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Talesun, ARTsolar open 325 MW module factory in South Africa

Talesun has opened a new production facility with ARTsolar to manufacture high-efficiency, large-format PV modules. They said they might install a second 500 MW production line in the near future.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Ultra-stable platinum-lanthanum for more efficient fuel cells

Tsinghua University researchers have developed a way to combine high-cost platinum and a rare earth element, lanthanum, to serve as a catalyst in fuel cells. Meanwhile, SSAB, LKAB, and Vattenfall have revealed plans to launch industrial production of hydrogen direct reduced sponge iron (H-DRI) by the end of this decade.

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The Hydrogen Stream: UK consortium plans 10 MW offshore wind-hydrogen facility

A group of UK companies has started working on a 10 MW wind-to-hydrogen project, American Airlines has announced a new investment in hydrogen distribution, and ACWA Power has teamed up with South Korea’s Kepco to develop green hydrogen/ ammonia projects in the Middle East.

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Rio Tinto unit signs up for 148 MW of solar

Richards Bay Minerals has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with French renewables developer Voltalia, which plans to build a 148 MW solar project in South Africa’s Limpopo province.

South Africa unveils bids for sixth renewables procurement round

South Africa’s Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme Office says that 5.5 GW of solar will compete with 4.1 GW of wind power projects in its latest procurement round.

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Cape Town tenders for solar in bid to escape dependence on troubled utility

The city authority wants a developer to construct a 7 MW solar project for it as part of a push to widen its sources of electricity, and says clean energy will be cheaper than – largely coal-fired – grid power from Eskom.

Financial close for 200 MW of solar in South Africa

Sola Group and Tronox have finally reached financial close on two 100 MW solar projects in South Africa, roughly six months after signing power purchase agreements.

South Africa increases capacity of sixth renewables procurement round, leaves solar quota unchanged

The South African authorities have increased the total capacity of the next round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) from 3.6 GW to 4.2 GW.

South Africa’s Eskom moves forward with 500 MW BESS initiative

South African utility Eskom has selected contractors for 343 MW of battery storage projects to be deployed in remote locations with limited access to distribution networks, but in proximity to large-scale renewables.

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South Africa to allocate 5.2 GW of renewables in sixth REIPPPP round

President Ramaphosa’s speech this week included momentous plans for new solar and battery procurement as well as efforts to cut licensing and permitting delays as national utility Eskom scrambles to reduce the scale of black-outs.

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