Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) said in a new study that 3.3 million new wind power jobs could be created globally over the next five years. GWEC attributed the scope of job creation to major industry expansion. This figure includes direct jobs in both onshore and offshore wind and covers the entire value chain of the sector from project planning and development, manufacturing to installation, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of projects. GWEC analysis claims that an additional 470 GW of new onshore and offshore wind capacity will be installed around the world between 2021-2025.
Volvo Group and Daimler Truck AG have launched Cellcentric, a new joint venture. The collaboration aims to accelerate the use of hydrogen-based fuel cells for long-haul trucks and beyond. Through the association, the firms are looking to build one of Europe’s largest planned series production of fuel-cell systems, with an operation planned to commence in 2025. To fast-track the rollout of hydrogen-based fuel cells, the two shareholders have called for a harmonized Europen Union hydrogen policy framework to support the technology to turn into a viable commercial solution.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to India’s Shivman Wind Energy Private Limited for a feasibility study to develop a 300 MW renewable power facility in Gujarat, India. Shivman selected Illinois-based Evergreen Power Solutions to conduct the study. USTDA’s feasibility study will provide Shivman with critical wind and solar resource assessments and conceptual designs for energy storage, ensuring that the project will be a source of reliable, clean energy. The project’s hybrid design will mitigate renewable energy variability to help stabilize Gujarat’s regional electricity grid, increase overall efficiency, and lower electricity costs. USTDA’s grant advances the goals of the U.S.-India Strategic Energy Partnership’s Renewable Energy Pillar.
Hydrogen fuel company Everfuel has launched the company’s H2 station roll-out plan for Sweden. The move targets up to 15 strategically positioned fueling sites for zero-emission transport by the end of 2023. The plan is the second section of Everfuel’s Scandinavian green hydrogen fueling strategy for trucks, buses, and cars connecting the main traffic corridors in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The Swedish H2 station network is part of Everfuel’s Ramp-up phase of the announced plan to invest €1.5 billion (~$1.813 billion) in developing the green hydrogen value chain in Europe and reach €1 billion (~$1.21 billion) of revenue from the sale of hydrogen fuel to buses, trucks, and cars before 2030.
Srinwanti is a copy editor at Mercom India, where she writes and edits news stories across the clean energy spectrum. Prior to Mercom, she has worked in book publishing at Macmillan Publishing House and Integra and honed her editorial and writing skills in both online and print media such as Reuters, Times Group Books, The Times of India, and Pune Mirror, covering local to international stories. More articles from Srinwanti Das.