The Drax power station in Yorkshire has announced that, after nearly 50 years, it will end all coal-fired power generation by March 2021.
This is well ahead of the UK Governments 2025 deadline for reaching “net-zero” on carbon emissions. With other power stations in Cheshire and Wales following suit, this indicates a significant moving away from carbon-based fuels.
Over the last ten years, four of the power station’s six generating units have been converted to use biomass, thus reducing carbon savings of more than 80% compared to when it was all coal-based.
By using BECCS (BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) Drax has now been transformed into the UK’s largest renewable power generator and the biggest decarbonisation project in Europe, with the capacity to generate electricity for six million households. BECCS has been described as “The only negative emissions technology which enables the permanent removal of CO2 from the atmosphere whilst renewable electricity is generated.”
By taking the lead, Drax power station may now be seen as a shining example to the rest of the power generation industry wanting to reduce carbon emissions.