[INFOGRAPHIC] New York City's Colossal Appetite for Energy
When one thinks about the most energy-hungry cities in the world, images of sprawling metropolises with neon lights and people shoulder to shoulder typically come to mind.
With its iconic streets lit up to near daylight levels at all times after dark, Las Vegas could easily be imagined as one of these high demand cities. People in Asia may very well picture Tokyo or Hong Kong. But all must bow in awe to the spectacular appetite that New York City has for electricity.
But how many people walking down the street, sitting on their computers or watching television in the Big Apple have stopped to think about how much it takes to fuel the town? Those of us who look at energy trends tend to look at energy consumption on a state, regional, national or continental basis, so articles on individual cities’ power draw are relatively sparse on the worldwide web.
To put into perspective the massive amount of resources needed to power the King of Cities (that’s probably not a real nickname, but we’re making it one), our friends over at VisualCapitalist.com crunched some numbers and released the following slides.
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
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).
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.