Australia’s Northern Territory has granted ‘major project’ status to the 10 GW Desert Bloom green hydrogen project being developed by Aqua Aerem. The status will see the regional government working with the developer to progress the $10.75 billion through to planning approval and eventual completion in 2027. Plans are in place for an initial 8 MW stage next year, ahead of a 400 MW phase in 2023. At its full scale, the project will produce around 410,000 tons of green hydrogen per year for less than $2 per kilogram.
US start-up Mote has announced that it will develop the ‘world’s first’ carbon-negative hydrogen project in California, with production starting in 2024. The company will heat biomass in a limited-oxygen environment to produce hydrogen, and will then capture and store any CO2 output. Engineering work for the first facility is already under way, with plans for the plant to produce 7,000 tons of hydrogen per year, while removing 150,000 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Thyssenkrupp has won a contract from Air Products to develop a 2 GW electrolysis plant at the $500 billion Neom future city showcase in Saudi Arabia. The company’s Uhde Chlorine Engineer’s spin-off will engineer, procure and fabricate the electrolyzer based on its 20 MW alkaline module. Commissioning of the project is scheduled for 2026, with Air Products expected to use the hydrogen to produce carbon-free ammonia for export to global markets. The $5 billion plant will be powered by 4GW of wind, solar and storage, the consortium had said last year.
Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG) is eyeing a future floating wind project that could be used to power a 1 GW electrolysis facility in Australia. As part of a wider consortium, the project will look to develop an initial 40 MW electrolyzer facility, with plans to eventually produce 150,000 tons of green hydrogen for export to Japan and South Korea.
Total Eren – the renewable energy developer part-owned by TotalEnergies – has unveiled plans for a 10 GW wind project to power green hydrogen and ammonia production in Chile. Plans hope to see the H2 Magallanes project enter construction in 2025 following feasibility studies, with first production by 2027. It expects to produce 800,000 tons of green hydrogen and export 4.4 million tons of ammonia a year.
RWE Renewables has received an environmental permit for its 350 MW FEW Baltic 2 offshore wind project in Poland, which aims to enter operation in 2026.
EDF and China Energy Investment Corporation (CEI) have commissioned the 200 MW Dongtai 5 offshore wind farm off China. The project took 20 months to construct.
EnBW will supply 85 MW of power from its 900 HW He Dreiht offshore wind farm to the operator of Frankfurt Airport in under a new corporate power purchase agreement (CPPA). The agreement will come into play in the second half of 2026, lasting 15 years.
Nexsphere has announced plans to build an offshore wind farm in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and mainland Australia, with a total capacity of between 500 MW and 1 GW.
Prime Capital has reached commercial operation at its 254 MW Stavro wind farm in northern Sweden.
Nordex has secured a 196 MW turbine order for Swift Current Energy’s Castle Gap wind project Texas, USA. The project is expected to enter operation by the end of 2022.
Aquila European Renewables Income Fund has installed all 72 turbines at its 400 MW The Rock wind farm in Norway.
Rio Tinto QIT Madagascar Minerals (QMM) and Crossboundary Energy have started construction at an 8 MW solar and 12 MW wind plant in southern Madagascar, with full operation expected in 2023. The project also includes an 8.25MW lithium-ion battery energy storage system.
Brazil’s National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) has agreed to provide €233 million for Engie’s 434 MW Santo Agostinho wind farm complex in Brazil, accounting for 64% of the project’s total investment.
RWE has secured planning permission for its 54.6 MW Strathy Wood wind project in Scotland, which aims to be operational by 2024.
Falck Renewables and BlueFloat Energy have created joint venture Minervia Energia to develop a 675 MW floating offshore wind farm off Catanzaro, Italy.
Vattenfall had made a final investment decision for its 344 MW Vesterhav North and South offshore wind farms in Denmark, aiming for completion in 2023. Included within the €769 million investment will be the purchase of 41 turbines from Siemens Gamesa, following a deal announced on Wednesday.
Gazelle Wind Power has signed a MoU with Maersk to develop a 2 MW floating offshore wind pilot project at the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands test site in Spain. The project is aiming for completion in Q2 2023 using Gazelle’s patented, hybrid wind platform with a dynamic mooring system.
Lisarb Energy has signed a 97M W PPA with Brazilian energy trading company Tradener, for the electricity from a wind farm currently under development in Rio Grande do Norte. The project should come online in mid-2023, with the PPA operational for 12 years from early 2024.
Siemens Gamesa has secured a 26 MW turbine supply contract for Ascent Power’s Vouna onshore wind farm in Greece, which is scheduled for commissioning at the end of 2022.
NTR has signed a PPA with Microsoft for the entire 86 MW of power from the Norra Vedbo wind project in Sweden, which is expected to go into operations in Q4 2022.
China’s wind projects include:
- Longyuan Power has commissioned the 606.3 MW Jiangsu Dafeng offshore wind farm in Suhai, Jiangsu Province.
- Huaneng’s 2 GW Tongyu wind complex has had an alteration to its first 200 MW phase approved by the Jilin provincial administration.
- The 600 MW Zhanjiang Wailuo Offshore Wind Power Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III projects have been fully grid-connected by Guangdong Energy Group in the province of the same name.
- SPIC has commissioned the 800 MW H4# and H7# segment of the Rudong Offshore Wind Project in Jiangsu waters.
- The 206.4 MW Yancheng Guoneng Dafeng H5# Offshore Wind Power Project has been commissioned in in Dafeng, Jiangsu.
- Shandong Province has seen its first offshore wind farm, the 300 MW Huaneng Shandong Peninsula South 4 project, which has been commissioned along with a 30 MW 2-hour storage device.
- Besun Holdings has commissioned a 300 MW wind farm in Dingxi City, Gansu Province.
China’s solar projects include:
- A 100 MW affordable photovoltaic project commissioned courtesy of Three Gorges Energy in Chengde City, Hebei Province.
- Guoneng Qinhuangdao Company has commissioned a 150 MW distributed solar project in Haigang District, Qinhuangdao City, Hebei Province.
- TBEA Xinjiang New Energy will invest $134 million into a 200 MW solar plant and $53.4 million into a 49.5 MW wind farm in Xinjiang
- National Energy Group has signed up to develop a 200 MW distributed project for Guzhen County, Anhui Province.
- Zhanjiang Quanrun New Energy has begun construction of a 100 MW agrivoltaic plant in Suixi County, Guangdong Province which should be complete by June.
- Xilian Town’s 110 MW solar-fishery project has been commissioned in Anhui Province.
- Qianyuan Electric Power will invest $148 million into a 200 MW agrivoltaic plant in Bacao Village, Guizhou Province.
- SPIC has begun construction of the $350 million, 400 MW Gong Prairie “high altitude demonstration project” in Sichuan province, under conditions similar to Tibet’s.
Zhongli Group is planning another 5 GW monocrystalline high-efficiency solar module manufacturing plant in Hebei Province.
Akcome, China Resources Power, and Zhoushan Haitou have jointly invested in a heterojunction manufacturing venture along with the Zhoushan Municipal Government in Zhejiang Province.
Bitai New Energy has invested in a 2 GW heterojunction cell and 1 GW module factory in Shaanxi Province, with the first phase to be built by the end of 2022 and the second phase by June 2024.
Adani Green Energy has signed a 4.667 GW solar PPA with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). This is technically the world’s largest PPA but SECI is India’s state-controlled renewable energy intermediary, and resells energy to Indian states.
Fortescue and Alinta Energy have fully commissioned the 60 MW Chichester Solar Hub in Australia’s Pilbara region, the largest project off a national or statewide grid in the country.
RES has sold 240 MW of solar capacity in the Republic of Ireland to Power Capital Renewable Energy (PCRE); the projects will begin construction in 2022.
Jaiba V, a 635 MW solar plant also to begin construction next year in Brazil’s Minas Gerais state, has been sold by Canadian Solar to VTRM.