Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Roof-integrated solar company GAF Energy has announced that it will move all of its solar manufacturing and research and development units from Asia to a facility in Silicon Valley. The company is investing more than $50 million to renovate and adapt the facility. To be set up at a leased 112,000-square-foot space in San Jose, California, the unit will reportedly generate employment for hundreds of people.
Telecommunications company Orange is accelerating its solar projects in Africa and the Middle East to reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2040. To avoid using generators that run on fossil fuel, Orange is planning solar projects at several sites. To reduce its environmental footprint, the group is positioning itself in the region as the biggest deployer of solar, with a renewable energy use rate already at over 50% for Orange Guinea, 41% for Orange Madagascar, and 40% for Orange Sierra Leone. Orange has included in its 2025 strategic plan the objective of meeting 50% of the group’s electricity needs from renewable sources by 2025.
Madrid-based energy company Repsol has commenced the construction of Delta II, the company’s largest renewable project to date. Once completed, it will have a total capacity of 860 MW distributed over 26 wind farms located in Aragon, Spain. Delta II is expected to be completed in 2023 and slated to supply electricity to around 800,000 homes. The renewable electricity generated will avoid the emission of more than 2.6 million tonnes of CO2 per year. Repsol also plans to begin work on three other wind farms in this large wind project this year.
Hydrogen fuel company Everfuel announced the development of a 300MW HySynergy Phase II electrolyzer and power-to-X facility adjacent to its Fredericia refinery in Denmark. The HySynergy Phase II involves a significant scale-up in the production of green hydrogen, planned for a complementary use in both zero-emission hydrogen mobility and as green feedstock to various fuel refining processes. When completed, the combined facility will have the capacity to lower the Danish land-based transport sector-related CO2 emissions by nearly 5% already by 2025, directly contributing to the Danish government’s objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 70% by 2030.
Srinwanti is a copy editor at Mercom India, where she writes and edits news stories across the clean energy spectrum. Prior to Mercom, she has worked in book publishing at Macmillan Publishing House and Integra and honed her editorial and writing skills in both online and print media such as Reuters, Times Group Books, The Times of India, and Pune Mirror, covering local to international stories. More articles from Srinwanti Das.