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Within an hour, the steel cylinder of the bucket foundation had sunk down into the soil. This installation method for the foundations of offshore wind turbines is both fast and avoids pile driving noise, meaning it can also be employed for sites in regions subject to noise restrictions. The technique consists in the pumping of water out of sealed steel containers (“buckets”) in order to build up a negative pressure, which draws the structure into the seabed. The challenging aspects of a bucket installation include the distribution of the pressure as well as ensuring that the bucket remains level. Following successful installation, the researchers are now investigating the tensile behavior of suction buckets and the effects of extreme wave loads. A stable position even in cases of extreme weather conditions is an absolute must for wind turbines in offshore farms. As such, not only the influence of the installation process on the subsequent stable position but also the interaction between the seabed and the steel structure, the effects of compressive and, above all, tensile loads are investigated in advance. The bucket foundation included in the research represents a Bucket for a jacket support structure and measures 1.4 meters in diameter. In

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SeaPlanner, leading Marine Management System, has announced the release of its new Permit to Work system, providing a fully integrated solution for managing work authorisation processes. SeaPlanner provides advanced personnel and operational planning tools for large scale projects, enabling you to plan and monitor operations, using a controlled, compliant and auditable method. The software features a range of tools for ensuring the safety of personnel and the efficient running of the project, including inductions, certification management, personnel and asset tracking, manifesting and access control – the addition of Permit to Work provides a complete audit trail of the contractor’s journey throughout the project. SeaPlanner Permit to Work provides a fast and efficient user-driven process for the submission, review, approval and issue of all permits. Consisting of 3 main functions – Risk Assessment/Method Statement (RAMS), Permits and Transfer of Control (Toc) – the system is an integral solution to the smooth running of the project and control over contractor work on your assets. Steve Pears, SeaRoc Group Managing Director commented: The launch of Permit to Work brings a brand new function to the SeaPlanner system. The solution has been designed in such a way that it provides clients with the complete

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Technical advisor’s due diligence enabled lenders to gain an understanding of the technical risk profile of the offshore wind project Group of lenders includes Aviva Investors, BlackRock Investment Management and Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions DNV GL’s track record of lenders’ and owners’ due diligence for over 30 GW of wind projects gave new players’ confidence in their investment decision London, United Kingdom – 12th February 2018: DNV GL, the world’s largest independent energy advisory and certification body, secured a leading role as technical advisor to a group of institutional lenders with their investment of the 659 MW Walney Extension. Located off the coast of North West England at Barrow-in-Furness, the Walney Extension offshore wind farm will bring a unique mix of wind turbine types, featuring 40 MHI Vestas V164 and 47 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines. DNV GL conducted a detailed technical due diligence study and full independent energy production assessment, allowing the group of lenders to develop an understanding of the technical characteristics and risk profile. The group of lenders includes: Aviva Investors BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solution Through DNV GL’s technical assessment to the group of lenders, the company’s team of

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REC Group has awarded Meyer Burger a contract for the delivery and installation of its next generation SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™) as the manufacturing basis for its newest high efficiency solar modules. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) today announced the successful conclusion of an important contract with REC Group, the largest European brand for solar panels, for its innovative SWCT™ platform. Working together in close collaboration, Meyer Burger will deliver and install the SWCT™ manufacturing equipment beginning in second quarter of 2018 at REC’s production facility located in Singapore. SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™) – the natural evolution in cell connection technology Meyer Burger’s ground-breaking SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT™) drives the energy output of solar modules to the next level beyond the limitations of standard busbar technologies. Silver paste consumption is the second highest material cost factor in solar module manufacturing. SWCT™ employs an innovative foil-wire electrode with up to 24 perfectly aligned wires to connect solar cells. This reduces silver consumption per heterojunction solar module by up to 75% and per PERC/PERT solar module by up to 65% which in turn reduces production costs for solar module manufacturers. The resulting dense wire contact matrix enables SWCT™ modules to easily cope

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The Italian manufacturer located in Catania specializes in the manufacture of thin-film solar cells and module production for solar parks. The innovative company uses high-efficiency heterojunction (HJT) solar cells. In tests for connecting the sensitive HJT solar cells, the teamtechnik Stringer TT1400 ECA delivered the best results. This system interconnects the cells using a new adhesive technology that reduces thermal and mechanical stresses on the sensitive HJT cells and results in a high string quality. After seeking out a suitable partner for the interconnection of the sensitive HJT cells, the manufacturer has opted for stringer specialist teamtechnik. The client has ordered a number of Stringer TT1400 With this order, the client and teamtechnik have formed an intensive technological and development partnership. The high performance of the system was achieved through jointly testing the cells in advance and then evaluating the optimal combination of materials together. ‘With our innovative adhesive technology for HJT cells we aim to support our customer in advancing the technology transition rapidly and to contribute towards enabling the production of high-performance modules with the lowest possible levelized cost of electricity for the solar parks’, says Sven Kramer, Vice President Sales Solar Technology at teamtechnik group. A brief portrait: teamtechnik Group teamtechnik

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Conference on “QUALITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF PV SYSTEMS” Industry leaders as well as top-ranking scientists, engineers and policy makers will discuss all aspects of PV quality Registration is now open  #PVQualityMatters Brussels, 09 February 2018: The Quality and Sustainability of PV systems Conference organized by the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) will take place on 3 May 2018 at the BIP House (Rue Royale 2-4) in Brussels. The PV sector has evolved extremely fast in the last decade and in 2016 crossed the 100 billion EUR turnover threshold. In a context of this fast market development, components are improving constantly, while operators are implementing more efficient processes and PV system prices are dropping dramatically. Considering such a dynamic context, the question of the quality of the PV installations becomes central now that the industry faces reduced margins and global competition. The only way to achieve a sustainable development of PV technology in this environment must be to focus on quality products and procedures. All stakeholders involved in PV plant design and installation need to collaborate and engage for a sustainable long-term selection of products and systems. A short-term approach to building PV plants extremely fast could easily lead to

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Tekmar Energy Limited was named company of the year at Subsea UK’s annual awards last night while Richard Marsh was recognised for his outstanding contribution to the industry. The awards, which celebrate the achievements of companies and individuals in the UK subsea industry, were presented at a gala dinner in Aberdeen during Subsea Expo - Europe’s largest subsea-focused exhibition and conference. Sponsored by Baker Hughes a GE Company and Helix Energy Solutions, the awards were presented in front of over 600 people from the subsea sector. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK hosted the ceremony with former UK Government minister and chairman of Triumph Motorcycles Limited, Lord Digby Jones as guest speaker. The top award, Company of the Year, was presented to Tekmar Energy Limited. Having grown from a small, family owned business founded in 1985, Tekmar now has more than 4,000 protection systems in operation around the globe protecting billions of pounds worth of subsea assets. The company has experienced rapid growth over the past five years, despite the economic challenges, it has continued to expand its product offering and diversified into new markets. Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK commented: “The past two years have been extremely challenging for the subsea

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“This year’s T-4 auction has seen a seismic shift in National Grid’s attitude to capacity. The low clearing price of the auction (at just £8.40/kW/year) suggests that the market is increasingly valuing flexibility, rather than capacity. The ability to swiftly adjust and accurately control consumption, rather than the blunt delivery of power onto the system with lots of advanced notice, is of greater significance.” “The value being so close to that of last week’s T-1 indicates that the market is flooded with available capacity. The types of capacity will drive the next challenge that National Grid faces. With the proliferation of renewables, the issues now revolve around how firm the generation is and how to counter that with flexibility, rather than the amount of available power.” “The ratio of won to failed MW in DSR was around 50/50. When comparing that to the 5 percent awarded to new build generating CMU, it’s fair to say that the days of high prices and the encouragement of new generation plants are behind us. Having anticipated the shift away from slow acting reserve services a few years ago, we mitigated the risk of a drop in capacity value by ensuring all of our clients are

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Solar PV plants are getting bigger every day. For example, Elms Farm PV plant in Oxfordshire UK is a 30MW park, covering a surface of over 50Ha and containing more than 100,000 panels.  To guarantee the energy output, malfunctioning panels need to be detected and replaced as quickly as possible. Today, infrared cameras on drones enable easy detection of defect panels, but the technology isn’t accurate enough to predict where problems will pop up.  Ideally, each panel should be inspected frequently on damage or soiling.  And in these large solar farms it takes a person at least one day to walk the complete site. Airobot has teamed up with Mind4Energy to develop a solution using flying robots, supported by an innovation subsidy from the Province of Limburg, Belgium. “In this project we’re going to turn a professional drone into a flying robot for solar panel inspections”, says Jan Leyssens, Managing Director at Airobot, “we’ll add technology to make the drone fly safely and automatically at low altitudes above the panels and record with centimeter accuracy where the pictures are taken. The images will be stored in the cloud and processed with Artificial Intelligence to detect panels with problems”. The goal is to

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ELA Container Offshore GmbH, in cooperation with its US subsidiary and the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc (GACC) have initiated a one-day conference to share ideas about the “Energiewende”. This conference about “Wind Energy – How to power the future” will be held on February 27, 2018 at the Texas A&M in Galveston, TX. Texas and Lower Saxony are the leading wind energy states in the US and in Germany respectively. Whilst Lower Saxony is planning to expand its offshore wind capacity from around 2,000 MW to 15,000 MW by 2030, in the US projects along the East coast dominate the offshore wind energy sector. However, there is potential in Texas as well, and already in 2005 the Texas Legislature enacted a law requiring Texas to increase the use of renewable energy. In order to bring together the German and American wind energy sector, and to exchange knowledge, ideas and experiences, this event has been initiated. Next to other speakers, Hans Gatzemeier, Managing Director of ELA Container Offshore GmbH, will talk about “Service on Demand – Perspectives of a Service Provider” to share his experiences on working in the Offshore Wind industry. ELA Container Offshore has already gained

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