Sep 8, 2017

September issue of Energy Digital now live! US military, AECOM, Songas, UPC renewables

Sustainability
Jonathan Dyble
1 min
military solar
The September issue of Energy Digital magazine, packed with exclusive interviews and company features is

The September issue of Energy Digital magazine, packed with exclusive interviews and company features is now live!

The US military may not be the first organisation to cross one’s mind when recounting examples of sustainable programmes in action, but this is exactly what our lead feature looks into.

Consuming over 100mn barrels of oil a year, America’s defence chiefs are now looking to renewable sources of energy to power its activities. We spoke to several experts, both military and non-military, about how the military may approach this task.

Sustainability also lies at the core of AECOM Sustainability Practice Leader Craig Riley’s mission. A veteran as far as sustainability goes, Riley was engrossed in the subject before the buzzword arrived around the turn of the century. Turn to our interview to find out about some of his latest project successes.

Our top 10 also highlights sustainable progress, recognising the greenest countries in the world.

Finally, be sure to read our other exclusive company insights in interviews with Songas, UPC Renewables and Australia’s Civmec.

CLICK HERE to read the full September edition of Energy Digital.

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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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