Researchers produce green syngas using CO2, water and sunlight

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Researchers from the University of Michigan and McGill University in Canada report photochemical syngas synthesis using a core/shell Au@Cr 2 O 3 dual cocatalyst in coordination with multistacked InGaN/GaN nanowires (NWs) with the sole inputs of CO 2 , water, and solar light.

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DOE awards $27.5M to 16 water infrastructure projects

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million to 16 water infrastructure projects. Modern technology has the potential to reduce energy use in aging water infrastructure, particularly in wastewater treatment, which demands up to 2% of domestic electricity use each year. These projects, operating in 13 states, have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and water-treatment costs while improving water quality and equity of distribution nationwide. Market Background Sustainability Water

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New $30M ARPA-E program to produce renewable liquid fuels from renewable energy, air and water

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $30 million in funding for a new program for technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels. ( ARPA-E’s Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids (REFUEL) program seeks to develop technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLF).

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Alcoa exploring technology to reduce carbon emissions in alumina refining; MVR powered by renewable energy

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is awarding Alcoa of Australia $8.8 million) toward testing the potential use of renewable energy in a Mechanical Vapor Recompression (MVR) process for alumina refining.

bp investing $269M to improve efficiency, reduce emissions and grow renewable diesel production at Cherry Point Refinery

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bp plans to invest $269 million investment in three projects at its Cherry Point Refinery in Washington state, aimed at improving the refinery’s efficiency, reducing its carbon dioxide emissions and increasing its renewable diesel production capability. Renewable Diesel Optimization.

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Building materials recycler switches fleet to Neste renewable diesel

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Now, Argent has switched its fleet from petroleum diesel to Neste MY Renewable Diesel. We decided to switch to renewable diesel once our quality and availability concerns were satisfied. We absolutely love the renewable nature of this product.

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ULEMCo delivers water tanker converted to use hydrogen dual fuel

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UK-based ULEMCo has worked with Yorkshire Water to produce what is believed to be the first water tanker anywhere to operate on hydrogen fuel. Based on an average duty cycle, the new ULEMCo vehicle is expected to deliver a 33% reduction in carbon emissions.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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CRI, founded in 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is developing technology to produce renewable methanol from clean energy and recycled CO 2 emissions. Geely Group and CRI intend to collaborate on the deployment of renewable methanol fuel production technology in China and explore the development and deployment of 100% methanol-fueled vehicles in China, Iceland and other countries. CRI have a proven track record in renewable methanol, working up and down the value chain.

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Gigastack renewable hydrogen from offshore wind project advances to next phase; 100MW electrolyzer system

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million for the next phase of Gigastack, a new renewable hydrogen project, as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition. Gigastack: Bulk Supply of Renewable Hydrogen. Emissions Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Wind

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Monash study on solar-driven electrolysis for green hydrogen production cautions on life-cycle emissions and EROI

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of hydrogen is currently produced via water electrolysis and only a fraction of this production is powered by renewable energy. Taking IRENA’s REmap scenario as a reference, renewable hydrogen could deliver 5% of total final energy demand in 2050.

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Wärtsilä and partners developing emissions-free barge concept

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The technology group Wärtsilä has joined a consortium of key partners to form Zero Emission Services B.V. The concept is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. These will be charged using energy from renewable sources.

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thyssenkrupp’s water electrolysis technology qualified as primary control reserve in Germany; hydrogen production for the electricity market

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thyssenkrupp’s proprietary water electrolysis technology for the production of. conducted the necessary tests jointly in an existing water electrolysis plant operating as part of the Carbon2Chem project ( earlier post ) in Duisburg. In order to bring the fluctuating availability of electricity from renewable sources into line with electricity demand, solutions are needed for the storage and subsequent use of surplus energy.

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Prometheus CEO outlines tech advances that could make CO2-to-fuels renewable gasoline and jet price-competitive with fossil fuels

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Recent breakthroughs in separations and catalysis, along with long-trend reductions in solar and wind electricity costs, have significantly increased the potential for cost-competitive renewable fuels from direct air capture (DAC) of CO 2.

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Phillips 66 makes final investment decision for $850M conversion of refinery to renewable fuels facility; commercial operation in 1Q 2024

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Phillips 66 made a final investment decision Wednesday to move forward with Rodeo Renewed, the project to convert its San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo, California, into one of the world’s largest renewable fuels facilities.

Toyota and DIFFER partner on direct solar production of hydrogen from humid air, rather than water

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The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research ( DIFFER ) is partnering with Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to develop a device that absorbs water vapor, and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen directly using solar energy. New sustainable fuels are needed 1) to decrease dependence on fossil fuels, and 2) to lower the emission of greenhouse gasses. One of these sustainable fuels is hydrogen, which can be used to store renewable energy.

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Contra Costa County Supervisors greenlight Phillips 66 Bay Area renewable fuels plant; 800M gallons per year RD, RG and SAF

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The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the land-use permit necessary to reconfigure the San Francisco Refinery in Rodeo to produce renewable fuels. Renewable fuels production at Rodeo is expected to begin in early 2024.

UGI and Vertimass in 15-year agreement to produce renewable fuels in the US and Europe; $500M investment; propane and SAF

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UGI Corporation has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer Vertimass to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable ethanol in the US and Europe. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category.

Repsol produces renewable hydrogen from biomethane from urban solid waste

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Spain-based energy and petrochemical company Repsol has produced renewable hydrogen using biomethane as raw material for the first time. This renewable hydrogen was used to manufacture fuels with a low carbon footprint, such as gasoline, diesel, or kerosene for aviation. This milestone took place at Repsol’s Cartagena Industrial Complex, where 10 tons of renewable hydrogen were produced from 500 MWh of biomethane, thus avoiding the emission of about 90 tons of CO 2.

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Monash team proposes roadmap to renewable ammonia economy; 3 generations of technology

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While there is global potential to generate renewable energy at costs already competitive with fossil fuels, a means of storing and transporting this energy at a very large scale is a roadblock to large-scale investment, development and deployment.

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PCC SE and Landsvirkjun to convert silicon metal plant CO2 emissions to methanol

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Landsvirkjun , The National Power Company of Iceland, and German investment company PCC SE have agreed to explore the possibility of capturing and utilizing carbon emissions from PCC’s silicon metal plant in northeast Iceland.

Libertine awarded $3.6M to develop renewable-fueled free-piston-engine range extenders for battery electric trucks

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Libertine says that free-piston range-extender engines can offer the efficiency of fuel cells, the durability of conventional engines and achieve carbon reductions using renewable fuels.

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Renewable fuels company Raven SR announces $20M strategic investment from Chevron, ITOCHU, Hyzon Motors and Ascent Hydrogen Fund

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Raven SR plans to build modular waste-to-green hydrogen production units and renewable synthetic fuel facilities initially in California and then worldwide. Raven SR Inc.,

Graforce plasma electrolysis for efficient generation of hydrogen from industrial waste water; partnering with Audi

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Berlin-based Graforce Hydro GmbH, the developer of a plasma electrolyzer—the Plasmalyzer —is applying its technology for the highly efficient generation of hydrogen from industrial waste water. The technology not only converts wastewater pollutants into valuable energy, but also reduces emissions (CO 2 , CO, HC) by 30 to 60 percent. Nitrogen oxide emissions are also reduced by up to 60%. The current Plasmalyzer offers highly efficient water splitting.

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Petrobras ready to launch renewable diesel production upon regulatory approval

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Anelise Lara, the head of Petrobras’ refining, announced that the company is ready to begin production of renewable diesel from soy or other edible oils at commercial scale. Petrobras recently successfully concluded tests on an industrial scale for the production of renewable diesel. Low contaminant levels, preserving fuel injection systems and not impact emissions reduction catalysts.

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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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Gevo and HCS Group to produce renewable low-carbon chemicals and sustainable aviation fuel in Europe

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and HCS Group GmbH, a long-time customer of Gevo, have signed a project memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop and to build a renewable hydrocarbon facility at HCS Group’s site located in Speyer, Germany, which would utilize Gevo’s low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) technology: Alcohol-to-Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene. Through dehydration, isobutanol is turned into isobutylene, a C 4 building block, in a chemical process by stripping away the oxygen as water.

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Wärtsilä swappable battery containers enabling inland waterway vessels to operate with zero emissions

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Wärtsilä has developed and delivered a mobile battery container solution that will enable inland waterway vessels to operate with zero emissions. The system enables the vessel to operate on full electric power alone, with no carbon emissions being generated.

IEA: nuclear power can play a major role in transition to low emissions energy systems; Russia, China leading on new reactor starts

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As the world contends with a global energy crisis, nuclear power has the potential to play a significant role in helping countries to securely transition to energy systems dominated by renewables, according to a new special report by the IEA.

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Algenol signs MOU with ZYNE to produce renewable fuels in China using industrial CO2 emissions

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ZYNE) to develop projects throughout Southern China, utilizing carbon emissions to create renewable fuels. The goal is to provide solutions for China’s three biggest challenges: access to clean air, clean water and sustainable fuels. Under the framework of the US-China Climate Change Working Group, there is a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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EPFL team develops on-board system to capture CO2 from trucks; reducing emissions by 90%

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Researchers at EPFL have patented a new concept that could cut trucks’ CO 2 emissions by almost 90%. The liquid CO 2 would then be delivered to a service station and where it will be turned back into fuel using renewable energy.

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Bosch on importance of renewable synthetic fuels to reach climate goals; e-fuels

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Electromobility is just now picking up momentum; further, electric cars are only as emissions-free as the production of electricity that charges their batteries. emissions. One path to achieving this is with renewable synthetic fuels (e-fuels). Bosch outlines seven reasons why renewable synthetic fuels should be part of tomorrow’s mobility mix: Time. Renewable synthetic fuels have long since left the basic research phase.

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Highview Power and Encore Renewable Energy to co-develop the first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system in US

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a provider of long duration energy storage solutions, and Encore Renewable Energy, a developer of renewable energy generation and storage projects, jointly announced plans to develop the United States’ first long-duration, liquid-air energy storage system. Highview Power Storage, Inc.,

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Kati to cut its carbon footprint by half at Keliber’s lithium drilling site by using Neste renewable fuel oil

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Oy Kati Ab, a long-term drilling contractor of Keliber, a company developing a European lithium project ( earlier post ), has started to use Neste MY Non Road Diesel renewable fuel oil in the drill rig at Keliber’s exploration site in Central Ostrobothnia. The measure will reduce the emissions caused by drilling by more than 50%. The renewable fuel oil is a significant new addition to the renewable diesel known in road transport. The emission reduction (40.14

Gevo develops process to convert isobutanol or fusel oils into renewable diesel

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has developed proprietary, breakthrough processes that convert either low-carbon isobutanol or low-value fusel oils—a mixture of alcohols that are byproducts from fermentation processes such as alcohol production—into renewable diesel. Gevo expects this renewable diesel to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based equivalents, while reducing particulates and CO 2 emissions. Gevo, Inc.

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Ford hits CO2 manufacturing emissions reduction target of 30% per vehicle 8 years early

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Ford Motor Company has met its goal to reduce manufacturing CO 2 emissions eight years ahead of schedule. The goal, set in 2010, aimed to reduce the company’s global carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing operations by 30% per vehicle produced by 2025. The results are significant, with a global manufacturing CO 2 emissions reduction of more than 3.4 Ford also remains focused on reducing vehicle emissions. Emissions Manufacturing

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Urgent: Assemblymember Chris Holden Trying to Kill California’s 100% Renewable Climate Bill, #ChangeTheClimate, #SB100

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SB 100 (De Leon) – California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program. SB 100 accelerates the existing renewable energy targets to 60 percent RPS by 2030, and requires retail energy sellers to plan, model, and invest over the next 28 years to reach the 100% clean, zero carbon, and renewable energy target. We need more aggressive cuts in emissions to get us anywhere near the pathways that limit the worst impacts of climate change.

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California 2017 GHG inventory shows 1.2% total drop from 2016; transportation sector emissions up 1%

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The California Air Resources Board’s latest state inventory of greenhouse gas emissions shows that California’s GHG emissions continue to decrease. In 2017, emissions from GHG emitting activities statewide were 424 million metric tons of CO 2 equivalent (MMTCO 2 e), 5 MMTCO 2 e lower than 2016 levels and 7 MMTCO 2 e below the 2020 GHG Limit of 431 MMTCO 2 e. Trends in California GHG Emissions. Changes in emissions by Scoping Plan sector between 2000 and 2017.

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BNEF report finds hydrogen promising decarbonization pathway, but carbon prices and emissions policies required

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The falling cost of making hydrogen from wind and solar power offers a promising route to cutting emissions in some of the most fossil-fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, such as steel, heavy-duty vehicles, shipping and cement, according to a new report from BloombergNEF (BNEF).

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DOE awarding nearly $65M for biofuels research to reduce airplane and ship emissions

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Renewable Natural Gas. Among the projects are: National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lower the cost and carbon intensity of producing a highly fermentable sugar from corn stover. AVAPCO will demonstrate a production process for clean, affordable cellulosic sugars, which are derived from agricultural or woody waste residues and can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions for a variety of products including SAF, bioplastics, and biopolymers.

EIA: natural gas-fired reciprocating engines are being deployed more to balance renewables

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Because these units can start and stop quickly and operate at partial loads, they have become increasingly important in areas with high shares of renewable electricity generation from wind and solar. Engine manufacturers have also made advances in efficiency and emission reductions, particularly emissions of nitrogen oxides (NO x ). Power plants with large reciprocating engines are often located in states with significant renewable resources, specifically wind generation.

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Ørsted and partners secure funding for H2RES project; offshore wind power to produce renewable hydrogen for road transport

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The plant will use electricity from offshore wind turbines to produce renewable hydrogen for buses, trucks and potentially taxis. Hydrogen may also be produced by means of electrolysis, a process in which electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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SoCalGas to offer renewable natural gas at its fueling stations for the first time

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SoCalGas) will soon begin using renewable natural gas for the first time at the 25 utility-owned natural gas vehicle fueling stations across its service territory, as well as at six fueling stations in the San Diego area. Last month, the utility received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for a pilot program to purchase the renewable fuel and capture the additional environmental credits generated. Southern California Gas Co.

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Study finds climate impact of hydropower varies widely

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Currently, hydropower contributes two-thirds of the electricity generated from renewable sources worldwide, according to the International Energy Association, with thousands of new hydroelectric facilities either planned or under construction across the globe. It is commonly thought that the greenhouse gas emissions from hydropower plants are similar to those of wind-generated power facilities. They also estimated emissions caused by flooding the reservoir.

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