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Scottish £5Mn Carbon Capture Utilisztion Fund Launched (Int'l.)
Scottish Enterprise,
Date: 2022-04-11
In Holyrood, Scotland's energy Secretary Michael Matheson is touting a new £5 million "matching funds" CO2 Utilization (CCU) Challenge Fund intended to help businesses and organizations develop and commercialize technology to harness and convert CO2 for use in synthetic fuels, proteins for use in aquaculture, and other valuable products and uses.

The new fund will be administered by Scottish Enterprise, whose head of low carbon transition Andy McDonald said it would “help ensure we remain at the forefront of the global effort to tackle climate change by supporting innovative Scottish companies with the ambition, capability and expertise to utilize CO2 and transform it into products with commercial value”. The new fund follows the Acorn Carbon Capture project in Aberdeenshire missing the first round of funding from the UK Government. (Source: Scottish Enterprise,, 11 April, 2022) Contact: Scottish Enterprise,

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Raven SR Scores Samsung Ventures Investment (Ind. Report)
Raven SR
Date: 2022-03-16
Pinedale, Wyoming-based renewable fuels company Raven SR Inc. is reporting closing of a strategic investment from Samsung Ventures.The investment is expected to expand Raven SR's reach into the global market, especially in Asia-Pacific region. Raven SR transforms biomass, mixed municipal solid waste, bio-solids, sewage, medical waste, and natural or biogas into renewable fuels.

Raven SR, which will soon break ground in its first commercial waste-to-hydrogen production facility in the U.S., can produce green hydrogen and high-quality Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels, such as sustainable aviation fuel, from a wide range of feedstocks, including municipal solid waste, methane and biomass.

Using its proprietary, non-combustion, non-catalytic Steam/CO2 Reformation technology, Raven SR dependably produces a hydrogen-rich syngas regardless of feed stock utilized. By using modular systems and producing low air emissions, their systems can be located closer to customers and feed stock, creating local fuel from local waste for local mobility.

In 2021, Raven SR attracted funds totaling $20 million from global oil and gas major Chevron, Japanese trading house ITOCHU, hydrogen mobility leader and innovator Hyzon Motors, and Ascent Hydrogen Fund. (Source: Raven SR, Website PR, 14 Mar., 2022) Contact: Raven SR, Matt Murdock, CEO,,

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Repsol, Navantia collaborate to decarbonise the maritime sector
Date: 2022-03-09
Madrid, Spain-based energy and petrochemical major and SAF producer Repsol and Navantia have signed a collaboration agreement to jointly develop innovative solutions to decarbonise maritime transport and to accelerate the energy transition and achieve carbon neutrality, in line with the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets of Spain, the EU, the UN and the International Maritime Organisation.

The two companies will jointly evaluate the performance of new low carbon footprint liquid fuels to be supplied by Repsol ̶ biofuels and synthetic fuels ̶ in engines manufactured by Navantia, both propulsion and generation. Repsol will contribute its research infrastructures from its Repsol Technology Lab. Key to the implementation of the project will be the pilot plants and blending laboratories, where Repsol will formulate the widest range of fuels and biofuel blends with a low carbon footprint, specifically for maritime transport.

The Navantia Engine Factory will provide the technical knowledge of the engines and will make its facilities in Cartagena available to the project, as well as test benches and diagnostic equipment.

. Repsol and Navantia, through its CEDETH, will explore new areas of collaboration in hydrogen. In addition, Repsol will build one of the world's largest synthetic fuels plants in Bilbao, together with Saudi Aramco. (Source: Repsol, PR, Mar., 2022) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000,

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Japanese Automakers Partner on Hydrogen, Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
Toyota. Mazda,Yamaha, Subaru
Date: 2021-11-15
Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp has announced it will partner with Mazda Motor Corp, Subaru Corp, Yamaha Motor and Kawasaki Heavy Industries to explore the viability of hydrogen and synthetic fuels derived from biomass and other alternative green fuels for internal combustion engine cars.

Toyota is developing vehicles powered by hydrogen which is being promoted by the government as part of its plan to reach carbon-neutrality by 2050. (Source: Toyota, Various Media, Dhaka Tribune, 14 Nov., 2021)

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Aviation Climate Taskforce Takes Off (Ind. Report)
Aviation Climate Taskforce
Date: 2021-11-01
Cathay Pacific , Virgin, Air Canada, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and other airline leaders are reporting the launch of Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT), a new not-for--profit organisation aimed at eliminating carbon emissions in aviation through innovation and collaboration.

ACT will drive technological innovation and accelerate the research and development lifecycle of emerging technologies. It will take a portfolio approach, with the majority of its focus on critical medium-term solutions, such as synthetic fuel, and additional focus on more near-term solutions, such as emerging bio-based SAF pathways, and long-term solutions, such as hydrogen technologies.

Through the Innovation Network, ACT will accelerate breakthroughs in early, upstream technologies, while its Collaboration Forum will identify other ways to jointly reduce carbon emissions by expediting adoption and scaling of emerging technologies. ACT will engage with experts, activists, policymakers, and thought leaders to help offer a clear way forward for the deployment of innovative technologies. (Source: Aviation and Environment News, Nov., 2021)

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Green Hydrogen and GHG Emissions -- Notable Quote
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2021-09-29
"We must abandon our dependence on carbon-emitting fuels" -- Chilean Pres. Sebastian Pinera

Pinera was commenting on a project that is expected to lead to the world's first green hydrogen plant in Chile which, when fully operational in 2022, will produce climate-neutral synthetic fuel that will reduce more than 100,000 tpy greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, The Rio Times, 27 Sept.,2021)

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Green Hydrogen and GHG Emissions -- Notable Quote
Green Hydrogen
Date: 2021-09-29
"We must abandon our dependence on carbon-emitting fuels" -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera.

Pinera was commenting on a project that is expected to lead to the world's first green hydrogen plant in Chile which, when fully operational in 2022, will produce climate-neutral synthetic fuel that will reduce more than 100,000 tpy greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, The Rio Times, 27 Sept.,2021)

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Chilean Low-Carbon e-Fuel Plant Construction Underway (Int'l.)
Porsche, Siemens
Date: 2021-09-13
Stuttgart, Germany-headquartered automaker Porsche and Siemens are reporting construction is underway on the Haru Oni manufacturing plant near Punta Arenas in Chile.

When fully operational in 2022, the facility is expected to produce 34,000 gpy of synthetic fuel before scaling up to 14.5 million gpy by 2024 and 145 million gpy by 2026, at an expected cost of roughly $7.6 per gallon. Electrolyzed hydrogen is combined with CO2 to make methanol, then gasoline.

Porsche notes its developing a synthetic fuel that emits 90 percent less CO2 than gasoline derived from fossil fuels. (Source: Porsche, Sept., 2021)

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Synhelion Advancing Solar Fuel, Thermal Energy Storage (Int'l.)
Synhelion,ETH Zurich
Date: 2021-08-02
Lugano, Switzerland-based Synhelion S.A. reports it and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) are conducting a joint R&D project to further develop a high-temperature energy-storage technology that is a key component in the production of climate-friendly solar fuels.

The project, which is co-funded by the Swiss Innovation Agency Innosuisse, will enable the cost-effective and scalable storage of high-temperature solar heat at over 1,000 degrees C and is expected to be used in Synhelion's first industrial-scale solar fuel production facility, which will be constructed in 2022.

Synhelion produces sustainable fuels, such as gasoline, diesel and kerosene that are compatible with conventional internal combustion engines and jet engines. The ETH Zurich spin-off has developed a solar thermochemical process based on process heat generated from concentrated sunlight to produce these synthetic fuels. To enable the chemical reactors for solar fuel production to operate around the clock, a cost-effective, high-temperature thermal energy storage (TES) is needed. As part of the research project with Empa, storage and insulation capabilities will be optimized in terms of material costs, high specific heat capacity and service life. (Source: Synhelion S.A. , Chem Engineering, 1 Aug., 2021) Contact: Synhelion S.A. ,; Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology,; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52,

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

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

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

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

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IRENA Presents Measures to Drive the Energy Transition (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-04-09
The International Renewable Energy (IRENA) has published a preview of its publication, World Energy Transitions Outlook report on technology choices, investment needs, and socio-economic contexts necessary to set the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

IRENA Dir. General Francesco La Camera notes that over 170 countries have set renewables targets, many of which are included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

To meet the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree C goal, the report notes the following could be used in combination: Energy efficiency and circular economy measures; decarbonized power systems with supply dominated by renewables; electrification of end-use sectors, with the increased use of electricity in buildings, industry, and transport; expanded production and use of green hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and feedstocks to pursue indirect electrification; and targeted use of sustainably sourced biomass.

According to the report, financial markets and investors have begun directing capital away from fossil fuels and towards other energy technologies including renewables. However, to achieve the 1.5 degrees C climate ambition, energy transition investment will have to increase by 30 pct over currently planned investments, to an average annual level of $4.4 trillion. The report also suggests that national social and economic policies will play important roles in delivering the energy transition at the necessary speed.

Preview the World Energy Transitions Outlook report HERE. (Source: IRENA, Apr., 2021) Contact: IRENA,

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Repsol Seeks €5.96Bn for Biofuels, Green Hydrogen (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-04-05
In Madrid, Spain's Repsol is bidding for a share of Europe's €750 billion ($884 billion) pandemic recovery funds to support projects including new biofuel plants and 'green' hydrogen production made from renewable sources in a pivot away from oil and gas to supplying low-carbon energy.

Repsol has proposed 30 projects which it calculates will need total investment of €5.96 billion. The projects include a plant in partnership with oil giant Saudi Aramco to build in northern Spain, which will produce synthetic fuel for cars, trucks and aircraft using carbon dioxide captured from a nearby refinery, and hydrogen produced from electricity generated from renewables. Another potential candidate is a refinery in southern Spain where Repsol aims to start producing advanced biofuels in 2023. A planned extension to a hydroelectric plant in the northern region of Cantabria has also been included in the proposals. Repsol estimates adding a gigawatt of capacity to the Aguayo hydroelectric facility will cost around €700 million. (Source: Repsol, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000,

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Partners to Advance Green Hydrogen in Abu Dhabi (Green Hydrogen)
Mubadala, Siemens Energy, Masdar
Date: 2021-01-20
In Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Investment Company and Siemens Energy are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a strategic partnership to drive investment and development of advanced technology, manufacture of equipment, and green hydrogen and synthetic fuel production in Abu Dhabi and international markets. Together with Masdar and other energy players in the Mubadala Group, the companies will work to:

  • Utilize renewable energy to produce green hydrogen and synthetic fuels providing clean and transportable energy to fuel new hydrogen-based ecosystems;

  • Establish an Abu Dhabi-headquartered world-class player in the synthetic fuels sector;

  • Jointly advance technology and drive down the costs of green hydrogen and synthetic fuels production

  • Enable Mubadala and Siemens Energy to access emerging hydrogen markets and create value for both parties.

    The agreement participants will also consider construction of a demonstration plant at Masdar City. The demo would be to be developed by Siemens Energy, Masdar, and other key players in the technology, distribution, and end-use portions of the green hydrogen value chain. (Source: Mubadala Investment Company, PR, 17 Jan., 2021) Contact: Mubadala Investment Company PJSC, +971 2-413-0000, Fax: +971 2-413-0001,; Siemens Energy,

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  • Quadrise Touts Sustainable Heavy Fuel Oil Alternative (Ind. Report)
    Quadrise Fuels International
    Date: 2020-12-16
    In the UK, London-based Quadrise Fuels International is reporting the launch of bioMSAR®, a synthetic alternative to heavy fuel oil (HFO) with significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

    The new product uses the company's MSAR technology to combine renewable glycerol with water and refinery residues to produce an oil-in-water emulsified synthetic fuel with 20 to 30 pct less carbon dioxide and lower nitrous oxide and particulate levels.

    A switch to bioSAR fuel has similar benefits to using liquified natural gas (LNG) instead of HFO, according to Quadrise.

    Moving forward, the company is planning engine and combustion testing of bioMSAR®, new fuel developments, and commercial discussions with stakeholders in the biofuel supply chain. (Source: Quadrise Fuels International PLC, Proactive, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: Quadrise Fuels International PLC, Jason Miles, CEO, +44 20 7031 7321,,

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    Repsol Planning Green Hydrogen SynFuels Plant (Int'l.)
    Date: 2020-06-15
    Madrid-based Spanish integrated energy company Repsol SA reports it is collaborating with Saudi Aramco and will construct a 10-MW, green-hydrogen plant to produce synthetic fuels at its Port of Bilbao refinery. The €60 million ($67.5 million) project is part of a larger €80-million decarbonization project that will include a carbon-capture project and a fuel-from- municipal waste plant. The project is expected to be completed and operational in 2024.

    Repsol's TechLab and Aramco have signed a memorandum of understanding to carry out the technological development of the project, which will combine green hydrogen generated from renewable sources with CO2 emissions from the refinery as raw materials. This will produce 3.6 million lpy of transportation fuel. (Source: Repsol SA, PR, S&P Global, 15 June, 2020) Contact: Repsol SA, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, (+34) 91 753 8100, 91 753 8000,,

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    OxEon Energy Among DOE Bioenergy Grant Recipients (Funding)
    OxEon Energy.
    Date: 2019-10-21
    Last week's US DOE report of $73 million in total grant funding for 35 bioenergy R&D projects included Salt Lake City area-based OxEon Energy Llc.

    OxEon is proposing an efficient method of producing biofuel from dairy-yogart manufacturing process biological wastes from a yogurt plant in Idaho. OxEon instruments will break down biogas released by decomposing waste into carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, the building blocks of hydrocarbons, then put these blocks together into usable hydrocarbon fuels.

    OxEon Energy LLC was started in 2017 and has had significant success in attracting commercial, state, and federal government business utilizing its core capabilities in energy transformation technologies. The company expects further growth in its core technologies of high temperature electrolysis, hydrocarbon reforming, synthetic fuel production and power generation by high temperature fuel cells, according to the company website. (Source: OxEon Energy Llc, Utah Public Radio, 16 Oct., 2019)Contact: OxEon Energy, Lynn Frost, CEO, 801-677-3000,

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