Sep 8, 2014

[VIDEO]: Time Lapse of NRG's Solar Panel Installation at MetLife Stadium

Green Tech
1 min
Here in America, the best time of the year is just beginning—the 2014/2015 football season. While renewable energy was a big focus at this year...

Here in America, the best time of the year is just beginning—the 2014/2015 football season. While renewable energy was a big focus at this year's World Cup, American football stadiums are a bit older and don't have quite the renewable infrastructure of the World Cup stadiums. However, NRG Energy recently installed solar panels onto MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the home of the two New York NFL teams—the Giants and the Jets. 

MetLife is the largest stadium in the National Football League, and the project matches its scale. It's comprised of 1,350 solar panels in 47 sections that power the 916 LED fixtures on a mile-long track around the top of MetLife Stadium. 

Watch the time lapse of the project being built. 

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

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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