Aug 21, 2014

[HOW TO]: Make the Most of Your Next Renewable Energy Conference

Green Energy
3 min
Conferences can be a great way to meet new people, learn more about the industry, and if nothing else, get away from home for a few days. With an ind...

Conferences can be a great way to meet new people, learn more about the industry, and if nothing else, get away from home for a few days. With an industry like renewable energy, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new information and companies presented at conferences. Here are our few tips for making the most out of your next conference.

Plan Ahead
Conferences are a time for the industry to come together to discuss and share ideas via panels, show floors, and other events. That said, trying to do it all is more or less impossible. The best way to experience the conference is by planning ahead and knowing what you’ll be doing at all times. Keep a schedule of everything handy and highlight or mark what you’re going to be doing. Even better, get a handy scheduling app or use your phone’s calendar to keep track of the events you’re planning on hitting. Be sure to add the details such as the location so you don’t end up planning to go to back-to-back events really far apart.

Do Your Research
Part of good planning is knowing who and what you want to see. Is there something special that’s going to be at this conference? What new pieces of technology are going to be there? What’s the most important thing you have to make it to? Most conferences have informative websites that allow you to get an expanded preview of events and exhibitors. Checking all of this stuff out beforehand will help streamline your experience and make sure you get the most out of going.

Have a Clear Objective
This is as simple as having a second half of the sentence, “I’m going to this conference because…” If you’re spending several days away from home and especially if you’re going on your own dime, it’s important to have a reason for going. Conferences are fun, yes, but to really come out on top, it needs to be clear to yourself why you’re there.

Be Flexible
So your panel cot cancelled. It happens, unfortunately. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to big events and getting distressed about a difficulty can be the key to having a bad time. Have backup panels ready. Look for other events to do. Wander around a bit. Talk to someone you might not have otherwise. Being able to fill your time wisely is key to getting the most out of the conference. If nothing else, challenge yourself to learn about something you wouldn’t have otherwise. There’s always something to do, you just have to be ready to look a little harder or fill unstructured time.

Enjoy Yourself
Okay, so it sounds simple, but really, have fun! You’ll be more personable, open to new ideas, and more likely to get something out of the conference if you’re willing to have a good time. Try to keep stress to a minimum and approach the conference with a positive, energetic attitude. 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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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