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TotalEnergies, Technip Energies Ink LNG Agreement (Int'l. Report)
TotalEnergies, Technip Energies
Date: 2021-07-23
In Paris, TotalEnergies and Technip Energies are reporting a Technical Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop low-carbon solutions for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) production and offshore facilities. The partners will explore new concepts and technologies in order to reduce the carbon footprint of existing facilities and greenfield projects in LNG production, cryogeny, the production and use of hydrogen for power generation, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

TotalEnergies, the world's second largest privately owned LNG player, also produces biofuels, natural gas, green gases, renewables and electricity.

Technip Energies is a leading Engineering & Technology company with leadership positions in LNG, green and blue hydrogen, sustainable chemistry and CO2 management, according to the company website. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, 21 July, 2021) Contact: TotalEnergies , Investor Relations: +44 (0)207 719 7962, ir@totalenergies.com, www.totalenergies.com; Technip Energie, Phil Lindsay, Vice-President Investor Relations, +44 203 429 3929, investor.relations@technipenergies.com, www.technipenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCUS,  TotalEnergies,  Technip Energies,  LNG,  


UK CCUS Sector Eyes £41Bn Investment by 2030 (Int'l. Report)
Carbon Capture and Storage Association
Date: 2021-07-23
In the UK, a report from the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) is projecting expenditure on UK carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) projects -- including hydrogen production and greenhouse gas removal -- is set to surge over the coming decade in response to UK climate targets, including the recently adopted goal to slash emissions 78 pct against 1990 levels by 2035.

According to the CCSA, CCUS investment in the UK could reach £41 billion by 2030, opening up a huge opportunity to rapidly develop a strong domestic supply chain that can support UK jobs and economic growth to support domestic companies and develop a supply chain that supports manufacturing of related products and goods. Around 85 pct of the expected £41 billion expenditure over the next decade is estimated to focus on onshore power generation, industrial capture, and hydrogen production plants, according to the report.

A strong domestic supply chain for the CCUS industry would deliver significant benefits for regional economies in the UK's industrial heartlands, where a number of zero carbon cluster projects are currently being pursued bringing together heavy industrial, CCUS, and hydrogen production sites, the report notes. CCSA urges sector to seize opportunity to build up domestic supply chain in support of growing CCUS pipeline. (Source: CCSA, BusinessGreen, 22 July, 2021) Contact: CCSA, Olivia Powis, Uk Office, +44 (0) 20 3031 8750 info@ccsassociation.org, www.ccsassociation.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  Carbon Capture and Storage Association ,  


EIT Climate-KIC Carbon Removal Program Supported (Int'l .Report)
Carbon Removal
Date: 2021-07-21
In Germany, Munich RE insurance group, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), report it is supporting the newly launched EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator program to remove CO2 form the air.

The carbon removal programme supports technological and nature-based solutions such as afforestation, direct air capture, biochar, and bioenergy-based carbon capture and storage (CCS). Under the program, selected start-ups will receive training, finance, mentorship, and access to networks.

According to the release, the EIT Climate-KIC ClimAccelerator programme for climate entrepreneurs connects start-ups with cleantech industry experts and accelerates climate positive solutions. (Source: EIT Climate-KIC, 20 July, 2021) Contact: EIT Climate-KIC, Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, climaccelerator.climate-kic.org; Munich Re, Silke Jolowicz, Head of Sustainability, www.munichre.com; ERGO, www.ergo.com; ETH Zurich, +41 44 632 03 52, www.up.ethz.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News ETH Zurich,  CCS,  DirectAir Carbon Capture,  Carbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Kinder Morgan Acquiring LNG Supplier Kinetrex Energy (M&A)
Kinder Morgan, Kinetrex
Date: 2021-07-19
Houston, Texas-headquartered Kinder Morgan Inc. reports it is purchasing Indianapolis-based LNG supplier Kinetrex Energy for $310 million. Kintrex has two small-scale domestic LNG production and fueling facilities and holds a 50 pct stake in a landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) facility with three more RNG facilities in development. When fully operational the four sites will produce more than 4 billion cubic feet of RNG per year and capture the methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste.

Kinder Morgan is also looking at opportunities in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) renewable natural gas capture, hydrogen production, renewable power generation, electric transmission, and renewable diesel production. The company is also spending $60 million to build new renewable diesel hubs in Northern and Southern California and has terminals and pipelines capable of blending, storing, and exporting ethanol and other biofuels while evaluating multiple opportunities to establish new hubs to handle those products.(Source: KinderMorgan, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: Kinetrex Energy, 317-886-8179. ; Kinder Morgan, (713) 369-9000, www.kindermorgan.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Kinder Morgan,  Kinetrex,  LNG,  Hydrogen,  Biofuel,  Marine Fuel,  LNG,  


Enchant Seeks Carbon Storage "Pore Space" Clarity (Ind. Report)
Enchant Energy
Date: 2021-07-19
In New Mexico, Enchant Energy is calling for state lawmakers to consider legislation to clarify "pore space" ownership and related issues.

Pore space -- the empty space between grains of rocks underground where the firm hopes to store carbon it would remove while running the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology -- starts just below the surface and can be used to sequester carbon dioxide by injecting the gas thousands of feet underground.

Enchant Energy has been working with the City of Farmington to retrofit the San Juan Generating Station with carbon capture technology after current operations end next year.

According to the company, pore space ownership is beneficial to the state by creating jobs, furthering economic development and generating taxes and payments from injection fees as well as defining ownership and conveyance without harming mineral rights. Montana, Oklahoma and Wyoming presently have pore space legislation. (Source: Enchant Energy, PR, Farmington Times, 17 July, 2021) Contact: Enchant Energy, Ciny Crane, CEO, 505-436-1828, www.enchantenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Enchant Energy,  CCS,  Carbon Storage,  Carbon Sequestration,  


Doe Funding Fossil-Based Hydrogen Prod., CCS R&D (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2021-07-19
The U.S. DOE reports the selection of 12 projects to receive approximately $16.5 million in cost-sharing, federal funding aimed at "recalibrating the nation's vast fossil-fuel and power infrastructure for decarbonized energy and commodity production." The selected projects will develop technologies for the production, transport, storage and utilization of fossil-based hydrogen, with progress toward net-zero carbon emissions.

Fossil fuels currently provide the lowest cost pathway for producing hydrogen, according to cost data in a recent DOE Hydrogen Strategy Document. The U.S. will authorize new and advanced technologies capable of improving the performance, reliability, and flexibility of methods to produce, transport, store, and use hydrogen to enable the U.S. to extract the maximum economic value from fossil fuel energy resources. When coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS) capabilities, 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.

The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which fall under the following areas: Solid Oxide Electrolysis Cell (SOEC) Technology Development for Hydrogen Production; Advanced CCUS Systems from Steam Methane Reforming Plants; Advanced CCUS Systems from Autothermal Methane Reforming Plants; and Hydrogen Combustion Systems for Gas Turbines.

The DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management funds R&D projects to reduce the risk and cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of fossil resources. (Source: NETL, DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, PR July, 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  Hydrogen,  Fossil Fuel,  Carbon Emissions,  


TotalEnergies, Veolia Partner on Microalgae-based Biofuel (Int'l.)
TotalEnergies, Veolia
Date: 2021-07-19
Paris-headquartered oil and gas conglomerate TotalEnergies reports it is partnering with French energy services Veolia to develop biofuel solutions using microalgae.

The project will take place over the next four years, with a test platform to be set up at the La Mede biorefinery investigating the most effective means of growing microalgae. As the plant absorbs CO2 while it grows, it could prove a low-carbon fuel alternative.

TotalEnergies will bring its knowledge of biofuel production and expertise in carbon capture to the project while Veolia brings its history in water management which will be useful in developing the water-based microalgae. (Source: TotalEnergies, Website PR, July, 2021)Contact: Veolia, www.veolia.com; TotalEnergies, www.totalenergies.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Veolia,  TotalEnergies,  Algae,  Biofuel,  


Korean Chemicals Giant Plans $3.bBn Hydrogen Investment (Int'l)
Lotte Chemical
Date: 2021-07-14
South Korean chemicals maker Lotte Chemical reports it will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years on hydrogen production, in line with its target of supplying 30 pct of South Korea's demand for the clean fuel and of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

The company plans to produce 600,000 tpy of clean hydrogen by 2030. Based on the by-product hydrogen being produced, 160,000 tons of blue hydrogen will be produced by 2025 using carbon capture technology.

By completing the green hydrogen value chain in 2030, Lotte Chemical plans to produce 600,000 tons of clean hydrogen that is a mixture of blue hydrogen (160,000 tons) and green hydrogen (440,000 tons), the company release notes. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, ICIS, July, 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Lotte Chemical,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


Shell Canada Plans 2nd Alberta CCS Facility (Ind. Report)
Shell Canada
Date: 2021-07-14
In Calgary, Shell Canada yesterday announced its planned 1 million tpy Polaris carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility to located at its Scotford refinery and chemical complex, northeast of Edmonton, Alberta. The expected cost of the project has not been revealed.

The Polaris project would be the company's second CCS project in Alberta after the 2015 Quest project, (Source: Shell Canada, PR, CBC, 13 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Canada, www.shell.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Shell Canada,  


Carbon Capture Shield, Inc - Reversing Climate Change Through Land Stewardship (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Carbon Capture Shield
Date: 2021-07-09
"What if it was possible to not only eliminate the entire human Carbon footprint, but also eliminate the use of toxic pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides (saving the bees); eliminate the use of inorganic chemical fertilizers (protecting our waterways); increase soil health and resilience (buffering against disease, drought, and flood) while improving the size, yield, and nutrient density of crops grown in such living soil (with as much as 500 pct increase in yield); all while creating a global network of smallholder farmers and connecting them to a corresponding global market of conscious consumers?

"This is the express goal of (Washington, DC-based) Carbon Capture Shield, Incorporated; a Delaware C-Corp formed in 2021, by a team with decades of experience in global farming, renewable energy, and government contracting: To shift 1 billion acres of farmland to Regenerative Agriculture by 2030. According to co-founder and President, Darryl J. Nicke II, 'Antibiotics have saved millions of lives but they also cause many problems by upsetting the natural balance of microorganisms that live in our gut. Probiotics can reverse and even completely cure many diseases caused by such imbalances. Similarly, herbicides, pesticides, and even chemical fertilizers have destroyed the natural balance of life in the soil. By supplementing and restoring that natural balance, you return Earth's Surface to its natural healthy state. This is Earth's natural defense against human activity and pollution. This is Earth's Carbon Capture Shield.'

"With a clear vision, they have begun Phase 01 of a 10-year, multi-phase plan to transform the way humans care for our shared home, starting in your own backyard - literally. Americans dump more than 60 million ppy of pesticides on their lawns. Fourteen of the most used lawn pesticides are neurotoxins and suspected carcinogens, yet this is where our children play. Not only that, but lawn fertilizers are also a major source of water pollution. The EPA reports that pollution from fertilizers is "one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems." This does not even consider the dire effects on bees, butterflies, and other pollinators who visit these toxic home gardens.

"Numerous solutions have been found by farmers and researchers all around the planet, and Carbon Capture Shield aims to "bring these solutions home" to anyone with a lawn - by introducing a line of lawn and garden products that are non-toxic and protect the environment while fertilizing your soil and helping the microcosmos of Living Soil.

"Phase 01 will supply education and solutions for anyone with a lawn, in the form of edutainment and consumer products. Carbon Capture Shield has launched this initiative to educate and empower both farmers and consumers! Using their ability to create engaging media to inspire an avid base of conscious consumers, they will then use this market demand to encourage wary farmers into adopting the protocols of Regenerative Agriculture, and thereby restore the environment through promoting and upholding stewardship by all landholders, large and small." (Source: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., PR, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Shield Inc., Darryl J. Nicke II, Pres., 407 603 6417, djnicke@carboncaptureshield.com, www.carboncaptureshield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Carbon Capture Shield,  Soil Carbon,  CCS,  Climate Change,  Carbon Footprint,  


Fertoz Launching Carbon Sequestration Division (Int'l. Report)
Fertoz
Date: 2021-07-09
Melbourne, Australia-based phosphate developer and organic fertilizer manufacturer and supplier Fertoz reports it plans to raise $5 million (AUS) in a share placement to accelerate the development of its Fertoz Carbon division.

The new division will focus on carbon sequestration, consulting activities, trading and carbon implementation strategies using the company's organic fertilisers as a key input in improving soil health and carbon accretion. (Source: Fertoz, PR, Website, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Fertoz, +61 3 8 395 5446, (720) 413-4520 -- US Office, www.fertoz.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Carbon Capture,  Carbon Sequestration,  


China's First Megaton CCUS Project Launched (Int'l. Report)
Sinopec
Date: 2021-07-07
In Beijing, one of China's largest integrated energy and chemical companies, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) reports it has initiated China's first megaton carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) project, the Sinopec Qilu-Shengli Oilfield CCUS -- China's largest whole industrial chain CCUS demonstration base and application case for promoting the large-scale development of CCUS.

The Project, expected to be put into production by the end of 2021, is considered "significant" to China's carbon emissions reduction capabilities and reaching it announced goal of reaching "peak carbon emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060." The Project is expected to cut carbon emissions by 1 million tpy -- equivalent of planting roughly 9 million trees or eliminating 600,000 cars. (Source: Sinopec, PR, July, 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sinopec,  CCS,  CCUS,  Carbon Emissions,  


Saudi Scientists Test Freezing Carbon Emissions (Int'l. Report)
Aramco,Sustainable Energy Solutions
Date: 2021-07-02
In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology reports its researchers are testing a technique for freezing greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants at a cost of roughly half the cost of existing carbon capture and storage techniques.

Within two years, the university research team hopes to capture up to 25 tpd of carbon emissions from a power plant near the new city of Neom, The project will cost roughly $25 million.

The cryogenic technology was developed by Salt Lake Cit, Utah-based Sustainable Energy Solutions and may cost between $35 and $40 a ton on a large scale, according to the release.

The Saudi national oil company Aramco is presently capturing and sequestering 40 million standard cubic feet of CO2 a day and is also working on technology that captures carbon emissions from car exhausts and stores it until it can be offloaded at fuel stations. (Source: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Arab News, 1 July, 2021) Contact: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Prof. William Roberts, +966 12 808 0900, www,kaust.edu.sa; Sustainable Energy Solutions, www.sesinnovation.com; Saudi Aramco, Ahmad A. Al-Saadi, Senior VP, Technical Services, Amin H. Nasser, Acting Pres., CEO, +966 13 872 0115, webmaster2@aramco.com, www.saudiaramco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Aramco,  Sustainable Energy Solutions,  


Baker Hughes Invests in Bio-methanation Tech. Electrochaea (M&A)
Baker Hughes , Electrochaea
Date: 2021-06-30
Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughe is reporting an investment in Muncih-based Electrochaea, a growth stage bio-methanation technology company. Baker Hughes will take a roughly 15 pct stake in the company and enhance its broader carbon capture and utilization (CCU) portfolio and provide an integrated solution for customers across the CO2 value chain to enable the production of low carbon synthetic natural gas (SNG) from captured CO 2 and green hydrogen, helping meet demand for cleaner fuels.

Electrochaea's patented bio-methanation process is an accessible, highly-efficient, scalable and complementary technology to the Baker Hughes CCU portfolio. The two companies will join efforts to accelerate the scale up and industrialization of the technology, and they will develop the commercialization of an innovative integrated CCU solution to transform CO 2 emissions into clean SNG.

Electrochaea is planning to deploy its technology with partners to produce more than 15 billion cubic feet per year of renewable SNG by 2025. Industrial-scale pilot plants have operated in the U.S., Switzerland and Denmark, according to the company. (Source: BakerHughes, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Baker Hughes, Jud Bailey, Inv. Rel., 281-809-9088, www.bakerhughes.com; Electrochaea, Mich Hein, CEO, www.electrochaea.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Baker Hughes ,  Electrochaea,  synthetic natural gas,  Green hydrogen ,  


UK Direct Air Carbon Capture Project Design Work Underway (Int'l)
Carbon Engineering
Date: 2021-06-25
Squamish, British Columbia-based Direct Air Carbon Capture (DAC) specialist Carbon Engineering Ltd. reports it and London, UK-based Storegga, a company pioneering carbon reduction and removal projects, have begun pre-front end engineering and design (Pre-FEED) work on a proposed DAC facility in North-East Scotland.

The Pre-FEED work will focus on engineering design, further developing costs, economic modelling, and final site selection.

When fully operational in 2026, the first of its kind in Europe facility will permanently remove roughly 500,000 to one million tpy of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

According to the release, DAC technology, when combined with secure geological storage, delivers the permanent and verifiable removal of carbon dioxide from the air, reversing the emissions process. Carbon Engineering has to date raised more than $100 million from Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Chevron Technology Ventures and others. (Source: Carbon Engineering, Website PR, 23 June, 2021) Contact: Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Engineering,  Carbon Capture,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Baker Hughes, Borg CO2 Plan Norwegian CCS Hub (Int'l. Report)
Baker Hughes, Borg CO2
Date: 2021-06-23
Houston-headquartered energy technology firm Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 AS, a Norwegian carbon capture and storage (CCS) developer for industrial clusters, are reporting a MoU to collaborate on a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project to serve as a hub for the decarbonization of industrial sites in the Viken region of Norway.

The Borg CO2 project aims to capture and store up to 90 pct of the CO2 emissions from the Port of Borg and industrial facilities in the cities of Fredrikstad, Sarpborg and Halden which combined emit approximately 700,000 tpy of CO2 emissions. The captured CO2 will be liquified, shipped and eventually stored beneath the North Sea.

Borg CO2 and its partners have completed a first feasibility study and are proceeding with an extended feasibility study (pre-FEED) to be completed by the end of 2021 which Baker Hughes will support with its portfolio of carbon capture technologies and engineering services for the study and development of the hub. In addition, Baker Hughes and Borg CO2 will jointly evaluate the optimal structure for implementation of the carbon capture plants and pursue grant and incentive opportunities both in Norway and at the EU level. (Source: BakerHughes, Website PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: BakerHughes, www.bakerhughes.com; Borg CO2 AS, Jon Hermansen, +47 948 13 171, jon@biobe.no, www.borgco2.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News Baker Hughes news,   Borg CO2 news,  CCS news,  


ARENA CCS, Blue Hydrogen Funding Nixed (Int'l. Report)
ARENA
Date: 2021-06-23
Yesterday in Canberra, the Australian Senate rejected a government regulation that would have allowed the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest in blue hydrogen projects andcarbon capture and storage (CCS).

If passed into law, the regulation would have enabled ARENA to support: energy efficiency projects, carbon capture technologies, blue hydrogen from gas using CCS, energy storage technologies to back up renewable energy and technologies that reduce emissions from aluminium and steel, and soil carbon. (Source: ARENA, The Conversation, 22 June, 2021) Contact: ARENA, Darren Miller, CEO, +61 2 6243 7773, arena@arena.gov.au, www.arena.gov.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  ARENA,  Blue Hydrogen,  


North Dakota Aiming for Carbon-Neutrality by 2030 (Ind. Report)
UNDEERC
Date: 2021-06-16
At the recent Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Bismarck, North Dakota Gov. Douglas Burgum (R) reiterated that his state -- the nation's second largest oil-producing state due in part to the Bakken/Three Forks Shale in the Williston Basin -- aims to become carbon-neutral by 1930.

To that end, the governor noted the potential of, and opportunities offered by carbon capture and storage (CCS) for the state's oil and gas sector and the importance of related research work being carried out by the University of North Dakota's Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC). The Governor also noted the state is working on water recycling in oilfields, using carbon dioxide (CO2) in enhanced oil recovery, reducing CO2 emissions, reducing natural gas flaring, and other efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate change crisis. (Source: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, UNDEERC Website, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Office of Gov. Douglas Burgum, (701) 328-2200. Fax: (701) 328-2205, www.governor.nd.gov; UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News UNDEERC,  Carbon Neutral,  CCS,  


Future Biogas Plans July £35Mn IPO (Int'l. Report)
Future Biogas,Northern Lights
Date: 2021-06-16
In the UK, Guildford-based biogas project developer Future Biogas Ltd. reports it is preparing a £35 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange this July.

The IPO supports the company's plan to construct roughly 25 new power projects by 2028 and to grow an existing portfolio of 10 biogas plants operated on behalf of investment entities backed by Aviva and JLEN Environmental Assets Group.

The growth strategy includes carbon-capture and storage (CCS) "bolt-on" projects which further boost the environmental credentials for the soon-to-be-listed share.

Future Biogas is teamed up with the Northern Lights Project -- a venture by a number of oil and gas firms with a presence in the North Sea. Carbon captured by Future Biogas will be supplied to Northern Lights for permanent storage underground, beneath the North Sea. The Northern Lights venture partners include Royal Dutch Shell, Total and Equinor. Future Biogas will generate carbon offsets for its part in the venture, and it intends to sell them to corporate buyers. (Source: Future Biogas Ltd., PR, Investor, 15 June, 2021) Contact: Future Biogas Ltd., Philipp Lukas, CEO, +44 1483 375920, www.futurebiogas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Future Biogas,  CCS,  Biogas,  Northern Lights ,  Carbon Offsets,  


Chart, TECO 2030 to Cooperate on Marine CCS Solutions (Ind. Report)
Chart Industries, TECO 2030
Date: 2021-06-14
Atlanta-based Chart Industries, Inc., a provider of technology, equipment and services related to liquefied natural gas, hydrogen, biogas and CO2 Capture and other applications, is reporting a 3-year MoU with Lysaker, Norway-headquartered TECO 2030 to jointly develop technological solutions that will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by ships and subsequently store it in liquid form.

The agreement involves the joint development of onboard carbon capture solutions for ships using the Cryogenic Carbon Capture™ (CCC) technology developed by Sustainable Energy Solutions (SES) which was acquired by Chart in December 2020. The SES patented technology, which utilizes Chart's expertise in cryogenic equipment and systems, will separate the CO2 from the ships' exhaust gases, resulting in a high purity liquid CO2 product that is stored onboard in cryogenic storage tanks to be either permanently stored in underground geological formations or be used in CO2 -- consuming industries.

When fully developed, the carbon capture solution will be available as a key element in the TECO 2030 Future Funnel, an exhaust gas cleaning system for ships. TECO 2030 is also developing hydrogen fuel cells for the maritime industry. These will enable ships to switch from fossil fuels to green hydrogen produced by renewable energy and thereby emissions-free.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) aims to reduce carbon intensity in international shipping by 40 pct by 2030, and to cut the total annual greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by at least 50 pct by 2050 compared to 2008. (Source: Chart Industries, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Chart Industries, Wade Suki, CFA, Inv. Rel., 832-524-7489, wade.suki@chartindustries.com, www.chartindustries.com; TECO 2030, Stian Aakre, CEO, +47 907 08 440, stian.aakre@teco2030.no, www.teco2030.no

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Chart Industries,  TECO 2030,  Hydrogen,  


Chief Ethanol, Catahoula Announce CCS Agreement (Ind. Report)
Chief Ethanol
Date: 2021-06-14
In the Cornhusker State, Grand Island-based Chief Industries, Inc. is reporting its Chief Ethanol division in Hastings and Houston-headquartered Catahoula Resources have agreed to jointly develop carbon capture and permanent sequestration (CCS) within Nebraska.

The two firms are currently evaluating CCS infrastructure investments that will enhance the sustainability and improve the economics of ethanol production through low-cost carbon storage. Work has already begun to evaluate favorable storage geology through Catahoula's joint development arrangement with Battelle.

Catahoula Resources is a portfolio company of private investment firm The Energy and Minerals Group, a major investor in midstream infrastructure in North America and a leader in identifying, developing and executing world-class design/build/operate capabilities for midstream assets, according to a company release. (Source: Chief Industries, Inc., Catahoula Resources, North Platte Telegraph12 June, 2021) Contact: Chief Industries, Inc., D.J. Eihusen, CEO, (308) 389-7200, www.chiefind.com ; Catahoula Resources, Jeff Rawls, CEO, 713.324.640o, info@catahoularesources.com, www.catahoularesources.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Chief Ethanol,  CCS,  


Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet CCUS Collaboration (Ind. Report)
Sulzer Chemtech, Blue Planet
Date: 2021-06-14
Los Gatos, California-based Blue Planet Ltd and Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sulzer Chemtech are reporting their collaboration on the developement of a new carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) system to capture CO2 from high emitting industries such as power, steel, cement and refining.

Sulzer Chemtech will develop an efficient carbon capture unit that will act as a key enabler in Blue Planet's process. The system will be installed in Blue Planet's pilot plant which is under construction in Pittsburg, California, and will capture emissions from an adjacent natural gas-fired power plant.

When operational, the system will mineralize CO2 to form highly sustainable synthetic limestone aggregates -- the main compound of concrete -- by permanently sequestering the CO2 in a solid form to be incorporated in concrete.

Blue Planet's technology uses CO2 as a raw material for making carbonate rocks used in place of natural limestone rock which is the principal component of concrete. CO2 from flue gas is converted to carbonate by contacting CO2 containing gas with a water-based capture solutions.

This differentiates Blue Planet from most CO2 capture methods because the captured CO2 does not require a purification step, which is an energy and capital intensive process. As a result Blue Planet's carbon capture method is extremely efficient, and results in a lower cost than traditional methods of CO2 capture, according to the company website. (Source: Sulzer Chemtech, Website PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Blue Planet Ltd., Brent Constantz, CEO, 408.458 3900, info@blueplanet-ltd.com, www.blueplanet-ltd.com; Sulzer Chemtech, Torsten Wintergerste, Div. Pres., +41 52 262 30 22, www.sulzer.com/en/shared/about-us/myr17-chemtech

More Low-Carbon Energy News Sulzer Chemtech,  Blue Planet ,  CCS,  


Alberta Establishing CCUS, Carbon Management Hubs (Ind. Report)
ALberta
Date: 2021-06-11
In Edmonton, "The Government of Alberta sees carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) as an integral part of our environmental and economic future. Injecting carbon dioxide underground is a proven process and has occurred in Alberta for decades. However, as a means to address greenhouse gas emissions and recognize the environmental benefit of CCUS, a strong regulatory system must exist. The regulatory system is especially important with the large volumes of carbon dioxide that need to be captured and injected to meet global climate targets. The system must establish a high level of rigor that accounts for and demonstrates the permanent storage of every tonne of carbon dioxide.

"Moving forward, the government will issue carbon sequestration rights through a competitive process, advancing the development of strategically located carbon storage hubs that will provide carbon sequestration services to a number of industrial facilities. The intent is to enhance Alberta's carbon management system by providing confidence to industry investors and Albertans that CCUS will be deployed in a responsible and strategic manner."

Download the Carbon Sequestration Tenure Management document HERE. (Source: Gov. of Alberta, Energy Operations, May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Alberta, Energy, carboncapture.energy@alberta.gov.ca, www.alberta.gov.ca

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


Bi-partisan Carbon Capture Improvement Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
Carbon Capture
Date: 2021-06-09
In Washington, U.S Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senator Michael Bennet (D- Colorado) have introduced the Carbon Capture Improvement Act. If passed into law, the act would allow power plants and industrial facilities to easily finance the purchase and installation of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) equipment. It would also allow businesses to use private activity bonds (PABs) issued by local or state governments to finance a carbon capture project, such as direct air capture (DAC).

Under the act, if more than 65 pct of carbon dioxide emissions from a given facility are captured and injected underground, then 100 pct of the eligible equipment can be financed with PABs. Tax-exempt financing is permitted on a pro-rate basis if less than 65 pct of emissions are captured and sequestered. (Source: U.S. Senators Portman and Bennet, GasWord, 28 May, 2021) Contact: U.S Senator Rob Portman, www.portman.senate.gov; U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, www.bennet.senate.gov

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Linde to Develop Illinois Carbon Capture Pilot (Ind. Report)
Linde Engineering
Date: 2021-06-09
Linde Engineering Americas reports it will collaborate with BASF, the University of Illinois -- Urbana Champaign, and ACS install and test a 200 tpd carbon capture pilot plant at the City Water, Light & Power (CWLP) power plant in Springfield, Illinois.

The facility will utilize Linde's post-combustion carbon capture technology capabilities, along with BASF's OASE® blue gas treatment technology which together offer significant benefits for carbon capture.The carbon capture pilot plant is funded by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. (Source: Linde Engineering, PR, June, 2021) Contact: Linde Engineering, John van der Velden, Senior VP, www.linde-engineering.com

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Talos Energy, Storegga Announce US CCS Joint Venture (Ind. Report)
CCS, Talos Energy
Date: 2021-06-09
In the Lone Star State, Houston-based Talos Energy and UK-based low-carbon projects/carbon removal firm Storegga Geotechnologies are reporting an exclusive joint venture to source, evaluate and develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) project opportunities on the US Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico and area containing over 100 facilities emitting more than 1 million tpy of CO2 emissions .

Under the joint venture framework, the partners will originate and mature CCS ventures with emitters, infrastructure providers, service companies and financing partners, among others. According to Talos, the agreement requires zero up front capital commitments, and the partnership will share costs 50/50 in the initial phases. Talos is designated as the operating partner of the joint venture.

Storegga is the lead developer of the Acorn CCS and Acorn hydrogen projects in the UK. The Acorn project is the most advanced large-scale CCS project in the UK with final investment decision expected in 2022. (Source: Talos Energy, Website PR, 8 June, 2021) Contact: Talos Energy, Timothy Duncan, CEO, (713) 328-3000, (713) 351-4100 fax , www.talosenergy.com; Storegga Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, CEO, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

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Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero Initiative Launched (Ind. Report)
Canadian Natural Resources
Date: 2021-06-09
On the Canadian prairies, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial, MEG Energy and Suncor Energy are touting the recent launch of the Oil Sands Pathways to Net Zero initiative. The Initiative will work collectively with the Canadian federal and Alberta governments is to achieve net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from oil sands operations by 2050 to help Canada meet its climate goals, including its Paris Agreement commitments and 2050 net zero aspirations.

Pathways vision is anchored by a major Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) trunkline connected to a carbon sequestration hub to enable multi-sector tie-in projects for expanded emissions reductions. The initiative pathways to address GHG emissions includes:

  • A core Alberta infrastructure corridor linking oil sands facilities in the Fort McMurray and Cold Lake regions to a carbon sequestration hub near Cold Lake via a CO2 trunkline. The trunkline would also be available to other industries in the region interested in capturing and sequestering CO2. There is also potential to link the infrastructure corridor to the Edmonton region.

  • Deploying existing and emerging GHG reduction technologies at oil sands operations along the corridor, including CCUS technology, clean hydrogen, process improvements, energy efficiency, fuel switching and electrification.

  • Evaluating, piloting and accelerating application of potential emerging emissions-reducing technologies including direct air capture, next-generation recovery technologies and small modular nuclear reactors.

    In addition to collaborating and investing together with industry, it is essential for governments to develop enabling policies, fiscal programs and regulations to provide certainty for this type of long-term, large-scale investment. This includes dependable access to carbon sequestration rights, emissions reduction credits (RECs) and ongoing investment tax credits. (Source: Canadian Natural Resources, PR, Website, 9 June, 2021) Contact: Canadian Natural Resources, Tim McKay, Pres., (403) 517-6700, Facsimile (403) 517-7350 , www.cnrl.com

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  • DRAX, Bechtel Partner on Bioenergy/CCS (Ind. Report)
    DRAX, Bechtel
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based DRAX Group reports it is partnering with Reston, Virginia-based U.S. engineering giant Bechtel up to identify opportunities and to construct new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power plants around the world, primarily in North America and Western Europe.

    DRAX presently has a pilot BECCS project at its power station in Yorkshire. Bechtel will study potential regions for new BECCS plants and how to optimise plant design for maximum efficiency and lowest cost.

    BECCS is a negative emissions technology which extracts bioenergy from biomass and then captures and stores the carbon dioxide but is not yet at commercial scale. (Source: DRAX, PR, 3 June, 2021) Contact: Bechtel, www.bechtel.com; DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    UCLA Touting sCS2 Seawater Carbon Removal Tech.(R&D Report)
    UCLA
    Date: 2021-06-07
    Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are developing a single-step carbon sequestration and storage (sCS2) technology that captures carbon from the atmosphere in a process that mimics the formation of seashells on the ocean floor. In lab experiments, the team tested a prototype that pulls in seawater and creates limestone and magnesite, the same materials created by mollusks to form seashells.

    Because the ocean and atmosphere are in a state of equilibrium, the ocean essentially acts as a sponge for the atmosphere's CO2. However, as it is already saturated it can't take any more. If CO2 is removed in large amounts from the ocean though, it will then suck more out of the atmosphere. This is the main idea behind the UCLA scientists' new technology, which is aimed at speeding up the process of turning CO2 into minerals in ocean water. The machine can either gather the seashell-like material for use on land, or it can release it back into the ocean. The seawater used in the machine flows back out to the ocean, where it will then absorb more CO2.

    A benefit of this method is that CO2 levels are 150 times more concentrated in seawater than they are in the air, meaning any method extracting CO2 from the ocean is more efficient. The sCS2 method also develops hydrogen as a commercial byproduct. The research notes that removing CO2 from the atmosphere is "first and foremost" an economic challenge, given the scale of the task, and that it would take approximately 1,800 of their sCS2 plants to remove 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 at a cost of trillions of dollars. Capturing 10 billion metric tpy of CO2 would require 1,800 of the devices.

    The research team's next step is to run real-world experiments to improve their technology by collect data they couldn't acquire in the laboratory. The e process has some advantages compared to other carbon-removal technology, including the fact that seawater already naturally takes up CO2 at a high concentration, 150 times the level in air. (Source: UCLA, PR, June, FastCo, 3 June, 2021) Contact: UCLA, Civil Engineering Prof. Gaurav Sant, www.samueli.ucla.edu/gaurav-sant

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    NOVATEK, Severstal Ink GHG, Blue Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
    NOVATEK
    Date: 2021-06-07
    In Russia, Saint Petersburg-based natural gas major NOVATEK and Russian mining and steelmaker Severstal are reporting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of alternative/renewable energy and hydrogen energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    Under the MOU, to two groups will develop a joint pilot project to produce blue hydrogen from natural gas and use technologies for carbon capture and storage (CCS). The partners also intend to develop jointly technical requirements, standards and engineering solutions for the manufacturing and supply of hydrogen transport pipelines, turbines, hydrogen storage systems and hydrogen transport tanks.

    The partners have also agreed to cooperate in the production and supply of hydrogen, development of technological solutions for the use of fuel types based on hydrogen and its carriers, specifically ammonia. (Source: NOVATEK, Website PR, 4 June, 2021) Contact: Severstal, www.severstal.com; NOVATEK, +7 (495) 730-6013 ir@novatek.ru, www.novatek.ru/en

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    EC, Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Partnership Touted (Int'l. Report)
    European Commission,Breakthrough Energy
    Date: 2021-06-07
    European Commission (EC) President Ursula von der Leyen and Bill Gates have announced a pioneering partnership between the European Commission and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst to boost investments in the critical climate technologies that will enable the net-zero economy. The new partnership aims to mobilize new investments of up to €820 million ($1 billion) between 2022-26 to build large-scale, commercial demonstration projects for clean technologies -- lowering their costs, accelerating their deployment, and delivering significant reductions in CO2 emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.

    The partnership intends to invest in high-impact EU-based projects initially in four sectors with a high potential to help deliver on the economic and climate ambitions of the European Green Deal -- green hydrogen; sustainable aviation fuels (SAF); direct air carbon capture; and long-duration energy storage. In doing so, it seeks to scale up key climate-smart technologies and speed up the transition towards sustainable industries in Europe.

    Investment support will take the form of financial instruments and grants. The partnership will also be open to private, philanthropic and national investments by EU Member States through InvestEU or at project level, according to the EC release. (Source: European Commissions, PR, 2 June, 2021) Contact: European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Pres Breakthrough Energy, www.breakthroughenergy.org EU Innovation Fund, www.ec.europa.eu/clima/policies/innovation-fund_en; EU Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en

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    CCm Scores £2Mn for Carbon Capture Tech (Int'l., Funding)
    CCm Technologies
    Date: 2021-06-04
    In London, the UK Sustainable Innovation Fund reports the awarding of £2 million to CCm Technologies Inc. to develop new modular units that will accelerate emission-producing industries' ability to capture onsite CO2 and produce zero carbon fertilisers.

    CCm will collaborate with the UK's pioneering Advanced Thermal Conversion (ATC) lead, KEW Technology, to maximise value for both technologies in terms of sustainability and carbon abatement. (Source: CCm Technologies, PR, Business Cloud, June, 2021) Contact: CCm Technolofies, Pawel Kisielewski, CEO, +44 1865 309605, www.ccm-technologies.com; KEW Technology, www.kew-tech.com; UK Sustainable Innovation Fund www.apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/709/overview

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    UK Renewable Hydrogen Project to Use Food-Waste Biomethane (Int'l.)
    IBMS Group,BayoTech
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In London, IBMS Group reports it will partner with Albuquerque, New Mexico-based BayoTech Inc. to launch the UK's first renewable hydrogen project using food waste to generate biomethane as a feedstock. The project will produce 1000kg per day and provide fuel for mobility projects in the London and Surrey region of the UK.

    Using IBMS's food waste and biomethane expertise and BayoTech's modular SMR technology the partnership will create renewable hydrogen and high-grade fertiliser products from a multi-purpose eco facility. The project will produce 1,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day to fuel zero-emission vehicles in London and Surrey.

    Further phases of the project will see carbon capture introduced to take the project from carbon neutral to carbon negative. The system is due to be online by Q2 of 2022, following which the system will be deployed at multiple locations around the UK to create a national network of carbon negative hydrogen production facilities.

    According to the release, regional hydrogen production and distribution reduces unnecessary costs, storage, and transport leading to a reduced carbon footprint overall when compared with traditional production models and electrolyser systems. (Source: IBMS Group, Website PR, 24 May, 2021) Contact: BayoTech, Steve Jones, VP Europe, 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us, IBMS Group, Steve Sharratt, CEO, www.ibmsgroup.co.uk

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    Navigator Reports CCS Project Progress (Ind. Report)
    Navigator CO2 Ventures
    Date: 2021-06-02
    In the Lone Star State, Dallas-based Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC (Navigator) is reporting conclusion of the non-binding open season of its carbon capture pipeline system (CCS).

    The proposed CCS project would give biorefineries and other industrial participants a long-term, economic path to materially reduce their carbon footprint by capturing and transporting CO2 through 1,200 miles of pipeline across five Midwest states to a permanent sequestration site. At full capacity, the CCS could capture and store CO2 equivalent to removing approximately 2.6 million cars per year from the road or planting 550 million trees per year.

    Navigator will use the information received during the non-binding open season to continue working with interested shippers on binding commercial agreements. The framework of these agreements will form the basis to launch the binding open season, expected early June 2021.

    This CCS project, which is expected begin operation in late 2924, is one of the first large-scale, commercially viable, carbon pipelines to be developed in the U.S. (Source: Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Navigator CO2 Ventures LLC, L. McGlothlin, Chief Commercial Officer, lmcglothlin@navigatorco2.com, www.navigatorco2.com

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    HeidelbergCement Plans Carbon-Neutral Plant in Sweden (Int'l.)
    HeidelbergCement
    Date: 2021-06-02
    Germany's HeidelbergCement AG is reporting plans to construct a carbon-capture facility next to its cement plant in Slite, Sweden. The facility is expected to capture as much as 1.8 million metric tpy of carbon dioxide -- equivalent to the plant's total yearly emissions. The company notes it also intends to ramp up the use of biomass and other "green" fuels in an effort to lower its, and the cement industry's, overall carbon footprint.

    The Slite cement plant carbon-capture project, the cement maker's second such facility, is slated to be fully operational by 2030. As previously reported, the company is building another carbon-capture plant in Brevik, Norway, that will capture 400,000 metric tpy of CO2 from 2024. (Source: HeidelbergCement, 2 June, 2021) Contact: HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

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    Ethanol Producer ADM Completes Illinois CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Archer Daniels Midland,ADM
    Date: 2021-05-24
    Chicago-based commodities trader and ethanol producer Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the University of Illinois are reporting completion of the Illinois Basin -- Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to test and evaluate the technology at commercial scale. IBDP is one of two CCS projects located adjacent to ADM's corn processing plant in Decatur, Illinois.

    The project was primarily funded through the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) by the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) with the goal of confirming the ability of the Mt. Simon Sandstone to accept and store one million metric tons of carbon dioxide over a period of three years -- equivalent to the annual emissions from about 1.2 million passenger cars, according to the EPA .

    Working together through the MGSC, the Illinois State Geological Survey at the University of Illinois designed, implemented, and monitored the project. ADM was the host and operator.

    ADM notes it also began injection operations at a second CCS project, the Illinois Industrial Sources Carbon Capture and Storage Project, in Decatur in April 2017. The project is currently permitted to operate through 2022 and has the potential to store up to 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

    Collectively, these two projects have successfully stored more than 3.4 million metric tons to date.

    The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Source: ADM, Corporate Release, Website, 19 May, 2021) Contact: ADM, Alison Taylor, Chief Sustainability Officer, Jackie Anderson , 312-634-8484, media@adm.com, www.adm.com; Illinois State Geological Survey, www.isgs.illinois.edu

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    Viridor Aims to Implement System-Wide CCUS (Int'l. Report)
    Viridor
    Date: 2021-05-21
    In the UK, Taunton, Somerset-headquartered waste management waste-to-energy specialist Viridor is reporting plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and expand carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology across it's energy-from-waste (EfW) portfolio with the aim of becoming a net zero emissions company by 2040 and the first UK net negative emissions waste and recycling company.

    To that end, Viridor is partnering with the HyNet NorthWest Consortium and will initially target carbon capture operations at its EfW site at Runcorn by 2026, which Viridor describes as "the first project of its kind in the UK." This CCS initiative will then be gradually rolled out to include the rest of the company's EfW portfolio. (Source: Viridor, PR, letserecycle.com, 20 May, 2021) Contact: Viridor, Kevin Bradshaw, CEO, +44 0 1823 721400, www.viridor.co.uk/energy/energy-recovery-facilities

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    Back the Scottish Cluster -- CCS Campaign Launched (Int'l.)
    Storrega Geotechnologies
    Date: 2021-05-19
    The Scottish Cluster, led by a cross-sector group of Scottish industrial CO2 emitters and the Acorn CCS and Hydrogen Project Partners, has today been established as a unification and collaboration of Scottish industries, communities and businesses, calling on the Scottish and UK Governments to deliver the actions needed so that carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and other low carbon technologies can enable the decarbonisation of Scottish and UK industry and facilitate a low carbon economy.

    The Cluster makes the case for CCS, hydrogen and low carbon technologies in Scotland's decarbonisation pathway. Industry emissions must be reduced to achieve Scotland and the UK's net zero targets. Reducing industry emissions will require widespread use of CCS technology and hydrogen, both of which are essential for decarbonising sectors such as transport, heat, and power and for supporting the deployment of carbon removal technologies like Direct Air Capture (DAC).

    The Scottish Cluster has a clear decarbonisation roadmap, ready access to key infrastructure and a series of CO2 reduction projects aligned to the countries' net zero goals. With the potential to address up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 that currently comes from the top emitting sectors in Scotland, the Scottish Cluster also establishes a very large CO2 transportation and storage solution. This includes shipping CO2 through Scottish Ports crucial to reducing industrial emissions from areas around the UK, and even Europe, that need access to CO2 transport and storage facilities.

    Scotland has unique potential in CO2 storage. The Acorn Project, led by Storegga, Shell and Harbour Energy, is one of the most mature UK CCS and hydrogen projects and is positioned to be the most cost-effective and scalable CCS project in the UK. By the mid-2020s, Acorn's CCS and hydrogen systems will provide critical backbone infrastructure for the Scottish Cluster.

    As previously reported, the UK Government has committed will provide £1 billion to support the development of four CO2 capture and storage clusters across the UK by the end of the decade as part of its Ten Point Plan to reach net zero climate targets by 2050.

    Download Back the Scottish Cluster details HERE. (Source: Storrega Geotechnologies, Website PR, 13 May, 2021) Contact: Storrega Geotechnologies, Nick Cooper, +44 (0) 20 3757 4980, nick.cooper@storegga.earth, www.storegga.earth

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    Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector (IEA Report Attached)
    IEA
    Date: 2021-05-19
    "The number of countries announcing pledges to achieve net-zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow. But the pledges by governments to date -- even if fully achieved -- fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degree C.

    "This report is the world's first comprehensive study of how to transition to a net zero energy system by 2050 while ensuring stable and affordable energy supplies, providing universal energy access and enabling robust economic growth. It sets out a cost-effective and economically productive pathway, resulting in a clean, dynamic and resilient energy economy dominated by renewables like solar and wind instead of fossil fuels. The report also examines key uncertainties, such as the roles of bioenergy, carbon capture and behavioural changes in reaching net zero."

    Download the IEA Net Zero by 2050 -- A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector report HERE. (Source: IEA, PR, May, 2021) Contact: IEA, www.iea.org

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    Neptune Energy Plans North Sea CCS, Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
    Neptune Energy
    Date: 2021-05-14
    In Aberdeen, private equity-owned oil and gas firm Neptune Energy reports it has submitted a licensing application to the Scottish regulators for a major North Sea carbon capture and storage (CCS) development combined with a "blue" hydrogen fuel production plant. The project would involve capturing carbon emissions associated with industrial facilities on Humberside and storing the carbon in depleted reservoirs beneath the North Sea.

    The company is reportedly planning to produce "blue" hydrogen from natural gas at a plant that would be built on the site of the Theddlethorpe terminal in Lincolnshire. Carbon would be separated from the gas for storage offshore. Expected project costs and timelines have not been revealed.

    The Government has committed £1billion funding to help create two carbon capture clusters by the mid-2020s, with another two set to be created by 2030. (Source: Neptune Energy, PR, Website, The Herald Scotland, 12 May, 2021) Contact: Neptune Energy, +44 (0)1224 281000, www.neptuneenergy.com

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    Carbon180 Unveils Carbon Removal Policy Roadmap (Report Attached)
    Carbon 180
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Washington-based climate not-for-profit Carbon180 has published a series of recommendations for Congress to catalyze the next wave of transformation in carbon removal -- a widely overlooked but invaluable pathway for meeting global climate goals.

    These recommendations aim to accelerate further development in the space by mobilizing a combination of research, development and demonstration (RD&D), deployment incentives, infrastructure and regulations over the next 1-3 years.

    In this policy roadmap, Carbon180 is calling on Congress to fulfill a series of actions across sectors to drive this industry forward, including:

  • LAND-BASED APPROACHES -- Land-based carbon removal approaches, many of which are relatively inexpensive and already being deployed, can provide myriad environmental and economic co-benefits. Congress has the opportunity to utilize an integrated approach to assessing and deploying these solutions and build a durable and equitable carbon removal economy in Forestry, Soil Carbon, Marine "blue carbon" and Environmental Justice.

  • TECH-BASED APPROACHES -- Technologies that pull carbon out of the atmosphere have the potential to remove gigatons of CO2 create hundreds of thousands of jobs, and contribute significantly to economic growth in Direct Air Carbon Capture, Geologic Storage, Federal Procurement, Emerging Solutions and Environmental Justice.

  • CROSS-SOLUTION APPROACHES -- Carbon removal solutions have traditionally been developed and deployed in silos but with a host of opportunities and challenges across the industry, it is crucial to develop federal policy that utilizes expertise across federal agencies including : Cross-Agency Collaboration, BECC Deployment Roadmap and Environmental Justice.

    Congressional attention and funding around carbon removal solutions has gained significant momentum over the last five years and especially in the last 12 months. The 2020 Omnibus Bill delivered historic wins for carbon removal and both the SCALE Act and the REPLANT Act, introduced in the first four months of the 117th Congress, signal a promise to accelerate land- and tech-based solutions. Alongside the continued support from the Biden administration and private sector leaders, including Stripe, Shopify, and Microsoft, carbon removal is positioned to grow into a booming industry. Congress now has the opportunity to solidify US leadership on climate and elevate carbon removal as a climate solution mainstay.

    Download the Carbon180 reports and recommendations HERE. (Source: Carbon180, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Carbon180, Erin Burns, Exec. Dir., policy@carbon180.0rg, www.carbon180.org

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  • TGS, Horisont Partner to Advance CCS Tech. (Int'l. Report)
    TGS, Horisont
    Date: 2021-05-14
    Global energy data specialist TGS reports it is collaborating with Sandnes, Norway-based Horisont Energi to jointly develop new carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and methods to classify and monitor CO2 storage reservoirs to establish a "roadmap for sustainable carbon storage reservoir identification and monitoring" The collaboration will initially focus on Horisont Energi's oil and gas acreage on the Norwegian continental shelf.

    The two firms intend to de-risk and monitor potential CCS reservoirs in Norwegian waters by using imaging and monitoring technologies such as 4D seismic, Distributed Acoustic Sensing, and P-Cable technology. In an effort to boost global CCS advancement, the firms also plan to promote cooperation between industry, commercial technology providers, and academia. (Source: TGS, PR, Hydrocarbons Technology, 13 May., 2021) Contact: Horisont Energi , Bjorgulf Haukelidsæter Eidesen, CEO, 51225531, hello@horisontenergi.no, www.horisontenergi.no; TGS, Jan Schoolmeesters, Exec. VP, www.tgs.org

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    SSE, Equinor Plan Peterhead Gas Power Plant, CCS Project (Int'l.)
    SSE, Equinor
    Date: 2021-05-12
    Perth, Scotland based multinational utility SSE Plc and Oslo-headquartered Norwegian energy firm Equinor report they are jointly developing a new 900-MW, gas-fired power plant equipped with carbon capture technology (CCS) at the planned Peterhead CCS Power Station roughly 100 km off the North Sea coast in Scotland.

    The planned Peterhead CCS Power Station could capture as much as 1.5 million tpy of CO2 -- 15 pct of the UK government's annual target of 10 million tonnes of CO2 capture by 2030, and eventually reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

    The project, which is part of Scotland's Net Zero Infrastructure programme, could come online by 2026, according to a SSE and Equinor release. Britain is targeting net zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: SSE, Equinor, reuters, 10 May., 2021) Contact: SSE, www.sse.com; : Equinor, www.equinor.com

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    Carbon Clean, BayoTech to Develop Hydrogen, CO2 CCU (Ind. Report)
    Carbon Clean, BayoTech
    Date: 2021-05-10
    London, UK-headquartered carbon capture an separation specialist Carbon Clean and Albuquerque, N.M,-based BayoTech Inc. are reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore commercial opportunities targeted at hydrogen and carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) deployment.

    Initially, the companies will work together on a demonstration facility to evaluate, design, and operate a carbon capture plant at a BayoTech site in North America, which will include a BayoTech H2-1000 generating unit and Carbon Clean's carbon capture technology, and is The demonstration facility The partnership enables process optimization to cut the cost for small scale hydrogen (H2) and CO2 production. (Source: BayoTech, Carbon Clean, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Carbon Clean, Aniruddha Sharma, CEO, www.carbonclean.com; BayoTech, Mo Vargas, CEO , 505-977-7954, www.bayotech.us

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    Doosan Expands Green, Blue Hydrogen Production (Int'l. Report)
    Doosan Heavy Industries
    Date: 2021-05-10
    Changwon, South Korea-headquartered Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction reports it plans to produce clean -- "blue and green" --hydrogen, develop a hydrogen gas turbine and expand the company's hydrogen-related equipment business by 2022.

    To that end, Doosan is constructing a hydrogen liquefaction facility at its Changwon plant, which will produce "blue" hydrogen for future supply and utilization.

    "Blue" hydrogen is a low carbon-emitting hydrogen produced by capturing and storing the carbon emissions generated during the production of hydrogen from fossil fuels. Doosan will apply high-efficiency CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) technology to produce blue hydrogen. The production of "green" hydrogen using zero-carbon emission wind power is also well underway on Jeju island. The option of applying small modular reactors (SMRs) to produce clean hydrogen is also being reviewed.

    Doosan has been developing a 100 pct hydrogen-fueled gas turbine combustor for a 5-MW hydrogen gas turbine model with its own technology. The company is also partnering with the Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM) to develop a hydrogen dual-fuel combustor for a 300-MW hydrogen gas turbine. Doosan has also developed and is preparing to launch a hydrogen storage tank to be used for hydrogen refueling. (Source: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, PR, 7 May, 2021) Contact: Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction, www.doosanheavy.com/en

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)
    Shell, ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)

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    Dutch North Sea CCS Project Scores $2.4bn in Subsidies (Int'l)

    Date: 2021-05-10
    At the Hague, the Dutch government reports the granting of €2 billion ($2.43 billion) over 15-yars in subsidies to a consortium of oil and gas giants Shell, ExxonMobil along with Air Liquide and Air Products to support a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project in the Dutch sector of the North Sea.

    The subsidy funds will be directed towards the Porthos project that will see about 2.5 million tpy of carbon dioxide from industry in the Port of Rotterdam stored in depleted reservoirs at a gas field in the North Sea. The Porthos project, which was established by EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority, is anticipated to store more than 37 million tonnes of CO2 over the 15 year subsidy agreement. (Source: Upstream, 10 May, 2021)


    Aker Carbon Capture, SINTEF Continue CCS Collaboration (Int'l.)
    Aker Carbon Capture, SINTEF
    Date: 2021-05-07
    Oslo-headquartered Aker Carbon Capture and SINTEF, one of Europe's largest independent research organisations, are reporting a new MoU to continue and advance their collaboration on bilateral R&D projects ranging from membrane technology, hydrogen applications and testing higher capture rates. The two parties will also work in hydrogen and other new market segments.

    The parties were the main participants in SOLVit, an eight-year research and development program that started back in 2008. The NOK 317 million ($38.2 million) program was partially funded by Gassnova and Akerand was one of the biggest of its kind in the CCS industry. (Source: Aker Carbon Capture, PR, 4 May, 2021) Contact: Aker Carbon Capture, Jim Stian Olsen, CTO Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; SINTEF, Alexandra Bech Gjorv, CEO, www.sintef.no

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    American Coalition for Ethanol Comments on Biden's GHG Reduction Plan (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Coalition for Ethanol
    Date: 2021-05-05
    "Renewable fuels like ethanol are a significant part of the solution to climate change and should be part of US commitments to contribute to global emissions reductions under the Paris Agreement. In fac, ethanol is the only transportation energy source that can reach net-negative carbon intensity through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and continued advancements within ethanol facilities and on-farm practices in how biofuel crops are grown.

    "Other countries have initiated national ethanol policies as part of their countries' global initiatives to decarbonize transportation fuels, and US biofuel producers are ready to play a larger role in meeting these targets here and around the world." -- Brian Jennings, CEO, American Coalition for Ethanol Contact: American Coalition for Ethanol, Brian Jennings, CEO, (605) 334-3381, www.ethanol.org

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    Summit Carbon Solutions Adds Biorefinery Participants (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-05-03
    Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group subsidiary Summit Carbon Solutions reports that since its February launch it has added Green Plains, Husker Ag, Louis Dreyfus Company other biorefineries to its network, bringing the current total to 30.

    Summit Carbon Solutions aims to address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The company will accelerate the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other industrial CO2 emitters throughout the U.S. Midwest. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, Apr,2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com

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