Enel decided to sell a majority stake of its renewable Mexican portfolio, consisting of five wind and three solar projects. The stake was bought by CKD Infraestructura México (CKD IM) and Caisse de Depot et Placement du Québec (CDPQ), for US$1.35 billion, totaling 1.7GW of capacity, of which 429MW are already installed and 1.283GW are under construction.
ACCIONA Energía informed that the El Cortijo wind park, to be located in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, will enter into service by the end of 2018, with an installed capacity of 168MW. ACCIONA will invest in this project US$221 million, and as of now the works in the area have been focused in terrain preparation, internal and external road preparation and electricity infrastructure, among others.
According to Ernesto Herrera, Ministry of Economic Development of Yucatan, companies such as Cinépolis and the operator of the interurban train will get their energy from the Dzilam de Bravo wind park located in Yucatan and owned by Energía Renovable de la Península.
CONACYT scientists are working on final characterization of the Cerro Prieto region. The characterization project, started in 2014 and will finish in 2018, seeks for ways to take better advantage of geothermal energy. In Cerro Prieto there is already a geothermal plant operating since 1973 with an installed capacity of 570MW and a production of 100GWh per year.
The US Patent Office recently granted Amazon with a patent for drones that can latch to electric vehicles and charge them. This patent could become a ground-breaking technology for the widespread of electric vehicles, as one of its biggest disadvantages is the lack of public charging points.
Innogy, the new clean business of previous RWE, acquired Statkraft’s 50 percent share in Triton Knoll offshore wind project, becoming the sole owner of the project. Triton Knoll is an offshore project that is expected to have 860MW installed to be located in UK’s sea. Innogy also issued, on October 12, the first German corporate green bond worth €850 million with a coupon rate of 1.25 percent matures in 2027. This green bond is expected to refinance sustainable projects such as and off shore wind parks, energy efficiency and eMobility projects.
E.ON has invested in the b.ventus startup, a producer of small 250kW turbines with a hub height of around 30 meters. These wind turbines are thought mainly for business customers who want to begin producing their wind power quickly.
Nordex unveiled its newest version of its low-wind turbine with a capacity that ranges from 3 to 3.3MW. With this version, the energy output increases by 4 to 6 percent.
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