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Dragons’ Den: chemical building blocks from CO2

Oxylum, a spin-off from University of Antwerp, already produces formic acid from CO2 with a relatively small electrolyzer. And it can also produce other chemical building blocks. During the Dragons’ Den of Transition on November 30th at Chemelot, the company is looking for chain partners to scale up.

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HYTE Blog#2 The situation matters everywhere

Europe – Location matters. So does the type of business. Political conditions certainly. The Hydrogen Trail Europe offers several lessons. Especially about the different choices different companies make in different locations with different circumstances.

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Gasunie already looks beyond floating gas storage facility

The Netherlands – Last week the first cargo of liquefied natural gas arrived at the new floating storage facility at Eemshaven. In the record time of six months, Gasunie and construction partners managed to expand the storage of liquid natural gas by two-thirds. And Gasunie is now looking further afield.

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European carriers join fold for air carbon capture

Airbus and a consortium of airlines and airline groups are working together on a new carbon capture initiative, with the objective of delivering secure, verifiable carbon removal credits as part of aviation’s obligation to offset some of its future emissions.

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Greenergy expands production biodiesel in Amsterdam

The Netherlands – Greenergy is increasing the production at its biodiesel plant in Amsterdam by over 25 percent. The pretreatment unit is also being upgraded so that it can process a wider range of waste oils into feedstock for the biodiesel plant. By 2023, Greenergy plans to put the additional capacity into use.

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Tata embarks on new course with green steel plant design

The Netherlands – Last week Tata Steel announced that the company invests 65 million euros into the design of a new steel plant in which hydrogen replaces coal as a fuel. A first major step in the transformation of the production site in IJmuiden, in which green hydrogen will play an important role. In doing so, the company put its money where its mouth is.

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Capricorn Industrial Biotech Fund launched

Belgium – Capricorn Partners has launched the Capricorn Industrial Biotech Fund to finance early-stage businesses that are developing innovative biotechnology-based products and services in response to the rising demand for sustainable products.

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The Northern Lights site at Øygarden near Bergen. (Photo: Rikard Wilson / Equinor ASA)

Yara is going to store CO2 in Norway

The Netherlands/Norway – The first commercial deal on cross-border CO2 transportation and storage in the world has been signed by Yara and Northern Lights, a JV owned by Equinor, Shell, and TotalEnergies.

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Green Hydrogen Inherent Safety Practices launched

The Netherlands – Green Hydrogen Inherent Safety Practices on a Large Industrial Scale was launched by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) and consortium partners HyCC, Ørsted, Shell, Yara, DNV, Royal HaskoningDHV, and TNO.

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HYTE Vlog#10: New kid on the block Lhyfe

France – New kid on the block Lhyfe produces green hydrogen from sea water in Bouin at the west coast of France. And Luc Graré of the hydrogen starter gave the travellers of Hydrogen Trail Europe a cliffhanger. At the end of september the first floating hydrogen installation is going offshore. More to come!

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HYTE Vlog#9: Europe’s largest in Puertollano

Spain – Puertollano in southern Spain is currently home to Europe’s largest electrolyzer for hydrogen production, run by Iberdrola, with a capacity of 20 megawatts. It runs entirely on solar energy. With this green hydrogen, producer Fertiberia first makes ammonia and then fertilizer. A very elegant and hopeful development.

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HYTE Vlog#7 The Swiss way of Hydrospider

In Switzerland, there are entirely different opportunities and challenges. In Niedergösgen, we visited an Alpiq hydroelectric plant that is more than 100 years old. Industrial heritage! From part of the hydroelectric power, the joint venture Hydrospider makes hydrogen with a 2 megawatt electrolyze

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Who will join us on Electro Trail Europe?

Europe – In 2023 we are going on the road again. Industrielinqs and Voltachem will visit several industrial electrification projects in Europe. And they are looking for company. For that, teams with young professionals or students can participate in a scenario competition. The finals will be on November 29, 2022 during EIES2022. And the winners will join the Electro Trail Europe!

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High energy prizes urge Nyrstar to close production Dutch Zinc Smelter

The 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shell buys renewables platform Sprng Energy

The Netherlands/India – Shell Overseas Investment B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell, has completed its 100% acquisition of Solenergi Power Private Limited and with it, the Sprng Energy group of companies from Actis.

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Infracaital invests in GRIDSERVE’s Sun-to-Wheel technology

United Kingdom – Infracapital has agreed to invest an initial £200 million in GRIDSERVE to support the company’s efforts to decarbonize transportation through the installation of electric vehicle infrastructure and its goal to provide sustainable energy on the scale required to combat climate change.

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BEIS supports CSS’ carbon capture technology

United Kingdom – Grant expert Catax reports that a pioneer in the development of hydrogen fuel has received £247K in funding to perfect carbon capture technology that will help reduce the environmental impact of its waste-to-hydrogen plants.

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Floating wind to power UK’s Avalon oil development

United Kingdom – Dagang NeXchange Berhad, through its subsidiary Ping Petroleum UK, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Cerulean Winds to begin a collaborative effort to deliver a dedicated offshore floating wind turbine for the Avalon Development in the Central North Sea, UK.

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ABB and Captimise team up to reduce CCS cost

United Kingdom – In order to assist industrial CO2 emitters find the most effective and affordable way to incorporate CCS into their operations and stop the release of CO2, ABB and the CCS expert Captimise have teamed up.

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