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GenH2 and Chart Industries sign MoU for hydrogen liquefaction

The companies have formed a strategic partnership to jointly market and distribute small-scale hydrogen liquefaction technologies globally.

GenH2, a provider of hydrogen infrastructure solutions, and Chart Industries, an engineering design and manufacturer of highly engineered equipment servicing multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas markets, have formed a strategic partnership to jointly market and distribute small-scale hydrogen liquefaction technologies globally.

Included in the agreement are collaboration on global sales and marketing opportunities, equipment manufacturing and supply, and the deployment of GenH2’s 1,000 kg/day hydrogen liquefier, according to a press release.

Demand for distributed hydrogen infrastructure has grown significantly and the supply of liquid hydrogen remains low or non-existent in some geographies. GenH2’s 1000 Kg/day solution will allow for the deployment of a scalable, modular distributed infrastructure that breaks geographic constraints.

According to the details of the MOU, GenH2 will incorporate Chart equipment into their liquefaction systems, inclusive of storage, heat exchangers, and other key components. In addition to its global footprint, Chart also has 60 years of experience manufacturing hydrogen equipment that leads the industry in performance and quality. “In a market where supply chain concerns are rampant, this strategic partnership will allow us to meet our growing order list,” said Greg Gosnell, President and CEO of GenH2.

The GenH2 flagship 1 TPD liquefaction system offers 1,000 kg/day of pure para hydrogen using technology that is optimized for performance and efficiency. The small footprint of the system was intended to be deployed at the point of demand, providing the user with flexibility and control over their energy source. This partners well as a complement to Chart’s larger H2 liquefaction capabilities and allows Chart to focus on expanding larger-scale solutions and GenH2 to focus on small, distributed liquefaction systems.

Additionally, the two companies will collaborate to continue to develop industry relationships across the full hydrogen value chain as well as pursue new customers where opportunities exist. Gosnell added, “Our new partnership with Chart will allow GenH2 to accelerate its market expansion plans into new territories. ”

“Partnering with GenH2 on technology and equipment is a positive for the industry in furthering hydrogen liquefaction options of all scales and for a variety of applications,” stated Jill Evanko, Chart’s CEO. “We are excited to collaborate with GenH2 to bring these innovative solutions to market in a safe and efficient manner.”

The agreement follows GenH2’s recent introduction of its GenH2 LS20 Mobile Liquid Hydrogen System, an end-to-end liquefication system that functions both as a stationary unit, or on a trailer for mobile use. As a complete system, the LS20 can liquefy, store, and dispense liquid hydrogen.

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bp selects Honeywell technology for 5 SAF facilities

bp will use Honeywell’s Ecofining technology at five sites in the US, Europe, and Australia.

bp has selected Honeywell’s Ecofining™ technology to help support the production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at five bp facilities across the globe, according to a news release.

Honeywell UOP Ecofining technology will be installed at the following bp sites: Cherry Point refinery in Blaine, Washington; Rotterdam II refinery in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Lingen refinery in Lower Saxony, Germany; Castellón de la Plana refinery in Castellón, Spain and Kwinana Oil refinery in Kwinana, Australia.

Ecofining is a proven, ready-now technology, and its simplified design provides bp a capital and cost-efficient solution to increase bp’s SAF production from renewable feeds. It will help bp achieve its aim to supply 20% of the SAF market globally by 2030.

SAF produced from Honeywell’s Ecofining technology is certified for use according to international standards. It can be used as a drop-in replacement without engine modifications and currently can be used in blends of up to 50 percent with the remainder as conventional (fossil-based) jet fuel.

“bp has an established global biofuels business that is positioned for rapid growth utilizing Honeywell’s technology. The world’s demand for SAF is set to increase dramatically and bp seeks to play an important role in helping the airlines to decarbonise,” said Nigel Dunn, senior vice president biofuels growth, bp.

“Demand for Ecofining has more than doubled in the last two years, and Honeywell has now licensed 35 Ecofining plants around the world with a total production capacity in excess of 400,000 barrels per day,” said Lucian Boldea, president and CEO of Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. “Honeywell helped pioneer SAF production with its Ecofining process, which has been used to produce SAF commercially since 2016.”

“The Honeywell UOP Ecofining process, developed in conjunction with Eni SpA, converts non-edible natural oils, animal fats and other waste feedstocks to renewable diesel and SAF, and can reduce GHG emissions up to 80% when compared to the emissions from fossil fuels,” added Boldea.

Honeywell now offers solutions across a range of feedstocks to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable fuels, including SAF. In addition to Honeywell UOP Ecofining, Honeywell’s renewable fuels portfolio includes Ethanol to Jet technology and the recently announced Honeywell UOP eFining™, which converts green hydrogen and carbon dioxide into e-fuels.

Honeywell recently committed to achieve carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035. This commitment builds on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. About 60% of Honeywell’s 2022 new product introduction research and development investment was directed toward ESG-oriented outcomes for customers.

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Exclusive: Texas ammonia developer raising project capital

A developer of large-scale green ammonia projects is in the process of raising $2.5bn in equity and debt for a project in Texas, while also seeking a development partner for 1 GW of co-located renewable generation.

Avina Clean Hydrogen, the multi-faceted developer of green hydrogen and ammonia projects, is raising some $2.5bn in debt and equity for its green ammonia project in Nueces County, Texas, CEO Vishal Shah said in an interview.

The firm, which is based out of Short Hills, New Jersey, has hired an investment bank, Shah said, declining to name the advisor. The raise is targeting a variety of strategic and financial investors with a roughly 60/40 split between equity and debt for the 800,000 mtpy green ammonia facility outside of Corpus Christi, known as Nueces Green Ammonia.

Avina is advancing four more projects, in addition to Nueces Green Ammonia, which is slated for FID in 2Q24, Shah said.

California compressed green hydrogen project is approaching COD in the second half of this year; Avina Northern Illinois will reach FID this year; and additional projects in SAF and methanol are in the works.

The company is also in talks with renewables developers to supply 1 GW of renewable generation co-located with Nueces Green Ammonia.

“We are trying to bring a lot of these first-of-a-kind large scale projects to fruition,” Shah said. “There are more opportunities down the line for additional capital.”

Nueces Green Ammonia, a subsidiary of Avina, has applied for a water permit with the Water and Control District Three of Nueces County in Texas, a local official told ReSource.

The permit, for 4.5 million gallons per day of potable water and 1 million gallons per day of raw water, was recently filed with the office in Robstown, Texas, the official said. The company has also acquired land to the north of Robstown, Texas.

Corpus Christi city council members voted last week to approve a seawater desalination plant – producing 30 million gallons per day – that will be a critical source of water for the growing clean fuels industry in the region.

Avina, via Nueces Green Ammonia, filed for a separate permit to construct the facility with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

ReSource reported in April, 2023 that the company was auditioning advisors for a capital raise.

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NET Power and Rice Acquisition garner additional $275m PIPE commitments

The original transaction in December concerns NET Power’s 300 MW Serial Number 1 project near Odessa, Texas.

ET Power and Rice Acquisition Corp. II have announced an additional $275m of PIPE commitments in connection with their proposed business combination, according to a news release.

Occidental has increased its commitment to the PIPE by $250m, bringing its total investment to $350m, while the Rice family has committed an additional $25m, bringing their total investment to $125m.

“We believe NET Power’s technology can accelerate emissions reductions in our existing operations and ultimately supply emissions-free power to the Direct Air Capture facilities and sequestration hubs we are developing, the release states.”

The new commitments bring the expected gross proceeds of the business combination to $845m for NET Power, consisting of approximately $345m from RONI’s trust account (assuming no redemptions), and approximately $500m from the PIPE raised entirely at $10 per share of common stock.

Assuming no RONI shareholders exercise their redemption rights, the combined company is expected to have a market capitalization in excess of $2bn.

“Since announcing the transaction in December 2022, NET Power has continued to make excellent progress towards commercialization of its utility-scale power plant, including FEED commencement on the Occidental-hosted Serial Number 1 (“SN1”) project near Odessa, Texas,” the release states. “In support of the plant, NET Power expects Occidental will be a key offtaker of the clean power generated by SN1.”

It is anticipated that Occidental will manage the transportation, storage, and utilization of the captured CO2 from SN1.

“We believe NET Power’s technology can accelerate emissions reductions in our existing operations and ultimately supply emissions-free power to the Direct Air Capture facilities and sequestration hubs we are developing,” Vicki Hollub, president and CEO of Occidental, said in the release.

Following this additional commitment, Occidental’s ownership stake in the combined company will increase to approximately 39%, assuming no redemptions.

NET Power expects $200m of net proceeds from the business combination and the PIPE to fully fund corporate operations through commercialization of SN1, which is expected to be operational in 2026.

The net proceeds above $200m are expected to support SN1 capital needs and future commercial origination efforts.

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Exclusive: Pan-Atlantic developer planning e-methanol project in West Texas

A clean fuels developer with projects on both sides of the Atlantic is pursuing an e-methanol project in West Texas with an estimated cost of between $800m – $900m.

Green fuels developer ETFuels is planning an e-methanol project in West Texas.

Following the blueprint of projects in development in Finland and Spain, ETFuels has leased land and the Lone Star State is in the early stages of determining the feasibility of the project, which would require between 300 MW – 500 MW of renewables, Director Patrick Woodson said.

Depending on the ultimate size of the project, it would cost between $800m – $900m and produce 80,000 to 120,000 tons per year of e-methanol on site, he said, which would then be trucked to end markets.

“We like the modularity of projects of that size,” he said, noting “more optionality to bring projects to market.”

Woodson, the former CEO and Chairman of E.ON Climate & Renewables, a renewables developer, said ETFuels would develop the renewables portion of the project internally.

The company is still exploring likely target markets for the e-fuels, but Woodson noted that they perceive robust demand for green methanol from the shipping industry.

“We understand the decarbonization challenges faced by the shipping industry are significant, with question marks over pricing and supply availability at scale, and we are addressing these head-on,” ETFuels CEO Lara Naqushbandi said in a news release last year.

ETFuels attracted financial backing last year from France-based SWEN Capital Partners, with Green Giraffe providing financial advisory services.

For its Spain project, the company is developing a 100,000 ton green methanol plant, including 420 MW of solar PV and 120 MW of onshore wind capacity powering 220 MW of electrolyzers.

It expects to take a final investment decision on the Spain project by 2025, with production anticipated for 2028, according to the company website.

ETFuels as a third project in development in Finland, powered by “relentless” Arctic winds.

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Avangrid touting green hydrogen opportunity in onshore renewables sale

Advisors selling up to 50% of the company’s US onshore renewables platform are pitching the value-enhancing potential of green hydrogen development in the process.

Avangrid is touting the opportunity to develop a major pipeline of green hydrogen projects as it prepares to collect initial bids for a stake in its US onshore renewables platform, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The Portland, Oregon-based clean energy firm, which is owned by Spain-based Iberdrola, is running a process to sell up to a 50% stake in roughly 9.6 GW of operational projects and an 18 GW development pipeline, the sources said. The process launched in March with Lazard and Rothschild on the sellside.

As part of the platform’s opportunities for value enhancement, the company is promoting the potential for green hydrogen, with a sale teaser noting that parent Iberdrola is a global leader in green hydrogen development with two operational projects and 60 in development.

“[Avangrid] Onshore Renewables intends to leverage this experience to become an early leader in hydrogen project development in the US,” the teaser reads, stating a goal of building out some 900 MW of green hydrogen projects by 2035.

The company is also involved in seven “hydrogen hub” regions in the US: regions participating in the Department of Energy’s grant process for funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

Avangrid last year signed an MoU with Sempra Infrastructure to develop large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia projects powered by renewable sources. The teaser notes that the company is advancing a flagship joint development project and initiating conversations with offtakers.

The operating renewables portfolio for sale includes 8.7 GW of wind power and some 300 MW of solar in Pennsylvania, Colorado, California, New York, Iowa, and North Carolina, along with the 536 MW Klamath cogeneration plant in Oregon. The development pipeline has roughly 14.2 GW of solar and solar-plus-storage capacity and 3.8 GW of wind.

Avangrid declined to comment. Rothschild and Lazard did not respond to requests for comment.

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Canadian renewables major eyeing hydrogen production at pumped hydro facility

Canadian power generation giant TransAlta could co-locate hydrogen production with select wind and hydroelectric facilities.

TransAlta, the Canadian power generator and wholesale marketing company, is contemplating a buildout of hydrogen production capabilities at its 320 MW Tent Mountain pumped hydro storage project in Alberta, Executive Vice President of Alberta Business Blain van Melle said in an interview.

“Our view on hydrogen is that it’s a technology that’s an option, somewhat further out in the future, particularly when it comes to power generation,” van Melle said. “If we can offer our customers maybe a power and hydrogen solution, and they’re using the hydrogen in another process, that would be something we would look at.”

In early 2022 TransAlta made a CAD 2m equity investment in Ekona Power, a methane pyrolysis company based in Vancouver. The company also committed USD $25m over four years to EIP’s Deep Decarbonization Frontier Fund 1.

That latter investment is a way to continue to learn about hydrogen and have exposure to emerging technologies, van Melle said.

The recent 50% stake acquisition in the Tent Mountain project includes the intellectual property associated with a 100 MW offsite green hydrogen electrolyzer and a 100 MW offsite wind development project.

Having hydrogen production co-located with wind and pumped hydro storage could make sense for the company in a few years, van Melle said. FID on Tent Mountain could be reached sometime in 2025 and will require the company to secure a PPA offtake and determine capital cost. Development work will take three to four years and earliest construction could begin in 2026.

The company has not had discussions with potential offtakers, van Melle said, adding that development on the pumped hydro facility needs to mature before a hydrogen component advances.

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