Daily News Wrap-Up: Vibrant Energy to Develop Wind-Solar Hybrid Projects for Amazon

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

Amazon announced a partnership with Vibrant Energy to develop two wind-solar hybrid projects in India. The two projects, with a total capacity of 300 MW, will be developed in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. Once operational, these projects will generate 1.163 million MWh of clean energy, equivalent to powering 380,000 households in New Delhi each year. Combined with three solar projects in Rajasthan, Amazon now has five utility-scale renewable energy projects in India, representing a total of 720 MW of renewable energy capacity. Amazon is the world’s largest corporate buyer of renewable energy, with over 380 projects spread across 22 countries worldwide.

LONGi, a provider of solar modules and solutions, announced an agreement to provide 1,292 MW of solar modules to Larsen & Toubro for two solar projects under construction in Saudi Arabia. Larsen & Toubro is acting as the engineering, procurement, and construction firm for both projects. The first project is in Jeddah and has a capacity of 388 MW, while the second project is located in the industrial city of Sudair, having a total capacity of 1,500 MW.

United Kingdom-based Essar Oil UK announced its plan to build a £360 million (~$431.75 million) carbon capture plant at its Stanlow refinery by 2030. Kent plc has been awarded the engineering contract to develop the facility that will capture the carbon dioxide emitted from one of Europe’s largest full-residue fluidized catalytic cracking units located at the Stanlow refinery. Essar is investing over £1 billion (~$1.19 billion) into energy efficiency, fuel-switching, and carbon capture initiatives designed to decarbonize its production processes significantly by 2030. Once complete in 2027, the plant will eliminate around 0.81 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, cutting down nearly 40% of all Stanlow emissions.

Fusion Fuel, Ireland-headquartered green hydrogen solutions provider, and U.S.-based Electus Energy have joined hands to develop a large-scale green hydrogen project in Bakersfield, California. The proposed project is a 75 MW solar-to-hydrogen facility using Fusion Fuel’s HEVO technology, capable of producing up to 9,300 tons of green hydrogen per annum. The project would require an estimated investment of €175 million (~$180 million) and is expected to be commissioned in the first half of 2025. Once operational, this project will provide enough hydrogen fuel to support over 1,000 Class 8 trucks or buses daily. The companies have already signed a land-lease agreement to secure 320 acres in Kern County, California, for the project’s development.

United Kingdom-based aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce and Europe’s leading airline, easyJet, announced they had achieved a new milestone with the world’s first run of a modern aero engine on hydrogen. The test was conducted using green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power. It marks a significant step towards proving that hydrogen could be a zero-carbon aviation fuel of the future. The test took place at an outdoor test facility of the military aircraft testing site at MoD Boscombe Down, UK, using a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A regional aircraft engine. The European Marine Energy Center supplied green hydrogen for the tests, which was produced at their hydrogen production and tidal test facility at Eday in the Orkney Islands, UK. The companies plan a series of further tests leading up to a full-scale ground test of a Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 jet engine.