Dec 1, 2016

British clean-tech company closes landmark deal for people-powered lighting

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British clean-tech company closes landmark deal for people-powered lighting in Washington DC, walking...

British clean-tech company closes landmark deal for people-powered lighting in Washington DC, walking distance from the White House.

A British startup, Pavegen, behind unique technology which 'harvests' the energy from people's footsteps and converts it into electricity to power lights has started an aggressive drive to capture the US market by opening its first installation on a busy street just a few blocks away from the White House in Washington DC.

"We view this as being a crucial entry point into the US market and are in talks with potential clients throughout the country. Americans will definitely see more of our technology in the near future," said Pavegen’s CEO and Founder Laurence Kemball-Cook.

The London-based business has installed its latest global project on Connecticut Avenue — in the central business district in Washington DC — marking the US expansion of its revolutionary V3 technology, which uses unique flooring technology to convert the kinetic energy from people's footsteps into electricity through electro-magnetic induction. Pavegen has worked with the District Department of Transportation, the Golden Triangle BID, and ZGF Architects to bring this project to life.

One site uses Pavegen V3 arrays to power interactive lighting and offers a gamified experience, allowing the public to engage with the technology in versatile ways. The lighting in this area is a key asset to improving visibility and enjoyment of the area, especially considering the busy roads surrounding DuPont Circle.

Footsteps in the two other sites are used to power LED under granite seating installed by the Golden Triangle BID. This allows the areas to be lit day and night, aids the accessibility of the area and also increases pedestrian safety. New bike racks and landscaping round out the pocket park.

Pavegen received a great support from the British Government and this was an achievement for the British startup scene post-Brexit.

With a vision of reaching a greater environmental goal all over the world, Pavegen aims to involve communities and people from all walks of life with the importance of renewable energy. Additionally, its features around illumination can aid cities in their attempt to curb violent crimes and have a positive impact on communities throughout the U.S. The unique combination of floor, energy and data contributes to the idea that Pavegen will pioneer the Smart Cities revolution, whilst also promoting the need for clean energy sources in cities all over the globe.

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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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