Daily News Wrap-Up: Hitachi Energy to Offer Solutions to 1.44 GW Offshore Wind Farms

Stellantis to procure EV battery material from Element 25


Here are some noteworthy cleantech developments from around the world:

Hitachi Energy bagged two orders from Equinor and Polenergia to provide an AC grid connection and power quality solutions for their jointly-owned MFW Baltyk II and MFW Baltyk III offshore wind farms. The farms with a combined capacity of 1,440 MW are located in the Polish sector of the Baltic Sea. Hitachi will provide both farms with an offshore grid connection that will receive the power from the wind turbines and transfer it to the shore. The two wind farms are awaiting a final investment decision which is scheduled for 2024 and are expected to start producing power in 2027. The farms will be one of the first offshore wind projects in Poland and part of the country’s program to develop its offshore wind potential which will help increase the use of renewables in its power mix, which is currently dominated by coal.

Automotive manufacturer Stellantis and resource company Element 25 inked a 5-year binding agreement under which the latter will supply battery-grade, high-purity manganese sulphate monohydrate to Stellantis, for use in electric vehicle battery packs. The shipping of around 45 kilotons of manganese sulphate monohydrate is said to begin in 2026, and Element 25 has offered to further extend the supply term and volumes. While Stellantis will make an equity investment in Element 25, the latter will source the material from its Butcherbird project in Western Australia and plans to construct a processing facility in the United States.

Bloom Energy has collaborated with Telam Partners, an advisory firm specializing in the financing and market entry of energy, to expand the former’s footprint into Spain and Portugal. Under the collaboration, the two firms will market and deploy Bloom Electrolyzer and Bloom Energy Servers to support Bloom’s customers with solutions that can efficiently meet their energy security needs while addressing the demand for green hydrogen. Telam and Bloom will market Bloom’s solid oxide electrolyzer which has been tested to be efficient at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Labs. Bloom’s electrolyzer is said to provide hydrogen with a low cost of ownership. The company’s highly efficient fuel cell Energy Server will be marketed in the above two countries to help decarbonize ports when ships are at berth.

John Cockerill, a global leader in alkaline electrolyzers, and a Moroccan energy company have entered an agreement to create a joint venture (JV) offering integrated green hydrogen solutions in Morocco. The venture is currently planning to include an alkaline electrolyzer manufacturing plant that will be the first of its kind in Africa. The collaboration primarily aims to establish a Gigafactory which would be dedicated to the production of electrolyzers. The JV will have large-scale manufacturing capabilities for high-powered alkaline electrolyzers (5MW+/Stack Electrolyzer) that will also enable the production of green hydrogen at the best price. These developments in the hydrogen industry will help the local large industries in the implementation of a national energy ecosystem focused on renewable energy comprising photovoltaics and wind.