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Renova Power Plant Completes RME Oil Biofuel Upgrade (Int'l.)
Renova
Date: 2019-12-16
In Gothenburg, Swedish waste power plant Renova reports the completion of upgrads to its eight start-up and support burners to operate on with rapeseed methyl ester (RME) oil biofuel. Belgian clean energy company PetroBio completed the upgrade of the existing combustible oil system for operation with RME of which the plant consumes about 550 cubic mpy. (Source: Renova, Biofuels, 16 Dec., 2019) Contact: PetroBio, Johanna Linden, CEO , +46 31 335 49 50, info@petro.se, www.petro.se; Ronova, www.renova.se

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Biofuel,  


OGCI Invests in Norsepower's Rotor Sail Wind Power (Ind. Report)
Norsepower Oy Ltd
Date: 2019-09-25
Helsinki-headquartered Norsepower Oy Ltd is reporting OGCI Climate Investments has led an €8 million investment round in Norsepower. The new dunds will be used to scale up production and commercialization of low maintenance, software operated, data verified auxiliary Rotor Sail wind energy propulsion systems for ships.

Norsepower's Rotor Sail technology, which can be installed on new vessels or retrofitted on existing ships, is a modernized version of the Flettner rotor -- a spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind to propel a ship. The solution is fully automated and senses whenever the wind is strong enough to deliver fuel savings, at which point the rotors start automatically. Since its establishment in November 2012, Norsepower has raised more than $24 million of funding since its founding in 2012. (Source: OGCI Climate Investments, 23 Sept., 2019) Contact: OGCI Climate Investments, Pratima Rangarajan, CEO, www.oilandgasclimateinitiative.com; Norsepower Oy Ltd., Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 50 3305732, www.norsepower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsepower Oy ,  Wind,  


German H2 Fueling Station, Power-to-Gas Plant Opens (Int'l Report)
Wind2Gas Energy
Date: 2019-08-19
In Germany, Winde2Gas Energy is reporting the roll out of the first wind-to-gas hydrogen (H2) refueling station in the town of Brunsbuttel, Schleswig-Holstein, The station can refuel up to 80 hydrogen cars daily.

The new Brunsbuttel hydrogen fuel station is funded with €1,022,667 ($1,147,176 +-) from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) through the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP).

The town of Brunsbuttel also hosts the first plant in Schleswig-Holstein to feed green hydrogen into the natural gas grid. (Source: Wind2Gas Energy, Linde, Hydrogen Fuel News, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Wind2Gas Energy, Tim Brandt, Managing Director, +49 (0)4852 83 76 976, info@w2g-energy.de, www.w2g-energy.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Winde2Gas Energy,  Hydrogen,  


CarbonCure, Linde Announce Strategic Alliance (Ind. Report)
CarbonCure Technology
Date: 2019-08-09
Nova Scotia-based Canadian clean technology innovator CarbonCure Technologies (CarbonCure) and industrial gases specialist Linde, the world's largest industrial gas supplier, have partnered to introduce CarbonCure Technology to Europe, Southeast Asia and Oceania.

The CarbonCure Technology enhances the competitiveness of the concrete industry through improved production efficiency and sustainability. The technology injects a precise dosage of captured waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into concrete during production. Once introduced, the CO2 chemically converts to a nano-mineral, creating manufacturing efficiencies while reducing the concrete's carbon footprint.

The CarbonCure Technology is presently installed in nearly 150 concrete plants in North America and Southeast Asia, with more than 2.3 million cubic meters of concrete supplying a wide range of construction projects from airports, roads to high-rise towers.

CarbonCure, the world leader in carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technology used in the production of concrete, is on a pathway to reduce 500 megatons of CO2 emissions annually. CarbonCure technology is estimated to be a $400 billion market opportunity with the potential to reduce up to 1.4 gigatons of annual CO2 emissions by 2030, according to the Global CO2 Initiative. (Source: CarbonCure, PR, 8 Aug., 2019) Contact: CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com; Linde, www.linde.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  Carbon Capture & Utilization,  CarbonCure Technology,  Concrete,  Linde,  Cement,  


Aries NJ Biosolids Gasification Plant Construction-Ready (Ind Report)
Aries Clean Energy
Date: 2019-07-19
Franklin, Tennessee-based Aries Clean Energy -- fka PHG Energy -- is reporting receipt of all required approvals and permits for construction of New Jersey's first biosolids-only gasification facility. The Aries Linden Biosolids Gasification Facility, which will process about 400 tpd of biosolids into clean renewable energy for in-house use and biocharcoal, will be located in a re-purposed building within the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority (LRSA) complex, 20 miles from Manhattan.

The plant will utilize Aries patented fluidized bed gasification system specifically designed for processing biosolids. (Source: Aries Clean Energy LLC, PR, Cdn. Biomass, 17 July, 2019) Contact: Aries Clean Energy LLC, Gregory Bafalis, CEO, (615) 471-9299, Info@AriesCleanEnergy.com, www.ariescleanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aries Clean Energy ,  Biosolid,  Biogas,  Biomethane,  


Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


Chinese Wave Energy Amplification Tech Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Xiamen University
Date: 2018-10-17
In China, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University are touting a new structure that concentrates wave energy to facilitate offshore wave energy projects.

The research team previously demonstrated concentration of microwaves using a cylindrical device that comprised a set of thin metal sheets extended radially outward from the cylinder axis. The channels between the sheets perpendicular to the axis directed waves inward and boosted the central wave amplitude.

The researchers envision a similar submurged and anchored structure for water waves. The central open region of the structure is surrounded by vertical walls that are taller than the waves and extended radially outward, similar to the microwave device, to focus and amplify the wave energy. The research was published in Physical Review Letters on September 07, 2018. (Source: Xiamen University, Coherent Chronicle, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Xiamen University, en.xmu.edu.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers -- Report Available (Ind. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage ,CCS
Date: 2018-08-01
The recently released Global Carbon Capture and Storage Market 2017-2021 Developments, Opportunities, Players, Regions, Suppliers report provides detailed information on the driving factors and challenges that will define the upcoming development of the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) market. The report examines existing opportunities in small markets for investors thorough an analysis of the competitive landscape and product offerings of key players including: Babcock & Wilcox, ENGIE, GE Power, The Linde Group, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Air Products and Chemicals, Aker Solutions, Amec Foster Wheeler, Chevron, Fluor, Hitachi, Net Power, Schlumberger, Shell, Siemens, Statoil, and Sulzer.

According to the report, the CCS market is predicted to grow at a CAGR of 9.18 pct. up to 2021.

View report details HERE. Request a report Sample PDF HERE. (Source: Absolute Reports, July, 2018) Contact: Absolute Reports, www.absolutereports.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Dioxide,  CO2,  Carbon Market,  Carbon Tax,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Linde Submits Hydrogen Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Pathway Application in California (Ind. Report)
Linde LLC,California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard
Date: 2018-06-15
Linde LLC reports it has submitted a Tier 2 application for the California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) for a Tier 2 pathway for hydrogen as a co-product from the commercial electrolytic production of sodium chlorate from a facility located in Quebec, Canada.

The produced hydrogen is liquefied and transported via truck to California fueling stations where it is "re-gasified" and compressed before being dispensed.

The LCFS currently has 14 certified pathways for hydrogen, with CIs ranging from 165.88 gCO2e/MJ (Linde Canada production of hydrogen from central reforming of natural gas), to 0 (hydrogen production via electrolysis using solar electricity) to -46.91 (landfill gas to on-site hydrogen production via cracking of methane). (Source: Linde, Green Car Congress, 14 June, 2018)Contact: California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard, www.energy.ca.gov/low_carbon_fuel_standard; Linde LLC, www.lindeus.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Linde LLC,  Hydrogem,  California Low-Carbon Fuel Standard,  


Trichy Corp. Studying MSU Biogas Plant Options (Int'l Report)
Trichy Corp
Date: 2018-05-14
In India, the municipal Trichy Corporation is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) for a detailed project feasibility report for the construction of a 100 tpd compressed biogas bottling plant. The plant would use organic municipal solid waste (MSW) to produce compressed natural gas (CNG) that could be used as alternate fuel for transportation of cooking purposes.

If constructed, the facility could produce 4,143.75 kg of methane gas and as many as 300 CNG cylinders per day. (Source: Trichy Corporation, Times of India, 14 May, 2018) www.trichycorporation.gov.in

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Municipal Solid Waste,  Biogas,  CNG,  


U.S.Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-03-09
MarketResearchNest.com reports the availability of its new United States Carbon Capture and Storage Market Report 2018 report studying Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in North America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan and India.

The study includes production, revenue, consumption, import and export in these regions from 2013 to 2018, and forecast to 2025. The report also identifies major players in the market and their market revenues including GE Energy, Siemens, Honeywell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Shell Cansolv, Alstom Energy, Linde Engineering, ConocoPhillips Company, Statoil ASA, Dakota Gasification, Fluor Corporation, Hitachi, Halliburton, HTCO2 Systems, Carbon Clean Solutions, Summit Carbon Capture, Sasol Limited, Aker Clean Carbon AS, China HuaNeng Group.

Browse full table of contents and data tables HERE. Request a sample copy HERE; Purchase the report HERE. (Source: MarketResearchNest.com, satPRnews, Mar., 2018) Contact: MarketResearchNest, Jeet Jain, 240-284-8070, +44-20-3290-4151, sales@marketresearchnest.com, www.marketresearchnest.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture and Storage,  CCS,  


DOE Invests $17.6 Mn in Technologies Capable of Reducing CO2 Capture Cost (R&D, Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2018-02-26
In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it has selected six projects to receive $17.6 million in federal funding under the Office of Fossil Energy's Novel and Enabling Carbon Capture Transformational Technologies funding opportunity announcement.

This FOA will address the cost and operational challenges associated with current CO2 capture technologies that are commercially available for industry, providing for additional development to these technologies at coal-fired power plants. Some of the challenges that will be addressed include a need to improve the reliability and operational flexibility; reduce high capital costs; and reduce the high-energy penalty associated with operating existing technology.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the selected projects, which will concentrate on transformational technologies focused on: developing transformational materials and processes for CO2 capture that will enable step-change reductions in the capital and energy cost; and enabling technologies that facilitate improved performance of transformational CO2 capture processes to reduce capital cost and energy penalties, and improve operational reliability and flexibility. Funding recipients include:

Development and Bench-Scale Testing of a Novel Biphasic Solvent-Enabled Absorption Process for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture University of Illinois -- DOE: $2,999,941; Non-DOE: $750,052; Total: $3,749,993;

Bench-Scale Development of a Transformational Graphene Oxide-Based Membrane Process for Post-Combustion CO2 Capture -- Institute of Gas Technology dba Gas Technology Institute (GTI) -- $2,914,074; Non-DOE: $728,738; Total: $3,642,812;

Development of Self-Assembly Isoporous Supports Enabling Transformational Membrane Performance for Cost-Effective Carbon Capture -- Membrane Technology and Research, Inc. (MTR) (Newark, CA) DOE: $2,907,219; Non-DOE: $726,805; Total: $3,634,024;

Mixed-Salt-Based Transformational Solvent Technology for CO2 Capture -- SRI International -- ; DOE: $2,999,922; Non-DOE: $782,817; Total: $3,782,739

A Process with Decoupling Absorber Kinetics and Solvent Regeneration Through Membrane Dewatering and In-Column Heat Transfer – University of Kentucky Research Foundation -- DOE: $2,998,293; Non-DOE: $750,642; Total: $3,748,935;

Flue Gas Aerosol Pre-Treatment Technologies to Minimize Post-Combustion CO2 Capture Solvent Losses -- Linde, LLC -- DOE: $2,787,742; Non-DOE: $696,936; Total: $3,484,678. (Source: US DSOE, 22 Feb., 2018) Contact: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory , www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  US DOE,  


Aussie Graphene Oxide Battery R&D Project Wins $3.45Mn (Funding, Int'l)
Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics
Date: 2017-12-20
In the Land Down Under, Swinburne University Centre for Micro-Photonics, in cooperation with Flinders University in Adelaide, is reporting receipt of $3.45 million in grant funding for R&D work on energy storage alternatives using graphene oxide. The grant is part of the Australian Federal government's Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) funds.

Swinburne's 'High performance energy storage alternative to lithium ion batteries' project aims to create commercially viable and chemical-free batteries using graphene. This involves the production of a graphene oxide-based supercapacitor. Swinburne Researchers are developing the Bolt Electricity Storage Technology (BEST) battery -- a graphene oxide-based supercapacitor offering high performance and low-cost energy storage. (Source: Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics , Graphene Info, Dc., 2017) Contact: Swinburne Centre for Micro-Photonics, +61 3 9214 8000, www.swinburne.edu.au/engineering/cmp; Flinders University, www.flinders.edu.au

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


Woods Hole Seaweed Farming for Biofuel Pilot Funded (Funding)
Woods Hole Ocean Institute,Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy.
Date: 2017-10-23
In the Bay State, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution report they have been awarded $5.7 million over three years in grant funding from the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop tools and technology to advance the mass production of seaweed for biofuels production. The researchers will establish a pilot farm in Nantucket Sound this fall to grow sugar kelp.

Although using seaweed as a biofuel feedstock is considered feasible, challenge is developing a large enough biomass and feed stock at a viable price. (Source: Woods Hole, CapeCod.com, 16 Oct., 2017) Contact: Woods Hole Ocean Institute, Scott Lindell, Erin Fischell, (508) 540-9900, www.whrc.org; US DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, www.arpa-e.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woods Hole,  Seaweed,  Biofuel,  


Norsepower Plans Maritime Wind Power Propulsion Tests (Ind. Report)
Norsepower Oy Ltd
Date: 2017-05-03
Helsinki-headquartered engineering firm Norsepower Oy Ltd., in partnership with Maersk Tankers, The Energy Technologies Institute and Shell Shipping & Maritime, is reporting the installation and preparation for testing of Flettner rotor sails on-board a Maersk Tankers vessel. Tests, which are expected to commence in 2018, are intended to confirm the feasibility of maritime wind propulsion technology on tanker vessels.

Maersk Tankers will supply a 109,647 ton Long Range 2 product tanker, which will be retrofitted with two 98 feet tall by 16 feet in diameter Norsepower Rotor Sails which combined are expected to reduce average fuel consumption on typical global shipping routes by 7-10 pct.

The Norsepower Rotor Sail is a modernized version of the Flettner Rotor -- a spinning cylinder using the Magnus effect to harness wind power to propel a ship. Each Rotor Sail is made from lightweight composite sandwich materials. (Source: Norsepower, The Log, 30 April, 2017) Contact: Norsepower, Tuomas Riski, CEO, +358 12 330 5732, www.norsepower.com; Magnus Flettner Rotor, http://magnuss.com/flettner.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wind,  


SNC-Lavalin Wins Salalah Methanol Oman Plant Contract (Int'l)
SNC-Lavalin, Linde Group
Date: 2017-03-08
Montreal-headquartered engineering firm SNC-Lavalin reports it has been awarded a contract by Salalah Methanol Company LLC (SMC) for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an anhydrous liquid ammonia plant, including its utilities and off-site infrastructure, in the city of Salalah, in the Sultanate of Oman.

The project, which is expected to get underway this month, will use Linde Group technology to produce anhydrous liquid. (Source: SNC Lavalin, PR, CNW 6 Mar., 2017) Contact: SNC Lavalin, www.snclavalin.com; Linde Group, Dr. Andreas Opfermann,(800) 232-4726 -North Am. Office, www.linde.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SNC-Lavalin ,  Methanol,  Linde Group,  


CCS Market Worth $19Bn by 2024, says Hexa Research (Ind. Report)
Hexa Research
Date: 2017-03-01
| Hexa Research According to market consultancy and research firm Hexa Research’s Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market report, worldwide CCS is projected to grow at a CAGR of 25 pct from 2016 to 2024 reaching nearly $19 billion by 2024. This industry could witness significant growth over the next few years owing to high investments in emission reduction technologies. Moreover, in-depth research and exploration activities may also propel demand.

Factors attracting investment are popularity of clean power technologies and implementation of discharge compliance norms. Regulations from the U.S. transportation department & the EPA for medium and heavy-duty vehicles can improve the demand for carbon capture technology. Since this market is in the nascent stage, there is no clarity on the price of stocked up carbon. This may hamper demand in the forthcoming years.

The global Carbon Capture & Sequestration Market is divided into applications, technologies, and regions and segmented into industrial, agriculture, and Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR)which witnessed the highest demand and contributed to more than 50 pct of the overall revenues in 2015.

Significant technological improvements in non-power sectors can positively influence overall demand. Such positive initiatives regarding the application of latest technologies could benefit the global market in the long run. Moreover, greater awareness among policy makers about the importance of limiting carbon discharge can attract substantial investments. The various technologies are pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-firing, and industrial. Demand for pre-combustion technology in the United States may witness robust growth. Major global CCS players are Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.; The Linde Group; Sulzer Ltd.; AkerSolutions ASA; and Statoil ASA, according to the report.

Browse report details HERE. (Source: Hexa Research, PR, 27 Feb., 2017) Contact: Hexa Research, Ryan Shaw, (800) 489-3075, sales@hexaresearch.com, www.hexaresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture & Sequestration,  


PNNL Lab Investigating Algae as Biofuel Feedstock (R&D)
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Date: 2017-02-03
Dr. Michael Huesemann, a lead researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington, is working on a $6 million, three-year algae Development of Integrated Screening, Cultivar Optimization and Validation Research (DISCOVR) project to identify the optimum algae for biofuel production.

The project is being pursued at various laboratories in five stages as follows: In Tier I, scientists in Sequim and New Mexico test up to 30 different algae strains to see how weather tolerant they are and the top third will go to Tier II.

In Tier II, Sequim houses a unique climate-simulating system called Laboratory Environmental Algae Pond Simulator (LEAPS) that simulates climates and seasons around the world inside glass cylinder photobioreactors. Two other labs will evaluate the algae to determine it value and other potential uses that could make algae biofuel production more cost-effective. Scientists also will research how resilient certain algae strains are to predators, like protozoans, and other competing algae.

In Tier III, researchers in New Mexico will further test top-performing algae strains, which includes forcing cells to grow faster or generate more oils, using state-of-the-art laboratory techniques.

In Tier IV, algae strains will travel to outdoor ponds in Arizona to compare biomass output with earlier steps.

In Tier V, scientists will study the algae strains that performed the best in different lighting and temperature conditions. Study data will be added to PNNL's Biomass Assessment Tool to help researchers generate maps that illustrate the expected biomass productivity of each algae species grown in outdoor ponds nationwide. Laboratory officials said work that could stem from this project includes converting harvested algae into biofuels, examining operational changes such as crop rotation to further increase biomass growth and assessing the technical feasibility and economic costs of making biofuel from algae selected through this process.

Algae project details are HERE. (Source: PNNL, Sequim Gazette, 2 Feb., 2017) Contact: PNNL: Marine Sciences Laboratory, (360) 683-4151, marine.pnnl.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific Northwest National Laboratory,  Algae,  Biofuel,  

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