Facebook signs deal with Vattenfall to power data centres with wind power
The US-based social media firm, Facebook, has signed a deal with Swedish power company, Vattenfall, to supply its data centres in Norway and Sweden with renewable power.
The 15-year deal will see Vattenfall provide 1,00GWh of power annually, sourced from the 294MW capacity Bjerkreim wind farms.
The three farms will feature 70 4.2MW Siemens Gamesa wind turbines and will be developed by Norks Vind Energi by next year.
The energy will be used to power Facebook’s data centres in Odense, Denmark, and Lulea, Sweden.
“These projects will add wind energy to the Nordic grid, providing a 100% renewable solution to our data centre campuses,” stated Vince Van Son, Commerical Director for Energy and Infrastructure at Facebook.
“It will also provide a renewable solution for the electricity consumed at the energy centre in Odense, enabling the production of renewable heating for the community from the heat recovered at our data centre.”
“The balancing services agreement is Vattenfall’s largest agreement with an external partner in the Nordics,” remarked Branislav Slavic, Vice President of Nordic Business Sales at Vattenfall.
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.