Apr 17, 2015

[INFOGRAPHIC]: Inside Tesla's Gigafactory

Green Tech
Tesla
Energy Digital Staff
1 min
You might have heard of Tesla Motors and its massive Gigafactory. It’s a $5 billion project that several Southwestern states were competing for...

You might have heard of Tesla Motors and its massive Gigafactory. It’s a $5 billion project that several Southwestern states were competing for.

The project’s size and scope drew skepticism from some. Many were unsure about Tesla’s ability to deliver on what could be one of the biggest factories in the world.

It was finally announced that Nevada would be the future home for the Gigafactory, beating out the expected winner, California.

While Tesla is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to details VisualCapitalist put together a handy infographic providing an overview of everything we currently know. 

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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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