Nov 14, 2014

Yingli to Provide Panels for First Solar Plant in Bolivia

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Bolivia’s getting into the large-scale solar game and Yingli Green Energy Spain is set to provide the panels. The installer on the proj...

Bolivia’s getting into the large-scale solar game and Yingli Green Energy Spain is set to provide the panels.

The installer on the project is Isotron, a subsidiary of energy company Isastur and a leading global PV project developer and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services provider. Isotron installed more than 17,000 solar panels in the 5 MW project—the largest solar project in Bolvia largest solar project and the world's largest storage-equipped hybrid PV-diesel project.

In total, the project is expected to bring green energy to more than 49,000 people. Located near the remote city of Cobija in the state of Pando, the project will hopefully replace the 1.9 million liters of off-grid diesel used to power the city currently.

However, the project isn’t eliminating diesel power entirely. It aims to combine storage, diesel, and solar to provide 7,5000 MWh of clean energy each year—which is enough to meet roughly 50 percent of the

"As Bolivia's first large-scale solar power system, we expect that this project will have a transformative impact in the region,” Liansheng Miao, Chairman and CEO of Yingli Green Energy, said. “Thanks to the combination of solar PV, energy storage, and diesel fuel generation in a single large-scale power plant, thousands of individuals in Bolivia now have access to reliable, clean electricity, which opens up dramatic possibilities for business development, education, and community empowerment.”

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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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