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Chevron, Gevo Partnering on SAF Investment (Ind. Report)
Chevron, Gevo
Date: 2021-09-17
Chevron U.S.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corp., and Gevo Inc. are reporting a letter of intent to jointly invest in building and operating one or more new facilities that would process inedible corn to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), proteins and corn oil.

Gevo would operate its proprietary technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel and renewable blending components for motor gasoline to lower its lifecycle carbon intensity. In addition to co-investing with Gevo in one or more projects, Chevron would have the right to offtake approximately 150 million gallons per year to market to customers. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Chevron, www.chevron.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chevron,  Gevo,  SAF,  


CCS Gains Industry Support in Houston (Ind. Report)
Houston CCS
Date: 2021-09-17
In Houston, eleven companies -- Calpine, Chevron, Dow, ExxonMobil, INEOS, Linde, LyondellBasell, Marathon Petroleum, NRG Energy, Phillips 66 and Valero -- have reportedly expressed interest in supporting the large-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in Houston and have agreed to begin discussing plans that could lead to capturing and safely storing up to 50 million metric tpy of CO2 by 2030 rising to roughly 100 million metric tpy by 2040.

The companies plan to help address industrial CO2 emissions in one of the largest concentrated sources in the United States. Collectively, the 11 companies are considering using CCS technology at facilities that generate electricity and manufacture products that society uses every day, such as plastics, motor fuels and packaging.

If CCS technology is fully implemented at the Houston-area facilities these 11 companies operate, nearly 75 million metric tons of CO2 could be captured and stored per year by 2040. There are ongoing discussions with other companies that have industrial operations in the area to add even more CO2 capture capacity. They could announce their support at a later date and add further momentum toward the city of Houston's ambitions to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Wide-scale deployment of CCS in the Houston area will require the collective support of industry, communities and government. If appropriate policies and regulations are put in place, CCS could generate tens of thousands of new jobs, protect current jobs and reduce emissions at a lower cost to society than many other widely available technologies. The 11 companies will continue to advocate for policies that enable the long-term commercial viability of new, expanded and existing CCS investments in Texas. (Source: Houston CCS, PR, 15 Sept., 2021) Contact: Houston CCS, Scott Castleman, (304)-421-2057, scott@locuststreet.com, www. houstonccs.com

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


A4A Touts Sustainable Aviation Fuel Goal (Ind. Report)
Airlines for America
Date: 2021-09-15
The Washington, DC-based airlines trade organization Airlines for America (A4A) reports its member carriers have pledged to work with government leaders and other stakeholders to make 3 billion gallons of cost-competitive sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to U.S. aircraft operators in 2030. The trade organization is also committed to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to work toward a rapid expansion of the production and deployment of commercially viable SAF.

To that end, A4A noted the need for positive government policy support, including a $1.50-$2.00 per gallon SAF blenders tax credit; public-private SAF research, development and deployment programs such as a new SAF and low emissions technology grant program under consideration by Congress and other collaborative initiatives.

"For decades, U.S. passenger and cargo carriers have been investing in increasingly fuel-efficient aircraft and operating them in more efficient ways, improving overall fuel efficiency by more than 135 percent year-end 2019, saving over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) -- equivalent to taking more than 27 million cars off the road on average in each of those years. Additionally, A4A and our members have helped launch the nascent SAF industry and committed to the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to help facilitate achieving carbon-neutral growth in international aviation beginning in 2020," the A$A release noted. (Source: Airlines for America, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Airlines for America, Nicholas E. Calio, CEO, 202-626-4141, www.airlines.org

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


Growth Energy Comments on White House's SAF Commitment (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Growth Energy
Date: 2021-09-15
Following a virtual discussion on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) with Biden Administration representatives , Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor welcomed the Administration's commitment to produce 3 billion gpy of SAF by 2030.

"Crop-based biofuels are necessary component in achieving the climate goals that we share with the White House and the aviation industry. We are energised by the potential opportunity to expand our role in reducing our nation's carbon emissions.

"With the appropriate investment in critical research and development and the right policy environment, we know our industry can continue to help decarbonise our transportation sector -- from passenger vehicles to our aircraft fleet. Importantly, to deliver game-changing solutions, we must have a healthy and thriving corn ethanol industry to make the long-term investments in research and development.

"To meet this challenge, it important that new tax incentives are guided by technology-neutral life-cycle assessments by scientists who understand the U.S. biofuel sector -- in this case, those at the US Department of Energy. US tax credits must reflect US-based modelling, and we will continue to press for policy that reflects the most up-to-date science available." (Source: Growth Energy, Website PR, 10 Sept., 2021)Contact: Growth Energy, Emily Skor, (202) 545-4000, www.growthenergy.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News SAF,  Growth Energy,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  


Neste, Kinder Morgan Partner on Biofuels Logistics (Ind. Report)
Neste, Kinder Morgan
Date: 2021-09-15
Helsinki-headquartered Neste reports it is partnering with Texas-based energy infrastructure developer Kinder Morgan, Inc. to support the increased production of renewable diesel (RD), sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil for polymers and chemicals production.

As part of the initial phases of the project, Kinder Morgan will modify 30 existing storage tanks and piping at its Harvey, Louisiana facility to accommodate segregated storage for a variety of raw material. The project includes the installation of a new boiler for heating tanks and railcars and infrastructure improvements The project, which is supported by a long-term commercial commitment from Neste, is expected to begin operations in Q1, 2023. (Source: Neste Corporation, Website News, 13 September 2021) Contact: Neste, Jeremy Baines, Pres., Neste U.S., +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Kinder Morgan, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Kinder Morgan,  Renewable Fuels,  Renewable Diesil,  Biodiesel,  SAF,  


CSI Solar, Crimson Ink Solar+Storage Contract (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar Inc
Date: 2021-09-15
Guelph, Ontairi-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. reports its majority-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Co., Ltd. has closed a 350 MW / 1400 MWh EPS contract to provide the fully-integrated battery storage system and maintenance service to Recurrent Energy's stand-alone battery storage project in Riverside County, California.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees,

The Crimson storage project is 80 pct owned by Axium Infrastructure -- an independent portfolio management firm dedicated to generating long- term investment returns through investing in core infrastructure assets in North America -- and 20 pct owned by Recurrent Energy -- Canadian Solar's wholly-owned subsidiary. Crimson holds two 15-year stand-alone storage contracts with local utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric.

CSI Solar will supply and construct a fully bankable, lithium iron phosphate-based technology battery system which is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2022. In addition, CSI Solar will support the battery storage system with 15-year service agreements as well as capacity and performance guarantees, ensuring system output, safety and reliability. The long term service agreement includes the operation and maintenance of the battery systems as well as their future augmentation services. The project will be augmented with planned additional installed battery capacity of approximately 300 MWh to be installed on regular frequencies over the 15-year term of the long term service contract. (Source: Canadian Solar, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., Isabel Zhang, Investor Relations, investor@canadiansolar.com, www.canadiansolar.com; Recurrent Energy, www.recurrentenergy.com; Axium Infrastructure, Anne-Sophie Roy, VP, 514-954-3781 asroy@axiuminfra.com, www.infrastructure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar Inc,  Solar+Storage,  


Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies Adds €50 Mn (Int'l., Funding)
Hydrogenious
Date: 2021-09-15
Erlangen,Germany-based Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies reports it has raised a further €50 million ($59.06 Million) to scale and commercialize its technology.

Hydrogenious' transformative LOHC technology bonds hydrogen to a non-toxic, non-flammable liquid, making it suitable for safe, efficient transportation and distribution. As the hydrogen can then be stored and transported using existing fossil fuel infrastructure, it allows hydrogen to be generated and transported at scale, anywhere in the world, positioning hydrogen as the commodity to deliver decarbonisation for global industry and mobility sectors.

The oversubscribed funding round was led by JERA Americas, Temasek, Chevron Technology Ventures and Pavilion Capital and others. Proceeds will be used to deploy commercial systems into hydrogen projects globally. (Source: Hydrogenious, Website PR, 14 Sept., 2021) Contact: Hydrogenious, +49 (0) 9131-12640-0 info@hydrogenious.net, www.hydrogenious.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen Hydrogenious ,  


Bioavtur J2.4 Palm Oil SAF Debuted (Int'l. Report)
Palm Oil
Date: 2021-09-13
A consortium of Indonesian companies, regulators and one university reports testing is underway on Bioavtur J2.4, aviation fuel containing 2.4 pct palm oil biofuel. The initiative is inline with an Indonesian government mandate on the increased domestic use of the commodity through biofuel blending.

The first test was conducted using a CN 235-220 plane that flew 10,000 feet above West Java, according to several press statements. Earlier in the week on Monday, the consortium completed an aircraft ground test the found that "the engine's response was normal, with no discernible loss of power." (Source: Jakarta Post, 12 Sept., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Palm OIl ,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Electriq Power Subscriber Profile Feature (Ind. Report)
Electriq Power
Date: 2021-09-13
The Smart Energy Storage Solution -- Making Batteries Smarter for a More Efficient Grid

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 equipped with non-toxic, non-hazardous Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LiFePO4) 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, 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, Sept, 2021) Contact: Electriq Power, Aric Saunders, EVP of Sales (855) 206-9462, aric@electriqpower.com, electriqpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Electriq Power news,  Energy Storage news,  Battery Energy Storage news,  


  • United, Honeywell to Invest in SAF Startup (Ind. Report)
    United Airlines, Honeywell,Alder Energy
    Date: 2021-09-10
    United Airlines Holdings Inc. and Honeywell International Inc. are reporting a multi-million dollar investment in Alder Energy LLC, a clean-technology company to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at scale.

    Alder's technology converts woody biomass, forest and agricultural waste to produce SAF while using the same refineries, pipelines and engines as traditional fuel. United, which began using biofuels in 2009, has also pledged to buy 1.5 billion gallons of SAF over the next 20 years.

    The company in 2015 made a similar commitment with alternative fuels developer Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc., agreeing to buy up to 900 million gallons of low-cost sustainable biofuels from waste, particularly woody biomass from the paper and pulp industry, the food industry and others.

    The companies hope to commercialize the technology by 2025. (Source: United Airlines, PR, 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: United Airlines, Scott Kirby, CEO, www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/contact/headquarters.html; Alder Energy/Investment, Bryan Sherbacow, CEO, info@alderinvestment.com, www.alderinvestment.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alder Energy,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuel,  Honeywell,  United Airlines,  


    Neste Acquiring Agri Trading (Int'l. Report, M&A)
    Neste Oyi,Agri Trading
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi reports an agreement to acquire 100 pct of Minnesota-based independent renewable waste and residue fat and oil traders Agri Trading and its affiliate entities, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

    Together with previously announced acquisitions of IH Demeter, Bunge Loders Croklaan and Count Terminal in the Netherlands, and Mahoney Environmental in the United States, Agri Trading will also enhance Neste's competitiveness in the global waste and residue raw material market, according to the company.

    Neste refines waste, residues and innovative raw materials into renewable fuels -- renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) -- and sustainable feedstock for plastics and other materials through its proprietary NEXBTL technology.

    As a technologically advanced refiner of high-quality oil products with a commitment to reach carbon-neutral production by 2035, Neste is also introducing renewable and recycled raw materials such as waste plastic as refinery raw materials. In 2020, Neste's revenue stood at €11.8 billion, according to the company website. (Source: Neste Oyi, PR, Website, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Neste Oyi, Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, Heidi Peltonen, Team Lead, Sustainable Partnerships, Marketing & Services, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com; Agri Trading Corp, 800-328-5189, www.agritradingcorp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste,  Neste Oyi,  SAF,  NEXBTL,  Biofuel,  


    Gevo Plans Hydrocarbon-Process Pilot at Luverne Plant (Ind. Report)
    Gevo
    Date: 2021-09-08
    Englewood, Colorada-headquartered isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. reports it plans to install an alcohol-to-hydrocarbon process pilot unit at its facility located in Luverne, Minnesota. The pilot unit is being designed to produce market development quantities of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), renewable premium gasoline and other renewable fuel products, as well as supply market development quantities of chemical products. The installation is estimated to begin in Q3 2022 with start-up demonstration production expected in Q4 2022.

    In addition, the company expects to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into Gevo's state-of-the-art Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota. Installation of the pilot unit at the Gevo-Luverne facility is part of the plan to use the facility as a technology development and piloting site. The pilot unit will also be used in training of employees for Net-Zero 1 and other future projects. (Source: Gevo, Website PR, 7 Sept., 2021) Contact: Gevo, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  Isobutanol,  Biofuel,  SAF,  


    Arbor Taps Topsoe TIGAS™ Tech. for Renewable Gas (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas, Topsoe
    Date: 2021-09-08
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-based industrial-scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects developer Arbor Renewable Gas, LLC reports it will use Topsoe's TIGAS™ technology for producing renewable gasoline (RG) at a new facility in the Gulf Coast region. The facility is expected to be operational by 2024 to produce 1,000 bdp of RG with a significantly negative carbon intensity score under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard.

    Topsoe will supply the methanol synthesis technologies and the TIADS™ backend gasoline synthesis unit (TIGAS). The methanol synthesis loop is based on the modular MeOH-To-Go™ design. Arbor Gas aims to build out a fleet of cost-effective, safe, and reliable woody biomass to renewable gasoline and renewable hydrogen plants around the world. With an initial focus on the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, Arbor Gas brings a unique blend of management, financing, technology and project execution skills to successfully advance its vision of a clean, low carbon transportation fleet utilizing existing infrastructure and vehicles. (Source: Topsoe Website PR, 2 Sept., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Timothy Vail, CEO , 346.708.7819, info@arborgas.com, www.arborgas.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Topsoe,  Renewable gas,  


    NREL Touts Silica Sand for Renewable Energy Storage (Ind. Report)
    NREL
    Date: 2021-09-08
    The US DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reports it is in the late stages of prototype testing a new thermal energy storage technology that uses inexpensive silica sand as a storage medium. Economic Long-Duration Electricity Storage by Using Low-Cost Thermal Energy Storage and High-Efficiency Power Cycle (ENDURING) is a reliable, cost-effective, scalable and can be constructed using existing infrastructure such as retired coal- and gas-fired power plants.

    ENDURING uses electricity from surplus solar or wind to heat silica sand as a thermal storage material. Particles are fed through an array of electric resistive heating elements to heat them to 1,200 degree C. The heated particles are then gravity-fed into insulated concrete silos for thermal energy storage. The baseline system is designed for economical storage of up to a 26,000 MWh of thermal energy. When energy is needed, the hot particles are gravity-fed through a heat exchanger, heating and pressurizing a working gas inside to drive turbines and spin generators that create electricity for the grid. Once discharged, the spent, cold particles are once again fed into insulated silos for storage for charging.

    As a storage medium, abundant silica sand is stable and inexpensive at $30-$50/ton, and has a limited ecological impact both in extraction and end of life. Particle thermal energy storage is a less energy dense form of storage, but is very inexpensive ($2-$4 per kWh of thermal energy at a 900 degrees C charge-to-discharge temperature difference). The energy storage system is safe because inert silica sand is used as storage media, making it an ideal candidate for massive, long-duration energy storage. (Source: NREL, , Sept., 2021) Contact: NREL ENDURING Project, Zhiwen Ma, Principal Investigator, 303-275-3784 Zhiwen.Ma@nrel.gov, www.nrel.gov/research/staff/zhiwen-ma.html, www.nrel.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NREL,  Energy Storage,  Thermal Energy Storage,  


    Important Notice -- Labor Day Holiday Publication Schedule

    Date: 2021-09-03
    In recognition and celebration of the Canadian and U.S. Labor Day Holiday, we will not be publishing on Monday, 6 Sept.

    We will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday, 8 Sept., 2021. Have a safe holiday weekend. Thank you.


    Strategic Biofuels Nails Biorefinery CCS Test Well (Ind. Report)
    Strategic Biofuels
    Date: 2021-09-03
    As previously noted, Strategic Biofuels LLC, the leader in developing negative carbon footprint renewable fuels plants, reports its carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) test well program at its Louisiana Green Fuels (LGF) Project in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana, has been completed.

    The test well program demonstrated that CO2, the main greenhouse gas generated during the fuel production process, can be safely and securely stored deep underground and that the storage reservoir has sufficient capacity to store all the gas produced over the plant's lifetime. Completing the test well program is an essential pre-requisite for securing the permit for the EPA Class VI sequestration well.

    The design and execution of the test well program was developed by COO Bob Meredith with help from Geostock Sandia, an international consulting firm that has worked with the Department of Energy on carbon sequestration wells for almost two decades. (Source: Strategic Biofuels LLC, Aug, 2021) Contact: Strategic Biofuels, Strategic Biofuels & Louisiana Green Fuels, [startlimk]info@info@strategicbiofuels.net[endllink]

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Strategic Biofuels ,  Biodiesel,  CCS,  


    Velocys Scores £2.4 Mn Grant Funding (Int'l., Funding)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-09-03
    Following up om our 25 July report, UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has secured a grant from the U.K. Department for Transport under the Green Fuels, Green Skies competition. The grant award is up to a maximum of £2.4 million, of which £1.2 million is subject to progress by the DfT in developing policy support for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

    The Altalto project is a collaboration between Velocys and British Airways; the proposed plant will convert hundreds of thousands of tpy of residual waste into sustainable fuels, mainly aviation fuel. Planning consent was granted in 2020; the project is ready to proceed to the final stages of engineering prior to construction, subject to the policy progress mentioned above and to third party project funding.

    info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  Green Diesel,  


    Topsoe Taped for Calumet Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    Calumet,Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2021-09-01
    Further to our 19th Feb. report, Indianapolis-headquartered Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP is reporting the selection of Haldor Topsoe's HydroFlex solution to produce 12,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) at its revamped plant in Great Falls, Montana, in 2022.

    Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. specializes in naphthenic and paraffinic oils as well as aliphatic solvents and paraffin waxes production.

    Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet (SAF) and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Calumet, PR, Biofuels News, 31 Aug., 2021) Contact: Calumet Specialty Products, Bruce Flemming, VP, (317) 328-5660, www.calumetspecialty.com; Haldor Topsoe, Henrik Rasmussen, Americas Managing Dir., +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Calumet,  SAF Jet Fuel,  Renewable Diesel,  


    StoreDot Touts Patent-Pending Battery Tech (New Prod & Tech.)
    StoreDot
    Date: 2021-08-30
    Israeli battery specialist StoreDot, the pioneer of extreme fast charging (XFC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs), is underpinning its leadership in XFC technologies with a patent for revolutionary systems that will decrease EV charging times and increase milage per charge.

    The patent pending technology incorporates hardware and software advances that create a "booster" feature, allowing the battery to analyze the capability of the charging station in real time and to adjust the battery's ability to carry high current rates. This communication between a vehicle's XFC battery and charging system means that cells can be charged faster, safely accepting a higher current without overheating. It also has the ability to immediately boost existing infrastructure systems, enabling faster charging, and thus optimizing future fast-charge technologies without the need to upgrade to newer equipment in the near future.

    The patent pending technology will be accessible to the entire market, marking a first for an advanced automotive battery company, according to the release.

    The Company is also in advanced talks with several global car makers and is on track to deliver mass-produced XFC batteries, by 2024 and to begin mass production in 2028. (Source: StoreDot., Website PR, 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: StoreDot, Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO, +972.3.509.7710 I, info@store-dot.com, www.store-dot.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  


    China Sinopec Plans Major Hydrogen Push to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation
    Date: 2021-08-30
    In Beijing, China's largest oil distiller and petrochemicals producer, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is reporting plans to invest roughly 30 billion yuan ($4.6 billion) over 5 years to establish 1,000 hydrogen refueling stations with 200,000 tpy of capacity, and facilities run by renewable energy that can produce over 1 million tpy of the zero-emission fuel.

    Sinopec's preliminary budget will fund the necessary R&D, production of hydrogen, purification, treatment, storage and transport facilities. The company will also upgrade its refineries and petrochemical plants to use "green" hydrogen in their operations to reduce their carbon footprint. The goal is to avoid 10 million tpy of CO2 by 2025.

    The company also plans to install 7,000 solar power projects totaling 400 MW at its network of 30,00 fuel stations and increase its low carbon plant-based fuel supply capacity to provide 100,000 tpy of aviation biofuel (SAF) and 1.45 million tpy of ethanol by 2025.

    Sinopec emitted 170.9 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2020, 84 pct of which were attributed to its oil refining and chemicals manufacturing operations, according to its latest sustainability report. (Source: Sinopec, S.China Morning Post, Sept., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation ,  Sinopec,  Hydrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Repsol Announces Third Spanish SAF Production Run (Int'l.)
    Repsol
    Date: 2021-08-27
    In Madrid, Repsol is reporting the production of the first batch -- 5,300 tons -- of sustainable biojet fuel produced from waste on the Spanish market at its Petronor Industrial Complex in Bilbao. The fuel, which meets meets product quality requirements and sustainability conditions in the production, logistics, and marketing chain and will avoid 300 tpy of CO2e emissions.

    This is Repsol's third production of SAF biojet in Spain following production at the company's Puertollano and Tarragona refineries, in 2020 and early 2021, respectively. The company's Strategic Plan 2020-2025, calls for the production of 1.3 million tons of sustainable biofuels in 2025 and more than 2 million tons in 2030. (Source: Repsol, Website, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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


    USDA Awards $26Mn in Biofuels Infrastructure Grants (Funding)
    USDA, USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
    Date: 2021-08-25
    Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson announced that USDA is investing $26 million to build infrastructure to expand the availability of higher-blend renewable biofuels, such as E15 and flex fuels such as E85, by 822 million gallons annually in 23 states. USDA is making the awards under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. The announcement includes investments in 23 states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Texas and Wisconsin.

    The announcement marks the one-year anniversary of the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program. To date, USDA has invested $66.4 million for projects that are expected to increase biofuels sales by 1.2 billion gallons annually.

    Through this program, USDA helps transportation fueling and biodiesel distribution facilities offer higher ethanol and biodiesel blends to customers by sharing the costs to install fuel pumps, equipment and infrastructure.

    In California, AltAir Paramount LLC will use a $1.5 million grant to install a pump, safety infrastructure and piping at its fuel distribution facility. Funds will also be used to retrofit and upgrade a biodiesel storage tank. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 135 million gallons per year.

    In Ohio, United Dairy Farmers Inc. will use a $634,000 grant to replace 21 dispensers and four storage tanks at four fueling stations. The company also will install 13 dispensers at two more fueling stations in Ohio and Kentucky. This project is expected to increase ethanol sales by 4 million gallons per year.

    In North Carolina, Zenith Energy Terminals Holdings LLC will use a $614,930 grant to install a truck rack biodiesel blending system at a fuel distribution facility. This project is expected to increase biodiesel sales by 24 million gallons per year.

    The National Biodiesel Board notes the funding for 12 projects from California to Connecticut will support nearly 771 million gpy of biodiesel per year and reduce the nation's carbon emissions by more than 7.2 million metric tpy at a cost of less than $2.25 per ton. (Source: USDA, 20 Aug., 2021) Contact: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, www.rd.usda.gov/hbiip

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  USDA Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program,  USDA,  


    Swansea University Carbon Capture Research Funded (Int'l.)
    Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute
    Date: 2021-08-25
    In the UK, Swansea University's Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) is reporting receipt of £30,000 funding from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) to investigate new materials for carbon capture from industrial processes.

    Led by Dr Enrico Andreoli, ESRI ESRI delivers research across energy and energy safety-related disciplines including renewable energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and new oil and gas technologies.

    Working with the University of Pisa and Immaterial Ltd, ESRI plans to use the funding to scale up materials in the lab and test the materials in industrial settings. The initiative is receiving £11.5 million in support from the Welsh government and the European Regional Development Fund's (ERDF) Industrial Carbon Emissions (RICE) project. RICE aims to drive forward new technologies for reducing emissions from Welsh industry. (Source: Swansea University Energy Safety Research Institute, PR, 24 Aug., 2021) Contact: ESRI, Dr Enrico Andreoli, +44 1792 205678, www.esri-swansea.org

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    Sensata Technologies Snares Spear Power Systems (M&A)
    Spear Power Systems,Sensata Technologies
    Date: 2021-08-25
    Attleboro, Mass.-based Sensata Technologie, an industrial technology company and provider of sensor-rich solutions and insights for customers, is reporting acquisition of Grandview, Missouri-based lithium-ion battery energy storage specialist Spear Power Systems.

    Spear Power Systems' scalable lithium-ion battery storage systems are cell-agnostic and include proprietary battery management and monitoring for all lithium-ion chemistries from multiple battery suppliers offering high energy density, modular architecture, light weight, and extreme safety and reliability.(Source: Sensata Technologies Inc., PR, 23 Aug., 2021) Contact: Sesata Technologies Inc., 508-236-3800 www.sensata.com; Spear Power Systems, Jeff Kostos, Founder, CEO, 816-237-5007, www.spearpowersystems.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Spear Power Systems,  Lithium-Ion Battery,  Li-Ion Battery,  Energy Storage,  


    Aemetis CCS Plan Feasibility Confirmed (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-08-20
    A new carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) study by Baker Hughes, commissioned by renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels specialist Aemetis subsidiary Aemetis Carbon Capture has concluded that more than 2 million metric tpy of CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere and safely stored the earth at two Aemetis ethanol plant sites in California.

    The Baker Hughes study estimated that 1.0 million mtpy CO2 can be sequestered in the saline formations located deep underground at or near the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant site. The study also noted that up to 1.4 million mtpy of CO2 should be injectable at or near the Aemetis Riverbank site. Once complete, the Aemetis Carbon Capture CCS project is expected to capture and sequester more than 2 million mtpy of CO2 at the two Aemetis biofuels plant sites in Keyes and Riverbank, California. Each MT of CO2 is planned to generate approximately $200 per MT from the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard and $50 per MT of IRS 45Q tax credit. Legislation is pending in Congress to increase the federal tax credit to $80 per MT of CO2 and to provide billions of dollars of grants and loans to finance CCS projects in the U.S., according to the release. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 18 Aug, 2021) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

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    Gevo Reboots Luverne Minn. Renewable Fuels Facility (Ind. Report)
    Gevo, GEVO
    Date: 2021-08-20
    Gevo reports it has rebooted production of fuel-grade, renewable isobutanol (IBA) at its renewable fuels facility in Luverne, Minnesota. The Luverne plant as shutted last spring after the slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The IBA will be used as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable premium gasoline production to fulfill existing sales contracts. These renewable hydrocarbons will be produced in Silsbee, Texas at the South Hampton Resources, Inc. hydrocarbon production facility. Gevo also expects to utilize some of the IBA produced to develop certain IBA specialty markets.

    The Luverne facility will also allow Gevo to test and evaluate certain potential unit operations that may be incorporated into the company's Net-Zero 1 production facility that is expected to begin production in 2024 in Lake Preston, South Dakota, according to the release. (Source: Gevo, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

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    JSSI, Avfuel Help Clients Offset Aviation Emissions (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-08-18
    Chicago-headquartered Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI) reports it is joining the industry push toward a more sustainable future by enabling clients to evaluate and reduce net carbon emissions by providing an online CO2 calculator to estimate emissions and facilitating an option to purchase carbon credits to offset emissions, and boost the adoption of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) through Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation.

    Each carbon credit purchased will offset one metric ton of CO2 emissions through direct investment in a selection of carbon offset projects that meet the requirements of either the United Nations or the Gold Standard.

    Avfuel calculates carbon credits based on an industry-standardized formula, measured in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and the ISO 14064 Standard, and utilizes CO2 emission coefficients as assigned by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. (Source: JSSI, PR, Aviation Pros, 16 Aug., 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466, ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; JSSI, Neil Book, CEO , www.jetsupport.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Avfuel,  SAF,  Aviation Biofuels,  Carbon Offset,  Carbon Credit,  


    Biobased Products Major Jobs Creator, says USDA (Ind. Report)
    USDA Rural Development
    Date: 2021-08-13
    USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson on July 29, the 10th anniversary of the creation of the USDA's Certified Biobased Product Label, unveiled an Economic Impact Analysis of the U.S. Biobased Products Industry .

    According to the report, in 2017 the biobased products industry: contributed $470 billion to the U.S. economy; directly and indirectly supported 4.6 million American jobs; and generated 2.79 jobs in other sectors of the economy for every biobased job. Additionally, biobased products displace approximately 9.4 million barrels of oil annually, and have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.7 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents per year.

    Established in 2011 underneath USDA's BioPreferred Program, the Certified Biobased Product Label is intended to spur economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities. By harnessing the powers of certification and the marketplace, the program helps purchasers and users identify products with biobased content and assures them of its accuracy.

    USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. (Source: USDA Rural Development, Website, , Aug., 2021) Contact: USDA Rural Development, Justin Maxson, Deputy Under Sec., USDA BioPreferred Program, www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/faces/catalog/Catalog.xhtml

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biofuel,  Biobased Products,  USDA Rural Development,  


    Summit Carbon Solutions Awards Contracts to Accelerate CCS Project Development (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-08-13
    Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions, the developer of the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project, reports project progress through the engagement of Contract Land Staff (CLS) and TRC Companies (TRC) to provide field services and lead right-of-way acquisition efforts across the project's five-state footprint in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota . Summit also contracted environmental services provider Merjent, and Perennial Environmental Services (Perennial) to lead the environmental survey and permitting efforts throughout project development.

    The CCS project is aiming for a 2024 commissioning. Summit Carbon Solutions aims to lower GHG emissions by connecting industrial emitters via strategic infrastructure to store CO2 safely and permanently in the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Carbon Solutions, Website, PR, 13 Aug., 2021) Contact: Merjent, and Perennial Environmental Services, LLC, 713-462-7121, www.perennialenv.com; Summit Carbon Solutions , Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, Jim Powell, COO, Jake Ketzner, jketzner@summitcarbon.com, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Summit Carbon Solutions,  


    Ottawa Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-08-13
    As previously reported, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will offer cost-shared, conditionally repayable private sector funding for new construction, retrofit or expansion of existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada.

    Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels-- clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) -- across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050and position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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  • "Act NOW, You Idiots" -- Aussie Green Groups Respond to IPCC Climate Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    IPCC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    "No more excuses and no more delays on climate change. This is decision time for every political and business leader in Australia. This is the issue on which you will be judged by history and by the children of Australia, whose futures are on the line.

    "The IPCC Working Group 1 report makes it clear that we are out of control and accelerating towards disaster. Only if we make deep, rapid emissions cuts including the complete phase out of climate-destroying coal, oil and gas do we have a chance of making it to a safer, habitable future powered by clean energy. We could have made emissions cuts decades ago that would have put us on a path to a safer future, but this was blocked by the vested interests of coal, oil and gas and the politicians who have subsidized and protected these big polluters." -- David Ritter, CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    The Australian Greens political party noted the IPCC report made it clear the Australian government's current target of reducing emissions by 26 pct -- 28 pct below 2005 levels by 2030 were "a death sentence" and "amounts to criminal negligence" and called on the government to double or even triple its target.

    "Exceeding 1.5 degrees of warming means that we will lose the Great Barrier Reef, have widespread and sustained drought, more extreme weather events, and catastrophic bush fires will become the norm. The rest of the world understands that if we don't do more by 2030, we all go over the climate cliff," the Green Party warned.

    Not to worry! The the Australian Minister for Energy & Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, noted the (Australian) government remains committed to achieving net zero emissions "as soon as possible -- preferably by 2050." (Source: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, Various Media, upstream, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Greenpeace Australia Pacific, www.greenpeace.org.au

    Editor's Note --Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently abandoned planned legislation that would enforce a 26 pct cut in Australia's carbon emissions as agreed in the 2015 Paris Climate accord. The Prime Minister is now planning to control emissions with new regulations rather than legislation.

    The 2015 Paris Agreement was "reluctantly" signed by former Aussie PM Tony Abbott who is best remembered for his colorful description of climate change science as "a load of crap!"

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IPCC,  Climate Change,  Australia Climate Change,  


    CCV Targets Carbon Capture-as-a-Service Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Svante Inc, Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Vancouver-based Svante Inc., Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC and OTS Ltd, are reporting a commercial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that establishes Cross Carbon Ventures (CCV), an independent carbon capture development partnership aming to develop, build, own and operate carbon capture projects for carbon intensive North American industries -- cement, steelmaking, petroleum refining, large-scale hydrogen production and others -- seeking to decarbonise their operations.

    CCV will leverage Svante's innovative technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe transportation and storage. (Source: Cement News, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Svante Inc, www.svanteinc.com; Crossriver Infrastructure, www.crossriverllc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Svante Inc,  Cross River Infrastructure Partners,  Carbon Capture,  CCS,  


    Reliance Solar, Bill Gates Invest in Green Power Storage (Int'l.)
    Reliance Industries, Ambri
    Date: 2021-08-11
    Mumbai-based Reliance Industries Ltd subsidiary Reliance New Energy Solar Ltd (RNESL) reports it, along with Paulson & Co. Inc. Bill Gates, and other investors, have invested of $144 million in Massachusetts-based long-duration energy storage specialist Ambri Inc.

    Ambri's patented 4-24 hour long- duration energy storage systems will break through the cost, longevity and safety barriers associated with lithium-ion batteries used in grid-scale stationary storage applications. RNESL and Ambri are also in considering a collaboration on a large-scale battery manufacturing facility in India.

    Ambri caters to projects requiring from 10 MWh to over 2 GWh of energy storage systems and that are more economical than lithium-ion batteries. Ambri systems are well suited to peak times and high-usage applications, according to the release. (Source: Reliance Industries Limited, PR, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ambri, www.ambri.com; About Reliance Industries Limited, Tushar Pania, + 91 9820 088536, tushar.pania@ril.com, www.ril.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar+Storage,  Reliance Industries,  Bill Gates,  Renewable Energy Storage,  Energy Strage,  Ambri,  


    MSU Funded for Industrial Energy Efficiency Center (Funding)
    Michigan State University
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In East Lansing, Michigan State University (MSU) reports it has been awarded $2.25 million over the next five years from the U.S. DOE for the creation of an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) to work with Michigan manufacturers to shrink carbon footprints, improve energy efficiency and cut energy costs. The funding is part of a 1976 DOE initiative that presently supports 32 IACs nationwide.

    The MSU College of Engineering with provide the nucleus for the IAC which will capitalize on the experience found in MSU Extension, the Office of Sustainability, Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities and the Construction Management programs. The IAC will also utilize the Construction Management Education and Research Lab space for student training and will capitalize on existing teaching, outreach and research efforts related to safety, green building, sustainability, and energy efficiency at all the partner institutions.

    Download US DOE IAC details HERE (Source: Michigan State University, PR, dbusiness, 9 Aug., 2021) Contact: MSU College of Engineering, www.egr.msu.edu

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    Ohio State Study Touts Pennycress as Biofuel Crop (R&D)
    Ohio State University, Pennycress
    Date: 2021-08-04
    A study from researchers at Ohio State University touts pennycress as a biofuel crop. Growing pennycress -- aka stinkweed -- as a crop requires less fertilizer, fewer pesticides and less soil tilling than other biofuel crops, reducing the associated environmental costs: CO2 emissions, fertilizer and pesticide use, water consumption and the energy required to harvest and transport pennycress seeds to a biorefinery and process them into usable fuel, according to the study.

    The study researchers found it took about half as much energy to produce jet fuel from pennycress as it did to produce jet fuel from canola or sunflowers, two other potential bio-jet fuel crops. Pennycress oil production used about a third as much energy as soybean oil production and the energy needed for turning pennycress into jet fuel was about the same as that used to produce fuel from the flowering plant camelina, another biofuel crop. (Source: Ohio State Univ. News, 2 Aug., 2021) Contact: Ohio State University - Wooster, Ajay Shah, Associate Professor of Food, Ggricultural and Biological Engineering, 330-263-3858, shah.971@osu.edu, www.bsal.osu.edu

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    NCERC Promoting Corn as Industrial Feedstock (Ind. Report)
    National Corn Growers Association
    Date: 2021-08-04
    The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is reporting the National Corn to Ethanol Research Center (NCERC) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Illinois, has submitted grant proposals to the U.S. DOE FY21 Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement that would expand the use of corn as an industrial feedstock.

    The first proposal included NCERC as a Co-PI and was led by Hennepin, Illinois-based Marquis Energy aims to scale up a conversion method that utilizes corn as a feedstock for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The work being done at the intermediate scale will be performed at NCERC, along with LBNL and US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, to see through a solution that brings significant opportunity for expanding and repurposing the 16 billion-gpy corn-to-ethanol infrastructure.

    The second proposal led by NCERC -- Scaling up a Low-Cost Low Energy Cellulosic Sugar Production -- contributed to the validation of a low-cost, energy-efficient conversion method for cellulosic materials- and waste-to-biofuel. (Source: NCGA, PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: NCGA, www.ncga.com; NCERC, www.siue.edu/ncerc; Marquis Energy, www.marquisenergy.com; US Navy NAWCWD China Lake, www.navair.navy.mil › nawcwd

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    LanzaTech Helps Advance UK SAF Production (Ind. Report)
    LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-07-30
    LanzaTech UK reports its LanzaTech Project DRAGON (Decarbonizing and Reimagining Aviation for the Goal Of Net-Zero) has been shortlisted for funding through the UK Department for Transport, Green Fuels' Green Skies Competition to advance the production of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

    The competition will support eight companies as they pioneer new technologies, converting materials such as household waste, alcohol, carbon from the atmosphere and sewage into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) at commercial scales.

    LanzaTech's Project DRAGON will undertake the Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a facility in Port Talbot, South Wales, that will produce over 100 million lpy of ATJ Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK) from waste-based, low carbon ethanol, procured from a variety of waste sources, and the facility will have the ability to also use ethanol produced from local steel mill waste gases via LanzaTech's gas fermentation platform.

    The ATJ-SPK produced will provide 70 pct GHG emission savings versus traditional jet fuel. Using a 30 pct blend target, the 100 million litres of ATJ-SPK will yield about 330 million lpy of blended SAF. This facility will be the UK's first commercial-scale project to implement the LanzaJet™ Alcohol-To-Jet (ATJ) technology. (Source: LanzaTech, Website PR, 27 July, 2021)Contact: LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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    Cross Carbon Announces Carbon Capture Partnership (Ind. Report)
    Cross Carbon Ventures
    Date: 2021-07-30
    Vancouver-based Svante Inc., Calgary-headquartered Enbridge Inc., along with Greenwich, Conn.-based Cross River Infrastructure Partners LLC, and OTS Ltd., are reporting a MoU that establishes Cross Carbon Ventures (CCV), an independent carbon capture development partnership.

    CCV will explore commercial opportunities in North America to develop Carbon Capture-as-a-Service that will build, own and operate carbon capture projects for heavy emitting industries including cement, steelmaking, petroleum refining, and large-scale hydrogen production through the development of point-source carbon capture projects. CCV will leverage Svante's innovative technology to capture carbon directly from industrial post-combustion flue gases to produce pipeline-grade CO2 for safe transportation and storage. (Source: Cross River, PR, 30 July, 2021) Contact: Svante Inc, www.svanteinc.com; Enbridge, www.enbridge.com; Crossriver Infrastructure, www.crossriverllc.com; OTS, www.otsl.ca

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    Titan Awarded 1.1Mn to ID Dangerous Li-ion Batteries (Funding)
    Titan Advanced Energy Solutions
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Salem, Mass.-based Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, focused on using ultrasound technology to help make batteries run better, safer, and longer lasting, is reporting receipt of $1.1 million in Phase II SBIR funding from the US DOE to develop and build a production-ready prototype of an early warning system that detects hazardous conditions in lithium-ion batteries.

    The Titan award is one of 110 innovative projects from American small businesses and entrepreneurs that the DOE is funding for a total of $127 million.

    The Phase II awards from the DOE's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program go to support the research and development of innovative clean energy technologies toward commercialization.

    Statista, a global business data platform, projects that between 2020 and 2030, the global demand for lithium-ion batteries will increase elevenfold to more than 2 terawatt hours. (Source: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Titan Advanced Energy Solutions, (978) 414-5538, info@titanaes.com, www.titanaes.com

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    Neste Reports on Q2 "Solid Performance" (Int'l. Report)
    Neste Oyi
    Date: 2021-07-28
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi released its latest financial results for the first half of this year and reported a solid performance in its renewable products portfolio. The company's renewable products segment posted an operating profit of €287 million for Q2, down from €314 million during the same period, 2020.

    According to Neste Pres. and CEO Peter Vanacker, "Neste's renewable products continued to be resilient and was able to maintain a healthy sales margin. Oil products' second quarter was characterised by the scheduled Porvoo refinery major turnaround, which was safely and successfully implemented in very challenging pandemic conditions. Marketing and services performed very well with gradually recovering sales volumes. A weaker US dollar had a negative impact of €45 million on the group's comparable operating profit year-on-year. Our ROACE over the last 12 months was 15.6 pct, and we had a leverage ratio of 7.7 pct at the end of June." (Source: Neste Oy, Website PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: Neste Corp., Thorsten Lange, Exec. VP, +358 10 458 4128, www.neste.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Neste Oyi,  


    bp Joins Zero Carbon Fuel, Shipping Effort (Int'l. Report)
    bp,Maresk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    Date: 2021-07-28
    bp reports it has committed to a long term agreement with the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to collaborate on the development of new alternative maritime fuels and low carbon solutions for the shipping industry.

    bp will join the Center's Advisory Board and "contribute the development of methodologies and optimized pathways for safe and sustainable fuel solutions for shipping," according to the release. (Source: bp, PR, July, 2021) Contact: bp, William Lin, Exec. VP Regions, Cities and Solutions, Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

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    bp Joins Zero Carbon Shipping Effort (Int'l. Report)
    bp,Mærsk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping
    Date: 2021-07-28
    bp reports it has committed to a long term agreement with the Maersk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping to collaborate on the development of new alternative maritime fuels and low carbon solutions for the shipping industry. bp will join the Center's Advisory Board and "contribute the development of methodologies and optimised pathways for safe and sustainable fuel solutions for shipping," according to the release. (Source: bp, PR, July, 2021) Contact: bp, William Lin, Exec. VP Regions, Cities and Solutions, Mærsk McKinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, www.zerocarbonshipping.com

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    B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy Funded (Ind. Report)
    Government of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-26
    In Victoria, the Government of British Columbia reports it and Shell Canada are each committing $35 million funding toward the new B.C. Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy and are collaborating to decarbonize the economy and scale up clean energy. The Government of Canada has committed up to $35 million for the Centre's projects. The funding is expected to leverage additional public and private-sector investments and participation.

    The Centre will bring together innovators, industry, governments and academics to accelerate the commercialization and scale-up of B.C.-based clean-energy technologies. It will also be a catalyst for new partnerships and world-leading innovation to deliver near- and longer-term carbon emission reductions, according to the release.

    The Centre, which is scheduled to launch this fall, will initially focus on: carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the production, use and distribution of low-carbon hydrogen; biofuels and synthetic fuels (including marine and aviation fuels --SAF); renewable natural gas; battery technology, storage and energy management systems; and initiate new technology pathways to accelerate larger reductions on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The Centre will be established as an independent member-based, non-profit corporation to attract a wide range of companies and partners focused on low-carbon innovation and scaling up B.C.-based clean-energy technology. (Source: BC Government PR, 16 July, 2021) Contact: Gov. BC, www.gov.bc.ca

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    Velocys Shortlisted for Green Fuels, Green Skies Competition (Int'l)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-07-26
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it been shortlisted for the Government's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition, aimed at supporting the UK's emerging Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) sector.

    The competition follows sustainable aviation commitments laid out in the Prime Minister's Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution to support the UK SAF sector's deployment of innovative SAF production technologies at commercial scale that are capable of reducing UK aviation emissions.

    Velocys' Altalto waste-to-fuels project, which will convert 600,000 tpy of household and commercial waste into cleaner burning SAF, is now being considered for a share of £15 million funding. This follows the company's success in securing funding as part of the Government's Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition (F4C) last year for the same project. Altalto will be the UK's first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel facility when operational by the middle of the decade. Competition winners are expected to be announced later this summer. (Source: Velocys Plc, Website PR, 23 July, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Neste Lauds EU Fit for 55 Package (Opinions & Editorials)
    Neste, Fit for 55
    Date: 2021-07-23
    Helsinki-headquartered Neste Oyi issued the following comments in welcoming the EU's "Fit for 55" commitment to long-term policies and the ambition to become climate neutral by 2050:

    "As a whole, the Fit for 55 package seems to provide the tools to combat the climate crisis during this decade by raising the ambition level of emission cuts across different sectors of the economy. It will support the growth of renewable fuels markets in both road and aviation segments. The Commission's proposal to establish an EU-wide obligation to supply a growing minimum share of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as of 2025 will create a large market and progressively cut down emissions from flying. The package also supports Neste's climate commitments, including to reach carbon neutral production by 2035. Now that the EC's proposals will enter the legislative process, it will be important to further raise the level of ambition and keep the focus on emission cuts by various solutions, not only by specific technologies," notes Neste VP for Public Affairs, Ilkka Rasanen.

    "Neste firmly believes that all solutions are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the societies. On European roads, the number of electric cars is growing at a rapid pace, which is a logical and welcome development as the power generation sector is embracing emission free technologies. However, achieving the ambitious climate targets requires both EVs and renewable transport fuels, as internal combustion engine vehicles will keep playing a key role for a long time, particularly in heavy-duty vehicles. The average age of cars in Europe is more than 10 years; this means that many new vehicles sold today will still be in use for another 15-20 years. When it comes to especially heavy-duty vehicles, internal combustion engines and renewable fuels, both biofuels and so-called e-fuels (Power-to-X), will be needed for a long time. After all, the combustion engine is not the problem when the fuel is renewable and sustainably produced. Already today, customers using the Neste MY Renewable Diesel™ made from 100 pct renewable raw materials can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 pct compared to fossil diesel.

    "The aviation industry has already taken steps in the right direction by committing to the target of achieving carbon-neutral growth from 2020 onwards. Neste, as the world's leading producer of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), is committed to helping the aviation industry meet the proposed EU-wide obligation.

    "Following its sustainable sourcing principles, Neste continues to develop the availability of emerging, lower-quality waste and residue raw materials, as well as agricultural and forest harvesting residues, algae and municipal solid waste as future raw materials. Neste is also exploring Power-to-X technologies as a new renewable fuel." (Source: Neste, PR, Website 16 July, 2021)Contact: Neste, Ilkka Rasanen, Vice President, Public Affairs, +358 50 458 5123, www.neste.com

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    IATA Stresses Need for SAF Incentives (Opinions & Asides)
    IATA
    Date: 2021-07-21
    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) warned that the reliance on taxation as the solution for cutting aviation emissions as outlined in the just released EU 'Fit for 55' proposal is "counter-productive to the goal of sustainable aviation." According the IATA, EU policy needs to support practical emission reduction measures such as incentives for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) and air traffic management modernization.

    To achieve aviation decarbonisation IATA pledges to promote the use of SAF which reduce emissions by up to 80 pct compared to traditional jet fuel. IATA noted insufficient supply and high prices have limited airline uptake to only 120 million litres in 2021. (Source: IATA, PR, 20 July, 2021) Contact: IATA, Willie Walsh, Dir. Gen. www.iata.org

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    EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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  • Alt Fuels, Bioenergy, SAF Key in EU Fit for 55 (Int'l. Report)
    European Green Deal
    Date: 2021-07-16
    On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (ED) adopted a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law.

    The EU Forest Strategy supports the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and EU Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

    The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

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    DOE Updating Manufactured Home Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
    US DOEm
    Date: 2021-07-14
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE reports it is considering new energy efficiency standards for "manufactured" -- pre-assembled -- housing and will release a supplemental notice of proposed rule-emaking in August that will be based on the 2021 version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    The new manufactured home standards would cover: the building thermal envelope; air sealing; installation of insulation; duct sealing; HVAC; service hot water systems; mechanical ventilation fan efficacy; and heating and cooling equipment sizing.

    Energy conservation portions of current manufactured housing regulations have not been adjusted since 1994. Roughly 7 million manufactured homes are in the U.S, Manufactured homes use 70 pct more energy per square foot than traditional "stick-built" homes, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). (Source: US DOE, ACEEE, 14 July, 2021) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www2.aceee.org; International Energy Conservation Code, www.iccsafe.org

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    Avfuel Supplies Million Air Burbank with SAF (Ind. Report)
    Avfuel
    Date: 2021-07-09
    Ann Arbor, Michigan-based aviation fuels and services provider Avfuel Corporation reports it is collaborating with Million Air Burbank (KBUR) -- an Avfuel-branded FBO -- to supply Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). Avfuel's first truckload of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) arrived at the FBO on June 24, this year.

    As previously reported ,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: Avfuel Corp., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Avfuel Corp., Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels, 734-663-6466,ksawyer@avfuel.com, www.avfuel.com; Million Air Burbank, Priscilla Howden, GM, 818-843-8311, www.millionair.com; Neste, www.neste.com/products/all-products/aviation

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