GAIA Report States Chemical Recycling Industry Gaining Limited Traction So Far

Wastedive | August 03, 2020

A new report from the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) pushes back on growing discussions around "chemical recycling" or processing strategies supported by the plastics industry. Entitled "All Talk and No Recycling: An Investigation of the U.S. 'Chemical Recycling' Industry," the report states the U.S. chemical recycling sector largely consists of plastic-to-fuel (PTF) operations rather than plastic-to-plastic (PTP) efforts. Some recycling stakeholders — including plastics groups — have cited chemical recycling as a key effort meant to operate in tandem with traditional mechanical recycling. Environmental groups and some nonprofit recyclers, however, said the practice harms human health and the environment. The facilities have also been slow to come to fruition and fulfill their promises, according to critics.

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Global Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) Growth Opportunities

ReportLinker | December 30, 2021

Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Global Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage Growth Opportunities" In the short to medium term, CCUS will find wider application in hard-to-abate industries, such as coal-fired power plants, cement manufacturing, iron and steel, fertilizers, and chemical production by retrofitting existing plants. In order to have a larger impact on decarbonization strategies in the longer term, negative emission technologies, such as Bioenergy CCS and Direct Air CCS will begin to be deployed.CCUS hubs will play a significant role by integrating various industrial clusters within the ecosystem, thereby, reducing the cost and operational risk. At the same time, innovation will focus on cost reduction, technology optimization, modularization, and new business models.This study gives a comprehensive analysis of the global CCUS market till 2030, including forecasts for revenue, carbon capture capacity, regional splits, trends by industry, competitive analysis, and growth opportunity identification. About Reportlinker ReportLinker is an award-winning market research solution. Reportlinker finds and organizes the latest industry data so you get all the market research you need - instantly, in one place.

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UGI and Vertimass Enter Agreement to Produce Renewable Fuels in the U.S. and Europe

UGI Corporation | January 06, 2022

UGI Corporation announced today that it has entered into a 15-year agreement with California-based technology developer, Vertimass, to utilize their catalytic technology to produce renewable fuels from renewable-ethanol in the U.S. and Europe. The agreement centers on the development of production facilities using Vertimass’ catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol into renewable-propane and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The technology enables flexible production of the renewable fuels to align with regional market demand. Up to 50% of the total production capacity from the facilities can be renewable-propane that will support UGI’s ongoing efforts to provide innovative, low-carbon, sustainable energy solutions to its customers. UGI expects to invest either solely, jointly with Vertimass or in partnership with third parties to build and operate multiple production facilities over the next 15 years in locations across the U.S. and Europe, significantly increasing the supply of renewable-propane and SAF. UGI anticipates a total investment of roughly $500 million for the bolt-on production facilities over a 15-year period, including potential third party investment, with total production target from these aggregated facilities of approximately 1 billion gallons of combined renewable fuels per annum. The goal is to have the first production facility onstream in fiscal year 2024 with an annual production target of approximately 50 million gallons of combined renewable fuels. Vertimass employs catalytic technology to convert renewable ethanol and other renewable alcohols into renewable hydrocarbon fuels that are compatible with the existing equipment and infrastructure. This technology can be bolted on to existing ethanol production facilities, optimizing GHG emissions reduction, and bringing further end product diversification to the existing ethanol producer. The introduction of such ethanol-based “bio-refineries” is an attractive proposition for skilled job development and the opportunity to further drive energy independence using local resources. “This is another significant milestone in our commitment to providing renewable fuels to our customers. Our business development team continues to seek out innovative opportunities and I am delighted with our newly established partnership with Vertimass. We believe this partnership will deliver significant renewable LPG for our customers as well as bring investment opportunity to interested stakeholders.” Roger Perreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of UGI Corporation Charles Wyman, Vertimass President and Chief Executive Officer, continued “Vertimass is extremely excited to work with UGI to commercialize our breakthrough technology. UGI and Vertimass have built strong relationships over the last year, which we believe will cement success.” Bill Shopoff, Vertimass Chair, noted “Together we will take advantage of this unique low-cost technology to transform ethanol facilities and produce renewable fuels that will cover UGI’s global footprint, as well as enable the production of SAF.” More About the Technology Vertimass is developing a unique Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization technology to allow produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and diesel blendstocks that are compatible with the current transportation fuel infrastructure as well as LPG eliminate the ethanol “blend wall” by converting ethanol into fungible gasoline components for powering light duty vehicles, produce intermediates used to make plastics and other higher value products, and possibly debottleneck processes to increase throughput with little additional costs other than for feedstock. CADO completely converts wet ethanol into targeted hydrocarbons in a simple reactor system at moderate temperatures and near atmospheric pressure without adding hydrogen. Other benefits include the ability to lower plant water usage, reduce overall energy consumption, and drop GHG emissions to levels required for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Advanced Biofuel category. Introduction to Renewable-LPG (Renewable Propane) Renewable LPG, also known as renewable-propane, is chemically identical to today’s fossil LPG and therefore can be used with existing infrastructure. It has up to 80% lower carbon footprint than that of conventional LPG. About UGI Corporation UGI Corporation is a distributor and marketer of energy products and services. Through subsidiaries, UGI operates natural gas and electric utilities in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, distributes LPG both domestically and internationally, manages midstream energy assets in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and electric generation assets in Pennsylvania, and engages in energy marketing, including renewable natural gas in the eastern region of the United States and California, and internationally in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. About Vertimass Vertimass LLC is based in Irvine, California. The mission of Vertimass LLC is to develop and widely license breakthrough technologies that substantially expand production of sustainable transportation fuels and chemicals that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security and domestic economies. Commercialization of proprietary Vertimass technology can overcome the blend wall that currently impedes expansion of ethanol production from multiple sources of biomass and open up large new markets for aircraft and heavy-duty vehicle fuels and for chemicals not currently amenable to ethanol.

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EY joins Alliance to End Plastic Waste, enhancing measurement through deep cross-sector experience

EY | April 28, 2022

The EY organization has joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, alongside more than 90 companies, project collaborators, allies and supporters who are committed to ending plastic waste in the environment. EY experience across chemicals, manufacturing, supply chain and finance, will help the Alliance develop more effective environmental, social and governance (ESG) measurement criteria for its work on the ground, which will help the Alliance to catalyze funding for Alliance-led projects. Clear and consistent metrics will form the foundation of sustainable, commercially viable business models that can be scaled for greater impact. Along with its global network of members and partners, the Alliance has built a portfolio of over 35 ongoing projects in 29 countries to support the transition to a circular economy for plastics. The focus is on testing and accelerating solutions to improve the collection, sorting, processing, and recycling of plastic waste – because three billion people worldwide still do not have access to proper waste management services. EY work will contribute to developing innovative and self-sustaining infrastructure systems that can be owned and operated by the communities they benefit. Dr.-Ing. Frank Jenner, EY Global Chemicals & Advanced Materials Leader, says: "Ending plastic waste is a towering ambition that requires action across all segments of society. I believe that through innovation and collaboration with the Alliance community, lasting change can be achieved. One of the key next steps is going to be unlocking the necessary investment in circular, innovative, and viable solutions already adopted by the Alliance. If the right metrics are in place and project performance is consistently measured, it is possible to prove that success can be replicated, thereby attracting greater investment and accelerating progress toward ending plastic waste for good." Steve Varley, EY Global Vice Chair – Sustainability, says: "Collective action is critical for tackling plastic waste, and EY people are well placed to help drive progress on this complex issue. The Alliance to End Plastic Waste is an important cross-industry group dedicated to real change and I'm proud that EY is joining this initiative to help scale truly innovative solutions that protect the planet." Jacob Duer, President and CEO of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste "We are honored to work with world-class organizations like EY to develop solutions that help end plastic waste in the environment. Our growing network reaffirms the importance of collective action to address this complex challenge on multiple fronts, while keeping our eye on the goal of achieving full circularity, augmented by practical measures in the interim. We look forward to working closely with EY to accelerate scalable solutions that are economically self-sustaining." About EY EY exists to build a better working world, helping create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets. Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.

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XENDEE Partners with Idaho National Laboratory for Net-Zero Carbon Microgrid Program

XENDEE Corporation and Idaho National Laboratory | January 15, 2022

XENDEE Corporation and Idaho National Laboratory have partnered to build a design platform for Net-Zero Carbon Microgrids. The platform will consider a wide variety of distributed energy and sustainable technologies, including solar photovoltaic, battery storage, electric vehicle fast-charging stations, hydrokinetic power, hydro-storage, traditional combined heat and power systems, and small nuclear reactors to optimize Microgrid designs and minimize environmental impacts while also capturing the best return on investment. Essential to the development of the program was also a strong emphasis on greenhouse gas reductions, since as it stands, traditional generators running on fossil fuels still make up the backbone of most Microgrid implementations. The Net-Zero Carbon platform is based on XENDEE’s Microgrid design and operation software, which will act as the optimization engine, power flow simulation tool, and cloud-based Microgrid operator. XENDEE calculates the optimal time to make investment decisions, accounts for year over year changes in the financial and technological environment and can simulate the operation of the Microgrid at peak efficiency to meet organizational goals and resiliency requirements. “Net-Zero Carbon Microgrids offer an exceptional solution to large public and private energy consumers, lifting the burden of centralized distribution, ensuring long-term energy security, and specifically addressing greenhouse gases as a priority parameter for technical design,” Michael Stadler, CTO of XENDEE As part of INL’s pre-project research, 25 functional requirements were identified as necessary for developing a Net Zero Carbon Microgrid Planning and Design Tool. INL performed extensive pre-procurement market research and XENDEE was identified as the only solution with a comprehensive platform that met all the 25 requirements. XENDEE was also the only platform that offered integrated modeling for greenhouse gas emissions, which was vital to addressing carbon emissions as an essential part of the design process. “XENDEE offered a single comprehensive tool for Microgrid design and modeling that efficiently optimizes design and investment, power flow simulations, and organizational goals to meet resiliency requirements and cost efficiency,” said Tim McJunkin, Ph.D., Distinguished Researcher in Power and Energy Systems. “Additionally, with modeling considerations for greenhouse gas emissions and a variety of energy generation technologies, we can harness a variety of solutions to offer sustainability without sacrificing resiliency and energy security. This is why we selected XENDEE, and now we are partnering with XENDEE.” As part of this partnership, XENDEE will also be enhancing its software to model small modular nuclear reactors. “With the ever-increasing demands on regional utilities, aging infrastructure, and rising fuel costs, Microgrids have a unique opportunity to meet the challenges of climate change and contribute to a carbon-free power delivery system without overburdening energy markets and consumers,” said Ning Kang, Ph.D., Department Manager of Power and Energy Systems at INL. “The addition of small nuclear reactor technology can offer a unique zero-carbon solution while also meeting the load requirements of large industrial facilities and military bases.” To fully realize the new Net-Zero Carbon design tool for microgrids, INL and XENDEE will build upon the XENDEE platform to standardize design, research, investment, and decision support. XENDEE will also provide advanced training and continued project and feature support, including new technologies, as INL continues to verify the design tool through their Hardware-in-the-Loop system and perform onsite verification through public and private participants. INL’s technical report on Net-Zero Microgrids is available on the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information website. About XENDEE XENDEE develops world-class Microgrid decision support software that helps designers and investors optimize and certify the Fight-Through™ resilience and financial performance of projects with confidence. The XENDEE Microgrid platform enables a broad audience, from business decision-makers to scientists, to support investments in Microgrids and maintain electric power reliability when integrating renewable generation sources. About Idaho National Laboratory Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, and also performs research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and the environment.

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