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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, ,,; Fluid Quip, 319-320-7709,; Fagen,

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

Neste Advances MultiPLHY Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
Neste, Sunfire
Date: 2021-11-26
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oy reports it has begun the execution phase of the MultiPLHY project aimed at integrating and operating the world's first high-temperature electrolyzer system in multi-megawatt-scale (2.4 MW) at its renewable products refinery in Rotterdam. The project aims to demonstrate production of green hydrogen for the refinery's processes.

The MultiPLHY project , which launched in early 2020, has completed conceptual design work and detailed engineering work is being finalized.

In the scope of the project, electrolysis company Sunfire will supply the multi-megawatt electrolyzer based on the innovative solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology operating at high temperatures of 850 degree C. Due to the utilization of heat, the high-temperature electrolyzer requires significantly less electricity to produce one kilogram of green hydrogen.

The MultiPLHY project has received grant funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme supported Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, Website, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Lars Peter Lindfors, Senior VP, Innovation, +358 50 458 5076,; Sunfire, Nils Aldag, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Sunfire,  Green Hydrogen,  

Celtic Announces Plant Opening, Crowdfunding Campaign (Int'l.)
Celtic Renewables
Date: 2021-11-24
In the UK, Edinburgh-based low-carbon biotech Celtic Renewables is reporting a "crowd funding" campaign to support its international development plans.

Last year the company raised £3.68 million from almost 2,500 crowd investors to help complete their 1 million lpy sustainable biochemicals plant at Caledon Green in Grangemouth, Scotland. The Caledon Green plant is the company's first biorefinery and the first such facility in Scotland. The plant will use Celtic Renewables’ patented technology to convert 50,000 tpy of low-value biological material into renewable chemicals, sustainable biofuel, and other commercially and environmentally valuable commodities.

Celtic Renewables has also announced a strategic partnership with Caldic, a global leading solutions provider for the life science and specialty chemical industries. Caldic will distribute Celtic Renewables low carbon bio-solvents in Europe. (Source: Celtic Renewables, Website PR, Contact: Celtic Renewables, +44 (0)131 455 3313,, www.celtic-renewables[

More Low-Carbon Energy News Celtic Renewables,  Biofuel,  Biochemical,  

Eni's New Renewable Energy Arm Planning IPO (Int'l. Report)
Date: 2021-11-24
In Rome, Italian oil, gas, and energy provider Eni is planning an initial public offering (IPO) of its retail and renewable energy arm, which it recently renamed Plenitude. The new company will comprise all group's business for the development of renewable energy, the sale of energy solutions, and the creation of a widespread EV charging network.

Eni completed a 31 MW solar plant at one of its chemical industry sites in Sardinia and is planning to install 220 MW of PV power plants in the country as well as a 14 MW floating PV project. It also launched a partnership with Italian state-owned utility Enel to bring online 20 MW of hydrogen capacity between 2022 and 2023

Eni is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, according to the company website. (Source: Eni, PR, Website, 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  

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,

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

Ameresco, Kauai Beach Resort Ink EaaS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-11-19
Framingham, Mass.-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco Inc. is reporting a 15-year Energy as a Service (EaaS) agreement with Kauai Beach Resort, in Hawaii.

The agreement allows the 25-acre ocean front resort to update and replace its energy-related equipment without up-front capital costs.

Ameresco will install new lighting and air conditioning equipment in several phases over the next two years and maintain the improvements for the following 15 years. The upgrades include replacing 350 fan coil units with smart thermostats and humidity controls, a new central chiller plant with added redundancy for AC and hot water, new electrical transformers, a new building automation system to monitor and control temperatures in guest rooms, the kitchens and ballrooms, and updating the exterior lighting with LEDs throughout the resort. (Source: Ameresco, PR, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, 508-661-2264,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameresco,  Energy Efficiency,  EaaS,  

Neutral Fuels, GAC Partner to Cut Marine Carbon Emissions (Int'l.)
Neutral Fuels, GAC Bunger Fuels
Date: 2021-11-17
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd. (GAC) is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with UAE-based Neutral Fuels to market its net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel-diesel blend for maritime shipping clients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, and India, and to accelerate the decarbonisation of the maritime shipping sector.

Net-zero marine gasoil (MGO) biofuel will play a key role in helping to achieve the new carbon emission reduction targets set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Marine gasoil (MGO) emits 3.22 tonnes of CO2 and equivalents per metric tonne, which can be significantly reduced by the blending of pure net-zero biofuel in varying increments, according to GAC. A division of the GAC Group, GAC Bunker Fuels aims to achieve its carbon zero target by 2030. (Source: GAC Group, PR, Hellenic, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: GAC Bunger Fuels, Martyn McMahon,; Neutral Fuels, Gary Hubbard, Chief Commercial Officer, +971 4 584 0374,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neutral Fuels news,  Maritime Biofuel news,  Maritime Emissions news,  

JCI, DND Ink CFB Halifax Decarbonization Contract (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2021-11-17
Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports it has contracted with Canada's Department of National Defence (DND) for decarbonization, infrastructure improvements and energy efficiency upgrades and improvements to 112 buildings at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax (Nova Scotia) and other area Defence facilities in alignment with DND's Greening Government Strategy and pledge to achieve net-zero government operations by 2050.

CFB Halifax aims to achieve annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions of 23 pct and generate $3 million in savings annually, once upgrades have been completed.

Under the $53 million performance contract, upgrades are being designed to decrease the Base's annual electric power consumption by 22 pct, GHG emissions by 15,000 tpy (23 pct) and natural gas use by 21 pct. The contract is aimed at: reducing energy needs; decarbonization and education; water conservation; increasing HVAC systems efficiencies; and others. Proposed measures to increase efficient energy production include heat recovery, steam trap repairs, high efficiency boilers and heat pumps.

Johnson Controls has also contracted to perform similar sustainability upgrades at CFB Bagotville in Quebec, and CFB Patewawa and CFB Kingston in Ontario. (Source: Johnson Controls International Plc., PR, Website, Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Ryan Edlman, IR, (609) 720-4545,,, Johnson Controls OpenBlue Net Zero Buildings as a Service,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Control,  Carbon Emissions,  Energy Efficiency,  Decarbonization,  

UN Sec.-General Antonio Guterres Comments on Conclusion of COP26 (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Date: 2021-11-15
"The approved texts are a compromise. They reflect the interests, the conditions, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today. They take important steps, but unfortunately the collective political will was not enough to overcome some deep contradictions.

"As I said at the opening, we must accelerate action to keep the 1.5 degree goal alive. Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread." -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Download the Secretary-General's Statement on the Conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 HERE . (Source: COP26. UNFCCC, 13 Nov., 2021) Contact: UNFCCC, www.unfccc,int

More Low-Carbon Energy News UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,  Climate Change,  COP26,  

NH PUC Rejects $350Mn Energy Efficiency Plan (Ind. Report)
New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission
Date: 2021-11-15
In Concord, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (PUC) reports it has denied what would have been the state's most ambitious triennial energy efficiency plan to date. That plan proposed spending over $350 million on energy efficiency over the next three years. The rejected plan was deemed to be too expensive and was seen as "an enormous burden on New Hampshire ratepayers."

The PUC decision takes state energy efficiency programs in a markedly different direction: incrementally decreasing the rates that fund those programs from Dec. 1, 2021, through Oct. 31, 2023. The cap is set at 0.528 cents/kWh in 2021, which drops down to 0.373 cents in 2022, and 0.275 cents in 2023. Residents and businesses pay those rates through a part of their monthly electricity bill called the System Benefits Charge. The order says that the rates will continue decreasing "until they return to a reasonable level." The 2023 rate in the order is on par with 2018 levels. (Source: New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, New Hampshire Bulletin, 13 Nov., 2021) Contact: New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, 603-271-2431,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency news,  

Neste Included in 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (Int'l.)
Neste,Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
Date: 2021-11-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oy reports it has been selected in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the 15th consecutive year. Neste is included in both DJSI World and DJSI Europe listing, among the most sustainable companies in the world.

The companies eligible for S&P Dow Jones Indices are selected based on their comprehensive assessment in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). Since 1999, the CSA in collaboration with Dow Jones Indices (now S&P Dow Jones Indices) has been one of the most important and leading global sustainability benchmarks. The assessment of companies this year is based on their performance in 2020. Only leading companies in each industry are included in the indices each year. (Source: Neste Corporation, PR, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  

UGE's Bay State Solar+Storage Projects Underway (Ind. Report)
UGE International
Date: 2021-11-15
NYC-headquartered solar, solar+storage developer UGE International Ltd. is reporting its expansion into the Massachusetts market, starting with more than 100MW of solar-plus-storage and standalone storage projects are now in early-stages of development.

The Massachusetts projects will take advantage of the Clean Peak Energy Standard, an innovative program providing compensation for the value energy storage brings to the grid. Clean Peak requires utilities to purchase Clean Peak Energy Certificates (CPECs) from energy storage providers, much in the same way that previous solar programs often required utilities to purchase renewable energy credits. Energy storage systems are charged during the periods of maximum solar production. Then, as a substitute to traditional fossil fuel-powered peaking plants, energy storage provides additional capacity to the grid during peak demand hours, offsetting such power plants' significant carbon emissions. This program is expected to reduce emissions and lower electricity costs throughout the state.

In addition to its Massachusetts projects, UGE reports all three of its submissions for the second year of New Jersey's community solar pilot program received awards from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU). The three projects totaling 2.2MW are expected to reach commercial operation in 2022. NJBPU also announced the the state will implement a full community solar program, foregoing year three of its previously announced pilot program. UGE has begun developing projects in anticipation of the opening of New Jersey's program.

With more than 500MW experience, UGE develops, owns, and operates commercial and community solar projects in the US and strategic markets abroad. (Source: UGE, PR, 15 Nov., 2021) Contact: UGE, Mateo Chaskel, Managing Director UGE USA, (917) 720 5685 ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Peak Energy Standard news,  Solar news,  Solar+Stroage news,  Energy Storage news,  Community Solar news,  

OPAL Opens Paloma Dairy RNG Project (Ind. Report)
OPAL Fuels
Date: 2021-11-12
White Plains, NY-headquartered OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG) for heavy-duty truck fleets, reports the opening of the new Sunoma Renewable Natural Gas Facility at Paloma Dairy in Gila Bend, Arizona.

The new facility will produce 1.6 million gasoline gallon per year equivalents (GGE) of renewable fuel for the heavy-duty trucking sector -- sufficient fuel to move 10 million miles of freight. The facility will also eliminate roughly 54,000 metric tpy of CO2.

Including the Sunoma Biofuels Project, OPAL Fuels is investing more than $900 million in three operating projects, seven in construction and sixteen in advanced development. Upon completion, OPAL Fuels will be dispensing more than 150 million GGE per year, equivalent to removing more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to eliminating Scope 1 emissions from approximately 17,000 trucks each year, according to the release.

OPAL Fuels has built more than 350 RNG projects nationwide and aims to double that in the coming years, according to the release. (Source: OPAL Fuels LLC, PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: OPAL Fuels LLC, Jon Maurer, Co-CEO, 914-705-4000,

More Low-Carbon Energy News OPAL Fuels,  RNG,  

Cop26 Calls for Acceleration of Net-Zero Carbon Promises (Int'l )
Date: 2021-11-10
The COP26 Climate Change summit in Glasgow is preparing the first draft of its final report. The first draft of the "COP cover decision" reminds countries that under the COP15 Paris Agreement they can submit new, more ambitious climate pledges at any time and to that end is asking countries to "revisit and strengthen the 2030 targets in their nationally determined contributions, as necessary to align with the Paris Agreement temperature goal by the end of 2022."

According to the draft, the push for more regular reviews of climate plans is seen as necessary because countries' current 2030 pledges would lead to 2.4C of warming. The draft also calls on countries to "accelerate the phasing-out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels," and "urges" developed countries to "urgently scale-up" financial support for developing countries to respond to their needs to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Areas in which new offers are wanted, includes the issue of financing for countries vulnerable to climate change. The COP26 presidency noted that the current provision of climate finance for adaptation is insufficient to respond to worsening climate change impacts in developing country Parties [and] urged developed country Parties to "urgently scale-up their provision of climate finance for adaptation so as to respond to the needs of developing country Parties." (Source: COP26, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: COP26, Alok Sharma, Pres,

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

SoCalGas Opens 16th Public RNG Fueling Station (Ind. Report)
Southern California Gas
Date: 2021-11-08
In the Golden State, L.A.-based Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) is reporting the opening of its sixteenth public renewable natural gas (RNG) fueling station in Menifee, The new fueling station will exclusively offer renewable natural gas (RNG), a clean, sustainable fuel made from methane that would otherwise be emitted from landfills, dairy farms, and other waste sources.

The use of RNG as a transportation fuel in California has increased 177 pct over the last five years. In 2020, over 92 pct of natural gas trucks in California were fueled by RNG, displacing 1.83 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), according to the SoCalGas release.

SoCalGas noted it is currently working with the SunLine Transit Agency to test two technologies that will produce hydrogen from RNG at SunLine Transit Agency's hydrogen fueling station in Thousand Palms, California. The research project, called "H2 SilverSTARS," will produce renewable hydrogen to fuel SunLine's fleet of 21 hydrogen fuel cell electric buses.

SoCalGas is the largest gas distribution utility in North America to set a net-zero emissions target that includes scopes 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions. (Source: SoCalGas, PR, Website, 4 Nov., 2021) Contact: SoCalGas,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Gas ,  RNG,  

Ameresco Inks SCE Battery Energy Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Southern California Edison
Date: 2021-11-03
Framingham, Mass.-based energy efficiency, storage and renewable energy specialist Ameresco, Inc., reports it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) to design and build three grid scale battery energy storage systems (BESSs) in the San Joaquin Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and nearby communities and the Long Beach area.

The substation energy storage systems, which are expected to be operational in August, 2022, will be built to address the emergency reliability risks to electric power shortages due to extended drought, wildfire, and heatwaves. The systems equate to 537.5 MW with a four-hour duration, for a total of 2,150 MWh. (Source: Ameresco, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, 508-661-2264,,; Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Ameresco,  SCE,  

Next Hydrogen Announces New Assembly Facility (Alt. Fuel Report)
Next Hydrogen
Date: 2021-11-03
Mississauga, Ontario-based hydrogen electrolyzer designer and manufacture Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc. reports the planned opening of a new 27,000 square foot testing, engineering, product development and assembly facility in Missisauga, near Toronto.

The Company expects the new facility to realize substantially improved processes, flow and scalability, with more efficient test capabilities and a reduction in lead times. (Source: Next Hydrogen, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Next Hydrogen, Raveel Afzaal, Pres., CEO, 647-578-6360,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Next Hydrogen news,  hydrogen electrolyzer news,  Green Hydrogen news,  

Siemens Gamesa Opening Va. Offshore Blade Facility (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa, Dominion Energy
Date: 2021-11-03
Madrid-headquartered wind energy major Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is reporting what will be the first offshore wind turbine blade facility in the U.S. at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The project is subject to a firm order for the 2.6 GW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project with Richmond-headquartered Dominion Energy. The $200 million facility would perform finishing of patented Siemens Gamesa Offshore IntegralBlades. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Website PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: Siemens Gamesa,; Dominion Energy,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Dominion Energy,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Turbine Blade,  Offshore Wind,  

Green Genius Claims €20 Mn Funding (Int'l. Report, Funding)
Green Genius
Date: 2021-11-03
In Vilnius, Lithuanian solar and biogas energy developer Green Genius is reporting receipt of €20 million ($23.2 million) in financing with Eiffel Investment Group funds. The company plans to use the funding to finalize the development of solar PV projects in Italy and Spain.

Green Genius is a part of the international group of companies Modus Group that currently operates in 12 European countries. (Source: Green Genius, PR, Mercom, Nov., 2021) Contact: Green Genius, +370 655 45222,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Genius,  Solar,  

"We're digging our own grave" with Climate Change -- U.N, Sec. Gen. Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres , COP26
Date: 2021-11-01
Speaking at today's opening of COP26 in Glasgow, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres noted examples of the rapidly changing planet due to "our addiction to fossil fuels" which he said is "pushing humanity to the brink." The Sec. General also highlighted what can be done to keep the Paris Climate Accord's 1.5 degrees Celsius goal alive and achievable.

"I will establish a group of experts to propose clear standards to measure and analyze net-zero commitments from non-state actors which will go beyond mechanisms already established in the Paris Agreement."

WWe face a stark choice -- either we stop it (climate change) or it stops us. It's time to say, 'enough.' Enough of brutalizing biodiversity. Enough of killing ourselves with carbon. Enough of treating nature like a toilet. Enough of burning and drilling and mining our way deeper. We are digging our own graves. We need maximum ambition from all countries on all fronts to make Glasgow a success," the Sec. Gen. noted. (Source: various Media, 1 Nov., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  Climate Change.Antonio Guterres news,  

Gazelle Wind Power Opens U.S. Office in Austin (Ind. Report)
Gazelle Wind Power
Date: 2021-10-29
Dublin Ireland-headquartered floating offshore wind specialist Gazelle Wind Power is reporting the opening of its first U.S. office in Austin. Texas. The company also has offices in Dubai, London, Madrid, and Paris.

The Gazelle Wind Power floating wind platform uses approximately 70 pct less steel in its construction and is one-third the weight of other floating platforms . It has a tilt of less than 1 degree and has 80 pct less mooring tension load than tension leg platforms. The Gazelle platform is more compact and simpler to build, deploy, and maintain than other floating platforms, which translates to dramatically lower levelized cost of energy (LCOE). (Source: Gazelle Wind Power, PR, Website, 26 Oct., 2021) Contact: Gazelle Wind Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  Floating Wind,  

Family Forest Carbon Program Launching in W.Va. (Ind. Report)
Family Forest Carbon Program
Date: 2021-10-29
The Family Forest Carbon Program, which enables small forest owners improve forest health while slowing climate change, reports it is opening enrollment to West Virginia landowners.

The Family Forest Carbon Program, which pays family and individual small forest owners to implement practices that increase the amount of carbon sequestered and stored on the land, is currently operating in Maryland and Pennsylvania where participating woodlands range from 30 to 2,400 acres. (Source: Family Forest Carbon Program, Website, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Family Forest Carbon Program, 800-492-6216,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Family Forest Carbon Program,  

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,; Denbury, Chris Kendall, CEO, Susan James, IR Manager, 972.673.2593,,

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

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

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,,; Whitecap Resources, 403-266-0767

More Low-Carbon Energy News Federated Co-operatives,  Whitecap Resource,  Terra Grain Fuels ,  Ethanol,  CCS,  

Ameresco Contracts for SCE Energy Storage Systems (Ind. Report)
Ameresco,Southern California Edison
Date: 2021-10-22
Framingham, Massachusetts-based renewable energy and energy efficiency specialist Ameresco reports it has contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE) to design and build three grid-scale battery energy storage systems (BESSs) at existing SCE substation parcels in the San Joaquin Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and nearby communities and Long Beach, California. The projects will utilize a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance (EPCM) contracting mechanism.

The substation energy storage systems, which will address the emergency reliability risks identified in the Governor's Emergency Proclamation aimed at utilizing clean energy resources to address electric power shortages due to extended drought, wildfire, and heatwaves, equate to 537.5 MW with a four-hour duration, for a total of 2,150 MWh. (Source: Ameresco, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Ameresco, Britta MacIntosh, Senior VP, Ameresco Western Region, Southern California Edison, William Walsh, VP Energy Procurement and Management, 508-661-2264,,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Southern California Edison,  Ameresco,  Energy STorage ,  

JCI Touts OpenBlue Healthy Buildings Offereing (Ind. Report)
Johnson Controls
Date: 2021-10-20
Milwaukee-headquartered sustainable building specialist Johnson Controls (JCI) reports its OpenBlue Healthy Buildings offerings collaborated with 894 U.S. higher education institutions in its fiscal third quarter to implement healthy building strategies in preparation for campus reopening in fall 2021.

Johnson Controls OpenBlue Healthy Buildings empowers higher education stakeholders to optimize their buildings to create a new standard for automated and scalable safety, wellness and energy efficiency.

Global decarbonization targets and increasingly sustainability-minded applicants, donors and communities have driven higher education stakeholders to commit to ambitious sustainability goals. However, many energy efficiency and renewable energy projects were suspended or cancelled during the pandemic. OpenBlue Healthy Buildings ultimately allows schools to safely bring students back on campus, freeing up capital that can be reinvested in sustainability initiatives that keep colleges and universities on schedule in reaching their decarbonization targets. (Source: Johnson Controls, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Johnson Controls, Antonella Franzen, IR, 609-720-4665,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Controls Sustainable Building news,  Energy Management news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

Whitehall Considers Mortgages Tied to Energy Efficiency (Int'l.)
UK Finance
Date: 2021-10-20
In London, the UK banking and financial services trade organization UK Finance is reporting government is considering plans to link mortgages to 'green' home energy performance-efficiency improvements by imposing targets for lenders, to help decarbonize the UK's ageing and leaky housing stock and to meet its its net-zero emissions by 2050 strategy.

Measures being considered include voluntary targets for banks to improve the average energy performance certificate rating of the homes in their lending portfolio to at least band C (medium energy efficiency rating0 by 2030. Those targets could become mandatory "if insufficient progress" were made by mortgage lenders, according to the release.

According to the UK Nationwide Building Society , the average cost of energy efficiency improvements for a single home is about £8,100, rising to a an average £25,800 for homes with a F or G (low) energy efficiency rating. The average annual savings of “greening” a home are estimated at about £1,780 per year, meaning owners of older properties would only start to reap financial benefits after 14 years, according to UK Finance. (Source: UK Finance, Guardian, 19 Oct., 2021) Contact: UK Finance,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  UK Finance,  

Greencoat Launches US Renewable Energy Operations (Ind. Report)
Greencoat Capital
Date: 2021-10-20
In the UK, Dublin-headquartered Greencoat Capital is reporting its entry into the US renewables sector with the opening of new offices in New York and Chicago, The company plans to make a significant impact on the US secondary market with an expectation to invest $5 billion over the next five years.

Greencoat's US launch follows investment in six wind assets in the US in 2021 by funds managed by Greencoat. These comprise a 24 pct stake in an 861MW wind portfolio in South Texas, and an 80 pct stake in a 405 MW wind portfolio in Illinois.

Over the past eight years Greencoat has grown to become the largest specialist renewables investment manager in Europe, investing in and managing over 200 wind, solar and bioenergy assets, representing over 3,000 MW of generating capacity. The company sees a significant opportunity for growth in the US, providing both North American and European institutional investors (including public and private pension schemes and insurers) with access to one of the largest and fastest growing renewables markets. (Source: Greencoat Capital, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: Greencoat, +44 20 7832 9400 -- London, +44 20 7832 9400 – Dublin,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greencoat Capital news,  Renewable Energy news,  

Netherlands' First Bio-LNG Plant Commissioned (Int'l. Report)
Nordsol, Shell, Renwi
Date: 2021-10-18
In the Netherlands, Nordsol, Shell and UK-based waste management firm Renewi are reporting the opening of the country's first bio-LNG plant on Renewi's site in Amsterdam Westpoort is now in service.

The facility will produce roughly 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually -- sufficient fuel for 13 million kilometres of driving and avoiding approximately 14.3 kilotons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: Nordsol, Shell and Renewi, PR, Websites, Bioenergy News, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Nordsol, +31 30 202 9670,; Renewi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol,  Shell,  Renwi,  Bio-LNG,  LNG,  Biogas,  

Qnergy, TotalEnergies Partner on Methane Reduction (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-10-18
Paris-headquartered TotalEnergies, a founding member of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), is reporting the deployment of Ogden, Utah-based OGCI-member Qnergy's innovative methane reduction technology at its Barnett gas field in the U.S..

Qnergy's technology converts methane powered instrumentation to compressed air powered instrumentation, thus eliminating the release of methane to the atmosphere during the process. Following successful additional tests, TotalEnergies plans to install this new technology by deploying 100 units on the Barnett field in 2021 and 2022. The deployment of 300 additional units throughout the field will reduce methane venting emissions from pneumatic devices by approximately 7,000 tpy by end 2024. (Source: Qnergy, Website PR, 14 Oct., 2021) Contact: Qnergy, (801) 752-0100,,; OGCI,,

Editor's note: Methane (CH4) is the second most abundant anthropogenic GHG after carbon dioxide (CO2), accounting for about 20 pct of global emissions. Methane is more than 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Over the last two centuries, methane concentrations in the atmosphere have more than doubled, largely due to human-related activities. Because methane is both a powerful greenhouse gas and short-lived compared to carbon dioxide, achieving significant reductions would have a rapid and significant effect on atmospheric warming potential, according to the US EPA.

More Low-Carbon Energy News TotalEnergies,  Qnergy,  Methane,  

Pattern's Phoenix Solar Facility in Texas Now Online (Ind. Report)
Pattern Energy
Date: 2021-10-18
Pattern Energy Group LP reports it has begun operations at its 83-MWac Phoenix Solar Project near Richardson, in Fannin County, Texas. The facility generates sufficient energy for roughly 20,000 homes utilizing First Solar Series 6 modules and NEXTracker NX Horizon trackers. Mortenson Construction provided engineering and construction services for the project. Phoenix Solar has a 65 MWac, 12-year power purchase agreement with Digital Realty.

The Phoenix Solar facility brings Pattern Energy's operating platform in Texas to 1,037 MW of clean power in operation at six facilities across the state. Pattern Energy recently repowered its Gulf Wind Facility in Kenedy County with new turbines featuring state-of-the-art technology. (Source: Pattern Energy, Website PR, 12 Oct., 2021) Contact: Pattern Energy, Mike Garland, CEO, Matt Dallas, 917-363-1333,,; First Solar, Kathryn Arbeit, VP, Project Dev., David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News First Solar,  Pattern Energy,  Solar,  NEXTracker,  

DOE Announces $61Mn for Smart, Efficient Buildings, Grid Resilience (Funding)
DOE Building Technologies Office
Date: 2021-10-15
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact with the electrical grid to optimize their energy consumption which will substantially decrease their carbon emissions and cut energy costs.

Connected communities of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs) use smart controls, sensors, and analytics to communicate with the electrical grid, reducing the amount of energy they require during periods of peak demand. This capability is used to optimize buildings and distributed energy resources to maintain the comfort of the building occupants, lowers utility bills, and reduces grid system costs.

A recent DOE study estimated that by 2030, GEBs could save up to $18 billion per year in power system costs and cut 80 million tpy of carbon emissions -- more than the annual emissions of 50 medium-sized coal plants or 17 million cars. DOE's first two connected communities in Alabama and Georgia have already demonstrated this potential by using approximately 42-44 pct less energy than today's average all-electric home.

The 10 pilot projects include:

  • Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.(PRI) (New York City, Seattle, San Diego) $5.27 million -- will be used to transform multi-family buildings in affordable housing developments into GEBs that will demonstrate different ways to decarbonize buildings, make them more resilient, and reduce utility bills.

  • IBACOS, Inc. (NC) $6.65 million -- will deploy a coordinated control program to optimize the energy use of a comprehensive mix of distributed energy resources in 1,000 new and existing homes, including single-family and multifamily homes and both owner-occupied and rental properties.

  • Open Market ESCO Limited Liability Company (MA) $6.65 million -- will bring the benefits of efficiency, demand flexibility, renewable generation, and energy storage with more affordable renovations in up to 20 low-to-moderate-income apartment communities.

  • PacifiCorp (UT) $6.24 million -- to establish a program to manage solar photovoltaic, batteries, electric vehicle charging in a diverse community of all-electric buildings and a mass transit transportation center, equipped with the latest market-leading efficient technologies to optimize their collective energy use and provide grid services at scale.

  • Portland General Electric (OR) $6.65 million -- will renovate over 500 buildings in North Portland's historically underserved neighborhoods to reduce their energy burden with numerous energy efficiency measures and connected devices that provide the grid with a range on energy services. (Award amount: $6.65M)

  • Post Road Foundation (ME, NH) $6.65 million -- will investigate the capacity of a novel Transactive Energy Service System to harmonize communications and optimize energy use among the distributed energy resources, local energy markets, and buildings of three rural communities.

  • Slipstream Group Inc. (WI) $5.18 million -- will convert approximately 15 facilities in Madison, Wisconsin into GEBs that connect with nearby electric vehicle charging stations to establish a scalable business model for utilities to install demand flexibility and energy efficiency upgrades across multiple building sizes in public and private sectors.

  • Spokane Edo LLC (WA) $6.65 million -- to unlock demand flexibility up to 2.25 megawatt (MW) using flexible loads in residential and commercial buildings augmented by distributed energy resources within Spokane, Washington's Opportunity Zones of vulnerable populations.

  • SunPower Corporation (CA) $6.65 million -- to build tomorrow's homes today in two communities of all-electric homes in Menifee, California that meet DOE's zero-energy-ready home qualifications and feature solar energy, home energy management systems, and community-scale battery storage.

  • The Ohio State University (OH) $4.2 million -- will investigate the capacity of Ohio State's existing on-campus connected community to provide essential but overlooked ancillary grid services from a diverse range of grid-interactive technologies in a cyber- and data-secure environment.

    The Connected Communities funding opportunity is led by DOE's Building Technologies Office. (Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, 13 Oct., 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Building Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Software,  DOE Building Technologies ,  DOE Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

  • Building Climate Change Resilience -- Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-10-13
    "Let's win the race to a zero emissions and resilient built environment, regions and cities. We can't win the Race to (net) Zero (emissions) without winning the Race to Resilience as well. Climate breakdown and the pandemic multiply inequalities -- social, environmental and economic gaps are widening across nations and across the Global North and South.

    "By 2030, we must catalyse action by non-state actors that builds the resilience of four billion people from groups and communities who are vulnerable to climate risks." -- Nigel Topping, UN High-Level Climate Action Champion at COP26,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Resilience news,  COP26 news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  

    IBET Bioenergy Industry Collaboration Launched (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-10-06
    The U.S. DOE Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is reporting the formation of the Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower collaboration. IBET will be led by ANL, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University and will bring together waste-to-energy (W2E) technologies from each institution and opportunities to test these technologies with industry.

    The IBET collaboration uses developments in separations, advanced bioreactor design, and process modeling and control. This new platform will help industry produce high-purity methane from mixed organic waste streams at large scales and support a circular economy.

    Collaborations between Argonne and five North American universities -- Michigan, Northwestern, University of Toronto, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and Tecnologico de Monterrey -- will help participants better understand the current state of W2E in North America. Partnerships and cost sharing among the practitioners will amplify the impact of the proposed work.

    IBET corporate partners include: inCTRL Solutions Corp., a biogas and wastewater treatment modeling and control company; the Great Lakes Water Authority, a major utility in Michigan and a potential end user for W2E technologies; and Carollo Engineers, an environmental engineering firm whose wastewater innovations group has focused on carbon management and energy production, among other topics.

    The IBET collaboration will increase knowledge sharing on bioenergy technologies and expand collaborative opportunities by providing Ph.D., masters and undergraduate students opportunities to deepen their research capabilities in technology development, participate in shared professional development and engage in cross-institutional bioenergy research and internship opportunities; broadening participation of underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics within the bioenergy technology community while publicly disseminating research and educational information. (Source: ANL, Website PR, 4 Oct., 2021) Contact: Integrated Biochemical and Electrochemical Technologies (IBET) to Convert Organic Waste to Biopower, ANL,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IBET,  Bioenergy,  Waste-to-Energy,  

    Scirocco Energy Nails N. Ireland AD Plant Acquisition (Int'l, M&A)
    Scirocco Energy
    Date: 2021-10-06
    In the UK, Scirocco Energy has completed the acquisition of Londonderry-based Greenan Generation Limited (GGL) and its 0.5 MWe anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland. This is the first acquisition under Scirocco's joint venture with Energy Acquisition Group (EAG) in which Scirocco holds a 50 pct interest.

    "The partnership is well-positioned to take advantage of the growing UK biogas market and this initial acquisition can serve as the template for other opportunities that we are screening, given its proven operational status and clear scope to enhance free cash flow and EBITDA margins through a programme of plant optimisation techniques," according to the release. (Source: Scirocco Energy, PR, Website, 1 Oct., 2021) Contact: Scirocco Energy Tom Reynolds, CEO , +44 (0) 20 7466 5000,; EAG, Greenan Generation Limited, Chris Kerr, +44 0 7508 484 334,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Scirocco Energy ,  anaerobic digestion ,  

    Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels Report Delivery Error Notice

    Date: 2021-10-06
    An incomplete and unedited draft of today's Bioenergy & Alternative Fuels publication was transmitted in error yesterday. We regret the error and any inconvenience it may have caused.

    Thank you.

    Nikola, OPAL Fuels Ink RNG, Hydrogen Fueling MoU (Ind. Report)
    Nikola, OPAL Fuels
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Phoenix-headquartered zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure provider Nikola Corporation is reporting a MoU with renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fueling infrastructure for heavy-duty truck fleets specialist OPAL Fuels LLC, for development, construction, and operation of hydrogen fueling stations in North America and the use RNG in hydrogen production.

    Under the agreement, the two firms intend to co-develop and co-market hydrogen refueling infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of heavy-duty zero-emission fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEV).

    According to the release, their collaboration will combine Nikola's proposed FCEV bundled lease offer, which will include Nikola's FCEVs, vehicle service and maintenance and hydrogen fuel supply, with OPAL Fuels' experience in developing, constructing, and operating heavy-duty truck fueling stations to deliver a complete end-to-end solution.

    OPAL Fuels has constructed more than 350 RNG fueling station projects and has over 15 years. Nikola's Tre FCEVs for the North American market are slated for a 2023 launch from the company's Coolidge, Arizona manufacturing facility, according to the release. (Source: Nikola Corp., Opal Fuels, Website PR, 30 Sept., 2021) Contact: Nikola Corp.,; Opal Fuels,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nikola,  OPAL Fuels,  Hydrogen,  RNG,  

    GIG Acquires Swedish Offshore Wind Project (Int'l., M&A)
    Macquarie Group
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Australian investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd reports its Green Investment Group Ltd has acquired the rights for the 260 MW, Kattegatt Offshore Wind project, off the coast of the Falkenberg, from Lundsbrunn, Sweden-based engineering firm Agrivind AB on undisclosed terms. The project, which is consented and currently in the development stage.

    Sweden currently has 191 MW of operational offshore wind power capacity. By 2035, this figure could reach 4 GW, according to the Green Investment Group release. (Source: Macquarie Green Investment Group, PR, 29 Sept., 2021) Contact: Macquarie Green Investment Group,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Macquarie Group,  Agrivind,  Offshore Wind,  

    SimpliPhi, Heila Tech. Partner on Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Heila Technologies, SimpliPhi Power
    Date: 2021-10-01
    Somerville, Mass.-based Heila Technologies, an energy technology leader responsible for controlling, aggregating, and optimizing distributed energy resources (DERs), reports it has partnered with Oxnard, California-based SimpliPhi Power and New Partners Community Solar to deploy an energy storage system that provides cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy on a previously installed 200 kWsolar array at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School in Washington, DC.

    In order to maximize the investment of the solar array for the school, satisfy the imposed export limit of 30 kW per day, avoid the system being shut down, as well as capture valuable excess renewable energy, SimpliPhi Power designed a 60 kWh 1200 VDC lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery bank to store the excess solar generation. To enable advanced functionality for this impactful solar and energy storage system, SimpliPhi Power turned to the Heila Edge® platform to integrate the solar array and batteries with advanced system controls and functionality.

    SimpliPhi Power designs and manufactures efficient, non-toxic energy storage and management systems that utilize environmentally benign lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry. Based in Oxnard, California, SimpliPhi combines the non-hazardous LFP energy storage chemistry with its proprietary cell and battery architecture, power electronics, Battery Management System (BMS) and manufacturing processes to create safe, reliable, durable, and highly scalable on-demand power solutions for residential, commercial, industrial, and government sectors. (Source: SimpliPhi, PR, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: SimpliPhi, Catherine Von Burg, CEO, (805) 640-6700,; Heila Technologies, Francisco Morocz, CEO ,; New Partners Community Solar, www.npsolar.or

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Heila Technologies,  Battery Energy Storage,  SimpliPhi Power,  New Partners Community Solar ,  

    Ubiquity Solar Opening Endicott, NY Production Plant (Ind. Report)
    Ubiquity Solar
    Date: 2021-09-24
    Privately held photovoltaic and related materials specialist Ubiquity Solar Inc. reports it will invest $61 million to repurpose 800,000 sq-ft of vacant space in a former IBM facility in the Village of Endicott, New York. The repurposed site is expected to produce silicon bricks and wafers when fully operational before the end of 2022.

    The company's proprietary PV technology enables a unique close-coupled, vertically integrated, regionally focused business model that serves customers in the aerospace, power generation, and related materials application industries, and focuses on the production of ultra-low carbon, Made-in-America high efficiency PV products. (Source: Ubiquity Solar Inc., Website PR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: Ubiquity Solar Inc., Ian MacLellan, CEO, (607) 317-5399, www,ubiquity

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Ubiquity Solar,  Solar,  

    Biden Admin. to Ensure a Sustainable Future for Aviation (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech, SkyNRG
    Date: 2021-09-24
    The U.S. DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office announced more than $64 million in funding for 22 projects focused on developing technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. SkyNRG Americas in partnership with LanzaTech was awarded $1 million in funding for Project LOTUS (Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF) to design, build, operate, and maintain a production facility that will convert raw landfill biogas into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

    According to The White House, aviation represents 11 pct of U.S. transportation-related emissions. The goals set by the Administration are ambitious but achievable with the use of SAF. Landfill gas is an abundant source of waste biogenic carbon, typically comprising -- 50 pct bio-based methane (CH4), 40 pct CO2 , and 10 pct nitrogen (N2). Landfill Off-gas To Ultra-low carbon intensity SAF, or Project LOTUS, will be the first to incorporate nearly all the carbon in raw LFG carbon, including the CO2 found in the raw biogas, into drop-in SAF and renewable diesel. Success in this project will materially increase the supply of low carbon intensity, low-cost SAF in the U.S. and enable rapid build-out of new landfill gas to SAF production capacity across the U.S.

    The project will leverage green hydrogen and LanzaTech's gas fermentation technology to convert LFG to ethanol at an operating landfill. The ethanol will be converted to SAF using the LanzaJet Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) technology developed by LanzaTech and PNNL. Once the SAF has been produced, SkyNRG Americas has numerous contractual partners including Boeing and Alaska Airlines who are committed to advancing use of the fuel in flight.

    Project LOTUS will enable a new domestic, regional supply chain to produce SAF that meets international ASTM specifications while reducing methane emissions and improving air quality. The resultant aviation fuel is high quality, low soot forming, and sustainably derived, reducing up to 110 pct of greenhouse gas emissions over traditional jet fuels. The funding from DOE will accelerate the commercial rollout of this exciting SAF production path from LFG by reducing the technical and financial risks for future integrated commercial plants across the US.

    Capturing gas from 35 landfills would produce over 500 million gpy of SAF requiring at least 25 commercial-scale biorefineries, creating good paying jobs and creating a secure domestic SAF market. Further, analysis of the overall biogas resource potential indicates that more than 6 billion gallons of SAF could be produced from 25 pct of the biogas produced at U.S. landfills and from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes and other biogas sources. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 23 Sept., 2021) Contact:LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  SAF,  SkyNRG,  

    EU Funds ACCIONA Energia Solar Powered Irrigation Project (Int'l.)
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In Madrid, Acciona Energia reports the European Commission Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA) has awarded €4.35 million in grant funding to the €7.5 Photovoltaic Pumping Innovation in Irrigation Communities Project being developed by Acciona Energia to serve 2,000 farmers in the Ebro Basin, Spain.

    The irrigation project will incorporate PV solar modules totaling 7.35MWp capacity and smart sensors to reduce water consumption and lessen the need to pump water which will save on energy bills while avoiding roughly 1,800 tpy of CO2 emissions.

    The ACCIONA project is in collaboration with the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the National Federation of Irrigation Communities, the consultancy Consultora de Ingenieria Rural y Agroalimentaria , Qualifying Photovoltaics and the Irrigation Communities of Alto Aragon. (Source: Acciona Energia, Website Release, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Acciona,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ACCIONA,  Solar,  

    Greenlane Renewables, Green Impact Partners Colorado RNG Project Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenlane Renewables,Green Impact Partners
    Date: 2021-09-17
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-headquartered Greenlane Renewables Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Greenlane Biogas North America Ltd., has signed with Green Impact Partners, through its EPC contractor, a biogas upgrading system supply agreement for $6.1 million (US$4.8 million) for a renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Colorado.

    The Colorado Project will utilize two Greenlane pressure swing adsorption (PSA) upgrading systems, one for each of the two dairy farms in the project . The project got underway in July for completion in the second half of 2022. (Source: Greenlane Renewables, Website PR, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Green Impact Partners, Jesse Douglas, CEO,; Greenlane Renewables, Brad Douville, Pres., CEO, (604) 259-0343,,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenlane Renewables,  Green Impact Partners,  RNG,  

    Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Adds €50 Mn (Int'l., Funding)
    Date: 2021-09-15
    Erlangen,Germany-based Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies reports it has raised a further €50 million ($59.06 Million) to scale and commercialize its technology.

    Hydrogenious' transformative LOHC technology bonds hydrogen to a non-toxic, non-flammable liquid, making it suitable for safe, efficient transportation and distribution. As the hydrogen can then be stored and transported using existing fossil fuel infrastructure, it allows hydrogen to be generated and transported at scale, anywhere in the world, positioning hydrogen as the commodity to deliver decarbonisation for global industry and mobility sectors.

    The oversubscribed funding round was led by JERA Americas, Temasek, Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital and others. Proceeds will be used to deploy commercial systems into hydrogen projects globally. (Source: Hydrogenious, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: Hydrogenious, +49 (0) 9131-12640-0,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Hydrogenious ,  

    ePURE Reports 1.45Bn Gallon Ethanol Production in 2020 (Int'l)
    Date: 2021-09-10
    ePURE, the European renewable ethanol association reports its members produced 5.57 billion litres (1.45 billion gallon +-) of ethanol and 6.16 million tonnes of co-products in 2020, with a significant increase in production of ethanol for industrial use.

    More than 98 pct of the feedstock -- cereals, sugars, wastes and residues -- used to produce renewable ethanol by ePURE members was grown or sourced in Europe.

    Of the total ethanol output from ePURE members in 2020, more than 79 pct was for fuel use, with an average of more than 75 pct greenhouse-gas savings compared to fossil petrol. Of the remaining ethanol production in 2020, 5.6 pct was for food and beverage uses and 15.2 pct was for industrial applications, including hand sanitizer and other hygienic uses.

    ePURE represents 35 members,including 19 ethanol producers with around 50 plants across the EU and UK, accounting for about 85 pct of EU renewable ethanol production. (Source: ePURE. Website, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary General,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  

    Veolia Ups Composting Recovery for Biomass Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In the UK, Veolia reports it currently processes over 500,000 tpy of green and food waste derived from a nationwide network of 11 composting sites that produce over 250,000 tpy. Previously, around 25 pct of green waste ended up as oversize after composting, as some green waste bins contain physical contaminants such as plastic and metal, mistakenly discarded by customers. Even after careful processing, this contamination ends up in the compost oversize which is the larger, woody fraction remaining after the valuable compost product fraction is removed.

    The new more efficient process required a £1 million investment for a fixed cleaning line to remove the contamination from the 30,000 tonnes of compost oversize arising annually across four sites in southern England. This transforms the material into a clean wood product such as PAS100 approved mulch for gardening and landscaping, or a renewable biomass fuel for electricity and heating.

    To date, more than 55,000 tonnes of contaminated compost oversize has been processed in this way, and the plant is aiming to find an alternative use for all contaminants removed to achieve zero waste to landfill.(Source: Veolia, Website PR, 3 Sept., 2021) Contact: Veolia, Donald Macphail, COO,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia ,  Biomass,  

    PBF Taps Honeywell for Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    PBF Energy, Honeywell UOP
    Date: 2021-09-01
    Further to our 13 August coverage, Des Plaines, Illinois-based Honeywell is reporting independent transportation fuel refiner and supplier PBF Energy has selected Honeywell Ecofining™ technology for a potential renewable diesel(RD) project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana. PBF is currently evaluating the conversion of an idle hydrocracking unit at the plant to a single-stage Ecofining unit that if constructed would produce 20,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) fuel. A final investment decision by PBF is expected in the coming months.

    Honeywell's single-stage Ecofining process is a fast-to-market, capital efficient solution ideal for repurposing underutilized hydroprocessing units to produce higher yields of renewable diesel fuel than other single-stage technologies, according to Honeywell. The process produces Honeywell Green Diesel™ fuel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel.

    The UOP and Eni SpA jointly developed the Ecofining process which uses a combination of catalysts in a single operating environment to remove oxygenates and other contaminants from the feedstock, and then isomerize the feed to improve its cold-flow properties. Due to its simplified design, single-stage Ecofining technology can be put into service quickly, with lower capital expense than other designs, according to the release.

    PBF Energy -- a major independent petroleum refiners and suppliers of unbranded transportation fuels -- has refining operations in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio. (Source: Honeywell UOP, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Honeywell,,; Honeywell UOP,; PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Green Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  Honeywell UOP,  

    Topsoe Taped for Calumet Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    Calumet,Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2021-09-01
    Further to our 19th Feb. report, Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is reporting the selection of Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex solution to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) at its revamped plant in Great Falls, Montana, in 2022.

    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production.

    Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet (SAF) and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Calumet, PR, Biofuels News, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, Bruce Flemming, VP, (317) 328-5660,; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Calumet,  SAF Jet Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  

    Energy Storage Notable Quote

    Date: 2021-09-01
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021

    Renewable Energy, Energy Storage Notable Quote
    Energy STorage, Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-09-01
    "Energy storage technology holds great promise in the fight against climate change. Strengthening current technology and advancing next-generation energy storage will allow us to integrate more renewables, such as wind and solar, which in turn will help to reduce emissions." -- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R,Maine) July, 2021,

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Energy STorage,  

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