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Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Enviva Biomass
Date: 2021-01-25
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • The aftermath of COVID-19 will push economies into a renewable future -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed how societies, businesses, and governments view the world. As various industries saw a decline in the demand for products and/or services throughout the pandemic, the energy industry witnessed the opposite. Energy production and distribution remained essential regardless of the pandemic.

    Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come. For this reason, we don't foresee a job loss, rather a job transfer -- or perhaps a job boom - in renewables in 2021. For those currently working in fossil fuels, this shift will present a great opportunity to transition skills as the energy sector continues to evolve into a clean energy future.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85% on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • BECCS on the short rise -- Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern United States and exports pellets primarily to power plants in the UK, Europe and Japan that previously were fueled by coal, enabling them to reduce their lifetime carbon footprint by up to 85 pct. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: Enviva Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP., www.envivabiomass.com

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


  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends and Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

  • In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    ENVIVA
    Date: 2021-01-25
    The following has been submitted by ENVIVA Holdings, LP, the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer:
  • Together renewable fuels will further displace coal and natural gas -- As countries take aggressive action on climate change to decarbonize their respective economies by 2050, the direction is clear -- all carbon-neutral and carbon-negative renewable fuels will need to work together if we want to achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century. As the global energy demand for alternative fuels increase, 2021 will mark a turning point for the industry as wind, solar, geothermal, woody biomass, hydrogen, and lithium-ion battery energy providers (among others) make a collective and coordinated effort to combat the global climate crisis.

  • Europe will continue to be the "Poster Child" for renewable energy implementation, but there will be some regulatory uncertainty. -- Delivering Europe's long-term ambition to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050 requires an extensive set of urgent measures to scale up action. At the very least, the world-leading sustainability criteria established by the Renewable Energy Directive II (REDII) will need to be fully implemented by all member states if Europe plans to meet their 2030 and 2050 emission reduction goals. At best, member states will need to further amend the directive if they wish to succeed in cutting carbon emissions by 55 pct in the next decade from 1990 levels.

  • Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation. In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement, sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

  • Biomass to assist the development and deployment of a hydrogen economy -- Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase, they too will look to bioenergy solutions for support.

  • Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) -- is one of the very few options on the table that can remove carbon from the atmosphere. Once matured, BECCS could mark the beginning of a new era for low-carbon fuel applications that will enable us to meet and/or exceed international net zero targets while still enjoying air travel and heavy goods transport, which is difficult and very expensive to decarbonize. We expect 2021 will be the year that we see true progress in climate change mitigation, as a result of new initiatives/policies, new innovations, and new collaborations that are already taking shape.

  • COVID 19 Pandemic aftermath -- Throughout the pandemic we've seen an increased global interest in reducing carbon emissions. Looking ahead, we expect renewable fuels and energy will continue to play a crucial role in power generation for decades to come.

    ENVIVA Holdings, LP is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIV Holdings owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports pellets primarily to formerly coal-fired power plants in the U.K, Europe and Japan. ENVIVA makes pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: Enviva Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, www.envivabiomass.com

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  • Steel Makers Moving from Coal to Hydrogen to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    POSCO
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Korea is facing a similar situation. In Korea, steel makers POSCO (81.48 million tpy) and Hyundai Steel (22.24 million tpy) -- the country's largest CO2 emitters -- are reported to be investigating the use of hydrogen to replace coal in the steel making process.

    According to the Korea lron & Steel Association, making one ton of steel. Steel companies account for 25 pct of global industrial carbon dioxide emissions.

    In Dec, 2020, POSCO announced that it will achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 by drastically reducing carbon emissions through a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. Steel makers ArcelorMittal and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries are also planning to adopt a hydrogen reduction steelmaking method. China, the world's largest steel producer, is avoiding the hydrogen reduction steelmaking method, according to the release. (Source: Korea lron & Steel Association, POSCO, PR, Business Korea, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Korea lron & Steel Association, www.kosa.or.kr

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    Orsted Proceeding with Danish Renewable Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-01-22
    Following up on our 30 Dec., 2019 coverage, Fredericia, Denmark-based Orsted is reporting its final investment decision on the H2RES renewable hydrogen demonstration project at Avedore Holme in Copenhagen.

    The project, the company's first renewable hydrogen project, will use offshore wind energy to produce renewable hydrogen. The H2RES project will investigate how to best combine an electrolyser with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using Orsted's two 3.6-MW offshore wind turbines at Avedore Holme.

    The 2 MW facility, which is expected to produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen transportation fuel daily, is slated to begin operation in late 2021. (Source: Orsted, PR, Offshore, 20 Jan., 2021)(Source: Orsted, Offshore Wind, 20 Dec., 2019) Contact: Orsted, Anders Nordstrom, VP Hydrogen, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

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    Preem, Vattenfall Green-Hydrogen Collaboration Progressing (Int'l.)
    Preem, Vattenfall
    Date: 2021-01-22
    In Sweden, a Stockholm-based collaboration between electric power utility Vattenfall AB and Sweden's major renewable fuel producer Preem AB reports it is considering construction of a 200-500 MW green hydrogen for transportation biofuel production facility at Preem's renewable fuels refinery in Lysekil. As reported on 11 Nov., 2020, the Lysekil facility is being converted to produce 950,000 cubic meters of renewable fuel by 2024.

    Preem's target of producing 5 million cubic meters of biofuel by 2030 could deliver a reduction of transport emissions of up to 12.5 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to about 20 pct of Sweden's total emissions. (Source: Preem, PR, Website, ChemEngineering, 21 Jan., 2021) Contact: Preem, Peter Abrahamsson, Sustainable Development, Petter Holland, CEO, Pres., +46 (0) 10 459 1000, www.preem.se/en/in-english; Vattenfall, Magnus Kryssare, +46 (0)76-769 56 07, magnus.kryssare@vattenfall.com, www.vattenfall.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Thyssenkrupp Touts Green Hydrogen (Green Hydrogen, Biofuel)
    Thyssenkrupp
    Date: 2021-01-20
    Essen-based German steel producer Thyssenkrupp reports its subsidiary Uhde Chlorine Engineers was awarded an engineering contract for its first green hydrogen project and installation of an 88 MW water electrolysis plant in Varennes, Quebec, for Hydro-Quebec.

    After a late 2023 startup, the plant would be "one of the world's first and biggest production facilities for green hydrogen" at 11,100 metric tpy.

    Both the hydrogen and the oxygen, produced as a by-product in the electrolysis process, would be used in a biofuel plant to produce biofuels from residual waste for the transport sector, the release noted. (Source: Thyssenkrupp, PR, Website, Xinhua, 18 Jan., 2021) Contact: Thyssenkrupp, +49 201 844 0, Fax: +49 201 844 536000, info@thyssenkrupp.com, www.thyssenkrupp.com

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    DOE Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects (R&D, Funding)
    DOE Office of Fossil Energy
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions.

    Funding is available for significant advancements in the following program areas:

  • Net-Zero or Negative Carbon Hydrogen Production from Modular Gasification and Co-Gasification of Mixed Wastes, Biomass, and Traditional Feedstocks -- The objective is to advance gasification technologies capable of improved performance, reliability, and flexibility to produce net-zero or negative carbon hydrogen by readily accommodating integration of pre-combustion carbon capture. An additional objective is utilizing low-cost and negative-cost feedstock materials, along with traditional feedstocks, to produce low-cost net-zero carbon fuels and chemicals.

  • Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell Technology (SOEC) Development -- The objective is to develop new or modified materials for SOECs and improve understanding of degradation mechanisms in SOECs for efficient and cost-effective production of hydrogen.

  • Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

  • Advanced Turbines -- The objective is to advance the performance of gas turbine combustion systems fueled with high purity hydrogen, hydrogen and natural gas mixtures and other carbon neutral fuels (e.g., ammonia). An additional objective is to demonstrate a hydrogen-fueled rotating detonation engine in a gas turbine.

  • Natural Gas-Based Hydrogen Production -- The objective is to develop transformative natural gas decarbonization technologies to produce zero- or negative-carbon hydrogen, to meet the needs of future hydrogen markets.

    li> Hydrogen Pipeline Infrastructure -- The objective is to develop technologies that improve the cost and performance (e.g., resiliency, reliability, safety, integrity) of hydrogen transportation infrastructure, including pipelines and compression stations.

  • Subsurface Hydrogen Storage -- The objective is to develop technologies to improve the cost and performance (efficiency, safety, integrity) of subsurface hydrogen storage.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL).

    Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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  • Carbon Capture Included in DOE Fossil-Based Hydrogen Projects Funding (R&D, Funding)
    Carbon Capture
    Date: 2021-01-18
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy (FE) reports the availability of $160 million funding to help recalibrate the Nations fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production. The funding, for cost-shared cooperative agreements, is aimed to develop technologies for the production, transport, storage, and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress towards net-zero carbon emissions.

    Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE/FE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize advanced and novel technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), low-cost hydrogen sourced from fossil energy feedstocks and processes will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of these processes and enable progress toward hydrogen production with net-zero carbon emissions. Funding is available for significant advancements in carbon capture as follows:

    Carbon Capture -- The objective is to complete the initial design of a commercial scale carbon capture, storage, and utilization (CCUS) system that separates and stores more than 100,000 tpy net carbon dioxide of 95 pct purity, with 90 pct+ carbon capture efficiency, from a steam methane reforming (SMR) or autothermal reforming (ATR) plant producing 99.97 pct H2 from natural gas.

    The FOA will be used to solicit R&D for specific areas of interest aligned with the above seven program areas. Successful applications will be of different monetary values and project durations. Projects will be managed by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NRTL). Download the HYDROGEN STRATEGY -- Enabling A Low-Carbon Economy document HERE. (Source: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy DOE, PR, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: U.S. DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy

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    National Grid Joins Bioenergy, Hydrogen Initiative (Ind. Report)
    Gas Technology Institute,EPRI, National Grid
    Date: 2021-01-18
    National Grid US has joined the Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI), a five-year initiative to develop and demonstrate key clean energy technologies and decarbonisation solutions. These include bioenergy, renewable natural gas (RNG), and clean hydrogen. LCRI is jointly led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI).

    Joining LGRI is in keeping with National Grid's effort to advance the potential of clean hydrogen, hydrogen R&D and hydrogen fuel blending as part of its Net-Zero by 2050 Plan. (Source: National Grid, PR, EPRI Website, 15 Jan., 2021) Contact: EPRI Low-Carbon Resources Initiative, 650-855-2121, www.epri.com/lcri; Gas Technology Institute, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 - fax, info@gti.energy, www.gti.energy; National Grid US, Dean Seavers, Pres., www.nationalgridus.com

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    Offshore Hydrogen Production Project Funded (Funding, Int'l. Report)
    Orsted, ITM Power,
    Date: 2021-01-13
    A consortium of London-headquartered ITM Power plc, Orsted A/S, Siemens Gamesa and Cambridge, UK-based Element Energy is reporting receipt of €5 million in funding from the EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH2-JU) for the OYSTER project to investigate the feasibility and potential of combining a single offshore wind turbine directly with an electrolyzer and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore. The consortium will develop and test a megawatt-scale fully marinized electrolyzer in a shoreside pilot trial coordinated by Element Energy.

    The OYSTER project aims to produce hydrogen from offshore wind at a cost that is competitive with natural gas (with a realistic carbon tax), thus unlocking bulk markets for green hydrogen making a meaningful impact on CO2 emissions, and facilitating the transition to a fully renewable energy system in Europe. The project is expected to run from 2021 through 2024 and is a key first step on the path to developing a commercial offshore hydrogen production industry and will demonstrate innovative solutions with significant potential in Europe and beyond.

    For the project, ITM Power is responsible for the development of the electrolyzer system and electrolyzer trials, while Orsted will lead the offshore deployment analysis and feasibility study of future physical offshore electrolyzer deployments, and support ITM Power in the design of the electrolyzer system for marinization and testing. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and Element Energy are providing technical and project expertise. (Source: ITM, Orsted, PR, Chem Engineering, 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: ITM Power, www.itm-power.com; Element Energy, www.element-energy.co.uk; EC Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, www.fch.europa.eu

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    ENGIE, Neoen Partner on French Solar+Storage Project (Int'l.)
    Engie, Neoen
    Date: 2021-01-13
    ENGIE and Paris-hardhearted independent renewable energy developer Neoen report they are partnering to construct "Horizeoa", a 1GW solar farm with battery storage capacity at Saucats in the Gironde region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The facility will supply a green hydrogen production unit and a data centre.

    The Horizeo project is designed as a true low-carbon energy platform combining mature solar energy with electricity storage batteries. The project is intended to demonstrate that it is possible to accelerate the energy transition in France by directly offering competitive renewable energy to companies, according to the release. (Source: ENGIE,rebiz news, Jan., 2021) Contact: Neoen, www.neoen.com; ENGIE EPS, +39 02 49541830, info@engie-eps.com, www.engie-eps.com

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    UK Hydrogen Project Transition to Low-Carbon Economy (Int'l.)
    ESSAR,Progressive Energy
    Date: 2021-01-13
    Andhra Pradesh-based Indian energy company ESSAR Oil Ltd. reports it plans to construct the UK's largest low carbon hydrogen production hub to support the country's transition to a more environmentally sustainable economy. The £750 million investment in two plants will be made jointly with clean energy specialist Progressive Energy as part of its HyNet scheme, a project to supply low carbon hydrogen to industrial sites and homes in north-west England.

    The plants well be constructed next to its Progressive Energy's Stanlow refinery on the Mersey estuary in north-west England. Natural gas, and fuel gases from the refinery, will be converted into low carbon hydrogen, with carbon dioxide captured and stored (CCS) in depleted undersea gasfields 60km offshore in Liverpool Bay. The refinery will be converted to burn hydrogen instead of natural gas. (Source: Essar, PR, FT, Jan., 2021) Contact: Essar, +91 89125 23213, www.essar.com; Progressive Energy, www.progressive-energy.com

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    UK Hydrogen-NatGas Energy Pilot Announced (Hydrogen, Alt Fuel)
    Northern Gas Networks
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In the UK, Northern Gas Networks is reporting 670 homes in the village of Winlaton in Gateshead will take part in a 10-month pilot project that will see 20 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas for residential cooking and heating. Project construction is underway for startup in the Spring.

    The Winlaton pilot -- the first in the UK -- is being seen as a test case in the battle to reduce the household emissions. The pilot is led by Northern Gas Networks and the energy company Cadent, in partnership with the Health & Safety Executive.

    UK Pprime Minister Boris Johnson's government plans to invest in enough hydrogen capacity to power 1.5 million homes by 2030 and develop the first hydrogen-heated town by the end of the decade. (Source: Northern Gas Networks, ITV Tyne Tee News, Jan., 2020) Contact: Northern Gas Networks, Tim Harwood, +44 0800 040 7766, www.northerngasnetworks.co.uk

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    UK PM Touts Green Ind. Revolution, Climate Change Plan (Int'l. Report)

    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The plan focus on the following industries and initiatives:
  • Offshore wind -- The government has already announced an ambition to have every home in the UK powered by offshore wind in an effort to cut the emissions from electricity.

  • Hydrogen -- The gov. plans to have 5GW -- sufficient power for roughly 1.5 million UK homes -- of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030.

  • Nuclear -- The plan calls for renewed support for small modular nuclear reactors that can be largely built in factories and other small applications.

  • Electric vehicles -- The plan calls for increased support for electric vehicles, recharging infrastructure and the previously announced ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

  • Public transport, cycling and walking -- Calls for increased clean public transport options including electric, alternative fuel and hydrogen powered buses as well as encourages cycling and walking.

  • Jet zero and greener fuel transportation -- Calls for zero-emission alternative fuel and electric power long-haul mass transportation including passenger rail, electric airplanes and maritime ferries.

  • Energy efficiency -- The plan calls for a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency.

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) -- Focuses on "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings.

  • Nature and the ecosystem -- Seeks to end the loss of wild life habitats, increase funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and other programs to store carbon, protect habitat and curb flooding.

    10. Innovation and finance -- for the wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk


  • Hydrogen-Fueled Airplane Startup Raises $21.4Mn (Alt. Fuel, Funding)
    ZeroAvia
    Date: 2021-01-11
    Holistar, California-headquartered Hydrogen plane startup ZeroAvia reports raising $21.4 million in a funding round led by Bill Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures to develop zero-emission commercial aircraft to accelerate the transition to Sustainable Aviation.

    ZeroAvia has completed 10 test flights with a six-seater propeller plane powered by hydrogen. Investors included Amazon and energy giant Royal Dutch Shell.

    ZeroAvia -- "the first practical true zero emissions aviation powertrain" -- enables zero emission air travel at scale, starting with 500 mile short-haul trips, at half of today's cost. The company's novel approach removes many limitations of the current zero emission programs, according to the company website (Source: ZeroAvia, PR, Website, Jan., 2021) Contact: ZeroAvia, Valery Miftakhov, CEO, info@zeroavia.com, www.zeroavia.com

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    Energy Efficiency Key in UK PM's Green Ind. Plan (Int'l. Report)
    Energy Efficiency
    Date: 2021-01-11
    In London, UK Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled his 10-point plan for a "green"--low-carbon industrial revolution. The PM's plan calls for "a major effort to increase residential and public building energy efficiency".

    The plan also calls for: a concerted development and deployment of: offshore wind; small-scale nuclear; electric vehicles and alternative fuels; increased use of public mass transit; hydrogen; carbon capture and storage (CCS) "clusters" where groups of power stations, factories or industrial plants could be linked to CCUS infrastructure for greater efficiency and cost savings; ecosystem funding for tree planting, peatland restoration and similar programs to store carbon; and a wholesale, economy-wide shift away from fossil fuels to a low-carbon energy clean future. (Source: Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, Jan., 2021) Contact:Office of UK PM Boris Johnson, www.email.number10.gov.uk

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    Hydrogen Producer BayoTech Scores $157Mn (Alt. Fuel, Hydrogen)
    BayoTech
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Albuquerque, New Mexicao-based on-site hydrogen production specialist BayoTech Inc.reports receipt of an equity investment of up to $157 million from Newlight Partners LP and existing investors Cottonwood Technology Funds, Sun Mountain Capital and new investor Fortistar. The proceeds will be used to accelerate BayoTech's growth through product development, project development and infrastructure expansion.

    Bayotech provides modular hydrogen generation systems using energy-efficient steam methane reformers (SMR). Current containerized BayoTech systems produce hydrogen at a rate of 200 kg H2, 500 kg H2 and 1,000 kg H2 per day. The company is developing systems capable of producing 5,000 kg, 10,000 kg and 30,000 kg of hydrogen per day, according to the release.

    BayoTech's modular, scalable, and rapidly deployable hydrogen production systems requires low upfront capital commitments and when paired with renewable natural gas (RNG), offers the most cost-effective green hydrogen available today. (Source: BayoTech, PR, Website, 5 Jan., 2020) Contact: BayoTech, Stewart Stewart, CCO, (505) 639-9238, info@BayoTech.us

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    SK Group Invests $1.5Bn in Plug Power (Hydrogen, Alt, Fuel, M&A)
    SK Group, Plug Power
    Date: 2021-01-08
    In Seoul, South Korea's third-largest conglomerate SK Group is reporting a $1.5 billion strategic investment through a US subsidiary to acquire a 9.9 pct stake in Letham, NY-based hydrogen fuel cell specialist Plug Power. The two companies will set up a joint venture targeting Asia's hydrogen market. As previously reported, SK launched a task force to establish a hydrogen value chain covering production, transportation and charging.

    SK would build a plant capable of producing 30,000 tpy of liquefied hydrogen from 2023. SK E&S, which imports more than three million tons of liquefied natural gas per year, will also produce 250,000 tpy of blue hydrogen derived from natural gas with carbon capture technology from 2025.

    Plug Power is the leading provider of comprehensive hydrogen fuel cell turnkey solutions and operates a hydrogen highway across North America. "SK Group has an established strategy for building out the hydrogen economy in South Korea and beyond," according to Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh.(Source: SK Group, PR, Jan., 2020) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, 518-782-7700, www.plugpower.com; SK Group, www.skgroupinc.com

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    Shell Invests in Enerkem's Quebec Biofuel Plant (Ind. Report)
    Shell Canada,Enerkem,Forge Hydrocarbons
    Date: 2021-01-08
    Shell Canada reports it will invest $350 million in a biofuel plant that is slated to open in Varennes, Quebec in 2023.

    The plant -- which has received funding from Suncor Energy Inc., natural gas company Proman, Hydro-Quebec and the Quebec and federal governments -- will use Montreal-headquartered biofuels producer Enerkem Inc technology to process contaminated wood, construction and demolition leftovers, plastics, municipal and solid waste into methanol and ethanol. The plant will use hydrogen produced from hydroelectricity as its gasification agent.

    As previously reported, Shell Canada's other biofuels partnership in Sombra, Ont., will convert waste fats and oil into renewable diesel using technology developed by Alberta-based Forge Hydrocarbons Corp.

    The Canadian federal government estimates the global biodiesel market will grow to $44-billion by 2025. (Source: Shell Canada, PR, Enerkem, Jan., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com; Forge Hydrocarbons, www.forgehc.com; Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

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    Monolith Materials Seeking 100 pct RECs (Ind. Report)
    Monolith Materials,Nebraska Public Power District
    Date: 2021-01-06
    In the Cornhusker State, Lincoln-based chemical and hydrogen company Monolith Materials reports it is seeking 2 million MWh annually of renewable energy through an agreement with the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) to supply its Olive Creek facility with 100 pct renewable energy.

    Monolith is planning a $1 billion expansion of its Olive Creek facility and has signed a letter of intent with the NPPD to procure the annual 2 million MWh of power.

    NPPD will secure the generation resources and power to the facility will be delivered by Norris Public Power District, a wholesale customer of NPPD. Norris Public Power District purchases 98 pct of its power from the NPPD and 2 pct of its power from Lincoln Electric System, according to Norris' 2019 annual report. (Source: Monolith Materials, PR, Jan., 2021) Contact: Monolith Materials, Rob Hanson, CEO, 402-413-5763, www. monolithmaterials.com; Nebraska Public Power District, Pat Pope, CEO, Pres., www.nppd.com

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    Everfuel Acquiring Danish Hydrogen Fueling Firm (Int'l. M&A)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-01-04
    Herning, Denmark-based green hydrogen producer Everfuel A/S reports it will acquire hydrogen fueling stations operator Danish Hydrogen Fuel A/S (DHF) from Nel Hydrogen A/S, industrial gas firm Strandmollen A/S and fuel retailer OK A.m.b.a. for an undisclosed price.

    DHF runs four stations near the Danish cities of Korsor, Kolding, Esbjerg and Aarhus. Everfuel produces green hydrogen for zero emission mobility with operations in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. (Source: Everfuel A/S, PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Everfuel A/S, +45 53 66 69 99, www.everfuel.com

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    New Nanomaterial Supports Hydrogen Production from Methanol (New Prod & Tech, Alternative Fuel)
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In an open-access paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) Molecular Foundry report they have designed and synthesized ultrasmall nickel nanoclusters deposited on defect-rich BN nanosheet (Ni/BN) catalysts that can cleanly and efficiently accelerate the reaction that removes hydrogen atoms from a liquid chemical carrier such as methanol and could help make hydrogen a viable energy source for a wide range of applications, including alternative transportation fuels.

    The research is part of the Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), a consortium funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

    For the chemical reaction that produces hydrogen from liquid carriers, the most effective catalysts are made from precious metals. However, those catalysts are associated with high costs and low abundance and are susceptible to contamination. Other less expensive catalysts, made from more common metals, tend to be less effective and less stable, which limits their activity and their practical deployment into hydrogen production industries. LBNL will hone the strategy of modifying 2D substrates in ways that support tiny metal clusters, to develop even more efficient catalysts. The technique could help optimize the process of extracting hydrogen from liquid chemical carriers.

    The research was supported by the DOE Office of Science and EERE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. (Source: LBNL, PR, Website, Green Car Congress, 3 Jan., 2021) Contact: LBNL, Molecular Foundry, Jeff Urban, Inorganic Nanostructures Facility Director, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov; Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hymarc-hydrogen-materials-advanced-research-consortium

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    Scottish GHG Reduction, CCUS Project Shares Funding (Int'l.) Report)
    Neccus
    Date: 2021-01-04
    In Scotland , Aberdeen-based Neccus reports it is one of six projects across the uk that will share £8 million in government funding to develop a net-zero road map to enable a sustainable reduction in large-scale industrial CO2 emissions.

    The six projects will receive a share of the multi-million-pound funding as part of a drive to create the world's first net-zero emissions industrial zone by 2040. All six areas receiving funding have high concentrations of industrial activity. The "industrial clusters mission" aims to support the delivery of four low-carbon regional zones by 2030 and at least one net-zero "green hotspot" by 2040, kick-started by the government's £170 million industrial decarbonisation challenge.

    The six winners will produce detailed plans for reducing emissions across major areas of industrial activity, where related industries have congregated and can benefit from utilising shared clean energy infrastructure such as carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS).

    NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and support the programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. At the heart of the NECCUS Alliance is a project known as Acorn which is set to deliver a carbon capture and storage programme for Scotland by 2024 and which can be scaled-up to support other carbon reduction projects across the UK and Europe in the 2020s. The project will also enable hydrogen to be used more widely as a source of clean energy. Both these technologies will be crucial if Scotland is to meet its carbon net zero target by 2045 and the UK by 2050, according to the Neccus website. (Source: Neccus, The Scotsman, 2 Jan., 2021) Contact: Neccus, www.neccus.co.uk

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    Japan Clarifies Renewable Energy, Carbon Neutrality Goals (int'l.)
    Japan
    Date: 2020-12-28
    Last week in Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga confirmed his government's goal of goal of generating more than half of the country's electricity primarily from offshore wind and other renewable energy resources and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

    Japan also aims to use nuclear and thermal power plants with carbon capture technology (CCS) to cover 30 to 40 pct of the nations electricity demand. Ammonia and hydrogen technologies are expected to supply roughly 10 pct of the country's power needs.

    Japan was the world's sixth-largest greenhouse gas emitter in 2017. (Source: ADP, Manila Times, Various Media, 27 Dec., 2020)

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    DOE Invests $7.6Mn in Energy Storage R&D (Ind. Report, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2020-12-28
    The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 29 R&D projects to receive nearly $7.6 million in cost-shared federal funding to advance fossil fuel -- energy storage technologies. The R&D will accelerate the development of technology options to manage the energy transition underway to decarbonise and increase the flexibility of fossil power generation and support the grid of the future with increasing variable renewable generation.

    The selected projects include thermal, chemical, mechanical, and other innovative energy storage technologies integrated with a range of fossil assets -- 16 of which will focus on hydrogen and ammonia, which are key low-carbon energy carriers with the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonise the industrial and power generation sectors.

    Nine projects will focus on thermal energy storage, including mature options such as molten salt that can offer near-term deployment opportunities.

    Energy storage technologies will be integrated with a range of fossil assets, including coal power plants, natural gas combined cycles, and combustion turbines. Applications include power generation utilities, petrochemical complexes, microgrids, university campuses, and repowering retired coal power plants. Many of the applications are envisioned to include fuel switching (hydrogen or ammonia) or carbon capture and storage to mitigate carbon emissions and leverage the energy storage technology to increase flexibility, reduce cycling damage, and time-shift energy to enhance grid support and asset utilisation.

    Anticipated host sites for the near-term projects will be distributed across at least 11 states and many regulated markets including the California Independent System Operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool Inc., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and New York Independent System Operator. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects. (Source: US DOE, World Coal, 28 Dec., 2020)

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    Ottawa Releases Cdn. Federal Hydrogen Strategy (Report Attached)
    Natural Resources Canada
    Date: 2020-12-28
    On December 16, 2020, the Canadian Liberal Gov. of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released its Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, an ambitious framework to cement hydrogen's role in Canada's path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and to make Canada a global leader in hydrogen technologies.

    Hydrogen can be used as a fuel alternative for transportation, including light- and heavy-duty vehicles, transit buses and trains. It can also be used in power generation and can be burned on its own or blended with natural gas to heat residential and commercial buildings or provide high-grade heat for industrial processes. Hydrogen is also commonly used as feedstock for industrial processes such as petroleum refining, bitumen upgrading and the production of ammonia, methanol and steel.

    Download the HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 16 Dec., 2020) Contact: NARCAN, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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    CEC Investing in Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
    California Energy Commission
    Date: 2020-12-23
    In Sacramento, the California Energy Commission (CEC), through its Clean Transportation Program, reports it will invest up to $115 million to construct 111 new hydrogen vehicle transportation fueling stations by 2027. The funding nearly doubles the Golden State's investments to date and will help California nearly achieve its goal to deploy 200 public hydrogen fueling stations.

    To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with another 16 under construction. With the new $115 million dunding, there could be up to 179 stations in the state, including seven privately funded stations.

    The CEC Clean Transportation Program -- aka Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- invests up to $100 million annually in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects statewide. The CEC leverages public and private investments to support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: California Energy Commission , 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission www.energy.ca.gov, CEC Clean Transportation Program, www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/clean-transportation-program

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    Making Green Hydrogen a Climate Solution (Report Attached)
    International Renewable Energy Agency
    Date: 2020-12-18
    According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), hydrogen produced with renewable electricity could compete on costs with fossil fuel alternatives by 2030. A combination of falling costs for solar and wind power, improved performance as well as economies of scale for electrolysers could make it possible.

    The report notes green hydrogen could play a critical role in decarbonisation strategies, particularly so where direct electrification is challenging in harder-to-abate sectors, such as steel, chemicals, long-haul transport, shipping and aviation. However, regulations, market design and the costs of power and electrolyser production are still major barrier to the uptake of green hydrogen.

    The study identifies key strategies and policies to reduce costs for electrolysers through innovation and improved performance aiming to scale up electrolysers from today's megawatt to multi-gigawatt (GW) levels. Standardization and mass-manufacturing of the electrolyser stacks, efficiency in operation as well as the optimisation of material procurement and supply chains will be equally important to bring down costs. For that, today's manufacturing capacity of less than 1 GW would have to massively grow beyond 100 GW in the next 10 to 15 years.

    Read the full Green Hydrogen Cost Reduction: Scaling up Electrolysers to Meet the 1.5C Climate Goal report HERE. (Source: IRENA, PR, 17 Dec., 2020) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

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    €30Bn Dutch GHG Emissions Reduction Scheme Approved (Int'l.)
    European Commission
    Date: 2020-12-16
    The European Commission (EC) reports it has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €30 billion scheme to support projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Netherlands while contributing to the EU environmental objectives and supporting the EU Green Deal.

    The €30 billion scheme, which will run until 2025, will support cost effective renewable energy, use of waste heat, hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage(CCS) and other environmentally-friendly projects in line with EU rules.

    Scheme beneficiaries will receive support via a variable premium contract of up to 15 years, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commission, EU Reporter, 15 Dec., 2020)Contact: EU Green Deal, ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

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    Siemens, Clemson, Duke Research Hydrogen Storage (R&D Report)
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy, Clemson University
    Date: 2020-12-14
    Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy's combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina.

    The US DOE awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the "H2-Orange" research pilot to be launched in March. 2021. The project will include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas as well as evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than lithium-ion battery technology.

    Duke Energy has actively evaluated hydrogen as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to help meet its net-zero carbon goal by 2050, as have Siemens Energy and Clemson University as they aim for net-zero carbon by 2030. (Source: Siemens Energy AG,Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Siemens Energy, www.siemens-energy.com; Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Clemson University, 864-656-3311, www.clemson.edu

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    ABSL Funded to Design Biohydrogen Production Line (Int'l.)
    Advanced Biofuel Solutions,InnovateUK
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In the UK, Swindon-based Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd (ABSL)reports receipt of £250,000 in grant funding from Innovate UK to design a production line that makes high purity biohydrogen for fuel cell electric vehicles.

    ABL will convert household waste into bio-substitute natural gas (BioSNG) that is injected into the local gas grid and then sold to compressed natural gas (CNG) filling stations. The project will focus on purifying a slipstream of syngas to meet the stringent specification for proton electron membrane fuel cells. The hydrogen would then be compressed and transferred to tube trailers that will take it to hydrogen refueling stations for use in buses and other hydrogen vehicles.

    ABSL's RadGas technology converts waste into a high-quality synthesis gas which Wood's VESTA technology converts into BioSNG. Wood will adapt the VESTA system to switch flexibly between the biohydrogen and BioSNG production enabling ABSL to deliver either product to meet market demand. University College os London will test the biohydrogen at their Electrochemical Innovation Lab as well as assess the greenhouse gas emissions associated with biohydrogen and compare them to blue and green hydrogen.

    Overall, the project aims to develop a new source of hydrogen to help give transport providers in the public and private sectors the confidence to adopt this important new fuel. (Source: Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd., PR, Dec. 2020) Contact: Advanced Biofuel Solutions Ltd., Andy Cornell, CEO, +44 0 1793 832 860, info@absl.tech, www.absl.tech

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    BioSolar Launches Green Hydrogen Tech. Venture (Ind. Report)
    BioSolar
    Date: 2020-12-14
    In the Golden State, Santa Clarita-based energy storage technology and materials developer BioSolar, Inc. is reporting the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary, NewHydrogen, Inc., to develop an electrolyzer technology to lower the cost of green hydrogen. This program's existing lithium-ion technology development targeting the high-growth battery electric vehicle (BEV) sector.

    Pound for pound, hydrogen contains 3 times as much energy as natural gas or gasoline and 200 times as much energy as lithium-ion batteries. It is the most abundant and prevalent clean energy in the universe but does not exist in its pure form and must be extracted. As of 2020, nearly 95 pct of hydrogen in the world is made by steam reforming of natural gas (grey hydrogen) or coal gasification (brown hydrogen). Both sources of hydrogen are basically different forms of dirty, carbon heavy, and non-renewable fossil fuels, according to the BioSolar release. (Source: BioSolar Inc., PR, 14 Dec., 2020) Contact: NewHydrogen, Inc., www.NewHydrogen.com; BioSolar Inc., Dr. David Lee, CEO, Tom Becker, Inv. Rel., (877) 904-3733, ir@biosolar.com, www.biosolar.com

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    NextChem, Enel Ink Green Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    Maire Tecnimont,NextChem,Enel Green Power North America
    Date: 2020-12-11
    In Milan, Italian engineering giant Maire Tecnimont S.p.A., through its NextChem subsidiary, and Enel Green Power, through its North American renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc. are reporting a MoU to support the production of green hydrogen via electrolysis in the United States.

    Under the MoU Enel will leverage NextChem's hydrogen technology and engineering expertise to convert solar energy into green hydrogen to be supplied to a bio-refinery.

    Under the agreement, NextChem will act as technology and engineering partner and full turnkey EPC contractor, providing Enel Green Power with the necessary technical assistance in relation to the development and implementation of the project. (Source: Maire Tecnimont, PR, 9 Dec., 2020) Contact: Maire Tecnimont S.p/A., www.mairetechnimont.com; Enel Green Power, www.enelgreenpower.com; NextChem, +39 327 0663447, mediarelations@nextchem.it, www.nextchem.com

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    Enerkem Proposes Advanced Biorefinery in Quebec (Ind. Report)
    Enerkem
    Date: 2020-12-09
    Montreal-based biofuels-renewable fuels from wastes specialist Enerkem and strategic partners Shell, Suncor, Proman and Hydro-Quebec is reporting plans to develop a 33.2 million gpy biorefinery in Varennes, Quebec.

    The proposed $875 million (Cdn) Varennes Carbon Recycling facility would produce ethanol and renewable chemicals from roughly 200,000 metric tpy of wood waste, forest biomass and non-recyclable plastic and solid waste materials using a proprietary thermochemical technology.

    Enerkem notes the proposed project will leverage green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis and include construction of one of the world's largest renewable hydrogen and oxygen production facilities. The first phase of the proposed project is slated for commissioning in 2023. (Source: Enerkem, Website, 8 Dec., 2020) Contact: Enerkem, Dominique Boies, CEO and CFO, 514-375-7800, communications@enerkem.com, www.enerkem.com

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    S. Korea Planning Climate Response Fund (Int'l. Report)
    South Korea
    Date: 2020-12-09
    In Seoul, the South Korean Finance Ministry is reporting the government plans to overhaul its carbon emissions taxation scheme and create a tentatively named Climate Response Fund to fight climate change. The move is in keeping with a bid to transform the country's fossil-fuel reliant economy into a low-carbon economy and achieve its previously announced goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The initiative is in line with the government's Green New Deal drive to slash GHG emissions by 24.4 pct by 2030 from 2017 levels to achieve sustainable growth through eco-friendly policies.

    In a related effort, the country will increase its efforts to scale down its dependence on fossil fuels and further develop green energy sources such as hydrogen and renewable energy.

    In 2019, coal accounted for 40.4 pct of the country's power generation followed by liquefied natural gas (LNG) at 25.6 pct and nuclear power with 25.9 pct. (Source: Yonhap, 7 Dec., 2020)

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    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-07
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing.

    Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark.

    According to DTU chemical engineering researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt, the Synfuel project uses hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund, www.innovationsfonden.dk/en; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk/english, www.synfuel.dk

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    DTU Researching Biomass Alternative Fuels (Int'l., R&D)
    Technical University of Denmark
    Date: 2020-12-06
    The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Lyngby is working with the Synfuel Project on a way to efficiently convert biomass and wind energy into green methanol. This methanol can then be used as fuel for ships. It can also be used to replace diesel and kerosene after processing. Through this project, the university is offering a solution for storing energy from biomass and wind sources. It can then be used to make fuel for aircraft and ships, among other things. This technology is being developed with funding from the Innovation Fund Denmark. According to DTU chemical engineering researcher, researcher Jesper Ahrenfeldt of DTU Chemical Engineering The Synfuel project uses the hydrogen in a Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) to make a liquid fuel.” Synthesis gas is mixed with hydrogen which is then converted into fuel. Synthesis gas is a mixture consisting of hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide that is released during the gasification of biomass. Straw was used for this in this project. The entire process is powered by wind energy. (Source: technical University of Denmark, PR, 6 Dec., 2020) Contact: Denmark Innovation Fund, www.innovationsfonden.dk/en; DTU Energy, Synfuels Project, Professor Peter Vang Hendriksen, +45 46 775 725, pvhe@dtu.dk, www.dtu.dk/english, www.synfuel.dk

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    Scottish Homes to Test 100 pct Green Hydrogen Heating (Int'l.)
    Ofgem, Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-12-02
    In Scotland, 300 homes in Fife are slated to become the first in the world to use 100 pct green hydrogen to heat their properties as part of a 4-year trial that could help households across the country replace fossil fuel gas.

    The test aims to determine whether zero carbon hydrogen, made using renewable energy and water, could help the UK meet its fossil fuels reduction and climate goals.

    UK energy regulator Ofgem, has awarded £18 million to support the project and the Scottish government is adding £6.9 million in grant funding. Ofgem is also supporting a £12.7 million project from National Grid for "offline" hydrogen trials, using old gas grid pipes, to test the safety of transporting hydrogen. (Source: Ofgem, Guardian, 30 Nov., 2020) Contact: Ofgem, Jonathan Brearley, CEO, +44 0207 901 7225, www.ofgem.gov.uk

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    MHI's Monolith Investment Supports Hydrogen Prod. (Ind. Report)
    Monolith Materials,Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America,
    Date: 2020-12-02
    In the Cornhusker State, Lincoln-based Monolith Materials, Inc. is reporting receipt of an investment from Houston-headquartered Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, Inc. (MHI) to support its commercial-scale, emissions-free hydrogen manufacturing technology at its Olive Creek 1 in Hallam --the company's first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tpy of carbon black along with emissions-free "turquoise" hydrogen using 100 pct renewable energy.

    Monolith's process technology converts natural gas into clean hydrogen and a solid carbon material called carbon black, a critical raw material in the automotive and industrial sectors.

    Combined, Monolith's production of hydrogen, emissions-free ammonia and carbon black are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 1 million metric tpy compared to traditional manufacturing processes, according to Monolith. (Source: Monolith Materials, PR, Nov. 2020) Contact: Monolith Materials, Rob Hanson, CEO, 402-413-5763, www.monolithmaterials.com; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America, 346-308-8800, www.mhi.com/company/regions/americas

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    Enel Group Plans Green Hydrogen Growth (Int'l. Report)
    Enel Group,Hydrogen Europe
    Date: 2020-11-30
    At last weeks European Hydrogen Forum, a gathering of industry leaders, policy-makers, government representatives and researchers, the Enel Group reported plans to grow its green hydrogen capacity to over 2 GW by 2030 and to integrate electrolyzers with renewable energy plants producing electricity for direct sale and ancillary services to support further renewable penetration in the grid, with green hydrogen also being sold to industrial customers.

    According to Enel Group CEO Francesco Starace, the company is developing green hydrogen projects in Spain, Chile and the United States. Starace noted the cement, fertilizer and chemical industries, as well as transport by sea or air cannot be fully electrified and need green hydrogen if we want to achieve a fully decarbonized society going forward. For these sectors, green hydrogen can truly be the answer to decarbonization. Technological development, however, is just in the initial phase and we have to accelerate its pace and study its evolution carefully in order to avoid mistakes in capital allocations and bets in solutions that need to be tested before large investments are put to work, Starace added.

    The European Hydrogen Forum was jointly organized by the European Commission's Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) and the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), in partnership with Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. (Source: Enel Group, Romania Business Review, 27 Nov., 2020) Contact: Enel Group, Francesco Starace, CEO, www.enel.com; Hydrogen Europe, www.hydrogeneurope.eu

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    H2PRO Green Hydrogen Tech Wins Shell Energy Challenge (Int'l.)
    H2PRO
    Date: 2020-11-27
    Israeli green energy startup H2Pro reports winning the top prize at Royal Dutch Shell's annual New Energy Challenge competition for its cost effective Electrochemical-Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) hydrogen production technology.

    E-TAC uses renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in two separate phases. E-TAC is membrane-free, requires no precious metals and can operate at high pressure. The process, developed at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, reaches 95 pct efficiency with nearly 30 pct less renewable electricity than leading electrolysis technologies use to produce green hydrogen -- a viable and renewable fuel alternative to oil and natural gas.

    H2PRO, which has an exclusive license to the technology, has raised funds from major firms like Hyundai, Sumitomo and Bazan, according to a company release. (Source: H2PRO, Jerusalem Post, 26 Nov., 2020) Contact: H2PRO, www.h2pro.co; Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, www.technion.ac.il/en

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    SINOPEC Leading CO2 Emissions Peak Research (Int'l. Report)
    SINOPEC
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Beijing-based integrated energy and chemical specialist China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINPOEC) is reporting three strategic cooperation agreements to take the lead in a joint research on green and low-carbon energy and the energy and chemical industry's carbon emissions peak and move toward carbon neutrality before 2030 following China's action plan.

    And in terms of greenhouse gas recovery and utilization, Sinopec is focusing on promoting the recovery and utilization of high-concentration CO2 tail gas from refining and chemical enterprises, carrying out CO2 flooding field tests and methane gas release recovery.

    Carbon emissions peak refers to the inflection point of total CO2 emission, after which the emissions will begin to decline. The carbon neutral target aims to achieve low-carbon and zero-carbon transformation of energy, realizes zero CO2 emissions, reduce other types of greenhouse gas emissions significantly as well as total man-made greenhouse gas emissions to zero through increasing carbon sinks and artificial negative emission measures.

    In recent years, Sinopec has promoted its green and low-carbon development tactic for the corporate development strategy, actively control its greenhouse gas emissions to achieve significant carbon emissions results. In the area of clean energy development, Sinopec has expanded its construction of natural gas production capacity and promoted the development of new energy resources such as biomass energy and geothermal energy, while driving forward the development and utilization of hydrogen energy. (Source: SINOPEC, PR, 24 Nov., 2020) Contact: SINOPEC, www.sinopecgroup.com/group

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    ASU, TEXEL Partner on Battery Tech Commercialisation (Ind. Report)
    Arizona State University
    Date: 2020-11-25
    Arizona State University (ASU) and Goteborg, Sweden-based TEXEL Energy Storage are reporting an agreement to commercialize a new battery technology developed in partnership with US DOE Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL).

    The battery, which uses no rare metals and is potentially more cost-effective than lithium-ion batteries in large scale, is based on Metal Hydrides and Hydrogen, and has more than twenty times higher energy density than other heat storage.

    Under the agreement, ASU will analyse the TEXEL technology and evaluate its competitiveness to other energy storage technologies in solar and storage peaker plants, microgrids, critical public infrastructure and residential and commercial building applications. (Source: ASU, PR, Website, Nov., 2020) Contact: Arizona State University, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Johnson, Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions , (408) 727-5271, NathanJohnson@asu.edu, www.asu.edu; TEXEL Energy Storage, Lars Jacobsson, CEO , +46 31 17 00 00 www.texles.com

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    NSW Green Hydrogen Gets $50Mn Boost (Int'l., Funding Report)

    Date: 2020-11-23
    In the Land Down Under, the government of New South Wales (NSW) is reporting a ten-year, $50 million funding commitment to help develop the green hydrogen industry in NSW.

    "This $50 million investment coupled with the guaranteed supply of low cost renewable power will make green hydrogen projects economically viable from day one," according to the release. (Source: Gov. of NSW, EchoNet Daily, 19 Nov., 2020)


    UNSW Sydney Leading Hydrogen Supply Chain Collaboration (Int'l.)
    University of New South Wales
    Date: 2020-11-20
    In the Land Down Under, the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW) reports it will lead a consortium of German and Australian research and industry partners to test the feasibility of a renewable energy-based hydrogen supply chain between the two countries.

    The two-year feasibility study will look for opportunities to collaborate on the production, storage, transport and use of hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources, as well as assess current technologies, identify regulatory and logistical barriers, and recommend business models for the development of this two-way trade and investment.

    Australia and Germany have both released national hydrogen strategies to help support and grow the development of renewable hydrogen as a clean source of energy with the potential to lower national carbon emissions.

    UNSW is a world-leader in hydrogen research and home to the ARC Training Centre for The Global Hydrogen Economy, as well as the Hydrogen Energy Research Centre.(Source: UNSW, Website PR, 19 Nov., 2020) Contact: UNSW, Assoc. Prof. Iain MacGill, +61 2 9385 2864, www.unsw.edu.au

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    Planned N. Am. Hydrogen Station Network Advancing (Ind. Report)
    PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp
    Date: 2020-11-20
    PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corps. is reporting the hiring of cryogenics and hydrogen engineering firm Cryotek for the engineering and design for the next generation PowerTap hydrogen station network to be deployed across North America starting in 2021. The engineering design includes:
  • PowerTap onsite steam methane reformer (SMR) solution capable of producing 1,000kg+ per day;

  • Gaseous and liquid hydrogen storage solutions capable of 1,000kg+ or more per day;

  • CO2 capture solutions and an advanced hydrogen dispensing unit

    Since 2018, Cryotek has focused on cryogenic solutions for NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE), and on the future of liquid hydrogen as the energy of the future. (Source: H2View, Nov., 2020) Contact: Clean Power Capital, PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling, www.cleanpower.capital

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  • INL, Xcel Partner on Minn. Hydrogen Project (Alt. Fuels) Report)
    Xcel Energy,INL
    Date: 2020-11-16
    Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is reporting it will work with the US DOE' Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to demonstrate a system that uses a nuclear power plant's steam and electricity to split water to produce hydrogen at the Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Station in Red Wing, MN . The resulting hydrogen will initially be used at the power plant, but could eventually be sold to other industries.

    More than $10 million in federal funding has been awarded to the project-- the first of its kind in pairing a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.

    A recent analysis under DOE's H2@Scale initiative, led by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, estimated that hydrogen produced by HTSE at a nuclear plant could be cost competitive in today's market. (Source: Xcel Energy, INL,PR, Chem Engineering, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: H2@Scale Initiative, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov

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    NTU Touts Energy Efficient Liquid Window (Int'l, New Prod & Tech)
    Nanyang Technological University
    Date: 2020-11-11
    Researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a liquid window panel that can reduce buildings' energy consumption by up to 45 pct, is less expensive and 30 pct more energy-efficient than commercially available energy-efficient glass windows.

    According to the release, the researchers placed hydrogel-based liquid -- a combination of micro-hydrogel, water, and stabilizer -- between glass panels to develop the liquid window. The researchers explained that a hydrogen-based liquid could respond to a change in temperature as it becomes non-transparent when exposed to heat and blocks the sunlight, and returns to its clear state when cooled. Besides that, water's high heat capacity enables the liquid window to store a large amount of thermal energy instead of getting transferred through the glass and into buildings during the day times.

    As part of the experiment, the researchers conducted outdoor tests in Singapore's hot environment and the cold climate of Beijing, China. The smart liquid window registered a lower temperature (50 degree C) than a normal glass window (84 degrees C) during the hottest time of the day in Singapore. While the Beijing test revealed that the room equipped with the smart liquid window utilized 11 pct less energy to keep the same temperature than the room with a normal glass window. (Source: Nanyang Technological University, Website PR, 5 Nov., 2020) Contact: Nanyang Technological University, www.ntu.edu.sg

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