Jul 29, 2014

Seven Smart Grid Projects Receive Funding in New York

Green Tech
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New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced funding for seven smart grid projects. $3.3 million has been allotted to seven research teams in ord...

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo announced funding for seven smart grid projects. $3.3 million has been allotted to seven research teams in order to research and develop smart grid tech that will make New York’s grids more secure, resilient, and efficient.

"As we continue to witness the impacts of extreme weather, it is more important than ever to invest in making our energy infrastructure stronger and smarter," said Governor Cuomo. "By investing in these seven smart grids, we are further readying the state for the new reality of severe weather and ensuring that the work we do today will mean fewer power outages and more deliberate energy consumption in the future."

The seven projects awarded funding are:

Brookhaven National Laboratory, Long Island—$250,000

The team, along with several local utilities, will develop quick-response techniques using radar to enact better restoration of electrical utility systems.

Clarkson University, Potsdam—$381,000

The research team, along with local utilities and universities, will work to develop an underground microgrid that will be resistant to extreme weather events.

ClearGrid Innovations, Inc., New York City—$100,000

Partnering with Con Edison, this project will hope to use advanced computing to analyze and predict Belectrical grid problems.

Con Edison, New York City—$2,000,000

The aim of this project is to connect the Kings Plaza Shopping Mall in Brooklyn to Con Edison’s grid in order to sell off excess power and provide a variety of supplemental support services. The mall could be used as a sort of de-facto generator, providing power to surrounding areas in emergencies.

Cornell University, Ithaca—$227,000

The university will work to develop a campus microgrid in order to provide better and more efficient services to the campus, such as heating, cooling, and electrical.

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems Training, Owego—$300,000

The defense technology company will develop a system that uses integrated aerial data to assess weather damage and allow utilities to accurately and effectively distribute their resources in a time of emergency.

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester—$78,000

This project would work to increase the allowable “microgrid density,” which would help foster collaboration between utilities and microgrids. 

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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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