Canopy Power develops renewable microgrids in Asia with EDF
Described by Canopy as “cleaner and cheaper electricity where the grid won’t reach”, its microgrids can significantly reduce the consumption of diesel fuel by mitigating the necessity of generator engines and thus also preventing the fluxations in oil price having a bearing on a business’ profitability.
It does this by pooling several sources of cleaner energy, such as solar and wind, in combination with pre-existing generator and electricity grid infrastructure. The combined energy is linked at a central management point.
As is common with microgrids and virtual power plants, battery storage units are used to regulate excess energy by storing it for peak usage hours or nighttime.
The overall affordability and cost-saving aspects of the microgrid are monitored by a smart energy management system, which also ensures that customers receive a consistent level of quality and service.
Opening up new opportunities in Asia
The deal struck between Canopy and EDF is a jointly-devised market offering which hopes to develop new energy-related business opportunities in Asia.
As a domestic expert in designing functional microgrids, Canopy will provide project development and long-term engineering services.
Meanwhile, EDF, also an expert in the field of renewable energy, will provide resources for the project, as well as its experience from similar endeavours and renowned capability for high-quality delivery.
“EDF exports its expertise around the world with a strong ambition: to support its customers all over the world with their energy transition,” said Jean-Philippe Buisson, Snr VP Asia at EDF in an article by PV Magazine Australia.
“This partnership with Canopy Power supports our commitments in Asia to develop solar hybrid microgrids, with the objective to decarbonise the electricity mix some of our customers are using, or give populations which do not have decent electricity supply access to clean electricity.
“Combining EDF’s strengths with Canopy Power’s will accelerate the pace of the projects implemented in Asia.”
Similarly, Sujay Malve, Founder and CEO of Canopy Power, added in the same article that the two companies shared a common sense of purpose: providing power to those who need it via eco-friendly methods. He believed this unity would lead the endeavour to success.
“While EDF brings decades of experience in owning and operating energy infrastructure, Canopy Power provides the regional and technical expertise of designing and building renewable microgrids. Together we offer cost-effective, modular energy solutions to businesses and communities striving to make the shift in the right direction,” he said.
Itronics successfully tests manganese recovery process
Itronics - a Nevada-based emerging cleantech materials growth company that manufacturers fertilisers and produces silver - has successfully tested two proprietary processes that recover manganese, with one process recovering manganese, potassium and zinc from paste produced by processing non-rechargeable alkaline batteries. The second recovers manganese via the company’s Rock Kleen Technology.
Manganese, one of the four most important industrial metals and widely used by the steel industry, has been designated by the US Federal Government as a "critical mineral." It is a major component of non-rechargeable alkaline batteries, one of the largest battery categories sold globally.
The use of manganese in EV batteries is increasing as EV battery technology is shifting to use of more nickel and manganese in battery formulations. But according to the US Department of Interior, there is no mine production of manganese in the United States. As such, Itronics is using its Rock Kleen Technology to test metal recoverability from mine tailings obtained from a former silver mine in western Nevada that has a high manganese content.
In a statement, Itronics says that its Rock Kleen process recovers silver, manganese, zinc, copper, lead and nickel. The company says that it has calculated – based on laboratory test results – that if a Rock Kleen tailings process is put into commercial production, the former mine site would become the only primary manganese producer in the United States.
Itronics adds that it has also tested non-rechargeable alkaline battery paste recovered by a large domestic battery recycling company to determine if it could use one of its hydrometallurgical processes to solubilize the manganese, potassium, and zinc contained in the paste. This testing was successful, and Itronics was able to produce material useable in two of its fertilisers, it says.
"We believe that the chemistry of the two recovery processes would lend itself to electrochemical recovery of the manganese, zinc, and other metals. At this time electrochemical recovery has been tested for zinc and copper,” says Dr John Whitney, Itronics president.
“Itronics has been reviewing procedures for electrochemical recovery of manganese and plans to move this technology forward when it is appropriate to do so and has acquired electro-winning equipment needed to do that.
"Because of the two described proprietary technologies, Itronics is positioned to become a domestic manganese producer on a large scale to satisfy domestic demand. The actual manganese products have not yet been defined, except for use in the Company's GOLD'n GRO Multi-Nutrient Fertilisers. However, the Company believes that it will be able to produce chemical manganese products as well as electrochemical products," he adds.
Itronics’ research and development plant is located in Reno, about 40 miles west of the Tesla giga-factory. Its planned cleantech materials campus, which will be located approximately 40 miles south of the Tesla factory, would be the location where the manganese products would be produced.
Panasonic is operating one of the world's largest EV battery factories at the Tesla location. However, Tesla and other companies have announced that EV battery technology is shifting to use of nickel-manganese batteries. Itronics is positioned and located to become a Nevada-0based supplier of manganese products for battery manufacturing as its manganese recovery technologies are advanced, the company states.
A long-term objective for Itronics is to become a leading producer of high purity metals, including the U.S. critical metals manganese and tin, using the Company's breakthrough hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy, and electrochemical technologies. ‘Additionally, Itronics is strategically positioned with its portfolio of "Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies" to help solve the recently declared emergency need for domestic production of Critical Minerals from materials located at mine sites,’ the statement continues.
The Company's growth forecast centers upon its 10-year business plan designed to integrate its Zero Waste Energy Saving Technologies and to grow annual sales from $2 million in 2019, to $113 million in 2025.