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Ethanol Producer Proposes Iowa CO2, CCS Pipeline (Ind. Report)
ADM, Wolf Carbon Solutions
Date: 2022-01-12
Chicago-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the nation's second-largest ethanol producer, is proposing to cut its carbon footprint by constructing a 350-mile, 12 million tpy pipeline to transport carbon dioxide from its ethanol plants in eastern Iowa for injection in Decatur, Illinois. The pipeline would be owned and operated by Calgary, Alberta-based carbon capture and pipeline company Wolf Carbon Solutions.

ADM's three plants in eastern Iowa, one in Clinton and two in Cedar Rapids, account for 46 pct of the company's ethanol production capacity.

The Hawkeye State hosts 43 ethanol plants with an annual capacity of 4.6 billion gpy out of 209 plants nationwide with a capacity of 17.4 billion gpy. (Source: ADM, Jan., 2022) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; Wolf Carbon Solutions, info@wolfcarbonsolutions.com, www.wolfcarbonsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wolf Carbon Solutions,  ADM,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  CCS,  Wolf Carbon Solutions,  


Deal Farm Biogas Fine-tuning AD Plant Planning Application (Int'l.)
Deal Farm Biogas
Date: 2022-01-10
In Norfolk, UK, Deal Farm Biogas report it has submitted a partly retrospective planning application to South Norfolk Council seeking approval of changes made to the original 2015 plans for its anaerobic digestion (AD) facility near the town of Diss in response to local environmental concerns.

The new planning application includes amendments to the layout and positioning of equipment on the site and seeks to enhance the sustainability of the plant by including carbon capture (CCS) technology for 7,000 tpy of CO2.

When fully operational the facility will generate sufficient biogas to power more than 4,600 homes. The gas will be injected directly into the local gas grid to be used by households in the village of Roydon and Diss. In addition to biogas, the plant will produce a high-quality, sustainable fertiliser. (Source: Deal Farm Biogas, Website PR, Jan., 2022) Contact: Deal Farm Biogas, +44 0 800 368 7312, info@dealfarmbiogas.co.uk, www.dealfarmbiogas.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas news,  UK Biogas news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS news,  


Johnson Matthey Launches HyCOgen (Ind. Report)
Johnson Matthey
Date: 2022-01-07
In the UK, Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, is reporting the launch of HyCOgen™ -- Reverse Water Gas Shift technology enabling the conversion of captured CO2 and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

By combining HyCOgen with FT CANS Fischer Tropsch technology Johnson Matthey offers an integrated, scalable solution for use in the efficient and cost-effective production of renewable power based SAF.

HyCOgen is a catalysed process to convert green hydrogen and CO2 into carbon monoxide which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas), a crucial building block in the manufacture of fuels and chemicals. The integration with the FT CANS technology provides an end to end, optimized and highly scalable process that turns over 95 pct of the CO2 into high quality synthetic crude oil that can be further upgraded into sustainable drop-in fuel products including SAF, renewable diesel and naphtha.

The scalability of the integrated HyCOgen/FT CANS solution enables cost-effective deployment across a wide range of project sizes -- from small-scale, fed by hydrogen from a single electrolyser, through to world-scale with multiple large electrolyser modules, according to the release. (Source: Johnson Matthey, Website, PR, 5 Jan., 2022) Contact: Johnson Matthey, Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive, group.info@matthey.com, www.matthey.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  SAF,  CO2,  Syngas,  Renewable Diesel,  Carbon Capture,  Green Hydrogen,  


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

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

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


Bluesource Offering Ag Practices Carbon Credits Program (Ind. Report)
Bluesource, Locus Agricultural Solutions
Date: 2022-01-05
Salt Lake City-headquartered environmental services and carbon finance markets specialist Bluesource is touting its new Regenerative Agriculture Program that gives the agricultural industry opportunities to gain value from carbon reduction and sequestration practices while addressing the challenge of climate change.

The Bluesource Regenerative Agriculture Program is now underway through two collaborating partnerships on an initial 320,000 acres of U.S. farmland. A $5 million investment by Green Star Royalties, subsidiary of Star Royalties Ltd finances Bluesource's ability to provide upfront payments to farmers enrolling in the CarbonNOW® carbon farming program developed by Solon, Ohio-headquartered Locus Agricultural Solutions (Locus AG).

Bluesource verifies the sequestered soil carbon and is marketing the associated carbon credits in the voluntary carbon market. It is estimated that this initial project will mitigate over 500,000 metric tpy of CO2e. (Source: Bluesource, Website PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: Bluesource, 801 322 4750 , www.bluesource.com;Locus Agricultural Solutions, (888) 331-5008, info@locusag.com, www.locusag.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Credits.,  Carbon Capture,  Soil Carbon,  Carbon Seqestration,  


China Pursuing Multi-Level Low-Carbon Effort (Int'l. Report)
China
Date: 2021-12-29
In Beijing, the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is reporting China's commitment to peak its carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is both national and regional in character.

The Ministry notes various levels of government are adopting low-carbon policies for green zero-carbon and zero-emission clean energy heating, increased energy efficiency, decreased use of fossil fuels and increased use of renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), green and low-carbon logistics and infrastructure and other initiatives tailored to local conditions and industries which are exploring their own green development paths to achieve climate goals. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Xinhua, 29 Dec., 2021) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, http://english.www.gov.cn/state_council/2014/08/23/content_281474983035940.htm

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  CO2,  


DRAX Taps Worley for UK BECCS Project (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-22
In the UK, North Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX, which plans to invest roughly £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project, reports the selection of engineering, project management and construction firm Worley to begin the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase early next year. Worley may also work on the subsequent design and build phases of the BECCS project, subject to contract.

The announcement follows DRAX's previously reported decision to partner with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group as its technology partner. With an effective negative emissions policy and investment framework from the government, BECCS could be deployed at DRAX as soon as 2027 -- delivering the UK's largest carbon capture project and permanently removing millions of tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Worley, Chris Ashton, CEO, (713) 892-0999 -- Houston Office, www.worley.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Worley,  Woody Biomass,  BECCS,  


First Gigaton Captured to Accelerate Carbon Capture (Ind. Report)
First Gigaton Captured , Rocky Mountain INstitute
Date: 2021-12-15
Boulder, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is reporting global climate technology startup accelerator Third Derivative (D3) has entered a new four-year partnership with the not-for-profit Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham Environmental Trust to launch First Gigaton Captured. First Gigaton will work to find, fund, and scale the most promising Carbon Removal startups through a joint effort aimed to massively scale breakthrough negative emissions technologies.

Third Derivative aligns the world's most promising climate tech startups with focused investors, corporate partners and market experts to increase the success and speed to market of these innovations. First Gigaton Captured will support the rapid deployment of viable carbon removal solutions to full commercial adoption with a dedicated Carbon Capture Cohort of startups admitted to D3's program in 2022. Key elements of the First Gigaton Captured partnership include:

  • Leveraging the expertise of D3 and the RMI to deliver a body of research that finds and highlights the most promising carbon capture and removal pathways.

  • Launching a deeply-resourced D3 Carbon Capture Cohort in 2022, supporting the market's most-promising carbon capture startups with deployable and high impact solutions including scientific and market experts to support technical advancement and direct funding opportunities to help startups advance their systems to integrated pilot scale.

  • Unlocking a significant amount of catalytic capital to accelerate the technical development of high impact DAC solutions, including funding proof-of-concepts, pilots, and first-of-a-kind commercial facilities., and

  • Cultivating the market demand for high quality carbon removal with leading corporate partners.

    In addition to the Grantham Trust partnership, 16 startups have joined the 46 current climate tech startups currently in Third Derivative's global accelerator program.

    Founded in 2020 by RMI and New Energy Nexus, Third Derivative (D3) is accelerating the rate of climate innovation by uniting and aligning committed investors, large corporations, and market and policy experts with the world's most promising climate tech startups. (Source: Rocky Mountain Institute, Website PR, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: Grantham Foundation, www.granthamfoundation.org;D3, www.Third-Dirivative.org; RMI, www.rmi.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  CCS,  Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • Elysian Carbon Mgmt. Wins $350Mn Funding Commitment (Funding)
    Elysian Carbon Management
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In the Lone Star State, San Antonio-headquartered start-up Elysian Carbon Management is reporting an initial capital commitment of $350 million from EnCap Flatrock Midstream , also in San Antonio, to develop integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions.

    Elysian is focused on development projects for carbon management and the funding will help the company work on the design, engineering, contracting, permitting and construction of projects that will capture carbon dioxide emissions from primarily industrial emitters such as refineries, ethanol plants, cement plants, power plants, for storage at Elysian facilities. The company is aiming to reduce carbon emissions by at least 10 million metric tons per year, (Source: Elysian Carbon Management, Midland Reportere-Telegarm, 11 Dec., 2021) Contact: Elysian Carbon Management, Bret Logue, CEO, www.crunchbase.com/organization/elysian-carbon-management; EnCap Flatrock Midstream, www.efmidstream.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Management,  


    Platts Launches Carbon-Neutral Hydrogen Price Assessments (Ind. Report, New Prod. & Tech.)
    S&P Global Platts
    Date: 2021-12-13
    S&P Global Platts is reporting the launch of carbon-neutral hydrogen (CNH) price assessments at six locations around the globe, reflecting the carbon-accounted market value of the energy carrier in key hubs impartially between production pathways.

    The assessments consider carbon-neutral trading activity which avoid, remove or offset CO2 emissions in the production of hydrogen such as electrolysis and methane reforming combined with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The assessments reflect the carbon-neutral value of hydrogen as it leaves the production facility at key hubs in Northwest Europe, the Middle East, Far East Asia, Australia, California and the US Gulf Coast.

    The first assessments of Platts Carbon Neutral Hydrogen were published Dec. 9, with regional differentials already evident. CNH prices in the US were the lowest across the selection, with Platts USGC CNH priced at $1.70/kg. In the Asia-Pacific Region Platts CNH was assessed at $3.45/kg on an ex-works basis Australia, versus the Middle East CNH assessment of $4.05/kg. The Far East CNH price was much higher with a carbon neutral hydrogen price of $7.95/kg, while the assessment for CNH NW Europe was €7.35/kg ($8.30/kg).

    S&P Global Platts Analytics Hydrogen Production Asset Database shows a pipeline of around 20 million mt of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production coming online by 2030, should all announced projects be realized. (Source: S&P Global Platts, PR, 9 Dec., 2021) Contact: S&P Global Platts, www.spglobal.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Platts,  Carbon Neutral,  Hydrogen,  


    DRAX, Selby College CCS, BECCS Training Program Funded (Int'l.)
    DRAX, Selby College
    Date: 2021-12-10
    In the UK, Selby College in North Yorkshire and biomass power generator DRAX are reporting receipt of more than £270,000 of grant funding from the UK Department for Education Strategic Development Fund in support of the College's planned training course in carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The funding will also support DRAX effort to develop the negative emission technology bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at its power station near Selby.

    The DRAX and Selby College initiative will help protect jobs, plug the skills gap, and build a workforce with the skills needed in the transition to net-zero while building on an existing £180,000, five-year partnership aimed at supporting education and skills.

    The programme will start in fall, 2022, and will be available to organizations and individuals interested in developing their knowledge and understanding about carbon capture and storage (CCS). (Source: DRAX, PR, Website, 7 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Selby College, +44 1757 211000, www.selby.ac.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Selby College,  BECCS,  CCS,  


    ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech Partnership (Int'l. Report)
    ArcelorMittal Expands LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Steel production giant ArcelorMittal SA is reporting a $30 million investment in carbon recycling company, LanzaTech through its XCarb™ innovation fund.

    The investment further expands ArcelorMittal's relationship with LanzaTech, which commenced in 2015 when the Company first announced plans to utilize LanzaTech's carbon capture and re-use technology at its plant in Ghent, Belgium. The €180 million Carbalyst® plant -- ArcelorMittal's flagship carbon capture and re-use technology project -- is currently under construction foe commissioning in late 2022.

    LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology captures carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process and converts them into sustainable fuels and chemicals, the plant will reduce ArcelorMittal Ghent's CO2e emissions by 125,000 tpy and produce 80 million lpy of bio-ethanol that can be blended with traditional gasoline and used as a low-carbon alternative transportation fuel. LanzaTech is also developing technology to convert captured emissions into a range of other chemical building blocks to make useful materials, such as textiles, rubber, and packaging. (Source: ArcelorMittal, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: ArcelorMittal , +44 20 7543 1128, www. corporate.arcelormittal.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal ,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  CCS,  


    DRAX Plans Double Pellet Production, Biomass Sales by 2030 (Int'l.)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-12-03
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX CEO Will Gardner has announce: "Drax has made excellent progress during 2021 providing a firm foundation for further growth. We have advanced our Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project -- a vital part of the East Coast Cluster that was recently selected to be one of the UK's two priority CCS projects. And we're now setting out a strategy to take the business forward, enabling DRAX to make an even greater contribution to global efforts to reach net zero.

    "We believe DRAX can deliver growth and become a global leader in sustainable biomass and negative emissions and a UK leader in dispatchable, renewable generation. We aim to double our sustainable biomass production capacity by 2030 -- creating opportunities to double our sales to Asia and Europe, where demand for biomass is increasing as countries transition away from coal.

    "As a global leader in negative emissions, we're going to scale up our ambitions internationally. DRAX is now targeting 12 million tonnes of carbon removals each year by 2030 by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This includes the negative emissions we can deliver at Drax Power Station in the UK and through potential new-build BECCS projects in North America and Europe, supporting a new sector of the economy, which will create jobs, clean growth and exciting export opportunities", according to DRAX CEO Will Gardiner. To that end, DRAX has announced:

  • New woody biomass pellet production and sales targets -- increased biomass pellet production targeting 8Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.4Mt) and biomass pellet sales to third parties targeting 4Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.2Mt)

  • Continued progress with UK BECCS and biomass cost reduction -- BECCS at DRAXPower Station -- Biomass cost reduction -- continuing to target biomass production cost of $100/t

  • £3 billion investment in 2022-30 growth opportunities -- investment in pellet production, UK BECCS, pumped energy storage, and construction of new BECCS facilities.

  • Targeting 4Mt pa of negative CO2 emissions outside of UK by 2030. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  BECCS,  


  • Velocys Joins SME Climate Hub, "Race to Zero" Campaign (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Oxford, UK-based advanced biofuels producer Velocys reports it has joined the SME Climate Hub, a global UN sponsored initiative to help small and medium-sized companies adopt sustainable measures as part of their activities to achieve the target net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as set in the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement.

    The SME Climate Hub is founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations -- through the "Race to Zero" campaign -- in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Normative. The Campaign mobilizes and urges businesses, cities, regions, investors and civil society to adopt crucial measures to significantly impact global emissions by 2030, as a first step to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.

    "Velocys' high performance catalyst and reactor technology can generate negative-carbon-emissions SAF with the integration of carbon capture technologies. The compact, commercially-ready, patented Fischer-Tropsch reactor for the synthesis of hydrocarbons allows the production of advanced biofuels from large, sustainable carbon sources such as household waste and forest residues," according to the company website. (Source: Velocys, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1865 800821, 713 275 5840 -- Houston office, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vedlocys,  SME Climate Hub,  SAF,  Carbon Capture,  


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

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

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


    Carbon Neutral Crypto ETF Invest. Funds Launched (Ind. Report)
    Purpose Investments
    Date: 2021-11-29
    In Toronto, Canadian asset manager Purpose Investments is touting two new cryptocurrency-based exchange-trading funds (ETFs) that offer carbon offsetting to investors. Exchange-traded funds are public trade, limited liability and passively managed investment funds that have many benefits such as performance, versatility and security.

    Purpose Investments has partnered with Patch to help measure the carbon footprint of crypto wallets and provide carbon removal solutions. The objective is to invest in controlled carbon offset schemes with the aim of providing carbon neutral exposure to customers BTC. Some of the projects it invests in include direct air carbon capture, biomass, mineralization or CO2 removal, forestry, marine composting and soil management. (Source: Purpose Investments, PR, WSC, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: Purpose Investments, 877-789-1517, www.purposeinvest.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Purpose Investments,  Carbon Neutral,  


    DRAX Considering Future US Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Further to our Sept. 24 coverage, in the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group CEO Will Gardiner this week announced the company is considering building a biomass plant in the US whose power generation will absorb more emissions than it creates.

    Drax is currently developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology for its plant in North Yorkshire, UK. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, accelerate economic growth for the Yorkshire and Humber region and put the region at the heart of a global green economy, said Drax. It is hoped the BECCS technology at Drax Power Station near Selby will be operational by 2027. (Source: DRAX, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  bioenergy with carbon capture and storage ,  


    Univ. Calgary Developing Marine CO2 Removal Technology (R&D)
    University of Calgary
    Date: 2021-11-26
    In Alberta, Canada, the University of Calgary is reporting the school's Practical Electrochemical Air Capture (PEACH) research team of chemists, engineers, legal scholars, and geoscientists has received $100,000 funding from the Scotiabank Net Zero Research Fund to assess feasible approaches to their carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in marine regions.

    The PEACH team is focused on development and assessment of a new technology that could store atmospheric carbon long-term as bicarbonate in the ocean. The two-year project, which is now in technology development phase, introduces a novel approach to safely change near-surface seawater chemistry to promote natural uptake of carbon dioxide in the ocean. The team recognizes the importance of developing a platform while maintaining viable biospheres in the marine environment, aiming to develop their approach while maintaining the health and well-being of marine ecosystems. The project will consider everything from technical scaling to marine governance and policy in terms of CDR approaches.

    Recognizing this need for socially desirable solutions to climate change, professor Anna-Maria Hubert is a key part of the PEACH team, researching and advising on social policy, governance, and legal parameters. As a legal scholar with a background in international and environmental law, Hubert's work is concerned with how law and governance can develop to respond to emerging science and technologies. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: University of Calgary, PEACH, Prof. Dr. Stephen Larter, PhD, Team Leader, (403) 220-7484, www.ucalgary.ca/prg/research/energy-transition/peach

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


    Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Petroleum giant Shell is reporting plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of reducing emissions by half by 2030. The planned 550,000-tpy plant will produce biofuels from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or chemicals, according to a company release.. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring hydrogen and a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Biofuel,  Hydrogen,  


    Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    ,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Shell plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of halving emissions by 2030. The company intends to construct a 550,000-tonne a year biofuels plant that can make hydrogen from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, aviation fuel or chemicals, according to a statement from the company. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sheell news,  Biofuel news,  Royal Dutch Shell news,  Singapore Biofuel news,  


    Air Liquide, BASF Planning Joint CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    Air Liquide, BASF
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Air Liquide and BASF report plans to jointly develop one of the world's largest cross-border carbon capture and storage (CCS) value chains to significantly reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial cluster in the Port of Antwerp, Belgium. The joint project, Kairos@C, is being funded by the European Commission Innovation Fund.

    Air Liquide will use its patented Cryocap™ technology and, for drying CO2, BASF will apply its Sorbead® solution. The project is planned to be operational in 2025.

    Besides combining CO2 capture, liquefaction, transportation and storage on a large-scale in the North Sea, the project will also be connected to shared CO2 transport and export infrastructures, including a CO2 liquefaction and export terminal, which will be built under the framework of Antwerp@C, a consortium that aims to halve CO2 emissions in the Port of Antwerp by 2030. Kairos@C is expected to avoid 14.2 million tonnes of CO2 over the first 10 years of operation and significantly contribute to the EU's goal of becoming climate neutral by 2050.Air Liquide and BASF are founding members of Antwerp@C. (Source: BASF, AirLiquide, PR, Websites, Nov., 2021) Contact: Air Liquide, Corporate Communications, +33 (0)1 40 62 58 49, media@airliquide.com, www.airliquide.com; BASF, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Liquide,  BASF ,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


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

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

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

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

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


    Neste Green Hydrogen, CCS Wins EU Innovation Funding (Int'l.)
    Neste,EU Innovation Fund
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oy is reporting the EU Innovation Fund has agreed to €88 million funding to its green hydrogen and carbon capture & storage (CCS) project at the company's refinery in Porvoo, Finland. The project introduces carbon capture and storage (CCS) and electrolysis solutions that allow decarbonisation of production at the refinery. The project is currently in the feasibility phase.

    The project will strongly contribute to the reaching of both Finland's and the EU's climate targets and has a significant role in Neste's target of carbon neutral production by 2035.Neste anticipates a reduction of more than 4 million tons of CO2 emissions can be achieved at the Porvoo refinery in the first 10 years of operation, according to the Neste release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  EU Innovation Fund,  


    Svante, Technip Energies Partner on CC Tech. (Int'l. Report)
    Svante, Technip Energies
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Technip Energies and Svante are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further develop Svante's solid sorbent carbon capture (CC) technology and provide integrated solutions from concept to project delivery. The partnership will explore opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Russian Federation markets where Svante's technology would be selected by end clients for heavy industrial carbon capture projects -- cement and limestone, blue hydrogen, refineries, petrochemicals, steel, pulp and paper and others. The cooperation will be worldwide for blue hydrogen plants using Technip Energies' steam methane reformer (SMR) technology.

    Svante's solid sorbent technology captures carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases as a non-intrusive end-of-the-pipe solution to produce pipeline-grade carbon dioxide. (Source: Technip Energies, Svante, PR, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com; Svante, www.svante.com

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    Amsterdam Biofuel Storage Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    VTTI New Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    In the Netherlands, Rotterdam-headquartered VTTI New Energy reports its 75,000 cubic meter capacity Eurotank Amsterdam biofuels storage project will be commissioned by the end of the year for operational start-up in early 2022. The facility will supply mixed biofuels (B-7 or more), hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD) to the facility's new truck rack and upgraded jetty, according to a release.

    The project is inline with VTTI New Energy's focus on exploring new renewable energies opportunities, including renewable natural gas (RNG), hydrogen carrier fuels, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and waste-to-renewable energy solutions. (Source: VTTI New Energy, PR, Bunkerspot, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: VTTI New Energy, +31 10 453 20 20 www.vtti.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • SK Innovation Taps Honeywell for Hydrogen Plant CCS Study (Int'l.)
    SK Innovation and Energy, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Soul, South Korea-headquartered SK Innovation and Energy is reporting the selection of Des Plaines, Illinois, based Honeywell UOP for a feasibility study to retrofit a hydrogen plant with carbon capture and storage (CCS) of more than 400,000 tons of CO2 at its 840,000 bpd petroleum refinery in Ulsan, Korea. The captured CO2 would be stored in depleted natural gas reservoirs, beginning in 2026.

    The project is in line with South Korea's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the release. (Source: SK Innovation and Energy, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SK Innovation and Energy, www.eng.skinnovation.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SK Innovation and Energy,  Honeywell UOP,  Hudrgen,  CCS ,  


    COP26 Agreement "Solidifies Global March Towards Decarbonization", says EPRI CEO (Ind. Report)
    Electric Power Research Institute
    Date: 2021-11-15
    Palo Alto, California-headquartered independent, not-for-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) CEO Arshad Mansoor, who was in attendance at COP26, had the following comments on COP26:

    "This agreement solidifies the global march towards decarbonization. It will take collaboration in technology and institutional innovation by countries around the world to reach both the near- and long-term goals. Cleaner electricity, accelerated electrification and the deployment of cleaner energy resources and fuels will play a critical role in all countries.

    "In particular, numerous sectors of the economy -- including transportation, buildings, and industry -- stand to achieve large carbon emissions reductions through increased energy efficiency, broader electrification, and the deployment of zero and low carbon fuels. Through collaborative research and development with public and private stakeholders, we are developing a broad suite of clean electric generation, storage, grid, and end-use technologies that will help countries decarbonize their electric sectors and reduce emissions across their economies. This will enable countries to choose what works best to meet those needs, while keeping electricity accessible, affordable, and reliable for all consumers."

    For the United States, carbon reductions across all sectors of the U.S. economy -- through cleaner energy, increased energy efficiency, and accelerated electrification -- will be crucial to achieving the 2030 U.S. climate goal. Accelerated electrification will help lower emissions from transportation, buildings, and industry, while reducing overall energy costs.

    In the longer-term, meeting national and global net-zero goals entails developing an array of technology options that are not commercial at scale today, including carbon capture utilization and storage, advanced nuclear, low-carbon fuels, and advanced electric end-uses.

    EPRI is working with its research partners on these technologies, engaging in collaborative global clean energy initiatives, including its Low-Carbon Resources Initiatives and Efficient Electrification Initiative. EPRI is also working on resilience, adaption, and equity issues which spans the organization's entire research portfolio.

    Download the EPRI Analysis: Immediate Action Across All Sectors Essential to Achieve U.S. Carbon Goals HERE . (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, Website, PR, 14 Nov., 2021) Contact: EPRI, Arshad Mansoor, CEO, Rachel Gantz, Media, 202-293-7517, rgantz@epri.com, www.epri.com

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

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

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

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    Carbon Clean Touts Modular CO2 Capture System (New Prod., Tech.)
    Carbon Clean
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In the UK, London-based carbon capture firm Carbon Clean is touting the launch of CycloneCC, an off-the-shelf small, modular CO2 capture system that it says can capture the greenhouse gas for $30 or less per metric ton.

    The new system, which present being built in India, captures carbon with a specialized amine-based solvent in a rotating packed-bed reactor where gas streams containing CO2 are pumped through a contact chamber where the CO2 dissolves and reacts with the solvent. In a separate chamber, heat and vacuum pull the now-concentrated CO2 back out of the solvent. The solvent is then cooled and cycled back into the contact chamber.

    In addition to the smaller footprint, Carbon Clean says its system will cost half as much to buy and run as custom-built tower-based systems. (Source: Carbon Clean, Chem & Eng. News, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, +44 20 3865 0638, www.carbonclean.com

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    Baker Hughes Taking Stake in Ekona Power (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Baker Hughes,Ekona Power
    Date: 2021-11-12
    American oil and gas services company Baker Hughes reports it is investing an undisclosed amount for a 20 pct stake in Burnaby-British Columbia-based start-up Ekona Power Inc.

    Ekona is developing a methane pyrolysis process for making "turquoise" hydrogen from natural gas without carbon capture and storage (CCS) for lower capital and operating costs. Ekona plans to construct and commission a pilot plant at an as yetto be determinded location before 2024. (Source: Baker Hughes, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Ekona Power, Chris Reid, CEO, www.ekonapower.com; Baker Hughes, Jud Bailey, Inv. Rel., 281-809-9088, www.bakerhughes.com

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

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

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    Aussie PM Creates $1 Bn CCS, Low-Emissions Support Fund (Int'l.)
    COP26, Australia Climate Change
    Date: 2021-11-10
    In the Land Down Under, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (C) has announced a $1 billion ($738 million US) investment fund to support carbon capture and storage (CCS) and other emerging low-emissions technologies.

    The fund, which is expected to attract more than $500 million ($369 million US) in industry matching funds, would be administered by the government-owned green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. that was established to increase investment in the clean energy sector.

    Australia is a major greenhouse gas emitter and among the world's largest coal and liquid natural gas exporters. The government is aiming to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 and the reach net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Various Media, 10 Nov., 2021)

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    U.S. DOE Launches "Carbon Negative Shot" Initiative (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is touting "Carbon Negative Shot", the third project under its Energy Earthshots Initiative. The new program aims to remove gigatons of CO2 from the atmosphere and store it at a cost of less than $100 per ton of net CO2-equivalent.

    The initiative is the DOE's first major effort in carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and a call for innovation in the expanding field of CDR -- a key facet of the plan to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. CDR technology captures CO2 directly from the atmosphere for storage in geological, biobased, and ocean reservoirs or in value-added products to create negative emissions. CDR technology still requires a significant R&D investment to be cost-effective, economically viable and deployed at scale.

    According to U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm, "By slashing the costs and accelerating the deployment of carbon dioxide removal -- a crucial clean energy technology -- we can take massive amounts of carbon pollution directly from the air and combat the climate crisis. With our Carbon Negative Shot, we can help remove the greenhouse gases already warming our planet and affecting our health -- positioning America as a net-zero leader and creating good-paying jobs for a transitioning clean energy workforce. The combination of the Carbon Negative Shot with our massive investments in hydrogen, battery storage, renewables, and decarbonized fossil energy, can make net-zero emissions a reality here and abroad." (Source: US DOE, PR, InceptiveMind, 8 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fecm/office-fossil-energy-and-carbon-management

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    Irish Climate Plan to Cut GHG Emissions 51 pct by 2030 (Int'l.)
    Climate Change Ireland
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In Dublin, the Irish Government is touting its &euro:125 billion Climate Action Plan to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions by 51 pct by 2030 and to reach net-zero emissions by no later than 2050. To that end the plan calls for:
  • An increase in renewable energy, including wind and solar, of up to 80 pct by the end of the decade, while a new offshore renewable energy plant will be constructed to tap into the potential of Ireland's maritime area

  • Development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to take carbon out of the atmosphere and remove further emissions from the existing system.

  • The plan allows homeowners to generate residential solar and wind energy and sell excess energy back to the national grid;

  • The plan calls for energy efficiency retrofits of 500,000 homes by 2030, with a target of up to 56 pct reductions in housing emissions in the next decade to be supported by low-cost loans and tax incentives. The plan also will phase out fossil fuels in new buildings and is promote the use of low-carbon technology in all new and existing commercial buildings;

  • In the transport sector, which accounts for roughly 20 pct of Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions, rail services, cycling infrastructures, and walking infrastructures will be expanded to enable 500,000 daily sustainable journeys by 2030. The plan also calls for the expansion of Ireland's electric bus and rail fleets, with 1,500 electric buses to be introduced by the end of the decade. Biofuels will be increased in Irish transport and the number of electric vehicles in Ireland will be increased to one million by 2030 for a 42-50 pct emissions reduction by 2030;

  • In the agriculture sector, which is the largest source of Ireland's emissions, government plans to significantly reduce chemical nitrogen fertilizer to 325,000 tpy annum increase organically-farmed land five-fold to 350,000 hectares. The plan also aims to improve animal feeding and breeding in a bid to reduce agriculture-based emissions by up to 30 pct over the next decade;

  • The plan additionally aims to reduce emissions in the enterprise sector by up to 41 pc tby 2030 and the Government will launch an online Climate Toolkit 4 Businesses which will allow companies to calculate their carbon emissions. The government’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) will seek to attract businesses to invest in decarbonization technologies.

  • Ireland will also reduce land and forestry emissions by between 37 pct and 58 pct under the plan, while a new forestry program is set to launch in 2023 to increase afforestation. (Source: Irish Central, 7 Nov., 2021)


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

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

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

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

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    Australia's Moomba CCS Project Set to Go (Int'l. Report)
    Santos, Beach Energy
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In the Land Down Under, Santos Ltd and Adelaide-based joint venture partner Beach Energy Ltd. are reporting a final investment decision to proceed with the $220 million ($165 million US) Moomba carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in South Australia, with startup expected in 2024.

    The Moomba CCS project is registered with the Clean Energy Regulator. The Clean Energy Regulator's CCS method provides a crediting period of 25 years, over which period the project will qualify for Australian Carbon Credit Units for emissions reduction from Moomba CCS project.

    The project will be one of the biggest and lowest cost in the world and will safely and permanently store 1.7 million tpy of carbon dioxide, according to the Santos release.

    Santos Ltd. holds a 66.7 pct interest in the Moomba CCS project and is operator. The remaining interest is held by oil and gas producer Beach Energy which is aiming to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Santos Ltd., PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Beach Energy, Matt Kay, CEO, www.beachenergy.com.au; Santos Ltd., Kevin Gallagher, CEO, + 61 2 8016 2832, www.santos.com

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    GSA Seeks Building GHG Reduction Technologies (Ind. Report)
    GSA
    Date: 2021-10-29
    In Washington, he U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the General Services Administration (GSA) are calling for a request for information (RFI) to identify "evaluation ready" and adaptable technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings. This RFI covers three broad categories:
  • High-Performance/Low-Carbon Building Technologies and Solutions -- Technologies of interest include electrification of major building loads; larger scale and integrated heat pump systems, retrofit heat recovery systems, electrification of major loads, and building envelope retrofits.

  • Onsite Energy Generation and Storage Systems -- Technologies of interest include building-integrated photovoltaics, high-efficiency PV, solutions to better integrate PV and storage into building management systems, solar and geothermal, on-site distributed wind, and hydrogen fuel cells.

  • Carbon Reducing or Capture -- Technologies of interest include on-site carbon capture for fuel-fired processes and technologies that use next-generation, low, or no global warming potential refrigerants.

    December 7, 2021 is the deadline for response. Download the RFI details HERE . (Source: US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy , General Services Administration, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: GSA, gpg@gsa.gov, www.gsa.gov

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

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

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

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    ADM, GEVO Ink SAF Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    ADM, Gevo
    Date: 2021-10-27
    Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO, Inc., a pioneer in transforming renewable energy into low carbon, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons, are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low carbon-footprint hydrocarbon fuels.

    The MoU contemplates the production of both ethanol and isobutanol that would then be transformed into renewable low carbon-footprint hydrocarbons, including SAF, using Gevo's processing technology and capabilities. About 900 million gallons of ethanol produced at ADM's dry mills in Columbus, Nebraska, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as its Decatur, Illinois, complex, is expected to be processed utilizing this technology, resulting in approximately 500 million gallons of SAF and other renewable hydrocarbons. The isobutanol is expected to be produced at a proposed new facility in Decatur that would employ ADM's carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) capabilities.

    The companies intend to work together to determine full commercialization plans and enter into definitive agreements enabling a timeline such that production of SAF can begin in the 2025-2026 time frame, according to the release. (Source: ADM, Website Corporate release, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    Red Trail Energy Advances North Dakota CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Red Trail Energy
    Date: 2021-10-27
    In North Dakota, ethanol producer Red Tail Energy LLC reports it is advancing the previously announced North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) approved first Class VI CO2 storage project at its ethanol plant in Richardton. The plant presently emits an average of 180,000 metric tpy of high-purity CO2 from the fermentation process during ethanol production.

    The project will take advantage of the 45Q, $50 per-ton of CO2 stored tax credit to support the project Red Trail Energy is only the second plant in the nation to put carbon capture in place. (Source: Red Tail Energy, PR Oct., 2021)Contact: Red Trail Energy, Gerald Bachmeier, CEO, (701) 974-3308, www.redtrailenergy.com

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    Federated Co-ops, Whitecap Ink CCS MoU (Ind. Report)
    Federated Co-operatives, Whitecap Resource,Terra Grain Fuels
    Date: 2021-10-25
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered ethanol producer Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- is reporting a memo of understanding (MoU) with Calgary-based clean energy company Whitecap Resources, under the terms of which Whitcap will store and use carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions captured from Federated Co-op's refinery complex at Regina and from the Co-op Ethanol Complex (CEC) near Belle Plaine, west of Regina. The Captured CO2 will be transported to and stored at Whitecap's light-oil unit -- "the single largest anthropogenic carbon sequestration project in the world, having so far captured over 36 million tonnes of CO2" -- in south of Weyburn , Saskatchewan.

    Under the agreement, FCL will fund, construct and operate 500,000 tpy carbon capture facilities at its Regina and Belle Plaine plants at a an estimated cost of $510 million. FCL presently produces about 150 million lpy of ethanol and 130,000 tonnes of DDGs.

    The Belle Plaine facility is expected to be completed in 2024, and the Regina refinery starting in 2026. The release notes the final investment decisions will need clarification on climate change regulations and available incentive programs. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Ltd., Whitecap Resources, Website PR, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Ltd, Scott Banda, CEO, (306) 244-3403, inquiries@fcl.crs, www.fcl.crs; Whitecap Resources, 403-266-0767 www.wcap.ca

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    K LINE Claims Ship-Board Carbon Capture Success (Int'l. Report)
    Misubishi, K Line
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Following up on our August 6 coverage, Japanese ship operator Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (K LINE) reports has successfully separated and captured carbon dioxide from the exhaust gas emitted from the coal carrier vessel Corona Utility which K Line operates for Tohoku Electric Power Co).

    The ship is fitted under the "CC-OCEAN" project for the verification of an on-board CO2 capture plant for "research and development to advance marine resources technologies" in cooperation with Mitsubishi shipbuilding Class NK.

    As previously reported, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding experts were onboard the vessel to operate and maintain the plant, as well as measure and analyze the captured CO2 and evaluate the system's performance. (Source: K Line, PR, ShipInSight, 21 Oct., 2021) Contact: K Line, www.kline.com

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    ExxonMobil to Expand LaBarge CCS Capacity (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Irving, Texas-headquartered ExxonMobil Corp. reports it is planning a roughly $400 million expansion of its carbon capture and storage (CCS) capacity at its LaBarge, Wyoming natural gas facility. The expanded CCS project will capture up to 1 million metric tpy of CO2, in addition to the 6-7 million metric tpy already captured at LaBarge.

    The LaBarge expansion project is in the design and permitting phase and a request for bids for engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts has been issued to third parties. A final investment decision is expected in 2022 and will be based on several factors, including regulatory approvals. Operations could start as early as 2025, according to the release. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Chem. Engineering, 22 Oct., 2021)

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    Elkem to Launch Exhaust Gas Carbon Capture Pilot (Int'l. Report)
    Elkem
    Date: 2021-10-22
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered advanced silicon-based materials specialist Elkem reports it will test the world's first carbon capture pilot for silicon smelters at its plant in Rana, Norway. Aker Carbon Capture will deliver the test unit.

    The roughly $2,83 million project is intended to verify carbon capture technology on natural industrial exhaust gases from smelters and to prepare a full-scale plant for industrial carbon capture.

    Elkem aims to reduce its total CO2 emissions by 28 pct and improve its product carbon footprint by 39 pct by 2031, according to the release. (Source: Elkem, PR, Mining Mag., 22 Oct., 2021) Contact: Elkem, Helge Aasen, CEO, www.elkem.com

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    CarbonCapture Wins $35Mn from New Investors (Ind. Report)
    CarbonCapture Inc
    Date: 2021-10-20
    California-based direct-air carbon capture startup CarbonCapture Inc reports receipt of $35 million in new investments from a coalition that includes Rio Tinto PLC, the world's second-most valuable mining company. CarbonCapture also noted plans to establish a pilot program for capturing airborne CO2 with van-sized units at the Tamarack nickel mine being developed near Deluth, Minnesota by Talon Metals Corp. and Rio Tinto.

    CarbonCapture's units, which are being designed to fit on the bed of a flatbed truck, will each capture 100 tpy of CO2 -- roughly equivalent to CO2 released from 22 cars over a year, according to EPA estimates. The units will capture carbon with an inexpensive, nontoxic and readily available absorbent mineral called zeolites.

    CarbonCapture will begin feasibility studies for the planned pilot project later this year. (Source: CarbonCapture Inc/. Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: CarbonCapture Inc., Adrian Corless, CEO, info@carboncapture.com, www.carboncapture.com; Rio Tinto, www.riotinto.com

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    Talos Energy, TechnipFMC Partnering on US CCS (Ind. Report)
    Talos Energy, TechnipFMC
    Date: 2021-10-20
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered offshore oil and gas company Talos Energy reports it has entered into a long-term agreement with London, UK-based engineering specialist TechnipFMC to develop, accelerate and deliver technical and commercial solutions to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects along the U.S, Gulf Coast. The alliance combines Talos's offshore operational and sub-surface experience with TechnipFMC's history in subsea engineering, system integration and automation and control. Talos is the operator of the only major offshore carbon sequestration hub in the U.S.

    Under the alliance, the companies will collaborate to progress CCS opportunities through the full lifecycle of storage site characterization, front-end engineering and design (FEED) and first injection through life of field operations. (Source: Talos Energy, 18 Oct., 2021) Contact: Talos Energy, 713-328-3000 , www.talosenergy.com; TechnipFMC, www.technipfmc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Grattan Inst. Calls for Carbon Offset Policy Clarity (Int'l. Report)
    Grattan Institute
    Date: 2021-10-15
    In the Land Down Under, a new report from Melbourne-based think tank the Grattan Institute asserts that carbon offsets can be part of a "low-cost climate change policy" but that the Australian government should introduce clearer rules to improve the integrity of the system and environmental outcomes.

    The report recommends applying sector-specific offset approaches to emissions reduction policy, including whether offsetting is allowed as an alternative to reducing emissions in different scenarios, as well as limits on the amount of offsetting and the types of units used. It also recommended more stringent methods for the creation of Australian Carbon Credit Units, including an ongoing independent review process overseen by the federal government. This includes introducing rules to prevent double-counting of offsetting activities that take place in Australia but are used to offset emissions overseas.

    The report also suggests that as demand for offsetting units grows with greater policy focus, governments should take a step back from being the major buyers to focus more on underwriting research and development in better offsetting practices, and technologies that remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, such as direct air carbon capture and storage, and large-scale mineralisation.

    The report also calls for introducing an "upside-downside" clause in government contracts to encourage the move to updated carbon offsetting methods and placing time limits on the use of units from outdated offsetting methods. (Source: Grattan Institute, Website, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Grattan Institute, +61 3 9035 9881, www.grattan.edu.au

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    DOE Earmarks $45Mn for Natural Gas CCS Technology (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-10-08
    In Washington, the US DOE is reporting $45 million has been earmarked for 12 research projects to develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies for natural gas power plants and industrial facilities. The funding aims to advance point-source CCS technologies that can capture at least 95 pct of CO2 emissions generated from natural gas power (plants) and "high emissions" industrial facilities such as cement and steel.

    Organizations and projects to be funded include: Sustainable Energy Solutions in Utah to process 30 tpd of CO2 to demonstrate CO2 capture of more than 95 pct of carbon in industrial or power plant exhaust; $5 million will allow a foundation at The University of Kentucky to test a CO2 capture system that treats gas from an electric arc furnace used in steel production; $1.5 million is going to General Electric's research unit in New York State to design a system to capture 95 percent of carbon from exhausted emitted by gas-fired power plants. (Source: US DOE, Urdue Point News, Oct., 2021)

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