Daily News Wrap-Up: Germany Added 388 MW of Solar Capacity in September

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

In September 2020, Germany’s total solar installations stood at 387.6 MW, a decline of 13 MW compared to the 401 MW installations in August 2020, according to a recently released report by the Federal Network Agency. The report suggested that Germany installed 285 MW of solar projects in September 2019. Germany’s total solar installations reached 52.76 GW as of September 2020, the report added.

Mahindra Electric Mobility Limited, a part of the Mahindra Group, has launched its new electric three-wheeler (E-3W) cargo model in India. The electric three-wheeler cargo model, Treo Zor, will come in three variants with a starting price worth ₹273,000 (~$3,666). The company said that the newly launched E-3W could save around over ₹60,000 (~$805.49) compared to the diesel cargo three-wheelers due to its low maintenance cost.

Sudan and the United Arab Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop 500 MW of solar energy facilities in Sudan. The United Arab Emirates, represented by one of its companies, will supply, build, install, and operate solar facilities for 20 years. Sudanese workers will be trained and employed throughout the contract period, with the Sudanese government’s commitment to purchase the generated power at a competitive price throughout the contract period.


Thermax, an Indian engineering company, has bagged an order worth ₹3.2 billion (~$42.96 million) to set up a captive combined heat and power facility for Assam Bio-Refinery Private Limited. The cogeneration facility includes two high-pressure boilers of 98.5  ton per hour capacity, air-pollution abatement equipment, along with steam turbine generator and other auxiliary systems to generate process steam and power simultaneously. The project is expected to be completed in 20 months.

Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG have signed a binding agreement for a joint venture to develop, produce and commercialize fuel-cell systems for use in heavy-duty trucks and other applications. As per the agreement, the Volvo Group will acquire 50% of the partnership interest in Daimler Truck Fuel Cell for around €600 million (~$697.56 million) on a cash and debt-free basis. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. The joint venture will develop a fuel-cell system with several power stages, including a twin system with 300 kW continuous power for heavy-duty long-haul trucks.

Enel Green Energy said that it has installed experimental floating photovoltaic modules with a total capacity of 30 kW at its innovation lab in Catania, Italy. The project comprises three photovoltaic systems, equipped with monofacial and bifacial modules, integrated into the same platform to test the different operating conditions and check the functioning of the facility’s key features. The data will be collected and compared with that for facilities located on dry land with conventional installations to assess the floating photovoltaic array’s performance.

Carbon Clean Solutions has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with LafargeHolcim to develop a large-scale carbon-capture and utilization facility at LafargeHolcim’s cement facility in Carboneras, Spain. The project will aim to capture carbon dioxide emitted through the cement production process, which will be recycled for agricultural use to enhance crop production.

Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.