Dec 11, 2014

[INFOGRAPHIC]: Visualizing the Deeply Unsettling Drought in California

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As I write this, sitting at my desk on the third floor of our building just north of San Diego, California, I look out the window at grey clouds hera...

As I write this, sitting at my desk on the third floor of our building just north of San Diego, California, I look out the window at grey clouds heralding a rainstorm later in the afternoon that’s supposed to continue into tomorrow. I feel a bit bad thinking, “Oh great, my commute home is going to be bonkers tonight.”

Just about more than anything right now, California needs rain—desperately.

In speaking with companies from around the world, many often joke about our perfect weather. Sure, 70 and sunny is pretty great for the most part, but rain is something we can’t go without.

Really, though, you don’t realize how bad it is until you see something like this infographic from Visual Capitalist. California is in a drought crisis; there’s no way around that. Industries such as hydroelectric energy are struggling and water usage is being regulated almost stricter than ever.

No matter where you are, this infographic will certainly make you re-think your water usage and just how vital this resource we often take for granted is. 



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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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