Drax Group has signed an agreement with Molpus Woodlands Group (Molpus) to purchase sustainably source woody biomass to fuel its bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) operations in the southeastern US.
BECCS is the process of capturing and permanently storing carbon dioxide (CO2) that is generated during the production of electricity from sustainable biomass. The process is the only carbon removal technology that can also simultaneously generate low-carbon renewable power.
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Under terms of the deal, Drax will have the option to take up to one million green tonnes per annum of fibre to support its BECCS developments, which generate renewable baseload power to support US energy independence.
Drax recognises sustainably sourced biomass as the only carbon negative technology that can permanently remove carbon from the atmosphere while simultaneously contributing to the power grid.
Arabella Freeman, Senior Vice-President of Biomass Strategy at Drax, said, “The sustainable fibre secured through this agreement with the Molpus Woodlands Group takes us one step closer to bringing Drax’s BECCS ambitions to life.”
In addition to the above, the effort also contributes to Drax’s wider goal of capturing six million metric tonnes of carbon a year in the US.
Terrell Winstead, President and CEO at Molpus, said that he looks forward to supplying value to the power grid, economy, environment, and local communities throughout the region for years to come.
He added, “Drax shares out passion for responsible forest management and bringing BECCS to the south-eastern US provide a valuable use for the fibre sourced from sustainable forest management practices, lumber production, and other related industries.”
Drax has been trialling its BECCS technology at its power station in North Yorkshire, UK, since 2018 and has plans to scale the site to be the largest carbon removal facility in the world by 2030 – removing eight million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year.
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