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Wyoming CO2 Storage Project Making Progress (Ind. Report)
University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources
Date: 2022-01-17
The University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources is reporting a second deep test well for site characterization is being drilled near Basin Electric's Dry Fork Station near Gillette, in Wyoming, where the CarbonSAFE drilling program is working to determine the suitability of the underground geological formations for commercial-scale carbon dioxide storage (CCS).

The drilling project is underway at the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, a facility that provides space for researchers to test, in a real-life setting, carbon capture, utilization and sequestration technologies using 20 MW of actual coal-based flue gas.

Phase 2 of CarbonSAFE investigated the storage complex feasibility with the drilling of a test well at the site and a 3D geophysical survey. The well was completed at a total depth of 9,873 feet, and 625 feet of core samples from nine different geological formations were collected for analysis, which has now been concluded.

Adjacent to the first well that was completed in 2019, the new well will allow researchers to gain valuable data and fully characterize the geologic layers of the subsurface site, including the target storage reservoirs and the caprock seals. The second well is also expected to provide data to help the team design a testing program to measure the response of injection -- using water -- within the formations. (Source: University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, Minimg.com, 16 Jan., 2022)Contact: Wyoming Integrated Test Center, Jason Begger, Managing Director, jason@wyomingitc.org, www.wyomingitc.org; Basin Electric Power Cooperative University of Wyoming School of Energy Resources, (307) 766-1121, www.uwyo.edu/ser

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Neste, ExxonMobil Tout SAF Distribution in France (Int’l.)
Neste, ExxonMobil
Date: 2022-01-12
Petroleum fuels giant ExxonMobil is reporting an agreement with Finland-headquartered renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Corp., iation Fuel at France's major airports. Under the partnership, Neste's SAF production capabilities will be integrated with ExxonMobil's traditional jet fuel delivery and distribution operations.

The agreement follows the French Government's 1 pct SAF jet fuel blend mandate, which came into force from Jan. 1, 2022. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Renewable Aviation, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Exxon,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel ,  


Avfuel Supplying SAF to ACI Jet Orange in California (Ind. Report)
Avfuel
Date: 2022-01-12
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation has added ACI Jet Orange County, near the John Wayne Orange County Airport, in southern California to its list of branded fixed-base operators (FBOs) now providing Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to air carriers using thie facilities. Avfuel delivered its first load of SAF to ACI Jet Orange County at the close of December 2021.

This new supply of SAF supports ACI Jet's customers who are looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions immediately and significantly, according to the Avfuel release. (Source: Avfuel Corp, Website, PR, Bioenergy Int'l, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  


Blue Biofuels, Vertimass Extend Tech. License Agreement (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels, Vertimass
Date: 2022-01-12
Palm Beach, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. reports it has expanded its present license agreement with Irvine, California-headquartered Vertimass LLC to allow Blue Biofuels to convert additional volumes of ethanol into renewable jet fuel and other bio-hydrocarbons using Vertimass technology.

Vertimass' technology allows sustainable production of fuels derived from ethanol with high yields that can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to sourcing these products from petroleum. Vertimass technology for producing jet fuel and chemicals from cellulosic ethanol offers producers the flexibility to diversify their product slate and market renewable fuels and chemicals that have low carbon footprints.

Blue Biofuels' proprietary Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology provides a near zero carbon footprint process to convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 12 Jan., 2022) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222, www.bluebiofuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  Blue Biofuels,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  


Gasrec Opening Biomethane Station Remote Monitoring Centers (Int'l.)
Gasrec Ltd
Date: 2022-01-10
In the UK, London-headquartered Gasrec Ltd is reporting the opening of it first Remote Monitoring Center to watch and respond to real-time data from each of its biomethane refueling stations and tanker fleet. The information will be closely watched by an initial team of six control center operators who will monitor gas levels to prevent shortages, and detect equipment faults or potential safety issues immediately and respond accordingly.

Gasrec operates biomethane refuelling stations across the UK, providing green fuel for major retailers and logistics companies including Ocado, Sainsbury's and UPS.

In December 2021, bp took a 28.57 pct stake in the company. (Source: Gasrec Ltd., Website, 6 Jan, 2022) Contact: Gasrec Ltd, +44 20 8191 7079, www.gasrec.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasrec,  Biomethane,  Biogas,  


Johnson Matthey Launches HyCOgen (Ind. Report)
Johnson Matthey
Date: 2022-01-07
In the UK, Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies, is reporting the launch of HyCOgen™ -- Reverse Water Gas Shift technology enabling the conversion of captured CO2 and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

By combining HyCOgen with FT CANS Fischer Tropsch technology Johnson Matthey offers an integrated, scalable solution for use in the efficient and cost-effective production of renewable power based SAF.

HyCOgen is a catalysed process to convert green hydrogen and CO2 into carbon monoxide which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas), a crucial building block in the manufacture of fuels and chemicals. The integration with the FT CANS technology provides an end to end, optimized and highly scalable process that turns over 95 pct of the CO2 into high quality synthetic crude oil that can be further upgraded into sustainable drop-in fuel products including SAF, renewable diesel and naphtha.

The scalability of the integrated HyCOgen/FT CANS solution enables cost-effective deployment across a wide range of project sizes -- from small-scale, fed by hydrogen from a single electrolyser, through to world-scale with multiple large electrolyser modules, according to the release. (Source: Johnson Matthey, Website, PR, 5 Jan., 2022) Contact: Johnson Matthey, Jane Toogood, Sector Chief Executive, group.info@matthey.com, www.matthey.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Johnson Matthey,  SAF,  CO2,  Syngas,  Renewable Diesel,  Carbon Capture,  Green Hydrogen,  


Vertimass, UGI Ink 15-year Renewable Fuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
Vertimass, UGI Corp.
Date: 2022-01-07
King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based natural gas and electric power distribution company UGI Corporation is reporting a 15-year agreement with Irvine,California-based catalytic technology developer Vertimass LLC to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. UGI anticipates a roughly $500 million investment for the bolt-on production facilities over 15-years. The first production facility is expected to come onstream in fiscal year 2024 with a production target of approximately 50 million gpy of combined renewable fuels.

Vertimass's Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology allows ethanol producers to: produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG (liquified petroleum gases, mainly propane and butane); eliminate the ethanol "blend wall" by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles; produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products; and possibly "de-bottleneck" processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock, according to Vertimass.

The "bolt-on" technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50 pct of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable propane that will support UGI's efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category, according to the release. (Source: UGI Corporation, PR 6 Jan., 2021) Contact: UGI Corp., (610) 337-1000, investors@ugicorp.com, www.ugicorp.com; Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vertimass,  UGI Corp. Ethanol,  Renewable Fuels,  


DOE Issues new Renewable Fuels RFI (Ind. Report)
US DOE BETO
Date: 2022-01-03
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production, including information on practices that can reduce the carbon intensity of corn production.

This RFI seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel and renewable marine fuels. This information is necessary for DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to chart the potential growth of domestic renewable fuels production by 2030 and to understand the barriers in scaling renewable fuel production pathways. This RFI also seeks information on how DOE can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development (R&D) and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale. The RFI is seeking feedback on issues related to the following:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

    Responses must be submitted electronically to Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31, 2022. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

    In addition to, or in lieu of, providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions via Biofuels_FY22_RFI@ee.doe.gov. (Source: US DOE, BETO, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE BETO, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuels,  Biofuel,  


  • Neste Targets 100 pct Renewables, Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Int'l.)
    Neste, Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-12-31
    Finland-headquartered renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste Corp., is reporting an 800 GWh power purchase agreement (PPA) with Vattenfall for hydropower from its Nordic hydropower plants for delivery in the beginning of January 2022.

    Neste aims to use 100 pct renewable electricity globally by 2023 and, in addition to the Vattenfall hydropower agreement, has increased the use of renewable electricity at its Porvoo refinery in Finland with wind power and has agreed on wind power deliveries with its partners Statkraft, Ilmatar and Fortum.

    Neste is committed to combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions both globally and locally. To that end, the company aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own production, cut emission intensity of the use of products sold by Neste and help customers reduce emissions with Neste's renewable and circular solutions. The company is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2035.

    Download Neste climate commitment details HERE . (Source: Neste Corporation, Website PR, 22 Dec. 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Vattenfall,  Carbon Neutral,  GHG,  Hydropower,  Renewable energy,  


    RNESL Acquiring Battery Maker Faradion Limited (Int'l.M&A)
    Reliance New Energy Solar,Faradion
    Date: 2021-12-31
    Mumbai, India-headquartered Reliance New Energy Solar Limited (RNESL) is reporting a definitive agreements to acquire a 100 pct equity stake in Sheffield, UK-based Faradion Limited through secondary transactions for a total value of £94.42 million based on an enterprise value of £100 million. Closing is expected in early January 2022, according to the regulatory filing.

    Faradion's patented sodium-ion battery technology is sustainable, low cost, and scalable, has high density at par with lithium-ion phosphate and has patented zero-volt safe transport and storage. Reliance will use Faradion's technology at its proposed fully integrated energy storage giga-factory as part of the Dhirubhai Ambani Green Energy Giga Complex project at Jamnagar, India.

    As previously reported, RNESL has investments in German “green solar wafers” technology company NexWafe GmbH, signed another pact with Danish company Stiesdal A/S for hydrogen electrolyser, acquired 100 pct stake in solar panel manufacturer REC Solar Holdings AS from China National Bluestar (Group) Co, and acquired a 40 pct stake in Sterling & Wilson Power. The company made its first strategic move in the renewable energy sector with a $50 million investment in US-based energy storage company Ambri Inc. (Source: RNESL, Website PR, 30 Dec., 2021); Contact: RNESL:, +91 22) 2278 5000, fax +91 22) 2278 5185, www.ril.com; Faradion Limited , +44 0 114 224 2421, www.faradion.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance New Energy Solar news,  Battery news,  Energy Storage news,  Faradion news,  


    DOE Issues Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration RFI (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO
    Date: 2021-12-29
    The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new request for information (RFI) on the scale-up and demonstration of renewable fuels. The RFI, titled Overcoming Barriers to Renewable Fuel Scale-Up and Demonstration, seeks input from biofuels producers and technology developers about their readiness to scale process technologies to pilot- and demonstration-scale sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuels. The RFI also seeks input on how existing first-generation ethanol and other existing industries could be leveraged to provide low-cost feedstock and infrastructure for biofuels production. The RFI also seeks information on how DOE BETO can best assist biofuels production stakeholders in their research and development and scaling up of their technologies through demonstration scale.

    Constructing and operating pilot- and demonstration-scale facilities is essential to de-risk technology and ensure the success of subsequent commercial scale projects. BETO recognizes the availability of financing for first-of-a-kind process systems can be a barrier to commercializing advanced biofuels.

    Input is sought from bioenergy companies that are planning to scale up and demonstrate SAF, renewable diesel, and renewable marine fuel technologies from the lower Technology Readiness Levels) to pilot and demonstration stage and eventual commercialization. This information will inform a multi-year scale-up strategy resulting in the construction and operation of several SAF, renewable diesel, and/or renewable marine fuel production pathways.

    Feedback is requested from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the scale-up of renewable fuel production technologies. Specifically, the DOE is interested in receiving information and input on:

  • Biofuel Pathway Scale-Up Forecasts -- plans by developers to scale SAF, marine, and renewable diesel production

  • Barriers to Scale-Up of SAF, Marine, and Renewable Diesel Technologies -- input on technical, financial, legal, contractual, policy and other barriers

  • Leveraging First Generation Ethanol and Other Incumbent Industries -- information on technological improvements that could enhance low-carbon fuel production

  • BETO Scale-Up of Biotechnologies Strategy -- input on BETO's scale-up strategy and other forms of financial assistance to support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Leveraging National Laboratory PDU to Scale-Up Renewable Fuels -- insight on how DOE National Laboratory capabilities can support biofuel scale-up and commercialization

  • Feedstock Production & Supply -- information on sustainable corn farming practices and challenges in establishing robust biomass feedstock supply chains.

    View the RFI details HERE . (Source: U.S. Department of Energy, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: US DOE Biotechnologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE BETO,  Renewable Fuel,  SAF,  Ethanol,  Biofuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


  • Notice -- Holiday Publications Schedule -- Notice

    Date: 2021-12-22
    In celebration of the Christmas Holiday Season, we will not be publishing on Friday, 25 December and Monday, 27 December. We will resume our regular publications schedule on Wednesday, 29 December, 2021.

    We wish all our subscribers and readers our Compliments for a safe and Joyous Holiday.


    Malaysia Airlines' Neste SAF Fueled Flight Takes Off (Int'l.)
    Malaysia Airlines
    Date: 2021-12-22
    Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, is reporting its inaugural flight using a blend mixture of approximately 38 pct Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel™ (SAF) and conventional jet fuel, in partnership with PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (PDB) and Helsinki-headquartered Neste.

    The successful operation was a result of the supply deal between PETCO Trading (UK) Ltd, which is PETRONAS' marketing and trading arm in Europe, and Neste, the world's leading producer of renewable diesel and SAF refined from waste and residues. In its neat form, and over the life cycle, Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 pct compared to fossil jet fuel use, according to Neste.

    In addition to using SAF, the flight deployed GE Digital's FlightPulse® and Fuel Insight software to track in-flight fuel performance. The flight data will be processed and analyzed to help better understand possible futyre SAF fueled flights, according to the release. (Source: Neste, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Neste, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Renewable Aviation, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Malaysia Airlines, www.malaysiaairlines.com/hq

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  SAF,  


    Aemetis Inks 450Mn gpy Renewable Diesel Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-12-22
    Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports signing a 10-year, 450-million-gpy renewable diesel supply agreement with an unnamed industry-leading travel stop company -- 450 million gallons is enough fuel for an estimated 3.6 billion miles of heavy truck and cargo transportation.

    Renewable diesel is a drop-in fuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gases and other emissions from heavy duty vehicles that would otherwise use petroleum diesel. The agreement is in keeping with the travel stop company's continuing strategy to diversify its fueling operations, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 20 December, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO,emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    SCF Ventures Invests in Qube Emissions Monitoring Tech. (Ind. Report)
    SCF Ventures, Qube Technologies
    Date: 2021-12-15
    SCF Ventures is reporting an investment in Calgary, Alberta-based emissions monitoring specialist Qube Technologies. Qube's "internet-of-things" (IoI) technology enables oil and gas operators to monitor and better detect, measure, and reduce their methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide and other greenhouse gas emissions.

    In 2021, Qube received the world's first regulatory approval to replace traditional leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs utilizing Qube's technology to reduce fugitive emissions by up to 90 pct while offering cost savings, improved safety, and verifiable data that prove environmental stewardship, according to the company. (Source: SCF Ventures, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Qube Technologies, Alex MacGregor, CEO, www.qubeiot.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SCF Ventures,  Qube Technologies,  GHG,  Emission Monitor,  


    Aussie Air Carrier Commits to SAF (Int'l. Report)
    Qantas.BP
    Date: 2021-12-15
    In the Land Down Under, air carrier Qantas reports it will be the first Australian air carrier to fly commercial trips using sustainable fuel alternatives (SAF) under a deal to buy 10 million litres of biofuels from BP in 2023 and 2024 for flights departing London's Heathrow Airport. The SAF will be blended with regular jet fuel to reduce carbon emissions on its flights from London by 10 pct, according to the release.

    Qantas has committed to spending $50 million on sustainable aviation fuels before 2050 as part of its net-zero emissions by 2050 plan. (Source: Qantas, PR Dec., 2021) Contact: Qantas, Andrew Parker , Sustainability Officer, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Qantas,  BP,  


    GEVO, Kolmar Ink Renewable Fuels Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, Kolmar
    Date: 2021-12-15
    Englewood, Colorado-based GEVO Inc. is reporting a "financeable" , 8-year fuel supply agreement with Zug, Switzerland-based Kolmar Americas Inc. for 45 million gpy of renewable, energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons that are expected to be produced from Gevo's second Net-Zero production facility, Net-Zero 2. Kolmar is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kolmar Group AG, a privately held service provider, manufacturer, and marketer of renewable fuels headquartered. GEVO will supply Kolmar with renewable hydrocarbons, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and isooctane that is a key component of renewable premium gasoline.

    GEVO expects to supply renewable fuels to Kolmar from its Net-Zero 2 plant currently being developed in the U.S. Mid-West. Deliveries would represent 100 pct of the plant's output based on Net-Zero 2's current design. With protein and corn oil co-product sales, Net-Zero 2 is estimated to generate annual gross revenues of roughly $350 million.

    The fuel supply agreement is subject to certain terms and conditions, according to the release. (Source: GEVO, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: GEVO, www.gevo.com; Kolmar Americas, Inc., Raf Aviner, President, www.kolmargroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  Kolmar ,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Renewable Fuel,  


    Gasum, Metsa Fibre Tout Biogas Partnership (Int'l. Report)
    Gasum, Metsa Fibre
    Date: 2021-12-13
    Helsinki-headquartered state-owned energy giant Gasum Oy and Finnish timber and sawmill operator Metsa Fibre Oy have teamed up to produce biogas at Metsa Fibre's Aanekoski bioproduct mill in Finland.

    The plant will use wood-based sludge from the bioproduct mill to produce biogas and biopellets which will be used for power production.

    Under the agreement, Metsa Fibre will own and operate the Aanekoski biogas plant while Gasum will take care of daily remote operation and maintenance of biogas processing. Gasum will also purchase the biogas for use as a road transport fuel to be retailed at its filling station network.

    Gasum presently operates 17 biogas plants in Finland and Sweden and has a 120 GWh per year manure-based biogas facility under construction in Gotene, Sweden. (Source: Gasum, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Gasum, Johanna Lamminen, CEO, +358 800 122 722, www.gasum.com; Metsa Fibre Oy, +358 104 612, www.metsafibre.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gasum,  Metsa Fibre,  


    BIRD Investing in Battery, Energy Storage Projects (Funding)
    BIRD Energy
    Date: 2021-12-13
    In Tel Aviv, Israel's Ministry of Energy (MoE), the Israel Innovation Authority and the US DOE are reporting six battery, energy efficiency, and energy storage, projects will receive $5.48 million under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The projects include:
  • AGM Communication & Control (Mitzpa, Israel) and Element 16 Technologies, Inc. (Glendale, CA) will develop sulfur thermal energy storage for industrial applications.

  • E.V.R. Motors Ltd. (Petach Tikva, Israel) and Continuous Solutions L.L.C. (Portland, OR) will develop "IMP" -- an Integrated Miniaturized Powertrain.

  • Environmental Services Company (Neot Hovav, Israel) and 374Water (Durham, NC) will develop energy and resource recovery systems from hazardous organic waste using supercritical water oxidation technology.

  • Kinetics (Airport City, Israel) and UAV Turbines, Inc. (Miami, FL) will develop an ultra-portable turbogenerator system.

  • An Israeli Company and Imprint Energy, Inc. (Alameda, CA) will develop safe, sustainable, and high-power zinc printed batteries and will manufacture and integrate them into thin and flexible cellular Internet of Things (IoT) smart tags for tracking packages, improving logistics processes, and reducing supply chain waste.

  • Synvertec (Herzliya, Israel) and Rhombus Energy Solutions (San Diego, CA) will develop the Synchronverter -- a dynamic and autonomous inverter utilizing a unique control algorithm -- allowing 100 pct of renewable generation by providing grid stability solutions for inverter-based applications.

    Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include one U.S. and one Israeli company or a company from one of the countries paired with a university or research institution from the other. The partners must present a project that involves innovation in the area of energy and is of mutual interest to both countries. BIRD Energy has a rigorous review process and selects the most technologically meritorious projects along with those most likely to commercialize and bring about significant impact. Qualified projects must contribute at least 50 pct to project costs and commit to repayments if the project leads to commercial success.

    BIRD Energy was launched in 2009 under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, supporting research and development, benefiting both the United States and Israel. The program focuses on commercializing sustainable energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs, and increase energy security. To date, BIRD Energy has funded 60 cooperative Israel-U.S. clean energy projects totaling $47.5 million and approximately $62 million in funds matched by the private sector to commercialize clean energy technologies. (Source: BIRD Energy, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: BIRD Foundation, Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development & BIRD Energy, +972-3- 6988-315, limorn@birdf.com, www.birdf.com

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


  • AES Launches Robot to Accelerate Solar Construction (Ind. Report)
    AES Corporation
    Date: 2021-12-10
    Arlington, Virginia-based AES Corporation is reporting the launch of Atlas, a new first-of-its-kind solar installation robot. Atlas represents a major advance in solar energy technology, making it faster, more efficient and safer to construct new solar facilities. Atlas was designed by AES through a multi-year innovation process and built in cooperation with Calvary Robotics and other third parties.

    The AI-enabled Atlas robot enables the rapid deployment of new solar resources at scale and automates the time and cost efficient construction of new solar resources. AES teams will use Atlas as a next generation tool in the construction of new solar projects. AES' other innovations and investments to "reimagine" solar energy include:

  • Combining solar energy with other technologies to work around the clock for customers through our product that guarantees 24/7 clean energy on an hourly basis;

  • Investing in 5B and its MAVERICK technology, which enables the deployment of solar resources three times as fast to deliver twice the amount of energy on the same amount of land;

  • Pioneering the world's first DC-coupled solar plus battery storage solutions providing dispatchable clean energy; and

  • Deploying solar robots from Ecoppia to automate the cleaning of solar panels to ensure peak performance. (Source: AES, PR, Website, Dec., 2021) Contact: AES Corp., Chris Shelton, Senior VP, CPO, 703-522-1315, www.aes.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News AES Corporation,  Solar,  


  • Powin Touts New Battery Energy Storage Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)

    Date: 2021-12-10
    Tualatin, Oregon-based battery energy storage specialist Powin LLC is touting its new "Centipede" battery energy storage platform.

    Centipede is the company's first fully modular design, complete with pre-integrated segments containing batteries, thermal management equipment, and essential safety systems. Centipede requires 50 pct less time and reduces lifecycle costs and provides superior reliability. Centipede's simplified design offers enhanced scalability, supporting more than 200 MWh-AC per acre on solar installations and can accommodate a wide range of system configurations and energy specifications, with immediate room to grow.

    With safety validation completed, first deliveries of the Centipede are scheduled for Q2 2022 To date, Powin has secured more than 2 GWhs in contracted and awarded Centipede orders from multinational independent power producers and utilities. Powin has constructed more than 1200 MWh of systems supporting 54 projects in 10 states and eight countries and has a contracted pipeline to supply over 4,500 MWh of energy storage systems globally over the next three years. (Source: Powin, PR . Website, Nov.-Dec., 2021) Contact: Powin,, Geoff Brown, Pres., www.powin.com


    Powin Touts New Battery Energy Storage Platform (New Prod. & Tech.)

    Date: 2021-12-10
    Tualatin, Oregon-based energy storage specialist Powin LLC (Powin), a global leader in the design and manufacture of safe and scalable battery energy storage solutions, announced its new Centipede battery energy storage platform. Centipede is the company’s first fully modular design, complete with pre-integrated segments containing batteries, thermal management equipment, and essential safety systems. Centipede requires 50 pct less time to procure and deploy and 30 pct less space onsite, while also reducing lifecycle costs and providing superior reliability. The Stack750E will be the first modular Stack purpose built for the Centipede platform and is well-suited for 2-hour to 4-hour applications, including solar and storage use cases. Centipede’s simplified design offers enhanced scalability, supporting more than 200 MWh-AC per acre and a simple augmentation strategy. Centipede can accommodate a wide range of system configurations and energy specifications, with immediate room to grow.

    With safety validation completed, first deliveries of the Centipede are scheduled for Q2 2022 To date, Powin has secured more than 2 GWhs in contracted and awarded orders for Centipede from multinational independent power producers and utilities. Powin has built over 1200 MWh of systems, supporting 54 projects in 10 states and eight countries. Powin has a contracted pipeline to supply over 4,500 MWh of energy storage systems globally over the next three years. (Source: Powin, PR . Website, Nov.-Dec., 2021) Contact: Powin,, Geoff Brown, Pres., www.powin.com


    Oberon rDME+Propane Blend Collaboration Announced (Ind. Report)
    Oberon Fuels
    Date: 2021-12-10
    San Diego-based Oberon Fuels, currently the only commercial producer of renewable Dimethyl Ether (rDME) globally, has announced a collaboration with Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. and Empresas Lipigas to test a clean, innovative low carbon fuel blend. The collaboration aims to evaluate and validate the material compatibility, safety and performance attributes of a rDME+LPG blended product for use in residential and commercial heating and cooking applications in Latin America.

    Dimethyl ether has similar properties to LPG making it an excellent blending agent with LPG. The rDME+LPG blend can be stored and transported using existing LPG infrastructure and can be used in transportation, cooking, heating, power generation and various other applications. When made by the Oberon process, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) calculated that dairy biogas-based rDME has an estimated carbon intensity (CI) value of -278. Even in low volumes, rDME can dramatically reduce the CI of LPG blends.

    Lipigas will manage the testing plans and protocols including: rDME+LPG blend percentage, appliance specifications, testing time frames, and applications in which the rDME+LPG blended product will be used. Suburban Propane is the first LPG company in the world to invest in rDME production and is facilitating project logistics and participating in data analysis. Oberon Fuels will provide the rDME produced from its flagship production facility in Brawley, California, and domain expertise. (Source: Oberon Fuels, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Lipigas, www.lipigas.com; Oberon Fuels, www.oberonfuels.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Oberon Fuels,  Dimethyl Ether,  rDME ,  


    Aemetis Changes Incorporation to Delaware (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-12-08
    Cupertino, California-headquartered renewable fuels producer Aemetis, Inc. reports it has completed the reincorporation of the Company from the State of Nevada to the State of Delaware.

    The change in legal domicile was approved at the Company's Annual Meeting of Stockholders in August, 2021. Common stock outstanding remained unchanged , no additional shares were registered for sale and the company Board of Directors, management, business or operations remain unchanged, as a result of the Reincorporation. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 6 Dec., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO,emcafee@aemetis.com, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    oneworld Alliance to Purchase SAF from Aemetis (Ind. Report)
    oneworld Alliance , Aemetis
    Date: 2021-12-03
    The New York, New York-headquartered oneworld Alliance of airlines reports its member air carriers plan to purchase more than 350 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) over seven years beginning in 2024 from Cupertino, California-based Aemetis.

    The SAF will be produced at the Aemetis Carbon Zero plant currently under development in Riverbank, California. The facility will use waste wood to produce cellulosic hydrogen, which is then combined with wastes and non-edible sustainable oils and zero carbon intensity hydroelectric electricity to produce sustainable aviation fuel.

    oneworld members include Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Qantas and Qatar Airways. (Source: oneworld Alliance, Website, PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: oneworld Alliance, www.oneworld.com; Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    Velocys Joins SME Climate Hub, "Race to Zero" Campaign (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-12-03
    Oxford, UK-based advanced biofuels producer Velocys reports it has joined the SME Climate Hub, a global UN sponsored initiative to help small and medium-sized companies adopt sustainable measures as part of their activities to achieve the target net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as set in the COP15 Paris Climate Agreement.

    The SME Climate Hub is founded by the We Mean Business Coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations -- through the "Race to Zero" campaign -- in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Normative. The Campaign mobilizes and urges businesses, cities, regions, investors and civil society to adopt crucial measures to significantly impact global emissions by 2030, as a first step to achieve carbon neutrality in the future.

    "Velocys' high performance catalyst and reactor technology can generate negative-carbon-emissions SAF with the integration of carbon capture technologies. The compact, commercially-ready, patented Fischer-Tropsch reactor for the synthesis of hydrocarbons allows the production of advanced biofuels from large, sustainable carbon sources such as household waste and forest residues," according to the company website. (Source: Velocys, Website PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1865 800821, 713 275 5840 -- Houston office, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vedlocys,  SME Climate Hub,  SAF,  Carbon Capture,  


    Lockheed Martin, Ion Storage Relationship Extended (Ind. Report)
    Lockheed Martin,Ion Storage Systems
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Beltsville, Maryland-based solid state battery specialist Ion Storage Systems (ION) is reporting a year-long, paid evaluation agreement with Lockheed Martin (LM) which expands upon a four-year relationship that began during ION's incubation at the University of Maryland.

    The agreement calls for a comprehensive assessment of ION's breakthrough solid state battery technology for integration into multiple product applications across LM's various corporate divisions and is another major step towards commercial adoption of ION's technology.

    ION creates high energy density solid state lithium batteries that are safer, lighter and enable form factors with tighter packing density that enhance system performance. ION's nonflammable technology offers safe operation, greater abuse tolerance, and both volume and weight reduction, according to the company release. (Source: Ion Storage Systems, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: Ion Storage Systems, www.ionstoragesystems.com; Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, CEO,(202) 740-5997, Melissa.a.chadwick@lmco.com, www.lockheedmartin.com

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    Ryanair Supports Future SAF Use (Int'l. Report)
    Ryanair
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair reports it has pledged to support the development of SAF to promote a carbon-neutral future and, to that end, aims to power 12.5 pct of its flights using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.

    As previously reported, the airline has joined the Fueling Flight Initiative as part of its pledge to turn the blue airline green. The Fuelling Flight initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) with technical advice from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). (Source: Ryanair, PR, 28 Nov., 2021) Contact: Ryanair, Tom Fowler, Sustainability Dir., www.ryanair.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Ryanair,  Fueling Flight Initiative,  


    100 pct SAF Commercial Passenger Jet Test Success (Ind. Report)
    Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Neste
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Researchers from aircraft manufacturer Airbus, engine-maker Rolls-Royce, the German research center DLR and Helsinki-headquartered Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste are reporting initial results of in-flight emissions testing using an Airbus A350 powered by Rolls Royce engines found "no engineering obstacle" to running on 100 pct SAF, according to an Airbus statement.

    Currently, aircraft are allowed to operate on a 50 pct mix of SAF and conventional jet fuel. This initial success points to SAF's potential to reduce aviation's climate impact.

    Researchers reported "burning SAF emits significantly less greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fossil-based aviation fuel and boasts a lower density and higher energy content per kilogram, compared to conventional kerosene." (Source: Airbus, Flying, 29 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste Corp.,, Minna Aila, Senior VP, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, +358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Airbus, www.airbus.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Neste,  Airbus,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


    Re-Booted Newfoundland Refinery to Produce SAF, RD (Ind. Report)
    Cresta Fund Management
    Date: 2021-12-01
    Dallas, Texas-headquartered private equity firm Cresta Fund Management is reporting acquisition of a controlling stake in North Atlantic Refining Ltd.'s idled 135,000-bpd refinery in Come-by-Chance, Newfoundland, Canada.

    The refinery, which will be renamed Braya Renewable Fuels, will be converted to initially produce 14,000 bpd of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD) beginning in mid-2022 and possibly green hydrogen at a later date, according to the company. (Source: Cresta Fund Management, PR, Reuters, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: Cresta Fund Management, 214.310.1083, www.crestafunds.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    Aemetis Inks $100 Mn Financing Terms Sheet (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has signed a non-binding term sheet and is working towards completing $100 million of new debt financing from Toronto-based Third Eye Capital. The debt financing is expected to be comprised of $50 million for carbon reduction projects and $50 million for working capital.

    The new, lower interest rate debt financing is expected to fund Aemetis initiatives that reduce the carbon intensity of renewable fuels (sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel), carbon sequestration, and upgrades to the Keyes, California, ethanol plant.

    Cash and grants of more than $32 million have already been invested in the Aemetis Phase I, 45 million gpy carbon -zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

    A $125 million USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan has been signed by Aemetis and an additional $100 million under the USDA Renewable Energy for America Program is in process, according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

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    Univ. Calgary Developing Marine CO2 Removal Technology (R&D)
    University of Calgary
    Date: 2021-11-26
    In Alberta, Canada, the University of Calgary is reporting the school's Practical Electrochemical Air Capture (PEACH) research team of chemists, engineers, legal scholars, and geoscientists has received $100,000 funding from the Scotiabank Net Zero Research Fund to assess feasible approaches to their carbon dioxide removal (CDR) in marine regions.

    The PEACH team is focused on development and assessment of a new technology that could store atmospheric carbon long-term as bicarbonate in the ocean. The two-year project, which is now in technology development phase, introduces a novel approach to safely change near-surface seawater chemistry to promote natural uptake of carbon dioxide in the ocean. The team recognizes the importance of developing a platform while maintaining viable biospheres in the marine environment, aiming to develop their approach while maintaining the health and well-being of marine ecosystems. The project will consider everything from technical scaling to marine governance and policy in terms of CDR approaches.

    Recognizing this need for socially desirable solutions to climate change, professor Anna-Maria Hubert is a key part of the PEACH team, researching and advising on social policy, governance, and legal parameters. As a legal scholar with a background in international and environmental law, Hubert's work is concerned with how law and governance can develop to respond to emerging science and technologies. (Source: University of Calgary, PR, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: University of Calgary, PEACH, Prof. Dr. Stephen Larter, PhD, Team Leader, (403) 220-7484, www.ucalgary.ca/prg/research/energy-transition/peach

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Petroleum giant Shell is reporting plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of reducing emissions by half by 2030. The planned 550,000-tpy plant will produce biofuels from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) or chemicals, according to a company release.. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring hydrogen and a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

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


    Viridos, ExxonMobil Ink Algae Biofuels Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Viridos, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-11-24
    La Jolla, California based Viridos Inc. -- fka Synthetic Genomics -- is reporting an agreement with Clinton, New Jersey -headquartered ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company with the intent to bring Viridos' low-carbon intensity biofuels toward commercial levels. According to the release, "recent productivity advances in Viridos' technology are an opportunity to turn CO2 into renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), providing an essential component for the decarbonization of the heavy-duty transportation industry."

    Founded in 2005 by leaders in synthetic biology, Viridos is a powerhouse for innovative research, transplanting the first genome, synthesizing the first bacterial genome and creating the first synthetic cell. In the past few years Viridos' leadership in engineering microalgae has achieved greater than 5x bio-oil productivity increases by increasing both the oil content in the algae and the algae yield. The results from outdoor deployment of Viridos' bio-engineered strains in 2020 and 2021 mark the inflection point toward deployment," according to the release.

    Viridos is a privately held biotechnology company harnessing the power of photosynthesis to create transformative solutions to mitigate climate change. Our unparalleled understanding of algal genetics and ability to translate innovation from lab to field underpins our initial deployment: a scalable platform to produce low-carbon intensity biofuels for aviation, commercial trucking, and maritime shipping, according to the Viridos website. (Source: Viridos, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Viridos. Dr. Oliver Fetzer, CEO, 858.754.2900, www.viridos.com; ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Vijay Swarup, VP, R&D, 908-735-7102, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Synthetic Genomics ,  microalgae,  Viridos,  ExxonMobil ,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    Canberra Releases Australia's Bioenergy Roadmap (Int'l. Report)
    ARENA
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In Canberra, Australian Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon. Angus Taylor, has unveiled the Australia Bioenergy Roadmap. It includes new analysis which confirms the adoption of key technologies, which would see $10 billion added to Australia's GDP by 2030 and the creation of 26,200 full-time jobs. The roadmap also confirms that bioenergy could provide up to 40 pct of Australia's total energy consumption by the 2050s.

    The Australian government has committed $33.5 million to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA} to support the bioenergy sector through co-funding additional research, development and deployment of advanced sustainable aviation (SAF) and marine biofuels and to help make advanced biofuels more cost competitive with traditional jet and maritime fuels.

    To date, the Government, through ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), has invested just under $500 million in Australian organic waste, biogas, biomass, biofuels and related low-carbon fuels projects. Current Government measures underway to support the Australian bioenergy sector include:

  • The consideration of biogas, as well as hydrogen, in the National Gas Law review through Energy Ministers;

  • The development of a new Emissions Reduction Fund method for biomethane by the Clean Energy Regulator ;

  • Biofuels being considered as part of the industry-wide fuel standards review;

  • Bioenergy being utilized in Government-supported microgrid studies.

    The biogas measures together aim to help the development of a voluntary zero-emissions gas markett hat will drive early demand for clean hydrogen and other zero-emissions gases and recognise consumers' voluntary purchase of zero-emission gas.

    Download Australia Bioenergy Roadmap HERE (Source: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Website Release, 19 Nov., 2021) Contact: Australia Ministry of Energy and Emissions Reduction, Hon. Angus Taylor, Minister, +02 6277 7120, angus.taylor.mp@aph.gov.au, www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/taylor; ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Australia Biofuel,  Biofuels,  ARENA,  Biogas,  Hydrogen,  


  • Shell Planning Singapore Biofuels Plant (Int'l. Report)
    ,Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-11-24
    Shell plans to build a biofuels plant in Singapore to help the company meet its target of halving emissions by 2030. The company intends to construct a 550,000-tonne a year biofuels plant that can make hydrogen from cooking oils and animal fats, which are then used to produce diesel for road transport, aviation fuel or chemicals, according to a statement from the company. The facility is subject to a final investment decision.

    Shell is seeking to produce around 2 million tpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2025 and process 1 million tpy of plastic waste globally. The company is also exploring a regional carbon capture and storage (CCS) hub. (Source: Shell, PR, Nov., 2021)

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    Maryland 24-MW Community Solar Portfolio Advances (Ind. Report)
    OneEnergy Renewables , CleanChoice Energy and Standard Solar
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Solar energy development firms OneEnergy Renewables, CleanChoice Energy and Rockville, Maryland-based Standard Solar are reporting a collaboration on nine community solar energy projects across five counties and three utility territories in Maryland. Development work on the 24-MWportfolio is complete, and four of the nine projects are ready for operation. The projects include:
  • In Anne Arundel County, Utility: BGE -- Checkerspot, 2 MW Bathian, 2.8 MW, Patuxent, 2.8 MW

  • In Baltimore County, Utility: BGE -- Sassafras, 2.4 MW, Trillium, 2.8 MW>

  • In Howard County, Utility: BGE -- Metalmark, 2.8 MW, Viceroy, 2.6 MW

  • In Prince George's County, Utility: PEPCO -- Monarch, 2.8 MW

  • In Dorchester County, Utility: Delmarva -- Glassywing, 2 MW.

    Standard Solar funded the construction and will own and operate the projects long-term. OneEnergy partnered with the landowners to site, permit and design the projects, and CCE is responsible for the customer acquisition to sign up Maryland residents.

    The projects are part of Maryland's Community Solar Pilot Program aimed at helping residents save up to 10 pct on their utility bills based on electricity generated by the projects. The 24-MW portfolio is projected to benefit more than 5,000 households annually through community solar subscriptions. (Source: Standard Solar, Website PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: One Energy Renewables, 206.922.7072, www.oneenergyrenewables.com; CleanChoice Energy, 800-317-3141, www. cleanchoiceenergy.com; Standard Solar, 301-944-1200, www.standardsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News OneEnergy Renewables ,  CleanChoice Energy,  Standard Solar,  Community Solar,  


  • Saft Touts Intensium® Max 20 Energy Storage (New Prod & Tech)
    Saft Battery
    Date: 2021-11-22
    Paris-headquartered battery manufacturer and energy storage specialist Saft is touting its recently launched Intensium® Max 20 High Energy container with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) technology, expanding its range of energy storage solutions (ESS) and its project execution capabilities. The new ESS solution meets the growing demand for flexible and expandable energy storage capable of supporting multi-usage applications.

    The Intensium® Max 20 High Energy with LFP technology is cost-effective and ideal for the long and deep cycles required to store PV energy produced during daylight hours and delivers a 50 pct higher energy throughput than previous generations of ESS over a 20-year lifetime of 6000+ cycles, according to the company release. (Source: Saft, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Saft, Herve Amosse, Executi, contact@saftbatteries.com, www.saftbatteries.com

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    JM Joins International Hydrogen Energy Centre (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Matthey,International Hydrogen Energy Center
    Date: 2021-11-19
    London-headquartered Johnson Matthey reports it has joined the newly launched International Hydrogen Energy Center (IHEC), which is part of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), aimed at accelerating large-scale production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen and transitioning the world to a net-zero carbon emission society.

    At its inaugural meeting on 10 Nov., IHEC agreed to the following:

  • To build an extensive network around IHEC to ensure global reseach and knowledge are shared and avoid duplication.

  • To transition to a hydrogen economy, the entire value chain(s) need to be covered rather than solely focusing on producing hydrogen, also consider the hydrogen applications and their roll-out to avoid them lagging behind. If not corrected, this will lead to a supply/demand imbalance.

  • The other elements of an emerging value chain, for example business planning, project finance, the development of holistic approaches to promote hydrogen deployment are also key.

  • The production, distribution, storage and use of hydrogen needs to happen safely. A globally aligned approach to safety is important and the global supply chains that will be developed, need to be developed safely.

    Johnson Matthey is active in emission control catalysts, industrial catalysts, absorbents, process technologies, fine chemicals, active pharmaceutical ingredients, chemical products, medical device components, colours, coatings, fuel cell technology, battery technology, hydrogen and others on a global scale. (Source: Johnson Matthey, Website PR, 16 Nov., 2021) Contact: Johnson Matthey, group.info@matthey.com, www.matthey.com; International Hydrogen Energy Center, www.hydrogenenergycenter.org; UNIDO, www.unido.org

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  • Boralex Selects Gastop MetalSCAN Turbine Monitoring (Ind. Report)
    Boralex, Gastops
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Ottawa, Ontaio-based Gastops Ltd., a leader in critical component condition intelligence systems, reports Montreal-headquartered Boralex has selected its MetalSCAN MS3500 series sensors for gearbox condition monitoring systems on all new wind energy projects in France. Boralex operates more than 500 wind turbines with over 1GW capacity in France.

    Gastops provides intelligent condition monitoring solutions used in Aerospace, Defence, Energy, and Industrial applications to optimize the availability, performance, and safety of critical assets, according to the company website. (Source: Gastops, PR, 18 Nov., 2021) Contact: Gastops Ltd., 613 744 3530, www.gastops.com; Boralex, Patrick Lemaire, Pres., CEO, (514) 985-1353, www.boralex.com

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    SkyNRG Launches "Fly on SAF" Carbon Offset Scheme (Ind. Report)
    SkyNRG
    Date: 2021-11-17
    Amsterdam-based aviation biofuel specialist SkyNRG and digital tool developer CHOOOSE (Climate Action for Eeveryone) are reporting the launch of "Fly on SAF", a new carbon emission reduction solution that enables airlines and travel companies to integrate sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and carbon offsets at Heathrow Airport, Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Stuttgart Airport and others.

    Airline travelers booking a ticket with organisations offering "Fly on SAF" can easily mitigate the carbon footprint from their flight by replacing fossil fuel with SAF. (Source: SkyNRG, Website, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; CHOOOSE, www.chooose.today

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    DOE Signals Major Energy Efficiency Investment (Ind. Report)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In Washington, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reports it has upgraded one million American homes with energy efficiency improvements through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program. Since 2001, the program has helped American homeowners and renters save $7.7 billion on their energy bills and cut carbon emissions equivalent to a year's worth of 11 coal-fired power plants.

    Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® is a national home improvement program administered by the DOE in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the energy efficiency of single-family and low-rise multifamily homes. It connects homeowners with a network of over 1,300 home performance contractors and utility and nonprofit energy efficiency program administrators to make upgrades that save energy and improve the comfort, health, and safety of their homes. Together with its Weatherization Assistance Program, DOE has serviced almost eight million U.S. homes with the same home energy improvements that the transformative investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better agenda will accelerate.

    Sponsors and their networks of contractors follow a proven "whole-house" approach set by DOE guidelines to assess and improve home energy use with the most comprehensive and economically feasible upgrades, such as sealing leaks to control outside air from entering the home, adding insulation, or installing a new clean heating and cooling system like an ENERGY STAR® certified heat pump. Additional savings can be achieved by installing rooftop solar panels, EV chargers, or connected home products like smart thermostats that can monitor and adjust energy use. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will invest in the American workforce to ramp up the manufacturing of solar panels, wind farms, batteries and other clean energy technologies for export.

    Additionally, the EPA has launched new residential sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under-served residential households through its ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade Program. With rebates for home weatherization and electrification in the President's Build Back Better agenda, these inter-agency efforts will provide consumers, utility programs and energy efficiency service providers with greater access to residential energy efficiency solutions and technologies, which will enable many more households to lower their energy burden, which is especially high for low-moderate income households. (Source: US DOE, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: DOE, Building Technologies Office , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office; Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/home-performance-energy-starr

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  ,  


    Eos Energy Scores 300MWh Energy Storage Order (Ind. Report)
    Eos Energy
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Edison, New Jersey-headquartered zinc-based energy storage systems specialist Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. is reporting receipt its largest customer order to date from Ashville, North Carolina-based Blue Ridge Power, a leading solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, to purchase 300MWh of energy storage systems over the next two years. Installation is scheduled to begin in summer 2022 at a site owned by developer Pine Gate Renewables. Eos will supply its zinc powered Znyth® technology for multiple projects in 2022 and 2023.

    Blue Ridge Power currently oversees more than 1 GW of operational assets and has 700 MW under construction, with 2,500 MW in the pipeline for construction in 2021-2022.

    As a leading manufacturer of long duration (3-12 hour) energy storage solutions, Eos manages the variability of renewable energy sources by providing reliable power to applications across the energy value chain, including utilities, and industrial and commercial sites. Its Znyth® aqueous zinc battery is designed to provide continuous power upon installation and is projected to have a useful life of 20 years. Developed in Edison, NJ and constructed of non-rare earth materials, Zynth batteries are proven safe across a wide range of operating conditions and are 100 pct recycleable at the end of life. (Source: Eos Energy, Website PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: Eos Energy, Joe Mastrangelo, CEO, www.eose.com; Blue Ridge Power, Chris Dunbar, CEO, 833-436-1249, www.blueridgepower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Eos Energy,  Energy STorage,  


    Velocys, ICA Ink SAF Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-11-12
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with London-headquartered International Consolidated Airlines Group (ICA) for the offtake of 73 million gpy of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) produced at Velocys' s Bayou Fuels project in Mississippi.

    After blending, this will produce the equivalent of 192 million gallons of net zero SAF during the term of the purchase contract, which will last for 10 years from 2026, according to the release. (Source: Velocys , PR, 10 Nov., 2021) Contact: International Consolidated Airlines Group, www.iairgroup.com; Velocys, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Evolve Transition, HOBO Plan Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    Evolve Transition, HOBO
    Date: 2021-11-12
    Houston-headquartered Evolve Transition Infrastructure LP is reporting an agreement with renewable diesel specialist Heating Oil to Bean Oil (HOBO) for construction of a new 120 million gpy renewable fuels facility expected to be fully operational in Q4, 2023.

    Evolve will fund the project and other future renewable fuels projects that can produce renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The deal is subject to certain conditions, including HOBO securing a long-term offtake agreement for the fuels project.

    HOBO Renewable Diesel uses Haldor Topsoe's Hydroflex technology to produce fuels that meet and surpass current Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ASTM D-975) specifications, according to the release. (Source: Evolve Transition Infrastructure LP, PR, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Evolve Transition Infrastructure, www.evolvetransition.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Evolve Transition,  HOBO,  Renewable Diesel ,  Renewable Diesel,  


    DFW Touts First Aviation Ind. SAF Circular Economy (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel, Nests
    Date: 2021-11-12
    In the Lone Star State, in collaboration with Avfuel Corporation and Neste, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is reporting it is the first airport in the United States to test a collaborative circular economy sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) project. As part of the project, Neste subsidiary Mahoney Environmental collects used cooking oil from more than 200 DFW airport concessionaires which Neste processes into Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) . To complete the project loop, Avfuel supplied 8,000 gallon “demo” load of the SAF to Corporate Aviation for its business aviation customers.

    DFW, Avfuel and Neste will continue to explore opportunities to bring more SAF to commercial and cargo airlines at DFW airport . DFW is aiming become a net-zero operation by 2030. (Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Aviation Pros, 11 Nov., 2021) Contact: Neste, Chris Cooper, VP Renewable Fuels, US, Peter Vanacker, Pres., CEO,+358 50 458 5076, www.neste.com; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Praj Industries, Indian Oil Ink SAF, Biofuels MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Indian Oil Corporation,Praj Industries
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Pune, India-based ethanol producer, bio-based technologies and engineering specialist Praj Industries Limited and New Delhi-based Indian Oil Corporation Limited are reporting a MoU to further develop and produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), 1G and 2G ethanol, compressed biogas and related products and opportunities .

    The two Indian firms will also collaborate to establish biofuel production facilities, including CBG, biodiesel and ethanol. (Source: Praj Industries, PR, Website Nov., 2021) Contact: Praj Industries Ltd., Dr. Ravindra Utgikar , Bus. Dev., info@praj.net, www.praj.net;, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., www.iocl.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Indian Oil Corporation,  Praj Industries,  sustainable aviation fuels,  SAF,  


    UK DoT Funding Project Speedbird SAF Development (Int'l.)
    Department for Transport, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In London, the UK Department for Transport's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition reports it has awarded Project Speedbird, a partnership between UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies, British Airways, and LanzaJet, £484,000 ($653,302 US) in funding for a feasibility study for the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using an integrated technology platform based on Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA® process.

    Project Speedbird will begin early-stage development of the UK's first integrated SAF production facility utilizing woody biomass/wood waste and support UK SAF sector growth by deploying innovative production technologies at a commercial scale. Starting in 2025, Project Speedbird will begin to recycle carbon from UK wood waste into 113 million lpy of SAF and renewable diesel (RD), sufficient fuel for 2,000 British Airways' flights from London to New York. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Nov., 2021) Contact: Nova Pangaea Technologies, +44 1642 440926, www.novapangaea.com; UK Department for Transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  Woody Biomass,  


    Vattenfall, LanzaTech to Explore Synthetic SAF Production (Ind. Report)
    Vattenfall, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Stockholm-headquartered Vattenfall reports it is partnering with SAS, Shell and LanzaTech to investigate the commercial-scale production of the world's first synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- aka "electrofuel" -- using LanzaJet™ Alcohol-to-Jet technology on a large scale in Sweden.

    The synthetic SAF will be produced from fossil free electricity and recycled CO2 from district heating. (Source: Vattenfall, Website PR, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.group.vattefall.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Vattenfall,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  

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