Nov 4, 2017

Boat made from 99% recycled plastic sets sail

Sophie Chapman
2 min
Hubbub boat leaves Canary Wharf Dock
A boat that is 99% constructed of recycled material left Canary Wharf Dock on 2 November. This is part of an awareness cam...

A boat that is 99% constructed of recycled material left Canary Wharf Dock on 2 November.

This is part of an awareness campaign instigated by Hubbub, a UK-based Foundation, to draw attention to dangerous levels of plastic pollution.

The boat, named Poly-Mer, is a 12-seater punt, created using ‘plaswood’ – a material made 100% from plastic waste.

The waste-management boat serves purpose to collect and remove litter, also known as “plastic fishing”, from the Docks in London.

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The collected waste will then be used to make similar boats across the UK.

“We built the ‘Poly-Mer’ to turn part of the problem into a solution and hope it will raise awareness that everyone can play their part to tackle plastic litter closer to home before it travels out to the ocean,” regarded Trewin Restorick, the Chief Executive of Hubbub.

“We’d love to hear from people in other areas of the UK who are interested in getting involved with plastic fishing as we expand the fleet.”

According to Mr Restorick, 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources.

Poly-Mer was constructed by Mark Edwards MBE, a boat builder, and has been supported by Sky Ocean Rescue.

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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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