Summit Carbon Solutions announces investment from John Deere

Summit Carbon Solutions is pleased to announce it has received a strategic investment from John Deere to advance the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project.  The project will accelerate decarbonization efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel.

“John Deere has had a significant impact on food production and on improving the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture globally,” said Bruce Rastetter, CEO of Summit Agricultural Group.  “They recognized early on the impact Summit Carbon Solutions will have on the sustainability of biofuels and the broader agriculture industry.  We’re thrilled to have them as a strategic investor.”

Hyzon Looks to Liquid Hydrogen for up to 1,000-mile ZEV Range

Hyzon Motors is betting on liquid hydrogen to power its fuel-cell-electric trucks, rather than the gaseous hydrogen being used by most FCE truck developers, saying it will enable an up to 1,000-mile range, among other advantages.

Hyzon recently announced it will work with Chart Industries to produce a liquid hydrogen-powered heavy-duty commercial vehicle with a range of up to 1,000 miles. Chart is an independent global manufacturer of liquid hydrogen equipment.

Hyzon Motors is a relatively new hydrogen-fuel-cell truck maker, developed as an offshoot of a fuel-cell technology company. It’s headquartered in Rochester, New York, but thus far most of its hydrogen-fuel-cell truck orders have been in Europe and Australia. The vehicles are being built on chasses from existing truck-makers such as DAF. The latest announcements indicate we’ll see Hyzon trucks in North America, as well. In addition to partnerships with Chart Industries, Raven SR, and Renew H2, the first vehicle trials with U.S. fleet operators will start in the fourth quarter of this year in California.

Neste reports continued strong demand for renewable diesel

Neste released financial results for the first half of 2021 on July 27, reporting solid performance for its renewable products segment. Demand for renewable diesel was robust, but feedstock markets were tight, the company reported.

Peter Vanacker, president and CEO of Neste, said that the company’s renewable products business segment continued to be resilient during the first half of the year and was able to maintain a healthy sales margin.

Neste’s renewable products segment posted a comparable operating profit of EUR 287 million for the second quarter he said, down from EUR 314 million during the same period of last year. “The renewable diesel demand was robust, but the feedstock markets remained very tight as expected,” he added. “We were able to reach a healthy comparable sales margin of USD 700/ton. Our sales volumes were 732,000 tons, impacted by the scheduled Porvoo units’ maintenance and postponement of some end-June deliveries. The Porvoo maintenance had a negative impact of approximately EUR 40 million on the segment’s comparable operating profit. Feedstock mix optimization continued, and the share of waste and residue inputs increased to 93 percent.”

Opal Fuels Invests in Indiana RNG Facility

OPAL Fuels LLC, a Fortistar portfolio company and producer and distributor of renewable natural gas (RNG), has announced an investment in Bio Town Biogas.

The RNG production facility, located in Indiana, will feature a large-scale dairy digester that will produce about 1,000 MMBTUs of fuel per day.

Expected to achieve an ultra-low carbon intensity score, the project will not only convert biogas to electricity from cattle manure at its host site but also truck in manure from local dairy farms to convert to RNG. OPAL Fuels then distributes the fuel through its network of over 140 service stations, which together operate as TruStar Energy.

 

GM scales up EV fleet support infrastructure

Electrifying delivery vehicles is no longer a race predominantly amongst startups. In the past year, big-name OEMs have revealed plans for an entire lineup of new battery-electric commercial vehicles — ranging from Ford’s unveiling of the 2022 E-Transit to Mercedes-Benz’s announcement that eSprinter is heading to the U.S. market.

As for General Motors, there has been a flurry of announcements this year (no surprise given its commitment to invest $35 billion into EVs and autonomous through 2025). It began In January, with GM CEO Mary Barra presenting both a new business unit called BrightDrop and the EV600 at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show  (as well as the electric pallet, the EP1). Just three months later, GM built on this by announcing the Ultium Charge 360, an integrated platform for EV users to easily access charging stations and services. Now in July, the latest news is that of the expansion of the Ultium Charge 360 for fleets.

Oberon Fuels Welcomes Propane Vet Cinch Munson

Oberon Fuels, a California-based provider of renewable dimethyl ether (rDME) transportation fuels, has announced the addition of longtime propane industry exec Cinch Munson.

Joining as vice president of commercial development, Munson has more than 20 years’ experience in the propane and agribusiness sectors. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of business development for the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC).

“The synergies between rDME and the propane industry are unique, and rDME provides a remarkable pathway to not only further reduce the carbon footprint of today’s propane, but also unlock the future of hydrogen,” says Munson. “rDME is uniquely positioned to decarbonize the transportation sector and beyond.”

Blue Bird begins production of propane buses with new engine

Blue Bird began production of its 2022 Blue Bird Vision propane and gasoline school buses, integrating Ford’s 7.3-liter V-8 engine and a fuel system designed specifically for school buses.

The fuel system technology, known as Gen 5, was developed by Roush CleanTech. Roush has manufactured more than 30,000 propane and gasoline fuel systems for Blue Bird buses equipped with Ford’s 6.8-liter engine.

“The exclusive partnership between Blue Bird, Roush CleanTech and Ford continues to flourish as we launch Ford’s new engine with cutting-edge fuel systems in our Vision and Micro Bird school buses,” says Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corp. “We’ve already heard excitement from our customers about this compact, more powerful and easier-to-maintain engine with better fuel economy.”

How Formula E racing helps rev up EV development

Sunday, while Richard Branson was blasting into space, 12 teams of 24 drivers in 24 electric racing cars competed in the 11th round of the 2021 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.

The international racing series for fully electric single-seater race cars returned to the 1.42-mile course at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in the Red Hook neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City for the fifth time. Now in its eighth season, much has changed since GreenBiz covered the inaugural event in 2017. For example, since 2018, the 45-minute race has been completed in a single car, rather than drivers changing to a second car halfway through the race due to limited battery range. Manufacturers taking part in this season include BMW and Jaguar, whose drivers both captured checkered flags over the weekend (in rounds 10 and 11, respectively).

When I was invited to Brooklyn to cover this year’s event, my first thought was that it seemed like a really cool thing to cover. I don’t know much (rather, anything) about racing, but looking into the event inspired three main questions I wanted answered, including why I thought something I know so little about sounded, well, sexy. Although I didn’t attend the event in person, I was able to get some time during press day Friday with Theodor Swedjemark, chief communications and sustainability officer with ABB.

I wasn’t very familiar with the company at first introduction, but the name was instantly recognizable — and not just because it is the title sponsor of the race. ABB provides 40 percent of the DC fast chargers in the U.S. today. Beyond electric vehicles, it is electrifying marine transport in the U.S. in New York and Washington state.

Noodoe Introduces EXCEED DC Level 3 Charging Stations

Noodoe EV has released its new EXCEED DC Level 3 chargers, designed to offer up to 20 percent quicker recharging times over other chargers.

The product lineup includes the DC60P Fast Level 3 charging station, DC120P Ultrafast Level 3 station and DC180P Super Ultrafast Level 3 station.

“Level 3 DC chargers are now the go-to option for commercial fast recharging solutions, designed to quickly recharge electric vehicles,” says Noodoe CEO Jennifer Chang. “The EXCEED DC Series is ideal for highway refueling stations, parking garages, fleet operations, EV charging network operators, EV charging solution providers and EV dealerships.”

Brentwood power plant to test green hydrogen fuel

New York State’s newly announced plan to explore the use of green hydrogen to decarbonize power production will include what is billed as the first test of blending the clean fuel into the mix at an existing power plant in Brentwood, officials said.

Under the $8.5 million pilot program, the New York Power Authority will study the effects of blending green hydrogen with natural gas at its small Brentwood plant that is used chiefly for electricity production during peak times.

But a group that has worked with NYPA on transition plans for the peak power plants is raising concerns about the green hydrogen pilot, saying its anticipated conclusion is “hardly an effective decarbonization strategy.”