Oct 6, 2015

[VIDEO] Roger Lin discusses alternative grid energy for Africa

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At this year’s XON/NEC Summit at Sun City, South Africa, IT News Africa interviewed Roger Lin, Director of Product Management at NEC.

At this year’s XON/NEC Summit at Sun City, South Africa, IT News Africa interviewed Roger Lin, Director of Product Management at NEC.

During the interview, Lin outlines features and benefits of the company’s latest Grid Storage Energy Solutions as well as discusses how alternative Grid Storage Energy can benefit the African continent.

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“The Grid Storage Solution stores electricity for the grid,” said Lin. “It is comprised of advanced batteries, a power converter system and a control system. It provides a lot of services to the grid to stabilize it, to make it more efficient, more reliable and more flexible.”

When asked how the new solution can help Africa, Lin responded with, “Grid storage solutions can help Africa in a few different ways. One of the primary ways it can help is to increase the utilization of existing generation capacity, making the grid more efficient and making it more reliable at the same time.”

RELATED TOPIC: Dissecting the energy crisis in Zimbabwe

Lin explained that energy can be delivered efficiently and reliably with the grid to end users at all times while also helping operate more renewable generation like solar or wind power.  

This news comes at a time when three quarters of the country’s energy supply comes from coal. The southern region of South Africa, however, is expected to achieve energy sufficiency by 2019, simultaneously eliminating its current 8,247 megawatt (MW) shortfall.

RELATED TOPIC: Can South Africa become energy sufficient by 2019?

Energy ministers recently gathered at the South African Development Community (SADC) to highlight projects that are currently under construction but are expected to soon be completed, contributing 24,062 MW to the energy landscape.

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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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