DOE awarding $6.5M to 9 large-scale Phase I pilot coal projects

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This FOA, issued in August 2017, is a $50-million funding opportunity for projects supporting cost-shared research and development to design, construct, and operate two large-scale pilots to demonstrate transformational coal technologies. DOE has supported a range of potentially transformational coal technologies aimed at enabling step-change improvements in coal-powered systems. UKy-CAER Heat-integrated Transformative CO2 Capture Process for Pulverized Coal Power Plants.

2018 224

Haldor Topsoe and Yanchang form joint venture and build methanol catalyst facility in China

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Together, the two companies will build a production facility in Shaanxi Fupin in China to produce methanol synthesis catalysts. Forming of the joint venture and building of the catalysts facility will be the first step of a long-term strategic cooperation between Topsoe and Yanchang.

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Bloomberg NEF forecasts falling battery prices enabling surge in wind and solar to 50% of global generation by 2050

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BNEF predicts that lithium-ion battery prices, already down by nearly 80% per megawatt-hour since 2010, will continue to tumble as electric vehicle manufacturing builds up through the 2020s. The result will be renewables eating up more and more of the existing market for coal, gas and nuclear. trillion being invested globally in new power generation capacity between 2018 and 2050, with $8.4 Coal emerges as the biggest loser in the long run.

2018 192

SGH2 building largest green hydrogen production facility in California; gasification of waste into H2

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The technology has been vetted and validated, technically and financially, by leading global institutions including the US Export-Import Bank, Barclays and Deutsche Bank, and Shell New Energies’ gasification experts.

2020 351

Wanxiang and GreatPoint Energy close $1.25B deal for 1 Tcf/year coal-to-natural-gas plant in Xinjiang; Sinopec to purchase output, building pipeline to east

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Overview of the Bluegas catalytic coal methanation process. billion from Wanxiang to finance and construct the first phase of a coal-to-natural gas facility that ultimately will have an annual production capacity of one trillion cubic feet (1 Tcf) (30 billion cubic meters) per year. By adding a catalyst to the coal gasification system, GreatPoint Energy is able to reduce the operating temperature in the gasifier, while directly promoting the reactions that yield methane (CH 4 ).

2012 191

IEA: COVID-19 crisis causing the biggest fall in global energy investment in history

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The COVID-19 pandemic has set in motion the largest drop in global energy investment in history, with spending expected to plunge in every major sector this year—from fossil fuels to renewables and efficiency—the International Energy Agency said in a new report.

2020 287

Comparative genome study finds ancestral fungus may have influenced end of coal formation; potential resource for biofuel production

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Coal deposits—the fossilized remains of plants—were formed during a 60-million year period from around 360 to 300 million years ago. A team of 71 researchers from 12 countries, including researchers at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), has proposed a new factor that may have contributed to the end of this Carboniferous period—named after the large stores of what became coal deposits. Biomass Coal Enzymes Fuels

2012 217

TCEQ grants air quality permits to Tenaska new-build carbon capturing coal plant in Texas; 85-90% capture

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Trailblazer will be the first new-build carbon capturing coal plant in Texas to receive an air quality permit. The Trailblazer Energy Center would also be the first large-scale coal project in Texas to use dry cooling. The project has also been awarded a $7.7-million grant from the Australia-based Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. Tenaska is applying proven pre- and post-combustion technologies on a commercial scale in two advanced coal projects.

2010 174

Wood Mackenzie: China thermal coal demand to double to nearly 7btpa by 2030

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In a new report, energy, mining and minerals consultancy Wood Mackenzie projects that despite efforts to limit coal consumption and seek alternative fuel options, China’s strong appetite for thermal coal will lead to a doubling of demand by 2030. China’s demand will grow to approximately seven billion tonnes per annum (btpa) of thermal coal which is contrary to speculation that its thermal coal demand may peak in the next decade.

2013 186

Global geothermal industry passes 12,000 MW operational

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The global geothermal industry surpassed 12,000 MW of geothermal power operational, with about 600 MW of new geothermal power coming online globally, according to a year-end update by the Geothermal Energy Association (GEA). In Nevada, NV Energy is looking to replace coal plants with 300 MW of renewable energy, including geothermal.

2013 254

Pertamina to collaborate with Celanese to develop fuel ethanol projects using Celanese TCX process in Indonesia; use of lower-rank coal

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TCX builds on Celanese’s acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks—natural gas, coal and pet coke now, with biomass and waste planned for the future. In presentations earlier this summer, Celanese said that its initial targeted geographies represent about one-third of projected global growth in ethanol demand, and that its initial opportunities were primarily in Asia. Coal Ethanol

2012 196

Celanese signs MOU with Wison for coal-derived syngas for ethanol production in China; transaction value approx. $815M

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Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Wison (China) Holding Co., Wison plans to invest in a coal gasification unit to produce syngas per Celanese specs, and Celanese plans to invest approximately US$650 million in an Ethanol Complex using the output from Wison as feedstock and Celanese proprietary technology to produce ethanol for industrial use, and potentially for fuel ethanol.

2011 174

GE and Shenhua to Create Joint Venture for Advanced Coal Gasification and Coal Technology Solutions in China

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As one of a series of GE agreements signed in China this week ( earlier post ), GE and Shenhua Group Corporation have agreed to a framework for an industrial coal gasification joint venture which would combine GE’s expertise in gasification and cleaner power generation technologies with Shenhua’s expertise in building and operating coal gasification and coal-fired power generation facilities, to progress advanced coal technology solutions in China.

2009 196

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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I had no other choice once I did The Math and saw what things add up to – and how little time we have left before the global temperature goes past the Game Over limit of 2°C. But our friends in the oil, coal and gas industry have 5,795 gigatons of carbon on the books. Let’s not waste our time and capitol building another carbon burning plant that adds to the problem and which we will only have to shut down soon anyway.

2013 289

US Fuels acquires coal-to-diesel IP for scalable plants near mine sites

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Startup US Fuel Corporation (USF), which plans to design, build, own and operate scalable facilities near coal mine sites to convert coal into synthetic fuels, will acquire coal-to-diesel intellectual property (IP) that USF co-developed with an executive team consisting of Paul Adams and Steve Luck. The acquisition will be underwritten by Global Private Funding Inc. Global), a private equity lender, by way of their Business Incubation Program.

2012 191

IEA: global energy efficiency progress drops to slowest rate since start of decade

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Energy efficiency has tremendous potential to boost economic growth and avoid greenhouse gas emissions, but the global rate of progress is slowing, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency. Global primary energy demand rose by 2.3% Primary energy intensity—an indicator of how much energy is used by the global economy—improved by just 1.2% Gas demand growth was driven by its use in industry and buildings for heating.

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Researchers Say Mix of Policies and Current or Near-Term Technologies Could Phase Out US CO2 Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2030

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CO 2 emissions from US coal-fired power plant could be phased out entirely by 2030 using existing technologies or ones that could be commercially competitive with coal within about a decade, according to a paper published online 30 April in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. This global climate change problem becomes manageable only if society deals quickly with emissions of carbon dioxide from burning coal in electric power plants, they state.

2010 200

Feasibility study concludes Arckaringa coal-to-methanol project could be viable addition to CTL

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A Technical Feasibility Study (TFS) for a coal-to-methanol (CTM) plant based on the Arckaringa coal resources in Australia has concluded that CTM could be a viable project capable of augmenting the Bankable Feasibility Study (BFS) for Altona Energy’s Arckaringa Clean Energy CTL (coal-to-liquids) and Power Project in South Australia.

2013 167

IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as well as structural changes in the global economy. Global emissions from the energy sector stood at 32.1

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Honeywell’s UOP wins third license for methanol-to-olefins technology to convert coal into high-value petrochemicals

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UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has landed its third technology license for its methanol-to-olefins (MTO) technology, which converts methanol from coal into key plastics building blocks. China is the world’s largest producer of coal, accounting for nearly half of global production, according to the US Energy Information Administration. is a global chemical enterprise that produces urea, methanol, caustic soda, hydrogen peroxide and polyvinyl chloride.

2012 194

DKRW Advanced Fuels secures EPC contract with Sinopec Engineering for Medicine Bow coal-to-liquids project in Wyoming

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Using bituminous coal from southern Wyoming, the Medicine Bow facility will produce 11,600 barrels per day of very low sulfur gasoline using GE gasification technology and methanol?to?gasoline SEG was selected to build the Medicine Bow facility after an international competitive tender based on its extensive experience in coal gasification and liquefaction technology. ton Carbon Basin coal reserve owned by Arch Coal, which is also an equity investor in the project.

H2FUTURE building world’s largest green hydrogen pilot plant; targeting the steel industry

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The partners from industry and power generation will use this facility to research into future breakthrough technologies which are needed to meet global climate goals over the long-term. Global demand for hydrogen is projected to increase tenfold by 2050, to around 6 trillion cubic meters.

2018 210

Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Successfully Completes First in Series of Performance Tests on Compact Gasifier with Coal

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Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne successfully completed the first in a series of performance tests on its compact gasifier, which is designed to help reduce the cost of coal gasification. The tests, conducted using Illinois coal, each lasted 12 to 37 hours at the pilot plant in Des Plaines, Ill., Additional testing will be conducted throughout 2010 using Illinois coal, petroleum coke and sub-bituminous coal.

2010 174

Hey Exxon! Hey Chevron! My Friends At the EPA Are Declaring What You Do Dangerous & You Will Pay. Pack Up Losers, It’s Time For You to Go!

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What it should have said is: “Polluters & Global Warmers Caught In The Act and Stopped – New Clean, Green, Sustainable Economy Begins Booming!&#. One of the other big business groups the WSJ is talking about is the motley group of US Senators and US Congress members who got their money directly from the oil, gas and coal industry. How do you like me now South Bay spewers of greenhouse gases?

South Koreas POSCO and SK Energy to Develop Coal to Synthetic Natural Gas

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South Korea-based POSCO, a global steel producer, and SK Energy Co., an energy and petrochemical producer, have signed a memorandum of understanding with the South Korean government to develop coal conversion technologies, including synthetic natural gas (SNG) produced through a coal-to-gas conversion process utilizing low-quality coal. POSCO plans to build a coal-to-SNG plant by 2013 with an annual production capacity of 500,000 tons.

Wison signs long-term cooperation agreement with Foster Wheeler and Clariant on SNG pilot plant in China; coal or coke to methane

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China’s largest private chemical engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, has signed a cooperation agreement with a subsidiary in Foster Wheeler’s Global Engineering and Construction Group and Clariant International AG to build a pilot plant to demonstrate Foster Wheeler’s VESTA substitute natural gas (SNG) technology. It has been active in growing its presence in the coal-to-chemicals business segment over the years. Wison Engineering Ltd.,

2013 167

GSI/UNEP conference report finds fossil-fuel subsidy reform complex and challenges sobering; ~1% of global GDP spent on fossil-fuel subsidies

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Although momentum behind reforming subsidies for fossil fuels (for both consumers and producers) worldwide has gained significant momentum during the past few years, and although the benefits of subsidy reform seem evident, countries’ experience of reform and the challenges involved are “sobering”, according to a recently published report from a conference convened on the subject last year by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

2011 203

PBL/JRC: Global CO2 emissions increase to new all-time record in 2013, but growth is slowing down

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Global CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel use and cement production reached a new all-time high in 2013, according to the annual report “Trends in global CO2 emissions”, released by PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and the European Joint Research Centre (JRC). This slowdown, which began in 2012, signals a further decoupling of global emissions and economic growth, which reflects mainly the lower emissions growth rate of China.

2014 203

Argonne study finds shale gas GHG lifecycle emissions 6% lower than natural gas, 23% lower than gasoline and 33% lower than coal; upstream methane leakage a key contributor

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The base results from a study by a team at the Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory indicate that shale gas life-cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are 6% lower than conventional natural gas, 23% lower than gasoline, and 33% lower than coal. water quality, air quality, global climate change) of shale gas (SG) production and use are currently being debated as the impacts of these new technologies have just started to be examined.In

2011 238

IEA WEO-2012 finds major shift in global energy balance but not onto a more sustainable path; identifies potential for transformative shift in global energy efficiency

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The global energy map is changing significantly, according to the 2012 edition of the Internal Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook ( WEO-2012 ). The IEA said these changes will recast expectations about the role of different countries, regions and fuels in the global energy system over the coming decades. The report also finds that by 2035 global energy savings could be equivalent to nearly 20% of global demand in 2010.

2012 191

Tsinghua University provincial-level lifecycle study finds fuel-cycle criteria pollutants of EVs in China could be up to 5x those of natural gas vehicles due to China’s coal-dominant power mix

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A province-by-province life cycle analysis of natural gas and electric vehicles by a team from Tsinghua University concludes that while, from the perspective of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria pollutant emissions, natural gas vehicles (CNGVs) are “ an option with no obvious merits or demerits ”, electric vehicles (EVs) are “ an option with significant merits and demerits in this regard ” due to China’s heavily coal-based electricity generation (national average of about 77%).

2013 196

MIT Report Finds Natural Gas Has Significant Potential to Displace Coal, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Role in Transportation More Limited

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Natural gas will play a leading role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades, largely by replacing older, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined-cycle gas generation, according to a major new interim report out from MIT. The first two reports dealt with nuclear power (2003) and coal (2007). Professor Jacoby is co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. Global markets.

2010 203

Inside The Green Task Force

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For more than a year now in this blog I’ve been researching and reporting on climate change, energy and transportation issues and related environmental stories covering them on both a personal and a global perspective. And the work they’re doing brings California’s leading edge fight against global warming right into my neighborhood and into my home.

2008 150

Electric Company Too Scared To Tell Truth About Climate Change

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Javier said several times that he wasn’t going to talk about “global warming&# or “climate change&# because that was “too PC&# and he was afraid of getting complaints on his written evaluation form. But it was the unacceptable dance around climate change science and fact, and it was the admission that he was afraid of any objections from global warming deniers that destroyed the credability of Javier and SCE last night.

MIT researchers build model simulating atmospheric transport of PAHs; how chemicals get to the Arctic

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Selin, and assistant professor in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division and Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, and Carey Friedman, a postdoctoral associate at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, had their latest results published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology. Selin (2012) Long-Range Atmospheric Transport of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: A Global 3-D Model Analysis Including Evaluation of Arctic Sources.

2012 186

Celanese to commercialize technology that produces industrial-use ethanol from hydrocarbons; coal-to-ethanol in China, methane-to-ethanol in US

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Celanese Corporation, a global technology and specialty materials company, intends to construct manufacturing facilities in China and the US to utilize recently-developed advanced technology for the production of ethanol for chemical applications and other industrial uses. Celanese’s process technology builds on the company’s acetyl platform and integrates new technologies to produce ethanol using basic hydrocarbon feedstocks.

2010 180

WHO data: global annual PM10 increased by 6% during recent 3-year period; based on data from 851 cities

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Globally, annual PM 10 levels are estimated to increase by 6% during the recent three?year Many factors contribute to this increase, including reliance on fossil fuels such as coal-fired power plants, dependence on private transport motor vehicles, inefficient use of energy in buildings, and the use of biomass for cooking and heating. Regional city?population population weighted comparisons in annual mean PM 10 for a three?year

2014 200

Steep increase in global CO2 emissions despite reductions by industrialized countries; driven by power generation and road transport

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Global CO 2. After a decline in global CO 2 emissions in 2009 of 1% (including a. correction for the leap year 2008), global emissions have. in the last two decades, 2 %20emissions%20report%20-%2021%20Sept.pdf">according to the newly published report “Long-term trend in global CO 2 emissions,” prepared by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. Indexed global CO 2.

2011 231

Study Finds Global CO2 Emissions Dropped 1.3% in 2009; Emissions in China and India Rose 9% and 6%

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Global CO 2 emissions decreased 1.3% in 2009, the first decrease recorded this decade, according to an addendum to an earlier study outlining a method for updating global fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions published in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The decrease in emissions follow the decrease in the global economy. While emissions from oil and gas have decreased, emissions from coal have remained stable; the share of coal as a fuel has increased.

2010 180

Shell to build LNG units in Gulf Coast and Great Lakes regions; two additional LNG for transport corridors in North America

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Shell and its affiliates will build two additional small-scale natural gas liquefaction units to provide liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel for marine and heavy-duty on-road customers in North America. These help to develop more compact cities and transform the global transport network. In the scenario, The eight countries that accounted for 60% of global gas production in 2012 continue to increase their share for the next three decades.

2013 186

UN report finds world needs incremental $1.9 trillion invested in green technologies to avert planetary catastrophe; global per capita cap on primary energy consumption of 70 GJ/yr may be required

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Given the limited time frame for achieving the required technological transformation, the required global level of green investments would need to be reached within the next few years, according to The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation , published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). A comprehensive global energy transition is urgently needed in order to avert a major planetary catastrophe.

2011 271

US and China Presidents Announce US-China Electric Vehicles Initiative, Six Other Measures to Strengthen Cooperation Between the Countries on Energy Issues

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In Beijing, US President Barack Obama and China President Hu Jintao announced a package of seven measures to strengthen cooperation between the United States and China on clean energy, including: a Clean Energy Research Center; Electric Vehicles Initiative; Energy Efficiency Action Plan; Renewable Energy Partnership; 21 st Century Coal; Shale Gas Initiative; and Energy Cooperation Program. 21 st Century Coal. Tags: China Coal Electric (Battery) Policy

2009 231

“Greenius Was Right!” says US Congressman Inslee from Washington State

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In one of the Creative Greenius’ most highly read posts, written on July 29 of this year, I said there was no difference between today’s global warming deniers and the heads of the tobacco industry a few years back. Inslee slammed the writers of the book as propagandists who were trying to deceive the American public on global warming. The conman from the coal industry group tried to blame the whole thing on a rouge temp in the office.