ESNA to honour energy storage innovators for fifth year
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the largest conference, exhibition, and networking event for the North American energy storage industry has called for nominations for its 2017 Innovation Awards.
Now in its fifth year, the event takes place annually, celebrating excellence in the energy storage sector. This year, ESNA will honour projects which are accelerating the efficient, customer-centric, clean and resilient ‘energy transition’.
Various criteria will be examined to determine the winners, including transformation of the storage ecosystem, opening new markets, tapping into multiple value streams, overcoming operational challenges, and increasing grid reliability and resiliency. Nominees must have a stationary or mobile grid energy storage system for North America that is installed and operational on or before June 1st 2017.
The three categories for nominees are: Centralised; Distributed: Commercial, Industrial or Residential; and Mobility: Transportation, Electric Vehicles, and Enabling Infrastructure. There are two additional categories – Policymaker and Utility – for the ESNA Champion Awards, honouring the work of individuals who have made exceptional contributions to energy storage.
The award ceremony celebrating the winners will occur on August 9th at the San Diego Convention Center.
“The energy transition is happening globally as markets adapt, technologies emerge and consumers engage – and energy storage is playing an essential role,” said Janice Lin, Energy Storage North America Conference Chair. “This year’s ESNA awards will recognize the storage champions and projects that are accelerating this inevitable shift to greater efficiency, power system resiliency, and market-based success.”
The deadline to submit nominations for ESNA Awards is June 2nd, and finalists in each category will be notified later in June when voting opens.
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.