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Siemens, Fluence to Construct German 100MW/200MWh BESS (Int'l.)
Siemens, Fluence
Date: 2021-07-21
Siemens Smart Infrastructure is reporting a letter of intent with Nordostbayern (Future Energy North-East Bayern) for construction of a turnkey 100MW / 200MWh large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the town of Wunsiedel, northern Bavaria, Germany.

Subject to financing, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence, which was formed in 2017 as a Siemens-AES Corporation JV, will provide the lithium-ion battery system. Siemens will handle project management including the building of medium-voltage switchgear equipment and facilitating connection to the local high-voltage grid.

Siemens broke ground earlier this month on an 8.75MW green hydrogen electrolyser plant at the Town of Wunsiedel's local "energy park". The plant's proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser will be connected to a 6MW battery storage system that Siemens supplied and installed in 2017. The green hydrogen project is scheduled to go into operation in summer 2022, according to the release. (Source: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, PR, Energy Storage, 20 July, 2021) Contact: Siemens Smart Infrastructure, www.linkedin.com/showcase/siemensinfrastructure, www.new.siemens.com/global/en/company/topic-areas/smart-infrastructure.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens,  Fluence,  Energy Storage,  BESS ,  


Ardian SAS Considering $2.4Bn Green Hydrogen Fund (Int'l.)
Ardian SAS
Date: 2021-07-14
Paris-headquartered French private-equity firm Ardian SAS is reportedly planning to raise as much as €2 billion ($2.4 billion) for a fund that would invest in "green" hydrogen production, transport and distribution infrastructure such as service and fueling stations.

Ardian SAS operates as a private equity firm and invests in transport, health care, life science, and technology sectors and is one of Europe's largest private equity funds with roughly $112 billion in assets. (Source: Ardian SAS, PR, BNN, 12 July, 2021) Contact: Ardian SAS, www.ardian.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


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,  


Qair Joins Brazilian Offshore Wind, Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
Qair
Date: 2021-07-12
Qair Brasil, a subsidiary of French company Qair Internacional, is reporting a MoU with Brazil's Ceara State to cooperate on and invest in development of the $6.9 billion, 1,216-GW Dragao do Mar offshore wind park and a 2,240-MW electrolysis plant capable of producing 296,000 tpy of green hydrogen. (Source: Qair Brasil, Website PR, July, 2021) Contact: Qair , +33 (0)4 11 95 11 11, contact@qair.energy, www.qair.energy/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Qair,  Offshore Wind,  Hydrogen,  


NY Offers $12.5m for Energy Storage, Green Hydrogen (Funding)
Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Date: 2021-07-12
In Albany, the Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) reports the state will make $12.5 million in state funding available to long-duration energy storage technologies and pilot projects exploring the potential for green hydrogen production.

The financing will be awarded through a three-stage competition through June 2022, and is in line with the Empire State's pledge to cut its carbon footprint by 85 pct by 2050. (Source; Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 8 July, 2021) Contact: Office of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Press Office, (518) 474-8418, (212) 682-4640, Press.Office@exec.ny.gov, www.governor.ny.gov, twitter.com/NYGovCuomo

More Low-Carbon Energy News NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo,  Energy STorage,  Green Hydrogen ,  


Carbon Price, Green Hydrogen -- Notable Quotes
Carbon Tax
Date: 2021-07-07
"Even if European carbon prices more than tripled to €200 ($236), hydrogen from renewable energy would still struggle to compete with fossil fuels without further government support.

"To make the average renewable hydrogen project competitive with a fossil alternative will require annual subsidies of as much as €24 billion this decade." -- Guidehouse www.guidehouse.com; Agora Energiewende www.agora-energiewende.de/en -- Bloomberg, July, 2021

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  Carbon Emissions,  Carbon Price,  Carbon Tax,  


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 ,  


Fortescue Plans Tasmanian Green Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
Fortescue
Date: 2021-06-23
In the Land Down Under, East Perth-headquartered iron ore mining giant Fortescue Metals Group reports it plans to construct a 250-mw green hydrogen plant at Bell Bay in northern Tasmania.

Fortescue's wholly owned subsidiary Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) has entered into an option agreement with Tasmanian Ports Corporation to exclusively negotiate all land and operating access requirements for the proposed plant which could cost as much as $500 million to construct. (Source: Fortescue Metals Group, PR, Australian Financial Review, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Fortescue Metals Group, +61 8 6218 8888, www.fmgl.com.au

More Low-Carbon Energy News Fortescue,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  


J-POWER Joins Green Hydrogen Consortium AquaVentus (Int'l.)
J-POWER, AquaVentus
Date: 2021-06-23
Tokyo-based Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-Power) reports it has joined the German green hydrogen initiative AquaVentus. AquaVentus was established by 26 leading international companies, organizations and research institutions in December 2020 and presently has 60 members. Several projects are currently planned under the AquaVentus initiative and they are targeting to generate green hydrogen from the electricity generated by 10GW offshore wind power station by 2035. J-POWER believes that its participation in the Consortium will provide the company with valuable expertise in production, transportation and usage of green hydrogen.

AquaVentus aims to produce green hydrogen at sea, with the vision of achieving 10 gigawatts of production capacity for green hydrogen from offshore wind energy and transporting it to land by 2035.

AquaVentus project initiatives portfolio includes various sub-projects along the value chain including: development of offshore wind turbines with integrated hydrogen production (AquaPrimus); a large-scale offshore hydrogen park (AquaSector); a central supply pipeline (AquaDuctus); infrastructure for harbors (AquaPortus); hydrogen-based maritime applications and research platform. (Source: Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (J-Power) PR, 22 June, 2021) Contact: J-Power, +03-3546-2211, +03-3546-9532 -- fax, www.jpower.co.jp/english; Aqua Ventus, www.aquaventus.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News J-POWER,  Green Hydrogen,  AquaVentus,  


Ethanol Producer Greenfield Global, Port of Montreal Cooperate on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
Greenfield Global
Date: 2021-06-18
In Quebec, the Montreal Port Authority is reporting a cooperation agreement with Ontario-based ethanol producer Greenfield Global to develop green hydrogen for an indirect shore supply of electrical power for the marine industry. The agreement is intended to identify and implement innovative green energy solutions, of which green hydrogen, ethanol and methanol are at the forefront.

The agreement aims to address commercial shipping's greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) which account for roughly 3 pct of global GHG emissions.

Greenfield is the largest ethanol producer in Canada and owns and operates five ethanol distilleries, four specialty chemical manufacturing and packaging plants and three next-generation biofuel and renewable energy R&D centers in the United States, Canada and Ireland. (Source: Port of Montreal, Website, PR, H2 View, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Montreal Port Authority, Martin Imbleau, Pres., CEO, 514 283-7011, www.port-montreal.com; Greenfield Global, Howard Field, CEO, (613) 698-0116, howard.field@greenfield.com, www.greenfield.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Greenfield Global,  Green Hydrogen,  Ethanol,  


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,  


IRENA, Morocco Partnering to Advance Green-Hydrogen (Int'l.)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2021-06-14
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports it will work the Morocco Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME) to strengthen joint collaboration to advance knowledge in renewable energy and advance the national green hydrogen economy in line with Morocco's aim to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter.

Under the agreement, IRENA and the MEME Morocco will work together to develop technology and market outlook studies, craft public-private models of cooperation in the hydrogen space, explore the development of new hydrogen value chains and lay the groundwork for the trading of green hydrogen at a national and regional level. The two parties will also conduct joint analyses to explore the socio-economic benefits of renewables, emphasising the development of new value chains, job creation at the national level and lessons learned to the broader region.

At the end of 2020, the Kingdom of Morocco had a total installed renewable energy capacity of almost 3.5 GW, according to IRENA. (Source: IRENA, PR, 14 June, 2021) Contact: IRENA, +971 241 79000, info@irena.org, www.irena.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News International Renewable Energy Agency,  Green Hydrogen,  Renewable Energy,  


Plug Power Plans Georgia Green Hydrogen Plant (Alt. Fuel)
Plug Power
Date: 2021-06-11
Latham, New York-headquartered Plug Power Inc. is reporting plans to construct a green hydrogen production plant in Camden County, Georgia.

The new facility will produce 15 tpd of liquid green hydrogen using 100 pct renewable energy and intended to fuel transportation applications, including material handling and fuel cell electric vehicle fleets.

The facility is expected to come in at $84 million with construction starting in 2022. (Source: Plug Power, PR, Website, 10 June, 2021) Contact: Plug Power, investors@plugpower.com, www.plugpower.com, Plug Power GenFuel, www.plugpower.com/hydrogen/genfuel/

More Low-Carbon Energy News Plug Power news,  Renn Hydrogen news,  


Maritime Zero-Emissions Fuels Notable Quotes (Alt. Fuel)
Ocean Conservancy
Date: 2021-06-11
"By 2030, we want ships capable of running on well-to-wake zero-emission fuels -- such as green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and advanced biofuels -- to make up at least 5 pct of the global deep-sea fleet measured by fuel consumption." -- US DOE

"We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021

"We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force

In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy. Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Low-Carbon Fuel,  


Green Hydrogen Systems IPO Aims for $153Mn (Int'l. Alt. Fuel)
Green Hydrogen Systems
Date: 2021-06-09
Copenhagen-based Green Hydrogen Systems, a maker of electrolysers to produce "clean" hydrogen derived from renewable power, reports it plans to raise $163 million with its IPO. Shares will be priced at 40 Danish crowns ($6.54), valuing the company at about 3 billion Danish crowns ($491 million US).

A.P. Moller Holding, the owner of maritime shipping giant Maersk, holds 18 pct of the company and has committed to buy shares worth 37 million crowns. Maersk is aiming to put the world's first vessel powered by carbon-neutral fuel into operation in 2023. Green Hydrogen Systems' current customers include the world's biggest offshore wind farm developer Orsted and top wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa. The firm is also in talks with Maersk.

Green Hydrogen Systems is backed state pension fund ATP, the Danish Growth Fund and Nordea. (Source: Green Hydrogen Systems, PR, Zawya, 7 June, 2021) Contact: Green Hydrogen Systems, +45 7550 3500, www.greenhydrogen.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen Systems ,  Green Hydrogen,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Commission,  Breakthrough Energy,  Clean Energy,  Carbon Emissions,  Bill Gates,  


Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Renewable Energy, Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)

Date: 2021-05-28
Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe renewable energy solutions that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es


Danish Green Hydrogen Systems Planning IPO (Int'l. Report)
Green Hydrogen Systems
Date: 2021-05-28
Kolding, Denmark-headquartered Green Hydrogen Systems, a manufacturer of electrolysers for green hydrogen production, reports it is planning an IPO to raise roughly DKK 1 billion ($164.8 million).

The new funds would be used for R&D, to finance the launch of the new X-Series electrolysers and to potentially expand Green Hydrogen's operations by the end of 2025, according to the release.

Green Hydrogen expects to have 75 MW of capacity by end-2021, reaching 400 MW in the coming years. (Source: Green Hydrogen Systems, PR 25 May, 2021) Contact: Green Hydrogen Systems, Sebastian Koks Andreassen, CEO, +45 7550 3500, www.greenhydrogen.dk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen Systems,  Green Hydrogen,  


Gen2Energy, Cromarty Ink Green Hydrogen MOU (Int'l. Report)
Gen2Energy
Date: 2021-05-28
Borre-based Norwegian green hydrogen-specialist Gen2 Energy is reporting a Memorandum of Understanding with the Scottish firm Port of Cromarty Firth to create a commercial pathway to export green hydrogen from Norway into the UK energy market.

According to the company, the development will provide security of supply to customers wanting to adapt green hydrogen solutions, help the Scottish Government realise its ambitions to become a leading hydrogen nation and give a massive boost for the establishment of a green hydrogen hub in the Cromarty Firth, which will become the UK transhipment hub for Gen2Energy's green hydrogen, produced from Norway's surplus renewable energy. (Source: Gen2Energy, Website PR, 25 May, 2021) Contact: Gen2 Energy, Jonas Meyer, CEO, +47 982 21 007, jonas.meyer@gen2energy.com, www.gen2energy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen news,  Gen2Energy news,  


Everfuel, Cabonline Developing Hydrogen Taxis Market (Alt. Fuel)
Everfuel
Date: 2021-05-21
Herning, Denmark-based transportation fuels distributor Everfuel A/S is reporting an agreement with Cabonline, the Nordic region's largest taxi fleet operator, to jointly develop the market for taxis fueled by green hydrogen for zero emission mobility.

Under the agreement, Cabonline will provide its participating taxi license holders with incentives to use new Toyota supplied Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The participating license holders will benefit from discounted hydrogen fuel prices at Everfuel's stations. The initiative will initially be offered only in Helsinki then expanded to Norwegian cities where Everfuel's hydrogen station network is established. (Source: Everfuel, PR, May, 2021) Contact: Everfuel, Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO,+45 2871 8945, jk@everfuel.com, www.everfuel.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  Everfuel,  


UPM Advancing Planned Biofuel Growth (Int'l. Report)
UPM
Date: 2021-05-21
Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports basic engineering is underway for a planned next generation 500,000 tpy biorefinery in Kotka, Finland or Rotterdam to produce renewable fuels including sustainable jet fuel (SAF). The company will next define the business case, select the most innovative technology option, including the use of green hydrogen in the production process, and determine the required investment to proceed.

UPM has invested €179 million in the world's first biorefinery producing wood-based renewable diesel and naphtha called UPM BioVerno. The 130,000 tpy UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery produces UPM BioVerno diesel and naphtha from crude tall oil, a residue of the company's pulp production. (Source: UPM Website, May, 2021) Contact: UPM Biofuels, +358 204 15 111, Fax. +358 204 15 110, www.upm.com/businesses/upm-biofuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News UPM,  SAF,  Biofuel,  Biodiesel,  


DEWA Touts Solar Powered Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
DEWA,Siemens Energy
Date: 2021-05-21
In the UAE, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Siemens Energy are reporting inauguration of the Middle East's first industrial-scale, solar-powered green hydrogen project. Using power provided by the 1,013MW Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park (MBR), the pilot plant is expected to produce around 20.5kg of hydrogen per hour.

DEWA aims to use the project to demonstrate the production of green hydrogen from solar power, as well as the storage and re-electrification of hydrogen. The plant can accommodate future applications and test platforms for the different uses of hydrogen, including potential mobility and industrial uses.

Roughly 1,850MW of solar capacity is currently under construction at the MBR mega-project, which will reach 5GW when fully operational in 2030 and be the world's largest single-site solar plant. (Source: DEWA, PR, May, 2021) Contact: DEWA, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, CEO, www.dewa.gov.ae; Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Energy,  Solar,  DEWA,  CSP.Energy Storage,  Hydrogen,  


Mitsubishi, Iberdrola Launch Decarbonisation Alliance (Ind. Report)
Mitsubishi Power,Iberdrola
Date: 2021-05-21
Madrid-headquartered global renewable energy major Iberdrola and Yokahama-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), report they will jointly develop competitive, clean, and safe energy solutions based on renewable energy that promote the decarbonisation of industrial production.

The partners will identify opportunities for large scale carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage projects for industry as well develop green hydrogen production facilities, battery storage systems and electrified heat production facilities with the aim of promoting carbon neutral industries in the short- and medium-term. (Source: Iberdrola, Mitsubishi, Power, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power, www.power.mhi.com; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi Power,  Iberdrola ,  


Calif. Budget Stresses Energy Storage, Efficiency (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration energy storage projects and a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund.

The budget also includes: a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


Newsom Supports Climate Change Mitigation Through Energy Sector (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $350 million of support for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles ; and $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen to reduce the Golden State's reliance on fossil fuels. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News California Climate Change,  Renewable Energy,  Gavin Newsom,  Energy Storage,  Energy Efficiency,  


Renewables, Hydrogen High on Calif. Budget Revisions (Ind. Report)
California Climate Change
Date: 2021-05-17
In Sacramento, Governor Gavin Newsom's (D) just tabled revision to the California budget included $912 million to accelerate progress on climate change mitigation through the energy sector. Newsom's 2021-2022 May Revision to the Governor's Budget was published late last week.

The proposed funding includes: $110 million to accelerate production of green hydrogen; an additional $20 million to foster the offshore wind sector; and a $35 million General Fund to support the state's policy goals like achieving 100 pct renewable electricity for retail customers by 2045.

The budget also calls for; $350 million for pre-commercial long-duration storage projects; a $250 million industrial energy efficiency General Fund; a $125 million food production facility fund to reduce energy use; and $3.2 billion to support zero emissions vehicles. (Source: Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Office of California Gov. Gavin Newsom , Kate Gordon, Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research, Snr. Climate Advisor, (916) 445-2841, (916) 558-3160 - fax., www.gov.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News Gavin Newsom,  Renewable Energy,  Hydrogen,  


ERG Targeting Major Renewables Growth by 2025 (Int'l. Report)
ERG
Date: 2021-05-14
Genoa-headquartered Italian renewable energy developer and operator ERG is reporting plans to increase its wind and solar portfolio by at least 1.5GW over the next five years through the re-powering of existing wind farms, greenfield development and co-development of new capacity and growth through mergers and acquisitions (M&A). The company is also considering green hydrogen and energy storage opportunities.

To that end, the company earmarked €2.1 billion ($2.549 US) for the five year period to 2025, €1.9 billion of which is targeted for renewable -- €1.4 billion for 1GW in new wind farms and roughly €500 million for 500MW of new solar capacity. ERG presently has 3,115MW of total capacity, with wind at 1,967MW and solar at 141MW. (Source: ERG, PR, May, 2021) Contact: ERG, www.erg.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News ERG,  Renewable Energy,  Hydrogen,  Energy Storage,  


Bloom Energy Deploys First Hydrogen Powered Fuel Cell (Ind. Report)
Bloom Energy
Date: 2021-05-12
California-based Bloom Energy reports it and Seoul, South Korea-headquartered SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. have successfully deployed 100 kilowatts of solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC) powered solely by hydrogen in Ulsan, South Korea, generating zero-carbon onsite electricity.

Bloom Energy first announced its initial plans to enter the commercial hydrogen market in July 2020, which includes an intended 1-MW hydrogen-powered Energy Server installation with SK E&C by 2022. Additionally, Bloom Energy intends to supply its solid-oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), which are designed to produce green hydrogen via solar and battery, to South Korea in 2022 as part of the RE100 project. The green hydrogen produced by the SOEC, which is created through electrolysis by converting water and renewable electricity into hydrogen without carbon emissions, will be used to power the hydrogen SOFC.

Hydrogen fuel cells, which convert hydrogen into electricity through a non-combustion electrochemical process, are increasingly recognized as an essential tool for full decarbonization, according to the release. (Source: Bloom Energy, PR, Chemical Eng., 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Bloom Energy, K R Sridhar, CEO, Peter Gross, VP, (408) 543-1547, www.bloomenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bloom Energy,  Fuel Cell,  Hydrogen,  


German MBU, Industry Agree on Sustainable Aviation Fuel (Int'l.)
Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Date: 2021-05-10
In Bonn, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and state governments and industrial leaders have agreed on a roadmap aimed at establishing climate-friendly power-to-liquid (PtL) aviation fuel production.

The PtL roadmap is intended to create the basis for the production of 200,000 tpy or more of sustainable kerosene for German air traffic by 2030 -- one-third of the current fuel requirement for domestic German air traffic. The plan aims to produce PtL fuels from green hydrogen and sustainable CO2 from bioenergy plants and other industry, sources therefore drastically reducing the overall amount of air traffic CO2 emissions.

Although PtL fuels have not yet been produced in relevant quantities or at market prices due to the lack of industrial-scale production facilities, the German government has committed to emissions-free aviation as part of the country’s low-carbon energy transition. (Source: German MBU, PR, Clean Energy Wire, May, 2021) Contact:German BMU, www.bmu.de

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Opportunities and Limits of CO2 Recycling in a Circular Carbon Economy: Techno-economics, Critical Infrastructure Needs, and Policy Priorities (Report Attached)
Columbia Universitys Center on Global Policy
Date: 2021-05-07
The attached report, part of the Carbon Management Research Initiative at Columbia University's Center on Global Policy, examines 19 CO2 recycling pathways to understand the opportunities, technical and economic limits of CO2 recycling products gaining market entry and reaching global scale.

The pathways studied consume renewable (low-carbon) electricity and use chemical feedstocks derived from electrochemical pathways powered by renewable energy. Across these CO2 recycling pathways, the authors evaluated current globally representative production costs, sensitivities to cost drivers, carbon abatement potential, critical infrastructure and feedstock needs, and the effect of subsidies. Based on this analysis, the paper concludes with targeted policy recommendations to support CO2 recycling innovation and deployment. Key findings of the analysis include :

  • CO2 recycling pathways could deliver deep emissions reductions. -- When supplied by low-carbon electricity and chemical feedstocks, CO2 recycling pathways have the combined potential to abate 6.8 gigatonnes of CO2 per year (GtCO2/yr) when displacing conventional production methods.

  • Some CO2 recycling pathways have reached market parity today, while the costs of remaining pathways are high. -- Electrochemical carbon monoxide (CO) production, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing, and the CarbonCure concrete process all have an estimated cost of production (ECOP) lower than the product selling price. These pathways have a combined carbon abatement potential of 1.6 GtCO2/yr. Most remaining pathways have an ECOP of 2.5 to 7.5 times greater than the product selling price. In particular locations and contexts, ECOP may be substantially lower, but these costs are representative of CO2 recycling at global scale.

  • Catalyst performance and input prices are the main cost drivers. -- The largest component of ECOP is electricity and chemical feedstock costs, and the main cost drivers are those who influence these two cost components. For electrochemical pathways, ECOP is most sensitive to catalyst product selectivity (the ability of the catalyst to avoid unwanted side reactions), catalyst energy efficiency, and electricity price. For thermochemical pathways, the largest cost drivers are product selectivity, chemical feedstock price, and the price of the electricity used to make the feedstocks.

  • CO2 recycling at the scale of current global markets would require enormous new capacity of critical infrastructure. -- Each pathway at global scale would consume thousands of tWh of electricity, 30--100 million metric tpy of hydrogen, and up to 2,000 Mt of CO2 annually. This would require trillions of dollars of infrastructure per pathway to generate and deliver these inputs, including a combined 8,400 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity and 8,000 GW of electrolyzer capacity across all pathways.

    Based on these findings, the authors recommend the following policy actions:

  • Ensure CO2 recycling pathways are fed by low-carbon inputs. -- Without low-carbon electricity and feedstocks, CO2 recycling could potentially be more carbon-intensive than conventional production.

  • Prioritize certain pathways strategically. -- CO2 recycling methane and ethane production are extremely uneconomic and should be deprioritized. All other pathways are more economically promising and could be the focus of a targeted innovation agenda to reduce costs. In addition, the following pathways that have an ECOP less than 5 times the selling price could be prioritized for early market growth: electrochemical CO production, green hydrogen, ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass, concrete carbonation curing pathways, CO2 recycling urea production, and CO2 hydrogenation to light olefins, methanol, or jet fuel.

  • Target research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to catalyst innovation to bring down ECOP and reduce input demand. -- Policy makers can promote RD&D to improve the selectivity and energy efficiency of CO2 recycling catalysts. By decreasing a pathway's consumption of electricity and feedstocks, these innovations would both decrease ECOP and alleviate the sizable critical infrastructure needs.

  • Create demand pull for early market CO2 recycling products. -- Governments can use demand pull policies such as public procurement standards to bolster early markets for the most mature CO2 recycling pathways.

  • Promote build-out of critical infrastructure. -- To provide for the substantial infrastructure needs of CO2 recycling, policy makers can seek to remove barriers to and catalyze investment in building renewables installations, transmission lines, electrolyzers, and CO2 transport pipelines.

    Download the report HERE. (Source: Columbia University/ SIPA, Center for Global Energy Policy, 4 May., 2021) Contact: Columbia University, www.energypolicy.columbia.edu

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  • Mitsubishi, PSE Collaborating on Green Hydrogen (Ind. Report)
    Mitsubishi,Puget Sound Energy
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Lake Mary, Florida-headquartered Mitsubishi Power Americas and Washington State-based utility Puget Sound Energy (PSE) are reporting an agreement to collaborate on project development and technology solutions, such as green hydrogen production, to support the implementation of large-scale, carbon-free renewable energy generation and storage in PSE's service territory.

    One of the key areas of focus will be the development of green hydrogen production, storage and transportation facilities in addition to developing hydrogen gas turbine combined cycle facilities. This could see the implementation of Misubishi Power's Hydaptive package that optimises integration across renewables, energy storage and hydrogen-enabled gas turbine power plants.

    Mitsubishi Power and Magnum Development will also develop green hydrogen storage assets in PSE's territory under the terms on the agreement having previously introduced green hydrogen storage at grid scale in Delta, Utah. (Source: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Website PR, 29 Apr., 2021) Contact: Mitsubishi Power Americas, Paul Browning, Pres., CEO, (407) 688-6100, www.power.mhi.com/regions/amer; Puget Sound Energy, Mary Kipp, Pres., CEO, www.pse.com

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    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

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    RWE, Shell Partner on Offshore Hydrogen Project (Int'l. Report)
    RWE, Royal Dutch Shell
    Date: 2021-04-28
    RWE AG oil group Royal Dutch Shell Plc, German natural gas grid operator Gascade Gastransport GmbH and Netherlands-based gas network company Gasunie are reporting a letter of intent intent to collaborate on the development of AquaDuctus, the first German offshore hydrogen pipeline.

    The project is is part of the AquaVentus venture, which envisages the installation of 10 GW of electrolysis capacity in the North Sea by 2035, the German energy group said today. The AquaVentus electrolysers will generate green hydrogen from offshore wind, with the island of Helgoland serving as the main hub. The green hydrogen will be transported to the continent via the AquaDuctus pipeline, which will be able to carry up to one million tonnes of hydrogen a year from 2035. The first step in the initiative will be the completion of a detailed feasibility study, according to the announcement. (Source: RWE, PR, Renewables, 26 Apr., 2021) Contact: RWE, www.rwe.com; www.shell.com/newenergies; Gascade Gastransport GmbH, www.gascade.de/en; Gasunie, www.gasunie.nl/en

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    Thyssenkrupp Inks NA Green Hydrogen Plant Contracts (Ind. Report)
    Thyssenkrupp
    Date: 2021-04-28
    Essen, Germany-headquartered industrial conglomerate Thyssenkrupp AG is reporting two EPC contracts to construct what it says will be record-size commercial green hydrogen production facilities in North America. One was awarded this month at a Louisiana chemical plant and a larger one in January at a Quebec greenfield site.

    The German firm will construct a 20-MW alkaline water electrolysis plant for Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries' ammonia production complex in Donaldsonville, La.. The plant will produce 20,000 tpy of green hydrogen that will be integrated into its existing ammonia production. “Ammonia is a critical enabler for storage and transport of hydrogen and can also be used as a carbon-free fuel, according to CF Industries. Construction is slated to get underway in the second half of this year for completion and commissioning in 2023.

    As previously reported, Thyssenkrupp has also contracted with Canadian utility Hydro Quebec to design a $200 million, 88-MW water electrolysis plant near Montreal that will produce 11,100 metric tpy of green hydrogen. (Source: Thyssenkrupp AG,PR, 27 Apr., 2021) Contact: Thyssenkrupp AG, www.thyssekrupp.com; CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com; Hydro Quebec, www.hydroquebec.com

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

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

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    Orsted, ATP Bidding on Danish Energy Island Project (Int'l. Report)
    Orsted
    Date: 2021-04-23
    Copenhagen-headquartered Danish pension fund ATP reports it has partnered with Danish offshore wind giant Orsted to bid in the upcoming tender for construction of the planned Danish North Sea energy island, which will be majority government owned.

    Initially, the artificial island will be roughly the size of 18 soccer fields and will be capable of producing and storing 3 gigawatts of electricity scalable up to 10 gigawatts -- nearly one-and-a-half times Denmark's current energy needs.

    The North Sea energy island is expected make a significant contribution to the future build-out of Denmark's large-scale offshore wind resources, overall energy infrastructure and to Europe's transition to to green economy, according to the release.

    To date, Orsted has constructed more than 25 offshore wind farms and 17 offshore transmission systems worldwide. ATP has more than 5.3 million members with funds totaling DKK 960 billion ($155 billion). (Source: ATP, PR, Website, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Orsted, Allan Bodskov Andersen, IR, +45 99 55 79 96, alban@orsted.dk, www.orsted.dk; ATP, Bo Foged, CEO , Stephan Ghisler-Solvang, Media, +45 61 22 93 92, stg@atp.dk, www.atp.dk

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    China-US Statement Addresses Climate Crisis (Editorials & Asides)
    China, Climate Change
    Date: 2021-04-19
    China and the United States have issued a joint statement addressing the climate crisis after talks between China Special Envoy for Climate Change Xie Zhenhua and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry from Thursday to Friday in Shanghai. The following is the full text of the statement:

  • China and the United States are committed to cooperating with each other and with other countries to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the seriousness and urgency that it demands. This includes both enhancing their respective actions and cooperating in multilateral processes, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. Both countries recall their historic contribution to the development, adoption, signature, and entry into force of the Paris Agreement through their leadership and collaboration.

  • Moving forward, China and the United States are firmly committed to working together and with other Parties to strengthen implementation of the Paris Agreement. The two sides recall the Agreement's aim in accordance with Article 2 to hold the global average temperature increase to well below 2 degrees C and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. In that regard, they are committed to pursuing such efforts, including by taking enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s in the context of the Paris Agreement with the aim of keeping the above temperature limit within reach and cooperating to identify and address related challenges and opportunities.

  • Both countries look forward to the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22/23. They share the Summit's goal of raising global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support on the road to COP 26 in Glasgow.

  • China and the United States will take other actions in the short term to further contribute to addressing the climate crisis: both countries intend to develop by COP 26 in Glasgow their respective long-term strategies aimed at carbon neutrality/net zero GHG emissions; both countries intend to take appropriate actions to maximize international investment and finance in support of the transition from carbon-intensive fossil fuel based energy to green, low-carbon and renewable energy in developing countries; each county will implement the phase-down of hydrofluorocarbon production and consumption reflected in the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

  • China and the United States will continue to discuss, both on the road to COP 26 and beyond, concrete actions in the 2020s to reduce emissions aimed at keeping the Paris Agreement-aligned temperature limit within reach, including: policies, measures, and technologies to decarbonize industry and power, including through circular economy, energy storage and grid reliability, CCUS, and green hydrogen; increased deployment of renewable energy; green and climate resilient agriculture; energy efficient buildings; green, low-carbon transportation; cooperation on addressing emissions of methane and other non-CO2 greenhouse gases; cooperation on addressing emissions from international civil aviation and maritime activities; and; other near-term policies and measures, including with respect to reducing emissions from coal, oil, and gas.

  • The two sides will cooperate to promote a successful COP 26 in Glasgow, aiming to complete the implementation arrangements for the Paris Agreement (e.g., under Article 6 and Article 13) and to significantly advance global climate ambition on mitigation, adaptation, and support. They will further cooperate to promote a successful COP 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Kunming, noting the importance of the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, including its relevance to climate mitigation and adaptation. (Source: China.org Xinhua, 17 Apr., 2021)

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  • Archaea Energy Renewable Natural Gas Platform Announced (M&A)
    Archaea Energy
    Date: 2021-04-09
    Carnegie, Pennsylvania- based Rice Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company focused on the energy transition sector, reports an agreement to combine Novi, Michigan-based Aria Energy LLC and Belle Vernon, Penna.-based biogas developer Archaea to create Archaea Energy, a renewable natural gas (RNG) platform. The transaction is expected to close in Q3 this year.

    New company highlights include:

  • The business combination is expected to create the industry-leading platform in the U.S. to capture and convert waste emissions from landfills and anaerobic digesters into low-carbon RNG, electricity, and green hydrogen.

  • Aria, a portfolio company of funds managed by the Infrastructure and Power strategy of Ares Management Corp is being acquired for $680 million and brings a comprehensive portfolio of operational LFG assets, best-in-class operating experience, and a deep inventory of greenfield LFG-to-RNG projects and electric-to-RNG conversion opportunities.

  • Archaea LLC is being acquired for $347 million and brings leading RNG technology professionals, a deep inventory of LFG-to-RNG projects -- including the world's largest RNG plant currently under construction (Project Assai) -- an innovative commercial strategy, groundbreaking low-cost carbon sequestration, and negative-carbon LFG-to-green hydrogen development projects currently in the design stage.

  • Pro forma for the transaction, the combined Company will have over $350 million of cash on the balance sheet, providing ample liquidity to fund its pipeline of development projects and bridging the combined Company to free cash flow generation starting in 2023.

    The combined Company will be headquartered in Cannonsburg, Penna. led by a majority-independent board consisting of executives Daniel J. Rice, IV, Kyle Derham, Kate Jackson, Joe Malchow, and Jim Torgerson of RAC; Nicholas Stork, CEO of Archaea; and Scott Parkes of Aria. (Source: Rice Acquisition Corp., PR, 7 Apr., 2021) Contact: Archea Energy, Nick Stork, CEO, info@archaea.energy, www.archaeaenergy.com; Aria Energy, Richard DiGia, CEO, (248) 380-3920, www.ariaenergy.com: Rice Acquisition Corp., www.ricepac.com

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  • IRENA Presents Measures to Drive the Energy Transition (Int'l.)
    IRENA
    Date: 2021-04-09
    The International Renewable Energy (IRENA) has published a preview of its publication, World Energy Transitions Outlook report on technology choices, investment needs, and socio-economic contexts necessary to set the world on a trajectory towards a sustainable, resilient and inclusive energy future.

    IRENA Dir. General Francesco La Camera notes that over 170 countries have set renewables targets, many of which are included in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

    To meet the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree C goal, the report notes the following could be used in combination: Energy efficiency and circular economy measures; decarbonized power systems with supply dominated by renewables; electrification of end-use sectors, with the increased use of electricity in buildings, industry, and transport; expanded production and use of green hydrogen, synthetic fuels, and feedstocks to pursue indirect electrification; and targeted use of sustainably sourced biomass.

    According to the report, financial markets and investors have begun directing capital away from fossil fuels and towards other energy technologies including renewables. However, to achieve the 1.5 degrees C climate ambition, energy transition investment will have to increase by 30 pct over currently planned investments, to an average annual level of $4.4 trillion. The report also suggests that national social and economic policies will play important roles in delivering the energy transition at the necessary speed.

    Preview the World Energy Transitions Outlook report HERE. (Source: IRENA, Apr., 2021) Contact: IRENA, www.irena.org

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    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

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    Repsol Seeks €5.96Bn for Biofuels, Green Hydrogen (Int'l.)
    Repsol
    Date: 2021-04-05
    In Madrid, Spain's Repsol is bidding for a share of Europe's €750 billion ($884 billion) pandemic recovery funds to support projects including new biofuel plants and 'green' hydrogen production made from renewable sources in a pivot away from oil and gas to supplying low-carbon energy.

    Repsol has proposed 30 projects which it calculates will need total investment of €5.96 billion. The projects include a plant in partnership with oil giant Saudi Aramco to build in northern Spain, which will produce synthetic fuel for cars, trucks and aircraft using carbon dioxide captured from a nearby refinery, and hydrogen produced from electricity generated from renewables. Another potential candidate is a refinery in southern Spain where Repsol aims to start producing advanced biofuels in 2023. A planned extension to a hydroelectric plant in the northern region of Cantabria has also been included in the proposals. Repsol estimates adding a gigawatt of capacity to the Aguayo hydroelectric facility will cost around €700 million. (Source: Repsol, PR, Apr., 2021) Contact: Repsol, Josu Jon Imaz, CEO, +34 91 7538100, +34 91 7538000, www.repsol.com

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    EU CEO Alliance Seeks Concerted Climate Strategy (Int'l Report)
    Climate Change
    Date: 2021-03-22
    The CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience "Action Tank" of 10 European business leaders is calling for climate action.

    Alliance member companies will together invest €100 billion or more by 2030 in decarbonising their companies and products as part of their corporate strategies supporting renewable energy, the European Green Deal, far-reaching climate protection measures and cooperation on practical solutions in cross sector climate protection projects.

    The Alliance is aiming for an ongoing constructive dialogue with the EU Commission, a gradual introduction of a cross-sector CO2 price, ambitious coal phase-out dates and climate protection measures to make the EU the world's leading region for climate protection while unlocking investments, driving innovations in tomorrow's technologies and creating "future proof" jobs.

    The CEO Alliance is working in concrete on joint projects: cross-EU charging infrastructure for heavy duty transport, integration of EU Power systems, digital carbon footprint tracking, sustainable healthy buildings, electric buses for Europe, green hydrogen value chain and rapid build-up of battery production. (Source: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, 20 Mar., 2021) Contact: CEO Alliance for Europe's Recovery, Reform and Resilience, Herbert Diess (Volkswagen), CEO uploads.volkswagen-newsroom.com/system/production/uploaded_files/16960/file/e194c6574115412a211500b8f19f457fa6b56e1f/210318_CEO_Alliance_Policy_Letter_Release_ENGLISH.pdf?1616136760

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    Haldor Topsoe, Aquamarine Plan German Green Ammonia Plant (Int'l.)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2021-03-19
    Danish clean fuels provider Haldor Topsoe and private equity firm Aquamarine have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build a green ammonia facility in northern Germany close to existing offshore wind farms.

    The facility is planned to include a 100 MW solid oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) electrolysis unit to produce green hydrogen to be converted into green ammonia for use as a green marine fuel or fertilizer. The plant is expected to be operational by 2024. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, Splash247, 18 Mar., 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

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    Topsoe Plans Green Hydrogen Production Facility (Int'l. Report)
    Haldor Topsoe
    Date: 2021-03-08
    In Denmark, Haldor Topsoe is reporting plans to invest in a 500 MW per -- expandable to 5 GW per year -- solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC) production facility. Construction of the new automated manufacturing facility is expected to get underway in 2022 for commissioning and startup in 2023.

    With 90 pct or better efficiencies, Topsoe's proprietary SOEC electrolyzers offer superior performance in electrolysis of water into hydrogen, when compared to today's standard alkaline or PEM electrolyzers, according to the release. "This new manufacturing facility is a concrete step to take a leading role in the ongoing energy transition towards a low carbon future. We strongly believe that one of the most viable routes to this goal lies in the efficient utilization of renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen, fuels, and chemicals. With Topsoe's SOEC electrolyzer, more than 90 pct of the renewable electricity that enters the electrolyzer is preserved in the green hydrogen it produces -- significantly more efficient than other available technologies in the market," the release notes. (Source: Haldor Topsoe, PR, 4 Mar., 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Roeland Baan, CEO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media, +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com

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    Green Hydrogen, Ammonia Seen as Future Marine Fuel (Alt. Fuel)
    FuelEU Maritime Initiative
    Date: 2021-03-08
    According to a just published letter from Transport & Environment (T&E) and marine shipping companies DFDS, CMB, Viking Cruises and ommodities trader Trafigura, "biofuels do not offer a sustainable alternative for shipping as crop-based biofuels emit more emissions than the fossil fuels they replace and there will not be enough advanced biofuels to meet demand. On the other hand, green hydrogen and ammonia are sustainable and can be produced in sufficient quantities to decarbonise the shipping industry." Accordingly, "Lawmakers must send a clear signal to potential investors to focus on renewable electricity-based hydrogen and ammonia when the EU proposes its maritime fuel policy next month", the letter states.

    Globally, €1.4 trillion in capital investments will be required to produce green hydrogen and ammonia for the shipping industry. The EU should seize this opportunity to create new jobs and support sustainable economic growth in line with the EU Green Deal when it propose its FuelEU Maritime Initiative in April, the letter states.

    Not-for-Profit and politically independent shipping industry organization Transport & Environment's vision is for an affordable science-based zero-emission mobility system with climate and environment impacts. (Source: Transport & Environment, PR, Website 3 Mar., 2021) Contact: Transport & Environment, Faig Abbasov, Shipping Program Director, +32 (0)487 717296, www.transportenvironment.org; FuelEU Maritime Initiative, www.safety4sea.com/eus-fueleu-maritime-initiative-to-drive-decarbonization

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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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    Enegix Touts $5.4Bn Brazilian Green Hydrogen Project (Int'l.)
    Enegix Energy
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In the Land Down Under, Melbourne-based renewable energy company Enegix Energy has unveiled the Base One green hydrogen project cooperation agreement with the State Government of Ceara in Brazil, marking an investment of $5.4 billion (US).

    Under the terms of the agreement, Enegix will set up the world's largest green hydrogen plant that will produce over 600 million kgs of green hydrogen per year from already contracted 3.4 GW of combined baseload wind and solar power through a partnership with Enerwind. The project, which will run on 100 pct renewable energy, is expected to take 3-4 years to construct.

    According to Energix, Base One has the potential to reduce annual CO2e emissions by 10 million tons per year and would become "the single largest carbon emission reduction project in the world." (Source: Energix Energy, PR, 1 Mar, 2021) Contact: Energix Energy , Wesley Cooke, Founder and CEO, No contact information available at this time.

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    Atos, HDF Energy to Develop Green Hydrogen Datacenter (Int'l.)

    Date: 2021-02-26
    In Paris, Atos International and HDF Energy are reporting plans to develop a complete end-to-end long-term solution to supply datacenters with green hydrogen generated by renewable energy in 2023.

    Atos will supply the hardware, software, integration services and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to optimize energy consumption. HDF Energy will supply a power plant which will provide predictable and firm electricity thanks to its high-powered fuel cells powered by green hydrogen derived from photovoltaic or wind farms.

    Atos recently signed the Climate Neutral Datacenter Pact together with 35 other European companies and associations emphasizing the industry's contribution to the European Green Deal. (Source: Atos, PR, 24 Feb., 2021) Contact: Atos Lucie Duchateau , +33 (0)7 62 85 35 10, lucie.duchateau@atos.net, www.atos.net; HDF, Annick Latour, +33 (0)5 56 77 11 11, communication@hdf-energy.com, www.hdf-energy.com

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    Enel, Saras Touts Sarinian green Hydrogen Project (Int'l Report)
    Enel Green Power
    Date: 2021-02-19
    Italian energy giant Enel reports its renewables subsidiary Enel Green Power has inked a Memorandum of Intent (moI) with energy generation technologies firm Saras for the development of a green hydrogen project in Sardinia.

    The plan calls for a 20MW electrolyser powered by renewable energy produced onsite to produce green hydrogen to be used as a raw material in the Saras refinery in the province of Cagliari.

    The development is in line with Enel's effort to transition to low-carbon energy technologies. (Source: Enel, PR, Smart Energy, 15 Feb., 2021) Contact: Enel Green Power, Salvatore Bernabei, CEO , Saras, Dario Scaffardi, CEO, +39 070 90911, Fax: +39 070 900209, www.saras.it/en

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    AW-Energy Touts Wave Energy for Green Hydrogen Prod. (Int'l.)
    AW-Energy Oy
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Finland-based AW-Energy Oy is touting its combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process wave energy device that when combined with other renewable energy sources, can significantly reduce green hydrogen production costs .

    Green hydrogen is produced by using renewable energy -- such as combining wave energy with solar -- to power electrolysis that splits water into its constituent parts. It is regarded as a leading approach in the journey to decarbonise emission-intensive industries and transport sectors. A $2/kg price is widely believed to represent a potential tipping point that will make green hydrogen and its derivative fuels the energy source of choice across multiple sectors, which includes steel manufacturing, fertilizer production, power generation, and shipping where vast near-term demand exists across Europe and internationally.

    Green ammonia, a derivative of green hydrogen, is also being assessed as a way to displace fossil fuels in thermal power generation, greatly decreasing the emissions intensity of existing energy infrastructure.

    The growth in green hydrogen production using wave energy could potentially be a cost-effective solution in reaching the world's latest hydrogen goals, according to the AW-Energy release. (Source: AW-Energy Oy, PR, 11 Feb., 2021) Contact: AW-Energy Oy, Christopher Ridgewell, CEO, info@aw-energy.com, www.aw-energy.com

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