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

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

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

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


Topsoe Tech. Tapped for Cdn. Hydrogen Energy Complex (Ind. Report)
Haldor Topsoe,Air Products
Date: 2021-07-23
Denmark-headquartered Haldor Topsoe reports Air Products has selected Topsoe's SynCOR™ autothermal reforming technology to capture CO2 emissions from the production of blue hydrogen from natural gas at Air Products' planned facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The new facility, which is expected to come online in 2024, will capture over 95 pct of the produced CO2, which will then be stored underground. Hydrogen-fueled electricity will power the plant and offset the remaining 5 pct of emissions at the site. The complex will also produce liquid hydrogen for merchant sales and use as a clean transportation fuel.

The Edmonton hydrogen complex is part of Air Products' aim to produce over 1,500 tpd of hydrogen and capture more than 3 million tpy of CO2 in Alberta alone. Canada's clean energy diversification strategy has tagged hydrogen as a key enabler for Canada to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, the release notes. (Source: Topsoe, PR, Website, 22 July, 2021) Contact: Haldor Topsoe, Amy Hebert, CCO, Ulrik Frohlke, Media , +45 27 77 99 68, ulfr@topsoe.com, www.topsoe.com; Air Products, Robert Tikovsky, VP Process Gases, www.airproducts.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Haldor Topsoe,  Hydrogen,  Air Products,  


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

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

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

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


Shell, Aker Ink Norwegian Blue-Hydrogen MoU (Int'l. Report)
Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen
Date: 2021-07-21
Royal Dutch Shell plc is reporting a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lysaker, Norway-based Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to explore the development of a large-scale blue hydrogen at Aukra on the west coast of Norway.

The facility will use the steam methane reforming method to break natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide which will be captured and stored permanently. Notably, hydrogen is considered clean when produced from natural gas.

The facility, which is expected to become a major supplier of alternative fuels for the marine shipping industry, fits with the Norwegian government's strategy to develop hydrogen and create long-term value from the country's energy resources.

"Hydrogen will play a vital role to accelerate decarbonisation. It has the potential to close as much as 50 percent of the gap in CO2 emissions required to achieve the 2-degree scenario, by replacing fossil feed-stock and fuel through clean hydrogen and ammonia production and thus reducing the carbon footprint of industrial companies and in the shipping sector", according to the Aker Clean Hysdrogen website.

Shell aims to become a net-zero emission business by 2050. (Source: Aker Clean Hydeogen, PR, Website, July, 2021) Contact: Royal Dutch Shell, Aker Clean Hydrogen, post@akercleanhydrogen.com,www.akercleanhydrogen.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell,  Aker Clean Hydrogen,  Blue Hydrogen,  Hydrogen,  


Hydrogen Notable Quote from Royal Dutch Shell
Royal Dutch Shell
Date: 2021-07-21
"Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

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


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 ,  


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

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

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


Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report))
Equinor, SSE
Date: 2021-07-19
In the UK, energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are reporting plans for one of the world's largest hydrogen storage sites -- the Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility with nine underground salt caverns below coastal East Yorkshire. Conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new caverns could cost as much as £290 million.

With an initial capacity of at least 320GWh, the Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage facility would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today, according to the release.

SSE and Equinor are also planning a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership is the UK's first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. (Source: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)Contact: Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO, www.equinor.com; SSE, www.sse.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  SSE ,  Hydrogen,  


Shell, MSC Partner on Low-Carbon Maritime Alt. Fuels (Int'l.)
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,Shell
Date: 2021-07-19
Swiss-headquartered MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) reports it is partnering with Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd to develop and deploy "net-zero solutions" such as zero-emission alternative fuels and the technologies that will enable them with the ambition of contributing towards a "zero-carbon flexi-fuel concept vessel" to help the shipping sector's energy transition towards decarbonization.

As previously reported, the two firms have worked together over the last 10 years on projects, including bunkering biofuels and ultra-low sulfur fuels, and envisage a range of net-zero fuel solutions such as hydrogen-derived fuels and the use of methanol as a marine fuel. The companies have also been exploring the potential benefits of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to bio-LNG or synthetic variants. (Source: Shell Marine, PR, gCaptain. 16 July, 2021) Contact: Shell Marine, Melissa Williams, President, www.shell.com/business-customers/marine.html; MCG Group, Bud Darr, EVP Maritime Policy and Government Affairs, +41 79 885 76 70, www.mcggroup.ch

More Low-Carbon Energy News MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company,  Shell,  CCS,  


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

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

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

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

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


Capstone Supplies Hydrogen Microturbines for Austrian Project (Int'l)
Capstone Green Energy Corporation
Date: 2021-07-19
Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corp. -- reports it will supply two C65 microturbines to Austria-based Innovametall Stahl- und Metallbau for use in an ultra-low emissions Combined Heat & Power (CHP) system -- the first hydrogen-fueled microturbine system in Europe.

The system will initially run on 10 pct hydrogen blended with natural gas, with the amount of hydrogen expected to increase as Capstone approves higher blend levels in the future. The microturbine system is expected to be commissioned in October, this year.

Capstone provides customized microgrid solutions and on-site energy technology systems focused on helping customers around the globe meet their environmental, energy savings, and resiliency goals. Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems and comprehensive service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy,  Capstone Turbone,  Hydrogen,  


Generate Raises $2Bn for Sustainable Infrastructure (Ind. Report)
Generate Capital
Date: 2021-07-19
In the Golden State, San Francisco-based sustainable infrastructure specialist Generate Capital reports it has raised $2 billion in corporate equity to accelerate the deployment of sustainable infrastructure.

Generate builds, owns, operates and finances sustainable infrastructure that delivers affordable and reliable resource solutions for companies, governments and communities. Over the last seven years, Generate has built a portfolio of about $2 billion in sustainable infrastructure assets across the energy, waste, water and transport markets, deploying proven solutions that can have an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving resource efficiency.

Generate offers sustainability project developers and technology companies a comprehensive and flexible range of financial and operational solutions, establishing itself as the only "one-stop-shop" for sustainable infrastructure pioneers. The asset base the company owns, operates and finances includes renewable power, community solar, energy efficiency, microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, hydrogen, wastewater, and waste management. (Source: Generate Capital, PR, 19 July, 2021) Contact: Generate Capital, Scott Jacobs, CEO, (415) 480-2914, www.generatecapital.com.

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency Sustainability.Microgrid,  


Notable Quote -- Hydrogen and CCS
Equinor
Date: 2021-07-19
"Without CCS and hydrogen, at scale, there is no viable path to net-zero and realizing the Paris goals." -- Equinor, Andres Opedal, Pres. and CEO, June , 2021, www.equinor.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Hydrogen,  CCS,  


EC European Green Deal -- "Fit for 55" -- Proposes Massive Transformation to Meet Climate Change Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
European Green Deal
Date: 2021-07-16
On Wednesday the 14th, the European Commission (EC) announced the adoption of a package of proposals to make the EU's climate, energy, land use, transport and taxation policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 (Fit for 55), compared to 1990 levels. Achieving these emission reductions in the next decade is crucial to Europe becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050 and making the European Green Deal a reality. With today's proposals, the Commission is presenting the legislative tools to deliver on the targets agreed in the European Climate Law and fundamentally transform our economy and society for a fair, green and prosperous future. The following proposals will enable the necessary acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reductions in the next decade:

  • The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) puts a price on carbon and lowers the cap on emissions from certain economic sectors every year. It has successfully brought down emissions from power generation and energy-intensive industries by 42.8 pct in the past 16 years. The EC is proposing to lower the overall emission cap even further and increase its annual rate of reduction and to phase out free emission allowances for aviation and align with the global Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and to include shipping emissions for the first time in the EU ETS.

    To complement the substantial spending on climate in the EU budget, Member States should spend the entirety of their emissions trading revenues on climate and energy-related projects. A dedicated part of the revenues from the new system for road transport and buildings should address the possible social impact on vulnerable households, micro-enterprises and transport users.

  • The Effort Sharing Regulation assigns strengthened emissions reduction targets to each Member State for buildings, road and domestic maritime transport, agriculture, waste and small industries. Recognizing the different starting points and capacities of each Member State, these targets are based on their GDP per capita, with adjustments made to take cost efficiency into account.

  • Member States also share responsibility for removing carbon from the atmosphere, so the Regulation on Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture sets an overall EU target for carbon removals by natural sinks, equivalent to 310 million tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2030. National targets will require Member States to care for and expand their carbon sinks to meet this target. By 2035, the EU should aim to reach climate neutrality in the land use, forestry and agriculture sectors, including also agricultural non-CO2 emissions, such as those from fertilizer use and livestock. The EU Forest Strategy aims to improve the quality, quantity and resilience of EU forests. It supports foresters and the forest-based bioeconomy while keeping harvesting and biomass use sustainable, preserving biodiversity, and setting out a plan to plant three billion trees across Europe by 2030.

  • Energy production and use accounts for 75 pct of EU emissions, so accelerating the transition to a greener energy system is crucial. The Renewable Energy Directive will set an increased target to produce 40 pct of our energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States will contribute to this goal, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. To meet both our climate and environmental goals, sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are strengthened and Member States must design any support schemes for bioenergy in a way that respects the cascading principle of uses for woody biomass.

  • To reduce overall energy use, cut emissions and tackle energy poverty, the Energy Efficiency Directive will set a more ambitious binding annual target for reducing energy use at EU level. It will guide how national contributions are established and almost double the annual energy saving obligation for Member States. The public sector will be required to renovate 3 pct of its buildings each year to drive the renovation wave, create jobs and bring down energy use and costs to the taxpayer.

  • A combination of measures is required to tackle rising emissions in road transport to complement emissions trading. Stronger CO2 emissions standards for cars and vans will accelerate the transition to zero-emission mobility by requiring average emissions of new cars to come down by 55 pct from 2030 and 100 pct from 2035 compared to 2021 levels. As a result, all new cars registered as of 2035 will be zero-emission. To ensure that drivers are able to charge or fuel their vehicles at a reliable network across Europe, the revised Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation will require Member States to expand charging capacity in line with zero-emission car sales, and to install charging and fuelling points at regular intervals on major highways: every 60 kilometres for electric charging and every 150 kilometres for hydrogen refuelling.

  • Aviation and maritime fuels cause significant pollution and also require dedicated action to complement emissions trading. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation requires that aircraft and ships have access to clean electricity supply in major ports and airports. The ReFuelEU Aviation Initiative will oblige fuel suppliers to blend increasing levels of sustainable aviation fuels in jet fuel taken on-board at EU airports, including synthetic low carbon fuels, known as e-fuels. Similarly, the FuelEU Maritime Initiative will stimulate the uptake of sustainable maritime fuels and zero-emission technologies by setting a maximum limit on the greenhouse gas content of energy used by ships calling at European ports.

  • The tax system for energy products must safeguard and improve the Single Market and support the green transition by setting the right incentives. A revision of the Energy Taxation Directive proposes to align the taxation of energy products with EU energy and climate policies, promoting clean technologies and removing outdated exemptions and reduced rates that currently encourage the use of fossil fuels. The new rules aim at reducing the harmful effects of energy tax competition, helping secure revenues for Member States from green taxes, which are less detrimental to growth than taxes on labour.

  • Finally, a new Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (Tax) will put a carbon price on imports of a targeted selection of products to ensure that ambitious climate action in Europe does not lead to 'carbon leakage.' This will ensure that European emission reductions contribute to a global emissions decline, instead of pushing carbon-intensive production outside Europe. It also aims to encourage industry outside the EU and our international partners to take steps in the same direction.

    European Green Deal, www.ec.europa.eu/info/strategy/priorities-2019-2024/european-green-deal_en. (Source: EC, PR, 14 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Green Deal,  


  • British Columbia Enables RNG, Hydrogen Investment (Ind. Report)
    Province of British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-16
    In Victoria, the Canadian Province of British Columbia is reporting amendments to its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGRR) to encourage and increase the production and use of renewable nature gas (RNG) as well as green and waste hydrogen while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

    The amendments support the Province's upcoming hydrogen strategy, which will include ambitious goals to increase the production and use of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen to help achieve climate targets under CleanBC.

    The GGRR allows utilities like FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) and Pacific Northern Gas Ltd. to make time-limited investments, within spending and volumetric caps, to stimulate the domestic market for renewable gases and reduce GHG emissions. It also allows utilities to increase the amount of RNG, green and waste hydrogen, and other renewable energy they can acquire and make available to their customers by:

  • increasing the amount of renewable gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • broadening the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, paying a third party to produce it or upgrade it for pipeline injection, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • allowing the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation; and

  • enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help to achieve CleanBC objectives, which commit to a 15 pct renewable gas content in the natural gas system by 2030.

    Download the B.C. Greenhouse Gas Reduction (Clean Energy) Regulation, HERE. (Source: Province of British Columbia, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Province of British Columbia news,  RNG news,  Hydrogen news,  GHG news,  


  • Equinor, SSE Tout Humber Hydrogen Storage JV (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor, SSE
    Date: 2021-07-15
    Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility could be switched to low carbon fuel as duo forge first end-to-end plans in race to Net-Zero emissions. Energy majors and Humber hydrogen partners SSE Thermal and Equinor are developing plans for one of the world’s largest storage sites for the fuel of the future. The two companies co-own Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility, where nine underground salt caverns - each the size of St Paul’s Cathedral - sit below coastal East Yorkshire agricultural land. Commissioned in 2011, at a cost of £290 million, an upgrade could involve conversion of existing caverns or the creation of new ones. Both SSE and Equinor are behind plans for a hydrogen-fuelled power station at Keadby, south of the Humber, with Equinor developing a hydrogen production plant, H2H Saltend on the North Bank. The partnership marks the UK’s first end-to-end hydrogen proposal, connecting production, storage and demand projects. With an initial expected capacity of at least 320GWh, Aldbrough Hydrogen Storage would be significantly larger than any hydrogen storage facility in operation in the world today. (Sopure: Equinor, PR, BusinessLIve, 15 July, 2021)

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor news,   SSE news,  CCS news,  Hydrogen news,  Net-Zero Emissions news,  


    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,  


    Hydrogen Notable Quote
    Shel Canada
    Date: 2021-07-14
    "Shell actually sees that the hydrogen market could grow close to 50 per cent of today's oil demand by 2050, so we see a huge opportunity to grow it, primarily looking at the harder-to-abate sectors." -- Susannah Pierce, Pres., Shell Canada . July, 2021

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Shell Canada news,  Hydrogen news,  


    Keravan, Q Power Plan Synthetic Methane Fuel Prod.(Alt. Fuels, Int'l)
    Q Power,Keravan
    Date: 2021-07-14
    Finland-headquartered Keravan Energia Oy and Q Power have joined forces to produce carbon-neutral synthetic methane at the Kerava biopower plant in Finland. Synthetic methane fuel, which can be used as a transportation fuel and for energy production, is produced from CO2 recovered from the biogas plant's flue gases and hydrogen produced with carbon-neutral electricity.

    A feasibility study for an industrial-scale production plant will also be launched to investigate the various technical and economic implementation of the proposed plant. Subject to a final investment decision, the plant is expected to begin production by 2024. (Source: Keravan Energia Oy, PR, 13 July, 2021) Contact: Keravan Energia Oy, Jussi Lehto, CEO, +358 9 5849550, www.kervanenergia.fi; Q Power, Eero Paunonen, CEO, www/qpower.fi

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Methane,  Alternative Fuel,  


    BC Allows Increased Hydrogen, RNG Production (Ind. Report)
    British Columbia
    Date: 2021-07-12
    In Victoria, the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation reports it has amended the province's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Regulation (GGR) to allow utilities to increase the production and use of renewable natural gas (RNG), as well as green and waste hydrogen in the province. Under the amendment, utilities can:
  • Increase the amount of renewable natural gas utilities can acquire and supply from 5 pct to 15 pct of their total annual supply of natural gas;

  • Broaden the methods by which utilities can obtain hydrogen, RNG, and other renewable gases to include producing it or upgrading it themselves for injection into the pipeline, or paying a third party to do so, or purchasing hydrogen, synthesis gas, or lignin to displace the use of natural gas at customers' facilities;

  • Allow the current price cap of $30 per gigajoule that utilities can pay to acquire any of these fuels to increase with inflation and enabling utilities to acquire and supply green and waste hydrogen, synthesis gas, and lignin.

    The changes to the GGRR will help the province meet its CleanBC objectives and to increase the use of renewable natural gas in its system by 2030. (Source: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, PR, July, 2021) Contact: BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Low Carbon Innovation, 604-660-2421, www2.gov.bc.ca

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


  • 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 ,  


    US DOE Funding Clean Hydrogen Tech R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2021-07-09
    The US DOE reports it is providing $52.5 million in R&D funding through its new Hydrogen Energy Earthshot Initiative for 31 clean hydrogen technology projects to help bring about the decarbonisation of the electricity sector by 2035. The selected projects are expected to deliver technological progress and support the Initiative's aim to cut the cost of clean hydrogen by 80 pct to $1 per kg in one decade.

    Of the total funding, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing $36 million for 19 projects and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is adding $16.5 million for 12 projects.

    Download DOE Hydrogen Energy Earthshot details HERE. ( Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  DOE EERE,  


    CSIRO Leading Program to Boost Hydrogen Capabilities (Int'l.)
    CSIRO
    Date: 2021-07-09
    In the Land Down Under, Australia's national science agency (CSIRO) reports it is leading a new $5-million Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program aimed at strengthening development of Australia's hydrogen industry by supporting research, development and demonstration (RD&D) collaborations with international research organizations.

    The 2-year program will support collaboration between Australia's research institutions and leading international research organizations for the benefit of the domestic hydrogen RD&D community, as well as enabling RD&D linkages with partner countries. The program will seek to:

  • Increase collaboration within Australia between industry and the research community to realize transformative clean hydrogen industry solutions;

  • Build and strengthen national and international research and industry partnerships to support efforts to build clean hydrogen export pathways;

  • Advance low emission technology development within Australia in order to add value and reduce costs in all stages of the hydrogen value chain; and

  • Develop capability and solutions to respond to domestic and global clean hydrogen industry opportunities.

    The Hydrogen RD&D International Collaboration Program is funded by the Australian Government, and follows partnerships signed with Germany, Singapore and Japan to accelerate the development of low emissions technologies, including hydrogen, that will drive investment and job creation in Australia. (Source: CSIRO, PR, Website, Green Car Congress, 8 July, 2021) Contact: CSIRO, +61 3 9545 2176, enquiries@csiro.au, www.csiro.au

    More Low-Carbon Energy News CSIRO,  Hydrogen,  Australia Hydrogen,  


  • IEA Report Notes SAF Commercialization Progress (Ind. Report)
    International Energy Agency
    Date: 2021-07-09
    A new report by the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39 has provided an extensive analysis of the current and potential technologies for production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

    According to the report, "Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) will have to play a major role if the aviation sector is to significantly reduce its carbon footprint. However, to date it added, commercialization has been slow and current policies have proved inadequate to accelerate commercialization and widespread deployment of the various technologies" described in the report.

    As described in IEA's recent publication Net Zero by 2050: A Roadmap for the Global Energy Sector, although synthetic hydrogen-based jet fuels will also play an important role in the future, in the short-to-mid-term biojet fuels will predominate. Annual volumes of biojet fuel have increased in recent years, from less than 10 million litres in 2018 to likely more than 1 billion litres by 2023 (and potentially 8 billion litres by 2030). (Source: International Energy Agency, PR, July, 2021) Contact: International Energy Agency, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., www.iea.org; IEA Bioenergy Task 39, www.task39.ieabioenergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News International Energy Agency,  SAF,  Bioenergy,  


    Pertamina Sinking $12Bn in New Renewables (Int'l. Report)
    Pertamina
    Date: 2021-07-07
    Indonesian state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina says it needs to invest $12 billion to meet its target of generating 10GW of electricity from new and renewable energy sources by 2026. The transition to renewable energy is a key element in the government's plan to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions by 29 per cent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2060.

    Pertamina's 10GW target is comprised of gas-to-power, renewable energy -- including geothermal -- and other new initiatives, such as an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem and hydrogen pilot projects.

    The gas-to-power business segment is projected to contribute 6GW to the 10GW target. Existing gas-to-power projects include the 1.8GW gas and geothermal power plant Java 1 in West Java. The renewable energy business is expected to contribute 3GW. Solar power, biogas-fuelled power plants, smart grids and other new and renewable energy power plants are projected to contribute 1.9GW while the EV ecosystem, as well as green and blue hydrogen, are expected to produce 1GW by 2026. (Source: Pertamina, PR, Jakarta Post, 4 July, 2021)Contact: Pertamina, pcc@pertamina.com, www.petramina.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Pertamina,  Renewable Energy,  


    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,  


    Colombia Planning Hydrogen Fuel Road Map (Int'l., Alt. Fuel)
    Hydrogen
    Date: 2021-07-02
    In Bogota, the Colombia Minister of Mines and Energy is reporting the government plans to develop the production and use of hydrogen as a long-term clean energy source and fuel and will publish a 30-year road map for the production, use and export of hydrogen.

    Under the roadmap, the government will invest in and offer incentives, including tax deductions and other unspecified measures to encourage private sector investment in the hydrogen sector. Investments are expected this year, with pilot projects for producing and using hydrogen due to begin in 2022. (Source: Colombia Minister of Mines and Energy , Reuters, Mining Weekl, 30 June, 2021) Contact: Colombia Minister of Mines and Energy, www.minenergia.gov.co

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen news,  


    Capstone Green Claims Aussie Microturbine Orders (Ind. Report)
    Capstone Green Energy
    Date: 2021-06-30
    Van Nuys, California-headquartered Capstone Green Energy Corporation -- fka Capstone Turbine Corporation -- a global leader in carbon reduction and on-site resilient green energy solutions, reports it will supply, through its Australian distributor, Optimal Group, two C600S microturbine systems and one C800S microturbine system in support of several oil and gas projects in Australia.

    All three systems are expected to be delivered between June to December this year and installed at multiple locations and will use high-pressure natural gas. The dual-mode turbines will be operating in a standalone configuration, supplying all of the site's electrical demand.

    Through its Energy as a Service (EaaS) business, Capstone offers rental solutions utilizing its microturbine energy systems and battery storage systems, comprehensive Factory Protection Plan (FPP) service contracts that guarantee life-cycle costs, as well as aftermarket parts. Energy Conversion Products are driven by the Company's microturbine energy systems offering scalable solutions in addition to a broad range of customer-tailored solutions, including hybrid energy systems and larger frame industrial turbines. The Energy Storage Products business line designs and installs microgrid storage systems creating customized solutions using a combination of battery technologies and monitoring software. Through Hydrogen Energy Solutions, Capstone Green Energy offers a variety of hydrogen products, including the Company's microturbine energy systems.

    To date in 2021, Capstone has shipped more than 10,000 units to 83 countries and saved customers an estimated $217 million in annual energy costs and approximately 397,000 tons of carbon. Total savings over the last three years are estimated at 1,115,100 tons of carbon and $698 million in annual energy savings. (Source: Capstone Green Energy, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Capstone Green Energy Corp., Darren Jamison, CEO, www.CapstoneGreenEnergy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Capstone Green Energy ,  Capstone Turbine,  


    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 ,  


    Notable Quote -- Hydrogen and CCS

    Date: 2021-06-30
    "Without CCS and hydrogen, at scale, there is no viable path to net-zero and realising the Paris goals." -- Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO


    Equinor Aims to Triple UK Hydrogen Production (Int'l. Report)
    Equinor
    Date: 2021-06-30
    in Oslo, the Norwegian government owned energy developer Equinor reports it aims to triple its production and add a further 1,200MW of low-carbon hydrogen at the UK's Keadby Hydrogen power station, which could be the world's first large scale 100 pct hydrogen-fuelled power station.

    Equinor noted that with appropriate policy mechanisms in place, the Keadby Hydrogen power station could come online before the end of the decade and that flexible, low-carbon power from the project will be key to supporting variable renewable power production and ensuring reliable access to electricity.

    Equinor also notes the project could deliver over half of the UK's 5GW ambition by 2030, as laid out in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's 10-point plan, according to the release. (Source: Equinor, PR, 28 June, 2021) Contact: Equinor, Andres Opedal, President and CEO, www.equinor.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Equinor,  Hydrogen,  


    GE, Safran Developing Hydrogen, SAF Aircraft Engine (Ind. Report)
    GE Aviation, Safran
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Cincinnati-based GE Aviation and Paris-headquartered Safran report they are developing a new aircraft engine aimed at reducing emissions by more than 20 pct of today's levels and work on technologies compatible with sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) and hydrogen.

    The CFM joint venture, which manufactures engines for Boeing and Airbus, plans to design an open-fan engine, unlike a jet engine with a cover on a commercial aircraft. (Source: GE Aviation, Contact: GE Aviation, www.geaviation.com; Safran, +33 1 40 60 80 80, fax-- +33 1 40 60 81 02, www.safran-group.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Alternative Fuel,  Hydrogen,  SAF,  Safran,  Aviation Fuel,  


    Ariel Univ. Develops Hydrogen Generator (Alt. Fuel, Int'l.)
    Ariel University
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Tel Aviv, researchers at Ariel University are reporting development of a new type of portable, lightweight hydrogen generator for on-demand use with fuel cells.

    Hydrogen is produced in a catalytic hydrolysis reaction of sodium borohydride (NaBH4) with ruthenium powder as a catalyst. The system consists of an upper chamber with granulated sodium borohydride powder and a lower reaction chamber with a solution of water and catalyst. A peristaltic pump regulates the flow of solution through a spiral channel which is situated in the solids chamber.

    The powder is separated from the channel by a mesh which prevents its clogging. The solution becomes saturated while flowing through the channel and drips into the reaction chamber. To maintain constant H2 flow rate levels, the solution temperature and H2 pressure in the reaction chamber are constantly controlled.

    The generator has high energy density, is light weight, portable, easy to use, refill, clean and designed for long working periods and easy restarting. (Source: Ariel University, ACS journal Energy & Fuels, June, 2021) Contact: Ariel University, Abigail Szymkiewicz, +972-3-9371418, abigailsz@ariel.ac.il, www.ariel.ac.il/wp/en

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    NRCAN Launches Canada Clean Fuels Fund (Ind. Report)
    Natural Resource Canada
    Date: 2021-06-28
    In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRCAN) has announced the Canada Clean Fuels Fund noting "Canada's clean fuels industry must immediately, and significantly, increase its current capacity to play the critical role needed in our net-zero future. To do this, it will be essential to overcome the barrier of the upfront capital cost that private sector investment faces in the build-out of new clean fuels production capacity."

    To that end, the Clean Fuels Fund will provide the private sector with cost-shared, conditionally repayable funding to build new, or retrofit or expand existing, clean fuel production facilities in Canada. Funding program benefits will:

  • grow the domestic production capacity for clean fuels including clean hydrogen, advanced biofuels, renewable natural gas, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), across Canada;

  • offer new opportunities for Canada's energy sector in the transition to producing cleaner sources of energy;

  • support Canada's efforts to reach net-zero by 2050:

  • position Canada globally to reap economic, environmental, and social benefits of transition to clean energy.

    Download Canada Clean Fuels Fund details HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canada Clean Fuels Fund, www.nrcan.gc.ca

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resource Canada,  Clean Fuel,  


  • Indian Oil Giant Commits $10Bn to Green Energy (Int'l. Report)
    Reliance Industries
    Date: 2021-06-28
    Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani, chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Mumbai-headquartered oil refiner Reliance Industries Ltd. reports Reliance will invest 750 billion rupees ($10.1 billion) over three years in a new push away from fossil fuels to green energy.

    Of the total, 600 billion rupees will be directed to four "giga factories" to manufacture solar modules, hydrogen, fuel cells and to build a battery grid to store electricity. An additional 150 billion rupees will be invested in value chain and other partnerships.

    Reliance Industries, which earns 60 pct of its $63 billion (2020) annual revenue from oil refining and petrochemicals, is a Fortune Global 500 company and India's most valuable company by market value. (Source: Reliance Industries Ltd, 24 June, 2021) Contact: Reliance Industries Ltd., Mukesh Ambani, CEO, www.ril.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Reliance Industries,  Renewable Energy,  


    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,  


    Velocys Tech. Powers First Commercial Flight (Ind. Report)
    Velocys
    Date: 2021-06-23
    UK-headquartered landfill gas-to-liquid fuels and chemicals producer Velocys Plc is reporting a blend of convention aviation fuel and 25 pct sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced by its proprietary technology using woody biomass residue feedstock has been used in a commercial flight by Japan Airlines -- the first commercial flight in the world to use SAF derived from gasified wood-chips synthesized into aviation fuel.

    The fuel was produced in a Velocys FT reactor from the hydrogen and carbon gases generated by the gasification of the wood-chips at a demonstration plant in Nagoya, Japan in 2020. The facility produced 2,366 liters of neat aviation fuel blendstock that met ASTM D7566 Annex1 standard and can be blended into conventional jet fuel up to 50 pct.

    SAF synthesized with the Velocys FT technology from gasified forestry residue has a 70 pct lower carbon intensity than conventional fossil jet fuel. FT-SAF offers significant additional air quality improvements thanks to 90 pct lower particulate emissions, 99 pct lower sulphur emissions and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional fossil fuels, according to Velocys. (Source: Velocys, PR, 21 June, 2021) Contact: Velocys Plc, +44 1235 841 700, (713) 275-5840 -- Houston Office, info@velocys.com, www.velocys.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Velocys,  SAF,  


    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,  


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

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

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


    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

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    Canadian Hydrogen from Nuclear Study Underway (Ind. Report)
    Greenfield Global,Nuclear Innovation Institute
    Date: 2021-06-18
    In Ontario, Canada, the independent, not-for-profit Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) has launched a new study into the role of nuclear power in supporting a growing hydrogen economy. The study will be led by global consultancy Arcadis, supported by NII and project partners electric utility Bruce Power and Canada's largest ethanol producer, Greenfield Global.

    The study will be the first of its kind in Canada to evaluate the technical viability and business case for hydrogen use and production from emissions-free nuclear power in Ontario. This study will investigate the viability of a local pilot project to demonstrate the economics of the technology, in preparation for the rapid growth of the hydrogen economy.

    Greenfield Global 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: Greenfield Global, Website PR, 11 June, 2021) Contact: Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) www.nuclearinnovationinstitute.ca/centre-for-next-generation-nuclear; Arcadis, www.arcadis.com; Bruce Power, www.brucepower.com; Greenfield, www.greenfield.com

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    Worley Tapped for Aemetis Carbon Zero Plant (Ind. Report)
    Aemetis
    Date: 2021-06-18
    Following up on our 30th April report, Cupertino, California-based renewable natural gas (RNG), renewable fuel and biochemicals specialist Aemetis, Inc. reports it has awarded an engineering services contract to Worley for the Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel plant in Riverbank, California.

    The Aemetis Carbon Zero renewable jet and diesel project is designed to "hydrotreat" renewable oils with hydrogen from orchard and forest wood waste. By utilizing hydroelectric electricity and carbon sequestration along with negative carbon intensity hydrogen, the Aemetis plant is expected to produce among the lowest carbon intensity renewable jet and diesel fuel in the world.

    Worley is providing engineering to implement Axens renewable jet and diesel technology at the Riverbank site. Axens's technology hydrotreats a wide range of lipids to produce low-density and high cetane renewable diesel and renewable sulphur-free jet fuel. The Axens technology produces renewable jet and renewable diesel in an integrated process. (Source: Aemetis, Website PR, 16 June, 2020) Contact: Worley, www.worley.com; Aemetis Biogas, Andy Foster, Pres., Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, emcafee@aemetis.com, www.aemetis.com; Axens, Patrick Sarrazin, Exec. VP, www.axens.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Axens,  Aemetis,  Worley,  RNG,  


    UNDEERC to Study Hydrogen Energy Development (Ind. Report)
    UNDEERC
    Date: 2021-06-16
    The University of North Dakota Energy and Environmental Research Center (UNDEERC) reports the state Industrial Commission has approved $10 million to fund two legislatively-directed research projects that could lead to more "value added" energy development. The UNDEERC will conduct the research.

    One study will look at the feasibility of creating salt caverns for hydrocarbon storage which is going to be important for attracting the petrochemical industry, as well as for storing hydrogen and other liquid fuels. The study will cost $9.5 million. The other $500,000 study looks at hydrogen energy development in North Dakota. Two companies recently announced a plan to produce "blue hydrogen" at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant.

    "Blue hydrogen is what we create using a fossil fuel source. We then capture the carbon, and store it underground. It's perfect for a state like North Dakota. Minnesota, Iowa, places like that cannot, because they don't have suitable geology," the release noted. The state's Oil and Gas Research Council will still have to complete a technical review before the studies can move forward, the release noted. (Source: UNDEERC, Website PR, June, 2021)Contact: UNDEERC, Niki Massmann, Communications, 701.777.5000, eercinfo@undeerc.org, www.undeerc.org

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    LA Terminal Operator Transitions to Renewable Diesel (Ind. Report
    Fenix Marine Services,California Air Resources Board
    Date: 2021-06-16
    In the Golden State, San Pedro-based Fenix Marine Services, the Port of Los Angeles container terminal operator, reports it has transitioned its entire fleet of more than 300 pieces of container-handling equipment, as well as some support vehicles, from fossil-based diesel fuel to RD80 renewable diesel fuel blend. Fenix has secured a long-term commitment to supply its total fuel demand with renewable diesel.

    The Port of Los Angeles has also launched a 12-month, $82.5 million Shore-to-Store (S2S) project with public and private sector partners demonstrating zero-emission Class 8 trucks in a heavy-duty setting. The S2S project is one of 16 demonstrations underway at the port to accelerate near-zero and zero-emissions solutions for moving cargo.

    The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is supporting S2S with a matching grant of $41.1 million. Project partners, who include Toyota and Shell, are contributing the remaining $41.4 million in financial and in-kind support. Air Liquide is the main hydrogen fuel supplier. (Source: Port of Los Angeles, Fenix Marine Services, Splash247, 15 June,, 2021) Contact: Fenix Marine Services, Sean Pierce, President and CEO , 310-548-8700, www.fenixmarineservices.com; Port of Los Angeles, www.portof losangeles.org

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    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

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    Baltic Seas Sustainable Fuels Bunkering Hub Planned (Alt Fuel)
    Bornholm Bunker Hub
    Date: 2021-06-14
    The newly formed Bornholm Bunker Hub consortium is reporting the launch of a feasibility study to determine the financial potential for supplying sustainable fuels produced from wind energy on the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

    The project, involving major energy group Orsted and Danish marine fuels firm Bunker Holdings Ltd. will investigate how local power-to-X green energy can support the supply of sustainable fuels for the more than 60,000 ships per year that pass the island. Consortium partners include Danish ferry operator Molslinjen, Finnish engine maker Wartsila, French classification society Bureau Veritas, Bornholm's Port of Roenne, Danish engineering group Ramboll and hydrogen catalysis firm Haldor Topsoe.

    Bornholm Island's central location in the Baltic region gives it added potential to exploit green electricity from offshore wind from Sweden, Poland and Germany as well as Danish waters. (Source: Bunker Holdings Ltd, Website PR, Trade Winds, 14 June, 2021) Contact: Bunker Holdings Ltd, +45 88 38 28 28, bh@bunker-holding,com, www.bunker-holding.com

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    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

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    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,  

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