Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
In line with the Ministry of Power’s recently revised the consolidated guidelines and standards for electric vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure, Oil marketing companies in the country have announced the setting up of 22,000 EV charging stations in prominent cities and on national highways. The guidelines also enable EV owners to charge EVs at their residences or offices using their existing electricity connection. It also suggested a revenue-sharing model for land use to make a public charging station financially viable from an operational perspective. The ministry said it had made efforts to enhance public charging infrastructure by involving private and public agencies. As of now, India has 1,640 operational public EV chargers. Nine cities – Surat, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Chennai – accounted for around 940 stations out of the total operational in the country. Between October 2021 and January 2022, additional 678 public EV charging stations were installed in these nine cities.
National Agriculture Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation to set up biofuel projects, plants for post-processing of products via cattle feed, and marketing of end products of compressed biogas (CBG).
Ecoppia, a provider of robotic solar solutions, announced the signing of a 400 MW hybrid renewable energy project with Azure Power. The company would install fixed-tilt and single-axis trackers. The deployment is expected to commence in the first half of 2022.
Tata Power signed an MoU with RWE, a Germany-based renewable energy company, to explore the potential for joint development of offshore wind projects in India. The MoU is in line with the Government of India’s announcement of achieving 30 GW of offshore wind installations by 2030 to meet the country’s growing energy demands. To facilitate the establishment of an offshore wind market in India, RWE and Tata Power Renewable Energy Limited would conduct technical and commercial site assessments. In addition, the companies would evaluate the Indian offshore wind supply chain and supporting infrastructure to identify the local strengths and necessary development potential.
Sungrow, a China-based solar inverter manufacturer, signed a new distribution agreement with Comtronics, a Nepal-based company, to market its commercial and industrial as well as residential products, including inverters ranging from 5 kW to 100 kW in Nepal and other neighboring regions.