Daily News Wrap-Up_ Total Forms JV to Manufacture Lithium-Ion Batteries in Europe

Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

Neoen, a France-based renewable energy company, has been awarded a 14-year contract to supply 100 MW of wind energy from its Goyder Renewables Zone located in South Australia. According to the agreement, the company will also build a 50 MW battery storage facility in Canberra. The clean energy will be supplied to the Australian Capital Territory from stage one of the Goyder wind project. The company is expected to commence the construction for stage one of the project in 2022.

Global energy giant Total has signed an agreement with a French automobile manufacturer Groupe PSA to form a joint venture firm called Automotive Cells Company. The company said that the new joint venture would be dedicated to manufactures batteries in Europe. The company already started the research and development center in Bordeaux and the pilot site in Nersac to develop new high-performance lithium-ion technologies. The new joint venture aims to ensure industrial independence in Europe for the production of batteries with an initial capacity of 8 GW, reaching a total capacity of 48 GW by 2030.

PowerCell Sweden announced that it had signed an agreement with Soltech Group for the joint development of stationary energy solutions. The company said that the objective of the feasibility study is to examine if solar energy, in combination with hydrogen storage, can alleviate the company’s problem with grid capacity. The cooperation agreement aims to utilize the two companies’ expertise and products to offer stationary energy solutions based on a combination of solar energy and fuel cells. By using excess energy from solar panels to produce hydrogen, solar energy can be stored and converted back to electricity in a fuel cell when needed.


ABB India’s Nashik Factory said that the facility had been awarded the green factory building certification by the India Green Building Council (IGBC). The company said that it had taken several different initiatives such as in-house solar panel installations, tree plantation, and energy efficiency improvement projects to reduce the carbon footprints at its facility. The facility achieved 95.03% energy savings and reduced 345 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.