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With a capacity of 9.8MW, Celsia Solar Yumbo, built by Celsia, an energy company of the Argos group, becomes Colombia’s largest PV power plant and the first to be connected to the national grid ABB’s PVS800 central inverters are successfully feeding power to the National Interconnected System (SIN) of Colombia at the first megawatt-scale PV power plant in the country. The Celsia Solar Yumbo project, located in Valle de Cauca, Colombia, is the first PV power plant connected to the National Interconnected System. The project was constructed by Prodiel as an EPC and is operated by Celsia. Celsia Solar Yumbo takes its name from the thermo-Yumbo power plant that previously occupied the site, replacing the coal-fired power plant with clean, sustainable solar energy. The new solar power plant has a capacity of 9.8 MW, with a projected generation of 16.5 GWh of clean energy a year. ABB’s scope of supply comprised plug-and-play inverter and medium-voltage component stations for easy and rapid grid connection: five PVS800-MWS megawatt stations, containing a total of nine 1,000 kW PVS800-57 central inverters, five dry-type transformers, 36 kV ring main units (RMU) and auxiliary boards. The product scope was complemented with commissioning and training services on

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Scottish Government Energy Strategy: half of all energy to come from renewable sources by 2030 Strategy “heralds a new era for the energy system used by us all” Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity to almost double by same date, with renewables to deliver a fifth of all non-electrical heat demand The goal, suggested by the industry body in January 2016, will see half of all energy – for heat, transport and electricity – coming from renewable sources by 2030. Other measures in the new Strategy, launched today in the Scottish Parliament by Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse, include: Setting out two ambitious scenarios for cutting carbon from Scotland’s energy system: one driven by greater electrification of heat and transport, with the second based on hydrogen gas fuelling these sectors; A requirement to almost double Scotland’s renewable electricity capacity (from 9.3 to 17 Gigawatts) by 2030; A target to increase the productivity of energy use across the Scottish economy by 30%; Confirmation of a new, publicly-owned Scottish energy company which will enable the public to invest in renewable energy projects; Confirmation of the £60 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund, announced in last week’s draft Scottish Budget, and a new £20m Energy Investment Fund for low-carbon solutions. Claire Mack,

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Piraeus-based Technava have commenced with the promotion of the Maersk Fluid Technology’s (MFT) SEA-Mate® Blending-on-Board (BOB) system as the official sales agent for the technology in Greece and Cyprus. Originally developed by Maersk for use on A.P Moller-Maersk Group's fleet of containerships, MFT’s BOB technology allows for the blending of the in-use system oil, as a base oil, with a high-BN cylinder oil product to produce a Fit-for-Purpose cylinder lubricant and facilitate the addition of fresh system oil to the engine sump. With BOB units on board, ship operators can blend cylinder lubricant compositions that match actual engine operating conditions and fuel sulphur levels. The use of this technology can reduce cylinder oil consumption and alleviate issues such as cold corrosion and excessive cylinder wear. It can also mitigate issues associated with worn system oil causing problems for the hydraulic control system in modern, electronic two-stroke engines. The SEA-Mate® BOB system has obtained letters of no objection from MAN Diesel & Turbo and Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) engines and is suitable for use on all types of two-stroke engines. Founded in 1968, Technava is a well-established supplier of marine equipment and provider of technical support to the Greek and Cyprus shipping industry.

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ROVOP Limited, (“Rovop”) an independent operator of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), is to immediately increase its fleet by 50% to meet ongoing customer demand following a funding boost of £56m. Blue Water Energy and BGF have jointly committed to the funding which underpins ROVOP’s ambitious future growth plans including the creation of potentially up to 80 jobs. ROVOP, which has bases in Aberdeen and Houston, employs more than 180 people in onshore and offshore roles, and operates 16 of the world’s most advanced ROVs. The funding has enabled the company to increase its fleet immediately to 24 ROVs with the new assets being acquired from Tidewater in Houston. Tidewater owns and operates one of the largest fleets of offshore support vessels globally. Since being co-founded in 2011 by the CEO Steven Gray, and chairman Mark Vorenkamp, ROVOP has been 100% focused on the provision of ROV services to the oil and gas, offshore wind, telecoms and power transmission industries. Along with ROVs, the company provides highly-experienced operators trained at its own specialised in-house training facilities. Steven said: “The past few years have seen customers recognise the difference in our quality of service. This latest investment allows us to continue to deliver this service to

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UK Government figures released today show renewable energy supplied 54% of Scotland’s gross electricity consumption in 2016, with output in the first three quarters of 2017 19% greater than the same period in 2016. Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said:"Scotland’s renewable energy industry is doing exactly what it was designed to do – creating reliable clean energy and skilled jobs, attracting investment and helping reduce the amount of damaging carbon emitted by polluting fossil fuels. "These new figures show that the industry, as Scotland’s biggest producer of electricity, continues to go from strength to strength, benefitting both our economy and our environment. "The publication of Scotland’s first Energy Strategy yesterday, and the inclusion of a new renewable energy target within it, sends a strong signal to industry that renewables should now take its place at the heart of our economy."

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From now on, the independent service provider Deutsche Windtechnik will not only provide maintenance in Scandinavia for wind turbines from the manufacturers Vestas and Gamesa but also for wind turbines made by Siemens: The Swedish subsidiary has signed a full service contract for six Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines managed by MEAG. The term of the contract is fifteen years. Deutsche Windtechnik and MEAG have already worked together successfully in Germany for a number of years in the field of maintenance for several wind turbines. Deutsche Windtechnik will now establish a new service station with local service technicians for Siemens wind turbines near the wind farms. "This contract provides a perfect foundation for growth in this geographic area. We see significant opportunities for our local subsidiary," Linus Sturesson, Managing Director of Deutsche Windtechnik AB in Sweden, said. About Deutsche Windtechnik AG Bremen-based Deutsche Windtechnik AG offers a Europe-wide single-source full technical maintenance package for wind turbines. The company operates both onshore and offshore. More than 3,000 wind turbines are serviced by approximately 1,000 employees throughout Europe as part of permanent mainte- nance contracts (basic and full maintenance onshore). Its system engineering focuses on Vestas/NEG Micon, Siemens/AN Bonus, Nordex, Senvion, Fuhrländer and Gamesa turbines.

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Alliance investigates validation of test methodologies The CertBench project is now entering phase two: Further research work and an array of experimental tests are planned in order to establish the requirements for certifying the electrical properties of wind turbines on system test benches: The nacelle of a 3 MW turbine from project partner ENERCON will undergo tests as per the guidelines relevant for certification in the Dynamic Nacelle Testing Laboratory (DyNaLab). Realistic loads and interactions between the nacelle and rotor will be simulated using real-time models and control algorithms on the test bench for hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) operation. The test methods can be validated by comparing the results of the tests with the field data. Accelerated testing under laboratory conditions has the potential to make it significantly easier for manufacturers to plan the market launch of new and modified tur- bine models. Within the scope of this subproject to validate test benches, an ENERCON nacelle has been set up on the Fraunhofer IWES test bench in Bremerhaven. Following the first suc- cessful pre-tests according to TR3 and successful testing of HiL test bench operation, this project can now get started properly. The aim is to demonstrate that the grid-side loads can be realistically

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ALE has completed a major project milestone and lifted the second section of a telescopic tower, weighing 260t, of the first self-installing telescopic offshore windmill in Arinaga, Gran Canaria. This is part of the H2020 project, where ALE is part of the consortium building the first self-installing telescopic offshore windmill for a 5MW turbine in the Canary Islands. ALE has performed the lifting operations for the tower and the TIM Platform, as well as the final offshore installation and ballasting operations. As this project is so complex, ALE started planning in January 2016, before performing the tower section test lifts in November 2017. During the project, ALE’s award-winning R&D department was tasked with developing a unique Wi-Fi system enable the manoeuvres to be performed with wireless equipment Cecilio Barahona, Project Engineer for ALE, said: “It is fantastic to be involved in such a unique project that will revolutionise renewable energy production. We are really happy with the what has been achieved so far, with the successful assembly of the two sections and the lifting tests.” The sections, comprising of blades and nacelle, weigh 600t and 975t and will be lifting lifted at low height using strand jacks in Spring 2018.

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Milan, 18 December 2017: BayWa r.e., a global renewable energy developer, service provider, and wholesaler, has acquired Energy Systems Services (ESS) one of Italy’s leading renewable energy operations management and maintenance businesses. The acquisition now makes BayWa r.e. the largest service provider in Italy. “The acquisition of ESS means BayWa r.e. is able to provide a broader range of services, with extensive capabilities in wind farm operations and maintenance, as well as in HV/MV substations. ESS also has significant experience in the design and construction of civil and electrical works. I’m extremely pleased to welcome the ESS team onboard and very much look forward to working together”, comments Alessandra Toschi, Managing Director of BayWa r.e. Italia Srl. Francesco Paolo Liuzzi, formerly Managing Director of Nordex Italy for 10 years, joins BayWa r.e. as Managing Director of ESS and will work with ESS’s original founders who will remain with the business. Ludovico Lombardi, one of ESS’s two founders, commented: "We are proud to be joining a leading global business like BayWa r.e. The skills we bring are highly complementary and will help drive both businesses forward.  As well as additional services, ESS strengthens BayWa r.e’s geographical reach across Italy and together I feel we

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UK-based Rovco has successfully completed a subsea cable survey and inspection for the world’s largest and most technologically advanced offshore renewables test site, Wave Hub. The inspection programme included the first commercial trial of Rovco’s 3D visualisation technology to create scaled, high resolution models of subsea infrastructure with millimetre accuracy. Rovco also delivered a detailed bathymetric survey utilising a state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder (MBES), alongside an ROV video inspection with ultra-short baseline tracking for Wave Hub’s entire offshore cable network, off the coast of Saint Ives Bay, Cornwall. The 3D system, collects raw data which is then processed to obtain 3D volumetric information, ensuring a true representation of the underwater environment. With short mobilisations and no need for large specialist vessels or technical support teams, the system generates cost savings of up to 80% compared with traditional survey methods. The project, won through a competitive tender, was completed in ten days over short weather windows to avoid strong winds and rough sea conditions. The first phase utilised the MTS Xplorer vessel to carry out the MBES survey. The second stage saw the deployment of Rovco’s Sub-Atlantic Mojave ROV equipped with the latest Sonardyne Nano beacons, its own prototype hi-res camera system, and a fibre optic

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