Nov 29, 2017

Statoil has awarded Batwind project with battery contract

Wind
Sophie Chapman
2 min
Statoil and Masdar partner to make Batwind project for Hywind Scotland
The Hywind wind farm off the coast of Scotland is

The Hywind wind farm off the coast of Scotland is the world’s first floating wind farm, and was officially opened by the First Minister last month.

The German-American technology company, Younicos, have been award a contract by the Norweigian oil and gas company, Statoil, to deliver a battery to the offshore farm.

The dubbed Batwind project with connect a 1MW battery to Hywind Scotland, with the purpose of “teaching” the battery when to store power and when to send it to the grid.

This efficient storage solution technology will then lead to the increasing of the value of power.

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Two 10ft modular batter containers will be located at the Hywind onshore substation in Peterhead, north east of the country.

The project is expected to be fully operational in the second quarter of next year.

The Batwind project is a partnership between Norwegian Statoil and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), with Statoil’s share at 75% and Masdar’s at 25%.

“As part of Statoil's strategy of gradually supplementing our oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy, getting to understand energy storage is important,” reported Sebastian “Bringsværd, Head of Hywind Development in Statoil.

“With more renewables coming into production it will be crucial to handle storage to ensure predictable energy supply in periods without wind or sun.”

“Batwind has the potential to add value by mitigating periods without wind – and by that making wind a more reliable energy producer year around. This could expand the use and market for wind and renewables in the future.”

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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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