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Airthena™ -- CO2 from Air Technology Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Monash University ,CSIRO
Date: 2020-11-18
In the Land Down Under, Monash University is touting Airthena™ technology which it describes as "the most cost-effective method of capturing CO2 yet devised." A two metres square solar cell powered Airthena unit can capture six kilograms of CO2 per day, according to the Monash release.

The Airthena device, which uses a metal organic framework (MOF) that acts like a sponge to soak up CO2, could be adapted so that greenhouses capture their own CO2, or the CO2 could be used to feed algae for biofuel production or to make sustainable cement, according to the developers website.

The developers are in discussions with industry partners and investors, and hope to finalize plans to scale up the technology in the near future. (Source: Monash University, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2020) Contact: Airthena - CSIRO, www.csiro.au/en/Do-business/Commercialisation/Marketplace/CO2Gen; Monash University, www.monash.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News TOTAL,  ADNOC,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS ,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


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

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


US Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Fell in 2019 (Ind. Report)
US EIA
Date: 2020-11-13
According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2019 analysis, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions have fallen 15 pct since their 2007 peak.

US electric power sector emissions accounted for roughly one-third of US energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 -- emissions from coal fell by 15 pct in 2019, and emissions from natural gas increased by 7 pct. CO2 emissions from the industrial sector rose 1.1 pct and transportation sector emissions dropped by 0.2 pct.

More information on changes in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019, as well as trends in emissions since 1990, is available in EIA's US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions, 2019 report HERE. (Source: US EIA. Nov., 2020) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  US EIA,  


Repsol Taps Axens Vegan® for Advanced Biofuels Plant (Int'l.)
Repsol,Axens
Date: 2020-11-13
Following up on our Oct. 28th coverage, Madrid-based Repsol has selected Axens Vegan® technology for its first advanced biofuels production plant in Cartegena, Spain.

The new plant is expected to come in at $222.3 million and produce 250,000 tpy of biodiesel, biojet fuel, bionaphtha and biopropane while enabling a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release.

Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. (Source: Axen Website PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com; Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Axens,  Renewable Diesel,  Biofuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


Occidental, ConocoPhillips Pledge Net-Zero Emissions (Ind. Report)
Occidental, ConocoPhillips
Date: 2020-11-13
Houston,headquartered petroleum major Occidental Petroleum is reporting it will reach net-zero emissions for all the oil and gas it produces by 2040, but did not specify how it would meet its self imposed goal. The company has advocated policies that support CCS technology, including the 2018 expansion of a tax credit that provides $35 per ton of captured CO2 used for oil production, and $50 per ton for CO2 simply stored underground.

In an Oct. 19 press release, ConocoPhillips, also based in Houston, announced the adoption of a comprehensive framework to manage climate-related risk, meet energy demand and zero- out its direct greenhouse gas emissions, which are much less than the emissions that come from burning the oil and gas the company sells. Taken together, the two corporate pledges could increase pressure on ExxonMobil and Chevron, the nation's largest oil companies, which have yet to announce such far-reaching goals. (Source: Occidental Petroleum, ConocoPhillips, Inside Climate News, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Occidental Petroleum, www.oxy.com; ConocoPhillips, www.conocophillips.com

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


Sempra Supports Plant-based CCS R&D (Funding, R&D Report)
Sempra Energy, Salk Institute
Date: 2020-11-13
In the Golden State, San Diego-based Sempra Energy is donating $2 million to the Salk Institute for Biological Studies Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) to help fund a five-year study to advance plant-based carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies.

The institute's Harnessing Plants Initiative aims to fight climate change by optimizing a plant's natural ability to capture and store carbon and adapt to diverse climate conditions.

With the Sempra Energy funding, Salk researchers will develop a drought-tolerant, carbon-sequestering grass (sorghum) variety designed to grow on land in Southern California and store carbon in the soil for use with grain production, grazing or bio-energy feed stocks.

HPI aims to develop crop plants that have significant global acreages to store long-lasting carbon in the soil. Crop plants that are engineered to store more carbon in the soil for longer can lead to a potentially enormous reduction in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).

HPI estimates that if, worldwide, 70 pct of the target crops are converted into carbon-sequestration-enhanced crop plants, 1.5 to 6 gigatons of CO2 can be sequestered per year, the equivalent of up to as much as one-third of human-caused CO2 emissions that accumulate in the atmosphere each year. (Source: Sempra Energy, PR, Power Engineering, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: Salk Institute, Professor Wolfgang Busch, Pres., Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI), 858-453-4100, www.salk.edu; Contact: Sempra Energy, Kevin Sagara, HPI Committee, Dennis V. Arriola, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (619) 696-2901, www.sempra.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sempra Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


Bendix Commits to Reduce Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
Bendix
Date: 2020-11-13
Ohio-headquartered Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC reports it has revamped its climate action plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2021 and cutting its carbon emissions in half by 2030 as part of its renewed commitment to adopt the aggressive climate strategy recently launched by its parent company, the Munich, Germany-based Knorr-Bremse AG.

During the company's 2009-2019 ECCO2 initiative Bendix exceeded the combined goals to reduce energy consumption by 30 pct from its 2009 baseline, by achieving a 42 pct reduction over the past 10 years. Bendix also saved more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of energy and an estimated $2 million over that time frame, through projects focused on more efficient use of lighting, HVAC and compressed air.

Bendix is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from the 2018 baseline in half by 2030 through: continued energy efficiency projects; on-site generation of renewable energy; and the obtaining of green energy combined with carbon offsets. (Source: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, PR,Morning Journal, 12 Nov., 2020) Contact: Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, www.bendix.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissiuons,  Carbon Footprint,  


Oil and Gas Majors Agree on GHG Emissions Cuts (Int'l. Report)
Oil and Gas Climate Initiative
Date: 2020-11-13
As previously reported, the 12-member Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) is reported to have agreed to reduce the average carbon intensity of their aggregated upstream oil and gas operations to between 20 kg and 21 kg of CO2 equivalent (CO2e) per barrel of oil by 2025.

OGCI members include: Saudi Aramco, ExxonMobil, BP, China's CNPC, Total, Chevron, Royal Dutch Shell, Repsol, Petrobras, Occidental Petroleum, Eni and Equinor. (Source: OGCI, July, 2020) Contact: Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, +44 (0)203 922 0853, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com

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


FirstEnergy Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
FirstEnergy
Date: 2020-11-11
Akron, Ohio-headquartered FirstEnergy Corp. has released its Climate Position and Strategy Statement outlining the company's aggressive, business-wide plans to mitigate climate change risks, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The company also set an interim goal for a 30 pct reduction in greenhouse gases within the company's direct operational control by 2030, based on 2019 levels. Actions to achieve these goals include:
  • Hardening its transmission and distribution systems to reduce the physical risks of climate change;

  • Replacing conventional utility trucks with electric and hybrid vehicles and responsibly replacing other aging equipment that emits greenhouse gasses;

  • Reducing emissions at its small regulated generation fleet, while preparing for the transition away from coal-fired power in West Virginia by 2050;

  • Supporting renewable and distributed energy resources, including seeking approval in 2021 to construct a solar generation source of at least 50 MW in West Virginia;

  • Utilizing advanced technology to enable customers to manage their energy use;

  • Integrating carbon pricing into financial forecasting and empowering employees to identify opportunities that drive environmental responsibility.

    In 2015, FirstEnergy announced plans to achieve a 90 pct reduction in CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by 2045. To date, the company has reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 80 pct by implementing new technologies and retiring or transferring generation assets. The new goals represent a significant expansion of this target and reflect FirstEnergy's transformation to a fully regulated utility. (Source: FirstEnergy Corp., PR, Website, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: First Energy, www.firstenergycorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy news,  Carbon Neutral news,  Carbon Emissions news,  

    More Low-Carbon Energy News FirstEnergy,  Carbon Neutral,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Cemex Awarded Carbon Capture Project Funding (Int'l. Report)
    Cemx,Membrane Technology & Research
    Date: 2020-11-11
    San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico-based cement giant Cemex reports receipt of grant funding for an 18-month carbon capture technology research and develop project at its Balcones cement plant in Texas, USA.

    Houston-headquartered Cemex USA is partnering with Newark, California-based Membrane Technology & Research Inc to study and trial trial a new membrane technology to capture CO2. (Source: Cemex, PR, Cemnet , 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: Cemex USA,Jaime Muguiro, Pres., 713-650-6200, www.cemexusa.com; Membrane Technology & Research Inc., 650.328.2228, www.mtrinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cemex,  CCS,  


    PREEM's Lysekil Refinery Begins Renewable Fuels Production (Int'l.)
    Preem
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Stockholm, Sweden-headquartered PREEM is reporting renewable raw materials are now being converted to Swedish Environmental Class 1 diesel at its Synsat refinery in Lysekil which is being converted to produce 950,000 cubic meters of renewable fuel by 2024.

    The plant conversion is part of a larger project that intends to convert the existing plant for the large-scale production of renewable fuels. To begin with, five pct rapeseed oil will be combined with the fossil raw material for a limited period. This test process is within the conditions of the existing environmental permit and represents an important basis for the refinery's conversion.

    The increased renewable production will play an important role in ensuring Sweden achieves its climate targets. The conversion is estimated to reduce emissions in the entire value chain by between 1.2 and 1.7 million tpy of CO2 of which the largest reduction will take place in road traffic. At the same time, renewable fuel production will be accommodated within existing carbon dioxide emissions from the refinery. The plant is expected to be operational by 2024 at the latest, according to the release. (Source: PREEM, PR, 11 Nov., 2020) Contact: PREEM, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Preem,  Renewable Fuel,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Stanford University news,  TOTAL news,  LLNL news,  CCS news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Storage news,  


    Iberdrola's 63-MW Herrera Wind Complex Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola
    Date: 2020-11-06
    Spanish energy giant Iberdrola SA reports its €70 million ($81.9 million) 63-MW Herrera wind farm complex in Castile and Leon, Spain is underway.

    The Herrera project will incorporate 14 Siemens Gamesa SG 4.5-145 turbines for three wind farms -- La Huesa, Valdesantos and Orbaneja -- and will generate sufficient power for 60,000 people and offset 50,000 tpy of CO2 when fully operational in 2021,

    Iberdrola operates more than 5,100 MW in Castile and Leon -- 1,500 MW-- and plans invest over € 1.3 billion to construct over 1,800 MW of wind and solar projects in the region, according to the company website. (Source: Iberdrola, Website, PR, Renewables, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Iberdrola,  Wind,  


    EIB Funding Energy Efficient, Sustainable Bldgs. in Madrid (Int'l.)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2020-11-06
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Madrid-based GMP PROPERTY SOCIMI (Gmp), one of Spain's largest real estate groups, are set to finance green investments that reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions in office buildings in Madrid.

    To this end, the EU bank will provide the Spanish company with €28 million in financing for the development of near zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) and retrofits aimed at improving energy efficiency. The operation is supported by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the Investment Plan for Europe.

    The primary energy savings covered by the EIB financing will be an estimated 3 420 MWh per year (MWh/year), implying CO2 emissions savings equivalent to the average emissions produced by 124 EU households a year.

    The EU bank is assisting this operation via a green energy loan, the features of which are fully in line with the requirements set out in its Climate Awareness Bonds programme. As a result, it is likely to be allocated to its portfolio of loan operations financed via the issuance of these bonds. (Source: European Investment Bank, European Commission, PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Energy Efficiency,  


    JAL to Use Fulcrun BioEnergy Aviation Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Japan Airlines
    Date: 2020-11-06
    In Tokyo, Japan Airlines (JAL) reports it plans to regularly refuel aircraft connecting San Francisco and Japan with recycled aviation fuel made from household garbage produced by Fulcrum BioEnergy, starting as early as fiscal 2022.

    The airline is aiming to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 by introducing advanced jets and fuels and purchasing emission credits from other airlines.

    JAL invested roughly $8.6 million in Fulcrum in 2018. (Source: JAL, PR, Nov., 2020) Contact: Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Japan Airlines,  Fulcrum BioEnergy,  Aviation Biofuel ,  


    Atlas Renewable Energy Finances Brazilian Solar Project (Int'l.)
    Atlas Renewable Energy
    Date: 2020-11-04
    Miami-headquartered Atlas Renewable Energy is reporting a $67 million (US) loan from IDB Invest and Norway's DNB Bank ASA to finance construction of its 187 MW Jacaranda solar project in the municipality of Juazeiro, State of Bahia, Brazil.

    When fully operational, the Jacaranda solar project will generate 440GWh per year – sufficient power for 750,000 inhabitants -- and avoid approximately 35,000 metric tpy of CO2 emissions. The solar project has a 15-year PPA with a Brazilian subsidiary of the American material science giant Dow Inc.

    Atlas Renewable Energy develops, builds, and operates renewable energy projects with long-term contracts across Latin America. The company's portfolio is 2.2GW of contracted projects in development, construction, or operational stages, and aims to expand by an additional 4GW in the next years. (Source: Atlas Renewable Energy, Website News, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Atlas Renewable Energy, 786 358 5614, www.atlasrenewableenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Atlas Renewable Energy,  Solar,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviv Biomass,  


  • Growth Energy Comments on Biofuel Production (Opinions & Asides)
    Growth Energy, USDA
    Date: 2020-11-02
    Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor recently submitted the following comments to the USDA's Agriculture Innovation Agenda regarding readily available technologies that enable our domestic agriculture sector to increase production while reducing its environmental footprint.

    In her comments, Skor argued that biofuels like ethanol play a critical role in achieving the USDA's goals and called for building on current investments to expand renewable fuels role in the nation's transportation infrastructure. "Supporting programs like the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and initiatives to expand access to higher biofuel blends like E15, E30, and E85 can build on biofuels' environmental progress and expand the market for American agriculture,", said Skor. "USDA's Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) is a prime example how the agency can support the productivity of our farmers, while decreasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and encouraging further adoption of sustainable farming practices across our agriculture sector."

    Skor also notes the biofuels industry's continued advancements to capture CO2 and the plant-based fuel's ability to replace harmful toxics and improve air quality. "We have a better option in ethanol, the single most affordable and abundant alternative to petroleum-based fuel additives that threaten air quality in communities across the globe. To expand on these benefits, USDA should continue to promote programs that boost biofuels access and use throughout the country.

    As the department works to streamline programs and seek opportunities to improve sustainable farming across the country, Skor encouraged USDA to continue exploring the strong link between U.S. agriculture and our biofuels industry, and promote the increased use of biofuels so our nation's farmers can continue to rely on these markets as we work to reduce the environmental impact of the agriculture sector.

    The organizations have asked the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to order the following: EPA should not withhold the name of the company submitting an application for an SRE nor the name and location of the refinery for which relief is requested; EPA should immediately produce the information that was unlawfully withheld for Renewable Fuel Standard compliance years 2015, 2016, and 2017, and; EPA should not withhold any of the five data elements identified in the proposed Renewables Enhancement and Growth Support (REGS) rule (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR , 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  USDA,  RFS,  Biofuel,  


    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame
    Date: 2020-11-02
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.

    Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines. "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels.

    ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved.

    The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Alternative Fuel,  


    EDF Comments on Bill to Facilitate Development and Deployment of Carbon Removal Technologies (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Environmental Defense Fund
    Date: 2020-10-30
    "The United States needs to stay focused on aggressive action to cut greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, we recognize the need for carbon removal technologies and solutions in order to reach the goal of net zero emissions across the economy by 2050 and avert the worst impact of climate change.

    "EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) thanks Reps. Kuster (D-NH), McKinley (R-WV), Tonko (D-NY), Gonzalez (R-OH), Peters (D-CA), Fortenberry (R-NE), O'Halleran (D-AZ) and Schweikert (R-AZ) for their leadership in introducing the Carbon Removal, Efficient Agencies, Technology Expertise (CREATE) Act, an important bipartisan bill that coordinates efforts across the federal government to research, develop, and demonstrate these crucial technologies." (Source: Environmental Defense Fund, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Environmental Defense Fund, Elizabeth Gore, Senior VP, Political Affairs, 202-572-3298, www.edf.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Environmental Defense Fund,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  


    CF Ind. Commits to CCS, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, the company Board of Directors has authorized carbon capture and storage and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  


    CF Ind. Announces Clean Fuel Commitment (Alt. Fuel, Ind Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, The company Board of Directors has authorized construction of a 20,000 tpy green hydrogen production facility as well as CO2 sequestration and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe and is in discussions with global utilities and maritime transportation providers interested in using low-carbon ammonia directly as a fuel.

    The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Clean Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Repsol Plans Advanced Biofuels Plant at Cartagena (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2020-10-28
    Madrid-based Repsol is reporting plans to construct a 250,000 tpy advanced transportation biofuels plant at its refinery in Cartagena, Spain. The new facility, which is expected to come in at $222.3 million, will include the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will fuel a new hydro-treatment unit equipped with cutting-edge technology.

    This project is part of Repsol's commitment to the clean energy transition and its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The advanced biofuels produced at the Cartagena refinery will enable a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release. (Source: Repsol, HydroCarbon Eng., 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    Luxembourg CO2 Tax to Generate €148Mn in 2021 (Int'l. Report)
    Luxembourg,Carbon Tax
    Date: 2020-10-28
    In Luxembourg, the government statistics office Statec is projecting the government's planned carbon tax will add about 5 cents per litre for transportation fuel and add roughly €148 million to the national treasury in 2020. The tax, which will increase to €25 per tonne of carbon emissions in 2022 and €30 in 2023, is expected the generate between €200 million and €300 million by 2024.

    The carbon tax is intended to disincentivise the sale of combustion engine transportation. (Source: Delano.lu, 27 Oct., 2020)

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    BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total Bid on CO2 Storage Pipeline (Int'l)
    BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell,Total
    Date: 2020-10-28
    International energy giants BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell and Total and National Grid are reporting their formation of the Northern Endurance Partnership, a joint alliance, and the submission of a £75 million bid for government funding from the second round of the UK's £170 million Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge for a project that will shuttle carbon emissions captured from the Teesside and Humber industrial hubs to a porus rock aquifer beneath the seabed for permanent sequestration. The partnership claims Endurance could potentially cut the UK's emissions in half.

    The planned offshore pipeline network is key to the success of two major industrial decarbonisation projects being plotted on the UK's east coast -- Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside -- aimed at capturing CO2 from local industry and then either finding other industrial uses for the CO2 or storing it under the North Sea. Both projects, Zero Carbon Humber and Net Zero Teesside, plan to capture and transport 17 million and 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions respectively every year, with commissioning in both cases earmarked for 2026. (Source: BP, UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, Business Green, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: UK Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge, www.idric.org

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    UConn Prof. Patents Efficient Carbon Capture Reactor (Ind. Report)
    University of Connecticut
    Date: 2020-10-28
    University of Connecticut is reporting professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering George Bollas has patented a reverse-flow fixed-bed reactor for power generation and carbon dioxide (CO2) recapture.

    Bollas' invention works with chemical-looping combustion (CLC) technology wherein hydrocarbon fuel is oxidized by a metal oxygen carrier and then regenerated by air oxidation. The metal carrier provides a bed for the combustion of fuel and hence generation of energy. This reaction reduces the oxide which is then re-oxidized through exposure to air and looped back into the system.

    Bollas' invention utilizes intensified fixed-bed reactor configurations in which direction of the fuel and air flows are reversed. By periodically switching flow direction inside the CLC reactor, the oxygen carrier conversion is uniform at both ends of the reactor, rather than piling up on one end. This process produces two reaction fronts rather than one, improving the overall thermal management of the reactor and reducing hot and cold spots and significant temperature gradients. Bollas' reactor also provides for better contact between the fuel and the unconverted oxygen carrier, which reduces carbon formation and allows for higher CO2 selectivity. CO2 can be separated out after condensing the water vapor created during the oxygen carrier reduction step and captured, preventing it from being emitted into the air.

    Existing CO2 capture technologies rely on physical and chemical separation of CO2. These processes selectively absorb CO2 using a great deal of energy. Bollas' invention makes the process 10 pct to 20 pct more efficient at CO2 capture and provides resistance to solid carbon formation. It also mitigates the temperature drop from the reaction, addressing the most significant challenges with CLC. It is a form of process intensification and enables modularization of the CLC reactor. The latter is enabled by the unique simple design in Bollas' invention where the reactor is a fixed bed loaded with the oxygen carrier and the flow regime and temperature management is controlled via valves outside the reactor. (Source: Univ. Connecticut, PR, UConn Today, 28 Oct., 2020) Contact: UConn Technology Commercialization Services Donna Cyr, PhD , (860) 486-3013, donna.cyr@uconn.edu, www.uconn.edu

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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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    Iranian Renewable Power Capacity Rapidly Rising (Int'l. Report)
    Iran
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In Tehran, the Iranian Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization (SATBA) is reporting 28 new renewable power plants -- 44 pct solar and 34 pct wind -- will come online across Iran by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2021).

    Currently, 54 companies are constructing renewable power plants totaling 229.39 MW generating 493,500 MWh of electricity per year and while reducing 318,000 tpy od CO2.

    Iran is aiming for a 5,000 MW increase in renewable capacity to meet growing domestic demand and expand its presence in the regional electricity market by 2025. (Source: SATBA, Tehran Times, 25 Oct., 2020) Contact: Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Organization, +98 (21) 880 85006-9, www.satba.gov.ir

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    Oxford Launches Carbon Offsetting Principles (Int'l. Report)
    Oxford University
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the UK, a multi-disciplinary team from the University of Oxford has released The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting guidelines on how offsetting should be done to ensure it is trustworthy and effective in helping the world achieve carbon net-zero.

    The Oxford guidelines recommend a shift to verified carbon removal offsetting and to long-lived carbon storage, stating "users of offsets should increase the portion of their offsets that come from carbon removals rather than from emission reductions, ultimately reaching 100 pct carbon removals by mid-century to ensure compatibility with the Paris Climare Agreement goals". To that end, the guidelines also recommend:

  • Cut emissions, use high quality offsets, and regularly revise offsetting strategy as best practice evolves: prioritise reducing your own emissions, ensure environmental integrity, and maintain transparency;

  • Shift to carbon removal offsetting -- Users of offsets should increase the portion of their offsets that come from carbon removals;

  • Shift to long-lived storage -- This refers to methods of storing carbon that have a low risk of reversal over centuries to millennia, such as storing CO2 in geological reservoirs or mineralizing carbon into stable forms;

  • Support the development of net-zero aligned offsetting -- Using long-term agreements; forming sector-specific alliances; supporting the restoration and protection of a wide range of natural and semi-natural ecosystems in their own right; and adopting and publicising these Principles and incorporate them into regulation and standard setting for approaches to offsetting and net-zero.

    Access Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting HERE. (Source: University of Oxford, Smith School Enterprise & Environment, Sept., Oct., 2020) Contact: University of Oxford, Smith School, +44 0 1865 614942, enquiries@smithschool,ox.ac.uk, www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk

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  • Hillsboro Harnesses Water Pressure for Renewable Energy Ind. Report)
    City of Hillsboro
    Date: 2020-10-23
    In Oregon, the City of Hillsboro (pop. 112,400 +-) is touting its Hillsboro In-Pipe Hydroelectric Project which generates electricity by harvesting excess pressure from a water pipeline. The Project is in partnership with the Energy Trust of Oregon, Portland General Electric (PGE) and InPipe Energy.

    InPipe Energy's In-PRV (pressure recovery valve) system bypasses an existing pressure control valve and instead of dissipating the pressure, converts it into electricity that is fed to the grid. In-PRV is the first system that combines software, micro-hydro and control technology as a product that can be installed throughout water systems with smaller-diameter pipelines.

    The system is expected to generate up to 200,000 kWh or more of electricity per year as well as save cut water consumption , extend the life of the pipeline and save more than 73 tpy CO2.

    The project received PGE and Oregon Energy Trust grant funding covering 70 pct of the project's $509,000 total cost. (Source: City of Hillsboro, Cities Todaym Oct., 2020) Contact: City of Hillsboro, Water Department, Eric Hielema, Engineering Manager, 503-615-6702, www.hillsboro-oregon.gov; InPipe Energy, 503-341-0004, www.inpipeenergy.com

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    Microsoft Joins Norwegian Northern Lights CCS Project (Int'l Report)
    Microsoft,Equinor,Northern Lights
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Redmond, Washington-headquartered software giant Microsoft is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Equinor -- fka Statoil -- concerning development of a digital platform covering the transportation, receipt and permanent storage of liquefied CO2 for the North Sea, Northern Lights carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

    Under the MoU, MoU stipulates the two sides would work on a model for a conventional investment. Namely, Microsoft has earmarked $1 billion for technology that prevents CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere. The two firms will also jointly explore and establish advocacy of policies that accelerate CCS's contribution to Europe's meeting its climate goals.

    The Northern Lights initiative, which is equally owned by Equinor, Royal Dutch Shell and Total, is expected to begin operations in 2024 with a first-phase capacity of 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2. (Source: Microsoft, Balkan Green Energy News, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com; TOTAL, www.total.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; SHELL, www.shell.com; Microsoft Corporate Offices, www.headquartersinfo.com/microsoft-headquarters-information

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    Louisiana Carbon Storage Project Awaits EPA Permits (Ind. Report)
    Gulf Coast Sequestration
    Date: 2020-10-23
    Louisiana-based Gulf Coast Sequestration LLC is reporting plans to create a 10,000 foot deep carbon sequestration project to store up to 80 million tons of CO2 between the Sabine River and Lake Charles, Louisiana.

    The company, which has applied for the necessary EPA Class VI UIC permits , believes the project will be "the largest geologic carbon capture sequestration project in the U.S. and one of the largest in the world", according to the release. (Source: Gulf Coast Sequestration LLC , Website PR, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: Gulf Coast Sequestration LLC, Colin Williams, Bus. Dev., info@gcscarbon.com, www.gcscarbon.com

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    Zero Carbon Humber Seeks Major Gov. Funding (Int'l., Funding)
    Zero Carbon Humber
    Date: 2020-10-23
    In the UK, Zero Carbon Humber has sent an open letter to energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng, calling on the government to back a major funding bid. This follows on from the 12 organisations behind the project submitting a bid to the second phase of the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for £75 million of funding.

    The Zero Carbon Humber letter argues that if the bid was successful it would help unlock a potentially multi-billion pound project, reduce the UK's annual emissions by 15 pct and help the UK meet its international legally binding climate target.

    The Zero Carbon Humber partnership, which was first announced in May 2019, members include: Drax, National Grid Ventures , Equinor, international trade bodies, business and investment groups, local authorities , academic institutions and others.

    According to Zero Carbon Humber's website, "Industrial powerhouses like the Yorkshire and the Humber region are an essential and valued part of the UK's economy but produce high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions: the Humber is the most carbon intensive industrial cluster in the country, emitting 12.4 million tpy. Developing carbon capture usage and storage (CCS or CCUS) technology and hydrogen (H2) starting in Yorkshire and the Humber would preserve jobs by enabling energy intensive industries to continue to operate and thrive even against a backdrop of ever tighter emissions targets linked to the UK's carbon budgets. Without CCUS, the Humber will face perhaps insurmountable challenges. By drawing on the existing skills and infrastructure in it and the wider region, the Humber can become the base for the UK's first zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst delivering new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses." 2021. (Source: Zero Carbon Humber, Current News, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: Zero Carbon Humber, www.zerocarbonhumber.co.uk

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    Colorado Cement Plant CCS R&D Funded (R&D, Funding)
    LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Swiss cement and building materials giant LafargeHolcim reports receipt of $1.5 million in US DOE grant funding to research and develop a system to capture and sequester CO2 emissions on a commercial scale at its cement plant in Florence, Colorado.

    When completed in 2024, the facility will be the first in the U.S. to use carbon-capture technology on a commercial scale. As previously reported, LafargeHolcim worked with carbon capture technology provider Svante to build a pilot carbon-capture unit at a plant in British Columbia, Canada.

    The cement sector is widely reported as the the world's third-largest industrial energy consumer and is the second-largest industrial emitter of carbon dioxide, accounting for 7 pct of the global emissions, according to the International Energy Agency. (Source: LafargeHolcim, PR, Denver Post, 20 Oct., 2020) Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com

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    EPA Urged to Toughen Aviation Emissions Standards (Ind. Report)
    EPA
    Date: 2020-10-21
    A coalition of attorneys general from California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia is lobbying the U.S. EPA to stiffen aviation emissions standards and regulations.

    In July, the EPA proposed aligning US emissions standards for commercial aviation and large business jets with the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) international carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standards. The EPA proposal would apply to new aircraft designs on or after 1 January 2020 and in-production units on or after 1 January 2028.

    The coalition claims the EPA proposal is "entirely insufficient and unlawful" and will not allow the agency to fulfill obligations under the Clean Air Act. "EPA can and must adopt effective standards to substantially reduce these emissions, mitigate existing climate harms, and avoid the worst economic and public health outcomes of an unmitigated climate crisis," according to a release. (Source: Aerospace Technology, 20 Oct., 2020)Contact: ICAO, Secretary General Fang Liu, 514-954-8219, 514-954-6077 -- fax, icaohq@icao.int, www.icao.int

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    Methane Tech. Specialist Opens N.Amer. Subsidiary (Ind. Report)
    Electrochaea
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Munich, Germany-headquartered renewable methane technology provider Electrochaea GmbH reports the opening of its U.S. subsidiary, Electrochaea Corporation, in Sacramento to develop commercial opportunities and partnerships in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    Electrochaea offers a climate-friendly solution to store wind and solar generated electricity and recycle CO2 in the form of renewable methane -- a substitute for fossil fuels and major advancement in transitioning to a clean energy economy.

    Over the past six years, Electrochaea developed renewable methane from the lab to industrial-scale pilot plants in Denmark and Switzerland, feeding the national gas grids. In 2019 the company opened a third pilot plant at the U.S. DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, with support from SoCalGas. The company also has renewable methane projects under development in the U.S. (Source: Electrochaea Corporation , PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Electrochaea Corporation, Mich Hein, CEO, Beth Bray US Communications Director, (773) 241-4948, beth.bray@electrochaea.com, www.electrochaea.com

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    DOE Sued Over Energy Efficiency Standards Changes (Ind. Report)
    NRDC, US DOE
    Date: 2020-10-19
    The NYC-headquartered Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports it has again sued the Trump administration DOE for altering its energy efficiency standards-setting process to make it more difficult to set rigorous energy-saving levels for America's appliances and equipment.

    NRDC was joined by three other environmental groups and 13 states in this suit, which is closely related to an ongoing lawsuit regarding DOE's "Process Rule."

    At issue is how the DOE determines whether a new energy efficiency standard is "economically justified" -- meaning that its benefits, such as consumer savings from lower utility bills, exceed its costs.

    DOE is looking for ways to set weaker standards, or no standards at all as part of an ongoing pattern to weaken a critically important program. And it's illegal. Without strong efficiency standards, purchasers can't be sure the appliances they buy are not wasting energy, which can substantially increase their energy bills.

    According to NRDC, these changes represent yet more attacks on the nation's highly successful energy efficiency standards program that has been saving U.S. households, on average $500 every year and will deliver $2 trillion in savings to consumers and businesses as well as help avoid 3 billion tonnes of CO2 pollution by by 2030.

    This is the 130th lawsuit NRDC has filed against the Trump administration's rollbacks and efforts to undermine environmental safeguards. To date, NRDC has prevailed in 73 of the 81 cases resolved thus far. This latest lawsuit related to the Process Rule also marks the fourth time in 11 months that NRDC and other environmental and consumer groups have sued DOE over energy efficiency standards.

    Meanwhile, DOE has repeatedly failed to meet its statutory requirements to update standards for appliances and equipment, having now missed 26 deadlines -- the most of any administration, according to the NRDC release. (Source: NRDC, Blog, 17 Oct., 2020) Contact: Natural Resource Defense Council, 212.727.2700, www.nrdc.org

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    JERA Updates Zero CO2 Emissions Roadmap Plan (Int'l. Report)
    JERA
    Date: 2020-10-16
    In Tokyo, Japan's largest power generation utility JERA Co. Inc. reports it will close all of its "inefficient" coal power plants by 2030, as part of a roadmap to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, JERA plans to: cut carbon emission intensity of its thermal power plants by 20 pct; develop renewable energy resources such as offshore wind; gradually increase the ratio of mixed combustion of fossil fuels, ammonia and hydrogen at its power plants; and improve efficiencies.

    Eighty pct of Japan's electricity presently comes from thermal power generation, which accounts for 40 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: JERA, PR 15 Oct., 2020)Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

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    Norway's Northern Lights CCS Project Touted (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, SHELL, Total
    Date: 2020-10-16
    The Northern Lights project -- a collaboration between energy giants Equinor, SHELL and TOTAL -- is part of the Norwegian full-scale CCS project aiming to capture CO2 from industrial sources in the Oslo-fjord region. The CO2 will shipped from the CO2 capture sites to the Northern Lights onshore location, liquefied then piped to a North Sea sub-sea location for permanent sequestration.

    The project is expected to handle large volumes of CO2 from across Europe.

    The full-scale project is a result of The Norwegian government's ambition to develop a full-scale CCS value chain in Norway by 2024. The government's plan is based on its 2016 carbon capture, transport and storage solutions studies confirming the feasibility of the project.

    Download Northern Lights Project details HERE. (Source: Northern Lights, Website, Sept., Oct., 2020) Contact: Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com; TOTAL, www.total.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; SHELL, www.shell.com

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    US, Japan Ink CO2 Recycling Cooperation Memorandum (Int'l. Report)
    CO2
    Date: 2020-10-14
    At this week's Tokyo International Conference on Carbon Recycling, Japan and the United States inked a memorandum of cooperation to accelerate the research and development of technology to recycle carbon dioxide and turn it into fuel and chemical materials and share the results as part of their efforts to fight global warming.

    The two countries recognize "carbon recycling as one of the future's most promising options to achieve carbon neutral or net-negative carbon emissions and promote economic growth," the memorandum notes.

    Japan sees the technology involving the capture, storage, utilization and recycling of carbon dioxide as a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and securing a stable energy source, according to the memorandum. (Source: Mainichi Japan, 13 Oct., 2020)

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    Rensselaer Researchers to Develop Air CO2 Capture Material (R&D)
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Date: 2020-10-14
    With the support of a grant from the Department of Energy, Miao Yu, the Priti and Mukesh Chatter '82 Career Development Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, will develop a novel porous material capable of capturing even very small concentrations of CO2 in the air and collecting the gas for further use.

    The researchers will use amine molecules to trap the CO2, but the bond formed during that chemical reaction must be broken so that the gas can be gathered. And in order to do that, the material has to be heated. Yu and his team will take a unique approach that involves loading amine molecules into a porous material, such as carbon or silica, through which CO2 can pass and get trapped. Another porous coating will cover this material, trapping the amine molecules inside.

    The material will be electrospun into porous fibers, which can be woven into mats that could be hung vertically so that air could easily pass, or be blown, through them. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Yu believes this technology has the potential to generate clean energy in remote places or after natural disasters. (Source: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 13 October 2020) Contact: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Miao Yu, yum5@rpi.edu. 518-276-6808, www.rpi.edu

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    REGI Breaks Ground on Wind Turbine in Albert Lea (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Energy Group
    Date: 2020-10-12
    Ames, Iowa-based biofuels producer Renewable Energy Group, Inc. (REGI) reports it has broken ground on a singe wind turbine installation at its biorefinery in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

    The project will be constructed and operated by Minnesota-based Juhl Energy and will save roughly 68,000 tons of CO2 emissions over the first 10 years of operation. ((Source: REGI, PR, Website, 9 Oct. 2020) Contact: REGI, 515-239-8000, www.regi.com; Juhl Energy, www.juhlenergy.com

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    Powerfuel Proposes UK Carbon Neutral Waste-to-Energy Plant (Int'l.)
    Powerfuel Portland
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UK, Dorset-headquartered waste recycling and waste-to-energy firm Powerfuel Portland reports it has submitted a planning application to develop a Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) facility to generate 15MW of electricity using up to 202,000 tpy of largely combustible organic, household and commercial municipal solid waste as fuel.

    The proposed Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) will use the latest technologies and best available techniques to safely and efficiently produce low carbon energy from non-recyclable waste. The facility could also feature a local heat network to provide sustainable heat for local services, businesses and housing projects.

    Modern ERFs are strictly monitored by the Environment Agency and subject applicable legislation including the control of emissions. ERFs can only operate with an Environmental Permit from the Environment Agency (EA) under the Pollution Prevention and Control regulations and operators must monitor and report emissions from the plant. A large proportion of the plant is devoted to cleaning emissions.

    Powerfuel's commitment is that the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from the ERF operation will be offset, making the project "carbon neutral", according to the company website. (Source: Powerfuel Portland, Website, PR, HUB4, 10 Oct., 2020) Contact: Powerfuel Portland, Steve McNab, Director, info@powerfuelportland.co.uk, www.powerfuelportland.co.uk

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    Maldives Waste-to-Energy Project Recognized for Innovation (Int'l.)
    Abu Dhabi Fund for Development
    Date: 2020-10-12
    In the UAE, the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development reports it is investing $6 million in a renewable-energy waste-to-energy project in the Maldives.

    The project, which has been certified by the Michigan-based Global Innovation Institute (GINI), will cover the Maldive islands of Vandhoo, Addu and Kulhudhuffushi, aims to address the country's waste-management and energy challenges and generate about 4MW of renewable energy, save 3.5 million lpy of diesel, and reduce CO2 emission by 9,200 tpy.

    The Maldives (pop. 516,000 +-) aims to be a low-carbon economy and to meet 30 pct of its daytime electricity demand with renewable energy. (Source: ADFD, PR, Emerites News Agency, 11th October, 2020) Contact: Abu Dhabi Fund for Development www.adfd.ae; Global Innovation Institute, 877-276-7701, www,gini.org

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    DNV GL Collaborating on CCS Tech. Commercialization (Int'l.)
    DNV GL,Technology Centre Mongstad
    Date: 2020-10-09
    in Oslo, Norwegian risk and verification consultancy DNV GL has forged a collaboration with the Sintef research institute and Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) to accelerate development, upscaling and commercialization of technologies for carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects worldwide.

    CCUS is expected to contribute to a reduction of more than 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions by mid-century but scaling of such technology is seen as critical to achieving national and international targets for emissions cuts in line with the Paris Climate Agreement's goals.

    However, scaling of technology for carbon capture is currently not expected to start before 2030 and will not achieve a significant level until 2040 without government incentives and cost-reduction initiatives by the energy industry, according to DNV GL.

    The three collaborating parties provided input to Norway's proposed Longship CCUS project that will entail a full-scale chain for carbon capture, backed by state funding of up to $1.8 billion. The project incorporates innovative elements including capture of CO2 emissions from the cement industry, transport of CO2 by ship, and temporary storage of CO2 prior to pipeline transportation and storage, according to DNV GL. (Source: DNV GL, PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: DNV GL, www.dnvgl.com; SINTEF, www.sintef.no; Technology Centre Mongstad, www.tcmda.com

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    ClearFlame Engine Technologies (New Subscriber Profile)
    ClearFlame Engine Technologies
    Date: 2020-10-09
    "There is a great need in heavy-duty applications (e.g. long-haul trucking, construction, agriculture, marine and back-up power generation) for technologies that provide diesel-like performance but which are decoupled from the dirty emissions of diesel fuel. ClearFlame's mission is to break the bond between diesel engines and their fuel to create the fastest path to a sustainable future, equitably distributed to all the places that might be initially under-served by alternative solutions.. Electrification is important, but it requires extensive infrastructure expansion. This is expensive and will take decades, and until that expansion is complete, little benefit is achieved in reducing climate change or improving air quality in the front-line communities that are harmed most by pollution. We cannot wait that long. Further, developing economies and marginalized locations may not be able to afford electric equipment and its required infrastructure, and will therefore be forced to continue using aged diesel assets that compromise air quality.

    "We believe the solution is our technology allows climate-friendly, renewable, decarbonized fuels to be used at the highest possible efficiency. Our technology can be adopted quickly. It uses existing liquid refueling infrastructure, and operators get the performance they expect while also relying on the existing base of engine technicians for service. Our solution provides "near-zero" emissions that are an order of magnitude better than even the cleanest diesel-fueled engines and is the fastest way for reducing CO2 emissions from heavy-duty engines.

    "Low carbon, renewable fuels are generally characterized as low in reactivity as measured by cetane number. These alternative fuels have historically required use of spark-ignited engines which have lower efficiency and are bore-size limited compared to compression ignition (Diesel) engines. These fuels were thought to be incompatible with compression ignition engines which traditionally require easily ignitable fuels. ClearFlame uses a high-temperature combustion system that overcomes cetane limitations. We are using insulation strategies and calibration changes like reduced charge air cooling and increased EGR to increase combustion temperatures just enough so that lower cetane fuels like alcohols will ignite reliably with short ignition delays. There is no fuel blending, no spark plugs and no petroleum. The ClearFlame combustion process leverages the no/low soot characteristics of alternative bio or e-fuels and produces engine-out exhaust with ultra-low PM levels that does not require a DPF. Further, because the engine is no longer smoke-limited, the air-fuel ratio is changed from lean to stoichiometric using "clean" EGR for dilution at lower loads, improving volumetric efficiency/power density, and leaving an exhaust stream suitable for 3-way catalysis. The SCR after-treatment system can be eliminated in favor of a 3-way catalytic converter allowing a substantial cost reduction and improvement in NOx reduction efficiency. DEF/AdBlue/urea is no longer required and system reliability is improved. The value added by being able to change fuels is tremendous because a very high efficiency combustion process can now be paired with use of 100 pct renewable, clean fuels providing a combination that surpasses all other alternatives in terms of CO2 mitigation, reduced criteria emissions and lower costs.

    ClearFlame Engine Technologies recognizes the importance of developing renewably-fueled combustion-based alternatives that complement electrification enabling sustainability in applications where liquid fuels will remain necessary.

    "Technologies that integrate globally deployed, decarbonized fuels with high-efficiency combustion can be implemented faster and at lower cost than even current diesel technology, providing the immediate scalability needed for rapid carbon mitigation. Such solutions can support electrification by providing low-cost range extension power to otherwise electrified drivetrains (e.g. in a series hybrid configuration), relieving the need for complete charging/H2 infrastructure buildout before scalability can be achieved." (Source: Subscriber profile submitted by ClearFlame Engine Technologies, Oct.,2020) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, John Howell, Bus. Dev., 508-404-9398, JohnH@clearflameengines.com, www.clearflameengines.com

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    Emissions Data Shows Advanced Diesel Helps Clean Air (Ind. Report)
    Diesel Technology Forum
    Date: 2020-10-09
    The not-for-profit Diesel Technology Forum is reporting the just released emissions inventory from the Port of Long Beach (POLB) California shows "the introduction of new generation diesel trucks has generated substantial clean air benefits for communities located near freight facilities."

    The report notes "In 2019, trucks serving the POLB accounted for just 7 tons of fine particle (PM 2.5) emissions, down from 186 tons in 2005, due in part to the introduction of new technology diesel trucks even as cargo volumes grew by 14 pct. In 2005, trucks were the second leading source of all PM 2.5 emissions after ocean going vessels. In 2019, port trucks were the second smallest source of PM 2.5 emissions after cargo-handling equipment.

    "The Clean Trucks Program, instituted jointly by the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, requires that all trucks meet the latest tailpipe emissions standard for PM 2.5 and new trucks entering service in the port as of 2018 must meet the near-zero tailpipe emissions standard for ozone forming compounds (NOx) as well. According to the latest data, 90 pct of the estimated 14,000 port trucks entering and exiting marine terminals in southern California are powered by diesel and about 65 pct are of the latest generation diesel technology that achieve near-zero emissions performance for both NOx and PM 2.5. The report concludes that the effectiveness of the Clean Trucks Program in expanding the clean air benefits can be realized with the adoption of advanced technology diesel trucks." (Source: Diesel Technology Forum, PR, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Diesel Technology Forum, Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, (301) 668-7230, dtf@dieselforum.org, www.dieselforum.org; Port of Long Beach, www.polb.com

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

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

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