Daily News Wrap-Up: TotalEnergies and SSE to Offer Short-Term Corporate Wind PPAs

Mining Group Rio Tinto and Komatsu to step up development and implementation of zero-emission mining haulage vehicles


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

TotalEnergies and SSE Renewables plan to issue tenders offering corporate power purchase agreements (CPPAs) for the Seagreen offshore wind farm in the Scottish waters. The CPPA is being offered for five years. The project will have 114 turbines of 10 MW in the deep waters 27 km off the coast of Angus in the North Sea. The wind farm will be operational in 2023 and will produce enough low-carbon electricity to power 1.6 million homes, the equivalent of almost every home and business in Edinburgh and Glasgow combined. Tenders to purchase the power will be released later this year.

Anglo-Australian mining group Rio Tinto and Japanese earth-moving equipment manufacturer Komatsu will accelerate the development and implementation of zero-emission mining haulage vehicles. Rio Tinto will conduct a pre-production trial of the new equipment at its site, with the option to buy trucks from the first batch once they’re commercially viable. Rio Tinto has joined Komatsu’s Greenhouse Gas Alliance, which targets to produce haulage vehicles that run on battery and hydrogen. Rio Tinto is also a founding patron of the Charge On Innovation Challenge, which is focused on solving the power distribution infrastructure needed to support zero-emission haul trucks.

The European Commission has disbursed €12.1 million (~$14.36 million) to Luxembourg in pre-financing under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Out of the total grant, €30.5 million (~$36.21 million) would be utilized towards sustainable transport in Luxembourg by extending the electric vehicle charging points network across the country. RRF supports reforms and investments undertaken by EU member states to mitigate the economic and social impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and make European economies more resilient and better prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the green transitions. The RRF was introduced on February 19, 2021, and will finance reforms and investments in EU member states until December 31, 2026.

Renewable energy project developer ReNew Power announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with RackBank Datacenters. RackBank is a data center platform providing data center services, including but not limited to dedicated servers, managed servers, and colocation services. ReNew will supply power generated from renewable sources to RackBank’s hyper-scale data center in India after a Power Purchase Agreement is signed with RackBank. ReNew will construct, co-own, and operate a hybrid power generation facility specifically to supply power to RackBank’s data center. RackBank would purchase green power generated from this facility directly from ReNew through the open access mechanism. Rackbank data center is spread out in a vast expanse of 35000 sq. ft. with a capacity of 800 racks and growing. The company projects that it will have 500 MW of IT infrastructure capacity in the next five years.


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