Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcement of the day from around the world:
Total, a France-based oil and gas company, has entered into an agreement with Ignis, a Spain-based solar developer, to develop 3.3 GW of solar projects located close to Madrid and Andalusia. The first projects in the Ignis portfolio are expected to start in 2022, with the aim of bringing them all under production by 2025. Earlier, the company signed two agreements with Powertis and Solarbay Renewable Energy to develop around 2 GW of solar projects. Total’s solar power portfolio will enable the group to satisfy the electricity consumption of its industrial facilities in Europe by 2025. The group will purchase nearly 6 TWh of clean energy annually from its Spanish solar projects through a power purchase agreement covering over 3 GW of solar projects.
Greenalia, a Spain-based electric services company, is developing four new floating offshore wind projects. All four independent projects have installed capacity of 50 MW each, located on the south-east coast of Gran Canaria Island. The projects have a cumulative power capacity of 200 MW, which will produce enough energy to satisfy the energy needs of over 280,000 homes while reducing 560,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.
Yates Electrical Services has entered into a long-term agreement with Sustainable Energy Infrastructure to develop, own, operate, maintain, and manage the energy sales for a platform of mid-to-large scale solar farm projects in regional Australia. The first phase of the undertaking will see both companies developing up to 20 MW of new solar projects within 18 months across South Australia and Victoria. The first two projects with a cumulative capacity of 6 MW in South Australia are expected to commence construction this calendar year.
The BMW Group, a Germany-based luxury automobile manufacturer, has unveiled its plans to expand its Germany-based EV production capacities for electric drives. The Leipzig manufacturing facility will also produce high voltage batteries for the BMW group’s electrified vehicles from 2021. The company is expected to invest €100 million (~$ 116.43 million) in the project by 2022 to increase the sale of electrified vehicles. The production of high-voltage batteries at the Leipzig facility is expected to begin in mid-2021.
Plug Power, a U.S.-based electrical equipment manufacturer, has signed an agreement with renewable power platform Brookfield Renewable to procure renewable electricity to facilitate its production of ten tons of 100% green liquid hydrogen daily. Both parties are also in discussion to establish a broader relationship to pursue additional green hydrogen development opportunities. The agreement will enhance Plug Power’s goal of its 50% hydrogen supplies produced from renewable energy resources by 2024.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids India, along with its consortium partner Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, has successfully energized the first stage of the 6 GW/8 kV high-voltage direct current transmission link connecting Raigarh in central India to Pulugar in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Upon its completion, the 1,765 kilometers long, two-way transmission line will have the capacity to satisfy the energy needs of 80 million people in India.
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
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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.