Power & Energy Solutions

The premier renewable energy publication

New Technology will be presented at SNEC 2017 in Shanghai Cell Performance of 22.3 % achieved Kahl am Main, April 30, 2017– SINGULUS TECHNOLOGIES is introducing a completely new designed inline sputtering system for ITO and Ag, type GENERIS PVD.  The Heterojunction cell technology (HJT) achieves conversion efficiencies of more than 22 % as well as reduced manufacturing costs. The newly developed GENERIS PVD system is a horizontal inline sputter tool designed for special requirements in photovoltaic high efficiency cell production. A Heterojunction cell performance of 22.3% was achieved in cooperation with a research institute. The deposited ITO layers exhibit excellent optical transmittance. Charge carrier mobility and electron density are optimized to minimize free carrier absorption in the ITO film. Sputter damage to the amorphous silicon passivation layers did not occur. The GENERIS PVD system is ideally suited for challenging transparent conductive oxides layers like ITO and AZO to match the key requirements of Heterojunction cell technology. With the GENERIS PVD sputtering system, contact layers can be deposited on the front and rear of the Si wafers without the need to turn the wafers between coating processes and without vacuum interruption. Also full area metal coatings, e.g. Ag, can be deposited within

Read More

The US operation of M² Subsea has announced the appointment of a new general manager and senior vice president of commercial as the firm embarks on the next stage of its growth strategy. Based in Houston, Paddy Hardey will be responsible for implementing the firm’s global commercial and contracting principals to ensure the strategic development and continued growth of the fledging subsea company. Overseeing the Woodlands, Texas, based US business and all commercial, tendering activity and contract negotiations across M² Subsea’s core business functions, Hardey will focus on the successful delivery of work for the firm’s key clients across the globe. His appointment follows a series of major developments within the business including the opening of a UK base in Aberdeen and the firm’s plans to create over 50 onshore and 100 offshore jobs by the end of the year. “This is a crucial time for our company,” said Mike Arnold, CEO of M² Subsea. “We have invested significantly in building a robust management team in recent months and this latest appointment forms an important part of our business strategy as we look to capitalise on opportunities going forward. “We are committed to growing and maintaining our reputation for providing high quality ROV services to our clients across

Read More

Hamburg, 5 April 2017. Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG, a company of Bremen-based Zeaborn Group, has taken over business operations of Rickmers-Linie and MCC Marine as well as NPC Projects effective 1 April 2017.  The takeover was announced on 9 February and has received clearance from antitrust authorities on 7 March.  The change will have no impact on the former Rickmers-Linie-workforce, -routes and -tonnage under long-term charter. All Rickmers-Linie offices remain in place as do NPC subsidiary offices.  Rickmers-Line GmbH & Co. KG will conduct business on behalf of the carrier company RZ Carrier GmbH & Co. KG. Coinciding with the closing of above takeover, Zeaborn has acquired the Superflex Heavy MPC vessel mv RICKMERS HAMBURG from its previous owners. The vessel will operate for RZ Carrier under the brand of Rickmers-Line and after a docking in Asia will re-join the Round-The-World Pearl String Service of Rickmers-Line at the end of May 2017. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The 30,000dwt mv RICKMERS HAMBURG was built in 2002 and has since operated in the renowned Pearl String Liner Service. The vessel is equipped with four cranes, the two most powerful of which come with a lifting capacity of 320

Read More

The market for energy has always been affected by climate, global policies and new technologies. According to Energy and Climate Academy, who works worldwide in further education for the energy and climate sector, there are changes ahead. The future parameter for success is not another invention, but the ability to be able to process the large amount of new information and the ability to cooperate with both knowledge centres, government agencies and other actors who should be considered as partners rather than competitors. The strategic overview in the energy & climate sector has been reserved for a few experts in the sector. They analysed the energy system and then communicated with tech developers and the decision makers. The tech developers work from separate platforms such as companies or universities. A wind turbine producer's closest competitor, at the moment, is other wind turbine producers and then come all the other energy sources such as solar, bio fuel and traditional fossil fuels. But in the future, the closest competitor will be other renewable energy sources and not just the other wind turbine manufacturer. Simply put, the way the development – or the work distribution – in the energy and climate sector today, both nationally

Read More

Renting accommodation, locker rooms or temporary storage space is a cost effective way of ensuring worker comfort during offshore installations. PES finds out about the ELA Container Offshore GmbH mobile room solutions, their various sizes and the different accommodation configurations available to meet customers’ requests. ELA Container Offshore GmbH produces stand-alone offshore containers, to be used on rigs, converter platforms and all types of seagoing vessels, pontoons and barges. The company was founded as a response to the growing demand for offshore accommodation and is very experience due to wide variety of projects in the Offshore-Wind, Offshore Oil & Gas Industry and Dredging Industries. Even though most large installation vessels have integrated accommodation space within the vessel design, platforms and vessels constantly need to adjust their deck layout and accommodation facilities according to the project, depending on the actual number of people needed, resulting in a constant demand for offshore accommodation. Temporary Living Quarters are an efficient, cost-effective and flexible solution for creating additional accommodation and work space. Thanks to the recent development of their new 33 ft. ELA Offshore Accommodation Container, a high cube container, with two cabins separated by an interior hallway, ELA Offshore has been able to extend their

Read More

Suddenly the news is spreading. The installation market is developing so fast that large floating cranes seem to be the answer to the ever-increasing turbine size in the wind industry. Jack-ups have long been the installation vessel of choice in the offshore wind industry; however we are now seeing various contractors using large offshore floating cranes. Will Conquest Offshore 1400 crane barge follow them into the deep waters or stay within the very shallow waters? Read on to find out the answer. Offshore Wind Renewable energy is becoming more and more important to the global energy market. Within this renewable market, the offshore wind industry is turning into a significant factor and has been experiencing a rapid growth spurt over the last few years. As turbines get bigger and heavier and foundations get wider and wider, the jack-ups probably won’t be able to provide the solution. At least that seems to be the idea. It looks like the installation market will move from jack-ups to floating assets and DEME’s Orion and Boskalis F-3000 new builds are well underway. Crane size and capacity Who would have thought that it would get this big, this fast? What seemed impossible a few years ago has

Read More

Raymond Fisch, Senior Vice President, at BBC Chartering, talks to PES about the changes in the shipping market, the importance of training and the strong ethos which runs throughout the company. PES: Welcome back to PES Wind magazine. It’s been two years or so since we last spoke. Thanks for talking with us. For our new readers would you like to begin by explaining a little about the background of BBC Chartering and how you currently serve the wind industry?   Raymond Fisch: Thank you PES. BBC Chartering continues to be the leading force for industrial ocean transport services and also to the wind power industry. We have continued to operate the world’s largest fleet of project carriers, the leading project chartering network and with 34 offices around the world the leading global service for integrated transports of any cargo. In 2016 we operated more than 180 vessels and a peak fleet capacity of more than 2.1mln. DWT. Although the shipping markets are generally slow, we have seen an unprecedented growth of the wind power sector over the past few years. Our share of bookings for the sector increased significantly by over 60% alone in 2016. This is strongly driven by US wind

Read More

The American Wind Energy Association is heading back to the U.S. which has championed the wind energy industry for decades for WINDPOWER®. PES brings you the latest information on this unmissable event. If you are invested in U.S. wind energy or looking to enter the market, AWEA WINDPOWER 2017 Conference & Exhibition is the place you need to be. It is where professionals from across the globe find top-tier speakers, world-class education, cutting edge technology, and premium networking. This complete conference experience cannot be found anywhere else. Attend WINDPOWER is mainstream. WINDPOWER is big league, and AWEA WINDPOWER Conference & Exhibition is where new opportunities are waiting to be discovered. By meeting face-to-face with thousands of industry professionals, developing relationships with leading wind energy companies, exploring potential with new or growing small businesses, and participating in forward-thinking sessions, you will find anyhting you need at the largest annual conference for the U.S. wind energy industry. Join over 7,000 wind industry professionals May 22-25 in Anaheim, California at the largest annual wind energy conference in North America. Given the industry’s growth in 2016, AWEA expects this year’s event to be another significant opportunity for garnering relationships and developing business.

Read More

The renewables market, particularly wind, is a key sector for ALE. Building on experience in the power sector, we have used our knowledge and expertise to develop smarter solutions to the challenges created by the increasing heights of wind turbines and associated components. In relation to the on-shore wind enery market, ALE offers a bespoke Transport, Crane and Installation (TCI) package for the wind energy sector. The transportation phases of projects include route assessments, liaising with local authorities, providing specialist transportation equipment and facilitating the removal and replacement of any street furniture or structures that may obstruct the route. We own a fleet of specialised equipment that is specifically used for projects in this sector, such as ` blade trailers and low profile wind tower adapters. Our qualified electrical and mechanical installation teams have the knowledge and experience to provide the most efficient solution, on a project by project basis. We can also provide our clients with port handling services. This includes equipment inspection, damage assessment, storage facilities and loading or reloading of equipment to specialist transport. “We offer different types of cranes for the erection of wind turbine components. The LG1750 combines the benefits of a crawler crane, it is high

Read More

Why is using a transducerized tooling system important to me and my customers? To understand the importance you must understand the accuracy difference between Transducerized and Current Controlled tooling. Current Controlled (Open Loop) tools are a dedicated system consisting of a tool, cable and controller. They are pre-calibrated in a lab using an external transducer on a rundown fixture. The tool is operated on the external transducer at set torque points. The amount of current supplied by the system is matched up to the torque reading of the external transducer. The lab will input these torque readings, which the system translates into the amount of current it needs to supply, to achieve the amount of torque required. Unfortunately current controlled tooling is an open loop design. Once the tool is removed from the external transducer there isn’t any true torque feed back into the system. The system simply supplies the per-set current and the operator has to accept the torque was properly applied. However a number of things affect the torque output but not the torque readings of the system. Things like temperature, gear wear, voltage and motor performance all affect the torque output but the system is unable to

Read More