UK autonomous network project to increase company interest in electric vehicles
UK Power Networks has received approval by Ogem to develop its Active Response project that will reconfigure electricity networks autonomously.
According to a recent YouGov survey, on behalf on npower Business Solutions, 45% of asked senior decision makers in British companies are not willing to invest in electric vehicles.
The power distributer and network operator aims to approach this issue with its new initiative, as well as provide the for anticipated rise elsewhere in electric vehicles.
By 2030, it is anticipated that there will be almost 2mn electric vehicles in the areas that UK Power Networks manages – London, the east of England, and the south east.
The project will be trialled with spare capacity being used to support areas that use more electricity.
The Active Response project will be the first of its’ kind, being the only project in which an electricity network has provided additional capacity ahead of time to areas with extra demand.
“A low carbon transport revolution is coming, and UK Power Networks want to make sure electric vehicle users can charge when and where they want at the lowest possible cost,” stated Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation at UK Power Network.
“Active Response is one of our key projects to enable this, by allowing us to research how we can move any spare capacity around the network to where it is needed.”
The company has predicted that its project could save £271mn (US$364mn), and could reduce carbon emissions in the UK by 448,000 tonnes by 2030.
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.