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OMV And Verbund io Build Austria Largest Solar Plant

Power News - Published on Fri, 05 Jul 2019

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Reuters reported that Austria’s oil and gas group OMV and utility Verbund have agreed to jointly build a solar plant that will have the capacity to supply 5,500 households with electricity. Austria’s largest photovoltaic plant, which will deliver around 18 Gigawatt Hours (GWh) of power, is due to start operations in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will result in annual savings of around 12,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Verbund Chief Executive Wolfgang Anzengruber said at a news conference that the companies plan to each invest 5 to 6 million euros (USD 5.66 to USD 6.80 million) in the solar plant. He added that “This strategic, long-term cooperation between Austria’s two biggest energy companies brings us a huge step forward towards the energy future and towards realising our climate targets.”

OMV and Verbund have been in talks regarding possible joint projects for years. In 2017, OMV bought a 40% stake in Smatrics, a company that provides charging points for electric cars, owned by Verbund and Germany’s Siemens.

OMV and Verbund also said that they would evaluate options to build an electrolytic hydrogen production facility. That technology takes power from renewables and uses it to split water via electrolysis. The green hydrogen produced by this process can be used for chemical production processes.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Fri, 05 Jul 2019
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