Jul 7, 2014

IBM Aims to Tackle China's Air Quality and Supplies of Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy
1 min
China’s air quality has seen a rapid deterioration during the past few years as the country continues to industrialize and carbon emissions sky...

China’s air quality has seen a rapid deterioration during the past few years as the country continues to industrialize and carbon emissions skyrocket.

New York-based IBM wants to help China with its increasingly dangerous air quality problem, as well as with management of its renewable energy resources.

IBM is partnering with the Beijing municipal government to help develop a system that will predict various emission factors in the capital, such as the type, source, and quantity. T

According to Bloomberg, this is all in an effort to help China’s renewable energy utilities intelligently estimate the amount of energy that will be available for grid transmission or storage.

Bloomberg notes that this is also a business decision for IBM, as they’re hoping the project will help driving sales in China, which fell 20 percent last quarter.  

Both parties are hopeful though, as China is trying to reduce carbon emissions from its 2005 levels by 45 percent as soon as 2020. The project would aid this greatly, as the government could tackle individual factors causing high emissions and take preventative measures rather than reactionary ones.

"You not only have to build a model that can predict. You have to provide a decision system so that people can take proper action," director of IBM research in China Xiaowei Shen said. 

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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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