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Notable Quote on Trump's $118Mn Carbon-Neutral Coal Commitment
Clean Coal
Date: 2020-07-24
"Coal is one of our nation's most abundant natural resources and has been providing well-paying jobs and powering the US for decades. That's why, as the global energy mix evolves, we're investing in the next-generation of coal technologies that will lay the groundwork for clean, reliable 21st century coal-to-energy plants.

"The Trump Administration sees a bright future for the new, next stage of coal."-- Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, July, 2020)

Brouillette was commenting on the Trump Administration's $118 million Coal FIRST commitment to develop technologies to generate carbon-neutral electricity and hydrogen using coal.

Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) plants will incorporate carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and be capable of flexible operations to meet the needs of the grid, use innovative components that improve efficiency and reduce emission and will be small compared to the current conventional utility-scale coal-fired plants. Contact: Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette www.energy.gov/contributors/dan-brouillette

More Low-Carbon Energy News Coal,  Clean Coal,  


Aker Solutions Offloading Carbon-Capture Business (Int'l Report)
CCS,Norcem,Aker Solutions
Date: 2020-07-22
Aker Solutions reports it is launching a series of structural and strategic changes to transform the company and enhance shareholder value by spinning off the wind and carbon capture businesses to shareholders and merging Aker Solutions ASA with Kvaerner ASA to create an optimized supplier company.

Aker Solutions intends to spin off its wind development business as well as the carbon capture technology business to Aker Solutions' shareholders in two separate companies. Oslo-based Kvaerner and Aker Solutions have entered into a merger plan, whereby the two entities will join forces to create Aker Solutions ASA, Combined 2019 revenues for the companies were about NOK 38 billion ($4.1 billion US) with an EBITDA of NOK 2.7 billion.

Aker Solutions intends to separate its CCUS business in a separate entity, Aker Carbon Capture followed by a private placement in the company, guaranteed by Aker ASA, to secure sufficient funding for the next phase of the development. The shares in the CCUS Company are expected to start trading on Merkur Market during August 2020. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, Chemical Engineering, 20 July, 2020) Contact: Aker Solutions, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Kvaerner, www.kvaerner.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Norcem,  Aker Solutions,  


i3 Energy Acquisition Includes Stake in CCUS Facility (M&A)
i3 Energy
Date: 2020-07-06
In the UK, Westhill-based i3 Energy PLC (I3E) reports it will acquire private Canadian oil and gas company Gain Energy through a reverse takeover for US$58.8 million.

The acquisition includes Gain Energy's stake in the Weyburn, Saskatchewan carbon-capture plant, the world's fourth largest carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) facility. Gain's interest in the Weburn facility is estimated to offset approximately 17,760 boepd of scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions, according to the i3 Energy release.

The Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project accesses data from the actual CO2-enhanced oil recovery operations (EOR) in the Weyburn oil field formerly operated by Cenovus Energy of Calgary. These EOR operations are independent of the research program, according to Wikipedia. (Source: i3 Energy PLC, July, 2020) Contact: i3 Energy PLC, +44 (0)1224 945 980, www.i3.energy; Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project, www.ptrc.ca/projects/past-projects/weyburn-midale

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Carbon Capture Utilization Storage,  CO2,  Weyburn,  


LG Chem Confirms Carbon Neutrality Pledge (Int'l. Report)
LG Chem
Date: 2020-07-06
South Korean chemical and battery-manufacturer LG Chem reports it has initiated a carbon neutrality pledge to reduce annual carbon emissions to 10 million tpy by 2050 -- a 30 million tpy reduction from a projected 40 million tpy of emissions in 2050.

To that end, the company plans to use more renewable energy, develop more eco-friendly chemical products and operate energy storage system (ESS) facilities that utilize recycled secondary battery cells.

In its first step toward carbon neutral growth, LG Chem has initiated a renewable energy 100 (RE100) program at its plants worldwide. The company will also concentrate on developing carbon capture utilization storage (CCUS) and creating a circular economic system that recycles its products, including batteries, and waste. LG Chem ia also aiming for Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Landfill Zero certification for achieving at least a 90 pct diversion from landfills. (Source: LG Chem, PR, Korea Times, July, 2020) Contact: LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LG Chem,  Carbon Emission,  Carbon Neutral,  


Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
Newleaf Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


UK Gas Networks Seek Zero-Carbon Infrastructure Investment (Int'l)
Ofgem, Energy Networks Association
Date: 2020-05-29
In the UK, Britain's five gas networks -- Cadent, National Grid, NGN, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities have outlined a "Zero Carbon Commitment" and plan to spend £904 million on zero-carbon energy infrastructure and hydrogen deployment across the UK, subject to Ofgem funding approval which is expected in July.

If approved, the spending would focus on projects across Britain between 2021 and 2026, under the RIIO-2 price control. The gas networks claim that spending could help the UK use "blue hydrogen" developed from carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects, and "green hydrogen" from renewable electricity -- with the latter becoming cost-competitive by 2030.

Under the plan, £446 million would be spent on a new network infrastructure for the industrial use of hydrogen, including £391 million for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects in the north-west of England, Aberdeenshire and the Isle of Grain. A further £264 million would be spent on projects to expand the capacity of local gas networks by connecting hydrogen and bio-methane generation projects and transport refueling stations. £150 million would be used to run large-scale trials for domestic use of hydrogen heating, cooking and transportation and how these are connected to the gas grid. £43 million would be spent to research blending more zero-carbon hydrogen with the natural gas currently used in the UK's gas networks.

According to the Energy Networks Association (ENA), £182 billion could be invested to make hydrogen cost-competitive with the current natural gas-based system and would reduce energy system costs to the UK public by £189 billion by 2050. (Source: ENA, edie, 28 May. 2020) Contact: Energy Networks Association, www.energynetworks.org; OFGEM, Chris Lock, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Ofgem,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


MAN Energy Solutions Contracts for Dutch CCUS Project (Int'l.)
MAN Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-05-27
Augsburg, Germany-headquartered MAN Energy Solutions, a unit of VW, reports it has contracted for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the Port of Rotterdam CO₂ Transport Hub and Offshore Storage (PORTHOS) project.

When completed, PORTHOS will store approximately 2.5 million tpy of CO2 beneath the North Sea. The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area which accounts for roughly 16 pct of the Netherlands total CO2 emissions, according to the release.

MAN Energy Solutions' scope of work for Porthos covers the engineering of two RG 25-4 and one RG 31-4 type compressor trains with an order for three additional units intended at a later stage. PORTHOS is expected to store the first CO2 by the end of 2023. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, WoldOil, 26 May, 2020) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, Uwe Lauber, CEO, www.man-es.com

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


MAN Energy Solutions Contracts for Dutch CCUS Project (Int'l.)
MAN Energy Solutions
Date: 2020-05-27
Augsburg, Germany-headquartered , a unit of VW, reports it has contracted for the engineering of three RG compressor trains for a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project in the Netherlands. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Energie Beheer Nederland B.V. and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie are jointly developing the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage (PORTHOS) project.

When completed, PORTHOS will store approximately 2.5 million tpy of CO2 beneath the North Sea. The CO2 will be captured by various companies in the Rotterdam port area which accounts for roughly 16 pct of the Netherlands total CO2 emissions, according to the release.

MAN Energy Solutions' scope of work for Porthos covers the engineering of two RG 25-4 and one RG 31-4 type compressor trains with an order for three additional units intended at a later stage. Porthos is expected to store the first CO2 under the North Sea by the end of 2023. The finalization of MAN's engineering contract is scheduled for late-summer 2020. (Source: MAN Energy Solutions, WoldOil, 26 May, 2020) Contact: MAN Energy Solutions, Uwe Lauber, CEO, www.man-es.com

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


UND EERC Advancing Project Tundra CCS Project (Ind. Report)
North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center
Date: 2020-05-22
The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) reports it has been awarded nearly $17 million last month from the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy for a project that will directly support Project Tundra, a carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) research and development project led by Grand Forks-based Minnkota Power Cooperative. The EERC is the lead on the CarbonSAFE effort, which is a facet of the project that is looking at CO2 storage options for Project Tundra, according to the release.

Another $7.9 million in non-DOE funding from the North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC), through Minnkota, as well as Computer Modelling Group Ltd. and Schlumberger, brings the total funding to $24.9 million for the CarbonSAFE Phase III project. DOE recently awarded a total of $131 million for cost-shared R&D CCUS projects in the U.S.

Project Tundra is currently in the advanced R&D phase. If the project moves forward, construction will commence in 2022–2023. (Source: UND Today, University of North Dakota, PR, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Minnkota Power Co-op, Mac McLennan, Pres., CEO, 701-795-4000, www.minnkota.com; UND EERC, Charlie Gorecki, CEO, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center news,  Project Tundra news,  CCS news,  Minnkota news,  


Total Exploring Quantum Algorithms for CO2 Capture (Ind. Report)
TOTAL
Date: 2020-05-19
Paris-based energy giant TOTAL reports it is partnering with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) to develop new quantum algorithms to improve Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) materials and technologies.

TOTAL presently invests up to 10 pct of its $1 billion annual R&D effort on CCS related technologies and initiatives. TOTAL is working on nanoporous materials (adsorbents) that could eventually be used to trap the CO2 emitted by the Group's industrial operations or those of other major emitters. Absorbents could also be used to capture CO2 directly from the air (Direct Air Capture or DAC).

(Source: TOTAL, PR, Business Wire, 15 May, 2020) Contact: TOTAL, Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l, ir@total.com, www.total.com; Cambridge Quantum Computing, www.cambridgequantum.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  CCUS,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  Direct Air,  


JX Nippon Taps KBR for CCS Feasibility Study (Int'l. Report)
JX Nippon
Date: 2020-05-15
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered engineering, procurement, and construction company and former Halliburton subsidiary KBR, Inc. reports it has been awarded a Master Service Agreement (MSA) and Feasibility Study by Tokyo-based JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp.

The Feasibility study will assess options for Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), alongside blue hydrogen production relating to oil and gas fields in South East Asia, a region where JX Nippon continues to expand on its global track record of CCS/CCUS projects.

Under the agreement, KBR's Singapore hub will provide technical consultancy services in relation to developing concepts and technology recommendations for the capture of CO2, reinjection, and production of blue (i.e. carbon free) hydrogen. KBR will also evaluate the feasibility of conversion and transport of hydrogen in other forms for sale into the market, including liquified cryogenic hydrogen, liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC), ammonia, and methanol (utilizing CO2). (Source: KBR, PR, 13 May, 2020) Contact: JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration, www.nex.jx-group.co.jp › english; KBR, Jay Ibrahim, Pres., Energy Solutions, www.kbr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


NETL Exploring Cost-Effective CCUS Technologies (Ind. Report)
National Energy Technology Lab
Date: 2020-03-23
The National Energy Technology Lab (NETL) is reporting it efforts to develop cost-effective, clean carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies have yielded more than 180 second-generation R&D projects and cut the cost of carbon capture by nearly 50 pct while reducing the amount of energy used by such technologies by nearly 20 pct.

Other related NETL programs include a Carbon Storage program which aims to install CO2 injection and containment throughout geologic storage complexes. Further, its Carbon Utilization program pushes R&D that would use CO2 to create chemicals, offset capture costs, promote clean and safe development of energy resources, and create new markets along the way. The lab is also looking at things like materials engineering, fabrication, and computer technologies to spur greater energy efficiency and longer power plant service lives. (Source: NETL, Energy Matters, 19 Mar., 2020) Contact: NETL, Brian Anderson, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Energy Technology Lab,  NETL,  Carbon Capture,  


Net Zero Teesside Project Consortium Announced (Int'l. Report)
OGCI Climate Investments
Date: 2020-03-04
OGCI Climate Investments, a $1-billion investment fund of The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, is reporting the formation of a consortium of OGCI members -- BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell, and Total -- to accelerate the development of the Net Zero Teesside carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) project in the northeast of England.

Net Zero Teeside aims to capture up to 6 mtpa of CO2 emissions from local industries. There are also plans for a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) facility with carbon capture technology which will provide low-carbon power as a complement to renewable energy sources and underpin the investment in the infrastructure. Net Zero Teesside also said it signed memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with three existing industrial partners demonstrating the strong local commitment to decarbonizing existing local industry. (Source: OGCI, OIL GAS Facilities, 2 Mar., 2020)Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, +44 (0) 203 922 0853, contact@climateinvestments.energy, www. oilandgasclimateinitiative.com › climate-investments; Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  Teeside,  Oil and Gas Climate Initiative,  ,  


"Let Them Eat Cake" -- Better Yet, Plant 3Bn Trees (Reg. & Leg.)
Climate Change
Date: 2020-02-14
In Washington, the Trump administration Republicans -- led by a president that proposes to cut down Alaska's Tongass National Forest and famously claimed "climate change is a hoax invented by China to gain a competitive edge" -- will reportedly soon introduce new energy, environmental and climate change legislation.

The legislation will reportedly call for a tax credit for carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) technology R&D and -- here's the exciting part -- the planting of 3.3 billion trees per year over the next 30 years -- well beyond the widely accepted crucial 2050 date -- when the fight to contain climate change may well be lost.

"The Donald" reportedly wholeheartedly backs the proposed legislation which includes no targets, dates or quantities for reducing carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Various Public Media, Feb., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Trump Climate Change,  


Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage? (Int'l., Ind. Report Attached)
Chatham House
Date: 2020-02-03
Further to our 23rd Feb., 2017 Chatham House, biomass and climate change report coverage, according to Net-Zero and Beyond -- What Role for Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage?, new report from the London-headquartered NGO Chatham House, the UK Government is over-prioritizing carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) and biomass in its net-zero plans and failing to account for the impact these technologies could have on land use.

The potential unintended consequences of scaling up biomass energy carbon capture and storage (BECCS} in the UK and assesses the extent to which the technologies could deliver true and sustainable decarbonisation to the energy sector.

BECCS has received a swathe of Government support and media coverage in recent times, both in the build-up to the ratification of the UK's 2050 net-zero goal, and after its implementation. Supporters of the technologies point out that biomass, unlike gas or other fossil fuels, is renewable, and that it is produces less emissions when burned. If these emissions can be captured for storage and reuse, the process can become carbon neutral or even carbon negative, firms including Drax have claimed.

The report, however, warns that BECCS is "no silver bullet" for a net-zero energy sector. It claims that there has not been enough research into the likely energy output of BECCS or the environmental impacts of scaling up biomass supply chains, making it difficult to determine whether BECCS systems can be carbon-neutral across the life cycle.

According to the report, deployment of BECCS at the scales assumed by the UK's modelling, on a global scale, would consume land equivalent to that currently accounted for by cropland. This could pose problems for food security, result in biodiversity loss and hamper plans to re-assess land-use in line with net-zero, Chatham House concludes. Chatham House claims that failures to account for biomass supply chain emissions undermine the assumption that BECCS systems are inherently carbon-neutral and is accordingly calling for stricter sustainability requirements for biomass feedstock and urging the Government to prioritise decarbonisation across carbon-intensive sectors, reshape its land-use strategies to ensure BECCS decisions are made after full considerations of all alternatives, both technology-based and nature-based.

Download the report HERE. (Source: Chatham House, edie news, February 2020) Contact: Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, +44 (0) 20 7957 5710, contact@chathamhouse.org, www.chathamhouse.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News BECCS,  Chatham House,  Carbon Emissions,  Biomass,  Bioenergy,  


ADNOC Expanding Carbon Capture, Utilization Storage Capacity (Int'l)
Abu Dhabi National Oil Company
Date: 2020-01-13
In the UAE, the state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company reports it plans to lower its greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 25 pct by 2030. The company, which produced about 3 million bpd of oil and 10.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, is currently among the five lowest greenhouse gas emitters in the oil and gas industry and has one of the lowest methane intensities in the world of 0.01 per cent, according to a release.

Additionally, ADNOC plans to scale up its carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) programme, from 800,000 tpy of captured CO2 to 5 million tpy by 2030. (Source: ADNOC, N Business, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: ADNOC, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, +971 2 7070000. +971 2 6023389 - fax, www.adnoc.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News Abu Dhabi National Oil Company,  


Commercial-Scale Cement Plant CCS Initiative Announced (Ind Report)
Svante Inc., LafargeHolcim, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures,
Date: 2020-01-08
Burnaby, British Columbia-based Svante Inc., LafargeHolcim, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC, and Paris-based Total SA are reporting a joint study to assess the viability and design of a commercial-scale carbon-capture facility at the Holcim Portland Cement Plant in Florence, Colorado.

The study will evaluate the cost of the facility designed to use Svante's technology to capture up to 725,000 tpy of CO2 from the cement plant, which would be permanently sequestered underground by CO2 management and storage specialist Occidental.

This joint initiative follows the recently-launched Project CO2MENT between Svante, LafargeHolcim and Total in Canada at the Lafarge Richmond cement plant, where progress has been made towards re-injecting captured CO2 into concrete. (Source: Savante Website, BusinessWire, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: Svante Inc., Claude Letourneau, , Pres., CEO, Julia McKenna , Inv. Relations, 604.456.0504, jmckenna@svanteinc.com, www.svanteinc.com; LafargeHolcim, www.lafargeholcim.com; Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, Jeff Alvarez, IR, (713) 215-7864, jeff_alvarez@oxy.com, www.oxy.com; Total SA, +33 1 47 44 46 99, www.total.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Total SA,  Svante Inc.,  LafargeHolcim,  Oxy Low Carbon Ventures,  CCS,  CCUS,  CO2,  Carbon Capture,  


Port of Antwerp Consortium to Develop CCUS Infrastructure (Int'l.)
Port of Antwerp
Date: 2019-12-20
In the Netherlands, a collaboration of eight players in the port sector -- Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total -- are reporting an agreement to conduct a study of the economic and technical feasibility of developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) at the Port of Antwerp.

The consortium believes that both storing and using carbon can make a useful contribution to achieving the energy and climate objectives at Flemish, Belgian and European level and lead to reductions in CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2030. To that end, the Port of Antwerp and a number of other partners have submitted the necessary applications to the European Commission.

The Port of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium, is a port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships. It is Europe's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Antwerp stands at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt which is navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland. -- Wikipedia. (Source: Port Staretegy, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Port of Antwerp , Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, +32 (0)3 205 20 11, www.portofantwerp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  


PORTHOS Announces Rotterdam CCS Agreement (Int'l. Report)
Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil , Shell
Date: 2019-12-04
In the Netherlands, the Port of Rotterdam CO2 Transport Hub and Offshore Storage Project (PORTHOS) is reporting a non-binding agreement with Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell to collectively work on preparations for the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide in Rotterdam for eventual storage in empty gas fields beneath the North Sea.

The carbon capture will take place at Air Liquide, Air Products, ExxonMobil and Shell refineries and hydrogen production facilities in Rotterdam. The transport and storage of the CO2 beneath the North Sea will be prepared by Porthos.

The Netherlands has clear climate objectives: the emission of greenhouse gases must be reduced by 49 pct by 2030 and by 95 pct by 2050 compared with 1990. One way to achieve the climate objectives is to capture CO2 for use or for storage underground (CCUS). The national coalition agreement and the national Climate Agreement underline the importance of CCUS for the energy transition. (Source: PORTHOS, Gas World, Dec., 2019) Contact: PORTHOS, +31 6 2246 6553, info@rotterdamccus.nl. www.rotterdamccus.nl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  Air Products,  CCS,  CCUS,  ExxonMobil ,  Shell ,  Carbon Capture,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oil and Gas Climate Initiative ,  


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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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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