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A Yorkshire solar power company has partnered with the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of off-grid and renewable energy products. Established in 2009 by Leeds-based entrepreneur Ian Emberton, Xerogrid will deliver USA-based OutBack Power Technologies’ comprehensive installer training programme to a network of OutBack customers in the UK. As OutBack Power’s official UK service partner and supplier since 2016, Xerogrid will offer technical and sales support to installers of OutBack Power products. With eight years industry experience in the renewable energy sector, Xerogrid supply off-grid power solutions to commercial and domestic customers across the UK, Spain and Africa. The new initiative will see the recently declining solar industry, following Government cuts to feed-in-tariffs, soar again, as traditional solar installers are trained in specialist off-grid solutions. The training days, which are scheduled to take place in Autumn 2017, will incorporate OutBack Power’s range of renewable energy products, providing attendees with the opportunity to view and ask questions about the specialist equipment. OutBack Power creates powering solutions for the communication, commercial, industrial, and renewable energy markets and has pioneered many of the technologies that have become industry standards for power conversion technology worldwide. Commenting on the partnership, Ian Emberton, founder and managing director of Xerogrid said: “We’re proud to be

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Sao Paulo, July 17: Opportunities and challenges of South American energy generation and storage market will be themes of South America's largest exhibtion for the solar energy sector Global reports on energy storage markets point out that the United States (specifically California) and Germany stand out in the storage of electrical energy generated by means of photovoltaic, due to large generation and consumption. Despite Chile's investments (it is the most advanced country in this sector, in Latin America, with 50 MW already installed) and some developments in Puerto Rico, Latin America is still the smallest market in energy storage on a global scale. The increase in the number of solar projects in the region, as in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, can become a propeller of the energy storage sector. The Brazilian market for energy storage systems is estimated at 95 GW, sufficient volume to meet the country's load for one hour (data from the Brazilian Association of Storage and Power Quality - Abaque). According to Abaque, in August 2015, the installed total was 185.3 GW, reaching 187.3 GW in March of this year. South America presents one of the five largest solar potential areas in the world and the growing share of solar energy,

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Milan, Italy, July 28th – RECOM, the largest European manufacturer of PV panels, announces the commencement of operations in Lannion production site, aiming at serving clients in France and abroad. The first solar modules launched in the market by RECOM-Sillia are the High Efficiency 290-295 Wp, full black. Only one month after the acquisition, RECOM-Sillia has a pipeline of new projects totalling 20 MW, out of which 2/3 for customers outside France. Further investments in the production lines are planned till the end of the year to increase the capacity and accommodate needs also for clients beyond French borders. “It is a great satisfaction for all the employees of RECOM-SILLIA to restart the activity in Lannion’s site. After a break of several months, we can again fulfil all the demands of our clients, who remained loyal to us, but we can also produce and deliver RECOM- SILLIA’s products for diverse projects around the world.” says Nicolas Proux, RECOM- SILLIA Production Manager

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The next level of solar module quality assurance: High speed inspection, global quality standards and 100% defect traceability To secure a high level of finished module quality, solar manufacturers and customers can now turn to the next generation of module inspection. Using electroluminescence or optical solutions, the latest inspection technology secures the targeted quality standard in a minimum time. The systems store detailed results of customer claim issues and of root causes of defects to prevent them in ongoing production. For manufacturers, a variety of new features enables optimum throughput with minimum resources. Electroluminescence has long been the most successful inspection solution in module manufacturing. For the latest cell and module technologies, optical inspection or a combination with electroluminescence are equally successful. For any case holds true: Automated quality assurance reveals more defects and is much more reliable than manual inspection by the naked eye, which is impractical for high throughputs – especially when the highest quality standards are needed. Automated defect detection and classification offers outstanding reliability and achieves cycle times of less than 20 seconds per module for optimum throughput.

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Microgrid pioneer ARDA Power selects Alencon’s SPOT for inclusion in their unique solution which includes DC-coupled solar plus storage. Hatboro, PA, United States and Oakville, ON, Canada – ARDA Power and Alencon Systems today announced a strategic partnership whereby ARDA will incorporate Alencon’s DC-DC Optimizer – the SPOT – into its unique, DC-coupled microgrid system which includes Solar + Storage. ARDA has pioneered the market for microgrids, offering a unique DC-connected microgrid solution which brings the benefits of a microgrid - including resiliency and increased use of renewables - to commercial and industrial buildings without the requirement for complex custom engineering or costly interconnect applications. In the ARDA system, the Alencon SPOT will serve to enable the DC-coupling of solar to the ARDA microgrid, will perform maximum power point tracking (MPPT) on the PV strings, and will curtail output based on commands from ARDA’s microgrid controls. The Alencon SPOT, which creates galvanic isolation between the PV and battery DC bus, will allow ARDA’s systems to be even easier to install and safer to operate. The Alencon SPOT is the only large scale, PV DC-DC optimizer on the market today that offers galvanic isolation between the PV array and a DC bus. “The ability the Alencon SPOT

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The 1,128 MW of wind power awarded in yesterday´s tender adds to the role of wind power in meeting the 2020 target The installation of these projects will translate into investments in excess of 4.5 billion Euros and the creation of between 25,000 to 30,000 jobs during construction AEE considers Energy Planning that includes 2030 targets and compliance with the Paris Agreement as well as a medium- to long-term tender calendar to be necessary Madrid, July 27th 2017. Wind power has been awarded 1,128 MW of the total of 5,037 MW in the Spanish tender held yesterday. This gives continuity to the industry's activity in order to achieve compliance with European targets. The sector is confident that all players involved - developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, local and state public entities, etc. - will work hand in hand so that all projects awarded in the last three tenders are fully functioning by the end of December 2019. It will be then when the effectiveness of the tenders will be proved. The Spanish Wind Energy Association (AEE) estimates that the installation of these projects will translate into investments in excess of 4.5 billion Euros and the creation of between 25,000 to 30,000

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Steady share of around 17% of the domestic market secured Tender design resulting in project delays in the absence of any adjustments Hamburg, 27 July 2017. The German wind power market is characterized by light and shadow at the moment. Whereas sales volumes in the industry are heading for a new record, the award of projects resulting in short-term revenues for producers is declining. According to calculations by the industry association, the capacity of new installed onshore turbine rose by eleven percent again in the first half of 2017 to 2,281 megawatts (MW). Nordex expanded by the same rate in this environment, maintaining its market share of around 17 percent. “This is a positive sign that proves that our current range is competitive in the hotly contested market. What is more, we are about to launch a far more efficient wind power system, which we are confident will attract strong demand in the foreseeable future,” says Patxi Landa, Chief Sales Officer of Nordex SE. Over the first half of the year, the trend towards higher-output turbines with larger rotors continued. Thus, the average nominal capacity per turbine rose to around 2.9 MW. Says Landa: “Technically, a capacity well in

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The successful offshore installation of Floatgen’s innovative mooring system paves the way for the installation of France’s first offshore wind turbine. The mooring system components were assembled and installed on the SEM-REV test site which will host Floatgen, 22 kilometers off the coast of Le Croisic in western France. This highly innovative system was conceived and engineered by Ideol, the internationally recognized leader in floating offshore wind. It is composed of 6 nylon mooring lines, a worldwide premiere for a permanent mooring system of such dimensions. This installation took place as the construction of the concrete floating foundation built by Bouygues Travaux Publics in Saint-Nazaire is coming to an end. Once equipped with the wind turbine, the complete unit is expected to be tugged before the end of the year towards SEM-REV, the world’s 1st multiple MRE technology test site connected to the grid. Destined to equip other MRE systems, the mooring system designed by Ideol must satisfy two sometimes contradictory requirements: -  a cost-competitive manufacturing and installation enabling the production of electricity at the lowest possible cost -  the weathering of extreme environmental conditions such as high swell, biofooling, storms

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DONG Energy has today published a Preliminary Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) containing new information about its latest offshore wind farm development, Hornsea Project Three. The report is part of a wider formal public consultation that will run from today (27 July) to 20 September 2017. Hornsea Project Three offshore wind farm will be located over 120km off the north Norfolk coast and, if fully developed at 2.4 gigawatts (GW), could provide enough power to meet the average daily needs of well over 2 million UK homes. Over the past year, the company has held two rounds of public consultation events at various locations across Norfolk, and will now return in early September to present the latest plans including new 3D visualisations, and once again seek feedback from the local community. The PEIR, which is now available online, contains a refined cable route and proposed locations for both the onshore substation, which will be just south of Norwich near to Dunston and the onshore High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) booster station near Little Barningham, should this be required. Stuart Livesey, Project Development Manager, said: “As we develop the project, it is crucial for us to keep returning to the community at various stages to ensure they

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Cubico Sustainable Investments Limited (“Cubico”), a global leader in renewable energy investment, has announced that it has acquired two operational Concentrated Solar Power plants in Granada, Spain, totalling 99.8MW from two international funds, Antin Infrastructure Partners and Deutsche Asset Management’s infrastructure investment business, and the Spanish construction company Cobra Sistemas y Redes (the “Sellers”). The plants use parabolic trough thermosolar technology with 7.5 hours of thermal salt storage, which, combined with an oversized solar field, allows the plants to generate through the night, contributing to the security of Spain’s electricity system. David Swindin, Head of EMEA at Cubico said: “This is an important acquisition for Cubico and adds to our growing portfolio of renewable energy assets, improving the balance of our portfolio and increasing the proportion of energy we produce from solar sources. We remain keen to invest further in Europe and continue to look for other opportunities.” From the start of operations in 2008 and 2009 respectively, the two plants together have delivered more than two terawatt hours to the grid, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of more than 600,000 Spanish households. This clean energy has avoided the emission of approximately 1,350,000 tonnes of CO2, equal to emissions from 280,000

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