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Thyssenkrupp to Install Green Hydrogen Facility in Rotterdam (Int'l)
Date: 2022-01-12
Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG reports its Dortmund, Germany-based thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, Dortmund, has contracted with Royal Dutch Shell for Shell's proposed commercial-scale "Hydrogen Holland I" project in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Under the contract, Thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate a 200-MW electrolysis plant based on its large-scale 20 MW alkaline water electrolysis module. Construction work for the electrolyzers is slated for this coming Spring 2022 for startup and production in 2024, subject to Shell's final investment decision.

The Hydrogen Holland I facility will produce green hydrogen for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (Noord), by means of guarantees of origin.

Green hydrogen is a main pillar of the energy transition towards sustainable decarbonization. By 2025, countries representing over 80 pct of the global GDP are expected to enter the hydrogen economy with a dedicated hydrogen strategy, according to the release. (Source: thyssenkrupp, PR, Chemical Engineer, 10 Jan., 2022)Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG,; thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, +49 231 5470,

More Low-Carbon Energy News thyssenkrupp,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Green Hydrogen,  

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

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

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

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

Silicon Ranch Raises $775 Mn in Equity Funding (Ind. Report, Funding)
Silicon Ranch
Date: 2022-01-07
Nashville, Tenn.-headquartered independent power producer Silicon Ranch Corporation reports it has raised $775 million in new equity capital. The funding was led by Manulife Investment Management and others including Shell, TD Greystone Infrastructure Fund (Global Master) L.P., and Mountain Group Partners. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction is expected to close in Q1 2022.

Since closing a $225 million raise in December 2020, Silicon Ranch has more than doubled its operating capacity and grown its total contracted portfolio by more than 80 pct Silicon Ranch is a fully integrated provider of customized renewable energy, carbon, and battery storage solutions for a diverse set of partners across North America, with a portfolio that includes more than 4 gigawatts of solar and battery storage systems that are contracted, under construction, or operating across the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 2011, Silicon Ranch pioneered utility-scale solar in the Southeast with the first large-scale solar projects in Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky. The company has successfully commissioned every project it has contracted since its inception and has further distinguished itself through its commitment to own and operate each project in its portfolio for the long term. Today Silicon Ranch owns, operates, and maintains more than 150 solar generating facilities in 15 states. (Source: Silicon Ranch, Website PR, 6 Jan., 2021)Contact: Silicon Ranch, 615.577.4786,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Silicon Ranch,  Solar,  

Shell Nails Solar, Energy Storage Developer Savion Acquisition (M&A)
Shell New Energies
Date: 2021-12-20
Houston-headquartered Shell New Energies US LLC, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, is reporting the acquisition of Kansas City.-based utility-scale solar and energy storage developer Savion EnergyLLC.

Savion specialises in developing solar power and energy storage projects and currently has more than 18 gigawatts of solar power and battery storage under development for a variety of customers, including utilities and major commercial and industrial organizations. Savion, which has a pipeline of more than 18 GW of solar and energy storage projects with over 100 projects under development in 26 states, will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell under its existing brand within Shell's Renewables & Energy Solutions Integrated Power business.

The Savion acquisition complements Shell's existing investments in the U.S. in a range of zero- and lower-carbon assets and technologies and continues Shell's strategy to develop an integrated power business as it moves to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, in step with society. (Source: Shell, Savion LLC , PR, 17 Dec., 2021) Contact: Shell New Energies,; Savion Energy, Diana Scholtes, CCO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell New Energies,  Savion,  Solar,  Solar+Storage,  Energy Storage,  

Blue Biofuels Touts King Grass Biofuels Feedstock (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels, USDA ARS
Date: 2021-12-17
Palm Beach Gardens , Florida-based Blue Biofuels (BIOF) and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) are reporting a collaboration on optimizing the yields of King Grass, a perennial grass biomass crop, that the Company is growing and using as feedstock for its patented "mechanocatalytic cellulose-to-sugar" (CTS) process at its research facility in Arcadia, Florida.

Blue Biofuels' CTS technology is a near-zero-carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin. Sugars are subsequently processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into biodegradable bioplastics or used in ion exchange resins.

Blue Biofuels believes that biofuel originating from its CTS process will be eligible for roughly $3 per gallon in D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) , an incentive offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers.

The EPA's newly proposed revised mandate for cellulosic ethanol for 2020 is 510 million gallons, for 2021 is 620 million gallons, and for 2022 is 770 million gallons. (Source: USADA, Blue Biofuels, Green Car Congress, Dec., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels, Ben Slager, 561-359-8222,

More Low-Carbon Energy News King Grass,  Biofuel Feedstock,  Blue Biofuels,  USDA ARS,  

Sherdar Australia Planning New Renewable Diesel Facility (Int'l.)
Sherdar Australia
Date: 2021-12-08
In the Land Down Under, Sherdar Australia Bio Refinery Pty Ltd., a special purpose investment vehicle recently established in Australia by Transasia Minerals Ltd, is reporting plans to develop a 500,000 tpy renewable diesel processing and storage facility at an as yet unannounced location. Transasia Minerals Ltd. is a Jakarta-based privately owned investment company focused on the mining, oil and gas, and energy sectors

The planned facility will use regionally sourced feedstocks and deploy Shell's hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) technology. Sherdar is currently in the final stages of engineering and receiving relevant approvals for the project which is expected to come in at roughly $600 million. (Source: Transasia Minerals Ltd., PR, Macau Business, Dec., 2021) Contact: Transasia Minerals Ltd.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  Biodiesel,  Australia Biodiesel,  Biofuel,  

TetraSpar Floating Wind Demo Underway Off Norway (Int'l.)
Stiesdal Offshore Technologies
Date: 2021-12-03
Denmark-headquartered Stiesdal Offshore Technologies is reporting the TetraSpar Demonstrator floating offshore wind project has been commissioned and is now operating in 650 ft of water at the METCentre test site in Norway. The TetraSpar foundation is a keeled, floating tubular steel structure designed for shallow water wind applications.

The project partners include Shell, RWE, TEPCO Renewables, and Stiesdal Offshore Technologies. (Source: Stiesdal Offshore Technologies, Offshore, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: Stiesdal Offshore Technologies,,; Teteaspar

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  RWE,  TEPCO Renewables,  Stiesdal Offshore Technologies,  Flaoting Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Altus Power, Shell Collaborating on Sustainability (Ind. Report)
Altus Power,Shell New Energies US
Date: 2021-12-03
Stamford, Conn.-based clean electrification specialist Altus Power, Inc. and San Francisco-headquartered Shell New Energies US LLC are reports plans to collaborate on integrated renewable energy and energy storage solutions to cut carbon emissions and lower energy costs.

For the collaboration, Altus Power will bring its experience in creating clean electrification ecosystems, which includes solar generation, storage and community solar, while Shell will add its capabilities in electric mobility, stationary battery storage, load management and renewable power supply to develop fully integrated renewable energy supply and onsite energy services. (Source: Altus Power, Website, PR,Dec., 2021) Contact: Altus Power, Lars Norell, Co-CEO, (203) 698 0090,; Shell New Energies US LLC, Elisabeth Brinton, Exec. VP Renewable & Energy Solutions,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Altus Power,  Solar,  Energy Storage,  Shell New Energies ,  

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

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

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

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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sheell news,  Biofuel news,  Royal Dutch Shell news,  Singapore Biofuel news,  

Singapore Boosting Carbon Capture Targets (Int'l. Report)
Singapore Economic Development Board
Date: 2021-11-24
The Singapore Economic Development Board reports it aims to increase the city state's carbon capture capacity to at least 2 million tpy by 2030 and to establish a carbon capture technology testbed on Jurong Island, which is dominated by a large oil refinery hub. The islands hosts BP, DuPont, Chevron, Singapore Petroleum Company, Singapore Refining Company along with Shell and ExxonMobile, both of which have expressed interest in building carbon capture facilities in the region.

Singapore is aiming to reach two million tonnes of carbon capture from carbon-intensive activities based around Jurong Island by 2030. It will aim for more than six million tpy of carbon abatement by 2050. To that end, the Board will work with sustainable industrial development government agency JTC (formerly the Jurong Town Corporation) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research to study the feasibility of a carbon capture and utilization (CCU) test bed facility on Jurong.

Additionally, the Board has set a 2030 target for its energy and chemicals sector to boost their output of sustainable products (such as biofuels) by 50 pct compared with 2019 levels and by four times from 2019 levels by 2050.

Singapore's climate action plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 has been rated as "critically insufficient" by Carbon Action Tracker . According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Singapore emitted more than 47 million tonnes of CO2 in 2019. (Source: Singapore Economic Development Board, E&T, 24 Nov., 2021) Contact: Singapore Economic Development Board,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Singapore news,  Carbon Capture news,  CCS. CCUS news,  

DHL Freight Touts bio-LNG Trial Success (Ind, Report)
DHL Freight
Date: 2021-11-22
Bonn, Germany-based DHL Freight is reporting completion of its previously reported 5-month trial of Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) compliant bio-LNG produced from agricultural wastes by Shell.

The pilot aimed to sustainably reduce CO2 emissions in road freight transport for DHL's customer, pump manufacturer Grundfos. In the first five months of the pilot, the volume of bio-LNG was reduced 87 tons of CO2 equivalent -- roughly equal to the emissions of over 89,000 kilometres driven by a diesel truck and represents 85 pct of CO2 savings compared to a traditional diesel engine, according to the release.

Shell is scaling up the supply of bio-LNG and plans to offer a bio-LNG blend to its entire network in the Netherlands, next year. Shell also plans a new 100,000 tpy bio-LNG plant at its Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland, Germany in 2023, according to the release. (Source: DHL Freight, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: DHL Freight, Uwe Brinks, CEO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News DHL Freight,  bio-LNG,  LNG,  

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

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

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

San Joaquin Renewables Plans Flagship RNG Project (Ind. Report)
Frontline BioEnergy
Date: 2021-10-29
San Joaquin Renewables (SJR) is reporting Dallas-based private equity fund Cresta Fund Management and NYC-headquartered Silverpeak Energy Partners have agreed to invest up to $165,000,000 to develop and construct a biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) project near McFarland, California. Frontline BioEnergy, a leading provider of waste and biomass gasification solutions, is developing the project, which will convert orchard residuals and shells from San Joaquin Valley farms into RNG that will be sold as transportation fuel.

The project will also sequester carbon dioxide in an EPA Class VI sequestration well located on the project site. When completed, SJR's RNG facility will replace the current practice of open burning of agricultural waste with an enclosed system that will produce a non-fossil form of natural gas, capture and store carbon dioxide, and serve as a substitute to diesel and thereby reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Chris Rozzell, Cresta's managing partner. "The project has the exciting potential to both mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and improve overall air quality in the San Joaquin Valley. Agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, which are notoriously difficult to mitigate, comprised 10 pct of overall U.S. emissions in 2019." (Source: San Joaquin Renewables, PR, 27 Oct., 2021) Contact: San Joaquin Renewables,; Frontline Bioenergy,; Cresta Funds

More Low-Carbon Energy News Frontline BioEnergy,  Biomass,  RNG,  

Netherlands' First Bio-LNG Plant Commissioned (Int'l. Report)
Nordsol, Shell, Renwi
Date: 2021-10-18
In the Netherlands, Nordsol, Shell and UK-based waste management firm Renewi are reporting the opening of the country's first bio-LNG plant on Renewi's site in Amsterdam Westpoort is now in service.

The facility will produce roughly 3.4 kilotons of bio-LNG annually -- sufficient fuel for 13 million kilometres of driving and avoiding approximately 14.3 kilotons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. (Source: Nordsol, Shell and Renewi, PR, Websites, Bioenergy News, 15 Oct., 2021) Contact: Nordsol, +31 30 202 9670,; Renewi,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Nordsol,  Shell,  Renwi,  Bio-LNG,  LNG,  Biogas,  

Shell, Island Green Power Ink UK Solar+Storage Agreement (Int'l,)
Shell, Island Green Power
Date: 2021-10-08
In the UK, Shell and London-headquartered global solar energy developer Island Green Power are reporting a framework agreement to develop over 700 MW of utility-scale solar PV projects with co-located battery storage potential in the UK.

. Shell is aiming to be a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050, partially through increasing renewable power generation. In February, Shell announced it would spend between $2 billion and $3 billion per year on renewables and energy solutions y to help reach net zero status by 2050. (Source: Shell, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Island Green Power, +44 0 20 3475 0777,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell news,  Island Green Power news,  

Shell Oregon Dairy RNG Production Underway (Ind. Report)
Shell Oil Products US
Date: 2021-10-04
Shell Oil Products US reports its first US biomethane facility -- Shell New Energies Junction City in Oregon -- has begun operations. The facility will process locally sourced cow manure and agricultural waste into roughly 736,000 MMBtu per year of RNG.

Shell is developing additional RNG production facilities to be located directly within operating dairies including: Shell Downstream Galloway at the High Plains Ponderosa Dairy in Kansas; Shell Downstream Bovarius at the Bettencourt Dairies in Idaho; and distribution complexes in Carson, Van Nuys, Signal Hill, and San Jose, California, and a terminal in Portland, owned by Shell Midstream Partners. (Source: Shell Oil Products, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Shell Oil Products US,

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Shell Advancing Dutch CCS Equipped Biofuel Project (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-09-22
In the Netherlands, Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) is reporting a final investment decision to construct an 820, 000 tpy biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, formerly known as the Pernis refinery.

When fully operational the facility will be among the largest in Europe to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel (RD).

The facility is expected to incorporate carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in the manufacturing process and store CO2 in a depleted North Sea gas field through the Porthos project. A final investment decision for Porthos is expected next year. The facility could produce enough renewable diesel to avoid the equivalent CO2 emission of removing 1 million cars from European roads for one year.

As previously reported, the Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over 15 years.

Shell is aiming for net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, PR, Hydrocarbon Eng., 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Porthos,  Royal Dutch Shell,  SAF,  Renewable Diesel,  CCS,  

Mitsubishi, Shell Canada Ink Blue Hydrogen MOU (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi, Shell Canada
Date: 2021-09-10
Mitsubishi Corp. and Shell Canada Products -- Shell Canada Limited -- are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding for the production of low-carbon hydrogen (blue hydrogen) through the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) near Edmonton, Canada, the country's first "hydrogen hub."

Under the MoU, Mitsubishi aims to build and start-up the low-carbon hydrogen facility near the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Scottford in the latter half of this decade. Shell would provide CO2 storage via the proposed Polaris CCS project. The blue hydrogen would be produced via steam methane reforming technology and exported mainly to the Japanese market.

"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 21. 2021. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Chem Eng. 8 Sept., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power,; Shell Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Shell Canada,  Blue Hydrogen,  

Blue Biofuels Adds Cellulose-to-Sugar Espertize (Ind. Report)
Blue Biofuels
Date: 2021-09-03
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida-based Blue Biofuels, Inc. is reporting Dr. Travis Baughman, Ph.D., has joined to company to lead the development of biodegradable bioplastics and nanocellulose from the company's patented Cellulose-to-Sugar (CTS) technology system.

CTS technology is a near zero carbon footprint system that can convert virtually any plant material -- grasses, wood, paper, farm waste, yard waste, forestry products, fruit casings, nut shells, and the cellulosic portion of municipal solid waste -- into sugars and lignin which are processed into biofuels. Lignin may be further converted into bioplastics. The CTS process is an independently-developed patented and proprietary technology that is fully owned by the Company. The company believes that bio-fuel originating from the Company's CTS process will be eligible to receive EPA D3 cellulosic Renewable Fuel Credits (RINs) of roughly $3 per gallon of ethanol in addition to the market price of ethanol. This incentive is offered to all domestic cellulosic transportation fuel producers. (Source: Blue Biofuels Inc., PR, 1 Sept., 2021) Contact: Blue Biofuels Inc., Ben Slager, CEO,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Biofuels news,  Ethanol news,  Bioplastic news,  Cellulosic news,  

Equis' 50MW Japanese Biomass Power Plant Finds Funding (Int'l.)
Equis Development
Date: 2021-08-30
Singapore-headquartered Asian renewable energy and waste infrastructure developer Equis Development Pte. (Equis) reports it has secured $282 million in funding for construction of the 50 MW Niigata East Port Biomass Power Plant in Niigata, Japan, the company's third biomass plant in Japan.

When fully operational in October, 2024, the plant will generate sufficient electric power for roughly 117,000 households from sustainable wood pellets or palm kernel shells and save approximately 190 tpy of carbon emissions. Construction is expected to break ground in May 2022. (Source: Equis Development Pte., 26 Aug., 2021) Contact: Equis Development Pte, +65 6220 0040,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equis Development ,  Biomass Power,  

Ameren Offers Free Nest Thermostat to Cool Summer Power Usage (Ind. Report)
Ameren Missouri
Date: 2021-08-23
In the Show Me State, Ameren Missouri is offering families across central Missouri free Nest Thermostats, provided they connect to a system aimed at helping reduce demands on the energy grid peak times. The Nest Thermostat works with Google Home and Amazon Alexa for voice control, and increases home energy efficient and saves customers an average of 15 pct on cooling costs, according to an independent study conducted by ENERGY STAR.

The Ameren offer is available until Oct. 11, 2021 or while supplies last, and customers only need pay the required sales tax for the device cost. Ameren explains the offer is possible due to instant discounts and required enrollment in the Peak Time Savings program. The Nest . (Source: Ameren Missouri, PR, Contact: Ameren Missouri, Shelly Harmon, Residential Energy Efficiency Programs Manager,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ameren Missouri news,  Nest Thermostart news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

VGRID Energy Systems Touts Bio-Energy Server 100 (Ind. Report)
VGRID Energy Systems
Date: 2021-08-18
Camarillo, California-based VGRID Energy Systems is reporting the release of its Bio-Energy Server 100 .

Portable Bioservers can convert agricultural waste, like pistachio shells, trees, almond shells, grapevine prunings, manure and other biomass into 100kW of sustainable renewable electricity and an ultra-pure, porous carbon that has been certified as a cattle feed ingredient. The Bioserver is also modular, with 1MW available in a 10-server farm with a small footprint.

VGRID will offer Bioserver power as a service with VGRID owning, managing, and maintaining the systems with no upfront costs for the customer, according to the company. (Source: VGRID Energy Systems., Research Interviewer, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: VGRID Energy Systems, Greg Campbell, CEO, 805) 482-9040,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass news,  

Renova Increases Stake in Kanda Biomass (Int'l. Report)
Renova,Kanda Biomass
Date: 2021-07-28
Further to our 15 February coverage, Japanese renewable power developer Renova reports it will increase its holdings in the Kanda biomass power plant in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, with the purchase a 10 pc stake from Japanese water and energy firm Veolia for an undisclosed sum. The transaction will bring Renova's stake to 53.07 pct when completed on 28 July as scheduled.

As previously reported, the Kanda biomass power plant is designed to burn around 360,000 tpy of biomass fuels, including wood pellets from North America, palm kernel shell, wood chips, forestry waste and other woody biomass material.

Veolia Japan will continue to operate and maintain the project through its Veolia Jenets subsidiary. Wood product producer Sumitomo Forestry holds a 41.5pc stake, renewable power supplier Kyushu Mirai Energy has 5pc and local construction firm Mihara Grope owns 0.43pc.

Kanda Biomass Energy KK is a "special purpose vehicle" held by Veolia Japan KK, part of French group Veolia Environnement SA. (Source: Renova, PR, 26 July, 2021); Veolia,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renova,  Kanda Biomass,  Veorlia Energy,  Veolia,  

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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Canada,  CCS,  Government of British Columbia,  

Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
Date: 2021-07-21
Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

"Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  

Hydrogen Notable Quote from Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2021-07-21
"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

More Low-Carbon Energy News Royal Dutch Shell news,  Hydrogen news,  

Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
Date: 2021-07-19
Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President,; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70,

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  

Hydrogen Notable Quote
Shel Canada
Date: 2021-07-14
"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Canada news,  Hydrogen news,  

Shell Canada Plans 2nd Alberta CCS Facility (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada
Date: 2021-07-14
In Calgary, Shell Canada yesterday announced its planned 1 million tpy Polaris carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to located at its Scotford refinery and chemical complex, northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The expected cost of the project has not been revealed.

The Polaris project would be the company's second CCS project in Alberta after the 2015 Quest project, (Source: Shell Canada, PR, CBC, 13 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Canada,

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LA Terminal Operator Transitions to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report
Fenix Marine Services,California Air Resources Board
Date: 2021-06-16
In the Golden State, San Pedro-based Fenix Marine Services, the Port of Los Angeles container terminal operator, reports it has transitioned its entire fleet of more than 300 pieces of container-handling equipment, as well as some support vehicles, from fossil-based diesel fuel to RD80 renewable diesel fuel blend. Fenix has secured a long-term commitment to supply its total fuel demand with renewable diesel.

The Port of Los Angeles has also launched a 12-month, $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project with public and private sector partners demonstrating zero-emission Class 8 trucks in a heavy-duty setting. The S2S project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near-zero and zero-emissions solutions for moving cargo.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting S2S with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners, who include Toyota and Shell, are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. Air Liquide is the main hydrogen fuel supplier. (Source: Port of Los Angeles, Fenix Marine Services, Splash247, 15 June,, 2021) Contact: Fenix Marine Services, Sean Pierce, President and CEO , 310-548-8700,; Port of Los Angeles, www.portof

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Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
Future Biogas,Northern Lights
Date: 2021-06-16
In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920,

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Enerkem's Rotterdam Plant Refocused on SAF (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada,Enerkem
Date: 2021-06-09
Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem, Shell and the Port of Rotterdam are reporting plans to repurpose the Rotterdam waste-to-chemicals project to produce waste-to-sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The facility would use Enerkem's waste gasification technology and Shell's Fischer-Tropsch technology to process up to 360,000t tpy of "recycling rejects" and produce up to 80,000 tpy of renewable products, of which around 75 pct could be SAF and the remainder for road transportation fuels or other uses.

Subject to regulatory approvals and a final investment decision, construction could begin soon for production starting in 2025 or 2026. (Source: Enerchem, PR, Argus, 8 June, 2021)Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800,,

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Vertex Acquiring Alabama Refinery for Renewable Diesel Prod. (M&A)
Vertex Energy,Equilon Enterprises
Date: 2021-06-09
Houston-headquartered specialty refiner of alternative feedstocks Vertex Energy Inc. reports it is acquiring the Mobil, Alabama-based Mobile Chemical LP Refinery from Houston-based Equilon Enterprises LLC -- dba Shell Oil Products, Shell Oil Company and Shell Chemical, subsidiaries of Royal Dutch Shell -- for $75 million and will produce renewable diesel at the facility. The deal is slated to close in Q4, this year.

Following a planned $85 million conversion of the Mobile refinery hydrocracking unit by the end of 2022, the refinery is expected to produce roughly 10,000 bpd of renewable diesel fuel and by-products increasing to 14,000 bpd by 2023, according to the company. (Source: Vertex Energy, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Vertex Energy Inc., 281.486.4182,; Equilon Enterprises, 713-241-6161

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UCLA Touting sCS2 Seawater Carbon Removal Tech.(R&D Report)
Date: 2021-06-07
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are developing a single-step carbon sequestration and storage (sCS2) technology that captures carbon from the atmosphere in a process that mimics the formation of seashells on the ocean floor. In lab experiments, the team tested a prototype that pulls in seawater and creates limestone and magnesite, the same materials created by mollusks to form seashells.

Because the ocean and atmosphere are in a state of equilibrium, the ocean essentially acts as a sponge for the atmosphere's CO2. However, as it is already saturated it can't take any more. If CO2 is removed in large amounts from the ocean though, it will then suck more out of the atmosphere. This is the main idea behind the UCLA scientists' new technology, which is aimed at speeding up the process of turning CO2 into minerals in ocean water. The machine can either gather the seashell-like material for use on land, or it can release it back into the ocean. The seawater used in the machine flows back out to the ocean, where it will then absorb more CO2.

A benefit of this method is that CO2 levels are 150 times more concentrated in seawater than they are in the air, meaning any method extracting CO2 from the ocean is more efficient. The sCS2 method also develops hydrogen as a commercial byproduct. The research notes that removing CO2 from the atmosphere is "first and foremost" an economic challenge, given the scale of the task, and that it would take approximately 1,800 of their sCS2 plants to remove 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 at a cost of trillions of dollars. Capturing 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 would require 1,800 of the devices.

The research team's next step is to run real-world experiments to improve their technology by collect data they couldn't acquire in the laboratory. The e process has some advantages compared to other carbon-removal technology, including the fact that seawater already naturally takes up CO2 at a high concentration, 150 times the level in air. (Source: UCLA, PR, June, FastCo, 3 June, 2021) Contact: UCLA, Civil Engineering Prof. Gaurav Sant,

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Shell Aviation, AmEx Partner to Increase SAF Supply (Ind. Report)
Shell Aviation
Date: 2021-05-28
Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary Shell Aviation and American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) are reporting they will collaborate on encourage increased production sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), making the fuel more readily available and accelerating the aviation industry's pathway towards net-zero emissions.

With their combined buying power, the two firms will help drive transformation of the aviation and corporate travel sector, support a net-zero emissions future and deliver a new solution to customers in support of their own energy transition and carbon reduction ambitions.

Both firms have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. (Source: Shell Aviation, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Shell Aviation ,

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Shell Ordered to Slash Emissions 45 pct by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2021-05-28
At the Hague, in what must certainly be a landmark ruling, a Dutch court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell to cut its emissions 45 pct by 2030 compared to 2019 levels. In its ruling, the Court found the oil giant's current climate strategy was "not concrete enough and full of caveats," and that the oil major has a legal obligation to reduce its emissions in line with international climate goals -- the Paris Climate accord and reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Seven environmental groups argued that Shell is violating its international climate obligations and threatening the lives of these citizens by continuing to invest billions every year in expanding its oil and gas production. Shell's net-zero strategy allows for oil and methane gas production to expand until 2025.

Shell as quick to respond that it "fully expects to appeal today's disappointing court decision" and that "urgent action is needed on climate change which is why we have accelerated our efforts to become a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050, in step with society, with short-term targets to track our progress." (Source: Royal Dutch Shell, Various Media Reports, 26 May, 2021)

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Back the Scottish Cluster -- CCS Campaign Launched (Int'l.)
Storrega Geotechnologies
Date: 2021-05-19
The Scottish Cluster, led by a cross-sector group of Scottish industrial CO2 emitters and the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project Partners, has today been established as a unification and collaboration of Scottish industries, communities and businesses, calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver the actions needed so that carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and other low carbon technologies can enable the decarbonisation of Scottish and UK industry and facilitate a low carbon economy.

The Cluster makes the case for CCS, hydrogen and low carbon technologies in Scotland's decarbonisation pathway. Industry emissions must be reduced to achieve Scotland and the UK's net zero targets. Reducing industry emissions will require widespread use of CCS technology and hydrogen, both of which are essential for decarbonising sectors such as transport, heat, and power and for supporting the deployment of carbon removal technologies like Direct Air Capture (DAC).

The Scottish Cluster has a clear decarbonisation roadmap, ready access to key infrastructure and a series of CO2 reduction projects aligned to the countries' net zero goals. With the potential to address up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 that currently comes from the top emitting sectors in Scotland, the Scottish Cluster also establishes a very large CO2 transportation and storage solution. This includes shipping CO2 through Scottish Ports crucial to reducing industrial emissions from areas around the UK, and even Europe, that need access to CO2 transport and storage facilities.

Scotland has unique potential in CO2 storage. The Acorn Project, led by Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy, is one of the most mature UK CCS and hydrogen projects and is positioned to be the most cost-effective and scalable CCS project in the UK. By the mid-2020s, Acorn's CCS and hydrogen systems will provide critical backbone infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster.

As previously reported, the UK Government has committed will provide £1 billion to support the development of four CO2 capture and storage clusters across the UK by the end of the decade as part of its Ten Point Plan to reach net zero climate targets by 2050.

Download Back the Scottish Cluster details HERE. (Source: Storrega Geotechnologies, Website PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980,,

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DOE Co-Optima Biofuel, Combustion Engines Initiative Winners Picked (Ind. Report)
Date: 2021-05-14
In Washington, The U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of four projects totaling $1 million to conduct cutting-edge applied R&D concerning the interaction between promising biofuels and combustion engines. The projects will leverage a range of National Laboratory capabilities as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, and aim to help bring these fuel-engine combinations closer to commercial adoption. The Co-Optima initiative provides American industry with the scientific knowledge needed to maximize vehicle performance and efficiency, leverage domestic fuel resources, and reduce life cycle emissions. DOE awarded funding to the following projects:
  • Aramco Services Company (Houston, Texas), Marathon Petroleum Company (Findlay, Ohio), and Caterpillar (Peoria, Illinois) will work with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to identify bio-blendstock characteristics that will provide the best 87 anti-knock index gasoline for heavy-duty gasoline compression ignition engines.

  • The Coordinating Research Council (Alpharetta, Georgia) will work with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to develop an isotope ratio mass spectrometry method as a cost-effective means to identify renewable content in co-processed biomass- and fossil-derived fuels.

  • Cummins (Columbus, Indiana) will work with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop a deeper fundamental understanding of how physical and chemical fuel properties affect mixing-controlled compression ignition combustion in medium-duty engines through computational fluid dynamics simulations.

  • Shell (Houston, Texas) will work with ORNL and ANL to quantify how fuel volatility can be used to increase anti-knock performance, in order to increase engine efficiency and the use of biomass-derived fuels.

    Each awardee will receive up to $250,000 in National Laboratory assistance for experimental or computational projects that leverage innovative capabilities in the areas of bioblendstock fuel property, production, and combustion performance research. The projects will also focus on the impacts of adoption of co-optimized fuel-engine combinations. Each of the awardees has committed to a 20 pct cost share contribution.

    Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's (EERE) Vehicle Technologies and Bioenergy Technologies Offices, Co-Optima partners include ANL, LANL, PNNL, ORNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as more than 20 university and industry partners.

    EERE is focused on decarbonizing the transportation sector, the single largest source of domestic greenhouse gas emissions.

    Download Co-Optima Initiative details HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 10 May, 2021)

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  • Shell CEO Comments on Hydrocarbon-Clean Energy Mix (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-05-12
    "if you want to get rid of hydrocarbons in the (energy) mix, you have to do something about the use of it, not the production of it. If we do not make that type of process by the middle of next decade, we have a problem not just as a company but as a society.

    "What I also see is that the government is flirting with popular ideas that are clear, simple, and wrong, which is, 'Let's ban the production of oil and gas in our country.' Popular demand may well push you in the direction, but it is not smart policy. We (Shell) will focus on the demand side, and then the supply side is a resultant of that." -- Ben van Beurden, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell Plc, May, 2021)

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    VW, Bosch, Shell Touting Blue Gasoline (Int'l, Alt. Fuels Report)
    VW, Bosch, Shell
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Stuttgart-based German technology provider Bosch, automaker Volkswagen and energy and petrochemical multinational Shell are touting the development of Blue Gasoline, which will be available at Bosch service stations this year.

    According to Bosch, this new fuel contains the equivalent of 33 pct renewable energy which reduces its CO2 emissions by 20 pct per kilometer traveled compared to gasoline. "On the path to environmentally friendly mobility we must ensure that we leave no technical opportunity untapped, starting with electromobility and ending with renewable fuels", claimed the president of Bosch's Propulsion Systems Solutions division, Uwe Gackstatter.

    VW's director of Development of Internal Combustion Engines, Sebastian Willmann, stresses that Blue Gasoline is another "critical component in reducing vehicle emissions, as it is particularly suitable for use in plug-in hybrid models."

    Technically, blue gas is gasoline or diesel that is a hydrocarbon fuel manufactured from hydrogen and carbon feedstocks instead of being refined from petroleum. Hydrogen comes in several colors. Black hydrogen comes from coal gasification and has 20X the mass of CO2 as of produced hydrogen. (Source: Bosch, Shell, Volkswagen, Europe Press, Explica, 9 May, 2021)

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)
    Shell, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

    Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis (Marine Conservation Society Report Attached)
    Marine Conservation Society
    Date: 2021-05-05
    In the UK, the Marine Conservation Society, in partnership with Rewilding Britain, has released Blue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis, a report on the ocean's vital role in fighting the climate crisis and blue carbon solutions as an effective strategy for hitting net zero by 2050. In recognition of the vital role oceans must play in climate change mitigation and adaptation, ocean-based solutions must be adopted with pace and at scale by 2030.

    Globally, the "rewilding" of key blue carbon securing marine and coastal ecosystems -- seagrass beds, saltmarshes and mangroves -- could deliver CO2 mitigation amounting to 1.83 billion tonnes. That is 5 pct of the emissions savings we need to make globally. This figure doesn't include the enormous quantities of carbon stored in fish and other marine life; in marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, seaweeds and shellfish beds; or the vast stores of carbon in our seabed sediments.

    The report motes that 500,000 km2 of the UK's shelf seas hold an estimated 205 million tonnes of carbon -- 50 million tonnes more than the entire quantity held within the UK's forests. Harmful fishing practices such as bottom trawling, and other activities such as dredging, disturb seabed sediments and have the potential to result in the loss of 13 million tonnes of carbon from vital blue carbon stores, including shellfish beds and kelp forests, over the next decade.

    Nature-based solutions could provide a third of climate change mitigations required to address the climate crisis, but currently they attract less than 3 pct of funds invested globally in addressing climate change, he report notes. Internationally, the UK is leading the way by committing to significantly increase its spending on nature-based solutions, including those offered by the ocean. This must be matched with equally ambitious actions at home. Investment in protecting our marine ecosystems is vital, for both biodiversity and blue carbon storage.

    The report makes the case for the development of a four nation Blue Carbon Strategy, focusing on three key action areas. First, scaling up marine rewilding for biodiversity and blue carbon benefits. Second, Integrating blue carbon protection and recovery into climate mitigation and environmental management policies. Third, working with the private sector to develop and support sustainable and innovative low-carbon commercial fisheries and aquaculture.

    With COP26 occurring in six months time, it has never been more pertinent for UK governments to take action. Ocean-based solutions must be part of the many urgent and varied solutions required to address the climate crisis.

    Download theBlue Carbon -- Ocean-based Solutions to Fight the Climate Crisis report HERE. (Source: Marine Conservation Society, PR Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Marine Conservation Society, Dr Chris Tuckett, Prog. Dir.,, +44 0 1989 566017,

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    RWE, Shell Partner on Offshore Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    RWE, Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-04-28
    RWE AG oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc, German natural gas grid operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH and Netherlands-based gas network company Gasunie are reporting a letter of intent intent to collaborate on the development of AquaDuctus, the first German offshore hydrogen pipeline.

    The project is is part of the AquaVentus venture, which envisages the installation of 10 GW of electrolysis capacity in the North Sea by 2035, the German energy group said today. The AquaVentus electrolysers will generate green hydrogen from offshore wind, with the island of Helgoland serving as the main hub. The green hydrogen will be transported to the continent via the AquaDuctus pipeline, which will be able to carry up to one million tonnes of hydrogen a year from 2035. The first step in the initiative will be the completion of a detailed feasibility study, according to the announcement. (Source: RWE, PR, Renewables, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: RWE,;; Gascade Gastransport GmbH,; Gasunie,

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    NYC v.s. Big Oil Alleging Climate Change Greenwashing (Reg & Leg)
    NYC, ExxonMobil, American Petroleum Institute ,BP
    Date: 2021-04-28
    The City of New York is taking legal action against oil giants Exxon, Shell, BP and the(API) alleging they violated the city's Consumer Protection Law by engaging in "false advertising and other deceptive trade practices and have systematically and intentionally misled consumers in New York City about the central role their products play in causing the climate crisis."

    New York City's Consumer Protection Law prohibits "any deceptive or unconscionable trade practice in the sale -- or in the offering for sale -- of any consumer goods or services." Deceptive practices are defined as, "any false, falsely disparaging, or misleading oral or written statement, visual description or other representation of any kind made in the connection with the sale -- or in connection with the offering for sale -- of consumer goods or services which has the capacity, tendency or effect of deceiving or misleading consumers."

    The NYC suit alleges fossil fuel companies are misrepresenting the environmental benefits of the various fossil fuel products they sell and promote as "environmentally beneficial" while "omitting any mention of the products' role in aggravating climate change." NYC also alleged the fossil fuel companies "have worked tirelessly to "greenwash" their corporate brands and reputations to portray themselves as leaders in the fight against climate change, even though their products are the primary driver in causing it. (Source: City of New York, Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance, PR, 23 Apr., 2021)

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    Prologis Launching LEED v4 Volume Program (Ind. Report)
    Date: 2021-04-26
    San Francisco-headquartered warehouse development powerhouse Prologis Inc. reports launching the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program for the U.S. logistics real estate sector.

    The new version features more rigorous standards than the previous LEED Volume Program, which was established in 2014. Under the LEED v4 for Core and Shell Volume Program, Prologis "will implement measurable strategies for achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality for its projects in the U.S., Latin America, Canada and Italy."

    According to a company release, "The Volume Program streamlines the certification process at a substantially lower cost than would be possible with individual building assessments. Since our initial participation in the 2014 program, we have saved $24 million when compared to the costs for non-Volume certification."

    In 2020, Prologis set a goal that 100 pct of new developments and redevelopments will achieve sustainable building certification each year. As of the end of 2019, Prologis had 143 million square feet of sustainably certified space across 397 projects in 18 countries. (Source: Prologis, PR, Website, Apr., 2021) Contact: Prologis, 415 394 9000,

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    Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
    UK Research and Innovation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

    The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

    The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation,; South Wales Industrial Cluster,

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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,,

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    Green Power, Silicon Ranch Commission Solar Portfolio (Ind. Report)
    Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Tucker, Georgia-based Green Power EMC, the not-for-profit renewable energy provider for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch, one of the nation's largest independent solar power producers and the U.S. solar platform for Shell, reports completion of a 200-MW /AC solar portfolio of three utility-scale projects in southern Georgia. The total capacity is distributed across two counties in the southwestern and southeastern parts of the state and provides sufficient energy for more than 35,000 EMC households while offsetting more than 350,000 metric tpy of GHGs.

    The three solar projects were developed, funded, and constructed by Silicon Ranch, which also owns, operates, and maintains the solar arrays. Green Power EMC is purchasing all the energy and environmental attributes generated by the facilities on behalf of its Member EMCs for the next thirty years. (Source: Silicon Ranch, Website PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Silicon Ranch, Matt Beasley, CCO, Rob Hamilton, (629) 202-4009,,; Green Power EMC, Blair Romero, (770) 270-7290,,

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