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Green Plains Obion, Tenn. Plant Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
Green Plains, Fagem
Date: 2021-11-26
In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based biorefiner Green Plains Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Green Plains Obion LLC in Rives, Tennessee has broken ground on the fifth Green Plains location to install Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ technology. The project is slated for completion in 2022 with Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen Inc. as EPC general contractor.

At full scale, Green Plains Obion anticipates Ultra-High Protein production at approximately 600,000 tpy and renewable corn oil capacity of approximately 400 million tpy. Renewable corn oil is a highly sought-after low-carbon intensity feedstock for the rapidly expanding renewable diesel market.

According to its website, "Green Plains Inc. is a leading biorefining company focused on the development and utilization of fermentation, agricultural and biological technologies in the processing of annually renewable crops into sustainable value-added ingredients. This includes the production of cleaner low carbon biofuels, renewable feedstocks for advanced biofuels and high purity alcohols for use in cleaners and disinfectants." (Source: Green Plains Inc, Website PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Todd Becker, CEO, Phil Boggs, Exec. VP, Investor Relations , 402.884.8700, , phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com; Fagen, www.fageninc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fagen,  Green Plains,  Fluid Quip Technologies,  


Growth Energy CEO Touts Ethanol Production (Comments & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-11-22
In a recent release , ethanol trade industry association Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor noted, "Ethanol production has long been an economic engine for our rural economies. The United States has 210 biorefineries in 27 states with the capacity to produce more than 17 billion gallons of low-carbon, renewable fuel. Our industry is the second largest customer for U.S. corn growers and will buy nearly $30 billion worth of corn this year to make ethanol and an expanded range of bio-based products such as high-protein animal feed, renewable chemicals, and corn oil.

"Renewable fuels like ethanol remain the most affordable and abundant source of low carbon fuel on the planet -- and are critical to meeting today's CO2 reduction goals. The latest research shows that without biofuels there is no way to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Even when you factor in the projected growth of electric vehicles, the Energy Information Administration states that the vast majority of cars on the roads will run on liquid fuels by 2050.

"Higher blends of low carbon ethanol can be used in our current vehicle fleet to accelerate our transition to a 100 pct renewable energy future. Simply put, America cannot decarbonise the transportation sector without home-grown biofuels. To meet the growing demand for renewable energies, we first need a strong and thriving rural economy and biofuel industry." (Source: Growth Energy, Sheppard of the Hills Gazette, 20 Nov., 2021) Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Growth Energy,  Renewable Fuels,  Ethanol,  


UK DfT Reports Detailed Renewable Fuels Data (Int'l. Report)
UK Department for Transport
Date: 2021-11-17
According to the UK Department for Transport (DfT), renewable fuels made up 5 pct of the country's transport fuel mix, down from 5.9 pct over the same period 12 months ago. Of the total 1.44 billion litres of renewable fuels supplied between 1 January and 20 September, 63 pct was biodiesel, 25 pct was bioethanol and the balance was biomethane.

The DfT data notes the most common fuel type was biodiesel made from used cooking oil (16.5 million litres), followed by bioethanol from sugar beet betaine residue (8.5 million litres). Of the renewable fuel supplied to date this year , the most widely reported source for biodiesel was used cooking oil from China (168 million litres) and corn from Ukraine for bioethanol (51 million litres).

Taken together, renewable fuels achieved an average of 85 pct greenhouse gas (GHG) savings when compared with fossil fuel use, according to the DfT release.

Download the UK Department for Transport Renewable Fuels Statistics HERE (Source: UK Department for Transport, Website, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/latest?departments[]=department-for-transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Bioethanol,  


IRENA, WEF Launch Green Hydrogen Roadmaps (Int'l. Report)
IRENA, World Economic Forum
Date: 2021-11-05
Reporting from COP26 in Glasgow, the Abu Dhabi-headquartered International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Switzerland-based World Economic Forum (WEF) are reporting the launch of a jointly developed series of Enabling Measures Roadmaps for Green Hydrogen aimed at empowering policymakers to prioritise policies for green hydrogen and accelerate its deployment at the international level in pursuit of a net-zero energy system aligned with a climate-safe 1.5 degrees C scenario.

According to the release, the global momentum for green hydrogen is growing as a cornerstone of the shift away from fossil fuels. The rapid uptake of green hydrogen is essential for sectors like aviation, international shipping and heavy industry, where energy intensity is high and emissions are hardest to abate. The roadmaps show the top ten measures and critical timelines for their implementation in areas such as cost reduction, demand growth, international standards, infrastructure, and technology developments measures needed to boost the green hydrogen economy globally and enhance public-private dialogue to turn industry recommendations into concrete policy measures and accelerate action on the path to net-zero.

Download the Green Hydrogen roadmaps HERE . (Source: IRENA, Website PR, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: IRENA, +97124179000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org; World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  World Economic Forum,  Green Hydrogen,  


ClearFlame Engine Tech. Secures $17Mn to Decarbonize Long-Haul Trucking (Ind. Report)
ClearFlame Engine Technologies
Date: 2021-10-29
Geneva, Illinois-headquartered ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup dedicated to the development of net-zero engine technology, reports it has secured $17 million in Series A financing led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mercuria, John Deere and Clean Energy Ventures. The funding will help enable commercialization of the company's innovative engine technology for the long-haul trucking, agriculture and power generation sectors.

ClearFlame's unique engine technology enables low-carbon, renewable fuels such as ethanol to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a lower-emission, lower-cost solution than diesel fuel. A ClearFlame-enabled engine meets the performance and efficiency requirements for diesel engines while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter, helping to improve air quality and mitigate climate change.

ClearFlame previously received $4 million in non-dilutive and grant funding from the Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois Corn Growers Associations, the National Science Foundation, the US DOE and others. The company completed its $3 million Series Seed financing in early 2020, led by Clean Energy Ventures.

"At ClearFlame Engine Technologies, we're breaking the bond between the diesel engine and diesel fuel, accelerating the path to true emissions reduction for the heavy-duty and off-highway markets. Our technology meets global sustainability goals using decarbonized liquid fuels available throughout the world while lowering costs by negating the need for complex after-treatment technologies without compromising the practicality or performance of traditional diesel engines." according to the release. (Source: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: ClearFlame Engine Technologies, BJ Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, www.clearflame.com, LinkedIn and Twitter @ClearFlameEng)

More Low-Carbon Energy News ClearFlame Engine Technologies,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  


NCERC to Expand Corn-to-Ethanol Research (Funding, R&D)
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center,Illinois Corn Growers Association
Date: 2021-10-27
The National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) in University Park of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is reporting receipt of $1.9 million funding from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's Rebuild Illinois Wet Lab Capital program, along with matching funds support from the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

The funds will be used for equipment purchases for NCERC's Fermentation Laboratory and Fermentation Suite which is dedicated to expanding the analytical capabilities at the Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator, which currently houses the Shimadzu Innovation Laboratory at SIUE (SILS). SILS is a partnership between SIUE and Shimadzu, a science and analytical technology company that supports student and industry research at the University. Funding will also be used to dramatically expand intermediate-scale R&D capabilities.

NCERC is a nationally recognized research center dedicated to the development and commercialization of biofuels, specialty chemicals and other renewable compounds. The Center's dry grind pilot plant and laboratories are equipped with advanced biofuels capabilities including corn fractionation, pre-treatment, and a fermentation suite with 5, 30, 150 and 1500 litre scale-up. (Source: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, Website PR, 25 Oct., 2021) Contact: National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, John Caupert, Exec. Dir., Jackie Hayes, 618-659-6737 ext. 260, jhayes@ethanolresearch.com, www.ethanolresearch.com, www.siue.edu/ncerc; Illinois Corn Growers Association, 309-827-0912, www.ilcorn.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center,  Corn-to-Ethanol,  Illinois Corn Growers Association,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  • Alto Ingredients Rebooting Magic Valley, ID, Plant (Ind. Report)
    Alto Ingredients
    Date: 2021-09-20
    Sacramento, California-headquartered specialty alcohols, essential ingredients and ethanol producer Alto Ingredients, Inc. -- fka Pacific Ethanol -- reports it will install Harvesting Technology, LLC's patented CoPromax™ protein system at its 60 million gpy Magic Valley corn ethanol facility in Burley, Idaho.

    The CoPromax system will produce over 33,000 tpy of feed with a protein content greater than 50 pct and increase corn oil yields by 50 pct to almost 9 million ppy. According to the release, the company plans to commission the new system in early 2022.

    South Dakota-based Harvesting Technology develops innovative technologies to create sustainability in energy and agriculture. These innovative solutions manufacture renewable energy options, create high value feed products and increase facility efficiencies, according to the company website. (Source: Alto Ingredients, Inc., Website PR, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: Alto, Mike Kandris, CEO, Michael Kramer, 916-403-2755, investorrelations@altoingredients.com, www.altoingredients.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alto Ingredients,  Pacific Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    Chevron, Gevo Partnering on SAF Investment (Ind. Report)
    Chevron, Gevo
    Date: 2021-09-17
    Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. are reporting a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), proteins and corn oil.

    Gevo would operate its proprietary technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its lifecycle carbon intensity. In addition to co-investing with Gevo in one or more projects, Chevron would have the right to offtake approximately 150 million gallons per year to market to customers. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Gevo,  SAF,  


    Growth Energy Comments on White House's SAF Commitment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-09-15
    Following a virtual discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with Biden Administration representatives , Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the Administration's commitment to produce 3 billion gpy of SAF by 2030.

    "Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.

    "With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.

    "To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Growth Energy,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


    ADM, LG Chem Cooperating on Bioplastics (Ind. Report)
    ADM, LG Chem
    Date: 2021-09-15
    Chicago-headquartered Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reporting a memorandum of understanding with Seoul, South Korea-based LG Chem to explore US-based production of lactic acid for a wide variety of plant-based products, including bioplastics.

    Under the agreement, the partners plan to launch a joint venture in early 2022 that would build, own and operate a U.S commercial-scale facility to produce high-purity corn-based lactic acid , followed by a second joint venture that would use lactic acid produced by the first joint venture to produce and commercialize polylactic acid (PLA), a plant-based, biodegradable plastic with commercial applications. The two companies will also cooperate in the joint development of technology for other biomaterials that can be applied in the biochemical and sustainability sector. (Source: ADM, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: ADM, www.adm.com; LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Archer Daniels Midland ,  ADM,  LG Chem,  Bioplastic,  


    US Biofuel Production Dropped in June (Ind. Report)
    US EIA
    Date: 2021-09-10
    Recently released data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) notes U.S. biofuel production capacity was slightly lower in June, this year, from 20.792 billion gpy in May to 20.732 billion gpy. Total feedstock consumption was approximately 26.166 billion pounds in June, down from 26.768 billion pounds in May.

    Fuel alcohol capacity fell 3 MMgy, from 17.396 billion gallons in May to 17.393 billion gallons in June while biodiesel production capacity held steady at 2.428 billion gpy. Other biofuels -- renewable diesel, renewable heating oil, renewable jet fuel, renewable naphtha, renewable gasoline -- dropped to 911 MMgy in June, down 60 MMgy when compared to the 971 MMgy reported for May.

    According to the EIA data, 24.64 billion pounds of corn went to biofuel production in June, down from 25.136 billion pounds in May while grain sorghum feedstock increased from 12 million pounds in May to 36 million pounds in June. The consumption of soybean oil feedstock fell to 663 million pounds, down from 788 million in June. The consumption of corn oil feedstock was also down, at 241 million pounds in June, compared to 257 million pounds in May. Details on Monthly Biofuels Capacity and Feedstocks Update (31 Aug., 2021) HERE (Source: US EIA, Sept., 2021) Contact: US EIA, www.eia.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US EIA,  Ethanol Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  Biofuel Feedstock,  


    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,  


    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,  


    Scottish Green-Methanol Project Partnership Announced (Alt. Fuel)
    Global Energy Group, Proman
    Date: 2021-08-23
    Inverness, Scotland-based Global Energy Group Ltd. (GEG) is reporting an agreement with Swiss methanol producer Proman to develop a commercial-scale renewable-power-to-methanol plant utilizing locally sourced captured CO2 to be located at the GEG-owned Nigg Oil Terminal in Scotland. Subject to ongoing technical feasibility studies, financing and development, Proman will become the owner, operator and off taker of the “Cromarty Clean Fuels Project“ green methanol production facility.

    Green methanol is a renewable, liquid used as a transportation fuel or chemical industry feedstock produced from recycled carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced from renewable electricity using proven technologies such as electrolysis. As a transportation fuel, green methanol drastically cuts greenhouse gas emissions by eliminating sulphur oxide and particulate matter, and significantly reducing nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide emissions. (Source: Global Energy Group Ltd., Chem. Eng., 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Global Energy Group Ltd., Tim Cornelius, CEO, www.gegroup.com; Proman, David Cassidy, CEO, +41 43 888 29 99 , Switzerland@proman.org, www.proman.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Global Energy Group news,  Proman news,  Methanol news,  Green Methanol news,  Alternative Fuel news,  


    Summit Snares Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy Biorefinery (M&A)
    Summit Agricultural Group,Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Summit Agricultural Group, through its investment affiliate Summit Ag Investors, is reporting the acquisition of Phillipsburg, Kansas-based corn ethanol producer Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy.

    Summit will construct a state-of-the-art wheat protein ingredients facility and retrofit the existing corn-based ethanol plant to produce ethanol from wheat starch. Upon completion of the ingredients plant and final conversion, the company will have invested roughl y $200 million in what will be the largest wheat protein producer in North America and will generate low carbon intensity renewable fuel, according to the Summit release. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group , 13 July, 2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com; Prairie Horizon, (785) 543-6719, www.prairiehorizon.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Agricultural Group,  Prairie Horizon,  


    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,  


    IGPC Ethanol Switches Corn Supplier (Ind. Report)
    IGPC Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-11
    In Southwester Ontario, Aylmer based IGPC Ethanol Inc. is reporting Woodslee, Ontario-based Synergy Grain Trading Ltd. will become their partner for sourcing corn at the IGPC ethanol facility in Aylmer, Ontario, effective January 1, 2022.

    IGPC previously used Cargill and most recently Andersons to procure corn. IGPC produces 380 million lpy of denatured fuel grade ethanol and 340,000 tpy of distillers grains (DDGs) (Source: IGPC Ethanol, Website PR, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: IGPC Ethanol, 519-765-2575, www.igpc.ca; Synergy Grain Trading Ltd., Ken Whitelaw, Managing Dir., 519-279-1901, ken@synergytrade.ca, www.synergytrade.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IGPC Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  


    New Energy Blue's PA Ethanol Plant Work Underway (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Following up on our July 21 coverage, Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC is reporting site preparation work is underway on its planned ethanol plant near Mason City, Pennsylvania. Construction is expected to break ground in 2022.

    The biorefinery will convert 275,000 tpy of locally sourced corn stover and wheat straw into 20 million gpy of ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder. According to the company, the facility would be one of America's first carbon-negative refineries and would be the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark.

    The company says it plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years. (Source: New Energy Blue LLC PR, KIM3 News, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, Thomas Corle, CEO, (717) 626-0557, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    NCERC Promoting Corn as Industrial Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-08-04
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois, has submitted grant proposals to the U.S. DOE FY21 Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement that would expand the use of corn as an industrial feedstock.

    The first proposal included NCERC as a Co-PI and was led by Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy aims to scale up a conversion method that utilizes corn as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The work being done at the intermediate scale will be performed at NCERC, along with LBNL and US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, to see through a solution that brings significant opportunity for expanding and repurposing the 16 billion-gpy corn-to-ethanol infrastructure.

    The second proposal led by NCERC -- Scaling up a Low-Cost Low Energy Cellulosic Sugar Production -- contributed to the validation of a low-cost, energy-efficient conversion method for cellulosic materials- and waste-to-biofuel. (Source: NCGA, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: NCGA, www.ncga.com; NCERC, www.siue.edu/ncerc; Marquis Energy, www.marquisenergy.com; US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, www.navair.navy.mil › nawcwd

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  Corn,  Biofuel,  SAF,  Marquis Energy,  


    Green Plains Third Fluid Quip MSC System Construction Underway (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.
    Date: 2021-08-04
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based Green Plains Inc. reports its wholly owned subsidiary Green Plains Central City LLC has broken ground on the construction of Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC system. Central City is the third Green Plains location to install MSC, behind Shenandoah, which started up in April 2020, and Wood River, expected to start up during the third quarter of 2021.

    The Central City MSC system is scheduled to come online in Q2 of 2022 and will produceroughly 72,000 tpy of Ultra-High Protein feed at concentrations of 50 pct or higher. At full scale, Green Plains' anticipated Ultra-High Protein production capacity will be approximately 600,000 tpy. The MSC technology is also expected to increase renewable corn oil -- a low-carbon renewable diesel feedstock -- capacity by 50 pct. (Source: Green Plains Inc, PR, July, 2021)Contact: Green Plains Inc., Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Plains,  Fluid Quip Technologies,  


    New Energy Blue Plans Iowa Cellulosic Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    New Energy Blue,Inbicon
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based New Energy Blue LLC reports it plans to construct New Energy Freedom, a biomass refinery near Mason City, Iowa.

    The facility will produce 20 million gpy of cellulosic ethanol and 95 tpy of lignin, a solid biofuel and natural binder, from 275,000 tpy of locally sourced crop residue -- corn stover and wheat straw.

    New Energy Blue has completed process engineering around several different feedstocks and is now completing a site-specific design for construction next year in Iowa. The company plans to build four more biomass refineries over the next 6 years.

    According to the company release, besides being one of America's first carbon-negative refineries, New Energy Freedom represents the first large-scale use of Inbicon bioconversion technology outside of Denmark. New Energy Blue's team is a spin-off of the technology's development. The company purchased exclusive rights to license and build-out refineries from Orsted in 2019. Freedom's CapEx is about $200 million, about the same amount invested in Inbicon's 15-year development. Orsted built and operated a demonstration refinery for five years, supplying 2G ethanol to Danish petrol stations. (Source: New Energy BlueLLC, PR, Website, 20 July, 2021) Contact: New Energy Blue LLC, info@newenergyblue.com, www.newenergyblue.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Inbicon,  New Energy Blue,  Biomass,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Biofuel,  


    Green Plains Taps Fagen for Ultra-High Protein Buildout (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains, Fagem
    Date: 2021-06-25
    In the Cornhusker State, Omaha-based Green Plains Inc. reports the selection of Granit Falls, Minn,.-based full service EPC contractor Fagen, Inc. to construct and install Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ system at its biorefining platform in Obion, Mount Vernon and Central City locations. Construction is expected to get underway within weeks for completion within 9 -- 12 months.

    Upon completion, Green Plains' anticipated Ultra-High Protein production capacity will be approximately 600,000 tpy with protein concentrations of 50 pct or greater. Renewable corn oil capacity is also expected to increase by 50 pct as a result of the MSC™ technology. (Source: Green Plains Inc., Website PR, 17 June, 2021) Contact: Green Plains Inc., Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, | 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.gpreinc.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com; Fluid Quip Technologies, www.fluidquiptechnologies.com

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    US PBF Considering $550Mn Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    PBF Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-headquartered PBF Energy reports it is considering a $550 million project that would retrofit an idled hydrocracker to produce renewable diesel at its 189,000 bpd Chalmette refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana. The project would allow Chalmette to produce feedstocks for the retrofitted unit from soybean oil, corn oil and other vegetable oils and animal fats.

    PBF is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oils, lubricants, petrochemical feedstocks, and other petroleum products. PBF final investment decision on the project is subject to tax incentives which are expected to be announced later in the summer. (Source: PBF Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500 , www.pbfenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  


    Clean Energy Fuels Unveils New Visual Identity (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2021-06-23
    "The demand for low- and negative-carbon renewable fuel has increased as more companies look for solutions to address climate change. As the leading provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation industry, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now well-positioned to turn their customers' sustainability goals into reality.

    "At its annual shareholders meeting, Clean Energy introduced a new company logo, a cornerstone of an entirely new brand identity that aligns with its growing commitment to expand its renewable fuel solution. This includes investing in the development of RNG from dairies and other agricultural facilities both independently and with partners TotalEnergies and BP.

    "Currently, RNG represents 70 pct of the fuel sold at Clean Energy's nationwide network of stations, and the company is on a track to provide the fuel at all its stations by 2025, meeting one of its own sustainability goals." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Clean Energy Fuels Corp.,  RNG,  


    Indian Ethanol Production on the Rise (Int'l. Report)
    Hindustan Petroleum
    Date: 2021-06-21
    n New Delhi, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) reports it will invest $53.9 million to construct a 127,000 gpd ethanol plant in Una district, India. Rice and corn feedstocks will be locally sourced. (Source: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., PR, Shimla, 19 June, 2021) Contact: Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., www.hindustanpetroleum.com

    In other Indian ethanol news, Indian ethanol producer Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Ltd. reports it plans to increase its ethanol production capacity from its currant 8 crore lpy to 15 crore lpy (39.626 million gpy) beginning in Jan., 2022. The increases are slated for the company's Jawaharpur, Nigohi and Kolhapur plants and a new distillery to be established at Ramgarh, and are in response to the government's recently announced decision to raise the country's ethanol blending rate from 8 pct to 20 pct by 2025 . (Source: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, PR, 16 June, 2021) Contact: Dalmia Bharat Sugar & Industries Limited, 011-23465100, www.dalmiasugar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hindustan Petroleum ,  Ethanol,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Ethanol,  CCS,  


    Cargill, HELM JV to Develop Iowa Biobased BDO Facility (Ind. Report)
    Cargill
    Date: 2021-06-11
    Minnetonka, Minnesota-headquartered Cargill and HELM are entering into a joint venture, Qore, to help leading brands replace fossil-based chemistries with biobased intermediates and enabling them to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    As part of the agreement, both companies are investing a combined $300 million to build the first commercial-scale, renewable BDO facility in the U.S. at Cargill's existing biotechnology campus and corn refining operation in Eddyville, Iowa. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.

    The Qore joint venture will focus on producing QIRA, the next-generation 1,4-butanediol (BDO). Made biologically through the fermentation of plant-based sugars, QIRA can save up to 93 pct of greenhouse gas emissions when replacing today's widely used chemical intermediates made from traditional fossil sources. QIRA can be used the same way as its chemical counterpart but with significantly better environmental performance.

    Qore has licensed San Diego-based Genomatica's BDO process technology and is using Cargill's global feedstock supply and fermentation manufacturing expertise to initially produce and distribute an expected 65,000 metric tpy of its first bio-intermediate, QIRA. HELM will work with brand owners, original equipment manufacturers and their suppliers to incorporate QIRA into their respective products. (Source: Cargill, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Cargill, David MacLennan, CEO, Frank van Lierde, Exec. VP, www.cargill.com; Genomatica, www.genomatica.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cargill,  Genomatica,  


    Talos Energy, Storegga Announce US CCS Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
    CCS, Talos Energy
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-based Talos Energy and UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies are reporting an exclusive joint venture to source, evaluate and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) project opportunities on the US Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico and area containing over 100 facilities emitting more than 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions .

    Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.

    Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000, (713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

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


    Notable Quotes from Texas Republican Senators Cornyn, Cruz
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-06-07
    "It's pure fantasy. This is part of the cult, or religion, of renewable energy. This is just the Green New Deal wearing other clothes." -- Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Tex.), 3 June, 2021

    "Climate change isn't science, it's religion. Look at the language, where they call you a denier. Denier is not the language of science," fellow Texas republican Senator Ted Cruz agreed.

    According to website, Cornyn's position on energy and climate change is to encourage conservation while "increasing the responsible production of our domestic sources of fossil fuels and exploring alternative sources to make our nation more energy-secure." (Source: Various Media, 6 June, 2021) Contact: Sen. John Cornyn, www.cornyn.senate.gov/contact; Sen. Ted Cruz, www.cruz.senate.gov

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


    Iowa Farm, Biofuel Leaders Support E15 Legislation (Ind. Report)
    POET, Growth Energy
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Ethanol industry giant POET is reporting it and other biofuel and farm advocates are urging Hawkeye State lawmakers to approve H.F. 859, legislation to ensure all Iowans can benefit from access to E15 at the pump by 2028. The following joint statement was issued by Growth Energy, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Ethanol Producers Association, and POET: "Every Iowa driver should have the freedom to choose E15, which will provide fuel savings and is made from corn harvested on Iowa farms. We enthusiastically support the work of Governor Reynolds and the Legislature to get Iowa on the road to E15.

    "E15 is already popular with consumers, compatible with today's infrastructure and saves motorists an average of five cents per gallon in Iowa. Expanding E15 across the state will grow corn markets by 23 million bushels, inject $140 million into the state's economy, and save Iowa motorists an additional $72 million each year. Now is the time to act, and we're counting on Iowa lawmakers to lead the nation by ensuring access to E15 statewide."(Source: POET, Website PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: POET, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Growth Energy,  Biofuel,  E15,  


    POET Takes Flint Hills' Ethanol Business (M&A, Ind. Report)
    POET, Flint Hills
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET, the country's largest biofuels producer, is reporting the acquisition of Flint Hills Resources' entire ethanol business, including 6 bioprocessing facilities in Iowa and Nebraska and two terminals in Texas and Georgia.

    The acquisition will bump POET's total ethanol production up by 40 pct to 3 billion gpy, dried distillers grain (DDG) production will rise to 7 million tpy and corn oil production will grow to 975 million pounds per year. With the acquisition, POET will operate 33 facilities across 8 states.

    Flint Hills, a refining, biofuels and petrochemical company, is based in Wichita, Kansas, and was the country's fifth-largest ethanol producer prior to the acquisition. (Source: POET, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com; Flint Hills Resources, 229-522-2822, www.fhr.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Flint Hills,  Ethanol,  


    LanzaTech Lands $4.1Mn ARPA-E Funding (Funding)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-05-26
    LanzaTech, with partners from the University of Michigan and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is reporting receipt of $4.1 million in funding from the U.S. DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA.E).

    The funding will be used to enhance existing technology to enable the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to ethanol at 100 pct efficiency and usher in a new industrial era in which recycled CO2 will be the feedstock of "arbon refineries" to produce ethanol. The technology developed under this project can be integrated with multiple CO2 sources, such as corn grain ethanol refining and direct air capture.

    Download ARPA.E ECOSynBio Project details HERE. (Source: LanzaTech, PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; ARPA.E, ARPA-E@hq.doe.gov, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  ARPA.E,  


    Ethanol Producer ADM Completes Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland,ADM
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Chicago-based commodities trader and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the University of Illinois are reporting completion of the Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to test and evaluate the technology at commercial scale. IBDP is one of two CCS projects located adjacent to ADM's corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois.

    The project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the goal of confirming the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years -- equivalent to the annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars, according to the EPA .

    Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project. ADM was the host and operator.

    ADM notes it also began injection operations at a second CCS project, the Illinois Industrial Sources Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in Decatur in April 2017. The project is currently permitted to operate through 2022 and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    Collectively, these two projects have successfully stored more than 3.4 million metric tons to date.

    The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Source: ADM, Corporate Release, Website, 19 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Anderson , 312-634-8484, media@adm.com, www.adm.com; Illinois State Geological Survey, www.isgs.illinois.edu

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    Three Rivers Energy Rebooting Ethanol Production (Ind. Report)
    Three Rivers Energy,Lakeview Energy
    Date: 2021-05-21
    Chicago-based agribusiness, biofuels and wind energy investor Lakeview Energy IIC reports it will reboot operations at its shuttered Three Rivers Energy biorefinery in Coshocton, Ohio, later this summer.

    The facility, which launched in 2008, produced ethanol, distillers grains to feed livestock and corn oil.

    Lakeview Energy recently reported closing of a $50 million capital partnership with Orion Energy Partners to fund process upgrades at the Coshocton biorefinery. (Source: Lakeview Energy, Three Rivers Energy, PR 17 May, 2021) Contact: Lakeview Energy LLC, 312-386-5897, www.lakeviewenergy.com

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridor,  CCS,  CCUS,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    Back the Scottish Cluster -- CCS Campaign Launched (Int'l.)
    Storrega Geotechnologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    The Scottish Cluster, led by a cross-sector group of Scottish industrial CO2 emitters and the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project Partners, has today been established as a unification and collaboration of Scottish industries, communities and businesses, calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver the actions needed so that carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and other low carbon technologies can enable the decarbonisation of Scottish and UK industry and facilitate a low carbon economy.

    The Cluster makes the case for CCS, hydrogen and low carbon technologies in Scotland's decarbonisation pathway. Industry emissions must be reduced to achieve Scotland and the UK's net zero targets. Reducing industry emissions will require widespread use of CCS technology and hydrogen, both of which are essential for decarbonising sectors such as transport, heat, and power and for supporting the deployment of carbon removal technologies like Direct Air Capture (DAC).

    The Scottish Cluster has a clear decarbonisation roadmap, ready access to key infrastructure and a series of CO2 reduction projects aligned to the countries' net zero goals. With the potential to address up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 that currently comes from the top emitting sectors in Scotland, the Scottish Cluster also establishes a very large CO2 transportation and storage solution. This includes shipping CO2 through Scottish Ports crucial to reducing industrial emissions from areas around the UK, and even Europe, that need access to CO2 transport and storage facilities.

    Scotland has unique potential in CO2 storage. The Acorn Project, led by Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy, is one of the most mature UK CCS and hydrogen projects and is positioned to be the most cost-effective and scalable CCS project in the UK. By the mid-2020s, Acorn's CCS and hydrogen systems will provide critical backbone infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster.

    As previously reported, the UK Government has committed will provide £1 billion to support the development of four CO2 capture and storage clusters across the UK by the end of the decade as part of its Ten Point Plan to reach net zero climate targets by 2050.

    Download Back the Scottish Cluster details HERE. (Source: Storrega Geotechnologies, Website PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Ithaca Energy Code Requires Net-Zero Const. by 2026 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    In the Empire State, the City of Ithaca has adopted the Ithaca Energy Code Supplement (IECS) code requirements for new buildings and major renovations that will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions while emphasizing affordability.

    The rules, which will go into effect on August 4, 2021, require all new buildings be constructed to produce 40 pct fewer greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than those built to NY State code. The IECS will become more stringent in 2023, requiring an 80 pct reduction in emissions. Starting in 2026, net-zero buildings that do not use fossil fuels will be required (with exceptions for cooking and process energy).

    Partly due to broad community support and the increasing urgency of global climate change, Ithaca Common Council voted to accelerate the implementation timeline from the originally proposed step-up dates of 2025 and 2030.

    The IECS offers flexibility for builders to comply using the prescriptive Easy Path, a customized point-based system, or the performance-based Whole Building Path. Using the Easy Path, GHG reductions are achieved from electrification of space and water heating (e.g., heat pumps), renewable energy (e.g., community solar), and affordability improvements which reduce construction costs (e.g., efficient building shape).

    The IECS is an overlay to the state energy code, not a replacement, and is All other applicable code requirements must still be met. The Ithaca Energy Code Supplement is a major piece of the City's Green New Deal (GND) which aims to achieve an equitable transition to carbon-neutrality community-wide by 2030.

    Download Ithaca Energy Code Supplement at www.ithacagreenbuilding.com. (Source: City of Ithaca, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: City of Ithaca, JoAnn Cornish, Director Planning & Development, 607-274-6565, dgrunder@cityofithaca.org; Nick Goldsmith, Sustainability Coordinator, 607-274-6550 ngoldsmith@cityofithaca.org, www.cityof ithaca.org


    Marathon Martinez Refinery Set to Produce RD in H2 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Houston-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports its converted Martinez, California, refinery it is on track to begin producing 17,000 bbl/day of renewable diesel (RD) from bio-based feedstocks such as animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil by the second half of 2022 rising to 48,000 bbl/day once the project is completed in the second half of 2023.

    As previously reported, the facility is expected to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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    CABBI Investigates RFS Biofuel Mandates, Incentives (Ind. Report)
    CABBI
    Date: 2021-05-03
    New studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI) have found the need to adopt more targeted policies that value the environmental and ecosystem benefits of perennial bioenergy crops over cheaper options -- and provide financial incentives for farmers to grow them.

    In particular, the study calculated the net economic and environmental costs of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandates and found that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate would lead to a cumulative net cost to society of nearly $200 billion from 2016 to 2030 compared to having no RFS. The social cost of nitrogen damage from corn ethanol production substantially offsets the social benefits from GHG savings, the report notes.On the otherhand, the additional cellulosic mandate could provide substantial economic and environmental benefits with technological innovations that lower the costs of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol and policies that place a high monetized value for GHG mitigation benefits. The study notes that maintaining the corn ethanol mandate pushes more land into corn production which increases the market price of other agricultural commodities. While producers might benefit from higher market prices.

    The study notes the cellulosic ethanol mandate could provide an overall benefit with the right policies. Supporting research and development to lower the cost of converting biomass to cellulosic ethanol would substantially reduce production costs and increase social benefits, and a high monetized value for GHG mitigation could offset all other costs.

    CABBI researchers hope performance-based policies -- including the low carbon fuel standard, carbon and nitrogen leakage taxes, or limits on crop-residue harvest -- can be implemented to supplement the RFS mandates after 2022.

    CABBI aims to integrate recent advances in agronomics, genomics, and synthetic and computational biology to increase the value of energy crops -- using a "plants as factories" approach to grow fuels and chemicals in plant stems, an automated foundry to convert biomass into valuable chemicals, and ensuring that its products are ecologically and economically sustainable. This holistic approach will help reduce fossil fuels dependence, according to the CABBI website. (Source: CABBI, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: CABBI, Evan DeLuc1a, (217)244-1586, cabbi-bio@illinois.edu, www.cabbi.bio

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CABBI,  Biofuel,  RFS,  Corn Ethanol,  


    E15 Pump Labeling Vetoed in Indiana Ind. Report, (Reg. & Leg.)
    POET
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Indianapolis, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) yesterday vetoed legislation that would have sabotaged sales of E15, a renewable motor fuel blended with 15 pct bioethanol.

    The law would have mandated restrictive warning labels on E15 fuel dispensers that would cause unnecessary confusion at the pump, deprive Hoosiers access to significant fuel savings, and destroy future demand for Indiana corn, according to the POET release. (Source: POET, PR, 27 Apr., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Ethanol,  Corn Ethanol,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Novozymes Notable Quote on Climate Change
    Novozymes
    Date: 2021-04-16
    "As the world's largest industrial biotechnology company, with bio-innovation operations from Copenhagen in Denmark to Milwaukee in the U.S., Novozymes is proud to support the call for at least halving emissions by 2030.

    "We can harness the renewable potential of millions of acres of cropland, sequester GHG emissions, boost yields and increase the production of renewable energy made from farm crops, such as corn or soybeans. With smart policy and smart science, the Biden Administration can raise the bar for nations around the world, but to do that, it is vital that biofuels are core in the U.S. strategy.

    At Novozymes, we specialize in tapping into the power of nature to deliver advanced biology that does everything from boosting crop yields without added fertilizer, to improving laundry detergents to cut energy and water waste. Our (Novozymes) innovation helps biofuel producers get more energy out of every harvest. These technologies have already helped the U.S. replace about 10 pct of liquid fuels with renewable alternatives.

    "The vital importance of these bio-based solutions to address the climate crisis is already recognized, but ideas must be turned into action. Incentives that would allow the entire agricultural supply chain to invest in the future and a fuel market that is open to higher-biofuels blends -- such as E15 -- that allow drivers to save money, while reducing consumption of fossil fuel, are essential. These opportunities would not only drive green economic growth in the U.S., but could also offer a roadmap for other countries." -- Brian Brazeau, North America Novozymes, Apr., 2021)Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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    DDGs Offer Opportunities for Ethanol Producers (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-04-07
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting new corn fractionation technologies at dry mills offer the potential for ethanol producers to diversify and produce specialized Dried Distillers Grains with Solubles (DDGs) for specific livestock and poultry needs.

    According the NCGA, as these next generation DDGs products become increasingly competitive in their nutritional composition, ethanol manufacturers have the opportunity to diversify their portfolio, plugging into newly created revenue sources. If an ethanol plant is experiencing a lull in liquid fuel demand, they could offset this loss or risk by continuing to produce specialized feed products for livestock, poultry and aquaculture producers as well as the pet food industry. This heightened level of confidence and corn demand consistency at a local ethanol plant could translate to additional dollars back on the farm.

    The new corn fractionation technologies create value by separating out the various components of corn to optimize feed for animals of different species in various geographies and life stages. Producers are working with regulatory agencies to develop specifications for these next generation feed products, according to the NCGA. (Source: NCGA, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: NCGA, Liz Friedlander, (202) 326-0644, friedlander@ncga.com, www.ncga.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Corn Growers Association,  DDG,  Ethanol,  


    Winter Weather Reduces Ethanol Production (EIA Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-04-05
    According to EIA's latest Weekly Petroleum Status Report, the colder-than-normal weather that affected much of the U.S. in mid-February and disrupted Midcontinent and Gulf Coast petroleum markets also affected fuel ethanol producers. Fuel ethanol production fell to the lowest levels since the onset of responses to COVID-19 in spring 2020. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production fell to an average of 658,000 barrels per day (b/d) during the week of February 21, 2021, which was the lowest weekly production level since May 11, 2020, and 38 percent lower than at the same time last year, according to EIA's Weekly Petroleum Status Report. Production rates have since returned to average levels, but fuel ethanol inventories remain low.

    Fuel ethanol operating margins and production rates are largely driven by fuel ethanol, corn, and natural gas prices. Estimated fuel ethanol margins fell to negative levels in February, when natural gas supplies were disrupted and natural gas spot prices approached near record-high levels. As a result, many fuel ethanol producers reduced production rates. Amid record-high natural gas prices, some fuel ethanol producers chose to sell natural gas supplies back into spot markets instead of producing fuel ethanol. U.S. weekly fuel ethanol production has since increased to an average of 922,000 b/d for the week ending March 19, but fuel ethanol inventories have yet to fully return to average levels after the supply disruption.

    U.S. weekly inventories of fuel ethanol fell to 21.3 million barrels as of March 12, 2021, which marked the fourth consecutive weekly inventory withdrawal at a time when inventories typically build as we head into the summer driving season. The March 12 inventory level was 13 percent less than at the same time last year and the lowest inventory level since Nov. 27, 2020, when fuel ethanol production and inventories began increasing after reaching five-year lows, which occurred as a result of responses to COVID-19. Fuel ethanol prices and producer margins have since returned to average levels. Elevated prices for fuel ethanol renewable identification numbers (RINs) should also help drive higher fuel ethanol production rates and prompt fuel ethanol inventories to build closer to their normal seasonal averages in the coming weeks, as evidenced by the slight increase to 21.8 million barrels as of March 19, 2021. Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Weekly Petroleum Status Report, www.eia.gov/petroleum/supply/weekly

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    ADM Rebooting Idled Ethanol Plant Production (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Further to our 27 April, 2020 coverage, Chicago-headquartered biofuel pioneer and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reports it is rebooting ethanol production at its 300-gpy corn dry mills plants in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Columbus, Nebraska.

    "We've been carefully monitoring a wide variety of industry ethanol conditions, and in recent weeks, we've seen consistent signs pointing to accelerating demand for domestic ethanol. company said in a statement. Inventories across the industry are steadily coming down, China is importing volumes, we continue to expect driving miles to increase as the pace of vaccinations accelerates, and the EPA's support of a strong Renewable Fuel Standard is helping drive great blending economics," according to a company statement . Ethanol deliveries are expected by mid-April, with full capacity by late spring. (Source: Archer Daniels Midland, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: ADM, Juan Luciano, Pres., CEO, (312) 634-8100, www.adm.com

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    Belle Plaine Ethanol Plant Now Co-op Ethanol Complex (Ind. Report)
    Federated Co-operatives
    Date: 2021-04-02
    On the Canadian prairies, Saskatoon-headquartered Federated Co-operatives Ltd. reports its ethanol plant in Belle Plaine Saskatchewan has been renamed the Co-Op Ethanol Complex. The CEC facility produces up to 150 million lpy of ethanol and roughly 130,000 tpy of distillers dried grain (DDG) from 350,000 tonnes of regionally-sourced wheat, corn, rye and triticale.

    Co-op purchased the plant -- fka Terra Grain Fuels -- in June of 2019, with the aim of helping their fueling stations all over Western Canada prepare for the national Clean Fuel Standard. (Source: Federated Co-operatives Limited, PR, Mossejaw Today, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: Federated Co-operatives Limited, Brian Humphreys, VP Energy, (306) 244-3311, Fax: (306) 244-3403, inquiries@fcl.crs, www.fcl.crs/ethanol; Belle Plaine Complex, (306) 345-2280 Fax: (306) 345-2153, info@cec.crs, www.fcl.crs

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Federated Co-operatives. Terra Grain Fuel,  Ethanol,  DDG,  


    POET Launches POET Pure™ Plant-Based Products (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports it has expanded production to include renewable CO2, renewable dry ice and all-natural, 100 pct plant-based pharmaceutical-grade purified alcohol as part of a suite of bio-based products under a new label, POET Pure™.

    POET Biorefining -- Leipsic will produce up to 35 million gpy of purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol. A second expansion at POET Biorefining --Alexandria is also scheduled to come online in Q2 2021.

    POET, the world's largest biofuels producer, operates 27 facilities across 7 states. At full run rates, POET purchases 5 pt of US corn and produces 2 billion gpy of ethanol, 10 billion ppy of distillers dried grains, and 600 million ppy of corn oil. (Source: POET, PR, 31 Mae., 2021) Contact: POET Pure, Darin Cartwright, VP, www.poetpure.com; POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

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    Lincoln Neb. Aims for 80 pct GHG Reduction by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    Lincoln Neb
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In the Cornhusker State, the city of Lincoln City Council has release its Climate Action Plan to address the challenge of climate change and reduce emissions by 80 pct by 2050 .

    The Plan estimates that by 2050, the city's average daily temperature will rise five degrees, from 52 to 57 and the city of roughly 284,000 residents will see 340 pct more days with the heat index over 100 degrees and significant increases in rain and snow.

    The plan calls for: transition to low-carbon energy; a decarbonized and efficient transportation system: economic development goals aligned with climate realities; improved protections for and with Lincoln residents; building a resilient local food system; maximizing natural climate solutions; reduced waste; engaging residents in co-creating a climate smart future; incentivizing construction of energy efficient homes and buildings; investing in renewable energy and others

    Download the Lincoln City Climate Action Plan HERE. (Source: City of Lincoln, Mar. 2021) Contact: City of Lincoln, Lincoln City Council, 402-441-7515 , www.lincoln.ne.gov/City/City-Council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GHG,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  


    Arizona Solar Co-op Selects Rooftop Solar Provider (Ind. Report)
    Solar,Solar United Neighbors
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Arizona, Solar United Neighbors (SUN) reports Northern Arizona Solar Co-op's 160 members have selected Rooftop Solar to install solar panels.

    SUN expands access to solar by educating Arizona residents about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them to organize group solar purchases, strengthening Arizona solar policies and building a community of solar supporters. Local partners of the Northern Arizona Solar Co-op include the City of Flagstaff, City of Sedona, and Coconino County.

    Not-for-profit Solar United Neighbors works in Arizona and nationwide to represent the needs and interests of solar owners and supporters. Solar co-ops are part of the organization's mission to create a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. Solar United Neighbors holds events and education programs to help people become informed solar consumers, maximize the value of their solar investment, and advocate for fair solar policies. (Source: Northern Arizona Solar Co-op, PR, Flagstaff Bus., 21 Mar., 2021) Contact: Rooftop Solar, Derek Turner, VP Marketing, Northern Arizona Solar Co-op, coops.solarunitedneighbors.org; Solar United Neighbors, www.solarunitedneighbors.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Recurrent Energy,  Solar,  


    USGC Helps Ensure Ethanol's Environmental Role in Fuel Recovery (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    U.S. Grains Council
    Date: 2021-03-24
    "As fuel demand begins its recovery around the world, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is taking steps to ensure ethanol will continue to expand as a part of policy solutions that address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and offer a comprehensive portfolio of other benefits including air quality improvement and economic value.

    "USGC's ethanol team and consultants offered an update this week to the Council's Ethanol Advisory Team the member-driven group of grain producers and agribusiness representatives that identify opportunities, set priorities and chart the course of the Council every year, giving them background on ethanol's role in the Paris Agreement -- of which the US is again a member -- explaining what it means to have the U.S. rejoin and presenting an outlook for ethanol as it relates to the Paris Agreement as whole.

    "As many countries have listed their transportation sectors and named biofuels or ethanol specifically to contribute to overall emissions reductions outlined in the Paris Agreement, the case can be made for U.S. ethanol to help meet these countries' global initiatives.

    "Even with policies in place some countries are not meeting the intended goals or mandates, leaving room for further GHG emissions reductions. India for example has recently announced its national plan to blend 20 pct ethanol nationwide by 2025. In the most recent market year, it blended just above a 5 pct rate from a nationwide average standpoint. Filling in that blend gap will be critical to fully realize these benefits. Identifying these gaps and demonstrating the benefit and how to fill them is an ongoing role the Council provides with its global partners.

    "For instance, new research from Environmental Health and Engineering Inc. demonstrates that U.S. corn-based ethanol cuts GHG emissions by 46 pct providing benefits nationally, but also globally, as ethanol trade expands. In terms of emissions reductions, this means the U.S. saved more than 4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2020 from ethanol exports alone and could provide other countries a pathway to meeting their own Paris Agreement commitments.

    “Elevating the contribution that ethanol has already made to abate emissions globally is critical, and these reductions are expected to continue as further investment in abatement technologies take place and policies expand around the globe." (Source: U.S. Grains Council, PR, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: US Grains Council, Brian D. Healy, Director Global Ethanol Market Dev, Bryan Jernigan, bjernigan@grains.org, www.grains.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News U.S. Grains Council,  Paris Climate Agreement,  Ethanol ,  

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