Yingli Solar Makes a Strong Statement at 2014 World Cup
This year’s world cup has been dramatic, emotional, and extremely enjoyable to watch because of the extremely high quality of play on the field. News surrounding the World Cup has also been quite dramatic for a different reason, as Brazilians take to the streets to protest a variety of things, including the Cup itself.
However, one of the most interesting stories to come from the Cup this year has been its reliance on green energy. Seven of the stadiums hosting the World Cup are partially powered by solar energy. The stadium in the capitol city of Brasilia is seeking out a LEED Platinum rating, the highest available recognition for a sustainable building. Rio de Janiero’s stadium is also on its way to the coveted certification.
One of the biggest proponents of this sustainable World Cup is the China-based Yingli Solar. The company is making its presence known in more ways than just having pitchside advertisements. Yingli Solar is looking to expand into more international markets and it’s letting the world know it in Brazil.
Yingli is already heavily invested in football, as it is a sponsor of the U.S. team, as well as Germany’s FC Bayern München.
By sponsoring the World Cup, however, Yingli is setting a precedent. The company is the Cup’s first carbon-neutral sponsor, meaning that all of its operations in Brazil will leave no carbon footprint. Yingli is achieving this by supplying more than 5,000 solar panels and almost 30 off-grid solar energy systems that will help power the stadiums used for the games.
Yingli’s carbon neutrality is being independently verified by ClimatePartner, a certified environmental agency.
"By becoming history's first carbon neutral sponsor of the FIFA World Cup, Yingli is honoring its commitment to our environment and to our planet," Chairman and CEO Liansheng Miao said in a press release.
This is not Yingli’s first time making the news, either. At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it became not only the first Chinese sponsor of the Cup, but also the first in the renewable energy sector. Yingli left behind a legacy in Africa via its providing of solar power to 20 “Football for Hope” centers across Africa. Through its “Football for Hope, Energy for Hope” program, Yingli wanted to aid in the improvement of social conditions across the continent.
Last week, Yingli announced plans to leave another World Cup legacy, this time in Brazil. The company plans on leaving behind a large solar project, which could generate between 400 to 600 kW of energy.
"Our goal is to leave behind a positive legacy in Brazil even after the 2014 FIFA World Cup is over. We are proud of the solar projects we have provided, but we also wanted to do more to directly support local Brazilian communities who are making positive impact on the environment,” Judy Tzeng Lee, Yingli’s VP of Global Marketing said.
Yingli’s attempt to increase their standing on the world stage appears to be working this year’s World Cup efforts notwithstanding. Yingli Solar took home the number one spot in market research firm IHS’ survey of the strongest solar PV module brands. There were 75 brands included in the study.
Yingli Solar is definitely a company to take note of as it works to position itself as a global leader in solar energy. So, for this year’s World Cup, football isn’t the only thing to watch.
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.