281-870-9998, www.americas.ctci.com; Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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

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

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

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    Biomass Secure Power Rebooting Biocoal Pilot Plant (Ind. Report)
    Biomass Secure Power
    Date: 2021-10-29
    Chilliwack, British Columbia-based Biomass Secure Power Inc. reports it plans to reopen a biocoal pilot plant in Laramie, Wyoming, to fulfill requests for samples from several power companies. The company will initially supply 20Kg of biocoal for lab tests then supply 5,000 tonnes of biocoal to five companies for test burning in power plants.

    BSP's licensing program allows companies to use its patented technology to build biocoal plants close to power plant locations, thus reducing cost of using biocoal. Under the licensing agreement, power companies will pay an upfront fee for a 25 year license and pay a royalty based on plant production. Two companies have shown interest in this program. BSP notes it is in negotiations with European and Asia companies interested in Biocoal under long term off-take agreements. (Source: Biomass Secure Power Inc., PR, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: Biomass Secure Power Inc., 604-807-4957, info@bmspf.com, www.bmspf.com

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    LanzaTech Touts Indian Bagasse-to-Ethanol Project (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-10-27
    LanzaTech reports it is partnering with India's Spray Engineering Devices Limited (SED) in a first of a kind sustainable bagasse-to-ethanol project in India. The project will be able to use various feedstocks and will be able to bolt on to waste and residue sources to provide a domestic feedstock source for low carbon ethanol.

    To convert the solid biomass wastes to gases, LanzaTech will work with commercially proven gasification technology. The resulting carbon rich gas will then be converted to ethanol using LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform. The integrated technology will have the flexibility to process a wide range of biomass feedstocks enabling rapid replication at other locations, according to the release.

    The Indian government is encouraging production of cellulosic ethanol from agricultural wastes and increased production of 2G, non-food or feed based ethanol, to meet its 20 pct ethanol blending mandate by 2025. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 22 Oct., 2021) Contact: Spray Engineering Devices Ltd., Vivek Verma, M.D. +91 95699 05375. www.sprayengineering.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    GEVO, Axens Partner on SAF Projects (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, Axens
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO, Inc. and Axens North America are reporting an alliance aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) projects in the US. Gevo expects to develop, own, and operate SAF production facilities utilizing its expertise in renewable alcohol production and technologies.

    Axens Group offers a range of solutions for the conversion of oil and biomass to cleaner fuels, the production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates, as well as treatment and conversion options for natural gas on a global scale. The offering includes technologies, equipment, furnaces, modular units, catalysts, adsorbents and related services.

    The collaboration between is expected to allow GEVO to partner with existing ethanol producers to deploy proven technologies at commercial scales consistent with the airline industry's sustainability goals, according to GEVO. (Source: GEVO, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Axens, Jean Sentenac, CEO , www.axens.net; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    REGI, ISU Hydrotreater Pilot Plant Startup Announced (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In the Hawkeye State, Ames-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) and the Iowa State University (ISU) Bioeconomy Institute are reporting the start-up of a new hydrotreater pilot plant at the ISU BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) in Boone, Iowa.

    The ISU BCRF is an integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing. This hydrotreater pilot plant will utilize the expertise of both organizations to better understand how various biomass feedstocks can play a role in the production of renewable fuels with a specific focus on renewable diesel.

    The pilot plant is a multi-reactor state-of-the-art research and development unit designed by REGI's engineering teams to accelerate the development of new feedstocks and processes. The system is fully automated and configured to run safely and reliably for weeks at a time, according to the release. (Source: REGI, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: ISU BioCentury Research Farm , 515-296-6300, www.biocenturyresearchfarm.iastate.edu; REGI, Cynthia Warner, CEO, Katie Stanley, 515-239-8184, katie.stanley@regi.com, www.regi.com

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    Vattenfall Quadrupling Renewables Capacity in GHG Emissions Reduction Plan (Int'l. Report))
    Vattenfall, SBTi
    Date: 2021-10-15
    In Sweden, Stockholm-based wind energy giant Vattenfall reports it is increasing its emission reduction targets for 2030 and beyond, aiming to reach net zero by 2040. The new targets are set to help keep the global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees C -- as per the Paris Climate Agreement -- and have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). To that end, Vattenfall aims to:
  • phase out coal from all operations by switching the last two coal-fired heat assets, Moabit and Reuter West in Berlin, to a combination of biomass, heat pumps, power-to-heat, and natural gas;

  • add four times the capacity of wind and solar to the grid compared to what the company has now in operations;

  • help partners and society to electrify industrial processes, including in steel, cement, heavy transport, chemicals, and more, enabling emissions reductions beyond Vattenfall's own value chain, and have 25 times as many electric charging points in operation, compared to 2020;

  • committed to being net-zero along its full value chain in 2040.

    According to Vattenfall's Annika Ramskold, Head of Sustainability, "Phasing out coal represents the next phase of our decarbonisation journey: we've gone from more than 22 million tons of CO2 in 2017 to about 12 million tons in 2020, and these new investments will give us a flexible, future-proof portfolio of assets that will reduce emissions to under 6 million tons in 2030 and will contribute to net zero operations by 2040." (Source: Vattenfall, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Anna Borg, Pres., CEO, +46 (0)76-769 56 07. www.group.vattenfall.com; SBTi, www.sciencebasedtargets.org

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  • FDA Calls for End of Forest Biomass Fired Power Production (Int'l.)
    Forest Defenders Alliance
    Date: 2021-10-15
    The Forest Defenders Alliance (FDA), an alliance of over 100 NGOs, is calling on the European Union to end the burning of forest biomass as renewable energy. The FDA initiative wants Brussels to protect forests, rather than encourage more logging in order to produce biomass fuel that is burned in power plants.

    The EU counts biomass fuel as a zero-carbon renewable energy, but environmentalists want it to be excluded from this criteria due to the fact that burning wood emits more carbon pollution than burning coal and regrowing trees, which NGOs say takes decades to centuries to offset the pollution.

    The FDA is supported by the European Climate Foundation, the Ceres Trust, the Tortuga Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, and Fred Stanback. (Source: Forest Defenders Alliance, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Forest Defenders Alliance, www. forestdefenders.eu, twitter.com/ForestDefence

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    Arbios Announces BC Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Arbios Biotech, Licella Holdings
    Date: 2021-10-13
    In British Columbia, Canadian Forest Products and Sydney, Australia-based Licella Holdings joint venture Arbios Biotech reports it will construct a woody biomass- to-low carbon biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia. The plant will convert tree bark and sawmill wastes into high value renewable biocrude which can be further refined to produce low-carbon transportation fuels.

    The facility will convert 25,000 dry tpy of wood residue to 50,000 bpy of sustainable bio-oil when it begins production in the first half of 2023. The plant, which will utilize Licella' s patented Cat-HTR decarbonization platform , will be constructed on a portion of Canfor's Intercontinental Pulp Mill site and will have the potential to add four processing lines within the existing footprint. (Source: Arbios Biotech, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Arbios Biotech, Don Roberts, Chair, www.arbiosbiotech.com; Licella Holdings, +61 (02) 9119 6050, info@licella.com, www.licella.com; Canadian Forest Products, www.canfor.com

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    CPL Industries Launches 30 pct Biomass Fuel (New Prod. & Tech.)
    CPL Industries
    Date: 2021-10-08
    In the UK, Sheffield-headquartered CPL Industries is reporting the launch of its new Ecoke product range for energy and emissions intensive wanting to accelerate their decarbonisation and reduce emissions.

    Ecoke is a manufactured fuel containing 30 pct fully renewable, sustainably sourced, biomass with an up to 30 pct decrease when compared to traditional fossil-based coke and anthracite with comparable performance and specifications. Ecoke can be used with existing production processes and handling equipment so switching to lower emissions is straightforward, inexpensive and immediate. (Source: CPL Industries, Website News Release, 5 Oct., 2021) Contact: CPL Industries, Jason Sutton, CEO, [[ cplenquiries@cplindustries.co.uk P[hone: 01246 277 001 E+nquiries@cplindustries.co.uk Phone: 01246 277 001 +44 0 1246 277 001, cplenquiries@cplindustries.co.uk, www.cplindustries.co.uk

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