Daily News Wrap-Up: Ashok Leyland and IIT Madras to Develop Hybrid EVs

Enercon partners with Enerjisa Üretim to develop a 1 GW wind project in Turkey


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

Ashok Leyland and researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) at the National Centre for Combustion Research and Development (NCCRD) have partnered to develop hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) using turbine technology. The collaboration will see the development and commercialization of the ‘Swirl Mesh Lean Direct Injection (LDI) system’ technology to develop a series of hybrid EVs using turbine technology. The IIT Madras researchers are developing an indigenously designed Micro Gas Turbine, which will replace the large battery. As part of the collaboration, Ashok Leyland handed over to NCCRD a nine-meter passenger electric bus.

Enercon, a Germany-based wind turbine manufacturer, and Enerjisa Üretim, a Turkey-based renewable energy company, have agreed to develop a 1 GW YEKA RES 2 wind project in Turkey. Enercon will supply the wind energy converter (WEC) technology and deliver 240 E-138 EP3 E2 WECs within the next four years. In the YEKA RES 2 tender held in 2019, the 1,000 MW capacity was won by Enercon and Enerjisa Üretim – each company with a share of 500 MW. Enercon’s role as ‘technology supplier’ and Enerjisa Üretim’s part as ‘investor and operator’ were part of a cooperation agreement.

Statkraft announced its first UK green hydrogen project – Trecwn Green Energy Hub –  in Pembrokeshire, which would generate approximately three tons of green hydrogen a day. The green hydrogen generated at Trecwn would be used to power trains running on railway lines west of Swansea and also power Pembrokeshire Council’s fleet of heavy goods vehicles and local buses, with the site able to produce enough green hydrogen to run around 170 buses every day, when operational.

GAUSSIN, a France-based automobile company, and Lhyfe, a green hydrogen solutions provider, announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the development of hydrogen mobility at the port, airport, and logistics sites. According to the terms of the memorandum of understanding signed by GAUSSIN and Lhyfe, the two operators will study the possibility of developing a comprehensive renewable mobility solution combining the hydrogen vehicles of GAUSSIN and the green and renewable hydrogen produced by Lhyfe. The partnership also includes a commercial component aimed at identifying potential customers in France and abroad, likely to be interested in such an all-around renewable mobility solution for logistics, port, and airport sites.

Wärtsilä announced that it would commission its first energy storage project in the Netherlands, which is the country’s largest system to date, called the GIGA Buffalo battery, a 24 MW/ 48 MWh energy storage system. It consists of Wärtsilä’s Gridsolv Quantum and GEMS Digital Energy Platform. The GIGA Buffalo battery is co-located with wind and solar assets at Lelystad’s Wageningen University & Research test center. It is expected to provide Eneco, the Netherlands-based energy provider, with the energy capacity necessary to alleviate intermittency from renewables and regulate energy frequency while adding reliability to the grid. It would also improve revenues by optimizing the value of the renewable assets and providing capacity that can be dispatched during peak demand.