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Pacific BioEnergy Prince George Pellet Plant Closing (Ind. Report)
Pacific BioEnergy,Pinnacle Renewable Energy
Date: 2022-01-12
In Canada, Prince George, B.C.-based woody biomass pellet manufacturer Pacific BioEnergy Corporation reports that following an agreement to assign some of its assets -- including long-term wood pellet sales contracts -- to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., part of the UK-based Drax Group plc the PacBioEenergy pellet plant in Prince George will close permanently at a date to be announced this year. (Source: Pacific BioEnergy Corp., PR, Dec, Jan., 2022) Contact: Pacific Bioenergy Corp, (250) 562-7229, www.pacificbioenergy.ca; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pacific BioEnergy,  Wood Pellet,  DRAX,  Pinnacle Renewable Energy ,  


Albioma Acquires Quebec Woody Biomass Pellet Plant (M&A)
Albioma
Date: 2022-01-03
French independent global renewable energy developer and operator Albioma is reporting acquisition of the La Granaudiere wood pellet production plant in Quebec, Canada. The plant, which has been in bankruptcy receivership and out of service since July 2021, is due to be recommissioned early this year to produce 200,000 tpy of SBP-certified pellets from wood waste or low-grade wood from sustainably managed forests.

The acquisition includes a long-term agreement granting access to a 45,000-tonne pellet storage facility in the Port of Quebec, as well as raw material supply guarantees issued by the Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks (MFFP). (Source: Albioma, PR, 30 Dec., 2021) Contact: Albioma, www.albioma.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Albioma,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


Valmet Supplying 6th Biomass CFB Boiler to Japanese Market (Int'l)
Valmet Oyi
Date: 2022-01-03
Espoo, Finland-headquartered Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a new CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Japan. This is the sixth order for Valmet's CFB boiler to the Japanese market since 2016, according to Valmet.

JFE Engineering Corporation will be the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor for the Tahara Biomass Power Plant. Work is slated to get underway in 2023 for operations in 2025. 2025.

The new CFB boiler will enable the customer's power plant to achieve a stable power supply at high thermal efficiency while significantly reducing CO2 emissions, according to the release. (Source: Valmet, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: JFE Engineering Corporation, www.jfe-eng.co.jp/en; Valmet, +358 4 0505 2001, www.valmet.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet Oyi,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Biomass Boiler,  


Valmet Supplying Boiler to Japan's Tahara Biomass Power (Int'l.)
Valmet Oyi
Date: 2021-12-29
Espoo, Finland-headquartered biomass boiler specialist Valmet Oyi reports it will supply a 112 MWe CFB (circulating fluidized bed) biomass boiler and flue gas cleaning system to Tahara Biomass Power LLC in Tahara, Aichi, Japan.

The 75-MW plant will burn primarily wood pellets to generate 770 million kWh per year which will be supplied to the grid under Japan's feed-in tariff scheme.

Tahara Biomass Power LLC is a special purpose company owned by JFE Engineering Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., Toho Gas Co., Ltd., and Tokyo Century Corporation. Valmet is a developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. (Source: Valmet, PR, 28 Dec., 2021) Contact: Valmet Oyi, Jari Niemela, Director, Boilers and Gasifiers, Energy , Valmet, +358 50 3178050, Contact: Valmet, www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

More Low-Carbon Energy News Valmet Oyi,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


DRAX Taps Worley for UK BECCS Project (Int'l. Report)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-22
In the UK, North Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX, which plans to invest roughly £40 million in the first phase of its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project, reports the selection of engineering, project management and construction firm Worley to begin the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase early next year. Worley may also work on the subsequent design and build phases of the BECCS project, subject to contract.

The announcement follows DRAX's previously reported decision to partner with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group as its technology partner. With an effective negative emissions policy and investment framework from the government, BECCS could be deployed at DRAX as soon as 2027 -- delivering the UK's largest carbon capture project and permanently removing millions of tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere, according to DRAX. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Worley, Chris Ashton, CEO, (713) 892-0999 -- Houston Office, www.worley.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Worley,  Woody Biomass,  BECCS,  


Mote Constructing CCUS, Biomass-to-Hydrogen Plant (Ind. Report)
Mote Hydrogn,CarbonCure
Date: 2021-12-20
California-based climatetech company Mote Hydrogen reports it is constructing a facility in California's Central Valley to convert woody biomass and agricultural wastes into hydrogen fuel while also capturing, using, and sequestering (CCUS) CO2 emissions that result from its process.

The company's process heats biomass in a limited-oxygen environment to above 1500 degree F, converting it to a mixture of gases that is reacted, separated, and purified into hydrogen for sale as a transportation fuel and CO2 for storage. The remaining ash is sold as a fertilizer additive.

Mote is in talks with Nova Scotia-headquartered CarbonCure Technologies on the potential of permanently storing its CO2 in concrete using CarbonCure's carbon removal technology, which is used in CO2 mineralization systems at concrete plants.

Engineering work on the facility, which is expected to produce around 7 million KGs of hydrogen and remove 150,000 metric tpy of CO2, is underway for an expected start-up in 2024. (Source: Mote Hydrogen, Website PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Mote, hello@motehydrogen.com, www.motehydrogen.com; CarbonCure Technologies, Robert Niven, CEO, (902) 442-4020, info@carboncure.com, www.carboncure.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CarbonCure,  Mote Hydrogen Woody Biomass,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  


BMH Supplying Biomass Handling for Finnish Paper Mill (Int'l.)
Sappi
Date: 2021-12-06
In Finland, paper maker Sappi Finland I Oy and Rauma-based materials handling specialist Finland BMH Technology Oy are reporting a contract for the delivery of a biomass fuel handling system to the Kirkniemi Paper Mill in Lohja, Finland. The new system will bring the existing boiler in line with current environmental goals as it ends the era of coal as fuel. The boiler's future fuel supply will consist of woody biomass, bark and forestry wastes.

The system incorporates a fuel receiving station with two back unloading units for trucks, a fuel quality control station, a silo storage with a rotating TYRANNOSAURUS screw reclaimer and all necessary fuel conveyors.

Sappi Group operates in more than 35 countries with manufacturing on three continents and produces everyday materials from woodfibre-based renewable resources. (Sappi Group, PR, Dec., 2021) Contact: Sappi Kirkniemi Mill, +358 10 4642999, www.sappi.com/kirkniemi-mill; BMH Technology Oy, +358 20 4866800, www.bmh.fi

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sappi,  Woody Biomass,  


DRAX Plans Double Pellet Production, Biomass Sales by 2030 (Int'l.)
DRAX
Date: 2021-12-03
In the UK, Yorkshire-based biomass power producer DRAX CEO Will Gardner has announce: "Drax has made excellent progress during 2021 providing a firm foundation for further growth. We have advanced our Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) project -- a vital part of the East Coast Cluster that was recently selected to be one of the UK's two priority CCS projects. And we're now setting out a strategy to take the business forward, enabling DRAX to make an even greater contribution to global efforts to reach net zero.

"We believe DRAX can deliver growth and become a global leader in sustainable biomass and negative emissions and a UK leader in dispatchable, renewable generation. We aim to double our sustainable biomass production capacity by 2030 -- creating opportunities to double our sales to Asia and Europe, where demand for biomass is increasing as countries transition away from coal.

"As a global leader in negative emissions, we're going to scale up our ambitions internationally. DRAX is now targeting 12 million tonnes of carbon removals each year by 2030 by using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS). This includes the negative emissions we can deliver at Drax Power Station in the UK and through potential new-build BECCS projects in North America and Europe, supporting a new sector of the economy, which will create jobs, clean growth and exciting export opportunities", according to DRAX CEO Will Gardiner. To that end, DRAX has announced:

  • New woody biomass pellet production and sales targets -- increased biomass pellet production targeting 8Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.4Mt) and biomass pellet sales to third parties targeting 4Mt pa by 2030 (currently c.2Mt)

  • Continued progress with UK BECCS and biomass cost reduction -- BECCS at DRAXPower Station -- Biomass cost reduction -- continuing to target biomass production cost of $100/t

  • £3 billion investment in 2022-30 growth opportunities -- investment in pellet production, UK BECCS, pumped energy storage, and construction of new BECCS facilities.

  • Targeting 4Mt pa of negative CO2 emissions outside of UK by 2030. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 1 Dec., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  BECCS,  


  • ENVIVA Forest Conservation Fund Seeks RfPs (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-12-03
    The Greenville, South Carolina-based U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) has released a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for $500,000 project funding from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, which it administers for Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP. The funding will be awarded to protect bottomland hardwood and other wetland forests in eastern North Carolina and southeast Virginia. Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, and tribes are eligible to apply for grants.

    Since its inception in 2015, the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund has supported 24 projects with approximately $2.6 million invested. The projects funded to date have protected about 31,000 acres across North Carolina and Virginia. These protected forests help provide a clean drinking water source, act as a buffer to infrastructure during storms, and provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife while at the same time providing jobs and economic opportunities for rural families and private landowners. (Source: Enviva Holdings, Website PR, 30 Nov., 2021) Contact: U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Alicia Cramer, Senior VP, (205) 792-8650, alicia@usendowment.org, www.usendowment.org; Enviva Forest Conservation Fund , wwwenvivaforestfund.org; Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News ENVIVA,  Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    DRAX Considering Future US Biomass Plant (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-11-26
    Further to our Sept. 24 coverage, in the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group CEO Will Gardiner this week announced the company is considering building a biomass plant in the US whose power generation will absorb more emissions than it creates.

    Drax is currently developing bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology for its plant in North Yorkshire, UK. The technology could permanently remove 8 million tpy of CO2 from the atmosphere annually, accelerate economic growth for the Yorkshire and Humber region and put the region at the heart of a global green economy, said Drax. It is hoped the BECCS technology at Drax Power Station near Selby will be operational by 2027. (Source: DRAX, 23 Nov., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  bioenergy with carbon capture and storage ,  


    Arbor Announces Texas Biofuels Plant Plans (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas
    Date: 2021-11-24
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-headquartered Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting the selection of a 53-acre site in Beaumont for its first renewable biofuel plant.

    The Spindletop Plant will produce approximately 1,000 bpd of "drop-in" renewable fuel from locally sourced woody biomass. Construction is slated to get underway in Q1 of 2022 for completion and start-up early in 2024. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, PR, Biofuel Int’l. 22 Nov., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Tim Vail, CEO, 346-708-7819, www.arborgas.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbor Renewable Gas,  Biofuel,  Woody Biomass,  


    UK Biomass Power Station Reports Declining Carbon Emissions (Int'l)
    Lynemouth Biomass Power Station
    Date: 2021-11-22
    In Northumberland, UK, the Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, the first UK coal-fired station to fully convert to biomass electric power generation , reports its CO2 emissions fell to 43 pct below grid average for 2020-21. The Station burns approximately 1.4 million tpy of woody biomass pellets, largely imported from the U.S. and Canada, to generate 420 MW of low-carbon electricity -- sufficient power for around 450,000 homes.

    Lynemouth Power Station was among leading bioenergy organisations in the COP26 launch of the Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy aiming for the sustainable growth of the bioenergy sector to 2050 and reaffirms the commitment to sustainability principles including the management of natural resources, carbon accounting and protecting biodiversity, according to the release. (Source: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, PR, Nov., 2021) Contact: Lynemouth Biomass Power Station, +44 191 261 1821, www.lynemouthpower.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lynemouth Biomass Power Station,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    GEVO, Sweetwater Energy Ink Feedstock Agreement (Ind. Report)
    GEVO,Sweetwater Energy
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Englewood, Colorado-headquartered GEVO, Inc. is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Rochester, NY-based biochemicals and bioproducts specialist Sweetwater Energy Inc.,for the use of sustainably sourced agricultural residues and woody biomass as a feedstock for the production of cellulosic alcohols and energy-dense renewable liquid hydrocarbons.

    Sweetwater plans to construct, own and operate a facility adjacent to Gevo's existing plant in Luverne, Minnesota, to produce high-value, plant-based products from cellulose and lignin while supplying Gevo with up to 30,000 tpy of biomass-derived cellulosic sugars which Gevo plans to use for the anticipated production of cellulosic alcohols and renewable hydrocarbons. The new facility would utilize Sweetwater's proprietary Sunburst technology for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass. (Source: GEVO, PR, 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Sweetwater Energy Inc., 585-647-5760, info@sweetwater.us, www.sweetwater.us; GEVO, Dr. Chris Ryan, CEO, 303-858-8358, cryan@gevo.com, www.gevo.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Sweetwater Energy,  GEVO,  Biochemical ,  


    Enviva, J-Power Report Wood Pellet Supply MoU (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, J-Power
    Date: 2021-11-19
    Bethesda, Maryland-based woody biomass pellet producer Enviva Partners LP is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tokyo-based utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd. (J-Power) for the long-term, large-scale supply of U.S. produced sustainable wood biomass pellets to J-Power's coal-fired power plants in Japan.

    The agreement is designed to develop an executable and investable plan under which Enviva will build new infrastructure to produce and deliver up to 5 million metric tpy of sustainable wood pellets to permanently replace coal in J-Power's existing coal-fired power. J-Power is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050, as previously reported.

    Previously this year, Enviva announced its Net-Zero Commitment to reduce, eliminate, or offset all of its direct emissions by 2030. Enviva agreed to adopt innovative and improved lower-emission processes through investments in projects that result in real, additional, and third-party verified net-carbon reductions as part of this ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions from fossil fuels and improve energy efficiency. (Source: Enviva, PR , 17 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva Biomass, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  J-Power,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Enviva Inks SAF, Biodiesel Production Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva
    Date: 2021-11-10
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered woody biomass pellet producer Enviva is reporting a contract with a European processor of solid biomass into refined liquids that become high-grade renewable fuels including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and biodiesel.

    According to the company website, Enviva aggregates a natural resource, wood fiber, and processes it into a transportable form, wood pellets. Enviva sells a significant majority of its wood pellets through long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with creditworthy customers in the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Japan. Enviva owns and operates 10 plants with a combined production capacity of approximately 6.2 million metric tpy in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Enviva exports wood pellets through its marine terminals at the Port of Chesapeake, Virginia, the Port of Wilmington, North Carolina, and the Port of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and from third-party marine terminals in Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, and Panama City, Florida. (Source: Enviva, PR, Website, 3 Nov., 2021) Contact: Enviva, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Sustainable Aviation Fuel,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    UK DoT Funding Project Speedbird SAF Development (Int'l.)
    Department for Transport, LanzaTech
    Date: 2021-11-08
    In London, the UK Department for Transport's Green Fuels, Green Skies (GFGS) competition reports it has awarded Project Speedbird, a partnership between UK-based Nova Pangaea Technologies, British Airways, and LanzaJet, £484,000 ($653,302 US) in funding for a feasibility study for the development of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using an integrated technology platform based on Nova Pangaea’s REFNOVA® process.

    Project Speedbird will begin early-stage development of the UK's first integrated SAF production facility utilizing woody biomass/wood waste and support UK SAF sector growth by deploying innovative production technologies at a commercial scale. Starting in 2025, Project Speedbird will begin to recycle carbon from UK wood waste into 113 million lpy of SAF and renewable diesel (RD), sufficient fuel for 2,000 British Airways' flights from London to New York. (Source: UK Department for Transport, Nov., 2021) Contact: Nova Pangaea Technologies, +44 1642 440926, www.novapangaea.com; UK Department for Transport, twitter.com/transportgovuk; LanzaTech, Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, (630) 439-3050, jennifer@lanzatech.com, www.lanzatech.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Department for Transport,  LanzaTech,  SAF,  Woody Biomass,  


    CHAR Reports Woody Biomass-to-RNG, Biocoal Progress (Ind. Report)
    CHAR Technologies
    Date: 2021-11-05
    Toronto-headquartered CHAR Technologies is reporting surveying and geotechnical testing at the proposed site of its woody-biomass to renewable natural gas (RNG) High Temperature Pyrolysis project near Kirkland Lake, Ontario, is underway. The proposed facility will produce 500,000 gigajoules per year of RNG and 10,000 tpy of "Cleanfyre" biocoal from woody-biomass.

    CleanFyre is an innovative, carbon-neutral, sustainable, solid biofuel (biocoal) that meets the strict requirements of a wide variety of industries. The substitution of CleanFyre for fossil coal in many industrial processes allows clients to recognize significant GHG reductions. On a life-cycle basis, GHG emissions can typically be reduced by over 90 pct per tonne of CleanFyre used, according to the company.

    The Company anticipates a long-term RNG offtake contract with a Canadian gas utility company will be finalized by early 2022. CleanFyre from the proposed Kirkland Lake facility will be earmarked for future sale to the steel making and metal smelting industries.

    CHAR Technologies Ltd. specializes in organic waste pyrolysis and biocarbon development, custom equipment for industrial air and water treatment, and providing services in environmental management, site investigation and remediation, engineering, environmental compliance and resource efficiency. (Source: CHAR Technologies, Website PR, 2 Nov., 2021) Contact: CHAR Technologies, Andrew White, CEO, 866-521-3654, andrew.white@chartechnologies.com, www.chartechnologies.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CHAR Technologies,  Biocoal,  Woody Biomass,  RNG,  


    Enviva, GreenGasUSA Ink RNG Offtake Agreement (Ind. Report)
    Enviva, GreenGasUSA
    Date: 2021-11-01
    Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered industrial woody biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva Partners, LP and renewable natural gas (RNG) specialist GreenGasUSA are reporting a 10-year RNG offtake agreement to decarbonize natural gas-related emissions in Enviva's operations. The agreement is expected to eliminate more than 64,000 metric tpy of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) from the atmosphere to offset approximately 75 pct of Enviva's direct emissions from its manufacturing operations.

    GreenGasUSA produces RNG and provides CNG, pipeline injection services and other low- and zero-emitting energy solutions to industrial, commercial and residential users across the U.S. GreenGas currently owns a natural gas injection point in Georgetown, South Carolina. (Source: Enviva , PR Website , Oct., 2021) Contact: Enviv, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; GreenGasUSA, Marc Fetten, 412-726-3331, marc.fetten@greengasusa.com, www.greengasusa.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  GreenGasUSA,  RNG,  Renewable Natural Gas,  


    Aemetis Inks RD Plant Engineering Contract (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-11-01
    In the Golden State, Cupertino-based renewable natural gas (RNG) and renewable fuels company Aemetis, Inc. reports it has contracted with Houston, Texas-based engineering and construction firm CTCI America to conduct permitting and engineering work for a carbon zero renewable jet/diesel plant to be built in Riverbank, California.

    The Aemetis Carbon Zero plant will use waste wood/woody biomass to produce cellulosic hydrogen with a below zero carbon intensity, which is combined with renewable oils and zero carbon intensity hydroelectric electricity to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel. The plant will have an initial capacity of 45 million gpy, with engineering and other development work underway for expansion to 90 million gpy. (Source: Aemetis, PR, 28 Oct., 2021) Contact: CTCI America, 281-870-9998, www.americas.ctci.com; Aemetis, Andy Foster, (408) 213-0940, Fax: (408) 252-8044, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  Renewable Diesel,  SAF,  


    FDA Calls for End of Forest Biomass Fired Power Production (Int'l.)
    Forest Defenders Alliance
    Date: 2021-10-15
    The Forest Defenders Alliance (FDA), an alliance of over 100 NGOs, is calling on the European Union to end the burning of forest biomass as renewable energy. The FDA initiative wants Brussels to protect forests, rather than encourage more logging in order to produce biomass fuel that is burned in power plants.

    The EU counts biomass fuel as a zero-carbon renewable energy, but environmentalists want it to be excluded from this criteria due to the fact that burning wood emits more carbon pollution than burning coal and regrowing trees, which NGOs say takes decades to centuries to offset the pollution.

    The FDA is supported by the European Climate Foundation, the Ceres Trust, the Tortuga Foundation, and the Packard Foundation, and Fred Stanback. (Source: Forest Defenders Alliance, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Forest Defenders Alliance, www. forestdefenders.eu, twitter.com/ForestDefence

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Forest Biomass news,  Woody Biomass news,  Carbon Emissions news,  


    Arbios Announces BC Woody Biomass-to-Fuels Plant (Ind. Report)
    Arbios Biotech, Licella Holdings
    Date: 2021-10-13
    In British Columbia, Canadian Forest Products and Sydney, Australia-based Licella Holdings joint venture Arbios Biotech reports it will construct a woody biomass- to-low carbon biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia. The plant will convert tree bark and sawmill wastes into high value renewable biocrude which can be further refined to produce low-carbon transportation fuels.

    The facility will convert 25,000 dry tpy of wood residue to 50,000 bpy of sustainable bio-oil when it begins production in the first half of 2023. The plant, which will utilize Licella' s patented Cat-HTR decarbonization platform , will be constructed on a portion of Canfor's Intercontinental Pulp Mill site and will have the potential to add four processing lines within the existing footprint. (Source: Arbios Biotech, Website PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: Arbios Biotech, Don Roberts, Chair, www.arbiosbiotech.com; Licella Holdings, +61 (02) 9119 6050, info@licella.com, www.licella.com; Canadian Forest Products, www.canfor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Arbios Biotech news,  Woody Biomass news,  Licella Holdings news,  Canfor news,  


    DRAX Building Arkansas Woody Biomass Pellet Plants (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-24
    In the UK, Yorkshire-headquartered DRAX Group reports construction is underway on the second of three satellite woody biomass pellet plants being constructed in . Russellville, Arkansas. The new facility is part of a $40 million project and is expected to be operational in 2022. The three pellet plants together are expected to produce 120,000 metric tpy of sustainable biomass pellets from locally sourced sawmill residues.

    Drax owns and has interests in 17 pellet mills totaling 4.9 million tpy in the southern United States and western Canada. The plant's export wood pellets to DRAX power plants in England and Scotland. DRAX aims to increase biomass self-supply to 5 million tpy by 2027. (Source: DRAXPR, 22 Sept., 2021) Contact: DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DRAX,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  


    Greenleaf Power Closes $100 Mn Growth Capital Facility (Funding)
    Greenleaf Power
    Date: 2021-09-22
    Sacramento, California-headquartered biomass energy facility owner and operator Greenleaf Power LLC reports closing on a $100 million growth capital facility from NYC-headquartered EA Markets LLC.

    The funding will be used for continued rapid growth through acquisitions. Since its founding, Greenleaf Power, a Denham Capital portfolio company has acquired five biomass facilities totaling roughly 145MW. (Source: Greenleaf Power, Website PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: Greenleaf Power, (916) 596-2500, info@greenleaf-power.com, www.greenleaf-power.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenleaf Power,  Biomass,  Woody Biomass,  


    DRAX, NFU Cooperating on UK Energy Crop Production (Int'l.)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-22
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based power producer DRAX Group reports it is partnering with the UK National Farmers Union of England and Wales (NFU) to identify opportunities to scale-up and develop a roadmap for the production perennial energy crops.

    The partnership will support DRAX's plan to source sustainable biomass from UK farmers and to develop bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to help address climate change. DRAX currently imports the majority if its woody biomass pellet requirements from the US and its US and Canadian subsidiaries. (Source: DRAX Group, PR, Sept., 2021) Contact: National Farmers Union of England and Wales, www.nfuonline.com; DRAX Group, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News BECCS,  DRAX,  UK National Farmers Union,  Biomass,  Energy Crop,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  


    EQTEC Converting Croatian Plant to Woody Biomass (Int'l. M&A)
    EQTEC,Synergy Projects
    Date: 2021-09-20
    Cork, Ireland-headquartered waste gasification-to-energy specialist EQTEC is reporting the acquisition of a decommissioned 1.2 MWe waste-to-energy gasification plant in Karlovac, Croatia, through Synergy Projects, a joint venture between EQTEC and its Croatian project development partner Sense ESCO. ,p> The plant will be redesigned and reconfigured into a biomass gasification facility using EQTEC's patented, proprietary Advanced Gasification Technology to process locally-sourced woody biomass chips and forestry waste into green power.

    In a previous similar move, on 5 Mat we reported EQTEC's acquisition and planned €1.75 million recommissioning of a 1 MW biomass waste-to-energy plant in Castiglione d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy. The recommissioned 2015-vintage plant will incorporate EQTEC's proprietary advanced gasification technology to utilize locally sourced straw and forestry woody biomass waste to generate green electricity and heat . The plant is slated to be fully recommissioned and operational by Q2, 2022 (Source: EQTEQ, PR, Website , 17 Sept., 2021) Contact: EQTEC, David Palumbo, CEO , +44 203 883 7009, www.eqtec.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News EQTEC,  Woody Biomass,  Waste-to-Energy,  Synergy Projects,  


    DRAX Biomass Slashes CO2 Emissions by 90 pct Plus (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-09-20
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it has cut the carbon emissions from its once coal-fired power generation by over 90 pct since 2012 when it began its switch from coal to sustainable biomass and hydro. The facility is now one of Europe's lowest carbon intensity power generators, and moving closer to achieving its goal of becoming carbon negative by 2030, according to the company release.

    Since deploying Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Ctorage (BECCS) at its Yorkshire, Teeside power station, DRAX is set to go even further -- generating the negative emissions needed to meet the UK's net-zero climate target.

    DRAX presently generates 12 pct of the UK's renewable electricity -- sufficient power for 5 million or more homes while supporting the deployment of intermittent renewables such as wind and solar. (Source: DRAX, Website PR, 9 Sept., 2021) DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


    EnCap, Mercuria Invest in Arbor Renewable Gas (Ind. Report)
    Arbor Renewable Gas
    Date: 2021-08-27
    In the Lone Star State, Houston-based industrial-scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects developer Arbor Renewable Gas is reporting investment commitments from EnCap Investments and from Mercuria Energy, a global energy and commodity trading organisation.

    Arbor designs, builds, owns and operates facilities that efficiently convert woody biomass into low carbon intensity renewable gasoline and green hydrogen. Arbor Gas also reports SunGas Renewables, a subsidiary of GTI International, has entered into an exclusive joint development agreement with Arbor Gas to provide its gasification systems to Arbor Gas projects. Haldor Topsoe licensed its proprietary process and technology for methanol and gasoline synthesis. (Source: Arbor Renewable Gas, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Arbor Renewable Gas, Timothy Vail, CEO , 346.708.7819, info@arborgas.com, www.arborgas.com

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    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) www.renovainc.com; Veolia, www.veolia.com

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fit for 55,  Bioeconomy,  European Green Deal,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Biomass,  GHG,  


    FutureMetrics White Paper Investigates "Black" Wood Pellet Potential (Ind. Report)
    FutureMetrics
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Bethel, Maine-based wood pellet sector consultancy FutureMetrics LLC is offering a new white paper that discusses the market challenges associated with "black" wood pellets and illustrates how new innovations are enabling fuel pellets to gain market share.

    The white paper is available om the company website . (Source: FutureMetrics, Website, July, 2021) Contact: FutureMetrics, William Strauss, Pres., 207-824-6702 . Fax: 207-824-4816. Info@FutureMetrics.com, www.futuremetrics.com

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    ReGenerate Nails Georgia Woody Biomass Plant Acquisition (M&A)
    Ember Infrastructure,ReGenerate Energy Holdings
    Date: 2021-07-02
    ReGenerate Energy Holdings, LLC, a recent Ember Infrastructure and ReEnergy Biomass Operations, is reporting completion of its acquisition of Albany Green Energy, a biomass heat-and-power facility located in Albany, Georgia, from a subsidiary of Exelon Generation Company LLC.

    The Albany Green Energy facility uses regionally sourced woody biomass from mill residue, forestry waste, recycling and agricultural waste to generate 50 MW of electricity to Georgia Power, process steam to the nearby Procter & Gamble paper products facility, and process steam that is used to generate electricity for the nearby U.S. Marine Corps Logistics Base.

    With the acquisition, ReGenerate owns 137 MWs of operating biomass power generation across three facilities, including ReEnergy Stratton and ReEnergy Livermore Falls, in Maine. (Source: ReGenerate Energy Holdings , Ember Infrastructure, PR, 1 July, 2021) Contact: Ember Infrtructure, www.ember-infra.com; ReEnergy Biomass Operations, ReEnergy Holdings, www.reenergyholdings.com

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    Vertoro Rotterdam Cellulosic Ethanol Plant Funded (Int'l.)
    Vertoro
    Date: 2021-07-02
    Geleen, Netherland-based green technology company Vertoro is reporting receipt of €2 million in European Union "ReactEU" grant funding to develop a 250,000 metric tpy lignin crude biorefinery at Rotterdam.

    The biorefinery will convert woody biomass -- industrial wood residues, sawdust and wastes -- into roughly 50,000 metric tpy of cellulosic ethanol and roughly 125,000 metric tpy of lignin-based "Goldilocks crude oil" which could be used as biofuel bunkers.

    Vertoro is a spin off company from a 2017 public-private partnership between Brightlands Chemelot Campus, DSM, Chemelot InSciTe, University of Maastricht and Eindhoven University of Technology. (Source: Vertoro, Website PR, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Vertoro, Michael Boot, CEO, michael@vertoro.com, www.vertoro.com

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    Velocys Taps Koch for Mississippi Biorefinery Project (Ind. Report)
    Velocys,Koch Project Solutions
    Date: 2021-06-30
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc reports it has awarded a turnkey engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) contract to Koch Project Solutions for its 33 million gpy Bayou Fuels biorefinery project in Natchez, Mississippi.

    The project is expected to produce approximately 33 million gpy of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with negative carbon intensity and naphtha made from woody biomass from locally sourced pine. (Source: Velocys, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Koch Project Solutions, www.kochprojectsolutions.com; Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Enviva Finalist for "Best Sustainability Reporting" Award (Ind. Report)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Bethesda, Maryland-based wood biomass pellet manufacturer Enviva reports it has been selected as a finalist for the 2021 ESG Reporting Awards under the "Energy and Utilities" category. The ESG Reporting Awards program is devoted to assessing and evaluating the best public companies in the areas of sustainability and climate-related reporting.

    Over the last year, Enviva developed and deployed a Track and Trace standard enabling the company to engage a third-party auditor to verify and ensure the company has and will continue to follow T&T procedures and reporting accurately. The company is aiming for net zero in its operations by 2030. (Source: Enviva, PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Enviv, Dr. Jennifer Jenkins, VP, Chief Sustainability Officer, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com; ESG Investing Awards, +44 (0)1483 573 150, info@esginvesting.co.uk, www.esginvesting.co.uk/esgreporting-awards-2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Enviva,  Woody Biomass,  Wood Pellet,  Renewable Fuel,  CCS,  


    Velocys Tech. Powers First Commercial Flight (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-06-23
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting a blend of convention aviation fuel and 25 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by its proprietary technology using woody biomass residue feedstock has been used in a commercial flight by Japan Airlines -- the first commercial flight in the world to use SAF derived from gasified wood-chips synthesized into aviation fuel.

    The fuel was produced in a Velocys FT reactor from the hydrogen and carbon gases generated by the gasification of the wood-chips at a demonstration plant in Nagoya, Japan in 2020. The facility produced 2,366 liters of neat aviation fuel blendstock that met ASTM D7566 Annex1 standard and can be blended into conventional jet fuel up to 50 pct.

    SAF synthesized with the Velocys FT technology from gasified forestry residue has a 70 pct lower carbon intensity than conventional fossil jet fuel. FT-SAF offers significant additional air quality improvements thanks to 90 pct lower particulate emissions, 99 pct lower sulphur emissions and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional fossil fuels, according to Velocys. (Source: Velocys, PR, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

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    Wood Biomass Pellet Plant Planned for Port Alberni (Ind. Report)
    San Group
    Date: 2021-06-23
    Port Alberni, British Columbia based San Group reports it will invest $100 million into its forestry operations -- $15 million of which will be used to construct a biomass facility to produce wood pellets from woody biomass wastes.

    The investment also includes $50-$60 million for an agreement to ship lumber via container ships from Port Albertni's deep sea port, $15 million to upgrade its Coulson sawmill and $15 million for increased automation and CNC technology. (Source: San Group, PR, , Alberni Valley News, 21 June, 2021) Contact: San Group, Kamal Sanghera, CEO, 604-881-4848, info@sangroupinc.com, www.sangroupinc.com

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    Greenvolt, Equitix Acquiring 46 MW UK Woody Biomass Plant (M&A)
    Greenvolt, Equitix
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In the UK, London-based investment management firm Equitix Group reports it is partnering with Portugal-based Greenvolt Energias Renovaveis to acquire Tilbury Green Power Holdings' 46.3 MW woody biomass fired power plant in the Port of Tilbury, Essex, at a cost of £246.5 million ($348.9 million).

    With the deal, Greenvolt will own 51 pct with the balance being held by Equitix. (Source: Equitix, PR, Website, June, 2021) Contact: Equitix Group, +44 (0) 20 7250 7333, contact@equitix.co.uk, www.equitix.co.uk

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    Greenleaf Scores Biomass Projects Recapitalization (Funding)
    Greenleaf Power
    Date: 2021-06-09
    In the Golden State, Sacramento-based Greenleaf Power LLC reports its wholly-owned subsidiary Greenleaf Biomass Holdings has secured $36.7 million in biomass project funding from East West Bank.

    The funds will be used to recapitalise Greenleaf's 30 MW Honey lake Power project in Lassen County, California, and the 22 MW St-Felicien Cogeneration project in Quebec, Canada. Both are power generation facilities that convert woody biomass waste into electricity that is sold under long-term PPAs to San Diego Gas & Electric and Hydro-Quebec, respectively. Greenleaf also notes it is developing battery storage at sites adjacent to its biomass power facilities. (Source: Greenleaf Power, PR, 8 June., 2021) Contact: Greenleaf Power LLC, 916-596-2500, info@greenleaf-power,com, www.greenleaf-power.com

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    AEG Ashland, Me. CoalSwitch Plant Begins Production (Ind. Report)
    Active Energy Group
    Date: 2021-06-04
    London, UK-based Active Energy Group reports (AEG) reports it has begun production of its CoalSwitch biomass pellets at its 5- tph plant in Ashland, Maine .

    CoalSwitch pellets, which burn at temperature roughly equal to coal, are produced from locally-sourced woody biomass-forestry wastes including bark and treetops/branches and other.

    The Ashland facility is aiming to increase production to 35,000 tpy. (Source: Active Energy Group, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Active Energy Group, Michael Rowan, CEO , www.aegplc.com

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    EQTEC Recommissioning Italian Straw, Woody Biomass Plant (Int'l.)
    EQTEC
    Date: 2021-05-24
    London-based EQTEC is reporting the acquisition and planned €1.75 million recommissioning of a 1 MW biomass waste-to-energy plant in Castiglione d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy.

    The recommissioned 2015-vintage plant will incorporate EQTEC's proprietary advanced gasification technology to utilize locally sourced straw and forestry woody biomass waste to generate green electricity and heat . The plant is slated to be fully recommissioned and operational by Q2, 2022 (Source: EQTEC, PR, Website May, 2021) Contact: EQTEC, David Palumbo, CEO , +44 203 883 7009, www.eqtec.com

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    Mitsubishi Scores 50 MW Woody Biomass Plant Order (Int'l Report)
    Mitsubishi Power
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Yokaham-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is reporting receipt of a turnkey order from Osaka-based special purpose company Hyuga Biomass Power for a 50 MW woody biomass-fired power generation facility in Japan.

    The plant is expected to begin commercial operation in November 2024.

    Hyuga Biomass Power is a joint venture between Osaka Gas, ITOCHU Corporation, Tokyo Century Corporation, and Tokyo Energy & Systems. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Ltd., PR, 12 May, 20210 Contact: Mitsubishi Power Ltd., www.power.mhi.com

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    DRAX Building Biomass Pellet Plants in Arkansas (Ind. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-05-10
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports construction is expected to get underway on the first of three new Arkansas "satellite" woody biomass pellet plants before the month end and the other two plants shortly thereafter.

    Together, the new facilities will produce roughly 120,000 tpy of sustainable biomass pellets from sawmill and forestry dry waste.

    DRAx will invest $40 million in the project. The company is aiming to be carbon negative by 2030. (Source: DRAX, PR, May, 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    CETY Inks Mass. Woody Biomass Project MoU (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Technologies, Ashfield Ag Resources
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Costa Mesa, California-headquartered Clean Energy Technologies Inc. (CETY) is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ashfield Ag Resources to co-develop its initial biomass renewable energy processing facility in Massachusetts using the revolutionary high temperature ablative fast pyrolysis reactor (HTAP Biomass Reactor).

    The project will convert forest biomass waste products to renewably generated electricity and BioChar fertilizer. The project is expected to deliver up to 14,600 MWh per year of renewable electricity and 1,500 tpy of BioChar by Q1 2022.

    The MOU, which is subject to the execution of definitive agreements providing the project with rights to feedstock, site control, approved grid interconnection and power purchase agreement revenues. (Source: Clean Energy Technologies Inc., Website PR, May, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Technologies Inc., Kam Mahdi, CEO, (949) 273-4990, Fax -- (949) 273-4990,www.cetyinc.com; Ashfield Ag Resources, www.ashfield.org

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    ENVIVA Releases 2021 Responsible Sourcing Policy (Ind. Report)
    ENVIVA, Biomass
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Bethesda, Maryland-based sustainable wood bioenergy specialist and woody biomass pellet maker ENVIVA reports the release of its 2021 Implementation Plans, a detailed proposal of goals and initiatives designed to continue to deliver on the company's commitment to responsible and sustainable wood sourcing.

    The 2021 Implementation Plans define the company's measurable goals relative to: sustainable forestry standards; verification and transparency; and conservation leadership across the U.S. Southeast where the company owns and operates its wood pellet production plants.

    Download ENVIVA's Responsible Sourcing Policy HERE; (Source: ENVIV, PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    OMNI CT Sells First OMNI200™ Hydrogen Unit (Alt. Fuel)
    OMNI Conversion Technologies
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Ottawa, Ontario-based OMNI Conversion Technologies Inc. is reporting the sale of its first unsorted non-recyclable Municipal Solid Waste (MSW)-to-hydrogen production unit to produce negative carbon hydrogen in California by the end of 2023.

    OMNI's patented process converts any solid energetic material into OmniSyngas™ to produce clean green hydrogen, biofuels, synthetic natural gas, chemicals or electricity. The OMNI process can produce roughly 5000 tpy of negative carbon hydrogen from 200 tpd of unsorted non-recyclable garbage, plastics woody biomass and other waste with no air emissions. Energy in the garbage replaces electricity otherwise required to make green hydrogen. The circular hydrogen produced could operate some 550 city buses running on hydrogen at a cost less than the current cost of using gasoline or diesel, according to the release. (Source: OMNI Conversion Technologies Inc., Website, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: OMNI Conversion Technologies, Rod Bryden, CEO, Randy Bennett, 613-287-3127, www.onmict.com

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    DRAX Completes Pinnacle Pellet Producer Acquisition (M&A)
    DRAX, Pinnacle Renewable Energy
    Date: 2021-04-19
    Following up on our 17 March covereage, UK-based energy company DRAX is reporting closing of its previously reported purchase of B.C.-based wood pellet producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.

    With the purchase, DRAX becomes the world's leading sustainable bioenergy generation and supply company, operating across North America, the UK, Europe and Asia. The purchase of Pinnacle's 11 sites will increase DRAX' operations to 17 pellet plants and development projects and boosts its production capacity to 4.9 million from 2.9 million. DRAX will also gain a terminal in Prince Rupert.

    Pinnacle will operate as a subsidiary of DRAX and remain headquartered in British Columbia. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yahoo, 17 Apr., 2021)) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com; Pinnacle Renewable Energy, Duncan Davies, CEO, 604.270.9613, 604.270.9914--fax, www.pinnaclepellet.com

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    Japan's Omaezakikou Biomass Power Plant Const. Underway (Int'l.)
    RENOVA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    In Japan, Omaezakikou Biomass Energy GK, manager of the woody biomass power specialist RENOVA-led 74.95 MW Omaezakikou Biomass power generation project in Shizuoka Prefecture, reports plant construction is underway for an expected startup in July, 2023.

    Aside from Omaezakikou Biomass, RENOVA's biomass power portfolio includes the fully operational Akita Biomass power generation facility and the Kanda and Tokushima Tsuda Biomass power generation facilities, which are under construction. (Source: RENOVA, REM, 6 Apr, 2021) Contact: Omaezakikou Biomass Energy, www.renovainc.com/en/business/power_plant/omaezaki_kou_biomass; RENOVA, www.renova.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Woody Biomass,  RENOVA,  

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