Jul 6, 2017

Huawei and Kawar Energy to work on PV development in Middle East

James Henderson
1 min
Jordanian renewable energy firm Kawar Energy and Huawei have joined forces to develop the PV (photovoltaic) market in the Middle East. Unde...

Jordanian renewable energy firm Kawar Energy and Huawei have joined forces to develop the PV (photovoltaic) market in the Middle East.

Under the terms of the agreement, Kawar will use Huawei string inverters in future PV plants.

Kawar Energy used Huawei string inverters for the first time in 2013, praising their stability and efficiency

Hanna Zaghloul, CEO, signed the agreement on behalf of Kawar Energy with Feijun Yin, General Manager of Solar Inverter Sales Management Dept.


“We are committed to selecting the best suppliers to design and build the optimal PV plant, in order to maximize the value for our customers,” Zaghloul commented.

“Our research and practice indicate that Huawei is the best choice in this regard.”

Huawei uses technologies, such as power line communication and natural cooling, along with DC fuse-free design to suit the hot and sandy environment of the Middle East. 

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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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