May 16, 2020

Bosch confirms it has started to electrify semitrailers to enhance electromobility venture

Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
The Germany-based engineering company, Bosch, has announced it has begun to electrify semitrailers in order to make electromobility possible for today...

The Germany-based engineering company, Bosch, has announced it has begun to electrify semitrailers in order to make electromobility possible for today’s semitrucks, Bloomberg reports.

In September’s IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Bosch is set to present an electrified axle that can be put into semitrailers.

By integrating an electrical machine into the semitrailer’s axles, it stops the axles rolling freely and will enable electricity to be generated while braking to utilise in the trailer’s power units.

Bosch estimates that it can potentially save up to 9,000 litres of diesel a year and will decrease harmful CO2 emissions.

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It is hoped that the addition of a powertrain to the axle will enable the trailer to be moved around the car park without a tractor.

Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Robert Bosch GmbH board of management, said: “Bosch is making trucks’ rear axles electric and smart.”

“Our electrification solution for trucks makes economic sense and shows how electromobility can work even in today’s trucks.”

In Europe, it is anticipated that around 250,000 trailers with a total vehicle weight of over 10 metric tons are registered every year which demonstrates the potential demand for the technology that Bosch is offering to new trailers.

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Jul 30, 2021

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

Elise Leise
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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