Daily News Wrap-Up: This Solar Oyster Production System Can Help Reduce Nitrogen in Water

Bayer has signed a 10-year PPA with Iberdrola to procure clean energy supply for its nine facilities in Spain


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

Bayer has signed a 10-year power purchase agreement with Iberdrola to procure clean energy supply for its nine facilities in Spain. Iberdrola will provide clean energy generated by its 590 MW Francisco Pizzaro solar project to five research and development centers, three production facilities, and Bayer’s headquarters for Iberia. The initiative will be effective in 100% of these centers from 2022.

Solar Oysters has built an automatic ‘floatovoltaic’ oyster production system that has the potential to produce up to 2.4 million oysters in 45 times less space than a traditional farm. The Solar Oysters technology can reduce the state’s nitrogen reduction shortfall, which the Maryland plans to drastically reduce by 2025. The oyster production system can generate valuable protein and nutrient credits using solar energy. The company said oysters contribute to our food supply and provide immense benefit to the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways through their ability to remove nitrogen and phosphorus in the water.

SVOLT Energy Technology, a global energy storage systems provider, said that it would establish its European production facility in Germany. A module and pack facility and a battery cell facility will be developed at two locations in Saarland, Germany. The battery cell production is expected to start at the end of 2023. In its final expansion stage, the facility will achieve a production capacity of 24 GWh, which corresponds to batteries for 300,000 to 500,000 electric cars annually.

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) and AES Corporation announced an agreement to merge sPower with AES’ US-based clean energy development business. AES’ fully-owned clean energy development business includes AES Distributed Energy and a wind development team formerly part of Advance Energy. Future projects developed from the combined 12 GW development pipeline will be owned 75% by AES and 25% by AIMCo. Although there is no change in ownership of operating assets and backlog, the newly formed platform will manage the 2.5 GW of operating assets, and the existing 2.6 GW contracted backlog. The transaction is expected to close in the next few months upon successful completion of customary closing conditions.

Hecate Energy, a U.S.-based renewable energy company, has selected Ideematec, a global supplier of solar tracking systems, to provide 4 MW of its L:TecTM solar trackers for an upcoming installation. Reach Construction Group, a construction and project management services company, will install the project in Newberry, South Carolina, United States.

DTEK Kyiv Grids has connected Ukraine’s largest commercial rooftop solar power system to the grid. The solar project, located in the neighborhood of Troyeshchyna in Ukraine, consists of 1,200 solar panels mounted to the roof of a residential building and covers an area of over 4,000 square meters with an output of 330 kW. Avrora Term, a Ukrainian company, backed the development of this facility with an investment of more than $330,000 in its construction.

Here is our previous daily news wrap-up.


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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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