Daily News Wrap-Up: SECI Annuls Tender for a 5 MW Solar Project in Tuticorin

Mahindra Susten selects GreenPowerMonitor for its solar storage hybrid project monitoring and data management


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

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) announced the annulment of the tender it had issued to develop a 5 MW grid-connected ground-mounted solar power project at V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. The scope of work included design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of the project at VOCPT, Tuticorin. This is the second time this tender has been canceled. It was reissued in December last year.

Mahindra Susten selected GreenPowerMonitor, a digital solution provider for renewable energy plants, to provide the integrated onsite control, monitoring, data management, and display solutions for hybrid solar and storage project in Modhera Gujarat. The hybrid project includes a 6 MW solar photovoltaic system and a 15 MWh Battery Energy Storage System to supply 24/7 solar energy to 1,400 households. The company claims that the implemented GreenPowerMonitor’s Power Plant Controller and Energy Management System solutions have showcased their flexibility in hardware design and software configuration to implement complex functions and a high-level, customized control philosophy in this project.

Wärtsilä, a Finland-based technology group, announced its collaboration with Capwatt, a Portuguese independent power producer, to test green hydrogen and natural gas blend fuel for Capwatt’s power plant in Maia. The project will start in the first quarter of 2023, and it aims at testing blends of up to 10 vol.% green hydrogen. The combined heat and power plant, which provides energy for Sonae Campus and the national grid, currently operates with a Wärtsilä 34SG engine running on natural gas. According to the company, this will be one of the first cases where green hydrogen is used to lessen the carbon footprint of an existing gas-fueled Wärtsilä power plant.

Bloom Energy, a U.S.-based solid oxide fuel cells manufacturer, and LSB Industries, the North American producer of industrial and agricultural chemicals, announced plans to install a 10 MW solid oxide electrolyzer at LSB’s Pryor, Oklahoma facility. The project will generate green hydrogen that will synthesize approximately 13,000 metric tons of zero-carbon ammonia per year. The 10 MW solid oxide electrolyzer installation would demonstrate the ability of hydrogen to decarbonize ammonia production and other industrial sectors. ThyssenKrupp, a global technology, engineering, procurement, construction, and service provider to chemical plants, will co-develop the multi-phase project, developing an initial engineering design to convert a small portion of existing conventional ammonia capacity at LSB’s Pryor facility into green ammonia. Bloom Energy will then install, operate, and maintain the electrolyzer, targeting hydrogen production in 2023.