Formula E-Prix: Nissan drivers visit Greenko renewable energy facility ahead of event

A leading Indian renewable energy company, Greenko is the sponsor of India’s first Formula E-Prix, scheduled on 11 February in Hyderabad.

ByAjay Tomar

Published Feb 09, 2023 | 6:31 PM Updated Feb 09, 2023 | 6:33 PM

Team Nissan’s Formula E drivers Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato

Team Nissan’s Formula E drivers Sacha Fenestraz and Norman Nato paid a visit to Greenko’s Integrated Renewable Energy Project (IREP) at Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, 9 February.

Indian renewable energy company Greenko is the sponsor of India’s first Formula E-Prix, scheduled on 11 February in Hyderabad.

The drivers were welcomed to the facility by company officials, who highlighted the importance of decarbonising the sectors to reduce the world’s carbon emissions.

They were then given a tour of the Greenko facility, which has a net capacity of 7.3 GWdc that spans 15 different states.

“At the end of the visit, the drivers left with a greater understanding of how renewable energy is playing a critical role in India’s decarbonisation journey,” a Greenko official told South First.

Greenko’s projects

The Greenko Group aims to transform renewable energy from real-time energy to a dispatchable and controlled medium through digitisation and storage solutions.

This is done with a vision to support the economy-wide shift towards a carbon-neutral electricity mix in the country.

The company has already initiated Integrated Renewable Energy Projects (IREP) in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Karnataka.

Greenko is also running pumped storage projects across the country in keeping with its vision of developing 100+ GWh-worth of connected digitised cloud storage across India by 2027, through the IRDP.

Of the 100 GWh, 50 GWh of storage has been planned by 2025 and another 50 GWh of storage is planned in the subsequent years.

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‘Hyderabad special!’

On visiting the facility Sacha Fenestraz, who is of French-Argentine origin, said, “I am really excited about being in Hyderabad. None of the drivers has raced here before, so it levels the playing field a bit for me as a rookie. I’m improving and learning at every race, getting accustomed to energy and tire management.”

With a debut at the age of seven, Sacha has won some of the world’s most prestigious racing championships, including Super GT and Super Formula in Japan.

“We’ve been putting in the hours to be ready for the race, getting used to the track in the simulator, so hopefully we can hit the ground running,” he added.

Norman Nato expressed his excitement about being in Hyderabad too. “It’s always exciting to be in a new venue and discover a new track, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend. We made a lot of progress in Diriyah E-Prix.”

The Frenchman added, “It’s tight between the teams this year, but we know where to improve. It’s going to be hot and humid, so it will be interesting to see how it impacts the Gen3 cars.”

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About the event

Formula E will make history this Saturday, 11 February, as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship comes to India for the first time with the 2023 Greenko Hyderabad E-Prix, Round 4 of the 16-race season.

The 2.835-km street circuit, constructed around the banks of the Hussain Sagar lake, will see the first top-tier FIA World Championship motorsport event in the country for a decade and will become India’s first elite electric motor racing event.

Free Practice 1 for the 2023 Greenko Hyderabad E-Prix Round 4 gets underway at 4:30 pm on Friday. Free Practice 2 follows at 08:10 am on Saturday, with the qualifying round from 10:40 am.

The main race will get underway at 3 pm (0930 GMT) on Saturday.

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