Here are some noteworthy cleantech news and announcements of the day from around the world:
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has declared a stage 3 electrical emergency that triggers rotating outages throughout the state in California as the electricity demands went up due to the heatwave in California. The sudden rise in electricity demand created a dip in the operating reserves. The system operator has also issued a flex alert to warn consumers for likely rolling outages during the late afternoon and early evenings.
Enphase Energy, a solar microinverter supplier, announced that it has joined hands with a Germany-based solar module manufacturer Sonnenstromfabrik to develop a high-efficiency alternating current module (ACM) for the residential solar market of Europe. Enphase Energy said that the new ACM could improve the optimum light output of modules despite the low light conditions. These ACMs are available in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.
ION Energy announced that it had joined hands with a U.S.-based utility-scale energy storage developer esVolta to improve the operation efficiency of esVolta’s utility-scale battery energy storage products. According to ION Energy, the company would deploy its battery analytics platform across esVolta’s entire portfolio of battery energy storage projects with a total energy storage capacity of 581 MW in North America.
Seraphim announced that it had signed an agreement with Raystech to supply 150 MW of PV modules. The company said that it would supply to Raystech its half-cell modules with power up to 440 MW combined with a conversion efficiency of 19.78%. It added that it had signed 50 MW of solar module supply agreement with Raystech in June 2020.
EnAppSys has released a report on the European solar market, which reveals that the power generation across Europe in the first six months of 2020 increased up to 68 TW compared to 59 TW in the same period of 2019. The report stated that solar output in the second quarter of 2020 was at 47.9 TW, 19% higher from the previous record peak in the second quarter of 2018. The report attributed the rise of solar energy to the increase in solar energy capacity across Europe.
Yulu, a Bangalore-based micro-mobility service provider, announced that it has teamed up with a Gurugram-based real estate developer Vatika Group to provide its electric two-wheeler service within Vatika’s mega residential and integrated township in Gurugram. Yulu said that it has already deployed the fleet of 200 E-2Ws in the township, and it is expected to double its fleet size in the city by early 2021. The company also installed the battery-charging stations across the Vatika township.
Here is our previous 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.