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INL, Xcel Partner on Minn. Hydrogen Project (Alt. Fuels) Report)
Xcel Energy,INL
Date: 2020-11-16
Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is reporting it will work with the US DOE' Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear power plant's steam and electricity to split water to produce hydrogen at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Station in Red Wing, MN . The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but could eventually be sold to other industries.

More than $10 million in federal funding has been awarded to the project-- the first of its kind in pairing a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.

A recent analysis under DOE's H2@Scale initiative, led by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, estimated that hydrogen produced by HTSE at a nuclear plant could be cost competitive in today's market. (Source: Xcel Energy, INL,PR, Chem Engineering, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: H2@Scale Initiative, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Xcel Energy,  Idaho National Laboratory,  


NTU Touts Energy Efficient Liquid Window (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
Nanyang Technological University
Date: 2020-11-11
Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a liquid window panel that can reduce buildings' energy consumption by up to 45 pct, is less expensive and 30 pct more energy-efficient than commercially available energy-efficient glass windows.

According to the release, the researchers placed hydrogel-based liquid -- a combination of micro-hydrogel, water, and stabilizer -- between glass panels to develop the liquid window. The researchers explained that a hydrogen-based liquid could respond to a change in temperature as it becomes non-transparent when exposed to heat and blocks the sunlight, and returns to its clear state when cooled. Besides that, water's high heat capacity enables the liquid window to store a large amount of thermal energy instead of getting transferred through the glass and into buildings during the day times.

As part of the experiment, the researchers conducted outdoor tests in Singapore's hot environment and the cold climate of Beijing, China. The smart liquid window registered a lower temperature (50 degree C) than a normal glass window (84 degrees C) during the hottest time of the day in Singapore. While the Beijing test revealed that the room equipped with the smart liquid window utilized 11 pct less energy to keep the same temperature than the room with a normal glass window. (Source: Nanyang Technological University, Website PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficient Window news,  Liquid Window news,  


USN Produces Jet Fuel from Cellulosic Feedstocks (Ind. Report)
USN
Date: 2020-11-09
Researchers from the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) in China Lake, California have developed an efficient three-step process for the conversion of cellulosic feedstocks to both a valuable chemical precursor and high-performance jet fuel blendstock. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem.

In it, the team describes the synthesis of sustainable methylcyclopentadiene and dimethyldicyclopentadiene (DMDCPD) via a three-step process consisting of aldol condensation; catalytic chemoselective hydrogenation; and dehydration.

Details available HERE. (Source: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, Nov., 2020) Contact: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, 7(((760 760-939-3511 60-939-3511 www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic news,  USN news,  Jet Biofuel news,  


EMEC Adding Battery Storage to Scottish Tidal Project (Int'l.)
European Marine Energy Centre ,Invinity
Date: 2020-11-09
In Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney reports it will deploy eight Invinity Energy Storage System VS3 battery modules linked together into a single system at its tidal energy test site on the island of Eday, The battery system will power EMEC's hydrogen production plant, demonstrating continuous hydrogen production from variable renewable generation.

The installation is funded by the Scottish government, through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and will be assembled at the company's manufacturing facility in Bathgate, West Lothian. . The system is expected to come online in 2021. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, renews, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020, www.emec.org.uk; Invinity Energy Storage System, (604) 563-2144, www.invinity.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Tidal Power,  Invinity ,  Battery Energy Storage,  


IISc, Indian Oil Investigate Hydrogen Fuel from Biomass (Int'l. R&D)
Indian Institute of Science
Date: 2020-11-02
In Bengaluru, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and the Research and Development Centre of the New Delhi-headquartered Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Limited are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and demonstrate a combustion-free biomass gasification-based hydrogen generation technology for producing fuel cell-grade hydrogen at an affordable price.

Biomass gasification is a controlled process that involves heat, steam, and oxygen to convert biomass to hydrogen and other products without combustion. The technology developed by IISc first produces hydrogen-rich syngas from waste agriculture biomass and then separates hydrogen from the syngas.

"The developed technology will be scaled up and demonstrated at Indian Oil's R&D Centre at Faridabad. Hydrogen generated from this demonstration plant will be used to power fuel cell buses as part of a bigger project being conceived by IOC towards ushering in the country's hydrogen economy," according to IISc . (Source: Indian Institute of Science, Indian Express, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Indian Institute of Science, +91 80 2293 2004, www.iisc.ac.in; Indian Oil Corporation, www.iocl.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Biomass,  


CF Ind. Commits to CCS, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
CF Industries Holdings
Date: 2020-10-30
Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

To that end, the company Board of Directors has authorized carbon capture and storage and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  CCS,  


BayoTech, IGas Partnering for Hydrogen Development (Alt. Fuel)
BayoTech, IGas
Date: 2020-10-30
London, UK-headquartered IGas Energy is reporting an agreement with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based modular hydrogen generation systems manufacturer BayoTech to produce hydrogen from certain of IGas' existing gas sites in the South East, where the gas resource can be reformed into hydrogen which will then be marketed to local or national purchasers.

BayoTech's low carbon on-site generation technologies, which originated in Sandia National Laboratories, are more efficient than legacy steam methane reformers, according to the company. (Source: IGas, Website PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: BayoTech, Inc., (505) 639-9238, info@BayoTech.us, www.bayotech.us ; IGas Energy Plc, +44 (0) 207 993 9899, enquiries@igasplc.com, www.igasplc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Hydrogen,  


CF Ind. Announces Clean Fuel Commitment (Alt. Fuel, Ind Report)
CF Industries Holdings
Date: 2020-10-30
Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

To that end, The company Board of Directors has authorized construction of a 20,000 tpy green hydrogen production facility as well as CO2 sequestration and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe and is in discussions with global utilities and maritime transportation providers interested in using low-carbon ammonia directly as a fuel.

The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Clean Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


New Fortress Energy Investing in H2Pro (Int'l. Report)
New Fortress Energy
Date: 2020-10-28
New York City-headquartered New Fortress Energy Inc. reports it has made an investment in H2Pro, an Israeli-based company developing a low-cost green hydrogen technology.

H2Pro's Electrochemical-Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) hydrogen production technology uses renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in two separate phases. E-TAC is membrane-free, does not require precious metals and is capable of operating at high pressure, reducing costs, according to the release.

The process, developed at the Technician, Israel Institute of Technology, reaches 95 pct efficiency with nearly 30 pct less renewable electricity than leading electrolysis technologies use to produce hydrogen. (Source: New Fortress Energy, PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: New Fortress Energy, Wes Edens, CEO, Joshua Kane, (516) 268-7400, (516) 268-7455, jkane@newfortressenergy.com, Zero, Green Hydrogen Division, zero@newfortressenergy.com, www.newdortressenergy.com; H2Pro, www.h2pro.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  New Fortress Energy ,  


Repsol Plans Advanced Biofuels Plant at Cartagena (Int'l. Report)
Repsol
Date: 2020-10-28
Madrid-based Repsol is reporting plans to construct a 250,000 tpy advanced transportation biofuels plant at its refinery in Cartagena, Spain. The new facility, which is expected to come in at $222.3 million, will include the commissioning of a hydrogen plant that will fuel a new hydro-treatment unit equipped with cutting-edge technology.

This project is part of Repsol's commitment to the clean energy transition and its goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The advanced biofuels produced at the Cartagena refinery will enable a reduction of 900 000 tpy of CO2, according to the release. (Source: Repsol, HydroCarbon Eng., 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Advanced Biofuel,  Cellulosic,  


Singapore Earmarks $49Mn for CCS, Low-Carbon Energy R&D (Int'l)
Singapore
Date: 2020-10-28
In his opening remarks at the Singapore International Energy Week on Monday (Oct 26), Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing announced the government has set aside S$49 million to fund low-carbon energy R&D and test-bedding efforts in hydrogen and carbon capture utilization and storage. The Minister also noted the government "hopes its green initiatives and energy management system can be an inspiration to the urban societies across the world." (Source: Singapore Minister for Trade and Industry, PR, 27 Oct., 2020) Contact: Singapore Ministry for Trade and Industry, +65 6225 9911, www.mti.gov.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  CCS,  CCUS,  


South Korea Announces Carbon Neutrality by 2050 Goal (Int'l.)
South Korea
Date: 2020-10-28
In Seoul, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has announced South Korea will invest in a "Green New Deal" that would see Asia's fourth and the world's tenth largest economy become carbon neutral by 2050.

To that end, South Korea would replace its coal power generation with renewable energy, replace old buildings and public rental housing with eco-friendly facilities, and expand its fleet of electric and hydrogen power vehicles and rapid EV charging infrastructure. Moon is aiming for renewable energy to generate 20 pct of the coal-reliant country's energy mix by 2030, while closing 40 existing coal-fired power plants by 2034. (Source: Yonhap, Korean Herald, 28 Oct., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News South Korea,  Carbon Emission,  Carbon Neutral,  


$50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
Asian Renewable Energy Hub
Date: 2020-10-26
In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  Asian Renewable Energy Hub,  Green Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


Ren. Hydrogen Producer Claims $2.5Mn Invest. (Alt. Fuel. Report)
WaysH
Date: 2020-10-26
In the Golden State, waste-to-hydrogen specialist Ways2H reports closure on a $2.5 million investment from Long Beach-based social benefit investment firm Pacific6 Enterprises. Led by founding partner John C. Molina, Pacific6 Enterprises supports projects and companies that have the potential to make a significant positive social, environmental and economic impact.

Ways2H's patented thermochemical process produces clean hydrogen fuel from municipal solid waste, wastewater sludge, plastics and/or other waste biomass without incineration. The process is net-zero carbon by itself and carbon-negative when paired with carbon capture and storage (CCS), according to the company website. (Source: Ways2H, Website News, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: Ways2H, Jean-Louis Kindler, CEO, 562-414-4150 , www.Ways2H.com: Pacific6 Enterprises, www.pacific6.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ways2H,  Hydrogen,  Renewable Hydrogen,  


BayWa Researching Green Hydrogen Potential (Int'l. Report, R&D)
BayWa r.e.,Alliander
Date: 2020-10-23
BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven are reporting a contract for the operation of the SinneWetterstof Hydrogen Pilot Project. The project is being built by the Netherland's largest energy developer and operator Alliander N.V. to research and test how local hydrogen production can follow the generation profile of a solar plant to ultimately reduce grid congestion.

This project, which is expected to be operational by late 2021, will source energy from a 50 MWp solar farm, previously built by GroenLeven, to generate green hydrogen as a storable form of energy by electrolysis of water.

Alliander N.V. provides utility services. The Company distributes electricity, gas, and heat, as well as offers solutions for energy metering and energy management (Source: Bay Wa r.e., Website PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: BaWa r.e.,Manfred Groh, Strategy Manager, Corporate Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, www.baywa-re.com; Alliander, +31 0 88 542 6363, www.alliander.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BayWa,  Hydrogen,  Solar,  Energy STorage,  


Zero Carbon Humber Seeks Major Gov. Funding (Int'l., Funding)
Zero Carbon Humber
Date: 2020-10-23
In the UK, Zero Carbon Humber has sent an open letter to energy minister Kwasi Kwarteng, calling on the government to back a major funding bid. This follows on from the 12 organisations behind the project submitting a bid to the second phase of the government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for £75 million of funding.

The Zero Carbon Humber letter argues that if the bid was successful it would help unlock a potentially multi-billion pound project, reduce the UK's annual emissions by 15 pct and help the UK meet its international legally binding climate target.

The Zero Carbon Humber partnership, which was first announced in May 2019, members include: Drax, National Grid Ventures , Equinor, international trade bodies, business and investment groups, local authorities , academic institutions and others.

According to Zero Carbon Humber's website, "Industrial powerhouses like the Yorkshire and the Humber region are an essential and valued part of the UK's economy but produce high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions: the Humber is the most carbon intensive industrial cluster in the country, emitting 12.4 million tpy. Developing carbon capture usage and storage (CCS or CCUS) technology and hydrogen (H2) starting in Yorkshire and the Humber would preserve jobs by enabling energy intensive industries to continue to operate and thrive even against a backdrop of ever tighter emissions targets linked to the UK's carbon budgets. Without CCUS, the Humber will face perhaps insurmountable challenges. By drawing on the existing skills and infrastructure in it and the wider region, the Humber can become the base for the UK's first zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst delivering new jobs and export opportunities for British businesses." 2021. (Source: Zero Carbon Humber, Current News, 23 Oct., 2020) Contact: Zero Carbon Humber, www.zerocarbonhumber.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  UK Carbon Emissions,  


DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
DEME Group
Date: 2020-10-21
Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, www.ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en

More Low-Carbon Energy News DEME Group,  Green Hydrogen,  Carbon Neutral,  


ENGIE EPS Launches Greek Hydrogen Energy Storage System (Int'l.)
ENGIE
Date: 2020-10-19
French energy giant ENGIE EPS has unveiled a hydrogen-based, renewable energy storage system built with its proprietary technology in Agkistro, Greece. The system will supply energy to an independent agri-food processing unit using energy from the nearby renewable energy developer Horizon-owned hydroelectric plant to produce hydrogen, which will be then stored and used for power generation as needed.

The system consists of a hydrogen power-to-power system made by an electrolyser, converting electricity into hydrogen power-to-gas and a fuel cell system, converting hydrogen stored in large quantities back to electricity gas-to-power. (Source: ENGIE EPS--Pioneering Energy Storage, PR, H2View, 19 Oct., 2020) Contact: ENGIE EPS, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO, GM, +39 02 49541830, info@engie-eps.com www.engie-eps.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News ENGIE news,  Hydrogen news,  Energy Storage news,  Hydrogen Energy Storage news,  


Green Hydrogen Specialist Seeks to Raise $31Mn (Int'l. Report)
Everfuel
Date: 2020-10-19
Herning, Denmark-based Everfuel reports it seeks to raise $31.25 million to produce and commercialize zero-emission green hydrogen across Europe. Everfuel's primary customers include bus, taxi, truck, rail and marine vessel owners and fleet operators, according to a release.

Everfuel, a 2019 spin-off from Nel ASA, operates hydrogen production (electrolysers), hydrogen distribution and hydrogen stations, supported by innovative digitization of the entire supply chain in one central system. (Source: Everfuel, PR, Contact: Everfuel, Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO, +45 53 66 69 99, www.everfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  Everfuel,  


JERA Updates Zero CO2 Emissions Roadmap Plan (Int'l. Report)
JERA
Date: 2020-10-16
In Tokyo, Japan's largest power generation utility JERA Co. Inc. reports it will close all of its "inefficient" coal power plants by 2030, as part of a roadmap to reach zero CO2 emissions by 2050. To that end, JERA plans to: cut carbon emission intensity of its thermal power plants by 20 pct; develop renewable energy resources such as offshore wind; gradually increase the ratio of mixed combustion of fossil fuels, ammonia and hydrogen at its power plants; and improve efficiencies.

Eighty pct of Japan's electricity presently comes from thermal power generation, which accounts for 40 pct of the country's total carbon emissions. (Source: JERA, PR 15 Oct., 2020)Contact: JERA, www.jera.co.jp/english

More Low-Carbon Energy News JERA,  Carbon Emissions,  


CEC Earmarks $384Mn for Zero-Emissions Transport (Ind. Report)
California Energy Commission
Date: 2020-10-16
In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is reporting approval of a $384 million plan focused on closing gaps in zero-emission fuels and infrastructure to support Governor Gavin Newsom's executive order phasing out the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger vehicles by 2035.

The 2020-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CEC's Clean Transportation Program -- fka the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- prioritizes funding for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, related workforce development and manufacturing.

The plan approved the following: $132.9 million for light-duty EV charging infrastructure; $129.8 mn for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs and infrastructure; $70 mn for hydrogen refueling infrastructure; $25 mn for zero-and near-zero-carbon fuel production and supply; $10 mn for COVID-19 recovery and reinvestment; $9 mn for ZEV manufacturing and $7.5 mn for workforce development.

The Clean Transportation Program has provided nearly $900 million in funding to California alternative fuels and related projects since 2008. (Source: California Energy Commission,15 Oct., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Energy Commission,  Transportation Emissions,  


FuelCell Energy Claims $8Mn DOE Contract (Ind. Report)
FuelCell Energy
Date: 2020-10-14
Danbury, Connecticut-based FuelCell Energy is reporting receipt of an $8-million contract from the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), in collaboration with the Office of Nuclear Energy, to design and manufacture a SureSource electrolysis platform capable of producing hydrogen.

The project will be the first multi-stack electrolysis system produced with the solid oxide technology and equipped with an option of receiving thermal energy, thereby increasing the electrolysis electrical efficiency to more than 90 pct. The Idaho National Laboratories (INL) will test the system to confirm the electric efficiency and the ability to utilize nuclear power plant waste heat to obtain higher efficiencies of up to 100 pct.

Fuel Cell Energy aims is to deliver clean, efficient and affordable fuel cell solutions configured for the supply, recovery and storage of energy for customers. This new project can assist FuelCell to commercialize the high-efficiency solid oxide electrolysis technology, according to the release. (Source: Fuel Cell Energy, PR, Yahoo Finance, 12 Oct., 2020)Contact: FuelCell Energy, Jason Few, CEO, 203-825-6000, info@fce.com, www.fuelcellenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News FuelCell Energy,  Energy Storage,  


Green Hydrogen Forecast as Cheapest Alternative Fuel (Ind. Report)
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2020-10-12
A recent low-emissions technology statement from Asian Renewable Energy (ARE) Hub suggests "green" hydrogen is likely to leapfrog ahead of hydrogen made with gas and coal as the most cost-effective form of the energy before the end of the decade, and by the time an industry could be developed at scale.

The ARE statement forecast the cheapest way to produce hydrogen in the short-term might be to use gas or "coal gasification" with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The statement added that production methods using renewable energy would become cheaper as demand grew.

Bloomberg NEF has projected that green hydrogen would cost $1.33 a kilogram by 2030, falling to about $0.76 per kg by 2050. By comparison, it suggested hydrogen created using gas with CCS was likely to cost about $1.92 a kg at both dates assuming gas prices stayed cheaper than it had been in recent years, and using coal with CCS would cost $2.51 per kg, according to the HUB statement. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Technology Times, Guardian, Oct., 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Alex Hewitt,Exec. Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


Aussie Bioenergy Industrial Park Seeking Tenants (Int'l. Report)
Utilitas Group
Date: 2020-10-07
In the land Down Under, Brisbane-based bioenergy developer Utilitas Group is reporting the opening of a decommissioned wastewater treatment plant in Queensland as the Bundaberg bioHub industrial park. The project is seeking prospective bioenergy, food, and fertiliser industry tenants such as Green Eco Technologies, Grenof, ENGV, Energy360, Scania, New Holland, and ReCarbon.

Utilitas Group partnered with Bundaberg Regional Council to purchase the former East Bundaberg wastewater facility to create the industrial park focused on renewable natural gas (RNG), biomethane, and hydrogen. Utilitas is now considering the feasibility of distributing green gas from the Bundaberg bioHub through the Bundaberg gas distribution network. (Source: Utilitas Group, PR Website News, Oct., 2020) Contact: Utilitas Group, Fiona Waterhouse, CEO, +61 7 3105 2819 info@utilitas.com.au, www.utilitas.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Utilitas Group,  Bioenergy,  RNG,  Biogas,  


MSC Touts Hydrogen, Biofuels Maritime Fuel Mix (Int'l. Report)
Mediterranean Shipping Company
Date: 2020-10-07
According to Geneva, Switzerland-headquartered global maritime shipping giant Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), hydrogen and biofuels are forecast to become key components of container shipping's future fuel mix and decarbonizing maritime fuels.

MSC is pioneering the large-scale usage of biofuel blends of up to 30 pct for bunkering container ships on a routine basis in Rotterdam. The company is also looking at fossilfuel sourced LNG as a potential bridging fuel as part of the industry's transition towards a zero-carbon future. MSC also notes that industry partnerships could help accelerate the development of clean hydrogen and other other fuels. (Source: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Seatrade Maritime News, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: Mediterranean Shipping Company, Bud Darr,Exec. VP, 514 844 3711 -- Montreal Office, www.msc.com

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


UK Concrete and Beyond Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l. Report)
UK Concrete
Date: 2020-10-07
UK Concrete, the London-headquartered trade body representing the UK's concrete and cement industry, is reporting CCS can tackle 61 pct of the industry's annual emissions by 2050, if the Government and industry collaborate to ensure that investment in arrays and related transport and carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure is scaled up. The remainder of the emissions reductions needed for the sector to reach net-zero can be achieved through decarbonising transport; switching to biomass and hydrogen for heat; using lower-carbon materials and transitioning to renewable electricity. A smaller proportion of reductions can also be achieved by rolling out automated technologies in manufacturing facilities, according to UK Concrete.

To go beyond net-zero, the sector will need to develop innovative concrete blends which absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through a process called carbonation. Concrete produced in the UK is currently not performing in line with the global average carbonation rate -- but if it was, an amount of CO2e equivalent to 12 pct of the sector's footprint in mid-century could be captured, according to the trade group's UK Concrete and Cement Sector Roadmap for Beyond Net Zero report.

According to the International Energy Agency , CCS is "virtually the only technology solution for deep emissions reductions from cement production."

Download UK Concrete's UK Concrete and Cement Sector Roadmap for Beyond Net Zero report HERE. (Source: UK Concrete, PR,edie, 6 Oct., 2020) Contact: UK Concrete, +44 (0) 207 963 8000, info@thisisukconcrete.co.uk, www.thisisukconcrete.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Concrete news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Cement news,  


Michelin Wins LEED Green Building Certification (Ind. Report)
Michelin, US Green Building Council
Date: 2020-10-07
Greenville, South Carolina-based tire manufacturing giant Michelin North America, Inc. reports its southeast distribution center in Woodruff, S.C. has been awarded US Green Building Council LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions in areas including sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficient materials, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cells solution to power its material handling lift trucks, and other energy efficiency features.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Association (EIA) buildings account for roughly 40 pct of national CO2 emissions. LEED-certified buildings have 34 pct lower CO2 emissions, consume 25 pct less energy and 11 pct less water, and have diverted more than 80 million tons of waste from landfills, according to the USGBC. (Source: Michelin North America, Inc., PR, Oct., 2020) Contact: Michelin North America, www.michelinman.com; US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Michelin,  LEED Gold,  USGBC,  Energy Efficiency,  


Yara, Orsted Planning Dutch Green Ammonia Production (Int'l. Report)
Orsted
Date: 2020-10-05
Danish utility Orsted and Norwegian fertiliser firm Yara have joined forces in developing a project aiming at replacing fossil hydrogen with renewable hydrogen in the production of "green" ammonia at Yara's plant in the Dutch province of Zeeland. The renewable hydrogen would generate around 75,000 tpy of green ammonia.

Subject to public co-funding and regulatory approvals, the project could be operational in 2024/2025. Green ammonia is emerging as a promising decarbonised maritime shipping fuel, according to a release. (Source: Orsted, Yara, Splash 247, 5 Oct., 2020) Contact: Orsted, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Amonia,  Orsted,  Alternative Fuel,  


BP Moves Towards Zero Carbon and Sustainability (Ind. Report)
BP
Date: 2020-10-05
In response to growing public concern over sustainability and climate change, global energy giant British Petroleum (BP) recently announced it plans to reduce its oil and gas outputin the next 10 years by 40 pct from the present levels, with an emphasis on low carbon technologies especially on renewables, bioenergy, hydrogen and carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCS). Similarly, global oil major Shell has announced similar moves to a zero carbon future.

Sustainability and climate change has become an integral strategy of all the global firms, especially in the energy and downstream area, thanks to public pressure as well as due to the sustained efforts of think tanks and activist organizations like Greenpeace, according to the BP release. (Source: BP, Sept., 2020)Contact: BP, www.bp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News BP,  Carbon Emissions,  Renewable Energy,  


AFL-CIO, EDI Release Low-Carbon Energy Initiative (Ind. Report)
AFL-CIO,Energy Futures Initiative
Date: 2020-09-30
The Washington, DC-based-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure analysis to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www.energyfuturesinitiative.org

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  • AFL-CIO, EFI Release Low-Carbon Energy Futures Initiative (Int'l.)
    AFL-CIO, Energy Futures Initiative
    Date: 2020-09-30
    The Washington, DC-based Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) and the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) this week released Energy Transitions: The Framework for Good Jobs in a Low-Carbon Future detailing their ten-point plan for a U.S. energy jobs recovery.

    The report identifies the following priority areas for new job creation and the advancement of social equity in a "deeply decarbonized" economy:

  • a national action plan for deployment of carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technology

  • an analysis of existing energy infrastructure to identify key energy infrastructure needs

  • new policies for siting and permitting of new electricity transmission projects

  • nuclear energy initiatives, including safe and affordable preservation of the existing fleet and deployment of next-generation technologies

  • the development of technology and policy pathways for natural gas and development of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for transportation, power and industry

  • expanded finance mechanisms for energy efficiency

  • a comprehensive assessment of U.S. capacity to produce industrial metals, including rare earths, lithium, cobalt, copper and palladium, an analysis of the offshore wind supply chain

  • and a roadmap for implementing natural and engineered carbon dioxide removal at scale. (Source: Energy Futures Initiative, AFL-CIO, Investable Universe, 29 Sept., 2020) Contact: AFL-CIO, www.aflcio.org; Energy Futures Initiative, www. energyfuturesinitiative.org

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  • Siemens, Wunsiedel Plan German "Green" Hydrogen Plant (Int'l.)
    Siemens,Wunsiedel
    Date: 2020-09-28
    Siemens Smart Infrastructure and and German hydrogen specialist SWW Wunsiedel GmbH are reporting an agreement to construct a CO2-free "green" hydrogen production plant running solely on renewable energy in Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria.

    The planned electrolysis plant will initially produce over 900 tpy of hydrogen expanding to as much as 2,000 tpy when fully operational before the end of 2021. Groundbreaking is slated for the end of this year. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Trade Arabia News, 26 Sept., 2020) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Infrastructure, +49 (69) 797 932850, new.siemens.com; SWW Wunsiedel GmbH, Marco Krasser, CEO, +49 9232 8870, www.s-w-w.com

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    Australia to Invest $18Bn in Low Emission Tech. (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA,Australia
    Date: 2020-09-28
    In the Land Down Under, Ministry for Energy and Emissions Reduction reports the Australian government expects to invest $18 billion in new low emission technologies over the next ten years to reduce carbon emissions. The ministry also released the government's first Low Emission Technology Statement aimed at making new technologies cost-competitive with existing technologies.

    To that end, the new plan aims to: reduce the production cost of hydrogen; lower the cost of long duration battery storage systems; reduce the price of soil carbon measurement; decrease the cost of carbon capture storage (CCS) to under $20/ton; cut the production cost of low emission aluminum and for low emission steel; and others.

    Accordingly, the government will establish a Technology Investment Framework and invest around $1.9 billion in a new energy technology package and complete its Long Term Emission Reduction Strategy before the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

    As previously reported, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) recently received $1.62 billion in government funding to enhance the utilization of low emission technologies to cut emissions across the chain. (Source: Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, ARENA, Mercom India, 27 Sept., 2020) Contact: Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon Angus Taylor, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au www.minister.industry.gov.au; ARENA, Ivor Frischknecht, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

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    Petrobras Touts "Biorefino 2030" Biofuels Production Plan (Int'l.)
    Petrobras
    Date: 2020-09-23
    Brazilian state-owned oil and gas company Petrobras reports it is is working to reduce the carbon intensity of its refining segment by 16 pct by 2025 and plans to produce "new, more modern and sustainable fuel" such as renewable diesel and aviation biokerosene under its Biorefino 2030 program.

    The company is also betting on aviation biokerosene -- "BioQAv" -- which is set to become mandatory in Brazil from 2027. The production process of the fuel, through hydrogenation, uses the same raw materials required for the production of renewable diesel. At the same time, industrial units producing BioQAv have renewable diesel as a co-product. (Source: Petrobras, PR 22 Sept., 2020) Contact: Petrobras, Pedro Parente, CEO, sac@petrobras.com.br, www.petrobras.com

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    Aussie PM says Zero-Emissions Achievable but Won't say When (Int'l. Report)
    Australia, Zero Emissions
    Date: 2020-09-21
    Further to our Jan 15, 2020 coverage when Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison (Lib) claimed Australia's carbon emissions will be slashed by 42 pct within this decade -- a far greater reduction than the Australian Department of Environment's latest projection of just 4 pct by 2030 -- the PM now says Australia can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 but won't commit to making that an explicit target.

    Morrison notes reaching the goal will require more lower emissions technologies and energy sources such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen and to that end his government has pledged to put $1.9 billion into the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFE) while allowing them to back CCS projects which they are presently prohibited from making. (Source: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison, PR, Sydney Morning Herald, 20 Sept., 2020) Contact: Office of Australian Prime Minster Hon. Scott Morrison, www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm; Australian Renewable Energy Agency, www.arena.gov; Clean Energy Finance Corporation, www.cefc.com.au

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    Montana Climate Solutions Plan Announced (Ind. Report)
    Montana Climate Change
    Date: 2020-09-14
    In Helena, the office of Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) has announced the Montana Climate Solutions Plan and the Montana Climate Solutions Council (MCSC).

    MSCS's recommendations begin with the creation of a Montana Climate Solutions Network (MCSN), a broad affiliation of diverse stakeholders who would support planning and implementation of climate strategies in Montana.

    Among the specific proposals to reduce the impacts of climate change are to work with communities to identify their highest-priority risks and vulnerabilities and implement hazard mitigation plans, promote agricultural research that will sustain production in higher projected temperatures and extreme water shortages, implement strategies to make communities more fire-resistant, and to encourage the development of cleaner energy production options such as wind, solar, decarbonized fuels from hydrogen and biomass, and micro-hydro electricity generation projects.

    The Montana Climate Solutions Plan also calls for regularly updated energy efficiency standards for household appliances and for Investor Owned Utilities and rural cooperatives to implement on-bill energy efficiency financing programs. The plan also calls for a carbon pricing -- carbon tax -- mechanism at the state level in the event a national carbon tax is not implemented. To that end, the plan calls for Montana to track and influence the development of federal legislation through its Congressional delegation and through its membership in the U.S. Climate Alliance.

    Download the Montana Climate Solutions Plan, HERE . (Source: Montana Climate Solutions Council, Website, Great Falls Tribune, 12 Sept., 2020) Contact: Montana Climate Solutions Council, deq.mt.gov/DEQAdmin/dir/Climate

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    Energy Transformation Needed for Net-Zero Emissions (Int'l.)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-09-11
    Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 is a major new IEA publication focused on the technology needs and opportunities for reaching international climate and sustainable energy goals. This flagship report offers vital analysis and advice on the clean energy technologies the world needs to meet net-zero emissions objectives.

    The report's comprehensive analysis maps out the technologies needed to tackle emissions in all parts of the energy sector, including areas where technology progress is still lacking such as long-distance transport and heavy industries. It shows the amount of emissions reductions that are required from electrification, hydrogen, bioenergy and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. It also provides an assessment of emissions from existing infrastructure and what can be done to address them.

    Download the Energy Technology Perspectives 2020 report HERE. (Source: IEA, Sept., 2020) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    PowerCell, Soltech Ink Solar Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    PowerCell Sweden
    Date: 2020-09-09
    PowerCell Sweden AB has signed a Nordic cooperation agreement with Soltech Group -- Sweden's largest solar energy specialist -- regarding joint development of stationary energy solutions based on the two companies' products within fuel cells and solar energy. By using excess energy from solar panels to produce hydrogen, solar energy can be stored and converted back to electricity in a fuel cell when needed.

    In a first collaborative project, the companies will conduct a feasibility study regarding a stationary power solution that will secure power supply for Amokabel AB in Alstermo, Smaland. (Source: PowerCell Sweden AB, PR, 8 Sept., 2020) Contact: PowerCell Sweden AB, Andreas Boden, +46 (0) 31 720 36 20, andreas.boden@powercell.se

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    Haldor Topsoe Joins Danish Sustainable Fuel Project (Int'l. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2020-08-28
    Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports it is partnering with Orsted, Copenhagen Airports, A.P. Moller- Maersk, DSV Panalpina, DFDS, SAS, Nel, and Everfuel to develop a electrolysis-based hydrogen and sustainable fuels -- jet fuel, ammonia, and methanol -- production facility in the Greater Copenhagen .

    The three-phase project is expected to be finalized by 2030. The first stage, which could be operational by as early as 2023, will comprise a 10 MW electrolysis plant producing renewable hydrogen for trucks and potentially buses. By 2027, the stage two facility equipped with a 250 MW electrolysis plant will combine the production of renewable hydrogen with captured CO2 from combustion of municipal waste or biomass to produce renewable methanol for maritime vessels and renewable jet fuel for planes. The last phase will upgrade the electrolysis plant's capacity to 1.3 GW and capture more CO2.

    In addition to major partner investments, the project is seeking substantial funding from Innovation Fund Denmark. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 27 Aug., 2020) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

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    Goldwind Australia Project Considers Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
    Goldwind
    Date: 2020-08-21
    In the Land Down Under, Sydney-headquartered Goldwind Australia reports it is considering the use of renewable hydrogen or biofuels to power a proposed new gas-battery hybrid project near the Gullen Range wind and solar complex.The project includes a 12MW/4MWh battery system and six 12MW gas reciprocating engines.

    The project has received $10 million funding from the NSW government Emerging Energy Program, which is targeting new projects that can provide firming support to the NSW energy system, as it transitions away from coal and towards wind and solar for its electricity supplies. (Source: Goldwind Australia, ReNew Economy, 15 Aug., 2020) Contact: GoldWind Australia, +61 (2) 9008 1715, info@goldwindaustralia.com, www.goldwindaustralia.com

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    EC Reassessing 2030 Targets for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission
    Date: 2020-08-12
    In Brussels, the European Commission (EC) reports it is considering more ambitious 2030 targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency action with the aim of ensuring the EU delivers on its pledge to become climate neutral by 2050.

    The review will sharpen the EC's view of the renewable energy and energy efficiency's contribution to meeting the European Green Deal's goal of reducing the 28-member trading bloc's greenhouse gas emissions by 50-55 pct by 2030.

    For renewables, the EC seeks to assess if the renewables target of at least 32 pct for 2030 should be raise and that other directives and initiatives should be modified to be in line with the Energy System Integration Strategy and the Hydrogen Strategy. The outcome of the review and possible proposals are expected in June 2021. (Source: European Union News, European Commission, Balkan Green Energy News, Aug., 2020)

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    Repsol Produces Spain's First Aviation Biofuel (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2020-08-05
    Madrid-based integrated energy company Repsol SA is reporting production of 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass at its Puertollano Industrial Complex in Ciudad Real. The production is the first in Spain. The first 7,000 tons of aviation fuel made from biomass -- equal to the consumption of 100 Madrid-Los Angeles flights -- has a bio content under 5 pct in order to meet the quality standards established by international specifications. Using the fuel will prevent the release of roughly 400 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere -- equal to 40 Madrid-Barcelona flights.

    As previously reported, Repsol is aiming to be zero emissions company by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement. To that end, The company recently announced the launch of two major pioneering decarbonization industrial projects at the Petronor refinery. The first project involves the construction of one of the largest plants in the world for producing net zero emissions fuels from CO2 and green hydrogen, generated with renewable energy. This facility will set a new benchmark in Europe thanks to the cutting-edge technology applied and the use of captured CO2 as raw material in the Petronor refinery. The second project is a plant for generating gas from urban waste, which will replace part of the traditional fuels used in Petronor's production process. (Source: Repsol, The Corner, Aug., 2020)Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000, sacportal@repsol.com, www.repsol.com

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    Westkuste 100 Renewable Hydrogen Project Confirms Funding (Int'l.)
    Green Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-08-05
    The ten partners of the WESTKUSTE 100 project are reporting confirmation of €30 million in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy for the first industrial-scale renewable hydrogen project in Germany within a "real-world laboratory" framework. The project has a total budget of €89 million.

    With the grant approval, the Westkuste 100 project can now enter its first phase -- a newly founded "H2 Westkuste GmbH" joint venture consisting of EDF Germany, Orsted and the Heide refinery, to construct a 30-MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and to provide information on the operation, maintenance, control and grid services of the plant. (Source: Orsted, PR, reve, 4 Aug., 2020) Contact: Orsted, Martin Neubert, Executive VP and CEO, Orsted Offshore, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    World's Largest "Green" Hydrogen Project Underway (Int'l. Report)
    Green Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-07-31
    The world's largest green hydrogen project has formally kicked off in Denmark. The project is being led by Copenhagen Airport; shipping giant A.P.Moller-Maersk; transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina; shipping and logistics firm DFDS; airline SAS and Danish energy company Orsted, the City of Copenhagen with technical and management support from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Denmark-based international engineering, environmental science and economics consultants COWI.

    The project will establish a 1.3 GW electrolysis facility in the Greater Copenhagen area capable of generating hydrogen from water in a process that will be powered entirely with offshore wind power. The 'green' hydrogen generated by the project can be used as fuel for heavy road vehicles and/or converted into e-methanol for maritime shipping and e-kerosene for aviation fuel.

    At full capacity, the new Danish facility could reportedly reduce carbon emissions from transport by 850,000 tonnes, charting the course for green agenda leading European countries to meet the 2050 net zero emissions target. The facility is expected to open in 2023 with a 10-MW electrolysis capacity. (Source: EU, Consultancy.eu , 30 July, 2020)

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    India's Praj Ind., ARAI Green Fuel Alliance Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Praj Industries
    Date: 2020-07-29
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer Praj Industries Ltd. and the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) are reporting a MoA to jointly drive the development and use of advanced and alternative fuels in industry and transportation.

    As a leading player in the global bio economy, Praj brings its three decades expertise in developing and deploying biofuel technology solutions through its TEMPO business mode l to the joint effort. ARAI, as a R&D major, brings its experience in CNG, LPG, LNG, HCNG, dual fuel technology, Bio-CNG, Hydrogen, Ethanol, DME and Methanol to the joint agreement.

    With their complementary strengths in technology and application, Praj and ARAI will work together to test and commercialise newer fuels with improved efficiencies, according to the Praj release. (Source: Praj Industries Ltd., PR, 29 July, 2020) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev. info@praj.net, www.praj.net; Automotive Research Association of India, Shri Nitn B Dhande, Bus. Dev., dhande.dts@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com

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    DOE Offering $64Mn Funding to Advance H2@Scale (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE is reporting approximately $64 million in Fiscal Year 2020 funding for 18 projects that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use. These projects will fuel the next round of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) activities under H2@Scale's multi-year initiative.

    The projects will be funded through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's (EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office (HFTO). The projects will feature collaborations with EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office on manufacturing reliable and affordable electrolyzers and with EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office on developing low-cost carbon fiber for hydrogen storage tanks. Other areas of focus include identifying durable and cost-effective fuel cell systems and components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

    The funding will also spur demonstrations of large-scale hydrogen utilization at ports and data centers and across industrial sectors like steel making, and help build a comprehensive training program for a robust hydrogen and fuel cells workforce in the U.S. (Source: US DOE, PR, July 20, 2020) Contact: US DOE , H2@Scale, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale

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    Alt Fuels Included in Rebuilding Resilient B.C. Plan (Ind. Report)
    Pembina Institute
    Date: 2020-07-27
    In Vancouver, the Canadian non-profit think-tank Pembina Institute is urging the Province of B.C. to use its recovery and stimulus plans to help create a low-carbon economy that generates jobs and protects the environment.

    To that end, the Institute's Rebuilding a Resilient B.C. action plan recommends: B.C. positions itself to be a leading supplier of renewable fuels and invest in active (alternative , low-carbon) transportation as well as provide funding for capital and operating costs for transit. It also calls for the province to set a path to become leading producer and consumer of low-carbon and zero-carbon hydrogen. (Source: Pembina Institute, DCN-JOC News Services July 27, 2020 Contact: Pembina Institute, Stephen Hui, Communications, 778-987-7654., stephenh@pembina.org, www.pembina.org

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    Boris Launches Jet Zero Council to Cut Airline Emissions (Int'l.)
    UK PM Boris Johnson
    Date: 2020-07-24
    In London, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched a new Jet Zero Council to tackle aviation emissions as part of his government's £350-million ($445.4 million) plan for the UK to meet its net zero by 2050 goal.

    The Jet Zero Council will bring together the government, environment sector and aviation and aerospace industry experts to work towards an ambition of the first-ever zero emission long-haul passenger plane.

    The UK government's overall net zero by 2050 funding package will support the transition from natural gas to clean hydrogen power; scaling up carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology; a drive towards the use of innovative materials in heavy industry; support for advanced new building techniques; state of the art construction techniques; research and development for the automotive sector, and others. (Source: Various Media, Economic Times India, 22 July, 2020)

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    Notable Quote on Trump's $118Mn Carbon-Neutral Coal Commitment
    Clean Coal
    Date: 2020-07-24
    "Coal is one of our nation's most abundant natural resources and has been providing well-paying jobs and powering the US for decades. That's why, as the global energy mix evolves, we're investing in the next-generation of coal technologies that will lay the groundwork for clean, reliable 21st century coal-to-energy plants.

    "The Trump Administration sees a bright future for the new, next stage of coal."-- Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, July, 2020)

    Brouillette was commenting on the Trump Administration's $118 million Coal FIRST commitment to develop technologies to generate carbon-neutral electricity and hydrogen using coal.

    Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) plants will incorporate carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies and be capable of flexible operations to meet the needs of the grid, use innovative components that improve efficiency and reduce emission and will be small compared to the current conventional utility-scale coal-fired plants. Contact: Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette www.energy.gov/contributors/dan-brouillette

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    Iberdrola, Fertiberia Launch Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    Iberdrola, Fertiberia
    Date: 2020-07-24
    Iberdrola and Madrid-based Fertiberia are reporting an agreement to invest €150 million to construct Europe's largest green hydrogen plant in Puertollano, in Ciudad Real, Spain.

    The plant, which will incorporate a 100 MW PV solar plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20 MWh and one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world (20 MW), is expected to be completed and operational in 2021.

    The facility's green hydrogen production will be used at Fertiberia's 200,000 tpy ammonia plant in Puertollano.

    Download plant details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Fertiberia, PR, reve, 24 July, 2020) Contact: Fertiberia, Javier Goni, Pres., +34 915866200, Fax: +34 915866232, fertiberia@fertiberia.es, www.fertiberia.com; Iberdrola, www.iberdrolarenewables.com

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