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Here are some noteworthy cleantech developments from around the world:
bp, a British multinational oil and gas company announced the start of construction of its 134 MW Arche Solar project in Fulton County, Ohio, for which the company has also secured a power-purchase agreement (PPA) with Meta. Arche is expected to create around 200 U.S. jobs across the supply chain during construction and provide more than $30 million in revenue to benefit local schools and other public services over the life of the project. Once completed, Arche will generate enough clean energy annually to power the equivalent of more than 20,000 US homes. The project is part of bp’s plans to develop 20GW of net renewable generating capacity by 2025 and 50GW by 2030.
British Telecommunications company BT announced new digital tools to help customers measure and optimize the carbon impact of running applications and server workloads across their network. One of the tools with a Carbon Network Dashboard shows real-time power consumption. The dashboard uses machine learning to detect and predict anomalies based on historic usage. This includes which network devices are consuming the most power. Customers can also forecast total energy use based on their network inventory and historic utilization. Another tool is a Digital Carbon Calculator that will help customers estimate the carbon emitted from their operations.
Energy transition firm Fidelis New Energy and Topsoe, a global developer and supplier of decarbonization tech, formed a global alliance for technology used to produce carbon-neutral hydrogen. The alliance pairs Topsoe’s hydrogen process portfolio with FidelisH2 technology and will jointly enable the production of H2 from natural gas with a lifecycle carbon intensity of zero kilograms of CO2 emissions/ kgH2. The alliance will use Topsoe’s Blue H2 technology portfolio to decarbonize various sectors including digital infrastructure, agriculture, energy, and transportation. The integration of proven technologies in the alliance will provide a scalable solution to yield valuable climate and environmental incentives such as the 45V tax credits provided in the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
Wind turbine maker Nordex Group received an order from the UK-based renewable energy developer SSE Renewables to supply 29 N117/3600 turbines for the Yellow River wind farm in Ireland. The contract also comprises service for the turbines after they are commissioned. Nordex will install the wind turbines for the farm on tubular steel towers with overall tips measuring 156 and 166 meters in height. The delivery and installation works are due to commence towards the end of 2023 and will be carried out near the village of Rhode in County Offaly.
Avient Corporation, a provider of sustainable material solutions, launched the ECCOH XL sustainability-enabling cross-linkable formulations for photovoltaic cables in solar energy applications. The new formulations are fit to provide manufacturing efficiencies for cable producers by reducing the need to use multiple materials because ECCOH XL Solutions can be used for both cable insulation and jacket coating. The new solutions are said to be REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals)-compliant and are rated for permanent outdoor use with good ultraviolet and weather resistance. The solutions have passed the Arrhenius lifetime prediction tests as per the IEC 60216-1 and have improved electrical performance as they are compatible with either DC or AC power supply.
Hystar, the Norwegian high-tech hydrogen company, announced a Series B funding round of $26 million to rapidly scale up to full commercial operations with an automated GW-capacity production line by 2025. The injection of capital, raised through equity, will also be used to fuel Oslo-headquartered Hystar’s growth, expansion into new markets, and ability to deliver on larger (100 MW and beyond) projects. The round was co-led by AP Ventures and Mitsubishi Corporation. Additional investors in the round included Finindus, Nippon Steel Trading, Hillhouse Investment, and Trustbridge Partners, alongside existing investors SINTEF Ventures and Firda.