Daily News Wrap-Up: PM Modi to Inaugurate the Third Edition of RE-INVEST on November 26

Panasonic to explore possibilities for establishing European battery business


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

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, will inaugurate the virtual edition of the third Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo (RE-INVEST 2020) on November 26, 2020. Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, R. K. Singh, informed that the 3rd RE-Invest would provide an international forum for investment promotion in renewable energy. It will include a two-day virtual conference on renewables and future energy choices and an exhibition of manufacturers, developers, investors, and innovators engaged in the clean energy sector. The event will include six focused country sessions, alongside over 20 plenary and technical sessions, and a special chief ministerial plenary session.

Panasonic, a Japan-based technology company, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with energy company Equinor and Hydro, a global supplier of aluminum to explore possibilities for establishing a sustainable and cost-competitive European battery business. The companies will work together to assess the market for lithium-ion batteries in Europe and mature the business case for a green battery business located in Norway. The companies will also investigate the potential for an integrated battery value chain and the co-location of supply chain partners.

Invenergy, a global developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions, announced a 1.3 GW solar energy generation facility that will be the largest in the United States upon completion. Currently, under construction in northeast Texas, the Samson Solar Energy Center will support the sustainability objectives of five major consumer brands, including AT&T, Google, Honda, McDonald’s, and supply power to three Texas municipalities. The full project is expected to be operational in 2023, and it will produce enough energy to power nearly 300,000 households in the US.

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a division of Nel ASA, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Iberdrola, a Spain-based electric utility company, for the development of over 200 MW of green hydrogen production facility in Spain by 2023. The parties will commence the project and strategic discussions to deploy over 200 MW of electrolyzers in 2023 after the initial 20 MW facility is set to commence operations in 2021.

ClearVue Technologies Limited, an Australia-based smart building materials provider, has commenced the construction of a solar glass greenhouse at Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. The three sections of the greenhouse comprise three different iterations of the ClearVue photovoltaic glazing solar technology. The four sections within the greenhouse include one section using normal glazing as a control for the experiment to measure the ClearVue glazing technology against traditionally glazed greenhouse. In addition to this performance testing and following the greenhouse construction, the company will engage with a team of researchers from Murdoch University under a collaborative research agreement to evaluate the ClearVue glazing technology’s effectiveness for use in plant growth.

Tritium, an Australia-based technology company, has unveiled its modular and scalable charging hardware platform that provides consumers with the flexibility to increase their chargers’ power level as electric vehicle charging capabilities advance. Charge power can be increased in 25 kW increments, starting at 25 kW and increasing to 350 kW and beyond. As part of the launch, the company also revealed the first charger built on a platform with its RTM75 direct current (DC) charger, allowing drivers to add 75 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle in 10 minutes of charging.

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Harsh Shukla is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

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