Daily News Wrap-Up: $68 Million Hydrogen Industry Mission Launched in Australia

Jakson launches half-cut mono PERC module in India with capacities ranging 450 W to 600 W


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

Australian government research agency CSIRO and its partners have launched a $68 million Hydrogen Industry Mission. The research mission will help drive down the cost of hydrogen production to under $2/kg, making the fuel more affordable and helping Australia lead world exports in hydrogen by 2030. Over the next five years, more than 100 projects worth $68 million have been planned by partners including the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, Fortescue Metals Group,  Swinburne University, the Victorian Government, the Future Fuels CRC, National Energy Resources Australia, and the Australian Hydrogen Council, along with collaborators Toyota and Hyundai.

Solar firm Jakson Group has launched the Helia Series – a range of locally developed PV modules using half-cut mono PERC solar cells. With over 21% efficiency, the series will be in both monofacial and bifacial categories, with variants ranging from 120, 132, 144, and 156 half-cut cells configuration. The Helia series will start from 450 W and go up to 600 W, making Jakson the first module manufacturer in India to offer solar modules with over 520 W capacity.

KPI Global Infrastructure has received an order for a 3.5 MW solar project. Developed for captive consumption, the project has been awarded to KPI Global by Prachi Mittal Creations, Surat. The firm has received the letter of intent for the project. Earlier this month, the company had bagged a 12.5 MW capacity solar project from Anupam Rasayan India.

Indiana-based Cummins has partnered with energy company Iberdrola for electrolyzer plants to produce green hydrogen. This investment in Spain comes soon after Iberdrola and Cummins decided to partner on large-scale hydrogen production projects in Spain and Portugal. The companies have signed an agreement to accelerate the growth of business opportunities in the electrolyzer market of Iberia, promoting the green hydrogen value chain.

Danish power company Ørsted has signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea-based POSCO Group for 1.6 GW offshore wind projects off the coast of Incheon City, South Korea. Ørsted and POSCO will also conduct feasibility studies for potential collaboration on renewable hydrogen. The project is expected to boost Korea’s ambitious target of installing 12 GW offshore wind capacity by 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.