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Hamburg, 24 November 2017. The Nordex Group has received another contract from Turkey. From April 2018 onwards, it will be installing nine turbines with a total capacity of 30 megawatts in the Province of Izmir. The customer is Umut Insaat, which is constructing the sixth project in Turkey with Nordex with this order. Located at an altitude of 1,200 metres, the site is characterized by good wind conditions. For this reason, the customer has decided to order N117/3600 and N117/3000 turbines, which are designed for these wind conditions. Nordex will be supplying key components for the turbines from within Turkey in order to increase local manufacturing content. About the Nordex Group The Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 – 4.5 MW class addressing the requirements of developed as well as emerging markets.

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At the beginning of November, the opening ceremony of the first 1 MW solar power plant took place in Talin city of Aragatsotn region in Armenia. This is a significant project of vital importance due to its large scale and capabilities for Armenian solar energy, ecology as well as economic development sectors. RA Prime Minister Mr. Karen Karapetyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Development Mr. Davit Loqyan, Deputy Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Mr. Hayk Harutyunyan, Deputy Ambassador of German Federal Republic to Armenia Mr. Klaus Wendelberger, General Secretary of the Energy Charter Secretariat Mr. Urban Rusnák, and other guests and partners of Arpi Solar and Solar Production companies attended the event.   “Talin-1 is capable of sufficing energy demands of almost 400 families. With this we launch a procession of massive solar power plants in Armenia,” mentions the General Director of Arpi Solar company Mr. Hayk Chobanyan also adding: “We will start working on another larger power plant of 55 MW capacity in Masrik [Gegharkunik region] very soon. Such interest in solar energy can significantly improve the Armenian energy sector.”   3,700 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels are installed in Talin-1 with a lifetime of minimum 25 years. Arpi Solar, which

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• Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to launch two new products in Amsterdam. • Markus Tacke, CEO of SGRE, will take part on the opening session as one of the event ambassadors. • Official Opening Reception at SGRE Booth (Hall 1, Stand 1D44) on November 28. • Seven company experts will be speakers in the conference, further highlighting Siemens Gamesa expertise and leadership. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will be present at WindEurope 2017, the industry’s largest exhibition of the year, presenting its new products. From November 28th to 30th, more than 8,000 wind power professionals will gather at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre to discover the latest development of the industry. The introduction of the new wind turbines for onshore and offshore by SGRE will mark one of the most important milestones of the event. SGRE offers the most comprehensive offer of products and service innovations for all type of sites, providing its customers with the best solutions to lower the cost of energy and maximize the profitability of their projects. Furthermore, digital remote diagnostics services and a modular service portfolio allow for reducing down times to a minimum and making technician assignments as cost-efficient as possible. The SGRE product offering

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Queanbeyan, 24 November 2017 – Further to yesterday’s announcement regarding the strategic investment in Greatcell Solar (ASX: GSL) of $4 million at 22 cents per share, the Company is pleased to confirm that the name of the investor is New Moonie Petroleum Pty Limited. The investment comes at an important time for the Company, with the funds to be used to accelerate the development of Greatcell’s prototype facility at CSIRO at Clayton, Victoria and to facilitate procurement of long lead-time capital equipment required for that facility. As noted previously, the Company expects to issue the 18.2 million shares in early December which will be voluntarily escrowed for a period of one year. About GREATCELL SOLAR LIMITED Greatcell Solar is a global leader in the development and commercialisation of Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) technology – 3rd Generation photovoltaic technology that can be applied to glass, metal, polymers or cement. Greatcell Solar manufactures and supplies high performance materials and is focused on the successful commercialisation of PSC photovoltaics. It is a publicly listed company: Australian Securities Exchange ASX (GSL) and German Open Market (D5I). Learn more at www.greatcellsolar.com and subscribe to our mailing list in English and German. About PEROVSKITE SOLAR CELL TECHNOLOGY Perovskite Solar Cell

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A typical wind turbine is equipped with a huge number of sensors, signal processors, and other types of monitoring equipment to ensure that it maintains its autonomous operations. These data points provide a myriad of data which can be used to optimise the operation of the turbine, cutting maintenance costs dramatically. Usually, sensor data are used to maintain normal turbine operation. Temperature sensors reduce or stop the wind turbine if the oil temperature in the gearbox exceeds a set permissible limit. Vibration sensors stop the turbine if the vibrations surpass a set permissible limit. However, these sensors do not simply maintain operations; they add a host of other options to the wind turbine, and these can be used for operational excellence. Did you know that in less than a second a single wind turbine can forward up to 1500 data signals that provide information about the turbine status? If you are really smart, you’ll use this information to define the current condition of the turbine. And if you are really, really smart, you’ll use it to predict the future condition or the remaining useful life of the turbine. Moreover, since wind turbines hold all this information, they are perfectly equipped for

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PES is excited to introduce TSR, a small Spanish engineering company that has developed technology through R&D, to provide affordable services that can compete in price, with traditional methods in the wind energy sector, solving problems that historically, would have involved risks, non-competitive stopping times and an increase in operating personnel. With the growing number of wind turbines soon to be operating out of warranty, more frequent, minimal risk, effective and affordable services are a necessity in the industry. Maintenance often conflicts with tight budgets and down times but at the same time, high performance rates are expected from the windfarms, where one of the more critical factors is the inspection and repairing of the blades TSR conceived its magnetic coupling robots for wind turbine maintenance, as a solution to minimise cost, reduce risks and obtain better results. The development started with the idea of a climbing, cleaning robot and has evolved into a series of different models of robots, according to the service it provides. The first ones on offer to the public were the EOLOS series, a type of robot specifically designed for blade inspections. TSR entered the international market with the robotic platforms from EOLOS series, a guided

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Hamburg, 23 November 2017. For Generation Delta turbines, the Nordex Group offers solutions specifically for noise-sensitive sites, which increase turbine output while maintaining sound emissions at the same level. The manufacturer is now widening this range with the "Xtended Power Sound Concept" solution package that also covers N100/2500 and N117/2400 turbines from Generation Gamma as well as Generation Delta machines as a retrofit option. Two independent but complementary products – Sound Mode Optimisation and Serrations - enable customers to benefit from significant reductions in sound power levels while at the same time increasing turbine yield by up to 13 per cent. In addition to these two products, the offer also includes a site-specific analysis of the potential for noise reduction, taking official requirements into account. The Nordex Group also carries out any new noise measurements that may also be required by authorities. Normally the turbine's output is lowered in order to minimise noise, reducing the rpm in the generator and thus the rotation speed of the rotor blades. By specifically raising the torque, the Sound Mode Optimisation upgrade makes it possible to improve the power curve while maintaining the same rpm and sound power level. The Sound Mode Optimisation upgrade means

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In October 30, 2017 Imeon Energy has signed a new partnership agreement with Swiss based battery manufacturer Leclanché, to resell its solar inverters for self-consumption with storage. Following the contract signature, Imeon Energy will supply Leclanché with its new generation of IMEON inverters integrating an Artificial Intelligence able to understand its environment in order to adapt its operating strategy to respect the objectives of the users (autonomy, backup

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DNV GL position paper outlines advances in robotics, inspections, supply chain and the way we work — showcasing opportunities for solar and wind stakeholders as the industry embraces artificial intelligence applications Arnhem, The Netherlands (22nd November 2017) — Artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly automate operations over the next several years in the solar and wind industries and boost efficiencies across the renewable energy sector, according to a new DNV GL position paper. The position paper “Making Renewables Smarter: The benefits, risks, and future of artificial intelligence in solar and wind” explores where artificial intelligence like machine learning will have an impact to increase efficiencies in the renewables industry. Areas include decision making and planning, condition monitoring, robotics, inspections, certifications and supply chain optimization, but also the way technical work is carried out. The renewables industry is a data-rich environment. Wind and solar generation plants have benefited from the fact that these technologies have been commercially developed relatively recently and have had sensor technology installed from the beginning. As a result, most of the advances supported by artificial intelligence have been in resource forecasting, control, and predictive maintenance. DNV GL‘s paper outlines how these AI advances are likely to progress further. “We expect the installation

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Ingeteam strengthens its global leadership in the maintenance of Renewable Energy generation plants With this new contract in the United Kingdom, Ingeteam now has a contract portfolio of more than 12 GW of maintained power, securing its position as the global leader in the operation and maintenance of energy generation facilities The contract in the United Kingdom, with Iberdrola, involves the maintenance of two wind farms located in Scotland The company has been working in O&M since 1999 and is present in 22 countries across all 5 continents Ingeteam has won a new operation and maintenance contract for two wind farms in the United Kingdom. This is a key contract for Ingeteam, making it the company to hold the world record for maintained power. With contracts totaling more than 12 GW of maintained power throughout the world, Ingeteam has strengthened its position as the leading ISP (Independent Service Provider) of operation and maintenance services at energy generation plants. This new contract with Iberdrola is to provide wind power operation and maintenance services for 200 MW at the Scottish wind farms of Harestanes and Mark Hill. As this is the first contract of this nature in Scotland, the company will open an

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