Jan 24, 2018

Nissan announces energy storage solution using solar

Solar
Energy Storage
Sophie Chapman
1 min
Nissan is offering for UK homeowners to save on energy bills for £3,881
The Japanese automotive manufacturer, Nissan, has announced it’s energy storage solution for homes in the UK. The Nissan...

The Japanese automotive manufacturer, Nissan, has announced it’s energy storage solution for homes in the UK.

The Nissan Energy Solar system will collect and store surplus energy during the day, and allow homeowners to power their homes with it during the night.

This could save customers up to 66% on energy bills, the company claims.

“Nissan Energy Solar is just one step in supporting our commitment to investing in innovative energy solutions for a more sustainable future and intelligent way of living,” stated Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Nissan Energy.

The price of the equipment starts at £3,881 (US$5521.65), which includes the firm’s home energy management system.

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This system offers customers the ability to control the use of their energy in real-time, reducing carbon emissions through automated energy flows, storage capacities, and solar production peaks.

Prior to this solar project, Nissan announced it will be trialling and assessing microgrid system across Europe.

This project will understand how sustained energy sources are accessed by local communities.

The Japanese firm has also initiated construction on the largest collective solar roof in the Netherlands, which began in November.

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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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