Mar 13, 2018

Harvard University’s 58,000sqft Energy Facility is under construction

U.S.
Energy Efficiency
Sustainability
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Harvard Univeristy's Allston Campus District Energy Facility is under construction
Construction has begun on the Allston Campus District Energy Facility (DEF), located at Harvard University. The 58,000sqft...

Construction has begun on the Allston Campus District Energy Facility (DEF), located at Harvard University.

The 58,000sqft facility has been designed by Boston-based architect, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

The project is considered to be a ‘cogeneration plant’ – a new, efficient infrastructure typology that will provide hot and cold water, as well as energy, to the campus.

The new facility will be located on one of Harvard’s most prominent sites, the Allston campus

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RMF Engineering are responsible for developing the buildings efficient and resilient systems – which are also adaptable for any future needs on the campus, encouraging sustainability.

The building will continue to work in the event of electrical grid failure through its independent operations, whilst the site can use thermal energy through the chilled water tank.

“The realization of the new District Energy Facility will enhance reliability and resiliency and maximize the use of academic space,” commented Principal Jane Weinzapfel, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).

“It will actively support the academic growth of Harvard’s expanding Allston campus,” she added.

Rendering: Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

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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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