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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,; Siemens Energy AG,; Toyota Tsusho,; Associated British Ports ,

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

AceOn Mobile Solar Power Storage Scores £1Mn Funding (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-07-14
In the UK, Telford-headquartered solar energy and battery energy storage specialist AceOn reports receipt of £1 million in grant funding from Innovate UK to accelerate development work on its mobile solar energy storage unit that will use Sheffield-based Faradion's sodium-ion batteries.

AceOn will work in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, DZP Technologies, a specialist battery materials development company, and Nigeria-based energy and power company Nevadic Limited to deliver the project.

AceOn Group specializes in the design and assembly of custom built battery packs and the distribution of industrial and consumer batteries to the UK and worldwide market. (Source: AceOn Group, PR, Shropshire Live, 13 July, 2021) Contact: AceOn Group , Mark Thompson, Managing Dir., + 44 (0) 1952 293 388,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News AceOn,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  

LanzaTech Part of Ind. Decarbonisation Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-06-21
Chicago-headquartered LanzaTech reports it is working with the UK government and several industrial partners to construct and commission the world's first commercial-scale, ethanol-based ATJ (Alcohol-to-Jet) fuel production facility in South Wales.

The plant will use ethanol feedstock produced from steel mill waste gases and other wastes to produce a more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), thus contributing to industrial decarbonisation. The proposed facility will yield roughly 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) to build out the entire supply chain from feedstock to wing. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield c.330 million lpy of blended SAF.

The LanzaTech ATJ facility will be further developed within Phase 2 of the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC), a consortium involving 17 partners led by Costain. This phase of SWIC is supported by £20 million in grant funding from Innovate UK with a further £17.6 million provided by industry. The project also aims to reduce industrial emissions at sites throughout South Wales, supporting Welsh NetZero targets. Within SWIC, LanzaTech will select the final project site, perform site-specific engineering, and obtain facility permits, with support from Costain. The funding is being awarded through UKRI's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) decarbonisation of industrial clusters phase two: deployment competition. It is delivered by the Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge.

LanzaTech will build and operate this first UK deployment of the LanzaJet™ ATJ technology. Then, both LanzaTech and its spin-out company, LanzaJet™, will develop multiple follow-on projects in the UK and globally as the market for sustainable jet fuel develops, primarily via a licensing model in which customers build, own, and operate facilities that use the LanzaJet™ technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 15 June, 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaJet,  LanzaTech,  Ethanol,  SAF,  

UK Yeast Ethanol-Production Projects Funded (Int'l., R&D, Funding)
Date: 2021-03-29
Roslin, UK-based biotechnology specialist Ingenza Ltd. is reporting receipt of £232,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK Sustainable Innovation Fund for two projects.

The first grant will be invested in commercialising production technology targeting the bioethanol yeast market, which is worth over £300 million a year globally. A second grant will fund the development of synthetic biology approaches to improve the sustainability and cost effectiveness of ethanol production for biofuels and alcoholic beverages.

Ingenza will combine its expertise with well-developed end user relationships, contributing to a potential carbon abatement of 77 million tons and establishing an industry-leading position in the provision of industrial yeast to the fuel ethanol market, according to the company release. (Source: Ingenza, PR, LabMate, 28 Mar., 2021) Contact: Ingenza, Dr. David McElroy, Chief Business Officer, Sarah Scott, +44 (0)131 651 9681,, ; Innovate UK,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ethanol news,  

ABSL Funded to Design Biohydrogen Production Line (Int'l.)
Advanced Biofuel Solutions,InnovateUK
Date: 2020-12-14
In the UK, Swindon-based Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL)reports receipt of £250,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK to design a production line that makes high purity biohydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles.

ABL will convert household waste into bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) that is injected into the local gas grid and then sold to compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations. The project will focus on purifying a slipstream of syngas to meet the stringent specification for proton electron membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen would then be compressed and transferred to tube trailers that will take it to hydrogen refueling stations for use in buses and other hydrogen vehicles.

ABSL's RadGas technology converts waste into a high-quality synthesis gas which Wood's VESTA technology converts into BioSNG. Wood will adapt the VESTA system to switch flexibly between the biohydrogen and BioSNG production enabling ABSL to deliver either product to meet market demand. University College os London will test the biohydrogen at their Electrochemical Innovation Lab as well as assess the greenhouse gas emissions associated with biohydrogen and compare them to blue and green hydrogen.

Overall, the project aims to develop a new source of hydrogen to help give transport providers in the public and private sectors the confidence to adopt this important new fuel. (Source: Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd., PR, Dec. 2020) Contact: Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd., Andy Cornell, CEO, +44 0 1793 832 860,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Advanced Biofuel Solutions news,  Innovate UK news,  

Gravitricity Energy Storage Demo Work Underway (Intl. Report)
Gravitricity, Innovate UK
Date: 2020-09-02
Further to our 19th May report, in the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage specialist Gravitricity, LTD, the developers of an energy storage system that works by raising and lowering multiple heavy weights, reports work is underway on its £1 million demo facility is underway.

Work on the custom-built winches and control system has started in the Czech Republic and is expected to complete in December. The lattice tower for Gravitricity's 250kW demonstrator is being fabricated by Kelvin Power in Leicester, UK. Testing is slated to begin in Edinburgh in spring 2021.

As previously reported, Gravitricity raised over £1.5 million through a crowd funding campaign and also scored £640,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK. (Source: Gravitricity, The Engineer, 2 Sept., 2020)Contact: Gravitricity, Ruth Apps, Business Dev., +44 131 554 6966,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gravitricity,  Energy Storage,  Innovate UK,  

Phillips 66, Vitol Ink Humber Zero CO2 MoU (Int'l. Report)
Phillips 66, Vitol
Date: 2020-05-27
Phillips 66, Uniper and Vitol-owned VPI Immingham have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to install post-combustion CO2 capture equipment on two of VPI Immingham's three gas-fired power generators and selected processing units at the Humber and Lindsay refineries, the companies said Tuesday.

In a first phase, Humber Zero would capture 8 million metric tonnes per annum of CO2 emissions, with the potential to target 30 million mt CO2 emissions from the wider Humber Cluster to the west of Immingham. The Humber Zero decarbonization project would then seek to develop of a hydrogen hub producing both green and blue hydrogen . Wood Group, Imperial College of London and the University of Sheffield are also involved in the project, which is part of Innovate UK's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund competition to deliver 2050 Net Zero objectives. (Source: Phillips 66, Platts, 19 May, 2020) Contact: Humber Zero, Jonathan Briggs , Project Director,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Phillips 66,  Vitol,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  

Gravitricity Energy Storage Scores Innovat UK Funding (Int'l Funding)
Gravitricity, Innovate UK
Date: 2020-04-03
In the UK, Edinburgh-based energy storage start-up Gravitricity is reporting receipt of £300,000 from Innovate UK's Energy Catalyst programme to explore the possible use of its energy storage technology in South African gold mines.

Gravitricity's innovative energy battery works by raising multiple heavy weights -- totaling up to 12,000 tonnes -- in a deep shaft and releasing them when energy is required. The system can store energy at half the lifetime cost of lithium-ion batteries, according to the company. (Source: Gravitricity, UKTN, 3 April, 2020) Contact: Gravitricity, Charlie Blair, +44 131 554 6966,,; Innovate UK, Ruth McKernan, CEO, +44 (0) 7766 901150,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Innovate UK,  

"Riding Sunbeams" UK Railway Solar Energy Pilot Announced (Int'l)
Community Energy South and Network Rail
Date: 2019-07-17
In the UK, South Western Railway (SWR) is touting the upcoming August launch of Riding Sunbeams, a pilot solar energy project that will see solar panels to be connected directly into the network to provide traction current.

The "Riding Sunbeams" project, which was developed in partnership with not-for-profit 10:10 Climate Action is aimed at developing renewable energy sources to reduce emissions and cut future transport running costs. The pilot project 136 solar panels to an ancillary transformer on the traction system to power lights and signalling equipment near Aldershot Station on the London Waterloo-Alton line. Data from the project will be used to design and test systems that can directly supply solar power to the DC traction network. According to 10:10, solar traction power could provide 10 pct of the energy required to power trains on the UK's third-rail 750V DC electrified lines every year.

Innovate UK and the Department for Transport are funding the project. (Source: Community Energy South and Network Rail, Railway Technology, 16 July, 2019) Contact: Community Energy South and Network Rail,; 10:10 Climate Actio,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Innovate UK,  

Philippines Rice Straw Biogas Facility Launched (Int'l Report)
Supergen Bioenergy Hub
Date: 2019-07-01
In Laguna Province, the Phillippines, a JV between Straw Innovations Ltd, Supergen Bioenergy Hub, QUBE Renewables and the University of Southampton is reporting the launch of a rice straw-to-biogas (R2B) project. The project, which will process the region's abundance of waste rice straw into marketable biogass transportation fuel, is being funded under the Energy Catalyst programme from Innovate UK and UK Aid.

The rice-to-biofuel (R2B) project will produce biogas for energy and fertilizer using anaerobic digestion reactors with biomethane upgrading equipment. The activities of the "village scale" pilot facility and the development of the associated business models are supported by academic lab work and analysis from the UK research partners. (Source: Supergen Bioenergy Hub, June, 2019) Contact: Supergen Bioenergy Hub, European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, Prof. Patricia Thornley, Dir.,; Straw Innovations,

More Low-Carbon Energy News anaerobic digestion,  bioenergy,  Biogas,  Rice Biogas,  

£22Mn UK Energy Storage R&D Centers Announced (Int'l)
University of Warwick
Date: 2019-06-12
In the UK, the University of Warwick has announced a £22 million project that will establish two research centres for sustainable electrical and thermal energy technologies. The project will funded by the government via the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA) -- a £60 million project funded by Innovate UK.

ERA works with the government, industry and the higher education sector to undertake research, develop the next generation of energy leaders, and demonstrate low-carbon technologies that help shape the UK's energy landscape. ERA consists of eight Midlands universities that are part of the Midlands Innovation partnership, together with the British Geological Survey. (Source: University of Warwick, Insider Media, June, 2019) Contact: University of Warwick, Prof Pam Thomas,; ERA, Prof Martin Freer, Dir,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  Battery,  

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