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WASHINGTON — November 2, 2017 — A new video features heartfelt stories from employees and community leaders who share their experiences working in an industry that prioritizes safe, sustainable and innovative practices in the workplace. Supported by Essential Energy Everyday, the “Good Neighbors” video showcases the dedicated people behind the great companies that make up the lead battery manufacturing and recycling industries, and their commitment to being good neighbors in their communities. The video covers many of the reasons why it’s exciting to work in this industry. From new technologies that make work safer, to the story of an employee whose job has enabled her to build homes for herself and her parents, the powerful video provides an inside look into the innovative work behind advanced lead batteries. These personal experiences also touch on the industry’s commitment to protect the environment, contribute to the local economy and volunteer for local charity initiatives. “Being a good neighbor is paramount to the more than 20,000 people working in the lead battery industry,” said Jeff Elder, president of Battery Council International. “Our commitment to them is to provide a safe work environment and to ensure that our presence in the community makes it a better

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Zurich, Switzerland, November 2, 2017 - Microgrid and wireless technologies will integrate renewable solar energy and reduce the use of fossil fuels to power World Heritage Site in South Africa Bringing a modern, sustainable technology solution to a historically significant site, ABB has provided a microgrid system to integrate solar energy and supply power to Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison during the apartheid era. Now a living museum and World Heritage Site, Robben Island lies 9 kilometers off the coast of Cape Town and previously relied on fuel-thirsty, carbon-emitting diesel generators as the only source of electric power. Essentially a small-scale electric grid, the new microgrid will substantially lower fuel costs and carbon emissions, enabling the island to run on solar power for at least nine months of the year. The microgrid project is part of a sustainable tourism initiative funded by the Department of Tourism in South Africa and was executed for SOLA Future Energy, an engineering, procurement and contracting company. ABB is a pioneer in microgrids, which because of their size and power are ideal for remote locations like islands, which cannot easily be connected to the main power grid. That is particularly the

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On October 20, the first LM 73.5 P wind turbine blade successfully arrived at Castellón Port. It is the largest blade ever produced and transported through Spain.  Destined for the Merkur offshore wind farm in Germany to power GE's Haliade 150-6 MW turbine offshore, the 73.5 meter blade began its journey at LM Wind Power's factory in Castellón, and travelled 45 kilometers (km) by road to reach the port. This new size record in Spain reflects the fast development of the wind industry to continuously introduce longer and more complex blades, designed to lower the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and serve the growing offshore market. Castellón Plant Director, Jose Luis Grau said: "LM Wind Power's Castellón plant was founded in 2007 starting with about 60 people and producing 37.3 meter blades. Today, the factory employs more than 620 people and produces much larger blades, up to 73.5 meters in length, for multiple customers. This is a strong example of how the wind industry in Spain continues to play a significant role as a source of economic development and job creation." Laurent Verdier, GE's Offshore Wind business Project Office Leader said, "The onshore assembly hub was opened some weeks ago in Eemshaven, The Netherlands,

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Tuco Marine Group signs contract with DALO for two hydrographic survey vessels for operations in Danish inland waters. A lot has happened since hydrographic surveys were conducted using lead lines that were lowered into the water until they hit the bottom. Today there are technologies available such as sonar and lidar that utilize sound or laser impulses respectively to create precise data which is then post-processed into actionable information and images of the seabed and its contours. Tuco Marine Group has just signed a contract with DALO (The Danish Defence Acquisition and Logistics Organization) on two bespoke hydrographic survey boats that are to replace two obsolete survey vessels. The new boats are based on Tuco’s ProZero concept and have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys. The boats are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull has been specially adapted to address two challenges that are hard to solve at once: on the one hand the low draft capacity to operate in uncharted shallow waters where you face the risk of running aground and on the other hand antiroll and directional stability. The boats are equipped with jet drives and

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Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that it has initiated a cost efficiency programme to optimise manufacturing costs and further concentrate its product portfolio. As a result, the production site in Thun/Switzerland, which currently manufactures equipment used in the wafer and module processes as well as for building integrated photovoltaics applications, will be reorganised. All the manufacturing activities in Thun are expected to be discontinued by the end of 2018. Hans Brändle, CEO at Meyer Burger said: “The decisions to close down production in Thun in 2018 and to reorganise certain parts of our product portfolio were difficult to take. Especially since it also affects many long-term employees of Meyer Burger. But this transformation and reorganisation has become unavoidable and necessary to improve the Group’s operating efficiency and to secure the future of Meyer Burger. We will ensure that the personnel measures are carried out in a fair, respectful and socially responsible way.” Manufacturing of diamond wire saws moves closer to clients In Wafering, with 85% of PV wafers manufactured in Asia (largely in China), Meyer Burger will move its production of diamond wire saws from Thun to China during the course of 2018 in order to achieve more

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Joint integrity specialist Hydratight has introduced advanced electronic bolt load monitoring equipment for use on any critical bolted application. The BoltScope Ultra is a handheld device that monitors and displays elongation, stress and load on fasteners. Hydratight has provided the system for use in oil and gas, nuclear, wind and power generation industries. However, it can support any application where the accuracy of bolt load requirements is highly critical. The BoltScope Ultra is compact, lightweight, durable and easy to operate. It also has an anti-glare screen for use in bright conditions. An electric transducer captures the acoustic velocity of fasteners before, during and after the tightening process. The monitored data is presented on a large, easy to read color display and recorded for offline reporting and storage. The BoltScope Ultra also has a built-in fastener temperature feature via an automatic temperature probe. Thus, temperatures can be more easily and efficiently monitored by the operator than ever before. These units have a range of automatic settings to optimize signal detection, strength and stability. The data is displayed in a format for quick recognition by the operation. A simple one key press optimizes signal stability and strength, eliminating interrogation by the operator. The product is provided with

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• The company will supply over 300 turbines to sites in the U.S., with a combined capacity of 784 MW • Combined product offering results in five major projects • New orders will leverage U.S. manufacturing facilities Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) announced today that the company will supply 310 wind turbines of different types for five projects in the U.S. With various output ratings and rotor diameters, the projects feature Siemens and Gamesa technology of the recently merged company. A total of 92 units of the SWT-2.3-108, 144 units of the SWT-2.625-120 and 74 units of the G126-2.625 MW wind turbines will be installed across the various project sites. Together, these five onshore wind projects will have the potential to provide clean power to nearly 240,000 U.S. homes. “I’m very pleased that Siemens Gamesa was selected for these five major orders in the U.S. These orders demonstrate the confidence that our customers have in our combined product offerings,” says Ricardo Chocarro, CEO, Onshore, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “With our strong product portfolio we are able to provide competitive products meeting our customers’ specific needs in North America, a market that is critical to the success of this company.”

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