Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
bp is set to acquire electric-vehicle charging services provider AMPLY Power to expand its e-mobility business in the U.S. Fleet charging is a vital part of bp’s electrification strategy, and the acquisition of AMPLY Power will accelerate its entry into one of the fastest-growing fleet charging segments in the world. AMPLY Power will continue to operate independently as part of bp’s global portfolio of businesses. The financial details of the agreement have not been disclosed.
ReNew Energy Global announced that it had been verified as carbon neutral for its operations. Sustainability services provider DNV verified ReNew’s scope1 and scope2 Green House Gas (GHG) emissions across its sites and facilities. Earlier this year, ReNew announced its commitment to be net-zero as per Science-Based Targets in March 2021. By initiating the process of creating an inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions, ReNew set its path towards becoming carbon neutral. ReNew said it would also work towards publicly disclosing its scope3 emissions in the future.
Public policy think tank NITI Aayog has launched the e-Sawaari India Electric Bus Coalition. Through the coalition, central, state, and city-level government agencies, transit service providers, original equipment manufacturers, financing institutions, and ancillary service providers will share knowledge about their learnings on e-bus adoption in India. The coalition was launched in partnership with Convergence Energy Service Limited (CESL) and World Resources Institute, India, with the support of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative.
Israeli drone manufacturer Airobotics and solar farms services provider Solar Drone will develop and supply a unique solar panel cleaning drone system. The fully automated system will include a drone docking station for automatic battery replacement and cleaning fluid replenishment, enabling the system to operate continuously. Airobotics and Solar Drone aim to leverage their expertise in drones and solar energy systems to create and market a new drone-based cleaning solution, forecasting sales of $10 million in the first three years in Israel, Europe, India, and the UAE.
Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued an advisory on the PM Kusum program, alerting beneficiaries not to deposit fees on fraudulent websites or WhatsApp. The ministry has said that it has observed that some unauthorized websites have claimed to be registration portals for the PM KUSUM program under which agricultural pumps are solarized.
Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.