Daily News Wrap-Up_ India's Visaka Industries Installs Solar Roof at UAE Mosque

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

Visaka Industries Limited has installed ATUM, an integrated solar roof, in Sharjah, UAE. The solar integrated roof was installed at the Mosque at Khor Fakkan Corniche, Phase 1, Sports Beach, and Central Plaza. ATUM, touted as the world’s first integrated solar roof, generates electricity and is a completely integrated, seamless solar roof made with poly or monocrystalline solar cells and cement boards – a highly durable roofing material making it the world’s first solar panel which can be directly used as a roof.

Azelio has won its commercial order for its long-duration energy storage solution from ALEC Energy. The storage unit will be part of a system in the fourth phase of one of the world’s largest solar parks, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Complex in Dubai. The MBR Solar Complex is spread over a total area of 77 square kilometers in Dubai. The system will combine Azelio’s technology with PV and fast-response equipment such as li-ion batteries.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the African Development Bank have agreed to jointly support investment in low carbon energy projects, a move expected to advance Africa’s energy transition. The two entities signed a Declaration of Intent to coordinate a range of activities, including co-organizing renewable energy investment forums as part of IRENA’s contribution to the Climate Investment Platform and collaboration on the Bank’s annual flagship Africa Investment Forum event. The partnership will also focus on enhancing the role of renewable energy in African countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Accord and other sustainable development objectives.


GE Renewable Energy announced that it had signed a multi-year agreement with Veolia North America to recycle blades removed from its U.S.-based onshore wind turbines during upgrades and repowering efforts. Through this agreement, GE plans to recycle the majority of blades that are replaced during repowering efforts. As a part of the deal, blades that have been removed from turbines will be shredded at VNA’s processing facility in Missouri and then used as a replacement for coal, sand, and clay at cement manufacturing facilities across the U.S.