Webinar Reliable Solar Pv Structure Design and Innovation

Upcoming FREE webinar on “Reliable Solar PV Structure Design and Innovation” organized by Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA), powered by Solarabic سولارابيك.

We will discuss the effect of the new large format modules on the current PV structure design, improvements, new materials, lessons learned from cases in the Middle East and many more!

When: 5th October, 16:00 GST
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Speakers include:
Hans Jürgen Sauter, VP Middle East and Africa, Nextracker Inc.
Dinesh Thakare, Head – Design & Engineering (RT), CleanMax
Elena García Ortiz, Project Manager MEA, UL Solutions
Finn Chow, Sales Manager APAC Marketing, Antaisolar
Moderator: Ritesh Pothan, Director BD – APAC & AMEA, DroneBase

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EDP Renewables inaugurates a new wind farm in Italy

The inauguration ceremony was attended by EDPR CEO Miguel Stilwell d’Andrade, together with EDPR COO for Europe and Latam Duarte Bello, and EDPR Italy General Manager Roberto Pasqua. The undertaking reflects EDPR’s commitment to the energy transition and energy independence of Italy and Europe.

The facility, which is situated in the center of Basilicata, has a total capacity of 35 MW and produces 79GWh annually. With the addition of the Craco and Stigliano wind farm, EDPR has installed a total capacity of 463 MW in Italy. EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR), the world’s fourth largest renewable energy producer, today inaugurated the Craco and Stigliano wind farm in Basilicata, Italy. 

The Craco and Stigliano facility operates 10 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.5 MW, adding up to a total capacity of 35MW. The wind farm will be able to produce 79GWh/year, saving 37,250 tons per year of CO2 emissions, and will supply energy to 26,280 households. In addition to the wind farm, EDPR also built the grid connection infrastructure to which the farm was connected at the end of August. With this new facility, EDPR has installed a total capacity of 463 MW in Italy. Present at the event were Duarte Bello, EDPR’s Chief Operating Officer for Europe and Latam, and Roberto Pasqua, General Manager of EDPR Italy, as well as a representation of students from local primary schools.

The Craco and Stigliano wind farm further strengthens the link between EDPR and the Italian territories. The company is present with numerous wind farms in the country, and recently launched the crowdfunding campaign “Energy together. The renewable energy tour in Italy” to offer Italian citizens the opportunity to be part of the energy transition, recognizing and rewarding the link with the territories. EDPR is also committed to developing training programs for young people to take advantage of the job opportunities offered by the presence of wind farms in the territory.


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Mercedes-Benz plans to install wind turbines of more than 100 MW

Mercedes-Benz is taking another big step towards achieving its climate goals, as the automaker announced its plans to install a “double-digit” number of wind turbines at its Papenburg test track in Northern Germany. The new wind farm expects to generate over 100 MW output by 2025, amounting to over 15% of Mercedes-Benz’s annual electricity usage in Germany.

The German luxury automaker has been actively pursuing its climate goals, including slashing its emissions in half by 2030 (its halfway mark) and achieving complete carbon neutrality by 2039. Furthermore, unlike some automakers, Mercedes is committing to an all-electric future with EV models in all segments. All new vehicle architectures will be geared toward electric models from 2025.

In April, Mercedes-Benz said it was looking to cover 70% of its energy needs by 2030 from renewable sources, up from 50% previously. About 15% is expected from solar or wind sources connected to the automaker’s facilities. More importantly, starting this year, Mercedes says it will only purchase electricity for its facilities (over 100 locations total) from renewable energy sources. The automaker is already progressing towards its goals. Since the beginning of this year, production at all Mercedes car and van plants has been carbon neutral. Mercedes installing wind turbines at its test track in Germany is another step in the right direction as the company continues progressing on its climate goals.


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Acciona Energía and Qwello to develop and operate urban charging networks for electric vehicles in Spain

The companies combine Qwello’s in-house technology and ACCIONA Energía’s consolidated position as operator of renewable energy and sustainable mobility. ACCIONA Energía, a leading renewable energy operator, and Qwello, an operator of urban and regional charging networks for electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe, have signed an agreement to set up a joint venture to develop public charging points in Spanish cities.

The joint venture will develop, operate and maintain a network of urban charging points for EVs in urban public spaces. The alliance has complementary strengths. Qwello brings in its user platform, charging technology and experience. As of today, it operates several hundred charging points in European cities like Stockholm, Frankfurt, Munich or Berlin, and it plans to deploy additional charging points in those cities and new ones.  ACCIONA Energía has a consolidated position as primary supplier of 100% renewable electricity to corporate and institutional customers in Spain and leader in intercity charging points for electric vehicles.

Qwello will provide the hardware and software, both developed in-house, and ACCIONA Energía will be responsible for supplying 100% renewable electricity to the charging points, as well as for their operation and maintenance. The charging points, which will mainly be 11 kW chargers, aim to solve two fundamental issues for EV drivers: availability of public urban charging points and their ease of use. Qwello has developed its own technology aimed at improving the user experience by implementing various functionalities, such as contactless payment by credit card or mobile phone and symbol-based communication to overcome language barriers. In addition, the charging point hardware takes up very little space and is easy to maintain, with simple replacement in the event of a breakdown.

Henrik Thiele, CEO of Qwello, highlighted: “The European electric vehicle industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by rapidly falling battery costs, increased climate awareness and manufacturers expanding their offer of EVs. And yet the supply of charging infrastructures is not up to the task. I am pleased that we have found a key partner in renewable energy and with a leading position in Spain such as ACCIONA Energía, with which we can boost the development of the charging infrastructure sector. Together we want to create the leading provider of urban public charging infrastructure in Spain in terms of technology, ease of use and sustainability”.

Rafael Mateo, CEO of ACCIONA Energía, said: “We have been following the electric vehicle charging sector closely over the last few years and we understand that the industry requires major investments to meet the objectives set for the decarbonization of transport.  Qwello’s standout technology, which has been tried and tested in European cities, overcomes the main barriers to the establishment of EVs. Together we are confident that we can offer a unique value proposition to the Spanish market”. Spanish cities have very few charging points accessible to the general public, hindering the penetration of EVs in the country. Only 2% of charging points in Spanish cities are public, which amounts to around 60 public charging points for cities such as Madrid and Barcelona. By contrast, Berlin has 1,413 public charging points and Paris has 875, and some European cities have three or four charging points per city block.  With most of urban residents within major European cities depending on public charging infrastructure, Qwello and ACCIONA Energía aim to become enablers and contributors for the successful transition towards e-mobilty. The availability of reliable and easy to use public charging infrastructure is crucial for the broad uptake and true democratization of the future e-mobility market.


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Enertrag inaugurates 186 MW Dunowo wind farm in Poland

With the inauguration of the Dunowo project, which consists of the two wind fields Dargikowo and Karlino, ENERTRAG has commissioned one of the largest wind projects in Poland and the largest ENERTRAG project to date.

The Dunowo wind project is located near the city of Koszalin in northwestern Poland and was successfully commissioned in the course of this year. The official opening ceremony followed, which was celebrated with representatives of local institutions, project partners, land owners, grid operators, and investors. The two sub-projects, with a total capacity of 186 MW, will generate approximately 600 000 MWh of clean energy annually, equivalent to the electricity needs of nearly a quarter of a million households. The Dargikowo wind field includes 43 wind turbines with a capacity of 133 MW, while 16 turbines with a capacity of 53 MW generate electricity at the Karlino wind field.

“I am proud of the dedicated work of our Polish colleagues, who successfully guided the project through the sometimes very lengthy administrative procedures and commissioned it on time despite pandemic-related restrictions and disrupted supply chains,” said Dr Gunar Hering, ENERTRAG CEO. “We are pleased to be able to make a major contribution to Poland’s energy transition and energy independence. Now we are looking together at the challenges ahead, as the Polish market still offers great potential in both wind power and power-to-X projects.” As a pioneer in the production of green hydrogen in Europe, ENERTRAG aims to make an important contribution to Poland’s hydrogen strategy and aims in this context, as in Germany, to contribute to the transformation of historic coal regions.

“We hope for a timely relaxation of the 10H regulation, which is slowing down the expansion of Polish onshore wind power,” said Christoph Sowa, Head of the Poland Division. “In the course of realising the Dunowo project, we have noticed a great interest on the part of Polish industry in regionally generated green energy, and we want to serve this interest by implementing other renewable projects in a timely manner.” Both sub-projects feed their energy into the Dunowo substation of the Polish transmission system operator PSE S. A. A total capacity of 250 MW is available there, offering the possibility to connect further projects.

In Poland, ENERTRAG and leading Polish telecommunications provider Orange Polska recently agreed on a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) to supply the company’s infrastructure with climate-neutral power from a 36 MW onshore wind farm being developed and built by ENERTRAG as an extension of the Dunowo project.


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Vestas secures 104 MW order with Polimix Energia in Brazil

Polimix Energia Ltda has signed an agreement with Vestas for the supply and installation of 23 V150-4.5 MW wind turbines for the Mundo Novo wind farm located in São Miguel do Gostoso in the municipality of Rio Grande do Norte in the northeast of Brazil. Upon completion, Vestas will also deliver a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement. This agreement will optimise energy production while also providing long-term business case certainty.

“We are pleased to announce our partnership with Polimix Energia, one of the largest companies in Brazil who, as Vestas, has a strong commitment to the country’s energy transition. This order highlights the sustainable performance of Polimix Energia as the Vestas wind turbines will power the concrete plants of the Polimix Energia group in the northeast of Brazil. This underlines how our solutions can support energy-intensive industries accelerate their energy transition by powering their operations in a sustainable and cost-effective way”, said Eric Rodrigues Gomes, senior sales director for Vestas Brazil. Wind turbine delivery is planned for the third and fourth quarters of 2023, whilst commissioning is expected for the beginning of the second quarter of 2024.

Vestas is the energy industry’s global partner on sustainable energy solutions. We design, manufacture, install, and service onshore and offshore wind turbines across the globe, and with more than 157 GW of wind turbines in 88 countries, we have installed more wind power than anyone else. Through our industry-leading smart data capabilities and unparalleled more than 137 GW of wind turbines under service, we use data to interpret, forecast, and exploit wind resources and deliver best-in-class wind power solutions. Together with our customers, Vestas’ more than 28,000 employees are bringing the world sustainable energy solutions to power a bright future.


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Taiwan: Siemens Gamesa to massively expand offshore nacelle manufacturing activities

Successful offshore wind power nacelle facility to be tripled in size to around 90,000 square meters. Local manufacturing of SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbines to take place; employment to also more than triple. Intended to initially supply machines for 1,044 MW Hai Long offshore wind power projects; prepared for future projects in Taiwan and Asia Pacific. Taiwanese nacelle technicians to be trained in Europe to strengthen local Taiwanese workforce.

Siemens Gamesa broke ground today on a massive expansion of its successful offshore nacelle facility in Taichung, Taiwan. The ceremony marked the company’s long-term commitment to growing Taiwan as its offshore wind power hub for the entire fast-growing Asia-Pacific region. The Siemens Gamesa offshore nacelle plant in Taichung is the largest production facility of its kind in Taiwan. The expansion will more than triple the plot area up to 90,000 square meters and more than triple the number of Siemens Gamesa people working locally. Among new elements, the expansion will broaden the production scope, creating two new production halls and a new warehouse on the extended plot.

Among the many distinguished Taiwanese guests at the groundbreaking ceremony were Shen Jong- chin, Vice Premier; Chih-Ching Yang, Deputy Director of Industrial Development Bureau, Ministry of Economic Affairs; Bruce J.D. Linghu, Deputy Mayor of Taichung City; Yan Li-Min, Deputy Speaker of the Taichung City Council; and Miau-Tang Chen, Vice President of Port of Taichung, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. Additional foreign representatives were also present.

“We are thrilled to triple our activities in Taichung and to be leading the Taiwanese offshore revolution. Having been present locally since our first offshore installation in 2016, followed by the opening of our Taipei office in 2017, we greatly appreciate the clear pipeline of projects and visibility of market plans which are available. This allows us as the world’s leading manufacturer of offshore wind turbines to make solid, long-term investments. Taiwan and Taichung Harbor especially have proven their mettle to meet our desire to make this location the centerpiece of our Asia-Pacific offshore manufacturing activities,” said Marc Becker, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business.

In a continuous production flow, the new factory setup will have dedicated production lines for hub assembly, nacelle backend assembly, and final nacelle assembly including generator-related work. Assembly of SG 14-222 DD offshore turbine nacelles is planned to begin in the second quarter of calendar year 2024. The large production depth opens up a compelling opportunity for a vast range of Taiwanese suppliers to feed more than 10,000 components directly to the factory. With a substantial annual production capacity, the factory is intended to deliver locally made nacelles for the 1,044 MW Hai Long offshore wind power projects, future projects from Taiwan’s Round 3 offshore wind power auctions, and other projects in the Asia-Pacific region.

“Since our Taichung offshore nacelle plant opened in Taiwan in 2021, Siemens Gamesa has proudly provided the first locally assembled nacelles. They stand tall in the Taiwan Strait and deliver clean power to the grid. With the factory expansion, we are looking forward to leveraging this local footprint together with the Taiwanese supply chain, building a regional offshore wind manufacturing powerhouse based in Taiwan,” said Niels Steenberg, General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.

Beginning in October 2022, Siemens Gamesa will send its first batch of Taiwanese employees for training in Europe. The first 21 people, a combination of 15 hourly and six salaried colleagues, will spend 15 months in total abroad. More Taiwanese colleagues will follow as the new factory’s staffing needs grow. The Taiwanese colleagues will spend three months at Siemens Gamesa’s offshore wind turbine factory in Brande, Denmark, where they will learn about manufacturing processes for a variety of Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines. Next, they will spend all of calendar year 2023 receiving on-the-job training working alongside experienced nacelle assembly colleagues at the Siemens Gamesa offshore nacelle factory in Cuxhaven, Germany. Construction work on the Taichung expansion started in September 2022. Construction of the first phase of the plant began in April 2020, with Taiwan’s first locally assembled offshore wind turbine nacelle being delivered in August 2021. These first machines were provided to Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project.


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Facility for hydrogen storage up and running

SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall’s HYBRIT pilot facility for the storage of fossil-free hydrogen gas is now in operation in Luleå. The rock cavern storage facility is the first of its kind in the world for storing fossil-free hydrogen gas. The two-year test period will now start and continue until 2024, which means that HYBRIT has taken another important step in developing the overall value chain for fossil-free iron and steel production.

After the inauguration of the pilot facility in June, initial pressure tests were conducted with water, which confirmed the facility’s mechanical stability, tightness and pressure capacity. The storage facility was then filled with hydrogen gas and even reached the maximum operating pressure of 250 bar. The commissioning of the pilot facility in Svartöberget has shown that the storage facility works according to its design and meets all safety requirements.

“The fact that this technology is now working is great news, and is an important milestone in the development of a fossil-free value chain for ore-based iron and steel production. The use of large-scale hydrogen storage means that the industry will have a more robust and plannable supply of hydrogen from fossil-free electricity, even when the electricity system becomes more dependent on the weather. This enables us to make very efficient use of our fossil-free wind power production and store the hydrogen when the weather is very windy,” says Mikael Nordlander, Director Industry Decarbonisation, Vattenfall.

“It’s very positive for us that the hydrogen gas storage pilot facility is up and running and that the technology has worked as it should up to now. That’s another important milestone. Now we’ll bring the plan to completion with test campaigns and collect important data and knowledge to make a full-scale facility possible,” says Martin Pei, CTO at SSAB.

“Hydrogen gas and its storage are central to our transition. In just four years, HYBRIT technology will be used for the production of fossil-free sponge iron on a large scale at a first demonstration facility in Gällivare. LKAB will become one of Europe’s biggest hydrogen producers, and this pilot project will provide valuable knowledge for the continuing work on creating the world’s first fossil-free value chain for the iron and steel industry,” says Lars Ydreskog, Director of Strategic Projects at LKAB.

The technology for the storage of gas in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC) involves the cavern walls being lined with a sealing layer. LRCs have been thoroughly tested with natural gas, but the pilot facility in Luleå is the first in the world to test the technology with repeated filling and emptying of hydrogen gas.

The pilot facility’s size is 100 cubic metres, and at a later stage it may be necessary to keep 100,000 to 120,000 cubic metres of pressurised hydrogen gas in a full scale storage. This means that we can store up to 100 GWh of electricity in the form of hydrogen gas, which is enough to supply a full-size sponge iron factory for about three to four days.

The HYBRIT initiative was launched in 2016 by the three owners; SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall. The hydrogen storage facility will play a very important role in the overall value chain for fossil-free iron and steel production. By producing fossil-free hydrogen gas when there is a lot of electricity, for example when it is very windy, and using stored hydrogen gas when the electricity system is under strain, will ensure production of sponge iron, the raw material behind fossil-free steel.


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A Just, Inclusive Transition Requires Workforce Readiness and Diversity

In today’s fast changing energy economy, renewables are building a new global workforce. With 12.7 million people employed in the clean energy sector in 2021, the renewable energy industry is becoming a job creation engine, according to IRENA’s new report on the latest global estimates of renewable energy employment.

Published by IRENA in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the ninth edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review assesses impacts of the ambitious, yet achievable 1.5°C Scenario under which renewable energy jobs would rise from today’s 12.7 million to 38.2 million in 2030. Energy efficiency, electric vehicles, and hydrogen could employ another 74.2 million people by then.

Like in 2020, China was leading again with 42% of the global total renewables jobs last year, followed by the EU and Brazil with 10% each, and the USA and India with 7% each. Africa’s role is still limited, but the report points out that there are growing job opportunities in decentralised renewables, especially in support of local commerce, agriculture and other economic activities.

Presented during the Global Clean Energy Action Forum organised by the Clean Energy Ministerial in Pittsburgh, USA this week, the report indicates that most of the renewable energy job growth last year has come from solar and liquid biofuels with 4.3 million and 2.4 million jobs respectively. Wind power generated 1.3 million jobs worldwide, with Europe accounting for 40% of the world’s wind manufacturing output.

During the session titled ‘Job creation and gender balance in the energy transition’, IRENA’s expert, Michael Renner, said, “Jobs are vital for raising acceptance of the renewable energy within countries while helping to accelerate the energy transition, but the quality of the jobs must also be considered carefully.” He also pointed out how policies are crucial to power the energy transition that can realise wider socio-economic benefits.

While it’s clear that renewables are opening a whole arena of new jobs, the shift comes with its own set of challenges. With the clean energy transition picking up pace, skills development of the workforce is at centre stage. Other speakers in the session highlighted the importance of preparing the workforce for a renewable-based future. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development talked about accelerating efforts to focus on workforce education.

A just transition will require new skills and build local supply chains that will result in more inclusion and diversity. The Annual Review 2022 says the availability of skilled labour is one potential bottleneck and calls for anticipatory educational and skill-building strategies. The report also highlights the importance of decent jobs for all, ensuring that jobs pay a living wage, workplaces are safe, and rights at work are respected.


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Investments in Egypt’s solar and wind energy approach $3.5 bln to produce 3570 megawatts

Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Dr. Mohamed Shaker, affirmed that Egypt seeks to be a corridor for the transit of clean energy that the African continent enjoys.

“Egypt is keen to support the efforts of African countries to access clean energy from renewable sources,” he stated, explaining that there is a plan to localize the local industry related to the tasks of renewable energy plants, whether Solar or wind, in order to reduce costs and encourage investors to expand their investments in Egypt, while providing them with all facilities.
Shaker further said that investments in the renewable energy sector in Egypt are growing rapidly, as the capacities of the projects under development have witnessed a remarkable increase, reaching 3,570 megawatts, with foreign direct investment of nearly $3.5 billion, double its counterpart in 2020.

He added that 78% of the previous figure are for wind energy projects in the Gulf of Suez region on the Red Sea coast with high wind speeds, and 22% for solar energy.

The minister stressed that the past period witnessed the import of many renewable energy tasks, especially the requirements of the wind power station in the Gulf of Suez and solar cells, where 9,246 batteries and 5,843 current changers were imported, which indicates the growing role of these projects in meeting part of the demand for electricity.


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Mango selects Acciona Energía to supply 100% renewable energy for 10 years

The contract will cover the headquarters in Palau Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona), the logistics warehouse in Lliçà d’Amunt (Barcelona) and ten of the largest stores in Spain.

Mango, one of Europe’s leading groups in the fashion industry, and ACCIONA Energía, the world’s largest 100% renewable energy company with no fossil legacy, have signed an agreement for the supply of 100% renewable electricity for the next ten years.

Through this agreement, Mango will cover the entire electricity consumption of its headquarters in Palau Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona), its logistics warehouse in Lliçà d’Amunt (Barcelona) and ten of its largest stores in Spain, thanks to the 26 GWh/year of renewable electricity to be supplied by ACCIONA Energía.

This Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will become effective on January 1, 2023, allowing Mango to reinforce its commitment to sustainability and its strategy to fight climate change thanks to the consumption of clean electricity.

Toni Ruiz, CEO of Mango, highlights that “the purchase of electricity through this long-term contract will allow Mango to advance in its sustainability commitments while guaranteeing an electricity supply at competitive price and avoiding the volatility linked to the electricity price in the market”.

Javier Montes, commercial director at ACCIONA Energía, said that “with this deal, we continue moving forward in our strategy to increase the volume of new supply contracts and medium and long-term PPAs for corporate customers, while contributing to decarbonize the energy consumption of our customers and reduce their electricity bill”.

This initiative is part of Mango’s Strategic Sustainability Plan, which aims to achieve zero net emissions by 2050. To this end, the company has set itself a double objective for 2030: to reduce its direct emissions and those generated by the energy it consumes by 80%, and to lower the emissions it produces in its supply chain, products and services, fuels and energies, transport and distribution, by 35%, all considering 2019 as the base year.


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