Jan 11, 2018

1,000 more electric vehicle charging points for London

UK
Electric Vehicles
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Bluepoint London are to bring 1,000 electric vehicle charging points to the UK's capital city
London’s leading charging network, Bluepoint London, has announced that it will be deploying an additional 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) char...

London’s leading charging network, Bluepoint London, has announced that it will be deploying an additional 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging points across the capital.

The company operating the Source London network has partnered with 20 London boroughs in order to provide

The news follows the signing of an agreement between Bluepoint London and Tower Hamlets at the end of last year.

“Source London continues to be London’s leading charging network and we are extremely pleased to be working with 20 boroughs across London,” reported Christophe Arnaud, Managing Director of Bluepoint London.

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“Nevertheless we are still far behind other capitals and witness daily the appetite of Londoners for EVs.”

“Providing them with the right infrastructure is essential and only an immediate collaborative effort from all of London’s local authorities will enable us to find the best possible locations for the 1,000 points we have waiting in storage.”    

According to the company, Source London doubled its monthly charges during 2017, reaching 50,000 cycles.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Drax
Biomass
Sustainability
BECCS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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