Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcement of the day from around the world:
Duke Energy, a U.S.-based power holding company, has unveiled its plans to double its renewable energy portfolio from 8 GW to 16 GW by 2025. The company also committed to retiring its coal-only facilities in the Carolinas by 2030. It plans to add over 11 GW of energy storage facilities across its system by 2050. The company set an objective to reduce methane gas emissions in its natural gas business to net-zero by 2030.
InoBat Auto, a European electric vehicle battery manufacturer, has launched its ‘intelligent’ electric vehicle battery. The company has developed a new electric vehicle battery with a combination of artificial intelligence and throughput technology. The new technology enables the company to reduce its dependence on cobalt and enhance energy density to a goal of 330 Wh/kg and 1,000 Wh/I by the end of 2023. The company is also developing an AI-driven battery research center and production facility in Voderady, Slovakia. The facility is expected to begin its operation to produce intelligent batteries in 2021. The company also has plans to build a €1 billion (~$ 1.18 billion) 10 GWh Gigafactory with the potential to supply 240,000 electric vehicles with bespoke batteries in 2025.
Siemens Gamesa, a Spain-based wind turbine manufacturer, has closed the largest order to date for its 5.X platform with a new contract to supply 372 MW of the SG 5.8-170 turbine for the Björnberget project in Sweden. The wind project is owned by independent power producer Enlight and asset manager Prime Capital. The wind turbine will be installed in 2022 in the municipality of Ange in central Sweden. Once commissioned, the project is expected to generate enough electricity to satisfy around 300,000 European households’ demands.
Masdar has signed an agreement with Miral to develop Abu Dhabi’s largest rooftop solar photovoltaic project to date at Warner Bros. WorldTM theme park on Yas Island. The agreement aims to provide around 16,000 solar modules across the theme park’s roof area of 36,000 square meters that will produce enough energy to satisfy nearly 40% of its annual energy demands. According to the agreement, Masdar will provide a full turnkey solution for the 7 MW project, including the facility’s design, procurement, construction, and operation and maintenance. The project is expected to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Aggreko has announced its solar power rental offer. The 1 MW photovoltaic solution is optimized for weak or off-grid applications and delivers clean energy innovation without the long-term financial commitment, the company said. Aggreko solar power system is available on a rental basis, with no upfront CAPEX required. The contract durations start at five years, which provides greater flexibility.
Statkraft has unveiled its plans to begin the construction of its Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project in northeastern Brazil, after closing a turbine supply deal with German wind turbine manufacturer Nordex. The 519 MW wind project will more than double its renewable energy capacity in Brazil. The project entails ten wind farms with a total of 91 turbines in the state of Bahia. The project is likely to generate around 2.3 TWh of renewable energy annually, enough to supply 1.17 million Brazilian homes. The project should be completed by June 2023, while its total investment cost is estimated to 2.5 billion Brazillian Real (~$ 451. 91 million).
Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.
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.