Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Global technology giant Apple announced that it would invest in two onshore wind turbines near the Danish town of Esbjerg to expand its renewable energy portfolio in Europe. The turbines are expected to generate 62 GW of clean energy annually. In July 2020, the company announced its plans to make its entire business carbon-free by 2030. Apple’s German-based supplier Vartaalso also committed to utilizing 100% renewable energy for its production lines.
The United States deployed 168 MW of energy storage systems in the second quarter (Q2) of 2020, an increase of 72% from the previous quarter, according to the Wood Mackenzie and the U.S. Energy storage association’s ‘US Energy Storage Monitor’ report. Compared to the same period last year, energy storage deployment during the quarter increased by 117%. Q2 2020 recorded the second-highest number in terms of quarterly energy storage deployment since Q4 2019, which saw 186.4 MW of capacity additions. According to the report, the U.S. front-of-meter market increased over four times in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter with project deployments of 89.8 MW.
Singapore-based independent power producer Vena Energy said that it had started work on the 51 MW Nanao solar project in Nanao city of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The solar project is a joint-venture between Vena Energy and Kyudenko Corporation. The company said that the project would begin its commercial operation in December 2022. The project is expected to reduce 21,205 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
Prescinto Technologies, a Gujarat-based firm, announced that Stride Climate Investment, a Macquarie Asia Infrastructure Fund Company, has adopted Prescinto’s monitoring systems and analytics platform to monitor the performance of its renewable energy projects in India. Macquarie has about 423 renewable energy projects in India, according to Prescinto Technologies.
Sungrow, a solar inverter manufacturer, said that it had supplied its inverters to be used in a 350 MW solar project in the Pingfu Province of Vietnam. The company provided its 1500V 6.25 MW medium-voltage turnkey solution, which integrates central inverters, medium-voltage transformers, and more devices in a 40-foot container to minimize transportation, operation, and maintenance costs. The project is expected to be online before the end of the year.
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
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Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.