Report: Plastics industry will release more GHGs than coal plants in the US by 2030

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Plastics are on track to contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than coal plants in the US by 2030, according to new report by Beyond Plastics, a nationwide project based at Bennington College in Vermont. The US plastics industry reported releasing 114 million tons of greenhouse gases nationwide in 2020; an increase of 10 million tons over 2019. However, what the industry reports is less than half of what it actually releases, according to the analysis by Material Research.

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BNEF: steel industry set to pivot to hydrogen in green push; additional $278B for clean capacity and retrofits

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Steel is responsible for around 7% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions every year and is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Government and corporate net-zero commitments are pushing the steel industry to cancel out its emissions by 2050.

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RMI report maps out pathway for zero-carbon steel industry in China

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A new report from RMI (Rocky Mountain Institute) finds that it is technically and economically feasible for China’s steel industry to decarbonize by 2050 through demand reduction, steel recycling and switching to green routes.

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Extracting rare earth elements from coal with plasma assist

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The US National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is collaborating with the University of Kentucky and their subcontractor Virginia Tech to demonstrate a novel process for the extraction of REEs from coal using plasma. Coal Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Market Background Materials

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Study finds methane emissions from coal mines ~50% higher than previously thought

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The amount of methane released into the atmosphere as a result of coal mining is likely approximately 50% higher than previously estimated, according to research presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. The higher estimate is due mainly to two factors: methane that continues to be emitted from thousands of abandoned mines and the higher methane content in coal seams that are ever deeper, according to chief author Nazar Kholod of PNNL.

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JERA and IHI to demo ammonia co-firing at a large-scale commercial coal-fired power plant

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This will be the world’s first demonstration project in which a large amount of ammonia will be co-fired in a large-scale commercial coal-fired power plant. Ammonia Coal Emissions Japan Market Background Power Generation

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EIA: India’s steel industry dominated by electric-based processes; intensive coal use for DRI

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Two unique features of the steel industry in India are the large-scale use of electric induction furnaces for electric-based steelmaking rather than electric arc furnaces and the reliance on coal, rather than natural gas, to produce DRI. The reducing agents are carbon monoxide and hydrogen, coming from reformed natural gas, syngas or coal. coal-based rotary kiln furnaces (mainly in India), accounting for 17.5% Coal India Manufacturing Materials

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GlobalData: Global coal production set to grow to 2022, despite major players scaling down capacities

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Although Germany, the UK, US, Canada and Ukraine are phasing out domestic coal production capacity, expansion of production capacity in countries such as India and Indonesia is predicted to generate modest annual growth of 1.3% in coal production over the next four years, with output reaching 7.6 Coal production in India, Indonesia and Australia is forecast to grow at respective compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) of 10.9%, 3.9%, and 2.3% Coal Forecasts Power Generation

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Star Scientific selected as 2020 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist; industrial heat from H2 without combustion

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HERO uses a proprietary catalyst to turn hydrogen into continuous industrial heat without combustion. HERO has been designed to be deployable for small-scale power solutions in remote locations or scaled up for large legacy industrial sites such as steel mills and coal-fired power stations where it can be retrofit to ensure continuity and sustainable power generation.

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The $32-Trillion Push To Disrupt The Entire Oil Industry

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And it has become clear that not only oil and gas giants are being targeted, after one of the world’s largest mining and commodity trading companies, Glencore, decided to put a limit on its thermal coal investment. Western consumers and the industry should however also realize that a transformation of power to NOCs will also mean that market fundamentals will change, and possible unexpected hiccups in supply will occur at the will of governments, not due to market fundamentals.

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DOE to award $28.35M for R&D on advanced processing of rare earth elements and critical minerals from coal-based resources

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million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development projects under the Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002404, Advanced Processing of Rare Earth Elements and Critical Minerals for Industrial and Manufacturing Applications. CM are used in the manufacture of high-tech devices, national defense applications, and green growth-related industries. Coal Manufacturing Market Background Materials Mining

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New catalyst opens door to CO2 capture in coal-to-liquids process

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World energy consumption projections expect coal to stay one of the world’s main energy sources in the coming decades, and a growing share of it will be used in CT—the conversion of coal to liquid fuels (CTL). The conversion of coal to liquid fuels is especially relevant in coal-rich countries that have to import oil for their supply of liquid fuels—such as China. By 2020, CTL is expected to account for 15% of the coal use in China.

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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). The international geothermal power industry is poised to place between 500 and 1,000 MW on line per year for the rest of the decade, said GEA. In Nevada, NV Energy is looking to replace coal plants with 300 MW of renewable energy, including geothermal.

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TMRC consortium awarded second phase of DOE contract targeting production of mixed rare earth oxides from PA coal waste

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TMRC), an exploration company targeting the heavy rare earths and a variety of other high-value critical elements and industrial minerals, announced that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technical Laboratory (NETL) has selected a TMRC-led consortium to continue a contract targeting the production of rare earths from Pennsylvania coal waste. TMRC’s project partners include Penn State, Jeddo Coal Company and McCarl’s. Texas Mineral Resources Corp.

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CSIRO roadmap finds hydrogen industry set for scale-up in Australia

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An economically-sustainable hydrogen industry in Australia could soon be on the cards according to a blueprint released by CSIRO, the national science agency, which found that cost-competitiveness is firmly on the horizon. Hydrogen, a clean-burning fuel with a range of uses, from powering vehicles, to storing energy, can service multiple markets and if produced using low-emissions energy sources, will enable deep decarbonisation across the energy and industrial sectors.

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DOE awards $1.95M for conceptual designs that extract critical minerals and rare earth elements from coal sources

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million in federal funding to develop conceptual designs of commercially viable technologies that will extract rare earth elements (REEs) from US coal and coal by-product sources. A secure, reliable, and sustainable domestic supply of CMs and REEs is essential to the continued health of the US energy and electronics industries and is an important contributor to national security. Coal Electric (Battery) Manufacturing Materials Motors

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Air Products to acquire Shell’s coal gasification technology business and patent portfolio for liquids (residue) gasification; coal-to-fuels in China

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Air Products will acquire Royal Dutch Shell’s Coal Gasification Technology business as well as Shell’s patent portfolio for Liquids (Residue) Gasification. As a leading industrial gas company, Air Products has extended its onsite supply model to use coal gasification to generate synthesis gas (syngas) for major projects. s (Jinmei Huayu’s) coal-to-clean-fuels project in Jincheng City, Shanxi Province. China Coal Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels Gasification

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Rhodium Group estimates US GHG fell 2.1% in 2019, driven by coal decline

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This decline was due almost entirely to a drop in coal consumption. Coal-fired power generation fell by a record 18% year-on-year to its lowest level since 1975. Emissions from buildings, industry and other parts of the economy rose, though less than in 2018. Coal-driven decline.

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BNEF, Snam, IGU report finds global gas industry set to resume growth post-pandemic; low-carbon technologies for long-term growth

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However, the resulting low gas prices, as well as clean air and climate policies, will promote further switching to gas from other more polluting energy sources, such as oil and coal.

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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. For the industry, transport, and energy sectors, CO 2 -free hydrogen is an important source of energy for sector coupling and can significantly contribute to achieving the climate goals.

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China Industry Body Questions Shells Coal to Liquids Technology

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The China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Association (CPCIA) is proposing limiting any further purchases of Shell’s coal gasification technology following problems at half of the plants using the technology. Chinese firms have acquired 19 technology licenses from Shell since 2001 in their bid for a share of the growing market for the clean utilization of coal, which powers around three quarters of the world’s third-largest economy. Shanghai Daily.

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Accenture: Australia LNG industry could become world’s largest

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Australia’s Liquefied National Gas (LNG) industry could become the world’s largest and most technologically advanced, contributing more than AUD$55 billion to Australia’s GDP in 2020, according to a new report from Accenture. Geoscience Australia estimated total proved plus probable commercial reserves at 132 Tcf (99 Tcf of traditional natural gas and 33 Tcf of coal bed methane-CBM) as of 2012. and the industrial relations framework which scored the lowest score at 0.32.

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Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion

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Now he and coauthor Gil Friend have published an audacious proposal to buy up and shut down every private and public coal Give Felix Kramer credit for thinking big. Twelve years ago, he and others founded CalCars, a group dedicated to promoting plug-in hybrid vehicles with large battery packs--and built the world''s first plug-in Prius hybrid.

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Synthesis Energy Systems receives $5M equity investment from Zuari Industries Limited of India; collaboration on coal gasification

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million strategic investment from fertilizer company Zuari Industries Limited of India in exchange for approximately 2.2 SES and Zuari have been investigating business development opportunities where SES’ U-GAS technology for coal gasification can be integrated into industrial projects in India, including the potential for application of the U-GAS technology in Zuari’s own industrial plants and potential plant expansions. Synthesis Energy Systems, Inc.,

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Kawasaki Heavy to build first ocean-going liquid hydrogen tanker with demo in 2017; H2 for transport, industry, power in Japan

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The Nikkei reports that Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. As part of Japan’s WE-NET (World Energy Network) research program of the New Sunshine Project begun in 1993, Kawasaki and its other industrial colleagues in Japan have been considering the large-scale marine transportation of liquid hydrogen for some time (e.g., Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Infrastructure Ports and Marine Power Generation KHI’s view of a “CO 2 -free hydrogen chain”.

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Siemens Industry Joins Algae@Work Alliance Network

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Siemens Industry, Inc. The Alliance Network collaborates to develop and commercialize a bio-secure, scalable, climate adaptive and cost effective system to recycle industrial CO 2 emissions. The company, together with other Alliance Network partners, recently received $175,000 in funding from the State of Pennsylvania to evaluate the viability of establishing the US’ first integrated Coal-Biomass-to-Liquids (CBTL) pilot there using A2BE Carbon Capture’s PBRs.

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Senators Sanders, Boxer propose legislation to institute GHG price on large stationary sources and remove support for fossil fuel industries

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The legislation also proposes numerous actions against financing and support for fossil fuel industries. Climate Change Coal Emissions Natural Gas Oil PolicyBernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would set an escalating fee on greenhouse gas emissions from large stationary sources to fund investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy technologies and also provide rebates to consumers to offset increases in energy prices.

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Tesla skeptics are hung up about its $465M paid loan, but the fossil fuel industry gets $11M of subsidies every minute


What is interesting is that in the grand scheme of things, Tesla’s $465 million loan from the Obama administration is but a drop in the bucket, at least compared to the subsidies that are currently enjoyed by the fossil fuel industry.

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Eight energy majors commit to reduce methane emissions within natural gas industry

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The commitment was made as part of wider efforts by the global energy industry to ensure that natural gas continues to play a critical role in helping meet future energy demand while addressing climate change. The opportunity is considerable – implementing all of the cost-effective methane abatement measures worldwide would have the same effect on long-term climate change as closing all existing coal-fired power plants in China.

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Consortium moves ahead with HESC pilot for conversion of Australian coal to LH2 for transport to Japan

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The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain ( HESC ) project will convert brown coal from the AGL Loy Yang mine into hydrogen at an adjacent site and then transport the gas by road in high pressure tube trailers to a liquefaction terminal at the Port of Hastings. The liquefied hydrogen (LH2) will then be shipped to Japan for use predominantly in the transport industry. The HESC Project brings together industry leaders in Australia and Japan and is led by Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI).

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OSU team demonstrates Coal-Direct Chemical Looping for more efficient and low carbon coal heat release

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An Ohio State University team has demonstrated the successful operation of Coal-Direct Chemical Looping (CDCL)—which chemically harnesses coal’s energy and efficiently contains the carbon dioxide produced before it can be released into the atmosphere. For 203 continuous hours, an OSU combustion unit produced heat from coal while capturing 99% of the carbon dioxide produced in the reaction. Hot iron and coal ash are left behind.

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GE Energy Introduces Largest Capacity Quench Gasifier; Suited for Coal-to-Chemicals Industry

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GE Energy has introduced an 1,800 ft 3 High Capacity Quench Gasifier to meet increased demand from larger industrial gasification projects, especially in China. Offering a coal throughput of ~3,000 metric tons per day and syngas (hydrogen and CO) production of ~210,000 Nm 3 /hr (normal cubic meters per hour), the new gasifier builds on the platforms of GE Energy’s 450 ft³ and 900 ft³ quench gasifiers.

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China team optimizes catalytic hydrogenation process to convert coal tar to gasoline and diesel

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Flow diagram of coal tar hydrogenation process. Researchers in China report the production of gasoline and diesel from coal tar via an optimized catalytic hydrogenation using two serial fixed beds, the first with a hydrofining catalyst of MoNi/?-Al Coal tars—highly viscous liquids—are byproduct of the carbonization of coal to produce metallurgical coke and/or natural gas. million tons of coal tar was further processed. Catalysts Coal Diesel Fuels

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Oregon Legislature passes coal transition bill; coal power out by 2035, 50% renewables by 2040

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The Oregon Legislative Assembly approved a landmark bill that will commit the state to eliminate its use of coal power by 2035 and double the amount of renewable energy serving Oregonians to 50% by 2040. Otherwise known as the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition plan, Senate Bill 1547-B received final approval on the Senate floor Wednesday after the Oregon House approved the bill in a 38-20 bipartisan vote on Tuesday.

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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. Ethanol’s uses in chemical and industrial applications include the manufacture of paints, coatings, inks and pharmaceuticals. The China units would utilize coal as the primary raw material.

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Xinjiang Ramps Up Coal Production

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China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region—which, with coal reserves of about 2,190 billion tonnes is estimated to have about 40% of China’s total coal reserves—will launch 139 large and medium-sized coal mines by 2010. The coal output in Xinjiang hit nearly 67.7 Xinhua.

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Intermountain Power Agency orders MHPS JAC Gas Turbine technology for renewable-hydrogen energy hub, operated by LA DWP

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This award marks the first Advanced Class Gas Turbines in the industry specifically designed and purchased as part of a comprehensive plan to sequentially transition from coal, to natural gas and finally to renewable hydrogen fuel, and creates a roadmap for the global industry to follow.

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How Smart Energy Management for EV Charging Is Connected to the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference


At the worldwide level, the COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference , held in Glasgow, Scotland, 31 October through 13 November 2021, ended with a last minute change to the position on coal power from “phase out” to “phase down” that disappointed many attendees.

Enel Launches Industrial-Scale Hydrogen-Fueled Power Plant

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Enel has inaugurated an industrial-scale hydrogen-fuelled combined cycle power plant at Fusina (Venice, Italy). The industrial-scale plant—the first facility of its kind—has an overall capacity of 16 MW. The efficiency of the process is increased by taking the heat from the emissions in order to generate high-temperature steam, which is sent to the nearby coal-fired plant to generate an additional 4 MW of power capacity.

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Air Products signs deal for $3.5B coal-to-syngas production facility in China

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signed an agreement for a $3.5-billion coal-to-syngas production facility to be built in Yulin City, Shaanxi Province, China. SFEC would supply coal, steam and power and receive syngas under a long-term, onsite contract. The addition of Phase 2 would make this complex one of the largest coal-to-fuel and -chemicals facilities in China, with SFEC Phase 2 producing four million tons-per-year of liquid fuels and downstream chemicals. Air Products and the Yankuang Group Co.,

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Newcastle Univ. researchers say expansion of Panama Canal could help reduce carbon footprint of marine industry

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In a paper published this month in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering , Paul Stott and Dr Peter Wright of Newcastle University, UK, suggest that the $6-billion Panama Canal expansion program offers the marine industry as a whole an opportunity to reduce its environmental impact. This will remove the breadth restriction of 32.2m (known as ‘Panamax’ in the shipping industry) that has constrained ships using the canal since it opened in 1914.

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Wison-Shell hybrid coal gasification technology successfully enters demonstration phase

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announced that the Shell-Wison Hybrid Gasification Demonstration Plant has successfully started up in Nanjing, marking the commencement of the demonstration and application phase of the new Shell-Wison hybrid coal gasification technology. The “hybrid” technology, also called “dry-feed, bottom-water quench,” integrates various aspects of Shell’s novel coal gasification design with advanced bottom-water quench technology. China-based Wison Engineering Services Co.

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Altairnano signs MoU with Shenhua subsidiaries for industrial Li-ion energy storage systems in China

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Altairnano has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shenhua Science & Technology and its research affiliate, the National Institute of Clean and Low-carbon Energy (NICE), jointly to develop, deploy and promote industrial applications of lithium titanate-based energy storage systems in China. Shenhua S&T and NICE are both subsidiaries of the Shenhua Group, which is the world’s largest producer of coal, and the largest integrated energy company in China.

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