May 8, 2018

Enel Green Power joins OSMOSE project as partner

Renewable Energy
Sophie Chapman
1 min
The Italian energy manufacturer’s renewable subsidiary, Enel Green Power, has joined the Optimal System-Mix Of Solutions...

The Italian energy manufacturer’s renewable subsidiary, Enel Green Power, has joined the Optimal System-Mix Of Solutions for European Electricity (OSMOSE) project.

The project aims to encourage the widespread of renewable energy on an international scale by integrating systems and services.

OSMOSE will focus on technologies within renewable energy, storage system, smart grid management, and demand response.

The project is funded by Horizon 2020, a research and innovation programme set up by the European Union.


Enel is set to partake in trials with its Potenza Pietragalla wind farm, located towards the south of Italy, and the San Fiorano hydropower plant in the north of the country.

The firm’s wind farm was the first in Italy to feature an integrated storage system, which has 2MW/2MWh of storage.

OSMOSE will allow Enel to enhance the system, enabling real-time transmission supply of grid regulation services to Terna, and Italian transmission system operator.

The project will also encourage facilities to coordinate with renewable plants and industrial customers to create smart management.

The hydropower plant will test new ways of managing secondary power regulation between Italy and Slovenia.

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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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