Astronergy: Partners with SPG for solar modules supply
Astronergy, a Chinese company, has entered into a supply agreement with California-based SPG Solar to deliver 2.2 MW of polycrystalline silicon modules for a solar rooftop project that SPG is working on in Florida. The shipment is due to commence in July.
This agreement is indicative of Astronergy’s successful movement into the Florida marketplace for PVs. Both companies will supply various projects with high quality solar modules, including high efficiency and monocrystalline polycrystalline thin film modules.
"The US PV market is one of the markets with the greatest potential," said Astronergy CEO Dr. Liyou Yang, "It's only a matter of time that we see the US photovoltaic market take-off, given the Obama Administration's support for renewable energy. Florida is also located in the most sunshine abundant region of the US, so we're very excited to provide SPG solar with our panels, and look forward to both our companies' growth."
The partnership between Astronergy and SPG propels Astronergy’s increasing presence within the U.S. "Our quality products and services will now be available to a greater portion of the US and Canada," commented Astronergy's Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Mr. Alan Yuan, "Astronergy's US branch in California will be able to maintain close contact with customers and provide them with local logistical support."
"I have personally toured Astronergy's factories in China, including a hands-on review of their entire manufacturing line, and as a result we are looking forward to using Astronergy's quality modules for this project," stated SPG Solar's CEO, Thomas Rooney. "We have a rigorous vendor selection process and welcome Astronergy as a new supplier for our work in the U.S market."
GM-backed Cruise robotaxis to operate in Dubai from 2023
Futuristic-loving Dubai is teaming up with General Motors to introduce Cruise self-driving taxis in the city from 2023 and become the first to operate the vehicles outside the US.
It plans to ramp up the vehicles, which have been operating in San Francisco, to 4,000 cars by 2030.
In a statement, it said the move supports Dubai’s 2030 vision for self-driving technology, as the emirate seeks to reduce transportation costs by AED900 million a year and save AED1.5 billion a year by reducing environmental pollution by 12 per cent.
It added that it would generate AED18 billion annually by increasing the efficiency of the city's transport sector.
Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the RTA, saidt he selection of Cruise was not taken lightly and it engage in a comprehensive, multi-year process to choose the best possible partner.
"Cruise’s technology, resources, purpose-built vehicle, automaker partnerships, approach to safe testing and deployment and strategy give them the ability to launch safely and faster than any other company," he said.
Vehicles collect petabyte-scale data daily from sensors, complementing ML, AI and robotic technology.
In January, Cruise and General Motors entered into a long-term strategic relationship with Microsoft to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles, leveraging Azure, its cloud and edge computing platform (click here).
Microsoft will join General Motors, Honda and institutional investors in a combined new equity investment of more than $2 billion in Cruise, bringing the post-money valuation of Cruise to $30 billion.
"Advances in digital technology are redefining every aspect of our work and life, including how we move people and goods,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. "As Cruise and GM's preferred cloud, we will apply the power of Azure to help them scale and make autonomous transportation mainstream."