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LM Wind Power announced today the signing of an agreement to develop a 71.8 meter blade for Chinese offshore leader Envision. The deal is followed by a supply agreement from LM Wind Power's Jiangyin factory in Jiangsu, China that will require the company to expand the manufacturing facility by 50%. The new 71.8 meter blade will equip Envision's new 4.5 MW platform and is expected to be installed in H1 2018. The new large-rotor turbine is designed to effectively serve the Wind Class II and III areas in north China offshore. Dick Xie, Envision Offshore Business Head, said: "Envision has a strong ambition to continue to lead the development of the Chinese offshore wind market and we are pleased to engage in this strategic partnership with LM Wind Power. Our collaboration will ensure high-performing, reliable blades on this new and powerful platform that will contribute to reducing the Levelized Cost of Energy offshore." LM Wind Power Vice President Offshore, Alexis Crama, added: "The Chinese offshore wind market is expected to grow on average by 40% annually for the next five years. LM Wind Power has been part of this journey since the very beginning and we are investing significantly in new product development

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REDUCING INVESTMENT RISK IN THE DEVELOPING US OFFSHORE WIND MARKET Houston, United States - October 20, 2017 – In 2008 the European Offshore Wind market had a desperate need for new installation equipment as the older civil construction jack-ups were much too small. Since history seems to repeat itself in the emerging US offshore wind market, GustoMSC introduced specific US jack-up designs earlier this year. Now this reputable design & engineering company complements the series of Jones Act compliant installation units with an economical alternative for safe and efficient wind turbine installation in the US: the SEA-3250-LT installation jack-up. Currently there is no equipment available in the US that is capable of installing present and future heavy foundations and turbines, due to insufficient carrying & lifting capability in terms of both capacity and height. With various US design solutions, ranging from the large self-propelled jack-up design (NG-98000C-US) and the NG-3750C feeder unit to a low cost installation jack-up (SEA-3250-LT), GustoMSC provides a full range of options to resolve this bottleneck for the US offshore wind market based on different operational and financial scenarios. A safe, stable and solid platform is essential when lifting heavy, delicate components to heights of over 426 ft (130

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10 turbines to be delivered to new customer Hamburg, 19 October 2017. The Nordex Group has been awarded a contract for supply of turbines for the “Castlecraig” wind farm by a new customer NTR plc. The project comprises ten N100 turbines (six from the Gamma series and four from the Delta series) reaching a 125m tip height. These turbines are specially designed for strong wind conditions of the type prevailing at the site. Also included is a 20-year premium service contract. The turbines are to be commissioned at the site in County Tyrone in summer 2018. Nordex has already gained considerable experience in this region, being one of the leading suppliers in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having already installed total wind power capacity of 750 MW there. NTR is a Dublin, Ireland based investor and asset owner in sustainable infrastructure that has, through its associated companies and funds, invested in circa 1.9GW of wind investments to date. It wants to widen its onshore wind portfolio by 250 - 300 MW in the next investment period. NTR had previously acquired the, under construction, Coollegrean Wind Farm in the Republic of Ireland, which features seven Nordex N90/2500 turbines.

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Recent paste milestone cements company’s market leadership in region. TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN- October 19, 2017- Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry recently achieved a milestone by shipping its one-hundredth ton of locally produced silver paste in Taiwan this year. The company is now recognized as the leading provider of silver paste for the Taiwan photovoltaics market. Photovoltaic cells made with 100 tons of silver paste can power around 20% of Taipei’s annual electricity demand. Heraeus Photovoltaics established operations in Taiwan in 2015 to produce silver paste for the fast-growing solar energy industry. Over that time, it has become the market leader in Taiwan, providing silver paste and ancillary solutions to cell manufacturers in the region. Today, Heraeus has a broad, integrated photovoltaics footprint in Taiwan, encompassing manufacturing, sales and the company’s Applications Engineering Center and Research & Development facility. Andreas Liebheit, the President of Heraeus Photovoltaics, believes the company’s growth and success in Taiwan is directly related to strategic investments made in Taiwan during the past few years. Mr. Liebheit points to the Applications Engineering Center and R&D facility as two critical collaboration platforms to deliver high-performance silver paste faster to its Taiwan customers. “Speed and

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New paste provides greater adhesion and improves conversion efficiency of DWC cells. TAIPEI CITY, TAIWAN- October 18, 2017- Heraeus Photovoltaics, the worldwide leading supplier of metallization solutions to the PV industry, announced the introduction of a new paste specifically designed for Diamond-Wire-Cut (DWC) multicrystaline solar cells at the PV Taiwan International Photovoltaic Exhibition. The SOL9651D series front-side silver paste was developed by Heraeus in response to the growing industry adoption of DWC multicrystaline solar cells with a specially textured surface. Industry analysts expect DWC cells to have 80% market share by the end of 2018. Weiming Zhang, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Heraeus Photovoltaics, noted that the development and production of the SOL9651D paste was accelerated to meet the cell’s technical requirements and deliver superior performance. He said, “When products like DWC quickly emerge to become the de-facto industry choice for cell manufacturers, it is critical that the right paste be ready and capable to deliver. Heraeus SOL9651D ensures manufacturers can avoid speed bumps on their innovation roadmap.” The launch of the SOL9651D paste series marks another milestone by Heraeus to help solar cell companies improve cell efficiency, address costs and stay ahead of rapid technology developments. For companies that

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The world's first floating wind farm, Statoil's Hywind project, will be opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today (Oct 18). Commenting, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: “Hywind’s presence in Scottish waters is a reminder that, as the windiest country in Europe, and with some of the deepest waters and most promising offshore wind sites, Scotland is perfectly placed to capitalise on floating turbine technology. “Our unique offshore supply chain and the skillset it supports put us at the forefront of the deployment of these innovative machines. “That deployment, through sites like Hywind and the Kincardine project further south will help lower costs for this young sector, increasing the opportunity for Scotland to take advantage of a significant future global market.” More detail on Hywind is available here.

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GTM Research (the market analysis and advisory arm of Greentech Media) and SOLICHAMBA (a consulting firm specialized in solar PV O&M and asset management) conducted their annual global market analysis of PV monitoring. The "Global PV Monitoring 2017-2022" report confirmed Solar-Log™ as the global market leader for residential and commercial-size PV plants (under 1 MWp), in the independent software vendor (ISV) category. In the overall global ranking, Solar-Log™ continued its impressive run over the years by achieving third place. Geislingen-Binsdorf, Germany, 17 October 2017 – GTM Research (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.) and SOLICHAMBA (San Francisco, California, U.S.) release the numbers for the global PV monitoring software market every year in their research report. More than 60 companies active in the residential, commercial, industrial and utility-scale segments were analyzed. In the report, 80 % of the top 15 international companies provide inverter-independent systems. With its Solar-Log™ monitoring system, Solare Datensysteme GmbH achieved second place in this highly competitive market of inverter-independent monitoring. The company’s global leadership in the commercial plant segment with an installed power output up to 1 MWP clearly reflects that the strategy to operate as a neutral inverter-independent monitoring and management system is paying off. Here, the GTM report finds the

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Type certification for 2-MW wind turbine Ming Yang MY121-2.0MW / Certification in line with IEC 61400-22 / Cooperation with China General Certification / TÜV Rheinland positioned as global certification provider Cologne/Beijing/Guangdong/Shanghai, 17 September 2017. TÜV Rheinland has handed over a type certificate to Chinese wind turbine manufacturer Ming Yang after successful completion of the certification procedure. Type certification was provided for 2-MW wind turbine Ming Yang MY121-2.0MW according to the international standard IEC 61400-22:2010. The platform incorporates a 120.4 m meters rotor with hub height of 90 meters, suitable for low wind conditions. The project was undertaken in cooperation with China General Certification (CGC), the leading certification body in the Chinese market, and completed as planned after a project period of 18 months. With this successful certification for a manufacturer ranking among the global top ten, TÜV Rheinland can now add another well-known reference for its certification activities. "We are proud that our performance has rewarded the confidence that Ming Yang, one of the leading manufacturers, has reposed in us, and that we have confirmed our expertise and capability as a global certification body in the wind energy industry", said Matthias Laatsch, Head of Wind Energy at TÜV Rheinland. "Our local presence

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Hamburg, Germany (17th October 2017) – DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, has signed an agreement with leading Taiwanese stakeholders to collaborate on offshore wind testing and certification to drive the expansion and facilitate the development of offshore wind in Taiwan. The regulations for certification will be headed by the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection since it has been designated by the highest authority in Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the rising offshore wind markets in the world. With its long-term visibility in terms of policy, financial support and development, Taiwan is Asia’s second biggest offshore wind market after China. DNV GL’s Energy Transition Outlook report forecasts that Asia will become the leading global offshore market, taking over from Europe, with 33% of global capacity to be installed in China alone by 2050. Installation rates for offshore wind in nascent markets such as Asia depend on rapid development of the supply chains and enabling regulatory processes. As the focus moves from Northern Europe to other emerging regions, it is essential that the industry learns from experience in mature markets and does not repeat mistakes. Aim of the initiative with Taiwan’s emerging offshore wind industry is to

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STAMFORD, Conn., October 16, 2017 – Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) announced today that it has expanded its existing supply agreement with Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide composite materials for new generation wind blades. Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Hexcel will supply Vestas with advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) manufactured at Hexcel plants in Neumarkt (Austria), Windsor (Colorado, USA) and Tianjin (China). Hexcel developed a new prepreg system specifically to meet the requirements for large thick structures such as wind blades. This product represents state-of-the-art technology in wind energy prepregs, allowing for significant energy savings in the curing process thanks to the low temperature cure cycle. It also enables much shorter cycle times for higher throughput, providing a highly cost optimized and efficient manufacturing process. Hexcel Chairman, CEO and President Nick Stanage said, “Hexcel composite materials have been part of Vestas platforms for more than 20 years, so we are honored that the company chose to continue its long-term relationship with us. Hexcel is committed to providing innovative solutions to Vestas and its customers for many years to come.” Jean-Marc Lechêne, Executive Vice President – Vestas Wind Systems A/S, said: “By continuing the long-term partnership with Hexcel, we will continue to

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