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Words: Stephen Holden, Maintenance Account Director, Global Marine Systems Limited Although there have been power cables in the marine environment for many decades, there have been relatively few in number until fairly recently. Those that exist are predominately national or short haul international cables and in terms of total kilometres are rather limited. Certainly this is the case when compared with telecoms cables, which have traditionally numbered hundreds of thousands of kilometres laid on the sea bed. As a result, the repair of power cables has very much been a niche market revolving around securing and mobilising VOOs (vessels of opportunity) or framework agreements, the latter mostly with the original cable installer/manufacturer and their specialist repair assets. The financing of these repairs has always rested with the insurance industry, which because of the relative limited number of cables and faults, has been a model that has proved suitable for the majority of parties. However, with increasing awareness of climate change and the subsequent desire for more renewable and cleaner power sources, there has been a big push (particularly in the European region) for the development of large amounts of offshore wind capacity. This has led to a significant increase in power cable sea

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Up until recently in the wind industry, the aim of many players when affecting the choice of technology seemed to be based on making the wind turbine as cheaply as possible. PES gets a different perspective from Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen, President and CEO of The Switch. “We believe looking only at upfront costs is extremely short-sighted,” states Jukka-Pekka Mäkinen. “The stumbling block, especially in emerging markets that are more sensitive to prices, is how project return is approached. Investors are almost exclusively focused on increasing the project return on investment to anywhere between six and eight years. In reality, the lifetime of a modern wind turbine and its associated project value, however, is 25 years.” When it comes to selecting critical components, like drive trains, decisions driven by CAPEX reduction will eventually lead to higher operation and maintenance costs. Price-led decisions most often than not lead to a backlash when turbine owners realise that long-term reliability is inadequate. As engineers of advanced drive train technology, the number one objective at The Switch is to ensure that wind farms can produce the maximum amount of power over their entire lifetime, rather than lock into the lowest initial investment costs. Although this idea may seem to be

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Hamburg, 14 October 2016. In September, Nordex was awarded six new contracts with a combined value of around EUR 64 million in its domestic market, bringing total new business in this region to over EUR 740 million in the year to date. Last month, Nordex customers ordered 17 multi-MW turbines. The orders were dominated by low and medium-wind (IEC 2 and 3) products, in which Nordex particularly specialises in Germany.  “I consider the growing demand for our Delta series to be a good sign. In this way, we are able to continue the success of our bestseller, the N117/2400,” says Jörg Hempel, who is in charge of Nordex’s German business. The Delta series now accounts for more than 60 percent of the order intake. The largest single project in September was the “Hengeler-Wendfeld” wind farm. This citizen-financed wind farm is composed of seven N131/3300 turbines installed on 134-meter high hybrid towers, thus making optimum use of the wind in the Münsterland region. About Nordex The Group has installed wind power capacity of around 20 GW in over 25 markets. In 2015, Nordex and Acciona Windpower recorded combined sales of EUR 3.4 billion. The Company currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants

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ELA Container Offshore GmbH ordered several Drying Systems from Pronomar BV to increase stock. By doing this, ELA prepares itself for the cold season in which there is a high demand for Drying Containers. “We always have containers in stock to be able to react to customers’ demands on short notice. Especially within the offshore industry where every second counts”, says Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH. “Since all of our Offshore Drying Containers are leased out, we ordered new drying systems to have some containers available on short notice”, explains Gatzemeier. The 20 ft ELA Offshore Drying Container is available for rent and sale. It is equipped with a Pronomar Drying System which is suitable to dry suits, boots and gloves for up to 20 people. All drying systems are made from solid stainless steel and are therefore built to last. The drying systems dry the clothes from the inside out by means of a large amount of warm air entering from a powerful blower. Within a maximum time of three hours, all clothing will be dry. “The drying systems prolong the lifetime of the costly work wear. Seen from a health perspective, the amount of sick

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Grupo Clavijo has presented its products and services in Buenos Aires to a large group of professionals from the solar energy sector. For the Spanish company, Argentina is a strategic market, bearing in mind the growth expectations of photovoltaics in the coming years. Miguel Clavijo, CEO of the Group, explained the company's capacity in terms of the manufacture, supply and assembly of its solar structures and trackers to those in attendance, emphasising reliability and safety as distinguishing features. Among other noteworthy aspects, he highlighted the R&D&I department, which works to improve the technology of the tracker systems, such as the spherical bearing for its single axis trackers. With the experience gained from projects carried out in Chile, Uruguay, Panama, Honduras and Mexico, the company now aims to become one of the main suppliers of solar trackers in the Argentinian market. Grupo Clavijo's headquarters are located in Viana (Navarre, Spain), with production plants in the USA, Brazil, Chile, South Africa and offices in Chile, the USA, Brazil and Abu Dhabi. To date, it has developed photovoltaic projects that exceed 1.2 GW of installed power in more than 30 countries.   More information: www.grupoclavijo.net

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The EU PV cells and modules producers have received support from 150 installers in their fight against dumped imports of Chinese PV cells and modules. Today, EU ProSun submitted a list of 150 installers to the European Commission that expressly support the extension of the anti-dumping measures on imports of Chinese PV cells and modules.  "As installers, we know that quality and reliability are of crucial importance for our customers", says Johan Beijert of Zon & Co in the Netherlands. "In the interest of a sustainable PV market in the EU, the distorting effects of dumping and subsidies must cease." In addition, the Committee of SolarWorld AG's certified business partners (Fachpartnerbeirat), which represents 800 independent German installers, also addressed the European Commission. "Dumping does not help anybody.  Short-term gains will take their tolls by reducing supply variety and creating uncertainties among customers", explained the Committee's representatives in a letter earlier this week.  EU-wide the Committee has a network of over 1,300 installers, the biggest of its kind in the EU. Milan Nitzschke, President of EU ProSun added: "It is cynical of importers and Solar Power Europe to demand the termination of the anti-dumping measures.  Anti-dumping rules are fundamental to guarantee a fair level

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After winning the Solar India Award in June 2016, Solar-Log™ wins the Mission Energy Foundation (RISE 2016) award in the category “Technology Excellence”. Solar-Log™ India is happy and proud to announce the 2nd award in 2016; during a ceremony in the Hilton Hotel Mumbai late September, Solar-Log™ has won this prize of the Mission Energy Foundation (RISE 2016) in the category of Technology Excellence (technology at affordable price – best performance to price ratio). Silvia Blumenschein-Schuetz (Solar-Log™ VP Sales) says: “Congratulations to the India Team and a big thank you to all our customers and partners in India for this feedback and motivation.“ Solar-Log™ is a leading inverter-independent energy management system. In addition to professional PV plant monitoring and the optimal feed-in management of PV energy into the power grid, the Solar-Log™ can also intelligently management and prioritize one's own energy consumption (Solar-Log™ Smart Energy). Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS), based in the German city of Geislingen-Binsdorf, is one of the leading companies in the areas of solar monitoring, smart energy, and feed-in management with global service for operators and installers. Since August 2015, SDS is a subsidiary of BKW AG (Bern, Switzerland) – a global company for energy and infrastructure

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Lawsuit against Giga Solar proceeds to the legal examination phase. TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN- October 13, 2016- Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, announced that the lawsuit against Giga Solar has entered the next stage of the proceedings. On August 5, after 14 months of legal proceedings, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court confirmed the validity of Heraeus’ Taiwan Patent No. I432539 and dismissed all invalidity arguments raised by Giga Solar. In the forthcoming stage the Court now starts a legal examination procedure to determine if the patent is infringed by Giga Solar. Heraeus is confident that the results of this examination will support all allegations of the lawsuit. By end of 2015 Heraeus Photovoltaics held more than 300 granted patents and patent applications around the world. The examination, which is now being launched, will be another milestone in the legal process, supporting the role of Heraeus in providing innovative metallization solutions for significant improvements in solar cell technology. These legal measures are a safeguard to protect the company’s significant investments in R&D and the innovations they provide to solar cell customers around the world. Heraeus sees itself on track with the progress of the lawsuit. Up to

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Should vital safety components such as cable and pipe transits be a design-based or a field-based decision? Roxtec suggests that designers and engineers take control of this issue by proposing the free, web-based tool Roxtec Transit Designer.  The design tool from the global cable and pipe seal provider simplifies the entire process that surrounds cable and pipe routing and provides full documentation. The latest improvements in Roxtec Transit Designer include a product selector to help designers and engineers find the right sealing solution for each application.  Easy way to save time Other new, time-saving features are the ability to search on specific certification requirements and the complete tailor-made documentation that comes with each solution. It generates everything from certifications to installation instructions. “Add to this the smart functionalities that have made the Roxtec Transit Designer an everyday tool for tens of thousands of designers and engineers worldwide and you have all the reasons for exploring it. Everyone is welcome and free to register as user on roxtec.com,” says Mattias Persson, Application specialist, Global Marketing, Roxtec. About Roxtec and Multidiameter™ Swedish Roxtec Group is the world-leading provider of modular-based cable and pipe seals. The company’s invention for adaptability to cables and pipes of different sizes, Multidiameter™, is

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Solare Datensysteme GmbH (SDS) is pleased to announce the opening of its new branch office in Shanghai, China. This new office will enhance the presence of SDS within the Chinese market and will offer innovative products and solutions for customers in one of the world’s most influential and expanding photovoltaic countries. The new office will be managed by Steve Cheung, who has extensive knowledge of renewable energy, especially in the area of photovoltaic technology. Steve Cheung, General Manager from SDS in China, says, "The importance and use of renewable energies are constantly increasing. The transition to clean energy is in full swing and can no longer be disregarded. Climate protection and the consumption of self-generated power from renewable energy sources improves the quality of life. In the first quarter of 2016, China installed PV plants with a total output of over 7 GWp. This equals 14% of the 50.6 GWp which were commissioned globally last year. This shows how the Chinese photovoltaic market is growing up and the high potential that it has. I look forward to being involved in this exciting industry and to making contributions with my previous experience to make SDS successful in China." Dr. Frank Schlichting, CEO of SDS,

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