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HeidelbergCement Plans Polish Cement Plant CCS Project (Int'l.)
HeidelbergCement
Date: 2021-09-17
Germany-based HeidelbergCement reports it has partnered with Norway-based Sintef Energi to install a pilot carbon capture and storage (CCS) system at its cement plant in Gorazdze, Poland. The project will deploy new enzyme-based CCS technology which allows greater use of the waste heat and simplifies the control of secondary emissions, according to the release.

The project has received €15 million in funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Industrial Emissions Reduction Programme. Eighteen industry partners and research organizations will collaborate towards the deployment of the project which is slated for completion in April 2025 at an expected cost of €18 million. (Source: HeidelbergCement, PR, Cement News, 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News HeidelbergCement,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  


CCS Gains Industry Support in Houston (Ind. Report)
Houston CCS
Date: 2021-09-17
In Houston, eleven companies -- Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero -- have reportedly expressed interest in supporting the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Houston and have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2030 rising to roughly 100 million metric tpy by 2040.

The companies plan to help address industrial CO2 emissions in one of the largest concentrated sources in the United States. Collectively, the 11 companies are considering using CCS technology at facilities that generate electricity and manufacture products that society uses every day, such as plastics, motor fuels and packaging.

If CCS technology is fully implemented at the Houston-area facilities these 11 companies operate, nearly 75 million metric tons of CO2 could be captured and stored per year by 2040. There are ongoing discussions with other companies that have industrial operations in the area to add even more CO2 capture capacity. They could announce their support at a later date and add further momentum toward the city of Houston's ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area will require the collective support of industry, communities and government. If appropriate policies and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce emissions at a lower cost to society than many other widely available technologies. The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded and existing CCS investments in Texas. (Source: Houston CCS, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Houston CCS, Scott Castleman, (304)-421-2057, scott@locuststreet.com, www. houstonccs.com

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


Nordic Oil Producer Commits $800 Mn to Reaching Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report))
Lundin Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Stockholm-headquartered oil and gas company Lundin Energy AB reports it has committed $800 million to reach carbon neutrality, 70 pct of which has already been spent on electrification of the Johan Sverdrup and Edvard Grieg platforms and three renewable energy projects. As a result, the company's main producing assets will be at an industry leading low level of approximately 1 kg CO2 per boe, over 15 times better than the industry average by the end of 2022.

Additionally, through the sourcing of high quality, proprietary natural carbon capture projects and carbon credit offtake agreements, all future residual emissions will be neutralised. Alongside significant reductions in Scope 1 and 2 emissions, the Company is also actively reduce Scope 3 emissions for which it has influence or control over, such as through a hybrid support vessel fleet and the sourcing of carbon neutral materials. (Source: Lundin Energy AB, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Lundin Energy AB, Nick Walker, CEO, Tel +46 8 440 54 50, www.lundin-energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lundin Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutrality,  


Mitsubishi, Shell Canada Ink Blue Hydrogen MOU (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi, Shell Canada
Date: 2021-09-10
Mitsubishi Corp. and Shell Canada Products -- Shell Canada Limited -- are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding for the production of low-carbon hydrogen (blue hydrogen) through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) near Edmonton, Canada, the country's first "hydrogen hub."

Under the MoU, Mitsubishi aims to build and start-up the low-carbon hydrogen facility near the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Scottford in the latter half of this decade. Shell would provide CO2 storage via the proposed Polaris CCS project. The blue hydrogen would be produced via steam methane reforming technology and exported mainly to the Japanese market.

"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 21. 2021. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Chem Eng. 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Shell Canada,  Blue Hydrogen,  


Wartsila Joins Maritime Carbon Capture Consortium (Int'l.)
Wartsila
Date: 2021-09-10
Helsinki-headquartered Wartsila reports it will take a central role in developing maritime carbon capture & storage (CCS) technologies as one of the leading partners in the LINCCS (linking carbon capture and storage) consortium.

Wartsila Exhaust Treatment is the market leading modular marine exhaust gas cleaning system manufacturer, with a range of lifecycle scrubbing solutions. The treatment offers integrated compliant solutions for all types of ships, and in open loop, closed loop or hybrid configurations.

To support CCS technology development, Wartsila Exhaust Treatment will expand its engineering facility in Moss, Norway to develop, test and verify the CCS solutions. This will bring the technology to a maturity level where it can be piloted in full scale on a vessel.

The LINCCS project is focused on reducing costs for new carbon storage facilities by 70 pct and advancing the development of carbon capture technologies in a range of sectors. This week, it was announced that the LINCCS consortium would receive 111m Norwegian kroner in funding over the next three years from the Norwegian government's Green Platform Initiative.

Wartsila will lead this workstream with support from the Sustainable Energy Catapult Center and SINTEF Energy to contribute to wider, cross-industry CCS developments from project partners including Aker Solutions, Cognite, Aize, AGR, OpenGoSim, Wintershall Dea, Var Energi, Lundin, Equinor and TotalEnergies. (Source: Wartsila, PR, Maritime Exec, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Wartsila, Mirja-Maija Santala, Marketing, +358 400 793 827, mirja-maija.santala@wartsila.com, www.wartsila.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Maritime Emissions,  Wartsila,  LINCCS,  


Strategic Biofuels Nails Biorefinery CCS Test Well (Ind. Report)
Strategic Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
As previously noted, Strategic Biofuels LLC, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) test well program at its Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has been completed.

The test well program demonstrated that CO2, the main greenhouse gas generated during the fuel production process, can be safely and securely stored deep underground and that the storage reservoir has sufficient capacity to store all the gas produced over the plant's lifetime. Completing the test well program is an essential pre-requisite for securing the permit for the EPA Class VI sequestration well.

The design and execution of the test well program was developed by COO Bob Meredith with help from Geostock Sandia, an international consulting firm that has worked with the Department of Energy on carbon sequestration wells for almost two decades. (Source: Strategic Biofuels LLC, Aug, 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, [startlimk]info@info@strategicbiofuels.net[endllink]

More Low-Carbon Energy News Strategic Biofuels ,  Biodiesel,  CCS,  


Survey Finds Interest in Farm Carbon Capture Low (Ind. Report)
Corte Agriscience
Date: 2021-09-03
A recent Corte Agriscience survey of 600 row-crop farmers in the U.S. notes that farmers say they need a subsidy of $40 per acre to adopt carbon-capture technology to curb global warming. Sixty-six per cent of the farmers surveyed said they have already implemented soil health practices such as using cover crops and/or reduced tillage that would qualify them to enroll in most carbon programs. Even so, participation in carbon-capture programs remains low. With 72 pct of respondents aware of carbon offerings, only 3 pct are enrolled in a carbon sequestration program.

According to the survey, "Many farmers indicate that they would consider a carbon program if the payout per acre reached $20; however, it isn't until the payout per acre would reach an estimated $40 that the majority said they would commit to participation in a program." (Source: Corte Agriscience, Sept., 2021) Contact: Corte Agriscience, Ben Gordon, portfolio lead for Carbon Ecosystems and Services, (833) 267-8382, www.corteva.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Crops,  Carbon Credit,  


Scottish Carbon Capture Project Lands Virgin Backing (Int'l)
Storegga,Virgin Airline,Carbon Engineering
Date: 2021-08-27
UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies is reporting its planned carbon capture project in the north-east of Scotland has been "endorsed" by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airline, which has agreed to a partnership to reduce the airline's carbon footprint.

The Storegga facility, which will permanently remove between 500,000 and 1,000,000 tpy of Virgin Air's CO2 from the atmosphere, follows a similar previously reported agreement between Storegga and oilfield services provider Petrofac.

Storegga is developing the facility in partnership with Squamish, British Columbia-based direct air carbon capture (DAC) provider Carbon Engineering following a feasibility study in the first half of this year. The project, which is expected to be operational in 2026, is now in the preliminary engineering and design stage, while a shortlist of potential locations has been identified around the Acorn CSS development, another Storegga project that aims to use depleted North Sea reservoirs as a repository for CO2. (Source: Storegga, PR, Herald, Aug., 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth; Virgin Atlantic, www.virgin-atlantic.com; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Storegga,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  Carbon Engineering,  


Swansea University Carbon Capture Research Funded (Int'l.)
Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute
Date: 2021-08-25
In the UK, Swansea University's Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is reporting receipt of £30,000 funding from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) to investigate new materials for carbon capture from industrial processes.

Led by Dr Enrico Andreoli, ESRI ESRI delivers research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines including renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and new oil and gas technologies.

Working with the University of Pisa and Immaterial Ltd, ESRI plans to use the funding to scale up materials in the lab and test the materials in industrial settings. The initiative is receiving £11.5 million in support from the Welsh government and the European Regional Development Fund's (ERDF) Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) project. RICE aims to drive forward new technologies for reducing emissions from Welsh industry. (Source: Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute, PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: ESRI, Dr Enrico Andreoli, +44 1792 205678, www.esri-swansea.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Univ. Toledo Funded to Advance Algae Biofuel Technology (R&D)
University of Toledo,US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office
Date: 2021-08-23
In Ohio, the University of Toledo is reporting receipt of $3.2 million in US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office grant funding to advance technology that speeds up the capture of atmospheric CO2 to grow algae, a critical part of the process of turning algae into biofuel.

The award supports ongoing research by Dr Sridhar Viamajala, professor of chemical engineering, to speed up the production of microalgae using a farming technique called direct air capture, which minimises the loss of organic carbon, an issue that slows down algae production.

Oils and carbohydrates produced by the algae, which use sunlight and nutrients to grow, can be turned into fuels and commodity goods such as plastics -- products otherwise produced from petroleum. "This technology improved sustainability by removing CO2 while simultaneously creating pathways for the displacement of petroleum," according to Professor Sridhar Viamajala, Chemical Engineering, at the University of Toledo. (Source: University of Toledo, PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: University of Toledo, Professor Sridhar Viamajala, www.utoledo.edu/engineering/chemical-engineering/facultystaff/sridharviamajala.html; US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Algae. Algae Biofuel,  Carbon Capture,  US DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


Ethanol Producers Announce Nebraska CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Chief Industries, Catahoula Resources
Date: 2021-08-23
As previously reported, Nebraska ethanol producer Chief Industries Inc reports it has inked an agreement with Catahoula Resources to jointly develop carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) within the state.

The agreement follows a May, 2021, announcement that Catahoula and Battelle are partnering to develop solutions for the capture, transport and sequestration of carbon dioxide produced at ethanol facilities in Nebraska.

Chief Industries is currently working with Catahoula to evaluate CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production. The work follows legislation, LB 650, that creates a legal framework for CCS projects located within the Cornhusker State. (Source: Chief Industries, Oil & Gas News, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Industries,  Ethanol,  CCS,  Catahoula Resources,  


Aemetis CCS Plan Feasibility Confirmed (Ind. Report)
Aemetis
Date: 2021-08-20
A new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) study by Baker Hughes, commissioned by renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis subsidiary Aemetis Carbon Capture has concluded that more than 2 million metric tpy of CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere and safely stored the earth at two Aemetis ethanol plant sites in California.

The Baker Hughes study estimated that 1.0 million mtpy CO2 can be sequestered in the saline formations located deep underground at or near the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant site. The study also noted that up to 1.4 million mtpy of CO2 should be injectable at or near the Aemetis Riverbank site. Once complete, the Aemetis Carbon Capture CCS project is expected to capture and sequester more than 2 million mtpy of CO2 at the two Aemetis biofuels plant sites in Keyes and Riverbank, California. Each MT of CO2 is planned to generate approximately $200 per MT from the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and $50 per MT of IRS 45Q tax credit. Legislation is pending in Congress to increase the federal tax credit to $80 per MT of CO2 and to provide billions of dollars of grants and loans to finance CCS projects in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 18 Aug, 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  CCS,  RNG,  


TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
TC Energy, Irving Oil
Date: 2021-08-20
Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Decarbonization,  TC Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Irving Oil,  


Northwestern Funded to Study Carbon Capture Systems (R&D)
Northwestern University
Date: 2021-08-20
In Evanston, Illinois, Northwestern University reports it will receive $3.3 million in U.S. grant funding to examine how the dynamic behavior of promising carbon capture systems impacts the systems' ability to capture and release CO2. Specifically, the research team will study metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), porous materials with uniform structures that are promising solid sorbents -- a sponge of sorts for capturing CO2 from air.

The Northwestern grant is part of the DOE's recently announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing carbon emissions directly from the air. The DOE-funded projects will support breakthroughs in the understanding of chemical and materials processes that limit current direct air capture (DAC) technologies and also provide a foundation for entirely new and more effective approaches for direct removal of CO2 from ambient air.

"Understanding how a sorbent works is fundamentally important for making the next generation of highly selective and stable sorbents for CO2 capture," said Northwester chemistry professor Omar Farha, principal investigator on the project. Farha and his team will study the chemical and structural changes that MOFs undergo during CO2 capture and release cycles. This knowledge is necessary for developing MOF sorbents for long-term DAC applications, Farha said.

The objective is to study these changes over a high number of capture-release cycles and find the reasons behind the reduction of the materials' CO2 capture efficiency over time. This includes understanding how these materials evolve under operating conditions as they undergo mechanical changes, develop heterogeneity, yield unwanted chemical reactions, degrade or accumulate impurities. The research will provide design rules for next-generation high-performance direct air capture sorbents. (Source: Northwestern University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Northwestern University, Professor Omar Farha, 847-467-7468, farha-ofc@northwestern.edu, www.northwestern.edu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northwestern University,  Carbon Emissions,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  CO2 ,  


DOE Announces $24Mn for Air Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-08-18
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new materials, processes, chemistries and methods of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.

The nine awards are led by two national laboratories and seven universities, including North Carolina A&T State University. Projects were chosen based on peer review under a DOE funding opportunity announcement open to universities, national laboratories, industry and non-profit research organizations. {Source: US DOE, Website PR, 18 Aug., 2021)Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Carbon Capture,  Direct Air Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


Blue Hydrogen Found Worse for Climate than Fossil Fuels (Alt. Fuel)
Cornell
Date: 2021-08-16
Blue hydrogen, an energy source that involves obtaining hydrogen by using methane in natural gas, is usually described as a "low-carbon option for generating electricity, powering vehicles, and even heating buildings." But researchers from Stanford and Cornell universities found that blue hydrogen's carbon footprint is more than 20 pct greater than that generated by natural gas or coal and around 60 pct higher than burning diesel oil for heat and causes more harm to the climate than conventional fossil fuels

"Blue hydrogen provides no benefit. We suggest that blue hydrogen is best viewed as a distraction, something than may delay needed action to truly decarbonize the global energy economy, in the same way that has been described for shale gas as a bridge fuel and for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in general."

"In the past, no effort was made to capture the carbon dioxide byproduct of gray hydrogen, and the greenhouse gas emissions have been huge. Now the industry promotes blue hydrogen as a solution, an approach that still uses the methane from natural gas, while attempting to capture the byproduct CO2", study co-author Robert Howarth noted.

The vast majority of hydrogen (96 pct) is generated from fossil fuels, particularly from steam methane reforming (SMR) of natural gas, but also from coal gasification. In SMR, heat, and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The hydrogen so produced is often referred to as "gray hydrogen" -- this type is responsible for 6 pct of all-natural gas consumption globally, the study notes.

Blue hydrogen is produced using the same reforming process that is used to create other types of hydrogen, but the CO2 that would ordinarily be released is captured and stored underground. As of 2021, there were only two blue-hydrogen facilities globally that used natural gas to produce hydrogen on a commercial scale, according to the study.

The full study is available HERE. (Source: Cornell University, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Cornell University, Robert Howarth, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, (607) 255-6175, howarth@cornell.edu, www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel. Climate Change,  


Summit Carbon Solutions Awards Contracts to Accelerate CCS Project Development (Ind. Report)
Summit Carbon Solutions
Date: 2021-08-13
Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions, the developer of the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, reports project progress through the engagement of Contract Land Staff (CLS) and TRC Companies (TRC) to provide field services and lead right-of-way acquisition efforts across the project's five-state footprint in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota . Summit also contracted environmental services provider Merjent, and Perennial Environmental Services (Perennial) to lead the environmental survey and permitting efforts throughout project development.

The CCS project is aiming for a 2024 commissioning. Summit Carbon Solutions aims to lower GHG emissions by connecting industrial emitters via strategic infrastructure to store CO2 safely and permanently in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Carbon Solutions, Website, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Merjent, and Perennial Environmental Services, LLC, 713-462-7121, www.perennialenv.com; Summit Carbon Solutions , Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, Jim Powell, COO, Jake Ketzner, jketzner@summitcarbon.com, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Summit Carbon Solutions,  


CCV Targets Carbon Capture-as-a-Service Opportunities (Ind. Report)
Svante Inc, Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC
Date: 2021-08-11
Vancouver-based Svante Inc., Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC and OTS Ltd, are reporting a commercial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes Cross Carbon Ventures (CCV), an independent carbon capture development partnership aming to develop, build, own and operate carbon capture projects for carbon intensive North American industries -- cement, steelmaking, petroleum refining, large-scale hydrogen production and others -- seeking to decarbonise their operations.

CCV will leverage Svante's innovative technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe transportation and storage. (Source: Cement News, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Svante Inc, www.svanteinc.com; Crossriver Infrastructure, www.crossriverllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Svante Inc,  Cross River Infrastructure Partners,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


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,  


Misubishi, K Line Tout Ship-Board Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
Misubishi, K Line
Date: 2021-08-06
Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line’s coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plants operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship’s crew will further evaluate the plant’s operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialize the plant.

K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: Mitsubishi, K Line, PR, ShipInSight, Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Misubishi,  K Line,  Carbon Capture,  


Misubishi, K Line Tout CC-Ocean Carbon Capture Project (Int'l.)
Misubishi, K Line
Date: 2021-08-06
Japanese maritime shipping operator K Line is touting the world first on-board carbon capture system on an ocean going bulk carrier as part of its CC-Ocean project carried out jointly with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Class NK.

The small CO2 capture plant was installed and commissioned on K Line's coal carrier Corona Utility. The company and technical experts will evaluate the carbon capture plant's operation performance at sea and analyze the captured CO2until the end of FY 2021, when the ship's crew will further evaluate the plant's operation and conduct demonstration tests in order to "fine-tune" and commercialise the plant.

K LINE notes it will continue to research, develop, and introduce various environmental load reduction technologies, including the CC-OCEAN project, and contribute to activities aimed at achieving GHG reduction targets and realising a carbon-neutral society. (Source: K Line, ShipInSight, 6 Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Misubishi news,   K Line news,  Carbon Capture news,  


Korean Battery Maker Commits to Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Int'l.)
SK Innovation
Date: 2021-08-02
South Korean battery manufacturer SK Innovation reports publication of its Net-Zero Roadmap 1.0 detailing outlining the company's plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

SK Innovation set a step-by-step goal to achieve 100 pct Net Zero before 2050 after reducing 12.43 million tons of CO2 generated in Scope 1 and 2 as of 2019 to 25 pct in 2025 and 50 pct in 2030. The company plans to invest roughly $1.3 billion to cut down 2.5 million tons of carbon emissions by 2030 by improving energy efficiency, transitioning to 25 pct renewable energy by 2025 and 100 pct by 2030. The company also plans to adopt Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, develop environmentally-friendly products, elevate factory operation efficiencies participate in carbon offset programs to further cut battery and materials business emissions 13.6 million tons by 2035. (Source: SK Innovation, PR 2 Aug., 2021)Contact: SK innovation, www.eng.skinnovation.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Innovation,  Battery,  Net-Zero 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,  


  • John Deere Invests in Summit Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions,John Deere
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Further to our Jun 3 coverage, Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions is reporting receipt of a strategic investment from Moline, Illinois-headquartered farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS). The project will accelerate decarbonization efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel.

    Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the U.S. Midwest to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions and reducing the carbon footprint of ethanol produced at these facilities by approximately 50 pct, which will greatly accelerate their ability to produce a net zero or even carbon negative fuel, according to the release. (Source: Summit Carbon Solutions , PR 28 July, 2021) Contact: Summit Carbon Solutions , Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com; John Deere, Cory Reed, President, Ag & Turf Div., www.deere.com

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    Cross Carbon Announces Carbon Capture Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Cross Carbon Ventures
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Vancouver-based Svante Inc., Calgary-headquartered Enbridge Inc., along with Greenwich, Conn.-based Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC, and OTS Ltd., are reporting a MoU that establishes Cross Carbon Ventures (CCV), an independent carbon capture development partnership.

    CCV will explore commercial opportunities in North America to develop Carbon Capture-as-a-Service that will build, own and operate carbon capture projects for heavy emitting industries including cement, steelmaking, petroleum refining, and large-scale hydrogen production through the development of point-source carbon capture projects. CCV will leverage Svante's innovative technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe transportation and storage. (Source: Cross River, PR, 30 July, 2021) Contact: Svante Inc, www.svanteinc.com; Enbridge, www.enbridge.com; Crossriver Infrastructure, www.crossriverllc.com; OTS, www.otsl.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cross Carbon Ventures,  Svante,  Enbridge,  Carbon Capture,  


    New Forest Scores £100,000 Climate Change Grant (Int'l.)
    UK National Park Authority
    Date: 2021-07-28
    In Hampshire, UK the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) reports receipt of £100,000 in grant funding to help it investigate ways of combating climate change.

    The NPA is working in partnership with London-based Palladium Group, a global company specializing in identifying new ways to help the environment, to develop a pilot project that aims to encourage the private sector to invest in nature-based solutions. A scheme will identify areas where arable farmland and low-quality grassland could be turned into woodlands and wetlands to capture carbon. (Source: New Forest National Park Authority, Daily Echo, 26 July, 2021) Contact: New Forest National Park Authority, www.newforestnpa.gov.uk; Palladium Group, +44 20 7250 0556, www.thepalladiumgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  UK Carbon Capture,  Palladium Group,  


    B&W Claims Asian Emissions Control Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Babcock & Wilcox
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Akron, Ohio-headquartered Babcock & Wilcox is reporting two contracts valued at more than $11 million to design and supply advanced technologies to reduce emissions and generate cleaner energy at an unnamed power plant in Asia.

    B&W will upgrade the plant's existing combustion equipment, supplying a B&W AireJet ® low- nitrogen oxides (NOx) combustion system and other equipment to improve the unit's emissions and efficiency.

    According to its website, Babcock & Wilcox has earned more than 90 patents for carbon capture over the past four decades, and has been a leader in decarbonization research and development. The company's revolutionary ClimateBright™ decarbonization technologies can effectively separate CO2 while producing hydrogen, steam and/or syngas -- and have application for a range of industries including energy production, food manufacturing, steel, cement, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemical, carbon black, and pulp and paper. (Source: Babcock & Wilcox, PR, Website, Business Wire, 26 July, 2021) Contact: B&W, Jim Morgan, CEO, Megan Wilson, VP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations, 704.625.4944 , investors@babcock.com, www.babcock.com

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    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

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    IOCL Planning India's First "Green" Hydrogen Plant (Int'l.)
    Indian Oil Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In New Delhi, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) reports it will set up India's first 'Green Hydrogen' plant at its Mathura refinery in Uttar Pradesh.

    Green hydrogen is derived from water electrolysis using renewable energy. Biomass-based "brown and grey" hydrogen production technologies also qualify under the green category but are produced through coal gasification and natural gas reforming, respectively generate a significant amount of carbon dioxide. Integration with appropriate carbon capture and utilisation technologies results in Blue hydrogen.

    While Indian Oil has been working on various hydrogen production pathways, the current project at Mathura Refinery will be pioneering the introduction of green hydrogen in the Indian oil and gas sector, according to the IOCL release. (Source: IOCL, PR, 25 July, 2021) Contact: Indian Oil Corp., Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

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    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

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    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

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    EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
    Carbon Removal
    Date: 2021-07-21
    In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

    The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

    According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

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    Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
    Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

    Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

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    Enchant Seeks Carbon Storage "Pore Space" Clarity (Ind. Report)
    Enchant Energy
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In New Mexico, Enchant Energy is calling for state lawmakers to consider legislation to clarify "pore space" ownership and related issues.

    Pore space -- the empty space between grains of rocks underground where the firm hopes to store carbon it would remove while running the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology -- starts just below the surface and can be used to sequester carbon dioxide by injecting the gas thousands of feet underground.

    Enchant Energy has been working with the City of Farmington to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology after current operations end next year.

    According to the company, pore space ownership is beneficial to the state by creating jobs, furthering economic development and generating taxes and payments from injection fees as well as defining ownership and conveyance without harming mineral rights. Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming presently have pore space legislation. (Source: Enchant Energy, PR, Farmington Times, 17 July, 2021) Contact: Enchant Energy, Ciny Crane, CEO, 505-436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

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    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

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    TotalEnergies, Veolia Partner on Microalgae-based Biofuel (Int'l.)
    TotalEnergies, Veolia
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is partnering with French energy services Veolia to develop biofuel solutions using microalgae.

    The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.

    TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

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    Korean Chemicals Giant Plans $3.bBn Hydrogen Investment (Int'l)
    Lotte Chemical
    Date: 2021-07-14
    South Korean chemicals maker Lotte Chemical reports it will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years on hydrogen production, in line with its target of supplying 30 pct of South Korea's demand for the clean fuel and of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

    The company plans to produce 600,000 tpy of clean hydrogen by 2030. Based on the by-product hydrogen being produced, 160,000 tons of blue hydrogen will be produced by 2025 using carbon capture technology.

    By completing the green hydrogen value chain in 2030, Lotte Chemical plans to produce 600,000 tons of clean hydrogen that is a mixture of blue hydrogen (160,000 tons) and green hydrogen (440,000 tons), the company release notes. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, ICIS, July, 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com

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    Shell Canada Plans 2nd Alberta CCS Facility (Ind. Report)
    Shell Canada
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Calgary, Shell Canada yesterday announced its planned 1 million tpy Polaris carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to located at its Scotford refinery and chemical complex, northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The expected cost of the project has not been revealed.

    The Polaris project would be the company's second CCS project in Alberta after the 2015 Quest project, (Source: Shell Canada, PR, CBC, 13 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

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    Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Carbon Capture Shield
    Date: 2021-07-09
    "What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

    "This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

    "With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

    "Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

    "Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

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    Fertoz Launching Carbon Sequestration Division (Int'l. Report)
    Fertoz
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Melbourne, Australia-based phosphate developer and organic fertilizer manufacturer and supplier Fertoz reports it plans to raise $5 million (AUS) in a share placement to accelerate the development of its Fertoz Carbon division.

    The new division will focus on carbon sequestration, consulting activities, trading and carbon implementation strategies using the company's organic fertilisers as a key input in improving soil health and carbon accretion. (Source: Fertoz, PR, Website, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Fertoz, +61 3 8 395 5446, (720) 413-4520 -- US Office, www.fertoz.com

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    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

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    Saudi Scientists Test Freezing Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
    Aramco,Sustainable Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology reports its researchers are testing a technique for freezing greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants at a cost of roughly half the cost of existing carbon capture and storage techniques.

    Within two years, the university research team hopes to capture up to 25 tpd of carbon emissions from a power plant near the new city of Neom, The project will cost roughly $25 million.

    The cryogenic technology was developed by Salt Lake Cit, Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and may cost between $35 and $40 a ton on a large scale, according to the release.

    The Saudi national oil company Aramco is presently capturing and sequestering 40 million standard cubic feet of CO2 a day and is also working on technology that captures carbon emissions from car exhausts and stores it until it can be offloaded at fuel stations. (Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Arab News, 1 July, 2021) Contact: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. William Roberts, +966 12 808 0900, www,kaust.edu.sa; Sustainable Energy Solutions, www.sesinnovation.com; Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

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    Baker Hughes Invests in Bio-methanation Tech. Electrochaea (M&A)
    Baker Hughes , Electrochaea
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughe is reporting an investment in Muncih-based Electrochaea, a growth stage bio-methanation technology company. Baker Hughes will take a roughly 15 pct stake in the company and enhance its broader carbon capture and utilization (CCU) portfolio and provide an integrated solution for customers across the CO2 value chain to enable the production of low carbon synthetic natural gas (SNG) from captured CO 2 and green hydrogen, helping meet demand for cleaner fuels.

    Electrochaea's patented bio-methanation process is an accessible, highly-efficient, scalable and complementary technology to the Baker Hughes CCU portfolio. The two companies will join efforts to accelerate the scale up and industrialization of the technology, and they will develop the commercialization of an innovative integrated CCU solution to transform CO 2 emissions into clean SNG.

    Electrochaea is planning to deploy its technology with partners to produce more than 15 billion cubic feet per year of renewable SNG by 2025. Industrial-scale pilot plants have operated in the U.S., Switzerland and Denmark, according to the company. (Source: BakerHughes, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Baker Hughes, Jud Bailey, Inv. Rel., 281-809-9088, www.bakerhughes.com; Electrochaea, Mich Hein, CEO, www.electrochaea.com

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    UK Direct Air Carbon Capture Project Design Work Underway (Int'l)
    Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Squamish, British Columbia-based Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. reports it and London, UK-based Storegga, a company pioneering carbon reduction and removal projects, have begun pre-front end engineering and design (Pre-FEED) work on a proposed DAC facility in North-East Scotland.

    The Pre-FEED work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, economic modelling, and final site selection.

    When fully operational in 2026, the first of its kind in Europe facility will permanently remove roughly 500,000 to one million tpy of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

    According to the release, DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. Carbon Engineering has to date raised more than $100 million from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Chevron Technology Ventures and others. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

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    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2 Plan Norwegian CCS Hub (Int'l. Report)
    Baker Hughes, Borg CO2
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 AS, a Norwegian carbon capture and storage (CCS) developer for industrial clusters, are reporting a MoU to collaborate on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project to serve as a hub for the decarbonization of industrial sites in the Viken region of Norway.

    The Borg CO2 project aims to capture and store up to 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from the Port of Borg and industrial facilities in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden which combined emit approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 will be liquified, shipped and eventually stored beneath the North Sea.

    Borg CO2 and its partners have completed a first feasibility study and are proceeding with an extended feasibility study (pre-FEED) to be completed by the end of 2021 which Baker Hughes will support with its portfolio of carbon capture technologies and engineering services for the study and development of the hub. In addition, Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 will jointly evaluate the optimal structure for implementation of the carbon capture plants and pursue grant and incentive opportunities both in Norway and at the EU level. (Source: BakerHughes, Website PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: BakerHughes, www.bakerhughes.com; Borg CO2 AS, Jon Hermansen, +47 948 13 171, jon@biobe.no, www.borgco2.no

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    ARENA CCS, Blue Hydrogen Funding Nixed (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Yesterday in Canberra, the Australian Senate rejected a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in blue hydrogen projects andcarbon capture and storage (CCS).

    If passed into law, the regulation would have enabled ARENA to support: energy efficiency projects, carbon capture technologies, blue hydrogen from gas using CCS, energy storage technologies to back up renewable energy and technologies that reduce emissions from aluminium and steel, and soil carbon. (Source: ARENA, The Conversation, 22 June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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    North Dakota Aiming for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2021-06-16
    At the recent Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Douglas Burgum (R) reiterated that his state -- the nation's second largest oil-producing state due in part to the Bakken/Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin -- aims to become carbon-neutral by 1930.

    To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205, www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

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    Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
    Future Biogas,Northern Lights
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

    The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

    The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

    Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920, www.futurebiogas.com

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    Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Chart Industries, TECO 2030
    Date: 2021-06-14
    Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

    The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

    When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

    The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

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    Chief Ethanol, Catahoula Announce CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Chief Ethanol
    Date: 2021-06-14
    In the Cornhusker State, Grand Island-based Chief Industries, Inc. is reporting its Chief Ethanol division in Hastings and Houston-headquartered Catahoula Resources have agreed to jointly develop carbon capture and permanent sequestration (CCS) within Nebraska.

    The two firms are currently evaluating CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production through low-cost carbon storage. Work has already begun to evaluate favorable storage geology through Catahoula's joint development arrangement with Battelle.

    Catahoula Resources is a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group, a major investor in midstream infrastructure in North America and a leader in identifying, developing and executing world-class design/build/operate capabilities for midstream assets, according to a company release. (Source: Chief Industries, Inc., Catahoula Resources, North Platte Telegraph12 June, 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

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