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Proven power plant management solution based on 10 year experience will be available for Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farms. Taipei (Taiwan) / Emden (Germany), March 28th, 2018 Independent offshore wind specialist in the Taiwanese market, TOWSC (Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Services Corp.) and wind power plant management specialist OutSmart join forces to provide an integrated power plant organization, with local presence in Taiwan, a proven management system and digital platform. TOWSC has collaborated with OutSmart to establish a state-of-the-art fully integrated power plant management system for offshore wind assets. By combining OutSmart’s vast experience as an independent service provider in the European wind industry and the development expertise and local content of TOWSC, the parties have established a strategic asset management plan (SAMP) according to ISO 55001 for the Taiwanese Market, started the training exchange program in OutSmart’s Operations Control Centre in Emden Germany and facilitate advisory services for project developer in Taiwan jointly. By joining forces TOWSC and OutSmart are enablers for project developers to cover the operations phase with minimum Levelised Cost Of Energy in their tender bid for new concessions in the Taiwanese offshore wind market. In alignment with Taiwan Government’s overarching policies to localize offshore wind technologies and supply chain, TOWSC was

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Ingeteam has reached the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants. To obtain the same amount of power from coal, it would have been necessary to burn 36 million tons of coal that would have emitted 110 million tons of carbon dioxide. In terms of energy, the 50 GW figure is the equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households and comes from the sum of the power converters delivered to the wind, solar and energy storage sectors. In the wind power sector, Ingeteam holds the leadership position as the world's largest manufacturer of wind power converters, with a global market share of 8%. This important figure consolidates the growth in the main markets, where the company has sold more than 10 GW in only two years. In the solar sector, the company has closed 2017 with 1.44 GW of PV and battery inverters, strengthening its position as one of the leading manufacturers in Latin America and EMEA. Moreover, Ingeteam is the world leader in the provision of operation and maintenance services to energy generation plants, with a portfolio of more than 12 GW, while its automated solutions for power generation plants has grown to

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Oslo, Paris, March 27, 2018 – Capgemini today announced that it has signed a new strategic framework agreement with Statoil[1], an international energy company with operations in over 30 countries worldwide. Under the agreement, Capgemini will support Statoil and its Digital Center of Excellence (CoE) with services to further develop and deliver Statoil’s digital roadmap. The contract will run for the next three years.  After a competitive tender process, Capgemini was selected by Statoil as one of its strategic partners. Statoil’s ambition is to become a digital leader within its core areas. In April 2017 Statoil decided to launch a companywide digital roadmap. A CoE has been established to shape Statoil's digital roadmap, incubate new cross company digital initiatives, and support projects with digital capabilities. Capgemini will support Statoil through its team of digital experts. The agreement covers a number of specialist digital services within a broad scope of work, including data exploration and visualization, statistical modelling and predictive analytics, data engineering, digital strategy and digital service design. The services will primarily be delivered by Capgemini to Statoil’s operations in Norway, but also to other global locations as well. Statoil’s digital roadmap, which Capgemini will support, is focused on three distinct technology and

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UK subsea services company, Rovco, has been awarded ISO 9001 accreditation from global industry certification body, DNV GL. Following an independent assessment of Rovco’s quality management systems, the Bristol-based company received the internationally recognised ISO certification to the latest 2015 standard. DNV GL provides classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil and gas, power and renewable industries. The ISO 9001: 2015 accreditation affirms a company’s ability to consistently deliver products and services that meet statutory and regulatory industry requirements, underpinning Rovco’s commitment to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction. With the expertise and capacity to carry out underwater inspection projects across the globe, Rovco is focussed on developing the 3D and Artificial Intelligence products and services required to increase efficiencies, reduce costs and minimise risks in subsea operations. Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, commented: “Within an increasingly competitive market more and more companies require management system certification from suppliers and sub-contractors in order to conduct business with them. “This seal of approval is a huge testament to the hard work delivered by our team over the past 18 months, demonstrating their relentless drive to implement the policies, procedures and controls required to achieve the best possible outcomes for our customers.” Since

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Sub-Component Test of Rotor Blade Trailing Edge - more realistic load scenario for design critical structures With the end of the EU project “IRPWind”, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Knowledge Centre WMC and Fraunhofer IWES are all in agreement that sub-component trailing edge testing has the potential to become established as an addition to the certification-relevant full-scale blade test. It allows to draw meaningful conclusions on material characteristics and fatigue. Focusing on critical blade details and simulating any relevant load scenario, the method partly outclasses conventional fatigue testing methods which only consider loads in flap-wise and edge-wise directions. The project partners performed tests focusing on different areas, but gather all results for a final evaluation. Four cameras follow the course of testing and record the surface of the test object, which has been prepared with a speckle pattern to make deformations with the help of a digital image correlation system visible simultaneously on the pressure and suction sides. In addition, strain gauges and acoustic emission sensors are also used to detect cracks in the adhesive joint. This area of the blade segment is particularly susceptible to damage when subjected to cyclic loading. Fraunhofer IWES developed a load introduction frame for this purpose,

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First of gigantic, game-changing suction bucket jacket foundations installed for Vattenfall’s European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre in Aberdeen Bay North-east Scotland has marked a UK offshore wind first following the successful installation of the first pioneering suction bucket jacket foundation for Vattenfall’s 11-turbine European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC) in just 15 hours. The EOWDC in Aberdeen Bay is the first offshore wind project to deploy the foundations at commercial scale with each of the 11 steel jacket foundations weighing in at almost ten Boeing 747s. One of the world’s largest and most versatile floating cranes - the 25,000 tonne Asian Hercules III which has a lifting capacity of 5.000 tonnes - lifted and installed the first 1,800 tonne structure yesterday(Sunday, March 25). Gunnar Groebler, Vattenfall’s senior vice president of Business Area Wind, said: “The EOWDC is a cornerstone of Vattenfall’s and the industry’s drive for innovative cost reduction in offshore wind. To be fossil free within one generation a climate smart offshore wind programme embracing science and technology is really important for Vattenfall. Where appropriate, we are keen to see the EOWDC’s novel approach to foundations – along with all its other innovations - rolled out to the rest of the industry.” Adam Ezzamel,

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will speak at Scottish Renewables' Annual Conference today, and is expected focus on the threat posed by Brexit to the country's renewable energy industry. Responding, Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, said: "The First Minister is right to say that Brexit presents risks to the future success of Scotland’s renewable energy industry, but it’s vital to recognise that the most significant challenges faced by the industry in recent years have been domestic ones. "While leaving the EU could restrict access to funding and hinder the free movement of labour both to and from Europe, policy support for renewable energy – not least our cheapest and most mature technologies – is essential. Westminster can help to stabilise revenues which underpin investment, and a focus on minimising costs here in Scotland will ensure this is the most competitive place to develop a renewable energy project. "It is vital that the outcome of the negotiations on Europe have regard for the ways in which industries like renewable energy work: collaboratively, across borders and with cost as a constant imperative."

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Hamburg, 26 March 2018. The Nordex Group has received a new order from PNE Wind AG. The project entails the installation of six N131/3600 turbines at the “Gerdau” wind farm. The turbines will be installed close to the German town of Uelzen this autumn, after which Nordex will provide service for up to 20 years. PNE was awarded the permit in the first round of tenders in 2018. The order is the first calldown under a framework contract signed last year for a total volume of around 140 megawatts which is to go on line in Germany by 2020. For most of the projects, PNE Wind has opted for the N149/4.0-4.5 turbines, which will be going into volume production in 2019. The contract will take effect step by step when the other projects are awarded in the upcoming tendering rounds and construction permits are granted under the German Federal Noise Protection Act. Moreover, the contract is to be broadened to include foreign projects.

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Members of the local community are invited to learn more about proposals to optimise the generation capacity of a South Lanarkshire wind farm. The community exhibition event is taking place at Ballgreen Hall, 34 Glasgow Road, Strathaven, ML10 6LZ, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm on the 27th and 28th March 2018. Those who are unable to attend can contribute comments at the following locations: Sandford Village Hall  Lifestyles, Stonehouse  Lesmahagow Library  Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill Community Wing Hamilton based Banks Renewables secured planning permission in 2016 for the 15 turbine, Kype Muir Extension wind farm. However, the family business is now looking at ways to make the project, which lies 5km south of Strathaven, more efficient to generate even more green electricity and to deliver significant social, economic and environmental benefits with local communities over a 25 year period. Banks Renewables is now inviting members of the public to find out more about these plans and to provide feedback on the new proposals. Colin Anderson, development director with Banks Renewables, said: “Throughout the process, the local communities have talked to us very positively and have wanted to ensure that any proposals coming forward work for their areas. “This latest event is a further opportunity to continue this positive dialogue,

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ABB enhances its smarter building portfolio with ABB-secure@home, offering protection both inside and outside the home, as well as safeguarding against fire and flooding. ABB-secure@home is a new, user friendly intrusion and alarm system for residential properties, which integrates with ABB’s existing home automation solution and door entry system. The system is fully accessible online via the MyBuildings portal, powered by ABB Ability™, the company’s cloud-based, industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions. Key features include a stylish, state-of-the-art design with an integrated capacitive backlit keypad and a simple to use interface with an intuitive configuration wizard. Working in tandem with ABB-free@home®, the central unit can be used to manage and monitor all of a building’s safety and security functions, including setting and disabling the intrusion alarm, either with the ABB-WelcomeTouch panel or remotely via the MyBuildings portal, through a PC or mobile device. “The ability to protect and keep your home safe, even when you’re not there, is one of the most important functions of smart building automation,” said Axel Kaiser, Global Product Manager of ABB Building Automation. “Users can now access the same level of intelligent control for their security system as they can for their heating and lighting. Safety, lighting, blind control,

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