Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcement of the day from around the world:
The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, have agreed to elevate India-Denmark relation to a Green Strategic Partnership. The partnership would build on and consolidate the existing agreement establishing a Joint Commission for Cooperation between India and Denmark, which envisages collaboration within several fields, including political field, economic and commercial field, environment and energy. Both Prime Ministers confirmed the close partnership in addressing global challenges and solutions on green energy transition and climate change. Both Prime Ministers also agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in sustainable urban development, including smart cities.
Sunseap Group, a Singapore-based clean energy company, has set up a green mobility business called Charge+, with a plan to install 10,000 charging points across Singapore within this decade. Charge+ will mainly focus on sectors such as residential, commercial and industrial, and fleets. The company aims to install charging points in public housing estates and private developments in commercial and industrial buildings, to serve the workplace market. The company said that its investment would support Singapore’s goal of phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles from 100% clean energy vehicles by 2040.
Australia’s national science agency CSIRO has signed a 10-year renewable power purchase agreement with Australia-based renewable energy firm ZEN Energy to advance its goal of net-zero carbon emissions across its operations. According to the agreement, the clean energy will be supplied to 26 CSIRO managed research facilities in ACT, NSW, and Victoria from two regional solar projects. CSIRO and Zen Energy will also explore opportunities to undertake collaborative renewable energy science projects.
Energy New England (ENE) has completed a clean energy transaction for 19 Massachusetts and Rhode Island municipal utilities that will add 50 MW of solar energy to their portfolios in partnership with D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI). The Gravel Pit Solar III project is expected to begin its operation in early 2023. ENE’s customers signed a 25-year agreement for the project. The solar project is expected to generate clean energy over 86 GWh annually. Over the term of this agreement, the project is anticipated to generate 2 TWh of solar energy.
Siemens Smart Infrastructure and WUN H2 GmbH have signed a contract to build a carbon dioxide-free hydrogen production facility in Germany. The facility will run solely on renewable energy with a power intake of 6 MW in the initial development phase. The electrolysis facility from Siemens Energy will have the capacity to produce over 900 tons of hydrogen annually in this first phase. When fully expanded, it will be able to supply up to 2,000 tons. The project is expected to be commissioned at the end of 2021.
Vestas has signed a 25 MW contract with PNE AG for the Boitzenhagen wind project in Lower Saxony, Northern Germany. The order is derived from Germany’s fourth wind energy auction in 2020. The contract includes supply, installation and commissioning of wind turbines, and a 20-years active output management 4000 service agreement. Deliveries and commissioning are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Sumitomo Corporation said the company is joining a co-operative effort to develop the Five Estuaries offshore wind project in the United Kingdom. The project is located about 30 kilometers off the UK coast. It will be developed through a business company comprised of RWE Renewables UK Limited, Siemens Financial Services GmbH, ESB II UK Limited, and a consortium managed by Green Investment Group and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets.
Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited and Unifor have reached a new globally competitive national labor agreement establishing Ford as the first automotive manufacturer in Canada to build fully battery-electric vehicles as a part of a C$ 1.8 billion (~$ 1.34 billion) investment. According to the agreement, Ford is committing to transform its Oakville Assembly Complex from an internal combustion engine manufacturing facility to a battery electric vehicle manufacturing facility, starting in 2024. Ford of Canada’s hourly employees will also receive several benefits, including a 2.5% wage increase twice over the life of the agreement, C$ 7,250 (~$ 5,425) ratification bonus for full-time permanent employees and $500 for temporary employees.
Maxeon Solar Technologies Limited has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Canadian Solar Japan K.K. in Tokyo District Court, Japan. The lawsuit filing alleges Canadian Solar Japan infringes Maxeon’s patent for the proprietary and fundamental shingled solar cell panel technology used to deploy solar panels that Maxeon designs, manufacture, and sell under the ‘SunPower Performance’ brand name.
MAHLE and Ballard Power Systems Corporation have agreed to work together in the future on developing fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles of various weight classes. The long-term goal of the cooperation is to manufacture complete fuel cell systems for the European, North American, and Asian markets. During the first phase of the collaboration, Ballard will be responsible for system design relating to the fuel cell stack. MAHLE will bring its expertise in the areas of thermal management, power electronics, and packaging.
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.