Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Indian power utility Tata Power has installed a fast DC electric vehicle (EV) charger in Gujarat’s Narmada district. Located near the railway station in Kevadia, the EV charging facility is expected to be a key pitstop for EV users. Users could access the charger through the company’s EZ charge application. Tata Power owns an expansive network of over 4,000 home chargers and over 500 public chargers in 102 cities across India.
Renewable energy firm Sunseap Group has developed a sea-based floating solar project in Singapore. Spread over 5 hectares, the offshore structure has 13,312 solar panels, 40 inverters, and over 30,000 floats. Reportedly the size of five soccer fields, the project is estimated to produce up to 6,022,500 kWh of energy per year. The project is slated to light up 1,250 four-room public housing flats on the island, cutting down on an estimated 4,258 tons of carbon dioxide.
Spain-based Applus+ has acquired solar photovoltaic service provider Enertis from the founder owners. With a market presence in the United States, Spain, and Latin America, Enertis currently boasts around €20 million (~$23.69 million) of annual revenue. The acquisition is aimed at strengthening the power services of the company’s energy and industry division. As part of its core strategy, the program focuses on faster-growing and longer-term sustainable-growth markets such as renewables.
Distributed solar company Oorjan has installed a rooftop solar system on a Mumbai housing society with a capacity of about 100 kW. More than 230 solar modules were set up over a 7,500 square feet shadow-free area. The installation was at Mahavir Universe Phoenix Society, a housing society at Bhandup, Mumbai. This project is expected to save ₹2 million (~$26,780) every year for the society, and the green impact is equivalent to planting 4,500 trees.
Bui Power Authority is constructing a 250 MW peak solar project to hybridize the 400 MW hydropower project in Ghana. The move is in line with increasing the portion of variable renewable energy in the country’s energy mix to meet the national target of 10% renewable energy by 2030. As part of the project, a 50 MW solar park was built in the first phase. Reportedly the largest so far in Ghana, the solar park has been connected to the national grid.
The Danish Energy Agency has released the schedule for an upcoming technology-neutral tender to be held in autumn 2021. The tender is expected to open in August 2021, while bids will have to be submitted in October 2021. The total potential financial aid could reach DKK1.2 billion (~$191.43 million), and projects with a combined capacity of 428 MW (onshore wind equivalent) could receive monetary support. Funds allocated for 2020 and 2021 will be combined. Initiatives related to solar photovoltaics, onshore wind turbines, open door offshore wind turbines, wave projects, and hydroelectric projects could participate in the process.
Bengaluru-based tech-logistics company LetsTransport has signed a purchase agreement with electric vehicle (EV) start-up Etrio. Under the terms of the pact, LetsTransport will roll out Touro – Etrio’s three-wheeled EV –for e-commerce and FMCG sectors in its last-mile operations across Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, and Pune, in a phased manner over the next six months. Touro is equipped to carry 500 kg of goods for 80-90 km, with a normal battery pack. The operating cost is reportedly four times lesser than that of diesel vehicles at ₹1 (~$0.013) per vehicle.
Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.