Category: Big Moves

Rosatom to build a 3 GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in Kaliningrad, Russia

The Rosatom State Nuclear Energy has announced its plans to build a 3 GW lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility in the Russian province of Kaliningrad. The province is located between Poland and Lithuania along the Baltic coast. The lithium-ion batteries with be based on a technology developed by Enertech International, a South Korean developer. In March 2021, Rosatom acquired a 49 per cent stake in the company.

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Fraunhofer IGCV and voxeljet AG partner to develop a 3D printer for offshore wind

Fraunhofer Institute for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV) and voxeljet AG have partnered to develop a 3D printer for offshore wind applications. The printer will be an advance casting cell (ACC) 3D printer and will receive funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It is expected to be the largest 3D printer for offshore wind purposes in the world. The management of casting and materials technology as well as digital process monitoring will be undertaken by the Fraunhofer IGCV.

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Niger floats tender for the construction a 50 MW solar project

The Republic of Niger’s Ministry of Petroleum, Energy, and Renewable Energies has issued a tender for the construction of a 50 MW solar plant. The project will be located in Gourou Banda, in Niger’s Niamey area. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) will assist in the development of the project. The project is being developed under the Scaling Solar Initiative of the World Bank.

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CSI Solar secures a 1.4 GWh battery storage system in California

Canadian Solar’s majority-owned subsidiary, CSI Solar Co., has got a contract to supply a 350 MW/1,400 MWh fully integrated battery storage system to the Crimson stand-alone battery storage project in Riverside County, California. CSI will also provide EPC and long-term maintenance services as part of the contract.

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Advent Technologies to set up massive hydrogen capacity in Greece

Advent Technologies, a US-based fuel cell manufacturer, has received approval from the Greek government to set up two ‘Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI)’ that are based on hydrogen. Green HiPo and White Dragon were two of the five projects selected from a total of 20 for approval by a special inter-ministerial committee of experts.

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Amazon announces its first renewable corporate PPA in Japan

Amazon has signed a long-term corporate power purchase agreement (corporate PPA) with Mitsubishi Corporation (MC), marking Amazon’s first use of renewable energy in Japan. This corporate PPA has been facilitated by MC Retail Energy Co., Ltd., under which it will provide electricity to Amazon subsidiary Amazon Web Services (AWS), Inc.’s data centres.

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Eskom launches Renewable Energy Tariff programme to meet clean energy commitments

South African electricity public utility, Eskom has launched a Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme to engage with businesses who need to meet their renewable energy commitments. The programme aims to source clean electricity supply to Eskoms customers, with up to 100 per cent supply from renewable sources. This would enable businesses to meet their clean energy targets, without entering into long-term Power Purchase Agreements or investing capital in their own renewable energy generators.

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UK plans to invest $1.2 billion in India’s renewable energy projects

The UK government plans to invest $1.2 billion through public and private investments in India’s renewable energy sector. According to the official statement of the British High Commission, of the $1.2 billion proposed investments, $1 billion will come from CDC, the UK’s development finance institution. The funds will be invested during 2022-2026.

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Siemens Energy and Toray Industries partner for green hydrogen

Toray Industries, Inc. and Siemens Energy K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Siemens Energy AG, have partnered for the production of green hydrogen from Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) water electrolysers using renewable energy sources. In the partnership the membrane technology will be provided by Toray Industries. The partnership will work towards promoting the installation and demonstration of these membranes in Siemens Energy’s large industrial scale PEM water electrolyser.

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EDF Renewables and Clean Power Alliance sign PPA for solar-plus-storage project in California

EDF Renewables North America and Clean Power Alliance (CPA) have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project. The project entails a 300 MW solar project, with an additional 600 MW battery energy storage system. The project is expected to begin the delivery of clean electricity to the Alliance’s customers across Los Angeles and Ventura counties in February 2024.

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