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Solar and heat pumps drive UK’s public sector net-zero plans

Solar panels accompany heat pumps on a significant number of the projects being funded by the UK government to reduce carbon emissions from public buildings – but not in Scotland.

About 400 GW of solar, wind needed per year to keep mercury rise below 1.5 C

Academics in Denmark and Berlin have calculated Europe will need 400 GW of new solar and wind facilities per year from 2025 to 2035 to contribute to capping global temperature rises, in line with the Paris Agreement.

Italian solar survey indicates rise of energy storage

Just one professional among 100 interviewed for an annual EUPD Research survey said they had no plans to offer storage products. Almost half the respondents to the German market data company said they offer e-mobility-related technology.

Shell to build 100 MW hybrid wind-solar project

Shell plans to construct a 50 MW solar park and a 50 MW wind farm in the Netherlands. It said the two installations will share the same connection point.

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The Hydrogen Stream: Renault presents electric-hydrogen hybrid car with range of up to 800 km

In other news, Shinshu University researchers developed a graphene-wrapped molecular-sieving membrane that is reportedly 100 times more efficient than that of conventional polymer separation membranes. Topsoe aalso nnounced the construction of the “world’s largest electrolyzer production facility,” and Toho Gas said it would produce blue hydrogen in Japan for local consumption.

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China dominates transport fuel-cell patents

The World Intellectual Property Organization says China accounted for 69% of the patents filed for transport-related fuel-cell tech in 2020, with road transport significantly dominating applications.

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Indoor commercial storage with fire protection housing

German battery manufacturer Intilion has released the Scalestac commercial energy storage system, which features a built-in safety feature for fire containment, in order to minimize damages to single modules. It is available in capacities ranging from 123 kWh to 1 MWh.

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Kiwa Deutschland acquires PI Berlin

Kiwa Deutschland has acquired PI Berlin for an undisclosed sum, but the technical consultancy will retain its name and structure.

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Siemens, ABB invests in Norwegian battery company

Startup Morrow Batteries has raised €100 million ($105.9 million) in a funding round led by Siemens and ABB. It will use the money to build its first battery cell factory in Norway, its home market.

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Ireland allocates 1.53 GW of PV in second renewables auction

The final average price in Ireland’s latest procurement exercise came in at €0.09787 ($0.103)/kWh. Wind developers secured 414 MW in the auction.

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