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Mitsubishi and Warwick enter decarbonization JDA

The two companies plan to jointly develop decarbonization projects in North America.

Mitsubishi Power and Warwick Carbon Solutions have entered into a joint development agreement to advance decarbonization projects in the energy and industrial sectors, according to a news release.

“The two companies will work together as strategic partners to identify and develop long-term viable projects that will help the North American region achieve net zero no later than 2050,” the release states. “Each company brings their own world-class products, services and design expertise to the JDA which will focus on the decarbonization of companies operating in the Oil & Gas, industrial process, and power generation sectors.”

Mitsubishi Power will provide engineering, design, project development support services, and long-term operational services for electric power generation and storage systems. It will also supply equipment including hydrogen-capable gas turbines, production and storage systems, and decarbonization solutions.

Warwick will provide development expertise, including government regulatory and industry knowledge for developing carbon capture and storage projects. It will also provide support services to evaluate commercial, financial and technological approaches to advance decarbonization across North America.

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NEOM Green Hydrogen reaches financial close

The consortium consisting of Air Products, ACWA Power, and NEOM has reached financial close on the Saudi Arabia green hydrogen facility for a total investment value of $8.4bn.

NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC) today announced that following signing financial documents with 23 local, regional, and international banks, and investment firms, it has now achieved financial close on the world’s largest green hydrogen production facility at a total investment value of $8.4bn.

The plant is currently being built at Oxagon, in Saudi Arabia’s region of NEOM. NGHC has also concluded the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with Air Products as the nominated contractor and system integrator for the entire facility.

Additionally, NGHC also announced that the non-recourse financing structured for the project has been certified by S&P Global (as the second party opinion provider) as adhering to green loan principles and is one of the largest project financings put in place under the green loan framework. Air Products has already awarded major contracts to various technology and construction partners.

As previously reported, to be funded by a combination of long-term debt and equity, the project JV, NEOM Green Hydrogen Project, will build 4 GW of renewables powering production of up to 600 tons per day of hydrogen.

The total financing consists of $5.852bn of senior debt and $475m of mezzanine debt facilities, both arranged on a non-recourse project finance basis, as follows:

– $1,500 million from National Development Fund (NDF) on behalf of National Infrastructure Fund (NIF), under foundation.

– $1,250 million is in the form of SAR denominated financing from Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF),

The balance is from a consortium of financiers, structured as a combination of long term uncovered tranches and a Euler Hermes covered tranche, comprising, in no particular order, First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, BNP Paribas, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Natixis, Saudi British Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Saudi National Bank, KFW, Riyad Bank, Norinchukin Bank, Mizuho Bank, Banque Saudi Fransi, Alinma Bank, APICORP, JP Morgan, DZ Bank, Korea Development Bank and Credit Agricole.

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Chevron acquires majority interest in ACES Delta

ACES Delta is developing the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Delta, Utah. Chevron last year backed out of its plans to acquire a stake in the joint venture.

Chevron U.S.A. Inc., through its Chevron New Energies division, announced it has closed a transaction with Haddington Ventures to acquire 100% of Magnum Development, LLC (Magnum Development) and thus a majority interest in ACES Delta, LLC (ACES Delta), which is a joint venture between Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc. (Mitsubishi Power) and Magnum Development, according to a news release.

ACES Delta is developing the Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in Delta, Utah.

Chevron last year backed out of its plans to acquire a stake in the joint venture.

The Advanced Clean Energy Storage project plans to use electrolysis to convert renewable energy into hydrogen and will utilize solution-mined salt caverns for seasonal, dispatchable storage of the energy.

The first project, designed to convert and store up to 100 metric tons per day of hydrogen, is under construction and is expected to enter commercial-scale operations in mid-2025 to support the Intermountain Power Project’s “IPP Renewed” initiative. Several other opportunities for the project to produce and supply hydrogen to customers in the utility, transportation and industrial sectors in the western region of the United States are in development.

“As we continue to pursue lower carbon energy solutions, we are excited to move forward with the Advanced Clean Energy Storage hydrogen project, through our acquisition of Magnum Development and partnership with Mitsubishi Power, to build on Chevron’s 75-year history in Utah,” said Austin Knight, vice president, Hydrogen, Chevron New Energies. “We seek to leverage the unique strengths of each partner to develop a large-scale, hydrogen platform that provides affordable, reliable, ever-cleaner energy and helps our customers achieve their lower carbon goals.”

As part of broader efforts to pursue lower carbon energy solutions, Chevron New Energies is working to enhance demand for lower carbon intensity hydrogen – and the technologies that support cost-effective supply – as a commercially viable alternative in the transportation, power, and industrial sectors where greenhouse gas emissions are hard to abate.

“Reaching this milestone in the development of our hydrogen project will not only have significant benefits to the western U.S. population, but it will also serve as a blueprint for future hydrogen opportunities,” said Michael Ducker, senior vice president of Hydrogen Infrastructure for Mitsubishi Power. “With Chevron New Energies’ involvement, we expect to expand hydrogen supply more quickly. Together, we are investing in the future of hydrogen, helping to create a viable, cost-competitive market for emerging lower carbon solutions.”

“People look to Utah as the place where we work together to find solutions addressing today’s biggest challenges,” said Utah Gov. Spencer Cox. “This announcement demonstrates that our state has fostered a landscape where clean energy innovation is possible.”

“I look forward to this partnership with Chevron in the ACES Delta mission. Chevron will add tremendous strategic value as we develop a hydrogen production and storage facility,” said Craig Broussard, president, CEO and board chairman of Magnum Development.

“Haddington Ventures is very excited to see Chevron coming on board as the new majority owner at ACES Delta,” said John Strom, managing director, Haddington Ventures. “Having been the primary financial sponsor behind this key energy hub since 2008, we believe this transaction will accelerate lower carbon intensity solutions that reduce emissions in the western United States. Haddington Ventures will remain committed to the success of ACES Delta through its role in management of the investment vehicle that is providing construction equity to the current project.”

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. served as financial advisor to Chevron. Jefferies LLC served as financial advisor to Haddington.

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Fuel cell startup raises seed capital

The capital will be used to expand on the team’s growth with engineers coming from Siemens Energy, Argonne National Lab, and The US Navy, among other places.

Celadyne, a decarbonization and hydrogen solution company, has raised $4.5m in seed investment funding. The round was co-led by Maniv and Dynamo Ventures, with major participation from EPS Ventures, according to a news release.

The company collaborates with fuel cell and utility firms, offering efficient hydrogen solutions to heavy-duty industries such as energy, manufacturing, and transportation. Celadyne’s advanced technologies effectively convert hydrogen to usable energy through compact, easy-to-use fuel cells that seamlessly integrate.

“At Celadyne, our mission is simple: unlocking the true potential of hydrogen,” says Gary Ong, Ceo & Founder at Celadyne Technologies. “This new funding will accelerate our product in the market as we aim to decarbonize industries like transportation and manufacturing, offering a cost-effective route for green hydrogen production. Our goal is to embrace these industries, helping them contribute positively to the planet.”

Specifically, Celadyne’s materials and technologies replace the proton exchange membrane to create fuel cells that are more durable, and electrolyzers that are more compact and efficient. This newfound durability allows fuel cells to be utilized as an environmentally-friendlier alternative to diesel engines, and makes electrolyzers that produce low cost green hydrogen as fuel.

This latest funding will expand upon capital from Shell Ventures, Sputnik ATX, the Third Derivative Accelerator, and Sandy Spring Climate Partners. Celadyne has been publicly and financially supported for their world-changing hydrogen applications through grants from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, ARPA-E, and Department of Defense – AFWERX. These entities, along with Celadyne’s customers, who are Tier 1 automotive leaders shaping the future of mobility worldwide, believe that advanced materials hold the key to unlock the full potential of hydrogen.

This latest funding will expand upon previous capital from Shell Ventures, Sputnik ATX, and the Third Derivative Accelerator and Sandy Spring Climate Partners. The capital will be used to expand on the team’s growth with engineers coming from Siemens Energy, Argonne National Lab, The US Navy, Micron Technologies, Hyzon Motors, and Northwestern University. The team will support the ongoing development of Celadyne’s materials technology, to create even better fuel cells and expand its usage in electrolysis across its growing list of clients across the US. By year end, Celadyne expects to double its customer base and these developments will open up a whole new world for green energy applications in industries that are historically some of the harshest on the environment.

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Exclusive: National RNG developer in equity sale process

A large US developer and operator of renewable natural gas projects has tapped an advisor and is in the early stages of a sale process.

DTE Vantage, a developer of renewable energy projects with a national footprint in the US, is in the first round of a process to sell its RNG business, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

Lazard is running the process, the sources said. First round bids were recently received.

The company’s RNG portfolio includes 13 projects, four of which are landfill-to-gas while the remainder are on dairy farms, with more under construction, according to company materials. One of the largest RNG producers in the Midwest, the company also has projects in North Carolina, California, New York, and Wisconsin.

Of note, the Riverview Energy landfill gas asset in Riverview, Michigan produces 8.6 mmcfd of pipeline natural gas and includes 6.6 MW of solar. Pinnacle Gas in Moraine, Ohio, produces 4.5 mmcfd, while Seabreeze Energy in Angleton, Texas produces 5.8 mmcfd.

DTE Vantage is a non-utility subsidiary of DTE Energy. Founded in the 1990s, it has about 600 employees and operates 64 projects in 16 US states, with one asset in Canada. The company serves industrial, agricultural, and institutional clients across three core groups: Renewable Energy, Custom Energy Solutions, and Emerging Ventures.

DTE declined to comment. Lazard did not respond to a request for comment.

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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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3Q deals in focus: Macquarie’s investment in Atlas Agro

In one of the largest and most compelling clean fuels deals of 3Q23, Macquarie made a $325m investment into Americas-focused Atlas Agro, a developer of industrial-scale green nitrogen fertilizer plants that utilize green hydrogen as a feedstock. William Demas, head of Macquarie Asset Management Green Investments in the Americas, provides a closer look.

Macquarie Asset Management’s investment into green nitrogen developer Atlas Agro gives the manager a stake in the company along with the ability to invest in the developer’s projects.

The $325m investment, made via the Macquarie GIG Energy Transition Solutions fund, will benefit Atlas Agro’s previously announced fertilizer plant project in Richland, WA, and will also support the company’s global pipeline of green fertilizer facilities, according to William Demas, head of Macquarie Asset Management Green Investments in the Americas.

In addition to the 700,000 tons-per-year Richland project, Atlas Agro is pursuing a project in Minas Gerais, Brazil that will produce 500,000 tons per year. Both projects would make nitrate fertilizer and are estimated to cost $1bn. An additional facility is planned for the US Midwest.

In the production process, the plants utilize air, water, and renewable electricity as the only raw materials.

“There are a number of things that attracted us to Atlas Agro,” Demas said in response to written questions. “They have a strong management team with an established track record managing established companies and delivering projects in the fertilizer space.”

The GIG Energy Transition Solutions fund has a target size of approximately $1.9bn, which to date is just over 50% committed, according to a source familiar with the fund.

Next phase

Equally important for the Atlas investment, Demas added, is that the company is aligned with Macquarie’s next phase energy transition thesis in the US – in this case hydrogen. 

“In this application, green hydrogen will be used as a feedstock rather than as an energy carrier, and the end-product of green fertilizer will attract customers looking to enter into long-term offtake contracts,” he said.

Through the development of plants in Washington state and the US Midwest, Atlas Agro is seeking to take advantage of favorable logistics to displace the need for imported fossil-fuel based fertilizer. Brazil also imports around 95% of its nitrogen fertilizers, according to Atlas.

“An important benefit of Atlas Agro’s model is the availability of locally produced, high-quality fertilizer, eliminating many of the issues associated with international supply chains,” Demas said, noting that offtakers are local to Atlas Agro’s operations.

Further, Macquarie and Atlas plan to pursue a project finance model for funding the projects under development.

“As an infrastructure investor, we focus on opportunities that are bankable, which means, ultimately project financeable,” Demas said. “We backed Atlas Agro because we believe their approach to project development, commercialization, construction and operations aligns with our views on how to underwrite infrastructure investments.”

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