New Microsoft Surface Will Come With Its Own Solar Panels

Wonderful Engineering | January 24, 2020

What all can be embedded into a keyboard? A USB? Or thinking farther, speakers? But Microsoft thinks bigger! With of hype of energy conservation, the firm has just launched a patent to introduce solar panel mounted keyboards, Woo! You can find the details of the patent titled, “Mobile Device Cover with Integrated Solar Panel”. So, Microsoft is leading the energy and power conservation race! None of the competitors has yet thought of incorporating a non-conventional energy source within the device, and this approach has already won the hearts of many. The panel shall be providing energy to the detachable keyboard as well as the device it is connected to. Not to worry anymore about the battery usage as your laptop shall soon take care of it itself. The technology, also dubbed as Surface-Pro, has another striking feature.

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Electricity distribution losses vary from 4% to more than 20%. The adoption of efficient Distribution Transformers could save Europe about 18.5 TWh per year, equivalent to about 7 million tCO2/year. This brochure gives insight into technical as well as environmental, economical and geopolitical advantages, drawing the business cases for adopting energy efficient Distribution Transformers. TCO, or Total Cost of Ownership, is the buzzword and the philosophy leading to optimal investments in efficient equipment.


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ReNew's total portfolio rises close to 20% to over 12 GW

ReNew Power | April 29, 2022

ReNew Power ("ReNew" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: RNW) (NASDAQ: RNWWW), India's leading renewable energy company, today announced it has signed five solar PPAs with Solar Energy Corporation of India ("SECI") and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited ("PSPCL"), as well as multiple long-term purchase agreements with corporate buyers together totalling around 2 GW. This has seen the company's gross total portfolio jump to ~12.1 GW from 10.2 GW at the beginning of this calendar year. The new utility solar projects will be located in the western state of Rajasthan and have flat tariffs over 25 years. Four solar PPAs have been signed with SECI, an entity owned by the Government of India that has a AA+ domestic debt rating by ICRA, a subsidiary of Standard & Poor's. The fifth PPA is with PSPCL. Two PPAs of 600 MW and 375 MW are under the SECI Rajasthan IV scheme, where ReNew will supply electricity at ₹ 2.18/kWh (~US 2.9* ¢/kWh). The other two PPAs with SECI for 300 MW and 100 MW** are under the SECI IX scheme and have a tariff of ₹ 2.37/kWh (~US 3.1 ¢/kWh). ReNew recently acquired a beneficial interest in the 300 MW (SECI IX) and 375 MW (SECI Rajasthan IV) projects, subject to the terms of the respective PPAs. For the PSPCL PPA of 100 MW, ReNew will supply electricity at ₹2.33/kWh (~US 3.0 ¢/kWh). All the projects are expected to be commissioned by the fourth calendar quarter of 2023. Corporate buyers have signed long-term agreements with ReNew for the purchase of clean energy or renewable energy credits for approximately 0.5 GW (491 MW), with energy tariffs ranging between ₹ 3.06 - ₹ 3.95/kWh (~US 4.0 ¢/kWh – ~US 5.2 ¢/kWh). The corporates include a large US-based global tech major, Grasim Industries (part of the Aditya Birla Group), and Netmagic (a subsidiary of NTT Communications, Japan). This takes ReNew's overall corporate portfolio to over 900 MW, making it one of the largest renewable energy solutions providers for corporates. Speaking about the recent spate of PPA signings, Chairman and CEO of ReNew, Mr Sumant Sinha, said: "ReNew is at the vanguard of India's clean energy transition. We believe that our vertical integration, combined with our scale and ability to offer customized intelligent energy solutions, allows us to win projects and provide returns in line with our targets." "The addition of ~1.9 GW comfortably above our threshold returns is a testament to ReNew's competitive advantages. With this ramp-up in total portfolio addition, ReNew is proud to very much remain at the centre of national efforts to meet India's ambitious climate goals, set by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi at COP26," Sinha added. The solar modules for these projects are expected to be manufactured at the 2 GW module manufacturing facility being built by ReNew and sourced through tolling contracts with domestic suppliers. ReNew recently also announced an investment by Mitsui & Co. Ltd in its 1.3 GW round-the-clock renewable energy project, and a joint venture with Indian Oil Corporation and Larsen & Toubro for developing green hydrogen capacity in India. *1 US$ = ₹ 76.46 ** Part of 400 MW won by ReNew under the SECI IX scheme, and included in the 10.2 GW About ReNew ReNew is one of the largest renewable energy Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in India and globally. ReNew develops, builds, owns, and operates utility-scale wind energy, solar energy, and hydro projects. As of April 28, 2022, ReNew has a gross total portfolio of ~ 12.1 GW of renewable energy projects across India, including commissioned and committed projects.

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Gen X Energy and ACE Enexor Agree to Jointly Develop LNG and Green Hydrogen Fueled Power Plant in the Philippines

Gen X Energy | January 18, 2022

Gen X Energy enters into a joint venture with ACE Enexor Inc., a subsidiary of AC Energy Corp., to develop Batangas Clean Energy, Inc.’s 1,100 MW combined cycle power plant project. The project will be capable of using natural gas and green hydrogen as its fuel to provide firm power to the grid to meet the Philippines’ growing energy demand and reduce the country's reliance on coal fired power generation. The joint venture will result in Gen X Energy and ACE Enexor each holding a 50% interest in BCE. We are excited about this opportunity to partner with ACE Enexor in the Philippines to meet the energy needs of the Philippines and facilitate the country’s transition to cleaner sustainable sources of energy.” Scott Kicker, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gen X Energy The project will be strategically located in the Batangas Bay Area of the Philippines, close to the load center of Metro Manila. Gen X Energy will continue holding a 50% interest in BCE through its wholly owned subsidiary Red Holdings B.V.

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Branch Energy and ENGIE Energy Marketing Announce $40M Wholesale Power Supply Facility Agreement

Branch Energy | January 13, 2022

Branch Energy, a technology-focused green energy provider, and ENGIE Energy Marketing, NA, Inc, a subsidiary of ENGIE S.A., announced a $40M strategic non-dilutive wholesale power supply facility. The agreement will provide Branch Energy with access to U.S. wholesale energy markets and working capital, as well as the ability to leverage ENGIE Energy Marketing's extensive renewable energy platform. Branch Energy both sells electricity with an easy-to-use platform and leverages data and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine which smart devices will help reduce a consumer's energy bill the most and helps to coordinate the installation and financing of the devices. This combination of green energy and energy-monitoring smart devices not only saves consumers money but also reduces their carbon footprint. ENGIE has one of the fastest growing portfolios of renewable generation assets in North America which makes it the perfect partner to help us grow. We are thrilled with the far-reaching impact this will allow Branch to have." Daniel MacDonald, Branch Energy President Earlier this year, Branch Energy launched its first market in Texas. The new facility will enable the company to accelerate its growth in the state and to expand into markets across North America. "ENGIE has made some of the most aggressive commitments in the industry to cutting carbon emissions and expanding renewable generation," said Ken Robinson, ENGIE Energy Marketing President. "Partnering with retailers who have committed to 100% carbon-free power is directly aligned with these commitments, and we are delighted to be partnering with Branch Energy." About ENGIE Our group is a global reference in low-carbon energy and services. Together with our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are committed to accelerate the transition towards a carbon-neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally-friendly solutions. Inspired by our purpose ("raison d'être"), we reconcile economic performance with a positive impact on people and the planet, building on our key businesses (gas, renewable energy, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers. Turnover in 2020: 55.8 billion Euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and nonfinancial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe, Euronext Vigeo Eiris - Eurozone 120/ Europe 120/ France 20, MSCI EMU ESG, MSCI Europe ESG, Stoxx Europe 600 ESG, and Stoxx Global 1800 ESG). About Branch Energy Branch Energy is a green energy provider dedicated to helping consumers lower their monthly bills and carbon footprint through the use of smart technology. Through data analysis and the use of AI, the company pinpoints which smart devices will offer the most help to reduce a consumer's bill, and then helps them finance and install those devices.

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CATL's Sichuan Plant Certified as World's First Zero-carbon Factory in New Energy Industry

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. | March 26, 2022

Sichuan Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL-SC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CATL, received the PAS 2060 certification on carbon neutrality from the world's leading testing, inspection and certification company SGS in March, making the plant the world's first zero-carbon factory in the new energy industry. Zhu Yunfeng, general manager of CATL-SC, said the plant has begun to craft the zero-carbon roadmap at the early stage of its establishment. Through continuous innovation in energy utilization, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing, the factory is able to produce more products of higher quality with less raw materials and carbon emissions. "Zero carbon" has become one of the core competencies of CATL-SC. CATL-SC has taken multiple measures to reduce carbon emissions. It has developed a trailblazing smart plant management system, which enables the interconnection of data through automatic capture of the plant system data and equipment operation data. Meanwhile, the systematic facility management platform helps to realize the safe, reliable, high-efficiency and low-carbon operation of the factory. For equipment groups with high-energy consumption, by using a global optimization algorithm, it has calculated each sub-equipment's operating parameters with the lowest total energy consumption of the system. In terms of green manufacturing, CATL-SC has built a central control and management system for digital production. Equipped with global visual management, it has significantly reduced process losses, and with the support of the AI visual inspection system, which features automatic learning and extraction of defect characteristics, it has improved the detection rate in processes such as slitting and calendaring. All the waste produced during manufacturing will be recycled, and the recovery rate of precious metals such as nickel, cobalt and manganese can reach 99.3%. CATL-SC has comprehensively upgraded the logistics chain and factory transportation by widely applying driverless logistics vehicles, electric forklifts, etc., which enables zero-carbon operation among supplier factories, raw material warehouses, processing factories, finished product warehouses, and customers' factories. At the same time, employees are encouraged to use electric vehicles and shared mobility, thus reducing their carbon footprint in all aspects of production and life. CATL-SC is located in Yibin, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Three rivers, namely the Jinsha River, Minjiang River and Yangtze River traverse the city's northern part, providing a superior natural environment, unique geographical location and abundant water resources, which enables CATL-SC to reduce 400,000 tons of carbon emissions every year as over 80% of its energy consumption comes from hydropower. The certification marks a significant milestone for CATL towards its carbon neutrality goals. As the world's first zero-carbon battery plant, CATL-SC sets an example of how battery production can be carbon neutral, and also offers a brand new solution featuring electrification + zero carbon to the market. In the future, CATL will replicate its experiences in the "lighthouse factory" in other facilities in an effort to achieve carbon neutrality for all its 10 production bases worldwide, thus building a more sustainable industry ecosystem and contributing to the global carbon neutrality goal.

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Electricity distribution losses vary from 4% to more than 20%. The adoption of efficient Distribution Transformers could save Europe about 18.5 TWh per year, equivalent to about 7 million tCO2/year. This brochure gives insight into technical as well as environmental, economical and geopolitical advantages, drawing the business cases for adopting energy efficient Distribution Transformers. TCO, or Total Cost of Ownership, is the buzzword and the philosophy leading to optimal investments in efficient equipment.

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