Here are some notable cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Sungrow, a global provider of inverter solutions for renewable energy, has secured Contract for the supply of inverters for Enerparc’s 90 MW solar project in Gaarz. The company supplied 21 units of its central inverter and 116 units of its string inverter for the project. The inverters include the ten MV stations with 7,200 kVA and one MV station with 3,600 kVA. The project is expected to generate around 90 GWh of clean energy annually.
Nestle has revealed its net-zero roadmap to halve its emissions by 2030 and hit net-zero by 2050. The roadmap focuses on helping farmers and suppliers advance regenerative agriculture, plant hundreds of millions of trees over the next decade, and complete the company’s transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2025. The company expects to complete the transition of its 800 plants to 187 countries that will run 100% renewable electricity within the next five years. The company also expects to source over 14 million tons of its ingredients through regenerative agriculture by 2030.
The New Zealand government has started a new initiative to combat climate change that requires the public sector to be carbon neutral by 2025. The carbon neutral government program obliges the public sector to measure and publicly report its emissions and offset those that cannot be reduced by 2025. The program is backed by the $ 200 million State Sector Decarbonization Fund, which funds the public sector replacement of coal-fired boilers and supports the immediate purchase of hybrid or electric vehicles to replace the government’s gasoline vehicle fleets. Siemens Energy, along with Porsche and several other international companies, is development and implementation of a pilot project in Chile, which is expected to result in the world’s first integrated plant on an industrial scale for the production of synthetic, climate-neutral fuels (e-fuels). In this pilot phase, around 130,000 liters of e-fuels will be produced as early as 2022. In two further phases, the capacity is to be increased to around 55 million liters of e-fuels per year and 550 million liters of e-fuels by 2024. Fuels by 2026. Porsche will be the main consumer of the green fuel. Other project partners are the energy company AME and the oil company ENAP from Chile as well as the Italian energy company Enel.
Caliche development partner announced the closure of a senior secured multi-draw credit facility with Orion Energy Partners to support the further expansion of the underground salt cavern storage facility in Beaumont, Texas, USA. The debt facility will also support the commissioning of a new 3.0 million barrel cavern for the storage of industrial gases under a long-term agreement. The cave and its terminal are expected to be operational in the summer of 2021.
The Global Wind Energy Council has indicated that the Vietnamese government’s proposed reduction in the feed-in tariff (FiT) could “seriously damage” the growth of wind energy in Vietnam. The government has approved an extension of the FiT plan for wind power in the country. This new proposed FiT extension by the Vietnamese government would reduce tariffs for onshore and tidal wind power by 17.4% and 13.6% respectively. Based on the market forecasts and experiences in the wind markets, a FIT reduction of this size would cause investments in new and planned wind projects in Vietnam to fail.
Trafigura has be committed Initially investing $ 62 million, including $ 20 million as a capital injection, in H2 Energy Holdings to further support the development, storage and distribution of green hydrogen for gas stations and industrial consumers. The remainder of the investment will be used to set up and finance the development of a 50:50 joint venture based in Zurich, Switzerland. In collaboration with large industrial companies such as Hyundai, Alpiq and Linde, H2 Energy will deliver fuel cell trucks to commercial users in order to create an ecosystem based on green hydrogen.
SaltX Technology AB has partner with Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) to develop a new solution that can store ten times more thermal energy than conventional hot water storage tanks with the same space requirements. SFW designed a fluidized bed pilot reactor that serves as a release point where the salt releases the heat. The new 100 kW reactor in the new test facility from SaltX combines the power of the patented nano-coated salt from SaltX with the fluidized bed technology from SFW. The pilot will go into operation in early 2021. As a next step, SaltX intends to carry out a further scaling in a demonstration project in order to derive 1 MW of heat output.
Here is our previous daily recap of the news.
Harsh is a reporter at Mercom India. He previously reported general interest stories at Indian Express. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune.
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