Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
After declaring its financial results for the financial year (FY) 2020-2021, SJVN Limited, in a conference call with its shareholders and analysts, declared that the company would vigorously pursue solar power. The company said that preliminary studies are underway at the Kaza Solar Park (880 MW). The company has set a target of attaining 5 GW solar capacity by 2025 and 10 GW by 2030. SJVN has also been allotted a 679 MW hydroelectric project in Nepal, the second such project awarded to the central public sector undertaking in Nepal.
New Jersey’s Governor Phil Murphy has signed a number of bills to push the U.S. state’s transition to a clean energy future. The move is in line with the Biden administration’s goal of entirely shifting to clean energy by 2050. The directive would increase solar development and facilitate the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout the state. The bills signed include establishing zoning standards for installing EV supply equipment and parking spaces, developing zero-emission vehicle fueling and charging infrastructure, establishing a dual-use solar project pilot program for unpreserved farmlands, and bringing into place follow-up programs to the solar renewable energy certificate program.
Jinko Solar Company, the principal operating subsidiary of solar module manufacturer JinkoSolar, and Maersk have joined hands to work on end-to-end transportation and digitalized logistics solutions. Under the strategic cooperation agreement, the partners would explore in-depth cooperation in digitalized logistics services and hold multi-dimensional cooperation based on existing end-to-end transportation agreements to create a green logistics ecosystem and provide clients with comprehensive logistics solutions.
The International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, an autonomous institute of the Department of Science & Technology, has established a concentrated solar thermal (CST)-based test rig facility at Hyderabad. The rig would test the capability and performance of solar thermal components like solar receiver tubes, heat transfer fluids, and concentrating mirrors. The test rig would authenticate solar thermal components such as solar receiver tubes, heat transfer fluids, concentrating mirrors, anti-reflective-coated glass tubes, etc., of the CST system in field conditions.
Auto majors Hyundai and Kia have signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada-based Next Hydrogen Corporation to produce green hydrogen economically. The pact would help the carmakers jointly develop an advanced alkaline water electrolysis system to facilitate them in ushering in a global hydrogen society. Through the initiative, the firms aim to explore new business opportunities and technological applications.
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.