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Changzhou, China, October 11, 2015/ Press Release/: TrinaBEST, announced today its strategic partnership with MPower. TrinaBEST will work through MPower to distribute residential energy storage products and bespoke solutions in Australia and New Zealand. Following energy storage product upgrades and a successful Product Launch event to the market this month in Melbourne, TrinaBEST, through MPower, will be distributing its latest system approach Lithium Iron Phosphate products: PowerCube 2.0 (with the option of 7.2kwh or 9.6kwh), PowerCube mini (4.8kwh) and AC coupled engineered PowerBox, to the Australia and New Zealand energy storage solutions (ESS) market. “Australia is one of our most important markets, especially the residential retrofit market. We had launched our second generation Residential Energy Storage Solution which went through detail performance and industrial design analysis, at All-Energy Australia last week.” says Mr. Frank Qi, General Manager of TrinaBEST. “After more than 9 months of market planning and preparation, TrinaBEST selected MPower to be the important distributor of our range of residential energy storage products across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. MPower’s extensive experience in battery storage, particular in off-grid applications and its offerings of a number of other products for the residential market, are invaluable to our long-term and sustainable

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Stavanger, Norway; October 19, 2016: Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has been awarded a Master Services Agreement (MSA) by Norwegian operator Statoil. Services covered in the global agreement include platform technology studies; safety studies; marine verification; and warranty surveys. The MSA replaces several previous frame agreements between Statoil and Global Maritime. David Sutton, CEO of Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, said: “This is an endorsement of the work Global Maritime has carried out for Statoil over the last few years. It is also testament to the strength of our relationship, and our focus on innovation, operational excellence and delivery.” He continues: We look forward to continuing to leverage our global knowledge and expertise to provide Statoil with the best possible service.” Global Maritime has a longstanding relationship with Statoil and has provided services on many of the operator’s fields on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) and globally. The most recent work was the successful disconnection and towing of the Njord A semi-submersible floating production platform from the Njord field to an onshore maintenance facility. Other recent projects include Marine Warranty Surveys for the Hywind Scotland and Dudgeon Wind Farms.  About Global Maritime Global Maritime specializes in marine warranty, dynamic positioning

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To realise the climate targets set out in the Paris Agreement, over the next few years, we will be seeing a strong increase in the number of offshore wind farms in the North Sea. This will create all sorts of new opportunities for the offshore wind industry. PES spoke to Joost Eenhuizen, Business Manager Maritime & Offshore Industry at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, about the role the port of Rotterdam can play in the development of wind farms at sea. “The port of Rotterdam is highly suitable as a smart base of operations for innovation and the construction, assembly, installation and decommissioning of offshore wind farms,” says the business manager. “Collaboration is a key factor in this market and it is important to surround yourself with the right players. When it comes to collaboration, the port of Rotterdam offers all kinds of interesting possibilities.” During the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, 195 countries signed an agreement to keep the rise in temperature worldwide below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Europe’s contribution to this entails the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% compared to 1990.One of the ways to achieve this is an energy transition to wind

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Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the innovative AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system. The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimised for medium-sized to large vessels. The system is highly effective in water of any salinity, turbidity or temperature. The intention is to advance to a full partnership by the end of 2016. Currently AVITALISTM is undergoing ship board testing IMO type approval and USCG land-based testing. It is anticipated that IMO type approval will be achieved in the first half of 2017, followed by USCG type approval later the same year. The chemical used in the treatment process is PERACLEAN® Ocean, developed by Evonik Industries AG, the leading German speciality chemicals company. The PERACLEAN® family of biocides is well proven and widely used in the medical and foodstuffs and beverages industries, amongst others, to disinfect equipment. With a broad anti-microbial spectrum, it is effective even at low temperatures and rapidly decomposes into water, oxygen and acetic acid, which is readily biodegradable. As such it is expected to meet and exceed regulatory requirements well into the future.

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Solar innovator announces first close of Series C funding round Oxford, UK, 18th October 2016 – Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd (Oxford PV), the pioneering solar technology company, has today announced an equity investment of £8.7m, the first portion of a Series C funding round. This investment was provided by a combination of new and existing shareholders and brings the total equity raised to £21.3m ($27m) over the past 18 months. Further investment is expected before the end of the year.  The funding will help extend Oxford PV’s leadership position in the use of its breakthrough perovskite technology to significantly enhance the performance and economic returns achievable from existing solar PV technologies. Applied as a thin film layer in tandem with an active silicon cell, perovskite can boost cell output by around 30 per cent.  “Energy consumption is set to double within the next 20 to 30 years. Perovskite has the potential to radically improve the efficiency of solar PV and meet the world’s energy demand into the future,” says Frank Averdung, CEO of Oxford PV. “Our technology has already demonstrated the efficiency and stability necessary to engage commercially with major industry players and become a key part of enhancing solar energy supply in years to

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Hamburg/Oslo: Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has concluded its first contract in Norway for the supply of 33 Senvion 3.4M114 turbines to Egersund wind farm. The project with Norsk Vind Egersund AS will have a total rated output of 112.2 megawatts (MW) and will produce enough green energy to power more than 73,000 Norwegian households which equals nearly half of the surrounding Norwegian province of Rogaland. The supply contract was confirmed in June this year and the final contract is now effective. The wind farm was acquired by LUXCARA, one of Europe's leading asset managers for renewable energy investments. Egersund will be part of the portfolio of the fund FLAVEO Infrastructure Europe SCS SICAV-FIS - Solar and Wind, which was set up for institutional investors. Jürgen Geissinger, CEO of Senvion, said: "The contract for Egersund wind farm is a milestone which reflects the clear global growth strategy of Senvion and its potential to enter new markets with innovative and optimally adapted products." In 2016, six years after introducing the first 3.XM turbine to the market, Senvion has a track record of 765 Senvion 3.XM wind energy turbines which amounts to 2.5 gigawatts installed of this product type alone. The first

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• Two SWT-3.6-130 wind turbines delivered • Safety training expanded at Enge-Sande • Training for technicians on latest systems Keeping up with the latest standards can be vital to ensuring safety when work is being performed on wind turbines. OffTECBase, a safety and technology training course provider in Enge-Sande, Schleswig-Holstein, has worked closely with Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division since 2010. Now the two companies want to take their collaboration to a new level. To be able to offer practical training courses, OffTEC ordered two of the latest Siemens SWT-3.6-130 direct-drive wind turbine systems, to be installed in the wind farm close to the training site. The principle is to work together to develop the content of future training courses and to train technicians using real wind technology. Greater sharing benefits both companies: OffTEC benefits from Siemens’ leading role in introducing industrial safety standards throughout the industry. In turn, the company can have a good proportion of its assembly and service technicians trained using the latest systems at OffTEC. The two new wind turbines round out a fleet of systems comprising all the key Siemens models. The two SWT-3.6-130 units are expected to be in place by the summer of 2017. “We are very

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The Global Wind Energy Council has just released its latest publication - the Global Wind Energy Outlook. The report outlines scenarios where wind could supply 20% of global electricity by 2030, and looks at four scenarios exploring the future of the wind industry out to 2020, 2030 and 2050. By 2030 wind power could reach 2,110 GW, and supply up to 20% of global electricity, creating 2.4 million new jobs and reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tonnes per year, and attract annual investment of about €200 billion. "Wind power is the most competitive option for adding new capacity to the grid in a growing number of markets," states Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of Global Wind Energy Council. "but if the Paris agreement targets are to be reached, that means closing fossil fuel fired power plants and replacing them with wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass". The new report examines the International Energy Agency's central scenario from its World Energy Outlook, the New Policies Scenario, and is compared with the IEA's 450 Scenario, the GWEC Moderate Scenario and the GWEC Advanced Scenario. The results show how the global wind industry will deliver in terms of global electricity supply, CO2 emissions savings,

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Bates Marshall, a seasoned veteran of the US solar energy markets, with over 20 years of executive experience, is now in charge of Huawei’s FusionSolar growth strategy in USA. Marshall was previously senior VP at Advanced Energy and before that was VP with SMA Solar. He joined the Huawei in May 2016, as Vice President and General Manager. At Solar Power International in Las Vegas last month, Marshall outlined the evolution of Huawei’s incredible success in solar and the company’s vision for the continued rapid growth in the USA. He pointed out that the key to Huawei’s success in PV lies in its history as a telecom and smart phone systems designer and manufacturer. Marshall stated that the rapid pace of evolution in the network communications industry and the very high demands the industry places on systems uptime, component reliability, smart systems and connectivity are the benchmarks for setting the company’s vision of technological development in PV. Driving the innovation are nine global R&D Centers of Network Energy, employing more than 2000 engineers, 100 PhDs and 800 inverter engineers, including an Inverter Innovation Center in Santa Clara, California. Approximately half of Huawei’s 176,000 employees worldwide are involved in R&D.

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Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings (“Lightsource”), Europe’s leading solar energy company, is pleased to announce that it has received an accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation for its Employee Living Wage commitment. The commitment will apply to all Lightsource employees, including permanent workforce or third-party contractors, who will receive a minimum hourly wage of £9.40 - significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 per hour and the new minimum wage premium for over 25s of £7.20 per hour introduced in April 2016. The accreditation further reinforces Lightsource’s commitment to its employees and its reputation as a conscientious corporate entity.  Nick Boyle, CEO of Lightsource said: “We’re proud to be part of a growing network of responsible employers. Joining the Living Wage Foundation is another example of Lightsource taking social responsibility seriously, as part of our ongoing attempts to be the best employer we can be. We want our staff to know we are dedicated to securing their future, year in, year out.” The Living Wage is recalculated every year, and businesses and organisations must adjust the wages they pay their staff accordingly, to retain the Living Wage accreditation. Katherine Chapman, director, Living Wage Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings

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