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Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Tata Motors announced that it had won the tender — floated by Jammu Smart City Jammu and Srinagar — to supply 200 electric buses. Tata Motors has entered into a strategic collaboration with the Government of Jammu & Kashmir to deploy electric buses in the twin capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir. The move is aimed at establishing an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable public transport network for Jammu and Srinagar. As per the contract, 150 units of nine-meter and 50 units of 12-meter Starbus electric buses will be supplied as part of the government’s environmentally friendly public transportation initiative.
Ambri, a provider of long-duration energy storage systems, announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to deliver a pilot battery storage system to Reliance Industries. The system will be shipped by mid-2023 and commissioned immediately after that. This agreement signed between Reliance and Ambri last year provided an exclusive collaboration to set up a large-scale battery manufacturing facility in India, which could add scale and further reduce costs for Reliance’s green energy initiative.
Sasol and ArcelorMittal South Africa announced a partnership to develop carbon capture technology to produce sustainable fuels and chemicals and green steel production through green hydrogen and derivatives. Under the agreement, the companies will advance studies into two potential projects: the Saldanha green hydrogen and derivatives study, which will explore the region’s potential as an export hub for green hydrogen and green steel production. The Vaal carbon capture will study renewable electricity and green hydrogen to convert captured carbon from ArcelorMittal South Africa’s Vanderbijlpark’s steel plant into sustainable fuels and chemicals. The two potential projects would drive the re-industrialization of both the Saldanha and the Vaal regions, boosting the opportunity to develop a green hydrogen ecosystem, thereby enabling long-term, sustainable benefits for communities and the country.
Emerge, a joint venture between Masdar and EDF, and Khazna Data Centers signed an agreement to develop a ground-mounted solar power project to power Khazna’s new data center in Masdar City. The project will have an installed capacity of 7 MW and provide electricity to the Khazna Abu Dhabi 6 facility, which is currently under construction in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi’s flagship sustainable urban development. Emerge will provide a turnkey solution for the project, including finance, design, procurement, construction, operations, and maintenance, for 25 years. The Masdar City facility, scheduled to be operational in 2023, is Khazna’s second data center in the City.
Axium Infrastructure and Canadian Solar’s subsidiaries Recurrent Energy and CSI Energy Storage announced that Crimson Storage, a 350 MW/1,400 MWh energy storage project is now operational and providing flexible capacity to the California grid. CSI Energy Storage was the turnkey system integrator of the project delivering the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services and will provide long-term operational services for the project. Crimson Storage is the largest battery storage project in the world to reach operation in a single phase and the second largest energy storage project currently operating.
Toledo Solar, a manufacturer of solar panels and glass, and KordSA announced a collaborative partnership and strategic alliance to bring Toledo’s best-of-the-breed thin film solar technology to Europe and Central Asia. The company claims that the superior power per square meter output, low carbon footprint, and recyclability of Toledo Solar’s frameless, all-glass, thin film, and durable solar modules make them an ideal solution for the rooftops of Europe’s homes, businesses, and factories. With the new collaborative partnership, Toledo Solar and KordSA will work together to expand the technology’s adoption beyond the rooftop to European-sized solar farms, from 5 to 50 MW, and the rapidly growing energy sector.