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Biobased

New partnership to develop renewable products from biobased materials

Germany – South Korean Dongsung Chemical and the German UPM Biochemicals have decided to join forces to produce renewable products utilizing bio-based raw materials, starting with materials for shoes.

Hydrogen

Raven SR and Howden streamline waste-to-hydrogen process

United States – Raven SR and Howden have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give greater confidence in buying critical components for hydrogen fuel generation plants, including sophisticated compressors.

Renewables

Port of Aberdeen and Stillstrom partner on offshore charging

United Kingdom – In a ground-breaking proposal to drastically cut emissions from ships waiting outside the port, the Port of Aberdeen will work with Stillstrom by Maersk, a recently established offshore charging venture firm.

Electrification

Boskalis in first Dutch manned platform electrification project

The Netherlands – Boskalis has conducted the first manned platform electrification project in the Netherlands for NAM BV Assen.

Hydrogen

Bilfinger supports Gasunie’s Dutch hydrogen storage project

The Netherlands – Bilfinger is assisting Gasunie, a Dutch and German energy infrastructure corporation, with the engineering of the HyStock project, an underground hydrogen storage facility near Zuidwending in the Netherlands.

Storage

Eurocell to place EU gigafactory in The Netherlands

The Netherlands – In order to serve the region’s energy storage and e-mobility markets, battery manufacturer Eurocell is well along in the process of planning to construct its first European gigafactory in the Netherlands.

Energy

High energy prizes urge Nyrstar to close production Dutch Zinc Smelter

e Netherlands – Nyrstar’s zinc smelter in Budel will be put in mothballs from 1 September until further notice. Or in professional terms: in care and maintenance. Nyrstar’s zinc production has been under pressure for some time now due to the much higher electricity prices. The company cannot pass these costs on to the customer because the prices are determined on the world market. As a result, margins are evaporating.

Hydrogen

Germany and New Zealand partner on green hydrogen research

Germany – A green hydrogen research programme established with Germany will aid Aotearoa New Zealand’s transition to a more sustainable, low-emissions economy, according to Research, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall.

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Renewables

Introducing new offshore wind turbines concept

United States – In place of a tall, cumbersome tower with blades at the top, Brandon Ennis, the offshore wind technical lead at Sandia National Laboratories, envisioned a towerless turbine with blades drawn taut like a bow.

Biobased Hydrogen

BEIS provides funding for production of hydrogen from biomass

United Kingdom – The government has announced funding for researchers at Cranfield University to investigate fresh approaches for producing hydrogen energy from biomass.

Circular economy

VTT launches Olefy to transform circular plastic recycling

Finland – VTT is spinning out Olefy technology in October after four decades of thermal conversion technology development – a process that can affordably convert most of the world’s waste plastics back to usable virgin grade materials an infinite number of times. VTT has also announced the filing of eight patent applications for the process.

Biobased Hydrogen

Hy2gen and Technip Energies start Hynovera feasibility studies

France – Hy2gen and its partner Technip Energies have begun the feasibility study phase of the Hynovera project in Meyreuil, Bouches-du-Rhône, with the goal of developing renewable fuels for aviation and maritime transport.

Sustainable energy

Furetank and Algoma form sustainable product tankers joint venture

Sweden – A joint venture between Furetank and Algoma will build four environmentally friendly dual-fuel product tankers for trade in Northern Europe.

Biobased

Asia-Pacific branch of Dutch GoodFuels delivers biofuel to NYK

The Netherlands/Singapore – GoodFuels, a Dutch-based biofuels pioneer for the global transport industry, has successfully supplied sustainable marine biofuel to NYK’s bulk carrier MV Frontier Explorer, the company’s first such delivery to a major maritime client since opening its Singapore office.

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Storage

Faraday Institution and NREL support joint UK-US battery research

United Kingdom – A memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a cooperative relationship in support of projects to develop and improve high-capacity batteries as well as new techniques for recycling battery materials for use in future electric vehicles for a more sustainable world has been signed by leaders in energy storage research from the USA and the UK.

Renewables

Sweden taking significant steps for offshore wind development

Sweden – The Swedish government has made significant announcements regarding offshore wind over the past few months. The extensive coastlines of Sweden do not yet allow for the full utilization of offshore wind resources. However, they aim to recoup the lost ground.

CCUS

Making existing factories more sustainable

Of course, the transition calls for completely new production methods, but the zero-emission factories will not be there overnight. Solutions are therefore also needed to give existing plants in the chemical, steel and fertilizer sectors a smaller footprint. One example is SEWGS, a technique developed by TNO to separate residual gases and capture CO2. A potential linchpin in the transition of the industry.

Biobased Hydrogen

Levidian and United Utilities get BEIS funding for biogas-to-hydrogen project

United Kingdom – The government’s Net Zero Innovation Portfolio awards funding to Levidian and United Utilities for the initial stage of a biogas to hydrogen project.

CCUS

Hanson UK a step closer to CCS at Padeswood

United Kingdom – As part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Phase 2 Carbon Capture and Storage Cluster Sequencing process, Hanson Padeswood Cement Works in Flintshire has been shortlisted for funding.

Renewables

France to increase renewables production

France – Around 20% of France’s electricity comes from renewable sources, with 8% coming from wind energy, but more is needed if the country is to both meet its climate goals and strengthen its energy security.

Hydrogen Renewables

HydrogenOne invests in Dutch hydrogen pipeline business Strohm

The Netherlands – The first clean hydrogen investment fund to be listed on the LSE, HydrogenOne Capital Growth, has signed agreements in writing to invest £8.4 million (EUR 10 million) in Strohm.

Hydrogen

Equinor’s H2H Saltend passes Phase 2 of BEIS cluster sequencing process

United Kingdom – The Hydrogen to Humber Saltend (H2H Saltend) production facility owned by Equinor has advanced through Phase 2 of the government’s cluster sequencing process, according to a statement from the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Biobased

UK government launches consultation on biomass promotion

United Kingdom – The government has launched a consultation on how to support the development of biomass energy generation with associated carbon capture in the UK over the next decade.

Circular economy

British Wood provides EPCM for US e-waste metals recovery facility

United States – Wood, a British multinational engineering and consulting business, has secured a new contract to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services for Igneo Technologies’ new e-waste metals recovery facility in Savannah, Georgia.

Biobased

UECC adds Svitzer’s EcoTow to replace fossil with biofuel in Scandinavia

Denmark – Svitzer’s EcoTow product, through which fossil fuels are replaced with biofuels on Svitzer’s tugs, has received a three-year contract from UECC, a major provider of short sea transportation services for automobiles and other rolling cargo in Europe.

Circular economy Hydrogen

University of Aberdeen gets funding to turn waste into hydrogen

United Kingdom – The UK government has granted £220,000 to the University of Aberdeen’s School of Engineering to support a project that aims to develop a new method of producing hydrogen from organic waste as part of the energy transition.

Chemcycling

Researchers scaling up technology for recycling rare earth elements

United States – In order to recycle valuable materials in the millions of tons of electronic waste produced annually in the United States, researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Momentum Technologies have piloted an industrial-scale process.

Hydrogen Renewables

Offshore wind vessel gets first hydrogen bunker permit in Port of IJmuiden

The Netherlands – Windcat Workboats has received the first hydrogen bunker permit in the port of IJmuiden, allowing them to bunker the Hydrocat 48 with hydrogen for the first time.

Hydrogen

INL and Bloom Energy produce hydrogen with record-breaking efficiency

United States – The nation’s top facility for nuclear energy research and development, Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and Bloom Energy Corporation jointly announced the preliminary findings of their ongoing demonstration.

Sustainable energy

MPA Singapore and Port of Rotterdam partner on sustainable shipping

The Netherlands – The Singapore Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) and the Port of Rotterdam have agreed to establish the world’s longest Green and Digital Corridor to enable low and zero carbon shipping.

Infrastructure

Cross-border pipeline projects made possible by trilateral cooperation

The Netherlands – Several tasks and joint positions have been completed by the “Trilateral Chemical Region Initiative.” Creating the foundation for pipeline projects involving concrete was one of these tasks.

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Biobased

Kuehne+Nagel secures waste-based biofuel for 40,000 TEUs

Switzerland – To prevent 40,000 TEUs of CO2e emissions, Kuehne+Nagel has secured the equivalent volumes of a waste-based next generation biofuel.

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