Pacifico Energy begins 184MW solar project in Japan
Japanese power plant development company Pacifico Energy has embarked upon 184MW worth of solar projects at two locations in Japan.
Pacifico focuses on solar photovoltaic projects and covers all phases of project development such as site selection, negotiation and contracting, permits, impact studies, EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) and O&M (operations and maintenance).
It has begun the two solar power generation plants on golf courses in Okayama and Hyogo, with both set to be operational by 2020.
The Bizen plant will be situated in Wake, Okayam Prefecture, and will have a capacity of 112MW. It is set to generate 132mn KWh of electricity annually, which the company says will contribute to an annual reduction in CO2 emissions of about 90,000 tonnes. This will produce electricity exclusively for Chugoku Electric Power.
The second plant, called the Yumesaki plant, will have a capacity of 72MW and will be built in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture. It is set to generate 84mn KWh of electricity annually, contributing to an annual reduction of about 42,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. The electricity from this plant will be purchased by Kansai Electric Power Co, Inc.
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.