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LanzaTech, NextChem Promote Circular Ethanol Prod. (Ind. Report)
LanzaTech, NextChem
Date: 2020-07-24
Rome-headquartered Italian renewable energy technology specialist NextChem and US carbon recycling company LanzaTech have signed an agreement under which NextChem will license LanzaTech "waste-to-ethanol" process line.

With LanzaTech's biological "syngas fermentation" technology, ethanol is produced by bacteria, transforming the Circular Gas at low temperature and low pressure, improving the overall sustainability profile of the process. NextChem will exclusively license this technology in Italy and, on a project basis, in some foreign markets, according to the release.

Circular ethanol derived from this process can be blended with gasoline displacing fossil inputs with recycled carbon, lowering the fuel's carbon footprint. When produced from biological wastes and residues, 40 pct of the circular ethanol can be considered as "advanced" under the EU Renewable Energy Directive. (Source: LanzaTech, NextChem, Hydrocarbon Eng., July, 2020) Contact: NextChem, Pierroberto Folgiero, CEO, +39 06 9356771, info@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.it; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News LanzaTech,  NextChem,  Ethanol ,  


Clariant Catalysts Power Ineratec's Green Fuel Tech (Int'l.)
Ineratec,Clariant
Date: 2020-07-10
Munich-headquartered Clariant reports it is partnering with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) spin-out Ineratec to develop and commercialize novel technologies for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

Clariant will provide catalysis expertise to support Ineratec's gas-to-liquids process that combines hydrogen generated from renewable power, with CO2 to form CO2-neutral synthetic hydrocarbons and fuels. The technology relies on Clariant's catalysts to convert CO2 to valuable chemicals, fuels, and additives -- Clariant's HyProGen® R-70 produces renewable syngas via reverse water-gas-shift -- an essential step in the conversion of 'green hydrogen' and CO2 to 'green fuels' and Clariant's signature methanol catalyst, MegaMax® to generate renewable methanol which can be used as fuel additive, solvent, or as raw material for 'green chemical'. For the production of renewable synthetic natural gas (SNG), the catalyst METH® 134 supports the efficient hydrogenation of CO2 to methane, according to CLariant. (Source: Clariant News, Website, 8 July, 2020) Contact: Clariant, Stefanie Nehlsen, Global Trade Media Relations, +41 61 469 63 63, www.clariant.com; Ineratec, +49 721 864 84460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Clariant,  Syngas,  Sustainable Fuel,  


DTU Increases Biomass Biofuel Production (New Prod. & Tech)
DTU
Date: 2020-07-10
In a recent Technical University of Denmark (DTU) synfuel research project, researchers succeeded in combining two known technologies -- thermal gasification of biomass and electrolysis that is utilized for the production of biofuel -- can produce more biofuel from the same amount of biomass, according to a DTU release.

An electrolysis cell (solid oxide electrolysis cell, SOEC) developed jointly by DTU and Haldor Topsoe is used for electrolysis. In an SOEC, electricity from e.g. wind turbines is used to split water into its two constituents -- oxygen and hydrogen. The oxygen can be utilized in a thermal gasification process, where a biomass such as straw is broken down at high temperature. This creates synthesis gas -- a mixture of mainly hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon monoxide. The gas mixture can be used in the production of methanol when the hydrogen produced by the electrolysis is added. Methanol can be used directly as fuel or catalytically upgraded to more familiar fuels used in ships and aircraft.

"In Synfuel, we have improved the two in technologies in several areas, and we've demonstrated that we can achieve higher utilization rates by combining the two technologies than when they run separately. We derive far more biofuel from the biomass resources and at the same time we can use surplus power from e.g. wind turbines to make fuel for heavy transport," says Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, Synfuel project manager and Head of Section at DTU Energy.

The Synfuel project was supported by Innovation Fund Denmark. Haldor Topsoe, Orsted, Energinet.dk, MIT, Aalborg University, Chalmers University of Technology, INSA Lyon, TU Berlin, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and others participated in the project. (Source: DTU, 10 July, 2020) Contact: DTU Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 77 57 25, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News DTU,  Biomass,  Biofuel,  Syngas,  


SunGas Renewables, Hatch Biogas Alliance Announced (Ind. Report)
SunGas Renewables
Date: 2020-06-29
Des Plaines, Illinois-based biomass gasification systems specialist SunGas Renewables Inc. is reporting a strategic alliance with the global advisory, development consulting, multidisciplinary engineering and project delivery firm, Hatch. The partnership will leverage the companies' technical expertise, engineering capabilities, and market knowledge to accelerate the deployment of SunGas' biomass gasification system.

SunGas' gasification systems are based on pressurised fluidised bed technology, originally developed by the Gas Technology Institute (GTI). The technology platform generates syngas from woody biomass in the large scale production of renewable, low-carbon Biofuels fuels and chemicals, according to the company's website. (Source: SunGas Renewables, Hatch Websites, 25 June, 2020) Contact: Hatch, www.hatch.com; SunGas Renewables, Daniel S. LeFevers, VP Business Development, www.sungasrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SunGas Renewables news,  Biogas news,  Biomass news,  Biomass Gasification news,  


Norsk e-Fuel Plans Norwegian Renewable Fuel Plant (Int'l. Report)
Norsk e-Fuel
Date: 2020-06-10
The Norwegian consortium Norsk e-Fuel reports it is planning Europe's first commercial plant in Heroya, Norway for hydrogen-based renewable aviation fuel. The plant will produce 10 million lpy when commissioned in 2023 before expanding production to 100 million lpy of renewable fuel before 2026, according to a Reuters report.

Using electrolysis, renewable energy, water and CO2 captured from air are converted into syngas. Renewable fuels, such as jet fuel, are then produced through further processing and refining. The end products can then be used directly in existing infrastructures, the consortium said. The upscaled, industrial sized plant will serve as blueprint for a nationwide roll-out of the project, it added.

The consortium members include: Sunfire GmbH; carbon dioxide capture technology firm Climeworks AG; engineering company Paul Wurth SA and green investment company Valinor. (Source: Norsk e-Fuel, Reuters, 9 June, 2020) Contact: Norsk e-Fuel, info@norsk-e-fuel.com, www.norsk-e-fuel.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Norsk e-Fuel news,  Aviation Fuel news,  Renewable Fuel news,  


Woody Biomass Power Plant Planned for Offaly, UK (Int'l. Report)
Newleaf Energy
Date: 2020-05-29
Monkseaton, Whitney Bay, UK-based Newleaf Energy Ltd., reports it plans to construct a massive Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Generating Biomass Gasification Plant with integrated Carbon Capture and Utilisation (CCUS) technology on a 2.45-hectare site at Coolcor in Offaly.

The proposed development will include: biomass feedstock reception and storage bunkers; offices; gasification control building gasification plant to convert biomass into syngas to RNG; RNG filling area; two bundled thermal energy storage tanks; CHP gas engines; and other related facilities. (Source: Newleaf Energy Limited, Offaly Express, 27 May, 2020) Contact: Newleaf Energy Limited, +44 191 252 9960

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  


FortisBC, REN Energy Announce Wood Waste RNG Deal (Ind. Report)
FortisBC,REN Energy International
Date: 2020-05-04
In British Columbia, the utility company FortisBC will purchase wood waste-derived renewable natural gas (RNG) from Kelowna, B.C.-based REN Energy International through a new partnership. The production facility will be owned and operated by REN Energy and situated near Fruitvale, BC.

RNG is typically made by capturing methane released from decomposing organic waste. This project will utilise waste from forestry operations, sawmills and other wood manufacturers and create RNG through gasification, rather than decomposition. The syngas produced in the process will be converted to methane before being purified to meet natural gas line specifications, according to FortisBC.

The project is expected to produce over one million gigajoules (approximately 277,777 megawatt-hours) of RNG annually from forest waste-woody biomass when fully operational in mid 2021, according to the release. (Source: FortisBC, PR, Various Media, Bioenergy Insight, 1 May, 2020)Contact: FortisBC, Scott Gramm, RNG Supply Manager, Douglas Stout, VP, Market Dev., www.fortisinc.com, www.fortisbc.com/RNG; REN Energy International, www.rencorp.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News REN Energy,  FortisBC,  RNG,  Woody Biomass,  


NASA, USask Tout Newly Developed Green Fuel (New Prod & Tech)
NASA,University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-27
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reporting the developement and testing of a new technology which turns waste into "green" fuel for possible use on the International Space Station and in long term space missions.

Developed in a recent collaboration with researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (USask), the high-quality fuel gas mixture is made from crop and forestry residues, food waste, cattle manure, petroleum, and petrochemical waste.

Consisting of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, the syngas can be used as a cheaper alternative to fossil fuels, green diesel and other applications. (Source: NASA, Gasworld, 24 April, 2020) Contact: NASA, www.nasa.gov; University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda,Chemical and Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-Energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  NASA,  Green Fuel,  University of Saskatchewan,  Ajay Dalai,  


Univ. Sask. Advances Waste-to-Green Fuel Technology (Ind. Report)
University of Saskatchewan
Date: 2020-04-22
On the Canadian prairies, researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (USask) are reporting the production of a high-quality syngasa fuel gas mixture, using crop and forestry residues, food waste such as cooking oil, municipal solid waste, cattle manure, petroleum and petrochemical waste, and even scrap tires using a process called supercritical water gasification.

Unlike traditional methods that cause the emission of harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, the CO2 produced in the USask process helps plants produce oxygen, potentially making it a carbon neutral technology. While the researchers expect to see their improved water-based technology to be commercialized in three to five years, this method is not widespread yet due to high maintenance costs -- the salt in food waste corrodes the production tanks, according to the release.

The research is funded by the federal agency NSERC, Western Economic Diversification Canada, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs Program, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Saskatchewan government’s Agriculture Development Fund, Mitacs, and a few companies in the agriculture and energy sector. (Source: University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Star Phoenix ,20 April, 2020) Contact: University of Saskatchewan, Sonil Nanda, Biological Engineering Research Associate, Ajay Dalai, Canada Research Chair of Bio-energy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing, 306-966-4768, ajay.dalai@usask.ca, www.usask.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  Green Fuel,  


EQTEC Upgrading Spanish Waste-to-Energy Facility for Biofuel Production (Int'l. Report)
EQTEC,University of Extremadura
Date: 2020-02-26
Cork, Ireland-headquartered waste gasification-to-energy specialist EQTEC PLC is reporting receipt of a contract to upgrade the existing syngas research and development facility at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain.

The university has received funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support the testing of the production of biofuels from syngas using a Fischer-Tropsch process and unit.

Under the contract, EQTEC will be responsible for purchasing, installing, commissioning and start-up of the Fischer-Tropsch unit, for which it has secured financing from CAIXA Bank in Spain. Installation is slated for completion in Q3, this year.

The Fischer-Tropsch process is a catalytic chemical reaction in which compounds in syngas are converted into liquid transportation fuels. Following completion of this upgrade, EQTEC will be able to conduct tests using varied biomass and waste feedstocks, which will be processed into a clean syngas and then into sustainable biofuels, including biodiesel. (Source: EQTEC PLC, PR, Feb., 2020) Contact: EQTEC PLC, Dr. Yoel Aleman, CTO, +353) (0 )21 2409056, info@eqtecplc.com, www.eqtecplc.com; University of Extremadura, +34 924 28 93 00, www.unex.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fischer-Tropsch ,  Biofuels,  Syngas,  Biomass Gasification,  


Delta, NWABF Ink Aviation Biofuel Agreement (Ind. Report)
Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc.
Date: 2020-02-03
Scottsdale, Arizona-based Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC (NWABF), a wholly owned subsidiary of Frederick, Maryland-based US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc. (USABIO), is reporting an off-take agreement with Delta Airlines under which the air carrier will purchase sustainable aviation fuel, if produced, from NWABF. The NWABF process uses the gasification of woody biomass to produce syngas for the Fischer-Tropsch process.

NWABF's project would utilize forestry waste woody biomass to produce biofuel which would qualify under an approved carbon-reducing pathway recognized by ASTM. NWAF is currently carrying out a previously announced feasibility study to determine the potential for a production facility in Washington state. If constructed the Washington state plant would supply Delta's operations Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles by mid-2020.

NWABF is developing second-generation, commercial scale, cellulosic renewable bio jet fuel refineries with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. (Source: Delta, Green Car Congress, 1 Feb., 2020) Contact: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, 602-753-8386 www.nwabiofuels.com; US Advanced Bio-Fuels, Inc., (301) 644-1395, www.advancedbiofuelsusa.info

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Inc.,  Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels,  Aviation Biofuel,  


Biomass Residues to Fischer-Tropsch Products Validated (Ind Report)
Fischer-Tropsch
Date: 2019-09-27
The EU news agency CORDIS is reporting production of biofuel by gasification of biomass residues has been successfully validated in the EU's COMSYN project in September. The process performance was verified with bark in an 80 hour-long test run by the Helsinki-headquartered VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd (VTT) -- the project coordinator.

The syngas conversion to Fischer-Tropsch (FT) products was conducted by Karlsruhe, Germany-based IneraTec GmbH. The test studied and verified the performance of the gas cleaning train and the entire synthesis process with real wood-derived gasification gas. (Source: CORDIS, EU COMSYN Project, 26 Sept., 2019) Contact: EU COMDYN Project, www.comsynproject.eu; VTT Technical Research Centre, Nils-Olof Nylund, +358 400 703 715, nils.olof.nylund@vtt.fi, www.vttresearch.com; IneraTec GmbH, +49 721 86484460, www.ineratec.de

More Low-Carbon Energy News Syngas,  COMSYN,  VTT,  Fischer-Tropsch,  Syngas,  


Sierra Energy Closes on $33Mn for FastOx Technology (Funding)
Sierra Energy
Date: 2019-08-02
Davis, California-based Sierra Energy Corp.reports it has closed a $33 million series A investment round led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by Cox Investment Holdings Inc., BNP Paribas SA, and others. The funding will be used to develop and commercialize the company's FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning.

Sierra Energy's FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000 degrees F at which it breaks down into an energy-dense syngas allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal, according to the company. Sierra Energy's modular FastOx technology can be scaled to large size, does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable, according to the company. (Source: Sierra Energy Corp. , 31 July, 2019) Contact: Sierra Energy Corp., Mike Hart, CEO, (530) 759-9827www.sierraenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sierra Energy,  Syngas,  


Keeling Curve Prizes for CO2 Reduction Tech Awarded (Ind. Report)
New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund
Date: 2019-07-12
The Keeling Curve Prize is reporting two San Francisco Bay Area organizations -- Opus 12, based in Berkeley, and the Oakland-based New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund (NEX/CalCEF) -- have been awarded $25,000 apiece for developing promising global warming solutions.

The Keeling Curve Prize recognizes ideas in the areas of Carbon Capture & Utilization (CCU), Energy Access, Transportation, Finance, and Social & Cultural Impacts, that either effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon uptake, according to a June 28 Keeling Curve Prize press release.

The Opus 12 team was one of the Carbon Capture & Utilization winners, and the NEX/CalCEF team was one of the Finance winners. The Opus 12 award-winning device takes CO2 and water and produces high-value chemicals and fuels that are conventionally made with petroleum. The technology diminishes emissions and produces the "critical products that are the building blocks of modern civilization." The process can generate 16 different products, including ethylene, a precursor for most plastics, methane and syngas, according to the Opus 12 website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website.

The NEX/CalCEF team developed a "qualified clean energy opportunity zoning fund" which supports energy entrepreneurs, according to the Keeling Curve Prize website. (Source: Keeling Curve Prize, PR, Daily Californian, 11 July, 2019) Contact: New Energy Nexus/California Clean Energy Fund, hello@newenergynexus.com,www.newenergynexus.com; Keeling Curve Prize, Jacquelyn Francis, Dir., director@kcurveprize.org, www.kcurveprize.org; Opus 12, www.opus-12.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  CCS,  CO2,  Carbon Dioxide,  Climate Change,  


Velocys Proposed Natchez Biorefinery on Track (Ind. Report)
Velocys
Date: 2019-06-03
UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting its proposed biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi, has completed the environmental assessment required under the National Environmental Policy Act, as well as approximately 1,000 hours of integrated demonstrations processing dry Southern yellow pine wood chips to fuels in North Carolina at a rate of 4 metric tpd.

According to the company, the wood chip-to-fuel demonstration allowed it to demonstrate actual biofuel yields from representative feedstock and actual syngas composition. The proposed 20 MMgy Natchez facility is expected to begin operations in 2024. (Source: Velocys, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Velocys Plc, David Pummell, CEO, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


Barbados Pursuing Bioenergy to Meet Renewables Goals (Int'l)
Barbados
Date: 2019-05-22
According to the Barbados Advocate, the Bridgetown-based non-profit organization Design Council SIDS, the island nation can play a leading role in the adoption and use of bioenergy. That's according to Industrial Designer Mark Hill as he revealed that they are in the process of commissioning a 250-kilowatt Chicken Manure Biogas Plant in St. Lucy, and plans for a plastics-to-energy project, as well as a 1 MW biogas facility for food waste and a 1.5 MW ryngas project on the island.

"We can and will lead in bio-energy, in particular the production of biomethane/renewable natural gas, the production of wood pellets, syngas, and we will fully explore the economic potential in these resources in order to meet the goal of 100 pct renewable energy by 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals," Hill said in an address to the recent Bio-Digestion: Benefits to Barbados conference in Bridgetown. Presently only an estimated 4 pct to 6 pct of Barbados' energy needs are being met by renewable. (Source: Barbados Design Council SIDS, Barbados Advocate, 18 May, 2019) Contact: Design Council SIDS, Mark Hill, www.facebook.com/designcouncilsids

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  Biogas,  Renewable Energy,  


ThermoChem Recovery Names New Technologies Insurer (Ind. Report)
ThermoChem Recovery International
Date: 2019-01-30
Baltimore-based biorefinery-enabling gasification technology specialist ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. (TRI) reports it has named global insurance company AXA XL affiliate New Energy Risk as its preferred supplier of technology performance insurance for TRI customers and projects. Under a TRI, NER is prepared to provide various insurance solutions to biorefinery owners and projects which utilize TRI's equipment and technology.

TRI is a leading provider of steam reforming gasification systems suitable for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), woody biomass, agricultural residues and other waste feedstocks. Its systems have been selected for and deployed on various commercial North American projects including the Fulcrum Bioenergy Project Sierra Biorefinery in Nevada and Norampac black liquor gasification, a division of Cascades Paper. Additionally, TRI's multi-feedstock, fully-integrated biorefinery in Durham, North Carolina has run for over 13,000 hours, successfully producing syngas that is particularly well-suited to generating Fischer-Tropsch liquids and upgrading to ASTM-certified fuels. (Source: ThermoChem Recovery International, Inc. , 29 Jan., 2019) Contact: AXA XL, www.axaxl.com; New Energy Risk, www.newenergyrisk.com; http://tri-inc.net/steam-reforming-gasification; ThermoChem Recovery International, Dan Burciaga, Pres., CEO, www.tri-inc.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News ThermoChem Recovery International,  Biofuel,  Biorefinery,  


Global Biofuels Market $218.7Bn in 2022, says Report (Report Available)
Biofuel
Date: 2019-01-04
The recently released Biofuels Market by Type (Bioethanol and Biodiesel), and by Form – Solid (Biocoal, Biochar), Fuel Pellets Liquid (Biodiesel and Bioethanol), and Gaseous (Biogas, Biopropane, and Syngas) -- Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis, and Forecast, 2016 -- 2022 biofuels market report from Zion Market Research provides complete global biofuels market information and statistics identifying opportunities for various product developers and services providers, industries, associations, firms and upcoming and established biofuel industry players.

The report segments the market on the basis of region, the type services, technologies, products offered, and includes marketing and trade volumes.

Report details HERE[endlink target=_blank>. (Source: Zion Market Research, Technology News Extra, Jan., 2019) Contact: Zion Market Research, www.zionmarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zion Market Research,  Biofuel,  


Sino-Dutch Researchers Tout Cleaner Coal-to-Liquid Fuel (Int'l)
Eindhoven University of Technology
Date: 2018-11-28
In Beijing, the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy and Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands are touting a breakthrough which they claim cuts and captures the CO2 emissions and improves the financial viability of coal to liquid (CTL) fuels.

The key is a new type of catalyst to be used in the Fischer-Tropsch reactor, the part of the process in which carbon monoxide and hydrogen are converted into liquid hydrocarbons. In the CTL process coal is first converted to syngas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen -- and then to a liquid. Some of the CO is taken out of the syngas by converting it to CO2, in a process called water-gas shift. The researchers discovered that the CO2 release is triggered because the iron-based catalysts in the reactor are not pure. Accordingly, the researchers developed an alternative catalyst using a type of iron carbide -- epsilon iron carbide -- which they say generates almost no CO2 at all. Any that is been produced can be easily removed at the water-gas shift stage.

The researchers expect the new catalyst will play a role in the future energy and basic chemicals industry. The feedstock will not be coal or gas, but waste and biomass. Syngas will continue to be the central element, as it is also the intermediate product in the conversion of these new feedstocks. (Source: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy Cosmos, Oct., 2018)Contact: National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy, www.nicenergy.com/en; Eindhoven University of Technology, www.tue.nl/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Synfuel,  


Fulcrum Sierra Biofuels to Employ Praxair HOB Tech. (Ind. Report)
Praxair,Fulcrum Bioenergy
Date: 2018-11-19
Linde plc wholly owned subsidiary Praxair, Inc.reports it has inked a long-term agreement to supply oxygen (O2) to Fulcrum BioEnergy's Sierra BioFuels plant which is presently under construction in Storey County, Nevada. Under the terms of the agreement, Praxair will also construct two vacuum pressure swing adsorption (VPSA) plants at the facility, which is expected to commence operations in early 2020.

The Sierra BioFuels Plant will employ Praxair's proprietary HOB technology for increasing syngas yield from the gasification process. HOB technology enables rapid partial oxidation of remaining hydrocarbons and tars in the produced syngas without the need for a catalyst or steam injection. The HOB technology, coupled with gasification in Fulcrum's process, will help transform municipal solid waste (MSW) into renewable crude, jet fuel, and other low-carbon transportation fuels. (Source: Praxair, GasWorld, 12 Nov., 2018)Contact: Praxair, www.praxair.com; Fulcrum Bioenergy, Rick Barraza, VP Administration, (925) 224-8244, rbarraza@fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.fulcrum-bioenergy.com, www.facebook.com/fulcrumbioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSW,  Fulcrum Bioenergy,  


enVerde Planning Organic Waste- to-Syngas Demo Plant (Ind. Report)
enVerde
Date: 2018-09-10
Minneapolis-based enVerde LLC reports it is seeking funds to construct a demonstration plant using its catalytically-driven, thermochemical technology would process organic waste such as livestock manure, food manufacturing detritus, and most carbon-based materials including plastic, into synthetic fuel, oil, and char materials that can be used as energy or chemical sources.

enVerde technology reduces the energy required to transform waste materials into clean energy and chemicals and can be used to power generators, boilers, and other systems. It can also be refined into "green" versions of more traditional fuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

With enVerde's process, waste is gasified without any combustion or incineration. The output is a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen "syngas" which can be used as fuel or made into various chemicals. Compared to common methods of syngas production, enVerde's catalytic technology uses considerably less energy and requires much less capital, according to company CEO Dave Goebel, former CEO of Maryland-based New Generation Biofuels. (Source: EnVerde, Star Tribune, 8 Sept., 2018) Contact: EnVerde LLC Dave Goebel,CEO, info@enVerdeLLC.com, www.enverdellc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  Syngas,  


New Power CCS Testing Underway in Texas ((Ind. Report)
Net Power
Date: 2018-08-24
Further to our June 1 coverage, Net Power LLC, a new 25-MW demonstration power plant combined-cycle natural gas plant in LaPorte, Texas, could reportedly change the economics of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). The plant is the world's only industrial-scale supercritical CO2-based power plant.

The $140 million Net Power demo plant was developed without federal funding and is currently undergoing testing and validation. The plant is based the Allam Cycle, which uses a new, first-of-kind commercial-scale turbine and combustor developed by Toshiba specifically for the process. The Allam Cycle eliminates most emissions from natural gas power generation without scrubbers by using CO2 as a working fluid mixed with natural gas or syngas to drive a combustion turbine.

Net Power LLC is a joint venture team that includes 8 Rivers Capital, which owns the patent for the Allam Cycle, McDermott International, and Exelon. New CCS projects like Net Power could benefit from an expanded CCS tax credit approved by Congress earlier this year. Companies that capture carbon can earn a tax credit of between $35 to $50 per ton, more than double a previous CCS credit and free of a cap on the credit, according to Energy News. (Source: NetPower LLC, Energy News Record, Aug., 2018) Contact: NET Power, Charlie Bowser, Pres., (919) 667-1800, www.netpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Power,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  


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

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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enerkem ,  


Air Products Snares Shell's Biomass Gasification Technology Licensing Business (Int'l, M&A)
Air Products, Shell Global Solutions International
Date: 2018-05-09
Industrial gases specialist Air Products is reporting its acquisition of the Coal Gasification Technology licensing business from Shell Global Solutions International for undisclosed amount. The deal includes Shell's associated patent portfolios for coal and biomass gasification and sharing of patent rights for residue and biomass gasification.

The acquisition expands Air Products' offerings in synthesis gas (syngas) to provide turn-key sale-of-gas gasification facilities for coal and biomass and refinery residues, Air Products noted.

Shell's subsidiaries include Cansolv Technologies Inc., a leader in gas treating and sulphur dioxide (SO2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technologies. CANSOLV's patented technology uses an aqueous amine solution to achieve highly efficient, selective absorption of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from post combustion flue-gases. The technology is a highly flexible system and is adaptable to a wide variety of industrial applications, gas flow rates and SO2 concentrations, according to the company website. (Source: Air Products, EBR, May, 2018) Contact: Shell Global Solutions International, www.shell.com/business-customers/global-solutions.html; Air Products, Marie Folkes, Pres. Industrial Gases, www.airproducts.com

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

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

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

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Aemetis Touts Cellulosic Ethanol Demo Success (Ind. Report)
Aemetis,LanzaTech
Date: 2018-03-07
Cupertino, California-headquartered advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals producer Aemetis, Inc. is reporting the completion and and operated of an integrated demonstration unit for more than 120 days of continuous operations with 94% uptime, meeting the requirements for a USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program guaranteed loan.

In partnership with its key technology providers InEnTec and LanzaTech, Aemetis optimized the integration of an advanced arc furnace and gas fermentation technologies to convert waste biomass into low carbon, renewable cellulosic ethanol and fish meal. The unit was built at the InEnTec Technology Center in Richland, Washington and demonstrated the fully integrated system, including biomass handling, gasification, gas clean up, waste treatment and distillation systems. With a 20-year feedstock supply agreement and a 55-year lease already signed, the 12 million gpy Riverbank plant is expected to begin operations in 2019.

For the demonstration unit, Aemetis used waste orchard wood and nut shells from almond and walnut trees as feedstock, gasified the biomass using a high temperature plasma gasification system to produce syngas, cooled and cleaned the syngas, and supplied the syngas to a patented gas fermentation bioreactor to produce an ethanol "broth" which was distilled to produce commercial grade ethanol.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, Newswire, 6 Mar., 2018)Contact: Aemetis, Satya Chillara, (408) 213-0939, schillara@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

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Developments in Distributed Energy Storage, Offshore Wind, BIPV Solar, Thermal Energy Storage and Building Field Devices -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2018-01-26
ResearchandMarkets new report, Developments in Distributed Energy Storage, Offshore Wind, BIPV Solar, Thermal Energy Storage and Building Field Devices provides insights on the latest advances in technologies related to advances in offshore wind energy generation, BIPV, and thermal energy storage. It also gives insights on innovations in building energy management field devices such as actuators, drives, dampers, sensors, and controllers.

Special emphasis is given to emerging areas in the renewable sector such as photovoltaics, wind energy, and geothermal energy, as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, syngas, ethanol and bio fuels.

Access eport detail HERE. (Source: ResearchandMarkets, PR, 19 Jan., 2018) Contact: ResearchAndMarkets, Laura Wood, Senior Manager, (800) 526-8630, press@researchandmarkets.com, www.researchandmarkets.com

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INL Touting New Carbon Capture-to-Syngas Tech. (New Prod & Tech)
Idaho National Lab
Date: 2017-12-22
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) are touting a new, efficient process for converting captured carbon dioxide (CO2) into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be employed to produce chemicals and fuels.

INL's process uses specialized liquid materials that renders CO2 soluble and allows the carbon capture medium to be directly added into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas. When syngas can be created from captured CO2 at substantial current densities, it increases the process chances for industrial application.

The INL researchers have applied for a provisional patent and are in talks with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D, according to the INL release. (Source: INL. Dec., 2017) Contact: INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov

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INL Touts New Carbon Capture Technique (New Prod & Tech)
Idaho National Laboratory
Date: 2017-12-20
Researchers at the U.S. DOE Idaho National Laboratory (INL) report they have developed an efficient process for turning captured CO2 into syngas, a mixture of H2 and CO that can be used to make fuels and chemicals.

Traditional approaches for reusing carbon from CO2 involve a reduction step that requires high temperatures and pressures. The new INL process uses switchable polarity solvents (SPS), liquid materials that can shift polarity when exposed to a chemical agent. The SPS liquid materials make the CO2 more soluble and allow the carbon capture medium to be directly introduced into a cell for electrochemical conversion to syngas.

In an electrochemical cell, water oxidation occurs on the anode side, releasing O2 gas and hydrogen ions that then migrate through a membrane to the cathode side. There, the hydrogen ions react with bicarbonate (HCO3-, the form in which CO2 is captured in the SPS), allowing the release of CO2 for electrochemical reduction and formation of syngas. Upon the release of CO2, the SPS switches polarity back to a water-insoluble form, allowing for the recovery and reutilization of the carbon capture media.

The team received Laboratory Directed Research and Development funds in 2017. INL's team has filed a provisional patent and is reported to be discussing the approach with a Boston area company involved in electrochemical technology R&D. (Source: DOE/Idaho National Laboratory, PR, 15 Dec., 2017) Contact: Idaho National Lab., www.inl.gov

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PowerHouse Advancing UK Waste-to-Hydrogen Fuel System (Int'l)
PowerHouse Energy
Date: 2017-11-29
In the UK, London-based clean energy company PowerHouse Energy Group Plc reports it has completed pre-front-end engineering and design work on a 25 tpd synthetic gas (syngas) plant, and will now finalize its selection of vendors for the plant's components.

PowerHouse uses a "Distributed Modular Gasification" (DMG) technology to transform waste materials into syngas that can be turned into 99.99 pct clean hydrogen, which can then be used as transportation fuel or to power energy facilities. (Source: PowerHouse Energy Group Plc, Proactive Investors, Others, 23 Nov., 2017) Contact: Powerhouse Energy Group Plc, +44 (0) 203 368 6399 info@powerhousegroup.co.uk, www.powerhouseenergy.net

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NRRI Touts Refined Woody Biomass Solid Biofuel (Ind. Report)
University of Minnesota Duluth
Date: 2017-10-06
University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) is touting the launch of its Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI) Coleraine Lab. The facility can convert 3-4 tpd of woody biomass waste to solid briquette biofuel that "replicates the energy output and durability of traditional coal" and can be used as an alternative to coal. A further processing could to create syngas or liquid fuels, according to the Lab.

In 2018, the lab plans to install a moving bed torrefaction reactor increase the output of briquettes. Another methodology, hydrothermal carbonization, will convert processed materials and agricultural products to an "energy mud" that can be used alone or "with other torrefied products to form solid fuels."

The NRRI bio-energy lab is partially funded by Xcel Energy, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Power, Heetway, K.R. Komarek, Inc. and the Consortium for Advanced Wood to Energy Solutions, which was launched in 2014.

The Consortium for Advanced Wood-to-Energfy Solutions (CAWES) is an open-platform collaboration of public and private sector institutions representing green energy, forest management, research, philanthropy, and private industry committed to advancings sustainable, scalable, distributed wood-to-energy solutions that stimulate forest restoration and rural economic development through research and application of advanced wood-to-energy solutions. (Source: UMD, Business North,4 Oct., 2017) Contact: University of Minnesota Deluth, (218) 726-8000, www.d.umn.edu; NRRI, Dr. Rolf Weberg, Exec. Dir., (218) 788-2694, www.nrri.umn.edu; CAWES, www.usendowment.org

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MagneGas Seeks Advanced Biofuels Grant for Multi-Fuel Gasification System (Ind. Report)
MagnaGas
Date: 2017-10-02
Tampa, Florida-headquartered MagneGas Corporation, a clean technology company in the renewable resources and environmental solutions industries, reports it is applying for an innovative grant to produce a multi-fuel gasification system which is small, efficient and cost effective.

The grant is supported by the Small Business Innovation Research Program, National Institute of Food & Agriculture and is led by the USDA, which recently awarded MagneGas its first grant. The grant will be used to support the development of a new type of gasification system which follows the principles of clean coal technology, by transforming low efficiency fuels such as coal or wood, and gasifying it into a syngas.

MagneGas Corporation owns a patented process that converts various renewables and liquid wastes into MagneGas fuels that can be used as an alternative to natural gas or for metal cutting. (Source: MagnaGas, PR, 2 Oct., 2017) Contact: MagneGas, Ermanno Santilli, CEO, (727) 934-3448, www.magnegas.com

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