Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Switzerland-based mechanical engineering company Meyer Burger will start module (heterojunction technology) production with an annual capacity of 400 MW. The capacity is to be expanded to 1 GW. After the conversion of the former Solarworld factory and the conversion to SmartWire production lines, there is an annual nominal capacity of 400 MW or around 3,000 modules per day after the ramp-up has been completed. The expansion to 1 GW capacity – instead of 800 MW as previously planned – at the Freiberg location is expected to create additional jobs.
Oslo-based Aker Solutions has signed a contract with ScottishPower Renewables to provide high-voltage, direct current converter stations for the East Anglia THREE offshore wind project in the U.K. East Anglia THREE is the second project to be developed in the East Anglia Zone. Planned for an installed capacity of up to 1,400 MW, it is part of the overall East Anglia Hub development, with a planned total capacity of up to 3,100 MW. Planning applications for East Anglia ONE North (800 MW) and East Anglia TWO (900 MW) are currently being examined by the U.K. Planning Inspectorate.
Smart trade enabler DP World and Etihad Energy Services Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, announced plans to expand their ongoing energy efficiency collaboration. The partnership will delve into renewable solar power installations across DP World’s assets in the UAE. The memorandum of understanding signed provides a framework to facilitate existing collaboration to cover DP World’s changing requirements in line with its overarching energy efficiency and sustainability programs. The projects include energy performance contracting initiatives and solar on-grid installations, among others.
Hecate Independent Power Limited (HIP) has announced the launch of its HIP Atlantic Project for installing 10,000 MW of fixed and floating wind turbines in the North Atlantic. These will be connected to the U.K. by long-length, high-capacity, high-voltage direct current submarine power transmission cables. HIP has lodged four connection applications with National Grid Company for an initial 4,000 MW of grid connections to the U.K.’s 400 kV electricity transmission system across four connection sites. Each wind farm will be in a different North Atlantic location, and each pod consisting of 1,000 MW of wind turbines will have its dedicated cable linked to the U.K.
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.