How the WindStream MobileMill could Change the Game for First Repsonders
WindStream’s innovative new MobileMill just hit the market and could change the face of the emergency response industry as we know it. Here’s how.
It runs on renewable energy.
Okay, so this is certainly the most unique feature of the MobileMill. The whole unit, which is a rather large trailer, is powered by renewable energy—specifically a scaled-down version of WindStream’s flagship solar-wind hybrid unit, the SolarMill. The energy generating units are situated on top of the vehicle and can be deployed in 60 seconds, allowing for rapid setup once on the scene. The MobileMill also is able to store the energy, allowing for a 24-hour uninterrupted power supply.
It could help decrease response times.
This is a major issue in much of the world. Even in the U.S., our infrastructure is aging rapidly and a major disaster could easily devastate the energy grid leading to slower response times. With the MobileMill running on renewable energy and not reliant on any sort of grid to plug into, response times could drop from hours to minutes. This, of course, could mean the different between life and death for some.
It could allow for advanced emergency services in more remote and off-grid locations.
Because the MobileMill doesn’t rely on any sort of grid, it can be deployed to more remote locations that may not have access to energy at all. Generally, these kinds of locations rely on diesel-fueled generators that aren’t always reliable. Sectors such as mining, agriculture, and remote exploration could benefit greatly from this tech.
Watch a video above of the technology in action.
You can find more information about the technology here.
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.