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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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Carbon Capture,  SINTEF,  CCS,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News American Coalition for Ethanol ,  Ethanol,  Climate Change,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  


Canberra Commits to $100Mn Ocean, Blue Carbon Initiative (Int'l.)
Australia Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-03
In Canberra, the Australian Government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Lib.) last week committed $100 million to ocean conservation in an effort to protect 'blue carbon' environments and reduce emissions.

Of the total, $30.6 million will be invested in practical action to restore and account for blue carbon ecosystems to improve the health of coastal environments in Australia and regionally:

  • Almost $19 million will go to four major on-ground projects restoring coastal ecosystems across the country, including tidal marshes, mangroves and seagrasses;

  • $10 million will provide four major on-ground projects to assist developing countries in the region restore and protect their blue carbon ecosystems;

  • Over $1 million will help to solidify Australia as a leader in ocean and natural capital accounting assistance enabling Australia to understand and account for the environmental and economic benefits of protecting these critical ecosystems.

    The Government has also newly pledged $59.9 million to develop a high-integrity carbon offset scheme in its Indo-Pacific region to stimulate investment in high-quality projects that deliver carbon offsets that meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement.

    The investments are in addition to more than $1.1 billion the Morrison Government previously announced it will invest in low emissions energy technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage and is in addition to the $18 billion of investment the Government is making alongside the Technology Investment Roadmap over the next 10 years to drive at least $70 billion of total new investment in low emissions technologies in Australia by 2030. (Source: Gov. of Australia, PR, Good News Network, 2 May, 2021) Contact: Gov. of Australia, www.Australia.gov.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCSAustralia Climate Change,  Blue Carbon,  Mangrove,  Carbon Emissions,  


  • LG Chem, KIST Partnering to Commercialize CCU (Int'l. Report)
    LG Chem,Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Date: 2021-04-30
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered chemicals giant LG Chem reports it is partnering with the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) to develop source technologies and promote the commercialization of carbon capture and utilization (CCU) as well as hydrogen energy technologies, which are essential for realizing carbon neutrality. The two organizations aim to jointly develop technologies to produce green hydrogen and utilize thermoelectric energy.

    The South Korean government is calling for the reduction of annual greenhouse gas emissions to 536 million tons by 2030. (Source: LG Chem, PR, AJU, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Korea Institute of Science and Technology, +82 2-958-5114, www.kist_school.kist.re.kr; LG Chem, +82 (2) 3773-6951, ltkremark@lgchem.com, www.lgchem.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCU,  LG Chem,  Korea Institute of Science and Technology ,  


    First Certified Carbon Neutrally Produced Oil Sold (Int'l. Report)
    Lundin Energy
    Date: 2021-04-30
    Stockholm-headquartered independent oil and gas producer Lundin Energy AB is reporting the sale of the world's first ever certified carbon neutrally produced oil to Saras S.p.A from its Edvard Grieg field offshore Norway.

    The oil was carbon neutral across the full life of the field, including exploration, development, and Scope 1 and 2 emissions from production. In order to supply a fully carbon neutral with residual emissions of 2,302 tons of CO2 compensated through a nature-based carbon capture project certified by the Verified Carbon Standard. The trade was independently certified as carbon neutral by Intertek under its CarbonZero standard, according to the company. The company added that it will produce every barrel as carbon neutral from 2025. (Source: Lundin Energy, Rigzone Contact: Lundin Energy, Nick Walker, Pres., CEO , +46 8 440 54 50, Fax +46 8 440 54 59, www.lundin-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lundin Energy,  


    Tiger Infrastructure to Invest in Summit Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions
    Date: 2021-04-23
    New York-based Tiger Infrastructure Partners is reporting an agreement to invest in Iowa-headquartered Summit Carbon Solutions, a new business platform that will 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.

    When fully developed, SCS will have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to removing 2 million cars off the road per year. The company has already secured binding agreements with a select group of leading biorefiners located in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to partner with SCS for CO2 offtake.

    Tiger Infrastructure Partners is a middle-market private equity firm that invests in growing infrastructure platforms in communications, energy transition, transportation, and related sectors, primarily in North America and Europe.

    Summit Agricultural Group is a diversified agribusiness operator and investment manager with operations in the United States and Brazil. Summit deploys capital across the agricultural supply chain with a particular focus at the intersection of agriculture and renewable energy. (Source: Tiger Infrastructure Partners, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Summit Carbon Solutions, Bruce Rastetter, CEO, www.summitcarbonsolutions.com; Tiger Infrastructure, Emil W. Henry, CEO, www.tigerinfrastructure.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Summit Carbon Solutions,  CCS,  


    FLSmidth, Heidelberg Cement Collaborate on Cement Plant CCS (Int'l)
    FLSmidth, Heidelberg Cement
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Copenhagen-headquartered global engineering firm FLSmidth is reporting it will deliver the necessary plant modifications allowing for downstream CO2 removal for Heidelberg Cement's carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Norcem Brevik in Norway. Work on the he facility is slated to begin in the winter of 2022 for completion and commissioning early in 2024.

    FLSmidth provides sustainable productivity to the global mining and cement industries. We deliver market-leading engineering, equipment and service solutions that enable our customers to improve performance, drive down costs and reduce environmental impact, according to the company website. (Source: FLSmidth A/S, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: FLSmidth, Nicolai Mauritzen, Investor Relations, +45 30 93 18 51, nicm@flsmidth.com, www.flsmidth.com/MissionZero; HeidelbergCement, Dr. Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  Heidelberg Cement,  


    Fortistar Merger Launches Opal Fuels LLC (M&A, Ind. Report)
    Fortistar, TruStar Energy
    Date: 2021-04-23
    White Plains, N.Y.-based privately owned investment firm Fortistar LLC reports its renewable natural gas (RNG) portfolio company Fortistar Methane Group (FMG) and RNG fuel supply specialist TruStar Energy are merging under Opal Fuels LLC -- a fully-integrated renewable fuels supply company for North America.

    Founded in 1993, Fortistar provides capital to build, grow and manage companies that address complex sustainability challenges. The company utilizes its capital, flexibility and operating expertise to grow high-performing companies, first in power generation and now in mobility, carbon capture, the circular economy and other solutions that drive our transition to a zero-carbon future. As a team, Fortistar has financed over $3.5 billion in capital for companies and projects in the energy, transportation and industrial sectors, according to the company website. (Source: Fortistar, PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: TruStar Energy, Scott Edelbach, COO, www.trustarenergy.com; Fortistar, Mark Comora, CEO, (914) 421-4937, MComora@fortistar.com, www.fortistar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortistar,  TruStar Energy,  RNG,  


    Coal-Fired Power Plant May Be Converted to Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Newpoint Gas
    Date: 2021-04-21
    Oklahoma City-headquartered Newpoint Gas LLC reports it has partnered with Plymouth, Conn.-based Brooks Energy Company to form Escalante H2 Power. The partners also announced a letter of intent to purchase Westminster, Colorado-headquartered wholesale power provider TriState Generation's shuttered 40-year old coal-fired Escalante Power Plant in New Mexico and convert it into a hydrogen facility at an expected cost of roughly $250 million.

    This project comes after Newpoint's 2019 announcement it was working to develop a technology that would separate hydrogen, water and carbon from natural gas. If successful, the project will be the first of its kind and pave the way for future hydrogen infrastructure, according to Newpoint. The project will also have carbon capture and storage (CCS) capability.

    According to the company website, "Newpoint has taken unprecedented action to develop and integrate processes to produce clean water, electricity and a hydrogen energy source from zero-emissions natural gas technologies. Newpoint's process converts methane and other gaseous hydrocarbons into blue hydrogen. The carbon dioxide produced in the process is sequestered and/or used in manufacturing." (Source: Newpoint Companies, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Newpoint Companies, Wiley Rhodes, CEO , info@newpoint.us.com, www.newpointgas.com; Brooks Energy Company, Robert Price, CEO, 860-585-1515, www.brooksenergycompany.com; Escalante H2 Power, www.linkedin.com/pulse/escalante-h2-power-mark-schott; TriState Generation, Duane Highley, CEO, 303-452-6111, www.tristategt.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Newpoint Gas,  Hydrogen,  Escalante ,  TriState,  


    Decarbonisation Funds Awarded in South Wales (Int'l. Report)
    UK Research and Innovation
    Date: 2021-04-12
    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) reports the awarding of £20 million funding to support the engineering phase of a £37 million decarbonisation programme that includes the use and production of hydrogen, carbon capture usage and storage (CCUS) and CO2 shipping from South Wales.

    The programme is being led by the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) -- a partnership of organisations from the English border to Pembrokeshire's coastline that's working to promote green energy and the decarbonisation of industrial areas of Wales.

    The project partners include: Associated British Ports, Capital Law Limited, Industry Wales, Lanza Tech, RWE, Shell, Tata Steel, Tarmac, University of South Wales, Valero Energy, Wales & West Utilities and others. (Source: UK Research and Innovation, Wales Energy & Environment, 11 April, 2021) Contact: UK Research and Innovation, www.ukri.org; South Wales Industrial Cluster, www.swic.cymru

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Mitsui Plans $1.8Bn Investment by 2023 to Cut Emissions (Int'l.)
    Mitsui
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Japanese maritime shipping giant Mitsui O.S.K. is reporting a plan to invest $1.8 billion over the next three years to achieve zero emissions from its fleet by 2050 and to develop new carbon-neutral businesses.

    To that end, the company is looking at initiatives and technologies designed to improve the performance of its shipping fleet and cut emissions. Mitsui is also investigating new business lines tied to the emerging technologies including offshore wind, wave energy, alternative fuels, carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), LNG bunkering and liquefied CO2 ocean transport, according to a release. (Source: Mitsui, PR, Nikkei Asia, Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsui, www.mitsui.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Lotte Chemicals, Samsung Cooperation on Net-Zero Carbon (Int'l.)
    Lotte Chemical,Samsung Engineering
    Date: 2021-04-07
    In South Korea, Seoul-headquartered Lotte Chemical is reporting a collaboration agreement with Samsung Engineering to expand, promote and jointly invest in the development and commercialization of eco-friendly technologies and the realization of carbon neutrality at Lotte Chemical.

    To that end, Samsung Engineering will help Lotte Chemical improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop carbon capture and utilization (CCU) technologies, and promote Lotte's green hydrogen business and technology licensing.

    As previously reported in February, Lotte Chemical declared "Green Promise 2030" an ESG management strategy for the implementation of its eco-friendly business and achieving growth without expanding carbon generation by 2030 and achieving net-zero carbon by 2050. (Source: Lotte Chemical, PR, Business Korea, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Lotte Chemical, www.lottechem.com; Samsung Engineering, www.samsungengineering.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Lotte Chemical ,  Carbon Neutral,  Samsung Engineering,  


    Aemetis Announces Carbon Capture Inc. Unit (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-04-05
    Cupertino, California-based renewable fuels specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports the the establishment of Aemetis Carbon Capture, Inc.

    The new unit will initially capture, dehydrate, compress, and sequester CO2 from Aemetis Biogas anaerobic dairy digester projects in California's Central Valley to further reduce the carbon intensity (CI) of its dairy biogas fuel.(Source: Aemetis, PR, 1 April, 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aemetis,  CCS,  Carbon Capture,  RNG,  Biogas,  Anaerobic Digester,  


    Aker, Doosan Babcock Seek UK Renewable Energy Projects (Int'l.)
    Aker Solutions,Doosan Babcock
    Date: 2021-03-29
    Oslo, Norway headquartered engineering firm Aker Solutions reports it is partnering with UK-based Doosan Babcock to jointly deliver renewable energy and new hydrogen production plants and facilities for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) projects in the UK. Opportunities for other projects within the process and energy industries will also be explored.

    According to the release, the two firms together provide a full engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) solution for the UK's zero-carbon energy transition agenda and have already identified some key prospects. (Source: Aker Solutions, PR, 25 Mar., 2021) Contact: Aker Solutions, Kjetel Digre, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Rel., +47 450 32 090, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com; Doosan Babcock, Andrew Colquhoun, CEO, www.doosanbabcock.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Aker Solutions,  Renewable Energy,  CCS,  ,  


    UK Offshore Energy Transition, Emissions Deal Released (Int'l.)
    UK BEIS
    Date: 2021-03-26
    In London, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the North Sea Transition Deal, a landmark climate transition agreement to support the offshore oil and gas industry work force and supply chain during the switch to renewable energy and a net-zero emissions economy.

    The Deal includes an agreement for early reductions in production-site GHG emissions (not including emissions from product utilization) totaling 10 pctt by 2025, 25 pct by 2027 and 50 pct by 2030, with a goal of reaching net zero by 2050 -- a 15 million tonne reduction in CO2 emissions over the next ten years.

    Additionally, the deal commits to delivery of investments of up to $22 billion in new energy technologies, including hydrogen production and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS). The government has pledged to spend $1.4 billion on CCUS projects by 2025, and expects to provide additional support for the development of CO2 pipelines, storage sites and wells. The deal also commits to a voluntary industry target of 50 pct local, UK-made content for all new energy technology projects by 2030, with the same set-aside for oil and gas decommissioning activity. (Source: UK BEIS, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: BEIS, +44 0 20 7215 5000, enquiries@beis.gov.uk, www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News UK BEIS,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  Low-Carbon Energy,  


    Toshiba Touts Rapid CO2 Conversion Device (New Prod. & Tech.)
    Toshiba
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In Tokyo, Japanese electronics giant Toshiba is touting a new CO2 collection-and-conversion device that rapidly processes CO2 into carbon monoxide with chemical reactions involving electricity, according to a release. Carbon monoxide can serve as a raw material for products such as aircraft fuel.

    According to Toshiba, in its present development stage, the equipment can process 1 tpy of CO2 but will be key to enabling carbon neutrality when combined with renewable energy and developed to commercial scale. (Source: Toshiba, PR, NHK Japan, Mar., 2021) Contact: Toshiba, +81-3-3457-4511, www.global.toshiba

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Toshiba,  Carbon Capture,  


    MMEX, Black Tree Energy Ink Solar Power Hydrogen, Carbon Capture Agreement (Ind. Report)
    NMEX Resources, Black Tree Energy
    Date: 2021-03-24
    In the Lone Star State, Fort Stockton-based MMEX Resources Corp., a development-stage company focused on the acquisition, development and financing of oil, gas, refining and infrastructure projects in Texas and South America, is reporting the signing of a solar power hydrogen and carbon capture project agreement with Geneva, Switzerland-based Black Tree Energy Group and Black Tree Energy's special purpose U.S. company, V Engineering & Consulting, LLC.

    Jack W. Hanks, President and CEO of MMEX Resources Corp., noted, “We continue our discussions to acquire potentially additional hydrogen projects plant site locations in East Texas, Houston ship channel area and the Corpus Christi-Rockport area. Each special purpose project company is intended to have the local/regional economic development corporation with a financial interest along with the typical local tax abatement funds to be reinvested in local economic development. While completion of these projects will require substantial financial resources and licensing and permitting requirements that must be obtained to complete the projects, we are now ready to put this first project into the full speed ahead category." (Source: MMEX Resources Corporation, PR, 24 Mar., 2021) Contact: MMEX Resources, Jack Hanks, CEO, info@mmexresources.com, www.mmexresources.com; Black Tree Energy Group, www.blacktreecp.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture,  Solar,  Hydrogen,  


    Suncor Investing in Svante CCS Effort (Ind. Report, Int'l.)
    Suncor,Svante
    Date: 2021-03-22
    Calgary, Alberta-based oilsands and refining giant Suncor Energy is reporting an investment in Burnaby, British Columbia-based carbon capture technology company Svante. The funds will help Svante accelerate the commercialisation of its novel carbon capture technology for the decarbonisation of industrial emissions and hydrogen production.

    With the latest investment, total proceeds raised under Svante's Series D financing equate to $100 million -- the largest single private investment into point source carbon capture technology globally to date, according to Suncor.

    Svante CEO Claude Letourneau noted, "Svante has generated a pipeline of potential new project opportunities capturing over 40 million tonnes of CO2 per year before 2030 from natural gas industrial boilers, cement and lime, and blue hydrogen industrial facilities, mainly in North America and spurred by both US and Canada federal CO2 tax credits and prices on CO2 emissions." (Source: Suncor, PR, GasWorld, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Suncor, Mark Little, Pres. & CEO, www.suncor.com; Svante Inc., Claude Letourneau, , Pres., CEO, Julia McKenna , Inv. Relations, 604.456.0504, jmckenna@svanteinc.com, www.svanteinc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Suncor Energy ,  Svante,  CCS,  


    NextDecade Launches NEXT Carbon Solutions (Ind. Report)
    NextDecade
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Houston-headquartered natural gas major NextDecade Corporation is reporting the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary NEXT Carbon Solutions, LLC to develop one of the largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects in North America at NextDecade's Rio Grande LNG project.

    The new company will also advance proprietary processes to lower the cost of utilizing CCS technology; help other energy companies reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the production, transportation, and use of natural gas; and generate high-quality, verifiable carbon offsets to support companies in their efforts to achieve net-zero emissions.

    NEXT Carbon Solutions' CCS project is expected to reduce permitted CO2 emissions at Rio Grande LNG by more than 90 pct without major design changes to the Rio Grande LNG project. As a result, Rio Grande LNG is expected to be the greenest LNG project in the world, according to the company release. (Source: NextDecade, Website, PR, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: NextDecade, Matt Schatzman, CEO, (832) 209-8131 phughes@next-decade.com, www.next-decade.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions news,  CCS news,  LNG news,  Natural Gas news,  


    Bipartisan CCS, Emissions Reduction Act Tabled (Reg. & Leg.)
    CCS
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In Washington on Mar. 16, a bipartisan group of legislators -- Sens. Chris Coons, (D-Del.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Reps. Marc Veasey (D-Tx) and David McKinley (R-WV) -- introduced the Storing CO2 And Lowering Emissions Act (SCALE Act) to help develop carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure as a critical means of reducing CO2 emissions and creating regional economic opportunities and employment.

    The SCALE Act would support the build-out of infrastructure to transport CO2 from capture sites to locations where it can be either utilized in manufacturing or sequestered. The bill would also build upon the U.S. DOE's existing CarbonSAFE program to provide cost sharing for deployment of commercial-scale saline geologic CO2 storage projects.

    The program would give priority to larger, commercial saline geologic storage projects that could serve as hubs for storing CO2 from multiple carbon capture facilities. It would also authorize increased funding to the U.S. EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells in saline geologic formations and provide grants for states to establish Class VI permitting programs , as well as provide grant funding for CO2 utilization products and support for state and local programs that create demand for materials, fuels and other products made from captured carbon. I would also help develop standards and certifications for products that use CO2.

    shows The SCALE Act provisions could create approximately 13,000 direct and indirect jobs per year through the five-year authorization, according to Decarb America Project. (Source: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: Office of Sen. Chris Coons, (202) 224-5042, www.coons.senate.gov

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


    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    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.

    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

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


    UK Investing £150Mn for Rainforest Preservation (Int'l.)
    UK Rainforest
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In London, the UK has launched its new Mobilising Finance for Forests Programme, a £150 million fund to help protect rainforests equivalent to an area the size of Wales, cut millions of tonnes of carbon emissions and improve the lives of over 600,000 people in tropical forest communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The programme will support sustainable land-use projects and protect rainforest regions like the Amazon and Indonesian basins in communities vulnerable to climate change.

    This funding will help to remove 28 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, equivalent to the offsetting London's entire CO2 emissions annually over the next 15 years, through investing in eco-friendly projects like harvesting nuts, seeds, and coffee sustainably, restoring lost forests, diversifying crops to prevent soil erosion, and launching conservation activities -- restoring tropical forests as our most effective and natural carbon capture and storage sinks.

    The government program is expected to attract as much as £850 million in private investment, support thousands of green jobs across multiple sectors, such as agriculture, food, and technology in these regions, and to provide 23 pct of the reduction in carbon emissions and climate impacts needed over the next decade to meet the goals set in the Paris Climate Agreement. (Source: UK Ministry of State, PR, 12 Mar., 2021) Contact: UK International Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith , www.gov.uk/government/people/zac-goldsmith

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Rainforest,  Reforestation,  Climate Change,  Deforestation,  


    Calif. Bioenergy-Carbon Capture Project Announced (Ind. Report)
    Chevron, Microsoft
    Date: 2021-03-08
    Oil and gas major Chevron reports it is collaborating with Schlumberger's New Energy arm and Microsoft to develop a major bioenergy plant with 300,000 tpy CO2e carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in Mendota, California. The project would convert 200,000 tpy of agricultural waste into renewable synthetic gas.

    Front-end engineering and design processes will begin immediately, with the hopes of securing a final investment decision in 2022.

    Microsoft is notably targeting negative emissions by 2030 and the removal of all historic corporate emissions by 2050. (Source: Chevron, PR, edie news, 8 Mar., 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Capture news,  Syngas news,  Biomass news,  Bioenergy news,  


    FedEx-Supports Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture (Funding)
    FedEx, Yale University
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Yale University is reporting receipt of a $100 million gift from FedEx will help fund the new Center for Natural Carbon Capture.

    The Center is a key aspect of both Yale's broader Planetary Solutions Project -- a campus-wide effort to develop integrated, powerful solutions to Earth's climate and biodiversity crises -- and FedEx's goal of achieving carbon neutral operations globally by 2040.

    The Center aims to develop interventions that enhance the Earth's abilities to store carbon and other methods that model natural processes, as well as develop a portfolio of natural carbon removal strategies that combine both rapid and long-term approaches.

    Initial funding from FedEx will support four new professorships in science and engineering across the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as postdoctoral fellows and graduate students. It also will provide research funding and essential instrumentation, support Yale's Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative's outreach work, and enable Yale to bring together researchers, corporations, policymakers, and others through conferences and events.

    Yale's Planetary Solutions Project encompasses three major goals: to mitigate global warming and environmental concerns, adapt to a changing planet, and engage individuals, organizations, and governments to facilitate action. Capturing and storing carbon is a key pillar of the mitigation goal, and the Center will be an essential part of that effort, as well as related work in energy efficiency and alternative energy. (Source: Yale News, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Yale School of the Environment, Indy Burke, Dean, Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, www.planetarysolutions.yale.edu/center-natural-carbon-capture

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Yale University,  FedEx,  Carbon Capture,  


    HeidelbergCement Joins HyNet Low-Carbon Ind. Cluster (Int'l.)
    HeidelbergCement,Progressive Energy
    Date: 2021-03-05
    HeidelbergCement's British subsidiary Hanson UK has become a partner in the HyNet North West consortium, which aims to create the world's first low-carbon industrial cluster in the northwest England, covering the largest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK

    As a first step, a feasibility study will be conducted to provide a clear design basis and cost estimate for a carbon capture facility at Hanson's Padeswood cement plant and connection to the proposed HyNet North West CO2 network and storage system. The project will reduce regional CO2 emissions by up to 10 million tpy by 2030.

    The HyNet North West project includes production, storage and distribution of low carbon hydrogen which will help to decarbonise other industries whose CO2 emissions primarily come from fossil fuels.

    The HyNet project is led by Progressive Energy along with regional partners Cadent, CF Fertilisers, Eni UK, Essar, INOVYN, the University of Chester as well as Hanson. (Source: HeidelbergCement, PR, Cemnet, 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Progressive Energy, www.progressive-energy.com; HeidelbergCement, Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO, Jan Theulen, Director Alternative Resources, www.heidelbergcement.com

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    Carbon Capture Coalition -- Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 (Policy Blueprint Report Attached)
    Carbon Capture Coalition
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In Washington, the Carbon Capture Coalition has released the attached national policy blueprint outlining an expanded, comprehensive federal policy portfolio to promote economy-wide deployment of carbon capture technologies for consideration by the administration and the 117th Congress.

    The blueprint represents a bipartisan consensus of the Coalition's more than 80 energy, industrial and technology companies, labor unions, and conservation, environmental, and clean energy organizations. It highlights an extensive suite of near-term recommendations for policymakers to maximize the impact of the 45Q tax credit, facilitate the build-out of CO2 transport and storage capacity, and increase federal investment in carbon management technologies, among others.

    Download the Carbon Capture Coalition Federal Policy Blueprint 2021 HERE. (Source: Carbon Capture Coalition, 24Feb., 2021) Contact: Carbon Capture Coalition, Ben Finzel, 202-277-6286, ben@renewpr.com, www.carboncapturecoalition.org

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    NextGen Biomass Comments on Japan's Hydrogen Plans (Opinions, Editorials & Asides
    Zilkha Black Pellets,NextGen Biomass Technologies
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Houston, Texas-based Zilkha Black® (biomass) Pellet producer NextGen Biomass Technologies comments on Japan's hydrogen fuel plans: "In March 2019, Japan released its third Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. The plan targets reduction in hydrogen production costs and leadership in carbon capture strategies to convert hydrogen from fossil fuels. Investments are flooding in on this plan's strength.

    "We (NextGen) are optimistic about the courage and vision that the Japanese nation is showing in the hydrogen economy. Here in the U.S., officials are projecting a 2028 timeline to commercialize hydrogen as a fuel. It is obvious that Japan is much more aggressive and pushes the envelope in research, development and full-scale production operations. One recent example is the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries steel plant project in Australia, which is using hydrogen instead of coal.

    "Japan's top two carmakers have been steadily selling hydrogen fuel cell cars at a loss in California for more than a decade. This business model has been valuable to both companies and the Japanese government, based on customer feedback and increased interest in supporting the U.S.'s build-out of a hydrogen infrastructure. These are cars limited to use only in California, where the U.S. has 44 of its 47 hydrogen fueling stations.

    "We (NextGen) have worked with others in the biofuel and biofuel derivatives market to see how our Zilkha Black Pellets work in biosyngas reactors, where companies typically generate methane and other heavier petroleum replacements that can be converted to hydrogen. Most of these processes are not currently at full production scale. The factor holding many of them back is the variability of feedstock. When different feedstocks, or even the same feedstock with varying particle or different moisture contents are added, the process must sometimes be adjusted significantly to avoid loss of product, equipment and other hazards. Using Zilkha Black Pellets as a base for bioreactors ensures a stable, uniform size, moisture and makeup feedstock to which smaller amounts of varied feedstocks can be added. These pellets cost significantly less to transport than raw biomass ever will.

    "Hydrogen from biomass is a viable, low-cost electricity solution, and we are excited to work with companies operating in this space. Using a stable uniform feedstock, especially in the initial full-scale production phases, can mean the difference between a successful project and one that never reaches its goal." (Source: NextGen Biomass Technologies, Larry Price, (713) 979-9961, info@nextgenbiomass.com, lprice@nextgenbiomass.com, nextgenbiomass.com

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    DRAX Advancing Planned Bioenergy CCS Project (Int'l. Report)
    DRAX
    Date: 2021-03-03
    In the UK, Yorkshire-based woody biomass power producer DRAX Group reports it plans to used bioenergy with carbon capture and ctorage (BECCS) to remove millions of tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere and create a negative carbon footprint for the company.

    The planned project is subject to its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) -- a process which takes around two years to complete. If approved construction on the first of two 8 million tpy BECCS units could get underway in 2024.

    As we reopoert in Dec. 2020, an Imperial College London report for DRAX Electric Insights found the UK's electricity grid has decarbonised faster than other countries in the last decade and that renewable power has grown six-fold in the last 10 years, helping the UK cut its carbon intensity by 58 pct -- double the reduction seen in other major economies over the 2010-2120 period. The report also noted coal-fired power generation dropped from 30 pct to just 2 pct with renewables rising simultaneously from 8 pct to supplying 42 pct of the UK's electricity over the last decade.

    The shift to renewables means individual UK households have cut reduced their CO2 emissions by .75 tpy, according to the report. (Source: DRAX, PR, Yorkshire Post, Mar., 2021) Contact: DRAX, Will Gardiner, CEO, +44 (0) 1757 618381, www.drax.com

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    Chevron Commits to Low-Carbon Tech Investments (Ind. Report)
    Chevron
    Date: 2021-03-01
    San Ramon, California-headquartered oil industry giant Chevron Energy Technologies (CTV) reports the launch of the $300-million Future Energy Fund II.

    With the first Future Energy Fund launched in 2018, CTV has invested in more than 10 companies with more than 150 other investors to support innovations in carbon capture and storage (CCS), emerging mobility and energy storage. Future Energy Fund II will focus on innovation in industrial decarbonization, emerging mobility, energy decentralization and the growing circular carbon economy.

    Future Energy Fund II is the eighth venture fund launched since CTV was established in 1999. CTV also has a Core Energy Fund which invests in technologies with the potential to have a significant impact on Chevron's core business through operational enhancements, digitalization and low-carbon operations. Chevron is also an investor as a limited partner in funds such as the Oil & Gas Climate Initiative's (OGCI) Climate Investments and Emerald Technology Ventures' Industrial Innovation Fund. (Source: Chevron, PR, 28 Feb., 2021) Contact: Chevron Energy Technologies, www.chevron.com

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    Glacial Lakes Joins Summit AG CCS Project (Ind Report)
    Summit Carbon Solutions,Glacial Lakes Energy
    Date: 2021-03-01
    Further to our 22nd Feb. report, South Dakota-based Glacial Lakes Energy (GLE) reports its four biorefineries with 360 million gpy total capacity have joined Alden, Iowa-based Summit Agricultural Group's previously announced Summit Carbon Solutions (SCS) carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project. The project is projected to result in 10 million tpy reduction in CO2 emissions -- the carbon footprint equivalent of 2 million autos.

    Glacial Lakes Energy has signed an offtake agreement with Summit to supply the carbon dioxide at its plants located in Huron, Aberdeen, Mina, and Watertown. This partnership will allow more than 1.6 million tpy of CO2 to be captured, transported, and sequestered underground through Summit's transportation and storage platform which originates in Iowa and concludes in North Dakota.

    Glacial Lakes Energy is a four-plant biorefinery company operating in central and northeast South Dakota and solely owned by more than 4,000 shareholders of Glacial Lakes Corn Processors. Glacial Lakes Energy process roughly 125 million bpy of locally sources corn into 360 million gpy of ethanol, more than 1 million ypy of livestock feed, and 5,000 tpy of corn oil. (Source: Glacial Lakes Energy, Green Car Congress, 26 Feb., 2021) Contact: Glacial Lakes Energy, 605-882-8480 , www.glaciallakesenergy.com; Summit Carbon Solutions, Summit Ag, Jon Probst, (515) 854-9812, jprobst@summitag.com www.summitag.com

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    Canberra Launches $50Mn CCUS Fund (Int'l. Report, Funding)
    Mineral Carbonisation International
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, the Australian federal government is reporting the launch of its $50 million (Aus.) Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) Fund.

    The announcement was made by Energy Minister Angus Taylor at Mineral Carbonisation International's (MCI) pilot plant in Newcastle. The company is using carbon dioxide (CO2) captured from a nearby ammonia plant to make building products like plasterboard and cement.

    The fund will be open to a broad spectrum of players including other CCU projects looking to produce fuels and chemical from CO2, as well as those in Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Contact: Mineral Carbonisation International, Sophia Hamblin Wang, CEO, +61 419 722 386, contactus@mineralcarbonation.com, www.mineralcarbonation.com

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    Worley Claims DAC Carbon Capture Contract (Int'l. Report)
    Worley, Carbon Engineering
    Date: 2021-02-24
    In the Land Down Under, North Sydney-based engineering firm Worley has been awarded a direct air carbon capture (DAC) front-end engineering design contract by 1PointFive -- a joint venture between Oxy Low Carbon Ventures and Rusheen Capital. The front-end engineering design services will be led by Worley's Houston office, with support from its Global Integrated Delivery team in India.

    The facility will be the first commercial-scale development using Squamish, British Columbia-based Carbon Engineering Ltd DAC technology. Each DAC unit is expected to extract 1 million metric tpy of atmospheric CO2.

    Upon completion of the design, the two companies will form an alliance and move into the engineering, procurement and construction phase, with two more phases to follow. (Source: Worley, PR, Market Herald, 23 Feb., 2021) Contact: Worley, Chris Ashton, CEO, (713) 892-0999 – Houston Office, www.worley.com; Carbon Engineering, Steve Oldham, CEO, www.carbonengineering.com

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    Reforestation Included in Shell's Emission Reduction Plan (Int'l.)
    Shell
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Oil industry giant Royal Dutch Shell reports plans to increase tree plantings, the use of nature-based carbon offsets and carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in their effort to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and achieve net-zero carbon by 2050.

    Shell wants to ramp up its use of nature-based carbon offsets, which include forestation projects, to 120 million tpy by 2030, to as high as 300 million tpy . Shell, which currently has 4.5 million tonnes of CCS capacity either in use or in the pipeline, aims to sell CCS as a service to other emitters Globally, the entire voluntary carbon offset market reached 104 million tonnes in 2019, according to Ecosystem Marketplace . (Source: Shell, Yahoo, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies

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    Italy's Eni Aims for 2050 Carbon Neutrality (Int'l. Report)
    Eni
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In Italy, Rome-headquartered Eni's Strategy 2021-2024 & 2020 reports it aims to cut absolute emissions by 25 pct by 2030, from 2018 levels, and by 65 pct by 2040 with an end goal of achieving carbon neutral status by 2050.

    The that end, the company will seek acquisitions to speed the green transformation and will increase its renewable energy capacity from today's 300 megawatts to 60 gigawatts in 2050. The company also plans more than €2 billion ($2.43 billion) of asset sales to help develop clean businesses -- including two possible new biorefineries in Italy and the U.S. and carbon capture and storage (CCS) units in the UAE and Libya. (Source: Eni, Website PR, 19 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eni, +39 06 598 21, Fax: +39 06 598 22141, www.eni.com/en-IT/home.htmlwww.eni.com/en-IT/home.html

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    Summit Carbon Solutions Touts Biorefinery CCS Project (Ind. Report)
    Summit Agricultural Group
    Date: 2021-02-22
    In the Hawkeye State, Alden-based Summit Agricultural Group is reporting creation of Summit Carbon Solutions, a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonization by developing carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects and accelerating the transition toward sustainable, renewable energy by dramatically lowering the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the Midwestern region of the United States.

    When fully developed, Summit Carbon Solutions will have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2 -- equivalent to taking 2 million cars off the road per year. In addition to the project’s positive environmental impact, it will enhance the economic sustainability of the biofuels and agriculture industries.

    To that end, Summit has partnered with a select group of leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of ultimately delivering a net-zero-carbon fuel. In addition to biorefiners, Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with other industries throughout the Midwest that have carbon reduction goals to help them capture and store their carbon emissions.

    "This is a giant leap forward for the biofuels industry. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a future-focused solution that allows the biorefiners to lower their already attractive carbon footprint by up to 50 pct.Simply put, this will be the most impactful development for the biofuels industry and Midwestern agriculture in decades," according to the Summit Ag release. (Source: Summit Ag Group, Website PR, 18 Feb., 2020) Contact: Summit Ag, Jon Probst, (515) 854-9812, jprobst@summitag.com www.summitag.com

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    Boundary Dam Captured 49,300 Tonnes of CO2 in Jan. (Ind. Report)
    Boundary Dam,Saskpower
    Date: 2021-02-22
    On the Canadian prairies, SaskPower is reporting the carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at the Boundary Dam Power Station captured 49,373 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2)uring the month of January, this year.

    Since coming online in October 2014, the facility has captures 3,859,920 tonnes of CO2.

    The Boundry Dam facility was designed to cut CO2 emissions by 1 million tpy but, due to construction and start-up delays, removed only 400,000 tonnes in 2015. The delays cost SaskPower approximately $80 million in "construction deficiencies" and non-performance penalties. At the time of opening , Saskatchewan committed to a 40 pct carbon emissions reduction in electrical power generation. ( Source: SaskPower, Estevan Mercury, 20 Feb., 2021)Contact: SaskPower, Mike Marsh, (306) 566-2121, www.saskpower.com

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    IBM Aims for Net-Zero GHG Emissions by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    IBM
    Date: 2021-02-19
    IBM is reporting it aims to reach net-zero CO2 emissions by 2030 and will have reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 65 pct by 2025 compared to its 2010 emission levels. IBM notes its net-zero target is "based on the energy the company can actually consume, not on the purchase of unrelated, un-bundled renewable energy certificates."

    The company also notes it will procure 75 pct of its worldwide electric power from renewable energy sources by 2025, and hit 90 pct renewable consumption by 2030. The company also plans to use carbon capture by 2030 to remove emissions in "an amount which equals or exceeds the level of IBM's residual emissions" or those emissions IBM still produces after exhausting all avenues to reduce is greenhouse emissions.

    As we reported on 15 July, 2020, IBM, a Founding Member of the Climate Leadership Council, reduced its operational CO2 emissions by 39.7 pct since 2005, well ahead of its goal of a 40 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2025. The company also noted 47 pct of the electricity it consumed in 2019 came from renewable sources, keeping the company on track to get 55 pct of its electricity from renewables by 2025. (Source: IBM, PR, ZD Net, 17 Feb., 2021)Contact: IBM, www.ibm.com/us-en

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    Summit AG Lowers Biorefining Carbon Footprint (Ind. Report)
    Summit Agricultural Group
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Alden, Iowa-headquartered Summit Agricultural Group (Summit AG), a diverse farming, agricultural investment, and farm management firm, is reporting the creation of Summit Carbon Solutions -- a new business platform that will address the global challenge of decarbonisation by developing the world's largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) project.

    When fully developed, Summit Carbon Solutions will dramatically lower the carbon footprint of biorefineries and other carbon dioxide emission sources throughout the U.S. Midwest and have an infrastructure network capable of capturing and permanently storing more than 10 million tpy of CO2.

    Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with leading biorefiners in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota to execute the first phase of the project, which will put them on the path of delivering net-zero carbon fuel. (Source: Summit Agricultural Group, PR, 17 Feb., 2021) Contact: Summit Agricultural Group, Justin Kirchhoff, Pres., (515) 854-9820, www.summitag.com

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    CEMEX Carbon Capture Pilot Funded (Ind. Report)
    CEMEX
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Houston-headquartered CEMEX USA is reporting receipt of an undisclosed amount of grant funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a pilot carbon capture unit at its Victorville, California, cement plant.

    The project is a collaboration with Carbon Clean, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and RTI international which will lead the initiative. The project aims to develop and scaling-up specific CO2 capture process components and incorporate next-generation non-aqueous solvents. The collaboration will assess the integration of modular carbon capture technology with the cement plant as well as evaluate the cost and technical considerations of using the captured CO2 as a feedstock for new products.

    As previously reported, in 2020 CEMEX announced its target of reducing CO2 emissions by 35 pct of cementitious products by 2030 as part of a longer-term goal of producing net-zero CO2 concrete by 2050. (Source: CEMEX, The Chemical Engineer, 18 Feb., 2021) Contact: CEMEX USA, Jaime Muguiro, Pres., 713-650-6200, www.cemexusa.com

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    API Awarded $100Mn for GHG Emissions Reduction (R&D, Funding)
    American Petroleum Institute
    Date: 2021-02-17
    The American Petroleum Institute (API) is reporting receipt of $100 million funding under the US DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy programme. The program aims to identify and develop innovative technologies to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and tackle climate change.

    According to API, over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has provided low-cost natural gas, while reducing CO2 emissions in the electric power sector and addressing methane emissions. Methane emissions have declined by nearly 70 pct between 2011 and 2019 in five of the largest US oil and gas producing regions, according to the EPA's new Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data.

    API notes its members are already investing in direct air carbon capture, carbon capture use astorage, CCS, decarbonisation infrastructure such as CO2 pipelines, sustainable and efficient fuels, and lower cost, low-carbon hydrogen. (Source: API. PR, Website, 16 Feb., 2021) Contact: API, Mike Sommers, CEO, (202) 682-8114, www.api.org

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    TECO 2030, Slattland Ink Energy Storage Agreement (Ind. Report)
    TECO 2030 ASA,Slattland
    Date: 2021-02-15
    In Norway, Oslo headquartered-based TECO 2030 ASA reports it is partnering with the Rakkestad, Ostfold-based mechanical engineering group Slattland to explore possible cooperation within a range of emission-reducing projects, including hydrogen fuel cells, energy storage, offshore and onshore wind, hydrogen competence development and other opportunities.

    TECO 2030 is an innovative engineering and equipment development company aiming to significantly increase the use of renewable energy, specifically in the form of hydrogen fuel. cells, and reduce the environmental footprint of the shipping industry. TECO 2030 recently announced a partnership with Thecla Bodewes Shipyards in Holland to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell propulsion on all types of river vessels, such as push tugs, dredgers, passenger and cargo ships and low-profile coasters, according to the company website.

    Slattland operates in offshore and marine, hydrogen and wind power, carbon capture and energy sectors. (Source: TECO 2030, PR, Green Car Congress, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: TECO 2030 ASA, +47 67 200 300 -- Oslo HQ, (305) 833 6510 -- Miami Office, www.teco2030.no; Slattland, 47 69 22 73 73, www.slattlend.no

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    Elon Musk Comments on a U.S. Carbon Tax (Notable Quote)
    Elon Musk
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Following up on our 22 Jan coverage -- Elon Musk Offers $100Mn for Best Carbon Capture Tech -- the the battery energy storage, SpaceX and Tesla tycoon announced:

    "I talked to the Biden administration, and they were like 'Well, this seems too politically difficult' and I was like, 'Well, this is obviously a thing that should happen', and by the way, SpaceX would be paying a carbon tax too. So I'm like, you know, I'm like, I think we should pay it too. It's not like we shouldn't have carbon generating things. It's just that there's got to be a price on this stuff," Musk said.

    "If we just put a price on carbon emissions, the market will react in a sensible way. But because we don`t have a price on it, it is behaving badly," Musk noted.

    "It's either we have sustainable energy or civilization collapses. And so if civilization doesn't collapse we will have sustainable energy, it's just a question of how soon does that happen. Sooner is better," Musk elaborated. (Source: Elon Musk, DNA, 13 Feb., 2021) Contact: Elon Musk (@elonmusk)

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    Schlumberger, LafargeHolcim Announce CCS Collaboration (Int'l.)
    Schlumberger, LafargeHolcim
    Date: 2021-02-12
    Building materials firm LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy are reporting a partnership to explore the feasibility of capturing carbon at LafargeHolcim cement plants and storing it using Schlumberger's carbon sequestration technologies, according to various industry media. Rigzone report.

    According to a Schlumberger statement, a carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) feasibility study will focus on a pair of LafargeHolcim cement plants in Europe and North America. Schlumberger also noted its LafargeHolcim collaboration marks a step toward developing a blueprint for large-scale CCS deployment. (Source: Schlumberger New Energy, Rigzone, 10 Feb., 2021)Contact: LafargeHolcim Ltd, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Stephanie Sulcer, Communications, 847 716 0368, stephanie.sulcer@lafargeholcim.com, www.lafargeholcim.com; Schlumberger New Energy, Ashok Belani, Exec. VP, www.slb.com

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    ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions Launched (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-02-05
    Houston-headquartered oil and gas major ExxonMobil is reporting the launch of ExxonMobil Low Carbon Solutions, a new unit to advance and deploy its low-carbon technology and carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects portfolio, including the company's possible support for a CCS project in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

    ExxonMobil is also reportedly advancing plans for more than 20 new CCS opportunities around the world, and plans to invest $3 billion on lower emission energy solutions over the next four years. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, Feb., 2021) Contact: ExxonMobil, www.corporate.exxonmobil.com

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    Lundin Energy Accelerating Decarbonisation Strategy (Ind. Report)
    Lundin Energy
    Date: 2021-02-03
    Stockholm-headquartered oil and gas major Lundin Energy AB reports it is accelerating its Decarbonisation Strategy to target carbon neutrality for operational emissions from 2025, from the original target of 2030.

    According to a release, this change is underpinned by good progress on the electrification of the Company's main assets, investments in renewable energy to replace electricity usage and now a commitment to invest in proprietary natural carbon capture projects to offset any residual, hard to abate emissions.

    To offset any residual emissions, the company is partnering with Land Life Company BV to plant approximately 8 million trees between 2021 and 2025, capturing approximately 2.6 million tonnes of CO2. (Source: Ludin Energy, Website PR, Contact: Lundin Energy, +46 8 440 54, info@lundin-energy.com, www.lundin-energy.com

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    Equinor Awards $74Mn in Northern Lights CCS Contracts (Int'l.)
    Equinor, CCS
    Date: 2021-01-29
    In Oslo, Equinor is reporting the issuance of $74 million in contracts for its Northern Lights project, the world's first carbon capture project to pump Norwegian industrial emissions into an offshore reservoir.

    Equinor awarded a $57.5 million EPCI contract to Subsea 7 for fabrication, pipe laying and subsea installations to be completed during 2022-2023. Equinor also awarded a $16.1 million EPCI contract to Stavenger-based oil and gas service provider Aibel for the Northern Lights subsea control system.

    According to the company most contracts for Northern Lights are now in place, including Aker Solutions ‘ $28 million deal for the CO2 receiving facilities outside Bergen and subsea equipment for injecting captured CO2 into a reservoir for permanent storage. Aker's work is expected to be completed in 2023.

    The Norwegian government-funded Northern Lights project will transport, inject and store up to 1.5 million tpy of CO2 and is slated to be operational in 2024. (Source: Equinor, PR, 27 Jan., 2021) Contact: Northern Lights Project, Sverre Overaa, Director, sjov@equinor.com, Per Sandberg, Bus. Dev, prsa@equinor.com, www.northernlightsccs.com; Aibel, +47) 85 27 00 00, www.aibel.com; Equinor, www.equinor.com; Aker Solutions, Kjetel Digre, CEO, Fredrik Berge, Inv. Relations, +47 22 94 62 19, fredrik.berge@akersolutions.com, www.akersolutions.com

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    Lehigh Cement Considering Edmonton Plant CCS (Ind. Report)
    Lehigh Cement ,International CCS Knowledge Centre
    Date: 2021-01-27
    Lehigh Cement and the International CCS Knowledge Centre are conducting a feasibility study looking at carbon capture and storage (CCS) at the Edmonton, Alberta cement plant. The study will consider an engineering design for the use of Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering's (MHIENG) carbon capture technology at Lehigh's plant in Alberta. The MHIENG technology is presently being deployed at 13 commercial plants globally.

    The study is intended to: deliver a Class 4 cost estimate; to work with a carbon capture technology provider (MHI Group) to perform engineering design tailored to the Lehigh plant; to manage the process and engage third parties, as necessary; to complete a detailed business case; and to develop the budget for Front End Engineering Study (FEED). The project received $1.4 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) through its Partnership Intake Program, according to the release. (Source: Lehigh Cement, Pr, Global Cement News, Jan., 2021) Contact: Lehigh Cement, (780) 420-250, www.lehighhanson.com; International CCS Knowledge Center, 306-565-5660, info@ccsknowledge.com, www.ccsknowledge.com; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering, www.mhi.com/group/mhieng/homepage

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    Viridor Joins Carbon Capture and Storage Assoc. (Int'l. Report)
    Carbon Capture and Storage Association
    Date: 2021-01-27
    In the UK, Somerset-based Viridor Waste Management reports it has joined the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA), making it the first company from the waste sector to do so.

    The CCSA was established to ensure that carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) is recognised as an essential solution to deliver net-zero emissions across the economy. The CCSA works to ensure CCUS is developed and deployed at the pace and scale necessary to meet net-zero goals. CCSA members include industry, equipment manufacturing, oil and gas, distribution, academia and regional bodies, as well as the associated supply chain and service sector.

    Viridor Waste Management Ltd. has the UK's largest network of more than 300 advanced recycling, energy recovery and landfill diversion facilities. The company works in partnership with more than 150 local authority and major corporate clients with 32,000 customers across the UK. (Source: Viridor, PR, 26 Jan., 2021) Contact: Viridor, Tim Rotheray, Director of Environment, Innovation and Regulation, +44 0 1823 721400, www.viridor.co.uk; Carbon Capture and Storage Association, www.ccsassociation.org

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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

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