Aug 24, 2018

India plans 25GW solar installation in Jammu & Kashmir

Solar
India
Olivia Minnock
2 min
The government of India has been mulling the construction of a large solar project in Jammu & Kashmir, and this is set to move...

The government of India has been mulling the construction of a large solar project in Jammu & Kashmir, and this is set to move forward with a single tender.

The project is set to be located in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, which according to CleanTechnica receives the highest solar radiation per unit area in India.

RK Singh, Minister for New & Renewable Energy & Power, commented on the planned tender at the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog conference on government and business partnership, which dealt with the nation’s 2030 goals for water, energy and green industry.

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The project, set to be worth 25GW, will deliver power to a transmission point in the state of Himachal Pradesh, from which it will be dispensed.

Singh stated, according to The Hindu: “Ladakh has the highest potential, of about 25,000MW, for solar power in India. So we are taking about coming out with one bid of 25,000MW with storage.”

Last year, India partnered with the EU in its commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement. It has outlines it support of the EU Energy Union’s Framework Strategy and 2030 targets for energy and climate change, as well as its own renewable targets and policies.

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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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