Daily News Wrap-Up: AMPYR Solar and BELECTRIC to Install 200 MW Solar Projects in Germany

First Solar to supply 2 GW of solar modules to National Grid Renewables


Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:

AMPYR Solar Europe (ASE) and BELECTRIC signed a framework agreement to install a pipeline of more than 200 MW solar capacity in Germany. The first power plants to be constructed are in Brandenburg, Germany. The largest solar farm will have an installed capacity of 85 MW. The 65 MW second plant will consist of six sub-areas. The companies will also be building a 25 km long transmission line and a substation. Construction works for the two solar farms are expected to begin this year. Solar farms to be set up in Brandenburg will be developed by AMPYR, with engineering, procurement, and construction works executed by BELECTRIC.

First Solar signed a framework agreement with National Grid Renewables for 2 GW of advanced, responsibly produced thin-film photovoltaic solar modules. The modules are scheduled for delivery in 2024 and 2025 throughout the United States and are part of First Solar’s advanced Cadmium Telluride (CadTel) thin-film module technology platform. The deal was booked before First Solar’s Q1 2022 earnings in April. Over the past decade, National Grid Renewables and First Solar have partnered on multiple projects, including the recently operational 200 MW Prairie Wolf Solar Project in Illinois and the currently under construction Noble Solar 275 MW and Storage 125 MWh Project in Texas.

The Public Authority for Special Economic Zones and Free Zones (OPAZ) of Oman signed a land usufruct agreement with Green Hydrogen and Chemicals Company (GHC), a joint venture between the UK entity of ACME Company and Norway-based Scatec, to develop phase one of green hydrogen and ammonia project in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm (SEZAD). As per the agreement, the GHC will begin developing the first phase of the project over 12 square km of land to produce 100,000 metric tonnes of green ammonia per annum in the SEZAD. The project is expected to produce up to 1.2 million tonnes of green ammonia annually.

Simply Blue Group, an Irish floating offshore wind energy developer, announced its second offshore wind project for Northern Ireland. The Olympic Offshore Wind project is a sister project to ‘Nomadic Offshore Wind,’ which was announced by the group earlier this year. Olympic Offshore Wind will provide a combined capacity of up to 1.3 GW, located off the coast of County Down in Northern Ireland. The project will have an option to be developed in stages in-line with a stepping-stone concept that Simply Blue Group is using on other projects. This project will provide the local supply chain with an opportunity to set up and prepare for commercial-scale opportunities offshore in Northern Ireland.

Mainspring Energy, a U.S.-based power generator, announced that its Mainspring Linear Generator had passed key tests directly running 100% hydrogen and 100% ammonia fuels at high efficiencies. The company claims that it is the first power generation technology to provide this level of fuel flexibility within a single product, significantly reducing customer investment risk in delivering resilient, clean, dispatchable, and low-cost electricity for both power grids and commercial and industrial uses. In addition to hydrogen and ammonia, the Mainspring product runs on biogas, renewable natural gas, and other widely available gaseous fuels. It can switch between fuels automatically with software-based control. The company claims that the product’s scalability allows for use in behind-the-meter applications as well as in large grids, microgrids, data centers, and similar operations that require support for 24/7 clean power, clean backup generation, and clean firming capabilities.