Here are some significant cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Shuchi Anant Virya, a joint venture between Lithium Urban Technologies and Fourth Partner Energy, in partnership with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), will set up a pan-India network of public electric vehicle charging points at HPCL’s retail outlets. The company currently owns and operates EV charging hubs in Gurugram and Pune. The installation of these charging points will be done in a phased manner across the country. The network will include fast and slow chargers for all segments – two-wheelers, three-wheelers, cars, and buses.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, along with San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison, have proposed to modernize California’s rooftop solar program to help continue California’s success toward a clean energy future. The joint proposal lays out a new approach for compensating future rooftop solar customers who export excess solar energy to the electric grid. This proposal would only apply to future, new rooftop solar customers, not current solar customers.
ArcVera Renewables, a renewable energy technical consultancy firm, will now provide first-to-market wind and solar resource anomaly maps for the Indian market. The anomaly maps will enable India’s renewable project owners and operators to analyze the impact of resource variations on the power output of their wind and solar assets. The company’s wind and solar anomaly maps accurately represent the percent deviation of India’s wind and solar resources.
Danfoss, the Danish multinational, will implement a new group structure by merging its heating and cooling segments to strengthen the customer base. The new segment called the Danfoss Climate Solutions will focus on developing integrated energy-efficient solutions to develop a sustainable future. With the merger, Danfoss aims to introduce a wide range of products, centralized marketing, and regional technical support to enable its customers to move faster toward adopting green technologies.
The Brisbane-based Juwi Renewable Energy, subsidiary of German renewable energy company, juwi AG, has signed an agreement with Pacific Energy (KPS) to construct a solar/diesel hybrid power project for the Jacinth Ambrosia Project (JAP) in South Australia. Pacific Energy will own and operate the hybrid project. After completion, the project is expected to deliver almost 21% of the mine site’s annual electricity needs. The project will become operational later this year. Besides providing engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services, juwi focuses on developing hybrid power projects for off-grid industries.
Canadian Solar and SolarWorX, a Berlin-based off-grid solar company, have entered into a partnership in which Canadian Solar will invest in SolarWorX as part of the series A funding round. Other investors include EIT InnoEnergy, one of the leading European investors, and DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft, the German development finance institution and a subsidiary of KfW Group. The funding will help SolarWorX expand its product portfolio and sales activities in its attempt to electrify some of the 1.2 billion people that are still living without a grid connection.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has committed $530 million to construct a 343 km, 400 kV central-south transmission line that will connect the north and south transmission grids in Angola. The north of Angola has a surplus of more than 1,000 MW of renewable power, whereas the south relies on expensive diesel generators, supported by government subsidies. Once operational in 2023, the project will avert the consumption of 46.8 billion liters of diesel per year in the south, cutting 80 megatons of CO2 emissions. The government of Angola will save more than $130 million per year in diesel subsidies.
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.