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CyberFuels Offers EcoFlex GEM Fuels in Florida (Ind. Report)
CyberFuels
Date: 2019-08-05
In the Sunshine State, EncounterCare Solutions reports its subsidiary CyberFuels Inc. is now offering its specially formulated EcoFlex 91 and 93 octane gasoline, ethanol and methanol (GEM) fuels in Daytona Beach and Flagler Beach, Florida.

EcoFlex 91 and 93 Octanes are powered by the company's patent pending fuel additives. EcoFlex reduces greenhouse gases by 10 pct, reduces sulfur emissions by 10 pct and simultaneously increases engine performance, according to the company. (Source: Cyberfuels Inc, PR, News Wire, 5 Aug., 2019) Contact: Cyberfuels Inc, Robert Mills, Pres., (866) 771-3580, Bill Robertson, Inv. Relations, (604) 837-3835, www.cyberfuelsinc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CyberFuels,  Ethanol,  Methanol,  EcoFlex,  FlexFuel,  


ETH Zurich, Total Convert CO2, H2 to Methanol (Ind. Report)
ETH Zürich, Total
Date: 2019-07-31
Swiss researchers at ETH Zurich and the Paris-headquartered oil and gas giant Total report they've developed a new catalyst that efficiently converts CO2 and hydrogen (H2) directly into methanol and have jointly filed for a patent on the technology. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals, the release claims.

The core of the new approach is a chemical catalyst based on indium oxide, which was developed by Javier Perez-Ramírez, Professor of Catalysis Engineering at ETH Zurich, and his team. The team of scientists have now succeeded in boosting the activity of the catalyst significantly, without affecting its selectivity or stability. They achieved this by treating the indium oxide with a small quantity of palladium.

The CO2 may be extracted from the atmosphere or—more simply and efficiently—from the exhaust discharged by combustion power plants. Even if fuels are synthesized from the methanol and subsequently combusted, the CO2 is recycled and thus the carbon cycle is closed.

Total now plans to scale up the approach and potentially implement the technology in a demonstration unit over the next few years. Methanol can be converted into fuels and a wide variety of chemical products, including those that today are mainly based on fossil resources. (Source: ETH Zurich, PR, Green Car Congress, 30 July, 2019) Contact: ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  Total,  Methanol,  CO2,  


Oberon Fuels Planning Renewable Dimethyl Ether Production (Int'l)
Oberon Fuels,California Energy Commission
Date: 2019-07-01
In the Golden State, San Diego-based clean transportation fuel producer Oberon Fuels is reporting receipt of almost $2.9 million in grant funding from the California Energy Commission (CEC). The funding is in support of a project to produce the the state's first renewable dimethyl ether (rDME), an economic fuel and key step in the development of a California-based, renewable hydrogen (rH2) pathway to zero-emission mobility fuel.

Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels, Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361, Fax - (619)756-6470, info@oberonfuels.com, www.oberonfuels.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News DME,  Oberon Fuels,  California Energy Commission,  


Global Methanol Market to Surpass $91.53Bn by 2026 (Ind. Report)
Polaris Market Research
Date: 2019-06-19
Methanol Market Share, Size, Trends, & Industry Analysis Report, anew study from Polaris Market Research, estimates the global methanol market could reach $91.53 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 9.8 pct during the forecast period.

The report provides an extensive analysis of present market dynamics and predicted future trends. In 2018, the natural gas feedstock segment dominated the market, in terms of revenue. In 2018, North America accounted for the majority share in the global market.

Methanol is one of the largely produced chemicals in bulk by making use of feedstock such as natural gas and coal. Approximately 200,000 kilo tons per day of methanol is being consumed for the production of various chemicals or as transportation fuels. The global methanol industry is anticipated to witness moderate growth rates during the forecast period due to maturity in direct gasoline blending and moderating growth rates of MTO projects, especially arising from the Northeast Asia, according to the report.

Request a reports sample HERE. Browse a report summary and other report details HERE. Contact: Polaris Market Research, (Source: Polaris Market Research, May, 2019) Contact: Polaris Market Research, (646) 568-9980, sales@polarismarketresearch.com, www.polarismarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


Ammonia Considered as Alternative Marine Fuel (Ind. Report)
C-Job, Marine Fuel,Alternative Fuel
Date: 2019-06-14
According to research from the Netherlands-based ship design and engineering firm C-Job Naval Architects, ammonia can be used as an alternative marine fuel to reduce harmful maritime ship emissions. The research is based on a new concept design of an ammonia carrier powered by the gas as its own cargo.

In 2017, C-Job Naval Architects established a consortium with Proton Ventures and Enviu to investigate ammonia as marine fuel. It further joined Ammonia Energy Association in 2018 to study the topic. With the completion of this theoretical research, C-Job Naval Architects is now moving towards the next phases, which includes laboratory testing, pilot and evaluation.

C-Jobs Naval Architects noted that with the IMO aiming to reduce total annual greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008 and eventually fully eliminate harmful emissions, the global maritime industry will need to seriously look into renewable fuels like hydrogen, ammonia and methanol. (Source: C-Job Naval Architects, Seatrade, 13 June, 2019) Contact: C-Job Naval Architects, Niels de Vries, +31 (0)88 02 43 700, info@c-job.com, www.c-job.com; Proton Ventures, +31 10 426 7275, www.protonventures.com/en; Ammonia Energy Association, www.nh3fuelassociation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Amonia,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Amonia,  


Green Maritime Methanol Consortium Project Underway (Int'l)
Green Maritime Methanol
Date: 2019-05-29
The Green Maritime Methanol Consortium reports the selection of nine ships of various operational profiles, sizes and tonnages for research on the implementation of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. The results of this research will be compared with low sulphur marine diesel.

The project is supported by TKI Maritiem and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and runs until December 2020. The consortium participants will share and exchange knowledge gained to further develop methanol as a transport fuel for the maritime sector.

The consortium includes Bio MCN, Royal Boskalis, Bureau Veritas, C-Job Naval Architects, Damen Shipyards, Defence Material Organization, Feadship, Helm Proman, Royal IHC, Royal Netherlands Naval Institute (KIM/FMW), Royal Association of Netherlands' Shipowners (KVNR), Lloyds Register, MARIN, Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC), Marine Service Noord (MSN), Methanol Institute, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Pon Power, TNO, TU Delft, Van Oord, Netherlands Association of Importers of Combustion Engines (VIV), Wagenborg Shipping and Wartsila.

(Source: Green Maritime Methanol Consortium, Hellenic Shipping News, Various Other Media, 28 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


Major Methanol Plant Startup Set for Bushehr, Iran (Int'l Report)
Iran Methanol
Date: 2019-05-22
The world's largest methanol plant located in the southern Iranian province of Bushehr is ready for launch. The 7,000 tpd Kaveh Methanol petrochemical plant was constructed with private sector participation.

Presently, Iran has 54 petrochemical plants which supply 53.6 million tons of petrochemical products. The sector is expected grow to 75 million tons by March 2022 and exceed 100 million tons by March 2026. (Source: MENAFN, AzerNews, 20 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


Maui County Council Taxes Biodiesel Blends (Ind. Report)
Biodiesel
Date: 2019-05-20
In the Aloha State, the Maui County Council reports its approval of a 6-cent tax on biodiesel blends. The new biodiesel rate was part of slate of fuel taxes that the council approved Friday for fiscal year 2020, which starts July 1.

For gasoline and diesel oil, rates will remain the same at 23 cents per gallon, while ethanol, methanol and liquefied petroleum gas will be pegged at 11.5 cents per gallon. The county is expected to net less than $45,000 per year from the biodiesel blends fuel tax. (Source: Maui County Council, Maui News, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Maui County Council, www.mauicounty.gov/66/Council

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel Biodiesel Blend,  


Celanese Upping Methanol Production at Texas Facility (Ind. Report)
Celanese
Date: 2019-04-17
Celanese Corporation, a global chemical and specialty materials company, is reporting plans to significantly expand methanol production capacity to 125 pct of original capacity at its Clear Lake acetyl intermediates manufacturing facility in Pasadena, Texas.

Celanese recently received approvals from the Fairway Methanol LLC board of directors for a second phase expansion, which will increase production to 1.7 million mtpy approximately 125% of the original nameplate capacity -- to be implemented as soon as operationally feasible and pending customary regulatory and permitting approvals. Financial details of the project are not being disclosed at this time. In parallel with this expansion, Celanese and Mitsui will evaluate additional cost effective expansion options for the Clear Lake methanol unit. (Source: Celanese, PR, 17 April, 2019) Contact: Contact: Celanese, Inv. Relations, Chuck Kyrish, (972) 443- 4574, chuck.kyrish@celanese.com, www.celanese.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol news,  Celanese news,  


CRI Granted €1.8M for CO2-to-Methanol Tech (Funding)
Carbon Recycling International
Date: 2019-04-12
In Iceland, Carbon Recycling International (CRI) is reporting receipt of €1.8-million ($2.0 million) in grant funding under the EU Horizon 2020 Research Programme to increase the scale of its CO2-to-methanol technology, marketed under the trademark Emissions-to-Liquids (ETL). The funding will help CRI advance the commercialization of its CO2-to-methanol technology in large scale production plants.

CRI developed the ETL technology to produce low-carbon intensity methanol from CO2 and hydrogen and operates the first production facility of its kind in Iceland. The company is currently developing commercial projects based on the ETL technology with partners in Europe and China. The technology allows partners to valorise CO2 and hydrogen from waste streams or electrolysis as a chemical feedstock or liquid fuel. (Source: Carbon Recycling International, Green Car Congress, 11 April, 2019) Contact: Carbon Recycling International, Tel. 00354 527 7000. info@cri.is, www.carbonrecycling.is

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  CO2,  


SODRA Earmarks €1.9Mn for Sustainable Transport Solutions (Int'l)
Sodra,Silva Green Fuel
Date: 2019-03-27
Further to our April 11, 2018 coverage, Vaxjo, Sweden-based forest products and lumber producer cooperative SODRA reports it has earmarked €1.9 million to cover additional costs related to the development of fossil-free transport fuel solutions and to reach its 2016 fossil-free transportation targets by 2030.

SODRA previously committed to investing in liquid biofuel production through its joint ventures SunPine and Norway's Silva Green Fuel, as well as by producing its own biomethanol. SunPine was first in the world to extract biodiesel from crude tall oil. (Source: SODRA, 26 Mar., 2019) Contact: Sodra, Henrik Brodin, Project Mgr., +46 (0) 70 646 33 37, www.sodra.com; SunPine, +46 911 23 28 00, www.sunpine.se/en; Silva Green Fuel, + 47 24 06 70 00, www.silvagreenfuel.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silva Green Fuel,  SunPine,  Clean Transportation Fuel,  Sodra,  Biofuel,  


China Promoting Methanol Fueled Cars to Cut Emissions (Int'l)
China ,Methanol
Date: 2019-03-20
In Beijing, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to promote the use of cars running on methanol fuel and offer policy support to improve the manufacturing of vehicles, methanol fuel and other alternative fuels. The move represents a latest effort by the Chinese government to pursue new alternative energies for the world's largest car market in a more environmentally friendly development path.

To that end, the government will enhance policy guidance and services to improve technology for the manufacturing of methanol-fueled engines and vehicles. Policy support will also be offered to improve efficiency in producing methanol fuel, making equipment that absorbs carbon dioxide emissions, and the construction of methanol fueling stations. Additionally, the use of methanol cars for official trips, rental services and other areas will be encouraged. (Source: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Global Times, 19 Mar., 2019) Contact: China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, www.miit.gov.cn

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Alternative Fuels,  


Methanol Investigated as Marine Alt. Fuel (Int'l Report)
Methanol
Date: 2019-03-18
In the Netherlands, a consortium of Dutch maritime companies supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre have joined forces to form the Green Maritime Methanol project to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable maritime transport fuel.

The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

Shipowners Boskalis, the Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with a number of Dutch shipbuilders, including superyacht builders Damen Shipyards and Feadship, as well as engine manufacturers Wartsila and Pon Power.

Some of the Netherlands' leading research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin will invest and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project by studying operational profiles, ship configurations, engine configurations, performances, various emissions as well as many other relevant topics. (Source: Superyacht News, Mar., 2019) Contact: Maritime Knowledge Centre, www.maritimeinfo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  


Shell Joins Rotterdam W2C Project Consortium (Int'l Report)
Air Liquide,Shell,Enerkem
Date: 2019-03-04
Further to our July 17, 2018 report, a consortium comprising Air Liquide, Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam is reporting Royal Dutch Shell will join as an equal equity partner in Europe's first advanced waste-to-chemicals (W2C) and biofuels from non-recyclable waste materials facility in Rotterdam.

The planned facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tpy of biomethanol -- a chemical building block that is used to manufacture a broad range of everyday products, as well as being a renewable fuel.

The consortium was established as a dedicated joint venture company and has begun preparatory work covering detailed engineering and the permitting process. It aims to take the final investment decision (FID) before the year end.

The project, which will use Montreal-headquartered Enerkem's proprietary technology, is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, the City of Rotterdam, the Province of Zuid-Holland and Innovation Quarter, the regional development agency. The facility's sustainable methanol output will be purchased by Nouryon and Shell. (Source: Shell, Port Of Rotterdam, Hellenic Shipping News,1 Mar., 2019) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Waste-to-Chemical,  Methanol,  Enerkem,  Shell,  Air Liquide,  


St.James Methanol Plant Construction Underway (Ind Report)
Yuhuang
Date: 2019-03-04
Following up on our June 13, 2016 coverage, YCI Methanol One LLC, Yuhuang Chemical's $1.85-billion methanol production facility in St. James Parish, Louisiana, reports construction is well underway on the largest greenfield investment in methanol by a Chinese company in the southern U.S.

YCI, a fully owned subsidiary of Yuhuang Chemical Company in east China's Shandong Province, broke ground in in St. James in January, 2017. (Source: Yuhuang Chemical, MENAFN, 2 Mar., 2019) Contact: Yuhuang, YCI Methanol One, LLC, (225) 412-9068, yci-us.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Yuhuang,  Methanol,  Ouisianna Methanol,  


BioMCN to Produce Renewable Methanol from CO2 (Int'l. Report)
BioMCN
Date: 2019-02-27
Amsterdam-based Nouryon (fka AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) and Gasunie New Energy are reporting an agreement to supply green hydrogen to BioMCN for the production of renewable methanol from CO2. the two companies are investigating the possible conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen using a 20-MW water electrolysis unit in Delfzijl, the Netherlands.

BioMCN will combine hydrogen from the intended facility with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, a raw material for bio-fuels and a variety of chemical feedstocks. Compared to fossil-based methanol this will reduce emissions by up to 27,000 tpy of CO2.

According to Gasunie, "Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future. As independent network operator we can connect hydrogen from different suppliers for transportation to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030." (Source: Nourvon, PR, Industry Europe, 26 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nouryon, Knut Schwalenberg , +31 88 969 78 09, www.nouryon.com; Gasuine, +31 50 521 1080, www.gasunie.nl/en; BioMCN, Soren Jacobsem Managing Dir., +31 (88) 664 7700, info@biomcn.eu, www.biomcn.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News AkzoNobel,  Methanol,  


$2Bn Mewthanol Plant Slated for Grand Prairie (Ind. Report)
Nauticol Energy
Date: 2019-02-22
Further to our October 12, 2018 coverage, in oil soaked Alberta, Calgary-headquartered Nauticol Energy Ltd. is reporting construction of the first phase of its previously announced $2 billion methanol plant near Grande Prairie will get underway in 2020 for commissioning in 2022.

The government will support this project through $80-million in royalty credits. The plants is expected to be the largest methanol plant in Canada. (Source: Nauticol Energy, renewsNOW, 21 Feb., 2019) Contact: Nauticol Energy, Mark Tonner, CEO, (587) 393-7710, www.nauticolenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nauticol Energy,  Methanol,  


Methanol-Petrol Blending Cuts CO2 Emissions (R&D, Int'l Report)
Pune-based Automotive Research Association of India
Date: 2019-01-21
A recent study from the Pune, India-based Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) on methanol-gasoline blending (M-15) for use as transportation fuel in BS-IV standard automobile engines can significantly remove CO2 emissions. The report was supported by the Federal government Union Minister for Transport which is aiming to increase methanol-gasoline blend rates India-wide to 20 pct (M-20) by the year 2030.

The study evaluated M-15 emissions in vehicles over 3,000 km in real-world conditions. Based on the study's conclusions, the agency says the use of M-20 blend would reduce pollution in the country by more than 40 pct at the cost of approximately 30 pct less than other available fuels. (Source: Automotive Research Association of India, Union Minister for Transport , The Hindu Businessline, 19 Jan., 2019) Contact: Automotive Research Association of India, +91-020-30231111, +91-020-30231104 - fax., info@araiindia.com, www.araiindia.com; India Union Minister for Transport, www.india.gov.in/official-website-ministry-road-transport-and-highways

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol news,  Methanol Blend news,  


VTT Touts New Woody Biomass Gasification Technology (Int'l)
VTT
Date: 2019-01-16
In Helsinki, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is touting its newly developed gasification technology for turning woody biomass and forest industry byproducts, such as bark, sawdust and forestry waste, into transport biofuels and chemicals. The new technique reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 90 pct compared to fossil fuels, according to VTT.

The new approach uses gasification to turn biomass into intermediate products -- liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or methane -- in production units integrated with communal district heating plants or forest industry power plants. The intermediate products are processed further in oil refineries to make renewable fuels or chemicals.

VTT developed and piloted the new gasification process and evaluated the competitiveness of plants based on the technique in the course of a recently concluded project called BTL2030. The distributed generation process developed by the project team makes efficient use of the energy content of biomass, according to VTT. (Source: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Canadian Biomass, Jan., 2019) Contact: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, +358 20 722 7070, info@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News VTT,  Woody Biomass,  Biofuel,  


South Louisiana Methanol Plans $2Bn Methanol Plant (Ind Report)
Methanol,South Louisiana Methanol
Date: 2019-01-11
Austin, Texas-headquartered South Louisiana Methanol is reporting the revival of a 2013 plan to construct $2.2 billion methanol complex in the Port of South Louisiana district. South Louisiana Methanol is a partnership between New Zealand-based Todd Corporation and Saudi state-owned petroleum firm SABIC. As originally announced, the project was a joint venture between Todd Corporation and Texas-based ZEEP, Inc. and would produce an estimated 2 million metric tpy of methanol.

The revived plan is eligible for a $5 million performance-based grant from the state as well assistance from the state's LED FastStart, and Industrial Tax Exemption and Quality Jobs programs. (Source: South Louisiana Methanol, MarEx, 9 Jan., 2019)Contact: South Louisiana Methanol LP, Paul Moore, CEO, (512) 394-7352, info@southlouisianamethanol.com, www.southlouisianamethanol.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  South Louisiana Methanol,  


Methanol Inst. Supports Methanol Marine Fuel Tests (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2019-01-09
The Methanol Institute (MI) is reporting its supports the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore's $200,000 GreenPilot evaluation of methanol as a marine fuel in Asia.

The NTU evaluation includes desktop and bench-testing of a methanol-powered marine engine and the onboard testing of the same engine in a harbour craft vessel for a six-month sea trial. The sea trial will be followed by an engine "teardown" to test clearances and material compatibility. The project is intended to demonstrate the benefits, and encourage the use of methanol as a marine fuel. Similar projects have reportedly shown that Methanol can be easily adopted as a marine fuel at reasonable cost and without the complexity of other low emission alternatives. (Source: Methanol Institute, Bunkerspot, Jan., 2019) Contact: Methanol Institute, Chris Chatterton, Chief Operating Officer, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org; Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Mariv=ne Fuel,  


New Methanol Facility Startups Announced (Ind. Report)
Methanex, US Methanol
Date: 2019-01-09
Following up on our June 4th, 2018 report, two new methanol plants in the Americas are now scheduled to start up in 2019 -- one in the US and the other in Trinidad and Tobago.

The largest of the two methanol project, Caribbean Gas Chemical's plant in Trinidad and Tobago could start up as early as mid-2019.

Methanol from Trinidad comes into the US duty-free while shipments from Venezuela are hit with a 5.5 pct import tax. In 2017, 49 pct of all US methanol imports were from Trinidad, according to industry data.

The second new methanol project slated for startup in 2019 is US Methanol's 200,000 tpy Liberty One unit in Charleston, West Virginia. Vancouver-based Methanex is also expected to make a final investment decision on a proposed 1.8 million tpy plant next to its two existing methanol plants. in Geismar, Louisiana. (Source: US Methanol, Methanex, ICIS News, 8 Jan., 2019) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511, info@usmeoh.com, www.usmeoh.com; Caribbean Gas Chemical, (868) 225-4242, www.cgcltt.com; Methanex, John Floren, Pres., CEO, (604) 661 2600, www.methanex.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Methanex,  US Methanol,  


Proposed Kalama Methanol Project Set for Hearings (Ind. Report)
Northwest Innovation Works
Date: 2018-12-10
In Washington State, Kalama-based Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) is reporting its proposed $2 billion methanol plant at the Port of Kalama, Cowliz County, is set to begin public environmental hearings beofe the state Shorelines Hearings Board later this week.

California-based Life Cycle Associates conducted the "cradle-to-grave" analysis of the impact the plant could have on worldwide carbon emissions from gas fields through its shipment of finished methanol to Asia. The study found that the plant would release about 1.1 million tpy of carbon at the Kalama site but would have a net decrease on carbon emissions worldwide, according to the study. Environmental groups have challenged the findings in the study. (Source: TDN, Longview Daily News, 8 Dec., 2018) Contact: Northwest Innovation Works, (360) 673-7800, www.nwinnovationworks.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  


Methanol-Fueled Ship Launch Set for 2019 (Int'l)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2018-11-21
In Singapore, the Business Times is reporting the first vessel in Asia to run on methanol is expected to set sail from Singapore in late 2019.

The expected "pilot" sailing is being funded in the amount of $200,000 by the not-for-profit global trade association Methanol Institute and Nanyang Technological University. The funding will cover the cost of retrofitting a conventional ship with an imported methanol-fuelled engine. Methanol is expected to eventually compete with and possibly replace LNG as a marine bunker fuel, (Source: Business Times, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Nanyang Technological University. www.ntu.edu.sg; Methanol Institute, www.methanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol Institute,  Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


NPPD, Wartsila, LUT Developing Alt. Fuels Business Case (Ind Report)
Nebraska Public Power District,Wartsila Energy Solutions
Date: 2018-11-21
The Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) reports the signing of a MOU with Finland's Lappeenranta University of Technology and Wartsila for the development of a business case for the use of alternative fuels with Wartsila generating sets.

The aim of the business case is to achieve a technically and commercially viable solution that will allow NPPD to proceed with an industrial scale pilot project to accelerate the development and commercial-scale production of methanol, ammonia, hydrogen, and other low-carbon alternative fuels.

Working together, the parties will evaluate performance and commercial information on the various fuels, provide input for the economic model, and develop an economic evaluation model. By demonstrating the results with Wartsila test engines, it is envisioned that the conversion of hydrogen to methanol using CO2, then burning the methanol as fuel to produce electricity.(Source: Nebraska Public Power, PR, 15 Nov., 2018)Contact: Wartsila Energy Solutions, Mikael Backman, Regional Director, USA & Canada,www.wartsila.com/energy; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wartsila,  Nebraska Public Power District,  Alternative Fuel,  


BASF Touting EU-REDcert-Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Int'l)
BASF,TUV SUD
Date: 2018-11-14
German chemicals juggernaut BASF is reporting the introduction of EU-REDcert-Methanol for the production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach.

For EU-REDcert-Methanol, the company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials, waste as well as residual materials. As a result, BASF reduces GHG emissions by at least 50 pct compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources.

BASF developed the "biomass balance method" together with TUV SUD. EU-REDcert-Methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard which proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED). (Source: BASF, Green Car Congress, 13 Nov., 2018)Contact: BASF Venture Capital GmbH, www.basf-vc.de; TUV SUD, www.tuv-sud.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TUV SUD,  BASF,  Methanol,  Biomass,  


UK DfT Releases Sustainable Biofuel Supply Data (Int'l.Report)
U.K. Department for Transport
Date: 2018-11-14
In London, the U.K. Department for Transport (DfT) has released preliminary data on its Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation for a portion of 2018, including data on how much ethanol met U.K. sustainability requirements.

The quarterly report, which covers the supply of renewable fuels from April 15 through Dec. 31, 2018, indicates 138.69 million gallons of renewable fuel were supplied during a period beginning April 15. That volume of renewable fuels accounted for 4 percent of total road and non-road mobile machinery fuel. Of the total, 59 pct was biodiesel, 38 pct was ethanol, 2 pct was biomethane and 1 pct was biomethanol.

During the period, 320 renewable transport fuel certificates (RTFCs) were awarded to transportation fuel suppliers that meet sustainability criteria. Of the fuel meeting sustainability requirements, 26 percent was made from U.K. feedstocks, primarily used cooking oil. For ethanol, almost half was made from low-grade starch slurry in France. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Ethanol Producer, Nov., 2018) Contact: UK Department for Transport, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sustainable Biofuel,  Biofuel,  UK Biofuel,  


NRC Invests $2Mn in Clean CO2 Conversion Technology (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-11-12
Natuiral Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $2-million investment in Edmonton, Alberta-based Quantiam Technologies Inc. to support the company's completion of a carbon capture, storage (CCS) and use technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean tech jobs.

This funding builds on NRC's previous $1.15 million investment in Quantiam, bringing the total investment to $3.15 million. The funding will enable Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert CO2 and solar hydrogen to methanol to ultimately result in fewer emissions and promote job creation and training in the clean tech sector.

Details on the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program HERE

HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Quantiam Technologies, (780) 462-0707, www.quantiam.com; NRC, (343) 292-6100, www.nrcan.gc.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quantiam Technologies,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Natural Resources Canada,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


$200Mn Methaol Gasoline Plant Planned for Uzbekistan (Int'l)
GS Engineering & Construction
Date: 2018-11-02
Seoul, South Korea-based GS Engineering & Construction Corporation reports it will form a JV with Uzkhimprom and Navoiazo for the production of gasoline from methanol in Uzbekistan at the end of 2022.

The project, which is preliminary budgeted for $200 million, will 104,300 tpy of gasoline from methanol and 14,400 tpy of propane-butane mixture when fully operational. Construction is expected to get underway in December 2022. (Source: GS Engineering & Construction, MENAFN-AZERNEWS, 1 Nov., 2018) Contact: GS Engineering & Construction, www.gsengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Propane,  Butane,  


APICORP Inks $35-$40Mn Methanol Derivatives Memorandum (Int'l)
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation
Date: 2018-10-29
The Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), a multilateral development bank, is reporting signing a financial structuring mandate with Suez Company for Methanol Derivatives to finance the development of a $60 million formaldehyde and derivatives project in Damietta, Egypt. The total project cost is estimated at USD $60 million. The plant production is aimed at the local market, although certain quantities will be exported in the early years. (Source: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, MENAFN, 28 Oct., 2018) Contact: Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation , www.apicorp-arabia.com Suez Company for Methanol Derivatives, www.egyptoil-gas.com/tag/suez-company-for-methanol-derivatives

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MethaShip Touts Methanol's Maritime Fuel Prospects (Ind. Report)
Methanol Institute
Date: 2018-10-24
The Washington-based Methanol Institute is reporting the findings of the MethaShip Research Project which has concluded that renewable Methanol offers a long term solution for the maritime shipping industry's carbon emission reduction strategy.

The MethaShip research found that Methanol can offer a dramatic improvement in emissions reduction across multiple ship types once the IMO has established the statutory framework conditions necessary for an industry-wide reduction of CO2 emissions.

The MethaShip research project concluded that: the properties of Methanol surpass other alternative fuels in shipping; the major benefit is the storage at ambient temperature and ambient pressure without loss; in terms of ship design, Methanol is space-saving, simple and practical with the established advantages of a liquid fuel; methanol offers compelling environmental properties and has the most promising lifecycle analysis when produced from renewable sources; and an already widespread availability could be a key enabler for methanol. (Source: The Methanol Institute, Shipping News, 23 Oct., 2018) Contact: Methanol Institute, (703) 248-3636, www.methanol.org

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$2Bn Methanol Plant Planned for Grande Prairie, Alberta (Ind. Report)
Nauticol Energy
Date: 2018-10-12
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Nauticol Energy Ltd. reports it plans to construct a $2 billion methanol manufacturing facility near the city of Grande Prairie. The Western Cree Tribal Council will be an equity partner in the project that will convert natural gas into up to 3 million metric tpy of methanol.

While some of the methanol produced will supply local markets, most will be directed to Asian markets, which make up approximately 70 pct of current global demand, according to a company statement.

Nauticol is in the process of obtaining the required regulatory permits and has begun shareholder and public consultations to advance the project which is planned to be completed and commissioned in 2021. (Source: Nauticol, AllChem Research, jwn, 10 Oct., 2018) Contact: Nauticol, Mark Tonner, CEO, (587) 393-7710, www.nauticolenergy.com

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Quebec-Based Enerkem Touts Bio-DME Production (Ind. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-09-12
Montreal-based waste-to-ethanol and chemicals producer specialist Enerkem is reporting the production of a clean, renewable bio-dimethyl ether (Bio-DME), a by-product of biomethanol, that could replace the use of diesel fuel in the transportation sector.

Using its proprietary thermochemical technology, the company tested and validated the production of fuel-grade bio-DME made from unrecoverable carbon-rich municipal solid waste at its Innovation Centre in Westbury, Quebec.

Bio-DME offers a 20 pct higher cetane rating on average than diesel or bio-diesel fuels and, when combusted, does not produce sulfur oxide (SOx) or fine particles, and contributes to lower emissions from other harmful residual pollutants such as nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are mainly produced from the combustion of fossil-based fuels. (Source: Enerkem, Various Trade Media, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-DME,  Bioethanol,  Enerkem,  Waste-to-biofuel,  Bioethanol,  


Russian Methanol, Biomaas Pellet Fuel Projects Find Investors (Int'l)
Marubeni,Russian Direct Investment Fund
Date: 2018-09-10
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) reports it and Japan's Marubeni Corporation and the AEON Corporation have on the terms for investing in the methanol production and chemical cluster in the Russian city of Volgograd. The joint investment in the project will be over $800 million. The construction is slated to get underway early in for completion in 2022.

The RDIF and JBICIG Partners -- a subsidiary of Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)) under the Russian-Japanese Investment Fund framework -- also have agreed on a $200 million joint project for the construction of a 135,000 tpy woody biomass pellet fuel production plant in the city of Amursk in partnership with the Far Eastern RFP Group and Japanese Prospect Corporation. The project is expected to launch in 2019) (Source: Russian Direct Investment Fund, UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 10th September, 2018) Contact: Russian Direct Investment Fund, https://rdif.ru/Eng_Index; AEON Energy, +91 44 4960 7700, www.aeonenergy.biz; Marubeni, www.marubeni.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News AEON,  Marubeni,  Methanol,  Woody Biomass,  Pellets,  ,  


Attis Industries, DGIST Announce Renewable Fuel Research, Licensing Agreement (Ind. Report)
Attis Industries
Date: 2018-08-10
Milton, Georgia-based Attis Industries Inc., a diversified innovation and technology holding company, is reporting the execution of a sponsored research and exclusive license agreement with South Korea's Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), to develop and commercialize processes that use sunlight to efficiently promote conversion of CO2 and water into hydrocarbon fuels.

The agreement build on the Company's and DGIST's prior work, Attis expects to collaborate with DGIST and provide the adjacent research and other resources needed to increase conversion efficiencies even further, while expanding process tolerances and capabilities. The Company's early-stage commercialization targets include commercially viable production of methane for direct use and conversion into methanol, synthesis gas for conversion into Fischer-Tropsch fuels, and ethane for conversion into polyethylene and ethanol. Each target has extreme significance to the Company's biorefinery goals, including its plans to consolidate existing renewable fuel production assets, such as first generation corn ethanol plants. (Source: Attis Industries, PR, Aug., 2018) Contact: Attis Industries, Chris Kennedy, (678) 580-5661, ckennedy@attisind.com, www.attisind.com; Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Dae Im Kang, VP R&D, +82-53-785-7000, dikang@dgist.ac.kr, en.dgist.ac.kr

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Enerkem Plans Rotterdam Methanol Production (Int'l. Report)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-07-18
Following up on our April 2nd coverage, with the previously reported startup of it Edmonton, Alberta, waste-to-cellulosic ethanol plant, Montreal-based Enerkem plans to tap into some of the 2 million tpy of municipal solid waste (MSW) shipped to the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, for methanol fuel production.

Amsterdam-based chemical company AkzoNobel, and Paris-headquartered industrial gas specialist Air Liquide are participating in the project which is expected to cost approximately $232 million. When fully operational in 2020, the plant will gasify 300,000 tpy of waste to produce more than 200,000 tpy of methanol while avoiding about 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions that would have been generated through incineration of the waste. Enerkem's patented technology can break down chemically and structurally dissimilar waste, including plastic materials, into a pure syngas that can be converted into commercial-grade methanol. (Source: Enerkem, Waste 360, 17 July, 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc., Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

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ISO Developing Methanol Marine Fuel Standard (Ind. Report)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2018-07-13
The Washington-based Methanol Institute (MI) reports the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) will develop a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol as a marine fuel and a standard for methyl/ethyl alcohol fuel couplings. By burning methonal as a fuel shipowners meet the 2020 sulphur cap, and potentially future CO2 emission regulations.

The standard is to be developed for methanol as a marine fuel as owners look to a variety of alternatives to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 2020 0.5 pct sulphur cap. ISO is expected to develop the standard as soon as possible. There are currently eight methanol powered vessels in operation worldwide. (Source: International Maritime Organization, SeaTrade Maritime, 12 July, 2018) Contact: International Maritime Organization, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Organization for Standardization, www.iso.org; Methanol Institute, (703)248-3636, www.methanol.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Organization for Standardization,  ,  Methanol,  International Maritime Organization,  


Indian Transport Minister Bets on Alt. Fuels (Int'l Report)
Alternative Fuels
Date: 2018-07-09
In Mumbai, India's Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development, the Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari is touting ethanol, methanol, bio-compressed natural gas, dimethyl ether and electricity as alternatives to crude oil, 70 pct of which has to be imported.

"At present, ethanol is received from sugar mills and we mix 5 pct of it to petrol. This mix can be raised up to 22 pct but we do not produce ethanol in large quantity. Currently, we get about 4 pct ethanol after crushing one tonne of sugarcane," Gadkari said in an interview with PTI. Gadkari also noted that the government allows the use of B-heavy molasses for ethanol production and is promoting ethanol production from cotton straws, rice, bagasse, bamboo and municipal waste.

The minister's second choice for an alternative fuel is methanol, which can be obtained from coal. "We have coal fields and we can produce methanol in abundance. We can sell it at Rs 22 per litre. In China, methanol sells at Rs 13 per litre," he said. "While producing methanol, DME (dimethyl ether) gas is also obtained and this can be mixed with LPG and used as a cooking fuel. In the US, 20 pct DME is mixed with LPG. You have a methanol economy in China and Israel. Why not in India?", the minister added. (Source: PTI, News18, 8 July, 2018) Contact: Hon. Nitin Jairam Gadkari , https://www.facebook.com/nitingadkary/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Ethanol,  Biofuel DME,  


US Methanol Stalls West Virginia Plant Opening (Ind. Report)
US Methanol
Date: 2018-06-04
US Methanol is reporting that the company's facility in Institute, West Virginia which began construction in Sept, 2017, is now expected to go into production in late 2019 -- more than a year later than first announced in September, 2017).

The facility, which is being relocated from from Brazil, will convert natural gas to methanol as feedstock for the chemical industry in the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. (Source: US Methanol, Bradenton Herald, Various Media, AP, 3 June, 2018) Contact: US Methanol, Frank Bakker, CEO, (681) 205-8511, info@usmeoh.com, www.usmeoh.com

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Methanol Endorsed as Sustainable Marine Fuel (Int'l Report)
SUMMETH
Date: 2018-06-01
The Sustainable Marine Methanol (SUMMETH) research project is reporting that methanol offers immediate environmental benefits and a zero-carbon pathway and that there are no obstacles to the efficient use of methanol in converted diesel engines of small maritime ferries and coastal craft. The SUMMETH research switching to methanol would offer close to zero SOx and particulate matter emissions and significantly lower NOx emissions compared to conventional marine fuels or biodiesel.

SUMMETH also concluded that there are no barriers to bunkering the ferries, since this is already carried out by truck and could easily be switched from diesel to methanol, enabling the ferry operator to immediately reduce particulate emissions and progressively reduce carbon emissions as renewable methanol becomes available.

The SUMMETH research programme was conducted by SSPA, ScandiNAOS, Marine Benchmark, Lund University, the Swedish Transport Administration Road Ferries, Scania, SMTF and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland with the support from the MARTEC II network and co-funding by the Swedish Maritime Administration, Region Vastra Gotaland, Oiltanking and the Methanol Institute. (Source: SUMMETH, Bunkering, May, 2018) Contact: SUMMETH, +46 31 772 90 66, www.summeth.marinemethanol.com/?page=home; Swedish Maritime Administration, www.sjofartsverket.se/en; VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, www.vttresearch.com

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IMO Wrestling with Maritime Shipping Emissions Accord (Int'l)
International Maritime Organization
Date: 2018-04-06
In March, the International Transport Forum (ITF), an autonomous intergovernmental body within the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD )reported that the international shipping industry could cut carbon emissions by between 82 pct and 90 pct by 2035 using currently available options such as clean-burning fuels like methanol, hydrogen and ammonia, implementing electric propulsion, hull design improvements and slower sailing speeds, all of which would cost the industry far in excess of an estimated $40 billion.

The biggest concern to shipowners is that if the IMO fails to come up with a solid "voluntary" plan, the European Union will include shipping in its Emissions Trading Scheme, where a cap is set on permissible greenhouse gases and amounts that can be emitted.

Shipping was excluded from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement with governments entrusting the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to find a consensus on carbon, sulfur and other emissions and air pollutant reduction measures from ocean going vessels. According to the IMO, shipping contributed about 3.1 pct of total annual CO2 emissions in the period from 2007 to 2012. Vessel emissions are projected to jump between 50 pct and 250 pct by 2050 if no action is taken. (Source: IMO, Others, WSJ, April, 2018)Contact: IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org; International Transport Forum, www.itf-oecd.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Transport Forum,  International Maritime Organization ,  Maritime Emissions,  


JV Confirms Rotterdam Waste-to-Fuel Project (Int'l., Report)

Date: 2018-04-02
A consortium of companies including Paris-based Air LIquide, Amsterdam's AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, and Enerkem Inc. of Montreal, Canada, and the Port of Rotterdam are confirming a development agreement covering initial investments in a non-recyclable advanced waste-to-chemistry facility in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

An initial €9-million investment will cover engineering, the setup up of a dedicated joint venture (JV) and completing the permitting process. The €200 facility will convert up to 360,000 tpy of waste into 220,000 tons of methanol using Enerkem's bubbling fluidized-bed gasification technology, and will convert non-recyclable mixed waste, including plastics, into syngas for the production of methanol. a (Source: Enerkem, Others, Chemical Engineering, 1 April, 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com; Port of Rotterdam, www.portofrotterdam.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  Air Liquide,  AkzoNobel,  Syngas,  Port of Rotterdam,  ,  


Enerkem, AkzoNobel Backing Rotterdam Waste Recycling Plant (Int'l)
Enerkem, AkzoNobel
Date: 2018-03-07
Following on our Feb. 21st coverage, a consortium that includes Montreal-based Enerkem has announced an initial €9 million of funding for a proposed waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. A further €200 million commitment is expected later in the year pending financial approval from the project's lead financial advisor.

If constructed, the plant will convert up to 360,000 tpy of mixed waste into 220,000 tpy (270 million litres) of eco-methanol, a colourless alcohol similar to ethanol. It would also keep approximately 300,000 tpy of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.

The consortium members include Air Liquide, AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Enerkem and the Port of Rotterdam, The project, which will use Enerkem's proprietary technology, is also supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Province of Zuid-Holland and the regional developement authority InnovationQuarter. (Source: Enerkem, Akzo Nobel, Biobased News, Various Media, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

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Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Plans Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-21
Montreal-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam. When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mt of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mt.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and permitting. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, Dir. of Innovation, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

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Rotterdam Waste-to-Methanol Plant Agreement Confirmed (Int'l)
Enerkem,AkzoNobel,Air Liquide
Date: 2018-02-19
Montreal, Quebec-based Enerkem reports it has joined AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Air Liquide, and the Port of Rotterdam in an agreement for initial investments for an advanced waste-to-chemicals plant in Rotterdam.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to have two production lines producing as much as 220,000 mt of "green" methanol from 360,000 mtpy of waste materials. The new plant should also generate CO2 emission savings of around 300,000 mtpy.

An Initial €9 million ($11 million) investment is expected to cover the set-up of a joint venture, engineering and the completion of permitting processes. The completed plant is expected to come in at approximately €200 million. (Source: Enerkem, Platts, 16 Feb., 2018) Contact:Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; AkzoNobel, Peter Nieuwenhuizen, +31 88 969 7833, www.akzonobel.com; Air Liquide, Chet Benham, VP Advanced Technologies, (781) 491-0807, www.airliquide.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem,  AkzoNobel,  Air Liquide,  Methanol,  


USC Converts Methane into Useful Chemicals (New Prod & Tech)
University of California
Date: 2018-02-09
University of California (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute scientists report a new, more efficient pathway for converting the potent GHG methane directly into basic chemicals for manufacturing plastics and other valuable chemicals. Methane is reportedly 86 times more potent and damaging as a GHG than CO2 over a 20-year horizon, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

USC researchers used a catalyst called H-SAPO-34 derived from a class of nanoporous crystals (zeolites) to convert methane directly to ethylene and propylene, or olefin. The USC method replaced traditionally difficult, expensive and inefficient processes that add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. The majority of ethylene and propylene is produced from petroleum oil and shale liquid cracking, which consumes enormous amounts of energy. Contact time is the key for this effective and simple catalyst to produce usable fuel from methane.

While similar in structure and name, methane is not directly interchangeable with methanol, although most methanol is synthetically produced from methane. The USC scientists have reduced the steps necessary to efficiently convert methane to olefins.

The research was made possible with the support of the USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy. (Source: University of Southern California News, 5 Feb., 2018) Contact: (USC) Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute (213) 740-5962, loker.usc.edu

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Enerkem Raises $280Mn for Expansion (Ind. Report, Funding)
Enerkem
Date: 2018-02-07
Montreal-based biofuels and renewable chemicals from wastes specialist Enerkem Inc. reports it has raised an investment of $280 million which will be used for new facilities.

As previously reported, Enerkem's first commercial plant in Edmonton began producing ethanol in September, 2017 The new investment funds will support construction of a second facility in Varennes, Quebec. Construction is slated to get underway this Spring for completion in 18 to 24 months. Enerkem is also developing a project in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Enerkem's process turns solid waste into methanol.(Source: Enerkem, Montreal Gazette, 6 Feb., 2018)Contact: Enerkem Inc. Vincent Chornet, Pres., CEO, (514) 875-0284 X 251, vchornet@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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IGP Methanol's Louisiana Plant Gets Air Quality Nod (Ind. Report)
IOGP Methanol
Date: 2018-01-29
In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered IGP Methanol LLC reports receipt of an air-quality permit for a $3.6 billion, four-unit methanol production facility in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana.

The Methanol Park will incorporate four identical methanol Plants or "trains" each producing 1.8 million tpy of methanol from natural gas, making it the world's largest permitted methanol production facility. When fully operational, the Park will produce 7.2 million tpy of methanol. Production is slated to get underway in late 2020.

IGP is focused on methanol as a clean-burning drop-in transportation fuel that can replace gasoline and diesel and replace LPG, coal, wood, and kerosene in cooking fuel and industrial boilers. (Source: Industrial Info Resources, IGP Methanol, Auto Channel, 26 Jan., 2018)Contact: IGP Methanol, Scott Benson, VP Marketing, (612) 417-5980, 188301@email4pr.com, www.igpmethanol.com

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Honeywell UOP Chinese Coal-to-Chemicals Catalysts Production Plant Online (Int'l Report)
UOP Honeywell
Date: 2018-01-29
Des Plaines, Ill.-headquartered Honeywell UOP reports it has begun production of its proprietary catalysts used to convert coal into plastics at its facility in China. The company also inaugurated a new R&D and engineering center at the same facility.

The new catalyst production line, located in Zhangjiagang in Jiangsu Province, manufactures state-of-the-art catalysts used in Honeywell UOP's Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process technology, which converts methanol from coal and natural gas into the olefins that are used to make plastic resins and fibers. The heart of the MTO process is a proprietary catalyst that facilitates the conversion of methanol into olefins. (Source: Honeywell, Hydrocarbon Engineering, 25 Jan., 2018) Contact: Honeywell UOP, Rebecca Liebert, Pres.,CEO, www.uop.com

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SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development, Commercialization Center Prototype Awarded $6.6Mn (Funding)
SUNY Alfred
Date: 2018-01-15
Following on our June 19, 2017 coverage, Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a further $6.6 million in grant funding for the proposed SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). The $14.2 million project previously received about $6.1 million in the form of four grants, from Empire State Development, the state Dormitory Authority, Appalachian Regional Commission and the federal Economic Development Administration.

The grant funding will enable construction to begin on the biorefinery prototype, which could be operational within 24 months. The prototype will utilize a patented hot water extraction process to separate chemical byproducts from regionally sourced low-grade wood, biomass crops and agricultural residuals. In addition to acting as a training center, the BDCC will focus on forest conservation, industrial development and environmental preservation.

Almost one-quarter of the facility's end product contains marketable sugars and chemicals that can be used as animal feed or turned into ethanol, methanol or acetic acid. The remaining thee-quarters is chipped wood with a superior cellulose quality that can be turned into high-end pellets for home heating, composite lumber, or other products such as biodegradable plastic, cellulosic nano materials, platform bio-chemicals, food additives, advanced technology biomaterials, biofuels and acetic acid. (Source: SUNY Alfred, Oleans Time Herald, 12 Jan., 2018) Contact: Alfred State Univ., SUNY Alfred Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center , (800)425-3733, www.alfredstate.edu; Appalachian Regional Commission, (202) 884-7700, www.arc.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Alfred State College,  SUNY,  Biorefining,  Biofuel,  Bioplastic,  Bioproducts,  

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