Daily News Wrap-Up: Suzlon to Develop 145 MW of Wind Projects for Aditya Birla Group

NTPC, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sign MoU for hydrogen co-firing in Auraiya gas power plant


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

Suzlon will develop 144.9 MW wind power projects for the Aditya Birla Group. The turbine manufacturer will install 69 units of wind turbine generators with a hybrid lattice tubular tower and a rated capacity of 2.1 MW each. Green power from the project will go for captive use for their manufacturing facilities and other needs. A project of this size can provide electricity to 94,000 households and curb 372,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. The project is located at sites in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh and is expected to be commissioned in 2023.

NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Power India to demonstrate the feasibility of hydrogen co-firing. The hydrogen will be blended with natural gas in MHI 701D gas turbines installed at NTPC’s 663 MW Auraiya gas power plant in Uttar Pradesh. Auraiya power plant has four gas turbines operating in combined cycle mode. The companies will collaborate to carry out the study and identify key actions for introducing hydrogen co-firing at the Auraiya power plant. The study will identify key actions for co-firing for various percentages of hydrogen, e.g., 5%, 15%, 30%, 50%, and 100%. NTPC will supply the hydrogen required for the project.

Mainstream Renewable Power signed a lease agreement with South Africa’s national electricity company, Eskom, for a 1,650-hectare site where it plans to build and operate renewable energy projects. The lease agreement, which will run for 25-30 years, is part of a new initiative by Eskom to make land available around existing power stations with sufficient grid capacity to fast-track the connection of large quantities of renewable energy to the national grid. This agreement is one of four similar agreements signed by Eskom, which will contribute hundreds of megawatts of renewable energy to the national grid. The land is located next to the Majuba and Tutuka coal-fired power stations in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa.

Iberdrola’s renewable energy production exceeded 55,500 GWh in the first nine months of 2022. The company has increased its installed renewable capacity by almost 2,000 MW in the last twelve months to over 39,000 MW. With this advance, the company has almost 60,000 MW worldwide. In Brazil, the company has installed 560 MW of green capacity as it is developing the Otis onshore wind farm complex, comprising 12 farms with a total installed capacity of 566.5 MW at the end of construction. In the United States, the company has installed 524 MW comprising 295 MW of onshore wind and 229 MW of solar in the last 12 months.

Realtor Excel Realty N Infra is planning to diversify into the solar power segment through a planned joint venture with Seven Greens Solar Systems. The company also plans to become a beneficiary of the PLI Program to boost the manufacturing of high-efficiency solar modules.  The company expects to double its turnover after entering into the joint venture. The company also intends to double its gross profit.


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