Aug 13, 2017

Cenex team up with Leeds City Council to test zero emission smart technology in vehicles

Jonathan Dyble
2 min
Leeds traffic
Vehicle emission research company Cenex have teamed up with Leeds City Council for the testing of smart technology in vehicles to reduce emissions in...

Vehicle emission research company Cenex have teamed up with Leeds City Council for the testing of smart technology in vehicles to reduce emissions in heavily polluted areas.

The technology that will be constructed using real time air quality data will trigger hybrid engines to automatically switch to electric power when in areas of high pollution.

The collaboration on the project that Leeds City Council and Cenex have created will include Transport Systems Catapult, Earthsense, Dynniq and Tevva Motors Ltd.

“Local air quality is a persistent and growing problem in urban centres across the UK and globally,” said Steve Carroll, head of transport at Cenex.

“Using real-time air quality data to automatically instruct vehicles driving into high pollution areas to switch to zero-emissions driving, has the potential to transform urban transportation regulation and save thousands of lives.”

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Leeds City Council board member Lucinda Yeadon also praised the project, expressing that the move was as vital step forward for the City’s environment programme.

"It is great to be supporting this innovative new technology, and looking at how we can best implement it in the city to help reduce air pollution," she said.

"Improving air quality in Leeds is a huge priority for the council, and we are looking at a number of different initiatives to address the issue."

The announcement comes in the wake of green campaigners calling for Leeds City Council to take action by ensuring its proposed air quality zones are implemented.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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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