Drax is about to begin a pilot trialing the first boenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe, which could make the renewable power generated at Drax carbon negative. It could also supply CO2 for the beverage industry.
Drax Power, which operates the biggest power station in the U.K., has signed a new £40 million contract with Siemens for the upgrade of turbines on three of its biomass units over the next three years.
Drax Group has released financial results for the first half of 2018, reporting lower than expected EBITDA due to two unplanned outages. Good progress, however, is being made with the fourth biomass unit conversion and a Louisiana pellet plant.
Since it upgraded half of the power station near Selby in North Yorkshire to use sustainable biomass instead of coal, Drax has transformed its business to become Europe’s biggest decarbonization project.
Drax Power Station June 6 took a step closer to achieving its coal-free ambitions by taking its fourth coal-fired power generating unit offline as part of a planned outage program as it prepares to convert it to run on sustainable biomass.
A group of senior policymakers and government officials has visited Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, to learn more about the U.K.’s largest power station and its plans to pilot new carbon capture technology.
Drax has announced that it is to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture storage (BECCS) project of its kind in Europe, which, if successful, could make the renewable electricity produced at its North Yorkshire power station carbon negative.
On April 9, Drax Group, owner of the largest power station in Western Europe, signed up to the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a global coalition of counties, states, cities and businesses committed to ending coal generation.
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