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Flintstone Technology Ltd is diversifying its market-leading mooring operations to help drive down costs for the offshore floating wind industry. Flintstone has developed a set of mooring system solutions to match specific project requirements in oil and gas and marine renewable energy. With decades of experience in the oil and gas industry, this knowledge combined with the mooring solutions, is transferable and provides substantial benefits to offshore floating wind in lowering costs and increasing reliability. According to Scottish Enterprise, Europe is forecast to build around 25GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade, worth an estimated £60 billion in capital and operational expenditure over the next five years. Andrew Clayson, managing director of Flintstone, will be presenting on the ‘development and implementation of a subsea tensioned mooring system’ on the opening day of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT 2018), which takes place in Marseille, France, from April 25-27. Mr Clayson said: “There are many similarities between the offshore floating wind and oil and gas supply chains. Our technology, although originally designed for offshore floating production, is suitable for any permanently, moored floating system. We believe we can make a real impact in the OFW sector to increase efficiency and drive down costs.” In

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Rivertrace, an ISO9001 Quality-Assured Company and market leader with over 30 years’ experience of water monitoring, launched its innovative SMART ESM monitor at the Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, Awards and Exhibition being held 17-18 April in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. With the pending sulphur cap regulations in sight, a popular solution for shipowners to ensure compliance is to install an exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS), also known as scrubbers. Wet scrubber systems use wash water to remove the pollutants from the exhaust gas, and the wash water being discharged must be monitored at all times to ensure it is within the limits set by the regulating body. The Smart ESM developed by Rivertrace, is a wash water monitor that is suitable for both the inlet and outlet of a wet exhaust gas cleaning system, measuring and recording PAH, Turbidity, Temperature and pH, on open-loop, closed-loop and hybrid scrubber systems. The Smart ESM is fully compliant with MEPC 259(68) and provides reliable information to ensure compliance with the worldwide SOx limits. The Smart ESM has a large 10” touch screen display which provides a flexible user interface and data is relayed to the ship’s main control system via an Ethernet connection and 4-20 mA analogue

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Oil Plus Ltd, a specialist global oil and gas consultancy has secured contracts worth more than $1.5m over the past three months and has significantly expanded its footprint in the Middle East. The company has also reported a strong start to the year with sales up by 285% compared to the last quarter of 2017. Due to the surge of new business, the Newbury-based company, which employs in excess of 30 people, plans to recruit another eight over the next 12 months. The contracts will see Oil Plus deliver reservoir souring modelling, production chemistry and iron sulfide studies for several international oil companies in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Brazil, Thailand and Europe. Oil Plus has gone from strength to strength under its new ownership and management team having achieved significant growth since it was acquired by Mark Cavanagh last year. Since 1978, Oil Plus has worked with more than 250 upstream oil and gas companies in key disciplines of production chemistry, microbiology, specialised reservoir souring and process engineering. Clarke Shepherd, global business development director at Oil Plus, commented: “The market has been looking strong during the first four months of 2018 and although trading is still tough, we are extremely confident about the year ahead. “We have

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New management solution based on the Kognifai digital platform and ecosystem will be available for more than 400 European wind energy assets. Independent wind asset operations management specialist OutSmart BV has selected Kongsberg Digital to provide an integrated management system on the innovative Kognifai digital platform. The sophisticated digital solution will be used to manage OutSmart’s extensive onshore and offshore wind turbine portfolio. Outsmart provides services to wind farm owners, fund managers, and wind project companies to maximize the revenues of their wind assets. Part of Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore and Consulting GmbH, OutSmart currently operates more than 400 onshore and offshore wind and solar assets (1.8 GW in total) in Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. OutSmart has partnered with Kongsberg Digital to establish a state-of-the-art fully integrated management system for onshore and offshore wind assets. By combining OutSmart’s vast experience as an independent service provider in the European wind industry and the expertise and technology of Kongsberg Digital, the parties have established a set of applications on Kognifai that will represent a breakthrough in the way fleets of windfarms are operated. With a common digital platform providing data storage and data security for the asset owner, the new applications will rationalize the operations

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Gannawarra Solar Farm connected to the grid and is proceeding through the commissioning process To provide renewable power to approximately 18,100 Victorian homesSolar Farm to be integrated with Gannawarra Energy Storage System powered by a Tesla Powerpack battery storage system Creates ability to provide solar power at night Gannawarra Energy Storage System and the Gannawarra Solar Farm will be amongst the largest integrated solar and storage facilities in the world Sydney, Australia. Australian renewable energy company, Wirsol Energy’s Gannawarra Solar Farm in North-West Victoria is connected to the grid and is energised and is proceeding through the commissioning process. The Solar Farm was developed by, and is owned in conjunction with Edify Energy who have also managed its construction. The Gannawarra Solar Farm is a 60 Megawatt project and represents the first large-scale solar farm to be constructed and grid connected in Victoria. The commissioning process has commenced and will see the project ramp up over a period of time culminating in full production providing solar power to approximately 18,100 Victorian households. The solar farm is connected on site to Powercor’s 66kV distribution line between Swan Hill and Kerang, providing easy access to Victoria’s power grid. As announced recently by Wirsol

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Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) places high demands on solar PV module design. The aesthetics and freedom of design are just as important as the module efficiency, and in manufacturing today, a conflict often exists between individualized sophisticated design, high module efficiency and low costs. In the BIPV-Fab project, the equipment manufacturer SCHMID and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE investigated possibilities for manufacturing customized modules in series production. With the newly developed production concepts, the costs of building-integrated PV modules can be reduced by 35 percent. Photovoltaics is an important cornerstone in the energy transformation, and the present PV capacity must be increased several fold for its successful implementation. Buildings play a key role here: Theoretically, building envelopes provide more economically useful area than the required increase in PV capacity demands. In a joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, SCHMID and Fraunhofer ISE examined the design limitations as well as the existing standards, laws and technical regulations for building-integrated photovoltaics. At the same time, they evaluated the effects of each on the module design. Fraunhofer ISE analyzed the building stock and the associated market potential. “Potential uses for BIPV modules with customized designs

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Fraunhofer IWES tested two large-scale suction buckets in a 1:5 scale in early 2018. The physical experiments at the Test Center for Support Structures in Hanover (TTH) are the first of their kind in Germany. The test results confirmed the enormous potential of this foundation concept for reliable and cost-effective deployment in offshore wind farms. Within the experimental work the IWES researchers were also able to quantify an effective temporary increase in tensile capacity during storms. For manufacturers, this means the possibility of material savings for the entire construction without compromising stability. The so-called “suction buckets” have been used successfully in the oil and gas industry. The offshore wind energy sector will see this year the first commercial wind farm with substructures comprising multiple buckets. Numerous questions regarding the dimensioning and the operational behavior of the bucket-foundations still remain open. For this reason, Fraunhofer IWES investigates the potential for optimization for offshore wind energy in a research demonstration project. Object of the study is the behavior of the bucket foundations during the suction-assisted installation and its axial behavior when subjected to extreme wave loads. The large-scale experimental investigations are carried out at the TTH, an installation of the Leibniz University Hannover. As

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- Sparrows invites Colin Clark MP to see East Anglia ONE project - Cranes currently being manufactured by Sparrows Group, which will be installed at ScottishPower Renewables’ East Anglia ONE windfarm off the coast of Suffolk, were showcased today (Friday 13 April) to Colin Clark MP at the company’s headquarters in Aberdeen. The firm is supplying 102 of its WindMaster cranes for each of the offshore development’s turbines, which once built and operational, will provide enough clean energy to power the equivalent of almost 500,000 homes in the UK. Sparrows is currently the only company in the UK with the capability to design and manufacture luffing cranes suitable for the offshore wind industry. MP Colin Clark visited the firm’s facilities which are based in his Gordon constituency in Aberdeen. The company’s workshop has recently been reconfigured to meet its growing number of work scopes in the renewable sector. Mr Clark was given a tour through the workshop while the fabrication process of Sparrows’ specially designed WindMaster cranes was explained and demonstrated. The WindMaster range was launched in 2016 to provide a solution to offshore wind farm developers that require luffing cranes for use in deeper waters. Stewart Mitchell, chief executive officer of Sparrows said: “Sparrows Group has

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The largest event for the Iranian solar industry is being expanded to two days. Tehran/Pforzheim/Freiburg, April 12, 2018 – The Iranian solar market is picking up speed. Projects such as the 1.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic installation, which was recently completed by Shahrekord Cement Industries Company, an Iranian cement producer, show that the Iranian market is growing. One of the drivers of this recent growth are the Iranian government’s comprehensive and long-term feed-in tariffs. The system near the city of Shahr-e Kord in western Iran was deployed by the Iranian company Noursun Energy. With over 500 participants, Intersolar Summit Iran was such a huge success in 2017, that the program for 2018 is being expanded to two days. There will be a comprehensive conference program and an accompanying exhibition on the first day, and networking events and excursions on the second day. After the first Intersolar Summit Iran in 2016 attracted an impressive 400 attendees, the event grew to over 500 participants in 2017. Given the promising development in the Iranian market, the organizers are turning their attention to further expansion of Intersolar Summit Iran into the two-day Intersolar Iran Conference. Many solar projects with international investment While the large-scale PV plant at Shahrekord

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SolarEdge’s Inverter with HD-Wave Technology Recognized Innovation in the Renewable Energy Category NEW YORK, NY — April 12, 2018 —SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (“SolarEdge”) (NASDAQ: SEDG), a global leader in smart energy, was voted the Gold Winner for its HD-Wave inverter technology in the Renewable Energy Category by the Edison Awards™, one of the premier awards program in the United States recognizing innovation. SolarEdge joined some of the world’s most recognized companies for the awards ceremony celebrating 31 years of honoring innovators and innovations. Applying a novel approach to inverter design, SolarEdge’s HD-Wave technology represents a significant leap in the evolution of solar inverters. This technology dramatically reduces the size and weight of the inverter's magnetics by means of advanced digital processing. The new technology also increases reliability and optimizes the performance of solar energy systems to reach record-breaking inverter efficiency of 99%. This advancement enables more solar power to be produced at lower costs. “Our judges recognized SolarEdge as a true innovator out of the many products in its category,” said Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of the Edison Awards. “SolarEdge’s inverter with HD-Wave technology has already been recognized by the PV industry with awards for its innovation and potential to accelerate the proliferation of

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