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20MW UK Green Hydrogen Project Funded (Int'l., Funding)
Uniper, Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho
Date: 2021-09-17
In the UK, Uniper, Siemens Energy AG, Toyota Tsusho and Associated British Ports (ABP) are reporting receipt of matched funding from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, to study and help develop roughly 20MW of green hydrogen production for use at the Port of Immingham, either as a direct replacement for diesel and heavy fuel oil or for the production of clean shipping fuels.

The funded study will review the technical and economic feasibility of reducing port greenhouse gas emissions with hydrogen and develop a plan for future development, as well as assess key areas encompassing the conversion of existing infrastructure, the generation and storage of hydrogen and potential end uses of green hydrogen in and around the port.

The completed feasibility study could enable a front-end engineering design study (FEED) to start in 2022, with potential financial investment decisions in 2023 and possible first green hydrogen production by 2025. (Source: Uniper, Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho, RE News, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Uniper, www.uniper.energy; Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html; Toyota Tsusho, www.toyota-tsusho.com/english; Associated British Ports , www.abports.co.uk/locations/immingham

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovate UK,  Uniper,  Siemens Energy,  Toyota Tsusho,  Green Hydrogen,  


Green Hydrogen Electrolyser Maker Expanding Production (Int'l.)
Enapter
Date: 2021-09-15
German cleantech company Enapter reports construction is underway on its new, 100 pct renewable energy powered, 82,000 square-metre R&D, production and warehousing facility for green hydrogen-producing electrolysers in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Enapter is aiming to ramp-up production of its patented AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) Electrolysers AEM Electrolysers for green hydrogen production to 10,000 units per month to meet the growing demand for low-cost hydrogen production solutions.

The new Enapter facility, which is expected to cost roughly €105 million, is slated for mass-production startup in 2023. The project has been supported by the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy with around €9.36 million. Enapter presently provides its AEM Electrolysers to more than 70 integrators and project developers in 40 countries. (Source: Enapter, PR, Website, 13 Sept., 2021) Contact: Enapter, Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck, CEO , Martin Jendrischik, +49 151 2391 5780 , mjendrischik@external.enapter.com, www.enapter.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enapter,  Green Hydrogen ,  


Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Adds €50 Mn (Int'l., Funding)
Hydrogenious
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 info@hydrogenious.net, www.hydrogenious.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Hydrogenious ,  


Nickel-Hydrogen Battery Startup Raises $100 Mn (Ind. Report)
EnerVenue
Date: 2021-09-15
Battery startup EnerVenue is touting its nickel-hydrogen batteries that the company says will revolutionize stationary energy storage.

According to EnerVenue , its nickel-hydrogen batteries can withstand super-high and super-low temperatures , require little to no maintenance; and it has a far longer lifespan than lithium-ion batteries.EnerVenue's batteries can charge and discharge at speeds ranging from a 10-minute charge or discharge to as slow as a 10-20 hour charge-discharge cycle, though the company is optimizing for a roughly 2 hour charge and 4-8 hour discharge. The batteries are also designed for 30,000 cycles without experiencing a decline in performance.

EnerVenue has raised $100 million in Series A funding from energy infrastructure company Schlumberger and Saudi Aramco's VC arm, along with Stanford University which the company has earmarked for ramping-up nickel-hydrogen battery production and a Gigafactory in the U.S.. The company has a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Schlumberger for international markets. (Source: EnerVenue, PR, TachCrunch, Sept., 2021) Contact: EnerVenue Inc. , Jorg Heinemann, CEO, Chad Spring, Bus. Dev., www. enervenue.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  Battery Energy STorage,  


SK E&S Seeking U.S. Hydrogen, Renewables Investments (Int'l.)
SK E&S, Plug Power
Date: 2021-09-13
Further to our March 1st coverage, In Seoul, South Korean municipal gas supplier SK E&S Co, reports it is prepared for an additional investment in the US renewable energy sector through its U.S. SK E&S Americas Inc. unit. The company presently has roughly $650 million invested in the U.S, biogas, solar PV, Energy storage systems (ESS) sectors, plus a $1.6 billion controlling stake in hydrogen fuel cell maker Plug Power Inc.

Additionally SK Holdings, the holding company of SK Group, has established a Hydrogen Business Development Center comprised of members from SK's energy companies, including SK Innovation and SK E&S. The new Business Development Center will guide the companies' transition into the production and distribution of hydrogen energy, including the creation of a mass production facility and investments in global business opportunities. SK Group companies already are making strategic investments in their existing energy businesses and forming partnerships with global leaders in hydrogen energy technology. (Source: SK Holdings, SK Group, SK E&S, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, 518-782-7700, www.plugpower.com; SK Group, www.skgroupinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  SK E&S,  Plug Power,  Renewanle Energy,  


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 ,  


Steel Giant ArcelorMittal Plans 4.5 GW Indian Solar Farm (Int'l.)
ArcelorMittal
Date: 2021-09-13
Luxembourg-based global steel maker ArcelorMittal is reporting plans to invest in hydrogen gas production, wind energy and a 4.5 GW solar wind park in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The solar facility would be set up by ArcelorMittal's HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd. unit. (Source: ArcelorMittal, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: www.corporate.arcelormittal.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ArcelorMittal,  Green Hydrogen,  Solar,  


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

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

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

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


Energy Storage Association -- Now is the Time for Energy Storage ITC (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Energy Storage Association
Date: 2021-09-10
"More than 700,000 utility customers remain without power more than a week after Hurricane Ida barreled through Louisiana and parts of Mississippi, damaging homes and critical facilities while knocking out more than 2000 miles of transmission needed to deliver electricity to the region.

"This came a week after Tropical Storm Henri dumped nearly two inches of rain on New York City in a single hour and flooded communities along the coast of New England, causing power outages to more than 120,000 homes. The remnants of Hurricane Ida topped that record, dropping over 3 inches of rain on New York City and shutting down key infrastructure. Both incidents come amidst a year already marred by days-long, statewide outages in Texas, during an unprecedented period of freezing temperatures, and recurring power shut-offs across California in an attempt to forestall the worst wildfires in recent history.

"Yesterday's infrastructure cannot deal with tomorrow's weather. We need to eliminate carbon-emitting power sources to blunt the long-term climate drivers of extreme weather. And we also need to make our homes, businesses, and electric grids more resilient to those extremes.

"Most power grids are ill-equipped to confront mounting climate challenges. For example, Hurricane Ida took out all eight transmission lines that carry electricity into New Orleans; Entergy, the principal utility in the area, anticipates weeks before power is restored for most customers. If onsite energy storage, solar, and microgrids had been installed at critical facilities throughout southern Louisiana, they could have enabled continuity of key services during the storm and would have been operating immediately afterward for community benefit, unconstrained by fuel shortages. Importantly, energy storage assets can continue helping well after a disaster has passed.

"American companies have led the world in large-scale battery installation for homes and businesses, directly on the power grid, and integrated into wind and solar energy facilities. Other storage technologies, like thermal storage in buildings, flow batteries in substations, liquid air storage paired with generators, and renewable power-to-gas hydrogen offer opportunities for even longer durations that can further diversify our sources of power system reliability without adding to carbon pollution.

"The U.S. energy storage industry has grown up fast, with recent reports showing nine consecutive quarters of increasing deployment in the power system. Companies in the U.S. are on track to install 12,000 MWh of new storage capacity in 2021, enough to power 1.5 million homes through daily peaks and three times the amount added in 2020. Nevertheless, this pace of storage deployment is still much slower than what is needed to equip vulnerable communities for resilience to increasingly extreme weather and meet President Biden's goal of decarbonizing the power system by 2035.

"Congress has an immediate opportunity, through an energy storage Investment Tax Credit (ITC), to speed storage installations that enable greater deployments of wind, solar, and hydro power while mitigating catastrophic power outages. ITCs have long been an effective policy for driving down technology costs associated with solar power and other clean energy technologies. ITC legislation is a common-sense way to accelerate cost declines in storage technologies that can bolster some of the country's most vulnerable communities.

"Congress must ensure the nation's power infrastructure is capable of meeting 21st century needs and avoids catastrophic outages like we're seeing now in Louisiana. An ITC that makes energy storage more accessible creates a cleaner and more reliable grid and gives Americans greater control over their fate." (Source: Energy Storage Association, PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Energy Storage Assoc., www.energystorage.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage Association news,  Energy STorage news,  


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,  


Indian Green Hydrogen Collaboration Announced (Int'l.)
Ayana Renewable Power,Greenstat Hydrogen
Date: 2021-09-08
India's Ayana Renewable Power and Norwegian-owned Greenstat Hydrogen India, are reporting a MOU to collaborate on developing green hydrogen production projects.

Ayana Renewable Power, a renewable energy platform majority controlled by India's National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), focuses on development of utility scale renewable energy projects in India. The company aims to be the lowest cost renewable energy producer which utilizes technology to maximize value creation.

The Government of India previously announced plans to launch the National Hydrogen Mission. (Source: Ayana Renewable Power, PR, India Free Press Journal, Sept., 2021) Contact: Ayana Renewable Power, +91 80 4851 1001, www.ayanapower.com; Greenstat Hydrogen, www.greenstat.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ayana Renewable Power,  Green Hydrogen,  Greenstat Hydrogen ,  


Aspiring Canadian Prime Minister's Climate Change Promises (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change canada
Date: 2021-09-08
The sitting Liberal Government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if returned to office, will keep the existing carbon tax in place for provinces without a plan of their own and allow it to continue to rise to $170 per tonne by 2030. It would also provide grants of up to $5,000 for home energy efficiency retrofits and interest-free loans of up to $40,000 for deep retrofits. The Liberals would also spend $700 million to add 50,000 new electric vehicle chargers and hydrogen stations. -- Liberal Party of Canada, www.liberal.ca

The Conservatives, led by Erin O'Toole are pledging to scrap the existing carbon tax and replace it with mandatory personal carbon savings accounts that Canadians pay into for their carbon use and then use those funds for environmentally friendly purchases. The charge for those personal carbon savings accounts would begin at $20 per tonne and rise to no higher than $50 per tonne. The Conservatives, if elected, would also require 30 pct of light-duty vehicles to be zero emission by 2030. -- Conservative Party of Canada, www.conservative.ca

NDP candidate Jagmeet Singh will, if elected, set a target of reducing Canada's emissions by at least 50 pct from 2005 levels by 2030 and kill any and all fossil fuel subsidies, including federal support for pipelines. -- NDP, www.ndp.ca

The federal election is on 20 September, 2021.

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


Reliance Ind. Considers REC Solar Acquisition (M&A)
Reliance Ind., REC Solar
Date: 2021-09-03
Mumbai-based Indian industrial conglomerate Reliance Industries is reportedly planning to acquire Duke Energy Renewables subsidiary REC Solar for roughly $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Reliance is reportedly in talks with several unspecified lenders to support the transaction.

As previously reported, Reliance Industries, which focuses on the energy, petrochemical, natural gas, and other industries, plans to invest $8.1 billion over the next three years to build giga-factories for solar, green hydrogen, energy storage, electrolyzers, and fuel cells, including an integrated PV module factory in France.

REC Solar's annual production capacity stands at roughly 1.8 GW. (Source: Reliance Energy, PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries, www.ril.com; REC Solar, Singapre-based www.ril.com; REC Solar, Matt Walz, CEO, 805.471.0085, www.recsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  REC Solar,  


Zoo Biogas Project Now Online (Ind. Report)
ZooShare Biogas, EnerFORGE
Date: 2021-08-30
The ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, in partnership with Toronto Zoo, Loblaw Companies and Oshawa, Ontario-based EnerFORGE, has announced its most recent project is now operational. The ZooShare Biogas Project, a first of its kind in Canada, converts zoo manure and Loblaw supermarket and other Toronto area sourced food waste into sufficient power for roughly 250 homes while reducing as much as 20,000 tpy of greenhouse gases

EnerFORGE, the project’s critical energy infrastructure partner, the ZooShare biogas plant will add to its strategic portfolio of low-carbon energy projects, allowing them to build new value propositions in the production of RNG, hydrogen fuel cells, and carbon offset projects. (Source: ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, PR, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: ZooShare Biogas Cooperative, www.zooshare.ca; EnerFORGE, (905) 723-4626, www.opuc.on.ca/energy-services-innovation; EnerFORGE, (905) 723-4626 x 5261, connect@EnerFORGE.ca, www.enerforge.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News ZooShare Biogas,  Biogas,  EnerFORGE,  


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,  


Imperial Planning Alberta Renewable Diesel Production (Ind. Report)
Imperial Oil
Date: 2021-08-27
Imperial Oil reports it plan to build a 1 billion lpy renewable diesel (RD) from locally sourced and grown feedstocks, manufacturing facility at its Strathcona refinery near Edmonton, Alberta. RD production will source blue hydrogen -- produced from natural gas with CCS -- to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions relative to conventional hydrogen. The blue hydrogen and bio-feedstock will be combined with a proprietary catalyst to produce premium low-carbon diesel fuel..

A final investment decision will be subject to government support and approvals, market conditions, economic competitiveness and other considerations, Imperial noted. Subject to final investment decision, the facility could start production in 2024 (Source: Imperial Oil, PR, 25 Aug., 2021) Contact: Imperial Oil, Brad Corson, Pres., CEO, www.imperialoil.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Imperial Oil,  Renewable Diesel,  


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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  


Major Mongolian Green Hydrogen Project Gets the Nod (Int'l. Report
Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association
Date: 2021-08-23
In Beijing, the China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association is reporting the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia Energy Administration has approved a massive power project that will use solar and wind to produce green hydrogen which is widely viewed as vital to China's drive to decarbonize its economy by 2060.

The project includes several plants in the cities of Ordos and Baotou that will use 1.85 GW of solar and 370 MW of wind to produce 66,900 tpy of green hydrogen. Development is slated to get underway this October for commissioning and startup mid-2023, the association reported. Cost and other details were not released. (Source: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: China Hydrogen Energy Industry Promotion Association, www.ihfca.org.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Wind,  Solar,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


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,  


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
Natural Resource Canada
Date: 2021-08-13
As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • Tallgrass Takes Majority Stake in Hydrogen-to-Power Project (M&A)
    Tallgrass Energy, H2 Power
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Laewood, Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy LP is reported to have taken a 75 pct majority stake in Escalante H2 Power -- a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-to-power project at a retired 253-MW coal-fired power plant near Prewitt, New Mexico. Texas-based fuel processing, conversion and purification company Newpoint Gas will retain a 25 pct stake in the partnership, which licensed its zero-emission technology that converts natural gas into hydrogen for the project.

    The project, which is expected to cost $250 million, includes construction of a net-zero emissions hydrogen purification plant that will produce commercial-scale fresh water,and an underground carbon dioxide sequestration facility. (Source: H2 Power, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Tallgrass Energy LP, William Moler, CEO, (913) 928-6060 www.tallgrassenergy.com; H2 Power LLC, www.linkedin.com › company › h2powerllc

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

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

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    Plug Power's GA Liquid Green Hydrogen Plant Underway (Ind. Report)
    Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Latham, New York-headquartered Plug Power Inc reports its new $84m green hydrogen production facility that will produce 15 tpd of liquid green hydrogen from 100 pct renewable energy has broken ground in Georgia.

    The facility's green hydrogen production is expected to be implemented into refuelling stations to provide a nation-wide hydrogen highway and support the decarbonisation of transportation. (S0urce: Plug Power , PR, H2 View, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Any March, CEO, www.plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel

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    Carbon Price, Green Hydrogen -- Notable Quotes
    Green Hydrogen, Carbon Tax
    Date: 2021-08-09
    "Even if European carbon prices (tax) more than tripled to €200 ($236), hydrogen from renewable energy would still struggle to compete with fossil fuels without further government support.

    "To make the average renewable hydrogen project competitive with a fossil alternative will require annual subsidies of as much as €24 billion this decade."

    Guidehouse www.guidehouse.com; Agora Energiewende, www.agora-energiewende.de/en, July, 2021

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    Hydrogen Aviation Fuel Center Slated for WA State (Alt. Fuel)
    Universal Hydrogen, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-08-06
    In Seattle, Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have announced the creation of a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington.

    The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen's retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025. The Dash-8 conversion will be the first commercially-relevant hydrogen-powered aircraft on routes up to 1,000 kilometers.

    According to the release, early adopters of the zero-carbon emission technology include Ravn Alaska, Icelandair, and Spain's Air Nostrum, which have entered into letters of intent with Universal Hydrogen to convert their existing and future fleets to a hydrogen powertrain and for long-term hydrogen fuel supply contracts using Universal Hydrogen's modular capsule distribution network.

    The hydrogen powertrain comprises electric propulsion units (EPUs) from Everett, Washington-based magniX and fuel cells from Plug Power. Seattle-based AeroTEC will lead aircraft conversion, flight test, and certification activities, drawing on its own extensive experience with electric aviation and expertise from across the aerospace sector. The conversion work for U.S.-based airlines, flight test, as well as continuing airworthiness support would be based in AeroTEC's Moses Lake facility.

    To accelerate market adoption, Universal Hydrogen is also developing a conversion kit to retrofit existing regional airplanes with a hydrogen-electric powertrain compatible with its modular capsule technology. (Source: Universal Hydrogen, PR, 4 Aug., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel; Universal Hydrogen, Paul Eremenko, co-founder and CEO, investors@hydrogen.aero, www.hydrogen.aero; AeroTEC, www.aerotec.com

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

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

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    PowerTap Takes Stake in Green Hydrogen Tech. AES-100 (M&A)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital
    Date: 2021-07-28
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. reports it has acquired 49 pct of AES-100 Inc. -- the owner of exclusive rights and all intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System (AES), a novel electrochemical technology that selectively recovers high purity hydrogen from dilute syngas streams.

    The technology was invented by Burbank, California-based clean technology specialist T2M Global to address the problem of hydrogen trapped in dilute syngas streams that is wasted on low-value applications. The ability to economically extract high purity, clean hydrogen from gas streams commonly produced by carbon-intensive processes and containing contaminates such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or methane, presents great potential to drive lower emissions footprints for many industrial processes, while unlocking more hydrogen to fuel a cleaner global energy system, according to the release.

    The parties expect considerable synergy between the AES and PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's SMR technology with the AES complementing it via provision of syngas to PowerTap's SMR. This will essentially broaden the pool of feedstock required to produce hydrogen to include biomass in addition to natural gas/renewable natural gas. (Source: PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., PR, Newswire, 27 July, 2021) Contact: T2M Global, Pinakin Patel, CEO, 203-616-5514, bpatel@t2mglobal.com, www.t2mglobal.com; PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., Raghu Kilambi, CEO, www.powertapcapital.com; AES-100 Inc., www.aes.com

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    Apex, Plug Power Partner on Green Hydrogen Production (Ind. Report)
    Apex Clean Energy, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Following up on our June 11 coverage, Charlottesville, Virginia-based independent renewable energy developer Apex Clean Energy and Latham, New York-based Plug Power, a provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions, are reporting a 345 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) and a development services agreement for a 100 pct renewable "green" hydrogen production facility to be constructed in Camden County, Georgia.

    When fully operational, the plant is anticipated to produce 15 tpd of liquid green hydrogen intended to fuel transportation applications, including material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets. The facility is expected to come in at $84 million with construction starting next year. (Source: Apex Clean Energy, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Apex Clean Energy, 434.220.7595, Fax: 434.220.3712, info@apexcleanenergy.com, www.apexcleanenergy.com; Plug Power, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel

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

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

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

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    Johnson Matthey Acquires Lithium-Sulfur Battery Assets (Int'l. M&A)
    Johnson Matthey
    Date: 2021-07-28
    In the UK, London-headquartered Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, is reporting acquisition of the assets and intellectual property of the bankrupt, Oxford, UK area-based lithium-sulfur battery developer Oxis Energy Ltd.. The assets can be adapted for the manufacture of components for green hydrogen production, according to the release.

    According to Johnson Matthey, with a moderate additional investment in upgrades, this transaction will significantly accelerate the scale-up of Johnson Matthey's growing Green Hydrogen business and expand JM's ability to develop, test, and manufacture catalyst coated membranes and advanced materials for electrolysers. (Source: Johnson Matthey, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: Johnson Matthey, Robert MacLeod, CEO, Eugene McKenna, Managing Director, Green Hydrogen, www.matthey.com; Oxis Energy Ltd., www.oxisenergy.com

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    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Canadian Pacific Railway Releases Climate Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Canadian Pacific Railway , Science Based Targets
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Calgary, Alberta-headquartered Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. has published its first comprehensive Climate Strategy outlining the railroad giant's plan to drive innovative climate action and a measured response to emerging climate-related risks impacting the rail sector. The Climate Strategy outlines CP's objectives: establishing a clear understanding of climate-related risk and opportunities ; reducing the 140 year-old company's carbon footprint; adapting operations to the physical risks of climate change; integrating climate factors across the business and engaging with stakeholders on climate action.

    To guide implementation of the Climate Strategy, CP has established two science-based emissions reduction targets that address 100 pct of CP's Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, and more than half of Scope 3 emissions. CP commits to reducing Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions intensity of its locomotives -- the company's largest source of emissions -- by in excess of 38 pct by 2030. CP also commits to reducing absolute Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions from non-locomotive operations by in excess of 27 pct t by 2030. These targets are based on the most current methodology available to the transportation sector through the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

    CP has already taken significant steps to reduce GHG emissions, including installing a large solar farm at its Calgary corporate campus capable of generating more power than consumed annually by the main headquarters building. CP has also initiated a pioneering hydrogen locomotive program, and is currently building a hydrogen-powered locomotive using fuel cells and batteries to power the locomotives' electric traction motors. This initiative is important to generate critical industry knowledge and experience that will inform future development while supporting CP's emissions reduction targets.

    CP participates in leading sustainability disclosure frameworks including CDP, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Aligned with these frameworks, CP will continue to disclose annual emissions, management practices and ongoing energy efficiency initiatives, and commencing in 2022 will report to its shareholders on its progress on the Climate Strategy.

    In other railroad emissions and climate news, Norfolk, Virginia-based railroad Norfolk Southern Corp. has announced its science-based target to achieve a 42 pct reduction in scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 2034 from a 2019 base year.

    Norfolk Southern's emissions reduction target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Validation from the SBTi -- a joint initiative of CDP, UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute, and World Wide Fund for Nature -- confirms the company's target is consistent with reductions required to keep warming to well-below 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. (Source: Canadian Pacific Railway, PR, 26 July, 2021) Contact: CP, Keith Creel, Pres., CEO, 888-333-6370, www.cpr.ca

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

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

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

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    Chevron, Cummins Announce Hydrogen Coop. MoU (Ind. Report)
    Chevron, Cummins
    Date: 2021-07-26
    Chevron and Columbus, Indiana-headquartered multi-national power company Cummins Inc. have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop commercially viable business opportunities in hydrogen and other alternative energy sources.

    The MOU provides the framework for Chevron and Cummins to initially collaborate on four main objectives: advancing public policy that promotes hydrogen as a decarbonizing solution for transportation and industry; building market demand for commercial vehicles and industrial applications powered by hydrogen; developing infrastructure to support the use of hydrogen for industry and fuel cell vehicles; and exploring opportunities to leverage Cummins electrolyzer and fuel cell technologies at one or more of Chevron's domestic refineries. (Source: Chevron, Cummins, PR, BIC Mag, 25 July, 2021) Contact: Chevron, www.chevron.com; Cummins, Amy Davis, VP New Power, www.cummins.com

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    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
    TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

    TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

    Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

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    Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

    The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

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    UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-07-23
    In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

    According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

    A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

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    Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

    The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

    The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

    "Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

    Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

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    Hydrogen Notable Quote from Royal Dutch Shell
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-07-21
    "Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

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    Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
    Siemens, Fluence
    Date: 2021-07-21
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

    Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

    Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

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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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    Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report))
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In the UK, energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are reporting plans for one of the world's largest hydrogen storage sites -- the Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility with nine underground salt caverns below coastal East Yorkshire. Conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new caverns could cost as much as £290 million.

    With an initial capacity of at least 320GWh, the Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage facility would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today, according to the release.

    SSE and Equinor are also planning a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership is the UK's first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. (Source: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)Contact: Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE, www.sse.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

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    Doe Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Prod., CCS R&D (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-07-19
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in cost-sharing, federal funding aimed at "recalibrating the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production." The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.

    The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

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    Capstone Supplies Hydrogen Microturbines for Austrian Project (Int'l)
    Capstone Green Energy Corporation
    Date: 2021-07-19
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corp. -- reports it will supply two C65 microturbines to Austria-based Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau for use in an ultra-low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system -- the first hydrogen-fueled microturbine system in Europe.

    The system will initially run on 10 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas, with the amount of hydrogen expected to increase as Capstone approves higher blend levels in the future. The microturbine system is expected to be commissioned in October, this year.

    Capstone provides customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems and comprehensive service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

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    Generate Raises $2Bn for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    Generate Capital
    Date: 2021-07-19
    In the Golden State, San Francisco-based sustainable infrastructure specialist Generate Capital reports it has raised $2 billion in corporate equity to accelerate the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

    Generate builds, owns, operates and finances sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments and communities. Over the last seven years, Generate has built a portfolio of about $2 billion in sustainable infrastructure assets across the energy, waste, water and transport markets, deploying proven solutions that can have an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resource efficiency.

    Generate offers sustainability project developers and technology companies a comprehensive and flexible range of financial and operational solutions, establishing itself as the only "one-stop-shop" for sustainable infrastructure pioneers. The asset base the company owns, operates and finances includes renewable power, community solar, energy efficiency, microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, hydrogen, wastewater, and waste management. (Source: Generate Capital, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Generate Capital, Scott Jacobs, CEO, (415) 480-2914, www.generatecapital.com.

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