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Wednesday, 11 November 2020
 
Good evening The Carbon Cut Readers! Today's highlights include:
  • A deep dive into Hyliion's hybrid Renewable Natural Gas solution for the long-haul trucking market showcasing its key advantage over H2 FCEVs - making use of existing infrastructure

  • Introduction to the UK's CRYOBattery energy storage project and the inventor behind it

  • How molten salt nuclear reactors could be the carbon-free energy producers of the future

  • The International Chamber of Shipping call for support for its proposed $2/mt levy on bunker fuel to build up a $5bn shipping decarbonisation fund

  • Toshiba joins Siemens Energy in stopping taking orders for coal-fired power plants

  • and a well-overdue study has come up with the [clickbait] realisation that "the world needs to invest more in renewable energy to prevent a dangerous rise in global temperatures by midcentury; according to a new study" ... ... ...

Estimated Total Reading Time: 7 mins

⛽  NEW FUELS 

 

💧 Hydrogen

 

1️⃣ TU Delft maritime hydrogen drone flies longer and greener - There are already drones that fly using ‘green’ hydrogen, but they either fly very slowly or cannot land vertically. That’s why researchers at TU Delft together with the Royal Netherlands Navy and the Dutch Coastguard service developed a hydrogen-powered drone that is capable of vertical take-off and landing whilst also being able to fly horizontally efficiently for several hours, much like regular aircraft. The drone uses a combination of hydrogen and batteries as its power source.

2️⃣ Elkem receives project support for increased utilization of hydrogen - Elkem has been awarded NOK 4.4 million in support from Enova to develop technology that has the potential to enable new green value chains based on unused hydrogen from the company's silicon production in Bremanger, Norway. Elkem has a surplus of hydrogen from the production of the silicon product Silgrain.

3️⃣ Chinese oil giant Sinopec makes wind debut and eyes green hydrogen - Group subsidiary starts developing first wind project amid international alliances in renewable H2.

 

❄️ LNG & Natural Gas

 

1️⃣ FSU conversion advances Myanmar LNG-to-power project - Singapore-based ship manager Synergy Group reported the delivery of the floating storage unit (FSU) CNTIC VPower Energy, following its conversion at Sembawang Marine’s Admiralty Yard in Singapore.

2️⃣ FSRUs helping LNG to penetrate emerging markets - Floating storage and regasification units are allowing economies to access the lower-carbon fuel source without expensive infrastructure. Demand for floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) is expanding rapidly, especially in developing Asian economies, despite legal and regulatory challenges, a panel of experts on the Emea leg of the Petroleum Economist LNG to Power forum series agreed last week.

3️⃣ Petronas begins LNG bunkering operations, completes first delivery - The project supplied 1,150 mt of LNG from bunkering ship Avenir Advantage to vehicle carrier ship Siem Aristotle.

4️⃣ Two US LNG terminals advance work as yet-to-be sanctioned projects struggle - The two US LNG export terminals currently under construction said Nov. 10 that they remain on target to start up on time, despite global market volatility, an unusually active hurricane season and ongoing impacts form the coronavirus pandemic. The updates from Venture Global LNG's Calcasieu Pass in Louisiana and Qatar Petroleum- and ExxonMobil-backed Golden Pass LNG in Texas come as developers of new projects on the Gulf, Atlantic and Pacific coasts that have yet to be sanctioned continue to struggle to build commercial support.

5️⃣ German LNG Terminal 'Confident of Success' - With approval in principle for exemption from regulated tariffs, the Dutch-German LNG project is confident of reaching a final investment decision.

6️⃣ UAE's ADNOC signs multi-year LNG supply agreements with Total, Vitol - ADNOC LNG, a joint venture in which the parent company has a 70% stake, signed a supply agreement of up to six years with Vitol for the sale of 1.8 million mt/year of post-2022 LNG cargoes, the national oil producer said in a statement Nov. 11. ADNOC LNG also secured a two-year supply deal with Total for 0.75 million mt/year for 2021 and 2022 volumes.

 

🚘 Mobility - EVs, Batteries & Fuel Cells

 

1️⃣ Electric cars in Europe are three times cleaner than gasoline equivalents - Another week, another study showing how much better electric vehicles are for the environment. This time non-profit clean transport campaigners Transport and Environment suggest EVs are, on average, three times cleaner than comparable gasoline vehicles in Europe. Transport and Environment compiled data about CO2 emissions from across the EU, including emissions data on: vehicles, battery production, and energy generation to show the amount of CO2 vehicles produce over their lifecycle.

2️⃣ Hyundai commits to electrification and fuel cells with ten new models by 2022 - South Korean automaker Hyundai is diving head-on towards electrification and hydrogen fuel cell technology. Consisting of up to ten new models (including the all-new Ioniq 5 CUV and Ioniq 6 luxury sedan), the lineup also includes the Nexo FCEV, a hydrogen fuel cell-powered crossover which is now sold at Hyundai dealerships.

3️⃣ PowerCell gets more orders for FC stacks from Bosch - PowerCell Sweden has been given a further order from Bosch worth the equivalent of around 900,000 euros to supply FC stacks of the PowerCell S3 type next year. The deal is part of a joint development and license agreement signed in 2019.

 
 

☀️  RENEWABLE GENERATION & SUPPLY 

 

🔋 Energy Storage

 

1️⃣ Israel likely to need 8GWh of storage to meet 2030 renewable energy goals - As much as 8GWh of energy storage may be required to enable Israel’s policy aim of sourcing 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 and to enhance the reliability of the electricity grid.

 

♨️ Geothermal

 

1️⃣ Start of 140 MW with three new geothermal plants in Indonesia pushed to first half of 2021 - Effected by the pandemic, geothermal development in Indonesia sees some delay with the addition. of three new plants scheduled for 2020 now being pushed to the first half of 2021. The three plants, Rantau Dedap, Sorik Marapi Unit 2 and Sokoria Unit 1 have a combined capacity of 140 MW.

 

🔆 Solar Power

 

1️⃣ Zimbabwe veg producer taps renewables start-up for solar power backup - Nhimbe Fresh said the planned 1.9 megawatt (MW) solar farm and battery storage facility would make its business less prone to electricity shortages caused by frequent power cuts in Zimbabwe.

2️⃣ Port of Hull unveils 6.5MW UK solar roof - The UK’s largest commercial rooftop solar system has been unveiled at the Port of Hull. The 6.5MW array, featuring 21,000 solar panels, covers the port’s warehouse roofs and spans 34,980 square metres and more than doubling Associated British Ports (ABP) Humber Ports’ renewable energy generation.

3️⃣ New strategy to 'buffer' climate change: developing cheaper, eco-friendly solar cells - Current solar panels require the use of toxic materials as buffers, which is not sustainable. To this end, a team of scientists in Korea developed a new eco-friendly alternative, called the ZTO buffer, which can overcome this limitation. This new development to make solar panels even more sustainable is indeed a cherry on top.

 

🌊 Wave, Ocean, Hydro & Tide

 

1️⃣ Tidal, flow batteries and green hydrogen combined in world first £1.8m Orkney project - In a world first project, tidal power is set to be combined with vanadium flow batteries to produce continuous green hydrogen. The project will be located on the island of Eday, Orkney, at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal energy test site, with a 1.8MWh flow battery from Invinity Energy Systems installed to help "smooth" tidal generation.

 

💨 Wind Power

 

1️⃣ Nordex swoops on 302MW Texas wind - Nordex has received a 302MW turbine order for a US wind project. The order is for 63 N149/4.0-4.5 units from the Delta4000 series, for an undisclosed wind farm in Texas with an undisclosed developer. Nordex will start delivering the turbines in the summer of 2021.

2️⃣ Ireland’s First Wind Farm Service Catamaran Starts Taking Shape - The Dublin-based vessel operator Farra Marine has ordered what will be the first catamaran wind farm service vessel operating under the Irish flag.

3️⃣ MHI Vestas installs first 9.5MW floater - MHI Vestas has installed the most powerful turbine on a floating offshore wind platform. The V164 9.5MW turbine has been installed on a Principle Power WindFloat platform at the installation harbour for the Kincardine floating offshore wind farm, off Scotland. The first 9.5MW unit is expected to be anchored at the project site in December 2020.

4️⃣ Eni targets Norwegian offshore wind with venture capital firm HitecVision - Global energy company Eni has formed a joint venture company, Vårgrønn, to address the fast-growing renewable energy market in the Nordic region and intends to pursue opportunities to invest in offshore wind in Norway.

5️⃣ Toshiba unveils 'state-of-the-art' wind turbine plan - Japanese multinational Toshiba is developing what it calls a “state-of-the-art” wind turbine and has a signalled a move into the offshore wind market. The company said during a presentation of its second quarter 2020 financial year results that it is planning domestic production of a turbine, without giving any further details. Toshiba added that it is also “preparing a bid for offshore wind power”.

6️⃣ GE Haliade-X Breaks 300 MWh Daily Output Ceiling - The prototype turbine, installed in the Port of Rotterdam, produced its first power in November 2019 and has since set several world records for 24-hour output. The most recent record of 312 MWh was reached after the prototype had been optimized to operate at a 13 MW power output.

 
 

♻️  CARBON CAPTURE & CIRCULAR TECH 

 

💎 Carbon Capture

 

🔄 Recycling, Waste & Circular Tech

 

1️⃣ Zero emission energy from sewage project gets green light - A project to convert sewage into a zero-emission fuel is set to go ahead in Wales. It will see biogas waste converted into hydrogen fuel, which can be used to power zero-emission vehicles. Sewage sludge is a by-product of the wastewater treatment process - producing microbe-rich solid sewage, which can then be used as biogas fuel. The Make Your Poo Work For You project has been awarded £60,000 by Innovate UK.

2️⃣ KTR launches 19.8 MW waste to energy plant - Hyderabad: Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K Taraka Rama Rao inaugurated a 19.8 MW power plant in Jawaharnagar on Tuesday. He said similar plants were proposed in Greater Hyderabad limits to generate 63 MW from waste.

3️⃣ Regenerative Design: Beyond Sustainability Toward Circularity in the Built Environment - In order to achieve 2030 sustainability goals, company leaders must think beyond "sustainability," and challenge built environment teams to strive for net-positive impacts, net-zero energy and zero waste.

4️⃣ Making a case for organic Rankine cycles in waste heat recovery - In a recent research paper published in the Energy journal, City, University of London's Dr Martin White says cascaded organic Rankine cycle systems could improve the way in which environmentally-friendly power is generated from waste heat.

 
 

🏦  POLICY & INVESTMENTS 

 

📜 Policy

 

1️⃣ Shell to push Biden for carbon pricing, more methane emissions rules - Royal Dutch Shell Plc will push for the reversal of President Donald Trump’s rollback of methane emissions rules and the introduction of carbon pricing when Joe Biden moves into the White House next year. “Some of the regulatory rollbacks that we’ve seen under the current administration haven’t actually benefited our industry,” Shell U.S. President Gretchen Watkins said Tuesday on a webcast hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership. The easing of direct regulation of methane emissions put the energy industry in a “backwards-facing position,” while the absence of carbon pricing makes it harder to incentivize new technologies like carbon capture, Watkins said.

2️⃣ 'Fork in the road': G20 nations warned net-zero at risk from fossil-biased Covid stimulus - Major G20 economies are putting net-zero goals at risk by favouring fossil fuels over the energy transition in Covid stimulus packages, with the UK in particular at a “fork in the road” between a polluting or decarbonised future, claims a new study The report by global technology group Wartsila is the latest to find a gap between the financial support offered to various sectors under national plans to recover from the pandemic, and warned this could “lock in” fossils to their energy systems.

 

💰 Investments & Funding

 

1️⃣ £22.5 million funding to turn industry waste into environmental wins - Industries across the UK will be helped to tackle waste, boost recycling and build back greener from coronavirus thanks to £22.5 million of government funding for 5 state-of-the-art research centres in London, Loughborough and Exeter. The research centres will explore how the reuse of waste materials in the textiles, construction, chemicals, transport, electronics and metal industries can protect the environment and boost the economy.

 
 

⚙️  OTHERS 

 

🧭 General

 

1️⃣ The Plan for Green Gold From Iceland - Canadian explorer St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp. wants to revive Iceland’s long-dormant gold mining industry by drawing on the Nordic nation’s abundance of renewable energy.

2️⃣ Did Trump scare Americans into caring about climate change? - For those who care about the plight of the planet, President Donald Trump has been something of a supervillain. He pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, rolled back countless environmental regulations, and repeatedly made fun of climate activist Greta Thunberg, who is 17 years old and autistic. But counterintuitively, all of this might have actually made people care more about our overheating planet.

3️⃣ New Aker Solutions Will Accelerate the Transition to Sustainable Energy Production - It is an industry milestone when Aker Solutions now completes the merger with Kvaerner. The merged company becomes one of the world's leading suppliers of solutions to reduce climate gas emissions from oil and gas installations, and for delivery of complete renewable energy production facilities.

4️⃣ How your next construction project could draw down carbon - As more corporations are held accountable for their carbon footprints, interest in reducing embodied carbon for new construction and building retrofits has gained more traction. At GreenBiz Group’s virtual clean economy conference, VERGE 20, in late October, industry experts discussed ideas not just for cutting back on that embodied CO2 but also for using materials that turn buildings into another carbon capture opportunity.

5️⃣ 22% of people in the UK consider climate change 'biggest issue' of today - When asked what the ‘biggest issue facing us right now’ is, just 22% of people said climate change. However, the study between Veolia and YouGov also found that two in five adults said that their concern about carbon in 2020 had grown over the last 5 years.

 

🏭 Emissions

 

1️⃣ SSE commits to net zero by 2050 - SSE has committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest and setting a relevant science based target. The pledge puts the energy company’s operations in line with the ambition to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C. The Perth-headquartered business is already investing £7.5bn in low-carbon energy and electricity infrastructure over the next five years.

2️⃣ Oxy leads US oil majors with first zero emissions pledge - Occidental Petroleum became the first major U.S. oil producer to aim for net zero emissions from everything it extracts and sells, accelerating an industry trend commonplace in Europe. The Houston-based company announced a target to reach net zero emissions from its own operations by 2040 and an ambition to do the same from customers’ use of its products by 2050, CEO Vicki Hollub said during a conference call with analysts on Tuesday. The plan relies heavily on capturing carbon dioxide and burying it, a technology that’s so far been prohibitively expensive.

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