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LafargeHolcim Espana CCUS JV Announced (Int'l. Report)
LafargeHolcim,Carbon Clean
Date: 2022-01-07
In Madrid, cement producer LafargeHolcim Espana is reporting the launch of ECCO2, a joint venture with London-headquartered Carbon Clean and Sistemas de Calor to develop carbon capture technology for use at the producer's Carboneras cement plant in Almería.

When commissioned in early 2023, the carbon capture system will capture 10 pct of the Carboneras plant's CO2 emissions that will be marketed plant for use as a gas in local agricultural greenhouse operations. (Source: LafargeHolcim Espana, PR World Cement, Jan., 2022) Contact: LafargeHolcim Espana, +34 912 13 31 00 www.lafargeholcim.es; Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 20 3865 0638, www.carbonclean.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LafargeHolcim,  Carbon Clean,  CCS CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


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

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

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

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

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


EGA, GE Planning Decarbonisation, CCUS Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
Emirates Global Aluminium, GE Gas Power
Date: 2021-11-29
In Abu Dhabi, Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and GE Gas Power are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a joint steering committee to develop a roadmap to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the operation of EGA's existing GE natural gas turbines by exploring hydrogen as a fuel, as well as carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) solutions. The roadmap will include a strategy to support low-carbon industries to contribute towards the achievement of the UAE's Net Zero by 2050 Strategic Initiative.

EGA has 33 GE natural gas turbines at Jebel Ali and Al Taweelah, with a total power generation capacity of 5,200 MW. Electricity generation accounts for a significant proportion of EGA's total greenhouse gas emissions, according to the release. (Source: Emirates Global Aluminium, Emirates News, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: GE Gas Power Europe, Middle East, and Africa, Joseph Anis, Pres., CEO, www.ge.com/gas-power; Emirates Global Aluminium, www.ega.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News GE Gas Powe,  r Decarbonization,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CCUS,  


Singapore Boosting Carbon Capture Targets (Int'l. Report)
Singapore Economic Development Board
Date: 2021-11-24
The Singapore Economic Development Board reports it aims to increase the city state's carbon capture capacity to at least 2 million tpy by 2030 and to establish a carbon capture technology testbed on Jurong Island, which is dominated by a large oil refinery hub. The islands hosts BP, DuPont, Chevron, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company along with Shell and ExxonMobile, both of which have expressed interest in building carbon capture facilities in the region.

Singapore is aiming to reach two million tonnes of carbon capture from carbon-intensive activities based around Jurong Island by 2030. It will aim for more than six million tpy of carbon abatement by 2050. To that end, the Board will work with sustainable industrial development government agency JTC (formerly the Jurong Town Corporation) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) test bed facility on Jurong.

Additionally, the Board has set a 2030 target for its energy and chemicals sector to boost their output of sustainable products (such as biofuels) by 50 pct compared with 2019 levels and by four times from 2019 levels by 2050.

Singapore's climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 has been rated as "critically insufficient" by Carbon Action Tracker . According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Singapore emitted more than 47 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. (Source: Singapore Economic Development Board, E&T, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board, www.edb.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS. CCUS news,  


Alberta Invests $131Mn in CCS, CCUS Projects (Ind. Report)
Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction Fund
Date: 2021-11-19
On the Canadian prairies, the government of Albert reports it is investing $131 million, through its Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) fund, in the Alberta Industrial Energy Efficiency and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) program, in projects designed to help cut and prevent carbon emissions . The following projects have been selected to receive a total $100 million in program funding, with an additional $31 million earmarked for other CCUS projects before the year end:
  • Advantage Energy -- Glacier Gas Plant Carbon Capture and Storage and Waste Heat Recovery in Hythe;

  • Ember Resources -- Ember Engine Emissions Reduction Program at multiple facilities throughout east/central Alberta;

  • Imperial Oil -- Kearl ConDex Full Scale Oil Sands Mine Installations in Fort McMurray;

  • NuVista Energy -- Wembley Cogeneration and Waste Heat Recovery Project in Wembley;

  • Strathcona Resources -- Lindbergh T70 Cogeneration Expansion in Elk Point;

  • TC Energy -- Turney Valley Generating Station in Turner Valley;

  • Tidewater Midstream -- BRC Integrated Steam Methane Reforming (SMR)-CCS-Cogeneration Project in Cynthia

    TIER is Alberta's industrial greenhouse gas emissions pricing and emissions trading system. It's funded by large industrial facilities which account for more than 60 pct of the prairie province's total emissions. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, TIER, PR, CBC , 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: TIER, www.albertainnovates.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alberta Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe Seek Low-Carbon Fuel Opportunities (Int'l)
    Hyundai Oilbank, Topsoe
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU), South Korea's Hyundai Oilbank and Topsoe report they have agreed to jointly seek new opportunities in biorefining, eFuels, carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and other solutions to reduce carbon emissions.

    The MoU will support Topsoe in further optimizing its clean energy technologies and potentially enable Hyundai Oilbank to increase its low-carbon business and meet the company's target that "70 pct of total profit should derive from eco-friendly business by 2030."

    Topsoe develops cutting-edge technologies within green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol, and eFuels. (Source: Hyundai Oilbank,PR, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: Hyundai Oilbank, www.oilbank.co.kr; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hyundai Oilbank,  Topsoe,  CCUS,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  


    U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s (Report Attached)
    COP26
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Reporting from COP26 in Glasgow, China and the United States surprised their COP26 colleagues and the world on Wednesday with the announcement that they planned to cooperate on the following, and other, climate change related issues:
  • regulatory frameworks and environmental standards related to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the 2020s;

  • maximizing the societal benefits of the transition to clean, renewable energy;

  • policies to encourage decarbonization and electrification of end-use sectors;

  • key areas related to the circular economy, such as green design and renewable energy resource utilization;

  • deployment and application of technology such as CCUS and direct air capture;

  • reduce methane emission, and others.

    Download details and the full U.S.-China Joint Glasgow Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action in the 2020s announcement HERE . (Source: US Dept. of State, 10 Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News COP26,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Carbon-Neutral Petrochemical Plant Planned for Grand Prairie (Ind. Report)
    Northern Petrochemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-11-12
    On the Canadian Prairies, Calgary-based Northern Petrochemical Corporation report it plans to invest $2.5 billion in a carbon-neutral ammonia and methanol production facility in the Greenview Industrial Gateway, in Grand Prairie, Alberta. The plant will be a first of its kind in Canada.

    The Greenview Industrial Gateway offers carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), rail transportation and access to significant natural gas feedstocks. (Source: CBC, Northern Petrochemical Corporation, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Geoff Bury, President and CEO, (403) 993-4450, gbury@northernpetrochem.com, www.northernpetrochem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS news,  Methano news,  Amonia news,  Carbon-Neutral Fuel news,  


    ExxonMobil, Pertamina Considering CCS, CCUS Opportunities (Int'l.)
    ExxonMobil, Pertamina
    Date: 2021-11-03
    Reporting from COP26 in Edinburgh, Irving, Texas-based petroleum giant ExxonMobil and Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the potential for large-scale deployment of low-carbon technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS), carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and low-carbon hydrogen in Indonesia.

    By jointly examining subsurface data, the companies expect to identify geologic formations suitable to safely store CO2, and the potential for safe, commercially viable utilization of CO2.

    ExxonMobil established its Low Carbon Solutions business to commercialize low-emission technologies such as those to be assessed in Indonesia. The business is also pursuing strategic investments in biofuels and hydrogen to bring those lower-emissions energy technologies to scale for hard-to-decarbonize sectors of the global economy. ExxonMobil's Low Carbon Solutions has an equity share in more than 20 new CCS opportunities around the world and plans to invest $3 billion on lower emission energy through 2025.

    According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) CCS could mitigate as much as 15 pct of global emissions by 2040, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates global decarbonization efforts could be twice as costly without wide-scale CCS deployment. (Source: Exxon Mobil, PR 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Media, (972) 940-6007, www.exxonmobil.com; Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com; U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, www.ipcc.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ExxonMobil,  Pertamina,  CCS,  Hydrogen. CCUS,  


    Ohio River Valley Inst. Questions CCUS Costs (Opinions & Asides)
    Ohio River Valley Institute
    Date: 2021-10-29
    According to the Ohio River Valley Institute, "with a price tag of $100 billion per year, the broad-scale adoption of CCUS would spark outrage if its cost showed up on consumers electric bills."

    The Ohio River Valley Institute notes that if CCUS were implemented in the nation's gas and coal-fired plants currently in operation and the cost were to show up in our electric bills, residential customers in Pennsylvania (for example) would see their bills increase by $266 per year. Ohioans would pay an additional $416 per year and West Virginia customers would pay a staggering $736 more."

    Download the report HERE .

    "The Ohio River Valley Institute is a think tank focused on the greater Ohio Valley and Western Pennsylvania. Our team of experts produces substantive research on the region's most pressing issues and delivers them with effective communication strategies. We strive to help the Ohio Valley region mark out a path toward shared prosperity, clean energy, and more equitable civic structures," according to its website. (Source: Ohio River Valley Institute, Oct., 2021) Contact: Ohio River Valley Institute, www.ohiorivervalleyinstitute.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS ,  


    Denbury, Mitsui Evaluating Low-Carbon Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Denbury, Mitsui
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Plano, Texas-based Denbury Onshore, LLC and Mitsui E&P USA LLC, a subsidiary of Mitsui & Co., Ltd, report they are jointly evaluating potential CO2 off-take opportunities to develop carbon-negative oil assets utilizing anthropogenic CO2 via Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) in the U.S. Gulf Coast region.

    Denbury is an independent energy company with operations and assets focused on Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions. The Company currently injects over 3 million tpy of captured industrial-sourced CO2 and aims to fully offset its Scope 1, 2, and 3 CO2 emissions within this decade, primarily through increasing the amount of captured industrial-sourced CO2 used in its operations, according to the release.

    Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co., Ltd. is a global trading and investment company with a global diversified portfolio that spans approximately 64 countries. (Source: Denbury, PR, Website, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: Mitsui & Co, www.mitsui.com/jp/en; Denbury, Chris Kendall, CEO, Susan James, IR Manager, 972.673.2593, susan.james@denbury.com, www.denbury.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Denbury news,  Mitsui news,  CO2 news,  CCS news,  CCUS news,  Enhanced Oil Recovery news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Denbury,  Mitsui,  CO2,  CCS,  CCUS,  Enhanced Oil Recovery,  


    DOE Awards $20Mn to Help States Deploy CCS (Funding, Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-10-18
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The Regional Initiatives to Accelerate CCUS Deployment are designed to identify and address regional storage and transportation challenges facing the commercial deployment of CCUS.

    The Regional Initiatives are university-led partnerships with academia, non-governmental organizations, industry leaders, and local and state governments. The initiatives identify and promote carbon storage and transport projects by addressing key technical challenges; facilitating data collection, sharing, and analysis; evaluating regional storage and transport infrastructure; and promoting regional technology transfer. Each of the following Regional Initiative lead organizations were awarded approximately $5,000,000 in DOE federal funding:

  • Battelle Memorial Institute (Columbus, OH) is leading the Regional Initiative to Accelerate CCUS Deployment in the Midwestern and Northeastern US project in 20 Midwestern and Northwestern states to review regional infrastructure and technical challenges to deploying CCUS in three sedimentary basins and the Arches province. www.battelle.org

  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (Socorro, NM) is leading the Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership of the Western UU project in 15 Western states to focus on compiling geologic datasets in the region for storage resource analyses and identifying data gaps. www.nmit.edu

  • Southern States Energy Board (Peachtree Corners, GA) is leading the Southeast Regional Carbon Utilization and Storage Partnership project in 15 Southeast states to identify at least 50 potential regional sites to evaluate storage resource potential and infrastructure needs. www.sseb.org

  • University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (Grand Forks, ND) is leading the Plains CO2 Reduction project in 13 Northwest states and four Canadian provinces to identify and address onshore regional storage and transport challenges facing the commercial deployment of CCUS in an expanded region. www. undeerc.org

    The Regional Initiatives continue the work of predecessor projects funded under DOE's Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Initiative, supporting efforts to validate geologic storage technologies and support the commercialization of carbon capture and storage.

    The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) funds research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects to decarbonize power generation and industrial sources, to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, and to mitigate the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use. (Source: US DOE, PR, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov/coal/carbon-storage/regional-initiative-to-Accelerate-CCUS-deployment

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  US DOE,  Battelle,  


  • Canberra Funding Aussie CCUS Hubs (Int'l., Funding)
    Australia CCS
    Date: 2021-10-01
    In Canberra, the Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, reports the government is providing $250 million (US$180 million) to fund a new programme to "turbocharge" the development of commercial-scale Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) hubs across the country, before the end of the decade.

    Of the total, $100 million will support the design and construction of carbon capture hubs and shared infrastructure, with $150 million earmarked for research and commercialization of CCUS technologies and identifying viable carbon storage sites.

    The Minister noted the programme would help drive down the cost of CCUS, reduce carbon emissions, create significant employment, and had the potential to support the ongoing use of Australia's resources, including coal. (Source: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , PR, upstream, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction , Hon. Angus Taylor, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Equinor, Rosneft Ink Carbon Management Agreement (Int'l.)
    Equinor, Rosneft
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Norwegian energy giant Equinor is reporting it has signed an agreement with and Rosneft, Moscow-headquartered petroleum developer, to collaborate on carbon management, including potential collaboration on the use of renewable, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), low-carbon hydrogen solutions and to reduce the carbon footprint from joint projects. The two organizations have been active in Russia for more than e decades.

    Stavenger, Norway-headquartered Equinor, with over than 21000 employees, is developing oil, gas, wind and solar energy projects in more than 30 countries. (Source: Rosneft, Website PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Rosneft, +7 (499) 517-88-99, Fax: +7 (499) 517-72-35, postman@rosneft.ru, www.rosneft.com; : Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Rosneft,  


    Equinor, Rosneft Ink Carbon Management Agreement (Int'l.)
    Equinor, Rosneft
    Date: 2021-09-01
    Equinor and Rosneft , a Moscow-headquartered petroleum developer, have signed an agreement to collaborate on carbon management, including potential collaboration on the use of renewable, carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS), low-carbon hydrogen solutions and reduce the carbon footprint from joint projects. The two organizations have been active in Russia for more than 30 years. (Source: Rosneft, Website PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Rosneft, +7 (499) 517-88-99, Fax: +7 (499) 517-72-35, postman@rosneft.ru, www.rosneft.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,  Rosnef news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Wyoming, JCOAL Continue Carbon Tech. Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Japan Coal Energy Center
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Cheyenne, the office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) reports the state is continuing its partnership with the Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL) in a 5-year collaborative first signed in 2016 to promote and strengthen the coal industry, technical cooperation and facilitation of coal related R&D , and development of a Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS) test project at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center in Gillette.

    JCOAL operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, and is supported by more than 120 member coal-related businesses, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Nippon Steel and Toshiba. The organization works to promote overall coal activities, from coal mining to the field of coal utilization, toward a stable energy supply, sustainable economic growth and the reduction of the global environment emissions. (Source: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, 307-777-7434, 307.632.3909 (fax), governor.wyo.gov/contact; JCOAL, www.jcoal.or.jp

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Coal Energy Center,  Coal,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    "Dear Mr. President, RFA Commits to Low-Carbon Fuel Performance Goals" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In a recent letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wrote: "As members of the RFA we share your vision for decarbonizing the transportation fuels sector and applaud your commitment to addressing climate change. We support your goals of achieving a 50 pct reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

    "Low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol are already helping our nation confront climate change by significantly reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector. In fact, since 2008, the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. prevented nearly 1 billion metric tons of GHG from entering the atmosphere.

    "Today's ethanol already reduces GHG emissions by 52 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. Furthermore, many of us (RFA members) are already producing advanced and cellulosic ethanol that is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as providing a 65-75 pct GHG reduction compared to gasoline. But given the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to reasonably decarbonize, the RFA are committing today to the pursuit of the following carbon performance goals:

  • By 2030, ensure that ethanol reduces GHG emissions by at least 70 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. This equates to a 33 pct reduction in ethanol's average carbon footprint from 45 grams CO2-equivalent per megajoule (g/MJ) today to about 30 g/MJ by 2030.

  • By 2050, ensure that ethanol achieves net zero lifecycle GHG emissions, on average. As ethanol producers continue to adopt carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and other low- and no-carbon technologies between 2030 and 2050, U.S. ethanol can achieve net carbon neutrality, on average, by mid-century or even sooner.

    "Ethanol's carbon footprint continues to shrink rapidly, as new technology and innovation have improved the efficiency of the entire production process. In fact, a recent study by DOE scientists found that ethanol's carbon footprint shrunk by 23 percent between 2005 and 2019. While we are proud of these advances in efficiency and sustainability, many opportunities exist to deliver even greater GHG reductions in the near term," the letter noted. (Source: RFA, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association news,  GHG Emissions news,  CCUS news,  Ethanol Low-Carbon Fuel news,  


  • B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Canada,  CCS,  Government of British Columbia,  


    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

    TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

    Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


    UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

    According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

    A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture and Storage Association ,  


    Doe Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Prod., CCS R&D (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-07-19
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in cost-sharing, federal funding aimed at "recalibrating the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production." The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.

    The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    China's First Megaton CCUS Project Launched (Int'l. Report)
    Sinopec
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Beijing, one of China's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) reports it has initiated China's first megaton carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project, the Sinopec Qilu-Shengli Oilfield CCUS -- China's largest whole industrial chain CCUS demonstration base and application case for promoting the large-scale development of CCUS.

    The Project, expected to be put into production by the end of 2021, is considered "significant" to China's carbon emissions reduction capabilities and reaching it announced goal of reaching "peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060." The Project is expected to cut carbon emissions by 1 million tpy -- equivalent of planting roughly 9 million trees or eliminating 600,000 cars. (Source: Sinopec, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinopec,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet CCUS Collaboration (Ind. Report)
    Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Los Gatos, California-based Blue Planet Ltd and Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sulzer Chemtech are reporting their collaboration on the developement of a new carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) system to capture CO2 from high emitting industries such as power, steel, cement and refining.

    Sulzer Chemtech will develop an efficient carbon capture unit that will act as a key enabler in Blue Planet's process. The system will be installed in Blue Planet's pilot plant which is under construction in Pittsburg, California, and will capture emissions from an adjacent natural gas-fired power plant.

    When operational, the system will mineralize CO2 to form highly sustainable synthetic limestone aggregates -- the main compound of concrete -- by permanently sequestering the CO2 in a solid form to be incorporated in concrete.

    Blue Planet's technology uses CO2 as a raw material for making carbonate rocks used in place of natural limestone rock which is the principal component of concrete. CO2 from flue gas is converted to carbonate by contacting CO2 containing gas with a water-based capture solutions.

    This differentiates Blue Planet from most CO2 capture methods because the captured CO2 does not require a purification step, which is an energy and capital intensive process. As a result Blue Planet's carbon capture method is extremely efficient, and results in a lower cost than traditional methods of CO2 capture, according to the company website. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Ltd., Brent Constantz, CEO, 408.458 3900, info@blueplanet-ltd.com, www.blueplanet-ltd.com; Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Div. Pres., +41 52 262 30 22, www.sulzer.com/en/shared/about-us/myr17-chemtech

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    Alberta Establishing CCUS, Carbon Management Hubs (Ind. Report)
    ALberta
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Edmonton, "The Government of Alberta sees carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) as an integral part of our environmental and economic future. Injecting carbon dioxide underground is a proven process and has occurred in Alberta for decades. However, as a means to address greenhouse gas emissions and recognize the environmental benefit of CCUS, a strong regulatory system must exist. The regulatory system is especially important with the large volumes of carbon dioxide that need to be captured and injected to meet global climate targets. The system must establish a high level of rigor that accounts for and demonstrates the permanent storage of every tonne of carbon dioxide.

    "Moving forward, the government will issue carbon sequestration rights through a competitive process, advancing the development of strategically located carbon storage hubs that will provide carbon sequestration services to a number of industrial facilities. The intent is to enhance Alberta's carbon management system by providing confidence to industry investors and Albertans that CCUS will be deployed in a responsible and strategic manner."

    Download the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Management document HERE. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Energy Operations, May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Energy, carboncapture.energy@alberta.gov.ca, www.alberta.gov.ca

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    Bi-partisan Carbon Capture Improvement Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In Washington, U.S Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) have introduced the Carbon Capture Improvement Act. If passed into law, the act would allow power plants and industrial facilities to easily finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) equipment. It would also allow businesses to use private activity bonds (PABs) issued by local or state governments to finance a carbon capture project, such as direct air capture (DAC).

    Under the act, if more than 65 pct of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground, then 100 pct of the eligible equipment can be financed with PABs. Tax-exempt financing is permitted on a pro-rate basis if less than 65 pct of emissions are captured and sequestered. (Source: U.S. Senators Portman and Bennet, GasWord, 28 May, 2021) Contact: U.S Senator Rob Portman, www.portman.senate.gov; U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, www.bennet.senate.gov

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    Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Natural Resources
    Date: 2021-06-09
    On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy are touting the recent launch of the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative. The Initiative will work collectively with the Canadian federal and Alberta governments is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands operations by 2050 to help Canada meet its climate goals, including its Paris Agreement commitments and 2050 net zero aspirations.

    Pathways vision is anchored by a major Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) trunkline connected to a carbon sequestration hub to enable multi-sector tie-in projects for expanded emissions reductions. The initiative pathways to address GHG emissions includes:

  • A core Alberta infrastructure corridor linking oil sands facilities in the Fort McMurray and Cold Lake regions to a carbon sequestration hub near Cold Lake via a CO2 trunkline. The trunkline would also be available to other industries in the region interested in capturing and sequestering CO2. There is also potential to link the infrastructure corridor to the Edmonton region.

  • Deploying existing and emerging GHG reduction technologies at oil sands operations along the corridor, including CCUS technology, clean hydrogen, process improvements, energy efficiency, fuel switching and electrification.

  • Evaluating, piloting and accelerating application of potential emerging emissions-reducing technologies including direct air capture, next-generation recovery technologies and small modular nuclear reactors.

    In addition to collaborating and investing together with industry, it is essential for governments to develop enabling policies, fiscal programs and regulations to provide certainty for this type of long-term, large-scale investment. This includes dependable access to carbon sequestration rights, emissions reduction credits (RECs) and ongoing investment tax credits. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, PR, Website, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Tim McKay, Pres., (403) 517-6700, Facsimile (403) 517-7350 , www.cnrl.com

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  • Viridor Aims to Implement System-Wide CCUS (Int'l. Report)
    Viridor
    Date: 2021-05-21
    In the UK, Taunton, Somerset-headquartered waste management waste-to-energy specialist Viridor is reporting plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and expand carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology across it's energy-from-waste (EfW) portfolio with the aim of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2040 and the first UK net negative emissions waste and recycling company.

    To that end, Viridor is partnering with the HyNet NorthWest Consortium and will initially target carbon capture operations at its EfW site at Runcorn by 2026, which Viridor describes as "the first project of its kind in the UK." This CCS initiative will then be gradually rolled out to include the rest of the company's EfW portfolio. (Source: Viridor, PR, letserecycle.com, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Viridor, Kevin Bradshaw, CEO, +44 0 1823 721400, www.viridor.co.uk/energy/energy-recovery-facilities

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    Doosan Expands Green, Blue Hydrogen Production (Int'l. Report)
    Doosan Heavy Industries
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Changwon, South Korea-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction reports it plans to produce clean -- "blue and green" --hydrogen, develop a hydrogen gas turbine and expand the company's hydrogen-related equipment business by 2022.

    To that end, Doosan is constructing a hydrogen liquefaction facility at its Changwon plant, which will produce "blue" hydrogen for future supply and utilization.

    "Blue" hydrogen is a low carbon-emitting hydrogen produced by capturing and storing the carbon emissions generated during the production of hydrogen from fossil fuels. Doosan will apply high-efficiency CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) technology to produce blue hydrogen. The production of "green" hydrogen using zero-carbon emission wind power is also well underway on Jeju island. The option of applying small modular reactors (SMRs) to produce clean hydrogen is also being reviewed.

    Doosan has been developing a 100 pct hydrogen-fueled gas turbine combustor for a 5-MW hydrogen gas turbine model with its own technology. The company is also partnering with the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) to develop a hydrogen dual-fuel combustor for a 300-MW hydrogen gas turbine. Doosan has also developed and is preparing to launch a hydrogen storage tank to be used for hydrogen refueling. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, www.doosanheavy.com/en

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    China-US Statement Addresses Climate Crisis (Editorials & Asides)
    China, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    China and the United States have issued a joint statement addressing the climate crisis after talks between China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry from Thursday to Friday in Shanghai. The following is the full text of the statement:

  • China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration.

  • Moving forward, China and the United States are firmly committed to working together and with other Parties to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. The two sides recall the Agreement's aim in accordance with Article 2 to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. In that regard, they are committed to pursuing such efforts, including by taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping the above temperature limit within reach and cooperating to identify and address related challenges and opportunities.

  • Both countries look forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23. They share the Summit's goal of raising global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support on the road to COP 26 in Glasgow.

  • China and the United States will take other actions in the short term to further contribute to addressing the climate crisis: both countries intend to develop by COP 26 in Glasgow their respective long-term strategies aimed at carbon neutrality/net zero GHG emissions; both countries intend to take appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; each county will implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

  • China and the United States will continue to discuss, both on the road to COP 26 and beyond, concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach, including: policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power, including through circular economy, energy storage and grid reliability, CCUS, and green hydrogen; increased deployment of renewable energy; green and climate resilient agriculture; energy efficient buildings; green, low-carbon transportation; cooperation on addressing emissions of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases; cooperation on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities; and; other near-term policies and measures, including with respect to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.

  • The two sides will cooperate to promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, aiming to complete the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement (e.g., under Article 6 and Article 13) and to significantly advance global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support. They will further cooperate to promote a successful COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, noting the importance of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, including its relevance to climate mitigation and adaptation. (Source: China.org Xinhua, 17 Apr., 2021)

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  • Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
    UK Research and Innovation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

    The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

    The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org; South Wales Industrial Cluster, www.swic.cymru

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    Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

    To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

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    Aker, Doosan Babcock Seek UK Renewable Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Aker Solutions,Doosan Babcock
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Oslo, Norway headquartered engineering firm Aker Solutions reports it is partnering with UK-based Doosan Babcock to jointly deliver renewable energy and new hydrogen production plants and facilities for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects in the UK. Opportunities for other projects within the process and energy industries will also be explored.

    According to the release, the two firms together provide a full engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) solution for the UK's zero-carbon energy transition agenda and have already identified some key prospects. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Aker Solutions, Kjetel Digre, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Rel., +47 450 32 090, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Doosan Babcock, Andrew Colquhoun, CEO, www.doosanbabcock.com

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    UK Offshore Energy Transition, Emissions Deal Released (Int'l.)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the North Sea Transition Deal, a landmark climate transition agreement to support the offshore oil and gas industry work force and supply chain during the switch to renewable energy and a net-zero emissions economy.

    The Deal includes an agreement for early reductions in production-site GHG emissions (not including emissions from product utilization) totaling 10 pctt by 2025, 25 pct by 2027 and 50 pct by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero by 2050 -- a 15 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years.

    Additionally, the deal commits to delivery of investments of up to $22 billion in new energy technologies, including hydrogen production and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The government has pledged to spend $1.4 billion on CCUS projects by 2025, and expects to provide additional support for the development of CO2 pipelines, storage sites and wells. The deal also commits to a voluntary industry target of 50 pct local, UK-made content for all new energy technology projects by 2030, with the same set-aside for oil and gas decommissioning activity. (Source: UK BEIS, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) 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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    Carbon Capture Coalition -- Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 (Policy Blueprint Report Attached)
    Carbon Capture Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In Washington, the Carbon Capture Coalition has released the attached national policy blueprint outlining an expanded, comprehensive federal policy portfolio to promote economy-wide deployment of carbon capture technologies for consideration by the administration and the 117th Congress.

    The blueprint represents a bipartisan consensus of the Coalition's more than 80 energy, industrial and technology companies, labor unions, and conservation, environmental, and clean energy organizations. It highlights an extensive suite of near-term recommendations for policymakers to maximize the impact of the 45Q tax credit, facilitate the build-out of CO2 transport and storage capacity, and increase federal investment in carbon management technologies, among others.

    Download the Carbon Capture Coalition Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 HERE. (Source: Carbon Capture Coalition, 24Feb., 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Coalition, Ben Finzel, 202-277-6286, ben@renewpr.com, www.carboncapturecoalition.org

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    Canberra Launches $50Mn CCUS Fund (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Mineral Carbonisation International
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian federal government is reporting the launch of its $50 million (Aus.) Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Fund.

    The announcement was made by Energy Minister Angus Taylor at Mineral Carbonisation International's (MCI) pilot plant in Newcastle. The company is using carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from a nearby ammonia plant to make building products like plasterboard and cement.

    The fund will be open to a broad spectrum of players including other CCU projects looking to produce fuels and chemical from CO2, as well as those in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Contact: Mineral Carbonisation International, Sophia Hamblin Wang, CEO, +61 419 722 386, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com

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    Viridor Joins Carbon Capture and Storage Assoc. (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the UK, Somerset-based Viridor Waste Management reports it has joined the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), making it the first company from the waste sector to do so.

    The CCSA was established to ensure that carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is recognised as an essential solution to deliver net-zero emissions across the economy. The CCSA works to ensure CCUS is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to meet net-zero goals. CCSA members include industry, equipment manufacturing, oil and gas, distribution, academia and regional bodies, as well as the associated supply chain and service sector.

    Viridor Waste Management Ltd. has the UK's largest network of more than 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities. The company works in partnership with more than 150 local authority and major corporate clients with 32,000 customers across the UK. (Source: Viridor, PR, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: Viridor, Tim Rotheray, Director of Environment, Innovation and Regulation, +44 0 1823 721400, www.viridor.co.uk; Carbon Capture and Storage Association, www.ccsassociation.org

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    $15Mn Offered for Direct Air Carbon Capture Tech. (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The US DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced up to $15 million in federally funded financial assistance for cost-shared research and development projects under the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002402, Carbon Capture R&D: Bench-Scale Testing of Direct Air Capture Components (TRL 3) and Initial Engineering Design for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Systems from Air (TRL 6).

    Since 2001, DOE-FE's Carbon Capture Program has been identifying and advancing technologies with the goal of removing CO2 from point sources such as fossil fuel-based power plants and industrial processes or directly from the atmosphere. The technologies should incur minimum costs and minimum energy penalties.

    The Carbon Capture Program aims to develop efficient processes and components utilizing transformational materials to lower the cost of DAC systems. Project researchers should achieve a better understanding of system costs, performance, and other factors to accelerate development of this climate-critical technology. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which will develop lower-cost, scalable technologies for CO2 capture from air and support DOE's Carbon Capture Program. The FOA focuses on two areas of interest:

  • Bench-Scale Testing of Structured Material Systems or Component Designs for Optimized Direct Air Capture -- Projects will support testing and validation of advanced carbon capture structured material systems (e.g., monoliths, laminate structures, membrane bundles or electrodes) or component designs (e.g., air contactors, desorbers or electrochemical cells) under environmentally relevant conditions for DAC. The objective of this bench-scale R&D effort is to advance promising structured material systems or component designs for DAC to a sufficient maturity level that can justify their scale-up in a subsequent program.

  • Initial Engineering Design of Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage Systems for Direct Air Capture -- Projects will support the completion of an initial design of a commercial-scale carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)- DAC system that separates, stores, or utilizes a minimum of 100,000 tpy net CO2 from air. Chosen projects will enable a better understanding of CCUS-DAC system costs, performance and business case options and facilitate a better focus on DAC R&D needs. Applicants are encouraged to propose teams that consist of both the carbon capture technology developer and partnering organization(s) with demonstrated experience in engineering, procurement, construction, and managing projects of similar size, scope, and complexity.

    DOE anticipates selecting up to 8 projects for this FOA. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • Indian Oil Corp. CCUS Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corp
    Date: 2021-01-18
    On Jan 14, Austin, Texas-based engineering design services company Dastur Energy reported it will lead a consortium to determine the feasibility and possible desin for the development of India's largest industrial carbon capture and utilisation (CCUS) project at the Indian Oil Corporation's 13.7 million tpy Koyali refinery near Vadodara. The refinery reportedly has the potential to capture over 5000 tpd or more than 1.5 mtpa of CO2 for large scale enhanced oil recovery (EOR) operations.

    Air Liquide and the Univ. of Texas Austin Bureau of Economic Geology are also participating in the project which is funded by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), as part of its mission to promote the development of sustainable infrastructure projects and foster economic growth in partner countries like India. (Source: Dastur Energy, Indian Oil Corp.,, PR, GasWorld, 14 Jan., 2021) Contact: Dastur Energy, (512) 823-0398, info@dasturenergy.com, www.dasturenergy.com; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com; Air Liquide, Corporate Communications, +33 (0)1 40 62 58 49, media@airliquide.com, www.airliquide.com

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    DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • Carbon Capture Included in DOE Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects Funding (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions. Funding is available for significant advancements in carbon capture as follows:

    Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL). Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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    Chevron Invests in Calif. Carbon Capture Startup (Ind. Report)
    Chevron Corp., Blue Planet Systems
    Date: 2021-01-15
    In Houston, U.S. oil major Chevron Corp reports it's Future Energy Fund has invested in San Jose, California-based carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) tech start-up Blue Planet Systems Corp. The two firms intent to collaborate on potential carbon capture pilot projects and commercial development.

    Blue Planet's technology uses CO2 as a raw material for making carbonate rocks. The carbonate rocks produced are used in place of natural limestone rock mined from quarries, which is the principal component of concrete. CO2 from flue gas is converted to carbonate (or CO3=) by contacting CO2 containing gas with a water-based capture solutions. This differentiates Blue Planet from most CO2 capture methods because the captured CO2 does not require a purification step, which is an energy and capital intensive process. As a result Blue Planet's capture method is extremely efficient, and results in a lower cost than traditional methods of CO2 capture, according to the company website. (Source: Chevron, PR, Reuters, Jan., 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Systems Corp., 408.458 3900, info@blueplanet-ltd.com, www.blueplanet-ltd.com

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    UK PM Touts Green Ind. Revolution, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The plan focus on the following industries and initiatives:
  • Offshore wind -- The government has already announced an ambition to have every home in the UK powered by offshore wind in an effort to cut the emissions from electricity.

  • Hydrogen -- The gov. plans to have 5GW -- sufficient power for roughly 1.5 million UK homes -- of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

  • Nuclear -- The plan calls for renewed support for small modular nuclear reactors that can be largely built in factories and other small applications.

  • Electric vehicles -- The plan calls for increased support for electric vehicles, recharging infrastructure and the previously announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

  • Public transport, cycling and walking -- Calls for increased clean public transport options including electric, alternative fuel and hydrogen powered buses as well as encourages cycling and walking.

  • Jet zero and greener fuel transportation -- Calls for zero-emission alternative fuel and electric power long-haul mass transportation including passenger rail, electric airplanes and maritime ferries.

  • Energy efficiency -- The plan calls for a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency.

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- Focuses on "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings.

  • Nature and the ecosystem -- Seeks to end the loss of wild life habitats, increase funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and other programs to store carbon, protect habitat and curb flooding.

    10. Innovation and finance -- for the wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk


  • Energy Efficiency Key in UK PM's Green Ind. Plan (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The PM's plan calls for "a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency".

    The plan also calls for: a concerted development and deployment of: offshore wind; small-scale nuclear; electric vehicles and alternative fuels; increased use of public mass transit; hydrogen; carbon capture and storage (CCS) "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings; ecosystem funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and similar programs to store carbon; and a wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk

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    Scottish GHG Reduction, CCUS Project Shares Funding (Int'l.) Report)
    Neccus
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In Scotland , Aberdeen-based Neccus reports it is one of six projects across the uk that will share £8 million in government funding to develop a net-zero road map to enable a sustainable reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions.

    The six projects will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The "industrial clusters mission" aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero "green hotspot" by 2040, kick-started by the government's £170 million industrial decarbonisation challenge.

    The six winners will produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).

    NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and support the programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. At the heart of the NECCUS Alliance is a project known as Acorn which is set to deliver a carbon capture and storage programme for Scotland by 2024 and which can be scaled-up to support other carbon reduction projects across the UK and Europe in the 2020s. The project will also enable hydrogen to be used more widely as a source of clean energy. Both these technologies will be crucial if Scotland is to meet its carbon net zero target by 2045 and the UK by 2050, according to the Neccus website. (Source: Neccus, The Scotsman, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neccus, www.neccus.co.uk

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    Univ. of Wyoming Releases Carbon Storage Study (Ind. Report)
    University of Wyoming
    Date: 2020-12-30
    The University of Wyoming, in partnership with West Virginia University of Law and the U.S. Energy Association (USEA) has released a comparative study for the U.S. DOE identifying the regulatory shortcomings slowing the deployment of carbon dioxide utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies. The study findings could help eliminate regulatory blindspots that pop up when projects are proposed with federal or private surface and subsurface interests.

    Scientists are working to find commercial ways to capture and store CO2 underground. But CO2 can also be used at oil fields, by injecting it into reservoirs to remove residual oil that traditional drilling processes could not extract. Researchers note policy makers need to know both the legal and regulatory obstacles facing energy developers trying to advance these technologies. For examples, developers hoping to establish these technologies on federal, state or private lands can run into issues involving land, mineral, pore space or water rights, pipeline regulations, eminent domain or limits to CO2 storage regulation, among others, according to the report.

    Recent federal incentives could accelerate the advancement of CO2 storage and utilization across the 12 states studied. For one, in 2018 Congress revised Section 45Q of the tax code to provide more favorable tax incentives to companies engaged in carbon capture and sequestration. The 45Q federal tax credit is given to companies for each ton of CO2 they sequester in the ground. Since then, the program has received feedback from potential claimants, and the Internal Revenue Service recently proposed rules to regulate the program. (Source: University of Wyoming, PR, US Energy Association, Dec., 2020) Contact: US Energy Association, (202) 312-1230, www.usea.org; University of Wyoming, School of Energy Resources, Holly Krutka, Exec. Dir., (307) 766-1121, hkrutka@uwyo.edu, www.uwyo.edu/ser

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    TOTAL, ADNOC Collaborate on CO2 Emissions, CCUS (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL, ADNOC
    Date: 2020-11-16
    In Abu Dhabi, the UAE state-owned Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) reports it is joining forces with the Paris-headquartered energy giant TOTAL to investigate joint R&D and deployment opportunities in CO2 emission reductions and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS).

    The framework agreement expands on the two companies' long-standing partnership and collaboration. Agreed upon targets include improved energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy for oil and gas operations as well as assessing the potential for enhanced oil recovery projects based on CO2 usage. (Source: ADNOC, TOTAL, Offshore, 13 Nov., 2020)Contact: ADNOC, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, +971 2 7070000. +971 2 6023389--fax, www.adnoc.ae; TOTAL, www.total.com

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    Suez, BP to Explore UK CCS, CCUS Project (Int'l. Report)
    Suez SA, BP
    Date: 2020-11-16
    Paris-based French waste and water management specialist Suez SA is reporting a memorandum of understanding with BP PLC to explore the feasibility of a carbon-capture, utilization and storage project in the U.K.

    The project would develop a system to capture carbon-dioxide emissions from an energy-from-waste facility in the Teesside area. The captured carbon would be supplied to the CCUS project to then be transported and stored in a storage site in the North Sea. The project would allow the capturing of up to 10 million tpy of CO2 emissions -- equal to the annual energy use of over three million UK households, according to Suez. (Source: Suez SA, PR, Market Screener, 16 Nov., 2020) Contact: Suez AS, www.suez.com

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    TOTAL, Partners Tout Next-Gen. CO2 Storage Simulator (Int'l. Report)
    TOTAL,Stanford University,LLNL
    Date: 2020-11-10
    Paris-headquartered energy major Total , US DOE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Stanford University have released GEOSX, an open source simulator for large-scale geological carbon dioxide (CO2) storage.

    GEOSX was developed using advanced new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date. The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.

    GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. GEOSX, www.geosx.org. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Total Marie-Noelle Semeria, Total's Chief Technology Officer Media Relations: +33 1 47 44 46 99 l presse@total.com l @TotalPress Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962 l ir@total.com

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    Singapore Earmarks $49Mn for CCS, Low-Carbon Energy R&D (Int'l)
    Singapore
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In his opening remarks at the Singapore International Energy Week on Monday (Oct 26), Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing announced the government has set aside S$49 million to fund low-carbon energy R&D and test-bedding efforts in hydrogen and carbon capture utilization and storage. The Minister also noted the government "hopes its green initiatives and energy management system can be an inspiration to the urban societies across the world." (Source: Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: Singapore Ministry for Trade and Industry, +65 6225 9911, www.mti.gov.sg

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    Blue Planet Raises $10Mn to Advance CCUS (Ind. Report)
    Blue Planet Systems
    Date: 2020-10-26
    Hanover, Maryland-based Blue Planet Systems Corp. reports it has raised $10 million for the commercialization of its carbon capture and utilization (CCUS) system. The system converts diluted CO2 from fossil fuel-fired electric generating stations, cement or steel mills and petroleum refineries to carbonate for mineralization into calcium carbonate (CaCO₃) -- coarse, concrete-grade synthetic limestone. The company contends their solution is scalable, economically viable and more than compensates for Portland cement's carbon footprint.

    Blue Planet directly converts CO2 diluted in flue gas to carbonate, avoiding the costs and parasitic loads of purifying the greenhouse gas from a dilute stream in order to liquify it for underground disposal. Instead, the synthetic limestone is used in concrete where the CO2 is stored permanently.

    The company's first commercial plant is now under construction in Pittsburg, California. (Source: Blue Planet Systems Corp., PR Concrete News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Blue Planet Systems Corp., 800-921-1144, www.blueplanet.com

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