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Renewables

Vattenfall sells interest in Duch offshore wind farm to BASF

The Netherlands – Vattenfall and BASF have agreed to sell 49.5 percent of Vattenfall’s Hollandse Kust Zuid (HKZ) offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

Renewables

Testing new research on offshore wind blade tip improvements

The Netherlands – The TIADE project is a collaboration between GE Renewable Energy, LM Wind Power, and TNO to develop technologies and design methodologies for more efficient operation of next-generation wind turbine rotors, wind farms with huge rotor wakes, and to demonstrate them in the field.

Hydrogen

World’s first green hydrogen-powered cargo ship

Norway – Statkraft and Skagerak Energi will provide green hydrogen for the zero-emission ship designed by HeidelbergCement and Felleskjopet.

Renewables

Developing scalable floating offshore wind substations

Norway – BW Ideol has signed an agreement with Hitachi ABB Power Grids for an industry-first collaboration on the development of scalable floating substations to support the development of profitable commercial-scale floating offshore wind farms with high-capacity wind turbines.

CCUS

UK’s transmission-connected battery storage activated

United Kingdom – As part of the £41 million Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project, Pivot Power, a subsidiary of EDF Renewables, Wärtsilä, and Habitat Energy activated the UK’s first grid-scale battery storage system directly connected to the transmission network.

Electrification

Siemens Energy to electrify biorefinery in Germany

Germany – The Finnish company UPM-Kymmene selected Siemens Energy to supply electrification, automation, and digitalization packages for a next-generation biorefinery currently under construction in Leuna, Germany.

Sustainable energy

Climate-smart hydrocarbon concrete to cut carbon emissions

Sweden – Vattenfall has created a climate-smart hydrocarbon concrete with less cement content that can cut carbon dioxide emissions by a quarter.

Australian Clean Energy Council dissatisfied with handling of solar waste
Renewables

Australian Clean Energy Council dissatisfied with handling of solar waste

Australia – The Clean Energy Council has expressed its dissatisfaction with the Federal Government’s attitude to solar panel waste.

CCUS

Recurrent Energy increases US battery storage footprint

United States – Recurrent Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, has increased its energy storage footprint in the United States by contracting to build five top Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in 2021 and 2022.

Hydrogen

Fossil-free hydrogen initiative launches in Sweden

Sweden – Ovako is forming a partnership with the Volvo Group, Hitachi ABB Power Grids Sweden, H2 Green Steel, and Nel Hydrogen to invest in hydrogen production at Hofors,

Sustainable energy

Repurposing gas wells for geothermal energy

United Kingdom – Third Energy UK is investigating the possibility of repurposing non-producing gas wells for geothermal energy alongside renewable energy producer CeraPhi Energy.

Renewables

First onshore wind tender in Albania

Albania – Albania has issued its first tender for utility-scale onshore wind power facilities.

Renewables

Vestas’ largest order ever in France

France – TTR Energy has placed a 122 MW order with Vestas for the Sud Marne wind park in France’s Marne province.

Historic $1 billion initiative to fight climate change
Sustainable energy

Historic $1 billion initiative to fight climate change

Sweden – The IKEA Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation are teaming up to create a $1 billion worldwide platform to combat climate change and energy poverty.

Sustainable energy

Oil and gas major invests in transition to sustainable mobility

United Kingdom/United States – Oil and gas major, bp, has invested $7 million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha.

Hydrogen

World’s first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron

Sweden – SSAB, LKAB, and Vattenfall have now pilot-scaled the world’s first hydrogen-reduced sponge iron.

Scotland invests £26M in energy transition
Sustainable energy

Scotland invests £26M in energy transition

United Kingdom – Scottish government has invested more than £26 million in a significant program to speed the energy sector’s transition to net-zero emissions.

Hydrogen

Enerfin to build hydrogen plant in Port of A Coruña

Spain – Enerfin, a subsidiary of Elecnor, plans to build a green hydrogen production plant called “GREEN H2 Langosteira” in the Port of A Coruña, in Punta Langosteira.

Hydrogen

MAN becomes majority owner of German H-TEC

Germany – MAN Energy Solutions is acquiring the majority of the shares in H-TEC SYSTEMS, an electrolyzer producer based in Augsburg.

Renewables

EnBW and BEE ink solar PPAs in Spain

Spain – Blue Elephant Energy (BEE) and EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) have signed long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for a 150-megawatt solar park project in the Spanish area of Andalusia.

Biobased

Neste and LyondellBasell make polymers from renewable feedstock

Germany – Neste and LyondellBasell have agreed a long-term commercial partnership in which LyondellBasell will source Neste RE, a feedstock made from 100 percent renewable bio-based feedstock such as waste and leftover oils and fats.

Circulair economy

Fortum expands battery recycling capacity in Finland

Finland – Fortum has decided to extend its lithium-ion battery recycling capacity by constructing a new hydrometallurgical plant in Harjavalta, Finland.

CCUS

Canada gets world-scale carbon transportation and sequestration solution

Canada – Pembina and TC Energy intend to collaborate on the development of a global carbon transportation and sequestration system that will be capable of carrying more than 20 million tonnes of CO2 yearly once completed.

Renewables

RWE expands German onshore wind projects

Germany – RWE’s Sanbostel-Bevern wind farm was awarded a subsidy by the German Federal Network Agency, in a German auction for onshore wind energy.

Hydrogen

Finland’s largest Power-to-Gas plant a step closer

Finland- Wärtsilä and Vantaa Energy, have signed a co-operation agreement for pre-engineering and development of a Power-to-Gas (P2G) plant for Vantaa Energy.

Circulair economy

Waste paper as source of cellulase production

China- Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Modern Physics (IMP) have discovered that waste paper could be efficiently used for enzyme production by Trichoderma longiflorum.

Fraunhofer Institute, SABIC, P&G in German recycling pilot project
Circulair economy

Fraunhofer Institute, SABIC, P&G in German recycling pilot project

Germany – Fraunhofer Institute UMSICHT, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble (P&G) have joined forces in an innovative circular economy pilot project to demonstrate the viability of closed-loop recycling of single-use face masks.

Wärtsilä supports zero emissions goal for EU and Waterborne Technology Platform
Sustainable energy

Wärtsilä supports zero emissions goal for EU and Waterborne Technology Platform

Finland – Wärtsilä is actively supporting a co-programmed collaboration between the European Commission and the Waterborne Technology Platform.

Vestas secured Ukraine's largest EnVentus order
Renewables

Vestas secures Ukraine’s largest EnVentus order

Ukraine – DTEK Renewables has awarded Vestas a contract for the second phase of the DTEK Tiligul project, a 500-MW wind farm.

One of Europe's largest battery storage comes to Finland
CCUS Sustainable energy

One of Europe’s largest battery storage comes to Finland

Finland – Hitachi ABB Power Grids has been granted a contract to provide one of Europe’s largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) to Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) on the island of Olkiluoto.

UAE-Greek collaboration to tackle maritime waste
Sustainable energy

UAE-Greek collaboration to tackle maritime waste

UAE/Greece – Bee’ah, based in the UAE, and PolyGreen, a Greek-owned company, have formed the Evogreen joint venture to combat maritime waste and pollution with advanced waste management solutions.

Chemcycling

Chemical recycling plant converts non-recyclable waste into methylal

Spain – Life Ecomethylal Project, coordinated by Alimplas, has resulted in the building of a chemical recycling plant that converts one kilo of non-recyclable waste into half a kilo of methylal.

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