BayWa opens new central control room in Bangkok
German renewables business BayWa has announced it will open a new operations centre in Thailand, with the control room to be located in the capital, Bangkok.
The company’s main control centre is in Munich, Germany, and will work together with the second control centre which has been set up due to the volume of wind and solar projects the company has recently taken on in Asia.
According to ReNews, BayWa Operation Services managing director stated: “Our new operations centre will provide the very best monitoring, security and management services for our customers located in the Asia Pacific region.”
The company hopes that it will be able to provide better service and maintenance to its Asian projects by being closer to its customers, as well as increasing the company’s overall efficiency across the globe.
BayWa Services global head, Tobias Bittkau, said: “Not only will our people be closer to our customers, but we are investing heavily into digitalisation, which will make our control centres amongst the best in the world.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
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).
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.