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PIRIOU has just secured the order for two wind farm support vessels for the British operator WIND ENERGY MARINE. Built by PIRIOU VIETNAM, these two WFSV* 26W are expected to be delivered in spring 2018 in Europe and to be operated in the North Sea. For Vincent FAUJOUR, CEO of PIRIOU, ‘These two orders make us very satisfied, especially as they are the first two vessels of a very new client. Support our customers in their development projects in making them benefit from our experience of the windfarm sector is a part of our DNA.‘ Andrew BAGSHAW, Managing Director of WIND ENERGY MARINE said this week: "We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with PIRIOU in what we expect will be a long term collaboration. Working with PIRIOU allows us to utilise our joint significant expertise and knowledge of servicing the offshore wind farm construction industry. Over time we plan to grow our fleet of vessels, which will be equipped with the latest vessel management systems designed to improve safety and vessel reliability".

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LM Wind Power has successfully completed installation and testing of a 66.5 meter wind turbine blade, ordered by Hitachi, Ltd. for offshore application.  LM Wind Power and Hitachi commenced installation of the 66.5 meter blade in 2016 with the aim of optimizing Hitachi's 5.2MW platform to operate effectively also in lower wind sites. The new LM Wind Power blades will now enable Hitachi to offer their 5.2MW wind turbine with a rotor size of 136 meters. The 66.5 meter blades have been tested on a wind turbine of the Kashima Port Fukashiba Wind Power Station in east Japan since October last year. LM Wind Power CEO, Marc de Jong said: "We are very pleased to support Hitachi, a leader in the development of wind power in Japan, in this offshore development of a new rotor for their 5.2MW platform. We look forward to seeing the 66.5 meter blades generate clean, renewable energy in lower wind sites along the coast of Japan's main island." The 66.5 meter blades were produced in LM Wind Power's blade manufacturing facility in Jiangyin, China. About LM Wind Power  LM Wind Power is a world leading designer and manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines, with a global manufacturing footprint that

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German solar development platform offers cost competitive and climate friendly energy supply to industrial customers in Africa Hamburg, 07. June 2017. SunEQ, a solar asset development platform based in Germany, announced the signing of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 5 MW solar project with Ohorongo Cement, one of the largest energy consumers in Namibia. It is the first major milestone for the sister company of independent German consultancy Suntrace, on its way towards becoming an independent power producer. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 5 MW PV plant took place next to the cement factory on World Environment Day, June 5, and was attended by the Namibian Environmental Commissioner Theofilus Nghitila. With operation expected to commence by the end of 2017, the photovoltaic plant will be the first utility scale project in Namibia to generate solar power for industrial usage. The power purchase agreement has a 15-year term. “The project will significantly reduce Ohorongo Cement´s electricity expenses and running costs, and also help Namibia to increase the renewable energy portion of the country’s energy mix enormously”, says Matthias Schwara, managing director of SunEQ. 70% renewable energy by 2030 The Namibian government has committed itself to increasing the share of renewable energy in

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Piraeus, 2 June 2017: Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd became the first company to receive verification from classification society DNV GL for compliant monitoring plans for their whole fleet under the new EU MRV regulation. The company was presented with a certificate recognizing the achievement at DNV GL’s Piraeus office. “We are very proud to be the first shipping company to have been awarded the verified EU MRV management plans, for our fleet, by the world’s leading classification society, DNV GL”, said Mattheou Dimitrios, Managing Director of Arcadia Shipmanagement Co Ltd. “This verification marks the first milestone for smooth compliance with the EU MRV regulation.” “At Arcadia we are committed to providing safe and reliable transportation of oil by sea and continue to broaden the values and ideas that build safety and environmental excellence, applying effective management systems to comply with incoming regulations to consistently achieve reliable and environmental incident-free performance,” Dimitrios added. The EU MRV (Monitoring, Reporting, Verification) regulation entered into force on 1 July 2015, and it requires ship owners and operators to annually monitor, report and verify CO2 emissions for vessels larger than 5,000 gross tonnage (GT) calling at any EU and EFTA (Norway and Iceland) port. Data collection takes

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ELA Container Offshore GmbH has recently delivered an ELA Offshore Multipurpose Room to VBMS, which will be used on board their MV Ndeavor, a 7,500 DWT DP-2 vessel, built and outfitted for cable-lying in 2013 by Boskalis. VBMS is a subsidiary of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., specialized in subsea power cable installation, Balance of Plant maintenance for the renewable market, SURF installation for the oil & gas market and installation of interconnectors. After delivery of the Multipurpose Room to the VBMS warehouse in Moerdijk in The Netherlands, the container was transferred to a state of the art control room to be used to operate their ROV Trenchers, which lay and bury power cables in shallow and deep water. The control room provides capacity for two persons who can monitor the ROV on multiple screens. The customer was looking for a high quality room to accommodate their ROV monitoring systems and crew in a comfortable and safe environment. ELA Offshore containers are ‘’Made in Germany’’ and are compliant with all necessary health & safety regulations to provide high quality accommodation. “Since the lead time was very short and the deadline of the project was approaching rapidly, we were able to deliver the container

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Allschwil and Brugg, Switzerland - June 1, 2017 - Stäubli Electrical Connectors (formerly Multi-Contact), the pioneer and global market leader in electrical connectors for Photovoltaic solutions, and Power-Blox the award-winning Swiss start-up enter into a strategic partnership for innovative energy storage solutions. Stäubli Electrical Connectors, the specialist in advanced contact technology and the rewarded start-up company Power-Blox signed a strategic cooperation and will jointly offer efficient solutions in the field of energy storage and off-the-grid systems. With over 20 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry and more than 1 billion installed PV connector components, Stäubli Electrical Connectors provides more than 150 GW or 50% of the worldwide PV capacity. With the new technology called "Swarm Power", developed by the Swiss start-up company Power-Blox and its intelligent energy cubes, an off-the-grid energy supply can be produced without any technical know-how or configuration. Power-Blox is the first modular solar energy system, which offers alternating current up to the megawatt range based on swarm technology. This revolutionary concept also allows for a completely mobile supply and functions as a portable outlet. "The product and solution portfolio of Power-Blox fits very well into the strategic development of our 'alternative energies' business. Combined with our powerful and durable

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LayTec proudly announce that CTF Solar, a wholly owned company of CTIEC (part of the CNBM group), chooses LayTec’s advanced in-line process inspection system for their new 80 MW/a CdS/CdTe thin film solar cell production line in P.R. China. All key layers of the solar cell structure are monitored regarding production quality and yield. LayTec delivers a multi-station in-line inspection system. The system inspects the incoming TCO coated float glass and generates valuable SPC data of the CdS/CdTe solar cell structure by highly precise measurement of relevant film characteristics. The multi station system is fully integrated into the production line and continuesly delivers comprehensive analytical data to the local MES host. Tom Thieme (LayTec - director marketing & sales): ”LayTec is honored that a global leading company as CNBM, with global recognition of manufacturing front glass solar panels, is choosing LayTec’s advanced inspection systems to deliver highest quality Made in China. This decision supports the ongoing transition to move from quantity to manufacture sustainable PV cell quality. Process knowledge is here the key to success.”

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Swiss based Flisom presents new, ultra-light, rollable and customisable solar technology platform. Ultralight panels with 20x power to weight ratio of today’s silicon solar panels unveiled at Intersolar Europe. Flisom unveils customisable solar technology to enable breakthrough applications. Flisom AG, a Swiss solar enterprise, in which Tata Industries of the $103bn Tata group is a strategic investor and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) is a technology partner, will give visitors a glimpse of its new product range at Intersolar 2017. The company, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has spent over a decade developing high-efficiency CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide) thin film solar modules using proprietary roll-to-roll manufacturing technologies. Flisom’s products are based on the technology developed by its research partner Empa, which had achieved a world-record conversion efficiency of 20.4% in a flexible CIGS solar cell. This research partnership ensures that Flisom products remain at the cutting edge of solar thin film offerings. Flisom modules are super thin (under 2mm), have a uniform, jet black appearance, are ultra-light (in some versions under 500g/m2) with a power to weight ratio of up to 20 times more than conventional silicon panels, and are strong, safe and rollable.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017 — DEME and COSCO Shipping, the largest shipping company in the world, are partnering in a unique joint venture to develop offshore wind energy in China. DEME’s DP2 jack-up vessel ‘Goliath’ will be deployed for the first offshore wind projects to be set up by the joint venture. ‘Goliath’ was loaded aboard COSCO’s semi-submersible heavy lift vessel ‘Kang Sheng Kou’ in the port of Vlissingen. The vessel is setting course to COSCO’s shipyard near Shanghai for some last modifications before embarking on the installation of the first offshore wind projects off the eastern coast of China. The development of offshore wind energy is in line with the Chinese climate vision and strategy for the development of renewable energy, which are incorporated in the 13th five-year plan issued by China’s central government for social and economic development. China targets a significant increase in the installed capacity of offshore wind energy by 2020. Alain Bernard, Director and CEO DEME Group: “With our extensive know-how in developing, building and maintaining offshore wind farms, DEME can support COSCO Shipping’s offshore wind ambitions to become a significant player in this market segment. As a pioneering company in offshore renewable energy, this is an excellent

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Following the company’s recent merger with the marine safety business of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services AS, Survitec has taken key steps to expand its Global Key Account and Technical Support functions to help ensure the needs of its global customers are not only met but exceeded. This has led to the following new appointments Alasdair Carlaw – Key Account Manager, UK & Scandinavia Reporting to Ross Wilkinson, Alasdair will take on the day-to-day sales management of a number of key Survitec global customer accounts.  Working with these customers will put Alasdair in prime position to better understand their safety needs and help customers access the entire Survitec portfolio including the extended servicing offer. Having worked in the shipping industry with Wilhelmsen since 2010 and prior to that in the oil & gas industry for four years, Alasdair has a unique insight into the safety needs of some of the market’s key players, giving Survitec a better understanding on how we can better support customers globally. Commenting on his appointment Alasdair says: “To be a successful Key Account Manager, you must aim to see the world through the customer’s eyes, truly understand them and gain a perspective on how they present themselves to their market. These

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