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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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Carbon Emissions,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsubishi,  Puget Sound Energy ,  Green Hydrogen,  


    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 ,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RWE,  Royal Dutch Shell,  Hydrogen,  


    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. ÔÇťAmmonia 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen news,  Hydro Quebec news,  Thyssenkrupp news,  CF Industries news,  


    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

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


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  Green Hydrogen,  


    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)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Carbon Emissions,  China Climate Change,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News RNG,  Aria Energy,  Archaea Energy,  ,  


  • 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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News IRENA,  


    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,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Repsol,  Biofuel,  Green Hydrogen,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Low-Carbon Energy,  Climate Change,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Green Amonia,  Alternative Fuel,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Green Hydrogen,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  Green Hydrogen,  Ammonia,  Alternative Fuel,  Biofuel,  


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Zilkha Black Pellets,  Hydrogen,  Green Hydrogen,  NextGen Biomass Technologies,  


    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.

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


    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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Hydrogen,  


    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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    Emissions-Free Industrial Heat Challenge Announced (Int'l.)
    Iberdrola,European Innovation Council
    Date: 2021-02-15
    Iberdrola Group, in collaboration with the European Innovation Council's Energy4Planet initiative, has launched a new Startup Challenge through its International Startup Programme (PERSEO) which aims to discover innovative solutions to decarbonize industrial processes, through the automatisation of the design and the further integration of clean technologies and energy efficiency measures.

    Iberdrola is looking to help these industries on their energy transition, searching for ad-hoc solutions for factories to improve the efficiency of the energy used while reducing CO2 emissions in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. The solutions submitted must meet the following needs:

  • Automation project design for decarbonisation of industrial processes using software tools;

  • Hybridisation of clean technologies, for example: heat pumps, electric furnaces, energy efficiency measures, green hydrogen or self-consumption by distributed renewable energy;

  • Energy Consumption and Savings simulations; and

  • Project finance calculations based on project.

    CAPEX and OPEX inputs: Investment Rate of Return (IRR), Net Present Value (NPV) and Payback Periods (PB).

    The proposals will be analysed based on criteria of scalability, replicability, ease of implementation and integration of ad-hoc decarbonisation solutions for industrial plants.

    The selected project will be developed in collaboration with the technical specialists from the Iberdrola Industrial Heating and Cooling area. Iberdrola will collaboration on the development of a proof-of-concept and may offer the winner the opportunity to scale up the solution by means of commercial agreements. Additionally, PERSEO may consider investing in the participant.

    Download Industrial Heat Challenge details HERE. (Source: Iberdrola, Pei, 14 Feb., 2021) Contact: European Innovation Council, ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/h2020-section/european-innovation-council-eic-pilot; Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es

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  • Amazon-Shell HKN Offshore Wind Slated for 2023 Launch (Int'l.)
    Amazon, Shell, Eneco
    Date: 2021-02-10
    In the Netherlands, the Amazon-Shell HKN (Hollandse Kust Noord) Offshore Wind Project is targeting a 2023 launch. The project will comprise a floating solar park, short-term battery storage, optimally tuned turbines, and "green hydrogen" made by electrolysis as a further storage technique.

    The offshore wind farm will be operated by the Crosswind Consortium, a joint venture between energy companies Shell and Eneco, and have an overall capacity of 759MW, half of which is being purchased by Amazon to power its European operations .

    The project is the e-commerce giant's largest single-site renewables project to date. In December, Amazon announced it will invest in 26 wind and solar projects totaling 3.4GW of electricity production capacity. (Source: Amazon, PR, Energy 8 Feb., 2021) Contact: Eneco, Kees-Jan Rameau, Strategic Growth Officer, www.eneco.com; Amazon, amazon-pr@amazon.com, www.amazon.com/pr; Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies; Crosswind Consortium, www.crosswindhkn.nl

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    UPM's Biofuels Growth Plans Advancing (Ind. Report)
    UPM
    Date: 2021-01-29
    Helsinki-headquartered UPM reports it is advancing its biofuels growth plans and has begun engineering work on 500,000 tpy renewable transportation and sustainable jet fuel in Kotka, Finland and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. UPM will now proceed with a detailed commercial and basic engineering study to define the business case, select the most innovative technology option and estimate the investment need.

    The technology concept includes the use of green hydrogen in the production process.

    "The planned biorefinery would scale up UPM's biofuels business to a new level. At the same time, it would further improve long term competitiveness and sustainability performance of UPM Biofuels by introducing several sustainable feedstocks and achieving uniquely high CO2 emission reduction compared to biofuels currently in the market," according to UPM, CTO Jyrki Ovaska. (Source: UPM-Kymmene Corp., PR, Website, 28 Jan., 2021) Contact: UPM, Jyrki Ovaska, CTO, +358 204 150 564, www.upm.com, www.upmbiofuels.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

  • CO2 capture solutions and an advanced hydrogen dispensing unit

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

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  • CF Ind. Commits to CCS, Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 (Ind. Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, the company Board of Directors has authorized carbon capture and storage and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

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    CF Ind. Announces Clean Fuel Commitment (Alt. Fuel, Ind Report)
    CF Industries Holdings
    Date: 2020-10-30
    Deerfield, Illinois-based hydrogen and nitrogen products specialist CF Industries Holdings, Inc. has announced steps to support a global hydrogen and clean fuel economy through the carbon-free production of green and low-carbon ammonia.

    To that end, The company Board of Directors has authorized construction of a 20,000 tpy green hydrogen production facility as well as CO2 sequestration and other carbon abatement projects across its production facilities. Additionally, the company has signed low-carbon and CCS Memorandums of Understanding with ThyssenKrupp and Haldor Topsoe and is in discussions with global utilities and maritime transportation providers interested in using low-carbon ammonia directly as a fuel.

    The company is aiming for a 25 pct reduction in CO2e emissions intensity by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. (Source: CF Industries Holdings, PR, Contact: CF Industries Holdings, Tony Will, CEO, www.cfindustries.com

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    New Fortress Energy Investing in H2Pro (Int'l. Report)
    New Fortress Energy
    Date: 2020-10-28
    New York City-headquartered New Fortress Energy Inc. reports it has made an investment in H2Pro, an Israeli-based company developing a low-cost green hydrogen technology.

    H2Pro's Electrochemical-Thermally Activated Chemical (E-TAC) hydrogen production technology uses renewable energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in two separate phases. E-TAC is membrane-free, does not require precious metals and is capable of operating at high pressure, reducing costs, according to the release.

    The process, developed at the Technician, Israel Institute of Technology, reaches 95 pct efficiency with nearly 30 pct less renewable electricity than leading electrolysis technologies use to produce hydrogen. (Source: New Fortress Energy, PR, 26 Oct., 2020) Contact: New Fortress Energy, Wes Edens, CEO, Joshua Kane, (516) 268-7400, (516) 268-7455, jkane@newfortressenergy.com, Zero, Green Hydrogen Division, zero@newfortressenergy.com, www.newdortressenergy.com; H2Pro, www.h2pro.co

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    $50Bn Aussie Green Hydrogen Hub Project Advancing (Int'l. Report)
    Asian Renewable Energy Hub
    Date: 2020-10-26
    In the Land Down Under, the 26 GW, $50 billion Asian Renewable Energy Hub (AREH), the world's largest new energy generator that will establish Australia as a major global producer and exporter of green energy in the form of hydrogen, is reported to have been granted Major Project Status from the Federal Government.

    Major Project Status recognizes the strategic significance of a project for Australia. In this case, AREH dovetails with the Government's Technology Investment Roadmap, which highlights hydrogen as a priority technology for development. Major Project Status support will streamline necessary approvals for construction to break ground in 2026.

    The AREH will harness the world-class wind and solar resources of Western Australia's East Pilbara region, dedicating up to 23 GW of capacity for production of green hydrogen and green ammonia and providing up to 3 GW of energy production to local Pilbara users such as mining and mineral processing operations. (Source: AREH, Website, Oct., 2020) Contact: AREH, Brendan Hammond, Project Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

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    BayWa Researching Green Hydrogen Potential (Int'l. Report, R&D)
    BayWa r.e.,Alliander
    Date: 2020-10-23
    BayWa r.e. and its Dutch subsidiary GroenLeven are reporting a contract for the operation of the SinneWetterstof Hydrogen Pilot Project. The project is being built by the Netherland's largest energy developer and operator Alliander N.V. to research and test how local hydrogen production can follow the generation profile of a solar plant to ultimately reduce grid congestion.

    This project, which is expected to be operational by late 2021, will source energy from a 50 MWp solar farm, previously built by GroenLeven, to generate green hydrogen as a storable form of energy by electrolysis of water.

    Alliander N.V. provides utility services. The Company distributes electricity, gas, and heat, as well as offers solutions for energy metering and energy management (Source: Bay Wa r.e., Website PR, 21 Oct., 2020) Contact: BaWa r.e.,Manfred Groh, Strategy Manager, Corporate Strategy, Energy Policy & Sustainability, www.baywa-re.com; Alliander, +31 0 88 542 6363, www.alliander.com

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    DEME Joins European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (Int'l. Report)
    DEME Group
    Date: 2020-10-21
    Zwijndrecgt, Belgium-based offshore wind farm developer DEME Group reports it has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, supporting the EU's hydrogen strategy and to help Europe become carbon-neutral by 2050.

    Last November, DEME inked a cooperation agreement with six other industry players in Belgium for the transport of green hydrogen, and this year, also entered into partnerships to develop industrial scale green hydrogen plants in Belgium, Oman and the Netherlands.

    Launched in July 2020, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance includes more than 200 industry, national and local public authorities, civil society, and other stakeholders aiming to initiate an investment agenda and support the scaling up of the hydrogen value chain across Europe. (Source: DEME Group, Offshore, Oct., 2020) Contact: DEME Group, Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO, European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, www.ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en

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    Green Hydrogen Specialist Seeks to Raise $31Mn (Int'l. Report)
    Everfuel
    Date: 2020-10-19
    Herning, Denmark-based Everfuel reports it seeks to raise $31.25 million to produce and commercialize zero-emission green hydrogen across Europe. Everfuel's primary customers include bus, taxi, truck, rail and marine vessel owners and fleet operators, according to a release.

    Everfuel, a 2019 spin-off from Nel ASA, operates hydrogen production (electrolysers), hydrogen distribution and hydrogen stations, supported by innovative digitization of the entire supply chain in one central system. (Source: Everfuel, PR, Contact: Everfuel, Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO, +45 53 66 69 99, www.everfuel.com

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    Green Hydrogen Forecast as Cheapest Alternative Fuel (Ind. Report)
    Green Hydrogen
    Date: 2020-10-12
    A recent low-emissions technology statement from Asian Renewable Energy (ARE) Hub suggests "green" hydrogen is likely to leapfrog ahead of hydrogen made with gas and coal as the most cost-effective form of the energy before the end of the decade, and by the time an industry could be developed at scale.

    The ARE statement forecast the cheapest way to produce hydrogen in the short-term might be to use gas or "coal gasification" with carbon capture and storage (CCS). The statement added that production methods using renewable energy would become cheaper as demand grew.

    Bloomberg NEF has projected that green hydrogen would cost $1.33 a kilogram by 2030, falling to about $0.76 per kg by 2050. By comparison, it suggested hydrogen created using gas with CCS was likely to cost about $1.92 a kg at both dates assuming gas prices stayed cheaper than it had been in recent years, and using coal with CCS would cost $2.51 per kg, according to the HUB statement. (Source: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Technology Times, Guardian, Oct., 2020) Contact: Asian Renewable Energy Hub, Alex Hewitt,Exec. Dir., info@asianrehub.com, www.asianrehub.com

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