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TRC-Q Announces Microalgae Biofuels R&D Projects (Ind. Report)
Qatar Science & Technology Park,Total
Date: 2019-11-25
Reporting from the Qatar Science & Technology Park, Total Research Centre-Qatar (TRC-Q) is announcing the launch of two new research projects using locally sourced microalgae to produce sustainable biofuels and for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). The Centre is also collaborating with Hamad Bin Khalifa University's Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute to develop various clean energy technologies, products and solutions.

According to the release, TRC-Q currently has projects for analytical organic geochemistry and acid stimulation of wells to improve production, as well as flagship projects related to sustainable development, marine biodiversity biofuels and solar energy Microalgae is a promising pathway to sustainable Biofuels and TRC-Q is working with QU and universities and research organisations in the Netherlands, France and China to explore biofuels, as an option for limiting transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release. (Source: Total Research Centre-Qatar, Gulf Times, 25 Nov., 2019) Contact: Total, www.total.com/en; Total Research Centre-Qatar, Yousef al-Jaber, Dir., www.afaq.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae news,  Microalgae.Biofuel news,  


COAL21 Supports Queensland Carbon Capture Hub (Int'l., Funding)
COAL21
Date: 2019-11-20
In the Land Down Under, COAL21, Australia's largest industrial low emissions technology fund, reports it will provide additional funding towards establishing the country's first commercial scale carbon capture hub in Queensland.

The new funding will support consideration of a final investment decision for construction of a $150 (Aus) million carbon capture plant at the Millmerran Power Station as part of the Carbon Transport and Storage Company's estimated $230 million, scalable Integrated Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) project in the Surat Basin. When fully operational, the facility will remove and store emissions equivalent to to the emissions 25,000 cars per year over the project's potential 25-30-year life, according to COAL21.

According to COAL21, the investment will provide: an emissions reduction solution for carbon exposed industries in southern Queensland; improved energy security in the national electricity market; and the foundation of a commercially competitive emission reduction and removal solution for new high efficiency low emission power stations, as well as emissions reduction infrastructure, for Australian industries.

COAL21 is a $550 million low emission technology fund established by the Australia black coal industry with the purpose of investing in research and deployment of carbon reduction technologies.

The Surat Basin investment continues more than a decade of COAL21 investing in low emission technologies, including a world first project that demonstrated carbon capture technology can be applied to coal-fired power stations to generate electricity with low emissions -- the Callide Oxyfuel project. (Source: COAL21, International Mining, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: COAL21, www.coal21.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Coal,  


Total, Qatar Univ. Partnering on Algae-Biofuel R&D (Int'l Report)
TOTAL, Qatar University
Date: 2019-11-20
French energy giant TOTAL and Qatar University's Center for Sustainable Development in Doha are reporting the launch of two research projects for the investigation of micro-algae for biofuels production and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). Both projects are sponsored by Total R & D Group and will be performed at Qatar University.

The partnership supports the investigation into sustainable solutions to support the increasing global requirements for biofuels, lubricants, and raw materials, whilst capturing carbon dioxide.

According to TOTAL, algae are sustainable sources of biomass which can be used for a multitude of applications including biofuels production and CO2 sequestration using non-arable lands. (Source: Qatar University, TOTAL, MENAFN, 19 Nov., 2019) Contact: TOTAL Research Center Qatar University, Yousef Al Jaber, Director, +974 4403 3333, www.qu.edu.qa; TOTAL, Marie-Noelle Semeria, Snr. VP, Group CTO, https://fr.linkedin.com › marie-noëlle-semeria-859b8897, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  TOTAL,  CCUS ,  


Oil & Gas Climate Initiative Commits to Cutting Emissions (Int'l)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2019-10-28
In London, the thirteen-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reporting a $1 billion commitment to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord -- including investments in carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS) and supporting carbon taxes and economic incentives aimed at reducing emissions.

Initially, OGCI will help decarbonize multiple industrial hubs in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands and China. The OGCI also aims to build on the industry's reduction in methane emissions (9 pct in 2018) and to include carbon emissions in hope that future temperature increases will not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. To complement its methane emissions-intensity target, OGCI seeks to reduce collective average carbon intensity by 2025.

The OGCI member companies -- BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, Equinor, ExxonMobil, Occidental, Pemex, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Shell and Total -- account for 32 pct of global operated oil and gas production, according to the OGCI website. (Source: OGCI, Alex Mills, Tims Record News, 28 Oct., 2019) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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ExxonMobil Supports MIT Low-Carbon Energy, CCUS (Ind. Report)
ExxonMobil,MIT Energy Initiative
Date: 2019-10-21
Irving, Texas-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it has extended its support of the MIT Energy Initiative's (MITEI) low-carbon energy research and education mission by renewing its status as a founding member for another five years. ExxonMobil first signed on as a member of the initiative in 2014.

With its renewed membership, ExxonMobil will: extend its membership in MITEI's Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage CCUS; join MITEI's Center for Energy Storage, which seeks to develop new energy storage technologies for use in renewables-heavy electric power systems, electricity-powered transportation, and other applications; and join MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, its newest Low-Carbon Energy Center.

Among MITEI projects supported by ExxonMobil is a new multi-level energy assessment tool, the Sustainable Energy System Analysis Modelling Environment, which assesses lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions from various energy sectors. Other ExxonMobil-supported MITEI research includes an assessment of the future role for carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology in a portfolio of climate mitigation options and a project that models the lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of solar power and demonstrates its low carbon intensity.

ExxonMobil will also continue to support energy education through MITEI's undergraduate and graduate programs, including the Energy Fellows Program, which enables graduate students to engage in research in low-carbon energy areas of their choice and prepares them for careers addressing energy and climate challenges.(Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 21 Oct., 2019) Contact: ExxonMobil , Robert Armstrong, www.exxonmobil.com, www.twitter.com/exxonmobil; MIT Energy Initiative, Louis Carranza, Assoc. Dir., energy.mit.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  ExxonMobil,  


Cdn., Japanese Emissions Reduction, CCS MoU Inked (Ind. Report)
International CCS Knowledge Centre
Date: 2019-10-09
Tokyo-based Japan CCS Co., Ltd. and the Regina, Saskatchewan-headquartered International CCS Knowledge Centre are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) outlining plans to collaborate on accelerating the use and understanding of carbon capture utilization and storage (CCS/CCUS).

Japan CCS Co., Ltd. is conducting the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project to demonstrate the viability of full-chain CCS in Japan. The International CCS Knowledge Centre will share the experience and lessons-learned from the construction, operation and maintenance of SaskPower's Boundary Dam 3 CCS Facility - the world's first commercial scale, post-combustion CCS facility on a coal-fired power plant.

The International CCS Knowledge Centre was established by BHP and SaskPower with a mandate to advance the global understanding and deployment of large-scale CCS to reduce global GHG emissions. (Source: Japan CCS, International CCS Knowledge Centre, PR, 8 Oct., 2019) Contact: International CCS Knowledge Centre , Mike Monea, President & CEO, www.ccsknowledge.com; Japan CCS Co., Ltd., www.japanccs.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News International CCS Knowledge Centre,  CCS,  Boundry Dam,  Saskpower,  ,  


CO2 Solutions Working Through Bankruptcy Process (Ind. Report)
CO2 Solutions Inc
Date: 2019-09-18
Quebec-based enzyme-enabled carbon capture specialist CO2 Solutions Inc reports it has filed a notice of intention to make a proposal pursuant to the provisions of Part III of the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Ernst and Young Inc. has been appointed as trustee and will assist CO2 Solutions in its restructuring efforts.

CO2 Solutions' technology lowers the cost barrier to Carbon Capture, Utilization and Sequestration (CCUS) positioning it as a viable CO2 mitigation tool, as well as enabling industry to derive profitable new products from these emissions. The company has an extensive patent portfolio covering the use of carbonic anhydrase, or analogues thereof, for the efficient post-combustion capture of carbon dioxide with low-energy aqueous solvents. (Source: CO2 Solutions, Inc., PR, CNW/Telbec, Sept. 16, 2019) Contact: CO2 Solutions Inc., Richard Surprenant, CEO, Jeremie Lavoie, (418) 842-3456, ext. 223, jeremie.lavoie@co2solutions.com, www.co2solutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions Inc.,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  CCUS,  


DOE Announces $110Mn Grant Funding for CCUS R&D (R&D Funding)
US DOE,NETL
Date: 2019-09-16
The U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $110 million in federal funding for cost-shared R&D projects under three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Approximately $75M is for awards selected under two FOAs announced earlier this fiscal year; $35M is for a new FOA.

These FOAs further the (Trump) Administration's commitment to strengthening coal while protecting the environment. Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is increasingly becoming widely accepted as a viable option for coal-fired energy sources or gas-fired power plants and other industrial sources to lower their CO2 emissions.

Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 million for cost-shared R&D. The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

Under the second FOA award, Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment, DOE selected four projects to receive up to $20 million for cost-shared R&D. The projects also advance existing R&D by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer.

Under the new FOA, , DOE is announcing up to $35 million for cost-shared R&D projects that will accelerate wide-scale deployment of CCUS through assessing and verifying safe and cost-effective anthropogenic CO2 commercial-scale storage sites, and carbon capture and/or purification technologies. These types of projects have the potential to take advantage of the 45Q tax credit for each ton of CO2 sequestered or utilized. The credit was recently increased to $35/metric ton for enhanced oil recovery and $50/metric ton for geologic storage.

Projects selected under this new FOA shall perform the following key activities: complete a detailed site characterization of a commercial-scale CO2 storage site (50 million metric tons of captured CO2 within a 30 year period); apply and obtain an underground injection control class VI permit to construct an injection well; complete a CO2capture assessment; and perform all work required to obtain a National Environmental Policy Act determination for the site.

DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory NETL) will manage the selected projects. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 13 Sept., 2019)Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy. www.energy.gov/fe/foa-2058-front-end-engineering-design-feed-studies-carbon-capture-systems-coal-and-natural-gas, www.energy.gov/fe; NETL, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News NETL,  CCS,  US DOE,  CCUS,  CO2,  Office of Fossil Energy,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" says UK National Grid (Int'l Report)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-08-09
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years. Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  


UK Exploring Funding Options to Drive Renewables, CCUS (Int'l)
Low-Carbon Energy, UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Date: 2019-07-29
In London, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is touting renewable and nuclear energy fund proposals it says are critically important in reaching net-zero emissions. The proposals explore the use of the Regulated Asset Base (RAB) finance approach to attract significant private investment in major infrastructure projects like the Thames Tideway Tunnel which used the RAB model to reduce the cost of financing and risk for developers while limiting the long term impact on consumer energy costs.

The RAB funding model could also be used to reduce the costs of carbon dioxide storage. A funding model similar to the Contracts for Difference scheme, which provides developers with a set price for low-carbon electricity will be explored alongside other options to deliver investment in Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) power projects while cutting emissions. The government aims to roll out the technology at scale by the 2030s, subject to costs coming down, as part of its commitment to become a net-zero emissions economy by 2050.

To that end, the government has committed £170 million towards deploying technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen networks in industrial clusters to support establishment of the world's first net-zero industrial cluster by 2040. Additionally, industry will consider investing up to £261 million in new technologies to reduce emissions. Plans have also been announced to make it easier to recycle oil and gas infrastructure for use in CCUS projects, including using some of the 20,000 km of pipelines and depleted oil and gas reservoirs to transport and store CO2. Great Britain is aiming to completely phase out coal by 2025. (Source: UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) , PR, 23 July, 2019) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Net-Zero Emissions,  BEIS,  


Net-Zero Carbon "Achievable" by 2050, says UK National Grid (Int'l)
UK National Grid
Date: 2019-07-17
According to the UK National Grid's latest Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report, Great Britain could reach net-zero carbon in its electricity grid by 2050 -- if "immediate action" is taken across all key energy technology and policy areas, such as increased energy efficiency and carbon capture and storage (CCS), and "at a significantly greater scale than assumed."

The report outlines five "credible pathways and scenarios for the future of energy" over the next 30 years Two of the scenarios meet the country's old 2050 target of an 80 pct reduction in GHG emissions by 2050, and a new "standalone sensitivity analysis on how net-zero carbon emissions could potentially be achieved by 2050."

The report notes that achieve net-zero, British homes would need to use at least one-third less energy for heating by 2050 than today, while the electricity system would need to operate using only zero-carbon generation, and the power sector would need to deliver negative emissions, using technologies like biomass and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS).

Report details HERE. (Source: UK National Grid, ReNew Economy, July, 2019) Contact: UK National Grid, Kayte O'Neill, Head of Strategy and Regulation, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK National Grid,  Net-Zero Carbon,  


Teesside Clean Gas, CCS Project Awarded £3.8 Mn (Int'l Funding)
OGCI Climate Investments
Date: 2019-07-03
In the UK, Teesside's Clean Gas project on the former SSI steelworks site could become the world's first gas-powered energy plant using carbon capture and storage (CCS)technology at scale with £3.8 million in funding from the federal government. The £18 million project was announced in November by OGCI Climate Investments.

Phase one is a huge power plant, which will run on natural clean gas and could be operational as early as 2024 or 2025. Construction is slated to get underway in 2020.

The UK Government has laid out plans for the UK to be a world-leader in the field of CCS, with its Clean Growth Strategy and last November's CCUS Action Plan.

OGCI companies set a target to reduce the collective average methane intensity of our aggregated upstream gas and oil operations to below 0.25 pct by 2025, with the ambition to achieve 0.20 pct. Starting from a baseline of 0.32 pct in 2017, reaching the 0.20 pct target would translate into greatly reducing our collective methane emissions by more than one-third -- approximately 600,000 tpy of methane -- by the end of 2025, according the OGCI website. (Source: Teeside Live, 27 June, 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com/climate-investments

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  OGCI Climate Investments ,  


ACORN CCUS Project Scores £4.8Mn Funding (Int'l, Funding)
Pale Blue Dot,
Date: 2019-06-28
In London, the UK Government is reporting £4.8 million funding to the Aberdeenshire firm Pale Blue Dot Energy for ACORN, a carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project at St Fergus gas plant near Peterhead, Scotland.

The funding, which is part of a total £26 million spread across nine UK projects aimed at accelerating the rollout of carbon capture technology as the island nation strives for net zero emissions by 2050, will be used to pay for detailed design work on ACORN which, if approved for development, could be completed and commissioned in 2023-24. The ACORN project would use existing oil and gas infrastructure to store CO2 in depleted North Sea oil fields. (Source: Pale Blue Dot Energy, EnergyVoice, 27 June, 2019) Contact: Pale Blue Dot Energy, Emma Anderson, +44 (0) 1330 826890, www.pale-blu.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


DRAX, Deep Branch Biotech to Turn CO2 into Animal Feed (Int'l)
DRAX
Date: 2019-06-24
In the UK, power plant operator DRAX and Nottingham-startup Deep Branch Biotechnology, a lab located at DRAX's giant power station in Yorkshire, reports the two organizations will explore ways to capture and process CO2 into protein for sustainable animal feed.

Deep Branch Biotechnology is to run the new pilot project within the DRAX power plant's Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) Incubation Area. For the pilot project, scientists will gather waste CO2 from energy generation and feed it to microbes which will use it to make single-cell proteins that could replace soy and fish meal in fish and livestock feeds.

Deep Branch claims it can convert "up to 60-70 pct of CO2 into protein, helping to both minimize the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere during power generation and other industrial processes, whilst producing protein for animal feeds which will help reduce the impact of agricultural sectors on the environment as well."

The Deep Branch pilot, which is slated to get underway this autumn, aims to capture enough CO2 to produce 100kg of protein. If successful, Deep Branch Biotechnology plans to build a larger production facility by 2020. DRAX has been capturing CO2 since February through its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot project, which uses technology developed by Leeds University spin-out company C-Capture. (Source: Deep Branch Biotechnology, DRAX, June, 2019) Contact: Deep Branch Biotechnology, Peter Rowe, CEO, info@deepbranchbio.com, www.deepbranchbio.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; C-Capture, Caspar Schoolderman, Director of Engineering, Tel/Fax +44 0 113 245 0418, www.c-capture.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News C-Capture,  CCUS,  DRAX,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


Carbon Capture Hub Planned for UK Humber Region (Int'l Report)
National Grid, Drax, Equinor
Date: 2019-05-29
In the UK, National Grid, Drax and Equinor are reporting they will partner to develop the country's first carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) hub in the Humber region. Under their initial plan, carbon emissions from the woody biomass-wood pellet burning Drax power station near Selby, could be captured and stored in disused gas fields in the southern North Sea. (Source: DRAX,Various Media, May, 2019)Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, www.drax.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com/en; UK National Grid, www2.nationalgrid.com/uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  UK National Grid,  Drax ,  Equinor,  


European CCUS Projects Network Scores Funding (Int'l Funding)
European CCUS Project
Date: 2019-04-26
The European CCUS Project Network is reporting recxeipt of funding from the European Commission to support and inspire major carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects with the potential to deliver significant carbon emission reduction in Europe's industrial regions.

The network will provide member projects with opportunities for sharing knowledge and best practices alongside guidance on how to increase public awareness and acceptance of CCUS technologies.

Projects being considered as network members will have a focus on carbon capture and storage and/or CO2 utilization, and will need to demonstrate substantial overall CO2 emissions reduction in lifecycle analysis as well as a commitment to building a European CCUS industry through knowledge sharing. (Source: European CCUS Project Network, GasWorld, 25 April, 2019) Contact: European CCUS Project Network, John Scowcroft|, Manager,: +32 (0) 2 550 3960 John.Scowcroft@globalccsinstitute.com, https://ccsnetwork.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  European CCUS Project,  


EU-funded, China CO2-Capture Project to Miss 2020 Deadline (Int'l)
Global CCS Institute
Date: 2019-04-10
According to an EU Observer report, it is unlikely that the EU and China will meet their goal of establishing an EU co-financed "near-zero emissions", carbon capture and storage (CCS) equipped coal fired power plant operation in China by 2020. China and the EU partnered and agreed to the project at a previous summit, in Beijing in September 2005.

However, Chinese companies financed a feasibility study for the project without EU funding, leading the EC to argue its planned €7 million contribution to the project was no longer possible. Even so, the EC notes it remains committed to an expert dialogue with China on CCUS.

According to the Melbourne, Australia-based Global CCS Institute, there are nine large-scale CCS facilities in China "in different stages of advancement" with only one such facility in operation. But China's four fossil-based power plants with CCS are all still in early development phase and not expected to be fully operational until somewhere in the 2020s. To date, the EU has not managed to get CCS projects into operation. (Source: EC, Global CCS Institute, EU Observer, April, 2019)Contact: Global CCS Institute, +61 3 8620 7300, info@globalccsinstitute.com, www.globalccsinstitute.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Global CCS Institute,  


Carbon Engineering Raises $68Mn for CC Commercialization (Funding)
Carbon Engineering Ltd.
Date: 2019-03-22
In Canada, Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon (DAC) capture specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is reporting completion of an equity financing round of $68 million (US). This $68 million investment will enable the company to bridge the gap from the pilot demonstration of its DAC and AIR TO FUELS™ technologies, expand its pilot plant in Squamish, and engineer its first commercial facilities to capture up to 1 million tpy of atmospheric CO2.

Carbon Engineering's DAC technology can remove CO2 from the atmosphere for less than $100/tonne and deliver large-scale negative emissions by permanently and safely storing the CO2 underground. The technology can also be used to reduce emissions from transportation by converting atmospheric CO2 into ultra-low carbon fuels that can power existing vehicles and airplanes without vehicle engine modifications, according to the company. (Source: Carbon Engineering, PR, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, info@carbonengineering.com, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Engineering Ltd.,  


DOE Offers $30Mn Funding for Carbon Capture Systems R&D (Funding)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2019-03-15
The U.S. DOE has announced the availability of up to $30 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development for front-end engineering design (FEED) studies for carbon dioxide (CO2) capture systems. The projects, funded by the Office of Fossil Energy's Carbon Capture program will support FEED studies for CO2 systems on both coal and natural gas power plants.

According to the agency, FEED studies for commercial carbon capture systems is necessary to fully understand and reduce the costs of these systems and is the next step toward wide-scale deployment of the technology.

The DOE notes CCUS systems are proven to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants that use coal and gas. For example, the Petra Nova Project, which is supported by DOE and located near Houston, Texas, has captured more than 1 million tpy of CO2 since coming online in 2017.

Access project details HERE. (Source: US DOE, Mar., 2019) Contact: US DOE, (202) 586-5000, www.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Carbon Capture,  Petra Nova,  Carbon Cioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


Notable Quote
CCS
Date: 2019-03-15
"We have already seen the fruits of clean technology, like CCUS -- Carbon Capture, Utilization, Sequestration -- right here in the United States. The Petra Nova facility in my home state of Texas ... uses a process to remove 90 pct of the carbon dioxide after coal is burned in that power plant." -- Rick Perry, US Energy Secretary,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS news,  Rick Perry news,  


Notable Quote
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-04
"That's what's at stake here (climate change). A fundamental continuation of life and civilization as we've become accustomed to." -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D) Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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Aker Solutions to Assess Possible Oil Refinery CCS Tech (Int'l)
Preem,Aker Solutions
Date: 2019-03-01
Global engineering company Aker Solutions reports it has been selected by Sweden's largest fuel company PREEM to conduct a feasibility study of the technological and economic impact of implementing carbon capture technology at Preemraff Lyekil, Scandinavia's major crude oil refinery.

The scope of Aker's work includes pilot testing of carbon capture from the oil refinery flue gas in industrial conditions. The test is intended to assess the carbon capture process performance such as solvent degradation rate, energy efficiency and percentage of CO2 captured which will be included in the possible later design and implementation of a large-scale capture plant. The feasibility study will include design of a full-scale carbon capture plant for the Hydrogen Production Unit (HPU) at the refinery. (Source: Aker Solutions, Gas World, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Preem, Petter Holland, CEO, +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english; Aker Solutions, Oscar Graff , VP, Head of Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com

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Netherlands Eyes Rotterdam PORTHOS CCUS Project (Int'l Report)
GASUNIE
Date: 2019-02-15
In the Netherlands, the state gas transmission system operator GASUNIE reports it is joining the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the state-owned producer EBN to prepare a sub-sea carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) project under the name PORTHOS -- Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub & Offshore Storage.

The PORTHOS project is being developed as an open access transport and storage infrastructure which can be used by multiple parties to store CO2. The project is presently seeking expressions of interest from potential users to determine The expression of interest process is part of the preparations for the project. A decision about the realization of the PORTHOS project is expected sometime in 2020.

The concept is based on a collective pipeline that runs through Rotterdam's port area. This pipeline will serve as a basic infrastructure that a variety of industrial parties can connect to in order to dispose of the CO2 captured at their facilities. Most of the collected gas will be transported via a pipeline to an empty gas field in the North Sea where it will injected into an empty natural gas field under the seabed consisting of sandstone reservoir rock. By 2030, the project expects to sequester between 2 and 5 million tpy of CO2. (Source: Rotterdam CCUS Website, Nat. Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: GASUNIE, www.gasunie.nl/en; Rotterdam CCUS, +31 6-22466553, info@rotterdamccus.nl, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/the-project, https://rotterdamccus.nl/en/customers; Port of Rotterdam, https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  


UK CCUS Research Study Scores £150,000 Funding (Int'l Report)
Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage
Date: 2019-02-15
In the UK, the Edinburgh-headquartered Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) project is reporting the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise have committed £50,000 each to support the UK's largest research, industry and government partnership in carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS).

The SCCS is a 2005 vintage research and knowledge exchange partnership between Heriot-Watt University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Strathclyde, and the British Geological Survey, intended to support the development of CCUS.

SCCS assisted in bringing Scottish experts to the ACT Acorn Project. Lead by energy consultants Pale Blue Dot Energy, the Acorn project is working to develop the UK's first operational carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. (Source: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Gas World, 14 Feb., 2019) Contact: Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage, Dr Philippa Parmiter, Project Manager, philippa.parmiter@sccs.org.uk, +44 (0)131 651 4647, +44 (0)131 651 4647, info@sccs.org.uk, www.sccs.org.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  CCS,  Carbon Capture and Storage,  


Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage -- A New Sense of Urgency? (Conferences & Events)
Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage,
Date: 2019-01-24
Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) systems play a key role in the technological efforts to mitigate emissions, particularly from heavy industries such as steel, chemicals, cement and other industries. Both political will and financial means are necessary to advance CCUS initiatives and to get the first European demo projects off the ground. The upcoming EURACTIV Forum will address the following and other related questions:

  • Are scientists and engineers ready to deliver CCUS for large-scale deployment? What are the challenges and hurdles towards implementation?

  • What incentives for Member States to invest in CCUS in light of high penetration of renewable energy and other cheaper low-carbon technologies such as hydrogen?

  • Can CCUS help decarbonize the heat and power sector as well as heavy industry?

  • Will the technology ever be economically worthwhile?

  • What are the technical solutions and scientific breakthroughs which have emerged already or are about to emerge?

  • Is business ready to deliver?

    The EURACTIV CCUS Forum will be held Feb. 26, 2019, at the EURACTIV Network Office in Brussels. For FORUM details contact Teresa Dominguez, +32 (0) 2 788 36 93, teresa.dominguez@euractiv.com. (Source: EURACTIV, 21 Jan., 2019) Contact: EURACTIV, www.euractiv.com

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  • Notable Quote
    Jay Inslee
    Date: 2019-01-14
    "That's what's at stake here (climate change). A fundamental continuation of life and civilization as we've become accustomed to." -- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D). Contact: Office of Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee, Communications Office, Tara Lee, (360) 902-4136, www.governor.wa.gov

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    TOTAL S.A. Fighting Climate Change with CCUS (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL
    Date: 2018-12-19
    Government Europa is reporting TOTAL S.A., a major energy operator, is inviting stakeholders to join its Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) research community which is seeking new energy sector approaches and policies to deal with growing carbon emissions and climate change.

    TOTAL aims to reduce the carbon emissions produced by its facilities and reduce the carbon intensity of the products it produces. To that end, TOTAL S.A.plans to earmark up to 10 pct of its R&D budget to the progress of Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). TOTAL is a French multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven "Supermajor" oil companies in the world (Source: TOTAL, Government Europa, 18th December , 2018) Contact: Government Europa, +44 (0)1260 273 802, info@governmenteuropa.eu; TOTAL, www.total.com

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    Conservationists Upbraid EPA Over Biofuel Crop Legislation (Reg. & Leg., Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2018-11-02
    Following on the heels of the Trump administration's allowance of year-round E-15 ethanol blend sales,several U.S. Conservation groups have petitioned and accused the US EPA of failing to enforce the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) and thus turning a blind-eye to the illegal destruction of wildlife habitat nationwide.

    The petitioners contend that rather than follow the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, which only allows land cultivated before 2007 to grow corn and soybeans for biofuels, the EPA, at Trump's instruction, has been adhering to a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) which allows new land to be farmed as long as the total amount of U.S. farmland dedicated to biofuel feedstock production doesn't exceed 402 million acres.

    The EPA estimates cropland in the U.S. has increased somewhere between 4 million and 7.8 million acres since 2007, but is uncertain how much of that is cultivated for biofuel feed stock production.

    The petitioning conservation groups say recent mandates to increase the use of corn and soybeans in gasoline have led to more habitat destruction, water pollution, and greenhouse gases. (Source: wfiy, National Public Radio, Oct., 2018)

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    NY Law Suit Claims ExxonMobil Misled Shareholders on Climate Change (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2018-10-29
    It is being widely reported by the New York Times and others that New York is suing the Houston-headquartered oil and gas giant Exxon Mobil, claiming that the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the risks posed by climate change, according to the New York Times and other publications.

    The legal action does not charge ExxonMobil with playing a role in causing climate change, but rather accuses the company of telling investors that it was using theoretical prices for carbon in evaluating projects, ranging from $20 to $80 a ton depending on the country, when in fact it often used a lower price or no price at all, according to the Washington Post. The action also alleges ExxonMobil's senior management was aware of these activities.

    BBC News reports that an ExxonMobil spokesperson claimed the oil giant "looks forward to refuting these claims as soon as possible and getting this meritless civil lawsuit dismissed." (Source: NY TIMES, BBC, Standard, Various Other Media, 24 Oct., 2018)

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    IMO Accused of Heel Dragging on Maritime Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    IMO,Clean Shipping Coalition
    Date: 2018-10-29
    MarEx is reporting the Clean Shipping Coalition, an umbrella group for nine environmental NGOs, has warned that the London-headquartered IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) isn't doing enough to meet its commitment to reduce shipping's CO2 emissions.

    The Coalition pointed to mandatory "slow steaming" speed reduction as a leading possibility for cutting back shipping's emissions. Even as a standalone measure, industry-wide speed limits could deliver on the IMO's goal to reduce carbon intensity by 40 pct by 2030, the group said. (Source: Clean Shipping Coalition, MarEx, 26 Oct., 2018) Contact:Clean Shipping Coalition, www.cleanshipping.org; IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org

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    UK Businesses Admonished to Reap CCUS Benefits (Int'l Report)
    Summit Power
    Date: 2018-08-13
    In the UK, in an apparent reference to research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power, the Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry has pronounced "carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) one of the greatest industrial opportunities available to Britain today." The Minister adds that "international recognition that the technology must be used if the targets to limit global warming set in the Paris Agreement of 2015 are to be hit."

    In 2017, research by low-carbon power experts Summit Power forecast a £160 boost to the UK economy if CCUS technology was deployed on a large scale along the east coast. Summit Power proposed linking industrial areas in the South East, Teesside, Humber and Scotland to offshore carbon storage under the North Sea. The firm said the operating costs would be £34 billion annually, and the benefits to the national economy £164 billion

    . This past March, the UK's first CCUS demonstration plant opened in Cheshire. The Runcorn facility, owned by Econic Technologies and supported by the EU, converts C02 into polyols which are used to make foam-like materials. (Source: Business Week, 9 April, 2018) Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, the Hon. Claire Perry, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; Summit Power, https://summitpower.com

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    CCUS Taskforce Urges Carbon Capture Tech. Investments (Int'l)
    Imperial College London
    Date: 2018-08-10
    Urgent investment is needed in carbon capture and storage to secure UK’s position as global leader in the field. In the UK, The Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce has published a report detailing the steps needed to develop CCUS in the UK and ensure its place as a leader in decarbonisation. The Delivering Clean Growth Report stresses the urgency with which Government must act if it intends to meet its goal of deploying CCUS cost-effectively and at scale during the 2030s. The report notes UK has the potential to secure its global leadership in CCUS but investment in projects must be made now to enable this to happen.

    The report focuses on areas where the public and private sectors can work together, and sets out four key messages for Government:

  • The need to recognize the CCUS opportunity and the urgency of acting now in order to deliver CCUS at scale, at lowest cost;
  • CCUS can unlock value across the economy to enable low carbon industrial products;
  • Viable business models are needed to move the technology to a sustainable commercial footing;
  • The taskforce believes that CCUS can already be deployed at a competitive cost, as the project concepts being proposed are comparable on cost with other first of a kind low carbon technologies.

    The report emphasizes the importance of creating regional CCUS clusters where several facilities share infrastructure and knowledge in order to lower costs, unlock value for local economies, and foster technical innovation. (Source: Imperial College London, Aug., 2018) Contact: Imperial College London, +44 20 7589 5111, www.imperial.ac.uk; Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce, www.gov.uk/government/groups/ccus-cost-challenge-taskforce

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  • EU Automakers Inflating Emissions Data to Distort Carbon Targets, says EC (Int'l, Ind. Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2018-07-27
    In a statement, the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre has suggested that EU-based automakers are artificially inflating CO2 emissions data under a new testing regime to distort future greenhouse gas targets. Higher emissions levels in 2020 would in turn mean less ambitious targets to reduce CO2 output by 2025 and 2030, the dates by which the EU hopes to slash vehicles' production of the gas by first 15 and then 30 pct. Needless to say, the automakers deny the accusation.

    The new allegations differ from the "dieselgate" scandal that has rocked the car industry since 2015. Without naming individual companies, the EC now alleges manufacturers are cheating in two ways to undermine its CO2 output targets which were decided last September in the wake of the dieselgate scandal. The EC suggests automakers are declaring emissions of CO2 on average 4.5 pct higher than actually measured values, with reporting for some models as much as 13 pct higher than measurements. The EC also suggests officials have seen "some evidence" that manufacturers are configuring vehicles differently to maximize emissions on the new tests.

    Commission officials suggest revising EU regulations to make sure measured, rather than reported, CO2 emissions are used to define future targets. (Source: EC Joint Research Centre, EUobserver, AFP, 25 July, 2018) Contact: EC Joint Research Centre, +32 2 299 11 11, https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en

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    EPA Plan to Force Refiners to Blend More Biofuels Nixed (Ind. Report)
    EPA, Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2018-07-13
    Reuters is reporting the US EPA as abandoned plans that would have forced refiners to blend more biofuels into their gasoline and diesel in 2019 to compensate for volumes likely to be exempted under the agency's small refinery hardship waiver program, according to newly released EPA documents.

    The plan would have boosted the renewable fuel blending obligation from 10.88 pct to 11.76 pct to offset volumes lost under the waiver program, which has been expanded sharply under Scott Pruitt's tenure at the EPA.

    The idea was apparently aimed at assuaging the U.S. corn lobby which has accused Trump's EPA of undermining the demand for biofuels like corn-based ethanol through the waiver program, but was scrapped amid intense protest from the refining industry, according to the Reuters report.

    The "hardship" exemptions representing some 2.25 million gallons worth of biofuel were granted for 2017 and 2016, including waivers covering 1.46 million compliance credits (RINS). The EPA projected some 8.18 billion gallons of gasoline and 5.44 billion gallons of diesel produced by small refiners would be exempt from the requirements in 2019, according to the EPA.

    As previously reported, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: EPA, Manitoba Co-oporator, Various Media, Reuters, 12 July, 2018)

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    EU Palm Oil Biofuel Ban Stalled Until 2030 (Ind. Report)
    EU, Palm Oil
    Date: 2018-06-25
    A recent meeting between the European Parliament, Commission, and European Council has suspended the implementation of a policy that would have banned the use of crude palm oil as a basic material for biofuel in 2020 and instead set a target of 2030 for the complete ban of palm oil.

    The EU's new policy will start reducing crude palm oil imports gradually in 2023 before the complete banning effective in 2030. Until then, the percentage of palm oil in EU biofuel will be kept at 2019 levels.

    Indonesia and Malaysia, which account for 85 pct of the world's palm oil supply, reportedly expressed relief in response to the EU decision while the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) said that although the EU decision was "very welcome" the upcoming ban would cause it to aggressively seek new markets.

    Under current EU law, palm oil must come from certified sustainable plantations. Even so, environmentalists note that palm oil diesel still produces three times the carbon emissions of fossil diesel. Environmental organizations and green activists accuse the palm oil industry of causing massive deforestation and rainforest destruction, thus hastening climate change. (Source: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, Citizen Truth, 24 June, 2018)Contact: Malaysian Palm Oil Council, www.mpoc.org.my

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    UK BEIS Supports Carbon Capture Utilization Demo (Int'l Report)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2018-06-15
    In the UK, Innovate UK, Research Councils, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report they will invest a total of around £162 million in industrial research and innovation, including Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS).

    As part of this commitment BEIS expects to invest approximately £100 million in low-carbon industrial innovation to reduce the risks and costs of accelerating the roll out of low carbon technologies which will enable UK industry to remain competitive.

    Later this month, BEIS will open a £15 million Call for CCUS Innovation to offer grant funding for innovation projects that lead to significant reduction in the cost of capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide. Funding for up to 28 months will be available to 31 March 2021. BEIS will consider grants of up to £5 million for a single project.

    The Call will be guided by the findings of the report of the Mission Innovation Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Experts' Workshop held in Houston last year.

    As part of the government's Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS will be allocating up to £20 million to design and construct carbon capture and utilization (CCU) demonstration projects. This programme aims to encourage industrial sites to capture CO2 which could then be used in industrial applications and enable a pathway for the development of carbon capture technologies at an intermediate scale, reducing the costs and risks.

    The first phase of the program focuses on initial scoping study for an engineering supplier to work on BEIS' behalf with potential host sites, carbon dioxide users and technology suppliers to produce site-specific cost estimates for deploying CCU at UK industrial sites. (Source: GOV.UK, Devdiscourse, June, 2018)Contact: BEIS, https://itportal.beis.gov.uk

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    DOE Touts Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-06-01
    At the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) meeting last week in Copenhagen, Denmark, the US DOE announced the launch of two new clean energy initiatives to boost green energy adoption -- the Nuclear Innovation: Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) and the Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) initiatives.

    The CCUS initiative will seek to support and accelerate existing CCUS projects such as those undertaken by the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the IEA's Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, Mission Innovation, and the Global CCS Institute.

    The US, Saudi Arabia and Norway will lead the project, with international partners including Canada, China, Japan, Mexico, and the UK.

    The technologies are predicted to play a key role in global decarbonization efforts, with nuclear set to make energy-intensive processes such as desalination, hydrogen production and energy storage carbon neutral. Following the Paris Agreement, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and IEA predicted that CCUS would be essential to limiting global warming to 2 degree C. (Source: US DOE, Power Tech, 31 May, 2018)

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    UK Investing £21.5Mn in CCS and CCUS Technology (Int'l Report)
    UK Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-05-23
    In London, the UK Energy and Clean Growth minister, Claire Perry, has announced the government will invest £21.5m in expanding capabilities and reducing costs of carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) technology, both of which have been a government priority since COP21 in 2015. The country views CCS and CCUS as part of its wider efforts to reduce environmental COs and fight climate change.

    The funding will be targeted towards innovations which could reduce the cost of CCUS technology and make the process more commercially viable at scale. There are currently 22 plants in operation, working to capture industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

    The government will issue a call for CCUS innovation projects lasting up to 28 months and worth £15 million in grants. Projects will be able to apply for grants of up to £5 million each. An additional £6.5 million has been committed to the Accelerating Carbon Technologies research programme, on which the UK partners with nine other European countries to innovate in the carbon emissions sector. (Source: UK Ministry of Energy & Clean Growth, Government Europa, 23 May, 2018)

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    States Act Against EPA's Methane Standards Delays (Reg & Leg)
    EPA,Methane Leak
    Date: 2018-04-09
    Reuters is reporting 14 states have filed suit against the U.S. EPA for delaying or failing to expeditiously issue regulations for curbing emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from existing oil and gas operations as required under the Clean Air Act. EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is accused of putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of the EPA's obligation to protect air quality, including the control of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions. The lawsuit is seeking a court order compelling the EPA to devise and issue the emissions standards in question.

    The legal challenge includes New York State, California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Vermont and Iowa, as well as the District of Columbia and the city of Chicago. (Source: Guam Daily Post, Reuters, Others, 6 April, 2018)

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    Saskatchewan Challenges Trudeau's Fed Carbon Tax (Reg & Leg)
    Saskatchewan
    Date: 2018-03-30
    In Regina, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe reports his province will resort to the courts in its fight with the Trudeau government's carbon tax. The province questions the federal government can force a provincial government to slap a carbon tax on gasoline.

    Saskatchewan is the only province that has not adopted a carbon tax voluntarily. Because it has resisted the levy, the Trudeau government is imposing a tax of $10 per ton of carbon dioxide emissions -- which adds up to roughly 10 cents per liter of gasoline.

    The premier has also accused the Trudeau government of hiding its carbon tax in the federal budget that was released last month. The document lists the carbon tax as one of the federal government's environmental initiatives. (Source: Saskatchewan CBC, Various Others, April, 2018)

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    MIT, Aramco to Collaborate on CCS, Renewables R&D (Ind. Report)
    Aramco ,Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Date: 2018-03-26
    Aramco Services Company (ASC), the US-based North American arm of Saudi Aramco, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are reporting a new five-year, $25 million collaboration targeting sustainable and renewable energy, energy storage, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and related R&D. The collaboration aims to develop new solutions to address global energy and climate challenges and to build on ASC's existing engagement with MITEI and its Low-Carbon Energy Centres.

    ASC supports a wide range of activities from facilitating the safe and reliable delivery of energy to customers around the world to pushing for breakthroughs in research and innovation, according to the release. (Source: Aramco, Trade Arabia, The National, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: Saudi Aramco, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com; MIT Sustainability office, sustainableMIT@mit.edu, www.mit,edu

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    China's Pearl River Delta CCUS Potential Studied (Int'l)
    Edinburgh University,CCUS
    Date: 2018-03-19
    Scientists from Edinburgh University reports they are partnering with Chinese colleagues on the possible development of large-scale Carbon Capture Storage and Utilization (CCSU) opportunities in rocks underneath the Pearl River Basin, one of China's largest rivers and most polluted regions.

    The joint effort, which aims to develop the river basin's suitability as a site for carbon storage, is focused on three depleted oil fields in the Huizhou area, and could provide decades of secure CO2 storage offshore for projects such as the Haifeng full-chain offshore CCSU project at a coal-fired power station.

    The joint research is supported by the Scottish Funding Council, EPSRC and NERC in partnership with Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS), which includes British Geological Survey, Heriot-Watt University and the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde.

    China is the world's largest emitter of CO2 due to its ongoing dependence on coal as a source of energy. Carbon capture and storage could play a crucial role in reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions and helping it meet its commitment to the Paris Agreement. (Source: Edinburgh University, The National, 16 Mar., 2018) Contact: Edinburgh University, www.ed.ac.uk; British Geological Survey, www.bgs.ac.uk; Scottish Funding Council, www.sfc.ac.uk

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    Battelle-Led MRCSP Touts CCSU Demo Project Success (Ind. Report)
    Battelle,Core Energy LLC
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In Columbus, Ohio, a Battelle-led team known as Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) reports it has successfully stored 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) as part of its large-scale demonstration project. The MRCSP demo is one of eight such DOE projects helping to develop and deploy carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) technology.

    In the intervening decade since the project got underway Battelle began the third phase of injection in 2013 and, in conjunction with Traverse City, Michigan-based Core Energy LLC, is monitoring, verifying and accounting for the CO2 being used for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the depleted oil fields of Michigan's Northern Reef Trend.

    The MRCSP comprises a 10-state region that generates almost 25 pct of all electricity generated in the country -- more than half of that by burning coal. The MRCSP is one of seven Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships in the U.S. established by DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). (Source: Battelle, PR, Bus.Wire, 12 Mar., 2018) Contact: Core Energy LLC, www.coreenergyholdings.com; Battelle, Neeraj Gupta, Principal Investigator for the MRCSP, T.R. Massey, (614) 424-5544, masseytr@battelle.org, www.battelle.org

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    energyOrbit Expanding WECC Energy Efficiency Program (Ind. Report)
    Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation,Energy Orbit
    Date: 2018-03-14
    In the Badger State, Madison-headquartered not-for-profit Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corporation (WECC) reports it has secured energyOrbit and its cloud software to scale the operational management of their energy efficiency and demand-side management (DSM) programs.

    WECC will leverage the new energyOrbit Marketplace portal to enhance customer engagement and increase participation in energy efficiency programs. The energyOrbit Marketplace provides home and business owners with a simple and intuitive online experience when looking for energy efficiency rebates and incentives.

    Presently, 5 of the 15 largest investor-owned utilities in North America, and other public utilities, cooperatives and third-party implementers, use energyOrbit to manage $1.6 billion in energy efficiency incentive dollars. (Source: energyOrbit, PR, Mar., 2018) Contact: WECC, Mary Woolsey Schlaefer, President and CEO, (800) 969-9322, weccinfo@weccusa.org, www.weccusa.org; Energy Orbit, Udi Merhav, CEO , (866)628-8744 www.energy-orbit.com

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    CCSL Awarded £900,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (R&D, Int'l)
    Carbon Clean Solutions
    Date: 2018-02-16
    A consortium led by Reading, UK-based carbon capture tech specialist Carbon Clean Solutions Limited (CCSL) reports it has been awarded £900,000 in grant funding from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The grant will be applied to further research into lowering the cost of carbon capture technology. The ultimate aim is to develop a solution that is affordable on a large scale.

    The grant funding will enable CCSL to build a large-scale carbon capture testing facility at the University of Sheffield, which will be the world's first integrated plant of its kind.

    CCSL launched the world's first fully commercial carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) plant in India in 2016. The privately financed project captures CO2 at $30 per tonne. With this latest grant, it is hoped that the technology can be further refined to capture CO2 at $20 per tonne. (Source: Carbon Clean Solutions, Oil & Gas Tech., 14 Feb., 2018) Contact: Carbon Clean Solutions, +44 (0) 203865 06 39, (872) 206-0197 - Chicago Office, info@carboncleansolutions,com, www.carboncleansolutions.com; UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

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    Carbon-Capture Tax Extensions Included in Trump Budget (Reg & Leg)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2018-02-14
    In Washington, the office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) reports the bipartisan FUTURE Act, S. 1535, bill introduced by U.S. Sen. Capito to bolster carbon-capture system development while reducing carbon emissions has been incorporated Trump administration's budget as signed by the president on Feb. 9.

    The Furthering Carbon Capture, Utilization, Technology, Underground storage, and Reduced Emissions Act (FUTURE Act, S. 1535) expands the federal tax credit for per-ton carbon dioxide disposal in a secure geologic storage unit, according to the legislation text of Capito's original bill.

    Under the bill, the credit applies to carbon oxide storage, encompassing any of three carbon oxides: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbon suboxide. Expanding the credit enables wider CCUS adoption by power generators not currently eligible for the 45Q tax credit and offers certainty for companies that need to use the credit for securing private funding for carbon-capture projects, such as those using certain carbon oxides for improved oil recovery and for converting carbon into usable manufactured products including fuel, carbon fiber and plastic, and others. (Source: Office of U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, Rippon Advance, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, www.capito.senate.gov/contact/contact-shelley

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    ADNOC Expanding Carbon Capture, Use & Storage Tech. (Int'l.)
    Masdar,Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
    Date: 2018-01-19
    The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it will expand its use of Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) technology in its own operations to meet a six-fold increase in the utilization of CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) over the next decade. The volume of the greenhouse gas sequestered underground will be equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 1,000,000 or more motor vehicles each day.

    To date, ADNOC has stored approximately 240,000 metric tons of CO2 collected from Emirates Steel Industries (ESI). Starting in 2021, the company will increase the utilization of CO2, expecting to reach 250 million standard cubic feet per day by 2027 by capturing additional CO2 from its gas processing plants and injecting it into different onshore oil fields. In 2016 ADNOC and Masdar together launched the first commercial-scale CCUS facility in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). (Source: ADNOC, PR, Al-Bawaba, 17 Jan., 2018) Contact: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, www.adnoc.ae; Masdar Institute, Shaima Al Jarman, Marketing & Communications, +971 02 8109365, saljarman@masdar.ac.ae, www.masdar.ac.ae

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    $3.9Mn Funding for Bacteria Biofuels Production R&D (R&D Funding)
    Washington University
    Date: 2017-12-13
    Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis report receipt of $3.9 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels from non-food plants or microbes. The grant supports research in five Washington University labs as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

    The researchers are studying Rhodococcus opacus, a bacteria originally discovered growing on toxic compounds outside a chemical plant. These bacteria thrive on these toxic compounds, using them as a source of food for the production of biofuels that not compete with the food supply.The researchers will engineer microbes to make biofuels from lignin, millions of tons of which are generated yearly from paper making and lignocellulose-based biofuel industries. Currently, the value of lignin is restricted to its application as a fuel for on-site boiler operations. (Source: Washington University St. Louis, PR, 11 Dec., 2017) Contact: Washington University St. Louis, Diane Duke Williams, Associate Director for Media Relations, (314) 286-0111, williamsdia@wustl.edu, www.wustl.edu

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    Saskatchewan, Montana, Wyo., SD Collaborate on CCS (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2017-12-06
    Natural Gas Intelligence (NGI) is reporting the states of Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming and the the Canadian province of Saskatchewan have signed a MoU to combine their efforts in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement is seen as critical to their individual oil and natural gas producing jurisdictions.

    In signing the MOU, the officials stressed the global importance of finding key CCS technologies with an estimated 1,600 coal-fired power plants planned or under construction in 62 nations. The MOU cites CCUS as a key technology in global efforts to reduce GHG emissions. China has 922,000 MW of coal-fired generation in place. (Source: NGI, 4 Dec., 2017)

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    TOTAL Joining Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Project (Int'l)
    Total,Shell,Statoil
    Date: 2017-11-06
    TOTAL, the Paris-headquartered French energy giant which has committed 10 pct of its R&D budget to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), reports it will partner with Shell and Statoil on a project to study the world's first commercial carbon storage facility near Oslo, Norway.

    The planned facility would store 35 million tpy of carbon emitted by a waste treatment plant, a cement works and a fertilizer plant. The carbon will be stored in a saline aquifer at a water depth of 1,400 meters.

    The project will be scaled to accommodate up to 1.5 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to the annual emissions of over 300,000 vehicles. in the event that other industrial operators choose to sign on. It will also help lower the cost of the technologies used, a major issue if the CCUS market is to grow.

    Climate experts reportedly estimate that several hundred billion dollars per year will have to be invested between now and 2050 to grow the carbon capture and storage (CCS) industry enough to achieve carbon neutrality and meet the Paris Agreement target of holding the average global temperature rise below 2 degrees C by 2100. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 1 Nov., 2017)Contact: TOTAL, Laetitia Maccioni: + 33 6 24 60 57 65 l, laetitia.maccioni@total.com, Investor Relations, +44 (0)207 719 7962 l, www.total.com; Statoil, www.statoil.com

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