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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,  


DOE Releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2021-10-13
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) is a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.

This comprehensive set of solutions requires concerted action, guided by an aggressive goal: to develop and domestically manufacture energy storage technologies that can meet all U.S. market demands by 2030.

The ESGC leverages the expertise of the full spectrum of DOE offices and the capabilities of its National Labs to enable independent testing, verification, and demonstration of energy storage technologies, allowing them to enter the market more quickly. To maximize the speed at which early stage concepts develop into commercial scale deployments, DOE created a comprehensive inventory of lab capabilities that allows energy storage stakeholders to easily identify resources that can assist with their R&D needs.

Download the US DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge details =facilities&sort=relevance&facets=fkaa,fkhhg,fkhhc] HERE, (Source: US DOE, PR, Oct., 2021) Contact: US DOE, 202-586-5000, www.energy.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Storage,  US DOE,  


Lightsourcebp Targets 25GW of Solar by 2025 (Ind. Report)
Lightsourcebp
Date: 2021-10-01
London-headquartered global solar specialist Lightsource bp reports it has secured a new $1.8 billion revolving credit and trade finance facility that will help fuel its new global growth strategy of developing 25GW of solar projects through greenfield, co-development and acquisition opportunities across the EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific regions by 2025. The company has developed 3.8GW of solar projects globally since 2010.

In 2021, Lightsourcebp increased its presence in Spain, Italy and Portugal and announced a major auction win and market entry into Greece. The company's US portfolio stands at roughly 10GW including more than 1.9GW entering into operations or construction in the last 18 months. Additionally, Lightsource bp is exclusively developing a 9GW solar pipeline for bp following its acquisition from 7X Energy, according to the company release. (Source: Lightsourcebp, Website PR, 20 Sept., 2021) Contact: Lightsourcebp, www.lightsourcebp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lightsourcebp,  Solar ,  


NJ Wind Project Could Power up to 1.4 MN Homes (Ind. Report)
Rise Light & Power
Date: 2021-09-22
Queens, New York-based Rise Light & Power, a subsidiary of the LS Power group, is reporting plans to convert a Raritan Bay power station brownfield site in South Amboy into the Outerbridge Renewable Connector, an offshore wind hub to deliver to power for up to 1.4 million homes in the Garden State.

Rise Light & Power last week submitted its Outerbridge Renewable Connector proposal to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and PJM Interconnection and is expecting a decision on the plan this year or early in 2022, according to the company release. (Source: Rise Light & Power, PR, mycentaljersey, 21 Sept., 2021) Contact: Rise Light & Power, Clint Plummer, CEO, www.riselight.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Rise Light & Power,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  


Anbaric Submits NJ Offshore Wind Power Bid (Ind. Report)
Anbaric Development Partners
Date: 2021-09-22
Wakefield, Mass.-based commercial-scale electric transmission and storage systems developer Anbaric Development Partners reports it has submitted a portfolio of 19 offshore wind power transmission projects in New Jersey -- the Boardwalk Power Link projects -- to regional grid operator PJM Interconnection on behalf of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU).

The submission is in response to PJM Interconnection's April solicitation for delivery of offshore wind energy to the New Jersey power grid. New Jersey is aiming for 7.5 GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2035. (Source: Anbaric Development Partners, Sept., 2021) Contact: Anbaric Development Partners, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com; New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

More Low-Carbon Energy News Anbaric Development Partners,  Offshore Wind,  New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  


ADNOC, bp, Masdar Partnering on Hydrogen Hubs, CCS (Int'l.)
ADNOC, bp, Masdar
Date: 2021-09-20
In the UAE, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), British Petroleum (bp) and Masdar are reporting framework agreements on the potential development of clean hydrogen hubs in both the UK and UAE at a scale of at least 2 GW -- 1GW in the UAE and 1GW in the UK.

The agreement is in line with the UK's commitment to achieve 5GW of low-carbon hydrogen by 2030 and the UAE's Nationally Determined Contribution of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 23.5 pct compared to business as usual for the year 2030. Adnoc and bp will also identify areas for potential partnership in methane detection platforms and greenfield carbon capture and underground storage (CCS). (Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, PR, Khaleeji Times, 7 Sept., 2021)Contact: ADNOC, Dr Sultan Al Jaber, CEO, +971 2 7070000. +971 2 6023389--fax, www.adnoc.ae; Masdar, Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO, +971 2 653 3333, www.masdar.ae

More Low-Carbon Energy News ADNOC,  bp,  Masdar,  Hydrogen,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  


20MW UK Green Hydrogen Project Funded (Int'l., Funding)
Uniper, Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho
Date: 2021-09-17
In the UK, Uniper, Siemens Energy AG, Toyota Tsusho and Associated British Ports (ABP) are reporting receipt of matched funding from the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, funded by the Department for Transport and delivered in partnership with Innovate UK, to study and help develop roughly 20MW of green hydrogen production for use at the Port of Immingham, either as a direct replacement for diesel and heavy fuel oil or for the production of clean shipping fuels.

The funded study will review the technical and economic feasibility of reducing port greenhouse gas emissions with hydrogen and develop a plan for future development, as well as assess key areas encompassing the conversion of existing infrastructure, the generation and storage of hydrogen and potential end uses of green hydrogen in and around the port.

The completed feasibility study could enable a front-end engineering design study (FEED) to start in 2022, with potential financial investment decisions in 2023 and possible first green hydrogen production by 2025. (Source: Uniper, Siemens Energy, Toyota Tsusho, RE News, 16 Sept., 2021) Contact: Uniper, www.uniper.energy; Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html; Toyota Tsusho, www.toyota-tsusho.com/english; Associated British Ports , www.abports.co.uk/locations/immingham

More Low-Carbon Energy News Innovate UK,  Uniper,  Siemens Energy,  Toyota Tsusho,  Green Hydrogen,  


PBF Taps Honeywell for Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
PBF Energy, Honeywell UOP
Date: 2021-09-01
Further to our 13 August coverage, Des Plaines, Illinois-based Honeywell is reporting independent transportation fuel refiner and supplier PBF Energy has selected Honeywell Ecofining™ technology for a potential renewable diesel(RD) project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana. PBF is currently evaluating the conversion of an idle hydrocracking unit at the plant to a single-stage Ecofining unit that if constructed would produce 20,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) fuel. A final investment decision by PBF is expected in the coming months.

Honeywell's single-stage Ecofining process is a fast-to-market, capital efficient solution ideal for repurposing underutilized hydroprocessing units to produce higher yields of renewable diesel fuel than other single-stage technologies, according to Honeywell. The process produces Honeywell Green Diesel™ fuel, which is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel.

The UOP and Eni SpA jointly developed the Ecofining process which uses a combination of catalysts in a single operating environment to remove oxygenates and other contaminants from the feedstock, and then isomerize the feed to improve its cold-flow properties. Due to its simplified design, single-stage Ecofining technology can be put into service quickly, with lower capital expense than other designs, according to the release.

PBF Energy -- a major independent petroleum refiners and suppliers of unbranded transportation fuels -- has refining operations in California, Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey and Ohio. (Source: Honeywell UOP, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com, www.honeywellprocess.com; Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com; PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500, www.pbfenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell Green Diesel,  Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  Honeywell UOP,  


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

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

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

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


bp to Purchase CleanBay Renewables Chicken Litter RNG (Ind. Report)
CleanBay Renewables, bp
Date: 2021-08-30
bp is reporting a 15-year agreement to purchase RNG produced from poultry litter -- a mixture of manure, feathers and bedding -- from Princess Anne, Maryland-based CleanBay Renewables and will sell the fuel to its customers, initially in California.

CleanBay is actively exploring sites for future facilities in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and California. Its goal is to establish a portfolio of RNG and power facilities. Each of the 30 proposed CleanBay facilities is expected to generate enough sustainable energy to power 9,200 cars per year by recycling more than 150,000 tons of poultry litter annually. (Source: CleanBay Reneables, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: bp, Michael Thomas, VP Biogas CleanBay Renewables, Thomas Spangler, 410-514-6488, www.cleanbayrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CleanBay Renewables news,  RNG news,  bp news,  


EPA Rcommends RFS Biofuel Blend Mandate Rollback (Reg & Leg.)
Renewable Fuel Standard
Date: 2021-08-30
Reuters is reporting the U.S. EPA is recommending the retroactive lowering Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) biofuel blending mandate.

Under the RFS, U.S. oil refiners are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation's fuel mix, or purchase tradeable credits (RINs) from those that do.

As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Reuters, 26 Aug., 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Fuels Standard,  Biofuel Blend,  


Portland Considering City Smokestack Carbon Tax (Ind. Report)
Portland Oregon
Date: 2021-08-23
In Oregon, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) reports Portland city officials are attempting to resurrect the 2018 Portland Clean Energy Fund -- a tax on emissions from industrial industries to raise about $8 to $11 million a year. The tax proceeds would be used to help meet the city's goal of slashing its carbon emissions in half by 2030 and reducing emissions to zero by 2050.

The Portland Clean Energy Fund has generated $109 million to date with another $52 million expected before the year end. The fund issues cash grants to nonprofits that will generate green energy projects and jobs for communities of color. (Source: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Willamette Week, Aug., 2021) Contact: Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, 503-623-7700, www.portlandoregon.gov/bps

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Tax,  


TC Energy, Irving Oil Ink Decarbonixation MoU (Ind. Report)
TC Energy, Irving Oil
Date: 2021-08-20
Calgary, Alberta-based natural gas-focused midstream energy service provider TC Energy and New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered petroleum refiner Irving Oil are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the development of clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada' The two firms will focus on decarbonizing existing assets and implementing technologies to reduce emissions, including at the 2004-vintage Grandview Cogeneration facility, a 90-MW low-carbon power plant at Irving Oil's 320,000 bpd Saint John refinery -- the largest in Canada.

The partnership will also consider medium and long-term opportunities that support the decarbonization of local industry through the production and delivery of low-emission hydrogen along with a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) network.

The scope, time limits and cost estimates of the joint initiatives will be determined by feasibility studies and outstanding regulatory procedures. (Source: TC Energy, Irving Oil, Zacks, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: TC Energy, 403-920-2000, www.tcenergy.com; Irving Oil, www.irvingoil.com/en-CA/discover-irving/contact-us

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Decarbonization,  TC Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Irving Oil,  


Fagen Tapped for Epitome Energy Biodiesel Soybean Crush Facility (Ind. Report)
Fagen,Epitome Energy
Date: 2021-08-20
Epitome Energy reports it has awarded Fagen the EPC contract to construct a $300 million, 42 million-bpy soybean crush facility in Crookston Minnesota. A refined, bleached, and deodorised oil refining operation may be added at a later date.

Granite Falls, Minnesota-based Fagen has reportedly constructed roughly 60 pct of the US's ethanol production capacity, as well as multiple biodiesel, wind and power projects, according to the release. (Source: Epitome Energy, PR, 18 Aug., 2021) Contact: Epitome Energy, 612-325-1330, www.epitomeenergy.com; Fagen, Evan Fagen, www.fageninc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Epitome Energy,  Biodiesel,  Soybean Oil,  Fagen,  


Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewable Diesel Prod. Underway (Ind. Report)
Phillips 66
Date: 2021-08-13
Houston-headquartered petroleum giant Phillips 66 reports its Haldor Topsoe HydroFlex technology equipped refinery in Rodeo, California, has begun renewable diesel production. Subject to permitting and approvals, full conversion of the refinery is expected to be complete in early 2024 when the facility's renewable fuel production capacity to 50,000 bpd.

Combined with its other renewable fuels facilities and projects, Phillips 66 has the potential to supply 1 billion gpy of renewable fuels, according to the release.

Phillips 66 also announced it is converting 600 branded retail sites in California to sell renewable diesel produced at the Rodeo biorefinery. (Source: Phillips 66, Aug., 2021) Contact: Phillips 66, Jeff Dietert , IR, 832-765-2297, jeff.dietert@p66.com, www.p66.com; Haldor Topsoe, +45 27 77 99 68, www.topsoe.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe ,  Phillips 66,  Renewable Diesel,  


PBF Energy Selects Honeywell Tech. for RD Project (Ind. Report)
PBF Energy
Date: 2021-08-13
Further to our 5th June coverage, Des Plaines, Illinois-based Honeywell reports independent petroleum refiner and transportation fuels supplier PBF Energy Inc. has selected Honeywell Ecofining™ technology for a potential renewable diesel (RD) project at its Chalmette Refinery in Louisiana.

Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-headquartered PBF is currently evaluating the conversion of an idle hydrocracking unit at the plant to a single-stage Ecofining unit that if constructed would produce 20,000 bpd of renewable diesel fuel. A final investment decision by PBF is expected in the coming months.

Honeywell's single-stage Ecofining process produces Honeywell Green Diesel™ fuel from non-edible natural oils and animal fats. The fuel is chemically identical to petroleum diesel and can be used as a drop-in replacement in vehicles with no engine modifications. (Source: Honeywell UOP, Website PR, Aug., 2021) Contact: Honeywell UOP, www.uop.com, Honeywell, www.honeywell.com; PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500 , www.pbfenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Diesel,  PBF Energy,  Honeywell UOP,  


Gevo NW Iowa to Sell RNG to bp (Ind. Report)
Gevo, GEVO, bp
Date: 2021-08-11
Further to our 3rd May coverage, Englewood, Colorado-based Gevo Inc. reports its wholly-owned dairy manure-based renewable natural gas (RNG) project company -- Gevo NW Iowa RNG, LLC (NW Iowa RNG) has inked agreements with BP Canada Energy Marketing Corp. and BP Products North America Inc. for the sale of NW Iowa RNG's production.

The NW Iowa RNG project, which is currently under construction for production early nest year, is slated to produce roughly 355,000 MMBtu of RNG per year for sale into the California market under dispensing agreements bp has in place with Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the largest fueling infrastructure in the US for RNG. (Source: Gevo, PR, Website, 10 Aug., 2021) Contact: GEVO Inc., Patrick Gruber, CEO, 303-858-8358, pgruber@gevo.com, www.gevo.com; Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gevo,  GEVO,  RNG,  bp,  Clean Energy Fuels,  


New Jersey Clean Energy Startups Funding Announced (Funding)
Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
Date: 2021-08-09
In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:

  • Andluca Technologies Inc., located in Princeton, is a spin-out of Princeton University that is developing solar-powered smart glass technology. ($74,969), www.andluca.com

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www. arbelalabs.com

  • Eion NJ Corporation in Princeton is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000) www.pnecycle.com

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


  • Bioenergy Included in NJ Clean Energy Funding (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT), through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following bioenergy-biotech projects and organizations were funded:

  • Farm to Flame Energy, located in Kearny, provides scalable, end-to-end electricity generation systems using biomass for communities in underdeveloped countries. ($74,995), www.farmtoflameenergy.com

  • Green Blu, located in Hamilton, is developing a solar thermal energy-powered brine separation technology for use in desalination, agriculture, and water industries. ($75,000), www.greenblu.co

  • Arbela Laboratories, located in Randolph, is creating a methanol-fed Pichia platform designed to increase the scale and reduce the costs of biomanufacturing. ($73,000), www.arbelalabs.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Website PR Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  


  • Battery, Energy Storage Projects Funded in NJ (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following battery and energy storage organizations and projects were funded:

  • NextGen Battery Technologies, LLC., located in Somerset, is developing a high-voltage, non-flammable solid-state electrolyte for lithium batteries. ($74,939), www.nextgenbattery.com

  • Princeton NuEnergy, located in Bordentown, is developing a battery recycling technology to recycle and reuse used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, portable electronics, and other energy storage devices. ($75,000)

  • SunRay Scientific, LLC., located in Eatontown, is commercializing an advanced material adhesive for use in electronics and semiconductor packaging. ($75,000) www.sunrayscientific.com. (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Battery,  Energy Storage,  


  • NJ Clean Energy Funding Climate-Carbon Projects (Funding)
    New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology
    Date: 2021-08-09
    In Trenton, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) , through the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program which is funded by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU), has announced funding to the following organizations to help accelerate development and innovation of clean technologies within New Jersey's economy. The following organizations were funded:
  • Eion NJ Corporation, located in Princeton, is developing a specialty fine-grained mineral material that rapidly captures and stores carbon dioxide when applied to agricultural soils. ($75,000), www.dnb.com/business-directory/company-profiles.eion_corp.c300f040f3b70cd2ba87f619b617c01b.html

  • RenewCO2, LLC., located in Cranford, is developing an electrochemical process that converts carbon dioxide to plastic precursors and other value-added chemicals conventionally sourced from fossil fuels. ($75,000), www.renewco2.com (Source: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Aug., 2021) Contact: NJEDA, New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, Judith Sheft, Exec. Dir., (609) 858-6700, www.njeda.com/csit

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  CCS,  


  • Exxon Dropped from Carbon Leadership Council (Int'l. Report)
    Exxon,Climate Leadership Council
    Date: 2021-08-09
    Houston-headquartered oil giant Exxon Mobil is reported to have been suspended from the pro-carbon tax Climate Leadership Council (CLC) and the CLC's advocacy arm Americans for Carbon Dividends, after an Exxon lobbyist was secretly recorded by Greenpeace saying "the oil giant only voiced support for a carbon tax because it knew such a policy would be almost impossible to implement."

    Exxon CEO Darren Woods responded that "the lobbyist's comments in no way represent the company's position" and that the "CLC's decision is disappointing and counterproductive" and that Exxon will "mull more aggressive objectives" on emissions.

    Exxon was a CLC founding member in 2017. Participating members include BP Plc, Goldman Sachs Group Inc., World Resources Institute, Microsoft Corp. and others. The CLC advocates that any carbon tax proceeds should be directly returned to taxpayers through "carbon dividends" and wants simpler carbon regulations and similar fees charged on foreign imports to create a level playing field. (Source: Climate Leadership Council, World Oil, 8 Aug., 2021) Contact: Climate Leadership Council, Greg Bertelsen, CEO, www.clcouncil.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Leadership Council,  Exxon,  Carbon Tax,  


    CE+P, JBEI Partner on Advanced Biofuels R&D (Ind. Report
    California Ethanol + Power ,Joint BioEnergy Institute
    Date: 2021-08-06
    California Ethanol + Power (CE+P) reports it is partnering with the Emeryville, California-based Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), a Bioenergy Research Center of the US Department of Energy (DOE), to develop scalable next-generation renewable energy products using biomass from CE+P's planned sugarcane ethanol facility in Imperial County, California.

    The new partnership will jointly pursue research and grants to support new technologies and processes for breaking down byproducts of the planned sugarcane crop as a source for even lower-carbon energy products, including advanced cellulosic ethanol.

    In addition to JBEI, research will also be implemented by the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU) of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab). (Source: California Ethanol + Power, Website News, Aug., 2021) Contact: California Ethanol + Power, 760-344-1004, www.californiaethanlpower.com; Joint BioEnergy Institute, (510) 486-7315, www.jbei.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News California Ethanol + Power,  Joint BioEnergy Institute,  JBEI,  Cellulosic Ethanol,  Ethanol,  Advanced Biofuel ,  


    NJBPU OK's 3,750 MW Solar Incentive Program (Ind. Report)
    New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
    Date: 2021-07-30
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) has approved implementation of the Successor Solar Incentive Program that will pave the way for up to 3,750 MW of new solar generation by 2026, doubling the state's solar capacity. Solar energy is expected to generate approximately 10 pct of the Garden State's total electricity needs once the program is fully implemented.

    The Program contains two sub-programs designed to uplift solar market segments through long-term, tailored incentives for a variety of project types, allowing NJBPU to contain program costs and provide financial certainty for market participants:

  • The Administratively Determined Incentive (ADI) -- a fixed incentive payment for net metered solar projects of 5 MW or less -- including all residential customers and most commercial and industrial buildings and all community solar installations. The incentive value will vary based on project type and size, and will be guaranteed for a term of 15 years.

  • The Competitive Solar Incentive (CSI) -- a competitive solicitation designed to incentivize the lowest financial contribution from ratepayers for grid supply projects and net metered commercial and industrial projects larger than 5 MW. The first competitive process is anticipated to launch in early-to-mid 2022, following additional stakeholder engagement throughout this summer and fall.

    The program will provide one New Jersey Solar Renewable Energy Certificate-II (SREC-II) for every MWh of solar electricity produced by a qualifying facility, with an additional $20/MWh added for public entities -- school districts, municipalities, etc. -- as well as a temporary incentive for projects built on contaminated lands.

    Incentives range from $70-$120/SREC-II, providing continued support for solar development in New Jersey while also offering significant savings over the prior SREC value of approximately $220. (Source: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, PR, 28 July, 2021) Contact: New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, 800-624-0241, www.bpu.stste.nj.us

    More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Board of Public Utilities,  Solar,  Solar Incnetive,  


  • PowerTap Takes Stake in Green Hydrogen Tech. AES-100 (M&A)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital
    Date: 2021-07-28
    PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. reports it has acquired 49 pct of AES-100 Inc. -- the owner of exclusive rights and all intellectual property pertaining to the Advanced Electrolyzer System (AES), a novel electrochemical technology that selectively recovers high purity hydrogen from dilute syngas streams.

    The technology was invented by Burbank, California-based clean technology specialist T2M Global to address the problem of hydrogen trapped in dilute syngas streams that is wasted on low-value applications. The ability to economically extract high purity, clean hydrogen from gas streams commonly produced by carbon-intensive processes and containing contaminates such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide or methane, presents great potential to drive lower emissions footprints for many industrial processes, while unlocking more hydrogen to fuel a cleaner global energy system, according to the release.

    The parties expect considerable synergy between the AES and PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling's SMR technology with the AES complementing it via provision of syngas to PowerTap's SMR. This will essentially broaden the pool of feedstock required to produce hydrogen to include biomass in addition to natural gas/renewable natural gas. (Source: PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., PR, Newswire, 27 July, 2021) Contact: T2M Global, Pinakin Patel, CEO, 203-616-5514, bpatel@t2mglobal.com, www.t2mglobal.com; PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp., Raghu Kilambi, CEO, www.powertapcapital.com; AES-100 Inc., www.aes.com

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    DOE Releases Spawn of EnergyPlus Building Energy, Controls Modeling Software (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-07-28
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in collaboration with Modelon and Objexx Engineering, have released the initial version of the Spawn of EnergyPlus (Spawn)

    Spawn is not a replacement for EnergyPlus, at least not in the foreseeable future. Although it does perform whole-building energy simulation, it targets new use cases in advanced controls, district systems, and grid integration.

    Spawn supports these new use cases by making fundamental use of coupled simulation via the Functional Mockup Interface standard. Spawn reuses the weather, envelope, lighting, and loads models from EnergyPlus and packages them as a single model. However, it replaces EnergyPlus' traditional, imperative, implicit, load-based HVAC and controls models with explicit declarative state-based models from the Modelica Buildings Library which are translated and automatically linked with the EnergyPlus model. By combining models in different configurations, Spawn is able to simulate either a single building or a collection of buildings linked by shared thermal, electrical, and control systems.

    Spawn also fundamentally leverages the Modelica, a standard for equation-based modeling. The use of Modelica to model HVAC and control introduces capabilities that are not found in traditional energy simulation engines such as EnergyPlus. The most significant of these is the ability to simulate physically realistic control sequences using the same specification that is used in controller implementations. The ability to use a single control specification for both energy simulation and implementation aims to bridge these traditionally separate domains and promote the use of high-performance control sequences. Modelica also enables modeling of novel HVAC and district system components and configurations. Spawn HVAC and control models have been developed as part of a multi-year international effort led by IEA EBC Annex 60 and IBPSA-World Project 1 to develop Modelica models for building and community systems.

    Spawn-of-EnergyPlus details HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 27 July, 2021) Contact: DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings

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

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

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

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    EIA Expects Biodiesel Production Increase in 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In Washington, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is predicting that biodiesel production will increase by 10 pct in 2022 following a slight decline in 2021, while biomass-based diesel net are imports are expected to rise in both years.

    According to the EIA, U.S. biodiesel production increased by approximately 5 pct from 2019 to 2020, averaging an estimated 118,000 bpd last year. The agency expects biodiesel to fall slightly to 117,000 bpd this year, before increasing by 10 pct to 129,000 bpd in 2022, due in part to biodiesel's role in meeting multiple Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) targets and the biodiesel production tax credit through 2022.

    The EIA also noted that despite high renewable identification number (RIN) prices, record-high feedstock costs are expected to limit biodiesel production growth over the forecast period.

    The EIA expects net imports to increase to an average of 29,000 bpd in 2021 and 44,000 bpd in 2022. (Source: EIA, July, 2021) Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

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    US PBF Considering $550Mn Renewable Diesel Project (Ind. Report)
    PBF Energy
    Date: 2021-06-25
    Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey-headquartered PBF Energy reports it is considering a $550 million project that would retrofit an idled hydrocracker to produce renewable diesel at its 189,000 bpd Chalmette refinery near New Orleans, Louisiana. The project would allow Chalmette to produce feedstocks for the retrofitted unit from soybean oil, corn oil and other vegetable oils and animal fats.

    PBF is an independent petroleum refiner and supplier of unbranded transportation fuels, heating oils, lubricants, petrochemical feedstocks, and other petroleum products. PBF final investment decision on the project is subject to tax incentives which are expected to be announced later in the summer. (Source: PBF Energy, PR, June, 2021) Contact: PBF Energy, Steven Krynski, Chalmette Refinery Manager, 973.455.7500 , www.pbfenergy.com

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    Clean Energy Fuels Unveils New Visual Identity (Ind. Report)
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp
    Date: 2021-06-23
    "The demand for low- and negative-carbon renewable fuel has increased as more companies look for solutions to address climate change. As the leading provider of renewable natural gas (RNG) for the transportation industry, Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now well-positioned to turn their customers' sustainability goals into reality.

    "At its annual shareholders meeting, Clean Energy introduced a new company logo, a cornerstone of an entirely new brand identity that aligns with its growing commitment to expand its renewable fuel solution. This includes investing in the development of RNG from dairies and other agricultural facilities both independently and with partners TotalEnergies and BP.

    "Currently, RNG represents 70 pct of the fuel sold at Clean Energy's nationwide network of stations, and the company is on a track to provide the fuel at all its stations by 2025, meeting one of its own sustainability goals." (Source: Clean Energy Fuels, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Clean Energy Fuels, Andrew J. Littlefair, Pres., CEO, Raleigh Gerber, 949-437-1397, raleigh.gerber@cleanenergyfuels.com, www.cleanenergyfuels.com

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    Lightsource bp Snares 703MW Spanish Solar Portfilio (M&A, Int'l.)
    Lightsource bp ,Grupo Jorge
    Date: 2021-06-21
    London-headquartered solar energy developer Lightsource bp is reporting acquisition three solar projects totaling 703MW in Aragon, Spain from Zaragosa-based Grupo Jorge. The projects include two in Zaragoza (292MW and 130MW) and the third (281MW) in the Huesca province, which Lightsource bp will bring to construction next year. This deal also builds on Lightsource bp's growing presence in Aragon specifically with around 1.1GW of projects at various stages of development or construction and in operation.

    This Spanish acquisition brings Lightsource bp's Spanish project development pipeline to over 3GW, which has been mainly established this year through co-development partnerships with RIC Energy and Iberia Solar. (Source: lightsource bp, Website PR, 18 June, 2021) Contact: LIghtsource bp, www.lightsourcebp.com/es; Grupo Jorge, +34 976 51 40 29, www.jorgesi.com

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    Consortium Seeks Norwegian Offshore Wind Power Permits (Int'l.)
    BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore Wind
    Date: 2021-06-16
    Further to our Feb 1st coverage, British oil major BP reports it will join Norway's Statkraft and Aker Offshore Wind in an equal one-third partnership to bid for permits to build offshore wind power projects in the Soerlige Nordsjoe II licensing area in the North Sea, one of the two areas opened in Norway. (Source: BP, Statkraft, Aker Offshore, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Statkraft, Lars Magnus Gunther, +47 912 41 636, larsmagnus.gunther@statkraft.com, www.statkraft.com; Aker Offshore Wind, www.akeroffshorewind.com; BP, www.bp.com

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    DBP Supports Flywheel Energy Storage in Philippines (Int'l.)
    Amber Kinetics
    Date: 2021-06-11
    In Manila, the State-owned Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) reports granting a PHP750-million ($15.7 million) revolving line of credit to Amber Kinetics Philippines, Inc. (AKPI), a unit of Union City, California-based Amber Kinetics, Inc ., for the manufacture, sales and export of its novel Flywheel Energy Storage System for renewable energy. The funding would also be used to partially finance working capital and other short-term operational requirements.

    AKI established its first manufacturing site in Sto. Tomas town in Batangas and plans a second manufacturing facility also in the province to meet growing demand. (Source: Development Bank of the Philippines, PR, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Development Bank of the Philippines, www.dbp.ph; Amber Kinetics, (510)-474-1000, info@amberkinetics.com, www.amberkinetics.com

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

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

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    Lightsource BP Secures $330Mn for Aussie Solar Projects (Int'l.)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2021-06-04
    London-headquartered Lightsource bp, a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects, is reporting closing on a $330 million (AUS) financing package and begun construction on its West Wyalong and Woolooga solar projects located in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Financing for the projects was secured from EDC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo and Westpac.

    Combined, West Wyalong and Woolooga will produce approximately 673GWh of renewable electricity a year -- sufficient power for 100,000 Australian homes and cut carbon emissions by 540,000 metric tpy. The projects are expected to come online in mid-2022.

    Queensland is aiming to have 50 pct of energy generation from renewable sources by 2030 and New South Wale has pledged to construct 12GW of clean energy over the next ten years. (Source: LighthouseBP, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Lighthouse BP, Adam Pegg, Country Manager, Australia (732) 429-3906, asam.pegg@lightsourcebp.com, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    LightsourceBP Announces €900Mn INSUN Investment (Int'l)
    Lightsource BP
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In London, renewables group LightsourceBP reports it will invest €900 million ($1.1 billion) in solar energy specialist INSUN Power to fund the development of utility-scale solar projects totaling 1.35 GW in Moura, Castelo Branco, Mogadouro, Chamusca and Viseu, Portugal. The five projects are currently in the early development stage.

    Lightsource BP's present project development pipeline in Portugal and Spain totals 3.5GW capacity. (Source: LightsourceBP, PR, 28 May, 2021) Contact: INSUN, www.insun-power.co.id; Lightsource BP, www.lightsourcebp.com

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    Biden Administration Addresses Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
    White House
    Date: 2021-05-24
    In Washington, the Biden administration has announced new federal initiatives and investments in building energy efficiency and electrification in a move to achieve a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035 and put the United States on an irreversible path to a net-zero economy by 2050. The White House initiative includes:
  • Launching the low-carbon buildings pilot -- Through the Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative and in coordination with Housing and Urban Development, DOE is announcing the first 55 commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to participate in the Low-Carbon Buildings Pilot program, which will share lessons learned for real world pathways to low and no emission buildings.

  • In partnership with the Advanced Water Heating Initiative, DOE is launching a new initiative to increase market adoption of high-efficiency, grid-connected Heat Pump Water Heaters which are two to four times more efficient than conventional water heaters in residential and commercial buildings.

  • New and expanded EPA partnership programs -- EPA is launching new residential and commercial sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on under served residential households through the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade program, accelerate building electrification through an advanced ENERGY STAR certification for new residential buildings, and recognize commercial buildings through a new zero-carbon commercial building certification. It will also launch a new Greenhouse Gas tool linked to its Portfolio Manager tool.

  • New national research initiative focused on innovating clean and efficient building heating and cooling systems -- DOE will launch the Initiative for Better Energy, Emissions, and Equity (E3 Initiative), putting $10M toward accelerating the research and adoption of heat pump technologies. As part of the E3 Initiative, DOE will launch a Cold Climate Heat Pump Technology Challenge to accelerate the development of high performing cold climate heat pump technologies. Another important component will be new research efforts partnering National Laboratories and manufacturers to accelerate the development of lower to no global warming potential refrigerants that can be quickly commercialized.

  • National grid-interactive efficient buildings roadmap -- DOE is releasing the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Roadmap with 14 recommendations to better integrate buildings with solar and wind power through smart operation of electricity demand and storage. Smart buildings allow consumers to have more choice over building operations and provide the ability to manage energy loads and reduce energy bills. Over the next two decades, national adoption of GEBs would create savings of $100 -- $200 billion across the electric power system and could decrease emissions in the power sector by 6 pct per year.

  • New Federal Building Performance Standards -- Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is launching an inter-agency Federal sustainability effort with General Serivices Administration (GSA), DOE, and EPA to develop the first-ever building performance standards (BPS) for the federal government. The BPS will establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The performance standards will identify progressive performance milestones as well as the resources that agencies need to meet them.

  • Blueprint to integrate GEB Technologies into Energy Savings Contracts -- GSA is releasing a blueprint to integrate grid-interactive technologies into federal building renovation and improvement projects, particularly using energy savings, and utility energy savings contracts. The blueprint puts practical guidance and tools into the hands of building operators to help them integrate GEB technologies into current and future performance contracts.

  • New ENERGY STAR standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles -- If all heat pumps, central air conditioners, and electric water heaters sold in the U.S. met the new ENERGY STAR standards, the energy cost savings would grow to $11 billion a year, and 255 billion ppy of GHG emissions would be avoided. These new standards will increase American households' and businesses' access to affordable heating, cooling, water heating, and transportation options.

    These actions -- involving the General Services Administration (GSA), Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- focus on key levers available within the administration's existing authority now, without waiting for the anticipated infrastructure package, the release notes. (Source: The White House, PR, 17 May, 2021)

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  • Vivergo UK Biofuels Plant Slated for 2022 Reopening (Int'l. Report)
    Vivergo Fuels
    Date: 2021-05-21
    UK-based Vivergo Fuels reports it plans to reboot its shuttered 2012 vintage wheat bioethanol plant in Hull, North Yorkshire, following a Department for Transport announcement that E10 petrol will be introduced at pumps across the UK beginning in September, this year. The plant is expected to resume bioethanol production in early 2022.

    The 420 million lpy bioethanol plant, the largest producer in the UK and second largest in Europe -- can process 1.1 million tpy of wheat and supplies 500,000 tpy of animal feed to 800 farms. Vivergo Fuels was established as a JV between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont in 2007. (Source: Vivergo, Biofuels Int'l. 20 May, 2021)Contact: Vivergo Fuels, +44 01482 700850, www.vivergofuels.com

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    Marathon Martinez Refinery Set to Produce RD in H2 2022 (Ind. Report)
    Marathon Petroleum
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Houston-headquartered Marathon Petroleum reports its converted Martinez, California, refinery it is on track to begin producing 17,000 bbl/day of renewable diesel (RD) from bio-based feedstocks such as animal fat, soybean oil and corn oil by the second half of 2022 rising to 48,000 bbl/day once the project is completed in the second half of 2023.

    As previously reported, the facility is expected to produce 736 million bpy of renewable diesel. (Source: Marathon, PR, May, 2021)Contact: Marathon Petroleum Corp., 419.422.2121, www.marathonpetroleum.com

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    U.S. Biomass-Based Diesel Imports Jump 12 pct in 2020 (Ind. Report)
    U.S. Energy Information Administration
    Date: 2021-05-07
    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reporting U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel grew 12 pct to more than 31,000 bpd in 2020 due to the growing demand to meet government programs. This was the second consecutive year that the U.S. imports of biomass-based diesel increased.

    EIA notes nearly 60 pct of the U.S. biomass-based diesel imports in 2020 was renewable diesel, primarily from Singapore since 2015. Renewable diesel imports increased to a record-high level of more than 18,000 bpd in 2020 and biodiesel jumped to more than 12,800 bpd. Imports from Canada accounted for the majority of the U.S. biodiesel imports in 2020 at 7,500 bpd -- up 47 pct from 2019. (Source: US EIA, May, 2021)Contact: EIA, www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo

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

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

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

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    RINs Hit Highs as High Court Deliberates RFS Waivers (Ind. Report)
    RFS, Renewable Fuel Standard
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Reuters is reporting U.S. renewable fuel standard credits (RINs) jumped Tuesday to record highs as costs for soybean oil pushed up both renewable fuel and biomass-based credits.

    Renewable fuel (D6) credits for 2021 traded up from $1.44 to $1.50 each and biomass-based (D4) credits traded at $1.58 each, up from $1.52 previously -- highest since Reuters began reporting data for renewable fuel credits in 2013 and biomass-based credits in 2014.

    The credits, known as RINs, rose at the same time that the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday was hearing oral arguments for a case involving the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, which requires refiners to blend biofuels into their fuel mix each year or buy RINs from those that do. The Supreme Court's decision around the case will likely heavily influence the future of the RFS.

    As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. Under the now vanquished administrator Greg Pruitt's direction, the EPA handed out 54 exemptions over two years and not a single request for an exemption was denied.Under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard, the nation's oil refineries are required to blend billions of gallons of biofuels such as ethanol into the fuel or buy credits from those that do. But the EPA can waive their obligations if they prove compliance would cause them financial distress. (Source: Various Media, Reuters, 27 Apr., 2021)

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    ExxonMobil Confirms Global Clean Energy RD Deal (Ind Report)
    Global Clean Energy,ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Houston-headquartered oil giant ExxonMobil reports it will purchase renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy's Bakersfield, California biorefinery which is on schedule to begin production early in 2022. The Bakersfield facility will process up to 15,000 bpd of renewable diesel (RD) from Global Clean Energy's proprietary camelina feedstock.

    As previously reported, the original 5-fear agreement signed in August 2020 committed ExxonMobil to purchase 2.5 million bpy of renewable diesel for distribution within California and potentially other US and international markets. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Apr. 27, 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning, ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com; Global Clean Energy, Global Clean Energy Holdings, Richard Palmer, CEO, 424-318-3618, contact@gceholdings.com, www.gceholdings.com

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    Indonesia Claiming World's Top Biodiesel Producer Spot (Int'l.)
    Indonesia
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In Jakarta, the Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs claims Indonesia is now the world's largest biodiesel producer with an output of 137,000 bpd -- ahead of the US at 112,000 bpd, Brazil at 99,000 bpd followed by Germany with 62,000 bpd.

    According to the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency, Indonesia's biodiesel production output jumped 300 pct to 8.5 million kiloliters in 2020 from 3 million kiloliters in 2016. (Source: Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs , VNA, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, www.developmentaid.org

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    Topsoe HydroFlex Tech. Selected for Tidewater Renewable Diesel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Topsoe, Tidwater Midstream
    Date: 2021-04-16
    In Denmark, Haldor Topsoe reports it has contracted with Calgary-based Tidewater Midstream for the delivery of its HydroFlex technology to be utilized in a new 3,000 bpd renewable diesel -- from a variety of 100 pct feedstocks -- facility to be constructed at Tidewater's existing Prince George, British Columbia refinery -- subject to final investment decisions. The facility is expected to be Canada's first commercial-scale stand-alone renewable diesel plant.

    Topsoe's HydroFlex is the industry-leading technology for production of renewable jet and diesel provides lower CAPEX, lower OPEX, lower carbon intensity (CI) score, better diesel yield, and can be deployed in both grassroots units and revamps for co-processing or stand-alone applications, according to the company. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, Website, Biofuels Int'l., 15 Apr., 2021) Contact: Tidewater Midstream, Joel MacLeod, CEO, (587) 475-0210, jmacleod@tidewatermidstream.com, www.tidewatermidstream.com; Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

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    PNNL Touts Biocrude Conversion Process Progress (Ind. Report)
    PNNL,Bioproducts Institute
    Date: 2021-04-14
    The U.S. DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is reporting a large-scale demonstration using hydrothermal liquefaction to convert wastewater sludge and food waste biocrude to renewable diesel fuel has passed a significant test, operating for more than 2,000 hours continuously without losing effectiveness.

    "The research showed that essentially any biocrude, regardless of wet-waste sources, could be used in the process and the catalyst remained robust during the entire run. While this is just a first step in demonstrating robustness, it is an important step," according to John Holladay, a PNNL scientist and co-director of the joint Bioproducts Institute, a collaboration between PNNL and Washington State University.

    According to the PNNL release, Wet wastes from sewage treatment and discarded food can provide the raw materials for an innovative process called hydrothermal liquefaction, which converts and concentrates carbon-containing molecules into a liquid biocrude. This biocrude then undergoes a hydrotreating process to produce bio-derived fuels for transportation.

    The next steps for the research team include gathering more sources of biocrude from various waste streams and analyzing the biofuel output for quality. In a new collaboration, PNNL will partner with a commercial waste management company to evaluate waste from many sources. Ultimately, the project will result in a database of findings from various manures and sludges, which could help decide how facilities can scale up economically. The project is supported by the DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO). (Source: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PR, Website, 12 Apr., 2021) Contact: PNNL, Michael Thorson, Project Manager, www.pnnl.gov; John Holladay, Co-director Bioproducts Institute, contact.bpi@ubc.ca, www.bpi.ubc.ca

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    Honeywell UOP Tech. Slated for Paraguay Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Hoenywell
    Date: 2021-04-14
    Honeywell reports Brazil-based ECB Group will use the UOP Ecofining™ process to convert vegetable oils and inedible animal fats into renewable diesel and jet fuel (SAF) at the new Omega Green production facility in Villeta, near Asuncion, Paraguay -- the country's first advanced Biofuels project. Honeywell will also provide technology and engineering services for the project which will produce up to 20,000 bpd of renewable diesel and SAF when fully operational .

    The UOP Ecofining process is used in most 100 pct-biofeed units producing renewable diesel -- and all of the licensed renewable jet fuel production -- in the world today. UOP currently has licensed 20 Ecofining units in nine countries , processing 12 different types of renewable feedstocks, according to the company release. (Source: Honeywell, PR, Energy Global, 13 Apr., 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com, www.uop.com/biofuels, Honeywell Process Solutions, www.honeywellprocess.com; ECB Group, www.ecbgroup.com.br/en/group/ecb-paraguay/ecb-group-paraguay

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    BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered group BP reports it has begun a feasibility study for Britain's largest blue hydrogen plant to be constructed in Teeside , northern England, by 2030. The planned 1-GW facility will produce roughly 20 pct of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

    Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the CO2 emissions from its production. The Teeside project could capture up to 98 pct of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process. (Source: BP, PR, Economic Times, Mar, 2021); Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com

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    Nexans Cabling Supplier on Empire Offshore Wind Project (Ind. Report)
    Nexans
    Date: 2021-03-31
    Paris-based cabling specialist Nexans is reporting a preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with Equinor's Empire Offshore Wind LLC to connect Empire Wind offshore projects to the onshore grid. The turnkey projects cover the full design and manufacturing, as well as the laying and protection of over 300 km of export cables that will deliver renewable energy to over one million homes.

    Empire Wind is being developed by a 50/50 Equinor and BP partnership. Empire Wind is planned for an area of 80,000 acres of federal waters roughly 33 km south of Long Island, east of the Rockaways, New York.

    Nexans designs solutions and services along the entire value chain in three main business areas: Building & Territories (including utilities and e¬mobility), High Voltage & Projects (covering offshore wind farms, subsea interconnections, land high voltage), and Industry & Solutions (including renewables, transportation, oil and gas, automation, and others), according to the company website. (Source: Nexans, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: Nexans North America, www.nexans.com

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