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NEWS UPDATE September 28, 2022

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Shell sees 2024 aviation fuel demand recovering to pre-pandemic levels

By Isabel Kua and Florence Tan, Reuters  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

Shell is considering building two more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) plants in the United States, as it aims for renewable fuel to account for 10% of its global jet sales by 2030, Toschka said. One of the projects would utilise the traditional hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) technology while Shell hopes to tap on newer technology for the second. “There are limits to producing products based on HEFA … we need to look into cellulosic material, alcohol to jet, less restricted feedstocks,” he said. [ read more … ]

SAF

Biden jet fuel plan adds pressure on EPA to maximize biofuel feedstocks

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

The SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap unveiled Sept. 26 is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy and Department of Transportation, outlining measures the federal government can take to realize the goal of net-zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050. SAF must achieve at least a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based jet fuel. So far, volumes of the fuel are very small, requiring a dramatic ramp-up in production that the roadmap makes clear can only come from use of all available feedstocks. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

DOE releases draft clean hydrogen production standard

By Erin Voegele, Ethanol Producer Magazine  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

The U.S. Department of Energy is opening a public comment period on its Clean Hydrogen Production Standard draft guidance. Ethanol and biomass are among the sources of hydrogen production addressed in the draft guidance document. Development of the draft guidance is required by the Infrastructure Investment Act. That legislation, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, was signed by President Joe Biden in November 2021. The law, in part, directs the DOE to develop an initial standard for the carbon intensity of clean hydrogen production. [ read more … ]

Markets

Algae Biofuel Back From Dead, Now With Carbon Capture

By Tina Casey, GreenTechnica  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

In January of this year the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) launched the new AlgaePrize competition for students, aimed at developing “the next generation of bioeconomy professionals by expanding novel solutions to production, processing, and new product development on the way to gigaton-scale algae commercialization for fuel, food, products, and carbon dioxide utilization/sequestration.” Last week the office announced a $16.5 million round of funding for six algae projects related to carbon dioxide capture. The six projects were selected for their potential to demonstrate an improvement in carbon capture by algal systems leading to biofuels and other products, while also cutting costs and decreasing overall greenhouse gas emissions.
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Could a rail merger snarl the U.S. freight system?

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

A pending $27 billion merger between two railroads is causing concern in the energy industry, where some sectors say it could worsen existing freight delays and service problems. The Surface Transportation Board will begin a three-day hearing Wednesday to consider the merger between Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. and Kansas City Southern. The two companies say the deal will lead to better service, won’t cause any job losses and will help the environment by getting tens of thousands of trucks off the road. They’ve lined up hundreds of their customers in favor of the deal. [ read more … ]

EVs

EV charge points in Britain are now nearly as expensive as gasoline, research shows

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted September 28, 2022

Electric car drivers in the U.K. have seen the cost of using a public, “rapid” charger on a pay-as-you-go tariff rise by 42% since May, according to data released Monday. Figures from RAC Charge Watch — which is part of the RAC, a motoring organization — show that it now costs EV drivers using the above infrastructure an average of 63.29 pence (72 cents) a kilowatt hour to charge their vehicle. Breaking the figures down, the RAC said this meant an 80% rapid charge of a “typical family-sized electric car” using a 64 kWh battery cost, on average, £32.41 (around $34.87). [ read more … ]

 

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