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With global offshore wind expenditure forecast to reach £210 billion over the next 10 years, the National Subsea Research Initiative (NSRI) and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult have joined forces in a bid encourage subsea companies to diversify. NSRI and ORE Catapult are hosting an event on 4th October at the Village Hotel, Aberdeen to highlight the long-term opportunities the offshore wind industry holds for UK subsea companies, as well as provide advice and support on market entry requirements, diversification strategies and the associated challenges. The event will welcome speakers from JDR Cables, Arup, Atkins and Seaway Heavy Lift, who will each discuss the ways in which subsea companies can adapt their existing offerings to meet the demands of the offshore wind sector across the globe. Delegates will then work in groups to discuss the possible technological solutions which could help the industry overcome current and future challenges. These will be categorised into five themes: cables, environmental, installation, operations & maintenance and sub-structures & foundations. The ideas generated will be grouped using NSRI’s adopt, adapt, develop and collaborate principle, setting out the short, medium and long term activities that will help progress the development of subsea technology for widespread use in the offshore

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Bristol, United Kingdom (26 September 2016), the University of Bristol has appointed Ervin Bossanyi, Senior Principal Researcher Renewables at DNV GL, as Visiting Industrial Professor within the University’s Department of Aerospace Engineering. The appointment will help to align the University’s research programme with the needs of the renewables industry and to prepare the next generation of students with appropriate skills for employment in this sector. As Visiting Professor, Dr. Bossanyi, a world-leading expert in wind turbine control and analysis, will join academics from the Faculty of Engineering and the Cabot Institute’s Low Carbon Energy Research Group. Collaborative research projects will focus on a number of areas, for example wind farm control and wake modelling, wind turbine blade design, renewable energy microgrids for developing countries and the development of a novel floating platform for offshore wind turbines. Collaboration on machine learning and the use of data will bring new applications and insights for the operation of wind and solar farms and energy systems. Professor Rich Pancost, Director of the University of Bristol Cabot Institute, explained: “We are committed to not just defining the challenges of the 21st century but also to tackling them. And we cannot do that alone. Building stronger links to

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When complete, 600 MW Rush Creek will be one of the largest wind farms in Colorado and the most economical   VAISALA CORPORATION                     PRESS RELEASE                         SEPTMEBER 26, 2016   Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement and provider of industry-leading renewable energy consulting services, has partnered with Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest utility, to provide due diligence services on its 600 MW Rush Creek Wind Farm. Once complete, the wind farm will be one of the largest in Colorado, as well as the most economical. It will also be the first to be entirely owned and operated by Xcel Energy through its subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado. Flexibility and speed were key for the Rush Creek Wind Farm, which was one of the reasons Vaisala was selected by Xcel Energy to support the project. Xcel Energy must begin work on the project before the end of 2016. Meeting this deadline will help the company preserve $125 million in tax credits. "Vaisala worked fast," commented Gerald Kelly, Project Manager for Rush Creek at Xcel Energy. "They are flexible, and they met our deadline. This allowed us to continue with our plans, and will save Colorado customers money." As a pioneer in utility-scale wind energy assessment, Vaisala delivered

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Jülich, 26 September 2016. For the first time, STORNETIC is presenting its energy storage solution for wind parks. The flywheel energy storage solution from the technology company based at Jülich (Germany) allows wind farm operators to balance output fluctuations of their wind power plants over the long term. This allows a wind farm’s energy output to be better planned.  “The volatility of wind power will mean major challenges for wind farm operators in the future” explains STORNETIC Managing Director Dr Rainer vor dem Esche. “A new solution is now available thanks to the flywheel energy storage by STORNETIC. Our storage machine EnWheel® allows output peaks to be absorbed, thereby making the output of entire wind farms more even and predictable.” Flywheel helps wind wheel A second benefit is the fact that the flywheel energy storage will in the future be able to provide grid services in combination with wind power plants. “This is an ideal starting point for the challenges of the future,” continues Dr Rainer vor dem Esche. The EnWheel® flywheel energy storage is able to absorb load changes in the range of milliseconds. The storages are designed for more than 100,000 load change cycles and maintain their full capacity over their entire

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Zeversolar, a subsidiary company of the leading inverter manufacturer SMA, will be unveiling the new Zeverlution 3680 inverter for the UK market at Solar Energy UK 2016 in Birmingham October 4-6, 2016. This single-phase device with a power output of 3,900 W features integrated Wi-Fi and an Ethernet connection and offers better performance than its predecessor – despite being more compact and around 40% lighter. At a distance of one meter, the noise level is a mere 25 dB(A), making it barely audible even in quiet spaces. Zeversolar has also further reduced the price of the device. Press image: http://tinyurl.com/zeverlution3680 The improvements in performance and the price reduction were all possible thanks to a new design featuring fewer components. “Fewer components reduce not only the design outlay and weight but also the number of potential error sources,” said Andreas König, Sales Director for Europe at Zeversolar. “This is in keeping with Zeversolar’s philosophy to provide affordable, reliable and simple inverters for everybody.” Like the other devices in the series with a power of 4,000 W and 5,000 W, the Zeverlution 3680 also has two MPP trackers, a maximum output current of 16 A, an IP65 enclosure suitable for outdoor installation and a display.

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Leading technical advisor completes evaluation of two 100 MW wind farm phases under development in complex terrain in South Australia South Australia, 26th September 2016 – OST Energy (OST), the leading technical advisor for wind, solar and storage initiatives, has delivered Independent Energy Yield Assessments (EYAs) for two 100 MW stages of the Hornsdale Wind Farm project under development by leading international renewable energy developer, Neoen, in South Australia. Despite recent political hurdles, Australia’s wind power industry has expanded rapidly during the last decade, with 76 wind farms boasting a combined capacity of over 4,000 MW in 2015. Last year, these sites were responsible for 33.7% of the country’s clean energy production, and 4.9% of its total electricity. South Australia, with its hilly terrain, is an area of particularly strong wind resources and is a major contributor to these figures. However, managing the impact of complex topography on the performance of wind farms in the region poses a challenge for project developers looking to make the most of this resource. At Neoen’s 7,500-hectare Hornsdale site to the north of Jamestown, project development is taking place in phases, with a number of turbines already installed at the 100 MW Hornsdale 1 Wind Farm, and the 100 MW Hornsdale 2 Wind Farm currently under construction. Upon completion, the overall capacity of the project

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Hamburg, 23 September 2016. Interdisciplinary collaboration across sector boundaries: the Nordex Group has formed a partnership with Lufthansa Aerial Services (LAS) for drone-supported inspection of its wind turbines. In doing so the manufacturer intends to draw on the experience of a global aviation expert that has know-how in research, development and automation and itself uses drone-assisted inspections in the construction industry or for aircraft. For Nordex Service customers this offers additional possibilities for continuously monitoring the status of rotor blades using the very latest technology. One important area of application for drone technology is the close-up inspection of rotor blades without the need for rope teams. Rotor blades have to be inspected regularly as they are exposed to the wind, weather and considerable strains and in this way might develop wear from erosion. With the aid of the services offered by LAS the Nordex Group can develop and implement timely and specific service and repair instructions. Furthermore, by collecting a large amount of data the manufacturer can monitor the ageing of the turbines and find out for each specific type at which intervals a rotor blade has to be inspected or serviced with a view to preventive maintenance. "Lufthansa Aerial Services is

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Hamburg, 23 September 2016. With eight new orders for projects in August, German sales recorded a successful month in the Nordex Group's domestic market. The manufacturer is supplying a total of 28 turbines with altogether 71.7 MW to various customers for wind farms from Lower Saxony to Bavaria. The largest of the new projects is near Cologne in North-Rhine Westphalia, where the Nordex Group will be supplying eight N117/2400 turbines on 120-metre tubular steel towers to the "Heinsberg-Randerath" wind farm. The manufacturer is also responsible for laying the foundations. The turbines are due to be commissioned in the first half of 2017. Following installation the Nordex Group will service the 19,2 MW wind farm for a period of 15 years on the basis of a Premium Service contract. The Nordex  Group - a profile The Group has installed around 20 GW of wind energy capacity in over 25 markets. In 2015 Nordex and Acciona Windpower generated combined revenues of EUR 3.4 billion. The company currently employs a workforce of more than 5,000. The joint manufacturing capacity includes factories in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and in the near future India. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 1.5 to

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The independent service provider (ISP) Deutsche Windtechnik is now expanding its European services to include Scandinavia: The new subsidiary Deutsche Windtechnik AB, which has its headquarters in the southern Swedish municipality Varberg, is the first company to offer Scandinavian operators, investors and energy suppliers a high-quality, cost-effective alternative to service by turbine manufacturers. Linus Sturesson has taken on the position of managing director for the Swedish business unit. He brings comprehensive knowledge of the Swedish wind energy industry to the table. A project manager and a service manager, both from the wind energy sector, will join him in the near future. In addition to Varberg, the company also has a sales office in Stockholm. Independent full service for the first time in Sweden "Wind energy is the future of the Swedish energy supply. Hydropower's potential has largely been exhausted", Linus Sturesson said. "The remuneration for wind power in Sweden is very low. This makes it even more important to optimise the costs of wind farms. Our range of services focuses exclusively on maintenance and offers operators interesting savings potential as an alternative to service by the manufacturer." Ongoing negotiations with various prospective clients are an indicator that contracts will be signed in the

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