Feb 6, 2017

Jordan Hospital to make switch to solar with new power plant

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Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a Dubai-based firm that invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, has announced the signing o...

Yellow Door Energy (YDE), a Dubai-based firm that invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency assets, has announced the signing of an agreement with Jordan Hospital to build, develop and operate a 4.7 MWp PV solar power plant. The partnership comes as part of Jordan Hospital's efforts to reduce its CO2 footprint by moving to electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

Dr. Abdullah Al-Bashir, General Manager of Jordan Hospital and Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy signed the agreement recently in Amman.

"As part of the hospital’s energy diversification strategy, we are looking at, meeting our electricity needs through power generated by natural resources and, in doing so, reducing our carbon footprint and greenhouse emissions,” said Ahmad Khattab, Managing Director of Jordan Hospital. “The project will contribute towards meeting the hospital’s medium and long-term electricity needs, as it is scheduled to be connected to the grid by 2017. The highly-anticipated project is expected to encourage other public and private sector companies to generate renewable energy and rely on it in the future."

Jeremy Crane, CEO of Yellow Door Energy, said: "Jordan has always been at the forefront of countries seeking to make the most of natural resources, and through its investments in this area, the Kingdom has made remarkable progress. Yellow Door Energy is committed to enabling companies to save energy and reduce their electricity cost and is proud to be part of the further development of this approach in Jordan. In addition to helping reduce operating costs, the project will enable the hospital to serve as a successful model for promoting renewable energy projects in Jordan and abroad.”

Meroun Green Solutions Co., a leader in providing smart and innovative green solutions in the area of clean development projects, will oversee the construction of the project and its implementation, leveraging the advanced global innovations in the fields of renewable energy and energy management.

Sameeh Abushanab, CEO of Meroun Green Solutions Co., said: “This project covering over 67 dunams comes in response to the growing demand for electricity locally. The project will provide the hospital with a capacity of 4.7 MWp and is expected to be fully operational by 2017”.

Yellow Door Energy’s operations are fully compliant with the net metering and wheeling regulations in Jordan and Dubai. The legislation allows companies to generate energy and make use of solar power.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Dominic Ellis
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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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