Renault to transform Porto Santo into a “Smart Fossil Free Island”
The French automotive manufacturer, Renault, has partnered with EEM Empresa de Electricitade da Madeira on a project to transform a Portuguese island.
The partnership aims to see Porto Santo become a “Smart Fossil Free Island” through the integration of electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy.
EEM Empresa de Electricitade da Madeira delivers and distributes energy around the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.
Renualt’s EVs will be used across the land, and will work with vehicle-to-grid chargers to store energy.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with EEM today to establish this unprecedented smart electric ecosystem which demonstrates to what extent the electric revolution is changing our everyday lives beyond just transport,” reported Eric Feunteun, Director of EV and New Business at Renault.
“Our aim is to build a model that can be carried over to other islands, eco-districts and cities, while consistently striving to achieve large-scale rollout of electric mobility solutions that are affordable for all.”
40 charging points will be installed for the EV ZOE an EV Kangoo vehicles used by volunteers on the island.
Solar and wind will contribute 15% to Porto Santo’s energy mix, and can be stored in Renault EV’s second-life abtteries.
It is anticipated that the project will be complete in 18 months’ time.
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.