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Shell Invests in LanzaTech's LanzaJet SAF (Ind. Report)
Shell, LanzaTech
Date: 2021-04-09
Petroleum giant Shell reports it has invested in LanzaTech's LanzaJet unit to scale-up the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at LanzaJets 10 million gpy Freedom Pines Fuels alcohol-to-jet facility which is under construction in Soperton, Georgia.

Suncor Energy Inc., LanzaTech, Mitsui & Co., Ltd., and British Airways are among the other LanzaJet investors.

LanzaJet's technology is uniquely able to produce up to 90 pct of its fuels as SAF, with the remaining 10 pct as renewable diesel. The LanzaJet process can use any source of sustainable ethanol for jet fuel production, including, but not limited to, ethanol made from recycled pollution, the core application of LanzaTech's carbon recycling platform, according to LanzaJet. (Source: LanzaTech, Shell, Digest, Apr., 2021) Contact: LanzaTech, LanzaJet, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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


A4A Commits to Net-Zero Emissions, SAF (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-04-07
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and for a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America news,  Aviation Emissions news,  SAF news,  


World Energy, Community Fuels Partner on Low-Carbon Fuel (Ind. Report)
World Energy, Community Fuels
Date: 2021-04-07
Boston-based World Energy, a low-carbon fuel provider for the transportation sector, and Stockton-based biofuel producer and distributor Community Fuels are reporting a partnership to enhance access to low-carbon fuels throughout the Golden State.

World Energy, which owns and operates California's only sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel fuel production and distribution hub in Los Angeles County, will provide feedstock for production and other advanced biofuels for blending and distribution to service Northern California customers.

Community Fuels, which produces 22 million gpy of biodiesel, terminal operations will allow for the annual distribution of 85 million gpy of renewable diesel and biodiesel blends upon work scheduled for completion later this year. The company plans to further expand the site's terminal capacity to 200 million gpy in 2022. (Source: World Energy, PR, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: World Energy, Gene Gobolys, Pres., 617-889-7300, Fax - 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net; Community Fuels, 760-942-9306, www.communityfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Energy,  Community Fuels ,  SAF,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  Alternative Fuel,  


Velocys, BA Extend Altalto Aviation Fuel Agreement (Int'l.)
Velocys ,British Airways
Date: 2021-04-05
Following up on our 23 August, 2019 coverage, UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc and British Airways are reporting an agreement for a one year extension of the current option agreement for the Altalto project in Immingham, UK. The new agreement runs until 31 March 2022.

The Altalto project is aiming to develop a new facility for the conversion of waste into aviation fuel. (Source: Velocys Plc., PR 30 Mar, 2021) Contact: Altalto, www.altalto.com; Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  British Airways,  SAF,  


NovaSource Closes First Solar North American O&M Deal (M&A)
NovaSource Power Services ,First Solar
Date: 2021-04-02
Austin, Texas-based NovaSource Power Services , a portfolio company of Clairvest Group Inc. , reports closure of its previously announced acquisition and corresponding merger with the North American operations and maintenance (O&M) business of First Solar, Inc. The combined business will operate as NovaSource Power Services.

NovaSource is now the largest global solar operations and maintenance workforce, with over 700 service technicians serving the utility, industrial, commercial, and residential solar markets, as well as EV charging station infrastructure. The combined resources will provide the solar industry with an independent market leader focused on enabling the growth of the renewable energy infrastructure through safe, professional, and reliable O&M services, according to the release. (Source: NovaSource Power Services, First Solar, Inc., PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: NovaSource Power Services, www.novasourcepower.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NovaSource Power Services,  Solar,  First Solar ,  


A4A Commits to Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-04-02
Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization representing the leading U.S. airlines, announced the commitment of its member carriers to work across the aviation industry and with government leaders in a positive partnership to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. As part of that commitment, A4A carriers pledged to work with the government and other stakeholders toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to make 2 billion gallons of SAF available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030.

A4A and its member carriers are committed to working in partnership across the commercial aviation sector and beyond to help advance and deploy commercially viable technology, operations, infrastructure and SAF to meet these ambitious climate goals. At the same time, it is imperative that the U.S. federal, state and local governments implement supportive policies and programs that enable innovation, scale-up, cost-competitiveness and deployment in each of these areas, while avoiding the implementation of policies that would limit the aviation industry's ability to invest in emissions-reducing measures.

Many A4A members have set net-zero emissions goals and are already investing in SAF, but the aviation industry requires a similar urgent commitment from policymakers, fuel producers and others in the feedstock and fuel supply chain to achieve meaningful scalability.

U.S. airlines greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions currently accounts for less than two percent of the nation's GHG emissions inventory. U.S. airlines improved their fuel efficiency by more than 135 pct between 1978 and year-end 2019, saving over five billion metric tons of CO2 -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A has helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to CORSIA to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020, according to the organization's website. (Source: Airlines for America, PR, Website, 30 Mar., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, Pres., CEO, www.airlines.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Airlines for America ,  Aviation Emissions,  SAF ,  


Avfuel Supplying Neste MY SAF at Monterey Jet Center (Ind. Report)
Avfuel, Neste
Date: 2021-03-31
Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is now supplying Neste MY Sustainable Aviation FuelTM on a regular basis to its branded FBO, Monterey Jet Center (KMRY), in Monterey, Calif.

According to the release, each truckload of SAF that Avfuel delivers to Monterey Jet Center will provide a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over the lifecycle compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. SAF is the most effective way to reduce a flight's carbon footprint and in the future could deliver up to 80 pct less greenhouse gas emissions versus traditional jet fuelif used in its neat form.

Avfuel is one of the first United States companies able to supply the fuel on a regular basis. Neste expects to produce 515 million gpy of SAF by 2023. (Source: Avfuel, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Avfuel, Craig Sincock, CEO, 734-663-6466, www.avfuel.com; Monterey Jet Center, 831-373-0100, www.montereyjetcenter.com

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


KPS to Increase Viridis Bioethanol Plant Capacity (Ind. Report)
Viridis, Koch Project Solutions
Date: 2021-03-29
Houston-headquartered renewable chemicals specialist Viridis Chemical, LLC is reporting a fixed price, performance-guaranteed agreement with Koch Project Solutions, LLC (KPS) to design and construct capital improvements to increase production capacity at its renewable chemicals -- USP grade bio-based ethanol and bio-based Ethyl Acetate -- plant in Columbus, Nebraska.

Viridis Chemical, LLC is a world-class manufacturer of renewable chemicals committed to the safe, environmentally sound, and economically viable conversion of bio-Ethanol into useful products previously derived from oil or natural gas. Viridis provides value to customers by offering a green, domestically sourced alternative to their existing supply chain. Viridis Chemical adds purpose to our suppliers and to the economy of Nebraska by further increasing the range of usefulness of local, agriculturally derived feedstock, according to the company website. (Source: Viridis Chemical LLC, PR, Website, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Viridis Chemical, LLC, Carl Rush, CEO, Randy Whittaker, CFO, Beverly Jernigan, Media, (713) 494-1733, beverly@beverlypr.com, www.viridischemical.com; Koch Project Solutions, LLC, Paul Switzer, CEO, Antoine Schellinger, Marketing, 346-257-3949, antoine.schellinger@kochprojectsolutions.com, www.kochprojectsolutions.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Viridis Bioethanol news,  Ethanol news,  Koch Project Solutions news,  


MataSota-88 Climate Change Action Recommendations (Ind. Report)
MataSota-88
Date: 2021-03-24
In the Sunshine State, the Sarasota-based not-for-profit public interest group ManaSota-88 has recommended the following in support of Manatee County's pending climate action -- climate change mitigation and coastal disaster plan:
  • Temporary moratorium on rebuilding after a storm -- The comprehensive plan should be amended to include a temporary moratorium on rebuilding not immediately needed for public health, safety, and welfare. Several coastal communities have adopted policies that authorize a moratorium of up to 60 days on the reconstruction of structures if at least 50 pct destroyed by storm, flood, wave, and wind damage. During the moratorium, the Board of County Commission can then consider purchasing damaged properties or pursuing other mitigation responses.

  • Redevelopment after a storm -- The County Commission should clearly indicate that any redevelopment after storm-damage will meet, at a minimum, the requirements of existing development codes and not negatively impact vegetation, beaches, or coastal dune systems.

  • Native vegetation -- The comprehensive plan should require any new development or redevelopment to plant or replant native vegetation.

  • Establish 50-year erosion rates -- The County should determine local beach erosion rates expected over 50 years. The comprehensive plan should also require the disclosure of specific hazardous conditions during property transfers.

  • Retreat from the Coast -- Retreat from the coast is the only viable long-term management option that will ensure the protection of the coastline.

    MataSota-88 notes that although the scientific evidence supporting climate change is overwhelming, there is a significant segment of the population that are either "ignorant of the facts or are learning disabled, unfortunately, many of the latter are some of our policymakers and business leaders." MataSota-88 calls for the Manatee County Commission to initiate a process that will address the challenges that global warming poses for Florida.

    ManaSota-88 believes it is of vital importance to focus attention on the need to develop policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and its associated impacts of sea-level rise on coastal resources, according to the group's website. (Source: ManaSota 88, Website, Mar., 2021) Contact: ManaSota 88, (941) 966-6256 , manasota88@comcast.net , www.manasota88.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change Mitigation,  


  • Bi-Partisan Governors Group Endorses SCALE Act (Reg. & Leg.)
    SCALE Act
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Following up on our Friday, 19 March report, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) has joined Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma (R) , Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana (D), and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) in support of the recently tables SCALE Act "which aims to develop an interconnected CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions and meet mid-century climate goals."

    The SCALE act calls for the build-out of the infrastructure necessary to transport CO2 from where it is captured to where it can be utilized in manufacturing or safely and securely sequestered underground. "We urge Congress to prioritize the inclusion of this critical legislation in any broader infrastructure package, given its essential role in helping to achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide," the jointly signed governors' letter to congress read. (Source: Wyoming News, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, www.governor.wyo.gov/contact

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  SCALE Act,  


    Covenant Updates Planned Sask. Canola HDRD Plant (Ind. Report)
    Covenant Energy
    Date: 2021-03-22
    On the Canadian prairies, Macoun, Sask.-based renewable fuel specialist Covenant Energy provided the following update on its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) production plant to be constructed in southern Saskatchewan.

    When fully operational in 2023, the plant will: produce 6,500 bpd of renewable fuels including renewable diesel, arctic-grade renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 80 to 85 pct when compared to fossil fuel diesel; create a demand for 35 million bushels of canola seed (worth roughly $500 million) to produce 325,000-350,000 tpy of canola oil feedstock; and use recycled hydrogen in the production process.

    The company has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study. The plant is expected to begin production in 2023, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Covenant Energy, Website PR, Contact: Covenant Energy, Josh Gustafson, Pres., CEO, (306) 421-7442, joshgustafson@covenantenergy.ca; www.covenantenergy.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Canola Covenant Energy,  Renewable Diesel,  


    Bipartisan CCS, Emissions Reduction Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    CCS
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Washington on Mar. 16, a bipartisan group of legislators -- Sens. Chris Coons, (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tx) and David McKinley (R-WV) -- introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act) to help develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure as a critical means of reducing CO2 emissions and creating regional economic opportunities and employment.

    The SCALE Act would support the build-out of infrastructure to transport CO2 from capture sites to locations where it can be either utilized in manufacturing or sequestered. The bill would also build upon the U.S. DOE's existing CarbonSAFE program to provide cost sharing for deployment of commercial-scale saline geologic CO2 storage projects.

    The program would give priority to larger, commercial saline geologic storage projects that could serve as hubs for storing CO2 from multiple carbon capture facilities. It would also authorize increased funding to the U.S. EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells in saline geologic formations and provide grants for states to establish Class VI permitting programs , as well as provide grant funding for CO2 utilization products and support for state and local programs that create demand for materials, fuels and other products made from captured carbon. I would also help develop standards and certifications for products that use CO2.

    shows The SCALE Act provisions could create approximately 13,000 direct and indirect jobs per year through the five-year authorization, according to Decarb America Project. (Source: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, (202) 224-5042, www.coons.senate.gov

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


    Jet Zero Council Commits £15Mn to Waste-to-Aviation Fuels (Funding)
    Jet Zero Council
    Date: 2021-03-17
    The UK Jet Zero Council is touting its "Green Fuels, Green Skies" competition to support UK companies as they pioneer new technologies to convert household rubbish, waste wood and excess electricity into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The £15 million competition is part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Ten Point Plan to "build back better, support green job and accelerate the path to net zero."

    The government's Future flight Challenge has committed £125 million funding over 4 years. This has been matched by £175 million from industry to develop "green aviation." .

    Download Green Fuel, Green Skies competition details HERE. (Source: Jet Zero Council, Mar., 2021) Contact: Jet Zero Council, JetZeroCouncilSecretariat@dft.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/groups/jet-zero-council

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Jet Zero Council,  Green Fuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  SAF,  


    Green Hydrogen, Ammonia Seen as Future Marine Fuel (Alt. Fuel)
    FuelEU Maritime Initiative
    Date: 2021-03-08
    According to a just published letter from Transport & Environment (T&E) and marine shipping companies DFDS, CMB, Viking Cruises and ommodities trader Trafigura, "biofuels do not offer a sustainable alternative for shipping as crop-based biofuels emit more emissions than the fossil fuels they replace and there will not be enough advanced biofuels to meet demand. On the other hand, green hydrogen and ammonia are sustainable and can be produced in sufficient quantities to decarbonise the shipping industry." Accordingly, "Lawmakers must send a clear signal to potential investors to focus on renewable electricity-based hydrogen and ammonia when the EU proposes its maritime fuel policy next month", the letter states.

    Globally, €1.4 trillion in capital investments will be required to produce green hydrogen and ammonia for the shipping industry. The EU should seize this opportunity to create new jobs and support sustainable economic growth in line with the EU Green Deal when it propose its FuelEU Maritime Initiative in April, the letter states.

    Not-for-Profit and politically independent shipping industry organization Transport & Environment's vision is for an affordable science-based zero-emission mobility system with climate and environment impacts. (Source: Transport & Environment, PR, Website 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Transport & Environment, Faig Abbasov, Shipping Program Director, +32 (0)487 717296, www.transportenvironment.org; FuelEU Maritime Initiative, www.safety4sea.com/eus-fueleu-maritime-initiative-to-drive-decarbonization

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Ammonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    Notable Quote
    Petrobras
    Date: 2021-03-05
    "For the future, we are evolving to bio jet (SAF) fuel, which will be very important for de-carbonizing transportation, so we are focusing on ships and aircraft." -- Petrobras CEO Roberto Castello Branco speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference on Tuesday, 2 Mar, 2021. Contact: Petrobras,www.petrobras.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Petrobras,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    ICC Addresses Bldg. Energy Industry Efficiency (Report Attached)
    International Code Council
    Date: 2021-03-05
    The Washington, DC-headquartered International Code Council, the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions, has released Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate, a new framework to assist governments and building industry stakeholders in meeting energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

    The new framework uses American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standards process to update the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    Download the full Leading the Way to Energy Efficiency: A Path Forward on Energy and Sustainability to Confront a Changing Climate framework HERE (Source: International Code Council, PR, Mar., 2021) Contact: International Code Council, www.iccsafe.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Code Council,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Shell Hydrogen to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, ITM Power, Linde
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Petroleum fuels giant Shell reports it is looking to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the Wesseling section of its Rhineland refinery with help of a brand-new bio-power-to-liquid plant and an upgraded hydrogen electrolysis facility. On 26 Feb, the company announced its plans to increase the plant's hydrogen production capacity from 10-mws to 100-mw with help from ITM Power, ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH and industrial gases specialist Linde.

    ITM Power manufactures polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyzers for hydrogen production via electro-chemical splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen produced via electrolysis is used for power-to-x, storage, decarbonizing industrial uses, and hydrogen for fuel cell products. (Source: Shell, 26 Feb., 2021)Contact: Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies; ITM Power, www.itm-power.com; Linde, www.linde.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel ,  SAF,  Shell,  Hydrogen,  


    GEVO, SAS Increasing SAF Purchase Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO, SAS
    Date: 2021-02-26
    Englewood, Colorado-based biobutanol, ethanol and SAF producer GEVO, Inc. and Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) are reporting an amendment to their previously signed, October 2019 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) sales agreement. With the amendment, SAS will increase its minimum purchase of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to 5,000,000 gallons per year.

    GEVO expects to begin supplying SAF from its Net-Zero Projects to SAS at the beginning of 2024. The Net-Zero Projects are being designed to produce liquid hydrocarbons in the form of SAF and renewable gasoline. Each Net-Zero Project is expected to produce approximately 45 million gpy of liquid hydrocarbons and at least 350,000,000 lbs/yr of high protein animal feed. (Source: GEVO, PR, Website, 24 Feb., 2021)Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News GEVO,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    EU Ethanol Trade Assoc. Comments on Decarbonising Transportation (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ePURE
    Date: 2021-02-26
    ePURE, the European renewable ethanol trade association, notes that as part of its European Green Deal roadmap, the EU is considering revising two key legislative tools it uses to drive decarbonisation -- the Emissions Trading System (ETS) which creates a market for carbon emissions by allowing emitters to buy or sell emission allowances, and the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) which sets binding greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets for EU Member States for sectors not covered by the ETS, including transportation.

    Among the policy options being considered are an extension of the scope of the ETS to include road transport and a possible phase-out of the ESR. ePURE has provided the following suggestions on how they can be better integrated with other EU policies to become more effective at achieving Europe's climate goals.

    A successful decarbonisation policy in transport must ensure a total coherence of actions between car manufacturers, fuel suppliers and retailers. But an ETS for road transport would seriously disrupt the existing growing synergy between these stakeholders, hamper efforts to reduce emissions from transport, increase fuel prices and create social discontent.

    A more effective solution would better integrate existing EU policies. For example, the targets of the EU Renewable Energy Directive should be increased in line with higher Green Deal ambitions. Other policies, such as the Energy Taxation Directive and CO2 standards for cars and vans must be revised in order to integrate the CO2 content and the biogenic content of fuels, thus better reflecting the real environmental performance of biofuels. These actions, however, do not necessitate the extension of the ETS to road transport, and their revision should be carried out independently.

    At first glance the ESR has so far been a success with the EU achieving and even surpassing its 9.3 pct emissions reduction objectives as a whole by 2020 as early as in 2018, due mainly to progress in sectors that were the easiest to decarbonise, such as buildings and waste. There has been little to no decarbonisation in the transportation and agriculture sectors, which account for over 50 pct of the ESR emissions, and meeting the already agreed 2030 target of 30 pct. Moreover, there have been many differing levels of progress among Member States.

    ePURE suggests the EU should not abandon what works but rather should strengthen and improve the legislative tools that actually boost renewable energy and fuels and encourage carbon abatement. This includes keeping ESR targets, the sole legally binding targets for Member States to reduce emissions in sectors not currently in the ETS. Keeping the existing legislation and increasing their ambition levels, including ESR, RED II and the Fuel Quality Directive is a safety net that the EU should not phase out without good reasons. (Source: ePURE, Website PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: ePURE, Emmanuel Desplechin, Secretary-General, +32 2 657 6679, info@epure.org, www.epure.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ePURE,  Ethanol,  GHG,  Greenhouse Gas,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Volta Energy Tech. Launches Energy Storage Fund (Ind. Report)
    Volta Energy
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Warrenville, Illinois-based Volta Energy Technologies today announced an initial closing on its venture fund focused on batteries, energy storage, and related hardware and software required to enable the use of lower-cost electric vehicles and renewable power generation.

    The new fund closed with $72.6M of committed capital in December and will continue to accept additional capital commitments through the end of Q1 2021. It is complemented by the firm's pledge fund launched in 2017, with the backing of corporate strategic investors Albemarle, Exelon, Equinor and Hanon Systems. Volta is currently seeking investors to participate in the final close of the new fund in Q1 of 2021 -- with the aim of raising up to an additional $150 million.

    The firm expects significant impacts from a pipeline of investible deals aimed at lowering battery cost, improving safety, increasing battery longevity, grid energy storage, battery recycling technology, advanced manufacturing processes and others.

    Volta Energy Technologies identifies and invests in battery and energy storage technology after performing deep diligence with the support of unparalleled global research institutions. Seeded by strategic corporate investors, Volta connects innovators with investors and relevant industries that are adopting energy storage technology, delivering strategic returns for all. (Source: Volta, PR, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Volta, Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, CEO, www.plusvolta.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Volta Energy Technologies,  Energy STorage,  Battery,  


    The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid (Electriq Power, New Subscriber Profile)
    Electriq Power
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Electriq Power is an energy storage solutions company that designs, engineers, and assembles fully integrated energy management and storage solutions for homes and small businesses, with systems delivered and deployed by a network of installers across North America.

    Electriq's flagship product line is the PowerPod, the industry-leading smart home battery backup system designed to save on electricity costs and protect against blackouts. The system includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, an energy meter, as well as a smart home energy software to manage electricity use and optimize efficiency. The PowerPod is modular and expandable up to three systems with three battery packs per system, giving installers and homeowners system design flexibility, with up to 16.5 kW of power and 99 kWh of battery storage.

    The PowerPod 2, launched in late 2020, is the next-generation version of Electriq Power's industry-leading PowerPod family. This latest system is equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP, batteries, which are rapidly becoming the industry standard, allowing for longer battery cycle life, increased reliability, and enhanced safety. The new high-performance, cobalt-free model builds upon key features of the original PowerPod system and PowerPod LFP technology to create the optimal energy storage solution. Notable product enhancements of the PowerPod 2 include:

  • More power: 11.4 kW DC solar, 7.6 kW continuous backup output;
  • Storage duration from 10 to 20 kWh;
  • Outdoor-rated (NEMA 3R);
  • AC-Coupled option with three models of usable capacity—AC-10 (kWh), AC-15 (kWh), and AC-20 (kWh);
  • Grid services-ready through OpenADR 2.0b certification or Electriq-developed PowerADR protocol;
  • Resilient communication during power and internet outages via built-in, battery-powered LTE; Modular and easy to install, plus guaranteed commissioning during installation with LTE.

    The PowerPod 2 became the first fully integrated OpenADR 2.0b-certified residential battery storage system on the market, enabling Electriq Power to seamlessly partner with energy aggregators and participate in today’s dynamic energy marketplace. Recent strategic partnerships have given Electriq Power a pathway forward into deployment and control of energy storage systems while maximizing value for microgrids. Additionally, as the company continues to build out its vision of increasing value-added services for Virtual Power Plants, Electriq Power has accelerated deployments of battery systems and established a foundation from which to provide real-time grid services to support utility infrastructure and grid operators across the country. (Source: Electriq Power, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, www.electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Powe,  Battery,  Energy Storager,  


  • Fulcrum NorthPoint SAF Plant Announced (Int'l. Report)
    Fulcrum BioEnergy
    Date: 2021-02-17
    In the UK, Essar Oil reports its bulk liquid storage subsidiary Stanlow Terminals Limited is joining forces with Fulcrum BioEnergy to construct a 100 million LPY sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) facility to be known as Fulcrum NorthPoint within Essar's Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in the north-west of England.

    The £600 million facility will use Fulcrum's waste-to-fuel process and Essar will assist with the blending and supply of the new SAF to airlines, with Stanlow Terminals providing product storage and logistics under a long-term agreement.

    Subject to planning consent, the facility is expected to be operational in late 2025. (Source: Essar Oil, PR, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Essar Oil, www.essar.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com; Stanlow Terminals Limited, www.stanlowterminals.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fulcrum BioEnergy ,  SAF,  


    British Airways Commits to LanzaJet SAF (Int'l. Report)
    British Airways
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In the UK, international air carrier British Airways (BA) reports it will fuel future flights with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced from sustainably-sourced ethanol, as part of a new partnership with LanzaTech's sustainable jet fuel company LanzaJet.

    The airline will invest in LanzaJet's first commercial-scale Freedom Pines Fuels facility in Georgia and acquire cleaner burning sustainable aviation fuel from the plant before the end of 2022. BA will involve LanzaJet in early stage planning and design for a potential commercial facility for British Airways in the UK. (Source: British Airways, PR, 13 February 2021) Contact: British Airways, www.ba.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  


    Windship Unveils Auxiliary Wind Power for Ships (New Prod & Tech)
    Windship Technology
    Date: 2021-02-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered Windship Technology is touting its patented high performance triple-wing wind auxiliary power system for ships.

    The company also announced the launch of its emissions-free bulk carrier and tanker designs alongside an investment partnership with classification society DNV, which will assess Windship Technology's whole-ship design with a view to classifying emission reductions, safety and operability.

    Each Windship rig is a three-wing foil set of 36 to 48 metres in height, depending on the size of the ship. The Windship wind power system provides significant thrust, material fuel and emissions savings and exceeds the 80 pct CO2 reduction that will be required by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) by 2050, according to the company website. (Source: Windship Technology, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: Windship Technology, Lars Carlsson, Director of Windship Technology, +44 (0) 1590 672000 info@windshiptechnology.com, www.windshiptechnology.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Windship Technology ,  Wind,  


    Running Tide Touts Kelp Carbon Sequestration (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-10
    Portland, Maine based Running Tide Technologies, which began as an aquaculture operation focused on restoring oyster habitats -- is reporting its innovative approach to carbon sequestration -- "We're just fishing for carbon now, and kelp's the net."

    The company grows massive amounts of kelp seaweed on floating bouys. The kelp soaks up carbon, via photosynthesis, then after about seven months the mature kelp sink into the ocean floor where it will sequester carbon for thousands of years, according to the release.

    This spring, the company plans to deploy 1,600 buoys to demonstrate that in principle, the system could safely and economically be expanded to a global scale with millions of microfarms floating in the open sea, moving billions of tons of carbon from sky to ocean floor every year, according to the company release. (Source: Running Tide Technologies, MPR, 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Running Tide Technologies, Marty Odlin, CEO, Adam Baske, Bus. Dev., media@runningtide.com, www.runningtide.com


    BA Plans LanzaJet SAF Fueled Flights in 2022 (SAF Report)
    British Airways,LanzaTech,SAF
    Date: 2021-02-10
    British Airways (BA) is reporting it will use Chicago-based LanzaTech's spinoff LanzaJet supplied ethanol-derived sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to power some flights starting late in 2022. The air carrier will also invest in LanzaJet and conduct early-stage planning to establish a larger biofuel facility in the U.K. Financial details have not been disclosed.

    British Airways London-headquartered parent, International Consolidated Airline Group (IAG SA) previously reported plans to invest $400 million in SAFs over the next two decades. As previously reported , British Airways and Velocys are is developing a UK SAF plant that is expected to begin production in 2025. (Source: British Airways, PR, Bloomberg, Feb., 2021) Contact: British Airways, www.ba.com; LanzaTech, LanzaJet, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; International Consolidated Airline Group, www.iairgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News British Airways,  ,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  


    RFA to Assist Retailers with HBIIP (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    USDA, HBIIP
    Date: 2021-02-05
    "When the USDA Rural Development office announced the reopening of its Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) funding opportunity and gave retailers one more shot at a grant award, it set a tight 30-day application period that ended January 19.

    "In the first HBIIP funding opportunity, the Renewable Fuels Association was able to assist applicants secure funding in 22 states which will result in over $50 million in new ethanol infrastructure and bring almost 1,200 new blender dispensers to the marketplace. RFA was front-and-center once again on this second round, working up to the final hour to assist as many retailers as we could. In the end, we helped 11 companies in seven states submit applications for 47 locations that could result in 233 new higher blend dispensers where consumers can enjoy the benefits of higher ethanol blends.

    "According to the USDA, HBIIP was created to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.

    "For retailers, HBIIP can provide the extra support needed to bring higher blends into their marketplace. The cost-share grants provide up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs, not to exceed $3 million per applicant. The program will share the costs related to the upgrading of fuel dispensers (gas and diesel pumps), associated ancillary equipment, and other infrastructure necessary for a location to ensure the environmentally safe availability of fuel containing ethanol blends greater than 10 percent such as E15 and E85 or fuel containing biodiesel blends greater than 5 percent.

    "We're looking forward to seeing this new round of grants announced and fulfilled, so we can help retailers move more low-carbon ethanol into fuel tanks around the country. For those retailers that might have missed out on this funding opportunity, there are some states and individual renewable fuel advocates that offer funding throughout the year. Please reach out to RFA for assistance in navigating these opportunities." (Source: Renewable Fuels Association , 3 Feb. 2021) Contact: Renewable Fuels Association, Cassie Mullen, Dir. Market Development, www.ethanolrfa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News USDA,  HBIIP,  Renewable Fuels Association,  Ethanol Blend,  


    Sunnova Touts New Home Solar+Storage Service (Ind. Report)
    Sunnova
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Houston-headquartered residential solar and energy storage service provider Sunnova Energy International Inc, reports the launch of the industry's first 0 pct APR financing program for home solar and battery storage service.

    Under the program, new Sunnova customers may be eligible to go solar for as low as 0 pct APR and $0 down with the purchase of a new Sunnova SunSafe® solar + battery storage system, or .99 pct APR and $0 down for the purchase of solar-only service, including a 25-year Sunnova Protect™ limited warranty . (Source: Sunnova, PR, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Sunnova, Alina Eprimian, alina.eprimian@sunnova.com, www.sunnova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Sunnova,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  


    Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Production Plant Announced (Int'l. Report)
    LanzaTech, SkyNRG,Fraunhofer
    Date: 2021-02-03
    The FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium, led by SkyNRG and LanzaTech as the technology provider, reports it will construct the first-of-its-kind LanzaJet™ Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility to convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at a scale of over 30,000 tons/yr. The facility is expected to be fully operational in 20214. The project, which received €20 million in grant funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, is a major milestone on the path to a net-zero emission for the aviation industry, according to the release.

    The FLITE consortium includes: SkyNRG, a global market leader for SAF solutions, is acting as the project coordinator and managing downstream supply chain development; carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, will be responsible for plant design, construction and operations using the LanzaJet™ AtJ technology; Fraunhofer, Europe's largest applied research organization, will oversee and distribute communications about the project; energy and sustainability strategy consultancy E4tech, will conduct the life cycle assessment; and the world's most trusted, valued and peer-reviewed standard for the bio-based economy, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), will support the project through guidance on RSB certification of the facility. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, Jan. 2021) Contact: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, www.rsb.org; Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology, +49 208 85980, www.umsicht.fraunhofer.de/en.html; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com; E4tech, www.e4tech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fraunhofer,  LanzaTech,  SkyNRG,  E4tech,  FAD,  Aviation Fuel,  


    Boeing Promises 100 pct SAF Fleet by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Boeing
    Date: 2021-02-03
    US aerospace giant Boeing has announced that all of its commercial planes will be certified and capable of flying on 100 pct sustainable fuels (SAF) by by 2030.

    According to the Boeing release, it has been working with airlines, engine manufacturers and other industry interests to conduct biofuel test flights since 2008, gaining initial approval for sustainable fuels in 2011. In 2018, Boeing partnered with FedEx on the ecoDemonstrator flight-test programme which used a 777 Freighter to make the world's first commercial flight using 100 pct SAF. SAF reportedly reduces lifecycle fuel emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel, but under current regulations, planes are not permitted to fly with anything higher than a 50/50 blend of SAF and conventional fuel. (Source: Boeing, PR, Website, 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: Boeing, Bryan Scott, VP, bryan.scott@boeing.com, www.boeing.com

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    Rolls-Royce Business Jets Going Green (Ind. Report)
    Rolls Royce,World Energy
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is reporting completion of tests on a business jet engine fueled with 100 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) which is claimed to dramatically reduce lifecycle fuel emissions compared to petroleum-derived jet fuel.

    This latest test took place at Rolls-Royce's facility in Dahlewitz, Germany, near Berlin, and featured a Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 operating on a 100 pct SAF produced by low-carbon specialist World Energy in Paramount, California, sourced by Shell Aviation and delivered by SkyNRG.

    According to Rolls-Royce, this un-blended fuel can reduce net CO2 lifecycle emissions by over 75 pct compared to conventional jet fuel. (Source: Rolls Royce, PR, The Engineer, 2 Feb., 2021) Contact: Rolls Royce, www. rolls-royce.com/germany/professionals/engineering-and-manufacturing/spotlight-on-dahlewitz; World Energy, Gene Gobolys, Pres., 617-889-7300, Fax -- 617-887-2411, info@worldenergy.net, www.worldenergy.net; SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rolls Royce,  World Energy,  SAF,  SkyNRG,  Aviation Biofuel,  sustainable aviation fuel,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    Enphase Energy,Momentum Solar
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification.

    Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Momentum Solar news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


    Enphase, Momentum Solar Partner on Battery Energy Storage (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-02-03
    Fremont, California-based energy management technology and microinverter-based solar-plus-storage systems supplier Enphase Energy, Inc. is reporting U.S. residential solar contractor Momentum Solar will now promote and install Enphase Energy Storage systems in addition to Enphase Solar systems as their all-in-one home energy management solution.

    . Enphase Encharge™ storage systems feature Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry, which provides a long cycle life, safe operation through excellent thermal stability, and a UL9540A fire safety certification. Enphase Storage systems are equipped with Enphase Power Start™ technology, which helps seamlessly power-up air conditioners and well-pumps. Homeowners have insight into their solar and storage systems through the Enphase Enlighten™ mobile app, including the ability to go off-grid from the app.. (Source: Enphase Energy, Inc., PR, 3 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enphase Energy Inc., Dave Ranhoff, CCO, Christian Zdebel, 484-788-2384, pr@enphase.com, www.enphase.com; Momentum Solar, Arthur Souritzidis, CEO, www.momentumsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enphase Energy news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  Solar+Storage news,  


    Repsol Increasing Aviation Biofuel Production (Int'l. Report)
    Repsol
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Madrid-based integrated energy company Repsol SA is reporting production of the first 10,000 tonnes of aviation biofuel from biomass at its industrial complex in Tarragona, Spain. The company plans to produce additional aviation biofuel at the group's other industrial complexes in Spain.

    Use of the fuel is projected to avoid 630 tonnes of CO2 -- equivalent of 55 flights between Madrid and Barcelona. Last August the company reported production of its first batch of biofuel at the Puertollano Industrial Complex.

    According to Spain's Integrated National Plan for Energy and Climate, biofuels currently represent the most widely available and used renewable technology in transportation. In certain sectors, such as aviation, biojet fuel produced from biomass or waste is the only existing alternative to fossil fuels and is included in the list of sustainable fuels, according to the Plan. (Source: Repsol, PR 21 Jan., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Repsol,  SAF,  


    ECB, Shell Ink Aviation Biofuel Supply Agreement (Ind. Report)
    ECB Group
    Date: 2021-02-01
    Brazil's leading biodiesel producer, ECB Group Paraguay and Shell Trading (U.S.) are reporting a multi-year deal that will provide more than 500 million lpy of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel to Shell. The contract is expected to run from 2024.

    The renewable diesel HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) and renewable jet fuel (SAF) will be produced at ECB's planned Omega Green biorefinery in Paraguay, with a total production capacity of 20,000 bpd of HVO, SPK/SAF and green naphtha.

    The ECB Group venture to build and operate the Omega Green biorefinery includes contractor Honeywell UOP, owner of the renewable fuel refining technology for UOP Process reactors, Crown Iron Works, a U.S. company that provides processing systems and technologies, including feedstock pretreatment technology, and Acciona, one of the world's largest engineering and construction companies. (Source: ECB Group Paraguay, PR, Website, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: ECB Group Paraguay, +55 54 3632 0800, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodiesel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  ECB Group ,  


    Qantas, BP Partnering on SAF, Carbon Emission Reduction (Int'l.)
    Qantas, BP
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In the Land Down Under, Qantas Airways Ltd , Air New Zealand Ltd and BP PLC are reporting a strategic partnership to explore advanced sustainable fuels (SAF), advocate for further aviation sector decarbonisation, renewable power solutions and generation, carbon management and new technologies to cut aviation and to become carbon neutral companies by 2050. (Source: Quantas, BP, Nasdaq, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, CEO, (02) 9691 3636, info@qantas.com, www.qantas.com/au/en.html; BP PLC, www.bp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Qantas,  BP,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Shell Exits Altalto Imingham SAF Production Project (Int'l. Report)
    Velocys, Shell
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Dollowing up on our 17 June, 2020 coverage, in the UK, oil giant Shell has withdrawn from the Altalto Joint Development Agreement a green jet fuel project. Velocys and British Airways will continue to work together in order to secure finance for the Altalto Immingham plant, which has been under way for several months. Source: Velocys, Shell, Jan., 2021) Contact: Altalto, www.altalto.com; Velocys Plc, Henrik Wareborn, CEO, +44 1235 838 621, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Shell,  SAF,  Altalto,  


    Boeing to Deliver 100 pct SAF-Biofuel Planes by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Boeing
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The world's largest aerospace company, Boeing, reports it will begin delivery of commercial airplanes capable of flying on 100 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) by 2030.

    Boeing flew the world's first 100 pct SAF fuels commercial flight in 2018. Currently, biofuels are mixed directly with conventional jet fuel up to a 50/50 blend, which is the maximum allowed under current fuel specifications, according to the release.

    The Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) reports commercial flying currently accounts for about 2 pct of all carbon dioxide emissions and about 12 pct of transport emissions, 80 pct of which are emitted from flights of over 930 miles . (Source: Boeing, PR, yahoo, 23 Jan., 2021) Contact: Boeing, Bryan Scott, VP, bryan.scott@boeing.com, www.boeing.com; Air Transport Action Group, www.atag.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Air Transport Action Group,  Boeing,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


    Keystone XL Commits Net-Zero Emissions by 2023 (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-20
    Houston-headquartered TC Energy Corporation is reporting a new sustainable energy initiative for the Keystone XL Project. The company will achieve net zero emissions across the project operations when it is placed into service in 2023 and has committed the operations will be fully powered by renewable energy sources no later than 2030. This announcement comes after an extensive period of study and analysis, and as part of the company's ongoing commitment to sustainability, thoughtfully finding innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while providing communities with reliable energy needed today.

    Implementation of the initiative is expected to eliminate more than 3 million tpy of CO2 from the pipeline project's operations -- equivalent of removing approximately 650,000 cars from the highway. TC Energy is expected to spur an investment of over $1.7 billion in communities along the Keystone XL footprint creating approximately 1.6 GW of renewable electric capacity, according to the release.

    By implementing this initiative, Keystone XL will allow responsibly produced Canadian oil to be safely transported into the United States from many producers who have set their own net zero emissions goals. Canadian Oil Sands producers have cut emissions intensity by 21 pct in recent years and they are expected to fall another 27 pct by 2030.

    Net zero emissions will be achieved when the pipeline is placed into service by purchasing renewable energy from electricity providers the purchase of renewable energy credits (REC) or carbon offsets.

    The pipeline would carry heavy Canadian tar-sands oil from Alberta to refineries and ports on the Texas Gulf of Mexico via connections in the U.S. Midwest. Former President Barack Obama had killed the $8 billion Keystone XL project saying that it would cause emissions linked to climate change and do little for U.S. drivers. President Donald Trump resurrected the 830,000 barrels-per-day project two months after taking office in 2017. Incoming Pres. Jor Biden has indicated he will kill the project almost immediately upon entering the White House. (Source: Keystone XL, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: KeystoneXL, Richard Prior,, Pres., CEO, 866-717-7473, keystone@tcenergy.com, www.keystonexl.com


    MN. School District Touts Energy Efficiency Savings (Ind. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In Minnesota, the Prior Lake-Savage Area School District (PLSAS) is reporting $173,000 in energy cost avoidance cost saving over the last school year through energy efficient buildings, mechanical renovations and monitoring of system controls. PLSAS was also able to contain cost by carefully controlling its energy use. Adjusting building automation controls to avoid peak demand and turning off lights when not in use have contributed to lower energy costs for the district.

    The annual report also showed that during distance learning from April through June, lower energy usage saved the district more than $123,500 in cost avoidance, in spite of an active construction time in which energy usage is typically high.

    According to Minnesota's B3 Energy Benchmarking for public buildings, with data current within the last 180 days, only one other school district of comparable size realized this kind of energy efficiency, earning the district a 4.3 out of 5-star rating. (Source: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District, PR, 15 Ja., 2021) Contact: Prior Lake-Savage Area School District Jim Dellwo, Director of Operations, Transportation and Health and Safety 952-226-0000, www.priorlake-savage.k12.mn.us

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    Greenergy Investing in Adv. Biofuels Project (Advanced Biofuel)
    Greenergy
    Date: 2021-01-20
    In the UK, London-based biodiesel producer Greenergy has announced an investment in advanced biofuels. Using a combination of existing technologies, the project will create low-carbon fuels from waste tyre feedstock.

    The project, which is at the Front End Engineering Design stage, will used pyrolysis and hydrotreating technologies to convert 300 tpd of shredded waste tyres into renewable drop-in advanced biofuels that can be used in diesel and petrol and qualify as development fuels under the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation. The plant will also have the capability to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) when fully operational in 2025.

    The conceptual design was developed in Canada by Green Tire Technology Ltd then implemented in the UK in partnership with Greenergy. The project will use ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions' advanced thermal treatment technology and Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex™ renewable fuels technology. (Source: Greenergy, PR, ForeCourt, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Greenergy, +44 (0)20 7404 7700, mail@greenergy.com, www.greenergy.com; Haldor Topsoe, Kim Knudsen, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, +45 4527 2000, www.topsoe.com

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    EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact. The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts. Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

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    DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • EU Aviation Ind., NGOs Concur on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation,ClimateWorks Foundation
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

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    EU Aviation, NGOs Concur on SAF Climate Impact (Int'l.)
    European Climate Foundation, SAF, Sustainable Aviation Fuel, ClimateWorks Foundation ,
    Date: 2021-01-18
    As the European Union is about to unveil new targets for sustainable aviation fuel in 2021, a group of major European aviation companies, research and environmental groups have made recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and are calling for a more stringent policy approach to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and the aviation sector's climate impact.

    A key element of the Fueling Flight Initiative is a regulatory framework that guarantees future-proof sustainability requirements. This cornerstone is needed to build-up production capacity and organise feedstock value chains while avoiding investments that either fail to deliver emission reductions or cause unintended environmental impacts.

    The Fueling Flight Initiative was convened by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and ClimateWorks Foundation (CWF) to provide recommendations on the sustainability aspects of the EU's policy design to support Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). Technical advice was provided by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

    Download the full Consensus Statement on Guiding Principles for Supporting the Deployment of Sustainable Aviation Fuels in the EU HERE . (Source: European Climate Foundation, Website, Jan., 2020) Contact: European Climate Foundation, Pete Harrison, Executive Director, +44 203 929 0545, www.europeanclimate.org; ClimateWorks Foundation, www.climateworks.org

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    Neste, Avfuel Partnering on Supplying SAF (Ind. Report)
    Neste, SAF, Avfuel
    Date: 2021-01-15
    Espoo, Finland-headquartered renewable diesel specialist Neste and Avfuel Corp. have announces a strategic partnership to create an efficient, continuous supply of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in the U.S.

    Neste will supply Avfuel with SAF in sufficient volumes to meet the growing demands of Avfuel's customers, including fixed base airport operators, flight departments, original equipment manufacturers and commercial operators. Avfuel will be a branded SAF distributor for Neste and will sell the fuel under the brand name Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel. (Source: Neste, PR, 12 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation; Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Alt. Fuels Manager, (734) 663-6466, www.avfuel.com

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


    Notable Quote from the National Biodiesel Board
    National Biodiesel Board
    Date: 2021-01-15
    "Biodiesel is 'ready to go' and adoptable. The reliability and dense energy storage capacity of liquid fuel simply cannot be replaced for many vital sectors. Diesel fuel powers the heavy-duty trucks, trains, vessels, and aircraft essential to our economy. Diesel also powers agriculture and construction equipment vital to providing human necessities. Diesel powers most equipment needed for public safety such as ambulances, firetrucks, the military, snow removal, and emergency backup for electrical generation.

    "While we expect that numerous strategies can reduce the total volume of liquid fuel consumed for transportation, we will need liquid fuel for certain purposes for at least several decades." -- Kurt Kovarik, NBB VP of Federal Affairs , Nov, 2020. Contact: NBB, Paul Winters, Pres., Kurt Kovarik, VP Federal Affairs, (800) 841-5849, www.nbb.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News National Biodiesel Board news,  Biodiesel news,  


    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts Energy Savings Accelerator Program Launched (Ind. Report)
    Verde Energy Efficiency Experts
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Chicago-based Verde Energy Efficiency Experts is touting the launch of its Savings Accelerator™ Program that helps commercial and municipal customers substantially reduce operating expenses by cutting their monthly energy expenses by as much as 40 pct.

    The company finds and implements the most efficient and effective ways for organizations to save on energy costs. Verde identifies and swaps out inefficient lighting, refrigeration, HVAC systems, and more with efficient models, while also taking full advantage of utility rebates, discounts and programs. Verde's fees are also reduced under the program. Its initial Customer Virtual Consultation is now free; its In-person Consultation is now free; and its Custom Plan Development is now free for qualifying companies. Verde also provides free analysis and consultation over outside air flow control, a key building component for both energy efficiency and Covid 19 safety. (Source: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, PR, Website, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Verde Energy Efficiency Experts, Jamie Johnson, CEO, (773) 413-9587, info@verde.expert, www.verde.expert

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


    UK Hydrogen-NatGas Energy Pilot Announced (Hydrogen, Alt Fuel)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks is reporting 670 homes in the village of Winlaton in Gateshead will take part in a 10-month pilot project that will see 20 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas for residential cooking and heating. Project construction is underway for startup in the Spring.

    The Winlaton pilot -- the first in the UK -- is being seen as a test case in the battle to reduce the household emissions. The pilot is led by Northern Gas Networks and the energy company Cadent, in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive.

    UK Pprime Minister Boris Johnson's government plans to invest in enough hydrogen capacity to power 1.5 million homes by 2030 and develop the first hydrogen-heated town by the end of the decade. (Source: Northern Gas Networks, ITV Tyne Tee News, Jan., 2020) Contact: Northern Gas Networks, Tim Harwood, +44 0800 040 7766, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Gas,  Hydrogen,  


    SkyNRG Building Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel Production Plant (Int'l.)
    SkyNRG.LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-01-11
    The FLITE (Fuel via Low Carbon Integrated Technology from Ethanol) consortium, led by Amsterdam-headquartered SkyNRG and with LanzaTech as the technology provider, reports it will construct the first-of-its-kind LanzaJet™ Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility to convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at the rate of over 30,000 tpy.

    This pre-commercial AtJ production plant will pave the way to implementing SAF production across Europe and around the globe, producing commercially relevant quantities of SAF to support future aviation industry climate targets. The project, which received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme, is expected to be fully operational in 2024. (Source: SkyNRG, Website News Release, 7 Jan., 2020) Contact: SkyNRG, +31 20 470 70 20, info@skynrg.com, www.skynrg.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  LanzaTech,  SkyNRG,  

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