Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Singapore-based renewable and solar energy company Sunseap Group has signed an agreement with Badan Pengusahaan Batam to set up a floating photovoltaic project and energy storage system. To be built on a reservoir in Indonesia’s Batam Island, the project is expected to cost around $2 billion. With an estimated capacity of 2.2 GW and spread across 1,600 hectares, the program is slated to be one of the largest projects in the category. The energy storage system is also projected to have a storage capacity of larger than 4,000 MWh. The solar farm is likely to generate more than 2,600 GWh of electricity per year, offsetting more than 1.8 million metric tons of carbon annually. This is equivalent to taking more than 400,000 cars off the road each year.
Suzuki Motor Corporation and Daihatsu Motor announced that they have joined the Commercial Japan Partnership (CJP) commercial vehicle project to step up their carbon neutrality drives in mini vehicles. Under the pact, Suzuki and Daihatsu will each acquire 10% of issued shares of Commercial Japan Partnership Technologies, the joint venture for the CJP initiative, from Toyota Motor Corporation. The collaboration also aims to cooperate on the use of technologies for the electrification of affordable, high-quality mini vehicles that can be sustainably disseminated.
GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business has been awarded multiple orders to supply 765 kV transformers and reactors in India. GE will provide 13 units of 765 kV transformers and 32 numbers of 765 kV reactors as part of the contracts awarded to it by the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL). GE’s transformers and reactors will be installed in the new substations that will be set up in Rajasthan by PGCIL, to evacuate 8.1 gigawatts (GW) of power from the state’s solar energy zones under Phase-II of the Transmission System for evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan project.‘‘
Supplier of fixed-tilt and tracker solar racking solutions GameChange Solar has announced setting up an office in Bengaluru, India. The firm is supplying its racking solutions to around 400 MW of solar projects in India. The India office will also be utilized as an engineering and manufacturing hub to support GameChange Solar’s other global operations outside of India. GameChange Solar also aims to source much of the materials for the tracking systems it sells from within the country.
French oil and gas company TotalEnergies has completed installing the second phase of a solar photovoltaic rooftop for Chandra Asri Petrochemical in Cilegon, Indonesia. The project will power 15% of Chandra Asri’s electricity demand for its warehouses, laboratory, and office buildings with green power. With 3,146 panels installed on 6,350 square meters of the rooftop, the solar system has a capacity of 1,153 kW and would yield around 1,500 MWh of renewable electricity annually. The initiative increases the firm’s solar capacity by more than 50%, boosting cost savings and reducing an estimate of 1,080 tons of CO2 emissions annually. The solar power will be used to charge electric vehicles forklifts, one of the first examples of such an installation in Indonesia.‘
Cart-at-home e-grocery start-up VegEase is deploying electric vehicles in its last-mile logistics. The company, which has wrapped up a pilot project, hopes to transition to an electric fleet by 2024. The initiative will reduce 3,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually by 2024. VegEase has partnered with electric vehicle OEM, OBA for their three-wheeler eVikas light commercial vehicles for a long-term leasing model. The move will reduce operating costs by 25%.