Jan 29, 2018

1,500 solar panels fitted at the University of Cambridge’s new district

Solar
Sophie Chapman
1 min
The University of Cambridge has 373kW capacity of solar power installed
The University of Cambridge has installed almost 1,500 solar panels at its new 150-hectare district. 12 units at the North...

The University of Cambridge has installed almost 1,500 solar panels at its new 150-hectare district.

12 units at the North West Cambridge Development have been fitted with 373kW of panels, which are anticipated to annually cut energy usage by 298MWh.

The project is to provide 1,500 affordable homes for university and college staff, as well as 100,000sqm of academic and research space.

The renewable energy company, G&H Sustainability, were responsible for the design and installation of the solar panels.

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“The University took the opportunity to affect the built environment and encourage sustainability throughout as it seeks a BREEAM Excellent rating,” commented Andrew Hudson, Sustainability Director at G&H.

“Solar PV plays a key part in this and any long-term energy reduction strategy.”

The university has set a target to reduce its carbon emissions by 34% by 2020.

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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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