Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Independent power producer ReNew Power commissioned a 250 MW capacity of its Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar generation project in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The project, SECI-3, has a total generation capacity of 300 MW. ReNew Power had won the project in the Tranche 3 auction conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project has a 25-year power purchase agreement with SECI.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $64.7 million in funding for projects focused on producing cost-effective, low-carbon biofuels to decarbonize the aviation sector by 2050. The DOE will collaborate with the Department of Transportation and Department of Agriculture to achieve the goal of supplying at least 3 billion gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) per year by 2030 and 35 billion gallons of SAF per year by 2050.
Vietnam-based conglomerate T&T Group and Orsted signed a memorandum of understanding to invest $30 billion to develop offshore wind power in Vietnam. The collaboration brings together a pipeline of greenfield offshore wind projects located off the coasts of the Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces with an estimated total installed capacity of nearly 10GW.
Manufacturer of ‘proton exchange membrane fuel cell’- Ballard Power Systems and Quantron AG announced a strategic partnership to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric trucks. The initial collaboration will focus on integrating Ballard’s FCmove™ family of heavy-duty fuel cell power modules into QUANTRON’s electric drivetrain and vehicles. Fuel cell electric truck platforms currently in development include a 7.5t delivery truck, a 44t heavy-duty truck, and a municipal waste collection truck.
Predictive analytics software developer ONYX Insight has launched a new hardware solution that the company claims can predict where and when costly pitch-bearing failures occur in wind turbines. The product, ecoPITCH, uses a sensor that is permanently installed in the hub, and through advanced data analytics, can detect early warning signs of impending pitch-bearing failure. The system uses multiple data streams and advanced signal processing techniques, enabling operators to understand when faults will occur in this critical part of the turbine, which is notoriously difficult to monitor.
Energy company SG H2 Energy, the City of Lancaster, and Hydrogen refueling stations developer Iwatani are set to launch a closed-loop green hydrogen ecosystem for transportation in California. The SG H2 Lancaster plant is scheduled to break ground in the first quarter of 2022 and begin production in Q3 2023. It will produce 3.85 million kilograms per year at full operation in baseload capacity, and The facility will process 42,000 tons of recycled waste annually.
Delhi’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot, inaugurated a public electric vehicle charging station at the site, which will expedite electric vehicle adoption in the National Capital. The minister also laid the foundation stone for setting up the first public electric vehicle charging plaza at the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) Nehru Place bus terminal. Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) has been allotted 10×9 meter space at Nehru Place Bus terminal as the first site to set up this EV charging plaza.
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.