Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) has reportedly met its entire renewable purchase obligation for the financial year 2020-21 in Delhi. The company sourced more than 2,000 MU of green power from sources like solar, wind, hydro, and waste to energy, including large hydropower projects. The company reached the target through physical power without purchasing renewable energy certificates. This is around 25% of the total units sold to consumers by TPDDL in its operational area.
ABB India will provide charging solutions for auto major Audi’s newly launched fully electric Audi e-tron and Audi e-tron Sportback. ABB’s Terra AC wallbox charger, which can deliver 11 kW power, will allow customers a smart charging facility at home. The charger has various options for network connectivity, including local area network, Wi-Fi, and 4G security information management connectivity. It can be connected to Cloud and comes with in-built protection. The feature makes is likely to make the charger safe to be used not only at home but also in parking lots and commercial buildings.
North American energy company TC Energy Corporation has tied up with the Canadian Department of National Defence to develop a 1,000 MW clean energy storage project on federal lands. The project is likely to generate 1,000 jobs during development and construction. When in operation, it would provide emission-free electricity for Ontario, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by around 490,000 tons, which is equivalent to removing 150,000 cars from Ontario roads.
U.S.-based water technologies company AQUOVUM, Abu-Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology have joined hands to produce a commercial level of water supply from a carbon-free sustainable source. The project will utilize AQUOVUM’s atmospheric water generation technology to extract clean water from the atmosphere and operate using clean energy. Slated to run at Masdar City, the initiative will be a key development for hot climates such as the Middle East.
Integrated zinc-lead-silver producer Hindustan Zinc has partnered with Normet Group Oy to adopt SmartDrive vehicles in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions. The initiative is expected to help the firm save a huge amount of high-speed diesel. The vehicles will be used in Hindustan Zinc’s underground mines, ensuring that the mine operations become environment-friendly and sustainable.
Vedanta Aluminum has purchased 354 MU of renewable energy in the financial year 2021-22 from the Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) Green-Term Ahead Market. The solar and non-solar green power was procured for the company’s aluminum production facility at Jharsuguda, in Odisha. Vedanta Aluminium’s purchase of green power units is more than 35% of the green power traded on IEX in the first quarter of FY22. The move is aligned with the firm’s climate impact reduction targets focused on migrating to a low carbon energy mix.
JLTM Energy, the Indian subsidiary of Technique Solaire, has signed a corporate power purchase agreement with Alstom to build a 300 kW rooftop solar system at an Alstom factory in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Under the 15-year agreement, the project proposes an electricity price lower than the government tariff for the captive project. The project is slated to be commissioned by the end of 2021, while construction is likely to start at the end of the month.
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.