Here are some notable cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
The South African based subsidiary of the German renewable energy company juwi has signed a contract approval with Sukari gold mines Planning, delivery, construction and integration of a solar battery hybrid power plant for Egypt's largest gold mine. The hybrid propulsion solution is expected to reduce diesel consumption by an estimated 22 million liters of emissions per year and reduce ongoing costs and volatility in fuel prices. The initiative aims not only to reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 60,000 tCO2 per year, but also to reduce the reliability of the power grid.
Solar developer ReneSola Power has one Joint venture (JV) with Eiffel Investment Group to accelerate the company's current and future solar projects across Europe. As part of the joint venture, ReneSola will hold a 51% stake and Eiffel a 49% stake. The initial portfolio will consist of 340 MW advanced stage projects in Poland, Spain and France to be completed by the partners. The joint venture company intends to finance the development of solar projects with an output of up to 700 MW across Europe over the next three years.
The Danish energy company Ørsted has completed The Permian Energy Center project is a 460 MW hybrid solar and battery storage in Andrews County, Texas. The project has estimated Ørsted's onshore operating capacity at 2.1 GW. The project's 1.3 million solar panels will generate enough clean energy to power more than 80,000 US homes. The project with 420 MW solar PV and 40 MW battery storage will be located on 3,600 hectares next to existing oil and gas facilities and will meet the growing demand for electricity in West Texas.
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas was selected von Neoen to supply engineering, procurement and construction solutions for its 404 MW Mutkalampi onshore wind project in Finland. In addition to studying the construction and electrical work on the project, Vestas will also deliver its EnVentus platform to the Mutkalampi project, the largest ever contract for the wind turbine platform in Europe. The order will increase the sales of the EnVentus platform to over 2.9 GW, with around 1.2 GW of these orders being installed in Finland. This shows that Finland is eager to take advantage of turbine technology. Most of the electricity produced in Mutkalampi will supply Google, Heineken, Nobian (formerly Nouryon), Philips and Signify through five 10-year electricity purchase agreements for companies with a total output of 251 MW. Mutkalampi, wholly owned by Neoen, will be Finland's largest wind farm.
UL is based in Illinois signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to collaborate on commercializing the SolarAPP + automated approval tool. The tool will help local governments expedite the approval of residential solar projects while determining compliance with safety and code standards. The device is likely to cut the time it takes to obtain a permit from a national average of five business days to zero.
Siemens Gamesa was confirmed as that supplier for Hai Long's 1,044 MW offshore wind projects. Siemens Gamesa's largest offshore agreement to date in Taiwan now includes the Hai Long 2B (232 MW) and Hai Long 3 (512 MW) projects. Siemens Gamesa will supply SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines to all three Hai Long wind power projects. The SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines are to be installed 50 km off the coast of Changhua County. Each turbine has an output of 14 MW and a rotor diameter of 222 meters with 108-meter-long Siemens Gamesa IntegralBlades.
Srinwanti is an editor at Mercom India, where she writes and edits news on the full spectrum of clean energy. Prior to Mercom, she worked in book publishing at Macmillan Publishing House and Integra and has improved her editorial and writing skills in both online and print media such as Reuters, Times Group Books, The Times of India and Pune Mirror Stories. More articles from Srinwanti Das.