Sep 27, 2013

Energy market's 'all-of-the-above' strategy

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“In the context of the U.S. Energy Policy, What is ‘All-of-the-Above’ and ‘How Do We Get There?’” Keynote speak...

“In the context of the U.S. Energy Policy, What is ‘All-of-the-Above’ and ‘How Do We Get There?’” Keynote speaker Charles D. McConnell, executive director, Energy and Environment Initiative, E2I, Rice University and former assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy, will answer those questions and more at the national CHP2013 and WHP2013 conference and trade show held Oct. 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza in Houston, Texas, 

As former assistant secretary for fossil energy, U.S. Department of Energy, McConnell was responsible for the strategic policy leadership, budgets, project management, and research and development of the Department's Coal, Oil and Gas, and Advanced Technologies programs. The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve operations and management, as well as the National Energy Technologies Laboratories, were also included in his responsibilities.

“Competitive energy advantage with a positive environmental impact is derived from the combined heat and power, as well as waste heat recovery, cycles,” said McConnell. “A broad-based marketplace of applications is integral to an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy.”

The conference will also address PACE Financing for energy and water conservation. The discussion about, PACE Financing for Energy and Water Conservation Projects will be led by attorneys from Thompson and Knight who will give insights on the newly enacted legislation in Texas (SB 385), which authorizes municipalities and counties in Texas to work with private sector lenders to enable owners of commercial and industrial properties to obtain low-cost, long-term loans for water conservation, energy-efficiency improvements, and renewable retrofits. These improvements align perfectly with the technological benefits CHP and WHP provide.

Texas Combined Heat and Power Initiative, The Heat is Power Association, and World Alliance for Decentralized Energy together host the fourth annual conference for cogeneration technologies. The conference brings business and energy leaders together with industry experts, project developers, policy specialists and end-users to examine new technologies, market opportunities and installation case studies of combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). 

On-site generation with CHP provides energy security during times of grid strain and extreme weather conditions while reducing the emissions and driving down power costs. By providing secure reliable power, CHP technologies are gaining favor by hospitals, universities, data centers, manufacturers, and other mission critical facilities. CHP systems also help reduce the enormous amount of water consumed by power plants during the production of electricity.

WHP systems, which require no combustion and produce no emissions, improve overall industrial energy efficiency and competitiveness and are considered renewable energy systems in over 15 states, making WHP a natural and integral part of all clean energy and jobs discussions.

Prior to joining DOE, McConnell served as vice president of Carbon Management at Battelle Energy Technology in Columbus, Ohio, with responsibility for business and technology management, including leadership of the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership. McConnell also spent 31 years with Praxair Inc., in various positions in the U.S. and Asia and most recently in Houston, Texas, as global vice president.

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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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