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Blue Biofuels and Vertimass to build Florida SAF plant

A combined entity, VertiBlue Fuels, will build a facility in Florida estimated to produce 10 million gallons of SAF and 2 million gallons of rLPG in its first year.

Blue Biofuels and Vertimass have created a partnership to employ Vertimass’ proprietary Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable propane and butane (rLPG) as co-products from ethanol.

This new company, VertiBlue Fuels LLC, is equally owned by Blue Biofuels Inc. and Vertimass, according to a news release.

VertiBlue Fuels has the immediate objective to build a facility in Florida, which is anticipated to produce an estimated 10 million gallons of SAF and 2 million gallons of rLPG in its first year.

Upon completion, the partnership will expand SAF production to approximately 70 million gallons and rLPG to 14 million gallons, annually.

The facility will initially convert sugarcane ethanol, followed by using ethanol derived from Blue Biofuels’ CTS (Cellulose-to-Sugar) technology. The creation of this partnership is a transition from technology development to production and represents the first step in building an end-to-end integrated continuous process for converting cellulosic biomass into SAF and other sustainable biofuels.

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DOE selects 8 carbon capture projects for award negotiations

The DOE has selected eight carbon capture, transport, and storage projects to receive up to $189m in funding for integrated Front-End Engineering Design Studies.

The DOE has selected eight carbon capture, transport, and storage projects to receive up to $189m in funding for integrated Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies.

This funding is part of OCED’s Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program, which seeks to address the urgent need to advance carbon management technologies. The goal of the Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects Program is to accelerate the implementation of integrated carbon capture and storage technologies and catalyze significant follow-on investments from the private sector to mitigate carbon emissions sources in industries across America.

OCED selected eight projects to begin award negotiations, which were announced on May 5, 2023.

The following provides a brief overview of the eight FEED Studies selected for award negotiation:

1. Duke Energy Indiana, LLC

Project Name: Edwardsport Flex Fuel Integrated Capture for Indiana’s ENergy Transition (EFFICIENT)

Project Manager: Peter C. Hoeflich, PE

Location: Edwardsport, Indiana

Project Summary: The proposed project includes carbon capture and sequestration at Duke Energy’s integrated gasification combined cycle facility in Edwardsport, Indiana. The proposed design uses a post combustion capture system enabling fuel flexibility from coal-gasified syngas (primary fuel), natural gas and syngas/natural gas blends. This proposed project uses Honeywell UOP CO2 capture technology with an estimated 3.6M tonnes of CO2 captured per year.

2. Entergy Services, LLC (ESL)

Project Name: Lake Charles Power Station Integrated CO2 Capture Project

Project Manager: Janelle Dana

Location: Westlake, Louisiana

Project Summary: The proposed project includes a full-scale integrated CO2 capture facility for Entergy Louisiana LLC’s natural gas combined cycle Lake Charles Power Station (LCPS). The project would use post-combustion CO2 capture technology with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd KS-21™ solvent capable of capturing a minimum of 95% of the CO2 emissions, equating to nearly 2.5M tonnes of CO2 per year. Entergy Services, LLC has partnered with Talos Energy, Inc. to develop an off-take agreement with a sequestration site approximately 23 miles from LCPS and a pipeline to transport the captured CO2 to the sequestration site for secure storage.

3. Lehigh Hanson, Inc

Project Name: Mitchell Cement Plant Integrated CO2 Capture Project

Project Manager: Gregory Ronczka

Location: Mitchell, Indiana

Project Summary: The proposed project includes integrated CO2 carbon capture, transport, and storage at the Mitchell Cement Plant in Mitchell, Indiana. The proposed project is estimated to capture a minimum of 95% of the CO2 emissions from the cement plant—approximately two million tonnes of CO2 per year. The project design uses Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Americas, Inc. technologies and an infrastructure to securely transport and sequester the CO2 in a geologic formation beneath the plant property.

4. Navajo Transitional Energy Company, LLC (NTEC)

Project Name: Four Corners Power Plant Integrated Carbon Capture and Storage

Project Manager: Harry Tipton

Co- Project Manager: Cindy Crane

Location: Navajo Nation

Project Summary: The proposed project includes an integrated CO2 capture retrofit of post-combustion CO2 capture technology, transport, and storage for the coal fired Four Corners Power Plant (FCPP) located on the Navajo Nation. The proposed project has an estimated capability of capturing a minimum of 95% of the CO2 emissions from the FCPP, representing 10M+ tonnes of CO2 per year. The project uses Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Americas, IncKS-21™ solvent for carbon capture and NTEC has partnered with Enchant Energy, LLC as the CO2 Capture Project Developer, and other institutes for development of the CO2 offtake solution, including pipeline and sequestration site development.

5. Southern States Energy Board

Project Name: Ash Grove Foreman Cement Plant Carbon Capture and Storage

Project Manager: Kenneth Nemeth

Location: Foreman, Arkansas

Project Summary: The proposed project includes integrated CO2 capture and storage associated with cement manufacturing at the Ash Grove Foreman Cement Plant in Foreman, Arkansas. The proposed project includes Air Liquide’s CryocapTM technology as the basis for post-combustion and/or process system CO2 capture, and pipeline and storage field development in the Jurassic Smackover Formation.

6. Taft Carbon Capture, LLC

Project Name: Cypress Carbon Capture Project

Project Manager: Michael Searfass

Location: Hahnville, Louisiana

Project Summary: The proposed project includes a commercial carbon capture facility at the existing Taft cogeneration power plant (i.e., natural gas fired, 3×1 combined cycle, heat, and power cogeneration) facility in Hahnville, Louisiana. The proposed project uses a solvent-based absorption post-combustion carbon capture system that separates and prepares for storage up to three million tonnes of CO2 per year representing a minimum of 90% of the CO2 emissions captured from the power plant.

7. Tampa Electric Company

Project Name: Polk Power Station Integrated CO2 Capture Project

Project Manager: Kris Stryker, Tampa Electric Company

Location: Mulberry, Florida

Project Summary: The proposed project includes retrofitting ION Clean Energy, Inc.’s post-combustion CO2 capture technology with transport and secure geologic sequestration for the natural gas combined cycle power plant at the Polk Power Station in Mulberry, Florida. This technology captures a minimum of 95% of the CO2 emissions which equates to nearly 3.7 million tonnes of CO2 per year that will be stored in secure geologic sequestration that is currently in development.

8. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Project Name: Integrated Capture, Transport, and Geological Storage of CO2 Emissions from City Water, Light and Power

Project Manager: Dr. Kevin O’Brien

Location: Springfield, Illinois

Project Summary: The proposed project includes an end-to-end carbon dioxide capture, transport, and storage solution for the Dallman 4, a pulverized coal power plant at City Water, Light and Power in Springfield, Illinois. The project is estimated to capture two million tonnes of CO2 per year and transport it to a geologic storage site in the Illinois Storage Corridor. The proposed capture system uses a Linde-BASF solvent-based system.

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Bloom Energy anticipates increase in waste-to-energy contracting

New developers are emerging in the waste-to-energy space, including many in agriculture and wastewater treatment that are looking for greater energy security.

Bloom Energy, the San Jose-based manufacturer of solid oxide fuel cells, anticipates a policy-driven increase in contracts from waste-to-energy developers this year and next year.

CEO KR Sridhar said during the company’s 3Q earnings call that between 200 MW and 300 MW of potential new waste-to-energy sales had come into the company’s pipeline, driven in part by passage of the Inflation Reduction Act.

While he declined to state a number, Sridhar said the company expects some of those to begin contracts this year and next.

New developers are emerging in the waste-to-energy space, he noted, including many in agriculture and wastewater treatment that are looking for greater energy security.

Bloom recorded record third quarter revenue of $292.3 million in 2022, an increase of 41.1% compared to $207.2 in the third quarter of 2021.

During the call Shridhar highlighted the company’s relationship with Taylor Farms and the effort to install a microgrid capable of taking one of their California food processing facilities completely off the traditional energy grid.

Additionally, the company is working with Westinghouse Electric Company to pursue clean hydrogen production in the commercial nuclear power market. Shridhar declined to give specifics but said the companies are actively pursuing several opportunities.

Bloom will double production capacity, with a focus on its Fremont facility, year-over year by the end of 4Q and plans to again double capacity next year, CFO Greg Cameron said on the call. Investment in the Fremont facility through 2023 will be about USD 200m and the company could consider new manufacturing facilities after that.

Bloom Energy also recently inaugurated a high volume commercial electrolyzer line at the company’s plant in Newark, Delaware.

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Hyzon Motors appoints first COO

Hyzon Motors Inc., a global supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles, has named Dr. Bappa Banerjee as its first chief operating officer.

Hyzon Motors Inc., a global supplier of zero-emission heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles, has named Dr. Bappa Banerjee as chief operating officer (COO), effective May 1, 2023, according to a news release.

As the company’s first COO, Banerjee will oversee Hyzon Motors’ global operations, manufacturing, engineering, commercial and end-to-end supply chain. In this role, Banerjee will lead the operations team to ensure delivery of high-quality products to customers and provide strategic direction for Hyzon’s continued growth as the company develops and delivers hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles throughout its markets.

“Banerjee will be a critical part of Hyzon’s leadership team as we continue working toward our mission of producing zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell powered commercial vehicles,” said Hyzon CEO Parker Meeks. “His experience includes a rare combination of driving global engineering in powertrain development and implementing world-class manufacturing and operating processes across markets. Bappa brings the industry background and leadership expertise to take Hyzon fuel cell electric trucks to production and commercialization with strong global safety and quality standards, and excellent regional execution.”

Banerjee has more than two decades of experience leading operations, engineering, and commercial functions for global companies including GE Transportation, a Wabtec Company, and Caterpillar, according to the release. Throughout his career, Banerjee has held full profit and loss responsibilities at multi-billion dollar top-line businesses, and demonstrated a proven track record of growing sales across international markets while reducing costs through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing processes.

“I have long been convinced of hydrogen’s critical role in decarbonizing transport, and Hyzon Motors is uniquely positioned at the intersection of technology and transportation, working toward a clean energy future,” said Banerjee. “The opportunity to tangibly impact our lives by reducing carbon and noise emissions for our communities excites me tremendously. I look forward to joining the talented team at Hyzon and applying my industry and operational experience to help accelerate the production of zero-emission hydrogen vehicles.”

Most recently, Banerjee served as vice president, mining equipment at GE Transportation where he led the new technology development, design, production, and sale of electric drive propulsion systems for mining equipment, including aftermarket. This included developing battery and fuel cell electric solutions, purpose-built to meet the needs of the challenging, harsh mining environment. In this role, Banerjee oversaw the sales, marketing, and supply chain localization for global growth.

Prior to his role at GE Transportation, Banerjee held progressing roles at Caterpillar in the Resource Industries Division, where he served as Worldwide Product Head of Off-Highway Trucks & Wheel Tractor Scrapers, and Facility Head for Caterpillar Remanufacturing China & Japan. Banerjee was a crucial leader in establishing a long-term strategic plan for Caterpillar Remanufacturing Services (Shanghai), developing local leadership, establishing a succession pipeline, and growing the business.

This appointment follows the appointments Hyzon has made in recent months of CEO Parker Meeks, interim Chief Financial Officer Jiajia Wu, President of International Operations John Edgley, and President of North America Pat Griffin.

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Exclusive: Liquid hydrogen at room temp: Tech firm raising money to scale

A provider of liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology is finishing a second seed round with designs on a Series A next year. The technology allows hydrogen to be transported as a liquid at room temperature.

Ayrton Energy, the Calgary-based provider of liquid organic hydrogen carrier storage technology, is preparing to launching a second seed round and plans a $30m Series A next year, CEO Natasha Kostenuk told ReSource.

Ayrton, with 10 employees, allows hydrogen to be transported as a liquid at room temperature, Kostenuk said. The liquid can also be transported in existing infrastructure while mitigating pipeline corrosion.

The company’s target customers are hydrogen producers, utilities and hub-and-spoke logistical servicers.

To date Ayrton has raised $5m from venture capital and a similar amount will come from the next seed round, Kostenuk said. A 30 kg per day pilot project with a gas utility in Canada is underway and Ayrton will look to 10x that next year, she said, with eyes on 3 metric tonnes per day commercialization.

“It scales like electrolyzers,” she said of the technology. “We can get very large, very easily.”

Ayrton is now engaging investors and potential advisors, Kostenuk said. “It would be good to engage with us now.”

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EXCLUSIVE: 8 Rivers co-founder departs firm

A co-founder and executive has departed the North Carolina-based firm, which recently announced an ammonia project in Texas.

Bill Brown, a co-founder of the technology commercialization firm and clean fuels developer 8 Rivers Capital, has retired from the company, a spokesperson confirmed via email.
According to Brown’s LinkedIn profile, he is serving now as CEO of New Waters Capital. He co-founded 8 Rivers and also served as CEO and CTO in this nearly 16 years there.
Brown did not respond to a request for comment.
According to 8 Rivers’ website, Dharmesh Patel is serving as interim CEO. The company recently announced development of the Cormorant Clean Energy ammonia production facility in Port Arthur, Texas
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Exclusive: Midwest renewables developer launches capital raise

A Midwest renewables developer has launched a $340m capital raise for a wind-to-hydrogen operation in the US heartland.

Zero6, the Minneapolis-based renewables developer, owner and operator, recently launched a process to raise $340m in project capital for its portion of the Lake Preston Biofuels Project in South Dakota, senior managing director Howard Stern said in an interview.The company, previously known as Juhl Energy, is partnered with Colorado-based Gevo, which plans to produce SAF on 240 acres at Lake Preston in a project dubbed Net-Zero 1.Zero6 will develop 20 MW of green hydrogen production adjacent to Net-Zero 1 powered by a 99 MW wind farm located 10 miles from the SAF site, Stern said.Plans call for FID late this year, he said.Zero6 met with several financial advisors for the raise, but decided to try and conduct it in-house, Stern said. The company has not ruled out help from an advisor for this raise and could need those services in the future.The goal is to have an anchor investor in place by May, Stern said. The company is open to strategic or financial investors.Zero6’s strategy is akin to a traditional private equity play, holding a project for five to ten years of operation, Stern said. That could change depending on new investors’ outlook.According to the ReSource database, Gevo has additional projects in Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska.Stern said Zero6 sees opportunities to replicate the Lake Preston strategy in other parts of the country.The Lake Preston project has been tied to the development of carbon capture pipelines through South Dakota, namely the Summit Carbon Solutions CO2 pipeline. Gevo officials have made public comments noting that if the Summit pipeline does not get built, it would disadvantage the Lake Preston project on the basis of its carbon intensity score, and the company may seek options elsewhere.
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