Daily News Wrap-Up: L&T Bags Orders to Construct 280 MW of Solar Projects

Toyota Kirloskar Motor to launch a pilot project to study Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle


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

Larsen & Toubro (L&T), through its power transmission and distribution business, bagged orders to construct a 245 MW solar power project in Rajasthan and a 35 MW solar with a 57 MWh battery energy storage system in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The company also announced winning orders for the supply and construction of shunt reactors in 132 kV substations on a turnkey basis which will be added to Dubai’s electricity infrastructure.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor and International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) announced a pilot project to study and evaluate the advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Toyota Mirai, which runs on hydrogen, on Indian roads and different climatic conditions. The first of its kind project in the country aims to spread awareness about hydrogen and FCEV technology. The project will be inaugurated by the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari, followed by a demonstration in Delhi.

Technip Energies, France-based engineering, and technology company, and Greenko ZeroC, a subsidiary of the Greenko Group, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore green hydrogen project development opportunities across industries, including refining, petrochemicals, fertilizer, chemical, and power plant sectors in India. The teams of Technip Energies in India and Greenko will step up collaborative opportunities on a “Build-Own-Operate (BOO)” model. Greenko will be the operator and owner of the asset. Technip Energies will provide engineering services, integration, engineering, procurement, and construction– for pilot and commercial scale Green Hydrogen and related projects in India.

OX2, a Swedish Wind developer, applied for a Natura 2000 permit for an offshore wind farm in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone between the islands of Gotland and Oland. The wind farm, called Aurora, will be located 20 kilometers south of Gotland and 30 kilometers east of Oland. The wind farm will consist of up to 370 turbines with a maximum height of 370 meters. Electricity production from the wind farm is estimated at around 24 TWh a year, which corresponds to the yearly consumption of about five million households. The project will also help reduce carbon emissions by about 14 million tons per year.

Fluence, an energy storage products and services provider, signed an agreement with Gransolar group’s battery division E22 to deploy the Fluence IQ Bidding Application at its first battery-based energy storage project in Australia – a 5 MW/7.5 MWh system in Victoria. This project represents a new market segment for Fluence in providing digital products to the emerging small grid-scale (<5 MW) energy storage market. The Fluence IQ Bidding Application will optimize the bidding strategy of the Longwarry energy storage system to ensure it maximizes wholesale market revenue while also delivering on its commitments to support the local distribution network. The lithium-ion battery project in Longwarry, Victoria, is under construction and expected to be completed by mid-2022.

Duke Energy, a U.S.-based energy provider, announced the completion of three battery projects in Gilchrist, Gulf, and Highlands counties with 34 MW capacity. The completed facilities have modernized grid operations, improved overall reliability, and supported critical services during power outages. Out of the total capacity, 18 MW is located at the company’s 45 MW Lake Placid solar power plant in Highlands County. The 11 MW Trenton lithium battery facility is located 30 miles west of Gainesville in Gilchrist County. A 5.5 MW Cape San Blas lithium battery facility is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Panama City in Gulf County.

Vazir Sultan Tobacco Company (VST), a Hyderabad-based company, announced a 1 MW rooftop solar project at its manufacturing units. These plants will provide about 25% of the company’s energy needs and help mitigate 1,310 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Energy generated from these plants will be used at the corporate office, the Azamabad factory, and the Toopran factory. The solar projects cover an area of 83,247 square feet and will be built using 2,226 solar modules.