Jul 17, 2018

Spain reaches new record 45.8% renewable power in energy mix

Sophie Chapman
1 min
In the first half of 2018, Spain’s renewable power contributed to 45.8% of its total energy mix for the first time.

In the first half of 2018, Spain’s renewable power contributed to 45.8% of its total energy mix for the first time.

In the six months to June, wind farms powered 22.6% of the country’s total power with 27,779GWh of electricity, according to Climate Action Program.

The nation’s wind power contribution rose by 10% compared to the first six months of last year, whilst total renewable production increased by 8.5% year-on-year.

Due to the increase of rain compared to the review period of 2017 saw hydropower provide 16.9% of power, contributing 20,000GWh, an increase of 74%.

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Solar power accounted for 4.6% of Spain energy mix, with other low-carbon generators, such as nuclear power, helped the figure reach 67.5%.

The country’s total renewable power installations have risen by 53% in the past 10 years, Red Eléctrica claims.

The firm has set the goal of introducing an additional 30.5GW of new capacity in a bid to reduce Spain’s reliance on fossil fuels.

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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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