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Smart solar panel and mechanical engineering from Freiburg: SI Module and M10 Industries show new developments for the solar industry Joint presentation for the M10 Solar Campus at the Intersolar Europe in Munich: The Freiburg-based company group, consisting of the mechanical engineering company M10 Industries AG and the solar module manufacturer SI Module GmbH, will be showing its product range for building-integrated photovoltaics and PV automation between May 31st and June 2nd 2017 (Hall A1, Booth 620). Colourful facades with "Saphir-Skin" photovoltaik panels This year, SI Module will again focus on photovoltaic panels for building integration (BIPV): “Our latest product innovation is the frameless glass-glass panel "Saphir-Skin", which is ideally suited for the design of facades thanks to the general approval for overhead installation”, explains Gregor Reddemann, Managing Director of SI Module and M10 Industries. The solar manufacturer, specializing in special module design, uses "Saphir-Skin" to apply colour to the facade: The solar module offers a multitude of colour variants and the front glass, which is printed with a special pattern, appears as a homogeneous coloured surface. The individual solar cells are almost invisible, but the remaining power yield of almost 90 percent compared to previous solutions is very high. "With the use

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▪ O&M business in Europa grows steadily ▪ Engineering projects in the triple digit Megawatt range contractually secured ▪ Market entry in Australia ▪ „Buy&Build“ strategy will be continued Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, 30.05.2017. ENcome now services photovoltaic power plants with a nominal capacity of approximately one Gigawatt. The leading European independent service provider has also secured Engineering projects in the triple digit Megawatt range. Especially in Australia, ENcome faces strong growth in both business segments Engineering & Advisory and Operations & Maintenance.  “Reaching the Gigawatt threshold gives evidence of our recent business performance and facilitates further increases in our already high service quality“, says Andreas Leimbach. “Our international growth confirms our business model as independent service provider to the benefit of our customers”, emphasizes Robin Hirschl. In Europe, also due to additional new builds in the „Utiltiy Scale“ segment, ENcome’s O&M business shows a positive development. Especially in the UK, the company benefits from the current tenders for Operation & Maintenance services since many plants have now reached final acceptance. “More and more power plant owners realize that professional O&M services are not only a means to reduce costs, but the major driver of yields”, explains Burkhard Söhngen. In their Engineering & Advisory segment, ENcome has

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New TS HV 70 storage system will be unveiled at Intersolar The battery storage system with an operating voltage of up to 1,000 volts has been optimised for use with the latest generation of 3-phase SMA battery inverters Wittenberg, Germany, 29 May 2017 – Storage system manufacturer TESVOLT is set to unveil its new TS HV 70 high-voltage lithium storage system at Intersolar 2017. The new system features a battery voltage of between 575 and 1,000 volts and has been optimised for use with 3-phase SMA battery inverters. A service life of up to 30 years and the use of especially efficient power electronics and cell technology make the storage system particularly cost effective. Press photos are available here: http://www.tesvolt.com/tesvolt-and-sma-solar-technology-ag-are-teaming-up.html “The TS HV 70 is our solution for particularly demanding applications in the commercial sector that require at least 30 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of storage capacity,” Simon Schandert, Director of Engineering at TESVOLT explains. “This model is specifically geared toward economic viability and boasts outstanding performance, maximum safety and unparalleled efficiency. With the system, storage costs of less than 10 euro cents per kWh can be achieved. This opens up a new, cost-effective option for our customers, because the investment costs for the system and

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Singapore; 26 May 2017: Global Maritime, a leading provider of marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services to the offshore sector, has made two important hires to support its Asia Pacific (APAC) operations. Mei Ling Chan has been appointed as Regional Finance Manager for APAC where she will take responsibility for finance functions and reporting across the region; and Leong Weng Yoon has been named Global Maritime’s new HSEQ Manager for APAC. Leong Weng Yoon’s appointment reaffirms Global Maritime’s commitment to the highest health, safety, environmental and quality standards across its operations. Both will be based in Global Maritime’s Singapore office. Anna Keen, Asia Pacific Regional Manager at Global Maritime, said: “Our Singapore office has always been a key hub for Global Maritime and as we continue to expand our operations across Asia Pacific, it’s important that we have the right expertise and skills in place. Mei Ling Chan and Leong Weng Yoon will be valuable additions to our team.” Mei Ling Chan joins Global Maritime from oil & gas services company SapuraKencana Drilling where she was Business Controls Manager responsible for the management accounting, financial planning & analysis of 18 offshore tender rigs operating in South East Asia, West Africa and Central America. She has also held a variety

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Nine honoured at third Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in Glasgow Turbine tower plant star given Judges Award for globally-acclaimed work A safety manager who became the youngest management team member at a Scottish wind turbine tower plant has been given a top award. CS Wind UK’s Julie Blue started work at the company a decade ago aged 17 and is now the company’s Quality Manager. She joins eight others in receiving honours at the Young Professionals Green Energy Awards, which were held in Glasgow last night (May 25). Systems put in place by Julie at the plant in Campbeltown, Argyll, have been adopted across the globe by CS Wind, the South Korean company which acquired the factory in 2016. She was handed the Judges Award – for an entry which the judges felt merited special commendation – after impressing a panel of green energy industry leaders. Also honoured were Jason Morin, a wind farm Project Manager whose work with communities was described as “a credit to the renewables industry” and Caitlin Long, whose work with wave and tidal energy developers has helped Orkney lead the world in the development of the novel devices. Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy at Scottish Renewables, the industry body which organises the

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Words: Antti Turunen, Head of Global Service, ZF Wind Power The wind energy industry has grown up. Sophisticated technologies and a tough market call for more than just a professional repair of faulty equipment. Up to the medium power range it has become a commodity market where quality has become a given and where typical commodity linked drivers like timing and cost push the turbine manufacturers into continuous optimisation of the value chain. In recent years, in the gearbox service market, we have seen a similar trend. The general drive for lowest energy cost is gaining momentum and demanding solutions. Historically the service business has been closely linked to the new gearbox business of the large OEMs. For years the business required only one solution for servicing a gearbox and that was to bring it back in the best possible state. In practice, due to the learning curve and related upgrade, this means that a repaired gearbox is now becoming even better than the original serial product. The market is changing now and seeking significantly greater flexibility. This flexibility originates from the drive towards lowest cost of energy. Segmentation is taking place in the market and within every segment the customer has a different

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PES brings you WInspector, an advanced and innovative approach for on-site inspection of wind turbine blades. A research and innovation project which is part of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. A consortium, composed of five members, TWI, WRS, Innora, Gamesa and London South Bank University has come together to find a solution for wind turbine blades inspections, by means of the development of a laser shearography system placed on a robotic platform, under the project WInspector. Overview Nowadays, Wind Turbines (WT) are one of the most efficient ways to produce green and sustainable energy, contributing in a high percentage to all renewable electricity. However, due to the stress suffered by the blades and caused by wind gusts, there is a continuous need for inspection and maintenance. According to CWIF an average of 3,800 blade failure incidents annually are attributed to poor maintenance, with a cost varying between 90,000€ and 900,000€ each, involving many accidents resulting human injury and fatalities. Blades reparations can be costly in downtime and expensive, and at the same time this fact reduces turbine’s operational efficiency. For these reasons, preventive planning through more frequent inspections is a necessity.

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Words: Shelley Regan Across the renewables industry, UAV technology is now an established and essential part of maintenance inspections and surveys. The accessibility and capability of the mission-critical data gathered for asset integrity inspections has been a ‘game changer’. It is not just the savings in terms of time- and cost-efficiency that are decisive, but the numerous operational benefits that include improved monitoring and planning and the removal of risks to personnel. The technology has proven itself against so many long-established ways of working. The UAV inspection method avoids the need for rope-access inspections and associated costly asset shutdowns, saving time and money as well as removing the risks of working at height. Work scope for fabric maintenance can be quantified much more quickly and accurately through close visual inspection for example. CVI inspections generate thousands of images and high-definition video. All of this provides data to inform engineering decisions in a fraction of the time that it would take a large rope access team to cover an area such as a full turbine.

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PES is pleased to bring you a preview of the latest multipurpose vessels: the new R-Class, from Spliethoff, buit in the Zhejiang Ouhua shipyard in China. The ships will be just the ticket for the offshore wind industry. Amsterdam-based shipping company Spliethoff has placed an order for six multipur-pose vessels at the Zhejiang Ouhua Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., shipyard in China and are looking forward to a long partnership. Spliethoff is a dry cargo and multi-purpose specialist. It was established in 1921 and over the years has built up an excellent reputation for its high quality standards and for being a reliable, loyal partner. These new, state of the art, R-Class vessels have been designed to comply with the Polar Code and are therefore highly suitable to trade in remote areas such as the Arctic. Working for the wind industry means it’s very important to be ecological, both in terms of the environment and emissions. So with this in mind, they will be optimised for fuel efficiency and equipped with scrubbers which will also reduce their environmental footprint to a minimum, and ensure they are ready for SCR and Tier III compliance.

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PES went to Belgium to investigate the latest development in extreme climate testing. The OWI-lab is using field experience to provide a purpose built testing facility in the heart Europe. Alternative energy sources are a key part in achieving the goals set at the Paris climate conference in December 2015. Non-polluting energy sources are seen as a vital part in reaching the targets. Alternative energy sources have been implemented worldwide, sometimes in less than convenient places. Field experience through completed projects has grown exponentially. This means more challenging projects have become viable options. It is now possible to embark on the projects, knowing the greater installation costs and OM challenges no longer outweigh the benefits, which come from this work. One of the challenges, in this expanding business, is to cope with developments in remote locations, with extreme environmental conditions. OEMs and components suppliers are looking to adapt their products to these demanding environments, by optimising design or adding specialised features. The adapted systems are prone to failures, which are related to these extreme conditions, such as sealing problems caused by differential thermal expansion, cracks due to change in brittleness, or problems with lubrication, or hydraulics due to changed viscosity. Therefore

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