May 17, 2020

First Solar Builds New Thin Film Solar Module Production Faciltity

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First Solar builds new thin film solar module production facility
First Solar is first in solar photovoltaic sales and distribution worldwide (hence the name). The company is planning to build its newest production fac...
First Solar is first in solar photovoltaic sales and distribution worldwide (hence the name). The company is planning to build its newest production facility in Mesa, Arizona. The $300 million investment will use four manufacturing lines to produce more than 250 MW of advanced thin film photovoltaic solar modules per year.

The 135-acre site location for the facility is designed to accommodate future expansion and will be powered by a 3 MW rooftop solar installation. The thin film module facility is expected to create approximately 600 jobs, with construction predicted to complete by mid 2012 and first shipments going out late in 2012. The construction of the facility will create 400-500 temporary construction jobs.


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First Solar’s corporate headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona. The company specializes in thin film solar modules. The majority of First Solar’s projects have been throughout Europe, with particular focus on Germany. However, the company is currently developing two utilities-scale projects in Arizona: the 290 MW Agua Caliente facility and the 17 MW Paloma solar power plant.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
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Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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