Energy Estate is creating a consortium to create Australia’s first hydrogen valley in New South Wales, under a $2 billion proposal that has already received support from local and global energy companies. The Hunter Valley project would aim to completely replace the region’s coal industry, providing feedstock to mining, transport and industrial users. If successful, a second stage would pipe hydrogen to Newcastle, another industrial zone with eyes on exporting green ammonia. Other companies that have reported interest include AGL Energy, APA Group, Idemitsu, Trafigura, RES Australia, and Walcha Energy. Possible production volumes have not been announced, although the project would involve green hydrogen being produced on the site of a repurposed coalmine at Muswellbrook by 2024 and piped to near the Liddell coal plant, which is to close in 2023.
Enel Green Power – a subsidiary of Enel’s Endesa – has commenced the building of the 180 MW Tico Wind plant in Zaragoza, Spain, which will come online in 2022.
Orsted has broken ground on the H2RES project in Denmark, which will become home to a 2 MW electrolysis plant – powered by 3.6 MW of offshore wind. The plant will produce 1,000 kilograms of green hydrogen per day, which will be used to fuel zero-emission transport in the Greater Copenhagen area and on Zealand, with the first hydrogen expected to be produced in late 2021.
Greece could become home to a new €8 billion green hydrogen proposal, with DEPA Commercial heading up a consortium for the ‘White Dragon’ project, which could produce around 250,000 ton of hydrogen per year from 2029. The project has been submitted for Hydrogen Important Projects of Common European Interest by the Greek energy companies.
Nordex has received a turbine order from Energiequelle for the 45.6 MW Lumivaara wind project in Finland, which will be installed in Q3 2023.
General Electric has finalized the turbine supply contracts for the third and final phase of the Dogger Bank Offshore Wind Farm – the company will now supply all of the 3.6 GW capacity for the project, which is being developed by SSE Renewables, Equinor and Eni. The company will supply 87 units of its Haliade-X 14MW offshore wind turbines for Dogger Bank C phase of the project, which will be commissioned in 2026.
Italian renewable energy firm ERG has signed a ten-year corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) with Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) for the supply of 3.4 TWh of green energy. From next year, ERG will deliver fully green energy from its wind farm portfolio to TIM until 2031.
Huaneng New Energy is to develop a 5 GW renewable energy hybrid complex – featuring wind power, solar, battery energy storage, and green hydrogen production from seawater. The complex will be located in the Dalian Development Area of Liaoning Province, China.
Huaining has held a groundbreaking ceremony for its 2 GW heterojunction solar factory in Funing County, Yunnan, China.
China Resources Power has announced a 500 MW solar, 400 MW wind, 100 MW battery energy storage complex in Shangsi, Guanxi Province, China.
RWE Renewables will develop a 150 MW solar plant in Shelby County, in the US state of Tennessee, with Facebook as the offtaker.
Portugal will tender 500 MW floating solar capacity at auction in September, but due to environmental restrictions, energy storage will not feature. Previous Portuguese auctions have set world records for low solar tariffs.
The Indian state of Odisha has tendered 500 MW solar capacity under the KUSUM farming support scheme. Farmers can develop projects themselves, or more likely lease the land. The maximum tariff for a 25-year PPA with the state utility is $42 per MWh.
3SUN has announced it plans to reach 3 GW of solar manufacturing capacity at its Italian plant by 2023, up from 200 MW at present. The company produces bifacial heterojunction modules.
The UK’s Universities Superannuation Scheme has acquired a $283 million, 50% stake in Iberian renewables investor Bruc Energy.