Energy Digital magazine: September issue out now!
The latest issue of Energy Digital magazine is now live!
Accra Brewery is the oldest brewery in Ghana as well as a proud member of the AB InBev family. For this month’s cover feature we caught up with Wil Fameni, Head of Procurement & Sustainability, to find out how the business is aligning itself with AB InBev’s 2025 sustainability goals including smart agriculture, climate action and entrepreneurship.
“In showing that we are making life better for Ghanaians and empowering them, it tells our customers that we are invested in the country,” comments Fameni.
Meanwhile, George Adams, Head of Energy & Engineering at SPIE UK, discusses how buildings can not only become more sustainable, but have a positive impact on the urban environment and even the global climate.
We are also zooming in on Kazakhstan to take a look at how the traditionally coal-reliant nation is making the shift to a more diverse renewable energy mix.
September also brings a list of the world’s largest onshore wind farms, as well as a selection of must-see events for thought leaders in the energy sector. We have also included the latest news and insights this month from CSI Energy, EnviroServ Water Management Ltd, Bollore Logistics and Flogas.
You can read the magazine here.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
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).
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.