Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Sterling and Wilson Solar has commissioned a 25 MW solar project in Oman. Shell, a global energy company, had awarded the project to Sterling and Wilson Solar. The project is expected to reduce 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually while generating clean energy.
LONGi Solar Technology, a solar cells and modules manufacturer, has executed a long-term agreement with Strata Solar, a utility-scale solar and battery storage provider, for bifacial solar modules. As per the agreement, Strata has locked in 500 MW of bifacial monocrystalline module capacity over the next two years. Both parties will agree on additional volume commitments for 2023 by the end of 2021.
The Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Island, D K Joshi, has flagged off a fleet of 40 electric buses. NTPC Vidhyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, executed the project that is expected to cut down tailpipe emissions and provide comfortable public transport on the island. NVVN also emerged as a successful bidder for providing turnkey solutions for 90 electric buses in Bengaluru under the Smart City project.
PowerTap Hydrogen Fueling, an investee company of Clean Power Capital, has signed a definitive agreement with the Andretti Group, comprising Humboldt Petroleum, Peninsula Petroleum, and Colvin Oil I, to install its modular hydrogen fueling stations starting in the state of California in 2021. PowerTap will install its 1,250-kilogram hydrogen production and dispensing fueling stations at certain Andretti Group properties in California.
NextEra Energy Resources has entered into a framework agreement with First Student and First Transit to jointly pursue electrification of tens of thousands of school and public vehicles across the United States and Canada. The U.S. and Canada combined represent the largest homogeneous student transportation market globally, with around 520,000 yellow school buses in total. The companies collaborate to address these market opportunities by capitalizing on First Student’s fleet of 43,000 yellow school buses.
Eelpower, a U.K.-based power infrastructure developer, has closed its latest funding round, securing a multi-asset agreement with SUSI Partners. The companies will form a joint venture to develop and operate a pipeline of new build battery storage assets in the U.K. SUSI also purchased 40 MW of Elepower’s existing electricity storage assets, which along with new assets will be managed by Eelpower. The joint venture is expected to start constructing a 50 MW battery storage project at Dunsinane, Scotland.
FIMER, a solar inverter company, has introduced its new three-phase string inverter solutions for commercial and industrial applications. The company said three-phase string inverter solutions are available with outputs from 10 kW to 33 kW and provide high power density and strong energy harvesting potential. The new solution is flexible to fit anywhere and can be easily installed in new or existing facilities to provide lower installation and maintenance costs.
The Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, and ACWA Power have unveiled plans to develop three power projects that enable Uzbekistan’s ambitious energy transformation plan and increase energy capacity by 2.5 GW. ACWA Power signed power purchase agreements and investment agreements for two wind power projects, located in Bukhara and Navoi in Uzbekistan, with an aggregate power generation capacity of 1 GW. The Uzbekistan Ministry of Energy, ACWA Power, and Air Products entered into a strategic framework agreement to develop research programs and projects in the field of hydrogen and renewable energy.
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.