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Developer files for permit to construct green ammonia facility near Corpus Christi

A developer has filed for a permit to construct an 800,000-tons-per-year facility near Corpus Christi, on which it expects a final investment decision in 2Q24.

Avina Clean Hydrogen has applied for a permit to construct a green ammonia facility in Robstown, Texas, near Corpus Christi.

An Avina subsidiary, Nueces Green Ammonia, LLC, filed for the permit in late December with the Texas Commision on Environmental Quality.

Nueces Green Ammonia is a proposed world-scale anhydrous ammonia facility with a production capacity of 800,000 metric tons per year.

The total expected capital investment for the project is $2.2bn, and a final investment decision is expected for 2Q24, according to the project website.

ReSource previously reported that Avina was auditioning bankers to raise debt and equity capital in support of its projects.

Avina did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Boeing buys SAF from Neste

Boeing will buy 7.5 million gallons of blended SAF from Neste this year.

Boeing has agreed to purchase 7.5 million gallons (over 22,700 tons) of blended Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel in 2024 to support its U.S. Commercial Airplanes business operations in reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The volume of Neste’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is part of Boeing’s total purchase of 9.4 million gallons of blended SAF, representing Boeing’s largest annual SAF purchase to date, 60% more than in 2023, according to a news release.

The fuel blend consisting of 30% SAF, made from renewable waste and residue raw materials such as used cooking oil, and 70% conventional jet fuel, will be supplied to Boeing by EPIC Fuels and Avfuel to support the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program and Boeing’s U.S. commercial operational flights through 2024.

“As our focus remains on safety and quality, sustainability continues to be a priority. Sustainable aviation fuel is essential to decarbonize aviation. About 20% of our fuel usage is a SAF blend, and we continue to increase our use of this fuel to encourage growth in the SAF industry. We are also working to make SAF more available and affordable to our commercial airline customers through collaboration, investment, research and policy development,” said Ryan Faucett, vice president of environmental sustainability at Boeing.

“Sustainable aviation fuel is a key lever to reduce aviation emissions. Working together with aviation sector leaders like Boeing is crucial in accelerating SAF usage and production. We are proud to support their efforts working together with our partners EPIC Fuels and Avfuel,” said Carrie Song, senior vice president, commercial, renewable rroducts at Neste.

The total volume of blended SAF purchased will be supplied to Boeing’s commercial operations directly or through book-and-claim. Boeing will receive 4 million gallons (around 12,000 tons) of blended SAF produced by Neste into its fuel farms in the Pacific Northwest. EPIC Fuels, a Signature Aviation company, will supply 2.5 million gallons and Avfuel will provide 1.5 million gallons of blended SAF from Neste.

Boeing will also purchase SAF certificates corresponding to the emission reduction provided by the use of 3.5 million gallons of blended SAF produced by Neste through a book and claim system. Book and claim is an accounting process in which a company purchases SAF certificates to displace conventional jet fuel. Instead of putting the fuel into a Boeing fuel farm, distributors will deliver it to nearby airports for use by airlines and other carriers ensuring the corresponding SAF use and related GHG emission reductions. Based on Boeing’s book-and-claim purchases, EPIC Fuels will supply the 3.5 million gallons of blended SAF.

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Plug Power and Brookfield building Pennsylvania H2 plant

Plug Power and Brookfield Renewable Partners will build a green hydrogen production plant utilizing 100% renewable energy from Brookfield Renewable’s Holtwood hydroelectric facility along the Susquehanna River in south-central Pennsylvania, according to a press release.

The plant will serve the transportation and logistics industries in the Northeast and the mid-Atlantic and is expected to be online by late 2022, with construction slated to begin by 1Q22. Once operational the plant is projected to produce approximately 15 metric-tons of 100% hydrogen per day.

Plug Power also recently announced the construction of a green hydrogen production facility and electric substation in the Western New York Science, Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park, joining the company’s existing plant in Tennessee as the initial links in its North American green hydrogen production network.

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Tallgrass Energy acquires retired coal plant for H2 project

Kansas-based Tallgrass Energy has closed on the purchase of a 75% interest in Escalante H2 Power, according to a news release.

EH2 Power is developing a hydrogen-to-power project at Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.’s Escalante Generating Station near Prewitt, New Mexico, by converting the retired coal-fired power plant into a clean hydrogen-fired power generating facility.

The ownership of Newpoint Gas, LLC will retain a 25 percent membership interest in EH2 Power and continue to partner with Tallgrass in EH2’s development of the hydrogen conversion project at the Escalante Station.

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EnCap and Mercuria invest in Arbor Renewable Gas

Arbor Renewable Gas, the Houston, Texas-based sustainable gas developer, has taken an underlying capital commitment from EnCap Investments L.P. and Mercuria Energy Company, according to a news release.

SunGas Renewables, a subsidiary of GTI International, has entered into an exclusive Joint Development Agreement with Arbor Gas to provide its gasification systems to Arbor Gas projects and Haldor Topsoe has licensed its process and technology for methanol and gasoline synthesis.

Arbor Gas is developing industrial scale renewable gasoline and green hydrogen projects in the US. The strategy is to design, build, own, and operate facilities that efficiently convert woody biomass into renewable gasoline and green hydrogen.

Arbor Gas is led by Co-Founders, Chief Executive Officer Timothy E. Vail and John G. Kennedy III.

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Raven SR raises $20m from strategic investors

Wyoming-based renewable fuels company Raven SR has closed a $20m strategic investment, according to a press release.

Chevron U.S.A., ITOCHU Corporation, Hyzon Motors Inc. and Ascent Hydrogen Fund participated. 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’s Steam/CO2 Reformation process involves no combustion, unlike incineration or gasification. The company’s process can also produce other renewable energy products such as synthetic liquid fuels (diesel, Jet A, mil-spec JP-8), additives and solvents (such as acetone, butanol, and naphtha) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

The investment follows an agreement between Raven and Hyzon Motors to build up to 250 hydrogen production facilities across the United States and globally. Hyzon Motors, with US operations based in Rochester, New York, is a supplier of fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles.

Raven SR’s first renewable fuel production facilities will be built at landfills and will produce fuel for Northern California hydrogen fuel stations and for Hyzon’s hydrogen hubs. These initial facilities are expected to process approximately 200 tons of organic waste daily, yielding green hydrogen and producing on-site energy.

Raven SR’s production units are modular. In addition to landfills, they can also be placed at wastewater treatment plants and agriculture sites.

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Delta Airlines and DG Fuels sign offtake agreement

Delta Air Lines and DG Fuels have signed an offtake agreement through which DG will supply Delta with 385 million gallons of sustainable aviation fuel starting in 2026, according to a news release.

HydrogenPro will supply hydrogen to the DG Fuels plant with the delivery of its high-pressure alkaline electrolyzers.

This commitment from Delta is estimated to make up more than one third of the total volume of the earlier communicated capacity at DG Fuels’ Louisiana facility. The high-pressure alkaline water electrolyzer installation will be at least 839 MW.

“This project will place HydrogenPro as the world’s largest supplier of electrolyzers, and we are now accelerating our presence in the US”,  Richard Espeseth, Interim CEO and Founder of HydrogenPro, said in the news release.

HydrogenPro expects the contract to be signed during 1Q23. The first delivery of electrolyzers is estimated to occur in 2024.

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Canadian H2 infra company receives CAD 217m equity investment

HTEC, the privately held British Columbia-based hydrogen infrastructure solutions provider, has received a CAD 217m investment from Chart Industries and I Squared Capital, according to a news release.

This investment expands Chart’s ownership of HTEC to 25 percent and provides ISQ a 35 percent holding; HTEC’s original shareholders and employees will retain a 40 percent ownership in the company.  The majority of directors of HTEC remain independent of Chart and ISQ, and the Company will remain headquartered in British Columbia

Winston & Strawn and Stikeman Elliott served as legal advisors to Chart, while I Squared Capital used Stikeman Elliott, Kirkland & Ellis and Greenhill & Co. as financial advisor. Fort Capital Partners acted as financial advisor to HTEC on the transaction, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon as legal counsel.

This investment provides HTEC with significant capital to fund new green hydrogen production projects and to expand its hydrogen fueling station portfolio serving both the light-duty and heavy-duty market, the release states.

HTEC has 17 hydrogen fueling stations operating or in development in Canada and the United States today. The company also delivers engineering and design services and specialty products and solutions to customers around the world.

Chart is a global manufacturer of liquefaction and cryogenic equipment serving multiple applications in the energy and industrial gas end markets, including hydrogen. ISQ is an independent global infrastructure investment manager.


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Exclusive: Modular green ammonia firm launches capital raise

A modular green ammonia firm has hired a boutique investment bank and has launched a roughly $150m capital raise.

Talus Renewables, a developer of modular green ammonia projects, has hired a boutique investment bank and has launched a capital raise.

The company has hired GLC Advisors as sellside advisor, according to sources familiar with the matter, and launched the capital raise this month, which seeks to raise $50m of equity and an additional $100m of financing.

CEO Hiro Iwanaga told ReSource last year that the company was gearing up for a Series B capital raise, including initiating talks with potential advisors.

Talus offers containerized systems that produce green ammonia from power, water, and air, in the form of the TalusOne (up to 1.4 tonnes of green ammonia daily) and talusTen (up to 20 tonnes per day).

The company delivered its first system to Kenya Nut Company, a multinational agricultural firm in east Africa, under a 15-year fixed-price ammonia offtake agreement, Iwanaga said in the interview. As of November, the company had a pipeline of approximately $1bn of indicated interest for ammonia from potential customers, which included large farms and mining companies in several global jurisdictions, including the US.

It recently completed a $22m Series A fundraising that would fund the delivery of the next three to four systems before the end of the year, Iwanaga said, stretching Talus’ footprint to Europe and the US, with one more system heading to South America.

The company is deploying to large farms and mining companies, where ammonia is used as a blasting agent. In the US, the company has partnered with agribusiness Wilbur-Ellis and farmer-owned cooperative Landus, Iwanaga said.

Iwanaga and GLC did not respond to requests for comment about the recently launched capital raise.

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Infinium and Amogy sign MoU for e-fuels applications

The low-carbon fuels startups will explore e-fuels applications, with a focus on the potential integration of Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology to provide green hydrogen feedstock as an input to produce Infinium’s eFuels.

Infinium and Amogy Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to integrate their technologies and develop commercial applications across the eFuels and green ammonia value chain. Infinium and Amogy are also exploring collaborations with both Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group and SK Innovation for deployment of the integrated solution, according to a news release.

To accelerate the decarbonization of heavy industry sectors, the companies will jointly study and identify the most suitable applications to deploy their eFuels and green ammonia solutions. A key focus of this collaboration is the potential integration of Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology to provide low-cost, accessible green hydrogen feedstock as an input to produce Infinium’s eFuels.

Infinium eFuels, also known as electrofuels or Power-to-X, are made from green hydrogen and waste carbon dioxide (CO2) in a proprietary process. Amogy’s ammonia-cracking technology leverages its state-of-the-art catalyst materials to crack ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen at lower reaction temperatures with high durability, reducing heating and maintenance requirements.

Upon identifying promising applications, Infinium and Amogy will initiate strategic pilot programs, showcasing tangible and scalable implementations of their clean technology solutions. The partnership also entails the evaluation of additional opportunities for collaboration within the eFuels and ammonia spaces, with a focus on the development of commercial use cases.

“Ingenuity and collaboration are critical to creating decarbonization solutions today. Our partnership with Amogy will go a long way toward helping advance our ability to rapidly scale the production of ultra-low carbon Infinium eFuels, including eSAF, eDiesel and eNaphtha,” said Robert Schuetzle, CEO at Infinium.

“We are thrilled to forge this alliance with Infinium. By uniting our expertise and resources, we aim to unlock innovative opportunities that will pave the way for sustainable solutions,” says Seonghoon Woo, CEO of Amogy. “This partnership reflects a shared commitment to accelerating technologies that can contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions in the heavy industry sectors.”

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has invested in both Infinium and Amogy and is exploring potential collaboration for new solutions and applications in energy sector project development.

“Decarbonizing heavy industries requires numerous approaches that can concurrently and collaboratively help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions,” said Ricky Sakai, senior vice president of new business development at MHI of America. “We are excited to see how Amogy’s emission-free, energy-dense ammonia solution and Infinium’s proprietary eFuels production process might be aligned to overcome challenges and accelerate the global availability of commercial decarbonization solutions.”

SK Trading International (SKTI) invests in solutions that contribute to addressing climate change and environmental pollution and is an investor in Infinium while its parent company SK Innovation has invested in Amogy.

“Our global goals to slow the warming of the planet require significant efforts so they can quickly scale, find synergies, and explore new pathways,” said Hyunchol Park, managing director and head of global trading at SKTI. “Infinium and Amogy are leaders in their progress and proven solutions, and I believe their partnership will result in the identification of breakthrough opportunities to expand and grow access to cleaner fuels.”

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