Nov 4, 2015

[VIDEO] Earth 2050: What does the future of energy look like?

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By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to reach nine billion people and be comprised of vast mega cities ensuring a dire need for more ene...

By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to reach nine billion people and be comprised of vast mega cities ensuring a dire need for more energy. How will we adapt?

In the following documentary, three acclaimed directors -- Lilibet Foster, Michael Epstein and Nathanial Kahn – narrate three stories that explore cutting edge technology in how we drive, how we live and how we fuel our cars ideas that promise to shape the path of the world in 2050.  

The first video takes a look at transportation fuels and how one of the largest countries in Latin America, Brazil, is leveraging its rich resources of sugar cane to turn the substance into ethanol in an effort to reduce its fossil fuel dependence.

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The second video examines automobiles and our dependence on these vehicles to get from point A to point B. According to the video, the average American spends nearly 300 hours in their car – 38 of them in stuck traffic. Annually, traffic congestion consumes over $1 billion in gasoline in the United States alone. The video looks at the inefficiencies caused by traffic--both financial and personal--and ways to improve this.

The third and final video showcases the way we build and live in our cities, and takes us to the United Arab Emirates to discover a city rising out of the desert.

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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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