Jun 1, 2012

Google "Search" Empowers Community's Solar Project

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  “If you did an internet search on the greater Detroit area, you'd see bad news—companies are closing, houses are be...


“If you did an internet search on the greater Detroit area, you'd see bad news—companies are closing, houses are being foreclosed on,” says Paul Schreiber, Mayor of Ypsilanti, Michigan. “However, where there are negative things going on, there's also opportunity.”

And that's exactly how Dave Strenski sees it, heading efforts to make the small town of Ypsilanti a solar power destination.

When Strenski got started, he didn't know a thing about solar. But that didn't stop him. Determined to make a change in his community, Strenski did some searching—through Google, of course. After finding a small grant from the State of Michigan, he used the funds to install his first system. The products available to track and monitor the amount of power being produced from the panels, however, would cost him thousands of more dollars that he didn't have, so he figured out a way to do it himself, free of charge.

Today, a map is provided of the various locations where solar power is being generated at any given time within the City on the Solar Ypsi website. Maintained with the help of volunteers, the number of solar installations continues to grow throughout the town.


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Last spring, Google found the Ypsilanti solar project in their search for cool projects that used “search.” After speaking with Strenski, they decided to visit Ypsilanti to film a short video about the project:

“My wildest dream is to have 100 locations in Ypsilanti, all on Solar Ypsi, all being tracked in real time,” says Strenski. “And Ypsilanti would be the place to come for solar information.”

It's amazing the things the internet can provide. “Search on,” says Google.


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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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