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Drax Biomass provides resources to landowners, Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

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Drax Biomass, Inc. is participating in the sixth annual National Bioenergy Day by promoting sustainable forestry practices and lending a helping hand at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Led by the Biomass Power Association in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Bioenergy Day facilitates interaction between bioenergy projects and their local communities, raising awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy.

“We’re happy to provide resources to forest landowners to help them reach their land management goals,” said Richard Peberdy, Drax Biomass vice president of sustainability. “A well-managed forest can produce a significant return on investment for the landowner while also providing recreational, ecological and aesthetic benefits and opportunities.”

In a separate effort, Drax Biomass is partnering with Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge to provide interpretive signage and tree identification along its Edgewater trail.

“We are thrilled to have Drax Biomass help us with signage and expertise at the refuge,” said Nova Clarke, refuge ranger at Black Bayou Lake. “Many people don’t realize what we have to offer so this investment from Drax will go a long way in helping us promote Black Bayou and educate our visitors on the complex and unique ecosystem native to Louisiana.”

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Toshiba announces 20 billion yen investment in new biomass plant

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Toshiba has announced it will build a new biomass power plant in Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

The new facility will be built by Toshiba Corporation consolidated subsidiary Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions (EES) and its subsidiary, Sigma Power Ariake Corporation (SPAC). SPAC owns and operates the Mikawa Power Plant in Omuta, and the new biomass facility will be built on an adjacent site.

Earlier this month, Toshiba announced its five year ‘Toshiba Next Plan’ for corporate transformation and ‘focused investment in growth and emerging technologies’. According to a company statement, the new biomass plant is in line with the objectives of that plan.

20 billion yen (approximately €156 million) in investment has been planned for the new biomass plant. Construction is set to begin in autumn 2019, according to a company statement, and operation is planned to start in Spring 2022.

Toshiba has made significant investment in biomass facilities in the last few years, reflective of a growing market for the energy source in Japan. In April 2017, the company’s first ever biomass power plant, a retrofitting of SPAC’s Mikawa plant, began commercial operation. According to the company, the 50MW facility provides enough electricity to supply 80,000 households and reduce CO2 emissions to about 300,000 tons a year.

Earlier this year, Enviva announced  a new 180,000 metric tonne per year take-or-pay off-take contract ‘with a major Japanese trading house’ to supply a new power plant in Japan. In July, Sumitomo Heavy Industries announced that it has secured an order to build a 75MW biomass plant in Kanda City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

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Drax Starts Pilot of Europe’s First Bioenergy Carbon Capture Project

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Britain’s Drax has started a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant, the first of its kind in Europe, Drax said on Monday.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) involves the capture of emissions from power plants and industry to allow them to be stored underground or compressed in containers to be used for industrial applications such as making drinks fizzy.

The technology is also likely to be needed to help limit a rise in global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a recent U.N. report.

Drax said using the technology at the plant in North Yorkshire, England, that burns biomass – wood pellets, often made from compressed sawdust – could enable the company to operate the world’s first carbon negative power station.

When coupled with CCS, the overall process of generating electricity from biomass removes more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than it releases, the company said.

“If successful, the six-month pilot project will capture a tonne of CO2 (carbon dioxide) a day from the gases produced when renewable power is generated,” Drax said in a statement.

Drax said the CO2 will initially be stored on site but that eventually it will seek to find a use for the gas, such as in the drinks industry which earlier this year was hit with a CO2 shortage.

Britain has a target to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent compared with 1990 levels by 2050, but has asked its climate change experts to advise on whether it should set a date to meet a net zero emissions target.

A report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October warned not meeting the goal to limit rising temperatures at 1.5 degrees would mean huge changes to the world such as rising sea levels, life-threatening heat and loss of species. (Source: nytimes.com)

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