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Alberta RNG project receives environmental nod

The Tidewater Renewables project has received approvals from provincial environmental authorities.

Rimrock Renewables Limited Partnership, a partnership formed between Tidewater Renewables and Rimrock RNG Inc., has received its Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act approval from the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Environment and Protected Areas.

The approval covers the construction and operation of the Rimrock Biodigester Natural Gas Facility, located in Foothills County, near the Town of High River, Alberta.

The proposed RNG Facility will be an “on-farm” facility, co-located with the feedlot owned by Rimrock Cattle Company.  Located within Foothills County, approximately 5.5 km west of the Town of High River, the proposed RNG Facility will occupy approximately 40 ha southeast of the intersection of Coal Trail (Township Road 191) and Meridian Street (Range Road 10).

The Rimrock Cattle Company feedlot will be the primary source of feedstock (livestock manure) for the RNG Facility where the feedstock will be anaerobically digested to capture odorous gases and produce renewable natural gas which will be injected into a low-pressure distribution pipeline to serve the local community.

The RNG Facility is expected to produce enough RNG to heat ~6,000 homes per year (450,000 Gigajoules of RNG per year) in Foothills County. RNG produced will be used in place of natural gas, reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

A final investment decision by the Board of Directors of Tidewater Renewables and the commencement of construction of the RNG Facility remains subject to municipal land use approvals, commercial arrangements, and final engineering and cost estimates.

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EPCC contract awarded for Australia green hydrogen plant

A consortium consisting Technip Energies and Monford Group has been awarded an EPCC contract to develop Project Yuri.

A consortium consisting Technip Energies and Monford Group has been awarded an Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) contract by Yuri Operations Pty Ltd, to develop Project Yuri Phase 0 – a green hydrogen plant in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Project Yuri, developed in partnership with Yara Clean Ammonia and ENGIE, includes a 10 MW electrolysis plant and an 18 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm with its 8 MW Battery Energy System (BESS) providing the necessary energy for the electrolysis. It will produce up to 640 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum for use in the existing Yara Pilbara Ammonia Plant to produce green ammonia.

Technip Energies is responsible for the overall project management and the electrolysis plant engineering, procurement, commissioning and start up, according to a news release. Monford Group is responsible for the overall project construction and the PV farm engineering, procurement, commissioning and start up.

The project has received grant funding from the Federal Government via ARENA, as part of the Advancing Renewables Program and from Western Australia State Government as a part of Western Australian Renewable Hydrogen Fund.

Mitsui & Co. Ltd. has agreed to acquire a 28% stake in Yuri Operations Pty Ltd subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions under its investment agreement.

The Yuri project plan has a multi-phase (Phase 0-I-II-III) roadmap, which aims to establish a new industry value chain, harvesting the abundant renewable power in Western Australia, to make renewable hydrogen and ammonia as feedstock for renewable chemical production, as well as renewable fuel for power generation and shipping, serving local and export markets (Asia and beyond).

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Pattern Energy signs green ammonia LOI with Germany’s Mabanaft

As part of the LOI, Mabanaft also plans to evaluate the opportunity to potentially become a co-investor next to Pattern Energy and share ammonia and infrastructure expertise.

German Energy company Mabanaft has signed a letter of intent with US-based Pattern Energy to consider a potential transaction for the supply to Mabanaft of green ammonia.

The green ammonia would be produced by Pattern Energy at the Port of Argentia, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, starting in 2027, according to a news release.

The green ammonia production would require a new production facility with an estimated production capacity of 400 tonnes of ammonia per day. As part of the LOI, Mabanaft also plans to evaluate the opportunity to potentially become a co-investor next to Pattern Energy and share ammonia and infrastructure expertise. The green ammonia, produced with wind energy and hydroelectricity, is expected to make an important contribution to supplying industry in northern Germany and beyond with energy from renewable sources.

The LoI was signed by representatives of both companies at Mabanaft’s headquarters in Hamburg in the presence of the German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Habeck, the Canadian Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Wilkinson and Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs Leonhard. Habeck and a political delegation from Canada also visited Mabanaft as part of their jointly organised German-Canadian Hydrogen and Ammonia Producer-Offtaker Symposium in Hamburg on 18 March 2024. The delegation trip included visits to companies in Hamburg that are engaged in hydrogen production, hydrogen storage or hydrogen use.

Hamburg’s Senator for Economic Affairs Dr Melanie Leonhard: “The planned collaboration will bring energy from Canadian wind to Hamburg! In future, hydrogen and its derivatives are to be produced with wind energy in the windy region and then transported by ship to the German hydrogen capital, Hamburg. Thanks to the strong industry here, there is security of supply for the energy-intensive industries. Through cooperation between the Port of Hamburg and our Canadian partners, we will help to create the necessary infrastructure on the Canadian side.”

The “New Energy Gate” in Hamburg is also set to play a key role in Mabanaft’s planned imports of green ammonia. The planned New Energy Gate Hamburg is to become Mabanaft’s first major hub for the import, storage and processing of fuels from renewable energy sources. In November 2022, Mabanaft announced plans to build up an import terminal for green energy in the Port of Hamburg, with the US company Air Products as an anchor customer. Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice President New Energy, Supply and Infrastructure at Mabanaft, says: “We are absolutely convinced that hydrogen and its derivatives will play a key role in the energy supply of industrialised nations. The Letter of Intent we have signed today with Pattern Energy is a renewed commitment to this path.”

Cary Kottler, Chief Development Officer of Pattern Energy says: “Pattern Energy is thrilled to be working closely with Mabanaft on the further development of the Argentia Renewables project in Newfoundland & Labrador.  As a renewable energy leader in North America, Pattern Energy seeks to partner with energy industry leaders in Europe to fully develop the potential of green fuels production and export infrastructure in North America. The Argentia Renewables project is well positioned to be an early mover in the green hydrogen economy and will serve as an important element in Europe’s energy transition.”

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Emissions reduction technology firm receives $10m strategic investment

A developer of technologies to reduce carbon and methane emissions in natural gas production and utilization has raised $10m from publicly listed RNG company Clean Energy Fuels. The company’s plasma technology produces hydrogen and graphene from natural gas, without any CO2 emissions.

Rimere, a climate solutions company with proprietary plasma technology, announced the closing of a $10m strategic investment from Clean Energy Fuels Corp, according to a news release.

The funding will accelerate development and field testing of Rimere’s two independent devices, the Reformer and the Mitigator, that reduce climate change emissions and enable the use of natural gas to accelerate the transition to a clean hydrogen future.

The Reformer uses proprietary sequential hybrid plasma technology to transform natural gas into clean hydrogen and high-quality graphene, without creating any CO2 emissions. When renewable natural gas (RNG) is used as the feedstock, hydrogen produced by Rimere’s Reformer can achieve a negative carbon-intensity rating, making it substantially lower-emission than even renewable electrolysis.

The Mitigator is a plasma thermal oxidizer that reduces the greenhouse gas (GHG) potency of fugitive methane emissions. It offers a low-cost solution for abating methane emissions that escape from the natural gas infrastructure, particularly compressors and pneumatic controllers located along natural gas pipelines.

“The world continues to consume more natural gas annually for everything from producing electricity to heating our homes. However, this globally abundant, low-carbon and affordable resource can also pose greenhouse gas emissions challenges from pipeline transmission, storage and other operations. Importantly, Rimere’s technology not only cleans up the infrastructure but also repositions and revalues natural gas reserves as a vital solution for climate change and our clean energy future by producing both zero-emission hydrogen and valuable graphene. This investment by Clean Energy enables us to accelerate development of these proprietary technologies that could have an immediate impact on the world’s effort to address climate change,” said Mitchell Pratt, CEO of Rimere.

Rimere’s patented and patent-pending technologies deconstruct methane (CH4) at a molecular level, first exciting it to an ionized state, and then high voltage and high frequency arcs are used to crack the ionized gas under an induced electromagnetic field. Rimere’s Reformer and Mitigator provide important solutions to change the long-term outlook for natural gas leveraging a cleaner extensive infrastructure to deliver clean hydrogen and graphene to end use customers.

“Clean Energy has always been striving to address environmental issues since it was founded over 26 years ago. First, it was to reduce harmful and unhealthy pollutants caused by large vehicles operating on diesel. More recently, we saw the opportunity of turning fugitive greenhouse gas emissions at agricultural facilities into an ultra-clean transportation fuel. It is a logical next step to make this investment in Rimere which is tackling the challenges facing the natural gas and hydrogen industries to produce cost-effective solutions without emissions,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy.

Rimere is currently an equity method investee of Clean Energy and has raised $18.25m of committed capital to date since its formation in 2020.

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Waste-to-hydrogen developer hires advisor for equity raise

A California developer of waste-to-hydrogen projects has mandated a boutique advisor to raise equity for early-stage project development and is planning a larger funding round in early 2024.

Clean Energy Enterprises, the holding company of awaste-to-hydrogen project developer based in Long beach, California, hasmandated a financial advisor to raise equity for early-stage development, CEO Jean-LouisKindler said in an interview.

Costigan Capital Partners, of Vancouver, Canada, has beenretained to raise an early round of $5m, Kindler said. That liquidity, split evenlybetween a demonstration project in California and operations, will last aboutone year.

Clean Energy is the holding company of WaysH2, which is thecompany developing the projects.

Next year Clean Energy will conduct a raise of equity anddebt between $30m and $50m, Kindler said.

Clean Energy, which is owned by five founding partners and earlyfriends-and-family backers, is also narrowing options for the first WaysH2 commercialproject in the US, Kindler said. The company has a client that will use hydrogenfor municipal transportation in the southwest.

The group has a relationship with Spanish EPC firm TechnicasReunidas and plans to pursue another demonstration project in either Spain or Portugal.

The technology play is waste-to-hydrogen at landfillprojects to serve end users in local mobility and waste processing energyrequirements.

He pointed to California’s SB 1383 regulations, which mandatesa reduction of organic waste disposal by 75% by 2025.

“It will be used locally,” Kindler said of the hydrogen. Thecompany is also in discussions with foreign ammonia producers. “We want to beclose to our clients.”

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Exclusive: Coal bed methane producer seeking capital partners

A western US company producing RNG by injecting biomass into coal seams is preparing a Series B and has a line of site to financing and contracting EPC for a series of projects in western coal fields.

Cowboy Clean Fuels, a Wyoming-based RNG producer, is preparing to launch a Series B to reach commercialization, CEO Ryan Waddington told ReSource.

CCF injects biomass feedstock like molasses into the coal seams of spent coal mines about 1,000 ft. below surface, relying on the endogenous microorganisms living in those seams to produce methane, Waddington said. Capex on projects is low, up to $6m each.

The company raised $10m in a Series A and will seek to raise that same amount for a Series B. The company has been assisted by Syren Capital Advisors.

Projects are set up as separate entities under the parent, Waddington said. Six projects, each ranging from 70 to 300 wells, are in the company’s pipeline now in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana.

“We can replicate this 1,000 times,” Waddington said of the immense number of available wells in the region, which can be acquired cheaply. Additional growth could come in the San Juan region of New Mexico, where coal capacity is being retired quickly.

The fuels could be sold as renewable diesel into markets with incentives, like California’s LCFS, Waddington said. The renewable fuel is significantly (10X) more expensive than natural gas produced as a by-product of oil production. But, CCF is not looking to participate in the LCFS program or the EPA-run RFS program.

“The voluntary market for RNG has really taken off,” he said. A contract for renewable diesel offtake is pending with a Wyoming-based oil and gas company looking to lower its CI score.

CCF’s projects are much larger than a typical RNG project, Waddington said; the first project will produce at some 700 cfpy and include 185 tons of CCS. CCF is looking for EPC providers now.

The executive team of CCF has a minority position of the company, Waddington said. The founders and the management team together have a majority position.

The company’s first 139-well project in Wyoming is awaiting final approval from the federal Bureau of Land Management.

CCF is primarily VC-backed to date. The company received approximately $7.8m through the Energy Matching Funds program of the Wyoming Energy Authority early this year.

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Hydrogen technology firm hires advisor for capital raise

A firm with a technology to produce green hydrogen from sunlight without electrolysis is prepping a capital raise.

BoMax Hydrogen, a Florida-based hydrogen technology firm, is preparing to launch a capital raise later this month, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Boutique advisory firm Taylor DeJongh has been retained to run the process, the sources said. Teasers will likely go out in two weeks.

BoMax is seeking to raise around $15m in a Series A round, the sources added.

The company touts e a novel technology making hydrogen from visible light without the need for solar electrolysis, according to a pre-teaser marketing document seen by ReSource. An alpha prototype has been awarded by the US Department of Energy.

The technology, which does not require rare earth minerals, produces hydrogen at point of need and has been reviewed by scientists at Utah State University.

To date the company has raised about $5m, one of the sources said. That came mostly from friends and family and one Japanese investor.

Funds from the Series A will be used to make a beta prototype, scale operations at the company’s labs in Orlando and prepare for commercial production.

BoMax and Taylor DeJonghe did not respond to requests for comment.

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