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Biofuel Pioneer POET Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2050 (Ind. Report)
POET
Date: 2021-09-17
Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based biofuels pioneer and producer POET is reporting the release of The Sun, the Soil and the Seed, its inaugural sustainability report outlining the company's focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives.

POET pledges that its renewable, plant-based bioethanol reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 70 pct compared to gasoline by 2030 and that it will achieve net-zero carbon at its bio-processing facilities by 2050. To that end, the report notes the company is advancing operational efficiencies and promoting a sustainable society through both POET's business ventures and its philanthropic endeavors, according to the company release. (Source: POET, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: POET, Jeff Broin, CEO, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com, www. poet.com/sustainability

More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Neutral,  


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,  


Ethanol Fuel Cell R&D Legislation Tabled in DC (Reg. & Leg.)
Ethanol
Date: 2021-09-13
In Washington, Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA-04) has tabled H.R. 5090, the Biofuel Cell Research Act directing the DOE to establish an R&D and demonstration program for a commercially viable ethanol fuel cell system that generates electricity. This electricity is then used to power vehicle engines, resulting in a net-zero carbon emission power source.

Feenstra previously introduced and sponsored proposals to support biofuel producers, including the bipartisan Small Refinery Exemption and Clarification Act of 2021, in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on small refinery exemptions (SREs). After a D.C. circuit court ruled against E15 year-round, Feenstra also helped introduce the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act of 2021. (Source: Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra, 202) 225-4426, www.feenstra.house.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fuel Cell,  Ethanol,  RFS,  


Chilean Low-Carbon e-Fuel Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
Porsche, Siemens
Date: 2021-09-13
Stuttgart, Germany-headquartered automaker Porsche and Siemens are reporting construction is underway on the Haru Oni manufacturing plant near Punta Arenas in Chile.

When fully operational in 2022, the facility is expected to produce 34,000 gpy of synthetic fuel before scaling up to 14.5 million gpy by 2024 and 145 million gpy by 2026, at an expected cost of roughly $7.6 per gallon. Electrolyzed hydrogen is combined with CO2 to make methanol, then gasoline.

Porsche notes its developing a synthetic fuel that emits 90 percent less CO2 than gasoline derived from fossil fuels. (Source: Porsche, Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Porsche,  Siemens,  Alternative Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Synthetic Fuel ,  


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,  


US Ethanol Exports Hit 52 Mn Gallons in July (Ind. Report)
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Date: 2021-09-10
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS) reports in July the U.S. exported 51.64 million gallons of ethanol, down from both the 81.86 million gallons exported during the previous month and the 72.91 million gallons exported in July, 2020. Distillers grains (DDGs) exports stood at 1.06 million metric tons in July, 2021 when compared to July 2020.

The U.S. exported ethanol to more than 30 countries in July with Canada being the leading importer followed by South Korea and the Netherlands. Ethanol exports totaled $138.82 million in July, down from $189.11 million in June, but up from $129.47 million in July 2020.(Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Website, Sept., 2021) Contact: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, www.fas.usda.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA Foreign Agricultural Service,  Ethanol,  


ePURE Reports 1.45Bn Gallon Ethanol Production in 2020 (Int'l)
ePURE
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, www.epure.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  


Arbor Taps Topsoe TIGAS™ Tech. for Renewable Gas (Ind. Report)
Arbor Renewable Gas, Topsoe
Date: 2021-09-08
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based industrial-scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects developer Arbor Renewable Gas, LLC reports it will use Topsoe's TIGAS™ technology for producing renewable gasoline (RG) at a new facility in the Gulf Coast region. The facility is expected to be operational by 2024 to produce 1,000 bdp of RG with a significantly negative carbon intensity score under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

Topsoe will supply the methanol synthesis technologies and the TIADS™ backend gasoline synthesis unit (TIGAS). The methanol synthesis loop is based on the modular MeOH-To-Go™ design. Arbor Gas aims to build out a fleet of cost-effective, safe, and reliable woody biomass to renewable gasoline and renewable hydrogen plants around the world. With an initial focus on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Arbor Gas brings a unique blend of management, financing, technology and project execution skills to successfully advance its vision of a clean, low carbon transportation fleet utilizing existing infrastructure and vehicles. (Source: Topsoe Website PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Timothy Vail, CEO , 346.708.7819, info@arborgas.com, www.arborgas.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Topsoe,  Renewable gas,  


Twelve, LanzaTech Partner for CO2-based Products (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech
Date: 2021-09-08
Berkeley, California-headquartered Twelve and biotechnology company LanzaTech report they have partnered to transform CO2 emissions into polypropylene, a key polymer with automotive and other industry applications.

Twelve's carbon technology converts CO2 into materials that are traditionally made from fossil fuels and helps eliminate carbon emissions with its CO2Made® carbon negative chemicals and materials, as well as carbon neutral fuels.

The two firms have received $200,000 in grant funding from Impact Squared, a $1.1 million catalytic platform fund designed and launched by UK Barclays Bank and Unreasonable.

LanzaTech's carbon recycling Pollution To Products™ technology uses nature-based solutions to produce ethanol and other materials from waste carbon sources.

Twelve describes itself as a "new kind" of chemical company built for the climate era. The company's technology eliminates emissions by transforming CO2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels, according to the release. (Source: LanzaTech, Website, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Twelve, www.twelve.co; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  CO2,  Carbon Neutral Fuel,  


ACE Seeks Hearings to Bolster Ethanol Industry (Opinions & Asides)
American Coalition for Ethanol
Date: 2021-09-03
Reporting from Lincoln, Nebraska, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) is calling on the Biden Administration and Congress to make ethanol part of discussion by considering the Next Generation Fuels Act of 2021 which was introduced last week by Rep. Cheri Bustos, (D-Ill.) as part of the administration's efforts to decarbonize the U.S. fuel supply.

ACE wrote to Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-N.J.), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, "ACE encourages you to schedule a legislative hearing to hear from ethanol companies leading the way towards decarbonization and chart a path for policy that can help meet 2050 decarbonization goals. If appropriate, ACE or its member companies would be willing to testify at such a hearing," the letter noted.

Ethanol industry groups have expressed support for the bill because it would require a number of steps to be taken to expand the ethanol market as part of the overall climate strategy.The bill would require a lifecycle assessment of transportation fuels using the Greenhouse gas and Regulated Emissions and Energy use in Transportation (GREET) model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept/. (Source: ACE, PR, DTN, 1 Sept. 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  Ethanol,  


Blue Biofuels Adds Cellulose-to-Sugar Espertize (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. is reporting Dr. Travis Baughman, Ph.D., has joined to company to lead the development of biodegradable bioplastics and nanocellulose from the company's patented Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology system.

CTS technology is a near zero carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin which are processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The CTS process is an independently-developed patented and proprietary technology that is fully owned by the Company. The company believes that bio-fuel originating from the Company's CTS process will be eligible to receive EPA D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) of roughly $3 per gallon of ethanol in addition to the market price of ethanol. This incentive is offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels Inc., Ben Slager, CEO, Ben@Bluebiofuels.com, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Biofuels news,  Ethanol news,  Bioplastic news,  Cellulosic news,  


China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
Date: 2021-08-30
In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ,  Sinopec,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  


EnCap, Mercuria Invest in Arbor Renewable Gas (Ind. Report)
Arbor Renewable Gas
Date: 2021-08-27
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based industrial-scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects developer Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting investment commitments from EnCap Investments and from Mercuria Energy, a global energy and commodity trading organisation.

Arbor designs, builds, owns and operates facilities that efficiently convert woody biomass into low carbon intensity renewable gasoline and green hydrogen. Arbor Gas also reports SunGas Renewables, a subsidiary of GTI International, has entered into an exclusive joint development agreement with Arbor Gas to provide its gasification systems to Arbor Gas projects. Haldor Topsoe licensed its proprietary process and technology for methanol and gasoline synthesis. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Timothy Vail, CEO , 346.708.7819, info@arborgas.com, www.arborgas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  


USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Date: 2021-08-25
Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,  USDA,  


TotalEnergies Introducing Renewable Fuel at Le Mans (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies
Date: 2021-08-25
Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is developing a 100 pct renewable fuel for motorsport competition, to be introduced from next season at the FIA World Endurance Championship including the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022, and at the European Le Mans Series.

The new renewable fuel -- "Excellium Racing 100" -- will be produced on "bioethanol basis" from French industry wine residues and ETBE produced at TotalEnergies' Feyzin refinery near Lyon (France). This fuel should cut race car CO2 emissions by 65 pct or more, according to the release.

"Excellium Racing 100" will have all the required qualities for a racing fuel and will meet automakers' requirements, as well as the latest FIA criteria for sustainable fuels, by leveraging the expertise of TotalEnergies Additives and Fuels Solutions, according to the release. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  TotalEnergies,  


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,  


USDA Supports Kansas Biofuel Availability Projects (Funding)
USDA Rural Development
Date: 2021-08-23
In Topeka, the USDA has announced a $5.19 million Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program investment to build infrastructure and expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels in Kansas through the following projects:

  • TA Operating LLC will replace 28 dispensers and two storage tanks at two fueling stations in Salina, Kan., and Gary, Ind. The $190,000 investment is expected to increase the compay's ethanol sales by over 1.1 million gpy;

  • Three G Energy Inc. will replace four dispensers at a fueling station in McPherson. The project is a $117,000 investment and is expected to increase the company's ethanol sales by over 894,000 gpy;

  • Magellan Pipeline Company LP will install a 25,000 barrel storage tank, piping, pumps, gauging, manways, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building in Kansas City, Kan. The company will also install a 10,000 barrel storage tank with piping, pumps, gauging, tank insertion heater and insulation, as well as a small biodiesel mechanical building at a distribution facility in Brookline, Mo. The $4.8 million project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by over 223.6 million gpy. (Source: USDA, 21 Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,  USDA,  


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

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

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


    Nel ASA, SFC Partner on Hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy Storage (Int'l.)
    SFC Energy
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Oslo, Norway-headquartered hydrogen specialist Nel ASA reports it is partnering with Brunnthal/Munich-based fuel cell maker SFC Energy AG to develop the world's first integrated electrolyser and hydrogen fuel cell system for decentralized energy generation and storage.

    The partnership will develop industrial solutions to replace less efficient diesel generators with hydrogen fuel cell systems in combination with green hydrogen production through electrolysis. Initially, SFC Energy and Nel will address applications in a power range of up to 50kW with a daily operating time of two to ten hours which can be used as reliable emergency power generators for critical power applications. In the medium-term, the partnership is aiming to develop systems in the power range of up to 500 kW for telecom, data center and auxiliary power unit (APU) markets. The parties aim to introduce the first products to the market during the second half of 2022.

    SFC Energy AG is a provider of hydrogen and methanol fuel cells for stationary and mobile hybrid power solutions and has delivered more than 50,000 fuel cells to date from production facilities in Germany, Netherlands, Romania and Canada. (Source: Nel ASA, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: SFC Energy AG, Susan Hoffmeister , +49 89 125 09 03-33, susan.hoffmeister@sfc.com, www.sfc.com; Nel ASA , Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, +47 907 44 949, www.nelhydrogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SFC Energy,  Hydrogen,  Fuel Cell,  Energy STorage,  


    Maersk Inks First Green Methanol Marine Fuel Deal (Int'l. Report)
    Maersk
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Maritime shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) is reporting a contract with Copenhagen-based REintegrate to produce roughly 10,000 tonnes of carbon neutral e-methanol, produced by using renewable sources such as biomass and solar energy which the vessel will need to operate each year.The entire Maersk fleet would require roughly 20 million tpy of green methanol fuel, according to the release.

    REintegrate's new decentralized production technology offers green e-methanol identical to fossil methanol, from renewable energy sources and CO2 from bio-waste. E-methanol provides a convenient transition to environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals with an ultra-high greenhouse gas reduction and a competitive rice to similar products such as green bio-products.REintegrate's process facilitates the re-cycle of CO2 emissions and the by-products (oxygen and heat) can be used in the industrial sector and for district heating, according to the company website.

    With about 90 per cent of world trade transported by sea, global shipping accounts for nearly three per cent of the world's CO2 emissions. Maersk aims to have a carbon-neutral fleet by 2030 to meet its target of net-zero emissions by 2050, according to the release. (Source: A.P. Moller-Maersk, GFM News, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: A.P. Moller-Maersk, Morten Bo Christiansen, Hesd of Decarbonization, www.maersk.com; Reintegrate, +45 6168 6212, www.reintegrate.dk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Maersk,  Methanol,  Green Methanol,  


    Fagen Tapped for Epitome Energy Biodiesel Soybean Crush Facility (Ind. Report)
    Fagen,Epitome Energy
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Epitome Energy reports it has awarded Fagen the EPC contract to construct a $300 million, 42 million-bpy soybean crush facility in Crookston Minnesota. A refined, bleached, and deodorised oil refining operation may be added at a later date.

    Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen has reportedly constructed roughly 60 pct of the US's ethanol production capacity, as well as multiple biodiesel, wind and power projects, according to the release. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Epitome Energy, 612-325-1330, www.epitomeenergy.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy,  Biodiesel,  Soybean Oil,  Fagen,  


    Green Plains Launches Turnkey Solution for MSC Protein Technology (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.,Tharaldson Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Following up on our Aug. 6th report, Green Plains Inc. announced a turnkey solution for the installation of Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC system to exclusive turnkey partners including internal expertise, up to 50 pct of capital and marketing and product development of the Ultra-High Protein and post-MSC distillers grains products, and utilization of Green Plains' exclusive partnerships to help maximize product value. These turnkey solutions will include quality assurance and control (QA/QC), engineering, project management and construction services, and collaboration on any non-recourse project financing.

    Casselton, North Dakota-based Tharaldson Ethanol is the first turnkey partner, with permitting already underway and construction scheduled to begin this year for completion in 2022. Green Plains and Tharaldson have formed a 50/50 joint venture to own and operate the MSC protein technology at the 175 million gpy facility. Ultra-High Protein production is expected to be 105,000 tpy.

    Green Plains is in discussions with multiple parties and has the capacity to scale to other select partners. Fagen, Inc. is expected to serve as the exclusive general contractor for this joint venture and all future turnkey projects, according to the release. (Source: Green Plains, PR 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.grreinc.com; Tharaldson Ethanol, www.tharaldsonethanol.com

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


    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,  


    Aemetis Names Biogas Pipeline Construction Contractor (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-17
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc.reports it has awarded a construction services contract to Machado & Sons Construction Inc. to construct the Company’s 32-mile biogas pipeline extension connecting multiple dairy anaerobic digesters throughout Stanislaus and Merced Counties in California.

    The pipeline is part of the Aemetis Biogas Central Dairy Digester Project which is developing a network of lagoon digesters connected via a biogas pipeline to produce renewable natural gas (RNG).

    The pipeline will transport the renewable biogas from the dairies to the Aemetis biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis ethanol production plant in Keyes, California, where the biogas will be transformed into commercial-grade RNG for use as a carbon-negative “drop in” transportation fuel.

    The planned 52 dairies in the Aemetis biogas project are expected to capture more than 1.4 million MMBtu of dairy methane and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to an estimated 5.2 million metric tonnes of CO2 each year. The captured methane will be transformed to carbon-negative transportation fuel to displace petroleum-based diesel throughout the State of California. The 5.2 million metric tonnes of annual CO2 emissions reduction from the Aemetis Biogas project is estimated to reduce CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 1.1 million cars from the road.

    . Aemetis Carbon Zero products include zero carbon fuels that can “drop in” to be used in airplane, truck, and ship fleets. Aemetis low-carbon fuels have substantially reduced carbon intensity compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their lifecycle. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, Phone: (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis news,  RNG news,  Biogas news,  Anaerobic Digestion news,  


    "Dear Mr. President... Yours Truly, ACE" (Opinions & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-16
    In a letter to President Joe Biden, the American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) called for the President to set the maximum statutory volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in the 2021 and 2022 Renewable Volume Obligation rule-making and to pursue all options to ensure uninterrupted market access for E15. The letter notes these actions are the quickest way to reduce GHG emissions from the U.S. transportation fleet in the near term and support net-negative biofuel production that can help achieve a fully decarbonized transportation future.

    "We recognize your goal is to electrify the vehicle fleet in the future, but the inconvenient truth is there are hundreds of millions more people driving vehicles capable of using low-carbon substitutes to petroleum such as E15 and E85 today than any other alternative. Since this reality will exist well into the future, increasing the use of ethanol today will immediately reduce GHGs while the production of electric vehicles (EVs) ramps up" the letter notes.

    "In the near-term, a properly implemented RFS and year-round availability of E15 will meaningfully reduce the carbon intensity of the U.S. transportation sector by capitalizing on the existing vehicle fleet's ability to use lower-carbon biofuels. In the mid-term, the pending RVO decision will act as a harbinger for companies on how much to rely on your commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050 when making investment decisions," the letter added.

    "If the Administration is not willing to ensure the RFS will call for 15 billion gallons of low-carbon ethanol already being produced to replace petroleum at the pump, legitimate questions will be asked about the merits of non-binding executive orders setting national goals for less deployable decarbonization technologies," the letter concluded.

    Download the full ACE letter HERE . (Source: American Coalition for Ethanol, Website PR,11 Aug., 2021) Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, www.ethanol.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol,  RFS,  E15,  Ethanol,  Renewable Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    LyondellBasell Shuttering Equistar Ethanol Plant (Ind. Report)
    LyondellBasell
    Date: 2021-08-16
    Citing "poor market conditions", Rotterdam, Netherlands-headquartered LyondellBasell Industries N.V. subsidiary Equistar Chemicals reports it will permanently end synthetic-ethanol production at its 1953-vintage plant in Tuscola, Illinois, as of 31 Oct, this year.

    "After a careful review of market conditions, we have made the difficult decision to permanently exit the synthetic ethanol business and close our Tuscola plant operations," according to Rotterdam, Netherlands-headquartered LyondellBasell Industries N.V., one of the world's largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies. (Source: LyondellBasell, PR, News Gazette, Aug., 2021) Contact: LyondellBasell, Equistar Chemicals, 217-253-3311, www.lyondellbasell.com/en/tuscola-plant

    More Low-Carbon Energy News LyondellBasell,  Ethanol,  


    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 Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
    Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

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


  • Bioenergy Included in NJ Clean Energy Funding (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following bioenergy-biotech projects and organizations were funded:

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www.arbelalabs.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Website PR Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  


  • 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,  


    CE+P, JBEI Partner on Advanced Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report
    California Ethanol + Power ,Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2021-08-06
    California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) reports it is partnering with the Emeryville, California-based Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the US Department of Energy (DOE), to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P's planned sugarcane ethanol facility in Imperial County, California.

    The new partnership will jointly pursue research and grants to support new technologies and processes for breaking down byproducts of the planned sugarcane crop as a source for even lower-carbon energy products, including advanced cellulosic ethanol.

    In addition to JBEI, research will also be implemented by the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab). (Source: California Ethanol + Power, Website News, Aug., 2021) Contact: California Ethanol + Power, 760-344-1004, www.californiaethanlpower.com; Joint BioEnergy Institute, (510) 486-7315, www.jbei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Ethanol + Power,  Joint BioEnergy Institute,  JBEI,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel ,  


    Green Plains Announces Solution for MSC Protein Tech. (Ind. Report)
    Green Plains Inc.,Tharaldson Ethanol
    Date: 2021-08-06
    Omaha-headquartered boifuels specialist Green Plains Inc. is reporting a turnkey solution for the installation of Fluid Quip Technologies' MSC™ system to exclusive partners -- Green Plains will provide up to 50 pct of capital, as well as marketing and product development of the Ultra-High Protein and post-MSC™ distillers grains products, internal expertise to help maximize product value, quality assurance and control engineering, project management and construction services, and collaboration on any non-recourse project financing.

    Casselton, North Dakota-based Tharaldson Ethanol is the first turnkey partner, with permitting already underway and construction scheduled to begin this year. Green Plains and Tharaldson have formed a 50/50 joint venture to own and operate the MSC™ protein technology. Tharaldson produces 175 million gpy of ethanol and about 500,000 tpy dried distillers grain (DDGs).

    The buildout of MSC™ technology at Tharaldson, expected to be completed in 2022, will be in conjunction with the ongoing MSC™ installations at Green Plains' locations, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2023. (Source: Green Plains, PR, Website, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Green Plains, Phil Boggs, VP Investor Relations, 402.884.8700, phil.boggs@gpreinc.com, www.grreinc.com; Tharaldson Ethanol, www.tharaldsonethanol.com

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


    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,  


    "Dear Mr. President, RFA Commits to Low-Carbon Fuel Performance Goals" (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-08-02
    In a recent letter to U.S. President Joe Biden, the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) wrote: "As members of the RFA we share your vision for decarbonizing the transportation fuels sector and applaud your commitment to addressing climate change. We support your goals of achieving a 50 pct reduction in U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050.

    "Low-carbon renewable fuels like ethanol are already helping our nation confront climate change by significantly reducing GHG emissions from the transportation sector. In fact, since 2008, the use of ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. prevented nearly 1 billion metric tons of GHG from entering the atmosphere.

    "Today's ethanol already reduces GHG emissions by 52 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. Furthermore, many of us (RFA members) are already producing advanced and cellulosic ethanol that is certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as providing a 65-75 pct GHG reduction compared to gasoline. But given the urgency of the climate crisis and the need to reasonably decarbonize, the RFA are committing today to the pursuit of the following carbon performance goals:

  • By 2030, ensure that ethanol reduces GHG emissions by at least 70 pct, on average, when compared directly to gasoline. This equates to a 33 pct reduction in ethanol's average carbon footprint from 45 grams CO2-equivalent per megajoule (g/MJ) today to about 30 g/MJ by 2030.

  • By 2050, ensure that ethanol achieves net zero lifecycle GHG emissions, on average. As ethanol producers continue to adopt carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) and other low- and no-carbon technologies between 2030 and 2050, U.S. ethanol can achieve net carbon neutrality, on average, by mid-century or even sooner.

    "Ethanol's carbon footprint continues to shrink rapidly, as new technology and innovation have improved the efficiency of the entire production process. In fact, a recent study by DOE scientists found that ethanol's carbon footprint shrunk by 23 percent between 2005 and 2019. While we are proud of these advances in efficiency and sustainability, many opportunities exist to deliver even greater GHG reductions in the near term," the letter noted. (Source: RFA, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Association news,  GHG Emissions news,  CCUS news,  Ethanol Low-Carbon Fuel news,  


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

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

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


    Eni, BASF Launch Bio-Propanol Biofuel Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Eni, BASF
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Italian energy giant Eni SpA and German industrial conglomerate BASF SE are reporting a joint initiative to develop a new technology to produce bio-propanol as a drop-in transportation fuel that could reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 65 pct to 75 pct compared to fossil fuels.

    The joint initiative aims to develop bio-propanol from glycerin, a side product in the production of industrial biodiesel that Eni would buy from European producers, with a BASF catalyst. Bio-propanol produced in this way has better chemical properties than bioethanol and is therefore a valuable component for the preparation of premium gasoline, according to the release. (Source: Eni SpA, BASF, PR Market Watch, 29 July, 2021) Contact: Eni SpA, www.eni.com; BASF Dr. Detlef Kratz, Pres. Process Research & Chemical Engineering, +49 (0)621 60-0, www.basf.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eni SpA,  BASF ,  Ethanol,  Bio-propanol,  Alternative Fuel,  


    LanzaTech Helps Advance UK SAF Production (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-07-30
    LanzaTech UK reports its LanzaTech Project DRAGON (Decarbonizing and Reimagining Aviation for the Goal Of Net-Zero) has been shortlisted for funding through the UK Department for Transport, Green Fuels' Green Skies Competition to advance the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

    The competition will support eight companies as they pioneer new technologies, converting materials such as household waste, alcohol, carbon from the atmosphere and sewage into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at commercial scales.

    LanzaTech's Project DRAGON will undertake the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a facility in Port Talbot, South Wales, that will produce over 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) from waste-based, low carbon ethanol, procured from a variety of waste sources, and the facility will have the ability to also use ethanol produced from local steel mill waste gases via LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform.

    The ATJ-SPK produced will provide 70 pct GHG emission savings versus traditional jet fuel. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield about 330 million lpy of blended SAF. This facility will be the UK's first commercial-scale project to implement the LanzaJet™ Alcohol-To-Jet (ATJ) technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 27 July, 2021)Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    POET's Second Purified Alcohol Facility Now Online (Ind. Report)
    POET
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Sioux Falls, South Dakota-headquartered ethanol pioneer POET reports its POET Bioprocessing --Alexandria has begun production of all-natural, 100 pct plant-based purified alcohol after breaking ground in late 2020. The facility will produce purified alcohol which will include grain neutral spirits (GNS) and USP-grade alcohol.

    Alexandria is the second purified alcohol production facility within the POET footprint. POET Bioprocessing- Leipsic began production in March. (Source: POET, Wesite PR, July, 2021) Contact: POET, Darin Cartwright, VP Purified Alcohol, (605) 965-2200, www.poet.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News POET,  


    Eni Inks Kenyan Biofuel, Bioproducts Feedstock MoU (Int'l.)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Rome headquartered Eni reports it and Kenya's Ministry of Petroleum and Mining have inked an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on promoting decarbonisation under which they will look at ways of providing non-food feedstocks for Eni's bio-refineries in Italy.

    The parties will jointly conduct feasibility studies to develop waste and residue collection as well as agricultural projects to establish a wide range of feedstock sources to be processed into bio-fuels and bio-products. The parties will also 'assess the opportunity' of converting an existing refinery in Mombasa into a bio-refinery, as well as building a new plant for producing second-generation bio-ethanol from waste biomass.

    The agricultural development project focuses on used cooking oil feedstocks from sustainable oil crop cultivations including: cover crops, castor in degraded lands, croton trees in agro-forestry systems and other agro-industrial co-products. (Source: Eni, PR, Bunkerspot, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21 / Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com

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    Uttar Pradesh India's Largest Ethanol Producing State (Int'l.)
    India Ethanol
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In India, the government of Uttar Pradesh is reporting the state was India's largest ethanol-producer with a total of 58 crore litres (15.3 million gal.) of ethanol produced by 54 distilleries in the 2020-21 period.

    Nationally, India produced 78.6 million gallons of ethanol in 2020. (Source: Gov. Uttar Predesh, TV India 25 July, 2021)

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    RFA Comments on Refiners' RFS Arguments Rejection (Ind. Report)
    Renewable Fuels Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) issued the following comments on the D.C. Circuit Court's July 16th rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the "Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) causes them economic hardship and therefore the EPA should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations." The court ruled on the follow specific points:

  • Severe Economic Harm Waiver -- The court rebuffed the refiners' argument that EPA should have waived the 2019 RFS requirements because East Coast refiners purportedly could not pass through their RFS compliance costs and thus experienced "severe economic harm." According to the Court, "Obligated parties assert that the 'pass-through' theory is flawed and that RFS requirements impose severe economic consequences on refiners in the Eastern United States. We reject this challenge. EPA reasonably concluded that obligated parties had failed to make the strong causal showing required to trigger the waiver. It was reasonable for EPA to conclude that RFS costs alone were not the primary driver of the refineries' economic difficulties", the Court added.

  • Inadequate Domestic Supply Waiver -- The court also shot down the refiners' claim that a waiver of 2019 RFS requirements would have been justified due to an "inadequate domestic supply" of renewable fuels to meet the standards. "EPA adequately explained its refusal to exercise the inadequate domestic supply waiver," the judges wrote.

  • Point of Obligation -- Refiners also argued that EPA should have used the 2019 RFS rule-making to change the point of obligation for RFS compliance from refiners and importers to fuel blenders. The court discarded that argument stating "Refiners have repeatedly but unsuccessfully urged EPA to include blenders in the point of obligation. EPA's decision not to undertake another reassessment in the 2019 rule-making was not an abuse of discretion."

  • Exported Renewable Fuel -- The Court similarly rejected refiner arguments that exported renewable fuels should count toward RFS compliance. "EPA at no point suggested that it was substantively reconsidering its longstanding policy concerning the treatment of exported renewable fuel, and it reasonably refused to consider obligated parties' arguments for changing that policy," the court ruled. (Source: Renewable Fuels Assoc., Website PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: RFA, Geoff Cooper, Pres., CEO, (202) 289-3835, www.ethanolrfa.org

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  • 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

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    Novozymes Touts Innova Yeast to Boost Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Novozymes,Microbiogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Danish enzymes and microbes specialist Novozymes is touting "Innova Element", the latest addition to the company's Innova yeast platform. Element specifically targets ethanol plants seeking the highest level of starch and glucose conversion.

    Element is tolerant of high ethanol concentrations, powers through high organic acid and fermentation temperature excursions -- delivering the lowest residual starch. This allows producers to push for new ethanol yield targets while minimizing losses to common stressors such as high temperature and organic acids. Element enables plants to improve throughput by raising solids and improving plant efficiency -- or finish fermentations as needed because of its flexibility in speed, according to the release.

    By leveraging the biological synergies and sustainability of Novozymes' enzymes, yeast, and technical service platforms all together, ethanol producers can unlock more of their inputs to generate the highest levels of ethanol, expand diversification, lower input costs and achieve significant process efficiency gains, according to the release. Novozymes' Innova yeast products are the result of a dedicated development partnership with Sydney, Australia-based Microbiogen to bring new yeast technology to the market (Source: Novozymes, Website, PR, July, 2021) Contact: MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com; Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy, 646-671-3897, www.novozymes.com

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

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

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    Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
    MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

    As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


    EPA Year-Round E15 Approval Ruling Overruled (Reg & Leg)
    Ethanol
    Date: 2021-07-19
    On 2nd July In Washington, in the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, et al. vs. EPA case, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a 2019 EPA rule that lifted restrictions on the year-round sale of a 15 pct ethanol fuel blend.

    Under the June 2019 expansion, E15 could be sold year-round without additional Reid vapor pressure (RVP) control rather than just eight months of the year. The one pound per square inch waiver for RVP was approved by EPA for year-round E10 sales in 1992, but not for E15.

    The Court found that Congress "balanced wide-ranging economic, energy-security and geopolitical implications" and that the law "reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs" and that "Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round." (Source: Various Media, AgriNews, 18 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E10,  E15,  Ethanol Blend,  


    MicroBioGen Touts 2G Biofuels Technology Success (Int'l. Report)
    MicroBioGen,Australian Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-based MicroBioGen reports the successfull demo-scale production of both high-protein food and low carbon bioethanol from non-food material using a single biological agent -- a genetically-modified version of the common yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae -- developed in Australia in collaboration with Novozymes

    Funded in part with a $4 million grant from the Federal Government's Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), MicroBioGen's work will boost the role of second-generation (2G) biofuels in reducing carbon emissions and improving food security by enabling food and fuel production from abundant, low-value waste plant material. (Source: MicroBioGen, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Novozymes, Brian Brazeau, VP Bioenergy Commercial, Peder Holk Nielsen, CEO, Michael Burns, Biorefining Business Development North America,(919) 496-6926, www.novozymes.com; MicroBioGen, Geoff Bell, CEO (02) 9418 3182, geoff.bell@microbiogen.com, www.microbiogen.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MicroBioGen,  Biofuel,  Novozymes,  


    Fed. Appeals Court Strikes Down Year-Round E15 Sales (Reg & Leg)
    EPA
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Washington, Friday 2nd July, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the EPA approval of year-round sale of E15 on the grounds that the EPA "overstepped its authority in 2019 when it removed the last remaining barriers to selling the 15-percent ethanol blend in the summer months."

    The Court noted "it's clear from federal law that Congress balanced 'wide-ranging economic, energy-security, and geopolitical implications' and that the wording of the law 'reflects a compromise, not simply a desire to maximize ethanol production at all costs."

    The court concluded Congress did not intend to allow ethanol blends higher than 10 pct to be widely sold year-round, according the AP. (Source: EPA, Convenience Store News, 6 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News E15 news,  Ethanol Blend news,  FES news,  


    Ag. Canada Supports extractX Mobile Ethanol Technology (Funding)
    extractX Inc
    Date: 2021-07-07
    In Ottawa, the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food reports funding of up to $1.48 million for Welland, Ontario-based hemp and cannabis-grower extractX Inc. to develop a mobile, ethanol-based extraction lab for biomass processing.

    The project is funded through the original Agricultural Clean Technology Program, a $25-million, three-year (2018-2021) investment to support research, development and adoption of clean technologies.

    The Government of Canada recently launched the new $165.7-million Agricultural Clean Technology Program, which provides farmers and agri-businesses with access to funding to help develop and adopt the latest clean technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their competitiveness.

    With the funding, extractX completed the final stages of research and development for its proprietary, fully-automated extraction technology that uses ethanol, which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to other processes widely used in the industry. As a mobile unit, extractX is able to bring environmentally-efficient processing facilities to producers across Canada and around the world. (Source: Canadian Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food , Mirage, July, 2021) Contact: extractX Inc., 800-468-4105, info@extractx.com, www.extractx.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News extractX news,  Ethanol news,  

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