Strategic Alliances

IRENA and the UN ink agreement in New Delhi to combat desertification with renewables

A memorandum of understanding signed by the institutions was not solar specific but the use of PV modules for shading, especially in agriculture, can reduce water consumption and help halt the expansion of deserts.

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Proposals invited for joint Indo-Israeli R&D on solar and storage

The Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of State of Israel will fund joint research on advanced materials for next-generation solar energy utilization and energy storage. The deadline for the submission of proposals is December 5.

Chinese company Ganfeng Lithium prepares solid-state battery test line

The energy storage company is ramping up R&D efforts to try and fast-track commercialization of the more productive – and more expensive – battery tech. The news was announced as part of an uninspiring first-half update thanks to falling lithium salt prices.

IndianOil to produce non-lithium EV batteries

The state-run fossil fuel giant has partnered with an unnamed foreign start-up to produce electric vehicle batteries using raw materials easily available in India.

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China to fund 450 MW of solar capacity in Bangladesh

The two nations have signed an MoU to set up the capacity in the north of Bangladesh along with 50 MW of wind power facilities in the south, near the port of Payra. China will supply an estimated $500m with the host nation freeing up land for the projects.

Tata Power partners Tata Motors to install 300 EV charging stations across India

The charging stations—to be installed in five metro cities—will come up at strategic locations frequented by potential electric vehicle owners such as Tata Motors dealerships, certain Tata Group retail outlets and other public locations.

NALCO, HCL and MECL sign JV agreement to secure lithium and cobalt

The joint venture company—Khanij Bidesh India Limited (KABIL)—will help India to secure strategic minerals from abroad for manufacturing of solar energy storage and EV batteries.

QMC bags fresh Amtronics order for solar cell production equipment

The $500k order follows the delivery of two high-volume quantum-dot production systems—valued at $1 million—to support roll-to-roll printing of thin-film solar cells at Assam facility.

EDEN Renewables seals power supply agreements for 716 MW of new solar capacity

The deals will pave the way for four new solar parks that are set to be commissioned towards the end of next year.

EU and India step up cooperation on solar parks

The European Union and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have jointly launched standard operation procedures and monitoring tool for Indian solar parks. While the procedures will help to ensure consistency of standards across solar parks, the online monitoring tool will allow better tracking of the solar parks development and operation.

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