Daily News Recap: Online Platform Launched for Faster Open Access Approval

Here are some of the day’s notable cleantech announcements from around the world:

Central Transmission Utility of India (CTUIL) spear the National Single Window System (NSWS), integrating the filing of applications for granting connectivity, long-term access and medium-term open access to the interstate transmission system in India as well as participating entities located in neighboring countries. The NSWS would enable the “one-stop” approvals and clearances needed by investors, entrepreneurs and businesses in India and facilitate the “ease of doing business initiatives by the Ministry of Energy”. It is a digital platform to guide investors in identifying and seeking approvals based on their trading needs. CTUIL, a wholly owned subsidiary of PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited under the Ministry of Energy, is the nodal agency for the grants.

The Expenditure DepartmentMinistry of Finance, has issued a new procedure for the flow of funds under the Central Sector Programs, including Phases I and II of the Grid Connected Rooftop Solar Program (GCRTS). Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) will be the Central Nodal Agency (CNA) for the GCRTS programme. Entities must open a zero balance savings account at the Bank of Maharashtra. The bank and CNA will facilitate the opening of Subsidiary Implementing Agencies (SIA) accounts. They are to appoint a nodal officer for the implementation of the new fund flow procedure to be coordinated with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, SECI and Bank of Maharashtra. Unspent amounts in SIA accounts will be returned to CNA. All of these amounts must be returned before processing new releases under the new procedure. Existing bank accounts used by SIAs under the program will no longer be used to release central financial assistance. The release of DISCOM inducements was exempted from the new procedure.

ERG, a wind power operator based in Italy, announcement the commissioning of the Bouchats wind farm in France, located in the Grand-Est region, with a total capacity of 19.8 MW. The wind farm included nine 2.2 MW Vestas V 110 turbines and was developed and built in-house. When fully operational, it will generate around 52 GWh per year, avoiding the emission of around 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. The plant will benefit from a feed-in tariff for 20 years from its commissioning. ERG has signed a partnership agreement with Volterres, a green energy supplier group, to offer around 200 local residents the possibility of accessing a supply of clean wind-generated electricity at competitive prices.

Plug Power, supplier of turnkey hydrogen solutions, announcement that it would build a 35 tonnes per day green hydrogen production plant at the port of Antwerp-Bruges in the heart of Europe. Plug has signed a 30-year concession agreement to build the factory in the Belgian port, the second largest in Europe. Plug plans to build a 100 MW green hydrogen plant on 28 acres of land leased under the agreement using its electrolyser and liquefaction technology. It will produce up to 12,500 tons of liquid and gaseous green hydrogen per year for the European market. The construction of the plant is scheduled for the end of 2023. The initial production of green hydrogen is scheduled for the end of 2024 and the commissioning of the plant in 2025.