Aug 20, 2015

[INFOGRAPHIC] How to meet water and energy needs

Cutter Slagle
2 min
Are you worried about our future? When it...

Are you worried about our future? When it comes to how we use water and energy, we may need to take a look at our resources to better understand what our future holds.

Below, you’ll find an infographic that details the water and energy needs for different societies. Furthermore, you’ll discover information regarding the production of energy from wastewater and various challenges that we could eventually face.

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The image also depicts progress, as well as what is specifically needed in order to accomplish universal water and energy access. After all, water and energy are essential components when it comes to developing and strengthening society.

It’s extremely important to discover new methods to preserve water and energy, as well as optimize the way we currently use our water and energy. Specifically, we need to find ways to produce more with less.

This image is particularly interesting, as it shows what the world will need by the year 2050. For example, if the world population continues to increase by 80 million people each year, then we will need to increase our water by 55 percent; our energy will need to increase by 70 percent.

Take a look at all of the data!

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[SOURCE: Science for Peace]

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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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