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UK investor supports 10.5 GW wind-solar project in Morocco with submarine cable

UK-based Xlinks plans to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power in the United Kingdom. London-based investment firm Octopus Energy said it joined forces with the project developer, Xlinks, to help it move forward with construction.


New method could potentially produce hydrogen from biogas for $2/kg

Kore, an energy startup in California, has developed a new way to produce hydrogen from biogas, and is now poised to build a commercial-scale demonstration facility in Los Angeles. It said half of the carbon in the feedstock can be converted into gas, while the other half can be converted into solid elemental carbon char.


EBRD to lend $4.8m to back solar, other renewables in Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has agreed to lend up to $4.8 million for investments in renewables in Egypt, including a PV project.


The Hydrogen Stream: Magnetic alloys for efficient hydrogen cooling

While a Japanese team developed a series of Er(Ho)Co2-based magnetic cooling alloys for hydrogen cooling, a US research team used a “simple” acid treatment to increase flow of hydrogen atoms within protonic ceramic electrochemical cells (PCECs). Hydrogen-fuelled mobility registered significant developments: the first hydrogen-electric passenger aircraft was piloted between two major airports in Germany, and a 75-passenger ferry service in the San Francisco Bay braces for operations in June.


Morocco allocates 333 MW in Noor II solar tender

Amea Power, Taqa Maroc, Enel Green Power and Voltalia were the main winners of Morocco’s solar procurement exercise.


Rooftop & TOPCon: Appraising the benefits of TOPCon PV modules on LCOE for distributed generation project

In this pv magazine Webinar, we will learn about the premium technical features of TOPCon technology highlighting the impact on the LCOE of distributed generation (DG) projects, including calculation of the yield benefit for different environmental conditions and installation types to support project developers, EPC contractors, stakeholders for practical component selection decisions. Different business cases will be introduced and discussed to ascertain how TOPCon technologies may also be considered for improving a DG project’s quality and viability.

‘African countries must unite to establish a green hydrogen economy’

Only by working together can African nations overcome the obstacles to exploiting their abundant renewables resources and producing affordable green hydrogen – for use at home and in a European economy keen to wean itself off Russian gas, an online event has been told.


The Hydrogen Stream: New fuel cell electric vehicle from Canada

Elsewhere, the Fraunhofer ISE research institute has unveiled a new tool for high-resolution power-to-X kinetic analysis, and German entities have signed partnership agreements with the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.


The weekend read: Super-grid forming in the Mediterranean

Electricity generation in the Middle East and Africa could soon support the development of an interconnection between Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. Ilias Tsagas examines the landscape for this infrastructure mega-project, and the possible benefits for solar.


The Hydrogen Stream: Universal Hydrogen builds manufacturing facility in the United States

Elsewhere, Scatec and partners have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a large scale green ammonia facility in Egypt. Hydrogen developments were also announced in India and the United Kingdom.