Here are some of the day’s notable cleantech announcements from around the world:
NTPC Renewable Energy (NTPC REL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Rajasthan to develop a 10 GW Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Park. The signing of the MOU marks another step toward achieving NTPC’s renewable capacity addition goals. So far, NTPC REL has won 4 GW of renewable energy capacity by participating in tenders being implemented. NTPC REL is also developing an UMREPP (Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Park) with a capacity of 4.75 GW in the Rann of Kutch, Gujarat. It has also entered into a joint venture agreement with Damodar Valley Corporation to develop parks and renewable energy projects.
Tata Power sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Tamil Nadu to invest approximately ₹30 billion (~$380.12 million) to set up a new manufacturing plant for 4 GW solar cells and 4 GW solar modules in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The investment will be made over 16 months and will directly or indirectly create more than 2,000 job opportunities, the majority being female employees. The plant will integrate bifacial mono-PERC (passivated emitter and back cell) technology with future tunnel oxide passivated contacts (TOPCON) n-type technology and produce high-power modules with state-of-the-art efficiencies. For smooth equipment navigation, the facility will implement Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), which use lasers and cameras to transport parts. The factory will also implement Industry 4.0 standards – a fully interconnected factory including smart manufacturing tools and technologies.
Electric Hero announcement that it rolled out its first batch of electric scooters from Mahindra Group’s manufacturing plant in Pithampur in Madhya Pradesh. The company had signed a five-year partnership with Mahindra as part of its expansion plans to meet the growing demand for electric two-wheelers in the country. As part of the strategic alliance, Hero Electric will manufacture two of its e-bikes – Optima and NYX – at Mahindra’s Pithampur plant. The partnership will help both companies share the supply chain for all new electric offerings and their R&D expertise.
Greenko signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabadto launch India’s first school dedicated to sustainable science and technology. The Greenko School of Sustainable Science and Technology (GSSST) will open later this year and aims to address the growing gaps in research, education and skills caused by the imperatives of sustainable development. The school will advance knowledge in various fields such as climate change mitigation, artificial intelligence and space technology, energy transition and industrial ecology. The GSSST will work in consultation with the Ministry of Education, AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education), NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) and NCVET (National Council of Vocational Education and Training) to make advance academic research and learning in sustainable science and technology.
wpd offshore Australia Holding GmbH, part of the wpd group, and Australis Energy Between a 50/50 joint venture for three offshore wind energy projects off the coast of Australia. The development of the three projects, located in the coastal waters of the states of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, with a total installed capacity of 1.4 GW, has been carried by Australis in recent years. Now that the joint venture is complete, projects can successfully move through the next phases of project planning. Phases 1 and 2 of the three projects have already been completed. With entry into the joint venture, wpd will now assist with Phase 3, completion of environmental studies and Environmental Impact Assessments (ESIAs), additional data collection, landowner agreements , network access agreements and planning, permits and licenses for projects.
Satish Shetty is an auditor at Mercom India. Prior to Mercom, Satish was a multimedia news producer at Reuters, where he gained experience in digital news media. Satish holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Broadcast Journalism from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia.
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