Mar 11, 2020

EDF: sustainability through digital transformation

William Girling
2 min
EDF Group has decided to collaborate with American software company Ansys on the development of low-carbon power generation technology

EDF Group has decided to collaborate with American software company Ansys on the development of low-carbon power generation technology.

Announcing details of the partnership in a press release, EDF will be utilising Ansys’ suite of solutions in the design of state-of-the-art nuclear power stations, which will allow paradigm-shifting ultra-efficient power output.

Making primary usage of Ansys’ multiphysics solutions, which allows the user to simulate the real-world functionality and possible restrictions/interactions of a complex system in its natural environment - integrity, heating, radiation and more.

Accelerating the development of nuclear power

Discussing the joint effort, Levesque Benoit, project manager at EDF, said, “Collaborating with Ansys to design leading-edge nuclear power plants accelerates the creation of renewable energy with unmatched efficiency and unparalleled customer accessibility.

“By digitally transforming our manufacturing processes, we can minimize emissions, slash maintenance costs and maximize our share of the power generation market while remaining in full compliance with strict international regulatory standards."

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EDF’s commitment to low-carbon emissions has been a long-standing dedication - the company’s Sizewell B power plant celebrated its 25th year in operation in February 2020.

Opining that nuclear power will play a crucial role in the transition from a predominantly fossil-fuel oriented society to one based on renewable energy, EDF points to countries like Sweden, which is leading the way for the conversion.

Combining technology with sustainability

Eric Bantegnie, VP and GM of Ansys, was enthusiastic about the project’s potential. “Digital transformation enables EDF to usher in a new era of clean, cost-effective and cutting-edge low-carbon power plants, with operational lives spanning over four decades.”

 "By leveraging Ansys multiphysics simulations, EDF engineers devise designs that push boundaries and meet challenging regulatory requirements, providing unequalled power output for its worldwide customers."

With the company’s RaptorH software driving the acceleration of augmented 5G capabilities, a three-dimensional integrated circuit (3D-IC) and IoT optimisation, Ansys will be an invaluable tech partner in EDF’s quest for renewable energy.

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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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