Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Industries, and the island state’s national water agency PUB have unveiled a 60 MW floating solar photovoltaic (PV) farm. Located on the Tengeh Reservoir, the Sembcorp Tengeh Floating Solar Farm is reportedly one of the world’s largest inland floating solar PV systems. With 122,000 solar panels spread across 45 hectares, the solar farm is said to be as big as 45 football fields put together. The project, which can produce sufficient electricity to power the city-state’s five water treatment plants, aims to meet the national goal of quadrupling solar energy deployment by 2025.
An international consortium comprising InterContinental Energy, CWP Global, and Mirning Green Energy Limited has formed an integrated green fuels project in the South-East of Western Australia. Called the Western Green Energy Hub, the project could produce up to 50 GW of hybrid wind when fully operational. It could also produce solar power over 15,000-square-kilometres in South-East Western Australia, across the Shires of Dundas and the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. The project would be built in phases to produce up to 3.5 million tons of zero-carbon green hydrogen or 20 million tons of green ammonia each year.
The European Commission has adopted a host of proposals to ensure that the European Union’s climate, energy, land use, transport, and taxation policies help reduce the net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to the 1990 levels. The initiative is part of the European Green Deal project, which aims to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050. Through the proposals, the Commission is looking at meeting the European Climate Law targets.
Abu Dhabi-based Masdar has signed an agreement with the Uzbekistan government to develop solar projects in the country’s Samarkand and Jizzakh regions. To be built on a public-private partnership, the total capacity of the project is 440 MW. Under the agreements, Masdar will develop, build, and operate the projects, which are set to commence commercial operation in the first quarter of 2023. The International Finance Corporation was the lead advisor to the Uzbekistan government for selecting the winning bidder for the project.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Solar Automated Permit Processing Plus (SolarAPP+) tool. The free web-based platform was introduced in the summer of the Solar 2021 program. Developed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, SolarAPP+ gives local governments the ability to expedite their review and approval of residential solar installation permits. The tool is expected to reduce barriers to solar deployment, stimulate economic development, and advance the Biden administration’s clean energy goals.
Power generation company Tata Power has tied up with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at HPCL’s fueling stations. Under the pact, Tata Power will provide EV charging facilities at HPCL stations for EV users across cities and along highways. The charging would be enabled with the Tata Power EZ charge mobile application. The move is in line with the government’s National Electric Mobility Mission Plan, which aims to develop EV charging infrastructure using the latest technological platform.’
Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.