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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,  


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

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

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


    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,  


    First Solar, Nel Partner on PV Hydrogen Power Plants (Ind. Report)
    Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, First Solar
    Date: 2021-05-05
    Oslo-headquartered hydrogen technology specialist Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser and Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar -- global manufacturer of solar panels and developer of utility-scale solar power plants -- report they have joined forces to develop an integrated power plant control and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for PV hydrogen power plants.

    The SCADA system will enable optimization of PV-electrolyser hybrid projects resulting in lowest total cost of hydrogen and electricity. The parties will also explore further ways of optimising and integrating technology elements throughout the solar and hydrogen production plant. (Source: First Solar, Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, PR, Contact: Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, Jon Andre Lokke, CEO, www.nelhydrogen.com; First Solar, David Brady, Inv. Rel., (602) 414-9315, dbrady@firstsolar.com, www.firstsolar.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser,  First Solar,  Hydrogen ,  


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


    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. “Ammonia is a critical enabler for storage and transport of hydrogen and can also be used as a carbon-free fuel, according to CF Industries. Construction is slated to get underway in the second half of this year for completion and commissioning in 2023.

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

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


    Duke Energy Plans to Triple Renewable Energy by 2030 (Ind. Report)
    Duke Energy
    Date: 2021-04-28
    In its just released 15th Sustainablilty Report, Charlotte, North Calolina-headquartered Duke Energy notes it plans to triple the amount of renewable energy it produces from company power plants and dramatically reduce carbon emissions by 2030.

    Currently, 7 pct of Duke Energy's company-owned electrical output comes from wind, solar and hydroelectric plants. That figure is projected to grow to 23 pct by 2030. The company is also undertaking its aggressive renewable energy build-outs with wind and solar projects currently under construction in Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Over the next three years, Duke will also add 280 mw of pumped storage hydro capacity at its Bad Creek facility in South Carolina.

    The company is also overseeing the largest coal retirement in the industry and since 2010 has retired 51 coal-fired units and is aiming to cut carbon emissions 50 pct by 2030 to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. To that end, the company is on track to operate or purchase 16,000 mw of renewable energy capacity by 2025 and is investing in major electric grid upgrades, expanded battery storage, and exploring zero-emitting power generation technologies such as hydrogen and advanced nuclear, according to the release.

    Duke Energy also announced Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, a new comprehensive brand for its non-regulated commercial renewables business. The brand unifies products and services offered by several Duke Energy subsidiaries, including Duke Energy Renewables, REC Solar and Duke Energy One. (Source: Duke Energy, PR, 28 Apr., 2021) Contact: Duke Energy, Katherine Neebe, VP National engagement & Strategy, Chief Sustainability Officer, Duke Energy Sustainable Solutions, www.duke-energy.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Duke Energy,  Renewable Energy Carbon Emissions,  Net-Zero Emissions,  


    EIB Commits €2Bn to Renewable Energy (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) last week reported approval of €3.4 billion ($4 billion) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion ($2.418 billion) to support renewable energy projects in France and Germany, solar power in Spain and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The EU has also committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and to be the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Investment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Renewable Energy,  


    EU Aims to Become Ist Climate Neutral Continent (Int'l. Report)
    European Investment Bank
    Date: 2021-04-26
    Last week, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced approval of €3.4 billion ($4.08bn) in new financing for climate action, including €2 billion to support the development of renewable energy projects in France and Germany, the increase in solar power consumption by homeowners across Spain, and wind projects in Ireland. The financing will help improve energy distribution in Italy and covers a solar-plus-storage project that relies on both batteries and hydrogen.

    The €3.4 billion package also includes €700 million for sustainable transport, €720 million for corporate research, innovation and business investment, and €837 million for urban investment, housing, education and communications.

    The EU has committed to cutting net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 pct by 2030 from 1990 levels and the first climate neutral continent by 2050. (Source: European Invstment Bank, 23 Apr., 2021)Contact: European Investment Bank, www.eib.org ;

    More Low-Carbon Energy News European Investment Bank,  Renewable Energy,  


    American Clean Power Assoc. Applauds Clean Energy for America Act (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    American Clean Power Association
    Date: 2021-04-23
    The Washington, DC-based American Clean Power Association (ACPA) issued the following statement after Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) introduced the Clean Energy for America Act.

    "The American Clean Power Association applauds the collective efforts in Congress to promote economic investment and address climate change. Chairman Wyden's Clean Energy for America Act goes a long way towards addressing both of these pressing needs in America. This bill would be important to deploying more renewable energy and facilitating economic growth and job creation across the country. In addition, this legislation's focus on transmission infrastructure and project financing flexibility will help enable the U.S. to remain on the cutting edge of clean power development and to deliver additional clean energy to communities across the country. The wind, solar, energy storage, transmission, and hydrogen industries look forward to working on a bipartisan basis to help move towards an affordable, reliable, and clean electric system for America." (Source: American Clean Power Association, PR, 2 Apr., 2021) Contact: American Clean Power Association, Heather Zichal, CEO, (202) 383-2500 www.cleanpower.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News American Clean Power Association,  Clean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  


    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,  


    Marine Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine JV Launched (Alt. Fuel)
    Compagnie Maritime Belge
    Date: 2021-04-23
    In Antwerp, Belgian shipowner Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB) and Tsuneishi Facilities & Craft, a business unit of Japanese ship builder Tsuneishi Group have launched a hydrogen joint venture to develop hydrogen internal combustion engine (H2ICE) technology for the Japanese industrial and marine market.

    To that end, the two firms will further invest in the Bingo Research Institute and change the name to JPN H2YDRO, which will establish a H2ICE Application Center in Japan. The companies will also focus on the development of hydrogen-powered equipment for the land-based port industry and ships of different categories, such as support ships for offshore wind farms, and others. (Source: CMB, Website PR, 22 Apr., 2021) Contact: Compagnie Maritime Belge, +32 3 2475 911, info@cmb.be, www.cmb.be; Tsuneishi Group, www.tsuneishi.co.jp/english

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  Alternative Fuel,  


    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,  


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

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

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

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


    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,  


  • BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Plant (Int'l. Report)
    BP
    Date: 2021-04-12
    In the UK, London-headquartered group BP reports it has begun a feasibility study for Britain's largest blue hydrogen plant to be constructed in Teeside , northern England, by 2030. The planned 1-GW facility will produce roughly 20 pct of Britain's target of 5 GW of hydrogen capacity by the end of the decade.

    Blue hydrogen is produced by converting natural gas into hydrogen and storing the CO2 emissions from its production. The Teeside project could capture up to 98 pct of carbon emissions from the hydrogen production process. (Source: BP, PR, Economic Times, Mar, 2021); Contact: BP PLC, Sean Reavis, Senior VP, Low Carbon and Trading, www.bp.com

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


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

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

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

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Decarbonization,  Carbon Emissions,  


    Honeywell Commits to Carbon Neutrality by 2035 (Ind. Report)
    Honeywell
    Date: 2021-04-12
    Charlotte, North Carolina-based Honeywell reports it has committed to become carbon neutral in its operations and facilities by 2035 through a combination of further investment in energy savings projects, conversion to renewable energy sources, completion of capital improvement projects at its sites and in its fleet of company vehicles, and utilization of credible carbon credits. These initiatives represent a continuation of the company's sustainability efforts since 2004, which have already driven a more than 90 pct reduction in the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities.

    Honeywell notes its carbon-footprint reduction will continue to be driven through the company's rigorous, end-to-end business operating system. Honeywell's reductions will be reported publicly and third-party verified pursuant to The Greenhouse Gas Protocol. The company's efforts will result in carbon-neutral operations and facilities as it relates to direct emissions (Scope 1) and indirect emissions from electricity and steam (Scope 2). In addition, Honeywell has committed to addressing Scope 3 indirect emissions by enhancing its existing tracking system and partnering with industry leaders to identify and implement best practices while encouraging customers to adopt Honeywell's climate solutions and products.

    In 2019, Honeywell set a new "10-10-10" target to reduce global Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an additional 10 pct from 2018 levels, deploy at least 10 renewable energy opportunities, and achieve certification to ISO's 50001 Energy Management Standard at 10 facilities by 2024. Honeywell also provides: process technology to produce biofuels, building energy savings performance contracts; energy conservation; investing in energy storage solutions such as flow batteries; and technologies to support the decarbonization of residential, commercial, and industrial energy by replacing natural gas with hydrogen.

    The company notes it has implemented more than 5,700 sustainability projects since 2010, saving an annualized $100 million in costs. (Source: Honeywell, Website PR, 8 April, 2021) Contact: Honeywell, www.honeywell.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Honeywell news,  Carbon Emissions news,  Carbon Neutral news,  


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

    New company highlights include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Altaaqa, AFC to Develop Zero-Emission Hydrogen Power (Int'l)
    Altaaqa, AFC Energy
    Date: 2021-04-07
    Saudi Arabian turnkey water and power solutions provider Altaaqa and London-headquartered scalable alkaline fuel cell systems specialist AFC Energy are reporting a long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the Middle-East region's transition to zero emission power generation using AFC Energy's hydrogen fuel cell technology.

    Altaaqa, which owns and operates a 2-GW mobile diesel generator rental fleet, provides temporary and off-grid power solutions to oil & gas, power utilities, mining, military, manufacturing, data centers, construction and government services sectors.

    AFC Energy's fuel cell technology is presently deployed in electric vehicle chargers and off-grid decentralised power systems as part of a portfolio approach to the decarbonisation of electricity and gaining market leadership for "hydrogen-to-power" solutions for various industry segments and applications. (Source: Altaaqa, AFC Energy, PR, 6 Apr., 2021) Contact: Altaaqa, Alexandra Roger-Machart, +49 172 397 0957, alexandrarm@altaaqa.com, www.altaaqa.com; AFC Energy, +44 (0) 203 727 1000, afcenergy@fticonsulting.com

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

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

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

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

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

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    ExxonMobil, Porsche Testing Advanced Biofuels (Ind. Report)
    ExxonMobil
    Date: 2021-04-02
    Irving, Texas-based oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. and German auto-maker Porsche report they are jointly testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels -- fuels made from hydrogen and captured CO2.

    The first iteration involves Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, a blend of primarily advanced biofuels formulated by ExxonMobil in-house scientists and engineers. As early as 2022, the companies plan to test the second iteration of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel, which will contain eFuel components and is anticipated to achieve an up-to 85 pct reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when blended to current market fuel standards for passenger vehicles.

    The eFuel will be sourced from the Haru Oni pilot plant based in Chile that generates hydrogen, which is then combined with captured CO2 drawn from the atmosphere to produce methanol. ExxonMobil is providing a license and support for the proprietary technology to convert the methanol to gasoline, which will result in a lower-carbon fuel.

    In the pilot phase, around 35,000 gallons of eFuels will be produced in 2022. As the fuel's primary user, Porsche will use the eFuels in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup starting in the season of 2022. The first on-track testing of Esso Renewable Racing Fuel occurred March 30, 2021 in Zandvoort, Netherlands, and will continue throughout the 2021 and 2022 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race series. (Source: ExxonMobil, PR, 31 Mar., 2021) Contact: ExonMobil, Andy Madden, VP Strategy and Planning , ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants, www. corporate.exxonmobil.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Covenant Updates Planned Sask. Canola HDRD Plant (Ind. Report)
    Covenant Energy
    Date: 2021-03-22
    On the Canadian prairies, Macoun, Sask.-based renewable fuel specialist Covenant Energy provided the following update on its stand-alone Hydrogenation-Derived Renewable Diesel (HDRD) production plant to be constructed in southern Saskatchewan.

    When fully operational in 2023, the plant will: produce 6,500 bpd of renewable fuels including renewable diesel, arctic-grade renewable diesel, and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF); reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) 80 to 85 pct when compared to fossil fuel diesel; create a demand for 35 million bushels of canola seed (worth roughly $500 million) to produce 325,000-350,000 tpy of canola oil feedstock; and use recycled hydrogen in the production process.

    The company has completed initial pre-FEED engineering and feedstock studies, as well as a marketing, demand, and pricing study. The plant is expected to begin production in 2023, subject to regulatory and other approvals. (Source: Covenant Energy, Website PR, Contact: Covenant Energy, Josh Gustafson, Pres., CEO, (306) 421-7442, joshgustafson@covenantenergy.ca; www.covenantenergy.ca

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    BP Planning Teeside Blue Hydrogen Production Plant (Int'l.)
    BP
    Date: 2021-03-19
    In the UK, oil giant BP is reporting plans to develop U2Teesaide, the country's largest blue hydrogen production facility, targeting 1GW of hydrogen production by 2030. The proposed development would capture and send for storage up to 2 million tpy of carbon -- equivalent to capturing the emissions from the heating of one million UK households.

    Industries in Teesside account for over 5 pct of the UK's industrial emissions and the region is home to five of the country's top 25 emitters, according to BP.

    With large-scale, low-cost production of clean hydrogen, H2Teesside could support the conversion of surrounding industries to use hydrogen in place of natural gas, playing an important role in decarbonizing a cluster of industries in Teesside, BP said. (Source: BP, PR, Website, OE, 18 Mar., 2021)

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

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

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    Expected 2021 Renewable Energy Trends, Predictions from ENVIVA (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
    Enviva Biomass
    Date: 2021-03-19
    The following has been submitted by the world's largest industrial wood pellets producer, ENVIVA Holdings LP:

    Bioenergy is the largest renewable energy source in the EU and will be critical to increased deployment of wind and solar -- The use of bioenergy has more than doubled since 2000 as a result of its end-use as heat, transportation, and electricity. In fact, biomass is the only renewable fuel on the market that is readily available today and can replace fossil fuels for heat generation.

    In heavy industries such as steel, aluminum, and cement -- sustainably sourced wood-based biomass offers a carbon-neutral fuel replacement for coal and gas-fired furnaces (and combined heat and power plants). As a dependable and dispatchable renewable fuel, sustainably-sourced biomass represents a prime solution to complement the intermittency of wind and solar (among other renewables) that will reduce carbon emissions by more than 85 pct on a lifecycle basis.

    Looking ahead to more future-oriented solutions, such as the development of the hydrogen economy, biomass is projected to play an important role. The most obvious is to use biomass directly to create hydrogen through gasification and thereby avoid carbon emissions that are associated with natural gas. Even further down the road, when surplus solar and wind could potentially be used to create hydrogen at scale, there will be an exciting opportunity to produce aviation and other fuels with carbon capture of biomass that could result in even fewer net greenhouse gas emissions. Likewise, as decarbonization efforts in the steel and cement industry rapidly increase.

    ENVIVA is the world's largest producer of industrial wood pellets, a renewable and sustainable energy source used to generate electricity and heat. Through its subsidiaries, ENVIVA Holdings, LP owns and operates wood pellet processing plants and deep-water export terminals in the Southeastern U.S. and exports primarily to previously coal-fired power plants in the U.K., Europe and Japan. We make our pellets using sustainable practices that protect Southern forests and employ about 1,100 people and support many other businesses in the U.S. South. ENVIVA Holdings, LP conducts its activities primarily through two entities: ENVIVA Partners, LP, a publicly traded master limited partnership (NYSE: EVA), and ENVIVA Development Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned private company. (Source: ENVIVA Holdings, LP, Jan., 2021) Contact: ENVIVA Holdings, LP. ENVIVA Biomass, Enviva Partners, LP, (301) 657-5560, www.envivabiomass.com

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    DOE Projects to Receive $2Mn for Hydrogen Tech. (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In Washington, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has selected the following projects to receive $2 million in funding for cost-shared research and development the Enabling Gasification of Blended Coal, Biomass and Plastic Wastes to Produce Hydrogen with Potential for Net Negative Carbon Dioxide Emissions program.

    This FOA focuses on the advancement of net-negative carbon emitting technologies that aim to produce hydrogen or other high-value fuels, whether as the sole product or as a co-product. Developing co-gasification technologies is a way to introduce net-negative carbon technologies that can help alleviate concerns about potential feedstock availability and other operational issues. The four projects selected are described below:

  • Fluidized-Bed Gasification of Coal-Biomass-Plastics for Hydrogen Production -- Auburn University in Alabama plans to study the gasification performance of select feedstock mixtures in a laboratory-scale fluidized-bed gasifier. Specific objectives are to (1) study coal-plastic-biomass mixture flowability for consistent feeding in the gasifier; (2) understand gasification behavior of the mixtures in steam and oxygen environments; (3) characterize thermal properties of ash/slag from the mixture feedstock and investigate the interaction between slag/ash and refractory materials; and (4) develop process models to determine the technology needed for cleaning up syngas and removing contaminants for hydrogen production. -- Funding: DOE: $499,485; Non-DOE: $126,971; Total: $626,456

  • Performance Testing of a Moving-Bed Gasifier Using Coal, Biomass, and Waste Plastic Blends to Generate White Hydrogen -- Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI) plans to qualify coal, biomass, and plastic waste blends based on performance testing of selected pellet recipes in a laboratory-scale updraft moving-bed gasifier. The testing will provide relevant data to advance the commercial-scale design of the moving-bed gasifier to use these feedstocks to produce hydrogen. The effects of waste plastics on feedstock development and the resulting products will be a focus of the research. The research team will review data, determine figures of merit, and interpret results to specify the range of feedstock blends that can be successfully gasified, as well as quantify gasifier outputs based on specific blends. -- Funding: DOE: $500,002; Non-DOE: $125,000; Total: $625,002

  • Development and Characterization of Densified Biomass-Plastic Blend for Entrained Flow Gasification -- University of Kentucky Research Foundation in Lexington plans to develop and study a coal/biomass/plastic blend fuel by (1) producing hydrophobic layer encapsulated biomass suitable for slurry with solid content with greater than 60 wt pct of blended coal/biomass and plastic suitable for oxygen-blown entrained flow gasification with slurry feed; (2) conducting lab-scale kinetic and gasification studies on the feedstock blend; and (3) demonstrating practical operations in a commercially relevant 1 ton/day entrained flow gasifier.--Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $125,559; Total: $625,559

  • Enabling Entrained-Flow Gasification of Blends of Coal, Biomass and Plastics -- University of Utah plans to leverage a high-pressure, slurry-fed, oxygen-blown entrained-flow system to enable co-gasification of biomass and waste plastic by creating slurries of coal, biomass pyrolysis liquids, and liquefied plastic oil. Gasification performance of the most promising mixtures will be evaluated in the University of Utah's 1 ton/day pressurized oxygen-blown gasifier fitted with a custom-built hot oxygen burner. -- Funding: DOE: $500,000; Non-DOE: $291,157; Total: $791,157

    The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to advance fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov

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  • Gas Goes Green Pathway to Net Zero (ENA Report Attached)
    Energy Networks Association
    Date: 2021-03-17
    In the UK, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) has released its Gas Goes Green Pathway to Net Zero report in response to the need to replace the natural gas that 85 pct of Britain's homes use for heating, hot water and cooking with greener alternatives such as hydrogen and biomethane.

    Download the ENA Gas Goes Green Pathway to Net Zero report HERE. (Source: Energy Networks Assoc., PR, 12 Mar., 2021) Contact: Energy Networks Association, +44 (0) 20 7706 5100, www.energynetworks.org

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    Sinopec Developing Hydrogen Fuel in China (Alt Fuel, Int'l.)
    Sinopec
    Date: 2021-03-12
    In Beijing, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering have proposed the acceleration of the hydrogen energy industry in China.

    According to the China Hydrogen Energy Alliance, by 2050, China's annual hydrogen demand will be close to 60 million tpy, which would help the country cut 700 million tpy from its carbon dioxide emissions.

    Sinopec currently produces 3.5 million tpy of hydrogen. In 2020, the company began construction of an integrated hydrogen energy industry chain including hydrogen refueling stations and 10 oil-hydrogen blending stations and plans to establish 1,000 addition hydrogen refueling stations over the next 5 years.

    As of the end of 2020, China had 128 hydrogen refueling stations ranking second worldwide only to Japan. (Source: Sinopec, PR, 11 Mar., 2021) Contact: Sinopec, www.sinopecgroup.com; China Hydrogen Energy Alliance, www.h2cn.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Carbonics, PowerTap Partner on Carbon Credit Opportunities (Ind. Report)
    Clean Power Capital,PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling
    Date: 2021-03-05
    Further to our 20 Nov., 2020 coverage, Vancouver, British Columbia-based Clean Power Capital Corp. is reporting PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling Corp., an investee company of Clean Power, has partnered with Carbonomics a leader in helping clean tech companies maximize the potential of emission reduction credits in the US and international markets.

    Carbonomics will assist PowerTap in securing the certification of its hydrogen fueling co-located stations under the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) in California and other environmental trading markets. Specifically, Carbonomics will direct PowerTap's efforts in navigating the independent certification and verification of emission credit project activities.

    Carbonomics has a proven track record in developing the pathway or method of effectively quantifying greenhouse gas emission reductions and credit registration and managing the process of monetizing the resulting carbon credits, according to the release. (Source: Clean Power Cap., PR, 2 Mar., 2021) Contact: Clean Power Capital Corp., Joel Dumaresq, (604) 687-2038, info@cleanpower.capital, (604) 687-2038 www.cleanpower.capital; Carbonomics, Seth Baruch, President, www.carbonomicsonline.com

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

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

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

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

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

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    Siemens Studies Hydrogen Power Production, Storage (Ind. Report)
    Siemens Energy ,Intermountain Power Agency
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Munich, Germany-based Siemens Energy AG reports receipt of $200,000 in US DOE grant funding to support a conceptual design study to integrate hydrogen production and storage at the coal-fired, 1,800-MW Intermountain Generating Station in Delta, Utah.

    The initiative aims to analyze the overall efficiency and reliability of CO2-free power supply involving the large-scale production and storage of hydrogen and to analyze costs, sizing and other various aspects of integrating the system into an existing power plant and transmission grid.

    The Intermountain Power Agency, which owns the Delta plant, last summer picked Black & Veatch Corp. as the chief engineering company to oversee the facility's conversion into an 840-MW combined cycle facility that will run initially on a mix of natural gas and hydrogen, and then ultimately operate on hydrogen alone. The Intermountain plant plans to integrate 30 pct hydrogen fuel at startup in 2025, switching to 100 pct hydrogen by 2045.

    "By switching from coal to a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen we can reduce carbon emissions by more than 75 pct", according to Intermountain Power. (Source: Siemens Energy, Power Mag.,1 Mar., 2021) Contact: Intermountain Power Agency, Dan Eldredge, GM. (801) 938-1333, www.ipautah.com; Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html

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    Shell Hydrogen to Develop Sustainable Aviation Fuels (Int'l. Report)
    Shell, ITM Power, Linde
    Date: 2021-03-03
    Petroleum fuels giant Shell reports it is looking to produce sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in the Wesseling section of its Rhineland refinery with help of a brand-new bio-power-to-liquid plant and an upgraded hydrogen electrolysis facility. On 26 Feb, the company announced its plans to increase the plant's hydrogen production capacity from 10-mws to 100-mw with help from ITM Power, ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH and industrial gases specialist Linde.

    ITM Power manufactures polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyzers for hydrogen production via electro-chemical splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen produced via electrolysis is used for power-to-x, storage, decarbonizing industrial uses, and hydrogen for fuel cell products. (Source: Shell, 26 Feb., 2021)Contact: Shell, www.shell.com/newenergies; ITM Power, www.itm-power.com; Linde, www.linde.com

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    SK Touts $1.6Bn Investment to Advance Hydrogen Strategy (Int'l.)
    SK Group
    Date: 2021-03-01
    In Seoul, South Korean largest energy provider SK Group is reporting a $1.6 billion investment and strategic partnership with Latham, New York-headquartered hydrogen fuel cell specialist Plug Power Inc. to provide hydrogen fuel cell systems, hydrogen fueling stations and electrolyzers to Korean and other Asian markets.

    Additionally SK Holdings, the holding company of SK Group, has established a Hydrogen Business Development Center comprised of members from SK's energy companies, including SK Innovation and SK E&S. The new Business Development Center will guide the companies' transition into the production and distribution of hydrogen energy, including the creation of a mass production facility and investments in global business opportunities. SK Group companies already are making strategic investments in their existing energy businesses and forming partnerships with global leaders in hydrogen energy technology. (Source: Sk Holdings, SK Group, PR, 27 Feb., 2021) Contact: Plug Power, Andy Marsh, CEO, 518-782-7700, www.plugpower.com; SK Group, www.skgroupinc.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    C-Zero Raises $11.5Mn for Methane Pyrolysis,Hydrogen Prod. (Funding)
    C-Zero
    Date: 2021-02-22
    As previously reported, Goleta-California-based C-Zero/ Decarbonizing Natural Gas has raised $11.5 million from Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, and other investors to advance its low-CO2 process for making hydrogen.

    The technology, developed at the University of California, Santa Barbara, uses methane pyrolysis to split methane into hydrogen and solid carbon. The hydrogen can be used as a fuel or to make chemicals. Mitsubishi, which is developing hydrogen gas turbines, is also an investor in the methane pyrolysis firm Monolith Materials.

    C-Zero's technology is a form of methane pyrolysis that uses innovative thermocatalysis to extract the carbon in natural gas as a dense solid. The company is developing a drop-in decarbonization system which can be placed in between the existing natural gas infrastructure and industrial natural gas consumers seeking to lower their carbon dioxide emissions, according to the company website. (Source: C-Zero, c&en, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: C-Zero , www.czero.energy

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    Advent Technologies Snares UltraCell Fuel Cell Technology (M&A)
    Advent Technologies
    Date: 2021-02-22
    Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. an innovation-driven company in the fuel cell and hydrogen technology space, reports it has closed on its acquisition of UltraCell LLC , the wholly owned fuel cell division of Commack, New York-headquartered Bren-Tronics, Inc., a designer and producer of military rechargeable batteries, chargers, and power systems.

    UltraCell's technology can use hydrogen or liquid fuels to deliver reliable power at a fraction of the weight of batteries. An UltraCell system is 3x-25x lighter in weight than the equivalent battery solution (depending on the application and use case).

    UltraCell developed new technologies and intellectual property in the field of methanol, propane and JP8 - based fuel cells and continues to innovate in this rapidly emerging field. UltraCell was the first to commercialize reformed methanol fuel cell technology to provide clean, renewable energy to power portable electronics.

    Advent's technology applies to electrification (fuel cells) and energy storage (flow batteries, hydrogen production) markets, which we commercialize through partnerships with Tier1s, OEMs, and System Integrators. (Source: Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc., PR, 22 Feb., 2021) Contact: Advent Technologies, www.advent.energy; UltraCell, Ian Kaye, ikaye@ultracell-llc.com, www.ultracell-llc.com, Bren-Tronics, Doug Petito dpetito@bren-tronics.com, www.bren-tronics.com

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