BASF and Envision Energy collaborate to accelerate conversion of green hydrogen and CO2 to e-methanol

BASF process catalysts, a leading provider of innovative catalyst technology, announced a new collaboration with Envision Energy. The collaboration aims to develop further the conversion of green hydrogen and CO2 into e-methanol through an advanced, dynamic process design. Backed by their respective expertise, the two companies aim to optimize the... Read more →

Growth Energy: US drivers have logged 100 billion miles on E15

Growth Energy, the US’ largest biofuel trade association, released updated data showing that American drivers recently surpassed a massive milestone: 100 billion miles driven on E15 fuel. The 15% biofuel blend is saving motorists nationwide an average of up to 15 cents per gallon at the pump, Growth Energy said.... Read more →

The world’s first large methanol-enabled container vessel has been named “Ane Mærsk” at a ceremony in the shipyard of HD Hyundai Heavy Industries (HD HHI) in Ulsan, South Korea. The vessel is named after Ane Mærsk Mc-Kinney Uggla, the Chair of the A.P. Moller Foundation and A.P. Moller Holding. Ane’s... Read more →

A total of 45 e-kerosene projects could see the light in the European Economic Area (EEA), enabling sufficient supply of green fuels to meet the EU’s law on sustainable aviation fuels (SAFs). However, without final investment decisions, these projects are at risk as well as the targets stipulated by the... Read more →

Crude oil production in the United States reached a record high in August 2023, led primarily by more production in Texas, according to data from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). In 2023, most of the crude oil produced in Texas was relatively dense for the state. Data source: U.S.... Read more →

Topsoe selected as technology provider for Preem’s renewable fuels plant in Sweden

Topsoe, a global technology and solutions provider for the energy transition, has signed a licensing and engineering agreement with Preem, Sweden’s largest fuel company, to produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel, using Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology. The demand for SAF is rapidly growing. According to the International Energy Agency’s... Read more →

Amogy and Infinium partnering to explore ammonia and eFuels solutions

Amogy, a developer of ammonia power solutions (earlier post), and leading eFuels provider Infinium (earlier post) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities to integrate their technologies and develop commercial applications across the ammonia and eFuels value chain. To accelerate the decarbonization of heavy industry sectors,... Read more →

MAN Cryo wins approval for ammonia fuel-supply system

MAN Cryo’s design for an ammonia fuel-supply system to provide ammonia safely to marine-engine applications has been awarded an Approval in Principle from classification societies DNV and Bureau Veritas. Part of MAN Energy Solutions and a leading expert in the field of storage and handling of LNG and natural gas,... Read more →

Sunoco and NuStar Energy entered into a definitive agreement whereby Sunoco will acquire NuStar in an all-equity transaction valued at approximately $7.3 billion, including assumed debt. Under the terms of the agreement, NuStar common unitholders will receive 0.400 Sunoco common units for each NuStar common unit, implying a 24% premium... Read more →

Neste and partner companies conclude E-Fuel research project; progress in the development of electrofuels

Low-emission e-fuels produced using renewable hydrogen produced by green electricity and carbon capture and utilization (CCU) are suitable for segments that are difficult to electrify, such as aviation and marine. A joint E-Fuel research project demonstrating high temperature electrolysis (SOEC), carbon capture, and hydrocarbon synthesis technologies (earlier post) has now... Read more →

Global Bioenergies announces new phase in collaboration with Shell to develop low-carbon road fuels

France-based industrial biotechnology company Global Bioenergies (earlier post) has signed a new development contract with Shell Global Solutions (Deutschland) GmbH (“Shell”) further to develop low- carbon road fuels. While the previous phases of the collaboration, starting at the end of 2022, were dedicated to exploring different potential options based on... Read more →

Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd. (ONE) has signed Ship Building Contracts with Jiangnan Shipyard and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for a total construction of twelve 13,000 TEU methanol dual-fuel container ships. Each shipyard will build six vessels; all are scheduled to be delivered from 2027. This significant milestone represents ONE’s inaugural fleet... Read more →

Fairway Methanol LLC, a US-based 50-50 joint venture between Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Celanese Corporation, a global specialty materials and chemical company, has begun the production of methanol by using carbon dioxide captured from Celanese’s Clear Lake, Texas site. Fairway Methanol is expected to capture 180,000 metric tons of... Read more →

OptiFuel Systems will begin testing a prototype 5600 hp Total-Zero Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) Line Haul Locomotive and 2500 hp Total-Zero Powered Tender with 7,500 DGE (diesel gallon equivalent) capacity in January 2025. (Earlier post.) The RNG-powered line haul locomotive produces 5100 hp of continuous power from Cummins RNG engines... Read more →

Dangote Petroleum Refinery in Nigeria (earlier post) has begun production of diesel and aviation fuel. The refinery can load 2,900 trucks a day at its truck-loading gantries. Gas flare stack at the refinery. The products from the refinery will conform to Euro V specifications. The refinery design complies with the... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions and Turkey-based Karpowership have signed a contract for the delivery of a total of 48 dual-fuel engines for Karpowership’s fleet of power plant ships (Powerships). The engine order consists of MAN 18V51/60DF dual-fuel engines with a mechanical output of 20.7 MW each. The main advantage of dual... Read more →

DNV: methanol edges out LNG as top alternative fuel for vessels ordered in 2023

The latest stats from DNV’s Alternative Fuels Insight (AFI) platform found that a total of 298 ships with alternative fuel propulsion were ordered in 2023—an 8% increase year on year. The year also saw methanol go mainstream, with a sharp increase in orders (138, 10.8% of all roders), edging it... Read more →

Infinium and Mo Industrial Park collaborating to develop commercial eFuels project in Norway

US-based eFuels provider Infinium (earlier post) and Mo Industrial Park (Mo Industripark AS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop Norway’s first advanced eFuels production facility in Mo i Rana, Norway. Infinium eFuels are made using waste CO2 and green hydrogen and can help decarbonize hard to abate... Read more →

Researchers with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have defined quantitatively the relative positioning and arrangement of the polymers in Populus wood and to create a computer model that details the findings. The research into solving this macromolecular puzzle, which appears in an open-access paper... Read more →

eSAF developer Metafuels closes $8M seed round

Metafuels, a start-up focused on sustainable aviation fuel made using renewable electricity (eSAF), announced its first institutional funding round—an $8-million seed round—led by climate VCs Energy Impact Partners (EIP) and Contrarian Ventures. Metafuels’ eSAF, and that of its competitors, can replace normal kerosene regardless of the size and type of... Read more →

Convion and Elcogen announced the successful conclusion of a field test for an industrial-scale Solid Oxide Electrolyzer system delivering green hydrogen at superior efficiency compared to incumbent technologies. The partners concluded a test period of 2000 hours of the first Convion Solid Oxide electrolyzer equipped with Elcogen’s cell technology, validating... Read more →

Researchers from Zhejiang University have developed a highly active, selective, and durable copper nanoparticle catalyst for converting CO2 to dimethyl ether (DME). This was achieved by loading Cu nanoparticles onto hydrophobic and gallium (Ga)-modified silica supports. The Ga-modified silica provided moderate acidity for methanol dehydration to DME, which hindered deep... Read more →

Metro Vancouver diesel buses transitioning to renewable diesel

In Canada, Vancounver’s TransLink is introducing renewable diesel into its bus fleet as a cleaner fuel option, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As a low-carbon fuel, renewable diesel offers up to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to fossil fuel diesel. The Surrey Transit... Read more →

A study by a team from the University of Birmingham (UK) finds that low-carbon bio-alcohols and bio-ketones in advanced clean propulsion systems demonstrate a high potential for strategies for vehicular emissions abatement, such as their utilization in hybrid vehicles. In the short term, the researchers conclude, this will improve air... Read more →

Starting in fiscal 2024, NYK will conduct full-scale trials of long-term use of biofuels, which are considered to have net-zero CO2 emissions, in its existing heavy oil-fired vessels. Moving forward from the previous short-term trials, NYK will comprehensively verify the safety and stable procurement of biofuels when used over a... Read more →

Bloom Energy and SK ecoplant collaborate on a major hydrogen project to be developed by Korea Southern Power

Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE) and SK ecoplant, an engineering and energy solutions provider and subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate SK Group, announced a sale of Bloom’s electrolyzer technology to deploy hydrogen as an energy source in a large-scale green hydrogen demonstration with the Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd (KOSPO) and... Read more →

Maersk signs MoU with City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical on development of green methanol bunkering infrastructure

A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the City of Yokohama and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) focused on the development of green methanol bunkering infrastructure in Yokohama. Maersk’s 16,000 TEU green methanol-powered container vessels will be delivered beginning in 2024. Maersk is targeting net-zero emissions by 2040... Read more →

Helax Istmo, a wholly owned subsidiary of funds managed by CIP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT) and Mexico’s national Ministry of Navy, the Secretaría de Marina (Semar). Under the MoU, the parties agree to collaborate to support the development of... Read more →

Mitsubishi, Amogy SK partnering on ammonia cracking in Japan and S Korea

Mitsubishi Corporation and Amogy entered a strategic partnership that will focus on accelerating the adoption of Amogy’s ammonia-to-power and ammonia cracking technology in large-scale hydrogen carrier applications in East Asia, particularly Japan and South Korea. The joint study, set to commence in December 2023 with SK Innovation, will first assess... Read more →

Toyota Motor participated in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOUTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) held on December 22 and 23 at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota competed with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral fuel; the... Read more →

Höegh Autoliners and VARO partner to accelerate sustainable shipping with biofuels

VARO Energy and Höegh Autoliners, a leading global provider of ocean transportation solutions, announced a strategic partnership focused on supplying 100% advanced biofuels for deep-sea transportation from Europe. This sustainable energy solution reduces the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 85% vs. conventional maritime fuels, VARO said. VARO’s biofuels business is... Read more →

Toyota to compete in the Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race with Prius running on carbon-neutral fuel

Toyota Motor Corporation will participate in the IDEMITSU SUPER ENDURANCE SOURTHEAST ASIA TROPHY 2023 (Thailand 10-hour Endurance Race) to be held 22-23 December at Thailand's Chang International Circuit. Toyota will compete with a three-vehicle setup for ROOKIE Racing featuring the ORC ROOKIE GR86 CNF concept, a GR86 running on carbon-neutral... Read more →

Oxylus Energy successfully validates catalyst and electrolyzer for direct conversion of CO2 to methanol

Oxylus Energy, the Yale-based start-up formerly known as Carbon Loop, has successfully passed key benchmark tests for the deployment and commercialization of its proprietary catalyst and electrolyzer technology in a 5cm2 cell. This is a critical platform for design iterations, as it offers significant predictability for performance at the size... Read more →

JERA, the Japan-based energy company created through the consolidation of the fuel and thermal power departments of the Tokyo Electric Power Company and the Chubu Electric Power Company, launched a joint study with NYK Line and Resonac aimed at achieving the first supply of fuel ammonia to ships. JERA is... Read more →

Treasury, IRS issue guidance on Sustainable Aviation Fuel Credit

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued Notice 2024-06 for the new Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) credit created by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The SAF credit applies to a qualified fuel mixture containing sustainable aviation fuel for certain sales or uses in calendar years 2023 and 2024.... Read more →

Ulstein Verft AS, the Norwegian yard, has ordered 2 × 3 × MAN 12V175D-MEV methanol-ready engines in connection with the building of two CSOV (Commissioning Service Operation Vessels) for Bernhard Schulte Offshore (BS Offshore), the offshore unit of international shipping corporation, Schulte Group. The vessels are designed to support the... Read more →

Aether Fuels raises $8.5M to develop sustainable fuels for aviation and ocean shipping

Start-up Aether Fuels announced US$8.5 million in pre-Series A financing via convertible notes. The global syndicate includes JetBlue Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) division of JetBlue, as well as TechEnergy Ventures (the CVC division of the Techint Group), Doral Energy Tech Ventures (the CVC division of Doral Energy), Foothill... Read more →

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $38 million in funding (DE-FOA-0003234) to develop sustainable carbon-containing liquids from renewable energy through the Grid-free Renewable Energy Enabling New Ways to Economical Liquids and Long‑term Storage (GREENWELLS) program. Managed by the DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the new program... Read more →

WinGD partners with Alfa Laval to advance the development of ammonia-powered engines

Alfa Laval and Swiss engine designer WinGD have established a partnership in which Alfa Laval will deliver two fuel supply systems (FSS) for testing WinGD’s ammonia-fueled engine in early 2024. Ammonia is anticipated to become a key fuel in the shipping industry’s efforts to reduce its impact on carbon emissions.... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions will collaboarate with Alfa Laval, the Swedish industrial concern, to develop a methanol fuel-supply solution for MAN four-stroke engines and its fuel-injection technology. As a result, the first four-stroke engine types will be capable of retrofit to methanol operation from 2025. Methanol is a low-flashpoint fuel that... Read more →

Nigeria’s Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemicals plant (earlier post) has purchased 1 million barrels of Agbami crude grade from Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (STASCO), one of the largest trading companies in Nigeria as well as globally, trading more than 8 million barrels of crude oil per day.... Read more →

P1 Fuels and Carbon Recycling International (CRI) partner on e-fuel production for ICE vehicles

Germany-based P1 Performance Fuels, a developer of fossil-free synthetic fuel, is collaborating with Carbon Recycling International (CRI) to drive e-fuel production for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. P1 Fuels has signed a contract with CRI, a global leader in clean methanol technology, for delivery of an e-methanol production unit. The... Read more →

Deutsche Aircraft, a manufacturer of regional aircraft, commissioned consultancy LBST ( Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik GmbH), a participating company of TÜV SÜD AG, to compile a comprehensive study comparing the economic and environmental performance of Liquefied Hydrogen (LH2) and Power-to-Liquids (PtL) in aviation. The study is focused on domestic production of electricity-based Sustainable... Read more →

Rio Tinto Kennecott to fully transition to renewable diesel in 2024

Rio Tinto will replace its entire fossil diesel consumption with renewable diesel at its Kennecott copper operation in Utah from 2024. Kennecott’s fleet of 90 haul trucks and all heavy machinery will begin to transition to renewable diesel in the first quarter of 2024, along with consumption from the concentrator,... Read more →

Infinium and Breakthrough Energy Catalyst announced a $75-million project equity investment commitment to support Infinium’s Project Roadrunner, subject to the satisfaction of certain closing conditions. Project Roadrunner will convert waste CO2 and renewable power into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and other low-carbon fuels. This first-of-a-kind commercial-scale Power-to-Liquids (PtL) eFuels facility... Read more →

Cleantech start-up, CAPHENIA, has commissioned MAN Energy Solutions to build a Plasma Boudouard Reactor (PBR). This will form the core of CAPHENIA’s first production plant, ‘GERMANY I’, located at Industriepark Höchst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany where the company will produce its first renewable fuels in 2024. The CAPHENIA PBR... Read more →

Neste and ENOC Group collaborate on SAF initiatives in Dubai and the MENA Region

Neste and ENOC Group, a leading integrated global energy player, have agreed to collaborate to explore the possibilities of supplying and purchasing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Dubai and the wider Middle East North Africa (MENA) region in the coming years. By leveraging the expertise of Neste as the world’s... Read more →

Lloyd’s Register (LR) has awarded Type Approval to BeHydro, a joint venture between CMB.TECH and Anglo Belgian Corporation (ABC), for its hydrogen-powered dual-fuel engine. It is the first Type Approval for a dual-fuel hydrogen engine. The new engine, which has a capacity of up to 2.7 megawatts (MW), offers shipowners... Read more →

Santa Maria Renewable Resources selects Topsoe for renewable fuels plant in Texas

Santa Maria Renewable Resources (SMRR), a vertically integrated renewable energy and bio-based production developer, has executed license and engineering agreements for Topsoe’s Hydroflex and H2bridge technologies to produce renewable fuels at a new plant to be built in Texas. HydroFlex converts various fat, oils and greases into drop-in renewable jet... Read more →

MAN Energy Solutions announced that a dual-fuel version of its MAN 175D high-speed engine, capable of operating on methanol, will be available by the end of 2026. The new variant, designated MAN 175DF-M, will be available both as newbuild and retrofit variants. MAN Energy Solutions states that the 175DF-M will... Read more →