RWE Renewables | May 24, 2021
RWE Renewables, one of the world's leading offshore wind energy firms, and National Grid, one of the world's largest publicly traded utilities, announced today the signing of a partnership agreement to jointly build offshore wind projects in the Northeast U.S. coastal region.
Under this deal, RWE and National Grid Ventures, National Grid's non-regulated subsidiary, will collaborate to explore opportunities in the offshore wind market in the United States. This involves a plan to bid together in the forthcoming New York Bight seabed lease auction.
Offshore wind will be crucial for the United States, especially in the Northeast, to minimize carbon emissions and achieve climate goals, such as New York state's target of bringing 9,000 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind online by 2035.
This collaboration would benefit from the complementary strengths and skills of National Grid and RWE.
RWE is one of the world's largest offshore wind companies, involved throughout the entire value chain, from project conception and development to construction and operation, and maintenance. The company's unmatched expertise over the last 20 years has resulted in about 20 active projects. The company is currently building the 857-megawatt Triton Knoll offshore wind farm off the English coast and the 342-megawatt Kaskasi plant off the German island Heligoland. Furthermore, RWE has made an investment decision for its 1,4 gigawatt Sofia project, one of the world's largest offshore wind farms.
National Grid will offer local expertise in the Northeast as well as experience developing large-scale infrastructure projects, including industry-leading subsea cable capabilities from its portfolio of interconnectors that enable renewable energy transfer between the UK and Europe.
Canadian Solar Inc. | September 21, 2020
Canadian Solar Inc. ("Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ) announced today the completion of the sale of the Suffield Solar Project to BluEarth Renewables ("BluEarth"). The Suffield Solar Project ("Suffield"), currently under construction in southeast Alberta, will have a capacity of 23 MWac / 32 MWp and will be among the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in the province of Alberta. Direct Energy will purchase the electricity from the Suffield facility once it is operational later this year. Direct Energy is one of the largest energy and energy-related service providers in North America with almost one million residential, business and wholesale customers in Alberta.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise | April 23, 2021
As part of the Low-Carbon Patent Pledge, innovators designing low-carbon technologies now have exclusive rights to patents from three of the world's leading technology firms.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Facebook, and Microsoft are making key patents available to promote the introduction of low-carbon technology beginning today. Hundreds of patents that could help technologists create low-carbon solutions for generating, storing, and distributing low-carbon energy would be available royalty-free under the HPE-led initiative.
The Low-Carbon Patent Pledge arrives despite global scientific warnings that breakthrough technology will be critical to reducing emissions quickly enough to prevent climate disaster. According to the International Energy Agency, about half of the reductions needed to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 require solutions that are not yet commercially available.
The patents listed include a wide variety of preventative and adaptive innovations that can aid in the fight against climate change. Power management, the use of zero-carbon energy sources, efficient datacentre architecture, and thermal management are examples of these.
“To face this critical moment in the climate crisis, the world requires radical collaboration,” said John Frey, Chief Technologist for Sustainable Transformation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “To reach net-zero emissions by 2050, we must collaborate to innovate more quickly. We hope that by making these patents available, we can continue to accelerate and promote progress by allowing others to build on our work.”
In their own excellently corporate sustainability strategies, the coalition partners expect that granting public access to free patents would encourage researchers and scientists to develop the new solutions needed to build a lower-carbon economy and a more sustainable future.
"History has proven that voluntary patent pledges will serve to promote new technologies and inspire their acceptance all over the world,” said intellectual property law expert Jorge L. Contreras, Presidential Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law. “This is the kind of action that is needed to address the potentially disastrous consequences of climate change."
About Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a global edge-to-cloud platform-as-a-service provider that enables businesses to accelerate results by deriving resources from any of their data, everywhere. HPE provides unique, accessible, and intelligent technology solutions, with a seamless interface across all clouds and edges, to help consumers build new business models, connect in new ways, and improve operating efficiency, based on decades of reimagining the world and innovating to advance the way people live and work.
Facebook's goal is to empower people to build communities and get the world closer together. We understand the importance of climate change and are committed to assisting in the resolution of this global issue. Facebook is taking steps by lowering its emissions, using clean energies and reducing its energy and water use, protecting workers and the environment in their supply chain, and collaborating with those in the community to create and discuss ideas for a more sustainable world.
Microsoft is accelerating steps toward a more prosperous future by reducing our environmental footprint, accelerating research, assisting its customers in developing sustainable alternatives, and campaigning for environmental policies. Microsoft is committed to being carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050, it will have removed from the atmosphere all of the carbon that the company has generated directly or by electricity consumption since its inception in 1975.