Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Solar module manufacturer Saatvik Green Energy has secured a 141.76 MW solar module order from BHEL. The deal has been bagged for BHEL’s 100 MW GSECL Raghanesda Ultra Mega Solar Park, Gujarat. The bid was secured by Saatvik Green Energy in a reverse bidding auction. The modules are to be supplied by December 2021. Saatvik Green Energy has a 500 MW per annum capacity as on date, and an additional 300 MW is to be added by August 2021.
Tata Motors has secured an order of 15 hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane fuel cell buses from the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL). The whole fleet of 15 buses will be delivered within 144 weeks from the date of signing the memorandum of understanding. This apart, Tata Motors will also collaborate with IOCL to undertake research and development projects and look for the potential of fuel cell technology for commercial vehicles. The buses will be plying for public transport in the National Capital Region and tested, maintained, and operated in real-time.
The Danish Energy Agency has initiated the tender process for the forthcoming technology-neutral tender. Danish authorities want to allocate 428 MW of renewable energy capacity through the program with a potential aid of DKK 1.2 billion (~$192.09 million). The tender will be open to solar photovoltaic, onshore wind turbines, open door offshore wind turbines, and wave projects. The tender is expected to open in August 2021, with a deadline for bids in October 2021.
GIGA Storage and Eneco are developing a large-capacity battery in the Netherlands – GIGA Buffalo. The battery is likely to have a capacity of 24 MW and 48 MWh. The storage capacity is expected to balance the supply and demand of electricity with the help of green energy. Construction of GIGA Buffalo will start this year. The project is slated to begin operations in mid-2022. More than 30,000 MWh of electricity could be stored in the battery annually, which is comparable to the annual energy consumption of around 9,000 households. This makes GIGA Buffalo more than six times as large as the current GIGA Rhino battery. Eneco will lease the battery from GIGA Storage on a long-term basis to use it for its energy services.
Vestas has secured a 60 MW order for repowering a wind project in the United States. The tailor-made solution, including a mix of V117-4.2 MW and V117-3.45 MW turbines delivered in 4.3 MW and 3.6 MW operating modes, respectively, is customized to fit an earthquake-prone area. The order includes supply, transport, and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a multi-year active output management 5000 service agreement. Turbine delivery will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021, with the commissioning scheduled for the first quarter of the following year.
On June 30, 2021, the Ministry of Power under the Government of India notified in a tweet that all India peak power demand touched an all-time high of 191.24 GW at 12.46 PM. The earlier high demand of 189.64 GW was recorded on January 31, 2021. On June 29, all India energy met also reached an all-time high of 4.3 BU, surpassing the previous high of 4.16 BU on April 8, 2021.
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.