Anhui Estone Materials Technology Company plans to construct a 1GW solid-oxide electrolyser and fuel-cell factory in Hefei city, China, with an investment of 1.21 billion yuan ($165.9 million). The company aims to leverage its expertise in solid-oxide technology and hopes to complete a pilot production line for the new technology by the end of 2023. This project aligns with the increasing global interest in solid-oxide electrolyser technology, which has the potential to generate more hydrogen per kWh of electricity and produce synthesis gas, contributing to sustainable energy production.
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Silfab Solar plans to invest $150 million in a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina as part of its expansion strategy, citing the region’s skilled workforce, high quality of life, and commitment to innovation as key factors. The facility, scheduled to begin operations in 2024, will generate approximately 800 jobs and significantly increase Silfab’s production capacity. The investment aligns with President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which offers tax credits for domestic manufacturing of clean energy components. This move reflects a growing trend of solar cell manufacturing in the United States, strengthening the country’s manufacturing capabilities and promoting clean energy production.
A new ground-mounted solar park is set to begin construction in Finland in the second half of 2024, estimated to cost €50 million ($53.1 million), commissioned by Alight as part of Finland’s national climate and energy strategy, aiming to phase out Russian fossil fuels and increase renewable energy sources, with the park expected to generate approximately 107 GWh/year in the high radiation levels of the Satakunta region, where the municipality is supportive of renewable energy initiatives, although the specific technology for the solar park has not yet been determined, bifacial panels are being considered as a potential option, and Alight anticipates securing contracts with large corporate and industrial customers despite currently lacking any power purchase agreements (PPAs), as the company plans to expand its presence in Finland and achieve a solar capacity ranging from 500 MW to 1 GW within the next 12 months, while two other notable projects are also in progress in Finland, including a 216 MW hybrid park and a 500 MW power plant, with Finland’s total installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity standing at 591 MW at the end of 2022, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and the construction of this solar park is expected to contribute significantly to Finland’s renewable energy goals, diversify its energy sources, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and boost the country’s sustainable energy generation capacity when commissioned in early 2026, ultimately strengthening Finland’s position in the global renewable energy landscape and contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.
Morocco has announced plans to construct a 5,600km hydrogen pipeline that will traverse 11 West African countries, aiming to facilitate the production and transportation of green hydrogen from West Africa to Europe, with completion expected in 2046.
California Governor Newsom signed SB49 into law on October 7, 2023, marking a significant milestone in the state’s pursuit of clean energy solutions. The bill aims to encourage the installation of solar power infrastructure along California’s extensive highway network, leveraging the underutilized space to generate clean energy and advance the state’s ambitious clean energy targets. The legislation also establishes opportunities for public-private partnerships and streamlined procedures for the deployment of solar installations, benefiting both the environment and the state’s economy.
Anstieg der Genehmigungen für den Abbau von natürlichem Wasserstoff in Frankreich durch verschiedene Faktoren getrieben
France has experienced a surge in applications for exclusive mining exploration permits, specifically targeting the discovery of natural deposits of hydrogen and other elements, due to the country’s unique geological and biological characteristics that create potential underground stores of hydrogen. The exact amount of natural hydrogen reserves in France and globally remains uncertain, but speculative estimates suggest they could meet a significant portion of global demand. This increase in permit applications is not only driven by potential reserves but also by policy changes related to mining regulations. France is the only European country to include “native hydrogen” as a minable substance in its mining code, influenced by existing research and ongoing company activity. The interest in natural hydrogen exploration licenses in France and South Australia is also propelled by changes in energy regulations and the potential cost savings compared to traditional production methods.
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. Signs Hydrogen Purchase Agreement with Major Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle OEM
PowerTap Hydrogen Capital Corp. has signed a hydrogen purchase agreement with a major fuel cell electric vehicle OEM, with the main goal of expanding the North American refueling network. The partnership aims to promote the adoption of the OEM’s Class 8 hydrogen-powered trucks by developing an initial hydrogen refueling station in California. This collaboration represents a significant step towards sustainable transportation and demonstrates a commitment to providing an eco-friendly alternative to traditional fossil fuel-powered vehicles. The agreement could speed up the adoption of hydrogen-powered trucks by expanding the refueling network and promoting the use of clean energy.
Q Energy, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha, is actively seeking partners for offshore wind tenders in Portugal and Germany.
St. Francis Center, in collaboration with Everybody Solar and ARE Solar, has installed a 26.24-kW solar array at its Warren Residences housing complex in Denver. The project aims to provide affordable supportive housing for unhoused community members seeking to transition out of homelessness, while also reducing energy costs and the carbon footprint of the St. Francis Center. The solar installation at the Warren Residences is expected to contribute to a more sustainable future and create job training opportunities for unhoused community members.
MSC Group’s order of two new cruise ships from Fincantieri showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability and responsible tourism.