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8th June 2021
Ørsted announces wind turbine blade recycling commitment
Ørsted has declared a commitment to reuse, recycle, or recover all the wind turbine blades in its global portfolio once decommissioned, with CEO Mads Nipper stating: “We want to help create a world that runs entirely on green energy, and we want to do it in a sustainable way." He went on: "That includes moving towards more circular models where we reuse resources and save energy, thereby reducing carbon emissions. That is a big challenge, but we look forward to working on this challenge together with our supply chain."
Stellantis solar farm begins operation
Dutch car manufacturer Stellantis BV has connected a 8.64-MWp solar on-site generation system to a Zaragoza production facility, with the project realised and commissioned by Spanish firm Prosolia Energy. The ground-mounted solar farm consists of 19,200 panels inan area of over 87,000 square metres (936,460 sq ft), and will be capable of generating 14,340 MWh annually.
New Duke Energy solar park planned
US utilities group Duke Energy has begun the construction of a 250-MW solar power plant outside Dallas, Texas. Virtual power purchase agreements (VPPA) have been signed with three unnamed corporations.
Eco Wave appoints operations head in Portugal
Eco Wave Power Global has named Pedro Ernesto Ferreira as the company’s Portugal head of operations. He said in a statement: "My near future aim will be successfully completing the demonstration phase with a first 1-MW wave energy array. Following this, we plan to expand to commercial scale installations."
Hydrogen-powered clean energy storage developed by Brisbane firm
Techcrunch features a profile of Brisbane-headquartered firm Endua, which it says "is making hydrogen-based power generators more accessible by using electrolysis to create more hydrogen and storing it for long-term use." The startup's chief executive officer Paul Sernia is quoted as saying that the firm was created to “solve one of the biggest problems facing the transition to renewable energy - how to store renewable energy in large quantities, for long periods of time.”
SCE transmission upgrade completed
Electric utility Southern California Edison has completed the West of Devers transmission upgrade project. Kevin Payne, president and chief executive of the firm, remarked: “large-scale generation and reliable delivery of renewable energy will be vital to achieve California’s ambitious climate goals.”
Solar and wind power share increases in U.S.
Wind and solar resources provided some 93.84% of the new electrical generating capacity added in the US during the first four months of the year, a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data recently released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) shows.
Russian wind farms project announced
Finnish utility Fortum and Russian nanotechnology firm Rusnano are to construct 236.6 MW of wind parks in Russia’s Samara region, with capacity expected to go online in the last quarter of next year.
Wind power partnership formed for Vietnam project
Australian and South East Asian power firm Nexif Energy has formed a 50:50 partnership with RATCH Group, which covers construction and operation of the Nexif Energy Ben Tre wind power generation project (NEBT) in Vietnam. Nexif Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Surender Singh remarked: “Nexif Energy is pleased to be making rapid progress on the Ben Tre Wind Project and extending its ongoing relationship with RATCH Group. We share with RATCH a common vision to bring world leading technology solutions to address the challenges of the energy transition.”
Wien Energie announces blockchain move to boost energy transition
A blockchain-powered energy tokenization platform called MyPower has been launched by Austrian Energy provider, Wien Energy and blockchain interface firm RIDDLE&CODE Energy Solutions. Michael Strebl, CEO of Wien Energie commented: “Local energy communities and microgrids are expected to play an increasingly important role in addressing climate change challenges and the transition towards renewable and sustainable energy systems." He continued: “However, the current market structure is inadequate to realise this vision, as consumers are practically excluded from participating in energy production and settlements. Blockchain has the potential to transform consumers into prosumers and active participants in the energy network.”
Acciona energy unit IPO begins
The listing of Spanish energy and infrastructure group Accion's energy unit has begun, with banks including Credit Suisse, Bank of America and Banco Santander named as bookrunners, while Berenberg, Credit Agricole, HSBC and Societe Generale were also retained for the float.
Green jobs competition heats up
Miguel Stilwell, chief executive officer at Portuguese clean-energy firm EDP Renovavei has noted that candidates with the right abilities are becoming harder to find in the renewables jobs sector. He commented: “There's a war over talent globally. The renewable sector, given the massive amount of growth that is expected, doesn't have enough people.” Paul de Leeuw, author of a recent report from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen noted: “Demand for courses on renewable energy and the energy transition is ramping up rapidly and at the same time we see demand for oil courses declining. It's a societal and industry shift mirroring in the education system.”
Queensland government preparing hydro plant business case
Authorities in Queensland are to prepare a business case for a pumped hydroelectricity plant to be built on the Mary River at Lake Borumba, near Gympie. Energy and Renewables Minister Mick de Brenni commented: “The benefits of having pumped hydro as part of our diversified energy mix was proven last month when Callide Power Station went offline. We were able to ramp up the Wivenhoe Hydroelectric Station to provide critical generation support and stabilise the network.”
English biomass plant sold
An agreement to jointly acquire a 43.6-MW biomass power plant in England has been reached by Portuguese renewable energy firm Greenvolt – Energias Renovaveis and funds managed by Equitix Groups. Ownership of the facility is to be divided 51/49 between Greenvolt and the Equitix funds.


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