Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Floating solar specialist Ciel & Terre India has completed a 14.7 MW project for Southern Petrochemical Industries Corporation (SPIC). Installed on a water storage pond in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu, the captive project is expected to produce competitive electricity and cut down on more than 18,686 tons of CO2 emissions. There are 37,632 modules of 390W capacity mounted over floats that are locally manufactured.
Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) is set to procure 300 electric vehicles from Tata Motors. With a warranty of three years, the four-wheeler electric cars will have a range equal to or more than 250 km. The two companies will work together to design, manufacture, and provide maintenance support for electric cars across India. This order is a part of the ‘Scaling-Up Demand-Side Energy Efficiency Sector’ project financed by the Asian Development Bank line of credit to CESL. CESL will work with Tata Motors to deploy these vehicles to government entities looking to change over to electric vehicles. The total cost of tender is around ₹440 million (~$6.01 million).
Danish power company Ørsted has commenced the onsite construction work of its first renewable hydrogen project in Copenhagen. With a capacity of 2 MW, the project will investigate how to best combine an efficient electrolyzer with the fluctuating power supply from offshore wind, using the firm’s two 3.6 MW offshore wind turbines at Avedøre Holme. The facility will produce up to around 1,000 kg of renewable hydrogen a day, which will be used to fuel zero-emission road transport in the Greater Copenhagen area and Zealand. The project is expected to yield its first hydrogen in late 2021.
QuantumScape Corporation has signed an agreement with Volkswagen Group to select the location of their joint-venture solid-state battery pilot-line facility by the end of 2021. The companies are currently mulling Salzgitter, Germany, for the location. The pilot-line facility, QS-1, will initially be a 1 GWh battery cell commercial production plant for electric vehicle batteries. QuantumScape and Volkswagen intend to expand production capacity by a further 20 GWh at the same location.
AC Energy, an energy arm of Ayala Corporation, has started building the Philippines’ largest wind farm. Once completed, the 160 MW Balaoi & Caunayan wind farm will double the company’s wind energy capacity in the country. The ₱11.4 billion (~$238.05 million) wind farm is AC Energy’s latest project with long-time partner UPC Renewables. The project is targeted to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022 and expected to be operational in 2023, when supply in the Luzon energy market is expected to be tight. The project will be the third wind development of AC Energy in Ilocos Norte, along with the NorthWind wind farm in Bangui and the North Luzon Renewables wind farm in Pagudpud.
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.