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International specialist equipment and integrated engineering services company, Sparrows Group, has secured a three-year contract with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Limited to provide crane management services across its operating assets in the North Sea. The award, which was won by competitive tender, will see Sparrows deliver crane operations and maintenance services across 10 of the operator’s assets in the region. Transfer of the contract to Sparrows will take place in March when the company will commence the delivery of operation, maintenance, engineering and inspection services to ensure the reliability and safety of 38 cranes. The scope includes development and implementation of planned maintenance routines, as well as undertaking planning and risk assessment for all lifting operations. Sparrows, which has operated in the region for more than 43 years, will oversee all onshore support from its Aberdeen headquarters, including technical and safety audits, and repair and refurbishment work as required. Repsol Sinopec currently has interests in 52 fields in the UK Continental Shelf and operates 41 of them. It also has 11 offshore installations and two onshore terminals at Flotta and Nigg. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer at Sparrows, commented: “This is an important contract for Sparrows to be awarded in the North Sea, it extends

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At E-world 2018 in Essen, Cologne-based Next Kraftwerke is introducing NEMOCS, a new service that allows users to operate their own virtual power plant. Utilities and grid operators can use NEMOCS to network decentralized energy market assets - such as producers, consumers, and storage units - to aggregate their capacity and flexibility. Each individual asset can be operated as part of the larger network using remote control technology. Examples of the practical application of the new software-as-a-service solution include the provision of short-term reserves for transmission system operators or the ability to balance grid fluctuation within seconds. For flexible assets, NEMOCS can also generate operating schedules that are tied to energy prices for power trading on the energy exchanges. The system displays and records real-time information on current output, reserve levels, and standby status of the assets. Price signals from the exchanges and network signals from the TSOs are processed in seconds and converted to commands for the networked, decentralized assets. This means the assets are operated based on demand and against price developments on the exchanges, which maximizes returns. Whether an asset is being used for control reserve or price-oriented supply, any existing restrictions on the asset are factored into the

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VARTA focuses on the connectivity of their energy storage sytems – the number of linkable devices is rising steadily. Smart Homes are no longer a vision of the future. Garages, shutters, heaters or electronic devices – nearly every household appliance can be controlled in real time via a smartphone. Smart Homes are everywhere – and with an energy storage system new possibilities are arising. For a smart home mainly smart devices are needed - digital multipliers which are able to communicate with any other device. The energy storage systems from VARTA can work with the digital requirements of smart homes. The energy storage system portfolio form VARTA focuses on connectivity. The number of partner products, with which our energy storage systems are able to communicate, are rising steadily and keep all options open for installers and home owners. The partner network has grown to over a dozen compatible systems in the last two years. „We stay open“ All VARTA energy storage systems are able to communicate with measure- and control devices, e.g. smart homes, smart load, e-mobility and data logging, and control the load management of up to four external circuits, e.g. E-Bikes or heat pumps. “For installers and end consumers it’s important

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SEATTLE, Washington – January 30, 2018 – APsystems joined the approved vendor list for Sunnova, a leading U.S. residential solar and energy storage service provider. The agreement brings APsystems advanced microinverter technology to Sunnova’s portfolio of top-tier, consumer-friendly solar services. Sunnova offers an array of solar lease, lease-to-own, and power-purchase options for customers all across the United States. “Sunnova has earned a strong reputation for easy, no-nonsense solar packages for consumers,” said Jason Higginson, Senior Director of Marketing for APsystems USA. “We’re glad to bring our solar microinverter technology to their platform, to help more homeowners nationwide enjoy energy self-sufficiency and savings.” “Our goal is to offer our customers a brilliant choice for energizing their lives,” said John Santo Salvo, SVP of Channel Operations and Chief Procurement Officer at Sunnova. “We believe APsystems’ advanced microinverter offering is an ideal addition to our customer-empowering portfolio of solar solutions.” APsystems is listed on Sunnova’s 2018 Approved Vendor List and is now an option in their system solution platform. About Sunnova Sunnova is a leading U.S. residential solar and storage service provider whose mission is to help power solar, savings, reliability and most importantly, life, forward. Offering various rooftop solar system solutions, Sunnova provides its customers with the opportunity

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ABB expands its solar inverter portfolio with the PVS-100/120 inverter. ABB’s PVS-100/120 range of cloud connected, three-phase string inverter solutions for cost efficient decentralized photovoltaic systems is available from today. As the solar market shifts towards new cost-effective platforms offering extreme high-power string inverters from 1,000 VDC up to 1,500 VDC, ABB PVS-100/120 platform maximizes the ROI and aims to reduce CAPEX and OPEX costs for installers and developers. Suitable for both large-scale commercial and industrial ground mounted and rooftop applications, the PVS-100/120 offers a six-in-one, sun-to-socket solution, proven to deliver scalability, flexibility, proactive plant management and ease of installation. Marco Trova, ABB Global Product manager – String Utility said: “Our new PVS-100/120 string inverter range offers the ability to interact with the solar plant system like no other through high-power consolidation of physical parts and products along with digitalization.”

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Over 550 lithium-ion battery modules installed; battery modules are of the same type as those used in hybrid vehicles Nominal output corresponds to the battery capacity of 700,000 smartphones Battery storage provides primary frequency control power for the electricity grid Herdecke, Germany – A new energy storage facility officially began operating today on the grounds of the RWE pump storage power plant in Herdecke, Germany. The battery storage facility has a rated capacity of roughly 7 MWh, which corresponds to the battery capacity of 700,000 smartphones. BELECTRIC built and commissioned the facility as the general contractor for RWE. The total investment volume is roughly €6 million. “Our battery storage systems make an important contribution to the successful realisation of the energy transition. This is because storage technologies are the link between modern grids and unpredictable production using renewable energies,” explains Frank Amend, who is the managing director responsible for BELECTRIC’s storage and hybrid business. The new battery storage facility in Herdecke consists of three 40-foot containers. Each of these containers has been equipped with 184 lithium-ion battery modules of the same type as those used in hybrid vehicles. BELECTRIC designed and constructed the storage system on the basis of these powerful battery

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Letter to Greg Clark is ‘stark warning’ that action must be taken Industry now hope to meet Minister to discuss deadlock Ten member organisations have joined forces to call for the UK Government to urgently set out the future of the Feed-in Tariff. Concerns about the future of the scheme, which supports household, farm and small business-scale renewable energy installations, have caused investment in the sector to slump. The group has written a joint letter to Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In it they say: “We would stress that without a viable route to a market, the benefits that small-scale low-carbon energy projects can deliver to the UK risk being lost.” The Feed-in Tariff is currently set to close in 2019. A consultation on what will happen after that date is now a year overdue. The letter continues: “To date, the Feed-in Tariff has supported much of the UK’s small-scale low-carbon generation. It is this portfolio of energy assets that is not just helping to meet the UK’s energy needs and carbon targets, but is contributing to Government’s policy ambition through creating a more dynamic, smart and flexible low-carbon energy system. “The benefits of decentralised generation are not limited to energy production.

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London, UK., Monday 5th February 2018 – Further investment in security: LG Solar customers and partners who choose LG Electronics' MonoX Plus and Neon 2 modules will now benefit from an extended product warranty – from twelve to fifteen years. This creates a further incentive for customers to buy LG products, and underlines once again LG’s quality standards as a globally respected manufacturer of high-quality product solutions. For both modules, LG warrants an actual power output of no less than 98 per cent for a period of one year from the start of the guarantee. From the second year, the actual average annual pay for the remaining 24 years will not decrease by more than 0.5 per cent – this way, by the end of the 25th year the actual output for the MonoX Plus and NeON 2 solar modules is guaranteed to be at least 86 per cent. LG offers above-average performance and product warranties compared to the industry on the whole, as the modules undergo rigorous testing throughout the production process. They are tested four times as intensively as prescribed by the IEC standard, and therefore meet the strictest quality criteria. LG is the first company in the world

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Subsea UK is urging the industry to face the future and adapt to the new reality when it brings its annual flagship event to Aberdeen this week.    More than 5,000 people from 49 countries are set to descend on the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre from 7-9 February when Subsea Expo 2018, Europe’s largest, annual subsea conference and exhibition returns.    This year’s theme - ‘Facing the Future’ - will examine what must be done to reinvent the industry in a lower price environment and ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position.   Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK said: “The industry has recognised the need for change, innovation and diversification, and made great efforts to ensure the UK remains competitive within the rapidly evolving marketplace.   “It has taken some time, but the industry is now adjusting to a more stable oil price between $60-70/bbl. We are also starting to see some progress in terms of improved behaviours leading to more successful collaboration outcomes, but there is still much to do in this area ensuring supplier engagement earlier in the project lifecycle.    “Projects are being re-worked, priorities are being re-evaluated and enabling technologies are being applied to maximise efficiencies, reduce cycle times and lower costs. It’s

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5 February 2018, Watford, UK - Endeco Technologies, the leader in demand side response products, energy optimisation technologies, and enhanced energy services, today announced that it is changing its name to Gridbeyond. “Our business has fundamentally transformed over the last few years, growing from start-up to scale-up,” commented Michael Phelan, chief executive, Gridbeyond. “Since April 2016, our team has more than doubled in size, the business has received significant investment and we have forged key partnerships to grow a hub of expertise that serves the needs of this rapidly evolving market, whilst providing the best service and peace of mind to clients. Our rebranding positions our technology and services to support our next phase of growth.” Gridbeyond is set to lead the charge to reach the UK’s goal of fully digitised demand-side response services. It provided the first hybrid battery and load solution to National Grid, and is developing machine-learning technology to deliver flexibility services that will help meet future needs for demand-side response and energy storage. The business maintains the position that a combination of technology, education and strong partnerships between aggregators, technology innovators, grid operators, suppliers and consumers will be key to developing a fully optimised smart grid. For more information on Endeco’s

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