May 20, 2020

Wing launches commercial drone delivery service in Canberra

Alphabet
autonomous
Logistics
WiNG
Sarah Smith
2 min
Wing launches commercial drone delivery service in Canberra

Wing, an autonomous drone developer owned by Alphabet, has announced the launch of its commercial drone delivery service in the Australian capital of Canberra.

Having begun tests in Australia in 2014, Wing has been delivering food, household items and medicines to homes in Fernleigh Park, Bonython and Royalla, with the service’s arrival in Canberra signalling an incoming widespread deployment. 

In a blog post to Medium, Wing said its initial partners for the launch in Canberra include: Drummond Golf, Capital Chemist, Bakers Delight, Jasper + Myrtle, Kickstart Espresso, Pure Gelato and Guzman Y Gomez. 

The firm added that it anticipates further partnerships with local businesses in the Gungahlin area in the near future.

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Customers of Wing’s local partners can use its mobile app to order items such as fresh food, coffee and over-the-counter medicines for direct delivery in minutes by drone.

Wing’s development of its drones has prioritised safety and performance.

The drones have been augmented with intelligent backup systems to maintain safe flight, as well as an unmanned traffic management platform that enables clear route planning and mitigates the likelihood of collisions.

Wing adds on its website that the drones have been designed to produce significantly less CO2 than a truck making equivalent deliveries whilst ensuring they operate quietly to minimise noise disruption.

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Jul 30, 2021

First Solar to Invest US$684mn in Indian Energy Sector

FirstSolar
Energy
Manufacturing
India
3 min
First Solar will launch an advanced PV manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu to support Indian solar independence

First Solar is about to set up a new photovoltaic (PV) thin-film solar manufacturing facility in Tamil Nadu, India. The 3.3GW factory will create 1,000 skilled jobs and is expected to launch its operations in Q3 of 2023. According to the company, India needs 25+ gigawatts of solar energy to be deployed each year for the next nine years. This means that many of First Solar’s Indian clients will jump at the chance to have access to the company’s advanced PV. 

 

Said Mark Widmar, First Solar’s CEO: ‘India is an attractive market for First Solar not simply because our module technology is advantageous in its hot, humid climate. It’s an inherently sustainable market, underpinned by a growing economy and appetite for energy’. 

A Bit of Background 

First Solar is a leading global provider of photovoltaic systems. It uses advanced technology to generate clear, reliable energy around the world. And even though it’s headquartered in the US, the company has invested in storage facilities around the world. It displaced energy requirements for a desalination plant in Australia, launched a source of reliable energy in the Middle East (Dubai, UAE), and deployed over 4.5GW of energy across Europe with its First Solar modules

 

The company is also known for its solar innovation, reporting that it sees gains in efficiency three times faster than multi-crystalline silicon technology. First Solar holds world records in thin-film cell conversion efficiency (22.1%) and module conversion efficiency (18.2%). Finally, it helps its partners develop, finance, design, construct, and operate PV power plants—which is exactly what we’re talking about. 

How Will The Tamil Nadu Plant Work?

Tamil Nadu will use the same manufacturing template as First Solar’s new Ohio factory. According to the Times of India, the factory will combine skilled workers, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine communication, and IoT connectivity. In addition, its operations will adhere to First Solar’s Responsible Sourcing Solar Principles, produce modules with a 2.5x lower carbon footprint, and help India become energy-independent. Said Widmar: ‘Our advanced PV module will be made in India, for India’. 

 

After all, we must mention that part of First Solar’s motivation in Tamil Nadu is to ensure that India doesn’t rely on Chinese solar. ‘India stands apart in the decisiveness of its response to China’s strategy of state-subsidised global dominance of the crystalline silicon supply chain’, Widmar explained. ‘That’s precisely the kind of level playing field needed for non-Chinese solar manufacturers to compete on their own merits’. 

 

According to First Solar, India’s model should be a template for like-minded nations. Widmar added: ‘We’re pleased to support the sustainable energy ambitions of a major US ally in the Asia-Pacific region—with American-designed solar technology’. To sum up: Indian solar power is yet the next development in the China-US trade war. Let the PV manufacturing begin. 

 

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