Wind farms and HVDCs raise interest in Mexico. And energy clusters are getting created to help them reach their goals. Meanwhile, a new-low record efficiency is achieved in Switzerland for solar PV, while EU renegotiates its renewable energy production targets.

-Ready to find energy for the week? Here’s your weekly news roundup:

 

NATIONAL

ENGiE began natural gas distribtuion in the Bajío region. The company will provide with natural gas to 22 municipalieites in the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas.

The Clúster de Energía del Bajío is one step closer to realization. This after the energy commissions of Querétaro and Aguascalientes have signed an agreement with the end of creating the cluster together with COPARMEX and the Corredor Central de México.

ACCIONA started up the connection of its 183MW El Cortijo wind farm. With an approximated investment of US$235 million, the construction took 15 months and now turbines are being connected in a process that will take a few weeks.

Public tenders for HDVC lines to connect Baja California with the rest of the country and dispatch energy from the Istmo de Tehuantepec to the center of the country have brought 22 and 28 participants respectively. Among the interested are Iberdrola, Sinohydro and Siemens.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

German utility EnBW formed a JV with Trident Winds to develop a giant offshore floating wind project with over 1GW of capacity off the central coast of California.

 

 

Microsoft has entered into phase two of its underwater data center powered by renewables. Project Natick’s phase two consists in the installation of the 450kW subsea data centre at EMEC’s Billia Croo wave energy test site, on the west coast of the Orkney mainland.

Silicon-perovskite solar cells reach record efficiency of 25.2 percent. This was achieved by researchers in Switzerland.

The lowest bid on Germany’s latest solar tender reached €38.9 per MWh. A total of 28 solar projects were awarded, for a total combined capacity of 138MW.

EU negotiators agreed to increase the share of renewables energy production to 32 percent by 2030. This percent is higher than the one presented in draft rules, but still falls short of the level sought by some governments and the European Parliament.

 

 

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