Siemens Gamesa announces new contracts as ETES construction nears completion
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has revealed that its electric thermal energy storage (ETES) facility in Germany is nearing completion.
The facility, which is to be located in Hamburg-Altenwerder, has the capacity to store 30MWh of energy, which is said to be enough to cater for 1,500 German households.
Hasan Özdem, head of technology management and projects at Siemens Gamesa, said: “We are proud to be able to offer this important technology as a fully functional solution for out customers after just a few years of development work. A very interesting option of our technology is to convert decommissioned thermal power plants into high-performance storage facilities for renewable energies at low cost.”
The company hopes its new facility will be able to reduce construction and operating costs of larger storage capacities.
ETES will also be connected to an IT platform developed by the municipal energy supplier of Hamburg. The facility will go through extensive testing before it begins to form part of the company’s regular operations.
Elsewhere in a jam-packed week for the energy giant, SGRE announced it will be supplying 233MW of wind turbines to eight wind farms across Spain, through deals made with three energy companies.
39 turbines, totalling 135MW, will be provided to WDP for its El Poleo, Las Panaderas and Navillas facilities. 20 turbines worth 62MW will be provided to Brial’s Tinajeros, Agón, La Nava and Los Cierzos wind farms. 11 more turbines will be going to a company which remains unnamed.
A different kind of contract comes in the form of new CFO David Mesonero. The appointment has been in the offing for a year, with many discussions surrounding who was best for the job.
Mesonero is currently managing director of corporate development, strategy and integration, and is said by Reuters to have been a strong advocate of the merger resulting in Seimens Gamesa’s formation back in 2017, having led the merger talks.
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.