Dec 19, 2017

The Hague football stadium has become self-sustainable through energy storage

Sophie Chapman
2 min
Cars Jean stadium to charge electric vehicles using solar power
Visitors in the Cars Jean football stadium in The Hague will be able to charge their electric vehicles from renewable resources.

Visitors in the Cars Jean football stadium in The Hague will be able to charge their electric vehicles from renewable resources.

This will be made possible through a combination of charging infrastructures for electric vehicles and energy storage.

Alfen, the Dutch energy equipment company, will be delivering the fully integrated project to Scholt Energy Control, who will be supported by Stedin and the municipality of The Hague.

During the daytime, the stadium generates its power from solar panels on its roof, with most of the energy generated needed during the night, for vehicle charging and lighting the stadium.

Alfen’s project, that is expected to be fully operational in the first quarter of 2018, will store the energy generated during the day, and distribute it throughout the night.

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“Through this initiative, renewable energy can be used locally for the electric vehicle charging hub,” reported Ton Koning, Program Manager of Air Quality at the municipality of The Hague.

“We hope this will further stimulate the use of electric vehicles and consequently improve the air quality in our city.”

Alfen will supply a charging hub that will consist of 20 charging points, as well as an advanced load balancing platform that will maximise the utilisation of the existing grid network.

“This project brings together all of Alfen’s areas of expertise: grid connections, EV charging equipment and energy storage,” Andreas Plenk, stated Global Sales Director of energy Storage at Alfen.

“Integrating these areas of expertise will play an increasingly important role to incorporate the growing amount of renewables and electric vehicles, as these are causing imbalance on the electricity grid.”

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Drax
Biomass
Sustainability
BECCS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
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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